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Stories of his great-great-great grandfather inspires Robert Hutchins as a Civil

“I grew up listening to stories – about my great grandparents, French Harold and Duchess (Summer) Boggess – all kinds of stories,” said Robert Hutchins, describing how he came to…

Grants can be tricky. Competing for them can be trickier.

Economic development specialist and entrepreneuer Molly McGovern should know. Her expertise has written many a Ray County public infrastructure grant. She’s assisted Richmond, Henrietta and Hardin in finding development grant…

City budget vote may be Tuesday

Richmond’s fiscal year 2010 budget faces its first vote Tuesday evening. It could come down to a few votes in either direction. Several Richmond City Council members might not give…

Prisoner contract essentially a done deal

A prisoner-housing contract, a long time coming, is about to become a reality. Ray County officials, including Sheriff Sam Clemens, say the contract to house Richmond Police prisoners is ready…

Chilly weekend for festival

It was windy and cold for participants and visitors at the first Living History Festival held at the Ray County Museum and Fairgrounds Saturday. The Civil War re-enactors seemed most…

Group asked to address alleged boycotts

For a moment, it looked like the Richmond City Council might move to symbolically distance itself from the Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce. The council discussed government-Chamber relations Tuesday evening…

Mom of H1N1 child wants others to know

“I thought she just had a cold,” said Leslie Vandiver, describing symptoms her 14-year-old daughter Taran was having on Friday, Sept. 25. “She went to school on Friday and came…

Halloween and Thanksgiving – cowboy-style

Though Halloween and Thanksgiving are still weeks away, Big River Ranch of Lexington has been planning for both holidays for some time, and wants the public to know about it.…

City worker debate to share costs continues

Reasonable Richmond employees might argue soon whether their paychecks look half-full or half-empty. They could be in good company. The Richmond City Council and administration don’t fully see eye-to-eye, either.…

RHS Marching Spartans – in full-fledged competition

The Richmond High School Marching Spartan Band is hitting the ground on several turfs this year. For the first time in many years, the band is branching beyond just marching…