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Thursday, August 22, 2002 Volume XI, Number 47

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 City of Carthage will be spraying for mosquitoes next week, Mon.-Fri., Aug. 26th through Aug. 30th. Your area will be sprayed in the evening of the day your trash is picked up, between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. You may want to turn off any attic or window fans while the sprayer is in the area.

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

Salesman: I’m sorry, sir, I just dropped this clock on the floor.

Store Owner: Did it stop?

Salesman: Certainly. You didn’t expect it to go through to the basement, did you?

One delegate to another at the close of a very long meeting: "The thing that left the strongest impression on me from the meeting was the folding chairs."


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


Charles Newbert, Jr., of this city surprised his many friends by bringing home with him from his visit to North Missouri a young and pretty bride. Last Tuesday morning he was married to Miss Minnie J. Maiden of Vandalia in Mexico, Mo. They left immediately after the ceremony for their home in Carthage.

The groom is well and favorably known in this city, and has many warm personal friends to welcome him and his bride to the city.

The bride is a most estimable young lady and stood high in her former home. They will be at home to their friends at 324 McGregor street. They have been the recipients of two serena des since their return.

Dr. Hussey’s new quarters on west Third street are accessible and comfortable and the doctor is prepared to do all dental work in an up-to-date manner.

  Today's Feature

2002 Tax Certificate Sale.

Four-hundred thirty-seven parcels remain as of today on the delinquent tax certificate sale list according to the information released today by Stephen H. Holt, Jasper County Collector of Revenue. The breakdown is as follows: Eastern District 157; Central District 108; and Western District 172.

All 2002 and prior delinquent years of Real Estate Taxes will be offered at the tax sale beginning at 10:00 a.m. on the third floor of the Jasper County Courthouse. The sale will be held on Monday, Aug. 26, 2002, as required by Missouri State Statutes. A current delinquent listing is posted at the west entrance of the Jasper County Courthouse Carthage. All 2000 and prior payments must be received in the Collector’s offices in Joplin or Carthage prior to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, 2002 to avoid the sale.

The Joplin Collector’s office will be closed on Monday, Aug. 26, 2002 for the Tax Sale and will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002. The Carthage office located in the Courthouse will be closed during the sale and will re-open after the sale is completed Monday, Aug. 26, 2002.

NASCAR to the Max

Dale Jarrett has probably looked at his calendar and knows when the next time August 18 falls on a Sunday. Jarrett is also probably already lobbying NASCAR to race at Michigan International Speedway on that date. The series has raced on August 18 at MIS three times since 1991 and Jarrett has won all three. Jarrett’s first career victory came at MIS in the 1991 race when he beat the late Davey Allison by mere inches.

Jarrett’s day did not start out with him looking like he would contend for the win. On lap 11 of the scheduled 200, Jarrett lost control of his car, skidded across the infield and damaged the front end of his car. Jarrett’s accident brought out the first of 7 cautions and afforded Jarrett’s crew time to adjust his car back into race trim.

With less than 40 laps remaining, Jarrett’s crew elected to give him four fresh tires during the races next to last caution period. Jarrett then began his slow progression up through the field until he took the lead with five laps remaining and held off a hard charging Tony Stewart by 20 car lengths to claim his 30th career victory.

The series’ next stop will be this Saturday evening for the Sharpie 500 from Bristol Motor Speedway. Bristol is a .533-mile short track with 36 degree banking through the turns, the steepest on the tour. Several drivers have likened racing at Bristol to flying a fighter jet in a gymnasium. Drivers will lap the track in just over 15 seconds and speeds will exceed 120 mph. Because of the tight quarters, caution periods are numerous and more than 15 is common. There will be considerable bumping and banging with very few cars leaving the track without some sort of bumper or fender damage.

Of the past three Bristol races, Kurt Busch and Elliott Sadler have claimed their first career victory here. Don’t count out the cagey veteran Rusty Wallace or Tony Stewart, who won this race last year, to be among the challengers of the 43 starters.

Just Jake Talkin'


Believe it or not, we’re just a little over a week away from Labor Day. When a friend mentioned that I thought he must have had too much sun, but, a look at the calendar confirmed. September 2 is the last unofficial holiday of the summer. ‘Course the worst is the fact that it means three months ‘till the Thanksgiving holiday.

Maple Leaf and Halloween are fast approachin’ and that gives the holiday atmosphere, even if ya don’t get a long weekend. It’s the time a year ya know those summer projects need ta be gettin’ started.

Naturally the large ones will just have ta wait another year, but those smaller ones are still on the list. This time a year it just seems too hot for some, so there is a little window of hope for a couple. ‘Sides, it’s almost time to attend to winter chores postponed from last year.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Metcalf Auto Supply

Weekly Column

Click & Clack

By Tom & Ray Magliozzi

Dear Tom & Ray:

My ‘93 Ford F150 is spouting oil out of the dipstick, and the oil is then running down the arm of the dipstick and burning on the top of the engine.

A mechanic told me it’s due to the age of the engine (174,000 miles). Is there is anything I can do? I live in Fairbanks, Alaska — it gets cold up here in the winter (-25 F), and I need my truck. — Jamie

TOM: Unfortunately, I think your mechanic is probably right, Jamie. Most likely, you’ve got a wicked case of blow-by.

RAY: Blow-by occurs when combustion gasses slip by old, worn-out piston rings and end up in the crankcase, where they don’t belong. Actually, a small amount of blow-by is normal and is easily expunged by the crankcase ventilation system. But on old heaps (i.e., yours), worn-out rings can let so much stuff into the crankcase that the ventilation system just can’t handle it.

TOM: So the pressure in the crankcase builds up until gasses and oil try to escape any way they can. And we often see air-filter housings full of oil, seals blown out or leaking, and the occasional dribbling dipstick.

RAY: The solution is an engine rebuild, which would include a ring job. But, before that, take a close look at the dipstick. There’s a rubber seal around the top of the dipstick that keeps oil from spilling out of the dipstick tube. There’s always pressure pushing up on the dipstick seal, and if your seal is no good, that could explain why the dipstick is being pushed out and the oil is leaking. And that seal can be replaced for pennies.


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