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RICHMOND – The new, walk-in freezer is being put to use at the Eagleton Center, Director Pat Mills says while walking from the center’s recreation area – where older residents play guitar, sing, work on crafts and shoot pool – to the storage room.

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RICHMOND – Ray County Fair organizers, led by Joel Richards, provided a variety of activities last week leading to more activities this week, with the fair’s wrap-up events Friday and Saturday.

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RICHMOND – The 2020 to 2024 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP, received approval during the Missouri Highway Commission meeting at the Farris Theatre.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Seniors may get robocall relief, or not, sooner or maybe later, based on a report from the Association of Mature American Citizens.

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RICHMOND– Medical care for jail inmates remains a concern for the Ray County Commission.

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RICHMOND– Tom Waters testified Wednesday that river managers are all wet in their approach to flood control.

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HARDIN – A double-barrel blast of bad news awaits commuters who use Route J as a way to and from Hardin, and points beyond.

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RICHMOND – Soybean farmers in Ray County could not get a break last year, with the drought baking fields, followed this year by flooding and President Trump’s trade war with China.

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WOOD HEIGHTS – Road dust caused a dustup at the Ray County Commission meeting.

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RICHMOND – Being so old that payroll could not be handled in house, Ray County’s computer financial software program needed replacement, and the County Commission did so.

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RICHMOND – Hundreds of people turned out in and around Southview Park in Richmond for the annual Great American Celebration.

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RICHMOND – Comparing Ray County to David and opioid makers to Goliath in the county’s coming lawsuit might seem understated.

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RICHMOND – Twenty-nine youngsters attended the United Christian Presbyterian Church’s weeklong church camp – something many area churches offer – but a water slide as tall as the church wall is among offerings that set the camp apart.

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RICHMOND – Working with Richmond lawyer Mark Goodwin, the St. Louis firm of Niemeyer, Grebel and Kruse worked to make the case for representing Ray County in a possible lawsuit against opioid makers.

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AT RICHMOND’S Great American Celebration at Southview Park, sponsored by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Avery Burstert, 3, grins while biting into a piece of free watermelon. For event details, see the July 9 edition of The Richmond Daily News

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RICHMOND – Ray and Clay counties each could become home to medical marijuana facilities, based on information released by the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services.

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RICHMOND – Tucked in a tree among pale purple flowers, the robin is hard to see until moving around in the nest.

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RICHMOND – Applause and smiles took a seat in the wings of the Farris Theatre for a few moments, replaced by praise and tears in memory of the event’s longtime fundraiser, Lana Lee Zeikle.

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RICHMOND – About 20 key leaders responsible for handling flood-related government expenses met with representatives from the Federal and State emergency management agencies Monday.

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SOME THINGS even a presidential disaster declaration cannot replace, and the old Orrick Burr Oak, standing in flood water, is one of those things. The weather- and age-worn tree is not expected to see many more summers, area residents say.

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RICHMOND– The school district is going with a second van as an alternative to using a school bus to transport smaller numbers of students and faculty to events, Richmond Superintendent Mike Aytes said.

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RICHMOND – Summer school enrollment is up for Richmond School District, Richmond School District Superintendent Mike Aytes said.

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RICHMOND - The National Weather Service issued several warnings of possible flash floods and severe weather, with an update issued about 2:45 p.m. Friday.

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KNOB NOSTER – Whiteman Air Force Base hosted a record-breaking 100,000 spectators from across the globe June 16-17 at the free Wings Over Whiteman Air and Space Show and Open House.  

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RICHMOND – Missouri opioid deaths increased 10-fold in less than 20 years, exploding from fewer than 100 in 1999 to 952 in 2017, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported in March.

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KNOB NOSTER – At the Wings Over Whiteman airshow, visitors viewed a sight that shines in the pages of U.S. aviation history – a B-17 Flying Fortress.

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JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri State Highway Patrol Col. Eric T. Olsen announced how area school districts fared in the Driver & Vehicle Safety Division’s 2019 annual school bus inspection program.

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RICHMOND – The annual Ray County Coalition luncheon Tuesday at the United Presbyterian Church drew about 60 people, including student and community leaders.

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RICHMOND – To seek reimbursements for flood-related damage, be armed with proof of losses, about 20 area residents heard during a presentation at the Ray County Library.

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How well do Richmond, Orrick and Hardin compare gainst the state in “racial profiling” traffic stops regarding black suspects?

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RICHMOND – City veterinarians at Wriggly Field, the city dog park, put on a pet vaccination clinic from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

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RICHMOND – Opting into the St. Louis County Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, and the idea of suing opioid makers and distributors, remained on the table following the Ray County Commission meeting Friday.

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RICHMOND – One Ray County bridge is in a draft of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.

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LATHROP – Under an American flag, Rebecca Acosta stands atop a dais and – in front of a display containing more than 5,000 photographs – respectfully says the name of every military man and woman killed since the war on terror began in 2001.

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HENRIETTA – Long days of sandbagging for Hardin have extended beyond the community, Henrietta City Clerk Marjorie Long said.

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THOUSANDS of sandbags wait on the streets outside of Hardin City Hall to move to the parking lot at Henrietta City Hall. At center, one of several flatbeds is being loaded to roll about 12 miles to Henrietta on Tuesday.

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RICHMOND – Early in area flooding that has stretched into a third month, Ray County officials agreed to reopen the old Highway 13 bridge at Henrietta on an emergency basis.

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RICHMOND – After new water and gas lines are installed, and street work is done, residents on Mary, Martha and Margaret streets should not see repair crews as often.

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PEOPLE WHO VOLUNTEER for sandbagging duty work up an appetite and Henrietta Deputy City Clerk Diana Barker is helping to get food ready for lunch Wednesday. The city invites volunteers to come to City Hall on Wednesday morning to help with lunch preparation and cleanup.

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RICHMOND – The carnival left town, streets are clear, the 39th Annual Richmond Mushroom Festival is in the book and Chamber of Commerce Director Natalie Lamar said vendors did well.

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JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission plans to meet in Richmond, department spokesman Bob Brendel said Tuesday.

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HENRIETTA – Long days of sandbagging for Hardin are extending beyond the community, Henrietta City Clerk Margie Long said.

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HARDIN – In uttering the stirring line, “Once more unto the breach, dear friends,” Shakespeare’s King Henry V refers to a man-versus-man battle.