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Monday, October 3, 2011 Volume XX, Number 74

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. Spare Cat Rescue will present a Low-Cost Feline Spay/Neuter event in October. Female cats $20, Male cats $10. call for an appointment 358-6808. Limited number of appointments, so call.

today's laugh

An Antartian died and went to heaven. When he got to the pearly gate Saint Peter told him in order to gain admittance a prospective soul must answer three questions:

1. Name two days of the week that begin with "T".

2. How many seconds are in a year?

3. What is God’s first name?

The Antartian answered...

1. The two days of the week that begin with "T" are Today and Tomorrow.

2. There are 12 seconds in a year.

3. God has two first names, and they are Andy and Howard."

Saint Peter said, "OK, I’ll buy the Today and Tomorrow, even though it’s not the answer I expected, but how did you get 12 seconds in a year, and why do think God’s first name was either Andy or Howard?"

The Antartian replied, "Well, January 2nd, February 2nd,March 2nd, etc...."

"OK, I give," said Saint Peter, "but what about the God’s first name stuff?"

"Well, from the song....Andy walks with me, Andy talks with me,..., and the prayer...Our Father, who art in heaven, Howard be thy name...."


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

Jasper County "Suckers" Had a Reunion at Lakeside.

There was no rain to interfere with the Illinois picnic at Lakeside today. The day was ideal, but there was not so large a crowd in attendance as had been expected, owing doubtless to the fact that many who prepared to attend last Thursday and were prevented by the rain would not make a second attempt today.

About 11 o’clock the crowd in the pavilion - probably 200 in number - was called to order and after music by the glee club composed of C.N. Spencer, Ed Ogden, Chas. Sirkcosky and Chas. Spencer an excellent address was made by Rev. R.H. Fry of Carthage a former Illinoisan. Rev. Mr. Fry’s remarks referred especially to the attainments of Illinois citizens. He dwelt chiefly upon the careers of Lincoln and Lovejoy but he spoke also of U.S. Grant, Francis E. Willard and others. He was frequently applauded. At the conclusion of his address there was again music by the glee club, after which adjournment was taken for dinner.

Picnic dinners were enjoyed at various spots on the shaded lawn of the park, after which the picnicers gathered in little groups and exchanged Illinois experiences. In many instances people who had known each other for years met today and for the first time learned that each were former Illinoisans. Some Illinoisans were present who have within a week cast their lot in Jasper county. There was not a "sucker" present who was not ready to sing praises of Illinois but the consensus of opinion was that Jasper county is a more favored spot and a better place in which to live.

The crowd was more than doubled by those who came out after dinner. R.D. Calkins, who was chiefly instrumental in getting up the Illinois picnic, called the assembly to order and after songs by the glee club, excellent short speeches were made by W.L. Aaron of Joplin, J.W. Layne, C.H. Stewart and R.D. Calkins, of Carthage.

The register for the Illinois picnic shows 216 families, representing nearly every county in the state who have taken enough interest in the picnic to enroll their names. A permanent organization was effected, of which R.D. Calkins was elected president. Other officers are being chosen at hour of going to press.

  Today's Feature

Largest Build in Makeover’s History.

Executives with ABC’s reality TV show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has stated that the show’s upcoming build in Joplin will be one of the largest in the history of the popular program. Led by Southwest Missouri home builder Sam Clifton, president of Millstone Custom Homes, the October Joplin project will build seven homes in seven days for families who suffered losses in the May tornado that destroyed much of the city. The weeklong Extreme build will begin in Joplin on October 19.

"Thousands of people in Joplin and from across the country have contacted us to donate, volunteer and support this massive effort to help rebuild Joplin," Clifton said. "We are so grateful to Pastor Brad Gray and the members of Calvary Baptist Church, for their generous support."

Organizers also recently announced that the episode featuring the Joplin build will be featured, as the show’s 200th episode.

To volunteer, donate, or learn more about the project, visit:

Jasper County Jail Count

? September 30, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'


It was brought to our attention by several callers that the Mornin’ Mail didn’t mention that there would be a parade for the Maple Leaf Festival this year. If this caused some discomfort for our readers we’re sorry. With all the activities to be listed, I suppose we just took the parade for granted.

As with any list we prob’ly left out other important activities, though less obvious to most.

We do get ta feelin’ a little lonely at the office now and then and it’s good ta know that folks do still pay attention to our efforts to inform the community of what’s goin’ on.

Keep those calls comin’, even if it’s just ta say what ya wanna hear about. It’s all news to us.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Column


By Samantha Mazzotta

Repairing Damaged Drywall

Q: Last week while moving furniture, my sons accidentally shoved an end table against the wall and punched a hole in it. How can I fix this? -- Charity in Lansing, Mich.

A: Ouch! Fortunately, drywall holes are not too expensive a proposition in terms of repair. You can even get your sons to help, turning an accident into a learning experience.

For supplies, you’ll need a power drill (for driving screws), a putty knife, a drywall/wallboard saw, a box cutter or drywall knife, drywall tape (a type of mesh tape), a drywall repair patch (a large, self-sticking mesh that can be cut to fit), drywall compound, sandpaper and matching paint.

If the hole is pretty large -- more than a couple of inches in diameter -- you will need a spare sheet or piece of drywall (also called wallboard in some places), as well as scraps of plywood and drywall screws.

Larger holes need more support than a plain mesh can provide, so you’ll need to replace the damaged drywall. Using a ruler and pencil, draw a square around the edges of the hole, giving about a quarter inch of space from each jagged edge. Next, carefully cut away the drywall, following those lines. Now you have a clean square to work with.

Next insert those spare plywood strips. These go behind the drywall hole, providing a backing for your drywall patch to attach to. Hold each strip in place and drive a drywall screw through the drywall about 1/2 inch above the hole and 1/2 inch below.

Next, cut your drywall patch to fit the hole. It actually needs to be a tiny bit smaller than the hole, about 1/8 inch, so the patch blends better. Press the patch against the plywood backing strips and drive screws through the patch, two at the top and two at the bottom, and into the backing strips.

Finally, blend the patch in. Run mesh drywall tape over the edges of the patch so that it covers the gaps. Then, smooth drywall compound over the mesh tape, feathering into the wall (you don’t have to put compound over the center of the patch). Finish the same way as described for the smaller patch.

HOME TIP: If sanding drywall compound creates too much dust, try smoothing using a damp sponge or wet sander, then let dry completely before painting the area.

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