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Police Reports May 25

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.

Peony: A Memorial Day tradition

In the 1800s, peonies were one of the few flowers in bloom in late May. After the Civil War, mourners used peonies to adorn the graves of fallen soldiers on Decoration Day, which we now call Memorial Day.

Photo: S-C Cadet receives Legion of Valor Bronze Cross

Photo: Sedalia Lions Club donates to Child Safe of Central Missouri

Photo: Foundation donates Chromebooks to Smith-Cotton seniors

Education Briefs May 24

University of Saint Mary Spring 2024 Dean’s List

Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants to local libraries

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently announced the award of nearly $170,000 in literacy grants to Missouri nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools.

Local Briefs May 24

City of Sedalia to observe Memorial Day

Entertainment Briefs May 24

Benton County Arts Fest slated for June 1

Church News May 24

Bethany Baptist to host Jungle Journey

Missouri State Highway Patrol observes National Safe Boating Week

Col. Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, would like to stress the importance of safe boating and make the public aware of National Safe Boating Week, which takes place May 18-24. National Safe Boating Week is purposefully scheduled just prior to Memorial Day weekend, which many people consider the kickoff to the boating season.
Dung Tran, owner of Bella Nails & Spa, fought a storeroom fire Thursday, May 23 to save his business. Tran told the Democrat that

SFD responds to fire at Bella Nails & Spa

Around noon Thursday, May 23, a fire broke out in a storage room at Bella Nails & Spa, 2929 W. Broadway Blvd.

Sedalia Public Library new books for May 24

Sedalia Public Library

Community Calendar for May 26 through June 1

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

Meals on Wheels menu for May 27-31

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 Calvary Episcopal and Christ and Trinity churches. Meals cost $4. For more information on receiving meals or becoming a volunteer, call 660-826-5039.

Police Reports May 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.

Boonslick Regional Library popular books for May 24

Boonslick Regional Library

Boonslick Regional Library outreach schedule for May 27-31

Boonslick Regional Library
Artist Devyn Davis created this fictional movie poster this year while attending the State Fair Career and Technology Center program taught by Linda Harris. After college, Davis plans to go into creating environmental design for video games.


Photo courtesy of Devyn Davis

Smith-Cotton grad plans to continue artistic journey in college

Smith-Cotton High School 2024 graduate Devyn Davis plans to pursue art as a career and has been working toward that goal for a few years.
Sen-Sen was a licorice-flavored mint that came in a small box. Popular in the late 1800s, the mint was discontinued in 2013.


Photo by Chris Howell | Sedalia Democrat

Downtown's Sen-Sen mural gets new life through Sedalia Main Streets project

Wednesday, May 22, sign painter Gary Huddleston was repainting the Sen-Sen mural on the alley off South Ohio Avenue at Fifth Street.

Police Reports May 23

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 May 23

Whiteman AFB driver hurt swerving for animal
Brooke Rieckoff, 5, center, sits with her parents, Rachelle and Logan, and little sister Riley Rieckoff, 2. Brooke is going through chemotherapy treatments for stage 3 ALCL lymphoma.


Photo courtesy of Logan and Rachelle Rieckoff

Benefit to be hosted for local 5-year-old with cancer

Several community members are working together to organize a benefit dinner and auction for 5-year-old Brooke Rieckoff, who has stage 3 ALCL lymphoma.

Main Street Road bridge completed despite state inspector delays

Pettis County Western Commissioner Jim Marcum said county crews are almost done building a new bridge over Muddy Creek in western Pettis County.

Court documents offer details in Sunday shooting on Sadie Lane

More information has been released related to a shooting incident this weekend during a domestic disturbance on Sadie Lane near Dresden.

Tiger Tutors help younger students build success

When Skyline Elementary Mixed Age teacher Tonya Edgar was asked to have Emily Eschbacher and Kennedy Woolery in her classroom as Tiger Tutors, she was honored and knew they would do a great job.

Education Briefs May 21

Local Missouri Valley student wins journalism awards

Photo: State Fair Lions Club donates to Open Door

Police Reports May 22

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.
Chief MSgt. Jessica Cable of the 442d Security Police Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base will be the guest speaker at the Memorial Day ceremony in Johnson County.


Photo courtesy of Whiteman Air Force Base

Memorial Day activities planned throughout Pettis & Johnson counties

Several events and activities are planned throughout Pettis and Johnson counties over Memorial Day Weekend.

