What do you say to a
hitchhiker with one leg?
A New Yorker was forced to take a day
off from work to appear for a minor traffic summons. He
grew increasingly restless as he waited hour after
endless hour for his case to be heard.
When his name was called late in the
afternoon, he stood before the judge, only to hear that
court would be adjourned for the rest of the afternoon
and he would have to return the next day.
"What for?!?!?" he snapped at
His honor, equally irked by a tedious
day and sharp query, roared out loud: "Twenty
dollars contempt of court! Thats why!"
Then, noticing the man checking his
wallet, the judge relented:
"Thats all right. You
dont have to pay now."
The young man replied, "I know.
But Im just seeing if I have enough for two more
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
HALE M. BOGGESS.
Republican Candidate for City
Hale M. Boggess, the Republican
candidate for city treasurer, a portrait of whom is
herewith presented, was born in Bristol, West Virginia,
in 1879. He lived there till his father died in Feb. 1888
and with his mother and brothers he came to Carthage in
September 1889. Since that time he has been thrown on his
own resources and has wholly by his own efforts
accumulated what property he has, including a cozy home
on Olive street built about a year ago.
Mr. Boggess was for five years a
newspaper carrier for the Democrat. In 1896 he secured a
place as janitor of the Central National bank building,
which led to his later being given a subordinate position
in the bank. He has since worked his way up by degrees
till he is now the bookkeeper of that institution, and
one its most trusted and valued employees.
Mr. Boggess is a young man of sterling
character and will be able to give a bond in any size
required. He will make the city a good treasurer, and he
is the sort of a young man whom it will be a satisfaction
to see elected by a large majority.
The City Council Public Safety
Committee met last week. From the minutes:
"(Police) Chief Dagnan
reported that the police department had received
yet another anonymous $10,000.00 donation which
was from the same donor that gave the $10,000
being used to purchase a new phone system. Chief
Dagnan let the committee know the donor indicated
they would prefer the money be spent on Segway
personal transport vehicles to be used by the
police department. However, the money could be
spent on other items at the discretion of the
A motion was made by Mr. Rife
and the committee voted to recommend that the
council accept the donation.
(Fire) Chief (Thompson)
explained to the committee that the department
had received a donation of three flagpoles from
Crossland Construction to be used in the
firefighter memorial on the East side of the fire
department. Chief would like to request
permission to accept such donation and request to
be forwarded on to full council for their final
The Committee approved.
If ya buy gasoline, have
cable tv, use electricity, have a phone, and
heat with gas, your payin taxes. All
the bills you get include the tax in
em. The bill ya get at the end of the
year for City property tax is around 6% of
the City taxes citizens pay.
The sales tax is a little
harder to define since folks livin
outside the City do help to push that figure
up considerable. If ya figure every man,
woman and child in Carthage payed all the
sales tax, $1.6 million, thatd mean
ever one of the 13,000 some of em
spends over twelve thousand sales taxable
dollars a year in the City. NOT. We get a
lotta help from those just outside the City
and those just passin through.
The best way to increase
sales tax is to increase sales. The community
is not dependent on sales tax, it is
dependent on sales.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
THIS IS A HAMMER
By Samantha Mazzotta
Reseed Lawn Now
Q: Ive got a couple of
bald spots in my lawn that I plan to either
reseed or resod this spring. My neighbor told me
that I can reseed them right now -- in the middle
of winter -- without a problem. Wont the
newly sprouted grass just freeze and die? -- Joe
in White Plains, N.Y.
A: Its possible, and
often recommended, to go ahead and reseed bare
spots in the middle of winter. Most of the seeds
will lie dormant through the cold month or two
left, but as soon as the days lengthen and warm
up, youll begin to see fresh green growth
in those spots.
Theres no guarantee that
an early-spring cold snap wont freeze and
kill the grass, but buying the right variety of
grass seed for your climate will help prevent
this, as the new grass will be hardy enough to
withstand brief freezing temperatures.
Make sure the bald spots are
free of snow and ice -- working on an
above-freezing or sunny day is best. Clear away
debris and loosen matted thatch with a rake or
thatcher. Sow grass seed over the bare spot and
then put down a layer of straw to protect the
seeds from foraging birds, wind and water.
If youd rather put down
sod instead -- sometimes bare patches are just
too big to seed well -- hold off until late
winter or very early spring to make sure the sod
"takes" well, the ground isnt
frozen and theres less chance of cold
For sod, youll need to
clear the bald spot, then dig out old sod to a
depth of about 3 inches. Puncture the soil
underneath with a pitchfork to make it more
porous. Pack the new sod pieces tightly into the
cleared spot and tamp them down so theyre
almost level with, but slightly higher than, the
surrounding lawn. The sod will settle downward
over the next few weeks. Keep the sod damp for 10
to 12 days.
HOME TIP: De-thatching your
lawn in early spring helps loosen and aerate the
soil and grass roots, giving the grass more
opportunity to grow in thick and green.
When in doubt as to whether you
can safely or effectively complete a project,
consult a professional contractor.
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