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Sedalia Mayor Andrew Dawson, left, proclaimed Friday, March 1, 2024, as Lion David Menefee Day for the City of Sedalia to mark Menefee's 50 years with the Sedalia Lions Club.


Photo by Chris Howell | Democrat

Menefee celebrated for 50 years of service to Sedalia Lions Club

At Wednesday’s Sedalia Lions Club meeting, David Menefee, better known as Lion David Menefee, celebrated 50 years with the service organization.

What to expect in Missouri's GOP caucuses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Missouri Republican Party will hold presidential caucuses on Saturday, March 2, offering voters their only chance to weigh in on who should represent the party on the November presidential ballot. The contest is one of the last chances for candidates to shape the race for the GOP nomination before Super Tuesday, when 15 states will hold Republican contests on March 5, the most of any day on the primary calendar.

Local GOP caucus slated for Saturday morning on fairgrounds

On Saturday, March 2, the Missouri GOP will host its local caucus at the Missouri Electric Cooperative building on the Missouri State Fairgrounds.

Photo: Immanuel United Church of Christ donates to Open Door

Entertainment Briefs March 1

Mac-n-Cheese Cook-off to be hosted Saturday

Police Reports March 1

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 case.

United Way of Pettis County moves forward with several events

United Way of Pettis County has several events planned for the next few months, including bringing back its annual luncheon meeting slated for April.

Local Briefs Feb. 29

University Extension to host bone health program

UCM Fall 2023 Dean’s List

The following local students have earned a spot on the University of Central Missouri dean’s list for the 2023 fall semester.

Candidate filing opens for August primary election

Candidate filing began Tuesday, Feb. 27 for the Aug. 6 primary election in Missouri.

Police Reports Feb. 29

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 case.
Tuesday evening, students become more anxious and terrified as they try to determine if there's an intruder in the school during rehearsal for the Smith-Cotton one-act play,

Smith-Cotton students to present Theatre for a Cause

Again this year, Smith-Cotton High School students will present Theatre for a Cause, benefiting Child Safe of Central Missouri.

Missouri candidates head to Jefferson City for first day to file for 2024 elections

Political candidates who make national headlines — and those who may only be known in their hometown — descended on Jefferson City Tuesday morning for the first day of a month-long window to file to run for office in Missouri.

90,000 Missouri kids are eligible for food aid they haven’t claimed that’s about to expire

Missouri families who haven’t claimed food benefits in a program launched during the height of the pandemic could lose out in the coming weeks unless they act quickly.

Drake University Fall 2023 Dean’s List

The following local students have been named to the dean’s and president's lists at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Morris is stationed at the Johnson County Sheriff Office, 278 SW 871 in Centerview, but she meets with law enforcement wherever they feel comfortable. She offers mental health, nutrition, and personal training services.


Photo courtesy of the Johnson County Sheriff's Department

Wellness coordinator supports Johnson County law enforcement

JOHNSON COUNTY – First responders in Johnson County have access to many resources, including a wellness coordinator who has been working in the role for more than a year.

Local Briefs Feb. 28

Nominations open for 2024 Senior Service Award

Police Reports Feb. 28

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 case.

Crash Reports Feb. 28

Gravois Mills man drowns in Truman Lake

Hope5One educates on the dangers of human trafficking

A Warsaw-based anti-human trafficking ministry, Hope5One, is providing preventive awareness and shelter to survivors of human trafficking.

Parson seeks $2.2M to send Missouri troopers, soldiers to Texas for border duty

Sending Missouri state troopers and National Guard soldiers to Texas’s border with Mexico will cost more than $2.2 million, state officials told the House Budget Committee on Monday.

Weekly Report: Pettis County Commission appoints prosecutor, discusses numerous bids

During daily meetings Feb. 19-23, the Pettis County Commission completed the following:

Apex Restaurant & Market Solutions celebrates Meals on Wheels partnership

Apex Restaurant & Market Solutions recently celebrated its one-year anniversary of partnering with Sedalia Meals on Wheels. Apex provides the nonprofit with free warehouse space and supplies food at a reduced price through its alliance with Tyson Foods.

Experienced nurse practitioner joins Bothwell Eldenburg Family Practice

Peggy Van Dyke, a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner, has joined Bothwell Eldenburg Family Practice. She will provide care for women’s health patients on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Knife-wielding man killed by Sedalia police

A Sedalia man died Saturday evening, Feb. 24 after an altercation with Sedalia Police Department officers.

UCM announces inaugural performance of faculty-student chamber ensemble

A new kind of ensemble will debut at Hart Recital Hall on the University of Central Missouri campus at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27. Free and open to the public, this music performance brings together the talents of UCM Music faculty and students to perform a widely hailed

Crash Reports Feb. 27

Edwards man injured in Benton County accident

Police Reports Feb. 27

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 case.

