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Wednesday, May 30, 2007 Volume XV, Number 243
Did Ya Know?... The 12th
Annual Carthage Relay For Life will be held June
1, 2007 from 7 p.m. til 7 a.m. on June 2 in
Central Park. Survivors and current cancer
patients, their families, businesses, civic
organizations, and the public are invited to take
part in this exciting event.
Did Ya Know?... A Brats
& Dogs fundraiser for Kelcey Schlichting will
be held Saturday, June 2 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in
the Powerhouse, 430 W. Elk. $3 Adult, $2
Children. Proceeds go towards Kenceys
travel expenses to the National Braille
Did Ya Know?... A golf
tournament will be held Friday, June 1 at
Municipal Golf Course. 1:30 p.m. shotgun start -
$50.00 per player - prizes, lunch and fun
contests. $50.00 per player. Proceeds help offset
the cost of summer football camps for Carthage
High School football team.
Did Ya Know?... Spare
Cat Rescue will pay 1/2 for the spay or neuter of
your cat. Call for details. 417-358-6808.
You said if Id marry,
youd be humbly grateful.
Well, what of it?
Youre not - youre grumbly hateful.
This paper says one quarter of
the United States is covered with forests.
And I suppose the other three quarters is covered
Our cat swallowed a ball of
yarn. Her kittens were all born with sweaters.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
A Novel Entertainment.
The ladies of the W.C.B.
club held an open session for their husbands last night
at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Layne. The club has
many original ideas, but the leading feature of amusement
last night was strictly unique.
It was a guessing contest.
Each guest was given a card containing a quotation and a
blank space to be filled in with the name of a bird,
beast or insect implied by the quotation. Then each was
given two sticks of chewing gum to be chewed for five
minutes - the time allowed for studying what was to be
put in the blank space. That done, the gum was moulded
into the form of the bird, beast, or insect named on each
The result was one of the
rarest collections of monstrosities ever brought
together. Mrs. Osborn and Dr. Webster carried off the
John Pertel of
Kendricktown is very low with pneumonia.
The City Council
Budget Ways and Means committee will meet this
evening at 7:00 p.m. in a special session, to
attempt to finish the fiscal year 2008 budget.
The committee additionally made numerous cuts to
the budget during last weeks special
One of the larger
requests for the budget was that from the
Carthage Public Library for increased operation
costs at the new Library addition. The Library
board had requested the use of $54,500 from the
Parks and Stormwater Tax to use for this purpose.
Library director Jennifer Seaton at a previous
budget hearing has told the committee the figure
was based on estimations, but that the amount of
increase could not be know specifically until the
building had been open for a period of time.
The committee last
week agreed to grant the Library use of half of
the requested amount, $27,250, with the
understanding that additional funding may be
requested if needed. The committee agreed to meet
with Seaton again in 6 months to get an update on
the expenses for the new building.
Tom Short said he felt six months of operation
would give a "good idea" of what the
cost would be.
Bill Johnson said he felt this arrangement would
be "a lot cleaner" than granting the
full amount initially without having the
knowledge of how expensive the utilities would
Several other cuts
were made within agency and department budgets,
but the totals will not be calculated until this
significant change is the increase to the Cost of
Living Adjustment. Committee member Mike Harris
said he felt that the COLA for City employees
should be higher than the minimum recommendation,
which was a 2.3% increase. Harris said he would
like to see the impact on the budget if a 3.3%
increase was figured in. Harris said that
historically, as the COLA has increased the cost
for insurance had also increased and he felt the
employees werent actually seeing the
benefits of the adjustment.
A $25,000 wage
study for the City was left in the budget,
following much discussion by the committee.
Committee member Harris and Council member Claude
Newport both voiced the opinion that the money
budgeted for the study could be better used by
putting it in the budget to make payscales more
Diane Sharits said that the Finance and Personnel
Committee did not agree with that opinion and had
recommended the study.
Both Harris and
Newport said they felt that Carthage was unique
and that a consultant would just compare the City
to other towns of similar population sizes.
Sharits and Short
said they felt the study was needed. The item was
The budget must be
brought to Council by the June 12 Council meeting
and thus the second special meeting was scheduled
for this evening at 7 p.m.
The budget process always reminds me of my
brother, who was with my mom at the grocery
store. He had just got a brand new coat and was
anxious for everone who might notice to
make a comment.
of the small store was at the counter and
thoughtfully gave my brother a shiny new penny to
put in his new coat pocket.
Mom waited and when the
appropriate response was not forthcoming from my
brother she asked, "What do you say?"
After a moment, my brother
popped up, "Ya got a penny for the other
Now Im not sayin
that some get narrow minded, just very focused on
a particular project and sometimes walk away from
the table feelin a little let down
cause they only got one penny.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Here's A Tip
By JoAnn Derson
"Cutting boards can
be freshened with a simple, eco-friendly cleaner:
a lemon! Cut a lemon in half, and rub the cut
side all over your cutting board. It usually will
take out stains and is great for onion odors as
well." -- L.M. in South Carolina
"I made my own
knife block that fits into a kitchen drawer. I
took a piece of Styrofoam and made indents by
pushing each knife into the block, sharp side
down, so that the handle was hanging off the
side. Then I took a really thin square of fabric
and laid it on top. I worked left to right and
put each knife into its slot. The material was
pushed down, but stays there. I just trim the
extra fabric in areas that bunched up, and pinned
the corners and sides with straight pins. Now I
have a safe spot for each knife, and the drawer
is very organized." -- C.E. in Washington
"If you have
stained wallpaper, try making a paste with baking
soda and using it to scrub the paper. It worked
in my moms kitchen, where the paper was
really dirty and had lots of grease. It
didnt bring it totally back, but it looks
so much better! Hope this helps someone
else." -- B.W. in Pennsylvania
"If you save the
long cardboard rolls from gift wrap, you might be
able to tape one onto the end of your vacuum hose
to reach out-of-the-way spots, like under the
beds, under the fridge and high corners. It has
worked for me." -- I.L. in Nevada
Has your eyeglass
prescription changed? Dont forget to donate
those old glasses to Lions Club
International. For mailing instructions, go
online or have a friend help you go online to
www.lionsclubs.org and click on "Vision
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