CARTHAGE, Mo. — Today is “Small Business Saturday”, an important day that’s meant for supporting small, locally-owned businesses.
But how vital is it for Carthage Businesses?
It’s important enough that city officials gave it an official proclamation earlier this week.
Despite the rainy weather, today, many people were out shopping at stores on the downtown Carthage square.
Local businesses and restaurants offered many discounted specials for goods and services, to help with Christmas gift ideas.
What’s even more important about “Small Business Saturday”, is it’s impact on the city.
“For every 100 dollars that someone spends in our local community, 68 dollars of that stays right here. So, it’s really important for everybody to realize that while shopping, every day is important, shopping this time of year really does make a great fourth quarter for our businesses,” said Julie Reams, President, Carthage Chamber of Commerce.
“I think Small Business Saturday helps make people more aware to support small, local businesses and how important that is. It’s a big weekend for us…sales wise and helps our entire month,” said Connie Shull, Owner, The Yellow Umbrella Antiques Primitives and Home Decor.
Visitors to Carthage can also enjoy an outdoor ice skating rink and holiday lights in “Central Park” this holiday season.
JOPLIN, Mo. — You’ve definitely heard of “Black Friday”, but there’s also a “Black Saturday”.
It’s another way to encourage shopping at local small businesses.
Today, the “Front Page” store in Joplin held their own Black Saturday event.
On top of great bargains, the business also offered food trucks in their parking lot, like “Hubbs Bbq” and “Filipino Food.”
The store’s owner says it’s already been one of the best Christmas seasons they’ve had in their 38-year history.
And despite the rain, hundreds of shoppers made their way to the store to support their local economy.
“The money stays here, we’re able to, you know, give it back to our employees and the landlord and everything, you know, just able to keep more money in the community and all that, and able to support more local businesses,” said Jon Page, Owner, Front Page.
Their fun is not over with yet.
Even though the store is closed on Sundays, you can still “Shop the Comments” by visiting the store’s Facebook page to claim items to pick up on Monday.
The “Shop the Comments” items are all in the comment section of the pinned post.
WEBB CITY, Mo. — A classic car show brought Christmas cheer to some local kids.
Today marked the 7th Annual Car Show and Toy Drive, for “Webb City Auto Parts”.
Each year of hosting the car show, entries are paid for by bringing new toys to donate.
After the show, the participants load up dozens of toys into the cars to take over to the Joplin branch of “Salvation Army”.
The goal is to ensure that local children get to experience an exciting Christmas.
“So you can help the children that wouldn’t have a Christmas, if we all didn’t get together and try to donate toys. It really helps the community. We have a lot of car groups that come out to this every year. People from the community come out and just drop off toys, just to bring toys out, instead of bringing a car they bring toys,” said Kyle Lawson, Event Organizer.
The “People’s Choice” winner of today’s car show is John Jasmine, with his ’62 Olds-Mobile Star Fire.
PITTSBURG, Kan. — An inaugural event kept shoppers busy in Pittsburg this morning.
The “Pittsburg Artwalk” hosted their first-ever holiday art walk event.
It was held at two locations, the “Frisco Event Center”, and the “Eclectic Soul Studio”.
Over 20 local vendors were on hand, showcasing homemade artwork, jewelry, and bakery items for purchase.
Chelsea Glynn is the owner of “Bumble Stained Glass”, a new business that specializes in stained glass artwork.
They’ve been based in Pittsburg for about a year now.
Glynn, along with event organizers, say this gathering provides a chance to celebrate the work of local artists.
“This event is amazing, because without Pittsburg ArtWalk, allowing me to come in and do this, I don’t have a small business shop. I work out of my home, and so to have a place where I could show my work to others and also, just to rally around other artists, who we share that community together,” said Chelsea Glynn, Owner, Bumble Stained Glass.
“What really matters is the local people that are trying to make a living off of their ‘mom and pop’ shops in town and so if there’s any way that we can shine more light to Small Business Saturday — to help some of these smaller businesses sell and get some exposure out there, that’s what we’re here for,” said Crista Cunningham, President, Pittsburg ArtWalk Association.
