4 More Confirmed Cases of Covid-19 in Bates County

July 31, 2020

Bates County Health Center has confirmed 4 more positive cases of COVID-19 in Bates County—all 4 are household contacts of 2 previously reported cases and had been quarantined at their homes.

All contact tracing has been done and any parties that have had close contact were notified.

Any individuals advised of need for isolation and quarantine are per CDC guidelines.

At this time, Bates County has had 43 positives cases, 6 of which are currently active and isolated.

We would also like to remind individuals that if you have been tested, you should quarantine at home until test results are received—this decreases any possible exposure for others in the event your results come back positive.

With our numbers for Bates County rising, we hope everyone will continue to practice social distancing, clean/disinfect any high touched surfaces, wash their hands with soap and water routinely, use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available and avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose & mouth), and to stay home if you are sick.  Wearing a mask in public is also encouraged.  It is up to each and every one of us to stop the spread of this disease!

Driver Rescued from High Water near Gunn City

Cass Co – Cass County Sheriff Office D.E.R.T. (Disaster Emergency Response Team) assisted the East Lynne and Harrisonville Fire Departments after receiving a call of motorist stranded in high water.

Around 9:00 am today, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from a delivery company dispatcher that the driver of a van was stuck in high water on E. 239th and S. Old Drum Road east of Gunn City.

Deputies and fire crews responded however were delayed due to the numerous roads in the area covered with floodwater.  When deputies arrived, a local resident with a large tractor had reached the driver and drove her to safety.

The Sheriff’s Office DERT Team stood by while recovery teams removed the vehicle from the rising floodwaters.  There were no reported injuries.

“It is never safe to drive into flood waters.  The power of water can easily sweep a vehicle off the road or collapse a road without warning,” said Sheriff Jeff Weber.

The Sheriff’s Office developed a response team for disasters following the Joplin Tornado in 2011.  The team’s search and rescue boat was purchased with funds from the Law Enforcement Restitution Fund Board in 2014.  Team members receive boat operations training from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Butler High School New Student Enrollment

If you have a new student to the Butler High School this year, the following are things you need to get them enrolled.  Please bring your Proof of Residency, Social Security Number, Birth Certificate, and Immunization Record to the high school office on August 4 or 5 between 9 am and 2 pm. Student must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. To print and fill out forms in advance, go to the high school web page from https://www.butlerr5.org.

2 Injured in Early Morning Rollover Accident in Bates County

On 7/31/20 around 2:45am the Bates County Sheriffs Office along with Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers and Adrian Fire Department responded to a one vehicle rollover accident on F Highway just west of CR 1801 in rural Bates County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2008 Mercury driven by 19 year old Samantha R. Butler of Harrisonville, Missouri traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.

A passenger in the vehicle 18 year old Haylee R. Catena of Harrisonville sustained minor injuries in this accident and she was transported by ambulance to Bates County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

MO Highway Patrol Invites Public to Provide Feedback

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, invites the public to take part in a public opinion survey regarding safety and security, officers’ attitudes and competency, overall agency performance, and concerns regarding crime and social issues.

The 2020 Public Opinion Survey opens August 1, and runs the entire month. Members of the public will find the survey on the Patrol’s website at https://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/Root/index.html on August 1. Click on the “Complete the 2020 Public Opinion Survey” link at the top, left side of the Patrol’s home page to initiate the survey, or you can visit the survey link directly via https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MSHP2020 from any computer or mobile device.

Endangered Silver Advisory Alert

The Lee’s Summit Police Department has issued an Endangered SILVER Advisory for a missing adult incident that occurred at 920 NW High Point Drive, Lee’s Summit, MO at 8:00 p.m. on July 30, 2020.

 The endangered SILVER advisory missing adult is:

 Jerry T. Johnson, a white male, age 83, height 5 feet 7 inches, 200 pounds, gray hair, hazel eyes, wearing a long-sleeved brown and green flannel shirt, tan shorts, and brown loafers. 

 Diagnosed Medical Conditions:  Dementia, Alzheimer’s

 Vehicle Information:

 Dark gray 2016 Jeep Wrangler bearing MO, XB1X9M last seen 920 NW High Point Drive, Lee’s Summit, MO, possibly headed to Joplin, MO.

 Brief circumstances regarding the Endangered Silver Person incident:

Subject requires daily blood pressure medication and takes other neurological medications. Subject does not have his wallet or phone. Subject may be headed to Joplin, MO.

 Anyone seeing the missing person, suspect, associate, or vehicle, or anyone having any information related to the endangered missing person should immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the Lee’s Summit Police Department at 816-200-3854.

 

Gwendolyn Sue Tarvin, age 66 of Butler

Funeral services for Gwendolyn Sue Tarvin will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 4,2020 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler Missouri. Visitation will be Monday, August 3, 5-7 p.m. at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to the family, Immanuel Baptist church, and Heartland Hospice. Online condolences can be made at, www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Gwendolyn Sue Tarvin, age 66 of Butler, Missouri died Thursday, July 30, 2020 at her home in rural Butler.  She was born September 20, 1953 to Norris Dean and Anna Irene Blizzard Garnett in Butler.

Gwendolyn is survived by two sons, Roy Dean Tarvin and wife Jamie of Butler, Missouri and Lynn David Tarvin and wife Angela of Independence, Missouri; three brothers, Don Garnett and wife Janet of Amsterdam, Missouri, David Garnett and wife Rita of Stella, Missouri and Alan Garnett and wife Summer of Richmond, Virginia; five grandsons, Mike Tarvin, John Tarvin, Kole Tarvin, Luke Tarvin and Alexander Tarvin; sisters-in-law, Edwina Brennon of Erie, Kansas, Jackie Cross and husband George of Parsons, Kansas and Marilyn Barker and husband Melvin of Ft. Scott, Kansas; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Norris and Irene; husband, David Tarvin; one brother, Jim Garnett; brothers-in-law, Dale Evel, Jim Sexton, Al Brennon; sisters-in-law, Kathy Garnett, Betty Jo Collins and Carolyn Evel.

Norma Fritts, 86 of Butler, MO.

Funeral services for Norma Fritts will be 10 a.m. Saturday August, 1, 2020 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri.  Visitation will be prior to services from 9-10 Saturday August 1 at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian, Missouri. Contributions to Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences can be made at www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Norma Lee Fritts, age 86 of Butler, Missouri died Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler.  She was born January 9, 1934 to Robert Lee and Ortha Charlotte Brooks Lacy in Merwin, Missouri.

Norma is survived by five sons, Robert Perrymann and wife Gail of Urich, Missouri, Trent Fritts of Kansas City, Missouri, Terry Perryman and wife Dee of Adrian, Missouri, Garry Perrymann of Drexel, Missouri and Robert Fritts and wife Laura of Fair Grove, Missouri; a daughter, Stacey Kimberling and husband Paul of West Plains, Missouri; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Leroy “Herb” Fritts; one son, Vincent Lee Risner; and a daughter, Linda.

Special Stock Cow Sale at MOKAN Livestock, August 8th

Don’t miss the Special Stock Cow Sale at Mo-Kan Livestock Saturday, August 8th at 5 PM.
They are expecting 500 head of bred heifers, bred cows, pairs and breeding bulls. Visit mo-kanlivestock.com for detailed listings and photos of cattle consignments.
If you have any questions, call Steve Wheeler (417-840-4149)

Branson Officials Mandate Masks

The city of Branson has issued a mask mandate for their citizens and their guests.  The order starts July 31st and ends September 8th.

The ordinance has the following components:

  • Requires individuals to wear face coverings while in indoor and outdoor public spaces unless they are engaged in certain activities or under the age of thirteen.
  • Requires operators of public places to ensure guests use face coverings.
  • Requires signage at all businesses outlining requirements on social distancing and face coverings.
  • The penalty for violating this ordinance is a $100 fine and potential revocation of business license and other permits

Under this ordinance, anyone 13 and up will be required to wear a face covering when in public spaces in the city limits of Branson. Exemptions are made for those with a health condition documented by a medical professional, who are hearing impaired and someone who is communicating with a person who is hearing impaired.

Education will be the first step in enforcement. Branson Police will work to educate any violators of the ordinance before pursuing further action. Just like any other City ordinance, violations of the face covering ordinance can be reported by calling 911. The penalty is a $100 fine for a person who refuses to wear a mask, or a business owner who doesn’t enforce the rule.

New Scam to Watch Out For

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office would like to make citizens aware of yet another scam that has hit the area.

Have you ever had random products delivered to you?

It turns out these products are part of an international scam called BRUSHING. Brushing happens when sellers create fake accounts, purchase their own products, and send them to a real address. Investigators said they do it so they can post a verified review online, and so they get higher overall ratings.

A citizen of Carroll County received a package at her door that had been shipped from the Netherlands by a company based in China. Inside were tiny individual packets that contained a blue in color pill. The detailed description of contents said “baking soda”. Until further testing, it is unknown if the item is truly baking soda.

If you receive unexpected packages, get in touch with the company if possible that sent the package to make sure someone isn’t fraudulently using your account. It’s also a good idea to change passwords often on your accounts.

The community is urged to not open any unexpected packages sent to your address and contact your local Sheriff’s Office or your local Police Department.

Bates County Toys for Tykes

Looking ahead the next few months, the Toys for Tykes organization know this is a difficult time for so many families, and they want all Bates County families to know that they will do everything they can to help this holiday season. Being a small charity, Bates County Toys for Tykes can only do so much. So they will be relying on the communities support to make sure the little ones in Bates County have a happy Christmas this year because every child deserves to smile on Christmas Day. Toys for Tykes believe the demand will be high, and will work hard to make sure it happens. Donations of toys and funds will be greatly appreciated.

Is Creep Feeding Right for Your Cattle Operation

“The key to using a calf creep feeding program is make sure that it is profitable,” says Patrick Davis MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist.  Davis will discuss considerations when determining if calf creep feeding is right for your cattle operation.

“Calf cost of gain during the creep feeding program is an important component in determining whether the strategy is profitable,” says Davis.  According to the University of Georgia, in most years a creep feeding program needs to cost less than $0.50 to $0.60 per pound of added calf gain in order to be profitable.  Davis urges cattle producers to evaluate various creep feeding strategies from a cost standpoint to determine profitability prior to implementation.

“Forage quality and availability will determine calf performance improvement due to creep feeding,” says Davis.  If forage is abundant and high quality, calf performance response due to creep feeding will be less since plenty of high-quality forage is available for consumption.  Davis urges utilization of creep feeding during times of limited forage quality and availability, such as during a drought, for best calf response.

“Creep feeding helps improve calf performance of poor milking cows,” says Davis.  Calves of poor milking cows consume more creep feed improving their performance.  However, poor milking cows should be removed from the herd to improve herd efficiency and productivity.  Davis urges calf weights be taken prior to creep feeding to use in identifying poor milking cows to cull from the herd.

“Creep feeding shows benefit if calf ownership is retained to slaughter,” says Davis.  Data shows creep feeding positively influences calf marbling, carcass quality and carcass weight.  Data shows carcasses from creep fed calves are marketed at essentially the same price as non-creep fed calves, but they require fewer days on feed to reach harvest weight.  At weaning, creep fed calves typically sell for less than non-creep fed calves, so Davis urges producers to retain ownership of creep fed calves through finishing to capture the market benefits of creep feeding.

“If calves are sold at weaning make sure they are not too fleshy due to creep feeding because that will reduce sale price,” says Davis.

Creep grazing is an alternative to creep feeding where calves graze high quality pasture instead of being fed a grain-based supplement.  Grazing high quality pasture reduces the likelihood of excess flesh which can result in discounts if calves are sold at weaning.  Also, creep grazing is a good tool to add gain to potential replacement heifers without excess flesh that will negatively impact future milk production.  Davis urges producers to consider creep grazing for calves sold at weaning or retained as replacement heifers because of the added weight gain without excess flesh.

“Profitability and desired endpoint of the calves should always be considered when implementing creep feed or grazing,” says Davis.  If you have further questions or need more information please contact your local MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist.

Notice of Election and Polling Places for Bates County

NOTICE OF ELECTION

Notice is hereby given that a Primary Election will be held in the County of Bates on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 for the purpose of voting on candidates and ballot issues.  The official ballot for the election will be in substantially the following form found on the following link under election notices, http://batescounty.net

The polling places for the election will be:

POLLING PLACES

 

ADRIAN NORTH PRECINCT: 11092 NW County Road 41, Adrian (Adrian R-3 & Archie R-5) Voters in the City of Adrian North Ward and Deer Creek North Township will vote at the Adrian Optimist Building.

 

ADRIAN SOUTH PRECINCT: 11092 NW County Road 41, Adrian (Adrian R-3) Voters in the City of Adrian South Ward and Deer Creek South, East Boone, Grand River, Elkhart, Mound, & Shawnee Townships will vote at the Adrian Optimist Building.

 

AMORET PRECINCT: 13088 W Main Street, Amoret (Miami R-1) Voters in the City of Amoret and Homer & Charlotte Townships will vote at the Amoret Community Center.

 

AMSTERDAM PRECINCT: 8524 NW State Route Y, Amsterdam (Miami R-1) Voters in the City of Amsterdam and West Point & Elkhart Townships will vote at the Amsterdam Community Center.  Note: All of West Boone Township votes at the Drexel Community Center in Drexel.

 

BALLARD PRECINCT: 10247 NE State Route 18, Butler               (Ballard R-2) All voters in the district will vote at the Ballard school.

 

BUTLER 1 PRECINCT: 420 S Fulton, Butler                 (Butler R-5) Voters in the City of Butler Ward 1, Village of Passiac and Mt Pleasant Ward 1, Mound, Shawnee, & Summit Townships will vote in the Butler High School Gymnasium

 

BUTLER 2 PRECINCT: 420 S Fulton, Butler                 (Butler R-5) Voters in the City of Butler Ward 2 and Mt Pleasant Ward 2, Elkhart, & Charlotte Townships will vote in the Butler High School Gymnasium

 

BUTLER 3 PRECINCT: 420 S Fulton, Butler                 (Butler R-5) Voters in the City of Butler Ward 3 and Mt Pleasant Ward 3, New Home North, Lone Oak, & Pleasant Gap Townships will vote in the Butler High School Gymnasium

 

BUTLER 4 PRECINCT: 420 S Fulton, Butler                 (Butler R-5) Voters in the City of Butler Ward 4 and Mt Pleasant Township Ward 4 will vote in the Butler High School Gymnasium

 

DREXEL PRECINCT: 410 E. Bates, Drexel  (Drexel R-4 & Miami R-1) Voters in the City of Drexel, Village of Merwin, and all West Boone Township will vote at the Drexel Community Center.

 

HUDSON PRECINCT: 15012 NE State Route 52, Appleton City, (Hudson R-9) All voters in the district will vote at the Hudson School.

 

HUME PRECINCT: 9355 SW 1ST Street, Hume                   (Hume R-8) Voters in the City of Hume and Howard and Walnut Townships will vote at the Hume Legion Hall.

 

RICH HILL NORTH PRECINCT:  703 N 3rd, Rich Hill (Rich Hill R-4) Voters in the City of Rich Hill North Ward and Osage North, Lone Oak, Pleasant Gap, Hudson, and Prairie Townships will vote at the Rich Hill High School Auditorium in Rich Hill.  Note: All of Rockville Township votes at Rockville Community Center.

