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LIBERTY — Liberty Police Department was awarded the Kansas City region’s Outstanding Agency Award by the Special Olympics of Missouri. The award is granted for participation, funds raised and involvement with the organization in 2019. This is the first time the police department received the award.

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Perhaps George Washington seems like the sort of man who would lean toward being a New England Patriots fan, but here in Liberty, his true colors shine through the recent ice and snow with a jaunty plaid scarf and Chiefs hat. The nation's first leader was dressed in Chiefs gear ahead of this…

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KEARNEY — After more than a decade on Kearney’s route No. 7, Harold Heflin’s tenure at the helm of a Kearney School District bus has come to an end.

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Thanks goes to Laura Crawford, who sent in this picture of what her neighborhood in Smithville looks like Monday, Jan. 13. Share your pics with the CT at news@mycouriertribune.com.

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Let it snow, wherever you live, with this colorful watercolor art project your young kids will enjoy indoors on a wintry day this month. Grains of salt sprinkled over watercolor drawings mimic snowflakes to change your budding artist's landscape drawing.

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Bankrate's study of the best and worst states for retirement pegs Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota and Florida as the top five. It's easy to just take a list such as this and call the movers, but it's the details that matter.

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A new year brings about a desire for change, so let's start with your health! When it comes to our daily meal routine, change can sometimes be challenging. Studies have shown that it takes from two to eight months to form a new habit. You can create a positive eating "habit" by making small changes over time, like eliminating sugary drinks and high-sodium foods.

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LIBERTY — Second Baptist Church of Liberty, 300 E. Kansas St., hosts 12 weeks of the National Council on Aging’s Aging Mastery Program each Tuesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. starting Jan. 14.

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You got your flu shot this year, right? Even though it's no longer the beginning of the flu season, it's never too late to get your shot. At this point we're only in the middle of an elevated-level flu season with months still to go.

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Last month's holiday celebrations have passed, but perhaps one tradition hangs on. How many of us have put into practice the resolutions we shared with others before the stroke of midnight New Year's Eve? Hmmm, not as easy to accomplish as hoped?

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The start of a new year means that many students are headed back to college. One of the downsides of college life is the dreaded "freshman 15" — the extra pounds that many students gain from poor eating habits. Establishing good eating habits as a college student may help form the basis for how and what you eat later in life.

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KEARNEY — Experiencing abuse, neglect and related trauma in childhood can lead to adverse outcomes in adulthood including low self-esteem and lack of self-worth, which can lead to risky sexual behaviors and substance abuse. For those who do not receive help, these adverse outcomes can lead t…

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Some area school districts are struggling to keep up with incidents of children caught with vaping devices.

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I'm not the only one who's been muttering around town about drawing a line over how we seniors are sometimes treated. Some of us have decided to take a stand and speak up. Want to join us?

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The Northland Coalition invites the community Wednesday, Jan. 15, to hear a presentation on the state of children's health in the Kansas City region by Children's Mercy Hospital's Director of Community Health Initiatives Margo Quiriconi.

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This is the time of year when many people start diets. But after a few weeks of not getting enough to eat or eating food that does not taste good, most dieters give up, having "failed" once again. The truth is, though, it is the diets that are the failures, not the people who try them.

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LIBERTY — The Liberty community is invited to hear consultant Dawn Kulhman's presentation on how to engage parents to help young people thrive. Hosted by Liberty Alliance for Youth, the event begins at noon Wednesday, Jan. 8, in Norterre's Arora Building, 2609 Glenn Hendren Drive.

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Planning a party with friends and family on New Year's Eve? This year, make it easy by turning your buffet table into an informal appetizer table. Let guests bring their favorite hors d'oeuvres, and you'll no doubt have a selection of tastes and delights for every age. Somehow it just happens.

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The shopping and wrapping are done, the tree is decked out with lights and tinsel. You’ve hung the holly and you’ve frosted the cookies, and now you’re ... a bit tired of watching the same old Christmas movies and hearing the same carols on the radio. How about taking a leaf from our ancesto…

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When it’s cold outside, start up the fireplace, get your favorite slippers on, wrap up in a warm blanket and snuggle on the couch with this delicious White Hot Chocolate. Find more recipes at Culinary.net.

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Participating in the second annual Trees of Hope charity fundraiser, Smithville's Valor Ranch project, an upstart looking to help homeless veterans with life skills, is one of 12 charities selected to compete in a tree decorating contest. 

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KEARNEY — High School juniors can now submit a 600 to 750 word essay or produce a video for a chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C. or Jefferson City through Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative’s 2020 Youth Tour contest.

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SMITHVILLE — Aiming to serve local and broader communities, Rotary of Smithville focuses on helping out where it can, Public Relations Officer Josh Hurlbert said.

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LIBERTY — The city will gain a senior living community called the Wellington after Liberty City Council, at the last meeting of 2019, approved a special use permit from applicant O’Reilly Development.

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SMITHVILLE — The plan was in motion already, Michael Brown of Meritas Health said, but once the word began to spread that St. Luke’s North Hospital—Smithville was closing its emergency department, the plan to add a Meritas health care location in Smithville was expedited.

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LIBERTY — The late Denny and Betty Lou Anderson had deep connections to Liberty, including raising their family here, Denny’s education from William Jewell College and Betty Lou’s devotion to animals. She founded her own pet sitting service, All Your Pets.

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Whether we're children or adults, we all like to feel useful and part of holiday festivities. Now is the time to enlist the kids in some projects! Stamping is one of the easiest and rewarding. Here are some ideas that can be mixed and matched to put your own stamp on a new holiday tradition.

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My mother made a fruitcake every Christmas to give as a gift for my paternal grandmother. The cake was stored in a corner of the refrigerator for weeks, marinating in an alcohol-infused mixture. Even though I'm well known for my love of sweets, that green and red candied fruit-studded, boozy brown confection never tempted me.

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Whether you’re huddled around the fireplace, gathered at the table or strolling through a winter wonderland, the holidays are all about enjoying pure and memorable moments with family and friends. With all of the seasonal gatherings, you can certainly expect that almost any host or guest wil…

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DEAR DR. ROACH: My boyfriend recently was diagnosed with an aneurysm. The report says the abdominal aorta is 3.02 cm in largest dimension and recommends screening every six months. Do we need to see a cardiologist for a second opinion? Is there medication to help? — B.S.

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Peak season for United Parcel Service runs from the day after Thanksgiving through Dec. 30, UPS Public Relations Specialist Kim Krebs said. This term describes the time of year when UPS will add seasonal driver-helper employees and have drivers working their longest hours to help ensure ever…

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As the winter holidays approach, we hear much about Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and New Year’s, but little about a lovely, cherished custom of Scandinavia where the Christmas season begins on Dec. 13 with St. Lucia Day and ends on Jan. 13 with the feast of St. Knut.

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Chances are good that at some point during the holiday season, you’ll welcome guests into your home. Whether you lease or own your home, creating a cozy, festive setting for holiday gatherings can actually be quite simple, especially if you take on the project one room at a time.

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In an effort to make spirits brighter, police officers in Liberty, Kearney and Smithville and deputies with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office spend hours of their time each year fundraising for local Shop with a Cop programs. These programs provide thousands of dollars for Christmas gift shop…