The Mornin' Mail is published every weekday except major holidays
Wednesday, January 31, 2007 Volume XV, Number 159

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?... Beginning February 5, volunteers will be available at the C.A.N. D.O. Senior Center, 404 E. 3rd to assist with Missouri Property Tax Credit Claims. Mondays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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 don’t date women my own age - there are no women my own age. - George Burns

A crazy guy ran up to me today and kept yelling, "Call me a doctor! Call me a doctor!" I said, "What’s the matter? Are you sick?" He said, "No, I just graduated from medical school!" - Henny Youngman

You can’t believe everything you hear, but it’s fun to repeat it anyway. - Milton Berle

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

Surprised Their Pastor.

76 Westminster Parishioners Make a Call on Dr. and Mrs. Stewart.

Dr. and Mrs. C.A. Stewart, of the Westminster Presbyterian church, were completely surprised by a party consisting of 76 of the members of the church who arrived at their home unannounced last night.

Each one brought some useful present and Dr. and Mrs. Stewart will be relieved of running any grocery bills for a month or two to come. Canned goods predominated, and of these there was a great variety. All present spent a delightful evening.

A Wise Suggestion.

If, instead of quarreling over the conflicting propositions, that lock jaw caused by toy pistols is occasioned by a germ in the powder, and it is on the skin and carried into the circulation by the powder, the scientists would inaugurate a campaign against the toy pistol itself they could command the gratitude of the community. - Lamar Democrat.


Today's Feature

Mastering American History.

News release

Arriving from all corners of the state, 24 history teachers will gather in Carthage and Joplin February 1-3 in the inaugural event of Mastering American History, a project to provide teachers from low income and underperforming school districts a Master’s degree in American History.

Mastering American History is a program of the Carthage R-IX School District in partnership with Missouri Southern State University and the University of Missouri - Saint Louis. The project is funded by a Teaching American History Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement. At the heart of the grant is the opportunity for 24 teachers from across the state to earn a masters degree in history - online and free of charge. Mastering American History also provides History Day Workshops for teachers and a lecture series open to the public.

Each semester during the 3-year grant, the participating teachers will attend an Immersive Weekend involving scholarly lectures, teaching workshops, and visits to local historic sites. Teachers began their coursework in January via the distant learning technology at MSSU and will complete their degrees in 2009.

The inaugural weekend begins Thursday, February 1 at 6 p.m. at Historic Phelps House in Carthage when the teachers will come together as a group for the first time for a Welcome and Orientation Dinner. Grant activities will continue all-day Friday and Saturday on the MSSU Campus.

The capstone event is a lecture by former U.S. Ambassador Dr. Edward J. Perkins. Ambassador Perkins served as the U.S. representative to South Africa in the 1980s and had an important role in dismantling the apartheid regime there. He also served in many other posts in his long State Department career, including U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Ambassador Perkins will speak Friday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Webster Auditorium on MSSU campus in an event that is free and open to the public.

Stench Report:


No Stench Detected Near the Carthage Square

Just Jake Talkin'

I’m figurin’ there are few things as complicated as shoppin’ for a home sound system.

At one point in time the most critical part of a "stereo" was gettin’ a good stylus for the turn table. Next was gettin’ the best speakers you could afford. What went in between was more a matter of brand loyalty or taste.

The systems available today contain so many options and configurations that it’s hard to determine what’s important or even necessary. Now add in the possibility of high definition tv, and the purchase of a "home entertainment" center has turned into a life altering experience.

At the current, I’m thinkin’ an am radio and an old record player may be all the entertainment I can handle.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail
Here's A Tip
By JoAnn Derson

• "Use rubbing alcohol to erase permanent markers from countertops. Rubbing alcohol will dissolve the marker back to a liquid state, so you can wipe it off. Test all surfaces in an inconspicuous area first." -- B.D. in Virginia

• "If you start planning your vacation early, you can get a great deal. Look for early-bird specials on vacation condos. We got a super deal on a condo in Florida for the spring." -- Vacation Deal in Missouri

• "Need to mix that ground meat for meatloaf or meatballs? Slip each hand into a plastic baggie, quart size or larger works best. Then you can mush away without messing up your hands." -- R.K. in North Carolina

• Keep leftover rice or pasta moist by covering it with a damp (not wet) paper towel when microwaving.

• "To clean prints off of wallpaper, wad up a slice of white bread. Use it to rub the smudges right off. It works and does not harm the wallpaper at all." -- I.M.D. in Oregon

• Need some extra cash? Most of us have an ever-growing collection of movies on DVD or even VHS that are unlikely to see the light of the TV screen in our homes. Sell them on eBay or at a garage sale.

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