 

RICH HILL SOUTH PRECINCT: 703 N 3rd, Rich Hill  (Rich Hill R-4) Voters in the City of Rich Hill South Ward, Village of Foster, and Osage South, New Home South, Walnut, & Howard Townships will vote at the Rich Hill High School Auditorium in Rich Hill.

 

ROCKVILLE PRECINCT: 408 W. Osage Avenue, Rockville      (Appleton City R-2 & Rich Hill R-4) All voters in the City of Rockville and Rockville Township will vote at the Rockville Community Center.

 

The polling places will be open from the hours of 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. during which time any person properly registered to vote in the County of Bates and has an acceptable form of ID, will be given the opportunity to cast his or her ballot.

 

Done by order of the County Clerk of the County of Bates, this 1st  day of July, 2020.

 

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Marlene Wainscott

Bates County Clerk

More COVID-19 Cases in Bates County

July 30, 2020

Bates County Health Center has confirmed 2 more positive cases of COVID-19 in Bates County—a female in her 50’s from Adrian & a female in her 20’s from Butler.

All contact tracing has been done and any parties that have had close contact were notified.

Any individuals advised of need for isolation and quarantine are per CDC guidelines.

At this time, Bates County has had 39 positives cases, 3 of which are currently active and isolated.

We would also like to remind individuals that if you have been tested, you should quarantine at home until test results are received—this decreases any possible exposure for others in the event your results come back positive.

With our numbers for Bates County rising, we hope everyone will continue to practice social distancing, clean/disinfect any high touched surfaces, wash their hands with soap and water routinely, use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available and avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose & mouth), and to stay home if you are sick.  Wearing a mask in public is also encouraged.  It is up to each and every one of us to stop the spread of this disease!

 

Robert (Danny) McClellan, age 60 of Rich Hill

Robert (Danny) McClellan, age 60 of Rich Hill, MO passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at his home in Rich Hill, MO. Danny’s wishes were to be cremated with no services.

He is survived by his wife, Sheila McClellan of Rich Hill, MO; a son, Brian McClellan of Huntington, West Virginia; step daughters, Lacy Sims and Kera Miller; and granddaughters Emilie McClellan, Maritza Darr, and Emma Miller. Arrangements by the Heuser Funeral Home (417-395-2213), Rich Hill, MO.

Notice Issued by Bates County Coroner, Greg Mullinax

On Sunday morning, July 26, 2020 my office was notified of the death of an individual following an accident in Bates County. The case was referred to my jurisdiction.

On the same date, Bates County EMS and first responders were dispatched to a rural road in northwestern Bates County at approximately 0251hrs on a report of accidental injuries. The subject was flown from the scene to a Kansas City area hospital for treatment, but unfortunately later succumbed to his injuries.

The decedent is identified as 68 year-old Gary Clearwater of La Cygne, Kansas. The cause of death is accidental in nature.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Clearwater’s family.

Greg D. Mullinax
Bates County Coroner

KBI requesting the public’s help to locate a person of interest

–PLEASE SHARE- NEW Info.– KBI agents along with the Medicine Lodge Police Department, and the Barber County Sheriff’s Department are requesting the public’s help to locate a person of interest connected to the homicide of Joyce Foulkrod that occurred in Medicine Lodge.

Investigators are searching for Clinton W. Rogers, a 34-year-old white male with hazel eyes. He is 6 ft. 1 in. tall, and weighs approximately 270 lbs.

Rogers is now believed to be driving a dark red 1995 Chevrolet Camaro with t-tops that he stole Sunday in Kingman County.

It is possible that the Camaro is still bearing Kansas license plate, 870JUK. Rogers is no longer traveling in the white F-150 pickup truck.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Clint Rogers, or encounters him or the Camaro, is asked to call the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME. Tips related to this case can also be submitted online at➡️ https://www.kbi.ks.gov/sar.

Austin Lancaster, 29 of Peculiar, MO.

Austin Lancaster, 29 of Peculiar, Missouri passed away July 28, 2020. Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). A visitation will be held just prior to services Saturday from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the family c/o Mullinax funeral Home. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com Friends are welcome to attend; masks are respectfully requested and social distancing should be observed.

Butler R-V School District is seeking applications for a Health Services Aide

HEALTH SERVICES AIDE

The Butler R-V School District is seeking applications for a Health Services Aide for the Elementary School.  The primary function of this position is to assist the school nurse in various capacities including: monitoring students in the isolation room, providing healthcare/first aid, taking vital signs, assisting with screenings.  The Butler R-V School District is located south of the Kansas City metropolitan area on I-49 Highway.  We are a progressive school district that transitioned to a 4-day school week this school year.  We offer a competitive compensation package with fully funded health insurance for the employee. Interested applicants should visit the district website www.butlerr5.org and send completed application, resume,and references, to principal, Melody Siebeneck at [email protected].

Archie District Re-Opening Plan and Learning Options for 2020

The Archie District Re-Opening Task Force is providing a brief outline of their re-opening plan and learning options for the 2020 fall semester. They have requested that all families review the options and complete the form that was emailed to them indicating their learning choice for the semester. This information is needed to guide decision making and enable them to prepare to meet the needs of all students.

Face-to-Face/On-Site Learning Option
*As a district, they advocate for face-to-face learning
*All bus riders must wear a mask along with additional bus
procedures.
*Parents will be encouraged to transport students when possible.
*Students will wear masks when not in their classroom or when
social distancing isn’t possible.
*Students not permitted in the building before 7:50 am.
*Students K-12 will be taught how to use Google Classroom within
the first few weeks of school to familiarize students. *Chromebooks and chargers will be sent home with students daily
for grades 3-12.
*Altered arrival, dismissal, and cafeteria procedures will be in place
*Altered recess and specials procedures for elementary
*Archie School will be increasing safety protocols by providing
masks for all students, masks/shields for teachers, sanitizer
stations placed throughout the building, a heightened level of
disinfecting the building, increased social distancing, increased
level of cohort groups staying together, students and staff
educated on effective personal hygiene practices.

Distance Learning/Virtual Instruction Option
*Considered an Archie R-V student
*Direct instruction of new content
*Graded assignments and assessments
*Support and guidance from local instructor
*This option is a semester commitment.

Parents are asked to fill out the form sent to them for each student in their household by Friday, July 31st.

If you have any questions, please contact your building level principal.

Tamara Stroud, Elementary Principal
[email protected]

Michelle Gaddie, Middle/High School Principal
[email protected]

Lee Harmon, Special Programs Director
[email protected]

Suspect in Custody After Lengthy Narcotics Investigation

According to Vernon County Sheriff’s Office Officials, a suspect is in custody after a lengthy narcotics investigation.

During the investigation, the suspect was involved in at least five vehicle
pursuits over the past four weeks. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, suspected methamphetamine as well as stolen property were located during the investigation.

On Monday morning, Deputies were notified of the suspects location, in which he fled from Deputies on a ATV into the area of 1650 Rd and Division Rd in rural Nevada, MO.

Deputies set up a perimeter of the area in an attempt to contain the suspect. While doing so, Deputies received a call from a resident on 1650 Rd who stated that a male had unlawfully entered his residence and fled out the back door when confronted.

Deputies were able to locate the suspect running through the woods and chased him on foot. The suspect then ran from the Deputies and jumped into a nearby pond,
which was immediately surrounded by Deputies.

According to Mosher, “the suspect quickly realized that he made a mistake by jumping into the muddy water and surrendered to Deputies”.

Deputies were then able to locate the ATV, in which was determined to be reported stolen from Bourbon County, KS. Detectives continued the investigation by executing a narcotics search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of W. Allison Street in Nevada, MO.

During the search warrant, suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was located.

The suspect has been identified as 28-year-old Trevor Miller of Nevada, MO. On Monday afternoon, the Courts issued warrants charging Miller with:
Delivery of a Controlled Substance
Burglary 1st Degree
Receiving Stolen Property
2 Counts of Resisting Arrest

Additional charges are expected to be filed from multiple other jurisdictions. Miller is currently being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond.

Butler Junior High Cheer Offered This School Year

Butler Junior High Cheer will be offered this upcoming school year. Having said that, we are trying to gauge interest to figure out how many students would like to participate and if tryouts should be offered. While uniforms will be provided by the school district, items such as shoes, socks, bows, poms, and cheer bags will be purchased by each participant. These items in total will cost roughly $120.

If your child is interested in JH Cheer, please contact Coach Duvall at [email protected] We would like to have a rough estimate of interest by July 31.

Butler Athletes Need Current Physical on File for Upcoming School Year

Reminder: For those who would like to participate in athletics this upcoming school year, you must have a current physical on file in order to begin practicing, no exceptions. Physicals are now current for two years, so for those who received one in 2019, it is now good until 2021. However, you must still complete the Annual Requirement pages of the physical form.

We will no longer take hard copies of physicals. Once you have completed a physical, you must go to the link below to upload a picture of your physical. There you will also complete the Annual Requirement pages. It will also ask for other health and insurance information.

https://butlerbears-mo.e-ppe.com/index.jspa

If you have questions or issues, please contact Coach Duvall at [email protected].

MoDOT is Looking for Service-Oriented Individuals to Join Our Maintenance Team

The Missouri Department of Transportation is seeking individuals who are interested in a career to keep Missouri moving during the winter season and beyond.

The department is now hiring maintenance personnel for winter operations and more. Right now, there are several full-time maintenance and emergency maintenance equipment operator positions open across the state. Hourly salaries range from $14.10 to $16.72 per hour, depending on level of experience and area of operation.

“We’re looking for dedicated, hardworking individuals who want to make a difference,” said Natalie, Roark, MoDOT’s maintenance director. “These positions are critical to Missouri travelers once the snow starts to fall and throughout the year to maintain our highway system.”

Employment with MoDOT doesn’t have to end with the spring thaws, Roark said. Opportunities for year-round employment include mowing, striping and other maintenance functions to keep Missouri roads safe for all who travel on them.

Full-time maintenance employees receive full training and a long list of other benefits including retirement, paid leave, medical, vision and dental insurance; and a culturally diverse workplace that is dedicated to safety and personal development. Applicants need to be at least 18 years old. and successfully complete a criminal background check and drug screening.

To learn more about this opportunity or to apply online, go to modot.org/opportunities-maintenance.

MDC Announces Changes to Waterfowl Managed Hunts Due to COVID-19

All reservations will be allocated through a weekly in-season reservation draw.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has modified the 2020-2021 waterfowl managed hunt process to assure the safety of hunters and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MDC is committed to providing hunting opportunities on managed waterfowl hunting areas throughout the waterfowl season. To allow for flexibility to respond to the state of the pandemic, there will be no pre-season reservations for the 2020-2021 waterfowl season. There will also be no teal season or youth season morning drawings. Procedures for individual conservation areas will be posted on the MDC website closer to season.

All reservations, including ADA blinds, will be allocated through the weekly in-season reservation draw. The first application period will open October 20 and results will be announced October 27. The weekly application period opens every Tuesday at 8 a.m. and closes the following Monday at 3 p.m.

Throughout the season, hunters will be asked to follow precautionary guidelines to assure the safety of everyone at the site during the morning draw. There will be a sliding scale of procedural levels (see below) that could range from no staff-hunter contact at all to close to business as usual.

At the start of the season, every conservation area will be assigned to a certain procedural level due to the status of COVID-19 in the county. The decisions will be made in consultation with the appropriate county health department. Throughout the season, an area could move to a more restrictive procedural level depending on the county health department or other COVID-19 related factors. Some details of the procedural levels are as follows:

Red Level (very high COVID-19 risk)

  • No staff-hunter contact.
  • No facility use.
  • 100% allocation for Missouri residents only through in-season reservation draw.
  • Hunt positions will be pre-assigned.
  • No poor line or vacancy filling.

Orange Level (high COVID-19 risk)

  • Limited facility use and social distancing employed.
  • 100% allocation for Missouri residents only through in-season reservation draw.
  • Hunt parties will be able to select hunt location.
  • No poor line or vacancy filling.

Yellow Level (moderate COVID-19 risk)

  • Limited facility use and social distancing employed.
  • 100% allocation for Missouri residents only through in-season reservation draw.
  • Hunt parties will be able to select hunt location.
  • Poor line only for reservation no-shows.

Green Level (low COVID-19 risk)

  • Facility use as guidance allows and social distancing employed.
  • 50% allocation through in-season reservation draw.
  • Hunt parties will be able to select hunt location.
  • Poor line for no-shows and 50% of hunt positions.

Throughout the season, procedures could change with limited time to notify hunters. In order to receive updates as quickly as possible, please subscribe to the “Waterfowl” email update list at public.govdelivery.com/accounts/MODC/subscribers/new.

Interested hunters can also refer to the MDC website as information is available, at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/waterfowl/waterfowl-managed-hunts.

While this process means a significant change from what hunters are used to, MDC has no plans to make the changes permanent. Back in May, an interdisciplinary team was created to look at the draw procedures and determine the best path forward, keeping hunters and MDC staff safe. This team made the best recommendation they could that balanced hunting opportunity with keeping staff and hunters safe.

MDC has designated staff to help answer any questions hunters may have about the changes to this year’s waterfowl season. Please contact the following staff members at the numbers below:

Statewide-

  • Lauren Hildreth 573-522-4115 ext. 3259
  • Joel Porath 573-522-4115 ext. 3188

North Zone-

  • Chris Freeman 660-646-6122
  • Craig Crisler 660-446-3371
  • Mike Flaspohler 573-248-2530

Middle Zone-

  • Luke Wehmhoff 573-624-5821 ext. 4662
  • Gary Calvert 636-441-4554 ext. 4180

South Zone-

  • Lauren Hildreth 573-522-4115 ext. 3259

The Little Apple: News from Appleton City

The Ellett Memorial Fit and Fun Community Block Party will be Saturday, August 1, 8:00 a.m. – noon. The day begins with a 5K run/walk/bike registration at 7:00 a.m. and the 5K begins at 7:30 a.m.  Multiple vendors, drawings, prizes information booths and demonstrations will be offered.  Various free health screenings (dental, blood pressure, peak flows, bruit screenings and pulse oximetry) with special priced lab services (BMP/TSH non fasting – $20, BMP/Lipid panel/TSH fasting – $25 hemoglobin alc – $15 and PSA – $15) will be available.  The Auxiliary bake sale is from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  There will be a petting zoo and a bounce house for the kids. Free walking tacos will be available in the dining room from 10:00 to noon.  Life flight will land around noon weather permitting.  There will be a special guest, KC Wolf, mascot of the Kansas City Chiefs, who will pay a visit! (Due to COVID-19, activities are subject to change.)

The Knights of Columbus will have their monthly pancake and sausage breakfast at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose on Sunday, August 9 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Treat your family to a hot breakfast you don’t have to cook or clean up.  A free will donation will be greatly appreciated

Ellett Memorial Hospital, AC Rural Health Clinic, and Community Blood Center would like to let the community and surrounding community members know that 27 units of blood were collected on July 23.  This is a very exciting number as 1 unit donated could potentially save 3 lives!

