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Thursday, February 14, 2002 Volume X, Number 169

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Public Library will be closed Monday, Feb. 18th for Presidents’ Day.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Masonic Lodge #197 will have a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14th. All Masons are encouraged to attend.

Did Ya Know?. . .The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be taking blood donations from 1:30-7 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 14th and again from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Fri., Feb 15th at the Carthage Church of the Nazarene. Recognition gifts will be given to all donors.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Humane Society has a large friendly orange tabby cat who needs a loving home. If your cat is missing call 358-6402.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Diabetes Support Group will meet from 4-5 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 27th in the dining room at McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage. Dr. Heath Dillard will speak on "High Blood Pressure." There will be refreshments and recipes.

today's laugh

"Herbert," said the mother of her six-year-old son, "is it possible that you are teaching the parrot to use slang?"
"No, mamma," replied Herbert. "I was just telling his what not to say."

I wouldn’t even open an oyster without first knocking on the shell.


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

Spread Like Wildfire.

When things are "the best" they become "the best selling." Abraham Hare, a leading druggist of Belleville, O., writes: "Electric Bitters are the best selling bitters I have handled in 20 years." You know why. Most diseases begin in disorders of stomach, liver, kidneys, bowels and nerves. Electric Bitters tones up the stomach, regulates liver, kidneys and bowels, purifies the blood, strengthens the nerves, hence cures multitudes of maladies. It builds up the entire system. Puts new life and vigor into any weak, sickly, run-down man or woman.

Price 50 cents. Sold by Caffee & Co.

S. H. Regan was treated to the third and full degree at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Knights of Pythias. Walter Harrington’s membership team is still ahead of Jake Pearman’s team. Mr. Regan was the last of the old membership contest’s candidates

  Today's Feature


The Carthage Police Department participated in a 180 man sweep of suspected drug and firearms dealers in the early hours yesterday morning. Carthage and Jasper County were the focus, but arrests were made in other areas in conjunction with the operation. Approximately 17 houses were involved and approximately 62 people were taken into custody with 36 of those facing federal charges. The complete news release for the federal cases is included inside today’s paper.

WWII Valetine’s Day Memorial.

by Dick Ferguson

A salute to retired Carthage attorney, Charles Cook, who was a U.S. Air Force bomber pilot in WWII. On Valentine’s day 1945, when he and his crew were on a bombing run over Dansburg, Germany, their lives were saved by two RAF fighter pilots. They out-gunned and out-manuevered Luftwaffe planes and pilots that where attacking the American bomber and its pilot and crew.

A memorial at the southwest corner of Central Park reflects Cook’s thanks to the unknown British fighter pilots.

Just Jake Talkin'


The news conference out at the Highway Patrol headquarters yesterday afternoon was a little crowded. Reporters from four or five tv stations and newspapers from Jasper County and Springfield were crowded into a small room.

Somewhat amazing is the fact that there were no shots fired or injuries to officers, suspects, or citizens during the operation. What’s really amazin’ is the number of folks that were livin’ here in Carthage.

They say one guy was suspected of movin’ about 11 pounds of cocaine over the two years the investigation has been taken place.

‘Course the courts will have to decide the fate of those arrested. All we can do is report the facts.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Metcalf Auto Supply

Weekly Column

Click & Clack

by Tom & Ray Magliozzi

Dear Tom and Ray:

The quick-oil-change dealer in my town has begun to siphon the oil from cars through the dipstick tube. He still changes the filter and the new oil looks clean. But it seems to me that debris could be left in the oil pan at the bottom of the engine, causing problems. What do you think? - Keith

Ray: I don’t think it’s a problem at all, Keith. I think it’s a great idea. It’ll probably even remove some stuff that you wouldn’t get out through the normal oil-change process.

Tom: Whichever method you use, you’re only going to get about 95 percent of the old oil out. But that’s good enough. And the advantage of sucking the oil out through the dipstick tube is that it eliminates the possibility that some knuckle-scraper at the quick-oil-change place is going to strip your oil pan by overtightening the drain plug.

Ray: Or not tightening the plug enough, and letting your oil drip out on the road as you drive home.

Tom: So as long as they change the filter, we’re all for this new method because it makes the job almost foolproof.

Ray: Of course, they could accidentally suck out your transmission fluid! But we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt of knowing which dipstick is which - at least until we hear from our readers otherwise.


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