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Friday, May 2, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 225
Did Ya Know?... The
annual Ozark Gateway Master Gardener Plant Sale
is here. The date is Saturday, May 3, 2008 at the
Powers Museum, 617 Oak Street in Carthage. The
hours are 8 am to 2 pm. They will have many
varieties of perennials, annuals, herbs,
vegetables, shrubs and trees.
Did Ya Know?... The
Citywide Garage Sale is on May 3rd and starts in
some locations as early as 6:00am. Pick up a
Friday edition of the Carthage Press for a full
listing of sale locations.
Did Ya Know?... In
celebration of National Music Week the Carthage
Musical Devotées will meet at 2:00 p.m. on
Sunday, May 4 in Grace Episcopal Church. The
program will be given by Mary Schwab of Carthage.
Free concert, public invited, light refreshments.
Call 358-4693 for details.
Did Ya Know?... The
Powers Museums Prelude to Chautauqua:
Program #3 will be on Saturday, May 3 at the Webb
City Public Library at 101 South Liberty, Webb
City. The free program will be presented at 1:30.
Call 417-673-4326 for more info.
Did Ya Know?... The
Precious Moments Supporting Foundation will hold
their 2008 Spring Celebration from 9:00 am to
2:00 pm on May 3rd at the Precious Moments Chapel
Visitors Center. The cost is $2 per child. A
wonderful day of play is in store. Call Anna at
359-2917 for more info.
"I hear the men are
"Luck to em. I
always did think sixty minutes was too long for
My dad is 70 years old and he
hasnt got a single gray hair in his toupee.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Coal is Getting Scarce.
Demand Exceeds Supply
Price to be Raised May 7 Mines Will Suffer.
The following article
tells of conditions which, if true, will seriously affect
the Carthage district as well as the west part of the
"Coal is becoming
scarce in Joplin, and according to the representative of
one of the leading companies supplying the Joplin
district, it is likely to become scarcer.
"May 7 will also see
an advance in price, but just now it is not determined
what the advance will be. Local agents, however, are
expected to be guided by the operators and a raise can be
made effective on short notice.
"The consumption of
coal by mining plants is enormous and the least
curtailment of the output or a failure to deliver on the
part of the railroads is likely to result disastrously to
the zinc and lead mines. This has been demonstrated time
and again, for without coal the big pumping plants and
concentrating mills cannot be operated.
beginning to see ahead and are preparing for any possible
strike in the coal fields or a shortage from other
"The Frisco is
preparing to store a large quantity in its Joplin yards
and extra heavy coal trains are arriving daily from the
Kansas as well as the Arkansas coal fields.
Committee Makes Preliminary Cuts.
The City Council
Budget Ways and Means Committee met Wednesday
this week and made preliminary cuts to the Fiscal
Year 2009 City budget. The meeting lasted roughly
4 hours and the entirety of the budget was
discussed. The cuts made will be calculated and
discussed further at a later meeting.
cuts included decreasing the amount of funding
requested by the Carthage Humane Society.
Committee Chair Bill Fortune said he felt that
some increase over last year was justified, but
did not recommend the almost doubled increase
requested by the Society. The previous
years approved appropriation to the Society
was approximately $20,000. The requested amount
this year was $40,000. The committee tentatively
approved $25,000 for the budget, and requested
additional information from the Carthage Animal
Control Officer about the numbers of animals the
City takes to the shelter.
The committee did
not remove the funding for the Fire Department
Sub-Station, but said that some additional
information and research would be needed before
the money actually gets put to use. One item
discussed was whether the proposed 2 bay building
would be large enough to facilitate future growth
of the City. The City Council Safety Committee
will discuss that proposal at a later date.
The committee made
various adjustments to gasoline requests and
overtime requests for the City Departments, as
well as cutting some of the Departments
requested capital expenditures.
capital improvement projects were also cut from
the list, including improvements to the Memorial
Hall parking lot and several street improvement
improvements to streets in the area of the future
Carthage High School were left in the budget, as
well as funding for the replacement of multiple
pieces of equipment used to maintain the
Municipal Golf Course.
The committee also
heard a presentation of the proposed budget for
the Carthage Water & Electric Plant.
Documentation provided by Plant officials
included information used for future planning.
The Plant is not planning a rate increase this
CPD Cracks Down
on Impaired Driving.
officers across Missouri will be cracking down on
drunk driving with increased enforcement May 2-5.
