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Thursday, May 23, 2002 Volume X, Number 239

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?. . .The Carthage First Church of the Nazarene, 2000 Grand Ave, will hold a Vacation Bible School from 6:00- 8:30 p.m. on June 3rd to 7th. For more information contact 358-4265.

today's laugh

A politician was giving a speech in a rural district when a yokel tossed a cabbage onto the platform.
The quick thinking politician gave it a glance and said, "It appears that one of my opponents has lost his head."

An important politician was called to visit a friend at an insane asylum and while there tried to phone his office. But his connection was constantly delayed, and in exasperation, he said to the operator, "Young lady, do you know who I am?"
"No," she replied. "But I know where you are."

Wanted: understudy for a cannonball act. Must be willing to travel.


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


Arthur Zane Gave a Party at his Home on South Clinton Street.

Arthur Zane entertained a few friends at his home on South Clinton street last evening. The evening was given over to ping pong and cards, although the moonlit lawn proved a great attraction to the merry makers. Delicious refreshments were served during the course of the evening.

The invited guests were Misses Tressa Brinkley, Katherine Betts, Nan Snell, Bernice Bell, Lulu Kilgore, Mayme St. John, Coila Myers, Una Hankla; Messrs. Henry Schlecht, Jas. Logan, Oscar Emerson, Roscoe Perkins, Arthur Alexander and Thad Givens.

Georgia Eldridge has been arrested again for disturbance. She was fined for a similar offense the first of the week, and her husband went to jail at that time.

  Today's Feature

Drug-Free Schools Survey.

The Carthage R-9 Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Advisory Council reports that the abuse of alcohol, marijuana, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and inhalants is at a lower rate than the state average. Here are some of the results from February 2002 Survey.

1. Reduce alcohol abuse by Carthage R-9 students.

Question #29 During the past 30 days on how many did you have at least one drink of alcohol?

12/98 45% 0-times

12/99 68% 0-times

02/02 63% 0-times

Missouri Average 50% 0-times

2. Reduce marijuana abuse by Carthage R-9 students.

Question #33 During the past 30 days, how many times did you use marijuana?

12/98 84% 0-times

12/99 91% 0-times

02/02 88% 0-times

Missouri Average 74% 0-times

3. Maintain the present level of non-violent encounters on school property at 92%.

Question #45 During the past 12 months, how many times were you involved in a physical fight on school property?

12/98 94% 0-times

12/99 95% 0-times

02/02 90% 0-times

Missouri Average 89% 0-times

4. Maintain the present level of Carthage R-9 students who refrain from chewing tobacco or snuff at 90%.

Question #26 During the past 30 days did you use chewing tobacco or snuff, such as Redman, Levi Garrett, Beechnut, Skoal, Skoal Bandits, or Copenhagen?

12/98 90% 0-times

12/99 83% 0-times

02/02 91% 0-times

Missouri Average 86% 0-times

5. Reduce cigarette smoking by Carthage R-9 students.

Question #21 During the past 30 days, on how many days did you smoke cigarettes.

12/98 53% 0-times

12/99 68% 0-times

02/02 77% 0-times

Missouri Average 68% 0-times

6. Reduce weapon possession on Carthage R-9 campuses.

Question #43 During the past 12 months, on how many times has someone threatened or injured you with a weapon such as a gun, knife, or club on school property?

12/98 93% 0-times

12/99 91% 0-times

02/02 93% 0-times

Missouri Average 91% 0-times

7. Reduce the use of inhalants by Carthage R-9 students.

Question #38 During your life, how many times have you sniffed glue, or breathed the contents of aerosol spray cans, or inhaled any paints or sprays to get high?

12/98 88% 0-times

12/99 89% 0-times

02/02 90% 0-times

Missouri Average 89% 0-times

8. Instruct students on the dangers of methamphetamines.

The dangers of using methamphetamines are covered in an age appropriate manner in our health and science classes throughout the district.

The Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Program is designed to educate students regarding the dangers of substance abuse and violence.

Federal Disaster Assistance for Barry, Dade, Lawrence & Taney Counties.

Four Southwest Missouri counties-Barry, Dade, Lawrence and Taney-have been declared federal disaster areas by President Bush due to flood damage to public facilities in mid May. The disaster declaration is an expansion of a declaration the President issued on May 6 after severe storms and tornados swept through 20 southern Missouri counties in late April. Ozark and Douglas Counties were included in the initial disaster declaration. They will also be eligible for public assistance to repair damaged roads and public facilities from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Blunt said, "The help from FEMA will be essential in restoring washed out roads, bridges and culverts in many counties that don't have the resources to withstand the losses. Learning that a county is part of a disaster declaration and eligible for help in restoring public facilities allows county leaders to begin the planning and budgeting process immediately." FEMA typically reimburses 75% of the costs of replacing public facilities. In some places, four and five inches of rain fell in a few hours, turning small streams into torrents that washed away roads and bridges.

