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Local on mission to prevent child deaths from heat

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As infants and small children continue to die from being left alone in hot cars, a Sedalia man has invented a cheap and easy to use device that will hopefully aid in reducing those fatalities.Jeff Howard has constructed a device composed of a clip and two adjustable mirrors that will allow parents to see car seats in the backseat, where a blind spot exists in the standard equipment rear-view mirror.“I came out and sat in the car and tried to find out what the problem was,” Howard said. “In a lot of cars, when the rear-view mirror was adjusted properly for driving, you can’t see the car seats in the back. So, I built this. You just clip it on and adjust the two mirrors and you can see the car seats on both sides.”


Bluebirds open with win

Cole Camp opened the 2014 football season with a 36-13 win over Skyline on Friday.The Bluebirds ran for 322 yards on 44 carries. They also had 28 first downs. Two Bluebirds had more than 100 yards rushing as Jacob Schrader carried 35 times for 159 yards and three touchdowns and Brandon Thoennis carried 14 times for 184 including a 75-yard touchdown.Thoennis, Kyle Shearer and Tyler Ward each had five tackles on defense.Cole Camp led 22-13 at halftime and kept b...

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Prep football scores from Aug. 22

Republic 22, Smith-Cotton 7Versailles 26, Knob Noster 0Warsaw 20, Clinton 14Windsor 38, Sweet Springs 8Cole Camp 36, Skyline 13Lincoln 50, Rich Hill 21Lexington 40, Tipton 0St. Paul Lutheran 27, Sacred Heart 12Higginsville 49, Concordia 7

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S-C scores 5 in second half to beat Marshall

The Smith-Cotton boys soccer team opened the 2014 season with a 5-2 win over Marshall in the opening game of the Smith-Cotton Tournament Friday at Susie Ditzfeld Field, answering back after allowing a pair of Marshall goals in the first half to trail 2-0 at halftime.In the night-cap, Smith-Cotton beat Carl Junction 5-0.Against Marshall, Jordan Lawson and Luke Guier sparked the come back seconds into the half, pressuring off the kick off before Guier passed to Lawson who ...

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Windsor wins Greyhound Trophy

Windsor claimed the Greyhound Trophy on Friday with a 38-8 win against Sweet Springs.Junior quarterback Trenton Johnson threw three touchdown passes to lead Windsor. Senior receiver Keller Lewis hauled in two of those scores.On the ground for Windsor, senior Phillip Kroh ran in for a touchdown.Windsor will host Christ Prep out of Lenexa, Kan. next week. Sweet Springs will have its home opener next week against St. Paul Lutheran.

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S-C falls to Republic

The Smith-Cotton football team fell 22-7 to Republic to open the 2014 season in Republic.Caleb Reed got the Tigers on the board with a touchdown pass to Blake Jackson, but Republic later iced the game with a 97-yard touchdown.S-C will host Marshall week two.

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S-C golfers 4th, Sacred Heart 5th at Warrensburg

In girls golf, Smith-Cotton and Sacred Heart opened the 2014 season Friday in Warrensburg.The Lady Tigers were in fourth place with a 416. The Gremlins shot a 444 to finish fifth. Warrensburg won the event with a 332.Warrensburg’s Taylor Beck was the medalist with a 3-over 74. Olivia Sobaski of Sacred Heart was second with a 78.Sacred Heart’s Abby Smeltzer shot a 116 in her debut with fellow Gremlin freshman Clair Sobaski shooting a 122. Julianna B...

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Versailles shuts down Knob Noster

The Versailles Tigers haven’t won a game since 2012, but that streak ended Friday night with a dominating 26-0 win at Knob Noster.“We haven’t had that taste for a really long time, so it’s really special,” said Versailles senior quarterback Michael Allen.Last season’s Versailles-Knob Knoster game saw a combined 67 points with Knob Noster winning 35-32, but it was one-sided Friday.Both teams had some success on defense, but t...

