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Warrensburg’s DayStar Filters gives a glimpse of the eclipse

WARRENSBURG – As the moon passed over the sun on Monday, April 8, it offered millions of American viewers the opportunity to see a total solar eclipse for the first time since 2017. From Mexico, to Missouri, to Cleveland and New York, eyes turned toward the skies as the path of totality peaked all across North America.
Earl, center wearing a brown jacket, and Susan, center left behind Earl, pose with their staff for a photo in Dirt-Modified Magazine in 2015. The Wallses bought Central Missouri Speedway in 1994, and have worked tirelessly to make it the track it is today 30 years later. 

Central Missouri Speedway owners celebrate 30th year of operations

WARRENSBURG — Owners Earl and Susan Walls are set to begin their 30th year of owning and operating the Central Missouri Speedway with their first races of the season on April 20.

Missouri Safety Center receives subaward to help develop virtual de-escalation training

The University of Central Missouri has been included as a subaward recipient for the De-Escalation Training through Active Learning (DeTAL) Assessment and Research Center initiative through Western Illinois University’s (WIU) Psychology Department. The cooperative agreement is made possible through the United States Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office to help develop this cutting-edge virtual training center.
Gov. Mike Parson signs the first of many copies of his new biography “No Turnin’ Back - G57” on Monday, April 8, at the Elliot Student Union at the University of Central Missouri.

Gov. Parson visits UCM, signs new biography

WARRENSBURG – Gov. Mike Parson began his week-long trip around the state on Monday, April 8, first stopping in Warrensburg to tour the University of Central Missouri and sign copies of his book “No Turnin’ Back - G57.”

Local Briefs April 12

Main Street to host Prom Parade
Now-Warrensburg Mayor Bruce Uhler presents former mayor Jim Kushner with a mayoral plaque for his two years of service during the Warrensburg City Council meeting on Monday, April 8, at the Warrensburg Municipal Court.

Uhler sworn in as Mayor, Latare sworn in as council member

WARRENSBURG – Bruce Uhler was sworn in as Warrensburg Mayor at the Warrensburg City Council bimonthly meeting on Monday, April 8. The council also swore in candidate Suzy Latare to a three-year term, while former mayor Jim Kushner returned to a city council member position.
Local News

Warrensburg man arrested for alleged assault during Jan. 6 Capitol riot

A Warrensburg man has been arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges, including for allegedly assaulting law enforcement during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Crash Reports - April 12, 2024

Driver arrested for DWI after crash

Benefit for Hurt family slated for April 13

SEDALIA — A benefit dinner and auction for the Jay and Lynn Hurt family is slated for Saturday, April 13, at the Pork House on the Missouri State Fairgrounds.

Missouri American Water announces water system improvements

Projects ranging from replacing aging water pipe to water treatment plant upgrades are planned to be completed within the next year as Missouri American Water continues to identify and invest in improvements to upgrade its water system in Warrensburg.
Local Sports

Leeton's Uptegrove wins triple jump in Adrian

A championship finish in the boys triple jump from senior Camden Uptegrove highlighted Leeton track and field’s showing in the Adrian Invitational on Thursday, April 11, at Adrian High School.

Crest Ridge's Ashworth claims javelin title in Adrian

A first-place finish from senior Landon Ashworth in boys javelin highlighted Crest Ridge track and field’s performance in the Adrian Invitational on Thursday, April 11, at Adrian High School.

Business

Swisher’s hardware sold, set to change ownership April 8

A car pulls in to park at the storefront of Swisher's on Friday, March 29 in Warrensburg. First opened in 1965 by Ray Swisher and his business partner Louis “Louie” Feldman, the store was then called Louie’s Farm & Home.
WARRENSBURG – After close to 60 years since it first opened its doors, Swisher’s hardware store is being sold, with its storefront changing ownership on April 8.
Thursday, March 28, competitive eater JWebby (James Webb), of Sydney, Australia, hams it up before polishing off a seven-layer

JWebby, a competitive eater, visits Ni-Kuni restaurant

SEDALIA — From zero to 1.5 million followers, JWebby, a competitive eater from Sydney, Australia, has excelled in social media since beginning his competition circuit in 2021.
Western Missouri Medical Center President and CEO Darinda Dick, center, smiles toward the camera and prepares to cut the ceremonial ribbon on Monday, March 25, at Heart Care of Warrensburg. 

