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Monday, August 11, 2003 Volume XII, Number 38

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .You can now adopt some of the Carthage Humane Society’s cutiest kittens at Central Pet Care Clinic. Stop by their office anytime during regular business hours or call 358-1300 for details.

Did Ya Know?. . .McCune-Brooks Hospital is having a Friends and Family CPR Class from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12th. The class will be interpreted for Hispanic friends and feature more hands-on demonstrations. Snacks and refreshments will be provided and mouth seals will be offered free to participants. No previous experience is necessary. Pre-registration is required; call 359-2452 or 359-2432. The class will be offered in the cafeteria at the McCune-Brooks Hospital.

today's laugh

Tell me, Billy, why they use knots instead of miles on the ocean?
Because they’ve got to have the ocean tide.

Do you prefer an English saddle or a Western?
What’s the difference?
The Western saddle has a horn.
I don’t think I’ll need the horn. I don’t intend to ride in heavy traffic.

The question of the hour:
What time is it?

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


Proves Most Popular in Tom & Ed Hall’s Voting Contest.

The Tom and Ed Hall shoe store voting contest closed Saturday night and Bob Blankenship and Andy Anderson counted the ballots this morning.

The vote was as follows: Helen Lang, 374; Creole Jones, 127; honorable mention is given Mary Clark, Earl Reed and Earl Burke.

Miss Helen wins a $60 National bicycle and is justly proud of the elegant gift. The votes were cast for the most popular boy or girl in Carthage.

The air has been very sultry today, with the thermometer standing at 93 degrees in the shade. Last night was unusually warm until well towards morning. Many a restless head tossed sleepless on its pillow until a cool breeze sprang up after 3 o’clock and lulled it to blissful repose.

  Today's Feature

Voting For Kellogg Lake Ordinance.

The agenda for the City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 12 at City Hall at 7:30 p.m. has been set.

Second readings include Council bill 03-40, adding a new section to the Carthage code making it unlawful to operate motor vehicles in Kellogg Lake Park except on paved roads, gravel roads, and designated parking areas. Council bill 03-44, an ordinance authorizing the calling of a municipal election on November 4, 2003 in Carthage for the purpose of submitting to the voters of the city the question whether to impose a sales tax in the amount of 3/16th of 1% for a period of time not to exceed 20 years to provide funding for the stormwater and local parks, including the renovation of the Carthage Public Library, will also be discussed.

New business includes Approval of Bank Requisition No.17 in the amount of $18,420.00 for Golf Course renovations. Also included in new business is Council bill 03-52, an ordinance to amend Section 24-155 of the Code of Carthage to modify requirements for the installation of private sewer lateral lines to the Carthage sewer system.

Just Jake Talkin'


There is prob’ly not a more accurate classic quotation that the one from "Cool Hand Luke." Most will know what it is without bein’ told, but for those youngsters that happen ta be readin’ it is "What we have here is a failure to communicate." Nothin’ causes more problems, litigation, divorces, and just down right cantankerous attitudes than a failure to understand what’s really goin’ on.

Now the character in the movie didn’t mean that ever’one was gonna sit down and discuss what was botherin’ ‘em of course. What he was sayin’ was folks just weren’t payin’ attention to what he was sayin’. I’ve heard its always a good idea ta have the person you’re talkin’ to repeat what you’ve said just ta make sure they understand. ‘Course as they say, there’s always time ta fix what there wasn’t time ta do right the first time.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column

Natural Nutrition


By Samantha Mazzotta

Q: I’m planning to paint two rooms of my house over the weekend. How can I do the entire job quickly so that I’m not working late into the night on Sunday? — Hannah J., Chicago

A: The best way to get a paint job done quickly, with minimal hassle, is to spend as much time preparing beforehand as possible. In the days leading up to the painting weekend, try to complete the following tasks.

Clear furniture from the room (or cover with a dropcloth). Take pictures off the walls, including the hardware used to hang them and all nails or screws. Remove cover plates from outlets and switches. Loosen light fixtures so that you can paint underneath them, and cover them with plastic to protect them from stray paint drops.

Remove any hardware from windows and doors. This includes curtain rods and connectors, door latches and so on. Place a dropcloth on the floor for prep work and painting.

A few days before painting, scrape away loose paint or plaster from the areas to be painted. Locate nail holes and cracks, and fill them with spackling compound. Let the compound dry for a few hours, then sand. You should also sand down ridges or bumps, and if you’re painting a door as well, sand away previous layers of paint to prevent the new paint from sticking to the frame.

If you’ll be painting over wooden trim that has a glossy finish, rub it lightly with steel wool or fine-grade sandpaper to roughen the finish. This will help the new paint adhere to the old.

Clean grease spots and other stains — if a stain can’t be washed away, cover it with primer at the beginning of the painting stage. Dust the paint areas and then clean them with a cloth or sponge dipped in water and a low-phosphate household cleaner (or a wall cleaner). Let everything dry for 24 hours before painting.

Begin masking off areas that you don’t want to paint (such as baseboards) with painter’s tape the day before you start work. Gather all the paint and clean-up supplies you’ll need and place them in an accessible spot.

This seems like an awful lot of work for just a couple of rooms, but these preparatory tasks can be done bit by bit in the days beforehand. By the weekend, you’ll be confident that the walls are ready for the paintbrush, and you can complete the job quickly and efficiently, with a little time left for dinner!

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