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Friday, November 2, 2007 Volume XVI, Number 98

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Auditions for "A Christmas Story" will be held Sunday, Nov. 4 at 7:00 p.m. and Monday, Nov.5 at 7:00 p.m. at Stone’s Throw Theatre, Carthage, MO. Needed are 7 males and 4 females, ages 6 to 55+. There are additional parts for children. The show is scheduled for Dec. 6-9 and Dec. 13-16, 2007 It is to be directed by Sonya Kew. For more information call 417-358-7268 or email

Did Ya Know?... VFW Post 2590 Men’s Auxiliary will hold a Turkey Shoot every Saturday & Sunday through November 18th. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. West of Carthage at the intersection of 96 & 171 Highways. Splatter board. Public Invited, Male & Female.

Did Ya Know?... The Friends of the Carthage Public Library will hold their monthly used book sale on Saturday, November 3rd, 2007. Books in every genre, cassettes, videos, LPs, CDs, puzzles and games are available from 8:00 to Noon at the Library Annex, 510 S. Garrison Ave.

today's laugh

Did ya ever read Alice in Wonderland?
When was it published?
Long before ya was born.
That accounts for it escapin’ me.

Can you give me the meaning of the word "unaware?"
Unaware is what you put on first and take off last.

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

Cutlery Thieves Captured.

This morning in the Frisco bottoms Officer Hurst arrested two suspicious looking tramps, giving their names as Bert Woodward and Fred Schuler. They each look to be about 20 years of age, and on their persons were found an interesting collection. One had in his pocket thirty-five knives, three razors and one pair of scissors. Each was also equipped with a cake of soap and five or six tracts and pamphlets of religious literature, showing that whatever else may be their inclinations or beliefs they think the appearance of having cleanliness and godliness going hand in hand is a good thing.

The fellows at first told a "plausible" story, but finally weakened and said there was no use in lying, so confessed that they stole the cutlery from a drummers valise at Mound Valley, Kan. The valise was left in the waiting room of the M.K. & T depot and in the language of the toughs themselves, they "swiped it."


Today's Feature

Extension of Tax on Ballot.

A special election will be held next week, on Tuesday, November 6 for the extension of the Jasper County Road and Bridge tax. The ballot reads;

"Shall the County of Jasper extend the County wide sales tax approved by voters November 1986, April 1992, and November 1997, in the amount of 1/4 or 1% for a period of ten (10) years? Said tax to be used for roads and bridges."

The item would not add any new taxes, but rather extend a current tax . Information from Jasper County officials states that the tax will generate approximately $3.9 million dollars each year.

The County has 233 bridges, which are inspected by a certified engineer every two years. 32 of those bridges have deficient ratings. These bridges were built between 1910 and 1970 and the County recommends replacing them.

Projections estimate that the County will spend $2.8 million on bridges and culverts in 2008. Jasper County has 940 miles of road that it maintains.

The Carthage City Council recently approved a resolution supporting the extension of the tax.

Just Jake Talkin'
I always dread the end of daylight savin’s time. It’s bad enough that I gradually realize that the night is movin’ in sooner than it should. The shock of the drastic measure of losin’ an hour all at once seems so final. Winter is comin’.

It’s not even that I mind winter that much. A good crisp mornin’ with the sun shinin’ is always good ta wake up to. It’s the long periods of no natural light that I oppose.

There is some comfort in the fact that by the time we "fall back" it is a short time to December 21 when the sun begins taking back the days, gradually gaining the minutes of sunshine ahead of the dark.

There’s nothin’ like wakin’ up an hour early for a couple a weeks to really get your attitude adjusted.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Oak Street Health & Herbs

Natural Nutrition
By Mari An Willis

Relief will come with the first frost to many who suffer from allergies. That is great if you have pinpointed your allergies and know that it is from the leaves, grasses or other pollens; but, what if it is from the food you eat? Often times one may think there is an airborne allergen when it is actually something you have put in your body. Recently a customer shared that both she and her sister had been noticing that their noses got stuffed up after breakfast. They decided to eliminate the milk and no more stuffed up noses. She has also noted that the bloating she was feeling has disappeared too.

According to researchers two of the most common allergens in children are wheat and dairy. Sometimes the symptoms are subtle, but if you pay attention they may be there. Dairy frequently causes a lot of mucus or sudden bowel movements. In my daughter, the allergy showed up in her ears and we thought she had infections and treated her as such. Wrong. Once I removed the dairy, the "infections" went away. Now wheat, that is somewhat more difficult with bread being a staple in the diet. There are, however, other grain breads available and rice pastas etc. I know and individual who has come up with some interesting recipes and continues to thrive on the challenge of finding good stuff to eat. It makes sense that if one has lived on certain items for some time that an allergy may occur. We have a "threshold" of tolerance and once we cross that, well, we are on the other side or the intolerance side.

Art Notes from Hyde House
By Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral

I have been driving around the state of Missouri this fall due to an obligation to another organization of which I am a board member, and while doing so I have kept my eye out for interesting art galleries and studios. While in the city of Charleston a week ago I visited in a downtown gallery called THE RED GERANIUM & MAIN STREET GALLERY, which is home to artist Glenda Manche. Glenda and her husband own a large building on the main drag downtown, and it is part studio, part gallery and part special event room, to be rented for dinners and parties. Her art was everywhere! The mediums she uses include collage, oil, and watercolor, and she is quite prolific in that she had paintings stacked and hanging everywhere I looked. I was especially impressed with a large collection of Christmas themed paintings including tiny oil paintings of Santa heads, Magi scenes, and old fashioned carolers. Her florals in watercolor were quite good as well as a giant watercolor of a perched bluebird that I admired. I took literature away and asked if she would be interested in having a show at artCentral in Carthage in 2008 and she is interested, so look forward to seeing some of this lady’s very colorful and vibrant work next year. I may include a workshop by her as well, as she does these quite often in addition to her change of show each month and first Saturday openings. Her work seems to be well accepted by the small community of Charleston, as she had several commissions going of family groups, prize hunting dogs, and children. As the former Post-mistress, Glenda did not come to Charleston as an artist primarily, but has stayed since her retirement and concentrated on her art. She is quite a character, and I know having her come to southwest Missouri will be a delight! There are artists lurking in all small towns if you care to look for them, and she is a great example of one doing art for art’s sake.

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