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Monday, March 14, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 182

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?...The Carthage Humane Society is asking for donations of canned & dry dog food and old newspapers due to an unusual amount of puppies coming into the shelter. Call 358-6402

Did Ya Know?...Spare Cat Rescue will host "Tom Cat Tuesdays each Tuesday in March. Low-cost neuter clinic. Call 358-1300 for appointment.

today's laugh

"Is there anything wrong?" asked bartender of the young, well-dressed customer who sat staring grimly into his drink. "Two months ago my grandfather died and left me one- hundred thousand dollars" said the man. "That doesn’t sound like anything to be upset about," said the bartender. "It should happen to me." "Yeah," said the sour young man, "but last month an uncle on my father’s side passed away. He left me ninety-five thousand dollars." "So why are you sitting here looking so unhappy?" Asked the bartender. "This month – so far – not a cent."


A crying, three-legged dog walks into a bar and says, "I’m looking for the man who shot my paw."


A set of jumper cables goes into a bar. The bartender sees them and asks, "Hey, what are you doing in here?" "Just want to have a drink and relax awhile," was the reply. "Well, all right. Just don’t start anything!"


Grandpa: boy, how many miles do you walk to school?

Boy: about a half mile.

Grandpa: when I was your age I walked eight miles to school every day. Boy, what are your grades like?

Boy: they are mostly B’s.

Grandpa: when I was your age I got all A’s. Boy, have you ever gotten into a fight?

Boy: only two times and the boy beat me up.

Grandpa: When I was your age I was in a fight every day. Boy, how old are you?

Boy: 9 years old.

Grandpa: when I was your age I was 11


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


Elmer Ellis, of Mound and Maple, the Victim, but not Seriously Hurt.

Elmer Ellis, the nine-year-old son of Mrs. Tennessee Ellis, of the northeast corner of Mound and Maple streets, was knocked down by a runaway horse yesterday afternoon about five o’clock. He was much cut and bruised, but it is thought not seriously injured.

The horse belonged to Frank Melugin, . The horse had been led to the Melugin front fence, but became scared at something, broke his halter and ran wildly east on Mound street.

The boy who was hauling a basket of laundry, saw the horse coming and turned out to one side of the road just as the horse turned the same way to go around the little wagon. The result was that he struck the wagon, hurling it violently against the boy, knocking him onto the hard and rocky ground with great force. The boy bled a great deal and was cut on the head in two or three places and his face was badly skinned, one eye swelling shut in a few seconds. Dr. Burch was called and dressed his injuries in good shape. The horse turned south on Main street and was caught near Second street.

  Today's Feature

Carver Scholarship.

The George Washington Carver Birthplace Association (CBA), in conjunction with the George Washington Carver National Monument, is pleased to accept applications for the 2011 Scholastic Scholarship. This scholarship program recognizes educational excellence and outstanding public service in honor of Dr. George Washington Carver, Educator, Scientist, and Humanitarian. This scholarship opportunity is designed to inspire the creative minds of young people who are seeking a post high school education in Science, Art, Agriculture, Music, or Education. The amount of the award is $500.00 for the 2011/12 academic year ($250.00/semester). To be considered eligible, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

1. Must be graduating from an accredited local high school in the spring of 2011 and be eligible for enrollment in college by the fall of 2011, or be completing a high school equivalent home school program in the spring of 2011 and be eligible for enrollment in college by the fall of 2011.

2. Be pursuing study in one of the following disciplines: Science, Art, Agriculture, Music, or Education.

3. Attend an accredited college (2 or 4 years) within 75 miles of George Washington Carver National Monument; or attend Iowa State University, Tuskegee University, or Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.

4. Criteria used to award scholarship include: need, academic achievement and community involvement.

5. If selected as a finalist, applicants may be asked to complete an interview with the scholarship committee.

Just Jake Talkin'

If you’re like me, ya wonder exactly where that money goes that ya might give to any certain organization. That is prob’ly one a the best reasons to consider the Carthage United Way. Most of the money either stays right here in Carthage or is used for services available to local people. Only about 11% is used for administration and campaign expenses.

One a the things that is impressive is the way the Carthage United Way Board of Directors are good stewards of your money. All agencies that receive funding are held accountable for those funds. They present their budget for scrutiny each year and available funding is spread in an equitable manner. If you have an extra buck or two a month, ya couldn’t find a better place to put it to use.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Columns


By Samantha Mazzotta

The Best of the Best

Q: I’m planning to buy my first handheld drill, but I’m torn as to what to pick: a drill with a power cord, or a cordless drill? Don’t rechargeable drills have less power? -- Sandra U., Detroit

A: For overall usefulness, I’d go with a rechargeable cordless drill. And I’d spend the extra money for a quality model. That way you’re going to get a tool that has plenty of power for several levels of household repair tasks and a good quality rechargeable battery that will last a good while.

Of course, the top benefit of a cordless drill is ease of use: You just grab it out of the charger and take it anywhere in the house. No need to worry about how long the cord is or where your extension cord is at.


Q: I’m utterly confused at all the varieties of nails out there. Can you explain which types are used for what? -- Jim in San Diego

A: Once a do-it-yourselfer finds he or she needs nails classified somewhat more distinctly than "big" or "small," the right nail for the job can be somewhat elusive. Here’s some basic nail terminology.

• Nail length is measured in a unit called a "penny," or "d" for short. An 8-penny or "8d" nail is 2.5 inches long, while a 10-penny or "10d" nail is 3 inches long.

• "Common" nails typically measure 6d, 8d or 10d and are used for simple repair tasks; they have a wider, flat head and no threading.

• "Finishing" nails are used for interior or exterior trim or paneling; they have small heads that can be driven below the surface and hidden under putty.

• "Barbed" nails have small barbs pointing backwards from the tip and have more holding power than a common nail (but can destroy the wood when pulled out).

• "Annular threaded" nails have a series of backward-facing grooves and are used to put up plywood and drywall.

• "Spiral" nails have just that, a spiral groove that turns the nail as it’s driven in. They’re typically used on hardwood flooring.

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