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Another case of one story leading to another … and another

By Linda Emley I’m always working on several different stories at the same time, so it’s hard to decide which story I can get finished before my weekly deadline. If…

Highway 13 Coalition: One thing leads to another, and then some

By Linda Emley I have a good friend that always tells me, “Every thing happens for a reason.” I never believed this because I think we control our own destiny.…

Mike Shane in 2015, John Houston in 1917; pillars of Ray County

By Linda Emley One day in 2012, I was reading an old newspaper and found an interesting article. It was a story about a man that once lived in Richmond…

Cemeteries are the best part of a genealogist’s research

By Linda Emley One of my favorite things to do on a nice sunny day is walk the cemeteries of Ray County. I’m sure this sounds strange to some, but…

If cemeteries could talk, oh the stories they’d tell

By Linda Emley In the 1800s, many families gathered at cemeteries for picnics. There were not many public parks, and cemeteries were a nice place to enjoy a sunny afternoon…

In courthouse’s 100th year, stories remain plentiful

By Linda Emley On Sept.19, 2014, around 200 people gathered at the Ray County Courthouse as we rededicated the cornerstone. It had been 100 years since this cornerstone was dedicated…

Martin Luther ‘Num’ Ball remembered as a ‘fine old soul’

By Linda Emley  Since February is Black History Month, I want to share some history about how it started. First, I checked with a good authority to make certain that…

Ray cemeteries, historic churches fertile source of stories

By Linda Emley This is part two of “everything happens for a reason.” On June 17, I was visiting the Todd’s Chapel cemetery with a friend. This cemetery is a…

Brave Confederate officer remembered as upstanding citizen

By Linda Emley Most towns in America have a Main Street and then there are all the other streets that are named after someone from the past. As we drive…

I spy what makes the town go ‘round: Our Rotary and Kiwanis clubs

By Linda Emley 2014 was a very busy year for me. I’ve been working on a story that recaps the events of last year, but I’m having a hard time…