The Mornin' Mail is published every weekday except major holidays
Thursday, December 29, 2011 Volume XX, Number 139

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?...City-wide leaf pickup program will run from Nov. 1 through Dec. 30. Call the Street Department at 237-702

today's laugh

Deja Moo: The feeling that you’ve heard this bull before.


What’s the difference between a Yankee zoo and a Redneck zoo?

On the cage in a Yankee zoo, it will have the name of the animal and the scientific name in Latin.

A Southern zoo will have the name of the animal and a recipe.


Laughing stock - cattle with a sense of humor.

The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.

The things that come to those that wait may be the things left by those who got there first.

It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end to end, someone would be stupid enough to try and pass them.

We are born naked, wet, and hungry. Then things get worse.


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

Still Looking for His Horse.

Groceryman A. Hughes left this afternoon to visit William Cadderly, 20 miles northwest of this city, to see a stray horse that he thinks may be the one that was stolen from him over a week ago.

Good Both in Quality and Quantity.

The Arlington hotel feels proud of its "cuisine" and points to its jolly cook as a model. He was enticed onto the hay scales yesterday and tipped the beam at 313 pounds.


J. C. Tuttle is confined to his home today from overwork, and as his partner in the implement business, W.S. Shuler, is out of town, Miss Ina Tuttle, the bookkeeper, is in charge at the Shuler-Tuttle implement house.

  Today's Feature

Mornin’ Mail Goes Weekly.

After nearly 20 years as a daily publication, the Monin’ Mail will become a weekly publication starting next week.

Proprietor H.J. Johnson says that the paper never missed a day of regular distribution since its beginning on June 18, 1992.

The paper will continue its focus on community events, local government, and activities that interest area readers.

"The plan at this point is to distribute 2,000 copies a week through our over eighty distribution points throughout the city," said Johnson. "We will also continue to make our web site,, available to readers."

The paper will be circulated on Thursdays and will continue to be the only newspaper actually printed in Carthage.

"There will eventually be some format changes," Johnson continued, "but we don’t plan anything too radical in the beginning. The once a week schedule will take a while to get used to, so there will be a gradual transition to any new features."

Johnson recently announced that the Mornin’ Mail is up for sale.

Jasper County Jail Count

179 December 28, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'


It’ll be a little strange not seein’ the Mornin’ Mail show up ever’ day, but like most changes, hopefully folks will grow accustom to it.

We’ve seen a lotta changes over the last twenty years. When we first began, the City Council was still meetin’ in the Courthouse. We’ve tried to document the goin’s on of the community from chicken raisin’ to shuttin’ down the airport. Dog and cat regulation and the fireworks blow-up.

The new weekly format opens the opportunity to put some of that in perspective and bring it together in a broader overlook.

I do wanna thank our loyal readers and sponsors who have made the trip possible.

Be sure to tell ‘em ya saw it in the Mornin’ Mail.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Sponsored by Metcalf Auto Supply

Weekly Column



A friend and I are having a debate that I was hoping you two would be able to settle. We each recently bought pre-owned vehicles, and we both are members of the dying breed of drivers who love to drive cars with manual transmissions. Both cars are in stellar shape, both have fewer than 30,000 miles and have their original clutches. The disagreement is about driving styles. My friend says that he gets better fuel economy when he drives at higher revs in a lower gear. I, on the other hand, believe that driving lower revs in a higher gear is more efficient. What do you say?-- Marie

RAY: While he’s reading this first paragraph, Marie, we’ll stall for time so you can double your wager. Because he’s nuts.

TOM: Completely. The higher the engine revs, the more fuel it uses. It’s like walking. On the same terrain, the faster your legs move, the more calories you burn.

RAY: That’s why, in chasing better fuel economy, carmakers have continually added more gears. The Ford Focus we drove a few weeks ago had a six-speed automatic. And the BMW X3 we drove last week had an eight-speed!

TOM: Why? Because the higher the gear, the fewer times the engine has to turn for each rotation of the wheels. The slower the engine turns, the less fuel it uses.

RAY: If your friend is really thickheaded, suggest that the two of you take a bike ride. Find a couple of 10-speed bikes. Find a flat road to simulate a highway.

TOM: Then set the rules: You get to use all 10 of your gears, but he can only go up to 3rd gear on his bike.

RAY: At the end of the race, when he’s exhausted, sweating profusely and doubled over trying to catch his breath, ask him how much "fuel" he used keeping up with you, and then collect on your bet, Marie.

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