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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,…

Civil War’s impact on Shotwell-Royle family

By Linda Emley At the close of my last story, Fannie Elizabeth Shotwell had just married her prince charming, Milton Franklin Royle. She and her husband set up housekeeping in…

After a difficult childhood, Fannie marries her prince

By Linda Emley I just got back from decorating the showcase at the Ray County Courthouse and thought it would be nice to write a story about one of our…

Time machine? Try our old newspapers

By Linda Emley This story is one of the cool things I found in the Richmond News from the spring of 1957. On April 12, the newspaper reported on Professor…

LeVon Blair was the kind of friend we’d all like to have

By Linda Emley A few days ago I was reading a 1957 Richmond News and ran across a picture of a very dear friend of mine. It was titled “Grounded.”…

Oct. 19 Eagleton country shows revive Farris Opry memory

By Linda Emley On Friday, Oct. 19, Nashville is coming to Richmond and we’re planning on having a good-old time with Clarence Hayden and the Royal Country Band. Shirley Wheller,…

Judge’s 1919 stabbing at courthouse put Ray County in national spotlight

By Linda Emley It’s time once again to change the showcase at the Ray County Courthouse and since Halloween is just around the corner, we’re adding some old-fashioned Halloween items…

Vets honored, friends mingle and mysteries abound

By Linda Emley On Saturday, Sept. 29, the 6th Annual Veteran’s Appreciation Picnic was held at the Ray County Museum. The weather was perfect and over 100 people joined us…

Box suppers preceded homecoming, but who was Harry?

By Linda Emley Since Richmond is celebrating Homecoming this week, I want to share some history of how it has changed over the years. I thought it would be an…

Annual vets’ picnic Saturday at museum

By Linda Emley On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Ray County Historical Society is hosting its 6th annual Veterans’ Appreciation Picnic at the Ray County Museum. This is the third year…