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Monday, June 1, 2009 Volume XVII, Number 242

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage First Nazarene is inviting children ages 4 years through completed 5th grade to Vocation Bible School which will be held each evening from 6-8 p.m., June 1st- June 5th. For more information or to request rides, call the church office at 358-4265.

Did Ya Know?... McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital will be having a memorial service for those who have lost loved ones on June 4th at 5 p.m. in the hospital chapel. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Community room. For more information call 359-AMEN.

today's laugh

Top Ten Signs You Bought A Bad Computer

1. Lower corner of screen has the words "Etch-a-sketch" on it.

2. It’s celebrity spokesman is that "Hey Vern!" guy.

3. In order to start it you need some jumper cables and a friend’s car.

4. It’s slogan is "Pentium: redefining mathematics".

5. The "quick reference" manual is 120 pages long.

6. Whenever you turn it on, all the dogs in your neighborhood start howling. The screen often displays the message, "Ain’t it break time yet?" The manual contains only one sentence: "Good Luck!" The only chip inside is a Dorito. You’ve decided that your computer is an excellent addition to your fabulous paperweight collection.

"In any hierarchy, each individual rises to his own level of incompetence, and then remains there."

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

A Remarkable Character.

Mrs. Gilson, an old and well known resident at Dublin, near Jasper, died this week and was buried in an old and abandoned cemetery at her own request beside her husband who had been buried there. She also requested that her favorite trinkets, a bow and arrow, an old silver half dollar, sleeve buttons and a book be buried in her coffin with her body. This was done.

Mrs. Gilson was known as the "marshal" on account of the peculiar habit she had of "laying down the law" to those who went contrary to her wishes. The following incident is a sample: Some years ago a new saloon opened up in Jasper and she warned the proprietor to not sell whiskey to her son. It appears that her son proved to be one of the first customers and learning of this, Mrs. Gilson went to the saloon and pulling two big revolvers on the barkeeper, reiterated her request with emphasis. The son received no more whiskey at the Jasper saloon.

  Today's Feature

Whooping Cough Cases Confirmed.

The Jasper County Health Department reports twelve confirmed cases of pertussis (whooping cough) and an ongoing investigation continues into an additional two cases of Jasper County residents in April 2009.

Pertussis is highly communicable and can cause severe disease in very young children. It begins with mild upper respiratory tract symptoms and progresses to a cough. The condition can further progress to severe paroxysms, often with a characteristic whoop followed by vomiting. Fever is absent or minimal. In infants younger than six months, apnea is a common manifestation and the whoop may be absent. According to the Jasper County Health Department, it is important to remember that Pertussis should be considered in older children and adults who have a persistent cough lasting more than 7 – 14 days, which cannot be attributed to another specific illness. Pertussis may occur in fully vaccinated persons, and of those that have had the vaccination, it is only 85% effective.

The best way to reduce pertussis is to have a highly vaccinated population, especially children under the age of 7.


Just Jake Talkin'

There are prob’ly lots a variations on the recipe for home made ice cream, but if ya want to get into a real discussion on the formula for success, get in on the debate around the crankin’ end of the process.

In our family, there is as much care given in the placement and quantities of ice and salt, the speed of crankin’ and the ideal time to quit turnin’ as ever is considered in the kitchen. ‘Course the men have traditionally taken care of the mechanical end of the process, but the women have never been bashful about advice on the matter.

I say care is given, that’s because ever’one seems to - care that is. This last batch, we didn’t put the traditional burlap sack on top. Don’t think it made much difference, it just seemed to be missin’ somethin’, but they ate it anyway.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

  Weekly Columns


By Samantha Mazzotta

Use Snow to Clean Oriental Rug?

Q: I know it’s a bit late in the season for this one, but when I read your column on cleaning oriental rugs, I had to write. I think you missed it on this one. Soaking and shampooing those area rugs is difficult and time-consuming. Water and chemicals rot the webbing. Instead of all that work, try cleaning rugs with snow. That’s right, snow!

After a fresh snowfall, vacuum both sides of the rug indoors as you indicated. Then, take the rug outside and lay on a clean patch of snow. Throw snow on top of the rug and sweep off with a broom or brush. Repeat until the snow comes off clean, then flip the rug and do the other side. The dirt will pour off using this method.

If you live in an area without snow or it’s past snow season, use crushed ice on a deck or clean garage floor instead.

The rug will not get soaked through, and it looks and smells clean. No chemicals, no taking days to dry. Tell your readers to try it! - Ruth, via e-mail

A: Wow, that’s definitely a cool suggestion! I’ve never heard of this method, but then I grew up down south. If anyone else has cleaned an oriental rug in a similar manner, I’d love to hear from you.

I suppose the tiny ice particles that make up fallen snow work like scrubbers, getting deeper into the rug’s nap than a brush could and picking up dirt particles. As always, I recommend rug owners doing this for the first time test a small section of the rug or clean a rug that’s not a highly valued antique, for obvious reasons. And afterward, do hang the rug up or lay out to make sure it dries thoroughly.


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