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The November Character Kids at Sunrise Elementary School are, from left, fifth-graders Brice Dome and Jazmyn Schroder; fourth-graders Braden Creason and Isabella Jenkins, third-graders Bentlee Stockton and Richard Green, and second-graders Hunter Lee and Daysyn Miller.

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RICHMOND Middle School students at the competition are, front row, Alayna Quick, Isabelle Dooley, Jodi Robinson and GraceAnn Skelton. High schoolers are, back row, Allison Coats, Laney Moyer, Andi Peterson, Amber Danner. Quick and Dooley place first in the problem-solving competition and win…

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RICHMOND – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4398 honored the 2019 Voice of Democracy, Patriot’s Pen and Teachers of the Year on Thursday at a ceremony at the Ray County Veterans Building, 312 Clark St.

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DEAR ELEMENTARY first graders celebrate Friday with city officials and parents at their graduation from the D.A.R.E program.

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RICHMOND – The “Blue Christmas” service will be at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18, in the chapel at Shirkey Hospice and Palliative Care, 804 Wollard Blvd.

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AFTER 11 YEARS, a pineapple begins to sprout for Jennifer Watson and Rick Baker. They started the plant by cutting off the top of a pineapple and planting it, just to see if it would grow.

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THE RICHMOND KIWANIS CLUB recognizes the Dear Elementary Terrific Kids for September. From left are Kora Hughes, Kiwanian Jana Fleckenstein and Adam Miller.

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RICHMOND – For six weeks, from Dec. 20, 2019 to Feb. 5, 2020, the Ray County Museum will undergo a facelift.

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HARDIN – Hardin-Central School District recorded solid gains in third-grade language arts and seventh-grade math scores, but a “dramatic” decline, sort of, exceeding 10 percent in the graduation rate.

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ORRICK – Orrick School District third-graders improved in reading and seventh-graders improved in math, based on a comparison of 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 testing results released by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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RICHMOND – Several points better in math and reading, and a slight drop in graduations rates, mark state examination results for Richmond School District.

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HARDIN – The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s “annual report card for schools” included good numbers for Hardin-Central School District students, Superintendent Trey Cavanah reported.

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EXCELSIOR SPRINGS – The Gospelaires will perform Christmas and gospel music at 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Siloam Spring Baptist Chapel, at 14th and Benton streets.

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LEXINGTON – Military members, retirees and spouses can get identification cards at the Lexington Army National Guard Armory, 408 S. 26th St., which is an official DEERS/RAPIDS system site, a press release stated.

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THE RICHMOND KIWANIS CLUB recognizes the Dear Elementary Terrific Kids for October. From left are Kalija Staley, Kiwanian Jana Fleckenstein and Hunter Bauer.

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THE RICHMOND KIWANIS CLUB recognizes the Dear Elementary Terrific Kids for September. From left are Kora Hughes, Kiwanian Jana Fleckenstein and Adam Miller.

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FIRST TICKETS: Chamber of Commerce Assistant Director Carolyn Arney receives money from Ellison Rennison, 9, and her sister, Emerson Rennison, 11, for Christmas Tree Extravaganza tickets at the chamber on Friday, Nov. 15. Thirty-six trees, 12 wreaths and seven baskets will be raffled off Thu…

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RICHMOND – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4398 honors the winners of the annual Patriot’s Pen, Voice of Democracy student essay contests and Teacher of the Year contests at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12.

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RICHMOND – The 2019 Christmas Extravaganza begins with the parade lineup at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, at City Hall, 205 Summit St.

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RICHMOND – A North Pole Express mailbox at the Richmond Recreation Department will accept letters to Santa from Friday, Nov. 29, through Saturday, Dec. 21.

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RICHMOND – After 69 years apart, former Richmond resident Dan “Danny” Garnett Sr., 73, had given up on finding his sisters.

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RICHMOND – Reece & Nichols Williams & Associates are collecting new or gently used coats, hats, gloves, and socks until Wednesday, Nov. 27.

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LEXINGTON – Big River Ranch, 20111 Goodloe Orchard Road, hosts the Midwest Rough Stock “Battle on the River,” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7.

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VETERANS from different eras attend the Veterans Day assembly at Richmond High School where they receive cards and accolades from students and staff. In front is Jeremy Mann who is a Post 9/11 veteran; Claudia Lunsford who is a Desert Storm veteran and David Plummer who is a Vietnam veteran.

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FINDING SUCCESS: On Tuesday, Kiwanian Bob Haden helps Sunrise Elementary School student Taryn Hufford navigate through her new dictionary to the word “success.” Every school year, the Richmond Kiwanis Club distributes free dictionaries to Ray County students. Each teacher also receives their…

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STUDENTS FROM Richmond Middle School and Richmond High School attend Sonia Kovalevsky Day on Nov. 14, at the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg. Students attend math and computer science workshops, an informative panel of women in the STEM career field, and a problem solving competi…

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RICHMOND – The Far West Missouri Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presents “Savior of the World: His Birth and Resurrection” at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Farris Theatre, 301 W. Main St.

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RICHMOND – Richmond musicians and bakers greeted guests during Richmond’s 2019 Christmas Open House.

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From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16, and Sunday after noon, Verlee and Paul Patterson will show their 775 nativity scenes that are made from Legos, to cross-stitch to scroll sawed on a record. View the items during the Open House at the First Baptist Church, 306 W. N…

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Richmond – Christmas-related plans for the community are being made by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.

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COLUMBIA – Lydia Friedrich, Lily Ripley and Katie Basham, all from Ray County, took honors in a clothing construction and consumerism contest during the State 4-H Fashion Review on Oct. 19 on the University of Missouri campus.

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RICHMOND – The Richmond High School Band, along with about 40 community members, gathered inside the Ray County Courthouse to celebrate Veterans Day with a joint American Legion-Veterans of Foreign Wars ceremony Monday.

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RICHMOND – Five dollars provides food staples or a meal to someone in need, and $15 can mean Thanksgiving or Christmas to a family, Harps employee Maxine Moore said Tuesday.

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SUNRISE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL recognizes the October Character Kids. From left are fifth-graders Kaylee Vandolah and Matthew Anderson, fourth-graders Kypton Burnett and Hazel Gorham, third-graders Christian Teegarden and Chloe Bennett, and second-graders Bentley Hessel and Lottie Fletcher.