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Lord of the flies

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Something was missing at the Missouri State Fair this year and missing afterward also — flies. The winged tormentors were AWOL due to a tiny winged insect called a fly predator who nipped them in the bud right at the source, by destroying fly pupa in livestock droppings and other decaying matter.Each year after the fair, Pittsburgh Corning’s Sedalia facility across from the fairgrounds found themselves inundated with hordes of flies. This year, thanks to the ingenuity of their senior programmer/analyst Gregg Haverly and Jeff Brandt, their engineering supervisor, the annual flies will fly no more.The men released 1 million predators before the fair began and another 1 million at the midpoint of fair activities.


Veteran Gremlins look for deeper run in 2014

It took two overtimes, one of the best teams in the state and gale-force winds to knock Sacred Heart out of the Class 1 boys soccer tournament in 2013.In the state quarterfinal at Clover Dell Park last November, Springfield Catholic beat the Gremlins 3-2 in double overtime. Springfield Catholic would go on to beat St. Pius X in the semifinal before falling in the state championship game.Now Sacred Heart looks at that loss to the Irish as motivation entering the 2014 seas...

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Aug. 20 Crash Reports

Woman injured passing truckA Warsaw woman was injured in a collision at 3:48 p.m. Monday in Pettis County.Monica L. Fox, 36, was northbound on U.S. Highway 65 near Flat Creek Road when she attempted to overtake a Mack Truck driven by David B. Newland, 43, of Green Ridge, struck the truck and ran off the roadway, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.Fox was taken to Bothwell Regional Health Center with moderate injuries. Reports i...

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Aug. 20 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 DepartmentArrestsAug. 1610:26 p.m.: Joshua R. Linares, 18, of Marshall, was arrested in the 1800 block of Clarendon Road on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug pa...

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S-C softball trying to build with new coach

Four years ago was the last time the Smith-Cotton softball team recorded double digit wins. The Lady Tigers have combined for 11 wins the past two years, but some change has come to the program in the form of newly hired head coach Janeil Draffen.“I’m getting to know the girls great,” Draffen said. “I spent time with some of them over the summer and they are ready to lead with me.”The Lady Tigers played their first set of games Monday at the...

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Salvation Army’s arrival impacted Sedalia

The Salvation Army, established by William Booth and his wife Catherine Booth in England in 1865, organized religious revival meetings. Much of their work was done in London’s East End, a poverty stricken area of the city, marked by homelessness, hunger, unemployment, crime, alcoholism, and prostitution. Their work was successful — many were fed, housed, and provided medical care, and many were converted to Christianity.The established churches of the time did not appro...

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Bidding the fair goodbye

There’s something strange and magical about the last day of the Missouri State Fair. I am not happy that it is over — I think the fair should be longer, even. But no matter how long it lasts, the last day is always going to be my favorite day.I saw people on Facebook admitting they’re glad the fair is over as early as Saturday night. There is another day of the fair, and you might just be missing out if you’ve never bothered to go. Sure, there’s none o...

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Police: Be aware of buses

As students return to school this week, the Sedalia Police Department would like to remind drivers to slow down, be alert and take extra time to allow for buses during the morning and afternoon commutes.Missouri law states that on a two-lane road, if a school bus is stopped and displaying warning signals while loading or unloading children, drivers must stop when meeting and following the bus. However, it is only necessary to stop on a four-lane highway when following the bus. Seda...

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Urinating at fair ends in sexual misconduct arrest

A man arrested for allegedly exposing himself and urinating in plain view of dozens of guests Saturday evening near the Family Fun Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds later apologized, telling officers he was drunk and “when you got to go, you got to go.”Pettis County Prosecuting Attorneys charged Neil W. Lutjen, 42, of the 2800 block of Quail Run, on Monday with a single count of first-degree sexual misconduct, a class B misdemeanor, and set bond at $1,500 cash or...

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UCM receives votes in preseason poll

Central Missouri was among schools receiving votes in the AFCA preseason Division II football poll which was released Monday.The Mules were picked just outside the top 25 with 82 points. Tuskegee was No. 25 with 98 points.UCM won its final four games of the 2013 season to finish 6-4.Three MIAA teams were ranked in the top 25 with Northwest Missouri State the near-unanimous No. 1. The defending national champions received 31 of the 32 first-place votes to outdi...

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S-C swimming brings in talented rookies

The Smith-Cotton boys swimming team boasts a strong group of newcomers as the Tigers enter the 2014 season.Coach Jerry Tankersley said those newcomers have been very coachable and he expects them to contribute immediately.“I’m really liking what I see there,” he said. “They’re picking things up quick and they’re really trying hard. They’ve got great attitude.”One of those newcomers, freshman Christian Oja, is als...

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Ordinance to help with parking at Washington Elementary

Morning drop offs and afternoon pick-ups will hopefully be a little safer for the students at Washington Elementary when school starts later this week after the Sedalia City Council voted to approve an ordinance regarding parking near the school during its meeting Monday.Council approved two ordinances to help students and parents when it comes to parking in front of the elementary school. The first ordinance removes the no parking restriction on the west side of South Engineer Ave...

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Local group offers lessons in fly fishing and having fun

The Capital City Fly Fishers (CCFF), a central Missouri nonprofit organization that does much more for the community than just catching trophy Trout, visited the Missouri State Fair on Friday offering fly tying and casting demonstrations to the public.For 19 years the organization, based in Jefferson City, has promoted fly fishing and assisted children, the elderly and military veterans interested in the sport by educating them on the history, ethics and philosophy of the sport. Th...

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Aug. 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 DepartmentIncidentsAug. 166:07 p.m.: A motor vehicle license plate was found near the intersection of U.S. Highway 65 and West 16th Street.Aug. 17...

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Second suspect charged in marijuana debt collection

Pettis County Sheriff’s deputies made a second arrest on Friday in the case of the violent collection of $7 toward an unpaid marijuana debt that occurred in July and sent a man to the hospital for treatment of injuries.Pettis County Prosecuting Attorneys charged Skylynna S. A. Govea, 20, of the 300 block of West 10th Street, with second-degree robbery, a class B felony, and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, on Monday, setting bond at $60,000 cash or surety.Autho...

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Aug. 18 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 DepartmentArrestsAug. 164:55 a.m.: Joshua R. Smith, 30, of the 400 block of North Hurley Avenue, was arrested at his home on a charge of third-degree domestic assault.4:11 ...

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Aug. 18 Crash Reports

Five injured in Saline CountyFive people were injured in a collision at 2:32 p.m. Friday in Saline County.Coralynn L. Vis, 76, of Le Grand, Iowa, was driving north on U.S. Highway 65 near I-70 when she crossed the center line and struck a vehicle driven by Thomas U. Black, 50, of Nelson, causing both vehicles to spin out of control and slide into an embankment where Black’s vehicle overturned, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.

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Council to vote on lease

Due to a delayed completion date for Smith-Cotton Stadium at Jennie Jaynes Complex, the Sedalia City Council will vote to approve a lease agreement with Sedalia School District 200 and Sacred Heart School for the use of Jennie Jaynes Stadium.During the Aug. 12 Sedalia 200 Board of Education meeting, the board heard an update on the progress of Smith-Cotton Stadium from Project Manager Dennis Paul, who said the completion date has now moved to November, even later than earlier proje...

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