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Wednesday, December 11, 2002 Volume XI, Number 124

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Humane Society’s Gift Shop for Pets and Pet Lovers will be open from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14th. A mini "Flea Market" will also be featured. Santa arrives at 11:30 for pictures. Proceeds help Carthage’s neediest animals. Vendors may call 358-6808.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Masonic Lodge #197 will have a special guest at the regular communication at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 12th. RWB Larry Ross will be making a short presentation on the 10-4-10, the Endowment, and Masonic license plate programs from the Grand Lodge. All area Masons are encouraged to attend.

today's laugh

She was only a bottlemaker’s daughter, but nothing could stop her.

When you buy a car, you don’t run into debt; you ride into it.

I went Christmas shopping and got Santa Claus-trophobia.

Early to bed and early to rise is a sure sign that you’re fed up with television.

She was only a quarryman’s daughter, but she took everything for granite.


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


Goes to Aid King’s Daughters Hospital and the Y.M.C.A.

The Union Missionary Society of Carthage has found a way to dispose of its surplus funds in a laudable home work. It was decided to divide the funds on hand between the local Y.M.C.A. and the hospital fund of the King’s Daughters.

Mrs. Byron Morgan treasurer of the Union Missionary Society yesterday presented President Flora of the Y.M.C.A. a check for a substantial sum, and it is understood that the King’s Daughters also received their portion of the fund yesterday. The latter will apply their money to the hospital, which is eventually to be built and for which they have on hand over $2,000, while the Y.M.C.A. fund will be applied to the general work.

  Today's Feature

Jasper County Tax Distribution.

Stephen H. Holt, Jasper County Collector, has announced $7,808,179.41 was collected by his office for the month of November 2002.

This amount includes $5,561,064.43 in 2002 real estate taxes, $76,147.78 in 2001 real estate taxes, and $2,097.78 in 2000 real estate taxes.

Also collected was $2,103,695.92 in 2002 personal property taxes, $42,943.81 in 2001 personal property taxes, $6,209.90 in 2000 personal property taxes, and $4,915.54 in 1999 personal property taxes.

$652.00 in duplicate receipts, $10,275.00 in merchants licenses, $120.00 in publication fees, and $57.25 in miscellaneous fees.

Distribution of the $5,833,302.03 allocated to schools in Jasper County is as follows: Carl Junction R-I, $1,521,341.44; Sarcoxie R-II, $131,897.44; Golden City R-III, $7,244.44; Diamond R-IV, $11,060.51; Jasper R-V, $73,002.29; Webb City R-VII, $768,799.71; Joplin R-VIII, $2,385,473.69; Carthage R-IX, $903,385.01; Avilla R-XIII, $31,097.50.

Just Jake Talkin'


The Carthage Library Board met with the City Council Budget/Ways and Means Committee this week to discuss the proposed $4.27 million expansion of the library.

The general plan is for about half the cost to come from private donations, the rest to be paid in some fashion from taxes. ‘Course any tax would have to be approved by the taxpayers in a general election.

The City has no actual authority over the Library Board by state statute, but does become somewhat involved when it comes to collectin’ taxes.

The Budget Committee voted to recommend to the Council that a resolution showing support for an eight cent sales tax .

After such a resolution, it will be up to the Library Board to convince the voters the tax is worth it.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column



By Amy Anderson

Victorian Christmas

There’s no doubt about it: Those who love Victoriana love Christmas. Is there any other season that lends itself quite so completely to the ornate embellishments of Victorian decorating? Like silver bells and a white Christmas, they just go together. As evidence, I present to you the following lavishly decorated castles and manor houses, and a few special Victorian Christmas viewing opportunities from around the country:

Victorian Christmas at Miramont Castle

Miramont Castle, in the Pike’s Peak/Manitou Springs region of Colorado, plays host to Victoriana all year long. As a museum, it carries the responsibility of preserving the area’s Victorian heritage. But it loves to get dressed up for the season. See lavish decorations and experience live entertainment, and enjoy crafts and baked goods as well on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout December. For more information and directions, call (719) 685-1011.

Victorian Christmas at Maymont

This former home of Major and Mrs. James Dooley in Richmond, Va., is all decked out at the Christmas season. There’ll be carriage rides, carolers and even wassail. Admission to the grounds is free, but for a mere $12-$15 per person (reservations required), you can tour the home and grounds by candlelight in a horse-drawn carriage. How romantic! For more information on Maymont, log on to or call (804) 358-7166.

Victorian Front Porch Christmas

Opelika, Ala., hosts this truly neighborhood event. The front porches of more than 30 historical homes will be decorated by a local artist and displayed for a long weekend of fun. Beginning Thursday, Dec. 12, and running through Sunday the 15th, the porches will be available for those doing their viewing by car. But on Saturday, you must view on foot. The streets will be blocked off to make room for traveling carolers and neighbors in period costume, and live entertainment can be enjoyed by all. For more info, call (800) 321-8880 or log on to

Window Wonderland

Franklin, N.C., shows its best in a Victorian fashion show of sorts. Running through Dec. 13, from 5-8 p.m., you’ll find the downtown shop windows filled with live models depicting old-fashioned scenes. Free refreshments. Call (828) 524-6964.


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