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Friday, February 13, 2009, Volume XVII, Number 167

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Missourians will be preforming February 15th, at 6 p.m. at the Carthage First Nazarene Church. Call 417-358-4265 for more details.

Did Ya Know?... The Tri-Statesmen Barbershop Quartets will be singing Valentines on Friday and Saturday February 13th and 14th. The cost is $25.00 with a portion of the proceeds donated to Childrens Miracle Network. Call 358-5680 or 417-232-4337 for more information.

Did Ya Know?... artCentral presents "THE MAGIC OF SERENDIPITY" by artist Jim Bilgere. Opening reception will be held Friday, February 13th @ 6:00 pm at the Hyde House Gallery, 1110 E. 13th Street, Carthage. The show runs thru March 1st.

today's laugh

Things My Mother Taught Me...

LOGIC..."If you fall off that swing and break your neck, you can’t go to the store with me."

MEDICINE..."If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they’re going to freeze that way."

TO MEET A CHALLENGE..."What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you...Don’t talk back to me!"

HUMOR..."When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me."

WISDOM of AGE..."When you get to be my age, you will understand."

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


Work at the Fair Grounds - Special Railroad Rates - Novel Premiums.

The Market Fair promoters are leaving no stone unturned to make the first fair a tremendous success. They expect to draw patronage from all over this section and are making plans accordingly. They have arranged with the Frisco road for a rate of one fare for the round trip from Springfield, Neodesha and Girard and all intermediate points and in addition to this there will probably be two special trains on the Indian Territory branch on the two big days of the fair.

The electric line is preparing to lay 500 feet of additional side track at the fairgrounds to accommodate the tremendous crowds which are sure to attend if the weather is favorable.

The workmen today began the construction of fifty box stalls on the west side of the grounds on the same place the others stood before being burned some years ago.

New and attractive features and premiums are being added to the program every day. There will be another farmers’ race for which the court house crowd offer three purses. The farmers are to hitch and drive around the track twice subject to regulation prescribed by the promoters of the fair. This race will be for a first prize of a celebrated Jones chain-drive, five foot cut mower, valued at $50, offered by Shul Brothers, a $12.50 overcoat by C. A. McCubbin, and $8 pair of trousers by F. T. Sober, the tailor.

In the novel premiums the babies will come in for their share. The handsomest baby, 2 years or younger, will receive a fine rubber tired baby buggy from W. W. Calhoon. For the handsomest mother exhibiting a baby in this class J. M. Whitsett offers a black silk dress.


Today's Feature

Celebration to Build Fund.

The families of Robert and Ellen Sheldon and John Sheldon are requesting the community join then in a gathering to celebrate the lives of their departed parents.

The unsolved murder of Robert and Ellen Sheldon last October has prompted a commitment of at least $20,000 to the reward fund and many members of the community are donating items and time to increase that amount.

Several area citizens and businesses will contribute to an auction that will follow the fellowship and meal in the Fairview Christian Church on Thursday, March 12 beginning at 5 p.m. The auction will begin at 7 p.m.

Friends of the family are seeking donations of goods for the auction and monetary gifts. Proceeds from the event will be donated to a Reward Fund that has been established at Southwest Missouri Bank.

Anyone wishing to contribute or donate should contact one of the following: Danny Hensley, 359-3750; Mike Cloud, 358-2501; Linda Kinney, 358-4490; Dale Wickstrom, 358-1521.


ART NOTES from Hyde House

by Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral

Underway as you read this article is the current exhibition by artist Jim Bilgere, currently of Carthage, entitled "The Magic Power of Serendipity". The opening occurs Friday the 13th, and we certainly will not consider it "bad luck" to have as many as possible gather in the gallery here to view the group of 25 oil paintings and numerous other small watercolors and drawings. This exhibition will be shown weekends, Friday through Sunday from noon until 5:00 until March 1st. The exhibition is quite joyful, colorful, and a great tonic to chase away the winter blaz, and all ages should appreciate the unique canvases that Jim is presenting here in this showing. If you have not visited us before, we are a free admission, and all are invited to the opening night as well, where refreshments are served. Our Board of Directors met yesterday for the first meeting of the new season of 2009, and among other business that was discussed, we began the New Membership emphasis for this new year. The letter has been drafted, and as I prepare the 200+ mailings, I would challenge each of you that receive one to consider either renewing your membership us once more, or joining artCentral for the first time! Next year will be a landmark in our history, as we will celebrate our 25th anniversary as an incorporated organization, and we want as many as possible to be a part of this celebration. Plans are being made in preparation of next year’s events, and I will give more details as we know them, but let me just say that there will be at least one special happening each month on the 25th! Join us now and be a part of all the festivities in 2010!

Just Jake Talkin'


Had a friend who wanted to invest in a business. His idea was to create the perfect system where there weren’t any decisions to be made and all that was necessary was "warm bodies" to carry out the routine tasks.

Now such a system may be possible, but my friend soon discovered the venture he got involved in wouldn’t be that simple.

Any venture needs a set of basic guidelines, or policy, to guide the routine. The problem is that there are always situations that come along that weren’t planned or opportunities that weren’t foreseen.

Any project needs check points to gauge progress, but feeling the necessity to plan every minute detail can spell doom to whatever good might come.

Sometime even movin’ in the wrong direction is better than sittin’ still.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Sponsored by Robinson Family Health Center

Journey Along the Wellness Path

Have you heard the song that says "be careful little eyes what you see, be careful little ears what you hear"? I think this is a gentle, heartwarming warning for us all to heed as we balance our health.

It is important that we guard our minds and not allow various modes of advertisements to guide us along the wrong path in our health. Marketing campaigns tap into our senses and are designed to get our attention so we will buy their product and don’t necessarily give us sound health advice.

Look at key words such as "diet". I have yet to see a healthy diet soda on the market! These marketing schemes target diabetics and those wishing to lose weight but, in fact, diet soda has nothing to do with our health and contains harmful chemicals that are known neurotoxins and can even create unnatural cravings for sugar.

The "low-fat" marketing strategy is working well…for the advertiser that is. Once again their target market are those wanting to lose weight, or perhaps bring down that "high cholesterol". Read the label closely! You will find added fillers and chemicals substituted for the natural fat content. These fillers have nothing to do with helping to rebuild our body and often add fat to the body instead. Proper fat intake doesn’t make us fat. Bad fats and diets high in processed foods make us fat.

Be privy to marketing tactics. Be wise in your choices and look back to the basics.

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