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Wednesday, December 10, 2003 Volume XII, Number 122

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage First Church of the Nazarene at 2000 Grand Avenue will present the musical, Christmas in Jesus, on December 12th at 7:30 p.m. and December 14th at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free.

Did Ya Know?. . .Carthage Masonic Lodge #197, located directly behind the Public Library, will have it’s regular business meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 12th. Will eat before. All area masons are encouraged to attend. For more info call WB Jerry Maggard 359-8442.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Recycling & Composting Center, 1309 Oak Hill Road, has available (FREE to the Public) compost and mulch. Tues.-Sat. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Did Ya Know?. . .Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, 2423 W. 26th St., Joplin, is sponsoring a Holiday Gift and Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 13th.

today's laugh

There’s a black cat in the dining room.
Black cats are unlucky.
This one isn’t. It just ate your dinner.

Time is the stuff between paydays.

He went insane trying to find a place to put a cornerstone for a round house.

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

Delayed the Fire Alarm.

Parties calling the fire department out to the blaze this morning caused more or less delay by calling for "No. 49" instead of telling telephone central that there was a fire.

The quickest way to get the fire department is to ‘phone central and let the hello girl do the rest.

Give three short, sharp rings when turning in a fire alarm by telephone.

Gen. Gordon Arrived This Morning.

Gen. Gordon, who lectures at the Grand tonight, arrived this morning from Springfield, where he spoke last night. He was met by W. E. Hall and Dr. Knight.

The latter entertained him at the college today and Mr. Hall will entertain him at his Garrison avenue home tonight.

  Today's Feature

Seeking New Computer System.

The Budget Ways and Means committee held their regular meeting Monday in City Hall. The only item on the agenda was a discussion for a new computer system for the City. The City is currently using DOS and a change in systems would be Windows based. A new system could allow the City office’s to be linked together and suitable for the Gasbee 34 compliancy.

"This is just the beginning," said City Administrator Tom Short. "There is no money budgeted for this."

Tom Short stated that a Computer Consulting Service is needed to know where the City stands on computer needs. This service would need to speak to each department head to get an idea of their needs and put together a bid for a suitable package that would also tie together all City office computers.

Tom Short reported at last month’s Budget meeting that a computer assessment service could cost approximately $10,000.

A motion was made and the entire committee agreed to move forward with the process of seeking information on a new computer system.

Just Jake Talkin'


Prob’ly nothin’ helps to get in the Christmas spirit as much as the music ya hear durin’ the season. Old familiar tunes that bring back memories of the past and keep ya aware of the deadlines associated with tasks scheduled and details that need to be attended.

Seems like the season is full of "dashing" and "harking," although I’m not sure the lyrics coincide with today’s actual activities.

I’ve personally never roasted chestnut on any kind of fire. Don’t have any idea what that has ta do with Christmas. ‘Course as a kid we never had a fireplace, so several Christmas traditions were rather vague (we always left the back door unlocked on Christmas eve to insure the lack of a chimney wouldn’t hinder timely delivery).

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column


By JoAnn Derson

• "Every year, we host a Christmas party. To make the house more accessible, and to make guests more comfortable, we put little door tags on the door to the bathroom and whichever room we are using to hold coats, etc. I close all the other doors, so when a guest walks down the hall, they can easily figure out what door leads where. No more confused people looking for the restroom." — Arianna B. in Lansing, Mich.

• "I have four children and six grandchildren. We have most of the family staying over at our house on Christmas Eve. Although everyone knows where everything is located in the kitchen, it has been our custom to centralize snacks, disposable cups and plastic ware, canned drinks and other frequently needed items in one cabinet, so no one has to go searching. We also designate a low shelf in the refrigerator for prebagged kids’ snacks and juice boxes. This way the children can get a drink or snack without help. The kids love it, as it makes them feel all grown up." — Mrs. Rachel B. in Edinburgh, Pa.

• "We start cooking Christmas dinner almost as soon as we get up on Christmas morning, and I noticed that the kids seemed to be breakfasting on cookies exclusively. Last year, while we were waiting for Santa to arrive on Christmas Eve, I put out boxes of cereal, bowls, spoons and a pitcher for milk. I also bought a fruit tray, which I just put out in the morning.

The kids ate a proper breakfast, and I still had the kitchen to myself to start preparations. It worked great!" — Sharon L. in Middleburg, Fla.

• Holiday gatherings can be hectic when it comes to holding on to your cup. If you host a party, use disposable cups that can be written on, and put out a marker. You’ll use fewer cups, so there will be less to clean up.

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