Butler Christmas Parade Cancelled

The City of Butler regrets to inform the public that the festivities for the December 5th Annual Christmas Parade has been cancelled, due to Covid rules and regulations and for the protection of the public.

An official press release will be available soon.

Governor and First Lady Parson Invite Families to Candlelight Tours, Tree Lighting Ceremony at Missouri Governor’s Mansion

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson cordially invite families to attend this year’s Candlelight Tours and annual tree lighting ceremony at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion on Friday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m.

Tours will also be available on Monday, December 7, Tuesday, December 8, and Wednesday, December 9 from 6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m. 

Governor Parson and First Lady Parson will light the 2020 Mansion Christmas tree at 6:00 p.m. on Friday. The tree is a 40-foot Norway spruce donated by Doris Baker of Desloge, Missouri. Ms. Baker decided to donate her tree because it became too large for her yard.

The Candlelight Tours will begin immediately following the tree lighting. Due to COVID-19, this year’s Candlelight Tours have moved to a time-ticketed reservation system to allow for responsible social distancing. Reservations can be made here through the Friends of the Missouri Governor’s Mansion.

Tickets will be sent via email once a reservation is made. Guests will need to present their tickets upon entering the Mansion.

The doors will be open until 8 p.m. on Friday and again from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday the following week. During the tours, visitors will be able to walk through the festively decorated ground floor of the Mansion. 

The Candlelight Tours are free and open to the public. Visitors will enter through the Madison Street gate.

Bates County Courthouse Covid Update

The following press release is from the Bates County Circuit Court. The Bates County Courthouse will remain in Phase 0 through mid-December. The infection rate will be evaluated and determined for the remainder of December at that time.

The Court will continue to have emergency hearings. If you have an attorney contact your attorney for your next court date; your Attorney may have a video conference on your case.

 As always, they ask you continue to maintain contact with your Attorney for updates in your case.  If you are on the Public Defender wait list you can follow your case and get updates from www.missouri.courts.mo.gov/case.net .

Once you are on your case go to the Case Header tab click on Track This Case for alert messages with regards to your case. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but their first priority is to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Butler Bear Basketball Season

The Butler Bears Basketball team will hit the courts for the first game of the season on Tuesday, December 8th. The Butler Bears will take on the Sherwood Marksmen at the Butler High School. Tip-off will follow junior varsity games at approximately 7:30 pm. This game will broadcast live from 92.1 and the web as we stream live from www.921news.com. Join us for Butler Bears Basketball December 8th from the studios of 92.1 KMOE.

Covid and Bates County Personel Property and Real Estate Taxes

A reminder from your Bates County Assessor Roger Pruden and Jim Platt your Bates County Treasurer/Collector: If you haven’t received your tax bill for your personal property or your real estate you can contact the Bates County Administration office at 66-679-3157 or 660-679-3341.

The Butler Administration building has a drop box on the east side of the building for your payments and your personal property sheets for your convenience.

Due to all the Covid restrictions in place they are asking the public to be proactive and pay your Personal Property and Real Estate taxes early.

If you have to come to the Butler Administration Building be aware of the safety precautions they have in place while trying to keep their office staff safe as well as yourself. They appreciate your understanding for this 2020 tax season.

Bates County Coroner Public Service Message

A couple questions have come to the Bates County Coroner and they’re good. And you know he does his best to keep you informed on how his office is spending your tax dollars and time. The question is what is the Coroner’s office doing differently during the Covid-19 pandemic and what plans are in place?

The short answer is that day-to-day, not much has changed – yet. If a person dies in this county due to Covid, the law requires that the Bates County Coroner be notified because it’s an infectious disease. So yes, Mr. Mullinax has been notified in each death where Covid is involved. But, if the person is under the care of a physician – (meaning inpatient, in a health care facility, on hospice, or recently treated by a physician), there is nothing the Coroner is required to do unless there are other factors (i.e., the death is suspicious somehow). If the death is due to natural causes, the physician is the person most familiar with the cause of death. It is then up to that doctor to complete the death certificate and the Coroner does not intervene unless there is a reason.

That is also why his office is not reporting Covid deaths and reflects what the Health Department publishes. In most cases, the primary care doctor has the responsibility to determine whether the death was due to Covid alone, or other factors, and report it accordingly. So if it’s not a case Coroner, Greg Mullinax was involved in, it would be inaccurate for him to report how the death occurred. If a person dies outside the care of a physician, then the Coroner is directly involved and will determine the cause and manner of death just as he would in any other case.

As for the future, the Bates County Coroner office stands prepared to assist if Covid deaths become a mass event. In other words, a death rate higher than what’s normally manageable with area resources. Refrigeration units and supplies are available and on standby. In this case, the office would provide resources in the same way a mass-fatality disaster plan would be used. As of today, thankfully, we’ve not come close to needing these plans. That does not mean he is not prepared, however.

The Bates County Coroner is in communication as needed with the Health Department and local health care facilities. He is paying close attention to the situation should any resources be needed. Our local physicians and care facilities have done a phenomenal job of managing the crisis so far with minimal assistance from me. If you see them, thank them. Trust me, they’re tired.

That’s the situation from the office of your Bates County Coroner, Greg Mullinax.  May everyone enjoy a safe and restful Thanksgiving as best we can.

Greg D. Mullinax
Bates County Coroner

Bate County: Toys for Tykes/ 40 children that need to be adopted on the wish list!

To date. there are 40 children that need adoption for The Annual Bates County Toys for Tykes Drive. The Butler Masonic Lodge is now asking for donations from the public. Your cash or gift purchase will make sure every child has a present to open Christmas morning. The deadline to donate is December 17th, those registered will pick up their gifts on Friday, December 18th. A single child or children may be adopted by email or phone. 660-464-2372 or email [email protected] com. Your donation will be appreciated.

Adrian Optimist Club Bingo Announcement

The Adrian Optimist Club Boards have voted to suspend Monday Night Bingo operations until the end of December.

We know our players miss having the Monday night Bingo outings each week and while it does put a pinch on our fund-raising efforts, we want to be cautious at this point and time for everyone’s safety.

We want to thank our players in advance for their understanding with this decision.

We want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

BaCo Transport

BaCo Transport of Bates County is currently is serving local Butler seniors in their daily activities that require moving about. They take Covid-19 seriously and currently require their patrons and drivers to wear a mask. They sanitize the BaCo Transport vehicle after every trip.

BaCo Transport has installed a barrier between the driver and riders.
Only the back seat is used for riders. They ask the
passengers not to call if they have a cold or fever. The drivers are checked
at the beginning of their shift for temp and it is recorded. Continued
cooperation between the volunteers and riders will keep this transportation service  on the road.
BaCo Transport is a non-profit organization and  depend on donations
from the community to keep the service on the road.

The BaCo Transport riders are asked to donated a very small amount for each trip. They have special rider coupons that can be purchased by a rider or family members. Several organizations in Butler have already contributed funds for coupon purchased for the riders. BaCo Transport a 501c company and therefor your donations can be a tax credit personal or business.

The drivers and dispatchers are volunteers and give their time generously every week. If you would like to contribute to the program for Butler seniors, your donations or volunteer time would be appreciated. BaCo Transport 611 W Mill ST.
Butler, Mo. 64730 or contact us at 660-679-6322 or 660-679-7255

Submitted by:

Alvin Griffin

Payne Farm Auction Saturday, December 5th, 10 am

Find an auction at 921news.com, just click on the “Auction” tab.


11735 NE County Rd. 5004

Butler, MO

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2020       SALE TIME    10:00 AM


JD 4440

JD 4430

JD 2020 Wide Front Tractor

Bobcat 450B Tractor & 9TL loader












More items at www.martyreadauction.com

Billie M. Dines, age 87 of Butler

Funeral services for Billie M. Dines of Butler, Missouri will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler.  Visitation will 5 -7 p.m. Monday, November 30 at the Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.  Contributions to Smile Train or National Right to Life.  Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Billie M. Dines, age 87 of Butler, Missouri passed away Friday, November 27, 2020 at her home in Butler.  She was born August 26, 1933 to Mayburn and Esther Haile Epperson in Pleasant Gap, Missouri.

Billie is lovingly survived by two sons, Dale Dines and wife Michelle of Butler, Missouri and Duane Dines and wife Ivy of Statesboro, Georgia; a daughter, Annette White of Butler, Missouri; a sister, Mary Mae Lewis of Butler, Missouri; three sisters-in-law, Joan Epperson of Kansas City, Missouri, Vesta Limpus of Adrian, Missouri and Marcella Dines of Butler, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Rick Dines and partner Steve Henry, Melinda Satcher and husband Shawn, Rachel Johnston and husband Jeffrey, Kirsti Shephard and husband Nick, Jeffree Dines and wife Rachel, Jason White and wife Chelsea, Crystal McGrath and husband Drew, David White and partner Crysta and Caleb White and wife Grace; and seven great-grandchildren, Holden White, Lola White, Olivia McGrath, Amelia McGrath, Roe White, Bear White and Kayson Shephard.  She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Kristen Dines in 1975; husband, Marvin Dines in 2010; and brother, Fred Epperson.

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

Missing Person in Butler

Press Release Butler police Department


Melissa A. Lamb

Last seen 11/21/2020 at Days Inn in Butler

Last seen driving a gold in color, possibly a Chrysler minivan with unknown Alabama license plate.

Possibly en route to Dora, AL or Warsaw, MO

If you have any information on Lamb, contact the Butler Police Department at 660-679-6131

Press Release Bates County Sheriff

Early morning Pursuit sends two to hospital.

On 11/26/2020, at approximately 115 am, a K-9 unit on routine patrol attempted to make a traffic stop in rural Adrian Missouri. The vehicle fled from the Deputy down county road 11002. A few minutes into the pursuit the driver of the vehicle lost control of his car causing it to leave the roadway and strike multiple trees along the fence row. This caused a tree to break off and fall across the road causing the deputy to take evasive action to avoid being struck by the tree.

The fleeing vehicle received extensive damage and came to rest upright on the side of the road. The vehicle was occupied by a male and female with both parties being trapped in the vehicle.

Adrian Fire Department and Bates County EMS arrived on scene and and used the jaws of life to extricate the two occupants. Both subjects were transported by Bates County EMS. After patient care was completed the Adrian Fire Department then began the quick work of cutting up the tree to clear the roadway.

“This morning I responded to the scene to assist the deputy and what I observed every citizen in Bates County should know.” Sheriff Anderson said. “I observed a team of professional first responders working together in the early hours of a holiday to potentially save lives. It didn’t matter that this was someone who was running from law enforcement, they didn’t care who they were or what caused it. They just saw another human who needed help and came together to make that difference. Some of these professionals weren’t getting paid to be there but they were there and they made a big difference. I ask that when you think of all the things you’re thankful for today, please include those front line first responders who will always be there and do their best for people they may not even know or see again.”

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Adrian Police Department, Adrian Fire Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Bates County EMS.

Vernon County Press Release


Release Date: 11/25/2020

Methamphetamine, Heroin, and Pills Leads to Multiple Arrests According to Officials with the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, members of the investigations unit and CNET Drug Task Force executed a search warrant early Wednesday morning at a hotel on the 2300 block of E. Marvel Rd in Nevada, MO. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said detectives were able to develop information regarding the distribution of large quantities of illegal narcotics coming from that location.

Four individuals were detained during the execution of the warrant, where approximately 3 ounces of suspected methamphetamine, approximately 20 grams of suspected heroin and 256 pills that were determined to be schedule II and IV drugs were seized. Other suspected illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, as well as a homemade explosive device were also located during the search.

