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Monday, January 27, 2003 Volume XI, Number 155

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .Eminence Chapter #93 Order of the Eastern Star will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at the Carthage Masonic Temple, 7th & Maple. Eileen Johnson District Deputy Grand Matron 44th District will make her Official Visit.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Business and Professional Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, January 27th, 2003 at Arby's of Carthage. Janice Duncan, RN will speak about Nursing Home Quality Initiative. Interested persons are welcome.

Did Ya Know?. . .Oak Street Health & Herbs, 431 Oak St., will present an informational program from 5-7 p.m. on Tues., Jan. 28th by Pamela Harmell on "Digestion & Detoxification" followed by a question and answer session. This is a FREE presentation.

today's laugh

"I’m glad to find you as you are," said the old friend. "Your great wealth hasn’t changed you."

"Well," replied the candid millionaire, "it has changed me in one thing. I’m now ‘eccentric’ where I used to be impolite, and ‘delightfully witty’ where I used to be rude."

First Mosquito- "Why are you making such a fuss?"

Second Ditto- "Whoopee! I passed the screen test."


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


Principal Barnes, Prof. Hout, Miss Pratt and Miss Hattie Perry of the High school, headed by Superintendent Holiday, expect to spend the next week at the State Teachers’ meeting in St. Louis. Miss Kirke is undecided what she will do but will probably remain in Carthage. Miss Cupp says she expects to spend her time in grading examination papers. Miss White may go to her home to visit. Other teachers going to the St. Louis meet are Miss Grace Hutchenson, Miss Lilian Baker, Miss Grace McCarthy, W. N. Wharton, Chas. Russum and others.

At a special meeting of the basketball teams Friday afternoon it was decided to have three practices every week, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon under the instructorship of their coach, Miss Newell and one on Monday afternoon without her. The teams will practice at the old Republican headquarters.

  Today's Feature

Pop Art in Display in Courthouse

Newly elected County Clerk Ron Mosbaugh calls his hobby "Pop Art." Mosbaugh takes aluminum cans and cuts, bends and shapes them into model trucks, trains, motorcycles and planes. Some of the creations require over 200 cans to complete. A display of his handy work is currently on display in the lobby of the Carthage Jasper County Courthouse.

"It’s a hobby" explained Mosbaugh who has been honing his craft for 12 years.

He says he doesn’t know of anybody else who does it and during Christmas season several pieces were sold.

Mosbaugh says he occasionally takes his collection to shows and sells various pieces. A price sheet available at the security guard station last week showed prices ranging from a few dollars up to fifteen hundred dollars.

A interview with Eastern District Commissioner Jim Honey about the display brought into question the practice of offering items for sale in the Courthouse. The items now are for "display only."

"It was a misunderstanding," explained Honey, "and it won’t happen again."

Just Jake Talkin'


Carthage now has the distinction of havin’ two music venues.

The Woodshed has reopened and has shows scheduled on the first and third Friday evening of each month. These shows will carry a five dollar admission and feature a variety of regional talent. Typically two groups will perform per evening.

The Mudflats Jubilee is a free show each second and fourth Friday evening of each month. Mudflats has no scheduled entertainers but relies on various groups and individuals to provide entertainment.

Typically eight or nine acts have been showin’ up at Mudflats and providing a two to three hour show.

If you like a structured show, or like the spontaneity of takin’ your chances, Carthage has Friday evenings covered.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column


By Amy Anderson

February Festivals

Festival of Camellias

During the entire month of February, you can help celebrate this fragrant and colorful flower in Fort Valley, Ga. With 10 acres of blooms, Fort Valley’s Massee Lane Gardens have the world’s largest display of Boehm porcelains — a wonderful sight to behold. Check the Web site or call (478) 967-2358 for information on dates and times of special events at the gardens — fashion shows, Old South days, senior citizen days and more. There is a $5 admission fee, and parking is free.

Groundhog Day Celebration

There is only one spot to vacation on Feb. 2, and that’s Punxsutawney, Pa. Yep, it’s hands-down the best Groundhog Day celebration you’ll find, and Punxsutawney Phil is one fine, furry weatherhog. The folks in Punxsutawney are lots of fun, so check out the Web site or call (814) 938-7700 for more details on events to happen all weekend long and all over town.

Fire and Ice Winter Festival

Aurora, Colo., hosts the Fire and Ice Winter Festival at the Aurora Reservoir on Feb. 8. The folks there expect more than 8,000 visitors to their fest, whose events include a polar plunge, hay rides, bonfires, a chili cook-off, live music and more. There’s free admission, parking and a shuttle service. Check out or call (303) 739-1990 for more details.

Sleigh Ride Weekend

Billings Farm of Woodstock, Vt., features a fun-filled weekend of old-fashioned sleigh rides to fill the heart with joy for the waning winter. Perhaps this would be a lovely place to bring your loved one for Valentine’s Day, as the rides will be held the weekend of Feb. 15-17. Events begin at 3 p.m. at the farm, which is located at Route 12 and River Road. Call (802) 457-2355 for reservations or log on to for more information.

Don’t forget that Valentine’s Day falls on Friday, Feb. 14, and Presidents’ Day is celebrated on Monday, Feb. 17. February is also famous for Polar Plunges, a celebration in which people, for very little reason at all, jump into viciously cold bodies of water — mostly for charity or tradition, but sometimes just for the thrill of it. If you are near a body of water that’s cold and you are in need of a brisk dip, try shouting for all you are worth and jumping in — it’s quite a rush. Happy February!


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