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Thursday, January 24, 2008 Volume XVI, Number
Did Ya Know?... The
Fifth Annual Youth Group rummage sale will be
held Saturday, January 26th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
in the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Jct. of 171
& 96, 1 mile W. of Carthage.
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
Teacher- "Frank, what is a
Frank- "Dont know, mum."
Teacher- "Well, if you ate your father and
mother, what would you be?"
Frank- "An orphan, mum."
"Whats the shape of
the earth?" asked the teacher of Johnny.
Johnny said it was round.
"How do you know it is round, Johnny?"
Then Johnny replied: "All right, its
square, then. I dont want to start an
argument about it."
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Mrs. Elizabeth Snell and
daughter, Miss Nan, have moved to the Pugh property at
the southwest corner of Third and Fulton.
The smallpox situation at
Joplin, according to reports, is improving. Thursday ten
patients were released from the hospital.
Al Laingons barber
shop in the Snyder building basement has the only first
class bathing tubs in Carthage. Hot and cold water.
Thousands believe we have
found the secret of perpetual youth. The elixir of life
in Rocky Mountain Tea, makes and keeps people young. 35
cents. Post-Evans Drug Co.
The Carthage City
Council met Tuesday evening in a regular session
and unanimously approved the settlement agreement
with AT&T Mobility for two years of back
taxes. The approved ordinance also assigns 5% of
the settlement amount to the Missouri Municipal
League for legal representation and assistance
during the lawsuit. The first reading of an
ordinance approving settlement with Sprint was
heard as well.
Council also heard
the first reading of an ordinance entering into
agreement with Schreiber Foods, Inc. which would
provide incentives for the construction of new
and expansion of existing facilities. Late in
2007 the Council approved an enhanced enterprise
zone (EEZ) real estate property tax abatement
matrix that outlines the incentives offered in
exchange for industrial construction for the
purpose of generating jobs that meet EEZ
intends to expand and renovate its building on
Fairview and in so doing will create 100 new
jobs. These new jobs will pay $17.05 per hour
which is 120% of the Jasper County Average Wage.
Based on the matrix, the City will offer a 100%
tax abatement for 8 years and 75% tax abatement
for 4 years. City Administrator Tom Short
explained the ordinance, and said that some of
the matrix criteria is based on the Missouri
Quality Jobs Act, including the average wage
information. Other criteria includes that
Schrieber provide basic health care for the 100
employees, paying at least 50% of the premiums.
Short said that City Attorney Nate Dally had
reviewed the agreement several times that several
revisions had been made. If the ordinance is
approved, Schreibers would have 2 years to
complete the hiring of the 100 people required by
Development Director John Bode added that the
abatement would not include the large warehouse
facility that has already been completed. Bode
said that the abatement could only be applied to
the building where the new construction and
renovation are to be done.
The window to file
as a candidate for City Council officially closed
this week. Those who have filed are as follows;
First Ward - Claude Newport; Second Ward -
Timothy Teed and Ronnie E. Wells; Third Ward -
John Studebaker and Vince Scott; Fourth Ward -
Larry Ross; Fifth Ward - Keith Hurlbut. The
election will be held on April 18, 2008 and will
decide one candidate for each of the five wards
to serve a two-year term.
With all the gizmos that have been
incorporated into automobiles, it seems odd to me
that theres still a market for cars with
the manual gear shift. Some of the public must
still prefer to grab ahold of a stick and move it
to put the vehicle in motion.
Although Chrysler tried to
introduce the push button shifter some forty
years ago, and gave up on the idea, I cant
help but wonder why some sort of button
arrangement isnt finally in place. I
cant figure out why its not even an
I would have to guess that
people just dont like em. With
everthing from rollin up the window
to controllin the rear view mirror
bein remote control, shiftin a stick
makes us feel a little more in control and like
the auto actually needs us to operate. A shift
lever is pure vanity.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Metcalf Auto Supply
Click & Clack Talk Cars
By Tom and Ray Magliozzi
I listen to your show a lot,
and I completely agree that SUV drivers are a
menace. I know, because I just bought one. I had
a Saturn sedan and I was very careful and
considerate. After I bought my Toyota Highlander,
I realized that I drive faster, I cant see
a lot of things, and last week I actually got out
of my car and nearly got into a fist fight with
another woman. Im not usually a fighter; in
fact, Im a Catholic school religion teacher
at an all-boys school, and Im really
soft-spoken and patient. The only explanation I
have is the SUV. It has changed me. Im
thinking about selling it, even though I only
bought it in December. Its only a
four-cylinder engine, and it has front-wheel
drive only, so its not a big gas guzzler.
Should I cut my loses and get a Subaru? I want to
be safe, but I also want others to be safe in my
TOM: Wow. So the SUV turned you
into a jerk, huh, Trish?
RAY: Were still trying to
figure out my brothers excuse. He drives an
TOM: To be honest with you, the
Highlander hardly is among the worst SUVs.
Its mid-size, its based on a car
platform and yours has the optional four-cylinder
RAY: However, it is quite a
change from your old Saturn sedan. In the Saturn,
when you got up to 60 mph, the noise vibration
probably told you that you were going plenty fast
enough, thank you very much. But the Highlander
is brand new. And its very well-made. As a
result, its so quiet and smooth that even
at high speeds, you dont feel personally
endangered, like you did in the Saturn. And that
lack of negative feedback has releases your inner
TOM: While I normally
wouldnt put the Highlander in the category
of dangerous vehicles, in your hands I guess it
RAY: So, if it makes you
uncomfortable, Trish, and you dont like the
way you behave in it, trade it in for something
you like better.
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