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Thursday, May 1, 2003 Volume IX, Number 223

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Friends of the Carthage Public Library will hold their monthly used book sale from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 3rd at the Library Annex, 510 S. Garrison Ave.

Did Ya Know?. . .You can now make a deposit at Hometown Bank to go towards an addition to the cat room at the Carthage Humane Society. Carthage Humane Society is looking for foster families to relieve overcrowding during peak season. For more information call Kaylene Cole at 358-6808.

Did Ya Know?. . .The American Red Cross will have take Blood Donations at the Carthage Church of the Nazarene, 2000 Grand, from 1:30-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 1st and from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2nd. Recognition gift to all donors.

today's laugh

My uncle fell into a ditch in Arizona and they never found him.
Fell into a ditch and never came out? That’s ridiculous!
You mean you’ve never heard of the Grand Canyon?

Mama, what becomes of an automobile when it gets too old to run any more?
Why, somebody sells it to your father for a used car — as good as new.

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


In accordance with the last wishes of the late Mack Thacker, his designated administrators, J. C. Crawford and Judge Waters, are at work appraising the estate, and for that purpose a trip to the Barton county farm was planned yesterday but was interfered with by the rain.

It was necessary, in order to comply with the law, and also with that clause of the deceased’s last letter requesting the estate to be settled "like father’s was," that a third commissioner be appointed, and Messrs. Crawford and Waters have selected J. F. Daugherty for that purpose.

Mr. Daugherty was one of the three commissioners who settled up the estate of the father Jesse Thacker in such satisfactory style that the son at his death called for the same manner of settlement. Judge Waters, and Bennett Hall were the other two former commissioners.

  Today's Feature

Budget Overview.

The budget committee held their second special budget meeting Tuesday evening. At Monday’s meeting the department heads presented their budget request, at Tuesday’s meeting outside agencies presented their budget request.

The outside agencies included The Over 60 Center (requested $13,000), The Chamber of Commerce (requested $85,000), The Humane Society (requested $15,600), The Girls Softball League (requested $2,000), The Youth Softball League (requested $2,000), American Legion Baseball (requested $2,000), and Main Street of Carthage (requested $40,000). The Convention and Visitors Bureau also presented their budget however the funds they receive depend on the lodging tax.

Each outside agency highlighted important expenses and also discussed their access to other means of funding.

Another budget meeting is scheduled to be held Wednesday night. According to City Administrator Tom Short the committee will begin discussing and perfecting the budget. The budget committee has a June 1 deadline to have the budget completed.

Just Jake Talkin'


The initial marathon budget meetings have been attended by nine of the ten Council members. One is out of town.

The budget process is a great learnin’ experience, especially for new Council members. In a few short days, but long hours, the members get to hear from ‘bout anyone who wants or gets a piece of the City revenues. They especially get to hear from the various department heads concernin’ the plans for the upcomin’ year and what those plans will cost.

Prob’ly most important, is seein’ just how little of the revenue is up for grabs. After ya take out personnel costs and basic costs of doin’ business like gas for police and fire vehicles, street repair supplies, and phone bills, there isn’t much left for pet projects.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Metcalf Auto Supply

Weekly Column


By Tom & Ray Magliozzi

Dear Tom and Ray:

I am considering buying a 2003 Toyota Corolla, but I’m concerned that it has an "all aluminum" engine. After the disaster with the aluminum engine of the Chevy Vega, is it likely that Toyota is sacrificing quality for price? Should I be concerned about an all-aluminum engine? I just want a reliable car. My current ‘91 Camry has 313,000 miles. Any chance that will happen with a new Corolla? — Anne

RAY: It’s amazing how fickle we’ve gotten, Anne, isn’t it? You get 313,000 miles out of a car, and when it comes time to replace it, you say, "Hmmmm, I don’t know if I should buy another one of these...Maybe I can find something better."

TOM: The short answer is yes, it’s certainly possible to get similar life out of a 2003 Corolla if you treat it as well as you obviously treated your last car.

RAY: The old Chevy Vega engines didn’t fail because the blocks were made of aluminum. What failed were the cylinder liners. Those cylinder liners were made out of some strange alloy of, like, cubic zirconium and lucite. And when they overheated, they failed and those engines forevermore burned oil.

TOM: But manufacturers have gained a lot of experience in the past 25 years. And I have no doubt that during that time, Toyota has figured out how to make cylinder liners last forever in aluminum engine blocks. After all, Toyota uses all-aluminum engines in its Lexus models, and nobody’s whining about them.

RAY: Aluminum is more expensive and more difficult to cast that iron. But it’s a lot lighter. So it can allow the car-maker to improve mileage or power-to-weight ratio.

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