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Thursday, March 21, 2002 Volume X, Number 194

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .Golden Reflections will have their next meeting at 2 p.m. on Thurs., March 21st in the McCune-Brooks cafeteria. Lauri Fasken, RN, will speak about the Jasper County Health Department and other services. Anyone 55 or older is welcome to attend.

Did Ya Know?. . .Judge Jane Wyman will hold a press conference at noon on Friday, March 21st, 2002, on the third floor of the Jasper County Courthouse in Carthage to announce her candidacy for her position as Division VI Associate Circuit Judge.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Youth Softball League sign-ups will be from
6-8 p.m. on Mon., March 25th and Mon., April 1st at the Fairview Elementary School.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Diabetes Support Group will meet from 4-5 p.m on Wed., March 27th in the dining room of the McCune-Brooks Hospital. Debbie Herst, RD, CDE, will speak about National Nutrition Month.

today's laugh

Carrots must be good for the eyes. You never see a rabbit wearing glasses.

Policeman: Name, please.
Motorist: Wilhelm Von Corquerinski Popolavawitz.
Policeman: Well, don’t let me catch you speeding again.


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

The Old And The New.

They have just completed the work of pulling down Grundy county’s historic old court house, at Trenton, preparatory to the erection of the $60,000 edifice which is to take its place. Timbers such as some of those taken out would be hard to procure if wanted now. Two of the pieces were each forty-one feet long and a foot square.

When the brick walls had been taken down to within about three feet of the foundation one old Trentonian recalled the fact that he as a 5-year-old boy had seen a bottle of whiskey cemented into the wall by one of the bricklayers who worked on the old building in 1841.

A vigorous search naturally followed for that priceless sixty-year-old "budge," but it was unavailing. One of the old bricks carried away—though not in his hat—by a relic hunter bore the clearly marked footprint of a dog.

  Today's Feature

CVB Highlights.

A proposed job description for a director of the Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau was reviewed by the CVB Board of Directors Tuesday morning during their semi-monthly regular meeting. A proposed budget was also approved by the Board.

The budget would utilize the approximate $136,000 anticipated by the City’s 4% lodging tax on all overnight stays at motels and bed & breakfasts within the City.

A salary of $30,000 for the director, plus benefits, rent utilities, phone, postage, travel, and $2,500 for support staff brought the administrative cost to a total of $48,000. Added to the marketing expenditures of $70,000 brings the total proposed for the CVB to $118,000.

The budget also includes funding for Victorian Carthage of $12,000, Carthage Historic Preservation, $1,800, and $4,200 for Community Enhancement.

Listed as part of the duties and responsibilites of the Director included "ensures compliance by authorizing all monetary expenditures" and "Ensures compliance with the contractural arrangement between the City of Carthage and the Bureau."

NASCAR to the Max

"The Track to Tough to Tame" lived up to it’s billing in last Sunday’s Carolina Dodge Dealer 400 from Darlington Raceway, at least as far as Tony Stewart was concerned. Stewart appeared to be in control of the race as the laps wound down. On lap 225 of the scheduled 293-lap event, Stewart was caught up in an accident involving 11 cars.

Stewart was the most seriously injured in the accident and was flown from the racetrack via Life Flight. Though Stewart was kept overnight for observation, he was released Monday with lower back and leg pain, none thought to be serious. Stewart has stated that he would be racing at this weekends Food City 500 from Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway.

Sterling Marlin emerged as the eventual winner and scored his second victory of the season. For the second week in a row, members of NASCAR’s youth movement filled many of the top finishing positions. Positions 2-6 were filled by Elliott Sadler, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Ryan Newman, and Jimmie Johnson with Earnhardt, Jr. being the most senior at 27.

Bristol Motor Speedway hosts the first short track race of the season. NASCAR designates any track less than one-mile in length a short track. Bristol is .533 miles in length with 36-degree banking in the turns and 16-degree banking on the straights.

With 43 cars starting the race, it doesn’t take long for the leaders to begin lapping the back markers. The crowded racing conditions, steep banking and competitive drivers leave few finishers without some sort of sheet metal damage.

Fortunately, aerodynamics does not play a large role in the outcome with cars sporting superficial damage able to compete and contend for the win. Ailing Tony Stewart will remain a favorite as will short track ace Rusty Wallace. Elliott Sadler scored the win last year.

Only 5 times in the last 30 years has the eventual NASCAR season champion not won by the sixth race of the season. This week’s race in Bristol marks the sixth race of the season. The pressure will be on.

Missouri Senior Rx Program.

news release

The Area Agency on Aging Region Tean is preparing for the next step in the implementation of the Missouri Senior Rx Program.

