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Driskell sworn in as Ward 2 councilmember

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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 working for Gardner Denver and has lived in Sedalia his entire life. As far as goals for his time on council, Driskell didn’t have any specifics in mind.“My goal is to just work for all of Sedalia, for the betterment of all of Sedalia,” he said.

 

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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