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Thursday, May 10, 2007 Volume XV, Number 230

did ya know?

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?... The Seventh Annual Ozark Master Gardener plant sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at Powers Museum, 1617 Oak St., located across from Municipal Park in Carthage.

Did Ya Know?... The "Emma Sanders Memorial Fund" has been established at Southwest Missouri Bank by friends of the Sanders family. This is to give those showing concern for the family an opportunity to help. Contributions to the fund can be made at any Southwest Missouri Bank.

Did Ya Know?... Appliances (compressor removed) may be dropped off at the Carthage Recycling and Compost Center May 12 - May 26. Up to four tires (without rims) per household will also be allowed at the Center during that time. Call 237-7010 for more info.

today's laugh

I went hunting the other day and the dogs got in the way of a skunk. Finally, they gave up the chase.
Did they lose the scent?
They gave up the skunk, but I don’t think they will ever lose the scent.

How’s business?
The opening night nobody came; the next night it fell off a little.

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

Dock Orrel Held.

The trial of H. L. (Dock) Orrel and Fred and Ed Frerrer on the charge of cutting and slashing the Edmon boys in a wood cutters’ fight on Center creek recently, was finished in court last night after a two day’s session. The attorneys fought the case inch by inch — Bond Haughawout for the defense, and H. L. Shannon and Harry Green for the state.

The justice concluded that an ax did not figure to any extent in the affray, and the two Frerrers were discharged. Orrel, however, appears to have done the cutting with a knife and was held under $300 bond, which he furnished readily.

A Woman Fined $15.

A big well dressed woman named Mrs. Carkton was drunk and loud on the streets last night and the marshal locked her up. She was fined $15 this morning and paid up promptly.


Today's Feature

Approved EEZ Memorandum.

The Carthage City Council during Tuesday’s meeting approved a resolution entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Joplin for Joplin’s proposed Enhanced Enterprise Zone (EEZ). The proposed area encompasses not only land inside Joplin but also property in several other communities including Carthage.

Inside an enhanced enterprise zone a city government may offer incentives for the creation of new industry and the expansion of existing industry. These incentives may include tax credits or tax abatement.

The memorandum of understanding outlines that Carthage will have control over the EEZ areas inside Carthage City limits, Carthage R-9 school district, and future planning areas.

City Administrator Tom Short, in previous discussions about the proposal, said that if the EEZ is approved Carthage would reap the benefits without having to do the work required to establish it.

In order for the zoning to be approved by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, all communities impacted by the zoning must submit resolutions of support, an item which was in its first reading at Tuesday’s meeting.

Council also voted against a motion to allow the installation of 2,100 feet of post and cable at Kellogg Lake Park. The item was brought before Council by the Public Services committee, who met at the park on Monday. Committee chairman Claude Newport reported that the Kellogg Lake Nature Center and Preserve board had secured funding to purchase and install the post and cable as method of deterring driving on the grass at the park.

Mayor Jim Woestman initiated a discussion by speaking against the post and cable. Woestman said that he had previously spoken against rock barriers which keep people from driving down to the river, saying that it would only cause people to find alternative routes such as driving through the lawn.

Woestman said he was against the driving restriction.

"I think this should be a family-friendly park," said Woestman.

Council member Mike Harris said that upon hearing the proposal for the post and cable originally he had recommended a paved walking path and steps to encourage access to the river. Harris said he felt that it was a good compromise, and as the paved area was not in the plan, he intended to vote against it.

Council member Larry Ross said that part of the incentive to block automobiles from driving directly to the river was the issue of littering. Ross said that before the rocks were placed there had been incidents of people dumping mattresses and bed springs in the river.

"I don’t like to see cars going down there," said Ross, adding that he was not opposed to Harris’ idea of a paved walking path.

City Administrator Short added that the plans included a 5’ break in the post and cable to allow for pedestrian access to that area.

Council members Tom Flanigan, Cynthia Curry and Diane Sharits all raised concerns about ongoing maintenance of the post and cable, which would fall to the City after installation.

