Update to Deadly House Fire in Rural Adrian

At approximately 330am on 3/3/2021 dispatch received a call of a structure fire in rural Adrian. When a deputy arrived on scene he observed a mobile home fully engulfed in fire. Fire units arrived and began an interior fire attack.

Once the fire was extinguished, the remains of one person was found. Investigators remained on scene throughout the day to determine the nature of the fire and to perform a thorough death investigation.

The human remains were turned over to the Bates County Coroner for identification and to determine the cause of death. An autopsy is schedule for 3/5/2021.

There is still work to be done on this case before any official determination is made but at this point, there is no suspicion of foul play and it appears this incident may be accidental in nature. The Sheriff’s Office is conducting a joint death investigation with the Bates County Coroner’s Office and the Missouri Fire Marshal’s Office.

Public identification of the deceased person will be done by the Bates County Coroner Greg Mullinax.

Fundraiser in Rich Hill

Rich Hill 4th of July Committee hosting fundraiser. Annual Corned beef and cabbage with Irish potato bar.  Wednesday March 17th beginning at 5pm at the Kern Center in Rich Hill.  Drive Thru and get a meal for a free will donation.  Proceeds to support the annual Easter egg hunt.

Larry Harper Young Writers Contest

Missouri Ruralist will be sponsoring the Larry Harper Young Writers Contest this year.

This year’s topic is “What can be done to increase the number of beginning farmers and ranchers.”

Student Contestants should offer his/her own reasons, along with ideas and/or examples of what can be done to aid young farmers and ranchers wanting to enter the agriculture industry.

All entries must be received by April 9th.  Email entries to [email protected] and mail hard copy entries to Missouri Ruralist, 21680 Smith Creek Road, Marthasville, MO 63357

For full details including the email, address, Format, and prizes see the flyer on our website 921news.com and search Larry Harper Young Writers Contest.

Harrisonville Police warn about driving into flooding water

Harrisonville Missouri Police Department

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Flooding kills more people in the United States each year than any other thunderstorm-related hazard.

People driving into flooded roads is the leading cause of deaths for this victim. Interesting fact, six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and potential stalling, a foot of water will float many vehicles and two feet of rushing water will carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and pickups. So, play it safe turn around, don’t drown.

The week is over and, knock on wood, the weather has been great! But, none of us can forget how Missouri weather is and how fast it can turn. So, take just a few moments of your weekend and come up with a plan to deal with all the weather hazards we have talked about this week.

Be prepared, be ready.

Bates County Sheriff makes arrest after Pursuit

From the Desk of Bates County Sheriff Chad Anderson

On 3/4/21 at approximately 410pm a deputy observed a black Ford Ranger being driven by a subject who has an active No Bond warrant out of Vernon County. The driver identified as Carl A Bogart, 1/30/83 began to flee the deputy when he initiated a traffic stop.

The pursuit traveled on the gravel roads west of I49 and 52 west highway. During the pursuit Mr. Bogart showed no regard to innocent people by passing a number of innocent drivers and even a school bus. At times reaching speeds of over 100mph.

At county road 9001 and V Highway a deputy deployed the Grappler System. The truck began to skid across the road and struck the ditch, overturning and coming to rest on its side.

Mr. Bogart is well known to area law enforcement and has even made threats to kill Lector, the K9 that apprehended him the last time. Lector assisted deputies in extracting Mr. Bogart from the vehicle this time also.

Mr. Bogart has an extensive criminal history involving drug possession and fleeing/resisting arrest. On 4/7/20, Mr. Bogart was found guilty or pleaded guilty again to resisting arrest and drug possession given 4 year sentence and then 5 years of probation.

Mr. Bogart was transported to the Bates County Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries. One deputy received minor injuries during the arrest. When released he will be transferred to the custody of Vernon County Sheriff’s Office. Additional charges from today’s events will be forwarded to the Bates County Prosecutors Office.

Governor Parson Announces Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Channel in Missouri

State Partners with Missouri Pharmacy Association to Distribute Vaccines to Local Pharmacies 

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – During a briefing at the State Capitol, Governor Mike Parson announced that pharmacies across Missouri will begin receiving prioritized shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine through a new State Pharmacy Program. 

“With vaccine supply continuing to increase and more Missourians becoming eligible, we will now begin shipping vaccines to pharmacies in all regions and communities throughout the state,” said Governor Parson. “Local pharmacies are a trusted health care resource for many Missourians, so distributing vaccines to as many pharmacies as we can will help expand accessibility by providing a vast network of capable providers in every community.”

Starting next week, 15 percent of Missouri’s weekly vaccine allotment from the federal government will be allocated to the state’s pharmacy program. 

The state has identified 161 pharmacies in 84 counties based on ability, location, and population. These pharmacies have the ability to administer 200 initial doses of COVID-19 vaccines per week and will consistently receive this number of doses in addition to booster doses for the next three to four weeks. To view the list of participating pharmacies, please see attachment.

The Missouri Pharmacy Association will submit orders to the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) on behalf of partnering pharmacies. Missourians are encouraged to use the state’s vaccinator map at MOStopsCOVID.com to find participating pharmacies in their area or reach out to local pharmacies directly. 

Allocations for each of Missouri’s vaccine delivery channels will be adjusted accordingly to accommodate pharmacies. Delivery channels and corresponding allocations through the week of March 22 are as follows:

  • High Throughput Health Centers: 35 percent
  • Mass Vaccination Events: 15 percent 
  • Local Public Health Agencies: 15 percent
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers: 15 percent 
  • Other Community/Enrolled Providers: 5 percent 
  • Pharmacies: 15 percent 

Starting the week of March 29, the state will shift vaccine allocations to reflect unvaccinated eligible populations in each of Missouri’s nine regions. Current delivery channels will be modified to incorporate those changes.

Also during the briefing, Governor Parson outlined modifications to state sponsored mass vaccination clinics.

“While distribution is equitable based on population throughout each region, we do recognize that some Missourians are less interested in receiving a vaccine than others,” said Governor Parson. “Vaccine interest is often highest in urban populations, so starting next week, we will begin transitioning mass vaccination teams to accommodate more events in the Kansas City and St. Louis regions.” 

Starting the week of March 8, mass vaccination teams will begin transitioning operations to include a larger presence in Region A (Kansas City) and Region C (St. Louis). Eventually, two teams will be operational in Region A and three teams will be operational in Region C. The state expects a full transition by April 1. This timeline will allow vaccination teams to complete booster clinics for previous Moderna and Pfizer events and transition to the single dose Janssen vaccine. 

Both mass and targeted vaccination events hosted by the state will begin utilizing the Janssen vaccine as supply allows. This will help increase the scale and efficiency of state sponsored clinics as vaccination teams will not need to return to locations for booster (second) dose vaccinations. 

CAPITOL REPORT: REPRESENTATIVE PATRICIA PIKE

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCED                                                   

Dear Citizens:  Women Legislators of Missouri are encouraging young women, set to graduate from high school at the end of this year, to apply for a $500 college scholarship. Each year the group selects students from Missouri’s congressional districts to receive the awards.

The Women Legislators of Missouri Caucus created the senior scholarship program to provide financial assistance to students on the basis of leadership, academics and community service. Candidates must fill out an application and are required to submit a 500-word essay answering the question, “If you were a state legislator, what would you hope to accomplish and why?”

The submission deadline is Wednesday, March 31, 2021, and the group will select recipients and then hold a reception in their honor on Monday, April 19 at a reception at the Missouri State Capitol.  A link to download the scholarship is located at: https://stlouisgraduates.academicworks.com/opportunities/4078.  For further information, please contact 573-751-5388.

Moving to the Senate for Debate: 

House Moves to Forgive Unemployment Overpayments (HBs 1083, 1085, 1050, 1035, 1036, 873 & 1097):  Thousands of Missourians who received unemployment overpayments would have the federal portion of their debt forgiven under legislation approved this week by the House. The bill would ensure Missourians who received the overpayments non-fraudulently do not have to repay the federal dollars they received.

Because the state’s Department of Labor was inundated with requests for unemployment benefits during the pandemic and was rushing to get payments processed, the department sent out approximately $146 million in unemployment benefits to 46,000 Missourians who didn’t qualify. Those who received the aid went on to spend it on rent, mortgage payments, utilities and other necessities. Months later the state sent notice to these individuals that the aid they received had to be repaid. The average repayment amount was in the thousands of dollars.

The bill passed by the House would instruct the department to waive repayment of the federal portion of the overpayments for those who received them non-fraudulently. If the department determines a recipient received money through fraud, those overpayments would not be waived. Under this bill, the department would still seek repayment of the state portion of the overpayments. However the repayments would be made without interest and without penalties and the department would work out an affordable payment plan with each recipient. In effect, the state portion will end up being a zero interest loan.

The bill’s sponsor said approximately 75 percent of the $146 million in overpayments is federal, and repayment on those funds will be forgiven.  He said, “It doesn’t make a lot of sense to use state employees and state resources to recoup money from our citizens only to send that money to Washington D.C., especially when the feds aren’t asking for it back.” 

HB 63 (Pike) adds powdered alcohol to the definition of intoxicating liquor used in state liquor control laws. Supporters say powdered alcohol presents unique medical risks because it is more heavily concentrated and not absorbed the same way as liquid alcohol. Proponents also worry that teens can readily conceal and abuse powdered alcohol. 

HB 357 allows cottage food production operations to sell food over the Internet. Currently, cottage food production operations must have an annual gross income of $50,000 or less and are prohibited from selling food through the Internet. This bill removes the cap on annual gross income and the prohibition on online sales, provided that the cottage food production operation and purchaser are both located in Missouri. Supporters say the bill would open up new markets across the state to those who operate a cottage food production operation and provide more opportunities to sell their products. During the current pandemic, if cottage food production operations were able to sell to consumers online, it would have made it easier for people to both sell and purchase these products while social distancing.

For further information contact Representative Pike at [email protected] or call 573-751-5388.

Volunteers Needed

“BaCo Transport looking for volunteers for dispatching. Very easy to do
with short training period. Hours 9:00 to 12:00-1:00 to 3:30. BaCo Transport need some help with Thursday and Fridays right now. Half a day would help.
Please call Senior Taxi at 660-679-6322 or Alvin Griffin 660-679-7255 or
Bob Jennings 660-679-7652.

How Much Lime To Apply?

“If you want your land to be productive, you need to have the correct pH for what you grow,” according to Pat Miller, MU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist.  Making pH corrections is the first step to getting your land to reach its potential.  How do you go about that?  According to Miller, you take a soil sample. 

The field should be divided by soil type and past cropping and fertilizing history.  Take 20 to 30 surface-to-six inch cores across the area and mix it together.  Most county extension offices can loan you a soil probe.  For more information on sampling, see MU Extension guide G9217, Soil Sampling Hayfields and Row Crops. https://extension.missouri.edu/publications/g9217.

Be sure to list the proper crop codes to get the best recommendations.  For forages, you will need to know if it will be hay or pasture, cool season or warm season grass and if it has legumes or not.  Legumes like clover will require more lime that just grasses.  With crops, soybeans will need more lime than corn or wheat. 

Missouri lime recommendations are in units of effective neutralizing material (ENM).  This is a rating based on percentage of calcium carbonate equivalent (purity) and fineness of grind.  The quarry can tell you the ENM of their lime.  The Missouri Lime Report  (http://aes.missouri.edu/pfcs/aglime/malmr20b.pdf) will give the reported lime ENM from quarries across the state.  If your soil test recommends 1200 ENM and your lime is 400 ENM, you would need to apply 3 tons (1200 divided by 400).  See Extension guide G9107  https://extension.missouri.edu/publications/g9107.  If the lime is not being worked into the soil, only apply two tons at a time.  If more is recommended, apply two to three years later. 

If you have questions, contact Miller at 417-448-2560 or [email protected]

Harrisonville Early Childhood Center Enrollment

Harrisonville Early Childhood center kindergarten and preschool enrollment for 2021-2022

Dates you need to know:

Kindergarten Screening May 10th-14th

Must be 5 years old by 7/31/2021

Current preschool students screened during school in April

Open enrollment/screening appointment schedule opens April 5th

Visit www.harrisonvilleschools.org/ecc to schedule appointment

Harrisonville preschool screening week of Aug 23rd

Must be 4 years old by 7/31/2021

Active PAT families enroll May 3rd

Open enrollment/screening appointment schedule opens May 4th

Classes begin Aug 30th

Visit www.harrisonvilleschools.org/ecc to schedule appointment

Harrisonville School End of year Awards

Harrisonville school is accepting nominations for Educator of Year, Support Staff Employee of the year and Outstanding Community Involvement.  To make nominations visit www.harrisonvilleschools.org and click on End of the year’s awards nominations.  Nominations must be received by March 26th.

