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Juneteenth celebration slated for Saturday

Hubbard Park will see a flurry of activity this Saturday as Juneteenth celebrations begin. Canceled last year, like so many activities due to COVID, the event is back and will feature food, music, …

Dreams come true for three area children

Dreams of castles, Mickey Mouse and Buzz Lightyear will come true this Sunday as three Dream Factory of Sedalia families travel to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  The Dream Factory is a …

Diehl takes command of 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — U.S. Air Force Col. Daniel Diehl took the reins of the 509th Bomb Wing from outgoing commander Col. Jeffrey Schreiner during a change-of-command ceremony June 16, …

Caston to be named S-C cheerleading head coach

LeAnne Caston will become head coach of the Smith-Cotton High School cheerleading program, pending approval by the school board. Caston is owner and head coach of Leap of Faith Gymnastics, Cheer …

Boys & Girls Club raises $17,000 at golf tournament

It was a beautiful day to spend outside for a great cause Monday, as Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri hosted the eighth annual Putting “Fore” The Kids Golf Tournament, …

SFCC announces spring 2021 academic honors

State Fair Community College has named the following students to the President’s, Dean’s and Trustees’ lists for the spring 2021 semester. To qualify for the President’s list, …

Green Ridge Sesquicentennial to host fundraiser

A fundraiser will be hosted June 26 to raise money for the Green Ridge Sesquicentennial being celebrated later this year. From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 26 at the Green Ridge School cafeteria, a meal …

City seeks photos for new branding initiative 

With the recent launch of Sedalia’s new branding initiative, “Let’s Cross Paths,” the City is requesting pictures from everyone within the Sedalia-Pettis County area who would …

Route 65 closed under Route 83 to remove bridge deck

U.S. Route 65 under Missouri Route 83 south of Warsaw will be closed from 6 p.m. Thursday, June 17 until 7 a.m. Friday, June 18. If necessary, the contractor also will work 6 p.m. Monday, June 21 …

Police Reports June 17

This list is a sampling of crime in Sedalia and the surrounding area. Information is taken from official police reports, which do not necessarily contain statements from all parties involved in each …

Crash Reports June 17

Two from Warsaw injured in Benton accident  Jeffrey M. Pearson, 37, of Warsaw, was seriously injured and a 17-year-old male from Warsaw received minor injuries at 6:10 p.m. Tuesday in a …

Broadway/Ninth Street alley to close for work 

Evergy has notified the City of Sedalia that from midnight to 5 a.m. Thursday, June 17, the alley between East Broadway Boulevard and East Ninth Street will be closed from South Ingram Avenue to …

Third Street dig uncovers buried streetcar rail

While digging for the new sewer and water lines recently along Third Street, Jacob Munson hit a piece of Sedalia’s history with his excavator.  “I dug up a piece of metal and it …

Tourism looks to increase in Sedalia as COVID-19 wanes

Tourism was brought to a halt in Sedalia over the last year, like countless other industries, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as COVID restrictions are fading in Pettis County, there are plans …

Podcast offers ‘real-world’ advice

A former Sedalia woman is producing a successful podcast that explores avenues of encouragement for single moms and divorced women.  Stacie Wimer, now of Kansas City and a 1996 Smith-Cotton …

Date announced for Knob Noster State Park anniversary celebration

WARRENSBURG — Knob Noster State Park has announced it is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its founding Oct. 9.  Daniel Brigman, park superintendent, said the celebration is still in …

Sedalia 200 students explore nation’s capital

Some Sedalia 200 students got to see their history books come to life during a trip to Washington, D.C., led by Smith-Cotton Junior High social studies teacher Lori Hurt. This was the second time …

Students receive scholarships to attend Missouri State

Missouri State University recently awarded scholarships to incoming students for the 2021-22 academic year.  These students were selected from those who applied based on their ACT (American …

Cole Camp Senior Center resumes indoor dining, recreation

The Cole Camp Senior Center has resumed indoor recreational and fitness opportunities and dining after more than a year of closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  After a “soft …

SFCC to offer school bus driver recertification training

State Fair Community College’s The LearningForce will offer an online School Bus Driver Recertification Training from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20 or July 21 in classrooms provided by the …

Drury Dean's List

For a student to earn a spot on Drury University's Dean's List they must have earned a grade point average of 3.6 or greater (on a 4-point scale) while carrying a full-time course load of 12 or more …

Police Reports June 16

This list is a sampling of crime in Sedalia and the surrounding area. Information is taken from official police reports, which do not necessarily contain statements from all parties involved in each …

Crash Reports June 16

Two from KC injured in Benton accident  Linda J. Weyrauch, 78, and James M. Weyrauch, 80, both of Kansas City, Missouri, received moderate injuries at 3:15 p.m. Monday in a Benton County …

Warsaw Post Office closed due to mold

Due to mold in the heating and cooling mechanical and duct work, the Warsaw City Post Office will remain closed. The reopening date is unknown, however, cleaning of the mold is scheduled from June 21 …

Bicyclist a ‘pending miracle’

Glad to be alive and glad to experience the flora and fauna of Missouri and the Katy Trail, cancer survivor Andy Sninsky, 72, of California, considers his life a “pending …

