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The Northland Coalition, with support from Tri-County Mental Health Services, partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration, law enforcement agencies and other communities across the country to encourage the responsible disposal of prescriptions, according to a press release.

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KEARNEY — Bob Tate, a Kearney business owner known as much for being a kind-hearted philanthropist as owner and operator of The UPS Store, passed away.

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SMITHVILLE — A celebration for Missouri’s 200th birthday will take place throughout downtown Smithville from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 24. The event is co-hosted by Valor Ranch and American Legion Post No. 58.

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Kearney sixth- and seventh-grade students are working on a clean-up project called, "Make Kearney a Better Place.” The idea is to get students and families in the city active in cleaning up litter and other trash around Kearney.

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SMITHVILLE — During the May Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce member luncheon May 12, the membership will recognize at least one individual and one business in Smithville for their “exceptional resilience and adaptability during 2020,” states a release. “We want to hear your success storie…

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Ripple Glass is a glass recycling company known for placing large purple bins at sites like grocery stores for people to drop off glass items.

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It's been a long winter, and now it's time to celebrate a new season! Nothing says spring like the zingy taste of citrus, and that's when my favorite Key lime pie recipe takes center stage at our dessert table.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a very healthy 74-year-old male. I am not on any medications and enjoy normal blood pressure and great stats from my regular bloodwork. I weigh 140 pounds and have been exercising every day faithfully for decades. A couple of years ago, I started getting cramps in both l…

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As a digital skills divide and related workforce development barrier exists in the Kansas City area, Goodwill Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas is working to bridge the gap by providing digital skills courses to individuals.

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Artichokes are strange and lovely. It’s a thistle, a flower and its pale green blossoms are one of the first signs of spring. Artichokes are in season, so it’s time to go to the market and get some thorny deliciousness for yourself.

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How many phone calls did you receive today? Of those, how many were scam calls? So far today I’ve received eight. This is nothing new, but the tricks that scammers use are changing, and we need to be up on all of their tactics to steal our identities and money.

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Despite starring the Oscar-winning Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby," “Shawshank Redemption”) and gorgeous Ruby Rose (“Orange is the New Black," “Batwoman”), “Vanquish” is ruined by first the heavily stylized color palate and distorted lens that makes the entire film look like a steadica…

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Warrior Hearing Center, located at 1103 S. U.S. Highway 169, Suite F, in Smithville, is now open after the chamber of commerce held a ribbon-cutting event for the business. The center, headed by Dr. Janice Richbourg, offers hearing services including hearing aids and treatment of pediatric h…

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The Spring Parade of Homes returns to the Kansas City area Saturday to Sunday, April 24 to May 9, and will feature 255 homes built by 98 builders in eight counties across the metropolitan area. Homes range in price from $250,000 to more than $1.6 million.

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To help provide beds to those in need, Clay County Economic Development Council is organizing volunteers and donations for a Sleep in Heavenly Peace bed build project that will take place Saturday, May 1, around the downtown Liberty Square. The goal is to fund and build 50 twin beds.

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LIBERTY — The Cemetery Advisory Committee of Liberty schedules regular volunteer work days to trim brush and pick up trash in Fairview and New Hope Cemeteries.

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Over the last year, families all over the world have been tested — emotionally and physically — by COVID-19. According to a release from the Red Cross, frontline workers like U.S. military service members have not stopped throughout this pandemic and this service takes a toll on them as well…

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SMITHVILLE — Smithville city leaders seek public input for parks and recreational planning within the city as part of the park master planning process through 2030.

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Legislation is now on its way to the governor that would provide additional financial assistance to Missouri families who provide stable homes to children in need. The House this week gave final approval to House Bills 429 and 430. Both bills received strong support in the Senate before comi…

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Director of the National Mississippi River Museum & Archives Jerry Enzler will present a free webinar on Jim Bridger, a legendary frontiersman, via Zoom at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22.

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Living with a chronic condition such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, pain or anxiety can be a daily challenge. The Living Well program aims to help seniors with these conditions. An introduction to the Living Well program Thursday, April 15, will look at chronic pain self-management.

