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Monday, January 3, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 135

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?...The Carthage Business Women of Missouri have Black Walnuts and Pecans for $9 a pound. Sales supports a Scholarship Program. 358-3505

today's laugh

An Israeli doctor says: "Medicine in my country is so advanced that we can take a kidney out of one man, put it in another, and have him looking for work in 6 weeks." A British doctor says: "That is nothing; we can take a lung out of one person, put it in another, and have him looking for work in 4 weeks." A Canadian doctor says: "In my country, medicine is so advanced that we can take half a heart out of one person, put it in another, and have them both looking for work in 2 weeks." A Nigerian doctor, not to be outdone, says: "You guys are way behind...... We just took a man with NO brain, made him President, and now the whole country is looking for work.


"I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy - but that could change."

-- Vice President Dan Quayle, 5/22/89


A candidate for city council was doing some door-to-door campaigning, and things were going pretty well, he thought, till he came to the house of a grouchy-looking fellow. After the candidate’s little speech, the fellow said, "Vote for you? Why I’d rather vote for the Devil!"

"I understand," said the candidate, "but in case your friend is not running, may I count on your support?"


Nominated for quote of the year is the statement made by Texas Congressman Dick Armey when asked: "If you had been in President Clinton’s place, would you have resigned?"


Armey responded: "If I were in the President’s place, I would not have gotten a chance to resign. I would be laying in a pool of my own blood, looking up and listening to Mrs. Armey saying, "How do I reload this damn thing?"


Is there another word for synonym?


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

Stonemasons All Busy.

"There is more work for stonemasons now in progress in Carthage," said a local stone contractor last night, "than I ever knew at this time of year before. There is not only lots of building going on, but many new stone walks are being laid. There will be plenty of work for stonemasons in Carthage all through the winter, which is unsual for any town.

Entertained at Whist.

Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Leach entertained at whist last night in honor of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Gowdy, who have lately arrived in the city and are stopping at the Arlington hotel.

The guests were, Mr. and Mrs. Milt Davison, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Meehan, Miss Leona Dodwell, Mrs. Gowdy’s sister, Miss Adell Reece, John Emerson and Leigh Dodwell.

  Today's Feature

Council Race Gains Momentem.

City Hall reports that six individuals have filed for three of the six available seats for City Council. Wards 1,2, and 3 are still not represented.

Ward 1 No one yet

Ward 2 No one yet

Ward 3 No one yet

Ward 4 Two Openings (2 year and

1 Year)

2 year term opening

Bill Welch

302 Euclid

Dan Rife

1841 Wynnwood

1 year term opening

John Cooper

1333 Hafner Ct

Lee Carlson

721 Euclid Blvd

Ward 5

2 year term opening

Adam David Givens

1722 Hillcrest

Ed Hardesty

118 Wiggins

Just Jake Talkin'

My mom used ta relay fond memories of roller skatin’ as a kid.

The small town that I grew up in had maybe four or five blocks of sidewalks. Didn’t do much sidewalk skatin’. Ya can’t roller skate on a gravel road either (or in a buffalo herd I’m told.)

As kids, we did always have a bicycle. This form of recreation and transportation did fit in to the community’s rural character. We of course didn’t limit our experience to merely makin’ idle trips to the drug store soda fountain, we sought adventure.

Concrete blocks with a two by twelve made one of the initial tests of courage. Later we would ride up one side of a teeter-totter and down the other side. I never got the hang of ridin’ a bike on a railroad rail, but then, it wasn’t far to fall.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Columns



By Samantha Mazzotta

Caulking Basics

Q: I feel kind of like an idiot for asking, but how do you use a caulking gun? I want to touch up the corners around my tub, but I’ve never used or even seen one of these. Is there a certain type of caulk to use? -- Ma in Idaho

A: That’s not a dumb question at all -- selecting and using the right tool for the job is important.

A caulking gun is a really convenient tool for dispensing caulk. You don’t have to use one -- caulk can be applied by hand or with a putty knife -- but the caulking gun is fairly precise and generally less messy than other methods.

Because you’re sealing the corners of your bathtub, you need a caulk that’s water resistant and also adheres well to the tub and wall. Latex caulk formulated specifically for bathroom use is the best all-around choice.

To re-caulk around the tub, first remove the old caulk. Silicone caulk is soft and rubbery and can be cut with a knife, so you can use a sharp blade to carefully slice the caulk away from surfaces. Latex caulk is hard and can’t be cut with a knife, plus it tends to crumble after deteriorating. To make removing latex caulk easier, borrow a heat gun and use it on its lowest setting to just soften the caulk, then scrape away with a putty knife or other tool. Wipe the cleaned area with denatured alcohol to remove soap scum, then spray some mold and mildew remover. Let the area dry overnight.

Finally, you can use your new caulking gun! Unwrap that sucker as well as one of the cartridges of caulk you purchased along with it. Cut open the tip of the cartridge at a 45-degree angle (this helps in application), then use a nail to puncture the seal inside the tip. Put the cartridge into the cradle with the tip sticking through the front. Push the plunger forward as far as possible, then turn the handle to face downward, which engages the trigger.

Pointing the tip at a spare sheet of paper, pull the trigger a few times until a consistent flow is established. Then, apply caulk to the tub corners by holding the gun at a 45-degree angle and right in the crack between tub and wall. Use a putty knife or index card to wipe away excess and press the caulk into the crack. Let dry for at least 24 hours before using the tub.

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