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KEARNEY — While Lyle Updike’s barn at the home of his business, Updike BBQ & Catering, has been known to some in the past as a small, enclosed event space with tables, chairs and fireplace on Missouri Highway C, the space has been expanded and transformed into a full event space complete…

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LIBERTY — While more common on the west coast and in larger cities like Dallas and Las Vegas, an intravenous nutrition service has made a home in Liberty.

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CLAY COUNTY — Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private nonprofit organizations in Clay County following the amendment to President Donald Trump’s July 29 major disaster declaration for Public Assistance as a result of severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that…

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SMITHVILLE — While she lived in St. Joseph and worked as a dental assistant while attending college and an accredited hygienist program, Ambrie Hitch began working in Smithville immediately after her schooling.

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KEARNEY — Active community volunteer Jim Dier is now a member of the KPGZ 102.7FM radio station's Board of Directors in Kearney.

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KANSAS CITY — Mid-Continent Public Library's Square One Small Business Services in partnership with Clay County Economic Development Council will host Small Business Bootcamp from 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 27, at Woodneath Library Center, 8900 NE Flintlock Road in Kansas City.

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Members of the Kearney Chamber of Commerce watch and help hold a ribbon Tuesday, Sept. 24, as Chamber President Jennifer Grossl cuts it, signaling the official opening of the new chamber office in the First Missouri Bank building at 455 Sam Barr Drive. The chamber moved to the space last yea…

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KANSAS CITY NORTH — Within a stones throw from the city boundaries of Liberty, a new restaurant opened its doors Wednesday, Sept. 18. The Liberty/Kansas City North location of Red Door Woodfired Grill joins locations in Leawood and Overland Park, Kansas and in Kansas City in the Brookside ne…

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LIBERTY — Carolyn Wells, manager of the trauma and emergency preparedness program for Liberty Hospital, has the significant task to make sure her fellow employees and the patients at the hospital will be safe in a crisis.

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Local representatives serving on the Missouri Propane Gas Association Board of Directors participated in the organization’s annual meeting recently, held at Old Kinderhook Lodge near Camdenton. Associate Director Ron Keeling of LPG Ventures in Kearney was a participant.

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KEARNEY — After working off and on in construction in various capacities, including a recent stint in heating and cooling, Kearney’s Colton Michael is now the city’s building inspector.

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KEARNEY — What started as a side gig making candles in his house has turned into a full-blown business complete with storefront in the former Rock Inn restaurant for Brian Hamm.

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LIBERTY — Maria Topi wears vintage clothing almost daily. Two days a week she works in a Blue Springs restaurant, but at least five days a week, the lithe Topi can be found wearing a vintage dress or bell bottoms and carrying a purse from another decade.

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SMITHVILLE — Although she pursued a business degree, Lacey Lewis, technology and innovation teacher at Smithville’s Eagle Heights Elementary School at 18801 Missouri Highway F, said she always wanted to be a teacher.

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KANSAS CITY NORTH — Just outside of Liberty in the Shoal Creek shopping area a couple blocks from Woodneath Library Center, Freestyle Poké has opened.

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LIBERTY — Art Director Ryan Robertson has been with Mark and Lisa Freidel since the couple opened the Signarama location in Liberty, 1005 Middlebrook Drive Suite B, almost three years ago. The Liberty High School graduate earned his graphic design degree from Northwest Missouri State Univers…

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LIBERTY — Several businesses in Liberty are nominated for Discover the Best of Missouri Life Awards from Missouri Life Magazine. Voting for the Liberty businesses can be done online at missourilife.com/awards/#//. Voting is open through Sept. 6, and voters can cast one ballot per day per ema…