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Howard Curtis 1935-2017

Funeral services for Howard Curtis were held Feb. 17, 2017, at Hidden Valley Funeral Home in Excelsior Springs. Burial was at the Masonic Cemetery in Excelsior Springs.

Howard Clen Curtis, 81, Excelsior Springs, died Feb. 12, 2017.

Howard was born June 13, 1935, in Gallatin, the son of Virgil C. and Elenor E. (Ward) Curtis.

He was raised in the Gallatin/Breckenridge area before moving to Excelsior Springs.

Howard was a

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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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Students travel to the capitol

State Rep. J. Eggleston, left, met recently with educator Jayla Smith of Tri-County R-7 School at Jamesport, and students Chloe Simmons and Hayley Michael of Gallatin R-5 High School during Career Tech Education Day. While visiting at the state capitol, those from Daviess County discussed continued educational funding for programs such as FFA, FBLA and FCCLA with Rep. Eggleston who represents District 2 in the Missouri House. [Submitted photo]

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Soccer Registration Due Friday

Registration for the Gallatin Soccer League is due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 at Gallatin City Hall. The fee is $10. Contact Liz Lawinger, 816-806-7038, with questions.

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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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Making Good Management Decisions: MU Extension Researchers Create Automated System to Track Precipitation

A group of University of Missouri Extension researchers, led by Pat Guinan, state climatologist, have developed an automated system to track precipitation accumulations across the state.

Nearly five years ago, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) revised its CAFO regulatory rules for catastrophic and chronic weather events.

CAFOs, concentrated animal feeding operations, are large animal agricultural facilities that raise a specific number of animals in production barns or confinement

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Capitol Perspectives: Remembering the flamboyant ‘Boom Boom’ Bailey

by Phill Brooks

I recently ran into one of the most entertaining and inspiring officials I’ve covered in the statehouse — Wendell Bailey.

Reporters gave him the nickname “Boom Boom” for his self-described “tub-thumping” campaign for state treasurer in 1984. He’d bring to rallies a metal wash tub he’d bang to get attention.

It sure got my attention. I had more fun covering his campaign than I can remember. “Joyous”

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The buzz on Endangered Species Act reform

by Shiloh Perry

During the final weeks of the Obama administration, the Fish and Wildlife Service listed the rusty patched bumblebee as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. While the FWS claims the listing will help protect the bee species, what does the first-ever addition of a bee species in the continental U.S. to the endangered species list mean?

It means that the rusty patched bumblebee, an important

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A full time, part-time job

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

I am often asked by constituents what life is like as a state representative. I was told before I ran for office that a job as a legislator would be the most full time part-time job I could have. I now think I agree. Probably the best way to describe it is to share with you what my schedule, which is usually spread between 7

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