Missouri History Commemoration Events on September 18th

Dear Citizens: Missouri Bicentennial observances will continue into the Fall 2021 as we celebrate Missouri’s birthday as a state. An area commemoration event will be held at the Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site on Saturday, September 18th, located at 4837 NW County Road 1002, west of Butler, MO.  Event time is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Planned activities include live stage performances, a living history walking loop and other Civil War themed events.  Attendees will see a presentation of the Buffalo soldiers and a first-person portrayal of Lt. Patrick Minor, an officer who successfully led the Union artillery unit during the Battle of Westport.  The living history loop will feature a rope-making demonstration, a bison program, a Missouri German carpenter’s display and much more.  Participating organizations will include the Fort Scott National Historic Site and the Bates County Museum.

The event is free and open to the public. Certainly, a wonderful learning experience for our students studying Missouri history this year. This is at one of the two state park sites located in our 126th District.  For more information, call 417-276-4259.

As part of Missouri’s statewide bicentennial celebration, the Governor’s Office will also be hosting a Bicentennial Inaugural Parade in Jefferson City on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 10 a.m. to showcase Missouri’s past, present, and future. The Governor’s website states, “The Bicentennial Inaugural Parade will celebrate the swearing-in of Missouri’s elected officials from this year’s Bicentennial Inauguration as well as highlight the history and significance of the state of Missouri.

The parade will be livestreamed on Governor Parson’s Facebook Page with two emcees announcing each piece of the parade LIVE. 

The Missouri State Capitol will feature various community engagement items on display from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 18, including the following:

  • Missouri professional sports championship trophies (Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl trophies, Kansas City Royals World Series trophies, St. Louis Cardinals World Series trophies, and a St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup replica trophy)
  • Missouri Bicentennial Quilt
  • Missouri State Parks Quilt
  • Missouri Bicentennial Mural

The Bicentennial Inaugural Ballwill be held that evening outside on the Missouri State Capitol North Lawn and will feature live music and a fireworks display. All guests who plan to attend the Bicentennial Inaugural Ball are asked to RSVP using the link at”

Health protocols will be followed for this outdoor event.  My office is Room 313-2 and contact information is and 573-751-5388.

Archie Schools Make Wearing a Mask a Must

Last night the Archie R-V Board of Education met in Special Session to address immediate District need regarding COVID related issues. The initial items on the Special Session Agenda were Gaiting Protocol and District notification for COVID related quarantines and positive cases. The agenda was amended at the start of the meeting to include current masking protocol due to a significant increase in positive cases as well as quarantines due to exposure (Not Positive). Currently, the district has 6 active cases and 77 quarantines due to exposure.The Board of Education, after much discussion coupled with community input, voted 7-0 to amend the district’s masking protocol. Beginning Friday September 10, 2021 all students, staff, and patrons in the building will be required to wear a mask. This decision was made in efforts to 1) decrease the potential spread of COVID-19 and 2) significantly reduce the number of quarantines for the district. The Board of Education and school administration would like to provide an opportunity for those interested to address the board. The next Regular Board Meeting is on September 20, 2021 at 7 P.M. If you would like to be on the agenda to address the board, you must call Central Office at (816)293-5312 ext. 114 and request to be placed on the agenda. All requests must be received by Thursday September 16, 2021 by 4 P.M. and include talking points on a district provided form. Each presenter will be given 3 minutes to share his or her points with the board.The board then voted 7-0 to set aside gaiting procedures as outlined in the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan (SRCSP). At the beginning of the 2021-22 school year in the development of the district’s SRCSP, efforts were focused to address the specific needs of our district. As we have progressed through these first weeks of school, we have determined that basing district decisions on a set number of quarantines is restrictive and limits the district’s ability to evaluate effectively each situation. The district will continue to monitor all COVID related absences as we determine the most appropriate mitigation and prevention strategies, including masking protocol.Lastly, the board voted 7-0 to create one location to notify the community regarding the district’s COVID related quarantining numbers. The district, in an effort to be more informative, will have a singular site designated as the Archie COVID Dashboard where information regarding the number of positive cases for the day, the number of active positive cases overall, and the number of quarantines due to exposure (Not Positive) are accessible. The COVID Dashboard will replace other community notifications, as it will be accessible at any time for interested parties. You may access the COVID Dashboard on the district’s homepage under the “District Info” heading at…/ArchieCOVIDDashboard.

Lace’em Up for Larry

There will be a fundraising slow-pitch coed Tournament for the Larry Bosch’s family on Saturday, October 9th at the Osage field in Butler Missouri.

Larry Bosch, a lifetime resident of Bates County, is fighting a battle with cancer. Larry was diagnosed with Pancreatic and Liver cancer recently.

Larry was an avid softball player and loves the game, so it is only fitting to have the Lace’em up for Larry slow pitch coed softball tournament.

This will be a double elimination tournament. Cost is $300.00 per team and teams must consist of minimum of 10 players, 3 must be female. Players must 18 years old to play. Each team will need to provide their own classic M game balls.

There is only room for 8 teams in this tournament.  To enter your team to play in the Lace’em up for Larry tournament contact Mallory Sutton at 660-424-0040

All proceed will benefit the Larry Bosch Family

Nevada Woman Seriously injured in Vernon County Crash

The Missouri Highway Patrol responded to a crash at Indian Line Road, 8 miles Northwest on Nevada on Wednesday, September 8th at approximately 9:45am.

The crash occurred when a 2020 Chevrolet box truck driven by John Mastin, 40 of Independence, was headed Northbound and struck a 2001 Buick Century driven by Rhonda Johnson, 34 on Nevada, that was headed eastbound at an uncontrolled intersection.

Rhonda Johnson sustained serious injuries and was transported by Med flight to Freeman Hospital in Joplin Missouri.

The Box truck was towed from the scene by Garwood Towing and the Century was towed from the scene by TCB Towing