The Mornin' Mail is published every weekday except major holidays
Friday, December 26, 2003 Volume XII, Number 134

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

How far is the next town?
Oh, about ten miles - you can walk it easy in two hours, if you run.

What are you doing with that dog in the bird cage?
Well, it’s like this. It’s a bird dog.
What do you mean, bird dog?
Well, the bird is in the cat.
Where’s the cat?
In the dog.

What did they teach you at school today, sonny?
Oh, teacher told us all about Columbus who went two thousand miles on a galleon.

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

Returned to Red Oak.

J.A. Sawyer, who was here visiting his nephew, Chas. Hale, has returned to his home at Red Oak, Mo. Mr. Hale’s mother-in-law, Mrs. Jefferys, accompanied him home and will visit before her return here with her son at Stotts City.

All members of the Fraternal Aid Association are requested to be present at the meeting this evening. Initiation of new members.

Hear Edward Baxter Perry, the noted blind pianist, at the Christian Church next Tuesday evening.

Dr. Wesley Halliburton, who was here for a visit to his brothers, and also to consult with the physicians of Mr. Sam’l McReynolds in regard to his illness, has returned to his home in Alton, Ill.

  Today's Feature

Free Admission.

Precious Moments Inspiration Park announced that it will continue a holiday tradition of opening the park to all visitors with no admission for attractions. This holiday offer begins at 9 a.m. on Friday December 26 through December 31st. The Park will close at 5 p.m. on December 31st.

Visitors will be able to enjoy the Fountain of Angels, Pink Ribbon Crusade-A Date With Diana exhibit, The Studio and Wedding Island tours free of charge. Attractions open at 9 a.m. daily and close at various times.

Beginning January 2nd through March 11th the park will be open for its winter season. Free Chapel tours and the main gift shop will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The only ticketed attraction open during this season will be the Pink Ribbon Crusade- A Date With Diana exhibit.

For more information about Precious Moments, its attractions, times or schedules call Ted Easley at 359-2974.

The lights at Precious Moments will be on display through January 1st.

The "Way of Salvation" lights at the Congregation of the Mother Coredemptrix will be on display through January 1st.

A Look Back at 2003.

By Lee Sours, artCentral

The gallery will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 23 – Jan. 3. We will reopen on January 4.

As the year’s end has arrived, I’ve looked back over some of the activities we’ve had during the past year. There were fifteen exhibits at the galleries located in artCentral’s Hyde House on East 13th. Four exhibits were on display at Shellie’s restaurant.

In March, artCentral was part of a St. Patrick’s progressive dinner which served 50 people.

In June, the annual membership show gave all our members a chance to showcase their work and the opening featured a cookout and live music.

There was also the 5th annual Workshop Weekend. Classes were taught by master stone carver, Bill Snow and blacksmithing skills were taught by Joe Davis.

Our ever popular artCamp was held in July and August with 12 days of instruction in mosaic tiles, batik, candle making, tie dying, Aboriginal arts, Egyptian arts, and creative photography. This program is offered to youth ages 8-14.

The Maple Leaf Kickoff Wine Tasting event was held in October. This event made for an entertaining afternoon as well as raising some funds. ArtCentral was part of the Midwest Clay Artists Studio Tour in November. We were also part of the Christmas Homes Tour in December.

Thanks to everyone in the community who helped support our work in 2003 with their participation and contributions.

HOURS: T – F • 11 - 5

Sunday 12 -5 • Closed Mon. and Sat.

1110 E 13th • 358-4404

Just Jake Talkin'


I don’t know much ‘bout shoes. All I know is I want ‘em ta feel good when I’ve got ‘em on.

I suppose I could find out what it takes ta build the best pair of shoes around, but I still wouldn’t be interested in ‘em if they weren’t comfortable.

The only other thing ta be considered is how long they’d last. I suppose if it got right down to it, bein’ comfortable would be even more important than that.

I’ve never had a pair of those new-fangled pump up shoes. If it’s so all-fired comfortable, why don’t they make boots with air pumps in ‘em? Looks like steer ropers could use a little help runnin’ and jumpin’ too. Speakin’ of that, when was the last improvement on horse shoes?

