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Thursday, August 14, 2003 Volume XII, Number 41

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Good Lutheran Church Youth Group will have a Car Wash from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16th at the Carthage Fire Station. Krispy Creme Donuts will also be for sale.

Did Ya Know?. . .Carthage Masonic Lodge #197 will hold an election of officers and regular business at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 14th at the Masonic Temple, located directly behind the Public Library. Will eat before. All Masons are invited.

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

"I remember when I was a lad," said the old salt to Bobby. "I had to fight for my life with sixteen cannibals, and only one got away—"

"But," objected Bobby, "last year you told me it was eight cannibals."

"Yes," he said easily, "but you was too young then to know the whole horrible truth."

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

New Branches in the Schools.

Says Supt. W. T. Carrington: "The movement started in Missouri four years ago to have agriculture and horticulture systematically taught in the rural schools has spread to all parts of the country and has grown to strong proportions throughout the Mississippi valley. It was one of the chief topics of interest at the recent Boston meeting."

That it may be reduced to better pedagogical form a committee of five, of which State Supt. Carrington is one, was appointed to make thorough investigation of the subject and report at the next meeting.

A. L. Franks Sold Out and Gone.

A. L. Franks, the groceryman at the corner of Vine and McGregor streets, has sold his stock of goods to his father, W. D. Franks and has gone off on a trip. No one seems to know just where he has gone, as he had several points in view when he left.

  Today's Feature

Kellogg Lake Ordinance Defeated.

The Council bill that would have made it unlawful to drive on the grass at Kellogg Lake failed to muster the needed six votes during the regular Council meeting last Tuesday night in City Hall. The Council split with a 5-5 vote. A Council bill must receive at least six votes to pass.

Council members Mike Harris and Ronnie Wells spoke against the ordinance. Public Service Committee Chair Jim Woestman said that Kellogg Lake was a unique situation that needed specific regulations.

Members voting against were Harris, Fortune, Wells, Sharits, and Stearnes. Voting for were Newport, Boyer, Ferguson, Welch, and Woestman.

Dagnan Retains Nomination.

The Jasper County Central Republican Committee voted Tuesday to nominate Greg Dagnan to run for Sheriff in the special election September 30.

Interim Sheriff Archie Dunn also campaigned for the nod and current Chief Deputy Jerry Neil withdrew from the competition last week. Dagnan will face Democrat J.D. Love and any independents that file.

NASCAR to the Max

Sunday’s running of the Sirius at the Glen from Watkins Glen International Raceway marked the second of two road course races contested this season. The race got off to a rocky start for pole sitter Jeff Gordon when over zealous rookie Greg Biffle carried too much speed into turn one spinning Gordon out and leaving him to resume the race in last place.

A scary incident in the pits occurred on lap 22 while last week’s winner Kevin Harvick pitted for tires and fuel. During the stop, fuel overflowed onto the brakes of Harvick’s car and ignited around the crew members who were completing their tasks. Harvick pulled away safely and none of his crew was injured though it took emergency workers a few moments to bring the pool of flaming fuel under control.

On lap 52, Rusty Wallace lost control of his car and got stuck in the marshy conditions created by rains during the week. Before the leaders took the caution flag, Robby Gordon (no relation to Jeff) darted to the pits allowing him to take the lead when the leaders pitted under caution. The question became if Robby had sufficient fuel to make it to the finish at lap 90. Robby was able to hold off all challengers to claim his second victory of the season; giving him a sweep of the road course tracks.

Jeff Gordon’s luck however wasn’t so good. After working his way back to fifth place by the final lap, he ran out of gas on the last lap and was unable to get out of Kevin Harvick’s way and was punted into the retaining wall and was only able to watch as the lead lap cars passed him for position. Jeff’s last lap bobble dropped him to 33rd place.

The series now heads to Michigan International Speedway; a 2-mile D-shaped oval with wide racing lanes. Races here usually feature few caution periods although the season’s earlier race featured 9 cautions. Dale Jarrett usually runs well here and will try to claim his second victory of the season.

Just Jake Talkin'


I see that the Globe reported the number of votes for each candidate in the run for Republican nominee. I’m not knockin’ it, just good reportin’. The fact that it was announced that the vote count would not be released just makes findin’ out more interestin’ I suppose. What’s the big secret?

All that was said durin’ the meetin’ was that the one lost vote wouldn’t matter. There were 71 Committee members at the meet, but only 70 votes counted.

Committee Chair Rita Hunter told the Committee that the difference in the votes was "way more than one vote." Accordin’ to the Globe, that statement was correct.

Now the speculation centers on how many, if any, independents will be runnin’. Won’t know for sure ‘till August 29.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Metcalf Auto Supply

Weekly Column

Click & Clack

By Tom & Ray Magliozzi

Dear Tom and Ray:

I have a 2003 Nissan Maxima that my wife took to the dealer for a 7,500-mile checkup. The mechanic changed the oil, rotated the tires and balanced the wheels. My question is: Is it necessary to rebalance the wheels each time you rotate the tires? His explanation to my wife was that the tires would be in new locations on the car, and should therefore be rebalanced, since customers have complained of shimmying at high speed. I always thought that once a wheel is balanced, it doesn’t matter where on the car it sits. Your input would be most appreciated. — John

TOM: Well, in theory, you’re absolutely right, John. Once you balance a tire, the tire couldn’t care less where it goes. You can put it in the front, the back or hang it from a tree in the back yard, and it should still be balanced.

RAY: However, sometimes tires can get "unbalanced" over time. Wear and tear can throw off the balance, or a weight can get knocked off when you hit a pothole or run down your mother-in-law. And here’s the tricky part: If you have a slightly unbalanced tire on the back, you probably won’t notice it. But if it gets moved to the front, you could notice a shimmy at high speed.

TOM: Why? Well, you’re simply more sensitive to what’s going on in the front, because what happens to the front wheels is telegraphed right up the steering wheel and into your hands.

RAY: But that’s where we differ from your dealer — we CHECK THEM first, before we go ahead and balance them. In our shop, I always have my guys put the tires on the balancing machine and check them before taking all of the weights off and starting over.

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