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A COMMUNITY WISH LIST FOR 2015

We asked residents to suggest things they’d like to see happen this year Newspaper articles don’t change things – at least not directly. But they do stimulate discussion and debate,…

Former prosecutor fills a need, pinch hits

Bryan McMahon fills in for Camille Johnston, who is ill; Rebecca Matthews trial set By David Knopf-News Editor Former Ray County Prosecuting Attorney Bryan McMahon was back in court Wednesday…

A gift from the grave: Illinois woman’s estate benefits Orrick

By David Knopf-News Editor It’s around 280 miles from Okawville, Ill., a town of 1,400, to Orrick, home to about 800. It’s not known – nor is it likely –…

Nixon pardons Ray Co. man of 25-year-old conviction

By David Knopf-News Editor A Ray County man convicted 25 years ago of two counts of selling marijuana is among nine Missourians granted pardons before the New Year. The power…

County swearing-in has inaugural feel

BIG CROWD ATTENDS HISTORIC OATH OF OFFICE FOR COUNTY OFFICIALS By JoEllen Black-Richmond News Publisher A normally low-key event filled the third-floor circuit courtroom New Year’s Eve. They were there…

FREE AND CLEAR

Commission, others involved in purchase of county jail retire $750,000 loan By JoEllen Black-Richmond News Publisher They wanted to burn the loan papers ceremonially, but Eastern Commissioner Allen Dale joked…

Mayor’s race draws filings from incumbent, challenger

By JoEllen Black-Richmond News Publisher The race for Richmond mayor will have at least two contestants in the April 2015 election. Mayor Mike Wright has filed for re-election along with…

Blunt says federal disaster threshold hurts small cities

By David Knopf-News Editor A United States Senator made a big impression in May by calling a resident to check on tornado damage in town. Sen. Roy Blunt left his…

Ray Co. farmers get briefing on complex farm act

By Shawn Roney-For the Richmond News Whitney Weigel is trying to make something complicated easier to understand. The University of Missouri Extension regional agricultural business specialist is visiting towns around…

Skin disorder, family recipe led to natural healing, cleansing

By David Knopf-News Editor Shonna Hilliard’s title on her Red Shed Soap Co. business card is “Alchemist.” Some of her friends and customers refer to her, at least tongue in…