Pillar of Service: Carthage Water & Electric Plant

Pillar of Service: Carthage Water & Electric Plant

 By Amy Howe It’s not every day we get to celebrate such a milestone for a company. For 125 years, Carthage Water & Electric Plant (CWEP) has stood as an unwavering pillar of service and reliability to the community of Carthage, Missouri. Since its inception, CWEP...

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Celebrating Community at Apple Butter Makin’ Days

Celebrating Community at Apple Butter Makin’ Days

by Brittni Bates, Director, Mt. Vernon Area Chamber of Commerce  Apple Butter Makin’ Days (ABMD) is a valued tradition that has continued for more than five decades in Mount Vernon, Missouri. The food and craft festival is scheduled for its 57th year Oct. 13, 14 and...

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Voices & Tap Shoes Take Stage at Cornell Complex

Voices & Tap Shoes Take Stage at Cornell Complex

 By Ann Leach  If you get a feel-good vibe listening to the Voctave concert coming to the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex Oct. 13, there’s a good reason. This a cappella group got their start as Disney’s Voices of Liberty at Epcot Center. The...

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From the Publisher


 “The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let things go.” 

This quote that makes its way around social media this time of year certainly rings true in the Ozarks. We’re surrounded by vibrant hues of red, orange and gold as the leaves transition from thriving greens to rich jewel tones. Fall’s cooler temperatures draw us back outside to cheer on our favorite teams, carve a pumpkin or gather little ones for a hayride. This October issue is chock-full of memory-making events and activities you don’t want to miss, including the 57th Annual Maple Leaf Festival® of Carthage. We also detail the 125-year legacy of the Carthage Water & Electric Plant. 

Seeing beauty in seasons of change resonates with us because we’re reminded that while much of life is beyond our control, we can learn to embrace the unknowns. We can take risks and trust that although change can be hard, it can also be good. Which is exactly why I’m meeting you here on this page. 

As the new publisher, I come to Show Me The Ozarks with a true appreciation for the quality of life we enjoy in our region, a personal understanding of the daily struggles and successes of business owners and entrepreneurs, and a love for storytelling. I earned my undergraduate degree in communications from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree from Liberty University. My childhood was spent on the creekbanks of Arkansas and the suburbs of Kansas City. I have one handsome son and worked as an author and editor for many years before the pandemic changed my plans, as it did for many. 

In September 2020, I bought a small sign and print shop and the last few years have been a blur of learning new skills and balancing priorities. My linebacker had the best signs in his cheering section! With my son graduated and headed for the military, I believe my path has been divinely directed to this time and this business. I am grateful to be starting my new adventure with the help of Lee, Sue and the rest of the amazing team here at the magazine. 

Although changes will come behind the scenes, I want to assure you that we will provide the same quality resource you’ve loved for the past 22 years. Our photographers and writers – your friends and neighbors – will continue to produce the beautiful images and insightful articles highlighting the people, places, businesses and culture of our region. 

Judy Schneider is one of our breast cancer survivors we celebrate this month. She has some hard-fought advice on letting go of the unknowns. “A wise oncology PA told me that you don’t have to know everything in the beginning, it would be too much to handle. I agree with her. We all figure this road out as we walk down it, each in our own way,” Schneider said. 

May your paths be blessed, friends


Chonda Ralston, Publisher/Editor


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