Sandy Higgins – Maple Leaf Grand Marshal

Sandy Higgins – Maple Leaf Grand Marshal

‘I thought you were coming to have me plan an art show’ Sandy Higgins, Long-Time Arts Booster, Named Maple Leaf Grand Marshal By John Hacker Sandy Higgins has been a fixture in the Carthage artist community since the 1970s, when she met artist Bob Tommey...
Spotlight on Carthage

Spotlight on Carthage

Maple Leaf Nights Out By now, you know the Maple Leaf Festival includes a parade, an art and craft show, a car show and fair food. You know these things all fall on the third Saturday of October. And you know after the morning and early afternoon festivities on...
You Can Do This!

You Can Do This!

You Can Do This! I think faith and prayer helped me. By Kathleen Swift   Breast cancer can strike at almost any age. When Shannon Ingle was 36, she had not even reached the recommended age for women to have their first mammogram. But it was an early mammogram and a...
LIFE Lessons

LIFE Lessons

LIFE Lessons  When you have cancer, people give you a little more grace. By Kathleen Swift   It seemed life was blossoming for Michelle and Randall Wood when they married and blended their families in November 2016. Their children were grown and doing well, and...
10th Annual Cutest Pet Contest

10th Annual Cutest Pet Contest

The 10th Annual Cutest Pet Contest is in the books, and the sweet pictures shared by our readers demonstrate that the Four States is full of the cutest pets around.  These pets fill our lives with their love and their antics.  The entry fees from the contest benefit...
Lamar Free Fair

Lamar Free Fair

Lamar Free Fair The Pride of Barton County for 75 Years By Kathleen Swift • Photo by Savanah Mandeville Terry and Edwin Moore have been a part of the Lamar Free Fair most of their lives. It was their dad, Bud Moore, whose initiative gave life to the fair 75 years ago....