The 113th Missouri State Fair opened yesterday in Sedalia with over 100 acres filled with amusement rides, concerts, tractor pulls, car racing, art and crafts, camping, livestock and produce competitions and contests of skills of all kinds. But plenty of people come just for the food -- check out th ... More >>
Efforts to release Jeff Mizanskey, the only man in Missouri serving a life without parole sentence for a nonviolent marijuana charge, are continuing this month with help from Show-Me Cannabis and Change.org. Show-Me Cannabis has bought billboard space on I-70 near Kansas City (and near Sedalia, whe ... More >>
Tyson is one of the biggest names in poultry, and it's headquartered just up the road in Sedalia. The company advertises its chicken nuggets as a great meal for kids, but the USDA announced Friday it'll be recalling more than 75,000 pounds of those little nugs. See also: Tyson Might Want to Rethink ... More >>
State Rep. Stanley Cox says he wants to improve Missouri's criminal code, as long as those improvements don't include more lenient marijuana laws. And if there's anybody who knows how harsh Missouri's drug laws are, it's Cox -- he was one of the attorneys involved in the case of Jeff Mizanskey, Mi ... More >>
Governor Jay Nixon talked about many things in his State of the State speech Tuesday night. He talked about jobs (used the word 20 times), kids (said "child" 16 times), the economy (12 times), and he even gave a shout-out to the LGBT community. But one thing he never mentioned: marijuana reform. ... More >>
As public opinion in the U.S. -- and here in St. Louis -- shifts towards tolerance of marijuana legalization, President Barack Obama calls pot a vice that's no more unhealthy than alcohol or cigarettes.
Congratulations to St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Michael Wacha, who won more than 40 percent of the votes in the battle for the title of 2013 St. Louis Person of the Year.
Scientists still aren't exactly sure what it was, but hundreds of people in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska reported a bright green meteor streaking across the sky Thursday night, making it the fifth most-reported fireball ever.
Pope Francis is Time Magazine's person of the year. Sedalia named Tuffy the Clown. Now, it's St. Louis' turn.
When Eric Sykes, a mass communications senior at SIUE, read the October Daily RFT story about Jeff Mizanskey, the Missouri man doing a life without parole sentence for marijuana, he thought he might have a good subject for his video documentary class. But as he delved into the project, it became mor ... More >>
Move over, Pope Francis. Tuffy the Clown is about to be Sedalia's 2013 person of the year. KIX 105.7 FM Morning DJ Rob Edwards in Sedalia was inspired by Time Magazine's annual tribute to an influential newsmaker to design a similar award for the person who's made the biggest impact on the town.
Man Serving Life Without parole for Marijuana Asks Gov for Clemency
Mark Ficken, the announcer caught up in the Missouri State Fair Obama clown scandal this week, has resigned as president of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association. After news broke on Sunday about a rodeo clown in an Obama mask participating in a skit featuring a bull chasing the president, Ficken, ... More >>
The rodeo clown behind the Obama stunt over the weekend that has sparked national outrage has been banned from ever participating in or performing at the Missouri State Fair again, officials announced this afternoon. In case you haven't been following the drama, a rodeo clown in an Obama mask appe ... More >>
Five people were injured Sunday night during a car race at the last night of Missouri State Fair, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Columbia, Missouri's KOMU reports that Tyson Russell, 25, lost control during a turn, crashed through a guardrail and a safety fence and into the crowd.In ... More >>
On a recent trip to Schnucks (8800 Manchester Road; 314-961-5454), Gut Check glimpsed bags of potato tater chips emblazoned with the visage of comedian Larry the Cable Guy goading us with, "Boy that's good eatin'!" Only in America is correct, Larry. The sack of tater chips that first caught our eye ... More >>
Out in Morgan County, Missouri, between Jefferson City and Sedalia, police were faced with an easily-solved puzzle. They'd been called to the scene of a hit-and-run driver on Highway 135, where Blake Litton, 3, had allegedly darted into the road and been killed by truck around 5:10 a.m. on Thursd ... More >>
Robert E. Lee's 1863 portrait. Residents in several neighborhoods in Sedalia, Missouri, found fliers promoting the Ku Klux Klan on Monday morning, which happened to be the observed holiday to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, who was born January 15, 1929.But three states - ... More >>
