Fire in Adrian displaces Family of 5

Story and Picture Courtesy of the Adrian News Leader

Gary Disney from the Adrian Fire Department reported

On Tuesday evening, January 25th the Adrian Fire Department was dispatched at approximately 16:53 hours for a reported garage fire with a house in danger. Fire units arrived finding a detached garage with a heavy fire load & fully involved with fire extending to the home and multiple other exposures. A residence to the north of the involved structure suffered heat damage to a small outbuilding but did not burn. The garage and the home were a total loss and displaced a family of five. Two adults and three children. The fire was determined to be accidental in nature and caused from a wood burning stove located in the garage. There were no injuries to report.

Adrian Fire responded with, two engines, one tanker, one rescue truck, one brush truck and 13 personnel.

Mutual aid assistance was provided by:

Butler Fire responded with an engine and a ladder truck and 7 personnel.

Central Cass responded with an engine and 3 personnel.

Bates County EMS responded one ambulance with 2 personnel.

Garden City EMS responded one ambulance with 2 personnel.

Bates County Sheriff’s Department

Adrian Police Department

Bates County Dispatch/communication Department (They open each incident for us and close each incident with us)

Drexel Fire responded with an engine and a brush truck and six personnel. They assisted on the scene while keeping their apparatus in service, and they were assigned to be first out response for any additional calls that Adrian may have gotten.

The Adrian Fire Department would like to thank these departments for their response, and we would also like to recognize and thank the citizens who offered to help when & where needed. In saying that, and for as much as we appreciate neighbors helping neighbors, we want to remind everyone to always keep your safety in mind as your number one priority when trying to help, and please keep the roadways open to allow room for the responding emergency vehicles.

The Little Apple

Vol 30 no 3

January 26, 2021

Appleton City High School would like to invite all current and former military members to their Military Appreciation Night at their home basketball game at 5:30 p.m. Friday February 4. All current and former military members will receive free admission to the game. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., there will be a meal provided for military members and their immediate families in the commons area. (Please call either the central office or high school office at 660-476-2118 for reservations so they will know how much food to prepare.) At halftime of the girl’s game, they will have a special recognition for their military guests. Please spread the word! They want to honor as many of these heroes as possible!

The Knights of Columbus will have their monthly pancake and sausage breakfast at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose on Sunday, February 6 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

St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Assn. will meet 6:30 p.m. February 8, 2022 at the Farmhouse Kitchen in Appleton City.  The speaker/sponsor will be Todd Carlton of Agoro Carbon Alliance

Appleton City Park Board is currently accepting applications for pool manager for the summer of 2022 pool season. Interested applicants need to pick up and return applications to AC City Hall, 114 E. 4th St., Appleton City, Mo 64724 by January 31, 2022. AC is an equal opportunity employer.

Americans can order free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests. Orders for up to four tests per household can be placed using the website COVIDtests.gov. There will also be a phone number set up so those without access to computers or high-speed internet can place orders. Tests will usually ship within seven to 12 days of ordering, meaning most Americans won’t receive them until the end of January.

Summers Pharmacy of Appleton City will be closed on Saturdays, starting February 1, 2022. They will still be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will provide six free waste pesticide collection events in 2022. All of the events will be open from 8:00 a.m. to noon and are open to all Missouri farmers and households. March 12 – Fisher Delta Research, Extension and Education Center, 147 W. State Highway T, Portageville, March 26 – Appleton City Municipal Services (City Barn), 110 S. Maple St., Appleton City, April 9 – MFA Agri Services – 6927 Highway 100, Washington, May 21 – MFA Agri Services – 1363 Sainte Genevieve Ave., Farmington, June 11 – Litton Ag Center, 10808 Liv 235, Chillicothe, Aug. 13 – MoDOT Maintenance Facility, 1031 Jefferson St., Versailles.  Accepted: Herbicides, Insecticides, Fungicides, Rodenticides, De-wormers, Fly tags, Fertilizers containing pesticide.  Not Accepted: Paint, Explosives, Fire extinguishers, Yard waste, Electronics,

Trash, Pesticides from businesses, pesticide-production facilities, pesticide distributors, pesticide retailers or similar entities. More information about the Missouri Pesticide Collection Program is available online at dnr.mo.gov/waste-recycling/what-were-doing/events-collections-trainings/missouri-pesticide-collection-program.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for January and February, 2022.   Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. Jan 26 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Jan 26 –Ortho-Dr. Gray, Jan 27 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Feb 2– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Feb 9 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Feb 10 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Feb 11– Ortho-Dr. Gray, Feb 16– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Feb 17 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Feb 23 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Feb 23 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, Feb 24 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay                  

Every year in the U.S., more than 1/3 of adults age 65+ have a fall, with approximately 1/3 of fallers sustaining an injury. Research indicates that people who fall are 2-3 times more likely to fall again, and each fall increases the likelihood of more serious injury or death. Missouri Falls Facts:

In Missouri, the fall death rate for older adults is consistently higher than the national death rate (72.32 vs. 48.4 per 100,000 population in 2009).

The death rate of falls increases with age and jumps sharply for older adults. For Missouri in 2009, the rate of death due to falls in older adults was more than 16 times higher than for those 45-64 years of age (66.63 vs. 4.03 per 100,000).  Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths among Missouri’s older adults; the percentage of Missourians age 65 and older who died from falls rose nearly 60 percent between 1999 and 2009.

Forty-eight percent of falls causing injury in older adults occur in the home. Estimated hospital charges for unintentional fall injuries among Missouri seniors were $208 million in 2000, and reached $308 million in 2004 (before adjusting for inflation), which accounted for 77% of hospital charges for all unintentional injuries among Missouri seniors in 2004. MU Extension – St. Clair County Center will teach an eight session course focused on reducing falls.  A MATTER OF BALANCE course will be every Monday and Friday, January 31 to February 28 (no class on Presidents’ Day) from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the St. Clair County Library (115 Chestnut, Osceola.) Pre-registration is required for this free course. MU Extension St. Clair CO is accepting registrations at 417-646-2419, or register online at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/matter-of-balance-1640197458. This course offers instruction and group discussion to help older adults explore ways to reduce fall hazards and the risk of falls and fall injuries.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Feb 4     ACHS Military Appreciation Night at their home basketball game 5:30 p.m.

Feb 6     Knights of Columbus pancake and sausage breakfast at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Feb 8     St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Assn. meeting 6:30 p.m. at the Farmhouse Kitchen

Mike Grant, age 58 of Butler

Mike Grant, age 58 of Butler, MO passed away Monday, January 24, 2022 at the Research Medical Center. A celebration of life will be announced for a later date.

1/25 ARCHIE TOURNAMENT SCORES

Archie Whirlwinds defeated the Hume Hornets with a score of 52 to 50. The Butler Bears advance with a win over Drexel Bobcats 76 to 44. Tune in Wednesday night on 92.1 or stream us on the web at www.921news.com for more basketball action from the 92nd Annual Archie Tournament.

Interview with Chief Executive Officer at Bates County Memorial Hospital Regarding the Surge in Covid to air Thursday, January 27th

Thursday, January 27th, FM92 will broadcast an interview with Bates County Memorial Hospital’s CEO Greg Weaver regarding the surge in cases of Covid-19 in our area.

This interview will air immediately following the 9am and 4pm County Beat News broadcast. If you can’t catch it on the air, we also have the interview available on our website, 921news.com

Evangelist Jason Taylor at Amsterdam Word of Life Church

Evangelist Jason Taylor will be sharing his deliverance from drug addiction Tuesday, February 1st at 6 pm at the Amsterdam Word of Life Church. The public is invited to an evening of music, testimonies, and preaching.

Representative Pike’s Report

Missouri 2022 Legislative Session BeginsDear Citizens: Lawmakers returned to the State Capitol Building Wednesday, January 5 for the start of the 2022 legislative session, which is officially the Second Regular Session of the 101st General Assembly.
 
House members returned to Jefferson City with a current split of 110 Republicans, 49 Democrats, and 4 vacant seats. On the first day of session, two Republican members announced their resignations to pursue other interests. The resignations drop the total number of Republicans in the House to 108 members, which is one vote short of a veto-proof majority.
 
Leading up to the start of the session, members pre-filed bills at a near-record pace. Pre-filing began Dec. 1 and ended January 4. In that period of time House members pre-filed 770 pieces of legislation. That number is significantly more than the 688 pre-filed bills for the 2021 session, and just six bills short of the pre-filing record of 776 that was set in 2020.
 
Legislators begin the session with a number of pressing issues on the table. Their first legislative action was to approve new congressional district maps based on the latest U.S. Census data. These maps determine our US Congressmen and Congresswomens’ districts.  The maps have to be approved and signed into law in time for the August 2 primary. Lawmakers went to work to approve a supplemental budget bill proposed by Gov. Parson. The governor has asked the House and Senate to have the legislation approved by February 1.
 
As the 2022 legislative session progresses, members will also focus on a number of other important issues including the state operating budget, protections for the unborn, election integrity, school accountability and transparency, and protections against overly burdensome mandates.


House Committee Considers Bills Designed to Ensure Appropriate Curriculum in Schools (HB 1995 and HB 1474)

The House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee held a public hearing recently to consider pieces of legislation designed to give parents more control over what their children learn, and to prevent inappropriate curriculum from being taught in school.
 
Lawmakers took testimony on HB 1995, which would establish the Parents’ Bill of Rights for Student Well-Being. The legislation would require school districts to adopt a policy to promote parental involvement including procedures for objection to instructional materials. The bill requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop specific forms that school districts must use for parents to opt out of instructional material, and for parents to be notified in advance whenever a teacher intends to teach a divisive or controversial topic.
 
“We need to send a very clear message that the state of Missouri, if we ever have to choose a side, we will always take the side of parents,” the bill’s sponsor told the committee.
 
The bill also establishes the Missouri Education Transparency and Accountability Portal to give access to every school district’s curriculum, source materials, and professional development materials.
 
During the hearing, the committee also heard testimony on HB 1474. The bill also creates a Parents’ Bill of Rights, but has additional language to prohibit the instruction of critical race theory in public and charter schools.
 
Specifically, the bill prohibits school districts, charter schools, and their personnel from teaching, using, or providing such curriculum or from teaching, affirming, or promoting any of the claims, views, or opinions found in the 1619 Project, which is a collections of essays on race. The bill does not allow curriculum that identifies people or groups of people, entities, or institutions in the United States as inherently, immutably, or systemically sexist, racist, biased, privileged, or oppressed.  


Finding the Best Environment for Children in Need (HB 1563)
 
Members of the House Emerging Issues Committee heard testimony recently on legislation that would require the state to put more effort into placing children in state custody with family members before placing them with strangers.
 
The sponsor of the bill thinks the state can do more to find family members who would be a good fit for each child. 

House Bill 1563 would require the Missouri Children’s Division to make “diligent searches” for biological parents when a child enters state custody. In the case of an emergency placement, the division would search for grandparents. If they can’t be found or aren’t fit, it would then look for other relatives for placement within 30 days. 
 
Members of the House Committee on Emerging Issues asked the sponsor whether his proposal would simply place burdens on overworked, underpaid members of an understaffed agency. He agreed those are concerns for the division but noted the state has resources that are available but not being utilized to the fullest.
 
The Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association told the committee their agency, serving 24 counties, helped find family members for 34 children in state care in the last two quarters of the last fiscal year. The chief program officer for the association said it could help even more children, but the Children’s Division hasn’t being asking.
 
“We don’t receive the referrals like we should, for being a contracted agency. They’re paying for our service but they’re not always using it,” she said. 
 
She believes as employees with the Division leave and are replaced, those new hires simply don’t know that her agency and others like it are available, or how they can be used.
 
She said similar agencies cover other parts of the state and her agency and others like it are simply more capable and have more resources than the Children’s Division for doing the kinds of searches the bill would require, and with compelling results. 
 
She told the committee, “With our program that we run and are contracted with, it’s called 30 Days to Family, we’re able to find at least 80 relatives if not more. Our average this last year has 115 relatives, and we do that within 30 days.”

 
Governor Parson Ends State of Emergency
 
As 2021 came to a close, Gov. Mike Parson announced that Missouri’s COVID-19 related State of Emergency would expire and not be renewed on December 31. Parson first issued an Executive Order (EO) declaring a State of Emergency due to COVID-19 on March 13, 2020. 
 
Parson said, “Thanks to the effectiveness of the vaccine, widespread efforts to mitigate the virus, and our committed health care professionals, past needs to continue the state of emergency are no longer present. Over the last 22 months, we have coordinated with local, state, and private partners to mitigate COVID-19 and work towards returning to normalcy. We all now know how to best fight and prevent serious illness from this virus. The State stands ready to provide assistance and response, but there is no longer a need for a state of emergency.”
 
Gov. Parson extended the COVID-19 related State of Emergency five times before issuing a final targeted executive order for health care needs in August 2021. Currently, only three of Missouri’s bordering states and 20 other states in the nation have state of emergencies related to COVID-19 in place. 
 
At one time, nearly 600 statutory and regulatory waivers were approved across Missouri state government. Since that peak, waivers have reduced by nearly 80 percent. All remaining COVID-19 related waivers authorized under EO 21-09 officially terminated on December 31, 2021. 
 
“In Missouri, we never had mandates or forced lockdowns,” said Parson. “The main focus of our state of emergency was to provide regulatory flexibility to support and assist Missourians, health care facilities, and businesses and coordinate a COVID-19 response that saved lives and livelihoods. We encourage all Missourians to consider COVID-19 vaccination and to stay diligent, but we can work together to fight COVID-19 while living our normal lives. It is time to take this final step and move forward as a state.”
 
Gov. Parson emphasized that the best method to prevent serious illness from COVID-19 is vaccination, and more and more Missourians continue choosing to get primary and booster vaccinations. In the month of December alone, more than 565,000 doses of vaccine were administered and 42 percent were part of a primary vaccine series. The governor noted that nearly 94 percent of Missourians 65 and older, the most vulnerable, have received at least one dose. More than 73 percent of Missourians 18 and older and over 62 percent of all Missourians have chosen to initiate vaccination. 


General Assembly Convenes for State Address 
Members of the Missouri General Assembly gathered in the House Chamber recently to listen to the annual State of the State Address delivered by Gov. Mike Parson. Parson used the address to deliver the message to the people of Missouri that the state “is strong today and will be even stronger tomorrow.”
 
Parson’s speech focused on budget priorities and American Rescue Plan Act spending goals for 2022 including workforce and education, infrastructure, agriculture, community development, health care, and public safety. 
 
