The Mornin' Mail is published every weekday except major holidays
Tuesday, January 30, 2007 Volume XV, Number 158

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Lions Club will hold a pancake feed on Saturday, February 3, from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Carthage Memorial Hall. Golden Pancakes and Sausage, Drink Included, $4.00.

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Recycling Drop Off Center is accepting yard waste including branches free of charge until February 2, in an effort to assist with the cleanup after last week’s ice storms. Additionally, yard waste may be placed for collection with items for regular trash pickup. Those branches must be no more than 4" in diameter, cut to no more than 4’ long and bundled. Bundles are to weigh no more than 50 pounds. ID may be required.

Did Ya Know?... Class of 2007 Project Graduation is holding a raffle for a 2007 Dodge Charger. Prize to be awarded at the Big Man on Campus event, April 27. Only 2,500 tickets sold, must be 18 years of age to purchase. Proceeds benefit Project Graduation. $20 per ticket. Call 358-8786. Winner will be responsible for all taxes, title fees, license, registration and insurance costs.

Did Ya Know?... February is Cardiac Rehabilitation Month at McCune-Brooks Hospital: You can have Lipid Panel drawn for $18.00 anytime Monday through Friday in the Lab. Call 359-2432 for more information. * Nothing to eat or drink 8-12 hours prior to test, report directly to mbh lab.

today's laugh

I knew this one guy who was so skinny, he once got a tattoo and it had to be continued on a friend.

My uncle bought a cheap toupee made out of dog hair, but every time he passes a fire hydrant, one end of it lifts up.

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

Big Wolf Chase Sunday.

A big wolf chase took place south of town Sunday. Hornbeck’s hounds were on the trail and some of them came home all chewed up while others did not get home at all. Six shots were fired at the wolf with rifles by farmers along the route and near the Black farm southeast of town the wolf made a big fight and got away again.

F. Lewis, wife and child, are here from San Francisco for a visit at the home of H. Kammerdiner. Mr. Lewis formerly resided in Carthage, being in the meat business on North Main street and still has a warm place in his affections for Carthage.

Mrs. Ed McCullough very delightfully entertained about forty young people at seven o’clock dinner with bid euchre last night in honor of Miss Holbrook of Springfield. Mrs. Taylor is sick in Joplin and was unable to attend.


Today's Feature

"Opal’s Husband" at Stone’s Throw.

News release

The next production at Stone’s Throw Theatre, Carthage, Mo. is OPAL’S HUSBAND which opens Feb. 8, 9, 10 and 16,17,18. Opal’s Husband is directed by Betsy Fleischaker and is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. 440 Park Avenue South, New York, NY. and with financial assistance from Missouri Arts Council.

The Cast includes; Betty Bell as Opal Kronkie, Adeline Souza as Rosie Montefalco, Rowland Geddie as Captain Mooney, Elisia Conrardy as Velma Lemon and Tom Bradley as Otis Lemon. Betty Bell also played Opal in "Opal’s Baby" and "Opal is a Diamond".

Reservations may be made by calling 417-358-9665 or by sending an e-mail to

Theatre doors open at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with dinner being served at 6:30 p.m. and the performance starting at 7:30 p.m. Sundays the doors open at 12:30 p.m. with dinner at 1:00 p.m. and the performance starting at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $20.00 for adults, $19.00 for seniors over 55 and groups of 10 or more. Youth under 16 are $17.00, and children under 5 are free.

The following is a plot line synopsis: Opal, trying to round up a husband for her friend Rosie, answers a Lonely Hearts ad placed by "Mr. Handsome", who turns out to be a 95 -year-old nursing home escapee. When Rosie rejects her would-be suitor, Opal marries him to save him from a scheming daughter. Complications and comedy ensue!

Menu: Tossed Green Salad, Garlic Bread, Spaghetti w/Hearty Meat Sauce, Vegetable Medley, Opal’s Fruit Cobbler w/Ice Cream, and Tea, Punch or Coffee.

Stench Report:


No Stench Detected Near the Carthage Square

Just Jake Talkin'

Ever’ now and then I get the urge ta go campin.’ It usually passes fairly quickly, but ever’ couple a three years it seems ta be a good idea. It is always amazin’ to see a campsite develop outa some wooded area into a comfortable setting. After the initial choosin’ of the site, the two most critical placement decisions are the campfire and the latrine. From there the "camp" pretty much is a matter of preference. (Naturally most try to be up wind of both.)

‘Course a large portion of time is spent around the campfire, mainly preparin’ and cookin’ meals. The activity also allows a good excuse for a nice nap afterward before ya start gatherin’ firewood for the next meal. Campin’ can be really relaxin’, as long as ya don’t forget ta pack the air mattress and the toilet paper.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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

Cat Infection Can Endanger Pregnancy

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am pregnant for the first time. I have two cats, which I have had for five years. Last night, my mother called me in a panic. She said I have to get rid of the cats because they could give me toxoplasmosis, and it could affect the baby. Is there a true danger here? -- N.W.

ANSWER: It’s not true that you have to get rid of your cats. Toxoplasmosis is a parasite-caused cat illness, and humans can catch it. When cats expel the parasite in their feces and if humans come in contact with the feces, they can catch the parasite. About 90 percent of those infected never have a single symptom. Some 10 percent have a mononucleosislike illness with fever, swollen neck nodes and a "blah" feeling. Women infected during pregnancy can pass the parasite to the fetus. The result can be a miscarriage or mental retardation in the developing fetus.

Cats aren’t the only source of toxoplasmosis infection. People can get it from undercooked meat and from unwashed fruits and vegetables.

Cats are infectious only for two weeks after they catch the parasite. If your cats are housecats and eat only canned or packaged foods, they’re not likely to be infected now or to have ever been infected.

All the same, pregnant women should play things safe by having others clean cats’ litter boxes. If the woman must do so, she should wear gloves and wash her hands after cleaning the box. Pregnant women should wash fruits and vegetables with gloved hands and never eat undercooked meat.

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