Staff will receive training during the last week of March. Assistance in completing the enrollment forms will begin after April 1st. Forms and finalized details of the program are not yet available through the Area Agency, but should be received by that date.

Assistance will be provided at the VantAge Point, the Area Agency central office, and at the senior centers throughout Barton, Jasper, Newton and McDonald counties. The schedule for assistance will be provided as soon as it has been determined.

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


Just played a couple of golf courses close to Carthage to see how green fees compared since the city decided that we were too cheap on our rates ($325-350 per year in the last 3 years). Sarcoxie’s yearly rate is $250 per year with no added trail fee (surcharge) at all. Joplin’s Shifferdecker is $312 per year plus a 35 cent surcharge. Loma Linda South is $400 per year with no surcharge. Carthage’s new rate is $400 per year plus a $2.00 per round surcharge. Being retired for the last 3 years I’ve enjoyed playing an average of 200 times a year, sometimes only 9 holes a day. I walk & carry my clubs, so golf has been very affordable, a fun sport and good exercise. This will now cost $400 + (200 rounds times $2.00)=$800 per year. By 2005 they will raise the surcharge to $5 per round. This will cost me and other retirees up to $1,400 per year. Is this a public course? Did the Steadley Trust money gift possibly make membership for Carthage golfers exclusionary? Going from a debt-free course to a 20 year mortgage isn’t much of a gift. My folks always told me, "if you can’t pay for it, don’t buy it."

But times are changin’. I hope city offices are too. Each of you has a vote. I hope you use it this April to vote a new leadership into office. Let’s clean house. Let’s put responsibility spending back into our city. A government that cares for all of the people of the city. And one that won’t vote to make a war-zone of our town around the 4th of July by changing the ban on fireworks.

David Hall

719 E. 14th, Carthage.

"To Be or Not to Be"

Sometimes being the devil’s advocate allows one to disagree with elitists or self pronounces experts; other times just not being politically correct can be the difference between being judged a man or a mouse!

When it comes to the creation of superfluous layers of bureaucracies, for instance, by ego driven or power hungry do-gooders, the individual’s freedom to balk is still a viable shield against being mollycoddled into an economic or moral morass of subservience by the "What If?" crowd.

Those individuals or entities desirous of prodding the populace into servitude and frustration would do well to ponder the individual’s psyche when related to occasionally being negative, but not a negativist for the long haul.

Now that this response to "Just Jake’s" recent challenge is said, it is simply not by Anon Y. Mous, but by


Dick Ferguson

Now it’s your turn!

Just Jake Talkin'


Since we haven’t popped off in a few days, just a reminder that the ordinance that would lift the ban on dischargin’ fireworks in the City is scheduled for a vote next Tuesday at City Council meetin’.

The two week delay in the vote appears to have solidified those who oppose fireworks in the streets and I’m predictin’ a good turn out at the Council meetin’ by folks will snuff out the proposal.

‘Course that will only happen if ya let the Council know how ya feel. Ya don’t have ta get riled up, just tell ‘em what ya want. Council members do pay attention to the wishes of the community.

One vote will make a difference in this instance I’m guessin’, but a couple is always nice for good measure.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Metcalf Auto Supply

Weekly Column

Click & Clack

by Tom & Ray Magliozzi

Dear Tom and Ray: On my 1991 Camry, there’s a button called "overdrive." Can you please explain to me its functions and usage? - Mike

TOM: Yes, Mike. That’s the mother-in-law ejection seat. But it only works once, Mike, so make sure you wait until she’s in the middle of a good, loud rant before you hit the button.

RAY: Actually, overdrive is just another name for fourth gear on your car. Overdrive is a gear designed for high-speed driving. It provides little power to accelerate, but allows the engine to run relatively slow so you get excellent gas mileage.

TOM: And that button is there to turn overdrive OFF. Now, at this point, you may be asking yourself, "If I have an automatic transmission which chooses my gears for me automatically, why would I ever want to turn overdrive off?" In most cases, you don’t want to turn it off.

RAY: There’s only one exception, really. There may be certain road or traffic conditions that force you to maintain a speed that keeps the transmission right on the hairy edge between third gear and overdrive. That speed is generally about 35 mph. And at that speed, the transmission tends to "hunt." That means it goes back and forth between third and overdrive trying to find the right gear to be in.

RAY: Is that bad for the car? Not particularly. But it can be annoying to the driver and passengers. And that’s why that overdrive button is there. So when the transmission is "hunting," you can turn off overdrive and force the transmission to stay in third gear until your driving conditions change.

TOM: Other than that situation, I would suggest you just ignore the overdrive button, as you’ve obviously done quite successfully since 1991, Mike.


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