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Monday, August 8, 2011 Volume XX, Number 34

did ya know?.

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

The child was a typical four-year-old girl - cute, inquisitive, bright as a new penny.

When she expressed difficulty in grasping the concept of marriage, her father decided to pull out his wedding photo album, thinking visual images would help.

One page after another, he pointed out the bride arriving at the church, the entrance, the wedding ceremony, the recessional, the reception, etc.

"Now do you understand?" he asked.

"I think so," she said, "is that when mommy came to work for us?"


Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, but when they lit a fire in the craft, it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it, too.


I intend to live forever - so far so good.


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

Haughawout Acquitted.

The speech making in the case against Editor W.F. Haughawout, who was charged with criminal libel by Constable Watson, was completed this afternoon—24 hours after it began. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Harrison made the last speech and immediately at the close of his remarks Justice Tyres gave his decision, discharging the accused. The decision was in accordance with the expectations of those who heard the testimony.

The justice said to a reporter that the fact that the article complained of made the false allegation through a typographical error left him with only one decision to render and he rendered it accordingly.

Dr. L.E. Whitney made a record breaking professional trip into Newton county yesterday. He drove a total of 19 miles, visited two patients at separate places and reached Carthage, having been gone 2 hours and 45 minutes.

  Today's Feature

Medicare Rate Won’t Increase in 2012.

Medicare average prescription drug premiums will not increase in 2012. The announcement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) comes as more people with Medicare are receiving discounts on prescription drug costs and no-cost preventive services. New data indicates that 17 million people with Medicare have received free preventive services this year while 900,000 Medicare beneficiaries who hit the prescription drug donut hole have received a 50 percent discount on their prescription drugs.

Under the Affordable Care Act, people with Original Medicare can receive recommended preventive benefits and a new annual wellness visit without paying an additional penny out of pocket. In addition, the Affordable Care Act is closing the prescription drug donut hole by providing increasing discounts on covered drugs in the donut hole. In 2011, the number of people with Medicare benefiting from these improvements is growing.

HHS also announced that the cost of the average Medicare prescription drug plan premium in 2012 will be about $30.

Jasper County Jail Count

1177 August 5, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'

I think ever’one has an idea for a bumper sticker ever’ now and then. Although they don’t always express any particular personal belief, I always appreciate quick bits of humor.

Among my favorites for expressin’ a particular point of view is the explosive "Nuke the Whales" that puts a lot of emotion into only three words. Durin’ the energy crisis when midwestern natural gas was bein’ rerouted to the east coast, the classic "Let ‘em freeze in the Dark" drew some attention.

A friend a mine came up with the potential classic "Help stamp out and abolish repetitive redundancy." I still think it’s message is applicable today.

‘Course we won’t get into the "Honk if. . ." variations.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Column


By Samantha Mazzotta

Fixing a Slamming Door

Q: My front door swings open and shut way too quickly. This means when my son pushes the door open, it bangs against the doorstop on the wall so hard I’m afraid it will crack the drywall behind it. And when he swings it shut, it slams. How can I fix this (besides teaching my son to be more conscientious about how he enters the house)? -- Ellen D., Philadelphia

A: There are a couple of things you can try. To slow down the swinging, remove the pin from the top hinge of the door. Your son can be your helper by holding the door in place while you stand on a safe stepladder to take out the pin.

Wrap the pin in clear tape -- just one thin layer. Reinsert into the top hinge, and test the door. If this doesn’t slow down the swing, wrap one more layer around the pin. This should create enough friction to stop the super-fast, free swing. You may need to reapply tape after several months, however.

If the door banging shut is too loud, try using foam weather stripping to cushion the frame. Adhesive-backed foam stripping is available at home improvement stores in different widths. Try the thinnest width available.

Pre-test the stripping before gluing it down. With the paper backing still on, unroll the strip along the inside of the door frame where the door closes against it. Put a little clear tape at the top and bottom to hold it, and test the door. Does it shut easily, or do you have difficulty getting it to latch with the strip in place?

If it’s difficult, and you have the thinnest weather stripping available, try placing a small half-inch long piece at the top and bottom of the door frame and test the door again. This small amount of stripping should muffle the noise somewhat.

HOME TIP: Does your door stick or lightly scrape the floor when you open it? Tape a piece of sandpaper to the area and push the door back and forth over it to try and sand down the bottom of the door a bit.

When in doubt as to whether you can safely or effectively complete a project, consult a professional contractor.

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