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Coming and going, visitors and guests enjoy our hospitality

By Jo Ellen Dale

Gene Haun writes that she had guests from Tuesday, June 18 to Thursday, June 21. Mr. and Mrs. Mack Everett of Magee, Miss. and their grandson, Frank Cox of Florence, Miss., had planned a longer stay but were called home because of the illness of Mrs. Everett’s mother. While here they toured Kansas City enjoying the fountains, the Arabia Steamboat exhibit and other memorials and sites. They also visited other relatives.
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Last week Julie and Shane Adams from St. John, Ind. visited Julie’s grandmother, Shirley Gadt. While here they went fishing, took a trip to St. Joseph to see the firehouse museum (Shane is the fire chief in St. John) and he found it very interesting. They also visited the new aquarium in Kansas City and enjoyed it very much. The remainder of the time was spent visiting Shirley and other relatives in the area and especially enjoying grandma’s cooking.
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At the regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club, Joe Davis gave a very interesting program about the Ray County Drug Court, which is partially funded by Tri-county Mental Health. He has four associates and they are under the direction of Tim Donaldson. During his talk, he expressed pride that only one of 75 individuals who has gone through the court have been arrested again on drug charges again. Judge David Miller, a Kiwanian, also said their success is remarkable. Program chairman Bryan Bush should be thanked for bringing another good program to the club. Guests today were Sam Bowman, son of Sara Siedel, Christian Powers, son of Phil Powers and Opal Richardson, wife of John Richardson.
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Louise Livingston writes that the local car club, Hard Time Rodders, gathers each Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the west side of the courthouse square to display their vintage and hot rod cars and trucks. On June 20, there were 13 vehicles for visitors who enjoy walk down memory lane or down Granddad’s memory lane. You are all invited to come and take a look.
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Randy Martinez and his wife Betty Ann and three daughters, Jacklyn, Alexis and Hannah would love to thank all the people and friends they have met here in Richmond. It has been a great four and a half years of being part of this community, but they are moving back to Texas to be closer to family. They say they’ll miss all their friends here and hope to return to visit. There are so many people to thank, they say, from the co-workers at Ray County Memorial Hospital and Shirkey Golf Course, where Randy worked, to the kids that Betty Ann took care of and the kids that they coached. The girls met so many new friends and classmates that it will be tough to forget them and they will all be missed. The family asks that you please keep in touch and God bless. And to you and your family, Randy, we say” Vayan con Dios”.
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Friday evening I attended the Masons’ fish fry held at the Masonic Lodge and as always it was delicious. I especially like the thin potato fries and the seasoning on the fish. Allen White told me that last year they had 500 pounds of fish and ran out so this year and purchased  more in order to meet the demand. Personally, I can’t wait until the next one when they have promised to do more of their sweet potato fries. The gentlemen even furnished a pillow for me so that my chin would not be touching the plate.
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On Sunday afternoon, I attended the production, “Aladdin Jr.” staged by the Farris Youth Theatre Company. I cannot say enough good things about it. From the acting, the clear young voices, the costumes, sets and make-up it was all perfection itself. We should be very proud of the talents displayed by the youngsters and adults alike. I hesitate to mention any one name as outstanding because they were all so good. However, it was obvious that the direction of Sandy Cazzell and Rayne Ethertton, plus many hours of hard work by all participants made for a very entertaining afternoon. The only disappointing thing was the size of the audience, but their enthusiasm almost made up for it. I hope that it was because of larger attendance at the evening performances. If you missed this show it was definitely your loss. Bravo and brava!!
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Don’t forget that next Sunday, July 8 there will be a lunch at the United Christian Presbyterian Church, with the chicken being cooked by the J.W. Carter Lodge. In addition, there will be potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw and dessert. The public is invited. Come and join us for a meal served in the cool family life center.
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I hope that all of you enjoy a safe celebration of the 4th of July, Independence Day. I emphasize safe because of the drought conditions and the danger of igniting a fire.
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Stay cool and follow the rules for avoiding heat stroke in this blistering weather.

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