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Wednesday, October 16, 2002 Volume XI, Number 85

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Did Ya Know?
. . .Eminence Chapter #93 Order of the Eastern Star will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2002, at the Masonic Temple, 7th & Maple.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Annual Pancake Feed at the Carthage Fire Department will be held from 6 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, October 19th. $3.00 per person.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Diabetic Support Group will meet from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23rd in the McCune-Brooks hospital dining room. This month the group will learn about different exercise programs in the Carthage area.

today's laugh

A tourist saw his first country windmill and asked the farmer what it was. The farmer said, "It’s an electric fan for blowing the flies off my cows."

If you make one new friend a day, at the end of the year you’ll be stuck with 365 new friends.

You have to be careful with your fax machine. I got my tie caught in one, and four minutes later I was in Chicago.

Business is so bad, one big hotel chain is stealing towels from the guests.


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


A seventeen-year-old boy named Poindexter is under arrest, charged with stealing a purse containing some $150 from Rev. Neal Pugsly. There was also in the purse with the money a souvenir Confederate $100 bill and some souvenir coins.

Young Poindexter was helping Mr. Pugsley pack and move his household good, preparatory to going to his new charge in north Missouri. The money in question was in the pocket of a pair of trousers which were hanging on a nail in one of the rooms of the house.

When the money was missed Mr. Pugsley put the case in charge of officer Drake who took the boy in charge and interrogated him, getting at first only a denial that he had taken the money.

Officer Drake states that he has had a strange experience with the boy since arresting him. "I finally got him to say he took the pocket book," said the officer this morning, "but he stated that there was only a silver dollar in it. This he handed over to Pugsley and told us where he had thrown the empty purse which we recovered. Finally he said he took the $150 to the Bank of Carthage and left it there. I took him to Mr. Mitchell last night but he said he did not look like the man he had given the money to but he was not sure. I then took him to Mr. Hodson’s house. As soon as he saw Mr. Hodson he said he was the man and that Mr. Hodson had simply laid the money away in a drawer and given him no receipt for it. Mr. Hodson said he had received no money from the boy.

"That’s all that we could find out last night. This morning the boy said he had not taken the money to the bank at all but had hidden it in the sewer on Fourth street. I went there with him and we looked. He could not find it. Finally he now says the $150 was confederate money, and that there was only $1 of good money that he took — the dollar which he at first returned. I don’t know what he will tell next."

Rev. Neal Pugsley was loth to talk about the case. "I have put the matter into the hands of officer Drake, who is attending to it," said he. "I simply want my money back. I have been a much robbed man in the different towns in which I have preached. At Pleasant Hill $100 was stolen from me. I was robbed at Warrensburg and had my clothes stolen at Eldorado."

  Today's Feature

Workshop for Childcare Providers.

University of Missouri Outreach and Extension will offer a workshop entitled "Social and Emotional Development of Children," from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24th at the Jasper County Central Annex, corner of Lincoln and Central Street, Carthage, Mo.

The workshop is open to all childcare providers and interested parents. There is a fee of $10 per person if registration is received by Oct. 17th ($15 per person after Oct. 17) to cover the cost of materials.

Participants in this workshop will learn about how children grow socially and emotionally from birth to eight years of age. Standards from the National Association for the Education of Young Children will be used to determine best practice for group care. Resources from the University of Missouri and nationally recognized authorities in the field of early childcare and education will also be shared with participants, according to Jinny Hopp, human development specialist, University of Missouri Outreach and Extension.

For more information, or to register, contact Hopp at (417) 358-2158 or via e-mail at

Just Jake Talkin'


Worked with a guy once that showed such a fear for snakes that coworkers would toss pieces of rope at him just to watch him yell and squirm.

They’d sneak a rubber snake into his lunch box and all try to be around when he opened it.

Even guys who had some sympathy couldn’t pass an occasional rattlin’ of a paper sack next to the guy just ta watch him jump. Ever’one would have a big laugh.

I got ta thinkin’ after a while the guy would catch on and at least try to ignore such pranks, but he would always give the anticipated reaction.

I have ta figure that at some point he started likin’ the attention and played up to the "snake hater" image a bit.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



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Weekly Column


By Amy Anderson

Skytop Lodge Is Poconos Gem

Skytop Lodge resort is located in the majestic Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, just 100 miles from both New York and Philadelphia. The resort is comprised of a picturesque grand lodge with 125 guestrooms and suites, an inn overlooking its 18-hole golf course and several more-private cottages located near the lodge. All this sits on 5,500 acres of pristine natural beauty, with 30 miles of hiking trails. It is quite a sight, and it offers quite an experience.

For those who have never experienced the quiet resort lifestyle, it can seem, well, dull. No city to bustle about, no list of sights to hurry to, just activities to enjoy or not enjoy and an all-inclusive environment in which to do so.

For starters, Skytop is no slouch when it comes to keeping its guests occupied. Lodgers (kids and adults alike) can choose among many included activities, such as archery, miniature golf, the many varied hiking trails, indoor or outdoor swimming — not to mention the whirlpool, ice skating, downhill or cross-country skiing and year-round Saturday picnics. Adults can enjoy the services of the spa, or get in a round of golf. More activities are available.

The events are kicked up a notch during November’s Edgar Allen Poe Weekends. The stone lodge makes a perfect backdrop for this creepy writer’s stories. And you and the kids can enjoy a Prince’s Ball, Poe’s Freakish Feasts, a Grand Magic Show and a very scary laughing contest.

The same exuberance is shown in December, when things turn magical for the Christmas season during the Charles Dickens Weekends. In a setting decorated with thousands of Christmas lights and ornaments, you can share your vacation with Dickens characters and sing carols around one of the 12 Christmas trees. Enjoy dinner with Mrs. Cratchit, a guest favorite.

Skytop room prices begin at $165 per night during the winter and include three daily meals, all well-prepared and delicious. To get more information about the resort, call 1-800-617-2389 or log on to


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