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Nicole Cooke | Democrat From left, Brooke Jackson, Amy Jackson and Briara Jackson count out the number of spiral notebooks they need for their bags while volunteering with CACTUS on Wednesday. Brooke was volunteering to get service hours for National Junior Honor Society and Amy was volunteering as part of the Sedalia Rotary Club. CACTUS Coordinator Mary Jo Sartin said she wasn’t sure yet how many backpacks full of school supplies the organization would end up donating to students in Pettis County, but last year they distributed 1,727 backpacks.


Catch a concert with Travis McMullen

The Democrat is once again offering the opportunity to catch a concert at the Missouri State Fair Pepsi Grandstands with columnist Travis McMullen. One lucky reader and two guests will accompany Travis to the Joan Jett and the Blackhearts show Friday, Aug. 8 and he will write a commentary about the concert for our readers.Want to throw your name into the hat? Just send an email to telling us why you would like to see a show with Travis. We’ll select one...

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Teams gather in Sedalia for Legion state tourney

Four teams remain in AAA American Legion baseball in Missouri and those four are coming to Sedalia.The American Legion state tournament begins this afternoon at Dey Field at Liberty Park. Jefferson City will face the Lee’s Summit Outlaws at 4 p.m. today and Festus will take on Joplin at 7 p.m.Friday, the winners will face each other at noon with losers bracket games at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.For Joplin and Jefferson City, it is a return to Sedalia as both team...

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Route U bridge set to re-open Friday

Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) engineers said the state Route U Bridge over Flat Creek in Pettis County will reopen to travel Friday morning, pending final inspections on Thursday.“It’s scheduled to open on Friday. We are going to have a semi-final field check on it on Thursday. That just kind of goes through and makes sure everything is completed and it’s ready to open,” said Mike McGrath, MoDOT Kansas City Area Engineer.The projec...

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Jail escapee caught asleep on Sedalia couch

An extended weekend of freedom for a man who escaped the Pettis County Jail last Thursday ended with an early morning wake-up call from local law enforcement Wednesday.“Like I said earlier, you can run but youcan’t hide. This bunch of folks that we have here is relentless. They will hunt you forever, and they will come up with you. There is no hiding,” said Pettis County Sheriff’s Capt. Dave Keller.Pettis County Sheriff’s deputies and Sedali...

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July 30 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 2612:43 a.m.: Anthony B. Johnson, 31, of the 100 block of Sunset Drive, was arrested near the intersection of Sunset Drive and Broadway Boulevard on a charge of ...

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Debunking the myth: Dog Days of Summer

Sores and boils brought on from swimming in lakes and rivers, canines going mad, and fish refusing to bite are just a few of the many myths associated with the “Dog Days” of summer, but is there any real truth behind the stories of these strange occurrences?Local experts say “likely no,” but add there are some elements of fact to many popular folktales. This is especially true for Dog Days.“What you find is, a lot of these myths have some li...

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Escapee caught sleeping on couch

An extended weekend of freedom for a man who escaped the Pettis County Jail on Thursday ended with an early morning wake-up call from local law enforcement on Wednesday.“Like I said earlier, you can run but you hide. This bunch of folks that we have here is relentless. They will hunt you forever, and they will come up with you. There is no hiding,” said Pettis County Sheriff’s Capt. Dave Keller.Pettis County Sheriff’s deputies and Sedalia Police s...

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Bombers shut down Derby

The Sedalia Bombers kept winning at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan., beating Derby (Kan.) 2-0 on Tuesday.Sam Perez pitched a complete game, allowing six hits and striking out six.The Bombers managed three hits in the game, but took advantage of six walks by Derby pitchers. Walks and a ground out led to the Bombers first run of the game in the second inning. A walk and a hit-by-pitch led to the Bombers’ second run.The Bombers ...

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Local dirt racers capture wins

Three area dirt track drivers won feature events this past weekend.Sedalia’s Jonathan Cornell picked up his eighth victory of the season at Double-X Speedway in the Winged Sprint Cars feature. TJ Muths, of Sedalia, took ninth place in the Sprint Car race. La Monte’s Matt Close finished 13th.Also at Double-X Speedway, Syracuse’s Gage Wineland took first place in Hobby Stocks.Many area drivers finished right behind Wineland including...

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Learning the steps

Nicole Cooke | Democrat Students in the Tiger Pride Marching Band rehearse the opening number of their 2014 show, “Learn to Fly,” which is in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Foo Fighters, during band camp Tuesday morning at Smith-Cotton High School. Band director Grant Maledy said the show also includes “DOA” and “Monkey Wrench.”Nicole Cooke | Democrat Bryton Douglas, Ty Burks and Yeager Coen rehearse the opening number for the Tiger Pride M...

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Business to offer backpacks for students

Just in time for school supply shopping season, both Cellular Connection locations in Sedalia will be giving away backpacks full of school supplies this weekend to local students who may not be able to afford them.The School Rocks Backpack Giveaway is part of The Cellular Connection’s Culture of Good community outreach program, and Sedalia customers have had the opportunity to donate to the cause — since March TCC customers have had the option to round up their purchase...

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Marsh heads to St. Mary

Knob Noster shooting guard Brett Marsh will play basketball at the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, Kan. Marsh averaged 15.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game last season in his third year as a starter. He was named Missouri River Valley Conference, East All-Conference and Class 3 All-District. The Panthers won more than 50 games with Marsh in the starting lineup. Pictured, seated from left, Brett Marsh and Dana Chaffin. Standing, from left, St. Mary coach Jon Bishop, Knob N...

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Day is new director of Sedalia Senior Center

Julie Day is the new Care Connections county services director at the Sedalia Senior Center and she hopes to offer more health based services while emphasizing that the center is for everyone.Day, who has lived in the area most of her life, began June 9, and as director plans to not only spruce up the inside of the center with paint and curtains but plans to offer additional services.

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Proactive ideas preventing jail escapes

Last summer, Pettis County Jail inmate Matthew P. Lenz attempted to secure his early release by propelling himself through the food hatch in his cell door. He was quickly subdued — the major flaw in his plan was that he tried to escape from a hole that by definition is only going to be open when there’s someone on the other side.This summer, Pettis County Jail inmate Brandon E. McGee also tried to escape through a very small hole:

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Civil War prisons and Ebenezer Magoffin

Civil War era prisons were notorious for their treatment of prisoners. In December 1861, when Col. Ebenezer Magoffin, Pettis County Confederate recruiter, was captured with two of his sons at Milford, near the Blackwater River north of Knob Noster, he was sent to the Gratiot Street Prison in St. Louis and then to the Alton Prison in Alton, Illinois. The following July, he escaped.The Gratiot (pronounced grass-shut) Street Prison had been created by the federal forces as a place to ...

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Bombers keep playing at NBC World Series

Barely 24 hours after the conclusion of the MINK League championship, the Sedalia Bombers were back on the field.The Bombers are in Wichita, Kan., playing in the National Baseball Congress World Series. The compressed schedule since falling to the St. Joseph Mustangs in the best-of-three league championship hasn’t hurt them so far. Two games into the series, the Bombers have two wins, having beaten Albuquerque 10-2 on Saturday and Austin 2-1 on Sunday. Monday was a rest day f...

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SCHS art teacher fired-up about kiln

Smith-Cotton High School art teacher Michael Shukers has spent the better part of his summer constructing a raku pottery kiln to share with youth and others in the community, hoping to foster a better understanding of the creative process of creating fine art for fun.Shukers said several local businesses have helped him with the project, from supplying stainless steel and fire brick, to a donation of a heavy metal cart for transporting the portable 450-pound kiln. Local artists hav...

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