“I am glad we were able to successfully and safely take a substantial number of drugs off our streets that otherwise would have been sold throughout Vernon County,” said Mosher.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Courts issued warrants for the suspects, who have been identified as 53-year-old Harry Foreman, of Nevada, and 33-year-old Cheyenne Highley, of Nevada. Both Foreman and Highley have been charged with: Trafficking Drugs-2 nd Degree 7 counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance Possession of a Controlled Substance Keeping or Maintaining a Public Nuisance Foreman is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $500,000 cash only bond. Highley is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $250,000 cash only bond. Additional charges may be filed on the other two suspects pending lab results.

Press Release Henry Sheriff’s Office



Shooting in WindsorOn Thursday, November 26, 2020 at approximately 11:07 a.m. Deputy Adams was dispatched to the 700 block of South Tebo in Windsor regarding a subject who had been shot.  At the scene Deputy Adams found a subject that said he had been shot in the abdomen with what appeared to be a small caliber weapon.  The victim and other witnesses were able to identify the suspect and others, who were at the scene when the shot was fired.  The victim, Mark Baker, age 49, Windsor was transported by Air Ambulance to a Kansas City hospital.  The suspect, along with two other occupants, fled the scene in a black Monte Carlo and remain at large.  Sheriff Oberkrom and Cpl. Kubilus assisted at the scene.  The investigation is continuing.  If you have any information please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 660-885-5587 or your local law enforcement agency.

Ricky Lynn Rogers, of Nevada

Ricky Lynn Rogers, 69 of Nevada, passed away November 25 at St. Luke’s Hospital East in Lee Summit, Cremation, with no services planned at this time. Contributions are suggested to the family. Arrangements under the direction of the mullinax funeral home in butler. Messages and Memories may be left www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com

Arlene Murray Crawford,92

Arlene Murray Crawfard, 92 of Marshall, formerly of Butler passed away November 23 in Marshall. Arlene graduated from Butler High School in 1946. Arlene’s wishes were to be cremated there are NO public services scheduled at this time.

Arlene is survived by one sister Muriel Mears and husband Bill of Butler also Two daughters.

NRMC Foundation to Light Tree of Shining Memories

The Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) Foundation is preparing for the annual lighting of the Tree of Shining Memories, a holiday tradition that began in 1993 as the Hospice Tree of Shining Memories.

This fundraiser offers the opportunity to dedicate a light to the honor or memory of loved ones who, for whatever reason, will not be gathered together during the holidays. Each gift of $10 to the NRMC Foundation will purchase a light to be placed on the special trees located on the southeast corner of the Vernon County Courthouse lawn and inside the NRMC hospital lobby. Names will also be posted by the NRMC lobby tree and listed in a full-page ad in the December 26th edition of the Nevada Daily Mail.

The lighting ceremony will take place in front of the tree on the Nevada square Friday, December 4th at 5:30 p.m. and will include a reading of the list of names and a special song. Traditionally, the lighting ceremony precedes the Nevada Christmas parade. However, with the change of time and location of the parade, that will not be possible this year.

Funds raised through Tree of Shining Memories are designated for the NRMC Endowment Fund. For more information about purchasing a light, contact the Foundation office at (417) 448-3801 or visit www.nrmchealth.com/tree.

Governor Parson Announces Launch of New COVID-19 Vaccine Website for Missourians

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – As research and development of multiple COVID-19 vaccines continue to show promising safety and effectiveness findings, Governor Mike Parson today announced the launch of a new vaccine website for Missouri residents. 

MOStopsCOVID.com provides Missourians with information regarding the safety of the vaccines, research and production processes, and when they may be eligible for vaccination. The website will also offer additional functionality as vaccines become available. 

“It’s been remarkable to learn about the work that has been going on for many months now among scientists and researchers, many of whom are right here in Missouri,” Governor Parson said. “The most important thing we’ve learned about the accelerated development process is that steps have not been eliminated but are instead occurring simultaneously. Safety is not being sacrificed, and it’s important for Missourians to understand this.”

The new website includes answers to common questions Missouri residents may have, such as when they will be able to receive the vaccine and how well it works. It also clarifies misinformation that citizens may have heard about the vaccines.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and partners across the state continue to make preparations in advance of a vaccine arrival, which is anticipated to occur prior to the end of 2020. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has identified the purposes of a COVID-19 vaccine as:

  • Decrease death and serious disease,
  • Preserve functioning of society,
  • Reduce extra burden that COVID-19 is having on people already facing disparities, and
  • Increase the chance for everyone to enjoy health and well-being.

A vaccine will initially become available in a limited quantity once it is proven safe and effective, approved for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA, and when the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has provided its recommendations on the use of the vaccines. 

In August, a large group of more than 75 state team members, 10 Missouri National Guardsmen, and 50 federal and local partners began working together to develop Missouri’s COVID-19 vaccine response plan. The plan was finalized and submitted to the CDC in October. 

“Missouri got a very early start preparing for vaccinations because we think it’s our best path to getting to a better place,” DHSS Director Dr. Randall Williams said. “This process is one that has continued to evolve, and we are committed to providing Missourians with the information they need as quickly as we can provide it. Information is empowering, and personal choices made during this public health emergency can positively impact yourself, those around you, and your entire community.”

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccine developments, visit MOStopsCOVID.com

Governor Parson Orders Flags to Fly Half-Staff in Honor of Kansas City Fire Department Captain Robert “Bobby” Rocha

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Today, Governor Mike Parson ordered U.S. and Missouri flags be flown at half-staff at every fire station in the state of Missouri, the Fire Fighters Memorial in Kingdom City, and all government buildings in Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties on Monday, November 30, 2020, in honor of Kansas City Fire Department Captain Robert “Bobby” Rocha.

After a brave fight, Captain Rocha died on Saturday, November 21 as a result of COVID-19 that he contracted this month while serving in his capacity as a firefighter.

“Throughout his 29-year career with the Kansas City Fire Department, Captain Robert Rocha lived by the highest ideals of the fire service – the safety of others, professionalism, teamwork, and sacrifice,” Governor Parson said. “The COVID-19 pandemic did not change Captain Rocha’s commitment to protecting others, as he and thousands of Missouri’s first responders continue to bravely and selflessly put their lives on the line to respond to emergency calls. We will never forget Captain Rocha’s faithful, noble service.”

The flags will be held at half-staff on the day Captain Rocha is laid to rest.

Adrian Blackhawks Advance to State Semi-Finals

The Adrian Blackhawks made the long trek to Marceline to take on the Tigers in the Class 1 quarterfinals in the football championship bracket last Saturday.   After a heart stopping final minute of play the long trip home felt a bit shorter knowing they survived to play another week.    Adrian won a thrilling game 13-7 when the final play, a potential game tying pass, fell incomplete.   It is the first time in 15 years the Blackhawks had advanced to the state semi finals.  A win next week will take Adrian back to the State Championship game for the first time since winning it all in 2002.

The Blackhawks dominated, for the most part, a Tiger team that had averaged 54 points a game the last seven weeks including their march through districts.  Adrian held their running game at bay and limiting them to just 7 points in the quarterfinal game.  Marceline netting 35 yards on the ground and relied on their passing game to keep them in it.  Much of that due to long sustained drives by Adrian.

But it was that passing game almost won the game for them.   Adrian scored on their opening possession of each half to take and reclaim leads.   The Blackhawks fumbled another scoring opportunity at the goal line in the second quarter.  That fumble ignited the Marceline offense.  Rather than be dejected after giving up yet another long scoring drive they seized the momentum and put together an aerial barrage that culminated in a touchdown pass with seconds to go before half.

Adrian’s second touchdown came with the opening drive of the second half.  The extra point sailed wide right giving the eventual final score but also set the stage for the dramatic ending.  After trading possessions in the 4th quarter Adrian punted the ball with 1:08 on the clock.   Marceline mixed up pass plays between two receivers that either stepped out of bounds or got another first down to spike the ball and stop the clock.  With just five seconds to play the Tiger quarterback lofted a pass to the far side of end zone from Adrian’s sideline.  The ball fell in and out of the hands of the of the same receiver that had caught the tying touchdown just before half.  After a  brief moment of confusion as to what had just happened the Blackhawks sideline erupted with jubilant coaches and players swarming the team that was comin off the field to greet them. 

The score didn’t indicate how much Adrian had controlled that game.   Marceline came in with a matching 10-1 record.  They had a dynamic team filled with underclassmen that will pose a formidable foe next year.   But this day was about Adrian’s defense coming up big when needed.   

The Blackhawks defense will have an even stronger test this Saturday when they travel to Faucett to take on the Mid Buchanan Dragons in the semi finals.    The winner will advance to the Class 1 State Championship game being played at Blair Oaks High School in Jefferson city verses the winner of the Thayer/Windsor game.  

Mid Buchanan is the top ranked team in the state.   The Dragons feature a strong passing game but also a competent running game.  In their quarterfinal win over Penney they had a whopping 593 yards of total offense.   They ran for an impressive 310 yards and passed for a jaw-dropping 293 yards.

Adrian is no stranger to strong passing teams having defeated Lighthouse Christian in week two of the season.   The Blackhawks are very strong against the run but will have to balance controlling the running game and slowing down the aerial attack of the Dragons.   One thing is for sure.  This team will give it their all making anything possible.

Scoring Summary

First Quarter Summary:Adrian (4:28) – Colton Bass 2 yd run (Case Doody kick)Second Quarter Summary:Marceline (:43) – Wyatt Molloy 24 yd pass from Jacob Stallo (Sam Gillman kick)Third Quarter Summary:Adrian (6:34) – Bass 1 yd run (kick failed)

 Coach’s Comments:What a game! That was a pretty well played football game by both teams. Going into the game I thought we could out-physical them, and I think we did for the most part. Our line controlled the line-of-scrimmage all day. Offensively, we rushed for almost 300 yds. so we ran the ball pretty effectively. We did what we wanted to do which is to control the ball on long time-consuming drives. Fumbling the ball into their end zone hurt us. I think Marceline got a little momentum from that, and we deflated a little. They had us on our heels for a bit at the end of the second quarter. Defensively, I thought our rush defense was outstanding. When you can hold a rushing team to 34 yds on 18 rushes in a quarterfinal game, that is playing pretty good defense. We totally took the run away from them. I think they ran the ball a total of four times in the second half. We do have to shore up our pass defense some, but we did enough today. At this point in the season, you just want to score more points than your opponent. We weren’t perfect today, but we did what we needed to do. I’m really proud of these kids. We have to go to Mid-Buchanan next Saturday, and they are pretty good. However, I think we are, too. We are looking forward to the challenge.

this story is courtesy of the Adrian News Leader

Corner Hardware Holiday Hours

Corner Hardware of Butler will Closed Thanksgiving Day.  They will be open from 9am to 4pm on Friday November 27th and 9am to Noon on Saturday November 28th

Press Release From St. Clair County Sheriff

Austin Rhodes – On November 19, Austin Rhodes, 19, Lowry City, was arrested on a St. Clair County Warrant for a Felony charge of Statutory Rape or Attempted Statutory Rape – 1st Degree – Person Less than 14 Years of Age. The bond was set at $25,000 cash only.

The arrest was made after a St. Clair County deputy received a report from a local parent that their daughter had been raped. Austin Rhodes was named as the assailant, and a report was taken alongside evidence further incriminating Austin was collected.

The Little Apple

Vol 28 no 47

                                                                                                       November 25, 2020

City Hall will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26 – 27 for Thanksgiving.

Trash pick up the week of Thanksgiving will be on Friday morning November 27. Please have your trash carts to the curb no later than 7:00 a.m.

