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Monday, September 22, 2003 Volume XII, Number 67

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 First United Methodist Church, Carthage, 617 South Main, from
2-5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22nd.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Veterans Alliance will meet at the V.F.W., Thurs., 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

An optimist goes downstairs with a fishing pole when his basement is flooded.

The way to live to be 100 is to reach 99, and then live very carefully.

An agent was discussing an act with a stubborn club owner. "I got an act," said the agent, "who’d be great. He specializes in putting his right arm into a lion’s mouth."

"That sounds interesting," said the owner. "What’s he call himself?"

"Lefty," said the agent.

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


Fred Herrin and Nathan Neal Start in
on Their Two Year Terms.

Sheriff Owen returned Saturday evening from a trip to Jefferson City taking prisoners to the pen. Clarence Kier, his office deputy at Joplin, accompanied him.

Fred Herrin, sentenced to two years for holding up Gene and E. Bennett, and Nathan Neal, sentenced to two years for bigamy, were the candidates taken to the penitentiary. Also Robt. Smith, a fourteen-year-old boy of Joplin was taken to the reform school at Boonville. Young Smith had been released on parole but had to be taken back.

Chas. Ramsey was arraigned in police court this morning, charged with fighting with Tom Murto about two weeks ago, but the court decided he was not guilty. Murto had pleaded guilty and paid a fine.

  Today's Feature

Council Considers CVB for DMO.

The City Council is scheduled to hear a resolution during tomorrow evening’s regular meeting that would designate the Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) as the recognized Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for Carthage. The designation is required by the Missouri Division of Tourism for Carthage to become a qualified for various tourism grants under the State Cooperative Marketing Program.

The Council is also scheduled to hear the first reading of a Council bill sponsored by the Budget Ways and Means Committee. The bill would amend the Civic Enhancement Fund budget to allow an appropriation of $5,500 from the unallocated fund balance for the installation of a fountain at the golf course pond.

The Budget Committee is also recommending an amendment to the Taxi Services Department Capital Outlay line item which would transfer $10,734 to the Police Department Capital Outlay line item for a previously approved computer system upgrades.

The Council is also scheduled to hear a presentation by New Beginnings Development, Inc. about a housing development.

Just Jake Talkin'


I’ve done some stupid things from time to time. Most of ‘em have never been told - and it’s gonna stay that way.

I figured out a while back that one stupid thing I could avoid is tellin’ folks about stupid things I’ve done.

I keep thinkin’ I was just too young to understand stupid, or at least I would eventually outgrow the urge to do stupid things.

Typically when I start feelin’ I’ve past the stupid things portion of my life, I have ta be reminded that you’re never too old to do somethin’ stupid.

I have had a life long battle with various forms of the nail. Those little metal spikes make me do a variety of stupid things. The most common result is me tryin’ to hold a nail with a thumb that has just been smacked with my hammer. I just never learn.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column


By Samantha Mazzotta

Q: I don’t have a home repair tip, but I do have a problem. A hailstorm damaged the siding and some of the windows in my home. The exterior paint is chipped, and there are actual holes in the siding. The damaged windows have broken and cracked glass. I need advice on how to repair these problems before winter sets in. Do you think repairing the window cracks with silicone putty will work? Please advise. — Soon-to-be-Snowy in Saskatchewan

A: My first piece of advice would be to contact your insurance company to report the damage and have an inspector come out and assess it. Proper repair of siding and windows can run into the thousands of dollars.

If you don’t have homeowner’s insurance or you can’t cover the deductible, government agencies can often provide assistance (in your province, the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation and the Hail Insurance Council of Saskatchewan; check your phone listings). Look at all your options before taking on major repair work. A licensed contractor will be essential to making your home secure against winter snowstorms (and anything else nature may throw at it).

Meantime, you do need to protect the exterior walls and foundations, as well as the interior of your home, against water damage and pest invasion. Rodents, bugs and other creatures will quickly take advantage of those holes in the siding and move in, creating a pitter-patter of little feet that you don’t want to hear. To provide very temporary protection, plastic sheeting and duct tape are your best friends. Cut the sheets a couple inches wider than the damaged areas and tape them securely into place.

Do the same thing with broken or cracked windowpanes, placing a plastic sheet on either side of the window. Don’t attempt to remove broken glass yourself. There’s a danger of getting injured, and the damaged glass still provides some protection from the elements. Don’t try to repair the glass with silicone putty. Although the putty will hold the broken pieces together, it makes removing them for a proper repair later much more difficult.

These stopgap measures will only work through the fall, however. The first snowstorm (or sleet, or rain or just heavy wind) could rip these plastic sheets right off of the siding, allowing icy air inside. You must contact a licensed contractor as soon as possible to repair or replace the damaged siding, touch up the paint and replace the broken glass.

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