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Friday, September 12, 2008 Volume XVII, Number 60

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?...BBQ and Bluegrass at Carthage Municipal Park on Sat. Sept. 13th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the fairground area to benefit Pistol Baugh. $7 will give you a delicious meal and entertainment for a good cause.

Did Ya Know?..."Kidz Blitz"- Come and enjoy a Super Bowl atmosphere at the First Church of the Nazarene located at 2000 Grand Ave, in Carthage on Fri., Sept. 13th at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 14th at 10:30 a.m. For more info. Call 417-358-4265.

Did Ya Know?...Sept. 16th and 23rd, the Grief Support Group will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital’s Felix E. Wright Family Chapel. Galen Snodgrass, the hospital chaplain will lead the discussion. This is free and open to the public. For more information call 417-359-2636.

today's laugh

Now, Billy, what letter in the alphabet comes before "J"?

I dunno.

What have I on both sides of my nose?


What did you learn in school today, Clarence?

How to whisper without moving my lips.

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


Mrs. J. J. Wise of Carthage arrived home Monday evening after making a nine weeks’ visit with her brothers in Osage County, OK. and Elzin, Kan. Mrs. Wise had the pleasure of seeing her brothers catch a lot of big fish some weighing 60 pounds each, and also cut bee trees, in which were found plenty of honey. She brought home a gallon of pure honey secured in this way. She also had the pleasure of going over a four acre patch of watermelons and picking her choice from the many fine melons growing there.

Mrs. Wise loves to talk of the fine crops of corn, melons and sweet potatoes her brothers have this year. She has improved in health and appetite and gain in weight. She made trips to Pawhuska, Bigheart , and Nelagoney, OK. and likes the new state.


George Briggs, the well known fisherman and pool table owner, will be tried tomorrow morning on a charge of running a pool table without a license. He has a number of old tables at his cabin near the upper bridge and it is said he has been patronized by that portion of young America whose youth does not carry the right to play in the regular pool halls.


Today's Feature

Hazardous Waste Dropoff Event.

The City of Carthage will hold its annual Household Hazardous Waste drop-off day on Saturday, September 13 from 9:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. in the north parking lot of the Carthage Fire Department. Carthage citizens may deposit hazardous household waste such as paint, batteries and chemicals on that day free of charge.

In previous years the dropoff day has included the disposal of electronic waste. The City of Carthage recycling center now has a permanent location for e-waste at the City Recycling and Compost Center, where these materials may be dropped year-round. A $30 fee is charged for televisions, other e-waste may be deposited for free.

The Recycling Center, in conjunction with the hazardous waste event, will be accepting appliances without compressors free of charge through September 20th.

Midwest Gathering of the Artists.

The 31st Annual Midwest Gathering of the Artists show and auction begins this evening in Carthage Memorial Hall, 417 S. Garrison Ave.

Tonight’s events are scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. with beverages and hors d’oeuvres. An award ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m. and an art auction at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per person.

On Saturday and Sunday the art show and sale will be held. On Saturday the hall will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free on these days, and the public is encouraged to attend and meet the artists.

Just Jake Talkin'


One of the perils of self service gas is the tank filler cap.

I did ever’thing I’d been taught. I removed the cap, placed it on the fender so, as my dad taught me, if ya did forget to put it back, it would fall off near the station.

As I pulled out about a half block I heard the thump and saw the cap slidin’ along the road. I turned around at the next intersection and returned to retrieve the cap.

It was nowhere to be found. I searched the neighborhood, wanderin’ through the yards.

After ‘bout a half hour I retreated to Metcalf’s and was relieved to find that my episode was common enough that they stock a variety of gas caps. Supply and demand, it’s the American way.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



by Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral

As this article appears, the annual Midwest Gathering of the Artists will be underway once again! This is the 31st year for this large art sale event and I want to use today’s article to recognize all the members of artCentral who are exhibiting this year. Bob Tommey is a founder of this event and contributes each year with beautiful sculpture and oil paintings of both the west and nature. Andy Thomas is from Carthage, and is a big player at the event, always displaying a crowd pleaser in the auction. His oil paintings are always well received, and we congratulate him on all the well deserved success he has enjoyed recently. Bill Snow is a long time member of artCentral, having taught sculpting classes here for several years. His beautiful stone sculptures are always amazing. Dan McWilliams is a new member of artCentral and is from Jasper. Dan paints in oils and was a prize winner in our Annual Membership show this year. He will be on artCentral’s calendar next season as we look forward to hanging an entire exhibition of Dan’s work. Debbie Reed works in so many mediums that I have lost count! She is a fine potter and painter, and resides in Joplin. Debbie gave many years as an artCentral board member, and I thank her for her always good council. Jack Sours too is one of artCentral’s long time members, and a multi-prize winner in our Membership Shows. He is a fine potter as well. Robin Putnam’s sculpture is only one of her many artistic talents, as she is a fine stained glass artist and potter. Robin served many years as volunteer director of artCentral and is currently one of our advisors. John Fitzgibbon will be showing his wonderful watercolors as a new artist to the show this year. John was featured last year here in a solo exhibition and artist’s workshop which was well attended. Theresa Rankin exhibited at artCentral in a show in 2004 and as a long time member of artCentral we hope she will bring again soon her beautiful floral paintings. Last but certainly not least is our friend and member Patricia Courtney who is returning to the Midwest Gathering this year. Tricia has many talents, one being unique floral paintings with intense texture. She is webmaster of our website and serves artCentral well in this capacity. So there you have it--- ten from the line- up this weekend can be claimed by artCentral as member-artists who are interested in our organization and support us with their work, their time, and their talents. Most importantly, I will not forget our own Sandy Higgins, patroness of the Carthage arts, who was a founder of artCentral, and gave it many volunteer years. Sandy is still an official board advisor and a valued member in addition to directing the Midwest Gathering of the Artists all these years. We wish her and all the guys all the best in this weekend’s events and show, and hope all the readers of this will get over to Memorial Hall for a closer look!

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