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Plenty to see at state fair

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The 112th Missouri State Fair has plenty to offer all Missouri citizens who make the trek to Sedalia over the next few weeks, with old favorites returning along new contests, concerts and events.Themed “Harvest the Fun,” the MSF will have the usual focus on agriculture, but with new ways of honoring those involved with the industry.


Old dogs are special

I’ve never owned a dog that deliberately chased cars, but I’ve had four that somehow managed to catch one. As a result, I’ve haven’t had as much personal experience with elderly canines as I would have liked, but the three with whom I have been fortunate enough to share albeit brief portions of my life were enough to convince me that old dogs are special.

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Sedalia breakfast program proves successful

Introducing the new universal breakfast program in the Sedalia School District 200 last fall has proven successful, as the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education awarded the district the gold award in its tier for the Missouri School Breakfast Challenge.

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Cornell continues winning tradition

Patient and smooth is how Jonathan Cornell describes his racing style, and it’s gotten him dozens of wins and multiple championships over the years.The 25-year-old Sedalia native said his father, Jon, got him into racing motorcycles when he was about 7-years-old. Jonathan now races his 360 Sprint Car regularly at Double-X Speedway in California.“I started racing motorcycles and went to go carts and micro midgets and full size sprint cars,” Jonathan said...

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Summer Concert Band ends on high notes

Faith Bemiss | DemocratThe Sedalia Concert Band ended their summer season on several high notes Thursday evening in Convention Hall at Liberty Park. Band Director Britt Faaborg plays for Sedalia Middle School’s “Show Stoppers,” as they sing “Get on Board in the Mornin’.” Faaborg was the choir director for the “Show Stoppers” until his retirement this year. Also honored during the event was Helen Coffelt, who had been the band’s ...

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BGC board names interim executive director

The Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri Board of Directors has announced Club Comptroller Jessica Pyle will act as interim executive director until a new director is hired.Pyle replaces Harper Mruk, who offered her resignation at the beginning of July due to family circumstances. Coming into the position with five years of experience at the Club, Pyle said she’s looking forward to continuing the high-quality programs members and their families have come to expect....

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‘Right to Farm’ battle heats up

In what may be the most controversial measure on Tuesday’s ballot, voters decide to approve or reject Constitutional Amendment 1, dubbed the “Right to Farm” amendment.If approved, the measure will add section 35 to Article I of the Missouri Constitution. The new section would read as:“Section 35. That agriculture which provides food, energy, health benefits, and security is the foundation and stabilizing force of Missouri’s economy. To prote...

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Webb right for 4th District

Dear Editor:James Madison said in the Federalist Papers #45- “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the state government are numerous and indefinite.”This is vastly opposite of what we have today with party control of and corporate influence in all levels of our government.Tragically, too many elected officials are violating our civil liberties under the guise o...

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‘Yes’ on Amendment 1 protects farmers

Dear Editor:Missouri has a long and impressive history of having a diverse and large agricultural population. Missourians are proud of this legacy and want to preserve it for future generations. This way of life is under attack from out-of-state animal rights groups.Amendment I, also known as Missouri’s Farming Rights Amendment, would help farmers and ranchers stop those groups that are seeking to alter traditional farming practices. Those groups’ goals are e...

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Help protect family farms with Amendment 1

Dear Editor:False claims are being made all the way from Monsanto to the Chinese about where Amendment 1, the Farming Rights Amendment, originated. Well, I can tell you exactly where it started…on the seat of my tractor.While serving as a state legislator from Osage County in 2009, I was talking with some of my urban colleagues about agriculture. It was obvious they didn’t understand where their food came from and moreover how it was produced. This just indic...

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Triplett birthday

TriplettShelia Triplett will observe her 75th birthday Aug. 5.She was born Aug. 5, 1939, in Marshall.Shelia worked at Medigold and Gardner Denver. She loves sewing, crocheting, counted cross stitch, babysitting grandchildren, and camping.She has two children, Steve Triplett, of Sedalia, and Sheri Blayey, of Lee’s Summit; and four grandchildren.Cards may be sent to Shelia at the Sylvia G. Thompson Residence Center, 3...

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Opposition misleading on Amendment 1

Dear Editor:I have found during my time in public service if someone is on the wrong side of an issue, the best they can do is attempt to confuse the public with statements that do not reflect the facts. This is what is happening with those who are campaigning against Amendment 1, the Farming Rights Amendment.

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Amendment 1 will hurt family farms

Dear Editor:As a former state senator and Lt. Governor, I have always held the view that our Missouri Constitution should be amended only in the rarest and most compelling of circumstances. As a fourth generation hog farmer, from Audrain County, I can tell you that the “right to farm” measure, in the form of Amendment 1, doesn’t make good sense as an amendment to our constitution, and it will take us down the wrong course for the state I love so much. I urge all v...

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Poort birthday

Robert W. Poort will celebrate his 80th birthday with an open house, hosted by his children and grandchildren, from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at 23561 Georgetown Rd. in Sedalia.He was born Aug. 12, 1934, in Columbus.He is married to Dorothy A. Poort.Robert has five children, Neal Poort, of Reeds Spring, Vernon Poort and Art Poort, both of Sedalia, Elissa McVey, of Aurora, and Angela Kreisel, of Cole Camp; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

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Selvey anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. David Selvey will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary Aug. 3.Sue Cullen and David Selvey were married Aug. 3, 1974, at Emmett Avenue Baptist Church in Sedalia by the Rev. Richard Harmon.Mr. Selvey works at MFA Agri Service in Sedalia. Mrs. Selvey works at Inter-State Studio and Publishing Co. in Sedalia.The couple has two children, Jolene and David Selvey; and two grandchildren.

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Palmer birthday

Charles J. Palmer, of Sedalia, will celebrate his 91st birthday, with family, Monday, Aug. 4.He was born Aug. 4, 1923, in Pettis County and is the son of C.H. and Opal Palmer.He was married to the late Letha V. Witt. He later was married to Edna F. Barnes.He was owner of Palmer Tool and Supply in Sedalia, beginning the business in 1951 and retiring Jan. 1, 1986.Charles has four children, Charles Jerry Palmer and Cheryl Campbell, both of Springfield,...

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SYFL to focus on safety

Paul Arias doesn’t want any parent to feel the way he did on a Friday night in the fall of 2010.Smith-Cotton High School was taking on Kearney and his son, Raymond, who was an all-district football selection at running back that year, lay motionless on the field at Jennie Jaynes Stadium. After being stabilized, Raymond was carted off the field in an ambulance.“That was a scary night,” said Paul, who as a parent and youth football coach encouraged his so...

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