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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

Lady Spartans aid city’s rebuilding process

By Russ Green, Senior Staff Writer The Richmond Lady Spartan volleyball players accomplished more than just improving their games on the court last week in southern Missouri. Fifteen members of…

Ernest Austin’s World War II diary: Tales of ‘loafing,’ brushes with death

By David Knopf, News Editor Dorothy Grove’s curiosity opened the door for Ernest Austin, his children and future generations. Austin, an Army Air Force veteran from World War II, was…

Major, mule joined at the hip

By David Knopf, News Editor Only scattered details survive to tell us about Major Robert Williams, a Confederate Civil War veteran who returned to Ray County to build a prosperous…

Arrow Rock: Where history, quaint charm combine

the signs. It’s around a 65-mile trip from Richmond, an ideal distance for a day trip or an overnight. My preference is to drive through small towns and countryside, but…

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…