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Thursday, July 19, 2007 Volume XVI, Number 23

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Storyteller Sue Godsey will be in the storytime area downstairs in the new addition of the Carthage Public Library on Thursday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m. Call 237-7040 for more information.

Did Ya Know?... The Crossroads Chapter #41 and the Auxiliary Unit #41 of the Disabled American Veterans will meet Thursday, July 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Legion Rooms of the Memorial Hall. All members are invited to attend the meeting.

Did Ya Know?... Spare Cat Rescue will help pay for the spay or neuter of your cat. Call for details. 417-358-6808.

Did Ya Know?... A Sunday Open House will be held at Powers Museum on July 22 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. A special program will be held at 2:00 with information about the museum’s quilts and quilt reference resources in the reference library.

today's laugh

What shape is the earth?
I dunno.
Well, what kind of earrings does your girl wear?
Square ones.
No, I mean the ones she wears on Sunday.
Then, what shape is the earth?
Square on weekdays - round on Sundays?

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

Going To The Conference.

Elder George Barnhart of this City and Elder William Harvey of Jasper leave tomorrow evening for Bristol, Tenn., to attend the annual meeting of German Baptists. This is the same kind of gathering which was held in Carthage two years ago. Besides these two gentlemen there will probably be others from this county who will attend.

Loyalty to His Employer.

That young man who had a vein opened and a portion of his blood let out so that it might save the life of his employer, set a remarkable example of heroism. The incident shows what power there is in good blood. As soon as the broken down system received the pure blood of this young man, the patient regained his strength. There is only one natural way to get good blood and that is from the stomach. If it needs assistance, bring Hostetters’s Stomach Bitters to the rescue.


Today's Feature

Approved Job Description Changes.

The City Council Public Works Committee met Tuesday afternoon in a regular session. Public Works Department Director Chad Wampler spoke to the committee concerning job description changes for the newly approved Nuisance Abatement Officer.

Wampler said that the department wishes to change the name of the officer to "Code Official II", with Code Official I being the code inspector officers. Other changes to the job description included the ability to issue violation summonses and appear in court, assisting Code Official I with issues relating to property maintenance complaints and preparing bid specifications for necessary abatement of violations. The current job description is an adaptation of the description from when the duties were under the control of the Carthage Police Department. The committee approved a motion to forward the changes to the Finance Personnel Committee for review.

Street Commissioner Tom Shelley also advised the committee that he was planning to alter the streets to be paved in the annual paving contract. Shelley said that one of the streets on the current list is Maple Street, from Centennial to Fairview. Shelley proposed removing Maple from the list, due to concerns about flooding if the paving is completed. It was recommended that Mound Street from Garrison to Elm be substituted on the list as it is will require roughly the same number of tons of asphalt, and will be approximately the same cost. The committee was favorable to the idea, though the item did not require committee approval.

Shelley also advised the committee that the Street Department would be spraying for mosquitoes from July 23 through July 27th.

Just Jake Talkin'
When we were small enough, my brother and I used ta share a number 10 wash tub on hot summer days. We’d fill it with the water hose and splash it all out. ‘Course divin’ was discourage.

Sometime down the road we acquired a lawn sprinkler to "run through" which was eventually replaced with "squirtin’ each other" with the water hose nozzle.

Sometimes the neighbor kids would join in and ever’one would act like they didn’t wanna be the one squirted.

As the subtleties of the game developed, pinchin’ off the hose and gettin’ someone to look down the nozzle was usually effective with the resultin’ spray as the pinch was released. Playin’ in the water always caused laughter, but I guess summer is a funny time.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Metcalf Auto Supply

Click & Clack Talk Cars
By Tom and Ray Magliozzi

Dear Tom and Ray:

Now that I’m 75 percent certain that there will not be another major snow storm in the Northeast, I want to switch from snow tires to summer tires. Do I need to have them balanced and aligned, or can I just swap them out? - Erin

RAY: They don’t need to be aligned, Erin - unless the mechanic is still trying to pay off his alignment machine. Alignment is something you do to the car, and it’s independent of the tires.

TOM: But you DO have to balance the tires, unless your summer tires are mounted on their own set of wheels.

RAY: Balancing involves adding small weights to the inner and outer rims of the wheels to make up for the small inconsistencies in weight in different parts of the wheel-and-tire combination. If you didn’t balance the tires, you’d probably notice a wobbling sensation or a vibration, particularly as the tires got up to higher speeds.

TOM: That’s why we recommend that those of you who live in the freezer sections of the country consider buying four steel wheels when you buy you snow tires, and mounting the snows permanently on those four wheels. You can buy a set of used wheels for $150, or a new set for $250 or so. And then you’ll never have to mount or balance your snow tires or summer tires again. Just pull the winter tires off, toss the summer tires on and... three weeks later, put the winter tires back on again.

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