It’s a Big Weekend Upcoming at Lucas Oil Speedway, with John Schneider’s “Bo’s On The Road Extravaganza” Kicking Things Off with a Friday Night Concert Plus a Car Show

It’s a big weekend upcoming at Lucas Oil Speedway, with John Schneider’s “Bo’s On The Road Extravaganza” kicking things off with a Friday night concert plus a car show, and continuing with two days of Drag Boat racing and Saturday night’s Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series action. John and wife Alicia will be competing in the USRA B-Mod division.

John Schneider said many people assume that his interest in fast cars began with his role as Bo Duke driving the General Lee on the iconic television program “Dukes of Hazzard.”
“People say, ‘Did you start to love cars after Dukes?’ No, I was always a car fan,” Schneider said, adding that his interest was sparked as a youngster by movies like Grand Prix and trips to watch racing at Watkins Glen in his native New York state.
“That might have been in the 1960s,” Schneider said in a recent telephone interview, ahead of his “Bo’s On The Road Extravaganza,” which comes to Lucas Oil Speedway this weekend.
Festivities kick off Friday night as Schneider headlines a big concert at the dirt track, followed by the showing of his movie “Stand On It” on the track’s Jumbotron video board.
On Saturday night, Schneider and wife Alicia Allain will race their own B-Mods in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod portion of the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program. Prior to singing the National Anthem that night, Schneider will talk about the meaning of the Anthem.
Sunday morning prior to the beginning of Day 2 of the KDBA Summer Shootout on Lake Lucas, Schneider will hold Cowboy Church services along with a pastor from Racers for Christ at Lake Lucas.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to get there,” Schneider said of the weekend. Driving a race car has Schneider particularly pumped. He said bragging rights will be on the line when he gets behind the wheel of the B-Mod.
“We’re really serious,” Schneider said of racing the B-Mod, half-joking “there’s really only one person out there I really want to beat, and it’s (Alicia). If fearless has anything to do with it, I’m gonna be in a world of hurt. She’s a little ball of fire and she’s as tough as a Waffle House steak. Somebody is gonna have bragging rights at home.”
As for how competitive he hopes to be against the regular B-Mod racers, Schneider said he would “like to be a force out there” but is realistic.
“This will only be my third race in this car,” he said. “I want to be somebody that’s hard to beat, not somebody that just hangs out. With my history, I’ve got to be a force on the race track or else I’m just in the way.”
Schneider, with 112 acting credits in terms of films and television programs, said fast cars have been in his blood “for as long as I can remember.”
“My dad did automobile upholstery and my mother was the first person I saw turn the top of an air cleaner upside down so the car would sound better,” Schneider said. “So I come by it fairly naturally. Somewhere in my past, I think it was maybe an uncle who raced a cigarette boat. The need for speed has always been a part of me.”
The role on Dukes of Hazzard was a natural fit and driving the orange 1969 Dodge Charger was in his wheelhouse.
 “This notion of going into an oval and throwing a car into a corner is really what I did for years on Dukes,” Schneider said. “This really seems to be a natural fit for me. But these cars are much better. People think of the General Lee as being an amazing car. Well, no, it was really light and easier to throw around corners. It was harder not to.
“So when I get out there it feels like one of the more natural things to me. I feel like I can get really good at this. I am not yet. Once I can equate my current car to a ’69 Charger – I have one sitting not far from where I am – I can pretty much make that car do anything I want it to. My new car, I’m not real familiar with it yet.”
His goal on Saturday night – along with finishing ahead of Alicia – will be to finish.
“You cannot win a race you do not finish,” he said. “I’m gonna start in the back so I can watch the wrecks happen in front of me, navigate my way through them and work my way to the front.”
On Friday night, Schneider looks forward to bringing another of his passions to the fans, when he joins his band on stage in front of the main grandstand. Country stars Keith Burns of the band Trick Pony and Cody McCarver of the band Confederate Railroad also will be part of the show.
Schneider has charted 11 top-10 singles in the 1980s on the country charts including four No. 1 hits – “I’ve Been Around Enough to Know” (1984), “Country Girls” (1984), “What’s a Memory Like You (Doing in a Love This Thing) (1986) and “You’re the Last Thing I Needed Tonight” (1986).
“Truck On is my 24th album, but there’s still a lot of folks who know the music from the ‘80s, but they don’t know it’s me,” Schneider said. “We remind them and it’s great fun. The music is high-energy. We’re gonna have a great amount of fun.
“You know, fun is contagious. I’ve never had more fun, except maybe when I’m on the race track – but not hitting the wall. I can’t think of another place I’d rather be than on stage.”
Following the concert, Schneider’s movie “Stand On It” will show on the track’s JumboTron video board. The film is a tribute to Smokey and the Bandit. Schneider said he’s in the final stages of editing for his next release, a sequel to Stand on it called “Poker Run.” That one is scheduled for release the day after Thanksgiving.
“Dirt track racing plays a big part in second half of this movie,” Schneider said. “We’re gonna be shooting some crowd reactions at Lucas Oil Speedway (for Poker Run). I’ve been a movie fan all my life, I like to incorporate as many people that want to be in a movie if they want to be.”
For more information about John, his movies and his music go to JohnSchneiderStudios.com.
VIP meet and greet tickets for Friday night’s concert must be purchased in advance by calling Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984. General admission tickets throughout the weekend can be purchased online or at the gate.
A big car show has been added to the festivities earlier on Friday with the public invited to enter their favorite classic car with several categories available.
On Saturday, Day One of the Kentucky Drag Boat Association Summer Shootout will take place the morning and afternoon on Lake Lucas. Both Saturday and on Sunday, for the final half of the Summer Shootout, kids can play on a 35-foot-long wet water slide/bounce house combo that will be set up on the drag boat midway.
The Tropical Combo has four features to entertain youngsters, including a large bounce floor that will accommodate 6-8 kids. Inside the bounce house, the kids can play with a built-in basketball hoop or pretend they’re in a tropical forest as they can climb a “mountain” and ride a river to a gentle splash pool. Swim suit are encouraged for the youngsters.
There also will be cornhole boards under the beer tent. 
The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series on the dirt track Saturday night finds the CW Ozarks/O-zone Presenting Fan Appreciation Night for the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series with food and drink specials including $1 nachos & cheese, $2 hot dogs and $2 soft drinks or water.
The Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modifieds will headline the dirt-track program with a 25-lap, $1,000-to-win main event. The Show Me Vintage Racing Club Cars will be on hand as a guest class and will be displaying their cars on the midway prior to the event and having a race on the dirt oval after intermission.
Beat The Heat in a Suite: The speedway has a limited number of VIP Suite tickets available for Saturday night’s program, on the third level overlooking the front straightaway, priced at $24 apiece. All VIP Suite seats must be pre-paid and can be reserved by calling Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984
The suite offers prime viewing from inside, where the temperature is climate-controlled, or an outside seating area. Food and drinks are not included in the ticket price, though a host/hostess will be available to take food and drink orders throughout the evening.
WEEKEND SCHEDULEFriday Concert Admission:VIP Meet & Greet with John Schneider – $125 (Includes: 1 Friday admission price, special lanyard, a snapshot with their camera, along with an autographed item. Additional charge for additional items) 100 VIP tickets available.Adults (16 and up) – $25Seniors (62 and up)/Military – $22Youth (age 6 to 15) – $10Kids (age 5 and under) – FREEFamily Pass – $60 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15)Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $75Seniors (62 and up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $70Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $30All 3-Day tickets include access to the Drag Boat pit area and include entry to the dirt track event on Saturday, July 31
Car ShowEntries are $40 and they include two adult tickets for the Friday-night concert and movie, one dash plaque and one speedway t-shirt. Trophies will be award for Best of Show and Bo’s Choice, per entry class. Those classes are:

  • Dukes of Hazzard Charger
  • Daisy Duke Jeep
  • Boss Hogg Cadillac
  • Uncle Jesse Ford Truck
  • Muscle Car (1980 and up)
  • Muscle Car (50s, 60s, 70s)
  • Street Rod
  • Rad Rod
  • Race Car

Car Show entry gate open at 4 p.m. and cars must be set up and ready by 5.Trophies will be presented around 7:30 p.m. Car Show entries can be mailed in with payment and entry form, or purchased at the pit office the day of show.
Saturday, July 31 (Lake Lucas)Kentucky Drag Boat Association Day 1(Tentative schedule)7 a.m. – Registration Opens – Spectator Gates Open9 – Round 1 Qualifying Sportsman Session10:30 – Round 1 Qualifying Pro Session12:30 p.m. – Round 2 Qualifying Sportsman Session2 – Round 2 Qualifying Pro SessionSaturday Spectator AdmissionAdults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) – $25Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) – $22Youth GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 6 to 15) – $10Kids GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 5 and under) – FREEFamily Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo – $60 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15)Adult 2-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $50Seniors (62 and up)/Military 2-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $44Youth Ages (6-15) 2-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $20*All tickets include access to the Drag Boat pit area.*All Saturday and 2-Day tickets include entry to the dirt track on Saturday July 31st.
Saturday (Dirt Track)The CW Ozarks/O-Zone Presents Fan Appreciation Night Round 12 of the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series with food and drink specials including $1 Nachos & Cheese, $2 hot dogs and $2 soft drinks or water.
4 p.m. – Gates open6:30 p.m. – Hot laps7 p.m. – Opening ceremonies
Dirt Track AdmissionAdults (16 and up) $12Seniors (62 and up)/Military $9Youth (6-15) $5Kids (5 and under) FREEFamily Pass $30Pit Pass-$30
Sunday, Aug. 1 (Lake Lucas)Kentucky Drag Boat Association Day 2(Tentative schedule)8 a.m. – Spectator gates open9 a.m. – Eliminations
Sunday Grandstand AdmissionAdults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) – $25Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) – $22Youth GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 6 to 15) – $10Kids GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 5 and under) – FREEFamily Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo – $60 (Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages 6-15)All tickets include access to the Drag Boat pit area.
For ticket information for any event during the 2021 Lucas Oil Speedway season, contact McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at [email protected]. Fans also can use the online ticketing system.
CONTACT:Danny LortonLucas Oil Speedway General ManagerOffice: (417) 282-5984[email protected]

HEIGHTENED SAFETY MEASURES AT BCMH DUE TO COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION

HEIGHTENED SAFETY MEASURES AT BCMH DUE TO COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION 

Due to a sharp increase in community transmission rates, Bates County Memorial Hospital has reinstated heightened pandemic safety measures within the hospital and Family Care Clinics.  

  • Screening is required for all who enter the hospital and clinics, including COVID-19 related questions, regardless of vaccination status. 
  • Masks are required for all who enter hospital and clinic facilities, regardless of vaccination status. 
  • At this time, all Family Care Clinic patients with COVID-19 symptoms will be seen at the High Street Drive-Thru Clinic at 706 S. High Street, Butler, MO 64730. 
  • One visitor allowed per inpatient per day for a non-COVID patient. 
  • Two visitors allowed per inpatient, COVID and non-COVID, on care and comfort (end-of-life care). 
  • No children under age 12 except as a patient with an appointment. 
  • No companion for patients of Outpatient Specialty Clinics or Family Care Clinics. If a patient requires an assistant, caregiver, parent or guardian to accompany them, staff will decide on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Hospital hours: The hospital’s north/front entrance is open from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please use the emergency department entrance during nights and weekends.  

These are emergent policies and are subject to change as our local situation evolves. We are thankful for the kindness and flexibility of our patients and their families as we work together to protect our hospital and community.  

Visit the BCMH website before your next visit to review our current Patient and Visitor Guidelines: http://www.bcmhospital.com/covid-19-visitor-policy/ 

The Museum Minute: Herrman’s Historical Happenings week of July 28

1860 Mrs. Borden’s Boarding House is damaged by fire in West Point. Several “ladies” are left temporarily homeless and without a means of support

1876 The third annual Bates Co Fair Association fair opens for three days at the fairgrounds east of Butler

1900 An advertisement in the Bates Co Democrat “One day special at Jim’s Clean grocery and meat market. Soap 3 cents, pickles 18 cents a gallon, tea siftings 11 cents, first door east of the Missouri State Bank, northeast corner of the square, Butler

1934 James Potts, the city’s stray dog exterminator, shoots at one in the northeast corner of the courthouse lawn, one of the bullets skips into a plate glass window of the Victor DeBow radio shop on the south side of the Butler square at 7 W. Dakota St.

1942 Wilbur Hastin & Stanley Gray relocated their ‘Wilbur & Stanley’ Auto Shop to 103 East Dakota St., Butler (Troy’s repair shop).

1951 The city of Butler has engaged Marion Arnold, local feed store owner to fog the city tonight. He has a Tiffa Fogging Machine, Butler wants to get rid of mosquitoes and other troublesome insects

1956 Three people die in an automobile crash at a blind intersection, southeast of Rich Hill. Thomas Pope, president of the Rich Hill school board and supervisor of the Agriculture Committee of Bates Co dies on the way to the Butler hospital. Mrs. William Poulter dies at the scene, her husband dies later at the Nevada hospital

1960 George Ross announces the purchase of the Arnold Mills from Marion Arnold, Butler

1978 The crowd is large and willing to buy at the well promoted Butler Sidewalk Sale

1988 Rodney Rom, chief mechanic at Jack’s Diversified Service in Butler is a finalist, winning third place in the All American Engine Repair Championship held in Louisville, Kentucky. He won $400 and the engine he was working on.

2000 Some 80 cancer survivors make a rainy trek around the Butler square as John Magoffin, playing “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes, leads them. 9 year old Taylor Waite, son of Brian and Jacque Waite of Butler, is the grand marshal

2001 An estimated 10,000 people attend the three day, 23rd annual Steam and Gas Engine Show at the grounds east of Adrian

Courtesy of Mid America Live

Butler City Council News from July 20th Meeting

Story Courtesy of Mid America Live

In news from the Butler City Council Meeting held on July 20th

Guest Tiffany Blaser, representing the Bates County Elks, approached the council regarding the Safety Village program that is wrapping up soon. She asked if the city would pay for the kid’s pool day on Friday which would be $137.00 as a donation to the Safety Village program. The city of Butler agreed to incur the cost.

Hackers could cost the city a lot of money, as was the case for the city of Joplin recently. Clerk Corey Snead advised the council again to stay ahead of this issue by doing cyber security updates on city computers which include both hardware and software. Lowest bid for the work is $7,300.00 which is actually a bit less than the guessed $8,000 number presented earlier. The council voted in favor of accepting the bid and getting the upgrades going as soon as possible.

On a related note, the city of Butler carries insurance should a security breach happen which currently is $100,000.00. A more realistic amount would be a million dollars however the city must first pass a security assessment, which it failed previously. The logical approach will be to do the upgrades, pass the assessment, then qualify for a reasonable premium on the $1,000,000 policy.

The city of Butler will hold its annual tax sale for abandoned property in Butler on August 23rd on the courthouse lawn. There are upwards of 10 properties that will be available, and more information will be revealed in the next meeting.

Police Chief Jarret Wheatley reported that a ninth and final patrol officer has been hired. Currently 6 officers are available on patrol now.

