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Wednesday, October 22, 2003 Volume XII, Number 89

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Water & Electric Plant’s Water Department is beginning their annual program to flush and test fire hydrants. Hydrants are tested once yearly to insure reliability. There is a possibility that customers will experience a slight discoloration while the Department is working in your area. The water will be safe and it will clear up within 15-20 minutes after the hydrant test is complete.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Recycling &Composting Center at 1309 Oak Hill Road has free compost and mulch available. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30a.m. to 4:30 p.m

Did Ya Know?. . .The next Diabetes Support Group will meet from 4-5 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 22nd in the McCune-Brooks Hospital dining room. Donna Nelson, RN, will speak about handling life’s challenges. Refreshments and recipes will be served.

today's laugh

No bees, no honey; No work; no money.

A man walked into a doctor’s office with a pelican on his head. "You need help immediately," said the doctor.

"I certainly do," said the pelican. "Get this man out from under me."

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

Jasper County Doctors.

The Jasper County Medical society held its regular monthly meeting in the courthouse in Carthage yesterday afternoon.

Those present were Drs. Snyder, Peffer, Kelso, Tyler and Shelton, of Joplin; Chenoworth, of Webb City, and Brooks, Matthews, Rhoads, Wale, Freed, Hollingsworth, Ketcham and Taylor, of Carthage.

Dr. Kelso, of Joplin, read a very able and interesting paper on an important medical subject, which was discussed at length by the gentlemen present. Dr. Taylor read a short paper on late medical progress. Drs. Chenoworth and Ketcham had papers to read, but owing to lack of time to discuss them, the reading of it was postponed to the next regular meeting at Joplin in February.

Officers elected were Dr. Rhoads, president; Dr. Ketcham, vice president; Dr. Peffer, of Joplin, secretary; Dr. Freeman, of Joplin, treasurer.

  Today's Feature

Downtown Public Parking Reduced.

The City Council Public Safety Committee voted Monday evening to vacate two parking spaces just south of the Square on Grant Street. Members include Committee Chair Mike Harris, Jim Woestman, Ron Ferguson, and Diane Sharrit. The action came at the request of Ron Stiles who has purchased the site of the original Bee’s Discount on the corner of Grant and Fourth.

Stiles also purchased the parking lot at the rear of the building at Grant and Fifth and plans to build a garage on that property to serve his living quarters being constructed on the top floor. The vacated spaces would allow a drive entrance from Grant Street.

The rear portion of the parking area would be entered from Fifth Street for customer parking for businesses located on the ground level of the building.

Stiles told the Committee that he had not spoken to any business owners in the area concerning the reduction of on street parking spaces.

The request was made during the Committee’s "Citizen Participation" period and therefore was not published on the Committee meeting agenda in advance.

Just Jake Talkin'


I was greatly saddened by the news of the double loss. Two steadfast members of the downtown community struck down in one fell swoop. The loss may be mourned for generations to come as the memories of a vibrant downtown is lost to vacant shop fronts longing for the return of that precious commodity, parking spaces.

Of course the loss of even one contributor to the overall well being of the Square is tragic, but sacrificing two to be dedicated to private use is almost unbearable.

The real tragedy is the creeping thought process that minimizes the importance of the Square as a commercial center.

If residential development is encouraged on the Square, it needs to progress without the sacrifice of public property for the convenience of a few.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column


By JoAnn Derson

• "If you have a painful crack in your finger from dry hands, cover it with Krazy Glue or a similar substance. It seals the crack but won’t wear off. It gradually comes off as the new skin grows in." — JoAnne J. in New Castle, Pa.

• If you use a hairbrush with a metal core, you can speed up your blowdrying time. The core holds the heat.

• To prevent silverware from slipping through the basket in the dishwasher, get a net scrubbie and put it in the bottom of one of the compartments. It works great for straws, ice picks and filet knives.

• "When entertaining with punch, it can be a problem to keep it cool but not watered down. I make larger ice cubes by freezing water in pudding cups or yogurt containers. The larger cube doesn’t melt as quickly. You can also freeze cubes of the punch if you have it made up ahead of time." — Mary in Atlanta

• You can erase soot stains from carpet by sprinkling the stain with salt and letting it sit for 10 minutes. Then just vacuum away.

• "I keep most of my wrapping supplies in a large-handled shopping bag. I took a large manila envelope and taped it to the side of the bag, making sure to leave the top up and open. It makes a handy pocket for receipts. It comes in especially handy around the holidays, but I use it all year for birthday and wedding gift receipts and such. I always know right where they are." — Sylvia B. in Los Angeles

• When I go walking, I carry two filled water bottles with me. I hold them while I walk, kind of like hand weights. It gives my walking workout a boost." — Cathy M. in Christmas, Fla.

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