Nicki and Levi Layton: Love Forever

Nicki and Levi Layton: Love Forever

By Kathleen Swift   By all accounts, Nicki and Levi’s wedding was a day of fun. Held at the Civil War Ranch Arena in Carthage, Missouri, the couple geared everything about their wedding as a celebration of love. Levi and Nicki went to high school together, but...

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 Love Grows: Shelby and Brett Lewis

 Love Grows: Shelby and Brett Lewis

By Kathleen Swift The crisp fall air, the turning of the leaves and a picturesque setting made October 5, 2019, the perfect day for Shelby and Brett Lewis’ wedding at Hidden Grace Venue in Neosho, Missouri. Having known each other since 2011, Shelby and Brett’s love...

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Why I Run ’He Learned to Walk. She Learned to Run’

Why I Run ’He Learned to Walk. She Learned to Run’

    By Sarah Gooding A chance comment, in the midst of supporting her brother through learning to walk again after breaking his neck in a four-wheeler accident, changed Missy Chaney Curtis’ life forever. “My brother, Larry, had to learn to walk again after...

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Editor’s Letter


Perfect Vision 

  1. A new year. A new decade. A time to look back upon years past and a time to look forward to what is ahead. A new beginning. A new starting point.

Looking Back. When I listen to people say, “If I knew then what I know now,” or “If I wrote a letter to my future self,” I always ponder what exactly it is I wish I would have known or what advice I would have given. When I started this journey in 2001, I was excited to highlight the culture and lifestyle of our region. I knew I loved the communities and the people of the Four States. I knew I wanted to document, feature and celebrate all the reasons I love calling this “home.” However, I could not have predicted the depth and magnitude of the generosity, compassion and dedication of the community members and business owners. We have been successful due to endless events, gatherings, heroes, heartwarming stories and local experts that make up our everyday life.

Looking Forward. Early in my journey, I was asked, “Will you ever run out of stories to tell?” Now, I know more than ever how impossible that would be. Every day I meet a new volunteer doing what they can to change our world. I hear of a new local business owner chasing their dream. I find a new community event or a small piece of the natural beauty of the Ozarks we have not featured. I will meet another veteran or medical expert. We look forward to continuing to capture the heart of our people and pulse of our region.

Looking Back. Each passing year, we take a walk down memory lane. We remember local writers who penned features for us. We remember articles that warmed our heart and photography that inspired us. We remember all the people who poured their heart and soul over the years to make one article, one issue or a year of editions. From our advertisers, our writers, our photographers and our staff, we are so very grateful for every one of you.

Looking Forward. Each passing year, we are inspired. We love hearing from our readers. We love when new, innovative ideas are presented. We love bringing new feature stories, new local experts and growing as our communities continue to grow. We believe we have to be fluid; we need to continue to hear what it is people want to see, know and read and step up to the challenge. We love the opportunity to do that each month.

  1. The news we want to hear each time we visit the optometrist. It means we have perfect vision. In 2020, our goal is to continue to have our sight on all the people who helped us get to where we are and continue to look back to learn while we look forward to grow.

Let the new decade begin. 2020 here we come!


Lee Radcliff

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