Butler Takes a Step Forward In Preserving the Past

There will be a special program on qualifying for the National Register of Historic Places on January 23.  For more information, to volunteer or to share historical documents, contact City Hall or email:  butlermohistory@gmail.com.
Members are:  Patricia Jacobs, Melissa Phillips, Doris Fuller, Chris Wimsatt, Carolyn Jett

The City of Butler is now a preservation partner with local, state and national governments as the latest member of the Certified Local Government Program (CLG).  This program promotes historic preservation at the grass roots level and is jointly administered by the National Park Service and the Missouri State Historic Preservation office.

    CLG cities have the advantage of receiving technical training on a variety of preservation topics and have priority status for historic preservation grants. A special set of funding priorities are determined each year and may include preparation of nominations for local districts and landmarks: design guidelines; professional staff assistance; long-range comprehensive preservation planning projects; and outreach and education projects.  Butler is now an active partner in the Federal Historic Preservation Program and al the opportunities it provides.

   As part of the CLG program, a Butler Historic Preservation Commission has been established.  The five member Commission has been working over the past year, as part of the CLG program application process, the identify preservation needs and ways of addressing them in Butler.  A facebook page will be set up to provide timely information on Commission activities and to encourage community participation in preserving Butler’s history.

     The Butler HPC is seeking old photographs, advertising materials, oral histories and old maps of Butler.  Houses and business buildings with significant architectural or historical events/people will be designed local historical landmarks, help will be provided with applications for property listing on the National Register of Historic Places, installation of signage directing visitors to area museums and painting of murals are among the activities planned by the Commission.  Volunteers are needed to assist in carrying out these activities.

Butler High School Trap Shooting Team

In news from the Butler High School: The Butler FFA Trap Shooting team finished the season second overall.  The Area VII trap shooting league takes place at the Settles Ford Trap & Skeet range in Adrian, Missouri.  The team will participate at the 2020 State competition in late April.  Special thanks to all teachers and range officials for your support throughout the year.

1st High Individual Hunter Nissen

6th High Individual Wyatt Colburn

9th High Individual Gabriel Nissen 

Missouri FFA Members

Over 4500 first year FFA members from more than 320 Missouri High Schools had the opportunity to learn about being positive role models, learning to get involved, making sound choices, becoming active team members and making a positive difference in their lives, school and community at the annual Greenhand Motivational Conferences.  These conferences presented by the State FFA Officers and sponsored by MFA Incorporated were held January 6-10, 2020 throughout Missouri. 

Through interactive workshops and skits the State FFA Officers encouraged first-year FFA members to explore their talents and reach outside their comfort zone for the opportunities provided through FFA membership.  They helped the new agriculture students set goals for their education, careers, and FFA experience.

Eighteen conferences were held at 13 different locations throughout the state: Missouri State Fair Grounds, Sedalia; Bowling Green High School, Bowling Green; Truman State University, Kirksville; Sullivan High School, Sullivan; Three Rivers Community College, Poplar Bluff; Missouri State University, West Plains; Lincoln University, Jefferson City;  Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau; Waynesville High School, Waynesville; Missouri State University, Springfield; Missouri Western State College, St. Joseph; University of Missouri, Columbia; and North Central Missouri College, Trenton.

The FFA is a national youth organization of over 700,000 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 348 chapters and more than 25,900 members in Missouri.  The FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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          The State Officers of the Missouri FFA Association recently conducted eighteen Greenhand Motivational Conferences in Missouri.   MFA Incorporated helped sponsor the conferences.  Seated from left to right are: Past Vice President Quentin Carlyle, East Prairie; Vice President Andrew Moore, Clark County; Vice President Kaylee Lewis Chillicothe; Vice President Jacob Hall, Marshall; Vice President Jacob Knaebel, Fatima; and Vice President Jessica Janorschke, DeKalb.