Square Dance Friday night

On Friday, Oct. 20, the Mo-Kan Square Dancers will host a dance with Mike Huddleston calling from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Home Ec Building at the Vernon County Fairgrounds, Nevada. Admission is $5 per adult dancer and $3 per youth dancer. All square dancers and interested persons are invited. For more information, call

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Arriving alive never goes out of style

Law enforcement agencies throughout North America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and educational outreach as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week, Oct. 15-21. Throughout the week, enforcement personnel will identify and issue warnings and/or citations to commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and passenger-vehicle drivers exhibiting unsafe driving

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Trick-or-treat at CMH long-term care facility

Trick-or-treaters age 12 and under are invited to visit Community Springs Healthcare Facility, a Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation (CMH) long-term care facility, on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Residents will hand out candy as a safer alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating. Community Springs Healthcare Facility is located at 400 E. Hospital, El

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Friday Is Buckle Up Phone Down Day

The Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety are challenging you and those you know at home, work, school or in your community to buckle up and put your phone down.                  Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, is slated as “Buckle Up Phone Down Day”.

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Man charged with stabbing father near Sheldon

An Independence man is in custody after deputies responded to a call of a stabbing in the early morning hours of Monday, Oct. 16. According to Sheriff’s Office officials, the incident took place on 1725 Road near Sheldon where the suspect, who has been identified as Richard A Kirkham, 28,was arrested at the scene of

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Capitol Perspectives: Regulating private business

by Phill Brooks This fall, a story broke that has reminded me of the long history and complexities involving state government regulation of businesses and professions. The story, by my colleague Kurt Erickson at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, uncovered a state administration proposal to merge some environmental protection agencies. Environmental regulation has a long history

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MU Extension guide offers helps on hiring, keeping employees

University of Missouri Extension recently released its 2017 Farm Labor Guide. Finding and keeping dependable workers is one of the largest challenges today for farm owners and managers, says MU Extension agricultural economist Joe Horner. “As farms grow in size, learning to recruit, manage and retain high-quality employees becomes even more critical.” The free online

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Questions about the ACA? MU Extension can help

Recent news may have some consumers confused about the status of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land, requiring most Americans to have health insurance, said Brenda Procter, co-director of University of Missouri Extension’s Health Insurance Education Initiative. Missouri’s health insurance marketplace is still

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Seal gaps and cracks to save money

The fair weather of autumn offers the best time to get outside and inspect our homes and businesses for gaps and cracks that can allow unwelcome outdoor air, dust, moisture and insects to enter “Air leaks in our homes can lead to higher utility bills, mold, rot, bug and dust problems.  The answer can be

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Hartzler statement on conscience protections

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) issued the following statement supporting the Trump Administration’s agency actions on conscience protections and religious freedom. “This executive action ensures that religious freedom protections remain the bedrock of American society. Today’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) interim final rules relieve undo pressure from the previous administration, allowing educational institutions,

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