In an effort to reduce the risk of illness and maintain proper sanitation protocol, AC Schools will not hold the Kindergarten “Round-Up” screening and enrollment event, previously planned for August 4. Their annual school Open House has also been cancelled. However, all NEW students will, by appointment, have the opportunity to meet their teacher and see their classroom prior to the start of school. If you have a new elementary student, please contact Malia Mount, Elementary Secretary, at [email protected] or call the Elementary office at 660-476-2161. E-mails and phone calls will be returned after August 4. All enrollment materials can be e-mailed to you and submitted back to the school via e-mail, or you can schedule an appointment to pick up / complete enrollment forms, if needed. Please note, enrollment / classroom visits will be taken by appointment only. The following items are required for enrollment of ALL new students: immunization records, state issued birth certificate, social security card, proof of residence and a completed school enrollment form. If transferring from another district, a release of records form is also required.

The University of Missouri Extension in Cass County is offering a one-time virtual parenting workshop “Strong Parents, Stable Children: Building Protective Factors to Strengthen Families” August 22, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. – noon via Zoom.  This class can count for clock hours for foster families. This class is about promoting healthy child development and protecting and nurturing young children. Every family experiences challenges and stress. However, even when different families face similar struggles, some cope better than others. There are many reasons why families handle stress differently, but one has to do with protective factors. Protective factors are strengths and resources that families draw upon during difficult times. Protective factors help promote optimal development by helping families succeed and thrive, even in the face of risks and challenges. When we focus on building strengths and promoting positive home environments for children, we may help put children on a path to a generational cycle of protect.  This program was developed by University of Missouri Extension in partnership with the Missouri Department of Mental Health/Project LAUNCH and the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund. Content is based on the Strengthening Families framework, developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP).  There is a $40.00 fee for the class. Organizations that would like to sponsor parents to attend can contact the facilitator, Kyleigh Sullivan, at 660-619-1355.  Registration can be completed online at https://extension2.missouri.edu/events/strong-parents-stable-children. After registering participants, will receive a link to the Zoom meeting.  For accommodations and general inquiries please contact the facilitator

MU Extension will be providing an online corn silage production workshop for beef cattle operations that will be held via ZOOM on the evening of Tuesday August 11.  Corn silage that is harvested and managed properly can make a good feed resource for beef cattle operations. This workshop is geared to educate cattle producers on proper harvesting and storage of corn silage as well as considerations when feeding beef cattle. The workshop will begin at 7:00 p. m.  Topics that will be covered and speakers are as follows: Harvesting Quality Corn Silage by MU Extension State Beef Cattle Nutrition Specialist Eric Bailey and Utilizing Corn Silage in Beef Cattle Rations by MU Extension Regional Livestock Field Specialist Patrick Davis

Cost of the workshop is $16 per person.  To attend the event, register by August 10 at https://extension2.missouri.edu/events/corn-silage-production-workshop-for-beef-cattle-operations.  Upon registration, participants will be provided a ZOOM link for the meeting.  For more information or questions on the event contact Davis by email at [email protected] or by phone at (417) 955-0287.

“The Little Apple” was started by the A. C. Economic Development as way of informing residents of news and events sponsored by area businesses and organizations.  Items of a clearly personal nature, such as birthdays, anniversaries, awards (not group sponsored), personal sales and the like are not accepted for publication.  Please email articles for “The Little Apple” to [email protected] by Tuesday evenings or bring them to Dr. Payton’s office to be included in that week’s edition.  To receive “The Little Apple” free by e-mail, send your e-mail address to [email protected]  If you have changed your previous email address, you are asked to send the current address, so the list can be updated.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for August, 2020. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Aug 5- Upper GI, Colonoscopy Dr. Namin, Aug 6 – OB/GYN-Dr. Kallberg, Aug 7 –Ophthalmology, Dr. Soni, Aug 12 -Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Aug 13 – Podiatry, Dr. Dowell, Aug  13– Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Aug 19 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Aug 26–  Ortho-Dr. Gray, Aug 27 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Aug 1       The Ellett Memorial Fit and Fun Community Block Party 8:00 a.m. – noon

Aug 4       Primary election day

Aug 9       Knights of Columbus pancake and sausage breakfast 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose

Hubert Edward Arnold, Dec.1936 to July 2020

Hubert Edward Arnold, 83 passed away July 20,2020.

Celebration of Life Saturday, August 1 at 1:00 pm at the Double Branch Christian Church, Butler, MO.

Visitation will be Saturday, August 1 from 12:30 til service time

Pastor Cody Morris Officiant

Interment in Syracuse, Missouri at a later date.

Services are under the direction of the Hueser Funeral Home of Rich Hill, MO.

 

Hubert is survived by his wife Judy Arnold of 58 years; children,  Morgan and wife Mary Arnold of Bunceton, MO, Cindy and husband Steve Stewart of Rich Hill, MO, Theresa and husband Thomas Deems of Butler, MO, Keith Arnold of Springfield, MO., 2 sisters, Vema Mae Watring of Boonville, MO., and Irene Larimore, of Creve Coeur, MO; 1 brother Donald Arnold; 15 grandchildren ; 25 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Rich Hill Youth Development Center Closes

FM-92 has received word that the Rich Hill Youth Development Center has been closed by the state.  The closure is allegedly the result of a lack of state funds caused by COVID-19.  The center was a facility with the Missouri Division of Youth Services located in Rich Hill and was a residential treatment facility for boys ages 11 to 17.

The mission of the Division of Youth Services is to enable youth to fulfill their needs in a responsible manner within the context of and with respect for the needs of self, family, and community.  The Rich Hill facility housed 8 young men who have been transferred to other facilities within the state and it provided approximately 20 full-time jobs within the community.

FM-92 will continue to follow this story and provide more official information as it becomes available.

Mitchell Theaters Belton Cinema 8 temporarily closes

Just when we got back into the groove of being open on the weekends and word was spreading that we were back open, we unfortunately have to close back down temporarily☹️.

With Covid cases rising we are doing our best to keep our employees healthy and safe which means we will be closed until further notice.

BUT keep a lookout for updates of reopening and a potential day of curbside popcorn! We want to thank this wonderful, supportive community by reaching out and visiting us during open hours. We hope to see you soon whether that’s at our curbside popcorn (whenever we pick a date) or when we re-open!

BC8 staff appreciates all of you!

Royals announce Patrick Mahomes as newest member of ownership group

The Kansas City Royals announced that the 24-year-old Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefsquarterback is joining the team’s ownership group.

“We are very proud and excited to have Patrick as our partner in the ownership group of the franchise,” Royals chairman, CEO and principal owner John Sherman said in a statement. “Along with the rest of Kansas City, I have watched Patrick compete and become and extraordinary leader, both on and off the football field.”

Some Services the New Community Resource Program has to Offer

The Community Resource Coordinator, Rachelle Mallatt, is located at 13 W Dakota St in Butler, MO.

Services provided by the coordinator are based off individual need. If you need support, help or assistance, in any area of life, the community resource program may be the help you need.

Highlight support service for this week is for family members and loved ones of alcohol abuse and/or drug addiction. Rachelle just took a Family recovery resource course last week and is eager to put her new skills to good use!!

A family resource program, like the one we are developing, is designed to help take the burden off of those struggling in our community. Support resources are readily available for family members affected by alcohol and/or drug addiction.

Services provided to family members include but are not limited to:

1. Developing a Wellness plan for your family, a set of guidelines, plans, goals, and strategies to help improve your family environment!!! Action plans are key to achieving anything!!!

2. Setting healthy boundaries, boundaries are hard to set and even harder to keep. I can help you develop the kind of boundaries that addicts need to have in order to want to seek recovery!!

3. Advice on how to help and stop enabling. There is a fine line between helping an addict/alcoholic and enabling them, are you confident that you are doing what’s best to help your loved one find recovery??

4. Developing Self-care plans, remember you can NOT pour from an empty pot!! When you take care of yourself you build strength to both tolerate what you can’t change and to change what you can. Also setting the example of the change you want to see in your loved one!!

5. Effective communication skills. Learn positive communication that will help an addict see that you are hurting too!! Learning how substances affect the thought process can change the way you communicate with others in addiction. Let me suggest a new approach to the same old argument you have over and over again!

If you have a loved one struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, you do not have to suffer alone!! Together we can make a difference!! Stop by to visit and ask about my family recovery resource guide…….

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
[email protected]

Census Bureau to Email Households to Encourage Response to the 2020 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that it will begin emailing households in low-responding areas to encourage them to respond to the 2020 Census.

Millions of emails will be sent this week and then grow in numbers and continue into September. These emails supplement a final campaign reminding people to respond to the 2020 Census on their own, as census takers begin asking households to respond to the census.

The messages alert households in low-response areas that time is running out and their response to the 2020 Census is important for their communities. The email messages will invite people to respond online at 2020census.gov.

People who receive the email and haven’t already responded should click on the link provided and complete the census online. It’s easy, safe and important.

The emails will go to all households that the Census Bureau has contact information for in census block groups with a response rate lower than 50%. This will include households who may have already responded. In total, the Census Bureau expects to email more than 20 million households in these low-responding areas.

The email messages will come from [email protected] and will give recipients the option to opt out of receiving future messages. The Census Bureau is also considering sending text messages to areas that have low response.

The Census Bureau’s recent success with contacting households by email to participate in the Household Pulse Survey prompted the agency to add these methods to support the 2020 Census. This contact method will help increase response rates and reduce the need for in-person follow-up.

The Census Bureau is continuing to review the use of text messages and will make an announcement prior to deploying that outreach. In addition to emailing households, the Census Bureau is increasing other outreach efforts during one last push to encourage everyone to respond to the census online, by phone or by mail. The Census Bureau recently announced that it has launched Mobile Questionnaire Assistance, a program that offers assistance with responding at locations such as grocery stores and pharmacies in low-responding areas.

Additionally, the Census Bureau has expanded its paid advertising—launching a series of new advertisements aimed at increasing online response and expanding to a total of 45 non-English languages receiving some level of paid media support.

Households have until October 31 to respond to the 2020 Census. However, census takers have begun following up with households that haven’t responded yet in select areas and will begin following up with households nationwide in August.

Body Found in Burned Car at Ray-Pec High School Parking Lot

Cass Co – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is currently assisting the Peculiar Police and Office of the State Fire Marshall in a death investigation that occurred at the Ray-Pec High School overnight.

Around 1:30 am, Cass County Investigators were requested to assist the Peculiar Police Department on the scene of a car fire in the Ray-Pec High School parking lot at 20801 S. School Road, Peculiar.  Investigators discovered a vehicle parked in the parking lot partially burnt and the body of a victim inside. The vehicle was not involved in an accident.

The Medical Examiner’s Office of Frontier Forensics is assisting to determine the cause of death and identifying the victim.  Investigators do not suspect foul play.

The incident in still under investigation.

Adrian Optimist Bingo for Monday, August 3rd

Play Monday night bingo at the Adrian Optimist Club.  Doors open, Monday, August 3rd at 5 and bingo starts at 7 pm.  Concessions are available on site with the kitchen serving up great specials.  This week’s Hot Ball Jackpot is $500 with 1 hot ball, Blackout Jackpot is $1550.00 with 48 balls, King of Diamonds is $12,094 with a $6,047 take with only 7 cards remaining.  You must be 16 years old to play bingo.  The Adrian Optimist Building is located at 11092 NW County Road 41 in Adrian.  Monday night Bingo with the Adrian Optimist Club, Monday, August 3rd.

UPDATE: Amoret Man Arrested and Charged in Stabbing Incident in Nevada

On July 26, 2020, shortly before 6:00 p.m., police responded to a home in the 400 block of W. Walnut Street for a reported disturbance happening. Officers got there and found Daulton Shepard in the street with multiple stab wounds.

Emergency personnel took the victim from the scene and an air ambulance took him to Freeman Hospital in Joplin.

Police arrested Steven Wright, 19, of Amoret, Missouri after he came out of a closet inside a home. During an execution of a search warrant, authorities found a knife with dried blood in the same closet.

During an interview with Wright, he said he stabbed the victim with a knife after they had gotten into a confrontation inside a home.

After Shepard became stable and verbal at Freeman Hospital, he told police that the two were in a confrontation and that he punched Wright one time and then Wright pulled a knife out and started to stab him repeatedly.

Prosecutors have filed the following charges against him through the Vernon County Associate Court:

Assault 1st Degree – Class B Felony

Armed Criminal Action – Unclassified Felony

Wright is in the Vernon County Jail without bond.

Residents with information are asked to contact the Nevada Police Department at (417) 448-2710. Confidential information may be provided by calling the Nevada Police Department Tips Hotline at (417) 667-8477.

Missouri’s 2020 Tax-Free Weekend

Missouri’s 2020 taxfree weekend takes place Aug. 7 to 9. It begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday and runs through midnight on Sunday. During this time, you’ll save the Missouri state sales tax of 4.225%.

 

By state law, the sales tax holiday begins on the first Friday in August and continues through the following Sunday. Certain back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, school supplies, computers, and other items as defined by the statute, are exempt from sales tax for this time period only.

For 2020, the items eligible for waived taxes include:

  • Clothing and shoes: $100 or less per item
  • School supplies: $50 or less per item
  • Computer software: $350 or less per item
  • Personal computers and computer peripheral devices: $1,500 or less per item
  • Graphing calculators: $150 or less per item

Getting taxes waived on these purchases is easy for shoppers. It will all be automatic at checkout.

Note that, even within these categories, there are exceptions. For example, the clothing category does not include jewelry, watches, handbags, scarves and other accessories.

Henry County Covid-19 Numbers on the Rise

The Henry County Health Center (HCHC) has received confirmation of five more positive cases of COVID-19, three reside in Clinton and 2 from the town of Windsor. This brings the total number of confirmed positive cases in Henry County to 62.

All contact tracing has commenced and all parties that have had close contact are being notified. HCHC continues to encourage residents to practice social distancing, washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or more, and to remain home if you are sick.

The CDC continues to recommend that individuals to wear a face covering when you are in public, and are unable to social distance, to assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

One Fatality in Two Motorcycle Accident in Peculiar Sunday, July 26th

On 7/26/20, at approximately 3:50pm, the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cass County along with Cass County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a fatal motorcycle accident on Peculiar Drive at East 195th Street in rural Cass County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when two Harley Davidson motorcycles were heading northbound when the bike in the back struck the back of the other bike ejecting both drivers.

Fred McInnis, 66 years old from Liberty, Missouri was pronounced deceased at Belton Regional Hospital in Belton.

The other rider, 52 year old Richard H. O’Connell of Peculiar, Missouri, sustained moderate injuries in this accident and was transported by ambulance to Belton Regional Medical Center.

Gary Dean Clearwater, 68 of La Cygne, Kansas

Gary Dean Clearwater, age 68, La Cygne, Kansas passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020.  He was born on March 7, 1952 in Kansas City, Kansas the son of Fred and Dorothy Johnston Clearwater.  He graduated from La Cygne High School in the Class of 1970.  He married Susie James on February 8, 1975.  He worked as an equipment operator and was currently employed with Hamm Construction.  Gary’s number one priority was his family.  He enjoyed spending time in the roping pen, taking care of his cows and upland bird hunting.  He could always be counted on to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it.  He was preceded in death by his parents.  Gary is survived by his wife of forty-five plus years, Susie, son, Ty Clearwater, daughters, Kristie Jo Clearwater(John) and Tatum Schull(Tom), a brother, Larry Clearwater(Dalena), a sister, Kathy White(Donnie), and four grandchildren, Austin, Kelpis, Cole, Bryson and Heath.

