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Monday, April 1, 2002 Volume X, Number 201

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The City of Carthage Recycling Drop-Off Center and Composting Lot, 1309 Oak Hill Rd., hours of operation will be from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues-Sat. effective Tues., April 2nd.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Jasper County Health Department has a free Hepatitis A vaccine available for children 2-18 years of age. Call 417-358-3111 or 1-877-879-9131 to schedule an appointment.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Youth Softball League sign-ups will be from
6-8 p.m. on Mon., April 1st at the Fairview Elementary School.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Humane Society, 13860 Dog Kennel Lane, has a talkative yellow adult male cat who needs a loving home. Come find out what you can do to help Carthage’s neediest animals. If your pet is lost or missing call 358-6402.

today's laugh

A girl whose father was a photographer was out fishing with her parents one afternoon when a sudden storm came up and there was a brilliant flash. "Look," she said, "the angels are taking pictures of us!"

Q: A man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but forgets her age is called what?

A: A smart man.


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


Sailed Today from Manilla on the Steamship "Thomas."

J. M. Whitsett today receiveda cablegram from his son, Judge Geo. P. Whitsett, at Manilla, Phillippine Islands, saying: "Sail today on the Thomas."

This probably means that Judge Whitsett has just gotten the news of the alarming illness of his wife several months ago, and is now hastening home. George was in a remote island at the time, and advices were slow in reaching him.

On reaching Leavenworth, Judge Whitsett will bring his wife, who has now recovered, to Carthage for a visit. He probably comes only on brief a leave of absence.

Charley Head who now runs a dairy wagon, yesterday had a runaway in which he spilled a five gallon can of milk.

  Today's Feature

City Election Tomorrow.

In this issue you will find articles submitted by local candidates. Candidates were invited to submit up to 350 words to set out their qualifications and objectives.

Listed below are polling places for the City of Carthage. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

1st Ward, 1st and 2nd Precinct

Grace Episcopal Church 820 Howard

2nd Ward, 1st and 2nd Precinct

Memorial Hall, 407 S. Garrison

3rd Ward, 1st Precinct

Fire Department, 401 W. Chestnut

3rd Ward, 2nd Precinct

Columbian School 1015 W. Macon

4th Ward, 1st Precinct

Jr. High School, 827 E. Centennial

4th Ward, 2nd Precinct

Fairview School, 1211 E. Fairview

5th Ward, 1st Precinct

Mark Twain School, 1435 W. Main

5th Ward, 2nd Precinct

Salvation Army, 125 E Fairview

Nate Stokes for R-9 School Board.

My name is Nate Stokes. My wife Sandi and I live on Gum Road. Our two children attend R-9 Schools. We belong to Fairview Christian Church, where I am a volunteer youth worker.

School board membership is not just an honorary position or a status symbol. Our schools are a large and extremely important operation. The school board is the governing body of this whole enterprise. They are elected by the voters of this district to see that the taxpayers money is wisely spent, that our school buildings provide a safe environment for our children and teachers and that our children receive the best education we can provide.

Board members who just attend monthly meetings, listen to reports from school administrators, and then vote on the administrator’s recommendations are not doing their job. I believe we have good school administrators and I would maintain a cooperative attitude in working with them. But, I would consider it my duty to keep myself informed about our schools by inspecting the buildings, visiting classes, and seeking input from teachers, students, parents, and taxpayers. Only then, could I vote intelligently.

Here is an example of what I mean. Our teacher’s pay is just below the median pay for Missouri teachers, whereas our administrator’s pay is well above the median. Yet, at the board’s last vote on salaries they gave the administrators a 5% increase and gave the teachers only 3.5%. You have to wonder, was the decision researched or simply voted on from the recommendation.

I sincerely want my children and all the children of this district to receive the best education we can give them. If elected I promise to give the time and effort which this important office deserves. Please vote for me.

Earnest Vaile for R-9 School Board.

