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Monday, January 15, 2007 Volume XV, Number 147

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Tuesday, January 16th is the final day to file for a position on City Council. Filing petitions may be obtained at the Carthage City Hall

Did Ya Know?... Class of 2007 Project Graduation is holding a raffle for a 2007 Dodge Charger. Prize to be awarded at the Big Man on Campus event, April 27. Only 2,500 tickets sold, must be 18 years of age to purchase. Proceeds benefit Project Graduation. $20 per ticket. Call 358-8786. Winner will be responsible for all taxes, title fees, license, registration and insurance costs.

Did Ya Know?... Magic Moments Riding Therapy is accepting applications for new clients with special needs who want to benefit from therapeutic horseback riding. Magic Moments is a Premier Accredited Center serving Carthage and surrounding areas. Indoor and outdoor riding is available. Call 417 325-4490 for more information.

today's laugh

My neighbor has two dogs. One of them says to the other, "Woof!" The other replies, "Moo!" The dog is perplexed. "Moo? Why did you say, ‘Moo’?" The other dog says, "I’m trying to learn a foreign language." - Morey Amsterdam

For the first time since scientists began tracking air quality in the mid-1970s, Houston has supplanted L.A. as the smog capital of America. Houston will now go on to face New Jersey in the finals. - Colin Quinn

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

To Piano Buyers.

I have been informed that some piano salesmen are trying to deceive the public by showing a book called the Piano Purchaser’s Guide and claiming it represent all pianos according to quality. This is one of the most misleading things in the piano business as this book only gives long endorsements on certain instruments that are paid for, it is simply a paid advertisement.

The factories whose pianos I sell do not do any of this scheme advertising consequently only the name is mentioned in this Buyer’s Guide.

All of the makes of Pianos I handle are sold strictly on their merit and not by misrepresentation. It is not our way of making sales to try to deceive the customer.

Keep these points in mind when buying a piano and remember if you buy a piano with a $500 write-up in the Buyer’s guide, that you are the one who helps pay for it. I still sell the old reliable German piano. - Adam Shaff


Today's Feature

Announced New President Again.

The Carthage Chamber of Commerce on Friday announced its new President/Economic Development Director, John Bode.

According to a Chamber-released bio, Bode has much experience in economic development and is a current member of the Missouri Economic Development Council.

During Friday’s conference, Mornin’ Mail editor H.J. Johnson asked if Bode had any previous experience working with a Chamber of Commerce and how he felt filling that role and the role of Economic Development Director would work together.

Bode responded that although he hasn’t ever worked for a Chamber of Commerce, he has maintained memberships with several Chambers throughout the years. Bode said that he had been the owner of a construction firm for approximately 14 years.

"I know what it’s like to have your own business. I know what it’s like to have to make payroll and try to make the business profitable," said Bode. "It’s not like I’m some bureaucrat that’s coming in that’s never looked at an employee or a payroll before."

Bode is slated to begin duties with the Chamber on February 1, 2007. Currently the Chamber is under the direction of Interim President Kenneth Johnson.

On December 15 of 2006 the Chamber hired Sandra Allison who was to begin duties on January 2 of this year. However, on December 21, 2006 Allison resigned from the position due to concerns about her mother’s health.

Stench Report:


No Stench Detected on Carthage Square

Just Jake Talkin'

Tomorrow’s the last day to file for City Council.

Candidates so far:

1st Ward: Larry Ross (incumbent)

3rd Ward: Diane Sharits (incumbent)

4th Ward: Bill Welch (incumbent)

5th Ward: Dan Rife (incumbent, appointed to fill the seat of Mayor Jim Woestman.)

Second ward incumbent Ronnie Wells announced previously that he wouldn’t be runnin’. If no one else files for second ward, the Mayor will have to find a willin’ candidate for the Council to approve. The Citizens of that ward won’t get much say that way.

Candidates can file at City Hall. Time’s ’ out. Only $25 or 25 signatures. You can make a difference.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Oldies & Oddities Mall
This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta

Keep the Heat On

Winter is no time for a heater to suddenly conk out, so knowing the steps to take before calling a professional -- and waiting for hours or days for a response -- can get the warm air back on quickly and safely.

If a heater is not working, check the circuit box first -- a blown fuse could be the culprit. If that checks out, look at the thermostat to see if it has been lowered or turned off; adjust it if necessary. Next, check the heating system’s emergency switch, and turn it on if needed. If you have a gas system, check the pilot light.

An oil-burning system may be out of fuel. Check the tank level (many homeowners and professionals keep a long stick, marked in feet and inches, near the tank; dip the stick into the tank until it hits bottom and check how high the stick is coated). If the fuel level is fine, press the system’s safety relay button once. If the heat doesn’t come on, reset the burner motor (press the switch located near the motor).

If your home uses a hot water or steam (radiator) system, try releasing trapped air from each radiator by opening the air vent -- if there is one -- with a screwdriver and keeping open until water shoots out (careful, it’s hot). If using a steam boiler system, check the water-level gauge. If the water level is too low, turn the water supply valve until the gauge rises to the correct level.

These steps can correct a heating problem; if they don’t, you can relay the steps you took to the heating repair professional when scheduling a visit.

Always stay safe when checking the heating unit. If you smell a strong odor of gas in the area, get everyone out of the house and call the fire department immediately. If standing water is next to an electrical circuit, don’t play around with the circuits -- call a heating professional or an electrician if necessary, and drain the water from the area if possible.

HOME TIP: Increase the efficiency of radiators by taping a sheet of heavy aluminum foil to the wall behind each radiator, reflective side out.

Send questions or home-repair tips to, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

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