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Nick Hartman

Nick Hartman is a senior at Smithville High School and has taken a vested interest in the community for the past few years. He is the Student Body President and is heavily involved in the School District and community. He enjoys being informed and writing stories that matter to the people of the Northland. He will be attending William Woods University in the fall of 2017 to study Political/Legal Studies and play golf. In his limited free time, he enjoys reading and hanging out with friends.

Take the Official 2017 Constituent Survey – Congressman Sam Graves

It’s hard to believe, but 2017 is already one quarter of the way over. That means winter’s gone (hopefully), baseball’s here, and tax day is coming. With April 15 now less than two weeks away, I’ve been working to fulfill House Republicans’ goal of reinventing our tax system by lowering …

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North Kansas City City Council Recap – March 22, 2017

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Prepared by Rich Groves, Executive Director – North Kansas City Business Council Work Session, beginning at 6 p.m. Information was provided by City Administrator Eric Berlin and Police Chief Steve Beamer about traffic studies and recommendations in response to concerns about speeding and pedestrian safety in the northern part of …

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CITIZEN VOICES: Smithville School Board and Board of Alderman Recommendations for the April 4, 2017 Election

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Local elections are one of the best opportunities for voters and community members to make a true difference in their communities. Candidates for School Board and City Council are typically neighbors, friends, and co-workers. On April 4th, the Northland will be gathering at polling places to cast their ballots for School Board, City Council, …

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Smithville Board of Alderman Candidates Introduce Themselves to Voters at School Board Candidate Forum.

Most of the Smithville Board of Alderman candidates were present at the Smithville Candidates Forum Tuesday night. All that were present were given an opportunity to say a few words to the attendees. Attendees included Melissa Wilson (wife of Missouri State Representative Ken Wilson), Judy Clough, Jeff Bloemker, Grant Sportsman, …

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Missouri State Representative Jim Neely – Capitol Report – March 17th, 2017

Legislation to Stop Illegal Use of Herbicides Receives Final Legislative Approval (HB 662)   The House and Senate have agreed to legislation that is meant to stop the illegal use of herbicides that have caused widespread damage to crops in Southeast Missouri.   According to experts from the University of …

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Auditor Galloway to investigate questionable government payouts

Audit to review settlement agreements handled by state agencies and departments Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has directed her staff to begin a review of potentially improper or inappropriate payouts made with public dollars. The review comes after recent reporting found the former director of the Department of Conservation was …

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Concerning Facebook Posts by Smithville School Board Candidate

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Being a school board member is one of the most thankless jobs out there. They work unpaid and have to handle difficult situations. Good members will work tirelessly to represent the school districts they serve and will be sure every decision is explained and understood. Social media has become an …

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Missouri Senator Dan Hegeman: Improving Missouri’s Business and Legal Climates

Missouri State Senator Dan Hegeman represents parts of northern Clay County. For more information on our Opinion Section and why we publish these updates from legislators please click HERE. Our judicial system was founded on the principle that a person is innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, recent Supreme Court rulings …

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Through the Eye of the Storm

The wind was gusting, the clouds were swirling, the lightning was flashing and the rain was falling. This is what I was experiencing at my home right in downtown Smithville a little less than six miles away. On HWY 169 a funnel cloud dropped an EF-2 tornado at 7:18 PM. …

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Smithville Fire Board Unable to Reach Consensus After Second Month

For the second month in a row, the Smithville Area Fire Board has been unable to reach a consensus on confirming a third board member. After Michael Summers resigned in December of 2016, the SAFPD Fire Board had two members remaining, President Debbie Childress and Secretary/Treasurer Greg Atkins. Childress and …

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