Tree and Stump,  Carthage’s Biggest Fans

Tree and Stump, Carthage’s Biggest Fans

By Kathleen Swift Photos by Artistic Expressions Photography Lifelong residents of Carthage, Gary Haggard and Terry Prine, will be honored as grand marshals of the Maple Leaf Festival parade this year. Lovingly nicknamed Tree and Stump, the two men have been attending...

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Title:  “p-i-e-c-e-d TOGETHER”

Title:  “p-i-e-c-e-d TOGETHER”

By Kathleen Swift Collaboration is defined as the action of working with someone to produce or create something. It sounds so simple, yet when the collaboration involves the soul and spirit of friendship, and the deep sympathies of two hearts for art, the products...

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Making it Memorable at Civil War Ranch and Civil War Arena

Making it Memorable at Civil War Ranch and Civil War Arena

By Don Lowe    It has been nearly a decade since Bruce and Christine Westwood became co-owners of Civil War Ranch and Civil War Arena in Carthage, Missouri. And, this husband and wife team are thrilled with how this venture is going for them.     “When we purchased...

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!Editor’s Letter

Act in October


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is a disease that impacts men and women. Each year in the United States, approximately 255,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 42,000 women die from the disease. About one out of every 100 breast cancers diagnosed in the US is found in a man. Breast cancer impacts us all. It touches us all.

October is about action. It is the time to make small, and big, choices to make a difference. It is the time to be intentional, have foresight and take steps to make an impact. It is time to help a mom, a sister, a daughter, a friend and even a dad, brother or son. If breast cancer has not impacted your life personally, close your eyes for a moment and think of the stories you have heard at work, church, children’s sporting events and activities and in the community.

SMTO kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month September 30 with our 11th Annual Covers for a Cause event in the main entrance of Freeman Hospital West. Thank you to all the families, friends and colleagues who take time out of their day to get dolled up in pink, have their picture taken and receive a photo printed and ready for framing! This is always a fun event with proceeds benefiting Hope 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation.  

On page 76, we feature the American Cancer Society’s Real Mean Wear Pink campaign. This event is in its inaugural year in Joplin, Missouri, and will unite area leaders by wearing pink throughout October to raise funds. Check out this feature to see how you can get your pink shirt!

Beginning on page 78, we feature seven breast cancer survivors. These women will inspire you, bring you to tears and make you laugh. I hope you take the time to read their battles and how they continue to overcome each day. Thank you, ladies, for giving us the honor to tell your story. The greatest gift is often to find understanding in another’s experience.  

In our Faces & Places on page 84, we capture Bras At The Bridge held September 18 at Redings Mill Bridge. This event, and all the smiling faces, helped raise funds for Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks for their Garment Give-Away Program, Free Screening Mammogram Program and Client Assistance Program. Participants decorated and hung bras on the bridge to honor loved ones impacted by breast cancer. It was a day full of kinship, making memories and helping others! 

The 9th Annual Pink Ribbon Gala benefiting Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks will take place Friday, October 29, at Indigo Sky Casino and Resort. Turn to page 10 and learn how you can become an early sponsor or purchase a ticket to attend the event. The Pink Ribbon Gala is a great evening with an even better mission. I hope to see you there!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but for survivors and their families, it is every single day. Let’s do a little every day to make a small impact in a big way. 

SMTO hopes you are enjoying the cooler temperatures, feel inspired to attend a breast cancer awareness event this month and have a very fun and safe Halloween! Let’s act in October!



Lee Radcliff




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