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Thursday, February 20, 2003 Volume XI, Number 173

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .Golden Reflections will have an afternoon tea at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 20th in the McCune-Brooks Hospital cafeteria. Glenita Browning will present a program on gardening, "Getting Ready for Spring." Call 359-2355 for more information.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Republican Committees of Jasper and Newton Counties will be celebrating Lincoln Day with their annual fundraiser at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 22nd at the Joplin Ramada Inn. Special speakers include MO Secretary of State, Matt Blunt; Congressman Kenny Hulshof, Rep. Patricia Secrest and Rep. Brad Roark. Call 623-0066 or 623-2214 to reserve tickets.

Did Ya Know?. . .Carthage Business and Professional Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday February 25th in the Arby's meeting room on west Central. Michell Dunlap and Melissa McCune will present the program on Adventures In Entrepreneurship.

today's laugh

Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?

If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?

If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?


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

Merchant from Venice.

It is not often that one sees one of Shakespeare’s plays given entirely by ladies but that, with the exception of one character taken by Mr. Heathcote, is exactly what the ladies of Grace Episcopal church and the City Federation of Clubs attempted and successfully accomplished last night under the direction of Mr. W. W. Heathcote at the Grand opera house.

There was only a fair sized audience present but all enjoyed the entertainment. The costumes were appropriate to the occasion. The ladies who assumed men’s parts did not venture masculine costumes, but made dashing gallants nevertheless.

The entertainment was altogether most creditable to the ladies and to the director, and was one of the best amateur performances which has been attempted by Carthage talent.

  Today's Feature

Recyling Revisited.

The Carthage Recycling program was discussed at the Public Service Committee meeting Tuesday evening.

City Administrator Tom Short has raised concerns about the cost of the recycling program. After rebate from the paper products recycled, fifteen hundred dollars was spent last year to run the program. According to City Engineer Joe Butler the city pays one hundred dollars every time the recycling bins are emptied. The City gets reimbursed for it’s paper products but not the aluminum, tin and plastic. The Committee discussed the option of eliminating the plastic, aluminum and tin and only collecting paper. Butler explained to the committee that he was concerned if aluminum, tin and plastic were eliminated from the program that people would not bother recycling and the amount of trash going to the landfill would increase. Butler recommended continuing the contract with Midwest Fiber for this year and work on a plan for next year to eliminate the cost.

The committee voted 3-1 to recommend to the council to continue using Midwest Fiber as there vendor.

Just Jake Talkin'


What we really need ta be considerin’ is renamin’ the Carthage Landfill. The main reason is that it really doesn’t have a name anymore. Typically it is referred to as the "old landfill." They stopped fillin’ quite a few years ago and now have dumpsters that are transported to another location that is actually a landfill.

Of course there are a number of names that could be considered. The most likely, but least appealing is The Dump.

‘Course the facility now accepts recyclable materials so a more appealin’ name would be somethin’ like the Carthage reclamation center. The fact that just junk can be disposed of doesn’t get proper billin’ with that name I suppose.

I don’t know that there is a perfect name, but I’m open to suggestions.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Metcalf Auto

Weekly Column
Click and Clack Talk Cars.

Dear Tom and Ray:

I just put new headlights in and was wondering how to adjust them. My car manual tells you where the adjusting screws are, but it does not tell you how far to turn them. I know that I could go to a mechanic to have them adjusted, but is the chart that mechanics use top-secret, or do they have a deal going with Detroit to not release the chart? I would hate to pay $15 every time I need them adjusted. My car, by the way, is a 1988 Toyota Celica GT with the cute pop-up headlights. Thanks — Andy

RAY: Well, here’s what my brother does. He adjusts both headlights up and to the left as far as they can go. Then, every day he moves them a quarter turn down and to the right. And when people in oncoming vehicles stop giving him the finger and cursing at him as they pass, he figures he’s getting pretty close.

TOM: Actually, if all you did was change the bulbs, you shouldn’t have to readjust the headlights at all. The adjustment screws are totally separate from the installation hardware, and you don’t have to touch them when you put a bulb in. So unless you already turned the wrong screws, Andy, the headlights should still be fine.

RAY: Oh, you DID turn the wrong screws? You knucklehead. Well, in that case, your headlights will need to be adjusted. And unfortunately, there’s really no way to adjust them accurately without the chart and the perfectly flat floor that many service stations have.

TOM: Having them checked once a year and adjusted, if necessary, is a good idea. They can go out of adjustment over time, due to road vibrations or just the aging of the car’s suspension system.


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