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Wednesday, March 14, 2007 Volume XV, Number 189

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Edwin W. Wiggins Post #9 and the Auxiliary Unit #9 of the American Legion will meet on March 15th in the Legion Rooms of the Memorial Hall at 7:00 p.m. Daylight Savings Time.

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?... McCune-Brooks Hospital Golden Reflections group will meet March 15th in the cafeteria for Bank Bingo at 2:00 p.m. Come join the fun with SMB; lots of prizes and great refreshments, plus we will celebrate birthdays. Call 359-2347 for more info.

today's laugh

The proofreader told his friend that when he went home in the dark he would open his newspaper.
"It’s pitch dark and you sit down to read the paper?"
"That’s right."
"Don’t tell me you read in the dark."
"It rests my eyes."
"How can you see the print?"
"I can’t. That’s how it rests my eyes."

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


Sam Miller was in town yesterday doing some trading.

Col. Ed Butler of St. Louis has contracted for 2,000 feet of drilling on his land adjoining the Saginaw tract.

Julius C. Miller sold the east half of lots 61 and 62 in Byers & Murphy’s add to Joplin to B.F. Joy for $3,500.

Dr. Wilson has purchased the Boswell property on South Main street and will occupy it as soon as convenient for all parties concerned.

Yesterday Jas. W. Corner and wife sold the southwest quarter of the northeast quarter 20-28-33 to C.G. Greenwood for $9,200, an average of $230 per acre.

J.T. Chappel of Reeds and Miss S.A. Osborn of Chickasha, I.T., were married by Judge McCune. Mr. Chappel had just returned from Texas and met his bride here. They will make their home at Reeds.


Today's Feature

Reviewed CIP Lists.

The Budget Ways and Means Committee on Monday evening reviewed the City department heads’ five-year Capital Improvement plans. Department representatives present at the meeting included; Public Works Director Chad Wampler, Fire Chief John Cooper, Parks Director Alan Bull, Street Commissioner Tom Shelley, Police Chief Dennis Veach, City Administrator Tom Short and City Clerk Lynn Shelley.

Capital improvement lists estimate costs for capital projects and equipment purchases such as vehicles and computers, as requested by each department.

The committee reviewed each departments’ requests, focusing primarily on the requests for the 2008 fiscal year budget. The two largest projects included in the CIP for the 2008 fiscal year are the Fairview Interchange and the West Side Sewer improvements, listed under the Public Works Department budget. These two projects total $6 million. The total for all departments for the 2008 fiscal year is $8.8 million.

The committee and discussed only a few of the items throughout the nearly 2 hour meeting. The proposed sub-station for the Fire Department to be located on the south end of town was a topic of discussion. The committee noted that the item had been in the planning stages for many years, and that one potential location would expire as a possibility this year. This location is north of the Precious Moments hotel. Chief Cooper mentioned that other location were available and some might be more advantageous.

Parks Director Alan Bull noted that he had included costs for a comprehensive tree inventory in the Parks CIP list. Bull said that following several tree seminars he felt that taking inventory of the City trees would provide good information for the City to use in planning for the planting of new trees and maintenance of older trees. The amount listed for a tree inventory is $32,000.

The lists will be further discussed during the budget hearings which are scheduled to begin April 23.

Just Jake Talkin'
I have never been comfortable with the reasonin’ that the City controls a tree as long as it is considered an asset, but doesn’t want to get anywhere near a dead tree. Trees in the parkway aren’t owned by property owners, they are just caretakers until it’s time for the trees funeral expenses.

I’m don’t have any big problem with the situation, I just don’t think most folks understand exactly what they’re in for when they put that little Maple out in the parkway in front of their house. A little plannin’ on the future growth of the plant is prob’ly in order.

‘Sides that, if it grows for long, it could take out a chunk of the City sidewalk that you have to also are responsible for. Just be aware of what’s expected.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail

Here's A Tip
By JoAnn Derson

• If you are on a budget, check your yellow pages for local specialty schools. You could find yourself on the receiving end of a great deal for dentistry, veterinary care, massages and haircuts, among other things. Check the schools’ Web pages or call to inquire about any programs they have.

• "The baby-oil bandage trick goes back generations in my family. Whenever it’s time to take off a Band-Aid, we use a baby-oil-soaked cotton ball to lubricate the whole area. It comes off in a snap." -- A.T. in Washington

• "My husband constantly forgets to empty the last load of clothes from the dryer. I don’t mind, because he does most of the laundry in the first place. I just throw a damp towel in the dryer with the wrinkly clothes, and they straighten up quickly." -- E.V. in Michigan

• Shop after 6 p.m. the evening before a sale is advertised to begin. According to the National Retail Federation, many retailers program the registers the night before, so the sale price may already come up in the register, even if the store has not signed the selling floor yet. Ask the associate in advance for any possible upcoming sales, especially on big-ticket items.

• "Teens (at least mine) tend to get bored with articles of clothing before the item is worn out. I found a great store called Plato’s Closet that has in-style teen and early 20s clothes for a great resale price. I swear, my girls get twice as much clothes for less money. Now if I could just get them to wear less than three outfits a day, I might save money on laundry, too!" -- J.J. in Florida

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