Graveside service will be 11 am Thursday, July 30, 2020 at the East Mt. Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 pm Wednesday at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, La Cygne Chapel.  Contributions are suggested to the Linn County 4-H Council, c/o Schneider Funeral Home, P.O. Box 304, La Cygne, KS  66040.  Online condolences can be left at www.schneiderfunerals.com.

Two Cass County DARE Officers to Serve on the State Board of the Missouri DARE Officers Association

Cass Co – Cass County Sheriff Jeff Weber is proud to announce the recent election of two Cass County DARE Officers to serve on the State Board of the Missouri DARE Officers Association.

At their annual conference this year, Corporal Christine Eddleman was sworn in as President of the Missouri DARE Officers Association. Corporal Eddleman has been with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office since 2005 and currently serves as the DARE Unit supervisor.

Deputy Stacy Gunn was elected to serve as the Region 7 Representative for M.D.O.A. That position serves west central Missouri.

“Is a great honor to have two Cass County Deputies on the State Board of the Missouri DARE Officers Association. I am very proud of our DARE and SRO Deputies who protect and educate our children. Their leadership and dedication to their schools, community and this office is second to none,” said Sheriff Jeff Weber.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office currently provides D.A.R.E. at Archie, Cass Midway, Drexel, East Lynne, Pleasant Hill, Sherwood and Strasburg Schools. The Sheriff’s Office also provides School Resource Officers at Pleasant Hill, Raymore-Peculiar, and Sherwood School Districts.

Sheriff’s Deputy Elected State DARE President

Cass Co – Cass County Sheriff Jeff Weber is proud to announce the recent election of two Cass County DARE Officers to serve on the State Board of the Missouri DARE Officers Association.

At their annual conference this year, Corporal Christine Eddleman was sworn in as President of the Missouri DARE Officers Association.  Corporal Eddleman has been with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office since 2005 and currently serves as the DARE Unit supervisor.

Deputy Stacy Gunn was elected to serve as the Region 7 Representative for M.D.O.A.  That position serves west central Missouri.

“Is a great honor to have two Cass County Deputies on the State Board of the Missouri DARE Officers Association. I am very proud of our DARE and SRO Deputies who protect and educate our children. Their leadership and dedication to their schools, community and this office is second to none,” said Sheriff Jeff Weber.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office currently provides D.A.R.E. at Archie, Cass Midway, Drexel, East Lynne, Pleasant Hill, Sherwood and Strasburg Schools. The Sheriff’s Office also provides School Resource Officers at Pleasant Hill, Raymore-Peculiar, and Sherwood School Districts.

Butler Resident Newest Confirmed Case of Covid-19 in Bates County

Bates County Health Center has confirmed another positive case of COVID-19 in Bates County over the weekend.

This individual is a male in his 40’s from Butler.

All contact tracing has been done and any parties that have had close contact were notified.

Any individuals advised of need for isolation and quarantine are per CDC guidelines.

At this time, Bates County has had 37 positives cases, 2 of which are currently active and isolated.

We would also like to remind individuals that if you have been tested, you should quarantine at home until test results are received—this decreases any possible exposure for others in the event your results come back positive.

With our numbers for Bates County rising, we hope everyone will continue to practice social distancing, clean/disinfect any high touched surfaces, wash their hands with soap and water routinely, use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available and avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose & mouth), and to stay home if you are sick.  Wearing a mask in public is also encouraged.  It is up to each and every one of us to stop the spread of this disease!

Online Fall and Winter Cattle Forage Management Workshop on August 6th; preregister by August 5th

Stockton, Mo.- “Now is the time to develop a forage management plan to graze your cattle through the fall and winter,” says Patrick Davis MU Extension Regional Livestock Field Specialist.  Therefore, MU Extension is planning a free online Fall and Winter Cattle Forage Management Workshop on the evening of August 6th.

The workshop will begin at 7:00 p. m. and the topics of discussion by MU Extension Regional Agronomy Field Specialist will include

  • Fall and winter forage grazing alternatives and management discussing pasture and cover crops
  • Nitrate and prussic acid considerations for cattle

To attend the workshop, register online at https://extension2.missouri.edu/events/fall-and-winter-cattle-forage-management-workshop by August 5th.  After registration you will be given the ZOOM information for the meeting.  For any other questions or information please contact Davis at (417) 955-0287 or by email at [email protected]     

Mo Dot

U.S. Route 160/Stockton Lake Bridges in Dade Co. CLOSED for Rehabilitation Beginning Week of Aug. 3

Dade County – Two bridges on U.S. Route 160 over Stockton Lake near Greenfield will be CLOSE, one at a time, for rehabilitation beginning the week of August 3, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

Both bridges are included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

The bridges are over the Turnback Creek arm and Lynn Branch arm of Stockton Lake approximately four miles east of Greenfield.

Contractor crews will replace the driving surface of each bridge, install new bridge walls and add new road signs as part of the project.

Traffic Impacts

  • Route 160 CLOSED over Turnback Creek arm for approximately 10 weeks beginning week of August 3
  • When Turnback Creek bridge is complete, Route 160 CLOSED over Lynn Branch arm for approximately seven weeks
  • Drivers will be directed to signed detour using Dade County Route O
  • Drivers will have access to driveways and field entrances at either end of the closed bridge but will not be able to travel through the work zones
  • Drivers are urged to find alternate routes around the work zone

Weather and/or unforeseen delays will alter the work schedule.

Project Information

  • Prime contractor: Hartman & Company Inc., Springfield
  • Total project cost: $2.3 million
  • Contract completion date: December 1, 2020

 

 

(For more information, call MoDOT in Springfield at 417-895-7600 or visit www.modot.org/southwest)

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Cattle Pricing Report Leaves Producers Unsatisfied An editorial column from the Missouri Farm Bureau Federation

By Eric Bohl

In late July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report on the difference between the prices of live cattle and processed meat. To those outside the industry, this report probably sounded like a run-of-the-mill government document. But cattle producers have been anxiously awaiting its findings for nearly a year. Since Missouri is a top-three state in cattle inventory with many small producers, improvement to the opaque cattle market could have a huge positive impact on our state.

Cattle producers have grown increasingly frustrated as the meat processing industry consolidated over the past three decades. With over 80 percent of U.S. beef now processed by only four companies, small farmers feel increasingly powerless. After small producers took the brunt of last August’s Holcomb beef plant fire and this spring’s COVID-19 meat market disruptions, they demanded answers.

The new USDA report found that after the Holcomb fire, the spread between boxed beef values and fed cattle prices (essentially, the packer’s gross profit margin) increased 143 percent, to a then-record $67.17 per hundredweight. During the COVID-19 disruptions, the spread grew to an absurd $279 per hundredweight – more than four times the prior all-time record.

USDA did not issue conclusions regarding if these margins were achieved through criminal acts in violation of the Packers and Stockyards Act, as those investigations are ongoing. However, it did examine potential changes to the law that could improve overall cattle markets for smaller producers.

The report suggests boosting pricing transparency in the cattle market. While negotiated cash sales must be disclosed and reported, certain rules prevent the disclosure of some prices. Closing these gaps could give producers more information and create fairer sale prices.

USDA also noted that small and medium farmers do not have access to the same risk management tools and training as larger farmers. During the two recent market disruptions, farmers who had hedged their positions weathered the storm far better than those who had not. The report suggested creating risk management tools specifically tailored to small and medium producers.

Combining purchasing power through cooperatives and supporting small meat processors were also suggested as pieces of the puzzle. These could both reduce the vast disparity of bargaining power that currently exists between individual producers and massive meatpackers.

When tweaks intended to open up fairness in the marketplace are not enough, USDA needs sufficient tools to investigate wrongdoing. The report identified some key investigative and enforcement tools that other agencies possess but USDA does not. This may be an issue for Congress to look into to ensure meatpackers are held accountable.

Unfortunately, the USDA report did not clearly identify who is to blame for the recent price anomolies. The report also did not suggest any silver bullet solutions to the industry’s problems. This lack of clarity probably isn’t surprising for a government report, but it is disappointing to those who hoped for more. USDA was careful to say Packer and Stockyards Act investigations are ongoing. Hopefully those inquiries will soon paint a clearer picture of what happened in the cattle market and identify specific wrongdoers.

Some of USDA’s suggestions probably have merit and need to be explored and implemented, but they will likely not be enough to fix the problems in an industry in which tensions have been growing for so many years. Novel legislative solutions, antitrust investigations and regulatory enforcement may all need to join forces to restore fairness to this classically American industry.

MDC partnership teamwork makes the conservation dream work

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – No one accomplishes anything alone, and through strong conservation partnerships, Missouri’s natural resources continue to be valued and supported. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is fortunate to work with numerous partner organizations that help make a difference for the state’s forest, fish, and wildlife in communities around the state. Community conservation – the practice of integrating nature into a city’s landscape – includes these impactful projects:

O’FALLON PARK PROJECT

In 2018, MDC joined the City of St. Louis Parks Department, Brightside St. Louis, North Newstead Association, the O’Fallon Community Development Organization, the Missouri Botanical Garden, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, and Forest Releaf of Missouri to restore natural habitat to St. Louis City’s O’Fallon Park. The mission is to revitalize the 125-acre park to enhance visitors’ experience, improve nature enjoyment, and expand nature programming opportunities.

The park project is possible through MDC’s Back to Nature St. Louis Grant, which provides funding for habitat restoration or reconstruction on a public park property in St. Louis County or City.

“Partnerships are really key to this project,” explained MDC Community Conservation Planner Josh Ward. “Working in an urban area provides a unique opportunity to not only improve wildlife habitat and improve natural resources, but helps people in these communities connect with nature.”

The transformation of O’Fallon Park back to nature has been a four-year journey with expected completion in 2021. To learn more about the project, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/Z8V.

DEEP ROOTS KC

Deep Roots KC is a Kansas-City based organization focused on forming relationships between heartland communities and native landscapes. Deep Roots hosts a series of workshops to teach participants how to successfully incorporate native plants into landscapes. When the COVID-19 pandemic prompted stay-at-home orders, Deep Roots launched a webinar series, Native Plant Gardening.

The Native Plant Gardening virtual series was offered twice each week throughout the stay-at-home order. More than 1,000 people registered for the series, and webinars averaged 200 attendees each session. When the metropolitan area began reopening, Deep Roots continued the webinars weekly through the end of June. The recorded webinars were uploaded to YouTube, where more than 2,000 people have viewed them with numbers increasing daily.

“These native plant workshops have proven to change local landscapes,” said MDC Community Conservation Planner Wendy Sangster. “Ninety-percent of workshop attendees planted native plants following the series. It speaks volumes about the impact these simple outreach efforts have on Missouri’s natural landscape. It also reinforces the idea that everyone can make an impact and do their part, regardless of the size of their property.”

To learn more about Deep Roots KC or to view previous webinars, visit https://deeprootskc.org/.

HEARTLAND TREE ALLIANCE

The Kansas City-based Heartland Tree Alliance (HTA) program advocates for a healthy community forest in the greater Kansas City region. The program is involved in numerous outreach efforts that educates local residents about the critically important benefits created by urban trees, why these trees need extra care, and proper ways to provide that care.

HTA and its volunteers have continued free tree planting efforts across the Kansas City-region during the COVID-19 pandemic, planting approximately 300, 1-inch caliper trees. Through funding with the US Forest Service, HTA is partnering with Evergy and the Arbor Day Foundation for the Energy Saving Trees Program to provide free trees to residents in Kansas City, Missouri. The organization was able to give away 200 trees this spring and has plans to give away another 250 again this fall.

“In June we hosted our first-ever online TreeKeepers course, which taught participants about the social, environmental, and economic benefits trees provide,” said HTA Program Manager Sarah Crowder. “The course was a great success and we plan on hosting the course again this fall. Additionally, our educator is developing curriculum for online learning that can be rolled out to 4-6th graders this fall, as well as working on a partnership with the Girl Scouts and Scout programs.”

To learn more about HTA or how to volunteer, visit https://bridgingthegap.org/.

GREEN CITY COALITION

The Green City Coalition (GCC) is a partnership between the City of St. Louis, St. Louis Development Corporation, MDC, and the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District to transform vacant and abandoned properties to community-owned green spaces. The organization focuses on neighborhoods where there are high concentrations of vacant properties. It works with neighbors and coalition members to transform these areas into green spaces that improve neighborhood vitality, increase well-being, and provide ecologically significant habitat.

“Our partnership with the Green City Coalition is a wonderful example community-based conservation,” explained MDC Community Conservation Chief Jason Jensen. “The collaboration between partners and community engagement are vital to the program’s success. Providing more green spaces in urban areas allows residents to learn about and benefit from nature.”

The partnership converted more than 16 acres of vacant land to a diverse mix of prairie grass and forb species selected for extended blooms and low height. GCC is also converting 18 acres in six parks to a diverse prairie mix appropriate to St. Louis’s historic land cover.

Learn more about GCC through their website at https://www.greencitycoalition.org/.

OTHER COMMUNITY CONSERVATION EFFORTS

MDC engages in many community conservation projects throughout the state with entities such as schools, churches, golf courses, correctional facilities, and other organizations.

“Because every community is unique, different towns may integrate nature differently to bring the most benefit to residents,” explained Jensen. “Community conservation begins by identifying the needs of our citizens. After determining those needs, our staff helps find and visualize ways to incorporate nature that help meet the community’s needs.”

MDC has partnered with the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives and the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council to incorporate pollinator plantings at both of their headquarter buildings in Jefferson City.

“Staff have also done considerable work with the City of Springfield on nature-scaping, which included Springfield City Hall,” Jensen noted. “We’ve also incorporated native plantings at multiple golf courses around the state. MDC is incredibly lucky to work on these conservation projects with such engaging and progressive organizations. It’s a win-win for Missourians and their communities.”

To learn more about other MDC partnerships, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/Z8r.

Respect the Load. Share the Road. Commercial motor vehicle awareness campaign runs through summer.

JEFFERSON CITY – Beginning August 3, a statewide awareness campaign will remind Missouri motorists to drive safely around big trucks and buses.  In turn, commercial motor vehicle drivers will be reminded to obey traffic laws, use their seat belts, slow down and pay attention.

Commercial motor vehicles make up 20% of Missouri’s interstate traffic, carry goods from coast to coast, and are essential workers to our nation’s economy. When crashes involving large trucks and buses happen the disproportionate size of the large truck versus a car means those crashes can often involve serious injuries, or worse. Research shows that, in the majority of these crashes, drivers of passenger cars unnecessarily endanger themselves by not paying attention and driving recklessly around large trucks and buses. That’s why it’s so important for all motorists to drive safely around these larger vehicles. Respect the load. Share the road.

There’s no room for taking chances around big trucks and buses – they require big room. “We can all do our part by driving safely around big trucks,” said Jon Nelson, MoDOT assistant to the state highway and traffic engineer. “Be patient, give them room to operate and please put your phone down.”

  • Don’t cut off large trucks or buses. Make sure you can see the truck’s cab lights in your rearview mirror before moving back into your original lane.
  • Stay out of the “No Zone.” Large trucks and buses have large blind spots on either side and up to 200 feet behind a vehicle. Pass only on the left side.
  • Large trucks and buses take longer to stop.
  • Watch your following distance. Keep a safety cushion around large trucks and buses.  Can you see the truck’s side mirrors? If not, the driver cannot see you.

Sharing the road with commercial motor vehicles is a necessary part of travel. For more information on the Commercial Motor Vehicle Awareness Campaign, visit www.saveMOlives.com.

