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Author: Shawn Roney/The Richmond News

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A news, sports and entertainment podcast covering and commenting on the goings-on in Ray County, Missouri.
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"Graduation"

"Graduation"

2021-05-2832:49

"Ray County Voices" honors members of the Class of 2021:In the leadup to graduation, student-athletes discuss multiple issues, including what high school was like, their feelings about graduating and life after high school. Those interviewed include Adrian Church and Sophia Farnan, both of Richmond High School; Connor Tabora and Gracie Gibson, both of Hardin-Central High School; and Bishop Grimm of Orrick High School.Teacher-coaches reflect on working with their outgoing student-athletes. Speeches from Orrick High School's commencement ceremony are shared.  Those featured include Principal Michelle Wityk, and honor students Macey Miller and Zachary O'Dell.  Notes:Basehor-Linwood, the school district Alexis Yockel mentions, is located in Basehor, Kansas. Ms. Peters, the teacher mentioned in Zachary O'Dell's speech, is Tricia Peters, Orrick High School's science teacher and a former Orrick varsity girls basketball coach. Mr. Moll, the other teacher O'Dell mentions, is Jayson Moll, the school music/band director.  Music: "Fanfare for Father John in F Major" (For Keyboard), composed by Shawn Roney, performed by a solo incarnation of the musical collective Sacred  & Secular. 
"Ray County Voices" provides a taste of what to expect for the latest Mushroom Festival in Richmond, overseen this year by the non-profit organization Friends of the Farris:Justin Wrisinger, Friends of the Farris board president, discusses changes to the festival and other event topics. Sara Seidel  discusses the ChalkWalk, a new activity.Haley Williams, city of Richmond recreation director, discusses the 5K run and 1-mile fun run/walk, a Richmond Parks and Recreation fundraiser. Notes:This is the 40th Mushroom Festival. Richmond, Missouri, promotes itself as the "Mushroom Capital of the World."For more festival information, visit https://www.mushroomfestival.net/.Music: "Loop for Bishop John Burgess"; "St. Adele's Waltz" (For Piano); "Stately March of the Church Ladies in E Major" (For Piano); "Hurry, Pyotr Thelonious, You'll Be Late for Church" (For Piano), composed by Shawn Roney, performed by a solo incarnation of the musical collective Sacred  & Secular. "St. Adele's Waltz," "Stately March of the Church Ladies" and "Hurry, Pyotr Thelonious, You'll Be Late for Church" are included on the album "In Solitude," available on multiple streaming platforms, including YouTube Music, https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_n_78QgdhLloJ4Fof5j2lXEqC1bnfyCaCU&feature=share. 
Expanding on Part I, Part II traces the journeys of the winter sports programs the Richmond News covers through the postseason (and in a few cases, the end of the regular season) through interviews with coaches and players. Notes:To be a sponsoring business or a supporting patron of this podcast series, contact Sharon Donat, media specialist with the Richmond News and Town & Country Leader, by email at  sharon@leaderpress.com or by calling the Richmond News at (816) 776-5454.Music: "Loop for Bishop John Burgess," composed by Shawn Roney, performed by a solo incarnation of the musical collective Sacred & Secular. This concludes Season 1 of "Ray County Voices." Look for Season 2 to begin with an episode, slated to go live in late April. 
"Final Seconds, Pt. I"

"Final Seconds, Pt. I"

