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Thursday, January 30, 2003 Volume XI, Number 158

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Sanctuary Choir and friends will present "God In Us" at 8:00 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. on Sunday, February 9th at the First Church of the Nazarene, 2000 Grand and Fairview.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage R-9 Board of Education with the R-9 Community Advisory Committee will hold a Special Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 30th, 2003 at the Steadley Elementary School Media Center, 1814 Fir Road, Carthage, MO.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Friends of the Carthage Public Library will hold their monthly used booksale from 8 a.m.-Noon on Saturday, February 1st at the Library Annex, 510 S. Garrison Ave.

today's laugh

The following ordinance was passed by the city government of Waterloo, Neb. in 1910: "It shall be illegal for any barber in this town to eat onions between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m."

"Traveled all over the world, eh? Went up the Rhine, I suppose?"

"Climbed it to the top."

"Saw the Lion of St. Mark?"

"Fed it."

"And visited the Black Sea?"

"Filled my fountain pen there."


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


Rare Old Map Left Modern Towns out and had Deserted Villages.

S. H. Regan has an interesting old map of Jasper county on the walls of his office made in 1872. Webb City and Carterville were unheard of, Jasper post office was mid way between Knights and Reeds. Where the town of Jasper now is then was Midway. Pilot Grove, long since deserted, then flourished in Joplin township, where the electric now runs through Lowrie’s lane. Joplin then is now East Joplin, with Murphsburg on the west, and Bentleyville was a few miles farther west, now deserted.

As Scotland, in Jackson township, is shown the old Davis & Murphy lead furnace. Only thirty lead mines are shown in the county, and seven zinc mines. Joplin had no railroad and the Frisco was the only road in the county. Two stone quarry prospects west of Carthage were the only one shown in the county. They were at the site of the present Logan & Wright quarry, and at the point where the Joplin highway west of town crosses the Frisco. Two lead prospects (not mines) were shown west of Carthage, doubtless the old Linzee and Pleasant Valley sites.

It is interesting to note that the town of Diamond was then in Jasper county. It has since been moved over the line into Newton while many old post offices have since disappeared and some new towns, such as Webb City, Carterville, and Neck City, have since sprung up, the good old towns of Medoc, Alba, Preston, Waco, Smithfield, Galesburg, Georgia City, and Avilla were then and are still on the map. Oronogo was then Center Creek post office. The old map was published by the United States and was in blue with white along the rivers showing the bottom lands, all the rest which was blue, being uplands.

  Today's Feature

City Clerk Welch to Retire.

The City Council met Tuesday evening for their bimonthly meeting in the Council Chambers.

City Clerk Barbara Welch has submitted her resignation after serving the City of Carthage for 27 years, according to Mayor Kenneth Johnson. She is retiring May 1st.

"On the 24th I received what I consider some bad news as another of or department heads is going to leave us," said Johnson. "The reason I consider it bad news is because of all the knowledge and expertise that will be going with her. Our City Clerk Barbara is going to retire. I think we all owe her a standing ovation for all the time an integrity that she has brought to this office."

In other business Jim Williams, the owner of William’s Auto Sport, addressed the Council about his rezoning request. He spoke to the council about opportunity and a love for Carthage. He said that there were very few people who loved Carthage as much as his family. He also talked about his Suburban that has Carthage Tigers written on both sides in big bold letters.

The rezoning request was passed with a 8-1 vote.

Just Jake Talkin'


On occasion I have a lapse of attention when havin’ a conversation. Not so much face to face, but usually durin’ a phone call.

This typically happens when I first pick up the phone and I’m in the middle of doin’ somethin’ else. My brain doesn’t change gears quick enough and the person on the other end of the line begins the conversation. The first sentence or so I hear but it just doesn’t quite sink in.

I was with a group the other day when one guy started tellin’ a joke about newspaper columnist.

I said, "Before ya go any further, ya oughta know I write a column myself."

"Well, I’m glad ya told me," he said. "In that case I’ll tell the story real slow so you’ll understand it."

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Metcalf Auto Supply

Weekly Column

Click & Clack

By Tom & Ray Magliozzi

Dear Tom & Ray:

I have a 1994 Ford Thunderbird LX with a V-8 that has only 29,000 miles on it. I keep seeing people pull in and out of parking spaces using only one hand on the steering wheel. I have to use two hands in order to move the wheel while the car is either stopped or moving slowly. I am over 6 feet tall and weigh 190 pounds, and I have never owned a car that had a steering problem like this. I have taken the car to the dealer at least 10 times for routine maintenance. Each time, the mechanic says the steering is OK. I keep telling him I watch "Cops" on television, and they’re always driving their Fords with one hand, so why is my steering wheel so hard to turn? — Carl.

TOM: Well, now you know why cops don’t drive ‘94 Thunderbirds, Carl. They can’t steer them with one hand and balance their doughnut and coffee in the other.

RAY: Even though the dealer says nothing is wrong, I’m going to guess that your power-steering pump is bad. Usually, power-steering pumps whine or groan when something’s wrong. And that’s probably what the dealer was looking for. But sometimes they don’t make noise when they start to fail, and instead they just slip gently into that good night.

TOM: A big guy like you shouldn’t need both hands to turn the wheel. So I’d ask the dealer to try changing the power-steering pump for you, and see if that fixes it.

RAY: If it doesn’t, then I suppose it could be a design issue. You should ask the dealer if there’s another ‘94 T-Bird you can drive, and then see if it does the same thing. This is a heavy car to start out with. And the V-8 engine adds weight right over the front wheels.


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