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Monday, October 11, 2010 Volume XIX, Number 79

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. . Kids - Register by Oct. 12 for 10th annual Maple Leaf dog show. 358-1300.

Did Ya Know?.. Any current or past members of the DAV/Auxiliary or The American Legion/Auxiliary, who would like to ride on the float in the Maple Leaf Parade, please contact Jerry Murphey at 417-674-1906 or Rachel Murphey 417-674-1907.

Did Ya Know?.. . Carthage Farmers Market every Wed. and Sat starting at 7 a.m.

today's laugh

duplicate those ski thrills

1. Visit you local butcher and pay $22 to sit in his walk-in freezer for half an hour. Afterward, burn two $50 bills to warm up. It’s not real skiing but it’s close.

2. At the nearest hockey rink, walk across the ice 20 times in your ski boots carrying two pairs of skis, loaded accessory bag, and poles. Make believe you’re looking for your car.

3. For ski-boot simulation at home, put a pebble in your street shoes and tighten a C-clamp around your toes.

4. Go to McDonald’s and insist on paying $7.50 for a hamburger. Be sure to wait in the longest line.

5. To simulate glade skiing, take a jog through the woods - with your eyes closed.


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


Damages Allowed Two Electric Accident Victims—Third Case on Trial.

Miss Ora Speece, who was injured in a street car wreck at Webb City, was allowed $2,747 in settlement by the electric management last Tuesday, the day on which she left for St. Louis to enter the Baptist hospital. She is now under the care of Dr. Outen, of the Missouri Pacific railway, and is doing well. Her mother is with her. Her brother, Karl Speece, and Dr. Post returned home yesterday.

Miss Pearl Jones of Carterville, who was injured about the head in the same accident, settled with the electric company yesterday for $300.

The case of Miss Pearl Hackett vs. the electric for $2,000 damages went to trial in circuit court today, an outside settlement being impracticable. She had a shoulder blade fractured.

  Today's Feature

Health Department Offsite Flu Shots.

The Jasper County Health Department will be providing flu shots to residents of Jasper County (excluding Joplin City) at several off site location. The cost of the flu vaccine is $15.00.

Those that have Medicare Part B or Medicaid must bring their card to the clinic. The clinic cannot bill supplements (i.e. Humana, AARP).

The Department will be scheduling more off site clinics at other locations in the county as vaccine becomes available. Anyone with questions should call the Jasper County Health Department at 358-3111 or toll free (877) 879-9131.

Alba City Hall 10/14 • 9-11 AM

Oronogo City Hall 10/14 • 1-3 PM

Jasper Methodist Church 10/21 • 9-11 AM

Duquesne City Hall 10/18 • 9:30-11:30 AM

Duenweg City Hall 10/18 • 1-3 PM


Jr. High Band Fundraiser

The Carthage Jr. High band is hosting a Chili Supper & Silent Auction with live music at the Fairview Christian Church November 8th at 5:00 pm to raise money for new uniforms.

Just Jake Talkin'

Once again the Maple Leaf Week has sprung up. Looks like another full schedule for the next few days. Most of the traditional activities seem ta be takin’ place along with some changes.

If the weather cooperates there might be the opportunity to spruce up a little around the home place in preparation of expected guests.

Think I’ll make an effort to attend some of the activities I don’t typically see for lack of time. Seems there is always somethin’ I miss if I don’t do a little plannin’ ahead a time. So much goin’ on it gets a little tough to focus.

‘Course I always seem ta work in that late afternoon nap on Saturday. Settles the nerves a mite.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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By Samantha Mazzotta

Cracked Toilet Tank Is Beyond Repair

Q: After noticing that the floor around the base of my downstairs toilet was constantly damp, I found a very thin crack inside the toilet tank, running out from the opening in the bottom where the water drains (note: the flapper valve). It’s not very big, but there is a very slow seepage from it. How can I patch this up? -- Geraldine S., Longwood, Fla.

A: Unfortunately, patching a cracked toilet tank will only delay the inevitable. The patch won’t hold for long, and the stresses placed on the tank by daily draining and refilling of water, temperature changes, etc. will widen the crack and even cause more cracks to form. You’ll need to replace the tank.

Fortunately, tank replacement is not very difficult, nor too expensive. The tanks themselves range in price from $30 to more than $300.

You’ll need to get the brand name (such as American Standard) as well as the model name and if possible, the model number. This is usually printed right on the tank or the toilet. Then contact your local home-improvement or plumbing-supply store to see if they carry it. If your model is no longer made, you can measure the width and height of the tank, as well as the diameter of the flush valve (the hole at the bottom of the tank) to find a matching size.

A toilet tank flush valve replacement kit should come with the tank.

To install, turn off the water supply valve to the toilet and flush the toilet to drain the tank. Scoop or sponge out remaining water. Using a wrench, disconnect the water supply pipe from the underside of the tank and lift the flush valve assembly up and out. Then remove the large connector bolts that attach the tank to the toilet bowl.

With a helper, lift the tank up. This may be difficult at first as you get it past the old valve seal. Place the tank safely out of the way, then remove the valve seal, trying not to damage it too much. If your tank replacement kit doesn’t have a new seal, take the old one to the home-improvement store to find the correct size replacement.

(By the way, there’s a great instructive video by expertvillage on YouTube at

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