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Helena MT ji $ ' R ' 0 . 0« sii J-lH *1 s;-i î.xf rii&i**.* •vFjBiSvWJ.r-* -”•* Serving Big Timber & Sweet Grass County, Montana Voi. 114, No. 49 - October 3-9, 2003 Patrons of the Big Timber Carnegie Library will notice some changes when they visit beginning Monday. October 6, the start of Library Card Sign-up Month. One. they will be issued a library card, a first tor the facility and its patrons, and two, they will sec the employees scanning their selections into a new computer system being implemented at the library. Once implemented the new system will be able to provide patrons with more detailed information about their own accounts, according to Carnegie Library Director Lauren McMullen. McMullen and Assistant Librarian Ursula Ostncbcrg are looking forward to the changes the system will mean for patrons, employees and Library Board members. Beginning Monday, patrons who come into the library will be given a library card bearing a picture of the building, as well as a smaller card which they can attach to their key chains. The cards resemble those distributed by some grocery stores to their frequent customers. The library cards will be free to patrons although there will be a charge to replace a lost card. ¿McMullen says everyone is encouraged to get their own card, ami they have enough cards in stock for every person in the county to have one. Ultimately, it will be up to parents to decide if children receive their own card. Some parents, she Icels. will determine small children may not be able to keep up with a library card. Already the new system means patrons can use their computer to access the home page for the Montana Library Network by typing in “http://monianalibraries.org\. Once at the home page, a listing of 23 libraries around the state may be accessed. In addition to information on the Carnegie Continued on page 16 Antelope everywhere Bounding antelope abound in all corners of Sweet Grass County this fall. Take a little drive in any direction - but particularly north of Big Timber - and you’ll be rewarded with a glimpse of these picturesque critters. _____________ _ W a r r a n t s l i s t p u b l i c a t i o n e q u a l s t i p s Results have been obtained from the Warrants List published in the August 1st Pioneer, according to Sweet Grass County Court Compliance Officer Crystal Coffcy-Avey. Coffcy-Avey staled 16 warrants have been removed from the list since it was printed in newspapers in Great Palls. Helena, Bo/.cman. and Big Timber. This means the person was found and the warrant served, or the person came forward and took the necessary action. The publishing of the list also resulted in calls from people who had new addresses or other information for some of those named. Coffcy-Avey said the Credit Bureau in Helena called as a result of the publication of a partial list in a Helena paper. They were able to furnish current addresses for three of the people listed. Six additional calls were received from other sources, including some family members of those listed When her office receives updated inform ation on someone, Cofley-Avey stated she will send a letter to the person telling them an outstanding warrant exists. In one instance following the publication o! the list, she stated, a woman whose name was listed received her letter on Pridav. called ColTey-Avcy on Monday, and the warrant was dismissed on Wednesday after she had paid the lines and fees charged for contempt (If a person is issued a ticket and they do not pay the line or settle it in court and ignore warnings they receive, they arc considered to be in contempt and extra Ices are added). To illustrate how fines can add up, Coffcy-Avey tells of one man who had paid all but $10 still owed. By the tune she was able to get in touch with him. she stated, contempt charges had added SI00 to the $10 originally owed. Some law enforcement agencies have contacted Cofley-Avey to let her know a person named is serving lime in either a prison or jail. In a case like this, possession being nine-tenths of the law. the Continued on page 11