John Dean Rice, age 62 of Girard, Kansas

Graveside services for John Dean Rice of Girard, Kansas will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2022 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler, Missouri under the direction of  Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler.  No visitation.  Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.  Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

John Dean Rice, age 62 of Girard, Kansas died Friday, April 29, 2022 at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas.  He was born December 23, 1959 to Herbert W. and Helen E. Ebbs Rice in Augusta, Kansas.

John grew up in Girard, Kansas where he graduated from Girard High School in 1978.  After high school he worked in mission work in Vermont.  John worked at FMI in Girard, Kansas, Tri State Trucking in Joplin, Missouri and later Superior Manufacturing in Pittsburg, Kansas until he became disabled.  He was a member of the United Chapel Church in McCune, Kansas.  On October 26, 1996 he  married  Lora Baird and they lived in Archie and Carthage, Missouri, later moving to Girard Kansas.  They enjoyed 25 years together.

John is described as being happy, caring and talkative.  He never met a stranger.  He enjoyed watching sports such as the Royals and Chiefs.  John would  go to the local high school in Girard, Kansas and watch the teams play basketball and football.  He would even attend some college games at Pitt State University.  Some of John’s favorite hobbies were fishing and golfing.

John is survived by his wife, Lora (Baird) Rice of Girard, Kansas; one brother, Charles Rice of Fort Scott, Kansas; one sister-in-law, Ruth Austin and husband Mark of Butler, Missouri; and nephews and nieces.  John was preceded in death by his parents; and twin brothers, Daniel Rice and Dale Rice.

Cass County Man Sustains Serious Injuries in Crash

The Missouri Highway Patrol, with the assistances of the Pleasant Hill Police Department and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a two-vehicle accident on Saturday, May 14th on MO-7 south of 203rd Street at 2:50pm.

The accident occurred as a 2009 Harley Davidson, driven by Daniel Hogan 74 of Pleasant Hill, struck the right rear of a 2015 GMC, driven by Raymond Linnerbringer 74 of Pleasant Hill. The Harley Davidson then travelled off the right side of the road and overturned.

Mr. Hogan received serious injuries and was transported by Life Flight Eagle to Research Medical Center in Kansas City.

The Harley Davidson was towed from the scene by J’s Southland and the GMC was driven from the scene.

Brick Street Bash June 4th on the Butler Square

The Electric City Downtown Association will host the Brick Street Bash from 3pm to 8pm on Saturday, June 4th on the Historic Butler Square.

Butler Downtown Square will be host to craft vendors, a cornhole tournament, car show by Electric City Speedway, and emergency vehicle tours.

There will be food trucks onsite including The Infinite Kitchen, Fast Lane Food, A Taste of Soul by Sam, and IOOF Lodge will be serving hamburgers and hotdogs.

Businesses on the Butler square will be opening during the Brick Street Bash for shopping, stop in at local businesses for specials.  The Alley Tavern will have drink specials all day and a D.J. playing music.  Karaoke will start at the Alley Tavern following the Brick Street Bash at 9pm

The Electric City Downtown Associates invite everyone to the Historic Butler Square during the Brick Street Bash on Saturday, June 4th for family fun, shopping, and entertainment.

Drexel School Hiring Head of Maintenance

The Drexel R-IV School District seeks applicants for a Head of Maintenance position. This is a full-time, 12-month position. The successful candidate will be expected to perform building and grounds maintenance.

Applications may be downloaded from the Drexel district’s website at www.drexel.k12.mo.us or may be picked up at the Superintendent’s office.

Questions about the Head of Maintenance position at the Drexel School should be directed to Superintendent Terry Mayfield at 816-652-0401. Salary commensurate with experience and the district provides a very competitive benefit plan. Position will be open until filled.

1880’s Sheriff’s Office Coming to Frontier Village in Adrian

The Bates County Sheriff’s Office is excited to present a little project that they have been working on for the last couple months. Bates County Sheriff’s Office loves to be active in their community and are proud to build partnerships with organizations within the community.

Community Policing is a very important part of law enforcement. Through their Community Policing program, the Bates County Sheriff’s Office is now officially represented at Frontier Village in Adrian Missouri. When finished the replica of a 1880s Sheriff’s Office will house one single jail cell, one bed, a spittoon and a desk for the Sheriff.

This building started life as a storage shed and was used by the Bates County Sheriff’s Office for storage of mattresses. With the addition to the jail the building was no longer being used and started to deteriorate.

Late last year Sheriff Anderson approached the Antique Tractor Association with the idea and once approved by the board, work began by the maintenance crew to recycle the building into something usable.

Frontier Village host many community events, school tours, and home schoolers to educate them about history. The village is home to the Western Missouri Antique Tractor Association. The village has many other buildings to include a schoolhouse, church, bank, museum, antique steam engines, saw mill, mercantile store, tractor pull arena, and a train that you can ride.

“We are excited about another community project and be to part of such a great hidden gem in this community.” Sheriff Anderson says. “Once completed staff and volunteers will take part in these events to build a relationship with their community with emphasis on connecting with the youth. Bates County Sheriff’s Office will educate them about the role the Sheriff’s Office played in history. I think it’s important to know the history because you can’t effectively move forward without knowing and understanding where you’ve been.”

Bates County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Blaine Baldwin, Joey Plunkett for doing the lion’s share of construction. The team of Bates County deputies it took to move the building and set it up. Ready Concrete Services for the donation of the small runs of concrete the building sits on and the Western Missouri Antique Tractor Association for the partnership.

SFCC student-athletes earn All-Region honors in softball

State Fair Community College (SFCC) Lady Roadrunners freshman outfielder Rylee Hagens of Fulton and freshman pitcher Kennidi Harris of Hume have earned Second-Team All-Region 16 honors as voted on by the coaches in the Region.

Hagens played in 41 games and led the team with 36 runs scored, 12 doubles, 10 home runs, 24 extra-base hits and 29 runs batted in. Hagens also led the team in total bases with 83 and tied for the team lead in triples with two. Hagens recorded 37 hits with a .296 batting average, a .380 on-base percentage, and a .664 slugging percentage.

Harris led the pitching staff with 12 complete games (in 20 appearances), a 3.85 ERA, five wins, 105 1/3 innings pitched and 77 strikeouts (5.12 batters per seven innings).

“I was proud of both ladies,” said Lady Roadrunners Softball Head Coach Lyndsey Talbot. “The whole season was kind of up and down. I thought as freshmen they did a great job of staying positive and making adjustments as the season went on. Kennidi and Rylee are both super competitive. I believe they will take the way the season ended and roll that into their sophomore seasons.”

David Rohrbach
SFCC Athletics

How to win admission tickets to a Nevada Griffons Baseball Game.

Fm-92 will offer season passes and individual passes to the Nevada Griffons Collegiate Baseball games. The season is June 1st through July 27th. Home games will be played at the Lyons Stadium in Nevada, keep listening for your opportunity to win season admission passes or individual game passes from the studios of 92.1 your Hometown Radio Station.  

Nevada Collegiate Baseball June 1st 7:00 pm

The Nevada Griffons Collegiate Baseball Team will hit the field for the first game of the summer season on June 1st. Game time is 7 pm. The Griffons travel to Sedalia for the first game of the season.  This game will air live from the studios of KNEM-KNMO of Nevada.

Schedules are printed and available courtesy of the Print
Shop of Nevada and the Nine Patch Quilt and Fabrics of Nevada.

Home games will be played on the Nevada Lyons Field. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children.

For detailed information, registration forms and schedules, see the web at:
www.nevadagriffons.org.

Nevada Griffons against the Sedalia Bombers June 1st in Sedalia game time 7:00 pm.

Butler: The Annual American Legion Memorial Day Service

The Annual American Legion Memorial Day Service will be held this year at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler. The dedication Memorial Ceremony for Veterans will be at 11 am on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th.

This year the American Legion guest Speaker will be Bill Perkins the Deacon at the First Baptist Church in Butler and the Camp Manager at Camp Keirsey in Amsterdam.

The public is invited to attend. That’s the Annual American Legion Memorial Day Service Monday, May 30th  at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler.

Junior Luther, age 76, of the Rich Hill & Metz area

Junior Luther, age 76, of the Rich Hill & Metz area passed away at his home with his loving family at his bedside.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 2 pm at the Heuser Funeral Home in Rich Hill, with burial in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Rich Hill. The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 17, 2022 from 5-7pm at the funeral home.

The family suggests contributions to Friends of Greenlawn Cemetery or the Metz Methodist Church c/o Heuser Funeral Home.

Junior is survived by his wife Linda Luther of the home; 3 children, Bobby Luther and wife Sherri, Kristi Hinkle and husband Don, and Bill Luther and wife Carla; 9 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 2 sisters, Ruby Fast and Mary Kern and husband John.

PESTICIDE TRAINING CLASSES SET FOR ON-LINE

Ag producers who need to obtain or renew a private pesticide applicator license can attend one of the on-line training sessions provided through University of Missouri Extension. 

This class also completes the EPA worker protection training program for ag employees who handle pesticides.  Pre-registration is required.  If you have questions or need more information, contact Pat Miller, agronomy specialist, at 417-448-2560. For a complete list of the available courses, dates, and link visit 921news.com or see us on Facebook at KMOE

Classes are currently scheduled as follows:

On-line private pesticide applicator trainings:

May 20  https://extension.missouri.edu/events/private-pesticide-applicator-training-online-hosted-by-tim-schnakenberg-1651786154

May 25  https://extension.missouri.edu/events/private-pesticide-applicator-training-online-hosted-by-valerie-tate-1651512179

May 31  Private Pesticide Applicator Training – Online – Hosted by Patricia Miller | MU Extension (missouri.edu)

June 17  Private Pesticide Applicator Training – Online – Hosted by Anthony Ohmes | MU Extension (missouri.edu)

University of Missouri Extension programs are open to all. 

Sue Ann Steele, 84, of Butler

Sue Ann Steele, 84 of Butler, Missouri passed away Sunday, May 8, 2022 at Silvercrest at College View in Lenexa, Kansas. Services are pending at this time and will be announced by Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009).. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.
Sue Ann was born August 19, 1937 in Adrian, Missouri to Richard and Irene Showalter King. She grew up in Adrian and graduated from Adrian High School. 
On April 27, 1957 she was united in marriage to Ed Steele. To this union two beautiful girls were born. They made their life and home west of Butler, MO, on Steele & King dairy farms where she supported the operations while working a full-time job outside the home. Ed and Sue Ann moved to Lenexa, KS in 2020 to be closer to family.

Sue Ann never missed any of her girls’ events growing up and was always happy to welcome their friends in her home. Sue had a gift for writing and was synonymous with the Missouri Holstein Association serving a lengthy role as executive director and editor of the Mid-States Holstein News. Prior to that, she worked for many years at the Bates County Shopper and then the “Headliner”, including being the Sports Director. 
She was a long-time member of the First Christian Church in Butler where she enjoyed singing in the choir for many years. Sue enjoyed watching all kinds of sports, including the Missouri Tigers, but her greatest pride and joy was spending time with her family and traveling all over the US to watch her grandchildren compete in golf tournaments. When Sue wasn’t cheering on her grandchildren or the Tigers, she could often be found enjoying a good book or playing a game of bridge.

Sue Ann was preceded in death by her parents, brother and sister-in-law, Jerry & Jeanette King and sister-in-law Celia Engelhardt. She is survived by her two Daughters: Becky Bauersfeld and partner Philip Thornton of Phoenix, AZ. and Brenda and Ted Chael of Overland Park, KS, Grandson Andrew (Laura) Chael of Mission Woods, KS and Jordan Chael of Lexington, KY. brother-in-law, Bill Engelhardt, of Broken Arrow, OK, niece Denna Johnson of Huntsville, UT, nephew Evan (Cheri) Engelhardt of Prairieville, LA., nephew Rick (Lori) King and niece Julie (Steve) Lewis all of Butler, MO., and Jana (Mike) Boehler of Olathe, KS., along with many great nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

Care Connection to offer Aging Mastery Class this month

There’s still time to register and attend the next session of the Aging Mastery Program, a 10-week course presented by Care Connection for Aging Services to help senior adults take control of their lives.

The Aging Mastery Program takes place online from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays beginning May 20. Each session includes discussion and interaction. Care Connection is covering the $60 materials fee, so the course will be free to participants.

Session topics include navigating longer lives; financial fitness; medication management; sleep and exercise; advanced planning for healthcare and end-of-life; falls prevention; and community engagement.

The course will feature experts to address each topic and lead discussions.

Aging Mastery, a program of the National Council on Aging, will be offered on the Zoom platform. If you need to learn Zoom, a Care Connection staffer can provide a written guidance and offer a practice session before the Aging Mastery course begins.

To receive materials and register, call 1-800-748-7826 or email information@goaging.org Register online at goaging.org/events.

Here is a list of the core curriculum:

  • Navigating Longer Lives — The Basics of Aging Mastery: Introduction to the program and its philosophy with a special emphasis on the new realities of aging, making the most of the gift of longevity, and taking small steps to improve health, financial well-being, social connectedness, and overall quality of life.
  • Exercise and You: Discussion of the importance of exercising both the mind and the body with a focus on strategies for incorporating meditation, aerobics, strengthening, flexibility, and balance into daily routines.
  • Sleep: Overview of how sleep patterns change as people age, the importance of monitoring the sleep cycle, and simple strategies to improve sleep.
  • Healthy Eating and Hydration: Review of nutrition as it relates to aging with a focus on strategies for incorporating healthy eating and hydration into daily routines.
  • Financial Fitness: Introduction to strategies for remaining economically secure in an era of longevity with an emphasis on setting financial goals and setting financial boundaries with friends and families.
  • Advance Planning: Guidance around key steps needed to manage health care, financial, and housing/care decisions with a focus on considering the role of personal values and beliefs in these decisions.
  • Healthy Relationships: Exploration of the benefits of being socially active, as well as the risks of isolation with a focus on practical strategies for continuing to build and strengthen friendships and family connections as we age.
  • Medication Management: Best practices on how to take medications as directed, how to store medications safely, and how to keep track of multiple medications.
  • Community Engagement: Introduction to the value of continuing contributions and small acts of kindness with a focus on identifying personal aptitudes for meaningful volunteer and civic opportunities.
  • Falls Prevention: Overview of the importance of falls prevention among older adults along with strategies to prevent falling.

Care Connection for Aging Services is nonprofit  area agency on aging serving in 21 West Central Missouri locations in 13 counties, including Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair, and Vernon. Our mission is to provide opportunities to create positive aging experiences. For more information, visit www.goaging.org or call 1-800-748-7826.

Play Treetop Trivia in Lake of the Ozarks State Park May 28

How well do you know the trees in your yard or near your campsite? Join Lake of the Ozarks team members on Saturday, May 28 to test your knowledge.

Starting at 7 p.m. in the main campground amphitheater, guests will learn more about the wild world of trees. From bark to leaf, we will identify trees and learn what makes them so important. Following the informational session, guests will go on a short hike to test their knowledge on tree identification and treetop trivia.

The program is free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Lake of the Ozarks State Park is located off Highway 42 in Kaiser. From Osage Beach, follow Highway 42 for 5 miles to reach the main campground. For more information, call 573-346-2500.

.For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Bennett Spring State Park hosts fly-tying demonstration May 28

Join expert fly tier John Walther as he demonstrates how to tie terrestrial flies. Walther will be showcasing his skills at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at the nature center in Bennett Spring State Park.

Terrestrial flies in the Bennett Spring ecosystem often spend most of their lives in water before becoming airborne. Walther will teach visitors which aquatic insects could result in landing a lunker fish.

Bennett Spring State Park is located at 26250 Highway 64A outside of Lebanon, Missouri. For more information, call 417-532-4338.

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Nevada Griffons Baseball First Game June 1st

The Nevada Griffons were formed in 1984 when a group of Nevada businessmen went about finding a way to bring summer college baseball to the city of Nevada.  They formed a board, named a general manager and began raising money via a weekly bingo game.  They joined the Jayhawk League, one of the premier leagues in the country at the time, with teams in Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. The name “Griffons” was chosen via a contest, with the winning name suggested by local sportswriter Kelly Bradham. 

Griffons come from the names of Clark Griffith (co-founder of the American League) and George Lyons, the only two Vernon Countians known to have played Major League Baseball.  In 1985, the first team was recruited and began play.  Players came from all over the United States, just as they still do now.  Each year the team plays a very busy schedule during the months of June and July, with time split between home games and away games. Most years the team competed in the post-season NBC (National Baseball Congress) World Series in Wichita, KS.

