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Friday, January 5, 2007 Volume XV, Number 141
Did Ya Know?... The
Friends of the Carthage Public Library will hold
their monthly used booksale from 8:00 a.m. until
noon on Saturday, January 6 in the Library Annex,
510 S. Garrison Ave.
Did Ya Know?... The
winter session of Wednesday morning preschool
storytimes will begin January 10, at 10 a.m. in
the Library Annex.
Did Ya Know?...
Representatives from the Missouri Department of
Natural Resources including DNR Director Doyle
Childers will be at the Carthage Courthouse on
Friday, January 5 from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. to speak
with City and County officials on environmental
issues of local concern. The meeting is open to
I never panic when I get lost.
I just change where it is I want to go. - Rita
I was walking down the street
with my friend, and he said, "I hear
music." As if theres any other way to
take it in. - Mitch Hedberg
My mom is a neat freak. If she
adopted a highway, shed mop it once a week.
Shed reroute traffic: "Dont
drive on my clean freeway!" - Daniel Liebert
I used to be a hot tar roofer.
Yeah, I remember that day. - Mitch Hedberg
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Won Appealed Case.
Judge Howard Gray received
word from the supreme court yesterday that his client
J.D. McCrillis had won in the McCrillis vs. Thomas suit,
the decision of the lower court being affirmed.
The suit was one over the
dower interest in the property at the northwest corner of
Fourth and Main streets where the Allen building and
other property stands.
Business Changes on
Chas. Higdon, who has been
running a grocery store at the corner of McGregor and
Vine streets, moved Friday into a new store room a half
block south on the west side of North McGregor street,
which he build on the same lot with the residence he
Coal heaters, ranging from
$7 to $12. You can get your moneys worth if you buy
one. If you save a dollar, you are one dollar ahead.
Jerry N. Taylor Phone 560
Director Chad Wampler presented the Public Works
Committee with the year end construction report
at the meeting earlier this week. According to
the report the total construction cost from
January 2006 through December 2006 was
approximately $89.6 million. The total amount of
fees collected by the Public Works Department was
Wampler said that
the years totals had been higher than those
of the previous five years, adding that several
multi-phase projects from 2006 will be carried
Personal Property Forms.
Jasper County Assessor, has mailed forms to
property owners for listing their personal
property, which is subject to assessment for the
2007 assessment year.
By March 1, 2007,
every owner or holder of personal property must
report, on the form provided by the assessor, all
taxable personal property which was owned or held
by the person or business on January 1, 2007.
"Every year a
few property owners forget to return their
lists," Davis said, "so we make every
effort to remind people to return them on
returning a completed list to the assessor by the
March 1 deadline are subject to a penalty.
range from $10 to $100 depending upon the value
of the property and the statutes provide the
assessor with almost no discretion to waive the
penalties," Davis said. According to the
assessor, until recently, few penalties were
applied and lists were commonly filed late. The
statutes were toughened in 1994, and compliance
with the law increased dramatically.
advises that the best way to remember to return
the list on time and avoid a penalty is to fill
it out, sign it, and put it in the mail the same
day you receive it. It is also helpful for the
property owners to copy the completed and signed
form and keep the copy with their records. If a
question arises regarding filing, the copy will
indicate that the form was completed.
Property owners or
lessees who have not received a list are not
excused from filing and should contact the
assessor for a blank form at: The Jasper County
Assessors Office, Carthage Courthouse, 302
S. Main St. Rm 207, Carthage, MO 64836.
Telephone: 417-358-0437 or 417-625-4355.
No Stench Detected on
I had a friend once that tried to operate his
personal life on a five year plan. Any major
decision would be viewed from the standpoint of
whether or not it fit into the perimeters of the
try to use the end of the five year period to
stop and evaluate whether the plan was
workin or not. He would then either scrap
the plan and draw up another one, or adjust and
continue with a new modified model. Fortunately,
he continued to include his wife and kids in all
of the five year periods that I was acquainted
with him. For some things, five years just
isnt really enough time to get a true
But mostly, sometimes
lookin back a few years can be the best
guide for lookin ahead the next five.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Oak Street Health & Herbs
By Mari An Willis
I am concerned for the future and the
quality of herbal products which are now
bombarding the shelves of any retail outlet from
lumber stores to gas stations. Why? We all know
the answer and that is $$$. Believe me, this
industry was nothing like it is now. When I
started out over 20 years ago, we were oddballs.
Persistent and stubborn with our message as the
Missouri mule! Quality was an issue then as now,
but as we struggled along we knew that it was
only those who believed in the usage of herbs and
food supplements who were willing to bite the
financial bullet and continue along the path,
educating as we went along. NOW, I am bombarded
daily with companies who have the newest and the
best with no history and lots of attitude.
The influx of inferior products
and mass marketed products with some
misinformation or lots of hype has diluted the
integrity of the message.
Let me make it clear. I am in
favor of people making a good living. I am in
favor of quality herbal products and an informed
public and ones right to choose, but I have never
been as close to a situation where I see
potential for a huge fall of a way of life. I
compare it to the buy-out of small farmers by
huge corporate farmers who have presented us with
some major health challenges through the desire
to produce bigger, better for less, and eliminate
US from the picture except as consumers.
Maybe it is just my personality
type, but I certainly like to know who I deal
with and that we have common goals (if possible).
I know that is what drives me to live in a small
town with an environment of individual
expressions. I am for personal involvement based
on knowledge. I do know when making our choices
we must stay awake, not letting mass media be the
driving force in our decision making processes.
* This article is meant for
informational purposes only and is not intended
as a substitute for medical advice. References
available by request. These statements have not
been evaluated by the FDA.
Art Notes from Hyde House
By Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral
A new year has arrived, and a
new season beacons from artCentral and the Hyde
House Gallery. As the gallery is presently closed
I have been a bit disconnected since the
Christmas holiday, but have hit the ground
running this week playing catch-up answering my
phone messages and catching up on the mail.
Holiday decorations must come down and the rooms
cleaned for the new season beginning in February
with a new show opening the 9th by John
Fitzgibbon, painter from Webb City, who will also
be conducting painting workshops for beginning
and intermediate watercolor adult students.
On the immediate horizon is the
annual Chamber of Commerce banquet on January
12th. This is the occasion of the annual area art
award given each year to a deserving artist, and
is chosen and presented by the former years
winner. The award is handmade each year, and so
very unique to each artist. Come out and see who
this years worthy recipient will be and
enjoy an evening of fun and good food with the
Carthage Chamber of Commerce. artCental will be
making 2 donations to the auction as well, which
is always a fun time at this event.
In my last column of 2006 I
thanked all those who had made 2006 such a
success, both in large and small ways. I did not
forget Billie and Terry McDonald, but wanted to
pay a special tribute to them in an article of
their own. Terry is the owner and manager of the
local Sirloin Stockade and he and his wife Billie
did a great renovation of their dining rooms last
year creating a new gallery for art in the front
atrium area of the building that we are calling
the Atrium Gallery. They hung their own
selections of local and area artists work
in the rest of the spaces, but kindly have
allowed us to use this Atrium Gallery as our own
satellite gallery, to display work from our
artists who display shows in the Member Gallery
at Hyde House. Last year we were able to hang two
shows in this space beginning in the summer, and
this next year several new shows are planned, so
again, our thanks to the McDonalds for this
privilege as well as for being great patrons and
members of artCentral as well.
Next week I will begin giving
detailed information about the upcoming
Fitzgibbon show and workshops. Happy New Year
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