The Jasper County Health
Department has scheduled a seasonal flu (not
H1N1) and pneumonia immunization clinic for
Friday December 4., 2009 from 9 - 11: A.M. and 1
- 4 P.M. The clinic is for residents of Jasper
County (outside the city limits of Joplin) 3
years of age and older.
Seasonal flu vaccine is not
available for pregnant women.
Those that have Medicaid
(Missouri Health Net) or Medicar part B should
bring their cards to their appointment. The
Department will not bill Medicare part D or any
supplement policies for vaccination. The cost of
the flue vaccine is $15 and the pneumonia vaccine
Call the Jasper County Health
Department at 417-358-3111 or toll-free
877-879-9131 to schedule an appointment.
Offices Closed Today.
City and County offices are
closed today in observance of the Thanksgiving
The City Recycling Drop-Off
Center and Composting lot will also be closed. It
will resume its normal Tuesday through Saturday
8:30 to 4:30 schedule next week.
NOTES from Hyde House
by Sally Armstrong,
Director of artCentral
The opening night for our
current show here at the gallery was a festive
success, with several paintings sold, a wonderful
number of patrons as well as artists attending,
and nary a morsel of food leftover! I look
forward to greeting additional visitors the
remainder of its presence here, which will
be weekends through December 6th, and I hope if
you have not been out you will take the time. I
want to get back to my history lesson for
artCentral, and if you remember I left off last
with our organization entering the 1990s. In the
early part of the decade, the emphasis was on the
old structure on Central Avenue and its
refurbishment, which according to the records,
ate up an enormous amount of grant money and
donated funds. Art shows and classes were held
along the way, and the Midwest Gathering was
declared the sole property of artCentral.
As a side note, it was
interesting that the newly prepared Hyde House
was used for the first time this year to house
visiting artists during the Midwest Gathering of
the Artists, as reported in the October 1991
minutes. Shades of things to come! The 1991
calendar reflects a spring art show, a youth art
and poetry competition, a sculpture show, the
MGA, and a Christmas show. Bill Snow joined Bob
Tommey and Sam Butcher as honorary lifetime
members of artCentral. Membership numbers that
year were 141, but a funds request letter sent
out to 130 businesses only generated two
responses collecting 125.00. It was a lean time,
and only thanks to the Steadley Trust and a few
other trust donations were the bills paid. There
were 26 entries in the 1991Spring Show, with an
entry fee of 30.00 charged, and prizes awarded
were 325.00 total. I am pleased to say that
currently artCentral has a membership of 220
members, and this past years member show
charged a 10.00 fee to 56 artists and awarded
700.00 in prize money. Weve come a long
way, and thanks to the hard work of the founders
who made it all possible!
NASCAR THIS WEEK
By Monte Dutton
by Curry Automotive
Speed Wraps Up
Scott Speed, once a Formula One
driver, was part of a bold experiment perpetrated
by NASCARs Team Red Bull.
After placing Speed in a
variety of races -- 16 each in the Camping World
Truck and ARCA series -- in 2008, the team cut
loose A.J. Allmendinger and replaced him with
Speed in the teams No. 82 Toyota.
Allmendinger took a ride with what is now Richard
Neither driver has been
particularly impressive this year, though
Allmendinger has performed slightly better,
ranking 25th in the Sprint Cup standings with one
top-five and five top-10 finishes. Speed, 26, is
35th with one top five (also his only top 10).
But Speed, from Manteca,
Calif., is gradually adjusting to stock-car
racing. Asked what he has learned, he said,
"Probably a lot: how you get the cars
running throughout the practice and throughout
the weekend, and how you show up with them as far
as the setup is concerned is obviously very
Im still learning an
enormous amount of just racing sort of skill.
Racing on an oval in these big, heavy cars is
something completely different than what
Ive ever done my whole life. Its
amazing, every weekend, as we get more
competitive and start running in the top 20 and
start running in a competitive position, and how
much Im learning in those situations. I
think my race craft and my feel for
the car is whats getting better and
Echoing Juan Pablo Montoya, who
has successfully made a transition from Formula
One to NASCAR, Speed said this is a whole new
world for him.
different because, in Formula One, I went into it
just like (fellow Cup rookie) Joey
(Logano)," said Speed. "Ive done
it my whole life. It was what was natural to me.
completely new and very challenging."
Monte Dutton has covered
motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette since
1993. He was named writer of the year by the
National Motorsports Press Association in 2008.
His blog NASCAR This Week
(http://nascar.rbma.com) features all of his
reporting on racing, roots music and life.