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Monday, July 28, 2003 Volume XII, Number 28

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The City of Carthage will be spraying for mosquitoes this week, Mon.-Fri., July 28th-Aug. 1st. Your area will be sprayed in the evening of the day that your trash is picked up, between 8:30-11:30 p.m. You may want to turn off any attic or window fans while the sprayer is in your area.

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 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

Voice from the House- "Willie-e!! What’s your brother crying about? Didn’t I tell you to give him anything he wanted?"

Willie-"Yes, ma; but now that I’ve dug him a hole, he wants me to bring it in the house."

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


Stockholders of Carthage Novelty Co. Met This Afternoon.

The stockholders of the Carthage Novelty Co. were called to meet this afternoon to consider a proposition which is said to have come from St. Louis parties, in the way of an inducement for the company to put up a building in St. Louis and do their manufacturing there. As it now is, the company simply assembles the parts of its world’s fair sewing machine attachments and puts them on the market.

It has been the intention of the company to do its own manufacturing as soon as it should be able. One of the stockholders said that he thought the proposition to go to St. Louis would not be seriously considered. At this writing the stockholders are in session and no definite action has been made.

  Today's Feature

Options For Double-Decker Bus.

Concerns about the Carthage Double-Decker bus were brought up at Monday’s Public Safety meeting held at the Police Department.

Committee member Mike Harris stated that there are four options for the bus.

"We can either publicize charter operation," said Harris, "buy out the Fed, sell it, or just stop using it."

If the bus was used as a charter operation, it would have to be publicized. Running of private operations is not allowed. Also, the City of Carthage will receive no reimbursement from the Government with the bus being used as charter.

If the Fed is bought out, it would cost around $5,800 for the City. The City is in a ten-year approval with the fed and going on the tenth year. Fire Chief John Cooper believes the bus would only appraise for $1,000 or $2,000.

Member Jim Woestman suggested putting the bus for sale on e-bay.

"As a person who spent a lot of time on that bus," said member Diane Sharits. "I sure am sad to see this happen."

Just Jake Talkin'


There are places I just don’t typically drive.

I try to avoid construction sites for example. Especially if there are used shingles around that might indicate an abundance of roofin’ nails scattered about.

I’m not much for drivin’ over low water bridges when the water more than a couple inches deep. I’ve had water oozin’ in around the doors a couple a times and it makes me uncomfortable.

I don’t much care for drivin’ on grass. Even when an area is marked off for parkin’ or such, I just don’t like the idea of an automobile travelin’ over vegetation, that’s work for a tractor.

I suppose keepin’ folks from drivin’ on the grass at Kellogg Lake has ta be a law, but it’s still hard ta legislate common sense.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column


By Samantha Mazzotta

A/C for the Masses

Q: I recently moved into a one-bedroom apartment and, after suffering through a hot June, want the rest of the summer to be pleasant. I’d like to buy a window-unit air conditioner, as it’s relatively cheap (and I can take it with me when I leave). What’s the best unit for cooling an entire apartment? — John T., Quincy, Mass.

A: Window units are a good buy for apartment dwellers in temperate zones, because (as you point out) they are portable and easy to install. Today’s units are also cost-effective — especially those bearing the Energy Star label — and run much more quietly, in general, than their older counterparts.

Window units work most efficiently when they’re selected based on output per square footage of floor space. Whether a single window unit will cool your entire apartment, however, depends largely on the floor plan and the free flow of air through the rooms. For example, you could purchase a 10,000 BTU (British Thermal Unit) "mean machine" intending to cool all, say, 800 square feet of your one-bedroom place. However, if it’s placed in the 300-square-foot bedroom and there’s just a door between it and the rest of the apartment, your bedroom will be icy cold in no time while the rest of the apartment roasts.

The best solution for multiple rooms is two (or more) window units, at the appropriate BTU for the particular rooms they are placed in. This does cost a little more, even if you’re buying smaller units (say, 6,000 rather than 10,000), but may actually be more energy-efficient than having a single unit cranked all the way up. However, if money’s tight and you can only afford one, carefully consider which room you’ll be spending the most time in, as well as how well air flows through each room.

To figure out exactly how much cooling power you need from an air-conditioning unit, take the square-foot measurements of the room you plan to place it in to a retailer and compare brands. For example, a compact A/C unit that puts out 5,000 BTUs will cool about 150 square feet.

As a final note, if you’ve got enough cash and are really interested in portability, look into room air conditioners. These can be wheeled into and out of whatever room you’re in. However, a good room unit costs more than twice as much as a window unit. But the payoff, in terms of convenience, may be worth it.

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