Bates County Memorial Hospital Emergency Treatment for Ballard Farmer

Run-in with “Boss Hog” Leads to Emergency Treatment for Ballard Farmer

In the first few minutes after an accidental encounter with one of his hogs that caused a deep gash on his leg, Alva Thornhill did not realize he needed emergency medical attention.

Alva and his fiancé, Becki Smith, raise hogs and cattle on his family farm in Ballard, Missouri. While moving sows for breeding, he stepped between two boars to break up a fight, and as he did so, his leg became the unintended recipient of the boar’s tusk, mid swing. In that quick second, “Boss Hog”—normally a gentle animal with his caretakers—caused a significant laceration from under Alva’s kneecap to just above it.

“I really didn’t think that it hurt anything.  I told Becki I needed to sit down for a minute because it felt like it made my leg numb,” Alva recalls.

Alva asked for a bandage, but a quick glance at his injury informed Becki this was not a Band-Aid situation. With the aid of their neighbor, Becki helped Alva into their truck, and she headed for the emergency room at Bates County Memorial Hospital. By the time they arrived, Alva’s sock was soaked with blood inside his chore boot.

The accident occurred around 7:30 a.m. on November 7, a Saturday. After receiving stabilizing treatment in the BCMH emergency room, it was obvious to the ER physician on call, Dr. Robert Johnston, that Alva would need immediate surgery to repair extensive damage to his leg, which included a fractured femur with damage to his ACL and other cartilage structures around his knee. Alva had surgery around 12:30 pm that day, performed by Dr. Danny Carroll, orthopedic surgeon. Alva’s stay at BCMH was extended a few days as a precaution against potential infection.

“Sometimes appearances can be deceiving, and things can be far worse than they appear,” said Dr. Ben Crary, a hospitalist physician for BCMH who cared for Alva during his stay at the hospital. “In any kind of a trauma or serious accident, you are far better off to come in and get checked out. I’ve had patients in the past in somewhat minor car accidents that had internal injuries and had poor outcomes because they delayed coming in for an assessment by a medical professional,” Dr. Crary said.

This is especially important for patients on blood-thinning medications, such as Coumadin, Warfarin or Xarelto, which reduce the blood’s ability to clot, Dr. Crary noted. “A cut or internal injury could cause a patient to continue to bleed, and not know it. This could become very serious or life-threatening.”

The decision to get immediate emergency care allowed the BCMH team to put Alva a path to a quick recovery. Looking back, Alva and Becki were grateful for the way things worked out.

“Everyone was just incredibly fast, prompt, courteous – I mean, it was really amazing to see and experience,” Becki recalled of that Saturday morning in the emergency room – likening it to a war zone. “Because, you know, this is a small-town hospital. It changed both of our perspectives, the level of service that he got when he was here.”

“The doctors, nurses, all the personnel were so good,” Alva said. “And they acted like they cared about you, it wasn’t just like you were a number, or a body lying around, they stopped and talked to you. It was nice for them to talk and act like they cared – and I’m sure they did.”

Alva’s care included follow-up services in the hospital’s outpatient orthopedic clinic, and he was able to return to light duties on the farm.

“They got me patched up so I could get going again,” he said.

“His greatest day was the day he got to climb up in the tractor,” Becki added.

Boss Hog
Boss Hog’s Status

During Alva’s stay at BCMH, Dr. Crary chatted with him daily about his farm and his animals. He was curious if the boar that caused the accident would be sent to the butcher.

“The boar did not intend to hurt me. I just happened to be in the way,” Alva said. “Boss Hog is alive and well.”

When Should You Get Emergency Medical Help?

Sometimes, patients are unsure whether an injury warrants a visit to the emergency room.  Dr. Crary says a “wait and see” strategy is extremely risky, and advises seeking immediate emergency care for accidents such as:

  • A fall from a height greater than your own height
  • A deep cut and/or persistent bleeding
  • Any kind of injury to your chest, abdomen, head or neck

KMAM 1530 Goes Over the Air for the First Time Spring of 1962

Second Week of May in the Year…

1879 – Citizens of Elkhart Township meet and sign a resolution banning non-residents from grazing their herds of cattle in Elkhart Township.
1896 – John Skinner, formerly of Bates Co, is removed as Indian Commissioner of the Osage Reservation, because he was swindling the Indians.
1867 – Two steamers loaded with freight unload at Belvoir Landing on the Marais Des Cygne River south of where Prairie City now stands.
1905 – Doctor Everingham has completed the longest concrete sidewalk in Butler, put in by one person.  The west side of Delaware St. sidewalk is now complete from Mill St to the Square.
1907 – The new railroad depot at Passaic is done. Now work needs to start on a new one for Butler.
1912 – A windstorm in the Hume area destroys the Missouri & Kansas Grain company hay barn and the New Home school house.
1862 – The 1st Iowa Calvary is ambushed at the Deepwater Crossing in Eastern Bates County.
1893 – Sanford Hardy begins publishing the Rockville Reflex newspaper.
1927 – 36 electric light globes arrive at Butler City Hall to be used in the extension of the “White Way” on Ohio St. from Havanna St. to the railroad depot.
1898 – The Merwin Business College building is under construction.  It will cost $10,000 and will be one of the finest in Western Missouri.
1869 – David Edwards, who was born in Bates Co and evacuated during the War Between the States, recently moved into Grand River Township, purchasing 700 acres of land.  Now he is opening a general store in the village of Altona.
1863 – A report of Col Edward Lynde, Kansas Cavalry scout in Bates County, “The stream of Double Branches is a rendezvous for the rebels.  Only 4 loyal families live there, but we’ve notified 50 or 60 families of doubtful leanings to leave and go south.” (Order No. 11 was issued in August 1863.  This order to vacate was in May.)
1871 – “Lost”…A small “Southerner Derringer Pistol,” in Butler.  Anyone finding same will be suitably rewarded by leaving it at the Bates County Democrat newspaper office.
1879 – There are a few injuries when the Appleton City to Butler Stagecoach has a run-away, with a full passenger load, near Hudson City.
1913 – T. A. Scully, of Washington D. C., arrives in Butler to look over his 40,000 acres of Scully land in Bates County.
And Finally1962 – Butler radio station KMAM begins broadcasting, Bill Thornton of Arkansas is the owner-manager.  His brother, Jerry, is an announcer and in charge of sales.

Original AM Transmitter

Museum Minute is Courtesy of Mid America Live

Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare Hiring

Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare is now hiring for the Skilled Maintenance II position in the Engineering Department.

Successful Candidates for is position must have a high school diploma or equivalent, 3 years of related work experience preferred and HVAC and/or plumbing experience is desired. 

Responsibilities for the Skilled Maintenance position at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare include install various types of equipment, repair machinery and mechanical equipment and observe mechanical devises in operation and determine cause of problem.  

Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare is located at 1600 North Second Street in Clinton Missouri.

Visit Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare’s website to apply: gvmh.org/about/careers.

Car Pulled from City Lake in Pleasant Hill

Car pulled from Pleasant Hill City Lake on Wednesday, May 12th.  A vehicle was spotted by a fisherman using sonar in the lake.  After viewing the car in the city lake, he reported it to the Pleasant Hill Police Department.  The Pleasant Hill Police Department along with Pleasant Hill Fire Protection District, Stever’s Tow, Missouri Highway Patrol dive team, Mike Hyatt with Harrisonville Fire Department and Cass County Sheriff CAU recovered a 2002 Chevy car from the Pleasant Hill city lake. The vehicle is believed to have been in the lake for 15+ years. This incident is still under investigation.

New Deputy Coroner in Bates County

The following is a Press Release from Bates County Coroner Greg Mullinax

I’d like to share some observations and plans with you. As you know, the Coroner’s office is one of the smaller and less-visible county offices, but I feel it’s important that you know and understand the functions of this public office.

As hard as it is for me to believe, I am in my fifth year serving you as Coroner. When I was elected to this office in 2017, I made very few changes in the first years. I functioned in the existing system, budget, and resources as I began my service to you. I wanted plenty of time to pass before I felt I had a long view of the needs of this office going forward. Hasty change is never fruitful. Looking back now, I’m ready to make some fact-based observations and solid plans.

Simply put, the biggest change I have observed over the last four years is a steady rise in cases. In the first 1-2 years, I felt this could be temporary. However over the four years, cases have increased steadily each year. If I use last year, for example, total case load is up nearly 31% over four years ago. This year is on track to be the same; total cases are up 10% over this time last year.

Also, the needs of my office from law enforcement have increased. It is essential I supply them with requested reports and test results needed for their investigations and I must continue to do this in a timely fashion. Related to that, more and more of my time is spent in court-related proceedings where it’s necessary. Those matters must be dealt with as they arise and I amend my schedule to appear when I’m required.

