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Fair receives restored fire truck

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Nicole Cooke | Democrat Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe sits proudly in the front seat of a newly restored 1929 Ford Model A Fire Truck surrounded by members of the West Central Missouri Auto Club outside the Missouri State Fair Fire Department on Wednesday. “We look for projects in the community and we thought it was a good opportunity to refurbish it and do something for the fairgrounds,” said Floyd Hatfield, front right, president of WCMAC. The truck was acquired by the fair in the early 1980s when it was surplus property of the state of Missouri. The “eye-catching, very historic piece” will be on display outside the station throughout the fair, and will be in the opening day parade.


Bombers take series lead

The Sedalia Bombers beat St. Joseph 5-3 in game one of the MINK League Championship Series Wednesday at Dey Field at Liberty Park, taking a 1-0 lead in the series and getting within one game of a MINK League championship.The win came at a cost as starting pitcher Cole Bartlett injured his arm in the second inning.“It’s hard to see a pitcher like Cole Bartlett go down,” said Bombers manager Jud Kindle. “More than win or losing a game, to see a guy ...

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Sedalia Speed heading to Junior Olympics

Five members of the Sedalia Speed track team will compete in the AAU Junior Olympics starting Monday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.Drake Stadium’s seating capacity is nearly 15,000 and hosts the annual Drake Relays, which brings high school, college and professional track athletes together for the event.Saige Peterson, who will compete in the 800-meter run in the 15-16-year-old age group, said she got a visual of what to expect at the Junior Olympics....

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WILS celebrates accessibility

Staff and consumers with West Central Independent Living Solutions celebrated the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 at Convention Hall at Liberty Park on Wednesday.Outreach Coordinator Sue Kraus said 182 people attended the event, which far exceeded their expectations of about 100 attendees. The celebration was open to WILS customers, as well as those in the public who have or care for someone with a disability.

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Teen disputes fair’s rule on mules

Mariah Murphy just wanted to show her mule, Esther, at the upcoming Missouri State Fair in the 4-H and Future Farmers of America Horse Show, but things got a little complicated.Murphy, 16, of Harrisburg, chose to show Esther as her 4-H project four years ago, and since then Esther has been shown at dozens of horse shows in Missouri. The pair was even awarded the Molly Thomas Bowden Sportsmanship Award during the Boone County Fair on Sunday, an award that honors fallen Columbia Poli...

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Prepping for the Missouri State Fair

Faith Bemiss | DemocratAlthough the 2014 Missouri State Fair doesn’t begin for two weeks, the fairgrounds were busy with prep work on Wednesday. John Wilson, on ladder, and David Gueltzau, of Johnson Properties in Warsaw, were working on Truck’s Place near the Swine Pavilion. “We’re putting in a hood vent,” Gueltzau said. “We’ve been here about three weeks.” He said they should be done with the cafe Wednesday, but then would begin wor...

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Travelers boost East in Legion All Star game

Five members of the Sedalia Travelers helped the East capture the Zone 2 All-Star game, beating the West 2-1. The East team was comprised of the Travelers as well as players from Fike, the Independence Bears and the Rod’s Sports A’s facing the West team with players from the Lee’s Summit Outlaws, Lee’s Summit Pirates, Post 21 and St. Joseph Post 11.The East scored two runs in top of fifth with Ian Dotson driving in the second run with a single to the right s...

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Water Department mulls liability, wells

The Sedalia Water Department may assume some landscaping costs in the event of a cul-de-sac water main repair, pending the passage of a policy change discussed at Wednesday’s Board of Public Works meeting.The issue arose from an incident in the Hunters Ridge subdivision earlier in the year where the break of a water main was repaired — causing some damage to an island in a cul-de-sac that had recently been landscaped.Hunters Ridge Home Owners Association Memb...

