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Monday, December 20, 2010 Volume XIX, Number 129

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?...The Carthage Business Women of Missouri have Black Walnuts and Pecans for $9 a pound. Sales supports a Scholarship Program. 358-3505

Did Ya Know?...Carthage Crisis Center, 100 South Main will host a free Christmas Day dinner Saturday December 25, 2010 from 12 Noon till 2:00 pm.

today's laugh

Skinny people irritate me. Especially when they say things like, "You know, sometimes I just forget to eat." Now I’ve forgotten my address, my mother’s maiden name, and my keys. But I’ve never forgotten to eat. You have to be a special kind of stupid to forget to eat.


One day, a man was walking along the beach and came across an odd-looking bottle. Not being one to ignore tradition, he rubbed it and, much to his surprise, a Genie actually appeared. "For releasing me from the bottle, I will grant you three wishes," said the Genie. The man was ecstatic. "But there’s a catch," the Genie continued.

"What catch?" asked the man, eyeing the Genie suspiciously. The Genie replied, "For each of your wishes, every lawyer in the world will receive DOUBLE what you asked for."

"Hey, I can live with that! No problem!" replied the elated man.

"What is your first wish?"

"Well, I’ve always wanted a Ferrari!" POOF! A Ferrari appeared in front of the man.

"Now, every lawyer in the world has been given TWO Ferraris," said the Genie. "What is your next wish?"

"I could really use a million dollars..." replied the man, and POOF! One million dollars appeared at his feet.

"Now, every lawyer in the world is TWO million dollars richer," the Genie reminded the man.

"Well, that’s okay, as long as I’ve got MY million," replied the man.

"And what is your final wish?" asked the Genie.

The man thought long and hard, and finally said, "Well, you know, I’ve always wanted to donate a kidney...."


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

Matrimonial’s Pleasant Meeting.

The Matrimonial club and one invited guest, Mr. Tom Franks, of Wichta, spent a most enjoyable evening with Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Greenwood last night.

After a splendid dinner at 7 o’clock, of which quail was a feature, bid euchre was indulged in for a couple of hours, the ribbons being won by A. A. Ramsay and Mrs. John McMillan.

Partners for dinner were selected by each lady writing on a card the thing for which she was most thankful. These were shuffled and passed to the gentlemen, who each took one, and so aptly was the characteristic thankfulness expressed by each that the gentlemen had no trouble in picking the partners they had thus drawn.

After cards a lively half hour was spent with music and dancing. The club will be entertained next week by Capt. and Mrs. John McMillan.

  Today's Feature

Public Safety Committee

Meets Tonight.

The City Council Public Safety Committee is scheduled to meet this evening at the Police Department at 6:30 P.M.

The agenda includes a request by Hunter Whorton to use a portion of the old airport runway for go cart races.

The agenda also includes a recommendation by the Fire Department to accept bids for new fire hose and a donation from Butterball of haz-mat equipment.

Also scheduled for discussion is a donation from Coachlight RV of $2,500 toward a firefighter memorial contingent upon obtaining a matching fund donation.

The Police Department portion of the agenda includes discussing changing ordinance 23.169 which deals with emergency vehicles and a sealed bid review for phones and carpet for the police station.

The agenda, for the first time in several months, does not include discussion of an ordinance to charge per incident for emergency services by the Fire Department for services provided/rendered for the Carthage Fire Protection District.

Just Jake Talkin'

Like ta take the opportunity to thank all the various businesses that allow the Mornin’ Mail on their counter each mornin’. Without those locations as distribution points, most wouldn’t get the chance to keep up with the goin’s on here in Carthage.

This is our 19th Christmas with the Mornin’ Mail. As you saw in Friday’s insert, merchants are in the Christmas spirit. Be sure to let ‘em know ya saw their message in the Mail.

‘Course we also have ta thank those who sponsor the Mail throughout the year. The support of local merchants provide this service to the community. Be sure and thank them for their support also.

We here at the Mail wish ya all a safe and happy holiday season.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Columns


By Samantha Mazzotta

Cleaning Mold Off Stucco

Q: My South Florida house has a white stucco exterior that’s in good condition, with no cracks or holes. But the base of the walls has greenish-brown streaks that I’m not sure is mold or just left by dirt and leaves (the sand splashes up during heavy rainstorms). How can I remove this? -- Diego S., Deerfield Beach, Fla.

A: Some do-it-yourself instructions will tell you to use a pressure washer to clean a home’s exterior, but avoid doing this with stucco or similar masonry unless you’re sure the material won’t crumble under a high pressure stream.

Instead, test wash a section of the wall. Rinse with a garden hose (you can use a sprayer attachment to assist) and then scrub with a nylon brush dipped in a mixture of 2 gallons warm water and 1/2 cup liquid dish soap. You can add a 1/2 cup of Borax to this if you like, but wear rubber gloves if you touch the solution at this point. Rinse the section to see if this simple wash helps.

If this doesn’t work, trisodium phosphate (available at home-improvement stores near the paint section) can be tried. TSP is stronger than common household cleaners.

Once you’ve found a cleaning solution that works well to remove the streaks, scrub the walls starting at the top and working your way down. Rinse frequently so the cleaning solution doesn’t dry on the wall.

When complete, leave the stucco alone to dry thoroughly. This can take a few days, so avoid doing any painting or stucco repairs until then.

HOME TIP: Small cracks or chips in exterior stucco can be patched using flexible concrete caulk; just overfill the crack and smooth away excess -- feathering the edges out -- let dry and paint to match.

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