Mayor Jim Henry commended local businesses that have joined in paying for pool passes, an effort started by the Tu Casa restaurant that led to many others to join the effort. He also expressed concerns about new strains of coronavirus, we all need to remain vigilant.

The issue regarding the Umstattd sewer issue has been resolved. They will be connecting to the city’s sewer system as they are building a new home in south Butler and previously requested a variance to install a septic tank instead.

Butler has five water storage tanks (towers) and those must be inspected every five years. Time is running short to get the work done and a bid of $8,988.00 was accepted for the work that must be completed by the end of the year.

Also approved was $29,968.78 for new turnout gear for the fire department. $30,000 was originally budgeted for this expense.

The finance committee will meet August 17 to go over the recent city audit.

A long discussion was held regarding political flags around town that display profane words in full view of the public. The Butler city attorney addressed this issue, stating that unfortunately without an ordinance, there isn’t much that can be done. He went on to say that even if there was an ordinance, it could be considered a violation of first amendment rights and the Missouri Supreme Court most likely would judge in favor of those displaying the flags.

Stay involved! The Butler city council meets on the first and third Tuesdays, 7 pm, at the Butler city hall.

Cooling Station in Nevada

Due to the forecast of extreme temperatures coming this week the Nevada Fire Chief has announced the opening of the Cooling Station for the Nevada Community.

The cooling station will be at the Nevada Community Center located at 200 North Ash Street in Nevada.  The cooling station will be opened until 7pm each night. 

The Cooling station will have bottled water available for you to stay hydrated.

Amsterdam Jubilee Parade Grand Marshal

The Amsterdam Jubilee Committee is honored to announce the 2021 Amsterdam Jubilee Parade Grand Marshal Mrs. Kay Cummings.

Kay Englis Cummings was born and raised in LaCygne Kansas. Kay has 2 children, Lee of Amsterdam, and Sue of Parkville. Kay has 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Kay was Vacation Bible School director at the Amsterdam Baptist Church for many years. Kay was also Amsterdam City Clerk and Tax Collector.

Kay also worked in the Miami school cafeteria before retiring as head cook in 2005.

Kay was a wonderful seamstress, before retiring. Creating many beautiful outfits or doing alterations and sewn on numerous Letter jacket patches.

Kay also served as 4H sewing leader.

Kay enjoys making quilts and watching her great grandkids play sports.

The Amsterdam Jubilee Grand Marshal has been a proud member of the Amsterdam community for 61 years and Amsterdam is proud to have her.

Clinton Student attends Missouri Electric Cooperative CYCLE Program

Railee Compton of Clinton High School, was among the 70 high school students from across Missouri who participated in the Missouri Electric Cooperative CYCLE (Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience) program. The conference was held July 21-23 virtually and at co-op locations across the state. The delegates were sponsored by the Osage Valley Electric Cooperative.

Each summer, an action-filled three days provides high school students opportunities to learn first-hand what it is like to be involved in politics, the cooperative form of business and being a leader.

“The CYCLE Conference is the highlight of the summer for many students no matter the format and we’re proud to have the best and brightest become a part of our CYCLE family,” said Chris Massman, vice president of member services for the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives.

The conference kicked off with a motivational speaker. Students heard from Dan Meers, who entertains people and speaks to them about the power of positivity. Dan is the man in the KC Wolf mascot costume at all Kansas City Chiefs games and when he’s not entertaining 40,000 fans on gameday, he travels the country speaking to groups and telling his story.

Highlights included the youth visiting with Missouri Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe about the state of Missouri politics. Other events included participation in electrical related activities, including learning to make an extension cord. The delegates also heard from representatives from State Technical College, Western Governors University (WGU) and the University of Missouri. Participants heard great leadership and positivity messages from Johnie Hendrix, a training instructor for the co-op’s statewide, and Travis Mathes, the manager of member services and government affairs at Lewis County Electric Cooperative.

The CYCLE program is in its 18th year and is a recipient of the National Community Youth Service award for the top youth program among all electric cooperatives in the country.

Red Cross Blood Drives

The American Red Cross has an emergency need for lifesaving blood amid the ongoing severe blood shortage. Blood and platelet donations continue to be critical to meet hospital demand and the public is urged to make an appointment to give now. 

The Red Cross has been distributing about 12% more blood products to hospitals across the U.S. compared to this time last year. The Red Cross needs to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet the current hospital demand and end the severe blood shortage. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially type O, which stands at just a one-day supply right now.

To thank donors who help ensure a strong blood and platelet supply this month, all who come to give Aug. 1-15, 2021, will automatically be entered for a chance to win an exclusive, VIP trip for two to the sold-out 2021 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Those who come to donate throughout August will also receive a free 4-month subscription offer to Apple Music by email (new subscribers only). More details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/FeelTheBeat.

Donors who give now will help stock the shelves as we wind down the summer season. Schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility.

Bates

Rich Hill

8/3/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Rich Hill Christian Church, 300 E Walnut (A Highway)

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Cass

Belton

8/6/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Belton Regional Medical Center, 17065 S. 71 Highway

8/11/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Rock Brook Church, 1715 E. 173rd street

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About blood donation

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

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

Health insights for donors  

At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is also 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 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 has updated its pandemic safety protocols in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Fully vaccinated individuals, including staff and donors, no longer need to wear masks or socially distance. Unvaccinated individuals continue to be required to wear masks and socially distance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive.  

Construction Worker Falls from Bridge in Southern Bates County

From the desk of Bates County Sheriff Chad Anderson

On or about 7/22/21 at approximately 21:50 hours the Bates County Sheriff’s Office received a call-in reference to a construction worker that had possibly fallen from a bridge located on M highway in southern Bates County. Upon arrival deputies were directed to the located of a male subject in the water below the bridge. Bates County Deputies requested assistance for a potential water rescue at the scene.

Multiple departments including Rockville Fire, Rich Hill Fire, Butler Fire Department, Missouri Conservation Department, Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to assist.

Shortly after it was determined that the male subject was deceased, and the operation turned from a water rescue to a water recovery effort. Because of the location of the incident gaining access to the male subject was difficult and took a team of people to recover him. The recovery was conducted by many of the above-mentioned agencies along with the Bates County Coroner Greg Mullinax and his Deputy Coroner.

After the recovery the case turned into a death investigation. It was determined that the subject was working on the bridge after hours alone cutting relief cuts on the newly poured side walls. The scene indicated that during cutting the relief cuts either a malfunction occurred with the saw causing it to kick back or he lost balance on the scaffolding on the side of the bridge and fell over/under the railing.

An autopsy was performed on Saturday 7/24 with the preliminary findings indicating no foul play.

Discover nature with MDC at Missouri State Fair August 12-22

Visit MDC’s Conservation Building and enjoy special programs.

SEDALIA, Mo. — Discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia Aug. 12-22. Visit MDC’s Conservation Building from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to see live fish and learn about great ways to spend time in nature. Learn about and see displays of native plants that help butterflies and other important pollinators. Ask MDC staff conservation-related questions, get educational materials, and have fun!

Fairgoers can also take part in MDC’s first “Agents of Discovery” State Fair mission. Agents of Discovery is a new mobile gaming app that uses augmented reality to help connect people to nature. Download the State Fair mission and earn a special badge for exploring nature in and around the MDC building. Agents of Discovery is available for download through the App Store for Apple products or Google Play for Android devices. For more information on Agents of Discovery, visit discovertheforest.org/activities/agents-of-discovery.

Visit the Fair Aug. 13 for Missouri Department of Conservation Day — a full day of fun and excitement sponsored by MDC! Special demonstrations on Aug. 13 will feature MDC’s new canine unit of specially trained dogs that assist conservation agents with tracking, evidence recovery, search and rescue, wildlife detection, and more.

Learn about invasive plants and animals on Aug. 13 next door to the MDC outdoor pavilion at the Missouri Department of Transportation Highway Gardens. The event will include displays and activities on invasive plants and animals and how they harm native species and habitats, as well as Missouri’s agricultural, roadsides, and our backyards. Help stop the invasion by joining the fight and learning what you can do to help eliminate these unwanted invaders.

MDC will also pay tribute to Missouri’s bicentennial on Aug 16 and 17 when members of the Muskrat Society will be in period dress to interpret the fur trade of the 1820s-1840s, including a 30-foot half-scale keel boat on display.

Enjoy these free conservation-related programs at MDC’s outdoor pavilion:

  • LIVE RAPTORS: See a live eagle and other birds of prey at the Raptors of Missouri presentation with Dickerson Park Zoo Aug. 12 and Aug. 21 at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m.
  • CONSERVATION CANINE UNITS: Meet the canines who are specially trained for conservation work on Aug. 13 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • OGT TRAILER: Visit MDC’s Operation Game Thief trailer all day Aug. 14 and 15.
  • MUSKRAT SOCIETY: Go back in time to the days of fur trading along the Missouri River, all day on Aug. 16 and Aug 17.
  • BE BEAR AWARE: Learn about black bears in Missouri and how to Be Bear Aware Aug. 18 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • MUSHROOM ID: Learn about Missouri mushrooms Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • HISTORIC SAWMILL: See a scale model working sawmill Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Learn more about MDC programs, events, and other offerings at mdc.mo.gov.

Historical Fiction Author D.L. Rogers Reading in Harrisonville

The Harrisonville Bicentennial Birthday Block Party will be Saturday, August 7th on the Historical Harrisonville square from 8am to 9pm. 

One event that will draw the attention of history buffs is a Civil War Presentation reading and Discussion on Saturday, August 7th at the Robin’s Nest located at 104 North Independence beginning at 11am.

Join author D.L. Rogers of Kansas City to learn more about local Civil War ear history and hear her read selections from her popular books which include Elizabeth’s Wars, and Treachery at Midnight. 

For more information about D.L. Rogers and her many books visit her website at dlrogersbooks.com

Stagecoach Mural on Southwest Corner of Butler Square

The Butler Historic Preservation Commission has begun work on the mural located Dakota Street just off the Southwest Corner of the Butler Square. This mural is of Lindsay stagecoach and Mail Line.

The Lindsay Stage and Mail line had several routes – Northwest thru Virginia, Mulberry, West Point and on to LaCygne, East thru Pleasant Gap and Lahai and on to Appleton City and then south to Osceola. Anthony Lindsay was born in Nova Scotia and came to Bates County in 1870 to run the mail and stagecoach lines.

A little history about this building includes, to the west was the livery stable that served the three hotels in the immediate area.

The Pickett Hotel (Later Beatty’s) where Butler Abstract and LeNeaves is now, the LaClede Hotel where the mattress store is just west of Bates County Administrative building is now and the Day, later Southern Hotel in the empty lot south of the Methodist Church.

Thanks to the Butler Historic Preservation Commission for bringing our history to light and to all the volunteers who are helping.

Belton Police investigate Sunday Morning Shooting

The Belton Police Department investigated a shooting on Maggie Ct in Belton Sunday, July 25th. One party involved in the shooting has died. Two others are being treated in local hospitals.

The Belton Police Department has identified the party who was killed in Sunday morning’s shooting as 22-year-old Rahiem L. Pulce of Kansas City, Mo.

The Belton police Department reported the status of the two parties taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds. Both parties are listed in serious but stable condition at local hospitals. Their identities will not be released until such time charges are filed.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the investigation division of the Belton Police Department at 816-331-5522 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Department of Natural Resources awards $50,000 grant to Rich Hill

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources awarded a $50,000 Clean Water Engineering Report Grant to the city of Rich Hill to evaluate the city’s wastewater system.

The department’s Clean Water Engineering Report Grant program offers funding to small communities for wastewater engineering costs incurred in preparation of a facility plan report. The city of Rich Hill will use the grant to develop the report, which is intended to identify wastewater system improvements needed to continue reliable service to the area, meet permit requirements and reduce inflow and infiltration of stormwater into sewer collection pipes. The facility plan should be complete in December 2022.

Water and wastewater systems are essential infrastructure that support the health and economic vitality of a community. Through the grant, the city has an opportunity to assess their plant and identify improvements for efficiency and effectiveness, capacity, and to satisfy public health and water quality regulations. This will help the community plan for future growth and development and determine what actions are needed to address their wastewater needs.

The department’s Financial Assistance Center is committed to working with communities to assist with water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects. The department’s Water Protection Program’s Financial Assistance Center provides funding opportunities for 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/env/wpp/srf/index.html.

Bates County Covid Update

COVID-19 Updates

July 23, 2021

Positive Cases Reported: 1,566

Active & On Isolation: 49

Deaths (confirmed by death certificate): 39

Total Negative Tests Reported: 18,571 as of 7/22/21

Potash a Necessary Expense

Last year several soybean fields exhibited potash deficiency.  As potash prices have climbed over the years many producers have cut back on applications.  So, although we experience a good growing year, these potash deficient fields are not going to yield their full potential.  Potash deficiency shows up as yellowing along the leaf edges.  Soybean cyst nematode can cause the same symptoms. 

A 120-bushel corn yield removes 35 pounds of potash.  Forty-five-bushel soybeans remove 65 pounds of potash.  So, if you are rotating the two crops and only applying before the corn, you’d have to apply 100 pounds of potash just to replace what was removed.  If the soil needed potash to be built up or the yields were higher, even more would be needed. 

If producers are converting pastures or hayfields to crops, these may be very low in potash and will need large amounts applied to produce good crops.  Three tons of fescue hay remove 100 pounds of potash.  So, it is not surprising to find old hay fields that are nearly depleted of available potash.  A soil test will tell you where your levels are and if you need yearly potash applications to get your fertility back in shape. 

Contact your local University of Missouri Extension Agronomy Specialist if you have questions. 

Linn County Sheriff seeking Publics Help

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identification of the subject in the photos. If any person can assist in identifying the subject or vehicle in the photo please contact the Linn County Sheriff’s Office at (913) 795-2665. The subject in the photo is not accused of any crime at this time and should be considered innocent until adjudicated by a court of law.

Update on Linn County Thefts

FM 92 reported last week on the increase in the thefts of catalytic converters in Linn County Kansas.  Due to this concern the Linn County Sheriff’s Office has placed cameras about the County with landowner permission, the thieves and burglars should be aware. Below is a local Blue Mound man caught lurking in the tree line of a resident’s property. After the man left it was identified that the catalytic converters on the property were missing, the video describes the event very well. This subject has been identified; the Linn County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking warrants on this subject. All subjects should be considered innocent until the case is adjudicated in a court of law.

Old High School Thrift Shop in Butler has Announced Changes to Their Schedule

The Old High School Thrift Shop on Pine St. in Butler is making adjustments to their schedule due to the increase in Covid-19 cases in our area.

Until further notice, they will only be open on Fridays from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Masks are required and the number of shoppers in store at any given time will be limited.

They appreciate your understanding and support.