One of the more emotional consequences of this, for me personally, is that I thrive on continuing education and each year I exceed the minimum required by law. As opportunities for additional good training have come up, I’ve not always been able to attend all I would like because of my case load and schedule – and, not being able to leave the County to attend. Also, during an investigation I am on occasion working through all hours of a night, and the schedule for the next day doesn’t change when that occurs. While I don’t mind this and years of experience has seasoned me to it, I’m mindful that rest and sleep are essential to my long-term functional ability.

Over the past four years I’ve kept track of these things and spent much time pondering how best to serve Bates County moving forward. I have had the conclusion for the last two years that I would make excellent use of a part-time Deputy Coroner.

Earlier this year I met with the County Commission as well as County Clerk and shared my observations and opinions. We discussed at length the function of this office and reviewed the data I mentioned above. Those officials agreed with my assessment and were pleased with the assistance a Deputy would provide.

I am therefore happy to announce that Dustin M. Miller has been hired as Deputy Coroner. For the past couple of months Dustin has been training alongside me; shadowing me on casework and investigations.

Dustin is a 1999 graduate from Rich Hill High School and has since settled down with a family and has proudly called Bates County home for the last 30 years. He started a career in the fire service as a volunteer firefighter with the Rich Hill Fire Department in 2000 and still serves there currently. Professionally, he has spent the last 14 years as a career Firefighter/Paramedic with the Belton Fire Department, having attended Penn Valley Metropolitan Community College where he studied Paramedicine where he obtained certification as a Paramedic in 2007. Since that time he has utilized his training to further serve the citizens of Bates County as a part-time Paramedic with Bates County Memorial Hospital.

Dustin says: “God has blessed me with so many opportunities, I am blessed that he has chosen me for this journey. It is an honor to have this opportunity to further serve and be an advocate for all of Bates County’s amazing communities. I will carry the badge of honor to its highest regard.”

Please extend a warm welcome to Dustin! He has been a tremendous and efficient help to my office already.

I have several other plans to continue to grow the office of Coroner in our County further into the type of agency our citizens and law enforcement deserve and expect. They’ve been gracious enough to talk with me over the past few years to indicate how I can serve them – and you – better, and I will do my best to make sure those goals are achieved. I’m looking forward to sharing some more plans with you in the coming months. I’m addressing small and large-scale disaster planning, something that’s long needed an update. I’m also working to keep more investigative procedures in-house, here in our County. There are many strong advantages to this, and I’ll keep you posted as these goals are realized.

Thank you for taking the time to read this update. It is a privilege and honor to serve you to the best of my ability.

State of Missouri Withdraws State Plan Amendments for MO HealthNet Expansion

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Today, the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) submitted a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) formally withdrawing its State Plan Amendments (SPAs) for MO HealthNet expansion. 

On August 4, 2020, Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment expanding MO HealthNet eligibility to individuals between 100 and 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). However, the Missouri Constitution prohibits ballot initiatives from appropriating funds without creating a revenue source. 

“Although I was never in support of MO HealthNet expansion, I always said that I would uphold the ballot amendment if it passed. The majority of Missouri voters supported it, and we included funds for the expansion in our budget proposal,” Governor Mike Parson said. “However, without a revenue source or funding authority from the General Assembly, we are unable to proceed with the expansion at this time and must withdraw our State Plan Amendments to ensure Missouri’s existing MO HealthNet program remains solvent.” 

Prior to the August 4 vote, the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District issued an opinion in June 2020 explicitly stating that the MO HealthNet expansion ballot initiative did not create a revenue source or direct the General Assembly to appropriate funds. The court noted that the General Assembly retained discretionary authority to fund or not fund MO HealthNet expansion if the ballot initiative passed.  

Soon after the ballot initiative was approved by voters, DSS began laying the groundwork for expansion in anticipation of the General Assembly appropriating funding. DSS estimated that it would cost Missouri approximately $1.9 billion to fund the expansion in FY2022, and Governor Parson included the suggested funds in his annual budget proposal to the General Assembly. 

On May 7, 2021, the General Assembly finalized the state’s FY2022 budget without funding for MO HealthNet expansion or appropriation authority to DSS or the Office of the Governor. Since the ballot initiative was not self-funding and the General Assembly declined to appropriate funds, the executive branch lacks authority to proceed with MO HealthNet expansion at this time. 

Without the necessary funds, DSS must withdraw the SPAs previously submitted to CMS to prevent more Missourians from becoming eligible for MO HealthNet than the state program has funds to cover.  

Nutrien Ag Solutions named title sponsor of Show-Me 100 pre-race ceremonies

Nutrien Ag Solutions will be Title Sponsor of the Show-Me 100 Pre-Race Ceremonies and Presenting Sponsor of Grammy Award-winning singer Lee Greenwood, who is serving as Grand Marshall for the May 29 grand finale of the three-night crown-jewel event.

The 29th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com is set for May 27-29 at Lucas Oil Speedway. The final night will be even bigger after the recent announcement that three-time CMA and ACM Country Music Male Vocalist of the Year, Grammy Award winner and American Patriot Greenwood will serve as Grand Marshall for the action on May 29. Greenwood will sing the National Anthem during opening ceremonies and also his iconic song “God Bless the USA,” after driver introductions just prior to the green flag falling to begin the 100-lap feature.

“We’re very excited to have Nutrien Ag Solutions come on board and be a part of the Show-Me 100 Pre-Race Ceremonies and Lee Greenwood,” said Wayne Castleberry, Corporate Marketing and Sales for Lucas Oil Motorsports. “Steve Martin of Nutrien Ag supports a lot of racers in the dirt Late Model industry and all of motorsports as well.
“The American Farmer is the backbone of what this country is built on and Nutrein Ag Solutions supports the farmers all over the country. Nutrien Ag fits the patriotic theme of Lee Greenwood’s ‘God Bless the USA’ iconic song and we are excited to have them come on board for this crown jewel event.”

Nutrien Ag Solutions is the largest crop input provider in the United States with over 1,200 locations and 11,000 employees supplying planting seeds, fertilizer and chemistry to America’s farmers. Nutrien Ag Solutions is the Ag retailer of the future. Visit their website at www.nutrienagsolutions.com for more information.
The Show-Me 100 will feature the stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA, plus Cedar Creek Beef Jerky Modified full programs each night. 

Three-day passes available: Admissions Director Nichole McMillan said that reserved seating must be purchased as a three-day pass, at $100 per ticket. The three-day passes offer the comfort of the high-back, stadium-style seats and prime viewing on the top few rows of the front straightaway. Three-day reserved tickets are non-refundable. Pit passes are not a part of the reserved-seat package and pit passes cannot be exchanged or used toward purchase of the reserved-seat package.

However, there is a three-day pit pass that includes general admission seating in addition to pit-area access. For ticket information, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at [email protected]. Fans also can use the online ticketing system. Action kicks off on May 27 with the “Cowboy Classic” for Late Models headlining the program, with a $6,000-to-win, $600-to-start main event which also enables drivers to earn valuable points toward starting position into the night-night main event.

The USRA Modifieds feature winner will earn $750. The “Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson” on May 28 also will see a $6,000-to-win feature with more points earned for the starting lineup the next night. USRA Modifieds compete for a $750-to-win feature with more points collected toward the final-night main event. The May 29 program includes B Mains, the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge and the 100-lap, $30,000-to-win main event along with a $1,500-to-win USRA Modified feature.

Daily ticket breakdown for Show-Me 100 weekend:May 27: $25 general admission adults, $22 seniors (62 and up) and military; $10 youth (ages 6-15); FREE kids (ages 5-and-under); $60 family pass; $100 three-day reserved; $35 pit pass, $100 3-day pit pass. 

May 28: $25 general admission adults, $22 seniors (62 and up) and Military; $10 youth (ages 6-15); FREE kids (ages 5-and-under); $60 family pass; $100 three-day reserved; $35 pit pass, $100 3-day pit pass. 

May 29: $35 general admission adults, $32 seniors (62 and up) and Military; $10 youth (ages 6-15); FREE kids (ages 5-and-under); $80 family pass; $40 pit pass.

Tracy Scott McLain, 59 of Lone Jack

Tracy Scott McLain, 59 of Lone Jack, MO passed away April 17 at the Saint Luke’s South Hospital in Overland Park, Kansas. Tracy’s wishes were to be cremated. A memorial graveside service celebration of life will be 11 am, Saturday, May 15 at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler. Contributions may be left for Giving Fore Living in memory of Tracy. Online condolences may be  sent to www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Tracy is survived by his parents Neil and Sharon McLain of Butler; brother Richard McLain and wife Lynne of Butler; one nephew Lee McLain and wife Emily and one niece Lynnsey Shade and husband Randy.

Nevada, Missouri Summer Break

Summer Break Offers New Opportunities for Hands-On Learning, Offline Time for Children

With a Difficult School Year in the Rear-View Mirror, NRMC Expert Offers Families Tips for Skill-Building at Home This Better Hearing & Speech Month

After a challenging year of virtual, hybrid, and modified in-person learning, Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) speech-language pathologist Andrea Wydick is offering advice and encouragement to families on low-stress ways they can support their children’s language, literacy, and learning skills at home this summer. Her message is a timely one, as May is celebrated nationally as Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM).

