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Thursday, September 5, 2002 Volume XI, Number 56

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Friends of the Carthage Public Library will hold their monthly booksale from 8 a.m. till noon on Sat., Sept. 7th, in the Library Annex.

Did Ya Know?. . .Wisdom of the Word, an interdenominational Bible study will begin the week of Sept. 9th at the First Church of the Nazarene, 2000 Grand, Carthage. The fee is $20. Call 417-358-4265 or 417-358-2956 for more information.

Did Ya Know?. . .The McCune-Brooks Hospital Auxiliary will meet for its Annual membership coffee from 10 a.m. till 12 noon on Sept. 11th, 2002, at the home of Leigh Ann Brown, 711 Belle Air Place.

today's laugh

"Do you know how to drive a baby buggy?"
"Tickle its feet."

1st Man: The big sardines in the ocean eat the little sardines.
2nd Man: Really? How do they get them out of the can?

He had tough luck. He had a check for ten dollars and the only person who could cash it was a fellow to whom he owed nine dollars.


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

Reorganization of Telephone Operators.

A complete reorganization of the operator’s force in the central office of the Home Telephone exchange in this city has been made and will go into effect next Monday morning.

Miss Ida Lewis, who has been connected with the office ever since it was started in this city, and whose proficiency has won for her many compliments from patrons of the line, will become manager of the force. She will have general supervision of the switch board and all operators.

The working hours will be cut down from ten to nine hours, and the operators will be assigned regular shifts.

There are now seven young lady operators and two learners. This force will be increased to eight operators. Miss Alta Gibson is night operator. The day force will consist of Misses Martha Haven, Katie Pearson, Cora Shanks, Fannie Owen, Dora Horner, Lilla Collip, and Aura Lish.

  Today's Feature

Chief Sarcoxie Days Approaching.

The annual Chief Sarcoxie Days celebration will be held Thursday, Friday, And Saturday, September 12, 13, and 14. Most of the events will be held on or near the Sarcoxie City Square.

Headlining the event will be Nashville recording artist Jeannie Kendall of The Kendals. She will appear on Saturday evening. Also performing Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. is No Apparent Reason from Carthage. Well known area gospel singers, the Missourians, will perform Thursday evening as well as country group Tom Cartmell and Southern Drive.

Saturday entertainment begins at noon with the crowning of Princess Sarcoxie and the drawing for a $100 bill. Immediately following will be Darrell Foster, gospel. Following the parades, at 2:15 Eric Edmunson and Straight Winds county variety will perform followed by the Bill Pierson Band at 4 p.m.

All ages are invited to enter the Karaoke contest. The event will begin Friday at 4 p.m. continuing Saturday at 2 p.m. and finals at 7 p.m. For more information contact Helen Sageser at 548-7639.

Nascar to the Max

The start of Sunday’s Mountain Dew Southern 500 from Darlington (SC) Raceway was delayed over an hour due to rain. Once the race got underway the event turned into a series of dominations.

After Bill Elliott lead an early segment of the race Sterling Marlin took command and dominated the mid-section of the race. Meanwhile, Jeff Gordon and his crew were biding their time and making adjustments to position themselves to dominate the latter stages of the race. Gordon lead 124 of the final 127 laps including the final 63 circuits of the 367 scheduled and took his second consecutive win.

Prior to last Sunday’s win, much was made about Gordon’s winless streak that had reached 31 races.

There are other active drivers in the series with longer streaks including Rusty Wallace, with 51, who hopes to get back to the winners circle to extend his consecutive years with at least one win to 17. The active driver with the most starts since their last win is Brett Bodine with 387.

Gordon’s win put him in 2nd place in the championship points’ race trailing Sterling Marlin by only 91 points. Gordon is now touting his chances to win his 5th championship. Gordon may want to consider that for the past four seasons the winner of the Brickyard 400 went on to win the Championship; 1998 Gordon, ‘99 Dale Jarrett, ’00 Bobby Labonte, and ’01 Gordon. Bill Elliott having won last months Brickyard 400 currently sits in 7th and hopes he can continue the streak.

Another bit of trivia shows that since 1972 only 5 times has the season champion not won in the first 6 races of the year. That factor would favor Ward Burton, Matt Kenseth, Marlin (2 wins), Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch. Don’t count Gordon out however.

This week’s race will take place on Saturday in Richmond (VA) at the Richmond International Raceway. The track is a relatively flat, -mile D-shaped oval. Tony Stewart has won two of the last three races here and will be among the favorites of the 43 starters.

Just Jake Talkin'


We always had a Fall Festival where I grew up. Usually the high school and grade school bands would march and possibly a band or two from neighborin’ small communities. There were always several nice floats brought by the churches’ youth groups or other organizations. What impressed me most at that age were the comic type presentations.

A couple a women would typically stuff pillows to fill out their husband’s overalls they were wearin’ and put on funny hats. Maybe clown makeup or a humorous mask. They’d work the crowd actin’ silly as they moved with the parade. They prob’ly weren’t that funny, but the fact that ever’one knew ‘em and played along made the scene hilarious to most. ‘Course the main attraction of any parade is the crowd.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Metcalf Auto Supply

Weekly Column

Click & Clack

By Tom & Ray Magliozzi

Dear Tom & Ray:

I’ve got a 1994 Geo Prizm with about 65,000 miles. It’s only been flushed once, at about 15,000 miles. I was advised not to flush it, as it might cause everything to come loose, and I’d need a new radiator, which I can’t afford right now. But another mechanic says it is an absolute necessity.

When I told my mechanic not to do any flushing, he got really mad and yelled, which made me suspicious. Since I am a woman, I am always afraid that these mechanics are trying to take advantage of my pocketbook. What’s the best decision? Flush or don’t flush? — Bonnie.

TOM: Gee, and I thought it was only during a drought that you weren’t supposed to flush.

RAY: Most flushing these days is done by a machine. Once hooked up, the machine forces out the old coolant, under pressure, and then adds new coolant.

TOM: And it’s unlikely to cause you any problems, Bonnie. When being flushed, the radiator is subjected to no more pressure than it is when the engine is running. So you’re not putting any undue stress on it. Of course, it’s possible that you’ve got so much crud in there that some of the particulates themselves are plugging up some potential leaks. Occasionally we do see that.

RAY: But any radiator that’s being held together by its own crud is not long for this world anyway, Bonnie. Normally, we do recommend flushing the cooling system every 30,000 miles or so. But in your case, we’re going to make an exception.

TOM: You’re probably almost due for a radiator anyway. I’d advise you to save the money that you would use for the flush, and start saving for a new radiator.


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