Organizers say they are making plans to bring this holiday event back next year.
Meanwhile, the next event is their Spring Artwalk, which is scheduled for April 21st.
JOPLIN, Mo. — Local train enthusiasts were right on track with their hobby, today in Joplin.
The “Tri-State Model Railroaders” group held the second “Train Show and Swap Meet” of the year, at the “Joplin History and Mineral Museum”.
Two shows are held each year, with one in the spring and one in the fall.
The group was established in 2005, and has hosted shows since then.
Up to 700 hobbyists attend shows, looking to buy, sell or trade model trains and layouts.
It’s also a time to share passions with others.
Many group members have created intricate layouts of local towns, the way they remember them as a child.
“It’s a great way to re-live nostalgia with, you know, you don’t have it in front of you anymore, but you can kind of, it hearkens a lot of people’s memories and I like seeing people react to seeing a store, or something like that, ‘I remember that when I was a kid!’ I love that kind of stuff, that reaction,” said Jim Taylor, Member, Tri-State Model Railroaders Group.
Today’s show featured over 55 tables of layouts and items.
All proceeds raised from admission will benefit the “Joplin History and Mineral Museum”.
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What are the best Black Friday 2022 sales?
This year, with early access sales, there have been months of anticipation leading up to Black Friday. Now that the holiday has arrived, it’s easy to see why so many people were awaiting the big event. For example, we’ve discovered incredible discounts on toys, such as playsets and LEGOs, as well as tech gadgets, including smart TVs and wireless earbuds.
The deals have arrived in such abundance that we’ve broken them down into categories based on retailers. To see what’s on sale from a particular seller, just jump down to your favorite store. This list contains deals from Amazon, Best Buy, Home Depot, Target and Kohl’s.
We want to update you with the best deals on the products you want from Thanksgiving through the end of Cyber Monday. We will continue to update this piece throughout the weekend.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 8 stands out in terms of versatility, as it can be used as a laptop or tablet thanks to the convertible design. It’s delivers fast performance, as it’s powered by Windows 11 operating system combined with the Intel Evo platform. The trim design sports a 13-inch touchscreen with crisp resolution.
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The newest version of a popular line of portable Bluetooth speakers, the Flip 6 provides deep bass, crisp audio and lengthy battery life. It’s waterproof and dustproof with its durable yet stylish construction.
This lightweight, comfortable set of on-ear headphones provides clear sound and deep bass for immersive listening. Convenient buttons on the wireless set allow you to adjust sound levels and take calls, while the battery lasts up to 40 hours.
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The White House is bracing for a potential staffing turnover now that the midterm elections are in the rearview mirror, with some aides expected to depart in early 2023.
The Biden administration so far has been remarkably stable compared to the Trump administration, with very few high-profile departures in its first two years. But that is likely to change as some officials prepare to move on, and others may be asked to transition to a potential 2024 reelection campaign.
“We have made no secret of actively leading a diverse and wide effort to look for new talent from businesses, academia, labor and other sectors. And that’s just smart, prudent planning for the future,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Monday when asked if the White House was prepared for possible staff turnover. “But I don’t have any personnel announcements to make at this time.”
Jean-Pierre said Biden is “incredibly confident in his team here and is proud of the historic work that has been done these first two years,” highlighting the passage of an infrastructure law, legislation to fund computer chip manufacturing, a bipartisan gun safety bill and two sweeping Democratic bills passed via reconciliation that included key provisions on health insurance and climate change.
Some Democratic strategists believed there would have been calls for staffing changes at the White House had Democrats been wiped out in the midterms. But that didn’t come to pass, as the party will again hold a narrow Senate majority and a more narrow minority in the House than expected.
Instead, the midterms served as a galvanizing moment for Biden and his team that what they’re doing seems to be working for voters. Any changes to staff are likely to come from those who have been in the White House for two full years on top of any time spent on the 2020 campaign and are ready to move on.
“I just think we’ve reached the two year mark, there’s going to be change,” Jim Kessler, a co-founder of the centrist think tank Third Way, said in a recent interview.
