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SMITHVILLE — Shape Fitness Exercise Specialist Janelle Paulson said her passion for health and fitness began as a child. As her older sister began to play sports, Paulsen practiced with her in their childhood residence’s yard.

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KANSAS CITY NORTH — LongHorn Steakhouse reopened its Liberty/Kansas City North restaurant nearly five months after a fire gutted the chain dining location.

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Platte County High School junior Hayden Humes and North Platte High School sophomore Jakob Scroggins will represent Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative in Washington, D.C. this summer at the 54th annual Youth Tour conference, an all-expense paid leadership experience coordinated by the Associat…

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LIBERTY — Via Facebook last week, 3Halves Brewing Company introduced the business to the community. Owner John Kennebeck said many people get their updates this way. He is leasing the former Rock & Run building and will be creating his own beers in the 100 block of East Kansas Street in …

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Realtor Stephanie DePrenger, who lives in Kearney but works for the ReeceNichols real estate agency based in Kansas City near Liberty, has been working for more than four years to try and help people find the homes of their dreams.

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After Rick Gath resigned as Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce's board president and Starla Janes took the helm, chamber members elected a new at-large board member.

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LIBERTY — Clay County Savings Bank announced Dan Holt of Kearney joined the bank team as a mortgage loan officer. He started May 1 and now offices at the Bank’s 1178 W. Kansas St. location in Liberty. Holt has over 20 years of experience as a loan officer.

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SMITHVILLE — With a theme of “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Community Awards Banquet drew 1920s fashion favorites to Paradise Pointe Golf Complex Saturday, April 27. Flapper dresses complimented the wide range of silent biddable items, table settings and …

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LIBERTY — Along with fighting fires and responding to medical calls of all sorts, Capt. Scott Sutton and several other Liberty firefighters will be seen at several upcoming Kansas City Royals games as Honor Guard, which serves as the “guardians of the colors,” displaying and escorting the na…

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SMITHVILLE — After accepting a promotion at a library in another town, Rick Gath will be stepping down as president of Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce. 

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KEARNEY — As a former firefighter/emergency medical technician regularly seen laughing with children, raising funds for local cancer patients and interacting with families at Kearney events while also being a leader in police department crisis intervention training, police officer Marnie Irs…

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SMITHVILLE — After posting to Facebook about her inability to keep running Absolute Dignity, 112 N. Bridge St., Kathy Dibben was greeted with several people interested in taking on the business.

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LIBERTY — Hale’s Heating & Cooling, along with owner and President Bill Beck and his wife, Michelle Beck, who leads the way in sales and marketing, was recently named a recipient of the 2019 President’s Award from Carrier.

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JEFFERSON CITY — The March 2019 jobs report from the Missouri Department of Economic Development shows the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 3.3 percent. The national seasonally adjusted jobless rate for March was 3.8 percent.

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CLAY COUNTY — Last fall Missouri voters approved gradual increases to the state’s minimum wage through Proposition B. Under the law, which went into effect Jan. 1 of this year, the minimum wage went from $7.85 to $8.60 per hour and will increase 85 cents each year until the rate reaches $12 …

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LIBERTY — Historic Downtown Liberty Inc. is once again a nationally and state accredited Main Street community following a program visit from representatives of National Main Street Center and Missouri Main Street Connection. Accreditation is the highest level a downtown revitalization progr…

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KEARNEY — In honor of the Lenten season, this week’s Working Today feature profiles a local church pastor. Pastor Drew Newman has spent 31 years with Trinity Lutheran Church in Kearney, but found his calling to serve later in life, becoming a Christian as an adult.

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After much community anticipation, Ladoga Ridge Winery, located at 11 E. Pope Lane in Smithville, opens its Hearth Room Wednesday, March 27. This additional space will be used for an array of events including bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, weddings, corporate meetings and parties.