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City clerk receives highest certification

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After 10 years of hard work, City of Sedalia City Clerk Arlene Silvey has recently been certified as a Missouri Professional City Clerk (MPCC) from the Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association.There are four levels of certification within the association, and MPCC is the highest designation possible. Throughout the year there are various opportunities for members to earn credit hours, such as the spring institute, classes at the Missouri Municipal League in September, and a regional meeting in October, along with other classes, all offered through Missouri State University.


Bombers welcome Boys and Girls Clubs

Eric Ingles/ DemocratThe Sedalia Bombers welcomed 30 kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri to their game against Nevada Tuesday at Liberty Park. The Boys and Girls Clubs are partnering with Major League Baseball’s Wanna Play? program to promote an active lifestyle. Members of the Boys and Girls Clubs recieved a Bombers hat. Pictured are Green Ridge baseball players front row from left, James Ferrell, Matteo Rivas, Frankie Brady and Abraham Rivas. Back ro...

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Bombers prepare for St. Joe

The Sedalia Bombers and St. Joseph Mustangs will meet again, but this time, a championship is on the line.The best-of-three MINK League championship series begins today at Liberty Park. First pitch in game one between the South Division Champion Bombers and North Division Champion Mustangs will be 7 p.m. The second game will be Thursday in St. Joseph with the third, if necessary, Friday in St. Joseph.The Bombers offense has slumped recently as the team won three consecut...

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July 23 crash reports

Deer causes accident in Johnson CountyA Warrensburg man was injured in an accident at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in Johnson County.William J. Morrow, 27, was driving south on state Route 23 near the intersection of state Route D when his vehicle struck a deer and traveled off the road down a steep embankment, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report.Morrow was taken to Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg with minor injuries. Repor...

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July 23 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 DepartmentArrestsJuly 217:06 a.m.: Daniel S. Hooper, 33, of the 1500 block of East Broadway Boulevard, was arrested at his home on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and second-degre...

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Candidates snub sweltering temps to face off at Liberty Park

In what may be the last public forum before the Aug. 5 primary, candidates took the hot seat — literally, as temperatures approached the 100 degree mark — at a candidate fair hosted by the League of Women Voters Tuesday afternoon in Liberty Park.“I think considering the weather and everything it is a good turn out,” said Mary Merritt, of the League of Women Voters. “In the background you can hear the people talking which is good. The candidates have so...

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Youth football heats up at camp

The hottest day of 2014 so far didn’t stop the area’s youth from learning the fundamentals of football during the first day of the Sedalia Youth Football League camp on Tuesday at Smith-Cotton High School.By the time the camp started at 6 p.m., the temperature was 94 degrees with a heat index more than 100 degrees, but kids from kindergarten through seventh grade still made it out and had fun.“It was a blast,” seventh grader Drake Peterson said....

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New pedestrian lights coming soon

Faith Bemiss | DemocratEmployees of Meyer Electric Inc., of Jefferson City, use a Ditch Witch to create a conduit for installation of new pedestrian lights at the intersection of Broadway Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue late Tuesday morning. Meyer Electric foreman Don Buescher, not shown, said they began work for MoDOT Monday at Broadway Boulevard and Engineer Avenue. They plan to continue the installation along Broadway Boulevard to U.S. Highway 65. The process should take seve...

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State Fair Equine Competitions begin Thursday

The Missouri State Fairgrounds will be in stride this week in the lead up to the 112th Missouri State Fair with the opening of the 4-H and Future Farmers of America Horse Show beginning Thursday, followed by a Society Horse Show beginning July 29.“Horse shows are an impressive part of the Missouri State Fair competition schedule,” Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe said in a press release. “The 4-H and FFA Horse Show and the Society Horse Show are held in adv...

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Torque take fifth at World Series

The 12 and under Torque Fastpitch softball team went 5-2 at the World Series in Kansas City to finish 5th overall out of 60 teams from seven states. After winning the MO/KAN state title and amassing a record of 42-21 this summer (39-11 in class), the Warsaw-based team finished 43rd in the USSSA rankings in the country out of 990 teams. Torque beat state-ranked teams from Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri including the state’s number one ranked team in this tournament. Torque was also the last ...

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Gen. Giap not a ‘ragtag’ army

Dear Editor:My mom has been living in Sedalia for 12 years take or leave. During our Sunday phone chat she mentioned Walter Moodie’s editorial in the Democrat. Mom said she would send me the article.The quote from the editorial referring to Gen. Giap and his “ragtag army of guerrilla” being led to victory in Vietnam over first the French and then us.I was in Vietnam at the same time as Walter, only in a different zone. The I Corps for me, in ...

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Sedalia at social media crossroads

For years now, I have been discussing the problem of youth exodus right here in the State Fair City. It’s not just a Sedalia problem — the young and enthusiastic have always dreamed about the grass on the other side of the interstate.

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Col. Magoffin captured again

Col. Ebenezer Magoffin, a wealthy Pettis County plantation owner, was captured by Federal troops led by Lt. Col. Henry Day in Georgetown on Aug. 29, 1861, and charged with the murder of Sgt. Glasgow, who died in a skirmish there.That a charge of murder would be levied against a combatant during a declared war seems odd, but much about the Magoffin case defied military and legal comprehension. It seems likely the murder charge was the result of the intense emotions roused by the Civ...

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Democrat launches new website

The Sedalia Democrat is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:· Easier to read headlines with one-click accessibility to s...

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A new look, thanks to you

The Sedalia Democrat is today launching a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers.It’s true that we live in a digital age, and more people than ever are turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want. The Sedalia Democrat is committed to being at the forefront of every delivery platform available. In fact, this week we are also unveiling a redesigned website....

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July 22 crash reports

Sedalia woman injured in accidentA Sedalia woman was injured in an accident at 12:18 a.m. Friday in the 2900 block of West Broadway Boulevard.Alisha McGinnis, 30, of Sedalia, was stopped in traffic when her vehicle was struck in the rear by a vehicle driven by Amanda L. Hall, 27, of Sedalia, according to a Sedalia Police Department report.McGinnis was taken to Bothwell Regional Health Center with minor injuries. Reports indicate both drivers w...

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July 22 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 DepartmentArrestsJuly 209:12 a.m.: Douglas W. Atwood, 29, of Lincoln, was arrested in the 2900 block of West Broadway Boulevard on charges of driving while intoxicated, driving with a...

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Community Calendar

CALENDARTo have your event or meeting listed, send details to or call 826-1000 ext. 222.TODAY6:30 a.m.: Sunrise Optimist, Best Western State Fair Inn, 3120 S. Limit Ave.10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Epworth Methodist Quilters, Epworth United Methodist Church, 1124 E. Broadway Blvd.11 a.m.: Sedalia Jolly Elders Inc., North 65 Highway cafe....

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