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Five die in Braymer fire

Stet Volunteer Fire Department was called for mutual aid in the tragic weekend fire in rural Braymer that killed five people. Daniel Cosgrove, 11, Stony Mack Russell, 11, Kenzi Ford,…

County eyes cuts in utility costs, use

No Ray County expense is likely to be safe from scrutiny in 2010, and commissioners are already looking at reducing the county’s utility costs. The cost of heating and cooling…

Cats find friendly haven at museum, center

Cats are known for having nine lives, but two Richmond felines have pretty much settled for a double life. And who could blame them? These grey cats slink around a…

Adult reading classses may begin this month

A road out of adult illiteracy is about to become a full-fledged reality. An adult reading education program could begin by mid-January, Ideal Industries job developer Linda Lauck said. Lauck…

Stucker says caution needed for school budget

The Orrick R-XI Board of Education met in regular session Monday, Dec. 14. After the approval of the agenda, minutes and payment of bills, Superintendent Dr. Marcus Stucker gave his…

New Year’s weekend quiet in Ray County

Lightning doesn’t often strike the same place twice. Dodging bullets might be just as rare. Two holiday weekends in a row, Richmond has dodged a few dangerous, snow-white bullets. Just…

Chris Keen accounts for bad checks, charges

A Richmond Ward I city council candidate has explained that his arrest and an ultimate dismissal on bad-check charges stemmed from a misunderstanding over some previous mistakes he’s made. Chris…

2009: Turbulent time marks end of decade

The economy dominated headlines in 2009. In one way or another, the economy affected everyone – from unemployment to dwindling state and local budgets due to a decline in taxable…

Making the Missouri mightier: MoDOT and others hope to tap into the transportati

Orrick farmer Tom Waters places a scale-model towboat behind a cluster of toy barges on his desk. It’s not Waters enjoying a second childhood, but his way of showing how…

Incorrect revisions hold up 911 contract

Confusion will at least momentarily delay emergency 911 and dispatch consolidation between Richmond and Ray County. Ray County 911 Director Scott Enss caught discrepancies between the contract to combine Richmond’s…