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Friday, January 25, 2002 Volume X, Number 155

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Civil War Museum will be celebrating the birthday of Jasper County from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29th at the museum. Historians Marvin VanGilder, Steve Cottrell, and Steve Weldon will speak about the history of Jasper County at 12 noon. The public is encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Lodge #197 will present several members with 25 & 50 year pins on Saturday, Jan. 26th, 2002. An informal reception will begin at 8:00 a.m., with the pin presentation at 10:00 a.m. This is an open meeting, anyone interested is encouraged to attend.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Senior High Band Salad Luncheon will be held from 11a.m.- 1:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5th at the Fairview Christian Church. The cost is $4 to help pay for the band trip to San Antonio over spring break.

today's laugh

A fiery tempered Southern business man wrote the following letter:

"Sir, my stenographer, being a lady, cannot type what I think of you. I, being a gentleman, cannot think it. You, being neither, will understand what I mean."

To most children, the greatest seafood ever is saltwater taffy.


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

Increasing Coal Output.

Mack Weaks has secured a lot of picks and other mining tools and five additional miners and will go after the coal in earnest at his company’s new coal mine northwest of town. They now have ten miners at work and can hardly get the coal out as fast as wanted.

The coal is being sold at 8 cents a bushel at the shaft and is mostly taken away by country people.

Dinner Party for Former Illinoisans.

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hackney gave a dinner party last night to a company of friends, all of whom were former Illinoisans.

The guests were Mr. and Mrs. Glenn and Mr. and Mrs. Shields of Webb City, Dr. and Mrs. W. H. K. King, Judge and Mrs. R. D. Calkins.

A bounteous feast was spread and a good time was had by all.

  Today's Feature

Report on the Fire Department.

Fire Chief John Cooper distributed the Department annual report to Council members this week.

"Overall emergency responses in 2001 showed a small decrease over last year," says Cooper, "with increases in incidents, hazardous conditions, medical calls and residential fires. There were not any large incidents to speak of."

According to Battalion Chief Ron Hitchcock, over 3,000 people attended fire safety presentations by the Department. There were 536 tours given to kids from preschool to 4th grade students.

The report shows the comparison of various incidents between those in City limits and those in the outlaying fire district. In 2001 there were 1,501 incidents in Carthage compared to 677 incidents responded to by the Department.

Accidents accounted for 157 of the City incidents in 2001, compared to 125 for the previous year 2000. The majority of incidents recorded were for medical calls with 864.

Residential fires increased from 23 in 2000 to 26 in 2001 in the City.

"Love Letters" at Stone's Throw.

The delightful romantic comedy, "Love Letters," by A.R. Gurney at Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, Carthage runs February 1-2, and February 7-10, at the playhouse, 796 South Stone Lane, just west of Carthage Municipal Park, on Old Highway 66 Boulevard.

This offbeat, delightfully zany comedy, by the author of TOM SAWYER, THE MUSICAL and THE DINING ROOM, deals with the unspoken love relationship between a couple that begins in childhood and ends late in life, many decades later. This popular character study is composed of letters exchanged over a lifetime, beginning with postcards from summer camp.

Directed by Crystal Ingle, Joplin, and the play features Linda Bailey, Carthage, and Kelly Peterson, Joplin in roles that audiences will recognize with. According to Ingle, the two veteran performers give "near professional performances."

The show, which took Broadway by storm in 1989, has since been presented all over the country and the world, starring many high profile theatrical couples.

Andrew, (Kelly Peterson) grows up in love with the written word, scared to death of his own faults and shortcomings. He uses the pen to create an ideal world where he can express himself freely, especially to Melissa (Linda Bailey). Melissa, meanwhile, is even more forthright with her emotions in her letters, but struggles to find happiness in a wealthy but abusive family life that is anything but ideal.

As children, the letters are only a sweet addition to their time spent together. As they grow older, however, their lives branch off onto separate paths and the written word becomes their only means of communication. Andrew does his best to emulate the "perfect man" in the real world, while denying his emotions; Melissa, meanwhile, battling a suffocating loneliness, learns that money cannot buy happiness.

As seating is always limited at Stone’s Throw, prepaid reservations are required and may be made with credit card by calling the theatre at 417-358-9665 during regular business hours. The theatre box office will be opened beginning Monday, January 28, from 10 AM until 12 PM weekdays throughout the run of the show to handle prepaid reservations by cash, check, or season ticket. Tickets are $17.00 per person, including dinner. Tickets for seniors 50 or older are $16.00 as are tickets for youth 6-16 years. Tickets for groups of ten or more are also $16.00 per person.

