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Friday, November 11, 2011 Volume XX, Number 103

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?...Did Ya Know?...Singles Reaching Out (West) will have a silent auction for "white elephants" Fri. Nov. 11 in the Ulmer’s Community room at 6:30 p.m. Pot-luck. Info call 388-3088 or 246-5604

Did Ya Know?...The Carthage Crisis Center will have their Thanksgiving Day Family Dinner from noon to 2 p.m. at their location at 100 S. Main. Free - Everyone is welcome that needs a place to celebrate.

today's laugh

My mother-in-law sent me two sweaters for Christmas, so when she arrived on her visit, I was wearing one.

She glared at me. "What’s wrong, didn’t you like the other one?"


Some buffalo are grazing on the open prairie when a cowboy rides up. Making a grim face, he says, "Why, you’re the ugliest animals I ever saw. Look at that matted fur, that ugly hump on your back, the way you drool."

One buffalo turns to another and says, "I think I just heard a discouraging word."


Mother was thrilled to see little Mildred sitting so quietly and said, "Millie, I’m so proud of you sitting like a little doll while your dad takes a nap."

Millie said, "I’m watching his cigarette burn down to his fingers."


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

ONLY WANTS $40,000.

A suit was filed in circuit court yesterday whereby Will Roberts by his next friend, Chas. M. Roberts, his father, asks for $5,000 actual and $5,000 exemplary damages against G.E. St. John, L.B. St. John and Ralph Wylie; also for $15,000 actual and $15,000 exemplary damages against Sheriff Warren and his bondsmen - a total of $40,000.

The suit arises from an incident which occurred last fall in which young Roberts was accused of stealing $15 from Ralph Wylie and was arrested and put through a sweating process to secure a confession. Roberts now wants damages to the extent of the above named amount.

Capt. J.F. Stephenson, of Kansas City, purchased a car load of mules of Henry Tangner yesterday and will ship them to Kansas City this evening.

  Today's Feature

Veteran’s Day Schedule.

The annual Veterans’ Day Program will be held today beginning at 10:30 in Memorial Hall featuring the music of the Heartland Band.

The program will start at 11 a.m. with the posting of the Colors and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. The National Anthem and an opening prayer by Sonny Elder, Chaplain of the Carthage VFW post will follow.

The Heartland Band will play marching music of each of the branches of military service. Veterans will be asked to stand when the music for their branch of service is played.

Carthage American Legion Post Commander Jerry Chapman will act as emcee and introduce this year’s speaker, Mike Bayless, Major, U.S. Army retired.

At the conclusion of the Bayless remarks, members of the Carthage Veterans Alliance will retrieve the Colors which will be followed by taps.

Following the program the First United Methodist Church (617 S. Main) will honor all veterans and their families to an appreciation dinner.

Jasper County Jail Count

? November 10, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'

I see where the major car manufacturers are gettin’ ready to go into production with the super gas mileage cars. They say they’ll get 70 to 80 miles per gallon.

The technology is combinin’ diesel engine with an electric motor and generator. Stuff ya read about in the 70’s in Popular Science. Even with relatively low fuel prices, bein’ able to go a thousand miles or so on a tank of gas has some appeal. Give ya some real leverage in shoppin’ for low prices at the pump.

A friend a mine’s dad would drive miles out of his way to save a few cents. Sometimes to the point of havin’ to buy a couple a bucks worth of gas to get back to the cheap station. With these new outfits, he could just carry an extra long extension cord.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Column

Finally, a Bump Up in Social Security

We’re about to receive our first Social Security cost-of-living increase in three years. But don’t rush out to buy jewels, furs and vehicles with your new riches: The increase will be 3.6 percent and will take effect in January.

These past two years were the first time since 1975 that there was no adjustment, but the economy changed just enough to trigger the small increase. The Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) is based on any increase in the Consumer Price Index from one year to the next.

The average Social Security check this year was $1,177. The 3.6 percent increase of $42.37 will bring that up to $1,219 per month in 2012.

Per the Social Security website, the earnings limit for those under age 66 is as follows: For those born in 1943 through 1954, the limit will be $14,640 with $1 deducted from benefits for each $2 earned over that amount. If you’ll turn 66 in 2012, you can earn up to $38,880 without penalty, but will lose $1 for every $3 you earn over that amount until the month you reach age 66. These limits are slight increases.

Then, too, there is the possibility of an increase in Medicare Part B premiums. (You should have gotten your Annual Notice of Change in the mail.) Your Social Security increase might be completely eaten up by the increase in Medicare premiums.

If you haven’t filed for Social Security, run the AARP Social Security Benefits Calculator [] to get a better idea of whether it will benefit you to wait, or to keep working and file at the same time.

To save money, the Social Security Administration no longer mails out annual statements.

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