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Monday, April 18, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 207

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?...A Benefit for Cancer patient Mike Evans will be held Sat. April 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Fairview Christian Church. Info call 358-4962

today's laugh

A Panhandler who was working Wall Street one day approached a dignified businessman and asked him for some money. The man replied, "I’m very sorry, but I never give money to people in the street."

The panhandler replied, "What should I do? Come up to your office?


A man taking a woman home after their first date asks if he can come inside of a cup of coffee. "Oh, no," she says, "I never ask a guy in on the first date."

"Okay," the man replies, "how about the last date?"


Frank was madly in love with Susan, but couldn’t get up enough courage to pop the question face to face. Finally he decided to ask her on the telephone. "Darling! He blurted out, "Will you marry me?"

"Of course, I will, you silly boy," she replied, "Who’s speaking?"


A rooster was strutting around one Easter morning and came across a nest of eggs dyed every color of the rainbow. The rooster took one look, ran outside and beat the heck out of the resident peacock.


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


Frisco "Steel Gang" Say They Have a Double Mission Here—The New Steel.

It is probable that the Frisco steel gang now here will be utilized for putting in two switches instead of the one alone mentioned previous. In addition to the McDaniel switch they will probably soon run over to Stebbins & Johns’ "Spring river quarry." At least the gang themselves say that they understand that is to be part of their work here, though others connected with the road say they have no definite information about it. Such a switch is much wanted at the quarry, but it is quite an undertaking to build it as the mill race, the river and a good-sized branch will have to be bridged to reach the quarry from the Frisco.

Pending the city council’s action in arranging the routes for switches, the special gang of eighteen track layers are busily engaged in re-laying about a mile and a quarter of track west of town.

The re-layed track includes the curve west of town and reaches from there nearly back to the city limits.

The Frisco is laying a heavy new steel track extending from Pierce City as far west as Wentworth, and further continuation is delayed because the supply of steel cannot be obtained any faster.

The new track will likely be extended through Carthage, and what with building switches, repairing old track here and laying new steel, the gang now in Carthage say they will probably be located here most of the year.

  Today's Feature

Cattle Thieves Have Returned.


A small group of calves were stolen last week in Stone County.

Unfortunately, the news that cattle thieves have returned to the Ozarks is no surprise to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension for over 40 years.

"The cattle market is hitting record highs and almost daily items come across the internet about thefts in surrounding states," said Cole.

According to Cole, cattle thefts in southwest Missouri seem to follow a pattern of happening when there is plenty of moonlight, the weather is nice and after a cattle trailer has been stolen from a farm not too far away.

Cole says the neighborhood watch system can help and he also suggests checking and counting cattle daily at different times of the day.

If cattle are missing, notify law enforcement immediately. This can be the local sheriff or the Missouri Rural Theft Hotline at 1-888-484-8477.

Just Jake Talkin'

Like most kids of the time, I was always on the lookout for an empty pop bottle along the path. I wasn’t one to collect a case before cashin’ ‘em in. I’d usually trade a bottle or two for some penny candy. When the bounty on bottle raised to two cents, seven of ‘em would buy a bottle of model car paint, and pay the tax.

In the small town I lived in, some stores didn’t carry all the brands on the market. The standard Coke, Pepsi, RC, Nehi, and Sunkist were always good, but some brands could only be cashed in at the grocery in the County Seat, some sixteen miles away. It wasn’t that I minded the walk, but I wasn’t old enough ta cross the street by myself.

I never promoted a game of "spin the bottle." At that age I figured I’d rather have the two cents.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Column


By Samantha Mazzotta

Refrigerator Runs Hot and Cold

Q: I’m having trouble with my refrigerator. Food sitting on the upper shelf of the fridge gets ice crystals in it, while the stuff in the bottom crisper seems barely cool. Adjusting the temperature doesn’t seem to do anything. Any tips? -- Jericho P., Philadelphia

A: Sometimes a little cleaning and maintenance can solve minor temperature issues. If these tips don’t work, however, contact an appliance-repair center or the manufacturer for more instructions.

Refrigerators, whether their freezer compartments sit atop or underneath the main compartment, use the principles of condensation to their advantage. The refrigerator compartment is typically cooled from the top down, so often the topmost shelf of a refrigerator is also the coolest part of the refrigerator compartment. In an efficiently running fridge, this isn’t always apparent, but if something is impeding this efficiency, the fridge may be having trouble regulating the temperature of both the freezer and refrigerator. Dirty coils, bad seals, or a faulty thermostat are some common problems that can affect your refrigerator.

First though, clean out your freezer and refrigerator and toss any old foods. An overcrowded fridge compartment can affect air circulation, meaning some areas stay colder than others.

Check the door seals. A dry, cracked or warped seal, or excessive water condensation around a seal, indicates a problem. Replacement seals can be ordered from the manufacturer or an appliance parts specialist (many can be found online). If the seal is really dirty or has caked-on material, clean it with soapy water. Sometimes that alone does the trick.

The refrigeration coils, located either behind or underneath the fridge, tend to collect lots of dust. Unplug the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes and vacuum the coils using the vacuum cleaner’s hose attachment. Doing this once a month will keep the dust bunnies down.

A bad thermostat also can be a culprit, although your fridge isn’t showing clear signs of a thermostat problem. These signs include the entire fridge and freezer being warm even though the temperature setting is maxed, and frost buildup in the back of the freezer even though ice cream stays soft.

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