The Mornin' Mail is published every weekday except major holidays
Friday, March 8, 2002 Volume X, Number 185

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Sweet Adelines Chorus will perform at 3 p.m. on Sun., March 10th at the First United Methodist Church. The free concert is sponsored by the Carthage Musical Devotees.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Masonic Lodge #197 will have a free Hunter Education Class on March 20th, 22nd & 23rd at the Masonic Temple, 215 W. 7th (behind the library). To reserve your seat call the MO Dept. of Conservation at 417-629-3423.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Family Literacy Council has Chocolate Covered Easter Eggs for sale. Eggs will be available for $2 each at local Carthage business or may be ordered by calling 358-5926.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Public Library’s "Record Breaking Readers" and "Hobbits and Hot Chocolate" winter reading programs will end on March 11th. Awards day will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 16th in the Library Annex.

today's laugh

Kenny: I just bought a new suit with two pairs of pants.
Lenny: Well, how do you like it?
Kenny: Fine, only it’s too hot wearing two pairs.

The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.


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


The Efficient City Collector Whom the
Republicans Have Re-nominated.

Harmar D. Smith, the Republican candidate for city collector, a portrait of whom is presented herewith, was born in West Newton, Pa., in 1834. From the time he was 15 years of age till 1876, a period of 27 years, he was in the mercantile business. In that year he became postmaster of his home town and served in that position for nearly 10 years.

In 1885 he came to Carthage where he at once went into business conducting a bakery and grocery store. In 1894, nearly 10 years after he located here he was elected city collector and he soon closed out his business interests in order to give all his attention to the demands of that position.

So well has Mr. Smith discharged the duties of collector that he has been repeatedly nominated by his party and elected by overwhelming majorities, and at the recent Republican convention he was re-nominated by unanimous consent, there being no one to oppose him.

He has proven the right man in the right place and the people will be but serving their own interests when they retain him where he is for another two years.

Watch for more candidates in 1902.

  Today's Feature

The Truth According to Glynn.

The ordinance that currently prohibits the discharge of fireworks within the City limits of Carthage was approved by a 10-0 vote of the Council in 1948 according to Glynn Evans. Evans was a Councilman at the time and introduced the bill he says.

The incentive for the ban on fireworks came from three hunting dogs. Evans, Bill Putnam, Sr., and another friend had hunting dogs at the time and all three dogs ran off to escape the ring of fireworks in 1947 according to the story. Evans got a phone call a couple weeks later from Putnam with the news that the Putnam dog had been found hit by a car and killed.

The Evans dog was eventually located in Baxter Springs alive and well. The other friend’s dog eventually ended up at the Evans’ home.

Evans and Putnam checked at McCune brooks and were told that eight patients were treated on July 4th for injuries from fireworks, six of them children.

Evans says that with the urging of Putnam, he sponsored the bill to ban fireworks in Carthage.

Awesome Group Exhibit!

by Robin Putnam,

Another awesome opening night !! If you didn't make it out last Friday you should really make the effort to come out soon !! This is a show you don't want to miss !! AND there are numerous small items that can be purchased and taken home with you!!

Jack's pottery is not only gorgeous but useful !! Art you can actually cook in and drink out of !! He has generously made available lots and lots of coffee mugs, pitchers, tea pots and tea bowls, bean pots and serving bowls !! These items are plentiful so if you would like to purchase some we will send them home with you......not make you wait until the end of the show ! All of the above mentioned items make great gifts !

Lee Ann has made some fabulous throws, scarves with built in mittens ( ! ) and a beautiful long sleeved jacket......all hand woven ! She had a large throw made out of buffalo hair but you're too late for that as it sold on Friday but there are lots more cool things she is exhibiting and selling !!

Tom's watercolors are soooo vibrant ! He enjoys using lots of colors and paints tons and tons of flowers !! His Harley-Davidson painting that shows the Courthouse in the reflection of the motorcycle's gas tank is awesome and will be

auctioned off soon at a local fund-raiser. It was on display Friday evening but is now somewhere else. For more info on that painting you should contact Beth Simmons at the McCune Brooks Hospital Foundation.

We are VERY excited !! Our new computer has arrived and sits ominously in it's boxes in our office !! Too bad we are not very adept at setting these things up......sad to say.......true but sad !! SO....we are thrilled to death to have Jason Knell coming over to get the monster out of it's cage and whipped into submission so us less than lion-hearted users can sit down to it and begin to fumble our way through the programs !! We have heard that Jason is a real computer whiz and we thank him from the bottom of our hearts !! Obviously we need a whiz to help us but we're fairly sure this will be a walk in the park for him.........probably bore him to tears but he knows how PC challenged we are !! Again a million thanks to Jason for taking pity on us!!!

