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Wednesday, February 14, 2007 Volume XV, Number 169

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Thursday, February 15 from 1:30 to 7:00 p.m. and Friday, February 16 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the First Nazarene Church, 2000 Grand Ave. Donor card or photo ID required. Refreshments provided to donors.

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Recycling Center and Compost Center will continue accepting branches and limbs free of charge until February 15.

Did Ya Know?... Volunteers are available to assist with Missouri Property Tax Credit Claims at the C.A.N. D.O. Senior Center, 404 E. 3rd. Mondays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Did Ya Know?... VFW Post 2590 Men’s Auxiliary will host a shuffleboard tournament Sunday, February 18 to begin at 12 noon. West of Carthage at intersection of 96 & 171, Southeast corner. Draw for partner $5.00 per person, public invited Male & Female. Players need to bring a covered dish for a family chili dinner at 4:30 p.m.

today's laugh

In my new house there’s a switch on the wall that doesn’t do anything, so for fun I’d just flick it up and down, over and over. Then one day I got a letter from a woman in Germany. It just said, "Cut it out." - Steven Wright

A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer - Mitch Hedberg

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

A Careless Wheelman.

Choteau Garrison and Newell Holbrook while walking along on South Main street the other night were startled by the whiz of a bicycle as its rider came scorching down the pavement. They sprang back, but the wheel struck Garrison, throwing him against the fence, skinning his arm and bruising his shoulder. The young men made an effort to catch the reckless rider and would have handled him roughly but he was not thrown by the collision and so escaped.

Gone Into the Transfer Business.

Lawrence Havens, the popular grocery clerk of this city, has been obliged on account of ill health, caused by close confinement in the store to give up his position with Walter Wells. In order to secure outdoor work he has decided to run a transfer wagon, and will begin the business at once. Lawrence is a hustler and is sure of a good patronage from his many friends in this city.


Today's Feature

Budget Looks at Contracts.

The City Council Budget Ways and Means Committee met Monday evening in a regular session. The committee discussed the upcoming contract renewal with the Chamber of Commerce. Chamber board members George Earl and Pam Barlet were present as well as new Economic Development Director John Bode.

Bode told the committee that his plans for the future include studying past budgets in order to create a cost benefit analysis, speaking with local businesses to gather input about the Chamber and creating a strategic economic development plan.

The committee discussed the length of the contract, agreeing that 5 years is excessive. It was decided that a 2 to 3 year contract would be a good decision, allowing time for the new direction to get established.

The committee also discussed the Humane Society contract. Humane Society Director David Butler was present at the meeting and spoke with the committee about the contract. Several changes were proposed by the committee, including the addition of written monthly reports on the number of animals taken in and adopted, and quarterly reports before Council. Butler requested drafting of a policy for the pickup of injured animals.

Other topics of discussion during the meeting included the goals and priorities for the 2008 budget. City administrator Tom Short spoke briefly about some of the proposed goals which include; added programs, increased enforcement, enhancing the parks system, increased salaries, and the possibility of hiring a grant writer.

Stench Report:


No Stench Detected on Carthage Square

Just Jake Talkin'

I see this little logo on products from time to time. "As Seen on TV." I suppose at one time or another that may have impressed folks some, but considerin’ with a couple hunderd channels out there, most ever’thing has been seen on tv.

I was seen on tv at an early age. My Cub Scout troop went up to onea those Saturday afternoon "Little Rascals" telecasts. The camera would pan the bleachers set up for the hunderd or so kids between the "Rascals" episodes. ‘Course none of us got to see the program ‘cause it was live. No time delays in those days.

The station had two "personalities" at the time. They did ever’thing from the news and weather to the kid shows and commercials. Only black and white back then, so there couldn’t be anything off color.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail
This Is A Tip
By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

• "To clean out your coffeemaker, run a cycle of water through it and then pour out half the water and replace it with white vinegar. Pour that mixture back through the coffeemaker (make sure it’s off) and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then run the vinegar mixture through, then two cycles of fresh, cold water." -- A.L. in New York

• To keep your coat in tip-top shape, unbutton it in the car or when sitting. Less pulling on the buttons means less stretching on the seams.

• Another cold-weather-wear tip: Cookie sheets make great temporary shoe bins when the ground outside gets wet, muddy and yucky. Place a few by the door, and mud and snow won’t get tracked in.

• "Last year, I got a wonderful bunch of roses from my sweet husband. After they had started to bloom really wide, I cut off a lot of the leaves and bunched them up. I tied the stems together and hung them in my closet, blooms facing down, with some string. They dried and I sprayed them with a little polyurethane spray to make them shine. I put them out again this year, and they are still lovely!" -- H.E.D. in Georgia

• "I love the taste of roasted sweet potatoes. The trouble is, I rarely have the time to roast one. So I do a half-dozen at a time and take them to work for lunch. They taste great and are very nutritious. They heat up quickly in the microwave and still have that oven-baked taste days later." -- D.I. in Maryland

• "Whenever my husband gets rid of a stained T-shirt, I cut the sleeves off to use as headbands for when I work out or work in the yard. They are bigger and keep stray hairs out of my face." -- V.F. in California

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