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When inclement weather leaves some mid-Missouri residents without electricity, David Bergman is in his element. A lineman for Central Missouri Electric Cooperative, Bergman is driven to help others, … more
“If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and … more
Dan and Pauline Cover, husband and mother-in-law, respectively, to my mentor Marilyn, gave their Sunday nights to the UMYF, the United Methodist Youth Fellowship. They helped guide me through my … more
It seems like I have heard the phrase “back to normal” more this past year than I ever had before, and I have probably used the phrase a lot more myself too.The phrase was bound to come … more
As I sit down to write this our community has enjoyed the first sunny day of the new year. I’m not sure if tomorrow will be sunny or not. It was sometime before the freezing rain of New … more
It is hard to return to “normal” when normal has changed so much, at least for now. As we closed the first semester of the 2020-21 school year, we took a moment to reflect on … more
In 1931, Blacks made up about 11.6% of Sedalia’s population. The 1931 City Directory does not identify people by ethnicity as earlier directories do. As a result, identifying Black residents … more
“Amen and A-Woman.” Emanuel Cleaver, former Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, and currently in his ninth term as U.S. Congressional Representative of the 5th District of Missouri, ended … more
I’ve never seen a New Year’s Eve where people were so glad to turn the page. There was no sweet reminisce over the past 365 days. No nostalgia. No Auld Lang Syne. We simply booted the old … more
2020 is kaput, and as Berenice, the maid in Carson McCullers’ “Member of the Wedding” said, “Good riddance to a big bag of rubbish.” Today, however, the horizon looks a … more
I was never a big fan of professional football until Patrick Mahomes turned me into one. As I watch the Kansas City Chiefs games, I see why football appeals so much to men. While there are female … more
If you are mindful, you can learn at least a little something from every interaction. Over the past 12 months, I have had the great fortune to interview many local residents about the things that … more
As we embark on a new year, I’m quite confident that everyone wants to leave 2020 behind. It’s a good idea to look at where you are, where you have been and where you are going. Are there … more
My family has now experienced COVID-19. I would like to share our experience with you, as it was very enlightening. My father has Parkinson’s Disease, is diabetic and has high blood … more
Last New Year’s Eve as my wife and I toasted the coming of 2020 with our usual drink (grape juice), we had no idea that things we were oblivious to were going to make the year one that was to … more
The Sedalia City Directory published by R. L. Polk and Company of Kansas City in 1931 begins with a lengthy boosterish description of the community detailing its positive attributes while neglecting … more
“Bad times, hard times, this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times.” — St. Augustine In … more
I write this as I take in the beauty of this Christmas day. Christmas Eve services – both of them – went well last night, and I didn’t make a mess of any of the music. For that I am … more
The moment we have been anticipating is finally here. It is finally Christmas morning. In a year like 2020 that has been full of social unrest, anger, COVID, politics, frustration, closings, and … more
The turning of the calendar from 2020 to 2021 is one of the most anticipated New Year transitions in history. By most measures, 2020 has been an open-air sewage transport truck without brakes … more
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