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USDA offers grants to aid rural economic development

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announce Tuesday that USDA is accepting applications for grants to help promote sustainable economic development and job creation in rural communities. “Cooperative enterprises often lead economic…

Farm boy landed a couple and I lost interest in that Buckner girl

By Jack Hackley When our schools were smaller, we knew most of the kids from Grain Valley, Odessa, Buckner and Blue Springs. The schools all looked alike. They were two-story…

Jo’s Jottings: Coming and going, residents welcome guests, visit family

By Jo Ellen Dale Carol Lane (Ogg) Haug writes that Eli Moberly will be in the 4th grade next year at Lone Jack Elementary School.  He is the son of…

The Elkhorn store: If those walls could only talk

By David Knopf, News Editor World War II was winding down when Kenneth Norris went to work for Vester Cox at the Elkhorn store. The store is closed now, but…

The doctors Cook devoted themselves to Ray County’s health

By Linda Emley Found this in the Richmond Missourian, Feb. 19, 1910: “Dr. Cook Interviewed. Dr. T. B. Cook, Ray County’s popular Representative in the Legislature, was in town yesterday…

Pat’s Pantry: What’s in grandma’s cookie jar?

By Pat Mills Do you have memories of sneaking a treat from grandma’s cookie jar? Here are some favorites that can fill your cookie jar with. Cinnamon jumbles are an…

Physicians have been part of Ray County since the beginning

By Linda Emley We recently moved the “Doctor’s Room” to a new location at the Ray County Museum. During this process I realized that I don’t know much about the…

National FFA gathering opens doors for members

To the Editor, The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 540,379 members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one…

On Iwo Jima, two flags and more than one what-would-have-beens

By Linda Emley Joe Rosenthal’s picture of the flag raising at Iwo Jima won the 1945 Pulitzer Prize for photography. It’s the only photo to win the same year it…

Reunions, food options plentiful in Ray County this time of year

By Jo Ellen Dale At the regular meeting of Kiwanis Club on May 29, Lt. Gov. Bob Bond announced the need for an interclub meeting with local division clubs and…