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Fatal accident in Moniteau County

One man was killed and another man was injured in a collision at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Moniteau County.Paul D. Forbis, 56, of California, Mo., was driving west on U.S. Highway 50 near the intersection of Business 50 when his vehicle crossed the centerline and struck a vehicle driven east by Kevin L. Sheets, 48, of Versailles, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.The Moniteau County Coroner pronounced Forbis dead at the scene. Sheets was taken to Capital Region ...

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VFW Post 2591 to host Korean War veteran recognition Saturday

In order to honor those brave men and woman who served in what is often referred to as the “forgotten war,” VFW Post 2591 in Sedalia will host a Korean War Veteran Recognition Day starting at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Post Annex, located at 121 S. Ohio Ave.“I think it is important that we say thank you,” said Gary Gill, VFW member and former post commander. “I have the philosophy that we honor our dead by recognizing our living and that is what we will do...

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Bombers welcome Boys and Girls Clubs

Eric Ingles/ DemocratThe Sedalia Bombers welcomed 30 kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri to their game against Nevada Tuesday at Liberty Park. The Boys and Girls Clubs are partnering with Major League Baseball’s Wanna Play? program to promote an active lifestyle. Members of the Boys and Girls Clubs recieved a Bombers hat. Pictured are Green Ridge baseball players front row from left, James Ferrell, Matteo Rivas, Frankie Brady and Abraham Rivas. Back ro...

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Bombers prepare for St. Joe

The Sedalia Bombers and St. Joseph Mustangs will meet again, but this time, a championship is on the line.The best-of-three MINK League championship series begins today at Liberty Park. First pitch in game one between the South Division Champion Bombers and North Division Champion Mustangs will be 7 p.m. The second game will be Thursday in St. Joseph with the third, if necessary, Friday in St. Joseph.The Bombers offense has slumped recently as the team won three consecut...

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City clerk receives highest certification

After 10 years of hard work, City of Sedalia City Clerk Arlene Silvey has recently been certified as a Missouri Professional City Clerk (MPCC) from the Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association.There are four levels of certification within the association, and MPCC is the highest designation possible. Throughout the year there are various opportunities for members to earn credit hours, such as the spring institute, classes at the Missouri Municipal League in September, ...

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July 23 crash reports

Deer causes accident in Johnson CountyA Warrensburg man was injured in an accident at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in Johnson County.William J. Morrow, 27, was driving south on state Route 23 near the intersection of state Route D when his vehicle struck a deer and traveled off the road down a steep embankment, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report.Morrow was taken to Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg with minor injuries. Repor...

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July 23 police reports

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 DepartmentArrestsJuly 217:06 a.m.: Daniel S. Hooper, 33, of the 1500 block of East Broadway Boulevard, was arrested at his home on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and second-degre...

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Candidates snub sweltering temps to face off at Liberty Park

In what may be the last public forum before the Aug. 5 primary, candidates took the hot seat — literally, as temperatures approached the 100 degree mark — at a candidate fair hosted by the League of Women Voters Tuesday afternoon in Liberty Park.“I think considering the weather and everything it is a good turn out,” said Mary Merritt, of the League of Women Voters. “In the background you can hear the people talking which is good. The candidates have so...

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Youth football heats up at camp

The hottest day of 2014 so far didn’t stop the area’s youth from learning the fundamentals of football during the first day of the Sedalia Youth Football League camp on Tuesday at Smith-Cotton High School.By the time the camp started at 6 p.m., the temperature was 94 degrees with a heat index more than 100 degrees, but kids from kindergarten through seventh grade still made it out and had fun.“It was a blast,” seventh grader Drake Peterson said....

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New pedestrian lights coming soon

Faith Bemiss | DemocratEmployees of Meyer Electric Inc., of Jefferson City, use a Ditch Witch to create a conduit for installation of new pedestrian lights at the intersection of Broadway Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue late Tuesday morning. Meyer Electric foreman Don Buescher, not shown, said they began work for MoDOT Monday at Broadway Boulevard and Engineer Avenue. They plan to continue the installation along Broadway Boulevard to U.S. Highway 65. The process should take seve...

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