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New pedestian lights coming soon

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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 several weeks to complete.


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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Jelinek sparks Branson win

It took one pitch for Brad Jelinek to make an impact Monday at Dey Field at Liberty Park. The former Warsaw Wildcat and current UCM Mule spending the summer playing for Branson homered to left on the first pitch of the game as the Nationals beat the Bombers 7-1.“I was just swinging, (looking for a) base hit up the middle,” he said. “Not looking for a home run. That was my first one of the summer. Good way to start the game. I was glad my family was here to see it ...

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Driskell sworn in as Ward 2 councilmember

Ward 2 of the Sedalia City Council now has two councilmembers again after long-time Sedalia resident Russell Driskell was sworn in during Monday’s meeting.Driskell fills the Ward 2 seat vacated by former councilmember Becca La Strada, who resigned two weeks ago due to health issues. Both of his sons were in attendance Monday night to watch as their dad was sworn in and joined the rest of council in approving several ordinances.Now retired, Driskell spent 20 years w...

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Travelers take district title

The Sedalia Travelers won the Zone 2 East tournament championship.The Travelers beat the Blue Springs A’s 6-4 and 10-3 on Sunday.Austin Weinberg pitched seven innings in the second game, holding the A’s scoreless through five before they finally broke through. In the meantime, the Travelers jumped ahead with a run in the first, then added two in the third and two in the fourth. They broke the game open with a four-run seventh.Chance McMullin and Co...

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Portion of Meyers Road closed for bridge repair

The Pettis County Highway Department closed Meyers Road at the Flat Creek Bridge south of Upton Road at 4 p.m. Monday. The department is working on bridge repair and, weather permitting, it is expected to reopen Aug. 1.Motorist using that section of Meyers Road should plan to take an alternate route.The Pettis County Sheriff’s Office reminds motorists to buckle up, slow down, follow posted signage and drive safely through work zones.

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Sedalia’s Jonathan Cornell raced to the front in the ASCS Warrior Region Sprint Cars feature at Double X Speedway on Sunday.Cornell started in the sixth position, moving up to second place by lap four. On the 12th lap, leader Josh Fisher’s car took some damage and Cornell found himself in the lead on the restart and he held on to that position the rest of the way.Sedalia’s TJ Muths was fifth in the B-Feature.Pilot Grove’s Travis Arnold ...

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Draffen opens S-C softball camp

First-year Smith-Cotton softball coach Janeil Draffen assists players Cheyenne Statler, with ball, and Maddy Kindle, during a workout Monday morning at Vansell Field in Liberty Park. This session was for sophomores and juniors; Draffen worked with freshmen and seniors earlier in the day. About 30 girls have been participating. The team got in some work over the summer, playing in the Pilot Grove league, and is scheduled to play tonight at Boonville.Coach Janeil Draffen discusses te...

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Heat is back in full force, officials say ‘keep it cool’

As meteorologists expect the mercury to near the triple digit range today, Pettis County Health Department officials would like to remind the public to keep cool and that several community resources are available.Pettis County is in a Heat Advisory effective since noon Monday until 7 p.m. today. Temperatures were expected to climb into the 90s Monday with a heat index approaching 97 to 100 degrees. Today will be even hotter with temperatures in the mid to high 90s with a heat index...

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Green Ridge homicides remain unsolved one year later

Despite the passage of a year since two people were murdered and their bodies burned to conceal the still unsolved homicide, the daughter and sister of the victims said the pain is a daily reminder that someone knows what happened and is refusing to come forward.“To the person or people that did this to my mom and my brother, no matter what they did, they didn’t deserve this,” said Angela Martin, daughter and sister of the victims. “They were our family. The...

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