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Downtown Blue Springs was recently assessed by the Missouri Main Street Connection, and additional steps need to be taken in order to reach the program’s “Associate” tier.Despite having a “great year” with several businesses opening downtown, including Pizza Shoppe, Brewer’s, Inkling’s and Dayna’s Boutique, Downtown Alive! - the non-profit organization dedicated in revitalizing and preserving downtown Blue Springs - needs to work...

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WHAT: Children’s Performing Theatre of Independence presents “Dragon Tale.”The play involves a stranger who wanders into a town that is under the spell of Scumme the Dragon. Meanwhile, the first knight...

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With upscale artisanal coffee brewers dotting city streets across the country, America might fancy itself a nation of high-end coffee drinkers. But just the opposite is true: People in this country, on the whole, are actually drinking worse coffee...

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Independence Mayor Eileen Weir has committed the city to an effort to end homelessness.The city is among several across the country signing up for the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, announced last summer by First Lady...

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My son, Michael, lives in Colorado Springs and works for Walgreens. He has been with them a long time and he loves Colorado.For several years he has tried to talk me into writing articles about our kids growing up. They had a great dad and...

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"Job U" author pushes tested European model for apprenticeships and vocational skills training.

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1 Diabetes Supermarket Tour: Join Hy-Vee dietitian Jamie to get some meal and snack ideas and learn strategies to help you maintain your blood sugar levels. The tour is planned for Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Noland Road...

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Let’s start with ribs and sauce.Gates Bar-B-Q will rebuild at its Independence location on U.S. 40. The restaurant burned down last week.“The plan is to rebuild ... in the same spot where it is,” George Gates,...

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Five ways you can have fun this weekend:

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Once upon a midnight dreary, from lack of sleep my eyes were blearyI watched the world outside turn white,Turn snowy white throughout the night … while my husband snored.“When is spring,” I asked of him while he sawed wood some more

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