CAPITOL REPORT: REPRESENTATIVE PATRICIA PIKE Recovery Grant Programs Available to Offset COVID-19 Impact

Dear Citizens:  As Missouri continues to manage the health impact of COVID-19, the state also continues to move forward with its recovery from the economic damage inflicted by the virus. The state unemployment rate fell by more than two percentage points in June and is now at 7.9 percent, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 11.1 percent. The state has also seen other strong signs of recovery including a steady increase in consumer spending.

 

To help further facilitate the state’s recovery, the governor and the legislature have worked together to allocate vital federal CARES Act funds for programs that will assist workers and businesses in the state’s most important industries. Over the last few weeks the governor has announced a number of programs that will keep Missouri’s economy trending upward.

 

Small Business Grant Program – Gov. Parson recently announced the Small Business Grant Program to provide $30 million of relief to small businesses and family-owned farms. The program will reimburse these small employers for business interruption costs due to the COVID-19 crisis.

 

This program is available to for-profit businesses and family-owned farms that employ 50 or fewer employees. Funds can be used to cover facility redesign and labor, air filtration systems, e-commerce website design, worker salaries during closure or reduced hours, and necessary costs to make the business more resilient as a result of COVID-19, among others.  More information about the program can be found at showmestrong.mo.gov.

 

Nonprofit Relief and Recovery Grant – Federal CARES Act funds allocated in the state budget will also be used to provide up to $22 million for Missouri nonprofits assisting communities in response to COVID-19. The new Nonprofit Relief and Recovery Grant will support nonprofits in meeting critical and emergent needs as a result of COVID-19 and to help the organizations maintain their operations despite lower than average donations during the pandemic.

 

Organizations eligible for this grant are 501(c)(3) nonprofits, excluding hospitals, schools, and animal charities. Funds can be used to cover hazard pay for direct health care workers, leasing additional space for social distancing, testing costs, program payroll and supply expenses related to increased demand for nonprofit services, direct assistance to individuals and families, and more.

 

The Department of Economic Development will accept applications in two rounds via electronic submission. Round one will be accepted from July 22 to August 14, 2020. Round two will be accepted from August 19 to August 28, 2020. For more information on the grant program, visit https://showmestrong.mo.gov/.

 

Missouri Meat and Poultry Processing Grant – During the 2020 session, the legislature allocated $20 million in CARES Act funds to help meat and poultry establishments with fewer than 200 employees. This new Missouri Meat and Poultry Processing Grant is meant to increase food supply chain resilience in Missouri. Grants approved by the program will be used to increase livestock & poultry processing capacity and promote worker safety as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

 

The reimbursement grant will be administered using a tiered system, offering up to $200,000 for each state and federally inspected establishment that also conducts slaughter. State and federally inspected establishments that further process meat & poultry products, but do not conduct slaughter, qualify for up to $100,000 in grant funds. Custom exempt establishments may receive up to $20,000. Grants will be used to reimburse eligible expenses for new and existing establishments that are incurred from March 1, 2020, through November 15, 2020.

 

Applications must be submitted by August 31, 2020. The deadline for all expenditure and reimbursement documentation, as well as final reporting, is November 30, 2020. To learn more about the Missouri Meat & Poultry Processing Grant, please visit https://agriculture.mo.gov/abd/financial/meatpoultrygrant.php

  

PPE Retooling Grant Program – Another program funded by federal CARES Act dollars is designed to increase production of personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The new PPE Production Grant Program will help companies produce PPE in Missouri as part of the state’s Show Me Strong Recovery Plan.

 

The program assists manufacturers by awarding grant funds to reimburse companies facing high PPE production costs. Eligible uses for awarded funds under the PPE Production Grant Program include purchasing equipment and retooling, upgrading, or expanding facilities to increase PPE production.  Businesses interested in the program can learn more and apply at showmestrong.mo.gov.

 

Destination Marketing Organization Grant Program – Another new program will utilize $15 million in CARES Act funding to assist destination marketing organizations (DMOs). DMOs promote Missouri as a great place to visit. The program is meant to help the tourism industry make the state’s many attractions and activities safer and reinforce messaging to encourage visitors to come to Missouri and safely enjoy all there is to see and do in the state.

 

The funds will be administered by the Missouri Division of Tourism and will grant eligible DMOs funding for recovery efforts such as payroll relief, reimbursement for necessary safety equipment, and the initiation of marketing campaigns with messaging focused on safe travel. Eligible DMOs must have participated in the Division’s Cooperative Marketing Program in FY19, FY20, or both. For more information, visit showmestrong.mo.gov.

 

Red Cross encourages donations to keep robust blood supply as pandemic continues

COLUMBIA, Mo. (July 27, 2020) — Right now, the American Red Cross has an emergency shortage of convalescent plasma, a potentially lifesaving treatment for patients with COVID-19. The Red Cross has seen demand for convalescent plasma more than double over the last month as the number of coronavirus cases increases across the U.S. Convalescent plasma products are now being distributed faster than donations are coming in.

 

Individuals who have fully recovered and received a verified COVID-19 diagnosis are urged to sign up to give convalescent plasma now by completing the donor eligibility form at RedCrossBlood.org/plasma4covid.

 

Convalescent plasma is plasma that is collected from patients who have recovered from an infection and have antibodies that might help fight that infection – in this case, those who have fully recovered from COVID-19. With each donation, COVID-19 survivors have a unique ability to help up to three patients recover from the virus.

 

Blood donors needed to keep supply strong amid pandemic

 

Though this summer may feel different than summers past, one thing remains constant: The need for blood donations to help save lives. The  Red Cross is urging healthy individuals to give blood to restock the shelves for patients battling disease and facing the unexpected.

 

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, people across the country have stepped up to help by giving blood or platelets with the Red Cross. Blood donations from healthy individuals are just as essential now to meet patient needs, and those who gave this spring may be eligible to help again.

 

Donation appointments can be made for the coming days and weeks by downloading the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

 

As a thank-you for helping ensure a stable blood supply, those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma, including convalescent plasma, Aug. 1-Sept. 3 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Amazon.* Plus, come to give by Aug. 31 and automatically be entered for a chance to win a trip for four to Cedar Point or Knott’s Berry Farm, redeemable through the 2021 season!^

Belton Fall Festival Cancelled due to rising COVID-19 cases

Due to rising COVID-19 numbers, Downtown Belton Mainstreet has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Belton Fall Festival.

They want to make sure this event is beneficial for vendors and fun for the community and just didn’t see it being feasible during this uncertain time. They plan to bring the festival back in 2021 and appreciate everyone’s understanding!

Butler License Office Plans to Reopen Monday

From the Butler License Office: We plan on opening back up on Monday, but will be short staffed due to I’m not quite ready to see everyone yet, and I need a little more time to get things done! Please be patient with the girls for we we’re all family or just like family!

Office hours is 8:30-4:30. I will not be there early just FYI

 

Bates County Sheriff’s Office Activity Report

Bates County Sheriff’s Office Activity Report
July 13th, 2020 thru July 19th, 2020

July 13th, 2020
AGENCY ASSIST – BUTLER
STRANDED MOTORIST – BUTLER
SPEAK TO OFFICER – BUTLER
ASSAULT – AMSTERDAM
THEFT/STEALING – RICH HILL
TRAFFIC STOP – ADRIAN
SPEAKER TO OFFICER – AMORET
SEXUAL ASSAULT – JERICO SPRINGS
AGENCY ASSIST – BUTLER
PAPER SERVICE – BUTLER
AGENCY ASSIST – MIAMI CO
PAPER SERVICE – ADRIAN
CHECK WELL BEING – BUTLER
SEX OFFENDER CHECK – RICH HILL
PAPER SERVICE – DREXEL
FOLLOW UP – DREXEL
SPECIAL DETAIL – BUTLER
SPEAK TO OFFICER – DREXEL
TRAFFIC HAZARD – BUTLER

July 14th, 2020
TRAFFIC STOP – ADRIAN
AMBULANCE REQUEST – ADRIAN
SEX OFFENDER CHECK – RICH HILL
AMBULANCE REQUEST – ADRIAN
SUICIDAL PERSON – ADRIAN
SPEAK TO OFFICER – BUTLER
AMBULANCE REQUEST – ADRIAN
PAPER SERVICE – ADRIAN
TRAFFIC STOP – BUTLER
TRAFFIC STOP – BUTLER
FIRE CALL – ADRIAN
TRAFFIC STOP – AMORET
TRAFFIC STOP – AMORET
TRAFFIC STOP – ADRIAN
CONTROLLED BURN – ADRIAN
TRAFFIC STOP – ADRIAN
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY – DREXEL
AGENCY ASSIST – BUTLER
TRAFFIC STOP – PASSAIC
TRAFFIC STOP – ADRIAN
THREATS – ROCKVILLE
PAPER SERVICE – RICH HILL
PAPER SERVICE – RICH HILL
LITTERING – RICH HILL
SPEAK TO OFFICER – ROCKVILLE
PAPER SERVICE – ADRIAN
SPEAK TO OFFICER – RICH HILL
SPEAK TO OFFICER – BCSO
STOLEN VEHICLE – ROCKVILLE
DISTURBANCE – RICH HILL

July 15th, 2020
SPEAK TO OFFICER – BUTLER
SPEAK TO OFFICER-HUME
AGENCY ASSIST-BUTLER
CHECK WELL BEING-ADRIAN
TRAFFIC HAZARD-BUTLER
AMBULANCE REQUEST-BUTLER
SPEAK TO OFFICER-AMSTERDAM
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY-AMSTERDAM
AMBULANCE REQUEST-AMSTERDAM
TRAFFIC STOP-DREXEL
C&I DRIVING-RICH HILL
PAPER SERVICE-ADRIAN
SMOKE INVESTIGATION – ADRIAN
WARRANT SERVICE – ARCHIE
SCAM CALL – BUTLER
EXTRA PATROL – AMSTERDAM
SPEAK TO OFFICER – ADRIAN
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY – ADRIAN

July 16th, 2020
TRAFFIC STOP – BUTLER
911 HANG UP – BUTLER
ANIMAL CALL – ADRIAN
SPEAK TO OFFICER – ADRIAN
PAPER SERVICE – ADRIAN
TRAFFIC STOP – BUTLER
AGENCY ASSIST – BUTLER
TRAFFIC STOP – ADRIAN
SPEAK TO OFFICER – DREXEL
SPEAK TO OFFICER – ROCKVILLE
TRAFFIC STOP – AMSTERDAM
THEFT/STEALING – ADRIAN
DISTURBANCE – BUTLER
TRAFFIC HAZARD – ADRIAN
TRAFFIC HAZARD – BUTLER
AGENCY ASSIST – ADRIAN
C & I DRIVER – ARCHIE
SPEAK TO OFFICER – SPRINGFIELD
MVA – RICH HILL
SEX OFFENDER CHECK – RICH HILL
CIVIL MATTER/ STANDBY – DREXEL
ANIMAL CALL – BUTLER
AMBULANCE REQUEST – ADRIAN
STRANDED MOTORIST – BUTLER
FIRE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS – ADRIAN
PEDESTRIAN CHECK – AMSTERDAM

July 17th, 2020
PEDESTRIAN CHECK – RICH HILL
MVA – ADRIAN
AMBULANCE REQUEST – ADRIAN
ANIMAL CALL – ADRIAN
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY – BUTLER
SPEAK TO OFFICER – ADRIAN
PAPER SERVICE – BUTLER
PAPER SERVICE – BUTLER
PAPER SERVICE – RICH HILL
PAPER SERVICE – ADRIAN
TRAFFIC STOP – BUTLER
TRAFFIC STOP – BUTLER
TRAFFIC STOP – AMSTERDAM
PAPER SERVICE – BUTLER
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY – AMSTERDAM
TRAFFIC STOP – ADRIAN
TRAFFIC STOP – ADRIAN
911 HANG UP – BUTLER
FOLLOW UP – AMORET
PAPER SERVICE – RICH HILL
STRUCTURE FIRE – AMORET
CIVIL MATTER/STANDBY – BUTLER
PAPER SERVICE – ADRIAN
SPEAK TO OFFICER – AMSTERDAM
SPEAK TO OFFICER – DREXEL
DOMESTIC – ROCKVILLE

July 18th, 2020
THEFT/STEALING – BUTLER
TRAFFIC STOP – RICH HILL
FOLLOW UP – BUTLER
PAPER SERVICE – BUTLER
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY – URICH
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY -ADRIAN
DEBRIS IN ROADWAY – AMORET
PAPER SERVICE – ADRIAN
911 HANG UP – BUTLER
SPEAK TO OFFICER – UNKNOWN
PAPER SERVICE – URICH
TRAFFIC STOP – ADRIAN
TRAFFIC STOP – AMSTERDAM
THEFT/STEALING – HUME
ANIMAL CALL – ARCHIE
TRAFFIC STOP – RICH HILL
FOLLOW UP – RICH HILL
ABANDONED VEHICLE – RICH HILL
PAPER SERVICE – ADRIAN
PROPERTY DAMAGE – FOSTER
ANIMAL CALL – ADRIAN
TRESPASSING – ADRIAN

July 19th, 2020
AGENCY ASSIST – BUTLER
ANIMAL CAL – BUTLER
ABANDONED VEHICLE – BUTLER
PAPER SERVICE – BUTLER
TRAFFIC STOP – BUTLER
PAPER SERVICE – ADRIAN
PAPER SERVICE -ADRIAN
AMBULANCE REQUEST – APPLETON CITY
FOLLOW UP – AMSTERDAM
TRAFFIC HAZARD – BUTLER
TRAFFIC STOP – BUTLER
TRAFFIC STOP – BUTLER
TRAFFIC STOP – BUTLER
THEFT/STEALING – BUTLER
AMBULANCE REQUEST – BUTLER
C&I DRIVER – AMSTERDAM
PROPERTY DAMAGE – ADRIAN
ALARM CALL – ADRIAN
SPEAK TO OFFICER – BATES CO
AMBULANCE REQUEST- BUTLER
CHECK WELL BEING- ADRIAN
AMBULANCE REQUEST- BUTLER
SPEAK TO OFFICER – RICH HILL
TRAFFIC STOP – BUTLER

Drexel R-IV School District Re-entry Plan for 2020-2021 School Year Announcement

The Drexel R-IV School District has posted the most current version of the school re-entry plan for 2020-2021 on the district’s website at www.drexel.k12.mo.us.

The re-entry plan, re-opening protocols and learning format declaration of intent survey can be found on the district’s website at the links below.

This information will also be sent out via email to all of those parents/guardians who have a current email address on file with the district.  If you do not receive an email, please contact the district at 816-652-0401 or 816-652-0402 to receive the information.

Drexel Re-entry Plan

Drexel Re-opening Protocols

2020-2021 Learning Format Declaration of Intent Survey

More Positive Cases in Bates County

July 24, 2020

Bates County Health Center has confirmed 3 more positive cases of COVID-19 in Bates County.

Although test results were just received, all 3 cases are out of isolation time frame related to date of symptom onset or date of testing.

All contact tracing has been done and any parties that have had close contact are being notified.

Any individuals advised of need for isolation and quarantine are per CDC guidelines.

At this time, Bates County has had 36 positives cases, 2 of which are currently active and isolated and 1 remains hospitalized in Kansas City.

