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CLAY COUNTY — The 2017 Keystone Recognition Awards will be presented by the Clay County Economic Development Council to recognize businesses that have made a significant contribution to Clay County's economy.

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SMITHVILLE — A plan to re-envision the city’s downtown through a streetscape plan is moving forward in Smithville, albeit too slowly for some community members, with the project in the engineering phase.

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CLAY COUNTY — The proposed commercial recreational equipment and vehicle storage facility at the northwest corner of Missouri Highway 92 and Francis Road will not be developed, as the Clay County Commission voted 2-1 against the conditional-use permit Monday, Sept. 18.

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HOUSTON — Less than two weeks after Hurricane Harvey had devastated parts of southeast Texas, John Ferguson of Liberty, called his friend and business partner Lew Wiens in Overland Park, Kansas, said, “Let’s do this,” and the ball started rolling.

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From power outages to tornadoes, fires to floods, disasters for Missouri residents are unpredictable and often unexpected. When making a disaster plan, many people forget about protecting their furry family members. These four-legged friends are left behind by owners who are not prepared to …

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SMITHVILLE — By the time the second half rolled around, it was Miller time.

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KEARNEY — Bulldogs senior Parker Dierkens takes the field each game ready to compete, but he’s taken up another sport for enjoyment and works hard on his academics.

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LIBERTY — There was little to find wrong with Liberty softball in the past week.

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LIBERTY — The Liberty Arts Commission is accepting applications for the 2017 Public Art Sculpture Program. This annual sculpture program will include three original, three-dimensional works of art to be displayed for a one-year period at pre-selected sites within Liberty’s historic downtown …

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KEARNEY — Organizers of the annual Jesse James Festival chose Larry Pratt, a lifelong city resident, and longtime philanthropist and public servant, to be this year’s parade grand marshal.

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SMITHVILLE — The Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Backyard BBQ Bash will return Saturday, Sept. 23. This year’s bash features new partnerships as the chamber is pairing with the downtown Heritage Business District and local Kiwanis club to make it a fun family event with somethin…

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Warren Bennis, an author and scholar who specialized in leadership, once said, “ There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.” In the world of Kenny Personett, this is not an and/or statement, but a comb…

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KEARNEY — Although it had a low turnout, families who did take advantage of the new Jesse James Festival offering of free fishing lessons from the Missouri Department of Conservation said they learned some good tips.

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JEFFERSON CITY — Do you know if your child is in the right safety seat? While they may be old enough, they still may not weigh enough, or be tall enough, to buckle up and skip the booster or car seat.

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LIBERTY — Eighteen Northlanders recently became the latest group of older adults to tackle aging not just with grace, but knowledge and action.

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Kearney School District’s assistant superintendent of special programs, Angie Currey, has been named the 2017 Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education’s Outstanding New Special Education Administrator. Currey has 16 years of experience in education and came to the district in 2015.

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LIBERTY — William Jewell College students invite members of the community to join them for the Jewell Rally for Peace and Unity at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21.

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SMITHVILLE — Homecoming is a tradition steeped in history. This year Smithville High School’s annual celebration has an extra historical emphasis as 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the high school.

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LIBERTY — After two patron meetings earlier this year to help shape Liberty Public Schools’ future, Kevin Nelson, a client leader with Hollis + Miller Architects, reported to the school board that while waiting for the final demographics, the growth in the district will most likely warrant a…

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Pittsburg State University has released the honor roll for the 2017 summer sessions. To qualify for All-A Scholastic Honors, a student must complete at least six semester hours and receive a grade of A in all credit course work for the semester. Kristen Mitchell of Liberty and Kendall Miles …

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LIBERTY — New teachers come from many walks of life. They bring in years of experience or are fresh faces right out of college. Whichever is the case, these new instructors are settling into classroom across the Northland.

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This past week the General Assembly gathered in Jefferson City for the annual veto session. The governor vetoed five measures passed during the regular session. In order to override a governor’s veto, lawmakers must approve each vetoed bill by a two-thirds vote in order for it to become law.…

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