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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…

On Nov. 2, 1948, the buck didn’t stop here, but it did sleep in Excelsior Springs

By Linda Emley Election Day is the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. So why is it always on a Tuesday? It was originally created so no one…

A flock with longevity

By Linda Emley A few days ago, I was looking at a scrapbook from the Morton community and there were lots of interesting newspaper clippings, but there was one story…

Postcards: Fond memories of our public library, which hosts a book sale beginning Friday

By Linda Emley I love books. I collect many things, but my book collection is my true obsession. It’s always fun to find a rare book at a good price,…