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School board to vote on sick leave incentive

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The Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education will vote on a new sick leave incentive program, which could save the district up to $152,821.90 if approved, during its meeting today.Assistant Superintendent Nancy Scott presented information regarding the new incentive during the June 16 board meeting. It has been proposed to use $25,000 from Blue Cross Blue Shield to help with sick leave incentives in an effort to improve staff attendance and reduce the need for substitute teachers.Teachers and certified staff receive 10 sick days per year. For each sick day not used by an employee, teachers would receive $50.73 (gross $50) per day and classified staff would receive $37.68 (gross $35) per day.

 

Stratton places second runner up at national pageant

Christina Stratton, of Sedalia, the reigning Miss Missouri High School, received second runner-up at the national High School America pageant in Orlando, Fla., July 6. She also received the prestigious “Spirit Award,” which is given to the contestant who portrays the personality and character pageant officials look for in the queen. There were 51 contestants, one from each state and the District of Columbia, and Stratton’s combined scores in three categories, fun fashion, ev...

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Ringen Brushy 4-H Club hosts monthly meeting

The Ringen Brushy 4-H Club had their regular monthly meeting and officer elections June 18 at Smithton School. The meeting was called to order by Vice President Stacia Luttrell. Roll was taken and 22 members were present. Secretary Kiersten Luttrell read the minutes and they were approved as read. Treasurer Connor Bahner gave the treasurer’s report.

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Sacred Heart students use math to help kids with cancer

Sacred Heart elementary students are solving more than just math problems in school. Each math problem they solved through the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-A-Thon raised money to support cancer treatment for kids at St. Jude. This year, the 91 elementary students at Sacred Heart who participated in the Math-A-Thon raised $5,212.40 for St. Jude.

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July 14 crash reports

Three injured in two-vehicle accidentThree people were injured in a two-vehicle accident at 1:23 p.m. Friday in Saline County.Emily N. Barr, 18, of Boonville, was driving a Honda four-wheeler north on state Route H, just west of Norway Avenue, as she was pulling out of a private driveway and failed to stop for an oncoming vehicle driven by Debra F. Bradbury, 21, of Sweet Springs. Bradbury was unable to avoid striking Barr’s vehicle, which then trav...

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July 14 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 109:51 p.m.: Terry L. Shull, 46, of the 29000 block of Meadowlark Road, was arrested near the intersection of West Broadway Boulevard and South Missouri Avenue o...

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Man arrested after Liberty Park standoff

Police arrested a Sedalia man early Friday morning in Liberty Park after being called to the scene for a report of gunshots and an armed man in the park, according to a Sedalia Police Department press release.Officers arrived at the park at about 12:13 a.m. and found Michael R. Cook, 42, of Sedalia, on the bridge over Liberty Park lagoon holding what they believed to be a rifle.The report states Cook was intoxicated and was “demanding to see his ex-girlfriend and d...

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July 12 crash reports

Sedalia man injured in crashA Sedalia man sustained moderate injuries in a single-car accident Thursday evening in Sedalia.Tyler B. Root, 19, was driving northbound on South Grand Avenue at Forest Park Road at about 4:50 p.m. when his car traveled off the right side of the road and struck a ditch, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report.Root was transported to Bothwell Regional Health Center by private vehicle. Reports indicate he ...

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Council to discuss proposed Broadway parking ordinance

The proposed Broadway Boulevard yard parking ordinance will make its way to the Sedalia City Council during a work session today.The Citizens for a Clean Sedalia Committee voted to recommend the proposal to council during its June 26 meeting after discussing the issue during several previous meetings. Today the council will discuss the proposal, which could be seen on a council meeting agenda in the next few weeks. It would go into effect Nov. 1 if approved.

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Pettis County busy with shows and fairs

Faith Bemiss | DemocratPettis County youth were busy Saturday participating in shows and fairs that will give them a chance to compete in the Missouri State Fair in August. Little Rianna Hagedoron, 2, of Sedalia, walks the family’s Australian Shepard at the Pettis County 4-H Dog Show hosted inside the Commercial Building on the fairgrounds. Her siblings, Reed, 4, Ryan, 9, and Riley, 12, were competing in the show. Amy Gibbs, show superintendent, said the 4-H show was an open ...

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Community Calendar for July 14 to July 20

MONDAY 10:30 a.m.: Be Forever Young, Parkview Christian Church, 1405 E. 16th St.6 p.m.: Mondays Cornerstone Celebrate Recovery. Bible-based twelve step program for Hurts, Habits and Hangups. Free supper at 6 pm.; large group meeting at 7 p.m.; small groups at 8 p.m.; live band and child care, programs for children and teens. Free Transportation. Cornerstone Baptist Church. 660-827-4833.6 p.m.:...

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Bombers strand 12 runners in loss

The Clarinda A’s had 18 hits and the Sedalia Bombers left 12 runners stranded in Saturday’s 10-6 loss at Dey Field at Liberty Park.Tony Sandifer scored in the fifth inning when Jonathan Ramon was hit by a pitch, which tied it up at four apiece. Shain Showers then grounded out to leave the bases loaded.“Without question I know we left a lot of guys in scoring position on the bags,” Showers said. “All day long. We just kind of missed that big ...

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July 12 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 DepartmentArrestJuly 113:03 p.m.: Mark E. Thompson, 26, of Gravois Mills, was arrested in the 1600 block of South Limit Avenue on a charge of driving with a suspended license....

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Bombers rally for 10-9 win

The Sedalia Bombers came back from a 5-0 deficit Friday at Liberty Park at Dey Field to beat the Clarinda A’s 10-9.The Bombers went into the ninth inning with a 10-5 lead, but four walks and four runs later it was 10-9 Bombers.The A’s had the winning run come to the plate, but he grounded out to shortstop Hunter Leeper to end the game.The A’s went up 5-0 with three singles and three doubles in the third inning. DMarco Poindexter doubled to th...

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Horsing around at summer reading camp

Almost 40 students at Skyline Elementary spent their Friday morning meeting D.D., a character from the book “Twist of Fate,” along with author Chris Stuckenschneider, although she was a little better at answering questions than D.D.Stuckenschneider brought along D.D., one of the many horses that inspired the story “Twist of Fate,” to Skyline as part of the reading summer camp’s Horse Week. Every reading and writing activity this week revolved around th...

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Two former prosecutors to vie for GOP nod for Division 6 Judge

As a community service, the Sedalia Democrat will profile each of the candidates in contested races in the Aug. 5 primary election in the weekend edition. This week will highlight Jeff Mittelhauser and Stanley Cox as they face off for the GOP nod for Division 6 Judge.Jeff MittelhauserWith a vast knowledge of court procedure garnered from nearly three decades in the Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Jeff Mittelhauser said patience, a broa...

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La Strada resigns from Sedalia City Council

Ward 2 Councilmember Becca La Strada has resigned from the Sedalia City Council due to health reasons, effective immediately.The news was announced during a press conference hosted by Mayor Steve Galliher Friday morning. La Strada, who has been on council since April 2011, handed in her letter of resignation to Galliher on Thursday.

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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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