I have many concerns in regard to the R-9 School system and I feel that I can offer a positive outlook on the direction that our educational system takes. However, the recent increases in the tax burden that our citizens have had to bear are a major concern for me. Our school district received 92% of the recent property tax increase (Joplin Globe, 1/21/02). This windfall increase in funding for our school district amounted to a 24% increase in funds or $1,488,977.00 extra from now on (Joplin Globe, 1/21/02). Levy "rollback" measures in state law should have been utilized to make the reassessment "revenue neutral" but our school board did not act to relieve this unfair extra burden upon the taxpayers of the school district. I support a rollback of our tax levy to a level that would eliminate the unfair windfall that the school district received.

I oppose increases in the tax levy for any purpose. I do not believe that we need a new high school or another new elementary school or a new tech center. I will not support a property tax levy increase to fund 38 million dollars worth of new schools. It is my opinion that soon we will see another effort to raise the levy in order to fund the new schools; enough is enough! The tax and spend insanity must end; the school board tore down 2 elementary schools and led the taxpayer to believe that a new elementary school would be enough for the future, but now we find out that they want more elementary schools. The school board is out of touch with the ordinary citizen taxpayer. We recently voted an overwhelming "NO" on the property tax issue. That vote should have ended it but, in my opinion, it will be back very soon. The end result of the school district windfall was an unfair excessive burden that was placed upon the average citizen of the district. I believe that the school system should live within its budget and provide a quality education for every resident of the district! I will demand value for every tax dollar that is spent by the school system.

Carey Murphy for City Council.

Dear Citizens, unlike the other Wards in town, you will have a choice this year for Councilman in Ward 4. Please consider the following before making a decision:

In the past year the City Council has continued its policy of unwise taxing and spending. Taxes go up, new taxes are created and fees are increased to pay for spending (i.e. several million-dollar golf course). It appears that the Council is practicing want over need, and it seems to me that we all pay enough taxes already and that the City’s income should be better spent. Many streets in town need a great deal of work and everyone knows that a lot of city owned property is in horrendous condition. Keep in mind, we now have many more acres to maintain at the Fair Acres Complex. As a footnote to the condition of city property, is anyone asking the following questions? Is the Larry Allen building no longer dangerous and in need of being demolished just because the city now owns it? Did the transfer of ownership suddenly heal the structural problems? Is the city exempt from its own rules?

Something else to reflect upon: Not so many years ago in this community "Operation Cowboy" was not needed and would have been a total failure. I can remember going for walks around town, day or night, never fearing that I might be passing houses full of illegal drugs and arsenals of weapons. If our city government does not begin to take this problem seriously and become pro-active, the consequences of continuing to do nothing will be devastating for Carthage.

If you want a Councilman who cares enough about our town to constructively criticize when needed, who will voice and vote to spend conservatively and hold the city accountable in governing, then please vote for me. It will be sincerely appreciated.

Thank you,

Carey Murphy

Jim McPheeters for City Council.

Born May 4, 1938 in Poplar Bluff, MO. Graduated Poplar Bluff High School in 1956. Received B/S and B/A at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Served in United States Navy 4 years, 1962-1965. Discharged at Lieutenant.

Served as weekend administrator at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. Served as intern to the administrator at the Muskogee Hospital. Served as administrator Director of the OUMedical Center.

Became administrator of McCune-Brooks Hospital in Sept. 1971, retired in 1998. Served on board of Broadway Country Club, one year as president.

Served on board of the Missouri Hospital Association five years, one year as secretary. Served two years on the Carthage City Council.

Kenneth Johnson for Mayor.

During the past four years while serving Carthage as Mayor, there have been 133 new single family dwelling homes, 14 duplexes, and 1 triplex built in the City. There will be 24 more single family dwelling homes built in yet another new addition being annexed into the City. Our City has contracted $450,000.00 in street resurfacing and have installed new traffic actuated signals at 3 major intersections. Carthage is growing and our infrastructure is improving. Being a lifetime resident of Carthage, I know the needs of the City and I am proud of the progress we have made. My experience enables me to work well with our Department Heads and assure all citizens that we intend to move forward in a responsible, professional manner. I appreciate any input from our residents and business owners and I am always willing to listen and consider all options. I look forward to continue serving Carthage as Mayor.

Kenneth Johnson, Mayor

Lujene G. Clark for Mayor.

