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Friday, October 26, 2007 Volume XVI, Number 93

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... VFW Post 2590 will hold a Halloween Dance on October 27 from 8 p.m. to 12 midnight. Dance to the music of Highway 66 Band. Prizes for best 2 costumes. Public Invited. $3 donation per person requested.

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 McCune-Brooks Blood Pressure clinic is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2040 S. Garrison in the Katheryn Collier Wellness Center. Call 359-2432 or 358-0670 M-W-F.

Did Ya Know?... The City of Carthage invites all interested citizens to attend the Second Community Workshop to provide input which will help determine the direction of future growth for the City on Tuesday, October 30th at 7:00 p.m. in the Carthage Memorial Hall, 407 S. Garrison Ave. For additional info call 237-7003.

today's laugh

If you’re so cold, why don’t you try a hot water bottle.
I tried that.
Didn’t work?
I couldn’t get my feet in the mouth of the bottle.

Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.

An optimist lights a match before asking for a cigarette.

I don’t have to learn history - I remember it.

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

Said The County Would Pay For It.

An evidently insane man giving his name as Lewis went to a local clothing store last night and bought an overcoat. He tried to walk off with it saying the county would pay for it. He mumbled indistinctly and acted so strangely that a police officer was sent for. Shortly thereafter an officer arrived and escorted the man to the lockup.

Little could be gotten out of him except that he was going to Nashville, twenty miles northeast of here where he claims to have relatives The fellow seemed to be thoroughly insane but harmless, and so this morning was released and started in the direction of Nashville.

Blaze on McGregor.

The fire department was called out yesterday afternoon. The second house north of Michell’s store on McGregor was afire. The blaze originated from a stove pipe on the roof, and was soon extinguished.


Today's Feature

Comp. Study Approved.

The Carthage City Council approved this week a contract between the City of Carthage and Kaatz & Associates LLC to conduct a Comprehensive Compensation and Classification Study for $22,000.

The ordinance in its initial discussion before the Budget committee and the first reading before Council had been subject to some debate. Several Council members had voiced the opinion that the City might be better served to conduct the study in-house and use the $22,000 towards improving salaries of City staff that were deemed to be insufficient.

During the second reading and vote, City Administrator Tom Short gave a brief synopsis of the scope of the study, saying that it would analyze more than just the City employees payscale. The study description includes; the review and revision of job descriptions, production of new job descriptions for all jobs in the City government, a wage and benefit survey that would compare at least 20 other cities and Jasper County jobs, design of a compensation plan and estimates for implementation of the plan, technical assistance with maintaining job descriptions, and several other points. Short added that it would benefit the City employees more equally to use a non-biased, non-partisan entity to conduct the study instead of having department heads evaluate their employees.

Council member Mike Harris had previously voiced opposition to hiring a consultant to conduct the study. Harris said that he felt the entire study was based on conversations about the City Police and Fire Departments’ high turnover rate for employees. He said that he felt the proposition of evaluation was larger than it needed to be, and feared that the Police and Fire Departments need for payscale improvement might be overlooked in the large study.

"It’s like having a car with a flat tire, and instead of fixing the tire, we buy a new car," said Harris.

Harris added that if the study was to be conducted he felt strongly that the comparisons to other cities should also include a comparison to the County payscales for law enforcement officials. With that assurance, Harris said he would not oppose the study.

Mayor Jim Woestman said that in addition to the 20 cities that would be used as comparisons, Kaatz & Associates would also do comparisons against Jasper County and the city of Joplin.

Council member Claude Newport had also voiced concerns about the study previously. Newport said that the original discussions of the study were simply for a "wage and benefit study," which he felt could be done in-house. Newport asked if all of the additional points to the study were necessary.

"Do we need all new job descriptions?" asked Newport.

Mayor Woestman said that not all of the job descriptions would be changed, but that some of them were not sufficient anymore.

City Administrator Short said that there were new standards and new descriptions that had been changed since many of the job descriptions had been originally written, and that reviewing them all would allow for future growth. Short added that some of the people who have been working for the City for a longer period of time have "topped out" on the payscales. The study results would be relevant for approximately 10 years, according to Short.

Council member and Finance/Personnel Committee member Dianne Sharits said that she had spoken to many City department heads and they had said they did not have the time or expertise required to do the study themselves. The finance personnel committee brought the recommendation of the consultant to Council, and will also be responsible for helping select the cities included in the comparison.

The ordinance approving the contract was approved unanimously.

Jasper County Commission Voices Concern Over Proposed Fireworks Ordinance.

The Jasper County Commission will discuss the possibility of writing a letter to the Carthage City Council concerning the proposed lifting of the current ban on fireworks in the City according to Commissioner Jim Honey.

