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Things I never would have imagined 20 years ago: • That outside of their primary media market, I could watch two of my favorite teams lose at the same time. This week, as I watched my … more
When Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote “Song of a Second April,” she must have been outside our door: “There rings a hammering all day, And shingles lie about the doors” (although … more
Sedalia is the Queen City of the chain restaurant. It seems every year a new establishment pops up — Fazoli’s, Steak ‘n’ Shake, Buffalo Wild Wings. But still we want more. … more
Before I decided to become a Christian, I met people who told me that God had a plan for my life. It became a cliché, and I stopped hearing the phrase — people still used it, but to me, … more
According to the 1920 federal census, 21,114 people lived in Sedalia. The census showed growth, as it had every census period since 1870, the first time Sedalia was counted as a separate entity. … more
After a year of staying out of crowds and waiting for COVID-19 shots, the country is now seeing a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. At the end of the tunnel, there are things waiting that we … more
It is said that all politics is local, and that stance also applies to many societal issues. The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin concluded Tuesday with guilty verdicts … more
This spring has been an extraordinary one for those who seek the lost and pursue justice for the grieving.   This week, the Democrat reported Pettis County Coroner Robert “Skip” … more
I hate lawyer jokes designed to give people the worst impressions of lawyers as a whole, when such is not the case. I despise equally anything that might prejudice the listener against a group of … more
It’s been a while, but try as I might I can’t get President Biden’s press conference on March 25 out of my mind. Not all of it was a disaster, but enough of it was to cause … more
When I was in high school, I was blessed to have been given a car to drive. My parents bought me an incredibly beautiful, 20-year-old Camaro (1967 model). Everyone who saw my car was impressed by its … more
In 1920, according to the federal census, some 21,144 people called Sedalia home. The expansion of the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad shops in 1896 and the location of the division shops of the … more
Sometimes things simply don’t go as expected. Whether it is something we have planned for today, tomorrow, next week, next year or 10 years from now, we can find ourselves thrown off … more
When the challenge is greater, the reward is sweeter. Nicole Cooke, editor of both the Sedalia Democrat and the Warrensburg Star-Journal, has faced complication after hurdle after heartbreak this … more
It has been a year since we spent the first night in our new home. I’d be lying if I relied on the old bromide: “Time has just flown by!” It has not. Especially when we were in the … more
As I recall, readers and viewers began complaining about the liberal bias of the major news media sometime around the late 1960s. Their complaints always were dismissed by the media as baseless. … more
A new year has again presented itself and another Easter has come and gone, and we continue to find ourselves marching forward with that passage of time not slowing down, not even for a major … more
Sedalia’s population figures continued to vary during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, depending on the source of the information. In November 1893, the Sedalia Democrat published an … more
A couple of weeks ago, my 3-year-old granddaughter decided to talk back to her mother. It took me by surprise and without missing a beat I said, “McKenna Mae! I have never heard you speak to … more
My mother said that bad things happened in threes. Somebody famous died? Watch out, because two more will soon follow. Lose something? Keep your things close, because two more items will disappear. … more
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