Jim McCarty

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...

A Steady Progression

A Steady Progression

Brent Foster honed his carving skills from an early age Looking for the right words to describe his lifetime of carving wood, Brent Foster calls it a “journey of self progress.” He recalls getting started at the tender age of 8, watching an experienced friend whittle...

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...

Round It Up

Round It Up

Operation Round Up helps those in need People helping people is a rural way of life. That’s especially true when the chips are down and someone needs help getting back on their feet. Electric cooperatives have found a unique way to leverage the hundreds of thousands...

Back on the Job

Back on the Job

Co-op family helps John Randall find a new role It was supposed to be a simple operation, outpatient surgery to correct a herniated disc. “I put up with it as long as I could,” John Randall relates of the back pain that was making it hard for him to do his job as a...

Turner Named to MIC Hall of Fame

Turner Named to MIC Hall of Fame

Educator. Advocate. Innovative community leader. A model director. A true believer in cooperatives. All of these terms have been used to describe Boone Electric Cooperative director Jay Turner. That’s why the Boone County farmer is the latest electric cooperative...

The Luthiery Experience

The Luthiery Experience

Paul Dunn shares secrets from 43 years spent building stringed instruments When Paul Dunn set out to build his first guitar there weren’t many people in Bourbon, Missouri to turn to for help. “There were a few old guys around who could work on instruments. And they...

100-Mile Man

100-Mile Man

John Cash goes the distance for extreme adventure There’s a certain progression most runners go through. They start with a 5K, and if that goes well, move up to a 10K or even a half-marathon. The pinnacle is reached by running a marathon, 26.2 miles of bragging rights...

No Love for Hurricane Laura

No Love for Hurricane Laura

It’s been a busy year for Missouri’s Mutual Assistance Program, which sends help to electric cooperatives that find themselves in the path of severe storms. In May electric cooperatives in the Ozarks needed reinforcements when strong winds knocked out power from the...

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