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Thursday, July 26, 2007 Volume XVI, Number 28
Did Ya Know?... School
Supplies will be accepted for the "Tools for
School" distribution program through July
30th at the Salvation Army HQ, 125 E. Fairview.
Did Ya Know?... The
annual Stones Throw Dinner Theatre
"Sally Awards" will be held on July 28,
2007, at 7:00 p.m. in the Theatre. Awards will be
presented for the best of the show productions.
Call for reservations; 358-9665 or 358-7268. A
light dessert will be served following the
Did Ya Know?... The City
of Carthage Street Department will be spraying
for mosquitoes through Friday, July 27th. Areas
will be sprayed in the evening of regular trash
pickup, between 8 p.m. and midnight. It is
recommended to turn off attic or window fans when
the sprayer is in the area.
Did Ya Know?... Paper
folding craft day will be held on Thursday, July
26 at 10:00 a.m. in the Carthage Public Library.
Sign up the childrens help desk or call
I understand you have been
having your family tree looked up.
Yes and it cost me five
Quite expensive, wasnt
Yes, but it only cost two
thousand to have it looked up. The other three
thousand was what I paid to have it hushed up.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Miss S. A. Dougan, a
domestic 61 years of age, has brought suit for $5,000
against the city of Springfield for injuries received
from a defective sidewalk last spring. She was walking
along a plank walk when a man in the act of passing her
stepped on a loose plank which flew up and struck Miss
Dougan, throwing her to the ground. Her right knee cap
was fractured, right ankle sprained, left wrist and arm
broken, a tooth broken off and face and eyes bruised and
blackened. As a result she will be permanently disabled.
Conductor Bud Kite, a well
known passenger conductor on the main line of the Frisco,
who was discharged from the service of the road some six
weeks ago upon the charge usually made against a
passenger conductor on all roads has recently been
reinstated by the company and is now on his regular run
between Monett and Burrton, Kas.
Request for Proposals.
The Carthage City
Council during Tuesdays regular session
approved a motion to allow a Request for
Proposals to be sent out for the City salary and
compensation study. Finance/Personnel Committee
Chair Diane Sharits reported that the proposals
specify that Carthages pay scale be
compared against 20 to 30 cities of comparable
population, services and tax base.
This study was
approved during the budget sessions as a way to
improve what some Council members feel to be
inadequate structure in the pay scale for City
employees. Other council members, including Mike
Harris and Claude Newport, have spoken against
the study. Newport has said previously, and
reiterated at Tuesdays meeting, that he
felt the City department heads are in a better
position to recommend adjustments than an outside
consultant. Harris has said that he felt the
$25,000 budgeted for the study could be better
used by increasing pay where it is needed instead
of conducting a study.
during Tuesdays meeting that regional
cities like Joplin be compared in the evaluation,
in addition to the 20-30 comparable cities,
because Carthage competes with Joplin and other
nearby cities for employees.
approved the request for proposals unanimously.
Sharits said that the proposals would be sent out
within the next few days. There are approximately
10 consultants to which the requests will be
salary study was conducted in 1997. Since that
time adjustments to the pay scale have been based
on the federal recommended Cost of Living
The Council also
heard from Convention and Visitor Bureau Director
Kate Massey concerning upcoming events and
developments at the CVB. Massey said that this
years Maple Leaf celebration will feature a
live country music concert, which will be held in
Municipal Park. More information on this event
will be released at a later date. Massey also
noted that the Bureaus new website has
received 13,252 user sessions since its launch on
unanimously approved ordinances allowing two
budget adjustments, one for last years
budget and one for this years budget, and
an annexation of 3133 South Grand Avenue into the
Used ta be a time when we all had a lot of
options. Like air-conditioning, power brakes,
seatbelts. All standard equipment now. Maybe all
options will come to be standard in time.
People seem to like a lot of options.
They dont like to see just one kind of soda
pop on the shelf for instance. I personally
dont understand why there are two aisles of
breakfast cereals in the grocery store. Seems
like ten or fifteen should be plenty.
Small businesses have a variety
of options that most big companies cant
compete with. They can shift product mix, move
quickly into niche markets and give personal
service to a loyal customer base.
Havin all those options
is just our way of makin sure we are
gettin exactly the best deal or the best
style thats available.
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 was just in a flood, and my
Honda Del Sol got flooded up to the hood latch.
It was not running then, and I have not tried to
turn it on since then. It was in the water for
about six hours. Will my engine be ruined? Will
my computer be ruined? If the answer to both of
those is no, would my car be fine at that point,
or do I have to worry that it is going to rust
and fall apart slowly? - Diane
RAY: Give it a big, wet kiss,
Diane. A goodbye kiss.
TOM: Your engines not
ruined, and neither is your transmission. But the
rest of the car is toast. Or, more accurately,
RAY: The computer is cooked.
The interior of the car is going to rot. And even
if you did get the thing to run again, the smell
would kill you.
TOM: If you have insurance,
this is an excellent time to call your agent and
ask him or her to send the appraiser by for a
little look-see. He or she will confirm that the
car is a total loss, and will write you a check
for two-thirds of the value of the car. Then you
can fight with them to get the rest of your
RAY: If you dont have
insurance, you can still get some money by
selling the car to a junkyard (oops, I mean auto
recycling center). But DO NOT TRY TO START THE
CAR. Theres probably water inside the
cylinders, and if you try to start it up,
youll bend all kinds of important internal
engine parts and make the engine worthless.
TOM: The safest thing to do is
to get the water out of there. To do that, remove
all four spark plugs, then crank the engine for a
few seconds. Water will shoot out of the
spark-plug holes. Then call the junk man, make a
deal and move on, Diane.
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