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Thursday, May 18, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 230

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Did Ya Know?.. Acoustic jam at Red OakII every Sat. starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Salem Country Church. All styles of acoustic music welcomed.

today's laugh

A Congressman was once asked about his attitude toward whiskey.

"If you mean the demon drink that poisons the mind, pollutes the body, desecrates family life, and inflames sinners, then I’m against it."

"But if you mean the elixir of Christmas cheer, the shield against winter chill, the taxable potion that puts needed funds into public coffers to comfort little crippled children, then I’m for it.

"This is my position, and I will not compromise!"


A pair of congressmen met for lunch to hash out their political differences. Ten minutes into the meal, one angrily pounded the table. "You’re lying!" he shouted.

"Of course I’m lying," the other said, "but hear me out."


This year Groundhog Day and the State of the Union Address are on the same day.

As Air America Radio pointed out, "It is an ironic juxtaposition: one involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to a creature of little intelligence for prognostication, and the other involves a groundhog."


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

Dr. Brooks in St. Louis.

Yesterday’s St. Louis Globe-Democrat contains some interesting chat under the head of "Gossip with the Medicos," about prominent physicians attending the meeting of the Missouri Medical Society in that city. The following will be of particular interest to Carthaginians, as it refers to Dr. R. F. Brooks, of this city, who is quite prominent in the convention, and read a paper on Bright’s disease.

The most striking figure in the convention so far as personal appearance is concerned, is Dr. Brooks, of Carthage. He is recognized as a skilled surgeon. He is tall and angular and wears his hair cropped quite closely on the top of the head, but allows it to fall in festoons about his ears.

He undid a years work by a prominent St Louis physician on the croup by simply telling that he had four cases of the croup and they all died. He added, "Does that look like croup is a mild disease?

  Today's Feature

More Sheriff/Commission Talk.

Jasper County Archie Dunn and the Jasper County Commission had another rather confrontational exchange during the regular meeting of the Commission Tuesday morning in the Carthage Courthouse.

The discussion began with Presiding Commissioner John Bartosh questioning the request by Dunn to make an interest only payment on a lease/purchase agreement originally authorized by the Commission in 2007 for a communications tower.

Dunn told the Commission that the interest only payment was in his budget that the Commission authorized last January and he had made arrangements with the bank to allow the adjustment for this year. The bank, however, wanted the "blessing" of the Commission to complete the deal.

Commissioner Darieus Adams said the Commission assumed that the payment was in the budget when some line items were combined. The Commission did not authorize the deal. They want at least a portion of the principle to be paid. They said funds are available in other parts of the Sheriff’s budget.

Jasper County Jail Count

194 May 18, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County


By Monte Dutton

This Time It Counts for Regan Smith

DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Twice Regan Smith has crossed a Sprint Cup finish line first. At Darlington Raceway, it finally counted.

There’s no need to dredge up 2008, when Smith was penalized at the end of a race at Talladega credited to Tony Stewart. Besides, Smith said he’d rather win the Southern 500 anyway.

What’s the use of living in the past? What’s the use of letting old wounds fester?

"This isn’t a knock on Talladega at all, but I would trade [it all] for one win in the Southern 500," said Smith in the wee hours of Sunday morning. "This is so special. We were looking at the names and faces on the trophy.

"You think about it. My face is going to be right there next to these guys and it’s going to be there forever. You can’t change that. It certainly means a lot to me."

Some races go to the guy in the fastest car. Others go to the guy who plays his cards right. Darlington isn’t a rabbit. No one pulls it out of a hat. Strategy -- staying out while others pitted -- put Smith in position, but when the field went to the post for the final time, Smith’s betting line was about the same as a horse named Animal Kingdom earlier in the day.

Carl Edwards couldn’t catch him. Enough said.

Smith drives a relatively plain black Chevy headquartered in Denver, Colo., in the only sport where the most important Denver (at least until Saturday night) was in North Carolina. It’s No. 78, for gosh sakes. That’s like an outfielder wearing, uh, No. 78.

The odds are still long, but things are looking up. Smith’s still starring in "Mission: Impossible." For his next task, which he chooses to accept, he has to prove that a "1" in the 10th race is more significant than the 24.4 average of the first nine.

"Any win is special," said Smith. "This one is even more special. To get the first one here ... it’s certainly a big deal.

"We survived and we won."

That’s the way it works at Darlington.

Just Jake Talkin'

I never knew ‘xactly how long a "nick" was, but I gotta figure it’s pretty short. The cavalry always arrived just in the nick of time.‘Course I never had any idea what a "nack" was at all. I just know my grandmother kept all her nacks on a shelf with her nicks. There wasn’t a nack shelf and a nick shelf, always a nick nack shelf.

Actually all this comes from the word knack. Knickknack is apparently someone’s idea of the plural of knack. A collection of knacks is a knackery. Reminiscent of a hatchery I suppose. That may explain why so many knacks and knicks are chicks.

A room used to store a collection of knickknacks is called a knickknackatory.

I don’t recall ever hearin’ that term, but I think my aunt may have qualified as an unwitting keeper of a multilevel knickknackatory.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Column



Dear Tom and Ray:

I have a 1998 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan with the six-cylinder engine. Whenever I drive through a puddle, the belt slips off. I have replaced the water pump, idler pulley and tensioner, to no avail. This occurs so often that I must carry a specially modified wrench underneath my driver’s seat so I can stop and put the belt back on. I have become so proficient at this that I can put the belt back on in less than four minutes. I have asked numerous mechanics, both shadetree and dealership, but have stumped them all. Can you explain the cause and provide a solution so that I may hang the wrench back up in my garage? -- William

RAY: Well, we can’t fix your car, William, but if you really can change a belt in four minutes flat, I’d be happy to offer you my brother’s job.

TOM: Actually, this is a common problem with Chrysler minivans of that era. Usually when a belt slips off, it’s due to either a worn-out belt or a misaligned pulley.

RAY: If the pulleys aren’t all in the same exact plane, the one that’s out of line will try to tug the belt either forward or backward out of that plane, and with the help of something slippery -- like some water -- it often can succeed in pulling off the belt.

TOM: So about five years ago, Gates came up with a set of replacement parts you can have installed that WILL solve the problem.

RAY: The Gates kit contains a special double-sided, grooved belt and matching grooved tensioner and idler pulleys.

TOM: The kit costs just over $100, and your mechanic can get it from his Gates supplier and install it for you (we’re told Goodyear has a similar kit). Then you can hang that wrench back up until the next thing breaks.

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