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Friday, September 19, 2003 Volume XII, Number 66

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has issued a Code Yellow Alert for all blood types. A blood drive will be held at the Carthage Health & Rehab Center, Carthage, 1901 Buena Vista, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19th.

Did Ya Know?. . .Soroptimist International of Carthage will be having a Rummage Sale, Saturday, September 20, 7:00 A.M.-1:30 P.M., 1208 S. Garrison (Ulmer Funeral Home Community Center). Proceeds fund area scholarships and community service projects.

Did Ya Know?. . . "Team Up & Read Up," with the St. Louis Rams for a Fall Reading Program for readers 6-years-old and up. Program runs from Sept. 15th through Oct. 31st. Call 237-7040 or come by the Carthage Public Library YPL desk for more information.

today's laugh

And there was the man who told his children that Christmas was on December 28th so he could take advantage of the after-Christmas clearance sales.

"One time I won a prize in arithmetic. The teacher asked us what was 2 x 20 and I said 34."
"You know that was wrong - 2 x 20 is 40."
"I was closer to it than anyone in the class."

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

Called to Father’s Bedside.

Mrs. Will Lemley, of Quincy, Ill., and Mrs. J. M. Stayner, of Colfax, Iowa, the latter accompanied by her son Harry, arrived here today, called to the bedside of the their father, S. H. Thomas.

Mr. Thomas appeared to be sinking all day today and all hope for the old gentleman’s recovery has been abandoned.

A Wise Suggestion.

If, instead of quarreling over the conflicting propositions, that lock jaw caused by toy pistols is occasioned by a germ in the powder, and it is on the skin and carried into the circulation by the powder, the scientists would inaugurate a campaign against the toy pistol itself and they would command the gratitude of the community.

  Today's Feature

The Official Minutes.

now available at



SEPTEMBER 11, 2003

The Carthage City Council met in regular session on the above date at 7:30 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers with Mayor Kenneth Johnson presiding. Mayor Johnson ask for a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims of the 9-11 tragedy. Chief John Cooper gave the invocation and Chief Veach led the flag salute. Due to a lack of quorum on Tuesday, September 9, 2003, the meeting was moved to the above date.

The following Councilmembers answered roll call: Claude Newport, Mike Harris, Bill Fortune, Ron Wells, Jackie Boyer, Diane Sharits, Ron Ferguson, Bill Welch, Don Stearnes, and Jim Woestman. City Attorney David Mouton and City Administrator Tom Short were present.

On motion by Mrs. Boyer, second by Mrs. Sharits, minutes of the August 26, 2003, meeting were approved as submitted.

Reporting for the Budget Ways and Means Committee, Mrs. Boyer stated the Committee met on this date. The Civic Enhancement Fund has $35,000.00 of which $5,500.00 would be designated for the Kellogg Lake fountain in the form of a council bill to be presented at a later date to the council as a budget adjustment. This is for a major renovation rather than a fix of the fountain. Mrs. Boyer announced a request to designate the CVB, as the official destination marketing association will be presented to the council at a later date. The committee reviewed bids for computers in the administrator’s office from NeoTech, $1,189.00 and Heartland Technology, $1,198.00. Mrs. Boyer made a motion to accept the low bid of $1,189.00 from NeoTech with Mr. Wells seconding. Motion carried. Mrs. Boyer explained the Fire Department had damage to sirens with costs exceeding budget allocations and further discussion by this committee and Public Safety Committee is necessary. The committee also discussed investigating long term solutions to the continual individual computer upgrades within the city.

Mr. Stearnes reported the Finance Committee met in council chambers on this date and the only business was to review the claims report.

Reporting for the Public Services Committee, Mr. Woestman stated the committee met September 2, 2003 in the Park Department Office. First item discussed was the recommendation of an architect for the CDBG project on the Over-Sixty Center and the committee chose Hunter & Millard after discussion of the three received bids. There were no fees attached to the bids according to the conditions in the grant and the decision was based on qualifications. It will be presented later in the meeting as a council bill. Mr. Woestman disclosed the bids received to sell the dump truck from the Park Department which were as follows: E&R Pallets, $951.00 and Robert Arnce, $555.00. Mr. Woestman made a motion to accept the bid of $951.00 with Mr. Newport seconding. Motion carried. Requisition No. 45 to pay CW&EP for lights at the Fair Acres Complex in the amount of $6585.25 and the contract with the Family Y for flag football will both be on the agenda later for council approval as recommended by the committee. Mr. Woestman detailed the efficiency of the new floor-cleaning machine at Memorial Hall.

