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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 Volume XX, Number 32

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. The Carthage Crisis Center Presents A Free Furniture and Appliance Distribution for Tornado Survivors and other Needy Families At 9 AM on Saturday August 6, 2011 at 100 Main Street.

Did Ya Know?.. The American Legion & Auxiliary, Post 9, of Carthage are accepting donations for a rummage sale to be held August 27 & 28. Jerry Chapman 417-423-0096, D Murphey 417-359-6161

today's laugh

Unable to attend the funeral after his father died, a son who lived far away called his brother and told him, "Do something nice for Dad and send me the bill."

A month later, he got a bill for $200.00, which he paid. The next month, he got another bill for $200.00, which he also paid, figuring it was some incidental expense.

Bills for $200.00 kept arriving every month, and finally the man called his brother again to find out what was going on.

"Well," said the other brother, "you said to do something nice for Dad. So I rented him a tuxedo."


Larry LaPrise, the man who wrote The Hokey Pokey, died peacefully at 93.

The most traumatic part was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in. And then the trouble started...


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

Cakewalk Thursday Night.

Thursday night the Light Guard boys will give their first cake walk at the armory. Not many persons have ever seen a genuine "400" cakewalk and the boys are looking for a large attendance at the novel spectacular. Willie Reeves, "Sportin Willie" Hancock, Silas Moore, Fate Fiazier, John Harbin, Jack Denton, Frank Emerson and perhaps others have been secured to walk for a huge white cake which will contain a silver dollar. Messrs. J. B. Gouger and John Milbollan will furnish music. The event will begin at 8:30 sharp and the folks will not appear on the program after its conclusion.

A dancing program will follow the awarding of the cake and the young folks may dance until midnight if they desire. The admission has been fixed at 50 cents for dancing tickets and spectators 25 cents per couple. The Light Guard will probably give a cakewalk for the society folks to enter later in the season.

  Today's Feature


Superintendent James Heaney announced that George Washington Carver National Monument will be conducting a prescribed burn in the park sometime between August 1, thru mid September 2011. Because prescribed burns are so dependent on weather conditions, a 20-day block of time has been identified.

Approximately 100 acres of forest and grassland will be burned at the park. The burn will be conducted under the guidance of National Park Service fire personnel. The objective of the controlled burn is to reduce wildfire risk and enhance the tallgrass prairie and woodland habitats through the reduction of fuel loads and woody species. Most of the park will remain open to visitors during the burn, although temporary closure of portions of the trails will be necessary to ensure visitor safety. The burn is expected to last one day.

Tallgrass prairie once covered more than 140 million acres of the United States. Nearly all of it is gone, plowed under for agriculture. Prairies respond to their environment, which include soil type, water availability, and natural processes such as grazing and fire. Most ecologists agree that for the last 5,000 years, prairie vegetation would have mostly disappeared if it had not been for the burning of these grasslands. Areas of restored tallgrass prairie can be found at George Washington Carver National Monument. With prescribed fire, these fragile ecosystems will be preserved for generations to come.

Administered by the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior, George Washington Carver National Monument preserves the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver, scientist, educator, and humanitarian. All activities and events are free to the public.

The monument is located two miles west of Diamond, Missouri on Highway V.

Jasper County Jail Count

187 August 2, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'

Got another one a those letters from Nigeria the other day. I suppose I could get into real trouble, ‘cause the letter says the "deal" is confidential. The letter looks like it was run on a copy machine.

After readin’ it several times I still don’t know for sure what it says or means.

I do understand that they want me to fax ‘em my bank account number and this has somethin’ to do with some $31.5 million created by the "over costing of job/services done to our ministry by foreign companies."

The letter also assures me that this "deal is 100% covered from any form of probe. Thus this transaction is a hitch free one, now or in future."

I think I’ll pass on this one. I’m still gettin’ those vitamins I committed to when I ordered a "free" pen set as a kid.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Column


By JoAnn Derson

• Get the extra lotion out of the bottom of a pump bottle by setting the bottle in hot water and pouring it into a small bowl. Dip your fingers in and apply.

• "To get the dust off of a bunch of silk or artificial flowers, try placing them in a medium-size paper bag to which you add a quarter cup of salt. Close up the bag, then shake vigorously. The salt will attack the dust!" -- I.K. in Montana

• Try covering windows with thicker, denser material for curtains in the summer. It can block the sunlight from coming in and heating up your home. In the winter, do the reverse and have a nice set of sheers that will let the warming sunlight in.

• If you need only a small piece of lemon or lime for a recipe, cut the rest into smaller pieces and freeze. It’s a great addition to your iced tea -- right out of the icebox.

• "When I have bananas that are getting too ripe, I peel them, mash them and mix with a little lemon juice. Then I portion them out into an ice-cube tray. When frozen, they can be popped out into a zipper-top bag. They are easy to use in morning smoothies. The lemon juice helps keep them from browning." -- E.A. in Kentucky

• "I use my clothes washer as my mop bucket when mopping the kitchen floor. (It’s next to the kitchen.) When finished, the water spins out. I refill it, add some bleach to disinfect it, and spin that out. Done! There’s no bucket to fall over or empty out or push around." -- W.T. in North Carolina

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