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Monday, May 19, 2003 Volume IX, Number 235

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Humane Society is still overflowing with victims of the May 4th tornado disaster. We need permanent or temporary homes for good pets. Most are spayed or neutered. Please help save these pets. Call 358-6402 for info.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Train Crew will have a fish fry at 6:30 p.m. on Wed., May 21st at the Train Barn, west Mound St. Road (across from the Old Cabin Shop). The public is invited. North of Carthage on M Hwy, 71 Hwy to M Hwy, 1/4 mile west. $8 per person.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Lincoln Ladies Federated Republican Women of Carthage will have a meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Mon., May 19th at the Ranch House. Membership dues are $10. Rep. Steve Hunter and Senator Gary Nodler will be there for a Q&A session.

Did Ya Know?. . .The City of Carthage will be spraying for mosquitoes this week, Mon.-Fri., May 19th through 23rd. Your area will be sprayed the evening of your trash pickup, between 8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. You may want to turn off any attic or window fans while the sprayer is in your area.

today's laugh

A budget is an attempt to live below your yearnings.

My ambition is to be able to afford to spend what I’m spending.

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


Thomas Hickey was, However, Sent to the Reform School.

Thomas Hickey, the boy who when brought into court a few days ago to answer to the charge of horse stealing pleaded guilty and expressed a desire to be sent to the penitentiary, was before Judge Dabbs again this morning and was sentenced to the reform school for one year.

The boy hails from near Scotland and was arrested on complaint of his uncle who is a Joplin man. The boy is a tough customer and has the appearance of being wholly devoid of moral instincts. The judge was unable to decide as to the boy’s age, whether he was over or under 18, so decided to give his father a chance in his behalf, hence the holding over of the case till today. The father declined to appear, however, sending word that he cared nothing about what they did with the boy.

The judge today seemed to think the boy was under 18 and sent him to the reform school for one year.

This did not suit the young miscreant, as he has been to the reform school twice before and does not want to go back. He would have been delighted had the judge booked him for the pen. 3

When he heard the judge’s sentence, he exclaimed to the sheriff, "H—l, they can’t do that. He has sent me up for a year and it must be for a year and a day." The sheriff was not inclined to allow the judge to be instructed, however, and Hickey was taken out of the room.

  Today's Feature

Maple Leaf Plans.

The Carthage Chamber of Commerce has already begun plans for the hosting of the 37th Annual Maple Leaf Festival scheduled for October. The annual event, which brings over 50,000 visitors to the local community, is being co-sponsored by the Carthage Press, Grundy’s Body and Frame Shop and KMXL/KDMO.

The Annual Maple Leaf Festival is a community-supported event and because of this, the planning committee is asking for the help of local residents. Suggestions for both a Grand Marshall and a festival theme are being requested. Grand Marshall nominees must be Carthage residents who have played a significant role in enhancing the community and/or the local business community. The festival theme must be general enough to include in all promotions and specific event plans, yet local in nature to reflect some of Carthage’s history and/or attractions. In past years the theme design has include the county courthouse, Route 66, Precious Moments figures and Civil War artifacts. Both Grand Marshall nominees and theme suggestions must be submitted to the Chamber by Friday, May 16 for consideration.

The current listing of events include the Maple Leaf Queen, Junior Miss and Little Miss and Mr. Pageants to be the highlight on Saturday the 11th, followed by the annual Fun Walk on Sunday, October 12th. The following week’s events include the annual Maple Leaf Baby Contest, Three Minutes of Fame Lip Sync Contest, and Quilt Show. Activities planned for the day-long celebration on Saturday, October 18th include the Maple Leaf Parade, a variety of craft booths and vendors, live entertainment, Dog Show, and plenty of games . A festival brochure listing these and many of the other events happening throughout the community during Maple Leaf week will be produced by the Chamber later this summer. The Chamber is asking for any organizations who would like their Maple Leaf events included in the 2003 festival brochure to contact the Chamber by Friday, May 30.

Just Jake Talkin'


I grew up hearin’ and usin’ the phrase "that’s corny." The term was typically used to describe a "corny" joke, or in some instances a person that either told corny jokes or just acted corny. I’m sittin’ here tryin’ to define the term without tellin’ a corny joke. I suppose it’s like ya hear, "I can’t describe it, but I know it when I see it."

In school, there was always a corny teacher or two, tryin’ to tell jokes or be humorous. The kids would laugh and this would only encourage more corn. It was a vicious circle. Usually the term wasn’t intended in a harmful way, just matter of fact like, just accepted. The truth was, most folks seem to enjoy a little corn now and then, speakin’ of the verbal kind of course, and that ain’t chicken feed, pop.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column


By Samantha Mazzotta

More on Concrete Repair

Q: I read your column on repairing cracks in concrete driveways. What is the best way to repair hairline cracks in the cement foundation of my home? — Karen J., via e-mail

A: You’re in luck, as most of the techniques used to patch horizontal concrete surfaces (such as the driveway) can be applied to vertical surfaces, such as a cement foundation. You’re wise to address the hairline cracks, as they can enlarge over time and create several problems.

The biggest difference is that instead of using sand-mix concrete to fill the cracks, use a vinyl-reinforced patching compound, or hydraulic cement. Concrete caulk is not recommended for long-term fixes.

As on horizontal surfaces, run a wire brush along the cracks to clear out loose material. Apply a thin layer of concrete bonding adhesive, using a brush to make sure the adhesive gets as far into the cracks as possible. This will create a better seal when the patching material is applied. Mix the patching compound and trowel it into the crack, smoothing the material downward until you reach the bottom and then feathering the excess compound out to the sides until it’s even with the surface.

What if a foundation crack is more than one-quarter inch wide? Use the same approach in preparing it as you would a horizontal crack: Chisel a backward-angled cut along both sides of the crack so that the patch material is less likely to push back out. Clean with a wire brush and pre-treat with bonding adhesive. Then, working quickly, trowel in hydraulic cement (not patching compound in this case). Layer the cement in until the crack is filled, and then feather the excess out to the sides.

Patched areas can be hidden by painting the surface with a waterproof concrete paint (once the patch has dried and set). Or, add a concrete sealer and then a layer of masonry recoat, which looks like fresh concrete when dry.

What about using quick-setting cement rather than hydraulic? Since you’re patching the foundation, an area regularly exposed to rain, snow and moisture in general, hydraulic cement is recommended. Quick-setting cement can be used on vertical surfaces that don’t get wet as often.

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