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Thursday, December 20, 2007 Volume XVI, Number 131

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Thursday, December 20th from 11:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the Carthage Nazarene Church, 2000 Grand Street. A "Holiday Hero" t-shirt will be given to everyone who donates blood.

Did Ya Know?... Due to the recent ice storm that has caused down utility lines and tree limbs, Allied Waste Services is requesting that all residential alley pickups move their solid waste to the curb side for removal, until Monday, December 24th. For more information call the Public Works Department at 237-7010.

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 City of Carthage Recycling Drop-Off Center and Composting Lot will be closed Tuesday, December 25th and Wednesday, December 26th in observance of Christmas.

today's laugh

They tell me when I’m in the saddle I’m a part of the horse.
Yeah, but they didn’t tell you what part.

Ice water? Eat an onion that’ll make your eyes water! - Groucho Marx

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

It Will Be A Gay Week.

Miss Sibyl Hodges leaves tomorrow to spend the holidays with her Alma mater, the famous Monticello seminary at Godfrey, Ill. On Wednesday evening there will be a masquerade party and on Thursday evening a senior play in which Miss Armilda McReynolds has a prominent part. There will be a banquet and general feasting and gaiety the balance of the week.

Musical Club Meeting.

The Musical Study Club will meet with the president, Miss Brinkley this evening at her home on West Sixth street. This will take the place of the meeting postponed from last Friday night on account of the storm.

The plan of the Choral society to repeat the sacred cantata the "Holy City" tomorrow afternoon has been abandoned due to the inability to secure a church in which to give a concert.


Today's Feature

New Superintendent Named.

News release

The Carthage R-9 Board of Education announces that Dr. Blaine A. Henningsen from St. Charles, Mo. has accepted the position of Superintendent. His contract will begin July 1, 2008.

Henningsen comes to the R-9 District as Assistant Superintendent for School Accountability in the Hazelwood School District. Hazelwood educates 19,566 students, K-12, and has a district budget of $168,098,161. He has served the Hazelwood district since 1986, beginning as a Social Studies instructor in 1986.

Henningsen received his BSEd in 1977 from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., in Secondary Education, Social Studies 7-12. He has an MS in Educational Administration from Southern Illinois University, an EdS in Educational Administration and Supervision also from SIU, and his EdD in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

He has served as Past President of Hazelwood Administrative and Supervisory Association, Co-Coordinator for Hazelwood School District’s NCLB Student Transfer Program and the Hazelwood District’s NCLB Supplementary Services (SES) Tutoring Program.

Henningsen has been selected to the Missouri Association of Secondary Principals’ Leadership Round Table and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Leadership Academy. He was named Missouri Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Principal of the year in 2004.

R-9 Board of Education President, Danny Lambeth, states, "Dr. Henningsen will continue the commitment to excellence for our R-9 children, with his educational leadership experience."

Henningsen includes positive interpersonal relations, trust building and collaboration as his key strengths. "My educational mission is to help provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to become informed, self-sufficient, contributing members of our American society. To attain this goal, I will enlist the help and support of the teachers, administrators, support staff, parents, patrons and school board members in the Carthage community."

He said his focus will be student achievement, the safety and security of students and staff, parental participation, enhanced community relationships, increased accountability, expanded use of technology and hiring and supporting the best teachers.

"My life has been enriched by educators, and my professional life in education has been a good and rewarding one," stated Henningsen. "I sincerely believe that I can make a difference in the lives of the young people of Carthage because education has made a profound difference in mine."

Henningsen and his wife, Cheryl, will relocate to Carthage. They have two sons, Adam (21), attending the University of Missouri, Columbia, and Eric (17) who will enter college next fall.

"We will identify a specific time later in the school year to introduce Dr. Henningsen to the R-9 faculty, staff and Carthage Community," said Danny Lambeth, R-9 Board of Education President. "He is a dedicated professional and we look forward to his arrival next summer."

Henningsen will replace Dr. Gary Reed, who served for 8 years as the Superintendent of Carthage R-9 schools. Reed submitted his resignation to the R-9 Board of Education earlier this year on Monday, September 17th.

Just Jake Talkin'
One a the traits my uncle looked for in a workin’ quarter horse was the fact that the animal kept its head down close to the ground. Now ta some that might appear to be a lazy type appearance, indicatin’ that the beast had no spirit or intelligence. For the cowpokes travelin’ cross the plains, with its prairie dog holes and rocks and such, the idea of the horse keepin’ a close eye on the trail was appealin’. It also kept the horse’s eyes protected while stumblin’ through the scrub oak lookin’ for those stray calfs.

The last thing ya wanted was some high steppin’, show-off pony prancin’ around stirrin’ up a racket when you were tryin’ to sneak up on that last unbranded doggie. Cowpunchers understand the value of a steady, focused, well-disciplined work horse.

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 car-knowledge-challenged son lives in North Conway, N.H. His job is about 300 yards from his apartment. Instead of walking, he starts his car every day and drives the three minutes to work. I told him that this is bad for his new Subaru Impreza. He insists that it is better to start the car every day than to let it sit in the cold weather. Please help me educate this ingrate who does not appreciate his father’s vast knowledge. - Barney

TOM: I feel your pain, Barney. Sure, it’s not good for a car to drive 300 yards a day, or even 600 yards, if you count the round trip. When you do that, several things happen.

RAY: First, the car runs inefficiently until it’s fully warmed up. When it’s warming up, extra gasoline is being sent into the cylinders. But not all of that gas gets combusted. So some of it sneaks down past the rings and dilutes the oil.

TOM: Gasoline is not as good a lubricant as oil. Trust me. I’ve tried it in my brother’s car.

RAY: The other problem is that the exhaust is full of moisture. Actually, it’s always full of moisture. But it’s only when the exhaust system reaches its full operating temperature that the system can evaporate that moisture and expel it.

TOM: While he can help the engine a little by driving it more extensively on weekends and getting everything up to full operating temperature to expel the moisture and gasoline from the crankcase, he can’t reverse the damage he’ll be doing all week. And, there’s no harm in letting it sit during the week.

RAY: Of course, cars exist for our pleasure and convenience. And if he wants to spend the money on more-frequent oil changes and exhaust systems, that’s his prerogative, isn’t it, Barney? It certainly keeps us in business.

TOM; But if he is concerned about the cost and longevity of the car, then you’re absolutely right, Barney. He should walk.

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