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Thursday, April 12-18, 2012

Volume XIX, Number 161

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?............ Boy Scout Troop 9 and the Carthage Humane Society will hold a fundraiser on April 28 from 10:30 until 3 p.m at Central Park. Raising Money to help the new add on for Carthage Humane Society

Did Ya Know?............ The Nazarene Church at 2000 Grand will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive, Thursday, April 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Did Ya Know?............ Magic Moments Riding Therapy, a local not-for-profit that uses horses to help people with special needs, is in need of volunteers to help out with Wednesday evening sessions. 417 325-4490

today's laugh

One Halloween a man was walking down the street and heard a thumping noise behind him. Looking behind him he saw a coffin following him, upright. He was a bit nervous and began walking a little bit faster. The coffin continued, "thumpety thump, thumpety thump". He began running and the coffin kept up and began opening and closing, ""thumpety thump, thumpety thump clap, "thumpety thump, thumpety thump clap". Terrified he ran to his front door, and went inside, slamming the door and locking it. The coffin continued, "thumpety thump, thumpety thump - CRASH" it came right through the door, He ran up the stairs, and right behind him, "thumpety thump, thumpety thump clap, "thumpety thump, thumpety thump clap". He rushed into the bathroom and slammed the door, but the coffin broke through the door - "thumpety thump, thumpety thump crash". Terrified the man grabbed the first thing he could, a bottle of robutusin and threw it - and the coffin stopped!


A priest was talking to a group of kids about "being good" and going to heaven. At the end of his talk, he asked, "Where do you want to go?"

"Heaven! Heaven!" Yelled Little Lisa..

"And what do you have to be to get there?" asked the priest.

"Dead!" Yelled Little Johnny.


Two guys in an office talking at the water cooler and the subject of death comes up.

"When its my time, I wanna go in bed with a beautiful woman," says the first guy.

The other guy shakes his head. "Not me, I want go in my sleep like my grandfather."

He finishes. "Not kicking and screaming like the passengers in his car."


Law of Location: No matter where you go, there you are.

  Today's Features

St. Ann’s Charity Auction Event.

"Through the

Garden Gates"

will be presented by St. Ann’s School & Parish, Saturday, April 14th, 2012 in the School Gymnasium, 1156 Grand Ave, Carthage, Missouri.

Doors Open at 6:00 pm and everyone 21 and over is welcome. Tickets are $25 per person.

Heavy Hors D’oeuvres, beer & wine is included and a cash bar will be available.

According to the school’s web site "The St. Ann’s Charity Auction Event is held to provide funding for our small Catholic school. Our school has been in pursuit of excellence in Catholic education since 1962. We seek the development of the ‘whole’ child; academically, socially, emotionally, and most importantly spirtitually. This is what sets St. Ann’s School apart from other educational institutions."

The auction is a community event sponsored by individuals and businesses and includes items from a variety of donors. The evening is a fun-filled event with heavy Hors D’oeuvres, beer and wine and entertainment for all.

Top items in this year’s auction include:

Casino Party

$2,500.00 value donated by St. Ann’s Faculty & Staff.

The faculty and staff of St. Ann’s Catholic School will host a "Casino Party" at the Historic Phelps house on Saturday November 3, 2012. Entry cost is $50 per person.

Murder Mystery

A night of murder, mystery, mayhem, and most of all, fun! Saturday, February 16, 2013 Historic Phelps House $50 per ticket

Guys Day Out - Shoot Out

Shoot and eat! Back by popular demand! Limit 10 spots: $100 each.

Red Lodge Montana Vacation

Three nights stay in beautiful Red Lodge, Montana which sits at the foot of the Beartooth Mountain pass and one of the entrances to Yellowstone Park.

Doral Vacation (Miami FL)

Enjoy a one-week stay at the beautiful Marriott Villas at Doral is located in one of the most prestigious areas of Miami.

Seagrove Beach Florida Condo Vacation

Enjoy a relaxing Florida beach vacation. One week stay at a condo which sleeps eight and is within walking distance of the ocean.

Progressive Dinner

The first 20 people (or 10 couples) to raise their paddles at the live auction will be treated to a progressive dinner and holiday treats at the Swearengen, Carlton, and Commotto Homes on December 7th, 2012. $50/person.

Steak and Swim

Enjoy an outdoor dining experience under the stars! Join Rick and Chris Kennedy poolside for a custom grilled Kansas City strip, twice baked potato and all the trimmings! Limit 20 seats....$50/person. Saturday June 9, 2012.

100% pure Angus Beef Approx 300 lbs. It is hormone and antibiotic free. This package will be ready in June 2012.

Bourbon/Wine tasting

Guests will be exposed to some of the finest bourbons & whiskeys Kentucky and Tennessee have to offer. The intimate gathering of no more than 20 people will allow great times, detailed critiques and elaborate evaluations.



Spring Art Walk This Weekend.

The artists and venues participating in Art Walk will be setting up soon, preparing for a special weekend full of artistic displays, music, activities, and food. Held in Historic Carthage Square, Art Walk is an event for people of all ages. This quarter’s theme is Comics and Sequential Art, and work wil be found from featured artist Sean Fitzgibbon at UMB Bank on the Square. If planning to attend Art Walk, The Carthage Convention and Visitor’s Bureau says that these seven tips will help attendees get the most from the event.