Robert “BOB” Miller, age 83 of Raymore (formerly of Butler)

Robert “BOB” Miller, 83 of Raymore, Missouri formerly of Butler, Missouri died Sunday, July 25, in Grandview, Missouri.   Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Friday, July 30,  at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler with burial in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler.  Visitation from 5 to 7 pm, Thursday, July 29 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel.  Contributions may be given to the Butler Alumni Association or the Butler Bear Backers in Bob’s memory.  Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Bob is survived by son Steven Miller and wife Shandra of Raymore, Missouri and daughter Keli Miller of Overland Park, Kansas; three grandchildren Robert Skyler Sutton Miller, Tanna Ann Miller and John Tucker Bradley Miller; brother Jack Miller and wife Joan of Independence, Missouri; two sisters Lois Simpson of Belton, Missouri and Sharon Kellogg and husband C.J. of Butler.

Butler Senior Center temporarily closes dining room, cancels indoor activities

The increased risk of COVID-19 transmission has prompted the Butler Senior Center to temporarily close its dining room to the public and cancel in-person activities, effective Monday, July 26, 2021. Curbside and home-delivered meals still will be available at the center, 611 W. Mill St.

The center, operated by Care Connection for Aging Services, had recently reopened for indoor dining and increased recreation and fitness activities; however, the rise in COVID-19 cases forced the changes for the time being.

“We have taken this step to keep our staff members and guests safe as the spread of the COVID-19 variant continues through Missouri and Bates County,” said Chris McCune, Regional Services Director. “We still offer our curbside meal pickup and would encourage seniors who are able to come by and get their meals from the center in their community.”

To learn more about curbside meals and the qualifications for home delivery, call Center Coordinator Nancy Rich at 660-679-5830.

The center will continue to offer an array of online recreational and educational activities, plus support groups, through Connect! Online, a “senior center without walls” that is accessible through the Zoom and Facebook platforms. To see the schedules and register for sessions, please visit www.goaging.org.

Bates County Care Manager Artricia Lowry will be available for telephone appointments to answer a variety of questions, provide information and assist in enrollment in Medicare and other programs for older adults. For more information, call the center 660-679-5830.

Care Connection for Aging Services is a non-profit area agency on aging that serves people 60 and older in 21 locations in 13 west Central Missouri counties, including Bates.  Its mission is to provide opportunities to create positive aging experiences. To learn more, visit www.goaging.org or call 1-800-748-7826.

Susan Lynn (Nuffer) Goddard, age 57, of Amsterdam

Susan Lynn (Nuffer) Goddard, age 57, of Amsterdam, MO passed away Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at the Kansas City Hospice House after a long and courageous battle with cancer. A visitation will be held from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at the Adrian Christian Church in Adrian, Missouri. Memorial services will follow at 3:00 pm Tuesday, also at the church. Burial will take place in Glenwild Cemetery, Cleveland, Missouri. Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com

Lynn was born December 12, 1963 to Richard & Nancy Nuffer. She was a graduate of Shawnee Mission South High School & later attended the University of Kansas. Lynn married the love of her life, John David Goddard, on September 15, 1984 in Westline, MO.
Lynn treasured her husband, children, and grandchildren above all else. Family was her greatest joy. She had a bright, fun personality and loved “her people” fiercely. She spent much of her adult life as a stay-at-home Mom, while also working periodically at the Miami R-1 School District where her children attended. Lynn never missed a school or club event, where you could often find her & Dave on the very front row cheering. Recently, Lynn worked part-time for State Farm Insurance in Butler, MO as an office manager. In her spare time, you would find her happily alongside her two grandchildren, shopping for flowers and plants, or crafting.
Lynn was preceded in death by her mother, Nancy Nuffer, her father-in-law, John Goddard, and cousin Susie McNeil. She is survived by her loving husband, Dave Goddard, of the home; father Richard Nuffer of Leawood, KS, one son, J.R. Goddard (Brandee), Pleasant Hill, MO; daughter Jessie McWilliams (Ben), Cleveland, MO; daughter Kara Goddard, Butler, MO; grandchildren, Macie & Ty McWilliams; brother, Chuck Nuffer (Gail), Overland Park, KS; mother-in-law, Barbara Goddard, Cleveland, MO; sister-in-law, Kathy Pippenger (Rex), Salina, KS; and many nieces and nephews.

Museum Minute Presents: This Week in History According to Herrman’s Archives

The Last Days of July in the Year…

1883 – McManus & Fell, of Rich Hill, have a prizefight, in Kansas, with McManus winning the $200 prize, on a foul in the 96th round.
1927 – J. Arthur Appley, 22, a miner at the Foster Coal mine, is injured severely when some rocks fall on him.  He is taken to the Delameter Hospital in Rich Hill.
1885 – Farmers hunting for stray cattle on the Mulberry Creek, 3 miles south of Mulberry, come up on a buggy, 2 overcoats, a valise, and 2 sets of harness.
1880 – Track laying has begun for the Gulf & Rich Hill railroad from Pleasanton, Kansas.  It should reach Rich Hill September 1st.
1892 – The dance at Worland Hall is well attended.
1907 – Over 1 mile has now been dug for the Drainage Ditch using five big dredge boats, day and night.
1883 – Eastern capitalists arrive in Butler; hold a short business meeting at the Palace Hotel, then drive to Walnut City, arriving about 2pm.  All expressed their expectations of what they could do for the booming area, and then an alliance is formed with the Ft. Scott, Lexington, & Chillicothe railroad and the Emporia line.
1886 – Judge H. P. Robinson has commenced a large stone residence, just west of Rich Hill.
1927 – Highway US 71 is concrete from Kansas City to Harrisonville and graveled to Nevada except for a mile of concrete between Rich Hill and Nevada.
1899 – The Border Telephone newspaper, of Hume, reports zinc and lead are being found in paying quantities, near Old Walnut.
1881 – R. B. ‘Kaiser’ Ewing, Dr. Hulett, Dr. Warren, and Ben Smith drive to New Home, from Rich Hill.  As they alight from their buggy, the team takes off and is caught by the Butler night watchman, some two hours later.
1885 – Capt. J. H. Hannah, owner & builder of the Palace Hotel building (Butler), has returned to Foster, where he purchased several buildings. 
1898 – The Hume Border Telephone newspaper is offering a subscription to the Telephone & the Kansas City Weekly newspaper, both for $1.00 per year.
1930 – Hume’s two day 50th Anniversary celebration begins, performers are The Pawnee Indian Tribe featuring champion Kenneth Goodeagle; the Great Knetzger, Rich Hill band, Jackson Jubilee Colored Quartette, and a large carnival.

  Courtesy of Mid America Live

Bates County Sheriff’s Deputies Assist in Vehicle Pursuit

On 7/20/21 at approximately 1130pm Bates County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to assist the Missouri Highway Patrol with a vehicle pursuit.   The vehicle was southbound on I49 and had entered Bates County.  

Deputies responded to the north end of the county to intercept the pursuit when they were notified that the vehicle had stopped in the fast lane just north of AA highway.   On arrival Bates County Deputies advised the subject was refusing to exit the vehicle and comply with commands.  A short time later the subject exited the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident.  The subject was transported to Cass County by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. 

A few hours later, on 7/21/21 at approximately 0330 hrs. Bates County was notified that Cass County was in pursuit of a truck hauling two motorcycles southbound on I49.  Sometime prior to entering Bates County the truck lost the trailer but continued southbound into Bates County.  Bates County Deputies entered the pursuit just north of Adrian.  South of Adrian the truck crossed the median and began driving southbound in the northbound lane.  The truck then crossed the shoulder of I49 and drove through the outer road fencing onto the outer road. The vehicle then traveled south onto county road 1503.  At the intersection of Cr1503 and 8004 the vehicle failed to make the turn and entered into the cornfield where the occupants fled on foot. 

Additional deputies were called from home to help search for the subjects.  Text caster was sent out to alert citizens to lock their cars to prevent the subjects from stealing a car in the area. 

This morning, Friday July 23rd, Bates County Sheriff’s Deputies received a call from a citizen stating there was a male subject walking and the witness saw a car pick the person up.   A description of the vehicle was given to deputies who later found the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on it.  One male subject was taken into custody and admitted to being a passenger in the truck.  The driver of the vehicle has not been located. 

The vehicle was towed from the scene.  This pursuit is still under investigation and charges maybe sent to the Bates County Prosecuting Attorney, Hugh Jenkins, when completed.

Linn County Fair August 6th – August 14th

The Linn County Fair and Rodeo will be August 6th through August 14th in Mound City Kansas. This annual event brings fair goer and rodeo fans from far and wide to Linn County.

Events happening at this years Linn County Fair include 3-day Motorsport’s weekend, Demolition Derby, Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull, PRCA Rodeo, and the Rutlader Outpost Cowboy Church Band. 

You can save on admission to events by purchasing your tickets from Linn County Fair Candidates. This year’s Queen candidates are Haven Conner 620-228-2282, Addison Stokes-Todd 913-755-5789, Bailey Umphenour 913-568-0335

Lot Foreclosure Sale in Linn County Kansas

Linn County Kansas is having a tax foreclosure sale for lake lots located on Linn Valley Lakes, Lake Chaparral, and Sugar Valley Lakes. Along with Residential lots in Mount City Kansas.

This year’s foreclosure sale date is August 20th, 2021.Registration will begin at 8am with sale beginning at 9:00 A.M. at the Linn County Fairgrounds 4-H building located at 8510 KS-7 in Mound City.

Buyers notice: Most of these lots are located within private developments and lot ownership fees may be applied. Buyers will need to contact the appropriate homeowner’s association for information before purchasing property. Linn County is neither liable nor accountable for such fees or any other fees imposed by the property developers or any related association.

For details on lots for sale visit www.linncountyks.com

Harrisonville Lion’s Club Fundraiser

Harrisonville Lions Club will have a Biscuit and Gravy Fundraiser on Saturday, July 31st from 8am to noon at the Farmers and artisans Market on the Harrisonville Square.

Lion Club member used proceeds from fundraiser events like this one to assist adults and children in their communities that are blind, or vision impaired thru the Lions program SightFirst they provide glasses, cataract surgeries, and seeing eye dogs. Lion Club member also accept eyeglass for recycling.

The Harrisonville Lions Club Biscuit and Gravy Fundraiser is six dollars per plate and includes Biscuit with sausage gravy, fruit cup and coffer or water.

Thank You! Only $167.50 Needed to complete the Goal to turn book- into a Movie. Diana Tayor ” Life Unarmed”

With less than two weeks to reach the final goal for local author, the Community has lifted the spirits of Diana Taylor. The final report states that only $167.50 is needed to complete the goal of the community fundraiser.

This local author did not know the impact her life could have on others until she wrote and published the book, “ Life Unarmed”.

The book hit the bookstores and is now in the works of creating a screenplay that could turn her life story into a movie. Diana was electrocuted as a 4-year-old child. Her book shares the struggles and challenges while growing up and how she functioned with only one arm and one leg.

This community project is proud to announce,  as of July 21st, the final amount needed to complete the goal is …. $167.50.

If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, donations in any amount are being accepted at Community First Bank of Butler. The Screenplay deadline is August 1st.

Public Service Message from the City of Butler. Protect our riders!

Communities are in the height of mowing season and something as simple as when you are mowing the ditch areas, blow the clippings back onto the lawn. This simple trick could save the life of a motorcycle rider.

Remember that grass clippings are often blown or left on the roadways and can lead to serious injuries or even death for those that ride.

Yard waste is not only dangerous to riders, but it ends up in the storm drains, causing blockages and contributes to city streets flooding.

Yard waste and grass clippings should be mulched back into the yard or deposited at the provided Brush and compost site located South of the Butler Youth Building at the Bates County Fair Grounds in Butler.

The Brush and Compost site is open Monday thru Friday from 8am to 5pm.  If you need to dump brush or compost on the weekend you can go the Butler Police State located at 309 North Fulton in Butler to pick up a key.

The City of Butler appreciates your compliance for the protection of our motorcycle riders.

Osage Valley Electric Coop Member’s your Capital Credit is Coming Soon

Osage Valley Electric Cooperative (OVEC) is continuing its long-standing practice of retiring capital credits to its members. The OVEC Board of Directors has elected to retire approximately $1,287,000 in capital credits effective August 1, 2021.

OVEC is a not-for-profit member-owned utility that operates at cost. Revenues above the cost of doing business are allocated to the members annually in the form of capital credits. The Osage Valley Electric Coop board of directors vote to retire capital credits when the financial condition of the cooperative will not be impaired. The decision to retire capital credits again this year was made due to the continued financial strength and sound management of the cooperative.

This year Osage Valley Electric Coop is returning margins from the years 1994, 1995, and 2020. Your share is figured based on the amount of electricity you used during each of those years. Current members that are eligible will receive this refund as a credit on their August 1st bill. Former members who longer have service with the cooperative will receive their refund in the form of a check by mail. If you were not a member during any of these years, you will not receive a refund this year.

It is important for both current and former members of Osage
Valley Electric Coop to maintain a current address on file so that they can ensure any retirements due to them will be received.

Vernon County Sheriff’s Office needs Publics Help

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s help in locating the owner of this camper trailer that was left on the side of a county road in the Schell City area. Any information on the camper, please contact the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office at 417-667-6042.

Nevada Police receive new Tactical Carriers

Nevada Police were fortunate enough to receive 18 new tactical plate carriers. These new carriers will outfit Nevada’s entire patrol & investigation divisions within their department.

The carriers will provide Nevada officers with extra ballistic protection during high-risk situations. They can be worn along with the Nevada officer’s standard ballistic vest that is concealed under the uniform shirt. The Tactical plated carriers will also be utilized in their yearly active shooter training that all Nevada officers are required to participate in.

The Nevada Police were fortunate enough to receive these new carriers through a grant! Officer safety continues to be a priority within the Nevada Police department

Fundraiser for Miller Family

Core Four is sponsoring “Friends Helping Friends Miller Family Benefit” chicken dinner Sunday, August 15 from 11:00 a.m. until the chicken is gone at the Farmhouse Kitchen located at 302 Railroad St. Appleton City, MO. The event will benefit Tammy Miller and her daughter Tory, who have been off work due to illness and have incurred numerous medical expenses. The meal is $12 per person and includes Kickin’ Chicken fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, green beans, slaw, hot roll and tea or lemonade. This meal will be available for dine in or take out. For information, contact Robyn Eckhoff at 660-464-1762 or Delores Bracher at 660-492-3831.

The Little Apple

Vol 29 no 29

                                                                                                          July 21 2021

The Appleton City Manor regrets they will not be holding their lemonade stand and burger/dog lunch originally scheduled for July 27, 2021.

Appleton City Rural Health Clinic will offer free sports physicals Wednesday July 28 by appointment only from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Call 660-476-2121 for an appointment.

Core Four is sponsoring “Friends Helping Friends Miller Family Benefit” chicken dinner Sunday, August 15 from 11:00 a.m. until the chicken is gone at the Farmhouse Kitchen, 302 Railroad St. Appleton City, MO. The event will benefit Tammy Miller and her daughter Tory, who have been off work due to illness and have incurred numerous medical expenses. The meal is $12 per person and includes Kickin’ Chicken fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, green beans, slaw, hot roll and tea or lemonade. You can dine in or take out. Other items of interest include a bake sale by friends and family, corn hole tournament and additional activities. For information, contact Robyn Eckhoff at 660-464-1762 or Delores Bracher at 660-492-3831.

