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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…

TranSystems getting lay of the land, assessing Richmond’s road system

The TranSystems team assessing Richmond’s transportation needs is very close to switching gears. Ideally, the Kansas City firm’s engineering team will have all the information it needs by that time…

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…