Jim McCarty

Buy local

Buy local

Support your neighbors with Missouri-made gifts In the summer of 2020, when the pandemic had shut down local businesses statewide, the Rural Missouri staff got a call from Farmers’ Electric Cooperative Manager Rod Cotton. He wanted to know if there was something we...

Who needs a bucket?

Who needs a bucket?

Recently I pulled up at a four-way stop and spotted a 5-gallon bucket in the middle of the road. I couldn’t help it. I stopped the truck and picked it up. I know every farmer reading this can relate. You just don’t pass up a good bucket. I wish I could count the...

The family that hunts together

The family that hunts together

Deer season is family time for many Missourians To say Dave Deihl is a busy man would be an understatement. As CEO of Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative, he balances his time keeping the power reliable and the rates affordable at the Kearney-based co-op with the busy...

Challenges & champions

Challenges & champions

AMEC annual meeting brings electric co-ops to Branson With a rousing rendition of the national anthem by Gascosage Electric employee Melinda Stormes, the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives kicked off its annual meeting Oct. 6 in Branson. The electric...

The Church with the Red Roof

The Church with the Red Roof

Red Top Church celebrates 200 faith-filled years In the early days of Missouri’s statehood, pioneers who poured into the wilderness brought their faith with them. There were no churches then, so as soon as the settlers built homes they set about creating places of...

Energy Insights

Energy Insights

A candid conversation with Associated Electric Cooperative’s CEO & general manager  David Tudor, the leader of Associated Electric Cooperative, the power generation cooperative producing thousands of megawatts of electricity for rural Missourians, discusses...

Big on pigs

Big on pigs

Howerton family finds a better way to feed the world October is both National Pork and Cooperative month. Osage Valley Electric Cooperative member Jim Howerton is one person who can celebrate both. He is the administrator for the Howerton family farms located in...

Metal on their Minds

Metal on their Minds

Augusta artists use new skills to craft giant sculptures Visitors to Augusta find the giant duck hanging out in one of the yards in town an irresistible selfie stop. If they think the duck’s 23 1/2-foot wingspan is intriguing, they should have been around when Bigfoot...

Sharing success

Sharing success

Barton County Electric Co-op supports Lamar football’s winning tradition Coaches from around the state have been trying to figure out what makes Lamar’s football team so good. Starting in 2011, the Tigers from southwest Missouri have dominated Missouri Class 2, with a...

New tool in the toolbox

New tool in the toolbox

Drones show promise for spotting outages, employees learn in class Drones show great potential for reducing outage times. That was the conclusion of the 24 electric cooperative employees who attended the first-ever drone school hosted by the Association of Missouri...

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