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Jo’s Jottings: Sad news opens what otherwise was a pleasant, active week

By Jo Ellen Dale Yesterday I received some very sad news.  My friend and relative, Myra Hamann, has died.  She was a remarkable woman and will be missed by many.…

EPA Administrator uses visit to air farm issues face to face

By Fifth District Congressman Emanuel Cleaver In my many years of service, it is not often I have been able to bring someone like EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to town,…

Tax reform efforts undermined by ‘political timidity’

By Lee Hamilton As Congress moves forward on budget negotiations, the word out of Washington is to expect nothing major: no grand bargain, just more stopgap, short-term fixes. Yet there’s…

Youth in Agriculture scholarship applications available

The Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture scholarship application, for Missouri High School seniors graduating in 2014, is now available online at www.mostatefair.com/youth-in-agriculture. Applications should be submitted to the Missouri…

Adopt-a-pet: Buster looking for a good home

The Humane Society of Ray County has a selection of adoptable cats and dogs at its shelter. Adoption days are Saturdays and Sundays from 1-3 p.m. at 200 S. College…

McCaskill urges compromise on Farm Bill

Less than 50 days ahead of an impending deadline that could drastically raise the price of dairy products and leave farmers and ranchers with no financial protection from natural disasters,…

Postcards: Since 1947, Richmond Chamber has helped promote the community

By Linda Emley On Oct. 10, I attended the Annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner with the Ray County Historical Society board. This is an event I never took the time…

Sylvia Brazeal

Sylvia Brazeal, 82, of Excelsior Springs passed away Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. The family will receive friends Saturday, Nov. 16, from 11 a.m to 1:30 p.m. at the Polley Funeral Home…

Robert Earl Proffitt

Robert Earl Proffitt, 95, Richmond,  passed away Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 at the Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Richmond. Robert (Bob) was born to Charles H. and Anna Lee…

Martha Mary Outersky

Martha Mary Outersky, 89, of Richmond, died Tuesday, Nov.12, 2013 at North Care Hospice House in North Kansas City. Martha was born Nov. 16, 1923 in Richmond, to Bartlett and…