The Mornin' Mail is published every weekday except major holidays
Thursday, June 20, 2002 Volume XI, Number 3

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Humane Society has the perfect pet for you. Stop by the corner of 3rd & Garrison (next to Beimdiek Insurance) at 10 a.m. on Sat., June 22nd for Pet Adoption Day. Gifts, raffles and coupons from area vets will be given away. Pick from a variety of loving animals. Call 358-6402 if your pet is lost.

Did Ya Know?. . .The American Red Cross will take blood donations at the Carthage Church of the Nazarene, 2000 Grand, from 1:30-7:00 p.m. on Thurs., June 20th and from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Fri,. June 21st. Recognition gifts will be given.

Did Ya Know?. . .The next Diabetes Support Group will be fom 5-6 p.m. on Wed., June 26th in the dining room at the McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage. Dr. Roger Schoenfeld will speak about "Personal Health Issues."

today's laugh

Two Martians land on a dark country lane. One asks, "Where do you think we are?"
The second Martian says, "We must be in a cemetery. See that gravestone? That man lived to be one hundred and six."
"What was his name?"
"Miles from Toledo."

I like my mirror. Even though it never lies, it never laughs.


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

Attention Endeavorers.

Miss Ida C. Clothier, who is visiting in Carthage, has lectured to Endeavor societies in forty states, and on Sunday evening at 8 o’clock will speak to the Carthage Endeavorers in the Christian church.

All of the Endeavor societies and members of Epworth League and Baptist Young People are invited and requested to be present and hear Miss Clothier.

Her work is endorsed by Dr. Clark and is highly esteemed by all who hear her.

Elks Club House Anniversary.

A movement is being made among members of the Elk club to celebrate the first anniversary of the opening of the club house. It is proposed to have an afternoon and evening entertainment, with a big musical program including the features on the strawberry festival program the night before last.

  Today's Feature

Antique and Collectible Appraisal Fair.

The Third Annual Antique and Collectible Appraisal Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 22nd, on the Carthage Square. Nine appraisers will be waiting to offer a verbal evaluation on antiques and collectibles. This fund-raiser for Main Street Carthage, a nonprofit organization, will cost $5 per appraisal.

New features this year include a free 5th appraisal to Carthage area residents with a coupon from either the Carthage Press or the Mornin’ Mail.

Also, unique antiques and collectibles brought by local residents will be included in an "Antique Treasure Hunt Show," to be broadcast on a local television station.

Try to stump the appraisers. If an item remains a mystery after being seen by the appraisers, the owner of the item will receive a $100 gift certificate.

There will also be a special display of Carthage fishing lures provided by Larry Ross, which offers history on the former Carthage industry. Citizens are encourage to bring their old fishing lures for a free examination and evaluation by Rob Lewis, Co-Chair of the Ozark Fishing Tackle Club.

Route 66 Elvis Roadathon.

news release

Mark W. Curran, 44, a California-based Elvis Presley impersonator, author and filmmaker, will embark on an unusual journey beginning June 29, 2002. Starting in Chicago, Curran will drive the entire length of Route 66, stopping in each town every 100 miles to extol the virtues of Americana and its ever-diminishing vistas.

The 2,448-mile, 30-day journey, dubbed, "The Route 66 Elvis Across America Roadathon," will take Curran through eight states, doing radio and newspaper interviews and performing free shows along the route.

"Route 66 was the lifeline of this country," Curran says, "It was the road of dreams. Elvis exemplified that dream, a poor boy becoming a legend in the world of rock and roll. These two concepts are symbols of a lost era, and the late fifties was a time when America was open to boundless possibilities. We may have bypassed and destroyed some of old Route 66, but we need not abandon it."

Curran certainly hasn’t. Not only has he made "being Elvis" a full-time occupation, he has even recorded a CD of songs about Route 66.

With his dark, bushy sideburns, 1950’s style hairdo, and replica 1970’s era shades made for him by Presley’s original optician, Dennis Roberts, Curran looks a bit like a latter-day Elvis. Add to this a few moves and a voice borrowed from the King of Rock & Roll, and Curran plans to bring the memory and the magic of Elvis back to life on the Mother Road, Route 66.

"We need to preserve our national heritage, and the Mother Road is a slice of that heritage," Curran says. "My goal is to invite Americans to revisit its roots, to rediscover rhythm and blues, and to open themselves up to the possibility that our greatness as a country and as a people is still ripe with opportunity. That’s what Route 66 is all about. This roadathon is a celebration of that."

Curran will bring his show to town with performances at 8 p.m., July 3 on Main Street in Carterville, MO, and at 7:30 p.m., July 4 at the Coleman Theater in Miami, OK.

