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Wednesday, March 19, 2003 Volume IX, Number 192

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Salvation Army Soup Kitchen, 125 E. Fairview, will serve Ham w/Scalloped Potatoes, Hominy, Dessert & Drink on Wednesday, March 19th.

Did Ya Know?. . .The YPL Cool Readers program ends today. All log sheets must be turned in by Wed., March 19th. Awards Day for the 2002-2003 Carthage Public Library Cool Readers will at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 21st in the Library Annex. Call 237-7040 for info.

Did Ya Know?. . .Golden Reflections will have an afternoon tea at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 20th in the hospital cafeteria. Jasper County 911 Board will present a program on our Emergency System. Chalaine Bell, Director of Respiratory Services at MBH will speak about our new Sleep Lab. Call 359-2347 for more information.

today's laugh

Two pigeons were flying over a parking lot. Looking down, one said, "Hey, let’s put a deposit down on that red car."

Two eagles see a jet zoom by. One eagle says, "That bird is certainly in a hurry."

The other eagle says, "So would you be if your tail was on fire."

A good name for a boy born on the first day of the month would be bill.

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


When Driver Carl Twitchel of the Pacific express wagon started to the depot at 6:30 this morning he drove into a knee-high live telephone wire down at Second and Lyon streets. The horse, faithful old "Jack," reared and plunged till free of the shocking contact, but soon got into it again and was knocked down by the electrical current.

The horse stretched out and groaned, and the driver left him for dead and went to the house of Agent Askey at the Baptist parsonage to tell him. Mr. Askey ran to the scene with an umbrella and with it and raked the wire off the prostrate horse. "Jack" was still alive but was unharnessed and gotten up with difficulty. He was badly burned about the mouth and nose by the hot wire. His two hind shoes were torn off in the experience some how, and poor old "Jack" was led to his stable for a two days recuperation on full feed just the same as if working.

  Today's Feature

Blunt Response.

House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.) issued the following statement regarding the President’s address to the nation Monday night:

"The President has given Saddam Hussein and the United Nations every chance, and both have rejected these opportunities. The time for diplomacy is over."

Homicide - Suicide.

A memo was received Tuesday morning from the Carthage Police Department with information concerning a double homicide and suicide that took place in Carthage.

Monday afternoon at 4:38 p.m. a 13-year-old newspaper carrier reported that there was a "person down" in the back yard of 1055 South Garrison. When personnel arrived it was obvious that the male subject lying in the yard was deceased. An immediate search of the residence resulted in the discovery of a deceased female upstairs and a deceased male in the living room. They appeared to have died from gunshot wounds.

The deceased were later identified as Dr. Oren Ralston, 88; Mrs. Madylon Ralston, 84, wife of Dr. Ralston and Mr. Larry Ralston, 62, son of Dr. Ralston.

Investigation by the Carthage Police Department and the Jasper County Coroner’s Office has concluded that Dr. Ralston killed his son and wife and then killed himself. There were notes left at the home by Dr. Ralston detailing the incident as well as other physical evidence. According to the Carthage Police Department it seems that Dr. Ralston was despondent over health issues.

Just Jake Talkin'


It doesn’t take much to impress some folks.

The other day I showed off my level of intelligence by introducing a three-year old to the age old concept of a red brick.. Imagine, talkin’ to someone who didn’t know what a brick was. I was in tall cotton. Opened up a whole new avenue of thinkin’ for this curious mind.

I do have to admit that occasions such as this don’t happen much when I hang out with folks more my age, but unquestioned intelligence is one of the perks of bein’ a grandfather I suppose.

There for a while I had two grandchildren convinced that pickin’ up sticks in the yard was great fun. It was great while it lasted. Seems kids are gettin’ smarter all the time.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column


By JoAnn Derson

• To clean strong odors — such as fish or onion — try rubbing your hands with a little salt. Or, you can use a leftover lemon wedge or used coffee grounds.

• Got a run in your pantyhose? Use a cut portion to scrub stains off of delicate porcelain or countertops.

• Ever oversalted soup? Not to worry — just cut a single potato into several large slices. Add them to the soup, and they will soak up the extra salt. Remove before serving.

• After a night of overindulgence, try this headache-rescue remedy: a cold glass of soy milk. The natural isoflavones help to repair damage to liver cells bombarded with alcohol.

• Spam is becoming more and more intrusive these days. But every time you surf the Internet and enter an e-mail address for more information or to access a Web page, you open yourself up to more spam (from the Web sites you visit, and more). Try opening a "throw-away" e-mail account for this purpose only. Go to any free Web mail provider (like Hotmail or Yahoo!) and sign up for a free e-mail account. When you have to enter your e-mail to get info online, use this free account. Then, when it gets too clogged with spam, just close the account and open another.

• Banish facial shine with a cotton ball dipped in Milk of Magnesia. Wipe off your T-zone (forehead, down the nose and on the chin), then wipe lightly with a damp paper towel or washcloth.

• The best shade of shades to wear in the early morning or at dusk? Yellow. Yellow lenses brighten low light.

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