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Wednesday, July 17, 2002 Volume XI, Number 21

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Humane Society has the perfect pet for you. Call 358-6402 if your pet is lost.

Did Ya Know?. . .The next Diabetes Support Group will be from 4-5 p.m. on Wed., July 24th in the McCune-Brooks Hospital dining room. Beckah Emeterio will speak about the services, books and resources available through the American Diabetes Association.

Did Ya Know?. . .Covenant World Outreach, 2623 S. Chapel Rd., is having a "Bug Safari" Vacation Bible School from 6:30-9 p.m., July 22nd-26th. Preschool through 6th grade are invited. Call 359-8500 for more information.

today's laugh

Have you noticed that T.V. families never watch television?

To communicate with a fish, just drop him a line.

A cheap date is a guy who walks you to the drive-in.

The road to success is always under construction.

On television the happy ending is always preceded by a bad commercial.


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


Chicago Company to Begin Sinking to Northwest by Aug. 1.

J. C. Heck reports to the newspaper that he has just leased the west forty of his farm, on the hill northwest of Carthage, to a Chicago company of which Charles Wilson is the general manager. This company is already operating seven mills in the district, and by Aug. 1 is to begin sinking a shaft on the Heck land.

The lease was made on the strength of three drill holes which were put down several months ago, all three showing up thirty-five or forty feet of fine ore from a depth of 170 feet. The lease runs twenty years.

Miss Lottie G. McCoy, a vocalist who has lately located here, will sing "I Will Give You Rest," by F. H. Cowen, at the First Methodist church Sunday morning.

  Today's Feature

Part Time Fire Personnel Considered.

The Public Safety Committee was informed Monday evening that Fire Chief John Cooper is consulting with area fire departments concerning the practice of hiring "on call" fire fighters.

Cooper told the Committee that several departments in the area are using on call personnel to assist when regular personnel are not available or additional personnel are required.

Committee Chair J.D. Whitledge requested that Cooper also formulate the cost of such a plan in relation to how it would effect the use of overtime pay.

Cooper said on call personnel would be qualified and trained but they would not report to the fire station, they would report directly to a fire if called.

The Carthage Fire Department has received mutual aid from Carterville and other area departments for some fires when additional local personnel were not available according to Cooper.

The Committee also approved a request from Martin Plumbing, located at Chestnut and River, for permission to install a sign that will overhang the sidewalk.

Just Jake Talkin'


Used ta have a dog that would start shakin’ all over and hide behind the couch whenever it started to thunder. No talkin’ to that dog. Just wouldn’t listen.

No matter how calm we spoke, or how much we petted that dog, it wouldn’t move from it’s security furniture.

I don’t suppose it really hurt anything that the dog was so fearful of a rumble or two. There was somethin’ that made us kids want to get the dog to face the thunder.

‘Course we were prob’ly lucky not to be struck down by lightnin’ durin’ some of our adventures durin’ rain storms.

I suppose now there would be some dog shrink tellin’ us that we could somehow work the animal through its fears and make it a more functional pet. The dog lived a normal and healthy life. Sometimes you just have to let shakin’ dogs lay.

This is some fact, but mostly

Just Jake Talkin’



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Weekly Column


by Donna Erickson

School is out, but reading is in! Use the relaxing weeks of summer to build your children’s reading skills through ordinary and not-so-ordinary ways. Check out these fun-filled activities and choose several that fit your children’s reading level for rewarding experiences all summer long.

• Visit your local library, get library cards and make regular visits part of your summer routine. Let your children choose books to check out. At home, designate an easy-to-reach shelf or basket for the borrowed materials.

• Inquire about volunteer opportunities at the library for your preteen or teenage children. As volunteers, they may be asked to read aloud at story hour, assist with crafts and puppet shows, monitor summer reading programs, search for titles on the computer and even check out books.

• Arrange 10 summer family photos in a row on a table and use them to create a story.

• Declare your home a television-free zone for one night and read a story you’ve never read before. Even older kids enjoy a story read to them now and then.

• Read the first half of a favorite storybook aloud with your children, then invent a new ending.

• Find the weather page in your daily newspaper, read the temperature and plan your day’s activities. For extra practice, read the temperature for cities where you have relatives, friends or where you will soon travel.

• Hang a regional, national or world map on the wall and locate your town, then find and read names of cities you have visited.

• Enjoy poetry. Select short poems at first, geared to your children’s interests. Try writing an original poem about a shared experience and recite it together.

• Press a pretty flower and tiny leaves between the pages of a heavy book. Glue them on the top of a strip of cardboard for a personalized summer bookmark.

• Use shaving cream to write a cheery message on the bathroom mirror for your children to read in the morning.


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