2021-02-1708:00

As the end of the winter sports season approaches, Richmond High School coaches and athletes from the school's basketball and wrestling programs comment on team and/or individual progress since the season began in November.Notes: To be a sponsoring business or a supporting patron of this podcast series, contact Sharon Donat, media specialist with the Richmond News and Town & Country Leader, by email at  sharon@leaderpress.com or by calling the Richmond News at (816) 776-5454.Music featured in this episode: "Loop for Bishop John Burgess," composed by Shawn Roney and performed by the music collective Sacred & Secular.
Some winners of the Community Service Awards, a contest staged by the Richmond News and its sister newspaper, The Excelsior Springs Standard, that allows readers to recognize Ray County and Clay County individuals, businesses and other entities, comment on their honors and discuss issues related to their respective professions. Those appearing, and their categories, are as follows:Capt. Jessica Bennett, representing the Ray County Ambulance District. The district was named Best Local Hero.Nick Persell, Richmond High School, named Best Coach. Brad Bamman, representing The Jones Store in Richmond. The store was recognized for Best Flooring Services.Dr. Jonathan Renfro, Renfro Veterinary Services Inc. in Richmond, named Best Veterinarian.Notes: To be a sponsoring business or a supporting patron of this podcast series, contact Sharon Donat, media specialist with the Richmond News and Town & Country Leader, by email at  sharon@leaderpress.com or by calling the Richmond News at (816) 776-5454.Music featured in this episode: "Loop for Bishop John Burgess"; "St. Adele's Waltz" (For Piano); "Raga of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in G Minor"; "Fanfare for Father John in F Major," composed by Shawn Roney and performed by the music collective Sacred & Secular."St. Adele's Waltz" (For Piano) appears on the Sacred & Secular album "In Solitude," a collection of piano instrumentals. To hear it in its entirety, visit: https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=3y6GK0Edn-Q&feature=share.
Spiritual and mental health professionals discuss the challenges the coronavirus pandemic is posing during the 2020 holiday season, particularly to students and the elderly. They also offer ways to deal with  the COVID/holiday stress combo. Guests:Bill Purcell, a church pastor, consultant and a chaplain to nursing home residents and terminally ill patients, discusses the effects of COVID-19 on his ministry. He addresses other issues, including ways to stay in contact with elderly loved ones during the pandemic.Lindsey Hash, who leads the Senior Life Solutions program at Excelsior Springs Hospital, discusses the effects of the holidays and COVID-19 on seniors' mental health and the importance of staying physically active.Jordyn Chari and Hannah Archer, who work with students through Tri-County Mental Health Services, discuss the effects of COVID-19 on students and their families during the holidays, and offer coping strategies.  Notes:For more information about the Senior Life Solutions program at Excelsior Springs Hospital, call (816) 629-2724. During a portion of her interview that was cut from the episode, Lindsey Hash pointed out that Richmond has a Senior Life Solutions program. The program is based at Ray County Memorial Hospital. For more information, call (816) 470-7360. Jordyn Chari stated in a Dec. 7 email that Tri-County provides " a variety of services to help with individuals struggling with mental health concerns on an ongoing basis." They include counseling for families and individuals, and round-the-clock crisis intervention. To request services or for more information, call (816) 468-0400 or visit www.tri-countymhs.org. For assistance with a crisis after 5 p.m. weekdays and on weekends, call 1-(888)-279-8188. Music featured in this episode: "Silent Night," melody composed Franz Xaver Gruber; "Greensleeves" (also the melody for "What Child Is This?"), traditional; "Picardy" (also the melody for "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence"), traditional;  "Mother Mary's Minuet in F Major," composed by Shawn Roney; "Auld Lang Syne," traditional. All selections arranged by Shawn Roney, and performed by Sacred and Secular. 
A wrap-up of the 2020 general elections and a look ahead to 2021, featuring ... Gary Wilhite, who discusses his return to the Ray County Commission following his commanding win on Election Day in the western commissioner's race, among other topics.Ray County Clerk Glenda Powell, who discusses voting preparation, the mood at the polls, voter participation and lessons learned from the general elections. State Rep. Peggy McGaugh, who discusses multiple topics, including running unopposed, the U.S. presidential election and mail-in voting.Notes:A day after the interview with Representative McGaugh, who was in Jefferson City for a special General Assembly session, multiple news outlets declared Joe R. Biden Jr. winner of the U.S. presidential election.  Music featured in this episode: "Loop for Bishop John Burgess"; "Raga of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in G Minor" (For Timpani); "Minuet for a Melancholy Guardian Angel" (For Piano); ,"St. Adele's Waltz" (For Piano) , composed by Shawn Roney and performed by the music collective Sacred & Secular.To be a sponsoring business or a supporting patron of this podcast series, contact Sharon Donat, media specialist with the Richmond News and Town & Country Leader, by email at  sharon@leaderpress.com or by calling the Richmond News at (816) 776-5454.
#RayCoVoThe finale of a three-part election preview episode concludes with question-and-answer sessions with two of the candidates in the race to represent Missouri's 5th Congressional District, which includes Ray County: Robin Dominick, a Libertarian; and incumbent Emanuel Cleaver II, a Democrat. Notes:For more information about Robin Dominick, visit https://www.robindominick.com/.For more information about Congressman Cleaver, visit https://cleaver.house.gov/, https://www.cleaverforcongress.com/home.php/# and/or https://www.facebook.com/emanuelcleaverii/.As was mentioned in the episode, an interview with candidate Ryan Derks was inadvertently omitted. For more information about the Republican nominee, visit https://ryanderks.com/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/realryanderks/.Music featured in this episode: "Loop for Bishop John Burgess," "St. Adele's Waltz" (For Piano) and "Raga of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in G Minor" (For Timpani), composed by Shawn Roney and performed by the music collective Sacred & Secular.To be a sponsoring business or a supporting patron of this podcast series, contact Sharon Donat, media specialist with the Richmond News and Town & Country Leader, by email at  sharon@leaderpress.com or by calling the Richmond News at (816) 776-5454.
Scott Childers and incumbent Garry Bush -- the  two candidates in the Ray County sheriff's race -- provide their respective stances on issues that include the sheriff's role in addressing the issues of rogue law enforcement officers and the opioid epidemic . This is the second part of a three-part election preview. Part III is scheduled to go live Oct. 26.Notes: To learn more about Scott Childers, visit https://scottchildersforraycountysheriff.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/scottchildersforraycountysheriff/.For additional questions for Sheriff Bush, visit https://www.facebook.com/Ray-County-Sheriffs-Office-223614467998389. Music featured in this episode: "Loop for Bishop John Burgess" and "Raga of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in G Minor" (For Timpani), composed by Shawn Roney and performed by the music collective Sacred & Secular.To be a sponsoring business or a supporting patron of this podcast series, contact Sharon Donat, media specialist with the Richmond News and Town & Country Leader, by email at  sharon@leaderpress.com or by calling the Richmond News at (816) 776-5454.
"Election Preview, Part I"

