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The Sedalia Democrat is today launching a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers.It’s true that we live in a digital age, and more people than ever are turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want. The Sedalia Democrat is committed to being at the forefront of every delivery platform available. In fact, this week we are also unveiling a redesigned website.But while we may be in the middle of a digital revolution, we recognize that our print products remain extremely important, both to thousands of readers and to our loyal advertisers who continue to find print advertising their most effective medium in local markets.


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CALENDARTo have your event or meeting listed, send details to or call 826-1000 ext. 222.TODAY6:30 a.m.: Sunrise Optimist, Best Western State Fair Inn, 3120 S. Limit Ave.10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Epworth Methodist Quilters, Epworth United Methodist Church, 1124 E. Broadway Blvd.11 a.m.: Sedalia Jolly Elders Inc., North 65 Highway cafe....

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Jelinek sparks Branson win

It took one pitch for Brad Jelinek to make an impact Monday at Dey Field at Liberty Park. The former Warsaw Wildcat and current UCM Mule spending the summer playing for Branson homered to left on the first pitch of the game as the Nationals beat the Bombers 7-1.“I was just swinging, (looking for a) base hit up the middle,” he said. “Not looking for a home run. That was my first one of the summer. Good way to start the game. I was glad my family was here to see it ...

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Driskell sworn in as Ward 2 councilmember

Ward 2 of the Sedalia City Council now has two councilmembers again after long-time Sedalia resident Russell Driskell was sworn in during Monday’s meeting.Driskell fills the Ward 2 seat vacated by former councilmember Becca La Strada, who resigned two weeks ago due to health issues. Both of his sons were in attendance Monday night to watch as their dad was sworn in and joined the rest of council in approving several ordinances.Now retired, Driskell spent 20 years w...

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Travelers take district title

The Sedalia Travelers won the Zone 2 East tournament championship.The Travelers beat the Blue Springs A’s 6-4 and 10-3 on Sunday.Austin Weinberg pitched seven innings in the second game, holding the A’s scoreless through five before they finally broke through. In the meantime, the Travelers jumped ahead with a run in the first, then added two in the third and two in the fourth. They broke the game open with a four-run seventh.Chance McMullin and Co...

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Portion of Meyers Road closed for bridge repair

The Pettis County Highway Department closed Meyers Road at the Flat Creek Bridge south of Upton Road at 4 p.m. Monday. The department is working on bridge repair and, weather permitting, it is expected to reopen Aug. 1.Motorist using that section of Meyers Road should plan to take an alternate route.The Pettis County Sheriff’s Office reminds motorists to buckle up, slow down, follow posted signage and drive safely through work zones.

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Sedalia’s Jonathan Cornell raced to the front in the ASCS Warrior Region Sprint Cars feature at Double X Speedway on Sunday.Cornell started in the sixth position, moving up to second place by lap four. On the 12th lap, leader Josh Fisher’s car took some damage and Cornell found himself in the lead on the restart and he held on to that position the rest of the way.Sedalia’s TJ Muths was fifth in the B-Feature.Pilot Grove’s Travis Arnold ...

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Draffen opens S-C softball camp

First-year Smith-Cotton softball coach Janeil Draffen assists players Cheyenne Statler, with ball, and Maddy Kindle, during a workout Monday morning at Vansell Field in Liberty Park. This session was for sophomores and juniors; Draffen worked with freshmen and seniors earlier in the day. About 30 girls have been participating. The team got in some work over the summer, playing in the Pilot Grove league, and is scheduled to play tonight at Boonville.Coach Janeil Draffen discusses te...

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Heat is back in full force, officials say ‘keep it cool’

As meteorologists expect the mercury to near the triple digit range today, Pettis County Health Department officials would like to remind the public to keep cool and that several community resources are available.Pettis County is in a Heat Advisory effective since noon Monday until 7 p.m. today. Temperatures were expected to climb into the 90s Monday with a heat index approaching 97 to 100 degrees. Today will be even hotter with temperatures in the mid to high 90s with a heat index...

