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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (09/01/2014) at 03:17 PM

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  • Tell us your Michael Brown story

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  • Annual school report cards highlight St. Louis disparity in poverty

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  • Understanding the school-to-prison pipeline

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  • Cameras, deadly force and the death of Kajieme Powell

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  • 'I could have been Mike Brown, before Mike Brown'

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  • Blue vs. black is a domestic security concern

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  • Why Obama will never have a conversation on race

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  • Address the institutionalization of racism

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  • Unified city and county would provide better police service

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  • Ferguson needs Chris Rock's message

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  • Finding even finer gradations in race is counterproductive

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  • Liberal Democratic policies haven't helped African-Americans

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  • Yes, talk is needed; but so is action

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  • Another take on how Ferguson, Kirkwood handled shootings

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  • Frustration about how to help

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  • Move toward a better understanding

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  • Examine St. Louis County's distribution of Section 8 housing

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  • Neither Nixon nor McCulloch wants this case

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  • City doesn't need the county's problems

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  • Stltoday.com can help by aggressively moderating — or eliminating — online comments


    Kansas City Star - Editorials
    As of (09/01/2014) at 03:17 PM

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  • Jennifer Lawrence wants investigation after massive leak of naked celebrity photos Local pathology assistant Shawn Parcells is at the heart of the Ferguson storm Eric Hosmer returns from DL, leads charge of September call-ups for Royals Alex Smith’s contract extension with the Chiefs makes sense for both sides Kansas City fetches FitBark, a fitness tracker for Fido Featured Sam Brownback is paying a political price for bold leadership News All News Local News 913 816 816 North Nation & World Crime Homicide KC Community Faces Politics Weird News Blogs & Columns Mary Sanchez C.W. Gusewelle The Buzz Crime Scene KC Steve Rose Reporting Live Latest Headlines Local pathology assistant Shawn Parcells is at the heart of the Ferguson storm Sam Brownback is paying a political price for bold leadership Santa-Cali-Gon offers shopping and fun for visitors, prime fundraising for community groups Kansas City plans a crackdown on parking scofflaws KC police ID man killed in al...

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  • Search for Jobs Place a Classified Ad Merchandise Cars Homes Apartments Other categories Classified Support Center Customer Service Sign In Subscribe Customer Service Search On Labor Day, a call to raise up part-time workers Welcome to the “just in time” work world. It is swiftly making life more difficult for part-time workers who already struggle to provide for their families and to find a toehold in the post-recession economy. The Monday poll: Should the minimum wage be raised? The president has asked Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from its current paltry level of $7.25, though chances of that happening appear slim to none. On this Labor Day weekend, we want to hear what you think about proposals to raise the minimum wage. New, sharply focused programs could reduce violent crime As The Star’s Editorial Board has tracked each murder in 2014, it has been encouraging to see that innovative crime-reduction efforts could be pay

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  • Plan B could help improve KC ambulance billing The protracted battle over who controls ambulance billing in Kansas City is far from over. That’s good news for taxpayers, who stand to benefit if a company called Intermedix can help the city bring in more revenue to cover the costs of rides for patients.

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  • A troll in the House as a gender battle erupts on Wikipedia Congress might have taken a month off from its busy schedule of accomplishing nothing, but congressional staffers are still in Washington. And when the boss isn’t looking, workers often fool around online. Then it’s all fun and ice cream, at least until the trolls show up on Wikipedia.

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  • Maintaining state accreditation will get tougher for area school districts Overall, Kansas City area school districts should be commended for scoring well on new state report cards. But things could get tougher in the next few years.

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  • A fans’ guide to the Royals’ most important month in decades Will it be a September to remember for baseball fans in Kansas City? The Royals were in first place on Aug. 31 for the first time in decades and are in position to make the playoffs for the first time since 1985. Check out this special collection of stories and charts to get you prepared for the critical final month. Stay Connected Oops, you haven't selected any newsletters. Please check the box next to one or more of our email newsletters and submit again. Oops, you didn't provide a valid email address. Please double-check the email field and submit again. Sign up for email newsletters Breaking News Alerts (When it happens) Get major news fast with an alert sent to your e-mail inbox. Your Morning News (Monday-Friday mornings) A quick-read summary of 10 local and national stories to start your day. Midday Business News (Monday-Friday) A daily lunchtime dispatch of Kansas City area news and market inform...