One area where staff turnover is expected is on Biden’s economic team. Brian Deese, the director of the National Economic Council, will reportedly leave his role in the coming months, and Cecilia Rouse is scheduled to return to Princeton University in the spring after taking leave to serve as chairwoman of the Council of Economic Advisers.
Administration officials are hopeful that Biden’s Cabinet will remain intact to avoid any prolonged confirmation battle in a narrowly divided Senate. And administration allies are similarly optimistic that White House chief of staff Ron Klain will remain in the job for the foreseeable future.
“Ron’s ability to do so many things at the same time is something that I just, you rarely run across this,” Anita Dunn, a senior adviser to the president, said at an Axios event in late October.
“There is no better chief of staff,” she added. “My hope is he stays just as long as President Biden does, which means poor Ron is in for another six years.”
Klain, who has at times drawn the ire of some centrist senators amid legislative talks, has earned the backing of progressive Democrats in particular. And Biden himself has reportedly asked Klain to stay on.
That comes in contrast to the Trump administration, where the former president cycled through four chiefs of staff, four press secretaries and several Cabinet secretaries in one term.
In Trump’s first two years in office, 43 officials in the executive office of the president resigned or were promoted and therefore left their original positions, according to data compiled by Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
By comparison, Biden has seen 24 staffers in the executive office of the president depart or get promoted during his first two years in office, according to Tenpas’s tracker.
Trump also had seven Cabinet-level officials resign or be pushed out during his first two years in office. Meanwhile, Biden has yet to see a single Cabinet-level official step down since he took office.
Biden’s other top advisers — including Steve Ricchetti, Mike Donilon and Jen O’Malley Dillon — have also remained in their jobs for the past two years. Kate Bedingfield, who worked on the 2020 campaign and with Biden as vice president, briefly announced plans to depart from her job as communications director over the summer, only to reverse course and stay put.
The president likes to keep a tight inner circle filled with aides that he has known for years. One Democratic strategist who previously worked with Biden said they expected any major staffing changes would likely be in service of a possible reelection bid.
For example, Cedric Richmond left his job as a senior adviser to the president in May to work with the Democratic National Committee.
Dunn, who herself left the White House in August 2021 only to return as a senior adviser, has already acknowledged that some planning is underway for staffing and strategizing around a 2024 campaign.
“He has said he intends to run,” Dunn said at the Axios event. “We are engaged in some planning, for the simple reason if we weren’t engaged in planning in November of this year, we should be in the political malpractice hall of fame.”
OWASSO, Okla. – Grove turned the ball over three times and came up short on the scoreboard as the second-ranked Midwest City Carl Albert Titans defeated the Ridgerunners 55-21 in the Class 5A semifinals.
Carl Albert, a 16-time state champion, will try once again to take home the golden ball when they meet McAlester (11-2) next Saturday for the Class 5A Championship game at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Grove senior running back Emmanuel Crawford ended the night with over 6,600 career yards – a Class 5A record. His three touchdowns on the night netted 152 yards.
Grove senior quarterback Carson Trimble had 96 yards in the air and rushed for 41 yards.
Two costly interceptions in the first half worked against Grove allowing Carl Albert to take an early 14-0 lead with a Xavier Robinson run of 21 yards and a 39-yard pass from Reed DeQuasie to Tashawn James.
Grove’s Crawford, who looked like he was going to get thrown for a loss, wiggled around Titan defenders and scored cutting into Carl Albert’s lead 14-7.
Carl Albert scored twice in the second quarter to take a 27-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Titans exploded in the third quarter putting up 21 points on a Trey Washington 75 pass from Dequasie, a 12-yard bootleg run by Dequasie and a 67-yard run by Robinson.
Trystan Haynes scored on a 67-yard punt return for the Titans in the fourth quarter.
Crawford added points in the fourth quarter on an 80-yard touchdown run and a 6-yard touchdown run.