Harrisonville VFW Auxiliary Fundraiser

The Harrisonville VFW Auxiliary will have corned beef and Cabbage dinner with Potatoes and carrots on Saturday March 13th.  Dine-In, Carry-Out or Curbside available $12.00 per plate accepting cash or checks only.  To order ahead call 816-738-9254.  VFW Corned Beef and Cabbage Fundraiser Saturday March 13 from 4pm to 7pm at the VFW Hall 1804 N Commercial St. in Harrisonville.

Montrose Festival Looking for Royalty.

Montrose Festival is hosting “Cheers to 150 Years” Royalty Contest.

Categories included.

Junior Prince and Princess ages 3 to 5

Prince and Princess ages 6 to 9

King and Queen ages 10 to 13

Contestants will compete by decorating and placing Personized containers at locations of their choice where people may vote.  Every dollar equals 1 vote.  Montrose Royalty Contestants votes may to obtained from the public, friends, family, and businesses.

Montrose Royalty contestants must sign up by March 31st, contact Amy Borland to sign up at 660-402-7044

Prizes will be awarded to the winners in each category and coronation will be Saturday May 29th at the Montrose festival.

Montrose Festival Third Annual Baking Contest

Montrose VFW will host the third annual Montrose Festival Baking contest on Saturday, May 29th, drop off baked goods at 9am and judging at 10am.

Enter as man times as you want, everyone gets to taste the winning bakes, no preregister needed.

Entry fee is $2.00 for Adults, Kids under 10 are free.

Categories: pies, cookies, cakes, and breads

Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in all categories plus 1 grand prize winner

Montrose festival third annual baking contest Saturday May 29th start planning your entries now.

29th Annual Bob Gunn Golf Tournament

The date is set for the 29th Annual Bob Gunn Memorial Golf Tournament.  This will be a 4-person scramble at the Butler Country Club on Sunday, April 18th.

Tournament open to any 18 years and older, entry fee 50.00 per person.  Rental Carts Available and tee time will be assigned, you must have cart.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner may be purchased in Club House.

5 flights 3 places, 1st place 400.00, second place 350.00 and 3rd place 120.00. $10000 Hole in one Contest.

Sponsored by Adrian Lions Club

Teams are limited! Paid entries must be received by April 14th.

For complete details and entry form see below.

City of Butler Burn Ban

Public Service Announcement*

 There is a burn ban for the city of Butler. Butler fire department advised that no fires are permitted within city limits until it rains.

Easton Corbin Performing in Rich Hill

Rich Hill 4th of July Committee announces headliner for the 2021 July 4th Celebration.  Easton Corbin will take the stage at 8pm on Saturday July 3rd at the Rich Hill West Park.  Visit the Rich Hill 4th of July Facebook for updates on this years celebration.

Easter Egg Hunt in Rich Hill

Rich Hill 4th of July committee Easter Egg hunt is set for Saturday April 3rd at 1pm in Rich Hill West Circle Park.  Annual Egg Hunt is for ages 0 through and including 5th grade.  Bring your own basket/bag to collect candy. 

PHASE 1B TIER 3 OPENING March 15, 2021 for COVID vaccinations

Bates County Health Center is pleased that individuals that fall into the State of MO vaccination phase 1B tier 3 will be eligible to begin receiving vaccine on March 15, 2021. Individuals within this group include:

*Education

*Childcare

*Communications Sector

*Dams Sector

*Energy Sector

*Food/Agriculture Sector—initial

*Government

*Information Technology Sector

*Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector

*Transportation Systems Sector

*Water and Wastewater Systems Sector

As this will increase the number of individuals eligible, the supply of vaccine that the State of Missouri is allocated and therefore distributes to the communities will still not meet the demand for those seeking vaccinations.

Guidance from MO Vaccination Team is that vaccinators should not exhaust an entire vaccine shipment supply on one specific population knowing that all tiers in Phase 1 will be open and anyone in Phase 1 should have the same ability to access vaccine. As local public health departments receive the smallest portion of vaccine allocation, they will not have sufficient vaccine to provide any “on-site” workplace vaccination clinics. Bates County Health Center will continue to take names on their waiting list and work through it with each shipment of vaccine. Please call 660-679-6108 to be added to the waiting list.

Easter Egg Hunt in Pleasanton Kansas

Join Pleasanton Kansas for the City of Pleasanton’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt!!! The fun will start at 11:00 A.M. SHARP on Saturday April 3rd!!! They will be hunting at the Pleasanton School Football field!! City of Pleasanton will have prizes for all age groups!! They also have about 100 small baskets with items in them. It will be first come-first serve. Don’t forget to bring your baskets!

Martha K. DeNayer, age 103

Martha K. DeNayer was born on April 3, 1917, in Garden City, Kansas, the daughter of Charles Adam & Anna Bertha (Maune) Krug. Martha was one of 11 children born to Charles and Anna, and she was blessed with happy years growing up in the Garden City community, attending school in Garden City, Holcomb, and Satanta, and obtaining her GED in Ft. Collins, Colorado. While growing up, Martha was taught to love one another, to help others, share with others, and to pray for guidance.

Martha met her future husband Lawrence Earl DeNayer while attending school in Holcomb, and they were united in marriage on September 12, 1936, in Topeka, and to this marriage, five children were born.

After raising her family, Martha worked as an insurance agent, a notary for the State of Missouri, clerk at a pharmacy and hospital, and a full time bookkeeper for her husband’s business. Later, she was the owner of Mankato Storage.

Martha loved to travel, and she toured in Europe, Mexico, Alaska, and Hawaii, collecting many hats along the way. She enjoyed telling stories and working with genealogy and family history, and enjoyed making lap quilts for veterans. Martha radiated her infectious smile and wholesome giggles, professing her love of her God and gospel music, which would bellow through her room and down the halls. She wrote the song “My Jesus” to the tune of “Mansion Over the Hilltop”, a song that will be sang at her funeral. Martha enjoyed spending time with her family, having a special party for her 100th birthday with many family members in attendance. She was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mankato, Kansas.

Martha passed away on February 25, 2021, at the Blue Valley Lutheran Home in Hebron, Nebraska, at the age of 103 years, 10 months and 22 days.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lawrence, brothers Emil, Charles, Albert, and Leo Krug, sisters Mena Wolff, Frieda Duree, Anna Jean Durant and Delores Urban. Martha is also preceded in death by sons-in-law Wayne Dunn, Ron Featherstone, daughter-in law-Wanda DeNayer, grandchildren Julie Shipman and Hether Archuleta, and step granddaughter Sarah DeNayer.

Martha will be forever remembered by her children; daughters Judy Dunn of Belleville, Kansas; Kathy Ruffus and her husband Stephen of Salt Lake City, Utah; Lori DeNayer of Ft. Collins, Colorado; sons David DeNayer and his wife Ping of Deltona, Florida, and Charles DeNayer and his wife Ellen of Raymore, Missouri.

She is also survived by her sisters Marian Hazelwood and Phyllis Krug, 14 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 4, & Friday, March 5, 2021, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm both days, at Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home in Belleville, Kansas, the family will not be present.

Family Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 2:00 pm, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Butler, Missouri, with Pastor Jennifer Thomas officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Rich Hill, Missouri.

Memorials are requested to the Charles and Anna (Maune) Krug Scholarship at Garden City (KS) Community College or the Martha DeNayer Scholarship at Ft. Scott (KS) Community College, and may be sent in care of Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, PO Box 566, Belleville, Kansas 66935.

Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home of Belleville, Kansas, and Heuser Funeral Home of Rich Hill, Missouri, assisted the DeNayer family with these arrangements.

Museum Minute presents: This Week in History (According to Herrman’s Archives)

Happenings in the first few days of March ~

1929 – The J. C. Penney store opens in Butler in the old American Clothing location, East end of the North side of the Butler Square.
1836 – Harmony Mission, opened by missionaries from New York in 1821, to educate Osage children, closes, with disappointing results.
1938 – 2 pounds of hamburger, 25 cents, at McGuire’s Grocery, South end of the East side of the Butler Square.
1890 – Squire Eddy, of Prairie City, is in Rich Hill, informing everyone that they have established a cheese factory in Prairie City, with Judge Fix, the president.
1922 – Deputy Sheriff Bradley found a moonshine still near Maysburg in Mingo Township, which he is holding for the owner.  The still was a miniature affair, being made of a copper tea kettle which was rigged up in fine shape.  No signs of whisky or mash were found. 
1927 – The James P. Arnold American Legion Post # 46 selects a site in Oak Hill Cemetery for a burial plot for veterans, near the west side of the original cemetery.
1875 – W. H. Allen, physician and surgeon opens his practice in “Old Rich Hill”, north of present Rich Hill. 
1921 – A $60,000 fire destroys the light plant and damages the stores of O. M. Drysdale, and of Turner & Warner in Amoret.
1895 – Voters of the Crescent Hill district vote to build a new school, 2 miles north of Adrian.
1920 – The first of a two day Teacher’s examination is held in the Butler Circuit Court room and the subjects are:  Geography, Language, Algebra, Orthography, Grammar, Arithmetic, Reading, and Literature.
1919 – A large crowd attends the pie supper and program at the Foster Opera House.
1874 – The newly organized Women’s Temperance League confronts Butler saloons & drug stores to sign pledges not to sell booze.  Denny’s, Dixons, Dexter’s, and Cannon’s Saloons all refuse and Hensley & Shaw and Dr. Elliott Pyle drug stores refuse, saying they sell only for medicinal purposes.
1911 – “The Jolly Prune Peddler” is making his regular rounds with Amsterdam merchants.
1879 – The first bridge across the Marais des Cygnes River is under construction at Marvel.
1921 – The County Court pays bounty on 145 hawk heads at 50 cents each; 3 dollars each for 3 wolf pup scalps, and 10 dollars each for 6 wolf scalps.

Courtesy of Mid America Live

Lee Longworth, age 94 of Butler

Funeral services for Lee Longworth of Butler, Missouri will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 8, 2021 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler.  Visitation will be prior to services from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Schowengerdt Chapel.  Interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.  Contributions to Virginia United Methodist Church, Ladies Auxiliary of the Western Antique Tractor and Machinery Association or charity of choice.  Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Alberta Lee Longworth, age 94 of Butler, Missouri died Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Butler Center in Butler, Missouri.  She was born March 25, 1926 to Albert Freeman and Carrie A. Towers  Stanfill in Butler.

Lee is survived by one daughter, Helen Louise “Lou” Whittier and husband Gary of Kansas City Missouri; two sons, John Longworth and wife Joan of Butler, Missouri and Rex Longworth and wife Glenda of Passaic, Missouri; and 7 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ralph Longworth; two brothers, Walton Stanfill and Walter Stanfill; and two sisters, Fay Bagby and infant sister, Fern Stanfill.

Due to Covid, the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel respectfully asks that everyone wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Job Fair Lucas Oil Speedway

Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Danny Lorton reminds area residents that the speedway’s annual Job Fair, offering employment opportunities in multiple areas in 2021, is set for this Saturday March 6th.

The Job Fair will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the speedway’s main office just outside the pit entrance. 

Lorton asks that potential applicants who have COVID-19 or show any signs of symptoms refrain from attending. Masks are not required, but those attending are welcome to wear a face covering. Applicants should bring two forms of identification to the Job Fair and at least one must be a photo ID, such as a driver’s license.

All jobs will be seasonal positions, including weekends and some weekday events. The Lucas Oil Speedway season is set to begin with an Open Test and Tune on March 27 prior to the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener on April 3.

Job positions available include maintenance crew worker, concessions, cooks (must be 18 or older), cashiers, bartenders (21 and over with experience), bar back (21 and over with experience), security crew workers, environmental service workers, Jr. Fan Club worker, go-kart workers and safety crew (experience in firefighting and EMT required).

Those who cannot attend the Job Fair on Saturday can stop by the Lucas Oil Speedway office, any weekday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and pick up an employee application.

For additional information, call the speedway office (417) 282-5984 or email Lorton at [email protected].

Help Wanted at Flaming Lantern Restaurant in Butler

Flaming Lantern Restaurant in Butler is now hiring for multiple positions, Bartenders, Servers, and Line Cooks.  Candidates with experience are preferred but they will train the right person.  Number of hours per week will vary.  All applicants must apply in person.  Flaming Lantern is now hiring Servers, Bartenders, and Line Cooks.  The Flaming Lantern Restaurant is located at 1104 West Fort Scott Street, Butler and open until 8 pm Monday thru Saturday and until 2 on Sunday.

