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Monday, December 31, 2007 Volume XVI, Number
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?... 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?... 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
Whats the date today?
I dont know. Why dont you look at the
newspaper you have in your pocket?
That wont do any good. Its
My feet are cold.
Well, all you have to do is go to bed and have a
brick at your feet.
I tried that.
Did you get the brick hot?
Get it hot? It took all night just to get it
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
The newspaper is in
receipt of a letter from John Lee, written from the jail
at Columbus, Kansas, in which he refers with great
satisfaction to the pardon of his brother, Charlie Lee,
from the penitentiary.
Concerning himself he
adds: "On the night of the 18th inst., I was
forcibly kidnapped from Joplin and brought into Kansas to
answer to the charge of stealing a broken pistol out of
the Galena Times office. I am under a $500 bond, which I
cannot fill. My kidnappers had no requisition papers. I
received personal injuries while struggling with my
kidnappers. If anyone doubts my statement let him
investigate the matter for himself and verify its
Four hoboes were last
night given a lodging in the City holdover in return for
carrying in a box of coal. On of them wore a swallow
tailed coat, pantaloons and stiff hat to match, an
immediate shirt and standing collar and gold eye glasses.
Library Budget Adjustment.
Council met Thursday evening and heard the first
reading of an ordinance that would amend the
Citys Capital and Operating Budget. The
ordinance would appropriate an additional $27,250
to the Carthage Public Library from the Parks and
approved by the City in June appropriated the
same amount to the Library, which was half of the
requested amount. During the Budget hearings the
Library board requested an increased amount over
the previous year due to increase in operation
expenses following the construction of the
addition to the Library. The $54,500 request was
based on projections, and the Budget committee
approved half of the requested amount, with the
understanding that the Library board could return
after six months of operation to request the
other half if it was needed.
approved an ordinance approving the settlement
agreement with US Cellular, an ordinance
approving the vacation of 17 feet of right of way
on Buena Vista, and an ordinance approving the
comprehensive tree inventory for the City.
This is the time a year when all those pennies ya
paid in sales tax start ta be counted up for the
year end totals. This is when the old "shop
at home" sayin really starts ta make
some sense for everone.
Since close to a fourth of the
Citys income comes from sales tax, it is a
critical component of the annual budget.
Jasper County is even more
dependent on Sales tax. Close to $3 million goes
to keep the County roads up to par.
Due to the volatile nature of
that income stream, countin on sales tax is
a little risky. The up side of course is that
folks livin outside of the particular area
help support the local government when they do
their shoppin. Spendin all you can
locally helps ta maintain the quality of life
weve grown accustom to.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Oldies & Oddities
This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta
Q: The ceiling in
my hallway is showing water stains in two places.
Why are these stains appearing there, well below
the roof? -- Boyd L., Springfield, Mass.
A: Detecting the
source of the leak may take a little work, but if
there is no sign of water leaking into the attic,
the next likely explanation is that a pipe is
leaking near or above the hallway ceiling.
If you cannot
access the pipe run in that area to check it,
youll need to contact a plumber, who may
have to break through a wall (or even the ceiling
itself) to repair the leak. However, its
much better to find and solve the problem as fast
as possible, rather than risk thousands of
dollars in water damage down the road.
Make sure the
plumber is licensed in your state and bonded, and
get all estimates in writing -- insist that you
approve all work before its performed.
Invasive repairs -- like removing wallboard to
get to the pipes behind it -- should be made to
match as closely as possible to the original
Q: In one of your
columns you recommended a product called
"Lemi-Shine" that would clean hard
water stains from windows. I looked for it at my
local Wal-Mart, but they do not carry it. I
dont have access to a computer so I
cant go to its Web site. Would you have a
mailing address for them instead? Thank you. --
Joan K., Brick, N.J.
manufacturer of Lemi-Shine is Envirocon
Technologies, Inc. You can write to the company
at the following address:
P.O. Box 4444
Midland, TX 79704
You can also call
HOME TIP: Leaky
ceiling? Poke a small hole in the center of the
water-stained area to let excess water drain and
prevent additional damage.
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