The Appleton City Public Library will remain closed until at least December 1. When the facility does reopen, it will likely have modified hours at first. The library recommends that you call before coming in to make sure it is open. The phone number is (660) 476-5513. Also, the library encourages all patrons to wear masks while inside the building.

December 5, Appleton City Landmarks Restoration will celebrate Christmas in the County with a Craft Show in the M.K.T, Depot.  Your favorite crafters will be present 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 to open the Christmas season. Tammy Rapp & Julie Cooper will have an assortment of candies, Jina Hill with repurposed items, Christmas wreaths & arrangements plus other items, Tom Holt with his wood creations, Margie Siegismund’s handmade rugs and Mary Miller’s Sunrise Bakery pies, breads, noodles & candies. A. C. Landmarks will have the 2020 150th History book, the A.C. Journal Bits and Pieces books, plus other AC souvenir items.

There WILL be a Christmas parade. The theme is ‘A Very COVID Christmas!’ It will begin at 4:00 p.m. December 5 at Forest Park.  Participants are encouraged to decorate their vehicles and wear Christmas themed masks.  There will be a small prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.  The parade will end back at Forest Park and feature the annual lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree, to take place at approximately 4:50 p.m.

Appleton City High School will sponsor a drive through Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner December 9, 2020. With COVID precautions in place, ACHS wants to keep tradition alive for their annual Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner. Come through the circle drive to get a to-go traditional Christmas meal from the ACHS students. Meals will start being served at noon. Please RSVP to 660-476-2161 by November 27.

Sesquicentennial Souvenirs would make great Christmas gifts for all ages. They can be purchased from committee members or at Community First Bank. Orders may be placed for pickup at the bank. Call or text Denice at 660-492-3180 or email [email protected]

FarmHouse Kitchen and Sumo’s Pub will be closed November 26 through November 30.  They will open for normal hours December 1.

The annual Knights of Columbus Germantown Turkey Shoot has been cancelled for 2020.  They are also cancelling their monthly pancake and sausage breakfasts until further notice.

ACHS FBLA would like to say that they are thankful for the opportunity to assist the VFW in their annual Turkey Dinner and their very generous donation to their organization which will be used for scholarships for the students in the future.  They had several students assist in serving with the VFW members and look forward to helping in the future to continue this community tradition.  They are grateful for the support that they receive every year from the community and would like to thank all the members of the community for supporting FBLA and students.  The organization could not thrive without the community support that they receive and it is their hope that they continue to receive such wonderful support as they provide support and education of future business leaders of tomorrow. They feel sometimes they do not have the opportunity to let members of the community know how much that they mean to the FBLA. At this time when they reflect on what they are thankful for, they want the community to know how much their support means to them.  They know that this year has presented many challenges. They appreciate everyone that came out and supported the VFW and our FBLA members. They look forward to helping to make a difference in the community in the future.

University of Missouri Extension offers a one-evening Zoom class on horse nutrition on December 3. Proper nutrition is vital to the 85,000 head of horses and ponies owned by Missouri residents.  As well as bringing enjoyment to its owners, Missouri’s horse industry contributes significantly to the economic health of the state, through activities such as trail rides, rodeos, races, show competitions, and hunting. MU Extension agronomist Pat Miller will cover establishment, grazing and management of forages. Extension livestock field specialist Elizabeth Pickering will focus on forage quality, hay needs and testing, and feeding strategies. Marci Crosby, MU Equine program coordinator will give an overview of equine nutrition and strategies for grain selection. The class begins at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, December 3. Register at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/horse-nutrition-101 by December 1. Handouts will be e-mailed before the class. You may also contact Miller at 417-448-2560.

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


Nov 26     THANKSGIVING DAY     

Nov 27     Trash pickup in Appleton City

Dec 5        Christmas in the Country activities

Dec 9        Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner at ACHS

MDC reports November firearms deer harvest ends with 176,604

Top harvest counties were Howell, Franklin, and Texas.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 176,604 deer during the November portion of firearms deer season, Nov. 14-24. Of the 176,604 deer harvested, 95,654 were antlered bucks, 16,045 were button bucks, and 64,905 were does.

Top harvest counties were Howell with 3,496 deer harvested, Franklin with 3,409, and Texas with 3,374.

Last year hunters checked 179,960 deer during the November portion of firearms deer season with 91,917 being antlered bucks, 17,330 being button bucks, and 70,713 being does.

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

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

“Hunters posted an impressive harvest total given the challenging conditions, particularly on opening weekend,” said MDC Cervid Program Supervisor Jason Isabelle. “Typically, about half of the harvest occurs during the first two days of the season. Unfortunately, hunters were greeted by rain and high winds to start the season, resulting in harvest numbers falling behind last year’s mark early.”

MDC reported three firearms-related hunting incidents during the November portion of the firearms deer season with all being non-fatal and self-inflicted.

Archery deer season resumes Nov. 25 through Jan. 15, 2021. The late youth portion runs Nov. 27-29. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs Dec. 4-6 followed by the alternative methods portion Dec. 26 through Jan. 5, 2021.

OATS Transit Requiring Face Masks

OATS Transit is open for regular transportation service, however face masks are required on the bus due to COVID-19. Please call the OATS Transit office at 660-827-2611 or 800-276-6287 to schedule a ride or find out about service in your area. Visit our website at www.oatstransit.org and click on the bus schedules tab for your county to see the full schedule. OATS Transit is available to the rural general public of any age, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. We also contract with a number of agencies to serve their clients. OATS Transit will not be operating on Friday, December 25, Christmas Day.

City of Clinton has Issued an Immediate Mask Mandate

Face Covering Mandate Effective Immediately in the City of Clinton(By, Luke Edwards, The Clinton (Mo.) Daily Democrat, November 23) *A more detailed account of the council session will appear in the Wednesday daily edition of The Clinton Daily Democrat.The Clinton City Council met for the second reading of Bill No. 2020-31 (regarding the face covering mandate) at the Clinton Benson Center (1 p.m.); all members of the council were present, councilmen Gene Henry and Daniel Wilson were available via Zoom.Several people spoke in advance of the actual vote: all were opposed to the issuance of a face covering mandate – some of the arguments against enacting such an ordinance were compelling. In the end, however, the council voted to enact the mandate of face coverings for the City of Clinton. (Note: this only applies to within city limits, and not the entire county).Voting for ordinance was as follows: Moberly, yes; Scott, yes; Jackson, yes; Pereles, yes; Raysik, yes; Smith, yes; Councilman Henry voted yes, but said there were difficulties with the face-covering mandate; councilman Wilson was the sole “no” vote.The effective start date for the ordinance is “immediate.” The ordinance, which is tied to the earlier Civil Emergency issued by the city, can end by a decree from Mayor Greg Lowe, or when five council persons vote to end it.

This story courtesy of The Clinton Daily Democrat

Henry County Covid-19 Positive Numbers Rising Quickly

The Henry County Health Center (HCHC) has received confirmation of 20 more positive cases of COVID-19. Clinton-17, Montrose-1, Deepwater-1 and Windsor-1. This brings the total number of confirmed positive cases in Henry County to 1192 .
All contact tracing has commenced and all parties that have had close contact are being notified. HCHC continues to encourage residents to practice social distancing, washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or more, and to remain home if you are sick. 
The CDC continues to recommend that individuals to wear a face covering when you are in public, and are unable to social distance, to assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Missouri state parks remain open -indoor spaces to close

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, NOV. 24, 2020 – Missouri state parks and historic sites remain open, including day-use areas, lodging, campgrounds, boat ramps and trails, and will continue to operate under normal off-season hours. However, beginning this week, Missouri State Parks will temporarily close indoor spaces, including visitor centers, nature centers, museums and offices. Park and historic site outdoor spaces and amenities will remain open and available under normal off-season status, unless otherwise designated.

Visitors should come prepared and view the online park and site status map before heading to the park. Contact information of staff will be posted on signage throughout the park for visitors who may have questions or need assistance.

“Many people will continue to want to get out and enjoy our state parks and we will continue to welcome the public,” says Missouri State Parks director Mike Sutherland. “We hope that our state parks will serve as a break from the stress associated with COVID-19 and provide healthy recreation opportunities through the holiday season.”

Campgrounds are available on a first come, first served basis at most Missouri State Parks campgrounds and some offer reservations during the off-season period. For more information on camping, visit: mostateparks.com/activity/camping

While interpretive programming at parks and sites has been postponed, many parks and sites have virtual alternatives and are providing other opportunities, such as virtual tours, lesson plans and online programming for visitors, educators and families. Learn more about what is being offered at each location by calling the park or site office or following Missouri State Parks on Facebook.

When visiting a Missouri state park or historic site, visitors are strongly encouraged to follow social-distancing guidelines and be proactive in protecting themselves and others amid ongoing public health concerns. Come prepared with hand sanitizer and bottled water, avoid large and congested crowds, and please stay home if sick. Face coverings are encouraged when social-distancing measures are difficult to maintain, and may be required by local orders.

If you have any questions, please contact Missouri State Parks at [email protected]. For the latest information on the Missouri State Parks response to COVID-19, please visit www.mostateparks.com/response.

For more information on state parks and historic sites or to view the park and site status map, visit www.mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

MDC Managed Waterfowl Hunts Going to COVID Level Red Starting Wednesday

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In response to increasing cases of COVID-19 in Missouri, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces that all managed waterfowl hunts will be designated COVID Red Level effective Wednesday, Nov. 25.

The moved is based on the recent Executive Order 20-19 from Governor Mike Parson extending the state of emergency in Missouri through March 31, 2021, along with consultations with local health departments, and concern for staff and public safety.

Earlier this year, MDC modified the 2020-2021 waterfowl managed hunt process to assure the safety of hunters and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. MDC set the following procedural levels for each conservation area: Red (most restrictive), Orange, Yellow, and Green (least restrictive).

The move to COVID Red Level applies to all managed waterfowl hunts at the following MDC conservation areas: B.K. Leach, Columbia Bottom, Duck Creek, Eagle Bluffs, Fountain Grove, Four Rivers, Grand Pass, Marais Temps Clair, Montrose, Nodaway Valley, Otter Slough, Ted Shanks, and Ten Mile Pond.                 

Under COVID Red Level, the following apply:

  • No poor line or vacancy filling,
  • No staff-hunter contact,
  • No facility use allowed,
  • 100% reservation allocation for residents only through in-season draw,  
  • Non-residents only allowed to hunt with resident who has drawn a reservation, 
  • Hunt positions will be pre-assigned.

MDC asks all hunters that have drawn a hunting reservation to go to this website and do the steps listed below: huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/waterfowl/waterfowl-managed-hunts

  1. Use the pill number to find the respective hunting location on reservation date. 
  2. Find a map of the hunting location.
  3. Print off the Daily Waterfowl Hunting Tag (Green Card) and bring it on the hunt date. 
  4. Review the Red Level Procedures.
  5. Review the area-specific regulations.
  6. Hunters DO NOT need to show up at the Draw Time and can simply go straight to the hunting location no earlier than the established draw time found at: huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/waterfowl/waterfowl-waterfowl-draws/waterfowl-area-draw-times
  7. The reservation holder must be present with the hunt party at all times in RED level.  

Throughout the season, procedures could change with limited time to notify hunters. To receive updates as quickly as possible, hunters should subscribe to the “Waterfowl” email update list at public.govdelivery.com/accounts/MODC/subscriber/topics.