The Little Apple

Vol 29 no 09

                                                                                                            March 3, 2021

The Appleton City R-II School District will be placing Proposition KIDS on the April 6 ballot. The district is asking the patrons of the school district to authorize an increase in the operating levy by $.50 per one hundred dollars of their assessed valuation through the year 2040.  These funds would allow the district to provide funds for repair and replacement of roofs, upgrades to heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; improving and upgrading handicap accessibility district-wide; remodeling of the elementary school, improving and expanding the agriculture facilities in the district, completion of other renovations and repair improvements to existing facilities, and to meet the additional operating needs of the district. The tax levy committee, comprised of committee members Katy Brownsberger, Garrett Hawkins, Jennifer Hawkins, Cindy McDaniel, Tracy Parsons, Kevin Post, Linda Schleuter, Janet Payton and Craig Siegismund have been working since early last fall to fine-tune this language, as well as prepare the capital improvement plan to be presented to the public.  This committee will be hosting four round-table community forums during the month of March for community members to learn more about this levy and its impact on the school.  These sessions will include personal Q/A sessions and a visual presentation.  Please plan to attend one of the four sessions!  The committee has also created a Facebook page which can be found by searching “Appleton City Proposition KIDS.” Information, including pictures and videos of current issues at the school, can be found online by going to https://acr2levy.weebly.com/  Forums are scheduled for Thursday, March 4, ACHS Gym, 6:00–7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 7, Ohio Christian Church, 3:00–4:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, Rockville City Hall, 6:00-7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 28, ACHS Gym, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

COVID vaccines have arrived at the Appleton City Rural Health Clinic. If you are on the list, you will get a call from a clinic nurse to schedule your vaccine appointment. If you are not on the list but would like to get the vaccine, please call the clinic to schedule a vaccine appointment. Please call 660-476-2121.  WALK-INS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET THE COVID VACCINE AT THIS TIME. YOU MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.

Curbside/Carry-Out Lenten Fish Fry Dinners will be served March 5 and March 19 at the Montrose Community Building (Knight’s Hall) from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. The menu will be fried fish, Suzy Q’s, cole slaw and a cookie. Orders will be taken curb side. The line will loop around the building starting at the back door. You can also walk in through the front doors and get carry-out orders. Small fish dinners (single orders) will be $10, Family Fish Dinners will be $30 (approximately feeds a family of 4). All proceeds to go to Immaculate Conception Church.

Everyone is invited to Revival Services March 7-10 at the Church of God (Holiness), 401 East 1st Street, Appleton City. Chad Pollard, President Kansas Christian College, will be the Evangelist. There will be special music nightly. Service times will be: Sunday 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. as well as Monday – Wednesday 7:00 p.m.

St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Assn. will meet 6:30 p.m. March 9, 2021 at Landmark Restaurant, Lowry City.  The sponsor is Wheeler Livestock Auction. The speaker will be Wesley Tucker on “What Data Says About Your Cattle”.  Please RSVP to Lawanna Salmon, 660-492-7259.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Wednesday, March 17 with a large baked potato, dessert and drink for lunch. The hot steamy potato will be served with toppings of chili, cheese, broccoli, bacon and sour cream.  Homemade cakes and drinks round out the meal for $7.  Serving will be 11”00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the MK&T Railroad Depot.  Carry outs only. Proceeds will be used for maintenance of Museum, Depot and old Library.

The 11th annual Wee Bit O’Parade will be Wednesday, March 17, at 1:00 p.m. Anyone can participate in this family-friendly event. Simply be at Forest Park at 12:45 for the stroll down Main Street to welcome spring and celebrate the Irish in all of us. Please contact Jennifer Hawkins at 417-359-3846 if you plan to participate, so a general idea of how many will be participating in the parade can be gained ahead of the 17th.

The Montrose Festival is a go for Memorial Weekend 2021. They will be celebrating Montrose’s deep history and traditions throughout the weekend.

Nothing highlights that more than their theme, 150 Years of Cheers, Tears & Beers!   Plans are being finalized but things are looking up and they think everyone needs some old time normal. They will have their yearly Parade, Car Show, Baby Show, Color Run, Exotic Animal Petting, Baking Contest and Chicken Dinner, etc. for your enjoyment plus much more. Some new crowd pleasers for the 150th Celebration will be Wine Tasting, Beer Garden, Pie Auction, Pony Rides, Jr Royalty King & Queen, Beard Contest, Montrose Stamp Cancelation, a visit from KC Wolfe and much more still being finalized. They are also excited to announce performing on Stage under the big tent will be the band Members Only out of Springfield, MO.  So mark your calendar to come see them for the day or the whole darn weekend.  They hope to see you there!

The ACHS Alumni Scholarship Foundation, Inc. will award five $1,000 scholarships, at least one each to a traditional college and one to a vocational/trade school.  There is no grade point requirement. A short paragraph is required.  DEADLINE is March 9.  See the ACHS Counselor.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for March 2021. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Mar 4 – OB/GYN-Dr. Kallberg, Mar 10 -Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Mar 11 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Mar 12 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, Mar 17- Upper GI, Colonoscopy- Dr. Vardakis, Mar 18 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Mar 24 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, Mar 24 –Ophthalmology, Dr. Soni, Mar 25 -Rheumatology, Dr. Tay  

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Mar 4     Proposition KIDS forum 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the ACHS Gym

Mar 5     Fish Dinner at Montrose Community Building 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Mar 7     Proposition KIDS forum 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Ohio Christian Church

Mar 7-10     Revival Services at the Church of God (Holiness)

Mar 9     St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Assn. meeting Landmark Restaurant, Lowry City.  6:30 p.m.

Deadly Fire in Rural Adrian Takes the Life of One Person

At approximately 330am today dispatch received a call of a structure fire in rural Adrian.   When a deputy arrived on scene he observed a mobile home fully engulfed in fire.   Fire units arrived and began an interior fire attack. 

Once the fire was extinguished, the remains of one person was found. 

The Sheriff’s Office is conducting a joint death investigation with the Bates County Coroner’s Office and the Missouri Fire Marshal’s Office. 

No other information is available at this time.

Nevada Regional Medical Center Receives $100,000 Gift

Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) is pleased to announce it has received a $100,000 gift from the Patterson Family Foundation to help fund a cardiac monitoring equipment system update that will span three years and total more than $673,000.

The first phase of the project approved by the hospital board of directors will cost a total of $310,000. This initial phase will include new GE cardiac monitors for all emergency and operating rooms, and is expected to take approximately three months to complete.

“Although all areas of the hospital care are equally important,” says Tara Garrett, Chief Nursing Officer at NRMC. “We chose to start with the emergency department and operating rooms because these areas have the greatest volume of critical patients.”

Cardiac monitoring systems are used to track vital signs such as heart rate and oxygen saturation, as well as breathing pattern and electrical heart patterns. In the past, monitors did not include the ability to trace the heart’s electrical activity via 12-lead electrocardiogram (EKG). A separate machine would have been wheeled in for a patient with a cardiac history or as needed. The new monitors will include 12-lead EKG, giving a thorough picture of heart activity at any moment. The constant monitoring alerts nursing staff to a problem, allowing for quick intervention and providing real-time feedback on how well that intervention is working.

“This project is an important investment in the care we provide,” said Garrett. “These monitors are state-of-the-art and the upgrade shows our commitment to our patients.”

Information collected through the cardiac monitors will feed directly into the patient’s chart which has multiple benefits. The automatic recording of information eliminates the chance for human error, reduces workload on staff and gives the nurses and physicians the opportunity to simultaneously monitor the health of multiple individuals from one location.

The Patterson Family Foundation is a family-led foundation extending the legacy of Neal and Jeanne Patterson through collaborations in health care, education and rural communities. They are geographically focused on impacting Kansas and Western Missouri counties with fewer than 50,000 residents.

“Patterson Family Foundation is pleased to contribute funding to Nevada Regional Medical Center as front-line providers and staff work tirelessly to care for patients. We hope this funding helps NRMC purchase the critical equipment and supplies needed to treat COVID-19. It is both our privilege and pleasure to offer a helping hand to rural communities navigating through these unprecedented times,” PFF added.

Greg Rich, age 65 of Rich Hill

Funeral services for Greg Rich of Rich Hill will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 5, 2021 at Rich Hill Christian Church.  Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. at church.  Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 5 at Ft. Scott National Cemetery in Ft. Scott, Kansas.  Contributions to Show-Me Youth Home.  Services under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri.  Online condolences, www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Gregory “Greg” Alan Rich, age 65 of Rich Hill, Missouri died Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler, Missouri.  He was born November 7, 1955 to Marvin Warren and Ella Mae Dickinson Rich in Butler, Missouri.

Greg is survived by his wife, Nancy Rich of Rich Hill, Missouri; two sons, Tony Rich and wife Elizabeth of Kepper, Texas and Keith Rich and wife Tracy of Adrian, Missouri; his mother, Ella Mae Rich of Rich Hill, Missouri; one brother, Warren Rich of Rich Hill, Missouri; one sister, Vickie Sue Rich of Rich Hill, Missouri; and one grandson due in July 2021.  He was preceded in death by his father.

Bates County COVID Update

COVID-19 Updates

March 1, 2021

Positive Cases Reported: 1345

Active & On Isolation: 11

Deaths (confirmed by death certificate): 29

Total Negative Tests Reported: 11,890

as of 2/28/21

Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest Captures Best of Farm, Rural Life for the 12th Year

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -Today, the Missouri Department of Agriculture is launching the 12th annual Focus on Missouri Agriculture photo contest to help kickoff National Thank a Farmer week. The Department is asking Missourians to share the unique stories and images of agriculture through photographs. The contest, which runs through June 11, is an opportunity for amateur photographers across the state to submit their best images of Missouri agriculture. That image may take shape through a breathtaking farm landscape, an aerial shot of harvest, a farm tractor that has been in the family for years or a fun moment showcasing farm life.

“Our annual photo contest gives Missouri’s farmers and ranchers a creative way to tell their stories,” said Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn. “After another tough year for agriculture, being able to showcase the legacy and variety of Missouri agriculture is a welcome breath of fresh air. We’re excited to continue kicking off the contest as a way to celebrate National Thank a Farmer week.”

The Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest is open to Missouri’s amateur photographers of all ages. Participants may enter up to three photos in each of the five categories. The photo contest categories are: Beauty of the Farm, Faces of the Farm, The Farmer’s Life and Pride of the Farm. Children’s Barnyard, a special category for budding photographers ages 12 and under, is back again this year.

Entries will be judged on visual impact, creativity, memorable content and image quality.

The contest offers prizes to win thanks to the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Missouri Grown program. The Best in Show winner, along with the first place winner in each category, will be invited to attend the 49th Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture to receive their prize along with a high quality canvas print of their photo.

Winners will be announced in early July and winning images will be displayed during the Missouri State Fair in the Agriculture Building, Aug. 12-22, 2021.

To submit your photos, go to Agriculture.Mo.Gov/focus and complete the online form. A complete list of rules and guidelines can be found on the same page. Photos submitted to the contest will be placed on the contest website and available on the department’s Flickr stream. Photos must be submitted by June 11.

More information about the Missouri Department of Agriculture and its programs is available online at Agriculture.Mo.Gov.

MU Extension Pasture and Forage Management Workshop in El Dorado Springs on March 22nd; preregister by March 19th

Stockton, Mo.- More weeds are invading our pastures and reducing available acres for cattle to graze.  “Reducing weeds in pastures increases grazable acres for cattle which should improve pasture utilization and profit potential for the cattle operation,” says Patrick Davis Regional MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist.  “Also, profit potential can be improved by incorporation of forages and better cattle grazing management,” says Davis.

University of Missouri Extension will be providing a Pasture and Forage Management Workshop at 6:00 p. m. on March 21st at the El Dorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Office at 1303 South Highway 32, El Dorado Springs, Mo.  MU Extension Agriculture Field Specialist will be covering the following topics:

  • Pasture Weed Control and Improvement
  • Forage Alternatives and Cattle Grazing Management

The workshop will be limited to 10 participants, masks will be required, and social distancing will be practiced in accordance with MU Extension COVID-19 guidelines.

The workshop is being provided at no cost to participants but in order to attend registration needs to be done by March 19th.  Participants can register online at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/pasture-and-forage-management-workshop-el-dorado-springs or contact the Cedar County MU Extension Center by phone at (417) 276-3313.  For all other question contact Davis at (417) 955-0287 or by email at [email protected] 

Find more resources on improving grasslands go to https://extension.missouri.edu/programs/nrcs-mu-grasslands-project.

Doug’s Power Wash Business Now Open

Does your house or business have mold or dirt that needs to be removed? Local man for hire that will power wash the exterior of your home or business, sidewalks, driveways , vinyl fences or patio area. Clean away the grim by calling “ Doug’s Mobile Power Washing Service” of Rich Hill. 417-283-1500. Endorsed by 92.1 for honesty and dependability. Doug’s Mobile Power Washing Service” now for hire. Call 417-283-1500 Doug McCrorey. Free estimates and references available.