“Many parents have been understandably concerned about their child’s academic progress this school year, given all of the changes necessitated by the pandemic,” explained Wydick. “This may be especially so for families whose children receive support services in schools, such as speech and language therapy. These services may have looked a little different this year than they typically do, and they may to some degree next year as well. I want to encourage families to use the summer season as a much-needed reset—and to rest assured that there are many ways you can support your child’s learning at home, without workbooks, learning apps, and other programs and purchases that add to the family’s stress level.”

Wydick is providing advice on what most children—especially those with speech, language and social communication disorders—need more of this summer. She notes that so-called “down time” is actually time well spent when it comes to building communication and learning skills. This is true for children of all ages.

Activities Children Need More of This Summer

Wydick encourages families to prioritize these activities:

  • Reading. Use this time to nurture the joy of reading. Let kids be in the driver’s seat when it comes to choosing what they read so it doesn’t feel like work. While independent reading is always valuable, children of all ages also benefit from nightly reading together with an adult. Many libraries that were closed due to COVID-19 are reopening or offering curbside book pickups and returns.
  • Outdoor Play. Hands-on activities, no matter a child’s age, are the best way to learn new skills, build vocabularies, and boost learning through the senses. Try taking a nature walk and discussing the sights, smells, and sounds. Plant a garden—outside or in containers. Start by researching your options, and then shop for materials, do your planting, and care for your garden daily. Plan a picnic—discuss your menu, where you’ll go, and what you hope to see.
  • Quality time. Many families have spent more time together than ever this year, but the quantity of this time has not always translated to quality. Focus on one or two daily opportunities for uninterrupted conversation and bonding. A morning or evening walk together, a device-free meal each day, or a nightly board game are some ideas.

Wydick is also providing some recommendations for activities to take a break from, including these:

  • Screen time. For many children, it’s been a year of exponentially more screen time—as much of daily life moved online. Kids also have been exposed to a constant barrage of negative news about the pandemic and other issues on TV, with many experiencing online fatigue and stress. When school is out, consider revisiting boundaries around daily technology use. Talk to kids about the effects of too much screen time, how they feel after being online for a long time, and other activities they can do in place of screen use.
  • Formal work, workbooks, and “educational” programs/apps. Families may feel pressure to work with children over the summer by ordering workbooks or subscribing to online programs. However, everyday real-world activities and interactions are generally most effective. Play is one of the main ways that children learn, with direct benefits on cognitive skills, math, language, literacy, and much more.
  • Academic pressure and expectations. This school year, even the youngest of children had to deal with stress in the academic environment—from technological challenges to limited engagement with adults and peers. Although you as parents are understandably invested in their child’s development and academic success, try to remain positive about where your children are after one very tough year.

If you’d like to learn more, contact NRMC Performance Therapy at 417-448-3790.

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About Nevada Regional Medical Center
Serving a six-county area since 1937, Nevada Regional Medical Center is a 71-bed acute, intensive and skilled care hospital. Nevada Regional Medical Center has earned recognition as a respected regional medical center for its comprehensive health care services, skilled and caring employees and state-of-the-art medical technology. Staff represent more than a dozen medical specialties, including family practice, women’s services, neurology, urology, psychiatry, orthopedics, wound care services, and general, vascular, thoracic and oncological surgery. Additionally, consultation clinics are held regularly by specialists in oncology, pulmonology, podiatry, ear, nose, and throat and cardiology.

Missouri Department of Conservation Free Fish Days

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to get hooked on fishing through its Free Fishing Days June 12 and 13. During Free Fishing Days, anyone may fish in the Show-Me State without having to buy a fishing permit, trout permit, or trout park daily tag.

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

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

MDC reminds anglers in Missouri that fishing permits are required before and after June 12 and 13, unless an angler is exempt by age or other factors. All other fishing regulations are also in effect.

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

Want to learn to fish? MDC’s Discover Nature – Fishing Program provides a series of free lessons throughout the state. All fishing gear is provided. Learn more at dnf.mdc.mo.gov/

Need fishing gear? MDC works with numerous libraries and other locations around the state to loan fishing gear for free. Loaner gear includes fishing poles and simple tackle box with hooks, sinkers, and bobbers. Worms, minnows, or other bait are not provided. Find MDC Rod and Reel Loaner Program locations at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/rod-and-reel-loaner-locations

For information on Missouri fishing regulations, fish identification, and more, get a copy of MDC’s 2021 Summary of Missouri Fishing Regulations where permits are sold, or online at live-mdcd8.pantheonsite.io/about-us/about-regulations/summary-missouri-fishing-regulations.

MDC’s free MO Fishing app can help anglers find the best places to fish in Missouri, access regulation information, identify fish by species, and more. Anglers can also buy, store, and show fishing permits right on their mobile devices. MO Fishing is available for download through Google Play for Android devices or the App Store for Apple devices. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/contact-engage/mobile-apps/mo-fishing.

Rollover Accident in Vernon County

On May 10th at 4:55 pm the Missouri Highway Patrol Responded to a rollover accident in Vernon County. 

The accident occurred on Route M 6 miles North of Walker when a 2005 Ford Focus driven by John A Coleman, 33 of Shell City, ran off the right side of the road and overturned several times. 

Coleman received serious injuries and was transported to Freeman Hospital by ambulance.

Updated MDC website gives users new look and easier navigation

Checkout the updated MDC website at https://mdc.mo.gov/.

The Missouri Department of Conservations (MDC) announces it has updated its website to offer a new look and better navigation for site users. According to MDC, the majority of web content will remain where it was while other content has been moved to better fit where visitors expect to find it.

MDC had about 6.8 million visitors to its website last year. Visit MDC’s updated website for a new look and easier navigation at https://mdc.mo.gov/.

“Our new MDC website builds upon our existing site’s organization but offers a new look with more popular content now being easier to find,” said MDC Digital Communications Manager Chris Cloyd. “Based on feedback from website users, the new design uses a cleaner color scheme and white space to better allow users to scan and focus on the content they want more quickly and easily.”

Key improvements users may notice are better search results thanks to a new search engine powering the site, easier to find information on buying permits, and a new section on invasive and nuisance animal and plant species. Popular webpages that have been improved include “Places to Go” to discover nature on MDC areas, the online “Field Guide” to help users identify Missouri plants and animals, and the hunting and fishing “Species A-Z” pages to help identify game species.

“We also added a section on the homepage that highlights online methods and other alternatives to doing business with MDC in person,” said Cloyd. “We know more people are doing more and more online instead of in person, especially after more than a year of COVID-19-related restrictions.”

Cloyd added that new website also provides a better user experience on mobile devices, specifically Android devices. “Some Android users reported having navigation issues on our existing website, so we wanted to ensure the new site works smoothly on all devices,” he explained.

According to Cloyd, the number-one goal of the MDC website is to have as many visitors complete the tasks they came to the site for as quickly and easily as possibly. “With a site as large as ours, it can be hard to achieve, but we regularly review and use public feedback to make improvements to the site.”

He noted that MDC staff use input from the website’s public comment form and regular website survey results to determine changes and priorities when working on the website.

“During the redesign project, we got approximately 150 public volunteers to help us with all aspects of the new site,” Cloyd explained. “They did a series of site-organization exercises, took specific surveys to provide feedback on existing pain points, and also tested the new site for any issues or problems. Of the public testers, an overwhelming majority preferred the look and organization of the new site. They felt it was easier to accomplish what they wanted to.”

Butler Public Library Spring Book Sale

Butler Public Library will have their Annual Spring Book Sale at the Community Room.  The Butler Public Library is located at 100 W. Atkinson Street in Butler. 

Annual Spring Book Sale will begin on Wednesday, June 9th with a sneak preview, admission to this sneak preview is $5.00 plus book prices.  The sneak preview will be from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

Day 2 of the Butler Public Library Spring book sale will be on Thursday, June 10th with regular sale on books from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Day 3 of the Butler Library Spring Book sale will be on Friday, June 11th with all books being half-price from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Day 4 of the Butler Library Spring book sale will be on Saturday, June 12th.  This will be the $3.00 bag sale.  Get all the books you can get in a bag for only $3.00.  This day the Butler Library book sale will be open from 10:00am to 1:00pm

City of Archie Hiring

The City of Archie is seeking a part-time Water Plant operator. Duties and responsibilities will include daily testing and lab work required by Federal, State, County, and local regulations; janitorial duties with regard to the water treatment facility to maintain a safe and clean work environment; routine monitoring and maintenance of all portions of the City of Archie water system, including using tools and equipment to complete work; other duties as assigned. Normal working hours are 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wednesday through Sunday. City of Archie Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and be at least 18 years of age. Salary will be based on experience and qualifications. Applicants may send resume or apply at: City Clerk, 302 SW Outer Rd., Suite C, Archie, MO 64725, or sent email to [email protected] EOE

Koehn’s Bakery Now Hiring

Koehn’s Bakery in Butler is now hiring for a Donut maker/baker.  Koehn’s is looking for someone ready to learn their process of making spectacular donuts and baked goods.  Experience is welcome but not necessary to apply.

