The Mornin' Mail is published every weekday except major holidays
Thursday, January 3, 2002 Volume X, Number 139

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Friends of the Carthage Public Library Saturday Booksale will be held on Sat., Jan. 5th, 2002 in the Carthage Public Library Annex, 510 S. Garrison Ave. Public Preschool storytimes will begin again at 10 a.m. on Wed., Jan. 9th.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Chamber of Commerce will hold a "Business After Hours," for the Carthage Medical Rehabilitation Center, 1901 Buena Vista, from 5- 7 p.m. on Tues., Jan 8th, 2002. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP by Jan. 7th, 358-2373.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Humane Society have pets that need loving homes. For more information call 358-6402.

today's laugh

Emily- "Pardon me, Arthur, did you say ice cream?"
Arthur- "Indeed not, Emily, you hardly speak above a whisper."

The audience had a long wait Friday at the high school play. The kids played two acts before they discovered they had forgotten to raise the curtain.

"What makes petrified trees?"
"It’s been said that the wind makes them rock."


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


A. H. Witt’s fine new outfit of billiard tables and accessories arrived yesterday and were transferred to the hall. The erection of one of the tables was completed yesterday and the rest are being installed today. Two of them are billiard tables and four are pool tables. They are finished in oak with a rosewood cushion rail and are made by the well known Brunswick-Balke Collender Co. Frank Faestel, of St. Louis, is here to look after the erection of the tables and will remain until they are all up and satisfactorily tested.

The room, with its new paint, paper and floor, and its bright and shining fittings, is taking on a very handsome appearance. It is expected that the tables will all be up and ready for use by tomorrow. The old tables were turned in on the trade for the new ones and were taken apart yesterday for shipment. Mr. Witt has been ten years in the business here and eight years at his present location.

  Today's Feature

Calm New Year's Eve.

The City observed a calm transition into the year 2002.

Police Chief Dennis Veach says that although the officers were out working, there were no reported DWI’s on New Year’s Eve and no vehicular accidents of any magnitude. The free taxi service offered by the City was utilized by a half dozen passengers.

The Fire Department personnel remained close to the station over the weekend and through New Year’s day. Chief Cooper says that aside from a flue fire covered Wednesday morning, the season was unusually calm.

Last year at this time the City was still recovering from the record snow fall in early December. Street Department crews were finishing up snow removal.

Although the recent cold spell has settled in, and a little flurry of snow was spotted yesterday afternoon, the weather has not yet created any unusual hazards this year.

Murphey Files for Council.

Carey Murphy filed as a candidate for Ward Four yesterday. He will face incumbent Jim McPheeters in April. No candidates have filed yet for Ward One and Two.

Letters to the Editor

Opinions expressed reflect those of the writer
and not necessarily those of the Mornin' Mail.

I wrote a check to-day to the county for the year of 2001 taxes. The amount was $2329.88, which $1884.06 went to school tax. My comment is...The County only got out of this amount $46.96....We pay for the assessor & Collector to run the school system bookkeeping and collecting....Is this a fair exchange for only $46.96? Wait till they want to pass another school bond! Wake up America !!!

Bob Bass
Carthage, Mo.

Note for Note

sponsored by Main Street Mercantile

No Apparent Reason, the house band for the Woodshed, is comprised of 4 guys devoted to playing a mix of fun-filled songs, bluegrass style, with a few familiar old songs mixed in. The members are Rick Rector on guitar, Randy Wagner on bass and Chris Johnson on mandolin. These guys have a way of making everyday things funny and uplifting.

The Duffin Family is a bluegrass and gospel band from north central Texas. Dad (Chuck) and Mom (Faith) have been playing bluegrass music for several years around Texas, Arkansas and Missouri.

Chuck has been playing the banjo since he was 11 years old. Chuck and Faith have been married for 18 years.

In June of 1999 at the Canton, Texas State Bluegrass Festival, while watching a jam session, Jennifer, Nathan and Lindsey all decided they also wanted to play bluegrass music.

