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Thursday, December 8, 2005 Volume XIV, Number 121

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Signature Quartet will "come home" for their 2nd annual Holiday Banquet on Saturday December 10 at the First Christian Church Lighthouse Banquet Hall. The Signature Quartet will present an evening of Christmas classics and favorites for area fans. For more information and tickets call 417-388-1961.

Did Ya Know?... The Salvation Army, 125 E. Fairview, Carthage, announces that Christmas Basket application process will be ending on Dec. 9, 2005. Applications will be taken daily Mon. through Fri. For more info call Captain Everling or Bess Wilkes at 417-358-2262.

Did Ya Know?... A blood drive will be held in the Grace Episcopal Church, 820 Howard, Carthage on Thursday, December 15 from 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, December 16 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Please bring your photo ID.

today's laugh

Every morning, I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work. - Robert Orben

Have you heard about the dermatologist who started his business from scratch?

The guy who founded Winchell’s Donuts has died. He went peacefully. His eyes just sort of glazed over. - Jay Leno

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

New Money Order Form.

Postoffice Department Puts an End to a Scheme to Defraud.

Under a new ruling of the postoffice department each day is expected to bring to the Carthage postoffice some of a new form of money orders.

These new form of orders are something like those in use ten or fifteen years ago, and were necessitated by the growing frauds perpetrated by those who secured orders for small amounts and afterwards raised them by a secret process. The order for the substitution of the new became effective November 15, but the supply of old money order blanks will be used by the clerks everywhere until the new ones are secured.

Of late months a plan to defraud has been generally worked all over the country. A money order for 25 cents or 30 cents would be purchases, payable to a postoffice in a distant state. Later the order would show up for payment in an entirely different place, the amount raised to $50 the name of the paying station and the payee changed. The operators would exchange the order for a small purchase of merchandise, receiving the balance in cash, and leaving the merchant to stand the loss. It was the desire to prevent such frauds and protect the merchants, the new order was designed. In appearance it is much different from the one now in use. On the left hand side is a line of figures showing the amount of the order, in dollars, but not the fractions thereof. When the order is issued it is torn off with a steel, denoting the nearest amount in even dollars to the sum named in the order. The street address of the payee is also placed on the face of the order, as an aid to identification.


Today's Feature

Public Works Monthly End Report.

The Public Works committee meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon was cancelled due to a lack of business.

The month end report for November has been completed. The report shows total construction costs for November at $14,262,553.00. According to the Public Works Department a majority of this sum can be attributed to the final phase of the current construction project at Schreiber Foods Inc. The total amount received by the department for the month including permit fees was $28,684.

This month’s construction costs were down from the October report by about 3 million. During October there was another permit issued for a different phase of the same project at Schreiber and a permit for the footings and foundations of the new McCune-Brooks Hospital Project.

Stench Report:

No Stench Reported

Just Jake Talkin'
I been noticin’ more than a few of ya with that stuffed up feelin’. Runny nose, sneezin’. I grew up hearin’ that vitamin C was the only thing that would help a cold. Then I heard that nothin’ helped a cold.

The best cure for a cold I’ve heard is plenty of prune juice. It really doesn’t cure it, but it sure makes ya afraid ta sneeze. Old timers used ta mix some whiskey with lemon and honey.

That’s prob’ly what most of those liquid cold medicines are. The only difference is ‘bout ten bucks a pint and a fancy little cup that sits on top of the bottle.

The best thing for a cold is a hot bath and crawl into a warm bed and sweat it off. Raises the body temperature and kills the virus. Other than that, all you can do is try ta make it through best ya can.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Metcalf Auto Supply
Click & Clack Talk Cars
by Tom and Ray Magliozzi

Dear Tom and Ray:

I’ve been looking around for a new car and I noticed that touch screens are becoming more common as a part of the dashboard controls. I HATE them. I think they are unsafe, and moreover, just tacky. You have to take your eyes off the road to use them, plus at night you have this bright screen screwing with your night vision. What is your opinion of this trend? By the way, I’m no Luddite - I’m a retired computer-graphics software developer, and I love gadgets. - Dan.

TOM: I couldn’t agree more, Dan. If you had been reading our column regularly instead of using it to line your bird cage, like most people do, you’d know that we’ve taken carmakers to the task for this very issue.

RAY: These touch screens, iDrives and Multi-Media Interfaces FORCE you to take your eyes off the road. What kind of moronic engineering is that?

TOM: You used to be able to adjust the heat in a car by reaching over and twisting a dial, sliding a lever or pushing a button. You could do it by feel. Radio volume? Same thing. Change the station? Reach over and give it a twist.

RAY: But with these idiotic systems, you have to drill down through several layers of hierarchical menus, each time looking at the screen to make your selection.

TOM: Automakers must figure that we’re easily impressed by lights and beeps and screens. And I guess some of us are. But using visual controls to operate basic functions is a dangerous step backward in safety.

RAY: So, if you don’t like these things, the clearest loudest message you can send is to not buy a car that requires you to use a video screen for basic, everyday functions like heating, cooling and audio.

by Greg Zyla
Sponsored by Curry Automotive

NEXTEL Cup Drivers Play Musical Chairs

Numerous major driver changes have been made official in the past month in NASCAR Nextel Cup, so let’s take a quick look at what’s up, including rumors:

Dave Blaney: Lost his ride with RCR, but is rumored to be close to signing a deal with Bill Davis Racing for next season.

Clint Bowyer: Moves up from Busch series to drive full time for RCR in the 07 Chevy.

Kurt Busch: Will drive for Penske in the No. 2 Miller car next season after being released from his contract by Jack Roush. By now everyone knows of his suspension in the final two races. Kurt has to learn he’s supposed to be a role model, not the opposite.

Jamie McMurray: Bush’s release from Roush opened the door for Jamie to hook up a year earlier with Roush to drive No. 97, thanks to Chip Ganassi releasing McMurray.

Casey Mears: Moves into the 42 car vacated by McMurray for Ganassi.

Reed Sorenson: Bush star takes over the 41 Dodge vacated by teammate Mears. Reed is for real, so watch out.

Bobby Labonte: Makes a surprise move to Petty’s 43 car after leaving Joe Gibbs and the 18 car after 11 seasons, including a championship.

J.J. Yeley: Tony Stewart protege will drive the 18 car for Gibbs full-time.

Denny Hamlin: Full-time driver for the Fed Ex No. 11 in ’06 after brilliant runs, including a pole at Phoenix. The 11 has never looked better.

Mike Bliss: Out of the Net Zero/Best Buy Chevy. Deserves a ride, as he’s better than his record indicates.

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