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Council poised to shift employee benefit renewals

The Richmond City Council appears poised to act on consolidating renewal dates for city employees’ benefits. The council’s Finance Committee Tuesday threw its support behind an annual January renewal for…

Trial date set for 1st-degree murder suspect

It now appears it will be mid-summer before a trial date is set for first-degree murder defendant James Reardon. Ray County Prosecutor Bryan McMahon and Reardon’s attorney, Janeal Mathison, agreed…

Hailing the morel and Mushroom Festival: a first-timer’s experience

The Richmond Chamber of Chamber, among others, once decided 1981 would be a fine year to spend a spring weekend celebrating Richmond’s favorite offspring – the morel mushroom. Three decades…

Annual festival draws thousands of area residents

Hmmm … heavy rain, a warming trend, cloudy skies … could mean only one thing: Ideal conditions to hunt and harvest fungi. It also was just what the doctor ordered…

Best friends create greeting cards as Relay for Life fundraiser

Tab McDermid and Connie Taylor, Relay for Life of Ray County committee members, attend what they call Greeting Card 101, a “class” taught by fellow volunteer Zel Milligan. “We go…

County implementing controls on electric costs

A $7,250 Kansas City Power & Light grant Ray County applied for in December has been approved, and commissioners say they’ll watch closely to see what savings computerized controls bring…

Council mulls DUI checkpoint grant

The Richmond Police Department would like another stab at a DUI checkpoint grant pursued last year. Richmond Police Chief Terri McWilliams brought the Richmond City Council a MoDOT grant proposal…

County kids can ‘make waves’ in summer reading program

As temperatures climb upward and the outdoors becomes more tempting, Ray County Library would like county kids to stick their noses in a few books. Ray County Library children’s librarian…

Community pulls together for Stet Fire

A pristine Morton-style fire station was recently completed along Route K in Stet. Along with its concrete slab floor, the building was built on a foundation of community generosity. The…

Downtown apartments on city’s wishlist again

Once again, the Richmond City Council has decisions to make regarding the expansion of downtown residential uses. According to City Administrator Rick Childers, interest has renewed in establishing apartments around…