Zach Smith

“Where nature and history collide”

“Where nature and history collide”

Fun, education and conservation at the Remington Nature Center If you have a question about St. Joseph, Sarah Elder probably knows the answer. For almost three decades, she worked for St. Joseph Museums Inc., the administrative body of multiple museums, galleries and...

A New Light

A New Light

Life is good at the end of the line John Murphy says his family has always been blessed with a good memory. He remembers as a 9-year-old boy, watching an electric cooperative truck laden with poles being winched out of a ditch. The “most brilliant” memory of the same...

Close to the Heart

Close to the Heart

North Central Missouri rallies around community health Since March 2020, Deborah Taylor and her staff of six have been on the front lines of keeping her community safe from an invisible enemy. During the year, the administrator of the Sullivan County Health Department...

Dollars at Work

Dollars at Work

Dollar-Up campaign funds lineworker training Since 1999 the Electrical Distribution Systems, or EDS, program at State Technical College of Missouri has filled a much-needed role in the utility sector: skilled lineworkers. Through a winning formula of industry-led...

Onward and Upward

Onward and Upward

ALPS Brands continues Missouri’s outdoor gear legacy All over the state you can see signs of the season approaching. Tent flaps are patched while the bent poles and missing stakes are replaced. Wrappers from hand warmers and granola bars are emptied out of backpacks....

Boji Stone Cafe

Boji Stone Cafe

Most mornings in downtown Chillicothe you’ll find Brent Kepner where he’s been for the past 14 years; standing outside the front door, cup of joe in hand, greeting the sun and ready to welcome customers. Walking through the front door of Boji Stone Cafe, Coffee House...

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...

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...

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,...

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