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Contested races, tax measures on April 4 ballot

By Jason Beets, Staff Writer Filing for the April 4 municipal elections closed Tuesday, with contested races for city government and school board positions, alongside tax measures in some Ray…

Trapped hawk rescued from landmark site

By Leah Wankum, Editor A trapped hawk was rescued from a landmark building on the Richmond square Wednesday morning. The hawk was trapped in a window on the top level…

Manhunt draws six law enforcement agencies, locks down Lawson schools

By Bryce Mereness, The Excelsior Springs Standard A routine police stop Wednesday, Jan. 25, launched what turned into a seven-hour manhunt that drew in six law enforcement agencies and temporarily…

Judge David Miller required to retire later this year

Missouri Constitution states judges must retire at 70 By Jason Beets, Staff Writer Circuit Judge David Miller will retire later this year due to a provision in the Missouri Constitution…

Bid finalized for new Hamann Park

Construction to begin Feb. 1, weather permitting By Leah Wankum, Editor With figures for Hamann Park coming in just under budget, the Richmond Park Board is ready to start turning…

Ray County 911 faces budget cuts

House bill attempts to capture cell phone tax for 911 funding as landline revenue dissipates; Missouri only state not to do so By Leah Wankum, Editor The Ray County 911…

Richmond native, MSU chorale take world’s stage at inauguration

By JoEllen Black, Publisher A Richmond High School graduate had a historic part in the inauguration of President Donald Trump Friday. Cameron LaBarr directed the Missouri State University’s well-regarded chorale…

$400,000 shortfall delays county budget

By Leah Wankum, Editor Citing an anticipated shortfall of about $400,000, the Ray County Commissioners are still working on the county’s 2017 budget, which should have been forwarded to the…

Library puts 10-cent levy increase on ballot

Additional revenue will mean more operating hours, outreach and programs By Leah Wankum, Editor For the first time in more than three decades, Ray County Library has placed a measure…

Area legislator files prevailing wage exemption bill for public schools, local governments

By Jason Beets, Staff Writer A local representative has proposed two bills that would exempt public agencies, including school districts, cities and counties, from a state requirement that they pay…