This position is for an early morning shift 5 day a week. Koehn’s Bakery benefits include paid vacation and profit-sharing plan.

Successful applicants will need to be reliable, timely, consistent, mature and have a passion to produce a superior product at Koehn’s Bakery.

Koehn’s Bakery is located at 101 S. Orange Street in Butler.  To apply for this Donut maker/Bakery you can stop by the Bakery, see them on Facebook or email them at [email protected]

Governor Parson’s End Unemployment Pandemic-related programs in Missouri

We know that one of the last remaining hurdles to full economic recovery is addressing this labor shortage. Even with unemployment at only 4.2 percent, there are still 221,266 known job postings across the state.

The solution to close this gap is not the excessive spending of taxpayer dollars by the federal government, but rather getting people back to work and to a sense of normalcy for themselves and their families.

In order to address workforce shortages across the state, Governor Parson’s has directed the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to notify the U.S. Department of Labor that Missouri will end participation in all federal pandemic-related unemployment insurance programs effective Saturday, June 12 at 11:59 p.m.

Missouri State Fair Accepting Livestock and competitive exhibits

Entries now being accepted for livestock and competitive exhibits Entries are now being accepted online for all State Fair livestock shows and competitive exhibits. Complete rules and regulations for all shows and contests are available in the online Premium Guide.  All entrants must complete the vendor input form to receive premium payment(s). Most shows and competitions have entry deadlines.   Important competition updates are available on the website including show/contest rule updates and a list of new shows/contests which include: Fairy Garden Floriculture Show – Aug 13 Bothwell Regional Health Center’s Naturally Sweetened Dessert Cooking Contest – Aug 13 4-H & FFA Sheep Team Fitting Competition – Aug 14 Youth Sheep Skillathon and Youth Sheep and Meat Goat Judging Contest – Aug 15 Appetizer Dip and Gourmet Mac ‘n Cheese Cooking Contests – Aug 16 Frosted Cupcakes Cooking Contest – Aug 17 Miniature Hereford Beef Cattle Show – Aug 19 New Open Rabbit Classes for Angora Satin, Dwarf Papillon, Lionhead black Exhibitors under age 13 will again be admitted free to the 11-day Fair, while exhibitors age 13 and older will be able to purchase up to 40 single-day exhibitor admission tickets at a special rate of $6. The discounted exhibitor tickets are available for order upon entry and from the Fair’s Business Office until Aug 11. The tickets do not include parking and will not be available at the gate.  

The 119th Missouri State Fair, themed “Our Missouri Celebration” is Aug 12-22 in Sedalia.

The Little Apple

Ellett Memorial Hospital and AC Rural Health Clinic Community Appreciation Day, “Giving Back To Our Community”, will be Wednesday, May 12, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or until they run out.  They are offering free pulled pork sandwiches, chips and water.  Curbside pickup will be available at the front doors of the hospital.  If you have any questions you may call 660-476-5233 or email:  [email protected]

The Yellow Rosebud Cemetery Project at the AC Cemetery is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 15 or rain date Sunday, May 16, at 1:30 p.m.  Volunteers and support are needed to place 2400 large, single, silk yellow rosebuds on the graves in the oldest sections of the AC Cemetery.  Dean Ellis, ACHS class of 1960 and Vietnam Veteran, started this project with his late wife, Sharon, 12 years ago.  Dean began decorating graves with his maternal grandparents, Rose and Ellzie Smith, at the age of 5 or 6.  As they decorated, he noticed many graves did not have flowers.  His grandmother told him the graves were so old, there was no longer any family members left to decorate.  As the years passed, they wanted to make a difference. To support, volunteer or for further information, please contact City Hall at 660-476-2631, Donald Yoss 660-492-7218 or Dean Ellis 417-844-5344.  Volunteers will again be needed Wednesday, June 2, at 9:00 a.m. or rain date of Thursday June 3, 9:00 a.m. to pick up the rosebuds.

Appleton City Masonic Lodge #412 will have a “Kickin Chicken Dinner” on Sunday May 16 at the Farmhouse Kitchen restaurant from 11:00-1:00 or until dinners are gone.  Dinners are $10 and are curbside pickup only.  Menu includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, roll and a cookie.  Proceeds go towards local scholarship fund.

There will be an ACHS Fine Arts Open House on Thursday May 13 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the high school gym. There will be art and shop projects set up around the gym for your viewing. At 6:30, Mr. Swisher will present art awards and Mrs. Hill will present band awards. Please feel free to come and go as you please and view these awesome creations from the incredibly talented students.

The Appleton City Public Library is seeking assistance with teachers for their Summer Reading Program. The program will take place on Tuesdays in June (June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29) as well as Tuesday, July 6, from 11:00 a.m.-noon. The teacher would need to read a couple books with the children as well as assist them in completing a corresponding activity. All materials will be provided. If interested, please call the library at (660) 476-5513 during their normal business hours or e-mail [email protected]

Hudson R-IX Elementary will hold their annual kindergarten screening on Monday, May 17.  Please call (660) 476-5467 to set up an appointment if you live in the Hudson R-IX School District, your child will be attending kindergarten in the fall and they do not currently attend Hudson preschool.  You will need your child’s social security card, birth certificate and current immunization record.  If you call and the school office is closed, please leave a message and they will get back to you.

ACHS Alumni meeting will be May 29, 2021 at 11:30 with a COVID safe school sack lunch. RESERVATIONS ONLY.  Mail $10/person and include all names and year to Patty Purvis Young x68, 101 E. 3rd St., Appleton City, MO 64724.  DEADLINE is May 15. For questions, call 660-476-5857 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. or email [email protected]

Free private tennis lessons are offered to all current or former players and anyone who want to improve their technique or strategies or first time players.   People of almost any age and skills can learn to play tennis.  Lessons are held at the tennis courts at Donnohue-Dugan Park starting the week of May 24.  Rackets and balls will be provided.  To set up appointments for your private lessons or if you have questions, call Dennis Dunham at 476-2151 or 476-5514 or Tommy Payton at 816-863-6624. Open tennis is every day 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tennis is exercise that is fun!

SQC Committee is looking for pictures of all AC Mayors, preferably at the time they served.  Pictures may be left at City Hall.

Attention Montrose Alumni.  If you class is planning on getting together to celebrate during the 2021 Memorial Day Weekend Festivities, please contact David at 492-7749 and give him a heads up.  If your class is planning on getting together at the dinner after the parade for the Chicken Dinner, please contact him by May 14.  They will attempt to reserve tables so classes can sit together, as best they can.  They plan to have go orders and additional sitting outside for those still wishing to social distance or just enjoy the sunny day (THEY HOPE).  VFW Post 8820 will serve cold beverages and Old Crow Winery will be serving wine under the 40 x 60 tent.  So plan your day to eat, drink and be merry. 

The ACHS Senior Class panels for special anniversary years are available for viewing at the Farm House Restaurant.  Featured classes are 50 year-1971; 60 year-1961, 65 year-1956, and 70 year-1957.  The Appleton City Museum provides these each year for viewing and the Farm House Restaurant graciously allows the panels there for their customers to enjoy. 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

May 12    Ellett Memorial Hospital and AC Rural Health Clinic Community Appreciation Day 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

May 13    Hudson R-IX Awards Assembly at 8:30 a.m.  (Masks Required) and Last Day at Hudson R-IX – Dismiss at 12:15 p.m.

May 13    ACHS Fine Arts Open House on Thursday May 13 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the high school gym

May 14    Hudson R-IX 8th Grade Graduation at 7:00 p.m. 

May 15    Yellow Rosebud Cemetery Project at the Appleton City Cemetery 9:00 a.m.

May 16    AC Masonic Lodge #412 “Kickin Chicken Dinner” at the Farmhouse Kitchen restaurant from 11:00-1:00

May 16    ACHS Graduation 2:00 p.m. in the west gym                                                                                                        

May 17    Hudson R-IX Elementary annual kindergarten screening

May 21    Last day of classes at AC Schools 12:00 p.m. dismissal   

The AC FFA is holding their spring plant sale.  The FFA greenhouse is open for business 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday-Friday. Just stop by the Ag Building for assistance. Curbside delivery is available during these times as well if you would rather give them your order and they fill it for you. The FFA has garden vegetables and flowers for sale such as tomatoes, cabbage and peppers as well as potting flowers like petunias, annual vinca, impatiens and geraniums. Flowers and vegetables can be purchased as four or two packs, individuals or as hanging baskets. Photos and information about all the items available in the greenhouse are located on the school website as well as the Facebook pages.  Costs are $1/2 packs, $2/4 packs, $1/tomato plant, and $12/hanging basket or 3 hanging baskets for $30. For more information feel free to give Mrs. Leiber a call at 660-424-3668. Due to continued health concerns, only two people will be allowed in the greenhouse at a time, as well as they are requesting all payments be in check form to lower the contamination risks to all involved.  Please also follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing while in the greenhouse.