The main concern was the uncontrolled use of fireworks on the Square. The County would consider the enactment of an ordinance of its own to keep fireworks off the Courthouse lawn, but the simplest method was thought to be if the grounds were exempted in the City ordinance.

Several property owners questioned by the Mornin’ Mail on the Square also expressed concerns about the fire hazard if bottle rockets landed on the historic district’s buildings.

"What are they thinking?" asked one merchant.

The Carthage R-9 School district has a policy prohibiting fireworks on school property, but it is unclear how that policy would be enforced if the rest of the City was fair game.

The City Council tabled the ordinance at last Tuesday’s regular meeting and sent the matter back to the Public Safety Committee with directions to have a public hearing on the proposal. A date for the hearing has not been yet established.

The proposed ordinance would allow the sale of fireworks in the City from June 20 through July 10 and between December 20 and January 2.

Just Jake Talkin'
I’ve never seen a time savin’ gadget that didn’t come with a correspondin’ amount of aggravation. Seems like the more time it saves, the more aggravatin’ it is when it decides to be difficult.

Like the old sayin’ goes, to take off a lid, you’ve gotta be smarter than a jar.

My mom used to tap on the top of a lid that was difficult in gettin’ off. I’ve heard that puttin’ the jar in hot water helps. ‘Course us boys would battle to see which one of us could use our natural ability to get it off.

There are those commercial gadgets that clamp down on the lid and give ya some leverage. Or those rubber rags that give ya better grip. They also have limitations, but at least they don’t make racket and lead you to believe they are doin’ somethin’ like an electric can opener. Where’s my pocket knife?

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Oak Street Health & Herbs

Natural Nutrition
By Mari An Willis

The time has come to clip most of the herbs you may still have in your garden.

Starting with mullein... dry the leaves out very well or they may mold on you. One of the easiest ways is to spread paper in a warm spot, such as a sunny window and lay each leaf out separately turning a few times a day. Keep them drying until they break apart easily. Store them loosely packed in large brown bags with the top rolled down. Mullien is primarily a lung herb. It has traditionally been used to treat any ailment which involves the lungs or bronchial tubes. Pour about a pint of water over one of those beautifully dried large leaves, steep about 15 minutes add honey and enjoy. Since prevention is the key, drinking a cup a day 5 days a week may be a good rotation for anyone exposed to lung pollutants. That would be anyone who is breathing!!

From the garden it is almost time to pull in the last of the basil. Since one harvests basil throughout the season, there may not be mush left come final harvest. Basil freezes quite well retaining its summertime flavor. Thoroughly wash and dry the cuttings before you put them into plastic freezer bags. Remove only the amount you will need for each recipe leaving the rest frozen. DO NOT MICROWAVE to thaw.

Favorite Pasta Pesto

1 1/2 qt. fresh basil leaves rinsed and dried

8 cloves garlic

1/4 cup toasted pinenuts

1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/2 cup olive oil

Combine all ingredients, except oil, in a food processor until fully blended. Add olive oil slowly. Adjust seasonings for personal taste. Cover and keep refrigerated or freeze in small packets.

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

One last week ahead for the Marilyn York watercolor show, and Linda Teeter photography show, and we will be open over the weekend from noon to 5:00 p.m. and hope to greet more visitors then. This has been a well attended show for us and Marilyn has sold some work as well as quite a few of her note papers with art reproductions of many of the same paintings as in the exhibition. She will re-supply us for the holiday season she assures me! Maple Leaf weekend was busy for us, with several visitors through the gallery. Now we look towards the last and final show for our year, and are busy planning next year’s calendar. In addition to the new art exhibitions next season, we look forward to welcoming Michael Bell back to do a quarterly series of his workshop/seminars on the various aspects of the "business of art" from the standpoint of a former curator and art expert in several areas. His topics will include, PORTFOLIO REVIEW & CRITIQUE, ARTIST ESTATE PLANNING, MARKETING ART, ARTIST ARCHIVES, STORING ART & ARCHIVES, and SHIPPING ART. The seminars will occur in the evenings and will be 10.00 for members and 25.00 for non-members. Michael has a great teaching style and I have enjoyed the two classes that I have attended, and have learned A LOT! A mailing will be sent to members with dates and details as we know them. The final newsletter to the membership went into the mail this past weekend, to complete the forth quarter and a great year. If you have renewed your membership in the past few days, it will show up in the first newsletter for 2008, to be mailed in December, so never fear! Our last show for this year will again reflect a holiday theme and we will have additional cards and prints available for Christmas giving in our Library Gift Shop, so don’t forget artCentral for you gift-giving needs. Next week I will begin telling you about that last show of the season!

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