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Monday, July 21, 2003 Volume XII, Number 23

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .You can now adopt some of the Carthage Humane Society’s cutiest kittens at Central Pet Care Clinic. Stop by their office anytime during regular business hours or call 358-1300 for details.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Diabetes Support Group will meet from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23rd in the McCune-Brooks Hospital dining room. Deloris Vandergrift, Certified Nurse Practitioner, will talk about smart skin protection and traveling successfully with diabetes. There will be recipes and refreshments.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Jasper High School Booster Club is holding a Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 9, 2003 at the Carthage Municipal Golf Course. It is open to all golfers. The two person scramble begins at 1:30 p.m. with a shotgun start. The entry fee is $100.00 per team. The fee includes tournament play, golf cart, tournament prizes, and food served after play. The tournament is limited to the first 50 teams that sign up. For more info call Lloyd and Cindy Chapman at 417-394-2364.

today's laugh

I lost my glasses and can’t look for them until I find them.

A budget shows some people how much they have to save; unfortunately mine shows me how much I have to borrow.

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


Russell Shannon Claims to Have Been Robbed of $13 Saturday Night.

Russell Shannon, who recently had his foot hurt at one of the quarries and has since had to lay off from work, reported to the police shortly after midnight Saturday night that he had just been held up and robbed by two men out on Oak street near the residence of F.W. Steadley, and that $13 had been taken from him.

He says that the incident occurred at a dark place in the street and that the men approached him from behind where they seemed to have been hidden in some shrubbery. He says the men had their hats pulled down over their eyes and their coat collars turned up and he could not see them well enough to get a very good description of them. They hit him on the back of the neck and knocked him down.

Then he alleges they carried him to a near-by alley and down the alley a piece, a total distance of about two blocks. There they laid him down on his side and went through his pockets, securing the sum mentioned and a gold ring. Then the highwaymen fled and clue has been obtained to their identity.

The men he says were armed with a piece of a buggy shaft, which they used in striking their victim.

Shannon is a boarder at 211 Meridian street.

  Today's Feature

Back-To-School Applications.

Carthage R-9 District Schools will be in session in less than one month. Many Carthage residents will be needing help with new supplies for their children. Last year alone the Salvation Army helped one-hundred and five children go back to school with new backpacks filled with their needed supplies.

The Carthage Salvation Army will be taking applications for assistance with Back-To-School supplies on Thursday, July 24, 2003. The applications will be taken from the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Citizens applying for the school supplies should bring proof of residence with them, social security cards, or identification cards for everyone in the home, and proof of income to 125 E. Fairview in Carthage.

Those persons wishing to donate needed supplies are welcome to do so at the Carthage Salvation Army location Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or call Crystal Thompson with any questions or concerns you may have at (417) 358-2262 during the same 9-4 hours.

Just Jake Talkin'


I kept hearin’ somethin’ thumpin’ on the screen the other night. Finally figured it was June Bugs attracted by the light in the house.

A friend a mine as a kid used ta catch the critters and tie a piece a thread to a leg. The bug would then fly around like a kite on a string.

I’ve been told that June Bugs only live about a month and I just recently discovered that they like blackberry patches. Well not so much the patch but the berries themselves. I guess I always figured they magically survived by absorbin’ rays from a porch light.

As you can tell I don’t know much about June Bugs even though I shared many a summer evenin’ bein’ entertained by their antics when I was growin’ up. They are most fun when they get in your mother’s hair.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column

Click & Clack

by Mari An Willis


By Samantha Mazzotta

Leaky Roof Needs Quick Fix

Q: Darn it! This year’s rainy spring and summer have really taken a toll on my roof. I walked into the back bedroom this morning, and water was dripping from the ceiling! The leak doesn’t look too bad now, but what can I do to patch it between showers and before the professionals can come and fix it? — Jacob L., Hartford, Conn.

A: In some parts of the country, this year isn’t shaping up well at all for major outdoor projects! Along the East Coast, house painting and roof repair have often had to be put on hold in hopes of drier weather.

Late July and August are the prime season for roof repair, because the hot days allow professionals to complete their jobs quickly. However, you need a quick fix before August, and before the bedroom’s occupants have to paddle to breakfast.

Minimize damage to the bedroom ceiling by driving an awl or a nail into the center of the watermark. This will release any water pooling above the ceiling. Be sure to put a bucket beneath the leak.

Now, pinpoint the leak: Climb into the attic (or crawlspace if you can) and look for damp areas above the bedroom. Before cleaning up the water, look up — at the underside of the roof. Find the exact spot where water is dripping in. Mark it and measure the distance from the leak to the peak of the roof. Then, clean up standing water and damp areas in the crawlspace. (Wait to repair the bedroom ceiling until the roof problem is fixed.)

When the rain ends, go up onto the roof and, using the measurement you took inside the house, find the other side of the leak. Visible damage may be evident at that spot — such as a broken or torn shingle, or damaged flashing. Go ahead and make spot repairs using plastic roofing cement to tack down loose or buckled shingles. Torn (asphalt) shingles should be replaced rather than patched.

While you’re up there, inspect the entire roof for possible trouble spots. Note all damaged shingles and flashing, exposed nails, damaged masonry and open seams or joints.


Gaps around chimney flashing can become a source of leaks. Seal these gaps by removing and replacing deteriorated roof cement.

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