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Approved, but incomplete

By a 2-1 vote, county commissioners pass 2017 budget; major cuts to impact most departments By Leah Wankum, Editor Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on…

County assessor charging for full access to online records

Kent Wollard: ‘I should have charged it from day one,’ other counties following suit By Leah Wankum, Editor At a time when Ray County is stretching funds thinner and thinner…

Mo. AG sues Polley for restitution to alleged victims

By Leah Wankum, Editor Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley filed a civil suit Wednesday against former funeral home director Toby Polley for cheating people out of their preneed accounts –…

Court hands 9 years to Facebook predator

A Delaware man who enticed a Richmond-area girl through Facebook into a sexual encounter was sentenced to 23 years in federal prison without parole Feb. 8. Aaron T. Fletcher, 39,…

Turning ground for new city park

By Leah Wankum, Editor The sod is partly dug up on a small plot of land on Crispin Street. So begins the construction of Hamann Park, marked by 12 golden…

County to get its first emergency operations center

By Leah Wankum, Editor Christmas came a little late for Carl Harper, but it came nonetheless. He has now found a space for Ray County’s first dedicated emergency operations center.…

New statistics emphasize ag’s impact in county

By Leah Wankum, Editor The agricultural, forestry and related industries support 1,471 jobs in Ray County. Last year, these industries made $117.4 million in sales. These are just a few…

New Dear playground considered by R-16 board

School board consider future facility upgrades at Dear, Sunrise and RHS By Jason Beets, Staff Writer Plans to begin new projects for the Richmond school district are in the works…

Corps working to extend comment period for Missouri River management plan

By Leah Wankum, Editor Major players in the management of the Missouri River have recommended extending the time to review a draft of a recovery plan for the river. The…

Missouri joins 27 states with right-to-work legislation

By Jack Morrisroe, Columbia Missourian, Lucille Sherman and the Richmond News contributed to this report Gov. Eric Greitens will make Missouri the 28th “right to work” state as he signs…