Carl Albert 14 13 21 7 — 55
Grove 7 0 0 14 — 21
CA: Robinson, 21-yard run. (Ethan Spiwak Kick)
CA: Trystan Haynes 39 pass from Reed Dequasie (Spiwak kick)
G: Emmanuel Crawford 4 run (Cory Martin kick)
CA: Robinson 6 run (Conversion run failed)
CA: Dequasie 6 run (Spiwak kick)
CA: Trey Washington 75 pass from Dequasie (Spiwak kick)
JAY, Okla. – Voters in Delaware County have the opportunity to elect school board members to 12 school districts and two technology centers.
Candidates for school board positions may file to run from Dec. 5th to the 7th at the Delaware County Election Board located in Jay. The Board of Education General Election is set for April 4.
“If more than two candidates file for the same Board of Education position, a Primary Election will be held Tuesday, Feb. 14,” said Crystal January, Delaware County Election Board secretary.
If no candidate receives more than 50% of the votes, the two candidates receiving the highest votes will vie for the position during the April 4 election.
Two technology centers, Northeast Technology Center and Indian Capital Technology Center, also have two board positions open.
Delaware County School District
Cleora Public School Board, Board Position No. 2, three-year term
Colcord Public School, Board Position No. 3, five-year term
Grove Public School, Board Position No. 3, five-year term
Jay Public School, Board Position No. 3, five-year term
Kansas Public School, Board Position No. 3, five-year term
Kenwood Public School, Board Position No. 2, three-year term
Leach Public School, Board Position No. 2, three-year term
Moseley Public School, Board Position No. 2, three-year term/Board Position No. 1, unexpired term with two years remaining
Oaks Mission Public School, Board Position No. 3, five-year term
Other schools that have voting by Delaware County residents include:
Afton Public School, Board Position No. 3, five-year term
Ketchum Public School, Board Position No. 3, five-year term
Turkey Ford Public School, Board Position No. 2, three-year term
Westville Public School, Board Position No. 3, five-year term
Declaration of Candidacy forms can be downloaded from the State Election Board website HERE or by contacting the Delaware County Election Board office at (918) 253-8762 or email@example.com.
The Delaware County Election Board is at 225 S. 5th St., Jay, OK.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Health Services was recently honored as the recipient of two national Indian Health Service awards.
The Pandemic Heroism Award for its COVID-19 Task Force and the Director’s Customer Service Award awards were presented to Cherokee Nation Health Services.
“Cherokee families have seen and felt the positive impact that our health system and our public health team have made on our communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chuck Hoskin Jr., Principal Chief in a prepared statement.
“Our Health Services and Public Health teams have put the lives of the Cherokee people first. They have served not only our own families, but our neighbors and friends across the reservation and in communities at large,” Hoskin said.
The Pandemic Heroism Award recognizes exceptional, dedicated work and selfless responses in the face of the COVID pandemic and the Director’s Customer Service Award recognized the innovation and exceptional performance of the Pandemic Vaccine Task Force team.
“Their expertise during the pandemic saved countless lives and helped us to lessen the negative impacts of the virus on our most vulnerable populations, which in turn helped to protect our precious Cherokee language and culture,” Hoskin said.
“We identified and removed barriers to services for both patients and employees and all of our decisions made were weighed with the current infectious disease evidence and epidemiological trends for our area at the time,” said Dr. R. Stephen Jones, Cherokee Nation Health Services Executive Director.
“Vaccine acceptance was our initial focus,” said Brian Hail, Cherokee Nation Health Services Deputy Executive Director. “Even before we had the COVID-19 vaccines in hand, we conducted focus groups with community members and outreach via Public Health, provided social media posts and mailers, and video messages from tribal leaders and physicians to educate our communities and address any concerns or questions.”
Cherokee Nation Health Services has administrated nearly 119,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine since receiving its first shipment in December 2020.
“We’ve gone to where the people are in an effort to reach everyone. Besides offering the vaccine at every health center, we hosted drive-through events across the reservation, with the help of our tribal Administration provided incentives for staff vaccinations, and offered the vaccine to anyone in our community, regardless of citizenship in a tribe,” said Wayne Coldwell, Cherokee Nation Health Services Deputy Executive Director.
COVID-19 vaccines including the COVID-19 bivalent booster are available to any member of the public at all Cherokee Nation health center locations Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.