The Montrose Class of 2024 is sponsoring a benefit whole hog raffle for Keon Engeman. They are selling raffle tickets for a whole hog plus the cost of processing. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. The hog is from the Henzlik Family Farm and the cost of processing is paid for by donations from families of the Montrose Class of 2024. If you win, you will be contacted via telephone. The drawing is September 1, 2021 and the pig will be delivered to processor at the beginning of September. All proceeds for this raffle will go directly to Keon Engeman for medical expenses. Contact any member of the Montrose Class of 2024 to purchase raffle tickets. If you have questions or need tickets, call Michelle Henzlik at 660-492-2885.

Does your school, not-for-profit organization, church or governmental entity have a project in mind that could use some funding?  Truman Lake Community Foundation, Inc. announces their Fall 2021 Grant Application cycle opens on August 1, 2021.  Grant applications must be completed online at https://www.grantinterface.com/Process/Apply?urlkey=cfozarksgrants (be sure to look for the Truman Lake Community Foundation Grantmaking Program Fall 2021) before the 5:00 p.m. August 31, 2021 deadline.  Awarded grants will be distributed in October 2021.  Any questions will be answered by emailing [email protected] or calling 660-885-6195 and asking for Ryan Cook.

The annual Ellett Memorial Hospital Community Block Party is scheduled for Saturday, August 7.  Follow their Facebook page for new and exciting vendors being added this year. Word on the street is KC Wolf may be making an appearance again this year!

The Sesquicentennial will be August 12-15.  Positions need to be filled for greeters at all the exhibits to welcome the visitors. The Military Display is asking everyone to look in their closets for former Military uniforms. Bill Gilmore has created stands to display each one on. And some may be used in the Decade Fashion Review. If you have items or storyboards to share contact Bill at 660-492-3139. The Quilt Show will continue to take entries through July. Contact Kathy Rodick at 417-309-9471. Souvenir SQC hats arrived this week.  They are available at Community First Bank, as well as other souvenirs. Some items have already sold out. The Fashion Review will be an event of entertainment. Encourage your family to participate with clothing from other eras, either by loaning them for others to wear or someone you know can be the model. Contact Denice Nitchals 660-492-3180.  Every guy who has whiskers should enter the contest. Encourage them by tell them about the contest on Thursday, August 12.  Many costumes have been made and worn during the past celebrations, find them in the closet and squeeze into them or find someone to share your garment with for the contest. You can’t win if you don’t enter. Contact Ellen Dunham at 660-492-0045. The farm machinery and small engines contact is Doug Snodgrass at 660-492-2814. To show the talents of area artists, contact Lyndsi Rivera for information 660-464-2575. Be a Proud Sponsor by making a donation at City Hall and if you want booth space pick up information at City Hall in the rack. The Vehicle Exhibit will be at the Depot. Arrive anytime after 10:00. The Parade is Saturday at 4:00 p.m. This is more than just the regular AC Fair. Extra events are planned. A complete schedule will be available end of July. For general questions, call Linda at 660-492-0131 or subject SQC by email to [email protected]

In conjunction with the Appleton City Sesquicentennial Celebration and also the congregation’s Sesquicentennial (+1), Trinity Lutheran Church will be sponsoring a quilt show at the church and inviting area quilters to participate.  The Quilt Show will be Friday and Saturday, August 13-14 during the Sesquicentennial.  Included in the show will be hand-quilted, machine-quilted, embroidered, appliquéd, and baby quilts, and wall hangings. If your quilt, either old or newer, has an interesting story with it, also plan on sharing that with the public. The show pre-registration begins now and ends June 30. At this time, 1 item can be registered per entry.  After June 30, depending on responses, the registration may be opened up again to include more available spaces at the show.  A $25 prize will be awarded in each category and a $50 “People’s Choice” Award. Call or text Kathy Rodick at 417-309-0471 with your name, address, phone number, and entry category, and a packet will be sent to be completed and brought with you to the show set-up on Thursday, August 12.

Ellett Memorial Hospital offers outpatient specialist services for July 2021. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: July 22 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, July 28 – Ortho – Dr. Gray, July 28 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni 

West Central Missouri Community Action Agency, with the best interest of the public and the safety of the communities that they serve, have decided to move away from an in-person Festival of Charity this year. While they were so excited to welcome everyone to join them for an evening of fun and charity, they have decided to pivot toward another option. With COVID-19 cases on the rise in southern Missouri and an overall increase for the state, they are moving to a series of online opportunities for the week of August 2, all leading up to the Raffle for a Cause LIVE drawing that will be held on both YouTube live and Facebook Live on August 5 at noon. They hope you can join them virtually and check out the videos they will be releasing all during that week.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

July 28     Sports physicals at AC Rural Health Clinic by appointment

Butler Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month Dirks Heavy Contractors

Congratulation to Butler Chamber of Commerce business of the month Dirks Heavy Contractors of Butler a family owned and operated business built on integrity, quality and delivery. Dirks Heavy Construction does dozing, grading and excavation in Kansas and Missouri. Dirks Heavy Construction specializes Commercial grading and excavation, and lake and pond building.

RV Lakeside camping spots available at revised pricing for upcoming Lucas Oil Speedway drag boat events

WHEATLAND, MO. (July 20, 2021) – One of the most-unique fan experiences at Lucas Oil Speedway is taking in drag boat racing on Lake Lucas and specifically, from the comfort of an RV Lakeside camping spot.
There are 38 prime locations along the south side of Lake Lucas available for either of the upcoming Kentucky Drag Boat Racing Association events – the KDBA Summer Shootout July 31-Aug. 1, along with the 11th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals over Labor Day Weekend Sept. 3-5.
“This is a great way to relax, take in the drag boat races and never had to leave your camping area,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Danny Lorton said.
Lorton said there are new pricing packages available for the camping spots for the remaining events in 2021. They must be purchased in advance by contacting Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984.
For the two-day show July 31-Aug 1 the Lakeside RV Package is $200. It includes:

  • (1) 20 by 45 foot space, (1) vehicle pass and (1) golf cart pass. Admission tickets are separate and are purchased upon arrival at the speedway.

For the three-day show Sept. 3-5 the Lakeside RV Package is $250. It includes:

  • (1) 20 by 45 foot space, (1) vehicle pass and (1) golf cart pass.

Campers can deduct $50 per package if they do not need a vehicle pass and another $50 if a golf cart pass is not necessary.
“If they are not going to be leaving their camping area in their personal vehicle or RV, we will deduct the vehicle pass and the same with the golf-cart,” Lorton said.
Additional camping days surrounding those events are $50 per day.
For ticket information for any event during the 2021 Lucas Oil Speedway season, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at [email protected]. Fans also can use the online ticketing system.
CONTACT:Danny LortonLucas Oil Speedway General ManagerOffice: (417) 282-5984[email protected]

Clinton Daily Democrat Taking Applications

Local newspaper is seeking a vibrant, outgoing, eager and fun individual for advertising sales.  Applicant will be responsible for selling display advertising in established publications, as well as servicing existing accounts and generating incremental and new business revenue by producing sales through other individual and team projects.  Job duties include planning, designing and implementing advertising campaigns for local businesses.  Knowledge of sales and promotion techniques, standards and trends is a definite plus.  It is necessary to be skilled in both verbal and written communication.  Should be professional, courteous, organized, clean and have a strong work ethic.  If this is you, please contact us at (660) 885-2281 or [email protected]

Cass County Health Department Weekly Update

There were 120 confirmed (PCR tests) cases in Cass County in the last week, up from 95 cases the week prior. In addition, there were 53 probable cases (antigen tests and other cases), up from 52 cases the week prior. 37 individuals were notified of a potential COVID-19 contact, down from 70 such notifications the week prior.

Overall, Cass County has reported 8,071 cases, about 7,626 cases per 100,000 residents. Cass County’s cases per 100,000 residents remained lower than Jackson County, Kansas City, and all three metro counties in Kansas over the course of the pandemic.

The county has reported 92 deaths (87 per 100,000 residents), two in the past week. Cass County’s deaths per 100,000 residents remains the second lowest in the metropolitan area over the course of the pandemic.

The Cass County Health Department administered 113 vaccine doses last week, up from 64 doses the prior week. They have now administered 9,867 first doses and 9,472 second doses of COVID-19 vaccines through July 10th. The department uses the Pfizer (age 12 and up) and Moderna (age 18 and up) vaccines.

In addition to Health Department administered vaccines, other entities are offering vaccines to county residents. According to the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Data Hub which uses Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, 41.4 percent of Cass County residents have initiated vaccinations and 36.4 percent have completed vaccinations.

The Health Department will continue to offer vaccinations by appointment from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at their clinic, 300 S. Main Street, Harrisonville, MO 64701. For an appointment, residents can call 816-380-8425. Clinics open to the public are also scheduled as follows:Wednesday, July 21 – Cass County Public Library – Northern Resource Center, 3pm-5pm (Belton)
Friday, July 23 – Judy’s Tanning Salon, 10am-12pm (Peculiar)
Friday, July 30 – Kids Kountry, 3pm-5pm (Peculiar)
Saturday, August 14 – Peculiar Lions Club, 10am-12pm (Peculiar)

More vaccine clinic information can be found on the Health Department website (www.casscounty.com/2462/COVID-19-Vaccine) and on their Facebook Page @CassHealthDepartment. 

Missouri State Fair Food Drive

Missouri State Fairgoers can gear up for big savings on $2 Tuesday, Aug 17 while making an impact in support of the Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive. Fairgoers receive $2 gate admission this day with a minimum donation of 2 cans of food or a $2 donation.

In addition to $2 admission, most carnival rides will be just $2 and select vendors and concessions will offer $2 specials.

Missouri FFA will host their Food Insecurity Service Day on Aug. 17, with over 900 FFA members who share a heart of service to those in need. Their goal is to reduce childhood food insecurity in Missouri and pack 200,000 child-friendly meals in honor of Missouri’s 200th birthday that will be distributed to six food banks across our state.

A stop by the Agriculture Building will provide more information about food insecurity at the canned food display constructed of 3,000 cans of food donated by Woods Supermarket. All cans used in the display will be added to the food drive collection and head to food banks following the Fair.

Fairgoers can mark their calendars for Aug. 17 and help support a worthy cause while saving big bucks on $2 Tuesday. “Our Missouri Celebration” is Aug. 12-22 in Sedalia at the 2021 Missouri State Fair!

Adian Optimist Bingo for July 26th

It’s Monday night Bingo with the Adrian Optimist Club. Doors open at 5:00 pm and Bingo starts at 7:00.

Concessions are available on-site including great specials from the kitchen

You must be 16 years old to play Bingo

Jackpots for Hotball, Blackout, and King of Diamonds

Here are this week’s Jackpots for Monday night July 26th.

Hotball $1,100 with 5 hotballs  

Blackout $1,150 with 48 balls or less

King of Diamonds 25 cards left/ starting at $6,216.00 ( player winnings half or $3,108.00)

Monday night Bingo at the Adrian Optimist Club
11092 North West County Road 41 in Adrian

Old Memorial Hospital in Harrisonville being Demolished

The City of Harrisonville has notified their citizens that the owner of the old Harrisonville Memorial Hospital on West Pearl Street has been sited for demolition that began this week.

The old hospital has fallen deep into disrepair and has become increasingly dangerous.

City of Harrisonville warns the public of the dangers of this old building and advises the public not attempt to go into the building or go past any barriers set up by the demolition contractors.

City of Harrisonville is also grateful to the owner, for helping to keep Harrisonville safe and beautiful.

Kansas City Zoo Job Fair


The KC Zoo is hosting a job fair on Friday, July 30th from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. The Kansas City Zoo will be extending conditional job offers on the day of the job Fair.  The Kansas City Zoo is located at 6800 Zoo Drive in Kansas City.

The Kansas City Zoo has openings for dozens of additional team members to join their staff this August. Positions in retail, guest services, horticulture and grounds are all available for immediate placement.

The Kansas City Zoo is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive wages. Day shifts only, weekend and/or weekday shifts are available! Successful completion of a drug test and background check is required.

Rich Hill Police Department is now Hiring

The City of Rich Hill is now accepting applications for a full time Police Officer. Applicants must be POST certified. Benefit package will include health and life insurance, vacation, and sick pay.

Police candidates will be required to pass a drug test and a criminal background check will be performed.

To apply with the Rich Hill, Police department go to www.richhillmo.com and click on Career Opportunities or you may be picked up an application at Rich Hill City Hall, 120 N. 7th St., Rich Hill, MO, 64779. For more information, please call Captain Bray at (417)395-2221

Press Release From Barton County Sheriff’s Office

On July 18th, 2021, at approximately 9:30A.M. the Barton County Sheriff’s Office along with the Ozark Drug Enforcement Team served a search warrant at the residence of 1155 SE. 75th RD Golden City, Mo.

A Barton County Deputy had taken a report in regard to an attempted theft of a catalytic converter on 07/15/2021. At that time, the suspect was not successful in completing the theft and was scared off. Barton County Deputies were able to positively identify the suspect who resides in Golden City, Mo., on the victim’s surveillance camera. During the investigation, the Barton County Deputy also received information that Goss was also in possession of illegal narcotics in the residence where he was residing. With the information the Deputy received he was able to obtain a search warrant for the residence mentioned above.

Upon searching the residence, tools were seized that are believed to be used in the crime of stealing catalytic converters. Also located in the residence was suspected illegal narcotics. Barton County Deputies seized what is believed to be Fentanyl as well as suspected Methamphetamine and Marijuana. These items were seized and will be sent to the Missouri Highway Patrol Crime Lab for testing. Other items in the residence seized were believed to be stolen items from reports Barton County Deputies had taken in the area as well.

Two suspects were arrested at the residence. Roy Donald Goss Jr. (37) of Golden City, Mo., and Randie Michelle Hawkins (37) of Golden City, Mo. The following charges were sent to the Prosecuting Attorney:

Roy D. Goss

1.Possession of Controlled Substance Except 35Grams or Less of Marijuana/ Synthetic Cannabinoid (X2) Felony D

$25,000 cash or surety

Randie M. Hawkins

1. Possession of Controlled Substance Except 35Grams or Less of Marijuana/ Synthetic Cannabinoid (X2) Felony D

$10,000 cash or surety

Miami R-1 School Accepting Bids for Multiple Projects

THE MIAMI R-1 SCHOOL DISTRICT IS ACCEPTING BIDS FOR MULTIPLE PROJECTS.  FOR EACH PROJECT, CONTRACTORS ARE REQUIRED TO PAY PREVAILING WAGE FOR THE PROJECT.  ADDITIONAL DETAILS MAY BE REQUESTED BY CONTACTING THE DISTRICT. BIDS MAY BE SUBMITTED TO MIAMI R-1 SCHOOL DISTRICT 7638 NW STATE ROUTE J AMORET, MO. 64722. QUESTIONS MAY BE ASKED OF SUPERINTENDENT, DR. DANIEL JOHNSON 660-267-3480. ALL BIDS FOR EACH PROJECT MUST BE RECEIVED BY AUGUST 6TH, 2021. BOARD OF EDUCATION RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REJECT ANY AND ALL BIDS. EOE

  1. BIDS FOR ADDITION OF CONCRETE SIDEWALKS. THE BIDS SHALL INCLUDE REMOVAL OF CURRENT SIDEWALKS AND INSTALLATION OF NEW SIDEWALKS
  2. BIDS FOR CARPETING/FLOORING. THE BIDS SHALL INCLUDE REMOVAL AND DISPOSAL OF THE EXISTING FLOORING MATERIAL, AND INSTALLATION OF NEW FLOORING.
  3. BIDS FOR 7 HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING UNITS. THE BIDS SHALL INCLUDE REMOVAL OF THE EXISTING UNITS PLUS INSTALLATION AND HOOK UP OF THE NEW UNITS.  ALL MUST BE 95% EFFICIENT OR BETTER.

