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Wednesday, March 7, 2007 Volume XV, Number 184

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Family Literacy Center is selling Easter eggs to benefit literacy in Carthage. Eggs are $3.00 each, Peanut Butter, Raspberry, Mint, Coconut, Maple Nut. 417-358-5926 Call today to pick up eggs at the Center, located at 706 Orchard, Carthage.

Did Ya Know?... Golden Reflections at McCune-Brooks Hospital is sponsoring an AARP Driver Safety Class on March 8 and 9 in the hospital conference room. The class will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Cost for the class is $10 and reservations are required. Call 417-359-2347 to make a reservation.

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.

today's laugh

Home nowadays is a place where part of the family waits till the rest of the family brings the car back. - Earl Wilson

All actors are cattle. Actually, all actors are not cattle, but should be treated as such. - Alfred Hitchcock

Sales Manager: What’s this big item on your expense account?
Salesman: Oh, that’s the hotel bill.
Sales Manager: Well, don’t buy any more hotels.

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

An Empty Hospital.

The quarantine hospital in southwest Carthage is empty. With the discharge yesterday of the two inmates sent there from the county jail the last case in the city is disposed of, except that in the Allen family, which is being treated at the home on James’ hill in the southeast part of town. This case is now almost recovered and the city bids fair to be rid of the disease entirely in a short time.

Surveyors Clark and Grieb commenced yesterday morning the laying out into lots of the old Tracy mining tract, lying immediately south of Webb City and Carterville. It will take several days to complete it. Surveyor Grieb has the work in charge.

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.


Today's Feature

Fairgrounds Proposal.

The Public Services Committee on Monday evening agreed to forward to City Council a proposal for new construction and improvements to the Jasper County Youth Fairgrounds. During the recent ice storms, one of the buildings used during the fair was damaged and had to be taken down. The Fair Board has drafted a proposal for the building of a replacement building as well as new construction extending some of the current buildings to allow for more space and more entries in the fair.

Fair Board President Tom Howard was present at the meeting to ask for committee and Council approval. Howard brought with him a large overhead photograph of the fair grounds prior to the loss of the building, and an overlay illustrating where the proposed buildings would be constructed.

Buildings to be constructed in the proposal include a 140’ by 140’ beef barn and show ring and a 150’ by 80’ multipurpose building including seating for 150 people. The construction of the multipurpose building would be situated on an area used for practice fields. Additionally, one of the buildings currently used at the fairgrounds is to be extended to 220’ by 60’ in the proposal. Howard noted that the entire project at this point is projected to cost $950,000, adding that it could always be scaled back if the funding does not become available.

These additions would be beneficial to the fair, according to Howard, because space is limited each year and there are more people wishing to enter.

"The numbers keep growing every year," said Howard.

Howard said that if Council would approve the proposal, the board would seek funding for the projects through grants and foundations, with the possibility of using money from the insurance claim on the demolished building.

The committee raised several questions about the proposal. Current sewer capacity was an item mentioned that may need improvement, as well as the problems created by eliminating a practice field. However, the committee was favorable of the concept overall and agreed to forward the item to Council with a recommendation for approval. If approved, each project would still need approval from the City before construction could begin. The next Council meeting will be held Tuesday, March 13.

Just Jake Talkin'

The old trick on a construction site was to send a rookie on the crew out lookin’ for a left handed monkey wrench or a sky hook. Neither instrument, of course existed.

Typically throughout the day or two of the search, the rookie would inquire of some worker if he knew where these particular tools were kept. The old hands would act as if they were well aware of the usefulness of these figments of the imagination, but would suggest a shed to look or another worker that used the contraptions a day or two earlier.

Eventually someone would tire, (usually the boss) and let the rookie in on the hoax. The savvy rookie would turn the joke around and continue to question the old hands, irritating them as much as possible. The first step toward bein’ an old hand.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail

Here's A Tip
By JoAnn Derson

• "Look closely at extra-large-size boxes of cereal. I was surprised to find that the bulk size of my favorite was actually costing me more per ounce. Now I always check the per-unit price, which is often found on the price tag." -- J.C. in Oklahoma

• Got unexpected company? For a quick, clean look, vacuum the floors and take care of these four things: the bathroom, dishes in the sink, piles of junk on tables or counters and an overflowing trash can. Your house will look great.

• "I often get up during the night to take medicine to help me sleep better. It’s hard to see and line up the marks to open the container. So I got a permanent black marker and highlighted them (I even made them larger). Now it’s easy to line them up in the dark." -- D.E. in California

• To reach the highest cobweb or the lowest dust bunnies, get a yardstick and cover one end with an old tube sock. Use a rubber band to secure it to the stick, and you can use it to swipe at the high corners of your rooms or slide it under the furniture. It works like a charm.

• "Keep your dishwasher humming with a cycle of vinegar. Pour several cups of vinegar into the bottom of an empty dishwasher, then run on a regular cycle." -- S.H. in Indiana

• Dollar stores and other discount chains are great places to pick up cleaning supplies, paper goods and school supplies on the cheap. They carry national brands and can save you a bundle.

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