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SMITHVILLE ― This October, Smithville School District will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding in 1867.

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Col. Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, is telling Missouri’s travelers it’s imperative they include safety in their plans for the upcoming July Fourth holiday.

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CLAY COUNTY —Despite the outdoor temperatures in the 80s and 90s, Clay County Clothes Closet leadership is hoping families may be cleaning out their own closets to help stock their larger community closet. Specifically, the Clay County Clothes Closet is seeking winter clothes.

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ST. JOSEPH — Kaleb Reid’s baseball dream is continuing 45 minutes north of where he built a standout prep career.

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BLUE SPRINGS — At William Jewell College, the football future is starting to look bright.

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Editor’s Note: The Courier-Tribune sports staff will honor the top athletes from our coverage area (Kearney, Liberty and Smithville) upon the conclusion of the each high school sports season. Only athletes who competed for their high school varsity teams are eligible for the honor. The weekl…

Class of 2017

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SMITHVILLE HIGH SCHOOL — From Nick Hartman’s perspective, each day comes with the opportunity to build connections with others. With that belief serving as a guide, the senior constructed a legacy of involvement through his years at Smithville High School.

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Actress and comedienne Maya Rudolph once said, “You don’t want to be the first person to tell your 5-year-old child, like, ‘You’re going to have a life filled with disappointments and letdowns — enjoy!’” I think as friends and family members are marking their graduations from high school, I …

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KEARNEY HIGH SCHOOL — The value of a full day’s work is not lost on Dallas Legg.

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Liberty High School's class of 2017 graduated Sunday, May 14, in a ceremony at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.

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Liberty North High School's class of 2017 graduated Sunday, May 14, in a ceremony at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.

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This Netflix production premiering simultaneously online and in select theaters this weekend is part science fiction, part dark comedy, part adventure film, but all quirk. An expert ensemble cast in the hands of the writer and director of recent indie surprise “Snowpiercer” may just mark the…

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LIBERTY — After months of work on design and content generation, the city of Liberty and Historic Downtown Liberty Inc. have launched a new tourism website, VisitLibertyMo.com.

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GLADSTONE — Gladstone Theatre in the Park will return to the stage for its 30th season with the Gladstone Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department and North Star Community Band.

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SMITHVILLE — For Nicole Brown, Smithville Lake’s community is family.

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SMITHVILLE — As armor-clad warriors battle with swords and shields wearing their houses colors and coat of arms as royalty watches, others perfect their weapon-wielding talents by shooting arrows using long and short bows or throwing knives and axes. All the while peasants and merrymakers da…

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KEARNEY — Missouri Safe and Sober, an educational program designed to prevent underage drinking, drunken driving and drug use, honored Kearney High School for its participation in the program this most recent school year.

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A group of Smithville students visited Ireland and Scotland in June as part of a biennial international travel program. The trip included stops at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College, Titanic Belfast Museum, Robert Burns Cottage & Museum, Edinburgh Castle, William Wallace Monument, …

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Well, we just officially entered the season of summer yesterday with the undisputed date that summer starts: June 21. So, those last couple of weeks when the temperatures got super hot and the heat index was in triple digits was really only a trial.

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My purpose in writing this is to encourage folks to think about ways we can come together to help fund and build a new and modern animal shelter for our wonderful city. Funding a new shelter was put to a vote several years ago. It was so hidden in legal wordage that unless you were really lo…

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