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  • Build a winner at Kauffman Stadium and Royals fans will come Royals fans these days are no different from those in the past. Generally, they will show up for winners. And the current squad hasn’t won anything, yet, of lasting value. No playoff spot, no division title, no league crown and certainly no World Series rings. However, this year’s club still has the opportunity to accomplish all of those goals. That’s a nice change for fans. Build a team to expunge the scourge of Islamic State terrorists Friday is particularly gruesome in that dust-bound world, but the Islamic State commits its crimes against humanity every day. Grandview School District audit reveals failures The Missouri auditor found deficiencies in internal controls, noncompliance with legal provisions and a need for management improvements. Look at the facts, not the myths, on job growth in Johnson and Wyandotte counties One story line heard by Kansas Leadership members will come straight fro...


    The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
    As of (03/24/2014) at 11:55 PM

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  • This 'gracious lady' took interest in all her students Mar. 23, 2014 Trouble. It was not my fault. My parents, high school teachers and counselors reviewed my grades and decided I was smart enough to finish high school in three years and get a jump on college.

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  • 10 rules to live by, hard to live with Mar. 23, 2014

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  • Krauthammer: Ukraine needs strength, not MREs Mar. 23, 2014 Early in the Ukraine crisis, when the Europeans were working on bringing Ukraine into the EU system and Vladimir Putin was countering with threats and bribes, one British analyst lamented that 'we went to a knife fight with a baguette.'

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  • To the point/Roses and thorns Mar. 23, 2014

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  • Today's Editorial Cartoon 10:46 AM

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  • Vote 'No' to renew tax Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Stoeffler: Check out our fresh digital designs Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Sometimes life takes a near miss Mar. 22, 2014

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  • We are doing students a disservice when we make education an easy 'A' Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Readers' letters Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Vote 'No' to renew tax Often, we have to pay for our mistakes.

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  • Let's end domestic abuse

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  • Let's let the 'Sunshine' in

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  • Kennally served us well

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  • Morris is wildlife leader

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  • Time to talk about future


    The Independence Examiner - Editorials
    As of (09/01/2014) at 03:17 PM

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  • Jerry Plantz: Another company dodging taxes Updated at 12:20 PM Last Wednesday, at lunch time, I stopped in a Kansas City establishment housing a variety of restaurants. I found myself standing before a Burger King. I looked up at their sign, and all I could see was unpatriotic greed and disgust. I opted to...

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  • This Startup Wants You To Control Everything In Your Home By Pointing At What You Want Posted at 12:00 PM

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  • Burr Oak Woods Nature Center September activities Posted at 11:00 AM Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center is offering the following programs in September. The Nature Center is located at 1401 N.W. Park Road in Blue Springs. All activities are free, but registration is required, unless otherwise noted.

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  • 9 Authentic Mexican Dishes You Should Eat Instead Of The Tex-Mex Knockoffs Posted at 12:00 PM

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  • Oak Grove man dies in head-on crash on I-70 Updated at 10:34 AM An Oak Grove man died late Sunday when he drove the wrong way on Interstate 70 and struck another car head-on.It happened just west of Corcordia, Missouri. Billy L. Moore, 79, headed west in the eastbound lanes, according to the Missouri...

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  • Man Accused Of Leaking Naked Celebrity iCloud Photos Denies Everything Posted at 12:00 PM

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  • Celebrity Chef Todd English Charged with Drunk Driving Posted at 10:05 AM Celebrity chef Todd English was arrested on a DWI charge Sunday while driving in the Hamptons, 

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  • Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg Marry Posted at 10:05 AM Jenny McCarthy and 

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  • Ashlee Simpson Marries Evan Ross at Diana Ross' Estate Posted at 10:05 AM Ashlee Simpson married  The 12 US Cities With The Hardest-Working People Posted at 12:00 PM NEXT 10  »


    The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
    As of (09/01/2014) at 03:17 PM

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Cameras, deadly force and another incident in St. Louis By St. Louis Post-Dispatch : The use of deadly force is complicated, and officers under stress often can"t recount the exact details of a situation. Cameras are the best way to keep cops and the public safe.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Support for Canine Cruelty Prevention Act should remain strong by Bob Baker : The Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation hopes bill gains support and is not misinterpreted.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri must stop subsidies to illegal day cares by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Missouri fails its children when it continues to provide millions in subsidies to unlicensed day care providers without direct oversight or inspection.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: A plea to give U.S. workers something to cheer about Labor Day is a call to action to renew the working class.

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  • GEORGE KENNEDY: Buddy Packs fill hunger gap for kids, but not enough by George Kennedy : More resources are needed to provide enough weekend meals for students who rely on free or reduced-price meals at school.

