United Way Kick
Carthage Area United Way, Inc.
will kickoff their 2009/2010 Campaign Thursday,
September 10, 2009. Lora Phelps, Volunteer
Campaign Chairman will announce the goal and
introduce the volunteer cabinet at the noon
luncheon kickoff to be held at Broadview Country
Club in Carthage. The generous sponsors for this
years kickoff luncheon are
Hometown Bank, Southwest
Missouri Bank & UMB Bank
Report Luncheons are scheduled
for noon, October 22nd with a
"Tailgate" theme and November 19th with
a "Give Thanks" theme at the First
Baptist Church Family Life Center, Carthage. The
Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony is scheduled
for noon, February 4, 2010, also to be held at
the First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
The Carthage Area United Way
supports 16 non-profit agencies that provide
services in the local area.
Anyone wishing to
Give-Advocate-Volunteer in the campaign is asked
to contact the Carthage Area United Way office at
NOTES from Hyde House
If you read my column last
week, you know that we are now planning for our
next exhibition here at Hyde House Gallery,
opening September 18th at 6:00 with the reception
for the featured artists Gregory Krepps,
Pittsburg, Kansas and Jed Schlegel of Joplin.
Their joint show of new ceramic work is entitled
"LINE & SHADOW" and will remain in
the gallery through October 4th. These men are
both experienced potters with many exhibitions
under their belts and working full time at their
art. Last week I told you a bit about Gregory
Krepps and his pinched pot technique way of
working. Jed Schlegel works in an entirely
different way with clay and with color. Where
Gregorys pieces reflect only neutral creams
and grays, typical of the burnished method of
finishing and firing, Jed incorporates color, and
different colors, into his work. His work with
clay for more than twenty years is in white
stoneware and porcelain, fired to cone 10 in a
gas reduction atmosphere. Most of his work is
wheel thrown and then altered. Attention to form
and an emphasis on craftsmanship are the
foundational elements and the driving force of
what he does. His inspiration is often derived
from nature or the very process of working with
the clay. The marks left on the surface from the
hand or tools, the twist imparted by the wheel,
can solidify his current direction or inspire a
new tangent. He hopes to create pieces that beg
one to reach out and touch the surface or follow
the edge of the form with ones hand and
eyes or to incite curiosity as to what journey
the clay must have taken to end up in its final
form. Jed works in a large home studio in
Saginaw, and has taught ceramics at MSSU in a
continuing education format. His work has been
exhibited in many prestigious exhibits and venues
which include Tulsa & Bartlesville, OK,
Coffeyville, Salina, & Leavenworth, KS,
Phoenix, AZ, Los Curses, NM, Natchez, MS, McAllen
& St. Angelo, TX, East Petersburg, PA,
Carbondale, CO, Fayetteville, AR, and of course
Springfield and at SPIVA in Joplin, where he
served as a board of directors member in 2004-07.
Stimulus Dollars, School Resumes With Ranks of
Teachers Much Reduced
by Christopher Flavelle, ProPublica
Its back-to-school time,
and the kids arent the only ones with the
jitters. The New York Times reports that $100
billion in stimulus money for education
hasnt been enough to prevent "the most
extensive school layoffs in several decades"
as school districts cope with falling tax
revenue. Funding cuts have also led to salary
cuts, larger class sizes and fewer support staff,
including librarians, nurses, cooks and bus
The Wall Street Journal reports
on the challenges facing businesses as they try
to manage stimulus-fueled growth spurts.
According to the Journal, companies are forced to
balance between stretching their existing staff
too thin and expanding at a rate that cant
be maintained once the stimulus money runs out
two years from now. In the money quote, Mark
Green, a consultant for family firms, says that,
managed poorly, "growth is a great
destructor of business."
The Houston Chronicle reports
that Texas Gov. Rick Perry, an erstwhile opponent
of the stimulus package, is now using stimulus
funds to his political advantage. Of the $90
million in stimulus-funded crime grants headed
for local law enforcement agencies in Texas,
Perrys office determines how to distribute
60 percent, about $54 million. Perry has used
similar law enforcement grants for political gain
in the past, according to the Chronicle: In 2006,
they "helped Perry win the endorsement of
NASCAR THIS WEEK
By Monte Dutton
by Curry Automotive
Carl Edwards Is
All About the Chase
The current season has brought
Carl Edwards considerable doses of both good and
The good news is that Edwards
is fifth in the Sprint Cup standings and
virtually assured of a spot in the Chase. The bad
news is that Edwards, who won more races (9) than
anyone else in 2008, still hasnt won a race
this season at the Cup level.
Edwards, 30, has come close.
His seven top-five finishes are exceeded only by
point leader Tony Stewart (13), Jeff Gordon (11),
Jimmie Johnson (9), Denny Hamlin (8) and Greg
The Nationwide Series race in
Montreal brought a new achievement, however.
Edwards passed Marcos Ambrose on the final lap to
win the 23rd series victory of his career, and
third this year. It was Edwards first
triumph on a road course.
His primary attention, of
course, must be directed to the Sprint Cup Series
and the Chase.
"I go do the best I
can," said Edwards. "If I win the next
10 in a row, thats what happens, and if we
dont win one, we dont win. All I can
do is the best I can, and I put more pressure on
myself than anyone.
"Right now -- as much as
people would like to write the story, Hey,
they broke through and got a win this
season -- Im way more interested in
being in the Chase and winning the championship.
Thats the key."
A year ago, Edwards, who is
from Columbia, Mo., finished second to Johnson in
the final Cup standings. In 2005, he was third
behind champion Stewart and Roush Fenway teammate
Greg Biffle. In only his fifth full season at
NASCARs top level, Edwards already has 16
"You could definitely win
a championship without winning races," said
Edwards. "Id rather not win one that
"I drive as hard as I can.
I try to get everything I can. At the end of the
race, you get your result. If its a win,
then thats great. If its 20th and you
did your job right, thats all a person can
do. ... Ill just keep driving."
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 on the
road. E-mail Monte at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Dear Tom and Ray: My daughter has an
07 Honda CR-V with side air bags. I gave
her a set of cloth seat covers to protect her
seats, and she was told by a mechanic that she
should take them off, as the air bags
wouldnt work right. Is this true? Mahalo!
TOM: It is, Sherry. This car is
equipped with side-impact air bags, which are
there to help protect your daughter in the event
of a what? Side impact!
RAY: So, if another vehicle
runs a red light and hits the side of her car, or
if she were to lose control of the car and slide
sideways into a telephone pole, for instance,
these side air bags would inflate and provide
some additional protection for her.
TOM: And, like on many cars
these days, the side air bags are built right
into the sides of the seats. So if you drape the
seats with seat covers, youre blocking the
side air bags and preventing them from working
RAY: Might the air bags have
enough power to tear through the seat cover and
work anyway? They might, but I wouldnt
count on it.
TOM: So the seat covers need to
come off. But heres what Id do.
Persuade your daughter to wear them over her
clothes. Thatll protect the seats, Sherry