MDC has designated the following staff to answer questions hunters may have:

  • Statewide — Joel Porath at 573-522-4115 ext. 3188
  • North Zone — Chris Freeman at 660-646-6122 or Craig Crisler at 660-446-3371
  • Middle Zone — Luke Wehmhoff at 573-624-5821 ext. 4662, Gary Calvert at 636-441-4554 ext. 4180
  • South Zone — Joel Porath at 573-522-4115 ext. 3188

Thoughts on the Life of the Museum in the Year 2020, A Year Unlike Any Other

The final month of this most unusual year
will soon be upon us. The second decade of
the 21st century has been unlike any other in
history and future historians will struggle to
fully comprehend the dramatic and costly
challenges to America and the world that
played out during the 2020 pandemic.
Early on I began saving news articles and
general information that I thought would be
of interest in years to come. I have the pattern
for masks printed in our local papers, actual
masks, press releases from the State, and a
Bates County ‘I Voted’ pen and other things.
One of the artifacts in the Museum’s many
collections is a flu mask from the infamous
1918 Spanish Influenza epidemic. The mask
was issued to students at MU. It is a simple
cottony-gauze fabric with ties attached and is
part of our World War I exhibit. At the time it
was displayed we never imagined that we
would be experiencing our own pandemic.
As I looked back at the January newsletter,
I saw all the Museum’s plans that vanished
with the Virus. There were great programs
scheduled along with events, including a very
special concert presentation by a friend from
Kansas City. Planning for Missouri’s Bicentennial in 2021 had begun in the County.
2021 also marks the 200th anniversary of Harmony Mission’s founding, the 180th anniversary of the founding of Bates County, and the
Historical Society & Museum’s 60th. It will
also be the 80th anniversary of the Pearl
Harbor attack that thrust America into War.
The year 2021 is filled with important dates
to be honored and remembered.
But, the pandemic of 2020 seemed to stop
everything in its tracks. Flatten the curve.
Quarantines. Tests. Masks. Toilet paper
shortages. Closures. And in the middle of
the crisis was perhaps the most contentious
Presidential election in our nation’s history.
Throughout these past few months we have
breathed a bit easier and tried to find small
semblances of normal. Perhaps that was
premature in slowing the spread of the virus,
but also perhaps the mental psyche of people
and the nation required it in order to carry
on. For now, as the holidays are here, sickness with Covid and the flu has caused us to
once again withdraw and avoid gatherings.
Our elderly have perhaps been required to
pay the greatest sacrifice as the nation grapples with how to best keep them safe. There
are no easy answers. The debate rages.
Each family choosing what seems to be right
for them. I urge you to document your family’s experiences during this unprecedented
time. Your descendants will want to know
how you coped with these days of constant
uncertainty. May you record that you faced
each day with gratitude and fortitude!
Strong Membership ~ Strong Society
Please Renew
January marks the Society Membership Renewal
Month and we ask you to please make it a priority
to renew your membership! Help us to maintain a
strong Society. Membership numbers matter. Cost
is minimal and within the comfort range of most
everyone. Join us in generating momentum that
will then multiply. 2020 has reminded us all how
vital the strong the bonds of community can be.
Providing a strong Society & Museum to be keepers
of our history pays honor and tribute to ancestors.
It’s important. Thank you for supporting us!
Any extra donation will be greatly appreciated.
Annual rates are: Single-$12 / Couple-$18 / Family-
$24. Renewal forms are attached to this e-newsletter or
are included in mailed copies.

Museum Gifted Two Research
Collections on Guerrilla Warfare
The Museum’s research archives continues to
grow and we are very pleased to announce that two
separate collections of research materials about the
guerrilla warfare in our area have been donated.
In February I traveled to Bentonville, Arkansas to
receive Rich Stewart’s Quantrill Special Research Collection. This impressive collection of
books, articles, publications, teachers materials,
DVDs, biographies, and more has been inventoried
and will be available to researchers both professional and amateur. Rich Stewart’s body of research
includes information about Bates County Sheriff
John Clem. He was a formidable character who
ultimately moved to Arkansas and is buried there,
as is also Captain Bill Turman of Island Mound
fame and his wife, Charity Weddle Turman. There
is much yet to discover about these men and their
families. We are grateful for Rich’s ongoing research and for the opportunity to house this important collection.
People reach out to us as the reputation of the
Bates County Museum continues to grow. We are
proud to be considered a premiere site in western
Missouri and it was because of this that we were
contacted by the family of the late Harold
Dellinger of Jackson County. He was a lifelong
collector of Civil War history and his personal collection of books, memorabilia, professional papers,
publications, and more is legendary throughout
the region. While Harold was interested in all
aspects of the Civil War in western Missouri,
his true passion was the study of the guerrilla
warfare and the men who fought it. We are very
pleased to have the Harold Dellinger Collection
housed here at the Museum.
Bates County was the epicenter of General
Order No. 11 and it seems quite fitting that we
can now be an epicenter for the study of the
guerrilla warfare here in western Missouri and
along the Kansas border. It is our hope that the
Museum’s reputation as a vital resource library
will continue to broaden in years to come.

Best of Times in the Worst of Times
Despite everything that 2020 has unleashed,
there have been some good times in the life of
the Museum this year!
In early March we held our annual Show &
Tell Gathering and Annual Meeting. There was
a good crowd and many interesting things and
stories were shared. The Society held its annual
meeting and the 2020 Board of Directors was
elected. Chris Gach-President, Donna GregoryVice President, Tyler Bise-Treasurer, Doris
Fuller-Secretary, Stan Sechrest, Doug White,
Maggie Roberts, Randy Bell, and Scott Mallatt.
Many thanks to them for serving the Society!
The annual This & That Sale was rescheduled
and held the first weekend of June. It was a fantastic success and we thank all who supported
the sale. Income was a bit over $3,000 and every donation and each sale is greatly appreciated!
While virtually everything closed down and
folks avoided crowds, we actually had a good
number of visitors from the Metro area. They
were looking for easy drive destinations and
found us. In early October we also had a small
group of 3rd graders from KC come to spend
the day. The children were great!
The first weekend of November we held our
first ever Holiday Décor & More Sale. Once
again you, our supporters, came through like the
heroes you are! Fabulous donations and sales
that were remarkable. We made over $2,300
and are grateful for every penny.
Thank you, one and all…You’re the best!!!
~The Museum Out & About~
As the nation opened a bit in the summer
and early fall, some annual celebrations were
able to be held. In September the Museum
had a booth at the Amsterdam Jubilee. We
met lots of people, some we knew, and some
we befriended that day. Wind gusts were
fierce and, despite concrete blocks, our booth
canopy lifted and flipped. We were right in
front of the Amsterdam Café which has big
paned windows but thankfully the canopy
landed on the sidewalk and no bystanders
were injured. What a day!
The first weekend of October we were at
Butler’s Hucksters Day event and thankfully
the wind cooperated! The day was fun and
we visited with many folks. The Friends of
the Museum gift shop merchandise was sold
and we made quite a bit of money so it was
another wonderful day out and about.
I want to thank Doris Fuller for her tireless
efforts in behalf of the Museum. Doris serves
on the Society Board as Secretary, she takes
care of all the outside plants and gardens, and
she basically IS the Friends of the Museum.
Doris seeks out every estate sale, garage sale,
thrift shop find, individuals, anyone and anywhere she can get items for resale in the Museum’s Gift Shop, our Sales, and when we are
out and about. Doris devotes countless hours
to the Museum and this acknowledgement of
her work, her hard work, is small but certainly
not insignificant. We would be lost without
Doris and I know of no one who could fill her
shoes. If you see her out and about, take a
moment and thank her for all she does to keep
this Museum thriving. She’s one in a million!
If you have any donations for the Museum
please call us. Although we are technically
closed for the winter, most days someone is
here working. Your generous donations are
what enable us to have these sales and generate income for the Museum. Thank you.
Battle of Island Mound
Network to Freedom
In August Mo State Parks held their annual
Public Information meeting at the Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site. This year it
was a bit more than the normal gathering. Several State Parks dignitaries were on hand as well
as Bates County Presiding Commissioner Jim
Wheatley, Southern Commissioner Larry Hacker, Jim Ogle, Executive Director of Freedom’s
Frontier National Heritage Area. The impressive list of State Parks representatives is:
Mike Sutherland, Dir. Mo. State Parks, Jefferson City // Brian Stith, Deputy Director, Mo.
State Parks, Jefferson City // Mike
Ohnersorgen, Program Dir. Cultural Resource
Management & Missouri State Museum, Jefferson City // Laura Hendrickson, Regional Dir.,
Ozark Region // Justin Adams, Deputy Regional Dir., Ozark Region // Ranger Caleb
Richerson, Missouri State Park Ranger, Truman
State Park // Kenny Neal, Manager, Southwest
Management Unit, Stockton.
The Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site
received the National Parks Service designation
of being part of the International Underground
Railroad Network to Freedom. Jim Ogle read a
proclamation from Missouri Governor Parsons’
declaring September as the month to honor the
Island Mound site which is the only Missouri
site with this National Parks designation. Bates
County Commissioner Jim Wheatley read a
proclamation prepared by the Commissioners.
Several members of the public were present at
the meeting and expressed positive comments
about the sites amenities and maintenance.

Museum Gets a Little TLC
During the down time several volunteers were
at the Museum working, cleaning, repairing,
painting, and giving our grand old building a
little TLC. There is always much to do but the
list is now shorter than it was. Most notable is
the Men’s Room on the main floor. Repairs, a
lot of prep work, and new paint made a big difference. There is even art hanging on the
walls! The cleaning and sprucing ‘up will continue throughout the winter.
Peggy’s Ponderings…

Changes, changes, so many changes! A new era is being ushered in. Often during chaotic times
a sense of priority settles. It’s peculiar how that can happen but I believe that’s exactly what some
people have experienced. Families are spending more time at home. The constant racing here and
there schedules have calmed considerably. The newest, latest, greatest whatever doesn’t seem to be
needed quite so urgently. Actual conversation is making a comeback. Isn’t it strange how the
worst of times can bring out the best in some things and cause us to remember what truly enriches
our lives. We are entering the season of reflection and hope. I know my hopes for this Museum
are high and genuine. This place keeps our stories. She is a grand lady and one we all need to respect and honor. How empty our lives would be if we had no stories. We would be nothing more
than banging gongs and clanging symbols. Hollow and noisy! The stories of our lives give depth,
meaning, sadness, joy, sorrow, gladness, and hope. These make this earthly journey worthwhile.
My hope is that 2021 will afford us the opportunity to celebrate the important occasions of the
past and allow us to pay tribute to our ancestors and all those who have gone before us. We all
know there’s yet a long way to go to achieve the hopes of our forbearers….but….never forget to
remember how far we have already come!
I am pleased to let you know that Doug Mager of Mid America Live (Bates County Wire) asked
me to provide a weekly Museum Minute story to be posted online. It’s been a good partnership and
I think there is opportunity for us to grow and perhaps expand beyond where we now are. The
closing of the newspaper in Butler was regretful but the South Cass Tribune is working to fill the
gap and has entered into a great relationship with Mid America Live. So here again, I can see the
Best of Times in the midst of the Worst of Times. Life is funny that way.
We are extremely fortunate to have a local radio station and I’m thankful for KMAM-KMOE
92.1 in Butler. We’d be lost without them! Don’t take them for granted. We have successfully
advertised our sales and special events with them and this past Halloween night the Museum was
proud to present the original Mercury Theater broadcast of Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds.” It
was great and a perfect fit for 2020! Because of the success we’ve enjoyed with them, the Museum
will again host the Christmas Eve broadcast of “A Christmas Carol.” Tune in that evening. You
will be transported back to a simpler time and I’m sure a smile will appear on your face.
Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and May God Bless Us One and All in the New Year!

