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CLAY COUNTY — In addition to the Clay County Public Health Center testing site at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty, pop-up COVID-19 testing sites will be available in Clay County.

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LIBERTY — This year’s annual Hillcrest Hope gala, called a Night of Hope at Home, took on a virtual twist due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through donations, the nonprofit reached 82% of its $90,000 fundraising goal. 

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LIBERTY — Tyler and Michael Anderson, sons of the late Betty Lou and Denny Anderson, have been diligent, albeit even dogged in their pursuits to find collaboration and seek out a way to make a dog park to honor their parents a reality.

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Leaves that were green may be turning to brown, gold and red, but summer's growing season isn't over yet. Tall and free, sunflowers still climb upward like Jack's beanstalk. Their bright yellow blooms sway with afternoon breezes, crossing property lines and surpassing the heights of fences. …

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Long before Brussels sprouts became a trendy vegetable, my family, especially, my daughter, Deanna, were huge fans. My mother was raised on a farm and loved to grow all types of green vegetables. She was especially skilled with properly preparing Brussels sprouts and other typically stinky a…

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A sincere wish just came true: This year’s high-dose senior version of the flu shot will contain all four vaccines. In past years, the senior shot (for those over age 65) contained only three of the vaccines, two A and one B.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: Last year, at 57, I was diagnosed with Type 1 LADA diabetes. Initially I was put on insulin to get my blood sugar within the normal range. Then I was just on metformin until the “honeymoon period” was over. My endocrinologist is great. I now am back on insulin (six units at n…

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LIBERTY — On Wednesday, Sept. 23, Mid-Continent Public Library opened its new library off Withers Road in Liberty. The 18,500-square-foot Withers branch at 1665 S. Withers Road will serve as a replacement for the former Liberty branch at 1000 Kent Street, which closed last month.

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LIBERTY — Greg and Beth Crowley received the 2019-2020 Service to Mankind award from the Liberty Sertoma Club. The Service to Mankind award is the highest honor Sertoma can bestow on a non-member. The award is based upon the quality of impact of service the volunteer has provided to the comm…

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LIBERTY — From 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, there will be live music at Stocksdale Park, 901 S. La Frenz Road. The event, called Music in the Park, is presented by JC Music, Serenity on the Square and Liberty Parks and Recreation.

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LIBERTY — Many organizations encourage acts of safety, including childproofing homes to prevent injuries. For the Liberty Hospital, acts to keep babies safe start early.

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I spend hours every day thinking about food. I’m the director of a non-profit health outreach organization and a certified health worker tasked with sourcing and distributing food and essential supplies to underserved neighborhoods impacted by COVID-19.

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A recent local party was so loud it could be heard nearly a quarter mile away. A curious neighbor got in his car and went to investigate. He reported back that it was a very large gathering of young people in an alley, music echoing off the brick walls, not a mask to be seen, nor any social …

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It’s National Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 20 through 26 and Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants to ensure all caregivers of young children know the importance of buckling children in an appropriate child restraint. Throughout the Northland, fire stations are employing certifie…

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It's officially fall. Kids storm through the front door after school and toss their backpacks in the hallway; you're just home from work, and there's dinner to be made and maybe soccer practice or piano lessons to get to after the last bite. Sounds like a busy routine. How do you choose whic…

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 77-yearold man in good health. At my recent annual physical exam, my physician ordered a Cologuard kit to be sent to me to screen for colorectal disease. I have never had symptoms of disease or problems with any part of my gastrointestinal tract. I had two colonoscopie…

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Vaping has been linked to a substantially increased risk of COVID-19 among teenagers and young adults, according to a recently completed study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine published online Aug. 11 in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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LIBERTY — St. James Catholic Church, 309 S. Stewart Road, is hosting a Community Blood Center Blood Drive from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 in the social hall.

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National Grandparents Day is an observance in the United States. This year, the day is Sunday, Sept. 13.

