New Physical Therapist at Bates County Memorial Hospital

Kara Mullen is a new physical therapist now seeing patients at Bates County Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Services.  Kara is a recent graduate of Southwest Baptist University where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.  She is also an athletic trainer and has at least three years’ experience as an ATC and hopes to serve the student athlete population with her skills. Last year, Kara completed clinical requirements at Bates County Memorial Hospital, gaining inpatient experience, along with an outpatient neurological rotation and a general outpatient rotation with emphasis on treating ballet dancers. Kara is a great addition to the Rehab Services staff, joining physical therapists Jeremy Jones, Niki Hilgenberg, Brittany Booker, and Scott Ridings.

Missouri Extension MiG School

Economically meeting livestock nutritional needs is important to livestock operation profitability,” says Patrick Davis MU Extension Livestock Field Specialists.  One way to optimize feed costs is through management intensive grazing (MiG) which leads to optimum livestock operation forage consumption and utilization.  Davis urges livestock producers to attend a MiG school to gain knowledge that can be implemented on their operation to optimize livestock forage grazing management, which promotes profitability and sustainability.        

The Cedar County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), University of Missouri Extension and Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS) are sponsoring a MiG School, Monday September 27th through Wednesday September 29th, 2021, near El Dorado Springs, Mo.  “The school provides classroom instruction as well as hands-on farm demonstration to educate livestock producers on using MiG to promote optimum grazing management and profit potential for their livestock operation,” says Davis.  Furthermore, participants that attend all school sessions are eligible for county SWCD cost share or NRCS cost share through the environmental quality incentives program (EQIP) to implement a MiG system.

The three-day MiG school will be held at the Sac Osage Electric Cooperative Building at 4815 East Hwy 54, El Dorado Springs, Mo., 64744.  Registration and fee payment is required by September 22, 2021 to attend.  Fee for the school is $150.00 per person and $50.00 per additional participants not needing materials or certificate.  Registration is limited so if you are interested in attending contact the Cedar County Soil and Water Conservation District office as soon as possible at (417) 276-3388 ext. 3.  For all other questions related to the MiG school contact one of the following:  Patrick Davis, University of Missouri Extension (417) 276-3313 or Stephanie Auffert, Cedar County Soil and Water Conservation District, (417) 276-3388, ext. 3.

For more information on livestock pasture management, contact your local MU Extension Agronomy and or Livestock Field Specialist.  Also, for more information visit or

Cass County Covid Data

Cass County has released its weekly report documenting COVID-19 impacts and vaccination efforts to combat the pandemic. The data is through the week ending July 31, 2021.

There were 301 confirmed (PCR tests) cases in Cass County in the last week, up from 185 cases the week prior. In addition, there were 70 probable cases (antigen tests and other cases), down from 101 cases the week prior. 86 individuals were notified of a potential COVID-19 contact, up from 59 such notifications the week prior.

Overall, Cass County has reported 8,554 cases, about 8,070 cases per 100,000 residents.

The county has reported 92 deaths (87 per 100,000 residents), none in the past week.

The Cass County Health Department administered 145 vaccine doses last week, up from 117 doses the prior week. They have now administered 10,059 first doses and 9,551 second doses of COVID-19 vaccines through July 10th. The department uses the Pfizer (age 12 and up) and Moderna (age 18 and up) vaccines.

In addition to Health Department administered vaccines, other entities are offering vaccines to county residents. According to the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Data Hub which uses Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, 43.6 percent of Cass County residents have initiated vaccinations and 37.5 percent have completed vaccinations. 70.5 percent of residents 65 and older, and 46.9 percent of residents 18 and older have been fully vaccinated.

The Health Department will continue to offer vaccinations by appointment from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at their clinic, 300 S. Main Street, Harrisonville, MO 64701. For an appointment, residents can call 816-380-8425. Clinics open to the public are also scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, August 3 – West Central Missouri Action Agency, 3pm-6pm (Raymore)
Wednesday, August 4 – Pleasant Hill School, 11am-6:30pm (Pleasant Hill)
Saturday, August 7 – Sherwood School, 9am-12pm (Creighton)
Saturday, August 14 – Peculiar Lion’s Club, 10am-12pm (Peculiar)

More vaccine clinic information can be found on the Health Department website ( and on their Facebook Page @CassHealthDepartment. 

50th Annual Sugar Mount Festival

Each year on the second weekend of October Mound City’s population swells from about 1000 people to 10,000 During the Sugar Mount Festival.

The annual festivities have grown over the last 50 years. 

The Sugar Mount Festival now has over 400 booths displaying all types of hand-crafted items with exhibitors coming from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Colorado and as far as California to join Kansas exhibitors of crafts and artwork.

This year’s 50th Annual Sugar Mount Festival will be on Saturday, October 9th and Sunday October 10th at the Linn County Fair Grounds located on Highway 7 just North of the Little Sugar Creek in Mound City, KS. 

Throughout the weekend, visitors come to shop for craft and artwork as well as to eat the taste tempting foods which are supplied by Linn County food booths.

Vendor spots are still available by visiting and clicking on the Vendors Contract.