ACMO Main Street App is available.  You can download Google play or Apple store. Select Pocketsights tour. AC may come up if you are within 50 miles. If you are any place else, click on the magnifying glass search for Appleton City MO.  If walking, hit start tour.  If you want to view at home or out of the area, scroll down and see all the circles for each location. Hit play audio then the red circle below it. A flyer showing the current locations is available in a black box on the south porch bench at the AC Museum, 503 N. Maple.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for May and June, 2021.  Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: May 12- Upper GI – Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, May 13 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, May 14 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, May 19- Upper GI, Colonoscopy- Dr. Vardakis, May 20 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, May 26 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, May 27 -Rheumatology, Dr. Tay,  May 28 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni,  June 2-Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, June  9– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, June 10 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, June 11 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, June 16- Upper GI – Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin,  June 17 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, June 23 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, June 23 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, June 24 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay   

The University of Missouri Extension in Henry County is offering a four session “Boost Your Brain & Memory: Brain Fitness Class” beginning June 3 at the First Baptist Church Annex in Clinton. Just as you can control and improve your general physical health with good habits so, too, can you improve the health of your brain—boosting your memory and mental agility, as well as reducing your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other causes of dementia. According to Impact of the Education Boost Your Brain and Memory Program Among Senior Living Residents (The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 2017) “Older adult participants completed measures of brain health knowledge, use of memory techniques, physical and intellectual activity and mindfulness at baseline and after the intervention group’s completion of the course.” This class uses a whole-person approach that helps participants form new habits to live a healthier lifestyle, remember things better, be more organized, pay closer attention and regulate their emotions. Each participant will receive a workbook including memory exercises, tips on nutrition and exercise, and summaries of evidence-based research on brain health. Classes will be held on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon at 209 E. Jefferson St. Clinton, MO.  There is a $40 per person cost associated with the program. This fee covers a workbook for each participant and other associated materials. Register online at https://extension2.missouri.edu/events or by calling the Henry County University of Missouri Extension Office at 660-885-5556 by June 1, 2021. A minimum of five must enroll in order to have the class. If you have any questions please call the facilitator Kyleigh Sullivan at 660-619-1355.  And find MU Extension Kyleigh HDFS Specialist on Facebook for updates!

An on-line class will be held May 17 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss summer alfalfa insects. At this class, MU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist, Pat Miller, will cover these potential insect problems in alfalfa and how to scout for them: potato leaf hoppers, cowpea aphids, caterpillars, and blister beetles.  Register by May 14 at 4:00 p.m. for this free on-line Zoom class at: https://extension.missouri.edu/events/scouting-alfalfa-for-summer-insect-problems If you have questions, contact Miller at 417-448-2560 or [email protected] 

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

“Proper sheep and goat operation management is important to optimum operation productivity and profitability,” says Patrick Davis MU Extension Regional Livestock Field Specialist.  Therefore, MU Extension and Lincoln University Cooperative Extension will be providing an online Sheep and Goat Production Workshop Series to discuss various strategies in operation management. This workshop series will be held on May 10, 17 and 24 beginning each evening at 7:00 p. m.  The online workshops will be held via ZOOM and once participants register; they will receive the link to login each evening.  Topics covered by MU Extension and Lincoln University Cooperative Extension agriculture experts include:  Sheep and goat selection for a successful operation. Reproductive management for optimum kidding or lambing crop, Economics of multiple births in a sheep or goat operation and Sheep and goat composting and dealing with losses. This workshop is free to the public but please register for the event at: https://extension.missouri.edu/events/online-sheep-and-goat-production-workshop-series.  For all other questions please contact Davis at [email protected] or by phone at (417) 955-0287.   

Stolen Auto in Henry County

Henry County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a STOLEN VEHICLE — 2015 GMC SIERRA 2500 DIESEL PICKUP TRUCK, blue in color, bearing MO registration: 03H-4XV. Truck has body damage to the front bumper and front, driver’s side fender. Vehicle was taken from the 1000 block of NW O Hwy (Norris area) around 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 10th, 2021, unknown direction of travel. It is believed that truck is still within the Henry County (Blairstown) area or possibly the Johnson County (Chilhowee) area. If anyone has seen or has any information regarding this stolen vehicle, please contact Henry County Central Communications @ (660) 885-5587 or your local law enforcement agency.

Dr. Corry Lanyon/ 64 Butler Visitation May 14th

Graveside memorial services for Dr. Corry Lanyon, DDS of Butler, Missouri will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall, Missouri.  Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. Friday, May 14 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler.  Contributions to charity of choice.  Online condolences, www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Corry Robert Lanyon, age 64 of Butler, Missouri died Sunday, May 2, 2021 at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas.  He was born December 7, 1956 to Phillip Delose and Robbie Lee Cantwell Lanyon in Kansas City, Missouri.

Corry is survived by two sons, Sean Lanyon and wife Mallory of Overland Park, Kansas and Colin Lanyon of Butler, Missouri; one brother, Phil Lanyon Jr. and wife Sue of Kansas City, Missouri; and two grandchildren, Madelynn and Ryker.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Nina Lanyon in 2009; two brothers, Scott and Michael; and one sister, Jill Lanyon.

Papinville History: Feature Press Releases starting this Friday in our 9 am and 5 pm Local News ( Harmony Mission History)

The Papinville Historical Association will be hosting “Harmony Mission Day” at Papinville on June 12th. This is the 200th year since Harmony Mission was established.  We are celebrating this year by having a tour to the location where Harmony Mission was established by the missionaries. The mission was built about one mile northwest of Papinville on the Marais des Cygnes River.

What was Harmony Mission and what was its purpose for the Osage Indians? The following information was found in the book “The First Protestant Osage Missions” by William W Graves written in 1949. “In 1820 the Missouri Osage went to Washington D.C. to plea with the president that missionaries need to be sent to their land and teach their people about civilized living.  The United Foreign Missionary Society (U.F.M. S.) was formed and immediately met with the Secretary of War to work out the arrangements. After a consultation with the chief and his advisor, a covenant was drawn up to which all parties agreed and the U.F.M.S. began to search for volunteers for a mission family.

The missionaries felt that the purpose of the mission was to teach the men how to plough and sow, reap and raise bread out of the ground and how to make iron products for farming, mechanic arts, husbandry, learn to build houses, have mills that would grind corn and saw wood.  For the women, teach them how to sew, weave material, knit and spin to make their clothing and prepare food properly. For the children, teach them how to read, write and master arithmetic. For all Osage, Christian education. The society wanted to send out their missionaries to do good not to hurt. They wanted the Osage to become their friends. They wanted the Osage to receive them with love and to protect them from all harm.”

The Harmony Mission stories will continue for several weeks. Hope you will enjoy the stories and that you will come to our celebration on June 12th.There will be a 10:00am and 1:00pm tour. If we need another tour, it will be at 3:00pm.

The tour will meet at the Papinville museum and includes the following:

  • Information on Harmony Mission
  • Viewing the village diorama
  • A wagon ride to the location where Harmony Mission was built (with information on the layout of the mission)
  • Lunch will be provided at the mission site with time to walk around the site.
  • Ride back to museum for dessert of cake and ice cream

Once we arrive back at the museum, Beverly Sullins, dressed in an Osage maiden’s dress, will have a presentation about Sophia (Melicourt Papin’s wife) who was an Osage.

To make reservations for the tour, please call the following telephone numbers:  417-395-2594 or 417-395-4288

If we are unable to answer, please leave a message and your telephone number and we will return your call.

If you have wanted to see where Bates County first was established now is your chance.

We want to thank Jerry, Angela and Catherine Stangel for letting the Papinville Historical Association have this tour to their property where Harmony Mission was established. The next article will be on the people that were picked to travel from New York to the mission.

Papinville is located East of Rich Hill, MO on B Highway. Directions to the museum will be provided in the last article prior to the tour.

Submitted by Phyllis Stewart ( Activity Director)

Vidalia Onions for sale Wednesday at Butler Walmart other locations by Thursday.

Vidalia Onions have arrived. Onions will be for sale at the Butler Walmart on Wednesday and all other locations starting Thursday.  Members of the Bates County Shriners will be at various locations around our area . Each 10 pound Vidalia Onion bag will sell for $12.00. Onions will be for sale at:

Butler Wal-Mart starting Wednesday and other locations by Thursday.
on Thursday Vidalia Onions will be for sale at Mc Bee’s in Amsterdam and Passaic
Kreisler Drug Store in Adrian and Summer’s Pharmacy in Appleton City
and across the street from Casey’s General Store in Adrian.

Adrian Manor Sold

The Adrian city council met on Monday, May 10th, many issues were discussed but most attendees were interested in the sale of the Adrian Manor, located at 402 West First Street in Adrian.  After discussions on other agenda items, it was finally announced the Adrian Manor has been officially sold to the Missouri Baptist Convention for the sum of $15,001.00 plus about $90,000.00 in bills due, which the buyer agreed to assume.

