The Mornin' Mail is published every weekday except major holidays
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 Volume XVII, Number 49

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?....Carthage Crisis Center will hold its Labor Day Weekend Workdays, Sat. Aug. 30th and Mon. Sept. 1st at 100 South Main Street, Carthage, Mo from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Skilled and unskilled people welcome. Call Marilyn or Brian at 417-358-3533 for more info.

Did Ya Know?... The first annual Falling Leaves Festival will be held Sept. 6th, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Located at 104 N Locust in Pierce City. Featured will be antique quilts, handmade crafts and lots more. Call 417-476-5844 for more info.

today's laugh

Have any big men ever been born in Hollywood?

No, only little babies.

And this is where the great Colonel fell.

No wonder! I almost tripped over it myself.

Have you known Phyllis long?

Oh, yes. I’ve known her ever since we were the same age

Is that the head cheese over there?

No, ma’am, the boss ain’t in.

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


James Flanigan, one of the old and respected residents of the city, was stricken with paralysis this morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mahlon Thornton on East Fourth Street, where he makes his home.

When he did not come down to breakfast this morning at the usual hour, his room was visited and he was found lying on the floor helpless and unable to speak.

It was a first feared that his case was very serious, but this afternoon he had so far recovered that he was able to sit up and speak a few words, so it is hoped that he can soon recover.


A number of the old firemen and several members of the city council went to Joplin on the 12:25 electric line care this afternoon, to take part in the big parade of firemen at the tournament which opened there today. Several had gone on earlier cars and were to meet the others on their arrival.


Today's Feature

R-9 Foundation Names Director.

News release

Carthage R-9 School Foundation Board has chosen a Foundation Director. Vicki Cash began work as Carthage R-9 School Foundation Director on August 11, 2008. "I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the Carthage community, and the students and faculty of the Carthage R-9 School District," said Mrs. Cash. "I’m looking forward to assisting those within the community who are interested in partnering with the foundation to provide expanded opportunities for our students."

Mrs. Cash has lived in Carthage most of her life, and is a graduate of Carthage High School. She has a background in marketing, special events and fundraising. Mrs. Cash worked at Precious Moments, Inc. for 15 years, serving as Collector Relations Manager for six years. For the past year, she served as a consultant for Freeman Foundation, Joplin. Mrs. Cash is also a writer for Show Me the Ozarks magazine.

Current R-9 Foundation president Mark Westhoff said, "The Carthage R-9 Foundation is very excited and pleased to have a new foundation director with the skills and qualifications that Mrs. Vicki Cash brings to our organization. She has a true connection to our community and our schools. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership between Vicki and the R-9 Foundation as we all continue to work together for the benefit of our students as well as our district."

The Carthage R-9 School Foundation secures funding for scholarships, as well as special school programs or needs that are not included in the school or department budgets. Mrs. Cash will be coordinating the foundation’s first major fundraising project, the Alumni Football Game, scheduled for Saturday, October 11. For more information about the game or Carthage R-9 School Foundation, please contact Vicki Cash at 359-7000, ext. 11085.

Tax Sale Information.

The annual delinquent tax certificate sale was held on Monday, August 25 at 10:00 a.m. in the third floor of the Jasper County Courthouse. Information received from Jasper County Collector Stephen Holt notes the results from that sale.

281 properties were offered in the sale, of which 160 were sold. The total amount collected during the sale was $241,923.44. In the previous year, 251 properties were offered for sale with 163 having been sold. The total collected in that year was $199,215.87.

Just Jake Talkin'


I’ve never understood why they put an eraser on a red pencil. In the first place, those wieldin’ such an instrument is supposed ta be lookin’ for mistakes, not makin’ ‘em. But even more to the point, as a youngster I saw more than one attempt to erase a red check mark on a less than perfect paper. I never saw anyone ever successfully erase a red mark.

Typically, after a futile attempt, there would be some effort to hide the mark with a doodle or two, or a random line meant to cover the obvious.

‘Course these observations were t the relatively young age of under 10. Those attemptin’ to fool their parents or other classmates hadn’t yet grasped the real art form of hidin’ mistakes. One lesson was ta never use a red pencil.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail

Here’s A Tip

By JoAnn Derson


"If you have open cabinets in your kitchen (or see-through doors), try painting just the insides of the cabinets a different color from the outsides. It makes a nice, cheap change." -- C.A. in Arizona

It’s still hurricane season. Get prepared by grabbing a few extra canned goods or a gallon of water on each trip to the grocery store. You’ll beat the rush when a tropical storm is on its way.

"After school has started, it’s a great time to get a jump on supplies for next year; EVERYTHING goes on sale. I get the list for the next year’s class and stock up. Also, it’s nice to pick up any items for the teacher’s wish list when those things get discounted." -- R.L. in Pennsylvania

Clean your sponge in the microwave. Just wet it, and zap it for a minute. Let it cool before you take it out.

"If you’re having trouble making it to doctor appointments, check with your city’s social services or your religious organization. Many will arrange a ride for you, as I found out last month. I had to be away from home for an extended period of time and was not able to take my grandmother to her doctor appointments. I was about ready to arrange taxis in advance at quite a cost when our pastor offered the church’s help. For free! I also have found out that our city has a program through public transportation for this." -- M.K. in Florida

Need buttermilk for a recipe? Here’s a healthy substitution: For one cup, use 15 tablespoons of skim milk plus two tablespoons of lemon juice.

Copyright 1997-2008 by Heritage Publishing. All rights reserved.