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LIBERTY — Art Director Ryan Robertson has been with Mark and Lisa Freidel since the couple opened the Signarama location in Liberty, 1005 Middlebrook Drive Suite B, almost three years ago. The Liberty High School graduate earned his graphic design degree from Northwest Missouri State Univers…

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LIBERTY — Several businesses in Liberty are nominated for Discover the Best of Missouri Life Awards from Missouri Life Magazine. Voting for the Liberty businesses can be done online at missourilife.com/awards/#//. Voting is open through Sept. 6, and voters can cast one ballot per day per ema…

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LIBERTY — In order to drum up donations of school supplies for those in need in the Liberty School District, MY SALON Suite of Liberty is offering free children's haircuts to those who donate at least $5 worth of supplies.

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SMITHVILLE — St. Luke’s North Hospital—Smithville, located at 601 S. U.S. Highway 169, will permanently close its emergency department doors on Halloween, Oct. 31, of this year.

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David Cooper cuts a ribbon during an event welcoming his Edward Jones financial consultant services location, 14802 Shamrock Way, to Smithville. While his office has been open for two years, Cooper said he held off on a ribbon-cutting event until he hired a full-time employee to help with th…

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SMITHVILLE — A major fan of cars, being an owner of 10 himself, Josh Wilshusen enjoys helping people in his role as a retail parts specialist at O’Reilly Auto Parts in Smithville, 1099 S. U.S. Highway 169.

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SMITHVILLE — St. Luke's North Hospital—Smithville, located at 601 S. U.S. Highway 169, will be permanently closing its emergency department on Halloween of this year.

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LIBERTY — The Wicklund family received a 30th anniversary Genesis Award at the CARSTAR annual conference in Chicago.

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Regional News Director for Media and Content of the Courier-Tribune Amy Neal is named president of the Northwest Missouri Press Association board during the annual conference Friday, July 26. Pictured, from left, are Past President Phil Cobb of the Maryville Forum, Neal, Cody Thorn of the Pl…

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LIBERTY — Central Bank of Missouri has entered into a merger agreement to acquire BankLiberty. The final merger should be completed by Aug. 1.

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KEARNEY — For certified nursing assistant Makinzy Kurtz, who has a big heart and works at Oak Pointe Assisted Living & Memory Care, 200 Meadowbrook Drive, caring for others is in her blood.

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SMITHVILLE — When Ryan Nunamaker entered the career field of electrical work, becoming an electrician started as a summer gig between semesters. When summer ended however, he could not get himself to leave.

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LIBERTY — Crystal Orbesen feels a kinship to the business offices her husband Dylan Orbesen and she now occupy on the Liberty Square. The couple’s business, Conduit Technical Services, is located at 7 E. Kansas St., next to La Costa Mexicana Restaurant.

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LIBERTY — Chris Pilkerton, acting head of the U.S. Small Business Administration and member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet visited Liberty’s Geiger Ready-Mix Tuesday, July 9, to highlight its participation in the president’s “Pledge to America’s Workers” campaign that asks companies and…

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KEARNEY — After 132 years in business, KCB Bank is changing hands and merging with Academy Bank, a move being finalized this fall.

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Small nonfarm businesses in 15 Missouri counties including Clay County can apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by excessive rain and flooding that began March 9.

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LIBERTY — Drive through most metropolitan communities and there is a mix of small, medium and larger businesses. No matter where those businesses started, most of them probably had to begin with creating a solid business plan with information about the various fees required to start up a bus…

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KEARNEY — As grilling season is upon us, veteran meat cutter Vernon Schlotzhauer, who works at Price chopper off Watson Drive in Kearney, offers a glimpse into the world of those who work behind the meat department’s glass case to bring quality proteins to the masses.

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LIBERTY — The Liberty Economic Development Corporation received the Go Global KC Outstanding Economic Development Agency award from the World Trade Center Kansas City. Liberty is the second recipient of this award. During the inaugural award ceremony, the EDC of Kansas City received the firs…

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LIBERTY — Erik Saltvold’s newest store has been open for less than a month and is already making inroads in the bike and skateboard scene in Liberty. The store, 237 S. Stewart Road in the Liberty Commons, is his first in Missouri and third in the Kansas City area.

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SMITHVILLE — In the late ’90s and early 2000s, John Keefer, then 10 years old, started working in the family business using a lawn trimmer and blower. Founded by his uncle and now run by his cousin, ARL Family Lawn and Landscape is something Keefer takes a lot of pride in.