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An old adage says, “if you give a man a fish, he can eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he can eat for a lifetime.” The saying is one Smith-Cotton High School instructor Kathy O’Dell is taking to heart as her students learn how to make face masks.  

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As reported in Tuesday’s edition of the Democrat, the need for broadband access still exists in many parts of Missouri and Pettis County. According to Federal Communications data, more than 600,000 rural Missouri households lack access to high-speed internet. This can cause issues for both a…

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Denise Knight, an area farmer, recently directed a $2,500 America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation, sponsored by Bayer Fund, to Pettis County R-V FFA.

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While they deal with analytics, mechanical parts and engineering, the members of Smith-Cotton High School’s Team SCREAM continue to focus their efforts on members and supporters as they adjust to new guidelines brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.   

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State Fair Community College received notification from two nursing advocacy and ranking agencies that the college’s practical and registered nursing programs have been ranked No. 1 in Missouri. 

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State Fair Community College’s The LearningForce will offer tuition-free Missouri Manufacturing Technician I and II certification training through a combination of on-ground and online instruction from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays starting Sept. 16 through April 7. The training is valued at …

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The Missouri Small Business Development Center at State Fair Community College in partnership with Missouri University Extension and Johnson County Economic Development is offering a no-cost webinar with CEOs from some of the hardest hit industries during the COVID-19 pandemic. The one-hour,…

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Hannah Schierenbeck, of Warrensburg, was recently named to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire dean’s list for the spring semester of 2020.

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The following area students were recently named to the Columbia College dean's list for the summer semester of 2020.

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State Fair Community College’s The LearningForce, in partnership with Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development and the Workforce Development Board of Western Missouri Inc., will offer Intro to Manufacturing, a Certified Production Technician course, at no cost to q…

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While there may not have been many hugs or high-fives on the first day of school, one thing was certain Tuesday morning: students, faculty, administrators and staff of the Sedalia School District 200 were grateful to be back for in-person classes.

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The return to school can create stress and anxiety for many students and parents. Add to that the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and there are additional questions and concerns. This can be especially true for parents of students with special needs.

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James Aziere, of Sedalia, has recently been named to the dean's list for the spring 2020 semester at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. To be on the dean's list, UA Little Rock students must earn at least nine credit hours and maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA.

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As the Sedalia School District 200 prepares for in-person classes Tuesday, Sept. 1, Superintendent Steve Triplett responded to some frequently asked questions via email to help parents and students as they return to school amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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State Fair Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa members plan to lace up their sneakers in September and join runners and walkers across the country to raise money to provide leadership and professional development opportunities to community college students.  

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The United States Department of Education has renewed State Fair Community College’s TRiO Student Support Services program grant for the upcoming year beginning Sept. 1. This is SFCC’s fifth TRiO grant award; the college received its first award in 2001. 

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The following area students were recently named by the University of Missouri-Columbia as graduates for the spring semester.

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State Fair Community College’s The LearningForce will offer “Learn to Lead: Transitioning from Peer to Supervisor,” a seven-week online workforce training course from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays from Sept. 9 through Oct. 21. Class size is limited so early enrollment is recommended. 

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The following scholarships and awards were presented to members of the Smith-Cotton and Whittier High School graduating class of 2020 by the Sedalia School District Foundation. Members of the Smith-Cotton Senior Class received 83 individual scholarships.

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As students in the Green Ridge V-III School District returned to classes Aug. 25, few may have known of a special grant the district received only days earlier that will benefit students’ creative and critical thinking skills.  

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In one week, students are expected to return to class in the Sedalia School District 200 for the first time since mid-March. Monday evening, the Sedalia 200 Board of Education continued to establish guidelines for the 2020-21 school year.

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The following area students recently graduated from Wichita State University. Undergraduate students who have attained a grade point average of 3.9 out of a possible 4.0 received the summa cum laude award; those with an average of 3.55 received the magna cum laude award; and those with an av…

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The upcoming school year has left many parents and students feeling uncertain about what to expect given the COVID-19 pandemic, but one local organization is stepping up to help provide resources.  

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The following area students were recently named to the University of Missouri-Columbia Dean’s List for the spring semester of 2020.

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State Fair Community College recently announced the 2020 Distinguished Students for their distinction in scholarship, leadership and service to the college and for academic achievements and participation in organizations and extracurricular activities.

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The Elks National Foundation is announcing the start of the 2021 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest. The scholarship is available to high school seniors who are United States citizens. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks. Applicants are judged on academics, le…

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All State Fair Community College offices will close from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19 so employees can attend an all-college meeting. Offices will be open from 8 to 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This affects campuses in Boonville, Clinton, Eldon, Lake of the Ozarks, Sedalia, and at Whitema…

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They are words every FFA member knows by heart: “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.” A part of the FFA creed, for Dylan Deuschle they are not only words she knows but they are ones she lives by every day.

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Editor’s note: The Democrat will be publishing articles about Pettis County’s school districts and their plans for the 2020-21 school year in upcoming editions.

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State Fair Community College announced Wednesday it received confirmation of two positive COVID-19 tests of individuals who have been present on the Sedalia campus. 

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Editor’s note: The Democrat will be publishing articles about Pettis County’s school districts and their plans for the 2020-21 school year in upcoming editions.

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In a ceremony befitting the dedication and service to their “adoptive” home of Sedalia, Robert and Barbara Hayden and their family were honored by the Missouri State Fair Foundation Wednesday evening. 

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Editor’s note: The Democrat will be publishing articles about Pettis County’s school districts and their plans for the 2020-21 school year in upcoming editions.