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Thursday, February 10, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 160

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?...There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive hosted at the Nazarene Church in Carthage Thursday, Feb. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 2000 Grand.

Did Ya Know?...Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre 796 S. Stone Lane will have the Special Valentine’s Day Performance Monday, February 14. Two One Act Plays, admission $25.00. Includes dinner and special Valentine treats. Call for reservations 358-9665

today's laugh

A farmer and his wife had just waken up one morning to the crowing of their rooster. While still in bed, the farmer’s wife says, "Pa, you know our neighbor Mr. Jones?"

"Yes Ma, I reckon I do," replied the sleepy farmer.

"Well, every morning before he leaves the house for work, he gives his wife a big ol’ kiss. Why don’t you ever do that?"

The farmer sighed and said, "Well, I reckon I can, but I just don’t know her very well."

A man and his girlfriend were out to dinner one night. "The chicken sounds good; I’ll have that," the woman says.

The waiter nods. "And the vegetable?" he asks.

"Oh, he’ll have the fish," she replies.

Seven-course meal? A hot dog and a six-pack


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


Carthage Boy Writes Home

Ft. Grant, Arizona: Well I have reached my landing place at last. It was a long tiresome trip. We went from Joplin to Kansas City and laid over there three days and swelled our number to thirty-five. Then on the train four days and three nights, and worst of all by stage twenty-eight miles.

We passed through southern ranges of the Rocky mountains, considered low but they looked very high to me. As we passed through the southern part of Colorado, we could plainly see Pike’s Peak, ninety miles away, piled high with snow.

I enjoyed my ride through New Mexico the most. There the houses are very strange and the people themselves are so odd and funny, they just stand and look at you, and don’t utter a sound. There are a great many wildcats here and coyotes are thick, the prairies are covered with prairie dogs.

  Today's Feature

Trivia Night.

The Carthage Chamber‘s 7th annual Trivia Night is scheduled for Friday, February 18th at the Carthage Memorial Hall. Doors open at 5:30 and trivia begins at 6:00.

Trivia Night Chairperson Tiffany Shores says "We have such a fantastic time every year. I always make sure I have a team!"

The cost is $160 to register a team. Entry fee includes all supplies, set-up, barbecue dinner provided by Boomer Sooner BBQ and two drinks tickets per player. Teams may have 4-8 members and may have representatives from multiple local businesses. There will be multiple rounds and cash prizes for the top three teams with largest combined scores. First place-$200, second place-$150 and third place-$100.

A nominal fee will be charged for spectators and will include barbecue dinner from Boomer Sooner BBQ and two drink tickets. A cash bar, sponsored by MaZ00’s Liquor, will be available.

For information contact Neely Myers at 358-2373 or


By Monte Dutton

Petty Gets Touch of Ambrose

Marcos Ambrose, the NASCAR driver from the Australian island of Tasmania, is hoping a change will put his Sprint Cup career back on track.

In his first full season, Ambrose finished a creditable 18th in the 2009 point standings while competing for JTG/Daugherty Racing, a Toyota team affiliated with Michael Waltrip Racing. He finished second at Watkins Glen, N.Y., and had three other top-five finishes.

But he fell to 26th in the Cup standings last season and moved to Richard Petty Motorsports this year. This puts Ambrose back in the Ford camp.

Ambrose, 34, has won the Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen in each of the past three seasons. He found his first success racing in Australia’s V8 SuperCar Series, winning the 2003-04 championships.

Asked about driving for a team named for NASCAR’s most successful driver, the good-natured Ambrose said, "Well, it is a little intimidating. Not only now will he say ‘Good-day, how is it going?’ but he will also want to know why I didn’t win the race. There is a lot of prestige being associated with Richard Petty Motorsports, and it is a real honor for me to drive for The King. I never thought I would get that chance.

"I’m looking forward to the opportunity, and hopefully, he is going to be proud of me, just like I am of his company."

Ambrose joked about teammate A.J. Allmendinger’s laughable attempts at an Australian accent, but added, "He and I get on great. We have known each other for a few years now, and it’s going to be fun to have him as a teammate."

While learning the ropes of oval-track racing, Ambrose has enjoyed the bulk of success in road races. Allmendinger also has a road-racing background.

"I think that both of us really want to just be known as NASCAR contenders," said Ambrose. "I know A.J. had a really good second half last year and has momentum. I’m trying to catch up to him as quickly as I can. We just want to be known as contenders every week. We want to be known not just as road-race specialists, but NASCAR drivers in general."

Just Jake Talkin'

The old story is that a fly born in a vinegar jar wouldn’t know any better and think it was the sweetest place on earth.

My theory is still that most folks would choose to live in this part of the country, especially Carthage, if they just knew such a place existed.

‘Course the down side a that is if ever’one moved here, it just wouldn’t be the same. I can remember an in-law that lived in LA bein’ thrilled that she found a home only 90 minutes drive from work. No thanks.

I personally enjoy bein’ a couple hours away from the big city. Close enough to be convenient, but far enough away to avoid the day-to-day hassle.

And as was reported by City personnel recently, we get to complain that the snow plow came down our street.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Columns



Dear Tom and Ray:

I recently had the timing belt replaced in my son’s car (a ‘97 VW Passat) by a local mechanic in southwest Michigan. The next day, my son left to drive back to New York City, where he is a student. An hour into Pennsylvania, the car clunked, he coasted to the side of the road, and the car wouldn’t start. A thousand dollars later, after replacing the ruined timing belt, we learned that three of the four cylinders in the engine were ruined and we would need a replacement engine, at a cost of around $4,000. Our local mechanic refunded the money we had spent for the first timing belt and said that his insurance would cover the cost of the replacement engine. The question: Are garages like medical practices, in that they carry malpractice insurance for situations like this, or is this something that just my local mechanic has done? -- Bruce

RAY: Yes, and yes.

TOM: Most reputable garages carry what we like to call "Bonehead Insurance." Why? Because occasionally, we all do boneheaded things.

RAY: Sure. One of your mechanics gets a phone call from his girlfriend, gets into an argument about last night’s "Dancing With the Stars" and forgets to refill a crankcase with oil.

Tom: Anyway, good shops carry insurance to cover their bigger mistakes. That way, they can apologize to the customer and pay for the necessary repairs without having to be taken to court. It makes everybody happier.

TOM: You’re lucky that you found an honest, decent mechanic. All mechanics make mistakes. The good ones make them right.

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