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Monday, June 30, 2003 Volume XII, Number 9
Did Ya Know?. . .Due to the
weather conditions on Wednesday evening, the City of
Carthage will be spraying Wednesdays trash pick-up
zone next Monday evening, June 30th. The City will also
be spraying the park system, next Thursday, July 3rd.
Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage
Public Library will be closed on Friday, July 4 for
Did Ya Know?. . .Carthage Humane
Society needs your community club, church group or family
to help with upcoming adoption events. To volunteer call
358-6808. You can now make a deposit at Hometown Bank to
go towards an addition to the cat room at the Carthage
Diner- "Have you any wild
Waiter- "No, sir, but we can take a tame one and
irritate it for you."
"Have you every been to the zoo?"
"Well, youd sure get a kick out of watching
the turtles zip by."
My family wasnt affected by the crash of 29.
They went broke in 28.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Disappointment for an Arlington Hotel Girl.
Miss Leona Newton, who was employed at
the Arlington hotel till a short time ago was engaged to
be married on Friday of next week to J. C. Beard, yard
master on a railroad at Coffeyville, Kas. She herself was
from Coffeyville. She quit working a few days ago and was
a boarder at the hotel, preparing for her wedding.
Yesterday there came a telegram
announcing that her intended husband had been run over by
a freight car in the yards at Coffeyville and could not
live six hours. Miss Newton left for Coffeyville last
I. C. Wheeler is now burning his first
kiln of brick for this spring. There were 220,000 brick
Rate Increase Approved.
The Carthage Water
and Electric Plant will soon be raising their
rates for Electric, Water, and Wastewater.
Increases will be 15% for
electric and 5% for water and wastewater. The
rate increase will be effective for all customer
Several council members
expressed their opinion that the increase in
rates poses a problem for many people.
"I have concern about the
affect on our citizens, including me," said
Council member Mike Harris at last weeks
The Council voted unanimously
to approve the increase as requested by the
The raise is due to energy and
power costs according to CW&EP General
Manager Bob Williams.
The CW&EP Budget
anticipates capital improvements including
electric substation improvements and a new water
The rates being increased will
still be in the midrange of the scale as compared
with surrounding cities.
Jinks (or Jinx ?),
ya owe me a coke.
I dont know
how many times that phrase was
repeated durin my childhood,
but I cant remember ever
bein treated to a cool soft
drink as a result. For some reason
this phrase was primarily used as an
excuse to punch your buddys arm
five or six times. Each punch was
supposed to add to the number of
colas you would get.
I dont know
where this stuff comes from. I
probly learned the trick from
my older brother, but he didnt
have any siblings to teach him. The
power of peer education I suppose.
Its amazin what kids
learn from other kids. Not so
amazin that they learn it I
suppose, but more that they seem to
retain it more than they do
traditional type learnin.
Who da thunk it?
This is some fact,
THIS IS A
By Samantha Mazzotta
Q: Are there any
"must-do" home improvement or
maintenance tasks that you recommend during the
summer months? Jason P., Kansas City, Mo.
A: Unlike spring and fall,
there arent as many tasks that must be done
every summer. However, if you have a fireplace,
it is absolutely essential that you inspect the
firebox and chimney, and have it professionally
During the colder months, a
residue called creosote builds up inside the flue
and chimney. This lumpy, black gunk a
byproduct created by burning the resins in
firewood is a fire hazard, as it can
ignite when the buildup gets thick enough.
Creosote deposits also contribute to inefficient
burning, so a fire wont heat the room as
effectively and smoke may not completely exit via
Inspect the chimney yourself
first, so that you have a good idea where
potential problem spots lie. Open the damper and
use a flashlight to look at the lower part of the
chimney and the flue. If its grimy, have a
professional chimney sweep do a complete
What should a chimney sweep
look for? He or she will start with the
"flashlight inspection," as well as
check that all parts of the fireplace are working
properly, including the damper, ash traps and
ventilators, and that the firebox is intact. The
sweep will do a top-to-bottom chimney inspection,
not just for creosote deposits but for other
blockages like dislodged mortar or birds
nests. The chimney stack will also get a look, to
make sure waterproof flashing is secure and that
no damage to the exterior portion of the chimney
Why, one might ask, is a
chimney sweep a better choice than inspecting the
entire chimney yourself? For one thing, they have
specialized equipment for the task: Many use
small cameras to check the entire chimney, and
they can quickly clean the fireplace and chimney
while minimizing the mess all that soot and ash
can create. A once-a-year cleaning may be well
worth the expense.
Summer is a great time to lay
in firewood for the coming cold months. Prices
may be lower, and the wood will have three months
to season before the weather changes.
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