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Monday, December 29, 2003 Volume XII, Number 135

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .You can now adopt some of the Carthage Humane Society’s cutest kittens at the Central Pet Care Clinic and Carthage Animal Hospital during regular office hours.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Kiwanis Club has launched a year long program to collect good used children’s and young adult books. The books are to be distributed to families in the Carthage area. Any organization wishing to become a collection station should contact Ivan Hager 358-8236.

Did Ya Know?. . .Justin Boot Factory will be shut down December 17th through January 5th, in observance of the Holiday’s.

today's laugh

Yesterday I saw a man knocked right up in the air, and he lay stretched out under the telegraph wires unconscience, and when he woke up he found the wires all around his wrists. He said: Thank goodness, I’ve led a clean life. They’ve given me a harp.

Say, dad, our lesson in Sunday School told about the evil spirits entering the swine.

Yes, my son. What do you wish to know?

Was that the way they got the first deviled ham?

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

Serenaded the Newly Wedded Pair.

The Light Guard band serenaded the newly married pair, Mr. and Mrs. Will H. Miller at their pretty home on South Howard avenue last night about 10:30 o’clock.

For years the band has occupied the upstairs room of the Miller building on South Grant street and their relations with their landlord have been of the pleasantest. The band played a selection on the front porch and were then invited inside where they were royally treated.

Mr. Miller had rather expected from the vague and awful threats his young gentlemen friends had indulged in the past that they would tender him a charivari, and he was prepared for them with elaborate refreshments. however, none of them save the members of the band appeared.

Jourd Means is able to be out again after a severe attack of the grip. His family have also been sufferers from the malady.

  Today's Feature

Blood Drive.

There will be a blood drive for type O negative Monday December 29th at the First United Methodist Church at 617 South Main, Carthage.

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has issued a code yellow alert for O negative. CBCO encourages all eligible donors to give blood to help maintain an adequate supply.

All participants will receive a T-shirt. To be eligible to donate persons must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, have not given blood in the past 56 days and be feeling well and in good health.

"Free Ride Into 2004."

The City of Carthage is sponsoring taxi rides again this year for New Year’s Eve. The free rides are available from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 2 a.m. Thursday. Anyone who calls will be given a ride inside Carthage with no questions asked.

This annual event is to keep citizens from the dangers of driving while intoxicated.

To utilize this service, call the Police Station at 237-7200 or the taxi service at 359-6589.

Just Jake Talkin'


I’ve got a friend that has this flea market thing all figured out. We on occasion go wanderin’ ‘round lookin’ for bargains together and he says that if its still sittin’ on display it must be priced too high. Then he figures if a piece is marked sold, it musta been priced too cheap.

This same buddy a mine figures he can get whatever price he wants outa anything he owns, if he waits long enough.

Now that’s another logical piece of thinkin’ that has to be thought about a little. I suppose he figures that if he figures it’s worth a certain amount, someone else will either be smart enough to see the value, or dumb enough to accept his price. That gives him at least two shots at sellin’ his goods, all he has to do is wait long enough for one of those two ta show up.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column


By Samantha Mazzotta

Cabinet tips

Q. Some of the doors of my kitchen cabinets don’t hang exactly straight, or they open with a little "clunk" sound. I tried to tighten the screws in the hinges, but they don’t tighten any more—just spin around instead. How can I fix them?— Jane S., Long Island, N.Y.

A. Over the years, cabinet hinges can work loose of their fittings, creating a situation where the doors don’t open correctly or hang straight. Re-tightening the hinge screws does work, but only if the screw holes haven’t gotten worn down. Luckily, there is an inexpensive fix for this problem.

Remove the cabinet doors and unscrew the hinges from the face frame (the cabinet frame to which the door is attached). Then, find a wooden dowel with the same diameter as the worn screw hole (a golf tee will work in a pinch). Coat the end of the dowel with wood glue and insert it into the screw hole. Using a utility knife, cut the dowel flush with the face frame and let the glue dry.

When the glue has set, drill a pilot hole through the center of the dowel. Repeat these steps for all affected screw holes, and then reattach the hinges and doors.

If the screws that attach the hinge to the door side are loose, use the same technique to repair the holes. Just be careful when drilling the new pilot hole so you don’t drill through the other side of the door.

This technique can be used for other loose cabinet and drawer hardware, not just with wood dowels. For drawer pulls that are loose and can’t be tightened, remove the hardware and fill the screw holes with wood putty. Be sure to clean the holes thoroughly before filling. Wipe off excess with a damp cloth and let the putty dry completely, then drill a pilot hole through the center and reattach the hardware.

The best type of putty for this job is a powdered product designed to be mixed with water just before applying. It has several advantages: Not only does it dry and set harder than most premixed putties, but the powder can be stored much longer as well.

HOME TIP: Make sure your Christmas tree has plenty of water—fill the basin it rests in to within an inch of the top, and note any brown pine needles or large amounts of fallen needles, which means the tree isn’t getting enough to drink. To ensure that it does, either cut a half-inch from the bottom of the trunk, or cut small notches on each side of the trunk.

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