City and School Board Election
The election of City Council
members and School Board members held Tuesday,
April 3. The following names appeared on the
R-9 School Board: (two
Michael Goolsby 537
Lee Elliff Pound 590
Sheila VonHolten 300
City Council - (vote for
Kirby Newport 39
Trevor C. Smith 28
Two year term -
One year term -
Lawrence Q. Chapin
John Studebaker 44
Dustin Blankenship 38
Lee Carlson 154
Dick Fanning 118
Jason T.A. Shelfer
Scheduled Next Tuesday Night.
Former Headquarters On the Block.
To Be Contained.
A clarification on the
restriction of chickens in the City limits is
scheduled to be voted on the the City Council at
next Tuesdays regular meeting in City Hall
at 7:30 p.m. C.B. 12-13 retains the current
requirement of any housing of chickens be at
least 250 from any neighbors residence, and
will make it illegal for a chicken owner to allow
chickens, or any other goose, duck, turkey, mule,
horse, sheep, hog, goat or other domestic animal
or domestic fowl, to to run at large.
The agenda will also include
C.B. 12-15 An Ordinance authorizing the Mayor to
enter into a contract to sell real estate owned
by the City of Carthage at 149 East 3rd Street,
which is the former CW&EP building, to Alpha
Capital LLC for $126,500.00.
Named to Missouri State
State Rep. Tom Flanigan, R-
Carthage, will help administer the retirement
fund for state employees and elected officials.
Flanigan was named by House Speaker Steven
Tilley, R-Perryville, to the board of trustees
for the Missouri State Employees Retirement
"Im looking forward
to working with the other members of the board to
help maintain the integrity of our state
employees retirement system," said
Flanigan. "It is an honor to be named, and I
take this opportunity very seriously. I believe I
bring knowledge and experience that will allow me
to make meaningful contributions to the board.
Flanigan serves as the chairman
of both the Appropriations Committee for Health,
Mental Health and Social Services and the Joint
Committee on Legislative Research . He also
serves as Vice-Chairman for the Fiscal Review
Committee and as a member of the Budget Committee
and the Special Standing Committee on Government
Oversight and Accountability.
As one of 11 members of the
board of trustees, Flanigan will be responsible
for the operation and administration of the $8.5
billion Missouri State Employees Retirement
System. The system administers retirement, life
insurance, and long-term disability benefits to
most state employees, including members of the
Missouri General Assembly, elected state
officials, judges, and administrative law judges
and legal advisors.
Maple Leaf Festival
Committee Accepting Vendor Applications.
The Carthage Chamber of
Commerce is currently accepting applications for
Maple Leaf Festival vendors. Craft vendors will
be able to sell handcrafted items on the historic
Carthage square before, during and after the
Maple Leaf Parade on Saturday, October 20, 2012.
Concessions will be available on the south side
of the square.
The Maple Market will once
again be available to commercial vendors for
booth space. Maple Market is an outdoor market
located at 6th and Main St. No electricity will
be available, and gas generators may only be used
if they are quiet and dont produce
excessive fumes. Commercial spaces are for
vendors offering a product or service for sale
that is not handcrafted. There will be a limited
number of booths are available so vendors are
encouraged to not delay.
Booth space is not guaranteed
for returning vendors. In categories that limit
the number of similar vendors allowed, all
registrations will be accepted on a first come,
first served basis and spaces reserved
accordingly. Spaces will be reserved in the order
completed application packets with payment are
received. If accepted, returning vendors will be
given preference in booth placement until July 1.
Forms are available online at
www.carthagemapleleaf.com. Craft and food vendor
space will fill quickly. Electricity on the
square is given first to concessions.
Crafters requests for electricity are
filled on a case by case basis.
For those who have a problem
with their lawn or garden and dont know
where to turn for help, can contact the Master
A Master Gardener will be
available to answer questions on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00
p.m. The Helpline will begin April 9 and run
through August 10.
The Helpline is sponsored by
University of Missouri Extension. To contact a
Master Gardener, call 417-358-2158 or stop by the
Jasper County University of Missouri Extension
Center in the basement of the Jasper County
Courthouse in Carthage.
The Master Gardeners have
completed a horticulture training course offered
by University of Missouri Extension. A part of
their certification requirement is to provide
volunteer service in their communities. For more
information about the program, contact the Jasper
County University of Missouri Extension Center in
University of Missouri
Extension improves peoples lives with
education and research from the four campuses of
the University of Missouri System and Lincoln
University that focuses on high-priority needs of
people throughout the state. Each County
Extension Center, with oversight by locally
elected and appointed citizens, is your local
link to these unbiased resources.
Down Voter Photo ID Language.
Cole County judge has blocked a
proposed constitutional amendment ballot question
that would have allowed the state to require
photo identification from voters.
Judge Pat Joyce struck down the
ballot language, written by lawmakers, saying it
is "insufficient and unfair" in its
current form. Joyce suggested lawmakers revise
U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay, a St.
Louis Democrat who hosted a conference earlier
this month rallying opposition to proposed voter
ID rules, said the judges decision was
"a victory for voting rights."
Challenges Koster as "Obamas
Earlier this year, with support
from the state Republican party, St. Louis
attorney Ed Martin gave up a congressional bid to
run instead for attorney general.
As part of his effort, Martin
has organized an online and billboard campaign
chiding Koster as "Obamas Lawyer"
for not doing more to challenge the health care
law and other policies supported by the
"Were being overrun
by Obamacare and Obama, and hes not
fighting back," Martin said in an interview
Koster initially attempted to
block a legal challenge to the law by Lt. Gov.
Peter Kinder, but ultimately backed off. Koster
later filed a brief with a Florida lawsuit
challenging the constitutionality of the
individual mandate, while supporting the rest of
If Martin can effectively link
Koster to Obama, his campaign believes he will be
on track to unseat the first term incumbent.
commissioned a poll early last month that showed
a 54 percent disapproval for President
Obamas job performance. Of those, 62
percent support Martin, and 18 percent are
undecided on their candidate. Randall Gutermuth,
an analyst for the polling firm American
Viewpoint, said Martins focus on the health
care law could be a good strategy to gain those
On the campaign trail, Attorney
General Chris Koster, a Democrat, has accused
Martin of seeking the office for use as a
partisan bully pulpit. In contrast, Koster claims
to be "all prosecutor, no politics."
But Martin said Koster is already using the
office for political purposes.
"Hes using it as his
political pulpit to run for governor, hes
already announced," Martin said. "What
we need is a lawyer for the state, not a guy who
is playing politics."
Koster hopes to make the race
exclusively about his legal wins as attorney
general and about his biography as Cass County
criminals to holding mortgage lenders
accountable, we have established a strong record
over the last three years, and I look forward to
sharing it with voters," Koster said,
earlier this year after both Republicans had
entered the race.
County Jail Count
171 April 4,
Including Placed out of County