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Local Briefs March 1
Bothwell to host CPR/AED class
What to expect in Missouri's GOP caucuses
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Missouri Republican Party will hold presidential caucuses on Saturday, March 2, offering voters their only chance to weigh in on who should represent the party on the November presidential ballot. The contest is one of the last chances for candidates to shape the race for the GOP nomination before Super Tuesday, when 15 states will hold Republican contests on March 5, the most of any day on the primary calendar.
Entertainment Briefs March 1
Mac-n-Cheese Cook-off to be hosted Saturday
Police Reports March 1
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.
Local Briefs Feb. 29
University Extension to host bone health program
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UCM Fall 2023 Dean’s List

The following local students have earned a spot on the University of Central Missouri dean’s list for the 2023 fall semester.

Police Reports Feb. 29

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.

Missouri candidates head to Jefferson City for first day to file for 2024 elections

Political candidates who make national headlines — and those who may only be known in their hometown — descended on Jefferson City Tuesday morning for the first day of a month-long window to file to run for office in Missouri.

90,000 Missouri kids are eligible for food aid they haven’t claimed that’s about to expire

Missouri families who haven’t claimed food benefits in a program launched during the height of the pandemic could lose out in the coming weeks unless they act quickly.
Local Sports
The Sacred Heart boys basketball team celebrates its district title Saturday after defeating Pilot Grove 60-49. Photo courtsey of Payton Sheer

Area roundup: Sacred Heart boys among area’s district champions

Coaches, please send results to jackd@sedaliademocrat.com.

20-win Lady Roadrunners eyeing national tournament

Three years ago, The State Fair Community College women’s basketball team had just one win.

In the Community
Education
A new kind of ensemble will debut at Hart Recital Hall on the University of Central Missouri campus at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27. Free and open to the public, this music performance brings together the talents of UCM Music faculty and students to perform a widely hailed
Missouri State University awarded 1,417 degrees to students in fall 2023.
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Business
Peggy Van Dyke

Experienced nurse practitioner joins Bothwell Eldenburg Family Practice

Peggy Van Dyke, a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner, has joined Bothwell Eldenburg Family Practice. She will provide care for women’s health patients on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Asahi Pompey, Goldman Sachs Global Head of Corporate Engagement and President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, speaks during the 10,000 Small Businesses program expansion announcement Friday, Feb. 23 at State Fair Community College.


Photo by Nicole Cooke | Democrat
Goldman Sachs announces rural business program for Missouri
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses announced it is expanding its $100 million Investment in Rural Communities program to Missouri.
On Wednesday, Feb. 21, upstairs at Ozark Coffee Co., award-winning barista Phuong Tran, right, shares a laugh with Ashley Homan, a pop-up coffee shop owner. Tran, the director of coffee education for Brewed Behavior in Kansas City, gave a two-day workshop for the staff of Ozark Coffee and its wholesale customers. 


Photo by Faith Bemiss-McKinney | Democrat
Ozark Coffee trains with award-winning barista
For two days this week, Ozark Coffee Company’s staff and some of its wholesale customers were privileged to train with an award-winning barista and the CEO of an international coffee consulting business.
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.
Cell phone providers suffer outages nationwide Thursday
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.
From the Opinion page
Columnists

Are you the bomb or the balm?

When there’s a bomb threat or, God forbid, an explosion, we run away and report it so attackers can be arrested and punished.

Uplifting Missouri’s economy starts with rural small businesses

Small businesses drive our economy forward, providing jobs and essential resources like food and fuel for local communities that might not have access for miles around.

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.
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