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Wednesday, December 3, 2003 Volume XII, Number 118

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Friends of the Carthage Public Library will hold their year end quarterly business meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 3rd.

Did Ya Know?. . .Golden Reflections Christmas Dinner will be held at 12 noon on Wed., Dec. 3rd at the Fairview Christian Church. There will be door prizes and the Joplin High School’s Strolling Strings will perform. Reservations required. Call Corinne at 359-2347 for more information.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage VFW Post 2590 will have the Annual Christmas Dance from 7:30-11:30p.m. on Sat., Dec. 6th. $3 donation at door. Country Express Band will perform. Public is invited. 1 miles west of Carthage on Oak St.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Annual Christmas Dinner, at Criterian Masonic Lodge #586 in Alba, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 7th. The Order of Eastern Star is providing an array of meats, those wishing to attend bring a covered dish or dessert. Members, friends, family, kids ...Everyone Welcome! For more details call WB Danny Passley at 417-525-4330.

today's laugh

Small Boy - "What is college bred, pop?"
Pop (with son in college) - "They make college bread, my boy, from the flour of youth and the dough of old age."

Al: My mother fell down the stairs.
John: Cellar?
Al: No. We think she can be repaired.

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

Five Cars of Coal for the County.

The county court recently ordered five carloads of coal, all of which were received today. One carload is being taken to the jail, one carload to the poor farm and three carloads to the court house. Evidently the county is now going to be caught by a coal famine this winter.

F. E. Purple and Andrew Howen, who have been here for several days, departed this morning for their home in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. They have taken a lease of the New Richmond mines on the Chitwood land at Carl Junction, and Mr. Purple expects to return here in about three weeks to reside. Mr. Howen expects to move here next spring to make this city his home.

T.A. Wakefield of Springfield, many years ago county collector of Jasper county, is in town today. He was a resident of Carthage from 1877 to 1884.

  Today's Feature

Skating Rink Contract.

The Public Service Committee held their regular meeting Monday evening in the Parks Department Office. A motion was approved to take the skating rink rental contract to City Council for approval.

"Maybe we should go another year," said Parks Director Alan Bull. "Let the people who have only been there for six months get their feet on the ground and deal with things before we do anything."

Bull stated the renters Chad and Pam Sturgeon are doing a great job. The Sturgeons have cleaned up the rink, paid rent, water and have the two million dollar insurance they are required to have.

Bull also mentioned that the Sturgeons plan to have more partings, in line skates, and possibly start a roller hockey league.

In staff reports Alan Bull announced that the golf course had been vandalized several times in the last six weeks. Bull informed that there was no vehicle involved and the damage was minor but consistent.

Bull also stated that the Carthage Police Department got involved in the case. Three arrests were made last Friday night at the golf course, all of them juveniles.

Just Jake Talkin'


From what I understand, there has been little interest shown by citizens about the upcomin’ vote by the Council to change the way Council members are elected.

This can mean a couple of things, of course. One is that folks just don’t really care about the issue, or they don’t realize the change is on the table.

The jest of the issue is changin’ the representation from two Council members from each ward to havin’ one member from each ward and the other five elected by the entire community.

At the last Council meetin’ it appeared there were six for the change and four against. If you have an opinion and haven’t contacted Council members to express it, you can also go online at and let City Hall know how ya feel.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column


By Samantha Mazzotta

Gifts for the Do-It-Yourselfer

Q: My dad likes to work around the house. He’s got plenty of tools, especially his table saw (which he loves), but I’d like to get him something really useful that I can afford. Any recommendations? — Tracy J., Huntsville, Ala.

A: I’ve got a few! But, they’re mostly the tools I’m wishing for this year, so I did a little research and found items from other wish lists that your dad might like. All of them are under $50, and are things that can improve any do-it-yourselfer’s toolkit.

Dewalt Heavy-Duty Palm-Grip Sander Kit: $49.95 at Home Depot. This 2-amp sander packs a lot of punch and is perfect to break out for quick sanding jobs.

Irwin Laser Line Generator: $39.97 at Home Depot. Laser levels are a hot item this year, allowing do-it-yourselfers to "get it straight" whether laying tile or hanging pictures. The Generator casts a line on any surface without leaving a mark, and leaves one hand free for other tasks.

Safety set: Want to create a unique gift that says you really care? Purchase safety goggles ($4-$10), protective gloves (solvent-resistant, around $5) and a set of masks, including latex and chemical facemasks or a respirator with a variety of filters for different chemicals. Having these basic safety items on hand could preserve your dad’s health.

Ryobi 7.2-Volt Cordless Drill: $31 at Home Depot. Nothing’s better during a DIY project than to reach for the tool you need and find it right at hand. Having a cordless drill that allows you to grab it and go is really convenient. That the Ryobi also includes a 28-piece drill-bit set is just icing on the cake.

Yellow Jacket 25-foot Worklight: $18.74 at Lowe’s. For the DIYer who works into the night, this powerful light is perfect. The 25-foot cord allows the light to stretch outside the garage, and the hexagonal cage with two hooks allows the user to direct the light where needed and attach it securely.

Quick-Grip Mini Bar Clamp: $18.99 at Ace. A convenient "helping hand" at the workbench, the Quick-Grip can hold objects in place with just a few squeezes of the custom handle, eliminating the time it takes to screw down a traditional clamp.

And while you’re at it, why not combine this gift with a set of standard metal clamps? Prices for most three-piece sets range from $8 to $20.

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