In the next day or two, I’m going to have to order more ‘ribbon cutting’ ribbon . . . lots more ‘ribbon cutting’ ribbon. Why? Because things are moving and shaking in Carthage!

In the next day or two, I’m going to have to order more ‘ribbon cutting’ ribbon . . . lots more ‘ribbon cutting’ ribbon. Why? Because things are moving and shaking in Carthage!
Need proof? I did a quick audit of JUST the last four weeks and upcoming three weeks and here’s what’s going on in our amazing town.
• March 14 – While not a ribbon cutting, the Chamber got our golden shovels out to break ground for the new South fire station with the Carthage Fire Department. We’ll be cutting a ribbon for the station in late summer/early fall.
• March 22 – Kona Ice joined us at the Chamber to cut a ribbon to welcome their new franchise to the market and then gave out FREE samples. Really delicious stuff folks. If you see their rig, make sure to treat yourself.
• March 29 – The McDonalds on Central has gone through some pretty major updates bringing their ordering system up to date with technological trends so of course the Chamber cut a ribbon but then we stuck around to try out the new ordering system for ourselves. Despite only being able to push the extra pickle button one time, I approve!
• April 5 – We joined the brand-new Village Square Boutique on the West side of the Historic Carthage Square and owners Ed and Kara Hardesty and Kara’s mom Karen Trotter to cut a ribbon for their stunning new boutique chock full of clothing items, gifts, funky décor, and fun accessories.
And upcoming:
• April 18 – The Carthage Family Literacy Council will host Chamber members to cut a ribbon for their fifth Little Free Library at the Early Childhood Education Center on Fairview at 9 a.m. Other locations include the Chamber office, Fair Acres Family YMCA, Columbian School, and Grace Episcopal Church.
• April 24 – At 4 p.m. the Powers Museum will host a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of their World War I exhibit “Over Here Over There: WWI in Carthage and Jasper County.
• April 25 – The Workforce Investment Board has worked hard with several groups at 137 Grant to complete The Plaza Community Center and will cut a ribbon to officially open the center at 12:30 p.m.
• April 25 – Last year, J Builders moved into a new building at 2427 Fairlawn and will cut a ribbon to celebrate their new location at 2 p.m.
Phew!!!! And this is without about three more that I know are coming very soon. Stay tuned. We are moving and shaking.