Photo: Sedalia Lions Club donates to Team SCREAM

Oreo, Larry Schupp's missing cat from Sedalia, has distinct facial markings. Schupp, who will be 77 on Saturday, March 2, said he hopes Oreo has found a good home and only wants to see him again.


Photos courtesy of Larry Schupp

Finding Oreo: Sedalia veteran searches for his lost cat

Social media followers know the face of Oreo, a Tuxedo cat that’s been missing for five years, due to the diligent search of his owner, Larry Schupp, 76, a retired math and physics teacher and a Vietnam War veteran. Schupp will turn 77 on Saturday, March 2, and said finding Oreo would be a perfect birthday gift.
State Fair Community College President Dr. Brent Bates offers opening remarks during the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses announcement on Friday afternoon at SFCC.


Photo by Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Goldman Sachs announces rural business program for Missouri

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses announced it is expanding its $100 million Investment in Rural Communities program to Missouri.

Sedalia Police rescue woman after vehicle fire at Broadway and Brown

The Sedalia Police Department released a preliminary report on a violent accident that occurred at 3:53 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 near East Broadway Boulevard and South Brown Avenue.

Missouri State University Fall 2023 Graduation

Missouri State University awarded 1,417 degrees to students in fall 2023.

Local Briefs Feb. 24

Bothwell Foundation to host Stretching Your Health Care Dollars seminar
Sedalia Parks and Recreation Director Amy Epple's testimony on her teen lifeguards using a donated AED to save the life of a drowning victim last year at the Heckart Community Center pool helped the women attending appreciate the value of their shared mission.


Photo by Chris Howell | Democrat

Wear Red for Women luncheon raises money for automatic defibrillators

The fifth annual Wear Red for Women Luncheon was hosted Friday, Feb. 23 at the Foundry in downtown Sedalia with a sold-out crowd.
From left, William Phillips, Ethan Kaiser and Jacob Phillips of Boy Scout Troop 61 received their Eagle Scout honor recently. William and Jacob are the sons of Pete and the late Lynn Phillips, and Ethan is the son of Brittany Kaiser.


Photo by Faith Bemiss-McKinney | Democrat

Five Boy Scouts receive Eagle Scout honors

Hard work and dedication have paid off for five Boy Scouts who recently attained their Eagle Scout for Troops 54 and 61.

Boonslick Regional Library popular books for Feb. 24

Boonslick Regional Library

LCAA Theatre bringing many new productions to the stage

Liberty Center Association for the Arts kicked off the New Year with the comedy play "Moon Over Buffalo" and has many more productions in the works for the upcoming year.

Community Calendar for Feb. 25 through March 2

To have your event or meeting listed, send details to hollyb@warrensburgstarjournal.com or call 660-826-1000.

Meals on Wheels menu for Feb. 26-March 1

Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit organization that delivers meals to seniors, the homebound and handicapped citizens of Sedalia. The food is prepared by Superior Vendall and is delivered by volunteers. Meals cost $4. For more information on receiving meals or becoming a volunteer, call 660-826-5039.
Newly installed Bothwell Regional Health Center Auxiliary Board members, from left, Vice President Shirley McCown, President Jackie Butler, and Secretary Karen Kay Taylor.


Photo courtesy of Bothwell Regional Health Center Auxiliary

Club Notes Feb. 24

Grow and Glow Garden Club

Sedalia Public Library new books for Feb. 24

Sedalia Public Library

Police Reports Feb. 24

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 case.

Entertainment Briefs Feb. 23

Mid-Missouri Artists to host Cadwallader for program

Springfield Sen. Lincoln Hough joins race for Missouri lieutenant governor

After weeks of flirting with the idea, state Sen. Lincoln Hough of Springfield jumped into the Republican Primary for lieutenant governor on Thursday.

Evangel Fall 2023 Dean’s List

Evangel University in Springfield has announced the students named to the fall 2023 dean’s list.

Local Briefs Feb. 23

Town halls to gather feedback for Master Plan on Aging

School bus drivers get CDL training, quickly take other jobs

First Student Inc., the school bus contractor responsible for taking most local students safely to their schools, is suffering from what is a national problem: a shortage of school bus drivers.
From left, Joella Martin, Jana Leinbach and Stephanie Martin with the Gathering Grounds Coffee Co. in Versailles; Ashley Homan, owner of a pop-up coffee shop; and Karinda Waver and Emily Hendricks, also with the Gathering Grounds, watch on Wednesday as barista Phuong Tran, center, pours a latte while training Ozark Coffee’s wholesale customers.


Photo by Faith Bemiss-McKinney | Democrat

Ozark Coffee trains with award-winning barista

For two days this week, Ozark Coffee Company’s staff and some of its wholesale customers were privileged to train with an award-winning barista and the CEO of an international coffee consulting business.

Photo: Mayor Pro Tem signs proclamation for Girl Scout cookies

Cell phone providers suffer outages nationwide Thursday

Thursday morning, Feb. 22, AT&T customers across the U.S. found it impossible to place calls or access the internet on their cell phones.
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