Abby Backhaus and Jared Haferbier, both of Liberty, announce their engagement.

The future bride is the daughter of Dan and Beth Backhaus of Liberty. She attended Liberty High School and Truman State University, and is now a first-grade teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary School.

The future groom is the son of Clay Haferbier of Blue Springs and Leanne Haferbier of Overland Park, Kansas. He attended Liberty High School and Truman State University, graduating with a master’s degree from Fort Hays State University in December.

The couple plans a Dec. 17, 2016, wedding at St. Stephen Lutheran Church. The ceremony will be at 2:30 p.m., officiated by Pastor Joe Rodriguez. The reception will be at Rumely Tractor Historic Event Space.

A honeymoon is planned in Mexico.

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