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LIBERTY — The city of Liberty took the ranking of 10th in WalletHub’s 2017’s Best Places to Raise a Family in Missouri report. WalletHub’s analysts — six professors and instructors in such fields as psychology, gerontology and family development — compared a sample of 86 cities in the state …

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Come away with me to storyland — bee entertained and delighted with “The Gift of a Good Book.” Newsbee has some honeys to suggest for December. He’s chosen the best of the best for this special time of year, when enchantment reigns and happiness knows no bounds. Step into tales that are sure…

  • By Amanda Lubinski amanda.lubinski@mycouriertribune.com
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CLAY COUNTY — A man and his son are safe after Smithville Area Fire Protection District’s swift water rescue team was deployed on Thanksgiving morning following a boat capsizing in Smithville Lake.

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  • By Kellie Houx kellie.houx@mycouriertribune.com
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LIBERTY — According to the International Mountain Bicycling Association, as the sport of mountain biking has evolved over the past few decades, it has driven the development of a new style of trail with features and concepts that push the limits of traditional single tracks. An increasing nu…

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It’s a fact — the holidays can be stressful. So much so that The Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory assigns 12 points to major holidays alongside such stressors as death of a spouse and loss of a job. Registered Nurse Diane Ehren-Kipping, the community/employee health and wellness manager at …

  • By Amy Neal amy.neal@mycouriertribune.com
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KANSAS CITY — To honor the memory of Julia Bargman, her sister Jodi Green and other family members and friends established the Julia Bargman Hope Fund. To date, the fund has donated more than $100,000 to support breast cancer awareness, patients and the programs that serve them.

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  • By Kellie Houx kellie.houx@mycouriertribune.com
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LIBERTY — Liberty High School senior Chloe Rothery has been completing college applications and becoming more than a bit dismayed that there’s no line for her latest accomplishment — a Girl Scouts Gold Award. There are lines for Eagle Scout awards, but the female equivalent is just not considered.

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  • By Amanda Lubinski amanda.lubinski@mycouriertribune.com
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Police officers from various department across the Northland will descend on area retailers in the coming weeks to make the spirits of area families a little brighter by providing funds and a uniformed chaperone for children to shop for Christmas.

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David Henry Bonner, 50, of Smithville, MO formerly of Johnstow…

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Nona R. Steinbrink, 82, of Kansas City, MO passed away Dec. 1,…

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Approximately 174 years ago, the prolific writer Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol.” The novella came with this inscription: “I HAVE endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, w…

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In one month, the second regular session of the 99th General Assembly will begin. In addition to enjoying the holidays and the last few weeks at home in their districts, Missouri lawmakers are hard at work preparing for the upcoming session. Part of that preparation includes the pre-filing o…

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After Hurricane Irma hit three months ago in Orlando, Florida, the local police got a desperate 911 call from a 12-year-old boy reporting that his mother and siblings were unconscious. Fumes overcame the first deputy who rushed to the scene. After the police arrived at the property, they found Jan Lebron Diaz, age 13, Jan’s older sister Kiara, 16, and their mother Desiree, 34, lying dead, poisoned from carbon monoxide emitted by their portable generator. Four others in the house went to the hospital. If 12-year-old Louis hadn’t made that call, they might have died, too.