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Wednesday, December 24, 2003 Volume XII, Number 133

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

Oh, Gerald, I’ve been stung by a wasp!

Quick, put some ammonia on it.

I can’t, it’s gone.

Have you taken his temperature?

No-is it missing?

Where were you born?


What part?

Oh, all of me.

Darling, will you love me when I’m old and feeble?

Of course I do.

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

The Perry Recital.

Edward Baxter Perry, the noted blind pianist, will appear at the Christian church next Tuesday evening. The Paris journal of April says: "Edward Baxter Perry of Boston, gave a concert yesterday, which was the occasion of a new triumph for this eminent pianist. An old pupil of Liszt and Clara Schumann, Mr. Perry, who has given thirteen hundred concerts in the past ten years in America, is a remarkable virtuoso, interpreting with an equal authority the works of Beethoven, Liszt and Chopin. We had all but forgotten to say that Mr. Perry blind; but all those who applauded his execution so precise, and his cleanness of attack, probably like ourselves, in listening to the virtuoso, quite forgot his infirmity."

Acrobats with Field’s Minstrels.

The Faust family of acrobats are booked for a season of 40 weeks with Al. G. Field, and will be in this city tomorrow night.

  Today's Feature

Cheaper Meds for Jail.

Eastern District County Commissioner Jim Honey announced at last week’s Commission meeting that the new contract was signed furthering Dr. Frietas services at the County Jail.

The contract states that Dr. Frietas will furnish the medications needed for inmates at a flat rate of $3500 per month. Medications needed for AIDS, chemotherapy patients and medications administered elsewhere would not be covered. Dr. Frietas also receives $4000 per month for his examination services.

The County was paying approximately $7500 per month using a pharmacy for medications on top of Dr. Frietas salary. The approximate $4000 savings per month was welcomed by the Commission.

"It’s a win, win deal for us," said Honey.

Jim Honey also reported to the Mornin’ Mail that there is a 60 day clause in the contract to ensure that the arrangement is working for both parties.

"If for any reason either party, us or him," said Honey. "Want to stop the contract, we can with a 60 day written notice."

Just Jake Talkin'


We always had one of those "eclectic" Christmas trees. They’re the one that have all different types and sizes of ornaments. The kind that didn’t seem to have any certain theme or for that matter any rhyme nor reason.

One thing I do remember bein’ a constant for the first several years of my life is the star that always sat on the top of the tree. It was cut from a piece of cardboard, then covered with tin foil. A hole in the middle was just large enough to let a light bulb socket through. When the bulb was screwed in, it held the star in place and was secured to the tree by the clamp on the light string. I can remember returnin’ home after I had moved out and seein’ a shiny, store bought ornament on top of the tree. Just didn’t seem to fit for some reason.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column


By JoAnn Derson

• "I keep a bottle of spray starch by my sewing case. When I want to thread a needle, I spray the thread with a bit of starch. It keeps the thread together, making it easier to slip through the eye of the needle." — Irene S. of Baton Rouge, La.

• Coffee filters make great cleaning cloths for camera lenses and glasses.

• Vinegar is a really versatile cleaner, but you shouldn’t use it on finished wood products — it could damage the finish.

• Junk mail and span getting you down? Contact the Direct Marketers Association at to remove your name from mailing lists; register your phone number at and report e-mail spam at

• Spray plastic containers with nonflavored cooking spray to keep them from staining.

• "My dog has a crazy habit of rolling around in the grass and dirt. He’s a dog, what can I say? Since I can’t give him a bath every day, I just wipe him down with baby wipes." — Steve Y. in Odessa, Texas

• "When I burn digital photos to a disk to store, I print out thumbnail size pictures in sets of nine—three down by three across. They are just big enough to get an idea of the picture, and the small group size lets me cut the page down to fit in the CD case." — John J. of Port St. Lucie, Fla.

• "For quick stain removal, I keep a basket of various stain removers (baking soda, club soda, laundry pre-wash, etc.) and a stain chart together in a little basket in the laundry room. It saves time when I have a stain to get out quickly." — Jo B. in Bloomington, Ill.

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