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Wednesday, October 17, 2007 Volume XVI, Number 86

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Chamber is in search of approximately 20 volunteers to help secure the perimeters of the parade staging area this Saturday, October 20. Volunteers must be 21 years of age and willing to assist in traffic control from 7 a.m.-11 a.m.. Volunteers will be stationed at intersections along Garrison Avenue headed south to 5th Street and along Central Avenue going east to Main. Helping with the actual parade line-up is also a possibility. Call 358-2373.

Did Ya Know?... A benefit will be held for the Carthage Public Library Development Foundation on Maple Leaf afternoon, October 20 from 1 to 3 p.m in the Library. A donation of $10 or more to the Foundation will buy a signed copy of the book "How Freddy Saved the Day," by Neosho High School class of ‘63 graduate Adam Couture.

Did Ya Know?... An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Thursday, October 5th from 1:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the First Nazarene Church, 2000 Grand, Carthage. Refreshments to all donors. Donor card or photo ID required.

today's laugh

I’m sure tired. Didn’t get much sleep last night. Had insomnia all night.

Why didn’t you count sheep.

I did. I counted 10,000 sheep. I put them in the cattle car and shipped them to market and after I had figured out how much money I lost on the deal, it was time to get up.

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

Sack Full of Shoes.

The police today arrested a hobo who had brought into town a sack full of assorted styles of shoes. The grades run from men’s brogans to ladies slippers and are, without doubt, stolen. He came up from Joplin last night in company with another fellow of the same brand who says he knew nothing of the bum who had the shoes before meeting him yesterday. In order to avoid getting into trouble himself he volunteered to go into the holdover on pretense of being arrested and pump the other fellow as to how he came to be in possession of the property. Marshal Bruffett is sending out inquiries to the surrounding towns asking whether anything of this description has been stolen.

Miss Lou Wiggins today took a position in Mrs. Damon’s ready-made goods department at Rose’s, and Miss Myrtle Talbert who has just returned from Aurora, took a position this morning in Miss White’s pattern and glove department.


Today's Feature

Proposal Would Allow Fireworks.

The Public Safety Committee met Monday evening in a regular session. Items on the agenda included the continued discussion of a proposed revision to City codes concerning the use of fireworks within the City limits. Committee chair Mike Harris originally suggested the idea that fireworks should be allowed on New Year’s Eve and the week of the Fourth of July. Upon presenting the idea Harris said that he felt people should be encouraged to celebrate Independence Day, and that as many already use fireworks, the revision would alleviate some of the efforts of the Police. Police Chief Dennis Veach agreed that enforcement of the fireworks ordinance is difficult without catching violators in the act of shooting the fireworks.

At Monday’s meeting a draft ordinance was distributed, reviewed and amended, and a motion was approved to recommend the ordinance to full Council as a Council bill.

The current City ordinance about fireworks reads; "No person, shall shoot, set off, explode or discharge any blank cartridge, torpedo, cane torpedo, firecracker, or any substance containing chlorate of potash and sulphur, or device for exploding or discharging such substances, or any other fireworks. Provided, however, that fireworks displays, to be conducted by persons who make a profession of holding fireworks displays, may be held after having first obtained written permission from the Fire Chief..."

The addition to this ordinance would, if approved, allow "Exceptions" to the restrictions currently provided, making the discharge of fireworks acceptable on December 31st, from 5 p.m. to January 1st at 1 a.m.; June 30th to July 3rd from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. each evening; July 4th from 9 a.m. to July 5th at 1 a.m.; and July 5th from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. The proposed revisions still restrict the discharge of fireworks at Municipal Park, and allow the Fire Chief to suspend the exceptions in case of drought or high fire risk. .

The amendments the committee made and approved at Monday’s meeting included the addition of the starting time (9 a.m.) for the exceptions and the addition of July 5th as an extra day.

The committee agreed to forward the amended ordinance to Council for its first reading next Tuesday.

Just Jake Talkin'
Had some folks stop in from Texas the other day. First time visitors to Carthage.

It’s always fun to see people get excited about the history and attractions here in town and the surroundin’ area. They soon figured out that takin’ in Carthage is at least a two day event. They liked the place, spent the night and will likely be back for more visits.

I suppose for those of us who live in the community it’s easy to take for granted all of the sights we encounter ever’day. It takes an outsider to rekindle the excitement that comes with the discovery of our community.

This week there will likely be lots a folks comin’ in for the Maple Leaf Festival that aren’t from around these parts. Most likely they’ll wanna come back too.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail

Here's A Tip
By JoAnn Derson

• Attach a flashlight to the fuse box for easy visibility in a power outage. Use a strong magnet if your box is metal; if not, you can use a section of hook-and-loop tape attached to both the box and the flashlight.

• "Dry rice can be added to both the salt shaker and the pepper shaker in order to allow the salt or pepper to flow more freely. Even if yours is opaque, you can tell it is time to add more salt or pepper when the shaker starts to rattle." -- Y.L. in Pennsylvania

• Eight to 10 regular marshmallows equal 1 cup of mini marshmallows.

• "Pills just seem to be getting bigger and bigger these days, especially vitamins and such. If you have trouble taking pills and get one stuck in your throat, try taking a big bite of a banana. It’s very soft and seems to cushion the pill on the way down, and its bulk sort of sweeps the pill to the stomach. It works for me every time!" -- O.I. in Ontario, Canada

• Save old toothbrushes for cleaning, and mark them with masking tape so you can tell the difference.

• "If you have a broken cassette tape, you can use the tape to tie off plants in the garden. It’s easy to use, and it’s already wound up, so the tape itself can be slipped into a pocket of an apron and takes up little space." -- U.L. in Texas

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