Doors open at 6:00 PM evenings and at 12:30 PM on Sunday, with dinner served thirty minutes later. "Love Letters" is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York City; it is funded in part by Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. Financial support locally comes from Schmidt Associates, P.C., Carthage.

Chamber Annual Banquet Awards.

At the Chamber Annual Banquet awards were presented to memebrs of the community. Larry Glaze received the Artist Award, and Sue Joslen received the Athena Award. Cheryle Finley was presented the Chairman’s Award. Diane McWilliams, Susanna Smith, Mike Endicott, Robert Nuckles, John McAfee, and Pat Wakefield received the Golden Key Award. The Small Business of the Year Award went to Mike Tichenor of Main Street Mercantile. The Richard M. Webster Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Terry McDonald.

Neither Snow, Nor Snow, Nor Gloom of Night.

by Robin Putnam, artCentral

Now that was an opening night to remember !!! Who would have thought we would have had such a full house with such scary weather looming.......From the beginning ( our new begining.....5 yrs ago ) we decided not to cancel our openings even if it meant 3 of us would have to eat all the hors d'oeuvres by ourselves !!! We can't begin to thank all of our loyal supporters !! It was SOOOO great to see folks arriving...and somewhat comical, too.......our steep driveway and the dusting of snow made for a very slippery entrance !!

Again a million thanks to all those who braved the weather and joined us !! Guess the snow made everyone really hungry as they cleaned up every last stuffed mushroom, salmon canapé and spinach and artichoke morsel, then headed to Shellie's to check out that exhibit and they ate again, there !!!! We've always said nothing goes better together than art, great friends and good food !!!

'Unveiled' will run through February 22 so you have plenty of time to stop in and see what's going on. We ended up with about twenty-three artists and around sixty-five pieces of art !! What a great turn out all together !! No awards or prize money was given out but the general censuses was that in the 2 dimensional ( paintings, pastel, drawings, etc.) category that our very own Matt Myers' works were awe inspiring and in a 3 dimensional category Lynn Ware's porcelain sculptures were totally awesome !! We proudly claim these two as members and some of our best helpers and supporters !!! A big thanks to all the artists who participated !!

A bit of celebrating has been going on around here.......we are very pleased and proud to say that this last year we were able to sustain ourselves on our membership dues and the small commission we take from each piece of artwork sold !! This is a huge thing in our little world and we couldn't have done it without our members and our patrons !!

Of course, without the gracious and generous Katherine Hyde we wouldn't be where we are today and we thank her from the bottom of our hearts for having the foresight to have set up a trust that would, years after her passing, offer a lifesaving hand to our little cultural oasis.......

For more info just call 358-4404. Hours are Tues - Sat. 9am - 3pm. Or check out

Just Jake Talkin'


In the small town where I grew up, I guess ‘bout ever’one was on the fire department. The siren would go off and folks from all over town would scramble to the station for the ride on one a the two trucks owned by the community.

Those who missed the truck would arrive at various intervals in their private vehicles.

I don’t remember ever havin’ an actual house fire in town, mostly grass fires out in the country.

‘Course at the time I wasn’t old enough ta hitch a ride, but I’d run to the fire house and watch the trucks pull out with the lonesome red light on top slowly blinkin’ and the siren singin’. When the truck pulled back in, folks would wander back to their regular jobs. Not real excitin’, but always a good sign.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Oak Street health & herbs

Weekly Column

Natural Nutrition

by Mari An Willis

Our physical body is like a magnificent machine. It is composed of the same elements as earth and must be properly maintained. "We must realize that we are what we eat." Because of our busy lifestyles and the fact that we are overly stressed we rely too much on fast and overly processed foods often deficient of the proper nutrients to keep us healthy. It fills the hole, but that is all. Our organs become overtaxed and soon congested.

Many of our "dis-ease" may come from congestion in the various organs. Which in turn effects the entire body. Fortunately, we can begin a detoxification process for our bodies. We are in charge of what goes in and we can change habits. I personally have never heard so many young adults having their gallbladders removed. My daughter, who has had some problems herself, thinks it is because of the "french-fry generation." One of the easiest foods to hand over to the backseat and keep a toddler quiet. Not a good idea IF (and that is only my opinion of observation) that is what is causing some of these problems. If you are eating only bad oils, consider your omega-oils as a balance. Get more oxygen. It is necessary for every cell, and tissue and each function of the body. Treat yourself well, smile frequently and practice the golden rule.


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