Parson said, “With a historic budget surplus and federal dollars coming to our state, we want to build on our past momentum to capture even greater opportunities for the future of Missourians.  When other states will be filling spending gaps and budget shortfalls, we will be making investments in the future, because in Missouri, we took a common sense approach to the pandemic, never shutdown businesses, and have always had a conservative and balanced budget.”Workforce and Education – During his speech, Parson called for the Missouri Fast Track program to be permanently established, $31 million for colleges and universities through MoExcels, and $20 million for the state’s 57 area career centers. Parson proposed multiple investments in K-12 education, including fully funding the Foundation Formula and raising starting pay for Missouri teachers to $38,000 per year. Parson also recommended nearly $600 million in higher education investments that are expected to generate over $1.1 billion in economic impact for MO, strengthen communities’ assets and bolster work force development programs.  Infrastructure -Parson called for major investments in infrastructure, including $75 million for the Transportation Cost-Share program established by his administration in 2019, $100 million for low-volume roads across the state, and $400 million for drinking water, wastewater, and storm water systems.  Additionally, Parson called for $400 million toward broadband expansion projects statewide, the single largest broadband investment in state history. This proposal would connect 75,000 households, expand access to rural areas and underserved urban areas, and update and expand wireless networks across the state. Agriculture – During his speech, Parson reminded the General Assembly of the continued need to support Missouri agriculture, the state’s number one economic driver. Parson called for $10 million to expand agriculture innovation and workforce programs. Community Development  – Parson asked legislators to make meaningful long-term investments in local communities by allocating $250 million for a statewide revitalization program. With local matching, the competitive grant program will encourage strategic local investments to revitalize communities and spur local economic recovery and growth. To expand tourism, and drive small business growth and job creation, Parson proposed investing $69 million to begin construction of the Rock Island Trail, which will become the largest circular rail-to-trail network in the United States.  Health Care – To strengthen health care networks across the state, Parson proposed $34 million to increase telehealth and telemedicine services in rural communities and the construction of a new multi-agency health lab to increase cross-collaboration for safer, healthier Missourians. Parson also called for doubling the capacity of Missouri’s six Autism Centers to help more families navigate the challenges of diagnosing and treating autism as well as reduce wait times for families needing services.  Public Safety – During his speech, Parson expressed his continued support for Missouri’s law enforcement officers. Parson proposed investing $11 million to upgrade Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) academies and provide more scholarships for law enforcement officers to receive POST certification and put more officers on the streets. These investments will aid with recruitment and retention efforts statewide and help keep communities safer. Additionally, Parson asked the General Assembly to invest nearly $140 million in certain community health centers across the state for vital capital improvements to help meet the increased demand for mental health and substance use disorder services. Legislative Priorities – Parson also called on the members of the House and Senate to establish a Cash Operating Expense Fund that sets aside 2.5 percent of general revenue to mitigate budget cuts and provide greater flexibility during emergencies.   
Parson concluded his speech by saying, “When we look to the future and not dwell in the past, when we find solutions instead of problems, when we stand together instead of apart, we can accomplish anything. We must always keep pushing forward in this state, because no one is coming to do it for us. Missouri is strong today and will be even stronger tomorrow.”
For more information, contact Representative Patricia Pike at patricia.pike@house.mo.gov or call 573-751-5388.***
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Our mailing address is:
State Representative Patricia Pike
Missouri House of Representatives
State Capitol – Room 313-2
201 W. Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City, MO  65101
The 101st General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session of the Missouri House of Representatives gaveled in on Wednesday, January 5. 2022.
Above:  Testifying recently to the House Pension Committee.  My bill is now moving forward.
Honored to serve on the Governor’s Escort Committee for the “State of the State 2022” Address in the House Chamber last week.

Blood and platelet donation appointments still critically needed amid first-ever Red Cross blood crisis

Winter weather, ongoing COVID-19 surge continue to threaten blood supply

Jefferson City, Mo (Jan. 25, 2022) — While there has been a significant and encouraging response to the dire need for blood across the nation, the American Red Cross needs more people to give in the weeks ahead to recover from its worst blood shortage in more than a decade. Those interested in helping are urged to schedule the earliest-available blood or platelet donation appointment in their area to help ensure accident victims rushed to the emergency room, those being treated for cancer and others who count on blood product transfusions can receive lifesaving care without delay.

Since the Red Cross issued its first-ever blood crisis alert, severe winter weather has further complicated efforts to rebuild the blood supply. Hundreds of blood drives have been canceled across the country due to winter storms in January, forcing about 6,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.

As February approaches, and the effects from the spread of the omicron variant and winter weather persist, people are urged to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets in the weeks ahead by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  

As a thank-you for coming out to help save lives during this blood crisis, Krispy Kreme is offering those who come to give blood or platelets a free Original Glazed® dozen through the end of January. To receive the free Original Glazed dozen, visit a participating Krispy Kreme shop by Jan. 31 and present a donation sticker or a digital blood donor card through the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

Those who come to give blood or platelets Feb. 1-28, 2022, will receive a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, thanks to Amazon.*

Employment and volunteer opportunities available

During this challenging time, the Red Cross is also actively recruiting blood collection employees and blood drive volunteers who play vital roles in supporting the nation’s blood supply. The Red Cross encourages those interested to go to https://www.redcross.org/about-us/careers/pbjob-types/blood-collection.html. Hiring bonuses from $1,500 to $3,000 are being offered for some positions including phlebotomist and drivers with a CDL.

For volunteer opportunities to support Red Cross blood collections, visit redcross.org/volunteertoday. Volunteer positions needed most are individuals who can greet and assist donors through the process (called ambassadors), and individuals who can drive Red Cross vans to transport blood (called transportation specialists). A CDL is not needed.

Blood drive safety 

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive. 

Save time during donation

Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements.

Health insights for donors 

At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with an additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease who require trait-negative blood. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.    

Donors can expect to receive sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.  

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.  

Lauren Casey Named Pharmacy Director at Bates County Memorial Hospital

Lauren Casey, PharmD, is the new director of pharmacy at Bates County Memorial Hospital (BCMH), a position she assumed earlier this month. Casey has worked as a pharmacist at BCMH for 10 years.

Lauren grew up in Kansas City, KS and earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Kansas. After getting married to her husband, Bryan, they moved to Georgia so her husband could go to college there. While he was in school, Casey worked in a lab, but her husband knew she wanted to do something different.

“Math and science were always my favorite subjects, so we found pharmacy to be a good choice. He urged me to apply to pharmacy school, and I got accepted.”  Following her husband’s graduation, they moved back to Missouri, and in 2008, Casey graduated from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a doctorate.

Upon graduating, Casey worked in retail pharmacy at Walgreens. The pace was hectic; some days, she said, she felt she was working a conveyer line. When she had the opportunity to work for Bates County Memorial Hospital in 2012, Casey jumped at the opportunity, in part because the schedule would benefit her family life. The transition also proved gratifying for her professional goals.

“I like the idea of hospital pharmacy because I feel like I can make a difference in a patient’s care.   I have the ability to make recommendations or modify patient orders to provide the best care,” she said.

The role of the hospital pharmacist is quite involved as they work with the hospital’s medical staff to ensure all orders are correctly dosed and administered. In addition to filling orders for medications required in the operating rooms or for patients on the medical-surgical floor of BCMH, Casey is part of the team overseeing care for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and other infusion treatments at BCMH.

As director of pharmacy, Casey will focus on ensuring the department is following state and federal laws and the rules and regulations regarding the practice of pharmacy and makes sure the hospital remains compliant and up to date with any safety and quality standards.

“I have enjoyed the small-town hospital feel of working at BCMH. We get to know the patients and their histories. We are able to provide a more personalized level of care here that the big hospitals may not be able to provide.”

Casey and her husband live in Raymore, Mo. They have two sons, ages 14 and 12.

Jesse Lee Short, age 81 of Amoret

Jesse Lee Short, 81 of Amoret, Missouri passed away Friday, January 14, 2022 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler, Missouri. Cremation, with memorial graveside services to be held 1:00 pm Monday, February 28, 2022 in Benjamin Cemetery in Amoret, Missouri. Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). Memorial contributions are suggested to the Benjamin Cemetery or the Amoret Community Center. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com

Jesse Lee Short was born May 27, 1940 in Amoret, Missouri to John Henry and Alice Mae Lynch Short. He grew up in the Amoret area and attended school there until the eighth grade, after which he attended Miami High School. After graduation Jesse join the US Army and served abroad from 1959 to 1962. He was united in marriage to Donna Leuty on August 27, 1965 and two daughters were to this union.For many years Jesse was employed at the Leeds GM plant until his retirement in 1991. He also spent time working for Don Ghere at the sale barn in Butler. He had a love for horses and enjoyed raising and training them over the years. Jesse also loved driving his race car, which he did until 2004. When Jesse Lee wasn’t working or racing he could often be found attending sales or enjoying a cup of coffee and conversation at the Amsterdam Cafe.Jesse was preceded in death by his parents, wife Donna Short, sister Alice Faye Thornton, and brother David Short.

He is survived by his daughters, Julie Bisnett and Karla Short, siblings, John Short, Jim Short, Betty Irwin, Jerry Short, Connie Cox, Sharon Scrogham, and Ed Short. Grandchildren, Hailee Waller and Brenden McDonald, along with two step-children, many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.

92nd ANNUAL ARCHIE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND SCORES


Butler Lady Bears defeat Drexel Lady Bobcats 57 – 50. Notre Dame de Sion Lady Storm win over Midway Lady Vikings 73-33. Also from the Clinton tournament, Clinton Lady Cardinals beat the Adrian Lady Blackhawks 58-41Tune in to 92.1 FM Tuesday evening 5:30 for Round 2 action.

Clarence Roger Watts Sr., age 89 of Qulin

Funeral services for Clarence Watts will be 11 a.m. Thursday, January 27, 2022 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri.  Visitation prior to services from 10 – 11 a.m. Thursday, January 27 at the Schowengerdt Chapel.  Interment with military honors in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri.  Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Clarence Roger Watts Sr., age 89 of Qulin, Missouri, formerly of Butler, Missouri died Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at Westwood Hills Health and Rehab in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.  He was born July 6, 1932 to Clarence Jacob and Opal Arvelia Giddens Watts in Adrian, Missouri.

Clarence is survived by two sons, Clarence Roger Watts Jr. of Ellington, Missouri and James Watts and wife Sandra of Warsaw, Missouri; two daughters, Elaine Kaighen and husband Chuck of Harrisonville, Missouri and Judith Jean and husband Michael of Bay City, Michigan; one brother, Delbert Watts and wife Marion of Adrian, Missouri; long time companion, Colleen Nail of Qulin, Missouri;14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren plus three on the way.  He was preceded in death by his parents; twin infant sons in 1962, William Dean and Robert Austin; one grandson, Derek Watts; one daughter, Patricia Davis; one brother, Dale Watts; and one sister, Joyce Arnold.

Cheryl Bagby of Adrian, Services January 27th

Cheryl Bagby of Adrian passed away at her home on January 22nd. Visitation will be Thursday, January 27th from noon until 2:00 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian.

Memorial services Thursday, January 27th at 2:00 pm.

Inurnment will be at the Cresent Hill Cemetery in Adrian.
Contributions may be made to the Heartland Hospice of Butler or the Lily Pad of Adrian.

Cheryl is survived by her husband Larry Bagby of Adrian.

Sons Jay, Alan, and Scott.

Mother Peggy Petty of Adrian

Brothers Steve, Jerry,Denny, and John all of Adrian.

7 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren

Archie Tournament Monday Night

The 92nd Annual Archie Tournament kicks off this evening with all the girl’s teams playing at either 5:30 or 7:00. FM 92.1 will be broadcasting games from the Archie gym. First will be Butler vs Drexel at 5:30 and then Notre Dame de Sion vs Midway at 7 pm. If you are unable to go to the games then tune in to FM 92.1 or catch our live broadcast on the web at 921news.com and click on the listen live tab. Good luck to all the teams!

Stolen Vehicle Recovered During Pursuit in Belton

Around 4:00 pm Wednesday January 19th, deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Apprehension Unit arrested one person in a stolen 2019 Kia Forte in the area of 163rd and Spring Valley Road in Belton following a short vehicle pursuit.

Cass County Deputies responded to the area of E 155th Street north of Belton after receiving information that a Kansas City Police Helicopter had followed a stolen vehicle to the area just north of Cass County. The suspect in the stolen vehicle had fled from KCPD Officers earlier in the day and was being pursued by Grandview Police when deputies arrived in the area.

Cass County Deputies and Belton Police searched the area south of 155th Street near Spring Valley where they located the stolen vehicle. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle at which time the driver sped away.

Cass County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Apprehension Unit Deputies were able to deploy a Grappler device and stop the vehicle. The driver was taken into custody without further incident.

“This pursuit lasted just 2 minutes from the time deputies started chasing the suspect until they were able to deploy their Grappler device and bring the pursuit to a quick and safe conclusion. I will continue to provide our deputies with the proper resources, such as the Grappler, to apprehend these dangerous criminals and keep Cass County Safe,” said Sheriff Jeff Weber.

The driver, Marcus A. Howard, 26, Belton, was arrested and transported to the Cass County Jail. The Cass County Prosecutor’s Office charged Marcus Howard with Felony Tampering with a Motor Vehicle and Felony Resisting Arrest Creating a Substantial Risk of Serious Injury/Death to Any Person. The judge in the case released Howard with a Signature bond.

NRMC New CEO

NRMC is proud to introduce our new CEO, Jason Anglin. Jason comes to us from Port Lavaca, Texas and has been married for 25 years to his wife, Karen. His children include: son, Blake, age 19, a college freshman and daughter Emma, age 18, a high school senior. Emma plans to attend the University of Missouri in the Fall.

Jason’s hobbies include: tennis, golf, bowling and fantasy football.

Jason earned his Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting/Finance & Master of Business Administration from West Texas A&M University and has over 27 years of hospital executive experience including 17 years as CEO in Texas, Oklahoma and now Missouri; 10 years as CFO in Texas and Oklahoma.

Goals Jason has for NRMC include:

1. Continue NRMC’s history of Quality and Compassionate care; welcome and interact with everyone like friends and family.

2. Provide as much care locally as possible.

3. Ensure NRMC is a great place to work, practice medicine, etc.

4. Improve NRMC’s financial position to support goals 1-3.

In closing, Jason adds that he is excited to be here and looks forward to working with everyone and becoming part of the community.

Fugitive Sex Offender Captured with the Assistance of Cass County Sheriff’s Office

Around 4:30 pm on Friday, January 21st the Cass County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Apprehension Unit was requested to help in the arrest of a wanted fugitive from Clay County Missouri.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff’s Office CAU captured 27-year-old Branden L. Scales, of Kansas City Missouri who is wanted on Statutory Sodomy/Attempt-Deviate Sexual Intercourse With A Person Less Than 14 years old warrant.

An investigation led to a house in the 20000 block of S. Mullen in Belton where the subject was found hiding inside.

Clay County Sheriff’s Deputies transported the subject to the Clay County Jail.

