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Friday, March 21, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 195

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Jasper Christian Church is inviting the public to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with a special "Sunrise Service" at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday Morning, March 23. at 213 E Grand Ave, Jasper, Mo. For further information call 417-394-2413 or 417-394-3040.

Did Ya Know?... The First Assembly of God in Carthage will hold an Eggs & Issues on March 28th at 7:00 AM. City and R-9 candidates will be there answering questions over breakfast.

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Chamber is hosting a Small Business Expo at the Memorial Hall, April 18th from 1:00PM-6:00PM and April 19th from 9:00AM-3:00PM. Space is limited so call Amber to register your business at 358-2373.

today's laugh

A patient complained to the doctor that his hair was coming out.
"Won’t you give me something to keep it in?" he begged.
"Take this" the doctor said kindly, and he handed the patient a pill box.

The owner of a cheap watch brought it into the jeweler’s shop to see what could be done for it. "The mistake I made, of course," he admitted, "was in dropping it."
"Well, I don’t suppose you couldn’t help that," the jeweler remarked. "The mistake you made was picking it up."

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

Says Board Does Its Duty.

Secretary W. A. Turner Tells Why Charge is Made for Library Light.

Must Provide Current for Streets, and Has No Right to Divert Service Free for Other Purposes.

"Perhaps not all the people of Carthage fully understand the position of the board of public works with regard to the furnishing of free light service for local public institutions," said Secretary W. A. Turner of the board yesterday evening.

"The board of public works is seeking no unpleasantness with the library board or with any municipal body or individual. Having charge of the city light plant and being responsible for its management, we are endeavoring to conduct its affairs according to law and in the interests of the taxpayers of the city.

"Our municipal light plant was established for the purpose of lighting the streets of the city."


Today's Feature

Public Works Meeting.

The Public Works Committee met in a regular session this week and discussed bids for vegetation removal on three North Garrison bridges. Two bids were received, including one from J&R Disaster Services in the amount of $24,999 and one from Clinton Lumber in the amount of $48,000. The committee unanimously agreed to forward a recommendation to City Council for the approval of the low bid from J&R Disaster Services.

Written quotes for stump grinding were also discussed by the committee. This follows the removal of several ice-storm damaged trees in City parkways. Six quotes were received, covering a wide range of prices. The low bid was in the amount of $3,556 from Johnson Stump Removal and the committee unanimously approved a motion to accept the low bid.

The committee also discussed a request for trash exemption, brought forward by Ernie Shank of the Remnant Church of Jesus Christ. The committee advised Shank that City policy dictates that all businesses and residences within City limits must pay for solid waste services regardless of the level of usage.

Just Jake Talkin'


I had a friend once that brought to my attention that prob’ly the most efficient invention ever made was a car heater.

It takes the heat naturally generated by the car engine and uses it to warm the inside of the auto. It’s the closest thing ta free heat there is.

With all the physical fitness goin’ on, it looks ta me like all the health clubs would hook up generators to all their stationary bicycles and produce electricity to light up the place.

I forgot where I heard about it, but one old house was hooked up so that ever time someone pushed through a set of heavy doors, it raised a gallon a water into a water tower on the roof. ‘Course there’d be those who would hook up a treadmill and train their dog do the work for ‘em.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.


By Sally Armstrong

Fortunate are we to introduce three of artCentral’s member artists for the newest exhibition, set to open on March 28th. This show will feature, in the upstairs Member Gallery, paintings, pastels and drawings by Joplin artist Nida Rudd. Her show is entitled "99% Landscapes" because that is what she told me would be her subject matter for this show! I will feature Nida in next week’s article. The Main Gallery will feature a bit of work by Jasper artist Steve Binam. Steve is a painter, and is just beginning to gain momentum in his part-time painting career, is anxious to show a few of his best paintings to date, and we are glad to display them. And now, for the featured artist for the Main Gallery,— Joplin artist Joe Prater, and his show entitled


