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Friday, August 13, 2010 Volume XIX, Number 38

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. . The Nazarene Church will host an American Red Cross Blood drive thur. aug. 19 from 11:30 to 6.

Did Ya Know?.. . Carthage Farmers Market every Wed. and Sat starting at 7 a.m.

today's laugh

Once upon a time long, long ago there was a season when neither the Packers nor the Vikings made the post season playoffs. It seemed so unusual that the management of both teams got together and decided that there should be some sort of competition between the two teams, because of their great rivalry. So, they decided on a week long ice fishing competition.

So on a cold northern Wisconsin lake they began their contest.

The first day after 8 hours of fishing the Vikings had caught 100 fish and the Packers had 0. At the end of the 2nd day the Vikings had 200 fish and the Packers 0.

That evening the Packers coach got his team together and said, "I suspect some kind of cheating is taking place." So the next morning he dressed one of his players in purple and gold and sent him over to the Viking camp to act as a spy. At the end of the day he came back to report to the coach. The coach asked "Well, how about it, are they cheating?"

"They sure are!" the player reported, "They’re cutting holes in the ice."


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

Trading Check Store Closes.

The Trading Check association of St. Louis, which has had a branch office in Carthage the last five months, yesterday closed out the business here. It has been in charge of Mrs. Mayme Reid on the south side of the square, where the premiums were given in exchange for the trading checks, used on various merchants around town.

May Go To England.

Jas. Luke is planning a trip to his old home in England, in the near future. He may be accompanied by Byron Ash. Mesdames Luke and Ash left this morning for a summer stay at Manitou, Colo.

Earl Young, who was in the bicycle business here with Harry During seven years ago, has returned to the city with a wife and looking for a house to rent.

  Today's Feature

Blevins Takes Asphalt Bid.

The City Council approved a bid recommendation during the regular Council meeting this week submitted by the Council Public Works Committee.

According to minutes of the meeting, Blevins Asphalt Company submitted a total bid amount of $46.30 per ton laid of asphalt and $1.30 per gallon of tack oil. AP AC Missouri, Inc. submitted a total bid amount of $47.00 per ton laid of asphalt and $2.10 per gallon of tack oil. Swift Construction Company submitted a total bid amount of $57.96 per ton laid of asphalt and $2.50 per gallon of tack oil. There are (7) streets are on the list to be paved and due to the rate of asphalt and tack oil, not all of the streets would be paved on the list. Katherine Street was rated in better condition, the (2) blocks from Pearl Street to Fairview Avenue would not be paved. After a brief discussion, John Studebaker made a motion to accept the low bid amount of $46.30 per ton laid of asphalt and $1.30 per gallon of tack oil, submitted by Blevins Asphalt Company, and not to exceed paving work over the budgeted 2011 fiscal year amount of $108,000.00. All ayes.

Just Jake Talkin'

Ya gotta wonder about those folks who invented the things we take for granted ever’ day. Things like the paper clip, pencil, and most important, the eraser. I wonder if the guy who invented the "Phillips" screw head figured on seein’ it become so common.

A lotta things grew outa rustic tools of some sort I suppose. Things like the rake or hoe. Over the years they were just improvements of what they had always known. The things I’m talkin’ about grew out of necessity that prob’ly wasn’t so obvious to most. There was no need for a "coaster" until folks had furniture that was worth protectin’. I really like that little rubber ball that swings out to keep the screen door from slammin’ and wakin’ me up. Now that’s real genius.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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ART NOTES from Hyde House

by Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral

A gift of fine art is always appreciated, and should be so over and above a store purchased gift that has been massed produced. The recipient should realize that this gift is not only a painting or sculpture that may be beautiful or thoughtful to look at, but more often, the "offspring" of the artist. An artist puts not only the time to execute a work, and this can vary depending on the media—a stone carving can take months, but he has also the initial planning time invested, of thinking about a piece before he creates it. Once a piece of art is completed to the artist’s satisfaction, it truly becomes a part of that artist, and is many times difficult to part with. For this reason, many artists have a difficult time pricing their art. It is a bit like pricing your beloved pet or child! So if a piece is given away, it is all the more valued by the receiver. We at artCentral are about to receive a found-wood horse sculpture created by artist Rachel Wilson, to be installed permanently in our garden outside Hyde House, for all to appreciate. You may remember that just one year ago we had one of Rachel’s first horses exhibited here, and later in the fall, a whole "herd" of the horses grazing and running across our front lawn. The folks that live in this neighborhood told us they were sorry to see the horses leave when they ultimately did. Meantime, Rachel has enjoyed immense success with her horses, and some of them were recently featured in Branson on the grounds of the Titanic attraction. She has received many commissions from these horses being so publicly visible. So to thank us for her first public exhibition of horses, she is giving to artCentral a mare named "HUSH PUPPY". This horse is a grazing figure, and will forever graze in the center flower bed for all visitors to see! I hope to have Hush Puppy by the end of August, and certainly she will be with us for the next exhibition in September. Come over and see her, and bring your children, telling them that Rachel’s own four young children gathered the wood on their farm that was used to make her. They will be interested I think in this wonderful piece of art created and done by this generous artist and given to us, a grateful organization, for all to see and enjoy!

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