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Monday, December 22, 2003 Volume XII, Number 131

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .You can now adopt some of the Carthage Humane Society’s cutest kittens at the Central Pet Care Clinic and Carthage Animal Hospital during regular office hours.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Kiwanis Club has launched a year long program to collect good used children’s and young adult books. The books are to be distributed to families in the Carthage area. Any organization wishing to become a collection station should contact Ivan Hager 358-8236.

Did Ya Know?. . .Justin Boot Factory will be shut down December 17th through January 5th, in observance of the Holiday’s.

today's laugh

"What gives you the impression that Jack and Betty are engaged?"

"She has a ring and he’s broke."

Life is like a shower—one wrong turn and you’re in hot water.

A city girl visiting her uncle on the farm was watching a cow chewing her chud.

"Pretty fine cow, that," said her uncle as he came by.

"Yes," said the girl, "but doesn’t it cost a lot to keep her in chewing gum?"

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


One of the Drury college boys dropped in this morning and roundly roasted both Capt. Haydon and the Frisco conductor for the loss of Haydon and Bagby at Monett enroute to Carthage for their game. The conductor saw the boys coming only a half block off and would not wait for them. In fact the conductor reminded them of Capt. Stebbins later in the day. They will use their influence against that conductor, and as to their team next year they are to be brought to Carthage chained in a box car for Drury is determined to beat Carthage yet.

When the train reached Monett, Haydon and Bagby, desirous of viewing that metropolitan city, proceeded to take in the sights. They wandered so far away that they were unable to reach the train in time and both were left behind. Both men are being severely criticized by the college boys, and especially from the fact that Haydon has been captain of the team during the year.

  Today's Feature

Water Resource Findings.

The Carthage Water and Electric Plant Board Members held their regular meeting Thursday afternoon in City Hall. CW&EP’s General Manager Bob Williams gave a presentation on the Tri-State Water Resource Coalition.

The City of Carthage has sixteen wells that are the soul source of water for the City. The water comes from the Springfield Aquifer (top layer of ground water), then separated by soil and rock is the bottom layer known as the Ozark (Roubidoux) Aquifer.

Bob Williams reported that a study was done and found that as usage increases the Ozark Aquifer will be unable to satisfy demand (during drought) within ten years. He also said that the use of wells drawing off the Ozark Aquifer should be used as a peaking supply rather than a soul source of water for Carthage.

"This may seem like a long time," said Williams. "It might take twelve to fifteen years or it might be six to eight. And regional participation is critical."

Williams stated that this is not just an issue for Carthage but also the surrounding areas including parts of Kansas and Oklahoma.

Williams reported that there are options to keep from a water shortage in the future. Options such as developing multiple facilities on multiple surface sources, a surface source with a peaking reservoir, a single facility that utilizes multiple surface sources, surface sources with additional supplies from existing reservoirs or a surface source with an in-stream reservoir.

Williams reported that an application had been submitted by CW&EP to the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a study on the best possible surface source for Carthage. Williams mentioned that this study is time consuming and costly.

Just Jake Talkin'


Most anybody knows the difference ‘tween the consistency of pancake batter and biscuit dough. The main difference is the balance of the ingredients.

The fact is, the consistency of the two are so well known to those who do a little cookin’, recipe books use ‘em for reference all the time. Mix such and such to the consistency of pancake batter.

If someone is consistently an old grouch, you learn to live with it. Ya shut ‘em out or ya don’t hang around ‘em. It’s those people that ya can’t ever know ‘xactly where they’re comin’ from that scare ya a little.

Once we see the menu and lay it out on the table, we can avoid settin’ our guests down to a big bowl of ice cream with the consistency of clabbered milk.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.




Weekly Column


By Sam Mazzotta

Q. Please settle an argument between my wife and me. She wants to put three lamps in our tiny front room (we live in a one-bedroom apartment), saying that three is barely enough to provide the right amount of light for the space. I think one light — a standup torchiere, for example — is plenty. What do you say? - Greg B., Alpharetta, Ga.

A. In a way, you’re both right about the type of lighting to use. Since I’m not able to look at the room personally, I can’t say what exactly works for both of you. But it’s possible to find the right combination by figuring out what sort of light you need.

What do you use the front room for? Watching television? Reading? Entertaining? A second office? Or a combination of all these things? A room’s look can change to suit the occasion simply by changing the level and type of light.

According to Home Depot, lighting falls into three categories: ambient, task and accent. Ambient lighting illuminates the whole room, providing unfocused light at a number of levels; torchieres with dimmer switches are one example of ambient light. Task lighting does exactly what it says: it lights the area in which you will perform specific tasks, like reading or working. Accent lighting is decorative and often directed at certain features to highlight them (such as a spotlight on artwork).

Your wife probably wants a combination of lighting: an ambient source, such as the torchiere or a room lamp; a task light, set next to the armchair or couch; and an accent light, to highlight a corner or a nice picture.

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