Joe Prater was born in 1938 in Tuskahoma, Oklahoma, of Choctaw Indian and English heritage, and has been interested in art for as long as he can remember. He works primarily in transparent watercolor and oils, but any media may be used depending on his desired effect. Although Joe is best known for his landscapes and western-themed paintings, he has a wide range of other interests. "I’m not one who is willing to limit myself to just one type of subject matter. When I feel I want to paint something, I paint it." Joe says. It is fair to say that western people and the western way of life seem to be at the forefront of many of his paintings. Joe grew up in Parsons, Kansas where he attended the local community college and studied art. Later, he continued his studies at Missouri Southern in Joplin with watercolorist Jim Bray. Over the years, he has studied with such noted artists as Joe Garcia of Julian, CA, Adele Earnshaw of Sedona, AZ, George Kontoupous of Tulsa, OK and Bob Tommey of Carthage. He has attended workshops and seminars with John Moyer of Santa Fe, NM and Tom Lynch of Chicago, IL. His art has been exhibited at numerous art shows in the four states. Joe has won awards for his artwork in Missouri and Oklahoma, and was invited to exhibit in the Midwest Gathering of the Artists in both 2002 and 2003. Joe lives with his wife Ruth of 39 years and they have three sons, Todd, Jeff and Tim. His show will open with the artist’s reception on March 28th at the Hyde House Gallery and will remain on display until April 13th during the regular gallery hours.

Natural Nutrition
By Mary An Willis

The arrival of spring often brings with it new optimism. With the appearance of bright tulips and jonquils to the aromatic fragrance of sage blooming or the irises blowing in the breeze one is met with the renewal of life.

For many individuals who have been challenged with long term dis-ease, the renaissance of herbal medicine has brought about a "spring in their lives." Many have incorporated herbal teas and supplements into their daily routines. It is not unusual to see someone sipping ginger tea or peppermint tea after a large meal to help aid digestion or to brew a cup of chamomile prior to bedtime to quiet the nerves after a long day. The usage of herbs goes far beyond these simple pleasures.

For those treating more serious conditions one must note that the scientific validation of herbs is available for review and study as an option and an adjunct to more commonly used drugs. An excellent reference book on this subject may be The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine by Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D. It is full of references to particular scientific research on various herbs shedding light in areas once considered "old wives tale." In Germany and many other foreign countries the usage of herbs is standard practice.

As our lawns flourish from spring to summer, take a look at your weeds with a new perspective. That broad leafed plantain has traditionally been used to stop poison-ivy itch, dandelion for minerals and liver, chickweed for weight loss and wild onion and garlic for immune maintenance. Plants, as life itself, is all how you look at it.

*This article is meant for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice.


Smoked Ham with Fresh Strawberry Sauce

We created this impressive glazed ham for winter entertaining, but it has become an Easter favorite as well.

TOTAL TIME: 4 1/2 hours MAKES: 24 servings

1 (12-pound) smoked whole ham, fully cooked
3 pints strawberries
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoons salt
1 jar (10- to 12-ounce) orange marmalade
Radish sprouts or watercress sprigs, for garnish

1. Remove skin and trim some fat from smoked whole ham, leaving about 1/4-inch fat. With knife, score fat covering on ham crosswise, just through to the meat, into 1-inch-wide strips. Place ham on rack in large roasting pan (about 17 by 11 1/2 inches). Insert meat thermometer into center of ham, being careful that pointed end does not touch bone. Bake ham in 325 F oven 3 to 3 1/2 hours until thermometer reaches 140 F (15 to 18 minutes per pound). If ham browns too quickly, cover with tent of foil.

2. About 30 minutes before ham is done, prepare strawberry sauce: Reserve 1 pint strawberries for garnish. Hull remaining strawberries. In 3-quart saucepan with potato masher or back of slotted spoon, mash strawberries. Stir in brown sugar, cornstarch, salt, and orange marmalade; cook over medium heat until mixture thickens slightly and boils, stirring frequently.

