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Wednesday, April 25, 2007 Volume XV, Number 219

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Musical Devotees April Program will be held Sunday, April 29th at 3:00 p.m. The Keynotes Piano Recital led by Bob Harris will be the program, to be held at the First Methodist Church, Carthage. Public Invited, light refreshments to follow the program.

Did Ya Know?... Carthage Senior High School’s Annual Big Man on Campus Pageant will be held Fri., April 27 at 7 p.m. at the High School auditorium. The raffle ticket winner of the 2007 Dodge Charger will be drawn that evening. Raffle tickets still available. Duke Mason will host this event. All proceeds go towards Project Graduation.

Did Ya Know?... A Master Gardener will be available to answer gardening questions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. through August 10. Sponsored by the University of Missouri Extension. Call 358-2158 or stop by the Jasper County University of Missouri Extension Center in the basement of the Jasper County Courthouse.

today's laugh

There is no such thing as fun for the entire family. - Jerry Seinfeld

I used to proclaim that laughter was the best medicine... until my family doctor sued me for practicing without a license.

No horse can go as fast as the money you bet on him. - Nate Collier

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

Pocketbook Lost and Found.

Mrs. G.C. Kellogg lost her pocketbook containing $42 in the gutter in front of the First National bank this afternoon. Oran Henning picked it up and left word at the bank and stores near by. A half hour later Mrs. Kellogg recovered her property. She was fortunate to recover it, as not everyone would have been as honest in the matter as was Mr. Henning.

A Bicycle Stolen.

Sometime yesterday afternoon or night a bicycle was stolen from W.E. Ford’s implement store. It is not positively know whether it was stolen from in front of the store building during the afternoon or from inside the building it night, but it is believed that it must have been taken from the rack in front of the store.

The wheel taken is a Moline Model, a man’s wheel, brand new. The tires are vim tires and the wheel can thus be readily traced as vim tires are somewhat rare.


Today's Feature

First Hearing.

The Budget/Ways and Means Committee met Monday evening to discuss the City budget for Fiscal year 2008.

City Administrator Tom Short spoke first, giving an overview for the budget, outlining the main policy issues recommended by the Budget committee. These policies requested that department heads prepare a "maintenance" request which maintains the current level of services; and that department heads "hold the line" on personnel. Additional priorities outlined by Short included the proposed improvements to the Tree City Program, improved conditions in City parks, annexation of "islands" within the City limits, economic growth, a comprehensive plan and improvement to the quality of life.

The agencies that presented budget requests during Monday’s meeting included the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Carthage Chamber of Commerce, Humane Society, Over 60 Center, Carthage Youth Softball, Carthage Merchants American Legion Baseball, Carthage Little League Baseball and the Carthage Library. (For requested amounts, see Agency Requests)

A representative from each agency was allowed time to speak to the committee to outline services provided, expenditures and areas for improvement. The committee asked several questions during each session.

One notable increase over last year’s request came from the Carthage Library. The Library board is requesting to use funding from the Parks and Stormwater Tax this year to assist with increased operational costs in the new expansion to the Library. Library representative Jennifer Seaton said that utility costs were expected to increase at least 50% when the new addition is open. The voter-approved Parks and Stormwater Tax is allowed to be used for this purpose. City Administrator Short noted that the funding was limited and that not all of the money is to be used for the Library, saying that it would be up to the committee to decide how much should be appropriated for that use.

The meeting ran according to schedule and was adjourned at 9:15 p.m., having started at 6:30 p.m. Committee chair Bill Johnson said he felt the meeting "went well."

The second hearing, for City departments, is scheduled for this evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Departments on the agenda include; Fire, Emergency Management, Police, Taxi, Parks & Recreation, Golf, Pool, Streets, Street Engineer Projects, Public Works, Landfill, Public Health, City Attorney, Administration, Memorial Hall, Civil War Museum and Central Municipal Activities. The hearings are open to the public.

Agency Requests.

A list of each agency from Monday’s Budget meeting, the amount requested for the Fiscal 2008 budget, and the amount approved for this year, the Fiscal 2007 Budget.

Convention & Visitors Bureau

2008 Request: $122,000

2007 Approved: $116,00

Carthage Chamber of Commerce

2008 Request: $106,720

2007 Approved: $85,000

Humane Society

2008 Request: 20,400

2007 Approved: $19,200

Over 60 Center

2008 Request: $21,000

2007 Approved: $22,000

Carthage Youth Softball

2008 Request: $2,000

2007 Approved: $2,000

American Legion Baseball

2008 Request: $2,000

2007 Approved: $1,000

Carthage Little League Baseball

2008 Request: $2,000

2007 Approved: $2,000

Carthage Library

2008 Request: $54,500

2007 Approved: $0

Just Jake Talkin'

It’s the time a year that folks start payin’ close attention to the weather. Those thunder clouds start rollin’ and spinnin’ gets the hair up on the back of the neck for anyone who has been close to a tornado.

I’ve never been smack dab in the middle of one, but have on occasion been hunkered down within’ a few blocks from the path. I have felt a travel trailer raise up a might as one passed over head.

Like most, I don’t have an unnatural fear of natural disasters, but I do have a healthy respect for the power of a twister in the spring time. I’ve heard various suggestions over the years as ta how to deal with a tornado comin’ your way. The best of all is the simple "DUCK." Keep your head down and let it blow over. Not bad advice for other adverse situations too I suppose.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail

Here's A Tip
By JoAnn Derson

• "My husband travels for business quite often, and he maintains a list of items that he always brings with him, to assist in packing. I have adapted this idea to our personal travels, and I maintain three lists of items on my computer, each with a different heading: weekend trip, family visit and vacation destination. I have the appropriate items listed, and we are packed in no time at all. I have even included reminders for holiday trips on the family visit list, and they can all be customized before printing." -- H.M. in Wisconsin

• "I usually get plastic bags when going to do grocery shopping, but I have the bagger package all frozen foods together in a paper bag. The bag is easily identifiable so it can be taken inside and put away first." -- A.D. in Washington

• "My latest best buy: a dozen pretty king-size pillowcases. What I did with them: garment bags for clothes in storage. The fabric keeps dust off while letting air circulate. They are the perfect size and work magnificently for my semi-fancy dresses. All the best!" -- C.C. in Texas

• If you have a messy toddler, spouse or pet, or if you’ve ever had a $50 blouse ruined by goodness-knows-what, you are going to want to rush to your bookstore for a copy of Good Housekeeping’s "Stain Rescue." This amazing little book retails for $12.95, and features a comprehensive A-to-Z list of stain busters. Also included is a chapter on TLC for Heirloom Textiles. There’s no better reference for identifying and treating laundry and fabric stains than this book.

•Tomatoes stop ripening once they are refrigerated. Ripen to taste at room temperature, then refrigerate.

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