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Tuesday, June 18, 2002 Volume XI, Number 1

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Humane Society has the perfect pet for you. Stop by the corner of 3rd & Garrison (next to Beimdiek Insurance) at 10 a.m. on Sat., June 22nd for Pet Adoption Day. Gifts, raffles and coupons from area vets will be given away. Pick from a variety of loving animals. Call 358-6402 if your pet is lost.

Did Ya Know?. . .The American Red Cross will take blood donations at the Carthage Church of the Nazarene, 2000 Grand, from 1:30-7:00 p.m. on Thurs., June 20th and from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Fri,. June 21st. Recognition gifts will be given.

today's laugh

A school kid asks his teacher, "Is it true that the Law of Gravity keeps us on Earth?"
The teacher says, "Yes."
"What kept us before the law was passed?"

One of these days, scientists are going to discover why a kid can’t walk around a puddle.

A second-grader is heard saying a terrible four-letter word by his teacher. She admonishes him, "You shouldn’t use a word like that. You don’t even know what it means."
The second-grader says, "Sure I do. It means that the car won’t start."


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

Trick Rider Drew a Crowd.

An exceedingly clever trick rider, disguised in a policeman make up, gave a good exhibition of bicycle riding on the north side of the square late yesterday afternoon and last evening, attracting quite a crowd. He said he was on his way overland from San Francisco to Chicago, on a wager, starting with no money and having none en route except what he takes up in collections, as he did here. He raised a neat sum from his Carthage crowd.

Mill Elevator Bulging.

The new McDaniel elevator in the Frisco bottoms recently began spreading, or bulging, at the bottom where the greatest pressure was put on it, and the walls are now said to be some seven or eight inches out of plumb. Two men are at work putting more bolts in.

  Today's Feature

Mini-Exhibit at Powers.

A mini-exhibit of the Missouri State Archives’ Ticket to the Past: The First Twenty-Five Years of the Missouri State Fair, will show at the Powers Museum from now until August 25. Admission is free. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Selected color reproductions of representative materials from the Missouri State Fair collection are presented in the mini-exhibit based on the larger exhibit of the same title previously displayed at the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City.

When the first Missouri State Fair opened in Sedalia on September 9, 1901 it offered exhibits, activities and entertainment. In addition to competitive judging of livestock, sewing, canned and baked goods, the offerings grew to include concerts, automobile races, vaudeville acts, hot air balloon ascensions and political addresses.

As "an educational institution built upon agriculture" the fair strove to expose Missouri farmers to the latest technology. The Fair is credited with introducing farmers to the tractor, automobile and airplane.

Just Jake Talkin'


I’ve been to a state fair or two.

My best recollection of a fair attraction is the clown at the water tank.

"High and dry, I’m sittin’ high and dry," he would heckle passersby. If he happened to get someone’s eye he would really turn on. He would then publicly ridicule the unfortunate dupe until he’d have ta plunk down a dollar or two just to show his girlfriend how ta deal with loud mouth clowns at the State Fair. Typically after five or eight dollars worth, the guy would walk away with the assurance the clown wouldn’t be wantin’ any more a that.

Climbin’ out of the tank, the chatter would start all over. A little soggy, but eight or ten dollars richer, the Clown looked for his next victim. "High and dry, I’m sittin’ High and Dry."

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column

Health Notes

by Judith Sheldon

DRINKING AND DRIVING: MADD (Mothers Against Driving Drunk) can take a great deal of credit for changing much of America’s attitudes about drinking and driving. As a result, it’s estimated that over 1,000 people a year who might have died as a result of some people being drunk at the wheel, didn’t, and any number of people who might have been injured because of drunk drivers - especially during holiday periods - weren’t.

Recently, a group representing restaurants have mounted a campaign against what they consider an extremist view of the drinking and driving relationship. They have been trying to persuade the public that for most people one or two or even three or four drinks would not affect their abilities to drive carefully. The fact is - no one really knows his or her tolerance level for reaction time. Even those who take only one drink have been found to lose precious seconds in reacting to imminent disasters on the road.

However much one may wish that drinking were not so deeply involved in driving accidents and death, the reality is that driving accident injuries and fatalities have gone down since laws were introduced to punish drivers shown to have higher than legally allowed blood alcohol levels.


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