3. To serve, place ham on warm, large platter. Arrange radish sprouts and reserved whole strawberries around ham. Serve with strawberry sauce.

Each serving: About 250 calories, 12g total fat, 60mg cholesterol, 1,770mg sodium.

By Larry Cox

Elvis Stamps

Q: I have two sheets of Elvis stamps. Are they worth anything, and, if so, where can I sell them? -- Jack, Port Orange, Fla.

A: According to the Blackbook Price Guide to United States Post Stamps by Marc and Tom Hudgeons, your commemorative Elvis Presley stamps are worth about $28 per sheet. Since prices vary from region to region, you need to consult a good stamp dealer in your area.


Q: I have a Barbie doll case with three dolls and clothing. How much are they worth? -- Martha, Centralia, Ill.

A: The first Barbie doll was introduced in 1959. It quickly became one of America’s most popular dolls. One of the best price guides for dolls is Blue Book: Dolls & Values by Jan Foulke. I found several used copies at in the $10 to $15 range. This is one of the most trusted guides in this field of collecting. Arranged alphabetically by manufacturer, it features more than 560 photographs, all in full color. Another good way to determine current values is to monitor the Barbie doll action on eBay.


Q: I have a run of "Ring" magazines from 1973 until 1996. They are in good shape, and I am curious about how much they might be worth. -- Kenneth, Spokane, Wash.

A: Several contacts that might be helpful are Frederick Ryan, Boxiana and Pugilistica Collectors International, P.O. Box 83135, Portland, OR 97283; Don Hoffman, P.O. Box 4231, Salinas, CA 93912; and Lou Manfra, 27 Rochelle St., Staten Island, NY 10304.


Q: I have a collection of porcelain birds issued by Kaiser. Each one has an identification mark on its base. Most are from the 1960s and ‘70s, and I would like to find a buyer for them. -- Marjorie, Albuquerque, N.M.

A: If you contact Replacements, Ltd., at 1-800-737-5223, you might be able to market your bird figurines. However, selling modern collectibles isn’t always easy to do.

By Greg Zyla

Corvette Lust

Q: Greg, I’m a lover of Corvettes, and want to know which one is most in demand and collectible? Would it be the first year of 1953? -- K.H., Spokane, Wash.

A: Not by a long shot, K.H. We contacted one of the Corvette world’s most prominent members, Terry Michaelis of ProTeam Corvettes in Napoleon, Ohio. Here’s what he had to say:

"If money is no object, at the top of my Corvette list is the 1963 Corvette Grand Sport, of which only five were ever built. Next would be the 1969 ZL1 all-aluminum 427, of which GM made only two, and then the 1967 L88 427, of which GM made just 20.

The five 1963 Grand Sports he speaks of were conceived by Zora Arkus Duntov, father of the Corvette, in 1962. These special, lightweight Corvettes were delivered to sports car race teams and driven by top-notch drivers like Dave McDonald, Jim Hall, Hap Sharp, Don Yenko, A.J. Foyt and Roger Penske. Duntov wanted to build 125, but GM pulled the plug after only five were delivered.

Michaelis said that the last 1963 Grand Sport traded hands three years ago for $4.4 million, and you wouldn’t touch it today for less than $6 million. (For more info, see www.grandsportregistry. com/63_history.htm)

As for price, a 1969 ZL1 all-aluminum 427 Corvette should fetch close to $4 million, and a 1967 L88 is in the $1.7 million and up range.

For more available cars, Michaelis recommends the L88s from 1968 and 1969, of which 196 were built.

"Right now, they are bringing $350,000 to $750,000. The $350,000 car is probably a T-top, not a great color, maybe green or yellow or maroon. The popular Corvette colors are red and black. A black convertible just sold for $675,000."

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