The Mornin' Mail is published every weekday except major holidays
Tuesday, February 27, 2007 Volume XV, Number 178

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Avilla R-13 School is having a Carnival/Chili Supper Saturday, March 3rd beginning at 4:00 p.m. The theme this year is "A Hawaiian Luau." Tickets may be purchased through the school office or the night of the carnival. Proceeds from the PTO carnival will be used to make Avilla School the best place possible for Avilla students.

Did Ya Know?... The Family Literacy Center is selling Easter eggs to benefit literacy in Carthage. Eggs are $3.00 each, Peanut Butter, Rasberry, Mint, Coconut, Maple Nut. 417-358-5926 Call today to pick up eggs at the Center, 706 Orchard, Carthage.

Did Ya Know?... Rolling Thunder will hold a Chili Feed and Silent Auction Saturday, March 3 from 12:00 noon to ? in VFW Post #2590, intersection of 96 and 171 Highways, Carthage. All you can eat. Public Invited, male, female, children. $5.00 adult, $3.00 Child.

Did Ya Know?... A Diabetic Support Group meeting will be held at 4 p.m. in the McCune-Brooks Hospital cafeteria. Mary Ann Gremling is the Guest Speaker and her topic is "Positive Partners". The Diabetes Support Group is open to the public and all interested persons are welcome. Call 359-2355 for more information.

today's laugh

The Academy Awards are definitely fixed. The Best Actress award is always won by a woman. - Groucho Marx

Marlene: Last night I threw myself a surprise birthday party.
Sarah: If you threw it, what was the surprise?
Marlene: That my birthday isn’t until next July.

Nothing is more irritating than not being invited to a party you wouldn’t be caught dead at. - Bill Vaughan

If at first you don’t succeed, cheat. - Red Buttons

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

Differences Are Marked.

An observing member of the force in the circuit clerk’s office said today: "Divorce suits are being filed thick and fast now for the term of circuit court, and you ought to see the faces some of the plaintiffs wear when they come up here. It’s very different up here to what it is down in the recorder’s office."

At least one marriage license is issued each day, and the happy smiling face of the groom-to-be is always in evidence. Down there it is nearly always the man who attends to the legal part of the procedure, but up here it is usually the women in the case who has the papers to file, and she does not come with a smiling face.

W.J. Sewall left on Saturday night for a week’s visit among relatives and old friends in Illinois. While away he will indulge in a several days’ fishing trip on the Illinois river. Mrs. Sewall accompanied him as far as Alton, Illinois, where she will visit her parents.


Today's Feature

Student Government Day.

Today is Student Government Day for the Carthage High School. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. Students will assemble in the Council Chambers of City Hall to meet with City officials. At noon the students will partake in lunch at Memorial hall and hear guest speaker Mr. Phil Lewis. At 1:00 p.m. students will tour the offices of City officials followed by a question and answer session at 2:45 p.m. The students will be dismissed at 3:00 p.m. and will reconvene at 7:15 p.m. to act as Council members for the 7:30 City Council meeting in City Hall.

Several items are on the agenda for that meeting including the second readings of ordinances approving the Peachtree Development Community Improvement District agreement, approval of the certificates of participation for the sewer improvements to the South side of town, and first readings for the Cost Share Agreement for the Fairview Interchange.

The list of Student Council acting officials is as follows; Kate Kennedy as Mayor James G. Woestman, Brynn Cummins as Fire Chief John Cooper, Mallory Goodman as Public Works Director Chad Wampler, Ed Fentanes as City Attorney Nate Dally, Mac Metcalf as Police Chief Dennis Veach, Stacey Chaney as City Clerk Lynn Campbell, Matt Law as CW&EP General Manager Bob Williams, Josiah Coen as Parks Superintendent Alan Bull and Kelsie Tarwater as Chamber of Commerce-Economic Development Director John Bode.

Students acting as Council members are as follows; Callee Houlihan as 1st Ward Rep. Claude Newport, Shelby Youngworth as 1st Ward Rep. Larry Ross, Sha Evans as 2nd Ward Rep. Mike Harris, Tadd Wagner & Jerrick Williams as 2nd Ward Rep. Ron Wells, Jessica Baugh and Tria Thomas as 3rd Ward Rep Cyndi Curry, Lauren Matthews and Allee Shepherd as 3rd Ward Rep. Diane Sharits, Luke Bayless as 4th Ward Rep. Bill Johnson, Maddie Kennedy as 4th Ward Rep. Bill Welch, Kacie Cooper as 5th Ward Rep. Tom Flanigan and Liz Mouton as 5th Ward Rep. Dan Rife.

Stench Report:


No Stench Detected on Carthage Square.

Just Jake Talkin'

Growin’ up in this part of the country, ya just take cows for granted I suppose. Bein’ from a small rural community, a good portion of the kids I grew up with lived on farms and most had at least a few cattle.

‘Course all the pastures that we hunted from time to time had evidence of cattle. Trails leadin’ to the pond and the dangers of not watchin’ where ya stepped while followin’ the trail.

‘Course we were always mindful of the infamous bull that was thought to occupy all open territory. I was never personally confronted by an angry bull, but I never went outa my way to aggravate one either.

‘Bout the most confrontation I ever had with cattle was with a tough piece a steak on a camp out. I’m still not sure who won that one.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail
To Your Good Health
By Paul G. Dononue, M.D.

Sundowning Is Common In Many Dementias

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What’s "sundowning"? My dad is in a nursing home because of his total confusion. When he was in his house, he didn’t know where he was, and he frequently got lost. He doesn’t recognize my brother or me. A nurse at the home told me that he’s sundowning. I haven’t a clue what that means. -- T.T.

ANSWER: It means that the person’s inner clock has been reset to a different time zone. These people become active in the late evening, when the sun goes down. They believe that night is day. They usually are quite agitated then.

Sundowning is common in many dementias. It frequently occurs in Alzheimer’s disease. Did the doctor say your father has that illness?

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have a corn between my third and fourth toes. What caused it? How do I go about getting rid of it? -- L.M.

ANSWER: Corns are a sign of friction. Something is rubbing against the skin, and a corn is a defense to preserve the skin. In your case, the two toes rub against each other. Quite often, that’s because shoes are too tight.

To get rid of the corn, soak your foot in warm water for 20 minutes. That will soften it. Then with a pumice stone (you can get one in any drugstore, or you can get something equivalent to it), rub the corn until you reach normal skin. This takes more than one session. If you cannot find the source of friction, buy cushions that you insert between the toes to prevent another corn from forming.

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