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From jive to Swing as the Farris Concert Season resumes

By Sara Seidel/Staff Writer Two musical sounds – a jiving rhythm and blues band and a smooth Big Band orchestra – may seem to have little in common. Except when…

Library director discusses tax levy proposal to R-XVI board

By Jason Beets/Staff Writer In one of a series of presentations explaining a proposed property tax levy increase to support the Ray County Public Library, Director Rochelle McCaulley outlined details…

Drug prevention group finalizing $125,000 grant entry

Federal grant could aid Ray County in drug education, targeting alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use among youth By Leah Wankum, Editor The Ray County Coalition is in the process of…

After 37 years, Sandra McAfee to retire from R-XI

Orrick school district searching for replacement for 2017-18 school year By Jason Beets, Staff Writer The Orrick R-XI school district is looking to hire a new administrative assistant in anticipation…

Area man charged with statutory sodomy

By Jason Beets, Staff Writer A Henrietta man has been charged with engaging in six sexual acts with a 16-year-old girl. William Christopher Cringan, 37, is charged with six counts…

Alternative transportation for National FFA Week

Fubbler’s Cove entices, delights bike riders

Riders lament ‘for sale’ sign posted in window of one of their favorite cafes By Ed Chasteen, Special to the Richmond News Not all who biked here came in for…

Three founders of Ray County 911 board ousted

With new appointments, neither Orrick nor any city fire protection district is represented By Leah Wankum, Editor Jason Beets, Staff Writer, contributed to this story Correction: Chief Jared Sartin ran…

Shortfalls create varied budget cuts

Layoffs, budget slashes imminent in certain departments; others unscathed By Leah Wankum, Editor Going into 2017, Presiding Commissioner Gary Wilhite said the commissioners knew the county was in “big trouble.”…

County budget axes museum salary

By a 2-0 vote, county commission grants $500 stipend for curator’s salary for February By Leah Wankum, Editor Although the Ray County Museum and historical society’s $6,000 annual stipend was…