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Corn, soybean stocks improve; wheat supply shows decline

Figures released March 31 Corn stocks in all positions on March 1, 2014 totaled 176 million bushels, up 72 percent from March 1, 2013. On-farm stocks totaled 105 million bushels,…

Ray FSA office gears up for livestock claims

Jarrell Foreman, Ray/Clay County Farm Service Agency executive director, this week announced reimbursement programs for livestock producers. Enrollment for the disaster programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, including the…

Postcards: Old Richmond High School, Echo volumes kindle warm memories

By Linda Emley Next Monday, I’m going to say goodbye to a lady that was a important part of my high school days. Rebecca Crouch was my high school counselor…

Whirled Peas: Global warming has huge upside

By Dennis Carlson Global Warming? Sure, I believe it’s getting warmer. Maybe in freaking June, but not in the immediate future. It can’t happen fast enough for me. I’m so…

Letter: Something ails you? There’s a pill for that

The pharmaceutical industry is a multi-million-dollar monster. Everyone’s response to a problem is to seek out the quick fix; let’s pop a pill and make it all better, or at…

Jason: Who were those masked men? Ask a geek

By Jason Offutt Author’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on my day at Planet Comicon in Kansas City, Mo. The Lone Ranger strode tall in the…

Pat’s Pantry: Crisp, tangy, marinated vegetables

By Pat Mills When warm weather comes and the barbecue grills are fired up, these marinated dishes are great. Just stir them up and refrigerate. You don’t have to worry…

Postcards: McCuistions exemplified Civil War, in which ‘brothers fought against brothers’

By Linda Emley With spring comes one of my favorite pastimes, visiting old cemeteries. The following story is about one from Ray County that is on my “to do” list…

Postcards: No bells or whistles spared for Missouri River bridge dedication

By Linda Emley A few days ago, I was talking to a friend about the old Lexington Bridge and when it was dedicated. I had always wondered who was the…

As prom and graduation near, prosecutor warns school officials, parents about alcohol risks

Ray County Prosecutor Danielle Rogers has asked local communities including Richmond, Orrick and Hardin to vigorously enforce Missouri’s laws against underage drinking. The request is included in letter personalized for…