Chad Rogers Found near Amsterdam

On February 10th at approximately 530 PM the Bates County Sheriff’s Office received a call-in reference to an adult male who had not been seen or heard from since 10 am on February 9th. The subject was reported missing by his wife. She stated that on February 9th she was taking him to a family member’s house in Amsterdam. When they arrived, it had appeared that the family member had guest, so Rogers did not want to stop. Rogers had her drop him off down the road approximately one mile from the family residence. Rogers exited the vehicle leaving his phone and wallet inside. The wife stated the last time she saw him he was walking south in the road.

On February 11th teams of deputies responded to the area and began to go door to door to locate anyone who may have seen Rogers in the area. Due to extremely cold weather, two drones were deployed to cover as much ground in the area as fast as possible. During the search, a family member was located and stated that on the day prior he had searched for him and observed footprints traveling south along the side of the road. The family member took deputies to the area where they located the footprints and followed them south to J highway. It was believed that he may have gotten into a car at J Highway. During the search deputies received information about a possible sighting of a male who resembled Rogers at Pete’s in Rich Hill Mo.

Deputies responded to Pete’s and reviewed video. The video was shown to the spouse who agreed that the subject had similar clothing, same walking, and behavior patterns as Rogers. The male subject walks off camera behind Pete’s toward the car wash. Search efforts were then concentrated to the Rich Hill area. Detectives filed for search warrants on phone records, contacted known associates, family in other states and his employer.

On Saturday February 27th, The Sheriff’s Office received a call from a property owner who stated that they found a male subject deceased near a pond behind their residence in the area where Rogers was last seen in Amsterdam. The subject was found a few feet from the water laying up under a cedar tree. The physical and clothing description matches that of Rogers. Rogers spouse was notified by detectives. At this point there does not appear to be any foul play suspected.

The male subject was turned over to the Bates County Coroner where an autopsy has been scheduled.

Missing person Greene County, Update included

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office needs your help in locating 40-year-old Darrell Peak and his two children, 3-year-old Mayson Peak and 4-year-old Kaiden Peak.

Darrell and the children were last seen yesterday evening around 7pm in Warsaw, MO on foot. Family members stated Darrell’s behavior is out of character and they have not been able to contact him since.

Darrell is described as a white male, 5’6″ tall, 170 lbs., with brown hair and green eyes. Darrell was last seen wearing black carpenter jeans, a gray Kum N Go hoody and a black t-shirt.

Mayson is described as white male, 3′ tall, 39 lbs., with light brown hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt that says, “mama knows best”, joggers and tan work style boots.

Kaiden is described as a white male, 3’4″ tall, 38 lbs., with white hair and blue eyes. Kaiden was last seen wearing Black Shirt with blue sleeves, jeans, and boots.

If you have any information regarding Darrell or the children, you are asked to call 911.

Update* Missing/Endangered Persons involving Darrell, Mayson, and Kaiden Peak.

As Greene County Detectives continue to investigate this incident, the situation has become more concerning. Although the family was not immediately concerned, after detectives have explored all known leads and destinations, we must presume that Darrell Peak has taken his children with no plan to return.

Detectives have made several attempts to have an Amber Alert issued but this case has not met the criteria.

Greene County Deputies responded to the Peak residence on Friday, February 26 at 10am and began conducting the initial investigation. Deputies were told by family members that they last saw Darrell and the children at their residence on Thursday, February 25 at 4pm. Deputies were not made aware of the situation until 18 hours after the fact. The investigation led detectives to believe that they are in the Warsaw, MO area.

At 1pm Friday a statewide BOLO was issued for the family and all three individuals were entered as Missing.

At 2:35pm Friday, a Benton County Deputy located Darrell’s vehicle, abandoned, along State Highway 65 north of Warsaw, MO.

A Missouri State Trooper stopped to assist Darrell on State Highway 65 just north of Warsaw, MO. around 5:30pm Thursday evening. According to the trooper, the children were with Darrell and appeared to be fine. Darrell declined any assistance.

Around 7pm Thursday evening, Missouri State Highway Patrol received a 911 call about a male and two small children walking along State Highway 65. Troopers checked the area but did not locate the family.

At approximately 7:52pm Thursday, a Benton County deputy checked on the Peak vehicle which was abandoned on 65 highways north of Warsaw. The deputy later observed who she believed to be Darrell and the children walking up 65 Highway north of the vehicle. When she turned around to check on them, they were unable to be located.

This is an ongoing investigation. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Darrell, Mayson and/or Kaiden Peak, you are asked to call 911.

Montrose Lady Bluejays District Champs

BACK TO BACK DISTRICT CHAMPS for Montrose Lady Bluejays!

The Montrose Lady ‘Jays beat Drexel 53-48 to win the Class 1 District 8 Title. The girls will play in Sectionals on Wednesday.

Miami Eagles Class 1A Champions

Road to Class 1A District Champions…..2021 Miami Eagles! Congratulations to Coach Hair, Assistant Coach Hair, and team.

Rich Hill WEMO Conference Band

Congratulations to the following Rich Hill students who made the 2021 WEMO Conference Band and were placed amongst all competing students in the conference!

1st Chair Trumpet: Hayden Schapeler

2nd Chair Trumpet: Miranda Dougherty

6th Chair Trumpet: Hannah White

8th Chair Trumpet: Adrien King

11th Chair Trumpet: Daylan Black

1st Chair Bari Sax: Emily Black

2nd Chair Baritone: Salym Bolser

4th Chair Baritone: Izetta Person

3rd Chair Clarinet: Sydney Bell

12th Chair Clarinet: Lydia Fox

4th Chair Flute: Destiney Burris

6th Chair Flute: Noelle Abend

4th Chair Alto Sax: Kyla Couzens

6th Chair Percussion: Bryce Yohe

Arrest in Clinton Missouri

Clinton Missouri Police Department

Press Release:

On 02-25-2021, Officers from the Clinton Police Department conducted surveillance of a residence in the 700 block of East Lincoln Street, prior to the execution of a search warrant for the residence. During surveillance, Clinton officers observed a suspect approach the residence and conduct a hand to hand transaction at the front door. A traffic stop was conducted for a traffic violation and the driver was identified as Terrin Blum, 21 years old of Windsor, MO. A consent search of Blum and his vehicle was conducted. Clinton officers located a bag of marijuana and a Schedule IV controlled substance on Blum’s person. Blum was arrested, processed, and released for possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

The search warrant was then executed by Clinton officers at the residence. Several large bags of marijuana, along with controlled substances and over $4,000 in cash were seized. Hayden McClure, 21 years old of Clinton, MO and Alexis Turner, 21 years old of Clinton, MO were arrested on a 24 hour investigation of Distribution of Controlled Substance within a protected area (School Zone), a Class A felony.

Butler Wrestlers Headed to State

Yesterday was a great day for the Butler High Wrestling Team! Out of our 8 competitors we took to sectionals, 6 will advance on to state to compete for the coveted state championship. Butler tied with Versailles taking the most qualifiers to state out of our district! Everyone involved with this program should be incredibly proud of their effort. Out of those 6 qualifiers, 4 were finalists with 3 being champions! With Makayla Mallat punching her ticket last week, Butler will be sending 7 competitors to the state tournament tying a BHS record for number of state tournament participants. Here are the following results:

113- Baylor Myers- 3rd Place

120- Ryan Baker- Champion

138- Brendin Patrick- Champion

145- Ostin VanVoorst- Champion

152- Gaven Burgess- 0-2

160- Triston Trumbore-

1-2170- Jade Warmbrodt- 2nd Place

182- Issac Rodriguez- 3rd place

Blackhawks Wrestlers headed to State

Adrian Blackhawks Wrestlers first Place Finishers at Sectionals!!

 All the following wrestlers Advance To State!!

Cole Ritter -160

Trevor Thompson- 170

William Brown- 220

SECOND PLACE

Aaron Cochran- HW

This season has been pretty amazing watching kids grow in this sport! There have been highs and lows, but it takes a a special kind of person to step on the mat and fight someone one on one. This sport is not for the faint of heart! Hats off to all the Adrian Blackhawk boys who put themselves out there

Osage Valley Electric Warned of Scam

An Osage Valley Electric member in western Bates County reported that a person was going door to door indicating he worked with Osage Valley and was offering hybrid energy solutions to reduce electric bills. He did not provide the name of the company he was working for and would not provide a business card. He was driving a silver Hyundai with Utah tags. While there may be legitimate door to door solar salesmen in the area, they should be able to provide appropriate identification. Osage Valley Electric is not currently working with any company in door to door sales.

2/26 District Championship

Tonight in the third round of District Championship the Butler Bears took on the Skyline Tigers. Skyline Tigers      took the win tonight with the final score of :

Skyline- 62

Butler- 31

BATES COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES 2020 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

Butler, MO—The staff of Bates County Memorial Hospital voted for their choice of who should represent the hospital as Employee of the Year.  The votes were counted, and Carmen Matter, RN was chosen as the 2020 Employee of the Year.  Carmen began her employment as a Registered Nurse in April, 1997 where she worked on the Med/Surg and Critical Care Units.  In 2000, Carmen transferred to Infection Control. As the hospital’s Infection Control Coordinator, Carmen has been instrumental in providing guidance and leadership throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. Her leadership and support during these challenging times has been critical to the hospital’s efforts in ensuring a safe environment for our patients, staff and visitors. Carmen obtained her Certification as an Infection Preventionist by the Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology in 2016. The hospital is proud to honor Carmen who is very deserving of this recognition. The hospital presented Carmen with an engraved plaque and beautiful floral bouquet. Pictured with Carmen is Greg Weaver, Interim Chief Executive Officer.

News from City of Archie: Water Tower Repair

The City of Archie’s water tower is experiencing a leak.  To repair the leak, the tower will need to be drained.  The City will have a system in place to continue to provide water to our citizens, with little, or no, interruption.  The pressure may be less than normal, but still be sufficient.  We are hoping that the repair will not take more than a week.  The tower draining and repair will begin on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.  We will post any additional updates or information on our City’s Facebook page, “Archie, MO”, and here on the website.  Thank you for your patience as we strive to continue providing water service to you.

Harrisonville Town Hall Meeting

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Join

Judy Bowman, Mayor of Harrisonville

, Alderwoman Judy Reece and Alderman Dave Doerhoff at 9 a.m. on March 6, as they host a Town Hall Meeting at the

Harrisonville United Methodist Church

.

‼️Due to a burst pipe and flooding in the RCLC, the meeting will be in the sanctuary, directly to your right as you enter the main entrance.‼️

Harrisonville City Administrator Brad Ratliff and members of City of Harrisonville staff will be the guest presenters. Harrisonville City Code Enforcement & Police Department staff will provide guests with an exciting, in-depth look at a new, residential rental-property licensing and inspections/safety program called “Rental Ready”. Harrisonville Staff will also discuss a new, voluntary neighborhood watch program, as they continue their commitment to the safety of our community.

During the event, you will also be able to hear the latest from Harrisonville City Hall and be able to speak with your elected officials. All Harrisonville residents are welcome! Social distancing efforts will be in place and masks will be required.

Lucas Oil Speedway looking for National Anthem Singers

WHEATLAND, MO. (Feb. 26, 2021) – With the Lucas Oil Speedway 2021 season only five weeks away, there are several options for the public to become involved in the festivities throughout the year.

Those include National Anthem singers for the opening ceremonies, plus car clubs or motorcycle groups and vendors for the popular Midway.

If you have a great voice or know someone who does, the speedway is looking for applicants for National Anthem singers. Those interested can submit a demo recording to Lucas Oil Speedway administrative assistant Lisa Lorton by email at [email protected].

Give back by donating on Red Cross Giving Day, March 24; volunteering; or giving blood

One year of COVID-19: Americans continue

stepping up to address urgent needs

One year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, people have stepped up to address the emotional needs of families reeling from the coronavirus and 2020’s record-breaking disasters.

For nearly 80 years, U.S. presidents have proclaimed March as Red Cross Month to recognize people giving back through its lifesaving mission — which is powered by more than 90% volunteers.

Americans experienced more billion-dollar disasters in 2020 than any other year on record, and for many, the pandemic compounded the trauma and financial strain of disasters: struggling families needed help quickly and faced more hurdles to recover, as increased anxiety exacerbated many health and mental health needs.

HOW TO HELP You can help ensure that families don’t face emergencies alone — especially during a pandemic:

  • DONATE:
  • VOLUNTEER
  • GIVE BLOOD
  • LEARN LIFESAVING SKILLS

Adrian Kindergartner enrollment

Attention Future Adrian Kindergartners! 📢

The Adrian School District is looking for their future class of 2034!! Adrian School can’t wait to make you official Blackhawks!

Schedule your screening appointment now!!

Screenings will occur on March 18 and 19, 2021. Contact Wanda Gordon at 816-297-2158, ext. 3001, to schedule an appointment.

🔺All incoming kindergartners must be screened prior to enrollment!

