Zach Smith

A Cut Above

A Cut Above

Bobby Walker builds blades to last a lifetime Personal challenges rarely manifest as a literal trial by fire, but that was the case for Bobby Walker. Just as a blacksmith brings metal to life in flames, the hobbyist knifemaker found himself forging a new path when the...

Walking in a Late Winter Wonderland

Walking in a Late Winter Wonderland

Ring in spring with a hike in Paddy Creek Wilderness Budding trees are beautiful, falling leaves are better and lazy summer float trips can’t be beat, but winter truly opens up the wonders of nature in Missouri. Animal tracks and birds are easier to spot, and if you...

Tales to Tell

Tales to Tell

Fishing, hunting and fantastic creatures focus of new book The phrase, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” has an unwritten addendum: “And if the fish gets away, the angler’s likely to lie about it.” For...

You’re the Coach

You’re the Coach

Football fans call the play in new board game If you’re guilty of being a Monday morning quarterback after Sunday’s big game, you’re in good company — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Raymondville football fan Michael Wray Jr. has been considering statistics,...

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

Stone Age tool scores points in state David Lohr’s skill set ranges from Space Age to Stone Age. For 11 years, he was a professor of aviation technology, teaching people how to overhaul jet engines. He also honed his outdoor survival skills, showing people how to knap...

Fresh-Cut for the Holidays

Fresh-Cut for the Holidays

Fulk’s Tree Farm celebrates 30 years of Christmas tradition It’s an unseasonably sunny day in early December as two men roam the hillside near Weston, bow saws in their hands and serious business on their minds. Roger Burd sees something and stops in his tracks. His...

Driftwood Outdoors

Driftwood Outdoors

Podcasting duo voices passion for the outdoors If you know Brandon Butler and Nathan “Shags” McLeod, you know their love for the outdoors. Chances are if you’ve only ever heard their award-winning, weekly podcast, “Driftwood Outdoors,” then you know all about the...

Momma Mary’s Navajo Tacos

Momma Mary’s Navajo Tacos

Fry bread, flavor and family tradition are on the menu in Willard The shutdown surrounding COVID-19 posed a significant challenge to small businesses, especially for a restaurant that just reopened its doors six months prior. For Linda Moody-Ivey, the owner of Momma...

Makin’ Moo Juice

Makin’ Moo Juice

Operating a Century Farm and an 80-year-old family dairy in 2020 doesn’t happen without weathering a few storms and rolling with the punches. Few surprises over the years have hit small businesses harder or more immediately than did safety concerns surrounding...

Wires Over Wildlife

Wires Over Wildlife

Linda Overton stands in a 30-acre pollinator plot of partridge peas and goldenrod she and her husband, Bob, established on their Grundy County farm. Trees can do a lot to enhance property for landowners in the right conditions. For people, they provide shade and...

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