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Municipal Complex refinancing on hold; no real savings found with USDA loan, of

Richmond’s city council and finance director hope refinancing windows open, now that one door looks momentarily closed. Finance Director Melanie Allwood and Finance Committee Chairman Tom Williams both said plans…

Board president takes advisement on nepotism issue

Richmond School Board President Chris Minnick said Wednesday that he’s been advised that taking part in a unanimous vote to rehire teachers, including his son, isn’t cause to resign. That…

Ordinance committee to revisit authority of city’s Police Board

Ordinance Committee Chairman Roger Kepple all but promised Wednesday evening that the Richmond City Council would discuss the state of the city’s Police Personnel Board. Kepple declined to elaborate, saying…

Saling sentenced to 12 years in Carol Thomas kidnapping

One chapter in the saga of an area kidnapping and murder closed Wednesday afternoon, but then Thursday a new chapter opened for another defendant in the case. Jennifer Saling was…

Vivian Bales: a lifelong caregiver to family

For a daughter-in-law to write a glowing nomination about why her mother-in-law should be The Daily News Mother of the Year counters the stereotype that mothers-in-law mind other people’s business.…

Peterson selected as Dear Elementary principal

Piper Peterson, the current assistant principal at Richmond Middle School, was a unanimous choice Tuesday to become Dear Elementary School’s new principal. Peterson replaces Carole Garth, who will leave the…

City Council approves Willim as city clerk

It took a second round of candidates – and additional Richmond City Council input – but Tonya Willim is Richmond’s new city clerk. The council unanimously approved Mayor Mike Wright’s…

Committee scrutizes city’s finance policies

With 2011 budget talks close at hand, Tuesday night’s Richmond City Council meeting could include passage of the first of several finance and spending reforms under consideration. Finance Director Melanie…

To avoid that sinking feeling, Mud racers skim the surface

It’s Monday, and if you’re anything like me you’d rather have the new week and its stresses fed to you gradually – preferably with a sugar coating – or, even…

Public safety, Empire contain Highway 10 leak within hours

Cooperation between Empire Gas officials and Richmond police, fire and public works enabled Missouri Highway 10 to reopen within hours of a gas leak reported on Friday morning. Richmond Fire…