Women’s Self Defense Seminar

Rising Sun Taekwondo will have a Women’s Self Defense Seminar on Sunday, January 16th.  The self defense seminar will begin at 4pm and last until roughly 7pm. The Seminar will be held at Rising Sun Taekwondo located at 111 S Main Street in El Dorado Springs.  

The Focus of the Women’s Self Defense Seminar is on specific strategies to empower women in their relationships and in situations that may require self-defense. The first hour will be information based, and the second part is a hands-on training. 

Instructors for the seminar will be Jeff Behl and Christian Behl both with black belts in Martial Arts.

This seminar is open to women only, women ages 14 to 17 may attend without an adult but will need a parent’s signature.  Young ladies 13 and under must be accompanied by a female parent or guardian.

Cost for the Women’s Self Defense Seminar is $15.00 per person you must preregister for this class. To register or for questions email risingsuntkd@gmail.com.

Bates County Sheriff Arrest Butler Woman on Statutory Rape Charges

Bates County Sheriff’s Office arrested Alexis Johnson, 23 of Butler, on Tuesday, January 4th.

Johnson was arrested and charged with Statutory Rape in the 2nd degree, Endanger the welfare of a child in the 1st degree, Child Molestation in the 4th degree with a child less than 17 years and younger.

Johnson is being held in the Bates County Jail and is currently listed as bondable.


The Missouri State Fair and the Youth in Agriculture Committee are accepting applications for Youth in Agriculture scholarships for Missouri high school seniors graduating in 2022. The application form can be found on the Fair’swww.mostatefair.com

Applications should be submitted to the Missouri State Fair and must be postmarked by February 1, 2022. Applicants must submit an original copy of their application and three additional copies.

These scholarships are possible thanks to the gracious contributions of many individuals and companies supporting Youth in Agriculture. A total of 46 scholarships amounting to $77,500, the largest amount ever, will be awarded as follows:

  • one $5,000 S. Wayne Yokley Platinum Scholarship sponsored by Youth in Agriculture supporters,
  • one $2,500 supreme scholarship sponsored by Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners/Sydenstricker Genetics,
  • four $2,500 supreme scholarships sponsored by the Missouri State Fair Foundation,
  • and forty $1,500 scholarships sponsored by Youth in Agriculture supporters.

Applicants must be high school seniors, active members of Missouri 4-H or FFA, and have participated at least once as a 4-H or FFA exhibitor at the Missouri State Fair.  Selected students must enroll (fall and/or spring semester immediately following graduation from high school) in an accredited community college, college or university.


The Missouri State Fair was recently recognized for excellence in agriculture education, sponsorship, competitive exhibits and communications by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE). The MSF was judged alongside other IAFE fairs and festival members of similar size, ranging in attendance from 250,000 to 500,000.

Among the list of awards includes the following first place wins in the following categories:

  • Single-sided, flat promotional advertising
  • Agriculture exhibitor events, awards, participation incentives or retention programs
  • Procedure developed by Fair management to correct an issue or challenge related to an agricultural program
  • Program designed to educate consumers/fairgoing public of a current agriculture or fair industry challenge
  • Ag photo – equine
  • Ag photo – ag education
  • Ag photo – miscellaneous
  • Any other ag program/exhibit

A complete list of awards received can be found on our website.

Thank you to all our partners and sponsors who helped support these events at the Fair. We truly couldn’t do what we do without you!