Friends of State of the Ozarks

by Joshua Heston

Having friends is mighty important. StateoftheOzarks is more than just a collection of various articles but rather a celebration of real people — and real endeavors!

The most important facet of the magazine is the opportunity to showcase the best of our friends, our neighbors, our families striving to make the world better through their contributions:

Farmers, artists, craftsmen, singers, music makers of any kind, and oh-so much more. Without ya’ll our world would be a very dry and boring place! And this section gives us a chance to share back.

So check out these amazing folks below. And you know what? It sure is good to have friends!

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  • City of Branson, Missouri
  • Branson MO.gov
  • 110 W. Maddux, Branson, MO 65616
  • (417) 334-3345
  • College of the Ozarks
  • Cofo.edu
  • (417) 334-6411

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  • GUMI (Glad You Made It) Camp for Returning Soldiers with PTSD
  • GUMI CAmp USA.com
  • (417) 794-3333

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  • International Rose O’Neill Club Foundation
  • IROCF.org

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  • Jammin’ For Jesus, Branson
  • (417) 336-5622

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  • KRZK, KOMC, Branson Daily News
  • KRZK.com

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  • Love INC Ozark Mountain Country: Love In the Name of Christ
  • OMC Love Inc.com
  • (417)-336-7056
  • Lyon College, Batesville / Arkansas Scottish Festival
  • Lyon.edu/scotfest
  • (870) 307-PIPE

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  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • MDC.MO.go

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August 16, 2014

Barry Linduff, CMT Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge

Barry “Mr. Saturday Night” Linduff gets national exposure on CMT’s new reality Show. Photo by 12EightyOne: Photography, Joplin, MO

Ozark Wrestler Barry Linduff Hits Broken Skull Challenge on CMT

(Joplin, MO) “It’s not hubris but I was in Hollywood! I knew it was my time and I belonged there!” notes Quapaw, Oklahoma native Barry Linduff. “Even as I worked with ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin — a guy I watched every Monday night since I was in high school — I knew if my competitors caught even the hint of fear I had already lost. They are like sharks.”

Linduff jumped into professional wrestling while still a teen and continued the sport — as “Mr. Saturday Night” — while attending Missouri Southern State University. “I didn’t want to peak in high school! I wanted to live without regrets,” he explains. “I managed to pay for college [through wrestling]. I was on the competitive cheerleading squad.

“I got hurt way worse in cheerleading than I ever did in wrestling. There’s a lot worse gravity with a 95-pound girl with sharp elbows coming down 20 feet than a 300-pound man landing on top of you!”

He graduated in 2000 with a degree in graphic communications and minors in both political science and marketing.

Barry Linduff, CMT Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge

Barry Linduff, CMT Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge

Driven over-achiever, dramatic entertainer and hard-working athlete, Linduff found employment with the Joplin Globe as a graphic artist for eight years before joining CDL Electric in Pittsburg, KS. He also married Ryan Tilton, a Webb City, Missouri teacher. “I’ve got a wonderful wife. She is molding the minds of kids and is used to dealing with juvenile humor so she is able to tolerate me on a daily basis!

“In so doing, we have a wonderful 18-month old baby who got her daddy’s stubborn nature and sometimes-bad attitude but her mama’s looks and brains!”

That stubborn nature and sometimes-bad attitude — along with dogged insistence on excellence — resulted in a Hollywood casting company pegging Linduff as a good fit for Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge reality TV show.

Described as the “ultimate badass competition show,” the Broken Skull Challenge pits eight elite athletes in head-to-head contests of strength, stamina and endurance, all under the coaching of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

“I want to make an impact on people,” furthers Linduff. “I want to entertain. But there’s no roadmap! I take it one day at a time. I make the best of every single day. I give my all — the hardest I know how — with what I’ve been given so I can live my life without regrets. When you know you’ve done that? You find true enlightenment.”

Linduff may be followed on his Genetic Perfection Twitter account and on Facebook as “Michael Barry - Mr. Saturday Night.” His CMT premier takes place August 31, 7PM CST.

FOR contact information go to Links Page. For all news articles listed, visit the News Directory.

August 10, 2014

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  • Ozarks Mountain YMCA
  • ORYMCA.org /ozarkmtn
  • 175 Industrial Park Drive, Hollister, MO 65672
  • (417) 337-9622

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Colorful balloons are reminders of bright summers past.

Ozark Mountain YMCA

(Hollister, MO) “We offer scholarships for sports, childcare, gymnastics, membership,” notes Halston Adams of the Ozark Mountain YMCA located in the small town’s industrial park near Highway 65. “Last year we gave out, roughly, $99,000 in assistance.”

“We have our work cut out for us,” continues director Dan Caliento, “People often see the Y just as a gym but we are much more than that.”

A new homeschool co-op, organized in part by Amanda Lewis of Galena, MO, has brought nearly 70 students to the Y for enrichment classes. Jeremy Adams regularly coaches a growing ju-jitsu club. A gymnastics club maintains a rigorous schedule while aerial violinist Janice Martin may often be seen practicing her routines while dangling high in the air.

Longtime fitness professionals Monica Morris and Janice Zerbe teach cardio, boot camp, zumba, NIA and yoga classes on a daily basis. The popular LesMills Body Pump class is a recent addition. More high-intensity cardio classes are planned.

“It’s important to focus on our community,” says Adams. “We’re hosting a movie night in the Chad A. Fuqua park on September 19 at 8PM.” Next to city hall, a free showing of Captain America: Winter Soldier is planned. Boo Bash, in which community children get treats in a safe environemtn, will occur October 24.

“The community is always welcome here,” furthers Caliento. “We want people to feel they’ve walked into their second home.”

FOR contact information go to Links Page. For all news articles listed, visit the News Directory.

September 3, 2014

Beaver Arkansas Bridge

“Little Golden Gate Bridge of the Ozarks” spans the White River, Beaver, Arkansas.

The Tiny Cabin

A social worker from St. Louis was recently transferred deep into the Ozark Mountains. On her first tour of this new territory, she came upon the tiniest cabin she had ever seen in her life. Intrigued, she went up and knocked on the door.

“Anybody home?” she asked. “Yep,” came a young boy’s voice through the door. “Is your father there?” asked the social worker. “Pa? Nope, he left afore Ma came in,” said the boy. “Well, is your mother there?” persisted the social worker. “Ma? Nope, she left just afore I got here,” came the answer.

“But,” protested the social worker, thinking she surely must intervene in this situation, “Are you never together as a family?” “Sure, but not here, lady,” said the boy, “This is the outhouse!”

Ozark Mountains

10/5/08, Black Oak Ridge. Photo credit, Joshua Heston. Location: Stone County, Missouri

Ozark Mountains

5/3/08, Sunset Dogwood. Photo credit, Joshua Heston. Location: Stone County, Missouri

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