We would also like to remind individuals that if you have been tested, you should quarantine at home until test results are received—this decreases any possible exposure for others in the event your results come back positive.

With our numbers for Bates County rising, we hope everyone will continue to practice social distancing, clean/disinfect any high touched surfaces, wash their hands with soap and water routinely, use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available and avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose & mouth), and to stay home if you are sick.  Wearing a mask in public is also encouraged.  It is up to each and every one of us to stop the spread of this disease!

Roni Spitler Davis, age 63, of Appleton City

With the upsurge of COVID-19 we strongly recommend all who attend the visitation and funeral for Roni wear a mask to the funeral home.  Please respect the social distancing rules and think of others’ safety as well as your own.  Please sit with proper 6 foot spacing between pews.  We appreciate your cooperation and courtesy at this time.

 

The CELEBRATION OF LIFE for Roni will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 27, 2020 at Hill and Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri.

VISITATION will precede the service from 1:00 to 2:00 p..m.

The family suggests any MEMORIAL donations be made to White Oak Cemetery.

       Roni Spitler Davis, age 63, the daughter of Jimmy Leroy and Genevieve May (Dimmitt) Spitler was born December 3, 1956 in East Lynne, Missouri.  She passed away peacefully at her home on July 22, 2020.

      She spent her formative years in the Harrisonville, Missouri area, where she graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1974.  Shortly after completing her education, Roni went to work for the railroad.  Later she and her husband of 35 years, Larry Davis, traveled and worked construction for many years.  They also owned and operated an antique shop as well as a restaurant in Appleton City.

Roni was a lover of conservation and hunting deer.  She also enjoyed collecting and working on classic cars, even learning to do all the custom upholstery on her hot-rods.  Roni and Larry spent many happy days at car shows and swap meets throughout the years.   She cherished spending time with her family, especially her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  The last few years Roni became an avid and talented photographer, volunteering her time for many graduation photo shoots and weddings.  She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Roni was preceded in death by her parents, Leroy and Genevieve May (Dimmitt) Spitler; and 2 sisters: Teri and an infant sister.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Davis; 2 siblings, Robin Lee (Gary) and Jimmy Spitler; two daughters: Tammy Smiley and Tracy Huber; 6 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren; along with many extended family and dear friend

Sheriff’s Office to Issue ATV/UTV Permits

Cass Co – Beginning August 10th, 2020 the Cass County Sheriff’s Office will begin issuing permits to owners of All-Terrain Vehicle, Utility Vehicle, and Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles who wish to operate them on county roads.

Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license and complete the permit application for each vehicle they wish to permit.  Per the Cass County Ordinance, the applicant will need to provide proof of Missouri State minimum liability insurance listing the ATV/UTV/ROHV, make, model, and serial number of the vehicle.  The permit fee is $15.00 and the permit is valid for one year.

The permit allows the vehicle to be operated on county road within Cass County.  Drivers are advised to contact their local city regarding ordinances allowing operation on city streets.  The permit does not allow operation on state highways.  All-terrain vehicles operated for agricultural purposes are exempt from the need for a permit.

“Cass County has many rural areas where people enjoy driving ATVs, UTVs, and ROHVs in a responsible manner.  This permit allows for the legal operation of these vehicles on county roads.  Please be safe,” said Sheriff Jeff Weber.

Information on permits and county ordinances can be found at cassmosheriff.org/atv.

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New K9 Deputy in Cass County

New K9 Deputy in Cass County

 

Cass Co – A 2-year-old German Shepard Dog has joined the Cass County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit.

Deputy Adam Messmer and his K-9, Bock, recently graduated from K-9 training at Von Henger Kennels in Kingsville, Missouri.

Bock is certified in narcotics detection, handler protection, suspect apprehension and tracking, area search, building search, and articles searches.

“We are pleased to have our third K-9 team fully staffed.  The investment in a K-9 program is worthwhile and benefits numerous law enforcement agencies and most importantly our citizens.  The specialized work the K-9 Unit performs is vital to keep Cass County safe,” said Sheriff Jeff Weber.

K9 Bock replaces K9 Loki who retired last month.

MO State Fair Pivots to Youth Livestock Shows Only

MISSOURI STATE FAIR·FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2020·2 MINUTES

SEDALIA, Mo. – The Missouri State Fair has announced that the traditional fair will pivot to a youth livestock show, Aug. 13-23, 2020. In 1901, the Fair began as a showcase of Missouri agriculture. Staying true to that tradition, the Fair will continue to allow the invaluable agriculture education experience to Missouri 4-H and FFA members by offering a Youth Livestock Show only.

Two primary reasons drove the Fair’s decision today:

Public Health & Safety

State Fair officials care deeply about the public health and safety of fairgoers and the community. When the original decision to move forward with the Fair was made, the information and numbers were different than they are now. In collaboration with Governor Parson and the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services it was determined that the best course of action was to work to reduce the number of individuals on the fairgrounds. Best practices for sanitation and public health will still be implemented during the youth livestock show.

Quality Outdoor Experience

The Fair takes pride in hosting a quality outdoor experience for all fairgoers. That success relies heavily on the support of their partners, sponsors and vendors. As those supporters have evaluated the effect the pandemic has had on their ability to participate, many have had to limit or cancel their participation. Limited concessions will be on grounds to service exhibitors and their families.

Opening Day Ceremony, Governor’s Ham Breakfast, carnival midway and all other non-youth livestock related events will be cancelled. The Fair will be issuing applicable refunds. Exhibitor camping will still be available through the event. All current reservations will be honored. Exhibitor camping inquiries can be sent to [email protected].

Job Openings with On My Own, Inc in Nevada

Are you looking for a new career?  Join the On My Own team.

Work close to home with a flexible schedule.

On My Own is looking for caring, compassionate in-home aides for full and part-time positions with training provided.

They also need full and part-time CNA’s to join their team.

They offer benefit packages, competitive pay, mileage reimbursement, and a $150 sign-on bonus.

To apply, stop by On My Own at 428 East Highland in Nevada, visit omoinc.org/careers or call 800-362-8852.

Ala’Jha Monque Reynolds, age 16 of Memphis, Tennessee, formerly of Butler

Regarding the funeral services for Ala’Jha Reynolds . . . We anticipate a large gathering, and for that reason, the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel is providing a 3-hour visitation from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. for friends to greet family, pay their respects and leave the Chapel to make room for other visitors.   Face masks and social distancing will be requested.  For the funeral service at 1 p.m., once social distancing seating capacity is reached, no other funeral service attendees will be allowed in the building.  We respectfully ask that you plan your visit accordingly.

Funeral services for Ala’Jha Reynolds will be 1 p.m., Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri.  Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Schowengerdt Chapel prior to services.   Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions to the family for funeral and/or medical expenses. Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com.  Please maintain social distancing, wear a face mask and refrain from hugging or shaking hands.

Ala’Jha Monque Reynolds, age 16 of Memphis, Tennessee, formerly of Butler, Missouri died Sunday, July 12, 2020 in Memphis.  She was born January 30, 2004 to Dwayne Lamont Antoine and Bobbie Lee Reynolds in Houma, Louisiana.

Ala’Jha is survived by her mother, Bobbie Lee Reynolds and stepfather Kelvin Brown Jr. of Memphis, Tennessee; three brothers, J’Mayne Antione and wife Katrina and Coreyonta Michael Brown all of Memphis, Tennessee and Dwayne James Antoine of Houma, Louisiana; two sisters, Sierra Reynolds of Memphis, Tennessee and Dayjah Antoine of Houma, Louisiana; father, Dwayne Lamont Antoine and wife Regina of Houma, Louisiana; maternal grandma, Robin Skaggs (MawMaw) of Butler, Missouri; maternal great-grandpa, Don Reynolds of Rich Hill, Missouri; and many other family and friends.  She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Arthur and Bertha Reynolds.

Another Positive COVID-19 Case in Bates County

July 16, 2020

Bates County Health Center has confirmed another positive case of COVID-19 in Bates County.

The case is a male in his 30’s that resides in Butler and is a household contact of a current positive case.  Per CDC guidelines, this individual has been quarantined since the household member was determined to be positive and he will remain in isolation until released.  This individual has contacted anyone he was in contact with that may be at risk and they have been advised of quarantine guidelines.

Please remember if there is no risk for any community transmission found through the investigation, nothing is released.

At this time, Bates County has had 24 positives cases, 6 of which are currently active.

With our numbers for Bates County rising, we hope everyone will continue to practice social distancing, clean/disinfect any high touched surfaces, wash their hands with soap and water routinely, use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available and avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose & mouth).  Wearing a mask in public is also encouraged.  It is up to each and every one of us to stop the spread of this disease!

 

Cass County Trafficking Drugs Charges

Two Subjects Charged with Trafficking Drugs

 

Cass Co – On Wednesday around 9:40 am a deputy with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Apprehension Unit stopped a vehicle in area of I-49 and E. 275th street in Harrisonville.

 

The driver of the vehicle was arrested for felony driving while revoked and taken into custody.  During the stop, approximately 6 ounces of methamphetamines were seized from the vehicle.

 

Today the driver and passenger were both charged in Cass County. The driver, Carl A. Bogart, 37, Sheldon Missouri and a passenger Felicia R. Shepard, 37, Nevada Missouri were charged with a class B felony of 2nd degree Accessory Trafficking Drugs.

 

“Our office is committed to taking drug dealers and other criminals off the street. This is another example of our commitment to keeping our county safe,” said Sheriff Jeff Weber

 

Carl Bogart is currently in custody at the Cass county jail on a NO BOND warrant.

Felicia Shepard is being held in the Cass County Jail on $25,000 Cash Only.

 

 

Norma Frances Edmonds 96, of Maryville, MO.

Memorial services for Norma Edmonds will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler.  Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the chapel immediately prior to services.   The family requests that you please maintain social distancing.  Wearing a face mask is recommended.  They love and appreciate each of you, but please refrain from hugging or shaking hands.  Memorial contributions to Edmonds-King Scholarship Fund (Northwest Foundation, 800 University Drive, Maryville, MO  64468).  Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Norma Frances Edmonds, age 96, formerly of Butler, Missouri and Nevada, Missouri died March 26, 2020 at Maryville Living Center, Maryville Missouri.  Norma was born January 27, 1924 in Horton, Missouri to John and Edyth Perry Cole.  She was married to William Donald Edmonds in 1946 and they later divorced.

After graduating high school in Rich Hill, Missouri she resided in Pittsburg, Kansas performing telephone and clerical work for McFarland Flying Service.  From there she went to Kansas City to do similar work for TWA and the Civil Aeronautics Administration.  Norma was a caseworker supervisor for the Missouri Division of Family Services in Bates County for 35 years, retiring in 1993.  Norma was a member of the Church of Christ in Butler.

Norma is survived by her son, Dan Edmonds and wife Carole of Kansas City, Missouri; four grandsons who were the light of her life also survive, Paul and wife Jennifer, Brian and wife Joya, Jeff, and John and wife Ashley; and nine great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Joe Allen Cole and Lawrence D. Cole; and her son Bill.

In practicing social distancing, we have a concern on the number of people who can gather in our Chapel.  It is continuing to be difficult to bring our community together when a death occurs.  Funerals are more than just ceremonies–they are avenues to bring family and friends together to support one another.  If you know Norma Edmonds, a card or phone call to his family would go a long way in remembering her.  If you don’t have family addresses, feel free to mail notes or cards to us at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (1301 N. Orange St., Butler, MO  64730) and we will send to the family.

Lucinda, Renee Birdwell, 51 of Butler

Lucinda Renee Birdwell, 51 of Butler, formerly of Mount Ayer, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at the Butler Center. Lucinda’s wishes were to be cremated. There are no public services scheduled at this time. Arrangements by the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555).

Boil Advisory Issued for Bates County Water District #5

A Boil Water Advisory has been issued for all Bates County Water Dist. 5 customers east of I-49.

The advisory will remain in effect until end of day Friday, July 17th.

A Boil Advisory means it is in your best interest to boil all drinking water for at least 3 minutes.

This rural Best County Water District public service announcement has been paid for by Patricia Pike, your 126th District Representative, Barney Fischer Treasurer.

Bates County Public Test Notice

The Bates County Clerk’s office will conduct a public test of the electronic tabulating equipment on Thursday, July 23rd at 9 am in the Bates County Administration Building.

Bates County COVID-10 Update

July 15, 2020

Bates County Health Center has confirmed 3 new COVID-19 cases in Bates County.

Case #1—this individual, a male in his 30’s from Adrian, is a household contact of a current positive case. He has been in quarantine since the household member was determined to be positive. He will remain in isolation until released.

Case #2—this individual, a female in her 20’s from Adrian, who has been and remains asymptomatic, had been on quarantine following exposure to a positive case and was given a date that quarantine would end based on her last exposure to the positive case. According to CDC guidance this individual who worked critical infrastructure was able to return to work while awaiting test results as she had no symptoms. Although she was cleared by CDC guidelines and because there was a long delay in receiving test results, the Bates County Health Department felt it should advise of a very SLIGHT risk of community exposure on the following dates and locations:

Adrian Little League Football sign-ups: July 12, 2020
Adrian Bank main branch: July 13 & morning of July 14

During the investigation, it was found that many safeguards were in place at both of these locations which would decrease the possible exposure even more. Unless you feel that you were within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more with an individual that is positive for COVID-19 you are at very low risk.

Case #3—this individual is a female in her 20’s from Butler. Bates County Health Center is in the process of the initial investigation for contact tracing. This individual has contacted close family and friends and is working with the Health Center on any further possible contacts.

At this time, Bates County has had 23 positives cases, 5 of which are currently active.

Bates County: Larry Beckham Sentenced

Larry Beckham Sentenced to 15 years

Sentencing for Larry Beckham was carried out yesterday at the Bates County Courthouse after having been delayed from the original May 18 sentencing date by Covid 19. Sentencing was reset for June 25, 2020, but that date was delayed again after Defense Attorney David Kelly had filed a motion for a new trial, however after the January trial transcript was reviewed, that motion was denied by the Court.

Larry Beckham was convicted in January 2020 of 1st Degree Statutory Sodomy and 1st Degree Child Endangerment. Beckham was charged with these crimes in 2018 after it was revealed that he had been abusing a 13 year old girl for a period of several years.

Pre-sentence arguments were heard  and a victim impact statement was read before Judge Brandon Baker imposed a 10 year sentence for Count 1, Statutory Sodomy in the 1 Degree and a 5 year sentence for Count 2, 1st Degree Child Endangerment.  Judge Baker ruled these sentences to run consecutively.

Beckham will be transported to the Missouri Department of Corrections by the Bates County Sheriff’s Office in the next few days.

Big Creek Music Theatre hold off re-opening date

Big Creek Country Music Theatre has made the decision to again holding off until late summer for the weekly shows.

Big Creek Stated that “ There are still to many older folks not wanting to chance the risk of Covid-19.

The theatre located in Pleasant Hill will make a public announcement as to the expected re-opening date in late August.

Big Creek County Music Theatre invites you to watch their website and facebook page at www.bigcreekcountry.net .

The re-open date will be announced at a later date, as for now, it may be as late as late August or September.

Missouri State Fair Forms and Competition Updates

Entry Forms and Competition Updates

Entries are still being accepted for 2020 Missouri State Fair livestock shows and competitive exhibits. Most entries are accepted online through the Premium Guide, a comprehensive tool for exhibitors, and some may be accepted via paper entry form, available on the Fair’s website.

