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Nicole Cooke | Democrat Smith-Cotton High School alumnus Daniel Akin, left, screws in a block of wood to secure the bench with the help of Stephen Weeks, as music director Chris Kindle supervises during a set build session in the Heckart Performing Arts Center Wednesday morning. The trio was working on constructing a church bench for a scene in the SCHS fall musical, “Shrek the Musical.”


Juniors sweep Owls

MARSHALL - The Sedalia Rick Ball Ford Juniors scored in four of the five innings of Wednesday’s first game at the Marshall Owls on the way to a 14-2 win.The Juniors got a challenge in game two, but held on for a 5-4 win. Brice Pannier earned the win on the mound after coming in for relief. Gavin Jones earned the save.In game one, the Juniors scored three in the first, five in the second and third innings and one in the fourth.The Owls didn’t have f...

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Tarkington back with Bombers in new role

A few hours before his scheduled start, Bombers pitcher Preston Tarkington was sitting alone in the dugout at Liberty Park. The rest of the Bombers were in the batting cage or taking fielding practice as he sat with a pair of headphones on, mentally preparing to take on Joplin.For Tarkington, the summer means a return to a starting role after coming out of the bullpen both with the Bombers last summer and in college with Mississippi.

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July 10 crash reports

Accident in Pettis County injures twoTwo people were injured in a single-vehicle accident at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Pettis County.Preston D. Burd, 29, of Millstadt, Ill., was driving west on Maple Grove Road near state Route 52 when his vehicle crossed the centerline, traveled off the left side of the road and struck an embankment, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report.Burd refused treatment at the scene. An occupant, Ernest E. Setze...

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July 10 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 7Dreyvin J. Deleshull, 17, of the 1100 block of South Ohio Avenue, was arrested in the 200 block of West Second Street on charges of second-degree burglary, seco...

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Leadership Sedalia looking for more applicants

The Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for a few more applicants to round out its 2014-15 Leadership Development Program.Sixteen high school juniors and seniors have been selected for the group, better known as Leadership Sedalia, and the Leadership Sedalia Steering Committee has extended the deadline for adults for the class. So far six people have signed up, meaning the committee is looking for 10 more.

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Smithton Fair begins today

The annual Smithton Town and Country Fair opens today and runs through Saturday, and there will be a few additions to the regularly scheduled events, but more importantly the money raised always goes back into the community.“We just want everyone to know that we appreciate their support in coming out,” said Hope Lecchi, Smithton Fair board member. “Everything that we raise goes back into the community in some way. So without our sponsors and people who donate to t...

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Ozark Music Festival lives again in documentary

Resurrected after 40 years, the infamous Ozark Music Festival will live again July 19 and 20 with an 84-minute film premiere created by Jeff Lujin, owner of Dustbin Film LLC in Independence.“The Ozark Music Festival: 3 Days of Sodom and Gomorrah” will be shown at Convention Hall at Liberty Park in two different screenings Saturday evening July 19 and a Sunday July 20 matinee.The rock n’ roll festival that brought in bands such as Aerosmith, The Eagles, ...

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Kids get advice on pets from animal control officers

Sedalia Animal Control Officers are helping kids learn how to better care for pets, stay safe around animals and how the officers have expanded from the traditional role of “dog catcher” to meet the needs of the community.“We are not police officers. It is our job to protect the animals and the citizens of Sedalia,” Smith said. “Whenever you hear the term ‘dog catcher,’ I want to let you know we deal with snakes, we deal with cats, horses, ...

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Windmill installation underway at Trails End Plaza

Faith Bemiss | DemocratLoren Lockman, owner of Double L Windmills in Murdock, Neb., does some last minute mechanical adjustments to the Aeromotor windmill head Tuesday morning at Trails End Plaza on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Lockman was working with W & M Welding Inc., and B & P Excavating, both of Sedalia, installing the windmill as part of the Trails End Project. Later in the day the windmill head would be attached to a 40-foot wooden base.Faith Bemiss | Democrat...

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Mid-Mo Bombers earn split

COLUMBIA — The Mid-Mo Bombers fell 9-0 in game one of Tuesday’s doubleheader at Hickman, but recovered for a 11-1 win in game two.Ben Scolten pitched four of game two’s five innings. He had seven strikeouts and allowed one hit.Noah Aziere closed out the game allowing one unearned run and striking out one.Sam Kindle had four RBIs to lead the Bombers. Kolin Brace and Ryan Wood each drove in two runs.In game one, Bombers pitcher Grant...

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Bombers win in 10 on walk-off

The Sedalia Bombers won on a walk-off error in the 10th inning, beating Joplin 4-3 in a MINK League game Tuesday at Dey Field at Liberty Park. Daniel Arthur led off the 10th with a walk and went to second on a sacrifice. He scored when Sedalia centerfielder Jarrod Perry hit a two-out grounder to short and Joplin’s shortstop one-hopped the throw past the firstbaseman.“I was trying to see a fastball and see if I could drive something up the middle,” ...

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July 9 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 15:50 p.m.: Lucia S. Macia, 50, of the 100 block of South Gentry Avenue, was arrested near the intersection of South Massachusetts Avenue and East Third Street on a charge of leav...

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United Way meeting focuses on safety net services

Sedalia-Pettis County United Way focused on safety net services during its third focus group meeting Tuesday evening, with some common themes emerging that had been heard during the first two focus groups.About 20 people attended the meeting facilitated by SPCUW board member JoAnn Martin, with three tables having small discussions and then sharing with the group. Questions included: What do you want our community to look like in regards to safety net services? What are the two to t...

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July 9 crash reports

Sedalia woman injured in Benton CountyA Sedalia woman was injured in an accident at 10:40 a.m. Sunday in Benton County.Nickole L. Hartman, 26, was driving south on state Route H near the intersection of state Route W when her vehicle crossed the center line and began to skid before leaving the left side of the road and overturning, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report.Hartman was taken to Bothwell Regional Health Center for trea...

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S-C hosts wrestling camp

With Smith-Cotton and youth wrestlers looking on, S-C head coach Joel Sherman teaches some techniques with the help of junior Noah Aziere at the Smith-Cotton Wrestling camp on Tuesday morning in the S-C upper gymnasium. Aziere is a returning All West Central Conference team member (152 pounds). About a dozen wrestlers are taking part in the summer workouts.Freshman Blake Pomajzl, left, works with senior Tanner Proctor, who was an All West Central Conference selection last year at 1...

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Water department dealing with murky, odorous drinking water

With many residents seeing a murky, odorous quality to their water over the past two days, Sedalia Water Department officials said they are working hard to rectify the situation and hope to have it resolved by Friday.According to Water Department Manager Charles Brosch, some musty water from Spring Fork Lake managed to enter the system, causing the issue. While the water department’s primary water source are deep wells in various locations, Spring Fork Lake does contribute to...

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Storms cause damage, power outages across Pettis County

A storm system that spawned tornadoes in Michigan and Iowa hit Pettis County Monday night, causing power outages and some wind damage, mostly in the form of downed tree limbs.While county residents got a break from the devastation seen in other states, Dave Clippert, director of Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency, said the storm could have been much worse.“We were expecting winds to hit around 70 mph. But, what actually happened is right before the s...

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