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Monday, May 16, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 227

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?... The Disabled American Veterans & Auxiliary will be meeting on Tuesday May 17th at 7 pm on the 2nd floor of the Carthage Memorial Hall.

today's laugh

After five years of toil at a Wall Street law firm, an associate was burning the midnight oil at his office.

Suddenly, there was a flash of light, and a tower of smoke burst from the floor. Satan stepped out of the smoke, and addressed the lawyer. "I understand you’d give absolutely anything to make partner," said the devil, "So I’ve come here to make you an offer. I’ll make you a partner, but in return I will take the souls of your wife, your parents, your children, your grandchildren, and all of your friends."

The lawyer looked strangely puzzled, and thought hard for several minutes. Finally, he turned to Satan and asked, "What’s the catch?"


A law professor was lecturing to his students and asked them if they were familiar with Roe vs. Wade. When none of the students volunteered an answer, he called on Bambi in the front row.

Bambi thought hard for a moment and then finally replied, "That was the decision Washington had to make before crossing the Delaware."


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

Dwelling on Fulton Street Damaged Good Work of the Firemen.

The fire department was called out at 3:20 o’clock this afternoon by a blaze on South Fulton street. The roof of a small frame dwelling house owned by Mrs. M. J. Phillis and occupied by the family of W. H. Deamer caught fire, it is supposed, from a spark from the chimney and the entire roof was in flames when the department arrived. Mrs. Deamer built a bright fire in her cook stove this afternoon to boil some syrup and was busily engaged when a little girl, playing in the alley near the house, saw the smoke and gave the alarm. The fire department quickly responded and soon had the flames under control. Neighbors carried out all the household goods, even to the carpets, and the loss will be but slight in that particular. The roof and ceilings of the house were badly damaged, however. The building was insured for $500.

  Today's Feature

Humane Society Rescue Waggin’.

The Carthage Humane Society has become a partner in the national Rescue Waggin’ program

Every month, a Rescue Waggin’ vehicle will stop by the Carthage Humane Society to pick up homeless dogs and puppies that might otherwise be euthanized and transport them to other shelters where there are more adopters. Carthage Humane society staff and volunteers must select the dogs and puppies, evaluate them behaviorally for the trip, and give them a health exam before they can be considered for transport. The dogs picked up in Carthage will be transported to Wayside Waifs, an animal shelter in Kansas City, Mo., where they are guaranteed to find a new home.

"We’re very excited to have been selected to participate in this life-saving program," says Glenda Erwin, Interim Shelter Manager. "The Rescue Waggin’ program will be a lifesaver for so many of our dogs who have been waiting anziously for a loving home."

During transport on the Rescue Waggin’ vehicle, dogs and puppies receive an airconditioned custom-ride to their destination shelter, including piped-in lullabies. Arriving the same day, the dogs get 12-24 hours of ‘down time’ before getting a medical check-up, their spay/neuter surgery, and placement on the adoption floor. Dogs arriving on the Rescue Waggin’ vehicle are generall adopted within a week of their arrival.

"With three to four million pets still euthanized across the nation each year, we created the Rescue Waggin’ program to help shelters achieve their goals of getting more adoptable pets placed into good homes - wherever those homes may be," says Susana Della Maddalena, Executive Director of PetSmart Charities.

More than 55 animal shelters participate in the Rescue Waggin’ Program, which operates routes along the East Coast, Midwest, Great Plains and South Central states.

Jasper County Jail Count

196 May 12, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'

With all the talk of the "virtual office" where folks work at home via computer modems and such, there seems that now it ain’t what some hoped it would be cracked up to be.

There are a lot of advantages, no drivin’ in ta work, flexible schedules, and easy communication, but somethin’ seems ta be missin’. As much as most complain about the congestion, people still work better when they have interaction with other people.

For those who worry that people will get used ta sittin’ in front of a computer screen and never see the light a day again, this is good news.

I’m sure there were those who made predictions of doom when the telephone came around, prob’ly parents of teenagers.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Column


By Samantha Mazzotta

Furniture Repair

Q: Do you have any tips on making affordable repairs to wood furniture around the house? -- A Reader, via e-mail

A: There are so many different problems that can occur with furniture, and so many fixes, that it would be tough to list them all. Here are a few common issues with furniture finishes:

• Stains -- White stains on shellac or lacquer finishes are usually caused by water. Black spots under the finish can be caused by water damage or ink. Other staining material like crayon, grease or lipstick can mar any wood finish.

• Discoloration -- A white haze over lacquer or shellac finish also is caused by moisture.

• Marks -- Gouges, scratches and burns that cause physical damage to either the finish or the wood, or both.

So, how does one fix any or all of these common furniture ailments? There are a number of different ways to repair damage to the finish or the wood surface. I would recommend picking up a book on furniture repair and restoration to get a general idea of the best ways to fix different types of wood and different types of finishes.

Meantime, you can prepare yourself to tackle minor finish issues by keeping the following items in your toolkit or workshop:

--Sandpaper in several fine and super-fine grades

--Steel wool

--Buffing material (lint-free cloth or a buffing attachment)

--Liquid furniture polish

--Mineral oil and/or linseed oil

--Denatured alcohol

--Wood stain (a small can only, matching the color of your furniture)

--Finish (a small container matching the type of finish on your furniture)

--Wax furniture sticks

These basic items will allow you to tackle small stains on the finish, under the finish. You’ll also be able to quickly touch up scratches and dings.

HOME TIP: When repairing minor finish problems in furniture, start with the least intrusive method -- lightly polishing and buffing the area -- before taking more drastic measures.

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