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Water budget lacks wiggle room

If Finance Director Melanie Allwood can’t cut back Richmond’s water-fund spending, it won’t be because no one tried. Allwood told the city council Finance Committee Tuesday evening that water cuts…

School Board redirects Robins duties

In a closed session on May 27, Richmond School Board specified the duties of Superintendent Jim Robins and assigned new duties to three other administrators. But it also appears to…

Letter tries to implicate McCrarys

An unsigned letter sent late last week to five Richmond School Board members and The Daily News came from an organization calling itself Citizens Against Unethical Education Spending. But the…

Richmond News here to serve Ray County

As of tomorrow’s edition, readers of this newspaper will see a familiar name – Richmond News – across the top of Page 1. Since many of you still call this…

Shades of gray in city business license law

A city ordinance defining who does and does not require a business license still stands on shaky ground. City Attorney Chris Williams has recommended that the city abide by a…

It’s good, it’s fast, it’s one of Sonic’s best

It’s 1:30 p.m. on Friday, and carhops Michelle Logsdon, LaToya Johnson, Kenzie Wilson and Paige Mrosak are gearing up for the rush. That’s when Sonic Drive-In, 400 E. Main in…

Incomplete records of city property need improvement, audit says

Within one year, Richmond officials will have to assign a place for everything, and then put everything in its place. State Auditor Susan Montee recommended last week that city officials…

Fire district under consideration

The Richmond Public Safety Committee and Fire Department are continuing to discuss the pros and cons of a potential organizational shift. On June 22, the two sides couldn’t reach a…

Audit cites procedural issues with PWSD No. 1

A petition signed by 83 Cowgill residents brought Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee to Public Water Supply District No. 1 of Caldwell County for the first time in several years.…

Change orders piled on City Hall debt

It may be the only storyline emerging from the Missouri State Auditor’s report that won’t have a happy ending. Citizens gasped Monday night when State Auditor Susan Montee said that…