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Friday, January 25, 2008 Volume XVI, Number
Did Ya Know?... 4th
Annual TRIVIA Night, Friday Feb 29th, doors open
at 5:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Auditorium. $100
per team, food & snacks incl., cash &
prizes to be awarded. For more info call Carthage
Chamber, ask for Amber at 358-2373
Did Ya Know?... Curbside
cleanup of fallen branches will continue through
February 1. Limbs will be collected only from the
City right-of-way, directly behind the curb line.
No collections will be made from private
property. Citizens wishing to have limbs removed
are encouraged to move debris to the
right-of-way. For more information call the
Public Works Department at 237-7010.
Did Ya Know?... The
Carthage Humane Society has a litter of adorable
dust-colored kittens, 358-6402
"Are you an actress,
"No, darling, why do you ask?"
"Because Daddy said when you came wed
have a scene."
Teacher-"Why, Willie, what
are you drawing?
Willie-"Im drawing a picture of
Teacher-"But, Willie, you mustnt do
that; nobody knows how God looks."
Willie-"Well, they will when I get this
A pinhead is seldom able to see
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Oren Irwin bought a
Kankakee colt, coming two years old at the Pugh sale day
Saw a Wolf.
Some boys who were down
below Knells fair grounds Saturday after playing
along the river, report they scared up a wolf from some
underbrush and it ran quite a distance in full view. They
say it was not a coyote, but a real gray wolf.
Mrs. W. H. Espey and
little son left yesterday for Bentonville, Ark. where she
will visit relatives for three weeks.
A little love, a little
A little hone for you and me.
Tis all I ask, except good health,
Which comes from taking Rocky Mountian Tea,
Sold by Post-Evans Drug Co.
The collection of
storm debris is nearly one third complete,
according to Public Works Director Chad Wampler.
J&R Disaster Services, LLC, with whom the
City has a contract for debris removal, was
scheduled to finish its first of three passes
through the City to collect debris from the
collection, the City was divided into four
quadrants, the center point being Macon and
Garrison. Wampler said that the contractor has
hauled approximately 35,000 cubic yards to the
City landfill, where they are burned, since the
collection started on January 1. Monday of next
week the crew is to begin its second pass through
The landfill has
received approximately 15,000 cubic yards of
debris from citizen drop-off since the ice storm
in December. Charges for drop-offs at the
landfill have been waived since the storm.
Wampler said that another 5,000 cubic yards have
been deposited at the landfill by City employees.
The Street Department conducted an initial
cleanup from City streets prior to the contract,
and since the contract has been focusing on
Ever notice how things seem
ta come in clumps? I suppose its only
natural. Grapes grow in clumps. Bananas,
coconuts. You can walk all over a section a
ground and all the sudden theres a clump of
wild strawberries. Just in that one spot.
I suppose its natures way
of tryin ta make sure whatevers
goin on keeps on goin on. Its
like that commerical bout the guy that
looses ten pounds, finds his dog, picks up a
twenty off the sidewalk.
I suppose when things are
goin good, we dont think about it
much. What we notice is when the bad things start
clumpin together. And they always do.
Some of it has ta do with
attitude of course. We tend ta get what we
expect. Im guessin when the good
things happen its cause we are in control.
The bad things are just dumb luck. Im just
glad the pendulum does swing both ways.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Oak Street Health & Herbs
By Mari An Willis
This is the time of year a weak
immune system really can take its toll. This
complex system can be strengthened by some simple
herbs. The ability of the immune system is
affected by stress, improper diet (especially
sweets), lack of exercise, smoking, drinking and
You can take herbs for the
immune system during ongoing disease, but
prevention is the ideal.
One of the most important herbs
for this system is Echinancea. Used successfully
in Germany, this Native American plant has been a
tried and true remedy by our Indians as well.
This is one of the herbs where more is not any
better than a little. Since the active
constituents are water soluble, it is great in
Another interesting herb used
is Pan DArco or Taheebo. Throughout South
America it is used for immune system related
problems such as colds, flus, and infections. It
was a major healing herb used by the Incas.
Siberian Ginseng is an
adaptogenic herb. It stimulates the immune system
by stimulating the release of endogenous
chemicals from within the cell. Russian
pharmacologist I1 Brechman studied this herb for
over 20 years and found it increases the ability
to learn and perform complex tasks. It also
reduces results of stress.
There are many more herbs which
have been historically used to help keep our
bodies strong. Remember, herbs are food not drugs
so they are used quite differently.
By Sally Armstrong
January 18th, a great friend of
fine art in Jasper County was honored at the
annual Carthage Chamber of Commerce Banquet at
Memorial Hall! Sandy Higgins was chosen by the
2007 Art Award winner Jo Mueller, currently the
director of our sister organization, SPIVA Center
for the Arts in Joplin, as her choice for the
2008 winner. We heartily agree with this choice
and congratulate Sandy.
In 1986, Sandy and a number of
concerned citizens founded and incorporated an
arts organization they named CARTHAGE ARTS
SUPPORT TEAM & CO. or C.A.S.T. & CO., and
Sandy began as its Membership Chairman,
later as the President. This group was founded
to, A. Establish a local center for the arts, B.
Develop Carthage as an arts center by attracting
well known and skilled artists to the area, C.
Promote the development of workshops in the
various arts in the Carthage area, D. Seek funds
from various entities for the promotion of the
arts, E. Give mutual assistance in cooperation
with other civic groups with goals compatible to
the goals of this corporation. (From the Articles
of Incorporation, November 1985.) This
organization has since become artCENTRAL. Sandy
was our acting director for a number of years,
and actually proposed the name of Don Knost for
the board in 1996, a position he has held since,
currently as our President. She resigned in 1997
to open a personal gallery, IMAGINE, on the
Carthage square. She became an official
"advisor" to artCENTRAL at that time,
as she remains today. During that time, Sandy
suggested to the Chamber of Commerce that there
should be an annual artist-chosen award given to
a local person/artist in recognition of their
contribution to the local visual arts. This was
adopted by the Chamber, and has been awarded
annually ever since at the winter Chamber of
Commerce banquet in Carthage. Sandy was awarded a
Life membership in artCENTRAL and the artCENTRAL
Member Gallery was named in her honor at the
current Hyde House location, due to her many
years of service and great contributions with and
to the organization. She is currently the
director of the MIDWEST GATHERING OF THE ARTISTS
art auction and sale, a position she has held for
24 years, and is a faithful Patron to the arts
both in Carthage and where ever she goes. I
personally congratulate my friend Sandy Higgins
on the receiving of this, her own award, and
honor her service to Carthage and area art and
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