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Highway Patrol offers tips during Bicycle Safety Month

Warmer weather encourages people to be more active outdoors. In the coming weeks, more and more bicycles will be sharing the road with motorists. May is Bicycle Safety Month, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages motorists and bicyclists to stay alert and be courteous.

Police Reports May 17

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.
Gourds belonging to the Cucurbita group.

Photo by Peter Woodard via Wikimedia Commons

Gourds: Swiss army knife of the plant world

Our ancestors couldn’t go to the hardware store or shopping mall to buy utensils and other household essentials. Instead, they improvised with items found in nature. The dried fruit of several members of the cucumber family proved useful for many purposes, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.
From left, Riley Heerdink, first year Associate of Arts student; Ava Kirkpatrick, Business Marketing student; and Gentrie Davis, dual credit student.

Photo courtesy of State Fair Community College

SFCC announces winners of third annual Public Speaking Showcase

State Fair Community College hosted the third annual Public Speaking Showcase on May 6 in the Stauffacher Theatre. The event featured select students from public speaking courses during the fall 2023 and spring 2024 semesters presenting their best works.

Entertainment Briefs May 17

The ShowMe Brass returns to Boonville

Local Briefs May 17

City announces Clean Sweep area for May 20-24
The Sedalia Historic Preservation Commission is seeking the public's input regarding the city's next historic site designation. Citizens can choose from six options, including Hotel Bothwell, 103 E. Fourth St.

Photo by Chris Howell | Democrat

Historic Preservation Commission seeks help picking next site for designation

The Sedalia Historic Preservation Commission is asking for the public’s help in deciding which of six local sites should be chosen for historic designation.
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Pettis County Commission presents proclamation to Smith-Cotton JROTC

On Tuesday, May 14, the Pettis County Commission presented a proclamation to the Smith-Cotton JROTC Battalion for its recent competition victories.
Sedalia Mayor Andrew Dawson speaks during the 17th annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, May 4 at the Celebration Center.

Photo courtesy of the Sedalia Kiwanis Club

Church News May 17

Kiwanis hosts annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

Boonslick Regional Library outreach schedule for May 20-24

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Boonslick Regional Library popular books for May 17

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Community Calendar for May 19 through May 25

To have your event or meeting listed, send details to hollyb@warrensburgstarjournal.com or call 660-826-1000.
Local Sports

Sacred Heart secures back-to-back district titles

Senior Marcel Walton, right, celebrates with his teammates after hitting a triple that scored three runs and then scoring himself on an error in the Class 1 District 10 championship game Thursday, May 16, at Liberty Park Stadium.

Photo by Jack Denebeim | Democrat
As he slid into third base, all Marcel Walton could hear was Sacred Heart assistant coach Seth Fraley screaming at him to get up and go from across the field.

Area girls soccer seasons come to close

The Smith-Cotton girls soccer team wrapped up their season Monday, May 13.

In the Community
Last week, Gov. Mike Parson signed legislation to boost the minimum salary for teachers, incentivize five-day school weeks, increase support for early childhood education programs, and increase funding for small schools, among other provisions.
The Smith-Cotton High School commencement exercises were held Saturday evening, May 11 at the Mathewson Exhibition Center.
Whittier High School graduated 50 students Friday evening, May 10, with the encouragement of staff, administration, and special speaker and former student Maria Ubaldo Matacua.

Sedalia Main Streets designated as 2024 affiliate program by Main Street America

Sedalia Main Streets has been designated as an Affiliate Main Street America program for meeting significant performance standards.
Karen Faiferlick, Owner/Senior VP of Missouri Furniture, presents the business' employee CARES program at a recent company Leadership Summit while sons Grant and Connor look on.
Missouri Furniture voted 'Best Place to Work'
Missouri Furniture, with stores located throughout Missouri, has been voted the “Best Place to Work” for a large company with more than 100 employees, according to Missouri Magazine.
Dana O'Brien
Sedalia native launches consulting firm
Sedalia native Dana O’Brien is launching BioHarbor Strategies, a boutique consulting firm with a primary goal of accelerating resilience in the global economy through innovation.
Dr. Gabriel Anders
Dr. Anders receives critical care board certification
Dr. Gabriel Anders, a physician at Bothwell Regional Health Center, has achieved critical care board certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).
Front row, from left, Shelby Jackson, RN; Christy Goalder, RN, Program Director; Theresa Acklin, LPN; and Shawna Asbury, RN. Back row, Madison Hohne, RN; Dr. Trevor Beckham; Gail Meyer, NP; Dr. Jeff Wadley; and Marvin Smoot, Clinic Operations vice president.

Photo courtesy of Bothwell Regional Health Center
Bothwell Wound Healing Center receives three national awards
Bothwell Wound Healing Center has been awarded the prestigious 2023 President’s Circle award by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The center also received the Center of Distinction and Robert A. Warriner III, Clinical Excellence awards for 2023.
Cindy Holem, owner of Healthy Habits of Sedalia, stands in the store on Thursday, May 2. Healthy Habits, 1500 S. Limit Ave. in State Fair Shopping Center, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 4.

Photo by Faith Bemiss-McKinney | Democrat
Healthy Habits celebrates 20 years of business
Healthy Habits will celebrate its 20th year of business on Saturday, May 4 with an open house featuring samples, gift bags, healthy drinks, and health vendors.
From the Opinion page

The ceaseless attacks of the scammer

I attract scammers like my roses attract Japanese beetles. Even though I don’t fall for their scams, they never give up.

Boys & Girls Club gearing up for summer program

For 64 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri has provided a safe place for kids and teens to learn and grow. Our Clubs offer caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Boys & Girls Clubs programming promotes academic success, good character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles.

Commencement speech was ill-timed, exclusionary

I hate to use trite phrases such as “we sat in stunned silence,” but we sat in stunned silence. I had no idea that thousands of people could sit silently in a stadium. But that’s what happened on Dec. 25, 1971.
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