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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.…

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…

Jo’s Jottings: Offutt family reunion draws members from 15 states, Mexico

By Jo Ellen Dale As I mentioned in my last column, I do have more information about the Offutt reunion.  On June 8, the descendants of Jane Elizabeth (Betty) Hewlett…

Pat’s Pantry: Fourth of July grilling

By Pat Mills Fire up the grills, company is coming. This Fourth of July let’s dazzle the folks with some great burgers and dogs from the grill. The sweet onion…

Postcards: Not much has changed in Fourth festivities

By Linda Emley Since the Fourth of July is only a few days away, I decided to visit a year from our past and see what was going on around…

Getting around in London? Don’t anger the lift

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.…

Now, the rest of the story to the catfish caught in that ‘old dirty farm pond’

To the Editor: I’m no Paul Harvey but … When the lake was built it was originally to be for our own and the neighbor’s private use and the minnows…