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Wednesday, October 10, 2007 Volume XVI, Number 81

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Veterans’ Alliance will meet October 11th in the Legion Rooms of the Memorial Hall at 7:00 p.m. to plan the annual Veterans’ Day Program. All of the organizations and the members of the Community Band are invited to attend.

Did Ya Know?... Boy Scouts of America Eagle Project. There will be a coat drive from October 3-17 to collect coats for the Carthage Crisis Center and Souls Harbor in Joplin. Coats of all sizes are needed ranging from infants to adults. There is a drop off box at Walmart in the game room. If you need more information, please contact Andy Petersen at 359-5641.

Did Ya Know?.. Pleasant Valley PTO is hosting the 2nd Annual Chili Feed and first ever Chili Cook-Off October 13th from 5-7 p.m. All you can eat dinner includes hot dogs, frito pie, drink and dessert for $6.00 (adults), $3.00 (kids) and kids under 3 eat free. To-go orders just $3.00. Cook-off pre-registration deadline Oct 13, $4.00. Forms can be picked up at Pleasant Valley Elementary or YMCA bulletin board. Judges: Allan Mattthews from KODE and Food Columnist Cheryle Finley. For more info call 359-5126.

today's laugh

A grouch is a man who spreads good cheer wherever he doesn’t go.

If you’re looking forward to a dull evening - you’ve reached middle age.

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

Pension Money Thief Caught.

Clayton Watson, the Oronogo man who stole Mrs. Ellen Jump’s pension money a few days ago, was landed in the county jail yesterday afternoon. He was arrested by Constable J.L. Sudduth, of Mineral township, at Elk City, Kas. Sudduth had followed him all the way out there and had a lively time catching him. Watson had about $37. He caught a ride to Carthage, hired a livery team here and had Tom Moore drive him to Jasper, and then boarded the train for Lamar. From there he took the Gulf west and kept dodging the constable, who was close on his trail. When arrested he had only 35 cents left. Sudduth secured from him an itemized account of his expenditures of the money by which the whereabouts of almost every cent of it are known.

Doc Niehardt is nursing a sore hand as the result of a slip while sawing some brush for Dr. W.W. Watkins.


Today's Feature

Budget Meeting.

The Carthage City Council Budget Ways and Means committee met Monday evening in a regular session. The agenda was light, with only one item for consideration. City Administrator Tom Short was not present at the meeting and City Clerk Lynn Campbell discussed with the Committee an appropriation of funds for repairs to the Kellogg Lake fountain.

Campbell said that funding has been donated over the years specifically for the Kellogg Lake Park fountain. This money goes to the City Civic Enhancement fund where it stays unappropriated until the fountain needs repairs. At that point the funds for the repair are appropriated. Currently the fountain needs repair, and the committee discussed a motion to appropriate $1,000 for that repair. It has been estimated that the repair work will cost $275. The committee discussed appropriating only the amount required for this repair, but agreed that if further repairs are needed this fiscal year it would be a sound idea to have additional funds ready.

A motion to recommend the $1,000 appropriation was unanimously approved by the committee.

Just Jake Talkin'
These pre-fabricated playhouses you can buy for the kids seem a little unusual to me.

In the rural setting of my childhood, the only thing that concerned us when building a playhouse was havin’ enough nails to hold the thing together. We didn’t care if it was painted, or even if it was structurally sound. We simply gathered all the scrap lumber available and built until we ran out. Usually there wasn’t any roof type materials and it didn’t matter much, ‘cause then the structure would just become a "fort."

Guys never had "playhouses" anyway. Anything resemblin’ a structure would be a "clubhouse" or a "hideout," even though there were no members and ever’one knew our location.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail

Here's A Tip
By JoAnn Derson

• If you need to work with finishing nails, you might have the same problem I do: They are terrible to keep in place when first putting them in. I solved it by using a small but strong magnet in the shape of a thin rectangle. I can put the nail on the end of the magnet, tap it in place and then detach the magnet to drive the nail in all the way. This has saved me HOURS of aggravation and sore fingers through the years. -- C.A. in Florida

• Here’s a timesaver: Schedule repeat visits before you leave. This applies to doctors, dentists, hair stylists, veterinarians, etc.

• "I keep a pair of scissors and a lint roller in (almost) every room. I always seem to need them, and I never have to go far to get one." -- G.K. in Indiana

• "To make my morning oatmeal more interesting, I keep a supply of add-ins handy. Raisins, various nuts and different spices let me mix it up while still getting the healthy benefits of oatmeal." -- H.L. in New Mexico

• "I don’t have a dishwasher. It really used to annoy me to wash dishes, but now I just put on my hands-free headset that hooks up to my phone, and I wash dishes while chatting with my friends and family. It makes time go so quickly that I clean house while talking on the phone, too!" -- M.W. in Nebraska

• "I keep my checkbook and receipts in a small fabric zipper-top envelope I found at the store. I also keep a calculator and pen in the envelope, so I have everything I need to balance the checkbook at the drop of a hat (since I do it mostly online anyway)." -- P.R. in Virginia

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