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Thursday, June 12, 2003 Volume XI, Number 252

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Masonic Lodge #197 will put on two 2nd Degrees and hold their regular business meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 12th at the Masonic Temple, located directly behind the Carthage Public Library. Will eat before. All area Masons are invited to attend.

Did Ya Know?. . .A "Freedom From Smoking Clinic" is being offered every Monday for the next 7 weeks, by the McCune- Brooks Hospital. The clinic meets from 6-8:30 p.m. on Monday night in the MBH Wellness Center, 2040 S. Garrison. $60 fee. Registration is limited. Call 359-2432 or 358-0670 M-W-F to register.

Did Ya Know?. . .Carthage Humane Society is looking for foster families to relieve overcrowding during peak season. For more information call Kaylene Cole at 358-6808.

today's laugh

The air is free but not when you advertise over it.

Insurance Man (putting questions to cowboy)- "Ever had any accidents?"
"No," was the reply.
"Never had an accident in your life?"
"Nope. A rattler bit me once, though."
"Well, don’t you call that an accident?"
"Naw-he bit me on purpose."

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

A Letter to the Ladies War Relief Association.

An interesting letter was received by the secretary of The Ladies War Relief Association, Mrs. A.O. Ihlseng.

"Yours of the 27th enclosing money order for ten dollars for the Hospital Relief Fund, came this morning. Enclosed please find receipt for same. In behalf of the whole regiment I want to ask you to give our thanks to all who are helping us in this work. If they but knew how much good they are doing and do they would all be rejoicing in helping us.

"You ask me some questions which I will try to answer. In sending packages to the hospital please direct them to Dr. S.R. Crawford, surgeon of the Second Regiment Mo. Vol. Infantry, Lytle, Walker county, Georgia, or to myself. Those for various regiments would be better sent separately.

"You ask what we need. First of all, and always, money."

  Today's Feature

Officer Escapes Injury.

The City Council, during their regular meeting Tuesday evening, heard Police Chief Dennis Veach report on a damaged police cruiser. The damage occurred during a chase that began in Carthage and proceeded on I-44 toward Joplin.

The driver of the car apparently pushed a 40 pound automotive floor jack out of his car in an attempt to elude a Jasper County officer that was followed by the Carthage squad car. The Jasper County vehicle was able to avoid the jack, but as the garage appliance tumbled down the highway, it became air borne and took off the driver side rear view mirror.

The Chief told the Council that this is the second encounter with the suspect and the second time he has stopped his car and avoided capture by running away on foot. Both instances have resulted in the confiscation of the vehicles, one Lincoln and one Cadillac. Parts of firearms have been discovered in both vehicles and the suspect has "run out of his shoes" both times. The police also have the shoes.

The suspect is a Hispanic male approximately 22.

Land Transactions

Juanita A. James sold the property at 905 Howard, Carthage, MO to Gregory W. Cline and Cindy D. Cline, husband and wife. The transaction was handled by Carolyn K. Cole with Donal M. Myers Realty.

Howard Machine Shop, Inc., a Missouri Corporation, formerly Howard Buick-Oldsmobile, Inc., a Missouri Corporation sold the property at Lot #12 on Virginia St., Carthage, to Ronald D. Stiles and Caleb Ross Stiles. The sale was handled by Donal M. Myers with Donal M. Myers Realty.

Kevin Kleindl and Diana Kleindl, husband and wife sold the property at 412 Orner St., Carthage, to Baulty Shipp Jr. and Carol P. Shipp, husband and wife. The sale was handled by Jeannette Kleindl with Preferred Homes Real Estate in cooperation with Charles E. Elting with Donal M. Myers Realty.

Gerald L. Long and Cecilia Long, husband and wife, sold the property at 1227 S. Maple, Carthage, MO, to Kelley J. Lackey II and Carolyn J. Luecke. The sale was handled by Brandi Dittrich with Charles Burt, Inc., Realtors in cooperation with Carolyn K. Cole with Donal M. Myers Realty.

Maxine B. McNerney sold the property at 1917 Forest Street, Carthage, MO, to William A. Townsend. The transaction was handled by Donal M. Myers with Donal M. Myers Realty.

