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Monday, June13, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 246

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?..The Nazarene Church located at 2000 Grand will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, June 16 from 11:30 am until 6 p.m.

Did Ya Know?..PRCA & WPRA Presents World Class Benefit Rodeo Entertainment in Carthage, June 17 & 18 starting at 7:30 p.m. nightly. A percentage of the proceeds being donated to the Rebuild Joplin effort.

today's laugh

It is illegal for hens to lay eggs before 8 am and after 4 pm in Norfolk, Virginia.

In McDonald, Ohio, farmers cannot march a goose down a city street. And fowl, particularly roosters, are prohibited from going into bakeries in Massachusetts.

In Kansas, it is illegal for chicken thieves to work during daylight hours.

In Pennsylvania, no one is allowed to shoot bullfrogs on a Sunday.

In Arizona, the bullfrog-hunting season is permanently closed.

French Lick Springs, Indiana, once passed a law requiring all black cats to wear bells on Friday the 13th.

Madison, Wisconsin, will not allow joint custody of a family pet when a couple divorces - the animal is legally awarded to whoever happens to have possession of it at the time of the initial separation.


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

Held Up In Cassil Place.

Chas. Hines, a well known young man of this city, was held up and robbed of $2 in front of G. W. Read’s residence in Cassil place yesterday morning about 4 o’clock. He was on his way up town to join a party to drive to Wentworth and look at some mining land. His assailant was a burly man.

Mr. Hines was walking along rapidly when a man accosted him with, "Hold on a minute." He promptly stopped, thinking the fellow wanted a match. As the man approached, Hines saw that he held in one hand a revolver and in the other a short club. "Hold up your hands," he commanded, but this Hines refused to do and he was dealt a stunning blow over the eye with the club. The blow staggered him but he made a snatch for the revolver and was dealt another blow on the forearm that almost paralyzed it. "Stand still or I’ll brain you," commanded the man and the young man obeyed without further parleying.

  Today's Feature

Tow Restraining Order.

Attorney General Chris Koster’s office has obtained a temporary restraining order against a Kansas City towing company for violations of Missouri’s Merchandising Practices Act in the aftermath of the May 22, Joplin tornado.

Koster said Independence Tow & Recovery, Inc., was towing semi-tractors and trailers that had been damaged by the tornado and then demanding an amount for towing that was considerably more than the fair market price in the area. In some instances, vehicles were towed without authorization of the owners.

"Unfortunately, there are always those who will take advantage of unsuspecting consumers during times of tragedy," Koster said, "I want to continue to assure consumers that this office will be aggressive in going after those who engage in this illegal behavior."

Koster said the court order prohibits the defendant from conducting business in Joplin, from disposing of or relocating any of the vehicles towed without written authorization of the owner, and from disposing of any documents related to the towing.

Jasper County Jail Count

192 June 10, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'

If your tavelin’ out on the highway and the speed limit is 65 there are a couple of variables that have ta be considered.

First is the 50 mph drivers. Some of ‘em are farm trucks with loads and such, bein’ careful. Others are folks who just aren’t comfortable with any higher speed. Sometimes annoying, but understandable.

The other variable is the driver that thinks 65 really means 75 or 80. This is also annoying and at least perceived by most to be even more dangerous than the poky driver. Still, this is a variable that is understandable.

I personally think the most annoying and dangerous driver is the one that drives at around 60. A slow vehicle you pass. A fast car ya just stay outa the way. The half fast ones might as well be drivin’ down the middle of the road.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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By Samantha Mazzotta

Don’t Forget Those A/C Filters

Q: Recently when visiting an elderly relative, I noticed how warm her house was and asked if her air conditioner was working OK. She said yes, that the unit had been repaired last summer, but just never seemed to cool things down very well.

The outdoor unit looked to be working just fine, except that it had been running nonstop throughout my visit. When I went back inside the house I found a potential problem. When I looked up at the air intake filter, which was set in the hallway ceiling, I saw a thick coat of dust. I immediately grabbed a stepladder and opened the filter panel, and was rewarded with a shower of dust. The air filter was encrusted with thick dust. It had not been changed in at least a year, maybe longer!

I shut off the air conditioner at the thermostat, removed the old filter, dusted and cleaned the intake area and filter panel as best I could, and put in a new filter. Then I turned the air conditioning back on.

The result? My relative called me a few hours later and asked me to stop by and turn the temperature up a few degrees, as she was too cold. I got the number of the repair service that fixed her outside unit so I could blister their ears about not also checking and changing the air filters as part of the service, and to schedule a checkup of her air-conditioning system. I sent this to you in hopes that readers will remember to change the filters on their air conditioning units regularly -- it can make a huge difference in a home’s temperature. - Jim T., via e-mail

A: Thanks for the excellent reminder, Jim! Readers, air conditioning or heating unit filters should be changed every month during the busiest cooling or heating seasons (winter and summer) if the unit runs every day, and once every two months during off-peak seasons when the units don’t run as much.

On another note, kudos for checking in on your relative. Especially in the hottest part of summer, it’s important to stop by or call older relatives or neighbors and make sure they’re doing all right.

HOME TIP: A routine A/C maintenance by a certified technician includes a check of the condenser, filters, electrical components and refrigerant level, as well as cleaning the coils, oiling the motor (if necessary) and calibrating the thermostat.

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