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Thursday, January 10, 2008 Volume XVI, Number
Did Ya Know?... Curbside
cleanup of fallen branches will continue through
February 1. Limbs will be collected only from the
City right-of-way, directly behind the curb line.
No collections will be made from private
property. Citizens wishing to have limbs removed
are encouraged to move debris to the
right-of-way. For more information call the
Public Works Department at 237-7010.
Did Ya Know?...
Crossroads Chapter # 41 of the Disabled American
Veterans, and members of the Auxiliary will meet
Tuesday night, January 15th at 7:00 in the Legion
Rooms, second floor of the Memorial Hall.
In order to discourage the use
of objectionable words the father had evolved a
system of fines, somewhat after this fashion:
Hang it - One cent.
Darn it - Two cents.
Gosh - Three cents.
Gosh darn it - Five cents.
The boy who was to be reformed by this method
studied the tariff with considerable interest,
but it was some time before he spoke.
"Well," he said at last, "I guess
I know some words that would cost a
"Only cheese for
"Yes. The cutlets caught fire and it spread
to the apple tart, so I had to use the soup to
put it out."
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
A Singing Party.
Miss Myrtle and Charley
Corwin entertained at their home last Monday evening at a
singing. Those present were; Misses Mable Durgey, Julia
Black, Goldia McRundles, Eula Moore, Bertha Mullin,
Fannie Martin, Susie Kirk. Messrs. Clyde Wolfe, Burt
McRundles, Elmer Brown, Lewis Stuckey, Tom DeCourcey; Mr.
and Mrs Victor Keller.
John K. Wormington, of
near Ritchey, was in town Friday, and took the train for
Carthage, where he placed himself under the treatment of
the eye specialist. He has been suffering some time with
his eyes - indeed they have been in poor shape since he
returned from the war, and he intends to take a thorough
course of treatment for his infirmity. His brother, T.B.
Wormington, accompanied him on the trip to the county
seat. - Sarcoxie Record.
Library Budget Adjustment.
The Carthage City
Council met in a regular session on Tuesday
evening and approved a budget adjustment
appropriating an additional $27,250 to the
Carthage Public Library for increased operating
During the Fiscal
year 2008 budget hearings the Library board
requested $54,500 for operating expenses, an
increased amount over the previous years
request, which was due to the expansion at the
library. The Budget committee approved half of
the requested amount, $27,250, with the
understanding that the expanded library should
operate for 6 months, after which the board
should return to request the other half if it was
needed. The board did so, and presented figures
that indicated the additional funding was
required. The budget adjustment was approved
reports period of Tuesdays Council meeting
members of the Council discussed the Citys
nuisance abatement policies.
Last year the
Council approved ordinances that shifted the job
of nuisance abatement from the Police
Departments control to the Public Works
Departments control. In so doing, positions
for two full-time Nuisance Abatement officers
were also created.
Director Chad Wampler said that he had heard from
several Council members who had received recent
calls from citizens, primarily landlords, with
questions and complaints about the City policy.
The policy states
that in cases where rented property is in
violation of nuisance abatement restrictions,
that the property be posted with a yellow sign
that explains the violation and what steps should
be taken for correction. If no action is taken
after five days, a letter is then sent by the
Public Works Department to the property owner
explaining the violation and the steps to be
taken. Property owners then have two weeks to
make contact with the Department or to correct
the violation before any further steps are taken.
If the violation is not rectified a summons is
issued which can result in a fine to the property
Wampler said that
several landlords have complained about the
policy, saying that they felt the tenants should
The same argument
was made at a recent Public Works committee
meeting wherein property owner Greg Rogler asked
for clarification on the policy from the
committee. Rogler told the committee that he had
received a letter from the Department citing a
violation for furniture on the front porch of one
of his rental properties. He asked who would be
held responsible for the violation. The committee
explained the protocol to Rogler, saying that the
City codes list the property owner as the
responsible party. Rogler said he felt the tenant
should be responsible.
At the Council
meeting, City Attorney Nate Dally reiterated the
protocol, saying that the landlord should have
more control over the tenant than the City. Dally
said that he had also checked with the Police
Department, who had previously enforced the
policy in the same fashion.
Wampler said he
felt that with the approval of the department
shift and funding for the 2 officers the Council
had approved a "mandate to clean up the
City," and that the officers had been
following the procedures for that purpose.
Wampler advised Council members that they could
contact the Public Works Department for further
information if they received complaints.
Mayor Jim Woestman
said that he had no problem with the policy and
that it could be explained to those who call with
wont hear any complaints from me,"
I figured out recently why they charge so much
for small trees. Somebody has ta dig the dang
things outa the ground. Even transplanting a
fairly young saplin involves movin a
lotta dirt. Now once ya get past the obvious
gettin dirty part of the job, it can be
somewhat enjoyable playin in the soil.
Ive seen those contraptions that
look like a big ice cream scoop that Im
sure the folks who move trees for a livin
use. Fact I was startin to wonder just
where to locate one after bout an hour of
Fortunately, diggin a
hole to put a tree in isnt near as tedious.
I recommend dedicatin a separate day for
the plantin hole, preferably on a separate
week end. Havin a week to consider the task
ahead, and allowin the aches to subside,
might make the price theyre askin at
the tree shop look reasonable.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Metcalf Auto Supply
Click & Clack Talk Cars
By Tom & Ray Magliozzi
Dear Tom and Ray:
I am having a debate with my
co-workers about whether filling your gas tank
halfway is more or less efficient than filling
your tank completely. What is the most efficient
way to fill a tank? Does the weight of the full
tank affect the mileage? Does gas evaporate more
quickly when the tank is half-full? I need your
help to decide this debate. Thank you! - Ian
RAY: I take it youre
worried about the weight of the gasoline, Ian.
You think that a full tank of gas weighs more,
and therefore reduces your mileage. And by
filling up only halfway, youll have a
lighter car and get more miles per gallon.
TOM: The answer is, thats
true. I mean, sure, theoretically, if your
3,000-pound car is 50 or 60 pounds lighter,
youll get slightly better mileage. In fact,
manufacturers spend all kinds of money taking
ounces of weight out of various car parts.
RAY: Right. And theres no
fuel lost to evaporation, because the fuel system
in a modern car is a closed system.
TOM: But if you fill your tank
only halfway, theres another major fuel
loss. Thats the fuel you use driving around
looking for a gas station twice as often. And
that could easily wipe out any small savings you
get from making your car lighter.
RAY: Plus, where do you stop?
If youre really determined to reduce the
weight of your vehicle, shouldnt you always
relieve yourself before driving, because
otherwise youll be carrying around THAT
extra weight, too?
TOM: And shouldnt you
shave your head to remove the weight of your
hair? And your chest and legs, too?
RAY: And dont forget your
TOM: Then youd also need
to always drive nude. Especially in the winter,
when those heavy woolen overcoats are murder on
your mpg, Ian. Think about it.
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