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Monday, September 26, 2011 Volume XX, Number 69

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. There will be a pet blessing on Sun. Oct 2 in the Barking Lot of the Grace Episcopal Church, corner of Chestnut & Howard. at 5 p.m. All animals and friends welcomed.

today's laugh

A poet and a scientist were traveling together on a plane. The scientist was bored and said to the poet, "Hey, you, do you want to play a game? I’ll ask you a question, and if you get it wrong, you give me $5. Then, you ask me a question, and if I can’t answer it, I’ll give you $5."

The poet thought about this for a moment, but he decided against it, seeing that the scientist was obviously a very bright man. He politely turned down the scientist’s offer.

The scientist, who was really bored, tried again. "Look, I’ll ask you a question, and if you can’t answer it, you give me $5. Then you ask me a question, and if I can’t answer it, I’ll give you $50."

The poet agreed. "Okay," the scientist said, "what is the exact distance between the Earth and the Moon?"

The poet, obviously not knowing the answer, didn’t stop to think about the scientist’s question. He took a $5 bill out of his pocket and handed it to the scientist.

The scientist happily accepted the bill and promptly said, "Okay, now it’s your turn."

The poet thought about this for a few minutes, then asked, "All right, what goes up a mountain on three legs, but comes down on four?"

The bright glow quickly vanished from the scientist’s face. He thought about this for a long time, taking out his notepad and making numerous calculations. He finally gave up on his notepad and took out his laptop, using his Multimedia Encyclopedia. As the plane was landing the scientist gave up. He reluctantly handed the poet a $50 bill.

The poet accepted it graciously, getting ready to stand up. "Wait!" the scientist shouted, "you can’t do this to me! What’s the answer?"

The poet looked at the scientist and calmly put a $5 bill into his hand.


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

The Drilling on the Granby Tract.

R.A. Bowen who is drilling on the Granby land at the southwest edge of town, is down 100 feet. He is still in open ground and finds favorable formation. No mineral is expected, however until a considerably greater depth is reached. Mr. Bowen has the 56 acres of Granby land on a royalty, and an option on several adjoining tracts, so that if he strikes rich stuff he will have a good thing.

C.A. Steward Got Second Prize.

C. A. Steward, of this city, carried off the second prize at the St. Louis photographer’s convention held last week. The first prize was awarded to a Mexico, Mo., photographer on a technicality. Mr. Steward’s display was an unusually fine one, and he naturally feels proud of the distinction given it. Carthage has the finest photographers in this state and wherever their work is shown it carries off honors.

  Today's Feature

31st Annual

Maple Leaf Car Show

The 31st annual Maple Leaf Car Show will be Oct 15, 2011, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM at the grounds of the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix (CMC), Fairview and Grand. Awards start at 4:00 PM. This year’s car show will feature 26 classes with 3 trophies per class. The first 450 cars will receive dash plaques. Trophies and dash plaques provided by O’Reillys. Kustom Kemps of America, KKOA, will present a trophy to Koolest Kustom Kemp.

To enter, register at Precious Moments Best Western Motel, 2701 Hazel Friday, October 14th, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM and at the show Saturday, October 15th 8:00 AM-12:00 noon. There will be a swap meet and car corral on site during the car show and four food vendors will be serving from 8:00 AM-close. A shuttle van will be provided, running every 30 minutes for those who want to go to the square from car show.

For more information, please visit

Jasper County Jail Count

191 September 23, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'

I still expect to hear a bell ring when I pull up to the gas pumps. ‘Course there is little reason to announce your presence these days since there is no one rushin’ out ta wash your windshield.

I do find myself tryin’ to avoid passin’ by the pumps when I’m just stoppin’ for a coke. I feel a little silly when I realize I’m tryin’ to avoid ringin’ the non existent bell.

I suppose anyone under the age of 18 doesn’t have any idea what I’m talkin’ about. Talk to your parents, they should be the ones to explain such things.

I’d think some marketin’ savvy chain of convenience stores would put the bell back. It would make your customers feel important to know they are bein’ announced.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Sponsored by Carthage Printing

Weekly Column

Bureaucracy and Paperwork

Q: During the recent storm that blew through here, my trash cans were damaged. These are heavy-duty rolling-type containers supplied by the city, and they don’t blow over easily. These did, but the damage was to the lids, which got blown around in the wind. The attaching hinges, which are plastic, were broken on both containers. The lids aren’t too bad. Where can I buy replacement hinges to fix the lids? -- Sergei L., Newton, Mass.

A: Contact your city government about the damage. The trash cans were supplied by the city, and storm damage should be a justifiable reason to replace them without cost. Check the city’s website in its city services section to see if details are published there, or call city hall.


Q: I had some renovations done to my home about six years ago. Going through my file cabinet recently, I found many of the permits and paperwork, as well as the contractor estimates and invoice. Do I really need to keep this information, or can I discard these old permits since the work is long since done? -- Mark, in upstate New York

A: Keep those permits and related paperwork, including inspection reports from when the renovation was completed, with all of the other papers related to your house. If you plan to sell your home in the future, that paperwork is proof that the renovations you say were made, were actually made.

Keeping estimates and receipts also is useful, even a few years after the work was done, if not for tax purposes, then as additional proof that the work was done. Keep them with the permits and inspection reports.

HOME TIP: Get familiar with your city or local government’s website. Most U.S. cities these days have sites that convey almost all of the information you need to know about local regulations, permits, licensing, etc.

HOME TIP: It’s important to locate the shutoff valve for your home’s gas system in the event of a leak. It’s typically near the meter.

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