"Election Preview, Part I"

2020-10-1201:01:49

Ron White, Karl Carter and Dave Powell -- the three candidates in the Ray County eastern commissioner's race -- provide their respective stances on issues that include the county's role in fighting the opioid epidemic and in addressing pandemic-related issues. This is the first part of a three-part election preview. Part II is scheduled to go live Oct. 19, with the finale slated for Oct. 26.Notes:Ron White's campaign page is located at https://www.facebook.com/Ron-White-for-Ray-County-Eastern-Commisioner-104864471336781/.Dave Powell's campaign page is located at https://www.facebook.com/groups/666961050593008/. A Facebook search did not reveal a campaign page for Karl Carter. However, he has published campaign-related posts on his personal Facebook page. Music featured in this episode: "Loop for Bishop John Burgess"; "Raga of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in G Minor" (For Timpani); "Sister Selena's Bluesy Minuet in F Minor, Part I" (For Piano), composed by Shawn Roney and performed by the music collective Sacred & Secular.To be a sponsoring business or a supporting patron of this podcast series, contact Sharon Donat, media specialist with the Richmond News and Town & Country Leader, by email at  sharon@leaderpress.com or by calling the Richmond News at (816) 776-5454.
#RayCoVoHardin-Central superintendent Trey Cavanah discusses the start to his district's school year. Brayden Schick, a Hardin-Central student and member of the Norborne Hardin-Central 8-man football team, briefly discusses the feeling of getting to play sports again during the coronavirus pandemic.Norborne Hardin-Central coach Kirk Thacker briefly discusses how coaching sports again has helped him cope with changes in his family life.Richmond superintendent Greg Darling discusses the effects of the pandemic on the start of the school year, including high school athletics.Orrick superintendent Scott Archibald discusses how the Orrick R-XI School District has managed the first two weeks of the school year in a COVID-19 world.Notes:Clarification: At the time this episode was being recorded, edited and mixed, the Missouri State High School Activities Association website showed the Richmond-Fulton football game had been canceled. It was rescheduled and played Sept. 12, with Richmond winning 42-7. Clarification: The "closing note"  before the signoff/closing credits suggests there is more than one link to the live stream interviews with Brayden Schick and Coach Thacker. Both appear in the same live stream feed. To view their interviews, visit https://www.facebook.com/167470394412/videos/3217607381680436.To view Norborne Hardin-Central's 8-man football schedule, visit https://www.mshsaa.org/MySchool/Schedule.aspx?s=384&alg=21.To view Richmond's revised 11-man football schedule, visit https://www.mshsaa.org/MySchool/Schedule.aspx?s=426&alg=19.To be a sponsoring business or a supporting patron of this podcast series, contact Sharon Donat, media specialist with the Richmond News and Town & Country Leader, by email at  sharon@leaderpress.com or by calling the Richmond News at (816) 776-5454.
#RayCoVoConnie Taylor and Phil Hutchison with the Bridge of Hope-Richmond discuss the services Bridge of Hope provides and how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the non-profit organization.Donna Payton, Humane Society of Ray County president, provides some background on the Humane Society, providing service in a COVID-19 world and other topics.  Phillip Powers, Ray County director of the Salvation Army, discusses multiple topics, including upcoming events and the increased demands the pandemic has placed on the Salvation Army. Notes:For more information about Bridge of Hope, call (816) 520-7828 or (816) 266-9316; or visit https://boh4women.org/, or the organization's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/bridgeofhope4women/. For more information about the Humane Society of Ray County, call (816) 504-7843; or visit http://www.humanesocietyofraycounty.org/, or its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Humane-Society-of-Ray-County-116291421736524/.  For more information about the Richmond Salvation Army, call (816) 776-8191 or visit its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/richmondmosalvationarmy/.To be a sponsoring business or a supporting patron of this podcast series, contact Sharon Donat, media specialist with the Richmond News and Town & Country Leader, by email at  sharon@leaderpress.com or by calling the Richmond News at (816) 776-5454.
