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Gorham seeks to add more medals for his summer collection

By Russ Green-Sports Editor It has been a busy summer for Riley Gorham and he hopes to make it an even busier one after a trip to St. Louis this…

Pint, ‘banger’ terms of survival in pub-eze

By Jason Offutt Author’s note: I recently spent three and a half weeks teaching in London. The next few weeks I’ll explore what it was like living in that city.…

Jack Remembers: Gold plated or not, Betty was the best friend a guy could have

By Jack Hackley I lost my best friend.  Her name was Betty, and I have bought her breakfast and dinner every day for the past ten years. After I moved…

Pat’s Pantry: Summer Veggies

By Pat Mills This is about the time gardens start to produce those wonderful veggies and we need some new good recipes to use them up.  Fresh vegetables can be…

Books: our friends, and a safe spot for history

By Linda Emley I’m a collector and that is why I love my job at the Ray County Museum. Each room has a theme and is a collection of items…

For Ray Countians, the Fourth has always been a day for celebration

By Linda Emley I love the Fourth of July because ‎56 men put their “John Hancock” on the Declaration of Independence and now it’s our job to keep their dream alive.…

Democracy’s most essential ingredient: leadership

By Lee Hamilton For those of us who think and write about democracy, few things are more appealing than a book about how to make it work better. My shelves…

Back Beat: In our neck of the woods, lawn care matter of obsessiveness

By Tim Osburn I live in a very nice, middle-class suburban conclave known as Pinecrest. Our home is a Cape Cod, built by my Lady Jane. The lawns of all…

FCE essay winner finds more success, rewards at district, state

Incentives, activities, prizes add fun to reading programs

Ray County Library’s summer reading programs for children ages 3 to 18,  “Dig Into Reading” and “Beneath the Surface,” started June 1 and will continue through July 31. Thanks to…