Bates County Coroner Seeks the Publics Help

Sadly there are a couple of pending matters at the Coroner’s office which cause the need for public notice.

Laure Perkins (DOB 3/11/1965) died 1/8/2023 in Bates County. She does have surviving family members who began to take responsibility by seeking arrangements with a funeral home, but unfortunately did not continue to complete the arrangements. If you are a family member or close friend to Ms. Perkins and might be interested to take responsibility, contact the Coroner.

Nancy Shepherd (DOB 5/30/1953) died 1/25/2023 in Bates County. Ms. Shepherd is believed to not have surviving family and does have a friend willing to take responsibility, provided no there are indeed no surviving family members with superior rights as next-of-kin. If you are family to Ms. Shepherd or know of any, you are welcome to contact the Coroner.

Most respectfully,

Greg Mullinax

Bates County Coroner

816 area code changes to 975 for new customers/ Adrian, Drexel, Holden.

JEFFERSON CITY—The Missouri Public Service Commission continues to work with the

North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) and the telecommunications industry on

implementation of an overlay plan and the introduction of a new area code in the 816 area code

region in Missouri. The new area code will be 975. All existing 816 area code customers will

retain their current area code in the overlay area and their telephone numbers will not be


The 816 area code serves communities such as, but not limited to, Kansas City, St. Joseph,

Savannah, Richmond, Maysville, Odessa, Adrian, Holden, Lawson and Drexel.

The Missouri Public Service Commission originally adopted an overlay plan for the 816 and 314 area codes in an order issued on October 24, 2000. However, on September 25, 2001, the Commission delayed indefinitely the implementation of the area code overlay relief plans in order to allow time to test the effectiveness of telephone number conservation efforts.

“Telephone number conservation efforts were successful and we were able to delay the area code overlay implementation plan for the 816 area code for more than 21 years,” said Public Service Commission Chairman Scott Rupp. “The exhaustion of available telephone numbers led to an overlay plan and the introduction of the new 557 area code in the 314 area code region in August of

last year.”

NANPA has indicated to the Public Service Commission that telephone numbering in the 816

area code is again nearing exhaustion. NANPA projects the 816 area code will exhaust in the second

quarter of 2024.

August 8, 2023 is the earliest date companies can request telephone numbers with the 975 area code and October 13, 2023 is the earliest date the 975 area code will be activated. Both of those dates could be pushed back depending on when telephone numbers actually exhaust in the 816

area code. The 975 area code will co-exist everywhere in this region with the 816 area code. All local calls within this region must be dialed using ten digits rather than seven digits. The 816 area code,along with many other area codes throughout the country, were required to eliminate seven digit local dialing in July of 2022 in order to accommodate the new 988 abbreviated dialing code for the national

suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline.

93rd Archie Tournament final scores

Boys 1st place Harrisonville Wildcats 52
Archie Whirlwinds 45
3rd place Adrian Blackhawks 59
Drexel Bobcats 41
1st place Notre Dame Storm 63
Harrisonville Wildcats 47
3rd place Drexel Bobcats 52
Archie Whirlwinds 45

Butler Bears defeat the Rich Hill Tigers

The Butler Bears defeat the Rich Hill Tigers 62 – 54. The Lady Butler Bears took a close loss against Midway Lady Vikings 35 – 33. Tune in tomorrow Saturday at 2 PM as we broadcast 4 games which includes both championships live from the 93rd Annual Archie Invitational Tournament.