Cass County Covid19 Update

Cass County has released its weekly report documenting COVID-19 impact, and efforts to combat the pandemic, as well as other Health Department services.

There were 35 confirmed (PCR tests) cases in Cass County in the last week, up slightly from 32 cases the week prior. In addition, there were 29 probable cases (antigen tests and other cases), up from 20 cases the week prior. 129 individuals were notified of a potential COVID-19 contact, up from 84 such notifications the week prior.

Overall, Cass County has reported 7,620 cases, about 7,217 cases per 100,000 residents. The county has reported 88 deaths, none in the past two weeks.

“While case numbers are up slightly this week, Cass County continues to see a reduced number of cases from prior weeks,” said Health Department Director Andrew Warlen.  “We urge our residents to practice social distancing, wear a mask when appropriate, be cautious, and of course, get vaccinated as soon as possible.” 

The Cass County Health Department has administered 9,093 first doses and 8,193 second doses of COVID-19 vaccines through May 1st. The department uses the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. In addition to Health Department administered vaccines, other locations are offering vaccines to county residents as well. According to the state of Missouri’s dashboard, the total number of Cass County residents fully vaccinated is 27,271 (25.8%) with 31,971 (30.2%) having received at least their first dose.

In addition to their emphasis on COVID-19 response activities, the Health Department continued providing essential health services by processing requests for birth (37) and death (50) certificates, and food handler cards (17), and performing health inspections (17). 

Lamar: Barco Movie Drive-In

If you’re thinking of offering your children or grandchildren an evening out and the opportunity to share a memory from the good ole days , The Barco Drive-In Theatre  will bring back memories of the days when Butler offered an “ Outdoor Movie Theatre” for Citizens of Bates County.

We are talking about the Barco Drive-in located in Lamar Missouri. In the summer of 1949 construction of the new Barco Starvu Drive-In was underway in Lamar . On April 28, 1950 the first movie “The Nevadian ”was shown.

 Later the name of the outdoor drive-in was changed to the Barco Drive-In. The Barco is one of the longest, continuously running Drive-In Movie Theatres in the country.

Fm-92 introduces this Drive-In Theatre to our Bargain Buy Shopping Show. The outdoor Drive-In offers double features every Friday and Saturday night.

Admission for adults is only $8.00 and children ages 3-11 are admitted for $4.00. The Barco Drive-In Movie Theatre is located at 57 SE 25th Lane in Lamar. Show times vary but are usually on by 8:15 every Friday and Saturday nights . The Barco Box Office and snack bar opens at 7:45. See them on facebook at: Barco Drive-In .

Movie tickets are available from the FM-92 Bargain Buy Shopping Show or from the studios of FM-92 at 800 east Nursery Street in Butler. For ½ price ticket information call 660-679-4191

Bates County/Butler: DAV Meeting


   The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter #67 Service Officer will be at the Bates County Museum on Elks Drive Butler, Missouri Wednesday May 19, 2021 from 10:00 AM t0 4:00 PM to assist veterans in  applying for their benefits. If you have any questions call Darrel Rogers at 816-738-4536. 

        
   The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter #67 Butler, Missouri invites all Disabled Veterans to attend their monthly meeting.

  The chapter meets the third Wednesday at 1:00 PM in the Bates County Museum on Elks Drive.       
  The next regular Disabled American Veterans meeting will be May 19, 2021 at 1:00 PM.

Laurence E. Truman 
DAV Chapter #67 
Commander
(816)518-3264

First Four Nights of Missouri State Fair Concerts Announced

2021 State Fair Grandstand presented by CFM Insurance

The Missouri State Fair is excited to announce the first four concerts for the 2021 State Fair Grandstand presented by CFM Insurance.

Trace Adkins will open the 2021 grandstand concert series on Opening Day, Thursday, Aug 12. Adkins has sold more than 11 million albums and charted more than 20 singles including “You’re Gonna Miss This” which won Academy of Country Music’s (ACM) single of the year, “Every Light in the House,” and “No Thinkin’ Thing.” Opening for Adkins is comedian Dusty Slay, the youngest comedian ever to perform on the legendary Grand Ole Opry Stage in Nashville.

Nashville-based multi-platinum recording artist and 2019 ACM Award nominee for Song of the Year, Russell Dickerson will take the grandstand stage on Friday, Aug 13 performing his hits like “Yours” and “Blue Tacoma.” Cassadee Pope, a GRAMMY-nominated, platinum-certified singer-songwriter will open for Dickerson. Pope, the season three winner of the television show “The Voice,” has rearranged the lines of country and pop music with her platinum-selling single “Wasting All These Tears” from her No. 1 debut album Frame by Frame.

R&B group Boyz II Men will perform on the Fair’s first Saturday, Aug 14. Boyz II Men remains one of the most truly iconic R&B groups in music history, continuing to create timeless hits that appeal to fans across generations. The trio holds the distinction of being the best-selling R&B group of all time with hits like “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You,” and “One Sweet Day.” Opening for Boyz II Men is Kazual (pronounced Casual), a family band of three brothers and a cousin who mix the sounds of R&B, hip hop and pop together in their performances.

Tuesday, Aug 17 Missouri-native Tyler Farr and Tenille Townes will take the State Fair Grandstand stage. Farr has three No. 1 songs – “Redneck Crazy,” “Whiskey in My Water,” and “A Guy Walks Into a Bar,” along with a growing string of hits. Townes’ first official single, “Somebody’s Daughter,” impacted country radio, and Rolling Stone heralded her as “one of country’s most promising young songwriters.”

More information, including ticket pricing for each show, can be found on the Fair’s website. Tickets will go on sale to the public starting June 29. To receive early announcements, including presale concert ticket opportunities, concertgoers can sign up to be a Fair Fan on the website.

The final four nights of concerts in the State Fair Grandstand presented by CFM Insurance are still to be announced.  

The 119th Missouri State Fair, themed “Our Missouri Celebration” is Aug 12-22 in Sedalia.

Legislature Gives Final Approval to FY 2022 State Operating Budget

CAPITOL REPORT:  REPRESENTATIVE PATRICIA PIKE

Dear Citizens: Members of the House and Senate have wrapped up work on the Fiscal Year 2022 State Operating Budget. The spending plan continues to support state operations and programs that will help lead Missouri out of the pandemic. In total, the budget contains $35.6 billion of state and federal spending authority. The appropriations bills that make up the spending plan will now head to the governor’s office for his consideration.

Record Investment in K-12 Education – The final version of the budget makes a significant investment in the state’s system of education. Once again the legislature has fully funded the K-12 School Foundation Formula. The record investment for early childhood education and K-12 education checks in at nearly $7.5 billion. The final version of the state operating budget also includes a $20 million increase for K-12 school transportation, exceeding more than $110 million in funding for the first time in several years.

 The spending plan also includes:

·         $7.3 million in federal funds for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER II) to help    

           meet needs in K-12 schools

·         $3 million for a Rural Advising Program to help high school students and counselors in rural areas

           with college entry

·         $2.5 million to boost reading literacy in the St. Louis area

·         $3.25 million to initiate the School Turnaround Act

·         $2.1 million in new funding for parent education development screenings (Parents As Teachers)

·         $500,000 to help support the Missouri Scholars & Fine Arts Academies

·         Funds that transition childcare services, early childhood education, and the state’s home visitation

          programs under one umbrella called the Office of Childhood

Enhanced Support for Higher Education – The Fiscal Year 2022 State Operating Budget also includes an enhanced commitment to Missouri’s institutions of higher learning. The plan provides$67.5 million in restored funding for four-year public institutions. This is restored funding that was previously lost due to the pandemic. The plan also provides a 3.7 percent funding increase for the state’s four-year universities, an additional $10 million for the state’s 12 community colleges, and $2 million core funding increases for the State Technical College of Missouri and Missouri Southern State University. In total, more than $1.41 billion is committed to students, colleges, and universities.

Protecting Missouri’s Vulnerable Children – The 2021 legislative session has seen the General Assembly make a commitment to provide additional resources to foster and adoptive parents. The state operating budget also includes funding to ensure vulnerable young people can find a nurturing home. The plan provides a $40.7 million increase for adoption and guardianship subsidies, as well as a $12.8 million increase to Foster Care Maintenance Payments that support families with foster children.  Other funding items of note include:

·         $4.8 million to provide behavioral health supports for children in foster care and their families

·         $3.9 million for a rate increase for respite services for foster and adoptive families

·         $2.7 million increase for foster family recruitment

·         $1.3 million increase in support for Infant Care expenses for kids in foster care

·         $1.2 million increase in funds for clothing allowances for children in foster care

·         $4.8 million to hire new attorneys and contract attorneys for permanency and foster care legal   

           representation in Missouri’s courts with the intent of decreasing wait times for adoptions, termination

           of parental rights, and guardianship issues

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

David Matthew Zellmer, age 45 of Butler

Funeral services for David M. Zellmer of Butler, Missouri will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 16, 2021 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler.  Visitation prior to services from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 16 at the Schowengerdt Chapel.  Interment in Mulberry Cemetery, Amoret, Missouri.  Contributions to an Education Fund for Matt’s Children.  Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

David Matthew “Matt” Zellmer, age 45 of Butler, Missouri died Friday, May 7, 2021 at his home in Butler.  He was born October 19, 1975 to David Ira and Elaine Nelson Zellmer in Butler, Missouri.

