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SCHS art teacher fired-up about kiln

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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 have also passed along useful knowledge.


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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Mitchell files for Division 6 seat

Longtime Sedalia Municipal Court Judge Deborah Mitchell will officially seek to move to the Associate Circuit Court of Pettis County as Division 6 Judge, upon filing for the general election as an independent candidate Monday afternoon at the courthouse.“I have been considering doing this, but I did not want to run on a party ticket,” Mitchell said. “I believe now, I have always believed, that judicial elections should be non-partisan. I believe there is no room i...

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Jail escapee has lengthy record

Although he was currently awaiting trial on the “non-violent” offenses of fraudulent use of a credit card, a man who escaped the Pettis County Jail late Thursday night and is still at large as of Monday has a prior record of assault, drug use, theft, burglary and resisting arrest spanning a decade.Prosecutors charged Brandon E. McGee, 29, of the 24000 block of state Route V, with one count of escape from confinement, a class D felony, on Friday. Bond is not an option....

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McMullin picks CMU

Submitted photoSmith-Cotton baseball player Chance McMullin will continue his baseball career at Central Methodist University. Sitting next to Chance is his mother, Ronda McMullin. Standing is CMU assistant coach Rob Ehlers.

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Portion of West Main Street closed for repairs

The Pettis County Highway Department has closed a portion of West Main Street for chip sealing of the road. The affected area will include the roadway from the RV Park entrance to Oak Grove Lane.Weather permitting, the project was scheduled to begin Monday afternoon and reopen by 5 p.m. Thursday. Work will be conducted during the daylight hours but the road will be closed for the entire duration.Residents located on the affected section will be allowed access to the road...

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Hedge Apple Drive will close for culvert replacement

Hedge Apple Drive, between Whitney Drive and Murphy Lane, will be closed starting today and will reopen at 5 p.m. Thursday. The bridge crew will be installing a culvert.

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Camp draws in wrestlers from around area

Smith-Cotton High School held their area-wide wrestling camp during a two day period, starting on July 14. However, the camp was not originally going to be in Sedalia. Joel Sherman, head coach of the Smith-Cotton wrestling program, said that the camp was originally supposed to be in Versailles, however the camp got cancelled. Sherman said that several teams around the area wanted to participate, so coaches and wrestlers from the schools were invited to come to Sedalia to coach and attend the ...

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Coalition to host baby shower

The Pettis County Breastfeeding Coalition, in partnership with the Pettis County Health Center, is hosting a Community Baby Shower in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week that runs Aug. 1-7.The Community Baby Shower will be hosted Aug. 6 at the Bothwell Education Center and all mothers are invited to attend, said the Health Center’s Mary Lou Shane, a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Health Center WIC coordinator.Shane stressed the benefit...

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U.S.S. Missouri ReunionThe U.S.S. Missouri (BB-63) Association is a nonprofit organization made up of sailors, marines, officers and midshipmen that have served aboard this famous battleship.Shipmates that served aboard the battleship will host their 41st annual reunion at the Ramada Gateway Hotel in Kissimmee, Fla., from Sept. 17-23. All veterans and interested parties along with their family and friends are invited.For more information, call...

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Bombers edge Austin 2-1

The Sedalia Bombers won for the second time at the NBC World Series, beating the Austin (Texas) Shockers 2-1 on Sunday in Wichita, Kan.Another Bombers newcomer, Winston Lavendier, pitched eight innings for the win, allowing one run on two hits, striking out seven. Dan Chambliss came on in the ninth to earn the save.Sedalia jumped ahead in the first when a Tony Sandifer single to right and an error by the Austin rightfielder scored Jess Cartner. A Hunter Leeper single in ...

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Community Calendar for July 28 to Aug. 3

TODAYNoon: Sedalia Rotary Club, Best Western State Fair Inn, 3120 S. Limit Ave.4 p.m.: Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, (TOPS) Chapter 102, Boonslick Regional Library, 219 W. Third St.6 p.m.: Cornerstone Celebrate Recovery. Bible-based twelve step program for Hurts, Habits and Hangups. Free supper at 6 p.m.; large group meeting at 7 p.m.; small groups at 8 p.m.; live band and child care, programs f...

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Volunteers help clean up Sedalia

Sedalia community members and volunteers from Whiteman Air Force Base spent their Saturday morning trying to make Sedalia look a little nicer.The volunteers were part of the July Sedalia Clean Sweep and they tackled streets south of Broadway Boulevard from Ohio Avenue to Limit Avenue, the biggest area so far. Jamie Bethel, coordinator of Clean Sweep and Housing Specialist with Sedalia Community Development, and her team of volunteers spent the last week distributing door hangers to...

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Two seek Libertarian slot for District 4

Over the past few weeks the Democrat has profiled each of the candidates facing opposition in the Aug. 5 primary. In this, the final candidate profiles, we will discuss health care, energy and federal spending with the primary election Libertarians Herschel Young and Randall Langkraehr, candidates for U.S. Representative District 4.Herschel YoungYoung was born and raised in Cass County. He served as Lake Annette City Alderman for eight years and was elec...

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5 injured in Sedalia crash

5 injured in Sedalia crashFive Sedalia teens were injured in a single car accident early Sunday morning in Pettis County, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.Kyler B. Pierson, 17, was driving northbound on South Grand Avenue south of Forest Park Road about 2:40 a.m. when he attempted to take a curve at a high speed and lost control of the vehicle which ran off the right side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned.

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S-C tops state show choir

COURTESY OF SEDALIA SCHOOL DISTRICT 200Smith-Cotton High School had nine students earn spots on this year’s All State Show Choir, more than any other school in Missouri. The auditioned choir was made up of 60 juniors and seniors who rehearsed July 22-24 all day, then performed the evening of July 24 at Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, during the Missouri Choral Directors Association Conference. S-C’s participants, from left, are Grant Waters, Justin Pripusich, Joh...

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Duty, Honor, Country

Faith Bemiss | DemocratVFW Post 2591 hosted a Korean War veteran recognition Saturday afternoon at the post. VFW member Hank Laramie, seated, has Korean War Army veteran Dick Kraus, of La Monte, fill out a form so he can be recognized during the ceremony. During the event VFW member Gary Gill read a portion of Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s 1962 speech, “Duty, Honor, Country.” Gill said 16 area Korean War veterans were present Saturday.Faith Bemiss | Democrat...

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County preps tax holiday

In an effort to make purchasing back to school supplies more affordable for parents and to encourage additional retail sales, the Pettis County Commission will continue its participation in the Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday.The county sales tax of 1 percent, plus the state sales tax of 4.225 percent will save consumers 5.225 percent on qualified purchases. The Pettis County Commissioners have estimated that the reduced sales tax revenues from school supplies will be offset by in...

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