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Monday, January 14, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 146

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... A Carthage Relay For Life Committee meeting will be held Tuesday, January 15th in Ulmer’s Community Room at 5:30 p.m. Those interested in serving on a committee are invited to attend or contact Tracy Ackerman at 417-358-8131 ext. 3311.

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.

today's laugh

The sleight-of-hand performance was not going very well.
"Can any lady or gentleman lend me an egg?" asked the conjuror, coming down to the footlights.
"If we’d had one," shouted a man in the audience, "you’d have it already."

Quirks of the English language; Goods that are sent by ship are called a cargo, while goods sent in a car are called a shipment.

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

Two Divorces in Ten Minutes.

Judge Pepper, who is temporarily filling in on the Circuit bench, heard the evidence and granted a divorce in two cases in a very short space of time Thursday. Some of the lawyers present say it was actually done in ten minutes. In one of the cases a man was suing for divorce. He had only one witness and proved abandonment. The wife had filed no cross bill and did not appear to fight the case and it was soon settled. In the other case the wife was suing for divorce and the husband did not contest. She proved her good character by three witnesses and that ended it.

An Alleged Cousin of Roberts.

F.F. Roberts, who it is claimed is a cousin of the noted Utah polygamist was in town this morning for a couple of hours. He is said to live in Utah and has two wives.

Monogram stationary is available at Post-Evans


Today's Feature

Filing Information for August Election.

Seven County positions will be up for election in the Primary election, which is to be held on August 5, 2008. Those positions include Eastern District Commissioner, Western District Commissioner, Sheriff, Assessor, Treasurer, Public Administrator and Coroner. Filing for candidacy officially opens on February 26 and ends on March 25th.

Incumbent Eastern District Commissioner Jim Honey has stated that he intends to run for re-election, and Craig Putnam has announced his intention to run for the same position (see Putnam).

Jasper County Coroner Jerry Neil has stated that he will not be seeking reelection, but will be endorsing Rob Chappel who intends to run for that position.

Putnam Announces Candidacy.

News release

Craig J. Putnam, Republican, announces his candidacy for the Eastern District Associate Commissioner of Jasper County. Putnam resides at 2842 W. Morgan Hts Rd, Carthage, Missouri. Craig, his wife, Robin and their two sons, Eric and Kyle have resided in Carthage since 1984.

Craig has been employed as the Comptroller for Carthage Radiology since 1984. He served on the Carthage R-9 School Board for nine years. He served as Treasurer for the Committee to Elect Archie Dunn, Jasper County Sheriff and for the Committee to Elect John Bartosh, Presiding County Commissioner and for the Committee of Citizens for a Sheriff’s Fair Tax. His candidacy is supported by members of those committees.

Just Jake Talkin'

A friend a mine just got one a those "free" puppies.

It began by learnin’ the choices cuts of various pieces of furniture. Those chewy morsels that never quite look the same after a few weeks of dog trainin’.

If ya notice, owners are always asked to attend obedience classes along with the dog. I’ve often wondered exactly who was bein’ trained. ‘Course dogs learn fast, just like kids. They know what they can get away with and eventually the owners come to understand the relationship also.

This new pup will have a good home and probl’y get away with enough to make ever’one happy. I’m gonna wait a few weeks ta visit so as ta not disturb the ritual of gettin’ into the routine.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Oldies & Oddities

This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta

Bulging Floor? Check Joists

Q: I saw your column a while back about sagging floorboards. Well, I have the opposite problem. A couple of spots underneath my living-room carpet feel like there is a "hump" there. When I pulled back a section of carpet to check if there was something underneath, I saw nothing. The underlayment looked fine. But those areas feel out of line with the rest of the floor. Do you have any idea what this could be? -- Joseph T., Ogden, Utah

A: If you’ve ruled out problems with the carpet and subflooring, the joists underneath may be a possibility. These are large boards that support the subfloor, which can be accessed from the basement or crawlspace. Like all wooden structures, homes contract and expand, and settle over time, and this affects the structure in different ways.

In this case, it’s possible that a joist has warped and is arching or bulging upward, creating that odd hump in the floor (that there are two spots, suggests two warped joists). This can be corrected by using the weight of the house to straighten the board.

Slide a level along the carpet to find the highest point of the hump. Mark it, then measure to that point from some element that extends to the area below (such as a heating duct or pipe). This measurement will help you mark the correct spot on the joist below where the high point of the bulge is centered.

Once you’ve found your spot, take a reciprocating saw and make a straight cut at that spot, starting at the bottom edge of the joist and going to just 3/4ths of the depth of the joist (do not cut all the way through the joist).

Leave the joist that way for a few weeks, checking the floor occasionally with a level. Don’t place excessive weight on that spot. Let the joist settle naturally. Once the spot is flush with the rest of the floor, go back down to the joist. Reinforce it by nailing a board of the same width to the joist (alongside, not underneath). The reinforcing board should be at least 6 feet long and secured with 16d nails in pairs, staggered a foot apart. Drive three nails on either side of the cut.

HOME TIP: Check floor joists periodically for sagging, bulging, cracks or other damage. Extensive damage should be evaluated by a professional.

There is No Difference Between an

Ice Damaged or Topped Tree.

News release from the Missouri Department of Conservation

The ice storm did a lot of damage to our trees. Unfortunately, people are doing more by topping their tree.

Trees require leaves to convert solar energy into usable sugars through photosynthesis. The ice storm broke many limbs. These limbs now lack the buds for leaves to grow from normally. The tree will respond be sending out sucker sprouts from the branch to replace the buds, then the leaves. This is a normal response. Topping does the exact same thing, except there is a clean saw cut.

Both are detrimental to the tree. The tree must tap stored sugar reserves to create new buds, branches, and leaves. This drain on the energy reserve will result in the tree being less able to fight off attacks by insects and disease and may result in root decline as the tree is unable to properly feed them. This slowly creates a situation where the tree is constantly sick. You may not notice it, but the tree slowly dies. This may take years or even decades, but significantly reduces the trees total life span. Another problem with topping or unpruned ice damage is decay will enter these areas easily and the tree will not be able to close over the wound. Many trees will become dangerous due to decay related to the damage. The sucker sprouts will also be a future problem as they break easier than normal tree growth and will be the first to break in a storm.

If you are considering topping your tree in response to the ice damage or any time for that matter, cut it down. This will solve a long term problem before it even starts. This will allow you to select a replacement tree and get it started that much sooner.

Proper pruning information is available from the Missouri Department of Conservation and the University of Missouri Extension Service.

Jon Skinner is an Urban Forester with the Missouri Department of Conservation in the Joplin Office. Contact Jon at 417-629-3423 or

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