Roger Allen Wainscott, age 58 of Ballard

Funeral services for Roger Wainscott of Ballard, Missouri will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri.  Visitation 5 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 25 at the Schowengerdt Chapel.  Interment in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Ballard, Missouri.  Contributions to Walnut Gove Cemetery.  Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Roger Allen Wainscott, age 58 of Ballard, Missouri passed away Thursday January 20, 2022 at Kindred Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born June 29, 1963 to Larry Arthur and Rose Marie (Rotert) Wainscott in Butler, Missouri. 

Roger, one of four children, was a lifelong resident of the Ballard community in Bates County, Missouri. He graduated from Ballard High School in 1981. On August 18, 1984 he was united in marriage to his high school sweet heart Lori Ann Graham, and to this union, three children were born. Roger was also a lifelong cattle and row crop farmer, in addition to working at U.S. Reel in Harrisonville, Pfizer in Lee’s Summit, and then finally at 3M in Nevada. He belonged to Walnut Grove Presbyterian Church in Ballard. 

Roger was hard working, honest, exhibited tough love, and was dedicated to his family. He was selfless and would do anything to help anybody. He instilled honorable values and passed these on to his children. His reputation at 3M in Nevada was that of having a heart of gold. When his kids were young, he and Lori would vacation coast to coast which provided invaluable experiences and memories for all. His most enjoyable moments were time spent with family. A recent relaxing vacation was with Lori and close friends in Mexico. He also enjoyed family get togethers with his son and daughters, “T rides” (UTV) with his grandson Emmett and snuggling with his granddaughters Kaylee and Willow. He also enjoyed reminiscing about working alongside his dad on the farm while growing up and learning valuable life lessons. He loved to share memories and experiences that he had with those he loved most. Although difficult for his family to see behind their sorrow, Roger was a growing testament to the beauty of a life lived and leaves a legacy of memories. 

Roger is survived by his wife of 37 years, Lori Wainscott of Ballard, Missouri, one son, Graham Wainscott of Ballard, Missouri, two daughters, Timber Stiles and husband Nicholas of Ballard, Missouri and Sheena Wainscott of Clinton, Missouri; his mother, Rose Harris of Butler, Missouri; two brothers, Rick Wainscott of Adrian, Missouri and Tim Wainscott of Montrose, Missouri; one sister, Tina Simmons of Butler, Missouri; and four grandchildren, Emmett, Kaylee, Makenah, and Willow. He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Wainscott; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gordon and Mary Jayne Graham. 

Robert “Robbie” Robinson, 84, of Kansas City MO

Robert Robinson, 84, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Monday, January 17, 2022, at Kingswood Senior Living Community in Kansas City. A visitation will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, February 19, 2022, at Country Club Christian Church, 6101 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO. The Memorial service will begin in the church sanctuary at 11:00 AM.  Graveside services will follow at 2:30 PM Saturday in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, MO. Arrangements are under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (816-657-4400).  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Country Club Christian Church Outreach, 6101 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64113 or Kingswood Aquatic Fund, 10000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64114.

Robert Maurice Robinson was born June 27, 1937, the only son of Susanna Yarick and Maurice S. Robinson.

Robert grew up in rural Cass County and attended Cold Water Elementary School, a half mile from the family farm.  He was active in 4-H and liked to play baseball. His neighbor friends/classmates were life-long friends. As a student at Drexel High School, he played basketball and ran track.  (His mile track record held until 2017 at which time he donned his letter sweater and met the young man who surpassed his record.)

After graduating from Drexel High School in 1955, he enrolled in Central Missouri State at Warrensburg, MO. He ran the mile and lettered in track, joined Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity, studied hard, and met Karen Crosslin. He and Karen were married in 1959.

Robbie, as he was known in college, transferred to the University of Missouri – Columbia to complete his B.S. in Agricultural Engineering (1960). He also earned his MS in Civil Engineering with emphasis in environmental engineering (1963).

Robbie’s career started in Cameron, MO, with the Missouri Division of Health. In 1968, he moved to Jefferson City and ultimately served as the director of solid waste management division in the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. In 1981 he accepted a position with Burns and McDonnell Engineering as a consultant in landfill design.  His expertise and knowledge of the land allowed him to assist others in waste management in such places as Korea, Barbados, Yemen, Egypt, and England. He retired in 2002.

Robbie loved his family and showed them the value of honesty and hard work. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, and most recently swimming at Kingswood.

His life of caring for others was expressed quietly, yet faithfully, as seen in his care over the years for his sister with special needs; in Jaycee’s work establishing a library in Cameron, MO; in involvement with the national effort for immunizations against measles; in his many hours behind the scenes with swim meets supporting his children’s interests; in his service distributing clothing for 15 years through Micah Ministry, Country Club Christian Church mission trips to South Africa and Costa Rica, and support for students in Haiti.   

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Joyce Young and Mary Faulwell.  He is survived by his wife Karen Robinson; children, Dawn Dolliver (Matt), Lance Robinson (Becky), and Cory Robinson; grandchildren, Aubrie White (Brandon), Andrew Dolliver (Hannah), Bari Robinson, and Spencer Robinson.  He also leaves behind two great-grandchildren, Caleb and Quinn Anne White, and his sister Martha Hunt (Harland).

Patricia Pike Capitol Report

CAPITOL REPORT:  REPRESENTATIVE PATRICIA PIKE

General Assembly Convenes for State Address

Dear Citizens:  Members of the Missouri General Assembly gathered in the House Chamber Wednesday afternoon to listen to the annual State of the State Address delivered by Gov. Mike Parson. Parson used the address to deliver the message to the people of Missouri that the state “is strong today and will be even stronger tomorrow.”

Parson’s speech focused on budget priorities and American Rescue Plan Act spending goals for 2022 including workforce and education, infrastructure, agriculture, community development, health care, and public safety. 

Parson said, “With a historic budget surplus and federal dollars coming to our state, we want to build on our past momentum to capture even greater opportunities for the future of Missourians.  When other states will be filling spending gaps and budget shortfalls, we will be making investments in the future, because in Missouri, we took a common sense approach to the pandemic, never shutdown businesses, and have always had a conservative and balanced budget.”

  • Workforce and Education – During his speech, Parson called for the Missouri Fast Track program to be permanently established, $31 million for colleges and universities through MoExcels, and $20 million for the state’s 57 area career centers. Parson proposed multiple investments in K-12 education, including fully funding the Foundation Formula and raising starting pay for Missouri teachers to $38,000 per year. Parson also recommended nearly $600 million in higher education investments that are expected to generate over $1.1 billion in economic impact for MO, strengthen communities’ assets and bolster work force development programs. 
  • Infrastructure -Parson called for major investments in infrastructure, including $75 million for the Transportation Cost-Share program established by his administration in 2019, $100 million for low-volume roads across the state, and $400 million for drinking water, wastewater, and storm water systems.  Additionally, Parson called for $400 million toward broadband expansion projects statewide, the single largest broadband investment in state history. This proposal would connect 75,000 households, expand access to rural areas and underserved urban areas, and update and expand wireless networks across the state. 
  • Agriculture – During his speech, Parson reminded the General Assembly of the continued need to support Missouri agriculture, the state’s number one economic driver. Parson called for $10 million to expand agriculture innovation and workforce programs.
  • Community Development  – Parson asked legislators to make meaningful long-term investments in local communities by allocating $250 million for a statewide revitalization program. With local matching, the competitive grant program will encourage strategic local investments to revitalize communities and spur local economic recovery and growth. To expand tourism, and drive small business growth and job creation, Parson proposed investing $69 million to begin construction of the Rock Island Trail, which will become the largest circular rail-to-trail network in the United States. 
  • Health Care – To strengthen health care networks across the state, Parson proposed $34 million to increase telehealth and telemedicine services in rural communities and the construction of a new multi-agency health lab to increase cross-collaboration for safer, healthier Missourians. Parson also called for doubling the capacity of Missouri’s six Autism Centers to help more families navigate the challenges of diagnosing and treating autism as well as reduce wait times for families needing services. 
  • Public Safety – During his speech, Parson expressed his continued support for Missouri’s law enforcement officers. Parson proposed investing $11 million to upgrade Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) academies and provide more scholarships for law enforcement officers to receive POST certification and put more officers on the streets. These investments will aid with recruitment and retention efforts statewide and help keep communities safer. Additionally, Parson asked the General Assembly to invest nearly $140 million in certain community health centers across the state for vital capital improvements to help meet the increased demand for mental health and substance use disorder services.
  • Legislative Priorities – Parson also called on the members of the House and Senate to establish a Cash Operating Expense Fund that sets aside 2.5 percent of general revenue to mitigate budget cuts and provide greater flexibility during emergencies.  

Parson concluded his speech by saying, “When we look to the future and not dwell in the past, when we find solutions instead of problems, when we stand together instead of apart, we can accomplish anything. We must always keep pushing forward in this state, because no one is coming to do it for us. Missouri is strong today and will be even stronger tomorrow.”

For more information, contact Representative Patricia Pike at patricia.pike@house.mo.gov or call 573-751-5388.

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Adrian: Job Opening Ranch of Hope Now Hiring

“ Ranch of Hope”,  Special Need Group home of Adrian is now hiring for all shifts. Help wanted for “ Direct Care.” 


Daytime shifts, weekends, and night shifts. To apply for a position contact Tammy Stone 660-424-4080

that number again 660-424-4080.

Now hiring “ Ranch of Hope “ Special need group located in the Duplexes on Clark Street in Adrian.

Call Tammy Stone 660-424-4080 Adrian.

Adrian: New Business Opening Soon

Jereme Brunner and Jessie Keister owners of the J and J Tire and Lube are announcing their opening of the newest business to open in Adrian this year.

Jereme Brunner, an Adrian resident for the past 2 years, and Jessie Keister a 23 year resident of Adrian are starting a new adventure at 317 Old 71 Highway in Adrian. The business is scheduled to open on Februrary 1st.

Owners spoke with 92.1 and were excited that J and J have reached over 200 likes on their Facebook page !!! They can not wait to open and provide you with quality service! J and J have decided that February 1st will be the day they officially open!

Owners are thinking in May (warmer weather) they will have a Grand Opening with food, live music, vendors and a Truck/Car show.

Also if anyone has pictures of when Trinkle owned the shop, The owners would love to have a copy to display at the office.

Thank you for all the support thus far!!! J and J Tire and Lube opening in Adrian on February 1st.

Tourism Networking Dinner in Miami County Kansas

Miami County will hold their 9th annual Tourism Networking dinner on Monday, February 28th at 6pm.  The meeting will be held at Timbercreek Bar and Grill located at 14 East Amity Street in Louisburg Kansas.

This is an opportunity to meet fellow tourism-related businesses owners, learn about tourism trends in the area, and meet new staff members for the Kansas Department of Commerce Tourism Division and Visit KC. Space is limited for the Tourism Networking Dinner on February 28th in Miami County, Dinner is $25.00 per person and reservation must be made by February 20th.  Link to register for Dinner https://conta.cc/3rzYIP9

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Request Public’s Assistance

The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office is requested the assistance of the public to find a man suspected of stealing a truck in Osceola, the suspect is a white male with possible facial hair, visit 921news.com for picture of the man, he was last seen in Urich.  If you see this man, contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office at 417-646-2565

1/19 Butler Bears Basketball

Tonight in Butler Bears Basketball the Butler Bears traveled to Kansas City to take on the Hogan Prep Rams. Tonight the Hogan Prep Rams took the win with a final score of

Hogan Prep 75

Butler 52

Two Bates County Residents Arrest

In News from Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, Two Bates County residents have been charged as the result of an investigation conducted by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office at the request of the Bates County
Sheriff Chad Anderson.

Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said his office received a
request from Sheriff Anderson to investigate a report of sexual assault that was reported
to his office. Mosher said one of the subjects named in the complaint was an employee of
the county and Sheriff Anderson wanted an independent investigation conducted.


Sheriff Anderson said “I appreciate the relationship we have with Vernon County
Sheriff’s Office. Being able to request an outside agency for these types of reports is
important to the integrity of the case and builds trust in the community.”


The suspects have been identified and charged with the following:
Kyle B Mallatt, 38 of Butler, Missouri. Sodomy or Attempted Sodomy 1st Degree and
Sodomy 2nd degree. Bond set at $10,000
Rachelle L Mallatt, 37 of Butler, Missouri. Hindering Prosecution of Felony and
Tampering With a Witness in a Felony Prosecution. Bond set at $4,500
Both Kyle and Rachelle turned themselves in to authorities and were released after
posting bond until the scheduled court hearing.


*This press release has been issued by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office for information only. Any
names given in this release are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Revision: Joyce Arlene Arnold Age 86 Adrian

JOYCE ARLENE ARNOLD

Joyce Arlene Arnold, 86, Adrian, Missouri, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 16, 2022.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 21, 2022 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Adrian with visitation from 10:00-11:00.  Burial to follow in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian.  Memorial contributions may be made to Shepherds Ministries, 1805 15th Avenue, Union Grove, WI 53182 or Heartland Hospice.

Joyce was born September 18, 1935 in Butler, Missouri, a daughter of Clarence J. and Opal A. (Giddens) Watts.  She was united in marriage to Thomas Raymond Arnold on July 16, 1951 in Adrian, Missouri.  To this union, 7 children were born, along with one adopted daughter.  Joyce was a housewife and mother all her life.  Loving, caring, and sharing were just a few of her attributes. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior in August of 1957. She was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church in Adrian, where she served and attended faithfully until health issues hindered her. She and Tom R. served as foster parents for many years, as well.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Thomas, on November 12, 2007, one brother, Dale Watts, three sons, Tom E., Lester and Phillip, one daughter, Susan Davis, one grandson, Thomas Jacob (TJ), and two great-grandsons, Judah and Triston.  Joyce is survived by one son, John Arnold and wife, Debbie of Adrian, three daughters, Beverly Green of Passaic, MO, Brenda Ortiz and husband Pablo of Adrian, and Brenda Sue Arnold of the home. There are 25 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren, two brothers, Clarence Watts of Qulin, MO, Delbert Watts and wife Marian of Adrian, MO, son-in-law, Doug Davis and daughter-in-law, Pat Arnold. Many nieces, nephews, family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all. To GOD be the glory.

(Arrangements under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian, MO; atkinsonfuneralhome.com).

Government Providing Free Covid Test and N95 masks

In case you have missed this information on your national news, FM92 is bringing you this update on free covid test and free N95 mask in your local news,

The Biden administration purchased 1 billion at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests to distribute to Americans at no cost in response to a rise in cases spurred in part by the highly contagious Omicron variant.