Rich Hill Alumni Meeting

Attention: All Rich Hill High School Alumni!!! Alumni Meeting at 7 PM this coming Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at the Kern center downtown Rich Hill! Active Alumni members are getting very slim in numbers! Rich Hill Alumni is needing you– as Rich Hill Alumni to step up become active members! Join the Rich Hill Alumni! They hope to see a few new faces! See you at the Kern Center on Tuesday evening!

CAPITOL REPORT: REPRESENTATIVE PATRICIA PIKE

       Missouri House Approves Bill to Reinstate Voter ID Law

Dear Citizens:  The Missouri House has approved legislation (HB 334) that would reinstate a voter ID requirement that was struck down by the Missouri Supreme Court last year. When they go to vote, Missourians will need to present a photo ID, but the bill will also allow people without a photo ID to cast a provisional ballot.

The bill’s sponsor said, “This bill is a necessity as a response to the Missouri Supreme Court judgement in a case in January 2020 called Priorities USA that utterly and wholly gutted the intent and practicality of the statute.”

The legislature approved a voter ID bill in 2016 that required a photo ID at the polling place, but also allowed those without a photo ID to vote by provisional ballot or by signing an affidavit stating they don’t have a form of personal identification approved for voting. The bill approved by the legislature was contingent upon the passage of a constitutional amendment, which 63 percent of Missourians supported.

The Missouri Supreme Court in January 2020 then struck down the affidavit provision saying it was contradictory and misleading. The removal of the affidavit requirement prevented the legislation from effectively impacting voter identification procedures.

The bill approved by the House this week removes the affidavit language that was struck down, and will allow voters without an ID to vote by provisional ballot. In order for the provisional ballot to be counted, election officials would have to verify the voter’s signature based on voter records, or the voter would need to return later that day with a valid photo ID.

House Approves Legislation to Prevent Abuse of Eminent Domain (HB 527)  – The Missouri House has once again approved legislation meant to protect the rights of land owners. The bill would prevent the use of eminent domain to take property from Missourians for use by the Grain Belt Express power line.

The Grain Belt Express is a wind-energy power line that is planned to run from Kansas to Indiana. The project was approved to use eminent domain to seize land if land owners refuse to sell easements. The Missouri House approved similar legislation last year to protect the rights of land owners. This year’s bill aims to prevent the use of private land for the project without the permission of property owners. It specifically states no entity has the power of eminent domain for the purposes of constructing merchant lines.  The bill would not apply to rural electric cooperatives or to power lines that provide energy substations every 50 miles. The bill’s sponsor said the provision is meant to encourage companies to give Missourians greater access to the energy being transmitted.  The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

First Responders Protection Act Receives House Approval (HB 59) – The members of the Missouri House took action this week to protect law enforcement officers and other first responders and their families. The House approved the First Responders Protection Act to ensure the personal information of these individuals is not used against them.

The bill would bar counties from disclosing the address or personal information of law enforcement officers and first responders, upon their request. This would be directed at county clerks, collectors, treasurers, auditors, and recorders of deeds. It would also make illegal the “doxing” of law enforcement officers and first responders. “Doxing” is the posting of personal information on the internet with the intent of causing harm to the individual.

The legislation also establishes the “Police Use of Force Transparency Act of 2021.” The act provides that all law enforcement agencies must, at least annually, collect and report local data to the National Use of Force Data Collection through the Law Enforcement Enterprise portal administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on use-of-force incidents involving peace officers.  The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

For further information contact [email protected] or call 573-751-5388.

Cass County Files Murder Charges in Death of Vernece Brown in 2018

Cass Co – The Cass County Prosecutor’s Office filed charges today relating to the death of 18-year-old Vernece Brown of Kansas City, Missouri. Brown’s body was found in a wooded area on S. Mopac Road near Harrisonville in April of 2018 by mushroom hunters.

Vernece Brown went missing on February 14, 2018 in Kansas City.Detectives with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas City Missouri Police Department continued to work on the investigation over the last 3 years.

Prosecutors charged Kenneth B. Wilson, 32, Kansas City, KS with First Degree Murder. Wilson is currently in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

“I am very proud of the work our deputies and investigators did in this case. Hard work by determined investigators identified a suspect and lead to these charges,” said Sheriff Jeff Weber.

Museum Minute presents: This Week in History (According to Herrman’s Archives)

Happenings in the last few days of February …

1906 – While looking for junk on the late John Short place, near Butler, Walton C. and Edgar H. find an old tin can with $280 in gold coins in it.
1884 – The Rich Hill Post Office is broken into and safe is blown open.  $800 missing.
1926 – Bates Co Sheriff Bert Bradley and deputies Oberweather & Crutsinger, accompanied by Butler ministers D. A. Dicke and T. C. Brammer, capture 5 bootleggers and large quantities of moonshine, near Rockville.
1946 – Jay Gordinier, a barber in the Southside Barber Shop beginning in 1882, dies.
1906 – Butler citizens are complaining the City owned light plant won’t turn on the lights until an hour after dark.
1916 – This issue of the Rich Hill Mining Review newspaper relates a story of a Negro ventriloquist who broke up a large Negro funeral, in a nearby town, by throwing his voice, and the pallbearers and mourners heard, “Let me down easy, boys!”  He was arrested & fined $100.
1890 – Mr. Beck’s team of horses break loose and while racing on Maple St. snap off a telephone pole and a fire hydrant, as if they’re straw.  Rich Hill.
1881 – Rich Hill becomes a city, Fourth Class, and T. L. Hewitt is elected Mayor, succeeding Dr. William H. Allen, who was appointed in 1880.
1914 – Many Bates Co roads are still impassable due to the blizzard which began 3 days ago.
1925 – Since last August, approximately twelve thousand tons of limestone have been crushed in Bates County, or shipped in, for use on sour land.
1881 – It is noted by Thomas Irish, publisher of the Rich Hill Mining Review newspaper that Bates County’s larger waterways are spanned by 8 iron bridges and 2 more are being erected.
1879 – Bob, the driver for the Appleton City Stagecoach line, makes the Appleton City to Butler run in 3 hours, a record time.
1881 – O. D. Austin, editor of the Bates Co. Record newspaper, leaves Butler to attend the inauguration of Garfield in Washington City.
1916 – Dale J., Bates Co.’s ‘automobile kleptomaniac’ is sentenced to 2 years in the Missouri State Pen.
1892 – The Bates Co National Bank is installing an impervious Burton-Harris Automatic Bolt safe to keep currency, silver, and gold safe.  Butler.

Courtesy of Mid America Live

A Public Apology From Bates County Broadcasting And FM 92.1 Is In Order For The Family Members And Students Of Stockton High School

Several calls and emails arrived with complaints regarding the 92.1 sports announcers’ unprofessionalism during Round 2 of the District Play Off game that was played Wednesday night, February 24th.

We sincerely apologize and the announcers regret their choice of words.

We appreciate the input from the Stockton fans and families in reporting this problem, as it provides us an opportunity to deal with the situation and make adjustments to our policies to prevent this from happening again.  

Our announcers have a 10 year history without complaint, so when something like this happens we take it very seriously and try to use it as a learning opportunity.

Melody Thornton
Owner/Manager
Bates County Broadcasting

Results of recent Blood Drive in Adrian


American Red Cross held a blood mobile at the Adrian optimist club on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.  A total of 46 units were collected.

1st time donors:  Brice Peel, Jim Hertzog, Ryan Essenpries

Power Red donors: Robert Imler, Tammera Halliburton, Vicki Kiger, Doug Wix, David Knuth, George Good, Lonnie Vannattan

Whole blood donors:  Jerry Ferguson, Colby Clifton, Jon Schrock, Jim Baldwin, Raelynn Kershner, Shirley Williams, Loyd Williams, James Koch, Eva Hill, Larry Foster, James Kelsay, Kathi Hertzog, Elizabeth Parris, Margaret Shatto, Linda Kelsay, John Clifton, Brian Lane, Evelyn Morrow, Gary Morrow, David Rusow, Amber Rusow, Sheri Peters, Mica Clifton, Mona McDaniel, Jennie Jaynes, James Lewis, Kayla Johns, Tayna Gammon, Ryan Rowland

Milestones: Jerry Ferguson 17 gallons, David Knuth 7 gallons, Shirley Williams 1 gallon, Margaret Shatto 2 gallons, John Clifton 4 gallons, Doug Wix 12 gallons, Tayna Gammon 2 gallons

Thank you to the volunteers: Colby Clifton and Mica Clifton.  Thank you to the Adrian Optimist club for allowing red cross to use the building, Jerry Ferguson for setting the room up and Virginia Saathoff for opening and closing the building.

Want to know if you have been exposed to COVID-19?  All blood donations are currently being tested for COVID-19 antibodies.  Next blood mobile is Tuesday, March 2, 2021 from 12-5pm at the Adrian Optimist Club.  Help us reach our goal of 50 units!

Nevada Regional Medical Center to Host Mass Vaccine Clinics

Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) announces it will host two new COVID-19 mass vaccine clinics March 3rd and 4th at the Nevada Community Center. The event is by invitation only. NRMC staff are in the process of making calls to schedule individuals registered on its notification list that qualify under the states tiered priority phases. Between the two clinics, there will be a total of 1,000 first doses of the Moderna vaccine given.

Currently, COVID-19 vaccination for Missouri residents is open to the following groups of individuals:

Phase 1A:

• Healthcare Workers

• Long-Term Care Facility Staff and Residents

Phase 1B – Tier 1:

• First Responders

• Non-Patient Facing Public Health Infrastructure

• Emergency Management and Public Works

• Emergency Services Sector

Phase 1B – Tier 2:

• Anyone aged 65 and older

• Any adult with one or more of the following conditions: Cancer, Chronic Kidney Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Intellectual and/or developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome, Heart Conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies), Immunocompromised state from a solid organ transplant, Severe Obesity (BMI greater than 40), Pregnancy, Sickle Cell Disease, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

To register for the vaccine notification list, individuals may call NRMC’s 24/7 live vaccine call center at (417) 448-2120 or online at nrmchealth.com/covid19-vaccine. As NRMC and the Vernon County Health Department receive shipments of vaccine in the coming months, the notification list will be used to schedule those interested in taking it.

State wide Tornado Sirens test set for March 2nd at 10am

Severe Weather Preparedness Week and Statewide Tornado Drill emphasize readiness to protect Missourians from severe weather

To prepare, from March 1 to 5, the National Weather ServiceState Emergency Management Agency and local emergency managers are encouraging Missourians to learn more about severe weather and how to protect themselves during Missouri Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Missouri’s annual Statewide Tornado Drill will be held on Tuesday, March 2 at 10 a.m.

At 10 a.m. on March 2, outdoor warning sirens and weather alert radios across the state will sound, signaling the beginning of the statewide tornado drill and indicating that Missourians should practice taking shelter.

 If severe weather is in the forecast for March 2, the tornado drill will be moved to Thursday, March 4 at 10 a.m.

Remember:

·       A tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in the area therefore it’s important to be ready to act quickly if it becomes necessary. Tornadoes can form during thunderstorms.

·       A tornado warning means seek shelter immediately because a tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar causing imminent danger to life and property.

·       The safest shelter location is an interior room without windows on the lowest floor.

·       Do not seek shelter in a cafeteria, gymnasium or other large open room because the roof might collapse.

·       Immediately leave a mobile hometo seek shelter in a nearby building.

·       Overpasses are not safe. Their under-the-girder-type construction can cause a dangerous wind tunnel effect.

·       If you are driving,stop and take shelter in a nearby building.

·       If you are driving in a rural area, drive away from the tornado to the closest building. If you cannot get away, stay in your car with your seatbelt on. Protect yourself from flying debris by placing your head in between your legs underneath the window line and covering it with your arms, a coat or a blanket.

·       Never drive into standing water. It can take less than six inches of fast-moving water to make a slow-moving car float. Rapidly rising water may engulf the vehicle and sweep it away.

More information can be found on Missouri’s Stormaware.mo.gov website, which includes detailed videos about how to take shelter from tornadoes in specific locations, how to avoid flash flooding and useful information about tornado sirens, and weather alert radios. Missourians are also encouraged to utilize Missouri’s Ready in 3 program to create a plan, prepare a kit, and listen for information regarding severe weather emergencies: https://health.mo.gov/emergencies/readyin3/

Three-night MU Extension regional hay school to be held online via Zoom

University of Missouri Extension, the Missouri Small Business Development Center for Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and NRCS+MU Grasslands Project are working together to provide an online three-night hay school to farmers on proper hay production and how to capture value on their investment. 

“The Southwest Missouri forage and livestock industry depends on proper hay production,” says Regional MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist Patrick Davis. “Our upcoming online course will provide Southwest Missouri farmers with hay production expertise fit for their operation.”  

The Online Regional Hay School will be provided to participants via ZOOM and begins at 6:00 p. m. on the evenings of March 30th, April 1st and 6th.  MU Extension Agriculture Specialists will educate the public on topics of:

  • How and when to produce quality hay
  • Hay production economics and COVID-19 considerations 
  • The agronomic impact on the soil
  • Cattle nutrition and hay feeding  

The program is provided at no cost to you, but in order to receive the ZOOM link and attend, you need to register online at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/online-regional-hay-school by March 29th.

