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Thursday, January19-25, 2011 Volume XX, Number 144

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Did Ya Know?. . There will be a Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction Tuesday, January 24, 2012 6 pm Catered Meal and Silent Auction to Benefit River Street Food Pantry 210 N. River, Tickets $20 Call 417-359-8800 for more details

today's laugh

Golfer: Well, I have never played this badly before!

Caddie: I didn’t realize you had played before, Sir-

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. - Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

"On Tuesday, the U.S. population hit 300 million. ‘Oh, that’s so cute,’ said China."--Amy Poehler

The Louisiana State Police received reports of illegal cock fights being held in the area around LaFayette, and duly dispatched the infamous Detective Boudreaux to investigate.

He reported to his sergeant the next morning. "Dey is tree main groups in dis cock fightin’" he began.

"Good work. Who are they?" the sergeant asked.

Boudreaux replied confidently, "De Aggies, de Cajuns, and de Mafia."

Puzzled, the sergeant asked, "How did you find that out in one night?"

"Well," was the reply, "I went down and done seed dat cock fight. I knowed the Aggies was involved when a duck was entered in the fight."

The sergeant nodded, "I’ll buy that. But what about the others?"

Boudreaux intoned knowingly, "Well, I knowed de Cajuns were involved wen summbody bet on de duck."

"Ah," sighed the sergeant, "And how did you deduce the Mafia was involved?"

"De duck won."

  Today's Features

Urban Chickens On the Table.

The City Council Public Safety heard another request for a change in the City ordinance concerning chickens in city limits during its regular meeting last Monday evening. In response, the Committee agreed to place the topic on the agenda for the next regular meeting to be held February 27 at the Police Department.

Currently it is illegal to "keep chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, pigeons, or other fowl except in an enclosure which is not less than two hundred fifty feet from any dwelling, church or school" in the City.

Mayor Mike Harris suggested that the committee members investigate various ordinances that have been passed in other communities before the next meeting.

The following ordinance from South Portland, Maine contains various typical restrictions that several cities have adopted that may be expected to be presented to the Committee. No specific action has been taken by the Committee to date.

This is an example only.


THE COUNCIL of the City of South Portland hereby ordains that Chapter 3 "Animals and Fowl" of the "Code of Ordinances of the City of South Portland, Maine" be and hereby is amended as follows:ARTICLE II. DOMESTICATED CHICKENS

The City recognizes that adverse neighborhood impacts may result from the keeping of domesticated chickens as a result of noise, odor, unsanitary animal living conditions, unsanitary waste storage and removal, the attraction of predators, rodents, insects, or parasites, and non-confined animals leaving the owner’s property. This article is intended to create licensing standards and requirements that ensure that domesticated chickens do not adversely impact the neighborhood surrounding the property on which the chickens are kept.

Sec. 3-52. Permit Required.

An annual permit is required for the keeping of any domesticated chickens in the City of South Portland. Additionally, a building permit is required for the construction of a henhouse and chicken pen.

In the first permit year, no more than twenty (20) permits shall be issued. In each subsequent permit year, twenty (20) more permits may be issued in addition to new permits issued to previous permittees.

Sec. 3-54. Number and Type of Chickens Allowed.

(a) The maximum number of chickens allowed is six (6) per lot regardless of how many dwelling units are on the lot. In the case of residential condominium complexes without individually owned back yards, the maximum number of chickens allowed is six (6) per complex.

(b) Only female chickens are allowed. There is no restriction on chicken species.

Sec. 3-55. Non-Commercial Use Only.

Chickens shall be kept as pets and for personal use only; no person shall sell eggs or engage in chicken breeding or fertilizer production for commercial purposes. The slaughtering of chickens is prohibited.

Sec. 3-56. Enclosures.

(a) Chickens must be kept in an enclosure or fenced area at all times. During daylight hours, chickens may be allowed outside of their chicken pens in a securely fenced yard if supervised. Chickens shall be secured within the henhouse during non-daylight hours.

(b) Enclosures must be clean, dry, and odor-free, kept in a neat and sanitary condition at all times, in a manner that will not disturb the use or enjoyment of neighboring lots due to noise, odor or other adverse impact.

(c) The hen house and chicken pen must both be impermeable to rodents, wild birds, and predators, including dogs and cats.

(d) Henhouses.

(1) shall be enclosed on all sides and shall have a roof and doors. Access doors must be able to be shut and locked at night. Opening windows and vents must be covered with predator- and bird-proof wire of less than one (1) inch openings.

The use of scrap, waste board, sheet metal, or similar materials is prohibited.

Community Foundation to Focus on Carthage.

