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Thursday, December 6, 2007 Volume XVI, Number
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
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
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.
Out with it, man. How did you
Well, sir, me mum sent me a
file concealed in a cake, and Im not sure
now whether I ate the cake and sawed me way out
with the file, or ate the file and sawed me way
out with the cake.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Reported on Chillicothe
Mrs. Harper recently
visited the industrial school for girls at Chillicothe,
and brings a very favorable report of the girls from
Carthage that were sent to that institution. Nettie
Mullins, who was a perfect outcast here, is making
splendid progress. She is growing very domestic in her
tastes and says she is determined to make a woman out of
herself. Mrs. Harper says the management and discipline
of the school is perfection.
Tuesday evening, while Mr.
and Mrs. W.C. Williams were attending a social at the
Christian church, thieves entered their residence on
north Garrison avenue and stole nearly all of Mr.
$4.00 boot, $2.50; $3.00
boot, $1.75. Good winter shoes now $1.25. Be sure to
attend our "perfect gorge" sale. Lowest prices
ever. - B.B. Allen
Approved Street Vacation.
The City Council
Public Works Committee met Tuesday afternoon in a
regular session. The committee approved a motion
to recommend to full Council the vacation of 17
feet of City right-of-way on the east side of
Buena Vista street, between Highland and Fairview
Avenues. The request was brought by RGWC
Development Group, LLC for the purpose of
erecting a privacy fence between Rollins Creek
properties and the street. The current housing in
that development abuts the property line, and the
area between the houses and the street is City
Department Director Chad Wampler told the
committee that the requestors wish to build a
privacy fence, and that it would be a City
liability if the right-of-way was not vacated.
Wampler added that Sprenkle and Associates, the
City engineer, had recommended the vacation.
representatives from RGWC Development Group LLC
were present at the meeting and told the
committee of the plans for the proposed fence,
which included in addition to the actual fencing
a gate at the entrance to each housing unit,
stamped concrete sidewalk and a yard light at
request was for a vacation from Highland to the
entrance of Rollins Creek. Wampler mentioned that
there were plans to develop 5 more houses south
of that entrance, and that a future a request
might be brought to vacate the same portion from
the entrance to Fairview. Street Commissioner Tom
Shelley recommended that the entire vacation be
completed at one time, to reduce the possibility
of street variations in the area. The committee
agreed to this and the motion to recommend the
vacation was approved.
The committee also
approved a bid for two 5 foot rotary mowers for
the Street Department. Commissioner Shelley
showed the committee 4 bids received, whose
prices ranged from $2,970 to $3,350. Shelley said
that two of the bids received did not meet the
850 pound minimum weight specifications required
for the department. Of the two mowers that did
meet the requirements, Shelley recommended the
low bid of $2,970 from Fritz Implement, Inc. of
Monett, MO for two Woods 600 Rotary Mowers. That
price includes the trade-in value of the
Departments current mowers. The budgeted
amount for the purchase was $6,400. The committee
unanimously approved a motion to accept the low
Police Department received a call shortly after
midnight on Tuesday reporting possible prowlers
on the roof of an apartment on the historic
Carthage square. Officers responded quickly to
the scene, located and detained three darkly-clad
suspects on the roof. Shortly thereafter the
Carthage Fire Department arrived in a
ladder-truck and helped the Police retrieve the
suspects from the roof. The three persons were
arrested and taken to the department for
Gettin chilly out
there. Were only about a couple weeks away
from winter startin. Also the shortest day
of the year. After that the sun will gradually
stay around a little longer each day until summer
begins in June. Then the long retreat back again.
Its kinda reassuring that
there is some reasoning behind what date marks
the beginnin of winter and summer. It musta
taken someone years (o.k., at least one year if
it wasnt cloudy) to figure out the cycle of
the sun and pinpoint the shortest and longest
periods of daylight. Its a natural
occurrence that neither man or government has any
control over. Its a rule we all have ta
live by, end of discussion.
Sometimes, tradition does stand
the test of time.
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 2003 4Runner V-6 that
easily pulled my boat. So I bought a bigger boat.
I would like to buy one of those super-heavy-duty
Dodge Ram Crew Cabs with an enormous diesel
engine to pull the new boat, but my wife
wont let me trade in our house so I can
afford it. So, I found ads for "performance
modules" that claim an 18 percent increase
in torque in my 4Runner for about a grand.
Im hoping youll tell me that one of
these things will ruin my engine after only 2,000
miles, so Ill have an iron-clad excuse to
buy a new, over-priced monster truck. - Phillip
RAY: I think your plan will
work, Phillip. I dont know if you can toast
your 4Runner in only 2,000 miles, but its
worth a try.
TOM: All modern engines have
something called an engine control unit, or ECU.
Its basically a computer that keeps track
of data from various sensors all over the engine,
and then crunches the numbers and determines how
much fuel to send into the cylinders and when the
spark plugs should fire.
RAY: What most performance
chips do is they replace that database that the
ECU uses. For example, instead of telling the ECU
that for a given set of conditions, send in X
amount of fuel, the database on the performance
chip tells it to send in 2X and advance the
timing so that the spark fires earlier.
Thats how it creates more performance.
TOM: But the guys who make
performance chips arent concerned about
things like reliability, fuel economy or
RAY: Oh, and those chips
automatically void your warranty, too.
TOM: So, if your goal is to
wear out the engine in your 4Runner, and do some
damage to the environment in the process, I think
this is an excellent plan, Phillip. Bon voyage!
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