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Friday,October 2, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number74

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... There will be a Union Civil War Monument dedication Oct. 3, 2009 at the Cave Spring School, 4323 Co. Rd. 4, Sarcoxie. The event will be from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The dedication will begin at 1:30.

Did ya know?....Steadley Elementary School in Carthage, Missouri is having a Fun Fair, September 26th from 4:00-7:00. Bracelets are available for purchase for $10 in advance or $12 at the fair.

today's laugh

A customer was bothering the waiter in a restaurant. First, he asked that the air conditioning be turned up because he was too hot, then he asked it be turned down cause he was too cold, and so on for about half an hour. Surprisingly, the waiter was very patient, he walked back and forth and never once got angry. So finally, a second customer asked him why he didn’t throw out the pest. "Oh, I really don’t care or mind," said the waiter with a smile. "We don’t even have an air conditioner.".

Fred got home from his round of golf later than normal and very tired. "Bad day at the course?" his wife asked. "Everything was going fine," he said. "Then Harry had a heart attack and died on the 10th tee." "Oh, that’s awful!" "You’re not kidding. For the whole back nine it was hit the ball, drag Harry, hit the ball, drag Harry."

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

Dan Bruffett Gone to California.

Ex-Marshal Dan Bruffett, who was on the point of moving from Joplin back to Carthage, made a sudden decision one day last week to go to Los Angeles, Calif., to locate, having received an offer of some kind from there. He took his son Wes with him. Mrs. Bruffett expects to join him in California the latter part of next month. Walter Bruffett who is a waiter at the Silver Moon restaurant in this city, also expects to locate in California with his father.

To Sew for a Deserving Family.

The ladies interested in the Charity home will meet this afternoon with Mrs. M. M. James on East Chestnut St. to sew for a deserving family composed of a widow and her six children. All who are willing to assist are cordially invited to be there at 2 p.m. bringing thimbles and needles.enlightened republican opinions which its author lets forth.

  Today's Feature

City Offices Closed for Funeral.

The Administrative Offices of the City of Carthage, with the exception of the Fire and Police Departments, will be closed today from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. so employees can attend the funeral services for Public Works Director Chad Wampler.

The funeral will be held at the Fairview Christian Church at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Park Cemetery.

Wampler graduated from Carthage High School in 1991 and was teaching in the Webb City school system before returning to Carthage in 2004 to became the Director of the Public Works department. He worked in that capacity since that time and also was assigned to supervise the Street Department when Street Commissioner Tom Shelley retired last year. He was 36 and initial indications are that he died of heart complications.

City officials are not only mourning the passing of a personal friend, but the loss of a valued department head with exceptional leadership skills.

Contributions may be made in his memory for his children at Southwest Missouri Bank, Carthage.



Just Jake Talkin'

The local wildlife seems ta be on the move. I’m referrin’ to the animal version, not the teenagers.

We have a raccoon in our neighborhood. It was seen the other day movin’ it’s kids (don’t know the term for baby raccoons) down the street. Musta got an eviction notice.

A baby squirrel was also spotted that was lookin’ for a home. It was last seen huddlin’ down in the bushes.

Then there’s that opossum that seems to wander down the middle of the street from time to time.

I keep thinkin’ that zebra that’s on the loose will show up eventually. That would prob’ly foster some attention even in my neck of the woods.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.


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ART NOTES from Hyde House

by Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral

I have been reading the history of our organization, located in the old binders of minutes of all the original planning meetings and then business meetings of the original boards. It has been so interesting to see who is still in our community that was instrumental in starting artCentral back in the early eighties. Our artist friend Bob Tommey has a beautiful exhibit of his work up currently in Joplin, at the Spiva for the Arts Center downtown, and I was reading some of his comments recently regarding that exhibition, and of his history here in the area. He noted that he had started artCentral, and in fact, he did. A group of Carthage citizens who were interested in the arts, and I mean ALL the arts, which included the performing arts (vocal and instrumental music) as well as the performing arts (drama and dance) came together with those interested in the visual arts. The year was 1985, and the original incorporation is for an organization called C. A. S. T. & Company, which stood for Carthage Arts Support Team & Co., to support community artistic endeavors. The signers of the articles of incorporation on November 25, 1985 were: Bob Tommey, Dallie Miessner, and Earnest Jett. The original board of ten on that document contained these three and included Charlie Rogers, Neil Campbell, Henry Heckert, Ruth Kolpin, Jim Farley, Scott Rosenthal, Ida Platt, and Marvin VanGilder. Many of these folks are active in the Carthage arts community today. Their original purpose stated was to: 1) Establish a local center for the arts 2) Promote the development of workshops in the various arts 3) Seek funds from federal, state and local entities for the promotion of the arts 4) give mutual assistance in cooperation with other civic groups with coals compatible to the goals of their organization. In the years since this beginning, many starts and stops have occurred in the life of this original organization up until the time the visual arts branch was formed on it’s own, that which we know as artCentral. I will attempt in future articles to describe our history for you from our records, as we prepare to celebrate our 25th anniversary in the year to come, 2010. Stay tuned!

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