Bates County Sheriff Chad Anderson Announces New Community Resource Program

On July 2, 2020 Sheriff Anderson announced that the Sheriff’s Office has created a Community Resource Program for Bates County. For the last couple of years the Sheriff has been wanting a program that would be available to help members of our community prior to the need for law enforcement intervention. Sheriff Anderson had Identified the need for a program that would help individuals who are struggling with addiction along with families who have loved ones who are struggling with addiction. This will be one leg of the Justice system that will work with people to provide resources to help break the chains of addiction prior to an arrest. The Program will also provide family members with resource help in identifying drug recovery programs that fit the specific needs of the individual and the family as a whole. Along with providing drug rehab resources, the Community Resource Coordinator will assist in being a support system that also comes with accountability for anyone who is part of the program.

The Community Resource Program will be available to help with job searches, resume writing and the application process. The Coordinator will also help with housing assistance applications and identifying community resources to assist in families who are struggling.

Sheriff Anderson would like to introduce the new Community Resource Coordinator. Rachelle Mallatt was born and raised in Bates County. Rachelle is on fire to help do her part and help the people of this community in their struggles with addiction or just to get off the ground and get back on track. Rachelle states, “I am excited to get started and to start building the necessary resources to help anyone in the community. I look forward to working with individuals and families, as they navigate the often rough waters with addiction and other needs in our community. I especially look forward to being someone’s accountability partner and support system through this journey.” Sheriff Anderson states, “I have known Rachelle for quite a while now and have watched her amazing transformation. Rachelle is a hard worker and very dedicated in her faith and to our community. She is a perfect bridge between law enforcement and the recovery community as she is a true “been there, done that and living proof it can be done” person.

If you have questions or would like some information on what our Resource Coordinator can do to help you or a loved one, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 660-679-3232 or stop by and see Rachelle at 13 W Dakota in Butler Monday thru Friday 9am to 5pm. She can also be reached at

Butler City Council News from the Desk of Dale Newkirk, Ward 4 Councilman

The biggest news has to be the news that Frozen Food Express is planning on coming to Butler! Currently FFE is under contract to purchase the Russell Stover plant and will use the refrigeration and freezer space to consolidate Less than Truck Load frozen freight. I am very familiar with this company, who has been around for years. The company plans an expansion to the tune of over 5 million dollars and when in full swing should generate about 59 jobs with an average wage of $46,000.00 I am super stoked about this and grateful for the hard work of EVERYONE at City Hall and this council. I have always believed that jobs are imperative for economic growth and the welfare of a community.

The city of Butler is also a recipient of a 385,000.00 grant! This particular grant is for public safety and will pay fo a new fire truck and 2 new Tahoe’s for the police department. This is free money! Thank you to Corey Snead who I believe applied for this on our behalf.

Cody Cook asked to use city facilities for a flag football tournament. This is a fund raiser for local school districts for water bottles for students. Due to the cova19 water fountains are not an option for students. This is a great cause please go out and support these folks on July 18th. Their goal is 6500 water bottles.

August 24th will be the annual tax sale.

The Police department lost one dispatcher and our animal control guy. Brenda Cecil will take over animal control. Also we have 2 spots open on the P.D. for officers.

There will be some street micro sealing done this year. City crews are currently crack sealing the streets in preparation for this. The council approved the low bid from Pavement Management for $262k. This council is trying to get our streets repaired. It will take a few years but we are making progress.

The Fire Chief requested a new inflatable boat and motor for flash flood and rescue events. Council approved both the boat and motor.

Take heart! Even during this difficult time in our country great things are happening in Butler. What a great place to call home!


Dale Newkirk Councilman ward 4

Federal Search Warrant Issued for Butler Residence

On 7/8/2020 at approximately 7:00 am members of the Bates County Sheriff’s Office assisted the FBI in executing a search warrant at an address on Colonial Drive in Butler MO 64730. No one was taken into custody at this time. This is still an ongoing investigation. No other information is available at this time.