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SMITHVILLE — Amory Road repairs in Smithville are pressing on as the final coat of asphalt was poured Wednesday, March 25.

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LIBERTY — The day before a stay-at-home order was implemented in the Kansas City metropolitan area, local school staff decided to try to spread a little joy while observing social distancing recommendations.

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SMITHVILLE — Smithville Mayor Damien Boley said city leaders are following direction from Clay County Public Health Center in regards to social distancing in Smithville.

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SMITHVILLE — In an email from City Administrator Cynthia Wagner, the city of Smithville is continuing with business as usual until advised otherwise by the county, state or community health departments amid COVID-19 concerns.

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KEARNEY — The most significant expenditure planned for Kearney in fiscal 2021 is the second Interstate 35 interchange. The work accounts for 55% of the city’s total planned expenses at more than $21 million. The city will receive $10 million from the Missouri Department of Transportation to …

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LIBERTY— Liberty Parks and Rec Foundation Chair Jodi Capps came to the March 9 Liberty City Council meeting under the pretense of a 2019 foundation recap and 2020 fundraising campaign presentation.

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LIBERTY — The approval this week of Liberty Parkway Plaza’s final development plan along with the final plat approval could mean a manufacturing business may locate in the city as early as next year, said Hunter Harris, one of the lead partners from Liberty Industrial Holdings LLC.

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LIBERTY — The new Liberty Animal Shelter received its license from the Missouri Department of Agriculture Monday, Feb. 24 and by Wednesday, Feb. 26, the city’s animal control staff were settling into the new space.

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SMITHVILLE — The newest addition to Smithville city staff comes to the community from Kansas with 34 years of experience. Public Works Director Chuck Soules said he is eager to hit the ground running with many projects on the horizon including park updates, trails and wastewater improvements.

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LIBERTY — The Liberty City Council approved the retirement of 2004 tax increment financing for the Liberty Triangle development at the last meeting in January. This TIF was paid off seven years earlier than the 23 years allowed by law, said Vicki McClure, assistant finance director.

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SMITHVILLE — While the overall numbers of police reports decreased in 2019 compared to the year before, violent crime, which includes crimes like assault, and traffic incidents were up in Smithville in 2019.

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LIBERTY — In 2019, one of the largest Liberty infrastructure upgrades in recent years came with the opening of the reconstruction project that included the Interstate 35 bridge and expansion of Kansas Street.

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SMITHVILLE — According to Assistant City Administrator Nickie Lee and Development Director Jack Hendrix, with input from Mayor Damien Boley and City Administrator Cynthia Wagner, the city’s top three accomplishments of 2019 include infrastructure, economic development and engagement.

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KEARNEY — For Kearney, 2019 was a year of investments in infrastructure and public safety resources. In 2020, Mayor Randy Pogue said residents can expect more infrastructure improvements as well as updates to city amenities.

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Kearney — After 41 years of emergency calls in the middle of the night for snow removal, burst water lines and sewer backups, Kearney Utilities Director Jay Bettis will no longer be on call after Dec. 31.

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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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KEARNEY — The city will host an open house for longtime Kearney employee Jay Bettis from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Kearney City Hall, 100 E. Washington St. Bettis, the city's outgoing utilities director, is slated to retired at the end of 2019, but will retain a contract with the city …

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SMITHVILLE — Capital projects such as the Main Street Trail and a basketball court in Heritage Park are getting their footing in Smithville after passage of a balanced 2020 budget by aldermen.

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KEARNEY — Larry Pratt, a Kearney resident who served as the Kearney fire distrct chief for more than 50 years before his retirement, was appointed to the city's zoning board of adjustment Monday, Nov. 18.

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KEARNEY — Clay County Public Health Center recognized the public health contributions of the city of Kearney by presenting city leaders a Community Health in Action award at the Kearney Board of Aldermen meeting Nov. 18.

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SMITHVILLE — After a brief discussion and appeal from the property owner to remove stipulations pertaining to when use can stop and use of a radio on the field, Smithville aldermen gave final approval Nov. 5, to a conditional use permit for a privately-owned athletic field on the Swearingins…