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  • DAVID ROSMAN: It's difficult to find a focus in the dog days of summer by David Rosman : Keeping up with politics can be hard, and that"s OK.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Preventing sexual assault rests with everyone on campus by LAWRENCE JOURNAL-WORLD : For sexual assaults on college campuses to be reduced, a cultural change is needed. Students should be willing to intervene in potentially threatening situations.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Keep the Ice Bucket Challenge spirit alive by Biloxi (Miss.) Sun-Herald : The Internet sensation has raised close to $80 million for Lou Gehrig"s disease research.

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  • STEVE SPELLMAN: Homes on the auction block are a sad reminder of hard times by Steve Spellman : The selling of real estate for overdue property taxes shows the unseen dark side of how we pay for services in the community. Every time voters approve a new or extended property tax, it impacts those already struggling to stay in their homes.

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  • ROSE NOLEN: Education once turned children into responsible adults by Rose M. Nolen : My brother could have helped win the war for education. As it was, he finished school about 40 years too late. He became a teacher when it became more important to parents to let their children have a good time in school rather than get a good education.

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  • DEAR READER: 'Dog days of summer' arrive, but the fault is in the stars by Maggie Walter : The phrase, "dog days of summer" dates to the Greeks and Romans.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's important to guard against 'mission creep' in Iraq by DENVER POST : Although the U.S. has acted appropriately in recent weeks, war-weary Americans deserve a firmer answer regarding the future of U.S. military involvement in Iraq.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Surplus military gear should not go to local police by St. Joseph News-Press : Even though the officers of the Special Response Team of St. Joseph and Buchanan County decided the equipment was needed, many others in the community questioned that assessment, and well before the Ferguson police showdown with protesters.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Here's a ticket to Sarah Palin's funhouse by Jim Hightower : Instead of just another TV show, there’s a whole new channel that’s all Sarah Palin, all the time. Don’t look for it in your TV listings. It’s on the Internet, and a yearly subscription costs $99.95.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Lessons from Ferguson — history of St. Louis offers plenty of clues by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : The anger that simmered and then exploded in Ferguson has its roots in something more than a white cop from a force that doesn’t look like its community killing — however it happened — an unarmed black kid. It stretches beyond the demographic changes over the past 25 years that had Ferguson turning from a majority white to a majority black inner-ring suburb of St. Louis.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Looking for information, photos about Vietnam casualties by Jefferson City News Tribune : The Missouri Press Association has joined the effort to find photographs of every U.S. Service member killed in action in Vietnam.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Warren Buffett's role in Burger King deal could backfire by The Kansas City Star : This looming deal of food giants seeking a larger global footprint involves what’s called a tax inversion — Burger King, currently based in Miami, would move its headquarters to Canada and thus lower its U.S. tax bills.

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  • DEAR READER: On whether and when to send a journalist to Ferguson by Tom Warhover : The story of protest and confrontation is a local story for every community in the country, even when your journalists stay home.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: A first step in reining in the NSA by Los Angeles Times : The Leahy bill addresses in only minor ways the collection of information about Americans as a byproduct of the electronic surveillance targeting foreigners living abroad.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Gov. Nixon needs to be a more decisive leader in Ferguson by The Kansas City Star : Going forward, Nixon needs to assert his authority and replace St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch with a special prosecutor to lead the investigation into Michael Brown’s death.


    Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
    As of (09/01/2014) at 03:22 PM

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  • Atwill Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill told the Boone County Farm Bureau on Tuesday that the fairground probably will be closed for a few months but a move already is underway for a permanent reopening.

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  • Unconstitutional What do subsidies for Missouri's dairy farmers and regulation of captive deer have in common?

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  • CVS Columbia city government has messed with CVS long enough. The time has come to let the pharmacy company proceed with plans to build on the southeast corner of Providence and Broadway.

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  • Police aggression As analysis continues of police actions in Ferguson, we locals are prompted to think about our own department under the direction of Police Chief Ken Burton. In a word, things have improved here.

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  • Nixon's predicament Gov. Jay Nixon is being roundly criticized for his handling of the volatile situation in Ferguson, many even suggesting any hopes he might have had for national political aspirations are fading.

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  • What we eat Rivaling popular discourse on the proper reaction to ISIS insurgents and whether the cop should have shot the teenager is an equally durable topic: the poor eating habits of today's young people.

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  • The prosecution Now that the potential prosecution of Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson is at hand, circumstances are custom-made to produce another round of anger on the streets.

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  • Fighting ISIS What sort of human debris beheads an innocent victim before an international audience, using state-of-the-art video technology so not a single horrendous moment will be lost to posterity?

