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Friday, November 26, 2010 Volume XIX, Number 113

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. . First United Methodist Church 7th & Main will hold a Breakfast & Cookie Sale Saturday, Dec. 11th, 8am-Noon Breakfast $5, pancakes & ham or biscuits & sausage gravy. 358-2577

Did Ya Know?...First Presbyterian Church, 115 W. Chestnut, will give away a variety of Free Christmas decorations on Sat., Nov. 27 from 10-2. Everyone invited.

today's laugh

A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but couldn’t find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, "Do these turkeys get any bigger?"

The stock boy replied, "No ma’am, they’re dead."


At his 103rd birthday party, my grandfather was asked if he planned to be around for his 104th.

"I certainly do," he replied. "Statistics show that very few people die between the ages of 103 and 104."


The Commuter train was packed. Suddenly there was a jingle on the floor. One elderly gentleman bent down and picked something up and asked, "Did anyone drop a half dollar?"

"I did," answered three men at once.

"Well," said the elderly gent with a smile, "here’s a dime of it."


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


Mrs. O. Trenkler an old and eminently respected lady who has made her home in Carthage for many years, bade farewell to her friends last Saturday evening and left for the home of her childhood, near Leipsic, Germany, to spend her remaining days. She left her native land twenty four years ago, and since the death of her husband, Dr. Trenkler, in Carthage some years ago, she has been quite alone in America. She accordingly sold off her Central avenue home and belongings during the summer preparatory to her return to her old home.

But one problem puzzled the kind hearted old lady, and that was the disposition of her pets, a horse, a sand hill crane, and her "laughing dove." She could not think of leaving them to unsympathetic strangers, and rather chose in her zeal for their welfare to see them dead and buried. She made an application to Regan Bros. to bury them in Park cemetery, and got permission as to the crane and dove, but as she explained to one reporter at the train Saturday night, "they would not let me lay out the horse there." She then took an inventory of her pets again, found them all in good health, though old, and decided to give them to Mrs. John Koontz, and the three pets are now at the Koontz place northeast of town. Mrs. Trenkler had owned the crane twenty-two years and it was familiar to the passing public as well as dear to its owner. She has had the horse sixteen years, and when a colt it kicked the crane, causing the loss of one of the bird’s legs.

Mrs. Trenkler stated to friends at the depot that she could not go back content to Germany without having seen Niagara Falls, the great wonder of the New World. Accordingly she had her ticket read that way, with stop-over privilege, and will sail from New York via the Holland-American line.

  Today's Feature

Holiday Open House at

George Washington Carver National Monument

George Washington Carver National Monument would like to invite the public to its Holiday Open House. This FREE event will take place Saturday, December 11, 2010, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Special activities are scheduled; including music, historic crafts, and refreshments.

Music will be presented by the stringed instruments of the Ozark Wilderness Dulcimer Club and Hawthorne. These local musicians will be playing their favorite holiday arrangements.

Crafts will include the making of homemade Christmas cards, pomander bags, and holiday chains. These handmade holiday crafts date back to the 1800s. Pomanders can be used as ornaments on trees, or just placed in a room with their beautiful aroma filling the air. Holiday chains can be used as ornaments and the Christmas cards make lovely gifts. All crafts will take place in the science lab.

Join the National Park Service for this intriguing holiday program. For more information please call the park at 417-325-4151 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Just Jake Talkin'

I’m guessin’ that signs that say "Please don’t walk on the grass" get about the same results as those that say "Keep Off the Grass." Most folks don’t wanna infringe on requests or rules.

I’ve never heard of anyone gettin’ jail time for walkin’ on the grass in either case.

‘Course there are the few that just wanna see if anything might happen if they put a print or two on the turf. Just curious I guess. I’m guessin’ if the signs requestin’ only small cars park where larger vehicles might block the view, fewer big vehicles will use the spaces. Just bein’ friendly.

It’s like the "reasonable and prudent" speed limits in some western states. Ever’one gets a chance to show their true colors.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Columns



Dear Tom and Ray:

I have a 2003 Subaru WRX that has recently been "sneezing" at irregular intervals. The sneezing sound is accompanied by what feels like a loss of power. The sound seems to be coming from the driver’s side, under the gas pedal. It is quite audible from outside the car as well. Sometimes it occurs when I’m just pulling out, other times when I’m well under way. It doesn’t seem to matter what gear I’m in, and it doesn’t happen with any consistency. Got any ideas what might be wrong? - Lucy

Tom: Sounds like it’s allergic to something, Lucy. Have you tried putting Claritin in the gas tank?

Ray: Actually, it sounds more like YOU’RE allergic to something, Lucy: tune-ups. What you’re experiencing sounds like a classic engine misfire.

Tom: Intermittently, one of your cylinders is not firing, and that creates a brief interruption in power. You feel that, and you also hear the engine chug a little bit. Or sneeze, if you like that description better. When Kleenex decides to sponsor our column, we’ll start calling it a sneeze, too.

Ray: Since the spark plugs and spark plug wires on this particular car are really crammed in there and hard to reach, my guess is that they haven’t been changed in a long time, if ever. And they’re the most likely cause of an engine miss.

Tom: Eventually, this condition will trigger your "check engine" light to come on. But even if it’s not on yet, have your mechanic "scan" the car and see if the computer has stored any codes.

Ray: But even if it’s only one cylinder that’s misbehaving, it’s probably time to change all the plugs and wires. If one’s gone bad, they’re all ready to go bad.

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