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1923 demo derby ‘Auto Polo’ ended in mock fisticuffs

By Linda Emley Two years ago, I wrote a story about the demolition derbies of Ray County. On Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m., this year’s derby will take place…

After 35 years of Mushroom Festivals, it’s still all about the morel

By Linda Emley Like all good Ray Countians, I have been hunting mushrooms all my life. I don’t remember life without the spring ritual of walking the woods while looking…

It’s five years since the Postcards column made its debut

By Linda Emley On Thursday April 15, 2010, the Richmond News ran a story titled, “Postcards From Richmond’s Past.” It was the introducing to my column, “If Postcards Could Talk.”…

Meeting of Grant and Lee April 9, 1865 first step to war’s end

By Linda Emley I delayed the rest of my story about the Battle of Albany because I wanted to share some details about April 9, 1865. This is an important date…

Five months after the Albany reenactment, hear the details

By Linda Emley On Thursday, April 9, Ray County Historical Society hosts a carry-in dinner at the Eagleton Center. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. and everyone is invited to bring a…

Richmond offers a plethora of Mormon history sites

By Linda Emley Previously  I mentioned the 10 sites in Richmond that are a part of Mormon history. These sties are as follows: the Ray County Museum, which has a…

Steamboat explosion tragic chapter in Lexington’s history

By Linda Emley The 1881 Lafayette County history book tells the story about a steamboat that was named the Saluda. “STEAMBOAT EXPLOSION — 1851. The river was high, a good…

Another case of one story leading to another … and another

By Linda Emley I’m always working on several different stories at the same time, so it’s hard to decide which story I can get finished before my weekly deadline. If…

Highway 13 Coalition: One thing leads to another, and then some

By Linda Emley I have a good friend that always tells me, “Every thing happens for a reason.” I never believed this because I think we control our own destiny.…

Mike Shane in 2015, John Houston in 1917; pillars of Ray County

By Linda Emley One day in 2012, I was reading an old newspaper and found an interesting article. It was a story about a man that once lived in Richmond…

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