#RayCoVoEmily Bergsieker, University of Missouri Extension 4-H field specialist for Ray and Lafayette counties, discusses the Ray County Fair, scheduled for July 11-17 at the Ray County Fairgrounds in Richmond.Dantin McBee, a member of the Millville 4-H Club and a student at Elkhorn Elementary School, discusses his involvement in 4-H and his plans for the fair.Volunteer Marjorie Jenkins reflects and comments on her service in 4-H and with the Ray County Fair. Jenkins, who's featured in the Richmond News' Ray County Fair supplement, also comments on receiving the Frank Graham 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award.Farmer and tire/body shop owner Charles Calvert reflects on his service as a Ray County Fair volunteer and comments on his family being named the Ray County Farm Family of the Year. He also shares his insights about the demolition derby, a staple of the fair that's not part of this year's fair because of COVID-19 concerns. Host Shawn Roney provides some Richmond-related updates since the June podcast, "All (or Mostly) About Richmond."Notes: Dantin McBee was interviewed before Bergsieker. For purposes of structure, their order has been reversed here.To be a sponsoring business or a supporting patron of this podcast series, contact Sharon Donat, media specialist with the Richmond News and Town & Country Leader, by email at  sharon@leaderpress.com or by calling the Richmond News at (816) 776-5454.
#RayCoVoAlicia Shaw, Richmond's economic development director; and Raymond Smith, North Star Wellness co-owner, discuss the Keep It Richmond campaign to promote Richmond businesses. Richmond High School graduate Nicole Johnson, now a student-athlete at the University of Central Missouri, discusses her recovery from a foot injury. Werner Moentmann shares his feelings about getting to play morning pickleball again at the Richmond city gym.  Notes: Some Richmond-based businesses include the following: Crooked River Meats, Market and Grill; JP's Total Image, barbershop/beauty salon; Daddy's 10-13 Diner; The Nest Egg, antiques. The story referenced during the interview with Raymond Smith aired in 2015 on the National Public Radio program "All Things Considered" and was provided by KCUR-FM (89.3) in Kansas City. To listen to the segment, visit https://www.npr.org/2015/05/21/408452759/one-family-revitalizes-a-small-town-with-yes-quilts.To be a sponsoring business or a supporting patron of this podcast series, contact Sharon Donat, media specialist with the Richmond News and Town & Country Leader, by email at  sharon@leaderpress.com or by calling the Richmond News at (816) 776-5454.
#RayCoVoCathy Gottsch, Ray County Museum administrator, discusses what the museum has done during the COVD-19 pandemic and shares her plans for the museum during and after Ray County's reopening.Three Ray County school administrators discuss high school graduation plans: Trey Cavanah, superintendent, Hardin-Central C-2 Schools; Scott Archibald, Orrick R-XI School District superintendent; and Justin Remington, soon-to-be Richmond High School principal. Other education-related topics they discuss include tributes to the class of 2020. The segment references a story about Richmond's weekly field lighting tribute to its seniors, published April 25 in the print edition of the Richmond News and its sister newspaper, The Excelsior Springs Standard. To read the story online, visit https://www.richmond-dailynews.com/news/tribute-seniors (subscription required). Shawn Roney, Richmond News sports editor and "Ray County Voices" host, provides a lighthearted look at his attempt to deal with his separation from playing pickleball by writing a Shakespearean-style love letter to his favorite recreational sport.Alert: Display your artistic skills by designing the new "Ray County Voices" logo in our artist logo design contest. The winner will receive a $30 gift card to Hometown Pizza in Richmond. Submit your designs in a JPEG or PDF attachment by May 29, 2020, to sports@richmond-dailynews.com. Note: To be a sponsoring business or a supporting patron of this podcast series, contact Sharon Donat, media specialist with the Richmond News and Town & Country Leader, by email at  sharon@leaderpress.com or by calling the Richmond News at (816) 776-5454.
#RayCoVoNatalie Lamar, director of the Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce, discusses the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on local businesses and Richmond's annual Mushroom Festival.Kirk Thacker, a coach and history/social studies teacher with the Hardin-Central C-2 School District, comments on whether 21st-century society learned anything from the influenza pandemic of 1918-19, in terms of preparing to manage the COVID-19 outbreak.Mitch Comstock, athletic director and a coach with the Orrick R-XI School District, discusses the restrictions prep sports athletes and coaches face during the COVID-19 pandemic.Shawn Roney, Richmond News sports editor, shares his attempts to follow Australian rules football during the early stage of the coronavirus pandemic.Note: To be a sponsoring business or a supporting patron of this podcast series, contact Sharon Donat, media specialist with the Richmond News and Town & Country Leader, by email at  sharon@leaderpress.com  or by calling the Richmond News at (816) 776-5454.
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