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Wednesday, November 17, 2010 Volume XIX, Number 106

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. . The Carthage Humane Society will hold a Taco Salad dinner/silent auction fund raiser Mon. Nov. 22 from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. at the SW MO bank by the roundabout. $5 - 358-6402

Did Ya Know?.. . The three bridges on North Garrison Street just north of Kendricktown will be closed to all traffic from today through Friday, November 19. The bridges will be closed to traffic during the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

today's laugh

His four children were gathered around Mr. Staley’s deathbed.

As the eighty-year-old man seemed to doze off in a sleep, the children started to discuss the funeral plans. One wanted to spend a hundred dollars for a coffin, a second thought a plain wooden box would do, and the third was even ready to dump the remains into a paper sack. All agreed there was no reason to spend much money, the father wouldn’t know the difference.

Mr. Staley stirred. Having heard every word, he thought it was time to set the record straight. "Children," he said, "I’ve never told you this, but I can’t go to my final resting place with this burden. My darling children, your mother and I were never married."

His oldest son was aghast. "You mean we’re....."

Mr. Staley said, "Yup. And cheap ones too!"


A Chronological Record of Events as they have Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.


S. N. Qualls State Secretary — Jasper County Deputies Met Today.

County assessor S. N. Qualls returned yesterday from Sedalia where he attended a meeting of, and helped organize, fifty county assessors into a state organization.

He was made secretary, and reports that he got many excellent ideas as a result of the meeting. Next year’s gathering will be at Jefferson City, when the state board of equalization meets.

Assessor Qualls’ fourteen deputies met today at the court house and were sworn in for the work of assessing the county, which begins tomorrow.

Mesdames Rosine Crocker and S. S. Riley will entertain tomorrow afternoon at a thimble party in honor of Mrs. Julia Stickney’s 80th birthday.

  Today's Feature

Town Hall Meeting Planned.

To Discuss Emergency Services Charges.

The City Council Public Safety Committee met at the Fire Station for its regular monthly meeting Monday evening. Committee Chair Bill Welch dedicated a portion of the meeting to an open discussion concerning the proposed ordinance that would allow the Fire Department to bill insurance companies for emergency service runs.

An ordinance to allow the charges was presented by the committee to the full Council last month, but it was tabled at the last Council meeting with the recommendation for more study on the proposal.

Several citizens and two Council members that are not on the committee were in attendance and spoke to the issue.

Fire Chief Chris Thompson addressed some of the concerns but also recommended a "town hall" type meeting to give the general public a better understanding of the proposal.

Members of the Committee made few comments.

Welch asked Chief Thompson and City Administrator Tom Short to come up with a time and place for the meeting after the holidays. No other directions were given.

Just Jake Talkin'

The real problem so far with the idea of billing insurance companies for emergency services hasn’t had much to do with the content of the proposed ordinance, but with what isn’t in the ordinance. Nobody with a vote seems ta know for sure exactly how this thing is supposed ta work. And, more importantly, no single elected official has taken ownership of the proposal.

Chief Thompson asked the question at the meetin’ the other night if the Committee would be at the town hall meet to support the proposal. He got a luke warm "sure." But at this point, I don’t see anyone willin’ to put up a good fight.

For this thing to get sold, someone other than staff has to walk it through the process. Or let it die of its own weight.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Columns


By JoAnn Derson

• With many airlines these days, you can print your boarding pass online. Security lines are long, and it pays to save every moment you can.

• Make a spray of equal parts liquid fabric softener and water. Mist the air daily to relieve static buildup during the fall and winter, when the air is very dry.

• Before cleaning, run hot water in the bath or shower. The steam from the hot water loosens the dirt, making it easier to clean. Or, bring your cleaning sponge and some baking soda in the shower with you. No chemicals, and you could even use the baking soda to soften the skin on your elbows and feet.

• "Spray plastic wrap with non-flavored cooking spray before using it to cover cakes or cupcakes. The frosting won’t stick to the wrap." -- R.M. in Florida

• To get streaks off of freshly cleaned windows, give them a final swipe with plain newspaper (not magazine inserts or glossy pages).

• "Baking cookies to mail? Save potato-chip cans (the tall ones in which chips come stacked). They protect cookies from breaking." -- G.D. in Wisconsin

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