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Wednesday, December 5, 2007 Volume XVI, Number 120

did ya know?

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.

Did Ya Know?... A community workshop for the City of Carthage Comprehensive Plan will be held December 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carthage Memorial Hall, 407 S. Garrison. The City invites all interested citizens to attend and provide input which will help determine the direction of future growth of the City.

today's laugh

A scientist taught his dog to go for food when he heard the bell. One day, the dog ate a door-to-door salesman.

In the United States, we spend $50 billion a year on health. That could explain all the healthy doctors.

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

Beaten by Their Own Testimony.

Mrs. Nancy E. Burch, through her attorney Chas. E. Burch, brought suit in Justice Woodward’s court yesterday afternoon to compel Mrs. Rosetta Ballard to pay higher rent and yield possession of the house on Garrison avenue belonging to plaintiff, which she now occupies.

Mrs. Ballard, through her attorneys Dryden & Bailey, claimed that the rent was only to be raised when certain improvements had been made upon the property; that she had tendered the usual rent which she refused; and that she was not legally notified to vacate.

The only witnesses examined were C.E. Burch and his father, John W. Burch, who by their conflicting testimony admitted all that the defense claimed and the suit was dismissed at their expense.

Money to loan in any amount on Carthage or farm property; interest low, terms easy. E.S. Williams, north side square.


Today's Feature

VFW Auxiliary Donates Toys.

Members of the Carthage VFW Women’s Auxiliary met with Lavern Williams of the Carthage Police Department yesterday afternoon. They presented nearly 150 gifts that will be distributed during the annual Carthage Police Department Christmas Party later this month. The gifts were donated by Auxiliary members of the 7th district.


Christmas Parade Winners.

The 35th Annual Carthage Christmas Parade was held on Monday evening. The weather was fair and a large crowd was present around the historic Carthage square to attend the event.

Winners for the entry competition are as follows: Best Senior High Band, Joplin High School; Best Junior High Band, South Middle School, Joplin; Adult Division, Christian Motorcyclist Association, Carthage; Vintage Classic Auto, Don Going, 1930 Chevy Pickup; Business & Commercial, Carthage Health & Rehabilitation; Church, Oakton United Methodist Church; Horse & Rider, Ozark Saddle Club; Specialty Division, Mirza Big Wheels, Ft. Scott; Twirlers, Ovation Dance Studio; Youth Division, Fairview Elementary EL Department; Mayor’s Choice, Carthage Health & Rehabilitation; Director’s Choice, Carthage Health & Rehabilitation; Best Use of Lights, Victory Academy. The Carthage Christmas Parade is sponsored by the Carthage Technical Center’s SkillsUSA.

Just Jake Talkin'

Ya see a lot of books ‘bout trainin’ animals to be house broke. Different methods that don’t offend the pet and coax the animal into doin’ what ya want it to do, where ya want it to do it.

I suppose these theories have been thoroughly tested and may have even proven to be successful. But I still bet they aren’t any more effective than gettin’ a good nose rubbin’ in it ever now and then.

The one problem that a lot of folks have with the nose rubbin’ philosophy is that sooner or later the pet is gonna want to be forgiven for their misdeed and want ta put a friendly lickin’ on ya.

First thing ya gotta learn in the nose rubbin’ business is that ya don’t want to get too familiar with a pet ‘till it’s been housebroke for a couple a months.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail

Here's A Tip
By JoAnn Derson

• On sale in December: Candles, after-holiday sales on decorations and gift wrap. Also, smart shoppers are on the lookout for loss leaders -- items that are marked below cost in order to get you into the store to buy higher-priced items. If you have the willpower, you can save a bunch of money in December.

• "Whenever I have overnight guests for the holidays, I get a lot of compliments on the small touches I make for them, such as a mini coffeemaker in the room, and a guest basket with toiletries and such. But the one thing that every single person raves about is the white-noise machine by the bed. It’s essential for me, and my guests just love it!" -- Happy Hanukkah from Florida

• "If you have a picture frame that just won’t stay straight, cut the eraser tip off a pencil and glue the flat (not the domed) side to the back of your frame at the bottom. Use one on either corner for stubborn frames. Then re-hang. The erasers keep the frame from slipping to either side. It works great." -- R.I. in California

• "We make a large poster-board tracker for holiday events and appointments. We hang it on the inside of the front door. It’s basically a large monthly calendar, but it helps the whole family stay on the same page about our schedule, and having it right at the door forces us all to look at it many times a day." -- B.T. in Oregon

• If you have a table that’s wobbly because of an uneven leg, and you are a wine drinker, you are in luck. Take one wine cork, cut it in small slices and glue the slices to the uneven leg until the table no longer wobbles. Easy!

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