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37 years of following her heart

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Decades of teaching preschool children in the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency Early Head Start program in Sedalia has filled Debbie Newbill’s life with wonderful anecdotes of her young charges and made her realize she has followed her heart.For 37 years Newbill, 65, of Sedalia, has been a teacher with the program, serving 34 years at the Sedalia Buckner Head Start program, and then transferring to the program at the Sedalia Community Center at 314 S. Washington Ave. She assists teacher Amber Page in classroom No. 1. Soon she will be saying goodbye — she plans to retire Dec. 31.She began with the program because she was looking for a job, but never thought she would stay so long.


Versailles sneaks by Eldon

Versailles beat Eldon 27-25, 22-25, 25-15 on Thursday.Maddy Hibdon had a block, six digs and five kills. Lendie Nolting had 17 assists, four kills and three digs. Ali Lent had four kills and two blocks. Tessa Edgar had nine kills.

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Bluebirds beat Lincoln

The Cole Camp volleyball team beat Lincoln 25-11, 25-10 on Thursday.Kaleena Logan had seven kills for the Bluebirds. Gabbi Mallard had six kills. Lauren Ballman had five aces and nine assists.

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Green Ridge rallies to beat Sacred Heart

Green Ridge rallied after dropping the first set to beat Sacred Heart 16-25, 25-19, 25-22 in a Kaysinger Conference volleyball showdown on Thursday.The Lady Tigers’ Libby Dove had 3 aces, four blocks and nine kills. Molly Turner had nine kills. BreAnna Peck had 13 digs, five kills and nine assists. Stacey Billings had three aces.For the Gremlins, Backy Full had 14 kills and 10 assists. Anna Callis had eight kills, two kill-blocks, five aces, and five digs. Hannah W...

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Stover beats Tipton in Kaysinger matchup

Stover beat Tipton in a Kaysinger Conference volleyball match 25-13, 25-5 on Thursday.The Lady Bulldogs were led by Montana Boles with 16 assists. Mallory Uptegrove had 11 kills, five blocks and seven digs. Ashley Schroder had four kills and four digs. Amber Engelbrecht had seven digs and three aces.

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Gremlin golfers second in Marshall

The Sacred Heart golf team took second at Indian Foothills on Thursday, shooting a 222 as Marshall shot a 215 and Green Ridge shot a 242.Claire Sobaski shot a 54 for the Gremlins. Abby Smeltzer shot a 55, Julianna Bourgeret shot a 56 and Allison Prenger a 57.Anjanae Williams led the Sacred Heart jv team with a 64.Sacred Heart will host Green Ridge and Stover on Monday at the Sedalia Country Club.

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Set pieces help Gremlins beat Green Ridge.

GREEN RIDGE — The Sacred Heart soccer team opened the Kaysinger Conference portion of its schedule with a 5-0 win over Green Ridge on Thursday.The Gremlins scored three times in the first half with Teagan Trammell setting up Brandon Cooper in the ninth minute to get on the scoreboard. Garrett Strange then scored two goals in the span of three minutes midway through the half to make it 3-0.“We were just really looking for opportunities and pushing up when we h...

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Coming up short

The Smith-Cotton softball team chanted the phrase “find a way” heading into the bottom of the seventh inning down 4-3 to St. Pius X on Thursday, but the Lady Tigers left two runners in scoring position to fall to 2-7 on the season.Mariah Voitl led off the seventh inning with a single and advanced to second on the play on an error. Cheyenne Zinck then sacrificed Voitl to third and Abby Perkins later walked with two outs and advanced to second on an error, but Bailey Smit...

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Mayor: Monsees had ‘passion for the city’

After a battle with colon cancer, former Sedalia City Councilwoman Wanda Monsees died Thursday morning at her home.Monsees, 55, served Sedalia as one of its Ward 2 councilmembers from April 21, 2009, to May 6, 2014, working alongside her fellow councilmembers on several major projects, including the new Sedalia Fire Department station, the Washington Avenue bridge repair, the smoking ban ordinance and the downtown inspection ordinance. She became known as a councilwoman who was cal...

