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T Ready, set, fire! ry your hand at my monthly word watch. It’s easy. I’ll list three words for you to find. Read the stories in Rural Missouri and look for the words. When you find them, send me a note telling me the stories where you found the words, what each word means as it’s used in the story and your age. If you get all the words right, your name goes into a drawing to win one of our Buddy Bear drawstring backpacks! We’ll pick up to five winners each month. Send your answers to: 14-year-old Katie Francis has a hobby that hits the mark In 3-Gun competitions, Katie shoots rifle, pistol and her favorite, the shotgun. ing,” says Chad, “And she handles a gun better than most professional shooters I know.” For the past year, Katie’s been competing in 3-gun competitions around the United States and making quite a name for herself. These competitions are unlike most shooting events where you have a standard target and use only one firearm. In 3-gun, Katie shoots a rifle, pistol and shotgun on a variety of courses that challenge a shooter’s skill. Katie and her dad compete in at least 11 professional matches a year. She’s currently ranked nationally in the top three for junior 3-gun competitors. Future NRA junior ambassador? Probably. Olympic team shooting hopeful? Possibly. Until then, Katie just keeps making her mark in the world of sharpshooters. Become one of Katie’s more than 34,000 Facebook fans by following 3GunKatie. A video of her at a Texas 3-gun competition has been shared from her page more than 76,000 times and has 11,000 comments. Just scroll down to the bottom of her page to find the video. Here, Katie competes in the Benelli shotgun match in Park City, Ky. in April. She placed 56th out of 100 and ranked high junior at the end of the 3-day event. Do you know a kid, age 15 or under, who’s doing something cool as a hobby or little business? Tell us about them! Send your e-mail to You might see them on a future Just4Kids page. 42 Buddy Bear’s Word Watch P. O. Box 1645 Jefferson City, MO 65102 Entries must be received by June 12. Kids, please wait a month before re-entering — and parents, this is only for kids up to age 15. Entries must be written by the youth, please. photo courtesy of the Francis family W hen Katie Francis was little, her dad taught she and her sister, Macy, about gun safety. She didn’t find that odd at all since their dad, Sgt. 1st Class Chad Francis, was the National Guard state marksmanship coordinator. “I was five when I shot my first gun — a .22 Ruger single-action revolver,” Katie says. “It felt like a cowboy gun. I thought it was pretty cool.” Katie started target shooting with her dad and he saw that his daughter was a good shot, so she started competing with him in pistol matches. By age 10, she bagged her first buck, an 8-point, with an AR-15. “She’s just got a knack for shoot- WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP Can you find this month’s words? tabernacle, iconic and guerilla Congratulations to last month’s Word Watch winners: Reuben Belinskiy, Renee Ross, McKenzie Craigg, Elisha Schultz and LeRoy Weaver What should you do if you find a gun? • Stop • Don’t touch • Leave the area • Tell an adult http://WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - July 2013

Rural Missouri - July 2013
That old-time religion
Natural nest
Long-distance lead
Out of the Way Eats
Hearth and Home
Keep it cool
On the banks of Bull Shoals
Retro renovations
Infamous ancestry
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - July 2013