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Monday, November 24, 2003 Volume XII, Number 112

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .Janice Duncan will present the program at the Carthage Business and Professional Women’s meeting at the Jasper County Central Annex Monday, November 24th, 2003 Dinner served 6:30 p.m. Program 7:30 p.m. Interested persons are welcome.

Did Ya Know?. . .Eminence Chapter #93 Order of the Eastern Star will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25th, 2003 at the Masonic Temple, 7th & Maple.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Recycling & Composting Center, 1309 Oak Hill Road, has available (FREE to the Public) compost and mulch. Tues.-Sat. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Drop-Off Center and Composting Lot will be closed Thurs., Nov. 27th and Fri., Nov. 28th in observance of Thanksgiving Day.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Kiwanis Club has launched a year long program to collect good used children’s and young adult books. The books are to be distributed to families in the Carthage area. Any organization wishing to become a collection station should contact Ivan Hager 358-8236.

today's laugh

Customer: I’ll have some raw oysters, not too large nor too small, not too salty nor too fat. They must be cold and I want them quickly!

Waiter: Yes, sir! With or without pearls?

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

Location of Three Lights Changed.

The light committee, to whom had been previously referred several petitions asking for lights at different points in the city reported that they found it almost impossible to add more lights, as the circuits were loaded.

They had, however, found two lights on Oak street beyond any house, which they thought could be used elsewhere; also one other light could be changed in location a little.

The light committee therefore made a report recommending that two lights be taken from the extreme west end of Oak street and one of said lights be placed on Fall street and the other on Cedar street, about 400 feet west of Sophia. Also that the light at the intersection of Macon and River streets, be placed at the intersection of Orchard and Tenth streets.

  Today's Feature

Voting at Large.

The City Council will hold its regular meeting tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall. There is a Special Work Session scheduled at 6:30 p.m. to discuss changing the method of electing City Council Members.

Mayor Kenneth Johnson is proposing an ordinance to elect five of the ten Council members at large by all the qualified voters of the City of Carthage.

"It think it would get more people involved in the Council," said Johnson.

The proposed ordinance is scheduled to appear on the agenda under first reading at Tuesday’s meeting.

Currently the method for electing members is each of the five wards in the City elects two council members. The proposed way of electing them at large would allow each ward to elect one member and the other five members would be elected by all of the qualified voters in the City.

If adopted Council members currently in office would complete their term. On the first Tuesday in April of each year there would be an election to vote for five council members. Those elected would serve a two year term consistent with current method.

Just Jake Talkin'


The proposition to change the method of electin’ Council members was left up to the Council when the Charter was adopted. It does not require a vote of the general public. That fact makes the idea of changin’ easier to accept. It can always be changed back if at some point it becomes unpopular.

Up to this point I haven’t heard much discussion about the issue. The work session or the Council meetin’ tomorrow night would be a good place for expression of support or opposition for those who are interested.

Council members themselves will have to consider whether the idea of havin’ half of the Council elected by the entire community is a better system. I’m assumin’ for some a City wide campaign will be more difficult and more expensive.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column


By Samantha Mazzotta

Last Thanksgiving, as I bade goodbye to a small crowd of acquaintances — about 20, to be exact — a carpenter friend told me, "Your home’s great, but next year you might think about inviting 20 less people." My friend never has been tactful, but she was right. The kitchen was too small to cook a Thanksgiving dinner properly, and the front room didn’t accommodate more than six or seven guests at a time, leaving the rest to fret around the dining-room table — which only sat 10 people.

I didn’t feel too bad. After all, I had an excuse: It was my first year in the house, and I was busy fixing up the important, can’t-miss issues, like the landscaping around the foundation, the inadequate attic insulation and a couple of plumbing issues. And all this as my first New England winter closed in, a dozy of a season that tested my skills at winterizing.

But I took the comment to heart and spent my spare time putting together an inventory of home-improvement projects: those that needed to be done, and those that I wanted to do. Rooftop maintenance and window-frame replacement? Absolutely. A redesign of the kitchen, dining room and front room? Hopefully.

Balancing "needs" and "wants" as a do-it-yourselfer can be quite a task. After all, there’s a constantly growing list of things that must be done year after year to keep your property in good shape. Adding visual or lifestyle improvements on a budget can be tough. Fortunately, you’ll have a little time after the pumpkin pie has been served this holiday to settle back near the television, pull out pen and paper, and make a list of home repair and improvement projects through this holiday season and all of next year.

First, needs versus wants: create two columns with the appropriate headers. List tasks that must be accomplished on the left. Write projects you’d like to do on the right. Then, plan the times that you will perform the "Needs" tasks. Some, if not all, must be done during the warmer months. Space them out appropriately on a 14-month calendar. Once those are locked into your home-improvement schedule, pick a "Wants" project that fits your budget and time, and plan the best time to do it.

HOME TIP: Holiday parties can inadvertently highlight a home’s inadequacies. Relax, and dream of future home-improvement projects that can alleviate those shortcomings.

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