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Green Ridge to host ‘Harvest Fun Fest’

Folks looking for a little family fun this weekend are invited to attend the annual Green Ridge Harvest Fun Fest this weekend in Green Ridge.The event is slated to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Green Ridge Park with plans to include a parade, food, games, crafts, live and silent auctions and car and tractor shows, said Barbara Upton with the Green Ridge Chamber of Commerce.Although the event is an established tradition, planning and organizing the event has been...

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S-C alumni invited to enter art exhibit at LCAA

Smith-Cotton High School alumni are invited to submit artwork for a show at the Liberty Center Association for the Arts that will hang during Homecoming this year.Both LCAA and the Sedalia School District Foundation have worked together on the exhibit project.

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Mules look to upset No. 1 Bearcats

For the second straight year, the University of Central Missouri Mules will travel to Maryville and face the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats.The Mules jumped out to a 17-0 lead last season, but lost 28-24.“We feel like we had them last year and we have no pressure on us this year,” said Mules cornerback Kadarius Green.The Bearcats are ranked No. 1 and are the defending national champions. NWMS is 2-0 after outscoring Nebraska-Kearney and Missouri...

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Sweet Springs falls to W-N

The Sweet Springs volleyball team fell 25-6, 25-10 to Wellington Napoleon on Tuesday.Olivia Loges led the Lady Greyhounds with two kills and a block. Addy Eckhoff had an assist. Ashleigh Bright had two kills and two digs. Megan Evans had three assists and an ace. Tori Hinton and Anna Eckhoff each had a dig.Wellington-Napoleon won the junior varsity game 25-14, 14-25, 25-16.

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S-C golf beats Marshall

The Smith-Cotton girls golf team continues to improve its score as the season goes on. The Lady Tigers shot a nine-hole score of 184 on Wednesday to beat Marshall at Indian Foothills Golf Course. Marshall’s team score was 234.The score of 184 is 30 strokes lower than the last time Smith-Cotton played in a nine-hole event.Olivia Funk led the way with a 42, followed by Ali Bankovich’s 46. Annie Guier and Peyton Sharp each shot a 48. Matalyn Boeschen recorded a ...

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1-0 every week

Three wins in a row marks the longest winning streak the Smith-Cotton football team has had since 2010, but coach Ryan Boyer isn’t getting ahead of himself.“We’re taking it one week at a time,” he said. “We stress to our kids going 1-0 each week.”Since opening the season with a 22-7 loss at Republic, the Tigers have been 1-0 every week, beating Marshall 28-14, Warrensburg 19-18 in overtime and Pleasant Hill 28-10.“The ...

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Sept. 19 Police Reports

This list is a sampling of crime in Sedalia and the surrounding area. Information is taken from official police reports, which do not necessarily contain statements from all parties involved in each case.Sedalia Police DepartmentArrestsSept. 162:01 a.m.: Ryan J. Garrigus, 18, of the 1700 block of South Beacon Avenue, was arrested near the intersection of West 24th Street and Kentucky Avenue on charg...

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Courts scrap Nov. ballots

Pettis County Clerk Nick La Strada’s office is weighing its options after a court ruling ordered a change to ballot language less than a week before the start of absentee voting in the Nov. 4 general election.A panel of the Western District state appeals court on Monday ordered new ballot wording for Amendment 6, a proposed constitutional amendment authorizing a six-day, no-excuses-needed early voting period for future general elections. The judges said the ballot summary app...

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Locals prep for Fireball Run

Locals Ron Ditzfeld and Rick Yeager are getting ready to rev their engines.The planned Fireball Run will race into downtown Sedalia at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 with 40 teams, 40 cars and a large film production crew scrambling to 12 “mission” locations and setting up an afternoon of parades, flash mobs and other festivities for the public.The eight-day driving competition, an Internet-based reality show, is leaving from Frisco, Texas, Sept. 26, and racing to ...

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