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Wednesday, March 27, 2002 Volume X, Number 198

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Diabetes Support Group will meet from 4-5 p.m on Wed., March 27th in the dining room of McCune-Brooks. Debbie Herst, RD, CDE, will speak about National Nutrition Month.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Masonic Lodge #197 will have a Masonic Home presentation given by RWB Larry Reynolds at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday., March 28th, in the Lodge dining room. For more information call WB Rob Lewis at 417-623-7112.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Youth Softball League sign-ups will be from
6-8 p.m. on Mon., April 1st at the Fairview Elementary School.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Jasper County Health Department has a free Hepatitis A vaccine available for children 2-18 years of age. Call 417-358-3111 or 1-877-879-9131 to schedule an appointment.

today's laugh

Mother (having finally tucked a small boy into bed after an unusually trying day): Well, I’ve worked today from son-up to son-down!

Professor: Name a product in which supply always exceeds the demand.
Student: Trouble.

In my hotel everything is cold except the icewater.


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

Pulling Teeth in Jail.

Dr. G. A. Gibson was called to the county jail yesterday to pull ulcerated teeth for two or three of the prisoners.

The men were brought into the trusties’ room and seated in an ordinary chair. Some one held the patient’s head while the big molars were pulled out by main force. The suffering subjects had grit enough not to yell, however.

Took a Shot at Prowlers.

C. J. Sawyer, formerly of Carthage, but now of Nevada found two men prowling around his house suspiciously the other night and he promptly procured a gun and took a shot at them. They escaped but it is believed that one of them was wounded.

You can have that old vehicle made as good as new at Lanpher’s carriage works practical mechanics in every department.

  Today's Feature

Council Bucks the Bang.

The City Council rejected a compromised version of the ordinance proposing legalization of discharge and sale of fireworks by a vote of 4-6 during last night’s regular Council meeting in City Hall.

Council member Bill Putnam, Jr., who sponsored the original bill which would have allowed the sale and discharge of fireworks for the first four days in July, moved to amend the bill by allowing discharge only on July 4th with the supervision of an adult 21 or older and the sale of fireworks the original four days. The vote on the amendment tied 5-5 and Mayor Johnson broke the tie in favor of the downsized version.

After the 4-6 vote defeated the amended bill, Johnson told the Council that if it had passed, he would have vetoed the bill.

"Nobody has ever asked me how I thought about this," said Johnson, "including the crusader of the Mornin’ Mail. I have scars to show what can happen with firecrackers."

Council members Ross, Boyer, Putnam, and Woestman voted for. Voting against were Tobrock, Fortune, Wells, Whitledge, McPheeters, and Stearnes.

Just Jake Talkin'


First for those a little confused, Jim McPheeters and Carey Murphy are candidates for the Fourth Ward Council seat, not the third as I mispoke yesterday.

Second, you made a difference and I’m proud of ya. Council member Don Stearnes told the Council that he appreciated the large number of calls coming from his constituents. He said that if the vote on the fireworks had been taken two weeks before, he prob’ly would have voted for it. Others got calls too.

I find no fault with usin’ fireworks as a display of patriotism and celebration of democracy. The real test of democracy, however, is when the experiment actually works and the individual citizen can have a say in what power the government really has. This paper can do little but inform, the citizens must participate to make a difference.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing Services

Weekly Column


by Donna Erickson

Recycle an old pair of jeans and make a trendy shoulder strap ‘pocket purse’ your preteen daughter can use this spring. If she is having a sleepover party, pull the supplies together and let the girls loose to create and design their own purse to keep. It’s a "make and take" project everyone will remember.

To get started, cut out the back pocket from a pair of old jeans (the heavier the jean fabric the better), cutting along the outside of the pocket. Cut very close to the pocket’s top stitching without cutting the pocket. Don’t limit yourself to blue jeans. For our purses, we used pockets from pairs of black and yellow jeans we picked up for under a dollar at a garage sale.

For a shoulder strap, determine the length of cording or ribbon that suits the child’s height and handstitch the ends to the top side edges of the pocket opening. Old woven sashes or cotton belts (with buckles cut off) also work well.

Scout around the house for interesting items to decorate the pocket purse. Attach the items with fabric glue or assist children with a glue gun. Here are some ideas for different styles:

JAZZY: Glue a fringe trim to the side and bottom edges. Glue big rhinestones to the front of the purse for an eyecatching accent.


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