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When life feels overscheduled, I try to remind myself to stop and take a breath. When I do, it’s the trips I’ve taken and recollections of places I’ve been to that often come to mind. The pause gives me another perspective. One such memory was a trip to Gothic Chartres Cathedral. Situated on…

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a strong history of premature heart disease in my family, and I have been having some unpleasant side effects of blood pressure medicine. I decided to try a completely plant-based diet: grains, vegetables, legumes, fruit, seeds and nuts. After about a month on the new …

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LIBERTY — In Proverbs 22 verse 9, the writer writes, “Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed for he shares his bread with the poor.”

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The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way people live. One readily felt effect was spending more time at home. Vehicles sat idle in driveways and even some automotive insurance providers reduced rates because people were driving much less.

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There’s an old saying that the best way to prepare freshly picked corn is to have a pot of water boiling in the corn patch so that you can cook it instantly. It’s best to cook fresh corn as soon after it’s been picked as possible. If fresh corn isn’t stored or prepared properly, its natural …

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I was prescribed prednisone 5 mg twice daily, but I had insomnia, itching and hot flashes from it. I stopped after four days but am still suffering from sleeplessness. Has the prednisone had a permanent effect on my body? — J.W.S.L.

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Wrap up the last of summer’s harvest with colorful ribbons of orange, green, yellow and red. Abundant zucchini, summer squash and carrots can be woven together with fettuccine pasta for a tasty supper your family will enjoy from preparation to the last bite.

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KEARNEY — Common Sense for Common People, a grassroots political action committee based in Kearney, will present author Doritda Nicholson and her reading of “Pearl Harbor Through a Child’s Eyes” at 7 p.m. Sept. 14, at ReeceNichols, 307 S. Jefferson St. in Kearney.

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CLAY COUNTY — As the ongoing pandemic means families continue to adapt and navigate new life challenges including detailed reentry plans school districts created for the 2020-21 school year, experts are hoping to help families handle the situational stress.

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WEST DES MOINES — Hy-Vee, Inc. announced that all of its store locations that offer Hy-Vee Aisles Online grocery pickup now accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) as payment at time of pickup, according to a press release. 

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I love lampshades and how they create character in a room. Sometimes they hearken back to a more romantic time. Just walk into a specialty lampshade store and notice the beautiful silk and pleated shades in lovely curving shapes that seem to have popped right out of a Victorian parlor. And a…

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When tomatoes and peppers are ripe and plentiful, folks will wonder what to do with all that produce. Salsa is one good option. How hot the salsa is depends on the kind of peppers that are used. Peppers are rated according to their hotness on a scale called the Scoville Organoleptic Test.

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LIBERTY — At 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, the Liberty Mid-Continent Public Library branch on Kent Street will close to the public for good as the branch moves to its new location at 1665 S. Withers Road, a press release states.

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The designation “senior” covers a long stretch of ages, some of us much older or younger than others. It’s the older ones who perhaps have the biggest lesson to learn ... that time does not stretch forward indefinitely. I learned that lesson today when I received word that one of my oldest r…

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DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife has had dementia for over two years. There is an ad in our local paper for an Alzheimer’s disease study. It says, “This study will assess how safe and effective an investigational drug is at slowing the progression of early (prodromal) or mild Alzheimer’s disease.” Is…

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LIBERTY — To meet the challenges and calls for racial justice, Precious Blood Renewal Center will offer a four-session discussion to examine roots of racism. These sessions are primarily for white people who want to be allies to people of color, according to the program details. The online w…

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LIBERTY — The two Liberty City Council meetings in the month of August had more than 40 people express their opinions about whether the Confederate statue and monument in Fairview-New Hope cemeteries should stay or go.

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SMITHVILLE — Benefiting Valor Ranch, a homeless veteran transitional housing nonprofit organization, the second annual Neal Day Memorial Ride and Poker Run begins with registration at 9 a.m. at Smithville American Legion Jim Nelson Post 58, 2607 Missouri Highway 92.

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Even before the lockdowns brought on by the coronavirus, too many seniors felt isolated. Now it’s even worse for many of us with the lack of face-to-face interactions ... and we’ve turned to social media for connections to others. There, on Facebook and Twitter, in chat rooms and email lists…

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Looking upward on a morning run, I was caught off guard when I spotted branches of leaves that were green, turning to yellow and orange. “Whoa,” I said between breaths, “not yet!” Knowing full well I can’t change the march of seasons, I decided to intentionally savor remaining summertime ple…