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Thursday, October 11, 2007 Volume XVI, Number
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
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.
Im not saying hes
stingy, but even if he was a canoe he
When a golfer misses a drive he
expresses himself to a tee.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Speaking of picnics this
morning, an old timer remarked that the electric line had
cut a great swath in the livery mans business.
Formerly there was a drive
picnic nearly every week or two during the summer, and
most of the crowds went to Wildwood, or Tuckers
ford, as it was called.
Most of the Sunday schools
also went there on their annual one-days outings.
Cave Springs and Carytown, too, got a crowd now and then,
big crowds going out in the big bus or wagonettes.
But now Lakeside not only
gets all the picnics but the electric really uses the
number of events by the cheapness and conveniences with
everything that can be held. A moonlight driving picnic
has come to be such a novelty that there is great
disappointment that one cannot be held now.
The Carthage City
Council met Tuesday evening in a regular session.
Council heard the first reading of an ordinance
approving a contract with Kaatz & Associates,
LLC, of Springfield for the purpose of conducting
a "Comprehensive Compensation and
Classification Study." The study would
evaluate the payscales of City employees, after
which Kaatz & Associates would make
recommendations of adjustments to bring City
employees to a more competitive level with other
The Finance and
Personnel committee has overseen the selection of
a consultant to conduct the study. Five bids were
received and reviewed by that committee, of which
the two lowest bidders were interviewed prior to
selection. After the interview process the
committee agreed to forward its recommendation of
Kaatz & Associates as the best bidder for the
job. On Tuesday Council approved unanimously this
recommendation, prior to the first reading of the
ordinance approving the contract.
was heard during the first reading. Council
member Claude Newport noted during final remarks
that he felt the City could conduct such a study
in-house and do as well as any consultant,
without spending the $22,000. Newport has stated
this opinion several times, beginning during the
budget process when the funding for the study was
originally allocated. During those budget
sessions Council member Mike Harris agreed with
Newport that the study could be done by City
Department heads instead of by a consultant.
Harris voiced his opinion again on Tuesday
evening and was joined by Council member Tom
The second reading
and vote on the ordinance will be held at the
next regular Council meeting, scheduled for
Tuesday, October 23.
Mail column listed repairs for the Kellogg
Lake fountain incorrectly at $275, a number which
was transposed. The repairs are estimated to cost
Ive always heard the theory and take to be
true, that kids who arent allowed to play
in the dirt ever now and then never get
exposed to small amounts of bacteria and other
goodies that help the body build its immune
system. Now, theres nothin wrong with
a little soap and water, but the fact is a parent
can become so concerned with common dirt that
they harm the kids health.
Same goes for bein over cautious
bout those childhood bumps and bruises.
There could be a legitimate argument against
lettin a kid ride a bike or climb a tree.
Most feel that the positive aspect of self esteem
learned by these activities are worth the risks.
I suppose the main point
bein that ya cant eliminate all the
risks all the time. Nobody knows all the answers,
but theres always someone with questions.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Metcalf Auto Supply
Click & Clack Talk Cars
By Tom and Ray Magliozzi
Dear Tom and Ray:
I own a 1992 Toyota Camry Wagon
V6 automatic with 150,000 miles on it. Recently,
I installed a trailer hitch so I could mount a
bike rack back there. As I was standing there
admiring the way the bikes easily went on and off
the rack, I began wondering if I could use this
car to pull a very light pop-up trailer. My
brother says doing so would be the equivalent of
transmission suicide, but several trailer-hitch
Web sites say that my wagon is good for up to
2,000 pounds. I bought this car used. What do you
think? Should I go for the light trailer or stick
with my damp and humid tent? Thanks, - Mark.
TOM: I think youre headed
down a slippery slope, Mark. First its the
bike rack, then its the pop-up trailer.
Next time you write, youll be wanting to
tow the Exxon Valdez. Id quit while
RAY: Towing puts a lot of
stress on any vehicle. I mean, Im likely to
wear out after about 80 years, if Im lucky.
But if I had to drag my brother around my while
life, Id probably expire a lot sooner. Or,
at least, Id WANT to!
TOM: When you tow something,
youre asking the engine, the transmission,
and the suspension to carry - in some cases,
several thousands of extra pounds. Not to mention
the added aero-dynamic drag of the refrigerator
box youre suddenly dragging around.
Thats stressful enough on a new car, but
here, youre talking about a car thats
15 years old.
RAY: So unless youre
eager to drive this old Camry into the ground so
you can buy something new, Id limit the
amount of towing you do. Stick with your old
tent. Splurge instead on a brand-new mosquito
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