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If cemeteries could talk, oh the stories they’d tell

By Linda Emley In the 1800s, many families gathered at cemeteries for picnics. There were not many public parks, and cemeteries were a nice place to enjoy a sunny afternoon…

A WEEKDAY DINNER

A weekday dinner could be just a one-dish dinner like taco salad or a sandwich and soup. Put the all-day soup in the crock pot before leaving for work and…

In courthouse’s 100th year, stories remain plentiful

By Linda Emley On Sept.19, 2014, around 200 people gathered at the Ray County Courthouse as we rededicated the cornerstone. It had been 100 years since this cornerstone was dedicated…

FAVORITE DESSERTS

I found an old recipe book of desserts, and as I was reading it, I found recipes my mother used to make us as kids.  I thought it would be…

Martin Luther ‘Num’ Ball remembered as a ‘fine old soul’

By Linda Emley  Since February is Black History Month, I want to share some history about how it started. First, I checked with a good authority to make certain that…

ROUND UP THE STEAK

Do you ever notice that round steak is always the last steak to be used out of the freezer?  I think of round steak as a tough cheap cut of…

Ray cemeteries, historic churches fertile source of stories

By Linda Emley This is part two of “everything happens for a reason.” On June 17, I was visiting the Todd’s Chapel cemetery with a friend. This cemetery is a…

DINNER ITALIAN STYLE

Here are some quick-to-fix Italian-style meals for a hungry family. Make sure to have ice cream on hand to serve with the saucy chocolate cake.  – Pat CHICKEN WITH FETTUCINE…

Brave Confederate officer remembered as upstanding citizen

By Linda Emley Most towns in America have a Main Street and then there are all the other streets that are named after someone from the past. As we drive…

SMALL SERVINGS

With only two of us in the house, I find that I need to cook smaller meals. Leftovers are all right the next day, but I find we eat them…