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Quilts of Valor: Ray quilter hoping returning veterans can find comfort after being exposed to war

By David Knopf, News Editor Laurel Kindley had seen the Quilts of Valor booths at the quilting shows she attended, but says she didn’t know much about it. The national…

Wildflowers bring color to Ray landscape

By David Knopf, News Editor At a time of tight budgets, wildflowers are providing some bang for the buck. Rather than the repeated expense of mowing a right of way,…

Did Jesse and the boys ride west to hide out in Robber’s Cave?

By Linda Emley This is the story of “Robber’s Cave,” which is also know as “Cave Springs”. There are many caves in Missouri, and thanks to Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer’s…

Feature Page: Ray County mailboxes give as much as receive

By David Knopf, News Editor Rural Americans are a resourceful bunch, so they decorate the landscape with mailboxes that express their individuality. And there’s nothing wrong with it, the U.S.…

WWII vets never forgot why Truman’s decision to bomb Japan was a good one

By Jack Hackley I read every paper I can get my hands on, and every once in a while I read an article that sets me on my ear. This…

Florence Williams: Pickin’, grinnin’ and bringin’ folks together

By David Knopf, News Editor Florence Williams has been around music – better still, been surrounded by it – all her life. The founder of the popular monthly jam sessions…

Postcards: Word of mouth, local connections add to 1867 bank robbery lore

By Linda Emley We’ve always heard the story about how the James boys robbed the banking house of Hughes and Wasson at half past three on Thursday, May 23, 1867.…

Prizes to to leading readers in summer library contest

Every year the Ray County Library hosts summer reading programs for children ages 3-18 from June 1 to July 31. The library sets reading challenges based on the child’s age…

Ray County Community Arts Association presenting ‘HATS’! this weekend

Ray County Community Arts Association will present the musical HATS! this weekend at the Farris Theatre. Written by Marcia Milgrom Dodge and Anthony Dodge, the show is described as a…

Plenty for BLTs and then some

Plenty for BLTs and then some