Matt is survived by his parents, David and Elaine Zellmer of Amsterdam, Missouri; two children–daughter, Lindsey Zellmer and son, David Zellmer both of Quincy, Illinois, and one sister, April Reno and husband Kyle of Fair Grove, Missouri.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Red Cross and actor James Van Der Beek urge Americans to give blood and make it a summer full of life

Red Cross is thanking donors with T-shirts and a chance to win a travel trailer camper, powered by Suburban Propane

COLUMBIA, Missouri (May 10, 2021) — The American Red Cross along with actor James Van Der Beek and his wife, Kimberly, have joined together to urge all who are healthy to make this a summer full of life for patients by scheduling an appointment to give blood or platelets.

As the nation transitions to a new, hopeful phase of this devastating pandemic and people begin to return to some of their favorite activities, the Red Cross is concerned about the impact this could have on blood donor turnout and the blood supply this summer. The need for lifesaving blood transfusions never takes a break. It’s critical to have blood ready to go when every second counts.

The Van Der Beek family knows firsthand how important blood donations are in a health crisis. In the past year, Kimberly Van Der Beek experienced back-to-back pregnancy losses. Each time she needed emergency hospital care and blood transfusions to save her life.

“Donating blood is something that I’ve always done throughout my life,” said James Van Der Beek. “It seemed important. But I never knew how important until the woman I love most was in a situation where that much blood made the difference between life and death. It just brought it home in a very real way.”

Hemorrhaging is the leading cause of pregnancy-related complications that can occur anytime during pregnancy. “In instances of severe bleeding, blood transfusions often play a lifesaving role,” said Dr. Ross Herron, divisional chief medical officer for the Red Cross. “For mothers with complicated pregnancies or deliveries, generous donors are the only source of the transfusions they may need to survive.”

“If you’ve never given blood before, allow this to be your formal invitation. Will you please give blood?,” added Kimberly Van Der Beek.

Individuals of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now to give blood, and in most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility. Appointments can be made by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

In thanks for making it a summer full of life, those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma in May will automatically be entered for a chance to win a travel trailer camper that sleeps five*, powered by Suburban Propane, via their SuburbanCares initiative. The Red Cross is also thanking those who come to donate May 28-June 12 with a limited-edition T-shirt, while supplies last.

“Suburban Propane is honored to partner with the American Red Cross and actor James Van Der Beek on their summer campaign to help bring attention to the need for blood donations,” said Nandini Sankara, Spokesperson for Suburban Propane. “Our SuburbanCares corporate pillar highlights our continued dedication to giving back to our local communities and through this platform, we support a host of community outreach initiatives throughout the nation; including our national partnership with the American Red Cross. It is our hope that this promotion for a chance to win a travel (trailer) camper will encourage donors to show their support and to help fulfill the need for blood collection.”

Health insights for donors

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms. Testing may also identify the presence of antibodies developed after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

Plasma from routine blood and platelet donations that test positive for high levels of antibodies may be used as convalescent plasma to meet potential future needs of COVID-19 patients. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood product collected from COVID-19 survivors who have antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus.

The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.

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

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

Blood drive safety

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

Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 16-June 12

MO

Audrain

Mexico

5/24/2021: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Church of God Holiness, 1215 West Boulevard

5/25/2021: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Elks Lodge, 1705 Christopher Rd.

Vandalia

5/24/2021: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Multipurpose Building, 101 N Main

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Bates

Rich Hill

6/1/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Rich Hill Christian Church, 300 E Walnut (A Highway)

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Benton

Warsaw

5/17/2021: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 154 W. Washington St.

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Boone

Centralia

5/18/2021: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Holy Spirit Church, 418 S Rollins

Columbia

5/16/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

5/17/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

5/18/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

5/18/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., The Club at Old Hawthorne Clubhouse, 6221 E Broadway

5/19/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Columbia Public Library, 100 West Broadway

5/19/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

5/20/2021: 10:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

5/21/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

5/21/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bass Pro Shop, 3101 Bass Pro Drive

5/21/2021: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Columbia Mall, 2300 Bernadette Dr

5/21/2021: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., The Den, 1412 Grindstone Plaze Dr

5/22/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

5/23/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

5/24/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

5/25/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

5/25/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics, #1 Hospital Drive

5/26/2021: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 I-70 Drive SW

5/26/2021: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Columbia Mall, 2300 Bernadette Dr

5/26/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

5/27/2021: 10:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

5/28/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

5/29/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

5/30/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

5/31/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

6/1/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

6/1/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., The Broadway, 1111 E. Broadway

6/2/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

6/3/2021: 10:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

6/4/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

6/4/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Grace Bible Church, Grace Bible Church, 601 Blue Ridge

6/5/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

6/6/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

6/7/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

6/8/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

6/8/2021: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., TIG Advisors, 200 E Southampton Drive

6/9/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S 9th St.

6/9/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

6/10/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bass Pro Shop, 3101 Bass Pro Drive

6/10/2021: 10:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

6/11/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

6/11/2021: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Columbia Mall, 2300 Bernadette Dr

6/11/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community United Methodist Church, 3301 W Broadway

6/12/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

Hallsville

6/3/2021: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hallsville Community Center, 324 E Hwy Oo

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Callaway

Fulton

5/20/2021: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Callaway Community Clinic, 805 W. Hospital Drive, Suit G

5/28/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Callaway Electric Cooperative, 1313 Cooperative Drive

6/10/2021: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Walsworth, 1201 Bluff St.

Holts Summit

5/24/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Union Hill Baptist Church, 460 S Summit Drive

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Cass

Belton

6/3/2021: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, 16808 Holmes Road

Harrisonville

5/27/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Harrisonville Community Center, 2400 Jefferson Parkway

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Chariton

Salisbury

5/25/2021: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 311 E. Patterson Ave.

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Clay

Kansas City

5/24/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Summit at Viewcrest, 111 NW 94th St.

North Kansas City

5/17/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., StandardAero, 1234 Atlantic

Smithville

6/7/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Smithville Fire Department, 341 Park Dr.

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Cole

Jefferson City

5/16/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

5/17/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

5/17/2021: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Jefferson City Elks Lodge 513, 901 Ellis Blvd

5/18/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

5/18/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Capital West Christian Church, 1315 Fairgrounds Road

5/19/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

5/20/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

5/21/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

5/21/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Department of Health and Senior Services, 930 Wildwood Drive

5/21/2021: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Missouri River Regional Library, 214 Adams Street

5/22/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

5/23/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

5/24/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

5/25/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

5/26/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

5/28/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

5/28/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Missouri Secretary of State, 600 W. Main Street

5/29/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

5/30/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

5/31/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

6/1/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

6/2/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Highway Patrol Troop HQ, 1510 E Elm

6/2/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

6/3/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

6/4/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

6/5/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

6/6/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

6/7/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

6/8/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

6/9/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

6/10/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

6/11/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

6/11/2021: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Missouri State Employees – Governor’s Office Building, 200 Madison Street

6/12/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

Russellville

5/24/2021: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Michaels Catholic Church, 5214 North Hatler Street

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Cooper

Blackwater

5/19/2021: 1:45 p.m. – 6 p.m., Blackwater School, 300 Doddridge Road

Boonville

5/28/2021: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Wal-Mart Boonville, 1920 Main Street

Pilot Grove

6/8/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community Building, 302 Progress

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Gasconade

Hermann

6/7/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, Hwy 100 & 16th

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Henry

Clinton

5/20/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1531 N Vansant Rd

5/21/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1531 N Vansant Rd

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Howard

Fayette

6/3/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 101 W. Davis

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Jackson

Grandview

6/9/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Ruskin Company, 3900 Dr. Greaves Road

Independence

5/19/2021: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Beacon Heights Community of Christ, 19402 E Holke Rd

5/25/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Main Event- Independence, 4600 S Cochise Ct

6/10/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bass Pro Shop Independence, 18001 Bass Pro Drive

Kansas City

5/17/2021: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 12001 Wornall Road

5/18/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Kansas City Public Library: Waldo Branch, 201 E 75th Street

5/20/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Westin Crown Center, 1 E. Pershing

5/25/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W 47th st

5/26/2021: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Plexpod, 300 East 39th Street

5/27/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Genesis Health Clubs, 8600 Ward Pkwy Ste.7

5/28/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., American Red Cross of Greater Kansas City, 6601 Winchester

6/3/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., HJ’s Youth and Community Center, 6425 Wornall Rd

6/5/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Community Fellowship Church of Jesus Christ, 3838 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd

Lee’s Summit

5/21/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Lakewood Way Business Suites, 4041 NE Lakewood Way

5/25/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Keller Williams Platinum, 3751 NE Ralph Powell Road

6/4/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Lone Jack Church of Christ, 404 N Bynum Road

6/8/2021: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Summit Ridge Medical Plaza, 600 NW Murray Rd

6/8/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Summit Ridge Medical Plaza, 600 NW Murray Rd

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Johnson

Warrensburg

5/20/2021: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., MO Department of Social Services, 505 N Ridgeview Dr, Suite A

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Maries

Belle

5/20/2021: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ozark Central Ambulance Building, 1001 East 1st Street

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Moniteau

California

6/9/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Paul Lutheran Church, 207 N. Owen

Latham

5/18/2021: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Springhill Mennonite Church, 35937 State Hwy E

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Monroe

Madison

6/2/2021: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Madison C-3 School, 309 Thomas Street

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Morgan

Laurie

5/27/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Elks Laurie, 174 Elks Ln.

