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Special Events and Marketing Manager Savannah Lynde, 26, brings happiness and joy to Sedalia Parks and Recreation visitors.   Lynde has grown up in parks since she was 14 years old when she … more
When students go into the Smith-Cotton High School library with a question, they will find school librarian and avid book reader Dr. Lorin Blackburn Thierfelder. At only 29 years old, Blackburn … more
Growing up in a family with a culture of helping others has led 33-year-old Lauren Thiel-Payne to a career of giving back to the community. Thiel-Payne, of Sedalia, has been the Executive … more
Owner and operator of Making the Band and music teacher Justin Lawson, 38, helps musicians find an outlet.   Lawson has been playing music since he was a child. He started teaching when he … more
For the last six years, Grace Belnap, 33, a mother of five, has dedicated her time to provide dance, cheer and tumbling classes to students of all ages in the local area. Belnap, owner of Dance … more
Evan Fluty has been working as a financial advisor for around two years, starting at Edward Jones in March 2019. He works at his own independent office on Thompson Boulevard, which used to belong to … more
What started as a job in the lobby of McDonald’s in Warsaw has turned into a career for 34-year-old Erin Wolfe. Wolfe, of Lincoln, now serves as the General Manager of the McDonald’s … more
After only working around a year at Bothwell Regional Health Center, Dr. Dan Woolery, 35, has made an impression with his handling of COVID-19 patients and a good working relationship with his … more
Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Grose, 29, of Sedalia, has law enforcement in his blood and he’s pleased to be serving at home in Pettis County. Grose has served with the MSHP … more
For the past five years, Sedalia native and former English teacher Ashleigh Noland has been the assistant principal at Smith-Cotton Junior High School, where she mainly handles student discipline. … more
Jonathan Ehlers, DDS, owns Tiger Family Dental on Winchester Drive. “I grew up in Cole Camp,” Ehlers said. “Born and raised, graduated high school there, and then right after … more
Tausha Lembke, Director of Outreach Services for CASA (Citizens Against Spouse Abuse), wasn’t told she had been nominated for 20 Under 40. “I was actually kind of in shock because I … more
When one walks into Preuitt Insurance in downtown Sedalia, they will always be greeted by the bright smile and kind demeanor of Megan Evans. Evans’ boss, Sonny Broyles, said she “has … more
For Officer Brett Twenter of the Sedalia Police Department, 2021 has been a very good year. Brett won the distinction of Officer of the Year for his high level of service in 2020, and now has been … more
Brothers Kyle Weymuth, 35, and Kelsey Weymuth 32, are moving forward with the family’s century-old car dealership, and added to the business aspect of their company is generosity and a heart … more
Erica Petersen, 39, of Sedalia, loves living the small town life and especially enjoys being a part of community banking. Petersen is in her 20th year in banking and her seventh year at Central … more
Megan Hartman, Director of Operations at Callis, hadn’t heard she’d been nominated by a coworker as one of 20 people under 40 making a difference in Sedalia. “It was … more
A young publisher and editor duo are helping produce and provide local news coverage for the Sedalia and Warrensburg areas.   Will Weibert Sedalia Democrat and Warrensburg Star-Journal … more
Center for Human Services Bilingual Home Visitor Maria Matacua, 29, helps service Sedalia’s Hispanic community and empowers parents to help further their children’s education.   … more
What started as a hobby has turned into a successful fine cabinetry business for 39-year-old Jake Gieschen, of Smithton. Gieschen excelled in shop class in high school and his family is in the … more
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