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Wednesday, October 19, 2011 Volume XX, Number 86

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Did Ya Know?...Singles Reaching Out (West) will meet at ElCharro, on Oct 28 for dinner at 6 p.m. Come and bring a friend. Info 388-3038 or 246-5604.

today's laugh

My mother is so passive-aggressive. She says things to me like, "You just can’t seem to do anything right, and that’s what I really love about you." Laura Silverman


I find that ducks’ opinion of me is greatly influenced by whether or not I have bread. Mitch Hedberg


I went into a general store. They wouldn’t let me buy anything specifically. -Steven Wright


I play tennis and I’m pretty good, but no matter how much I practice I’ll never be as good as a wall.

Mitch Hedberg


My dad didn’t like people as much as he liked his car. He even introduced it to people. "It’s my Bonneville," he said. "My family’s over there."

Then he went on, "It’s an American-made car. You can drive it head-on into a train and live." That was my cue to mutter, "You ought to try that, dad. The seven-fifteen’s coming around the bend."

Louie Anderson


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


The Sycamore street bridge over the Missouri Pacific railway has been completed and Mayor Harrington, Street Commissioner Eness and City Engineer Edwards drove out this morning, inspected the work and accepted the structure in the name of the city.

It is one of the largest and best bridges of the kind in the city and is the culmination of a twelve year fight with the Missouri Pacific railway to get a bridge built at this crossing, which is the last one where such a structure is necessary.

The city council recently requested that the graded approached to this bridge be rounded up in the middle, thus giving proper drainage at each side of the road, but the contractor already had the approaches graded flat, and as it was according to the specifications previously accepted by the city, the change could not be required.

The Missouri Pacific not only built this bridge, but have to keep it in repair.


  Today's Feature

Maple Leaf Parade Float Winners

Leggett and Platt took the Sweepstakes Award which is granted to the "most outstanding" unit of the parade for portraying the theme, showing exceptional artistic value and overall outstanding workmanship and exceeding all other parade entries.

The Chamber’s Choice Award was given to Carthage Health and Rehabilitation. This award is granted to a float that promotes the Carthage area and effectively portrays the image of the festival.

Butterball won the Artistic Achievement Award for having a float that surpassed all others in artistic value and creativity, both in uniqueness of the idea and the materials used and for outstanding workmanship.

The Community Image Awards are given to the best decorated units entered by non-profit organizations that promote goodwill and community pride. These floats are judged on theme, creativity, attractiveness and workmanship. This year’s adult award went to Carthage Church of Christ. The youth award went to 4-H.

The Freeman Ozark Center took this year’s Special Recognition Award which goes to a unit the judges feel merits extra recognition.

Jasper County Jail Count

198 October 18, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'

I see there was a recent study that say folks aren’t gettin’ enough sleep these days. I suppose such a study would have interested Tom Edison, who reportedly got through his life sleepin’ ‘bout four hours a night and a couple a cat naps durin’ the day.

Some research indicates that sleep is more of a mental rest that allows the brain to shut down for a while. This gives the gray matter time to sort through all the junk that gets crammed into it durin’ the day, sort out the stuff it needs ta keep, and sluff off the trash.

‘Course cat’s might have the right idea. They sleep about ninety percent of their life. I suppose if all humans had ta worry about was a portion of MeowMix and a clean cat box, we’d get a lot more sleep too.

This some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’

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Weekly Column

Halloween can be a spooky good time for children and adults alike, but the cost of costumes can be downright scary. When I was a child, my brother and I dressed as a pirate and a gypsy, respectively, for several years, as they were costumes that could be put together using things you might find around the house. This week’s focus is on inexpensive or FREE Halloween costumes. Happy Halloween!

• Most anyone can come up with a ghost costume (basically, a white sheet with eyes cut out and cut off at the bottom so it’s not too long). How about dressing up that ghost with costume jewelry and makeup, or a mustache/beard drawn on, with a tie and carrying a briefcase labeled “Scare Corporation”? Use hats or other dress-up accessories to make Dr. Ghost or Officer Ghost. The possibilities are endless.

• A basic scarecrow needs only a flannel shirt, a pair of jeans and socks, a floppy hat and some straw. Stuff wadded-up plastic bags into shirt or pants to fill, then use rubber bands to secure straw at the cuffs. Paint on a funny face. (Thanks to J.R. in Illinois.)

• Be an over-the-top tourist: A loud Hawaiian-style shirt paired with a pair of shorts, perhaps socks with sandals? Carry a camera on a strap around your neck. Use a small carry-on bag as your treat bag, or decorate a paper sack by gluing on squares cut from a map.

• Be Static Cling! Use safety pins to pin a variety of small items to your outfit -- think socks, scarves, even a pair of undies if you dare! Tease hair until it's standing straight up, and use hairspray to keep it that way.

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