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Cowboy lived with guns a-blazin’

By Linda Emley Every Ray Countian knows that when Halloween is over deer season is just around the corner. The 1881 Ray County History tells about the early days of…

2014 event will recreate Bloody Bill’s death near Orrick

By Linda Emley On April 21, 1862, the Confederate Congress passed the Partisan Ranger Act. This law was written to help recruit irregulars to serve in the Civil War. Many…

The paranormal draws investigators to museum

By Linda Emley There’s been a lot of activity on the hill lately and it’s the “Paranormal” kind. Paranormal Research Investigators – also known as the Law and Order-sounding PRI…

Rayville, facing disincorporation, has deep roots in Ray

By Linda Emley Since Rayville has been in the news lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it would be like without Rayville in our lives. Many things in…

On Oct. 29, join a Civil War reenactor for photos at the museum

By Linda Emley On April 15, 1861, Abe Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for 75,000 militia to unite to suppress the insurrection of the southern states and the American Civil…

DAR’s impact on country, Ray County significant

(Pictured is Marie Watkins Oliver, a Ray Countian and DAR member who helped design Missouri’s flag)   By Linda Emley On Saturday afternoon, Feb. 20, 1909, 17 women gathered at…

Lasting relationships prove: Friends once, friends forever

  By Linda Emley This is a story about friends. How many times have we thought about some old friend and wonder why we didn’t stay in touch? Friends come…

Kiwanis plans for another successful Trick or Treat Street program

At the regular meeting of Kiwanis Oct. 4 at The 19th Hole restaurant, Past President Larry Goodloe awarded Brian Bush the President’s Award Plaque for a very successful fundraiser, the…

Over the years, community has embraced the Farris

The Allen-Morton Watkins Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution held its monthly meeting at the Farris Theater on Oct. 11 and heard from guest speaker Rob Swafford. Rob is president…

An example of how choices impact life farther down the road

  “On Tuesday evening, Oct. 10,1911, at 7:30 o’clock the marriage of Miss Ruth Sanderson and Mr. Oliver Johnson took place at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and…