8/28 Butler Bears Football

In Butler Bear Football tonight The Butler Bears pulled out the win with a final score of Butler Bears -20 and the Adrian Blackhawks -14. Next week Sept. 4th The Butler Bears Travel to Sherwood to take on the Marksmen at 7pm .

Cattle Theft

The Wabaunsee County, Kansas Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of 25 mixed breeds of cattle to include Charolais, Angus and others.  The 800 lbs heifers were red, black, red/white faced, black/white faced and all white.  The heifers will have a brand of “ 3M “ on their left hip and will have orange ear tags. 

The heifers were stolen from their pasture in eastern central Wabaunsee County, this will be just west of Topeka.  Evidence would indicate collapsible panels were used to herd the cattle up in the pasture for loading.  This theft occurred between August 21st and August 25th, 2020. 


More Bates County COVID-19 Cases

August 28, 2020

Bates County Health Center has confirmed more positive cases of COVID-19 in Bates County. The cases reside in Amoret, Rich Hill, Butler & Drexel.  Contact tracing is being done at this time and any parties that have had close contact, as reported to us by the positive cases, are being notified.   Please keep in mind that our contact tracing is ONLY as good as the information we get from the positive individuals–sometimes it is difficult to remember everyone you might have had close contact with when we are doing the interview. If you feel you have been a close contact and have not been contacted by the Health Department either reach out to the individual you think you were exposed to or to our office and we will contact the positive case for confirmation.

Any individuals advised of need for isolation and quarantine are per CDC guidelines.  Also, there are questions about having to remain in quarantine for 14 days even if you get a negative result.  The following is information from the CDC guidance:

When to start and end quarantine

You should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.

… even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.


The reason an individual can’t “test out of quarantine” is because it may take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear and you can infect others up to 48 hours prior to showing symptoms.  This was the case of one such individual that quarantined as directed and on day 14 began to show symptoms and tested positive. 

At this time, Bates County has had 75 positives cases, 15 of which are currently active and isolated. 

We would also like to remind individuals that if you have been tested, you should quarantine at home until test results are received—this decreases any possible exposure for others in the event your results come back positive.

With our numbers for Bates County rising, we hope everyone will continue to practice social distancing, clean/disinfect any high touched surfaces, wash their hands with soap and water routinely, use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available, avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose & mouth), and to stay home if you are sick.  Wearing a mask in public is also encouraged.  It is up to each and every one of us to stop the spread of this disease!

2020 Missouri State Fair Sale of Champions breaks six sale records

The Missouri State Fair Youth Livestock Show celebrated youth in agriculture on Saturday, Aug. 22. The annual Sale of Champions highlighted the day, breaking numerous records from previous sales, raising a total of $193,120 for Youth in Agriculture.

The Grand Champion Steer was exhibited by Austin Dorman of Wright City. Austin is the son of Joey and Tracy Dorman and is a member of the Wright City FFA Chapter. His 1,310-pound Crossbred steer sold for $15,000, and was purchased by the Hayden Freedom Foundation, Sedalia. Additional funds for the Grand Champion Steer were also contributed by Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters resulting in a total record-breaking sale value of $42,500.

The Grand Champion Barrow was exhibited by Payton Rodgers of Savannah. Payton is the daughter of Blaine and Melissa Rodgers and is a member of the Kodiak Kadettes 4-H Club. Her 289-pound Crossbred hog was purchased for $10,500 by a collective group of Edward Jones Associates from across Missouri and Illinois; Heimer & Associates, Inc. /Rodney Heimer, Quincy, IL; Heimer Hampshires/Jesse & Amy Heimer, Taylor; and Passion for Pigs Veterinary Services, LLC/Dr. Stephen Patterson, Shelbina. Additional funds were also contributed by Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters resulting in a total sale value of $17,810.

Reagan Rodgers, of Savannah, exhibited the Grand Champion Market Lamb.  Reagan is the daughter of Blaine and Melissa Rodgers and is a member of the Kodiak Kadettes 4-H Club. Her Hampshire lamb weighed 123 pounds and was purchased for $8,500 by CFM Insurance, Concordia; RIBUS, Inc./Steve Peirce, St. Louis; and the Edward Jones Associates, along with additional funds from Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The total sale value of the Grand Champion Lamb was $14,547.