Players live with host families from the area, many of them developing life-long friendships.  Hosting a Griffon is something families look forward to all year long, and Griffons truly become part of the family while they are here.  Over the years, over 1000 players have come to Nevada to play baseball.  A significant number of those players have been drafted, and over 30 have played Major League Baseball.  In July of 2018, Trevor Hoffman (Griffons ’87) was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 2009, citing financial and travel considerations, the team left the Jayhawk League to become part of the MINK (Missouri-Iowa-Nebraska-Kansas) League.  The league currently has 9 teams, the St. Joseph Mustangs, Chillicothe Mudcats, Sedalia Bombers, Joplin Outlaws, Jefferson City Renegades, Clarinda (IA) A’s, Carroll (IA) Merchants and Des Moines Peak Prospects along with the Griffons. 

The Griffons Board of Directors works year round to raise the monies necessary to fund each summer season, somewhere between $55,000-$60,000 each year.  The committee sells  fence signs, yearbook ads and other sponsorships; they hold monthly luncheons and organize fundraisers like a yearly Radio Auction, a Hole-in-One Golf event, Memorabilia Auction and an Ice Cream Social, among others.

Each game is broadcast through the Nevada local radio station, KNEM KNMO. The Butler radio station will have the summer schedule available on our website and will announce and promote each game through our DJ’s and in our daily local newscast.

Our hope is to support the Nevada Griffons college baseball team and it’s players. See the www.921news.com website for the June and July schedule. See The Nevada Giffons at www.nevadagiffons.org on the web.  

Harrisonville Cash Raffle

Win $2,500.00 dollars at the Harrisonville Cash Raffle. Each $25 dollar ticket sold enters you in the contest to win one prize of $2500.00 that will be awarded on August 5th. A maximum of 500 tickets will be sold to the public. Tickets are for sale at the Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce, by calling 816-380-5271 or online at HarrisonvilleChamber.com/cash raffle. Enter today and help fund the Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce and get a chance to win $2,500.00 on August 5th. Drawing held during the First Friday Coffee. Must be 21 or over to win.

Rich Hill Alumni May 28th

     RHHS Alumni committee met on March 22 and April 5 to get plans started for this year’s alumni banquet. 

     Decisions that have been made are:  new officers were elected and they are, President—Betty Hood, Vice-President—Wanda Smith, Secretary—Marilyn Swarnes and Treasurer—Dean Fischer.  Banquet date is Saturday, May 28, 2022 at the Rich Hill community dome at 6:30 pm.  Reservation will need to be made with Beverly Sullins.  Address–6807 SE Market St, Rockville, MO 64780.  Phone 417-395-4288 or cell 816-769-4832, leave message on either one and your call will be returned .  You may also text the cell number or e-mail papinvillemo1800@outlook.com.  Citizens Bank in Rich Hill will also be taking reservations.   Cost for the meal will be $20.00 for the banquet and $5.00 dues for each graduate.  The Rich Hill Alumni  does apologize for the increase for the meal but we all know that everything has gone up in price.  Be aware for this price you will get your choice of beef brisket or rolled pork tenderloin with cheesy potatoes, green beans, mixed salad, roll and butter.  Also includes drink and dessert.  This is the same menu as last year, served by RHHS alumni member, Linda Schapeler.  The committee feels you are getting a great deal.  Plus following the meeting the alumni committee will be serving ice cream.  Very important! Reservations must be made before May 23rd. They must give the caterer a number on that date.  Make plans to attend, mark your calendar, get your reservations in and help make this years Rich Hill alumni banquet a great success.  Other plans will be announced as they become available. 

                                                                                 Beverly Sullins, reservation chairman.                                                      

John Matthew Jennings Jr., age 22 of Warrensburg

Graveside services/interment for John Matthew Jennings Jr. of Warrensburg, Missouri will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard, Missouri (2 miles east of Ballard on 18 Hwy, then south on State Rt. OO 3/4 mile) under direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri.  No visitation.  Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

John Matthew Jennings Jr., age 22 of Warrensburg, Missouri died Wednesday, May 11, 2022 in Warrensburg.  He was born December 22, 1999 to John Matthew Jennings Sr. and Julie Lynn Lisko Jennings in Overland Park, Kansas.

John is survived by his father, John Matthew Jennings Sr. of Warrensburg, Missouri; his mother, Julie Ryberg and husband Brian of Warrensburg, Missouri; two stepsiblings, Skyler Ryberg and Jolissa Ryberg both of Warrensburg, Missouri; an aunt, Tonya Jennings of Kansas City, Kansas; paternal grandmother, Careland Jennings of Ballard, Missouri; maternal grandparents, Rick and Cheryl Lisko of Clark Summit, Pennsylvania; and numerous other family members.  He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, John Jennings in 2006.

Potters Wheel in Amsterdam May 14th

Amsterdam Word of Life Church and Amsterdam Citizens Bank present Potters Wheel and Micah and Kelsi Bergman in concert Saturday, May 14th at 11 am on Main Street in Amsterdam. Listen to the tunes of Blue Grass Gospel and Contemporary Christian music. You also have the opportunity to eat and shop at the local businesses as most will be open. In case of bad weather, the concert will be held at Amsterdam Word of Life Church. Potters Wheel and Micah and Kelsi Bergman, May 14th, 11 am in Amsterdam.

Oak Hill Cemetery Decoration Guidelines

As we approach the Memorial Day holiday, Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler reminds the community of flower and decoration guidelines. There is no limit of flowers or decorations from Memorial Day to June 15th. After June 15th, there is only one decoration on the ground per death date allowed. Excess flowers or decorations will be removed by cemetery staff. No glass vases or ornaments are allowed. For questions, contact Delbert McDaniel, Oak Hill Cemetery Sexton at 660-679-4323.

Adrian and Butler Honor Day Live Broadcast

School is almost out for the summer and area schools are having their Senior award assemblies and Honor days. 
FM 92 will be broadcasting the Adrian and Butler Honor days.  Both broadcasts will be on Thursday, May 19th
The Adrian ceremony will begin at 10:15 am and will last approximately 1 hour.  The Butler ceremony will begin at 1 pm and last approximately 2 hours. 
If you are unable to attend the ceremony you can hear it on FM 92.1 or on the web as we stream live from 921news.com.

Rich Hill Alumni Banquet

The Annual Rich Hill Alumni Banquet is set for May 28th at 6:30 pm in the Rich Hill Community Dome. 

The cost for the meal is $20.00 and $5.00 for dues for each graduate.  The meal will be served by RHHS Alumni member Linda Schapeler, choice of beef brisket or rolled pork tenderloin with cheesy potatoes, green beans, mixed salad, and rolls.  Also included are dessert and a drink. 

The reservation deadline is May 23rd.  You can register by calling Beverly Sullins at 417-395-4288 or 816-769-4832 or by email at papinvillemo1800@outlook.com.  Citizens Bank in Rich Hill will also be taking reservations. 

Make plans now to attend the 2022 Annual Rich Hill High School Alumni Banquet, Saturday, May 28th.

Teresa Smith Retires after 42 Years of Service to Adrian Bank and the Community

Adrian native, Teresa Smith, began her career with Adrian Bank following her graduation.

At that time, Adrian Bank had only the one location in Adrian. Since then, Adrian Bank has established two more locations, one in Archie and one in Butler. As the bank has grown and expanded, so has Teresa’s career within the bank. Eventually Teresa advanced to the position of Bank Manager at the Butler branch.

Life for Teresa progressed and expanded as well. She married her husband, Steve Smith and they went on to have three children, Bryan, Stacey and Brett. The Smith family has thrived in our area and they still live in Adrian.

After years of service to Adrian Bank and the communities they serve, Teresa has announced her retirement as of Friday, May 20th.

Join the Adrian Bank family and the community in celebrating Teresa’s career and her upcoming adventure as a retiree at a reception in her honor to be held from 2 to 4pm, Friday, May 20th, at the Butler branch of Adrian Bank.

Dennis R. Williams, age 73 of Rich Hill

Dennis Ray Williams, known to his friends and family as Denny (or sometimes “Bubba”), passed away on May 12, 2022, aged 73. A Celebration of Life visitation will be at 9 am at the Heuser Funeral Home with a graveside service with Military Rites to follow at 11 am at the Green Lawn Cemetery.

Denny was born September 15th, 1948 to Ray and Ernestine Williams in Butler, Missouri and lived his whole life happily in Rich Hill, Missouri. After finishing school, Denny served in the US Army during the Vietnam War in 1968-1969 in the 509th Engineering Corps. After completing his tour in the armed forces, Denny returned to Rich Hill, where he met Margaret Woodall. They fell in love and in 1972 were married, and they remained so for 50 years.

Denny is a beloved father, grandfather, and husband; as well as a renown fisherman, outdoorsman, and friend to many people in the community. He enjoyed spending his time on the river, fishing with his friends, or in the restaurant telling stories, laughing, and having a good time.

Denny is survived by his loving wife, Margaret, and their two children, Dustan and Brandi, Denny’s brother Jerry and his wife Tammy and their two children, Jacob and Lisa, and their grandchildren. Denny is survived by his loving grandchildren, Darren and his wife Taylor and their daughter Myla, Dakota and his wife Brittany, and Kierston and Caleb, and countless family members and friends in the community.

Bates County Search and Rescue Gives Positive Results

On Wednesday, May 11th, at approximately 12pm the Bates County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Bates County Hospital in reference to searching for a 77-year-old male who had fallen and injured himself while mushroom hunting.

The hospital only knew that the subject was in the area of CR8002, FF Highway and F Highway. Deputies responded to assist and quickly determined that additional resources were needed. Additional on duty deputies and administrative staff were sent to assist.

The area to search was over 400 acres. Butler Fire Department was toned out and responded with multiple staff members, fire trucks and their gator search and rescue vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Posse was activated to respond with search and rescue 4 wheelers along with the mounted posse. The Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers responded to help along with a request of the Highway Patrol Airplane.

It was quickly determined that 4 wheelers and UTVs weren’t the only resources that were going to be needed as many of the areas had heavy timber. Additional Deputies responded with aerial drones and the county owned search and rescue horses. The drones were able to locate the missing subject’s truck and search efforts began to try and backtrack his steps.

Bates County Deputy Hughes and Detective Stockdale saddled up Hank and Stetson and began working the tree area in the area of the truck. At approximately 3pm, the Deputies mounted on horseback were able to locate the subject in a heavy treed area that was not accessible to 4 wheelers and UTVs.

Deputies were able to guide additional rescuers and EMS into the location of the injured subject. Butler Fire arrived with their rescue gator and was able to secure the subject on a backboard and transport him to an awaiting ambulance. The male was transported to the Bates County Hospital for treatment.

This was a tremendous effort on all first responders’ part. Members of the Butler Fire Department, Bates County EMS, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Bates County Hospital Dispatch, Bates County Sheriff’s Dispatch, Bates County Sheriff’s Posse and the Bates County Sheriff’s Office worked together to ensure as a team that we were able to successfully find this subject and get him the help he needed.

Sheriff Anderson said, “I am so impressed with the work and collaboration that first responders have in Bates County. We came together as one today to get the job done. The Citizens should be proud of the men and women of our first responders’.

When asked about the performance of the mounted patrol today Sheriff Anderson said, “This program is less than a year old. We are still perfecting the program as this program was only fully funded in January of this year. So far, we have had mostly positive feedback from the community but there are certain people who are against the program. This is the second time we have deployed horses, (county owned and volunteer) for the purpose of search and rescue. Outcomes like today, prove to me that the program has a place with us and is an asset to our community.

Today the horseback riders played a pivotal role in saving a life, and for that it’s worth every dollar we have spent. I think our gentleman and his family from today would agree.”

Special Thank You’s to Greg Mullinax and Chase Anderson for helping get the horses on scene rapidly.

OATS Transit Available in Your Area

OATS Transit is open for regular transportation service. 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 also contract with a number of agencies to serve their clients.

Get hooked with MDC Free Fishing Days June 11 and 12

Fish June 11 and 12 without having to buy a fishing permit, trout permit, or trout park daily tag.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to get hooked on fishing through its Free Fishing Days June 11 and 12. During Free Fishing Days, anyone may fish in the Show-Me State without having to buy a fishing permit, trout permit, or trout park daily tag.

Free Fishing Days is an annual MDC event that takes place statewide during the Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June.

Aside from not needing permits, other fishing regulations remain in effect during Free Fishing Days, such as limits on size and number of fish an angler may keep. Special permits may still be required at some county, city, or private fishing areas. Trespass laws remain in effect on private property.

MDC reminds anglers in Missouri that fishing permits are required before and after June 11 and 12, unless an angler is exempt by age or other factors. All other fishing regulations are also in effect.

Conservation makes Missouri a great place to fish. Missouri has more than a million acres of surface water, and most of it provides great fishing. More than 200 different fish species are found in Missouri, with more than 20 of them being game fish for the state’s more than 1.1 million anglers. Learn more about fishing in Missouri at mdc.mo.gov/fishing.

Butler School District Accepting Bids on Surplus Property

The Butler R-V School District will be accepting bids for technology surplus property listed on the district website: butlerr5.org (see “Menu” tab for link to “Surplus Property”) until Wednesday, May 25, 2022. 

Please send bids for Technology Surplus Property to brenda.minor@butler.k12.mo.us   Brenda Minor, 420 S. Fulton St., Butler, MO  64730.

The Little Apple

Vol 30 no 19

May 11, 2022

Second Saturdays in AC will be May 14 starting at 5:00 p.m. The event on Main Street will feature vendors, food, beverages and entertainment.

Ellett Memorial Hospital and AC Rural Health Clinic are having a Community Appreciation Day Wednesday, May 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Free pulled pork sandwiches, chips and a water can be picked up curbside at the front doors of the hospital.  Everyone welcome!

The monthly Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God will be 7:00 a.m. Saturday May 14.  All the men of the community are invited to join them for a time of great food and fellowship.  Alan Black will have a short devotional. 

The ACHS Alumni Meeting and luncheon will be held Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 11:30. It will be a sack lunch for $12 per person. Reservations deadline is May 14. Make your check to ACHS Alumni and mail to Patty Purvis Young, 101 E. 3rd St., Appleton City, MO 64724. For more information, call 660-476-5857 or acmolampkin@yahoo.com

AC PTO is collecting Food Fair receipts and Best Choice UPC labels May 11.  Food Fair receipts need to be from January 1 – April 30, 2022.  Please drop them off in the Elementary School Office, St. Clair County State Bank with Janet Payton or Little Apples Learning Center by Friday, May 11.

In order for the people in this area to meet with each other and establish a social club, “The Appleton City Over 50 Social Club” will meet at noon Wednesday, May 18 the Social Hall of United Trinity Methodist Church at 214 E. 3rd St. An organizational meeting will follow with a focus on promoting community, friendship and outside activities. For questions, call Stephanie at 660-207-2423 or Rose at 660-476-2157.

Volunteers are needed for the Yellow Rose Day at the Appleton City Cemetery. After numerous years of service founder, Dean Ellis, is passing the torch of the Yellow Rose Day to the residents of the Appleton City area so your support is needed in placing the over 2000 yellow silk rosebuds on the oldest graves in the Appleton City Cemetery in time for Memorial Day.  Roses will be placed on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 9:00 a.m., with a rain date of Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at 9:00 a.m.  All individuals, families, clubs or groups are welcome.  For information contact: Kathy Gengler, 660-492-7065, Pam Bartz, 417-321-4177, Donald Yoss, 660-492-7218 or City Hall, 476-2631.

Hudson R-IX Elementary will hold their annual kindergarten screening on Monday, May 16.  Please call the school at (660) 476-5467 to set up an appointment.  You will need your child’s social security card, birth certificate, and current immunization record.  If you call and the school office is closed, please leave a message and they will get back to you.

The Appleton City Public Library will be open for the upcoming Second Saturday. Along with books, they will be selling plants to raise money for the library. Donations are more than welcome. If you would like to find out the specific plans for the money raised, stop in the library during normal business hours. They are also conducting their Friends of the Best Sellers Program until May 19, 2022. The program’s purpose is to fund the purchase of new hardback books for the library. You can become a friend by either choosing a book from the list or requesting another book you’ve wanted to read and then donating $20.00 for said book. The perks of being a Friend to the library are that you will be the first person to check the book out, and you will be honored by having your name placed on a special nameplate in the front of each of the Library Friend books. Library hours are Mondays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to noon.

The Appleton City Class of ’82 will be celebrating their 40th reunion at noon June 4, 2022, at the Chris Green home, 1464 SE County Road 15305, Appleton City.  Bring a side to share at lunch. Meat, tableware and water will be provided. 