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.




Weekly Column

Click & Clack

By Tom & Ray Magliozzi
sponsored by
Metcalf Auto Supply

Dear Tom and Ray:

In May of this year, a tornado went through my area. It took my house and then picked up my 2003 Ford Ranger truck, turned it around a few times and dropped it in my neighbor’s front yard. It was banged up and had a bent frame, but it was drivable. Most people said that the truck would never be right, and it should be totaled. But the guys at the body shop disagreed. They said that used to be true, but now there are computerized ways to pull out the frame. They said there would be no problems. I’ve gotten it back and it drives OK. But I don’t know how it will wear tires over time. Which theory do you guys believe? — Billie.

RAY: Well, we hear that a lot, Billie. "If the frame gets bent, the vehicle will never be right." And if you bend it badly enough, that’s true. But in a lot of cases, bent frames can sucessfully be straightened out.

TOM: A car or truck with a bent frame will be put on a frame machine. That’s a platform with a bunch of sturdy towers, a bunch of chains and clamps, and a guy named Igor limping around it.

RAY: Most frame machines are not terribly high-teach. In fact, I’m not sure what’s computerized here. It could be that the system that measures the position of the frame has a digital component that stores the data. Or it might have an alignment machine that’s computerized. But in any case, mechanics will measure the shape of the frame before and after, and try to bring it back within factory specifications.

TOM: The measuring they do is much better than when I was starting out, when we used to eyeball it. "That look straight to you, Rocko??"

Natural Nutrition

by Mari An Willis
sponsored by
Oak Street health & herb

The battle of the bulge is still in full swing. Many new products are being marketed at this time. Some are good, some questionable and some just not good at all. The fibers which absorb fat before it can be metabolized are popular because they are working. Not only do they add extra fiber to the diet, but they are easy and allow the user to follow a fairly regular eating habit. Especially during the holidays, it is hard to say no to all the extra fatty goodies. A couple of things to remember: if you are allergic to shellfish, stay away from chitosan as it is from shellfish. Also, with any of these products be sure that you are not taking the essential oils your body needs as it will absorb them also. Example: do not take them if you are eating a nice salmon dinner or if you have just taken your multivitamin with Vitamin E, A or any other of the oily vitamins as they will be absorbed and flushed from the system along with the undesirable fats. An occasional complaint has come back regarding an urgent need to eliminate, but most are pleased with this type of product.

Amino acids are making their way back into the diet limelight again. Arginine/ ornithine just before bed, a hydrolyzed protein compound prior to bed, protein drinks in the a.m. or as a meal replacement. Protein is high in amino acids and helps to build muscle. Always popular monohydrate creatine for "instant" muscle.

Remember that adequate amounts of pathothenic acid are essential for conversion of fat and sugar to energy.

* This article is meant for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. References available by request.


By Matilda Charles
sponsored by
Linda Woody with Bankers Life & Casualty Company

Last week I was pretty hard on the newly enacted Medicare bill and its prescription-drug provision. I still think the measure will have to be modified in a number of areas, including where the higher consumer costs legislated into the law will start to kick in, and where the right to buy prescription drugs from Canada will either be restricted or removed.

Meanwhile, is there an upside I can find in the law even as it is now?

Yes, I can. The fact that a prescription-drug provision passed at all—after years in which we were the only Western democracy without such protection for our elderly—means that there is now recognition by both parties that older folks need access to affordable medications. The law needs fixing, as I said. But at least we now have something to fix.

On Another Note: Marie J’s 75-year-old mother has persistent heel pain caused by a condition called plantar fasciitis. Her mom was told that magnetic insoles could provide relief.

Marie says although the insoles are expensive, "If they work, it’ll be worth the cost." But, she wants to know, is there any scientific proof that the magnetic insoles are effective?

No. Although many people have claimed magnets relieved their foot pains, their migraines, their painful arthritic conditions, etc., researchers around the world have not been able to substantiate these claims or find a scientific reason why these devices should work.

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