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Monday, May 20, 2002 Volume X, Number 236

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The City of Carthage will be spraying for mosquitoes this week, Mon.-Fri., May 20th-24th. Your area will be sprayed in the evening of the day your trash is picked up between 8-11 p.m. You may want to turn off any attic or window fans.

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 difference between an old dime and a new penny?
Nine cents.

What is that which has neither flesh nor bone, and has four fingers and a thumb?
A glove.

What is the best way to keep fish from smelling?
Cut off their noses.


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


Ed Parke Escaped Injury From the Chandler, Ok., Cyclone.

Ed Parke, formerly of Carthage, is a citizen of Chandler, Ok., the town which was torn to pieces by a cyclone last night. He is engaged in the stock business there.

His mother, brother and sister here were naturally much worried over the matter when they learned of the cyclone today, but this afternoon his brother George Parke received the following reassuring telegram: "Was in cyclone, it didn’t touch me."

Walter Gufft arrived last night from Tulsa, Indian Territory, and will likely take a position as barber at Ed Murdock’s shop. His mother and sister have moved here from Buffalo, Mo., and have rented one of Dr. Brooks’ houses on South Main street.

  Today's Feature

Revenue Collection and Distribution.

Stephen H. Holt, Jasper County Collector, has announced $689,140.45 was collected by his office for the month of April 2002. This amount includes $318,898.98 in 2001 real estate taxes, $48,875.75 in 2000 real estate taxes and $4,322.90 in 1999 in real estate taxes and $369.74 in 1998 real estate taxes.

Also collected was $292,703.08 in 2001 personal property taxes, $13,982.99 in 2000 personal property taxes, and $2,752.76 in 1999 personal property taxes.

$529.00 in duplicate receipts, $3,350.00 in merchants licenses, $150.00 in publication fees, $159.00 in auctioneer’s licenses, $2,966.00 in pool and billiards licenses and $98.25 in miscellaneous fees.

Distribution of the $503,608.15 allocated to schools in Jasper County is as follows:

Carl Junction R-I, $63,494.31; Sarcoxie R-II, $12,994.58; Golden City R-III, $608.64; Diamond R-IV, $3,571.34; Jasper R-V, $7,482.51; Webb City R-VII, $78,144.31; Joplin R-VIII, $236,353.83; Carthage R-IX, $96,164.25; Avilla R-XIII, $4,794.38

Just Jake Talkin'


I’ve never owned a rain gauge. I’ve always been curious as to how much it rains, just never was compelled to put up the contraption. Always depended on the radio or newspaper to let me in on the total inches.

I do have a wind gauge, onea those whirligigs with a propeller on the front. Another bird with wings that rotate out in the strawberry patch. The whirligig doesn’t have much purpose, the bird is onea my feeble attempts to keep varmets away from the patch. Prob’ly the reason they stay around is the fact that they are low maintenance.

A rain gauge takes a certain amount a care. Dumpin’ out the water, takin’ it in for the winter, washin’ out the bugs. Sides, the lawn keeps me up to date on rain. It grows ‘bout two inches for ever’ half inch a rain.

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: We just finished painting the outside trim on our house. The best way to mask off the many window panes that we had was a plain old bar of soap. We would run it around the inside of the glass pane before painting.

Paint would not penetrate the soap film. It was easy to remove. We found we could leave it up until the paint was completely set, unlike masking tape, which was hard to remove the next day. - P. D.

Q. We have an influx of field mice. We noticed that there are mortar joints that are missing in many places in the bottom course of bricks. I started filling these gasps with mortar, when a neighbor said there were supposed to be there. Is that true? If so, why? - L.E.

A: Those weep holes are there to allow any condensation that might form within the walls to get out. The holes also ventilate the cavity between the brick and the sheathing.

You can seal them against the mouse invasion by cutting strips of hardware cloth the same width as the weep holes. Make the strips about 3 inches long. Bend the ends to form a "U" and slip the ends into the weep holes. The holes are covered against entrance but still let moisture out and air in.


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