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Monday, February 14, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 162

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?...Singles Reaching Out (West will have a Chili Cookoff & sing along Fri., Feb 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ulmers Community Room. Everyone invited - PotLuck. For info call Belinda - 359-9986

today's laugh

A poet and a scientist were traveling together on a plane. The scientist was bored and said to the poet, "Hey, you, do you want to play a game? I’ll ask you a question, and if you get it wrong, you give me $5. Then, you ask me a question, and if I can’t answer it, I’ll give you $5."

The poet thought about this for a moment, but he decided against it, seeing that the scientist was obviously a very bright man. He politely turned down the scientist’s offer.

The scientist, who was really bored, tried again. "Look, I’ll ask you a question, and if you can’t answer it, you give me $5. Then you ask me a question, and if I can’t answer it, I’ll give you $50."

The poet agreed. "Okay," the scientist said, "what is the exact distance between the Earth and the Moon?"

The poet, obviously not knowing the answer, didn’t stop to think about the scientist’s question. He took a $5 bill out of his pocket and handed it to the scientist.

The scientist happily accepted the bill and said, "Okay, now it’s your turn."

The poet thought about this for a few minutes, then asked, "All right, what goes up a mountain on three legs, but comes down on four?"

The bright glow quickly vanished from the scientist’s face. He thought about this for a long time, taking out his notepad and making numerous calculations. He finally gave up on his notepad and took out his laptop, using his Multimedia Encyclopedia. The scientist gave up. He reluctantly handed the poet a $50 bill.

The poet accepted it graciously, getting ready to stand up. "Wait!" the scientist shouted, "you can’t do this to me! What’s the answer?"

The poet looked at the scientist and calmly put a $5 bill into his hand.


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

Library to be Open Evenings.

A laboring man of this city is quoted as having said that he would oppose the library proposition next Tuesday because the library would be open only in the day time and would not therefore benefit men who work ten hours per day as this man does.

His position is a mistaken one, however. In conversation with Mayor Chaffee today a reporter was assured that he and his associates who have the appointing of the board of control will see that men are put in charge who will keep the library open each evening till at least 9 or 9:30 o’clock.

The man who was proposing his opposition as related above is taxed on an assessed valuation of $90. His library tax would therefore be 9 cents per year.

C. N. Maxey and Mrs. Mattie Ivie, of Webb City, had Judge Marion Brown unite them in wedlock at the court house yesterday afternoon.

  Today's Feature

Jasper County Extension Council

Members Elected.

Four members of the University of Missouri Extension Council of Jasper County were re-elected and six were newly elected in the balloting that ended January 26, 2011, according to Peter Carter, council chair.

The re-elected members are Emily Boydston, Debbie Carter, Peter Carter and Margaret Hartman. Newly elected members to serve two year terms are: Bradley Moll, Purcell; Don Blankenship, Brian Fosdick, Jeff Simpson, Jennifer Simpson, Carthage; and Tom Howard, Jasper.

These members will join the following hold-over members: Jim Creighton, Brent Erwin, Mike Grigg, George Heisten, Pedro Pantoja, Dixie Rockers, David Shaw, Joyce Shaw, Dorothy Shull, and Marilyn Thornberry.

Currently, the appointed members to the council are: Jim Honey (County Commission), Melodee Colbert-Kean (City of Joplin), Susan Knost (Farm Bureau) and Michele Hansford (City of Carthage).

The council has four major responsibilities. They are: (1) to advise the University of Missouri on needed extension educational programs, (2) approve the extension staff housed in Jasper County, (3) arrange for financing the Jasper County Extension Center and, (4) hold elections to perpetuate the Council.

Officers for the 2011 Council will be elected at the annual meeting being held at the First United Methodist Church in Carthage, Tuesday evening, February 15.

Just Jake Talkin'

I’ve been to a state fair or two.

My best recollection of a fair attraction is the clown at the water tank.

"High and dry, I’m sittin’ high and dry," he would heckle passersby. If he happened to get someone’s eye he would really turn on. He would then publicly ridicule the unfortunate dupe until he’d have ta plunk down a dollar or two just to show his girlfriend how ta deal with loud mouth clowns at the State Fair. Typically after five or eight dollars worth, the guy would walk away with the assurance the clown wouldn’t be wantin’ any more a that.

Climbin’ out of the tank, the chatter would start all over. A little soggy, but eight or ten dollars richer, the Clown looked for his next victim. "High and dry, I’m sittin’ High and Dry."

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Columns

Bathtub Refinishing Best Left to Pros

Q: I’ve got an old claw-foot tub that looks shabby but is pretty sound that I’d like to install in the bathroom I’m remodeling. I’d like to refinish it, but am not sure what materials to use or how long it would take. What do you recommend? -- Jim H., Philadelphia

A: You do have two options: the do-it-yourself refinish or a professional refinish. I may once have espoused the idea that you should tackle a tub refinishing job yourself, but over time have found that I prefer to spend my energies on other aspects of a bathroom remodel and not on trying to restore tubs and sinks.

With the do-it-yourself option there’s the investment in the right equipment and materials to do the job, and numerous hours are required to get it done. The tub needs to be scrubbed beyond clean and the surface prepped for the refinishing medium. Then the finish needs to be applied properly to avoid streaking or later cracking or peeling. All of this takes time and care, and you’ve got to work in a very well-ventilated area -- and still wear a protective filter mask, particularly when working with refinishing materials.

Even with all that, the refinish may go poorly and after hours of work you have a less-than-ideal-looking tub. With a claw-foot tub, which can add beauty and value to a bathroom, you want to really make it look good and last a long time.

This is where professional refinishing comes in. One of the bonuses of hiring a pro to do the refinish job is that this is a pretty competitive service in most areas, with several companies vying for your business. So you can get multiple quotes before making the decision to either have a professional handle the refinish, or attempt the job yourself.

HOME TIP: Always get a written estimate from a professional before agreeing to start any refinishing work.

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

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