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Thursday, May 3-May 9, 2012

Volume XIX, Number 164

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?............ Master Gardener’s Plant sale will be at Powers Museum from 8 till 2 on Saturday May 5. 1617 W. Oak, across from Municipal Park.

Did Ya Know?............ A Certified Veteran’s Service Officer will be available to discuss V.A. benefits at the Carthage VFW on Saturday May 5 from 9 till 1. info 358-1657 or 793-0746

Did Ya Know?............ The 2012 Carthage Citywide Garage Sale is this Saturday, May 5th. Hundreds of Carthage residents will have sales this weekend.

today's laugh

Donald Rumsfeld is giving President Bush his daily briefing.

He concludes by saying: "Yesterday, 3 Brazilian soldiers were killed."

"OH NO!" the President exclaims. "That’s terrible!"

His staff sits stunned at this display of emotion, nervously watching as the President sits, head in hands.

Finally, the President looks up and asks,

"How many is a brazillion?"

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

While making his rounds, a doctor points out an x-ray to a group of medical students.

"As you can see," he says, "the patient limps because his left fibula and tibia are radically arched."

The doctor turns to one of the students and asks, "What would you do in a case like this?"

"Well," ponders the student, "I suppose I’d limp, too."

"Electricity can be dangerous. I once watched my nephew try to stick a penny into a plug. Whoever said a penny doesn’t go far didn’t see him shoot across that floor. I told him he was grounded."

--Tim Allen

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.

- Winston Churchill

  Today's Features

Travel Rally Day at Boots Motel.

To mark this year’s National Travel and Tourism Week, the Carthage Convention & Visitor’s Bureau are joining dozens of travel supporters throughout the country in a rally on Tuesday, May 8 to highlight travel’s significant contributions to the local and national economy and to illustrate why travel matters in a vocal and visible way.

According to the organization’s director, Wendy Douglas, the goal of Travel Rally Day and National Travel and Tourism Week is to create a greater appreciation of travel and tourism’s impact on the local economy and the more than 14 million workers nationwide whose jobs depend on travel.

"Let’s shine a spotlight on this vital industry and its benefits to our community. We need your help to accomplish this goal," said Douglas in a request for support of the day.

"As a travel industry stakeholder, I am inviting you to participate in Travel Rally Day on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at the historic Boots Motel at 9:00 a.m.", Douglas continues. "Please help lead our efforts and ask your employees to attend. Travel workers who wear uniforms are encouraged to come dressed for work. Those not in uniform are encouraged to wear red to create a bold, visual image that illustrates unity among travel workers and supporters.

"Let’s make some noise, have some fun, and spread the word that travel matters to the local and national economy."

Those with questions or for more information can call Douglas at 417-359-8181 or

MO Tourism Battles for Funding.

Carthage Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Director Wendy Douglass has alerted local business people that the Missouri Division of Tourism (MDT) may suffer a drastic budget cut this year. She provided the following:

"As you know our CVB office is small and has a very small budget therefore we depend upon the research and several of the programs that MDT successfully provides us as a model. The services provided by the MDT are utilized at no cost to our CVB and at times, we have even received significant grant funding from them for marketing Carthage.

A few facts regarding the importance of travel in the state of Missouri (and Carthage).

• Tourism had a $11.4 billion industry wide economic impact on the Show Me State with less than a $13.5 million investment from the state.

• For every dollar invested in the Division of Tourism’s budget, the state of Missouri received $3.00 in state tax revenue

• $53.00 is returned to Missouri businesses in traveler expenditures for every $1 the Missouri Division of Tourism invests in marketing tourism.

• Travelers spend $168.97 per person per trip in FY 10

• Each motor coach is estimated to bring $22,000 in visitor spending to the state of Missouri

Additionally, tourism brings 4,862 jobs to our area (jobs which can never be outsourced; they can only go away) and nearly $166 million to Jasper County."

Source MO Dept of Tourism 2010 Annual Report

From the Missouri Travel Council and their legislative committee sent to local CVBs.

"As many of you know, the Senate this week passed a budget that includes a $3.2 million cut from the Division of Tourism. Leaders of the House and Senate will name a conference committee early next week to develop a compromise between the House and Senate versions of the budget. The Legislative Committee believes that chances of having the $3.2 million restored in conference are very good, but it will require an industry-wide effort to convince conference committee members (and then members of each chamber of the legislature) that restoring the tourism funding is necessary to avoid the disastrous impact the cuts would have. When Conference Committee members are officially named, the Legislative Committee will send out an email with instructions and some useful information to include when calling legislators.

The Conference Committee should be named Monday, and we (Missouri Travel Council Legislative Committee) will send out some marching orders for Monday and Tuesday phone calls."


