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Trenton Five Points chili cook-off set for June 17

The Trenton Downtown Improvement Associate in conjunction with the North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center is hosting Trenton’s first "Five Points Chili Cook-off" in the month of June.

The festivities begin on Friday, June 17, with a "Meet the Cooks" dinner hosted by the Elks Lodge. Dinner time is 6 p.m. There is a $5 per person charge for the dinner. The dinner will be followed by a dance beginning

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USS Missouri offers condolences to the people of Missouri

In a sign of solidarity, the commanding officer and crew aboard Virginia-class attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) sent their prayers and condolences to the people of Missouri following a tornado that ripped through the city of Joplin, Mo., May 22.

"The officers and crew of USS Missouri extend their support and condolences to the people of Missouri in response to the tornado devastation in Joplin," said Cmdr. Timothy Rexrode,

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Ketcham Community Center announces summer hour

The Ketcham Community Center on the campus of North Central Missouri College in Trenton has announced its summer hours which will start next week. Regular operating hours will be 5 a.m. till 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. till 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. on Sundays.

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Building strong families workshop

A parent education workshop series will be offered by University of Missouri Extension beginning June 8, from 1-3 p.m.

This six week workshop series will focus on learning to build upon family strengths to make the family even stronger. Parents will learn new skills to help improve communication, manage stress, and learn some new discipline techniques and more. The six sessions will be Family Strengths, Communication, Managing Stress, Positive Discipline,

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“Travel Through Time” with the Ray County Historical Society

The Ray County Historical Society is arranging a "Travel Through Time" bus tour of historic sites in Ray County as a fundraiser for the Historical Society and as an enjoyable gathering for members and friends. Won’t you join us on Saturday, June 18?

The tour will highlight historic and significant landmarks in the county: the Ray County Poor Farm; Bob Ford’s Gravesite in the Richmond Cemetery; Bloody Bill Anderson’s Gravesite

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Upcoming festivals in Missouri

One fact you can count on in Missouri during the summer and fall: there is an abundance of festivals and fairs, where there is literally something to entertain the entire family. Let the fun begin.

Missouri has festivals celebrating everything from pumpkins to barbecue, historic sites to wildlife, musical entertainment to crafts, the Civil War to local history, and wineries to just living life. Add the spectacle of midway rides,

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Explore conservation areas on National Trails Day; Discover nature by exploring some of the 700-plus miles

National Trails Day is Saturday, June 4, and Missouri conservation areas (CAs) have more than 700 miles of foot, bicycle and equestrian trails to celebrate and explore.

This is the American Hiking Association’s 19th annual National Trails Day. The program is a way to celebrate trails that allow people to discover the natural world through outdoor activities. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) provides trails at more than 136 CAs

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Squirrel and bass season opens

Squirrel season opens May 28
The fourth Saturday in May marks the opening of squirrel season in Missouri. Hunters may pursue gray and fox squirrels from May 28 through Feb. 15, 2012, with rifles, shotguns or archery equipment. The aggregate bag limit is 10 squirrels and the possession limit is 20.

"Aggregate" means hunters may harvest any combination of fox and gray squirrels so long as they do not exceed

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Judge imposes maximum fine in zebra mussel case; Sentence highlights personal responsibility for negligent introductions

An Independence man received the maximum fine for introducing zebra mussels into Smithville Lake last year.

David Wayne Frazier, 51, pleaded guilty in Clay County Circuit Court to a charge of transporting a prohibited species. Judge Janet Sutton imposed a fine of $1,000 and six months of probation.

The case is the first prosecuted under a provision in Missouri’s Wildlife Code designed to stop the spread of invasive species. It

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