2/11 Butler Bears Basketball

Tonight in Butler Bears Basketball the Butler Bears took on the El Dorado Bulldogs at Butler High School. Tonight Butler Bears took the win with a final score of:

Butler 61

El Dorado 44

Update: Press Release from Bates County Sheriff with updated information.

The Bates County Sheriffs Office is seeking help from the Amsterdam Community. The Sheriff’s Office took a report yesterday in regards to a potential missing person. At this time we are trying to locate Chad Rogers a 41 year old white male. Rogers was dropped off on foot in the area north of McBee’s on Tuesday around 11am in route to a friends house in the area.

Mr. Rogers was wearing a black and white hat, safety vest jacket that is similar to the below picture. Grey Nike joggers with slip on tennis shoes. He is 5”10, approximately 350lbs with a full beard. Due to the extreme cold weather the Sheriff’s Office is solely concerned for Mr. Rogers welfare.

According to known associates, this is not uncommon behavior of Mr. Rogers. The Sheriff’s Office will be conducting area canvasses in Amsterdam to obtain information. If you know the whereabouts of Mr. Rogers please contact the Bates County Sheriff’s Office at 660-679-3232.

Governor Parson Signs HB 16 Into Law which provides more than $324 million in funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Today, Governor Mike Parson signed HB 16 into law, which provides more than $324 million in funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). 

“HB 16 will provide much needed assistance to tenants and landlords across the state. COVID-19’s economic impacts have created hard times for many Missourians, and we are happy to provide this immediate relief,” Governor Parson said. “I applaud the work of the General Assembly, House Budget Chair Cody Smith, and Senate Appropriations Chair Dan Hegeman for their work in getting this legislation across the finish line for the people of Missouri.” 

The ERAP was passed by Congress in December 2020. The program’s passage made funding available to state and local governments to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The program includes up to 12 months of assistance for rental arrears, forward rental assistance, utility arrears, and utility forward assistance. Utility assistance includes electricity, gas, water and sewer, trash removal, and certain energy costs.

Both landlords and tenants are eligible to apply for assistance through the program. More information regarding the Emergency Rental Assistance Program can be found on the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s website. 

The Missouri Housing Development Commission will administer the ERAP in Missouri. Additional information and the application portal can be found at www.mohousingresources.com.

State Rep. Cody Smith Files Legislation to Ensure Missourians Cannot Be Taxed on Stimulus Checks

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri State Representative Cody Smith is looking to ensure that Missourians are not taxed on the COVID 19 stimulus checks sent out to aid citizens in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The House Budget chair filed HB 991 in the 2021 legislative session with the intent of revising the statutes to make sure that the amount received from the federal economic impact payments cannot be used to determine how much a Missouri citizen is charged by the state’s income tax.

This issue came to light in 2020 when the first stimulus checks arrived in Missourians’ mailboxes and banking accounts in March. Missouri’s legislators quickly realized that due to the state’s tax code, the stimulus checks received from the federal government were considered a tax credit paid from a person’s federal 2020 return, causing one’s state income tax liability to increase.

“Missourians have already paid their share for these stimulus checks, and by fixing this into law, we can ensure individuals and families affected by the pandemic get the help they need with minimal state interference,” Smith, R-Carthage, said.

For more questions, call Rep. Smith’s office at 573-751-5458.