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Thursday, November 15, 2007 Volume XVI, Number 107

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... VFW Post 2590 Men’s Auxiliary will hold a Turkey Shoot every Saturday & Sunday through November 18th. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. West of Carthage at the intersection of 96 & 171 Highways. Splatter board. Public Invited, Male & Female.

Did Ya Know?... A Thanksgiving Feast of Thankfulness will be held Thursday, November 22, 2007 from 1 p.m. till 3 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 7th & Main, Carthage for those who need to be with others but have no place to go. Those who would like to volunteer, call Marilyn Bisbee at 417-358-3533.

Did Ya Know?... A Thanksgiving Dance will be held at VFW Post 2590, Carthage on November 17, 2007 from 8:00 p.m. to 12 midnight. Music by the Highway 66 band. $5.00 at the door.

Did Ya Know?... The McCune-Brooks Hospital Gift Shop will hold its Christmas Sale on November 16 -17 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 627 W. Centennial, Carthage.

today's laugh

Hi, Bill. Didn’t I borrow ten bucks from you yesterday?
How careless of me. Could you give it to me now?

What’s the idea? Don’t you know this is a one way street?
Well, I’m only going the one way.

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

Women Extinguish a Fire.

There was an incipient blaze on west Second street yesterday afternoon in a wood shed in the rear of the Clarkson row, probably caused by some of the children playing with matches. By the prompt action of the ladies in the block who formed themselves into a bucket brigade, the flames were quickly overcome. There was some confusion for a while in getting work systemized and two or three women fainted but the delay was not fatal.

Brother Was Injured.

A. B. Saltzman, living on Oak street, has received word that his brother, Joseph Saltzman, now living in Cleveland, O., received serious injuries a few days ago. He was riding a bicycle at a very high rate of speed down one of the asphalt boulevards there, when he collided with a carriage and fell, breaking his nose and badly injuring his head.


Today's Feature

Fireworks Ban Remains.

The Carthage City Council during Tuesday’s meeting did not approve an ordinance that would have lifted the ban on fireworks within the City limits. The ordinance, if approved, would have made legal the discharge of fireworks within the City during the week of July 4th and on New Year’s Eve. During its first reading the ordinance was tabled to allow for more discussion and public input.

During Tuesday’s meeting several citizens were present to voice their opinions. Citizen Ivan Hager spoke against allowing fireworks in the City, saying he was worried about fire risks. Hager said allowing the discharge of fireworks would increase visits to the emergency room and calls to the fire department.

"Bottle rockets are a menace to society and especially to homes here in Carthage," said Hager.

Hager also spoke against the idea that the current ordinance was unenforceable.

"We have a good situation now," said Hager. "It’s not perfect. We don’t enforce speeding laws perfectly either, but they (Police) do a good job in both cases."

Citizen Patricia Evans also spoke against allowing fireworks, saying that she opposed the noise and the trash from fireworks.

"I would like to keep it quiet," said Evans.

Citizen Herman Calvin expressed concerns about fire risks to Council, saying that it is usually dry and hot in July.

"If you allow fireworks in the City you’re going to work the Fire Department to death," said Calvin.

Citizen LaVera Newman said she did not oppose the sale of fireworks within City limits, an item which was brought for consideration at the same time, but stated that she felt an entire week of fireworks would not be in the best interest of the City.

Citizen H.J. Johnson distributed a map to Council members which displayed Carthage with markings of 600’ radius circles around all churches, schools and hospitals in the City. Johnson said that State statutes prohibit the discharge of fireworks within these vicinities, and that attempting to enforce these divisions may be problematic.

"Right now it’s difficult to enforce," said Johnson. "When you start dividing the streets it’s going to be pretty well impossible."

Following the citizens participation Council member Mike Harris made a motion to vote on the ordinance allowing the sale of fireworks in the City. The motion was not seconded.

Harris also made a motion to vote on the ordinance allowing the discharge of fireworks, which received a second from Diane Sharits. The ordinance was defeated 7 to 3. Those in favor of allowing fireworks included; Mike Harris, Cynthia Curry and Diane Sharits. Those against included; Bill Johnson, Bill Welch, Tom Flanigan, Dan Rife, Claude Newport, Larry Ross and Bill Fortune.

Council members and City Staff also bid farewell to Police Chief Dennis Veach and welcomed interim Chief Barry Duncan. Veach is leaving Carthage to accept a position as Chief of Police in Sachse, Texas. It was his final Council meeting.

Rezoning Request Discussed.

The City Council on Tuesday heard much citizen input concerning the return of an ordinance which, if approved, would rezone property at 1926 S. Garrison from "A" First Dwelling and "D" Local Business to "E" General Business.

