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County considers CARES grants for businesses

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RICHMOND – Having received requests from schools and other government groups for federal aid, the Ray County Commission expects them to ask for more money, and businesses might seek a share, too. The federal government provided the commission with $2.7 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, funding.
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ELECTION NIGHT IN RAY COUNTY

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ON ELECTION night at the Ray County Courthouse in Richmond, after learning he has won the election for Ray County sheriff, Scott Childers lifts his son, Grady Childers, who gives a thumbs up. AFTER he wins the vacant Ray County Eastern Commission District seat, Dawn Powell gives her father, Dave Powell, a hug at the Ray County Courthouse on election night.
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HANGING OUT ON TRICK OR TREET STREET

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RICHMOND – Children in vehicles lined up from the City Hall complex back to the Ray County Courthouse to take part on Halloween at this year’s literal Trick or Treat Street drive-through event. Community leaders, city staff, police and fire department members helped organize and conduct the event, City Administrator Tonya Willim said a few minutes before the first youngster in line, Justin Davis, 8, received his bag of candy.

Clay loses five top county employees

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RICHMOND – Clay County announced settlements in discrimination cases involving five top-tier employees who will leave county employment “on or before Dec. 31.”

“It is appropriate that the new commission will be able to start with a new staff and really turn the page for Clay County,” Presiding Commissioner Jerry Nolte said.

The announcement came while voters remained at the polls late Tuesday.

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Richmond schools provide virus update

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RICHMOND – Richmond School District’s COVID-19 infection numbers continue to fluctuate, based on information released by administrators.

The biggest change in numbers among students is seen at the high school. The number of quarantined students there declined by 43, to five.

A substantial change also is evident at Richmond Middle School, where the number of quarantined students has nearly doubled, going from 22 to 43 cases.