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Monday, July 29, 2002 Volume XI, Number 29

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The City of Carthage will be spraying for mosquitoes this week, Mon.-Fri., July 29th through Aug. 2nd. Your area will be sprayed in the evening of the day your trash is picked up, between the hours of 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. You may want to turn off attic and window fans while the sprayer is in your area.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Friends of the Carthage Public Library will hold their first Saturday of the month used book sale fom 8 a.m. - noon on Sat., Aug. 3rd at the Library Annex, 510 Garrison Ave.

Did Ya Know?. . .Members of Carthage Masonic Lodge #197 will present a check to D.A.R.E. officer Kevin Provins for the purpose of purchasing Hispanic D.A.R.E. materials to include in his program. The time will be at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, July 29th at the Carthage Police dept.

today's laugh

The philosopher finished his lecture by summing up with his favorite adage, "Happiness is the pursuit of something, not the catching of it."

A voice from the rear yelled out, "Have you ever tried to run after a bus on a snowy night?"

I bought a parrot the other day for fifty cents. He doesn’t talk, but he’s a great listener.


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


Neighbors Say Father Deserted Her and Now She is Gone.

Long and loud did the North Garrison avenue hillside neighbors call for Bessie Rogers last night. But she did not respond. She is thirteen, and with her nine-year-old brother had been left at home by their father, in an old barn of a house at the foot of the hill. The little boy would take his wagon and hustle for a living, the neighbors say. Finally the sister left home and the lad was all alone last night. When last seen by a reporter the little boy was out seeking his sister at 10 p.m. The father is the wandering junk man recently arrested for taking the Carlock girl away from home.

The Hamilton Comedy Company continues to please the patrons of Lakeside theatre. This is the last week of their engagement at Lakeside theatre.

  Today's Feature

Back-to-School Clothing Distribution.

The First Baptist Church, 631 S. Garrison, will be hosting its Back-to-School Clothing Distribution from 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 1st and again from 9 a.m.-12 noon on Friday, Aug. 2nd.

Area families needing clothing for School are welcome to bring their children to the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church. Children must be present and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Carthage Girl Scout Eco-Action Fair.

The Carthage Girl Scouts will hold their "Eco-Action Fair" from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Sun., Aug. 11th at the Northeast Shelter of Municipal Park on Oak Street in Carthage. Look for the "Eco-Action Fair" banner. The fair is designed for girls entering kindergarten through 6th grade and adults interested in volunteering and leading. The cost for registered Girl Scouts is a $3 donation, and for unregistered girls there’s a $7 registration fee. There will be hands-on crafts and games where girls will learn about the environment and actions they can take to preserve it.

Just Jake Talkin'


I find it useful to lose somethin’ ever now and then. Nothin’ seems ta motivate gettin’ rid of those things ya figure might come in handy some day like tryin’ ta find somethin’ ya need right now.

That old pair a roller skates that ya thought might actually be used at some point in your life suddenly becomes a startin’ place for a heap of junk. If you’re really on a roll, you’ll find a trunk or two that will barely hold together under the load of your other "treasures" long enough to get to the curb. Havin’ an empty box always helps the motivation. Ya keep lookin’ for junk to fill it with. No use wastin’ a good box.

The worst thing is if ya find what your lookin’ for too early in the day. Now ya got a big mess and no need to continue. At least you can still brag to how smart ya are not to throw anything out.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin.



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Weekly Column


By Samantha Mazzotta

Q: My ceiling fan seems to wobble a bit, especially at high settings. All the connections are tight, so what could be causing this? — Susan L., Marietta, Ga.

A: The ceiling-fan blades are most likely out of balance. At high speeds, the amount of air traveling across the blades is increased. Blades that aren’t set at an equal angle to the other fan blades will cause an unequal distribution of air pressure, unbalancing all four blades and creating a slight wobble. Fans that aren’t anchored securely to the ceiling will sway, even at low speeds, but that is a different problem. Since your unit is tightly fastened in place, let’s concentrate on distributing the airflow evenly over each fan blade. Turn the fan off and hop onto a stepladder. Using a screwdriver, tighten the screws that hold the fan blades to the ornate brackets.

Open a tape measure and turn one blade toward you. Now, place the end of the tape against the ceiling and measure the distance vertically from there to the right corner of the fan blade. Have someone write down the measurement.

Hold the tape measure in place against the ceiling. Turn the fan blades so that the right corner of each is measured against the stationary tape.

Correct the angle of the fan blades by gently bending the blade brackets until the measurements of each blade match.

Bending the blades into place may not completely correct the wobble. If this is the case, purchase a blade balancing kit at a home-improvement store.

Use the kit’s testing clip to locate the precise point of imbalance. Place the clip on the rear edge of the first fan blade, as close to the middle as possible. Turn the fan on and note whether the wobble increases or decreases. Do this to each blade, and note the blade that wobbles the most. Attach the clip to this blade, and adjust its position up and down the blade until the wobble is gone. With the clip in place, take a counterweight from the kit and fix it in place on the centerline of the fan blade, directly in line with the clip. Then, remove the testing clip.

You will need to place a counterweight on the blade opposite the one you just weighted. Possibly, you may have to put counterweights on all four blades. Use the testing clip to find the exact spot to place each weight, and fix them in place securely. This should solve your problem.


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