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Wednesday, August 21, 2002 Volume XI, Number 46

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Powers Museum will have a Junior Ragtime Contest on Sat., Aug. 31st. Entries are due by Sat., Aug. 24th. There is no entry fee. For more info call Powers Museum at 358-2667.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Fair Acres Family YMCA is currently accepting registrations for Youth Flag Football (ages 5-12) and Youth Volleyball (5th-6th Grade). All games will be played on Saturdays. For more information contact Jarrod Newcomb or Alicia Smith at 358-1070. Financial Assistance is available.

Did Ya Know?. . .The next Diabetes Support Group will meet from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28th in the dining room at the McCune-Brooks Hospital. The topic will be "Care for your Kidneys: Blood Sugar and Kidney Disease," with speaker Jane Bycroft, RN.

today's laugh

To make a smile come, so they say,
brings 15 muscles into play.
But if you want a frown to thrive
you have to use some 65.

First Sailor: A big crab just bit off one of my toes.
Second Sailor: Really? Which one?
First Sailor: How do I know? All crabs look alike to me.


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


Among the interesting plants the botanists are studying is the Pitcher plant, so-called on account of the way it holds water, and thus many insects are drowned, from which source the plant gets its nitrogen supply. The species in the laboratory were gotten from the botanical garden in Washington, while Miss Van Neman was visiting there. Other plants are a zerophytic plant sent from Arizona, an Indian plant, which was gotten south of town, and a sun-due.

Miss Cupp has secured several prominent men in Carthage to lecture to the High School senior history class. Among those who will speak are E. B. Jacobs, who will talk on banking; Allen McReynolds and Westley Halliburton. A number of others will also be secured. Also, at a meeting of Central school teachers they decided to give every pupil who is absent from class on account of sickness, or for other reasons an examination at the end of the month.

  Today's Feature

People's Choice Is 'Missouree.'

JEFFERSON CITY — Secretary of State Matt Blunt announced Monday that voters at the Missouri State Fair have overwhelmingly chosen ‘Missouree’ as the proper pronunciation of the state is preference to ‘Missourah’.

More than 5,300 Missourians voted in the mock election conducted by Blunt, who is the state’s chief elections official and a lover of Missouri history. Election workers reported instances of spirited discussion at the polling place between Missourians with differing views on the state’s pronunciation.

"This longstanding debate can be put to rest, at least for those who say ‘Missouree’," Blunt said. "This is an issue that has divided friends and family for generations. In my own family, we have always said ‘Missourah’.

"However, the people have expressed themselves. Therefore, as Missouree’s chief elections official and the keeper of the Great Seal, I seek to abide by their wish, and I will make a reasonable effort to say it, ‘Missouree’. I do not expect to get it right every single time, nor do I expect anyone else who says ‘Missourah’ to change."

Just Jake Talkin'


It seems of little surprise that folks might differ on the pronunciation of Missouri (ah or ee). With a language where Pete and sweet rhyme, but sweat and peat don’t.

As a youngster I often questioned the English teacher about how a person was supposed ta learn to spell with such inconsistencies in the language.

"You just have to learn the exceptions," I was reminded.

‘Course the i before e except after c and when it sounds like "a" as in neighbor and weigh is typical of the irregularities in the system. Who made this stuff up?

Wouldn’t naghbor and wagh be a lot simpler? I don’t know of those spellings already bein’ spoke for. No one would consider watchin’ Beigh Watch, or care to give you the time of deigh I suppose.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



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Weekly Column


By Amy Anderson

What do Marilyn Monroe, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Comstock Lode have in common? The International Camel Races in Virginia City, Nev.

It seems that camels were brought into the states in the 1850s to act as salt carriers to the silver processing plants of Virginia City, on the Comstock. They were consequently "retired" after mining operations slowed down. Their current stem of popularity has its beginnings in a 1959 newspaper story.

As the tale goes, a local editor of the Territorial Enterprise created a fictional story of "camel races" to fill space. Having gotten away with that, he then announced upcoming races in the next year. He was taken seriously by the folks over at the San Francisco Chronicle, who challenged his paper and a couple of other local papers and businesses to a camel race.

Nearby, actors Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable and director John Huston were filming "The Misfits"; they showed up at the challenges for a little R & R. As a matter of fact, John Huston rode the Chronicle’s camel that day and took home first place.

The event has continued as a tradition ever since. It has even gone international, as the Australians have decided that Americans can’t have all the camel-racing fun, and they send someone over every other year to compete.

This year, the races will be held on Sept. 6 through 8. Although the big draw is the camel races, they also race ostriches and emus. But the races aren’t all you’ll find; also on the agenda are mountain-man camps (fun re-creations of early settler home camps), a petting zoo, exhibits on the history of mining and drilling in the area and gold-panning demonstrations.

There are three sets of races each on Saturday and Sunday, not including the Media Races on Friday. There will also be a Camel Parade on Sunday. And don’t miss Saturday night’s 1890s Costume Ball.

For more information, contact the Nevada Camel Company at (775) 629-0800 or go to its very informative Web site,


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