Americans can order tests at no cost at covidtests.gov starting on January 19th. Test kits are expected to ship in seven to 12 days, and Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests You may also receive free N95 mask from the Federal government as early as late January.  These masks will be sent directly to Pharmacies and Community Health Center for distribution, each adult may get 3 N95 masks.  High quality masks for children is expected to be available in the near future

Jessie Lee Short Age 81 Amoret

Jesse Lee Short, 81 of Amoret, Missouri passed away Friday, January 14, 2022 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler, Missouri. Cremation, with memorial graveside services to be held 1:00 pm Monday, February 28, 2022 in Benjamin Cemetery in Amoret, Missouri. Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). Memorial contributions are suggested to the Benjamin Cemetery or the Amoret Community Center. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com

Jesse Lee Short was born May 27, 1940 in Amoret, Missouri to John Henry and Alice Mae Lynch Short. He grew up in the Amoret area and attended school there until the eighth grade, after which he attended Miami High School. After graduation Jesse join the US Army and served abroad from 1959 to 1962. He was united in marriage to Donna Leuty on August 27, 1965 and two daughters were to this union.
For many years Jesse was employed at the Leeds GM plant until his retirement in 1991. He also spent time working for Don Ghere at the sale barn in Butler. He had a love for horses and enjoyed raising and training them over the years. Jesse also loved driving his race car, which he did until 2004. When Jesse Lee wasn’t working or racing he could often be found attending sales or enjoying a cup of coffee and conversation at the Amsterdam Cafe.
Jesse was preceded in death by his parents, wife Donna Short, sister Alice Faye Thornton, and brother David Short. He is survived by his daughters, Julie Bisnett and Karla Short, siblings, John Short, Jim Short, Betty Irwin, Jerry Short, Connie Cox, Sharon Scrogham, and Ed Short. Grandchildren, Hailee Waller and Brenden McDonald, along with two step-children, many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends. 

OATS Transit

OATS Transit is open for regular transportation service. OATS Transit follows Federal Transit Administration requirements, which means face masks must be worn on public transit due to COVID-19 through March 18, 2022. Please call the OATS Transit office at660-827-2611 or 800-276-6287 toschedule a ride or find out about service in your area.

You can also visit their website at www.oatstransit.org and click on your county under the tab “Bus Schedules” to view your local schedule.

OATS Transit is available to the rural general public of any age, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. OATS Transit also contract with a number of agencies to serve their clients.

Please note: OATS Transit offices will be closed, and regular routes will not be running on February 21, 2022 for President’s Day. Please keep this in mind as you schedule trips near this holiday.

MDC reports final deer harvest for season more than 293,600

Archery deer harvest was 60,834. Archery turkey harvest was 2,523.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s 2021-2022 deer-hunting season ended Jan. 15 with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reporting a preliminary total deer harvest for the season of 293,670. Of the deer harvested, 143,049 were antlered bucks, 26,599 were button bucks, and 124,022 were does.

Top harvest counties for the overall deer season were Franklin with 6,392 deer harvested, Texas with 5,478, and Callaway with 5,452.

Hunters harvested 297,214 deer during the 2020-2021 deer hunting season with 140,855 being antlered bucks, 28,652 being button bucks, and 127,707 being does.

“This year’s harvest total was slightly behind last year’s mark and about 3% above the previous five-year average,” said MDC Cervid Program Supervisor Jason Isabelle. “We’ve seen an increasing trend in statewide deer harvest for about the past eight years,” said Isabelle. “The deer population has continued to increase across much of southern Missouri at the same time that we’ve seen a population recovery in most of the counties impacted by the severe hemorrhagic disease outbreak that occurred in 2012.”

ARCHERY DEER RESULTS

Deer hunting ended with the close of the archery season. Preliminary data from MDC showed that hunters checked 60,834 deer during the 2021-2022 archery deer season making it the third highest archery deer harvest on record. Top counties for the archery deer season were Jefferson with 1,563 deer harvested, St. Louis with 1,368, and Franklin with 1,274.

Hunters checked 67,487 deer during the 2020-2021 archery deer season. This year’s archery deer harvest total was 10% below last year’s record harvest and 8% higher than the previous five-year average.

For deer harvest totals by season, county, and type of deer, visit the MDC website at extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table/.

For deer harvest summaries from past years, visit mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/deer/deer-reports/deer-harvest-summaries.

For more information on deer hunting in Missouri, visit mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/deer.

ARCHERY TURKEY RESULTS

Fall archery turkey hunting also ended Jan. 15. Preliminary data from MDC showed 2,523 turkeys harvested. Top counties for the fall archery turkey season were Franklin with 69 turkeys harvested, Jefferson with 67, and Callaway with 61.

Hunters harvested 2,350 turkeys during the 2020-2021 fall archery turkey season.

For more turkey harvest information for the current season, go online to extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table/.

For more harvest information on past turkey seasons, visit mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey/turkey-reports/turkey-harvest-summaries.

For more information on turkey hunting in Missouri, visit mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey.

HUNTING INCIDENTS

MDC reported four firearms-related hunting incidents during deer season with all being self-inflicted and three non-fatal with one fatal.

The Little Apple

Vol 30 no 3

 January 19, 2021

Appleton City Park Board is currently accepting applications for pool manager for the summer of 2022 pool season. Interested applicants need to pick up and return applications to AC City Hall, 114 E. 4th St., Appleton City, Mo 64724 by January 31, 2022. AC is an equal opportunity employer.

Americans can order free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests. Orders for up to four tests per household can be placed using the website COVIDtests.gov. There will also be a phone number set up so those without access to computers or high-speed internet can place orders. Tests will usually ship within seven to 12 days of ordering, meaning most Americans won’t receive them until the end of January.

Summers Pharmacy of Appleton City will be closed on Saturdays, starting February 1, 2022. They will still be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will provide six free waste pesticide collection events in 2022. All of the events will be open from 8:00 a.m. to noon and are open to all Missouri farmers and households. March 12 – Fisher Delta Research, Extension and Education Center, 147 W. State Highway T, Portageville, March 26 – Appleton City Municipal Services (City Barn), 110 S. Maple St., Appleton City, April 9 – MFA Agri Services – 6927 Highway 100, Washington, May 21 – MFA Agri Services – 1363 Sainte Genevieve Ave., Farmington, June 11 – Litton Ag Center, 10808 Liv 235, Chillicothe, Aug. 13 – MoDOT Maintenance Facility, 1031 Jefferson St., Versailles.  Accepted: Herbicides, Insecticides, Fungicides, Rodenticides, De-wormers, Fly tags, Fertilizers containing pesticide.  Not Accepted: Paint, Explosives, Fire extinguishers, Yard waste, Electronics,

Trash, Pesticides from businesses, pesticide-production facilities, pesticide distributors, pesticide retailers or similar entities. More information about the Missouri Pesticide Collection Program is available online at dnr.mo.gov/waste-recycling/what-were-doing/events-collections-trainings/missouri-pesticide-collection-program.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for January and February, 2022.   Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. Jan 19 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Jan 20 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Jan 26 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Jan 26 –Ortho-Dr. Gray, Jan 27 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Feb 2– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Feb 3 – OB/GYN – Dr. Kallberg, Feb 9 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Feb 10 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Feb 11– Ortho-Dr. Gray, Feb 16– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Feb 17 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Feb 23 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Feb 23 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, Feb 24 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay                  

Every year in the U.S., more than 1/3 of adults age 65+ have a fall, with approximately 1/3 of fallers sustaining an injury. Research indicates that people who fall are 2-3 times more likely to fall again, and each fall increases the likelihood of more serious injury or death. Missouri Falls Facts:

In Missouri, the fall death rate for older adults is consistently higher than the national death rate (72.32 vs. 48.4 per 100,000 population in 2009).

The death rate of falls increases with age and jumps sharply for older adults. For Missouri in 2009, the rate of death due to falls in older adults was more than 16 times higher than for those 45-64 years of age (66.63 vs. 4.03 per 100,000).  Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths among Missouri’s older adults; the percentage of Missourians age 65 and older who died from falls rose nearly 60 percent between 1999 and 2009.

Forty-eight percent of falls causing injury in older adults occur in the home. Estimated hospital charges for unintentional fall injuries among Missouri seniors were $208 million in 2000, and reached $308 million in 2004 (before adjusting for inflation), which accounted for 77% of hospital charges for all unintentional injuries among Missouri seniors in 2004. MU Extension – St. Clair County Center will teach an eight session course focused on reducing falls.  A MATTER OF BALANCE course will be every Monday and Friday, January 31 to February 28 (no class on Presidents’ Day) from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the St. Clair County Library (115 Chestnut, Osceola.) Pre-registration is required for this free course. MU Extension St. Clair CO is accepting registrations at 417-646-2419, or register online at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/matter-of-balance-1640197458. This course offers instruction and group discussion to help older adults explore ways to reduce fall hazards and the risk of falls and fall injuries.

Producers selling local foods at farmers markets can learn about best practices, marketing tips, state regulations and available resources in a five-part webinar series presented in February by University of Missouri Extension. This series will help farmers and other food producers gain knowledge to help them sell more of their food products at farmers markets. Participants will hear from extension specialists, successful producers and representatives from the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas. The five sessions, held via Zoom, are noon-1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 7-11: Feb. 7. Grow niche produce to reach new customers, Feb. 8. Boost sales by participating in the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and/or Double Up Food Bucks, Feb. 9. Learn the state regulations you need to know to sell your product at the market, Feb. 10. Discover the best marketing and customer service practices Feb. 11. Cost is $20 for the entire five-part series. All sessions will be recorded and available for a period of time after the event. Register at extension.missouri.edu/events/2022-selling-at-the-farmer-s-market. The “Selling at the Farmers Market” series is presented by the MU Extension Food Systems team and sponsored in part by the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. For more information, contact Leslie Bertsch at bertschl@missouri.edu or 314-400-2115.

“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 dcp81@embarqmail.com 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 dcp81@embarqmail.com  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

Jan 21    ACHS Basketball at Lakeland

Jan 21-29      Osceola Basketball Tournament

Archie Invitational Tournament January 24th

The 92nd Annual Archie Tournament will hit the courts of the Archie High School on Monday, January 24th.

The tournament will feature the boys and the girls basketball teams in our area. Teams that will compete will be, Hume, Rich Hill, Butler, Archie, Drexel, Midway, Harrisonville, Warsaw, Kc Metro and Notre Dame de Sion,

Games will begin as early as 5:30 and will be played in two locations, from the Archie High School Gym or the Archie High School Dome. The dates and times are posted on the 2022 bracket available on the Kmam Kmoe Facebook page.

92.1 Radio Station will follow 12 of those tournament games, as some games are played at the same time but in a different location, so that limits the broadcast of games.

The 93rd Annual Archie Tournament tips off on Monday, January 24th and runs through Saturday, January 29th. Join fm92 live from 92.1 or as we stream from www.921news.com .

Adrian Senior Fundraiser, Senior Super Bowl Pick’em

The Adrian Class of 2022 is having a fundraiser to support their trip to Orange Beach in the Spring.  They are selling squares for a Super Bowl Pick’em contest.

The Cost of each square is $10.00, after you purchase a square, you put your name and phone number on that square. 

The Adrian Senior Class will continue to sell square until the entire bracket is full. After the bracket is full, you will be texted your numbers to play along during the big game.

The score at the end of each quarter during the supper bowl will determine the winners.

If the last two digits of the score match your number, you win. For example, if the score at the end of the first quarter is 13 to 7 and your numbers are 3 and 7 you would be the winner.

The winner from each quarter of play during the Super Bowl will win $100.00.

You may contact any Adrian High School seniors, Adrian senior parents or Adrian senior sponsors! You can also buy squares at all Adrian home basketball games before the Super Bowl.

The Super Bowl is set for February 13th

Frozen Soup Sale: Fundraiser for the Butler Community/ Place your order today

The Butler Ministerial Alliance is hosting a fundraising soup sale. The proceeds will benefit the Butler Ministerial Alliance’s ministry to needy families in the Butler community. The Alliance will be taking soup orders until January 28th. The frozen soups will be prepared in the church kitchens by cooks observing all appropriate health and safety precautions, including masks and gloves.

The pickup date will be Saturday, February 5th from 9 am until noon at the Nazarene church 103 West Nursery Street in Butler. Frozen chili and/or Chicken Noodle soup will sell for $8.00 per quart.

Place your order today by sending a message to the Butler Ministerial Alliance’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/butlercma or call Jan Lowe at the Ohio Street United Methodist Church at 660-679-4384.

Your frozen soup order will benefit the needs of the residents in the Butler Community. Place your order today by calling 660-679-4384 or place your order on Facebook.

Henry County Need Publics Help

Henry County Sheriff’s Office needs your help identifying this person who was driving a stolen vehicle from Kansas City and committing burglaries in Henry County. If you know this person, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 660-885-5587.

Nevada MO Business Owner Pleads Guilty to False Tax Return

Failed to Report Nearly $1.5 Million in Business Income

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Nevada, Missouri, business owner who failed to pay taxes on nearly $1.5 million of income pleaded guilty in federal court to filing a false tax return.

“When businesses and individuals don’t pay their fair share in taxes, they are breaking the law and cheating their law-abiding neighbors,” said U.S. Attorney Teresa Moore. “This business owner shirked his responsibilities as a citizen by willfully failing to pay taxes on nearly $1.5 million of income.”

Kevin R. Morrow, 53, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to a federal information that charges him with filing a false tax return.

“This time of year, hard-working Americans are preparing to submit their federal tax returns, and the majority of them will fully and honestly report their income,” said IRS-CI Special Agent in Charge Tyler Hatcher, St. Louis Field Office. “In fairness to them, IRS-Criminal Investigation will aggressively pursue those who attempt to avoid paying their fair share of taxes and hold them accountable.”

By pleading guilty, Morrow admitted that he omitted a total of $1,467,326 in income from the federal income tax returns he filed from 2014 through 2016. During that time, Morrow operated Morrow Show Steers, a cattle sale business, but did not report any of this income and, therefore, did not pay any taxes on this income. According to the plea agreement, Morrow’s false tax returns led to federal tax due and owing in the amount of $92,928. The total tax loss to the Missouri Department of Revenue is $11,910. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Morrow must pay a total of $104,838 in restitution to the federal government and the state of Missouri.

The specific charge to which Morrow pleaded guilty is filing a false tax return on April 15, 2017. Morrow falsely claimed he received income of only $13,617 in 2016, and willfully did not report that he received additional income of $444,462 from his cattle sale business.

Under federal statutes, Morrow is subject to a sentence of up to three years in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Casey Clark and Shannon Kempf. It was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Missouri Department of Revenue – Compliance and Investigation Bureau.

Soup Sale

The Butler Ministerial Alliance is taking orders for their frozen Soup Sale now

2nd Annual Stickin’ it to Cancer Jackpot

Make plans now to attend the 2nd Annual Stickin’ it to Cancer Jackpot on Saturday, April 16th, at the Bates County Fairgrounds in Butler, MO.

Be on the watch for more information on this year’s Jackpot!

Last year’s Jackpot was such a great day, and extremely successful!

The Sticken’ it to Cancer committee is so excited to be able to help support another family battling cancer this year!

They are currently looking for sponsors for their Jackpot! If you know of any local businesses or individuals who might want to help, share the Stickin’ it to Cancer page with them or have them reach out!

Stickin it to Cancer invites you to like their Face Book page for more information on the Jackpot.