Highway Patrol offers tips for a safe Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend brings Missouri to life with busy state parks, lakes, and attractions, along with sporting events, barbecues, and gatherings of friends and family. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds everyone to include safety when they plan their holiday weekend.

SFCC celebrates faculty, staff completing leadership class

State Fair Community College recognized the graduates of the 2023-24 Leadership Academy with a ceremony on May 10.

SFCC announces Writing Scholarship Awards recipients

State Fair Community College has announced the college’s Writing Scholarship Awards recipients for 2023-24.
Fire inspector Jacob Carver is a man of many hats at the fire department, including spending time in the Fire Pup costume.


Photo by Chris Howell | Democrat

Jacob Carver, from intern to Firefighter of the Year

Jacob Carver was recently named Sedalia Firefighter of the Year by Sedalia Fire Chief Matt Irwin. Carver’s official title is fire inspector, but he works mostly on prevention and fire education.
A 16-week-old Aussiepoo puppy, compliments of Touch' O Country Kennel, is one item available during the live auction of the Sedalia Senior Center Gala's

Sedalia Senior Center to host second annual fundraising gala

The second annual Sedalia Senior Center Gala will have attendees grooving to good vibes with a theme from the 1970s.

Local Briefs May 21

License Office to close for holiday

7 Brew Coffee opens in Warrensburg

WARRENSBURG – Whether it is a hot cup of joe, a cold brew, or an energy drink that gets you out of bed in the morning, Warrensburg’s newest coffee shop, 7 Brew Coffee, has it all in spades and is now open at 300 E. Russell Ave.

Weekly Report: Pettis County Commission discusses broadband, jail and 911 updates

During daily meetings May 13-17, the Pettis County Commission completed the following:

Man arrested after high-speed chase through Pettis, Johnson counties

A Grain Valley man has been arrested in connection with a Johnson County burglary and a Pettis/Johnson County vehicle pursuit over the weekend.

Pettis County deputies encounter gunfire during Dresden disturbance call

Pettis County Sheriff’s Office deputies encountered gunfire over the weekend.

Crash Reports May 21

Two hurt in Benton County collision

Police Reports May 21

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.

Real Estate Transactions for May 21

May 6
The Taste of India food truck opened on April 21 and serves various Indian foods, such as this seekh kabab, plus chicken tikka masala, garlic naan bread, grilled lamb over rice, butter chicken, lamb korma, samosas and more.


Photo courtesy of Taste of India

A Taste of India comes to Sedalia

Taste of India, a new Sedalia food truck, is family-owned and operated and is bringing the flavors of India to the area.

Club Notes for May 21

Community Retired Teachers Association
With the American flag and 2nd Lt. George A. Whiteman's wreath seen on the right, airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base stand silently as Taps is played.


Photo by Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Annual memorial ceremony honors 2nd Lt. Whiteman

Community members, elected officials, Whiteman Air Force Base representatives and family members gathered for the 36th annual Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony hosted Saturday morning, May 18 at Memorial Park Cemetery.
From left, Sacred Heart President Nikki Howell, Fr. Joseph Corel, Principal Nancy Manning and 2024 graduate Shea Elizabeth Smith, who graduated Summa Cum Laude and as a member of the National Honor Society.


Photo by Chris Howell | Democrat

Sacred Heart Class of 2024 graduates 28 students

Sunday afternoon, May 19, 28 seniors entered the McGremlin Gym and took their seats for the 80th Sacred Heart School commencement exercise.

New Pettis County Prosecutor speaks at Pachyderm Club

Pettis County Prosecutor Tony Farkas addressed the Pettis County Pachyderm Club on Friday, May 17 at the Heckart Community Center.

Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival to celebrate 50th anniversary

The Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. The event will open on Wednesday, May 29, and run through Saturday, June 1.

Highway Patrol offers tips during Bicycle Safety Month

Warmer weather encourages people to be more active outdoors. In the coming weeks, more and more bicycles will be sharing the road with motorists. May is Bicycle Safety Month, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages motorists and bicyclists to stay alert and be courteous.
Sumner Insurance Services LLC provided a Mustang convertible for Center for Human Services clients to ride in during the annual Poker Run hosted Saturday, May 11. 


Photo courtesy of the Center for Human Services

Photos: Center for Human Services hosts annual Poker Run

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