 

Due to budgetary restrictions for the 2020 Missouri State Fair, no open show livestock premiums will be offered. Premiums will be paid for 4-H and FFA junior livestock show placings as in previous years. Standard entry fees will still apply. Premiums sponsored by outside groups, businesses, or organizations will still be honored. Visit the Rules & Regulations for specific contests and shows for information on sponsored premiums in the online Premium Guide4-H/FFA junior livestock shows exhibitors must complete the Vendor Input Form to receive premium payment.

 

Appleton City News Little Apple

July 15, 2020

 

Appleton City Rural Health Clinic is announcing FREE sports physicals Wednesday, July 15 and Wednesday, July 22, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  These days are by appointment only.  Jamie O’Farrell, FNP and Kenny Maus, CNP will conduct the physicals.  Physical forms (available at the Clinic) must be signed by a parent or guardian. Call the ACRHC at 660-476-2121 to make your appointment today!

 

Local county health departments have reported positive COVID cases in the AC and Montrose areas.  Ellett Memorial Hospital has suggested the following precautions: If you have been in close contact with a person known to have Coronavirus or if you have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread of Coronavirus, as well as experiencing fever, cough, or trouble breathing and need medical attention, please call 660-476-5219, TO ALERT STAFF PRIOR TO YOUR ARRIVAL!   Ellett Memorial Hospital recommends washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  IF YOU ARE SICK: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room  EMH is taking all appropriate and necessary precautions for the safety and well-being of our community.

 

The University of Missouri Extension in Cass County is offering a one-time webinar “Parenting a New Way” 6:00-8:00 p.m. July 30 via Zoom.

Adapted from the 30 plus years of research at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, & Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development, this webinar illustrates how to incorporate simple behaviors that will enhance the participant’s existing parenting approach. After a general overview of the information this webinar will feature breakout rooms where discussion can take place regarding specific age ranges 0-4, 5-10, 11+.  Participants can choose at registration which group they would like to be placed in for the discussion.  This class also qualifies for clock hours for foster and kinship families. There is a $10.00 fee for the class. Organizations that would like to sponsor parents to attend can contact the facilitator, Kyleigh Sullivan, at 660-619-1355.  Registration can be completed online at https://extension2.missouri.edu/events/parenting-a-different-way. After registering, participants will receive a link to the Zoom meeting.  For accommodations and general inquiries please contact the facilitator at 660-619-1355.

 

Ellett Memorial Hospital is sponsoring a blood drive Thursday, July 23 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the East Gym of the AC High School, 408. 4th St.  Appointments are preferred but walk ins are welcome if capacity permits.  Book your appointment at savealifenow.org/g.  Enter Group Code EG2B. For information, contact Julie Grubb at 6600-476-5242 or [email protected]

 

The Ellett Memorial Fit and Fun Community Block Party will be Saturday, August 1, 8:00 a.m. – noon. The day begins with a 5K run/walk/bike registration at 7:00 a.m. and the 5K begins at 7:30 a.m.  Multiple vendors, drawings, prizes information booths and demonstrations will be offered.  Various free health screenings (dental, blood pressure, peak flows, bruit screenings and pulse oximetry) with special priced lab services (BMP/TSH non fasting – $20, BMP/Lipid panel/TSH fasting – $25 hemoglobin alc – $15 and PSA – $15) will be available.  The Auxiliary bake sale is from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  There will be a petting zoo and a bounce house for the kids. Free walking tacos will be available in the dining room from 10:00 to noon.  Life flight will land around noon weather permitting.  There will be a special guest, KC Wolf, mascot of the Kansas City Chiefs, who will pay a visit! (Due to COVID-19, activities are subject to change.)

 

MU Extension will be providing an online corn silage production workshop for beef cattle operations that will be held via ZOOM on the evening of Tuesday August 11.  Corn silage that is harvested and managed properly can make a good feed resource for beef cattle operations. This workshop is geared to educate cattle producers on proper harvesting and storage of corn silage as well as considerations when feeding beef cattle. The workshop will begin at 7:00 p. m.  Topics that will be covered and speakers are as follows: Harvesting Quality Corn Silage by MU Extension State Beef Cattle Nutrition Specialist Eric Bailey and Utilizing Corn Silage in Beef Cattle Rations by MU Extension Regional Livestock Field Specialist Patrick Davis

Cost of the workshop is $16 per person.  To attend the event, register by August 10 at https://extension2.missouri.edu/events/corn-silage-production-workshop-for-beef-cattle-operations.  Upon registration, participants will be provided a ZOOM link for the meeting.  For more information or questions on the event contact Davis by email at [email protected] or by phone at (417) 955-0287.

 

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for July, 2020. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: July 15-Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, July 22– Ortho-Dr. Gray, July 23 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, July 24 – Ophthalmology, Dr. Soni.

 

“The Little Apple” was started by the A. C. Economic Development as way of informing residents of news and events sponsored by area businesses and organizations.  Items of a clearly personal nature, such as birthdays, anniversaries, awards (not group sponsored), personal sales and the like are not accepted for publication.  Please email articles for “The Little Apple” to [email protected] by Tuesday evenings or bring them to Dr. Payton’s office to be included in that week’s edition.  To receive “The Little Apple” free by e-mail, send your e-mail address to [email protected]  If you have changed your previous email address, you are asked to send the current address, so the list can be updated.

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

July 15     Federal tax returns due

July 15, 22     Free sports physicals at AC Rural Health Clinic

 

Possibility of Low Risk Community Exposure in Vernon County

July 14, 2020

Vernon County Health Department has determined possible low risk community exposure related to a positive COVID-19 case at:
Country Side Animal Hospital on July 9, 2020 – 7:30 to 12:00
July 10, 2020 – 7:30 to 12:00
July 11, 2020 – 7:30 to 12:00
Close contacts have been notified related to this case. If you feel like you may have been exposed please monitor for signs or symptoms for 14 days. If you develop any symptoms contact your primary care provider or urgent care for further evaluation and testing. Symptoms include:
• Cough
• Fever
• Shortness of breath
• Chills
• Muscle aches
• Sore throat
• New loss of taste or smell

Individuals should continue to practice social distancing, when social distancing cannot be maintained wear a mask or face covering to take additional precautions. Always remember to clean/disinfect any high touched surfaces, wash their hands with soap and water routinely, use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available and avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose & mouth). It is up to each and every one of us to stop the spread of this disease.

CALL before going to a clinic, urgent care, or ER if you feel you need to be evaluated

Close Contact means: 6 ft or less for 15 minutes or more with a positive case

Henry County Registers 3 More Positive Covid Cases

The Henry County Health Center (HCHC) has received confirmation of three more positive case of COVID-19, one resides in the town of Blairstown and two from the town of Clinton. This brings the total number of confirmed positive cases in Henry County to 44.

All contact tracing has commenced and all parties that have had close contact are being notified. HCHC continues to encourage residents to practice social distancing, washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or more, and to remain home if you are sick.

The CDC has issued the recommendation for individuals to wear a face covering when you are in public to assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Jimmy Nichols, age 77 of Drexel

Jimmy Nichols, 77 of Drexel, Missouri passed away Saturday, July 11, 2020 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009). A visitation will also be held Saturday at the Chapel, prior to the service from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Burial will follow in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nichols family. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.

Jimmy Ray Nichols was born May 23, 1943 in Lebanon, Missouri to J.C. and Racine Horton Nichols. Jimmy was united in marriage to Brenda Jane Pratt on June 2, 1962 in Corcoran, California. To this union four children were born. In 1967 Jimmy moved his family back to Missouri. He worked for the Coal Mine and Union as a Heavy Equipment Operator doing road construction until his retirement. He was a very family oriented man. He enjoyed spending as much time as he could with family. Jimmy also enjoyed fishing, garage sales, country music and Cartography, the study of maps. Jim was a very social guy, he could easily spark a conversation with complete strangers and kindle friendships like no other. He was loved and known by many in his lifetime. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and will be missed greatly.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Brenda Nichols of the home in Drexel, his son Allen Nichols of Grandview, MO., daughter Terry Corbin of Drexel, MO., son Keith Nichols of Harrisonville, MO., and daughter Melissa Mariano of Drexel, MO., along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family members.

Bates County Health Department Identifies Another Positive COVID-19 Case

July 14, 2020

 

The Bates County Health Center has confirmed another positive case of COVID-19 in Bates County.

 

The case is a female in her 30’s that resides in Adrian.  Bates County Health Center has completed its investigation with her assistance to identify and contact anyone that may have come in contact with this individual which may have put them at risk and will monitor them for any signs and symptoms of illness.  Per CDC guidelines, this individual is isolated at home and any close contacts have been instructed on self-quarantine protocols.

 

With all cases if the individual only had contact with family members or friends in private settings and no activity putting anyone at risk for community transmission there is nothing to release.  During the initial investigation if the individual reports they have not been anywhere in the community since symptoms began or since testing there is nothing to release to the public.

 

At this time, Bates County has had 20 positives cases, 6 of which are currently active.

 

With our numbers for Bates County rising, we hope everyone will continue to practice social distancing, clean/disinfect any high touched surfaces, wash their hands with soap and water routinely, use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available and avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose & mouth).  Wearing a mask in public is also encouraged.  It is up to each and everyone of us to stop the spread of this disease!

Wild Horse Ministries at Butler Saddle Club Arena

Wild Horse Ministries is coming to the Butler Saddle Club Arena on Tuesday, July 21st at 7 pm.  This is a colt starting round pen demonstration that’s free for the public to attend.  Come for the education or just the entertainment and register for “gate” prizes to be given away during the evening.  Wild Horse Ministries, Butler Saddle Club Arena, Tuesday, July 21st, 7 pm.  For more information go to wildhorseministries.com.

Monday Night Bingo at the Adrian Optimist Club

Play Monday night bingo at the Adrian Optimist Club.  Doors open, Monday, July 20th at 5 and bingo starts at 7 pm.  Concessions are available on site.  This week’s Hot Ball Jackpot is $2050, Blackout Jackpot is $1450.00, King of Diamonds will start back up on July 27th.  You must be 16 years old to play bingo.  The Adrian Optimist Building is located at 11092 NW County Road 41 in Adrian.  Monday night Bingo with the Adrian Optimist Club, Monday, July 20th.

Butler: Now Hiring Flaming Lantern Restaurant

The Flaming Lantern Restaurant of Butler is now hiring servers. Apply in

person at the Flaming Lantern Restaurant Fort Scott Street in Butler.

That’s job opportunities at a local restaurant. Apply in person for a server

position at the Flaming Lantern Restaurant in Butler.

MDC announces additions to Linscomb Wildlife Area in St. Clair County to boost native grasslands

El Dorado Springs, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will purchase additional land tracts for the Linscomb Wildlife Area with the help of conservation partners and donors. This addition will provide new opportunities to enhance native grassland ecology and will provide new opportunities for hunting, hiking, and birding in southern St. Clair County.

MDC will add 510 acres in two separate tracts to be purchased from Quail Forever and Pheasants Forever. The Missouri Conservation Commission approved the purchase on July 9. The tracts border the southeast corner of the Linscomb area. They will provide new public access to the south portion of the area. The acquisitions will help restore a piece of western Missouri’s prairie heritage.

Tallgrass prairie once dominated the landscape near Linscomb. Slopes sometimes transitioned into open woodlands with trees or bottomland forest. The Linscomb area’s north boundary is the Osage River. But the uplands were dominated by open prairie.

The new tracts appear to have some sandstone glades with few trees, said Stasia Whitaker, MDC wildlife management biologist. They match well with adjoining acres where MDC has successfully restored native wildflower and grass species. This addition will dovetail into prairie restoration efforts in the Upper Osage Grasslands, an MDC priority geography. Conservation partners including private landowners are incorporating native species into practices that benefit native plant and wildlife species.

“Vegetation on the new tracts indicate native species still grow there,” Whitaker said. “They could be significantly restored following a management plan that includes prescribed fire, invasive species management, conservation grazing, and woody vegetation control.”

Less than one-tenth of one percent of Missouri’s once-vast tallgrass prairie remains. Similar changes in land use nationwide have made grassland birds among the nation’s most threatened and imperiled species. Prairies are havens for ground feeding and nesting birds from bobwhite quail to Henslow’s sparrows.

“These new tracts will boost efforts to preserve and enhance native grassland ecology in the Upper Osage Grasslands,” said MDC Director Sara Parker Pauley. “This also gives people more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. We are very grateful to our conservation partners for making this possible, and we’re especially thankful for the generous donations the Berrier family made through the years on behalf of prairie preservation.”

Purchase of the new tracts were made possible in large part with donations from the late Harry and Lina Berrier to MDC. The Berriers, of Columbia, for many years donated portions of proceeds from their Show-Me Bar-B-Q sauce business towards prairie preservation and native grassland management.

The purchase was also aided by MDC’s conservation partners.

“Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are excited to have had the opportunity to play a part in permanently protecting this vital piece of tallgrass prairie,” said Chris McLeland, director of field operations for the organization’s south region. “As a conservation partner and a habitat organization, we do all we can to assist in creating and protecting rare and declining habitats. This project is a first of its kind for us in Missouri, and we are beyond excited to see it added to Linscomb Wildlife Area and under MDC stewardship.”

Restoring functioning native grassland ecology will require public and private partnerships in the years ahead.

“The Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) congratulates the Conservation Commission and MDC on this purchase of native grassland,” said Carol Davit, MPF executive director. “MPF was pleased to contribute the cost of a market analysis for this property, which assisted Quail Forever in acquiring it. Expanding native grassland habitat is extremely important for grassland-obligate birds like Henslow’s sparrows and meadowlarks, and is important in safeguarding our state’s natural heritage, which belongs to all Missourians.”

For more information on the Linscomb Wildlife Area, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/Z8E.

Information about prairie in Missouri is available at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZxM. Ranchers can learn about conservation grazing at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZnX.

Party in Cass County Linked to New Covid-19 Cases

As many of you may be aware, there was a party that took place on July 3rd at a home between Harrisonville and Garden City near MO-7 Highway. The Cass County Health Department has identified several positive cases of COVID-19 in individuals that attended the party. Because there was no specific guest list, identifying those that were in attendance and possibly exposed to COVID-19 is challenging.

 

With our close proximity to this location, Bates County Health Center is encouraging anyone that may have attended to please reach out to either Cass County Health Department at 816-380-8425 or the Bates County Health Center at 660-679-6108 so your risk can be determined. It is up to each individual that was in attendance to help us with contact tracing in order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Bates County Public Service Message from Bates County Clerk

Absentee and Mail-In Ballots:
All absentee and mail-in applications must be received in the County Clerk’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on July 22nd.  You may vote absentee in person in the County Clerk’s Office at 103 W. Dakota, Butler.   Office hours at this time are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.       We also will be open August 1st from 8:00 a.m. to Noon.     You may absentee vote until 4:30 p.m. on August 3rd.
Marlene Wainscott
Bates County Clerk

Governor Parson to Sign Eight Bills Into Law

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) –Today, Governor Mike Parson will sign eight bills into law.

 

HB 1414 – Protection of Children

 

Modifies several provisions relating to child protection, including homeless youth benefits, protection of foster children, child care facility definitions and background checks, child protection for military families, foster care reform, foster parent rights, and substance abuse treatment waivers.

