The Mornin' Mail is published every weekday except major holidays
Monday, January 19, 2002 Volume X, Number 151

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The next Diabetes Support Group will meet from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23rd in the McCune-Brooks Hospital dining room. Karen Fenstermacher, FNP, will speak on "Diabetes: What is Good Care?" Snacks and refreshments provided.

Did Ya Know?. . .Area Hospitals are in serious need of blood donations. The CBCO Bloodmobile will be from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Tues., Jan. 22nd in the Freeman Health System, 1102 W. 32nd street, Joplin, MO.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage United Way will hold its Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon at 12 noon on Thurs., January 24th, at the Leggett & Platt Cornell Conference Center, Carthage.

today's laugh

Playing golf the other day I broke seventy. That’s a lot of clubs.
— Henny Youngman

I play tennis, and I’m pretty good, but no matter how much I practice I’ll never be as good as a wall.
— Mitch Hedberg

I get those maternal feelings, like when I’m lying on the couch and can’t reach the remote. "Boy, a kid would be nice right now."
— Kathleen Madigan


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

An Art Department Installed.

Madame Swope has taken a position with the Campbell-Wright Mercantile Co., and has charge of their art department. She entered upon her duties this morning. Their middle show window contains some beautiful specimens of her work today.

Blasting in an Excavation.

The parties who are excavating for the Elk’s club house put off two blasts yesterday — one during the morning and one about two o’clock in the afternoon. They resounded with a roar on the square.

Leveling Electric Line Track.

The section men on the electric line have been busy all day on South Main street raising low places in the rails and tamping them up to make the track run smoother.

  Today's Feature

More Fireworks and Liquor.

The City Council Public Safety Committee is scheduled to meet this evening at 6:30 in the Police Department for its regular monthly meeting. The agenda includes the discussion of the City’s liquor ordinances and the proposed lifting of the ban on fireworks within City limits.

The Committee has felt compelled to define what a "Church or place of worship" is after the Council declined to enforce the 300 foot buffer ordinance between Shelly’s restaurant and the Baptist mission around the corner on Lyon Street. According to some Council members the mission did not meet the criteria to enforce the buffer zone. Further modifications to the ordinance have also been discussed previously.

Committee Chair J.D. Whitledge has told the Committee that he is not in favor of allowing the discharge of fireworks in the City, but he agreed to put the discussion on the agenda. Committee member Bill Putnam has proposed allowing fireworks to be discharged and sold in City limits for the first few days in July. He proposes that bottle rockets would still be banned, but other over the counter fireworks be allowed.

Just Jake Talkin'


A little history on the long line of Mayors in Carthage.

Up until 1938, the Mayor was elected for a two year term. In ‘38 Henry Cowgill, Jr. was elected to the first four year term. He had also served a two year term for a total of six at the post. J. Griggs was the first to serve two full four year terms, from ‘42 til ‘50. He was also the last. Since then, no Mayor has been elected for two terms in Carthage. Some have made a run at it.

I understand that in ‘82 the incumbent Mayor got beat in the caucus and switched parties to run against his opponent. Didn’t work. It would appear by the statistics that a second term Mayor would be a long shot. But, there are no statistics for a female Mayor. Either bein’ elected will carry a little history makin’.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Workman's Loan

Weekly Column

The Super Handyman

by Al Carrell & Kelly Carrell

When you need to drill a hole to a certain depth, you need some type of a depth gauge. Of course, you can buy these but you can also save some money by making a simple on of your own.

A strip of masking tape wound around the drill bit placed at the proper depth is a very simple way.

When you are drilling and you reach the tape, you stop. If you leave a little bit of the end sticking out from the bit, it may also blow away some of the sawdust.

Dear Al & Kelly: We’ve been doing a lot of exterior painting and have a tip for your column.

Instead of just painting over screws so that they are permanently stuck in place, back them out a couple of turns before you start the painting.

When the paint is dry you can come back around and tighten the screws back down. They won’t be stuck when you need to remove them later.- G.J.

SUPER HINT - Old putty can be tough to remove. If you will slowly run a hot soldering iron along the strip of putty you want to remove followed by a sharp putty knife, you will be able to remove it in quick order. Just be careful and don’t char any of the window frame.


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