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Jo’s Jottings: Offutt family reunion draws members from 15 states, Mexico

By Jo Ellen Dale As I mentioned in my last column, I do have more information about the Offutt reunion.  On June 8, the descendants of Jane Elizabeth (Betty) Hewlett…

Pat’s Pantry: Fourth of July grilling

By Pat Mills Fire up the grills, company is coming. This Fourth of July let’s dazzle the folks with some great burgers and dogs from the grill. The sweet onion…

Postcards: Not much has changed in Fourth festivities

By Linda Emley Since the Fourth of July is only a few days away, I decided to visit a year from our past and see what was going on around…

Getting around in London? Don’t anger the lift

By Jason Offutt Author’s note: I recently spent three and a half weeks teaching in London. The next few weeks I’ll explore what it was like living in that city.…

Now, the rest of the story to the catfish caught in that ‘old dirty farm pond’

To the Editor: I’m no Paul Harvey but … When the lake was built it was originally to be for our own and the neighbor’s private use and the minnows…

Local woman’s information enabled Union troops to turn Bloody Bill Anderson’s tactics against him

By Brent Beckett, special to the Richmond News Editor’s note: In conjunction with a recent Civil War exhibit hosted by the Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives, area historian Brent Beckett…

Jo’s Jottings: Summer busy reunion season, but also a time for celebrations

By Jo Ellen Dale Hoey and Leona Love will be celebrating their 68th wedding anniversary on June 30 and the family requests a card shower to honor them.  They are…

Shelter running 2-for-1 special on ‘roomie’ cats

The Humane Society of Ray County has a selection of adoptable cats and dogs at its shelter. Regular adoption days are each Saturday and Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at 200…

You can buy my vote, but here’s how it works

By Jack Hackley When I was a kid growing up in Eastern Jackson County, two factions fought over control of the county and all the patronage jobs and other benefits.…

Rabbit Tracks: Enjoy life by taking time to stop, savor

A few years back, I was in the Minneapolis airport and was walking from the second level to the first floor and I came to a landing between the floors. …