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Thursday, January 17, 2002 Volume X, Number 149

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Golden Reflections Senior Program of McCune-Brooks Hospital will have their next monthly program at 2 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 17th in the McCune-Brooks Hospital cafeteria. Steve Cooper, from the Carthage Crisis Center, will speak then Bingo for Fun will be played. Visitors 55 years or older are welcome to attend.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage United Way will hold its Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon at 12 noon on Thurs., January 24th, at the Leggett & Platt Cornell Conference Center, Carthage.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Humane Society have pets that need loving homes. For more information call 358-6402.

today's laugh

The manager of a touring theatrical company wired to the proprietor of the theater in a small town where his company was due to appear.
"Would like to hold rehearsal next Monday afternoon at three. Have your stage manager, carpenter, property man, electrician, and all stage hands present at that hour."
Four hours later he received the following reply: "All right. He’ll be there."

"My dog took first prize at the cat show."
"How was that?"
"He took the cat."


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

Landis Re-elected by 1,538.

It will be interesting to many who heard Congressman C. B. Landis of Indiana speak at the Chautaqua here last summer, to know that he was re-elected to congress by a large majority at the late election. He carried four out of the seven counties in the Ninth Indiana district and received a majority of 1,538 votes. This will be his third term, and he has been elected by a larger majority each time. His opponent this time was a captain in the Philippines.

In Trouble and In Jail.

Blanche Smith was committed to jail yesterday evening charged with common assault. The jail record says that she is Kentucky born, red-headed and a drinker, either or all of which may account for the trouble with which she is charged.

W. C. Weaver was committed on a charge of petit larceny.

  Today's Feature

Senior Golf Rates Recommended.

The City Council Public Services Committee voted Tuesday evening to recommend a number of fee choices for Municipal Golf course patrons. The changes offer reduced rates at specific times to encourage play when the course is typically slow. The recommendations would be in place during next season when the course will be limited to nine holes during renovation of the back nine.

A special annual pass would also be included in the choices for seniors 62 and older. The pass would be for play Monday through Thursday at a cost of $225, plus the $2 green fee per day, for the year. The regular annual pass is $400 per year plus the $2 green fee, but it allows play at any scheduled time.

Other special packages include an afternoon golf and cart fee of $17 on weekdays and $18 on weekends. Seniors can get the package on Monday through Thursdays for $15.

A special nine hole fee of $8 on weekdays and $9 on weekends would also be offered to all ages. The recommendation will require full Council approval.

LULAC Officer Installation.

The Missouri Chapter of League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) will conduct a dinner and installation of officers at 7 p.m. on January 18, 2002, at the Springfield Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO.

Scheduled to attend is Missouri State Director Hortencia Vasquez Wilcox of Nixa, and from the LULAC National Board of Directors; Hector Flores of Dallas, Texas; Richard Roybal of Washington D.C.; Blanca Vargas of Chicago, Illinois; and State Director Robert Trevino of Arkansas. They will be present to swear in the Board of Directors for the Springfield/Nixa/Ozark Council, the Monett/Cassville/Noel Council, and the Joplin/Carthage Council.

"This is a historical event for Latinos in Missouri," says Ms. Wilcox. "It is our duty as Latinos to come together in Missouri to be proactive in issues dealing with our future, and the future of our children. We need to be involved as citizens of our communities in Missouri."

The Springfield LULAC Council will be led by Frank Orellana President, Joe Robles Vice President, and other board members. The Monett LULAC Council will be led by Jorge Zapata President, Norma Cruz as Vice President, and other board members. The Joplin LULAC Council will be led by Aldo Dominguez President, Anna M. Hernandez, and other board members.

LULAC was founded in 1929 and is the oldest and most widely respected Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States. With membership of up to 115,000 across the nation, LULAC enpowers Latinos to develop community service programs where they are needed.

"LULAC National Eduction Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC) is part of our initiatives to advancing Latinos in continuing with their educational, economic, and leadership goals. LNESC scholarships, the Talent Search Program, and Young Readers Program, assist community members pursue their dreams," says Ms. Wilcox.

