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LIBERTY — The ninth annual Liberty Giving Thanks 5K is just around the corner. Runners and walkers will take off at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, from the Liberty Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Road. The 5K route is a combination of paved trail and street running.

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CLAY COUNTY — Twelve Clay County 4-H members competed alongside 72 other youth from 34 counties at the State 4-H Public Speaking Contest on Sept. 29. Missouri 4-H is a program of MU Extension.

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COLUMBIA — On Aug. 21, 2017, at 16 points along the path of last year’s total solar eclipse, tiny microphones — each about the size of a USB flash drive — captured a unique biological phenomenon. As Earth fell into complete darkness, the bees stopped buzzing, according to researchers at the …

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Ahhh. It’s finally fall, bringing cooler weather and a bit of precipitation. As we enjoy the colorful trees, let’s think about how we can help our trees get through the winter.

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You may notice as the weather cools and the days become shorter, you might be seeing more deer. The reason is these conditions line up with the deer breeding cycle which occurs in the fall.

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Lt. Col. Eric T. Olson, acting superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, reminds drivers that deer are more active and create hazards for Missouri motorists this time of year.

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SMITHVILLE — Despite road construction that left some street spaces and walkways unusable, Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Backyard BBQ Bash still brought out hundreds of spectators and participants for this year’s event, which took place on the first day of fall.

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CLAY COUNTY — Recent legislation caused a change in some of the state’s boating regulations, according to a press release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. With the passing of House Bill 2116, two different regulations have been reduced from misdemeanors to infractions resulting in low…

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KEARNEY — At the Kearney Youth Fishing Tournament on Sunday, Sept. 16 on the last day of the Jesse James Festival, almost 90 kids and parents came out to participate. Classes are divided from ages 0 to 6 and 7 to 12. Trophies were presented for the biggest fish overall with other prizes for …

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No matter who actually uttered the words, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” Josh Tipton, the coordinator for the children’s fishing tournament at the Jesse James Festival, couldn’t agree more.

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The Missouri Department of Conservation reminds deer hunters that properly disposing of carcasses of harvested deer is important in limiting the spread of chronic wasting disease. MDC also reminds hunters who harvest deer, elk, or moose outside of Missouri and bring the animals back to follo…

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SMITHVILLE — The Jesse James Rideout competitive trail ride, a portion of the larger North American Trail Ride Conference, will converge on Smithville Lake Friday to Sunday, Sept. 14 to 16.

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SMITHVILLE — The smells of barbecued meats and sounds of camaraderie will fill downtown Saturday, Sept. 22, as the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Backyard BBQ Bash returns.

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Dry to exceptionally dry conditions continue to be widespread in Missouri, according to reports from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Exceptional drought conditions, the most severe intensity, encompass 3.99 percent of the state including portions of Clay, Clinton and Platte counties.

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KEARNEY — As it does each year, the Optimist Club’s Labor Day Races will return to downtown Kearney on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.

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For many Missourians, the fall season offers many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. For those of us who hunt, fall is a season we look forward to every year.

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Foresters with the Missouri Department of Conservation, in conjunction with the Missouri and U.S. departments of agriculture, have confirmed the presence of emerald ash borer in 11 new counties across Missouri.

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SMITHVILLE — Each September, volunteers converge at Smithville Lake to help clean up after the busy summer recreation season.

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SMITHVILLE — After hearing requests from those in the community, the Smithville Farmers and Makers Market is branching out, adding another day to weekly sale offerings of fresh, locally grown produce and handcrafted wares.

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CLAY COUNTY — This time of year is typically when communities, associations and property owners get the most out of their lakes, ponds and wetland ecosystems. Unfortunately, pesky mosquitoes can interrupt recreational activities and overall enjoyment of the outdoors.

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CLAY COUNTY — Small, non-farm businesses in Clay County and 21 other Missouri counties are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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KANSAS CITY — The University of Missouri Extension — Platte County offers free classes to those interested in learning about best farming practices.

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SMITHVILLE — Shallow points and normally submerged hazards are becoming a common sight as the Smithville Lake level continues to drop. Normal multipurpose pool is 864.2 feet above mean sea level. Currently the lake is at 861.67 msl, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Kearney angler Nathan Pratt was part of the 1st Fishing League Worldwide high school fishing camp. He fishes for the Kearney Bulldog Bass Fishing Team. Pratt and his fishing partner, Haden Long (who did not attend camp), finished 33rd out of over 300 teams in the National Youth Fishing Association.

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KEARNEY — The annual Clay County Fair Bull Ride will return to the rodeo grounds of Jesse James Park on Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30. The park is located north of downtown Kearney at 3001 N. Missouri Highway 33.

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KEARNEY — The annual Clay County Fair Bull Ride will return to the rodeo grounds of Jesse James Park on Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30. The park is located north of downtown Kearney at 3001 N. Missouri Highway 33.

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SMITHVILLE — Brothers Aidan, Paul and David Leinen teamed up with friends Maddie Ferrara and Jeremiah Mead to form the Blocadiles volleyball team and go play in the mud for a good cause June 23.

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KANSAS CITY — The Gorman Pool made a splash this week with the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department.

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SMITHVILLE — July is full of fun and adventure in Smithville parks. Designated National Park Month by the National Recreation and Park Association, activities are encouraged every day of July. The Smithville Parks and Recreation Department has even created a calendar of events to help draw l…

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During this year’s Operation Dry Water campaign, from June 29 to July 1, Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers worked extended shifts to bring heightened awareness to the issue of boating while intoxicated.

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KEARNEY — A group of avid Kearney pickleball players were delighted to learn last week their wish for lighting at the local courts was already being granted.