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  • City budget City Manager Mike Matthes proposes a rash of fee and tax increases in his fiscal 2015 budget.

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  • Smile Columbia police officials proclaim the value of newly deployed personal body cameras intended to accurately record what happens when officers interact with subjects. Too bad Ferguson police did not have cameras running when they came in contact with teenager Michael...

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  • Don't shoot As the media frenzy continues over the shooting in Ferguson, what might be done to avoid such mayhem in the future?

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  • Ameren site For years locals have contemplated the future of a site on the corner of Ash and Orr streets.

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  • Privatizing the fair? Promoters of privatizing the fairground/events center mention the privately supported fair in Cape Girardeau, but the comparison is inaccurate. The Boone County Fair is privately supported. The issue is how to underwrite the 134-acre site where the fair is only...

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  • Official killing Recent failed applications of the death penalty stoke the debate over “humane” treatment.

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  • Test scores Once again we are confronted in Missouri with fallen student test scores, a phenomenon that occurs with more or less frequency everywhere in the nation. Between 2013 and 2014, elementary school scores on communication arts and mathematics declined. Even more...

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    St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
    As of (09/01/2014) at 03:23 PM

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  • Where are the workers? Labor Day is a national holiday in the United States, but if we're actually celebrating work - gainful employment - then a lot of people are being left out of the celebration.

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  • Key sector relies on investment All kinds of things will be needed for the continued development and growth of the Animal Health Corridor, but money is near the top of the list.

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  • Lead on response to violence The National Football League sends the right message, belatedly, when it admits to past failings and toughens sanctions for players accused of domestic violence.

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  • Air Guard goals: 1 down, 3 to go It's been a banner two weeks for St. Joseph. Still, Thursday's news of a new mission coming to Rosecrans Memorial Airport stands out.

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  • Report rogue breeders Our view on commercial dog breeding operations is fairly simple: Breeders need to be held accountable for doing the right thing.

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  • Mural a plus for city Thanks and congratulations are in order for a St. Joseph community-betterment group that saw a need and sought to address it.

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  • International students boost diversity, budgets New numbers from our regional campuses remind there is more than one way to grow enrollment and improve public higher education's bottom line.

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  • Western to mark its 100th For perspective, think what St. Joseph would be like - now and in the future - without the presence of Missouri Western State University.

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  • Review use of military gear As the debate heats up, allow us to join in with those who question the unchecked deployment of surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies across the country.

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  • Ag: It's What We Do If there were any doubt, events of the last three weeks reaffirm St. Joseph and the nearby region are deeply tied to the agricultural economy - here and around the world.

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  • First aid with new meaning Some of the deepest wounds can't be covered by bandages. Fortunately, new training is equipping responders to address these needs.

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  • Wing, Western connect The connections between St. Joseph and the 139th Airlift Wing continue to grow stronger, and both are better for it.

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  • A goal for drivers: Safety at any age Our region is part of a growing national concern: School-based driver's education is in decline.

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  • Abbey invests so its mission will endure When it comes to making a lasting mark - and making something last - Conception Abbey gives us a fine example to follow.

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  • Two views of schools in order The first day of school, wherever you live, is cause for celebration.

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  • Ferguson healing requires civil order Saturday, one week to the day after Michael Brown died on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon took necessary steps that restrict the rights of some to preserve the rights of all.

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  • Renewable fuels advance U.S. aims Odds are, your stance on the viability of renewable fuels depends on whose information you've read.

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  • Trails West! comes of age After 21 years, there is no other way to put this: The Midland Empire's signature regional arts and entertainment festival is all grown up now.

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  • Farming brings joy, challenges all at once For a farmer, a bumper crop is a blessing – but a mixed one.

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  • Defend military assets Many parts of the country count themselves as big supporters of the nation's military. Count us in, too.