Lujene Clark is the first woman in history to run for Mayor of Carthage. She has served two terms on the Carthage City Council representing the Fifth Ward.

As councilwoman, she served on several committees, including Public Safety (Vice-chairman), Public Services (Vice-chairman), Budget, Ways and Means, Public Works and Finance, Personnel, Insurance, Audit & Claims (Chairman April 1997 - April 1998 and April 1999 - October 2000). In 1997, she was selected by the Missouri Municipal League to serve as a delegate to the National League of Cities.

Lujene is a member of the American Business Women’s Association - Peace Star Chapter, where she currently serves as Program Chairwoman. In March 2002, she was awarded the ABWA "Woman of the Year" for her chapter.

She is an Honorary Patron of the McCune-Brooks Hospital Auxiliary, serving as President from 1998 to 2000.  She is also a member of the Carthage Chamber of Commerce.

Lujene’s commitment to the preservation of Carthage’s historic heritage has led her to volunteer with numerous local organizations. She has served on the Board of Directors of Victorian Carthage, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Kendrick Place. She is also a Life Member of Carthage Historic Preservation, Inc., a non-profit organization committed to the preservation of the Phelps House. As a volunteer Ambassador to Main Street Carthage, Lujene hopes to aid in the continued revitalization and preservation of historic downtown Carthage.

As a mother and avid reader, Lujene realizes the importance of education and literacy to the future of Carthage. She is a long time member of the Friends of the Library, in addition to serving as city council liaison to the Carthage Library. Lujene has been appointed to the Grant Writing Cadre of Mark Twain Accelerated Elementary School where her son, Devon, is a first grader.

Lujene’s husband, Alan, shares her commitment to the community. Dr. Clark is Medical Director of the Carthage Community Clinic providing free medical care to the underprivileged. He also serves on the Site Council of Carthage Caring Communities. Alan and Lujene will celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary in June.

Gary Lee for Special
Road District Commissioner.

My name is Gary Robert Lee. On April 2nd I will be running for the position of Carthage Special Road District Commissioner.

Before moving to the Carthage area, my family and I lived in Avilla, ten miles west of Carthage, where I served as Avilla Special Road District Commissioner for 10 years. I have been employed at Blevins Asphalt Construction Company for 28 years at the Carthage Plant.

If you choose to vote for me, you can vote with confidence. Not only do I have the know how, but I also have the hands on experience to be your Commissioner. My wife, Beatrice, and I, along with our kids, Cary, Lindsey and Sandy would appreciate your vote on April 2nd.

Thanks, Gary R. Lee

Just Jake Talkin'


Personally, I’m takin’ a break. We put together the election issue last Thursday, took Friday off and are closed today also.

You won’t find any fresh news in today’s issue, but there are the thoughts of those who are runnin’ for election tomorrow. We asked for contributions from those opposed in City races and the School Board. What ya see is what we got.

‘Course the Mail will have the election results on Wednesday mornin’. We stay up late just so you don’t have to.

Tomorrow bein’ election day, we’ll try and get any late breakin’ information out that has ta do with votin’.

See ya at the polls,

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



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Weekly Column

The Super Handyman

by Al Carrell & Kelly Carrell

Dear Al & Kelly: I’ve been working on refinishing a table for a while now. The biggest problem I had was getting the sandpaper into the smaller cracks. The abrasive paper just went to pieces by itself. I tried putting a credit card inside the folded paper and had much better luck.

The credit card gives the sandpaper a supportive backing to help it stay strong while I work it into the cracks. It made al the difference. My cards are all "maxed" out anyway, so why not put them to some better use for a while?

Dear Kelly: Our high-rise apartment building is convenient to work, but there are some drawbacks. We have a key for our door, a key for our elevator, a key for our parking garage, one for our storage room and another for the utility area. It’s hard to keep up with all the keys, so we got organized. The keys are color-coded now, with those plastic caps they sell at locksmith shops. We got a different color for each area, and it matches the walls, floor or something in that area to make it easy to pick out the right key. It has really saved us some time and aggravation.

SUPER HINT-If you are tired of finding powdered shop compounds ruined because of humidity, try putting them into sealable plastic bags and then put them back into their boxes.


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