July is National Social Wellness Month

West Central Action Agency is celebrates National Social Wellness Month in July. Social wellness is the ability of an individual to interact effectively with the people around them and the insurance of a social support system being in place. Social support can look differently for the type of support and can range from emotional support to instrumental support (in the form of physical needs), and informational support, which means giving information to help others.  

West Central is committed to nurturing the social wellness of individuals in our area. Here are a few programs that are provided that are boosting social wellness.  

Cyber Seniors 

As technology advances and our region enters a more online era, Cyber Seniors, a West Central program, is committed to bringing along our elderly population to this virtual world. Cyber Seniors is a program that connects senior citizens with a high school student. This program allows for the senior citizen to learn about how they can access the internet from a computer, tablet, or phone. There may be lessons on email, social media, cyber safety, and much more.  

Connecting to friends and family via social media is beneficial to keeping older family members in the loop of what the people close to them are up to. The program itself also provides a unique opportunity for a young person to interact and socialize with an elder in their community.  

Senior Care Pen Pal Program 

West Central’s Senior Care found a way to encourage safe socialization during the midst of a pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic enhanced the isolation and loneliness that many seniors experience.  Senior Care Pen Pals are matched with other seniors that have similar likes and hobbies.   Writing kits are provided and include all the necessary items to become successful writing companions.   

 Kits include:  

  • stationery 
  • note cards 
  • all occasion greeting cards 
  • ink pens 
  • motivational quotes to share 
  • postage stamps.    

Writing another senior provides an additional form of social wellness that can expand a senior’s social network. The written letter format can include individuals who may not be using technology or appreciate the chance to write letters to someone.   

If you are 65 and older and are interested in learning how to become a Senior Care Pen Pal, please contact Senior Care staff at 660-476-2185.  

Rides to Health and Wealth Program 

Having the ability to connect with someone that can provide a ride to a doctor’s appointment, grocery store, or other meeting is essential to an individual’s social wellbeing. Having the ability to provide transportation to otherwise homebound individuals is beneficial to both the individuals and the economy, which can be boosted when more people have the ability to participate in it.  

Multi-Family Housing  

Multi-family housing property staff understand the importance of social wellness for the residents they provide care and services for. Providing wellness classes, entertainment, and programing are just a few ways to provide opportunities for residents living at one of our properties. The staff in the Multi-family Housing department know better than anyone that real care provides opportunities for socialization.  

For more information about any of these programs you can visit West Central Action Agency on the web at www.wcmcaa.org or call the Central office at 660-476-2185

T-Shirt on Sale to benefit Drexel Firefighter Christopher Morrow

The Drexel Fire Department is sponsoring a fundraising event for one of their own, fellow firefighter Christopher Morrow, who was diagnosed with brain cancer on Jan of this year.

Christopher has had several treatments including brain surgery.  Christopher medical bills are extensive. 

The Drexel Fire Department would like to help with these medical expenses, so they have designed a T-Shirt that the public can purchase with proceeds going to Christopher’s medical expenses.

T-shirts are red in color and say Morrow’s Militia on the shirt along with the words “We will put out Cancer together”. The cost of the T-shirts are $20.00 and can be purchased at www.clockworksdesign.com then click on Shop icon. 

This Fundraising event ends on Friday, July 23rd.

Clinton Fall City Wide Garage Sale

The date has set for the Clinton Fall City wide garage sale.  Sale date is Saturday, September 18th.  Clinton Fall City wide garage sale is again sponsored by the The Clinton Daily Democrat. 

If you would like to participate in the Clinton visit the Clinton Daily Democrat Facebook page to complete the required form.  You can drop your form and the twenty-dollar fee off at the Clinton Daily Democrat located at 212 S. Washington St in Clinton or you can mail your completed from with payment to The Clinton Daily Democrat, P.O. Box 586, Clinton MO. 64735.

All form must be received by noon on Friday September 10th.

No city permit is needed for the Clinton Fall City Wide Garage Sale. If you are selling baked goods, you must contact the Henry County Health Department to get an additional permit.

Ha Ha Tonka State Park hosts outdoor games and activities July 31

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JULY 18, 2021 – Ha Ha Tonka State Park staff invites visitors to “get out and play!” at the visitor center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 31. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in more than 10 outdoor games and activities, including horseshoes, washer toss, cornhole, ladder ball, disc golf and more.

To get to the visitor center from Highway 54, turn onto State Road D and continue for approximately 1.5 miles. The visitor center will be on the right at 1491 State Road D, Camdenton.

The public is strongly encouraged to follow social-distancing guidelines and be proactive in protecting themselves and others.

Ha Ha Tonka State Park is located just south of Camdenton on State Road D, near the Lake of the Ozarks. For more information about the event, call the park at 573-346-2986.

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.

Majority of Current COVID Cases are Unvaccinated

Bates County Memorial Hospital’s CEO Greg Weaver addressed the current uptake in COVID-19 cases in the community, and in Southwest Missouri, in an interview with radio station KMAM-KMOE (92.1 FM) on July 14.

Surge in Southwest Missouri is Advance Warning

Weaver stated that in June, health officials issued warnings that the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus could become the dominant strain in the US and affect more young, healthy, unvaccinated individuals than the original strain.  

“I think Missouri has been unfortunate to have the current situation in the southwest region of the state that is producing quite a few uptakes in COVID infections. We just had a meeting with CEOs from Cox Health and Mercy in Springfield, and they went from having hardly anybody [hospitalized] on June 1, to over 100 by Saturday of that week. So, their rates are going up really fast.

“That’s a signal for the rest of the state, that’s our advanced warning, I think, to look at: how is this going to migrate? We have a lot of people that go to Branson or Springfield, Lake of the Ozarks area to vacation and then come back home. Since July 1, we’ve had 36 new cases in Bates County. That has pushed us over an 11% positivity rate, so that is very concerning for us,” Weaver said in the interview recorded on July 14.

Vaccination is the Best Defense

“Here in Bates County, of the new 36 cases, only one of those had been vaccinated, and they had very mild symptoms. Down in Springfield at Cox Health, on our phone call yesterday, the majority [hospitalized] were unvaccinated, and at one hospital, all were unvaccinated, and the age group was between 20 and 40,” Weaver reported.

As of July 16, only 29.4% of Bates County residents had initiated vaccination for COVID-19, according to the DHSS – compared to 39.8% of Greene County residents initiating vaccination, where the current surge in Springfield is quickly overwhelming healthcare facilities in that area.

With the potential for another wave of COVID-19 to affect the Bates County community, Weaver stated he felt that this could be mitigated with the availability of vaccines.

“It’s clear that the decision to become vaccinated is very personal. I don’t want anybody to be forced to take the vaccine, I just want to continue to highly recommend it, but it’s still up to each individual person.”

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

Earlier in the year, BCMH offered many COVID-19 vaccine clinics, and only halted when demand became extremely low – though all who signed up for the vaccine were able to obtain it, Weaver reported.

COVID-19 vaccines are available to any Bates County resident, at no out-of-pocket expense, at local pharmacies such as Summers Pharmacy and Walmart, as well as chain pharmacies such as Walgreens and CVS. Bates County Health Center occasionally gets vaccine supply as well. The hospital’s rural health clinics have applied to the state to offer COVID-19 vaccines, but storage issues created by extremely low demand will still be a challenge, Weaver stated.

Reminder – Masks are Required in Healthcare Facilities

Mask wearing at all times – and other infection control measures – are still in place at BCMH, regardless of vaccination status.

“As a healthcare facility, we have never stopped being in pandemic mode,” Weaver said. “We are required by the CDC to still wear a mask in a healthcare facility … As long as the Centers for Disease Control tells us that’s what we’re going to do, then we’re going to be consistent with that. So be patient, and still wear your mask, social distance and wash your hands.”

Listen to the KMAM-KMOE radio interview with Greg Weaver at http://www.bcmhospital.com/bcmh-news-regarding-covid-19/

Access the DHSS COVID-19 Public Dashboard online: at https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/novel-coronavirus/data/public-health/

Photo caption:

Lori King, FNP (pictured at right) reviews data with Bree Hardie, LPN as the next scheduled patient drives into the newly- completed High Street addition for a car-side appointment. For King, a family nurse practitioner seeing patients at High Street Family Care Clinic, the new addition has proven to be very convenient, especially as the clinics are seeing a recent increase in COVID-19 testing.  The enclosed, temperature-controlled addition will be used for other patient testing and treatment purposes, as decided by the primary care provider.  Also pictured: Bre Sargent, family nurse practitioner student.

Bates County Covid Update

COVID-19 Updates July 16, 2021

Positive Cases Reported: 1,511

Active & On Isolation: 24

Deaths (confirmed by death certificate): 39

Total Negative Tests Reported: 18,286 as of 7/15/21

Butler: Only 587.85 Short of Goal! Thank You for your donations! Life Unarmed Diana Taylor Author

The deadline to raise the final $587.85 is August 1st. Author Diana Taylor of Butler thanks the community for their donations to assist with the expense of turning her life story and book “Life Unarmed” into a movie. Over the past few weeks the community has banded together to raise 4700 dollars needed to pay for the expense of a screenplay. With the help of donated dollars, Diana has the opportunity to turn her book into a movie. Diana Taylor of Butler is the author of “Life Unarmed”.

Diana was electrocuted as a four-year-old child and tells of her challenges as she has lived her life without an arm and a leg. The book and the movie will complete Diana’s dream of encouraging others with disabilities.

Her dream is to be a spokesperson and have a voice for others as they also know the heartbreak of stares, the hurt of being made fun of and the doubt that she could ever raise a child of her own and keep a job.

The book and movie will be motivational. The deadline to raise the final $587.85 is August 1st. If you feel led to help this dream become a reality, your donations will be appreciated. Donations may be left or mailed to Community First Bank of Butler. All proceeds over the needed amount will be given to The Carpenter’s Cup Christian Book and Gift Store in Butler. Each donation to this worthy cause is appreciated. Only $587.85 more dollars are needed to make this dream a reality for Diana Taylor and others with disabilities. 

Motorcycle Fatalities on the Rise

As the halfway point of the “100 Deadliest Days” between Memorial Day and Labor Day approaches, MoDOT wants to remind motorists to be mindful of safety every trip, every time.
Motorcycle fatalities are climbing in Missouri. So far this year, there have been 65 motorcyclists fatalities – an increase of 25% from this time in 2020. Thirty-five of these motorcyclists were not wearing a helmet. There were only two such fatalities at this point last year.
Missouri law requires riders under the age of 26 or anyone operating under an instruction permit to wear a DOT-compliant helmet. However, all motorcyclists are encouraged to wear a helmet to be as safe as possible.
Motorcyclists should also commit to operating at appropriate speeds and never operating their bike while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
Other motorists can help improve the safety of motorcyclists by paying attention and looking twice for motorcycles, as they are more susceptible to being hidden in a vehicle’s blind spots or simply being overlooked. Always allow motorcyclists a full lane width.
Overall, there have been nearly 500 fatalities on Missouri roadways this year. MoDOT wants to remind all road users to take these simple steps to help keep you and your passengers safe: wear a seat belt or a motorcycle helmet, put your cellphone down and never drive impaired.

Butler License Bureau Office Parking Issue

The Butler License Office moved to their new location on Monday, July 12th. They thank you for your courtesy and patience as parking for customers became an issue. Heather Diehl of Farmers Insurance continues to invite customers to use her parking lot for overflow at the License Bureau Office. The phone number has changed. You may now reach the office by calling 660-679-0061. The fax number is 660-679-0185. The Butler License Office is now located at 105 Orange Street in Butler. They continue to request that customers not block or use the MFA parking lot or the storage unit parking lot. Thank you for understanding

Possible Earthquake in Neighboring Counties

On Wednesday, July 14th at 11:38 am, residents in Henry and Cass counties heard a loud boom sound and felt some weak to moderate shaking. This has been said to be an unconfirmed 3.8 magnitude earthquake. There are no reports of damages or injuries at this time.

Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site hosts Wildflower Hike July 17

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, July 14, 2021 – Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site invites the public to join its park naturalist for a wildflower hike on the 0.6-mile Courage Trail on Saturday, July 17. The free event will begin at 10 a.m. and visitors should meet at the trailhead.

Participants will learn about the wildflowers that are in bloom and how to identify them. They will also learn about wildflowers that existed in the area in the 1800s.

The public is strongly encouraged to follow social-distancing guidelines and be proactive in protecting themselves and others.

Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site is located west of Butler off Highway K. For more information about the event, call 417-843-6711.

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.

Tax Free Weekend

Tax Free Weekend is coming up and certain back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, school supplies, computers, and other items as defined by the statute, are exempt from sales tax for this time period only. In 2021, the Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 6, and runs through Sunday, August 8.

Glow Splash Bash Sponsored by the Butler Chamber of Commerce

The Butler Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Glow Splash Bash on Friday, August 6th from 7-9 pm at the Butler Aquatic Center.   The cost is $2 per person and includes a free glow stick.  St Matthew Lutheran church will pay the fee for the first 100 swimmers that arrive. 

Gov. Parson signing HB349 and SB86

Gov. Mike Parson took a decisive stand for students and families across Missouri by signing HB349 and SB86. These two bills combined will create the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) Program, finally giving thousands of Missouri families the power to choose a school that meets their children’s specific needs.

“For more than a decade students, parents, and teachers have been pleading for the right to choose the best education for their child,” said Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri’s (CEAM) executive director Laura Slay. “Today marks an historic victory for Missouri students desperate for better educational options.”

“On behalf of the thousands of parents who have worked to make this bill a reality, the CEAM team of staff and volunteers thank Gov. Parson for signing this historic legislation and putting students’ needs first,” Slay added. “While there are details of the program that will need to be worked out during the rulemaking process, today’s bill signing creates the framework for a system that will give families a wide variety of educational options for their children.”

Under the new program students with Individualized Education Plans(IEPs) or household income of up to 200 percent of the Free and Reduced Lunch eligibility rate who live in Jackson, St, Louis, Saint Charles, or Jefferson counties or a city with a population over 30,000 (including St. Louis City, Columbia, Jefferson City, Springfield, Joplin, Cape Girardeau, and St. Joseph) could receive an ESA scholarship of up to $6,375 for K-12 educational needs.

