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RICHMOND – “We know the fire safety program works when we are on the scene and a child tells us they knew what to do,” Richmond Fire Chief Mark Sowder said Monday at Dear Elementary.

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RICHMOND – The second annual Pickleball Tournament is Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Richmond City Gym, 205 Summit St., with proceeds going to improve the gym.

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RICHMOND – Shirkey Hospice and Palliative Care seeks volunteers to provide companionship for its patients.

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RICHMOND – Young entrepreneurs will showcase art and jewelry during a Young Entrepreneurs Fair from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at the city gym, 205 Summit St.

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RICHMOND – A free dinner and fellowship event will be from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Ray County Veterans Building, 312 Clark St.

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THE RICHMOND Marching Spartans are a crowd favorite during the 2019 Homecoming Parade on the community square Friday.

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ON BEHALF of the Richmond Senior Class of 2020, no doubt a group with a clear vision toward the future, Spartans football player Colby Stigall, 17, climbs aboard the “Toy Story”-themed float.

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WITH A BIG SMILE and cheerful bow, Kennedy Quick is ready for the 2019 Homecoming Parade.

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SHOWING THAT SHE is ready to muscle up on behalf of the Spartans, Jordan Heber, 16, flexes her biceps.

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PAIGE QUICK is ready to ride in the Richmond Homecoming Parade on Friday.

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YOUNG CHEERLEADERS, including Rachel Kaylor, 8, in front, show their Spartan spirit.

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MUSIC makes a parade memorable, and band member Tessa Foxall does her part.

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RICHMOND – Among booths containing jewelry, wreaths, pumpkins, muffins and on and on at the Friends of Richmond FFA Fall Frenzy, a community craft fair, Dana Pope manages the Art Club’s table.

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RICHMOND – The nation’s eighth and ninth vaping-related deaths, in Missouri and Kansas last month, heightened worries long expressed by the Ray County Coalition, a community group dedicated to ending substance abuse by children.

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RICHMOND – “The future is wide open for us,” American Legion District 3 Commander Douglas Millison said Wednesday, a week after a visit by the Legion’s national commander, James “Bill” Oxford.

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KANSAS CITY –The Veterans of Foreign Wars is accepting online applications through Nov. 15 for the $5,000 “Sport Clips Help-A-Hero Scholarship,” which provides service members and veterans with financial assistance to complete their educational goals.

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RICHMOND – The Masonic Children’s Foundation hosts a free MoCHIP child identification event from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at Shirkey Golf Course, 901 Wollard Blvd.

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RICHMOND – Ray County Coalition will discuss vaping and the recent lung-related fatalities at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Ray County Library, 215 E. Lexington St.

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RICHMOND – Concerned about a declining lack of health care for many Missourians, Missouri Health Care for All is petitioning to put an issue oN the ballot to ask voters statewide whether they want to expand Medicaid.

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EXCELSIOR SPRINGS – The women’s ministry, Bridge of Hope, in Richmond hosts the annual “Hope Grows” banquet Friday, Oct. 18, at the Montgomery, 425 S. Thompson Ave., in Excelsior Springs.

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RICHMOND – Ward Chapel welcomes back the Rev. Barbara Harper and celebrates her birthday with a spaghetti dinner from noon until the spaghetti is gone, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 400 N. College St.

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RICHMOND – The Richmond Kiwanis Club offers students an opportunity to attend Key Leader, a Kiwanis International program, a three-day camp that allows high school students an opportunity to experience the personal development, growth and fellowship that are the cornerstones of Kiwanis and i…

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RICHMOND – Richmond resident Mark Johnson, 62, is living longer with amyotropic lateral sclerosis, ALS, than his medical team ever thought he would, his brother, Scott, said Friday.

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RICHMOND – Three Richmond alumni and volunteers will be the 2019 Wall of Honor inductees and honored during homecoming events Sept. 27.

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RICHMOND – American Legion National Commander James “Bill” Oxford expects American Legion posts to perform community service and assist veterans, and he said Tuesday, “I can tell Post 237 already does that.”

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RICHMOND – Yvonne Patterson-Burbach spends about seven hours a day caring for her flock of birds.

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SHARING A MOMENT during a program at Oak Ridge Assisted Living, 403 Crispin St., Yvonne Patterson-Burbach visits with a hyacinthe macaw, one of her more than 50 birds who entertain and educate children and adults. Watch for a related article in Friday’s 50-Plus.

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RICHMOND – The Allen-Morton-Watkins Richmond area chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution joins the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in urging Americans to reflect on the United States Constitution during this month’s annual observance.

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FROM TWIGS TO LOGS, the tall pile of debris at the Richmond compost site is no match for a conveyor-belt fed wood-hungry machine that pulls everything into it and grinds it all to mulch. An operator maneuvers a claw excavator to grasp as much debris as possible and deftly lowers it on the gr…

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FROM TWIGS TO LOGS, the tall pile of debris at the Richmond compost site is no match for a conveyor-belt fed wood-hungry machine that pulls everything into it and grinds it all to mulch. An operator maneuvers a claw excavator to grasp as much debris as possible and deftly lowers it on the gr…

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RICHMOND – Richmond VFW Post 4398 is accepting donations of gloves, hats and personal care items to help with a Department of Missouri Homeless Veterans Initiative to provide Comfort Rucks for homeless veterans around the state.

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KANSAS CITY – A Women Empowerment Conference is from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St.

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RICHMOND – Members and friends of the Richmond National Guard are meeting for a reunion Saturday, Oct. 19.

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RICHMOND – In Haley Shelton’s first-grade class, some of her students cannot find a book at their reading level.

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RICHMOND – For a weekend, three women bonded as sisters.

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LEXINGTON – The Lafayette Sinfonietta presents chamber and solo music at its debut concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15, at Christ Episcopal Church, 1300 Franklin Ave.

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RICHMOND – “There is always someone here to talk to, to pray with,” Carolyn Durbin said while finishing lunch at the Ray County Senior Center, 1015 W. Royle St.

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DURING A WATER BATH Pickling food preservation session Aug. 27, at the Ray County Senior Center, 1015 W. Royle St., Gladys Collins cans some green beans to eat later.

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JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri 2021 invites professional and amateur photographers to share unique and meaningful aspects of place in Missouri through the “My Missouri 2021 Photograph Project.”

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RICHMOND – The Richmond driver examination station will conduct driver exam testing Mondays only, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:30 to 4 p.m., Capt. Scott Shipers, commanding officer of Troop A, Lee’s Summit, stated in a press release.

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RICHMOND – The Ray County Historical Society bus tour is at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, and begins at the Ray County Museum, 901 W. Royle St.

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JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued a health advisory regarding severe lung disease associated with vaping.

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The Missouri Retired Teacher Foundation’s North-Central Region awards seven $500 grants for charitable and educational purposes. Hardin-Central counselor Jenni Scott is the recipient of a grant to purchase Julia Cook’s children’s education books for the elementary school. From left are Scott…

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LEXINGTON – The River City Players will hold auditions for its 37th anniversary season fall comedy, The Fox On The Fairway, by Ken Ludwig.

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RICHMOND – The Ray County Museum will benefit from money raised from a motorcycle benefit ride and other events during the Big Paranormal Roundup at the Big River Ranch in Lexington.

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KINGSVILLE – More than 11,000 people flutter by the butterflies at Powell Gardens.

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COLUMBIA – Missouri junior swine exhibitors traveled to shows throughout the summer to compete for points in the Missouri Pork Association Youth Show Pig Circuit.

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COUNTY ENGAGEMENT Specialist Allene Gremaud leads a health class to help participants manage diabetes, heart disease and anxiety.