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Monday, April 23, 2007 Volume XV, Number 217

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Did Ya Know?... A Master Gardener will be available to answer gardening questions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. through August 10. Sponsored by the University of Missouri Extension. Call 358-2158 or stop by the Jasper County University of Missouri Extension Center in the basement of the Jasper County Courthouse.

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Musical Devotees April Program will be held Sunday, April 29th at 3:00 p.m. The Keynotes Piano Recital led by Bob Harris will be the program, to be held at the First Methodist Church, Carthage. Public Invited, light refreshments to follow the program.

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Veterans Alliance will meet Tuesday night, April 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Legion Rooms of the Memorial Hall to plan the annual Memorial Day service. Commanders and those who would like to help plan the program should attend. Also invited; American Legion, D.A.V., V.F.W., Chosen Few, Vietnam Veterans, Order of the Purple Heart, Community Band and Boy Scouts.

today's laugh

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation. - George Bernard Shaw

I get no respect. I get mail that begins, "You may already be a loser." - Rodney Dangerfield

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

Tom Franks Promoted.

T. J. Franks, a well known former Carthage boy, was in Carthage last evening and while here received a circular letter from General Freight Agent Russell, of the Frisco, notifying him that the office of district freight agent held by C. R. Gray will be abolished.

Chas. Gray has already been promoted and Mr. Franks will succeed him and although under the name of general agent, he will have supervision of the same territory the division freight agent had charge.

Mr. Franks is a justly popular young man in Carthage, having lived here for years until he was transferred to Wichita. He began railroading ten years ago as a brakeman and was soon sent to Carthage as a depot employee. Over two years ago he was promoted to traveling freight agent as C. R. Gray’s right bower, and he is thoroughly competent to assume the duties of the new position


Today's Feature

Budget Beginning.

The fiscal year 2008 budget hearings are slated to begin this evening, Monday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall. The City Council Budget/Ways and Means Committee will begin the budget process by meeting with assorted City department heads and agency directors to discuss budget requests, programs and services. According to the schedule, the meetings will include a question and answer format for discussion.

The schedule is as follows: 6:30, Overview of Fiscal 2008 Budget; 6:45, Over-60 Center; 7:00, Chamber of Commerce; 7:30, Humane Society; 7:45 Library, 8:00 break; 8:15 Convention & Visitors Bureau; 8:30, American Legion Baseball; 8:45 Girls Softball; 9:00 Youth Baseball; 9:15 Adjourn.

The Budget committee will meet two more times within this week; on Wednesday, April 25th and Thursday, April 26th. Both of those meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.

Through the budget process, the committee will determine City expenditures and revenues for the fiscal year. These meetings are open for the public to attend.

Just Jake Talkin'

This one friend a mine was familiar with the part of the country I grew up in and mentioned on occasion that his dad had a friend he visited from there.

Come ta find out, the friend of the dad coached in the high school I attended. I not only learned a little football, basketball, and track from this fella, I also worked for him doin’ odd jobs durin’ a summer. On top a that, this friend’s mother, Mrs. Jones, was my first grade teacher.

Now I’m guessin’ both myself and the coach are wonderin’ what the conversations are in the friend’s family. As far as I can remember we don’t have any dark secrets ta worry about. Now the guy that replaced this coach my senior year, that’s a whole different story.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Oldies & Oddities Mall

This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta

Driveway Oil Stains? Just Dust and Brush

Q: I read your article on removing oil stains from brick pavers. I don’t know if my solution will solve the problem on brick, but I know it works great on concrete.

Simply dust ready-mix dry concrete over the oil spot. Let it set for a few minutes (or even hours), and sweep up with a sturdy broom. Don’t vacuum -- let the bristles do the work and scrub up the excess concrete powder.

My brother was a mechanic, and this is how they cleaned up the shop. At his suggestion I tried this method, and the concrete came back good as new. Just remember to use the ready-mix concrete powder, with no rocks. -- Callie F., Brighton, Tenn.

A: Many thanks for a fantastic suggestion! Ready-mix concrete will absorb oil even if it is an older stain, since the powder can get into the pores easily, and it can be swept away quickly. This might also be a solution for brick -- since the material is also porous -- although the color difference between dry concrete powder and some types of brick might be an issue. Test the powder in an inconspicuous spot before applying to larger stains.

Older oil stains can be extremely difficult to remove completely, so it’s important to check the driveway regularly for fresh drips. Sop them up quickly with an old rag. The remaining stain should be rinsed away before it dries; if it doesn’t dissipate with prompt treatment, let the driveway dry out and try the dry concrete method.

Come to think of it -- with summer on the way and with potential water restrictions in some areas -- using dry concrete powder is a good alternative to pressure-washing driveway spots.

HOME TIP: Newly installed concrete should be treated with a concrete sealer, which provides some protection from stains and water damage.

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