Newport said that the City was responsible for the maintenance of a number of improvements which have been donated over the years, including the pavilion at Kellogg Lake. Newport said he didn’t think the maintenance burden outweighed the benefit of the donations.

The Council vote was tied 4 to 4. Those in favor of the post and cable included; Claude Newport, Larry Ross, Bill Welch and Bill Fortune. Those against included; Tom Flanigan, Diane Sharits, Cynthia Curry and Mike Harris. Mayor Woestman broke the tie by voting against the post and cable.

Just Jake Talkin'
It’s amazin’ ta think how the bringin’ in of money changes relationships. Teenagers seem to be the most experimental group when it comes ta squeezin’ a few dollars outa parents. It’s amazin’ how receptive they are to hints of minor changes that might influence their chances of monetary gain. Usually it becomes a game ‘tween kids and parents, both knowin’ the boundaries and limits.

Kids soon learn the "value" of cleanin’ the room or mowin’ the grass ‘fore approachin’ the cash cow.

‘Course the "cow" knows the "value" of comin’ across with the cash ever now and then.

The relationship is comfortable as long as the dollars are in balance with the expectations.

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’ve always wanted an Aston Martin - no kidding. And now, at age 72, my wife (who is younger) say it’s OK for me to buy or lease one. BUT, I feel oh so guilty. To spend that kind of money on a toy - albeit a sumptuous one - seems, well, immoral (and the Vantage gets a measly 13 miles per gallon city). I currently drive an Acura TL, a very quick, nice car. The lease is up soon. HELP! Should I accept my wife’s offer - or is she just testing me? ("How irresponsible of you. What am I going to do with that thing later?" In this context, "later" has a very dark meaning.) - Michael

P.S.: I love your column and radio show. I used to write books with athletes, so I got to scrimmage with the New York Giants and the Los Angeles Lakers, and to hit against Bob Gibson.

TOM: Michael, go for it. Get your Aston Martin.

RAY: I agree. You sound like a reasonable guy, and you’re not going to be a danger to anyone on the road.

TOM: You’ve always wanted one. What are you waiting for?

RAY: If your conscience really is bothered by the gasoline consumption, just drive less. If you drive 10 miles in your Acura, you’ll probably use the same amount of fuel that driving five miles in your Aston Martin would use. And you’ll probably enjoy those five miles in the Aston much more.

TOM: And if your wife is just testing you, well, so what? You’re 72. How much longer are you going to have to put up with the ramifications of failing the test? Not long! So now’s the time, Michael. Send us a picture of you in the Aston, with the wind blowing through your bald spot.

By Greg Zyla
Sponsored by Curry Automotive

Today’s NASCAR drivers have busy schedules

NASCAR drivers Kenny Wallace and Jimmy Spencer said it best. Both zeroed in on the fact that if you are a big-time NASCAR driver these days, you have very little time left during the week for yourself or your family, and you earn every dollar of the multi-million dollar contracts.

I agree, and point to this example: Jeff Gordon, who won the Subway Fresh Fit 500 race in Phoenix on Saturday night, April 21, didn’t go home and enjoy Sunday off. On the very next day, the four-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion traded in his stock car for a cutting board and chef’s coat at Infineon Raceway.

Gordon participated in a Wine Country Luncheon to help promote the upcoming Toyota/Save Mart 350 the weekend of June 22-24 at Infineon Raceway. Gordon teamed with renowned Bay Area chef Victor Scargle to prepare a gourmet meal at the raceway for 50 Northern California media members. This took place just hours after taking the checkered flag at Phoenix, where his win ties him on the all-time win list with Dale Earnhardt.

That’s correct. Even with Gordon’s wife expecting the couple’s first child in late June or early July, they instead traveled to Infineon to do public relations.

This example indeed proves just how little time these superstar drivers really have. Gordon returns to the Sonoma Valley for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, where he is a five-time winner at Infineon and the defending race champion.

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