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Wednesday, August 6, 2003 Volume XII, Number 35

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?...The Carthage Youth Soccer League will be holding soccer sign-ups for the 2003-2004 Fall and Spring seasons from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, and Tuesday, August 26, in the Fellowship Hall of the 1st United Methodist Church in the Lyon Street entrance. The fee is $45 for both seasons. Please bring a copy of player’s birth certificate with you.

Did Ya Know?. . .The first meeting of the Tickled Red Chapter will be held at 7:00p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7th at the SMB Bank, 2417 Grand in the community room. Contact Marlene Simmons at 358-6898. All ladies are invited to attend.

today's laugh

What did the Sword Swallower say when she picked up the clown’s foot by mistake?
My, but that tastes flat!

What is it that Elks have that no other animals have?

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

Kansas City Lecturer Coming.

On Friday night Major Potter, of Kansas City, who is a very able and efficient officer of the Salvation Army, and who was one of the pioneers of the work in Japan will appear at the Salvation Army camp meeting, clad in costume of that country and will deliver his wonderful lecture on the army work in that interesting country. His lecture will be illustrated by stereoptican views. A silver offering will be taken at the gates to defray expenses.

A Birthday Dinner Party.

Mrs. Peter Peters very pleasantly entertained Mr. and Mrs. Harry Strickland and family and mother, Mrs. Catharine Sutton, at 6 o’clock dinner yesterday in honor of the latter’s 72nd birthday anniversary. Mrs. Sutton received 20 congratulatory letters from relatives and friends and a number of substantial presents.

  Today's Feature

Public Service Details.

The monthly Public Service meeting was held Monday evening at the Park Department Office.

Items discussed included bids on a tractor/loader for the area parks. With a budget of $23,000, Anderson Car and Tractor came within the budget limits with a $22,799 bid. A motion was made by committee member Claude Newport to accept the Anderson Car and Tractor bid and bring it before the City Council. The motion passed with all votes.

Also considered was bids on lease purchasing financing for a new rough mower for the Golf Course. City Administrator Tom Short reported that bids were received from UMB, SMB, and Bank of America. Arvest Bank missed the deadline to get their bid in. Short stated that the bank was well aware of the deadline and well notified. A motion was made by member Jackie Boyer to accept UMB’s bid of 3.75% for the $32,850.00 rough mower. It passed with all votes and will go on to the council.

Proposed change order #4 for the Golf Course was discussed also. According to Short, the landscaping company hired to re-do the Golf Course placed sod on 7 acres of land instead of the 5.68 stipulated in their contract.

"They were told we were on a budget," said Short.

Because of the extra work the company did, they are requesting an additional $21,418.21. A motion was made to refuse to pay for the extra services.

The final topic discussed on Monday evening was requisition #17 for the Golf Course project. Short reported that with a $15,000 payment on the Golf Course they will be done paying Wadsworth, the construction company used. There is some dirtwork that needs to be done between Holes 9 and 10. Earth Tones, the company responsible for the dirtwork, is asking $3,420 for the work. The $3,420 includes seed, fertilizer, erosion control, spreading, and mulching.


The vote for the Republican Sheriff candidate was 32 for Dagnan, 30 for Neil, and 5 for Dunn. The numbers given to the Mornin’ Mail Monday evening had been transposed for Dunn and Neil.

Just Jake Talkin'


I grew up workin’ ‘round farm country most of my childhood. I always figured I was pretty well educated on the various nomenclature for animals associated with the midwest. I can’t for the life a me think of what ta call a bunch a pigs.

I don’t think they aren’t a flock, or a covey, or a herd. The only thing I ever heard ‘em call a lot of the animals was "the pigs."

I’m thinkin’ pigs are too independent to be lumped into a group. Even humans are sometimes referred to as a clan, or a tribe, or a community. Pigs seem ta be just pigs.

Don’t know much about wild pigs, maybe they don’t gather in bunches. The man made pig pen may be the only social structure able to confine their yearin’ for self sufficient, independent expression.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column


By JoAnn Derson

• "My child has so many toys that they were starting to take over his room and our house. We got three big plastic storage tubs and distributed the toys among them. Now the rule is that only one tub can be open at a time, so if he wants to play with other toys, he must pick up all the toys from the tub he is playing with first. It has made such a difference, since the house gets picked up at least once a day." — Julia C. in Florida

• "Place a bit of clear tape (regular Scotch tape will do) over the place where you are going to drive in a nail to prevent the nail from cracking drywall. The nail goes right in. Also, if you’re nailing into wood, drag your nail through some soap (bar soap is fine) before striking, and it does the same thing — it’ll keep the wood from splitting." — Pat K. of Weehawken, N.J.

• "My family has always used mayonnaise as a salve on minor burns. I heard you can use toothpaste too." — Sam P. via e-mail

• "I love to put photos of family on the fridge. But, I found that the photos were getting ruined by grease and moisture in the air. To get around that — and to really preserve them — I cleaned and laminated them. Afterward, I hot-glued little magnets to the backs, and now I can move them around to accommodate new photos. There are so many, and it gives me pleasure to look at them." — Charlotte "Chassy" R. in Muskogee, Okla.

• "In my shop, I have stored small bits of hardware in baby-food jars. They were all on a shelf together, and when I needed one, I would have to move bottles around until I found the right one. I took a piece of 1-by-4 and cut it into 2-foot sections. Then I glued the bottoms of the bottles in a row to the wood. Now, they still sit on the shelf, but all I have to do is slide the 1-by-4s out and find the right jar. I can still see in the sides, and it makes them so much easier to deal with." — John in St. Louis

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