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Thursday, January 3, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 139

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Fridnds of the Carthage Public Library will hold their first monthly used book sale of 2008 on Saturday, January 5 in the Library Annex, 510 S. Garrison Ave. between 8:00 and noon.

Did Ya Know?... The City Council Public Works Committee will meet Thursday, January 3 at 4:00 p.m. in the Public Works Department, 623 E. 7th to hear an update on removal of storm debris.

today's laugh

I took a physical for some life insurance. All they would give me was fire and theft. - Henny Youngman

Money can’t buy happiness, but then neither can poverty. At least with money you can be miserable in nice surroundings.

I hate computers. When I went to school, all I had was a pencil and the kid next to me. And I think if he had applied himself, I could have been somebody. - Allen Stephan

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. - Mark Twain

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

Friends Robbed Him.

Railroad Man Claims to Have Lost $16.

John McGowan was badly beaten, cut up and robbed when the police found him last night, and as a result of his charges, Jim and Lee Hurt and Chas. Murto were arrested and tried this afternoon in McCune’s court.

McGowan’s face was battered and his clothes cut with a knife. He said he had $16 earned on the Frisco; that he went to the Kreider alley off Second street with the three men who "killed" a bottle of "white mule;" that he refused to drink or to chip in on the booze; and that they then beat and robbed him of $16; demanding furthermore a check which he had not in his possession.

James Reid, who has been visiting his mother and sister at their home on North Meridan street for several weeks, returns this morning to Cucharasa, Colo., where he has a responsible position in the freight office.


Today's Feature

Storm Cleanup Begins.

Today marked the beginning of post-icestorm cleanup efforts on a City-wide scale. Work crews began at 7:00 removing fallen limbs primarily from school property. The cleanup will continue through February 1. Citizens who wish to have limbs removed are urged to move any remaining debris to the City right-of-way, at the curbside.

Just Jake Talkin'
As a kid the idea was that there was value in havin’ character. ‘Course character is built as we all know. Ever’ time ya didn’t get to do somethin’ ya wanted, it created one more buildin’ block of character.

Birthdays and Christmas always contributed to the construction. Didn’t get that special toy, build a little more character.

Have ta mow the lawn while the kids across the street were playin’ ball? Another contribution. I’m thinkin’ it’s prob’ly a good idea to accumulate all the character ya can, if for no other reason than to help offset those occasional flaws that seem to linger through adulthood.

I suppose the greatest value of gatherin’ a little character is the fact that you might recognize it in others. It’s hard to define, but ya know it when ya see it.

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 have a 2004 Mazda Miata (with rear-wheel drive). Most companies advise me that I need to put snow tires on all four wheels. Is this true for my rear-wheel-drive Miata? Or is this only true for front-wheel drive cars? - Mark

RAY: I understand why you’re suspicious, Mark. I mean, there’s a guy who sells tires for a living advising you to buy four tires instead of two tires. Sounds fishy, right?

TOM: But it IS better to put four snow tires on your car, whether it’s front-, rear- or all-wheel drive. In the old days we used to put only two snow tires on cars, which went on the driven wheels - the rear wheels in your case. The idea was that the tires would help you get started and "go" in the snow. Makes sense, right?

RAY: Then people came to a funny realization. That it’s ALSO good to be able to "turn" and "stop" in the snow! That’s why four snow tires are better.

TOM: It’s also a little better to have four of the same tires when there’s no snow on the ground. Your handling will be more predictable, particularly in an emergency.

RAY: And many all-wheel-drive vehicles require you to have four identical tires in order to protect the differentials.

TOM: So if money is a serious issue, you CAN go with two snows. You won’t do any mechanical damage to your Miata. But when you’re sliding on packed snow into, or under, the tailgate of a Ford Expedition, you might wish you had sprung for the other two tires.

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