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Pettis GOP open campaign office

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Pettis County Republican elected officials, candidates and party members gathered together on Friday to celebrate the opening of the party’s general election headquarters.About 30 people attended the event at West 16th Street and State Fair Boulevard with incumbent state Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-51) offering opening remarks.“This is the time of year to put in a few extra hours. Things are looking good, but you can never take anything for granted,” Dohrman said. “I think this is a good kick-off to a good campaign season.”Dohrman faces a three-way race in the Nov. 4 general election, where he will attempt to head off challenges from Gary Grigsby, a Democrat, and Bill Wayne, a Libertarian, both of Warrensburg.


Turnovers cost Warsaw in loss to Eldon

The Wildcats got within eight points late in the third quarter after Will Bunch found Bailey Jelinek for a 15-yard touchdown and Tommy Proctor caught a pass for the two-point conversion.The score was 23-15 Eldon, but Warsaw punted three times and turned it over once the rest of the game.“We just need to be more consistent,” said Warsaw coach Paul Thomas. “Bailey played a heck of a game and I thought we played hard.”The Wildcats drove do...

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Smith-Cotton drops heartbreaker in final minute

A Steven Archambault 1-yard touchdown run with 1:12 left in the game put the Smith-Cotton football team briefly ahead but Nevada got a 95-yard kick return from Chaden Brandt to reclaim the lead and a 35-28 win Friday at Jennie Jaynes Stadium.S-C had one last gasp with 55 seconds left as Caleb Reed completed passes to Marquez Raye and Lane McFail to get to the Nevada 39 with seven seconds left, but a Hail Mary fell incomplete as time expired.“We just told them that ...

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Juvenile court proving successful

It’s been about eight months since the Pettis County Juvenile Drug Court began, and so far officials said they are pleased with how the juveniles involved have responded to the program.The program began in January as a partnership between the Pettis County Juvenile Office, Pathways Behavioral Health and the Sedalia School District 200. So far 17 juveniles have been in the program, eight are currently in the program, and three have graduated, with two more set to graduate soon...

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SFCC hosting comedy basketball show

High-flying dunks, ball-handling tricks, comedy routines and dancing are coming to State Fair Community College.The Harlem Ambassadors will provide a comedy basketball show at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.“There’s a lot of comedy and a lot of audience participation and there’s still some competitive ball in it as well,” said SFCC Spirit Squad coach and Davis Center coordinator Dana Page.Tickets are available at...

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Sacred Heart celebrates Gremlin pride

Nicole Cooke | Democrat Members of the Sacred Heart School cheerleading squad get the crowd along Third Street excited with some SHS cheers as they ride through the homecoming parade route on a Sedalia Fire Department truck Friday afternoon. The Gremlins take on the Windsor Greyhounds at 7 p.m. Saturday at Jennie Jaynes Stadium for the homecoming football game. The queen coronation will take place at halftime.Nicole Cooke | Democrat Some younger Sacred Heart students eagerly await ...

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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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