For all other questions contact Patrick Davis at (417) 955-0287 or by email at [email protected] 

City of Archie announces Water Tower maintenance

The City of Archie is preparing for maintenance to the water tower. Archie residents may see evidence of preparation for that work this week.  An update with more information will be available at cityofarchie.org under Water Tower Repairs before work begins.  If you have any questions, please contact the City Hall.

Harrisonville Middle School to present spring play online

Harrisonville Middle School will present their spring play Bedtime Stories (As Told by Our Dad) (Who Messed Them Up) by Ed Monk, March 6-7 via a ticketed live stream.

There are two purchasing options, one for a group viewing for $20, if you plan on watching with others, and one for single-person viewing for $5. You can preorder tickets or purchase tickets right before streaming.

The performance will be available for viewing for 24 hours, from March 6 at 12 p.m. (noon) to March 7 at 11:59 a.m. In other words, viewing will be available Saturday afternoon/evening and Sunday morning. After 11:59 a.m. on March 7, the video will immediately become unavailable.

Below is the link to use in order to purchase tickets and also the link to use when it is time to watch the performance.

https://www.broadwayondemand.com/series/OW1oJQCsabcK-bedtime-stories-as-told-by-our-dad-who-messed-them-up–harrisonville-middle-school

The ticket link and a link to a helpful video that will walk you through the process of purchasing tickets is also available on the Harrisonville Middle School website – www.harrisonvilleschools.org/hms .

Cast members include Family – Adysen Eng, Dad; Trevor Darling, Wally; Lacey Crespo, Ashley; Gabby Vaughn, Katie; Princess and the Pea – Kenadie Percival, Prime Minister; Lacey Crespo, Queen; Steven Overbay, Prince 1; Hailey Bagby, Princess 1; Gabby Vaughn, Princess 2; and Jozie Tindle, Mindy; The Boy Who Cried Dinosaur – Nate Reynolds, Wilbur; Hailey Bagy, Zaylee Lindsey, Kenadie Percival, and Zoe Bascue, Sheep; Emmitt Enderle, Horace; Conner Peeples, Mayor; Jozie Tindle, Mom; Steven Overbay, Father; Gabby Vaughn, Captain; and Trevor Darling and Adysen Eng, The Militia; Rumplestiltskin – Emmitt Enderle, Prince 2; Zoe Bascue, Poor Old Woman; Zaylee Lindsey, Daughter; and Conner Peeples, Rumplestiltskin.

Cass County Dental Clinic Fundraiser

Cass County Dental Clinic of Harrisonville and Belton reminds you to save the date for the 27th annual 5K for Health set for Saturday September 11th at the Belton Regional Medical Center. 

This 5K for Health raises money for patients at Cass County Dental Clinic, which has been creating smiles for 10 years.

Cass County Dental Clinic of Harrisonville and Belton are nonprofit dental clinics that provides services to children and adolescents from birth through age 20 who are insured through Medicaid or who are low-income uninsured.

They educate families on oral diseases, daily habits and changes in behavior that will reduce the risk of dental disease. Cass County Dental Clinic serve as a resource for the community on oral health issues and recommendations. Their goal is to increase access to high quality, compassionate and culturally sensitive dental services while empowering families to live healthy lives through oral health education.

Cass County Dental Clinic does this thru fundraiser like the 5K for Health. If you would like to become a sponsor for the 5K for Health visit casscommunityhealth.org/5ksponsor.

2/24 District Championship Tournament

Tonight in the second round of district championship tournament, the Butler Bears took on the Stockton Tigers. Butler Bears took the win tonight with the final score of:

Butler70

Stockton62

Appleton City Little Apple News

Remember that March 1 is the deadline to submit your St. Clair County Property Tax Assessment forms without a penalty.  The County Assessor’s office is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Zion Lutheran School in Prairie City’s annual Chili supper will be drive through or carry out only this year.  The event will take place 4:30 -7:00 p.m. February 27.  They will serve a bowl of chili or soup, drinks and dessert.  They do ask for a free-will donation.  In addition to the meal, there will be a socially distanced country store, online auctions and raffles. You can view their auction items under their chili supper event on the Zion Lutheran-Prairie City-Rockville Facebook Page

CDI Head Start serving West Central Missouri is now accepting enrollment applications for the 2021-2022 school year for children ages 3-5 for facilities located in Bates, Cass, Cedar, Henry, St. Clair and Vernon Counties. They are also accepting enrollment applications for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years for facilities located in Cass, Cedar, Henry and Vernon Counties.  You can apply online at https://cutt.ly/TpMh3e4 In AC, you can call to get more information or to schedule an appointment at 660-234-8767.

The Montrose Festival is a go for Memorial Weekend 2021. They will be celebrating Montrose’s deep history and traditions throughout the weekend.

Nothing highlights that more than their theme, 150 Years of Cheers, Tears & Beers!   Plans are being finalized but things are looking up and they think everyone needs some old time normal. They will have their yearly Parade, Car Show, Baby Show, Color Run, Exotic Animal Petting, Baking Contest and Chicken Dinner, etc. for your enjoyment plus much more. Some new crowd pleasers for the 150th Celebration will be Wine Tasting, Beer Garden, Pie Auction, Pony Rides, Jr Royalty King & Queen, Beard Contest, Montrose Stamp Cancelation, a visit from KC Wolfe and much more still being finalized. They are also excited to announce performing on Stage under the big tent will be the band Members Only out of Springfield, MO.  So mark your calendar to come see them for the day or the whole darn weekend.  They hope to see you there!

The ACHS Alumni Scholarship Foundation, Inc. will award five $1,000 scholarships, at least one each to a traditional college and one to a vocational/trade school.  There is no grade point requirement. A short paragraph is required.  DEADLINE is March 9.  See the ACHS Counselor.

It is once again time for any non-profit organization to write an essay to possibly win the Elva Gwinn Huffman Quilt contest. Your essay should tell about your group, what you would use the proceeds from this quilt for, and how you would use the quilt to raise the funds. You should send the essay to DbarJ Quilts etc, PO Box 48, Rockville MO 64780.  This year they will accept email submissions at [email protected] Any question may be asked at 660-598-2222 during normal business hours. The drawing will be April 2, so essays should reach them before March 31, 2021.

Your local University of Missouri Extension Center offers a variety of resources for agricultural producers.  Besides the well-known soil tests, they can send off test samples of manure, compost and soil nematodes.  A West Central regional newsletter, “Ag In Focus”, is available for ag producers.  You can receive it by mail by contacting your local West Central Region Extension Center.  Pat Miller, agronomy field specialist for Vernon, Bates, St. Clair, Cass, Jackson and Cedar counties, sends out a weekly e-mail to crop and forage producers.  She also sends out occasional e-mails to commercial vegetable and fruit producers, and nursery, greenhouse and landscaping businesses.  If you would like to receive her mailings, contact her at 417-448-2560 or e-mail her at [email protected] Please specify which list you are interested in.  She is also available to answer questions on these topics.  For more information, contact your local University of Missouri Extension Center.

Missouri Rural Health Association seeking volunteer drivers

Missouri Rural Health Association (MRHA) is seeking volunteer drivers to help with healthcare rides in the region. Currently drivers are needed for assistance with travel to Covid-19 vaccination sites in Bates, Benton, Cedar, Henry, Hickory, Morgan, St. Clair and Vernon counties.

Drivers are also needed for patient rides to and from Benton, Henry, and Morgan county locations of Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare and Katy Trails Community Health.

Volunteer drivers receive a generous mileage reimbursement, training as HealthTran volunteers, and select their own schedule.

For more information or to apply email [email protected], call 573-616-2740 Ext: 4, or visit mrhassociation.org.

HealthTran is a healthcare-related transportation service operated by the MRHA in partnership with West Central Missouri Community Action and a growing set of healthcare and community partners in the region

City of Butler Now Accepting Applications for Oak Hill Cemetery.

CITY OF BUTLER

HELP WANTED – SUMMER JOBS

The City of Butler is accepting applications for persons interested in working for the Oak Hill Cemetery from approximately the first week of April until Labor Day.  The job duties include weed-eating and other miscellaneous duties for the City of Butler.  The starting wage is $11.00 per hour.  Seasonal employees are not entitled to regular City employee benefit package.  Successful candidates must be a minimum of 16 years of age and have a valid driver’s license.  The normal summer working hours are 8:00 am through 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  Some overtime may be required.  Applications may be picked up and returned to Butler City Hall, 22 West Ohio, Butler, Missouri.  If you have any questions, call 660-679-4182. The City of Butler is an EOE.                                   

MFA Propane Customer Information

Propane Supply Update
Due to the largest spike in propane demand in 17 years, many of the terminals where we acquire our propane are currently under allocation. This means the terminals are rationing the amount of propane available to retail propane suppliers like MFA Oil. As a result, we are limiting propane deliveries to 150 gallons per customer.

We anticipate this will be a short-term situation and we expect supply to return to normal relatively soon. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this massive surge in demand.

If you are a will-call customer, please continue to monitor your propane tank’s gauge and call or email your local MFA Oil office when you have less than 25% remaining.

If you are a propane customer signed up for our Auto-Fill Program, you do not need to take any action. We will continue to monitor your usage and schedule your deliveries when needed.

Thank you to all our drivers, service technicians, customer service representatives, logistics agents, plant managers and district managers for putting in long hours and working hard to serve our customers.

Adrian Community Library Celebrates Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

The Adrian Community Library’s own Cat will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday on Monday, March 1, between the hours of 10:00 and 3:00 at 116  East Main in Adrian..  Due to COVID pandemic restrictions, the library will host a “Come and Go” party for preschool boys and girls inviting them to come anytime between 10:00 and 3:00 to hear the “Cat in the Hat” read Dr. Seuss stories.  

Guardians may obtain a free library card to encourage their children to check out books to begin a lifetime of reading.  After touring the library, each child will receive a ‘goody bag’ to take home.   Preschoolers and guardians join us at the library as we have a birthday party to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  “A person’s a person, no matter how small,” Dr. Seuss would say.

Butler: Robey Kisner 13-year- old with a Dream!

In the news today, we feature the 13 year old daughter of Jack and Liz Kisner whose family has lifelong ties to the Butler community.

 Robey Kisner is the granddaughter of Jim Robey, Karen Bevins, and Debbie and Danny Kisner, all of Butler, and the great granddaughter of Clyde and Arlene Kisner, also of Butler.

Robey Kisner is a home schooled 7th grader who has found her talent for sports and cake decorating.

We feature 13 year old Robey in our news today after a member of our staff needed a bakery cake. We found Robey by word of mouth and feel her artistic talent and creativity is worthy of a Hometown Hero mention.

This baking adventure took life last October simply on a whim. She has had no formal training, not even 4-H cake decorating. Her success is the product of determination and the pursuit of her dream to have her own bakery when she’s older. She has reached out to accomplished local bakers, Mona Wix and Jeneene Peters  for a few baking secrets and is now baking cakes from her parent’s home.

Robey Kisner is very serious about her new found talent. 92.1 will share a few pictures of the cakes on the KMAM KMOE Facebook page and provide a contact number, to place an order.

Robey hopes to soon have her own bakery, with ovens and utensils, to expand her business. We hope that you, as listeners, purchase your next cake from this determined and successful 13 year old girl living in Butler.

Robey is also an accomplished competitive volleyball player for “The Wild Things”. This team ranks 9th out of approximately 150 teams in their division.

To place and order or talk with Robey Kisner, call 660-424-3040 Butler.

New Chicken Sandwiches on the McDonald’s Menu!

92.1 invites you to join us Monday morning as we go live with

McDonald’s. Restaurant representatives will bring the 3 new chicken

sandwiches to the studios for a taste test by our morning staff and to talk

with you about the new chicken sandwiches available on the McDonald’s

menu. These new sandwiches launched today and are now available from

the drive-thru window or the lobby at your local McDonald’s on Fort Scott

Street in Butler. Join us on Monday as we welcome McDonald’s to your local

radio station. It all happens at 10:30 Monday, March 1st.

Vote: April 6th 2021

Notice is hereby given that the General Municipal Election will be held in the County of Bates on Tuesday, April 6th 2021 as certified by the participating entities of Bates County. 92.1 Radio Station will be on location to announce the election results. The final unofficial results will be posted to the KMAM KMOE Facebook page. Join us live from the studios of 92.1 Radio Station or on the Web as we stream from www.921news.com


February 2021 Fraud Prevention Facts from The Missouri SMP

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine slowly continues in Missouri, and Medicare beneficiaries now qualify to get the vaccine as it becomes available.