NASCAR to the Max

As a racing season winds down and during the off-season many driver changes and rumors of driver changes occur. All of these changes and rumors are referred to as the "Silly Season."

This year is no different. Jason Leffler is out of the 01 Dodge in favor of Jimmy Spencer. Kenny Wallace will fill in for Steve Park in the 1 Chevrolet until (or if) Steve Park recovers from injuries suffered in a wreck last season. Rookie Ryan Newman will take over the 12 Ford for Jeremy Mayfield who was fired toward the end of last season.

Mike Skinner takes over for an unimpressive Bobby Hamilton, Jr. in the 4 Chevrolet. The 7 team will make the switch to Dodge and driver Casey Atwood for the 2002 season with engines being provided by Dodge stablemate Ray Evernham. Stacy Compton will attempt to satisfy fiery tempered owner AJ Foyt as he takes over for Ron Hornaday in the 14 Pontiac. The aforementioned Mayfield will take over the ride vacated by Casey Atwood in the 19 Dodge of Evernham Motorsports. The 26 Ford will be driven by Joe Nemechek after Jimmy Spencer’s relationship with Carter/Haas Motorsports went sour.

Robby Gordon has been hired for the 2002 season in the 31 Chevrolet of Richard Childress. Gordon cinched the deal by winning the season ending race in New Hampshire while subbing for Skinner. Mike Wallace will drive the 33 Chevrolet in the season opening Daytona 500 but the remainder of the season hinges on the team securing sponsorship.

Dave Blaney will take over for Robert Pressley in the 77 car with Jasper Engines sponsorship a question mark. The future of the 92 Dodge driven last year by Stacey Compton remains in question with no sponsor or driver named. Journeyman Hut Stricklin will ply his wares for the 93 Dodge, which was vacated by Dave Blaney. Stricklin sealed the deal by bringing his long term backer Hills Brothers Coffee. These are the confirmed changes although they are subject to change at any moment as Silly Season continues.

Just Jake Talkin'


I lost my baseball glove once. Don’t know ‘xactly how it happened, but I got home without it after a game and went back to the field where I last saw it and it was gone.

At that time in my life the ball glove was onea the most important tools a kid could have. Not only did it affect the practiced art of scoopin’ up a hot grounder, there were hours of time spent rubbin’ it with neatsfoot oil to obtain the soft flexibility.

On top a that, there were the reactions of parents, my parents, to be considered. A ball glove was respected at our house. Ya didn’t throw a glove. Heaven forbid if it got tossed in the dirt. And you kept it secure at all times. Granted someone took the glove, but I was the one who gave ‘em the opportunity. I finished the season with an old glove of my brother’s, but it wasn’t the same.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Metcalf Auto Supply

Weekly Column

Click & Clack

by Tom & Ray Magliozzi

Dear Tom and Ray:

I’ve been enjoying your amusingly informative column now for many years thinking I might never need your help. The Chevy had a much more powerful eight-cylinder engine and ran great on regular gas.

The Volvo is only a four-cylinder engine, yet both the manual and the Volvo employees say it must run only on 89 octane gas. Are they nuts? Or do they know something I don’t know? - Floyd.

Ray: You’ve probably noticed that the Volvo is more sluggish than the Chevy was, right? But it’s not HALF as sluggish, even though it has only half as many cylinders.

Tom: And that’s (partly) because the Volvo engine is squeezing more power out of each cylinder in part due to a higher compression ratio.

Ray: The compression ratio is the difference between the volume of the cylinder before and after the compression stroke. In English, it’s a measure of how much the engine compresses the fuel-and-air mixture just before the spark plug ignites it. And, the more compressed the mixture, the more power it produces when it "explodes".

Tom: Higher-octane gasoline is simply gasoline with a higher ignition point. That means it takes a higher temperature to ignite the 89 octane than it takes to ignite the 87. So using 89 eliminates the pre-ignition in this engine.


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