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The wedding will be beautiful with details to remember for your entire life, but there is a small compartment in a bride and groom's heart also is relieved to leave the stress of planning such a major event behind. 

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Attending the same high school did not ignite sparks between Amber Conley and John Eskridge. More than five years after graduating from Pacific High School, a mutual friend fixed them up in 2011 when he discovered that John thought Amber’s dark brown hair and deep green eyes classified her as “beautiful.” Later, John decided, discovering her “fiery personality” was “a super bonus.”

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Jeff and Shiela Bachtell were married May 9, 1973, in Hagerstown, Mo. They have a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Kevin, and three grandsons: Aiden, Cameron and Ashton. They live in St. Peters.

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William Maxfield and Marlene Brueggemann were married May 11, 1968, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, St. Louis. Mr. Maxfield retired from Anheuser-Busch Corporate Engineering. Former residents of St. Louis Hills, they currently reside in Oakville. They plan a 50th anniversary celebration trip to Florida with their children and grandchildren: Bill, Melissa, Will and Grant; Matt, Ally and Rosalina; and Mark, Sarah, Noah, Ezra and Jonah.

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MARYVILLE, Mo. — Former North District Nodaway County Commissioner Bob Westfall has been selected to receive the Senior Service Award, a distinction bestowed annually by the office of Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson honoring older Missourians for volunteer work in their home communities.

Paul B. Webb Jr. and Bessie M. Brenneisen were married May 2, 1953, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cape Girardeau. They met at St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO while he was in medical residency and she was a registered nurse. They have nine children, 23 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. They live in St. Louis Hills. 

Roy and Patricia Libhart were married May 13, 1978, at Maryland Heights Presbyterian Church in Maryland Heights, the same town where they currently live. 

Wally Koch and Ruth Fischer were married April 26, 1958, in Cincinnati, Ohio. They have four children, six grandchildren and one great-grandson. They make their home in O'Fallon, Mo.

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James J. and Melitta C. Luca were married May 10, 1958, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenwich, Conn. They have six children: Jeffrey who is serving in the U.S. Air Force in Germany, Jamie Bennett of Illinois; Jim Jr. who lives in Michigan, Juli Kochanski of Nevada, Jeannie Kimbrell of South Carolina and Jonathan Esquire, a Florida resident. In addition, they have 21 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The couple will celebrate their 60th anniversary with a trip to the Orient and later a family celebration in Cancun, Mexico. 

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MARYVILLE, Mo. — Last Friday night a group of college students, community members and victims’ advocates gathered at Northwest Missouri State University as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week to listen to the stories of six women who had survived sexual assault and domestic abuse.

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Everybody is a "kid" when it comes to liking cookies, but the Kid's Favorite Cookie Recipe Contest had some true authorities this year. 

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MARYVILLE, Mo. — A local Christian music festival will offer Maryville residents a two-day event where they can listen to a variety of artists and engage with their community.

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MARYVILLE, Mo. — The First United Methodist Church congregation has worked for about six months to purchase, refurbish and send an autoclave to Mutambara, Zimbabwe, and now the project is nearly complete.

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MARYVILLE, Mo. —The following events occurred in Nodaway County between 1895 and 1900 as reported by The Nodaway Democrat, Oct. 3, 1895. These facts represent a mystery for the grandson and descendants of Orphan Train rider Harry Irving Hayward (1884 to 1955) and they beg assistance in finding a solution.

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MARYVILLE, Mo. — Jon Rickman, former VP of information systems at Northwest Missouri State University and train enthusiast offered a look into the history of trains in Nodaway County on Saturday afternoon at the Nodaway County Historical Society Museum.

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When making decisions about buying, selling or renovating their homes, Americans, by and large, take their pets’ needs into account, according to a report from the National Association of REALTORS®. The report found that 81 percent of respondents said that animal-related considerations play a role when deciding on their next living situation. In fact, according to the survey, 99 percent of pet owners said they consider their animal part of the family, and this becomes apparent in the sacrifices pet owners are willing to make when it comes to buying and selling homes.

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Located right in the heart of West County, The Arbors at Kiefer Creek is a very private and secluded community. With a total of 17 homesites, this community includes an abundance of common ground with several homesites surrounded by beautiful wooded hills. Only 7 homesites remain with 4 inventory homes and 3 to-be-built homesites, for customers looking to build their dream home from the bottom up.

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MARYVILLE, Mo. — About 100 runners, from grade school students to retirees, gathered at Eugene Field Elementary School on Saturday morning for one of the Maryville R-II School District’s rites of spring — the Speedy Spoofhound 5K race and mile-long fun run.

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Sister Ruth Starman recalls reading about the food shortage in Venezuela around Easter time, where masses were being canceled because the country didn’t have enough flour to make wafers for the service.

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MARYVILLE, Mo. — Residents of Maryville will have to find a different place to purchase their barbecue at festivals this summer, because Paul Thompson owner and operator of Grill Sergeant BBQ will have to close up his business during his deployment overseas.