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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 Volume XV, Number 239

did ya know?

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?... The City of Carthage will be spraying for mosquitoes through Friday, May 25th. Areas will be sprayed in the evening of regular trash pickup, between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. It is recommended that citizens turn off attic or window fans when the sprayer is in the immediate area.

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.

today's laugh

I want a pair of spec-rimmed hornicles - I mean spornrimmed hectacles - confound it - I mean heck-rimmed spornacles.
I know what you mean, sir. Mr. Peck, show this gentleman a pair of rimsroned hectacles. You’ve got me doing it.

Our bridge club broke up.
We had to break up because everyone attended every meeting and there was no one to talk about.

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

Coming and Going.

Miss Mabelle Martin has returned from her vacation visit at Golden City, and after assisting with the collections at the Schlecht meat house will go to Colorado for the rest of the summer.

Miss Kate Fischer came home today from a week’s visit at Joplin. She was accompanied home by her sister Mrs. A.J. Fugitt, who has been ill.

Charley and Will McBean went to one of their secret fishing places on Spring river today and played the usual havoc with the finny tribe.

Billie Boon went to Ft. Scott today to cheer Flower Girl on to victory at the races.

The cotton mill mass meeting at the court house tonight is of interest to every citizen. Let there be a large turn out. No subscriptions will be asked.


Today's Feature

Safety Committee.

The City Council Public Safety Committee met Monday evening in a regular session. The committee heard from Chamber of Commerce president and Economic Development Director John Bode concerning street closure requests for two upcoming events. Bode requested closure of the square for the annual sidewalk sale on July 28 from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a second closure for the Maple Leaf Parade on October 20th from midnight to 7 p.m. The committee approved these requests and thanked Bode for his advance notice concerning the two annual events.

Police Chief Dennis Veach also requested a street closure, for the Relay For Live annual event at Central Park on June 1 and 2. The request was to close the 700 block of Lyon Street and the 300 block of 7th street from 4:30 p.m. on June 2 until 10 a.m. on June 2. More information will be released at a future date on the overnight event. The committee approved the request.

Committee Chair Mike Harris noted that he would present the street closure requests to the full City Council.

Kellogg Lake Nature Center and Preserve board members Jo Ellis and Ed Grundy were present at the meeting as well to update the committee on a proposed ordinance that would ban driving and parking on the grass at Kellogg Lake Park. Ellis presented the committee with a refined draft ordinance, based on a sample ordinance and adjusted by City Administrator Tom Short and City Attorney Nate Dally to better meet the needs of the park.

Committee Chair Harris said his only concern with the ordinance was the 8,000 pound maximum vehicle weight. Harris said he felt this might exclude RVs, and the number might need to be adjusted. Ellis agreed with the suggestion. The committee took no action, but agreed to further discuss the ordinance at the next meeting.

Just Jake Talkin'
Sometimes it amazes me the way folks figure things out. Just look at any "rule" there is, someone has figured a way around it.

I was in one a those "express" check-out lanes the other day. Ten items or less. There were three people in front of me. Didn’t think much of it ‘til the kid checkin’ out reached back two people and took money from what I reckon was his mom. Then the second kid checked out, reached back and got money from her too. Then the mom got up to the checkout.

I suppose if ya questioned this procedure, it was all perfectly legal. It was just a way around what the rule was set up for.

‘Course, when the mom started checkin’ out, I was beginnin’ ta worry that she was gonna reach back and expect me hand her some money.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail

Here's A Tip.
By JoAnn Derson

• "Grilling season is facing its official kickoff, and I am ready with my bag of tricks! I save the leftover portions of onion skin and garlic cloves, and have a pretty nice little herb garden going. I add the onion and garlic to the coals after they are burning nicely, and you can do the same thing with herbs -- fennel is especially nice when grilling fish." -- A.C. in Missouri

• Toss those condiment packages! If you are like most people, you hang on to extra ketchup packs from takeout, and lots of other things. Well, they break down like anything else, and if you have a pile, there’s no way to know how long you’ve had them. Toss them, and request only what you’ll use. Or, add the excess directly to your regular bottles at home as a booster.

• "To stay on top of the little messes in the bathroom, I keep a roll of paper towels and a small spray bottle of cleaner (well-labeled) in each bathroom under the sink. It takes only a minute to freshen up, and it makes the regular cleaning process go more quickly." -- P.D. in New Mexico

• Outdoor wicker furniture can be fresh and clean with only soap and water. Scrub with a brush and then let it sit in a shaded, and hopefully, windy area.

• "I have a warning of sorts for people like me who like to scour garage sales (and sometimes trash cans) for furniture that can be refinished. Make sure that if you choose a piece that is painted, you check for lead paint before stripping. You can get kits at a home-improvement store. It’s not worth exposing yourself!" -- R.L. in Arkansas

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