Chief Glenna Wallace

Chief Glenna Wallace

By Kathleen Swift Glenna Wallace was elected chief of the Eastern Shawnee in 2006. She is the first woman to serve as chief of the 3,600 enrolled citizens whose nation sits in eastern Oklahoma. The Eastern Shawnee arrived in Indian Territory in 1832. Oklahoma didn’t...

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Glitter and Family Make a Holiday Home

Glitter and Family Make a Holiday Home

By Kathleen Swift Home photos by Artistic Expressions Photography Smith Family photo by Tim Toms Photography When it comes to holiday homes, the Smith home, tucked into the Ozark hills in Loma Linda, is a picturesque backdrop for all things Christmas. Growing up,...

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Joplin Regional Airport: Taking You Everywhere!

Joplin Regional Airport: Taking You Everywhere!

By Kathleen Swift There have been positive changes happening at the Joplin Regional Airport. The airport has brought the convenience of air travel to the Four States, and along with that, it has had a positive economic impact on the area. Steve Stockam, general...

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One of Seneca’s Best: Jeff Page

One of Seneca’s Best: Jeff Page

By Kathleen Swift Jeff Page has been teaching Seneca high school students for 24 years. “Every time the students are asked to pay tribute to their favorite teacher, he has more tributes than anyone else,” said one parent. “My girls had him for English, and he is the...

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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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