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Thursday, May 29, 2003 Volume IX, Number 242

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Public Library will have a Bicycle Safety and Registration event conducted by the Carthage Police Department at the Library Annex starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 29th. Call 237-7040 for info or sign up at the YPL desk.

Did Ya Know?. . .If you would like to make a donation for a luminaria at the Relay For Life, go by The Wright Gift & Antique Place, 2303 South Garrison, Tuesday - Saturday and complete a form. Each Luminaria is a $5.00 donation. All money goes to the American Cancer Society.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Humane Society is having an adoption day from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 31st at the Carthage Family YMCA. Volunteer help is needed. Please call 358-6808 for information.

today's laugh

The smoothest running thing about a car is the salesman’s tongue.

"Why do people have candles on their birthday cakes for?"
"Oh, just to make light of their age."

I ate lobster last evening for dinner and all night I dreamed.
Bad dreams?
Yeah — I paid the check.

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


A pointer dog belonging to Mr. Zogg, residing in the McFarland house on West Walnut street, created a reign of terror Tuesday morning and yesterday. The dog was not particularly vicious but was kept tied to a long wire to keep him from running away. This made him cross and he would snap and bite at anything passing near him.

Tuesday morning the dog broke his wire and ran out to a tent near by occupied by campers. Little Bessie, the 8-year-old daughter of S. T. Butts, one of the campers, was playing around near the tent. The dog sprang at her and inflicted a flesh wound on one of her fingers, which bled profusely.

Mr. Zogg ran after the dog and, grabbing it by a hind leg, threw it into a shed and slammed shut the door. It was not suspected the was other than cross and no particular attention was paid to the scratch of the little girl’s finger.

Yesterday morning the dog again escaped and began a vicious attack on every dog it could reach. It bit Charley Gardener’s dog and then chased Harvey Crandall’s female dog until it caught her and tore her nearly to pieces. Many other dogs were bit and chewed.

Searching parties, heavily armed, went after the dog. A. M. Wallingford and John Kington searched the west part of the city and others took the trail and went to the south and east.

About noon one of the employees at Morrow & Taaffe’s mill, who lives a half mile from the mill saw a strange dog run into his yard. The animal was showing its teeth and making a peculiar noise, between a bark and a growl. The dog jumped at the chickens in the yard and as soon as it tore one to pieces it would spring at another without showing any inclination to eat the first killed.

It slaughtered several chickens and left taking the main road toward the mill. The millman put two fresh shells into his shotgun and started on horseback after the dog.

Near the mill the dog made an attempt to bite a horse but the horse jumped away in time to escape. Mr. Landsdown, the East Third street grocer, was out there with his dog, and when the strange dog saw the Landsdown dog it sprang upon it and chewed and bit it fearfully. It then started to cross the bridge but halted at the sight of water. Just at this moment the millman rode up and emptied both barrels of his gun into the dog, killing it on the spot. It was later identified as the Zogg dog.

Officer Drake went out to the Landsdown residence this morning and shot the dog that was so badly torn to pieces. Nearly all the other bitten dogs have been killed or securely fastened. Harvey Crandall will keep his dog locked in a shed until it can be determined whether or not it has contracted hydrophobia. This disease usually develops within nine days after inoculation.

  Today's Feature

VFW Benefit for Camp Quality.

Carthage VFW Post 2590 and their Ladies Auxiliary will be holding a Benefit for Ozark Camp Quality, the camp for children with cancer, on Sunday, June 8th, 2003.

The Carthage VFW home is located 1 miles west of Carthage, at the end of Oak street and Hwy 171 W.

A "Parking Lot Sale" will start at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 1:00 p.m. The cost to rent a space will be $10.00. Commercial space will be $20.00. Space is based on a first come, first served basis. Anyone interested should call Rusty Melton at 237-7024 or Dee Shanks at 358-2018 after 4:00 p.m. All space fees goes to Camp Quality.

Starting at 2:00 p.m. there will be Dancing, Horseshoes, Shuffle Board and other games. The bands that have donated their time to this good cause include: Country Express, and Prairie Wind and Songs of Remembrance with Jewell Wilkinson. Cost is $5.00 per person. All net proceeds will go to Camp Quality.

There will be Door Prizes and Raffled Prizes donated by Area Businesses. Hamburgers and Hot Dogs will be available. The benefit will continue until the bands wear out.

NASCAR to the Max

Sunday’s running of NASCAR’s longest race, the Coca-Cola 600, at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC was plagued by rain the entire weekend. First, qualifying was rained out on Thursday and rescheduled for Friday. When it came time for the race to begin, the track surface was still wet in spots and was wicking water up through the track in others. The race actually began with the green flag and caution flag waving simultaneously with the first few laps run under caution with the speeds gradually increasing to ensure the safety of the track.

Ryan Newman led the first 50 laps or so, capitalizing on his pole (first) starting position. Tony Stewart led a good portion of the next 50 laps and appeared to be in contention until a blown engine relegated him to the 40th finishing position. From about lap 130 on, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Bobby Labonte took extended turns at the point. From the early going, most teams had their eyes on the sky and the radar as rain again seemed eminent and teams began gambling on whether or not the race would be run to the full 400 lap distance. NASCAR considers a race official one it has reached the halfway point. Various strategies began unfolding with many teams adopting varying pit strategies leaving only eight cars on the lead lap. Just past the 270 lap mark, the skies opened up with the race being red flagged (stopped) on lap 276. As the rains subsided, NASCAR judged that with other showers moving in and a lengthy track drying process ahead they would be better served to call the race and allow the fans and teams to exit the track between showers. Johnson who was leading at the time of the red flag was declared the winner of what became the Coca-Cola 414.

The series’ next stop will be at the one-mile, moderately banked oval in Dover, Delaware. Jimmie Johnson won both races here last year and will be looking to continue his winning streak at the track and from last week.

Just Jake Talkin'


Looks like the roundabout construction is movin’ ahead about on schedule. As much hassle as it is to get to certain’ businesses around the construction, I’ve got to admit that gettin’ through the intersection has been a lot easier without the lights.

‘Course there’s no cross traffic to worry about. I’m hopin’ traffic flows as well when the other half of the circle is completed.

The fireworks display scheduled for July 4 out at Muni Park will be downsized this year. The Budget Committee has recommended that the actual fireworks display take a 25% cut due to needin’ the money.

The plan is still for all day activities but vendors seem to be shyin’ away. May be ‘cause the 4th falls on Friday, other, bigger events are more lucrative. Be a good day for a picnic anyway.

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 have a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee and live in the hot, dry Southwest. Both my main seal and my transfer-case seal are slowly leaking. There are a number of additive products available at the auto-parts store that claim they will soften old seals and stop leaks. Do any of these additives really work, and can they do more harm than good? — Holt

TOM: No, they won’t do more harm than good. But there’s at least a 90 percent chance they’ll do nothing.

RAY: We consider these "products of last resort." If you’re facing a major engine or transmission repair, then why not try an $8 bottle of Miracle Whip or whatever they call it? On the off chance that it helps, you might buy yourself some more time. Sometimes, that’s all you want — just enough time to finish grad school, or get through your latest divorce or your youngest kid’s last seven years of college.

TOM: The products that soften seals certainly won’t do any harm to the gears or to any other internal components, so don’t worry about making anything worse. And once in a while, we’ve seen them work for weeks, months or even years.

RAY: So it’s worth a try in your case, Holt. After all, if you’re looking at spending $2,000 in repairs, what’s the harm in making it $2,008?

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