WMMC opens Heart Care of Warrensburg, its new cardiology home

WARRENSBURG – The Heart Care of Warrensburg celebrated its opening on Monday, March 27, with a ribbon cutting ceremony put on by the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce.
Taigan Plummer poses for a portrait in front of her business' acronym on Tuesday, March 19, at Mule Country Realty in Warrensburg. Plummer and her husband, Jacob, hope to help all in need of a home in Warrensburg.

Mule Country Realty prioritizes client education, assistance

WARRENSBURG — Finding a home in today’s market can be perplexing, exhausting, and confusing. Housing prices have seen dramatic dips and jumps over the years, causing properties to not be sold.
Tom Martin

Sedalia community loses valued advocate for local businesses

SEDALIA — Sedalia has lost one of its biggest advocates of the area business community, and the Sedalia Democrat has lost a team member.
Bob Mickey, President and CEO of F&C Bank, center, cuts the ceremonial ribbon celebrating the bank's 10th anniversary in Warrensburg on Friday, March 15, at F&C Bank in Warrensburg. 

F&C Bank celebrates 10 years in Warrensburg

WARRENSBURG – F&C Bank, 541 E. Young Ave., celebrated its 10th anniversary in Warrensburg on Friday, March 15 with a ribbon cutting with the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce, employees and family, and plenty of food, drinks, and giveaways to boot.
Police & Crash Reports
Holden woman hurt in Johnson County accident
Kayla M. Sullivan, 35, was arrested on March 4 for a Platte County warrant, possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence after a traffic stop in the 700 block of East Hale Lake Road. She was transported to the Johnson County Jail.
Todd W. Cook, 54, was arrested on Feb. 26 for indecent exposure. A hotel reported that he exposed himself inside the indoor pool area of the hotel. He was transported to the Warrensburg Police Department, processed and released.
Three women transported after Johnson County collision
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Education

Education Briefs April 5

University of Alaska Fairbanks Fall 2023 Chancellor’s List
Providing staff and resources for support, the Military and Veterans Success Center, located on the first floor of the Elliott Student Union, is a popular gathering spot for active duty military members, veterans and military dependents at the University of Central Missouri.


Photo courtesy of the University of Central Missouri

UCM ranked third among large military-friendly schools

The University of Central Missouri’s continued commitment to the men and women who serve the United States is being honored through UCM’s top-10 ranking as a 2024-25 Military Friendly School and as a Military Spouse Friendly School.
From left, the University of Central Missouri Board of Governors recently recognized Professor Emerita Janice Putnam as recipient of the Governor's Award for Excellence in Education, and awarded emeriti status to Monica Huffman, executive assistant to the president, assistant secretary to the Board of Governors, and Cathy Clear, library assistant V. Clear officially retired in 2016, and Huffman retired March 31.


Photo courtesy of the University of Central Missouri

UCM board sets tuition, room and board rates for FY25

In its March plenary session, the University of Central Missouri Board of Governors approved increases in student instructional tuition and general fees for academic year 2025 that were below the national rate of inflation.

Questions, propositions, and candidate races headline April 2 Municipal Election

With the April 2 municipal election fast approaching, Johnson County Clerk Diane Thompson has some reminders via her social media for those still unaware of items on the ballot this year.
From the Opinion page
Columnists
Bennet Bodenstein

Taking a look at malbec wines from Argentina

Did you know that Wednesday, April 17 is officially National Malbec Day? It is a day devoted to celebrating one of the most underrated red wines in the whole of Windom.
Gwen Rockwood

What works at work

I'm lucky that my first professional writing job was in a newsroom because it taught me something important: You don't need a perfect environment to get work done. You don't need silence, an organized room, a particular candle, or a big chunk of time.
Liz Schleicher

Things will break

I’ve been married just shy of 12 years. That’s (barely) long enough for me to feel qualified to give the young’uns some advice as we head into the 2024 wedding season. So here it is, ladies and gentlemen, brides and grooms:

Slowing down for insight and guidance

"You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness." James 1:19-20
Gwen Rockwood

Writer witnesses bird-on-bird violence

Two days ago, while sitting at my desk attempting to be a productive human, a noise broke my focus and nearly broke my window, too.
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