CFSM has changed its name back to Carthage Community Foundation and will be focusing on the immediate Carthage area in the future. According to spokesman Bill Putnam, the organization feels they have successfully launched the Community Foundation concept in the wider area. There are now affiliates of Community Foundation of the Ozarks in Sarcoxie, and Neosho, with discussions ongoing in Barton and McDonald counties. A new affiliate has launched in the Joplin, Webb City, Carl Junction area and is retaining the CFSM name for the time being.

Carthage will be having a grant round for Carthage charities later this spring.

The board reorganized last week and Don LaFerla is Chairman, Stan Schmidt is Vice-Chairman, and Miriam Putnam is Secretary/Treasurer. Other board members are: Chuck Bryant, Kevin Checkett, Frank Dunaway, Bill Lee, Carolyn Phelps, Lee Pound, Patrick Scott, Jim Woestman and Bill Putnam.


Carthage Community Foundation

221 W. 4th St., Suite 11

Carthage, MO 64836



City Council Candidates

April 3 Election


1st Ward Kirby Newport 1515 S. Buena (2 year term) incumbent

Trevor C. Smith 1124 Valley (2 year term)

2nd Ward Donald McLaughlin 725 Olive (*2 year term) Unopposed

2nd Ward Lawrence Q. Chapin 728 W. Central (*1 year term) Unopposed

3rd Ward John Studebaker 1058 S. Garrison (2 year term) incumbent

Dustin Blankenship 1210 Douglas Court (2 year term)

4th Ward Lee Carlson 721 Euclid Blvd (2 year term)

Dick Fanning 1815 Bluebird Way (2 year term)

5th Ward Jason T.A. Shelfer 1628 S. Maple Street (2 year term)

Jasper County Jail Count

179 January 17, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

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Weekly Column



The other day, I installed winter tires on my car (I have those tires on separate rims, so I can do this myself). Prior to attaching the wheels to the car, I checked the tires for any damages I might have overlooked last spring. I noticed quite a few very small pieces of gravel that had lodged themselves in the small crevices of the tread.

I cautiously removed all those gravel bits -- but while doing this, I wondered, Don’t those embedded pieces of stone somehow resemble the studs or spikes we used to have on winter tires Maybe I should intentionally allow small pieces of debris to collect there. My question is: Am I doing the right thing when I remove those bits of stone, or should I instead take the car for a spin in the gravel pit to create "instant studded tires"?-- Wolfgang

TOM: It’s "Eureka!" moments like these that lead to great inventions, Wolfgang.

RAY: Notice we said moments LIKE these. Not this one in particular, Wolfgang.

TOM: Unfortunately, the pebble theory has a couple of flaws. If you managed to embed enough pebbles in your tire to make a difference on ice, you’d run into the same problem that studded tires have: That is, they’re awful on wet and dry roads -- or any non-icy surface.

RAY: Think about it. You’re essentially driving on little pieces of metal (or stone) instead of on rubber.

TOM: As soon as you reach any kind of decent speed, centrifugal force will throw most of those stones out, banging them against the underside of your car and the windshields of the poor schmoes driving behind you.

RAY: So file it under "interesting theories, still in development," and take out the pebbles, Wolfgang.


ART NOTES from Hyde House

by Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral

January is a quiet month here at Hyde House, a month used for refurbishing and cleaning and catching up with projects for the new year. We are officially closed as a gallery, but a lot of activity happens inside the office as I continue to plan exhibitions, classes and schedule our underwriters for 2012. I look forward to attending the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet this coming Friday evening where I will be presenting the annual Artist Award for last year’s winner, Rachel Wilson. Rachel is unable to attend due to a conflict of timing—her new exhibition at SPIVA opens that same evening and she is certainly expected to be there and wants to be! We here at artCenral wish her well and know that this new show "EQUINE GESTURES" will be a great success, and we recommend all art lovers and horse lovers try to attend it while it remains in that gallery in Joplin through March 2nd. I cannot announce the winner for 2011 now, as this award is always a surprise, but will do so in my next article. I will just say that the new winner is most deserving! The first newsletter for 2012 is expected to go out to the membership later this week I hope, and non-members can also find copies of this quarterly publication of ours at various locations around town. I appreciate the kindness of various businesses, restaurants, galleries and others for allowing us to place our newsletter as well as various invitations to exhibitions and classes in their public areas. I do have quite a nice long list of places that I deliver these to and hope that both the local public as well as our visitors see these and pick them up as they are interested. All our exhibitions are free, and we would like to think that folks might consider us a spot to visit when touring our city, whether an out of town visitor, or guest of a local resident. Please remember that the Chamber of Commerce always has our latest information as well as the Public Library, and other local museums. Carthage has a lot to offer our visitors if they just know where to look!

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