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Monday, December 10, 2007 Volume XVI, Number 123

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Fair Acres Family YMCA invites the public to help celebrate Sharon Croley’s retirement after 12 years of service. An open house will be held Thursday, December 13 in the game room of the Y from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Did Ya Know?... The public is invited to experience a live Nativity at the First Baptist Church in Carthage, 631 South Garrison. Free performances will be held every half hour from 6:30 to 8:30 on December 13, 14 and 15. Complimentary snacks, hot chocolate and cookies will be served between performances.

today's laugh

What’s that I smell?
That’s fertilizer.
For the land’s sake!
Yes, ma’am.

Don’t you ever take a vacation?
I can’t get away.
Why? Can’t the firm get along without you.
Quite easily. That’s what I don’t want them to find out.

You sold me this car two weeks ago?
Yes, sir.
Tell me again all you said about it then. I’m getting discouraged.

Only the wife of an aviator is glad to see her husband down and out.

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

Wants to Marry But Has No Money.

A decrepit old man named Davis, has been on the streets for a day or two trying to take a subscription with which to procure a license to marry the maiden of his choice. He says that the girl is willing but that he is a little short of cash. Contributions come slowly and the wedding seems not likely to occur for a day or two.

Stealer Stolen From.

Old man Carson was released from the county jail in this City where he served a term for stealing at Joplin. When he returned to that town to get his wagon and team which he had left with a friend named Williams, he found Williams missing and the team and wagon likewise. He acknowledged that to him it was worse to be stolen from than to steal.

Palmers perfumes are superior, lovely Christmas gifts. - Post-Evans.


Today's Feature

Prowler Followup.

New information has been received from the Carthage Police Department concerning last Thursday’s Mornin’ Mail story about prowlers on the roof of a building on the historic Carthage Square. The media release reads as follows:

"During the early morning hours of 12-05-07 officers responded to a call of individuals on the roof of 112 E. 4th on the Carthage square. Officers went up onto the roof and a 16-year old juvenile was subsequently detained for burglary and possession of a prohibited weapon. This juvenile was also wanted out of Ford County, Kansas, for burglary. Aaron J. Miller, 17, Carthage and Dakota W. Bertalotto, 17, Carthage, were also arrested for burglary. After the juvenile was transported to the Police Department he briefly escaped custody while being taken from the patrol car to the Police Department door. After a short foot pursuit he was recaptured on the Braum’s parking lot. Numerous burglaries around the Carthage square were cleared as a result of these arrests. Numerous items of stolen property were also located and returned to the owners."

Just Jake Talkin'
I learned a long time ago that one place I don’t wanna be is a passenger on a motorcycle. There is, of course a trick ta ridin’ on the passenger seat of a cycle. The trick is givin’ complete control of the vehicle over to the person doin’ the drivin’.

This is a difficult thing to do in cases, like mine, where you don’t have complete trust in the person you’re ridin’ with. That fella’s problem was that he felt as though he had complete control over external factors, such as other vehicles sharin’ a roadway.

I suppose I’d always known that this guy had little fear of losin’ his live, but it irked me more that he had no respect for my well bein’. You can bet one thing, though, until he stopped that bike, I was the best darned passenger that ever was.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Oldies & Oddities

This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta

Holiday Safety

Happy Holidays, everyone! We’ve reached the last big holiday weeks of the year, relatives are on your doorstep, and you’re already planning what to do for New Year’s Eve.

If you are hosting extended family or friends, remember just a few things to make their visit more comfortable and safe:

• Test the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the house to make sure they work.

• Open up guest rooms before visitors arrive. Make sure the heating vents are open; if the air seems a bit stale, open the windows for an hour before opening the vents. Stock extra blankets and pillows in each room.

• If you use space heaters, strictly observe safety rules. Keep the heater out of reach of children, off the floor and several feet away from clothing, blankets or curtains. Make sure the room is well-ventilated -- in fact, it’s far better to have a slight chill in a room than stuffy heat.

• Secure the gate around your fireplace so that small children can’t open it; put matches and kindling on the mantel.

• Collect all candles or lanterns and put them away while your visitors are there. If the power goes out, bring out the lanterns; otherwise, don’t tempt children.

• Designate a smoking area before the party or visit, and place at least one ashtray there.

• Cover up unused electrical outlets.

• In cold climates, keep a bag of sand or cat litter in the garage, in case the driveway and walkways ice up.

Meantime, keep your chin up, take a deep breath, and enjoy a house packed with family and friends this season!

HOME TIP: Attach an inexpensive wrench to your gas meter -- one that fits the cutoff valve. In an emergency, you’ll be able to stop gas from entering your home much more quickly.

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