    The Joplin Globe - Editorials
    As of (08/14/2014) at 08:34 AM

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  • Geoff Caldwell, columnist: Shine a light in Williams' name Join me for a reflection upon a person I never met, a person I never knew, but who we will all miss ever so much. August 13, 2014

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  • Too bad Dole's not on ballot Bob Dole still has a lot of practical wisdom to offer state and federal officials. The problem is that many of them won’t listen. August 13, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Your View: Play ball I’m not a big fan of the word “disabled.” The prefix “dis” means “lack of, not.” I prefer to use the term “differently abled.” August 12, 2014

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  • Your View: Atrocities Reading about the atrocities against the Iraqi women by the Islamic State group, it appears these fanatics may have read Judges 19 through 21 in the Old Testament. August 12, 2014

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  • Your View: Here's the frustration Regarding Taylor Armerding’s column (Globe, Aug. 9), I think he has missed the point about why many Americans, including the president, are frustrated with the “do-nothing Congress.” August 12, 2014

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  • Our View: Truth lost amid hysteria It started as a peaceful protest for a death that should have provoked questioning and even outrage in the community of Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis. August 12, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Marilyn Beasley, columnist: Nothing transparent about this administration In January 2009, newly elected President Barack Obama made this statement: “My administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration.” August 11, 2014

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  • Other Views: Tenure issue now on ballot In a case of election irony, on the day voters were settling five statewide issues, a new controversy was added to the November ballot. August 11, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Herb Van Fleet, columnist: International laws don't easily apply today In the immediate aftermath of World War II, the world was made painfully and shockingly aware of the atrocities, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by the Nazis and the Japanese military. August 11, 2014

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  • Carol Stark: Woman's final request was a call for action If, at the end of a person’s life, a family could write an obituary like the one that announced the passing of Connie Davis, the world would be a better place. August 11, 2014


    The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
    As of (09/01/2014) at 03:23 PM

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  • Your Opinion: Right to Farm does not eliminate standards - Tom Judge wants answers on Right to Farm. Seems he is worried that farmers, particularly livestock farmers, will farm as many critters as we want in whatever conditions we see fit.

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  • Your Opinion: Counter-protesters provide service to the community - Like everyone I was not pleased to learn that the members of the Westboro Baptist Church, taking unfair advantage of the riots in Ferguson, were spreading their message of hate in our town.

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  • Our Opinion: Dilemma invites county to rethink expansion News Tribune editorial - A demolition/construction plan has left the Cole County Commission between a proverbial rock and hard place.

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  • Our Opinion: Labor Day - Constants amid change News Tribune editorial - As we prepare to observe the Labor Day holiday on Monday, we are reminded of a quote that described workers as reliable, loyal, punctual, dependable and great problem solvers.

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  • Perspective: Burger King deal shows need for corporate tax reform - The reason American companies are seeking to invest abroad rather than here is simple. At 35 percent, we have the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world.

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  • Perspective: Troubled EPA 'waters' - This week, I'm going to highlight just one regulation from just one federal agency: the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) “Waters of the United States" rule.

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  • Our Opinion: An exception in child sexual abuse cases? - Although the November election is more than two months away, a proposed change in criminal law already has triggered controversy.

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  • Your Opinion: Zoning vote marks defeat of special interests - Once again special interest proposals have crashed and burned courtesy of the people of Cole County.

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  • Your Opinion: Presbyterians, peace and the Mideast crisis - I found the article “Faith, prayer have no bounds" interesting that the First Presbyterian Church was featured hosting a prayer service for peace and reconciliation around the world.

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  • Our Opinion: Animal welfare law revisited - We disapprove of the way the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act came into being, but it appears to working.

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  • Your Opinion: Statements and actions questioned - Just when you have seen it all, heard it all, or thought you have, Ferguson has lit up the “I'll be damned light."

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  • Our Opinion: 'Four E's' apply to safety on Labor Day - Labor Day weekend approaches amid a mix of public safety reminders for motorists.

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  • Your Opinion: Obama's failure; Nixon's comment - Obama has given us another reason to compare him to Jimmy Carter.

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  • Study: Social media users shy away from opinions - People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.

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  • Your Opinion: Farming protected from HSUS agenda - The motto this year among the 4-H and FFA kids in the livestock barns is - “We farm so you can eat." It couldn't be said any better.


    The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
    As of (08/31/2014) at 11:14 PM

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  • Addressing neighborhoods, untangling poverty (08/31/14) Even before Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., cries for peace and pleas for ending violence were being voiced in a troubled Cape Girardeau neighborhood. Before Brown, there was Anthony Hempstead, a young black man shot in our town. His killer has not yet been identified. Hempstead, who had a troubled past but according to family was trying to lead a new, clean life, left a loving family in pieces. He also left behind a neighborhood searching for answers. For justice...

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  • Editorial Happy Labor Day (08/31/14) When it comes to the reasons for Monday's Labor Day holiday, the U.S. Department of Labor offers a good historical review. The first Labor Day celebration was in New York City in 1882 and was organized by the Central Labor Union. Right off the bat, the holiday was associated with the first Monday in September. ...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 8/29/14 (08/29/14) I recently read where a girl was suspended from a high school for saying, "Bless You" to another student after they sneezed. My child recently started classes at SIU and one of their instructors said that "religion is just in your head." Well, sir, I strongly disagree with you! This is a prime example of a university that stands back and does nothing when these ultra-liberal atheist instructors try to use their classes to indoctrinate anti-Christian ways of thinking into their students. ...

