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Hartzler, Webb vie for GOP nod

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Over the past few weeks the Democrat has profiled each of the candidates facing opposition in the Aug. 5 primary. In this look at Republican candidates in the race for U.S. Representative District 4 we will discuss health care, energy and federal spending.The candidates running for the GOP nod are incumbent Vicky Hartzler and John Webb. Libertarians Hershel Young and Randall Langkraehr will be featured in part two of this series, which will appear in Monday’s edition of the Democrat.Vicky Hartzler


Supreme Court ruling got it right

Dear Editor:Religious rights are under unprecedented attack in our nation today. So it was a welcome decision the Supreme Court handed down last month upholding those rights in the Hobby Lobby case.The ruling upheld Hobby Lobby’s right to refuse to provide contraceptive insurance services to its employees, particularly drugs that prevent a fertilized egg from implanting (which is merely another form of abortion), as part of the Obamacare mandate. In closely held co...

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Inmate still at large after escaping from Pettis County Jail

The Pettis County Sheriff’s Office continued their search Friday morning for an inmate who escaped from the Pettis County Jail shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday.Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond told the Democrat that Brandon McGee, 29, of Sedalia, escaped from the jail by removing a shower head in the jail’s shower room and escaping through the hole into a service corridor that led to an external exit from the facility.

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Sedalia Duplicate Bridge ClubThe Sedalia Duplicate Bridge Club met July 24 at the Sedalia Senior Center. The results were as follows: Richard Dimond, of Warsaw, and Harry Satterwhite, of Sedalia, first place. Russell Evans, of Warrensburg, and Charles Huddleston, of Sedalia, second place. Jimmie Melvin, of Warrensburg, and Shirley Meuschke, of Marshall, third place. Ruth Ann Heinzler and Charles Peterson, both of Marshall, fourth place.

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Fleet Reserve makes donation to veterans home

Show Me Branch 32 of the Fleet Reserve Association has decided to disband. The branch graciously donated $300 to the West Central Missouri Veterans Assistance League on July 24. Their donation will make them a bronze sponsor for the Run for Freedom set for Sept. 27 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg. The proceeds from this year’s run will go towards the purchase of a new handicapped-accessible bus to transport veterans who live at the home to a variety of outings. Two hundred ...

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Saddle up! 4-H and FFA show horses this weekend

Faith Bemiss | DemocratBailey Skinner, 17, a Springfield 4-H member, leads her American Saddle Bred horse, Manhattan’s Crowned Prince, to the show arena inside the Mathewson Exhibition Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds Friday morning. She was competing in the showmanship class, saddle seat attire division said her mother, Lesley Skinner. The 4-H and FFA Horse Show began Thursday afternoon and will run through Sunday.Faith Bemiss | Democrat

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Pettis County Jail inmate escapes custody

The Pettis County Sheriff’s Office is searching for an inmate who escaped from the Pettis County Jail shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday.Jail staff discovered 29-year-old Brandon McGee missing from the jail around 10 p.m. According to Sheriff Kevin Bond, McGee escaped through an opening in the shower stall and is believed to have fled southbound on foot, wearing black gym shorts and a white T-shirt.McGee is described as a slender white male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 130 ...

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Tips for deer hunting on the Harry S. Truman Project

References to the US Army Corps of Engineers Harry S. Truman Project naturally conjure up images of fishing its 55,600-acre reservoir. Be that as it may, the project’s water is dwarfed by nearly 110,000 acres (172 square miles) of land, all of which is being managed for the benefit of wildlife and most of which is open to public hunting.

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Mustangs force game three with Bombers

ST. JOSEPH - The Sedalia Bombers had a chance to win the MINK League title Thursday night at Phil Welch Stadium, but the Mustangs were too much and forced a third game with a 6-4 win.The teams will meet once again in St. Joseph at 7 p.m. tonight to decide the league champion.“(Game three) is a big game,” said Bombers manager Jud Kindle. “We’ll have Dalton Christian on the mound. His last couple of starts have been fantastic for us.”...

