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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…

Holiday season in 1958 Richmond had a few things in common with 2012

By Linda Emley I like to consider myself a time traveler, but my “time machine” only travels one direction because it’s always stuck in reverse. When I feel the need…

I’m thankful for the traditions that survive

By Linda Emley The world as we know it changes every day. I’m one of those people that does not like change so I’m always sad when I see old…

Native Americans, part of Ray’s early history, were displaced, but not warlike

By Linda Emley With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I was thinking about the people that shared that first feast. According to the History Channel, “In 1621, the Plymouth colonists…

Vets still giving, this time with their stories

By Linda Emley In Clinton, there’s a Victorian house that was built in 1868 by Gustave Haysler. Today it looks very much like it did in 1868 thanks to Mr.…

Richmond sailor had hand in making sure U.S. torpedoes detonated on impact

By Linda Emley Sunday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. I’m not a veteran but I was a Navy wife for 5 years, so I understand. My husband was on the…

If Postcards Could Talk: Tragedy cut Smith rally short

By Linda Emley As promised, I’m going to tell you the story about the 48-star flag that is now on display in the showcase at the Ray County Courthouse. On…