The Carthage Police Department will be
participating in this effort.
never worth the risk to drive while under the
influence of drugs or alcohol. Drivers could lose
their license, pay large fines, or worst of all,
cause a tragic loss of life," said Carthage
Police Chief Greg Dagnan.
In 2006, 273
people died in more than 7,900 alcohol-related
information on impaired driving, visit
Chamber Opens Maple Leaf Theme Ideas to the
Chamber of Commerce is inviting the public to
help pick out this years theme for the 42nd
Annual Maple Leaf Festival. "We are looking
for a creative, fresh new idea for this
years theme," says Amber Carrier,
Director of Member Services for the Carthage
Chamber. Citizens can summit their ideas by
dropping them by the Chamber office, through
mail, fax, or in e-mail form. All theme ideas
must be in the Chamber office by May 9 by 5:00
p.m. The person who chooses the winning theme
will win a $25 gift certificate redeemable at any
Chamber of Commerce member.
The public can
submit their entries by fax at 417-358-7479, by
email at: firstname.lastname@example.org, and by
mail to 402 S. Garrison, Carthage, Mo. 64836.
information, contact the Carthage Chamber of
Commerce at 417-358-2373.
I ran into another one today.
Tourist. I know they all ask the same question.
"Do you know where
theres a rest room?"
After that, most have another
battery of questions that need the answer to. The
Chamber is keepin a lot of information to
get out to those who arent from these
parts. Maps, schedules, all kinds of stuff.
Its nice ta be able to send folks to
someplace that has most of the answers to their
A lot of folks seem ta just
stumble on to Carthage. Ive talked to more
than a few that havent heard of Precious
Moments. They dont come just cause of
whats here, a lot of em come
cause of whats not here. Noise,
traffic, all the glitter.
Carthage has the authentic
small town feel. People enjoy explorin the
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Oak Street Health & Herbs
By Mari An Willis
Dandelions are popping up
everywhere! If you have a "clean" place
to gather you may want to eat some of these
beauties. Besides being high in potassium,
calcium, iron, Vitamin A, B-complex, C and E;
dandelion stimulates all the glands in the body.
It was listed in the American Pharmacopoeia for
The Chinese, as well as
Americans, have used this herb to treat such
things as infections and liver disease. The dried
roots have been ground, roasted and used as a
coffee substitute. The young tender greens make a
wonderful addition to salads. Steamed with fennel
and thyme or in a wilted salad they are a
Fresh Dandelion Dip
1/2 c. creamed cheese
1/2 c. tofu (or sour
lemon thyme (lemon
1/2 c or more dandelion
Cream the cheese and tofu in
blender. Add in the remaining ingredients. Serve
with raw vegetables.
Art Notes from Hyde House
By Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral
Currently we are proud to
display a collection of work by Hominy, Oklahoma
artist Cha Tullis. The themes Cha
explores are Native American, but vary from
people to horses, buffalo to smaller creatures.
His handcrafted jewelry is made of traditional
materials, silver, turquoise of various colors,
coral, and lapis, and is especially beautiful! I
am particularly taken with his strong use of
color in the paintings, very bright and a bit
contemporary. Children especially should respond
to these paintings! But most interesting are the
spiritual writings that he includes with various
work. In the painting "Yellowbird the
Seer", the piece I chose for our invitation,
he writes, "It is said that He came to the
people in the season of the tall grasses, his
voice could be heard across the prairie and when
he sang even the birds listened. He was given the
name "Yellow Bird" from the yellow song
birds that stayed along the waters edge and
filled the air with joyful song. Yellow bird
stayed mostly to himself and didnt speak
unless spoken to first. Most of the people were
cautious around him and warned the children not
to approach him, but his songs lured them to get
closer to the beauty of his voice. One day a
little girl asked Yellow Bird why he spent his
days singing songs and why dont you
just talk like everyone else? He responded
with song, When I was just a child the
words I spoke were so soft. I yelled them as loud
as I could but the people were so noisy my words
were lost. I was so lonely one day I started to
sing my words to myself and to my amazement
everyone started listening! I discovered that
sometimes the most important words are not the
loudest being spoken. The little girl went
to all the children and sang to them the words
softly instead of yelling and the people of the
tribe listened!" Many of ChaTullis
paintings have stories such as this one. Please
visit our exhibition beginning May 2nd , open
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays noon until 5:00
until the 16th.
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