OATS Transit Announces New Logo

Columbia, MO – Today (March 12, 2018) after 47 years, we are releasing an updated brand identity, which includes our new logo and an added pop of color.  The new logo blends OATS original block lettering with a new tagline. You will start to see our new image anywhere we’re out in public, such as the OATS Transit website, Facebook, Twitter, and The Wheel Newspaper.

The new logo will be phased in when new OATS busses are obtained. The old logo will not be changed on old busses due to the cost.

In addition, to a new logo OATS Transit has modernized its mission, vision, and values as the company prepares for its 50th Anniversary in the few years.

The mission, vision, and values are as follows:

  • Mission: Enhancing quality of life by providing safe, caring & reliable transportation services.
  • Vision: Every OATS community receives superior transportation services.
  • Values: Safely transporting passengers to their destinations; treating passengers with respect and compassion; and achieving and maintaining maximum standards of performance.

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Bates County Memorial Hospital Reminds Those with COPD to Save Their Breath

BUTLER, MO – When most people say they are “breathing easier,” they mean a problem has been removed, or a challenge has been overcome. For people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other chronic lung diseases, simply breathing is the problem.

Emphysema and chronic Bronchitis are two of the most common conditions that contribute to COPD, which causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. COPD is treatable and maintainable. While medication is one management tool, many people with COPD see improvement with Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) will not cure lung disease or completely relieve symptoms, but it can improve quality of life and reduce breathing problems.

“The goal of pulmonary rehab is to gain strength and knowledge,” says Marci Denning, Certified Respiratory Therapist and part of the Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab team at Bates County Memorial Hospital.

Kathy Bunch of Butler uses the seated elliptical during a Pulmonary Rehabilitation session at Bates County Memorial Hospital with Respiratory Therapist Marci Denning.

While monitored, mild exercise plays a critical role in pulmonary rehab. Most programs also include counseling and instruction that targets the patient’s daily routine. This counseling includes training for conserving energy and breathing techniques. Those in Pulmonary Rehabilitation will be taught to pace themselves, use pursed-lip breathing, and gain an emotional outlook.

Pace Yourself

“One way we teach our patients to conserve energy is through pacing skills,” Marci Denning explains. Marci Denning teaches her patients to:

  • Perform the hard tasks first
  • Save simple tasks for last
  • Take frequent breaks

Pursed-Lip Breathing

Patients in PR also learn new techniques to improve breathing. A common technique is called Pursed-Lip breathing. The National Lung, Heart and Blood Institute describes the technique as “breathing in through your nostrils, and – then – slowly breathing out through slightly pursed lips, as if you are blowing out a candle.”

Emotional Outlook

People living with COPD often struggle with their emotions, and according to the American Lung Association, depression and anxiety are not uncommon. Most PR programs address these needs through counseling, or referring patients to counseling services.

If you are living with COPD, talk to your healthcare provider about participating in pulmonary rehabilitation. To learn more about the Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Bates County Memorial Hospital, contact Marci Denning at 660-200-7128.

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Butler Police Department Activity Report/March 5-11

Butler Police Department Activity Report

March 5, 2018 – March 11, 2018


Animal Complaint at 300 Block of East Atkinson Street

Animal Complaint at Ft Scott and Orange Streets

Noise Complaint at 400 South Delaware Street

Disturbance at Wal-Mart Parking Lot

Disturbance at 203 West Clark Street



Keep the Peace at 200 Block of East Chestnut Street

Well-Being Check

Well-Being Check at North Business 49

Well-Being Check at 300 Block of North Water Street

Warrant Service at 52 Highway and Rice Road



Trespassing Call at 100 Block of South Willow Street

Animal Complaint at 200 Block of South Austin Street

Accident at Wal-Mart

Warrant Service at Pine and Havanna Streets

Animal Complaint at 300 Block of West Harrison Street

Alarm at 200 Block of South Mechanic Street



Well-Being Check

Disturbance at 800 Block of South Birch Street

Property Damage at 300 Block of North Havanna Street

Animal Complaint at Spark Street



Traffic Assist for Mullinax Funeral Home

Fraud Report at West Pine Street

Well-Being Check at Wal-Mart

Assist Missouri State Highway Patrol

Disturbance at Allen Park

Disturbance at 100 Block of East Ft Scott Street



Possible Prowler at 200 Block of South Wells Street

Medical Assist at 800 Block of South High Street

Disturbance at 100 Block of East Ft Scott Street

Possible Prowler in the Allen Park Area



Assist Missouri State Highway Patrol

Assist Bates County Sheriff’s Office

Report of Someone Shooting a BB Gun at Fran Apartments

Property Damage at 300 Block of East Dakota Street

Medical Assist at Days Inn

Bike Theft Report

Accident at Ft Scott and Fran Streets

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Living Waters Ranch Hosts Prom-a-Palooza to Help Local Teens

The Living Waters Ranch is hosting their 11th Annual Prom-a-Palooza on March 24th in Osceola. The event is free to attend for area high school girls who would like to receive a new, or like new, prom dress for their high school prom. Hundreds of dresses will be available for selection.

The Living Waters Foundation has sponsored the event for the past 10 years, and they will sponsor it again this year. In the past, the event has been only for junior and senior girls, but it has been opened this year to all high school girls – freshman to senior.

Young ladies who would like to attend are required to pre-register by March 22nd. The pre-registration forms may be requested by calling 660-924-6890, by emailing livingwatersranch@gmail.com, or by contacting your high school counselor.

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