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Friday, December 21, 2007 Volume XVI, Number 132

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Effective Monday, December 24th, Allied Waste Services will resume residential alley pickups for removal of garbage.

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Crisis Center will hold a Christmas Day family Dinner on Tuesday, December 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Those who would like to volunteer to help are asked to call Marilyn Bisbee at 417-358-3533.

Did Ya Know?... The City of Carthage Recycling Drop-Off Center and Composting Lot will be closed Tuesday, December 25th and Wednesday, December 26th in observance of Christmas.

today's laugh

His shoes squeak just like little mice. They squeak so much, cats follow him around.

Where are my false teeth?
I borrowed them for a minute. I wanted to bite off the end of my cigar.

What are you holding your side for?
I have to hold my side - I think I have appendicitis.
But you’re holding your left side. Your appendix is on your right side.
I told you I was left-handed.

You’re pulse is steady as a clock!
You’ve got your hand on my watch.

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

Gifts for Charity.

Judge W.H. Waters, president of the Charity Union reports that since the article appeared detailing the work of the union and the needs of the poor many gifts, both of provisions and money, have come to him unsolicited. This spirit of generosity is very gratifying and is making the arduous labors of the union lighter.

A good citizen, who is at his home sick, sent a check for $10 but begged that his name not b eknown.

A widow sent $3 cash and a liberal supply of bed clothes. A grocer contributed an order for eatables. A farmer living twelve miles in the country ran after the judge to give him a couple of dollars. These are only a few of the cases mentioned.

Dear Santa: - Is it very cold up where you live? I want it to snow so I can go sleigh riding. I want for Christmas a sword, a rubber ball, and a box of figs. - Lewis Fulton


Today's Feature

30 Year’s Service.

Mayor Jim Woestman and the Carthage Police Department were present at the Police Department on Thursday to help celebrate Interim Police Chief Barry Duncan’s 30 years of service with the Department. Duncan was hired in 1977.

The Department also welcomed the arrival of two new officers, Chad Harris (top picture) and Zach Hartley (lower picture).

Just Jake Talkin'
We never had a fireplace ta hang a stockin’ for Christmas when I was growin’ up. Usually the rockin’ chair would act as the hangin’ place.

Fact is, I don’t ‘member anyone I knew in our small, agricultural based community havin’ a fire place. Maybe a wood-stove made out of a fifty-five gallon drum out in the workshop.

My kids grew up hangin’ stockin’s on a fire place mantle. Don’t know if they though much of it. ‘Course they never had ta chop the wood.

I love a roarin’ fire in a fire place, I just don’t have the hankerin’ to stoke it up much anymore. Sucks all the moisture outa the air. Smokes up things. Gets ashes on the rug. It is good for hangin’ stockings, though.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Oak Street Health & Herbs

Natural Nutrition
By Mari An Willis

Off the subject today.....what is it about shopping that just gets to me? Is it the crowds? Definitely. Is it the attitude of overwhelmed clerks? Yes, but I’ve been there myself so try to have a little more than average patience. Is it being around all the coughing and sneezing? You bet! Or is it the noise? For sure! I am one of those who can’t think in a crowded area so a trip to the Mall is just a sight-seeing tour for me anyway. It is also one of my most favorite places for observation and hearing conversation not meant to be could you get privacy in a place like that? The funniest comment is "what are we doing here?" Well, what are we all doing there? Looking for a bargain. Sometimes you actually find one, but as I have accrued more shopping years (Okay...gotten older!) I have chosen to shop only smaller stores. The American way of life that has been threatened comes home to me as I am greeted by a small business owner who is present in the business and truly cares what is happening with the store and the people who shop it.

I also find the statement about "I used to like to go downtown, but there is nothing there." Why? Because you did not go there. You picked up those extras at the giant conglomerate store. Both types of stores have a place. One is the character of a community and the other is a representative of a one world order. Both have their place, I suppose. Since I have always "gone for the heart" of things, it is only logical that I would prefer smaller shops.

Where did all this come from? It has absolutely nothing to do with herbs...or does it? Yes! I believe it does! Herbs were the medicine of the past and they are back, as it is with small business if you let it.

Art Notes from Hyde House
By Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral

Does it seem ironic to anyone else that the very same trees that we celebrated just two short months ago in such festive fashion, have now, through no fault of their own, turned on us? I know that the maple trees in my own yard are mostly gonners, and not just the old ones. I, like most of Carthage, was house-bound last week, and though we were able to keep partial services, enough was missing to make things complicated. I was unable to submit my article last week, and my apologies to MORNIN MAIL. Our own yard is one of the worst, and there are several old Carthage trees that will have to go I think, including the largest silver maple in Jasper County, the 2007 award winner. The same is the case at our gallery, Hyde House on 13th street, which had many trees damaged on the property and lines were down, phone and computer out. We have cleared away somewhat, and the power is back, but we were open Saturday and Sunday for the final weekend of our Donna Roberts show. Work that was purchased may be picked up at any time, call (if the phone is back) for an appointment after the 17th if the art is desired before Christmas. We have had an excellent show and much work has been sold by both artists, and it is a good way to end our year. The gallery will be closed now until our first show in 2008, which will be in February, and I will be showing our new schedule of shows in this column in the next few weeks. Our thanks to all those who have come out for shows this year, to those who participated in classes and workshops. We will have some new things on our schedule for 2008 as well as the familiar ones and look forward to another good year. To all our members, patrons and those reading today, a very blessed and Merry Christmas to you all, and see you in 2008!

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