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Jason: Will kids fight over Magic 8 Ball? All indications are you’re darn tootin’ they will

By Jason Offutt I don’t know what my wife was thinking, which is fair enough, I suppose. I baffle her daily with the odd things I do, some of which…

Letter: Thanks for your caring and attention

To the Editor: I am writing this to thank a very special group of people in our community. First, I want to thank the firemen and paramedics for their prompt…

Jason: Forgive me, public library, forgive me

By Jason Offutt Media outlets, for some reason, are expected to be repositories of all knowledge.  To some extent, that’s true. A media outlet knows exactly what happened at the…

Pat’s Pantry: A country-style meal

By Pat Mills Nothing is more country than tender ribs, fluffy biscuits and chocolate pie.  Set out extra napkins for these barbecued ribs in a thick and tangy sauce. How…

Postcards: Deputy Odus Sisk’s fatal shooting in 1938 put true love on hold for 46 years

By Linda Emley A few weeks ago, I wrote a story about the early days of the Ray County Museum and named some of the people who were around when…

Jack Remembers: Our little town turned out pilots like crazy

By Jack Hackley In 1950, Oak Grove had the most pilots per capita of any city in the United States.  We had a population of 761 and 45 pilots. The…

A TEACHABLE MOMENT: Recovered from gun accident, reenactor turns his attention to battle of albany

By Shawn Roney, for the Richmond News Robbie Maupin will attest that participating in historical reenactments is fun. And as he can attest, it can be dangerous, too. Last Thursday…

Jo’s Jottings: Mickey Mouse-themed birthday a big success for Monte Livingston

By Jo Ellen Dale On Jan. 19, a birthday celebration for Monte Livingston was held with many family members attending. Those present were his wife, Louise; daughter, Samantha Waterman; granddaughter,…

Letters: Maybe we had that ‘back in our day’ after all

Editor’s note: This tale is an Internet sensation with no discernible author. We’ve checked, and it’s run anonymously in a Chicago daily newspaper, in blogs, on Facebook and YouTube, in…

Postcards: The ‘Flat Man’ gets a taste of Far West and the Mormon War

By Linday Emley I seldom have a boring day at the Ray County Museum. My Wednesday started out normally, but that soon changed when I got a phone call from…