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Hire Attire sale continues today

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State Fair Community College’s Phi Beta Lambda and business program students were greeted by a line of eager customers at the door Wednesday morning for the 10th annual Hire Attire sale.Laura Taylor, adjunct instructor and chair of the Hire Attire Committee, said the sale had been busy all morning, and that students obtained even more clothes during the second collection day on Monday.“We have more clothes than we ever have before,” she said. “We had several people who said they saved their clothes just for us. We didn’t have quite as many donors, but they all brought lots of items.”


Helias keeps up pressure in win over S-C

The Smith-Cotton girls soccer team twice cut two-goal deficits to one and had chances to equalize, but ended up falling to Helias 4-2 on Wednesday at Susie Ditzfeld Field.Helias, which entered the game ranked No. 7 in the Missouri Soccer Coaches Association Class 2 state poll, scored five minutes into the game and added another in the 16th minute before the Lady Tigers answered. Helias kept the pressure on for much of the first half and had many chances in the second half as well....

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S-C golfers second at Hidden Pines

Democrat StaffThe Smith-Cotton golf team took second and a four-team West Central Conference meet Wednesday at Hidden Pines, shooting a 195. Warrensburg shot a 166 to win. O’Hara shot a 220 and Center shot a 226.Wyatt Foster led Smith-Cotton with a 45. Alex Lorenz shot a 46, Taylor Mankin shot a 47 and Jacob Carrol shot a 52.The Smith-Cotton junior varsity team shot a 195 to finish one stroke behind the Warrensburg JV. Jackson Kempton led the S-C junior ...

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Lub Dub set for Saturday

Organizers for the seventh annual Lub Dub 5K/10K Walk/Run are hoping sunny skies and warmer temperatures predicted for this weekend will mean big crowds for the race Saturday.“We have about 400 people registered so far, so I think the turnout is going to be very good this year,” said Bothwell Foundation Director Lisa Church. “There is a 30 percent chance of rain, but I’m choosing to look at that as there’s a 70 percent chance of no rain. So hopefully i...

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Middle school to get greenhouse

Fifth graders at Sedalia Middle School next year will be the first to utilize a new greenhouse at the school, thanks to a grant from the Central Region Missouri State Teachers Association.Fifth grade science teacher Michelle Steger learned last week she had received one of five $600 grants from the organization to “implement an innovative classroom activity.” She has found a greenhouse within the $600 budget which will be built behind the school in time for the 2014-15 ...

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Cole Camp author releases book

LINCOLN — On Tuesday Kathy Elaine Ribble, of Cole Camp, announced the nationwide release of her fiction book, “Springtime in Christmas Town,” a faith-based book that Ribble said happened because her husband pressed the send button.Ribble, a former pastor’s wife and a current leader in women’s ministries, moved to the area with her husband, Charles, about a year ago due to an economic downturn in Newberry, Ind. The couple now owns Ribbles Appliance Repa...

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Earth Day Science Fair at S-C

Photos by Faith Bemiss | DemocratSmith-Cotton High School students participated in an Earth Day Environmental Science Fair Tuesday on the top level of the gymnasium. Environmental and Earth Science teacher Mona McCormick said students would receive first, second and third place awards in three categories: Awareness, Design and Action. Best of Show and People’s Choice awards would also be presented. Attending the event were Phil Webster, with Alliance Water Resources, and Debb...

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Green Ridge softball beats Bunceton

Democrat StaffThe Green Ridge softball team scored three in the first inning and five more in the second to beat Bunceton 12-8 on Tuesday in Bunceton.Mackenly Scotten pitched four inning and had two strikes outs, four walks and four hits. Sam Unkel came on in relief and struck out five, walking no one and allowing no hits.Unkel went 2 for 4 and the plate with two doubles and an RBI. Molly Turner went 2 for 4 with two RBI. Libby Dove went 2 for 3 with a home ru...

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S-C boys run away with final meet at Jennie Jaynes

In the final track meet at the old Jennie Jaynes Stadium, the Smith-Cotton boys track and field team came away with a first-place finish, scoring 180 points to nearly double the point total of second-place Center at the Smith-Cotton Invitational on Tuesday.Smith-Cotton came away with eight first place finishes.In the 1600, Smith-Cotton’s Taylor Gilliam took first with a time of 4:51.57. He led Smithton’s Isaac Calvert for the first 800 meters before Calvert m...

