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RICHMOND – Richmond City Council unanimously approved a $3.39 million balanced budget Tuesday for fiscal 2020, which focuses on meeting council goals and objectives, City Administrator Tonya Willim said.

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RICHMOND – More Americans lacked health insurance in 2018 versus 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau reported.

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RICHMOND – Missouri needs to add fiscal reality to the promise of fiscal conservatism, a Republican contender for Missouri governor, Rep. Jim Neely, M.D., said Tuesday.

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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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SEDALIA – The Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame at State Fair Community College in Sedalia inducted Rick and Sherry Bersano, Richmond, Aug. 17.

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ODESSA – Information on the number of unplanted acres this year seems contradictory, farmer Aaron Hicks, Henrietta, told House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson.

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ODESSA – Fire, floods, droughts, hurricanes, tornadoes…

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ODESSA – The new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico is expected to make little difference for farmers, but the trade war with China does, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minnesota, told a crowd of about 60 people, including farmers, at Odessa Community Center.

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JEFFERSON CITY – The statewide competition “It Only Takes One” is accepting applications from Missouri high schools to win prizes while educating young drivers about safe driving habits and safety belt use.

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JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Mike Parson, U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Chris Chinn and agriculture leaders are exploring the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s effect on agriculture.

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RICHMOND – Conditions brought about a small fish kill that affected the gizzard shad population in July and a worse problem in late August at Ray County Lake, Department of Conservation information stated.

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JEFFERSON CITY – Route J bridge rehabilitation at Crooked River is on the first list of bridges set for work by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission under a new program approved by the Missouri General Assembly.

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RICHMOND – About 2 feet lower than level, and slightly catawampus, the Calvert Farm Road Bridge deck drew the attention of about a dozen people Friday.

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CAMERON – Inmates at Western Missouri Correctional Center received a rare treat when they viewed show cars and motorcycles on prison grounds Saturday.

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RICHMOND – County, emergency management, school district and leaders of other governments within Ray County met to discuss hazard mitigation at the Eagleton Center on Wednesday.

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RICHMOND – Up to 60 jobs at $20 hourly at a facility on Richmond’s border is possible if the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services approves.

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ODESSA – During President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal administration, the Communications Act of 1934 included the concept of universal service to do “the impossible” – get phone service to rural areas, and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson wants to do the impossible a…

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RICHMOND – About 100 people attended the Ray County Farm Bureau’s annual dinner.

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RICHMOND – City residents will see a 2-cent increase in their tax rate, from 1.1743 in 2018 to 1.1938 per $100 in valuation.

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WOOD HEIGHTS – About a decade ago, the city had part-time police officers, a clerk, a maintenance worker and a contractor, former Wood Heights Police Chief Jared Sartin said.

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RICHMOND – The Ray County Commission entered into a contract with Edgar Law Firm, Kansas City, to sue drug companies believed responsible for the nation’s opioid crisis, including damage done in Ray County.

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JEFFERSON CITY – What do opossum on a half-shell, Texas speedbump and pocket dinosaur all have in common? They are all the same animal – the nine-banded armadillo.

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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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RICHMOND – More than 56 miles of water line infrastructure lies under the city, delivering water to residents and businesses.

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RICHMOND – The City Council will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27, at its regular meeting to pass an ordinance setting the tax levies for personal and real estate property owners.

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I have been getting many calls about bagworms, so I thought it might be a good idea to write another column about these pests and the best way to control them.

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

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ODESSA – Farmers are upset that the Trump administration reneged on a promise, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson said.

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Richmond – Jim Proffitt, and Dona Phillips and family of Richmond, are among the families honored during the 61st Annual Farm Family Day, Aug. 12 at the Missouri State Fair.

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RICHMOND – A third group has gone public with planning to grow medical hemp in Ray County – this one further proposes a manufacturing component to accompany a greenhouse operation.

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LIBERTY — A Richmond man pleaded guilty to three felony counts related to the death of his 3-week-old baby in 2012.

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RICHMOND – With 18 new teachers in the Richmond School District and students transitioning from elementary to middle school, and middle school to high school, Superintendent Mike Aytes said the first day of school Thursday went “really well.”

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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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AT THE END of the Odessa football jamboree on Friday, the biggest cheers from Ella McCray, 2, are for daddy. She is the daughter of Richmond assistant coach Josh and Brandy McCray.

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MISSOURI STATE troopers will participate in Operation Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort during Labor Day weekend. The counting period is from 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 30 through 11:59 p.m., Monday, Sept. 2.

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In the Aug. 20 issue, the docket for the 8th Circuit Criminal Court incorrectly stated information in the case of State v. Tracey Miller.

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RICHMOND – Although no reports of Hepatitis A have been reported in Ray County, residents are encouraged to get vaccinated against the disease.

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RICHMOND – The double-flood of 2019 wiped out Ray County’s rock budget for the year, County Commissioner Allen Dale told Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives this week.

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WOOD HEIGHTS – About a decade ago, the city had part-time police officers, a clerk, a maintenance worker and a contractor, former Wood Heights Police Chief Jared Sartin said.

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WOOD HEIGHTS – For the fourth and fifth times, Aldermen Bernard Allen and Mark Ragar rejected Mayor Frank Davitt’s community nominees to fill the open board seat.

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WOOD HEIGHTS– Exact words varied, but about a dozen city residents fired the same message at Aldermen Bernard Allen and Mark Ragar: “Disband the police department? Hell, no.”

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WOOD HEIGHTS – The Wood Heights Aldermanic Board’s decision to disband the police department could result in further and more costly legal action.

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LONE JACK – Valley Oaks Steak Co. more than ended a plan to become Missouri’s largest confined animal feeding operation for cattle – the company closed abruptly.

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RICHMOND – CS Carey will begin grinding the yard waste at the city compost site sometime this week, City Administrator Tonya Willim said.

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RICHMOND – The 2019 Community Service Award recipient is Jimmy Carter, a member of the Ray County Historical Society and president of the Richmond Redevelopment Board.

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RICHMOND – The city will pay Macey Excavating $12,010 to demolish two buildings the city calls dangerous.