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Monday, September, 120 2010 Volume XIX, Number 64

did ya know?.

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

Did Ya Know?.. . The Jasper County Youth Poultry/Rabbit show will be Sat. Oct. 2 at the Fairgrounds. All youth 21 and under. Fundraiser for cages. Cindy 620-202-2823

today's laugh

While working at a pizza parlor I observed a man ordering a small pizza to go. He appeared to be alone and the cook asked him if he would like it cut into 4 pieces or 6 pieces.

He thought about it for some time before responding. "Just cut it into 4 pieces; I don’t think I’m hungry enough to eat 6 pieces."


The small town’s sheriff was also its veterinarian. One night the phone rang and his wife answered.

An agitated voice inquired, "Is your husband there?"

"Do you require his services as a sheriff or as a vet?"

"Both. We can’t get our dog’s mouth open, and there’s a burglar in it."


Traveling through New England, a motorist stopped for gas in a tiny village. "What’s this place called?" he asked.

"All depends," the native drawled. "Do you mean by them that has to live in this dad-blamed, moth-eaten, dust-covered dump, or by them that’s merely enjoying its quaint and picturesque rustic charms for a short spell."


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

The Cosmos Club Meeting.

The Cosmos club met with Mrs. George Davison on South Main street last evening nearly all of the members being present.

A large portion of the time was devoted to arranging for the lecture of Mrs. May Wright Sewall to be held under the auspices of this club.

After much discussion it was decided that the lecture should be free, the society undertaking to raise the necessary funds by other means than by charging admission fees. An invitation was extended to all of the women’s clubs of the surrounding towns to attend the lecture.

A committee on entertainment was appointed consisting of Mesdames Sam’l McReynolds, F.W. Flower and Carrie Davis, who will probably arrange for an elaborate reception to be given for Mrs. Sewall.

  Today's Feature

R-9 "Carthage 2020 Launched.

The Carthage R-9 School district has launched a new process for the development of long-range plans called Carthage 2020. Key stakeholders from the community, students, school board members, teachers, administrators and support staff supervisors have been invited to serve on a facilitating team charged with organizing and conducting monthly public sessions to chart a path forward for the next ten years.

The facilitating team held its first meeting on September 16 and formed three groups to implement the public engagement process. Co-chairpersons for these groups were named as follows:

Lora L. Phelps, a graduate of Carthage High School, attended the University of Missouri where she earned her bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees.

Beth Simmons who grew up in Carthage and Jefferson City, Missouri. A graduate of Carthage High School, Mrs. Simmons attended the University of Missouri, Columbia, and Missouri Southern State University.

Chuck Bryant, CW&EP Plant Superintendent, moved to Carthage in 1996 is a graduate of MSSU.

Just Jake Talkin'

There is a theory presented in a book I was browsin’ through that says if ya want a new couch, throw out your old one and just leave the space empty. Eventually, some way or another, the couch will be replaced.

The person promotin’ this theory seemed to imply that there was some mystical reason for this. I’m suspectin’ that the practical answer may be closer to the fact that after a while, even havin’ your old couch back starts lookin’ better after a while.

In my experience, if ya got an empty shelf, somethin’ will eventually be put on it. Just a matter of time. Nothin’ mystical, just more stuff than ya have places to stick it.

‘Course you can have less stuff or more shelves. But, who ever has enough shelves?

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Columns


By Samantha Mazzotta

Basic Flooring Tools

Q: What kind of tools should I have on hand if I want to do flooring work -- like stripping old wood floors, or putting down tile or hardwood? -- Kyle J., Sanford, Fla.

A: Besides your standard toolkit -- things like a putty knife and scraper, a hand saw, a ruler, a level, hammer, utility knife and measuring tape -- a few specialty items can make floor work easier. Here are a few items to look into if you’re planning work in the near future.

• Carpenter’s square: This L-shaped ruler absolutely rules when making straight measurements.

• Chalk line: Sometimes called a plumb line, this is a string covered with chalk that, when stretched along a length of floor, then plucked so that the string snaps against the floor, leaves a straight line to follow that can be easily erased.

* Masonry chisel: This heavy-duty, wide-bladed chisel can be hammered to force its way through tough-to-loosen surfaces.

• Floor scraper: With a long handle and a reinforced edge, the floor scraper allows you to scrape up large swaths of old tile or vinyl flooring from a standing position.

• Pry bar: Very handy when removing old nails from flooring.

• Trowels: These rectangular tools, which come with either notched or flat edges for different types of patterning when spreading grout or compound, are essential flooring components.

• Putty or wallboard knife: Also called a scraper, this handheld, wide-bladed tool allows you to apply and smooth grout or plaster more easily. Comes in different widths, but you’ll definitely want a 4-inch wide knife to start.

• Heavy-duty stapler: Uses for this go well beyond flooring; it’s almost as essential to the toolkit as duct tape.

• Power tools: A cordless drill is another must for the general toolkit. For flooring work, consider adding a reciprocating saw to your collection, which allows you to make detailed cuts in small spaces.

• Pencil: Don’t start work without one.

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