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Friday, June 18, 2010 Volume XVIII, Number 255
Did Ya Know?.. . There will be a
poker run Sat June 19 to benefit Childrens Miracle
Network. Register from 10 to noon at Carthage Walmart.
Did Ya Know?.. . The Alba &
Carthage Masonic lodges will sponsor a child
indentification and protection program at Grace Episcopal
Church June 19 from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. the program
includes digital photographs, fingerprints, etc. Free.
Did Ya Know?.. . Beimdiek
Insurance Agency will be holding their 7th annual blood
drive with The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, on
Friday June 18th at 303 W 3rd Street in Carthage MO two
blocks west of the square. Walk-ins Welcome. For appt.
Did Ya Know?.. . Carthage Saddle
Club will host a Sho-deo, Saturday, June 19 with
registration at 4:00 and the show starting at 5:00. Entry
fees are $1.00-$2.00. 6 events Free to public. call
self-confidence, you must avoid using negative words,
such as "cant" and "not." Do
you think you can do that?
Well, I cant see why not.
Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at an Elingsh
uinervtisy, it deosnt mttaer in what oredr the
ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht
frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Matter of Location as
The board of directors of the
Interstate Chautauqua assembly held a meeting in the
offices of Haughawout and Green. Rev. W. A. Oldham opened
the meeting with a short prayer. Afterwards, Dr. Stewart
announced that the object of the meeting was to decide
upon a permanent location for the assembly. Rev. W. A.
Oldham and Dr. H. O. Scott reported that the Missouri
Pacific had offered, if the assembly was located at
Thackers park, to build a platform, stop all trains
there, make liberal concessions in rates, and, in short,
assist in every way possible. Nothing had been heard from
the Frisco. Dr. W. W. Flora reported that he looked over
the Lamb ground and the owners would not consider a
proposition to lease but would sell. W. P. Gregory,
representing Mack Thacker, reported the latter would
lease Thackers park to the assembly for twenty
years at $100 per year and would take the first
years rental in stock.
Where The Money
Quoted from this
years City budget document.
"In April 2001, the voters
authorized an increase in the Lodging Tax rate.
The rate approved went from 2% to 4%. Since
fiscal 2002, the overall trend in Lodging Tax
receipts has been negative.
Despite a peak in fiscal 2007,
revenues have fallen off approximately 34%
($43,350) to what is being projected for fiscal
This year again, the City will
be contracting for tourism services through the
Carthage Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB).
The CVB in turn will distribute and account for
funds to other entities providing tourism
services. The total amount appropriated is
$90,500. This amount is down from last year based
on projections which are based on current and
past trends. Revenues for Lodging Tax are
estimated at $85,000. Taking into account the
increase approved in 2001, receipts are currently
about 7.2% lower for year-to-date totals for the
end of April 2010 compared to last year.
Additionally, receipts are also lower than the
high year of 2002s year-to-date amounts by
almost 31 %. The trend since Fiscal 2002, had
been generally downward to 2005 and picked up to
Fiscal 2007 but has been decreasing since then.
With the turnover of a couple of local motels,
the CVB has some concerns as to the level of
collections and late fees. They have been
exploring options with the City Attorney and City
staff. The Missouri Department ofTourism has
changed the way the cooperative grant program is
administered. Previously, the CVB obtained
advertising grant funds directly from the
Department. Now, the Department of Tourism
contracts (on a regional basis) with the County
for area wide advertising. This program is now
administered locally by the Joplin CVB.
As in the past, staff will
write the contract similar to the current year.
Staff basically structured the payment to CVB
based on actual collections of the tax. In other
words, the contract will be a not-to-exceed
amount based on actual collections.
There was a desire expressed a
few years ago on the part of a cross section of
the businesses, government, and community
citizens to develop a long-range action plan to
attract additional tourism to Carthage. Part of
the explanation to the voters on the use ofthe
proceeds ofthe Lodging Tax was to be used to
provide coordination, expansion and unification
of existing tourism marketing efforts, including
cooperative marketing with the State Division of
Tourism, attracting additional sporting events
and tournaments for youths and adults, and
attracting additional small group events,
conventions and trade shows. The CVB is
responsible for the general tourism goals for the
The goal of the program is to
create experiences that encompass the unique
aspects ofthe community, which, in turn, will
attract tourists and encourage them to stay
overnight and experience the City of Carthage and
Todays issue is the
last of our eighteenth year. Startin
Monday, well be back to a three digit
Roman numeral, XIX on the masthead.
Our first Mornin
Mail was published on June 18, 1992. I
keep a copy of it on the wall just to remind
us of our humble beginnings. And to remind us
that we havent really changed that much
in the last eighteen years. It is also a
reminder that we are the only newspaper still
actually printed in Carthage. The last thread
of a legacy of nearly a hunderd and fifty
years of publications being printed in this
Our existence is made
possible by the sponsors you see on these
pages. We ask that you "tell em ya
saw it in the Mornin Mail"
so we can continue the unique tradition of a
"small, town newspaper."
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
NOTES from Hyde House
by Sally Armstrong,
Director of artCentral
Hard to believe it is time once
again for artCenrals Annual Membership
Show! The letters went out earlier this month to
our member/artists and we hope to once again have
a nice showing of the best work from our current
100+ strong member artists who have always before
brought in beautiful and interesting pieces for
this show. I will be checking in art beginning
Sunday, June 20th here at the Hyde House from
noon to 5:00, and then two additional days
following, Monday and Tuesday during those same
hours. All work must be in house by Wednesday, as
display and hanging will begin, and the judging
will take place on Thursday the 24th. Our judge
this year is Sally Baird of Springfield. Sally
brings to us a wealth of experience and knowledge
of area art, as she has been active for many
years in the Springfield art scene, both as a
collector and as a member of numerous art groups
and boards. We look forward to welcoming Sally to
a venue of art and artists that she is not
familiar with, and know that she will appreciate
what we have to offer here. Additionally, Beth
Simmons representing our show underwriter McCune
Brooks Regional Hospital will be present to
select this years Underwriters prize.
The public is invited to attend the opening of
this exhibition on Friday, June 25th with the
member/guest picnic hosted by artCentral. This
inside art exhibition, outdoor dinner affair is
free and food will be furnished, but members and
guests are asked to bring with them their
favorite dessert to share. Donations will be
accepted. I hope you will put this on your
calendar and join us Friday the 25th at 6:00 for
this event under our tents, and take a look at
the art featured by our talented members!
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