While ESA scholarships can be used to pay for private school tuition, the scholarships can also be used to cover homeschooling expenses, purchasing textbooks and education-related technology, tutoring and educational therapy costs, and even tuition to public charter schools and district schools outside of a student’s assigned school district.

The first scholarships are expected to be available for the 2022-23 school year.

“CEAM is dedicated to making sure that every family that qualifies for an ESA scholarship will have the knowledge and tools needed to take full advantage of this innovative program as soon as it is available to them,” said Slay.

To achieve this goal, the Children’s Education Alliance has launched a new website, ShowMeSchoolOptions.org, focused on providing families and potential donors with accurate information about the Empowerment Scholarship Account program. The website will be updated throughout the fall as details are finalized through the rulemaking process.

The Children’s Education Alliance is also planning a number of informational meetings across the state to inform parents about the new law and answer any questions that parents may have about how to participate.

Those meetings include (more will added to ShowMeSchoolOptions.org when details are finalized):

  • Cape Girardeau ESA Scholarship Town Hall – Aug. 5, 6:00 PM at the Osage Center, 1625 N Kingshighway St, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
  • Springfield ESA Scholarship Town Hall – Aug. 14, 2:00 PM at The Library Station, 2535 N Kansas Expy, Springfield, MO 65803
  • Joplin ESA Scholarship Town Hall – Aug. 15, 2:00 PM at the Joplin Public Library, 1901 E 20th St, Joplin, MO 64804
  • North St. Louis ESA Scholarship Town Hall – Aug. 14, 1:00 PM at the Divoll Branch Library, 4234 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63107  

The Little Apple

Appleton City Rural Health Clinic will offer free sports physicals Wednesday, July 14 and Wednesday July 28 by appointment only from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Call 660-476-2121 for an appointment.

Appleton City Manor and Countryside Estates would like to invite you to their free drive thru lemonade, polish sausage, cheeseburger and chips stand. The residents are eager to see new faces and wave at everyone. This event will begin at 10:00 a.m. and run thru 1:00 p.m. Thursday, July 27, 2021. As it is a drive-thru, they ask you stay in your car. Condiments including onion, lettuce and tomato along with ketchup and mustard will be provided and will be found in your bag. For more information, contact Tracey Sampson at 660-476-2128. Come see them!!

Does your school, not-for-profit organization, church or governmental entity have a project in mind that could use some funding?  Truman Lake Community Foundation, Inc. announces their Fall 2021 Grant Application cycle opens on August 1, 2021.  Grant applications must be completed online at https://www.grantinterface.com/Process/Apply?urlkey=cfozarksgrants (be sure to look for the Truman Lake Community Foundation Grantmaking Program Fall 2021) before the 5:00 p.m. August 31, 2021 deadline.  Awarded grants will be distributed in October 2021.  Any questions will be answered by emailing [email protected] or calling 660-885-6195 and asking for Ryan Cook.

The 11th Annual Shirley Collins Picnic, sponsored by St. Clair County Republican Central Committee, will be held 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 15 at Lowry City Civic Center.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and paper products will be provided. (Bring a covered dish to complement the burgers). Candidates for upcoming elections are expected to be present. There will also be an auction of donated items

The annual Ellett Memorial Hospital Community Block Party is scheduled for Saturday, August 7.  Follow their Facebook page for new and exciting vendors being added this year. Word on the street is KC Wolf may be making an appearance again this year!

The Sesquicentennial will be August 12-15.  The following information is being released. Positions need to be filled for greeters at all the exhibits to welcome the visitors. The Military Display is asking everyone to look in their closets for former Military uniforms. Bill Gilmore has created stands to display each one on. And some may be used in the Decade Fashion Review. If you have items or storyboards to share contact Bill at 660-492-3139. The Quilt Show will continue to take entries through July. Contact Kathy Rodick at 417-309-9471. Souvenir SQC hats arrived this week.  They are available at Community First Bank, as well as other souvenirs. Some items have already sold out. The Fashion Review will be an event of entertainment. Encourage your family to participate with clothing from other eras, either by loaning them for others to wear or someone you know can be the model. Contact Denice Nitchals 660-492-3180.  Every guy who has whiskers should enter the contest. Encourage them by tell them about the contest on Thursday, August 12.  Many costumes have been made and worn during the past celebrations, find them in the closet and squeeze into them or find someone to share your garment with for the contest. You can’t win if you don’t enter. Contact Ellen Dunham at 660-492-0045. The farm machinery and small engines contact is Doug Snodgrass at 660-492-2814. To show the talents of area artists, contact Lyndsi Rivera for information 660-464-2575. Be a Proud Sponsor by making a donation at City Hall and if you want booth space pick up information at City Hall in the rack. The Vehicle Exhibit will be at the Depot. Arrive anytime after 10:00. The Parade is Saturday at 4:00 p.m. This is more than just the regular AC Fair. Extra events are planned. A complete schedule will be available end of July. For general questions, call Linda at 660-492-0131 or subject SQC by email to [email protected]

In conjunction with the Appleton City Sesquicentennial Celebration and also the congregation’s Sesquicentennial (+1), Trinity Lutheran Church will be sponsoring a quilt show at the church and inviting area quilters to participate.  The Quilt Show will be Friday and Saturday, August 13-14 during the Sesquicentennial.  Included in the show will be hand-quilted, machine-quilted, embroidered, appliquéd, and baby quilts, and wall hangings. If your quilt, either old or newer, has an interesting story with it, also plan on sharing that with the public. The show pre-registration begins now and ends June 30. At this time, 1 item can be registered per entry.  After June 30, depending on responses, the registration may be opened up again to include more available spaces at the show.  A $25 prize will be awarded in each category and a $50 “People’s Choice” Award. Call or text Kathy Rodick at 417-309-0471 with your name, address, phone number, and entry category, and a packet will be sent to be completed and brought with you to the show set-up on Thursday, August 12.

The Sesquicentennial Committee would like ideas and items to display/decorate Main Street for AC’s 150 year plus 1 celebration Thursday, August 12 thru Sunday, August 15, 2021. Business/property owners with buildings and lots are encouraged to display historic items and information or just let the committee know if you would allow others to display/decorate your store fronts or vacant lots. Any and all ideas would be appreciated. Please let Ellen Dunham know your ideas and plans. Contact her evenings (5:00 – 9:00 p.m.) by calling or text at 660-492-0045. Also, everyone is encouraged to dress in historic attire every day of the celebration

Ellett Memorial Hospital offers outpatient specialist services for July 2021. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: July 14-Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, July 22 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, July 28 – Ortho – Dr. Gray, July 28 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

July 14     Sports physicals at AC Rural Health Clinic by appointment

July 15     11th Annual Shirley Collins Picnic, 6:30 p.m. at Lowry City Civic Center  

July 18     AC Athletic Booster Club meeting 6:30 p.m. in the AC High School Commons Area

July 27     AC Manor and Countryside Estates free drive thru lemonade, polish sausage, cheeseburger and chips stand. 10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.

July 28     Sports physicals at AC Rural Health Clinic by appointment

Volunteers Needed to Host High School Exchange Students

Volunteers Needed to Host High School Exchange Students

As international travel returns to normal, high school students from around the world eagerly await their opportunity to participate in an exchange program in the U.S. International Student Exchange (ISE), a 501c3 nonprofit organization that facilitates exchange programs for students in the U.S. and abroad, is currently seeking volunteers in the area to host these students while they attend local high schools. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in a unique experience in which they will create relationships that span the globe while making a positive impact locally and globally.

ISE host families come from all walks of life, and represent the diversity of America. The most crucial host family characteristic is that they are willing to treat the exchange student like a member of the family, not a guest. Beyond this, host families must be vetted by ISE, pass a background check, provide room and board, 2-3 meals per day, and exercise parental responsibility to ensure the student’s well-being.

ISE exchange students are 15–18-year-old high school students from over 40 countries around the world. They are accepted into the program based on their ability to speak English, demeanor, adaptability, and eagerness to learn about a new culture while sharing their own.

There are currently several students awaiting a volunteer host in Butler, Missouri and surrounding areas. To learn more about this opportunity or submit a host family application, please visit newfrontier.iseusa.org or contact Wilma Wobker at 785-893-5367 today!

Mo Dot

Bates County Route B Road Closure

Bates County Route B/Drainage Ditch Bridge

CLOSED East of Rich Hill July 14-16 to

Clear Flood Debris

Where: Bates County Route B/Drainage Ditch Bridge approximately two miles east of Rich Hill

When: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, July 14-16

What: Route B bridge CLOSED to allow MoDOT crews to clear flood debris impacted against the bridge

Traffic Impacts:

  • All Route B lanes CLOSED where crews are working
  • Drivers will have access to driveways at either end of the bridge, but will not be able to travel through the work zone
  • All Route B lanes OPEN during nighttime hours
  • No signed detour
  • Signs and message boards will alert drivers to the work zone
  • Drivers should find alternate routes

Weather and/or scheduling conflicts could alter the work schedule.

PSC SETS INTERVENTION DEADLINE IN CASE FILED BY OSAGE VALLEY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION AND THE CITY OF RICH HILL

JEFFERSON CITY—Osage Valley Electric Cooperative Association (Osage Valley) and the
City of Rich Hill (Rich Hill) have filed a joint application with the Missouri Public Service
Commission seeking Commission authority for a change of electric supplier. According to the
application, Rich Hill has asked Osage Valley to purchase the Rich Hill electric system and provide
service to all of its 696 properties in Bates County.
Applications to intervene and participate in this case must be filed no later than July 27,
2021, with the Secretary of the Missouri Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City,
Missouri 65102-0360, or by using the Commission’s Electronic Filing and Information System
(EFIS) at www.psc.mo.gov .
Individual citizens wishing to comment should contact either the Office of the Public Counsel
(Governor Office Building, 200 Madison Street, Suite 650, P.O. Box 2230, Jefferson City, Missouri
65102-2230, telephone (866) 922-2959, email [email protected]) or the Public Service
Commission Staff (P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, telephone 1-800-392-4211, email
[email protected]). The Office of the Public Counsel is a separate state agency that represents the
general public in matters before the Commission.

Lamar: Barco Drive-In

If you are looking for something to do as a family that will be entertaining

for everyone then we have just the thing, half-price admission tickets to

Barco Drive-In, these are normally $8.00 each but you can get them from FM 92 for only $4.00.


If your children or grandchildren have never been to an outdoor movie

theater then now is the time to plan a trip. It’s all about watching a movie

from your car or back of the truck or in a lawn chair using the window

speakers, getting something from the concession stand or playing on the

swings as you watch the movie.


Barco Drive-In is just down the road in Lamar and is one of only a few

outdoor movie theaters left in the United States. It’s something that

everyone should experience before they are all gone.


Get your half-priced admission tickets from FM 92 and the Bargain Buy

Shopping Show for only $4.00 by calling 660-679-4191 or stop by the

studios at 800 East Nursery Street. These tickets sell fast and will expire on

October 31, 2021 so don’t wait, call us today.


You can see the schedule of movies on the Barco Drive-In Facebook page.


Spaghetti Lunch and Bake Sale Fundraiser

There will be fundraiser on Friday, July 16th for the children of Nichole Mallet.  All proceeds will go to fulfill Nichole’s final wish. 

Spaghetti lunch and Bake sale will be at Creative Home Specialist located at 300 N Orange St. in Butler from 11am to 1pm.

Lunch includes spaghetti, salad, toast, and drink for a free will donation.  This meal is “pick-up” only.  Bake sale table will be set up at pickup. 

To pre-order your meal call or text 660-424-4078.

Car Show in Butler

Butler Area Chamber of Commerce will host their annual Car Show on Saturday, July 17th, on the historic Butler Square from 3pm to 6pm. 

All cars, trucks, and motorcycles are invited to attend.  There is no pre-registration required this year.  Drivers are being asked to enter on the south side of the Butler Square, there will be a registration location there.  The cost to enter is $15.00. 

Butler Chamber of Commerce will be giving away 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes and a mystery prize.

The Butler Chamber of Commerce Annual Car show, Saturday, July 17th, on the Butler Square, 3pm to 6pm.

Butler: Fundraiser for Author Diana Taylor of Butler continues only 725.00 needed to meet the goal

The deadline to raise the final $725.00 is August 1st. Author Diana Taylor of Butler thanks the community for their donations to assist with the expense of turning her life story and book “Life Unarmed” into a movie. Over the past few weeks, the community has banded together to raise the $4700 dollars needed to pay for the expense of a screenplay. With the help of donated dollars, Diana has the opportunity to turn her book into a movie. Diana Taylor of Butler is the author of “Life Unarmed”.

Diana was electrocuted as a four-year-old child and tells of her challenges as she has lived her life without an arm and a leg. The book and the movie will complete Diana’s dream of encouraging others with disabilities.

Her dream is to be a spokesperson and have a voice for others as they also know the heartbreak of stares, the hurt of being made fun of, and the doubt that she could ever raise a child of her own and keep a job.

The book and movie will be motivational. The deadline to raise the final $725.00 is August 1st. If you feel led to help this dream become a reality, your donations will be appreciated. Donations may be left or mailed to Community First Bank of Butler. All proceeds over the needed amount will be given to The Carpenter’s Cup Christian Book and Gift Store in Butler. Each donation to this worthy cause is appreciated. Only $725.00 more dollars are needed to make this dream a reality for Diana Taylor and others with disabilities. 

Butler: School Supplies/ Project Hand-up

Bates County Farm Bureau supports Project Hand-up for the children in our community. There is a need for school supplies, backpacks, new socks and shoes for over 240 children this August. Donations of school supplies and backpacks may be dropped off at the Carpenter’s Cup 102 South Bishop Street in Butler. Cash donations will be used to purchase shoes and socks. Cash donations may be mailed to Project Hand Up/ Carpenter’s Cup Butler. Need more information call 660-679-3333. This public service message is paid for by Wayne Vermillion of Bates County Farm Bureau Insurance of Butler.

Gospel Spreadin’ Tent Meetin’ Fundraising Event

Christian Music Concert

Amsterdam Word of Life Church

8491 NW Benton St. Amsterdam, Mo.

July 25, 2-4 pm

Phil & Pam Morgan, Jeremy Bridges, Micha & Kelsi Bergen, Sarah Nelson, Katy Matkowsky, Ever After, Jeff Corbin & Hank Roberts, and Craig Powell. Fund Raising Concert for the Gospel Spreadin’ Tent Meetin’ to be held at Frontier Village, Adrian, Mo. Sept 19-24, 2021. A freewill offering will be received, all offerings go toward the Tent Revival. Contact: Hank Roberts 660-464-0293. [email protected]

Stolen School Van Recovered Following Pursuit in Cass County

Around 2:50 am Monday, July 12th, deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a vehicle driving erratically on I-49 south of Harrisonville. The caller stated that the vehicle had followed them to a business on 291 Highway north of Harrisonville and was driving around the area.

The deputy located the vehicle at the intersection of E. 231st and 291 Highway. The deputy followed the vehicle, a white Ford van, for a short distance and attempted to stop the vehicle near E. 163rd. The driver then accelerated and continued northbound on 291 Highway. Near the Jackson County line, the driver drove north into the southbound lanes of the divided highway. The driver then continued back south into Cass County near Ward Road and E. 160th.

