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published every weekday except major holidays
Monday, October 22, 2007 Volume XVI, Number
Did Ya Know?... An
American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held
Thursday, October 25th from 1:30 to 7:00 p.m. in
the First Nazarene Church, 2000 Grand, Carthage.
Refreshments to all donors. Donor card or photo
Did Ya Know?... The
McCune-Brooks Diabetic Support Group will meet
October 24th at 4:00 p.m. in the hospital
cafeteria. Topic is Diabetes and Exercise. Call
359-2355 for more information.
What are you doing with that
I bought it by mistake.
Most people go shopping on purpose.
Yes - but this was funny. I saw a man coming down
the street with a shotgun, so I followed him.
I thought there was going to be a wedding.
So you stopped and got the rice?
Yes, but the joke was on me. It turned out to
just be a bank robbery.
They put my uncle in jail for
stealing, but it wasnt his fault.
Oh, it wasnt?
No, how could he have known that the woman
didnt mean what she said?
|What did she say?
He was helping her clean houses; and she gave him
a rug and told him to beat it.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Encountered a Rough
Miss Ella Knight writes
friends in this city of quite a thrilling experience of
herself and a young lady friend in St. Louis recently.
She and this young friend, who is a college student, went
to St. Louis to see a parade. A boisterous woman who was
near them on the pavement accused the girls of shoving
and warned them not to do so again. They assured her they
were not shoving, but a moment later the crowd surged
them agains the woman with renewed force, when she turned
and dealt Miss Knights companion a blow in the
throat which rendered the girl quite unconscious for a
couple of hours. The woman was taken to the police
station and the young lady has to all appearances totally
lost her voice as a result of the assault.
In spite of the fact that
the recent warm weather is unfavorable for selling
clothing, Aaron Myers is doing quite a lively business.
Hourly wage to
increase from $6.50 to $6.65 per hour
1, 2008, and as required by last years
ballot initiative, Missourians will see an
increase to the minimum wage. Beginning the first
of the year, the states minimum hourly wage
will increase by 15 cents from $6.50 to $6.65 per
minimum wage law was adopted by Missourians last
year by 76 percent of the vote. The rate change
was announced recently by the Department of Labor
and Industrial Relations, based on a 2.2 percent
change in the Consumer Price Index between July
2006 and July 2007.
The minimum wage
law applies to all businesses/employees that are
not specifically exempted. Any business, except
retail or service businesses whose annual gross
volume sales or business is less than $500,000
needs to pay non-exempt employees the minimum
To learn more
about Missouris minimum wage law or to
print a minimum wage poster, please visit the Web
site, www.dolir.mo.gov/ls/minimumwage/ or call
the Missouri Division of Labor Standards at (573)
As a kid our teachers didnt make us learn
multiplication tables past the 10s. I actually
never really learned the 9s, but could figure the
tens pretty easy. Instead of just learnin
the 9s, Id multiply by ten and then
subtract the number. Say, 9 x 8. Eight times ten
is eighty, subtract one 8 and ya get 72.
I always thought I had figured out a
real secret, but the other day I picked up a book
that taught several little tricks to make
figurin math in you head easier. It was
published back in the 30s. The author had figured
all the angles and had a shortcut of some kind
for most all math type of problems.
I suppose I wasnt as
smart, or as dumb, as I thought I was. I still
figure a little math ever now and then on paper
just for practice, but the calculator is always
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Oldies & Oddities
This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta
Q: The dining room
and kitchen of the house we recently purchased
have dingy, faded wallpaper in place. Whats
the best way to remove this so that we can paint
the walls? -- Kara G., Portland, Maine
removal, even at the best of times, is a
time-consuming, exhausting, dusty, dirty job. It
can also be somewhat exhilarating as you rip
paper from the walls, but this comes in small
doses. Im just preparing you for the job --
because removing the old wallpaper and repainting
the walls is ultimately worth the effort.
Youll need a
putty knife, wallpaper scraper, wallpaper scorer,
a spray bottle filled with mild soapy water,
dropcloths, sponges, a scouring pad and coarse
sandpaper. A dust mask, hat and gloves should be
worn. Depending on the difficulty involved in
removing the wallpaper and glue beneath, you may
need to rent a wallpaper steamer.
Wallpaper-removing solution is also available,
but this is a somewhat caustic product that
generates lots of fumes, requiring a respirator
mask, eye and skin protection, so consider it a
After clearing out
furniture and putting down dropcloths, test the
wallpaper by selecting a loose corner and gently
pulling away from the wall. Encourage the paper
along by running the putty knife or scraper
between the paper and wall.
Older paper tends
to peel away and leave the backing and glue
behind. And such glue is often practically
petrified. To make removal easier, spray
soap-and-water solution on the surface of the
wallpaper and let it soak for a few minutes
before peeling. If the wet spray doesnt
work, use the rental steamer (careful, as
its very hot) to soften the backing and
glue. Scrape away softened material with the
putty knife; attack stubborn backing blobs with
As I said,
wallpaper removal is a tough job. Do the work in
batches, allotting a certain amount of time to
the job each day. If youre tired or
hurried, the walls may not be cleaned properly,
and that will show up under the paint.
HOME TIP: Before
painting a wall, sand the surface with fine-grit
sandpaper to create a slightly rough surface to
which the paint will adhere.
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