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This is the start of something new and the continuation of a tradition stretching back more than 170 years.

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Collectively, the gaze of a country will turn to the heavens Aug. 21 to observe one of the grandest celestial spectacles. For the first time since 1979, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States.

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HOLT — Two Liberty men face murder and armed criminal action charges and a family is dealing with the loss of a son after a two-year-old missing person case evolved into a homicide investigation when skeletal remains of a third Liberty man were located Feb. 12 in a ditch near Holt.

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Donna Sue Keefhaver, 59, Holt, MO. passed Feb. 19, 2017. Servi…

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I jokingly told my husband the other day that I miss my youth. He laughed and then asked, “Was there a specific year or date?” I stopped and put my rose-colored glasses on my mind’s eye and gave it a passing thought or two. “I think when I was in fourth grade and seventh grade.” Again, my hu…

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Cami Wagers is a small-business owner from Clay County. As the proprietor of Cook’s Corner Café in Smithville, she once had the vision of turning her beloved café into a chain of restaurants. However, over the past few years it became increasingly clear that Missouri’s flawed welfare system …

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COLUMBIA — After the final whistle sounded, Daterraion Richardson fell to his knees and gazed to the sky with a look of disbelief on his smiling face. Upon rising to his feet, he reached out to shake the hand of the head referee, only deciding to greet him with the greatest of bear hugs instead.

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LIBERTY — Expressing their opinions on a range of topics like facility use, financial stewardship and school size, Liberty Public Schools patrons took an active role in shaping the district’s long-range facility plan at the first of two community input meetings Thursday, Feb. 16.

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The art of photography was just emerging as a means to capture historic moments such as the battles of the Civil War or a presidential inauguration when artist George Caleb Bingham was painting, including his series on Midwest life that includes “The County Election,” painted in 1852.

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Liberty Middle School will present Rodgers and Hammerstein's “The Sound of Music” at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 9 to 11 at the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre, 1600 S. Withers Rd, Liberty. The show tells the romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family. T…

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