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Students learn about sexual assault prevention

Students at Whittier High School received a lesson in teen dating violence from officials with Citizens Against Spouse Abuse Inc., Tuesday, an annual event for the school during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.CASA Court Advocate Amanda Davis and Child Program Manager Donna Hirner-Gardner spoke with students and teachers about stalking, psychological abuse, physical abuse and sexual assault during their presentation, which emphasized that these situations can happen to both men and ...

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City to celebrate Arbor Day

The city will kick off its Arbor Day celebrations Friday with a special event at Liberty Park.A part of its Tree City USA designation, Sedalia is required to host an Arbor Day celebration yearly. This year’s will feature free tree giveaways, a proclamation by Mayor Steve Galliher, speakers with the Missouri Department of Conservation, and special recognition of Sedalia Master Gardeners and Smith-Cotton High School’s Envirothon Team.

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Setting the facts straight on flags in church

Dear Editor:I write today to set the record straight. I ask you to keep an open mind and then form your opinion based upon the facts.Fact One: First United Methodist Church has two locations serving Pettis County: First Church Downtown and Celebration Center.Fact Two: At each location a flag is prominently displayed. Downtown it is in the sanctuary. At Celebration Center it is on a pole outdoors at the main entrance.Fact Three: The flags remain in t...

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Vehicle stolen, drive into pond at Liberty Park

Sedalia Police Department officers are searching for two suspects who allegedly drove a stolen van into the pond at Liberty Park.According to reports, early Monday morning a 1998 Dodge Caravan was stolen from a home in the 1500 block of South Osage Avenue. It was involved in an earlier gas drive off at a business in the 1700 block of West Broadway Boulevard before two suspects pushed it into the pond at Liberty Park.An incident report from the SPD indicates when officers...

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Team SCREAM ready to compete

As a member of Smith-Cotton High School’s Team SCREAM, I am a geek and a nerd, a dweeb and a dork. But I am also a part of something that has absolutely changed my life.Team SCREAM (Smith-Cotton Robotics, Engineering And Mathematics) is a competitive robotics team at the high school level. As a second-year team, we’ll be competing at the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championships today through Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, which will see more than ...

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Looking forward to ‘Fireball Run’

Mix equal parts 1981’s cult classic “The Cannonball Run” and CBS’ “The Amazing Race” and season liberally with advocacy for a great cause you get “Fireball Run,” a road race and the web series that documents it.“The Most Epic Adventurally in America” starts their latest season Sept. 26 in Frisco, Texas, and hits overnight stops in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri before careening towards the finish line in Independence. The...

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Local boy makes good in 1920s Sedalia

On Jan. 18, 1920, news on the front page of the Sedalia Democrat included information on the condition of W.A. Collins, a local attorney who had been the victim of an assault in Warrensburg, a brief article praising the financial condition of the Sedalia banks, comments on the attendance at the Missouri Farmer’s Association meeting in Columbia, and a national story on a continued investigation into a letter written to Rear Admiral Sims about the U.S. Navy’s role in World War I.

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Galliher, new councilmembers sworn in

Sedalia officially has a new mayor. Steve Galliher, along with new councilmembers Jim Cunningham and Don Meier, and incumbents Wanda Monsees and Tollie Rowe were all sworn in Monday during the Sedalia City Council meeting.Before the swearing-in ceremony, outgoing Mayor Elaine Horn had a special plaque of appreciation for four-term outgoing Ward 3 Councilman Wiley Walter. It was an emotional moment as Walter, who has been in a wheelchair for health reasons, was able to walk into cou...

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S-C jv golfers take second

In the 17-team Sacred Heart Invitational on Monday at the Sedalia Country Club, the Smith-Cotton junior varsity golf team carded a 355 to claim second.St. Pius X took first with a 318, including Chris Beaubien who shot a 76 to share medalist honors with Travis Reger, of Versailles.The Smith-Cotton JV was paced by Tyler Spear’s 82.“I was hitting my drives really well,” Spear said. “I was one- and two-putting. My chips were a little off, ...

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