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KEARNEY — In an effort to pay for needed updates, maintenance and inflation, Kearney city leaders are considering increasing water and sewer rates that would mean customers could be paying an added 5 percent per year for water and 20 percent per year for sewer for the next five years. The mo…

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KEARNEY — A ribbon-cutting and open house Thursday, June 15, welcomed visitors to Kearney’s newest senior housing development, Centerville Cottages, located near Price Chopper at 1001 Watson Drive.

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LIBERTY — With construction crews not slowing for any ceremony or ribbon-cutting, Steve Shields, CEO and managing partner with Norterre, along with Mayor Lyndell Brenton, Liberty Hospital President and CEO David Feess and other dignitaries marked the official opening of the Norterre Welcome …

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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…

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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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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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SMITHVILLE — The deadline to enter children in Smithville’s Little Mr. and Miss contests as part of the city’s 150th anniversary is today, Thursday, June 22.

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JEFFERSON CITY — Frogging season begins June 30 at sunset and ends Oct. 31. Missouri has two frog species that are legal game — bullfrog and green frog. Bullfrogs are larger and therefore more sought-after.

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JEFFERSON CITY — Beginning Saturday, July 1, deer hunters can apply online through the Missouri Department of Conservation’s website for a shot at more than 100 managed deer hunts.

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

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KEARNEY — Transformational is how architects and district administrators are describing plans for Kearney High School’s forthcoming voter-approved bond-funded additions.

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Mikayla Adams, Jordan Bollinger, Stephanie Brock, Austin Browning, Zachary Canole, Dalton Clevenger, Jonathon Martin, Meagan Paul, Madison Allshouse, Audrey Arns, Samantha Bond, Samuel Buhlig, John Cavis, Brianna Corwin, Jan DeMoure, Lucas Hagen, Morgan Hayter, Craig Henry, Chad Johnson, Ann…

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KEARNEY — The Kearney community is remembering Ed Haney, Kearney Board of Education vice president and longtime education and city advocate, who died June 7.

Obituaries

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Darwin Gene Dhone, 56, of Kearney MO, passed away June 12, 201…

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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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