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Wednesday, December 18, 2002 Volume XI, Number 129

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .Golden Reflections will have a Christmas Party from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20th in the McCune-Brooks hospital cafeteria. There will be music, entertainment and snacks.

Did Ya Know?. . .Auditions for Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre’s next production, "Sylvia" by A. R. Gurney will be on Sunday, Dec. 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at the theatre, 796 South Stone Lane, Carthage. Call 417-358-9665 or 417-358-7268 for more information.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Wednesday morning storytime at the Carthage Public Library will have a familiar face on Wed., Dec. 18th. Chuck Surface will be there to participate and be a "book Santa."

today's laugh

A gentleman was taking his first trip by jet and was scared stiff. When the motors began to roar, he gripped the arms of his seat and closed his eyes tightly for about five minutes. Then he opened his eyes, looked out the window and said to his companion: "My, look at those tiny people below. They look just like ants."

"They are ants," said the man in the seat next to him, "we haven’t left the ground yet."

I just quit my onion diet. I lost ten pounds and twelve friends.


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


Charles Rogers Closing Out His Feed Store Business.

Charles Rogers is today closing out his feed store business bought some time ago from Will Barnhart and moved into the Shuler & Tuttle building.

He has bought the north side shooting gallery and will devote his time to it. He is arranging to have a ladies day, and to run the establishment in a generally up-to-date manner.

Supt. Knowles Wants to Know.

A. P. Knowles, superintendent city light department, would be grateful if any person who knows of any of the street lights being out would report same to him. Please phone 283 until 1 p.m. and after 3 o’clock call 197, the light plant. This is asked in order to improve the service, and the favor will be appreciated.

  Today's Feature

Missouri Plan for Smallpox Vaccinations.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has submitted a pre-event smallpox plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for review and approval. It is possible in the very near future that President Bush may require states to implement the pre-event plan. According to Missouri’s plan, smallpox vaccines will be provided to approximately 6,000 to 8,000 hospital staff and 350 public health workers in Missouri during Stage 1. The purpose of this vaccination program is to have sufficient numbers of vaccinated persons available to respond immediately to an outbreak of smallpox, should this occur.

Routine vaccinations for smallpox ended in 1972. Smallpox is a serious viral infection that could be used today as a powerful weapon. The vaccine has been very effective in preventing smallpox infection, and can be given within three to four days after being exposed.

Just Jake Talkin'


I don’t remember gettin’ a smallpox vaccination, I’ve just always had the dime size scar that I was told was where I got it.

‘Course there are lots a things I do remember as a young child, or at least I think I do. Some stories I relate to family members turn out ta have just faint resemblance to what they remember. I suppose we all remember things in a perspective of how we want to remember any particular incident. Sometimes it turns out I remember somethin’ happenin’ to me that actually happened to my brother, or at least that’s how he remembers it. Such discussions typically draw in my sister or mom or dad to get their input. We then usually agree on a scenario that becomes part of the collective memory. It may not be any more accurate, but at least no one can question the authenticity.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column


By Amy Anderson

Chase Those "Stuck at the Airport" Blues

Just in time for another round of exhausting holiday air travel, here are some interesting notes and diversions from Harriet Baskas’ book "Stuck at the Airport."

The observation deck at the Albany, N.Y., airport is located on the 3rd floor. To help keep track of the planes, you can listen to the chatter from the control tower, provided via radio.

• Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport houses an art collection worth more than $1 million. Most of it is in Concourse E, the international concourse.

• The Austin (Texas) Bergstrom International Airport has a landscaped dog walk area with a pooch-size drinking fountain. It is located just outside of baggage claim.

• Baltimore/Washington International’s interactive exhibits in the uppermost level of the observation tower include: a disassembled Boeing 737-200 plane, a flight simulator, Federal Aviation Administration monitoring equipment and a weather observation station.

• Take a golf break while departing or laying-over in sunny California. The PGA Tour shop in the Burbank Airport has a putting green.

•Missed your chance to gamble or just looking to get lucky?

There are 1,200 slot machines scattered about the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. In 1999, a man returning to Alaska won $1.5 million while waiting for his flight.

• Rent a DVD player and movies while waiting in the airport, or take it with you and return it later, at In Motion Pictures vendors located in 18 different airports. The Jetback Special is only $19.95 for a portable DVD player, movie, headsets and UPS postage back to its original rental location. You just watch the movie and drop it off. For more information, check out


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