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Heisinger Lake a place Jesse James would never forget

By Linda Emley In 1937, the University of Missouri published a book titled, “Place Names Of Five West Central Counties Of Missouri,” by Anne Elizabeth Atchison. It has a list…

Vegetable salads

Here are some marvelous make-ahead salads that are great for picnics and barbecues. Crunchy and raw or cooked, vegetables in a salad are a wonderful way to get your daily…

After all these years, morels still king

By Linda Emley Like all good Ray Countians, I have been hunting mushrooms all my life. I don’t remember life without the spring ritual of walking the woods while looking…

As a family, Endsleys had the yen for adventure

By Linda Emley After researching Nimrod Hunter Endsley’s adventure, I think I bragged on him too soon. His experience in Louisiana in 1891 was not enough to keep him in…

Hardin MU student among 2012 Corn Growers scholarship winners

The Missouri Corn Scholarship Committee has awarded a 2012 Missouri Corn Scholarship to Brianne McGuire of Hardin. McGuire will receive a $750 scholarship from the Missouri Corn Growers Association and…

City-wide cleanup tidys the stage for weekend festival

By Jo Ellen Dale I am enjoying the beautiful flowers and lush green foliage this year. My Paul Scarlet rose hasn’t looked  as full blown in years. The iris as…

‘A Wanderer Returns’ to Ray

By Linda Emley This letter appeared in the Richmond Conservator on Jan 8,1891 under the headline “A Wanderer Returns to God’s Country.” Orrick, Mo. Jan. 3, 1891 Dear Conservator: “As…

Some of this and that

Been testing a few recipes and found a couple that were keepers. The easy dessert was fast, and a great dessert if you have unexpected company. Cracker barrel hash browns…

Good sign for the Farris Arts District

Rob Swafford calls it “hands-on not-for-profit volunteerism” that he, Tom Bowman, Max Hockemeier and others were engaged in this week. Working with John Long, the Farris buildings and maintenance director,…

Jo’s Jottings: ES nursing home recognizes former Richmond resident

By Jo Ellen Dale Junior Clancy, who once owned a salvage yard in Richmond, was named resident of the month at Valley Manor and Rehab Center in Excelsior Springs.  There…