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Commissioner hospitalized after stroke

Western Ray County Commissioner Mike Twyman has moved from Excelsior Springs Medical Center to North Kansas City Hospital, following a Thursday afternoon stroke. A North Kansas City Hospital official said…

Bomb threat likely reduced to graffiti

Richmond Police believe a bomb threat investigated at Richmond High School likely wasn’t a legitimate one, according to an investigation. Police Chief Terri McWilliams said Friday morning a pencil-graffiti message…

First weekend of December ushers in area Christmas events

There’s a big chill in the air signifying December’s arrival. But the first weekend of December also ushers in many Christmas parties and events. This weekend looks like a busy…

Benn convicted on 4 sex crimes

A Carrollton man now awaits a January sentencing on sodomy and child molestation charges after a jury’s guily verdict. A jury Monday convicted Mitchell Benn, 32, on three statutory sodomy…

Orrick schools likely to look at 2010 spending cuts

The Orrick RXI Board of Education met in regular session on Monday evening, Nov. 16. Orrick Superintendent Dr. Marcus Stucker reported that the budget was down slightly – revenues at…

Monday morning wreck claims two lives

A two-car accident Monday claimed the lives of two Ray County women and hospitalized two individuals. A southbound 2008 Lincoln Towncar driven by Tommy O’Dell, 77, Richmond, on U.S. Highway…

Man dies from injuries in Friday accident

The Grain Valley man injured a Friday crash in Richmond has died. John W. Armstrong, 57, was pronounced dead late Sunday at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. from…

911 votes swing on dispatch financials

With a guaranteed Dec. 15 mayoral veto approaching, the Richmond City Council’s three swing voters say they are ready and willing to re-evaluate available all-consolidation information. Council members know Mayor…

Toys ‘way behind schedule’ for annual Salvation Army Angel Tree

Help wanted: Elves for Santa’s workshop. Toys for Salvation Army’s Toy Store are in great demand and “way behind schedule,” according to caseworker Judy Zilliox. “Our greatest need is toys.…

Harvest up big for beans, average for corn

Call 2009 a balanced harvest year for Ray County-area corn and soybean growers. The same overly-wet conditions, mild summer temperatures and heavy mid-to late-summer rains produced both above-average-yields for soybeans…