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Sexual Assault Awareness walk to be held Thursday

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According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, there are approximately 237,000 victims of sexual assault each year. The majority, 80 percent, are under 30-years-old and two-thirds of assaults are committed by someone known to the victim.In conjunction with National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Citizens Against Spouse Abuse Inc. will host its annual awareness walk Thursday.“We’re calling it our Step Into Awareness walk because that’s really our goal — to get people to be informed that this is happening in our community,” said CASA Court Advocate Amanda Davis. “We usually have a good turnout for the walk but we’re hoping to have a big crowd this year.”


Smith-Cotton girls open Kickapoo tourney with win

Democrat StaffThe Smith-Cotton girls soccer team opened the Kickapoo Tournament with a 4-2 win over the host Lady Chiefs on Friday.Jessica Coble opened the scoring with a goal mid-way through the first half and Brianna Pollitt added to the lead just before halftime.Kickapoo scored twice early in the second half to equalize before Coble scored in the 65th minute to put Smith-Cotton ahead and Jill Vansell added an insurance goal in the 72nd.Kickapoo m...

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Gremlins, Tipton Kaysinger favorites

The race for the Kaysinger Conference baseball championship comes down to three teams, according to an informal poll of the league’s coaches.With the conference tournament starting April 26, the Democrat e-mailed a questionnaire to eight of the league’s 10 coaches — contact information for the other two coaches was unavailable — asking them to rank the top five teams, top five hitters and top five pitchers in the conference. Coaches could not rank their own ...

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City sewer project on track, budget

The city is nearly two years away from its enforced completion date of the sewer project and so far things are on schedule, said Public Works Director Bill Beck.The Department of Natural Resources administrative order forced the city to make some $30 million in sewer and wastewater facility upgrades by summer 2016. So far only $7.2 million of that total has been spent, though much work has been done, Beck said.“We got the order in 2009, and the first thing we had t...

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Changes coming to summer food program

When school ends for the summer break a flock of volunteers will take to Washington Elementary School and more than 30 other Pettis County sites with one mission in mind — feeding hungry children.Now in its sixth year, the Summer Food Program is anticipating serving some 72,000 meals, peaking at as many as 1,300 a day, in a program lead by Open Door Service Center in partnership with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture....

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Young Lady Tigers start strong

Young doesn’t have to mean rebuilding.With a roster filled with freshmen and sophomores, and a scoring attack fueled by underclassmen, the Smith-Cotton girls soccer team is off to a 5-1 start — before play began in the Kickapoo Shootout — and 4-1 in conference play and has not conceded a goal since April 1 while outscoring opponents 35-2 this year.“We’ve been doing really good lately,” said freshman striker Jessica Coble. “WeR...

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Trail’s End making progress

Three years after Sedalia residents Dale and Liz Yelton came up with the original idea, the Trail’s End landmark is finally starting to take shape.It’s been a year of fundraising for the Trail’s End Committee and Friends of Trail’s End, which has gained about $500,000 for the project, including cash donations and in-kind donations of services, products and labor from local residents and businesses.Humble beginningsThe i...

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Silver wants age limit change, no rush on others

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as the NBA prepares for a draft that could be headlined by freshmen, Commissioner Adam Silver remains committed to keeping them in college.So much so that NCAA President Mark Emmert was invited to discuss his involvement with owners.Silver is moving cautiously on potential changes to areas such as the lottery format and playoff structure, but makes it clear that raising the draft age limit to abolish the so-called “one and done” is ...

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Misses make marvelous memories

Sometimes a turkey hunt goes exactly the way it should. Mornings like those are memorable, make no mistake about that.My son’s first turkey, which gobbled with every step except its last one, is a prime example. Another is a triple-bearded gobbler I called across a quarter-mile of close-cropped pasture practically into the lap of the man I was guiding. And yes, I’ve had a good many hunts with happy endings during which I was the shooter.

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Community Calendar for April 21-27

MONDAY10 a.m.: Show-Me Mad Tatters, University Extension Office Conference Room, 1012A Thompson Blvd.Noon: Sedalia Rotary Club, Best Western State Fair Inn, 3120 S. Limit Ave.6 to 9 p.m.: Smithton Senior Citizens Group Pitch and pool, Smithton Senior Center on Washington Street.7 p.m.: Cornerstone Celebrate Recovery. Bible-based twelve step program ...

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Landscapers spruce up Sedalia

Faith Bemiss | DemocratLori Sartain, left, and Kim Rimel, owner of My Bloomin Business, LLC of Sedalia, scattered mulch around Bothwell Regional Heath Center’s Emergency Room sign at 13th Street and Ingram Avenue Friday. Not shown are Gannon Sawford and Andrew Catron who were bringing mulch to the women in a wheel barrow.Faith Bemiss | DemocratRimel, who is also a horticulture instructor at State Fair Community College and manager of SFCC’s greenho...

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Rissler anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. James Rissler will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary April 24.Ladye Deane Thompson and James Shelton Rissler were married April 24, 1964, at the First Christian Church in Sedalia by the Rev. Harry Proviance. Gordon Knight Rissler, brother of the groom, served as best man and June Thompson Rissler, sister of the bride, served as the matron of honor.Mr. Rissler is retired from Inter-State Studio and Publishing Co., and Mrs. Rissler is retired from Third...

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Woolery anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Woolery will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a 4 p.m. dinner Saturday, April 26 outside at 26517 Goodwill Chapel Rd. The celebration is hosted by the couple’s children.Sherry Welton and Chris Woolery were married April 25, 1964 at 2601 S. Woodlawn Dr., in Sedalia by Leo McNeal.Both Mr. and Mrs. Woolery own Woolery’s Mobile Home Park, and Mrs. Woolery works in production at Neet Archery Products in Sedalia.They have ...

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MacDonald-Hill engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher MacDonald Sr. and Ms. Debra Leigh MacDonald, all of Sedalia, announce the engagement of their daughter Andrea Renee MacDonald to Nicholas Hill. He is the son of Brenda Elley, of Tipton, and Scott Elley, of Fortuna.The future bride is a graduate of Warsaw High School and completed an AOS in massage therapy in Kansas City. She attends State Fair Community College focusing on English education and creative writing.The future groom graduated from Tip...

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Schapp-Eaton engagement

Gerard and Karen Schapp, of St. Louis, announce the engagement of the daughter Stephanie Schapp, of Sedalia, to Jonathan Eaton, of Sedalia. He is the son of Kenneth and Audrey Eaton, of Ellsworth, Maine.The future bride is a 2002 graduate of McCluer High School in St. Louis, and a 2007 graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a Bachelors of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. She is employed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol....

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We gather as members of Christ

Dear Editor:Mr. Stevenson seems to indicate he knows where the proper place American flags should be placed in churches. He ended his last letter by saying, “Put the flag back in its proper place, back in front of our church congregation.” (April 16, 2014) Of course, he gives no documentation, as if to say, because he believes this, it must be so.

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Old Glory deserves special place of honor

Dear Editor:On April 16 a letter to the editor from Larry Stevenson appeared regarding the American flag being removed from the altars of some our local churches. As Larry pointed out, it seems that taking the flag out of our sanctuaries is becoming an unfortunate trend.There is this idea of the “separation of church and state.” Old Glory represents freedom and not the separation of church and state. It has symbolized that ever since Betsy Ross presented her ...

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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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