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  • Editorial Corvettes made for fun attraction in Cape's downtown (08/29/14) It was an impressive sight on Tuesday as a large group of Corvettes made its way to downtown Cape Girardeau. Hundreds of the popular sports cars joined the Corvette Caravan, and local enthusiasts filled the downtown area to get a look. The group was traveling to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky...

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  • Editorial Southeast football begins a new era (08/28/14) There's a new excitement about the Southeast Missouri State University football program. The Redhawks have a new head coach, Tom Matukewicz, whose leadership to this point has brought energy and a new team culture. Last week Southeast Missourian and semoball.com sports editor Rachel Crader highlighted how success should, or should not, be measured in coach Tuke's first season. ...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 8/28/14 (08/28/14) Recently, I've been reading and hearing a lot about the price of gas being $1.87 when President Bush left office. I think people need to be reminded, at that time our country was in a recession. Everything was cheap, especially real estate at that time. That's nice to say, but you need to take everything into the same context...

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  • Letter to the Editor Early to bed, early to rise (08/28/14) We were delighted to see Laura Simon's lovely photographs of our home and business, Bellevue Bed and Breakfast. It was also a joy to meet Savanna Maue, a young, up-and-coming journalist who already has an Associated Press article under her belt. We were truly honored to receive recognition by the Keep Cape Beautiful Beautification Committee and appreciate the work that they and the parks and recreation department tirelessly do for our city. ...

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  • Editorial Boat race brings practical experience to classroom education (08/27/14) Take key concepts and put together a friendly competition and you have a good start in helping young people learn. A competition promoting Project Lead the Way, an organization that promotes education and preparation for college engineering programs, recently was held at the Student Aquatic Center at Southeast Missouri State University. ...

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  • Opinion Column Racial strife in Ferguson (08/27/14) I spent far too much of my weekend catching up on the events surrounding the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. It literally took an earthquake to shake the national media away from Ferguson for just a brief moment. And just as quickly, the media swarmed again on the St. Louis suburb for Monday's funeral...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 8/27/14 (08/27/14) Just watching the news this morning, where the police in Cape are offering coffee with the cops this morning, paid for by the cops, from 8 to 9. I guess my question is, why would they pick a weekday when most people are at work from 8 to 9? They may get some parents who don't have to work, or other people who have the convenience of not working. ...

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  • Opinion Column Piracy in the Indian Ocean: Perils on the high seas (08/26/14) In the Disney version of piracy, buccaneers such as Jack Sparrow -- Captain Jack Sparrow -- claim to be ruffians and rebels, but in practice it is mostly their hearts that are made of gold, not their treasure. While they do sail, and occasionally fight British ships, or raid coastal towns, their crimes are minimal, and in the end they show courage and goodness that would have been shocking to the actual pirates of the Caribbean...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 8/26/14 (08/26/14) We, as Christians, must call out to the Lord for help in this time of world chaos. We need His help and His guidance to help us through these problems we're having in the world, spiritual problems, and we must ask as Christians on our knees for help for our country and our world. That is our only hope...

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  • Editorial Many education options in Cape Girardeau (08/26/14) Today's workforce requires people with different skills. A college education is a great choice, and many students are now back to their campus for the start of a new academic year. But there are many educational options, including trade schools. Careers in the medical field, business, massage therapy and cosmetology all need people with specific skills. The educational programs, in many cases, can be finished in a relatively short period of time...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 8/25/14 (08/25/14) It's terrible that they're trying to close Cottonwood Center. Those children can use that facility, and it should stay open. But everyone's griping about how we spend more than we get in when it comes to taxes. Nobody wants to raise taxes, the last election has showed. ...

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  • Letter to the Editor Too much divisive talk (08/25/14) Radio personality Glenn Beck in a recent cable television interview, expressed regret for having contributed to the widening gap between Democrats and Republicans. He cited calling the president a racist as an example of "stupid" things he had said. ...