Applications are currently being accepted for an Elementary Personal Aide/Paraprofessional and for a RootEd Advisor position. Please fill out a support staff application on the district website at http://www.appletoncity.k12.mo.us/employment-opportunities/ or contact Karen in Central Office. For information, contact Sarah Miller at 660-476-2161 or email smiller@appletoncity.k12.mo.us

Ellett Memorial Hospital offers outpatient specialist services for May.  Call 660-476-2111 for appointments May 11 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, May 12 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, May 13– Ortho-Dr. Gray, May 18 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, May 25 – Ophthalmology–Dr. Soni, May 25–Ortho-Dr. Gray, May 26-Rheumatology, Dr. Tay.

ACHS Alumni are invited to the Rockville Bar May 27 from 9:00 p.m. to midnight to hear Overload Band, featuring Mike Longhofer, Kelly Neiman, Aaron Neiman and Larry Swisher.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

May 11   Ellett Memorial Hospital Customer Appreciation Day curbside pickup lunch 11:00 – 1:00

May 11   Hudson R-IX Graduation 7:00 p.m. in the Gym

May 12   Hudson R-IX Awards Assembly at 9:00 a.m. in the Gym. Early Dismissal at 12:15 p.m./Last Day

May 12   AC Schools Fine Arts Festival 6:30 p.m.

May 14   Deadline to register for ACHS alumni meeting

May 14   Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God 7:00 a.m.

May 14   Second Saturday events 5:00 p.m. on Main Street featuring vendors, food, beverages and entertainment

May 15   ACHS Graduation 2:00 p.m. in the west gym

May 18   “The Appleton City Over 50 Social Club” meeting noon in the Social Hall of United Trinity Methodist Church at 214 E. 3rd St.

Butler Pack 4237 Receive their Bobcat Badges

Congratulations to Cubmaster Robert Brown, Den Leader Brandy Cox, and the children of Butler Cub Scout Pack 4237 on every child receiving their Bobcat badge!

Pack 4237 was reconstituted in March after a nearly three-year absence due to the pandemic and is sponsored by the Butler American Legion. It currently consists of a single Den, which meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm at Boy Scout Hall on Ft Scott Street. Pack 4237 was recently visited by the Bates County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit.

If you have a child interested in joining the Cub Scouts, you may contact Ashley Hudson at 816-604-7080

KMAM Celebrates 60 Years Serving West Central MO and East Central KS

On this day in 1962, the dream of Bill Thornton and his brother, Jerry, became a reality as Bates County Broadcasting powered up and launched its first broadcast on KMAM 1530 AM

KMAM, which stands for Keep Mid America Moving, covers 8 counties across two states, Bates, Cass, Henry, Vernon, St. Clair, and Johnson counties in Missouri, and Linn and Miami counties in Kansas.  At that time, AM stations were only allowed to broadcast from sunrise to sunset and that rule still holds for KMAM.

Since that day in 1962, Bates County Broadcasting has expanded to include an FM frequency on 92.1 that airs 24 hours a day.

Bates County Broadcasting is still owned by the Thornton family, Bill’s oldest daughter, Melody Thornton, now owns and operates this iconic local business.

Melody Thornton and the staff (past and present) of KMAM KMOE thank you for your years of loyalty, as listeners and advertisers. We hope to be here in the years to come, serving our listeners and the communities we cover.

No Butler Alumni Events for 2022

The Butler Alumni Association is announcing that there will be no Alumni sponsored events this year.

If this is your reunion year it is possible that your individual class maybe having a reunion, so they suggest that you contact your class members about that.

Again, there will be no Butler Alumni sponsored events for 2022, no meeting, no afternoon tea, and no parade.

The Butler Alumni Association hopes to bring back the alumni events next year.

Butler Citywide Garage Sale May 14th

Shop till you drop at the Butler Citywide garage sale, Saturday, May 14th. Over 60 garage sale stops on the citywide map. Start early to find the best deals! And remember to bring reusable bags to carry all your treasures. Any leftover items from your garage sale can be donated to the Pantry Thrift Store located at 901 South Outer Road or to the Old Butler High School Thrift Store at Pine and Havanah Street in

Butler. Mark your calendar for the Butler Citywide Garage Sale, Saturday, May 14th.

Big Creek Theatre, 40 Years of Entertainment

In our local news today we feature a hidden secret in the city of Pleasant Hill. Big Creek Country Theatre, now in its 40th year is located on Main Street in Pleasant Hill. This theatre is country music and comedy at its finest for wholesome family entertainment.

Big Creek Country Theatre seats 400 family and friends for an evening of musical entertainment by local country music artists from our 8 country area.

The Theatre features three different local country musical guests each week, with an oldies show on stage once a month. 

Country Music Artists hit the stage at 7:30 every Saturday night for 2 ½ hours of the best in country music and comedy acts.

Admission is $12.00 per person with children under 12, admitted for $5.00. Big Creek offers a cash prize drawing at the end of each show with ten dollars added money weekly to the cash pot.

The Big Creek concession stand offers soft drinks, coffee, candy and fresh popcorn made nightly.

This theatre is smoke and alcohol free. Guests may purchase tickets at the door in advance or from the Bargain Buy Show at 92.1 Radio Station.

Reservations are welcome by calling Big Creek Country Showplace in advance. 816-524-6856. Those attending can see the schedule of musicians posted weekly on the Big Creek Website.  www.bigcreekcountry.net.

Big Creek Country Music Showcase 110 Veterans Parkway Pleasant Hill. 816-524-6856.

Remember tickets may be purchased for ½ price from the 92.1 Radio Station Bargain Buy Shopping Show.

Cornhole Fundraiser for Kendal Saathoff

Kendal Saathoff, a lifelong resident of Adrian, is facing some unexplained health issues.

Kendal became ill with an unknown disease and has not worked since January. Doctors are working diligently to find a diagnosis for Kendal, he will be travelling to Mayo Clinic in June.

Without being physically able to work and mounting medical expenses the community of Adrian will host a Cornhole Tournament with all the proceeds to go the Kendal.

The Cornhole tournament will be on Sunday, May 15th at the Adrian Optimist Building, South end, with registration at 3:30pm and tournament to begin at 4pm.

Cost for your team to entry the cornhole tournament is $50.00 and you may also purchase a bottomless cup of beer for $10.00.

This Fundraising event is for Kendal Saathoff of Adrian.

News from the Butler City Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 3rd  

Story courtesy of Mid America Live

Jamie Morgan, president of Electric City Downtown approached the council to get permission for the ECD Brick Street Bash on June 4th for a few items: first, there will be alcohol available, which will be closely supervised. Also, parts of the square will be cordoned off for festivities, but plenty of room will be left for emergency vehicles if needed. The Butler City council unanimously approved the plans as outlined by Morgan. 

The Butler public safety committee has been discussing the issue of feral cats in Butler. At this time, ordinances regarding this are being reviewed and, in the meantime, it is advised that if someone has an issue with feral cats, please contact the Butler police department and fill out an official complaint form. More about the cat matter is expected in the upcoming May 17 Butler City Council meeting. 

Police Chief Jarret Wheatley reported that the much-needed new radio console for dispatch is being built and will arrive at the police station soon. Ongoing issues with the current console prompted the replacement, which was mostly funded by grant money. The upgrade was deemed vital as it is used for both Butler police and fire dispatch. 

Several purchases were approved at the Butler City Council meeting, all previously budgeted. This included some safety equipment for the Butler water and sewer department, a mower and extrication tools for the Butler fire department. Also approved was the purchase of a new dump truck, with a price tag of approximately $169,000. That price is a bit of a moving target since the soonest it can be delivered will be at least 14 months from now; final price will be based on current value at that time. 

It was noted that the Butler Aquatic Center is all ready to open Memorial Weekend as usual. It was also verified that there are enough lifeguards and other workers needed as well. 

Guest Ryan Peters of Kaysinger informed the Butler City council that plans are moving forward for the comprehensive plan. This will include a survey that will be sent to residents; however, no indication was given as to exactly when the surveys will arrive. 

 The Butler city council meets on the first and third Tuesdays 7 pm, upstairs at city hall. The public is encouraged to come, and an elevator is available for those with special needs.

Bates County Cattlemen Cook-Out May 14th

It’s Beef Appreciation month and the Bates County Cattlemen are having a free-will donation cookout on Saturday, May 14th in the Family Center parking lot in Butler starting at 10:30 am. Hamburger, chips, and a drink will all be available for a free-will donation. Money raised will be put back in the community. Bates County Cattlemen free-will donation hamburger cookout, 10:30 am, May 14th, Family Center parking lot in Butler.

City of Archie Testing Sirens Tuesday

The City of Archie will be testing the tornado sirens on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at 1:00PM.  Please share with your neighbors who may not have access to this website or the City’s facebook page. 

Crash in Henry County Leaves Adrian Man with Serious Injuries

Missouri Highway Patrol responded to a two-car accident on Saturday, May 7th at Highway 18 and NW 401 Road at approximately 1:30pm in Henry County.

The accident occurred when a 2009 Chevrolet Impala headed eastbound, driven by Paul Matthes 67 of Clinton, entered into the path of a 2009 Harley Davidson headed westbound, driven by Jeremy Cassaday 45 of Adrian.

Mr. Cassaday sustained serious injuries and was transported to University Health in Kansas City by Life flight.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Golden Valley EMS and Clinton Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Gary’s Tow.

Juveniles involved in Accident in Bates County

Missouri Highway Patrol responded to a one-car accident at approximately 6:30pm on Friday, May 6th at NW County Road 2001 South of NW County Road 1502 in Bates County.

The accident occurred when a 2006 Dodge Ran driven by a 16-year-old Male juvenile traveled off the east side of the roadway and struck a ditch.

Two 15-year-old Male juveniles were injured one sustained serious injury and one moderate injury, both juveniles were transported to Bates County Memorial Hospital.

The Ram was towed from the scene by Douty’s Tow.

Driver Flees into Lake During Pursuit

Around 12:30 Wednesday morning, May 4th, deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a vehicle in Raymore near Ward Road and County Line Road. The vehicle began speeding away at which time the deputy deployed his Grappler device and stopped the vehicle. The driver refused to exit the vehicle, struck the patrol car nearly hitting one deputy, and sped away at a high rate of speed.

Cass County Deputies continued pursuing the vehicle that was partially disabled. The pursuit continued north into Jackson County and eventually onto a lake access area of Longview Lake. The driver drove the vehicle into the lake and became stuck in approximately 2 feet of water.

Cass County Deputies took the driver into custody when he exited the water.

The driver is identified as Cory L. Bartz 33, Belton, Missouri.

The Cass County Prosecutor’s Office charged Bartz with Felony Resisting Arrest by Fleeing Creating a Substantial Risk of Serious Injury or Death. A warrant was issued with No Bond. Additional charges are pending.

Miami April 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”

     Kenny Downs, son of Eric and Molly Downs is April’s Student of the Month at Miami.  He is a junior where he participates in basketball, soccer and Quiz Bowl.  His out of school activities involves church. He plans to enroll at UCM to become a professional pilot– then the rest will unfold.  Kenny’s inspiration is his dad because of hard he works and his mom for how smart she is. 

     One of Kenny’s teachers stated: “ Kenny is a student that seems to enjoy a challenge.  He is a hard worker and learning seems to be easy.  Kenny is always prepared and this teacher knows that they can count on him to be ready in class.”

Adrian April 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 for April is Evy Keating.  Evy is a senior and the daughter of Tim and Kim Keating.  Evy stays busy at school with Cheer and FFA.  She enjoys working at Camp Pet Vet in her spare time.  Evy plans to attend Longview and get an Associates degree in Radiology Tech.  She feels her awesome teachers and family help her to strive to be her greatest self!

Ballard Student of the Month for April

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”

     The Student of the Month for April is Tucker Roach, a junior at Ballard High School.  Tucker is the son of Rusty and Melody Roach.  Tucker enjoys being a member of FFA and participating in Trap.  He is also a member of Paw Pride and is a team player in basketball and baseball.  Tucker’s activities outside of school include 4-H, hunting and fishing (when time allows.)  He enjoys working on the farm and doing his lawn care business.   Tucker’s future plans include attending the College of the Ozarks.  Tucker’s inspirational statement is:  “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you must endure the storm.”

     The Ballard staff said:  “Tucker shows integrity in his day- to- day walk.  He can always be trusted to be honest.”  If he says he will do something he will follow through and complete that task.  He is motivated to complete tasks the correct way, even if he does not want to.  He, like others in the district, were disappointed when unable to have a baseball team in Ballard.  However, in a co-op with Montrose, he along with others were given the opportunity to participate in a sport that was dear to their hearts.  To the staff this showed his perseverance. 

Blood donations needed ahead of summer

When schools let out for summer and families set off on vacation, the American Red Cross typically sees a decline in donors, which can impact patient care. It’s critically important that donors make an appointment to give now before heading out for summer activities to help maintain a stable blood supply in the coming months. 

In thanks for helping boost the blood supply, all who come to give through May 19, 2022, will receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice and will also be automatically entered to win a travel trailer camper that sleeps eight. Details are available at rcblood.org/camper. Those who come to give May 20-31 will receive an exclusive 20-ounce Red Cross aluminum water bottle and customizable sticker set, while supplies last.

Donors can help save a life in just an hour. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, platelets or plasma, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 15-31:

Bates

Rich Hill 5/31/2022 Rich Hill Christian Church

Cass

Belton 5/17/2022 Belton Regional Medical Center

5/19/2022 St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church

5/23/2022: Fairfield Inn & Suites – Belton

Harrisonville

5/26/2022 Harrisonville Community Center

Henry

Clinton

5/19/2022 and 5/20/2022 First Baptist Church

Vernon

Sheldon

5/20/2022 Sheldon Baptist Church

Albert Eugene “Zeke” Bauer

Albert Eugene “Zeke” Bauer passed away at home from complications of Vascular Dementia that he battled for about seven years. His wife and daughters were at his side. A visitation will be held 9:00 am to 9:30 am Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Harrisonville, Missouri. The Rosary will be recited at 9:30 am and a Memorial Mass will follow at 10:00 am also at the church Saturday. A visitation will also be held from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (816-657-4400). A Celebration of Life service will follow at 2:00 pm Saturday, also at the chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eddie Bauer Scholarship Fund. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.

Zeke was born September 11, 1940 in Paola, Kansas to Lawrence and Clara Strausbaugh Bauer. He grew up on a farm East of Louisburg, Kansas and attended a little country school called Moore. He graduated from Louisburg High School in the class of 1958 and immediately enlisted with the Navy in May of 1958. He was on the Aircraft Carrier, the USS Saratoga during the Cuban Missile Crisis with Russia, his ship was brought to Cuba. Zeke was also present for the Bay of Pigs. In the early 60’s, he married Dixie Browning and to this marriage two children were born, James and Kristine Bauer. On May 8, 1976 he married Anita Bowers Craft. He gained her two children, Wendi, and Rusty Craft.
Zeke worked various jobs in Kansas City, then moved to Drexel Missouri. He went to work for P & M Coal Mining Co. south of Amsterdam MO., holding several different jobs while there. One of his favorites was operating a big Bulldozer. In 1982 he bought the Chevrolet dealership and renamed it Bauer Chevrolet & Inp. Co. He sold new & used cars, Massey Ferguson equipment as well as New Idea. Over the years Zeke sold many farm parts to the area farmers. After closing the dealership, he used his hydraulic repair skills learned in the Navy, and started his own business called Zeke’s Mobile Service. He traveled across Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, repairing the hydraulics of bucket and arial trucks for gas, electric, and utility companies. He really enjoyed this work. After a stroke in 2006, he retired from traveling. Zeke then started a tree trimming business with his own bucket truck. Another job he thoroughly enjoyed. Zeke taught welding for Woodland 4-H Club and he and his wife were 4-H County Advisors for Bates County. They enjoyed working with teens in 4-H throughout the county. Zeke belonged to Drexel Lyons Club and helped with the 4th of July Celebrations and putting up the Christmas decorations on Main Street for many years. Over the years Zeke placed several barrels around town to collect aluminum cans, and generously donated his profits to the Drexel Pool Association. He was proud to be able to give the Pool several hundred dollars. Zeke had many loves in life, but especially enjoyed to snow ski, bowl, and travel.
Zeke is survived by his wife, Anita, of 46 years, a son, James Bauer & wife Theresa of KC. KS, daughter, Kris Bauer of Lee’s Summit, MO. and daughter Wendi Craft Dooley & husband Michael. He also leaves 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Zeke loved each and everyone. Zeke was preceded in death by his parents, his only brother, Lawrence Edward Bauer, and a son, Rusty Craft, Sr.

City of Butler Hiring for Full-Time Position

The City of Butler is accepting applications for a full-time position in the Electrical Distribution Department for an Apprentice Lineman.
Hourly rate is $14.50 per hour depending upon qualifications.  Employer paid benefits and with contributions to Missouri LAGERS Retirement system. 
Successful candidates must have a high school diploma or GED, or combination of education and experience, and a valid driver’s license with the ability to obtain a CDL Class A endorsement within 6 months. 
Pre and post-employment drug testing is required.  Applications available at Butler City Hall, 22 West Ohio Street, or on their website at cityofbutlermo.com. 