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Like humans, plants can get sick and need someone to diagnose their illnesses, said Peng Tian, the new lab director of the University of Missouri Plant Diagnostic Clinic.

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The American Red Cross is again asking the community for donations of blood, platelets and plasma to help fulfill its lifesaving mission.

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This spring, as we near Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, the thought hits me how I'm actually very grateful for recycling and the way my family, the neighborhood and our city has embraced it. It was so difficult when we started out, wasn't it? But now, we do it as second nature.

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I was looking for a new spring vegetable to explore (move over asparagus and spring peas) and discovered a wealth of information about radishes. I should have titled this article “Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Radishes but Were Afraid to Ask.”

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DEAR DR. ROACH: Your recent article on statins/strokes piqued my interest since you mentioned that statins might cause hemorrhagic strokes. My husband had a hemorrhagic stroke in 2014, cause unknown. The stroke caused aphasia and seizures. He was prescribed Crestor 10mg and then increased it…

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A few months ago, I got the idea to send greeting cards to some residents of a local nursing home who were locked down and not allowed to have visitors. It started small: a box of greeting cards and the first names of some of the residents, courtesy of the facility director.

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At Kearney Crossroads Community Church, the church community usually offers the large Easter egg hunt in Lions Park. Unfortunately COVID-19 hindered last year. To try something different, church volunteers created the VIP Egg-sperience where families called in to reserve a spot, keeping down…

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As the Courier-Tribune prepares to celebrate 175 years in the Northland in the coming weeks, newspaper staffers seek submissions to help honor you: the members of the community who make it all possible.

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The warm spring weather brought out hundreds of kids and families to participate in the Smithville Easter Egg Hunt, hosted by Smithville Parks and Recreation and Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce Saturday, April 3, in Heritage Park. The Easter Bunny paid a visit. The hunts were spaced out …

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I am having a hard time with the idea that in 11 days, my daughter turns 21. It seems like yesterday I was walking her into kindergarten. I know time continues forward, but wow.

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I’ve been preparing, eating, reading and writing about avocados for more than a decade. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that avocados would rise to their current heights in the culinary world.

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If you’re confused about COVID vaccine and when our lives are going to change for the better, you’re not alone. We’re considered to be fully vaccinated once two weeks have passed after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the one-dose Johnson & Johnson.

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These are candid shots of springtime fun, nature and architecture captured between Kearney and Liberty as spring comes into full bloom for 2021. #TheBounceback #hope&renewal

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When you think about gardening and preschoolers, a spindly bean sprout emerging from a half-pint cardboard milk carton might come to mind. Every child deserves to be initiated into a "green thumb society" with this classic gardening activity.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a nursing student in my 30s and originally from the Philippines. As part of my testing, I had a skin test for tuberculosis, which was positive. I had a friend in the hospital recently with tuberculosis. My doctor has recommended that I get treated for latent tuberculosis…

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KANSAS CITY — When the power goes out, which the community has seen when spring storms hit, the clock starts ticking on the safety of your refrigerated and frozen foods.

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LIBERTY — The Table, a Christian Fellowship in Liberty at 940 Kent St., will hold its grand opening with Easter service at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 4. The church, formerly known as Desperation Church, occupies the building next to Wicklunds CARSTAR & Glass.

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The Easter Bunny and friends from Liberty Parks and Rec hand out free bundles of prize-filled Easter eggs to families during a COVID-19 safe Easter Eggapalooza drive-thru event Saturday, March 27, outside Liberty Community Center off Withers Road.

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In February 2019, a group of girls in Guam made history as one of the first official all-girl troops to join Scouts BSA, the program formerly known as Boy Scouts. Closer to home, a group of five girls are the now area’s inaugural class of Eagle Scouts.

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LIBERTY — Liberty Hospital has been recognized nationally by the American College of Cardiology and awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation for "demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain," according to the organization. The hospital was reviewed based on on-s…

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There’s nothing like the intense flavor (or the smell) of an onion. Wild onions were among the first foods that mankind gathered and ate and are one of the first signs of spring.