Man! First Lynryd Skynyrd canceled their show last week for health reasons, and now the power's out at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.Last night, a storm knocked over trees, power lines, tents and concession stands at the fairgrounds. The grounds are closed to the public this morning, but far ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsButter sculpture of of a dragon. We call her Margereene. The Missouri State Fair's kicks off this Thursday in Sedalia. Where there's a fair, there's one thing for certain: Butter sculptures. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Iowa State Fair's annual butter sculp ... More >>
Oprah Winfrey said goodbye to America yesterday -- but she'll say goodbye to St. Louis viewers today.For a TV station reliant on advertising -- and viewers' goodwill -- the timing couldn't have been worse.Just as talk show icon Oprah Winfrey was preparing to say goodbye to her millions of devoted ... More >>
Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene
Kase WickmanThe legislature could undo the measure that anti-puppy mill groups spent more than $4 million to push to voters.A bill that would repeal key provisions of the voter-approved Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, better known as Proposition B, sailed through a committee of the Missouri Ho ... More >>
The recent winter storms smacked central Missouri a lot harder than St. Louis, giving people in towns like Sedalia time to ponder how to celebrate a day of love once the ice thawed. Perhaps a trip to the local Russell Stover Outlet Store would be the place to start. @SummerStormD via TwitterStrawb ... More >>
image viaThe ol' 844 steams down the track.Update, January 18: The Little Rock Express beat out the Tuscola Turn, 76,217 votes to 73,175. Daily RFT apologizes to Tuscolans who cannot take a little trash-talking in the name of friendly competition. -------- The nineteenth century was definit ... More >>
Image via WikipediaLet the fake reefer madness continue: Pettis County -- located about 75 miles southwest of Columbia -- became the first municipality in America to ban the synthetic marijuana product K2 yesterday.The AP picked up the story this morning from the Sedalia Democrat:Prosecuting Atto ... More >>
On Christmas Eve, work was the last thing on my mind. My husband, daughter and I were in Sedalia, Missouri, with my parents, bracing for the incoming snowpocalypse and preparing for the next day's food orgy to honor Baby Jesus.Robin WheelerMy mom, Maxine, held a yellowed index card with a hand-w ... More >>
This is a medium-sized post, so it wouldn't make the cut.We began 2009 with a new name for this blog (it used to go by "Stlog" if you remember) and yada-yada-yada now we are in December, looking back on, oh about 2,391 posts. Here -- in no specific order -- are the ten most popular posts of '09. ... More >>
sedaliademocrat.comA Daily RFT post last week about a Sedalia, Missouri, high school that prohibited its band members from wearing T-shirts of apes and Neanderthals carrying musical instruments, generated dozens of comments from readers.Now comes word that the T-shirt that offended some of t ... More >>
SedaliaDemocrat.com.The shirt as it appears on the website for the Sedalia Democrat. The Scopes Monkey Trial was decided 84 years ago this past July, but in Sedalia, Missouri, you'd think it's the summer of 1925 again.
TRIMIt must be said that most people's idea of hot-rod fashion comes from the Fonz and the "Go Greased Lightning" number in the movie Grease, that is, leather jackets and shop-class jumpsuits, both worn over plain white undershirts.It must also be said that the most lingering image of an attempt ... More >>
This just in from the Missouri State Fair, attention fiddlers -- or just out-of-work violinists -- out there, you can win some cool cash by performing, one month from today, your best hoedown, waltz and a tune-of-choice at the Missourah Missouri State Fair. Missouri State Fair News FOR IMME ... More >>
ozarkmusicfestivalexhibit.comThe Ozark Music Festival kicked off 35 years ago last Saturday, July 18, at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia. Concert promoters had assured Sedalians that they would be hosting a "soft rock" festival with 50,000 spectators.Instead, 160,000 people (and that's a c ... More >>
Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on the blog of the Riverfront Times' sister paper in Kansas City, the Pitch, which is about nine miles from Independence. Obama's campaign has also taken him to Unity, New Hampshire recently. Could it start a political trend where stump speeches are only ... More >>
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