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Wednesday, October 2, 2002 Volume XI, Number 75

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .Golden Reflections will have a Recycling Program at 10 a.m. on Wed., Oct. 2nd in the McCune-Brooks Hospital cafeteria.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Jasper County Farm Bureau Federation Annual meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 3rd, at the Fairview Christian Church multipurpose room, 2320 S. Grand.

Did Ya Know?. . .Any class members of the Class of ‘68 who would like to make a contribution in Chris Lobbey’s memory are encouraged to make a contribution to the Carthage Humane Society, Inc. Checks can be made out to the Humane Society and sent to Nancy Sanders, 12894 Dogwood Road, Carthage, MO 64836.

today's laugh

A boy and a girl were out driving one evening. They came to a quiet spot on a country lane, and the car stopped. "Out of gas," said the boy. The girl opened her purse and pulled out a bottle. "Wow!" said the boy, "A bottle . . . what is it?"

"Gasoline," said the girl.

Little Girl: Mother, you know that vase you said had been handed down from generation to generation?

Mother: Yes.

Little Girl: Well, this generation just dropped it.


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

They Paid Fines.

Two women giving their names as Ida Simpson and Mary Griffith, both assumed names however, were arrested by the officers last night for disorderly conduct in a room back of the Y.M.C.A. rooms. As Police Judge Bright is absent on a campaigning tour, Justice Woodward acted in his place. The women pleaded guilty and were fined $12.50 each, which they paid.

Two Up To Date Girls.

Two popular South Carthage girls indulged in a horseback ride by moonlight last night. They had their plans all made to don their brothers’ clothes for the ride, but a pair of stern fathers learned of it and vetoed this. However, the girls were not to be denied riding astride in the protecting shadows of he night. "It’s more fun that way," said one of them, "and besides there’s not so much danger of falling off."

  Today's Feature

State, City Switch Streets.

Mayor Kenneth Johnson received confirmation yesterday that as of October 1, the Missouri Department of Transportation will assume responsibility for surface maintenance of Highway 96 through Carthage. Prior to the recent agreement with the State, the City maintained the portion of 96 from Central east to River.

In exchange, the City of Carthage will now provide surface maintenance of Route E, (Fairview) east of Garrison to City limits. The City was previously maintaining Fairview west of Garrison.

Production Returns.

The production of "Heaven's Gates & Hell's Flames" will be performed on October 6 - 8, 2002 at the First Assembly of God Church in Carthage, Missouri located at 1605 Baker Blvd.

The production will be held at the First Assembly of God multipurpose building on Sunday, October 6 at 6:00 PM, Monday and Tuesday evenings, October 7 & 8 at 7:00 PM. Free Admission. Nursery and children's ministry will be available to children ages 7 and under.

Just Jake Talkin'


So this mouse was runnin’ along a muddy country dirt road one day and slipped into a rut in the road. A rabbit friend came hoppin’ by and the mouse pleaded for the rabbit to help pull him out of the rut.

The rabbit thinks the mouse needs to show a little initiative and get out on his own and hops on down the road to town.

A little later the rabbit was in the dinner eatin’ a head a lettuce and sees the mouse comin’ along the edge of the road.

The rabbit steps out side and hollers, "Though ya couldn’t get out of the rut."

"Had to," replied the mouse, "a car was comin’."

I suppose most follow a narrow path, sometimes it’s a good idea to poke your head up, just in case a Mack truck decides to follow your lead.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



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Weekly Column


By Amy Anderson

In addition to Oktoberfests and the activities surrounding Halloween, October holds many opportunities for fun festival-going. The weather is cooler, so bring a sweater and enjoy.

The Wooly Worm Festival This year marks the 25th anniversary of Wooly Worm Festival in Banner Elk, N.C. The premise is simple: Contestants race wooly worms up lanes of string and, based on the coloring of the winning worm, a prediction of the severity of the coming winter is made. If you aren’t an experienced worm racer, don’t be intimidated. You can get a worm there, and these guys are surprisingly easy to race. Basically, you set them on the string and they go at it. Check it out Oct. 19 and 20. Races start at about 10:20 a.m. and continue in heats of 20 throughout the day. For more information contact the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce at (828) 898-5605 or log on to

The California Avocado Festival If you like the green stuff, this is the fest for you, with live entertainment in addition to LOTS of avocados — in chips, in dips and in whips. It is appropriately held in Carpinteria, Calif., a major contributor to the avocado yield of Santa Barbara County, the third-largest producer of avocados in North America. The festival is held the first weekend of October — this year Oct. 4, 5 and 6 — at the corner of Carpinteria and Linden Avenues. Check out the Web site for more on the art contest and recipes for avocados.

La Strada dell’ Arte Kansas City, Mo., has held this free street-painting festival for the past five years. Its purpose is to showcase the very chalkworthy talents of more than 250 artists of all skill levels. Their artwork can be seen the weekend of Oct. 5-6 on the streets of Kansas City, just south of downtown, near Union Station. And if the kiddies are inspired, sign them up for a 2-foot-by-2-foot block of concrete so they can create their own work of art. For more information call (816) 941-3600 or check out

Fiddler’s Reunion If you’re into fiddling, rush to Elkins, W.V., on Oct. 26. At the Davis and Elkins College, you can check out some good fiddlin’ from the very best. Expect spontaneous jam sessions and performances from some players who normally shun the spotlight. For more info, go to or call (304) 637-1209.


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