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Wednesday, August 29, 2007 Volume XVI, Number
Did Ya Know?... The
Friends of the Carthage Public Library will hold
its monthly used booksale on Saturday, September
1 from 8 a.m. until noon in the Library Annex,
510 S. Garrison Ave., Carthage.
Did Ya Know?... Cruise
the Square on the first Saturday of the month,
September 1 at 6:00 p.m. on the historic Carthage
square. All vehicles and bikes welcome. Carthage
Deli will be open late.
Did Ya Know?... The City
of Carthage will be spraying for mosquitoes
through Friday, August 31st. Areas will be
sprayed in the evening of the day of regular
trash pickup, between the hours of 8 p.m. and
midnight. It is recommended that citizens turn
off window and attic fans when the sprayer is in
the immediate area.
I went to Vegas recently. I
lost my car, my watch, my money. I lost
everything but my good luck charm.
A young composer says to a
music critic, "Whats your opinion of
The critic answers, "I
believe it will be performed long after composers
like Bach and Beethoven are forgotten."
"Yes, indeed, and not a
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Only Pen and Ink.
A Letter from E.B.
Jacobs, Cashier at the First National Bank.
A few months ago a
customer paid a laborer by check written with a lead
pencil, which was duly paid. When our customers
book was posted and checks returned the following months
he discovered that the check referred to had been raised
$10. The check on its face showed no change or alteration
but by placing it under a glass, the surface showed a
faint trace of a rubber eraser. The loss was not ours, as
under the law, a bank is not liable for a fraud,
occasioned and made possible by the carelessness of the
drawer of the check and his failure to employ the usual
safe guards which prudence and custom would dictate. Our
customer was incensed at this fraud, but did not know the
perpetrator; I did. He was a young man with a wife and
children - the penalty was the penitentiary. I gave our
customer $10 after reading him a lecture on "lead
pencil checks," and told him I could get it
straightened out. I saw the young man in a day or so,
who, after the usual denials, admitted "getting $10
too much," but his family needed it and he had
intended to "make it good." He paid me the
money the following Saturday, the check was destroyed in
his presence, and he is now taking care of his wife and
babies instead of being in the penitentiary.
While not excusing his
weakness, I do say that the temptation to be dishonest
would not have been presented had that check been
properly drawn. USE PEN AND INK WHENEVER POSSIBLE. Never
use a lead pencil except in drawing a check to yourself
at the bank, AND DONT USE IT THEN.
The United States
Government will accept only pen and ink signatures on its
vouchers. Pension checks and post office money orders
will not be paid unless endorsed or signed with pen and
ink; even indelible pencils are barred. Do not write a
check with a common lead pencil.
World Series Thursday.
Chamber is hosting a unique opportunity for
member businesses to showcase their goods. The
first-ever Small Business World Series will be
held on Thursday, August 30 from 4 p.m.to 7 p.m.
at the historic Rock Stadium, located inside
Municipal Park. The event is free and open to the
objective for this event was to provide an
opportunity for member businesses to promote
goods and services to the general public in an
unusual fashion at an unconventional
location," said John Bode, Chamber
Perhaps the most
unique detail of the event is the fact that every
participant must bring a tailgate to set-up their
exhibit. Meaning participating businesses will be
utilizing a truck bed, van, SUV or car trunk in
their expo display.
"We do get a
few questions regarding that requirement, but so
far no one has refused," said Debra
Schow-Smith, Director of Member Services.
"We didnt want to have to haul out
dozens of tables for participants to set-up
displays, so the committee got creative. The end
result is what you will see on the 30th."
Other details of
the event that are causing some excitement are
the awards. The Chamber will host three
competitions among participants, one of which
will be voted upon by the public. Among the
competitions will be a Most Team Spirited, in
which participants will be judged by
the Senior High Cheerleading Squad on their cheer
abilities; a Best Tailgate Exhibit decided upon
by the committee; and a Most Valuable Player
(Participant) that will be determined by a vote
of the public.
appearance by Louie, the Springfield Cardinals
mascot is planned and the high school athletic
department is working on setting-up
tailgate-style concessions as a fundraiser. Door
prizes and giveaways for the public will help
round-out the event.
be provided through GoldN Stars Karaoke
with The Gadget Guy, KSN reporter Brad Douglas,
acting as guest emcee.
participating include: Arvest Bank, Burggraf
Discount Tires and Wheels, The Title Place,
Curves, Missouri Career Center, PILR Technology
Services, UMB Bank, A Little More Pizzazz,
Carthage Area United Way, Carthage Chamber of
Commerce, Carthage Water & Electric Plant,
Carthage Press, FCS Financial, Girl Scout Council
of the Ozark Area, Hometown Bank, The Joplin
Globe, Ks Jewelry & Gifts,
McCune-Brooks Hospital, Sign Designs,
SportsWorld, Southwest Missouri Bank, and US
information call: Carthage Chamber at (417)
I may have mentioned it before, but with the
popularity of Nascar and the Iron Man
competitions Id really like to see a
combination of the two. Row boat racin.
It could use the traditional circle
track configuration, only water, like a moat.
Its such a simple idea, Im surprised
no one has been promotin the idea.
Kellogg Lake would be an ideal
spot to experiment with the possibility.
The fans would show up a week
early to watch the qualification rounds. Wander
through the staging area admirin the latest
in row boat technology, tryin to pick up
ideas on how to keep their row boat bottoms in
tip top shape.
I suppose the appeal is
somewhat low-tech. Just a bunch a folks
havin a good time in Carthage.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Here's A Tip
By JoAnn Derson
out-of-season clothes in the attic, as humidity
and high temperatures can take their toll on even
the best-stored fabrics. Store them in an
out-of-the-way place inside the house.
daughters, the spending on back-to-school
clothing was getting out of hand. Finally, we sat
our girls down and laid out a budget for them --
and they are in charge of how to spend it. We
showed them how to look for sales, how to pool
funds by going in together on higher-priced items
that they really wanted and reminded them to hold
on to some of the money for things they might
want after school starts. Each girl got her own
prepaid VISA card to shop with, and I have to say
they did really well. It was easy for them to beg
for extra items when it was their parents paying,
but they kept careful track of how much they had
to spend -- and saw how quickly it goes." --
The C. Family in Washington
Keep recipes clean while
cooking or baking by slipping the card or page
into the tines of a fork. Set the fork in a tall
glass and you are in business.
"If you have
slippery stairs going into the house, try mixing
a little fine sand into an exterior paint. The
sand will give you a bit of traction, and
its unnoticeable if you get a paint that
matches your exterior." -- F.E. in Idaho
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