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Fifth grade field trip: Putting the life back in history

By David Knopf/News Editor There’s nothing sleepy about history, at least the way Hal Middleton and Karen Joiner tell it. Middleton, a former eighth-grade history teacher, and Joiner, a volunteer…

Randall Franks’ Southern Style: Roy Acuff was the King of Country Music

Often in my columns I look back at those who have impacted my life, sometimes by their own involvement in my career, sometimes with their talents shared with the world.…

Rustic living, aromas of wood suit Fleming craftsman

By David Knopf, News Editor Randy Lowenberg looks like he stepped out of Montana cattle country. But in reality, he’s a craftsman who makes rustic, Western-themed furniture in a shop…

Good sign for the Farris Arts District

Rob Swafford calls it “hands-on not-for-profit volunteerism” that he, Tom Bowman, Max Hockemeier and others were engaged in this week. Working with John Long, the Farris buildings and maintenance director,…

Rabbit Tracks: Benefit of loan arrangement ultimately goes to the redneck from Missouri

By Robert Smith, RHS Class of ’57 Editor’s note: This is a story about the common-sense wisdom of Bubba, sent to us by Robert Smith, a local boy who is…

Earth Day 2012: ‘Itty bitty bugs’ have big job to do

By David Knopf, News Editor It wasn’t just the girls covering their noses Tuesday during a tour of Richmond’s south sewer plant. As the Sunrise Elementary second-graders walked down the…

Win or lose, Richmond basketball teams can say they nailed it

By David Knopf, News Editor The two Richmond youth basketball teams that played at the Show Me State Games in Columbia March 24-25, pink was the color of record. Pink…

Ray County native plays principle role in ‘Battle of Shiloh’ film

Ray County native plays principle role in ‘Battle of Shiloh’ film

By David Knopf, News Editor There are few surprises when Shane Seley, founder and director of Wide Awake Films, asks Ray County native Robbie Maupin to round up authentic movie…

ART AND SCIENCE: There’s room for self-expression in shaping your trees, but there’s also a science in how, when and where to make pruning cuts

By David Knopf, News Editor There’s ample opportunity for a grower to artfully shape fruit trees, but self-expression is best pursued with an understanding of the science behind pruning for…

Commercial food waste finding new use as feed for livestock

By Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public  Media Throwing food scraps to hogs and other farm animals is an age-old practice. As food production has become more industrialized, food factories have found…