Jim McCarty

The Mill Trail

The Mill Trail

Kick off summer with an Ozarks mill tour In the days before Amazon and Walmart, mills played an important role for rural communities. They were a place to get your corn ground into meal, but more importantly were the centers for commerce and social gatherings. A trip...

Sharing the land

Sharing the land

Guests escape to the past at Von Holten Ranch He wanted to get back to the family farm established by his great-grandfather, Heinrich Von Holten, in 1906. She wanted to return to her country roots. That’s what led David and Brandy Von Holten to leave their jobs, sell...

From Miners to Mountain Bikers

From Miners to Mountain Bikers

Ironton turns Shepherd Mountain into a gravity-fueled mountain bike park Driving through the Arcadia Valley on Highway 21, it’s hard to miss the looming presence of Shepherd Mountain. It dominates the skyline 600 feet above Ironton and is a link to the days when the...

The Big Chill

The Big Chill

Co-op power kept flowing, thanks to hard work and help from our friends   The week of Feb. 15, 2021, is a time no one at Missouri’s electric cooperatives will soon forget. In the days leading up to that fateful time, temperatures plummeted across the country — and...

Time on Their Hands

Time on Their Hands

S&N Clocks puts the tick-tocks back into clocks They hang on walls, perch on mantels and form the focal point for a room. For centuries clocks in all their forms have been marking the passage of time with a solid tick-tock. But with each beat of the mechanism, the...

Consider a Co-op Career

Consider a Co-op Career

Electric co-ops are great places to work Electric cooperative employees tend to be a happy group of people. There’s a good reason why. It’s their job to provide affordable, reliable electric service. But in doing that they also make a difference in the lives of their...

On the Sidelines for the Chiefs

On the Sidelines for the Chiefs

Dream job lets Andrew Mather focus on KC’s gridiron greats You never know where the road of life will take you. Kearney’s Andrew Mather can attest to that. He says it all started when he was given a Pentax K1000 film camera for Christmas in his junior year of high...

Mudcat Coffee House

Mudcat Coffee House

You can order off the extensive menu at The Mudcat Coffee House. But then you would miss out on all the fun of having owner Rebecca Moore surprise you with one of her off-the-cuff creations. This culinary leap of faith has a name: The Matt. “It’s named after a good...

Bridging the Digital Divide

Bridging the Digital Divide

Andrew Kaiser connects rural residents to the world Like a lot of rural people, Andrew Kaiser found himself in need of high-speed internet service but living in an area without it. His computer repair business required constant downloads to upgrade software. Slow...

Holden’s Hero

Holden’s Hero

Heroism brought Medal of Honor — but little fame — to John Lewis Barkley In the months before the U.S. entered World War I, an underaged young man entered the Holden post office where the postmaster doubled as the Army recruiter. He applied for the service and was...

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