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Monday, May 7, 2007 Volume XV, Number 227

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... McCune-Brooks Hospital will offer a free skin screening clinic on May 9 from 9-11 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Appointments will be assigned on a first come-first served basis. Register in the ER/Outpatient lobby beginning 8:45 a.m. 359-2452 for more info.

Did Ya Know?... A Master Gardener will be available to answer gardening questions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. through August 10. Sponsored by the University of Missouri Extension. Call 358-2158 or stop by the Jasper County University of Missouri Extension Center in the basement of the Jasper County Courthouse.

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Recycling Center and Landfill will accept white goods (appliances) with compressors removed and up to 4 tires per household from May 12 through May 26. This service will be free of charge for Carthage citizens.

today's laugh

I’ve just got rid of my saxophone in part exchange for a new car.

I didn’t think they accepted things like that for a car.

Well, this case was an exception. The dealer happened to be my next door neighbor.

You are always wishing for what you haven’t got.

Well, what else can one wish for?

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

Big Methodist Picnic.

Three Hundred Young and Old Were Not Afraid of Threatening Clouds.

Threatening showers and black clouds had no terrors for the First Methodist Sunday school today. They held a picnic at Lakeside this afternoon just as though the sun shone brightly.

It took three big electric cars to carry the merry makers to the park and coaches were more than comfortably filled. Every one had along something to eat and a monster picnic lunch was served at sundown.

Mrs. Will Tinker will leave tomorrow for Carthage with a beautiful new collection of painted china which she takes to be burned in the kiln there. - Pierce City Empire

Fruit bon bon, a new drink will be a specialty at Briles’ soda fountain this week.


Today's Feature

To Discuss Name Changes.

The City Council Public Services committee will meet this evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Kellogg Lake Pavilion on East 96 Highway.

Items on the agenda include the continued discussion of two proposed name changes. At the previous meeting the committee heard from McCune-Brooks Hospital CEO Bob Copeland and Hospital Board President Don LeFerle concerning the name of the street that runs in front of the site where the new McCune-Brooks Hospital will be located. The street is currently named Garrison Avenue, though it is not connected to the Garrison Avenue that runs through the rest of Carthage. Copeland requested that the street be re-named "Dr. W. Russell Smith Drive." It was also requested that the name of the hospital be changed to "McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital."

The committee was favorable to the proposed changes and recommended a 30 day comment period to allow for public input. This meeting will mark the completion of the 30 day comment period.

Other items on the agenda include the discussion of a proposal from the Kellogg Lake Committee and the discussion of fireworks bids for the City’s Fourth of July celebration.

The Public Services committee has been meeting in various City parks and recreation venues for several months as part of an ongoing evaluation of the parks system. In case of inclement weather tonight’s meeting will be held at the Carthage Parks office in Municipal Park.

Just Jake Talkin'
I once had the opportunity to take a class called Pragmatism in Education. It was a college course that, as the name implied, showed how to teach in a pragmatic manner, or as it was called in our household, usin’ horse sense.

Somea the students had a real problem with it. The basic problem was that most ‘em wanted an answer they could memorize and spit back out. Every day they’d be askin’ the same questions, the teacher would be givin’ the same answer. "Figure it out. Convince me." The basic theory of teachin’ kids how to think, not what to think.

The class was a classic example of what the prof was tryin’ ta get across. Ya can’t memorize all the answers. You’ve got to, at some point, start makin’ some sense of it on your own.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Oldies & Oddities

This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta

Ridding Yard of Fire Ants

Q: Each spring and summer I have to deal with thousands of tiny red fire ants swarming around my yard and even coming up out of cracks in the driveway. A neighbor recommended that I find the main nest, pour gasoline on it and set it on fire, and that this is the only way to kill them. Is he right, or is there another way to get rid of these pests? I would really like to have my yard back. -- Tammy C., Lake City, Fla.

A: Anyone who has ever inadvertently stood on or near a fire ant nest knows how painful those tiny bites can be! Fighting fire with fire has been a popular solution to the Southeast’s fire ant invasion for quite a few decades now. But it’s dangerous and not something I would recommend. Once the nest has been eliminated, the fire ant population may be reduced for a short period, but these small pests -- first reaching the southern U.S. sometime in the 1920s -- will be back.

However, new products are on the market now that can have a longer-term impact on the fire ants currently residing in your yard. Visit the pest-control section of your home-improvement store and ask for granule-type ant baits specifically formulated for fire ants. These baits don’t kill instantly. Instead, worker ants pick up the granules and carry them back to the main nest, where the queen resides. The chemicals in the bait are metabolic inhibitors -- meaning the ants that consume it will no longer thrive on other foods and eventually die.

A couple of important notes on chemical baits: These do have some environmental impact, so use only the amount recommended on the package, and avoid using the bait during periods of heavy rain -- since it will wash away from the intended target and into lakes or streams. Also, for the most effective treatment, coordinate the bait application with surrounding neighbors so that several yards are treated at once, further reducing the risk of re-infestation.

HOME TIP: Fire ants grab a person’s skin between their mandibles to anchor themselves prior to stinging. At the first prickly sensation of an ant on one’s leg, quickly sweep the area with an open hand to remove the ant and avoid the painful sting, then look around and move away from visible anthills.

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