Zach Smith

Committed to Caring

Committed to Caring

Farmers’ Electric helps sick kids through Area Youth Benefit Fund As the well-known African proverb says: “It takes a village to raise a child.” Ask the members, directors and employees of Farmers’ Electric Cooperative, and they’ll tell you it also takes a village to...

1932 Reserve

1932 Reserve

Upscale dining at a new lake classic When B. Ray Franklin’s hotel was built in 1932, probably few people would have guessed that almost a century later it would be one of the last remnants of the Lake of the Ozarks’ early years. As time and development have changed...

Tick Away Summer

Tick Away Summer

Missourians tasked to assist with statewide study No matter how you enjoy summer in Missouri, you’re sure to encounter ticks on your outdoor adventures. At least five species of human-biting ticks are here, and Missourians likely are familiar with some of the...

Flite Test

Flite Test

High-flying fun in Fayette In between the laser cutters and dozens of models lining John Overstreet’s shop in Fayette, you’ll find his first jet fighter. It’s detailed in pen and paint, fits in your palm and will fly about as far as the other side of the room. It’s...

A Paddle Full of Fun

A Paddle Full of Fun

State Park aquatic trails offer summer adventure on the water It wouldn’t be summer in Missouri without spending some much-needed time on the water. For many Show-Me Staters, Missouri’s state parks have been the playground of choice. In order to serve a growing...

“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....

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