Careful Out There.
Street Commissioner Tom Shelley
says that 16 of the 18 Street Department
employees put in an 18 hour day on Wednesday to
clear roads of the foot of snow covered the City.
Most main roads were cleared by Thursday morning
and efforts will continue to clear side streets
possibly through Saturday. The storm didnt
wait for the completion of their maintenance
The twenty-third suicide of the
year in Jasper County occurred yesterday morning
in Carthage. At approximately 8:20 in the
morning, the neighborhood surrounding the Grace
Episcopal Church was stunned by the sound of one
shot from a .38 revolver.
The Carthage Police Department
reports that the 67 year old man placed the
barrel of the revolver in his mouth and ended his
life. There was a suicide note, but little to
indicate why the man parked his car on the street
in front of the church parking lot on Howard
Street. A fire truck was dispatched to wash down
the street but evidence of the act was apparent
on the surrounding snow along the curb.
Army Needs More Toys.
news release Salvation Army
The Carthage Salvation Army has
approximately 412 children signed up to receive
toys through their Toy Shop on December 22nd.
This number of children is up
from 316 last year, which is an increase of
almost 100 children with additional requests for
Christmas Food Baskets and toys coming in every
day. Therefore, The Salvation Army in Carthage is
in desperate need of new toys to meet this
increase in requests. The Salvation Army already
spent over $500 to purchase new toys, yet,
hundreds of toys are still needed.
If you would like to donate new
toys to the Carthage Salvation Armys Toy
Shop please drop off the toys at The Salvation
Army located at 125 E. Fairview. For more
information please call (417) 358-2262.
Community Support For Christmas.
The Carthage Fire department,
KODE 12, and other area Fire departments are
working together to provide Christmas toys for
The toys will be distributed at
a Christmas dinner for the children and their
families on Dec. 21st at the Joplin American
Legion building at Fourth Street and
New toys and used ones in good
condition are being accepted. The Firemen give
the children new toys and used toys that are in
Toys may be left at the
Carthage Fire Dept. and Wal-Mart Super Center in
the red toy collection box.
An educational toy will be
purchased for each child in the Jasper, McDonald,
and Newton Counties Head Start Programs.
Residents who know of families
that might need help may call (417) 624-1851 or
stop by the Carthage Fire Dept. and fill out a
Applications are screened with
other toy programs before being accepted to
prevent families from receiving Christmas help
from more than one agency. Families are referred
by employers, churches, neighbors, schools,
Economic Security Corp., and other toy programs
that are no longer accepting applications.
If you would like to make a
cash donation to buy new toys or help with the
Christmas dinner make your check payable to the
Firefighters "Christmas for Kids".
Donations may be left at the Carthage Fire
Mid-America Title Loans in
Joplin will be matching all cash contributions
made to our toy program until Dec. 20th. Please
contact Battalion Chief Ron Hitchcock at the
Carthage Fire Department for more information.