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Monday, January 29, 2007 Volume XV, Number 157

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Lions Club will hold a pancake feed on Saturday, February 3, from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Carthage Memorial Hall. Golden Pancakes and Sausage, Drink Included, $4.00.

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Recycling Drop Off Center is accepting yard waste including branches free of charge until February 2, in an effort to assist with the cleanup after last week’s ice storms. Additionally, yard waste may be placed for collection with items for regular trash pickup. Those branches must be no more than 4" in diameter, cut to no more than 4’ long and bundled. Bundles are to weigh no more than 50 pounds. ID may be required.

Did Ya Know?... A Bowling Round Up will be held to benefit Magic Moments Riding Therapy on February 10 at Bowl East, Rangeline in Joplin. Bowling starts at 1:00, check in at noon. Sponsors are wanted for the event. Call Magic Moments at 417-325-4490 for more information on signing up or sponsoring the event.

today's laugh

All I need to enjoy life are the three "L’s". Love, Laughter and hitting the Lottery.

I know a guy who was so boring, the most excitement he’s ever had in his life was when he entered a fingernail-growing contest.

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

Only 40 People In Jail.

There are now only 40 prisoners in the Jasper county jail - men, women and all. This is a very small enrollment, indeed for that institution, but is a very comfortable situation for both the inmates and the jailer, as the jail is usually so crowded as to make existence, in it almost unbearable.

Miss Herrin Entertains.

Miss Kathryn Herrin entertained five couples of her friends in a most charming manner at her home in Cassil place last evening. Music, hearts and social chat caused the time to pass quickly, an elegant chafing dish supper winding up the entertainment.

The Bonus Tempus club, composed of jolly school girls, met with Miss Lulu Ehlers, on South Maple street this afternoon.


Today's Feature

Ground Breaking Well Attended.

There was a large crowd of citizens, school students and employees at the ground breaking for the new high school on Friday. R-9 Board of Education President Tony Diggs spoke, thanking those involved with the planning of the new building. The High School choir Soundwave sang the National Anthem prior to the event.

The ground breaking was conducted by several different groups including the R-9 Board of Education, the Carthage R-9 School District representatives, the Sophomore class officers and the architect and site work contractors.

Due to the recent ice storms, the grounds where the High School is to be built were wet but plywood and carpet was laid over a gathering point so that spectators could stay dry.

The High School is slated to open in January of 2009.

The R-9 Board of Education preparing to dig

Stench Report:


No Stench Detected Near the Carthage Square

Just Jake Talkin'

There is prob’ly not a more accurate classic quotation that the one from "Cool Hand Luke." Most will know what it is without bein’ told, but for those youngsters that happen ta be readin’ it is "What we have here is a failure to communicate." Nothin’ causes more problems, litigation, divorces, and just down right cantankerous attitudes than a failure to understand what’s really goin’ on.

Now the character in the movie didn’t mean that ever’one was gonna sit down and discuss what was botherin’ ‘em of course. What he was sayin’ was folks just weren’t payin’ attention to what he was sayin’. I’ve heard its always a good idea ta have the person you’re talkin’ to repeat what you’ve said just ta make sure they understand. ‘Course as they say, there’s always time ta fix what there wasn’t time ta do right the first time.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Oldies & Oddities
This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta

Window Sheeting Won’t Behave

Q: I am trying to put plastic sheets across my windows to keep the cold air from coming in. However, the masking tape I’m using will not stay put. It just keeps peeling off the window frame. How can I get this sheeting to stay up? -- George P., Springfield, Mass.

A: Two problems come to mind when trying to get masking tape to stick. First, the surface of the frame may not be too adherent -- a glossy paint may resist masking tape, and a dirty or uneven surface also presents difficulties. Second, the surface temperature could prevent sticking. If the room is chilly or the temperature around the window frame is below 50 degrees, masking tape might not stick very well.

Clean the surfaces to which the tape will stick with soap and water, and rinse. Wait for the outside temperatures to rise above freezing, and if possible, for the sun to shine directly on that side of the house, to make the frames as warm as possible. Increase the heat indoors temporarily to create some warmth, too. For a quick heat-up, run a hair dryer along the frame for a few seconds just before applying the tape.

Use the thinnest plastic possible, so that the weight will not drag the tape off.

Another solution is to purchase a different kind of tape, or a window sealing kit. However, to ensure the best adhesion, raise the temperature around the frame even with the sealing-kit tape.

When the weather improves, or during the warmer months, consider replacing leaky windows and frames or, at the very least, improving the weatherstripping materials so that you don’t have to use plastic sheeting at all.

HOME TIP: To unstick a stubborn window, place a two-by-four against the bottom sash and tap gently with a hammer; the window should lift more easily.

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