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  • Editorial Being safe with alcohol is a serious matter (08/25/14) According to a Missouri Department of Transportation official, there were 757 fatal crashes on Missouri roads in 2013. About a third of those involved an impaired driver. As we warmly welcome college students back to the campus of Southeast Missouri State University, we're reminded of the seriousness of driving while impaired...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 8/24/14 (08/24/14) There are so many Americans today who are part African-American and part European-American. And it's time to quit worrying about it. It's time to just all be Americans. But in the meantime, until we get to that point, we need to have plenty of African-American police officers who can communicate with the African-American community and make them feel that the police are here to save us and to keep us safe...

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  • Letter to the Editor Follow Mrs. Missouri (08/24/14) On Aug. 22-29, I have the honor of representing our great state of Missouri as I compete for the title of Mrs. America in Tucson, Arizona. As part of the competition, I will promote my platform of women's empowerment, and I will also highlight an important part of Missouri agriculture. Showcasing the resources of our city, state and citizens on a national level is a responsibility that I carry with excitement and pride...

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  • Letter to the Editor Impressed with competitor (08/24/14) Editor's note: The following letter to the editor was sent in response to the story "Brotherly competition helps young Zalma cross country program make strides." I want to take a moment to wish our competitor luck as we set to begin our 2014 Cross Country season. ...

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  • Editorial Athletics about more than who wins and loses (08/24/14) Friday night marked the beginning of high school football season. At stadiums all across the state and country, fans in local communities gathered to support their athletes on the gridiron. But it's not just football. There are many other sports, for boys and girls, that help draw communities closer...


    Sedalia Democrat - Editorials
    As of (09/01/2014) at 01:10 PM

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  • Sedalia 200 on par statewide 3 days 13 hours ago The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released its 2014 Annual Performance Reports this week, and while the Sedalia School District 200 received fewer points than in 2013, district officials said the slight drop was expected.The progress report is given to districts statewide, and the results are based on students’ performance in the Missouri Assessment Program tests given last spring. Sedalia 200 received 118.5 out of a possible 140 points in its progress report, which is 7.5 points fewer than its 2013 score of 126. Both Superintendent Brad Pollitt and Director of Curriculum Instruction and Assessment Carla Wheeler said the slight decrease was something they were prepared to see.

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  • Gremlins win Barstow tourney The Sacred Heart Gremlins boys soccer team won the Barstow tournament for the second year in a row, beating Class 2 Maryville in the final 5-0.Sebastian Aguerro assisted on a pair of first half goals, setting up Brandon Cooper and Chris Mergen. Max Martin scored off a Cooper assist to give the Gremlins a 3-0 lead at the half.The second half opened with a Cooper header off a Devon Grose corner kick to put the Gremlins up 4-0. The final Gremlin score came from Max Martin o...

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  • Community Calendar for Sept. 1-7 MONDAYLabor Day HolidayTUESDAY8 a.m.: Business Network International, at Heckart Family Center, 902 S. Ohio Ave.9:30 a.m.: Sedalia Welcome Club, coffee, Wesley United Methodist Church, 1322 W. Broadway Blvd.11 a.m.: Compass Club, Best Western State Fair Inn, 3120 S. Limit Ave.Noon: Never Too Old Gang, at New Hope Baptist Church...

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  • S-C runs past Marshall Smith-Cotton got more than 160 all-purpose yards from Steven Archambault in a 28-14 win over Marshall on Friday at Jennie Jaynes Stadium.The Tiger senior scored three times as S-C opened the home portion of their 2014 schedule with their first win of the season.“The offensive line opened up holes all night,” he said. “They were blocking all their assignments. We definitely upgraded from last week.”It was also the first victory for S-C h...

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  • Cole Camp beats Warsaw Cole Camp beat Warsaw 20-7 in a non-conference football game on Friday.The Bluebirds jumped ahead on a 2-yard Jaycob Schrader touchdown in the second quarter. Brandon Thoennes added another from 3-yards out in the third before the Wildcats got on the board later in the quarter.Warsaw’s Bailey Jelinek scored on a 13-yard reception from Will Bunch.Darryn Frain capped off the scoring on a 75-yard run in the fourth with Thoennes adding the 2-point conversion...

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  • Lincoln scores 44 unanswered points in rout LINCOLN— Lincoln’s offensive attack was too much for Sacred Heart as the Cardinals beat the Gremlins 58-12 Friday night to move to 2-0 on the season.The Gremlins fall to 0-2 on the season and 0-1 in Kaysinger Conference play.Both teams were flexing their offensive talent early. The Gremlins got on the board in the first minute and a half of the game when Chase Lyles slung a quick pass to Ben Smeltzer on the left side. Smeltzer broke away from the Cardinals do...

