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With 43 years in education experience, most recently serving as head of schools and high school principal for the Valle Catholic Schools in St. Genevieve, it would be unfair to describe Paul Hinman as a first-year administrator in any school.

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Skyline Elementary School has named its Character Kids for September. The character trait was respect. Honored are, front row, from left: Tripp Rutledge, Reagan Engle, Aubrey Smith; second row: Reagan Turner, Emily Golimbiievskyi, Hudson Noland, Lilly Logan; third row: Emmy Thomas, Ben Nolan…

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Sedalia 200 security officers Kelley Casto and Adam Archibeque have switched schools, with Casto now handling security duties at Washington Elementary School and Archibeque being stationed at Smith-Cotton High School.

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A new symphony orchestra class is being offered at Smith-Cotton High School, an idea which originated through Director of Orchestras Michael Moellman and Director of Bands Grant Maledy.

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Smith-Cotton science teacher Chelsea Mattson was honored over the summer at the Missouri Scholars Academy at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Students and administration alike believe Mattson’s bond with her students leads her to be an influential teacher.

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Cody Collins, a member of Smith-Cotton High School's Class of 2019 and the son of Smith-Cotton Junior High Security Officer Rodney Collins, recently joined the U.S. Marine Corps. As a show of support for Cody and his unit, Lima Company, which is based in San Diego, SCJH staff members partici…

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The Smithton FFA Chapter joined more than 700 FFA members and agricultural leaders on Tuesday, Aug. 13, for the third annual Missouri FFA Food Insecurity Service Day at the Missouri State Fair. Together, members packed 128,460 meals to feed families of up to six people. The meals were distri…

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WARRENSBURG — While showcasing University of Central Missouri students through musical performances at Mules home football games and the annual homecoming parade, the Marching Mules demonstrate the quality of academics at UCM. The university wants to show its pride in this 200-member group t…

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Pilot Grove High School FFA will host a barbecue from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 in the high school commons. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 6 and under. Tickets purchased in advance will be entered in a raffle drawing. Home delivery is av…

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All State Fair Community College offices will close at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 for the remainder of the day so employees can attend an all-college meeting. Afternoon classes will still be held. This closing will affect campuses in Boonville, Clinton, Eldon, Lake of the Ozarks, Sedalia, W…

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The Parents As Teachers program will offer free developmental screenings for children age 3 months to 5 years on Sept. 11-12 at the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative, 2255 S. Ingram Ave.

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It has taken careful planning, research and time but the efforts of the Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education, administration and staff have become reality as Smith-Cotton High School became the first of Sedalia 200’s 10 schools to begin TREC (Transform, Reach, Elevate, and Connect)…

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Math, and especially more complex math such as geometry, can be daunting for many. Smith-Cotton High School sophomores and juniors discovered Thursday many of the lessons of math are “plane” simple and rather “sweet” to master if you know the correct terminology.

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Although Missouri’s unemployment rate of 3.3% is at one of its lowest levels in recent decades, there are still adults who are not qualified for many of the job openings available.

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What was created to be a means to protect the safety and security of students in the Sedalia School District 200 appears to have created confusion and concern among some on social media.

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The Smith-Cotton Tiger Pride Marching Band will have its Community Preview performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at Tiger Stadium. All are welcome to get a free sneak peek at this season's field show, "Pure Imagination."  

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A new stage of their educational life began Tuesday for 392 fifth graders who started classes on the first day of school at Sedalia Middle School.

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The State Fair Community College Board of Trustees experienced in real time the work of the college’s campus resource officer Deputy David Hockaday during Tuesday morning’s meeting. 

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On the third day of her 2019 Farm Tour, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, R-4, made a visit to State Fair Community College on Thursday to meet with students, college administrators, staff and agribusiness leaders. Hartzler was there to discuss the role of agriculture both locally and on a natio…

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In many respects, Garry Sorrell has been at State Fair Community College since its beginnings. A student in the college’s first classes offered in 1968, Sorrell has served as the Vice President of the Business Office for the past 13 years.

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Sedalia School District 200 teachers and staff were challenged to find their “why” as inspirational speaker Steve Gilliland addressed the district’s annual back-to-school assembly Monday, Aug. 19 in the Heckart Performing Arts Center.

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For many it was the must-see concert of the Fair. When Foreigner took the stage Friday evening at the Pepsi Grandstand the atmosphere was one of anticipation. It was especially true for a group of Smith-Cotton High School singers who were given the once in a lifetime opportunity to perform w…

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Brad Driskill, State Fair Community College Agriculture program coordinator and instructor, was awarded the Missouri Association of Career and Technical Education (MOACTE) Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year award. The award was announced July 23 in Springfield during the Missouri ACTE conference.

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Pettis County families that still need backpacks and school supplies for their students can sign up for the C.A.C.T.U.S. late registration by Saturday, Aug. 17 at www.sedaliacactus.org. Details about the late distribution on Monday, Aug. 19 are on the website. 

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The following area students recently graduated from the University of Central Missouri with honors. To be eligible to graduate with honors a student must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and must have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit. Those with a cumulat…

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Teachers and staff members from Parkview and Skyline elementary schools got a real surprise on Wednesday, Aug. 7 when Tara Martin, author of “Be REAL: Educate from the Heart,” popped in to join their back-to-school retreat at the First United Methodist Church Celebration Center.

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U.S. Air Force Airman Caleb E. Greene graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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As more and more adults are finding work throughout Missouri and nationwide, colleges, including State Fair Community College, are facing a decline in enrollment. With unemployment in Pettis County at 4.1%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, enrollment at SFCC is lower than pr…

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The following students were named to the Green Ridge Honor Roll for the second semester of the 2018-19 school year.

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Safety and security measures dominated the discussion during the Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education meeting Monday night.

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For the more than 1,000 members served each year, back to school time also means back to the Club; enrollment in Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri’s afterschool program is now open.

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All State Fair Community College campuses will close at noon Aug. 8 for opening day at the Missouri State Fair. Campuses are in Boonville, Clinton, Eldon, Lake of the Ozarks, Sedalia, Warsaw, and at Whiteman Air Force Base. All will reopen at 8 a.m. Aug. 9.