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PROJECT Project superintendent Rick Martin of Knoebel Construction, Chesterfield, says the restaurant could open before the month ends.

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RICHMOND - The new Burger “Home of the Whopper” King appears ready to open.

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LEXINGTON – At the foot of the Linwood Lawn bed-and-breakfast staircase, Annette Gaiser looked up at big brother Dan Garnett Sr. as they talked about things siblings talk about during family get-togethers.

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JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri granted 60 licenses to grow medical marijuana in dozens of communities, but turned down all four requests made in Ray County.

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RICHMOND – The school board continues to deny public access to how each member voted when placing Superintendent Mike Aytes and Richmond High School Principal John Parker on leave.

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ORRICK – After eight months as mayor, Orrick Mayor Jordan Waters resigned Tuesday, Dec. 3.

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RICHMOND – The generosity of individuals and businesses allowed Ray County Sheriff’s Office staff and friends to take 15 children on a pre-Christmas shopping spree at the Richmond Walmart on Dec. 18.

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RICHMOND – City utility customers may pay for water, sewer and trash in one electronic payment.

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AS THE RAY COUNTY employees on the second floor prepare to sit down for their holiday luncheon, most of the officeholders gather around the Christmas tree that centers the first floor of the Ray County Courthouse. From left are Presiding Commissioner Bob King, County Clerk Glenda Powell, Cir…

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ATLANTA – Ashley Stewart, Rayville, joined nearly 900 delegates from across the nation at the National 4-H Congress, Nov. 29 to Dec. 3 in Atlanta.

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LAKE of the OZARKS – James Proffitt, Richmond, received recognition for two years of service on Missouri Farm Bureau’s Promotion and Education Committee during the 104th Missouri Farm Bureau annual meeting Dec. 3 at Lake of the Ozarks.

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NEW YORK CITY – A Bible-study-leading septuagenarian stands accused of using promises of gold and diamonds to cheat three fellow Orrick Christian Church members out of tens of thousands of dollars.

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RICHMOND – Acting Superintendent James Finley, 58, possessing decades of experience in the education field, said he plans no big changes as he leads Richmond School District operations through the end of the school year.

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RICHMOND – Principal Piper Peterson led Acting Superintendent James Finley and Richmond School Board members through hallways and classrooms decorated for the holidays on a tour of Dear Elementary School.

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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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RICHMOND – For the first time in 20 years, the Ray County Salary Commission granted officeholders, meaning themselves, a pay increase.

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RICHMOND – Eighth Circuit Judge Kevin L. Waldon sentenced child abuser Joseph Gorham, 31, Lawson, to four consecutive prison sentences totaling 19 years in Ray County.

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RICHMOND – Police have not responded to a single gas drive-off complaint since the City Council established a pre-pay ordinance for city gas stations during the summer.

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INSIDE THE OFFICE of the Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce, 3-month-old Sophie Crawford nestles warmly between two bears. The bears are part of the chamber’s fund-raising raffle, with proceeds designated to support the chamber’s community efforts, including the July Fourth celebration. Look …

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Schools in Ray County are closed Monday, Dec. 16, due to snow. A WINTER STORM WARNING exists for Ray County and most of Northwest Missouri. Do not drive if you don't have to and stay safe.

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RICHMOND – Eighth Circuit Judge Kevin L. Waldon sentenced child abuser Joseph Gorham, 31, Lawson, to four consecutive prison sentences totaling 19 years in Ray County.

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RICHMOND – Expanded facilities for pregnant mothers in need of help are coming to Ray County.

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RICHMOND – Workshop leaders and employees have added urgency to the reality that federal action could close the nation’s sheltered workshops, including Ideal Industries Inc., Richmond.

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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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RICHMOND – The public has options when local governments decline to release information that, by law, should be public, Missouri Press Association attorney Jean Maneke said Tuesday.

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RICHMOND – Negative news tends to be more memorable than positive, based on research reported by AdWeek, and that may be true for the Richmond School District.

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RICHMOND – Being placed on paid “leave” blindsided school district Superintendent Mike Aytes, he said during an interview at his Richmond residence Tuesday.

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RICHMOND – Karr Tuckpointing completed months of work that involved tuckpointing masonry and caulking windows at the Ray County Courthouse.

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RICHMOND – The Ray County Salary Commission, consisting of county officeholders, punted the idea of taking raises at last week’s meeting.

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RICHMOND – Bistate cooperation among law enforcers led to the arrest on pornography charges of Peyton James Downs, 25, Bruns Road, Richmond.

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RICHMOND – “Not required” to answer is the overall answer the Richmond Board of Education gave to information requests regarding the placement of Superintendent Mike Aytes, 68, and Richmond High School Principal John Parker, 54, on leave.

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ST. LOUIS – Ray County’s opioid lawsuit case goes to a jury trial, theoretically, at 9 a.m. April 27.

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RICHMOND – The Richmond School Board named an acting superintendent of school while Superintendent Mike Aytes, 68, is “on leave.”

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RICHMOND – The paperwork is finished to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in flood reimbursement funds from the federal government.

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HENRIETTA – County Clerk Glenda Powell said her responsibility to taxpayers as the county’s chief election officer led her to change the polling place for all Henrietta and Richmond voters to the First Baptist Church, 306 N. Main St., Richmond.

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RICHMOND – About a dozen volunteers prepare Saturday morning and early afternoon for the Third Annual Community Thanksgiving Day Feast at the Eagleton Center.

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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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KANSAS CITY – After a building tour and press conference at the new USDA facilities, Missouri Secretary of Agriculture Chris Chinn talked about the value of having the headquarters for the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture in Kansas City.

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KANSAS CITY – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, Gov. Mike Parson and Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas voiced support for the decision to move Department of Agriculture facilities to Kansas City.

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KANSAS CITY – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue answered – not to everyone’s satisfaction – media questions about moving the USDA headquarters for Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture from Washington to Kansas City.