As reported in Tuesday’s Mornin’ Mail, the proposed rezoning has been brought before Council and rejected several times, the last of which was in August of this year. Citizens who live near the property have historically opposed the rezoning, which would allow for the sale of liquor by the drink.

Citizen Jess Kessinger, a neighbor to the property in question, told the Council that he opposed the rezoning. Kessinger said that the request to rezone the property had been defeated many times, even preceding requests by current owner Vince Scott. Kessinger said that the neighbors to the property had not been notified of this latest rezoning request and questioned how many times the item could be brought before Council.

"In order to get this issue laid to rest, do we need to take this to a vote of the people?" asked Kessinger.

Citizen Laverne Williams told Council that he had opposed the rezoning because he was not in favor of a liquor serving establishment.

Citizen Ivan Hager urged Council members to vote against the rezoning, saying he felt the purpose of the rezoning was to help the property sell, and that he didn’t feel that was the responsibility of the Council. Hager added that he did not approve of the proximity of a residential neighborhood to an establishment that could sell liquor by the drink.

"Keep our City a small town, where it’s a pleasure to walk down the street and raise kids," said Hager.

Citizen Nancy Corley also questioned why the item had been returned to Council after being defeated in August. Corley asked the Council to vote against the rezoning, citing concerns about a decrease in property values in the neighborhood if the ordinance was approved.

Corley also said that a rezoning would little control over future use of the building if it sold.

During the first reading of the ordinance the Council members heard a presentation by Dick Barge, who represented property owner Vince Scott. Barge spoke at length about a wide variety of topics, including traffic trends, business growth and new developments in Carthage. Barge said that with the completion of the Fairview Interchange, the neighborhood in question would likely have increased traffic.

Barge said that Carthage was shifting and becoming a larger city with more businesses.

"It may not be desirable," said Barge, "but urbanization is a fact of life."

Barge noted several proposed stipulations to the rezoning which would allow for some control measures over what types of business could operate from the property, including a mandatory percentage split between alcohol sales and food sales. Barge said that this measure would help ensure that the business was a "restaurant" and not a "bar or tavern." Barge also recommended a privacy fence at the back alley of the property, which would force traffic to enter and exit the business using the street.

Only a few Council members discussed the ordinance following the presentation. Council member Bill Welch noted that at one point a Special Use Permit had been approved for the property, which had allowed for some stipulations similar to those which were being proposed currently.

Public Works Director Chad Wampler said that the alcohol and food percentage split would help regulate the use of the property without "opening a can of worms" for any future operators.

The item will return for its second reading and a vote at the next Council meeting, to be held November 27.

Just Jake Talkin'
The power screwdriver don’t always get along. Now, sheetrock screws aren’t really a problem. Ya load up a fastener bit, give it a little poke to stick it in the wall and pull the trigger. Z-z-z-zip you’re done.

The place where it gets tricky is tryin’ to drive a fairly long screw into a hardwood surface. Z-z-z-z$#!!@$#!. A totally different sound altogether.

‘Course bein’ the innovator I am, I figure the solution is to convert this to a two-handed operation. Applyin’ plenty of pressure with the gun hand, while steadyin’ the screw with the other. It sounds somethin’ like this. Z-thunk! @$@$$%%^##**!!! This means ya just jammed your thumb with a sidewindin’ screwdriver at 1,400 r.p.m., the screw’s only halfway in, and the neighbors all think you’re crazy.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Metcalf Auto Supply

Click & Clack Talk Cars
By Tom & Ray Magliozzi

This Guy Is A Drip

Dear Tom and Ray:

A male friend of mine insists that liquid dripping from a tailpipe is always gasoline. He says that it means the engine isn’t burning fuel well and so it is coming out of the exhaust system. I always thought that it was a sign of a cold exhaust system and that the water (a by-product of a combustion engine) that normally comes out as water vapor is just condensing on the cold exhaust pipe and running out as liquid water. I’ve never heard of gasoline coming out of a tailpipe before. Who is right? - Kimberly

RAY: You are. You’re exactly right, Kimberly.

TOM: You’re more likely to see water dripping out of the tailpipe just after a car starts in the morning, or during the winter. Those are times when the tailpipe is cold, and the vapor condenses.

RAY: Once the tailpipe heats up (assuming the ambient outside temperature is high enough to allow it to ever heat up), the water vapor passes right through it without condensing, and you don’t see it anymore.

TOM: If your boyfriend finds gasoline coming out of his tailpipe, tell him to call Exxon. I’m sure they’d be interested in leasing the rights to his car.

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