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,
The economist thought for several
minutes and finally answered, Four, plus or minus
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
dont 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
As theyre driving home
theyre 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!
Its a good thing we didnt catch any
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
73 Prisoners in Jail.
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
10th Acoustic Music Festival.
The 10th Annual Jim Spradling
Memorial Carthage Acoustic Music Festival will be
held on Friday, June 10th and Saturday, June
Fridays 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.
Saturdays 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 BRDs 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.
County Jail Count
198 June 8, 2011
Including Placed out of County
I still havent really
got used to the world of the caller ID.
Some how its just a
little eerie to have someone pick up the
phone and say "hi (insert your name
I suppose it take a curious
type to wanna always know whos
callin, but it goes farther than that.
Ive 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
didnt call em and why.
Id guess they got to
worryin if theyd missed some
important message. I tell em Im a
vacuum sweeper salesman wantin an
appointment. They tell me to get lost. At
least that saves the embarrassment of
explainin why I havent even
learned to use a phone yet.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
CLICK and CLACK
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
dont, 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
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 cant believe that replacing eight
plugs costs more than $300 and that I need to do
it 70,000 miles early. Whats the real story
here? Thank you. -- Ralph
RAY: Its 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 youve 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: Heres 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, thats $2,400. Not
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 doesnt always work.
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