Officers with the Lee’s Summit Police Department were about to successfully deploy a tire deflation device and stop the vehicle. The driver fled on foot from the van and taken into custody immediately without further incident.

The van had been reported stolen from the Blue Valley School District around 12:30 am.

The driver, Orville D. Lund III, 34, Lake Annette, MO was arrested and transported to the Cass County Jail.

The Cass County Prosecutor’s Office charged Orville Lund with Tampering with Motor Vehicle – 1st Degree and Resisting Arrest by Fleeing. Bond is set at $7,500 Cash Only. Lund is currently in custody at the Cass County Jail.

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

Bates County Memorial Hospital July Employee of the Month

Richard Evans is recognized as the Employee of the Month for July, 2021 at Bates County Memorial Hospital. Rich began his employment at BCMH in February 2018 as a Respiratory Therapist in the Respiratory Therapy Department.  Rich previously worked in KC area hospitals with many years of experience in the neonatal and critical care units.  During his time at BCMH, he has always come to work with a positive attitude and a smile on his face.  With that attitude, it is easy for him to consistently exhibit a positive behavior with our patients and employees.  Rich strives to have a good rapport with other departments, employees and customers.  He also likes helping out with his community and fellow neighbors.  Having Rich here at BCMH is a great asset to us all. 

Butler Senior Center resumes indoor dining, recreation for older adults

The Butler Senior Center has resumed indoor dining and recreation after more than a year of closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The center at 611 W. Mill St. welcomes adults 60 and older to dine indoors without masks, according to Butler Senior Center Coordinator Nancy Rich. It’s open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The meals are provided for people 60 and older for a suggested contribution of $4.50. Updated menus include some new items such as chicken Margherita, garlic and herb shrimp, and penne primavera as well as traditional favorites such as meatloaf and fried chicken. Call (660) 679-5830 or visit goaging.org to get a current menu.  

Transportation is available by calling BaCo Transport by 660-679-6322.

The center still offers curbside pickup of meals for those who are not ready to dine in. To receive a curbside meal, please call the center before 9 a.m. the day of pickup or anytime the day before.   The center also delivers meals some 200 meals weekly to homebound older adults. Ms. Rich is recruiting volunteers to deliver meals and help in the kitchen and dining room.  

Rich said she’s working to provide a friendly, hospitable environment where people are greeted with a smile, and the opportunity to make new friends, to become active and to have good volunteer opportunities.

The full opening followed a soft opening to test safety protocols; the resumption of indoor dining has been well received.

 “I am ecstatic because I get to hear seniors being active in the center again. I get to see them, I get to interact with them, and they get to interact with each other in their center,” Rich said. “The atmosphere is very joyous.”

The center will host daily Rummikub and card games after lunch and bingo at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. July 16 will feature backyard barbecue-themed bingo at 10:30 a.m. and a trivia game at noon.  On July 21, the center will introduce a locally-made “Chasing Away COVID-19” game at 12:30 p.m. Bingo will be “all things Italian” (beginning at 10:30 a.m.) to go along with an Italian meal to be served at 11:30 a.m. on July 22.

Care Manager Artricia Lowry will be available at the center by appointment. Lowry can connect older adults with benefits and answer a variety of questions on topics ranging from Medicare and property tax rebates to housing and family caregiving. To make an appointment, call 417-279-5138.

Center guests will notice fewer tables than before and a request for social distancing when they are getting their meals. While the mandatory use of masks and temperature taking have been halted, visitors, staff and volunteers still will be requested to answer health questions about COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.

Staff and volunteers will be required to wear masks while clients are in the building. Home-delivered meal drivers will be required to wear masks, sanitize hands between clients, and stay socially distanced during the delivery of meals.

The Butler Senior Center is one of 21 locations operated by Care Connection for Aging Services in 13 West Central Missouri counties: Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair, and Vernon. The mission is to provide opportunities to create positive aging experiences. For more information, visit www.goaging.org or call 1-800-748-7826.

Cass County Covid19 Update

Cass County has released its weekly report documenting COVID-19 impacts and vaccination efforts to combat the pandemic.

There were 95 confirmed (PCR tests) cases in Cass County in the last week, up from 47 cases the week prior. In addition, there were 52 probable cases (antigen tests and other cases), down from 54 cases the week prior. 70 individuals were notified of a potential COVID-19 contact, up from 54 such notifications the week prior.

Overall, Cass County has reported 7,911 cases, about 7,492 cases per 100,000 residents. Cass County’s cases per 100,000 residents is lower than Jackson County, Kansas City, and all three metro counties in Kansas over the course of the pandemic.

The county has reported 90 deaths (85 per 100,000 residents), none in the past week. Cass County’s deaths per 100,000 residents is the second lowest in the metropolitan area over the course of the pandemic.

The Cass County Health Department administered 64 vaccine doses last week, down from 65 doses the prior week. They have now administered 9,815 first doses and 9,411 second doses of COVID-19 vaccines through July 10th. The department uses the Pfizer (age 12 and up) and Moderna (age 18 and up) vaccines.

In addition to Health Department administered vaccines, other entities are offering vaccines to county residents. According to the State of Missouri’s vaccine dashboard, the total number of Cass County residents fully vaccinated is 34,173 (32.3%) with 37,697 (35.6%) having received at least their first dose. Overall, 704 doses were administered in Cass County in the last seven days.

According to the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Data Hub which uses Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, Cass County has 40.7 percent initiated and 36.1 percent completed. That compares to the other metro area counties: Johnson (KS) 61.5/52.5, Leavenworth (KS) 48.7/42.7, Platte (MO) 45.6/40.5, Jackson (MO) 45.4/38.8, Clay (MO) 42.5/38.1, Miami (KS) 38,8/35.5, Ray (MO) 31.2/28.2. 

The Health Department will continue to offer vaccinations by appointment from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at their clinic, 300 S. Main Street, Harrisonville, MO 64701. For an appointment, residents can call 816-380-8425.

Cass County will be announcing details for two public vaccination events soon.

July 21 – Cass County Public Library – Northern Resource Center (Belton), 3-5pm
July 30 – Cass County Public Library – Harrisonville Branch, 10am-12pm

More information can be found on the Health Department website (www.casscounty.com/2462/COVID-19-Vaccine) and on their Facebook Page @CassHealthDepartment. 

Butler License Office/Temporary Traffic Issue

It is opening day for the Butler License Office and parking is an issue. They are asking for your patience and understanding as they work out the traffic issue surrounding the new location. Heather Diehl of Farmers Insurance welcomes extra traffic to use her parking lot for the overflow. Please do not block the storage unit or gas pumps, they ask for your patience and courtesy as they transit new employees and the parking issue for their customers. Butler License Office is now located at 105 North Orange Street Butler.   

Adrian Elks Free Youth Fishing Derby

The Adrian Elks Lodge will host a Youth Fishing Derby on Sunday, July 18th at the Adrian City Lake, shelter number 3.  There are 3 divisions. Ages three and under, ages four to eight, and ages 9 to 14.  1st and 2nd place prizes will be awarded in each age group. 1st place prize will be a fishing pole, 2nd place prize will be a tackle box. It’s all free and hot dogs and soda will be served free of charge. Adult supervision is required. That’s a free Youth Fishing Derby, Sunday, July 18th from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm.  

Press Release from Vernon County Sheriff’s Office

Suspect arrested after shooting incident Thursday. An arrest has been made after an investigation conducted by detectives with the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office Thursday morning. According to Officials with the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a residence on E 54 Hwy, just east of Dederick, MO involving a report of shots being fired.

According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, a structure was hit multiple times during the incident, but no injuries were reported. Investigators served a search warrant at the suspects home Thursday afternoon that resulted in the seizure of suspected methamphetamines and multiple firearms.

The suspect, who has been identified as Daniel Sands, 55, of El Dorado Springs MO was arrested during the investigation and charged with Assault, two counts of Armed Criminal Action, Possession of Controlled Substance, two counts of Unlawful Use of Weapon, and Keeping or Maintaining a Public Nuisance. Sands is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $250,000 cash only bond.

Bates County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrols

The Bates County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce a new program within the organization. The Sheriff’s Office has been working for several months now to organize Mounted Patrols along with a Volunteer Mounted Patrol within the Sheriff’s Posse. Both the Mounted Patrol and the Mounted Posse will work with each other to perform multiple functions and duties to serve the Citizens of Bates County.

The Mounted Patrol will be composed of Certified Deputies that will be riding specifically selected horses. The Mounted Posse will be composed of citizens who volunteer and who have their own horses. Both groups will train together and ride together. Training will be in the areas of search and rescue, crowd control, general patrol duties, community events like parades and festivals.

The program is a collaboration between Sheriff Anderson and Coroner Mullinax. Both of them have been serving the community in their official capacity for a number of terms. Over the years, the Sheriff’s Office has been fortunate enough to upgrade search and rescue equipment, including four wheelers, utv’s and aerial search equipment. While these pieces of equipment are on a regular update rotation schedule the replaced equipment is not just disposed of but assigned to the Sheriff’s Posse for use by their volunteers. Bates County is mostly a rural area so searching for a lost or missing person can be a huge undertaking. Having people mounted on a horse will allow for better visibility and to cover more ground in a shorter amount of time. A horse has the ability to also go through areas that a motorized vehicle can not. Not only will the Mounted Patrol/Posse be used in search and rescue but also during parades and community functions as part of our Community Policing efforts.

While the program falls under the Sheriff’s Office, Coroner Mullinax has volunteered to be the Program Coordinator with directing the required training, selection of participants, selection of the appropriate horses, selection of the equipment needed and boarding and care for the county’s horses. The program is currently funded within the current Sheriff’s Office budget through the end of this fiscal year as a pilot program with expectations of being fully funded in the 2022 budget.

Sheriff Anderson says, “I am excited to see this program come to fruition. It was a program I saw come close when the Posse was formed and hosted the Ultimate Horseman Challenge for several years. Working with Greg Mullinax to bring this program to its potential is exciting and what better way to serve our community than to work together.” Coroner Mullinax said, “Sheriff Anderson is not the type person or Sheriff to sit by and say ‘I wish we had this resource or that one…’ if it will help us serve our community. A few months back we began to explore the benefits of a Mounted Patrol and Posse. It’s something many communities wish they had but most do not. This will soon be a reality for Bates County and I am beyond excited the Sheriff asked me to help.”

We are currently looking for a few good horses. If you have a horse that needs a job, is a pasture ornament or not being used let us know. We prefer horses that anyone with little to no experience can ride. If you don’t have a horse or would like to help in the program you could become a horse sponsor. More information about how you can be involved or support this program will be posted later.

Time to Get your Fur Babies Licensed

It’s the month to get your fur kiddos licensed! Butler Animal Control has devised a system in which you can obtain your pet’s license with no appointment or hassle!!!

Just come to the Police Department anytime!

The city requires dogs and cats to be licensed annually. And dogs are required to have a microchip.

What if my dog doesn’t have a chip?

It will cost $25 for your dogs first time license if it is not microchipped. Cost covers license, microchip and placement of chip. You will also need proof of rabies vaccination.

What if my dog already has a chip?

If your dog already has a chip, just bring the chip number and proof of current rabies vaccination. Fees for dogs who are already chipped are as follows: $8.00 for intact dogs or $4.00 for dogs that are spayed/neutered.

What about my cat?

Yes, cats are required to be licensed. However, the microchip for cats is optional. Rabies vaccination proof is required. Same rates apply as for dogs.

Can I use my debit card?

Unfortunately, no, we do not take electronic payments or checks. We can only take cash. We also require that you bring the exact amount because we do not keep change on hand.

Any questions feel free to call 660.679.6131.

Fugitive from Vernon County arrested in Colorado

In a joint effort between Nevada Police and Colorado State Patrol one fugitive has been taken into custody.

Sunday, July 11th, officers from Nevada Police Department obtained information on the whereabouts of a wanted fugitive from Vernon County. It was reported the fugitive was now in Colorado.

Communication was quickly established with the Colorado State Patrol and they were able to locate the fugitive and take them into custody.

During the arrest, it was discovered the suspect was in possession of a loaded handgun, which the fugitive was prohibited from possessing. The individual now faces additional charges in Colorado.

Nevada Police would like to thank all the law enforcement agencies who assisted them in this matter. It is a top priority for Nevada Police to partner with other law enforcement agencies in order to keep communities safe.

Homicide in Raymore Missouri

On July 8, 2021, at approximately 8:24 p.m., Raymore police were dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of South Lakeshore Drive in Raymore in regard to a death investigation. Raymore Police called in the resources of the Kansas City Metropolitan Major Case Squad (KC Metro Squad) to assist with the investigation.

At 1:10 p.m., Friday, July 9, 2021: Police have identified the victim as Katie M. Kellen, 39, of Raymore. Investigators continued to following leads.

Update:

5:25 p.m., Sunday, July 11: Raymore Police have arrested and charged Dale L. Williamson, 41, in connection to the homicide of 39-year-old Katie M. Kellen of Raymore. Williamson, from Independence, is charged with murder in the first degree, armed criminal action and felon in possession of a firearm. He is being held without bond at the Cass County Jail.

Raymore police thank the KC Metro Squad and the public for providing assistance in the investigation that led to a rapid disposition.

Bates County Fair Swine Results

Swine Show Results:

Grand Champion Hog-Brielle Nieder

Reserve Grand Champion Hog-Brayden Niede

rGrand Champion Gilt-Kaydence ColinReserve

Grand Champion Gilt-Kaydence ColinSenior

Showmanship:Grand Champion-Olivia Bagby

Reserve Grand Champion-Clayton Ferguson

Intermediate Showmanship:Grand Champion-Kaydence ColinReserve

Grand Champion-Brayden NiederJunior

Showmanship:Grand Champion-Lawson Nieder

Reserve Grand Champion Kennedi Hettinger

Congratulations!

Helping Kindergarteners adjust to School Lunch

As many new Kindergarten mom’s plan for the fall with their kids first experience in school.  Here is a tip from a listener to help you child at lunch.

Practice eating “school lunch” with your kiddo. Make sure they can open everything you send with them. Talk about not eating off of the table in the lunchroom!!! Set a timer for 15 minutes and talk about how they may not finish eating and that is ok.

Practice packing everything back up and talk about what is trash and what should come back home in their lunch box. Kindergarten lunch is a big adjustment and your child’s teacher will be super appreciative if you have prepared them for the experience!

Blood shortage continues: Red Cross needs donors now

A thousand blood donations needed daily to prevent further delays in patient care

While donors across the country have rolled up a sleeve to give this summer, the need for blood and platelets remains crucial for patients relying on lifesaving transfusions. The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage and donors of all blood types – especially type O and those giving platelets – are urged to make an appointment to give now.  

Right now, the Red Cross needs to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet current demand as hospitals respond to an unusually high number of traumas and emergency room visits, organ transplants and elective surgeries.

To thank donors who help refuel the blood and platelet supply this month, all who come to give July 7-31 will receive a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card via email and will also receive automatic entry for a chance to win gas for a year (a $5,000 value). More information and details are available at rcblood.org/fuel. Also, all those who come to donate throughout the entire month of July will be automatically entered for a chance to win a trip for four to Cedar Point or Knott’s Berry Farm. To learn more, visit rcblood.org/CedarFair.

