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Nicole Cooke | Democrat Students in the Tiger Pride Marching Band rehearse the opening number of their 2014 show, “Learn to Fly,” which is in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Foo Fighters, during band camp Tuesday morning at Smith-Cotton High School. Band director Grant Maledy said the show also includes “DOA” and “Monkey Wrench.”Nicole Cooke | Democrat Bryton Douglas, Ty Burks and Yeager Coen rehearse the opening number for the Tiger Pride Marching Band’s 2014 show, “Learn to Fly” during band camp Tuesday morning.

 

Bombers shut down Derby

The Sedalia Bombers kept winning at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan., beating Derby (Kan.) 2-0 on Tuesday.Sam Perez pitched a complete game, allowing six hits and striking out six.The Bombers managed three hits in the game, but took advantage of six walks by Derby pitchers. Walks and a ground out led to the Bombers first run of the game in the second inning. A walk and a hit-by-pitch led to the Bombers’ second run.The Bombers ...

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Local dirt racers capture wins

Three area dirt track drivers won feature events this past weekend.Sedalia’s Jonathan Cornell picked up his eighth victory of the season at Double-X Speedway in the Winged Sprint Cars feature. TJ Muths, of Sedalia, took ninth place in the Sprint Car race. La Monte’s Matt Close finished 13th.Also at Double-X Speedway, Syracuse’s Gage Wineland took first place in Hobby Stocks.Many area drivers finished right behind Wineland including...

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Business to offer backpacks for students

Just in time for school supply shopping season, both Cellular Connection locations in Sedalia will be giving away backpacks full of school supplies this weekend to local students who may not be able to afford them.The School Rocks Backpack Giveaway is part of The Cellular Connection’s Culture of Good community outreach program, and Sedalia customers have had the opportunity to donate to the cause — since March TCC customers have had the option to round up their purchase...

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Marsh heads to St. Mary

Knob Noster shooting guard Brett Marsh will play basketball at the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, Kan. Marsh averaged 15.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game last season in his third year as a starter. He was named Missouri River Valley Conference, East All-Conference and Class 3 All-District. The Panthers won more than 50 games with Marsh in the starting lineup. Pictured, seated from left, Brett Marsh and Dana Chaffin. Standing, from left, St. Mary coach Jon Bishop, Knob N...

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Day is new director of Sedalia Senior Center

Julie Day is the new Care Connections county services director at the Sedalia Senior Center and she hopes to offer more health based services while emphasizing that the center is for everyone.Day, who has lived in the area most of her life, began June 9, and as director plans to not only spruce up the inside of the center with paint and curtains but plans to offer additional services.

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Proactive ideas preventing jail escapes

Last summer, Pettis County Jail inmate Matthew P. Lenz attempted to secure his early release by propelling himself through the food hatch in his cell door. He was quickly subdued — the major flaw in his plan was that he tried to escape from a hole that by definition is only going to be open when there’s someone on the other side.This summer, Pettis County Jail inmate Brandon E. McGee also tried to escape through a very small hole:

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Civil War prisons and Ebenezer Magoffin

Civil War era prisons were notorious for their treatment of prisoners. In December 1861, when Col. Ebenezer Magoffin, Pettis County Confederate recruiter, was captured with two of his sons at Milford, near the Blackwater River north of Knob Noster, he was sent to the Gratiot Street Prison in St. Louis and then to the Alton Prison in Alton, Illinois. The following July, he escaped.The Gratiot (pronounced grass-shut) Street Prison had been created by the federal forces as a place to ...

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Bombers keep playing at NBC World Series

Barely 24 hours after the conclusion of the MINK League championship, the Sedalia Bombers were back on the field.The Bombers are in Wichita, Kan., playing in the National Baseball Congress World Series. The compressed schedule since falling to the St. Joseph Mustangs in the best-of-three league championship hasn’t hurt them so far. Two games into the series, the Bombers have two wins, having beaten Albuquerque 10-2 on Saturday and Austin 2-1 on Sunday. Monday was a rest day f...

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SCHS art teacher fired-up about kiln

Smith-Cotton High School art teacher Michael Shukers has spent the better part of his summer constructing a raku pottery kiln to share with youth and others in the community, hoping to foster a better understanding of the creative process of creating fine art for fun.Shukers said several local businesses have helped him with the project, from supplying stainless steel and fire brick, to a donation of a heavy metal cart for transporting the portable 450-pound kiln. Local artists hav...

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Mitchell files for Division 6 seat

Longtime Sedalia Municipal Court Judge Deborah Mitchell will officially seek to move to the Associate Circuit Court of Pettis County as Division 6 Judge, upon filing for the general election as an independent candidate Monday afternoon at the courthouse.“I have been considering doing this, but I did not want to run on a party ticket,” Mitchell said. “I believe now, I have always believed, that judicial elections should be non-partisan. I believe there is no room i...

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Jail escapee has lengthy record

Although he was currently awaiting trial on the “non-violent” offenses of fraudulent use of a credit card, a man who escaped the Pettis County Jail late Thursday night and is still at large as of Monday has a prior record of assault, drug use, theft, burglary and resisting arrest spanning a decade.Prosecutors charged Brandon E. McGee, 29, of the 24000 block of state Route V, with one count of escape from confinement, a class D felony, on Friday. Bond is not an option....

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McMullin picks CMU

Submitted photoSmith-Cotton baseball player Chance McMullin will continue his baseball career at Central Methodist University. Sitting next to Chance is his mother, Ronda McMullin. Standing is CMU assistant coach Rob Ehlers.

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Portion of West Main Street closed for repairs

The Pettis County Highway Department has closed a portion of West Main Street for chip sealing of the road. The affected area will include the roadway from the RV Park entrance to Oak Grove Lane.Weather permitting, the project was scheduled to begin Monday afternoon and reopen by 5 p.m. Thursday. Work will be conducted during the daylight hours but the road will be closed for the entire duration.Residents located on the affected section will be allowed access to the road...

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Hedge Apple Drive will close for culvert replacement

Hedge Apple Drive, between Whitney Drive and Murphy Lane, will be closed starting today and will reopen at 5 p.m. Thursday. The bridge crew will be installing a culvert.

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Camp draws in wrestlers from around area

Smith-Cotton High School held their area-wide wrestling camp during a two day period, starting on July 14. However, the camp was not originally going to be in Sedalia. Joel Sherman, head coach of the Smith-Cotton wrestling program, said that the camp was originally supposed to be in Versailles, however the camp got cancelled. Sherman said that several teams around the area wanted to participate, so coaches and wrestlers from the schools were invited to come to Sedalia to coach and attend the ...

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Coalition to host baby shower

The Pettis County Breastfeeding Coalition, in partnership with the Pettis County Health Center, is hosting a Community Baby Shower in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week that runs Aug. 1-7.The Community Baby Shower will be hosted Aug. 6 at the Bothwell Education Center and all mothers are invited to attend, said the Health Center’s Mary Lou Shane, a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Health Center WIC coordinator.Shane stressed the benefit...

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Reunions

U.S.S. Missouri ReunionThe U.S.S. Missouri (BB-63) Association is a nonprofit organization made up of sailors, marines, officers and midshipmen that have served aboard this famous battleship.Shipmates that served aboard the battleship will host their 41st annual reunion at the Ramada Gateway Hotel in Kissimmee, Fla., from Sept. 17-23. All veterans and interested parties along with their family and friends are invited.For more information, call...

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