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Guard members, families enjoy some R&R

By Sara Seidel, Staff writer It’s a good thing members of the National Guard’s 1135th Engineer Company met Sunday for fun. If they had been meeting for work, they would…

Shipping ‘the word of God’: 5,000 Bible copies assembled in Richmond this week will be shipped to impoverished Haiti

By Sara Seidel, Staff writer A person who wants a Bible in the United States can walk into just about any church, bookstore or library and find one. It’s not…

Relay for Life site new, but goals remain the same

By Russ Green and David Knopf The cause hasn’t changed  – raising money for cancer research and honoring both survivors and those who have succumbed – but walkers will have…

Jack Remembers: Ace mechanic didn’t always finish what he started

By Jack Hackley Forest Smith was one of those guys who could do anything, and do it well. I ran a three-bay Sinclair station with a restaurant that served 3.2-percent…

Ray County lake, respite from rain provide peaceful setting for guard

Jo’s Jottings: Trip to Branson boasts first-hand countryside tour from a tram

By Jo Ellen Dale Wanda Downs writes that recently she and husband Jimmy returned from a week in Branson and Arkansas. They visited Silver Dollar City during the celebration of…

Equal Pay Act’s been on the books 50 years, but when will it become reality?

By Lisa Maatz June 10 marks the 50th anniversary of the federal legislation that required employers to give women and men equal pay for equal work. Newsflash: It’s not working.…

Whirled Peas: Jack the Beanstalk has nothing on Hyacinth Bean Plant, the pole dancer

By Dennis Carlson This is not the story of a young country girl who moves to the big city in search of her dreams and becomes entangled in a sordid…

Crop Progress Report: Rains keep farmers from fields

Through June 3 Agricultural Summary Heavy rainfall and localized flooding halted planting and fieldwork across the state. Many areas had flash flooding and flooding from creeks and rivers.  There were…

Pets could make your house a home

The Humane Society of Ray County has a selection of adoptable cats and dogs at its shelter. Regular adoption days are each Saturday and Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at 200…