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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.


Mayor: Monsees had ‘passion for the city’

After a battle with colon cancer, former Sedalia City Councilwoman Wanda Monsees died Thursday morning at her home.Monsees, 55, served Sedalia as one of its Ward 2 councilmembers from April 21, 2009, to May 6, 2014, working alongside her fellow councilmembers on several major projects, including the new Sedalia Fire Department station, the Washington Avenue bridge repair, the smoking ban ordinance and the downtown inspection ordinance. She became known as a councilwoman who was cal...

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Green Ridge to host ‘Harvest Fun Fest’

Folks looking for a little family fun this weekend are invited to attend the annual Green Ridge Harvest Fun Fest this weekend in Green Ridge.The event is slated to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Green Ridge Park with plans to include a parade, food, games, crafts, live and silent auctions and car and tractor shows, said Barbara Upton with the Green Ridge Chamber of Commerce.Although the event is an established tradition, planning and organizing the event has been...

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S-C alumni invited to enter art exhibit at LCAA

Smith-Cotton High School alumni are invited to submit artwork for a show at the Liberty Center Association for the Arts that will hang during Homecoming this year.Both LCAA and the Sedalia School District Foundation have worked together on the exhibit project.

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Mules look to upset No. 1 Bearcats

For the second straight year, the University of Central Missouri Mules will travel to Maryville and face the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats.The Mules jumped out to a 17-0 lead last season, but lost 28-24.“We feel like we had them last year and we have no pressure on us this year,” said Mules cornerback Kadarius Green.The Bearcats are ranked No. 1 and are the defending national champions. NWMS is 2-0 after outscoring Nebraska-Kearney and Missouri...

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Sweet Springs falls to W-N

The Sweet Springs volleyball team fell 25-6, 25-10 to Wellington Napoleon on Tuesday.Olivia Loges led the Lady Greyhounds with two kills and a block. Addy Eckhoff had an assist. Ashleigh Bright had two kills and two digs. Megan Evans had three assists and an ace. Tori Hinton and Anna Eckhoff each had a dig.Wellington-Napoleon won the junior varsity game 25-14, 14-25, 25-16.

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S-C golf beats Marshall

The Smith-Cotton girls golf team continues to improve its score as the season goes on. The Lady Tigers shot a nine-hole score of 184 on Wednesday to beat Marshall at Indian Foothills Golf Course. Marshall’s team score was 234.The score of 184 is 30 strokes lower than the last time Smith-Cotton played in a nine-hole event.Olivia Funk led the way with a 42, followed by Ali Bankovich’s 46. Annie Guier and Peyton Sharp each shot a 48. Matalyn Boeschen recorded a ...

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1-0 every week

Three wins in a row marks the longest winning streak the Smith-Cotton football team has had since 2010, but coach Ryan Boyer isn’t getting ahead of himself.“We’re taking it one week at a time,” he said. “We stress to our kids going 1-0 each week.”Since opening the season with a 22-7 loss at Republic, the Tigers have been 1-0 every week, beating Marshall 28-14, Warrensburg 19-18 in overtime and Pleasant Hill 28-10.“The ...

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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. 162:01 a.m.: Ryan J. Garrigus, 18, of the 1700 block of South Beacon Avenue, was arrested near the intersection of West 24th Street and Kentucky Avenue on charg...

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Courts scrap Nov. ballots

Pettis County Clerk Nick La Strada’s office is weighing its options after a court ruling ordered a change to ballot language less than a week before the start of absentee voting in the Nov. 4 general election.A panel of the Western District state appeals court on Monday ordered new ballot wording for Amendment 6, a proposed constitutional amendment authorizing a six-day, no-excuses-needed early voting period for future general elections. The judges said the ballot summary app...

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Locals prep for Fireball Run

Locals Ron Ditzfeld and Rick Yeager are getting ready to rev their engines.The planned Fireball Run will race into downtown Sedalia at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 with 40 teams, 40 cars and a large film production crew scrambling to 12 “mission” locations and setting up an afternoon of parades, flash mobs and other festivities for the public.The eight-day driving competition, an Internet-based reality show, is leaving from Frisco, Texas, Sept. 26, and racing to ...

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Doggie Dice Walk to benefit animal shelter

Most people have heard of a poker run involving motorcycles, but this Saturday the Missouri State Fairgrounds will be home to the second annual Doggie Dice Walk to benefit the Sedalia Animal Shelter.Dog owners are invited to spend an hour with their dog walking the fairgrounds for the chance to win prizes. The event starts with sign-in at 10 a.m. at McKinney’s Diner and prizes will be awarded at 11 a.m.“Bring your dog out and at the sign-in you get a map to s...

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Beating the rainy day blues

Nicole Cooke | Democrat Despite grey, cloudy skies, Annabelle Pyle, 3, left, and Hannah Grace Skelly, 3, are full of giggles, shrieks and smiles as they bounce in the small bounce house at the Tiny Tots Play Park set up in Convention Hall Wednesday morning. The indoor preschool playground is available from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays for children under age 5. Cost is $1.50 per child per class, or parents can purchase a Punch Pass for $10 for 10 visits.Nicole Cooke | ...

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Pettis GOP to open election headquarters

The Pettis County Republican Party will host a ribbon cutting at its general election headquarters Friday.Pettis GOP County Chairwoman Carla Young said the public is invited to join elected officials and prospective candidates at the event, set to begin at 10:30 a.m. at the party’s new headquarters at West 16th Street and State Fair Boulevard (just behind Kmart).Following the ribbon cutting, party officials will serve hot dogs, chips and drinks, from 11 a.m. to noo...

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Lady Panthers tennis beats Richmond

Knob Noster edged Richmond 5-4 in an MRVC tennis match Tuesday in Richmond.Knob Noster lost both the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches by 8-6 scores but a win by Jessica Axton at No. 3 singles improved her record to 10-0 on the year and got things rolling for the Lady Panthers. Elizabeth Eccelton won the No. 4 singles match 8-3 and Alexis Allen won at No. 6 singles 8-3.In doubles play, Kirsten Orndoff and Allen won 8-0 and Axton and Eccelton won 8-4.

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Sacred Heart golfers third at California

Sacred Heart took third at the California Tournament on Tuesday with a team score of 407, the lowest round the Gremlins have shot as a team this season.Olivia Sobaski shot a 4-over-par 76 to take runner-up honors, finishing three strokes behind Osage’s Taylor Hayes.Abby Smeltzer and Claire Sobaski shot 108s. Julianna Bourgeret shot a 115 and Anjanae Williams shot a 131 in her first varsity event.Sacred Heart will play in Marshall on Thursday.

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Versailles falls in two sets

Southern Boone beat Versailles 25-18, 25-16 on Tuesday.Maddy Hibdon had four kills and five digs. Ali Lent had seven kills. Lendie Noltin had nine assists.

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Concordia tops KC Lutheran

Concordia beat KC Lutheran 25-20, 25-19 on Tuesday.Brittany Reinwa had nine kills, five assists and nine digs. Cailey Cooper had 13 digs. Ellison Brunk had five kills.

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