Reporting for the Public Safety Committee, Mr. Harris announced the committee was between meetings.

Mr. Fortune reported the Public Works Committee met September 2 and discussed the Special Road Tax funding which requires first class counties to provide road projects within the city. Mr. Shelley provided a list of roads and Mr. Fortune made a motion to approach the County with these projects with Mr. Newport seconding. Motion carried. The approximate cost to the County will be $55,000.00 and it includes the following roads: South River from Airport Drive to Fir Road; Fir Road to River and Grand; Morgan Heights Road from Country Club Road to Robert Ellis Young Drive. Mrs. Boyer questioned the number of past years the city was eligible for the road projects from the county and Mr. Fortune responded. Mr. Fortune explained there would be a public hearing and first reading for an annexation later in the council meeting.

The following Special Committees and Board Liaison reports were presented: Mrs. Sharits reported on the Victorian Carthage meeting.

Mayor Johnson presented a report on activities attended since the last council meeting.

Mr. Short, Chief Veach, Chief Cooper and Mr. Proffer presented staff reports.

The Claims Report was given showing claims against the following funds: General Revenue $264,439.78; Public Health $2,004.38; Powers Museum $6,582.76; Lodging $10,269.00; Library Operating $27,255.64; McCune-Brooks Hospital $965,609.02; Carthage Water & Electric $1,818,201.40; Mr. Stearnes made a motion to accept the report and allow the claims with Mrs. Sharits seconding. Motion carried.

There was no response from the audience during the Citizen Participation Period.

Under Old Business, C.B. 03-54 an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute an Agreement and accompanying Certificates of Resolutions with UMB Banc Leasing Corp. for a three-year lease purchase financing of a high capacity rotary rough mower for the golf course was placed on second reading followed by a roll call vote of 10 yeas, no nays. Bill passes.

C.B. 03-55 an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement with Southwestern Bell for a Plexar II Fixed Rate Plan for local telephone service was placed on second reading followed by a roll call vote of 10 yeas, no nays. Bill passes.

C.B. 03-57 an ordinance annexing certain adjacent territory into the City of Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri was placed on second reading followed by a roll call vote of 10 yeas, no nays. Bill passes.

Under New Business, a Public Hearing on proposed annexation of certain adjacent territory with specific zoning classifications into the City of Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri was held with no one appearing in opposition. Mrs. Boyer questioned the procedure when a Public Hearing and a first reading were in the same meeting.

Approval of Bank Requisition No 45 in the amount of $6,585.25 for Fair Acres Expansion Project was presented. On motion by Mr. Woestman, seconded by Mrs. Boyer, the motion was unanimously approved.

C.B 03-58 an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute an Agreement with the Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council to provide consulting services for the Community Development Block Grant for the Over-Sixty Center project in the amount of $18,300.00 was placed on first reading with no action taken.

C.B. 03-59 an ordinance annexing certain adjacent territory with specific zoning classifications into the City of Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri was placed on first reading. Mr. Stan Schmidt gave a presentation concerning the proposed development for the area. After questions from Mr. Welch, Mrs. Boyer, Mr. Ferguson, Mr. Stearnes, Mr. Woestman, Mr. Harris, Mr. Wells, and Mr. Newport, no action was taken. Mr. Proffer gave additional information on the annexation area.

C.B. 03-60 an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement with Hunter & Millard Architects, Inc. for architectural design services for expansion of the Over-Sixty Center as part of the Community Development Block Grant was placed on first reading with no action taken. Mrs. Boyer questioned the final design approval process.

C.B. 03-61 an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter into an agreement with the Fair Acres Family YMCA for use of the practice soccer field at the Fair Acres Sports Complex for the 2003 fall flag football season was placed on first reading with no action taken.