Patience and vigilance are necessary as local health departments, clinics and pharmacies set up vaccination events and alert the public. The Missouri SMP reminds older adults to watch out for strangers claiming to be a healthcare provider or health department ready to provide a vaccination, especially in exchange for your personal information.

Here are some facts so that you don’t fall for scams or lies:

You can receive the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost. You may be asked to give your insurance information (including your Medicare card) to the provider, but you can do so in person when you are getting your vaccine.

Don’t give personal information over the phone unless you have made the call and know for certain who is on the other end of the line.

State governments are handling the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Look for updates from your state and local health officials.

As of Feb. 1, Missouri was in Phase 1B, which means that all Medicare beneficiaries qualify to receive with the vaccine.

To learn more, visit https://covidvaccine.mo.gov.

There is no early access to the vaccine in exchange for money. Be very wary of anyone who calls or texts you “out of the blue” asking for your Social Security number, Medicare number, or your credit card or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine.

The Missouri SMP is a non-profit agency that empowers and assists Medicare beneficiaries to prevent, detect and report healthcare fraud, errors and abuse.

To learn more or report suspected Medicare fraud, call the Missouri SMP at 1-888-515-6565.

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90MPPG0040, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.

Nevada Regional Medical Center Reschedules Community Blood Drive

There is only one organization that supplies blood to all hospitals in southwest Missouri, northwest Arkansas, and southeast Kansas, including all children’s and veterans’ hospitals. That is Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO).

When it comes to blood donation, the truth of the matter is, every donation is needed to help local patients. An available blood supply is critical for them as they undergo cancer treatment, surgeries, give birth, or fight traumatic injuries.

If there is one essential component to keeping the blood supply at a level capable of meeting the demand, it is regular blood donation by many donors. CBCO depends upon an average of 200 blood donations each day to meet the needs of the area it serves, which includes Nevada and Joplin.

That is why Nevada Regional Medical Center partners with CBCO to host several blood drives throughout the year. The next Community Blood Drive will be Monday, March 15 at the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall at 204 S. Cedar Street in Nevada from 1 to 6 P.M.

Appointments are strongly encouraged to manage donor flow. To schedule, call (417) 448-2101 or visit www.cbco.org/donate-blood. Masks are required for donors and staff. If you don’t have a mask, one will be provided. CBCO will give a free t-shirt to all donors while supplies last.

Anyone who is at least 16 years old (with parental consent), weighs at least 110 pounds and who is in good health may give blood every 56 days. Certain medications and/or medical conditions may prevent someone from donating blood temporarily or in some cases, permanently. If you have any questions about your eligibility as a donor, contact CBCO at 800-280-5337.

Lost Siberian Husky Dogs/ Virginia Area Hwy 52 West Butler

Two Siberian Husky dogs are lost from the area around the Virginia Methodist Church on Highway 52 west of Butler. They have been lost since February 17th. There is a reward offered for their return. The Female is wearing a green collar with tags and the dog is black and white with blue eyes. The male is grey and white with a green collar.  If you see these Siberian Husky dogs please call 660-679-3664 again 660-679-3664.

Lisa Meyers / Charlotte Area

2/22 District Championship

Tonight in the first round of the District Championship the Butler Bears took on the Sherwood Marksmen. The Butler Bears took the win tonight with a final score of:

Butler 62

Sherwood 33

Bates County COVID Update

COVID-19Updates
February22, 2021
Positive Cases Reported1331
Active & On Isolation13
Deaths (confirmed by death certificate)29
Total Negative Tests Reported11,623 as of 2/20/21

Changes are Coming to the Schedule for The Old High School Thrift Shop on Pine Street in Butler

The Old High School Thrift Shop on Pine Street in Butler has announced upcoming changes to their hours.

The Thrift Shop is now back open, due to the warmer temperatures, and will be open Tuesday and Thursday this week from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Effective Tuesday March 9th the Old High School Thrift Shop will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1 pm to 4:30 pm, allowing more days and longer hours for your shopping.

These changes will remain in effect until further notice.

Zion Lutheran Announces Additional Services for February 28th through March 21st

Effective Sunday, February 28th and running through Sunday, March 21st the Zion Missouri Synod Lutheran Church will hold two services on Sunday mornings, 8:30 am and 10:30 am.

Wednesday afternoon Lenten Services will be held March 3rd through March 24th at 3:30 pm.

On March 28th they will resume their regular service schedule of Sunday School at 9 am and Worship Services at 10: am.

Workshop to Explain Missouri’s Complex Fence Laws on March 8th at Lamar, Mo.; Preregister by March 5th

Stockton, Mo.-Barton County MU Extension Center and Council is providing an MU Extension workshop discussing Missouri’s Complicated Fence Law on Monday evening, March 8th from 6:30 p. m. to 9:00 p. m. at the Barton County MU Extension Center (801 East 12th Street, Lamar, Mo. 64759).  This program will be presented via Zoom so attendees can see the presentation and also ask questions of the presenter.

“Missouri continues to have a very complicated fence law, in large part due to the fact that two separate laws covered in the state depending on the county that your land is in,” according to Joe Koenen, Putnam County MU Extension CES in Agriculture and Environment, who will be presenting the program. “If you own land, you really need to know the law and how it impacts you whether you own livestock or not”. “Furthermore, in 2016, a portion of the law was changed to address livestock liability that affects livestock and non-livestock owners alike,” says Koenen.  Other problems are that both laws are subject to interpretation and can be a little different, depending on the county where the land is located.  A comparison of both laws will be given at the program.  Koenen has been presenting programs on the fence law for over 25 years throughout the state. Landowners need to be aware of what the law is in their county, and this meeting will help them better understand their rights and responsibilities.

Fee for the workshop is $15 per person which covers the program and materials. To attend you need to register by contacting the Barton County MU Extension Center at (417) 682-3579 or online at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/missouri-s-complex-fence-law-lamar by March 5th.  The meeting is limited to 10 participants.  For all other questions contact Patrick Davis MU Extension Regional Livestock Field Specialist at (417) 955-0287 or by email at [email protected]

Proper management to reduce the incidence of grass tetany in your cattle operation

Stockton, Mo.- “This is the time of year to begin proper management to reduce grass tetany incidence in your cattle operation,” says MU Extension Regional Livestock Field Specialist Patrick Davis.  Grass tetany is related to mineral imbalances in cattle and if not prevented can lead to sickness and death.  Therefore, Davis will discuss management strategies to reduce grass tetany incidence in your cattle operation.     

“Spring lush forage growth leading to animal mineral imbalances results in grass tetany in cattle,” says Davis.  Spring forage has potential to be high in potassium and low in sodium which are important for absorption and utilization of magnesium by the animal.    Magnesium is the most often indicated mineral deficiency in grass tetany but recent evidence suggests deficiencies in sodium are implicated in grass tetany as well.  Therefore, Davis urges cattle producers to provide proper salt and magnesium supplementation free choice to reduce the incidence of grass tetany in cattle.

“Avoid grazing new grass till it reached 4 to 6 inches tall to reduce the incidence of grass tetany in your cattle herd,” says Davis.  Immature plants that are below this height have magnesium that is less available to the animal.  Therefore, Davis urges cattle producers to graze new grass at proper height for proper magnesium consumption to help reduce the incidence of grass tetany.  

“Planting legumes and maintaining adequate pasture fertility can help reduce the incidence of grass tetany in your cattle herd,” says Davis.  Legumes are high in magnesium compared to grasses, and through cattle consumption should help reduce the incidence of grass tetany.  Grass tetany is more likely in cattle grazing pastures over fertilized with nitrogen and potassium since these reduce the plants magnesium availability to the animal.  Davis urges cattle producers to test and properly apply nitrogen and potassium fertilizers to reduce the incidence of grass tetany.        

“Older early lactation cows are the most susceptible to grass tetany,” says Davis.  Early lactation cows are releasing large amount of magnesium in milk during lactation.  This combined with older cow’s reduced ability to mobilize bone magnesium leads to low serum magnesium levels and subsequent development of grass tetany.  Davis urges cattle producers to reduce the incidence of grass tetany by grazing less susceptible animals like dry cows, heifers, stocker cattle and cows nursing calves more than 4 months old on high risk lush green pastures.   

“Consult your veterinarian to plan treatment in case your cattle exhibit signs of grass tetany,” says Davis.  Grass tetany symptoms include unusual behavior, muscle tremors, frequent urination, staggers, and convulsions.  Davis urges cattle producers to visit with their veterinarian and plan treatment protocols in case cattle exhibit these symptoms because swift action may lead to saving the animal.    

“Cattle operation losses due to grass tetany can negatively impact productivity and profitably of the operation,” says Davis.  For more information on how to reduce the incidence of grass tetany in your cattle operation please contact your local MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist.  

Covid Vaccine for Seniors over 60

Care Connection for Aging Services can help older adults find a clinic to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

Care Connection is partnering with the state Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to help seniors register online for vaccinations and to coordinate transportation to and from their vaccination appointments. The agency also will conduct reminder calls for seniors’ second doses.

People 60 and older and their caregivers who need vaccine registration assistance may call Care Connection at 1-800-748-7826.

All 10 state area agencies on aging are teaming up with the state to assist because many older adults lack the technology to reach the online platforms to register for the vaccinations.

All Missourians age 65 and older are now eligible for vaccination. Additionally, those with certain high-risk health factors are also eligible now. More information is available at MOStopsCovid.com/seniors.

Care Connection for Aging Services serves these counties: Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair, and Vernon. The mission is to provide opportunities for positive aging experiences. For more information, visit www.goaging.org or call 1-800-748-7826.

Brutal February weather leads to early pothole season

Missouri Department of Transportation crews are focusing on pothole repair through April. When you see a MoDOT crew making repairs, motorists should slow down and move over a lane to give them room to work. Crews started working to address the pesky potholes as soon as there was a break in the weather last week. MoDOT will have about 300 pothole patching crews statewide working to make roadways safer. In 2020, MoDOT patched approximately 760,000 potholes spending $18 million on pothole patching.   

MoDOT maintains 34,000 miles of road including interstates, U.S. and Missouri routes and lettered routes.

If you can’t avoid a pothole, try to slow down before you hit it. Here are some other safety tips:

  • Don’t brake directly over a pothole as this can cause more damage.
  • When driving over the pothole, hold the steering wheel firmly to avoid losing control.
  • Use caution when driving over a puddle of water because it might be a pothole in hiding.
  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Properly inflated ties hold up better against potholes than tires that have too much or too little air.

Motorists can report the location of potholes on state-maintained roads using the following tools:

  • Call the 24/7 Customer Service Center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636).
  • Use the Report a Road Concern form on the web at modot.org.
  • Use a smart phone/tablet with a mobile friendly form at modot.org/roadconcern.
  • Potholes on city streets or subdivisions should be reported to local city or county maintenance.

Plumber on Duty for Bates County Darren Melton/ revision

Melton’s Plumbing Service of Butler. Darren Melton is licensed and insured for plumbing challenges in your home or office! Melton’s Plumbing installs or repairs- water lines, sewer problems, Gas Water Heaters and faucets. Repair to hydrants, auger available and drain lines cleared.

When you need a plumber, Darren can fix it or replace it! Darren Melton of Melton’s Plumbing Service of Butler. 660-679-0762 …. Write it down…. 660-679-0762.

Red Cross Blood Drive in Adrian on March 2, 2021

Record-breaking cold and winter storms across much of the U.S. have had a significant impact on blood donations. The American Red Cross is urging healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to give now to ensure blood products are available for patient emergencies when help can’t wait.

Extreme winter weather has forced the cancellation of hundreds of Red Cross blood drives in 30 states and caused more than 15,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. In  Missouri, including small portions of Southeastern and Southwestern Illinois, 2,140 donations have gone uncollected as 81 blood drives were canceled across the states.

Every day thousands of patients rely on lifesaving blood donations. The need for blood is constant, even during snowstorms and the COVID-19 pandemic. To help ensure lifesaving patient care isn’t impacted, individuals are urged to make appointments to donate in the coming days and weeks by downloading 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.

Important COVID-19 information for donors

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed COVID-19 symptoms. Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful to identify individuals who have COVID-19 antibodies and may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation collected from COVID-19 survivors that have antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus. Plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for high levels of COVID-19 antibodies may be used to help COVID-19 patients. 

COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within one to two weeks in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity. The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Feb. 22-March 15

Bates

Adrian

3/2/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Optimist Building, 317 South Old 71 Highway

Osage Valley Community Meeting in Rich Hill

Osage Valley will be hosting a community meeting for the citizens of the City of Rich Hill regarding Proposition 2.  Proposition 2 is a proposal for Osage Valley Electric Cooperative to purchase the electric utility from the City of Rich Hill.  The measure will be on the April 6 ballot and will require a two-thirds majority approval to pass.  The informational meeting will be held Wednesday, February 24th at the Rich Hill School Auditorium at 6:30 pm.  The event will also be live streamed on the Power Up Rich Hill Facebook page. 