Warm Winter Wishes for BCMH

On January 11, employees at Bates County Memorial Hospital were given “Warm Winter Wishes” by Heartland Hospice in the form of fresh cookies from Koehn’s bakery and treat bags. “Our hospital truly appreciates this act of kindness, especially when our staff is feeling stretched and drained during another surge of COVID-19,” said Greg Weaver, Chief Executive Officer for the hospital.

Pictured, from left: Brooklyn Ryan, Heartland Hospice Account Liaison; Greg Weaver, Chief Executive Officer of BCMH; Adrienne Burkholder, BCMH Human Resource Director; Kimberly Keating, Human Resources Coordinator, and Kristy Whitney, Heartland Hospice Manager of Business Development.

CAPITOL REPORT: REPRESENTATIVE PATRICIA PIKE

House Committee Approves Congressional Redistricting Map

Dear Citizens:  Legislation that will establish new boundaries for Missouri’s eight congressional districts is one step closer to consideration on the House floor. The House Special Committee on Redistricting gave its stamp of approval to HB 2117 Wednesday, January 12 during a public hearing in the State Capitol.

The committee chair and vice-chair said the map approved by the committee was created with input from legislators representing their constituents, public testimony from citizens across the state of Missouri, and 2020 census data.

“The map created in HB 2117contains compact and contiguous districts as required by our constitution while also keeping communities of interest and like-mindedness together,” said the chair of the House Special Committee on Redistricting. “The Census data allowed us the opportunity to better understand Missouri’s population and we used that information in combination with the testimony shared in committee to create a map that accurately reflects our state and our congressional districts.”

The committee’s vice-chair said the bipartisan process used in committee allowed members from both parties to have input on the new district boundaries. The committee met again Wednesday afternoon to give time to an alternate map proposed by the minority leader of the House. While the committee did not approve the map, the vice-chair said she was pleased with House Leadership’s commitment to due process.

“Our goal has been to allow all state representatives, and Missourians from all parts of the state, to make their voices heard on this bill before we move forward,” said the vice-chair of the House Special Committee on Redistricting. “I’m confident we have a bill that fairly and accurately represents our districts, and that can receive strong support on the House floor. There is no stronger foundation than the Constitution we are sworn to uphold.”

HB 2117must now receive approval from the House Rules committee before moving to the House floor for discussion. The bill will be discussed on the floor on Tuesday, January 18.

The current version of the map can be viewed at the following link: https://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills221/maps/Map.4875H.02C.pdf

House Committee Considers Bills Designed to Ensure Appropriate Curriculum in Schools (HB 1995 and HB 1474) – The House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee held a public hearing this week to consider pieces of legislation designed to give parents more control over what their children learn, and to prevent inappropriate curriculum from being taught in school.

Lawmakers took testimony on HB 1995, which would establish the Parents’ Bill of Rights for Student Well-Being. The legislation would require school districts to adopt a policy to promote parental involvement including procedures for objection to instructional materials. The bill requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop specific forms that school districts must use for parents to opt out of instructional material, and for parents to be notified in advance whenever a teacher intends to teach a divisive or controversial topic.

“We need to send a very clear message that the state of Missouri, if we ever have to choose a side, we will always take the side of parents,” the bill’s sponsor told the committee.

The bill also establishes the Missouri Education Transparency and Accountability Portal to give access to every school district’s curriculum, source materials, and professional development materials.

During the hearing, the committee also heard testimony on HB 1474. The bill also creates a Parents’ Bill of Rights, but has additional language to prohibit the instruction of critical race theory in public and charter schools.

Specifically, the bill prohibits school districts, charter schools, and their personnel from teaching, using, or providing such curriculum or from teaching, affirming, or promoting any of the claims, views, or opinions found in the 1619 Project, which is a collections of essays on race. The bill does not allow curriculum that identifies people or groups of people, entities, or institutions in the United States as inherently, immutably, or systemically sexist, racist, biased, privileged, or oppressed.  The committee completed the public hearing on both bills but has yet to bring them to a vote.

For more information, contact Representative Patricia Pike at patricia.pike@house.mo.gov or call 573-751-5388.

Vehicle of Interest in Homicide Investigation

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for their assistance locating a vehicle of interest in a homicide investigation. The white, 2000, Ford, F-350 truck, and a possible Missouri License Plate of 86H7ZP was last seen in the area of Pleasant Hill MO on January 7th around 11:00 PM. The vehicle also has a dump bed with a retractable cover. If located contact the Cass County Sheriff’s Office at 816-380-5200.

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Butler FFA Family and Friends Fundraiser

The Butler FFA Friends and Family will host a Chili Supper on February 4th. The event will be held at the Butler High School. Tickets are for sale for $7.00 per adult, ages 4-12 are sold for $5.00 each, and children under 3 years old will eat for free.

 It’s chili, chicken noodle soup, or hot dogs with chili, pie or cake, and a drink. The Butler FFA will be serving between the hours of 4:30 and 7:00 pm on Friday, February 4th.

Tickets will be sold in advance or at the door.

Stolen Vehicle Out of Osceola

The St Clair County Sheriff’s Office asks that you be on the lookout for a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, Kansas registration 756NFE. The vehicle was stolen from Osceola, sometime the night of January 13th. The truck has a black cattle guard and the front license plate says “EAT BEEF.” The truck has a chrome fuel door cover. If you see the truck, call 911 or the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office.

BUTLER BEARS DEFEAT HOLDEN EAGLES


The Bears gain another win after beating the Holden Eagles tonight 76 to 43. Adrian Blackhawks outscore Eldorado Springs Bulldogs 63 to 48. Listen on FM92 for the Bears Tuesday night as we take on the Clinton Cardinals at home.

Beauties and Boots

The Next Generation 4-H Club will again be hosting Daddy/Daughter dances at the Adrian Optimist Building. 

Beauties and Boots will be held on Saturday, February 12 from 7pm to 10pm, cost for dance is $7.00 per person.

Youth ladies grab your daddies, uncles, grandpas, or friends and join the Next Generation 4-H club and dance the night away on Saturday, February 12th at the Adrian Optimist Club in Adrian.

Miami Court Warming

Miami Eagles will celebrate Court Warming Jan 18th thru Jan 21st, this year’s court warming theme is “The Eagles will dance all over the Tigers”

Miami Court Warming Spirit days will be

Tuesday: Rocking Our Way to Victory, show off your rock style or represent your favorite rock band.

Wednesday: The Tigers will feel the Disco Fever Friday Night, Shine in you favorite Disco style.

Thursday: Smells like Eagle Spirit, break out that oversized plaid shirt and torn jeans, this is grunge day.

Friday: Nothing Beats Classic Eagles Pride, throwback green and white day, wear your old school Miami gear if you have it or dress in your favorite throwback music ear with an emphasis on green and white.

Miami students remember all outfits must follow dress code.

The Miami class with the largest percentage of participation will get donuts from the PTSO

Pet Licenses for the City of Drexel

The City of Drexel reminds residents that they will be enforcing Ordinance # 428.

Due to Ordinance #428 all Dogs and Cats Licenses are due ($10.00) by January 31 of each year, a delinquent fee of $10, will be added to the original fee February 1 (total being $20.00).

The City of Drexel ask that all residence get their Dogs and Cats licensed before the first of February to avoid any delinquent fees and to avoid any citations. You must bring a copy of your pets updated shot record with you to the Drexel City Hall

Operation Sock-It-To-Me

Bates County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary volunteers met last week to sort the new socks donated for the Operation Sock-It-To-Me project late last year. The socks will be given to children in need through area schools. Socks were donated by employees of BCMH, as well as patients and visitors. Operation Sock-It-To-Me is an annual project of the BCMH Auxiliary.

News from the Bates County Clerk’s Office

All voters will receive a new card soon. The cards show your polling place location. Please review your polling place information as there are have been several changes since the last Election.

POLLING PLACES

ADRIAN PRECINCT: Adrian R-3 School, 601 N. Houston, Adrian (Adrian R-3 & Archie R-5) All voters in the Adrian R-3 and the Archie R-5 school districts vote here. (NO LONGER AT THE OPTIMIST BUILDING!)

AMORET/AMSTERDAM PRECINCT: Miami R-1 School,7638 NW State Route J, Amoret, (Miami R-1) Voters in the City of Amoret, City of Amsterdam, and Homer, Charlotte, West Point, Elkhart Townships vote here. Note: All West Boone Township votes at the Drexel Community Center in Drexel. (NO LONGER AT AMORET AND AMSTERDAM!)

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

BUTLER PRECINCT: Butler High School Gymnasium, 420 S Fulton, Butler (Butler R-5) All voters in the school district vote here. ( FOR THE APRIL 5TH ELECTION THE POLLING PLACE WILL BE AT THE BUTLER FAIRGROUNDS DUE TO THE CONSTRUCTION AT THE BUTLER HIGH SCHOOL!)

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

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

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

RICH HILL PRECINCT: Rich Hill High School Auditorium, 703 N 3rd, Rich Hill (Rich Hill R-4) Voters in the City of Rich Hill, Village of Foster, and Osage, Lone Oak, Pleasant Gap, Hudson, Prairie, New Home South, Walnut, Howard Townships vote here. Note: All of Rockville Township votes at Rockville Community Center.

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

At the Adrian School, Miami School, Butler School, (Butler Fairgrounds for April) and the Rich Hill School you will be able to check in at any table to cast your ballot. This process will streamline the voting experience.

Please exercise your right to vote!

KNEM/KNMO-FM Radio Loses One of their Own

Tuesday, January 11th was a sad day for those of us in the radio business as we lost a long-time member of the broadcasting family.

KNEM/KNMO-FM Radio in Nevada lost one of their own, Huell “Russ” Warren has passed away and leaves behind a tremendous legacy, not only at KNEM/KNMO-FM Radio but other radio stations where he worked early in his career.

Russ was legendary for his abilities and the contact list he had for finding news information. As KNEM/KNMO-FM Radio longtime News Director he was at the radio stations almost every day, not because he had to be but, because it was his passion.

For the last few years, when his health would no longer allow him to put in the time he once did, he was still at KNEM/KNMO-FM Radio almost every morning writing news stories and doing newscasts. It was his purpose, and he did it until the very end.

KNEM/KNMO-FM Radio will miss Russ and they know a lot of us will miss hearing him each morning doing the newscasts he loved to do.

Rest in peace Russ, you will be missed by many.

We here at KMAM/KMOE send our sympathy to Mike Harbit and everyone at KNEM/KNMO-FM Radio.

Heroes to Hives Program

Enrollment is open for Heroes to Hives, a free program that helps military veterans, active-duty personnel, reservists, and their families learn the art of beekeeping. University of Missouri Extension agronomist Travis Harper leads the Missouri program, the first state chapter of the national Heroes to Hives program.

The course includes nine prerecorded modules available through Michigan State University. There are also live Zoom classes on topics specific to Missouri beekeeping. Monthly hands-on training will be held April-October at the Heroes to Hives apiary in Warrensburg at the University of Central Missouri’s Mitchell Street Farm.

Missouri is home to more than 440,000 veterans making the transition from military to civilian life. Returning veterans face challenges, including anxiety, depression, service-related health issues and disabilities and finding rewarding career opportunities. These challenges are exacerbated by the loss of the camaraderie and support inherent in military units. Transitioning vets often feel a sense of isolation and loss. Heroes to Hives offers veterans a chance to reconnect with their brothers and sisters in arms with a common mission of protecting the most important managed pollinator on the planet.

For more information and free registration, visit www.heroestohives.com.

Adrian December Student of the Month

The Adrian Optimist Club is pleased to honor Students of the Month from the Miami, Ballard, and Adrian schools.  Criteria for this honor center on outstanding academic and civic achievement and school spirit.  Staff at each of the schools make the selection, and their decision is based on expansion of these criteria.   Selection is based on the criteria, but a student stepping up to a particular task will come to play in it.  Each student is honored with a certificate of recognition from the Adrian Optimist Club and $20.00 in Adrian Chamber of Commerce “Chamber Bucks”

Adrian’s student of the month is senior, Chandler Jacquinot.  He is the son of Ashley Jacquinot who stays very active in football, wrestling, baseball, FFA and FBLA.  In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, working, and power lifting.  His plans after school are to attend lineman school.  He considers life is about timing and angles.  Chandler is known for his smile and encouragement that he gives to others.

Ballard December Student of the Month

The Adrian Optimist Club is pleased to honor Students of the Month from the Miami, Ballard, and Adrian schools.  Criteria for this honor center on outstanding academic and civic achievement and school spirit.  Staff at each of the schools make the selection, and their decision is based on expansion of these criteria.   Selection is based on the criteria, but a student stepping up to a particular task will come to play in it.  Each student is honored with a certificate of recognition from the Adrian Optimist Club and $20.00 in Adrian Chamber of Commerce “Chamber Bucks”

Ballard’s student of the month is a seventh grader, Kennedy Borland.  She is the daughter of Bryan and Chelsi Borland.  In school Kennedy enjoys being a part of the volleyball team and scholar bowl team.  Outside of school she enjoys spending time with family and friends and participating on the swim team.  She has set high goals as she plans to attend MSSU and major in Interior Design.  The Ballard staff has said, “Kennedy shows great empathy as she is helping her fellow classmates.  She always has a smile, and they like how she is very considerate towards others.  She is always helpful to staff and others in her classroom.”

The Little Apple

Vol 30 no 2

January 12, 2021

AC City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2022 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Summers Pharmacy of Appleton City will be closed on Saturdays, starting February 1, 2022. They will still be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for January and February, 2022.   Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. Jan 12 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Jan 13 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Jan 14– Ortho-Dr. Gray, Jan 19 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Jan 20 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Jan 26 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Jan 26 –Ortho-Dr. Gray, Jan 27 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Feb 2– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Feb 3 – OB/GYN – Dr. Kallberg, Feb 9 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Feb 10 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Feb 11– Ortho-Dr. Gray, Feb 16– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Feb 17 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Feb 23 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Feb 23 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, Feb 24 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay                  

Every year in the U.S., more than 1/3 of adults age 65+ have a fall, with approximately 1/3 of fallers sustaining an injury. Research indicates that people who fall are 2-3 times more likely to fall again, and each fall increases the likelihood of more serious injury or death. Missouri Falls Facts:

In Missouri, the fall death rate for older adults is consistently higher than the national death rate (72.32 vs. 48.4 per 100,000 population in 2009).

The death rate of falls increases with age and jumps sharply for older adults. For Missouri in 2009, the rate of death due to falls in older adults was more than 16 times higher than for those 45-64 years of age (66.63 vs. 4.03 per 100,000).  Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths among Missouri’s older adults; the percentage of Missourians age 65 and older who died from falls rose nearly 60 percent between 1999 and 2009.

