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Straight talker takes cues from his constituents

Jim Dunwoodie understands thrift. The Ward III Richmond city councilman – currently completing his first term and seeking his second this coming April – won’t waste time with $5 words…

Charges against council candidate dropped

A judge dismissed criminal charges against a Richmond City Council candidate Tuesday. Richmond police had arrested Christopher Keen, 22, on Dec. 26 at his home in the 700 block of…

Two board appointments made in closed meeting

Two Rayville Board of Trustees members who joined the board in April were appointed at a closed meeting, an apparent violation of the Missouri Sunshine Law. The Sunshine Law defines…

Farris Arts District project continues with former Pythias building

The Farris Theatre and the former Knights of Pythias building share both an era and adjoining walls. Sometime after Jan. 10, the two buildings will become even more closely connected.…

Storm creates travel headaches, but no fatalities

The Ray County area received heavy snow like much of western and northwest Missouri, but it appears to have avoided deaths and significant injuries. Northern Ray County took the brunt…

County expects smooth 911 transition with city

All things considered, Ray County 911 Director Scott Enss anticipates an eventful, but uncomplicated consolidation with Richmond’s 911 and dispatch services. “We’ve got several hurdles we need to overcome,” Enss…

Filings for local races sporadic

April’s general election continued to take this shape this week, as three more local races continued to fill out. In Orrick’s race for two school board seats, incumbents Tim Twyman…

Ray County looking to scrutinize risk identification

The Ray County Commission will have some disaster-preparedness decisions to make in the near future. Commissioners Allen Dale and Mike Twyman met briefly Wednesday with two Mid-America Regional Council Representatives.…

County examines energy reduction

Ray County recently applied for a $7,299 grant, the first step in possibly reducing its cost to heat and cool county buildings. EPM, a Fulton, Mo., company that designs and…

Fitzwater learning the ropes of new job

Rodger Fitzwater, Ray County’s new presiding commissioner, spent his first week at work getting his feet on the ground. There was mail to read, papers to sign, a routine to…