The City of Butler is an equal opportunity employer. 

Michael G’s Greenhouse for your Mother’s Day Shopping List

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8th. This year, why not surprise her with something beautiful? 

Michael G’s Greenhouse of Butler is open and offers many different annual and perennial plants and flowers, specialty annuals, succulents, potted plants and hanging baskets, all for a great price.  Give Mom something she will love that requires little care.  Michael G’s Greenhouse, open Monday thru Saturday 8-5:00 and Sunday 10-4.  For directions, search Michael G’s Greenhouses on Facebook.

Wine and Craft Beer Tasting Event to Support the Christmas Elves

Celebrate Spring and support The Christmas Elves by attending their Wine and Craft Beer Tasting Saturday, May 7th, 2-6 pm, Prospect Park located at 13th and Park Street in Rich Hill (this is the East park on the tennis courts). 

Wine and beer tasting, live music, and food trucks, tickets are $20 at the gate.  You must be 21 to enter.  Go to The Christmas Elves Facebook page for more information.  Wine and Craft Beer Tasting, May 7th, 2-6 pm, Prospect Park in Rich Hill.

Southside Lumber Now Hiring

Help wanted at Southside Lumber in Butler.  Southside Lumber is currently taking applications for general laborers at their sawmill.  Pay is based on experience with competitive wages and benefits.  Apply in person at Southside Lumber, 805 Rice Road in Butler. 

Southside Lumber is now accepting applications for the position of general laborers at the sawmill. 

Applications can be picked up during business hours 8-5 pm Monday thru Friday at 805 Rice Road in Butler.

News from the City of Archie

The City of Archie reminds citizens that paint cans are not allowed in the trash cans. 

Even in a bag, paint cans can spill and cause a mess in the truck, even spilling out onto our city streets.  This becomes a mess for our trash service and for our City.  Please respect the rules of our trash service. 

If you have questions as to what is allowed or not allowed in your trash, please call the City Hall or Countywide Disposal. 

Lucas Oil Speedway’s UTV Off Road racing action canceled due to wet conditions; dirt track program still a go

WHEATLAND, MO. (May 5, 2022) – Due to extremely wet off-road track conditions and a forecast of more rain tonight and Friday morning, the UTV Off Road Short Course event scheduled for Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway has been canceled.
The next UTV Off Road Short Course racing event at the speedway is scheduled for July 23. There also are events set for Aug. 20 and Oct. 15.
Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Danny Lorton said action on the dirt track Saturday night is scheduled to go as scheduled. Vietti Marketing Group and Wild Animal Safari team up to present Round 2 of the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series with all Moms admitted free to commemorate Mother’s Day weekend, courtesy of Vietti Marketing Group.
The Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods are the featured class, running a 25-lap main event for $750 to win courtesy of Clearlight Inn. The Hermitage Lumber Late Models, Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modifieds and the O’Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars also will be in action Saturday night and Pure Stocks will be on the program as a special guest class, running for $300 to win.
Spectator and pit gates to the dirt track will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7:05.

Dirt Track Admission:(All Moms FREE courtesy of Vietti Marketing Group)Advance discount tickets online only (16 and up) – $12Adults (16 and up) – $15Seniors (62 and over)/Military – $12Youth (ages 6-15) – $5Kids (5 and under) – FREEFamily pass (click here for more information) – $35Pit pass – $30
To purchase tickets for any event on Lucas Oil Speedway’s schedule, or get ticket information for the Show-Me 100 or any future event at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 295-6043 or via email at nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

Hometown Hero Mary Fisher of Butler

Our Hometown Hero recognition goes to Mary Fisher from Bates County Farm Bureau recognition for her act of kindness.

Mary donated 35 pounds of ground beef to Rita Lowe, the Culinary Manager of the Butler Senior Center on May 2, 2022 to help the center continue their mission to provide nutritious meals to the seniors of Bates County!

Thank you Mary and thank you Bates County Farm Bureau!

Butler: Ozark Highlands Conference Track Meet Results

Ozark Highlands Conference Track Meet Results

Yesterday Butler hosted the Ozark Highlands Conference Track Meet!  Because of the continuous rain and possibilities of storms on Monday, we had to change our event to a daytime meet yesterday.  As always, the entire school rose to the occasion to help us pull this meet together and with great success!  We had a lot of positive comments from coaches from the other schools on how well it went and the great way that our students helped us out.  On the High School side, we had some great performances that led to both the boys placing 2nd to Class 3 Buffalo and the Girls placing second behind Class 2 Eldorado Springs .  Here are the results of the day with all of our point winners..

Girls –2nd with 82 points, Eldorado had 100 pts

4th Place:

Maci Taylor–Long Jump   3.92m  12’ 10”

Maci Taylor –Triple Jump  8.53m  28’

3rd Place:

Josie Johnston –Shot Put  8.32m  27’ 3”

Josie Johnston –Javelin  24.36m  79’ 11”

Jocelyn Underwood–Pole Vault  2.2m  7’ 3”

2nd Place:

Jocelyn Underwood– High Jump  1.55m  5’1”  PR

Annalee Gardner–100m Hurdles  17.27

Annalee Gardner–300m Hurdles  50.80

 Conference Champions!

Taitlyn Madison –Long Jump  5.08m  16’ 8”

Taitlyn Madison –Triple Jump  9.87 m 32’ 4.5”

Taitlyn Madison –200m Dash  27.25

Josie Johnston –Discus 36.74m   120’ 6.5”–broke her previous record set earlier this year with a new record and new PR

Annalee Gardner–Pole Vault  3.5m  11’ 5”

4x400m Relay–Taitlyn Madison-Maci Taylor-Jocelyn Underwood-Annalee Gardner  4:35.65

Boys–2nd 95 points, Buffalo had 120 pts

5th Place:

Hunter Stevens–Discus  34.32m  112’  7”

4th Place:

Jaguar Eidson–Javelin  40.67m  133’ 5”  PR

Hunter Stevens–Shot Put  12.08m  39’ 7.5”

Hunter Kelso–High Jump  1.6m   5’ 3”

Hunter Kelso–200m Dash  25.14

3rd Place:

Mason Diehl–100m Dash  11.48

Jaguar Eidson–High Jump  1.65m  5’ 5”

4x800m Relay–Drew Clutter, Kenny Waring, Carter Trumbore  10:33.37

2nd Place:

Jaguar Eidson–Pole Vault  3.65m  12’

Dylan Davidson–Triple Jump  11.68m   38’ 9”

4x400m Relay–Hunter Kelso, Xavier Wisdom, Mason Diehl, Dylan Davidson   4:41.91

Conference Champions!!

Dylan Davidson–300m Hurdles  42.21

Brendin Patrick–100m Dash  11.35

Matthew Zent–Long Jump  6.16m   20’ 2.5”

Matthew Zent–Triple Jump  12.62m  41’ 5”  PR

Jaxon Hiser–Pole Vault  4.0m  PR  13’1”

4x200m Relay  Matthew Zent, Jaxon Hiser, Brendin Patrick, Mason Diehl 1:36.59

4x100m Relay–Brendin Patrick, Mason Diehl, Dylan Davidson, Matthew Zent  46.51


Julie Diehl
Biology Teacher8th Grade PLTW Gateway TeacherJV Volleyball CoachAsst HSTrack Coach

Bates County Memorial Nutrition Class

Bates County Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce a new “Eat Well to Live Well” Nutrition Class on May 17 from 11am – 12pm in the Education Center.

This is a free, informal group session to address weight management and diabetes issues with Jennifer Lindquist, RDN/LDN, Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist. 

Masking required. Parking is available by the Education Center located on the east end of the hospital at 615 W. Nursery, Butler, MO 64730. For more information, call 600-200-7007

BCMH Honors Auxiliary Volunteers

For Auxiliary Appreciation Week, Bates County Memorial Hospital recognized and celebrated our very special Auxiliary volunteers. Volunteers contribute a great deal to BCMH, its patients and employees, and their accomplishments include:

Bates County Memorial Hospital recognized Auxiliary members with a banquet on Friday, April 29. Members were given a pin for hours of service, and a hanging flower basket as a thank you gift from the hospital. The awards ceremony included the announcement of the 2021 volunteer of the year, Lora Padley.

Lora works in the Auxiliary Gift Shop, and her kind demeanor with everyone is only matched by her energy. Lora decided to become a volunteer because she wanted to help her friend, Dorothy Keene (now passed) to get out and be more active. As they got involved with volunteer activities, Lora found that she really enjoyed it. Lora appreciates that volunteering allows her to meet new people as well as to see old friends.

Like Lora, volunteers perform many tasks, and their service is invaluable. They are the first to greet patients, assist them through the screening process and their first steps for registration. Some accompany patients to their destination, and others are assigned to help outpatient specialty clinic staff with logistics, such as transferring patients to labs and imaging services.

Perhaps one of the most valuable services a volunteer can offer is a smile and a listening ear.

“People come into the shop and want to talk,” said Pat Friederich, a 27-year Auxiliary member, during the Auxiliary Banquet.

Why volunteer? For BCMH volunteers, motivation ranges from having something to do, getting more exercise, to the enjoyment of the close friendships they create with other volunteers. Some do it to give back, either because the hospital did something for them or a family member, or they retired from the hospital. All of our volunteers enjoy helping others. Members enjoy a few perks for volunteering, include a free meal on their service days, and discounts on gift shop merchandise and BCMH health services.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering with BCMH Auxiliary, speak to a volunteer at the information desk or gift shop, or visit https://www.bcmhospital.com/auxiliary-volunteers/

BCMH thanks Lora, and all of our volunteers, for the gift of service.

Photo cutlines: Auxiliary members pictured (front row, left to right): Beverly Wainwright, Donna Huber, Pat Friederich, Kathy Bunch, Faye Hunt and Lora Padley. Second row: Missie Good, Ramona Snyder, Carol Hedrick, Sherry York, Ruby Westmoreland, Holly Rabourn, Judy Taylor, Alvina Harrison-Wells and Kathleen Eckert. Third row: Bob Thomas, Carol Lewis, Barbara Weaver, Liz Schlechty, Pat Decker, Mike Humphrey (Chaplain) and Norman Black. Not pictured: Charlotte Guss, Dee

Department of Natural Resources awards nearly $3.25 million to Warsaw

The City will make drinking water system improvements

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 5, 2022 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded nearly $3.25 million in financial assistance to the city of Warsaw for upgrades to the city’s drinking water system. The project is expected to cost $3.25 million and is anticipated to be completed by August 2023.

The project includes replacing aged water lines throughout the city with new pipe, fittings, valves, service connections and meters. With these improvements, the city can continue offering its citizens safe drinking water for years to come with a modern and well-functioning drinking water system.

The funding for the project consists of a $2 million Drinking Water State Revolving Fund grant and a nearly $1.25 million loan from the same fund. The assistance provided by the department is estimated to save the city’s ratepayers $2 million in principal and approximately $217,000 in interest over the loan’s 20-year term.

“From small towns to large cities, one thing every community has in common is the need for clean, abundant water,” said Governor Mike Parson. “We make it a priority to help Missouri communities plan and fund water treatment system improvements that will continue providing the water they need to grow and thrive.”

“Grants and low-interest loans through the State Revolving Fund help Missouri communities like Warsaw with water and wastewater treatment system improvements that they might not have been able to undertake otherwise,” said Dru Buntin, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The department’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund finances improvements to water treatment plants, distribution systems, water storage and supply facilities, along with interconnection or consolidation projects. Communities that borrow from the fund benefit from the below-market interest rate and from project management assistance provided throughout their project.

The department is committed to assisting Missouri communities with water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects. Through its Financial Assistance Center, the department provides funding opportunities for qualified communities with water quality, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure needs. This project will be funded wholly or in part with monies received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information on wastewater and drinking water funding opportunities, visit dnr.mo.gov/water/business-industry-other-entities/financial-opportunities/financial-assistance-center.

Butler Saddle Club Rodeo Princess Candidates 2022

Dates for the 69th  Butler Saddle Club Rodeo are set for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 17th 18th and 19th. Today we recognize the Princess candidates for this year.

Aubry Renae Baney is a 2022 Butler Saddle Club Rodeo Princess candidate. Aubry is the 14 yr, old daughter of Landon and Tami Baney from Freeman, Missouri. Aubry will be starting the 8th grade in the fall. In Aubry’s free time she likes to spend it barrel racing, going to rodeos, and taking long trail rides. Aubry’s experience in the sport of rodeo is she has been riding horses ever since she was 9 years old and started barrel racing shortly after that. When asked what three words best describes her, Aubry replied “loving, fun, and shy (but she is working on it). The country song that best describes Aubry is “watching you” because she has been watching her dad for as long as she can remember, and she wants to be like him and her mom when she grows up. Aubry’s role model is her mom, Tami Baney because she is strong and the best mom Aubry could ask for.

Addison Rosalie Davis is a 2022 Butler Saddle Club Rodeo Princess Candidate. Addison is the daughter of Adam and Katie Davis from Drexel, Missouri. Addison will be in the 5th grade at Drexel Elementary where she is involved in volleyball and wrestling. Addison placed 2nd at state in the youth girl wrestling this year. In Addison’s spare time she likes to read, make crafts, and ride horses. Addison’s experience in the sport of rodeo is she has been a member of the Butler Saddle Club her whole life. The three words best describe her are kind, funny, and happy. When asked what country song best describes, Addison replied “I love all country songs”. Addison’s role model is her mom because she is helpful, kind, and loving.

The contestants will be judged in 3 categories; appearance, personality, and ticket sales. The 2022 Butler Saddle Club Princess will be crowned during the Sunday night performance on June 19th.

Pulled Pork Dinner and Bake Sale

Hilltop Assembly of God Church will host a pulled pork dinner and bake sale on Saturday, May 14th from 11am until the food is gone. The dinner and bake sale will be at the Butler City Park far South pavilion by the Butler Aquatic Center.

Pulled pork dinner will include pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, chips, dessert, and a drink for a free will donation. To go meals will be available.

Bake sale will have a variety of sweets and goodies to take home and enjoy.

All proceeds from the Hilltop Assembly of God fundraiser on May 14th will toward the purchase of a new church bus.

The Little Apple

Vol 30 no 18

May 4, 2022

The Appleton City Museum will open for its 19th summer season Friday, May 6 from 1:30-4:30. Visiting hours will be every Friday afternoon and the first Saturday of each month May through September. The location is 503 N. Maple, one block north of caution light.  They hope you will make the museum a place to visit this year. Encourage children, family members and friends to step back into time at the Appleton City Museum. 

The Knights of Columbus will have their monthly pancake and sausage breakfast at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose on Sunday, May 8 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Along with the usual pancakes and sausage, they will also serve eggs and hash browns.  Treat the special women in your life your family to a hot Mother’s Day breakfast you don’t have to cook or clean up.  A free will donation will be greatly appreciated

The ACHS Alumni Meeting and luncheon will be held Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 11:30. It will be a sack lunch for $12 per person. Reservations deadline is May 14. Make your check to ACHS Alumni and mail to Patty Purvis Young, 101 E. 3rd St., Appleton City, MO 64724. For more information, call 660-476-5857 or acmolampkin@yahoo.com

The “Holy Grounds” Bible Study will be 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 7 at FIKA Coffee Shop.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

AC PTO is collecting Food Fair receipts and Best Choice UPC labels May 11.  Food Fair receipts need to be from January 1 – April 30, 2022.  If they are older, they cannot be submitted.  Please send them with students or place them in a plastic bag or envelope and drop them off in the Elementary School Office, St. Clair County State Bank with Janet Payton or Little Apples Learning Center by Friday, May 11. This on-going fundraiser raises a substantial amount of money for PTO to use for the children’s classroom trips and teacher requests for supplies. 

In order for the people in this area to meet with each other and establish a social club, “The Appleton City Over 50 Social Club” will meet at noon Wednesday, May 18 the Social Hall of United Trinity Methodist Church at 214 E. 3rd St. An organizational meeting will follow with a focus on promoting community, friendship and outside activities. For questions, call Stephanie at 660-207-2423 or Rose at 660-476-2157.

Volunteers are needed for the Yellow Rose Day at the Appleton City Cemetery. After numerous years of service founder, Dean Ellis, is passing the torch of the Yellow Rose Day to the residents of the Appleton City area so your support is needed in placing the over 2000 yellow silk rosebuds on the oldest graves in the Appleton City Cemetery in time for Memorial Day.  Roses will be placed on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 9:00 a.m., with a rain date of Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at 9:00 a.m.  All individuals, families, clubs or groups are welcome.  For information contact: Kathy Gengler, 660-492-7065, Pam Bartz, 417-321-4177, Donald Yoss, 660-492-7218 or City Hall, 476-2631.

