The Mornin' Mail is published every weekday except major holidays
Friday, December 9, 2011 Volume XX, Number 124

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?...Free Christmas Gift Wrapping to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be held thru Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 116 W. 2nd St. (former Bank of America bank lobby) donations accepted.

Did Ya Know?...The Carthage Musical Devotees present the MSSU Student Chorale at Grace Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, Sunday Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.

Did Ya Know?...Singles Reaching Out (West) will hold a Christmas party and gift exchange ($7 suggested) on Fri., Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Ulmers Community room, 1208 S. Garrison. Meat will be provided. Info - 359-6062 or 388-3038.

today's laugh

"OLD" IS WHEN - Your friends compliment you on your new alligator shoes and you’re barefoot.

"OLD" IS WHEN - A sexy babe catches your fancy and your pacemaker opens the garage door.

"OLD" IS WHEN - You don’t care where your spouse goes, just as long as you don’t have to go along.

"OLD" IS WHEN - "Getting lucky" means you find your car in the parking lot.

"OLD" IS WHEN - An "all nighter" means not getting up to use the bathroom.

"OLD" IS WHEN - You are not sure these are jokes


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


Lettie Armstrong, a Well Known Woman Brought Here for Burial.

G. A. Cassil this morning received a telegram announcing the death of Lettie Armstrong, in the asylum at St. Joseph. The remains are being brought home for burial, and will be laid to rest in Park cemetery by the side of her mother, "Aunt Julia," who died some time ago.

Lettie Armstrong was about 40 years old and a well known servant, having been raised in the family of Mr. G. A. Cassil. She went insane about three years ago as the result of a severe attack of grippe, and was sent to the St. Joseph asylum as a private patient by Mr. Cassil.


Mrs. Rebecca Hall is expected home tomorrow from her tour of southeast Missouri in the interest of temperance.

  Today's Feature

Mornin’ Mail Up For Sale.

Locally owned Heritage Publishing announced today that the Mornin’ Mail newspaper is up for sale.

Proprietor H.J. Johnson said that after nearly 20 years, the paper is ready for a new owner and new energy.

"The readers and business community have supported the free publication since it started in June of 1992," said Johnson. "I’m looking for someone with a keen sense of community to continue our tradition of fair and accurate reporting on local issues. Hopefully they also have a decent sense of humor."

The paper has featured the popular "today’s laugh" since its first issue. Non-profit organizations have used the free "did ya know" section from the start also. Johnson says he has penned close to 4,500 "Just Jake Talkin’" columns over the years.

A circulation of one thousand papers are offered five days a week at no charge to readers. They are distributed by the courtesy of over eighty businesses throughout the community. Since 1997 has been online and averages over 200 hits per day.

Jasper County Jail Count

167 December 8, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

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 20th Christmas with the Mornin’ Mail. As you can see in today’s paper, 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 Column


ART NOTES from Hyde House

by Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral

It is always with sadness that we end a season here at Hyde House and I close the final show of the season with artist Theresa Rankin with mixed emotions. On the very positive side, hers was the most successful sales-exhibition for this year, and I am very glad for her and for us also! artCentral only takes a 25% commission of sales made by our artists, a very small percentage comparable to other galleries, and it is because we are a member-owned gallery that we do this. I congratulate Theresa on a most successful exhibition, and for any who missed seeing her work, some can be viewed soon at our Atrium Gallery at the Sirloin Stockade on Central. Our thanks once again as well to Schmidt & Associates for the generous underwriting of this our last show of the 2011 season. With a year’s ending comes reports and records to be written and accounting to be made, and I will be in my office during the time we are officially closed, so if there is an item in our gift shop that you are interested in purchasing for the holiday season, do not hesitate to call or email me for a time to stop by. Meantime, the calendar is finalized for 2012 and I begin writing the first newsletter of the new season which is due to go out on January 1st. I would take this time to recognize my fine board of directors who I will be "fêting" at our annual Christmas board luncheon on the 14th, for a job well done this season. They are, President Eric Haun, Joplin, Vice President Dean Vandergriff, Carthage, Treasurer Miriam Putnam, Carthage, and members Sarah Ross, Jane VanDenBerg, Helen Kunze, Jackie Boyer, all of Carthage, and new members this year Pat Goff, Melody Knowles and Brenda Sageng, all Carthage. Departing is Kristin Huke, who is leaving to pursue her art more fully, and to her we again extend huge thanks for the design of several special anniversary projects last year during our 25th. I extend as well our thanks as always to the advisors to artCentral, Sandy Higgins, Robin Putnam, and Jerry Ellis as well as our newest advisor Don Knost, recently retired from many years of board service. Thanks to all of these, and thanks to all of you who made this year a great success!

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