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Masked gunman pleads not guilty

By Leah Wankum, Editor The Independence man who confessed to being the masked assailant who robbed Casey’s General Store in January has pleaded not guilty. Exactly 28 days after James…

Egg-citing time at annual egg hunt

Wentworth’s troubled past and uncertain future

One major donor who has kept Wentworth afloat identified; alumni association working to bring graduates together through website By Leah Wankum, Editor The Class of 2018 at Wentworth Military Academy…

Closure impacts local high school students

By Sara Seidel, Staff Writer This year’s area seniors who are bound for college have all but packed their bags as their final high school semester ends, but for some,…

Dangerous building an issue for Orrick business owner

Rundown 117-year-old building emits mildew smell into neighboring business By Liz Johnson, Staff Writer Old, rundown buildings are a problem of small, rural towns in Missouri, and Orrick is no…

Richmond councilors assume seats

New member Justin Meier joins Richmond council By Sara Seidel, Staff Writer One new councilor and three re-elected incumbents took their oaths of office Tuesday to serve on the Richmond…

After 137 years, Wentworth to close May 31

By Leah Wankum, Editor After 137 years of educating cadets and civilians, Wentworth Military Academy & College in Lexington is closing its doors permanently. Letters dated April 7 and signed…

Spring break means spring cleaning

Mizzou Alternative Breaks deep cleans Ray County Museum, picks up trash and debris on Ray County Courthouse lawn By Leah Wankum, Editor “The museum’s cleaner than it’s been in a…

Citywide sales delight area bargain hunters

By Leah Wankum, Editor The town was all hustle and bustle to find that good deal. People had several dozen options to shop around, while participating homes had the opportunity…

Showdown looms over prescription drug monitoring program

By Lucille Sherman, Columbia Missourian Even as a Senate committee approved a proposed prescription drug monitoring program, a potential showdown on the bill’s fate was playing out behind the scenes. House…