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Thursday, December 13, 2007 Volume XVI,
Did Ya Know?... The
Carthage Crisis Center will hold a Christmas Day
family Dinner on Tuesday, December 25 from 1 to 3
p.m. in the First United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall. Those who would like to
volunteer to help are asked to call Marilyn
Bisbee at 417-358-3533.
Did Ya Know?... The Fair
Acres Family YMCA invites the public to help
celebrate Sharon Croleys 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.
Never break your bread or roll
in your soup.
Only chew tobacco when you wear
a brown suit.
Never take a gentlemans
hat and coat - while he is looking.
A bird in the hand is bad table
Never drink on an empty wallet.
Never eat mashed potatoes with
your hands. Use a knife.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Killed a Deer With a
A curious hunting story
has been circulating about a boy from Taney county who
killed a deer with a marble. True, the marble was shot
from a gun, but still the occurrence may be ranked among
the most unusual of hunting events. The lad was out in
the woods hunting and had exhausted his supply of shot.
He had put into his muzzle loader, a single barrel gun of
the old pattern, a charge of powder, when he discovered
that his shot pouch was empty. The boy had in his pocket
a marble which he used as a "taw" in playing
the common game.
The marble exactly fitted
the muzzle of his gun, and hardly thinking what might
result from the experiment, the young hunter dropped the
"taw" down on the wadding covering the powder.
On his way home the boy
came upon a deer, which at close range stopped and
challenged his aim. The adventurous chap leveled his gun,
pulled the trigger, and brought down the game.
The Carthage City
Council met Tuesday evening in a regular session.
Carthage Water and Electric Plant General Manager
Bob Williams was present at the meeting and gave
a brief update on the plants ongoing effort
to restore power to Carthage citizens.
the priorities for CW&EP in restoring power
as follows: The feeders, which supply power to
thousands of homes, are the first priority; the
tap feeds, which supply power to hundreds of
homes, are the second priority; power lines at
individual homes are the third priority.
Williams said that
since Sunday, the CW&EP crews have restored
power to 4 feeders, which supplied power to 50 or
60 percent of the City. Now the crews are in a
position to begin working on individual homes,
according to Williams. Assistance is being
received by crew members from Springfield,
members of the Missouri Utilities Association.
Williams said that Carthage utility crews have
previously offered assistance in other Cities as
a part of the Association.
It was noted that
some instances of power failure at citizens
homes requires the work of a licensed
electrician. Williams said that the lines from
the weather head down to the homes are the
responsibility of the property owner, not
CW&EP. If damage has occurred to that area,
citizens must call an electrician to reconnect
those wires prior to having power reconnected by
The Council heard
other updates from staff members concerning
post-storm cleanup efforts. City Administrator
Tom Short said that the City is working with DNR
in an attempt to allow curbside pickup of
branches, but that nothing had been confirmed
yet. Short said that media releases would be
issued as soon as the City had definite
Fire Chief John
Cooper noted that Fairview Christian Church has
been established by the Red Cross as an emergency
shelter for those in need of shelter.
A report was
received by the Mornin Mail on
Wedensday afternoon concerning a possible scam
involving M.G. Electrical, a company that has
been operating in Carthage. A representative from
Carthage Water & Electric Plant clarified
that the CW&EP is not affiliated in any way
with the company, nor have they been authorized
by the Plant.
A release recieved
from CW&EP says, "... an individual
impersonating as a company hired by CW&EP to
work ahead of line crews may be attempting to
scam citizens stating that their utility service
might be disconnected if fees arent paid to
As of Wednesday
afternoon the Carthage Police Department and
CW&EP were seeking more information in the
I grew up round
folks that were always tinkerin. Onea my
uncles put together a "mud bogger" back
in the twenties. My granddad hauled mail through
the back roads and when it rained, he usually got
the kids and spent all day just tryin ta
get where he was goin.
These folks didnt think
much bout sellin their inventions,
they just needed somethin done and would
try to figure out a way to make it happen.
I got a friend thats a
tinkerer. When it gets cold hell put an
electric heater in his car and run an extension
cord in the house. When he gets up in the
mornin he plugs in the cord, and by the
time he makes it to the car its toasty
warm. Oh, sure, he could just pull the car in the
garage, but then where would he put all the stuff
he tinkers 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 Ford diesel has a warning
about not overfilling the fuel tank. Precisely
what would happen if you did this? Would damage
to the engine or other systems occur? Most of us
tend to "double-click" the
automatic-shutoff fuel nozzle after it stops. Is
this too much? Does this adversely affect
performance? - Ray
TOM: I dont think it has
any effect on your trucks performance, Ray.
But it might affect the performance of your
pants. If you spill diesel fuel on them, they
probably wont last long. Plus, with that
smell on your clothes, youll never get a
RAY: In gasoline-powered cars,
youre not supposed to overfill your tank
because the excess gasoline can enter the
charcoal canister thats part of the
emissions system and render it ineffective. But I
cant remember ever seeing a diesel with an
evaporative emissions system.
TOM: So Im guessing that
they want to prevent you from sending diesel fuel
out through the overflow vent of the fuel tank.
For obvious reasons, nobody wants to see diesel
fuel spilled, nor do you want to pay for fuel
thats on the ground under your truck.
RAY: So for all kinds of cars,
its best to trust the fuel pump. When it
clicks off, thats it.
TOM: Right. If you top it off
every time you refuel, you might save yourself
one extra trip to the gas station during the
course of your lifetime. Thats hardly worth
RAY: But youll be likely
to spill some fuel or ruin your emissions system
at some point. Or a perfectly good pair of
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