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Wednesday, January 12, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 140

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?...Computer classes at the Family Literacy Center at 706 Orchard St. beginning on Wed. Jan. 12 at 10:00 a.m. There is no charge for these classes.

today's laugh

An inexperienced real estate salesman asked his boss if he could refund the deposit to an angry customer who had discovered that the lot he had bought was under water.

"What kind of salesman are you?" the boss scolded. "Get out there and sell him a boat."


Two men were walking through the woods and came upon a big black, deep hole. One man picked up a rock and tossed it into the hole and stood listening for the rock to hit bottom. There was no sound.

He turned to the other guy and said "that must be a deep hole...let’s throw a bigger rock in there and listen for it to hit bottom." The men found a bigger rock and both picked it up and lugged it to the hole and dropped it in.

They listened for some time and never heard a sound. Again, they agreed that this must be one deep hole and maybe they should throw something even bigger into it.

One man spotted a rail-road tie nearby. They picked up the tie, grunting and groaning, and lugged it to the hole. They tossed it in. No sound. All of a sudden, a goat came flying out of the woods, running like the wind, and flew past the men and jumped straight into the hole. The men were amazed.

About that time, an old hayseed farmer came out of the woods and asked the men if they had seen a goat. One man told the farmer of the incredible incident they had just witnessed...they had just seen this goat fly out of the woods and run and leap into the big hole. The man asked the farmer if this could have been his goat.

The old farmer said "naw, that can’t be my goat...he was chained to a railroad tie."


A waist is a terrible thing to mind!


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


The circuit court has been occupied most of yesterday and today in the case of the state vs. Geo. P. Walker, charged with embezzlement. Mr. Walker was indicted by a grand jury prior to the present term, but the case is just now reaching trial. The trouble grows out of a difference between the defendant and the Interstate Oil Co. of Kansas City, for which the defendant was the Joplin agent.

Over a year ago the oil company established an office at Joplin, and claims that the defendant was short in settlement and took more of the business than he was entitled to, to setup an independent agency The defendant claims that he had worked up the business at great pains and states that he settled equitably with the company in every respect, as well as turned over all the details of the agency to which they were entitled.

  Today's Feature

Visioning Process Begins.

The first meeting of the Downtown Visioning Committee met yesterday afternoon in City Hall. Members in attendance were encourage to "dream" of how they would like to see the Carthage downtown area in the next 15 to 20 years.

Professor Jay Garrott of Drury University told the committee that the idea of this exercise was not to consider budgetary or political limitations at this time. The main focus of the group would be to involve the community in creating a catalogue of ideas that could ultimately become a "toolkit" for the development of a specific long term visioning plan.

The Committee will work in conjunction with six students from Drury to develop the toolkit and then continue to revise the plan until it can submit a resolution to the City council for consideration recommending the developed community vision.

Professor Garrott says students from Drury have been involved in more than a dozen such projects including Webb City and Monett.

The committee selected Janet Stafford as Chair and Keith Zoromski Vice-Chair.

Just Jake Talkin'

I had a friend once that tried to operate his personal life on a five year plan. Any major decision would be viewed from the standpoint of whether or not it fit into the perimeters of the current outline.

He would try to use the end of the five year period to stop and evaluate whether the plan was workin’ or not. He would then either scrap the plan and draw up another one, or adjust and continue with a new modified model. Fortunately, he continued to include his wife and kids in all of the five year periods that I was acquainted with him. For some things, five years just isn’t really enough time to get a true evaluation.

But then, sometimes lookin’ back a few years can be the best guide for lookin’ ahead the next five.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Columns


By JoAnn Derson

• Remove mineral deposits from shower fixtures by removing them and boiling them in straight white vinegar for 15 minutes. Allow it to cool and then scrub with a brush. Rinse and reattach.

• Make a paste of cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide to remove rust stains from sinks or bathtubs.

• "To keep my preschooler organized when it comes time to get dressed, I fold outfits together and store them that way in his dresser. I use stickers on the drawers to show what kind of outfits it contains. For instance, long sleeves and pants are in the "snowflake" drawer, and regular jeans and T-shirts are in another drawer. Pajamas are in a drawer with big Z’s and a moon." -- P.C. in Oregon

• Recycle milk cartons by filling a couple with sand and storing them in your car. You can use this to add traction if you get stuck in the snow.

• "Spritz the heels and toes of your pantyhose with hairspray to help them last longer and have less runs. This has worked for me for 30 years." -- L.B. in Georgia

• "Rid carpets of static cling by mixing eight ounces of water and three tablespoons of liquid fabric softener in a spray bottle. Spray as needed." -- E.M. in Pennsylvania

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