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KANSAS CITY — Better Homes and Gardens Realty Kansas City Homes has named Steve Servais to the newly created position of chief operating officer for the Kansas City region. He will provide operational leadership for the expanding real estate brokerage with over 450 real estate professionals …

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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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LIBERTY — Clay County African American Legacy will hold a dedication ceremony of the newest works of art at the Garrison School Cultural Center, 502 N. Water St., Liberty. The event starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. A reception will follow in the Assembly Room.

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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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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.

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KEARNEY — In the Highway 92 Showdown, Kearney needed some heroes.

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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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LIBERTY — Clay County African American Legacy will hold a dedication ceremony of the newest works of art at the Garrison School Cultural Center, 502 N. Water St., Liberty. The event starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. A reception will follow in the Assembly Room.

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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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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.

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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 — Almost three dozen community members expressed interest in participating in a committee to establish the attendance boundaries for the three elementary schools the Smithville School District will have starting with the 2018-2019 school year.

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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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Dorothy Nadine (Norman) Saunders, 96, passed away peacefully o…

Billy Joe Morgan, 55, of Orrick, Mo died on October 16, 2017 a…

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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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I’ve grown increasingly dismayed over the years by the massive federal and state government bureaucracies that intrude into our daily lives, diminish our liberties and stifle innovation and economic growth. Although I believe regulations generally are created or expanded upon out of a desire…

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