 

SB 653 – Protection of Children

 

Modifies laws related to the protection of children, including foster care case management, Children’s Division records, temporary alternative placement agreements, risk assessments for child abuse or neglect, foster parents, information exchange for child placement, and the appearance of certain children in courts.

 

SB 569 – Victims of Sexual Offenses

 

Modifies procedures for tracking evidentiary collection kits and establishes the Justice for Survivors Act, the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights, and the Missouri Rights of Victims of Sexual Assault Task Force.

 

HB 1896 – Controlled Substances

 

Updates the schedule of controlled substances in Missouri to mirror the most recent updates to the schedules in the Federal Register.

 

HB 1467 – Retirement

 

Modifies provisions relating to public employment retirement systems, including the Local Government Employees Retirement System, state employee retirement systems, Missouri State Employees Retirement System, and Public School Retirement System.

 

SB 739 – Anti-Discrimination Against Israel Act

 

Creates the Anti-Discrimination Against Israel Act prohibiting public entities from entering into certain contracts with a company unless the company certifies that they will not boycott goods or services from the State of Israel.

 

SB 913 – Peer Review for Designed Professionals

 

Repeals the expiration of provisions relating to the peer review process for architects, landscape architects, professional land surveyors, and professional engineers.

 

HB 1682 – Health Care

Establishes the Long-Term Care Dignity Act and modifies provisions relating to various health care topics, including state settled opioid causes of action, breast cancer screening insurance, and COVID-19 testing. 

For more information on a bill, visit the Missouri House or Missouri Senate website. Pictures from today’s bill signings will be available on Flickr

Bates County Fair Results

Beef Show Results

Overall Steer

Grand Champion Steer-Myles Merrifield

Reserve Champion Steer-Kaden Shannon

 

Cross Bred Steer

Grand Champion-Kaden Shannon

Reserve Champion-Kaylee O’Farrell

 

Bred and Owned Steer

Grand Champion-Clara Warfield

Reserve Champion-Clayton Ferguson

 

Overall Heifer

Grand Champion-Brayden Nieder

Reserve Champion-Dayton Hoffman

 

Bread and Owned Heifer

Grand Champion-Mylie Bruto

Reserve Champion-Clara Warfield

 

 

Showmanship

Senior-

Grand Champion-Kameran Collier

Reserve Champion-Mackenzie Porter

 

 

Intermediate

Grand Champion-Callie Ferguson

Reserve Champion-Makenna Merrifield

 

 Junior

Grand Champion-Brayden Nieder

Reserve Champion-Kennedy Hettinger

 

 

Poultry Show Results

Best of Show

Grand Champion-Reece Lawson

Reserve Champion-Brayden Schenker

 

Meat Pen

Grand Champion-Reece Lawson

Reserve Champion-Colton Hawkins

 

Dozen Eggs

Grand Champion-Olivia Williams

Reserve Champion-Brayden Schenker

 

Showmanship

Junior-

Grand Champion-Oliva Williams

Reserve Champion-Colton Hawkins

 

Intermediate-

Grand Champion-Reece Lawson

Reserve Champion-Cole Tarvin

 

 

 

 

Goat Show Results

Market

Grand Champion-Kameran Collier

Reserve Champion-Bo Tucker

 

Bred and Owned Market Goats

Grand Champion-Jence Griffith

Reserve Champion-Briar McIntire

 

Bred and Owned Does

Grand Champion-Briar McIntire

Reserve Champion-Morgan Bradley

 

Percentage

Grand Champion-Katelynn Tourtillott

Reserve Champion-Kameran Collier

 

Full Blood

Grand Champion-Morgan Bradley

Reserve Champion-Jaclyn Jacobs

 

Overall

Grand Champion-Katelynn Tourtillott

Reserve Champion-Kameran Collier

 

 

 

 

Showmanship

Senior-

Grand Champion-Kameran Collier

Reserve Champion-Hailey Bolling

 

 

Intermediate

Grand Champion-Danielle Bolling

Reserve Champion-Briar McIntire

 

 Junior

Grand Champion-Bo Tucker

Reserve Champion-Jaclyn Jacobs

 

 

 

Swine Show Results

 

Market Hog

Grand Champion-Brayden Nieder

Reserve Champion-Briar McIntire

 

Bred and Owned

Grand Champion-Makenna Merrifield

Reserve Champion-Khloe Merrifield

 

Gilt

Grand Champion-Katie Colin

Reserve Champion-Brayden Nieder

 

 

Showmanship

Senior-

Grand Champion-Olivia Bagby

Reserve Champion-Kylie Foster

 

 

Intermediate

Grand Champion-Makenna Merrifield

Reserve Champion-Kayde Colin

 

 Junior

Grand Champion-Brayden Nieder

Reserve Champion-Kennedy Hettinger

 

 

Rabbit Show Results

 

Grand Champion Meat Pen Allison Jenkins

Reserve Grand Champion Meat Pen Andrew Wepener

 

Grand Champion Buck JB42 Large Breed Int buck Allison Jenkins

Reserve Grand Champion Buck REECE small breed sr buck Isabella Bartz

 

Grand Champion Doe J1G sr large breed doe Allison Jenkins

Reserve Grand Champion Doe CBX2 sr small breed doe Etienne Wepener

 

Grand Champion Overall JB42 Large Breed INt buck Allison Jenkins

Reserve Grand Champion Overall REECE small breed sr buck Isabella Bartz

 

Showmanship placings

Grand Champion Allison Jenkins

Reserve Champion Harrison Wepener

 

 

 

Lamb Show Results

 

Market Lamb

Grand Champion-Adi Reece

Reserve Champion-Kiley Foster

 

Bred and Owned Market Lamb

Grand Champion-Riley Mareth

Reserve Champion-Lilly Rotert

 

Ewe

Grand Champion-Maylen Lawson

Reserve Champion-Kameron Collier

 

Ewe Bred and Owned

Grand Champion-Maylen Lawson

Reserve Champion-Lilly Rotert

 

Rams

Grand Champion-Hayden Schapeler

Reserve Champion-Hayden Schapeler

 

Rams Bred and Owned

Grand Champion-Hayden Schapeler

Reserve Champion-Hayden Schapeler

 

Best Pair

Grand Champion-Maylen Lawson

Reserve Champion-Lilly Rotert

 

Showmanship

Senior-

Grand Champion-Kameran Collier

Reserve Champion-Maylen Lawson

 

 

Intermediate

Grand Champion-Adi Reece

Reserve Champion-Miranda Foster

 

 Junior

Grand Champion-Addison Johnston

Reserve Champion-Berkleigh Pierce

 

 

 

4H Hams

Grand Champion-Anthony Davis

 

FFA Hams

Grand Champion-Sydney Bell

Reserve Champion-Abby Gayman

 

Bates County COVID-19 Update

July 13, 2020

 

The Bates County Health Center has confirmed another positive case of COVID-19 in Bates County.

 

The case is a male in his 20’s with a Butler address.   Bates County Health Center is working to identify and contact anyone that may have come in contact with this individual which may have put them at risk and will monitor them for any signs and symptoms of illness.  Per CDC guidelines, this individual is isolated at home and any close contacts have been instructed on self-quarantine protocols.

 

At this time, Bates County has had 19 positives in which 5 are currently active.

 

With our numbers for Bates County rising, we hope everyone will continue to practice social distancing, clean/disinfect any high touched surfaces, wash their hands with soap and water routinely, use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available and avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose & mouth).  Wearing a mask in public is also encouraged.  It is up to each and everyone of us to stop the spread of this disease!

Jerry Dean Deardorff, 78, of Lexington

Jerry Dean Deardorff, 78, of Lexington, MO, passed away peacefully at 3:30am on July 11, 2020 in Lafayette Regional Health Center.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at the First Baptist Church in Lexington, MO.  A funeral service will follow at 11a.m. at the church.  Burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery in Odessa, MO.  Memorials are suggested to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Memories of Jerry and condolences for his family may be left at www.LedfordFamilyFH.com or on our Facebook Page.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Walker-Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home, 1720 South St., Lexington, MO, 64067  660-259-2245

Jerry was born May 15, 1942 to Cletis and Gladys (Halcomb) Deardorff in Butler.  He married Jennie Grace Matthews of Odessa on August 13, 1966.  She survives.

Jerry was a graduate of Butler High School and worked for Sprint for 43 years, retiring in 2001.  He was a member of First Baptist Church in Lexington.  Jerry served in many roles at FBC, including Sunday School director, chairman of deacons, rest-stop ministry, and board of directors.  He was also a member of Rotary, the Butler Lodge, Mid-MO Tractor Club, and Boy Scouts.

Jerry loved Jesus, his family, the farm, old tractors, and the lake.  In fact, Jerry was probably best known to Julie’s and Justin’s friends for giving the wildest tube rides in the Ozarks.  If someone wasn’t thrown off and didn’t nearly have a concussion, it wasn’t a good ride!

In addition to his wife, Jennie, survivors include his daughter Julie (Kevin) Ross of Quincy, IL and his son Justin Deardorff of Blue Springs; grandsons Logan Ross, Parker Deardorff, and Pierce Deardorff; and a sister, Peggy Baker. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws GD and Nita Jane Matthews, and a brother-in-law Dale Baker.

Butler Senior Citizen Transport Service Now Known as BaCO Transport

 

The Butler Senior Transport Service has changed hands and is now known as BaCo Transport. The new service began on June 24th. The new Senior Transport service provides transportation between 9 am and 3 pm Monday through Friday.  To schedule a ride call 660-679-6322.

Seniors and disabled persons 55+ can ride, but the BaCo Transport is not wheelchair accessible yet.

The cost to ride is one dollar donation– one way and an extra 50 cents if you have to make an extra stop between your destination. Simply put: one dollar to get to your destination and one dollar to ride back home and 50 cents for each additional stop.

To schedule a ride with BaCo Transport, please call 660-679-6322.

Bates County COVID-19 Cases Rise by 2

July 10, 2020

 

The Bates County Health Center has confirmed two new positive cases of COVID-19 in Bates County.

 

These cases include a female and a minor child with an Amoret address.   Bates County Health Center is working to identify and contact anyone that may have come in contact with these individuals which may have put them at risk and will monitor them for any signs and symptoms of illness.  Per CDC guidelines, these individuals are isolated at home and any close contacts have been instructed on self-quarantine protocols.

 

At this time, Bates County has had 18 positives in which 4 are currently active.

 

With our numbers for Bates County rising, we hope everyone will continue to practice social distancing, clean/disinfect any high touched surfaces, wash their hands with soap and water routinely, use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available and avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose & mouth).  Wearing a mask in public is also recommended.  It is up to each and everyone of us to stop the spread of this disease!

 

 

MO State Fair Advance Carnival Tickets

Missouri State Fair guests can save big by buying State Fair carnival tickets in advance.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the State Fair website. These carnival tickets must be purchased by Aug 12.

 

Advance Tickets include:

  • ADVANCE UNLIMITED RIDE CARNIVAL RIDE WRISTBAND – $21
    • SAVE UP TO $11 – Includes Unlimited Rides on any ONE day of the 2020 Missouri State Fair.  Wristband ONLY, does NOT include gate admission.  Food, games, special rides and attractions are NOT included.
  • ADVANCE UNLIMITED DAILY DEAL – $29
    • SAVE UP TO $14 – Includes Fair Gate Admission & Unlimited Carnival Rides. This ticket is valid for ONE person (adult or child) on any ONE day of the 2020 Missouri State Fair.  Food, games, special rides and attractions are not included.

Now Hiring: FM 92.1 Radio Station Afternoon Shift/Part-Time Position

FM 92.1 is now looking for a person to fill an afternoon position. Cindy

Nickerson will retire in early September. We are looking for a person to

fill the part-time position. Hours are noon till 5 Monday thru Friday. The

position is to program our music and commercials. We will train the right

person. Must be responsible and committed. We are accepting those

interested to sit for a shift to view the responsibilities without obligation.

Call 660-679-4191 to set up a time to share an afternoon with our team.

Now hiring a part-time programmer for the FM 92.1 Radio Station.

Butler Bears 2020 Football Schedule/ Pending Changes

8/21 JAMBOREE                                                                       AT MIDWAY TO BE ANNOUNCED

8/28 BUTLER BEARS/ ADRIAN BLACKHAWKS                        HOME GAME 7 PM

9/4 BUTLER BEARS / SHERWOOD MARKSMAN                    AWAY GAME 7 PM

9/11 BUTLER BEARS/ STOCKTON  TIGERS                             AWAY GAME 7 PM

9/18 BUTLER BEARS/COLE CAMP BLUEBIRDS                       HOME GAME 7 PM

9/25 BUTLER BEARS / LINCOLN CARDINALS                        HOME GAME 7 PM

10/2 BUTLER BEARS / BUFFALO BISON                                 AWAY GAME 7 PM

10/9 BUTLER BEARS/ WARSAW WILDCATS                           HOME GAME 7 PM

10/16  BUTLER BEARS/ ELDORADO SPRINGS BULLDOGS     HOME GAME 7 PM

10/23 BUTLER BEARS/ LONE JACK MULES                             AWAY GAME 7 PM

Butler City-Wide Garage Sale August 1st

The Butler Chamber of Commerce will host a City-Wide Garage Sale on Saturday, August 1st.

Permits are now available for $10.00 each, Junk in the Trunk will have space available for vendors and trunk garage sale for $5.00 per car or booth.

Maps will be available by late July- look for those at local businesses in the City of Butler.

Make plans now for your garage sale and shopping date of August 1st… for the Butler City-Wide Garage Sale.

Butler City-Wide Garage sale registration forms are available in the lobby of the News Express on the East side of the Butler Square.

Vernon County COVID-19 Positive Cases

Vernon County Health Department has confirmed 2 new positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing our total confirmed cases to 28. One case is related to out of state exposure. Both cases are symptomatic, and are isolated at home.

The case investigation and contact tracing has been completed. The Vernon County Health Dept staff has contacted anyone who was listed as a close contact to the positive cases. Those contacts will be quarantined at home.

Low Risk Community Exposure Consists of:
July 2, 2020 – Wal-Mart 10:30-11:00
Woods 12:00-12:30
July 3, 2020 – DQ 1:00-1:30
Iguana Azul Mexican Restaurant 5:00-6:00
July 4, 2020 – Farmer’s Market 9:00-9:30

Please continue to monitor your health. If you develop any symptoms contact your primary care provider or urgent care for further evaluation and testing. Symptoms include:
• Cough
• Fever
• Shortness of breath
• Chills
• Muscle aches
• Sore throat
• New loss of taste or smell

Individuals should continue to practice social distancing, clean/disinfect any high touched surfaces, wash their hands with soap and water routinely, use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available and avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose & mouth). It is up to each and every one of us to stop the spread of this disease.

CALL before going to a clinic, urgent care, or ER if you feel you need to be evaluated

Close Contact means: 6 ft or less for 15 minutes or more with a positive case

Nevada Resident and Former Police Officer Arrested on Charge of Sex Offenses Against a Child

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control has announced the arrest of Brian K. Hansen, 47, of Nevada, Missouri, on July 7, 2020, for statutory sodomy and providing pornography to a minor. The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control.

On July 8, 2020, the Vernon County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charged Hansen with five counts of statutory sodomy and one count of providing pornography to a minor. Bond was set at $500,000 cash only. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

The charges filed are mere accusation and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty it is to determine guilt or innocence.