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Tuesday, April 30, 2002 Volume X, Number 222

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Public Library will be closed until 2 p.m. on Tues., April 30th, and open from 2-8 p.m. During these closed hours the staff will be installing four new public computers.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Humane Society will be open from 9-4 p.m. on Sat., May 4th and from 12-4 p.m. on Sun., May 5th. They will also be on the Carthage square from 11-3 p.m. on Thurs., May 11th for a Special Adoption Day. If your pet if missing call 358-6402 ASAP.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Annual Residential City Wide Spring Clean Up is on Saturday, May 4th, 2002. No trash is to be placed at pickup points until Friday night. Items should be placed at your regular designated pick up. Rocks, batteries, refrigerators, freezers, A.C.’s, yard waste, paint, chemicals, hazardous household waste, and items over 75 lbs. will not be picked up.

today's laugh

"Your face is clean," the mother said, "but how did you get your hands so dirty?"
"Washing my face," replied the young boy.

He walked through a screen door and strained himself.

My ear is ringing. Pardon me, while I answer it.


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


The first dire results of the big flood were felt last night about 9 o’clock, when the electric light plant was compelled to shut down, and the city streets and business houses, hotels and halls were in darkness during the blackest night.

Paradoxical as it may seem, too much water on the outside made it impossible for the light plant boilers to get enough water inside. The flood washed a bank of mud and debris up over the check valves where the boilers take water from the pond, and choked it completely up. Then the plant had to quit business.

Supt. Ford worked till midnight and today had a force of eleven men all day long at work undoing the mischief. The pipes are still flooded and it is necessary to work under a foot or two of water. This makes progress slow, but Supt. Ford hopes to be able to fire up his boilers by dusk this evening.

  Today's Feature

Budget Hearings Begin.

The City Council Budget/Ways and Means Committee has scheduled meetings for three days this week to begin the budget process for the fiscal year 2003, which begins July 1, 2002.

The Monday meeting dealt with the various department budgets. Although typically few actual decisions are determined during this phase of the process, department heads do get an opportunity to explain any specific requests they have for the upcoming budget. The process also helps Council members understand the parameters under which departments are organized and operated.

The meeting this evening is scheduled for agencies that contract with the City for services. This year the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau will likely be responsible for administrating lodging tax funding and deal with those agencies requesting lodging tax funds. The Budget Committee is scheduled to hear requests from the Carthage Humane Society, the Chamber, contracting for economic development, the CVB, youth baseball and softball, and Main Street Carthage which requested some operational funding.

Just Jake Talkin'



If all goes as expected, the annual budget process for the City should be streamlined somewhat this year.

In years past, much of the time and discussion was absorbed by requests for funding from outside agencies. The proposed setup with the CVB handling those requests should leave the Council to deal with more routine aspects of the budget. Most of which is consumed by personnel expenses.

I’m guessin’ this year the major decisions, as in the past, will be for capitol expenditures. Which projects will be funded and which will be postponed. This year may see a limited number of large projects. The reduction of revenue from the golf course and Memorial Hall, plus the expense of those renovations will continue to tax the budget.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column

Health Notes

by Judith Sheldon

FOOD MYSTERIES: There is a mystery scientists have been trying to solve for years: how minerals in our diets work in our bodies.

There is a myth that children who eat dirt, and pregnant women who crave clay (a once-common practice mostly in the South) have dietary deficiencies. And, apparently, there is some truth to that. Certain minerals exist in the soil that are later taken up by plant foods. If we don’t get enough of those foods, nature seems to tell us to go directly to the source of those much-needed nutrients.

Most of us know the common minerals we need: copper, iron, zinc, iodine, etc. But we’re still a long way away from learning what these nutrients actually do in the body, and what they don’t do.

We’re also just on the threshold of learning how trace minerals (elements found in very small amounts in body tissues) affect us.

That’s why, while I support the use of supplements (with the advice of doctors, of course), I continually stress the importance of eating a varied diet so that you don’t miss out on any trace elements that haven’t yet shown up under the microscope.


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