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Thursday, October 4, 2007 Volume XVI, Number 77

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... VFW Post # 2590 is having a crafts and bake sale to benefit Vet’s-PAC. 50% off Crafts. Everyone is invited. Saturday from 11:00 to 5:00.

Did Ya Know?... A Four Person Scramble Golf Tournament in memory of Dick Mansfield will be held Sunday, Oct. 14 at 12:00 at the Carthage Golf Course. Deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 5 by 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Grace Episcopal Church Youth Group. Call 417-237-7036 for more information.

Did Ya Know?... VFW Post 2590 Men’s Auxiliary will hold a Turkey Shoot Every Saturday and Sunday through November 18th at the VFW Post home, W. of Carthage, Intersection of 96 & 171 Hwys. 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. Splatter board, Public Invited.

Did Ya Know?... The Friends of the Carthage Public Library will hold their used book sale for this month on Saturday, October 6th in the Library Annex, 510 S. Garrison Ave. from 8 a.m. until noon.

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Shrine Burn Crew will hold a Fish Fry with all the trimmings Sat., Oct. 6th at 5:30 p.m. located 3 Miles South of Jasper on 71 Highway, the 1/4 Mile West on M Highway. $8.00 All you can Eat!

today's laugh

I’ll bet you never saw any dancing like this back in the twenties, eh Grandpa?
Once - then the place was raided

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

The Dog Suicided.

Newell Mix and Ed Girton are on a hunting trip through the southwest. They had Al Witt’s bird dog with them and while near the Splitlog railroad the dog sat down on the track and deliberately committee suicide by refusing to get out of the way when the train came whizzing by. The corpse of the dog was carried a mile on the cow catcher, but the hunters followed it up and gave the dog a decent burial.

Stole Robt. Moore’s Coat.

Wednesday night during prayer meeting at the First Presbyterian church, Robt. Moore left his overcoat hanging in the entryway to the prayer meeting room. When he came out at the close of the services the overcoat was missing. There is no clue except that Little Charlie Barlett, who lives next door to the church, happened to be looking out of the window during the evening and saw three boys enter the hallway and come out carrying an overcoat.


Today's Feature

Influenza Vaccine Clinic.

News release.

For Jasper county Residents Only (excluding Joplin City residents): Jasper County Health Department will be holding an influenza vaccination clinic on Monday, October 15, 2007 by appointment at the Jasper County Health Department, 105 Lincoln Street in Carthage. The cost of the flu vaccine is $20.00 Pneumonia vaccine is also available for $35.00. Those that have Medicare Part B and/or Medicaid should bring their card to their appointment. Medicare Part A does not cover the cost of vaccination.

There are no long lines and no waiting.

Those who are interested in having their children vaccinated should contact the Jasper County Health Department to set up an appointment for their child/children. The ages for the children’s clinics are 6 months through 18 years of age.

The Jasper County Health Department does not have vaccine available for those women who are currently pregnant.

Please call the Jasper County Health Department at (417) 358-3111 or 1-877-897-9131 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Just Jake Talkin'
Although many cities find that downtown areas deteriorate after expansion of shoppin’ facilities on the fringe of town, Carthage has an anchor in the historic district in general and the Courthouse in particular.

It’s only natural that business types would see the opportunity in such a setting. There is the occasional grumble heard that the antiques and the specialty shops aren’t ever goin’ to replace the department stores vacated in the past. I would have to agree. But then, nothin’ is ever gonna replace the shoppin’ experience of years past.

What the current mix of retailers on the Square do replace is dilapidated, boarded up vacant structures waitin’ to become parkin’ lots. They keep the square alive and retain at least some of the nostalgia that is appreciated by tourists and locals alike.

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:

Hi. I have a Volvo station wagon, and last week I spilled about a half-gallon of milk in the back. The back seats were folded down because I had my dogs in the car. When I went to clean up the milk, I noticed that virtually all of hit had disappeared. When I looked further, I found most of the milk had collected in the well where the rear seat-bottom meets the rear seat-back. I’ve cleaned out the milk, but I clearly didn’t get all of it as the car now smells like sour milk. What is the best way to get rid of the smell? Please help! - Robert

RAY: A quart of gasoline and a match, Robert.

TOM: Now you know why some people DO cry over spilled milk.

RAY: The problem is it’s gotten into the carpet or the upholstery, or both.

TOM: And the only remedy I know is to remove the carpet, the jute (the padding underneath the carpet) and the affected upholstery, and see if you can sneak it onto the next space shuttle flight. I think all that stuff will have to be replaced.

RAY: I would agree. But maybe some of our readers have some less draconian ways to get rid of the odor of deeply embedded spilled milk.

TOM: If you have a better idea for Robert, go to our Web site,, click where it says "Crying Over Spilled Milk," and post your suggestion so everyone can read it.

RAY: In the meantime, I’ll dump a quart of 2 percent on the passenger seat of my brother’s car so we’ll be ready to test out your suggestions when they come in.

TOM: Robert, we’ll keep our fingers crossed for you. And our noses plugged.

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