By Wally Kennedy
CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri has received a check for $100,000 in the form of a memorial gift established by the estate of Everett Halliburton “Hal” Hough, a longtime Carthage resident who died in 2005.
Mark Eliff and family members presented the check to the foundation Monday.
Michelle Ducre, head of the foundation, said: “We’re just really excited. It’s like getting an early Christmas present for the community of Carthage. What the Hough family has done is to provide a fund that goes on forever that’ll provide projects that better the Carthage community.”
Ducre said the gift will be used for the betterment of Carthage and that special attention will be given to McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital. Hough, whose wife, Annetta, died earlier this year, had ties to the hospital, she said.
Interest from the gift will go toward Carthage projects. Ducre said the foundation will probably issue a request for proposals next spring when grants are made by the foundation.
Ducre said the philanthropic gift is one of the many ways that people can give back to the community to support future needs and projects.
The office of the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri is at 221 W. Fourth St. in Carthage.
Hal Hough, a Carthage native, served as a program executive and vice president of programs for the division of CBS affiliates in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and St. Louis. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Signal Corps.
By Wally Kennedy
- Carthage, Jasper County
Carthage attorney, reformer of revenue department, dies
James R. Spradling, a Carthage attorney who was noted for his reform of the Missouri Department of Revenue in the 1970s, died at 5:50 a.m. Monday at McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital.
Steadley trust planning session attracts 40-plus Carthage leaders
Carthage officials and representatives of organizations in the community gathered Friday to start a process aimed at identifying future needs that can be addressed by funding from the Steadley Memorial Trust. Discussions were led by Ralph Ochsner, a Kansas City-based consultant hired by Steadley directors to oversee the effort.
Bondswoman charged with false imprisonment
A bail bondswoman from Carthage is facing a charge of false imprisonment for allegedly attempting to put a man in jail without a judge’s order, then taking him home and handcuffing him to the banister of a staircase until a friend of the man paid her his bond money.
Man’s last statement to be given to defendant
A judge ruled Monday that the Jasper County prosecutor must provide attorneys for Darren J. Winans with a videotaped statement co-defendant Matthew D. Laurin made about the Sheldon murders shortly before killing himself.
Carthage proposes 1.6-cent rise in city property tax
A drop in the assessed value of Carthage real estate will translate to an increase of about 1.6 cents in the city’s proposed property tax rate.
Open house to celebrate projects at courthouse
Projects completed last year at the Jasper County Courthouse will be celebrated in ceremonies Thursday in the courthouse lobby.
County officials will join representatives of local chambers of commerce and others for a ribbon-cutting and open house to mark the opening of a Route 66 display in the lobby and a new “peace star” atop the building.
State budget cuts reduce county funds
County officials are bracing for more state budget cuts to translate into a loss of county revenues.
In an effort to balance Missouri’s budget, the state earlier this year cut the amount it reimburses county assessors for work to determine property values. The budget approved by lawmakers for fiscal 2011 calls for cutting the amount the state reimburses counties to house prisoners bound for state lockup.
Jo Ellis: County home to rare yellowwood tree
In late spring, drifts as white as snow fill the gutters and curbs on the east side of the Jasper County Courthouse. It isn’t snow, of course; it’s the fallen petals of the yellowwood tree that grows squarely in front of the door to the Jasper County Extension office.
Jasper County Commission gets building project update
Plans to close out one building project and start another were reviewed by the Jasper County Commission last week.
Darieus Adams, Western District associate commissioner, met Thursday with officials of the firm who designed a $292,400 project to upgrade the lighting and make other changes to make four county-owned buildings more energy efficient.
Two men running for associate judge in 39th Circuit take case to court
Two men running for associate judge in Missouri’s 39th Circuit began battling it out in a Jasper County courtroom this week.
Jasper County Circuit Judge Gayle Crane heard arguments Wednesday concerning the disclosure of documents sought by Robert “Bobby” George, Aurora, the current Lawrence County prosecutor.
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