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Monday, September 12, 2011 Volume XX, Number 59

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Did Ya Know?.. The Family Literacy Center, 706 Orchard is holding English Classes 9-11 AM and 7-9 PM $20 per semester - No Child Care available 358-5926. Clases de Engle’s Empiezan -No hay guarderian.

today's laugh

At a nursing home in Florida, a group of senior citizens were sitting around talking about their aches and pains.

"My arms are so weak I can hardly lift this cup of coffee," said one.

"I know what you mean. My cataracts are so bad I can’t even see my coffee," replied another.

"I can’t turn my head because of the arthritis in my neck," said a third.

"My blood pressure pills make me dizzy," another contributed.

"I guess that’s the price we pay for getting old," winced an old man. Then there was a short moment of silence.

"Thank God we can all still drive," said one woman cheerfully.


It’s a nasty day, and a guy gets pulled over for speeding.

The cop says, "Isn’t it kind of dumb to be driving so fast in this storm?"

The driver says, "Who’s dumb? You’re the one who’s standing out in the rain."


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


H.R. Loudon and D.J. Matteson of St. Louis, adjusters for the leading fire insurance companies of the state, were in the city today, testing the pressure of the city water plant, the condition of the fire plugs, fire department pump house and other fire fighting facilities.

A test of the water pressure was made by the fire department at 4 o’clock this afternoon on the northeast corner of the square. Three streams were turned on at once and averaged a horizontal throw of 125 feet, while one stream alone threw 150 feet.

The requirement of the water works are a perpendicular throw of 90 feet by five 1 1/4 inch nozzles at once.The test was considered fairly satisfactory. Quite a crowd was attracted by the firemen playing the hose about the north and east sides of the square.

  Today's Feature

Maple Leaf Circus Tickets Are Now Available.


The 45th annual Maple Leaf Festival is excited to announce the addition of the Kelly Miller Circus to this year’s festivities.

The circus will roll into town Sunday, October 16, 2011. Everyone is invited to come out and watch the animals being unloaded and fed, and the elephants raising the big top. Activities begin at 7:30 am and the tent will be raised at 9:00 am. Guides will be furnished for school groups and anyone attending. The traditional old style circus will present two performances at 2:00 and 5:00 pm.

Tickets can be purchased at sponsor locations, Carthage Chamber of Commerce, Farmer’s Insurance-Marian Cook Agency, All Things Grand-Carthage and Joplin locations, Arvest Bank-Carthage locations, Cornerstone Family Dental, Lucky J Restaurant and Arena and Sirloin Stockade.

The 2011 season has many new acts and entertainers, elephants, tigers, horses and a cast of international circus stars under a beautiful circus big top.

Jasper County Jail Count

183 September 9, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'

Most folks have a problem understandin’ that they don’t own their sidewalk, but they are responsible for taken care of it. Kinda like a stray cat that shows up for dinner ever night. There has been some discussion over that fact for quite a few years as can be observed in the various and sundry condition of the sidewalks in the City. The other ordinance that is sometimes referred to is one requirin’ sidewalks for all residential areas. I haven’t personally looked that one up, but there seems ta be some concern that one hasn’t been enforced either.

This is not a quick fix type a problem for sure. Other cities have put together programs where there was some type of program worked out so land owners could either pay for improvements over a length of time or some other shared payment type setup. Surely we can find some solution.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Column


By Samantha Mazzotta

Toilet’s Antics Drive Wife Mad

Q: The toilet in our master bedroom, for no reason I can explain, will randomly start running for a few minutes and then stop again. Of course, it is accompanied each time by a faint hissing sound as the water flows into the tank and then a "clunk" when it stops. At night, this is incredibly annoying. My wife wants it fixed ASAP. Is this something that can be fixed quickly, or do I need to call a plumber? -- Hoyt C., Vero Beach, Fla.

A: There’s a good chance you can fix this yourself. What’s happening is that water is silently trickling from the upper tank into the toilet bowl. When the water level of the tank drops to a certain point (below the range of the float ball or indicator), the inlet valve at the bottom of the tank opens up and the tank refills. Once the water level rises and returns the float ball or indicator to its top position, the valve closes and the water stops. Often you’ll hear a "clunk" or chain rattle as this happens.

To verify a slow leak, mark the water level at its highest point (right after it finishes refilling from a flush) with a crayon, then close the inlet valve under the tank. Come back in a half hour to an hour to see if the water level has fallen.

Next, try to locate the cause of the leak. If there’s no water on the floor (indicating bad seals or a cracked tank -- a definite contact-the-plumber sign) then the flapper valve -- the big valve in the center of the tank that dumps water into the bowl with each flush -- is the likely culprit.

The problem could be as simple as a misaligned flapper valve. This is most commonly caused by a lift chain or lift arm that is too long or too short. (The lift chain or arm literally lifts the flapper valve up when you push the flush handle -- try it now and see.) Adjust the chain by placing the connecting hook (the hook that attaches the chain to the upper lift arm) into a different rung of the chain. Adjust a vertical lift arm by either slightly bending or straightening the arm.

If the adjustment doesn’t work, consider the age of the flush assembly. The seals may be breaking down, especially in a hard-water environment. Replacement assemblies can be purchased at your local home-improvement store (be sure to bring the toilet’s brand and model number with you to get the correct fit).

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