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Monday, March 11, 2002 Volume X, Number 186

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Masonic Lodge #197 will have a free Hunter Education Class on March 20th, 22nd & 23rd at the Masonic Temple, 215 W. 7th (behind the library). To reserve your seat call the MO Dept. of Conservation at 417-629-3423.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Humane Society will have an open house at 6:30 p.m. on Tues., March 12th, 13860 Dog Kennel Lane. Come find out what you can do to help Carthage’s neediest animals.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Family Literacy Council has Chocolate Covered Easter Eggs for sale. Eggs will be available for $2 each at local Carthage business or may be ordered by calling 358-5926.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Public Library’s "Record Breaking Readers" and "Hobbits and Hot Chocolate" winter reading programs will end on March 11th. Awards day will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 16th in the Library Annex.

today's laugh

Did you hear about the man who burned the farmer’s sugarcane field because he wanted sweet revenge.

"Darling, I read your new book yesterday. I loved it. Who wrote it for you?"
"I’m glad you liked it. Who read it to you?"


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


Quits Furniture Store to Sell Leggett & Platt Bed Springs.

The Pyramid lodge last night gave B. P. Varble a pie social surprise as he will tonight resign his office in that lodge to go on the road March 15 a new salesman for the Leggett & Platt bed spring factory of this city.

His territory will cover Texas, western Louisiana, southern Arkansas and part of Indian Territory.

Mr. Varble has been in the furniture business since 1882, and resigns a position with Howenstein & Calhoun to enter the service of Leggett & Platt. He should prove a valuable addition to the bed spring company’s staff.

His family will continue to reside in Carthage and he will make this his headquarters.

  Today's Feature

Fireworks Vote Tomorrow.

The City Council is scheduled to vote tomorrow evening on an ordinance sponsored by Council member Bill Putnam, Jr. that would allow the sale and discharge of fireworks within City limits from July 1 through July 4. Bottle rockets would be the only Missouri legal fireworks that would not be allowed. The bill failed to gain the support of the Public Safety Committee but has gathered support among several other Council members.

Public Safety Committee Chair J.D. Whitledge and Committee member Chuck Tobrock are the only members to publicly oppose the measure.

The current ordinance that bans all discharge of fireworks within the City has been in place since 1948.

Concerns expressed over safety and noise have been countered with arguments of sales tax revenue and freedom of expression. Citizens have been urged to attend the meeting at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in City Hall.

Just Jake Talkin'


The proposed ordinance that would allow fireworks to be discharged "within the city or any of the city parks" does not address the most obvious place that will be used. The City streets and sidewalks.

As many have learned, the City owns the sidewalks and typically a six foot "parkway" adjacent to all streets. This means that a homeowner would not be able to control those areas surrounding their home that technically belongs to the City.

There seems to be a naive attitude that fireworks will be enjoyed by supervised children and adults in small family gatherings in the back yard. My experience has been that neighbor’s cats, dogs, and flower pots are a much more typical targets for young pyromaniacs (and some not so young).

I don’t wanna hear it.

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 & Kelly: We lived with our wobbly table for years. We put all sorts of things under the legs, trying to steady it, but it always ended up rocking again. My wife finally fixed it with a button and her ever-popular glue gun.

She said it took about 10 seconds to glue the button under the short leg, and the table hasn’t wobbled since - G.B.

A SUPER HINT - If you are installing a roof fan or vent or another project that requires you to saw through asphalt shingles, try spraying the saw blade with a little wax or lubricating oil first. That can keep the asphalt from sticking to the blade and getting it all caked up.

Dear Al: The wood screw that keeps my weather vane in place kept backing out. I finally fixed it by putting a staple right over the head of the wood screw. The metal crosspiece fits down into the groove in the top of the screw, and keeps it in place just great. It has been months, and it’s still a tight fit. I know that if I ever need to remove the screw, I can do it without much trouble, too - C.K.

Dear Carrells: If you use clamps to hold a meal straightedge along the cutting line on paneling, you can run your saw along the straightedge for perfect cut. - S.H.


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