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A Valentine story — finding the perfect match

In 2013, Donald Burns, now 69, a retired MoDOT employee and farmer who lives south of Pattonsburg, had to have a creatinine test before his diabetic medication could be renewed.  A creatinine test measures how well the kidneys are working.

The test revealed Donald had Stage 4 kidney disease.

“The doctor was alarmed and we were panicked,” said his wife Kathy.

By Stage 4, severe kidney damage has already happened.

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NCMC to host Nursing and Health Sciences Day on Feb. 16 at Trenton

North Central Missouri College will host a Nursing and Health Sciences Day on Feb. 16 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on the main campus in Trenton. This day will be for high school students, current nursing and health sciences students and individuals in the region who are interested in nursing and health science professions.

The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. for high school and current students and 10:30

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Send your sweet tooth to the cookie booth

Troop 5100, a multi-level Girl Scout troop will be holding a drive-through cookie booth at the Winston Pit Stop on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 8 a.m. until noon, according to Melissa Batson, Girl Scout Troop Leader in Winston.

The drive-through cookie booth is something new to the Girl Scouts and will help them practice the five skills need to successfully sell cookies (and manage our nation’s corporations!) – goal setting,

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Daviess County Library Celebrates life of Kathryn Lambright

The Daviess County Library is proud to offer a new Children’s Listening Library Table and a 26-volume collection of large print titles in remembrance of a lifelong member of our community, Kathryn Lambright. Kathryn  was a musician, teacher, director, avid reader and writer.

“It is an honor to offer a reflection of the love of her family and friends through their memorial gifts,” said Library Director Allison Spidle.

The Children’s

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Groundbreaking ceremony for CRMC

A groundbreaking ceremony for a ten-chair Renal Dialysis Center will be held on Friday, Feb. 24, at the south end of Cameron Regional Medical Center Campus. The ten-month, 6,660 square foot construction project will also provide CRMC with the building shell for an expanded Infusion Center.

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Straw bale gardening offers options for gardeners

Overcome poor soil and limited space.

You can’t grow turkey in the straw. However, you can grow side dishes and floral centerpieces for a turkey dinner in the straw.

Straw bale gardens are becoming popular with growers who are plagued with poor soil or limited garden space, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. Straw bale gardening combines container gardening and raised-bed gardening into one green-thumb package.

You can

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2016 annual hunting and fishing permits expire at the end of February

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds Missouri hunters and anglers that related annual permits expire at the end of February, including 2016 permits for small game, fishing, trout fishing, and combination hunting and fishing.

Buy Missouri hunting and fishing permits from one of many vendors around the state, online at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits, or through MDC’s free mobile apps, MO Hunting and MO Fishing, available for download through Google Play for

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Getting the word out  … spelling bee winners announced

The Daviess County Spelling Bee was held Feb. 8 in Pattonsburg. Winners are pictured from left: Joelee Lewis, alternate – 7th grader at Tri-County, daughter of Aaron and Chrystal Lewis; Johnathan Carder, second place – 8th grader at Gallatin Middle School, son of Bill and Grace Carder; Braden Lee, first place – 6th Grader at Winston, son of Brooke and Chris Lee. The first and second place winners will advance

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State seeking organizations to serve meals to children during summer months

Federally funded program helps fight childhood hunger

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is looking for organizations throughout the state to help feed thousands of children who would otherwise go without meals during the summer months when school is not in session.

The Summer Food Service Program reimburses organizations for meals they serve to children who are at risk of not having enough to eat. The program is

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