Hannah Fizer’s co-workers remember her

This past Sunday marked one year since Hannah Fizer was shot and killed during a traffic stop by a Pettis County Sheriff’s Office deputy next to LaMaire’s Seafood Restaurant. Without a …

COVID-19 cases increase around Pettis County

Pettis County added four cases on Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 5,157, according to the Pettis County Health Center.  There are three Pettis County residents …

SFCC Automotive Technology graduates recognized for highest honors

Two students in State Fair Community College’s Automotive Technology program, Aaron Beck of Warrensburg and Benjamin Spangler of Appleton City, recently were given special recognition at their …

Bothwell announces dates for community education classes

After canceling the majority of its community education and support groups last year due to COVID-19, Bothwell Regional Health Center will offer a Safe Sitter educational class Saturday, June 26, and …

Real estate transactions June 15

June 8 Matthew E. and Callie J. Dawson to Kenneth and Matthew Guertin, Lakewood Heights Subdivision, lot 3. Section 29; township 45; range 21.  June 9 Matz Properties LLC to Jacob Eric …

Washington Ave. bridge closed for roadway repair

Washington Avenue at East Main Street including the Washington Avenue bridge will be closed from 7 a.m. Wednesday, June 16 until 8 a.m. Thursday, June 17 to allow for a roadway repair needed after a …

Missouri State Parks, Mid-Continental Library to host virtual program

Missouri State Parks and Mid-Continental Library invite the public to attend the Black Baseball and Black History virtual program at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 17. The program will be hosted virtually as …

Southeast President's List, Dean’s List

Southeast Missouri State University has named local students to its President's List for undergraduate academic achievement during the spring 2021 semester. Students named to the President's List …

Police Reports June 15

This list is a sampling of crime in Sedalia and the surrounding area. Information is taken from official police reports, which do not necessarily contain statements from all parties involved in each …

Crash Reports June 15

Two from Edwards injured in Benton accident  Joe J. McDowell, 62, of Edwards, received minor injuries and Melissa A. McDowell, 52, also of Edwards, received moderate injuries at 7:51 p.m. …

Barnhart discusses pandemic impact on Warrensburg tourism

WARRENSBURG — The Warrensburg Visitor Center was significantly impacted by the pandemic and the effect is expected to be felt by the tourism industry for the next few …

New activities planned for 2021 Old Drum Day

WARRENSBURG — Old Drum Day is returning to Warrensburg after skipping 2020 with Old Drum Animal Shelter joining the Johnson County Historical Society as a co-host. Admission to the event is …

Missouri Girls State, Boys State returns to UCM

WARRENSBURG — Missouri Girls State and Missouri Boys State are set to return to the University of Central Missouri’s campus after not being able to host their week-long events during the …

Restoring a piece of history: Two couples renovate downtown Sedalia building

Many residents may not have noticed, but a downtown Sedalia building has been transformed from the inside out over the last several years. The exterior of 412 S. Ohio Ave. may not seem much …

Local 103 to host 11th annual Firefighters Memorial Ride

With the exception of last year due to COVID, the Sedalia Firefighters Local 103 Memorial Ride is an annual event for Sedalia. For those unfamiliar, the ride is hosted by the Sedalia …

Fizer family trying to cope with Hannah’s death

Hannah Fizer was shot and killed June 13, 2020, and though some time has passed, her family told the Democrat she is still fresh in their minds.“It's still so fresh in our minds that everyone's …

Summer Food Program feeds children in need

The Heart of America Redistribution Solutions and Support is back again in the 2021 summer assisting children in need with their summer food program.  The summer food program provides meals …

Weekly Report: Pettis County Commission makes a new appointment, looks for new products

During daily meetings June 7 to June 11, the Pettis County Commission completed the following: June 7: No action taken. June 8: No Quorum. June 9: The Commission sent Payroll and Benefits …

Lamy’s to host inaugural Block Party Friday, Saturday

Lamy’s will be hosting its inaugural Block Party this weekend at 108 W. Pacific St. in Sedalia.  Lamy’s opened the doors to the refurbished Levi’s jeans factory one year ago …

Sedalia Park Board works through policies, rejects bid for bridge repair

At Thursday's Sedalia Parks and Recreation Department board meeting, a bid to work on the crumbling plaster on the Liberty Park Bridge was rejected as it was far more expensive than Parks staff had …

Local businessman donates to Sedalia Girls Softball League

During the Memorial Day weekend, there were break-ins at three concession stands at Centennial Park, including one operated by the Sedalia Girls Softball League. In response to the damage to the …

PCCP’s Cheri Heeren to retire this month

After a quarter of a century of dedicated work, Pettis County Community Partnership is saying goodbye to Executive Director Cheri Heeren this month.  Heeren will retire at the end of June and …

Crossroads Church welcomes new pastor

Members are invited to welcome Dave and Laura Bannister as the new pastor of Crossroads Church of God, 2119 E. Ninth St. Service begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 13 with lunch following. All past …

Truman State Spring Graduates

Truman State University has released the names of students who graduated at the conclusion of the spring semester. Cum laude recognizes those who earned a grade point average of 3.50-3.74. Magna …

Police Reports June 11

This list is a sampling of crime in Sedalia and the surrounding area. Information is taken from official police reports, which do not necessarily contain statements from all parties involved in each …
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