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Ladies Night out a Success

The Butler Chamber of Commerce Ladies night out was a great success this year.  With many enjoying the shopping at businesses and the 18 booths of home businesses.  Treats and Christmas lights made the night complete.  The Butler Chamber of Commerce would like to Thank everyone who participated.  Shopping local help your local business and promotes income into our community.

Butler Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade

The annual Butler Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade will be on Saturday December 5th on the Butler Square.  Line up will begin at the Butler High School at 4pm with judging in 4 categories beginning at 5:30pm.  Categories for judging this year will be Businesses, Organizations, Churches, and Vehicles.

This year’s Grand Marshalls for the Parade are Jerret Wheatley, Butler Police Chief and Chad Anderson, Bates County Sheriff. The Grand Marshalls along with Santa and the rest of the Parade will head to the Butler Square at 6pm.

Plan to come early to the square for the Christmas Elf and Kids Parade. The Elf will appear at 5:30pm with Candy Cane for the kids to hand out as they parade around the Butler Square.

The Butler Chamber of Commerce reminds you to bring your letters to Santa to place in his special mailbox at the Gazebo.  Letter do not need stamps but do need return addresses so Santa can write back.  Also, the Butler Chamber of Commerce will be selling Hot Cider at the Gazebo.

Butler Christmas Parade Route

The Butler Christmas Parade set for December 5th will leave the Butler High School and travel down Fulton Street toward Fort Scott Street. The parade will then turn right on Fort Scott Street and go past Casey’s toward Delaware Street. The parade will then turn left onto Delaware Street and continue toward the Butler Square. The Christmas Parade will enter the Butler Square in Delaware street, between Butler Music and the Union Restaurant, and travel around the square the correct way. The parade will exit the Butler Square on Dakota Street (beside Butler Music) before disbanding.

Mask required at Adrian School

From the Desk of Don Lile, Adrian School Superintendent

Due to rising numbers of COVID in our community, county and state Adrian School District will be requiring masks to be worn by all visitors and spectators at all times while inside the school facilities including all indoor athletic events and activities in order to keep Adrian students, staff and community healthy. This will be starting immediately. Thank you for helping keep our school and community safe.

Clinton School Covid19 update

The Clinton School District has received confirmation of 5 positive COVID-19 cases. The buildings affected are Henry Elementary, Clinton Intermediate School, Clinton Middle School and Clinton High School. This brings the total number of active cases to 16 (13 of which are Clinton School District individuals).The Henry County Health Center is in the process of conducting contact tracing, most of which is complete.The District has been in constant communication, and cooperating fully, with the Henry County Health Center as they perform the necessary contact tracing and we will continue to follow their guidance.The Henry County Health Center is responsible for contacting students/staff who need to quarantine due to close contact with the individual who tested positive. If you are not contacted by the Henry County Health Center or the school district instructing your child to quarantine, your child can continue to attend school.The Clinton School District is following cleaning and disinfecting procedures so that schools can remain open.Clinton School District students, staff, and community members should continue to use the Daily Self-Screening Checklist found below and should stay home if displaying symptoms of COVID-19.As we navigate situations such as this, please be assured that the health and safety of our students and staff are of utmost importance.If you should have any questions, please contact your child’s school nurse or the Henry County Health Center (660-885-8193).

Butler Man Arrested on Warranties

On 11/20/20 around 6:24pm the Butler Police Department arrested 45 year old Andrew W. Winters of Butler, Missouri.
Mr. Winters was arrested for 1.) (2) Butler Police Department Warrant – Unlawful Use of a Weapon 
He was booked into the Bates County Jail in Butler and is currently being held on a $6,000 cash only bond.

Story Courtesy of Mid America Live

Thanksgiving Meal from Carpenters Cup

The Carpenters Cup is going to have a Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day. If you need a meal, please call 660-679-3333 to place your order. The meal will consist of turkey and dressing, choice of mashed potatoes or sweet potato casserole, corn or seasoned green beans, hot roll, choice of pumpkin pie or apple crisp. If you know of anyone needing a meal, let them know to contact the Carpenters Cup to place their order 660-679-3333

Holiday Hours for FM 92

The 92.1 Radio Station will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. On Friday November 27th 92.1  will work with a limited crew, with DJ’s on duty from 7 am until 4 pm. The Sales Department and the News Department will be not be available. If you have News or advertising that needs attention, please contact us by noon on Wednesday, November 25th. Happy Thanksgiving from 92.1 in Butler.

Susan E. Jenkins, 71

Susan E. Jenkins, 71 of Harrisonville and formerly of Adrian, Missouri passed away November 20, 2020 in Harrisonville. Cremation, with inurnment in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Overland Park, Kansas. No public services are planned. Messages of condolence and memories for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com. Arrangements under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler. Complete obituary information will be published as the information becomes available.

Be Prepared and Stay Safe this Winter

With all the warm weather, most people aren’t thinking about winter weather and snowy roads, but MoDOT is.
MoDOT has approximately 3,400 employees ready to fight winter weather across the state. Each winter storm is different, and tools, materials, and practices are adjusted accordingly.
During major storms, all available employees work 12-hour shifts on snow removal operations. Roads are prioritized based on traffic volume, and interstate highways are always treated first. Lower-volume roads will likely remain somewhat snow-covered until higher-volume roads are mostly clear.
If you ever find yourself on the road in a snowstorm, remember that snowplows need to have room to work. Never pass a snowplow, and stay back at least six car lengths.
Remember, every driver can help keep Missouri roads safe by committing four simple actions: buckle up, put the phone down, slow down, and never drive while impaired.
Learn more about safe winter driving tips on MoDOT’s website.

Bates County Museum’s Historical Happenings: From the Eddie Herrman Archives

November 19th in the year…

1904 – A Frisco railroad train starts a fire, from sparks from its wheels, that damages houses and buildings in Hume.

1870 – The massive stairway for the new Courthouse arrives and will soon be in place. Butler.

1912 – Tom Grimsley & C.A. Wall bring a wagon load of pecans to Butler and receive $265.  They estimated they had a ton of the nuts.

1880 –  Rockville reports 24 new houses and buildings have been built in the past four months.

1881 – Its reported, in the Bates Co. Record newspaper, that not only is Butler going to have electric lights, but soon a line of street cars will be running from the depot to the Square.

1888 – A miner names Green is killed by falling slate at mine #6 of the Rich Hill Coal Mining Co.

November 20th in the year…

1861 – There is a skirmish between the Cass Co. Home Guard and the Rebels at Butler.

1921 – The Adrian Methodist Church burns.

1880 – Samuel Levy moves his dry goods from the North side of the Square to the Edwards building, on the East side, to be ready for opening on Monday morning.

1851 – A convocation of Master Masons is held at Balltown, Bates Co., and organize Osage Lodge #303, AF & AM.

1888 – The Butler Rifles militia boys receive their guns and equipment and will begin drills immediately.

1900 – The new rural free delivery mail wagons have arrived at the Butler Post Office.  Built by the Welk Carriage Works of Sedalia, Mo., they were thru the Williams Bros firm in Butler.

Courtesy of Mid America Live

Another Holiday Scam, this Caller Claims to be from Social Security

It’s a sad state of affairs that we have to post two stories in a row about the scams that are going around in our area. FM 92 News has learned of yet another scam involving the Social Security Office.

Social Security will NEVER call you regarding your account in any way. Social Security contacts you by mail. Don’t give anyone claiming to be from Social Security ANY of your information – the real Social Security Office already knows your information and will NOT call you regarding any aspect of your account.

Holiday Scammers Hard at Work in Our Area

Along with the wonder and excitement of the holidays comes a predator trying to take advantage of your desire to give to those less fortunate.

The latest predatory scam going around starts with a phone call. The caller asks for your personal financial information in order for you to donate money to their organization. The big red flag here is that they won’t tell you the name of the organization or where the money will go, but they use high pressure tactics to get at your personal information. Do not EVER give out your personal information to anyone that you did not contact to initiate a donation.

Rich Hill Vacancy on School Board

The Rich Hill R-IV School District Board of Education has a Board Member Vacancy due to a resignation. The Board will fill the seat at the December 9th Board Meeting to serve the remainder of the term until it expires in April of 2021. District Residents interested in filling the seat must submit a letter to the board expressing reasons for interest in the position by 4pm on December 7, 2020 to Central Office, 703 N. 3rd.

Living Word Church Suspending Services

The Living word Church located at 15 N Main Street in Butler announces Due to the increased Covid-19 positivity rate in Bates County, beginning 11/21/2020 services at Living word will be suspended until further notice. 

Butler Bear Football Congratulations and Thank You

CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU for a GREAT Butler Bear Football season!!

FM 92.1 would like to congratulate the Butler Bear Football Team on a great season! You all worked hard and brought a lot of spirit and pride to your community. It was a pleasure to broadcast all of your games this year. We are proud of you!! We would also like to thank all of our Butler Bear sports sponsors. Without you, none of the broadcasts would have been possible. We appreciate each one of you! Last but not least, we would like to thank our sports announcers, Major Black, Eli Brockman, and Dave Brockman. You guys do a great job representing the station, sponsors, and team, and an awesome job bringing all of the action to our listeners. Again, congratulations and thank you to all involved with this year’s Butler Bear Football season!

Bates County Health Center on Covid19

What do they know about COVID-19 testing and contact tracing?

• It can take anywhere from less than 24 hours or up to five to seven days before the local health department receives the positive results

• If you were tested in another state it may take up to two weeks before that positive result is routed to the local health department

• Not all lab results have the correct personal or contact information on them which delays the ability of the local health department to reach you

• Many people avoid answering the phone or don’t/won’t give complete information about their signs/symptoms and about close contacts

So, if you test positive remember Bates County Health Center may not get the results for several days so the best things you can do are:

• Once you go to be tested initiate self-quarantine until you receive your test results–that is do not go to work, school, or visit with others outside of your household

• If your test results are positive begin isolation away from others

• Begin to determine who would be considered a close contact to you beginning 48 hours BEFORE your symptoms started or if you are not having symptoms, 48 hours BEFORE you were tested

• Once you receive a positive test result, reach out to those close contacts that you have identified and inform them that they have been exposed and they should begin quarantine

Once the local health department receives the positive results, you will be contacted for further instructions regarding isolation, quarantine for household members and to gather information on your close contacts.

Every small step that individuals make add up to big steps to slow the spread!

Verizon in Butler Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway

“Give thanks for a little, and you will find a lot.”

Thanksgiving Dinner giveaway!!

While it may not be a lot, to someone, it might be everything.

If you know of a deserving family, or are a family in need, stop by Verizon in Butler located at 1009 W ft Scott St Butler Mo and grab a FREE ticket.

Winning ticket will be selected Wednesday 11/26.

Happy Thanksgiving from Verizon Wireless in Butler!!

Vernon County Coat Drive

Vernon County Chamber of Commerce is having a coat drive. They are requesting New, Gently used, and clean coats of all sizes. Toddler and Extended Adults sizes in high demand. Drop off at Nevada Chamber of Commerce or KNEM Radio in Nevada now thru December 16th

Miami School Covid19 Announcement

Miami school recently released this letter to parents and students after Governor Parson made change on mask requirements and who is considered close contact

Adrian Heading to State Semi Finals

This Story is Courtesy of the Adrian News Leader and written by the Adrian News Leader

Your Adrian Blackhawks won the quarterfinals today against Marceline, 13-7!! They head to Mid-Buchanan next Saturday for the semis. The Blackhawks are a final four team in Class 1 football!

Butler Christmas Parade Grand Marshal’s

The Butler Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Sheriff Chad Anderson and Police Chief Jerret Wheatley will be this year’s Christmas Parade Grand Marshal’s. Make sure you catch the Christmas parade on December 5th starting at 6:00 pm.

