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Monday, June27, 2011 Volume XX, Number 6

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers class will be offered July 13th and 20th at McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital. Cost for the class is $50. To reserve space call 359-1350.

today's laugh

"This is Mr. Murphy, let me talk to my lawyer."

The receptionist says "I’m terribly sorry Mr. Murphy, but your lawyer had a massive heart attack over the weekend and died."

Mr. Murphy says "Oh, OK" and hangs up.

An hour later he calls back and says "This is Mr. Murphy, let me talk to my lawyer."

The receptionist again tells him "I’m terribly sorry Mr. Murphy, but I told you that your lawyer had a massive heart attack over the weekend and died."

Mr. Murphy says "Oh, OK" and hangs up again

Abouty a half hour later Mr. Murphy calls back and says, "This is Mr. Murphy, let me talk to my lawyer."

The receptionist gets angry and says "What is wrong with you, I have told you twice that your lawyer had a massive heart attack over the weekend and died."

Mr. Murphy says "I know, I just like to hear it"


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

Severely Kicked by a Horse.

Mrs. Peter Galliger, living 6 miles west of Carthage on the J. M. Burgner farm, was severely kicked by a horse while gathering eggs in the stable last morning. She was kicked in the side, and her injury is regarded as very serious.

Prof. Whybark has returned from Golden City, Mo., Mound City, Pleasantton, and Blue Mound, Kas., where he has been teaching vocal music.

New Non-Commissioned Officers.

At the regular drill of the Light Guard last night the following appointments were announced: Corporal Chas. P. Wood to be sergeant; Privates Joe Stebbins, Bert McCullough and Jas. Simpson to be corporals. The appointments were made according to the excellence of the papers submitted by the men in a recent examination in drill regulations.

  Today's Feature

Marching Cobra Tickets now available.

Willie Arthur Smith’s Marching Cobra keepsake tickets are now available at the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, 402 S. Garrison and at UMB Bank locations in Carthage. You may also purchase tickets from Maple Leaf Festival committee members. Tickets are $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children ages 5-12, and free for children under 5 (limit 2 free admissions per paid adult). Tickets are nonrefundable.

Those who purchase tickets from UMB Bank locations or committee members must pay with cash or check. Tickets may be purchased with cash, check or charge at the Chamber office between 8:30 and 5:00 Monday thru Friday. Checks should be made payable to Carthage Chamber of Commerce with Maple Leaf in the subject line. Tickets may also be ordered by telephone with a credit card and delivered by mail until October 1st.

The Marching Cobras will perform at the Carthage R-9 Auditorium at 714 S Main in Carthage, Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Box office and doors open 30 minutes prior to the show.

Jasper County Jail Count

219 June 24, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'


I don’t know if it’s function or attitude.

It hit me the other day while tryin’ to negotiate the streets durin’ the High School lunch hour. Used ta be you could tell if a male and female in a car was a "couple." The girl would be sittin’ in the middle next to the male driver. Now a days ya don’t see that much.

Now the prevalence of bucket seats in autos today could be the explanation for this change in habits.

‘Course the other explanation may be that young females today are showin’ more independence. More than likely, it was not this generation that made the break from front seat coziness, but their mothers. Yet another cultural change brought to us by the 60’s, and a legacy to the Volkswagon Beetle.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Column

Fairy Rings

Q: I believe that I have two areas in my back lawn that are "fairy rings." They have a center of green grass that is surrounded by dead grass. Is there anything I can do about this? -- Fred J., Toronto

A: Fairy rings are caused by growth of a certain type of fungi (mushrooms), which, above the surface, grow within the dead or thin area of the circle. Below the surface, a dense fungal mat is usually well established by the time the characteristic "ring" appears on the lawn. These measure a couple feet in diameter but gradually expand over time, to as large as 20 feet.

The rings are annoying and, like most fungal growth, are very difficult to control. However, there are options to try.

One method, which can be undertaken quickly with minimal damage to the lawn, is to reduce the influence of fairy rings. Fertilize the area several times per year with nitrogen-rich fertilizer to mask the fairy rings somewhat. To stimulate grass growth in the dead areas of the rings, you’ll need to aerate and get water beneath the fungal mat (comprised of weblike mycelium fungus) that’s causing the problem. Do this by attaching a root feeder to your garden hose. Punch holes in the dying area about a foot apart and at least 12 inches deep, then insert the root feeder into the holes and saturate the ground underneath the mat with water. Repeat often. The idea is to change the soil moisture, increase airflow, and change the chemical makeup of the soil to retard growth.

A more invasive option, which must be undertaken carefully so as not to spread the fungus to other parts of the lawn, is to completely remove the affected sod, cutting out an area 1 foot beyond the edge of the rings. Then, dig out the soil to 1 foot in depth. Note that the sod and soil must be completely isolated from the rest of the lawn and disposed of far away.

Replace the soil with new, unaffected soil. Then either reseed or resod. North Dakota State University’s Agricultural Extension recommends reseeding rather than replacing the sod, as the risk of reintroducing the fungi is much lower.

HOME TIP: Fungi are the most common cause of lawn disease, but they can be managed and prevented with routine lawn maintenance, including proper watering, fertilization, mowing and ensuring the soil is aerated.

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