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Woolen Wonders

Woolen Wonders

Missouri artist gives life to wool through needle felting Her slim fingers deftly work, punching the barbed needle quickly into the wool fibers. One hand feeds a cloud of the natural fiber in front of the darting tool. Magically, the gentle curve of a lady’s face...

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...

Hats with Attitude

Hats with Attitude

Millinery isn’t old hat with Rose Monzyk   Dainty hands smooth the damp fabric over the domed wooden form. The seemingly unforgiving material finally begins to give after numerous tugs, relaxing around the shape. As it gives way to the designer, pins are strategically...

Flower Power

Flower Power

Fresh bouquets keep business blooming in Clarence Inherited objects are wonderful keepsakes. Pam Stenger inherited a shared appreciation of something from her grandmother decades ago. Today she shares that passion with others in a beautiful way. “As a child, I used to...

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...

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,...

Christmas Creations

Christmas Creations

Perryville artist transforms antiques into works of art There could be a piece of art out there you didn’t know you needed to have. And if that’s the case, Cheryl Cooper might have had her hands involved in it. The Perryville artist has dabbled in many different art...

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...

Rescue on a Mission

Rescue on a Mission

Without a sound, she’s by your side gazing up at you. As you sit at the table, the furry greeter quietly hops up in the chair beside you and pleads with big brown eyes to be invited to sit. “Olive will work her way onto your lap and into your heart before you know...

Sara Evans: Born to Fly

Sara Evans: Born to Fly

Missouri’s sweetheart of country music A screen door squeaks closed in the background. You can imagine Sara Evans is taking this call with a cup of coffee while curled up on a porch swing at her Nashville home. Her warm smile carries through the phone as the easy...

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