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Fundraiser to Benefit Kearney Teenager that is Battling Rare Cancer

Dalton Hanna, 15 of Kearney, MO, was diagnosed in July 2014 with DSRCT (Desmoplastic small-round-cell tumor).  DSCRT is an aggressive and rare cancer that primarily occurs as masses in the abdomen. Dalton should be a sophomore at Kearney High School right now but instead is in the fight of his …

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Local Resident Returns with Medal from Austria

Kansas City resident Andy Martinez has just returned from Austria where he competed in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games, March 14-25. Martinez, 32, earned a bronze medal in a snowshoe competition and several awards in other events. Martinez has been employed at Vocational Services, Inc., in Liberty for …

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Staley High School Student Signs With Briar Cliff University, Recognized in Jefferson City

Staley High School senior Joe Hoyt has officially signed to play soccer with Briar Cliff University, and was recently recognized in Jefferson City for his work to oppose underage drinking and substance use in the Northland. Hoyt will be going Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA. He was the starting …

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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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Caregivers Share Tips for Helping Elderly, Themselves

Everything from suicide and substance abuse to dealing with memory loss were on the agenda during a recent Caregiver Support Group meeting. Sponsored by Tri-County Mental Health Services and held at the Woodneath Library Center, the gatherings are informal exchanges that focus on questions by participants who are caring for …

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Baby born to couple after head-on wreck

Jevon and Julie McBride spent over 10 years trying to get pregnant. When the Air Force couple found out on Mother’s Day 2016 that they were having a baby it was the happiest time of their life. But in October they were hit head-on in a car crash. They all …

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Finding Work Has Special Meaning at Tri-County

Jeff Stephens agrees that he has large shoes to fill. Stephens is the new Employment Services Supervisor at Tri-County Mental Health Services. His predecessor, Missy McGaw, set a high bar for him to follow. For several years, Tri-County’s employment services team has established several state and regional benchmarks for their …

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Sedalia man serves 20 years for non-violent drug offense, praises new law

Jail time is now off the table for some first-time offenders busted with marijuana in Missouri. This new law comes years after a Sedalia man was told he’d spend his life in prison for his three  non-violent pot offenses. Read more HERE… Join The Northland News’ email newsletter that delivers …

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Getting Help for Northland Young People and Families

Liz Jarski’s work with Tri-County Mental Health Services includes lots of details and demands, but most of all she targets making life better for young people and their families in Clay, Platte, and Ray counties. Labeled a Youth Qualified Mental Health Professional, Jarski starts by assessing the mental health needs …

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Veterans Receive On One Young Northlander’s Birthday

Grace Hall, daughter of Kansas City City Councilwoman Heather Hall, recently celebrated her 11th birthday. Instead of gathering some friends for gifts, pizza, cake, and ice cream, she decided to gather friends for pizza and an act of service. Hall invited 20 of her friends to attend her birthday party …

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