City of Butler Road Closesure 6/29-6/30

The City of Butler Water Department will be replacing/installing valves in the water distribution system in the area of W. Mill St. and Elk’s Drive (County Road 3). As a result, Elk’s Drive (County Road 3) will be closed to thru traffic from 8 am Wednesday, June 29th to 5 pm Thursday, June 30th. The City of Butler apologizes for any inconvenience.

Christian Music Concert in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Work of Life Church will host a Christian Music Concert on Sunday, July 17th from 2pm to 4pm at the church.

Performers will includes Ever After, Project Psalm, Melissa Groves, Jeff Corbin, Jeremy Bridges, Larry Hess, Hank Roberts and other local talent.

This Christian Concert is a fundraising event for the Gospel Spreadin’ Tent Meeting coming in September of 2022.

All proceeds will go towards the Tent Revival.  There will be lots of sponsor merchandise to be raffled off.

Below is a Complete list of Sponsor for the Christian Music Concert on Sunday, July 17 at the Amsterdam Word of Life Church located at 8492 NW Benton Street in Amsterdam.

——- Sponsors ——

Sterling Ranch, Dr. James M. Binkley, Swope’s Drive-In, Stoplight Market, Carpenter’s Cup, Caseys-Adrian, Yoss Thritfway, Nutrition Tribe, Fishing Dock, Just Cluckin’ Around, Wine Journal, Quiktrip Dist Center, Sandy’s Herb Shop, Citizens Bank, Adrian Bank

Contact: Hank Roberts 660-494-0293

List of performers and sponsors subject to change without notice

Drexel Bobcats Make Changes to JH Athletics Program

There are some changes to the Drexel Bobcats Junior High Athletic programs for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. These changes were approved at the last Drexel school board meeting and will be reflected in the Drexel Athletic Handbook as well.


All students entering the 6th grade shall be eligible to play junior high sports starting with the 2022-2023 school year.

6th grade participation shall be determined on a sport-by-sport basis each school year.

6th graders will be used only in those sports where numbers are too low to field a team.

Any 6th grader that plays for the school team cannot participate in the same sport in Davison Youth Sport Association games (including practices) until the school sport season is over. For a complete list of the MSHSAA rules on this visit the We Are Bobcats Facebook page.

6th grade student-athletes will adhere to the eligibility requirements listed in the Drexel Athletic Handbook.

6th graders participating in school sports will need to have a MSHSAA Physical Form on file with Drexel Schools. These forms can be picked up in Mr. French’s office at the Drexel School.  

As of right now, girls’ volleyball and girls’ basketball will be the sports needing 6th grade participants.

In News From the Butler City Council

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During the recent Butler city council meeting it was announced that the airport commission and local crop dusters have come to a conclusion that will work well for all regarding access to the tarmac and runway at Butler Municipal Airport, after concerns that access would be limited following asphalt resurfacing of this month. City Administrator Mike West said that access will continue ‘as is’ this year but next year plans call for construction of a paved area near the south end of the runway for ag planes and trucks used to fill them, including a new road from business 49 highway.   

Things get a bit crowded at the airport at times, as along with transient traffic, ag operations compete for space along with KC Skydive who regularly use the facility as well. It’s a good problem to have, showing there is a definitive need to have an airport in Bates County.

In other Butler City council news, work continues with a comprehensive plan lead by Kaysinger representative Ryan Peters. Peters is in the process of getting input from local residents and everyone should be expecting to get a questionnaire in the mail soon, if not already.

Butler Police Chief Wheatley reported that roof sealing is done at the police station and the next priority is to get the new radio console ordered. The old console has outlived its useful life and is not reliable, which could be a major problem in the event of an emergency. Good news is that the replacement is mostly funded by grant money and is expected to be in operation later this Summer.

The Butler Aquatic Center faced some problems last year regarding having enough personnel, but it was reported this year is much better even though revenue is down a little. The major challenge this year has been replacement of an air conditioning unit. A bid of $10,933 by Hoot Owl Heating and Air Conditioning of Butler was accepted which was just under the budgeted amount of $11,500 which should remedy that problem soon.

The city of Butler is quickly working toward getting new software that will allow customers to pay bills online easily and securely, this is a high priority, and more info should be revealed during the upcoming meeting.

Remember the Butler city council meets on the first and third Tuesdays, 7 pm at the Butler city hall. The public is highly encouraged to attend, and you can also join via Facebook Live through the city of Butler Facebook page.