Rural News


Bank Branches Vanishing in Small Towns

Small banks face a disproportionately large regulatory burden.



15 Ordinary Things About Country Life

. . . that city folk will never understand!



Disabled, or Just Desperate?

Rural Americans turn to disability as jobs dry up.



No Longer ‘Mayberry’: A Small Ohio City Fights an Epidemic of Self-destruction

On the streets of Chillicothe, Ohio (pop. 21,738): “Shooting heroin is like drinking beer.”



The Aggressive Nazi-bred Cows that Caused Havoc on a Modern British Farm

The story of how the Nazis got into the cow-breeding business actually began in 1600s Poland. Fortunately the 2,000 or so in existence are pretty much all in Europe.



How a Quiet Kansas Farmhouse Wound Up with 600 Million IP Addresses!

This little house in the center of the country became the crossroads of the Internet!



Iowa Farmers Ripped Out Prairie; Now Some Hope It Can Save Them

Wild grasses are making a comeback in rural Iowa!



No Cell Phones, Wi-fi Allowed

Looking for a place to get away from it all? The small town of Green Bank, West Virginia, may be just what the doctor ordered!



The Next Big Thing in American Regional Cooking

Yes, there is such a thing as Appalachian Cuisine!



Rural America Is the New “Inner City”

A thought-provoking article from the Wall Street Journal. Go to this RealClearPolitics link and then click on Read full article.

And here is a summary of the article from Illinois University’s Farm Policy News




Small Towns Face Rising Suicide Rates

The realities of small-town life are influencing suicide rates in rural America. According to a study published in the May [2015] issue of the journal JAMA Pediatrics, the suicide rate for rural adolescents is twice that of their urban counterparts. Suicide rates across the age spectrum increases 20 percent in rural counties between 2004-2013. These disturbing trends continue to increase.



When a National Tragedy Affects a Small Town . . .

And it appears the headline writer misrepresents the story!



Returning to Rural Communities . . . or Not

Return migration can make a big difference in repopulating small towns. A research study has identified some of the factors that motivate former residents of rural communities to return (or not return) after living elsewhere. You can link to the just the summary or read the full report.



Farmers Have a Horrifyingly High Suicide Rate

You might assume that rural living is a peaceful and low-stress lifestyle. The stress for farmers can be severe, so severe that their suicide rates are alarming. Small-town and country pastors and churches will do well to recognize the symptoms of this agri-stress among farmers and their families.



Hunt Brothers Rules Rural Pizza Market from Gas Stations

There are big opportunities for businesses in small towns. Hunt Brothers Pizza (HBP) is selling pizzas in places where major pizza franchises wouldn’t locate. Now 7,300 locations strong, HBP is baked and sold in small-town gas stations and convenience stores in 28 states. Who says nothing good can come from small towns?



Rural Youth Suicide Incidents Close to Double Urban Rate

The results from a study about teen suicide, conducted by Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, may surprise you. The study found that the suicide rate for rural youth is almost two times higher than for urban youth. This article is a reminder that youth-based ministry in town and country settings is needed.



Federal Subsistence Board Seeks Change to Rural Determination Process

Defining “rural” is not an exact science. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Rural encompasses all population, housing, and territory not included within an urban area. But if a community of 2,500 is located in a densely populated area, the Census Bureau considers it to be within an Urban Cluster and not rural. To add to some of the confusion, the following article puts a new twist on determining the meaning of “rural” in Alaska!



Urban-Rural Split in Minnesota Grows Deeper, Wider

Rural Minnesota communities are concerned that their needs are being overlooked by state lawmakers who appear to prefer spending tax dollars in Minnesota’s cities. ​Demographic trends and declining rural populations contribute to the growing concerns.



Rural Banking and You

Agweek gives six reasons to keep it local!



Tribute to a Fallen Farmer

Read a heart-warming story about how an Illinois small-town farming community paid tribute to a young farmer, Kyle Hendrix, who passed away at age 31.



Rural Bank Leaders Out on the Frontiers of Compliance

It’s a challenge for rural banks to keep up with federal regulations.




Closing a Hospital, and Fearing for the Future

Closing a Hospital, and Fearing for the Future

Closing of rural hospitals is becoming a routine fact of life for many small communities.



Drones to Deliver Medicine to Rural Virginia Field Hospital

The current growing popularity of drones may be the answer to getting medicine and other supplies to health clinics in rural and remote areas.



Rural Hospitals, Beset by Financial Problems, Struggle to Survive

The stories of rural hospitals closing their doors continue to mount. When a rural hospital goes out of business, it is difficult particularly for the elderly who have depended on a nearby hospital to treat their medical needs. So goes the story of the now defunct hospital in Mount Vernon, Texas.



Rural Health, Communities Seek Ways to Improve Care

While many rural hospitals have gone out of business and continue to do so, the Hopedale Medical Complex (HMC) is thriving and expanding. You’ll enjoy reading about this unique and successful hospital in the small town of Hopedale, Illinois. HMC is on the list of small-town “field trip” stops that RHMA’s TACT students experience each year.



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