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Friday, August 8, 2008 Volume XVII, Number 36
Did Ya Know?...Sign-up
for the Fair Acres Family YMCAs Girls
Volleyball, Boys & Girls Flag
Football and Cheer leading programs are taking
place now at the Y located at 2600 Grand Ave.
Call 417-358-2070 for more info.
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.
Did Ya Know?... On Sat.
Aug. 9th, the VFW Post 2590 will host a dance
featuring Max Brown from 8-11:30 p.m. Call
358-1657 for more information.
I won $50,000.
Fifty thousand dollars? Clear?
No, I had to pay two dollars
for the ticket.
Do you know how to get down
from an elephant?
You dont get down from an
elephant, you get down from a duck.
Get my broker, Miss Jones.
Yes, sir, stock or pawn?
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Pursuant to an order of the county
court of Jasper County, Mo. the undersigned is receiving
sealed bids for furnishing the labor and material and
erecting two steel bridges, one at Carthage, Mo., on the
extension of Main Street where said street crosses the
north branch of Spring River, being about one-fourth mile
north of the city limits and on Central Avenue where said
avenue crosses Oronogo creek, about 100 yards west of
Frisco railroad depot.
Also to removing the present bridges on
the above named sites and re-erecting the same, the
bridge at Carthage to be removed and re-set across Dry
Fork south of Maple Grove.
Bids will also be received for
repairing Gibson Ford bridge, said bridge is located
about 10 miles east of Carthage on Spring River.
All above work shall be done according
to plans and specifications on file in the office of the
Public Works Director Chad
Wampler informed the Public Works Committee this
week of the status of the Oak Street Bridge
renovation project. Funding for the project was
approved by Council in October of 2006 in an
ordinance that accepted funding from the Missouri
Department of Transportation in the amount of
$177,200 for the complete replacement of the
Council members, when
discussing the project, had indicated a wish to
keep the design of the bridge similar to its
current form, preserving the sharp peak between
the incline and decline that has resulted in the
bridge being called the "whee bridge."
Shortly after the funding was
accepted, however, the railroad company which
owns the railway under the bridge set forth
specifications for the bridge clearance that
would call for alterations to the design. The
current clearance under the bridge is 19.5 feet.
The clearance that would be required by the
railroad if the bridge is modified is 23.5 feet.
Wampler told the committee that
some preliminary engineering had been done to
show how the bridge would look with the new
rectangle clearance shape included. In the
drawing, the incline and decline are both sharper
than they are now, as the bridge ends near to
intersections on both sides and cannot be
extended beyond the intersections. The peak,
instead of being sharp, is flattened out to fit
around the rectangle clearance on the underside.
With this change, Wampler said that the
"whee" factor of the bridge would be
Wampler did not ask the
committee to take any action during the meeting,
but said he was providing an update on the
project status. Wampler noted that a majority of
the engineering funding for the project had been
expended, and that further engineering costs
would likely result in the City contributing
funds to the project. Similarly, as the project
size has increased, Wampler said that the
construction costs might surpass the approved
funding, in which case the City would be
responsible for additional costs.
City Administrator Tom Short
said that MoDOT might be willing to expand the
available funding since the scope of the project
has grown larger. The item will be further
discussed by the committee at a later date.
I dont know how long shoe laces
are supposed ta last. Ya dont get a manual
settin out a maintenance schedule for shoes
like ya do an automobile. I pretty much replace
em when they break. I learned how to adjust
for a broken lace as a kid. The lack of a full
lace seldom leaves ya sittin on the side of
the road waitin for the tow truck.
I took a small step toward
organizin my affairs the other day,
replaced a set of laces fore they broke.
And I did replace the set, not just the typical
one lace that was ready for a blow out. Im
still debating whether to keep the one
"good" lace for back up. If I keep the
shoes longer than a second set of laces, however,
I doubt Ill be concerned about the
appearance of a short string.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
by Sally Armstrong, Director
The weather outside could not
be much hotter, and our artCamp kids inside are
enjoying a second week of camp in cool
air-conditioning! These hearty young souls ARE
eating their lunches outside on the front porch
however, and the games of tag from last
weeks group have ended and have turned to
porch swinging and word games in the shade. I
continue to welcome new ones to our classes,
including two new teachers this week, Andrea
Land, formerly of Joplin, currently living in San
Francisco and involved in art endeavors there,
and Sean Fitzgibbon, formerly of Webb City, who
is teaching classes in perspective drawing and
sequential art, also known as comics drawing. We
are very fortunate to have on our art staff this
young man who teaches art at the University of
Arkansas. This has been a very popular choice
this year, and Seans classes have been very
quiet, so that tells me they are busy enjoying
the drawing assignments that he has them doing.
We are a great place for kids to be on a very hot
day! Thanks to all of you who have brought your
children and made this years artCamp such a
success. We want to publicly thank again the
folks associated with the Helen Boylan Foundation
for the grant made to us again this year, to the
Anna Isles Foundation for the assistance with
tuitions for some of our deserving students, and
our other anonymous benefactor who is also
assisting with student scholarship tuitions. She
knows who she is! It is with the help of these
that we can continue to make the camp possible,
to pay our artist-teachers a reasonable wage for
their time and preparation, and to allow our
students the lengthy classes that are so
important for art study. See everyone again next
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