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JEFFERSON CITY — Though the safety belt usage rate in Missouri has slowly risen over the past 17 years, reaching 81 percent last year, the state is still well below the national average of 90 percent.

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SMITHVILLE — Whether it’s due to a medical, financial or other issue, throngs of people throughout the Northland are affected by the inability to provide themselves with a hot and nutritious meal daily. While Meal on Wheels provides this necessary meal for many, food recipients say the progr…

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JOPLIN — It’s unlikely Tanner Collins expected to make history this season, but make history he did.

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JOPLIN — Sam Parrott is so competitive, it is sometimes hard to understand he’s philosophical, too.

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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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Opening this weekend is yet another young adult novel turned film, “Everything, Everything.” This one is the first for a young writer/director duo and stars “it” gender-neutral person of the moment Amandla Stenberg (Rue from “The Hunger Games”) as Maddy, a teenager who never leaves her house…

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Opening this weekend with a new cast (because the Wimpy Kid himself is now too old to fulfill his adolescent duties at 19) after three movies from 2010 to 2012 is “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.” The actor who previously played big brother Rodrick is also now 26 and on to one of my fav…

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LIBERTY – The Liberty Foundation (formerly the Charitable Fund) achieved $30,400 in its first campaign month, campaign co-chairs Scott and Tom Page announced May 9.

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Boaters are encouraged to arrange for a thorough inspection of their boat prior to taking it out on the water this boating season. Weather, time, and other elements during winter may affect the readiness of your boat.

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KANSAS CITY — The Northland Early Education Center has received a $100,000 contribution from The Sunderland Foundation, adding to the list of more than 15 foundations and individuals that have contributed to the center’s capital campaign for a new school. NEEC has raised 95 percent of its $2…

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SMITHVILLE — David Legaard, 69, who led the Smithville R-II School District as superintendent for 22 years, died May 6.

Obituaries

Charles Eugene West, 89, of Smithville, MO passed away Tuesday…

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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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Manchester’s Victoria Station and nearby Manchester Arena were evacuated on May 22 after an explosion was reported inside the concert venue, sparking panic. Police have confirmed at least 19 people were killed and “around 50” others were

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Manchester police are reporting multiple deaths at the Ariana Grande concert in England, but they have yet to release many details.

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A witness to the incident at Manchester Arena in England says it appeared to be a big explosion at an Ariana Grande concert.

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