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published every weekday except major holidays
Thursday, December 27, 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?... A New
Years Eve Dance will be held at the VFW
Post 2590 in Carthage, Monday, December 31 from 8
p.m. to 1 a.m. Couples $25, Singles $15, In
Advance, $22 - $12. Entertainment by the Highway
Did Ya Know?... Curbside
cleanup of fallen branches will begin January 2
and end February 1. Limbs will be collected only
from the City right-of-way, directly behind the
curb line. No collections will be made from
When did bustles go out of
The year revolving doors were invented.
Can I help you, sir?
I want a hat.
No, for me.
Say, you look swell. Who does
Nobody. I tear the buttons off myself.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Traveling From Carthage
Bert Clark is here to
remain over Sunday recuperating from a bad cold. He will
make this his headquarters for a month or more while he
sells shoes to dealers in adjacent territory. His wife is
expected to arrive her from St. Louis this evening to
visit here for a month or so.
Returned Today from the
Mr. G.A. Rose of Rose
Mercantile Co., returned this morning from the east. Mr.
Rose tells us of a great purchase at forced sale. Also
form the fire underwriters - one of five thousand dollars
in merchandise. Mr. Rose is thoroughly enthused over the
big deal. The first or middle of next week, the Rose
Company will offer this stock for sale. Several cases
If you want a stylish hat
made to order, leave your order with Misses Kauth &
Mathis, north side of the square.
A General Election
will be held on April 8, 2008 to elect
representatives for the 5 wards of the City
Council. Filing was opened to candidates on
December 18th. Two candidates, Timothy Teed and
Ronnie Wells, have already filed to run for 2nd
The final date for
candidates to file in City Hall will be January
One member from
each of the five wards will be elected to serve a
two year term. The Council members currently
holding those positions are as follows: 1st Ward,
Claude Newport; 2nd Ward, Mike Harris; 3rd Ward,
Cyndi Curry; 4th Ward, Bill Johnson; 5th Ward,
nomination of candidates are available in the
Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 326 Grant,
Carthage, Missouri. Applications should be
accompanied by submitting $25.00 or a petition
with 25 signatures from registered voters from
the ward represented.
for candidates are allowed by City code provided
that they are not posted more than 60 days before
the election, February 8.
One of the big decisions after the holidays is
whether to carefully put away those miniature
Christmas lights. At the after-Christmas price of
a couple a bucks for a string of a hunderd or so,
the hours needed to pack them away may not make
much sense to some. Ive seen real trees
before that have been pitched out with the lights
still on em. Folks with fake trees have ta
take em off just ta get the trees apart, so
for them it might be worthwhile ta just wind
em up and stick em in the box too.
I guess all those things that were gonna
get done "after the holidays" have ta
be addressed now too. The list has been
growin since fore Thanksgivin.
Im not sure how big a list Ive put
together. Like many, I think makin the list
was one a those things supposed to be on the
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Metcalf Auto Supply
Click & Clack Talk Cars
By Tom & Ray Magliozzi
Dear Tom and Ray:
I have a 1986 Volvo 740 GLE
wagon. I had the exhaust system replaced from the
catalytic converter two years ago, at a cost of
$486.41. Last week, I took it in to have the
timing belt changed, and when I picked it up, it
sounded like a hot rod. When I complained, they
showed me the rusted-out exhaust system and said
it would need to be replaced again. What caused
it to rust through so fast? I drive the car
almost every day and park it in the street, so it
is exposed to the range of New England weather.
Is getting a warranty worth it? Thanks so much! -
RAY: Well, its not
unusual for after-market, replacement exhaust
systems to last about two years. Especially in
areas of the country where theyre exposed
to rain, snow and salt.
TOM: Particularly if the car
makes a lot of short trips. On short drives, the
exhaust system never heats up enough to vaporize
the moisture produced by the engine. So the
moisture sits and turns your system to rust.
RAY: Theres really
nothing the mechanic could have done while
replacing your timing belt that could have
damaged the exhaust system. Not unless he was
rushing to the coffee truck, took a shortcut
under your car and bonked his head on the thing
while moving at full speed.
TOM: A warranty is fine. But
understand that most warranties cover just the
muffler. So, the next time your exhaust system
fails, if youre even lucky enough to (A)
still have the car, (B) remember that you got a
warranty, and (C) remember where you put the
paperwork, youll still have to pay for the
gaskets and connectors, as well as the labor.
RAY: Muffler warranties
typically are more marketing devices than
consumer protection devices. But if they give it
to you for free, put it in your glove
compartment, try to remember it and hope that it
saves you a few bucks off your exhaust bill in
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