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Monday, May 7, 2007 Volume XV, Number 227
Did Ya Know?...
McCune-Brooks Hospital will offer a free skin
screening clinic on May 9 from 9-11 a.m. and
1:30-3:30 p.m. Appointments will be assigned on a
first come-first served basis. Register in the
ER/Outpatient lobby beginning 8:45 a.m. 359-2452
for more info.
Did Ya Know?... A Master
Gardener will be available to answer gardening
questions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from
9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. through August 10.
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
Extension. Call 358-2158 or stop by the Jasper
County University of Missouri Extension Center in
the basement of the Jasper County Courthouse.
Did Ya Know?... The
Carthage Recycling Center and Landfill will
accept white goods (appliances) with compressors
removed and up to 4 tires per household from May
12 through May 26. This service will be free of
charge for Carthage citizens.
Ive just got rid of my
saxophone in part exchange for a new car.
I didnt think they
accepted things like that for a car.
Well, this case was an
exception. The dealer happened to be my next door
You are always wishing for what
you havent got.
Well, what else can one wish
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Big Methodist Picnic.
Three Hundred Young and
Old Were Not Afraid of Threatening Clouds.
Threatening showers and
black clouds had no terrors for the First Methodist
Sunday school today. They held a picnic at Lakeside this
afternoon just as though the sun shone brightly.
It took three big electric
cars to carry the merry makers to the park and coaches
were more than comfortably filled. Every one had along
something to eat and a monster picnic lunch was served at
Mrs. Will Tinker will
leave tomorrow for Carthage with a beautiful new
collection of painted china which she takes to be burned
in the kiln there. - Pierce City Empire
Fruit bon bon, a new drink
will be a specialty at Briles soda fountain this
To Discuss Name
The City Council
Public Services committee will meet this evening
at 7:00 p.m. at the Kellogg Lake Pavilion on East
Items on the
agenda include the continued discussion of two
proposed name changes. At the previous meeting
the committee heard from McCune-Brooks Hospital
CEO Bob Copeland and Hospital Board President Don
LeFerle concerning the name of the street that
runs in front of the site where the new
McCune-Brooks Hospital will be located. The
street is currently named Garrison Avenue, though
it is not connected to the Garrison Avenue that
runs through the rest of Carthage. Copeland
requested that the street be re-named "Dr.
W. Russell Smith Drive." It was also
requested that the name of the hospital be
changed to "McCune-Brooks Regional
The committee was
favorable to the proposed changes and recommended
a 30 day comment period to allow for public
input. This meeting will mark the completion of
the 30 day comment period.
Other items on the
agenda include the discussion of a proposal from
the Kellogg Lake Committee and the discussion of
fireworks bids for the Citys Fourth of July
Services committee has been meeting in various
City parks and recreation venues for several
months as part of an ongoing evaluation of the
parks system. In case of inclement weather
tonights meeting will be held at the
Carthage Parks office in Municipal Park.
I once had the opportunity to take a class called
Pragmatism in Education. It was a college
course that, as the name implied, showed how to
teach in a pragmatic manner, or as it was called
in our household, usin horse sense.
Somea the students had a real problem
with it. The basic problem was that most em
wanted an answer they could memorize and spit
back out. Every day theyd be askin
the same questions, the teacher would be
givin the same answer. "Figure it out.
Convince me." The basic theory of
teachin kids how to think, not what to
The class was a classic example
of what the prof was tryin ta get across.
Ya cant memorize all the answers.
Youve got to, at some point, start
makin some sense of it on your own.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Oldies & Oddities
This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta
Ridding Yard of
Q: Each spring and
summer I have to deal with thousands of tiny red
fire ants swarming around my yard and even coming
up out of cracks in the driveway. A neighbor
recommended that I find the main nest, pour
gasoline on it and set it on fire, and that this
is the only way to kill them. Is he right, or is
there another way to get rid of these pests? I
would really like to have my yard back. -- Tammy
C., Lake City, Fla.
A: Anyone who has
ever inadvertently stood on or near a fire ant
nest knows how painful those tiny bites can be!
Fighting fire with fire has been a popular
solution to the Southeasts fire ant
invasion for quite a few decades now. But
its dangerous and not something I would
recommend. Once the nest has been eliminated, the
fire ant population may be reduced for a short
period, but these small pests -- first reaching
the southern U.S. sometime in the 1920s -- will
products are on the market now that can have a
longer-term impact on the fire ants currently
residing in your yard. Visit the pest-control
section of your home-improvement store and ask
for granule-type ant baits specifically
formulated for fire ants. These baits dont
kill instantly. Instead, worker ants pick up the
granules and carry them back to the main nest,
where the queen resides. The chemicals in the
bait are metabolic inhibitors -- meaning the ants
that consume it will no longer thrive on other
foods and eventually die.
A couple of
important notes on chemical baits: These do have
some environmental impact, so use only the amount
recommended on the package, and avoid using the
bait during periods of heavy rain -- since it
will wash away from the intended target and into
lakes or streams. Also, for the most effective
treatment, coordinate the bait application with
surrounding neighbors so that several yards are
treated at once, further reducing the risk of
HOME TIP: Fire
ants grab a persons skin between their
mandibles to anchor themselves prior to stinging.
At the first prickly sensation of an ant on
ones leg, quickly sweep the area with an
open hand to remove the ant and avoid the painful
sting, then look around and move away from
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