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College scholarship for Ray students at once honors family achievements, creates legacy

To the Editor: As a college financial aid administrator I have conducted many financial aid programs for students and parents and have watched as Federal regulations have come and gone;…

Time changes everything, but Death and Taxes have staying power

By Linda Emley It’s 10 p.m., and I’m looking for a story. It needs to be historical and mildly entertaining but most of all it must be about Ray County.…

Quick meals

With our busy lives we don’t have a lot of time in the kitchen. With these recipes you can have a meal in 30 minutes. – Pat Speedy salmon patties…

Like many of the best orators, Doniphan fought bashful nature

By Linda Emley On April 9, I’ll be the guest speaker for The Kansas City Posse of the Westerners at the Golden Ox Restaurant in Kansas City. I was honored…

Dramatic clouds over Southpoint Cemetery

Once February’s here, fish fries never far behind

It’s February, which means the Richmond community’s inner clock knows it’s about time for the annual Knights of Columbus Lenten fish dinners. The dinners, held three times each Lenten season,…

Jo’s Jottings: ‘Haute Dog’ gives Ray County pooches the royal treatment

By Jo Ellen Dale We have a new business in town started by Ferrell Hockemeier’s daughter, Jessica. It is a dog-grooming shop located next door to her grandfather, A.E. Hockemeier …

1958 farm story was dead-on with some predictions, wrong on others

By Linda Emley I didn’t watch the Super Bowl, but I did listen to it while I was working on a story. My favorite part of the whole production was…

Carrying a rifle in the infantry the best gun-control plan there is

By Jack Hackley Every time I turn on the news I hear “gun control.”  I decided to check my guns and asked my wife Laura what happened to my bolt-action…

Pat’s Pantry: A Basket Full of Goodies

Nothing makes your mouth water more than the smell of freshly baking bread. Prizes have been won in baking contests with these recipes. – Pat Yeast rolls 2 packages (¼…