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Monday, May 21, 2007 Volume XV, Number 237

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Kelcey Schlichting, a local blind 5th grader is a finalist in the 7th annual National Braille Challenge to be held in Los Angeles, June 22 & 23. An account has been established at SMB bank to help raise funds for her transportation and food on the trip. Donations can be made at any SMB location.

Did Ya Know?... The Jasper County Personal Property Assessor’s Office will be closed at Noon on Wednesday, May 23rd for training and will re-open on Thursday, May 24th at 8:30 a.m.

Did Ya Know?... Appliances (compressor removed) may be dropped off at the Carthage Recycling and Compost Center through 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

An American tourist in France, realizing he had a two hour wait for his train, went exploring. Finding himself lost, he addressed a passerby in the best French he could remember from college, mispronouncing it greatly. He voiced his request as follows:

"Pardonnez-moi. J’ai quitté ma train et maintenant je ne sais pas où le trouver encore. Est-ce que vous pouvez me montrer le foute à la train?"

"Let’s look for it together," said the stranger. "I don’t speak French either."

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

The Box Was Found.

About six weeks ago James Hill bought a lot of empty boxes at Ramsay’s to be used for packing goods at the woolen mill. When the drayman came to take the boxes to the mill, one that was not empty got loaded by mistake in the wagon with the empty ones, and was stored away at the woolen mill with the others.

The box contained yarn, lamp shades and other light goods and it was not noticed that it contained anything. When the goods were wanted at Ramsay’s it was supposed that they had been delayed in some freight office and railroad people, and all persons thought to have anything to do with it were taken to task and "tracers" were sent over the county in search of the missing box.

Saturday the box was opened at the woolen mill and the mistake discovered. The information when conveyed to Ramsay’s quickly explained the great mystery.


Today's Feature

6th Annual Kids Fishing Day.

News release

The Missouri Department of Conservation is inviting all area kids and their families to take part in the sixth annual KIDS FISHING DAY from 8:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday, June 9th at Kellogg Lake in Carthage, Missouri.

A variety of activities and events are planned including education stations featuring live animals, fly casting demonstrations and prize giveaways. This event coincides with Missouri’s Free Fishing Days (June 9th & 10th), where anglers of all ages (resident & non-resident) do not need a Missouri fishing permit to fish most Missouri waters.

The first 600 anglers age 15 and under will receive a KIDS FISHING KIT Containing all sorts of goodies. Plus, every young angler that registers at the event and attends two education stations will be eligible for the prize giveaways donated by local organizations and area businesses.

Free food : hotdogs, chips, soda and treats will be served until they are gone.

The City of Carthage, Kellogg Lake Group, MAKO FlyFishers, and several local groups and businesses will assist with the event. There is NO pre- registration for this event but everyone needs to bring their own fishing pole and tackle. Worms will be provided.

Volunteers are needed, if you are interested in volunteering or for more information, please contact The Missouri Department of Conservation at 417-629-3423.

Just Jake Talkin'
Like most, I learned with only a couple of lessons the necessity of lookin’ at the date on a milk carton. There can not be anything more disgusting than settin’ your taste buds for a good cold gulp of milk and findin’ yourself with a mouth full of curds.

I still find it strange that they feel the need to remind consumers that "for best taste" they should not plan on drinkin’ water purchased more than six weeks in advance. Everyone knows some of these dates are just gimmicks, but some people still seem to put stock in the fluff.

If they want ta do a real service for consumers, start puttin’ dates on articles of clothin’, ties and footwear. I’m never sure if a shirt is the latest or the last. Whether it’s fat ties or string ties. Give us some information we can work with here.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Oldies & Oddities Mall

This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta

Energy-Saving Light Bulbs Are Safe

Q: I’ve heard on the news that the energy-saving twisty lights can cause fire. I have a lot of them -- my place can be dark, and I leave them on a lot, and I like them. Should I get rid of all of them, or is it not that serious? They haven’t been taken off the market yet. -- Grace from Canada

A: A check of the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission Web site ( showed that while two brands of energy-saving, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) were recalled in 2004, no recalls have been issued recently, and there have been no warnings of such bulbs posing a fire hazard.

An article in "The Green Guide" ( discusses the burn marks and melted plastic that some bulb owners have noticed when a CFL burns out. The burns and melting indicate that the burnout took place properly. The way it works is a bit complicated, involving several components of the bulb -- including the ballast (the plastic base) and a built-in resistor that operates like a fuse in a home’s circuit box. The resister burns out when the ballast overheats, cutting the electrical circuit and thereby preventing a fire.

However, one should always use common sense around any light source. Use proper lampshades, and keep flammable materials away from the bulbs. When changing a burned-out bulb, turn off the power switch. Also, when installing CFLs, handle them carefully so that the seal between the ballast and glass tubes doesn’t crack -- an issue that can shorten the life of the bulb and cause minor smoking on burnout.

Remember that, like most things in life, you get what you pay for. Cheaper bulbs are likely to burn out much sooner than more expensive types, meaning you won’t save the money the package claims you will save. Make certain when purchasing a CFL that the product is Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) certified -- the UL marking should be on the plastic base.

HOME TIP: Fluorescent light bulbs contain small amounts of mercury, so don’t throw used bulbs into the trash. Check with your local municipality for household waste disposal guidelines or to find fluorescent light recycling programs nearby.

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