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Monday, May 23, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 232

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?..The City of Carthage will be spraying for mosquitoes Monday, May 23 through Friday, May 27. Areas will be sprayed in the evening of the day the garbage is picked up between 8 p.m. and midnight.

today's laugh

George Phillips of Meridian Mississippi was going up to bed when his wife told him that he’d left the light on in the garden shed. George opened the back door to go turn off the light but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things.

He phoned the police, who asked "Is someone in your house?" and he said no. Then they said that all patrols were busy, and that he should simply lock his door and an officer would be along when available. George said "Okay," hung up, counted to 30, and phoned the police again.

"Hello. I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people in my shed. Well, you don’t have to worry about them now because I’ve just shot all the sons of guns!" Then he hung up.

Within five minutes three police cars, an Armed Response unit, and an ambulance showed up at the Phillips residence. Of course, the police caught the burglars. One of the policemen said to George: "I thought you said that you’d shot them!"

George said, "I thought you said there was nobody available!"


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

A Big Hotel In Prospect.

Rumors That One to be Constructed Here to Cost $75,000.

It was rumored on the streets today that the plan of forming a stock company to build a big hotel here is being discussed by a number of business men. It is stated on good authority that the matter is under serious consideration and that it is more than a possibility.

The report is that the company will lease Mr. G. A. Cassil’s lots at the corner of 6th and Main streets and there erect a handsome modern hotel of Carthage stone. It would only be a block from the square and directly on the street car line. The building, it is said, is to cost from $50,000 to $75,000 and the hotel is to be one of the nicest and best equipped in this section.

Circuit clerk Fred B. Norton and wife left last night for a trip to Port Arthur, Texas. They will be away about a week.

  Today's Feature


Bill on Governor’s Desk.

The bill allows a judge to release a person before trial on electronic monitoring or order a person to serve part or all of a sentence of confinement on electronic monitoring. All costs associated with electronic monitoring will be charged to the person on house arrest.

A judge may credit any period of electronic monitoring against any period of confinement or incarceration ordered; however, electronic monitoring will not be considered to be in custody or incarceration for purposes of eligibility for MO HealthNet benefits or for purposes of determining responsibility for the individual’s health care.

A court may not place an individual on electronic monitoring in lieu of the required imprisonment, community service, or court ordered treatment program involving community service, if individual is a prior, persistent, aggravated, or chronic offender sentenced pursuant to Section 577.023.

Jasper County Jail Count

194 May 19, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'

All I can say is it’s a good thing that she was sittin’ at a stop sign. I almost ran off the road just tryin’ to figure out what in the world was goin’ on. Here she was, sittin’ with no one near, laughin’ herself silly. .

All I can figure is she heard somethin’ on the radio that threw her into a fit of laughter.

Now I’m the first to stand up for the right of anyone ta be as funny as they want, as long as it’s under controlled circumstances. Out in public, I think there ought to be some guidelines as to what is considered acceptable community behavior.

And what about when someone gets the giggles and all the sudden ever’one’s laughin’. I’m tellin’ ya it has no place on the public streets. . Giggle free by 2023, there’s a campaign slogan.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Column


By Samantha Mazzotta

Invasive Plant Can Overrun Garden

Q: Help! I planted just one mint plant last summer in my flower and herb patch. It died off during the winter, but now several small mint plants are springing up around the dead plant and spreading out around the patch and into my grass. How can I limit this plant’s growth? -- Sandra H., via email

A: Mint, like several other types of plants (including bamboo, jasmine and wisteria among others), will take over your garden if it’s not watched carefully. As a weed, it’s opportunistic and hardy. Of course, it’s also a great herb to have on hand, especially in the heat of summer when it’s a great addition to a frosty porch drink.

As the plant is spreading right in the midst of the other plants in the flower and herb patch during the growth season, ripping all the offending roots out is not yet possible. Through the summer and early fall, hand-weed the mint back as close to its original spot as possible. Because the mint roots spread underground, be careful not to pull up the roots of surrounding herbs and flowers as you weed. Since you’re using it as part of the herb patch, don’t try using a weed-killing chemical on it.

To keep mint from spreading beyond its roots, don’t allow it to flower - snap off flowering extensions if and as they appear.

Once the growing season is over and all your herbs have been harvested, you can take more drastic measures. Dig up the garden patch, turning over the soil, so that you can locate and remove all of the plant’s root extensions. You may need to remove part of the lawn sod on which the mint spread as well, in order to locate and remove mint roots from it. Reseed or resod before the first hard frost -- otherwise cover with straw and reseed in early spring.

If you plan to keep the mint plant, I’d recommend carefully digging it up and transplanting it to a solid-sided pot. It can be then kept and tended above ground.

HOME TIP: Want to start an herb garden? Ask at your local garden shop, or research the best types of herbs for your area. Also learn how to keep invasive herbs from spreading beyond their growing area.

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