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Commission cancels hiring attorney to aid in interpretation of county law

Be Leah Wankum, Editor A week after the Ray County commissioners announced that they planned to hire a lawyer, they have reversed their decision. The commissioners shared their choice Thursday…

Public, commission debate 911 funding options

By Leah Wankum, Editor Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series on the 911 board appointments. After community members criticized Ray County commissioners for the way they handled…

Area Christians observe the beginning of Lent

Two men sought in area burglaries

By Bryce Mereness, Excelsior Springs Standard A pair of gas station burglaries in the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 20, have officers looking for the culprits in what has…

Public, city officials voice concerns on 911 board appointment process

By Leah Wankum/Richmond News Editor Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on the 911 board appointments. After at least one county commissioner said he wanted “new…

County budget vote halted

Elected officials, commissioners, to work together on new 2017 budget plan By Leah Wankum/Richmond News Editor Outcry from several county department heads and members of the community on the proposed…

Young family sowing seeds for new business

By Leah Wankum/Richmond News Editor Among the rolling hills and speckled farmland north of Richmond, you will find a greenhouse filled with rows of tomato plants. The plants are sown,…

From jive to Swing as the Farris Concert Season resumes

By Sara Seidel/Staff Writer Two musical sounds – a jiving rhythm and blues band and a smooth Big Band orchestra – may seem to have little in common. Except when…

Library director discusses tax levy proposal to R-XVI board

By Jason Beets/Staff Writer In one of a series of presentations explaining a proposed property tax levy increase to support the Ray County Public Library, Director Rochelle McCaulley outlined details…

Drug prevention group finalizing $125,000 grant entry

Federal grant could aid Ray County in drug education, targeting alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use among youth By Leah Wankum, Editor The Ray County Coalition is in the process of…