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There’s another woman in my husband’s life, and I’m the one who put her there. more
My wife and I attended the graduation ceremony for Smith-Cotton High School’s Class of 2024 on Saturday, May 11, which included our grandson Aiden Miller. more
The world of cancer treatment is complex and as varied as every person diagnosed with the disease that occurs when abnormal cells divide in an uncontrolled way. As a radiation oncologist, I use radiation therapy to provide carefully targeted and regulated doses of high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. more
The court news reported in the March 4, 1910, Sedalia Democrat gave a list of cases heard in Judge Louis Hoffman’s circuit courtroom. These involved cases of breaking and entering, manslaughter, and various motions for appeals from prior court terms. more
I attract scammers like my roses attract Japanese beetles. Even though I don’t fall for their scams, they never give up. more
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. more
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. more
It was past lunchtime, and I was driving east on Broadway Boulevard, hungry but determined to run a few more errands before heading home. I stopped at a store and bought a snack that was new to me. Its taste was fantastic, so I saved its wrapper to read the ingredients list later. more
Sedalia’s first Broadway School building was begun in 1867, following a directive from the state that public schools be built for both Black and white children. The bond election to fund the schools was very contentious, caused by individuals who believed education was a privilege reserved for well-to-do white children at private schools. more
It is such a joyful time each year when the farmers bring their first strawberry harvests to the Sedalia Area Farmers’ Market. more
Sleep is beautiful. But the physical act of sleeping isn’t. That’s why I roll my eyes during rom-com movies when the man wakes up early (yeah, right) to gaze adoringly at the woman he loves while she sleeps. more
Editor's note: This monthly column was inadvertently left out of Friday's edition, the day it is typically published. more
By our vote — or failure to vote — six months from today, we will have selected the next president of the United States. Will we have selected the person who could represent the best of America? more
This weekend, in between the brunches, flowers and gifts, please pause and say a prayer for Echo Michelle Lloyd, age 51, of Benton County. She has now been missing for four years. more
You might remember I reported a few weeks ago that the “lege” (I’m stealing that nickname from the fabulous now-deceased Molly Ivins, who wrote about the Texas legislature) was trying to change the rules regarding citizen initiatives to amend Missouri’s constitution. more
A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, "half empty or half full?" She fooled them all: ”How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8 ounces to 20 ounces. more
I would like to focus on some wine pairings for this summer. This is not a comprehensive list but will give readers some ideas for the patio, grill and backyard. This will be in two parts. more
In my column on Oct. 25, following the massacre of some 1,400 Israelis by Hamas terrorists, I wrote that America was Israel’s only friend. more
In 1906, the Sedalia Democrat merged with the Sedalia Sentinel, whose editor, George Scrutton, was a notorious racist, as previous columns have documented. more
Welcome to the year of the bug. We’re just in time to witness two giant broods of cicadas rising from the ground like a horde of zombie bugs. How many zombie bugs? Definitely billions. But most likely trillions. There’s no official tree-to-tree cicada census, so it’s hard to be sure. more
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