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Monday, June 6, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 241

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.

today's laugh

A husband read an article to his wife about how many words Women use a day... 30,000 to a man’s 15,000.

The wife replied, "The reason has to be because we have to repeat everything to men"...

The husband then turned to his wife and asked, "What?"


According to a recent government publication...

A billion seconds ago Harry Truman was president.

A billion minutes ago was just after the time of Christ.

A billion dollars ago was late yesterday at the U.S. Treasury.


"I took my parents back to the airport today. They’re flying home tomorrow."

--Margaret Smith


"An elementary school in Santa Monica is banning tag from the playground. They’re afraid that the game could affect children’s self esteem. This also could prevent the spread of ‘kooties’."

--Jay Leno


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

Former Carthage Man Killed Ex-Senator McTaggart, of Kansas.

The Kansas city papers of this morning contain extended accounts of the killing of ex-Senator Daniel McTaggart at his home near Liberty, nine miles north of Coffeyville, Kansas, yesterday morning. His slayer was Henry Shesley, a former well known Carthage man, who was for years head miller for the Cowgill & Hill Milling Co. of this city. His victim was one of the most widely known politicians in Kansas.

Shesley and his son have rented a mill of McTaggart for the past two or three years and they had a law suit over the deal. McTaggart got judgment against Shesley and the constable had levied on some of the latter’s property and was selling it at the time of the killing. McTaggart was sitting down at his home when he was killed. Shesley walked up to him, placed a revolver to his breast and fired a shot, inflicting a wound which caused his death a few hours later.

  Today's Feature

Homeschool Day

Homeschool educators and students are invited to a homeschool day at George Washington Carver National Monument on Friday, June 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Children will learn about 19th century life on the Carver farm. Learning stations may include old-fashioned toys & games, lye soap and laundry, one-room schooling, corn planting and shelling, or storytelling. Home educators are encouraged to bring their children, bring a picnic, and invite other homeschool families to attend. This program is free of charge but reservations are required. Please call to reserve a place for your family.

Administered by the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior, George Washington Carver National Monument preserves the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver, scientist, educator, and humanitarian. The monument is located two miles west of Diamond, Missouri on Highway V, then mile south on Carver Road. For more information, please call the park at (417) 325-4151 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Jasper County Jail Count

192 June 3, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'

Some things aare better not ta know.

Take makin’ hot dogs. I don’t have the slightest desire to even hear ‘bout it.

My brother worked on a farm as a kid. He was recruited to help gather up the volunteers for supper one evenin’. Didn’t eat chicken for years after that.

Had a friend a mine who didn’t know the name of the person he admired the most. Said it was that brave soul who first decided that eatin’ eggs was a good idea.

There are some things that I do have an interest in, I just don’t want to see it dramatized on the tube and turned into a three hour stretch to see how much sufferin’ one audience can tolerate.

The old sayin’ that ignorance is bliss may not be as simple as it appears. There are folks who just know too much for their own good.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Column


By Samantha Mazzotta

Shelf Doors Need Small Adjustment

Q: I purchased a shelf unit for my bathroom, one of those put-it-together-yourself things, that includes a set of doors on hinges. I built everything according to directions and used the pre-drilled holes to set the hinges and hang the doors. However, they don’t meet in the middle -- there’s a three-quarter inch gap between them. I don’t know if this was intentional, but it bugs me. Is it advisable to reset the screws or hinges to close the gap? The unit is made of particle board, but is pretty sturdy. -- A Reader, via email

A: The adjustment on both sides would be just over a quarter inch. This should be far enough to drill new screw holes that would hold securely without damaging the area near the old screw holes. So, I say, go for it. Just remember the old adage to measure twice, cut once.

As you noted, the particle board material of the unit means that once it’s put together, you should avoid removing any of the screws or nails as they likely can’t be put back in the same place and still securely hold the boards together. So you’ll need to measure and mark the distance you want to shift the doors while they’re still hanging, on both the high and low hinges. Double- and triple-check to ensure the upper and lower hinges will sit in line with each other so that the door hangs straight.

Using a helper to keep the door from tearing away, carefully unscrew the hinges where they meet the door and lift the door away. Locate the marked area (and here’s another good time to check the measurements). Drill pilot holes that are significantly smaller in diameter than the hinge screws.

With your helper holding the door in place, reattach the door to the hinge at the new pilot holes. Test the door to make sure it opens and closes properly. Repeat all this with the second door.

Once the doors are re-hung, fill the old screw holes with wood putty, let dry, sand smooth and touch-up with paint or stain to match the rest of the unit.

HOME TIP: Small gouges in particle board furniture can be inexpensively repaired by sanding lightly, filling the gouge with like-colored wood putty, then sanding smooth once the putty is dry.

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