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The Carthage Press
  • Council attends to end-of-year business

  • The last Carthage City Council meeting of 2013 included announcements of events of the coming year and a vote to accept the resignation of a veteran council member who moved somewhat unexpectedly.
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  • The last Carthage City Council meeting of 2013 included announcements of events of the coming year and a vote to accept the resignation of a veteran council member who moved somewhat unexpectedly.
    Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Wendi Douglas announced that the CVB will host six Historic Downtown Carthage Art Walks in 2014, one the fourth Friday of each month from April to September, with hopes of attracting visitors and residents to the Carthage Square.
    In the past, the Art Walks have been held every few months, but the event is evolving and the CVB decided to try holding them throughout the summer.
    Douglas said the CVB is making plans for each Art Walk and will be announcing more in the coming months.
    Council Member Ed Hardesty reported that the Carthage Chamber of Commerce had decided to move the Annual Business Expo to Tuesday evening for business members and Wednesday for the public in an effort to increase public attendence.
    The date of that event is May 6 and 7.
    Hardesty also reported that invitations will be coming out soon for the Chamber's Annual Banquet, slated for Jan. 17 at the CMC Conference Center. The theme of that event is Black and White.
    He reported that a ribbon cutting and open house are slated for 10 a.m. Jan. 7 for the new Jasper County Sheriff's Office on the corner of Main and Third Street on the Carthage Square. The newly repaired Jasper County Jail will also hold an open house at that time.
    City Administrator Tom Short reported that the Vision Carthage committee, formed two years ago and has been planning a number of improvements to the downtown area, will hold a strategic planning meeting on Jan. 15.
    He also said the Parks Visioning Committee meeting, which was postponed from December because of bad weather, will be held from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 23 at Carthage Memorial Hall. He said one of the Drury University students that helped create the plan delivered hard copies and electronic copies for the local committee members last week.
    In regular business, the council accepted the resignation of John Studebaker, the Ward 3 Council Member who sent his letter of resignation last week. Studebaker had planned to move to Wisconsin to be closer to family and had to move unexpectedly when his house sold faster than expected.
    The Council also approved renewing the lease on the Carthage Golf Center driving range in Municipal Park.
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