The Mornin' Mail is published every weekday except major holidays
Monday, October 29, 2007 Volume XVI, Number 94

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The City of Carthage invites all interested citizens to attend the Second Community Workshop to provide input which will help determine the direction of future growth for the City on Tuesday, October 30th at 7:00 p.m. in the Carthage Memorial Hall, 407 S. Garrison Ave. For additional info call 237-7003.

Did Ya Know?... The McCune-Brooks Blood Pressure clinic is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2040 S. Garrison in the Katheryn Collier Wellness Center. Call 359-2432 or 358-0670 M-W-F.

today's laugh

Say, what’s the matter with that dog of yours? Every time I take a drink he growls.
Oh, he won’t bother you.
Then what’s he growling about?
He’s probably a little sore because you’re drinking out of his cup.

I went to the dog races last night and I bet on a dog called Wise Guy.
How did you make out?
He lost. He went all right up to the middle of the race, then he stopped, turned right back to where he started from.
What happened to him?
He found out the rabbit he was chasing was a dummy.

I’ve been out of work so long I forget what it is I do for a living.

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

Was Jawed Too Much.

J.W. Rawlins of Diamond, last night received a letter from his wife, who drove to Carthage on Monday afternoon with Dr. Oakwood’s team and went west on that night’s Frisco train. The letter bore no date but was mailed in Stanton, Kan. It informed the husband that she could not live with him any longer, for the reason that he "jawed" her too much. She had left him, she said, for all time and instructed him to take the two little boys and live with his mother and father. The epistle was very brief and wound up with the assurance that she was as happy as she could be.

Rawlins has gone to Neosho to see the prosecuting attorney of Newton county to have proceedings begun against Dr. Oakwood, whom Rawlins blames for the loss of his wife. As the offense was committed, if was committed at all, in Newton County, it was necessary to go to Neosho to make proper proceedings.


Today's Feature

Verizon to Refund Erroneous Taxes.

The Mornin’ Mail’s efforts to get an erroneous 1% tax charged to Verizon cell phone bills removed has produced results. Verizon is removing the Peachtree Community District Tax from all Carthage Verizon bills until the company can determine what locations should be charged the tax. Only addresses within the Peachtree development should be charged.

According to Cherryl Bini-Armbrecht of Verizon, the company is also in the process of refunding any erroneous tax collected from Carthage residents.

Verizon also says it will not recoup money paid to the City of Carthage as part of a statewide settlement for uncollected Business License Surcharge tax. As part of the settlement however, the company is required to collect the 5% Local Business License tax for the City on all Carthage located cell phones.

Other cell phone companies are still involved in a statewide law suit concerning the Business License tax. Verizon opted out of the suit and settled on its own.

Just Jake Talkin'
Onea the Council members got a couple calls before the meetin’ on Tuesday from people against openin’ up the City to fireworks. One of the callers said he didn’t think the call would matter much ‘cause the Council did what it wanted anyway.

I’m here to tell ya, those calls do matter. What matters even more is the calls ya don’t make. Most Council members take not hearin’ anything as an indication that you approve of what they are doin’. A no call is a vote for the measure.

What most folks don’t understand is that one call to a Council member can make a difference. And ten or twenty calls is almost unheard of. If you don’t know who your Council representative is, call City Hall. While you’re at it, call ‘em all.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Oldies & Oddities

This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta

Post-Halloween Cleanup

Q: Every year, it seems, the local kids pick out a house or two in the neighborhood to "paper," throw eggs at, or do other sorts of vandalism. It’s that time again and like every year, I worry that my house is on the target list. Should it happen, will things like eggs and shaving cream stain the exterior of the house? What’s the best way to clean them off? -- Karen S., Madison, Wis.

A: First, let me get my civic duty out of the way and say this: Kids, don’t go around vandalizing property -- though it seems like a minor offense, the consequences for both you and your targets can be quite serious.

Fortunately, the damage done by eggs and shaving cream can be washed away with a hose or soap and water. Don’t let these things sit around on the siding though; sunlight can bake proteins into the paint, leaving a stain that’s difficult to remove. So, check the house first thing in the morning and wash off any debris right away.

There are a few ways to discourage vandals from picking your house, without having to stay up all night worrying. Well-lighted front and back entryways -- not necessarily blinding spotlights, but light enough to read large print by -- signal that someone is home. A well-kept yard -- grass mowed, leaves raked and hedges and tree branches cut back -- prevents would-be egg throwers from hiding out of sight.

Inviting a couple of friends over and playing music just loud enough to be heard on the lawn, and keeping the downstairs lights on also help.

Basically, Halloween vandals will choose the best targets of opportunity -- unlighted houses and dark yards where few people will see them -- to play their pranks. The better the chance that they’ll be caught, the less likely they are to strike.

HOME TIP: Drill a few holes into the top step of a stepladder -- you can place small tools and screwdrivers into them and have them handy while working on the ladder.

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