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SMITHVILLE — Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway’s office issued two subpoenas to the Smithville Fire Protection District and fire chief to provide documents associated with an ongoing audit of the district.

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Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson gave the joint meeting of the Clay County Economic Development Council, the Platte County Economic Development Council and the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce a sneak preview of a business initiative that he will take across the state in the coming weeks.

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KEARNEY — For more than two decades, Cole Printing & Signs has been supplying clients with of their commercial printing needs. From letterhead to business cards to graphics and signage, owner Tim Cole says he, along with his one full-time employee, can print just about anything.

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SMITHVILLE — Compared to the same timeframe last year, Police Chief Jason Lockridge said the the Smithville Police Department responded to about 10 to 11 percent more calls between Sept. 1 and Oct. 17 of this year.

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KEARNEY — Visitors to Kearney are one step closer to being able to say, “But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express,” now that aldermen have approved a site plan for the development of just such a hotel in the Shoppes at Kearney, located off Missouri Highway 92 near Interstate 35.

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LIBERTY — When Northland runners take off from the finish line at the Class 4 District 8 meet, expectations will be high.

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PLEASANT HILL — The Warriors weren’t going to be denied.

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LIBERTY — When Kearney is firing on all cylinders, it almost doesn’t seem fair.

Local Entertainment

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The Northland is planning a few tricks, lots of treats and several cauldrons worth of fun as Halloween approaches.

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Candy reigns supreme on Halloween. Candy compels trick-or-treaters young and old to don costumes and spend hours scouring neighborhoods for the best treats. Kids know which houses give out full-sized chocolate bars and which are offering other coveted goodies. Although consumer spending in O…

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KANSAS CITY — Northland Therapeutic Riding Center will hold its annual gala, Evening of Hope, Friday, Oct. 20, at The View at Briarcliff at the Courtyard by Marriott, 4000 N. Mulberry Dr.

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JEFFERSON CITY — The Center for Digital Government recently awarded the Missouri Department of Conservation a State Government Experience national award for MDC’s MO Fishing app. MO Fishing was selected for radically improving the experience of government and pushing the boundaries of how ci…

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Col. Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, reminds drivers that deer are more active and create hazards for Missouri motorists this time of year. Last year, drivers in Missouri experienced 4,604 traffic crashes in which deer-vehicle strikes occurred. One dee…

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  • By Kellie Houx kellie.houx@mycouriertribune.com
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LIBERTY — Delores VanLeeuwen will mark 50 years in Liberty next April. She hit a different kind of milestone over the summer. She is a 23-year breast cancer survivor.

  • By Amanda Lubinski amanda.lubinski@mycouriertribune.com
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KEARNEY — Truckin for D-Ray, a family fun day benefiting local teen Dalton Hanna, who is battling cancer, will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at D’Creamery, 110 E. Sixth St. in Kearney.

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SMITHVILLE — Last year, about 20 teenagers would spend half the school day together in a trailer at what is now Horizon Elementary School, mostly working independently on credit recovery in an effort to earn a diploma from Smithville High School through its alternative education program.

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KEARNEY — A deal that would have meant a $700,000 profit for the school district and a home for a senior living complex similar to Centerville Cottages behind Price Chopper fell through after a meeting with proposed neighbors in the Jamestowne subdivision disintegrated into accusations, inte…

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Editor’s Note: This is the second story in a series of two that takes a look at the deep history of Smithville in honor of the city and school district’s sesquicentennial and high school’s centennial. A history of the city printed in the Oct. 2 edition of the Courier-Tribune, while this arti…

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LIBERTY — Liberty Schools Superintendent Jeremy Tucker presented at the first Coffee with the Community Sept. 21 to a group of parents and other district leaders. He offered a “look back and a look forward.”

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LIBERTY — Liberty Public Schools has placed a high school teacher on paid leave from Liberty High School as the administration looks into allegations of misconduct. The teacher was placed on leave Thursday, Oct. 5.

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In 1991, C+C Music Factory charted with a song titled “Things that Make You Go Hmmm...” In 1984, stepping back a few years, comedy writer for “Saturday Night Live” Jack Handey had his “Deep Thoughts” first published in “National Lampoon” and then a few years later, he voiced those moments on SNL.

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