Hudson R-IX Elementary will hold their annual kindergarten screening on Monday, May 16.  Please call the school at (660) 476-5467 to set up an appointment.  You will need your child’s social security card, birth certificate, and current immunization record.  If you call and the school office is closed, please leave a message and they will get back to you.

The Appleton City Public Library is conducting their Friends of the Best Sellers Program until May 19, 2022. The program’s purpose is to fund the purchase of new hardback books for the library. You can become a friend by either choosing a book from the list or requesting another book you’ve wanted to read and then donating $20.00 for said book. The perks of being a Friend to the library are that you will be the first person to check the book out, and you will be honored by having your name placed on a special nameplate in the front of each of the Library Friend books. Library hours are Mondays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to noon.

The Appleton City Class of ’82 will be celebrating their 40th reunion at noon June 4, 2022, at the Chris Green home, 1464 SE County Road 15305, Appleton City.  Bring a side to share at lunch. Meat, tableware and water will be provided. 

Ellett Memorial Hospital offers outpatient specialist services for May.  Call 660-476-2111 for appointments Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, May 5–OB/GYN – Dr. Kallberg, May 11 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, May 12 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, May 13– Ortho-Dr. Gray, May 18 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, May 25 – Ophthalmology–Dr. Soni, May 25–Ortho-Dr. Gray, May 26-Rheumatology, Dr. Tay.

An on-line class will be held 7:00 p.m. May 10 to discuss summer alfalfa insects. MU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist, Pat Miller, will cover these potential insect problems in alfalfa and how to scout for them: potato leaf hoppers, cowpea aphids, caterpillars, and blister beetles.  Register by May 8 for this free on-line Zoom class at:  https://extension.missouri.edu/events/scouting-alfalfa-for-summer-insect-problems-1648056129. If you have questions, contact Miller at 417-448-2560 or millerpd@missouri.edu. 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

May 6     AC Museum opens 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

May 7     Holy Grounds” Bible Study 9:00 a.m. at FIKA Coffee Shop

May 8     MOTHER’S DAY

May 8     Pancakes and sausage breakfast 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose

May 11   Hudson R-IX Graduation 7:00 p.m. in the Gym

May 12   Hudson R-IX Awards Assembly at 9:00 a.m. in the Gym. Early Dismissal at 12:15 p.m./Last Day

May 14   Deadline to register for ACHS alumni meeting

Auxiliary Appreciation Week at BCMH

For Auxiliary Appreciation Week, Bates County Memorial Hospital celebrated their very special Auxiliary volunteers. Volunteers contribute a great deal to BCMH, its patients and employees, and their accomplishments include:

-4,600 hours of work in 2021

-$25,000 donated to BCMH from the proceeds of fundraisers and gift shop

-Several sponsored activities to show appreciation to BCMH health care workers

-Operation Sock-it-to-Me Service Project for schools in Bates County.

Bates County Memorial Hospital recognized Auxiliary members with a banquet on Friday, April 29. Members were given a pin for hours of service, and a hanging flower basket as a thank you gift from the hospital.

Volunteers perform many tasks, and their service is invaluable. Some of their tasks are not easy. In the past year, they helped patients with the screening process and gracefully bore the brunt of some who were frustrated with hospital safety measures for the pandemic.

Why volunteer? For BCMH volunteers, motivation ranges from having something to do, getting more exercise, to the enjoyment of the close friendships they create with other volunteers. Some do it to give back, either because the hospital did something for them or a family member, or they retired from the hospital. All Bates County Memorial Hospital volunteers enjoy helping others. Members enjoy a few perks for volunteering, include a free meal on their service days, and discounts on gift shop merchandise and BCMH health services.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering with BCMH Auxiliary, speak to a volunteer at the information desk or gift shop, or visit https://www.bcmhospital.com/auxiliary-volunteers/

Auxiliary members pictured (front row, left to right): Beverly Wainwright, Donna Huber, Pat Friederich, Kathy Bunch, Faye Hunt and Lora Padley. Second row: Missie Good, Ramona Snyder, Carol Hedrick, Sherry York, Ruby Westmoreland, Holly Rabourn, Judy Taylor, Alvina Harrison-Wells and Kathleen Eckert. Third row: Bob Thomas, Carol Lewis, Barbara Weaver, Liz Schlechty, Pat Decker, Mike Humphrey (Chaplain) and Norman Black. Not pictured: Charlotte Guss, Dee Hall, Clayton Nichols, Doris Null, Kelly Stark, Phyllis McBrayer and Beth Taranto. Special recognition to volunteer Alan Mundey, whose family moved to Oklahoma this spring.

Vernon County MU Extension Seeking Secretary

The Vernon County MU Extension Council is seeking a part-time, 20 hours a week, secretary for the Extension office. The office secretary is an employee of the Vernon County University of Missouri Extension Council.  The secretary is responsible for a complex variety of secretarial tasks, accounting work and daily office operations. The secretary will be under the supervision of the County Engagement Specialist and Extension Council chairperson.

Duties of the Vernon County MU Extension Office Secretary include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Ability to manage QuickBooks.
  • Provide a friendly, cordial diplomatic assistance to all office visitors.
  • Ability to manage incoming phone calls.
  • Assist with 4-H related tasks.
  • Manage program registrations for Extension classes and programs being held in Vernon County.
  • Ensuring office is opened and closed in accordance with the established and advertised schedule.
  • Manages soil and hay tests, forage lab tests, plant pathology, private applicator licenses and pressure gauge testing-or relays correspondence promptly to appropriate staff

For a more detailed job description, please contact the Vernon County Extension office.

Scheduling will be determined by candidate and the Extension Council with preference on Monday office hours.

Send your resume to the Vernon County MU Extension office, 100 W. Cherry St. Courthouse, Ground Floor, Nevada MO 64772. For questions, call the Extension office at 417-448-2560

This position will close on Friday, May 27th or until filled.

Carpenter’s Cup Hosting National Day of Prayer

Carpenter’s Cup will be celebrating the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 5th on the gazebo on the Butler Square.

Many pastors in the community will join together to prayer for this community.  Each pastor will be praying for a different part of the community.

Below is a list of the Pastors and who they will be praying for.

The welcome and prayer for joining them will be given by Pastor Sharla Hulsey (Hul see) of the First Christian Church in Butler

Prayer for the churches, ministers, church leaders and church families will be given by Pastor J. R. Beck of Last Harvest Cowboy Church in Butler.

Prayer for the United States, President Biden, federal, state, county, and city government will be given by Pastor Ron Dunlap of Happy Hill Church in Butler

Prayer for law enforcement, highway patrol, sheriff and police will be given by Pastor Jeremy Henderson of the Nazarene Church in Butler.

Prayer for the first responders, fire fighters, EMS, healthcare workers, (hospital, nursing homes, clinics) and all support staff will be given by Pastor Michael Cloud of the Ohio Street Methodist Church in Butler.

Prayer for schools, employees, students, parents, and extended families will be given by Pastor Chris Sams of the Methodist Church in Adrian.

Prayer for grief and bereavement support, hospice, mortuaries, and hospital chaplains will be given by Minister Felix Salazar of the Church of Christ in Butler.

Prayer for volunteer workers, businesses, food pantries, community cafe, alcohol and narcotic abuse centers, domestic violence-abuse centers will be given by Pastor Barrett Case of the Christian Church of Rich Hill

Praise songs led by Carol Ann Winburn, Mike Humphrey, Mandy Yates, and Karen Rayborn.

Music Projection over the square compliments of Doug Mager (Mid American Live)

Dogwood Trees

“Few spring scenes are as spectacular as the annual display provided by dogwood trees in the Ozark woodlands,” says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.

Inconspicuous for most of the year, these diminutive denizens of our forests outdo their towering neighbors with spectacular exhibitions of color before most other species leaf out, Trinklein says.

The name “dogwood” goes back to at least the early 16th century. Some historians believe it was derived from the English “dagwood,” a shortened version of “daggerwood,” referring to the use of the tree’s hard, close-grained wood to make daggers and other weapons in medieval times. Another theory suggests the name comes from the tree’s tannin-rich bark, which was a key ingredient in a remedy for mange in dogs.

Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) is the state tree of Missouri and the state flower of Virginia and North Carolina. Dogwood’s inconspicuous true flowers are clustered tightly in a tiny yellow bundle in the middle of the four showy, petal-like bracts. The latter are usually white, although there are pink and red cultivars.

Dogwood is adapted to a variety of climates and soils, but they naturally grow in moist, fertile soils high in organic matter. Dogwoods should generally be treated as an understory tree, Trinklein says. It performs best when it receives some shade during the hottest part of the day. With proper care, however, it can grow in full sun. Dogwood can tolerate cold weather but does not grow well where winter temperatures frequently fall below minus 15 F. It cannot endure wet, poorly drained soils.

There are a number of cultivars that tend to provide better flowering and adaptability to home landscapes than native types, but many gardeners still find “volunteer” seedlings to be quite satisfactory.

White-flowered cultivars available from nurseries and garden centers include “Cloud 9,” which blooms early and heavily, and “Cherokee Princess,” which has fairly large flowers. Seedlings of native trees, sold without cultivar names, are also available. They usually are less expensive and more variable in growth and flowering pattern than the named cultivars, Trinklein says.

Pink dogwoods occur naturally, but named cultivars selected for landscape use typically have more intense color. “Cherokee Chief” sports deep ruby-red bracts. “Red Beauty,” a relatively new cultivar, produces dark rosy-red bracts on a semi-dwarf tree. Several lighter pink cultivars are also available.

Cultivars selected for variegated foliage include “Cherokee Daybreak,” “Cherokee Sunset,” “Hohman’s Gold” and “Golden Nugget.”

Trinklein suggests planting dogwoods no deeper than they were grown in the nursery. Place into soil that has been loosened to a depth of 8-12 inches. This area should be two to three times the diameter of the tree’s soil ball or production container. Organic matter such as compost or peat moss can help root growth when mixed with the soil around a new tree. Adding too much organic matter, however, can create a micro-environment that the tree’s roots will not want to leave.

As with any newly planted tree, adequate water during the first two growing seasons is very important for survival. Water thoroughly once or twice a week during dry periods, but avoid overwatering.

Trinklein says many novice gardeners apply too much fertilizer to landscape trees in an attempt to accelerate growth. A newly planted dogwood needs only about ¼ cup of a complete fertilizer fairly high in nitrogen, such as 12-4-8 or 16-4-8. Apply in spring and again in July. Evenly broadcast the fertilizer on the soil surface within a 2-foot radius of the trunk, he says.

Dogwood borer is the most common insect pest on established dogwoods. The larvae, which live in the cambial area, can kill branches or even entire trees. Prevent infestation by avoiding damage to the bark when using equipment such as lawn mowers or weed trimmer.

A serious and relatively new threat to flowering dogwoods, especially in the eastern and southeastern U.S., is dogwood anthracnose. Symptoms include medium-large purple-bordered leaf spots and scorched tan blotches that may enlarge to kill the entire leaf. The disease is not a significant problem in the Midwest and should not discourage gardeners from planting dogwoods. Well-tended landscape trees that are not under stress are unlikely to develop dogwood anthracnose. However, gardeners should not bring trees from eastern forests into Missouri.

Butler Has Reach their Goal on the Town to Village Community Water Well Project

The community of Butler has banding together to provide clean water for men, women, and children. As the Town to Village Community Water Well Project has met its financial goal. Every dollar you donated will be used for freshwater for a village in need. This public service message has been paid for by Max Motors.

Bates County Deputies Make Arrest in Amoret

On May 2nd around 10 am Bates County deputies patrolling the Amoret area made a traffic stop on a subject that had active warrants for his arrest.

The subject was Robert D. Gillispie of Amoret, Missouri. This subject along with several others were being investigated for drug trafficking of methamphetamines and marijuana.

Mr. Gillespie’s residence was the subject of a narcotics search warrant in the week prior by the Drug Taskforce Deputies and the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team. This traffic stop by Bates County Deputies took 1/2 lb. of marijuana, trafficking amount of methamphetamines and a couple thousand dollars in cash off the street.

Mr. Gillispie was arrested for several failure to appear in court warrants for the following:

1.) Unlawful Possession of a Firearm ($2,500 cash only bond)

2.) Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia – Prior Drug Offender ($2,500 cash only bond)

3.) Delivery of controlled substance (35 grams of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid. ($2,500 cash only bond)

Additional charges are being submitted to the Bates County Prosecutors Office resulting from the traffic stop.

Celebrate drinking water week May 1-7

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources invites Missourians to celebrate drinking water week by taking a moment to reflect on the importance of a clean abundant supply of quality tap water.

Whether you use it to cool off after a workout or warm up in a hot bath, your tap water is there when you need it. Without it, there would be no morning coffee, no clean clothes and nothing to clean those garden-fresh fruits and vegetables.

Drinking Water Week, May 1-7, recognizes the essential role drinking water plays in our daily lives, with the theme “There when you need it.” Most of us turn on our faucets and expect a plentiful supply of clean, safe water to come out. Water, one of our most precious natural resources, is too often taken for granted.

In celebration of Drinking Water Week, the department, in conjunction with the American Water Works Association, held a poster contest for all Missouri fifth grade students. First place went to Aswin Sureshkumar of Creve Coeur. Second place went to Emery Skidmore of Warrensburg, while Robert Edmonds of Piedmont received third place.

Public water systems in Missouri face increasingly complex challenges, and overall have an extraordinary compliance record. Each water system is responsible for monitoring conditions at individual water plants and is required to employ trained certified operators. Water systems in Missouri are required to regularly sample water for many different contaminants following federal and state limits. A state-approved laboratory must analyze these samples and the results must be reported to the department. The majority of testing is done at the Department of Natural Resources’ and the Department of Health and Senior Services’ labs, at no cost to the systems, saving the consumers money. For more information, visit https://dnr.mo.gov/water/get-involved/drinking-water-week, or call the Department of Natural Resources’ Public Drinking Water Branch at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-5331.  

Serious Injury Accident in Cass County

Missouri Highway Patrol responded to a two-car accident in Cass County on Route D at 195th Street on Friday, April 29th at approximately 1:46pm.

The accident occurred when a 2017 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Amy Threlkend 39 of Bucyrus was Northbound and a 1993 Honda Accord, driven by Katherine McCollom 57 of Paola Kansas, was southbound on Route D. The accord made a left turn into the path of the suburban and the suburban struck the accord.

Katherine McCollom sustained serious injuries and was transported to Research by Central Cass Fire.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene by J’s Southland Tow.

Fatality Accident in Johnson County

Missouri Highway Patrol responded to a one-car accident in Johnson County at 1262 Highway WW on Saturday, April 30th at approximately 10:02am.

The accident occurred when a 1995 Jeep Wrangler, driver by Ronald Johnson 76 of Windsor, exited his vehicle and fell, at which time the Jeep traveled over Mr. Johnson. Johnson was pronounced at the scene by Johnson County Coroner Coleman.

There was no damage to the Jeep and it was driven from the scene.

Cass County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Rodeo

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary is excited to host the Cass County Sheriff’s Rodeo this October 7 and 8th at the Harrisonville North Park Rodeo Grounds. 

The goal of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary is to provide a premiere benefit rodeo that will support their commitment to public safety and children through the efforts of the Sheriffs Auxiliary. Through their concerted efforts, they will provide a memorable experience for the community and its participants. The event brings a better understanding of the relationship between Law Enforcement and the public.

“The Sheriff’s Auxiliary is delighted to bring back this fun and family friendly Rodeo to the area. Our goal is to assist the Sheriff’s office in helping keep the residents of Cass County safe” said Auxiliary President Darren Rew.

Proceeds benefit the Sheriff’s Auxiliary, a volunteer 501(c)(3) public service organization.  The Cass County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary provides support to the community through children programs and specialized team assistance.  The Auxiliary has funded more than $50,000 for D.A.R.E., Tan Santa, Law Enforcement Wellness, Benevolence Fund, Family Support, K9, and UAV programs.

“We are excited to be part of this family friendly event. The Auxiliary is a key part of our office and the programs funded from the proceeds are essential to support the men and women who provide quality public safety to the County.” Sheriff Jeff Weber

The C.R. McKellips Rodeo Co. will provide a Friday and Saturday night performance sanctioned by the United Rodeo Association and Missouri Rodeo Cowboys Association.

For more information or questions about sponsorship email rodeo@cassmosheriff.org

May is Older Americans Month

Care Connection for Aging Services will celebrate Older Americans Month in May in its 20 locations across West Central Missouri by emphasizing the theme “Age My Way.”