11/20 Butler Bears Football

Tonight in Butler Bears Football the Bears took on the St.Pius Warrior at the st. pius school in the quarter finals . The        Warriors                  took the win tonight with a final score of

Butler Bears 6

St. pius Warriors 14

Help Wanted at Butler Country Club

The Butler Country Club is seeking applications for a Clubhouse Manager.
Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and references to:
P.O. Box 226
Butler, MO 64730
The ideal candidate would be responsible for delivering an exceptional membership experience
by maintaining a culture of outstanding service in all clubhouse areas.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
● Complete accountability for results in the following areas:
○ Clubhouse Operations (including food and beverage)
○ Membership Experience
○ Clubhouse Culture & Climate
○ Clubhouse Employees
● Oversees hiring of qualified personnel for hire in clubhouse positions and produces
performance appraisals, recommendations, etc.to the Board
○ Approves and executes schedules for all hired clubhouse personnel
● Implements and enforces all Butler Country Club policies
● Performs opening and closing manager duties as necessary
○ Clubhouse
○ Pool
● Maintains contact with the Butler Country Club Membership through a “hands on” and
visible management style
● Represents the Butler Country Club in the desired fashion to guests, clients,
Members, and to the general public.
● Receives, investigates, and acts upon complaints from Butler Country Club Members,
guests, and employees
● Produces and maintains daily sales reports for food and beverage, and additional
sales reports for events at the Butler Country Club
● Participates in on-going facility inspections throughout the Butler Country Club to
assure that cleanliness, safety, and other services are consistently attained
● Conducts daily walk-throughs of the clubhouse and surrounding outside areas
● All other duties assigned by the Butler Country Club Board
Full Time Position
Pay negotiable with experience

Adrian Lobby Hours Closed to Traffic November 23rd

The safety of our customers and employees is of utmost importance to Adrian Bank.

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our communities, effective Monday, November 23, 2020 all Adrian Bank lobbies will be closed to walk in traffic.  We will offer appointments if a customer needs enter the bank to conduct in person business (close a loan, access safe deposit box, open a new account, etc.).

Drive-thru banking will be available at all three Adrian Bank locations.  As always, you can access your accounts 24 hours a day through online banking and through our mobile banking app. In addition, we recently added remote deposit capture to our portfolio of services.  If you wish to learn more about remote deposit capture or want to sign up for it, visit our website at www.adrianbank.com.  Click on the “Mobile Banking is Here!” tab and proceed to sign up for this product.

Business operations will continue as normal.  We will still be available to answer any questions, or to assist with your lending needs.  Please contact your loan officer if you need to discuss your current loan, a new loan, or to schedule an appointment to meet.  To access your safe deposit box, or for face-to-face appointments, please call 816-297-2194.

For up-to-date information, please visit www.adrianbank.com.  You can also contact the bank at 816-297-2194 or through the “Contact Us” section of our website.

We appreciate your understanding as we work to assist our customers, employees, and our community in helping contain the spread of COVID-19.  Our community and country have faced challenges in the past and we are confident we can get through this together.   Adrian Bank Management

Governor Parson Signs Executive Order 20-19 Extending State of Emergency in Missouri

Issues Statewide Public Health Warning Due to Extreme Risks of COVID-19 

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in Missouri and across the Midwest, Governor Mike Parson today signed Executive Order 20-19 extending the state of emergency in Missouri through March 31, 2021. 

This will allow continued flexibility in deploying critical resources around the state as well as the continued utilization of the Missouri National Guard and easing of regulatory burdens to further assist Missouri’s COVID-19 response efforts. 

“Missouri and the Midwest region remain central to the extreme COVID-19 outbreak our country is currently experiencing,” Governor Parson said. “If we do not slow the spread of the virus, our health care system will quickly become overwhelmed. This creates a major risk not only for COVID-19 patients but anyone requiring health care support, from emergency situations such as car accidents to the treatment of serious health conditions such as cancer.” 

“Missouri is at a turning point, and if we are going to change the outcome, we must change our behavior,” Governor Parson continued. 

With the onset of flu season and the winter months, respiratory illnesses will begin to spread more rapidly, and COVID-19 is following the same pattern. Due to these extreme risks, Governor Parson has issued a statewide public health warning outlining expectations for all individuals living and working in the state, including guidance for personal behavior, businesses, and travel. 

The health warning also includes community level guidance and action plans based on three risk categories – extreme risk, critical risk, and serious risk. The Governor’s Office will be communicating with mayors, county commissioners, and local leaders across the state to explain and help implement the appropriate guidance in their communities. 

Wearing a mask, social distancing, and proper hand hygiene remain the three major COVID-19 mitigation strategies. Other key guidance includes the following:

  • Limit interactions with others to less than 15 minutes 
  • Limit regular group interactions to a small group (10 or less) of family members
  • Minimize travel outside of Missouri
  • Consider occupancy limits reflective of social distancing 

It should be noted that given the minimal transmission of COVID-19 taking place in schools, especially those that have implemented mask mandates, the social gathering recommendations outlined in the health warning are NOT intended to limit in-person learning. 

“This is a critical time for our state. Everyone is affected. Every community is at risk, and until a vaccine is widely available to the public, the best weapon we have against COVID-19 is prevention,” Governor Parson said. “This means that we all have to step up and do the right thing.”

“Our actions do make an impact. The actions we take today will determine where we are weeks from now,” Governor Parson continued. “The bottom line is that COVID-19 is still here, it is serious, and we need every Missourian to take responsibility and do their part. The safety of our state and our citizens depend on it.”

To view Executive Order 20-19, click here. To view the full public health warning, please see attachment.

The document will also be available on the Department of Health and Senior Services website, the Governor’s Office website, and the Show Me Strong Recovery website

Bates County Toys for Tykes Sign-Up Saturday, November 21st

The Annual Bates County Toys for Tykes Sign-up dates will be  Saturday, November 21st from noon until 4 pm. Applications will be available the day of the sign-up or can be picked up ahead of time at Mattress Plus Furniture Store 109 West Dakota Street in Butler. Sign-ups will be conducted at the Butler Masonic Lodge 1203 North Orange Street in Butler. For those that want to donate Cash or Gifts or to adopt a child or children contact the Butler Masonic Lodge by calling 660-464-2372.

Butler: Ladies Night Out November 23rd

The following public service message is paid for by Wayne Vermillion of Bates County Farm Bureau in Butler. The Annual Ladies Night Out event will hit local stores in Butler on Monday, November 23rd as store kick off the holiday shopping season. Stores will remain open until 8 pm as they celebrate Ladies Night Out in the City of Butler. Grab a friend and enjoy in store specials and vendor booths. Christmas lights and Holiday music provided by 92.1 your hometown radio station from 5:30 until 8:00 pm.

Butler: Public Notice April 6th Election Filing


The annual City Election of the City of Butler, Missouri, will be held April 6, 2021.  The offices to be filled are: One Councilman for Ward 1 (2 yrs.), one Councilman for Ward 2 (2 yrs.), one Councilman for Ward 3 (2 yrs.), one Councilman for Ward 3 (1yr) and one Councilman for Ward 4 (2yrs.).

Candidates must be citizens of the United States and voters under the Constitution of this State and Ordinances of the City.

Candidates for Councilman must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age prior to taking office, an inhabitant of the City for one year next preceding his election, and a resident of the Ward from which he is elected six months next preceding his election.

Qualified residents of the City of Butler are invited to file at the office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 22 W. Ohio, between 8:00 a.m. December 15, 2020, and 5:00 p.m. January 19, 2021.

Corey Snead

City Clerk

Press Release from the Adrian News Leader

This Story written by the Adrian New Leader

The Adrian Blackhawks survived a wild game last Friday that had the lead change hands several times before bringing home the Class 1 District 5 title over the Sweet Springs Greyhounds.  Adrian came into the game with an eight game winning streak.  Their only loss coming week 1 at the hands of Butler who is currently 10-0 and playing in the Class 2 quarterfinals. The Greyhounds came in with a 6-2 record and a game plan for upset.

Adrian won the toss but elected to defer possession to the second half.   Sweet Springs opened the game with an impressive drive that led to paydirt and an early lead but the two point conversion failed.   Adrian answered with a touchdown of their own on a 13 yard Colton Bass run.  The steady leg of senior Case Doody put the ball through the uprights on the extra point giving Adrian the lead.  Adrian scored a second time with 10 seconds in the opening quarter on a repeat of the first touchdown.   Bass ran it in from the 14  and Doody was successful on the extra point.

Adrian was looking very impressive on offense and had found a way to stop Sweet Springs on defense.   But you only have to look back to the district title game last year verses another Greyhound team, this one from Windsor, to know the momentum can swing.  And it did as a disastrous series of events led two two quick touchdowns for Sweet Springs.  Adrian allowed a very long kickoff return that set up a short drive ending in a 3 yard touchdown pass from Anthony Love to Zapher Lea.  on Adrian’s ensuing possession and less than a minute later Tyler Bernard picked up a fumble recovery and rambled 40 yards for the score.   Sweet Springs converted on one of two two-point conversions to tie the game and then take the lead.   Another possession by Adrian ended with a blocked punt in the red zone but the Blackhawks were able to hold off scoring as time ran out in the half.    Adrian trailed 20-14 heading into the locker rooms.

Adrian was playing pretty good football despite losing.  Turnovers and the Greyhounds ability to pass the ball was the thorn in the Blackhawks side.   Adrian would stop the run two straight plays then give up the first down via the pass.   The fumbles were coming at very inopportune time and if things weren’t rectified in the locker room the second half could have been a somber one.

Rough quarters are nothing new to this squad as of late.  They’ve seen a couple in games that were way closer than they needed to be.  And just like before this team finished strong.   They completely shut down the Greyhounds in the second half.  Long controlled drives ended in touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters.   One to tie the game and another to take the lead.  Hunter Bailey found paydirt for Adrian in the third quarter.   Bass added his third touchdown in the game in the fourth.  Doody was perfect on the night with extra points.  His final one giving Adrian the winning point difference.

It was a thrilling victory that showed the team has the drive and determination to overcome obstacles and correct issues to come out victorious.    The win advances them to the State Quarterfinals to be played Saturday, November 21st in Marceline.   Marceline is a talented younger team with an unblemished record, The team has a rich history of football success.   It will take four quarters of mistake free football to advance from here on out.

Adrian can score points.  They can play defense.  They can make the big play when it is needed.   If Adrian can eliminate turnovers and play big on defense this season may continue it’s magical run.   If they come out on top  they will host the winner of the Penney vs Mid-Buchanan game to fight for the right to play in the state title game.

Coaches Comments:

First, I want to congratulate our players for winning a district championship. That has been one of our goals this season. The kids stepped up when they had to. However, we didn’t play a very good first half tonight. We just looked a little dead out there. Giving up a fumble return for a TD, a kickoff return back to our 10 ysard line, and a blocked punt in one half usually isn’t going to end well for you. However, we kind of regrouped and refocused at half. We came out ready to play. We only gave up 28 rushing yards in the second half and had about 175 ourselves. Defensively I thought we played pretty well. We gave up 65 yds. rushing and 70 passing for the game. Playing defense like that will keep you in a lot of games. Offensively we were good at times, but just didn’t pass the ball very well. Either it was a bad pass, or we dropped the ball. However, we did have close to 300 yards rushing. We did what we needed to do to move on, though. We have to put four good quarters together from now on. There are no easy games from here on out. We have to go to Marceline next Saturday. We have to be firing on all cylinders for four quarters come game time.