Letters to the Editor

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

I read the letter from Ms. Platt the other day and could not believe what she was telling us. The Mo DOT wants to replace our bridge side rails over the train tracks on 96 Hwy with the ugly metal guard rails?!!! Forget it ! If Carthage is to be known as a historical town, then we need to do everything that we can to preserve this look. That bridge needs to have those beautiful sides repaired not replaced. Jefferson Lines had the insurance to cover the damage to it, now let's use it for what it was meant for. I will admit, I have no idea just what the cost is going to be, nor do I know what the insurance will cover, but we need to keep our heritage as much as we possibly can. I drive over this bridge several times each day, and have wished many times to see it restored back to it's original condition. Let's remember our ancestors and the work that they have done for this city, by repairing, not replacing this piece of history.

Tammy Jackson


Dear Editor,

I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to everyone involved in the "Ticket to the City," program sponsored by Main Street Carthage. As a downtown business owner, I am very grateful for any efforts to bring tourists to the square. For those of you not familiar with this new program, basically it works like this: A Carthage police officer stops an out-of-town visitor and issues them a "summons" to enjoy Carthage. Each summons is different, but most include a free meal and free merchandise from participating businesses. All that I have to do is turn in a copy of the invoice where they made their selection and I am then reimbursed by Main Street Carthage. The only requirement for participation is to be a member of the Main Street Program, and this one event more than covers my annual membership fees, not to mention all the other wonderful events Main Street is responsible for. I have had nothing but sheer pleasure and lots of fun from this promotion. I have had tourists from one coast to the other and they all say they love Carthage and will be back again.

A HUGE thank you goes out to Carol Green, the director of Main Street Carthage, for coming up with this idea and implementing it; to the Steadley Memorial Trust for financing this project; and to the Carthage Police Depart. for issuing good will for our city.


Renay Minshew, Owner

From the Heart Craft Mall

NASCAR to the Max

Sunday’s running of the Sirius Satellite Radio 400 from Brooklyn, MI was shaping up to be a runaway win for Matt Kenseth who had extended his lead to almost 5 seconds. With 6 laps remaining the 4th and final caution of the day was displayed when Elliott Sadler spun and made contact with the wall. To ensure a green flag finish, NASCAR officials stopped the race to allow a complete clean up. When racing resumed, Dale Jarrett led several contenders to pit road to take four fresh tires in an attempt to chase down Kenseth. Jarrett exited the pits in 11th place and despite a hard charge, fell one spot short of the win. Kenseth was able to hold Jarrett at bay on the final lap for his third win of the season.

This week’s race takes the tour to Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, California for the first of the series’ two road course events. The 12-turn, 2.52-mile track will test the ability of the crews’ to set the chassis of the car up for both right and left hand turns. The veterans of the series who have raced here in the past will have an advantage over the young guns. Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart won the two road races last year and along with road course specialist Robby Gordon, will be likely contenders of the 43 starters for this year’s win.

The most rampant internet rumor of the week has Teresa Earnhardt selling the assets and teams of Dale Earnhardt, Inc., founded by her late husband, to Dale’s former team owner Richard Childress. The rumored scenario would put Dale’s son, Dale Jr., a current driver for DEI, in the car formerly driven by his father and put the famed #3 back on the track. Childress is reportedly on the outs with one of his current drivers, Kevin Harvick, who took over the elder Earnhardt’s ride upon his death. Harvick’s reckless on track antics have put him in the NASCAR doghouse and he remains on probation through the end of the season. Time will tell.

Just Jake Talkin'


I was sortin’ through over the weekend and happened to find the four or five Ted Williams baseball cards that remain from my childhood collection.

At one time I had close to all of the Williams cards. That is until a former relative saw that ad offerin’ to buy baseball cards. I got home from work one day and was gleefully presented with a ten dollar bill. I was supposed ta be happy that the guy paid a nickel a card for my collection.

I hadn’t thought of that situation for several years. I don’t know how these remainin’ cards escaped the sell-off, but I almost wish they had gone the way of the rest. They now just act as a reminder.

No, they ain’t for sale for a nickel. They prob’ly aren’t worth a lot, but they do have some pleasant memories attached.

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 need your advice. I have a Nissan Maxima with 69,000 miles. The dealer tells me I’m driving on borrowed time by not having the timing belt changed.

The guys at my office think I’m nuts for even considering such a thing when the car is running fine. I have yet to talk to anyone who has replaced a timing belt as preventive maintenance. - Debbie

RAY: Until now! I’ve replaced timing belts as preventive maintenance a jillion times.

TOM: How many is a jillion? Is that one more zero than a bazillion? RAY: We recommend that all of our customers with timing belts have them changed at 60,00 for two reasons.

TOM: Reason No. 1 is that when the timing belt breaks, the car stops running. And that can be inconvenient if you happen to be a quarter of a jillion miles from home when it breaks.

RAY: But the other reason is that some cars have engines that are designed in such a way that when the timing belt breaks, the valves get crushed and sometimes the entire engine gets ruined. And guess what, Debbie. You’ve got one of those cars!

TOM: Right. Nissans and Hondas fall into that "motor-wrecker" category, among others. So for you, it’s especially important that you change the belt at 60,000 miles - or in your case, 69,001 (i.e., as soon as possible). It’ll cost you a couple of hundred dollars to replace the belt. But that’s nothing compared to the 2.6 bazillion you’ll spend on a new engine if the timing belt breaks.


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