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Monday, March 4, 2002 Volume X, Number 181

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The last chance to sign up for the Carthage Spring Season Soccer League will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tues., March 5th at the 1st United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The cost is $15 per participant.

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

Kid: Mama, can I go out and play?
Mama: With those two holes in your socks?
Kid: No, with the kids across the street.

Two western men travelled together two days in a train without a word ever passing between them. On the third day one of them at length ventured to remark that it was a fine morning.

"And who said it wasn’t?" was the reply.


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


Boy Preferred "Hoeing His Own Row" to Hoeing Weeds.

A 10-year old boy named Clark ran away from the farm of Owen Weeks, northwest of town yesterday afternoon, and Mr. Weeks was in town today looking for him.

He had put the boy at work hoeing weeds and at supper time he had proved to have jumped his job, taking $1.35 from a purse containing $8 of Mr. Weeks money.

Investigation shows that he spent the stormy night at the home of Billy McDaniels, a stone cutter, in town, and this morning asked Officer Drake the way to Joplin. He took the next car for the mining metropolis, and Mr. Weeks decided not to follow him there. He evidently prefers hoeing his own row to hoeing someone else’s weeds.

The lad, an orphan, was brought here from Duenweg by Mr. Weeks, who undertook to raise him. Howard Gray is the boy’s guardian.

  Today's Feature

Long Meet Scheduled Tonight.

The City Council Public Services Committee faces another long agenda this evening at its regular meeting in the Park Department office in Municipal Park.

The meeting is scheduled to begin with updates on the ongoing Golf Course and Memorial Hall projects. A meeting is scheduled in May for public input on the proposed Golf Course renovation. The Council approved initial plans and are now waiting for a more detailed plan for the improvements from the architect.

The Committee is also scheduled to consider and discuss:

• bids on the surplus generator located in the basement of Memorial Hall.
• adjusting rates for Memorial Hall.
• plans for the Over Sixty Center expansion project.
• bids on kitchen equipment for Memorial Hall.
• the agreement with Carthage Youth Softball.
• the agreement with Carthage Youth Baseball Association.
• the agreement with Carthage Softball program.

Just Jake Talkin'


The Public Service Committee is also scheduled to have a closed session this evening after the open meeting to discuss hiring, firing, disciplining or promoting of employees. With the oversight of the Fair Acres project, the Memorial Hall renovation, the Golf Course renovation, and the regular day to day operation of the Park system, the Committee definitely has its plate full. With the addition of proposed development of the Kellogg Lake area, the plate is gonna have ta be a platter.

The Committee does depend on staff for much of the footwork in these projects, but staff is also bein’ loaded with extra responsibilities that have little to do with the day-to-day operation of their departments. Haven’t heard any complaints, just an observation.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



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Weekly Column

The Super Handyman

by Al Carrell & Kelly Carrell

Shop Talk - Work gloves are supposed to protect your hands, but sometimes you need to "feel" what you are doing. Most gloves that fit that snugly don’t offer much protection. Glove Boy latex gloves might be a perfect fit for you. Their textured fingers and palms are great for gripping, and the polymer coating makes them resistant to most chemicals and solvents. You can find them at hardware stores, paint stores, auto-supply stores and home centers.

Super Hint - It’s always a good idea to have your chimney checked each year before starting the first fire. A creosote buildup is hard for a novice to see, and can be a real fire hazard if not cleaned out. Do it now and beat the rush.

Q: I have several gouges and scratches in my dark oak wood floor. Is there some easy and inexpensive way to cover or erase the damaged spots without refinishing the whole floor? - L. C.

A: You should be able to find wood filler in the same color as the floor. There are some fillers that will accept a stain, which could be applied with a small artist’s brush. After the stain is applied, you should apply a finish over the patched area.

Super Hint - To work on a ladder that is standing in sand, use nails or clamps, attach a couple of 1 X 4’s to the ladder’s feet, and it won’t sink while you are working.


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