Final Score 28-20

Covi-19 and 92.1 Radio Station

Due to the increase in Covid-19 cases in the Bates County area, the Sales Crew of FM 92.1 in Butler will not be making sales calls to advertising clients in person.

All sales calls will be handled by phone, if you need to reach a staff member of 92.1 Radio Station, call 660-679-4191.

The 92.1 sales crew hours are 9 am until 5 pm Monday through Friday. 660-679-4191 92.1 Kmoe Radio Station.

Clinton School District Thanksgiving break Update

Clinton School District staff and students have been working very hard during a very challenging and demanding school year.

In order to offer some respite to them, the Clinton School District Board of Education has decided to close all school buildings on Monday, 11/23 and Tuesday 11/24 of Thanksgiving Week (the district is already scheduled to be closed Wednesday through Friday of that week).

Every building across the district will be closed for the entire week of November 23rd, so that all staff members and students have a chance to rest and refuel.

Butler: Happy Hill Church of God Suspends Services.

The Happy Hill Church of God of Butler has suspended church services for an undetermined amount of time due to Covid-19. Church services are cancelled for Sunday November 22nd.

Church members will be notified when services will resume.

For now, the Happy Hill Church of God 901 Main Street in Butler has suspended all Church services.

Sherwood Cass School Press Release


From the Desk of Dr. Steve Ritter, Superintendent of Sherwood Cass R-VIII

Sherwood Cass School was notified of two (2) employees who tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, a large number of students and a number of staff members were placed on quarantine. All those who need to quarantine have been contacted by school administration.

Also, due to the reduction in available staff and the increased number of students on quarantine and/or virtual learning due to COVID-19 related issues, the Board of Education voted to amend the 2020-21 school year calendar and close the district on Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November 24th.

There will be no online learning nor face-to-face learning on these two days. They are off days for our students and instructional staff. The Board of Education will determine at a later date if/when these days of school will be made-up.

This means Thanksgiving Break will begin for all students on Friday, November 20th.

Clinton Schools are closed on Monday and Tuesday, so there are no Technical School Classes for High School Students.

Sports teams will continue to practice/compete as scheduled.

School will resume on Monday, November 30th. Please note we do have school on Mondays between Thanksgiving and the Winter Break.

Restricted Access to the Bates County Courthouse

Office of the Bates County Commissioners

Memorandum to:   The General Public     

Date:   18 November 2020   

          The Bates County Courthouse will be secured until further notice.  The only access for the public will continue to be through the security checkpoint on the northwest corner of the Courthouse.

          That door will be secured and the deputy, at the checkpoint, will have to allow access to the building.

 Alvin O. Griffin        Northern Commissioner                    

 Jim Wheatley    Presiding Commissioner                  

Larry J. Hacker Southern Commissioner


Multiple Job Openings at On My Own in Nevada

Are you a caring individual who would like to help care for others in their home?  On My Own is hiring for Nurse Aide & Certified Nurse Aide positions, with a $150 sign-on bonus.  Positions offer competitive pay, training provided, benefit packages available, mileage reimbursement, flexible schedules, and work close to home.  If you are interested in a career with Own My Own, call 1-800-362-8852 or visit omoinc.org/careers.  

The Little Apple

Vol 28 no 46

                                             November 18, 2020

City Hall will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26 – 27 for Thanksgiving.

Trash pick up the week of Thanksgiving will be on Friday morning November 27. Please have your trash carts to the curb no later than 7:00 a.m.

Due to the ever-evolving changes in the current COVID situation, the Montrose Athletic Booster Club’s Kickin’ Chicken Fundraiser Dinner will be postponed until a later date to be announced in the future.

December 5, Appleton City Landmarks Restoration will celebrate Christmas in the County with a Craft Show in the M.K.T, Depot.  Your favorite crafters will be present 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 to open the Christmas season. Tammy Rapp & Julie Cooper will have an assortment of candies, Jina Hill with repurposed items, Christmas wreaths & arrangements plus other items, Tom Holt with his wood creations, Margie Siegismund’s handmade rugs and Mary Miller’s Sunrise Bakery pies, breads, noodles & candies. A. C. Landmarks will have the 2020 150th History book, the A.C. Journal Bits and Pieces books, plus other AC souvenir items.

Due to the recent increase in COVID cases within Appleton City, as well as St. Clair County and surrounding counties, it has been decided to postpone the annual Hudson Hustler’s 4-H Baked Potato Bar, which was due to be held on Saturday, December 5. It has also been decided to cancel the annual PTO Holiday Shopping Extravaganza due to be held on Saturday, December 5.  The PTO will also NOT be collecting any more Christmas decorations this year. There WILL be a Christmas parade. The theme is ‘A Very COVID Christmas!’ It will begin at 4:00 p.m. at Forest Park.  Participants are encouraged to decorate their vehicles and wear Christmas themed masks.  There will be a small prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.  The parade will end back at Forest Park and feature the annual lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree – to take place at approximately 4:50 p.m.

Appleton City High School will sponsor a drive through Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner December 9, 2020. With COVID precautions in place, ACHS wants to keep tradition alive for their annual Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner. Come through the circle drive to get a to-go traditional Christmas meal from the ACHS students. Meals will start being served at noon. Please RSVP to 660-476-2161 by November 27.

Ellett Memorial Hospital in AC offers outpatient specialist services for November. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Nov 18 -Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Nov 25– Ortho-Dr. Gray.       

FarmHouse Kitchen and Sumo’s Pub will be closed November 26 through November 30.  They will open for normal hours December 1.

Sesquicentennial Military storyboard examples are up in old grocery store window. You can make a board about Military members who have lived within 15 miles of AC.  It is a great way to honor family, neighbors and friends. There will be an open exhibit during the SQC event during the summer of 2021 to display boards, items, or even in person. Storyboards can tell about your family member.  You can share pictures of them on leave, show letters sent home or received, or any number of things.  Bill Gilmore is event chairman or you can contact Linda Lampkin for more details.  The hope is the room where the exhibition will take place will be filled with stories of what our area people did while they were in service.

University of Missouri Extension offers a one-evening Zoom class on horse nutrition on December 3. Proper nutrition is vital to the 85,000 head of horses and ponies owned by Missouri residents.  As well as bringing enjoyment to its owners, Missouri’s horse industry contributes significantly to the economic health of the state, through activities such as trail rides, rodeos, races, show competitions, and hunting. MU Extension agronomist Pat Miller will cover establishment, grazing and management of forages. Extension livestock field specialist Elizabeth Pickering will focus on forage quality, hay needs and testing, and feeding strategies. Marci Crosby, MU Equine program coordinator will give an overview of equine nutrition and strategies for grain selection. The class begins at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, December 3. Register at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/horse-nutrition-101 by December 1. Handouts will be e-mailed before the class. You may also contact Miller at 417-448-2560.

Donations are needed to help continue the publication of “The Little Apple”.  This free newsletter began in the fall of 1993 and celebrated its 27th anniversary October 27.  Many people, businesses and organizations put forth a lot of effort to see that it is distributed each week.  Cash and/or copy paper donations are now needed to obtain the paper it is printed on.  If you able, please drop off copy paper or send a contribution to The Little Apple Account, c/o Community First Bank, 214 W. 4th, Appleton City, MO 64724.  Thank you.

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


Nov 26     THANKSGIVING DAY     

Nov 27     Trash pickup in Appleton City

Dec 5        Christmas in the Country activities

Dec 9        Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner at ACHS

Here Comes Santa Claus, Here Comes Santa Claus……

This Saturday, Santa Claus himself will be at The Rusty Bucket general store located at Autumn Acres family farm on South Main in Butler.  Kids can visit with Santa from Noon-3 and again from 5-7, this is a free event.  Refreshments will be available and it will be a great holiday shopping and photo opportunity, so parents bring your cameras.  The Rusty Bucket is located at 1300 South Main in Butler at Autumn Acres family farm.  Santa Claus is coming to town, this Saturday, November 21st.

Ladies Night Out November 23rd Butler/ FM 92 kicks off Christmas Music from 5:30 until 8:00 pm for Shoppers!

The Annual Ladies Night Out is set for Monday evening November 23rd. Local Businesses will kick off the holiday season with in-store specials for holiday shopping. A variety of businesses will be open until approximately 8:00 pm. The Christmas lights will be turned on around the Butler Square and FM 92.1 will kick the holiday season off with Christmas Music filling the air from 5 until 8 pm. Grab and friend and kick off the holiday shopping season during Ladies Night Out on November 23rd. Stores in Butler will be open until 8:00 pm.

Nevada Regional Medical Center Seeks Mask Mandate

As numbers of COVID-19 cases have swiftly escalated in Vernon County, Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) is experiencing strains created by the pandemic.

“In recent weeks we have seen COVID-19 numbers spiked dramatically,” says NRMC Chief Executive Officer, Steve Branstetter. “Our Hospital is terribly busy with COVID-19 in our emergency department and our intensive care unit. Testing also is terribly busy and we’ve had to extend our hours this week to help with the demand.”

Larger hospitals often have no beds available, and the transfer of seriously ill patients is becoming incredibly challenging. As all hospitals do, NRMC has planned for this type of public health emergency and taken every measure to combat its effects. However, limited resources are being pushed to capacity.

NRMC, along with several other Missouri hospitals, are seeking mandatory mask ordinances in the areas they serve. Tuesday, Branstetter sent a request to local officials to institute such an ordinance.

“We are in a public health crisis. We need the people and our leaders to come together and take the CDC guidelines seriously,” says Branstetter.

NRMC encourages the practice of frequent hand hygiene, social distancing of at least 6 feet, and mask wearing in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

445 jobs Available in Kansas City at Hy-Vee

If you are looking for employment outside our local area there are jobs in Kansas City. 

Hy-Vee, Inc. is seeking employees to help fill multiple positions in stores across Kansas City.

Hy-Vee is hiring individuals for temporary and permanent help, including openings for part-time and full-time positions. From online personal shoppers and cashiers to food service clerks, stockers and more, Hy-Vee has nearly 10,000 jobs available with 445 those in the Kansas City Metro area.

 Interested applicants can visit www.hy-vee.com/careers to view available positions in their area.

Hy-Vee offers many great benefits to its employees, including competitive wages, flexible scheduling, a generous bonus system and a friendly work environment. In its goal to be the “Best Place to Work in America,” Hy-Vee’s additional benefits include life insurance, medical and dental care, prescription drug coverage and short-term disability, as well as a 401(k) match. All employees – both part-time and full-time – receive a minimum 10 percent discount on groceries every day, and retail employees receive additional holiday pay and bonuses. Hy-Vee also offers a tuition assistance program that is available for employees and their immediate family members.

Hy-Vee’s top priority has always been and will continue to be the health and safety of its employees and customers. Hy-Vee’s COVID-19 response includes increasing and enhancing its sanitization protocols, utilizing protective measures and requiring masks for employees to ensure a positive work environment.

Those who may have temporarily lost their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are out of school, want to make additional money, or simply want to help during this time are welcome to apply at Hy-Vee.

Family Care Clinics Holiday Schedule

The Family Care Clinics of Bates County Memorial Hospital located in Adrian, Butler and Rich Hill will be closed November 26th thru November 28th for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Family Care Clinics will return to their regular hours on Monday November 30th

Butler Bears Basketball rescheduled

The Butler JH Basketball games with Clinton Cardinals that was scheduled for November 23 have been moved to November 30. This will be A Teams only, and it will be in Clinton at 5 pm.

