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Downs files order of protection

A Richmond activist will take a city council member’s spouse to court next week for an order of protection. Bill Downs filed for an order of protection ex parte Aug.…

Orrick BOE approves tax rate hike, reviews budget

The Orrick School Board unanimously approved a tax rate increase of around 8 cents for the 2009-10 school year. For homeowners of a $100,000 house, the increase translates to an…

New HCHS principal comes from farm, teaching roots

Hardin-Central High School students are in good hands. They have a new principal – one with farm roots. Rodney Clodfelter grew up in these hills and fields. A 1995 graduate…

Drug Discount Card Available for all Ray County Families

Over 50 Ray County citizens gathered Thursday morning at 10 a.m., in the chambers of the Ray County Commission to launch a discount card program to help consumers cope with…

Richmond boy recovering from extensive burns

A young Richmond boy was seriously injured in a home accident last Thursday. William “Willie” Graham, 2, received third-degree burns on 80 percent of his body when a crockpot of…

Healthcare on mind of area residents

U.S. Congressman Ike Skelton fielded nearly 40 minutes of questions, most of them from older voters with serious concerns over federal healthcare reform. Skelton spokesman Bob Hagadorn said prior to…

Heavy rains force Dollar General to close…again

“I just want something done with our drains out here,” said Dollar General Manager Christie Jones, as she took a break from mopping out the store. Heavy rains Monday morning…

Debate continues for funding, staffing school officers

Prior to the Richmond School District’s crisis management training Aug. 13-14, Richmond Police Chief Terri McWilliams addressed the future of the district’s student resource officer program. “The SRO program has…

Mayor, Childers push for water rate increase

The Richmond City Council finance committee’s first sit-down meeting to discuss the city’s preliminary budget included some uneasy scenarios surrounding a possible 5 percent water rate increase. Still, City Administrator…

Back-to-school supplies a growing investment for parents

Brandi Claypole remembers the good ol’ days well. The Polo mother of four – in school ages pre-school thru sixth grade that head off to class this week – just…