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Thursday, December 22, 2011 Volume XX, Number 133

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?...Free Christmas Gift Wrapping to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be held thru Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 116 W. 2nd St. (former Bank of America bank lobby) donations accepted.

Did Ya Know?...City-wide leaf pickup program will run from Nov. 1 through Dec. 30. Call the Street Department at 237-702

today's laugh

A new monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to help the other monks in copying the old texts by hand.

He notices, however, that they are copying copies, not the original books. So, the new monk goes to the head monk to ask him about this. He points out that if there were an error in the first copy, that error would be continued in all of the other copies.

The head monk says "We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son." So, he goes down into the cellar with one of the copies to check it against the original.

Hours later, nobody has seen him. So, one of the monks goes downstairs to look for him. He hears a sobbing coming from the back of the cellar, and finds the old monk leaning over one of the original books crying. He asks what’s wrong.

The old monk sobs, "The word is celebrate."


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

Colt Objected to Being Crated.

J. W. Boss, of Avilla, brought a fine colt to town yesterday to ship by express to his brother, a railroad man at Paris, Texas. To make this possible the colt was crated and hauled to the train by Agent Andrea of the Wells Fargo. About this stage of the game, however, the colt asserted his objections to proceedings by kicking.

His protests were more effective than the ordinary "kick" and he was soon free of his crate. Shipment on that train was abandoned, and the colt was held until last night, when it was loaded loose into the express car, tied by a halter in one end and sent on to Texas enjoying more or less freedom.

Chocolate and wafers will be served for 10 at the Kings Daughters handkerchief sale next Monday at Miss Flora Lieter’s. Open at 1 o’clock.

  Today's Feature

Missouri Reps Split.

With unanimous support from Missouri Republican members, the U.S. House voted 229-193 Tuesday to reject Senate legislation that would extend a payroll tax cut for 160 million Americans for the next two months.

All six Missouri Republicans voted with the majority in opposition to the Senate bill, and all three Democrats voted for it. Democrats argue the best option, given the circumstances, is to pass the Senate bill, and come back to the issue after the holidays.

"Democrats and Republicans in the Senate both voted overwhelmingly for the bipartisan compromise legislation," said Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis. "Americans expect us to work together to create jobs for the good of the country, not play partisan games with their livelihood."

Republicans, however, contend that businesses need certainty regarding and that the tax cut should be extended for the entire year.

"The House has passed a reasonable, bipartisan bill that will provide a full year of tax certainty to the American people," said Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Harrisonville.

Jasper County Jail Count

191 December 21, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'

We had a small woodworkin’ shop in the high school I attended. Learned a little ‘bout tellin’ one wood from another and how to clean a finishin’ brush.

We didn’t have any group projects, each individual worked on somethin’ over the semester. Time was a pretty relative thing in our shop class. As long as your weren’t disturbin’ anyone, a project could be as simple or complex as ya wanted.

‘Course operatin’ power tools was always part of the day. I personally learned how to gently move sawed off end piece while the blade of the table saw was still runnin’ so as to remove a window pane. Happened quick with a bang and tinkle of glass and pretty much got ever’one’s attention in the shop. I still remember that lesson ever time I turn on a saw, but I haven’t ever repeated the trick.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Column



I have a 2009 Nissan Cube. I take the car to the dealer for oil changes. I always use synthetic, but at the last oil change, they put in regular oil by mistake. I drove the car for 3,000 miles and then asked them to put in synthetic oil. Now my husband says that I have "ruined" the engine by switching the oils back and forth. Is this true? He says that I immediately should have asked them to drain out the regular oil and replace it with synthetic before I drove the car away. What do you think?-- Mary

TOM: I think he’s got his head up his oil drain, Mary.

RAY: When synthetic oils first came out, we heard rumors that you shouldn’t switch from regular oil to synthetic, or vice versa. But we never saw any proof that this was more than a rumor.

TOM: And now several of the major oil companies sell synthetic blends, which are what? Mixtures of regular oil and synthetic! So they mix them right at the factory.

RAY: So obviously, no harm is done by mixing them in your crankcase, or switching from one to another.

TOM: So drive happily, Mary. It sounds like the only thing you ruined here is your husband’s credibility.

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