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Crash Reports Feb. 27
Edwards man injured in Benton County accident
Missouri State University Fall 2023 Graduation
Missouri State University awarded 1,417 degrees to students in fall 2023.
Local Briefs Feb. 24
Bothwell Foundation to host Stretching Your Health Care Dollars seminar
Community Calendar for Feb. 25 through March 2
To have your event or meeting listed, send details to hollyb@warrensburgstarjournal.com or call 660-826-1000.
Meals on Wheels menu for Feb. 26-March 1
Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit organization that delivers meals to seniors, the homebound and handicapped citizens of Sedalia. The food is prepared by Superior Vendall and is delivered by volunteers. Meals cost $4. For more information on receiving meals or becoming a volunteer, call 660-826-5039.
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Newly installed Bothwell Regional Health Center Auxiliary Board members, from left, Vice President Shirley McCown, President Jackie Butler, and Secretary Karen Kay Taylor.


Photo courtesy of Bothwell Regional Health Center Auxiliary

Club Notes Feb. 24

Grow and Glow Garden Club

Sedalia Public Library new books for Feb. 24

Sedalia Public Library

Police Reports Feb. 24

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.

Entertainment Briefs Feb. 23

Mid-Missouri Artists to host Cadwallader for program
Local Sports

Five Smith-Cotton wrestlers among region’s 12 state qualifiers

Smith-Cotton senior Keaton Belsha pins Rhodes Leonard of Boonville in 1:22 in the teams' dual meet Thursday, Jan. 11, in the S-C gym. It was Belsha's 17th consecutive pinfall victory, which broke a 25-year-old school record of most consecutive wins by fall.


Photo courtesy of Sedalia School District 200
Five Smith-Cotton student-athletes will be represented in the MSHSAA Wrestling Championships, which will be held between Wednesday and Saturday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

Sportswriter Sally Jenkins visits UCM

WARRENSBURG – Longtime sportswriter Sally Jenkins visited the University of Central Missouri on Wednesday, Feb. 21, to speak on her 20-plus years of experience in the field and her latest book.

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Education
On Wednesday, Feb. 21, the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri unveiled its plan to build a 30,000-square-foot Teen Center near downtown Sedalia. The Bold Vision, Bright Future Capital Campaign has already raised $4.2 million.
HUGHESVILLE — For the second year, Pettis County FFA students are looking out for fellow youth with food insecurities. On Tuesday, Feb. 20, 40 students packed 15,000 meals during the FFA Meal Packing Event at Pettis County R-V Northwest High School in Hughesville.
KNOB NOSTER – TRIAD AFJROTC CyberPatriot team Komputer Kernels will return to the CyberPatriot National Finals in March in Bethesda, Maryland, hoping to come away with the crown that got away from them last year.
Calendar of events
Business

Cell phone providers suffer outages nationwide Thursday

The Pettis County Joint 911 Call Center began county-wide operations Aug. 16, 2021. Calls for Sedalia Police, Sedalia and Pettis County Fire, Pettis County Ambulance and the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office all are answered there.
Thursday morning, Feb. 22, AT&T customers across the U.S. found it impossible to place calls or access the internet on their cell phones.
Dr. Olivia Bloom owns the Sedalia Spay and Neuter Clinic, 214 W. Main St. The clinic will host the 100 Pet Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 24, offering 100 free pet alterations.


File photo by Chris Howell | Democrat
Spay and Neuter Clinic to host 100 free spay/neuter event Saturday
The Sedalia Spay and Neuter Clinic, 214 W. Main St., has the ambitious goal of providing 100 free pet alterations Saturday, Feb. 24.
U-Haul has purchased the former Winchester Storage facility at 1400 Winchester Drive to better serve its customers in the Sedalia community.


Photo courtesy of U-Haul
U-Haul opens at former Winchester Storage in Sedalia
U-Haul has purchased the former Winchester Storage facility at 1400 Winchester Drive to better serve its customers in the Sedalia community.
Photo Gym owner Kathy Baldridge talks about the business' camera collection. Photo Gym, 604 N. Maguire St. in Warrensburg, is closing its retail store after seven years. Baldridge will continue to offer some services from home.


Photo by Annelia Nixon | Warrensburg Star-Journal
Photo Gym to close its retail store
WARRENSBURG – The Photo Gym, 604 N. Maguire St. in Warrensburg, will close its retail store with a tentative date of April 30.
Ramey Kempton runs Designer's Touch Boutique, 509 S. Ohio Ave., with her mom, Sally Kempton, and aunt Julie Moore. Mostly interior design and gift items, they also carry some clothes like Mid Mo Trends and even some Chiefs gear.


Photo by Chris Howell | Democrat
Designer's Touch Boutique moves downtown
In the retail world, location is often everything. The owners of Designer’s Touch Boutique only opened their doors in Sedalia back in May 2023 but have already changed their location to a more prominent downtown storefront.
State Fair Floral, 520 S. Ohio Ave., is busy this week with Valentine's Day and the Kansas City Chiefs victory parade both on Wednesday, Feb. 14. The odd mashup of romance and football is in high-gear with the Chiefs' win and the Swift-Kelce romance adding to the fervor.


Photo by Chris Howell | Democrat
Valentine's Day and Chiefs parade may bring romance, new fans to football
When the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 11, die-hard football fans weren’t the only ones glued to their screens.
From the Opinion page
Columnists

Boonslick Library to host area’s first community seed exchange

It’s still winter, but it sure seems like spring has sprung in Pettis County! My crocuses are blooming, the winter lettuce I kept under cover is looking healthy again, and things are poking up everywhere: tulips, daffodils, sedums, chives, irises, and poppies. I’m getting excited and mightily resisting the temptation to plant my spring vegetables way too early.

Hoping cooler heads prevail in Alabama IVF case

When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, I opined that other decisions based on the right to privacy, as was Roe, would be subject to not only scrutiny but also to complete dismissal. These include not only a woman’s right to make decisions about her health care in concert with her doctor, but also birth control, marriage equality, and, generally, the right of consenting adults to keep the government out of their bedrooms.

Holes in clothes — a fashion statement?

Allow me to qualify what I am about to write by saying, “I have no fashion sense!” I am aware of this and if it were not for my wife, I would be one of those people you see wearing their pajamas to Walmart.
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