Forty-eight percent of falls causing injury in older adults occur in the home. Estimated hospital charges for unintentional fall injuries among Missouri seniors were $208 million in 2000, and reached $308 million in 2004 (before adjusting for inflation), which accounted for 77% of hospital charges for all unintentional injuries among Missouri seniors in 2004. MU Extension – St. Clair County Center will teach an eight session course focused on reducing falls.  A MATTER OF BALANCE course will be every Monday and Friday, January 31 to February 28 (no class on Presidents’ Day) from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the St. Clair County Library (115 Chestnut, Osceola.) Pre-registration is required for this free course. MU Extension St. Clair CO is accepting registrations at 417-646-2419, or register online at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/matter-of-balance-1640197458. This course offers instruction and group discussion to help older adults explore ways to reduce fall hazards and the risk of falls and fall injuries.

Enrollment is open for Heroes to Hives, a free program that helps military veterans, active-duty personnel, reservists and their families learn the art of beekeeping. University of Missouri Extension agronomist Travis Harper leads the Missouri program, the first state chapter of the national Heroes to Hives program. The course includes nine prerecorded modules available through Michigan State University. There are also live Zoom classes on topics specific to Missouri beekeeping. Monthly hands-on training will be held April-October at the Heroes to Hives apiary in Warrensburg at the University of Central Missouri’s Mitchell Street Farm. Topics include hive handling, hive inspections, pest and pathogen management and beekeeping ergonomics. Students who finish the course can download a certificate of completion from Michigan State University. Missouri is home to more than 440,000 veterans making the transition from military to civilian life. Returning veterans face challenges, including anxiety, depression, service-related health issues and disabilities and finding rewarding career opportunities. These challenges are exacerbated by the loss of the camaraderie and support inherent in military units. Transitioning vets often feel a sense of isolation and loss. Heroes to Hives offers veterans a chance to reconnect with their brothers and sisters in arms with a common mission of protecting the most important managed pollinator on the planet.

For more information and free registration, visit www.heroestohives.com.

At-home tests that check for presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, are now available for free to Missouri residents at https://picturegenetics.com/covid19?c=MOPROMO A Missourian choosing this testing option will order the free testing kit online and the kit will be delivered to the home in two days. The kit is good for six months and comes with easy-to-follow instructions. Once the individual performs the collection by nasal swab, the testing kit needs to be returned to a FedEx collection site within 24 hours. Shipping is also free. Test results are then provided via email within two days. This test was authorized for emergency use by the FDA.  Testing remains a key tool to keeping Missourians safe. Testing is not only for those who are symptomatic, but important for periodic surveillance especially when interacting with vulnerable populations and crowds. Many camps, events, and travel now require evidence of a negative test result before participation. A COVID-19 test is a one-time assessment, and will only show if the individual is infected at the time of the test. For those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, testing is highly recommended. Those who have had significant contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 should also consider being tested. Community testing events provide another free testing option, and these events are continuing throughout the state. Learn more about free at-home testing kits and community testing events at health.mo.gov/communitytest.

“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 dcp81@embarqmail.com 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 dcp81@embarqmail.com  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

Jan 10-15     AC Basketball Tournament

Jan 17     Martin Luther King Day (banks and government offices closed)

LOVE LOCAL THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

The Greater Clinton-Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to shop local this Valentine’s Day. One thing the Clinton Chamber loves is their local businesses. That’s why they want you to shop with them and enter: Love Local This Valentine’s Day contest.

Here’s what you need to do: After you spend $25 or more from Clinton Chamber businesses, bring those receipts to the Chamber and they will sign a Valentine’s Day card with your name on it. You can continue to add receipts as many times as you want from local Clinton Chamber of Commerce businesses with purchases between Jan. 10th through Feb. 13th. Take a picture of your receipts and email them to david@clintonmo.com or joyce@clintonmo.com.

The Clinton Chamber of Commerce will put all the entries into a box and draw out our winner at Noon on Feb. 14th, Valentine’s Day! The winner of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce Love Local This Valentines Contest will receive $100 in Chamber gift certificates.

The Clinton Chamber of commerce’s is located at 200 South Main St. in Clinton. Bring your first $25.00 in receipts from local Chamber business in from 8am until 4:30pm Monday through Friday, and let us copy those receipts and put your name on a Valentine’s Day card.

You can find a list of Clinton Chamber members at clintonmo.com,. Chamber businesses also should have the Clinton Chamber logo near the front of their business.

Pleasant Hill Homicide Suspect Charged

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a woman in rural Pleasant Hill as a homicide. Cass County Deputies responded to the 18000 block of South Purvis Road on Sunday, January 9th where they located the victim. The suspect in the case is in custody at the Cass County Jail.

On Sunday, January 9th around 3:00 pm a concerned family member notified law enforcement that they had not seen their daughter since Friday. Cass County Deputies secured a search warrant for a house in the 18000 block of South Purvis Road near Pleasant Hill where they discovered the body of Sara B. Maloney, 39, Pleasant Hill, inside the residence.

Around 11:45 pm, members of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Apprehension Unit located the person of interest in a house in the 1000 block of Mullen Road in Raymore. Cass County Deputies were involved in a short standoff at the residence when the subject refused to come out of the house. A Cass County K9 Team located the suspect inside the residence, and he was taken into custody.

On Monday, January 10th the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office charged Levi G. Mitchell, 31, Pleasant Hill with Murder Second Degree and Armed Criminal Action. The judge in the case has ordered Levi Mitchell held with no bond.

Community Center Blood Drive

Bates County Memorial Hospital will hold a blood drive for the Community Blood Center on Wednesday, February 9 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.

Appointments are preferred for this blood drive; you may visit the CBC website at.donate.savealifenow.org or call 877-468-6844.

Bates County Memorial Hospital is located at 615 West Nursery Street in Butler.  The Blood drive will be in the Education Center of Bates County Memorial Hospital
Masks are required regardless of vaccination. For information regarding CBC’s response to COVID-19, visit savealifenow.org/coronavirus.

Butler Bears Defeat Sherwood Marksmen

Butler Bears Defeat Sherwood Marksmen tonight 78 – 36. Tune in Thursday night the 13th as we take on the Holden Eagles at 7 PM Live on The Bullet!

Winning Mega Millions Lottery Ticket Sold at Smoker Friendly in Butler

A customer at Smoker Friendly, 1009B W. Fort Scott Road in Butler, won $1 million in Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing.

The winning ticket matched all five white-ball numbers drawn: 7, 29, 43, 56 and 57.

“Congratulations if this is your winning ticket,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director for the Missouri Lottery.  “Be sure to sign the back of it right away, and keep it in a safe place until you’re ready to claim your prize.”

Prizes can be claimed – by appointment only – at any of the Lottery’s four offices, which are located in Kansas City, Jefferson City, Springfield or St. Louis. Draw Games winners have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prize. In this case, they have until July 6. 

 The estimated jackpot for Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing is $300 million.

Fatality Crash in Cass County

The Missouri Highway Patrol responded to a two-car accident on Saturday, January 8th at approximately 9:44am on Southbound NO 7 at S Chandler Road in Cass County.

This Fatality accident took the life of Donald Dryden age 81 of Urich Missouri. Mr. Dryden was pronounced dead by the Garden City fire medics.

The accident occurred when a 2018 Jeep Compass, driven by Mr. Dryden was traveling north on Chandler Road and failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck by a southbound 2004 Ford E350 Van, driven by James Mallinson, 41 of Kansas City, Kansas.

Both Vehicles were towed from the scene by J’s Southland Tow of Raymore.

Children Center Casino Night Fundraiser

The annual Children’s Center Fundraiser, Casino Night has been set for Saturday, April 2nd at the Adrian Optimist Club located at 317 South Old 71 Highway in Adrian.

Casino Night is an important fundraiser for the Children’s Center.  This fundraiser provides funds to keep the Children’s Center running to assist Children that need special love and support.

Casino night will have Mouse races, Blackjack, food, and drinks, mark your calendars now.  We will let you know when tickets go on sale for the Children’s Center Casino Night.

Adrian Chamber Annual Banquet

Adrian Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet will be held at Frontier Village Saturday, February 26th at 6:30pm. Tickets for the Annual Banquet will be $25 per person.


Meal will include smothered pork shops, sides, and a wonderful 4-layer dessert. Doors will be opened at 6pm with dinner beginning at 6:30pm.


Attendees will need to RSVP by texting your name and the number of tickets you would like to purchase to 816-721-5477

Missouri Department of Natural Resources opens 2022 round of Bus Grant Program grants

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources Division of State Parks is pleased to announce the 2022 round for the Bus Grant Program is now open. These non-competitive grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis to qualified applicants. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2022.

Bus grants are available to public school districts, private schools, charter schools and youth-focused nonprofit organizations with 501(c) 3 status. Assistance is available only to schools and organizations located in Missouri. 

Missouri State Parks offers busing grants to underwrite the cost of the field trips for schools (Pre-K through 12th grade) and nonprofit organizations to connect youth with nature at their Missouri state parks and historic sites. 

For more information about this program and to download the Missouri State Parks Bus Grant Application Guidance, visit mostateparks.com go the bottom under “about us” and click on Grant Opportunities.

For questions, contact grants management staff at mspgrants@dnr.mo.gov.

Two Arrested New Year’s Eve in Vernon County

On December 31, 2021 a Deputy observed a Dodge Dakota pulling a Toyota Corolla fail to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of 1st and Hickory in Rich Hill, MO.

The Deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The Dodge Dakota did not stop for the Deputy and continued on throughout Rich Hill and then south into Vernon County.

The vehicle then stopped and the driver exited the vehicle. The Deputy identified the driver as Justin Keene (5/26/1987). Keene was placed in restraints.

The Deputy then instructed the passenger to exit the vehicle. The passenger was identified as Linda Miller (DOB 5/10/1980).

Miller had warrants out of Clinton County for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Her bond was $5000.00 cash only.

Keene was charged with Fleeing and Possession of a Controlled Substance. His bond was set at $25000.00 cash only. Keene is currently in custody at the Bates County Jail.

Bates County Sheriff’s Office Lends a Hand to Miami County Sheriff’s Vehicle Pursuit

On January 7, 2022 Dispatch advised the Deputies that Miami County was in a vehicle pursuit that was headed to Bates County.

While the Deputies were en route Dispatch advised them that the vehicle had wrecked at State Line Road.  The driver of the vehicle fled the scene on foot.  Deputies set up a perimeter. 

A K-9 Deputy arrived to conduct a search of the area.  K-9 Lector was able to locate the subject and apprehend him. 

The subject was taken to the Bates County Memorial Hospital and then was transported to the Bates County Jail. 

He was placed on a 24 hour investigative hold pending charges. 

CAPITOL REPORT: REPRESENTATIVE PATRICIA PIKE

2022 LEGISLATIVE SESSION BEGINS

Dear Citizens:   Lawmakers returned to the State Capitol Building Wednesday, January 5 for the start of the 2022 legislative session, which is officially the Second Regular Session of the 101st General Assembly.

In the Missouri House there are 108 Republicans, 49 Democrats, and 6 vacant seats. Leading up to the start of the session, pre-filing began Dec. 1 and ended January 4. In that period of time House members pre-filed 770 pieces of legislation.

Legislators begin the session with a number of pressing issues on the table and will move quickly to approve new congressional district maps based on the latest U.S. Census data. The maps have to be approved and signed into law in time for the August 2 primary. Lawmakers will also work expeditiously to approve a supplemental budget bill proposed by Gov. Parson. The governor has asked the House and Senate to have the legislation approved by February 1.

As the 2022 legislative session progresses, members will also focus on a number of other important issues including the state operating budget, protections for the unborn, election integrity, school accountability and transparency, and protections against overly burdensome mandates.

Missouri Legislative Leaders Release Proposed Congressional District Map – Before the New Year began, the respective chairs of the Missouri House Special Committee on Redistricting and Senate Select Committee on Redistricting jointly released their proposed changes to Missouri’s congressional district map. The map, which is treated as a legislative bill, was filed as HB 2117.

The proposed congressional map balances several required criteria including compliance with the Missouri and U.S. Constitutions as well as the Voting Rights Act. The map’s districts are compact, contiguous, and equal in population. The districts adhere to the doctrine of “one person, one vote” and have preserved the cores of each existing congressional district to the greatest extent possible.

Both congressional and state legislative districts are redrawn every ten years upon the completion of the census. Missouri’s congressional districts are drawn by state legislators and state legislative districts are drawn by independent, bipartisan, citizen commissions. The 2021 redistricting process has been compressed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and technical delays by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The proposed maps are available at the following links:

https://house.mo.gov/pr/Maps/JointProposedMap.pdf

https://house.mo.gov/pr/Maps/JointProposedDistricts.pdf

For more information, contact Representative Patricia Pike at patricia.pike@house.mo.gov or call 573-751-5388.

Bates County Memorial Covid-19 Update

Bates County Memorial Hospital continues to see high demand for testing for respiratory illnesses including COVID-19. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, our emergency room and Family Care Clinic staff are feeling the strain. Please be aware that:
– Testing for COVID-19 is not available for non-emergency patients in our Emergency department; please reserve the ER for those who are suffering a medical emergency.
– Testing is not offered for well patients in our Drive-Thru Clinic.
– The High Street Drive-Thru Clinic is not for well patients; it is a sick clinic for testing/evaluation/treatment of patients with mild to moderate symptoms.  Call 660-200-3627 to schedule.
– The Drive-Thru Clinic is not a free testing site; patient or patient’s insurance will be charged for a provider visit and testing or labs performed.
– Testing is available for non-symptomatic patients as an in-clinic visit at Family Care Clinic on a limited basis, and only for patients who have not had a recent positive COVID test and need
testing for: pre-procedure; travel or employer-requested testing.
– Especially during this current wave, appointments are limited for both drive-thru (M,W,F) and well patient clinic appointments.
– Our emergency room is very busy – but we’re here for you in a medical emergency. If you have a respiratory illness and are having troubling symptoms (for example, having trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone), get emergency medical care right away.Additional Testing ResourcesPlease search for retail pharmacy options for on-demand testing. Below are a few additional resources for testing.

– The Missouri Dept. of Health (DHSS) offers several free testing events in Kansas City every week. Please note these events are subject to change due to weather. Before heading to an event during these times, it is best to check and make sure the event has not been cancelled. The phone number for the cancellation schedule is 417-362-6398. Check the schedule for KC and other surrounding regions here: https://bit.ly/3eWz9lr
– LabCorp offers appointments at a LabCorp draw station, the cost is $119.00. The patient must pay for the test before they go to the collection site. Appointments are suggested to limit wait times. The closest sites to Bates County are in Lees Summit and Overland Park. Visit LabCorp website for testing details: https://bit.ly/3ERmquQ
– Summer’s Pharmacy of Butler: Call 660-679-5002
– CVS COVID Testing: https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing
– Walgreens COVID Testing: https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/covid19/testing
– CareNow Urgent Care COVID Testing: https://www.carenow.com/patien…/medical-tests/covid-
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Rollover Accident in Vernon County

Missouri High Patrol responded to two-car accident on Wednesday, January 5th on Interstate 49 at the 105.6 Mile marker in Vernon County at approximately 6:07pm.

