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Wednesday, September 17, 2003 Volume XII, Number 64

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has issued a Code Yellow Alert for all blood types. A blood drive will be held at the Carthage Health & Rehab Center, Carthage, 1901 Buena Vista, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19th.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Veterans Alliance will meet at the V.F.W., Sept. 25th at 7 p.m. in order to plan the Annual Veterans Day Service to be held on Nov. 11th, 2003. All Veteran Organizations are invited to this meeting.

Did Ya Know?. . . "Team Up & Read Up," with the St. Louis Rams for a Fall Reading Program for readers 6-years-old and up. Program runs from Sept. 15th through Oct. 31st. Call 237-7040 or come by the Carthage Public Library YPL desk for more information.

today's laugh

Have you taken every precaution to prevent spread of contagion in your family?
Absolutely, doctor, we’ve even bought a sanitary cup and we all drink from it.

Can you pay your bill now?
No — see me Thursday.
Thursday I’ll be out of town.
So will I.

I’m afraid the apartment is too small. I might want to grow a beard.

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

Wells & Wiggins Prosecute.

Ten urchins, none of them over 14 years of age, were tried in Judge Coon’s court at 10 o’clock this morning on a double charge of burglary and grand larceny. They are accused by the Wells & Wiggins Grocer company, with breaking into box cars in the Frisco yards on East Sixth street on divers and sundry occasions and stealing watermelons which had been consigned to them.

At least two witnesses have joined in the complaint and they place the aggregate number of melons stolen at 50.

Inviting Weather for Burglars.

This is the time of year when the open houses at night invite thefts and burglaries. It is unendurable to close up residence tight in such hot weather, but the household will have to be on the lookout when doors and windows are left open all night.


  Today's Feature

United Way Campaign Begins.

The Carthage United Way has set a goal of $275,000 for the current fund raising campaign. Dr. Glenn Coltharp is the chairman of this year’s efforts and he says the Agency is proud of how efficiently the sixteen agencies supported utilized the United Way funds last year.

"It is also obvious that our entire community has great needs facing it. As we go through difficult times as a community, our community members will need to turn more to our United Way Agencies," said Coltharp.

Local businesses are receiving campaign literature that show the various agencies and the services provided by those agencies. Agencies receiving funds include the American Red Cross, Ozark Trails Council Boy Scouts, Carthage Development Center, Carthage Crisis Center, Carthage Crosslines Ministry, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Citizens Advisory Board, Community Clinic of Carthage, Family Literacy Council, Girl Scout Council of the Ozark Area, Jasper County 4-H, Lafayette House, Ozark Camp Quality, The Salvation Army, Special Olympics, and Sunshine Homes, Inc.

Just Jake Talkin'


They say the trick to rabbit huntin’ is to have a dog that never quite catches up to the rabbit. The furry little critters have a habit of runnin’ in a big circle and comin’ back to cross their tracks. The idea is to confuse any varmit that is chasin’ ‘em. The hunter is supposed to stay put and wait as the dog works his way through the hedge rows. Eventually, the theory is, the rabbit will come back by for an easy shot.

Havin’ a dog, as a kid, and always thinkin’ that rabbit huntin’ would be great sport, I went in search of the wascally wabbit. Unfortunately, the dog had not read the sportin’ magazine that I had. He’d take out after the rabbit all right, but eventually I would have to go find the mut out sniffin’ in a rat nest or barkin’ at some squirrel up a tree.

‘Course there is a chance that the rabbit wrote the real story.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column


By JoAnn Derson

• Here’s a wonderful tip from a reader. Marge A. of Cherokee, Okla., a senior on a fixed income, combined thriftiness, recycling and a sense of style when she chose her pet fish’s new home. At her local thrift store, she purchased a 10-cup glass coffee carafe, decorated it with plants and shells, and used it as a fishbowl. Inexpensive and easy to clean, as well as easy to handle, she says it is a "conversation piece." I’ll bet it is. Thanks, Marge.

• To travel with pleated skirts, use this packing trick: Turn the skirt inside out, and straighten all the pleats. Then tape the bottom so that all the pleats are held together. Next, feed the skirt into a leg of pantyhose with the foot cut off. You end up with a nice tube, which you can tuck into the sides of your luggage.

• "When traveling for more than a few days, stick your plants into the bathtub with a little bit of water. They soak it up, and you don’t have to have someone come over and water your plants. This won’t work for more than a week, though." — John McF. of Baton Rouge, La.

• Jenee L. of Memphis, Tenn., writes: "If you love to burn candles as much as I do, consider storing them in the fridge for a day or so before you burn them. I swear, it makes them burn evenly. Someone told me this once, and I tried it and have been doing it ever since. No more crooked candles."

• Rick M. writes via e-mail: "Nobody loves a good fire more than I do. Since the weather is just starting to change, I have been thinking about getting my firewood stacked and ready, and my wife told me to share this tip. I start saving orange, lemon and grapefruit peels early in the fall, and I dry them out and store them in a little bowl by the fireplace. To make the fire smell extra nice (and sometimes to help get it started), I toss in a handful of the peels."

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