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Monday, October 17, 2011 Volume XX, Number 84

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?...Carthage Business Women of Mo. have Black Walnuts, Pecans for sale. Walnuts, $10 lb, Pecans, pieces/halves $13 lb.358-3505.

today's laugh

"Some people would kick anywhere but in a football game," snorted the restaurant proprietor,"I can’t see what them epicures has got to complain about with this soup."

"They wouldn’t have no grouch coming sir," explained the waiter, tactfully, "if only the cook would admit it’s soup. He says it’s coffee."


The astronomy professor was lecturing. "I predict the end of the world in fifty million years."

"How many?" cried a frightened voice from the rear.

"Fifty million years."

"Oh," said the voice with a deep sigh of relief, "I thought you said fifteen million."


"Dear Emily," he wrote. "Words cannot express how much I regret having broken off our engagement. Will you please come back to me? Your absence leaves a space no one can fill. Please forgive me and let us start all over again, I need you so much. Yours forever, Bob.

"P.S. - By the way, congratulations on winning the lottery."


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

A Crippled Woman Abandoned.

Dr. Snyder, county physician, today sent a crippled woman named Scott to the poor farm. According to the story furnished by the neighbors, the unfortunate woman was abandoned by relatives, who did reside in a small house on Smelter Hill. The crippled woman lived with a family named McCullum, said to be her parents. Yesterday they moved to some unknown clime and left the poor crippled woman alone with no fire and nothing to eat. Neighbors discovered the poor woman’s condition and provided her something to eat. Today they reported the case to Dr. Snyder, who ordered Mrs. Scott sent to the county farm.

T.V. Porterson, a traveling representative of the Standard Oil Co., is in town today. He has heard of the oil indications northwest of Carthage and in Avilla vicinity, and is said to be here to investigate the same.


  Today's Feature

Three Minutes of Fame Contest Winners

The Chamber of Commerce offers its congratulations to the 45th Annual Maple Leaf Three Minutes of Fame Lip Sync Contest winners. This year’s contest was sponsored by Grundy’s Body & Frame Shop.

The following was released by the Chamber:

"In the Adult Division first place went to Atomic Tan for their "Chain of Fools". "Single Ladies" brought Lydia Vasquez, Katie Short and A.J. Lutz second place and St. Luke’s Nursing Center took third place with "Let Me Call Out Bingo".

In the Junior Division Natalie Gilliam and The Wedding Party took first place with "White Liar". In second place was Elizabeth Poe with "Popular". Third place went to the Carthage Jr. High 7th Grade Leadership Council for "Footloose".

Mya Schrader won first place in the Youth Division with "We Are Who We Are" and "Why Can’t We Be Friends" brought Maxyne Bennett second place.

Thank you to Emcee Cheryle Finley and Judges Tracy Asbell, Libby Peck, Chris Horine and Maple Leaf Grand Marshal Frank Saferite."

Jasper County Jail Count

192 October 114, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'

I was out drivin’ in the rain the other day, thinkin’ what a hassle it was. ‘Course it was good ta have the moisture after the long dry spell we had this summer, it was good to see a good long soakin’ rain rather than it all comin’ in a few hours.

As I was feelin’ sorry for myself havin’ to be gettin’ a little wet gettin’ in and out of the truck, I see this guy walkin’ down the street. Soaked to the bone, but acceptin’ the fact was makin’ his way. I pulled over and found he was a high school student on his way back to school. Gave him a ride, but only a few blocks. As I pulled out from droppin’ him off, a kid gets outa his car with an umbrella. He sees me and stops and turns a little and the wind catches his rain stopper and blows it up. The kid gets soaked. My day wasn’t so bad after all.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Column


By Samantha Mazzotta

A Plumber’s Snake? What’s That?

Q: One thing my uncle recommended when I moved into my recently purchased house is something called a plumber’s snake. Just what is that? I presume it’s for getting into pipes or something. -- Tammy in Des Moines, Iowa

A: You’re right, Tammy, it does have something to do with getting into pipes. Specifically, a plumber’s snake -- more professionally known as a hand auger -- is a handheld tool used for clearing clogs in drain lines.

Using the hand auger takes a little bit of practice. It’s not hard to use, but you’re fishing blind through the drainpipe, and figuring out the difference between a bend in the pipe and the actual clog can take a few tries. So, for example, let’s say you’re clearing a clog in a sink drain. You’ve either removed the trap (the U-bend pipe under the sink) or, if the trap has this, unscrewed the bolt at the bottom of the trap and let the water drain into a bucket. But the clog doesn’t clear (meaning it’s a little further back in the drain line). With the trap removed or the drain bolt unscrewed:

--Loosen the auger lock (the bolt sticking up at the feeder end of the auger) and feed the cable into the drain line.

--When you meet resistance, find out if you’re simply at a bend in the pipe. Feed out a few inches more cable so you have some extra sticking out of the pipe. Tighten down the auger lock. Slowly turn the auger handle clockwise, pushing slightly. If it’s a bend in the line, the resistance will stop and you can continue feeding cable.

--If the resistance doesn’t let up, you may have located a clog. Turn the handle a few more times to try and snag the clog material. Then, loosen the auger lock. Continue turning the handle clockwise to reel in the cable.

--If you meet solid resistance and then the cable slowly feeds in, with continuous resistance, you likely have a soap clog. Slowly continue to bore through the soap clog until resistance lessens. Then, retrieve the cable by loosening the auger lock and turning the handle clockwise.

Once you’ve taken care of the clog, reconnect the trap. Run hot water through the pipe, which will flush out loose debris or help break up that soap clog.

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