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Monday, December 9, 2002 Volume XI, Number 122

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Humane Society’s Gift Shop for Pets and Pet Lovers will be open from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14th. A mini "Flea Market" will also be featured. Santa arrives at 11:30 for pictures. Proceeds help Carthage’s neediest animals. Vendors may call 358-6808.

today's laugh

Time is what keeps things from happening all at once.

Never answer an anonymous letter.

I don’t suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.

Give me ambiguity or give me something else.

Always remember that you are unique; just likeeveryone else.

Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.

As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in public schools.

We are born naked, wet and hungry. Then things get worse.

Eat right. Stay fit. Die anyway.


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


Marshal Stafford last night received a telegram fro the United States Commissioner at Grove, I.T., stating that he had a man under arrest who had in his possion a sorrel mare, fourteen hands high, withit face, white left hind foot, probably 10 years old, hitched to an almost new blackt top buggy.

This is identically the description of the outfit belinging to Goldie Smith, which was stolen in Carthage Staturday night.

Mr. Smith went to Neosho yesterday and will accompany the marshal of that city to Grove to identify his property. He will have no trouble in getting his horse and buggy, but may have some difficulty ingetting the man, as a requisition must be had on the president of the United States federal law governing the Indian country. The Neosho marshal, used to be a deputy U.S. marshal, and perchance will know some way to get the prisoner into Missouri without usual legal formalities.

  Today's Feature

Council Considers Park Consultant.

The City Council is scheduled to meet for its regular meeting tomorrow evening at 7:30 in City Hall.

The agenda includes the first reading of Council bill 02-86 which would authorize an agreement for consultant services with Bucher, Willis and Ratliff to prepare a master plan for the City parks in the amount of $20,000. Bucher, Willis and Ratliff is the same firm that developed the Myers Park master plan for the City some years back.

Also included on the agenda is the scheduled vote on Council bill 02-84 that would authorize a one time 25 percent discount on annual passes for the Municipal Golf Course for those who held a pass last season. The discount is intended to compensate golfers for the course down time during renovations this year.

Votes are also scheduled for the Council bill that would rezone the property located at 502 S. Fulton from District B Second Dwelling to District C Apartment as requested by Inglesia Christiana Hispano - Americana. The church intends to use the building as short term shelter facility.

Just Jake Talkin'


Here’s what I’ve seen come from most "master plan" consultants. Several dozen pages of statistics about the community and surrounding area, likely gathered from census records.

Two or three "community meetings" to discuss the needs of the community and concerns about the present circumstances.

A report outlining those meetings and a conclusion that includes all issues raised at those meetings and some basic ideas on resolution of any concerns.

A final presentation complete with full color displays showing basic modifications to existing property and suggested locations for any new improvements. Included are a few dozen copies of the "report."

Tucked into one of the reports is the bill. This time for $20,000.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column


By Samantha Mazzotta

It’s Time to Check Furnace’s Pilot Light

Q: A friend told me that the pilot light on my gas heater needs to be cleaned. How do I do this? — Taylor D., Anniston, Ala.

A: In a forced-air gas furnace, the pilot light is the item everything else depends on. Not only does it light the gas flowing through the burners, but its efficiency can save money and improve the quality of the heated air entering your home. So, inspecting and adjusting the pilot light mechanism is an important task at the start of the heating season.

Two elements play a role in the proper functioning of a heater’s pilot light: the pilot jet, which controls the amount of gas that exits the gas line, and the thermocouple, which creates an electrical charge from the heat of the pilot light and keeps the flame burning.

Check the pilot light by removing the main furnace access panel. If you can’t see it, turn off the gas supply to the pilot and wait 10 minutes for the control unit to cool down. Then remove the pilot cover and relight the pilot, following the instructions on the control housing or the access panel.

A good flame is steady, blue at the bottom and yellow at the tip, and it should cover one-half inch of the end of the thermocouple (a metal rod positioned at the mouth of the pilot light). If the flame is all blue and barely touches the thermocouple, it is too weak; if the flame is noisy and "lifts off" of the pilot, it’s too strong. Use a small screwdriver to turn the pilot adjustment screw, located either on the control housing or the gas valve.

If the pilot light just won’t stay lit, the thermocouple may be the culprit. The thermocouple is attached to a coil of copper tubing that is thinner than the gas supply line (silver/metallic tubing). To replace this part, turn off the gas supply and use an open-ended wrench to loosen the thermocouple tube’s fitting from the control housing. Then, unscrew the thermocouple from the pilot housing. Install the new thermocouple.


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