"1. Choose the Right Day to Attend

Art Walk begins on Friday, April 13th at 6pm with Date Night, and continues on Saturday, April 14th with Family Day. Before making plans for the event, choose the right day to attend. Friday’s blend of art, entertainment, and wine tasting is a perfect option for couples and adults looking for fun weekend plans, while the family-friendly activities available on Saturday are great for kids and adults alike.

2. Come Prepared for the Event

Art Walk is held in Historic Carthage Square, so come prepared for an outdoor event. Wear comfortable shoes, bring sunscreen, and be sure to dress comfortably for the weather. Venues across the square will have delicious food and drink options available, so it’s also a good idea to come hungry!

3. Bring Your Friends

People of all ages and personalities love Art Walk, which makes it a great event to attend with your friends. Catch up with your best friend as you browse selections from more than 20 talented artists, or visit the wine tasting event with a special date. You’ll have a good time at Art Walk regardless of who you bring, but the event is more fun when you join some of your favorite people.

4. Chat with Artists

The artists who attend Art Walk are passionate about their work and excited to share it with new audiences. When you visit a display, you’ll often find the artist near his or her work along with some information on the pieces. If you find a piece of artwork that you love, don’t be afraid to ask the artist about the design or the meaning behind the work. Of course, you should be respectful of the artist’s time, as he or she will likely have other guests waiting, but be sure to take advantage of this unique opportunity offered by Art Walk.

5. Respect the Venues

The businesses and venues participating in Art Walk do the community a great service by working with this event. Without their participation, it would be difficult to find the space for artist displays and activities! Be sure to treat all of the venues you visit with respect. Be careful with food and drinks, and be respectful of other patrons in each establishment. With the cooperation of all guests, everyone can have a great experience at Art Walk.

6. Have an Open Mind

When you visit an event like Art Walk, you’ll encounter new styles of art and expression, so it’s best to come with an open mind. Though you may not be familiar with a particular style of art, this event is a great opportunity to gain exposure to new ideas and modes of creativity. With more than 20 artists showing work, there are plenty of opportunities to view a diverse range of artistic styles. Try to see a little bit of everything and avoid judgments until you’ve seen the work closely.

7. Know What You Want

Though you should aim to keep an open mind about the artistic work on display, it’s also okay to be aware of what you like. If there is a particular style of art you’d like to purchase for your home, come to the event prepared with a budget and information on measurements so that you’ll know when you find the right piece. Art is an investment, so it’s important to choose a piece that you really love. If you’re not ready to purchase anything at Art Walk, be sure to ask the artists you admire for contact information so that you can reach them in the future."


Vegetable Planting Calendar a Must for All Gardeners.

Both first time gardeners and seasoned professionals can benefit from the "Vegetable Planting Calendar" guide available from University of Missouri Extension. The guide provides a complete list of planting dates and varieties that do well in southwest Missouri.

"Everything from asparagus to zucchini that is listed in the planting calendar represents the varieties that provide the best yield, quality and disease resistance under Missouri conditions," said Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

The guide also deals with when to plant certain vegetables by giving planting dates for south, central and north Missouri.

"If you live within the Ozarks plateau, you may want to follow the north Missouri planting dates due to the possibility of late spring frosts," said Byers. "If you follow the south Missouri planting dates for spring plantings, be prepared to cover plants for frost protection."

The guide also provides information on the following: how much to plant per person; how much seed to purchase for a 100 foot row; row spacing; inches between plants in the row; depth of planting; days from planting to eating.

Master Gardener Hotline at (417) 881-8909, download the file online at or contact (417) 358-2158.

Jasper County Jail Count

179 April 11, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Sponsored by Metcalf Auto Supply

Weekly Column



The dashboard of our 2004 Honda lit up like a Christmas tree. We had the car towed to our local Honda dealer. When we were presented with the repair bill, we were dismayed to see that we had been charged $80 three times for "diagnostics." The service manager explained that they had to connect the car three different times to the diagnostic computer to read the OBD codes.

This nasty experience has prompted a couple of questions: (1) Why would they have to connect the computer to the car multiple times? Can’t they get all the error codes at once when they first download them? (2) This is a more general question, but why should the customer be charged for the tools the mechanic uses to accomplish his job? After all, don’t mechanics need the OBD codes anyway in order to work on today’s sophisticated cars? If the mechanic has to use his 5/8 socket wrench to do his job, why should the customer be charged extra for that? It seems to me the diagnostic machine is the same thing. -- Randy

RAY: It certainly seems like a questionable charge, doesn’t it? But in fact, there are times when you need to scan a car more than once.

TOM : The codes don’t always tell you exactly what to replace; they just indicate a failure of some sort. So if the code says you have an evaporative emissions system failure, you wouldn’t start by replacing the whole system; you’d start by replacing the one valve or hose that fails most commonly.

RAY: Then you’d test-drive the car to see if the check-engine light comes on again. If it stays off, you know you’ve fixed the problem. But if it comes on again, you have to scan the car again for your next clue.

TOM: And whether you know it or not, you DO pay for the mechanic’s equipment. If a shop buys an expensive diagnostic machine --whether it’s a scanner or a tire balancer -- it charges its customers something every time it’s used, to pay for it over time.

RAY: And all businesses charge for their equipment, whether it’s separated out in your bill or embedded in the cost of the work.

TOM: So we think the dealer has a right to charge you three times if it had to scan your car three times. But we’d never do that.


ART NOTES from Hyde House

by Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral


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