The accident occurred when a 2003 Pontiac Vibe driven by Stephen Stover, 61 of Elkins Arkansas, struck a 2000 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Hilda Martinez, 48 of Carthage Missouri. 2003 Pontiac overturned and ejected Mr. Stover.

Steven Stover sustained serious injuries and was transported by Helicopter to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin Missouri.

The 2003 Pontiac was towed from the scene by Garwoods Wrecker and the 2000 Suburban was driven from the scene.

News from Henry County

Zachary Brackman was extradited to Henry County from Davidson County, Lexington, North Carolina this week on a warrant for probation violation. His original charges from 2018 were for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful use of a weapon and Driving While Revoked or Suspended. The cost of his extradition to the Sheriff’s Office was $4,315.00 Brackman remains in custody on a $5,000.00 bond.

Ellett Memorial Hospital January Employee of the Month

Congratulations to J.D. Head for being voted January Employee of the Month for Ellett Memorial Hospital.

He is always positive and willing to help without being asked. J.D. will go to all departments and ask how everyone is doing and tells staff how amazing they are.

J.D. is always ready, prompt, and courteous with an excellent bedside manner that puts patients of Ellett Memorial at ease. J.D. is confident, friendly, and always in a good mood.

He is prompt to take care of patients in the Ellett Memorial ER and helps nursing by stepping into do tasks to free their workload. J.D. has excellent medical skills, very knowledgeable in his profession and a great team player.

He is very easy going, relaxed manner that sometimes hides his skills, but in an intense situation he maintains self-possessed. Ellett Memorial Staff are very happy to have J.D. as a coworker and is a vital asset to Ellett Memorial Hospital.

Missouri to Honor First Responders Seriously Injured in the Line of Duty with new Red, White and Blue Award

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Today, Governor Mike Parson announced that the state, for the first time, will begin honoring first responders who are seriously injured in the line of duty as they carry out their official responsibilities. The Missouri Red, White and Blue Heart Award will be awarded for injuries sustained on the job, beginning with the year 2021.

“Our first responders courageously and selflessly risk their lives each day to apprehend criminals and protect their fellow Missourians, too often suffering serious injuries or even death because of their heroic actions,” Governor Parson said. “The new Red, White and Blue Heart Award will honor law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other emergency first responders whose extraordinary actions to protect others lead to serious injuries or death in the line of duty.”

The Missouri Medal of Valor Review Board, an 11-member panel appointed by the Missouri Governor, has approved the addition of the Red, White and Blue Award to the annual state public safety awards for which it reviews nominations and recommends honorees to the Governor. The new award is intended to recognize first responders who sustain injuries that require long-term treatment by a medical professional and involve considerable loss of time from duty. In cases in which a first responder is killed, the award will be presented to a family member.  

The Red, White and Blue Heart Award will be the first state award recognizing Missouri peace officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs or other emergency first responders seriously injured in the line of duty. For purposes of the award, “peace officer” includes persons serving as state or local corrections or court officers.

The application for the award for persons sustaining serious injuries in the line of duty during 2021 is available on the Missouri Department of Public Safety Medals website at https://dps.mo.gov/medal/. Nominations will only be accepted from the chief executive of the public safety agency that employs the nominee.

The nomination deadline is Feb. 28, 2022. A date has not been set for a ceremony recognizing the Red, White and Blue Heart Award recipients for injuries sustained in 2021.

The Medal of Valor Review Board reviews nominations and makes recommendations to Missouri’s Governor for the Missouri Medal of Valor and the Governor’s Medal (a team honor), awards that recognize first responders for heroic, life-saving acts.

The review board also reviews nominations and makes recommendation to the Governor for the Public Safety Civilian Partnership Award, which recognizes civilians who provide courageous assistance to public safety agencies during an emergency.

The review board includes members with experience in law enforcement, the fire service, corrections, and EMS. More information on the board is available here.   

Keep your Pets Safe in this Cold Weather

If you are too cold outside, so is your pet! There are very few exceptions to this rule, a coupe of exceptions are Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes

Dogs with short hair like Dobermans, pit bulls, etc., are even colder than most.  Even 45 degrees can be dangerous for them to be exposed to low temperatures for long periods of time.  

If you absolutely cannot bring your pet inside-which is best, make sure you have an air/watertight doghouse with lots of insulation like hay and a flap to keep out the wind.  Make sure it is not sitting in cold snow.  Plastic houses can cause frostbite!

Your pets need plenty of unfrozen water, exercise, and food. 

If your pet is tied up, make sure he can get to the sun and run around. It always best if you walk him/her as well.

Remember-dogs and cats are NOT wild animals and are not naturally equipped for the cold weather.

Women’s Self Defense Seminar

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

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

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

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

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

Bates County Sheriff Arrest Butler Woman on Statutory Rape Charges

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

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

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

YOUTH IN AGRICULTURE SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE is FEBRUARY 1st

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

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

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

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

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

MISSOURI STATE FAIR RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE

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

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

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

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

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

Survey finds Missouri land values increased across the board in 2021

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Landowners who purchased Missouri property in 2021 paid more for land than buyers who purchased land in 2020, according to the latest Missouri Farmland Values Opinion Survey report from University of Missouri Extension.

Agricultural economist Ray Massey, who led the survey, projects the upswing in land values will continue. He says higher land values will result in higher cash rental rates. Higher land values may also lead to an increase in the tax base, allowing communities to collect more revenue.

Conducted in September 2021, the land values survey collected responses from 88 Missouri lenders, farmers, rural appraisers and others familiar with Missouri land values. Values for cropland, pasture, timberland and hunting/recreational land all increased from 2020 to 2021.

Cropland and pasture values

The value of good nonirrigated Missouri cropland averaged $6,326 per acre in 2021 — an increase of 14% relative to 2020. Between 2017 and 2020, values for this cropland category annually increased 4.3% on average. Values per acre averaged $4,877 in 2017, and good nonirrigated cropland values increased by $1,449 per acre since then.

The state’s irrigated cropland averaged $7,132 per acre in 2021, an 11% increase from 2020. The survey first included irrigated cropland in 2018. At the time, values per acre averaged $5,514. Since then, irrigated cropland values have increased by $1,618 per acre.

Pastureland values were reported as a state average of $3,781 per acre. Compared with 2020, values grew by 12% in 2021. Between 2017 and 2021, the average value for pastureland increased by $865 per acre.

Massey says several factors have driven cropland and pasture value changes, including high commodity prices, low interest rates and proximity to urban areas. In recent years, strong farm revenue contributed to increasing cropland values.

“If people have money in their pocket, they are willing to buy land, and they will pay more for it,” Massey says.

Timberland and hunting/recreational land values

Land used for timber or hunting and recreation also increased in value in 2021. Missouri tracts used for hunting or recreation averaged $3,162 per acre in 2021 — an 18% year-over-year change. Values per acre averaged $2,048 in 2017, and they increased by $1,114 per acre in the past five years.

In 2021, Missouri timberland values averaged $3,070 per acre, which was 17% higher than 2020 values. Values per acre in 2017 averaged $2,012. Since then, timberland values have grown by $1,058 per acre.

According to Massey, the value of timberland or hunting land rose as commodity prices and investment earnings increased in 2020. For example, out-of-town investors who earn positive returns on their investments are able to purchase land for recreational purposes.

For more 2021 land values survey results, including regional breakdowns for Missouri land values, go to muext.us/LandValues to access the full report.


For more than 100 years, University of Missouri Extension has extended university-based knowledge beyond the campus into all counties of the state. In doing so, extension has strengthened families, businesses and communities.

New video series aims to start conversations at Harrisonville Schools

Harrisonville School District is excited to introduce a new opportunity for their families & community to learn & connect with the district – the Speaker Series! These twice-monthly videos will focus on timely topics of interest to you. The videos will premiere at 6:30 p.m. on our Facebook page & our YouTube channel but will remain available for viewing at any time.

After watching each Speaker Series, Harrisonville School encourage you to submit feedback and ask questions. They also love to hear suggestions for additional Speaker Series topics. Following the premiere, we’ll post a link in the video comments for feedback, questions, & suggestions. The form will also be available on our website – www.harrisonvilleschools.org.

Check out Harrisonville School’s list of scheduled topics visit the district’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Harrisonvilleschools or the Harrisonville School Districts YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/HarrisonvilleSchools.

The Little Apple

Vol 30 no 1

January 5, 2021

Right now, additional helpers are needed to collate and deliver the Apple. The Appleton City Industrial Development would like to thank all the volunteers who help make this newsletter possible and Community First Bank and their employees who have photocopied the issues each and every week since the newsletter started October 27, 1993.  Each Wednesday, volunteers collate and deliver “The Little Apple” around town. If anyone is willing to help one or more Wednesday mornings a month, please contact Dr. Don Payton at 476-2197. The ACIDC would also like to thank the citizens of the area for their support over the last 28 years the many contributors who have donated the funds to purchase the paper it is printed on.  

AC City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2022 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The monthly Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God will be 7:00 a.m. on Saturday January 8.  All the men of the community are invited to join them for a time of great food and fellowship.   Jeff Dunlap will have a short devotional. 

The Knights of Columbus will have their monthly pancake and sausage breakfast at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose on Sunday, January 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

At-home tests that check for presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, are now available for free to Missouri residents at https://picturegenetics.com/covid19?c=MOPROMO A Missourian choosing this testing option will order the free testing kit online and the kit will be delivered to the home in two days. The kit is good for six months and comes with easy-to-follow instructions. Once the individual performs the collection by nasal swab, the testing kit needs to be returned to a FedEx collection site within 24 hours. Shipping is also free. Test results are then provided via email within two days. This test was authorized for emergency use by the FDA.  Testing remains a key tool to keeping Missourians safe. Testing is not only for those who are symptomatic, but important for periodic surveillance especially when interacting with vulnerable populations and crowds. Many camps, events, and travel now require evidence of a negative test result before participation. A COVID-19 test is a one-time assessment, and will only show if the individual is infected at the time of the test. For those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, testing is highly recommended. Those who have had significant contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 should also consider being tested. Community testing events provide another free testing option, and these events are continuing throughout the state. Learn more about free at-home testing kits and community testing events at health.mo.gov/communitytest.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for January 2022.   Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. Jan 12 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Jan 13 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Jan 14– Ortho-Dr. Gray, Jan 19 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Jan 20 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Jan 26 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Jan 26 –Ortho-Dr. Gray, Jan 27 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay. 

Every year in the U.S., more than 1/3 of adults age 65+ have a fall, with approximately 1/3 of fallers sustaining an injury. Research indicates that people who fall are 2-3 times more likely to fall again, and each fall increases the likelihood of more serious injury or death. Missouri Falls Facts:

In Missouri, the fall death rate for older adults is consistently higher than the national death rate (72.32 vs. 48.4 per 100,000 population in 2009).

The death rate of falls increases with age and jumps sharply for older adults. For Missouri in 2009, the rate of death due to falls in older adults was more than 16 times higher than for those 45-64 years of age (66.63 vs. 4.03 per 100,000).  Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths among Missouri’s older adults; the percentage of Missourians age 65 and older who died from falls rose nearly 60 percent between 1999 and 2009.

Forty-eight percent of falls causing injury in older adults occur in the home. Estimated hospital charges for unintentional fall injuries among Missouri seniors were $208 million in 2000, and reached $308 million in 2004 (before adjusting for inflation), which accounted for 77% of hospital charges for all unintentional injuries among Missouri seniors in 2004. MU Extension – St. Clair County Center will teach an eight session course focused on reducing falls.  A MATTER OF BALANCE course will be every Monday and Friday, January 31 to February 28 (no class on Presidents’ Day) from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the St. Clair County Library (115 Chestnut, Osceola.) Pre-registration is required for this free course. MU Extension St. Clair CO is accepting registrations at 417-646-2419, or register online at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/matter-of-balance-1640197458. This course offers instruction and group discussion to help older adults explore ways to reduce fall hazards and the risk of falls and fall injuries.

“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 dcp81@embarqmail.com 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 dcp81@embarqmail.com  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

Jan 8        Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God will be 7:00 a.m.

Jan 9        Knights of Columbus pancake and sausage breakfast at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Jan 10-15     AC Basketball Tournament

Butler Bears defeat the Warsaw Wildcats

Butler Bears defeat the Warsaw Wildcats in Tuesday nights game 74 – 35
Adrian Blackhawks gain a win over the Windsor Greyhounds 69 – 55
Join FM92 Thursday night 7 PM for live broadcast of Butler Bears against Eldorado Springs at Butler.

Merle “Ed” Allen Age 74 of Lynn Valley Lakes

Merle “Ed” Edwin Allen, Jr. 74 of Lynn Valley Lakes, formerly of Adrian, Missouri passed away Sunday,  January 2, 2022 at Louisburg Healthcare & Rehab in Louisburg, Kansas.  A visitation will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (816-657-4400).  A graveside service, with military honors, will follow at 11:00 am in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, Missouri.  Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com

Merle “Ed” Allen, Jr. was born December 16, 1947 in Norton, Kansas to Merle Allen, Sr. and Josephine Campbell.  He graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1965.  Following graduation Ed enlisted in the US Army and served in Vietnam.

“Fast Eddie”was an Independent truck driver who worked hard but also enjoyed having a good time.  Later in life Ed under went a liver transplant, surviving a record of 17 years afterwards.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Merle and Josephine Allen.  Ed is survived by his sister Wilma Allen, nephew Joseph Allen, two daughters and their families

Butler Pantry Thrift Store Closes for Housekeeping.

In local news from the Butler Pantry Thrift Store. The Thrift Store will be closed for housekeeping this week and will re-open on Wednesday, January 12th at 10:00 am. This thrift store is located on south business 1-49 in the old Bowling Alley building. …

The Butler Pantry Thrift Store is still accepting donations but asks that at this time, no large items be donated without asking first.

The Community Food Pantry is seeking volunteers that can assist with a variety of tasks. They are especially in need of a volunteer with a truck to pick up food orders 3 mornings a week. If you would like to volunteer call 660-227-6101 and ask for Renie.

Murder charges filed in Ft. Scott Double Homicide

Story Courtesy of KOAM News

Courts file murder charges against Dawson Mitchell in the double homicide of a Fort Scott couple.

The Bourbon County Prosecutor’s Office filed the charges on December 28, 2021. That’s according to court documents. Those charges include,

  • Murder in the 1st degree; Intentional and premeditated
  • Murder in the 1st degree; Intentional and premeditated
  • Criminal possession of weapon by felon; Convicted within 5 years
  • Theft of property/services; Firearm with value less than $25,000
  • Agg weapons violation by felon.
  • Theft of property or services; Value less than $1,500

Authorities believe that Dawson Michell killed his mother Melissa Mitchell and Leonard Zimmerman at their home on December 21, 2021.

