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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 Volume X, Number 203

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The regular monthly meeting of the Friends of the Civil War Museum will be held at 6 p.m. on Wed. April 3rd, at the museum, one block north of the square. The Friends will host a Special Memorial Dedication Ceremony for Jim Lobbey at 6:30 p.m., on behalf of Marvin and Irene VanGilder. Mr Lobbey's widow, Chris, will be present. The public is encouraged to attend.

Did Ya Know?. . .Golden Reflections will meet at 10 a.m. on Wed., April 3rd. Carolyn Wyatt will present a short program about the General Federation of Women’s Service League of Carthage.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Friends of the Carthage Public Library will hold their Monthly Booksale from 8 a.m. until noon on Sat., April 6th, in the Library Annex.

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

today's laugh

"Do you know of any cures for insomnia?"
"Try talking to yourself."

Policeman: Here is your parking ticket.
Woman: And just what do you do when you catch a real criminal?
Policeman: I don’t know...all I ever catch are the innocent ones.


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


Railroad Man Claims to Have Lost $16.

John McGowan was badly beaten, cut up and robbed when the police found him last night, and as a result of his charges, Jim and Lee Hurt and Chas. Murto were arrested and tried this afternoon in McCune’s court.

McGowan’s face was battered and his clothes cut with a knife. He said he had $16 earned on the Frisco section; that he went to the Kreider alley off Second street with the three men who "killed" a bottle of "white mule;" that he refused to drink or to chip in on the booze; and that they then beat and robbed him of $16; demanding furthermore a check for railroad work which he had not in his possession.

Mrs. G. W. Ash, who has been visiting her mother-in-law at Lee’s Summit, returned this afternoon.

  Today's Feature

Johnson Reelected.

Mayor Kenneth Johnson became the first Carthage Mayor to be elected to a second term in over 50 years yesterday. The successful campaign netted Johnson 63% of the votes cast with his opponent Lujene Clark, the first woman ever to run for the office, bringing in 37%. The final vote count was 1175 for Johnson and 692 for Clark.

Nate Stokes garnered the largest number of votes for a School Board member with 1616. The two other seats open were filled by incumbents Tony Diggs with 1508, and Mike Wells with 1304. Incumbent Michael Woody was not reelected with 1,046 and Earnest Vaile followed with 916.

The run for Fourth Ward Council member was close throughout the evening as votes were counted. Absentee ballots showed Jim McPheeters 16, Carey Murphy 15. With one precinct in Murphy led incumbent McPheeters 131 to 123. The final was McPheeters 318 and Murphy 296.

The Fourth Ward turned out approximately 40% of its registered voters with 650 ballots being cast. Approximately 25% of registered voters cast ballots in the Mayoral race. Jasper County overall turned out 13%.

Just Jake Talkin'


The School Board election brought 2,609 ballots cast. Some interestin’ observations, for me anyway.

Not to take anything away from any candidate, but the votes for the most to the least followed exactly as the candidates appeared on the ballot. An interestin’ argument to bein’ the first on the list. But, with each ballot allowin’ three votes there were still choices to be made for sure. Ya gotta figure that Earnest Vaile with 916 had ta convince at least that many folks he was a better choice that at least two others. That is over a third of those votin.’

I don’t have the number of total registered voters in the district, but it looks like R-9 had a decent showin.’

Congratulations to the Fourth Ward for the great 40% turn out.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



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Weekly Column

Prime Time With Kids

by Donna Erickson

Sibling rivalry may be as old as Cain and Abel, but when your own kids start quibbling nonstop, it’s hard to accept the jealousy as normal behavior. It seems to start when a young child tries to understand why the new baby in the house isn’t just a visitor but is clearly there to stay!

If a second child has recently arrived in your home, here’s a great idea to help the preschool-age sibling along in understanding his own special abilities and how important he is to the family. It’s a simple bookmaking activity your child can make with you.

First, talk to your preschooler about his skills and abilities. Perhaps your child has learned how to count to 10, or how to hop. Jot down the achievements on scratch paper as you talk about them.

On a sheet of construction paper, use markers to print "My baby brother" or "My baby sister" at the top and finish the sentence with a characteristic about the new baby that fits one of the categories you discussed with the older sibling. For example, "My baby sister sleeps in a crib." Underneath, print a corresponding idea about the sibling, such as, "I sleep in a big bed." On a second sheet you may write, "My baby sister crawls" and "I can talk, run and skip." On a third sheet, "My baby sister eats rice cereal" and "I eat hamburgers." Continue for several pages, ending on the final page with something both children have in common, such as "My baby sister can smile." "I can smile too!"

Let your child illustrate the pages. For the cover of the book, glue photos of your preschooler and the baby on another sheet of paper and print the title in block letters, "My Baby Sister (or Brother) and Me." Punch holes along the left side of each sheet and tie the pages together with bright ribbon or yarn.


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