The Mornin' Mail is published every weekday except major holidays
Monday, March 31, 2003 Volume IX, Number 200

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Friends of the Carthage Public Library will have its First Saturday Booksale from 8 a.m.-12 noon on Saturday, April 5th. Stop by and stock up on Spring bargains.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Humane Society is looking for foster families to relieve overcrowding during peak season. Call 358-6808 to be put on the foster list.

Did Ya Know?. . .A marriage enrichment seminar will be held April 11-13 at the Covenant World Outreach in Carthage. Door prizes and Saturday morning meal provided. For more information call 417-359-8500.

today's laugh

No one ever says "It’s only a game" when their team is winning.

The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow.

Learn from the mistakes of others. You won’t live long enough to make them all yourself.

A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you’re in deep water.

A backyard barbecue draws two things.....flies and relatives.

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


Had a Bad Wreck at Lamar Crossing
Sunday Morning Before Daylight.

Passengers on the 7:40 a.m. train Sunday from the north did not reach here until noon. They had been delayed at Lamar by a wreck on the Missouri Pacific and Gulf or Frisco crossing. There the north bound Pacific train which leaves here about 3 a.m. had been run into by a Frisco freight, both attempting to make the crossing at once. An engine and tender were literally demolished and wrecked coaches were piled up in great profusion.

The north bound 9:50 train Sunday morning went only to Lamar, transferred its passengers to a train on the other side, and in turn took passengers from the delayed 7:40 and brought them here at noon. The division superintendent of the Missouri Pacific is said to have been badly hurt, and to have been about the only one hurt, in the wreck.

  Today's Feature

Shirts Showing Support.

A Joplin morning D.J. announced Thursday that four state area supporters are going to make a quilt that is eighty feet by eighty feet for America’s troops out of shirts donated by the community. Operation: Got Your Back is an effort to show America’s troops that the four state community appreciates the sacrifice being made and will give the shirts off their backs for their troops. This is an opportunity to give America’s troops something from home saying that the four state community is supportive of their efforts and hopes for a safe speedy return.

Volunteers from all over the four states are already donating their time, money, sewing skills and of course shirts to the cause.

Anyone in Carthage interested in donating shirts for the quilt can drop them off at Babe’s of Carthage located on the corner of Oak and Baker, The Pancake Hut located just south of Central on Garrison or Victory In Jesus Ministries at the "Shield of Prayer" 24/7 prayer chain on Airport Dr. The deadline for shirts is April 18. For more information or to donate other services call Howie or Tammy at (417) 623-5200.

It is going to take 6,400 shirts to complete the quilt. Local companies who have shown their support by donating shirts and other services are The Pancake Hut, Mazzio’s Pizza, Babe’s of Carthage, Pizza Hut, Subway, Dominos, Carthage High School, Wendys, Healing Touch Massage, Hardees, KFC, D&L Variety, and Brahams. There are also many other locals getting their donations together for the cause.

Just Jake Talkin'


They say when ya get tense, you’re supposed ta think of some calm place you’ve been and think about that for a while. Breath deep, and relax.

The problem I’ve got is anyplace that I’ve been that is that calm puts me to sleep.

Sittin’ on a the bank of a cattle pond with a fishin’ pole stuck in the mud and a soft breeze on a summer day is the ideal spot for a snooze. I suppose anyplace near the water is a decent nappin’ spot, but somehow havin’ a fishin’ pole nearby makes it more legitimate.

‘Course the couch on a Sunday afternoon makes a pretty good spot for relaxin’, ‘specially if the lawn needs mowin’. I’ve tried a hammock or two, but I’ve never found it as comfortable as the couch. I suppose that’s enough relaxin’ for one column.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column


By Samantha Mazzotta

Concrete Repair Basics

Q: How do I repair a large crack in my driveway? — Chester L., Trenton, N.J.

A: You’re asking at the right time, because spring is the best time to go out and check the concrete surfaces outside your home. This includes your driveway, exterior walls, sidewalks and any other masonry out there.

Driveway and sidewalk cracks are fairly common and are caused by any number of stresses, including heat, freezing, impact and movement of the subsoil. They are relatively easy to repair.

You’ll need a few tools: a chisel and hand maul, a wire brush (or a drill with a wire-wheel attachment), a paintbrush and a trowel. Then, head to the home-improvement store and pick up some concrete caulk (bonding adhesive), sand-mix concrete (rather than quick-setting cement) and a concrete fortifier (a mix of sand and/or gravel). Collect a couple buckets of sand, too (if you’ve got it in the yard, great; if not, you can purchase it).

Clean the crack with the wire brush (or drill), removing all debris. Then, chisel open the crack, creating a backward-angled cut that is wider at the bottom than up on the surface. This way, the patching compound won’t push up out of the crack. When you finish, clean the area one more time to remove debris.

Use the paintbrush to apply a thin layer of bonding adhesive inside the crack. Try to put adhesive on every area possible to ensure a good bond. Let the adhesive dry for the time stated in the instructions (usually about an hour).

Fill the crack with sand up to about a half-inch below the surface. Then, mix the concrete with fortifier to the right consistency and trowel the mixture into the crack. Once filled, feather the concrete with the trowel until it’s even with the surface.

What about smaller cracks — those less than one-half inch wide? Instead of using sand-mix concrete, which takes time to mix to the right consistency, purchase vinyl-reinforced patching compound. After prepping the crack (including an application of bonding adhesive), trowel the compound into the crack and feather it even with the surface. This type of compound also works well when patching vertical surfaces, like walls or steps. Just apply the compound in layers and feather smooth with the old surface.

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