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Friday, December 21, 2007 Volume XVI, Number
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
His shoes squeak just like
little mice. They squeak so much, cats follow him
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
I have to hold my side - I think I have
But youre holding your left side. Your
appendix is on your right side.
I told you I was left-handed.
Youre pulse is steady as
Youve 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
Mayor Jim Woestman
and the Carthage Police Department were present
at the Police Department on Thursday to help
celebrate Interim Police Chief Barry
Duncans 30 years of service with the
Department. Duncan was hired in 1977.
also welcomed the arrival of two new officers,
Chad Harris (top picture) and Zach Hartley
We never had a fireplace ta hang a stockin
for Christmas when I was growin up. Usually
the rockin chair would act as the
is, I dont 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
My kids grew up hangin
stockins on a fire place mantle. Dont
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 dont 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
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 Ive 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 cant 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
private.....how 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
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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