Since Lindsey had taken over Faith's job of playing the fiddle, Faith decided to pick up the mandolin. Nathan took over his Dad's job of playing the banjo, and Chuck was happy to play the guitar instead. Within three months, they put together several songs, and decided it was time to start playing in public as "The Duffin Family".

Their love of bluegrass music has built an ever-widening circle of friends and they enjoy performing and traveling together as a family.

Nascar to the Max.

Officials with Daytona International Speedway have announced that they will name an object at their track after the late Dale Earnhardt. Earnhardt, a seven-time NASCAR Champion, was killed in a last lap accident at last year  s season opening Daytona 500. Though the official announcement will not come until the Daytona 500 on February 17th, look for victory lane to be named after Earnhardt. Although Earnhardt only earned one victory in the Daytona 500 he is the winningest driver at the track with victories in several qualifying races, Busch Series races, International Race of Champions Series and the 400 mile July race formerly called the Firecracker 400.

Several Winston Cup drivers will be getting a little extra track time at Daytona International Speedway prior to this year’s Daytona 500. Current drivers Kyle Petty, John Andretti, Tony Stewart, and Robby Gordon along with former driver Wally Dallenbach will be participating in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

The race makes use of the road portion of the famous track, utilizing the high-banked portion of turns three and four as well as the high speed front straightaway. At the end of the front stretch, the drivers make a hard left and enter the infield portion of the track where the traditional road layout is located.

Petty is the least experienced of the NASCAR drivers, with Gordon, Andretti, Stewart and Dallenbach having driven in various Indy Car Series which feature road courses. Gordon also has experience in endurance racing having competed in several four-wheel drive off-road racesincluding the Baja 1000.

The 24 Hours of Daytona is a sports car series which feature lighter and better handling cars than these drivers are accustomed. The drivers have joined teams of three or four.

Just Jake Talkin'


I’ve been seein’ several versions of an email that is reminiscent of the "good ol’ days." Baby boomers seem ta be lookin’ back at what they consider a simpler time.

Seems most view the nostalgic time as a pleasant one. ‘Course we all heard stories growin’ up by parents and grandparents ‘bout how it used ta be. The difference is their stories were tempered by a couple a world wars and the great depression. The boomers were sheltered from a good portion of such experience.

Overall the parents of boomers musta done a fair job of raisin’ their kids. They seem ta have a good share of fond memories. Hopefully the second generation boomers find a few good memories ta hang on to also.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Metcalf Auto Supply

Weekly Column

Click & Clack

by Tom & Ray Magliozzi

Dear Tom and Ray:

I have a Nissan Pulsar NX with a five-speed transmission. It’s in really great shape and usually runs well.

Recently, though, it has developed an annoying habit of dying a slow (30- to 45-second) death, complete with shivers and shakes. But up to that point it seems to run perfectly.

I took it to the nearby Nissan dealer, but it was no help. I don’t get it.

What would cause the cart to run just fine for a few miles, and then start bucking, kicking and die? - Theo

RAY: A sudden lack of gasoline would cause just this kind of behavior, Theo. And that could be caused by a bad fuel pump.

TOM: The Pulsar is mechanically identical to the Nissan Sentra. And Sentras are famous for failing fuel pumps.

RAY: And you don’t say how many miles are on this car. I think we can safely assume that you’ve got at least half-a-bajillion.

TOM: Ah, technical terminology!

RAY: So, assuming that your dealer already checked the fuel filter, the next thing to do is ask your mechanic to check the fuel-pump pressure. If it’s below spec, put a new fuel pump in there, and that should solve the problem.

TOM: If the fuel pump is OK, then next thing to look at would be the secondary gas filter located inside the carburetor. In this car, that filter sometimes gets plugged up and causes fuel interruption, mostly at high speed.

You have to take the carburetor apart to change that one. Good luck, Theo.


Copyright 1997-1999, 2000, 2001 by Heritage Publishing. All rights reserved.