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Wednesday, January 7, 2009, Volume XVII, Number 140

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Carthage Public Library’s Wednesday morning preschool story time will be back in session on January 7th at 10:00.

Did Ya Know?... An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, January 8, from 11:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the Church of the Nazarene, 2000 Grand, Carthage, MO.

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Humane Society will hold a board meeting on Thursday, January 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Shelter. This meeting was rescheduled due to the holidays.

Did Ya Know?... A Teen Pancake Feed Fundraiser will be held Saturday, January 10 from 6:30 to 11 a.m. in the gym of the First Church of the Nazarene, 2000 Grand Ave. All donations go towards upcoming events.

today's laugh

I had a sťance in order to contact my grandfather. I tried for four hours and then realized he wasn’t dead. So I called him on the phone and he said, "I don’t know what’s wrong; my phone’s been ringing all day." - Steven Wright

When you get your hospital bill, you understand why surgeons wear masks in the operating room. - Sam Levenson

Did you hear the Burbank Zoo had to close? Their duck died. - Johnny Carson

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

Three Wives Seek Divorces.

Ill Treatment is Charged in Two of the Petitions Filed.

Lizzie Wilson has filed suit in the circuit court asking for a divorce from her husband, Leonard Wilson, whom she married at Fayetteville, Ark., November 13, 1900, and with whom she lived until December 16th of this year. She says in her petition that "the defendant struck, beat and abused her, cursed and threatened her while intoxicated and associated with vile and vicious characters; that she had to work to earn her living and then her husband would take her earnings, pretending that he would use it in paying rent and buying necessities, but would instead spend the money on other women."

Mrs. Wilson says that she finally sought to separate herself from her husband whereupon he became enraged and struck and threatened her, so that she was afraid to try to escape from him. She asks for a divorce, maintenance and a restraining order forbidding her husband to interfere with her or threaten her or address improper conversation with her.

Laura Eiley says in her petition for a divorce from her husband, William M. Riley, that she was married to him in October 1895 in Carrol County, Ark. and that they lived together until April of 1905. She says that her husband is addicted to the excessive use of intoxicating liquors and would threaten and abuse her. The Plaintiff asks for the custody of a 12 year old son, and support for this child. She also asks for the restoration of her maiden name of Laura Eastridge.

Amanda Paugh wants to be divorced form her husband, Fred Paugh, whom she married in Joplin, November 29,1906, and with whom she lived until April 16 of the following year. She charges non-support and finally abandonment.


Today's Feature

Non-Smoking Discussions.

The discussion of a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in Carthage restaurants was continued by the City Council Public Service Committee on Monday evening. The proposal was initiated by committee member Timothy Teed during last month’s meeting.

Teed cited health concerns as a primary reason for initiating the discussions.

"Wherever we can get rid of second-hand smoke, I think it’s a good idea," Teed said.

Dick Fanning, owner of the Ranch House in Carthage, was in attendance of Monday’s meeting, and spoke against the proposed ban. Fanning said that his restaurant has a smoking section and a non-smoking section, and that he relies on the business from both sections.

"I’ve never had a complaint," Fanning said.

"I have a clientele that smokes, and I have an area for them."

Committee chair Bill Welch spoke on both sides of the issue. He presented a number of printed sheets with information about the effects of second-hand smoke, and noted that smoke is not always confined within the designated smoking areas in restaurants.

"Smoking has no boundaries," Welch said.

Welch also noted that it is the customer’s choice to enter a restaurant that has a smoking section.

"You don’t have to go to those restaurants," he told Teed.

Committee member Keith Hurlbut said that he had contacted a number of local restaurant owners and managers, and that many felt a smoking ban would have a negative impact on their businesses. Hurlbut added that of the individual citizens he had contacted regarding the issue he had received mixed responses, and said the division was about 50/50.

Hurlbut echoed Welch’s comment about the customer’s choice between restaurants.

"It (smoking) bothers me, but I’ve got the personal choice not to go to that restaurant," said Hurlbut.

"It’s a privately owned business. They have a right to set their own standards."

Mayor Jim Woestman was in attendance of the meeting, and when asked his opinion, said he would not like to see the City’s tax revenues decrease as a result.

Committee chair Welch said he felt the committee still needed more citizen input. City Administrator Tom Short agreed and recommended putting an online survey on the City’s website. Short also encouraged the committee members to look at a draft ordinance he provided, so that it could be further discussed at the next meeting.

Citizen input is requested for this issue. The next Public Services committee meeting is scheduled for February 2, at which point discussions are to continue. The online survey for the City website is slated to be in place soon, and the address for that page will be posted in the Mornin’ Mail when it is available.

Just Jake Talkin'

Cultural policy is set almost entirely by experience. Laws are written that reflect that policy and reinforce the security of knowin’ what’s expected.

Business policy, on the other hand, is a deliberate and timely thing. Companies that can change direction quickly have proven to be much more likely to survive. One main difference between governing a democratic culture and runnin’ a business is that policy in a business is set by a few, like-minded individuals. If an employee doesn’t like the current policy, they have the option of findin’ other employment.

In a democratic culture, the overall policy is governed by tradition and is regulated by the attitudes of its citizens. Changes in policy, even if they are sometimes poor policies, are much more difficult.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail
Here's A Tip
By JoAnn Derson

• Keep a coffee can or two filled with kitty litter in your car. You might need it for tire traction or even to scatter in front of you on an icy walkway.

• Go Green Tip: Check out the Web site to find where in your area you can recycle used rechargeable batteries, like the ones from electronic games, cell phones, camcorders, cordless tools and more.

• If you want your deodorant to work harder for you, put it on at night. Since most of us don’t sweat while sleeping, it has a chance to fully be absorbed into the sweat glands overnight.

• Got a book club, moms’ group or card club? Ask for a discount at local stores for your members. In this economy, you’d be surprised how many stores will say yes to a modest discount in order to potentially get the business of a group.

• "I live in Florida, the land of many fireplaces but no need for fire -- at least in the past 10 years I have lived here. I love my fireplace, though. I installed mirrored tiles inside it, and I have a bunch of candles in there. They sparkle just like the real thing, and it’s quite beautiful." -- P.F. in Florida

• Starting that classic New Year’s diet? Try visiting the following Web sites for nutrition information: and These two sites contain a wealth of information on healthy eating, and they’re free. You must register for Nutrition Data, but the information and calorie-tracking programs on the site are wonderfully informative and free to use.

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