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Friday, March 1, 2002 Volume X, Number 180

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Fair Acres Family YMCA is currently accepting registrations for Youth Indoor Soccer and Adult Co-Ed Volleyball.

Did Ya Know?. . .The last chance to sign up for the Carthage Spring Season Soccer League will be from 9-11:30 a.m. on Sat., March 2nd, and Tues., March 5th at the 1st United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The cost is $15 per participant.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Family Literacy Council will begin its Chocolate Covered Easter Egg sales on Friday, March 1st. Eggs will be available for $2 each at local Carthage business or may be ordered by calling 358-5926.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Friends of the Carthage Public Library will have their monthly first Saturday Booksale from 8 a.m.-noon on Sat., March 2nd, at the Carthage Public Library Annex.

today's laugh

Grade one was having a lesson on birds. After some discussion the fact was established that birds eat fruit.
One little girl, however, was unconvinced.
"But, teacher," she asked, raising her hand," how can the birds open the cans?"

Prof.-"Name two pronouns."
Stude-"Who, me?"


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

Scalded at the Quarry.

G.W. Bennett, a quarryman for the Center Creek Stone, Co., was severely scalded with hot steam while at work in the quarry Monday. He was working with a portable steam drill and was handling the rubber steam pipe when the wire wrapping caught in his shirt and caused the hose to break. His left shoulder and arm received the full force of the scalding steam. Bennett came to town on the electric car and had his injuries dressed by Dr. Post. He is now recovering nicely.

A New Jack Record.

The South Carthage Mining plant yesterday broke all its old records and established a new one. Just 15,000 pounds of jack were cleaned up yesterday and the best ton was made in 50 minutes. That was from 2 o’clock to 2:50 p.m. This is said to beat the ton record of any other plant in the Carthage district by ten minutes.

  Today's Feature

LaHood Out of House Whip Race.

After spending nearly three months canvassing the House GOP Conference, Rep. Ray LaHood (Ill.) ended his underdog campaign for Majority Whip today and threw his support behind frontrunner Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).

"Reports from the folks on my steering committee have not been good," LaHood told Roll Call Daily. "I don't think it's possible to win that race."

"In politics 80 percent of it is timing," he added. "And it just isn't my time. It's Roy's time." LaHood informed Blunt about the decision in a phone call Tuesday morning and will circulate a letter about his decision to colleagues Tuesday afternoon. LaHood said that after talking to colleagues he decided that Blunt's lock on the post was so strong that it would "be impossible for anybody to win against him."

He also said he was not inclined to stay in the race just to see if the political climate would shift dramatically and perhaps leave him an opening down the road. The leadership vote will not be held until after the November Congressional elections.

"That's not my style," he said. "I'm not the type of person who wants to stay in the race hoping my opponent slips on a banana."

LaHood, who served as chief of staff to then Minority Leader Bob Michel (R-Ill.) before taking over the seat in 1995, also said he was impressed by the level of respect Blunt, the current Chief Deputy Whip, maintains within the Conference -- particularly among moderates.

He also praised Blunt's ability to round up the votes necessary to secure the No. 3 leadership job within days of current Majority Leader Dick Armey's (R-Texas) retirement announcement. Current Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas) has locked up the votes to replace Armey at the end of the year.

"Roy has paid attention to Members' concerns," LaHood said. "He really has a nice manner about him. He's got the experience and the respect. He has earned his right to the position."

LaHood, however, said his short-lived bid for Majority Whip may open the door to a future leadershipcampaign.

"I'd like to be in the leadership here," he said. "I hope they'll be another opportunity in the future."

New Pottery, Watercolors &
Fiber Exhibit Tonite!

by Robin Putnam, artCentral

Tonight we have the pleasure of bringing you another wonderful group of artists and their amazing works !!

