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Robert Jones, 80, of Edwards, gives a thumbs-up as he leaves the bus at the Municipal Building. Jones served in the Navy during the Korean War. He was escorted on the trip by Sedalia police officer Kelley Casto, center.
SYDNEY BRINK/DEMOCRAT A group of 48 motorcyclists from across central Missouri, two antique cars and law enforcement escorted the busload of veterans into Sedalia from Marshall Junction at U.S Highway 65 and Interstate Highway 70.
Gene Lefevers, a 1966 Vietnam War veteran, watches as a line of 48 motorcyclists lead the chartered bus into the downtown.
Veterans who spent the day visiting the war memorials in Washington D.C. on a Show Me Honor Flight arrive back in Sedalia on a chartered bus Wednesday night. The Sedalia Fire Department welcomes the veterans with an arched water salute as spectators, out of reach of the water, crowd near the intersection of South Ohio Avenue and Main Street waving flags and banners. “We had four World War II veterans, six Korea, and 29 Vietnam veterans on this flight,” said Pam Burlingame, president and co-founder of the Show Me Honor Flight. Since the first flight in April 2008, 440 veterans have made the trip to Washington D.C., Burlingame said. The next trip is scheduled in the fall and will be the 12th flight
Sacred Heart's Nikolas Langston pitches against the West Platte Bluejays in a sectional playoff game at Liberty Park Stadium.
Sacred Heart's Chance Spangler makes a leaping back-handed catch on line drive heading into shallow center field in the sixth-inning during a sectional playoff game against the West Platte Bluejays Wednesday at Liberty Park Stadium.
The former Tuscany Gardens restaurant, 150 South Limit Ave., managed by Benny Morina, right, is now owned by Robert "Skip" Blackburn, who has renamed the restaurant, Michael's Italian Restaurant.
Chicken Alfredo with homemade dinner rolls is a popular dish at Michael's Italian Steakhouse.
Cole Camp third baseman Tanner Oelrichs tags out Archie’s Collin Lewis in a rundown between home and third.
Cole Camp’s Austin Weinberg pitches against the Archie Whirlwinds in a Class 2 sectional game Tuesday in Cole Camp.
Cole Camp's Connor Balke knocks in the tying run against Archie in the fifth inning of a Class 2 sectional game at Cole Camp.
Abbi Johnson, left, and Andromeda Brouillette portray two hummingbirds.
The children decorated the classroom as part of their project of learning about the rain forest and the animals that inhabit it.
Skyline Elementary School first-grader Landon Poort stays in character as a sloth and walks slowly offstage during a class production Tuesday about the animals of the rainforest. Seth Estes and Patience McGinnis, in hats, portray two visitors to the rain forest wondering what makes the rainforest so special. Darcia Koetting, the class's teacher, said the play "Saving the Rainforest", was done by now-retired teacher Becky Garst about 20 years ago. "I started the play up about 8 to 10 years ago and we perform it for the parents at the end of the year," Koetting said.
Sacred Heart's Clint Spangler capitalizes on a Windsor infield error to score in the Class 2, District 15 championship game last week in Concordia. In the background, at bat, is Gremlins outfielder Blake Nichols. Defending on the play is Greyhounds catcher Mason Briggs.
Hundreds of rubber ducks in the Amigos de Cristo Lutheran Church Duck Race are herded Saturday by volunteers equipped with paddles, from bottom, Jose Alicea, Dalton Shepard, Bryce Chalfant and Adrian Sotella, The boys are directing the ducks to an area shaped by floating noodles to resemble a funnel, top of picture, where the bobbing flock will be squeezed into a single line. The first 30 ducks pulled out are winners of the first of three heats. Ninety ducks will compete in a final race and the first 30 will win their ÒadoptersÓ a prize, said Nicole Gadt, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and organizer of the fundraising event. The ducks were adopted for $5 apiece or $25 for a flock of six by visitors to the event. Each duck was marked with an identifying number. The top prize is a hot air balloon ride for two donated by RE/MAX of Sedalia.
Each rubber duck is assigned a number after it is adopted.
The Thin Dimes, of St. Louis, were among the bands that provided live entertainment at the Amigos de Cristo Lutheran Church event. From left, are Paul Rhodes, Nick Pence, Hannah Satterwhite and Kevin Cheli.
SYDNEY BRINK/DEMOCRAT The duck race starts at the top of the water slide at Centennial Pool and ends at the tip of a funnel, shaped by floating noodles, top of photo.
Event organizer Nicole Gadt pulls out the first 30 rubber ducks from a tube.
SYDNEY BRINK/DEMOCRAT Hundreds of rubber ducks in the Amigos de Cristo Lutheran Church Duck Race are herded Saturday by volunteers equipped with paddles, from bottom, Jose Alicea, Dalton Shepard, Bryce Chalfant and Adrian Sotella, The boys are directing the ducks to an area shaped by floating noodles to resemble a funnel, top of picture, where the bobbing flock will be squeezed into a single line. The first 30 ducks pulled out are winners of the first of three heats. Ninety ducks will compete in a final race and the first 30 will win their ÒadoptersÓ a prize, said Nicole Gadt, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and organizer of the fundraising event. The ducks were adopted for $5 apiece or $25 for a flock of six by visitors to the event. Each duck was marked with an identifying number. The top prize is a hot air balloon ride for two donated by RE/MAX of Sedalia.