Governor Parson Signs Executive Order 21-04 Extending Hours of Service Exemption for Residential Heating Fuel Transportation

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – february 19, 2021, Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 21-04 extending the hours of service exemption for commercial motor vehicles transporting residential heating fuel.

“With much of the state still experiencing extreme winter weather and temperatures, heating fuel continues to be in high demand,” Governor Parson said. “We want to ensure we’re doing all we can to keep Missourians safe and healthy, which includes giving our truck drivers enough time to distribute heating fuel across the state.” 

On February 11, Governor Parson signed Executive Order 21-03 suspending hours of service regulations for motor carriers transporting heating fuel such as propane, natural gas, and heating oil through February 21, 2021. Executive Order 21-04 extends this exemption through February 28, 2021. 

The Executive Order maintains all other regulations and safety requirements associated with commercial transportation. No other petroleum products or fuels are covered under the order. 

Executive Order 21-04 also terminates Executive Order 20-17, which declared a state of emergency and activated the Missouri National Guard in response to instances of civil unrest across the country. Given these conditions do not currently exist, Executive Order 20-17 is no longer needed. 

Governor Parson Provides Update on Regional Mass Vaccination Events

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – February 19, 2021, Governor Parson provided an update on site locations for the state’s COVID-19 mass vaccination events in partnership with the Missouri National Guard, Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), and local health care partners. 

“DHSS, the Missouri National Guard, SEMA, and local partners remain dedicated to our shared goal of getting vaccines into the arms of every Missourian who wants one as quickly as possible,” Governor Parson said. “We thank Missourians for their continued interest in being vaccinated and our state and local teams for their hard work and adaptability in conducting these events.”

Extreme winter weather has caused continued delays in vaccine shipments from the federal government, but the state continues working with local partners to schedule mass vaccination events as supplies from the federal government are available.  

Mass vaccination site locations for both initial and booster doses can be found at MOStopsCOVID.com/events. To navigate to the events page, click on the “residents” tab at the top of the homepage, and then select “events” in the dropdown menu.

The website will be updated as event details are confirmed. Missourians should check the site regularly for event information and registration details. Missourians already registered for an event are also encouraged to check the website regularly for any cancellations or other changes.

Missourians who would like to register for a vaccine are encouraged to use Missouri’s Vaccine Navigator or to reach out to health centers in their area. A list of vaccinators as well as the latest vaccine updates can be found at MOStopsCOVID.com.

In Custody Death at Henry County Sheriff’s Office

NEWS RELEASE

HENRY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Saturday, February 20, 2021

In-Custody death

On Saturday evening, February, 20, 2021 Detention Staff found an inmate unresponsive and not breathing in his cell.  Staff began CPR and called for medical and 1st responders to come to the Detention Center.  The inmate was later pronounced deceased by Henry County Coroner Dain Sisk.  Sherriff Oberkrom has requested the Western Missouri Sheriff’s Critical Incident Team comprising investigators from several counties to complete the investigation.  An autopsy is scheduled for February 21, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri.

2/19 Butler Bears Basketball

Tonight the Butler Bears took on the Buffalo Bison at Butler Highschool. Buffalo Bison took the win tonight with a final score of:

Butler 51

Buffalo 65

Museum Minute presents: This Week in History; (According to Herrman’s Archives)

Happenings in the latter part of February…  1919 Mine Explosion Kills Five

1919 – When the 7am shift at the Atlas Coal mine, 9 miles west of Rich Hill, get to the top of the shaft, the 11pm to 7am shift isn’t there.  They go down in the shaft and find the bodies of the five shift members.  Apparently an errant shot caused a concussion that killed them.  Known as a ‘windy shot’ it caused a keg of black powder to explode. Dead are Tom Watson of Rich Hill, Fred Schultz of Rich Hill, Frank Rody, George Cartwright, and Willie Breen all of New Home.

Funeral Procession for coal miners (from Rich Hill West to Green Lawn Cemetery)


1895 – Mrs. Cooley’s horse & buggy is stolen from in front of the Baptist Church in Rich Hill. (It is found the next day 14 miles east of Butler)
1924 – Featuring ‘Bozo, the tramp comedian’, Flappers of 1924 are presented at the Rich Hill Opera House.
1885 – The sudden rise of the Marais Des Cygne river and overflow in the bottoms between Rich Hill and Butler has stopped all wagon traffic and it is feared Butler will experience a coal famine.
1888 – The Flambeau Club, of Butler, has ordered four new drums, from Lyon & Healy at Chicago, at a cost of $60.
1886 – Jerry Hyte, renowned Bates Co petty thief, just out of the rich Hill jail for stealing a magnifying glass,  steals a coal hauling horse, the Sheriff’s saddle, and heads for Virginia, west of Butler.  There he steals money from Mrs. Wilcox, goes to Butler, stealing a watch at the John Duff jewelry store, then hops a train to Rich Hill, where he walks into the arms of Rich Hill Marshal Logan, who has been telegraphed of Hyte’s skull-duggery.
1870 – Buggy exhibition’s, brass bands, and a large crowd line the streets of Butler to see Yankee Robinson’s noted circus.  The procession, after passing up and down the principal streets of Butler, and around the square, comes to a halt in front of the Western House, where the carriages are filled with ladies and the March is resumed around town.
1929 – Plans are made to plant rice on the Henderson farm, east of Rich Hill.  It belongs to D. Kellogg of Battle Creek, Michigan.
1933 – The McNay Radio & Electric shop cause quite a stir by erecting a new Neo-Art sign containing a clock & nine advertisements in front of Smith’s Café in the Inn Hotel (The Pennell)

Care Connection Can Help Older Adults with COVID-19 Vaccine Registration

Care Connection for Aging Services can help older adults find a clinic to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Care Connection is partnering with the state Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to help seniors register online for vaccinations and to coordinate transportation to and from their vaccination appointments. The agency also will conduct reminder calls for seniors’ second doses. People 60 and older and their caregivers who need vaccine registration assistance may call Care Connection at 1-800-748-7826 or email [email protected]g.org

Utility Assistance for Low-Income Missourians Expanded

CAPITOL REPORT:  REPRESENTATIVE PATRICIA PIKE                                                   

Utility Assistance for Low-Income Missourians Expanded

Dear Citizens:  House committee work and sessions continued this week, in spite of the snow and cold weather.  Here is a recap followed by important resource information.

House Approves License Reciprocity for Skilled Veterans (HB 476This week the members of the Missouri House continued their efforts to make Missouri an attractive location for military members and their families to live and work. The House advanced a piece of legislation that will allow veterans to use the skills they obtained in the military to more easily find jobs in the private sector.

The legislation builds on the efforts made by the legislature in 2020 to allow professionals to move to Missouri and to continue working in their professions without delay. HB 2046 set up a universal license recognition system that allows professionals licensed in other states to come to Missouri and enter the workforce. HBs 1511 & 1452removed the barriers that impede military spouse licensure and allows them to practice their occupation as long as they hold a valid current license issued by another state or territory of the United States.  The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

House Approves Bill to Improve Local Government Transparency (HB 271Legislation that is now on its way to the Senate would create a database that allows taxpayers to search expenditures and payments received and made by counties and municipalities. The bill would create the Missouri Local Government Expenditure Database, which would be an easy to use, downloadable database housed on the Missouri Accountability Portal. A municipality or county may voluntarily participate in the database, or may be required to participate through a petition process used by its residents. The database would provide expenditure data for each fiscal year beginning on or after December 31, 2022.

Utility Assistance for Low-Income Missourians Expanded:  Missourians struggling with their heating bill, because of the extreme cold, will now have additional help. Gov. Mike Parson recently announced the state’s Energy Crisis Intervention Program will offer improved assistance to eligible low-income Missourians.

The Energy Crisis Prevention Program, which is part of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), assists households when their energy source has been shut off or is at risk of disconnection. The program pays the minimum amount needed on the fuel bill to get the household out of crisis. However, starting this winter, the program will pledge the maximum disconnect amount (up to $800) toward an eligible participant’s owed balance.

Parson said about the improvement to the program, “Since many Missourians remain in crisis for subsequent months, paying only the minimum to keep a low-income household out of crisis tends to prolong the situation. Now, we can make it faster and easier to resolve a household’s crisis situation.”

In FY2020, Missouri provided $78.6 million in LIHEAP assistance to over 108,000 households. In addition to meeting the income criteria, low-income Missourians must also meet the following criteria to be eligible for winter heating assistance through LIHEAP:

  • Be responsible for paying home heating costs,
  • Have $3,000 or less in bank accounts, retirement accounts, or investments, and
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legally admitted for permanent residence.

It is very important for low-income Missourians who have received a disconnect notice or know a disconnect notice is coming to get help now to prevent service disconnection at a later date. To learn more about the LIHEAP program, visit https://mydss.mo.gov/energy-assistance.

For further information contact [email protected] or call 573-751-5388.

Representative Patricia Pike

CAPITOL REPORT: REPRESENTATIVE PATRICIA PIKE

Utility Assistance for Low-Income Missourians Expanded

Dear Citizens:  House committee work and sessions continued this week, in spite of the snow and cold weather.  Here is a recap followed by important resource information.

House Approves License Reciprocity for Skilled Veterans (HB 476This week the members of the Missouri House continued their efforts to make Missouri an attractive location for military members and their families to live and work. The House advanced a piece of legislation that will allow veterans to use the skills they obtained in the military to more easily find jobs in the private sector.

The legislation builds on the efforts made by the legislature in 2020 to allow professionals to move to Missouri and to continue working in their professions without delay. HB 2046 set up a universal license recognition system that allows professionals licensed in other states to come to Missouri and enter the workforce. HBs 1511 & 1452removed the barriers that impede military spouse licensure and allows them to practice their occupation as long as they hold a valid current license issued by another state or territory of the United States.  The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

House Approves Bill to Improve Local Government Transparency (HB 271Legislation that is now on its way to the Senate would create a database that allows taxpayers to search expenditures and payments received and made by counties and municipalities. The bill would create the Missouri Local Government Expenditure Database, which would be an easy to use, downloadable database housed on the Missouri Accountability Portal. A municipality or county may voluntarily participate in the database, or may be required to participate through a petition process used by its residents. The database would provide expenditure data for each fiscal year beginning on or after December 31, 2022.

Utility Assistance for Low-Income Missourians Expanded:  Missourians struggling with their heating bill, because of the extreme cold, will now have additional help. Gov. Mike Parson recently announced the state’s Energy Crisis Intervention Program will offer improved assistance to eligible low-income Missourians.

The Energy Crisis Prevention Program, which is part of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), assists households when their energy source has been shut off or is at risk of disconnection. The program pays the minimum amount needed on the fuel bill to get the household out of crisis. However, starting this winter, the program will pledge the maximum disconnect amount (up to $800) toward an eligible participant’s owed balance.

Parson said about the improvement to the program, “Since many Missourians remain in crisis for subsequent months, paying only the minimum to keep a low-income household out of crisis tends to prolong the situation. Now, we can make it faster and easier to resolve a household’s crisis situation.”

In FY2020, Missouri provided $78.6 million in LIHEAP assistance to over 108,000 households. In addition to meeting the income criteria, low-income Missourians must also meet the following criteria to be eligible for winter heating assistance through LIHEAP:

  • Be responsible for paying home heating costs,
  • Have $3,000 or less in bank accounts, retirement accounts, or investments, and
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legally admitted for permanent residence.

It is very important for low-income Missourians who have received a disconnect notice or know a disconnect notice is coming to get help now to prevent service disconnection at a later date. To learn more about the LIHEAP program, visit https://mydss.mo.gov/energy-assistance.

For further information contact [email protected] or call 573-751-5388.

Butler Bears vs Buffalo Bison, Tonight, February 19th on FM 92.1

It’s the last regular-season game. The Butler Bears take on the Buffalo Bison Friday, February 19th in Butler. FM 92.1 will be broadcasting the game live with sports announcers, Major Black, Eli Brockman, and Dave Brockman with tip-off at approximately 7 pm. If you are unable to make it to the game, you can hear it on your radio, or hear it by going to www.921news.com and click on the listen live tab. Butler Bears vs Buffalo Bison, tonight, Friday, February 19th on FM 92.1 and 921news.com.

Summers Pharmacy talks about Covid Vaccine

Summers Pharmacy in Butler is an approved COVID vaccine provider but they DO NOT have the vaccine yet. Missouri is working to open up new phases but the vaccine supply has been very limited statewide. Summers Pharmacy have not received a notice of when they will receive the vaccine, but will keep everybody up to date once they do. Once Summers Pharmacy receive the vaccine, they will work as hard as they can to administer the vaccine in a safe and quick manner. Summers Pharmacy delivering your prescription free in the city limits of Butler. Open 8:30 until  6:00  pm and Saturday’s from 9 am until 1:00  pm. 660-679-5200