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Wednesday, December 26, 2007 Volume XVI,
Did Ya Know?... The
Carthage Public Library will be closed at 5:00 on
New Years Eve, Monday, December 31st and
remain closed for New Years Day.
Did Ya Know?...
Effective Monday, December 24th, Allied Waste
Services will resume residential alley pickups
for removal of garbage.
Did Ya Know?... The City
of Carthage Recycling Drop-Off Center and
Composting Lot will be closed Wednesday, December
26th in observance of Christmas.
I heard a new joke the other
day. I wonder if I told it to you?
Is it funny?
Then you havent.
What time do you go to sleep?
I used to sleep between 8 and
10 - but two of my brothers left home, so now I
sleep between 6 and 8.
Does your orchestra every play
Yes, a lot of times.
Ask them to play pinochle.
Anybody seen my vest?
Youve got it on.
Boy its a good thing you
saw it. Otherwise Id have gone home without
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
A Christmas Party.
Mr. and Mrs. John Manker
entertained the following friends on Christmas night at
their home on Orchard street. A Christmas arch of
evergreen and an oyster supper were features. Those
present were Messrs and Mesdames L.E. Smith, A.E. Allen,
Sam Menker, John Manker; Misses Nellie and Bessie Klein
of Webb City, Flora Ring, Flossie Holt, Carrie Bly,
Mattie Huffer, Oma Manker, Ina Journey and Pearl Smith.
Candy for their
Block & Bro. and W.C.
Thomas, the popular grocers, remembered each of their
customers with a Christmas box of candy. Hundreds of
pounds of the finest candies were thus sent out.
Heavy explosions in the
direction of Webb City and Carterville were heard from
Christmas eve through Christmas day. They are supposed to
have been caused by miners celebrating Christmas.
The Carthage City
Council will meet tomorrow at 7:30 in the Council
Chambers of City Hall. The meeting was changed
from its regular date due to the holidays.
Items on the
agenda include the second reading of an ordinance
approving a settlement agreement with US Cellular
and assigning a percentage of the settlement
proceeds to the Missouri Municipal League, for
their assistance in the lawsuit.
The Council is
also scheduled to hear the second reading of an
ordinance entering into an agreement with Skip
Kincaid and Associates for a comprehensive tree
inventory of all trees in City parks, and the
second reading of an ordinance authorizing the
agreement with Pam Sturgeon for the continued use
of the pavilion in Municipal Park as a skating
The City Council
last week approved a contract with J&R
Disaster Services for the cleanup of fallen
branches beginning January 2 and ending February
1. Limbs will be collected only from the City
right-of-way, directly behind the curbline. More
information will be released as it is received.
It seems like the time between Christmas and New
Years is like the times youre
takin off on a plane trip and ya try to
remember if ya turned off the coffee pot. It
leaves ya with a little uneasy feelin
thinkin ya shoulda done somethin and
ya think ya maybe did but youre just not
leaves ya with the feelin that theres
not much you can do about it either way.
Maybe its just me, but
everone seems a little edgy. Im sure
some of it is just tryin ta get over the
hubbub of Christmas. Some of its
figurin out if they really want to go to
that New Years eve party or not.
Probly its mostly
just tryin ta get through the week so
things can go back to routine.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Here's A Tip
By JoAnn Derson
Last month I asked readers to
share their holiday traditions. Here are some
"Some of my best
memories come from baking Christmas cookies. We
used to pick our favorite recipe to make with
Granny on Christmas Eve, then wed set out
those cookies for Santa. It was very special. I
still do this with my grandchildren." --
C.C. in Indiana
"This is a
tradition that I enjoyed as a child and that my
husband and I enjoy even more as parents. Growing
up, wed wake up Christmas morning with a
present at the foot of our beds. It was magical
to wake up to a part of Christmas right there in
the room. We still do this today, usually tucking
the gift we think our kids will enjoy best or are
anticipating the most at the foot of their
beds." -- T.C., via e-mail
"Hi, JoAnn. My
sister lived in Pennsylvania when we lived in
California. Every year, wed send
auntie a scrapbook of our little
girls stuff for Christmas. For
example, a letter from our daughter to her aunt,
photos, artwork, schoolwork (As, of
course), an annual interview (of favorite things,
just like she was a pop star). The scrapbooks
were fun to make, and my sister loved seeing her
niece grow. Eventually she gave them back to her.
Thanks!" -- M. Smith in Washington
"When we were kids,
we woke up very early on Christmas morning. Our
parents allowed us to get our stockings only and
bring them to our beds to open up the goodies
inside. Wed hang out in our bedroom with
the stocking stuffers until the carols came on,
which told us that it was time to come out and
open Santas presents!" -- A.J.A. in
tradition that my husbands dad started and
that we really like and plan to continue when our
son is born is Book Claus. On
Christmas Eve, everyone gets to open a book from
Book Claus. We value reading and books, and this
is one more way we can demonstrate that to our
kids. In addition, it lets kids have something to
open on Christmas Eve, which makes the wait till
the big bonanza of Christmas morning a little
easier for them." -- The Millers in Florida
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