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Monday, February 18, 2002 Volume X, Number 171

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Knights of Pythias will have a Ham & Bean Feed at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19th at the K.P. Hall. Members are encouraged to attend the dinner and meeting at 7:30 p.m.

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

Did Ya Know?. . .The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will be taking blood donations from 8:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20th at the Carthage High School, 714 S. Main. Help save a life.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Humane Society has a declawed, neutered siamese cat who needs a loving home. If your cat is missing call 358-6402 ASAP.

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

"Doc, should I file my nails?"
"No. Throw them away like everyone else. Next."

"Doc, I just wanted to let you know that there is an invisible man in your waiting room."
"Tell him I can’t see him now. Next."


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


Council in Special Session Last Night.

Hiram Phillips, of St. Louis, consulting engineer of the state board of health, was in town yesterday evening, on his way home from a business trip to Oklahoma, and met with the city council in special session as per previous arrangement.

All members of the council were present except Chaffee, Grissom and Spence. Mr. Phillips addressed the council at some length, devoting his attention principally to the subject of the sanitary disposition of sewage so that the adjacent streams would not be contaminated. The principal method used in cities is to have a sewerage farm, where the discharge from the sewers is used as irrigation. The farm is incidentally cultivated and its products help pay the cost of thus disposing of the sewage. This farm is thoroughly underdrained with tiling and is thus kept from being too wet, while the soil is kept porous and open.

Mr. Phillips stated, however, that a town like this, which has delayed undertaking its sewerage system, had better be content to discharge its sewers in the ordinary way and later, when it felt able, adopt the best plans for disposition of sewage then available. The only thing is to be careful to build the sewers so that the different main sewers can eventually be connected with a common point of discharge, thus effecting economy in disposing of the discharge.

Mr. Phillips stated that Carthage is admirably situated for having a good sewer system and ought to permit no delay in getting one established. An informal vote of the council was taken to see how they stood on the question if suitable plans are proposed at a satisfactory cost. All voted in favor of it. From the discussion it developed that it is hoped to add at least one other district to the system at once, and other districts if possible.

The only sewerage in the city at present is district No. 1, a small system which serves the east and north sides of the square and adjacent blocks, eight in all, besides the court house. The new district could be made to cover three fourths of the city if it were thought best to extend it that far. It would include the west and south sides of the square, the jail and all neighboring territory and could branch out far into the residence portion of the town to the south. The main discharge line of this sewer would run from the intersection of Mound and Parsons streets at the railroad and extend northwest to the river a distance of 2,400 feet, or nearly a half mile.

  Today's Feature

Multiple Meetings Tuesday.

The Zoning Planning, and Historic Preservation Commission, the Civil War Museum Board, and the Kellogg Lake Planning Committee all have meetings scheduled for tomorrow evening.

The requests for two Certificates of Appropriateness are on the agenda for the Planning, Zoning, Historic Preservation Commission. The City is requesting a certificate so the structure located at 116-128 W. 3rd street can be demolished. A separate request is by private individuals that wish to construct an addition to the home at 915 S. Maple. The Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall.

The Civil War Museum will conference with the Friends of the Civil War Museum during their meeting at the Museum. The Board is scheduled to begin the meet at 5:30.

The Kellogg Lake Planning Committee is scheduled to discuss the Kellogg Lake Development Plan when it meets at the Park Department building in Muni Park at 7 p.m.

The Public Safety Committee meeting originally schedule for this evening has been postponed until Thursday evening at 6:30 in the Fire Department.

Just Jake Talkin'


Save yourself a trip. City Hall and the Courthouse are closed today, President’s Day.

I’m always unsure of how ta handle the situation of bein’ on the Square and seein’ someone startin’ up the Courthouse steps on a holiday. They are typically a few steps up and I always have the urge to holler at ‘em ta try and save ‘em a few steps. Then I figure by the time they figure out I’m yellin’ at them, they will already be at the top anyway. Course ya have ta be at the top of the steps to read the sign that informs ya the buildin’ is closed. Various attempts to place a sign down at sidewalk level haven’t seemed to accomplish much, although I think it has been tried.

Maybe onea those neon, blinkin’ CLOSED signs is in order.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



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Weekly Column

The Super Handyman

by Al Carrell & Kelly Carrell

Dear Al:

Somebody ought to write a book about the many uses for old milk cartons and bleach bottles. For instance, you can make a really nice tool holder for the garden. You cut off the bottom of the jug, turn the top upside down and attach it to a fence post, porch frame or tree.

You can stick your tool handle, shovel, rake or hoe down into the jug top, and it stays put when you leave.

Dear Al & Kelly:

One of our neighbors almost lost his child to an accidental poisoning. Since then, we don’t take any chances. All our poisonous chemicals and cleaners have a bright pink lid or top. We keep a can of hot-pink spray paint right outside the kitchen door in the garage and give each lid a shot of paint before storing it. Our kids know not to touch anything that has a bright pink lid. Better to be safe than sorry.

Dear Al & Kelly:

Clamps are too big to use on small wooden craft projects when you are trying to glue them. I have a super way to secure them without crushing them. I use clothespins. The plain, inexpensive wooden ones work great. Since I use them for other odd jobs around the house, I’ve always got a few handy.


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