Older adults play vital, positive roles in their communities – as family members, friends, mentors, volunteers, civic leaders, members of the workforce, and more. Just as every person is unique, so too are how they age and how they choose to do it – and there is no “right” way. That’s why the theme for Older Americans Month (OAM) 2022 is Age My Way.

Every May, Care Connection joins the Administration for Community Living (ACL) in the celebration of Older American Month. This year’s theme focuses on how older adults can age in their communities, living independently for as long as possible and participating in ways they choose.

While Age My Way will look different for each person, here are common items that Care Connection encourages senior adults to consider as they approach their later years:

  • Planning: Think about what you will need and want in the future, from home and community-based services to community activities that interest you.
  • Engagement: Remain involved, and contribute to your community through work, volunteering, and/or civic participation opportunities.
  • Access: Make home improvements and modifications, use assistive technologies, and customize supports to help you better age in place.
  • Connection: Maintain social activities and relationships to combat social isolation and stay connected to your community.

Care Connection encourages all individuals 60 and older and their caregivers to visit their local senior centers and enjoy lunch or an activity. In addition, visit the goaging.org website to see the many offerings of services and activities that the agency and its centers offer online and in person.

“This year’s ‘Age My Way’ theme is especially appropriate for us as nearly all of our centers are open to the public and seeing a revitalization in our lunchtime attendance as well as activities,” said Care Connection’s Public Information Officer Kaye Fair. “We have made many of our courses available on the online Zoom platform and accessible in our centers. We want to ensure that older adults remain involved and included in our communities for as long as possible.”

Many of Care Connection’s programs and services – from Care Management to Wellness and Fitness Courses – are aimed at helping individuals with the planning, engaging, adapting, and connecting with others as they grow older.

As a nonprofit area agency on aging, Care Connection’s mission is to provide opportunities to create positive aging experiences.

Two Men and a Bicycle Charity Ride for Disabled Veterans

The Lake View Barns in Appleton City is owned and operated by Susan Hearting of Appleton City. The Venue offers 5 cabins for guests/ weddings and receptions or just a getaway. Lake View Barns has offered shelter to George Kohler and his son, Joshua Kohler of the United Kingdom/England.

The father/son bike team has been biking through threw the United States to raise funds for “ Biking For Battle Back” which supports British Legion Disabled Veterans.

They flew into the United Stated on March 31st. The team started pedaling on April 3rd with a journey from New York to San Francisco. They hit the Bates County Area yesterday.

Susan Hearting contacted the newsroom of 92.1 to reach the media for publicity.  

On Saturday, April 30th they will begin their journey by bicycle, west to Colorado. The Charity Ride is tracking and posting their travel and encounters every 10 minutes. The links below will allow you to view their journey.

George and Joshua want to make the public aware of their travels, if and when you see two gentlemen traveling by bicycle in our area. Give a “ wave” or a “ honk” to thank them for their Charity Ride across the United States for Disabled Veterans.

https://www.instagram.com/biking4battleback/?utm_medium=copy_link
https://share.garmin.com/Biking4BattleBack

Mosquitoes can take a bite out of outdoor fun

Source: Tamra Reall, 816-945-8113

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – April showers bring May flowers and mosquitoes. With mosquitoes come not just itchy bites but the risk of diseases such as West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria, Zika virus and yellow fever, among others, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist and entomologist Tamra Reall.

Prevention

The best way to avoid getting mosquito bites around your home and yard is to empty any standing water, especially after it rains or the sprinklers run, says Reall.

These puddles, even those as small as a tablespoon, are where mosquitoes lay their eggs and the larvae grow. Water collects in flowerpots, tire swings, toys, trash, gutters, poorly drained soil and holes in trees. Empty these containers and fix drainage problems. Chlorinated and filtered swimming pools are not mosquito havens, but untreated pools are.

Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when working in the yard. Wear a repellant, preferably one containing DEET. Adult mosquitoes like to rest on vegetation, so keep grass mowed to eliminate potential hiding places. Make sure door and window screens are in good condition. Use a fan to create a breeze. Mosquitoes are not strong flyers, so a light breeze can keep them away.

Avoid spraying lawns and using foggers. Mosquitoes can develop resistance to sprays and quickly infest the area again. Foggers may be effective for only a few hours and contain pesticides that kill helpful insects, including pollinators and mosquito predators.

Field tests show that bug zappers and ultrasonic pest eliminators are not effective ways to attract and kill mosquitoes.

The Missouri Department of Conservation recommends using nontoxic mosquito dunks and pellets for areas with stagnant water. These are safe for animals, beneficial insects and the environment.

Treatment

If you get a mosquito bite, wash the affected area with soap and water. To reduce swelling and itching, apply an ice pack for 10 minutes; reapply as needed.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends this at-home treatment:

  • Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda with just enough water to create a paste. Apply the paste then wash it off after 10 minutes.
  • Use an over-the-counter antihistamine or anti-itch cream.
  • Consult a health care provider if you develop a fever or pain.

The MU Extension guide “Mosquitoes” is available for free download at extension.missouri.edu/g7400.

Bates County Voters

A reminder, from the Bates County Courthouse. The Adrian R-3 and Archie R-5 School voters

will vote at the Adrian Optimist Building, 11092 NW CR 41, Adrian, MO  64720. This change

takes effect immediately for voters in 2022 and the future.     

Kenney Hunt Formerly of Butler

Kenneth (Kenney) Lee Hunt was born to Robert Boyer Hunt and Leota Mae Hunt on January 19, 1941  and departed his life on April 24, 2022.

Kenneth spent most of his life around Butler, MO. area. He married Glenda Sue Hunt on April 19, 1961 and they had three children. Kendra Kelley, Dale Hunt and Robert Hunt. He and Sue lived in Bakersfield, CA for a short time. They moved to Texas in 1984 and that’s where they resided at the time of his death.

Kenny drove a truck for several years. He owned and operated Kenny’s CB Radio and Gun Shop in Butler, MO. When Kenny moved to Texas he operated Truck Driving Schools until he retired.

Kenny was an avid shooter and had hundreds of trophies from his competition shooting. He also taught shooting lessons on his gun range in Elm Mott, TX which was his favorite place to be. Kenny was featured in several shooting magazines.

Kenny is survived by his wife Glenda Sue and his children Kendra Kelley and husband Gary, Dale Hunt and wife Sherrill, Robert Hunt and wife Nikki.

He is preceded in death by his grandson, Mathew Olson and one son in law, Richard Kirby Crane.

Kenny had seven grandchildren, Gary Kelley Jr., Kirby Gibbs, and husband Lane, Kali Skerik and husband Tyler, Kortney Varga and husband Seth. Jake Eaves and Kate Eaves and Salli Olson. He had six great grandchildren. Jessie Kelley, Rahlen Gibbs, Norah Gibbs, Evan Skerik, Jolee Skerik, Boyer Olson, Alexis Eaves, Whitt Wilson, and Ryland Moriarity.  

Kenney will be greatly missed. A memorial in his honor will be announced.

Donations in his honor can be made to:

Elm Mott Volunteer Fire Department

P.O. Box 46

Elm Mott, TX 76640

Your Donations are a Blessing/ $120.00 left to meet the Goal!

The community of Butler is banding together to provide clean water for men, women and children. As the Town to Village Community Water Well Project is in full swing. As of Thursday, April 28th th …Our community has raised all but the final $120.00

. To make this project a success. See what it’s all about at www.charitywater.org or contact coordinators David and Debbie Norman of Butler. Donations accepted at the Carpenters Cup or Community First Bank. Every dollar you donate will be used for freshwater for a village in need. GPS coordinates to let us know how and where our money will be used.  This public service message has been paid for by Max Motors.             

Brent Maxwell, Harrisonville Wildcats, Head Coach

During a special meeting on Wednesday, April 27th, the Harrisonville Board of Education approved Brent Maxwell as the head football coach for the Wildcats. Maxwell is the district Activities Director and returns to the head coaching position after a three-year absence.

Coach Maxwell said, “I stepped away a few years ago. It was the right decision for me and my family at the time. I never thought this opportunity would present itself again, but when it did, I got excited about the prospect of working with kids again. I have missed that.”

Maxwell was the head coach for the Wildcats from 2014-2018 and prior to that was an assistant for eight years. He compiled a 48-17 record and led the team to the 4A state championship in 2016.

“I am excited about the opportunity to work with our student-athletes on a daily basis and I hope to lead them in a positive manner to help them become successful – not just in terms of wins and losses – but as people.”

Louisburg Police Need Public’s Help in Car Theft

On Wednesday, April 27th Louisburg Police took a report for a stolen auto, where a homeowners white Chevy Trailblazer was stolen from their driveway in the 1200 block of Starbrooke Drive.

The vehicle was taken around 6:30 AM this morning, which was verified by the use of a GPS device that was in the vehicle at the time of the theft. The car was later recovered in Grandview Missouri.

The Louisburg Police are asking for the public’s assistance in this investigation to work on identifying the person(s) who might have been responsible for this act. If anyone from the Starbrooke subdivision can recall any suspicious subjects or vehicles in the neighborhood, especially in the vicinity of S. 6th Street East and Starbrooke around 5:30 – 6:30 AM, it would be helpful if you could reach out to the Louisburg Police agency. If you happen to have any security video or doorbell camera recordings of the perpetrator, please get a copy of the images to us as well.

Please remember to park your vehicles in well-lit areas, remove any valuables and remember to roll up your windows and lock the vehicle doors before turning in for the day.

If you have information on this stolen vehicle, please contact the Louisburg Police department on its non-emergency number 913-837-3191.

Vidalia Onions have Arrived

Vidalia Onions have arrived. Members of the Bates County Shriners will be at various locations around our area. Each 10-pound Vidalia Onion bag will sell for $12.00. Onions will be for sale at:

Butler Wal-Mart
Mc Bee’s in Amsterdam and Passaic
Kreisler Drug Store in Adrian and Summer’s Pharmacy in Appleton City
and across the street from Casey’s General Store in Adrian. That’s Vidalia Onions for sale while the supply lasts.

Honor Day Award Ceremony May 19th for Adrian and Butler.

Honor Day At The Butler High School And The Adrian High School Is An Annual Tradition For 92.1 As We Broadcast Live For The Convenience Of Parents And Grandparents That Can Not Attend The Event In Person.

This Year The Challenge Is On With Adiain Having Their Honor Day On Thursday, May 19th At 10 Am and Then The Butler High School Follows With Their Honor Day Ceremony At 1:00 Pm That Same Day.

92.1 Will Broadcast Live From Both Locations. There Will Be More Details As The Date Gets Closer. For Now Mark Your Calendar For

Adrian Honor Day Thursday, May 19th 10:00 Am
Butler Honor Day Thursday, May 19th At 1:00 Pm

Join Us Live From 92.1 Or As We Stream From Www.921news.Com

Casting Crowns at Missouri State Fair

 THE Contemporary Christian rock band Casting Crowns with We Are Messengers will take the State Fair Grandstand stage, presented by CFM Insurance, on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at the Missouri State Fair.

Casting Crowns will bring music from their new album Healer written by lead singer and primary song writer Mark Hall. The album features the title track, along with other songs including “Scars in Heaven,” “Desert Road,” and “2nd Opinions.”

This show is the third concert announced for the 2022 Fair joining previously announced Trace Adkins with Lonestar performing on the Fair’s opening day, Aug. 11, and ZZ Top performing on Aug. 17.  

Tickets to all State Fair Grandstand concerts will go on sale to the public starting at 9 am, June 28, through Etix. More information about State Fair concerts can be found on the Fair’s website.

The 120th Missouri State Fair, themed “Buckets of Fun,” is Aug. 11-21, 2022, in Sedalia.

HENRY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE K9s BUCKY AND ELINOR TO GET DONATION OF BODY ARMOR

Henry County Sheriff’s Office K9s Bucky and Elinor will receive bullet and stab protective vests thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

K9 Bucky’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Marie Jennings”. K9 Elinor’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “Honoring those who served and sacrificed”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,601 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.

The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty. For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.

Lucas Oil Speedway News

WHEATLAND, MO. (April 26, 2022) – The Hermitage Lumber Late Model division will be in the spotlight on Saturday as the first of 11 Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series programs takes to the track at Lucas Oil Speedway.
The Weekly Championship Series Spring Opener Presented by Ozarks Fox will see the Late Models going 25 laps in their feature for $1,000 to win, courtesy of Hickamo Country Store.
Joining the Late Models will be the Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modifieds, Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and O’Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars.
This week also will mark the start of a new Kids Power Wheel initiative involving youngsters ages 3-9 during intermission. The kids will race on the front straightaway during intermission, navigating a course outlined by orange cones.
“Involving the kids is something we’re striving for,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Danny Lorton said. “I think this is another way to spark their interest in the sport and give them a little more fun and an early taste of being involved in the sport in a safe way.”
The youngsters can enter their own battery-powered Power Wheel cars by signing up for the Frogs Jr. Fan Club on the south end of the Midway prior to the races. Other Kids Power Wheel nights are scheduled for May 21, June 18, July 30 and Aug. 27. Points will be tabulated and a mini-season-champion crowned along with the four regular Weekly Racing Series classes on Aug. 27.
One Kids Power Wheel class will be the 6-12 volt cars and another will be for the 24-36 volt class. No power or speed enhancement modifications will be allowed.
“We want to keep this fun and safe for the kids. It’s free for them to race, all they need are their own cars and admission tickets,” Lorton said.
This also is the third year of the Frogs Jr Fan Club Pit Tour. Prior to each dirt-track racing program this season, flagman Mike Striegel will lead a pit tour on a large golf cart for youngsters ages 5-12 with the youngsters signing up for a drawing each week to be a part of the tour.
Kids can sign up for the Frogs Jr Fan Club on the south end of the Midway prior to 5 p.m. for a chance to go on the pit tour.
Piit gates and grandstands open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7:05.
Admission:Advance discount tickets online only (16 and up) – $12Adults (16 and up) – $15Seniors (62 and over)/Military – $12Youth (ages 6-15) – $5Kids (5 and under) – FREEFamily pass (click here for more information) – $35
To purchase tickets for any event on Lucas Oil Speedway’s schedule, or get ticket information for the Show-Me 100 or any future event at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 295-6043 or via email at nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.
CONTACT:Danny LortonLucas Oil Speedway General ManagerOffice: (417) 282-5984DLorton@lucasoilspeedway.com

NEVADA POLICE ARREST HOME INVASION SUSPECT

In the early morning hours of April 22nd Nevada Police were dispatched to a residence in the 1100 block of N. Clay Street for a reported assault that had just occurred.

Upon arrival it was determined that an unknown male subject had unlawfully entered the home and attacked a juvenile who was inside the home. The suspect had fled the scene on foot prior to Nevada police arrival.

The following day Nevada officers responded to a call of a suspicious person in the area of Allison Street and Cedar Street. Upon arrival, officers located the male subject in question. The subject fled on foot from Nevada officers and after a brief chase, officers were able to take the suspect into custody.

The subject was transported to the Vernon County Jail for holding.

Further investigation determined the subject in custody was the same suspect in the home invasion incident from the day prior.

The suspect taken into custody has been identified as follows:

Jason O. Clark, age 45 of Springfield, MO

On April 26, 2022, the following charges were filed against Jason O. Clark through the Vernon County Associate Court:

Burglary 1st Degree – Class B Felony

Kidnapping 2nd Degree – Class D Felony

Abuse or Neglect of a Child – Class D Felony

Clark is being held in the Vernon County Jail in lieu of a $250,000 cash only bond.

Citizens are encouraged to contact the Nevada police if they have any information that would be helpful to combat crime.

To report criminal activities, call 911, contact the Nevada Police Department at (417) 448-5100 or use the Nevada Police Department’s Tip Hotline (417) 667-8477.

Any and all information can be kept confidential if requested.

The Little Apple

Vol 30 no 17

 April 27, 2022

AC Cemetery Walk & Talk will be 4:00 p.m. Sunday, May 1.  The AC Museum will have 2 presentations by experts in their field. “Find A Grave” computer ancestry.com topic and a demonstration of Dowsing and Doodle Bugging of Graves.  You might wear rubber boots as it is often wet

The AC Spring City Wide Garage Sale dates are set for April 29 & 30. Permits are $5 and can be purchased at City Hall beginning April 11 – 26. Permits to set up in the AC Park are $25 for the pole shelter, $15 for the stage, $10 for lawn permits & these fees cover both days. Park permits can be purchased at City Hall on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved by phone. Maps will be available at Food Fair, Powell’s True Value and Casey’s beginning Thursday afternoon and at Fika beginning Friday morning. House of Joy Ministry will be at the City Park Saturday from 3:00-5:00 to pick up donations. For questions, please call Dianne Foster at 660-679-1125.

