Mornin Mail Comes to a Close.
The only newspaper still
printed in Carthage is publishing its last issue
this week. The Mornin Mail, started on June
18, 1992, is no more.
Proprietor H.J. Johnson would
like to thank the many sponsors and readers who
have contributed to the longevity of the
Included in this issue are
excerpts of various issues of the past 20 years.
Archives of the paper from 1997
on are still on line at www.morninmail.com.
Large" Draws Little Interest.
published Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003
The Council rejected a proposed
Ordinance that would change the way Council
Members are elected. The bill would have changed
the current representation of two Council members
per ward to one member per ward. The remaining
five members would be elected by the entire
published Friday, April 13, 2007
During this weeks Council
meeting, local lawyer Bill Lasley spoke against a
proposal to relocate Jasper County jail and court
operations out of the courthouses in Joplin and
Carthage and into a new facility. The proposal
was initiated by Jasper County law enforcement
officials for the purpose of alleviating
overcrowding in the county jails and courts and
allowing for better monitoring of prisoners.
Lasley told the council he felt
that moving the jail and court out of the County
seat would have detrimental effects on the
"I think its a huge,
expensive, unnecessary expenditure which would be
devastating to both Carthage and Joplin,"
According to Lasley, the
current locations of the jails and court
facilities generate direct and indirect business
in the both Carthage and Joplin. Other concerns
cited by Lasley included the implementation of a
sales tax that would be required to fund the
construction, and the state requirements for
jails and courts to be located within the county
seat. Lasley urged the Council to consider
opposing the project.
Jasper County Presiding
Commissioner John Bartosh said in a recent
interview that he could not understand
Lasleys concerns. Bartosh said that the
proposal is still in the planning and research
phase, adding that no action is being taken on
the matter. Bartosh clarified that before any
decision is made the matter must also be put to a
Bartosh said that as the county
has two courthouses, one in Joplin and one in
Carthage, the proposed structure would be allowed
to be built within the city limits of either town
according to State statutes. Bartosh added that,
in his opinion, moving the court and jail would
not have a significant impact on Carthage, adding
that the commissioners, county recorder and
several other county offices would still be
located in the courthouse building if the move is
Jasper County Sheriff Archie
Dunn reiterated Bartoshs comments that the
project was still being researched. Dunn said
that a committee was being formed to explore the
possibilities. That committee will meet soon with
an architect to discuss the planning of the
According to Dunn, the proposal
would relocate the Sheriffs office,
juvenile office, juvenile detention, prosecuting
attorneys office, circuit clerk office, and
the county judges offices in addition to
the county jail and courtrooms. Dunn added that
no location had been chosen for the proposed
building, but that it would need to be in an area
with sufficient utilities and easy access to main
roads and highways.
City Administrator Tom Short
indicated that the Council would require time to
study the potential impact before taking a stance
on the matter.
published Monday, January 3, 2000
The turning of the century
seems to have had little effect on community
services. Except for a few calls about fireworks
being set off at midnight on New Years eve,
unofficial reports are of a typical evening for
the Carthage Police Department.
The CW&EP power plant was
put into service as a precautionary measure just
prior to the new year, but the delivery of
electrical power continued without the three
generators ready to go on line.
The Fire Department had only
one call during the early part of January 1,
2000, a medical call unrelated to Y2K or the new
published Thursday May 2, 1997
The Myers Park Development
Committee voted last week to establish a
subcommittee to work through some differences
among members that is stalling the effort to move
ahead with the project.
Economic Development Director
and Committee Chairman Max McKnight told the
Committee that he felt committee members Jackie
Boyer, Bill Putnam, Jr., and himself could bring
back some recommendations to the group.
The subcommittee will approach
the problems of green space, building
restrictions, and sign restrictions among others.
Boyer and Putnam have shown
major differences in opinion in these areas in
past meetings and Boyer told the Committee that
there is a willingness to compromise.
McKnight has worked with the
Committee since last fall in their efforts to
establish workable standards for the development
of the former airport property. A presentation to
the Committee by an Fayettville, Arkansas City
Planner seemed to soften the differences between
Boyer and Putnam.
Boyer has shown a preference
for a well planned and regulated development
since the idea of the development was put forth.
Putnam has held firm to his
belief that the market place should control the
capacity and flavor of the development.
McKnight stated that he felt
there was some middle ground that could be
Committee member Bob Stark
again relayed inquiries he had received
concerning when a price would be established for
Up to this point there has been
little movement toward establishing an asking
price for the property or any particular portion.
Estimates given to the
Committee by the Engineering Department showed a
cost of nearly $50,000 per acre just for the
infrastructure. This gives no consideration for
the value of the land itself. These estimates
have convinced some that the City should not take
on the role of developer but rather sell portions
of the property to be developed privately.
Even this strategy cannot get
around the basic conflicts between tight control
and free marketplace development.
The full Committee will meet
periodically to be kept up to date on the
subcommittees progress and will have to
approve any recommendations before they are
passed to the City Council.
County Jail Count
191 July 18,
Including Placed out of County