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SMITHVILLE — People refused to let rain dampen festivities during Smithville’s Octoberfest Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 and 5. The event marked its return after a seven-year hiatus.

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SMITHVILLE — A record number of anglers came out to participate in the Smithville Bassmasters eighth annual Daniel Palmer Memorial Classic Open Buddy Bass Tournament at Smithville Lake.

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SMITHVILLE — Named after Julia Bargman, former assistant cross country coach for Smithville High School, middle school track coach and a counselor to students, this annual 5K and 1-mile walk raises funds for those suffering breast cancer in addition to providing scholarships for Smithville s…

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SMITHVILLE — The city’s third Gravel Grinder bike race drew 170 competitors through the downtown Smithville area despite storms that rolled in Saturday, Sept. 28.

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LIBERTY — Journey Church's Light the Night 4 Life 5K Glow Run is Sunday, Oct. 6. Light the Night 4 Life raises funds for Liberty Women’s Clinic.

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LIBERTY — Albeit a damp weekend, no rain was going to hold the masses back from attending the Liberty Fall Festival.

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LIBERTY — A tree pruning course will train participants on proper shade and ornamental tree pruning from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Clay Woods Park, 1010 Claywoods Parkway.

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SMITHVILLE — Smithville Area Firefighters union Local 4945 is sponsoring a golf tournament at noon Saturday, Oct. 5, to benefit Valor Ranch, a new, Smithville-based nonprofit organization aimed at getting homeless veterans back on their feet. Organizers of the ranch are currently looking to …

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SMITHVILLE — The Smithville Dam Run returns this year from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Smithville Lake Dam, located at 1601 Missouri Highway DD.

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SMITHVILLE — In conjunction with National Public Lands Day, Clay County and Toyota will be hosting Smithville's 30th Annual Smithville Lake Clean-Up Day.

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LIBERTY — Earlier this month, an agreement was signed between Liberty Parks Director BJ Staab and Kansas City Sports, LLC, an event management company, to guarantee at least 850 teams annually will use Fountain Bluff Sports Complex, 2200 Old Missouri Highway 210 in Liberty.

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Cyclists enjoying rides along Smithville Lake’s trails now have less to worry about in regard to equipment breakdowns as the county has installed bicycle repair stations in four areas:

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SMITHVILLE — With a straw hat tucked under her riding helmet, MaryAnna Wood of Independence continued her hold on the most trail miles of any rider who is part of the North American Trail Ride Conference while on the Jesse James Rideout trail ride Saturday, Aug. 24, at Smithville Lake. She a…

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LIBERTY — On Monday, Aug. 12, the Liberty City Council approved an ordinance for a contract with Astroturf Corporation for the conversion of the natural grass baseball and softball fields to synthetic turf at Fountain Bluff Sports Complex, located 2200 Old Missouri Highway 210. The change wi…

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CLAY COUNTY — After years of planning and removal of an older, dilapidated restaurant structure in 2017, Smithville Lake again has a shoreline restaurant at Paradise Pointe Marina, located off NE 180th Street in Smithville.

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SMITHVILLE — The North American Trail Ride Conference will return to Clay County Friday to Sunday, Aug. 23 to 25. The Jesse James Rideout competitive trail ride will take place at Smithville Lake. The event goals are to increase awareness about NATRC and to showcase equine camping facilities…

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SMITHVILLE — As nearly 100 people from across the region donning running shoes, glow sticks and headlamps descended on the Smoke and Davey Trailhead, the atmosphere at Smithville Lake Saturday, Aug. 17, was one of excitement as the annual Lunartic 5K kicked off around sunset.

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LIBERTY — A work group seeking to identify resource concerns and provide input about program criteria of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will meet at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 22, at the USDA Service Center in the UMB building, located off Victory Drive in Liberty.

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SMITHVILLE — Motivated to have a weekly gathering to include the community and utilize the trails of Smithville, Mollie Porter and the staff of Let’s Ride Bicycles put together a weekly family bicycle ride near Smithville Lake every Thursday from May through September. Ride also sometimes oc…

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Warm temperatures attract people of all ages to Missouri’s many lakes or rivers to go swimming and to cool off. Beating the heat in this manner is part of summer, but one that is not without dangers.