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By Linda Emley (Editor’s note: Linda is running this previously published story to set the stage for her upcoming The Rest of the Story.) In Weston, there’s a shop called…

Need a boost for the Christmas spirit? Try Ray County in 1965

By Linda Emley The year was 1965 and L.B.J. was our President. The war in Vietnam was heating up when 3,500 U.S. Marines arrived in South Vietnam March 8 and…

Kerry Woods touched many, and will continue to through his art

By Linda Emley A couple of years ago, Sean Comer wrote a story for the Richmond News about Kerry Woods. Kerry was the local artist who created posters for the first…

In 1833, the sky fell, but life went on

By Linda Emley It was 11 p.m. last Thursday and I was sitting at the museum trying to find a story before my deadline the next morning. It had been…

‘Wonderful Life’ cast, my new friends open door to world of theater

By Linda Emley On Saturday, Dec. 8, I did something I’ve never done before. Please forgive me, but I had never attended a play at the Farris Theatre. My first…

Church cookbooks another route to Ray County’s past

By Linda Emley Last Saturday, I attended the Richmond News Christmas party. When the whole News crew gets together, we are a diverse group that shares a common goal: “Keep…

I’m thankful newspaper’s ‘Postcards’ series helps residents see their county in a new light

To the Editor: We all have so many things for which to be thankful – as Linda Emley pointed out in her beautiful “Postcards” article before Thanksgiving. One thing we…

Wedding setting guaranteed good memories

By Linda Emley On Dec. 5, 1901, The Richmond Missourian hinted of the the Christmas shopping rush that was coming soon, “One Week More of Clearing the Way for Richmond’s…

In his short life, Rep. Jerry Litton made an impression not soon forgotten

By Linda Emley On Thursday, May 25, 1972 the people of Richmond gathered at the Kirkpatrick Auditorium and watched the class of 1972 receive diplomas. I was there in 1972,…

County FFA has rich, deep history

By Linda Emley This story is about Ray County’s FFA, better know as Future Farmers of America. Sometimes I start working on a story like this one and realize that…