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Wednesday, November 5, 2003 Volume XII, Number 99

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Masonic Lodge #197 will put on two 3rd degrees during a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 6th, at the Masonic Temple, located behind the public library. Will eat before. All Master Masons are invited.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Shrine Burn Crew will hold a Fish Fry at 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 8th, north of Carthage, 1/4 mile west of Highway 71 on M Highway. The public is invited. $8 per person.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Humane Society Adoption Day will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, November 8th at the Fair Acres Family YMCA.

Did Ya Know?. . .A Free Tree Pruning Workshop will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 6th in the Community Room at Southwest Missouri Bank at 2714 S. Grand, Carthage. Jon Skinner, Urban Forester with the Dept. of Conservation, will share information.

today's laugh

Teacher: Arnie, spell weather.
Arnie: W-H-A-I-T-H-U-R-E
Teacher: That’s the worse spell of weather we’ve had in a long time.

Vistor: I wonder what that tiger would say if it could talk?
Zoo Keeper: It would probably say, "Pardon me, sir, but I’m a leopard."

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

Bellville Owners Here.

J.G. Bellville and Matt Clark of St. Paul, Minn., who with Mr. Bellville’s two brothers and Dr. J.S. Wilson, of this city are largely interested in the Bellville tract northwest of Joplin, arrived yesterday to visit their cousin Dr. Wilson, and look after their mineral interests. In company with H.B. Wardin the two went down to Joplin this morning.

Dr. Wilson and Mr. Bellville cleared up the tract upon which the town named after the latter was built and erected the first building in the town. Messrs. Clark and Bellville who are among the wealthiest men of St. Paul will return to Carthage tonight and will remain here until Monday. They will then go to their home.

Yesterday Jesse Weeks, who lives just northwest of town, purchased of Elmer Tabor a fine driving horse and saddle horse. The animal brought a fancy price which was up in the three figures.

  Today's Feature

City Trucks.


The 3/4 ton Chevy pickup that is no longer being used by the Street Department was a topic at Mondays evening’s Public Service meeting. The truck had received three bids going to the highest bid of $1250. The Street Department was instructed to eliminate the City logos from the doors of the truck and covered them with primer. The person with the highest bid then backed out of the deal.

Municipal Park Administrator Alan Bull made a request that the 3/4 ton Chevy go to the Parks Department. The department has two 1984 1/2 ton trucks. By receiving the 3/4 ton the Parks Department could surplus the two 1/2 ton trucks and delete an insurance policy.

According to City Administrator Tom Short each City vehicle has its own insurance policy.

The surplus bids of the two 1/2 trucks could come close to the bid of the one 3/4 truck according to Bull. The one truck would be sufficient for the Parks Department needs.

The Public Service Committee voted to recommend the request to the City Council.

Just Jake Talkin'


I see where they are makin’ motor scooters with 600cc motors now. Not the Cushman of the past.

My uncle built him a motor bike with a three horse power Briggs & Stratton. Had a belt drive with a large pulley that hooked to the spokes of the rear wheel.

Course it didn’t have a gear box or a clutch, ya pulled a lever to slide the engine forward to engage the drive.

Bein’ on a bicycle frame, it wasn’t too stable, but it could cruise along pretty good for a trip to the drug store for a strawberry shake.

I suppose the new "power" scooters are considerably safer, but I can’t imagine needin’ or wantin’ that much power on a small wheeled machine. Now those 90cc models have some appeal.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column


By JoAnn Derson

• Thelma H. of British Columbia sent this wonderful tip via e-mail: "I sometimes only use half an onion in cooking, and often the other half sits in the fridge until it molds. So now what I do is dice the rest of the onion, put it in a zip-lock bag and freeze it. Then I have a ready-diced onion to throw into my recipes."

• Do you love houseplants? Studies show that they love you too, by filtering your indoor air. The best at keeping your air clean are: spathiphyllum (mauna loa), ficus, chlorophytum comosum (spider plants), and both philodendrons and aloe plant are particularly effective at removing formaldehyde from the air.

• An RV tip from a reader in Michigan: "Squirrels and mice can get into the generator exhaust pipes and cause a mess. To keep them out, try putting a cardboard tube over the pipe with fiberglass screen taped over the outer end. It’s easy to put on and take off, and very effective."

• Turn off the water when you brush your teeth. It is so simple, and it could save more than 5 gallons of water that would be lost if the water was left running.

• "If you have an allergic reaction to wearing a ring (this happened to me when I wore some older costume jewelry from my grandmother), you can always apply a layer of clear nail polish to the inside rim of the ring. Never on the stones, though!" — Vera in Colorado Springs, Colo.

• When a pump bottle of lotion still has some left, but not enough to dispense, add the last bit to a fresh bottle. To get it out easily, take off the top and set it in a bottle of very hot water for a few minutes. The lotion liquefies and is easier to pour.

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