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Thursday, August 9, 2007 Volume XVI, Number
Did Ya Know?... The
American Legion Post 9 and Disabled American
Veterns Chapter 41 will hold a rummage sale on
Saturday, August 11 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
Sunday, August 12 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the
Carthage Memorial Hall. Proceeds help support
local veterans as well as the MO Veterans Home in
Did Ya Know?... Carthage
Lodge No. 197, A.F. and A.M. will hold a regular
meeting Thursday, August 9, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.
(dinner and fellowship at 6:30 p.m. in the
Criterion Lodge #586 A.F. & A.M. in Alba, MO.
to elect officers for 2007-2008. All area
Freemasons are invited to attend.
Did Ya Know?... Spare
Cat Rescue will help pay for the spay or neuter
of your cat. Call for details. 417-358-6808.
I solved my problem of too many
visiting relatives. I borrow money from the rich
ones and lend it to the poor ones. Now none of
them come back.
After a long wait, the customer
looks askance at the waiter, who walks over and
says, "Sir, Ill have your fish out in
The customer says, "Meanwhile, just tell me
what bait youre using."
A person has the right to
disagree with you. If he wants to hold on to his
dumb opinions, let him!
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
A Narrow Escape.
Dave Ramsey, a miner at
the Dickey mines on Chatham lease at Carterville was
caught in a small drift in a cave-in this morning. He was
covered with dirt up to his shoulders and was believed
killed but was finally rescued. He was only slightly
bruised and scratched.
Course of Popular
A course of popular
lectures in the church history is to be given at the
normal school this fall by the members of the Carthage
Ministerial Alliance. The lectures will be purely
educational in character, and will cover the subject of
church history from A.D. I to the end of the Reformation.
Prof. Robinson has assigned the subjects. The lectures
will be free.
Mr. Kinkaid expects to
move soon to Asbury, where he has bought 320 acres of
prairie hay. He will bale and ship the hay to the
southern and eastern markets.
Vehicle Bids Approved.
The Public Works
Committee met Tuesday evening in a regular
session. The committee discussed with Public
Works Director Chad Wampler the bids for the
purchase of a new chipper at the Carthage
One bid was
received from Vegetation Management Supply of
Springfield in the amount of $21,000. The bid
amount includes the trade in of the current
chipper which reduced the cost from $25,000. The
City has budgeted $20,000 for the chipper but
Wampler and City Administrator Tom Short
recommended the approval of the bid, saying that
the extra $1,000 could be absorbed in the public
health budget. The committee approved the bid
presented bids for three vehicles for the Public
Works department, which included one pickup truck
and two passenger cars. The state bid for the
three vehicles was through Putnam Chevrolet, the
total being $45,321. The budgeted amount is
$47,300. The committee unanimously approved the
reports Street Commissioner Tom Shelley updated
on the status of a repair to a drainage ditch
near Mound and Parson streets. A two hundred foot
long section of the ditch wall collapsed during
the ice storms earlier this year and the Street
Department has recently been repairing it.
Shelley said that the department was almost
finished with the repairs which included extra
reinforcements to help prevent any future risk of
Shelley also spoke
to the committee about parking lot repairs at
Kellogg Lake, another area which was also damaged
during the floods this year. The Public Services
committee had on Monday discussed the possibility
of having the Street Department do the repairs,
instead of bidding out the job. Shelley
recommended doing the job in-house as well. The
committee approved a motion to allow the
expenditures required to complete the job from
the Street Department budget, to be repaid by the
Council Contingency fund.
My family had its roots in small farmin
communities. Bout everone in such
surroundins are independent cusses. They
put up with the rigors of small farm livin
mainly cause they like workin without
bein told what to do. But most also have a
strong sense of knowin when a neighbor
could use a helpin hand.
Theres nothin draws a bunch
a isolated farmers together like the appearance
of smoke on the horizon. Anyone able to get to
the site of the fire will join the fire
fightin crew. And theyll usually get
it under control in short order. They all know it
might be their place that catches the next spark.
Course helpin put
out a fire automatically puts you on the list of
bein part of the community. Even if
youre too cantankerous ta be friends with.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Metcalf Auto Supply
Click & Clack Talk Cars
By Tom & Ray Magliozzi
Dear Tom and Ray:
My daughter has a uniquely
equipped 91 Toyota Corolla. It now features
a cell phone In the air-conditioning unit! The
car doesnt have louvers that direct the
air, sot he air comes through an open space on
the dash. Anyway, she suddenly slammed on the
brakes, and the cell phone, which was sitting on
the passenger seat or console, flew into the AC -
and thats where it still is. Thats
her story and shes sticking with it.
Weve gotten a lot of "mileage"
out of this story, but no solutions. Any ideas? -
TOM: Well, it was probably time
to upgrade the cell phone anyway, Fred. Im
sure theres one with more megapixels and an
optional butt-scratcher out by now.
RAY: My guess is that, despite
the story shes sticking with, she used the
air vent itself as a cell-phone holder. Its
the perfect size for that.
TOM: And then she either pushed
it in too far or stopped short, and .. down the
drain it went.
RAY: The good news is that it
wont harm the car at all. Itll just
sit there in the duct and stay cool. Itll
ring for a couple of days, but once the battery
dies, youll never know its there.
TOM: So option No. 1 is to
forget about it and replace it.
RAY: But if youre on the
retentive side, Fred, you can try to retrieve the
phone by taking apart the air duct.
TOM: Depending on which vent
the phone went into, it may be relatively easy to
access the duct. The ones on the sides are easier
than behind the center console.
RAY: If youre so
inclined, ask your mechanic to investigate. Tell
him which vent the phone entered, and ask him how
difficult it is to access. If he runs into the
mens room and locks the door, you have your
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