The Mornin' Mail is published every weekday except major holidays
Wednesday, July 31, 2002 Volume XI, Number 31

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The City of Carthage will be spraying for mosquitoes this week, Mon.-Fri., July 29th through Aug. 2nd. Your area will be sprayed in the evening of the day your trash is picked up, between the hours of 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. You may want to turn off attic and window fans while the sprayer is in your area.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Friends of the Carthage Public Library will hold their first Saturday of the month used book sale fom 8 a.m. - noon on Sat., Aug. 3rd at the Library Annex, 510 Garrison Ave.

Did Ya Know?. . .The First Baptist Church, 631 S. Garrison, will again host its Back-to-School Clothing Distribution at the Family Life Center from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 1st and from 9 a.m.-12 noon on Fri., Aug. 2nd. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

today's laugh

Nobody can cook like my wife, Joan, but they came pretty close to it when I was in the Army.

It was hunting season when a state trooper walked up to a man and his son, and said, "That’s a nice buck you have on the top of your car." The surprised man couldn’t say anything, so his son answered for him, "That’s nothing! You should see the one we have in the trunk!"


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

The Court House Ring.

The Lamar Republican contains the following "Essay" on skunks by a boy — of course no local hit can possibly be construed by reproducing it in the local newspaper: "The skunk is a brave animal, but he fights with his tail. Sampson was strong but the skunk is stronger than Sampson. The lion is strong, but the skunk is stronger than the lion. Once a skunk dared a lion, but the lion run. Once a skunk lived in the cellar of our court house, but the court house ring come in and the skunk died. The court house ring is stronger than the skunk."

Will W. Pike, aged 27 years, died this morning at 11:45, at the home of his father, Ed Pike, east of Carthage. Consumption was the dread destroyer with which he had been struggling many months, and to gain relief he had made a vain trip to the far southwest, returning some time ago without hope.

  Today's Feature

2001 Tax Certificate Sale Deadline.

Stephen H. Holt, Jasper County Collector, has announced the list of delinquent Real Estate taxes which are subject to the 2001 Tax Certificate Sale. A total of 588 were printed and released. The breakdown is as follows: Eastern District 219; Central District 158; and Western District 211. A complete listing was published, as required by law, Thursday, July 25th, in the Sarcoxie Record and the Jasper County Citizen. A second and third publication will be August 1 and August 8. The annual tax certificate, as required by Missouri State Statute, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 26th, 2002 in the Carthage Courthouse.

Holt states, "All property must be paid no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 25th, 2002 to avoid the sale."

Due to the tax certificate sale, the Joplin branch office will be closed on August 26th, the day of the tax certificate sale, and will reopen on Tuesday, August 27th, 2002. A complete publication of the sale is available from the Sarcoxie Record; Jasper County Citizen; or the offices of Stephen H. Holt, Jasper County Collector, in Joplin or Carthage.

Just Jake Talkin'


I’ve often wondered, and the other day I saw it for a fact.

A couple a squirrels were chasin’ each other through the trees. They stopped and were takin’ stock of each other when one reached for a limb, missed, and dropped flat on the ground. After watchin’ the critters walk along power lines and jump from here to there, I just never saw one make such a mistake.

In a few seconds, the two were back at it, still game for the chase. Appeared the one was more embarrassed than hurt and seemed to be even more intent on showin’ off a little.

I suppose that as fallible as we humans are, it did my heart good ta see that other creatures occasionally make an error in judgement. I’ll have ta remember that next time I’m out on a limb.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing Services

Weekly Column


By Amy Anderson

August Festivals: August may be a month without a holiday, but it isn’t lacking in festivals. Take a look at what’s in store.

O-Bon Festival, Delray Beach, Fla.: The Japanese tradition of Obon comes alive Aug. 17 at the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach. The Obon is a traditional festival that honors ancestors and the impact our forebearers’ lives have had on ours. With drum performances, ghost stories, a street fair and a fireworks display, this festival is sure to please. The lighted Morikami Pond (to guide your ancestors to you for a short visit) is just gorgeous. Visit or call (561) 495-0233 for details.

Elephant Garlic Festival, North Plains, Ore.: From Aug. 16 to 18, the town of North Plains will need a lot of breath mints. You can celebrate garlic in ways unimaginable: garlic ice cream, garlic beer, garlic lemonade, garlic lattes and garlic wine. And if you have a physical similarity to the bulbous herb, you could have a shot at being Elephant Garlic Emperor or Empress. Live entertainment and kids’ activities abound. Call (888) 771-3708 for more information.

Santa Fe Thirsty Ear Festival, Santa Fe, N.M.: In the beautiful setting of Santa Fe’s J.W. Eaves Movie Ranch, you’ll find a collection of the finest rockers of all musical varieties. From Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, the Thirsty Ear Magazine and foundation brings together powerful hitters in blues, grassroots rock, country and songwriting — not to mention the barbecue and microbrews. Call (816) 274-8444 or log on to for more information.

Great New England Airshow, Chicopee, Mass.: The largest reserve air base in the United States hosts this Aug. 12 to 13 event. It features warbirds and dogfighters, with thoughtful and informative displays that make it a hit for the whole family. Log on to or call (413) 557-3500 for details.

Sturgis Rally, Sturgis, S.D.: The events at the annual Sturgis Rally are legendary for die-hard bikers to weekend warriors. But you don’t have to OWN a motorcycle to go and enjoy the events from Aug. 5-11. You’ll find races, stunts, concerts, bike shows and bike markets — and lots of showoffs. For a schedule of events, go to or


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