The following Mayor’s Appointments were presented: Gloria Lawrence, Mike McPherson, Steve Leibbrand, Alan Bull and Tom Short were all re-appointed to the Fourth of July Committee for a one year term. Mrs. Boyer made a motion to accept the appointments with Mr. Woestman seconding. Motion carried.

Resolution No. 1489 authorizing the offering for sale of certificates of participation for the City of Carthage, Missouri was presented. On motion by Mr. Fortune and seconded by Mr. Newport the resolution was unanimously approved.

Mayor Johnson, Mr. Harris, Mr. Wells, Mrs. Campbell, Mrs. Boyer, Mrs. Sharits, Mr. Stearnes and Mr. Woestman made closing remarks.

There being no further business, Mr. Woestman made a motion to adjourn the meeting with Mr. Stearnes seconding. Meeting adjourned at 8:38 P.M.


ATTEST: Lynn Campbell, City Clerk

Congratulations to MGA Participants.

By Lee Sours, artCentral

A fine variety of artwork was presented at the Midwest Gathering of the artists. ArtCentral members Bob Tommey, Andy Thomas and Bill Snow were among the high sellers at the auction. Congratulations to our award winners Martha Unruh, Richard Logsdon and the above mentioned high selling artists. And a big thanks to the award sponsors. We also appreciate the organizers for organizing and feeding us.

Currently on exhibit at artCentral are the works of two pastel artists Julie Mayser and Mary Ellen Pitts. The opening was last Friday. If you haven’t seen it yet, stop by and take a look. It is well worth it. They are getting rave reviews, especially Julie’s "Bridge Over Troutful Waters" which is a scene of a plank bridge, and Mary Ellen’s "Magic Moment on Shoal Creek. There is one she calls "Collin’s Barn" but that title seems wrong to me. It looks exactly like the old stone barn I’ve loaded feed and hay out of hundreds of times. I think it’s my old barn. Their work is well done with appealing subject matter.

The invitations have been mailed for our Maple Leaf Wine Tasting and Silent Auction Benefit. If you haven’t received one yet, call us to request one.

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Sunday 12 -5 Closed Mon. and Sat. 1110 E 13th 358-4404

Just Jake Talkin'


Although the official minutes of most meetin’s don’t really give the flavor of the discussion, they do record those events, such as votes, that need to be placed on the record. We don’t intend to make a habit of just puttin’ the minutes on the front page, but the availability of the minutes of City meetin’s on the City’s new web site may give citizens a better understandin’ of what actually goes on at those meetin’s. Today’s feature is intended to inform, but mainly it is intended to make folks aware of the City’s efforts to put information in front of the community.

The web site is suppose to continue to grow and make findin’ out where and how to accomplish various "City" business easier. The power of information.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Oak Street health & herb

Weekly Column

Natural Nutrition

By MariAn Willis

Oh that taste of fall! One of the finest feelings after a long hot summer. Time for walnuts to be feverishly hidden by the squirrels and the cat to get fat again

Quick review of a couple of antioxidants:

Alpha Lipoic Acid is a water and fat soluble antioxidant known as the "universal antioxidant" because it is able to travel to parts of the body through water or the fat. It is able to conserve and prolong the life of Vits C& E, increasing their effectiveness. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) has been studied for its use as a metal detoxifier, particularly for mercury and cadmium. We are exposed to these toxic metals in several ways including car exhausts and cigarette smoke. ALA binds them and neutralizes them for excretion.

Zinc is a water soluble mineral. It is an essential mineral which plays a role in the proper functioning of many body systems including the immune system. Zinc increases T-lymphocytes, one of the substances produced by the immune system to fight infection. It is also known for its’ function in healthy prostrate and rapid wound healing.

Since my new granddaughter arrived, I find myself going to Texas more frequently to visit my family. On these trips, I consume the most common of antioxidants, Vit. C, to boost the immune system and help compensate for the stress of a long drive. With the fall here, the beauty of the drive is just the relaxation I need to renew my passion for herbs and love of Missouri’s landscapes. Makes me glad I am here where I plan to stay.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnosis nor prescribe.

* This article is meant for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. References available by request.

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