White River Valley

Truth & Exaggeration

Truth & Exaggeration

Jefferson City artist Jim Dyke colors the world as he sees it If you’ve been to the Missouri State Fair, chances are you’ve seen him in action under an awning near the concert grandstand. Marker in hand, caricature artist Jim Dyke quickly sketches likenesses on paper,...

Handcrafted harmony

Handcrafted harmony

Maysville man creates one-of-a-kind instruments The story has been the same for Kelly Stillfield ever since he picked up his most recent hobby, to put it lightly, more than a decade ago. He peruses musical instrument social media pages and message boards full of...

An incredible journey

An incredible journey

Events celebrate the historic Black bicycle corps History comes alive across the Show-Me State in July as Missouri State Parks celebrates the 125th anniversary of the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps’ incredible journey from Fort Missoula, Montana to St. Louis. State Parks...

When calls my wife

When calls my wife

As someone who married way above my paygrade, I’ve watched more than my share of Hallmark movies. So many, in fact, that I’m pretty sure I can write the plot for one. Hallmark, this one’s for you ... On her way from Chicago to Kansas City, an up-and-coming account...

Giving back

Giving back

Jared’s Jams shows off its namesakes’s abilities, one jar at a time He’s met the U.S. president and vice president, addressed the United Nations twice, hung out with Missouri’s governor and lieutenant governor and has crusaded to end hurtful words at Kirksville High...

Spanish Street Farmacy

Spanish Street Farmacy

Green family offers healthy, locally grown food in Cape These days restaurants are justifiably proud to offer menu items that are made from scratch. At Spanish Street Farmacy in Cape Girardeau, the owners take the concept a big step further. Not only is everything on...

Casts From The Past

Casts From The Past

by Kenneth L. Kieser  |  info@ruralmissouri.coop Branson’s History of Fishing Museum features a collection of lures and other items valued at $6 million. Curator Bill Bramsch makes a visit there more enjoyable with amazing stories about this vintage tackle and those...

Storm Safe

Storm Safe

Ozark Border Electric teams up with first responders to safeguard community The ice storm of 2009 may be a bad memory, but it’s never far from the minds of residents in southern Missouri. That may be especially true for anyone in the 11-county service area of Ozark...

Summers On The Vine

Summers On The Vine

Droke Family Farms fuels Missouri’s melon mania Missourians are accustomed to seeing school buses in the summer. In the Bootheel, they’re likely to be found parked in the middle of a field or traveling country roads between farms. These buses are slightly modified,...

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