In conjunction with the City Wide Garage Sales, County Wide Disposal will have trash containers at the City Barn for big item disposal May 3-5. If you need a big item picked up at your home, you must call County Wide Disposal at 660-679-0717 to request it. There will be a fee for this service.

Trinity Lutheran Church and Thrivent will be sponsoring 3 activities during the City-Wide Garage Sales April 29-30. As usual, their goal is to support community service activities. One service project chosen will benefit the Travis Sage Love Fund for medical assistance. The Free-Will Offering Garage Sale will be open both days from 8:00-2:00.  The Huge Bake Sale from 8:00-2:00 and Taco Salad Luncheon from 11:00-1:00 will be held on Saturday only.  Please make plans to attend the fundraiser and show your support.

Appleton City Masonic Lodge #412 will host a carry out only “Kickin’ Chicken” Dinner 11:00 – 1:30 (or until gone) Sunday, May 1 at the Farmhouse Kitchen. The menu includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, dinner roll and a cookie for $10.  Proceeds go the scholarship fund.

In an effort to better represent the needs and interests of all area residents, a representative of Rep. Vicky Hartzler’s staff, Ryan Bardot, will be available at the St. Clair County Courthouse (655 2nd St, Osceola, MO 64776) Thursday, April 28 at 1:00 p.m. to meet with you, listen to your concerns and address any problems you may have with a federal agency. For more information, contact Ryan Bardot at (816) 884-3411.

Starting May 1, the Appleton City Public Library’s new hours will be Monday and Thursday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m.-noon.

Hudson R-IX Elementary will hold their annual kindergarten screening on Monday, May 16.  Please call the school at (660) 476-5467 to set up an appointment.  You will need your child’s social security card, birth certificate, and current immunization record.  If you call and the school office is closed, please leave a message and they will get back to you.

The Appleton City Public Library is conducting their Friends of the Best Sellers Program until May 19, 2022. The program’s purpose is to fund the purchase of new hardback books for the library. You can become a friend by either choosing a book from the list or requesting another book you’ve wanted to read and then donating $20.00 for said book. The perks of being a Friend to the library are that you will be the first person to check the book out, and you will be honored by having your name placed on a special nameplate in the front of each of the Library Friend books. Library hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to noon.

The ACHS Alumni Meeting and luncheon will be held Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 11:30. It will be a sack lunch for $12 per person. Reservations deadline is May 14. Make your check to ACHS Alumni and mail to Patty Purvis Young, 101 E. 3rd St., Appleton City, MO 64724. For more information, call 660-476-5857 or acmolampkin@yahoo.com

Ellett Memorial Hospital offers outpatient specialist services for April and May.  Call 660-476-2111 for appointments April 27–Ortho-Dr. Gray, April 28-Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, May 4– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, May 5–OB/GYN – Dr. Kallberg, May 11 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, May 12 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, May 13– Ortho-Dr. Gray, May 18 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, May 25 – Ophthalmology–Dr. Soni, May 25–Ortho-Dr. Gray, May 26-Rheumatology, Dr. Tay                             

The Appleton City Museum will open for its 19th summer season Friday, May 6 from 1:30-4:30. Visiting hours will be every Friday afternoon and the first Saturday of each month May through September. The location is 503 N. Maple, one block north of caution light.  They hope you will make the museum a place to visit this year. Encourage children, family members and friends to step back into time at the Appleton City Museum. 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

April 27      Hudson R-IX students musical program 7:00 p.m. in the gym

April 28      Rep. Vicky Hartzler’s staff, Ryan Bardot, at the St. Clair County Courthouse 1:00 p.m.

April 29-30     AC Citywide Garage Sales

April 30      ACHS Prom 6:00 p.m.

May 1         AC Masonic Lodge carry out only “Kickin’ Chicken” Dinner 11:00 – 1:30 (or until gone) at the Farmhouse Kitchen.

May 1         AC Cemetery Walk & Talk 4:00 p.m.

Nevada Griffons Baseball

The Nevada Griffons were formed in 1984 when a group of Nevada businessmen went about finding a way to bring summer college baseball to the city of Nevada.  They formed a board, named a general manager and began raising money via a weekly bingo game.  They joined the Jayhawk League, one of the premier leagues in the country at the time, with teams in Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. The name “Griffons” was chosen via a contest, with the winning name suggested by local sportswriter Kelly Bradham. 

Griffons comes from the names of Clark Griffith (co-founder of the American League) and George Lyons, the only two Vernon Countians known to have played Major League Baseball.  In 1985, the first team was recruited and began play.  Players came from all over the United States, just as they still do now.  Each year the team plays a very busy schedule during the months of June and July, with time split between home games and away games. Most years the team competed in the post-season NBC (National Baseball Congress) World Series in Wichita, KS.

Players live with host families from the area, many of them developing life-long friendships.  Hosting a Griffon is something families look forward to all year long, and Griffons truly become part of the family while they are here.  Over the years, over 1000 players have come to Nevada to play baseball.  A significant number of those players have been drafted, and over 30 have played Major League Baseball.  In July of 2018, Trevor Hoffman (Griffons ’87) was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 2009, citing financial and travel considerations, the team left the Jayhawk League to become part of the MINK (Missouri-Iowa-Nebraska-Kansas) League.  The league currently has 9 teams, the St. Joseph Mustangs, Chillicothe Mudcats, Sedalia Bombers, Joplin Outlaws, Jefferson City Renegades, Clarinda (IA) A’s, Carroll (IA) Merchants and Des Moines Peak Prospects along with the Griffons. 

The Griffons Board of Directors works year round to raise the monies necessary to fund each summer season, somewhere between $55,000-$60,000 each year.  The committee sells  fence signs, yearbook ads and other sponsorships; they hold monthly luncheons and organize fundraisers like a yearly Radio Auction, a Hole-in-One Golf event, Memorabilia Auction and an Ice Cream Social, among others.

Each game is broadcast through the Nevada local radio station, KNEM KNMO. The Butler radio station will have the summer schedule available on our website and will announce and promote each game through our DJ’s and in our daily local newscast.

Our hope is to support the Nevada Griffons college baseball team and it’s players. See the www.921news.com website for the June and July schedule. See The Nevada Giffons at

www.nevadagiffons.org on the web.  

NEVADA POLICE ARREST HOME INVASION SUSPECT

In the early morning hours of April 22, 2022 Nevada Police were dispatched to a residence in the 1100 block of N. Clay Street for a reported assault that had just occurred.Upon arrival it was determined that an unknown male subject had unlawfully entered the home and attacked a juvenile who was inside the home. The suspect had fled the scene on foot prior to police arrival.The following day officers responded to a call of a suspicious person in the area of Allison Street and Cedar Street. Upon arrival, officers located the male subject in question. The subject fled on foot from officers and after a brief chase, officers were able to take the suspect into custody. The subject was transported to the Vernon County Jail for holding.Further investigation determined the subject in custody was the same suspect in the home invasion incident from the day prior.The suspect taken into custody has been identified as follows:Jason O. Clark, age 45 of Springfield, MOOn April 26, 2022, the following charges were filed against Jason O. Clark through the Vernon County Associate Court:Burglary 1st Degree – Class B FelonyKidnapping 2nd Degree – Class D FelonyAbuse or Neglect of a Child – Class D FelonyClark is being held in the Vernon County Jail in lieu of a $250,000 cash only bond.

Support the Butler Senior Center

The Butler Senior Center is vital part of the community for older adults and veterans in our community. The Butler Senior Center provides home delivered meals and a place for people to gather and socialize.

In a time where older adults and others are becoming increasingly isolated, spending too much time alone with television and social media the Butler Senior Center is a hub for the people to gather, eat, play games and visit.

Support from the community allows the Butler Senior Center to continue to provide daily meals, social activities, and volunteer opportunities for older adults.

Butler Senior Center is asking the community to support them by providing a tax-deductible donation of $25.00, $100.00 or any amount, big or small, to help them continue to provide services to older adults and veteran is the community.

You may send your donations to the Butler Senior Center by mailing a check to Butler Senior Center, 611 W. Mill Street, Butler MO. 64730 or donate online at www.goaging.org/donate and designate your gift to the Butler Senior Center.

Bennett Spring State Park hosts Kids Free Fishing Day May 7

Kids will have the opportunity to experience the fun of catching fish at Bennett Spring State Park during Kids Free Fishing Day from 8 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. Saturday, May 7. 

For more information about the event, contact the Missouri Department of Conservation Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery at 417-532-4418.

This event is being held in conjunction with the National Park Trust’s Kids to Parks Day. For more information about Kids to Parks Day and to see a complete list of associated events at Missouri State Parks visit mostateparks.com/page/88241/kids-to-parks-day.

Bennett Spring State Park is located at 26250 Highway 64A in Lebanon. 

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Cass County Sheriff’s Office Car Chase and Arrest

Around 2:00 pm on Friday, April 22nd deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office were called to assist deputies with the Miami County Kansas Sheriff’s Office pursuing a vehicle that crossed into Missouri near West Line.

The female driver was taken into custody by a Sheriff’s Office K9 team.

Kansas City Missouri Police Department confirmed the vehicle, a 2011 Buick Regal, as stolen. A license plate on the vehicle was reported stolen from Texas.

The driver was transported to an area hospital for treatment before being transferred to the Cass County Jail.

Makayla Kettler, 27 of Paola Kansas has been charged with first degree tamping with a motor vehicle a Class D felony and resisting arrest by fleeing a Class E felony by the Cass County Courts. Kettler bond was set a $7500.00 10% cash only.

The Cass County and Miami County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident. The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Harrisonville Police Department assisted deputies.

Red Cross and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice: Giving blood or platelets is a simple act with a powerful impact

SPRINGFIELD, Mo (April 25, 2022) — The American Red Cross, Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and Suburban Propane have joined together to encourage communities to commit to a simple act with a powerful impact – giving blood or platelets for patients in need.

This spring, it’s critically important the Red Cross maintains a readily available blood supply for those who rely on transfusions for treatment. Since donated blood has a limited shelf life, supplies must be constantly replenished to ensure a sufficient inventory of blood products. With no substitution for blood and no way to manufacture it, volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for patients with sickle cell disease, car accident victims and parents experiencing difficult childbirths.

As a blood donor himself, Jerry Rice urges individuals to roll up a sleeve and take pride in the lifesaving impact they’re making. “Here’s your chance to make a difference,” said Rice. “You never know who you might be helping. It could be a friend or family member who needs blood – and that’s why it’s so important.”

As a thank-you, Suburban Propane is fueling a lifetime of road-tripping memories with a special opportunity for donors who answer the call to give power to patients. Those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma April 19-May 19, 2022, will be automatically entered to win a travel trailer camper that sleeps eight. Plus, those who come to give will also receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice, all courtesy of Suburban Propane.*

“We are honored to join our longtime partners at the American Red Cross and football legend Jerry Rice to raise awareness about the need for blood this spring,” said Nandini Sankara, spokesperson, Suburban Propane. “This effort is a wonderful addition to our SuburbanCares initiative, aimed at giving back to our local communities throughout the nation, and we are delighted to sponsor the camper giveaway in hopes of motivating even more people to donate blood and give the gift of life.” 

A simple act can lead to lifesaving care. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, platelets or plasma, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities April 25-May 19:

MO

Bates

Adrian

5/10/2022: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Optimist Building, 317 South Old 71 Highway

Henry

Clinton

5/19/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1531 N Vansant Rd

Health insights for donors  

The Red Cross is testing all donations for COVID-19 antibodies for a limited time. Results may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus after vaccination or past exposure, regardless of whether they developed symptoms.   

Plasma from routine blood, platelet and plasma donations that have high levels of COVID-19 antibodies may be used as convalescent plasma to meet potential future needs of COVID-19 patients with a weakened immune system.  

The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose infection, referred to as a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who have been asked to quarantine or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation until they are symptom free for 10 days and feeling well and healthy.  

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. 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 antibody testing results and 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.   

Blood drive safety  

The Red Cross follows a high standard of safety and infection control. The Red cross will continue to socially distance wherever possible at blood drives, donation centers and facilities. While donors are no longer required to wear a face mask, individuals may choose to continue to wear a mask for any reason. The Red Cross will also adhere to more stringent face mask requirements per state and/or local guidance, or at the request of blood drive sponsors. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at a drive. 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification 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 have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

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 nonprofit 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.

USDA Rural Development assist Drexel

The town of Drexel, in Bates and Cass Counties, came to USDA Rural Development because their early warning system for tornadoes and other emergencies is nearly 35 years old and with repair parts being difficult to find, it has reached the end of its useful life. A properly functioning emergency warning siren system is vital to the public safety and protection of the citizens of Drexel. The new system USDA Rural Development is helping fund will have a rotating siren for maximum coverage, three distinct warning signals, six built-in siren tone signals, a high band radio system, handheld radio capability, push button control for local activation, and custom remote services.

USDA Rural Development can assist rural communities and many more with the use of our Community Facilities Loan Grant program. The Community Facilities Loan and Grant program provides funding in the form of low interest direct loans, grants, or a combination of the two, for essential public safety services such as fire and police buildings, police vehicles, fire trucks, and public works equipment. Eligible applicants include public bodies and community based non-profit corporations located in rural communities with a population of less than 20,000.

USDA RD is prepared to help rural Missouri towns with a wide range of funding opportunities to allow your communities to thrive. Let us know how we can help.

To reach out to Rural Development, visit www.rd.usda.gov/mo, email RDMissouri@usda.gov, or call (573) 876-0976 to get more information on any of USDA Rural Development’s programs.

BCMH Organ Donation

April is National Donate Life Month, and Bates County Memorial Hospital (BCMH) joined in with several activities for Donate Life spirit week, April 17-23, to help spread awareness for the vital need for organ donors. A flag raising was held on April 18. Participants Jenny Wainscott, BCMH Director of Finance and Doncella Liggins, Director of Health Information Management share a special bond as recipients of organ and tissue donation.

Jenny is active with Giving Fore Living, a local charity that seeks to support and raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation, in memory of Darin Wainscott, Jenny’s late brother-in-law, an organ donor. She recently became a recipient of a tendon in her leg thanks to a donor who signed their driver’s license to become a donor upon their death.

Jenny commented, “Organ Donation — both living and by the unfortunate death of someone — are both very important. For our family it has helped us to heal tremendously. Knowing that Darin lives on in someone else is such a powerful thing. I am now a recipient. My new ACL is a donor tendon. You just never know what an impact you could make in someone else’s life.”

Doncella’s life was spared in 2018 when she received a kidney thanks to a living organ donation from a close friend. She is a strong advocate for live donor sharing.

“Please consider being a ‘living donor.’ I didn’t fully understand the desperate need for organ donation until it hit me personally. The thought of living organ donation can be overwhelming and downright scary. Studies have shown that living donors live just as long as people who never donated. These selfless organ donors have a sense of happiness, reward, satisfaction, and a higher self-esteem than they had before donating.  By becoming a living donor, you shorten the time a recipient spends on the waiting list. Plus, you help another wait-listed patient because your donation vacates the recipient’s spot on the list for the next person. You just saved two lives! Please share the gift of life.”

One way to become an organ donor is to sign the back of your driver’s license. You can also go to the Midwest Transplant Network to register as an organ donor. Learn more at https://mwtn.org/

Bates County Museum is Open

THE BATES COUNTY MUSEUM OPENED FOR THE 2022 SEASON ON APRIL 1ST. THE MUSEUM IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM APRIL 1ST THROUGH THE END OF OCTOBER EACH YEAR.

THE BATES COUNTY MUSEUM INVITES YOU TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE BATES COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND THEY URGE YOU TO JOIN AND SUPPORT THE BATES COUNTY MUSEUM IN THEIR EFFORTS TO SUSTAIN AND SUPPORT THE PRESERVATION OF THE HISTORY OF OUR AREA.

THE BATES COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY HAS BEEN PRESERVING HISTORY AND PROVIDING EDUCATION FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SINCE 1961…. YOUR SUPPORT WILL ENABLE THE BATES COUNTY MUSEUM TO CONTINUE TO WORK FOR YOU.

THE BATES COUNTY MUSEUM IS OPEN TUESDAY THRU FRIDAY  FROM 9:30 AM TO 4 PM AND SATURDAY 9:30 UNTIL NOON.  ROBERTSON HALL IS OPEN FOR BANQUET RENTAL SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE APRIL THROUGH OCTOBER, IS HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE, AND LOCATED ON THE GROUND FLOOR, THE ROBERTSON HALL BANQUET FACILITY  IS USED FOR MEETINGS, SEMINARS, WEDDINGS, AND FAMILY REUNIONS.. THE FACILITY HAS A KITCHEN AREA AND IS ACCESSIBLE TO RESTROOMS. CONTACT THE MUSEUM FOR RATES AND MORE RENTAL INFORMATION.

