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Jason: When in Iowa do as cautious Iowans do: Watch your back, watch the road. Trees are everywhere.

By Jason Offutt I’ve never really thought of Iowa as a dangerous place. It’s the home of the bridges of Madison County, after all, as well as the state fair…

Letter: Protect your phone, purse and self

To the Editor: I’m probably out of line, but I believe people should be warned. I had an ear infection and didn’t go to church Sunday, Oct. 20. I went…

Ghost, goblins, witches – it’s Halloween

We are in to the best part of the year, the holidays. Don’t you just love Halloween?  It is so much fun to see all the great costumes the little…

Relative’s diary a window on Ray history

By Linda Emley A few days ago I was traveling down a highway in “The Land of Lincoln” and saw an exit sign for the town of Alton, Ill. My heart…

Fall soups

It’s time to bring out the soup pots. The weather has turned cooler and a good pot of soup is just what we need to warm us up. – Pat…

Farmers make the case for immigration reform

By Cyndie Sirekis Convincing members of Congress to pay attention to a specific issue is a herculean task considering all the attention now focused on the fallout from the partial…

Strike up the bands: Orrick, Polo place first at Central Methodist Band Day

Two schools from the area won small-class honors Oct. 5 at the annual Band Day at Central Methodist University in Fayette. The event is sponsored and put on by the…

Jo’s Jottings: ‘Vintage Hitchcock’ at Farris Theatre might be worth a second go-round

By Jo Ellen Dale News is slow to come in this week so I will begin by reminding you of various celebrations coming up. *** This Saturday there will be…

Jack Remembers: Our colonel must’ve had an inkling what was coming down the pike

By Jack Hackley The military recently handed down a long-overdue regulation on tattoos. No one in the military shall have a tattoo below the elbow or a tattoo below the…

Letter: As community project, flower beds thrive on caring

To the Editor: Richmond Beautification Club has been planting flowers for 27 years. My mom and dad joined with others in the community to create the beautification project we have…