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Dove season outlook a mixed bag

Way back in the day when doves were teaching me the fine art of wingshooting, “hunting” them consisted of plunking oneself down within shotgun range of virtually any stubble field or pond anytime between dawn and dusk. I must admit that, although the good old days have been gone for decades, I’m still struggling to adapt to the realities of 21st century dove hunting.

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Suicide attempts in Pettis County above state average

Suicide prevention has garnered new attention in the media and at the dinner table with the recent death of actor Robin Williams. In the wake, experts say it is important to know the signs of depression, what resources are available in the community and the local trends in deaths by suicide.For someone at risk of suicide to get help, it is important to individuals, friends and loved ones to know the signs.According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, some ...

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Anna Price celebrates 100th birthday

Anna Juanita Rathburn Price celebrated her 100th birthday Aug. 19 with a celebration at her residence in Bristol Manor with many of her friends and family.Anna was born Aug. 19, 1914, in Centerville, Iowa, the daughter of Zern Franklin and Sara Eleanor Rathburn.She has been a residence of Bristol Manor since Jan. 1, 2008.Anna is loved by all that know her. She has helped take care of many people right up unto the last few years. Her church has always been very...

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Fox anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Owen A. Fox will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner Aug. 23.Vera M. Austin and Owen A. Fox were married Aug. 22, 1954, at the First Baptist Church in Humansville by the Rev. J.E. Jackson.Mr. Fox earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, a Master of Science degree in Education and further credit hours in Child and Family from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He retired in 1990 after working 37 years with the University...

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Greer anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Greer celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary Aug. 2Kay Richardson and Jerry Greer were married Aug. 2, 1959, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Sedalia by the Rev. Lee Whiteside and the Rev. Warren Neil.Mrs. Greer was employed for 19 years by the Sedalia School District as a math teacher at Sedalia Middle School.Mr. Greer was employed in the field of education his entire working life, completing his career as the Academic Counselor of S...

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Hemme-McCracken engagement

Gary and Melissa Hemme, of Sedalia, announce the engagement of their daughter, Alexis Kay Hemme, of Brookfield, to Robert Junior McCracken, also of Brookfield. He is the son of Alan McCracken and Lori Melte, both of Brookfield, and Larry and Soyna Bradley, also of Brookfield.The future bride attended Smith-Cotton High School and is employed as a CNA at McLarney Manor in Brookfield.The future groom attended Smithton High School and is employed as a welder at Brookfield Fa...

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Sanford-Hodges engagement

Mr. and Mrs. James Sanford, of Stevensville, Mich., announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelly Jo Sanford, of Chicago, to Dr. Steven W. Hodges, also of Chicago. He is the son of Bill and Rosie Hodges, of Sedalia.The future bride is a graduate of Michigan State University and is employed by BlueGrace Logistics in Chicago.The future groom is a graduate of the University of Kansas Medical School. He is the Assistant Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Nort...

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Hendrix-Mueller engagement

Debra Lunsford Hendrix and Roger Lee Mueller, both of Sedalia, announce their engagement.The future bride is the daughter of Dora M. James and the late Curtis L. James, of Hughesville. The future groom is the son of the late H.W. (Pete) and the late Mary Kathryn Mueller, of Hughesville.The future groom is employed with Ditzfeld Transfer in Sedalia.A Sept. 6, 2014, wedding is planned at Hopewell Baptist Church in Sedalia.

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Malone issues a chilling challenge

If life online has taught us anything, it’s that “haters gonna hate.”Over the past couple of weeks, social media has been flooded with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a grass-roots initiative to raise research funds and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an awful disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Regular folks, celebrities and organizations have all jumped on board, dousing themselves with cold water and donating record amo...

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Adding it up in Ferguson

“It all adds up.”I’ve heard that phrase, over and over again on television, spoken by people in Ferguson, Mo. since the young Mr. Brown was murdered there about 10 days go. Come to think about it, I think I’ve heard it all of my life.People who don’t talk to young black men and women often, don’t understand what they are talking about, don’t understand what they are saying. What they are saying to older people is, that you keep s...

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