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Thursday, August 18, 2011 Volume XX, Number 43

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. There will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Carthage Nazarene Church Thursday, Aug. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Did Ya Know?.. A fundraiser for The Women’s Ministries At The Salvation Army Intersection of Grand & Fairview Ave will be held Saturday August 20, 2011, Back 2 School "$5 Bag Sale" 6:30 am – 3 pm? Mainly clothes

today's laugh

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY? (written by kids)

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.-- Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with.-- Kristen, age 10


Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.

-- Camille, age 10


You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.-- Derrick, age 8


Both don’t want any more kids.

-- Lori, age 8


Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.-- Lynnette, age 8

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that Usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.-- Martin, 10


I’d run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.-- Craig, age 9


When they’re rich.-- Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that. Curt, 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do.

-- Howard, age 8


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

Eddie Watson Thrown Into

Convulsions by a Blow Received at Play.

It is a pretty safe assertion that young Eddie Watson and Phil Hunter will not indulge in any more rock throwing contests.

The two mentioned lads the former of whom is 11 years old and the latter 16, were with a crowd of boys at play at the Chautauqua grounds late yesterday afternoon. In the progress of their games they began to playfully pelt each other with rocks. It was lots of fun until a stone hurled with terrific force by Hunter struck the Watson boy on the left side of the forehead.

He soon recovered sufficiently to get home assisted by the other boys but the "incident was not yet closed." When his mother entered the room to tell him to come to supper she found him in convulsions. For a time it was feared the lad would surely die, and his father W. B. Watson was summoned home by telephone. The boy is a great deal better this morning and able to sit up

  Today's Feature

Road Closures This Week in



The Following roads will be closed or possibly slowed to traffic because of the City’s annual Street paving project.

City officials ask that alternate routes be taken if at all possible.

The paving will take place on Thursday August 18 through Monday the 22nd.

• Katherine Street from Pearl Street to Fairview Avenue.

• Carrie Street from Katherine Street to Pearl Street.

• Walnut Street from Garrison Avenue to Francis Street.

• 5th Street from Lincoln Street to River Street.

• 10th Street from Orchard Street to Valley Street.

Orchard Street from Chestnut Street to Macon Street.

• Clinton Street from 5th Street to Chestnut Street.

14th Street from Grand Avenue to James Street.

Jasper County Jail Count

unknown August 17, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County


By Monte Dutton

Greg Biffle’s Got to Stay


Greg Biffle is relieved to see things returning to normal at Roush Fenway Racing.

Biffle, 41, has been competing regularly at the Sprint Cup level for the Ford team founded by Jack Roush since 2003, winning 16 times and finishing second to Tony Stewart in the 2005 championship standings. Biffle also finished third, behind champion Jimmie Johnson and teammate Carl Edwards, in 2008.

Normal, for Biffle, would involve making the Chase for a fourth straight year, but the Vancouver, Wash., native likely will have to win at least one of the final five regular-season races to do so.

The reason for Biffle’s optimism is the fact that Edwards, the Cup point leader, has renewed his contract to remain at Roush Fenway. Edwards apparently seriously considered an offer from Joe Gibbs Racing before deciding to remain where he is. Like teammates Edwards, Matt Kenseth and David Ragan, Biffle has spent his entire career with Roush, winning a Truck Series championship in 2000 and the (now) Nationwide Series in 2002.

"I think it’s great that he (Edwards) is coming back to our company," Biffle said. "I was a little skeptical, I suppose, whether he was going to, figuring this is August already.

"I’m relieved because people won’t ask me about it anymore. That’s why I’m most relieved about it and to have him back as a teammate. He does a good job getting his car set up and helps. I think we all help each other."

Roush recently changed Biffle’s crew chief, replacing Greg Erwin with Matt Puccia. Biffle, who won the August race at Pocono Raceway in 2010, managed an eighth-place finish this time, leaving him 13th in points.

"Certainly we’ve been trying hard to win a race," Biffle said. "We’ve come close a few times. ... Michigan, Bristol, Atlanta are all great tracks for us, and we feel like we can win at basically any of these racetracks.

"I would have never guessed we’d be this far into the season without winning a race after the way we finished last year."

Just Jake Talkin'

Applyin’ paint has two distinctively different purposes. The obvious is ta make things look better. The functional purpose of paint, however, has nothin’ ta do with appearance. The function of paint is to protect the object bein’ painted from outside elements, typically the weather.

I’m supposin’ that professional painters are well aware that a job that looks good doesn’t necessarily mean it is a functional paint job. ‘Course the real trick is ta have a function that is also pleasin’ in appearance, but no matter what, the effort of paintin’ is only worthwhile if it does the job intended.

The philosophy a friend a mine once took note of, that two thin coats are always better than one thick coat, came from a paint can. He may have taken it a little too serious, but then he did tend to use a spray can in an unventilated room on occasion.

This is some fact, but mostly

Just Jake Talkin’.

Sponsored by Metcalf Auto Supply

Weekly Column



Dear Tom and Ray:

I just paid more than $1,000 for a major 60,000-mile service on my 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse (4-cylinder), which included, among other things, replacing the timing belt and water pump. I assume I actually got all of the work listed on the service order, but is there an easy way to verify that the timing belt and water pump were actually changed? -- Dave

RAY: There’s no easy way, Dave. You’d have to take off the timing-belt cover, which is about a half-hour job, and then take a look at the belt. And even once the cover is off, I’m not sure the average person would be able to tell the difference.

TOM: I could tell. But I’m a highly trained professional.

RAY: Yeah, he knows how to check and see if the box for the new one is in a nearby garbage can.

TOM: I understand your natural distrust, Dave, but I think it’s doubtful that a garage would charge for a job like this and then not do it.

RAY: Right. First of all, most mechanics are pretty honest (I think more mistakes are the result of incompetence than dishonesty). And if you really harbor those kinds of doubts about your mechanic, you should find a new one.

TOM: Second, the stakes are too high to risk it on a job like this. Even if your mechanic is an outright thief, there’d be a high risk that he’d get caught when your old timing belt finally broke.

RAY: So he’d have to be unscrupulous AND dumb in order to do this. And there aren’t very many mechanics like my brother left in the business.

TOM: I think it’s important that you find a mechanic you have confidence in. Good luck.

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