Norma J. Pugh, Trustee of the Norma J. Pugh Trust under Trust Agreement dated May 24, 2000, sold the property at Sec. 10 Township 27 Range 31 Jasper Co., MO. to Thad D. Beeler and Teri L. Beeler, husband and wife. The sale was handled by Donal M. Myers with Donal M. Myers Realty.

NASCAR to the Max

In NASCAR’s first of two visits to Pocono (PA) Raceway the weekend schedule was again hampered by rain. Saturday’s practice session was rained out with teams having to rely on past experience and/or Friday’s practice and qualifying to determine their setups for Sunday’s race.

Pocono Raceway’s triangular shape makes it one of the more unique tracks on the schedule with three differing corners, different banking through the corners and three different length straightaways. Commentator Darrell Waltrip often refers to the track as a "roval", a cross between a road course and an oval. The differing aspects of the track make the chassis setup of the cars a challenge for the crew chiefs. Through two corners of the track, the drivers up shift a gear to better accelerate off the corner making those portions of the track similar to a road course. All turns are left hand turns making the track similar to an oval.

The race was one of the more competitive in recent weeks with 16 different lap leaders and no driver clearly dominating any specific period of the race. Because of Pocono’s 2.5-mile length, caution periods can be a bit lengthy. Only 5 caution periods accounted for 24 laps of the 200 scheduled. As the laps wound down, Tony Stewart had worked his way into contention and ultimately held on to claim his first win of the season. Stewart’s win reversed a recent spell of bad luck that had seen him fail to finish several recent races. Last week, the defending champ left the track without talking to reporters, even though he finished fourth, because of a penalty that he was assessed earlier in the race. The win apparently soothed the ills of Stewart’s recent misfortunes.

This weekend’s race will take place at the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway. The wide straightaways and turns usually allow plenty of room for drivers to avoid each other and accidents keeping cautions to a minimum. Michigan native Johnny Benson usually runs well here and could challenge for his second career victory at his home track.

Just Jake Talkin'


There is little doubt that over the last eight years the wholesale cost of electricity has risen 15% while local rates have remained flat. CW&EP General Manager Bob Williams told the Council Tuesday that the increase amounted to approximately $1 million a year. The 15% local rate increase proposed by the CW&EP Board will only put the utility back where it was before the wholesale increases said Williams.

The City Council has little choice but to approve the requested rate increase. By squeezing the utility’s bottom line, it could endanger the annual transfer of just over $1 million from CW&EP to the City, nearly 20% of the City’s general revenue.

Fortunately it appears that CW&EP can still be competitive with other utilities in the area.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Metcalf Auto Supply

Weekly Column

Click & Clack

By Tom & Ray Magliozzi

Dear Tom and Ray:

I drive a 2000 Nissan Sentra GXE, and it seems that my engine-oil dipstick has broken off. The part you grab came off in my hand, and the dipstick and rubber seal at the top of it are still stuck in the tube. With a pair of pliers, I’ve managed to lift the dipstick up to about an inch and half shy of the top of the tube, but then it just won’t move anymore. I’ve tried everything I can think of. How can I get my dipstick out? — Kerri

TOM: Kerri, you brute! You clearly don’t know your own strength. The first thing I’d do is start laying off the pull-down lat machine at the gym.

RAY: If you want to get your dipstick out, here’s what you have to do. First, go to your Nissan dealer and buy a new dipstick. You’ll need one of those. The bottom of the dipstick probably hit the crankshaft and got bent. That’s why you can’t get it out now. What you have to do is remove the whole dipstick tube.

TOM: At the bottom of the dipstick tube, you’ll find a bracket, with a bolt that secures the tube to the engine block. If you remove that bolt, you should be able to work the dipstick tube out of the engine block. You might need to twist it with a pair of pliers or Vise-Grips. And when you remove the tube, one of two things will happen.

RAY: Either the dipstick will come out with the tube, or the tube will come out, leaving the dipstick still there but exposed. And once it’s exposed, you’ll be able to get much better leverage on it, and you should be able to yank the broken piece right out with your pliers.

TOM: Then you can work the tube back in, insert your new dipstick and go on with your life, Kerri. Good luck.

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