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Travelers prepare to host Zone tourney

With the Lee’s Summit Pirates and Fike set to begin the Zone Tournament at Liberty Park on Thursday, the Sedalia Travelers were playing a different game. A group of Travelers gathered behind the batting cages for a game of pepper.It’s something the team has done at times throughout the season but they’ve gotten more serious about playing it within the last couple of weeks.“It helps our hand-eye (coordination), but it’s really just team bondi...

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Clean Sedalia amends parking ordinance

The public conversation about the proposed Broadway Boulevard yard parking ordinance continued Thursday night at the Citizens for a Clean Sedalia Committee meeting.The Sedalia City Council discussed the proposal during its July 14 work session, during which it decided to send the ordinance back to Clean Sedalia for further discussion. Thursday saw the fine tuning of the most recent draft in an effort to compromise with concerned homeowners and councilmembers.Again the is...

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Irvin speaks to Pettis Dems

While much of the election season has seen little activity for the party in Pettis County as many candidates face no opposition locally in the Aug. 5 primary, more than 100 people turned out to show their support for the Democratic Party Thursday evening at the 18th annual Wally McCowen Ice Cream Social.“He (Wally) was a very prominent person in this area and was a very strong Democrat, so this is in honor of him. His wife and daughters carry on the tradition and help us rais...

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Collecting debt leads to violent encounter

A Smithton man will need to post a cash or surety bond of $50,000 to get out of jail on charges of robbery and assault following his alleged violent collection of $7 toward an unpaid marijuana debt.Pettis County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Schyler A. Ray, 20, of the 2100 block of Glenn Road in Smithton, on Wednesday. The following day prosecutors charged him with second-degree robbery, a class B felony, and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.Spokespersons for the ...

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UCM theater students visit Boys & Girls Club

Theater students from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg performed an original skit for the Summer Program Club members Tuesday.Youth Development Professional Ryan Willoughby explained he had planned to have several theater majors visit the Tween Club during the Drama Club Program. The UCM students coincidentally had an upcoming performance they had been practicing for in Edinburg, Scotland, and agreed to perform their skit twice for Club members.Smithton ...

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Splashing away at Aqua Camp

Faith Bemiss | DemocratThings were going swimmingly at Aqua Camp at the Liberty Park Pool on Thursday morning. The camp ran this week from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Among the activities Thursday was a water balloon toss. From left, lifeguard Wednesday Thompson, Emerson Kuhlman, 7, Connor Galloway, 8, Becka Ellison, 8, Sofia Johnson, 8, and lifeguard Sydney Mefford toss balloons to the opposing team. If the balloon was dropped the team members had to sit down and could no longer play the g...

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Two Odessa women injured in Johnson County

Two Odessa women were injured in a single-vehicle accident at 1:35 p.m. Wednesday in Johnson County.Virginia F. Bunn, 29, was driving south on state Route 131, south of NW 1000 Road, when her vehicle traveled off the road and overturned, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.Bunn was taken to Centerpoint Hospital with minor injuries. A passenger, Patricia G. Stark, 71, was taken to Centerpoint Hospital with serious injuries. Reports indicate both women were ...

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Bombers take series lead

The Sedalia Bombers beat St. Joseph 5-3 in game one of the MINK League Championship Series Wednesday at Dey Field at Liberty Park, taking a 1-0 lead in the series and getting within one game of a MINK League championship.The win came at a cost as starting pitcher Cole Bartlett injured his arm in the second inning.“It’s hard to see a pitcher like Cole Bartlett go down,” said Bombers manager Jud Kindle. “More than win or losing a game, to see a guy ...

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Sedalia Speed heading to Junior Olympics

Five members of the Sedalia Speed track team will compete in the AAU Junior Olympics starting Monday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.Drake Stadium’s seating capacity is nearly 15,000 and hosts the annual Drake Relays, which brings high school, college and professional track athletes together for the event.Saige Peterson, who will compete in the 800-meter run in the 15-16-year-old age group, said she got a visual of what to expect at the Junior Olympics....

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