After the crime, police started searching for Dawson as a person of interest. The next day, they found him and arrested him for theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and unlawful possession of controlled substances.

Update on Burglary at Parker Baptist Church

In an Update from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office concerning the subjects arrested on the burglary at the Parker Baptist Church.

The subjects in custody on the burglary allegations regarding the Parker Baptist Church Burglary that occurred on December 13, 2021, have waived extradition in Clark County, Nevada. Linn County Sheriff’s Office will be transporting them back to Linn County in the near future for appearance on the warrants.

Guns, drugs seized on New Year’s Eve traffic stop

A Nevada resident has been charged with multiple crimes after a traffic on New Year’s Eve. According to officials with the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, Jamie Boykin, 47 of Nevada, was stopped by detectives who were working a New Year’s Eve detail. During the stop suspected methamphetamine, paraphernalia, cash, and a gun were located. Boykin was taken into custody without incident. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said several extra patrols were out on New Year’s Eve and he was glad they were able to stop someone that could have hurt someone. “He was running around with drugs and gun, so the detectives did an excellent job at getting him off our streets.”Boykin has been charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He is being held in the Vernon County Jailon a $50,000 cash only bond.

Missouri Highway Patrol Report for New Year’s Holiday Weekend

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, provides the following preliminary statistics related to the New Year’s holiday weekend:

No one was killed in a traffic crash during the 78-hour counting period, which began at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 30, 2021, and ended at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, January 2, 2022. There were no boating crashes or drownings over the 2022 New Year’s holiday counting period.

2022 New Year’s Holiday Traffic Statistics

Troopers investigated the following:

Traffic Crashes — 406
Traffic Crash Injuries — 91
Traffic Crash Fatalities — 0
DWI — 94

[Note: Last year during the 78-hour New Year’s counting period, there were 1,247 traffic crashes statewide. In those crashes, six people were killed and another 389 people were injured. During the 2021 New Year’s holiday, troopers worked 173 crashes including three fatalities and 48 injuries. Troopers arrested 94 people for driving while impaired last year.]

The fatality statistics in this news release could change if late deaths occur, or if other departments report fatal traffic crashes after this news release is sent to the media.

Too many people die in traffic crashes each year in Missouri. The choices you make when you’re behind the wheel matter. Make good choices, so you’ll never have to say, “If I could just go back.”

Mo-Kan Livestock Celebrates 30 Years in Business

On January 6th, Mo-Kan Livestock Market will celebrate 30 years in business. Mo-Kan wishes to thank the consignors, buyers, employees, and community members that contributed to the success of the business. Join Mo-Kan for the Annual Appreciation Lunch and Anniversary Sale on Thursday, January 6th! Lunch at 10 AM. Sale at 11 AM.

So many things have changed over the past thirty years, but much remains the same. As Mo-Kan reflect over the last three decades, they want to recognize those who have given us the opportunity to be in this business. A business that is much more than just selling cattle, it is a camaraderie with some the finest people in agriculture industry.

Mo-Kan has been very fortunate over the years to have many loyal & long-term employees, numerous honest & competitive order buyers, countless knowledgeable & proficient cattle producers, and a supportive & accommodating community. It is with these individuals that Mo-Kan has been able to navigate and overcome market volatility, weather innumerable business challenges, and celebrate countless achievements.

Thirty years ago, Mo-Kan never would have imagined how much things would change. In thirty years, they have transformed from handwritten tickets and checks to computers, online bidding and a world of data and technology at our fingertips. Thirty years ago, most cattlemen wouldn’t have believed that they would be competing with lab-grown meat and impossible foods. Nor could they predict how a global pandemic would affect all facets of the agriculture industry. Even with all these significant changes, many aspects of Mo-Kan business are not much different than yesteryear. Just like thirty years ago, some of the nation’s finest, most honest & hardworking individuals work in the cattle industry and these individuals continue to improve and produce the best cattle in the world.

Since the establishment of Mo-Kan Livestock Market in 1992, they have been committed to providing their customers with quality service and assuring top cattle prices through the competitive auction method and that is one thing that will never change.

Accident in Vernon County

The Missouri Highway Patrol responded to the scene of an accident at US Highway 54, 4 miles west of Nevada on Saturday, Jan 1st at 6:57pm.

The accident occurred with a 2007 Ford F150 driven by Samuel Kimmell, 29 of Nevada struck a 2014 Dodge Ram 2500 that was abandoned in the roadway. It is unknown when or who abandoned the Dodge Ram at this time.

Mr. Kimmell sustained serious injuries and was transported by Vernon County Ambulance to Nevada Regional Medical Center.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene by TCB Towing of Nevada.

Shooting in Amsterdam on New Year’s Eve

On 12/31/2021 at approximately 11:07 pm Bates County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to a person being shot across the street from 1326 NW Elm Street in Amsterdam Missouri. Bates County Deputies and Troopers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol were dispatched.

Upon arrival at the location, they found one male subject suffering from a gunshot wound to the face laying on the ground. The victim was initially breathing but unconscious. A short time after law enforcement arrived the victim stopped breathing and CPR was initiated by first responders and law enforcement.

The victim, identified as Michael R Strup, was transported by Bates County EMS to St. Luke’s Trauma Center on the Plaza.

A witness identified the shooting suspect as Christopher E Cutshaw (DOB 10/29/1995) of Amsterdam, Missouri. Additional Bates County deputies were called out to help search for Cutshaw who fled the area on foot.

Working with the community to track the last known locations of Cutshaw, Bates County deputies were able to track his path and located Cutshaw hiding in the garage of a family member approximately 2 miles from the shooting incident. Cutshaw was taken into custody without incident.

On 1/1/2022 the Bates County Prosecutor Hugh Jenkins filed 1st degree assault charges along with armed criminal action and bond was set at $500,000.00 cash only.

On 1/2/2022, the Bates County Coroner was advised that Michael Strup had passed away from the injuries suffered from the shooting. The Bates County Sheriff’s Office is treating this as an intentional homicide. Once the investigation is complete it will be submitted to the Prosecutor for upgraded charges on Cutshaw.

The Bates County Sheriff’s Office would like to Thank the Missouri Highway Patrol and the Amsterdam First Responders for their assistance.

During the investigation it was determined that while Cutshaw was fleeing on foot he entered the Amsterdam bar. The Bates County Sheriff’s Office is asking that if you were in the bar at the time, he ran through please contact the Bates County Sheriff’s Office to speak with a detective.

If you are a citizen who encountered Cutshaw on the street or if you have home video footage, please contact the Bates County Sheriff’s Office to speak to a deputy. Bates County Deputies and Detectives will be in the Amsterdam area to identify potential witnesses on this case. If you have any information, please contact us at 660-679-3232.

Covid Test Sites in Cass County

Cass Regional Medical Center is not a community COVID-19 testing site. Their emergency department is very busy providing the community the care it needs in this COVID-19 wave.

Please only use the emergency department in an emergency. If you are looking for a COVID-19 test and you are not experiencing an emergency, please visit:

Cass County COVID Testing: https://www.casscounty.com/2461/Testing

CVS COVID Testing: https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing

Walgreens COVID Testing: https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/covid19/testing

CareNow Urgent Care COVID Testing: https://www.carenow.com/patien…/medical-tests/covid-19.dot

If your home test is positive, please consider yourself positive and follow isolation precautions. You should not come to the Cass County emergency department to confirm your test results. If you have significant symptoms that are impacting your health – please seek care in the Cass County emergency department.

Max Motors Scholarship

Max Motors Dealerships is proud to announce a $1,000 scholarship open to high school students interested in becoming Agricultural Leaders.

Students have until March 15, 2022, to submit their application and essay explaining how they plan to become the next generation of Agricultural Leaders in our communities.

Once the application deadline is met, all entries will be reviewed by Max Motors Management and a winner will be announced on April 20, 2022, and contacted privately.

Visit MaxMotorsMissouri.com/Scholarship to apply.

News from The Little Apple

Right now, additional helpers are needed to collate and deliver the Apple. The Appleton City Industrial Development would like to thank all the volunteers who help make this newsletter possible and Community First Bank and their employees who have photocopied the issues each and every week since the newsletter started October 27, 1993.  Each Wednesday, volunteers collate and deliver “The Little Apple” around town. If anyone is willing to help one or more Wednesday mornings a month, please contact Dr. Don Payton at 476-2197. The Appleton City Industrial Development Committee would also like to thank the citizens of the area for their support over the last 28 years the many contributors who have donated the funds to purchase the paper it is printed on.   

A reminder to Appleton City residents that taxes are due December 31.  A penalty will be assessed for any late payments. Taxes are now payable to the County Collector at the courthouse in Osceola. 

City Hall will be closed December 31 for New Years. 

The Appleton City Public Library is currently seeking an individual to fulfill their children’s librarian position. For questions about what this role entails, please call/text Megan Schenker at (660) 492-0499 or Kamber Grishow at (660) 492-3502. Applications can be picked up at the library during normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for January 2022.   Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. Jan 5– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Jan 12 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Jan 13 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Jan 14– Ortho-Dr. Gray, Jan 19 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Jan 20 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Jan 26 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Jan 26 –Ortho-Dr. Gray, Jan 27 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay. 

Are you passionate about working with youth and the 4-H program? Someone who enjoys teaching nutrition and health? The University of Missouri Extension is hiring a full-time Nutrition & Youth Program Associate in St. Clair County. This position offers great benefits and pay and may be the perfect fit for you! Find more information and start your application today by clicking this link: https://erecruit.umsystem.edu/psc/tamext/COLUM/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_SCHJOB_FL&Action=U  OR by contacting Human Resources at 573-882-7976 OR by following this link: https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=246d3531de7f31fd&q=University+of+Missouri+Extension

The Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation was established in 2000 by a local couple to benefit and carry out the purposes of Ellett Memorial Hospital.  The Foundation has played a major role in the Hospital’s recent renovation/expansion project.  The Foundation is a 501c3 organization and plays an important role in ensuring the future of the Hospital by providing an avenue for individuals, groups and corporations to lend their financial support through tax-deductible contributions. The Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation would like to extend an invitation to the community to assist with this project.  They would like to welcome all current and past members of the community and service area to make a donation to the Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation. Donations can be restricted or non-restricted for use as the donor identifies.  Recognition will be given for all contributions.  For further information, contact Julee Snyder, Ellett Memorial Hospital, 660-476-211.

New Year’s helpful hint: Go ahead and write 2022 on the next several checks in your checkbook.  That way, you won’t write the wrong year on them during the first few days of 2022.

“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 dcp81@embarqmail.com 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 dcp81@embarqmail.com  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

Dec 31  Taxes due to the County Collector at the courthouse in Osceola. 

Jan 1     New Years Day

Jan 4     Classes resume at AC Schools

Jan 10-15     AC Basketball Tournament

MSHP Reports Eight Traffic Fatalities Over Christmas Holiday Weekend; No Drownings Or Boating Fatalities

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, provides the following preliminary statistics related to the Christmas holiday weekend:

Eight people died in traffic crashes during the 78-hour counting period, which began at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 23, 2021, and ended at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 26, 2021.

2021 Christmas Holiday Traffic Statistics

Troopers investigated the following:

Traffic Crashes — 310
Traffic Crash Injuries — 92
Traffic Crash Fatalities — 4
DWI — 67

[Note: Last year during the 78-hour Christmas counting period, there were 746 traffic crashes statewide. In those crashes, 10 people were killed and another 10 were injured. During the 2020 Christmas holiday, troopers investigated 307 traffic crashes which included all 10 fatalities and 86 injuries. Troopers arrested 62 people for driving while impaired in 2020.]

There were no boating crashes or drownings over the 2021 Christmas holiday counting period.

Of the four fatality traffic crashes investigated by troopers, two occurred in the Troop C, Weldon Spring, MO, area, and two occurred in the Troop F, Jefferson City, MO, area. The remaining four fatalities were investigated by Kansas City Police Department, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Overland (MO) Police Department, and Wentzville (MO) Police Department.

There were no traffic fatalities on Thursday, December 23, 2021, during the holiday counting period.

There were five traffic fatalities on Friday, December 24, 2021. Zachary M. Sutton, 32, of De Soto, MO, died when the vehicle he was operating crossed the center line and struck a pickup truck head-on. Sutton was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. The crash occurred on Missouri Highway 28 one mile west of Missouri Route A in Osage County. Osage County Coroner A.J. Probst pronounced Sutton deceased at the scene. The driver of the pickup truck sustained moderate injuries in the crash. He was wearing a seat belt.

Kenneth H. Mustain, 57, of Camdenton, MO, died when the ATV he was operating traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned. Mustain was ejected from the ATV. The crash occurred on Greenview Drive near Hermit Holler in Camden County. Dr. Barnes pronounced Mustain deceased at University of Missouri Hospital. Camden County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.

Cesar Estrada-Lopez, 18, of Bridgeton, MO, died when the motorcycle he was operating struck the rear of a vehicle and he was ejected onto the highway. A third vehicle swerved to avoid striking the motorcycle and struck Estrada-Lopez. Estrada-Lopez was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The crash occurred on Interstate 70 west of North Lindbergh Boulevard in St. Louis County. Dr. Schwartz pronounced Estrada-Lopez deceased at SSM Health DePaul Hospital. Neither of the other two drivers involved in the crash were injured. They were both wearing a seat belt.

Zachary M. Ward, 28, of Kansas City, MO, died when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving while taking an exit. The vehicle struck a guardrail, went off the roadway, traveled down an embankment, and overturned multiple times. Ward was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected. The crash occurred at the exit for Shoal Creek Parkway on U.S. Highway 169 in Clay County. Officers with the Kansas City Police Department handled the investigation.

A pedestrian was struck and killed in the vicinity of West Florissant and Thrush Avenue in St. Louis, MO. Officers with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating. No further details are available.

There were two traffic fatalities on Christmas Day, December 25, 2021.

A pedestrian was struck and killed at Midland Boulevard and Woodson Road in St. Louis County. Officers with the Overland Police Department are investigating. No further details are available.

A fatal crash involving a motorcycle occurred on David Hoekel Parkway over Interstate 70 in St. Charles County. Officers from the Wentzville Police Department are investigating. No further details are available.

There was one traffic fatality on Sunday, December 26, 2021. Amy L. Veit, 37, of Lonedell, MO, died when her vehicle traveled partially off the right side of the roadway and she overcorrected. Her vehicle began skidding, traveled across the center of the roadway and rotated counter clockwise striking the front of another vehicle. Veit was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The crash occurred on Missouri Route H east of Dry Creek Road in Jefferson County. Valle Ambulance District personnel pronounced Veit deceased at the scene. The driver and a passenger in the other vehicle sustained minor injuries. They were wearing their seat belts.

Too many people die in traffic crashes each year in Missouri. The choices you make when you’re behind the wheel matter. Make good choices, so you’ll never have to say, “If I could just go back.”

Follow the Missouri State Highway Patrol on Twitter @MSHPTrooperGHQ

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