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Bid finalized for new Hamann Park

Construction to begin Feb. 1, weather permitting By Leah Wankum, Editor With figures for Hamann Park coming in just under budget, the Richmond Park Board is ready to start turning…

Ray County 911 faces budget cuts

House bill attempts to capture cell phone tax for 911 funding as landline revenue dissipates; Missouri only state not to do so By Leah Wankum, Editor The Ray County 911…

Richmond native, MSU chorale take world’s stage at inauguration

By JoEllen Black, Publisher A Richmond High School graduate had a historic part in the inauguration of President Donald Trump Friday. Cameron LaBarr directed the Missouri State University’s well-regarded chorale…

$400,000 shortfall delays county budget

By Leah Wankum, Editor Citing an anticipated shortfall of about $400,000, the Ray County Commissioners are still working on the county’s 2017 budget, which should have been forwarded to the…

Library puts 10-cent levy increase on ballot

Additional revenue will mean more operating hours, outreach and programs By Leah Wankum, Editor For the first time in more than three decades, Ray County Library has placed a measure…

Area legislator files prevailing wage exemption bill for public schools, local governments

By Jason Beets, Staff Writer A local representative has proposed two bills that would exempt public agencies, including school districts, cities and counties, from a state requirement that they pay…

Farmland values drop slightly in Ray County

Larger decreases seen elsewhere; local farmers share insight on deflation of prices By Leah Wankum, Editor Agribusiness forecasters are predicting significant decreases in farmland values for 2017, but local farmers…

Orrick board approves 8-man football for 2018

School officials say decision best for students; district to offer girls softball this spring By Jason Beets, Staff Writer The Orrick school board has voted to switch to 8-man football…

County commission designates Thursday as weekly voting day

Change sought by newly elected western commissioner allows public to view process By Leah Wankum, Editor The Ray County commissioners designated each Thursday as the weekly day to vote on county…

Skinned animal carcass disturbing

Animal was probably trapped, carelessly tossed By Sara Seidel, Richmond News Staff Writer A skinned animal carcass, tossed at the edge of a city street, is a rare – and…