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Friday, August 1, 2008 Volume XVII, Number 31
Did Ya Know?... August
2nd, A Bowl-a-thon for Carthage Humane Society, 1
p.m. to 4 p.m. at Star Lanes in Carthage.
Proceeds go toward the Spay/Neuter Program.
Please call Gail Hurlbut at 439-7134 for more
Did Ya Know?..Registration
for Maple Leaf Festival events has begun. Forms
are available at the Carthage Chamber of Commerce
office at 402 S. Garrison or by email request to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Call Linda at
417-358-2373 for more info.
What is it that Elks have no
other animals have?
When I left the ranch, I was a
Did they have a football team?
No, I sat on the branding iron.
You look like a real rancher.
What are you doing with a boxing glove on?
I am practicing cow punching.
Did you see that young lady
smile at me?
Thats nothing, the first time I saw you, I
laughed out loud.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
CITY COUNCIL AGREES PUT
IT 75 DEGREES.
Accordingly, the 75 degree
figure was inserted in the amendment and the proposed
amended ordinances went to its first reading. The only
changes in the ordinance are that the requirement for the
tuberculin test is omitted, and the required temperature
is raised form 60 degrees to 75 degrees. There is great
need, whatever is to be the ultimate form of the
ordinance, that it be speedily decided upon, and adopted,
for as it is, no certificate can be issued to a dairyman
showing that he is doing an approved business.
The intention of the
ordinance as that careful dairymen should have
certificates showing that fact, and that none but
approved dairymen and private dealers having these
certificates could do a retail milk business.
Everett Powers, M.D.,
Central National bank building. Practice limited to eye,
ear, nose and throat.
Increase on Ballot.
A property tax
increase will be on the ballot for the August 5th
election to help fund the operations of the
Carthage Public Library. The increase would reset
the levy at 32 cents per hundred dollars assessed
valuation. The levy for 2007 was 17.4 cents. The
previous property tax levy increase was approved
completed an expansion project in 2007, which
increased the size of the building by 13,000
square feet. That expansion was funded by partial
appropriation of a 3/16 per cent City sales tax,
and by private funding secured by the Library.
The appropriation of the City tax to the Library
is due to be retired in 2010. The only form of
tax that the Library can independently request is
a property tax.
the only avenue available by law," said
Carthage Public Library Director Jennifer Seaton.
With the increased
size of the structure, the Library has seen
increased operating expenses. Salaries for
library employees have increased by 25 percent
due to minimum wage increases, material costs
have doubled, and insurance rates and utility
costs have tripled, according to Seaton.
tax increase will allow the library to be
self-sufficient," Seaton said.
arent the only increase the Library has
seen since the expansion. Circulation has risen
by 20 percent, and computer use by 40 percent.
Recently, 1,877 users signed up to use computers
in one month.
Seaton said that
the computers are an "invaluable" tool
for a large number of Carthage residents.
is the only resource they have for computer
use," Seaton commented.
The expansion has
allowed more space for the Library to offer
specialized programs as well. Two study rooms are
frequently used, according to Seaton, and
wireless access using laptops is utilized often.
The Library has a new "storytime" area
for children, a childrens library and teen
library, and has instituted a number of summer
reading programs for Carthages youth. .
nice environment," Seaton commented of the
Library addition. "Its clean, and
library cards have also doubled since the
"We see that
number continuing to rise," said Seaton of
the new applicants.
I eat sardines two or three
times a year. I grew up always havin a can
or two in the cupboard. Maybe a can of Spam and a
couple of cans of pork (sorta) and beans. That
and a box a crackers made up my dads
"emergency" food storage.
We never made a sit down meal
of it, but sometimes Dad and us kids would break
open the cache and have a snack fest. In a week
or two, the cupboard would be replenished and not
be bothered for three or four months.
After all these years, the
habit hangs on. I dont like sardines that
much, but its comforting to know I could
eat em if I had too. With all the talk of
the economy, I may throw in an extra can just in
case. The test would be if I could eat em
two days in a row.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Art Notes from Hyde House
By Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral
artCamp is in full
swing here at Hyde House, and we hit the 50th
student mark today! Our classes began Monday, and
though we have 50 registered, our classes are
small so that our students are receiving very
personal instruction. The kids Monday created a
number of very interesting clay animal creatures,
some of which are containers, which will be fired
this weekend and available for pick up next week.
Todays students in one group are creating
fanciful sewn animals in 3-dimension from colored
felt, sewn with yarn and button and ribbon
embellishments. A second class is working in clay
creating slab construction pieces with texture
from nature items found on the property. Later
this week, classes in painting and additional
classes in clay, batik, and sculpture are still
available, as well as additional classes to be
held next week in cartoon design, mobiles,
origami, and collage books. If you are interested
in knowing what spaces are still available in the
second week of camp, please call the gallery at
358-4404. artCamp continues through August the
9th. I am also in preparation at this time for
our next new exhibition which opens August 29th
here at the Hyde Gallery. The plein aire painting
style of Joplin artist Frank Young will be
featured. Frank paints in oil, and his scenes are
painted mostly from live locations, and include
scenes familiar to most--- a tractor in the
field, street scenes from a small towns, folks at
an auction, a huckster selling from his truck. He
has a pleasing but loose style, and his work has
been featured in other local venues recently. We
will feature charcoal drawings of his as well. I
thank Lonnie Heckmaster and HOMETOWN BANK for the
generous underwriting of this exhibition for
artCentral and look forward to this opening on
Friday August 29th . This show will run through
September 14th, so will be in place during the
Midwest Gathering of the Artists weekend.
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