The opening is from 6pm - 8pm and everyone is invited. This newest exhibit features the works of three local talents.....Tom Jones, Carthage and Jack and Lee Ann Sours, Dudenville. Tom is the art teacher at Jasper High School and has taught at our artCamp numerous times. He is quite an accomplished watercolorist !! His works are so vibrant you would swear the flowers were real!! He will have one painting at the opening that he is donating to a local fund raiser and wants to show it off. He says it is the best piece he has ever done !! That's pretty give away the best painting you've ever made.......we hope those receiving this donation realize it's value !!

Lee Ann Sours has worked with fibers for years and would go from raising the animals for their fleeces and working these into beautiful hand dyed, hand woven items such as throws, scarves and even jackets. A lot of work involved to get to that comfy blanket you wrap around yourself on chilly evenings !! She will be exhibiting some very large pieces of her felting works. These fibers are matted together ( and drug around the yard behind a lawn mower) to go from loose animal hairs to cloth like pieces she hand dyes. Designs are fashioned into these in a truly unique process and the outcome is astonishingly beautiful textile art. These felted screens are framed in oak and are free standing.

Jack has been working in clay for many years and has a style uniquely his own. His ceramics are all decorated in delicate detail.....representing hundreds of hours of work. He focuses on Celtic designs and knots. His high-fired, salt glaze pieces range from 4 foot tall storage jars to bean pots, tea pots, pitchers and coffee mugs. He call the useful pieces domestic ware.

Lately he has been working on a number of very large, ornate eagles. One very nice piece is a beautiful gray bird sitting on a pedestal for it's perch. The pedestal itself is truly a work of art with the intricate carvings adorning it.

All in all this is one show you really don't want to miss. These fine artists have exhibited with us before and hold the record for sales !! We are very proud and honored to have them back with us this year and hope you, too, will be just as awed as we are !!

Come out this evening for some great art, fine friends and good food !! We usually have a great time and no one is a stranger !! We hope to see you around the dining room table !!

More next week......For more info call 358-4404. Hours : Tuesday - Saturday 9am - 3pm.

Just Jake Talkin'


It was the classic final few seconds of the basketball game. My brother’s high school team was down by one point. The coach had the team on the sideline with a time out because my brother had just been fouled and was preparin’ for a 1 and 1 free throw. Classic.

The coach was tryin’ settle the team down and turned to my brother to soothe the nerves.

"I don’t care what anyone else thinks," he said, "I think you can make it."

My brother didn’t get a chance to win the game, ‘cause he missed his first attempt. No tellin’ what the coach woulda said to him if there was the game winnin’ throw on the line instead of the tiein’ shot. I’m sure he woulda come up with other memorable words of wisdom.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Oak Street health & herbs

Weekly Column

Natural Nutrition

by Mari An Willis

It has been quite a time since I was on my soap box for fair labeling issues. However, please be informed that there is a bill before legislation right now. HR3005, the Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority Act. One of the things in this bill HR3005 would negatively affect our everyday food choices. This bill could make it illegal to label GMO (genetically modified organisms) in food. Now why would that need to be illegal? I certainly want to know and certainly want the "right" to know.

An ABC news poll showed 93% of the public poled wants the federal government to REQUIRE informational labels on GMO foods. 52% believed GMO foods to be unsafe while 13% were unsure. If 93% of the public wanted required information and/or labeling, then why is it up for vote to make it "illegal?" It has to do with international trade...figure what they don’t know won’t hurt them either?

Some GMO health hazards may include:

1.) Cows injected with Bovine Growth Hormone produce milk with higher levels of a chemical hormone linked to breast, prostate and colon cancer. 2.) Some individuals with allergies may suffer from hidden foreign proteins often present and spliced into GMO foods. 3.) Cornell researchers discovered that pollen from genetically engineered corn was poisonous to Monarch butterflies. 4.) Wind carries pollen to adjoining crops. Sounds like simple things, but these only scratch the surface.

We know what you put in effects the quality of life...shouldn’t we have choices of foods which include ALL the information we need to make wise decisions?

This is important. Checking into this matter is worth your time.


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