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As I type this column, there is a crew working on power washing the exterior of the church building where I serve as pastor. It is surprising how much dirt and stain is being removed!  As I … more
It seems that the public has now been privileged to witness exchanges between Pettis County and the City of Sedalia, which is a rare but welcomed occurrence. Being a County business owner, I can … more
The story of Sedalia’s banks and other financial institutions closing in the early 1930s is long, complex, and mired in misconceptions. What is known is that, according to William Claycomb, … more
Well Warrensburg, you’ve officially been stuck with me for a year. October marks one year of ownership for the Sedalia Democrat and Warrensburg Star-Journal. It feels like it has been a … more
Fall seven times, stand up eight. It’s a Japanese proverb. “Nana korobi, ya oki” Fall seven times, stand up eight. It’s something I try to keep in mind as once … more
The thing about history is that even when you are in the middle of it, you don’t really know that you are making it, or being a part of it. I was enlightened last weekend, when I went to … more
Throughout much of its history, Sedalia was known as a railroad town, with the repair shops of both the Missouri Pacific and the M-K-T Railroads located here. Now, a new chapter is being written, … more
It may not feel like fall, but they tell me that it is. Fall has never been one of my favorite seasons because I don’t like winter and with the falling of the leaves and the grass slowing … more
I looked up “liar” in my American College Dictionary today, and I was surprised to see that it just said, “One who lies.” I was sure those few words could not be enough of an … more
After the Citizen’s National Bank and the Sedalia Trust Company closed in late 1931, Sedalia was left with only three banks — Union Savings Bank, Third National Bank, and Sedalia National … more
It seems like there’s a national holiday for everything these days. I may not celebrate random food observances or National XYZ Day for every obscure hobby or interest you can think of, but I … more
In 1994, in Columbia, Missouri, Ernest Lee Johnson murdered two women and one man in a Casey’s gas station — Mary Bratcher, Mable Scruggs, and Fred Jones. He shot one with a gun, stabbed … more
I have never envied anyone for having a grandchild – one old enough to understand how to work new television technology. That lack of envy came to a screeching, and I mean screeching, halt this … more
When it comes to saving local newspapers, the solutions won’t be found in web metrics, ad rates or shrinking news holes. The solution, seemingly simple yet terrifying complicated, is for … more
“I regard home as a place I left behind in order to come back to it afterward.” – Ernest Hemingway, author and adventurer. Starting in March 2020, I had to produce new online … more
Three Sedalia banks closed in late 1931 and early 1932 — the Citizens National Bank, the Sedalia Trust Company and the Sedalia National Bank. The reasons for their closings were different. … more
Most who read my column will already know that my father-in-law, Frank Lefevers, lost his long battle with cancer last week. As you read this, we will be laying him to rest. Over the past week, … more
It’s been a rough start, Chiefs fans. After several winning seasons and back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, a 1-2 record can feel disappointing. It’s the first time the Chiefs have … more
I’m a “true crime buff.” It all started with the TV series “Unsolved Mysteries” when I was a little girl. Our whole family watched it, and my mom would tape episodes on … more
Today, words are swirling around in my head like the leaves that will soon fall from the trees – or the leaves that ended up in the street after the storm the other day. I attribute that to the … more
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