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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...

Melodies of Prayer

Melodies of Prayer

Solitude and peace found at abbey in Gower It’s 10:40 a.m. and the Sisters quietly enter the chapel wing a few at a time, kneeling briefly before taking their seats in the choir stalls. Some whisper prayers, rosary beads in hand, while others silently read passages in...

The Happy Bookers

The Happy Bookers

by Jack Wax Fun and friendships keep this book club going If anyone thinks book clubs are quiet, somber groups, they haven’t met the Happy Bookers of Linn. Although the eight current members of the club are more reliable than GPS devices for finding the nearest...

Round It Up

Round It Up

Operation Round Up helps those in need People helping people is a rural way of life. That’s especially true when the chips are down and someone needs help getting back on their feet. Electric cooperatives have found a unique way to leverage the hundreds of thousands...

Smooth Spirits

Smooth Spirits

Nobletons embraces the world of rum Good things come to those who wait, and no one knows that better than Demetrius Cain. He often waits months for his efforts to come to fruition. But his patient nature — and a bit of chemist-like wizardry — make it all worthwhile....

Back on the Job

Back on the Job

Co-op family helps John Randall find a new role It was supposed to be a simple operation, outpatient surgery to correct a herniated disc. “I put up with it as long as I could,” John Randall relates of the back pain that was making it hard for him to do his job as a...

Jamaican Jerk Hut

Jamaican Jerk Hut

Island flavors in mid-Missouri You can’t drive by without getting a whiff. The distinctive Caribbean smell of pimento berries, Scotch bonnet peppers and other island spices on tender meat billows out of the grill that is manned by Rex Scott next to a Jamaican flag....

The Thrill of It All

The Thrill of It All

It may be difficult to imagine how elephants once came to reside in Lancaster more than 100 years ago. Numerous newspaper accounts from the day paint an exciting picture, but no source is better than the Schuyler County Historical Society. “Back then, it was probably...

The Fine Art of Flintlocks

The Fine Art of Flintlocks

The arc of Chuck Edwards’ life has always followed twin themes: history and art. A keen eye for detail led him to pursue western art as a portraitist. After firing a friend’s flintlock rifle for the first time, his artistic inspiration changed with a flash and a bang....

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