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The Missouri Department of Transportation's right lane closure of westbound I-435 between Agnes Road and Woodland Avenue will continue through 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, for digital message board construction work. All work is weather dependent.

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LIBERTY — In the midst of more than two and a half years of legal proceedings after the death of their son, Jake, Jeff and Jamie Wehmeyer along with their younger son, Zane Wehmeyer, are remembering the best things about the 17-year-old aspiring Marine.

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LIBERTY — Jacob D. Mustoe, charged with voluntary manslaughter after the June 2017 death of his friend, Jake Wehmeyer, was sentenced Thursday, Feb. 13, in Clay County Circuit Court to 15 years in prison. Mustoe pleaded guilty in October to voluntary manslaughter for the June 25, 2017, death …

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LIBERTY — Liberty police and fire departments responded Monday, Feb. 17, to a report of a possible school bus fire near the intersection of Nashua Road and Dartmouth Drive. The bus radiator appeared to be smoking, said Liberty Police Public Information Officer Capt. Andy Hedrick.

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CLAY COUNTY — Jacob D. Mustoe, charged with voluntary manslaughter after the June 2017 death of his friend Jake Wehmeyer, was sentenced Thursday, Feb. 13, in Clay County Circuit Court to 15 years in prison.

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Due to inclement weather, the following school districts are closed Thursday, Feb. 13:

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LIBERTY — Courtney Vandendaele welcomes people to come into her store at 10 W. Kansas St. and gently touch the handmade blankets or pillows. The store also includes vases, baskets, accent rugs, table runners, furniture, candle holders and dining table accents. There also is a kids' section. 

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LIBERTY — HydroDog is rolling its way across the Northland, bringing its blue, dog-shaped mobile truck and services to locals’ furrier friends.

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KEARNEY — Dollar Tree, a retailer offering a variety of goods each for $1, has joined the list of businesses open in Kearney.

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SMITHVILLE — Smithville Marketplace has a new coffee shop that has people buzzing. Scooter’s Coffee, owned by Shawn and Tracy Bouwens, opened at the start of the year with about 10 employees serving up hot and iced specialty coffees.

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LIBERTY – Spay and Neuter Week in Liberty runs from Monday to Friday, Feb. 24 to 28. The week is presented by Liberty Animal Control and participating area veterinarians. Discounted rates will be offered for dogs and cats.

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The Liberty Parks and Recreation Department has been working to bring the community together for the Team Up to Clean Up Liberty Parks. On Feb. 17, a handful of community members and city staff united to clean up Ruth Moore Park, 401 Grover St.

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LIBERTY — On Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15, visitors to Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary, 407 N. LaFrenz Road, can help count birds for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. On Friday, the event goes from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday's time is 9 a.m. to noon.

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