The exhibit featuring the works of Jack Sours, Lee Ann Sours and Tom Jones runs through April 5th. April 12th will be the next exhibit opening and we will have Clydine Ridenhour, Springfield, in the main gallery and Janet Carpenter, Kansas City, in the Member's Gallery.

More next week......For more info call 358-4404. Hours : Tuesday - Saturday 9am - 3pm.

Emery Files For State Representative.

news release

Ed Emery of rural Lamar, Missouri, formally filed for the office of State Representative, District 126 on February 26th in Jefferson City. John and Frieda Alumbaugh of Carthage say of Mr. Emery, "We have found Ed to be a man of his word, using wisdom and common sense. He does what he says he will do with a cheerful attitude."

Having grown up in Nevada, Missouri, and graduating from Nevada High School in 1968, Ed attended the University of Missouri at Rolla, graduating in 1972 with an Engineering degree. Twenty-two years in business with a major oil company convinced him that government is frequently out of touch with the conservative principles of Southwest Missouri.

"Our communities grow and flourish when the farmer and small businessperson is free to operate without unreasonable restrictions," Emery says. " ‘One-size-fits-all government’ frequently does not fit Missouri." His stand in Jefferson City will be for "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

The Emery family (Ed, wife Rebecca, and four children: Elizabeth, 18; Samuel, 16; Daniel, 14; and Paul, 12) moved back to Missouri in 1994 onto a small farm about 18 miles northeast of Lamar. Ed’s experience in business prompted him to begin a small business called Character Returns! He works with municipalities, businesses and schools to build strong families by emphasizing and recognizing good character: qualities such as endurance, responsibility, self control and discretion.

You may have seen the Emery family campaigning last summer in Lamar, Carthage, Nevada, Liberal and Golden City. Since then, redistricting has removed Vernon County from District 126 and added Dade County and the southern part of Polk County. Ed’s campaign committee is called "Citizens for Ed Emery" and his treasurer is Lamar businessman, Jerry Marti. Dr. Ron Jones of Nevada, MO, stated, "We need to return integrity to government by electing men like Ed Emery."

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

Fireworks: The current debate over the allowance of fireworks within the city seems to be lacking one important viewpoint – that of the medical hazards inherent in their use. Will injuries increase in the city as a result of lifting of the fireworks ban? Yes.

We don’t allow children to play with guns or knives. Why are we willing to allow a 5 year old to hold a "sparkler" in his or her hand that has a flash temperature of 1800 degrees F? The results of a bottle rocket in the eye of a child are the nightmare of the ophthalmologist and there is little that can be done to reverse the permanent blindness.

I believe the physicians and nurses in the Carthage area should make their voice heard on this issue. We must either take the stand for a safer city or abide by the consequences of legislative folly.

Alan Clark, M.D.
1803 S. Maple
Carthage, MO

Just Jake Talkin'


Had a guy walk up and say he wanted to talk about the fireworks ordinance.

"I don’t wanna hear it," I said.

He said he didn’t think that was very fair not bein’ able to state his opinion.

I told him he misunderstood. I wasn’t talkin’ ‘bout his opinion, I was talkin’ bout the fireworks. I don’t wanna hear it.

Come ta find out, he didn’t wanna hear it either. So we talked about it for a while.

We talked about the tradition of not havin’ fireworks legal in Carthage for the last 54 years or so. How folks have relocated in Carthage just because of that tradition of relative calm for their 4th of July picnic in the back yard. Sleepin’ in late on the 4th without bein’ shook outa bed by the 4,000 pack of Black Cats poppin’ by the window. Don’t wanna hear it.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Oak Street health & herbs

Weekly Column

Natural Nutrition

by Mari An Willis

Lots of requests for recipes which contain soy products. We have a retired home economics teacher who has been using health foods and products for years. This brownie is moist and tasty as well as being very nutritional.

Here is Laura Willard’s recipe for Soy Chocolate Brownies.

1. In a mixing bowl combine 1 cup low fat soy flour, 1/4 cup flax seed meal, 1/3 cup cocoa, 1 tsp. dolomite powder, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1/3 cup powdered milk, 2 tsp. plain gelatin.

2. In a 2 cup measuring cup, 1/4 cup warm water, mix in 1/4 tsp. stevia and stir until dissolved.

3. Add 1/4 cup oil, 2 eggs and beat together. Add enough water to make 2 cups.

4. Stir into dry mixture (#1) and beat until smooth. Put into a 9x9 greased pan. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick and if it comes out clean, your brownies are ready. Cool and enjoy.

* If you are allergic to chocolate, you may substitute carob powder.


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