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Thursday, April 14, 2005 Volume XIII, Number 212

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Carthage Veterans Alliance will meet Thursday, April 14 at 7:00 at the V.F.W. in order to plan the Annual Memorial Day Service to be held at the Memorial Hall on May 30, Memorial Day. The Alliance requests the presence of the members of City Council, Chamber of Commerce, Heartland Band, and the leaders of the Boy Scouts at this meeting.

Did Ya Know?... Cross Roads Chapter 41 will meet Tuesday night, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Legion Rooms of the Memorial Hall. This is a very important meeting concerning the Chapter.

Did Ya Know?... Bonnie is out of the hospital and the Carthage Humane Society thrift store Paws & Claws has reopened. The store will be open Tue. through Fri. from 12 to 4 p.m. and Sat. 9 through noon. 13887 Cedar Rd. For more info call 358-6402.

Did Ya Know?... Spare Cat Rescue is offering spay/neuter assistance for your pet. Call 358-6808

today's laugh

A boy said to the storekeeper:
"Gimme a dime’s worth of asafetida."
The storekeeper tied up the package and the boy said: "Dad wants you to charge it."
"All right, what’s your name?"
"Take it for nothin’," he said. "I’m not spellin’ ‘asafetida’ and ‘Shermerhorn’ for no dime."

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

Bought McFadden Livery Barn.

Al Parker Purchased It Yesterday at $7,000 as an Investment.

Al Parker yesterday bought of McFadden Bros. their brick livery barn for $7,000. The property is leased to Dr. Castlelaw, who lately bought out the McFadden livery business and is now operating it.

Strike on O’Keefe Land.

D.M.Sayers, E.O. Bartlett and E.J. Tutty have made a good strike of ore in a drill home on their 8 acre lease on the Eugene O’Keefe land, situated south of the city and north of the Ora May mine. The lease was secured by them only a short time ago. Ore was found at 185 feet and at 195 feet the drill was still in it.

Ed Oaterman of St. Louis and Mary Morse of Webb City were married Monday night by Judge Davis in the courthouse.


Today's Feature

Roundabout Plans Presented.

The City Council met Tuesday evening and heard a presentation from the Dogwood and Mimosa Garden Clubs of Carthage concerning the proposed roundabout beautification project. Council by motion approved the plans for submittal to the Budget/Ways and Means Committee.

Architect Elliot Hunter, who has designed the plans with the input of the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Garden clubs, showed the members of the Council blueprints for the proposed layout of the decorations for the roundabout. Included in the plans are stones ranging from four to eight inches in height in a symmetrical design, a Carthage sign made from lighted metal letters, assorted plants and three flagpoles. The three flags to be displayed are the U.S. flag, the Missouri flag and a re-fabricated vintage Carthage flag.

Garden club member Martha Unruh told the Council that half of the funding for the estimated cost had already been secured via pledges. Unruh informed the Council that estimates showed the total annual costs for upkeep and maintenance at approximately $1,200.

Just Jake Talkin'
Generally speaking, there are no exceptions to this rule, unless......

As they say, most rules are made to be broken. That’s why folks don’t put down hard and fast rules. The rule of thumb is a good rule. Somewhere close, as in the ball park.

Where I grew up the ball park was about the size of a forty acre field. As a matter of fact, it was a forty acre field that happened to have a backstop in one corner. We didn’t have a fence to hit a home run over. Ya just had to hit the ball far enough you could out run it gettin’ home.

The rule of thumb was the only in park double occurred when the dog grabbed the ball and ran off with it. ‘Course even that could be challenged if it was the pitcher’s dog. There’s always the exception.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Click & Clack Talk Cars
By Tom and Ray Magliozzi

Dear Tom and Ray:

My local Subaru dealer wants $130 to install a $30 block heater, because it involves draining the coolant. Would it be safe for me to simply wrap plumber’s heat tape - the stuff they using for warming copper pipes - around the engine and cooling hoses? If it doesn’t touch the exhaust, is there any danger of fire? The tape comes equipped with its own thermostat, so it turns itself on when the temperature falls below about 25 degrees Fahrenheit. It sells for about $35 in the local hardware store. Seems like a natural solution, doesn’t it? - Seth.

RAY: It’s a perfect solution, Seth. Except it won’t work for beans.

TOM: Plumber’s tape provides just enough heat to keep the water inside a 3/4 inch copper pipe from freezing. But it won’t provide enough heat to help you start your car on a frigid morning.

RAY: While the plumber’s tape wraps around the outside of a pipe, an automotive block heater actually goes inside the radiator hose. Working from inside, it heats the coolant directly.

TOM: But since it has to be installed inside a sealed system, your mechanic needs to cut the radiator hose, which then requires draining and refilling the entire cooling system, and then bleeding it to purge it of air.

RAY: That’s going to take at least an hour of labor. And when you add in the cost of the heater itself, the hardware for the hose and the fresh coolant, it comes to about $130.

TOM: If you go the plumber’s tape route, you’ll be paying a hefty electric bill every night just to heat up the outsides of your hoses. That might not be of much benefit to you, but I’m sure the local squirrels that nest in your engine compartment will appreciate it.

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Rex White’s Book Is a Winner, Too

Rex White has been the subject of several of our columns over the years, from interviews on the 427 Mystery Motor he ran in his ’63 Chevy at Daytona to putting him in touch with boyhood friends who wrote us seeking his whereabouts. Rex has always been available for our calls, so we feel it’s only fair to return the favor and recommend his new book, "Gold Thunder: Autobiography of a NASCAR Champion."

"Gold Thunder" traces White’s life, from growing up on a farm in near-poverty to becoming one of NASCAR’s Top 50 all-time drivers. From 1959 through 1963 Rex White won more races than any other driver, and competed with stars like Lee and Richard Petty, Ned Jarrett, Fireball Roberts, Junior Johnson, Joe Weatherly, Curtis Turner and Buck Baker. He was Chevrolet’s best driver in the early ’60s, and one of the most consistent drivers ever.

In the 1950s, Chevrolet fans cheered for White as he took on big muscle cars with his underpowered 348-inch Chevy. He eventually won both the 1960 Winston Cup Championship and the Driver of the Year title.

Writer Anne B. Jones bases this firsthand account of the early days of NASCAR and Southern stock car racing on extensive research and hundreds of hours of interviews with White. It includes tales by participants and fans and is peppered with anecdotes of a virtual Who’s Who of NASCAR drivers and a host of other sportsman drivers. The book is well-illustrated, largely with photographs from Rex White’s private collection.

But this memoir is more than just racing. It’s filled with fun, tragedy and lessons on how to become a winner.

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By Pam Madole
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Stress Busters

Take a deep breath Have a hobby Eat right Say ‘no’ more often Call a friend Laugh at yourself Pet a dog/cat Avoid negative people Don’t know all the answers

Say something nice Talk things out Take a walk Strive for excellence, not perfection Have realistic goals Look at the stars Say hello to a stranger Keep a journal

Learn to relax Doodle Visualize a peaceful scene Encourage others Meditate Think positively Exercise Plant a garden

Drive a different route to work Eat a meal by candlelight Stretch your limits Reward yourself Be kind Go out to lunch Clean a closet Talk less and listen more Get a massage

Watch a movie and eat popcorn Write a letter Get enough sleep Praise others Laugh often Read a good book Give a friend a hug Be flexible Don’t sweat the small stuff Forgive and forget

Relax, take each day one at a time!

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