Ruth Gadt, of Lexington, fishes for the prize rubber duck and wins a stuffed toy at one of the many games offered at church's family fun event.
Legacy, a therapy dog, was such a hit with the La Monte students that the student council organized a three-week school fundraiser, Pennies for Paws, to help a Sedalia elementary school student with autism acquire a therapy dog. The council members are, from left, front row, Victoria Stratton, Sarah Weber, Saraih Navarro, Sydney Joy, Destiny Moore and Johanna Arroyo. In the back row, from left, are Nicole Stratton, school counselor; Emma Lazenby; Alicia Davis; Tanner Martin; Natalie Cumpton; Cole Cave; and Zach Weber. In the center is Legacy.
At the end of a class period, students are allowed to gather around and pet Legacy.
Third-graders Sydney Joy, left, and Logan Mahin, are their class’s “rock stars” for the week and earn the privilege of taking turns reading to and brushing Legacy, the therapy dog. In the background, school counselor Nicole Stratton gets the rest of the kids involved in writing creative thank-you letters to the school’s cooks. Stratton visits each class once a week with Legacy to conduct lessons in character building.
Legacy has her own mailbox in the school office and letters sent to the dog are posted on a bulletin board.
William Ratledge, the sensei of Ratledge Martial Arts in Warsaw, awards fifth-grader Lauren McFail a yellow belt.
Sedalia Middle School students Lyndon North, left, and Elise Hawley perform a series of basic martial arts moves during testing for a yellow belt, the next skill level above the beginner's white belt. They were among 13 middle school students enrolled in Boys and Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri-sponsored martial arts course that began in January. The test on Friday was the last day of the course.
Ratledge Martial Arts senpai Mark Meyers, who taught many of the martial arts classes in the Boys and Girls Club course, evaluates Jacob Myers as the fifth-grader performs a kata.
Glen Lee Cromley, left, gives his friend Michele Zgiet a napkin as the two make their way through a food line that served hot dogs and sides.
Randy Jones catches a large fabric flying disk thrown by Kenny Gillaspie, a direct care worker with Bridges of Missouri.
Robert Barnier, who is blind, is handed several magnetic tipped darts to throw, by Erica Rennison, a supervisor for service coordinators with the Center for Human Services, at an outdoor picnic Thursday for more than 100 CHS clients and staff at Centennial Park. "We have seven social leisure events a year," Rennison said. After several attempts and vocal guidance from Rennison, Barnier was able to hit a metal target.
St. Paul Lutheran’s Devon Michelle Heins, right, takes it on the chin as she deflects a kick by the Gremlins’ Alexus Krumroy during the Class 1, District 9 championship game on Wednesday in Concordia.
Sacred Heart’s Morgan Bogue takes a shot as she tries to even the score in the second half against the St. Paul Lutheran Lady Saints but comes up short on Wednesday in Concordia. Defending on the play is Maria Elena Aga Gjoen, left, and Molly Jane Rolan. The Lady Saints won 2-1.
Windsor's Lane Soendker pitches against the Sacred Heart Gremlins in the Class 2, District 15 championship game Tuesday at Concordia.
Sacred Heart’s Nik Langston pitches against the Windsor Greyhounds in the Class 2, District 15 championship game Tuesday at Concordia.
Windsor’s John Daugherty is out at second as Sacred Heart shortstop Caleb Tanguay completes a 4-6-3 double play to end the fourth inning Tuesday in the championship game of the Class 2, District 15 baseball tournament at Concordia.
Pat Ives drains a batch of deep fried pickles in her kitchen.
Fried pickles with ranch dressing
Grandma Meyer's chocolate skillet cake
Venison steak with peppers and onions atop mashed potatoes
Tom Willis, of Independence, shows off his sandy Flemish Giant rabbit that he brought to the show. He has three others at home and raises the breed because, he says, they are gentle and he likes their large size.
Gene Johnston, an American Rabbit Breeders Association judge from Council Bluffs, Iowa, pulls a white Flemish Giant out of its pen during judging of the breed Saturday at the Missouri State Rabbit Producers show at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. All seven varieties of the breed were at the show, he said.
Judge Janie Elliot, of Garden City, inspects California breed rabbits entered in a meat pen category in which the three rabbits entered are judged on how well they exhibit the same physical conformation. The rabbits cannot be older than 10 weeks and weigh more than five pounds, she said.
Paul Ford is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery.
SYDNEY BRINK/DEMOCRAT New decking is installed on the south side of the Washington Avenue Bridge.
Jason Osburn, an electrician with C & C Electric, of Sedalia, reconnects and rewires lines in the library's basement that were torn out during reconstruction phase.