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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 Volume XI, Number 119

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Friends of the Carthage Public Library will hold their quarterly business meeting at 1:30 p.m. in the Library Annex on Wednesday, Dec. 4th.

Did Ya Know?. . .Golden Reflections will have a TOPS program, offered by Fern Hickey and Bingo at 10 a.m. on Wed., Dec. 4th in the McCune-Brooks Hospital cafeteria. Call 359-2347 for more information.

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.

today's laugh

If I were honest, there are a number of red lights that I have driven through. But on the other hand, I’ve stopped at a lot of green lights that I’ve never gotten credit for.

Drive carefully. Remember: A car is not the only thing that can be recalled by its maker.

Customer: I’d like to try on the suit in the window.
Salesman: Sorry, sir, but you’ll have to use the dressing room.


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

A Frisco Engineer Badly Hurt.

J. W. Meredith, who was at Monett last night, reports a sad accident there yesterday evening, the victim of which was a Frisco engineer named White. White is an old engineer formerly in the employ of L & N, and had but recently gone to work for the Frisco.

Last night he was starting to take his engine out for his regular run between Monett & Springfield, and in going down the track he jumped aside to get out of the way of a car which was being switched. In doing so he sprang right in front of an engine running swiftly on the next track. He was knocked down and his left foot and right hand were so badly crushed that he will lose both.

Harry Leggett was smashed on the head by a boulder in the Prairie Chicken mine at Joplin yesterday, and is the second recent victim there.

  Today's Feature

Stone’s Throw Christmas Production.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the next production of Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, will be presented Dec. 12 thru 15 and Dec. 19 thru 22. The location of the theatre is 796 South Stone Lane, Carthage. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. weekdays and at 1:00 p.m. Sunday. The show follows dinner.

The production is written by Barbara Robinson, produced by arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., and is directed by William Roehling. This story is about the awful Herdman kids who take over the Church Christmas Pageant.

Featured in Stone’s Throw cast are: Brenna Barksdale, Betty Bell, Chelsa Borland, Elisia Conrardy, Jerry Cooper, Lincoln Cooper, Connor Cooper, Jeremy Daughtery, and James Flanigan, all from Carthage.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is appropriate for all age groups. For reservations or information or information call 417-358-9665, 417-358-7268 or email Box office personnel will be at 417-358-9665 beginning on December 9th at 10 a.m. through 12 noon.

Just Jake Talkin'


The cool weather last weekend was just right to put an edge on my exercise of seein’ how close I could come to a nail without doin’ enough damage to my fingers so I would be forced to lay down the hammer.

Workin’ from a ladder, I was placed in the position where I could strike justice with both my right and left hand, thus givin’ equal time for both sides of the story.

Bein’ prone to favor my right hand for hammer swingin’, I was more accurate, usually, but also did more damage when I miscalculated. When swingin’ with the left hand, I was only able to inflict a little sting, but that one good shot with my stronger right handed swing resulted in a swell blood blister. It’s amazin’ how well the voice travels through the neighborhood on a quiet, cool afternoon, from the top of a twenty foot ladder. Even the squirrels scattered.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



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By Amy Anderson

December Festivals

The month of December is filled with holiday gatherings. As the weather turns colder and winter settles in, we see an increase in community events. Check your local paper or community Web site to find out what’s happening in your area — festivals of trees, First Nights and holiday crafts markets are overflowing. But if you are searching for something of a holiday twist, consider these four events in the month of December.

Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering

During the first weekend in December, the Del E. Webb Center in Wickenburg, Ariz., hosts the 14th Annual Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering. Beloved for its nostalgic images of the Old West, cowboy poetry is a longstanding tradition. Come see some of the masters perform onstage (Sky Shivers and Jean Prescott) or see up-and-comers at the theme sessions. Sunday’s ticket includes a nondenominational cowboy worship service. For more information, call (928) 684-5479 or log on to

Electronic Music Midwest

On the campus of Lewis University, in Romeoville, Ill., you will find an annual gathering (now in its fourth year) of electronica aficionados. Admission is free, and concerts run from Thursday, Dec. 5, to
Saturday, Dec. 7. For a schedule go to or call the campus at (815) 836-5619.

Pirates in Paradise

Key West, Fla., plays host to pirates of all ages from now through Dec. 8. Historical ships will be docked in Key West’s historic seaport, balls and parties will be thrown, and fight circles and swashbuckling swordplay will be seen throughout the town streets. Look out especially for the living history encampments, or better yet, get on a ship and go for a pirate cruise (no pillaging, please). Prices vary by event, but many are family-friendly and free. For more information, log on to or call (305) 296-9694.

Indio International Tamale Festival

Indio, Calif., once again celebrates the tamale as a traditional holiday food in Hispanic culture. And what a spicy festival it is. Held Dec. 7-8 on the streets of Old Town Indio from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can expect food, family fun and hot performers. To get details, call (760) 342-6532 or log on to


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