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Sedalia 200 on par statewide

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The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released its 2014 Annual Performance Reports this week, and while the Sedalia School District 200 received fewer points than in 2013, district officials said the slight drop was expected.The progress report is given to districts statewide, and the results are based on students’ performance in the Missouri Assessment Program tests given last spring. Sedalia 200 received 118.5 out of a possible 140 points in its progress report, which is 7.5 points fewer than its 2013 score of 126. Both Superintendent Brad Pollitt and Director of Curriculum Instruction and Assessment Carla Wheeler said the slight decrease was something they were prepared to see.


S-C runs past Marshall

Smith-Cotton got more than 160 all-purpose yards from Steven Archambault in a 28-14 win over Marshall on Friday at Jennie Jaynes Stadium.The Tiger senior scored three times as S-C opened the home portion of their 2014 schedule with their first win of the season.“The offensive line opened up holes all night,” he said. “They were blocking all their assignments. We definitely upgraded from last week.”It was also the first victory for S-C h...

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Cole Camp beats Warsaw

Cole Camp beat Warsaw 20-7 in a non-conference football game on Friday.The Bluebirds jumped ahead on a 2-yard Jaycob Schrader touchdown in the second quarter. Brandon Thoennes added another from 3-yards out in the third before the Wildcats got on the board later in the quarter.Warsaw’s Bailey Jelinek scored on a 13-yard reception from Will Bunch.Darryn Frain capped off the scoring on a 75-yard run in the fourth with Thoennes adding the 2-point conversion...

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Lincoln scores 44 unanswered points in rout

LINCOLN— Lincoln’s offensive attack was too much for Sacred Heart as the Cardinals beat the Gremlins 58-12 Friday night to move to 2-0 on the season.The Gremlins fall to 0-2 on the season and 0-1 in Kaysinger Conference play.Both teams were flexing their offensive talent early. The Gremlins got on the board in the first minute and a half of the game when Chase Lyles slung a quick pass to Ben Smeltzer on the left side. Smeltzer broke away from the Cardinals do...

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Teacher marks 50th first day of school

Last Thursday marked the first day of school for the 2014-15 school year in the Sedalia School District 200. The seventh graders were starting the year in a different building, but for one Smith-Cotton Junior High teacher, it wasn’t anything new — Sara Harvilla was celebrating her 50th first day of school.Starting with her first day of kindergarten at Washington Elementary in 1965, Harvilla has had 50 first days of school, including seven years teaching in Bunceton, one...

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Little ducks equal big fun

The green-winged teal is North America’s smallest duck, and its cousins, the blue-winged and cinnamon teal, are only slightly larger. In addition, all three species are not only deceptively speedy, but they’re also devout believers in the attack pilot’s credo: “He who flies straight and level, dies.”Given all of that, it’s highly unlikely that teal would fare any better in one on one competition against the mallard in the battle for the hearts an...

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S-C SRO talks bullying

Almost everyone has faced some type of bully from the classic lunch thief to the self-elected dictator of the hallway. These bullies still ply their trade and now have an added tool with social media, but authorities want kids to know help is there if they are having a problem.Smith-Cotton High School Resource Officer and Pettis County Sheriff’s Sgt. John Cline said his door is always open to anyone in need.

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Smithton volleyball falls to Concordia

The Concordia Lady Orioles beat Smithton in a non-conference volleyball game 25-11, 25-10 on Thursday.Cailey Cooper served six aces for Concordia. Eliison Brunk had seven kills. Brittany Reinwa had 11 assists. Gloria Guier had two blocks.

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Birdsong anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Max Birdsong will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 with an open house of cake and punch at Katy Park Baptist Church.JoAnn McMullin and Max Birdsong were married Sept. 5, 1954, in Sedalia.Mr. Birdsong is retired from the U.S. Postal Service and Mrs. Birdsong is retired from Consumer’s Grocery Store.They have four children, Peggy Maxey, of Chamois, Kate Smith, of Holts Summit, and Kelly Birdsong and D...

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Labor Day’s unique history

While many people think of Labor Day as a three-day weekend on the lake with some good friends and barbecue, the holiday’s unique origins date back to a time when America’s work force was a much different breed of individual, working in very different conditions than the laborers of today.Always the first Monday in September, the holiday is a creation of the labor movement and dedicated to the achievements of American workers. The first celebration was a gathering of wo...

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Beaman birthday

Betty M. Beaman, of Sedalia, will celebrate her 87th birthday from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at Hardee’s East, hosted by Theresa Wolf and with other friends.She was born Sept. 6, 1927, in Muscatine, Iowa.Betty was married to the late Robert L. Beaman.She enjoys meeting her friends at Hardee’s East where she’s known as Miss Betty, and also as East Hardee’s Grandma.Betty has no children, but has a sister, June E. Schoeder,...

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Uniting makes our community whole

Can our community count on you? Can I count on you? I am banking on affirmative answers to both of those questions.I serve on the board of Sedalia-Pettis County United Way, and this year fellow board members called upon me to serve as the chairman for our annual fundraising campaign. It’s a daunting task on many levels, but people whom I respect said they had faith I can meet the challenge. I cannot afford to let them down. Bigger still, I cannot afford to let our community d...

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Stover scores 6 unanswered to beat Richland

Brock Nolting scored three goals and added an assist as the Stover Bulldogs beat Richland 7-4 on Thursday.Garrett Goetze also had a goal and three assists.Geotze sent a cross to Nolting in the third minute for the first goal of the game but Richland tied it moments later and added three more goals to take a 4-1 lead.Nolting connected with Goetze in the 40th minute to get the Bulldogs back within two. In the 42nd minute, a Goetze throw-in led to a Nolting goal ...

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Aug. 30-31 birthdays

ThieleDoris Thiele will observe her 81st birthday Sept 4.She was born Sept. 4, 1933, in Benton County.Doris was married to the late Norman Thiele.She worked for Southwestern Bell, and used to enjoy bowling.Card may be sent to Doris at the Sylvia G. Thompson Residence Center, 3333 W. 10th St., Sedalia, Mo., 65301.

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Gremlins beat Crest Ridge in 3

The Sacred Heart volleyball team beat Crest Ridge 19-25, 25-15, 25-16 on Thursday.Becky Full had 13 kills, two blocks, four digs and nine assists for the Gremlins. Hannah Wilhoit had eight kills, 15 digs, two aces and an assist. Julie Chancellor had 13 digs.Crest Ridge won the junior varsity match 25-18, 25-19.Sacred Heart (3-0) will host Sweet Springs on Thursday.

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Here we go again

Dear Editor:By the time my concerns are (“hopefully”) in print, the results of our city-wide survey should be studied/reviewed with full commentary in this newspaper. What are my concerns?No. 1 The small percentage of returned surveys (approximately 9,000 mailed — 9 percent returned). Is this to be considered a fair consensus to the public. I think not.

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Coats anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Coats, of Sedalia, will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary with a private party at their residence Monday, Sept. 1. The couple plans to renew their vows.Linda Lefevers and Mike Coats were married Sept. 1, 1995, at the Shelter Gardens in Columbia by Donald and Linda Duffy.Mr. Coats is retired from the U.S. Army in Columbia. Mrs. Coats is retired as an arrest clerk for the Columbia Police Department.They have two children, Kris Gant, of L...

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