THE MUSEUM IS CLOSED ON SUNDAY, MONDAY, AND HOLIDAYS, ADMISSION TO THE MUSEUM IS 5 DOLLARS FOR ADULTS, TWO DOLLARS FOR STUDENTS AGES 6-18,  CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 5 ARE ADMITTED FREE OF CHARGE, BATES COUNTY MUSEUM MEMBERS ARE ADMITTED FREE.

THE BATES COUNTY MUSEUM IS LOCATED ON ELKS DRIVE IN BUTLER AND IS OPEN TO VISITORS, TOURISTS, ORGANIZATIONS, CLUBS, AND TOURS.

THE PHONE NUMBER TO CONTACT THE BATES COUNTY MUSEUM IS 660-679-0134. THE BATES COUNTY MUSEUM IS SCHEDULED TO OPEN APRIL 1ST FOR THE 2021 SEASON AND WILL CLOSE  OCTOBER 31ST 2022.

Capitol Report Patricia Pike

House Approves Tax Relief Package for Missouri Taxpayers 


Dear CitizensMissourians who pay income tax are one step closer to receiving substantive relief from their income tax burden. The Missouri House of Representatives this week approved legislation to create a one-time economic recovery tax credit for Missouri residents who paid personal income tax in the state for 2021.
 
The chairman of the House Budget Committee, who sponsors the bill, told his colleagues the plan came into being when he looked at the numbers following the House giving approval to the state budget. Despite the fact the House approved the largest budget in the state’s history, the state still had billions of dollars left in its coffers.
 
The sponsor told his colleagues, “This is an attempt to offset some of the tax burden for those state income taxpayers at a time where I think that they could use the money much better than the state government can.”
 
He added, “It’s a simple notion. We’re going to create a tax credit that would send a billion dollars back to taxpayers and offset their state income tax liability.”
 
HB 3021 will appropriate $1 billion from the state’s General Revenue Fund to fund a one-time economic recovery non-refundable tax credit. Under the plan, anyone filing an individual Missouri personal income tax return would receive a credit equal to their tax liability up to $500. Married couples filing jointly would receive up to a $1,000 credit. The credit is limited to individuals who were a Missouri resident for the entire tax year.
 
The vice-chairman of the House Budget Committee spoke in support of the proposal. He noted the budget plan approved by the House provides an immense amount of support for low-income Missourians, but said, “you know who we haven’t so much talked about, but here we’re talking about them here today in House Bill 3021, is that working Missourian – that man or woman working two, three jobs. There’s not been a lot of relief for them and here it is today. That’s why I’m so excited to support it.”
 
The chairman of the Budget Committee agreed that the budget approved by the House is “addressing the needs of low-income Missourians on a scale that we have never done before. It’s an unprecedented scale.” In reference to HB 3021, he said “This is a bill that would essentially give state revenues back to those that paid state revenues into the state treasury. We are in a situation where we have excess revenues in the state treasury, and to me that means it’s time to give some of those dollars back to those that paid it in, especially when they are facing challenges due to inflation and various economic factors.”
 
The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. It must receive approval from both chambers by Friday, May 6, which is the deadline for all appropriations bills.
 
House Moves to Protect Missourians from Unapproved Vaccines (HB 1709)
 
The members of the Missouri House took action this week in an effort to protect Missourians from being forced to take vaccinations that have yet to receive full authorization.
 
HB 1709 provides it is an unlawful discriminatory practice for any government entity in the state to require any person to receive a medication, vaccination, or injection that has not been fully authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is allowed under an emergency use authorization, or is undergoing safety trials.
 
The bill’s sponsor, who also works in the health care field, told her colleagues she has personal experience with a workplace mandate to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. She said, “I’ll never forget the day that I received an email, it was actually on my birthday, stating that I had to get the vaccination or else I would lose my job. My issues with that was that it wasn’t fully FDA-approved.” She added, “There’s a lot of people that are scared when you’re told you have to get a vaccination. I am in no way, shape, or form against the COVID vaccination. I did personally receive the vaccination, but I waited until the Pfizer was FDA-approved before I went ahead and got it.”
 
The sponsor said her experience “really got me thinking about what happens in the future if something like this happens again and we’re forced to have to take a vaccination and it doesn’t make it across the finish line before my deadline.”
 
HB 1709 specifies that its provisions will not prohibit health facilities from requiring employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in order for a health facility to participate in a federal program or contract, and the provisions will not prohibit public colleges or universities from requiring select students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in order for a college or university to receive federal funds.
 
The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
 
Bills Sent to the Senate
 
HB 3017 re-appropriates approximately $438 million for ongoing projects around the state that have already been undertaken. Projects range from renovation and improvements of vocational technical schools to new facilities on college campuses to projects at veterans’ homes and cemeteries.
 
HB 3018 appropriates approximately $477 million for maintenance and repair of statewide facilities.
 
HB 3019 appropriates approximately $469 million to fund capital improvement projects around the state. The bill includes $65.5 million for National Guard facilities, $22.7 million for various parks and historic sites, $15 million for improvements for various conservation sites and facilities, $10 million for charter school deferred maintenance, and $300 million for the Missouri State Capitol Commission Capitol Preservation Fund.
 
HB 2152 provides a definition for “school innovation team” and for “school innovation waiver” and allows school innovation teams to submit a plan to the State Board of Education (SBE) for a state innovation waiver for a variety of purposes as outlined in the bill. Supporters say the bill provides an opportunity for schools to innovate without fear of repercussions in the accreditation process. Schools that use these waivers might pilot new programs that will benefit their students and provide additional flexibility to explore opportunities in education that will address student’s needs.
 
HB 2372 modifies the provision regulating capitol parking garages. Currently, the parking garages located on the northeast and northwest capitol complex grounds are under the joint control and operation of both houses of the General Assembly. When the General Assembly is not in session, state employees are allowed to park in the northwest garage. This bill removes that state employee parking provision and places the parking garages under the joint control of the General Assembly year round. Supporters say the bill would bring statute in line with current practice.
 
HB 2625 allows certain individuals holding a valid current professional license in another state or territory of the United States to practice such profession in Missouri, without obtaining a Missouri license, as part of a partnership with the federal Innovative Readiness Training program within the United States Department of Defense. Such individuals must be active duty or reserve members of the Armed Forces of the United States, members of the National Guard, civilian employees of the United States Department of Defense, or professionals otherwise authorized by the United States Department of Defense and their practice of the profession in Missouri must be required by the federal Innovative Readiness Training program under military orders. Supporters say that with a partnership through the US Department of Defense (DOD), the Delta Regional Authority supports the Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program that would bring medical, dental and vision care to Delta residents in southeast Missouri at no cost. The DOD needs legislation to allow the members of the military to practice in Missouri with their credentialing orders, to provide the health care services in underserved areas.
 
HB 1696 modifies provisions relating to the illegal discharge of firearms. Currently, a person commits the offense of unlawful use of a weapon if they discharge or shoot a firearm from a motor vehicle. This bill allows the discharge of a firearm from a stationary vehicle as authorized under the Missouri Wildlife Code. The bill also establishes “Blair’s Law” which provides that a person commits the offense of unlawful use of a weapon if, with criminal negligence, they discharges a firearm within or into the limits of any municipality. Supporters say farmers and ranchers need to have the ability to protect their livestock from predatory animals without the fear of being charged with a felony offense. The bill would allow them to do just that. In addition, owners of firearms need to act responsibly with the weapons. Celebratory gunfire can injure or kill innocent people. The bill establishes consequences for celebratory gunfire.
 
HB 2574 requires scrap metal dealers and others regulated under state law to require proof that the seller of a detached catalytic converter is a bona fide automobile repair shop or sign an affidavit that the converter was lawfully acquired. The make, model, year, and vehicle identification number of the vehicle from which the converter originated will be required and maintained for four years. The bill adds that a person commits the offense of stealing if they retain or dispose of the property of another while they reasonably should have suspected that such property has been stolen. Supporters say catalytic converter theft is a serious problem with the theft of catalytic converters on the rise in the state. These thefts are hurting a number of different businesses related to automobiles. This bill will help in reducing the amount of catalytic converter thefts and fraud.
 
HB 1629 designates June as “Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month” as well as several other state designations. Supporters say myasthenia gravis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that weakens or destroys communications between nerves and muscle. This results in weakness of the muscles and rapid fatigue. Designating June as “Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month” will result in greater education and understanding of this disorder, encouraging participation and support for efforts in researching and combating the disorder. The bill further designates several state designations.
 
HB 2566 allows the director of the Department of Commerce and Insurance to issue a limited lines travel insurance producer license to a person or business entity that has filed an application approved by the director. The bill also allows any person who is already licensed in a major line of authority as an insurance producer to sell, offer, negotiate or solicit travel insurance. Supporters say many states are already starting to do this. This is basic insurance which doesn’t require as much training to sell it.
 
HB 2493 expands on the criteria for career ladder admission and stage achievement. Additional responsibilities and volunteer efforts outside of compensated hours may include uncompensated coaching, supervising, and organizing extracurricular activities, serving as a mentor or tutor to students, additional teacher training or certification, or assisting students with college or career preparation. The bill increases the state percentage of funding for salary supplements for career ladder from 40% to 60% and lowers the number of years before a teacher is eligible from five to two years. Supporters say the bill rewards teachers for taking extra time working with students, fostering community engagement and professional development of students. It would increase interaction time between parents and teachers filling the gap of learning loss that is being experienced currently. The bill also provides bankruptcy protection for the Missouri Education Savings Program and the Missouri Higher Education Deposit Program also known commonly as 529 education savings accounts.
 
HB 2365 removes the Department of Health and Senior Services and the Department of Social Services from the program collaboration as their prior role is now combined in the Office of Childhood under the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The bill removes the label of pilot program from the early learning quality assurance reporting program and authorizes the program to provide continuous improvement and ongoing updated consumer education. The bill also removes the sunset provision. Supporters say making the learning quality assurance report program permanent will allow parents to continue to be empowered with the tools to make informed decisions about their childrens’ opportunities. The program enables providers to implement best practices and gives them access to resources that will help build high-quality options for families.
 
HB 2571 grants the Division of Finance (DOF), within the Department of Commerce and Insurance the authority over the laws relating to persons and entities engaged in the following: (1) Banks, trust companies and the banking business. Currently the Division has regulatory authority over these entities. (2) Mortgage loan business; (3) Any other financial-services-related business over which the Division is granted express authority. The bill grants the director discretionary authority to issue bulletins regulating the businesses, which do not have the force or effect of law and are not regarded as statements of general applicability for rule promulgation. Supporters say DOF is being authorized to publish industry guidance letters in a timely fashion, to promote consistency and transparency, to enable the banks to develop their policies and procedures prior to DOF examination in order to achieve compliance. The non-bank consumer lenders will come under the purview of DOF. The bill also establishes the “Missouri Workplace Retirement Savings Plan” and the “Missouri Workplace Retirement Savings Board”. Additionally, the bill creates the “Commercial Financing Disclosure Law”, which provides bankruptcy protection for the Missouri Education Savings Program and the Missouri Higher Education Deposit Program also known commonly as 529 education savings accounts, adds damaging or making a “teller machine” inoperable to the offense of property damage in the first degree, and modifies the statute related to the offense of money laundering.
 
HB 2325 establishes the “Workforce Diploma Program” to assist students in obtaining a high school diploma and develop employability and career technical skills. Supporters say the bill improves job prospects to enable the students to get higher and better paying jobs. Over 445,000 adults in Missouri don’t have a diploma. Several other states have adopted the program. There is a need to upskill Missourians and this program will help train the workforce. The bill also establishes the “Extended Learning Opportunities Act” and allows synchronous instruction connecting students to a live classroom in a Missouri adult high school to be treated the same as in-person learning.
 
HB 2090 allows the salaries of state employees to be paid in biweekly installments, as designated by the Commissioner of the Office of Administration. Supporters say receiving a salary once a month is a burden for the state employees and many of the state employees have to work part-time jobs to supplement their income. The bill addresses the shortfall by paying the employees a biweekly salary thereby eliminating the need for the employee to make choices.
 
HB 1683 requires public institutions of higher learning to adopt and implement policies, as outlined in the bill, that will give undergraduate course credit to entering freshman students for each advanced placement (AP) examination upon which such student achieves a score of three or higher. Supporters say there are several bordering states that have a policy for acceptance of AP scores 3 and above and this attracts Missouri students to those universities. This would provide assurance to students taking these very difficult exams that they would receive university credit.

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

Department awards $1.4 million to Cass County’s Public Water Supply District No. 10

District will use the funds for drinking water system improvements

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 20, 2022 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded nearly $1.4 million in financial assistance to Cass County’s Public Water Supply District No. 10 for upgrades to the district’s water storage system. The project is expected to cost nearly $2.1 million and is anticipated to be completed by September 2023.

The project includes a new elevated storage tank that will connect to the distribution system through a new 12-inch main. A new electronic control system will be added, and new security fencing will be constructed around the site. With these improvements, the district can offer its citizens safe drinking water for years to come with a modern and well-functioning system.

Project funding consists of a $1.37 million Drinking Water State Revolving Fund loan and $700,762 of local funds. The funding provided by the department is estimated to save the district’s ratepayers approximately $294,000 in interest over the loan’s 20-year term.

“One thing every community has in common is the need for systems that provide clean, abundant water,” said Governor Mike Parson. “We make it a priority to help Missouri communities plan and fund water treatment system improvements that will continue providing the water they need to grow and thrive.”

“One of our priorities is helping Missouri communities maintain and improve their water and wastewater treatment systems,” said Dru Buntin, director of the Department of Natural Resources. “One way we do that is by offering a variety of financial assistance programs through which communities can improve key infrastructure and experience real economic benefits.”

The department’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund finances improvements to qualified water treatment plants, distribution systems, water storage and supply facilities, along with interconnection or consolidation projects. Communities that borrow from the fund benefit from the below-market interest rate and from assistance provided throughout their project from a project manager.

The department is committed to assisting Missouri communities with water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects. Through its Financial Assistance Center, the department provides funding opportunities for qualified communities with water quality, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure needs. This project will be funded wholly or in part with monies received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information on wastewater and drinking water funding opportunities, visit dnr.mo.gov/water/business-industry-other-entities/financial-opportunities/financial-assistance-center.    

Appleton City: Little Apple

Appleton City First Baptist would like to invite widows of our community to “Young at Heart Widows Event”, a fun day out April 23 at 11:00. They will meet at the church and go to lunch and then go to Powell’s Botanical Gardens in Kingsville. This is a free event. They just ask you RSVP by April 11. You can RSVP by calling the church at 660-476-5512. Please leave a message with a name and phone number so they can contact you

On Wednesday, April 27, Hudson R-IX students will entertain with a musical program at 7:00 p.m. in the gym.  Come early and stay late as there will also be a number of student exhibits on display.

The AC Spring City Wide Garage Sale dates are set for April 29 & 30. Permits are $5 and can be purchased at City Hall beginning April 11 – 26. Permits to set up in the AC Park are $25 for the pole shelter, $15 for the stage, $10 for lawn permits & these fees cover both days. Park permits can be purchased at City Hall on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved by phone. Maps will be available at Food Fair, Powell’s True Value and Casey’s beginning Thursday afternoon and at Fika beginning Friday morning. House of Joy Ministry will be at the City Park Saturday from 3:00-5:00 to pick up donations. For questions, please call Dianne Foster at 660-679-1125.

In conjunction with the City Wide Garage Sales, County Wide Disposal will have trash containers at the City Barn for big item disposal May 3-5. If you need a big item picked up at your home, you must call County Wide Disposal at 660-679-0717 to request it. There will be a fee for this service.

Hudson R-IX Elementary will hold their annual kindergarten screening on Monday, May 16.  Please call the school at (660) 476-5467 to set up an appointment.  You will need your child’s social security card, birth certificate, and current immunization record.  If you call and the school office is closed, please leave a message and they will get back to you.

The Appleton City Public Library is conducting their Friends of the Best Sellers Program until May 19, 2022. The program’s purpose is to fund the purchase of new hardback books for the library. You can become a friend by either choosing a book from the list or requesting another book you’ve wanted to read and then donating $20.00 for said book. The perks of being a Friend to the library are that you will be the first person to check the book out, and you will be honored by having your name placed on a special nameplate in the front of each of the Library Friend books. Library hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to noon.

The Appleton City Museum will open for its 19th summer season Friday, May 6 from 1:30-4:30. Visiting hours will be every Friday afternoon and the first Saturday of each month May through September. The location is 503 N. Maple, one block north of caution light.  They hope you will make the museum a place to visit this year. Encourage children, family members and friends to step back into time at the Appleton City Museum.