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Judge hears recount petition today

A hearing this afternoon at Ray County Courthouse will determine whether a recount of the county prosecutor’s race will be granted. Prosecuting Attorney Bryan McMahon filed a petition with the…

Road work scheduled for Hwy. 13

It’s hard to miss the road and bridge work taking place in Ray County – work that will continue well into the fall. Ron Cordes, maintenance superintendent for Ray County,…

Tis the season: area schools set tax levies

With distrust of government and anti-tax sentiment at all-time highs, even the most routine funding procedures are scrutinized and capable of arousing suspicion of budget shenanigans. That’s the case –…

Authorities capture Ray County jail escapee

A 35-year-old Arkansas man who escaped from the Ray County Detention facility in Henrietta early this morning was reported back in custody by around 10:30 a.m. Gary Lyle Miller was…

Phelps’ sentence: treatment first

An Excelsior Springs man’s manslaughter plea could carry a sentence ranging from 120 days in an undisclosed institutional-treatment program to seven years in prison. Judge David H. Miller handed down…

Richmond Henkel plant awarded highest honor in company

It would be easy to overlook the Henkel plant on Highway 210 in Richmond. The manufacturer of automotive sound-deadening and leak-proofing materials is tucked back off the road and unobtrusive.…

1920s friendship quilt finds its way back home to Ray County

A friendship quilt containing the names of 30 Ray County contributors from the early 1920s was recently added to the collection at Ray County Historical Museum. Richmond-area residents Beverly and…

First hurdle cleared for downtown apartments

Questions remain, but the Richmond Planning and Zoning Board unanimously approved an ordinance draft Tuesday that would allow for rentable apartments on the square. Downtown Development Committee Chairman Jerry McCarter…

Body of teenager identified

The skeletal remains found Aug. 10 near Wood Heights have been identified as those of 17-year-old Cody Holtsclaw of Wood Heights, a student at Excelsior Springs High School. Ray County…

Cause of house fire: arson

Richmond firefighters have deemed an Aug. 12 house fire an arson but have continued their investigation. The incendiary blaze started in a ground-floor kitchen closet at 413 Tribble St. in…