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Thursday, January 17, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 149

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Edwin W. Wiggins Post 9 of the American Legion and Auxiliary will meet Thursday night, January 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Legion Rooms of the Memorial Hall. The members of the Auxiliary are to met at the same time.

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?... The Carthage Humane Society has a litter of adorable dust-colored kittens, 358-6402

today's laugh

Young wife: "Now, Bill, I want you to go around to the minister and arrange for having the baby christened."
Bill (shipyard worker): "You mean to say you’re going to let somebody hit that little thing over the head with a bottle?"

First Student: "Great Scott! I’ve forgotten who wrote ‘Ivanhoe.’"
Second Student: "I’ll tell you if you tell me who the dickens wrote ‘The Tale of Two Cities.’"

Free verse: The triumph of mind over meter.

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

Many States Represented.

The law department of the University of Missouri registered 238 students this year. Twenty-six states and countries were represented as follows: Missouri 177; Illinois and Iowa 9 each; Arkansas 5; California, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Wyoming 3 each; Kansas, Ohio, Tennessee and Washington 2 each; and one from Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Indian Territory, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Australia, Egypt and Germany.

Dan Wenrick, of Joplin, was in Carthage today accompanied by Wm. J. McPheron, of Kansas City, south western manager for the American Central Life Insurance Co. Mr. McPheron is planning to establish an agency for his company in Carthage.

Samuel J. Barbur sold his residence property on Prospect ave. for $1,200.


Today's Feature

Discussed Demolition.

The City Council Public Works Committee met Tuesday afternoon in a regular session. Public Works Director spoke to the committee concerning the upcoming demolition of a City-owned structure at 415 E. 3rd Street. Wampler said that bids will open for the demolition on February 5th, the same day as the next Public Works committee meeting. It is hoped that the bids will all be received prior to the meeting and that the bid will be awarded the same day. No action was taken on the item. The committee also heard updates on the storm debris removal.

Revenue Department Supports Gov. Blunt’s No Driver License for Illegals Plan.

News release from the Department of Revenue.

Omar Davis, Director of the Missouri Department of Revenue tonight applauded Gov. Matt Blunt for his tough directives to fight illegal immigration. In his State of the State Address, Gov. Matt Blunt urged Missouri’s General Assembly to create new penalties to prevent illegals from obtaining a Missouri driver license.

"The department looks forward to working with Governor Blunt and the legislature to strengthen Missouri laws to ensure illegals do not receive a Missouri driver license," said department Director Omar Davis. "We support the governor’s call to strengthen current law by creating new penalties for aiding an illegal in obtaining a license by fraud and to specifically prohibit illegals from having a Missouri driver license."

Gov. Blunt’s proposal would help ensure that anyone assisting an illegal in obtaining a Missouri driver license will face criminal penalties. While existing safeguards within the driver license approval process help prevent illegals from receiving Missouri driver license, it is not specifically prohibited by state law. Gov. Blunt’s plan specifically prohibits it.

Just Jake Talkin'

Last time I got really upset with a big price increase was back when Testers model car paint went up from ten cents to fifteen cents. It practically spoiled my car model makin’ for a while.

Back then a good car kit cost a buck and a half. Time ya bought a couple bottles of paint and a brush, ya had another fifty cents wrapped up in the project. That is if ya hadn’t stepped on your tube a glue and squashed it. That extra dime ya had ta pay for the paint woulda bought a new tube a glue.

What was really bad was they had these little stickers they put on the top of the bottles that had the new price on ‘em. If ya peeled off the sticker, you could see the ten cent price right on the lid. Somehow I always figured I paid fifteen cents for a dime’s worth a paint.

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:

I was looking for a second car. I wanted a classic. For some reason, I said something about a 1992 car with 180,000 miles on it. My stepbrother said, "You know that engine has been rebuilt, don’t you?" That started the debate. He claims most engines are ready for the junkyard after 100,000 miles. I tell him that since 1990, I’m guessing, engines are made so much better than in the ‘50s and ‘60s, and it’s not so surprising to see a car get 200,000 miles or more. He also claims that he will NEVER lose this argument, because if new cars were good for 200,000 miles, a dealership would give you a warranty for that long. I know I’m right. How can I prove him wrong, though? - Josh

TOM: Well, you’re more right than he is, Josh. The only flaw in your argument is your use of the term "classic" and "1992" in the same sentence.

RAY: Here’s the story. Back in the 1950’s, if someone got 100,000 miles out of a car, it was a cause for celebration.

TOM: And today, everybody gets 100,000 miles out of a car. If they don’t, they’re writing to us claiming that they’ll never buy another (fill in the blank) as long as they live.

RAY: And while your stepbrother is right that 200,000 miles is rare, it’s a lot less rare than it used to be. And 100,000 to 150,000 miles is not rare at all. It’s pretty much expected.

TOM: And warranties ARE longer. Back in the ‘50s, you typically got a 12-month warranty on a new car. Now, Hyundai, Kia and Mitsubishi offer 10-year power-train warranties, and Chrysler recently announced a limited LIFETIME warranty. So tell your stepbrother that he was wrong on two counts - his argument, and that he would never lose this argument.

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