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Friday, January 28, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 152

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?...There will be a Tim Roderick Benefit Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. in McMorrow’s Triple L, 418 Grant to help family pay for furneral expenses. Donations for an Auction are appreciated. call 417-793-8377.

today's laugh

At a party an elderly lady was bemoaning the behavior of the youth of today.

"Look at the girl over there," she complained. "I don’t know what young girls are coming to! She’s wearing boy’s jeans, a boy’s shirt, and that haircut is so boyish – you wouldn’t know she was a girl at all, would you?"

"Well, as it happens, I would," came the reply, "because she is my daughter."

"Oh dear," said the old lady embarrassed, "I’m so sorry – I didn’t know you were her father."

"I’m not, I’m her mother."


The old man approached a young stranger in the post office and asked, "Sir, would you address this postcard for me?" The man gladly did so, and then offered to write a short note for the old fellow. Finally the stranger asked, "Now, is there anything else I can do for you?" The old man thought a moment and said, "Yes, at the end could you add, Please excuse the sloppy handwriting."


You’re unique, just like everyone else.


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


The inter-urban train came in early this morning from the west on the Frisco, but did not go back. The rapidly rising water soon made it impossible for trains safely to navigate it.

Someone this morning about 10 o’clock waded out on the Frisco track from the depot to dry land to the west and found the lowest point knee-deep under water, which would put out the fires in any engine. It was also found that the current had washed the railroad embankment and weakened it until it was unsafe for trains.

Center creek is high is proportion but is not over the electric line grade and cars ran as usual today. The Missouri Pacific grade at Carthage is too high to be affected.

Houses in the river bottom between the river and Kendricktown are flooded and loom up on the surface if the expanse of water like anchored house boats.

  Today's Feature

Sales Tax Vote Feb. 8.

Voters will be asked to vote on the continuation of the half-cent capital improvement tax on Feburary 8 with the following ballot language:

"Shall the City of Carthage continue to impose a sales tax of one half () of one percent (1%) for the purpose of funding capital improvements which may include the retirement of debt under previously authorized bonded indebtedness?"

The official language does not specifically refer to the original intent of the tax as approved by voters. According to the City audit: "On December 1, 1996, the City of Carthage issued the remaining $6,000,000 of voter-authorized revenue bonds as its Public Entity Bonds. The Public Entity Bonds of the City of Carthage ("Carthage") are voter-approved revenue bonds secured by the revenues of its combined waterworks and sewerage system and a voter-approved one-half cent capital improvement sales tax, which is subject to annual appropriation by the City."

Although the tax will end in 2012, the bond is not schedule to be retired until 2016.

Just Jake Talkin'

I’ve never been in a greased pig catchin’ contest, but I’ve heard tell by those who know there is a trick to greased pig catchin’.

Most inexperienced will try to grab a hold a the pigs body and carry it. The trick, I’m told, is to grab the hind legs of the critter and pick it up that way. I’m guessin’ the pig knuckles give ya a little extra grip.

‘Course this advice assumes that at some time or another ya actually get close enough ta reach the hind legs in the first place, and ya don’t mind lookin’ at a pigs rear end as ya cross the finish line.

I personally look at pig catchin’ in much the same way I look at professional football, strictly as a spectator sport for me. I don’t think I wanna be on the field with a three hundred pound linebacker either.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.


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Weekly Columns


ART NOTES from Hyde House

by Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral

As I write this, tonight is the annual Chamber of Commerce membership banquet at Memorial Hall, and it always promises to be a night of good food, nice folks, and lots of surprises. For a number of years there has been included in the agenda of prize winners and honorees, an Artist of the Year Award, due to a suggestion made long ago by Sandy Higgins who at that time was involved in her own gallery "Imagine" downtown in addition to directing the Midwest Gathering of the Artists. Through the years a number of artists and "art associated individuals" have received this nice prize, and this year’s award will be presented by last year’s winner Don Knost. Don won for 2009 on the basis of his strong work in local arts both with Midwest Gathering as well as long time membership on the board of directors of artCentral, the last several years as our President. Tonight the award goes back to a practicing artist who lives locally between Avilla and Reeds, Rachel Wilson. You may remember that it was Rachel who virtually came out of the shadows one year ago last spring with her horse sculpture entry into the Annual Membership Show, won first award and much acclaim from all who saw her unique piece. Due to the publicity received from that show, an article that appeared in the Springfield NEWSLEADER was picked up by the AP wire service and was reprinted in many states and countries around the world--- the rest is history. Rachel Wilson, a fine painter as well as wood worker, has since had her work purchased by many collectors from far away, and she tells me that only two of her original dozen plus horses made that year still are in the state of Missouri! One sits in the garden here at Hyde House for all to enjoy, a gift from Rachel with her appreciation for that first show here at artCentral, and her quick rise to great success and notoriety--- Rachel, we congratulate you as a most deserving artist of 2010!

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