Zach Smith

Rustic Duck

Rustic Duck

Find homecooked food, wildlife art and a lifetime of happiness in Appleton City Take a trip around the lake at Susan Hearting’s farm and you’ll find a lot of things taking wing from the nest. Some are molting downy feathers while their wooden doubles watch from a...

Community, Creativity and Culture

Community, Creativity and Culture

Columbia rapper NicDanger plans a better future, one track at a time Growing up in Columbia, Nicholas Rodriguez, or NicDanger, as he’s better known around town, felt like the odd kid out around his peers. The 32-year-old’s rise from being a frustrated grade schooler...

The Trout of Taneycomo

The Trout of Taneycomo

Running Ozark lunkers with guide and artist Duane Doty by Kenneth L. Kieser Few challenges match guiding on Lake Taneycomo. The problem is, a fishing guide is constantly at the mercy of rising or falling water levels caused by water released from Table Rock Dam that...

Right Down Snowman Lane

Right Down Snowman Lane

See the sights of the season at Farmington scene park There’s something of a weather anomaly located at Debbie and Jerry Lee’s hay meadow. Every fall, whether it’s cold enough or not, the farm owned by the Lees, members of Citizens Electric Corp. and known as Dry...

Rare Air

Rare Air

Family-owned radio celebrates 75 years in the Ozarks Remembering the night his family first arrived in West Plains in 1913, Robert Neathery recalled his mother, Nell, “thought she was coming to the end of the world.” Little did anyone in the town realize that for the...

Happy Hunting

Happy Hunting

Things to know before heading afield this fall From the Bootheel to the Loess Hills, fall finds plenty of Missourians heading to tree stands, blinds and deer camps for their favorite season. Whether you’re mentoring a new hunter during youth firearms season or a...

Home Town Diner

Home Town Diner

  Nostalgia and familiar flavors on the Pomme de Terre River Mix equal parts small-town charm with from-scratch flavor, and you’re cooking from the same book of recipes as Rich and Joy Porter. If the bright red sign of the Home Town Diner in Hermitage doesn’t...

A Match Made For Missouri

A Match Made For Missouri

Southwest Electric, CoBank team up to fund community initiatives As pillars of the communities they serve, co-ops know the value of partnerships. Working together to build a better outcome is how Missouri’s rural electric cooperatives were born, and improving the...

Treasuring the West

Treasuring the West

Crane author uses Missouri history to keep adventure alive by Jessica Jainchill  |  info@ruralmissouri.coopphoto by Zach Smith  |  zsmith@ruralmissouri.coop The Western book genre has been popular for almost as long as cowboys have existed. Starting as dime novels in...

Back to School at New-Mac U

Back to School at New-Mac U

Member-owner education continues at New-Mac Electric It’s not often that a session of night school ends with a round of applause, but on a clear evening in southwest Missouri that’s the sound you’ll likely hear outside the offices of New-Mac Electric Cooperative. And...

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