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Monday, December 3, 2007 Volume XVI, Number 118

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The 35th Annual Carthage Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Carthage Technical Center’s SkillsUSA, will be held tonight, Monday, December 3rd at 7:00 p.m. The parade will begin on the corner of Chestnut and Main and proceed north on Main, circle the Carthage Square. Grand marshal for the parade is Neel Baucom.

Did Ya Know?... Red Oak II will hold a benefit for the Carthage Crisis Center on Saturday, December 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas caroling, Bonfire, Hayride, cider and cookies. Participants are requested to dress warmly, and to bring canned goods and/or donations for the Crisis Center. North of old Rt. 66, E. of Carthage on Kafir Rd. between CR 120 and 130

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Historic Preservation will present a Holiday historic Tour, "Upstairs Downtown" on Saturday, December 8, from 10:00am -3:00pm. Tickets are $10 each advance purchase, $12 each the day of the tour. For more information, call Judy Hill at 417-358-9688, Karen Herzog 237-0723 or Judy Goff 358-8875.

today's laugh

Another who may be said to have his ups and downs is the unfortunate chap who happens to get an aisle seat at a movie.

Where’d ya get that lantern?
I found it.
Right at the edge of a big ditch.

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

Doesn’t Want to Be a Hero.

This choice child story emanates from the Carthage schools.

A school teacher strove to impress on her little pupils the importance of the word heroism, and asked for the names of heroes. The names of Washington, Lincoln, and McKinley were readily forthcoming, and some one mentioned little Carl Johnson who lost his life trying to save Della Dreamer from drowning in Spring river. Then one little boy heretofore silent chirped: "Miss X—, I’m a hero. I saved a boy from gettin’ licked in a fight once. I just kept pushin’ him on home and got him out of the fight, but they hit me on the head with a rock, and—and," he concluded, spoiling it all, "and I don’t want to be a hero any more, either."

A pretty water spaniel was humiliated this afternoon by chasing across the east side of the square with a tin can dangling to its tail.


Today's Feature

Comprehensive Plan Workshop.

A Community Workshop for the City of Carthage Comprehensive Plan will be held on December 6, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carthage Memorial Hall, 407 S. Garrison Avenue. The City has invited all interested citizens to attend this third session which will help determine the direction of future growth.

A news release from the City reads as follows:

"Come join other interested citizens in an exercise to visualize the future development of the City through an interactive mapping workshop. There are many ways for the City to grow, and assessing citizen input and preferences is an important part of this planning process that the City encourages. Participants will aid significantly in this process. Participants will be divided into small groups to discuss growth issues and lay out ideas. If you are interested in the future development of the City, you should attend this meeting. Your input is important. All the public is encouraged to attend. For additional information, contact Tom Short at 237-7003 or e-mail us at"

Just Jake Talkin'
If ya need to get into the Christmas spirit, a good start is showin’ up at the annual Christmas Parade this evenin’. Looks like a good one. Nothin’ like gettin’ bundled up and seein’ the enthusiasm of folks on a float.

It’ll also give ya a chance to do a little window shoppin’ on the Square. Ya might be surprised at the variety of goods that are available right here in Carthage.

Shoppin’ the internet may be easy, but it’s hard ta beat havin’ an honestly interested shop keeper helpin’ ya find that special gift. ‘Sides there are more than a few items that feature the charm of your home town.

The Square is pretty well filled up with shops this year. Might surprise ya some.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Oldies & Oddities Mall

This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta

Prepping Your Home’s Heating System

Q: Last year, you published a list of steps to ready a home heating system for the winter. Can you print that list again? -- Norma S., Birmingham, Ala.

A: Sure. A little maintenance of your home heating system goes a long way in terms of efficiency and the lifespan of the unit, so taking these few steps at the beginning of the heating season will save you money in the long run.

Forced-air systems generally run on oil or natural gas, though some are all-electric. They work by heating air in a furnace chamber and then distributing it throughout the house via a blower or fan and an air-duct system. Maintaining this kind of system is as simple as keeping certain parts dust and debris-free. At the start of the season, do the following:

• Clean the blower/fan by turning the unit off completely, opening the fan compartment (through an access door, or by removing the nearest furnace panel) and cleaning the fan blades with a bottle brush. Vacuum the compartment if possible.

• Inspect the fan belt on the blower motor, if the unit has one. Replace a worn belt. If the belt gives more than 1/3 inch when pressed, tighten or loosen the bolt to increase tension.

• Lubricate the blower motor, unless the unit is self-lubricating. Non-self-lubricating motors have oil ports at one or both ends; squirt four to six drops of SAE 10W30 oil into the ports.

• Inspect all visible air ducts, checking for visible damage and loose connections. Patch or replace damaged sections.

• Remove the grill covers from air registers and vacuum the interior to remove household dust.

• Most importantly, change the air filter. This should be done every month during the season to minimize dust and allergens entering your home’s living spaces.

In addition to this seasonal maintenance, a system check by a professional service should be done about every two years, or annually if you cannot access the blower compartment.

HOME TIP: Insulate exposed ductwork, such as that in crawlspaces, to improve heating efficiency and save money.

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