In Lawrence County, Western District Commissioner Rodney Barnes said the Miller Road District was "hit hard by the storms." One estimates puts the losses in the Miller Road District alone at over $100,000. Commissioner Barnes said, "We had four road districts in the northwest part of Lawrence County with heavy losses. We lost one bridge and some culverts. In some places the roads were stripped down to the old bedrock."

Taney County Presiding Commissioner Joe Chowning estimated road damages in his county at $40,000. Forsyth's fairgrounds facilities, which are underwater, would also qualify for FEMA help.

Fourteen counties, including the six in Blunt's 7th District, will qualify for repair and replacement of disaster-damaged public facilities. Hazard Mitigation assistance will also be available statewide for state and local governments to take actions that prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property.

Only individuals and businesses in 23 southern Missouri counties, including Douglas and Ozark counties in the 7th District, who suffered uninsured losses from the flooding will be eligible for individual assistance from FEMA or low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration. Toll-free tele-registration numbers for disaster victims in the Ozark and Douglas Counties are: 1-800-621-FEMA. TTD 1-800-462-7585.

NASCAR to the Max

This week the NASCAR tour again runs on the 1.5-mile Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC. The Coca-Cola 600 is NASCAR’s longest race and is a true test of man and machine. The scheduled 400-lap feature will be a test of NASCAR’s one engine rule. The rule was implemented this year in the interest of cost and requires the teams to practice, qualify and race with the same engine all weekend. A team making an engine change is required to start the race from the rear of the field. Several top tier teams will likely change engines before the race with the knowledge that they have many laps and miles to regain track position and challenge for the win. The race is run in the evening and has run into the wee hours of the morning in the past.

If Ricky Rudd should qualify and start Sunday’s race, he will become the all-time leader in consecutive starts with 656. The streak started on January 11, 1981. During this span, Rudd has driven for seven different owners and has amassed 27 poles (number one qualifying position) and 22 victories. Rudd’s car will reportedly be sporting a special "Iron Man" paint scheme for the race.

Jeff Gordon’s streak of races without a victory is now at a career high 19. Gordon, who is only 30 and has 58 career wins and 4 series championships, isn’t getting much sympathy from the other drivers regarding his winless drought.

This weekend marks the unofficial start of the racing season. All major sanctioning bodies are racing in various locations over the weekend. The Indy Racing League will stage the 86th running of the world famous Indy 500 in Indianapolis, IN. The National Hot Rod Association will feature drag racing action in Topeka, Kansas for the Summer Nationals. Formula 1, featuring the most exotic racing machinery in the world, will compete in Monaco.

Just Jake Talkin'


Headin’ for the first long weekend of summer. Even though it’s not really summer or does three days seem that long. I suppose it would be more accurate to say Memorial Day kicks the summer season.

Typically the lake areas gear up for the migration of the crowds out of the populated areas to the populated recreation areas where folks go to get away from it all. I guess as Yogi would say, nobody goes to the lake anymore, it’s always too crowded.

The best time ta be on an overpopulated lake is when the boat breaks down ‘bout a mile from shore. The odds that someone will give ya a tow are better I’d guess. Nothin’ worse that paddlin’ a small cruiser with a couple a skis and a five gallon bucket. ‘Course the experience does make the holiday seem ta last a lot longer.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Metcalf Auto Supply

Weekly Column

Click & Clack

Dear Tom and Ray:

I live right in New York. I’ve got a 1977 Ford Pinto Wagon that came from Florida. It’s in very good shape (ugly green, though). To me it’s worth fixing, but to a limit. Right now I’m driving it with no power steering. The rack is leaking, and possibly the pump and lines. I want to switch to manual steering. Will the steering column fit, or will it need to be replaced? - Don

TOM: What a perfect car for New York City! You should nominate this car for "official vehicle of the Big Apple," Don. Why? What car could possibly be any less desirable to thieves?

RAY: Well, several of my brother’s cars come to mind. But the answer is that you ought to be able to switch to non-power steering pretty easily. You’ll need a new steering rack, and I’d look first for one in a junk yard.

TOM: Most people don’t realize that steering a car with broken power steering is a lot harder than steering a car that never had power steering to begin with. That’s because, even when the power steering isn’t working, you still have to move all the power steering-related valves and components in the rack, which is hard to do!

RAY: Once you get a manual rack for this car, you can just leave all the other power steering stuff in there and disconnect it (the pump, the lines, etc.). And then you can implement a slightly less intensive Pinto Urban Upper Body Building Program. Good luck, Don.


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