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Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 145

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

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine, they lay down for the night, and went to sleep.

Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend.

"Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see."

Watson replied, "I see millions and millions of stars."

"What does that tell you?" Holmes asked.

Watson pondered for a minute. "Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets.

Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all-powerful and that we are small and insignificant.

Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.

What does it tell you?"

Holmes was silent for a minute, then spoke.

"Watson, you idiot. Somebody has stolen our tent!"


A preacher was standing at the pulpit giving his Sunday sermon when a note was passed to him. The only word written on the sheet was IDIOT. Looking up at the congregation, the preacher smiled and said: I have heard of men who write letters and forget to sign their names but this is the first time I will see a man sign his name and forget to write the letters.


Two antarcticans were walking in the woods when they came upon some tracks.

The first said, "You know, those look like deer tracks." The other said, "No, silly, those are moose tracks." They were still arguing about it when a train hit them.


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

Railroad Man Dies Here.

J. J. Blake, a St. Louis railroad man, died of consumption yesterday about 2:30 p.m., at the home of his wife’s father, J. W. Hart, on Valley street. He came here about two months ago in a very low condition and has grown steadily worse. He was employed in the yards of the Vandalia railroad at St. Louis. He leaves a wife and two step children.

The funeral will be held tomorrow at 3 p.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic church, Rev. Father Scheele officiating.


Miss Gertrude Armitage, of North McGregor street, delightfully entertained a few friends last night. Dancing, music and games were the order of the evening. Elegant refreshments were served. The following were present: Misses Frances Sigler, Nellie Garland, Clara Coffeen, Mary Kellogg, Jessie Payne and Pansy Clifton; Messrs Karl Twitchell, Claud Murdock, Carl Fry and Bond Haughawout.

  Today's Feature

Chamber Supports Sales Tax Extension.

News Release -The Carthage Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to support the February 8 ballot issue of the continuation of the Capital Improvements tax for the City of Carthage.

The Chamber board feels that the City has been a good steward of past funding. The City, as previously established, transferred 95% of the annual capital improvements sales tax receipts to the Carthage Water & Electric to pay debt service payment on previously voter approved necessary utility projects which included the construction of two new water wells, two new elevated water storage tanks and over 17,000 feet of distribution line improvements. The City used 5% of the proceeds to make storm water system improvements.

The continuation of the sales tax will be used to fund the City of Carthage’s capital improvements program which includes over 190 projects totaling more than $44 million. The tax will fund projects such as North Garrison Street bridges, storm water projects, Baker Avenue Widening, Oak Street bridge improvements, fire department equipment, etc. The City has been unable to fund the list of projects and equipment due to the lack of revenue.

"The tax is necessary to make improvements to the community," stated Sabrina Drackert, President/Economic Development Director of the Carthage Chamber of Commerce. "To help Carthage grow and prosper we have to take care of our assets. If we are unable to pay for roads and bridges, how can we expect businesses to move into the community?" All people, including visitors, purchasing items inside the City of Carthage will pay the capital improvements tax.

The tax is a renewal of an existing sales tax that was approved by the voters in 1996 for capital improvements. The sales tax rate of 1%, will not change and will continue for 20 years after the current tax terminates in March 2012.

Just Jake Talkin'

It was the classic final few seconds of the basketball game. My brother’s high school team was down by one point. The coach had the team on the sideline with a time out because my brother had just been fouled and was preparin’ for a 1 and 1 free throw. Classic.

The coach was tryin’ settle the team down and turned to my brother to soothe the nerves.

"I don’t care what anyone else thinks," he said, "I think you can make it."

My brother didn’t get a chance to win the game, ‘cause he missed his first attempt. No tellin’ what the coach woulda said to him if there was the game winnin’ throw on the line instead of the tiein’ shot. I’m sure he woulda come up with other memorable words of wisdom.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Columns


By JoAnn Derson

• "Stir eggs while boiling to keep the yolks centered, such as when you are making deviled eggs or soft-boiled eggs for breakfast." -- T.D. in Mississippi

• Kitchen substitution: Make your own "sour milk" to stand in for buttermilk. Just add 1 tablespoon of either white vinegar or lemon juice to a measuring cup, then add enough milk to make a cup. Stir and let stand a minute or two before using.

• To prevent hangnails, give yourself a hand massage and use a little olive oil while you’re at it. Rub a few drops of the oil into your nail beds for healthier cuticles.

• Your bar of soap will last longer if you let it dry out for a few days before using it.

• "If you have leftover paint in your can, get a balloon and blow it up to fit in the empty space of the can. Press it into the paint can and close the lid. It keeps a scummy glob from forming on the paint’s surface." -- A.C. in Washington

• Want a great, fluffy omelet? Use room-temperature eggs and add water instead of milk.

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