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  • Teacher marks 50th first day of school Last Thursday marked the first day of school for the 2014-15 school year in the Sedalia School District 200. The seventh graders were starting the year in a different building, but for one Smith-Cotton Junior High teacher, it wasn’t anything new — Sara Harvilla was celebrating her 50th first day of school.Starting with her first day of kindergarten at Washington Elementary in 1965, Harvilla has had 50 first days of school, including seven years teaching in Bunceton, one...

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  • Little ducks equal big fun The green-winged teal is North America’s smallest duck, and its cousins, the blue-winged and cinnamon teal, are only slightly larger. In addition, all three species are not only deceptively speedy, but they’re also devout believers in the attack pilot’s credo: “He who flies straight and level, dies.”Given all of that, it’s highly unlikely that teal would fare any better in one on one competition against the mallard in the battle for the hearts an...

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  • S-C SRO talks bullying Almost everyone has faced some type of bully from the classic lunch thief to the self-elected dictator of the hallway. These bullies still ply their trade and now have an added tool with social media, but authorities want kids to know help is there if they are having a problem.Smith-Cotton High School Resource Officer and Pettis County Sheriff’s Sgt. John Cline said his door is always open to anyone in need.

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  • Smithton volleyball falls to Concordia The Concordia Lady Orioles beat Smithton in a non-conference volleyball game 25-11, 25-10 on Thursday.Cailey Cooper served six aces for Concordia. Eliison Brunk had seven kills. Brittany Reinwa had 11 assists. Gloria Guier had two blocks.

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  • Birdsong anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Max Birdsong will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 with an open house of cake and punch at Katy Park Baptist Church.JoAnn McMullin and Max Birdsong were married Sept. 5, 1954, in Sedalia.Mr. Birdsong is retired from the U.S. Postal Service and Mrs. Birdsong is retired from Consumer’s Grocery Store.They have four children, Peggy Maxey, of Chamois, Kate Smith, of Holts Summit, and Kelly Birdsong and D...

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  • Labor Day’s unique history While many people think of Labor Day as a three-day weekend on the lake with some good friends and barbecue, the holiday’s unique origins date back to a time when America’s work force was a much different breed of individual, working in very different conditions than the laborers of today.Always the first Monday in September, the holiday is a creation of the labor movement and dedicated to the achievements of American workers. The first celebration was a gathering of wo...

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  • Beaman birthday Betty M. Beaman, of Sedalia, will celebrate her 87th birthday from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at Hardee’s East, hosted by Theresa Wolf and with other friends.She was born Sept. 6, 1927, in Muscatine, Iowa.Betty was married to the late Robert L. Beaman.She enjoys meeting her friends at Hardee’s East where she’s known as Miss Betty, and also as East Hardee’s Grandma.Betty has no children, but has a sister, June E. Schoeder,...

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  • Uniting makes our community whole Can our community count on you? Can I count on you? I am banking on affirmative answers to both of those questions.I serve on the board of Sedalia-Pettis County United Way, and this year fellow board members called upon me to serve as the chairman for our annual fundraising campaign. It’s a daunting task on many levels, but people whom I respect said they had faith I can meet the challenge. I cannot afford to let them down. Bigger still, I cannot afford to let our community d...

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  • Stover scores 6 unanswered to beat Richland Brock Nolting scored three goals and added an assist as the Stover Bulldogs beat Richland 7-4 on Thursday.Garrett Goetze also had a goal and three assists.Geotze sent a cross to Nolting in the third minute for the first goal of the game but Richland tied it moments later and added three more goals to take a 4-1 lead.Nolting connected with Goetze in the 40th minute to get the Bulldogs back within two. In the 42nd minute, a Goetze throw-in led to a Nolting goal ...

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  • Aug. 30-31 birthdays ThieleDoris Thiele will observe her 81st birthday Sept 4.She was born Sept. 4, 1933, in Benton County.Doris was married to the late Norman Thiele.She worked for Southwestern Bell, and used to enjoy bowling.Card may be sent to Doris at the Sylvia G. Thompson Residence Center, 3333 W. 10th St., Sedalia, Mo., 65301.

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  • Gremlins beat Crest Ridge in 3 The Sacred Heart volleyball team beat Crest Ridge 19-25, 25-15, 25-16 on Thursday.Becky Full had 13 kills, two blocks, four digs and nine assists for the Gremlins. Hannah Wilhoit had eight kills, 15 digs, two aces and an assist. Julie Chancellor had 13 digs.Crest Ridge won the junior varsity match 25-18, 25-19.Sacred Heart (3-0) will host Sweet Springs on Thursday.


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