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Impact Signs announces expansion

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Impact Signs Awnings Wraps, Inc. on Tuesday announced a 3,600-square-foot expansion to its facility on South Limit Avenue to make room for new state-of-the-art equipment.The expansion, which is slated to begin this week, will include a new painting system allowing the company to paint large signs. The expansion will also add between two and four manufacturing jobs with an average wage of $40,000, said Owner David Goodson during an announcement hosted by Economic Development Sedalia-Pettis County.“We’re very proud to announce this expansion,” he said. “This is going to allow us to be a regional sign company with national capabilities.”


Cole Camp’s Gudde pitches no-hitter

Mackenzie Gudde pitched a no-hitter Tuesday, leading the Cole Camp Lady Bluebirds to a 2-1 win over Santa Fe in a nonconference softball game at Alma.Gudde allowed one run with one walk and eight strikeouts in seven innings.The Lady Bluebirds scored the tying run in the sixth and the winning run.Miranda Goetz went 2 for 3 to lead Cole Camp’s seven-hit attack. Shelby Sprinkle and Elizabeth Craig each had RBIs for the Lady Bluebirds.La M...

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Smith-Cotton rallies past Warrensburg

A five-run bottom of the sixth inning in which Smith-Cotton got no hits lifted S-C to an 11-8 win over Warrensburg in a West Central Conference baseball game Tuesday on Dey Field at Liberty Park.Four different visiting pitchers issued a total of seven walks in the inning. Smith-Cotton senior third baseman Dakota Brown drew two of them. Three runs scored on bases-loaded walks and two more scored on wild pitches.“You just wait until you get a strike and if you see it...

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Smith-Cotton hires Scanlon as boys hoops coach

Smith-Cotton has a new boys basketball coach. Brennan Scanlon was hired in a closed session of the Sedalia School District 200 school board on Monday. Scanlon replaces Ray Hughes, who left following two seasons at Smith-Cotton.“I think Smith-Cotton was a good fit for me,” Scanlon said. “It’s a bigger school and there are more kids interested in basketball. I just wanted to play the best competition I could.”Scanlon just finished his seventh ...

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Open Door to host volunteer, supporters banquet

Open Door Service Center, Inc. will host its 42nd annual Volunteer and Supporters Appreciation Banquet to thank the more than 600 volunteers who give to the charitable agency.The banquet, set for Monday, will be open to anyone who has volunteered or supported Open Door, said Executive Director Jack Menges.

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Police Reports, April 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 case.Sedalia Police DepartmentArrestsApril 142:10 p.m.: Matthew R. Oldham, 24, of the 1300 block of East Fifth Street, was arrested in the 700 block of East Broadway Boulevard on a charge of stealing....

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Work progresses on city sewer project

Crews continued work Tuesday to replace a sewer line in the alley between West Broadway Boulevard and West Seventh Street. The 18-inch line was old and broken, causing numerous sewer backups, said Director of Public Works Bill Beck. Work will be ongoing until the entire line, from South Osage to South Lamine avenues, is replaced.“We have the next phase of the streetscape project coming up and we knew we wanted to get that old sewer line fixed before we started that work,̶...

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Put the flags back in front of churches

Dear Editor:Second letter, same subject. Again I must write to the editor in hopes this also makes the newspaper.Why have the American Flags not been placed back in the churches? What the hell is going on? I spoke with a Catholic priest this past week (retired now, lives in Jefferson City, was at one time assigned as a Military Chaplain.) He tells me that no order has came down from anywhere for the churches to remove the American Flag from in front of the church. He tel...

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Missouri losing out in Medicaid expansion debate

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is not perfect, but I’m happy that he is attempting to convince the fine politicians of the state of Missouri to opt in to the Medicaid expansion that is being offered by the federal government as part of the Affordable Care Act. Nixon made a stop right here in the State Fair City, at Bothwell Regional Health Center to reiterate his position that Missouri should be a part of the Medicaid expansion.And he’s right.

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Steele’s influence felt locally, nationally

As the Industrial Revolution chugged through the mid-to-late 19th century, people crowded into cities in search of factory jobs. Factory work was dangerous, hours were long, and pay was low. Muckraking journalists such as Ida Tarbell and Jacob Riis wrote articles exposing the conditions under which many factory workers lived.As middle-class Americans learned of living and working conditions in the cities, they began to form reform societies aimed at bettering their communities. The...

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Bothwell honors volunteers during luncheon

Bothwell Regional Health Center thanked American Red Cross, Bothwell Auxiliary, Hospice and Chaplain volunteers at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held in conjunction with National Volunteer Week. About 125 volunteers and friends attended the luncheon at the First United Methodist Church Celebration Center.“Our volunteers embody love, compassion and service,” said John Dawes, president and chief executive officer of Bothwell Regional Health Center. “The...

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Moon puts on heavenly show

Faith Bemiss | Democrat

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S-C to play in Kickapoo tourney

The Smith-Cotton Lady Tigers will compete in the Kickapoo Lady Chiefs Shootout soccer tournament this weekend in Springfield.The Lady Tigers will open against Kickapoo in the Gold Division at 6 p.m. Friday at the Kickapoo High School grass field.Kickapoo and S-C are polar opposites as far as playing experience. While Kickapoo (4-5) lost only one player from last year’s district championship squad, the Lady Tigers have relied on a group of freshmen led by Jessica Co...

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Board continues progress on stadium

The Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education approved more construction bids for the Jennie Jaynes Complex, including a bid for a video scoreboard, during its meeting Monday.The board approved a bid from Daktronics for $142,796 and includes a medium-size video board, sound equipment, scoreboard, a five-year warranty for scoreboard parts, a one-year warranty on sound equipment, and a one-year warranty for extended service for onsite labor. Now that the scoreboard bid has been ...

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Track rookies

The Smith-Cotton track and field team found itself having to replace a quality senior class that graduated last spring. The team reloaded, partially with freshmen but also with a strong group of athletes who are trying track for the first time this year.The group of newcomers is spread out over a wide variety of events, and many of them are already seeing success.

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Sedalia to host Fireball Run

Next fall Sedalia will play host to Fireball Run, an Internet-based reality competition that aims to help find missing children.Launched in 2007, Fireball Run is an eight-day, 2,000 mile trivia game, said Executive Producer JJ Sanchez. Similar to “The Amazing Race,” 40 teams will compete in a race across the country, with three stops scheduled for Missouri including Sedalia, in an attempt to solve trivia and come in first. Along the way the teams will also post fliers o...

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Winter — it’s back!

Faith Bemiss | DemocratAfter Saturday’s temperatures reached a balmy 80 degrees, Monday became a downer in more ways than one with the temperature dropping to 36 by 10:45 a.m. United States Postal Service mail carrier Dawn Newland delivered mail on 16th Street, near Sneed Avenue, working in between spells of sleet and snow. “I think Mother Nature is either mad at us or confused,” she said laughing. True to the USPS motto, Newland was prepared and said she was glad...

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Large turnout for Literacy Council fundraiser

Almost 130 people turned out for the Sedalia Area Literacy Council’s 14th annual Tea and Auction on Sunday at Our Savior Lutheran Church.The church gym was nearly full during the event, and was full of brightly colored Easter and spring decorations and table cloths. Those in attendance enjoyed lemonade and tea, along with fruit, cookies, candy and other items while they browsed the long line of silent auction tables and tried to out bid each other during the live auction....

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