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Many incumbents, mingled with new faces, take oath

Elected officials gathered Dec. 30 at the Ray County Courthouse to be sworn into office before the start of the new year. While many of the faces were familiar, and…

Beware of bogus ‘Benjamins’ in circulation

Some $100 bills now circulating may actually be worth less than those wooden nickels we’ve heard so much about. A number of Richmond banks recently contacted business customers to warn…

Former state auditor becomes city finance director

Richmond has its new finance director. The Richmond City Council on Dec. 28 unanimously approved hiring certified public accountant Eartha Taylor of Excelsior Springs to fill the vacancy left by…

UNCERTAIN JUDGEMENT

A judge’s decision to allow a Richmond homeowner to relocate a century-old, 6,900- pound monument to a prominent historical family has met with controversy this week. Associate Eighth Circuit Court…

Orrick School Board to restructure district debt

Proposed refinancing of the Orrick School District bond and likely budget cuts were a large part of the discussion during the Dec. 21 school board meeting. The board heard a…

‘Miracles’ brighten season’s final days

Even in the shadow of a new year, the season of miracles rolls on, crossing generations and time zones, and overcoming personal demons to deliver the improbable. For John Hayes,…

Hartzler backs big defense budget

Vicky Hartzler hasn’t taken her Congressional oath yet, but she already has her feelings about a couple recent, significant moves by the U.S. House. The Republican Hartzler not only defeated…

Jan. 10 public Jan. 10 public sewer funding

The Richmond City Council will hold a special Jan. 10 public hearing at 7 p.m. at City Hall to discuss several options for wastewater improvements. City Administrator Ron Brohammer and…

A SOLDIER’S STORY

Some people – whatever they do for a living, whatever their hobbies, wherever they are – seem born for one path only. That’s Denver Horton in spades. He knows one…

Even in weak economy, Toy Store fills wishes of 356 kids

After another late push, the Ray County Salvation Army has once more made Christmas merrier for less-fortunate families. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, families visited the Salvation…