State Rep. Tom Flanigan Named to Conference Committee.

State Rep. Tom Flanigan, R- Carthage, was appointed to the House and Senate Conference Committee for the FY 2013 State Budget. Flanigan was named by House Speaker Steven Tilley, R-Perryville, because of his expertise of the budget process and chairmanship of the House Appropriations committee on Health, Mental Health, and Social Services.

"I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass a $24 billion budget we all can agree on and is best for the Missouri citizens," said Flanigan. "More than one-third of the state’s budget is contained in these two House Bills. As Chairman, I continue my steadfast commitment to vital Missouri Health, Mental Health, and Social Service programs."


Church Census.

By David Briggs

The 2010 U.S. Religion Census, released Tuesday on the Association of Religion Data Archives, found that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gained the most regular members in the last 10 years, growing by nearly 2 million to a total of 6.14 million adherents in 13,600 congregations.

But the denomination is not the only one growing in a time of increasing religious diversity, the census shows.

Taken together, nondenominational and independent churches may now be considered the third largest religious group in the country, with 12.2 million adherents in 35,500 congregations. Only the Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention are larger.

The U.S. was home to 2,106 mosques nationwide in 2010. Buddhist congregations were reported in all 50 states, and Hindu houses of worship in 49 states.

Mainline Protestant churches lost an average of 12.8 percent of adherents in the first decade of the 21st century; 5 percent fewer active members were found in Catholic churches.

Jasper County Jail Count

167 May 2, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

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Weekly Column



When I pick up my teenage son from school, he is so ravenous that I worry he’ll eat one of his younger siblings when I’m not looking. So we’re forced to stop and get him a jumbo quesadilla, which is the cheapest of the five things he currently will eat. I’m spending half of my paycheck -- yes, I’m unemployed -- on quesadillas that I could make at home, but of course they’d be cold and hard by the time they reached him.

Hence, my question: Is it possible to wrap the quesadillas in foil and cook them on the engine on the way to his school? If so, how many could I cook this way? His school is 50 minutes from home, but it takes three buses and three hours to get home, so his fellow passengers would be in danger of being eaten if he took the bus. Please help.-- Inner City Mom

RAY: You absolutely can do this. In fact, there have been several books written about engine cooking, the most famous of which is "Manifold Destiny," by Chris Maynard and Bill Scheller.

TOM: The book includes instructions, recipes and tips. Since the car’s exhaust manifold typically heats up to 800 degrees or so, there’s more than enough heat in the engine compartment to cook anything you want.

RAY: The trick is finding the right spot in the engine and figuring out the timing. You need to find a spot where you can nestle a tinfoil-wrapped package of food so it won’t become dislodged during the drive, and where it won’t ooze melted sharp cheddar all over your fuse box.

TOM: I’ve always thought that those wire-mesh vegetable-grilling baskets they sell for use on barbecues would be great for this.

RAY: And then you need to experiment to get the timing right. But I think quesadillas could be a perfect food for engine cooking.


ART NOTES from Hyde House

by Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral

I can’t imagine that there could be a much busier weekend than what this upcoming one seems to be! During the day on Saturday, our friends at Carthage Historic Preservation are holding Derby Days at the Phelps House which will include a number of events that sound like fun. There is the all city garage sale, the Master Gardener’s Plant sale all day at Powers Museum, and a number of things going on over in Joplin. ArtCentral will be presenting that evening one of the only Saturday openings that we have ever undertaken, due to the heavy schedule of our presenting artist, John Lasater. John will be a participant the evening before in Joplin, entering a painting and displaying work at the St. Avips Ball that takes place this year at Downstream Casino. We did not want to miss John, so we adjusted our schedule to fit his, but did not realize that it would be such a busy Saturday. Still, for serious art lovers, we hope our gallery will be one of your evening’s destinations, as we will be celebrating the "Cinco de Mayo" in style with a fiesta theme to our opening party for John. The art was delivered Monday and he did not disappoint! We will be showing 23 paintings of his reflecting various price points and sizes, and they are all colorful and beautiful. John Lasater is a Midwest Gathering of the Artists artist, so many of you have seen samples of his work there, or perhaps you have seen his work at Cherry’s downtown, where he is an in-house-artist represented by that gallery. John lives with his wife and family in Siloam Springs, Arkansas and is a former Hallmark artist and art director with that company. He has been painting full time for a few years now, and tells me that his last year was his best ever in sales!

I am very pleased that we are able to show work of this quality, and hope that many will take the time to stop by at 6:00 pm or sometime thereafter on Saturday night to meet John and enjoy the time with food and drink. If you cannot be with us Saturday, this show will remain in our gallery through May 20th, Fridays and weekends noon to 5:00.

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