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Monday, April 25, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 212

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 man was lying in his hospital bed, still groggy from the effects of his recent operation. His doctor came in looking very glum.

"I can’t be sure what’s wrong with you," the doctor said. "I think it’s the drinking."

"All right," said the patient. "Can we get an opinion from a doctor who’s sober?"


A man in a bar is enjoying his drink when he hears a voice say, "You look great!" He looks around, but there is nobody near him. He hears the voice again: "No, really, you look just terrific!" Again he looks around. Nobody. A few minutes pass, and again he hears the voice: "Is that a new shirt or something? Because you look absolutely stunning!" At this point the man realizes that the voice is coming from a dish of nuts on the bar. "Hey," the man calls to the bartender, "What’s with these nuts?" "Oh," the bartender answers, "they’re complimentary."


I don’t have a solution, but I do admire the problem.


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


Louis Hatton is Now a Partner of B. S. Briles in the West Side Cafe. Saturday evening a deal was closed whereby Louis Hatton, a well known young man of this city, becomes the owner of a third interest in B. S. Briles’ cafe and bakery on the west side of the square.

Mr. Hatton has been at the cafe for the past few days invoicing, etc., but the deal was kept very quiet until today. He will devote his entire attention to the business, assisting Mr. and Mrs. Briles.

Mr. Hatton is the son of Mr. A. Hatton, the well known capitalist of this city, and is a young man of exemplary habits and high character. He has a large amount of energy, push and business ability and will no doubt succeed. He has scores of friends who will be glad to note his business venture and who will join in wishing him success in it.

  Today's Feature

Carthage Business Expo.

The Carthage Chamber of Commerce has announced that the official Business Expo map is now available in the April 18th edition of the Joplin Tri State Business Journal.

The 2011 Carthage Business Expo dates are Thursday, April 28th from 5-7 for a Business After Hours for the business professionals of local communities. A business card is needed for admittance..

Friday, April 29th 11-7 the Expo will be open to the public. There will be food on site, door prizes, promotions and a Project Graduation 50/50 cash drawing.

For more information, contact Neely at 358-2373 or

Free Skin Cancer Screening.

McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital in partnership with Family Medical Center of Carthage will conduct a free skin cancer screening clinic May 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. No appointment necessary; first come, first served basis. Participants are asked to use the main entrance. Formore information call 359-1350.

Just Jake Talkin'

I grew up havin’ coaches of various sports that liked "trick plays." All within the rules of course, but some of ‘em down right sneaky.

One baseball coach instructed the catcher to call out "Watch the bunt Pete" when a runner was on third. If the runner moved down the base line with the third base man, the short stop was to slip over to the third base bag for a throw from the catcher.

A football coach would send in two substitutes, three players would run to the sidelines. One would stay in bounds and behind the line of scrimmage next to the coach. When the ball was snapped, the quarterback would raise and quickly throw a pass to the "wide-wide" end.‘Never had a coach who encouraged cheatin’, just usin’ the rules for the best advantage.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Column


By Samantha Mazzotta

Mulching Is Rite of Spring

It’s mid-April as I write this, and my neighborhood is awash in the aroma of freshly laid bark mulch. Where I live, surrounded by professional landscapers, the tall shrubs are unwrapped well ahead of the first spring blooms and mulch covers the edges of lawns as far as the eye can see.

What’s the point of mulch, you ask -- other than as decoration? Mulch provides protection for both soil and plants, preventing dirt from washing away in spring rains and exposing plant roots, while simultaneously repelling insects and rodents and discouraging weeds from taking root.

So, what’s the best mulch to use? It depends. The term "mulch" is pretty generic; it basically describes any material spread around or over plants to enrich or insulate the soil. Here are some common mulches and their use.

Inorganic mulch: Rocks or gravel, recycled rubber tires, landscape fabric and plastic sheeting are typical of inorganic products used to prevent erosion and weeds.

Organic mulch: Commercially available mulch tends to be comprised of tree bark or wood chips. But other mulches can be created at home, including compost, grass clippings, dried leaves and pine needles. Dried straw is another type of organic mulch.

Bark mulch is excellent for protecting the surface roots of trees and shrubs, but not so good for gardens, as its high carbon-to-nitrogen ratio can hinder growth of vegetables and flowers.

Gravel or rocks work as decorative landscaping, but don’t place them directly over tree or shrub roots as they can heat up in the sun, damaging the roots beneath.

Using compost? Check for a "sour mulch" condition -- a strong vinegary or silage odor -- before spreading in the garden. If the compost seems sour, turn the pile well to introduce oxygen and make sure it has good drainage, and wait until the sour smell goes away before using.

How deep should bark mulch go? Three inches is a good depth, as it protects roots while allowing air and water to penetrate.

What shouldn’t mulch touch? Keep it six inches or more away from your home’s foundation and siding, as well as from the base of tree trunks.

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