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Green Ridge homicides remain unsolved one year later

Despite the passage of a year since two people were murdered and their bodies burned to conceal the still unsolved homicide, the daughter and sister of the victims said the pain is a daily reminder that someone knows what happened and is refusing to come forward.“To the person or people that did this to my mom and my brother, no matter what they did, they didn’t deserve this,” said Angela Martin, daughter and sister of the victims. “They were our family. The...

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Sedalia’s guitar doctors repair musicians precious stringed instruments

Luthier Eron Harding and Steve Cox, owners of Backwood’s Guitar LLC, are finding they are fast becoming the musician’s friend and on-call 911 doctors for all sort of stringed instrument repair.While Cox runs the store-front, Harding, as the luthier, repairs banjos, guitars, violins and other stringed instruments in the business’s basement.This week Harding will fly to Spokane, Wash., to speak at a conference for the Guild of American Luthiers.

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Council to fill vacant Ward 2 seat

The Sedalia City Council will once again have eight councilmembers if council votes to approve Mayor Steve Galliher’s recommendation to fill the Ward 2 seat during its meeting today.Galliher is recommending Russell Driskell to fill the Ward 2 seat vacated by former councilmember Becca La Strada two weeks ago due to health issues. If council approves the recommendation, Driskell will be sworn in before the meeting continues.

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League of Women Voters to host Candidate Fair on Tuesday

The Sedalia-Pettis County League of Women Voters (LWV) will host a Candidates’ Fair from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Shelter House No. 3 on the north side of Liberty Park.“The League of Women Voters was organized right after the 19th Amendment was passed giving women the right to vote,” said Mary Merritt, Voters Service Representative for the Sedalia-Pettis County chapter. “Their mission has been to send an educated voter to the poles. That’s why we s...

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Memorial Powwow hosted 24th season this weekend

Faith Bemiss | DemocratTony Flores, right, who is helping at the Pechanga Indian Reservation in California and formerly of Lebanon, Mo., dances in the Gourd dance with the Qua Paw Gourd Dance Society at the The 24th Annual Robert Woolery Sr. Memorial Powwow Saturday afternoon. The powwow was hosted inside the Agriculture Building on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Bob Woolery, of Sedalia, and emcee for the event, said the Gourd Dance is a warrior’s dance. The dance isn’...

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Man in hospital after petty theft attempt goes wrong

While few details are available as Sedalia Police are just beginning their investigation, a local man was transported to University Hospital in Columbia late Saturday after allegedly being assaulted by two men he was allegedly trying to steal from.According to SPD incident reports, at 11:21 p.m. Saturday officers were dispatched to the 600 block of North Grand Avenue after receiving a 911 call for a male calling for help. Upon arrival, officers found four people in the alley and on...

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Community fills SFD House No. 2 for Sunday showcasing

The community filled the equipment bays of Sedalia Fire House No. 2 on Sunday afternoon to show their support, as firefighters and local officials for the first time, opened to the public the new station that is expected to serve the area for decades to come.“It got to be about 10 minutes before 1 p.m. and I thought maybe people won’t be able to come until later, and then they all seemed to come at one time,” joked SFD Chief Mike Ditzfeld. “I can’t exp...

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Community Calendar for July 21 to July 27

MONDAY 10 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 p.m.: Mondays Cornerstone Celebrate Recovery. Bible-based twelve step program for Hurts, Habits and Hangups. Free supper at 6 pm.; large group meeting at 7 p.m.; small groups at 8 p.m.; live band and child care, progra...

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Juniors take Zone title

Error-free defense, and solid pitching and hitting has gotten the Rick Ball Ford Sedalia Juniors to a 41-7 record this summer and that’s what got them a 4-3 win against the Independence Indians on Saturday to win the AA Zone 2 Tournament and advance to the AA State Tournament in Jackson, Mo.“It feels really good,” said Juniors catcher Christian Jones. “Once in a lifetime thing.”The Juniors had defeated the Indians 5-2 the previous day and fa...

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