Butler Bears vs St. Pius X Warriors in State Quarterfinal Game, Friday, November 20th

The Butler Bear District Champion football team will travel to St. Pius X High School in Kansas City Friday night, November 20th for the state quarterfinal game against St. Pius. FM 92 will also travel to St. Pius to live broadcast the game and sports announcers Major Black and Eli Brockman will bring you the play-by-play action. If you are unable to make it to the game, you can listen on FM 92.1 or on the web at www.921news.com, just click “Listen Live”. Butler Bears vs St. Pius X Warriors, Friday, November 20th at 7 pm on FM 92.1 “The Bullet”.

Covid19 and Area Schools

With the Covid19 virus spreading rapidly in Bates, Vernon, and Henry Counties many schools are choosing to go to virtual learning for their students. Some schools in these areas are continue in person learning at school and some have only some students that are virtual learning currently. With this changing daily FM 92 is working to get the most updated information to our listeners. We have complied a list of what area schools are choosing as of November 18th. We will update this information for our listeners as changes occur.

Archie, Ballard, Butler, Drexel, Harrisonville, and Rich Hill in person learning at school.

Adrian School virtual learning until December 7th, 6th thru 12th grade only

Appleton City School virtual learning until December 1st, 6th thru 12th grade only

Clinton High School Only Virtual learning until Nov 30th

Other area Schools doing in virtual learning due to covid19 include

Hume School Virtual learning until Nov 30th

Miami School Virtual learning until further notice

Montrose School Virtual learning for Junior High and High School only until Dec 1st

As FM92 receives updates on area school protocol for dealing with virtual learning we will post on our Facebook or see us on the web at 921news.com

Immanuel Baptist Church Cancelling Thanksgiving Dinner

Immanuel Baptist Church of Butler hates to do this, but after some discussion it was decided to go ahead and cancel the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner.

Happy Hill Church has shut down due to Covid19 and we want to honor that. Immanuel Baptist Church also had enough concern to make it hard to gauge interest in the event.

They apologize and are sorry for any inconvenience. If you have nowhere to go this Thanksgiving, please let them know and they will figure out alternate plans

Clinton School Covid19 Update

        The Clinton School District has received confirmation of 6 positive COVID-19 cases. The buildings affected are Clinton Intermediate School, Clinton Middle School and Clinton High School. This brings the total number of active cases to 53 (44 of which are Clinton School District individuals).

The Henry County Health Center is in the process of conducting contact tracing, most of which is complete.

The Clinton School District has been in constant communication, and cooperating fully, with the Henry County Health Center as they perform the necessary contact tracing and we will continue to follow their guidance.

The Henry County Health Center is responsible for contacting students/staff who need to quarantine due to close contact with the individual who tested positive. If you are not contacted by the Henry County Health Center or the school district instructing your child to quarantine, your child can continue to attend school.

The Clinton School District is following cleaning and disinfecting procedures so that schools can remain open.

Clinton School District students, staff, and community members should continue to use the Daily Self-Screening Checklist found below and should stay home if displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

As we navigate situations such as this, please be assured that the health and safety of our students and staff are of utmost importance.

If you should have any questions, please contact your child’s school nurse or the Henry County Health Center (660-885-8193).

Archie: Woodward Meats pays it forward for the holiday.

As Woodward Meats of Archie look forward to this holiday season they are humbled to have the opportunity to give back to their community.

 Woodward Meats of Archie would like to donate a 1/4 beef to a family in need in Adrian and a 1/4 beef to a family in need in Archie.

If you know of a family in need, please submit their name and situation to us via phone call, Facebook messenger, or mail.

Submissions will be accepted through December 14, 2020. At that time Woodward Meats of Archie will draw a name from Adrian and a name from Archie and contact those families.

Pick up of the beef will be available the first week in January. Please share so we can help some families! Adam & Kendra Woodward of Woodward Meats of Archie.

Rich Hill School in Phase Orange due to Covid19

Rich Hill School in Phase Orange Covid19

Due to a continued increase in COVID19 cases at Rich Hill School, another HS student today as well as several individuals waiting on test results, the district is going to a modified Phase ORANGE effective immediately. The modifications are based on lessons learned during the first 2 months of school. Rich Hill MS/HS will be stretched to 4 lunch shifts so physical distancing can occur while kids eat. Elementary will still eat in their classrooms during ORANGE. The temperature checks at the door are being eliminated since they don’t give an accurate reading when a student comes in from the cold. Rich Hill Teachers will look for physical symptoms and send to the nurse if a temperature check is necessary.

Phase Zero for Henry, Bates and City of Butler Courts

Due to worsening conditions and a resurgence of COVID-19 cases within the community, the Court, after consultation with judicial partners, orders that all court facilities of the Bates County Courthouse and the Henry County Courthouse return to Operational Phase Zero on November 16th.

What this means:
— All in-person court proceedings have been suspended except in the case of emergencies.
— The court will be rescheduling hearings/cases; however, some hearings may continue via Zoom or video conference
— Folks who have hearings scheduled should check the dates/status of their particular case via Case Net. 

Hume News

November 16, 2020-

  In News from Hume, They have several in Hume area that have come down with Covid19.  Our school made the tough decision to go online due to Covid19 last Wednesday.  School administrators and staff had a tough job anyway, this year is even worse on them.  They love our kiddos as much as we do.  They all are doing the best possible for our children, grandchildren\s education and safety.  The next time you see some them give them a great big thanks.  We will all get through this together.

        Saturday, November 21 is our food pantry distribution in Hume.  Distribution will look a little different.  Rather than our normal mass distribution this Saturday (third Saturday of the month), we will be setting up appointment times for you to pick up your box.  All appointments will get the same items – no client choice items this month.  Whether you are the first appointment or the last appointment, your box will be the same.  Please check our Face book page – in a day we will post a way to sign up for an appointment.

Press Release Henry County Sheriff

News Release

Henry County Sheriff’s Office

November 17, 2020

According to Sheriff Kent Oberkrom three inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Henry County Detention Center.  “We have put into place several protocols since last March to prevent this and have been successful up until this past weekend when inmates were tested”, Sheriff Oberkrom said.  This may be a sign that this round, as has been predicted, may be more wide spread than what we have seen thus far.  The positive test were in one cell block and that block has been internally isolated with additional protocols.  “We have had a plan in place since March should Covid be discovered in our inmate population and that plan has now been implemented by the Detention Center administration and staff”, Sheriff Oberkrom added.

The Sheriff’s Office will continue to monitor inmates and staff and conduct additional testing within the facility.  Please check our Facebook page for additional updates or changes in the public access to our facilities.

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Katie Beshore Retiring from Bates County Memorial Hospital after 22 Years

Bates County Memorial Hospital announces the retirement of Katie Beshore, Licensed Practical Nurse. Katie began her employment in February, 1998 as a LPN on the Nursing Unit. Katie transferred to the Family Care Clinics in 2009.
Katie has been an exemplary employee, providing compassionate care to our patients. She will be missed by our patients and her co-workers. 
In recognition of Katie’s 22 years of dedicated service, the hospital presented her with a beautiful pendulum wall clock from the hospital. Katie and husband, Randy, live in Butler.

Pandemic Fatigue- What is it?

PANDEMIC FATIGUE—what is it?????

The following press release is from the Bates County Health center in Butler

“Pandemic fatigue” can occur when people get tired of the pandemic measures and become less likely to follow public health practices or simply begin to drown out those messages. A natural sense of burnout can happen since we’ve had to stick to these public health measures for such a prolonged period of time. Pandemic fatigue can be experienced differently for everyone but often presents itself as feeling restless, irritable, lacking motivation, difficulty concentrating on tasks as well as overall exhaustion in front line workers.

So how do we overcome pandemic fatigue?

  • Remember that our actions impact a greater number of people than just ourselves and our immediate social circles.
  • Realize that each interaction can have a ripple effect to spread the virus.
  • Choose activities/locations that will make it easy for you to continue to follow public health guidelines.
  • Practice self-compassion, it’s okay not to be okay.
  • Reach out for support if you become overwhelmed.
  • And most of all, remember to be KIND—none of us asked to be in this pandemic situation and it has put a strain on each and every one of us in our community in some way.

We understand that wearing a face covering can be uncomfortable and often inconvenient. We recognize that not everyone is able to wear a face covering for specific reasons. We realize you’ve probably washed your hands more times in the last several months than possibly in your entire life! We know you are tired of hearing the words “social distancing”.  With that said, we also know these public health guidelines have and will continue to make a difference in the fight to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Auction Time/ 92.1 Hometown Radio 6:40 am and 12:10 pm

92.1 now offers the convenience of linking to all local auctions in our area with a simple click- see your local auction sale bills at www.921news.com . If you are an auctioneer and would like to be added to the site- call 660-679-4191. This option is an added value when you use radio to advertise your auction. The public may see all auctions from one place… www.921news.com click on the auction tab.

Santa Claus is coming to Autumn Acres Farm in Butler

SANTA IS COMING TO AUTUMN ACRES!! He is visiting our farm in an outdoor setting on the following dates! 

Bring the kids and your camera for a great photo opportunity! We will have hot chocolate and Christmas goodies available too!

Sat., Nov. 21 12 Noon – 3pm, & 5 – 7pm
Tues., Dec. 8 6-8pm
Wed, Dec. 9 6-8pm
Sat, Dec 12 10am-1230pm
Sun, Dec 20 Noon – 3pm, and 5 – 8pm

Courtesy of Mid America Live

Rich Hill Mayor will not Seek another term

From the desk of Mayor Jason Rich:

After much consideration, Mayor Rich has decided he will not be running for mayor in April of 2021. He would like to thank everyone for the opportunity to serve the Rich Hill community. While he believes they have made a lot of progress over the four and one-half years he has been a board member and then mayor, there is a lot of work to go. Mayor Rich and the current Rich Hill board will work their hardest to resolve as many as they can before April, but there will be many complex issues remaining for the next mayor and 2021 Board of Alderman.Mayor Jason Rich is letting everyone know now, so individuals can begin considering running for this position.

Old Butler HS Thrift Store Sale

The old Butler High School Thrift Store has all the Christmas items on Sale.  All Christmas items are half price from November 17th through Christmas! The Thrift store is located on the corner of Pine and Havannah Street in Butler. The old Butler High school is open 1 to 4 pm Tuesday and Friday for you shopping!

Drexel Bobcats District Champs

The Drexel Bobcats are District Champion and will move on to the State quarterfinal game.  The Bobcats will face the Livingston County Cardinals

Football District Champions

Congratulations go out to the Butler Bears for their Class 2 District 7 Championship!!!!  The Bears will now advance to a state quarterfinal game to be played on Friday, November 20th. The game will be played in Kansas City at St. Pius X School with kickoff at 7 pm.  It will be a straight head-to-head matchup as the undefeated Bears take on the also undefeated Warriors.  FM 92.1 will be broadcasting this game live for those who can’t make it to the game.  You may also hear it on the web as we live stream at www.921news.com.  GO BEARS!!!!!

FM 92 would also like to congratulate the Adrian Blackhawks for their district win Friday night.  The Blackhawks will now face Marceline on November 20th.

The Drexel Bobcats will face Southwest Livingston County in their quarterfinal game.

We wish the best of luck to all 3 of our Area teams!!!

Butler Bears District Champs

Congratulations go out to the Butler Bears for their Class 2 District 7 Championship!!!! The Bears will now advance to a state quarterfinal game to be played on Friday, November 20th. The game will be played in Kansas City at St. Pius X School with kickoff at 7 pm. It will be a straight head-to-head matchup as the undefeated Bears take on the also undefeated Warriors. FM 92.1 will be broadcasting this game live for those who can’t make it to the game. You may also hear it on the web as we live stream at www.921news.com. GO BEARS!!!!!