The lawyer was cross-examining a witness.
"Isnt it true, "he
bellowed, "that you were I given $500.00 to throw
The witness did not answer. Instead, he
just stared out the window as though he hadnt heard
the question. The attorney repeated himself, again
getting the same reaction - no response.
Finally, the judge spoke to the
witness, "Please answer the question."
"Oh," said the startled
witness, "I thought he was talking to you."
Mrs. Swanson declined to serve on the
jury because she was not a believer in capital punishment
and didnt want her beliefs to get in the way of the
trial. "But, Madam," said the public defender,
who had taken a liking to her kind face and calm
demeanor, "this is not a murder trial. It is merely
a civil lawsuit being brought by a wife against her
husband. He gambled away the fifteen thousand dollars
hed promised to spend on a chinchilla coat for her
birthday." "Hmmm," reflected Mrs. Swanson.
"Okay, Ill serve, I could be wrong about
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
FOR CITY ATTORNEY.
I. F. Shannon, the republican candidate
for city attorney, is a native of Indiana. He was
educated in the common schools and Hanover college,
studied law and came west. In 1895 he came to Carthage
and was admitted to the bar of the state. He has made a
reputation as a sound lawyer and safe counselor.
During the two terms in which his
brother, H. L. Shannon, was prosecuting attorney of the
county, I. F. Shannon assisted him in the work of that
Mr. Shannon has a family, and is
generally known in the city and bears an unblemished
reputation in every respect. His experience and mature
judgment eminently qualify him for the discharge of all
of the important duties of the office for which he has
been nominated by the Republican party, and yet he is
young enough to actively attend to them all in person.
City Snow Policy.
The major winter storm that
created snow fall with accumulations of 12 to 18
inches has created a load for City workers and
emergency crews as well as individual citizens.
The Mayor and Emergency
Management officials recommended Monday that
citizens consider cancelling all non-essential
activities and travel for Tuesday, February 1,
and Wednesday, February 2.
Mayor Mike Harris said the City
has designated a special network of roads within
the city as a snow route system. Snow plow crews
cleared and applied deicer materials when
applicable to the designated Snow Route first,
which include Primary and Minor Arterial
roadways, and Collector streets in priority
order. "The goal is to provide emergency
response and the maximum level of service to the
greatest number of people as quickly as possible
when winter weather affects road conditions"
Citizens are requested to
assist in the snow removal program by: parking
off the street during inclement weather; trimming
low hanging branches from right-of-way trees, and
not allowing children to construct snow
structures or sled in the right-of-way.
Snow plowed from roads could
end up blocking private driveways for some time.
The Street Department recognizes the
inconvenience this causes. The City is unable to
remove these windrows of snow from the numerous
driveways within the City. To reduce the amount
of snow that might block a driveway, individuals
should shovel an open area approximately 15 feet
long along the curbline in advance of the
The Carthage Police department
advises that when road conditions get bad enough
they will respond to emergency calls only. Chief
Dagnan said, "We will not be able to respond
to accidents unless someone is injured and will
not respond to past tense crimes, only crimes in
progress in which someone may be harmed or damage
to property could be extreme."
NASCAR THIS WEEK
Better Times Ahead
at Petty Motorsports
Petty Enterprises won 10
championships in what is now known as the NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series, a total matched only by modern
dynamo Hendrick Motorsports.
But all 10 of the Petty
Enterprises titles came with men named Petty
behind the wheel. Richard Petty won seven
championships, while his father, Lee, won three.
Richard Pettys last championship occurred
The team currently known as
Richard Petty Motorsports is descended from Petty
Enterprises but is no longer wholly owned by the
family. The current team, recently reconfigured
once again in terms of ownership, has roots in
Petty Enterprises (268 Cup victories), Robert
Yates Racing (57) and Gillett Evernham
Kasey Kahne won twice in 2009
while employed at the team, but he has moved on
to Team Red Bull this year and is headed for
Hendrick Motorsports in 2012. A year ago, Richard
Petty Motorsports entered four Fords in each Cup
race: Kahne, A.J. Allmendinger, Paul Menard and
Elliott Sadler. Menard has since moved to Richard
Childress Racing, and Sadler is scheduled to
compete in the Camping World Truck Series.
Allmendinger, who finished 19th
in the 2010 Sprint Cup standings, is back, along
with newcomer Marcos Ambrose, who was 26th. The
team, no longer associated with previous
principal owner George Gillett, will field only
two Fords this year.
Petty regained control of the
team and managed to acquire new investors. The
decline of Gilletts business empire created
hardships, particularly during the latter half of
the 2010 season.
Allmendinger hopes, and
believes, that smaller will be better.
"This team has had a lot
of good resources, but it was just spread too
thin," he said.
"Obviously we went through
a rough time at the end of last year that we
fought through, and hopefully we are better
because of that. We are more funded now, and more
Ambrose, the Australian driver
previously at JTG/Daugherty Motorsports, said,
"We need to win, no doubt about it. We
expect to win. ... If we can win races and be
consistent, then you never know what is
I suppose like most, the
last couple a days has been an inconvenience.
The good part was that the blizzard of
011 was bad enough that the decision to
just give up and hunker down didnt take
much thought. It was just too bad for most
folks to get out. Beginnin yesterday
afternoon, the real decisions started
havin to be made. Most folks were
probly expected back at work today and
gettin there no doubt is not an easy
The City by that time had
most of the major roadways clear enough to
get around, but gettin outa the
driveway or diggin from under the piled
snow took some major effort for most and will
probly continue for the next few days.
Looks like the cold snap will be with us for
a while and the meltin will be slow ta
come. But like most situations, we will
survive the "Blizzard of
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
Metcalf Auto Supply
CLICK and CLACK
Dear Tom and Ray:
My 17 year-old niece is
interested in a 2007 Toyota Matrix, but it does
not have antilock brakes (ABS). she may be
heading to college in a place where it snows. Is
it critical to have ABS brakes? Should this be a
deal-breaker on the purchase of this car? - Carol
Tom: I think so. Id
scratch it off the list.
Ray: When youre dealing
with a young driver, you want to give him or here
every possible safety advantage, because we know
what young people tend to do with cars, right?
Drive them too fast, get distracted, make
mistakes due to inexperience and crash into
Tom: The purpose of ABS is to
allow the driver to keep steering the car during
an emergency stop. Without ABS, often the wheels
lock up, the car skids and turns sideways and the
driver loses control. With ABS, even while
slamming on the brakes, you still can steer, so
you have a chance to direct the car away from an
oncoming cliff or Lays Potato Chips van.
Ray: And thant an option
you want your niece to have, right?
Tom: These days, only the
cheapest cars, or the cheapest versions of cars,
come without ABS. And you guys found one.
Congratulations! Now keep looking.
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