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37 years of following her heart

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Decades of teaching preschool children in the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency Early Head Start program in Sedalia has filled Debbie Newbill’s life with wonderful anecdotes of her young charges and made her realize she has followed her heart.For 37 years Newbill, 65, of Sedalia, has been a teacher with the program, serving 34 years at the Sedalia Buckner Head Start program, and then transferring to the program at the Sedalia Community Center at 314 S. Washington Ave. She assists teacher Amber Page in classroom No. 1. Soon she will be saying goodbye — she plans to retire Dec. 31.She began with the program because she was looking for a job, but never thought she would stay so long.


Anderson birthday

Dorothy Mae Anderson will celebrate her 95th birthday on Sept. 22, in Joplin.Dorothy is a 1936 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School and attended Central Business College in Sedalia. She did secretarial work and bookkeeping at Acme Broom Company and Town and Country Shoe Company. She was employed in the principal’s office at Smith-Cotton High School for 15 years, retiring in May of 1985.She is currently resides in Joplin, near her daughter.For her birthda...

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Morton birthday

Donald Morton, of Sedalia, will celebrate his 80th birthday with a reception hosted by his wife and friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 in the fellowship hall of East Sedalia Baptist Church.He was born Sept. 29, 1934, in Sedalia. On Oct. 8, 1966, he married Deloris Cole.Donald is retired as Director of the Sedalia Public Library after 32 years.He has two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, of Conway, Ark.Friend and relatives are invited...

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A special note to Jennie Jaynes

Jennie Jaynes Stadium has been tagged by a graffiti artist with a sentimental heart.Built in 1950, the stadium is seeing its final action before being replaced by a new multiuse complex under construction behind Smith-Cotton High School. The turf field has gone down and the bleachers are going up at the new facility, and as S-C Tigers of all stripes watch the transition from old stadium to new, some alumni are getting sentimental for the old gal.Last week, one of those o...

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Not all change is for the better

I’m glad I don’t have any grandchildren. I was thinking that, when I was listening to some friends talk about their school lessons. I was amazed that the parents were content to go along with the teachers as they attempted to drag the children into such bizarre undertakings.Okay, I have been out of school many years. I can still count in my head. When I visit fast food restaurants I know that the servers don’t know how much a hamburger costs. They only know how mu...

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Lessons on hope from an unlikely source

Our dog has taught me a great deal about hope.Maybe it should have been more obvious than it was, but, admittedly, I’ve never had a dog before. It wasn’t until I moved here a little over a year ago that my wife really wanted us to get a dog. After much avoidance on my part she finally convinced me to go with her to the Sedalia Animal Shelter. It was there that we met Lars and eventually brought him home. And since that day our dog has taught me a number of things....

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Schuber wedding

Laura Close, of La Monte, and Tyler Schuber, of Sedalia, were married at 5 p.m. Aug. 2, 2014, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Sedalia.The bride is the daughter of Joe and Linda Close, of La Monte. The groom is the son of Wayne and Cheryl Schuber, of Hughesville.Pastor Chris Kellogg conducted the ceremony. The bride was given in marriage by her parents. Gloria Close was the vocalist and Erin Helland was the pianist.Katie Close was the matron of honor, Shelby S...

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Sept. 20-21 birthdays

MartinEmmett “Russel” Martin will observe his 76th birthday Sept. 22.He was born Sept. 22, 1938, in Idaho.Emmett is married to Shirley Martin, of Sedalia.He worked in sales ranging from car sales to bakery sales and farm equipment and insurance. He is a member of the Sedalia Shrine Club and Elks Club and enjoys fishing, hunting, golfing and boating.Emmett has five children, Jerri Barnes, of Blue Springs, Carri...

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Meade anniversary

Thomas and Margaret Meade will observe their 50th wedding anniversary Sept.19.They were married Sept. 19, 1964, in Springfield, Mass.They are both retired and live in Sedalia.They have three children, Tracey Meade-Mancini and Tammy Meade, both of Sedalia, and Tommy Meade, of Germany; and five grandchildren.

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Monsees’ death a loss for all Sedalians

It is with sadness that we mark the passing of former Ward 2 City Councilwoman Wanda Monsees.Monsees, who served Ward 2 and the City of Sedalia from 2009 to 2014, died Thursday morning after a long battle with colon cancer. We take this opportunity to extend our condolences to her family and friends and hope that it provides some comfort to know this community grieves with you in this loss.Whether serving the city or as a dedicated member of the Pettis County Democratic ...

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MU System touches all communities

Dear Editor:When Pettis County residents are too ill or disabled to travel to visit a medical specialist in person for a specific condition, they can still have a real-time visit and diagnosis from a University of Missouri physician via telepresence at the MU Telehealth Network location in the county, at Pettis County Burrell Behavioral Health in Sedalia.When Sedalia or area residents want to better their lives through knowledge, they have a great option in the Pettis Co...

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Stevenson wrong on rental inspections

Dear Editor:Yes Sir!! Here we go again.This is in response to the letter to the editor, Councilman Larry Stevenson wrote to the Citizens of Sedalia regarding his opinion on the rental property inspection issue. I thought this needed a response.I am the (she) he is referring to and totally disagrees with. I have been to almost every council meeting since I brought up the subject to the council several months ago. I also live in the 4th ward. Mr. Stevenson has a...

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Sept. 19 Crash Reports

Man injured in crash avoiding deerA Knob Noster man sustained minor injuries after a single-vehicle accident at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday in Johnson County.Kaleal J. Brown, 20, was driving north on state Route 23, north of County Road SE 350, when he steered the vehicle to the right to avoid a deer in the middle of the road. The vehicle traveled off the right side of the road, continued north through the ditch and struck a tree. It then rotated clockwise and came to rest...

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Sept. 19 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 DepartmentArrestsSept. 182:09 a.m.: Patrick A. Proctor, 23, of Des Moines, Iowa, was arrested near the intersection of West Broadway Boulevard and South Carr Avenue on charges of impr...

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Versailles sneaks by Eldon

Versailles beat Eldon 27-25, 22-25, 25-15 on Thursday.Maddy Hibdon had a block, six digs and five kills. Lendie Nolting had 17 assists, four kills and three digs. Ali Lent had four kills and two blocks. Tessa Edgar had nine kills.

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Bluebirds beat Lincoln

The Cole Camp volleyball team beat Lincoln 25-11, 25-10 on Thursday.Kaleena Logan had seven kills for the Bluebirds. Gabbi Mallard had six kills. Lauren Ballman had five aces and nine assists.

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Green Ridge rallies to beat Sacred Heart

Green Ridge rallied after dropping the first set to beat Sacred Heart 16-25, 25-19, 25-22 in a Kaysinger Conference volleyball showdown on Thursday.The Lady Tigers’ Libby Dove had 3 aces, four blocks and nine kills. Molly Turner had nine kills. BreAnna Peck had 13 digs, five kills and nine assists. Stacey Billings had three aces.For the Gremlins, Backy Full had 14 kills and 10 assists. Anna Callis had eight kills, two kill-blocks, five aces, and five digs. Hannah W...

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Stover beats Tipton in Kaysinger matchup

Stover beat Tipton in a Kaysinger Conference volleyball match 25-13, 25-5 on Thursday.The Lady Bulldogs were led by Montana Boles with 16 assists. Mallory Uptegrove had 11 kills, five blocks and seven digs. Ashley Schroder had four kills and four digs. Amber Engelbrecht had seven digs and three aces.

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