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R-XVI School Board approves tax rate hike

By a 7-0 vote, the Richmond R-XVI School Board voted for a 5-cent tax rate increase for the 2009-10 school year. The increase is to offset revenue declines in farm,…

Downs, Stanley tensions go public

A public accusation of harassment against a Richmond City Council member’s spouse – and that the council member helped enable it – could elevate existing citizen-council tensions. Prior to publicly…

911, prisoner housing troubles nearing end?

A step toward the resolution of two long-time public safety issues included brief tense moments between Richmond Mayor Lance Green and city council member Bob Bond. Bond and Green first…

Rural broadband: Beating the ‘Big Boys?’

Before iTunes, Facebook, Twitter or Google were household names, Dave Simmons was Richmond’s first Internet go-to guy. In 1998, his Internet service provider – 3-D Corporations – made the Ray…

Richmond man dies in car crash

The victim of a one-vehicle wreck along Missouri 10 in Ray County Friday has been identified as Ricky Wellman, 48, of Richmond. Authorities said Wellman was westbound Friday evening around…

Groups get county children ready for school

The minute you pulled into the parking lot at the Ray County Veterans Community Memorial building, you knew it was a special event. Hosted by the Ray County Family Support…

City seeks bids for city attorney

The city of Richmond is examining its options for filling its future legal needs. An advertisement in the Friday, Aug. 7, edition of The Daily News announced that the city…

Great-granddaughter visits county museum’s display of James family

Betty Barr came all the way from Overland Park, Kan., to see the Jesse James tintypes and photographs on display at the Ray County Museum. It’s pretty exciting to get…

Committee meeting stirs several debates

The Richmond City Council Ordinance Committee was greeted Thursday evening by an audience with some things to get off their chests. The group of 20 to 30 Richmond citizens –…

Food safety bill raises new questions

House passage of a federal food safety bill has Ray County’s state legislators considering consequences beyond preventing another produce recall. H.R. 2749 passed the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday, including…