Best of 417 2014

Your guide to the best of everything to eat, do, buy and enjoy right here in 417-land!

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

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âžœBest 417-Lander You’d Like to See Run for Public Office
Doug Pitt
Second place: Jerry Jacob
Third place: Jim Anderson

âžœBest Do-Gooder
Doug Pitt
Second place: The O’Reilly Family
Third place: The McQueary Family

Best Original Band
Mark Chapman Band
Second place: Bella Donna
Third place: Krista Meadows and The Sleeping Giant

Best Cover Band
Members Only
Second place: Liverpool Legends
Third place: Machine Gun Symphony

Best Solo Musician 
Mark Chapman
Second place: Art Bentley
Third place: Lyal Strickland

Best TV News Personality (male)
Brandon Beck, KY3
Second place: Ethan Forhetz, KY3
Third place: Jerry Jacob, KSPR

Best TV News Personality (female)
Sara Forhetz, KY3
Second place: Lisa Rose, KY3
Third place: Maria Neider, KY3

Best Radio Personality or Team
Fotsch  & McClain on Power 96.5
Second place: Kevin & Liz on Alice 95.5
Third place: Aaron & Denee on 88.3 The Wind


⬆Best Musical Treat
Chris Slatinsky’s Accordion Serenade
If you haven’t already experienced one of Tea Bar & Bites Bakery, Café and Catering’s themed dinners (621 S. Pickwick Ave., Springfield, 417-866-7500,, you are missing out on some incredibly delicious food and one of our favorite treats: listening to Chris Slatinsky play his accordion. With a white mustache worthy of its own praise, a pair of lederhosen and a stock of old German melodies and classic Beatles’ hits stored away in his memory, Slatinsky puts his musical talents on display once a year at Tea Bar’s German Fest, and he also plays at several other themed dinners and events.

Best Prolific Pinner
Elsie Larson
At press time, Springfieldian Elsie Larson had 117,518 followers on Pinterest (and that was about 4,000 more than she had the last time we checked). Larson writes the super-popular A Beautiful Mess blog. We followed her Pinterest boards when we were researching for this story, just to keep up with what she’s pinning. Turns out, the girl pins a ton. Our friends disappeared from our feeds, and the artfully curated world of Elsie Larson took their place. Sharing everything from home and fashion inspiration to luscious recipes and pretty little cocktails, Larson has her finger on the pulse of just about everything. 

Best Little Person Raising Big Money
Kadyn Carroll of Kadyn’s Krew
A local girl fighting cystic fibrosis is moving people everywhere to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and it kind of blows our minds. Kadyn Carroll is only 4 years old, and she endures hours of daily treatments for her disease, but she still manages to have a bright and inspiring personality that has moved people to act. 

“We were stunned when Kadyn was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis,” says Kadyn’s mom, Katie Carroll. “One thing we knew for sure was that we were going to do everything we could to help our baby girl. Kadyn was a born fighter and we quickly realized she would be a champion for cystic fibrosis.” 

This inspiring little girl has raised more than $320,000 so far. If you want to keep up with Kadyn and donate to her cause, follow her on or search Kadyn’s Krew on Facebook. To donate to Kadyn’s Krew, visit her family’s Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Making Strides fundraising page at 

Best Local-Everything Wrangler
Lane McConnell
Between wrangling sources, writers, and models, we know what it means to be always on the move. But there’s one 417-lander who has us all beat: Lane McConnell. As the market manager for the Farmers Market of the Ozarks, McConnell’s phone is always blowing up with text messages, phone calls and emails from market vendors and curious farmers, not to mention that she fields all calls to the market. She attends the market, plans and hosts market events and fundraisers and inspects each of the farms that sell items at the market. On top of all of that, McConnell has two young kids and a husband she has to wrangle when she gets home. So here’s to you, McConnell! Your tenacity inspires us. 

Best Honey-do
Darren Randolph
Call him a honey-do. Call him a Mr. Fix It. Either way, we love this guy. While 417 Magazine’s offices were being remodeled top-to-bottom, Darren Randolph was the person who came in at the end to put all the finishing touches on our big project, hanging pictures and making it all like home. Thanks, Darren!


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