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Wednesday, May 15, 2002 Volume X, Number 233

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Train Crew will have a Fish Fry at 6:30 p.m. on Wed., May 15th, at the Train Barn, west Mound St. $8 per person, stag only.

Did Ya Know?. . .Sign-ups for a "Mysterious Summer" are being taken at the Carthage Public Library YPL desk. Diane Humphrey will read Spook Light Stories for the Summer Reading Program Kick-Off on Monday, May 20th.

Did Ya Know?. . .The next Diabetes Support Group will be from 4-5 p.m. on Wed., May 22nd, in the McCune-Brooks Hospital dining room in Carthage. Mark Francis, M.S., will talk about how to handle stress and how it affects your blood sugar.

today's laugh

What is the longest word in the English language?
Smiles, because there is a mile between the first and last letter.

Why is a railroad track a particularly sentimental object?
Because it is bound by close ties.

What is the difference between a flea and an elephant?
An elephant can have fleas, but a flea can’t have elephants.


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

Will Use Acetylene Gas.

The Chautauqua grounds and auditorium will be lighted with acetylene gas. A deal was closed yesterday by which F. S. Treadway, of Joplin, will put in 60 burners, generators and all necessary appliances. The gas lights are guaranteed to make it possible to read fine print in any part of the auditorium.

Sidewalks Case Decided.

Attorneys Thomas & Hackney yesterday afternoon received a telegram stating that the court of appeals had affirmed the decision of the Jasper county circuit court in the case of Williams vs. the judges of the county court - Messrs. C. E. Elliott, Clay Leaming and L. A Fillmore. This is the suit which grew out of the squabble over the stone sidewalks around the court house and vindicates the judges, leaving Williams, the concrete walk man, in the lurch.

  Today's Feature

Public Works Up Early

The City Council Public Works Committee will meet at its new time of 8:30 A.M tomorrow morning. The Committee formerly met in the late afternoon on the first and third Wednesday of the month.

The Committee is scheduled to discuss the George Phelps Boulevard Phase II project.

Also scheduled is a year to date report on community property maintenance.

CW&EP Considers Wireless Internet.

The Board of Directors of CW&EP is scheduled to meet for its regular monthly meeting tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock in City Hall. The agenda includes a discussion on a change of policy concerning underground electric service and the consideration of bids for wireless internet equipment.

The equipment would allow customers to connect to the utility’s fiber optic cable system via a wireless connection, thus connecting to the internet with a high speed, broad band service.

The utility has been exploring various avenues to expand their existing telephone line internet service.

Just Jake Talkin'


I suppose there are folks that move into this part a the country without prior knowledge of the basic knowledge needed to survive a tornado. Here it is in a nutshell. Duck!!!!

Crawl in a hole and stay there till the storm passes. The closer you are to the center of the earth, the less likely that you’ll be injured.

Don’t be climbin’ up in a tree to see where the twister is comin’ from. Don’t be tryin’ to catch that 2x4 as it blows by. For gosh sakes, let go of that kite string.

The rule a lotta folks have trouble followin’ is not stayin’ in a car if a tornado is gettin’ ready to hit. A ditch or low spot is a better place to be (closer to the center of the earth). For some reason, tornadoes like to toss cars and mobile homes around.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



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Weekly Column


by Donna Erickson

Spring is a good time to help your growing indoor plants turn over a new leaf!

Let your children help you identify indoor plants that need repotting. You can tell if a plant is ready to move to larger quarters by tapping it out of its pot onto newspaper and inspecting the roots. If the roots are balled up in a circle, it’s time for a bigger home.

Choose a clean flowerpot that’s one size larger than the current one. If you use a clay pot, soak it in water before you repot the plant.

Place a few small stones, gravel or pieces of broken pottery over the drainage hole to prevent the plant from becoming soggy when you water it. Set the plant in the middle of the pot. Let the kids use a small gardening shovel to scoop out and place potting soil around the plant. Try not to pack the soil too tightly.

Remind your gardeners that plants are living things and they need room to breathe. Proceed to water.

If you have a spider plant which has runners with small plantlets, enjoy growing the plantlets in small pots. First, fill a small clean jar with water. Cut a plantlet off a runner and set it on the top of the jar so that the bottom of the plantlet touches the water. Watch for roots to appear in about a week. When the roots are an inch long, plant in a small pot filled with moist potting soil as described above.

With a little care from the kids and some help from Mother Nature, you’ll find lots of colorful blooms and fresh green leaves to liven up your family’s home.


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