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Monday, January 17, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 143

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

A group of friends who went deer hunting separated into pairs for the day. That night, one hunter retuned alone, staggering under an eight-point buck. "Where is Mike?" asked another hunter. "He fainted a couple of miles up the trail," Mike’s partner answered. "You left him lying there alone and carried the deer back?" "A tough call," said the hunter. "But I figured no one is going to steal Mike."

A man gave the waiter his order, "Black coffee, no cream"

The waiter came back and apologized, "I’m sorry, we’re out of cream. Would you take your coffee without milk?"


Visiting a genealogist, a man asked how much it would cost to have his family tree traced. "It could cost thousands of dollars," said the woman. "I see. Well, isn’t there an easier way? A less expensive way?" "Sure," she replied. "Run for president."


Auntie Em, hate you, hate Kansas, taking the dog. Dorothy.


When I feel blue, I start breathing again.


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


No Game on Week Days, But a Tempting Plenty on Sunday.

A certain Carthage justice has been sorely tempted of late. His religious leanings and his inclination as a sportsman clash so seriously that he has had a sorry time.

"Why, I can go out to my farm any Sunday and see more rabbits and quail than you can shake a stick at, but on week days not a beast of the field, nor a fowl of the air."

The squire is a good shot, by the way. Last Sunday he drove out to his farm, south of town, and started across a field to pick some persimmons and, as he declares, the dog scared up at least seven rabbits. "Why didn’t you shoot?" asked a friend who heard the story told. "Didn’t have any gun—besides, as you know, I’m a good Methodist and never carry a gun on Sunday."

Well, to make a long story short, the rabbits got so thick that there were not holes enough in the rock fence for all of them, and the irreligious dogs caught one.

The squire kept on ‘looking for persimmons’ and a farm hand threw the rabbit into the buggy, where it was discovered ‘by accident’ the next day in town. There could be no harm in finding a rabbit on Monday, so the squire’s family had that Sunday rabbit for dinner on a week day.

  Today's Feature

To The Chief.

Taken from the Year End Report of the Carthage Police Department.

Chief Dagnan,

It is once again my privilege and my pleasure to present to you the Carthage Police Department Year End Report for 2010. As always, this is a group effort and I would like to thank the following individuals for their assistance; Captain Kaiser, Lt. Hawkins, Sgt. Dickey, Sgt. Martin, Detective Steffen, ACO Antwiler, PCO Miller, Secretary Christenson, and you.

Improvements were made in the jail with a mug camera integrated into our reporting software. A DVD providing field sobriety tests in Spanish along with a visual demonstration should save us time and money. Protective cases for patrol car equipment were placed in each patrol unit and the addition of the Command Bus has made Special Events such as Marian Days and Maple Leaf flow as smooth as ever. Digiticket arrived in August and has proven to make stops and the tracking of tickets and warnings much easier, as well as cutting down on the amount of time an officer spends on the stop, as well as on the report writing process. Near the end of the year, the formation of a Color / Honor Guard

was started and continues to progress. Sgt. Dickey, DARE Officer Provins and myself celebrated our thirtieth anniversary with the Carthage Police Department.

And I think I can speak for all of us in saying "Thank You" to the Citizens of the Community, the Elected Officials we have worked with and our Peers for their patience and assistance.

This past year was very busy with over 247,000 Miles driven, 6000+ arrests made, 10,264 buildings checked with 159 open doors found, and 846 vehicles unlocked, as well as all of the "Other" Police work that was undertaken. We are all looking forward to 2011.

Thanks again!!

Lt. W. D. Barksdale

Administrative Lieutenant / Patrol Division

Just Jake Talkin'

A good rain storm was most often considered a good sign in the rural community where I grew up. As long as the rain didn’t come durin’ harvest or when the hay was on the ground, it always seemed to perk up the farmers.

‘Course the farm kids I went to school with got some relief from workin’ the fields with a rain, so they got a little perk themselves. But, the soggy ground would sometimes lie in wait for the uninitiated.

A tractor is a strange machine. It’s capability of pull large loads is of little assistance when that power pulls the rear wheels into that mud hole you were warned not to approach. And when ya have ta walk back to the homestead and retrieve the farmer, the "I told you..." speech follows for years to come.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Columns



By Samantha Mazzotta

Door Bolt Is Out of Kilter

Q: Lately I’ve been having trouble locking the bolt on my back door. I have to lift the handle up slightly for the bolt to go all the way. How can I fix this? -- Leonard in Trenton, N.J.

A: There’s definitely a misalignment occurring. Either the door is slightly off kilter, or part of the lock assembly, the strike plate (the metal part on the door frame into which the bolt slides), needs adjustment.

First though, check to make sure the lock itself works correctly. Open the door and turn the lock handle to extend the bolt all the way, then turn it all the way back. Insert the key in the outside part of the lock and repeat this action, making sure the bolt slides easily all the way out and all the way back in. If there’s any difficulty doing this, clean and lubricate the lock’s moving parts.

Next, jiggle the strike plate. Is it tightly secured to the door frame, or is it loose? Strike plate screws can work loose or rip out of the frame wood, particularly if the plate was tampered with. Tighten the screws if they’re loose. If they won’t tighten, remove the plate and reset the screw holes by tapping a thin wooden dowel (or, ideally, a wooden golf tee) coated with wood glue into the holes. Trim away the dowel so it’s flush with the door frame, then drill a new screw hole in the dowel and screw the strike plate into place.

Shimming the strike plate also is possible. Placing a very thin slice of wood behind the strike plate will pull it forward. Chiseling out the wood behind the strike plate will set it back. You also can raise or lower the plate a few millimeters and drill new screw holes (you’ll probably have to place dowels in the old holes as listed above to keep the wood frame from splitting).

Adjusting the strike plate is easier, but you’ll still want to check the alignment of the door. If you have to shim out the strike plate so far that it’s at an angle, there’s definitely an issue. Get a helper or two and lift the door from its hinges. Position the door so that the bolt hits the strike plate smoothly and note the change of angle. Shim the appropriate door hinge (either the higher or the lower one) on the frame side to lift or lower the door to that angle.

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