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Friday, November 25, 2011 Volume XX, Number 114

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?...City-wide leaf pickup program will run from Nov. 1 through Dec. 30. Call the Street Department at 237-7020 to be placed on list.

today's laugh

A man walks into a restaurant with a full-grown ostrich behind him, and as he sits, the waitress comes over and asks for their order. The man says, "I’ll have a hamburger, fries and a coke," and turns to the ostrich. "What’s yours?"

"I’ll have the same," says the ostrich.

A short time later the waitress returns with the order. "That will be $6.40 please," and the man reaches into his pocket and pulls out exact change for payment.

The next day, the man and the ostrich come again and the man says, "I’ll have a hamburger, fries and a coke," and the ostrich says, "I’ll have the same." Once again the man reaches into his pocket and pays with the exact change.

This becomes a routine until late one evening, the two enter again. "The usual?" asks the waitress.

"No, this is Friday night, so I will have a steak, baked potato and salad," says the man. "Same for me," says the ostrich.

A short time later the waitress comes with the order and says, "That will be $12.62." Once again the man pulls exact change out of his pocket and places it on the table.

The waitress can’t hold back her curiosity any longer. "Excuse me, sir. How do you manage to always come up with the exact change out of your pocket every time?"

"Well," says the man, "several years ago I was cleaning the attic and I found an old lamp. When I rubbed it a Genie appeared and offered me two wishes. My first wish was that if I ever had to pay for anything, just put my hand in my pocket, and the right amount of money would always be there."

"That’s brilliant!" says the waitress. "Most people would wish for a million dollars or something, but you’ll always be as rich as you want for as long as you live!"

"That’s right! Whether it’s a gallon of milk or a Rolls Royce, the exact money is always there," says the man.

The waitress asks, "One other thing, sir, what’s with the ostrich?"

The man sighs and answers, "My second wish was for a tall chick with long legs who agrees with everything I say.


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


Four Cases—Quarantine for Exposed Patients Expires Tuesday.

There are now four cases of smallpox at the detention hospital - no more and no less. These four have been reported. The first of these four in now believed to be past the crisis. Two have comparatively light cases and the fourth has a very severe case.

The gang quarantined in the "shack" on North Main street, where it broke out last, are all there yet, with no indications of any of them getting sick. The time for their contracting the disease will be up Tuesday, and if the weather turns bad their quarantine period will be up before the house near the hospital is finished.

W.D. Arnold and Will Rhodes drove out to the mines on the Hood land east of Reeds Monday. They report things very active there and everyone confident that it is destined to be a great camp.

  Today's Feature

Goodbye McCune-Brooks.

The City Council voted 9-0 to accept a lease agreement with Mercy Hospital for the McCune-Brooks Hospital building. Mercy will take over the operation on January 1, 2011. The initial term of the lease is fifty years with options for another 49 years. It also includes an option for Mercy to buy the operation outright after five years with the approval of voters in the community.

The proposed agreement was first made public during the last City Council meeting and has seen little public opposition.

McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital has struggled to meet bond covenants on the City backed $40 million construction financing since it relocated several years ago. The original hospital building on Centennial Avenue is now the new headquarters for the Carthage Water and Electiic Plant.

CW&EP has invested approximately $2.5 million in remodeling and updating the structure and recently occupied the building after being headquartered on the Carthage Square for the last hundred years.

Jasper County Jail Count

166 November 23, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County


ART NOTES from Hyde House

by Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral

It seems like our holiday time is here, as Thanksgiving is this week and we just completed our first Candy House Building class here at Hyde House this past Sunday afternoon. I welcomed nine girls aged 8-13 to our gallery to construct a gingerbread house each, covered with candies and icing. Each girl designed a different house, and in the two hours that they were here, they individually assembled their houses on decorative platters, decorating them with a variety of candies and trims. We enjoyed refreshments together, and at the end of the afternoon each girl took home her house along with additional supplies if she desired to continue to work on her project. I also gave each a copy of the guidelines and entry form for the contest held by St. Lukes on December 8th to be displayed at the Sassy Spoon downtown. Entries are to be delivered on the 1st, and there will be judging in both junior and senior divisions with the houses available for auctioning later, proceeds going back to the garden fund at St.Lukes. Our leftover candy will be donated to the Crisis Center. I will be closed this weekend as we continue our exhibition with Theresa Rankin’s beautiful oil paintings, but will re-open the following weekend instead, that being the first weekend of December. If you have not had a chance to come by and view this beautiful exhibition I encourage you to do so on one of those three days, the 2nd, 3rd or 4th, and enjoy our gallery which is decorated for Christmas! I will host our annual board’s Christmas luncheon on December 14th and that is always a fun time to give back to my wonderful board of directors. Happy Thanksgiving to all who are reading today!

Just Jake Talkin'

The annual influx of tourists and locals tourin’ the various displays of lights and the historic district has begun.

I don’t know if that is part of the noticeable increase in traffic, or if I’m just becomin’ more impatient as the days grow shorter.

With vehicles turnin’ their lights on earlier I’m guessin’ I’m just noticin’ the number of folks travelin’ here and there as I try to make my way to the house in the evenin’s.

‘Course I’m talkin’ ‘bout that long five or ten minute commute I make ever’day. Prob’ly be quicker to walk, but ya never know when ya might need ta get outa town in a hurry. I suppose I will have ta take my Christmas attitude adjustment and learn to have a little more patience for the season. There’s still the shoppin’ to do.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Column



A couple of months ago, I bought a used 2007 Tacoma truck from a Toyota dealer. The truck had 53,000 miles on it. After driving it for 5,000 miles, I took it to my local mechanic for an oil change. He, being the good mechanic that he is, checked the air filter. To his surprise, there was no filter element in there! He put one in and told me about his discovery. My question to you is this: How much damage could have been done to the motor in the 5,000 miles I drove it without an air filter? I intend to tell the dealer, but first I’d like to know what effects this missing filter could have on the truck.-- Jay

TOM: Well, you could have lost a few neighborhood birds in your engine, Jay. Or maybe a Toyota Yaris.

RAY: Actually, you probably did no damage at all, especially if you drove on normal, paved roads.

TOM: The air filter really protects the engine when you’re driving on dirt roads, when dust and grit are surrounding the car in a cloud and are being continuously sucked into the engine.

RAY: Still, I agree that it’s worth telling the dealer about it. First, they made a mistake, and they should know about it.

TOM: Second, you’ll solve a mystery for them. For two months, some mechanic has been wondering how he ended up with an extra brand-new air filter still in the box.

RAY: And finally, it’s reasonable to ask them for some kind of extended warranty on the engine. Or at least on low compression and burning oil. If you did suck some grit into the engine and damage it during the past 5,000 miles due to the dealer’s negligence, you probably won’t know about it for another 25,000 or 50,000 miles.

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