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Proud to be a Missourian

When I was growing up, we were never allowed to play with fireworks. When I was a little girl, a group of grown boys in Kansas City threw a handful of flaming firecrackers on me and I suffered some painful burns on my legs. From that point on, I was through with fireworks, forever.When my son was young, his friend’s grandfather always took the boys out on a country road and shot fireworks for them. As far as my son was concerned, his outing with his friend’s grandfather...

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S-C graduate nabs Miss Pettis County crown

SMITHTON — Beverly Egner said her daughter grew up admiring the Missouri State Fair queens and long had hoped she would become one.Kandas Egner is one step closer to that dream.On Thursday night, Kandas captured the crown in the 2014 Miss Pettis County Queen pageant, held as part of the Smithton Town & Country Fair. The title is her ticket to compete in the Missouri State Fair Queen competition in August.

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Recapping July Fourth festivities in Wisconsin

Whitefish Bay, Wis., has three Fourth of July parades. One of them begins at 11:30 a.m., and it winds its way through the middle of Downtown USA with its small shops and storefronts, and ends at the city park, where games and carnival rides for kids abound. The second parade begins much earlier, when people begin walking, riding their bikes, and pulling wagons filled with young children toward the downtown parade route, anticipation visible on their faces.

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Legalizing drugs not answer to society’s problems

To the Editor:In response to the letter encouraging us to support legalizing/decriminalizing drugs, I’ll address the last point first—if the majority of prison inmates are incarcerated for drug offenses, it seems we are not losing the drug war.Next—yes, society and alcohol have come to an understanding—alcohol purchase and usage require laws to protect us from drunk drivers and underage drinkers. We spend millions of dollars to rehabilitate alcoho...

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‘Musty’ water invades Sedalia

“Not really sure what all you Sedalians are complaining about with all this tap water stuff,” Caleb Sell said. “Of course, 98 percent of my fluid intake while within city limits involves alcohol, but that is beside the point.”There are some things that we take for granted: the sun will rise, the trash will be picked up and the city’s water supply will be plentiful and palatable.But just a few days ago, those Sedalians discovered their once e...

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More on Sedalia’s profitable geology

In the 1882 History of Pettis County, F.A. Sampson wrote a chapter describing the natural history of Pettis County. While Sampson was interested in all aspects of the natural world, he was particularly interested in rock and minerals, including fossils. His chapter details the strata of rock, using information provided by Professor Swallow and Professor Broadhead of the geology department of the University of Missouri-Columbia and Thomas Godby, author of the Hayden Annual report for 1878, as ...

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Mojos Gaming Lounge filling an entertainment void

Benton Heisterberg and Nate List took a look at Sedalia’s entertainment landscape and noticed that things haven’t changed much since the 29-year-olds were teens.“Even when we were in school, there were not a lot of options,” List said. “I remember going to high school, people would just hang out on the strip, just in parking lots. We wanted to create a place that we would have wanted to go to and that people our age still want to go to.”

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Enjoying the sights on the open road

There is something romantic, I have heard, about traveling the open road for summer vacation. Max and I love driving just about anywhere, romantic or not, because we love seeing different parts of the country. For most of our married lives, we have owned a convertible, so seeing the country is a noisy, albeit really fun, endeavor.

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Clearing up Clean Sedalia confusion

Recent printed comments opposed to parking restrictions on Broadway have raised valid points and deserve a response. First, the Citizens for a Clean Sedalia Committee has no power to make laws. We only recommend to the Sedalia City Council. Only the Council can pass ordinances.

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Receiving an education on the job

I remember I got my first job as soon as I finished high school. I went to work in a dry cleaning shop. I was the cashier. The owner went to school with my mother. He was impressed with my mother’s skills in arithmetic. Fortunately, he never learned that I wasn’t nearly as skilled in that subject. But as it was, I managed to keep my job.My second job was in the city. I worked in an employment office. It was the best job I ever had. The woman who owned the business ran s...

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Fighting drugs is a losing battle

Dear Editor:In spite of heroic efforts of law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys, judges and other criminal justice individuals as revealed by candidates speaking at the recent Junteenth Celebration held Saturday, June 21 at Hubbard Park, it was obvious to most that we’ve either lost or are in the process of losing the “war on drugs.”We are probably where society was in the early 1900s when a midst great despair and worry, Prohibition was repealed....

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Dawes’ column left unanswered questions

I wonder if Mr. Churchill had any sayings about half truths.I have to believe the Sedliner didn’t get it as wrong as Mr. John Dawes (President and Chief Executive Officer at Bothwell Regional Health Center) said since I have never seen such an attempt to put out a “fire.” If in fact he believes it’s only an “amusement” or juicy “barbs” why give it the validation of a response?

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Pettis County’s profitable geology

Francis A. Sampson, attorney, financier, and amateur historian and scientist, wrote the chapter about the county’s natural history in the 1882 History of Pettis County. The chapter includes sections about the birds, freshwater shells and snails, reptiles, fossils, and the geology in Pettis County. The section on geology includes a detailed description in scientific terms of the rock formations and another section describing the commercial use of local minerals.

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A closer look at license plate thefts

June 25 — Two vehicle license plates were reported stolen in the 3500 block of Snyder Avenue.The local police reports have been filled with standard stuff — suspended license, DUI, drug possession, and lots of petty theft. But there is a recent emerging pattern of crimes that is not quite so standard: thieves have been targeting our license plates.

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Sacred Heart student headed to national pageant

Christina Stratton brightens a room like a 1,000-watt light bulb — not just with her brilliant smile, but also with her brilliance, personality and poise.Christina, a sophomore at Sacred Heart School, is the reigning Miss Missouri High School and is preparing to travel to Orlando, Fla., this week to compete July 2-7 for the Miss High School America crown. Her preparations involve a lot more than packing her bags — she and her mom, Victoria, have been reviewing potential...

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