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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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Easter services bring change, freedom to forefront

There is a story to be told this weekend, and local pastors are focused more on “share” than on “where.”

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Simpler times meant simpler answers

Most people believe that school children were much smarter yesterday than they are today. People don’t think schools are as good as they used to be. Nevertheless, some things seem to be harder to learn than they used to be.In the old days, you went to the unemployment office when you were looking for a job. Nowadays, you have to look all over the place for a job. If you want a job doing construction you have go you go to one place and if you want a job typing papers you have ...

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Finding the secrets to a lasting marriage

Next week, Max and I will have been married for 30 years. That’s about half my life! I have been thinking over the past few weeks about those 30 years and all the things that have gone with them. We have moved, welcomed new family members, lost family members through both death and divorce, worked on our house together, both had careers, raised a daughter, and the list goes on. Most of my thinking, though, has had to do with the idea of marriage, and why some marriages work and some don...

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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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A culture of sports obsession

WARRENSBURG — When it comes to athletics, Chuck Ambrose believes “we’re a bit crazy as a culture.”He’s not alone. Many are critical of Americans’ obsession with sports — from the just-completed NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament to college football’s Bowl Championship Series — and how they are driving boatloads of cash into the athletic departments of big universities. But Ambrose, president of the University of C...

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A time of renewal and new birth

Every year that one day appears when, as I am driving down U.S. 50 Highway for whatever reason, the skeleton trees undulating in the wind show a slight, almost imperceptible tinge of green on their naked branches. The color is a little easier to see when I look out over a panoramic view, such as when as the road leads up to the intersection at state Route T.As soon as I get home from that drive, I scour the vinca bed in front of the garage, finding signs of the peonies pushing thei...

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Easter brings memories of dresses

When I was growing up, Easter weekend used to begin our spring vacation. Bright and early the following week we would begin our closet cleaning. After school, we would pull out all the winter clothes, brush them good, hang them on paper shrouded hangers and put them in the winter closet.Naturally there would be a lot of throw aways. Clothes that were too small would be passed down to the person closest to your size. For a long time, I was the youngest sister, so my clothes would go...

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Helen Gallie Steele and music in Sedalia

During the late 19th and early 20th century, social reformers extolled the virtues of music as healthy family entertainment and uplifting community activity. Social historians Robert Bishop and Patricia Coblentz note that “no game or pastime… enjoyed the popularity of the musicale,” whether a small, at-home affair or a larger public entertainment. Music store newspaper advertisements showed families gathered around a piano or parlor organ, happily singing together....

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A look at the 2014 Missouri State Fair music acts

The Missouri State Fair just announced the lineup for the Pepsi Grandstand and that means it is again time for me to hit up YouTube and familiarize myself with some of the artists and again prove that my knowledge of modern country and alternative rock is a little lacking.Country is, like always, the most represented genre and second place is the sweet music of the tractor pull. I think it reflects badly that three different nights at the Missouri State Fair’s biggest venue f...

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Different parties, same country

Ultimately, I guess people of goodwill are going to have to speak up. Back in 1964, when the battle for civil rights was finally won, I thought the fight was over. I’m not one who likes to get involved in street fights. I prefer not to call people names. I believe in saying what needs to be said in a respectful manner. Obviously, I would rather disagree without becoming disagreeable.Many people have complaints about the Affordable Health Care Act. That’s the name of it ...

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Fathers play an important role

I was first a little puzzled and then miffed at Boomer Esiason the other day, when I heard about his criticizing Daniel Murphy, a Mets player, for missing the first two games of the season in order to be present at the birth of his son. It turned out that Murphy’s wife gave birth by Cesarean section, so not only was their son being born, Murphy’s wife was undergoing major surgery. After I heard more about what Esiason and his work colleagues said on the air, I got, as they say in ...

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Hawkins ignores Sedalia’s progress

I don’t know where Allen Hawkins has been living for the past 35 years, but it seems it’s not Sedalia.Hawkins was acting mayor from 1976 to 1978 before winning a four-year term in the office from 1978 to 1982. He is campaigning against current Ward 1 City Councilman Steve Galliher to return to the office in Tuesday’s election. One of the key talking points of Hawkins’ campaign is that as mayor he, in effect, single-handedly created Sedalia’s economic e...

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‘No link’ for cancer, secondhand smoke

Dear Editor:In the March 22-23 Democrat, JoAnn Martin played down the significance of an important new study on secondhand smoke, which I discussed in a column March 12. While I respect Martin’s nursing credentials, I wonder at her selective use of sources.While it’s true that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) did not conduct the study, it did finance it and report its conclusions. I quoted the NCI Journal of Dec. 13 that researchers found “no link be...

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