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Maryville Public Safety Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Officer Ian Myers, left, and Sgt. Rick Smail, right, who administers the D.A.R.E. program in rural schools for the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office, are pictured beside some of the donated merchandise offered for sale during Saturday’s 26th annual D.A.R.E. auction in the St. Gregory’s School gymnasium.

Shown at center is the anti-drug program’s mascot, Daren the D.A.R.E. Lion.

This was the second year the auction, which was expected to raise about $13,000, has benefitted both the county and municipal D.A.R.E. programs, which serve a total of nearly 2,000 elementary and middle school students in Maryville, Nodaway County and the Stanberry R-II School District in Gentry County.

The pulled pork dinner prepared by Mike Casteel & Phil Smail Barbecue also included side dishes donated by the local KFC restaurant and desserts and beverages donated by the Maryville Hy-Vee supermarket.

In addition to a silent auction running throughout the event, a live auction was held with auctioneering services donated by the Younger Auction Co.

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