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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…

Civil War re-enactors tell the truth, the whole truth or something like the truth

By Linda Emley All of my stories start with a question, and then I go looking for an answer. Sometimes it takes a few minutes and sometimes it takes a…

Six Spartans earn league honors on diamond

By Russ Green-Sports Editor League champion Holden and runner-up Richmond take up six spots on the 10-member MRVC East first-team all-conference baseball squad as voted on by the coaches. Holden…

Dorothy Ellen Hoffman

Dorothy Ellen Hoffman, 96, Wellington, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Golden Living Center, Odessa. Visitation will be Thursday  evening  from  6 to 8 p.m. at Walker-Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home, Lexington.…