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Thursday, June 9, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 244

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

A university committee was selecting a new dean. They had narrowed the candidates down to a mathematician, an economist and a lawyer.

Each was asked this question during their interview: ‘How much is two plus two?’

The mathematician answered immediately, ‘Four.’

The economist thought for several minutes and finally answered, ‘Four, plus or minus one.’

Finally the lawyer stood up, peered around the room and motioned silently for the committee members to gather close to him. In a hushed, conspiratorial tone, he replied, ‘How much do you want it to be?’


Two redneck guys go on a fishing trip.

They rent all the equipment: the reels, the rods, the wading suits, the rowboat, the car, and even a cabin in the woods.

The first day they go fishing, but they don’t catch anything.

The same thing happens on the second day, and on the third day.

It goes on like this until finally, on the last day of their vacation, one of the men catches a fish.

As they’re driving home they’re really depressed. One guy turns to the other and says, "Do you realize that this one lousy fish we caught cost us fifteen hundred dollars?"

The other guy says, "Wow! It’s a good thing we didn’t catch any more!"


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

73 Prisoners in Jail.

continued from yesterday

The jail was built to accommodate about 25 and can be judged if it is over-crowded. The cage where prisoners are kept contains 4 corridors, each about 18 X 5 feet. From each of these corridors open off 3 cells each 6 X 6 feet. In each of 3 of the corridors are 13 men. There is not a cell in the 3 corridors occupied at night by less than 4 and several of them by 5 men. The cells were intended to accommodate 2 prisoners each. There are only 12 cells in the jail and 1 of is a dungeon or blind cell. The officers even use this cell by placing trusty men in it and leaving the door open.

Heat in the cage in this weather is excessive. All day long the sun beats down on the tin roof and the iron cage absorbs the heat. It retains a sufficient quantity to keep the temperature high and make sleep impossible until after midnight. The men strip and lie about on the floors, sometimes almost fainting from the heat.

  Today's Feature

10th Acoustic Music Festival.

The 10th Annual Jim Spradling Memorial Carthage Acoustic Music Festival will be held on Friday, June 10th and Saturday, June 11th.

Friday’s events include a Pre-festival Concert in the Carthage Junior High School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Entertainers will include the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band, and the Hairy Vetch String Band. Tickets for the concert cost $7 to benefit the Fair Acres Family Y tornado relief effort.

Saturday’s free events begin at 10:00 a.m. on the Historic Carthage Square. Open stage will be held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Electrified instruments and pre-recorded music are not allowed. Scheduled bands will begin performing at 1:00 p.m. and include; Hairy Vetch String Band, the Alferd Packer Band, the On the Edge, Lem Sheppard, Fabulous BRD’s and No Apparent Reason. Indoor facilities are available in case of rain. Participants are requested to bring lawn chairs.

The Carthage Acoustic Music Festival is sponsored by Powers Museum. The event is produced in cooperation with the Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Jasper County Jail Count

198 June 8, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'

I still haven’t really got used to the world of the caller ID.

Some how it’s just a little eerie to have someone pick up the phone and say "hi (insert your name here)."

I suppose it take a curious type to wanna always know who’s callin’, but it goes farther than that. I’ve had calls from folks who after I dialed their number in error, realized it and hung up before there was an answer. The next day they were callin’ to find out who didn’t call ‘em and why.

I’d guess they got to worryin’ if they’d missed some important message. I tell ‘em I’m a vacuum sweeper salesman wantin’ an appointment. They tell me to get lost. At least that saves the embarrassment of explainin’ why I haven’t even learned to use a phone yet.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Column



I own a 2005 Ford F-150 truck with 31,000 miles that I purchased new in May 2005. A backyard mechanic told me that I should replace the spark plugs now, because if I don’t, I could damage the motor, and that would cost more than $2,400. The service manual states that the spark plugs should be replaced at 100,000 miles.

I stopped by the Ford dealership and talked to the service manager, and he stated that I should replace the spark plugs now to avoid possible engine damage if the spark plugs break off. He said the cost of replacing the spark plugs if they have no problems would be $302. I can’t believe that replacing eight plugs costs more than $300 and that I need to do it 70,000 miles early. What’s the real story here? Thank you. -- Ralph

RAY: It’s not a happy story, Ralph. Between 2004 and 2007, Ford made several 3-valve engines that had the unfortunate habit of refusing to give up their spark plugs. And you’ve got one of them.

TOM: For those who have Ford trucks from this era, the offending engines are the 3-valve 5.4-liter from 2004 to 2007, the 3-valve 4.6-liter from 2005 to 2007, and the 3-valve 6.8-liter from 2005 to 2007.

RAY: Here’s the problem. Apparently the head is designed in such a way that the heat or carbon from combustion fuses the plug into the head. When you try to remove the plug, it can break off. If it breaks, it takes a special tool and about $300 to get the remaining piece out of there. And if you have to drill out all eight of them, that’s $2,400. Not pretty.

TOM: Ford claims that it has released detailed instructions for using a special cleaner and penetrating oil to loosen up the plugs before taking them out. But as many owners can attest, it doesn’t always work.

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