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Thursday, March 14, 2002 Volume X, Number 189

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Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Humane Society, 13860 Dog Kennel Lane, always have animals that need a loving homes. Come find out what you can do to help Carthage’s neediest animals. If your pet is lost or missing call 358-6402 ASAP.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Soroptimist International of Carthage will have a "Spuds N’ More" potato, salad, & dessert lunch from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Thurs., March 14th at the Carthage Memorial Hall. A $5 donation will be taken to help the organization.

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 Exchange Club will meet Thursday, March 14th at Hazlett’s restaurant on Garrison. Dinner will be at 5:45 & meeting at 6:30 p.m. Gloria Elder from Camp Quality will speak.

today's laugh

Teacher: If two’s company and three’s a crowd,what are four and five?
Student: Nine.

Teacher: Do you know who built the ark?
Student: No.
Teacher: Correct.


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


S. S. Riley Whom the Republicans Re-Nominated by Acclamation.

S. S. Riley who has for the last two years served the city faithfully and well as city assessor was renominated by the Republicans for that position by acclamation , there being no one to oppose him, which is a substantial tribute to his efficiency.

Mr. Riley was born in Harrison county, Indiana in 1839. He was brought up on a farm and attended the rural school of his neighborhood in a primitive log school house till he was 13 years of age, when his parents moved to Bartholomew county, Indiana and he entered Hartsville university, completing his course there one year before the breaking out of the civil war. He taught school two terms and on July 12, 1861 enlisted for the war in the 23rd Indiana infantry serving three years and participating in the battles of Belmont, Ft. Henry, Shiloh, Siege of Vicksburg and Sabine Cross Roads. After being mustered out he remained in the government service as a citizen employee till the close of the war.

The summer and fall following the war he spent in Indiana where he taught two years in the commercial department of Lane university. He came to Jasper county in the fall of 1867 and taught his first school at the Langley school house, in the woods back of the present location of Tower of Light. Mr. Riley continued to teach here until 1872 when he returned to Indiana where he taught ten years and in 1882 came back to Jasper county taking a position as teacher in the schools of Carthage.

For five years he taught at various points in Jasper county and then spent twelve years operating his fruit farm southwest of Carthage. Three years ago he returned to town and for the past two years has filled the position of city assessor and has done it so well that it is practically assured he will be continued in that position for another term.

Watch for more candidates in 1902.

  Today's Feature

Council Split on Fireworks and Liquor.


The City Council voted 5-4 Tuesday evening to postpone a vote on the proposed ordinance that would lift the ban on discharging fireworks within City limits. The justification for the motion by Council member Bill Putnam was that Council member Jim Woestman was absent and wanted to participate in the discussion. Woestman has stated his support for the proposed ordinance at a past Council meeting.

It takes only a simple majority of members present to postpone a vote, but passage of an ordinance requires a majority of the ten elected members, or six. If a vote had been taken and the 5-4 split held, the bill would have failed.

Council members Larry Ross, Jackie Boyer, Jim McPheeters, Bill Putnam, and Don Stearnes voted for the postponement. Chuck Tobrock, Bill Fortune, Ronnie Wells, and J.D. Whitledge voted against.

The maneuver was successful in the instance of the fireworks ordinance, but failed in a separate attempt to postpone a vote on the ordinance that would have reduced the distance allowed between a business selling alcoholic beverages and a church located in a district zoned for business. Boyer and McPheeters joined the previous block of four to oppose the postponement, but voted for the ordinance change. The resulting 5-4 split did not meet the required 6 votes to pass an ordinance.

Public Safety Committee Chair J.D. Whitledge asked that the media urge citizens to contact their Council representatives and express their opinion about lifting the ban on private fireworks in the City.

NASCAR to the Max

NASCAR got a glimpse of its’ future on Sunday with the running of the Atlanta 500 in Atlanta, GA. The top five spots were swept by several of the young guns of the sport with the win going to 1999 Rookie-of-the-Year (ROTY) Tony Stewart. In claiming his 13th career NASCAR victory, Stewart is slowly overcoming the perception of only winning shorter races. This victory marked Stewart’s first 500-mile victory. Stewart’s victory in last summer’s Bristol 500 was a 500-lap feature on a half-mile track and marked his first victory of a 500-lap event. Stewart’s other victories have come in 400-mile or less events. 2000 ROTY Runner Up Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 2002 ROTY Candidate Jimmie Johnson, 2000 ROTY Matt Kenseth, and Ricky Craven chased Stewart to the checkered flag. Craven is the elder statesman of the five at 35, young by NASCAR standards where it is not uncommon for drivers to be competitive into their 50’s. Following a disappointing season opening Daytona 500 where he finished last, Stewart has carded top 5 finishes in the following three races and has moved into 5th place in the season long driver’s points championship standings.

Darlington (South Carolina) Raceway will host this Sunday’s Carolina’s Dodge Dealers 400. Darlington is a 1.366-mile, high-banked, egg shaped oval. Its unique shape was created when the original track owner was unable to buy the necessary property from his neighbor who didn’t want his minnow pond destroyed.

The owner simply designed the track to fit his available property. Because of its design, it is nearly impossible for the teams to set the chassis up perfectly. If the car handles through one set of turns, it doesn’t through the other. Darlington is referred to as "The Track to Tough to Tame."

Very few of the 43 starters will leave without some sort of battle damage caused by contact with other competitors or the outside wall. Multi-car teams, with drivers and crews experienced in making the necessary adjustments throughout the race will be favored including the teams of Dale Jarrett, Sterling Marlin, Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton.

Just Jake Talkin'


What a difference a day (and one vote) makes. From all indications, there are now four solid votes against lifting the ban on fireworks in the City. Once again the importance of one vote on the Council is made apparent.

What may not have been apparent is the extra two weeks will give citizens time to contact Council representatives and speak their mind. You may not appreciate the influence a few phone calls can have on those elected to represent the general populace. Make the call. It will only take a minute or two to say yea or nay. It’s a great opportunity to see real democracy in action.

You might consider a letter to the editor also. As long as ya don’t call anyone names, we’ll print it. Have a blast.

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 have a Toyota Camry LE V6 with an automatic transmission and a little over 30,000 miles on it. It has been properly maintained.

At about 50 - 60 mph, a high-pitched whine develops in the transmission while the accelerator pedal is depressed. Upon release of the pedal, the noise stops instantly.

The service manager at my Toyota dealership said the whine was coming from the "final drive assembly" and that it was OK for now. He said it was a very rare occurrence. Since the car is still under warranty, what should my next step be? - Henry

Tom: Your next step should be to ask him when he wants you to make an appointment to come in and have your final drive gears replaced, Henry.

Ray: He’s right that it’s very rare. He’s also right that it’s OK for now, in that it’s not going to break suddenly and leave you stranded, or cause some catastrophic safety failure.

Tom: The problem is an improper gear mesh between the ring gear and pinion gear in the differential. Make sure your dealer writes his diagnosis on your service slip, so that you have proof that the problem started during the warranty period. That will ensure that they’ll have to cover it under warranty, no matter how long they manage to put you off.

Ray: Replacing the gears in the final drive is a big job, and they’re not going to like it. Tough, that’s what you have a warranty for.


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