Donors who give now will help stock the shelves for the rest of the summer season. Schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 16-31

Cass

Belton

7/29/2021: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, 16808 Holmes Road

Harrisonville

7/29/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Harrisonville Community Center, 2400 Jefferson Parkway

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Henry

Clinton

7/22/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1531 N Vansant Rd

7/23/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1531 N Vansant Rd

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Johnson

Warrensburg

7/28/2021: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Warrensburg Community Center, 445 E. Gay Street

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Bates County Coronavirus Numbers On The Rise

COVID-19 Updates

July 9, 2021

Positive Cases Reported: 1,485

Active & On Isolation: 23 Deaths (confirmed by death certificate): 39

Total Negative Tests Reported: 17,990 as of 7/08/21

NEVADA POLICE MAKE ARREST IN DRUG TRAFFICKING INVESTIGATION

In recent months officers with the Nevada Police Department have been working alongside the United States Postal Service – Investigations Division and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in regards to drugs being trafficked into our community through the mail. Officers obtained information that a mail delivery of drugs was being made to a residence in the 600 block of N. Elm Street on July 8, 2021. During the afternoon hours of July 8, 2021 officers from the Nevada Police Department, Vernon County Sheriff’s Office and Bates County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the suspect residence in the 600 block of N. Elm Street. During the search a Bates County K-9 made a positive alert on the package in question. Nevada Police subsequently seized the contents of the package which contained approximately 115 grams of suspected methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of approximately $2,000. The evidence seized will be sent to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab for further analysis. One female suspect was taken into custody by Nevada Police and transported to the Vernon County Jail for holding. The female subject has been identified as follows: Dawn M. Hopper, age 43 of Nevada. On July 9, 2021, the following charges were filed against Dawn M. Hopper through the Vernon County Associate Court: One (1) Count of Trafficking Drugs 2nd Degree – Class B FelonyHopper is being held in the Vernon County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 cash only bond. The investigation remains ongoing in a joint effort between Nevada Police, Department of Homeland Security and the United States Postal Service. Citizens are encouraged to contact the 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.

Boil Water Advisory for Areas in Rich Hill

A water leak in the city of Rich Hill has been fixed.  The city has issued A boil water advisory for the area of Cedar to Poplar from McCombs to 1st until further notice.

Bates County Fair Demolition Derby Postponed

Due to forecasted rain, the Bates County Fair Demolition Derby scheduled for Saturday, July 10th has been postponed until later in the summer. If you have already purchased your tickets, you can get a refund by contacting any Fair Board Member.

Bates County Fair Horse and Mule Show

A Horse and Mule Show will be held at the Bates County Fairgrounds in Butler July 10th and 11th. A Halter

Show will follow the Saturday July 10th parade at the Bates County Fairgrounds. The Halter Show is great

Family entertainment for those attending. On Sunday July 11th hitch classes will start at 1 pm, sign up

upon arrival at $20.00 a head. That’s the Halter Show at 7 pm July 10th and the Horse and Mule Show

Sunday morning July 11th at 10:00 am. Contact Andrew Cumpton for more details. 660-424-9271 . Raffle

tickets are for sale for $1.00 each or 6 tickets for $5.00. Get a chance to win a horse collar mirror valued

at $500.00, a set of riding reins valued at $50.00 or a personalized 30 ounce tumbler valued at $35.00.

This Bates County Fair information is provided by the following businesses or individuals that support the fair through the platinum sponsorship level. Their contributions provide funds for the annual expenses of the Bates County Fair. Remember to thank the following local businesses or individuals that are providing this information.

Neale Oerke Trucking, LLC

Midwest Lumber

Midwest Fertilizer, Drexel

KMOE, 92.1 FM

Bates County Fair Junior Livestock Show

The Bates County Fair encourages the community to attend the Junior Livestock sale on Friday, July 9th.

Awards will be presented at 7:00 followed by the Junior Livestock Sale promptly at 7:30. The sale is a

year-long project for Bates County 4-H members and FFA youth. As they purchase the animal of their

choice. The owner feeds, waters and cares for the animal all year and also breaks or trains the animal to

show, and then sell that animal during the Bates County Fair’s Junior Livestock Sale. This process teaches

responsibility and has also provided funds for the sale for a first car or college tuition. We remind you that

these 4-H members and the FFA youth of today are the adults of tomorrow. Attend the 2021 Junior

Livestock Sale Friday, July 9th at 7:30.  

 This Bates County Fair information is provided by the following businesses or individuals that support the fair through the platinum sponsorship level. Their contributions provide funds for the annual expenses of the Bates County Fair. Remember to thank the following local businesses or individuals that are providing this information.

Pioneer Seed, Clayton McElwain & Brice Fischer

Patricia Pike, MO House of Representative, District 126

Osage Valley Electric Cooperative

Nieder Seed Sales

Bates County Fair Parade Route

The Bates County Fair Parade will leave the fairgrounds at 5:00 PM on Nursery Street and head left toward Delaware Street. They will turn at the Nazarene Church onto Delaware Street and go past Butler Rural Housing and the Butler Public Library toward Fort Scott Street. At Fort Scott Street, the parade will turn left and go past Casey’s to Havana Street. They will turn right onto Havana Street and go one block and turn right onto Dakota Street. They will pass American Family Insurance and Mattress Plus. The parade will continue on and enter the Butler Square at approximately 5:30 PM. The parade will go counterclockwise around the square and exit the square on Delaware Street between The Butler Administration building and Tu Casa Mexican  Restaurant. The Bates County Fair Parade will then disband and head back to the Bates County Fairgrounds.

This Bates County Fair information is provided by the following businesses or individuals that support the fair through the platinum sponsorship level. Their contributions provide funds for the annual expenses of the Bates County Fair. Remember to thank the following local businesses or individuals that are providing this information.

Smith Farms

Right Choice Truck and Tire

Railroad Salon

Pivot Bio, David Hughes

Bates County Fair Parade Line-up Information

The traditional Bates County Fair Parade has a few changes you will want to remember. First it’s the date, this year the parade will on Saturday, July 10th at 5 pm.  If you are participating in the parade, lineup will be at 4:30 at the very latest at the entrance of the Bates County Fairgrounds.
The parade will leave for the square at 5:00 pm.
The parade route will travel down Nursery to Dakota, past the Public Library to Fort Scott past Casey’s General Store to Ohio and pass by American Family Insurance and Mattress plus, go around the square counter clockwise, then back to the Fairgrounds.  The Bates County Fair Parade will be held Saturday afternoon July 10th at 5:00 pm. Followed by the Horse and Mule Show and Halter classes, and the Demolition Derby on the Bates County Fairgrounds at 7:00 pm. We hope you enjoy the Bates County Fair.  

This Bates County Fair information is provided by the following businesses or individuals that support the fair through the platinum sponsorship level. Their contributions provide funds for the annual expenses of the Bates County Fair. Remember to thank the following local businesses or individuals that are providing this information.

Woodward Meats

West Central Agri Services

Wainscott Farms

Thrivent Financial

Studio M

Bates County Fair Board Steak and Chop Dinner

The Bates County Fair Board Steak and Chop Dinner will be served starting at 5:00 pm until the food is gone.The cost per person is set at $23.00 for the steak dinner.The cost per person is set at $18.00 for the chop dinner. The evening wraps up with the awards presented at 7:00 pm followed by the Junior Livestock Sale promptly at 7:30. We encourage you to attend the Bates County Fair Board Steak and Chop Dinner and the Junior Livestock Sale Friday, July 9th
This Bates County Fair information is provided by the following businesses or individuals that support the fair through the platinum sponsorship level. Their contributions provide funds for the annual expenses of the Bates County Fair. Remember to thank the following local businesses or individuals that are providing this information.

Appleton City Feed Service, LLC

American Family Insurance, Danny Robinson

Adrian Elks #2864

Adrian Bank

Show-Me Zero Traffic, Speeding Remains Top Cause of Fatalities

Motorcyclist Fatalities Surge in 2021

JEFFERSON CITY –A rise in speeding and other reckless driving behaviors continues to be a disturbing trend in 2021. During the first half of the year, more than 450 people lost their lives in a crash on Missouri roadways. The primary causes are all too common: excessive speeds, distraction, impairment, and choosing to not wear a seat belt or motorcycle helmet.  

So far during 2021, Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers have issued more than 16,000 citations to drivers traveling 20 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit, a 9% increase from the same time period in 2020. “Traveling too fast reduces a driver’s ability to react to changing conditions, increases stopping distance, and reduces the effectiveness of occupant protection equipment in your vehicle,” said Missouri State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Eric Brown.

Following the August 2020 repeal of the all-rider helmet law, motorcyclist fatalities are up 33% and the number of unhelmeted riders killed in crashes increased from two in the first six months of 2020 to 31 so far in 2021.

 “The increase in motorcycle fatalities is very concerning, but so are the overall trends” said Missouri Department of Transportation’s Assistant State Highway and Traffic Engineer Jon Nelson. “We see the same behaviors coming into play over and over again, and the reality is, these crashes don’t have to happen. You can take these simple steps to keep yourself and your passengers safe:  wear a seat belt or motorcycle helmet, put your phone down, and slow down.” 

As we near the halfway point of the “100 Deadliest Days”, those days between Memorial Day and Labor Day when traffic fatalities are most prevalent, it’s imperative to be mindful of safety every time we use the roadways. Doing so may mean the difference between life and death.

Missouri’s strategic highway safety plan, Show-Me Zero, provides information and strategies all Missourians can use to promote four key messages: buckle up, phone down, slow down, and drive sober. More information and resources can be found at www.savemolives.com.

Clinton Senior Center Opens for Indoor Dining

The Clinton Senior Center has resumed indoor dining after more than a year of closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The center at 970 E Sedalia Ave will welcome adults 60 and older to dine indoors without masks beginning Monday, July 12, according to Henry County Services Director Kathy Wilson. It’s open from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meals are provided for people 60 and older for a suggested contribution of $4.50; the center cannot make change. Updated menus include some new items such chicken Margherita, garlic and herb shrimp, and penne primavera as well as traditional favorites such as meatloaf and fried chicken. Call (660) 885-3482 or visit goaging.org to get a current menu.
Transportation is available by calling the Area Transit Service (ATS) at 660-885-3114.
The center still offers curbside pickup of meals for those who are not ready to dine in. To receive a curbside meal, please call the center by 10 a.m. The center also delivers meals weekly to homebound older adults. Wilson also is recruiting volunteers to deliver meals and help in the kitchen and dining room.
The full opening followed a soft opening beginning July 6 to test safety protocols; the resumption of indoor dining has been well received.
“So far, people have enjoyed being back in to see each other,” Wilson said. “It’s been awesome to see folks in the center and to get to visit with them a little longer than if they pick up a curbside meal. We are catching up on what’s been going on for the past year. “
Wilson said she plans add regularly scheduled events such as exercise classes (which are offered virtually this summer), card games and other recreational activities.
Care Manager Roy Qualls will be available at the center by appointment. Qualls can connect older adults with benefits and answer a variety of questions on topics ranging from Medicare and property tax rebates to housing and family caregiving. To make an appointment, call (660) 885-3482.
Center guests will notice fewer tables than before and a request for social distancing when they are getting their meals. While the mandatory use of masks and temperature taking have been halted, visitors, staff and volunteers still will be requested to answer health questions about COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.
Staff and volunteers will be required to wear masks while clients are in the building. Home-delivered meal drivers will be required to wear masks, sanitize hands between clients, and stay socially distanced during the delivery of meals.

Missing Butler Grad, Brooke Rees, Last Seen in Belton

Butler High School graduate, Brooke Rees, has been missing for almost a month. She was last seen on Wednesday, June 9th of this year, in Clinton, Missouri. Brooke has been battling mental illness and is probably not in a clear state of mind. If anyone has seen or heard from her you can contact the Clinton Missouri Police Department by calling 660-885-2679

Update: She was seen on 6/21 in Belton Missouri. But has since left that location and left her belongings and cell phone. Last known to be in a gray Dodge Neon license plate number LE6H3F.

New MDC fall hunting booklets available for deer, turkey, dove, waterfowl

Get new MDC booklets for deer, turkey, waterfowl, dove hunting from permit vendors and online.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri deer and turkey hunters and waterfowl and dove hunters can get the most current information on upcoming fall hunting from the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) 2021 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting & Regulations Information booklet and Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Digest 2021-2022, available where permits are sold and online.

The 2021 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting & Regulations Information booklet has detailed information on fall deer and turkey hunting seasons, limits, permits, managed hunts, regulations, conservation areas to hunt, post-harvest instructions, chronic wasting disease (CWD) updates, and more.

The new booklet also has information on changes for the upcoming seasons, including:

  • Camden, Laclede, McDonald, and Pulaski counties have been added to the CWD Management Zone.
  • During Nov. 13–14, hunters who harvest a deer in the CWD Management Zone must take it (or the head) on the day of harvest to a CWD sampling station.
  • Hunters may transport deer heads out of the CWD Management Zone and deliver them to any approved CWD sampling location within 48 hours of leaving the county of harvest, except on Nov. 13–14 when the head must be taken to a CWD sampling station on the day of harvest.
  • The antler point restriction has been removed for Camden and Pulaski counties.
  • Hunters may now fill additional firearms antlerless permits in 17 counties.
  • Hunters may now fill one firearms antlerless permit in Reynolds and Stoddard counties.
  • Qualifying landowners may now receive two Resident Landowner Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting Permits in Dent, Douglas, Maries, Phelps, Texas, and Wright counties.
  • The antlerless portion of firearms deer season has been extended from three days to nine.
  • New managed deer hunts have been added, and others have been removed or modified.
  • Hunters without hunter education may now participate in most managed deer hunts, but they must hunt in the immediate presence of a properly licensed adult hunter who is hunter-education certified or exempt.
  • Deer hunting regulations have changed for some conservation areas.

The 2021 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting & Regulations Information booklet is available where permits are sold and online at mdc.mo.gov/about-us/about-regulations/fall-deer-turkey-hunting-regulations-information.

MDC’s new Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Digest for the 2021-2022 hunting season is now available where permits are sold and online. The handy, free guide has detailed information on waterfowl hunting along with hunting doves and several other migratory game birds such as rail, snipe, and woodcock. It also has information on needed permits and duck-stamp requirements, hunting seasons and limits, hunting areas, regulations, and more.

The new Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Digest also has new information for the upcoming season, including:

  • New duck-season-date formulas were approved by the Conservation Department for 2021 through 2025.
  • The boundary between the North and Middle zones has changed near St. Louis and between Columbia and Miami.

Learn more about waterfowl hunting in Missouri and view the new Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Digest online at mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/waterfowl.

Get more information on dove hunting, along with other game-bird species, online at mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species.

Buy Missouri hunting and fishing permits from numerous vendors around the state, online at mdc.mo.gov/permits, or through MDC’s free mobile app, MO Hunting, available for download through Google Play or the App Store.