Stover

6/10/2021: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Stover Community Center, 600 Legion Drive

Versailles

5/17/2021: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Providence School House, 13247 Hwy E

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Osage

Argyle

6/8/2021: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., VFW Hall, 36776 Hwy T

Linn

5/19/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Linn Fire Protection District #1, 210 W Main St

6/2/2021: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., LSC Communications, 1799 Hwy 50 East

6/10/2021: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. John United Methodist Church, 920 East Main Street

Westphalia

5/18/2021: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 819 Hwy 63

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Pettis

Sedalia

5/26/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Broadway Presbyterian Chuch, 209 W. Broadway Blvd.

6/9/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Brian’s Gym, 1020 Thompson Blvd

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Phelps

Rolla

6/4/2021: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop I, 1301 Nagogami Road West

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Pulaski

Saint Robert

6/11/2021: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lowes St. Robert, 120 Carson Blvd

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Randolph

Cairo

5/27/2021: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Cairo Christian Church, 104 Baker St.

Higbee

6/4/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Higbee Senior Center, 205 Railroad St

Huntsville

6/4/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Westran High School, 601 Hornet Lane

Moberly

6/7/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Central Christian Church, 201 S. 4th St.

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Camden

Osage Beach

5/20/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Tri County YMCA of the Ozarks, 950 Airport Road

5/28/2021: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Purcell Tire and Service Center, 990 Virginia Avenue

6/3/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Culver’s Restaurant, 5785 US 54

6/9/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Harley Davidson LOTO, 6482 Osage Beach PKWY

6/11/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lowe’s Osage Beach, 950 MO-42

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Cedar

Stockton

6/8/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Agape Boarding School, 12998 East 1400 Road

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Dade

Lockwood

5/24/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., American Legion, 710 Locust

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Dallas

Buffalo

6/2/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Buffalo United Methodist Church, 214 North Pine Street

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Hickory

Hermitage

5/25/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 24798 Highway 254

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Vernon

Sheldon

5/21/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Sheldon Baptist Church, 102 Commercial Street, Second and Commercial

About blood donation

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit  RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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

About the American Red Cross

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

* Restrictions apply. Winner must provide tow vehicle with the appropriate tow capacity for use with the prize vehicle at all times, i.e., such as a full-sized truck or SUV, in order to take delivery of the prize (2021 Coachmen Clipper Cadet 21CBH, estimated at 5,000 pounds). Additional information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/SummerFullOfLife.

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Inspiring Hope Through Healing: National Hospital Week is May 9-15

Hospitals are much more than places of healing; they are central to a community’s health and represent hope for the future.  

National Hospital Week is May 9-15, and in line with this year’s theme, Inspiring Hope Through Healing, Bates County Memorial Hospital (BCMH) takes this opportunity to shine the spotlight on each of our employees who have inspired hope by showing courage and teamwork in a year marked by change, uncertainty, and challenge.

“The hard-working people who work in hospitals deserve recognition for their role in keeping their communities healthy,” said Greg Weaver, Chief Executive Officer for BCMH. “We encourage residents to express their appreciation for the people, facilities, and technologies that make trustworthy, reliable health care possible in our community.”

To all those working in our hospital and clinics, our volunteers and board members, thank you for inspiring hope through healing.

Missouri Department of Conservation reports spring turkey season ended with 34,593 birds harvested

Top harvest counties for the regular season were Franklin, Texas, and Callaway.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that turkey hunters checked 31,798 birds during Missouri’s 2021 regular spring turkey season, April 19 through May 9. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 710 birds telechecked, Texas with 666, and Callaway with 639.

Young turkey hunters also harvested 2,795 birds over the youth weekend, April 10 and 11, bringing the overall 2021 spring turkey harvest to 34,593.

Last year, young turkey hunters harvested 2,724 birds during the spring youth season and hunters harvested 38,734 during the regular spring season for a 2020 spring season total harvest of 41,458 birds.

“Spring turkey harvest was down this year, which can partially be explained by a decline in hunting participation,” said MDC Turkey Biologist Reina Tyl. “Last year we saw a big increase in the number of permits sold and there was a subsequent increase in turkey harvest. This year, the permit sales total was closer to what was observed before the 2020 season. When turkey hunting participation declines, we expect to see a subsequent decline in turkey harvest.”

MDC had one report of a non-fatal hunting incident during the 2021 spring turkey season.

Get more information on this year’s spring turkey harvest numbers by county at extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table/.

Get more information on turkey harvest numbers for past seasons at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey/turkey-reports/turkey-harvest-summaries-past-seasons.

For more information about turkey hunting in Missouri, visit MDC online at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey.

Local Schools will broadcast Live for the Adrian Awards Ceremony and the Butler Honor Day Ceremony.

92.1 will broadcast live from the Butler High School Auditorium as they present “ Honor Day “ and again from the  Adrian Gymnasium  for the annual 2021 “Award Day Ceremony” .

The Adrian High School Award Ceremony will broadcast live on May 18th. The Adrian ceremony will start at 10:15 am and last approximately 1 hour.

The Butler High School will hold its annual Honor Day awards ceremony on Thursday, May 20th . This ceremony will also air live from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm.

We take the time to thank our hosts for making this live coverage possible:

Osage Valley Electric and Pyramid Roofing of Grandview
to include  Adrian Bank and Yoss Thriftway Grocery Store in Adrian

That’s the Adrian High School Award Ceremony on Tuesday, May 18th and The Butler High School Honor Day on Thursday, May 20th. Join us live from the studios of 92.1 or from the web as we stream from www.921news.com

Bates County Coroners Office

Bates County Coroner Reports a Death in Butler

On Friday, May 7, 2021, at around 9:43 am I was called by Butler Police to a residence on East Fort Scott Street in Butler. A deceased person had been found in a residence following a wellbeing check. At this time, I believe family notifications are still occurring and for that reason, I will withhold the decedent’s name at present. There is no indication of foul play, and investigation, as to cause of death, is underway at this time. I will provide updates as available. Greg D. Mullinax, Bates County Coroner

Butler Saddle Club: Rodeo Queen and Princess Candidate Deadline May 14th

The Butler Saddle Club Rodeo hits Butler on June 18th 19th and 20th. The Butler Saddle Club is now looking for cowgirls who would like to compete for their 2021 rodeo Princess and Queen title. The deadline to sign up for Butler Rodeo Princess and Rodeo Queen is May 14th of 2021. Call or text Lacey Lee for more information or to sign up for Rodeo Queen and Princess competition. 660-464-4732 that number again, 660-464-4732.

Diagnostic Imaging at Nevada Regional Medical Center Sees Continued Growth

April marked a record number of ultrasounds performed at NRMC with a total of 329 exams. Diagnostic Imaging at NRMC involves many different types of imaging machines and exams.  Ultrasounds are used by physicians to study soft tissue structures, such as the gallbladder, kidneys, pancreas, and bladder. 

Ultrasounds can also measure the flow of blood in the arteries to detect blockages.  It is most commonly understood for its use in studying the developing fetus during pregnancy.

“Being non-invasive, ultrasound is a strong alternative for certain imaging exams while providing no ionizing radiation exposure to the patient, says Todd Fine, Director of Diagnostic Imaging at NRMC. “The number of ultrasounds performed in April reinforces the decision to beef up our ultrasound imaging department to meet the needs of the area providers.”

With the addition of new providers, NRMC has seen the need for ultrasounds grow steadily and has begun to invest in expanding its capabilities and staffing accordingly.





Diagnostic Imaging employees at NRMC who provide patients with ultrasound exams include, (L-R) Matt Law, Jackie Karleskint, and Joe Heathman.

Price Revision: Butler: Vidalia Onions to arrive by next week

Vidalia Onions will arrive next week. Members of the Bates County Shriners will be at various locations around our area when the onions arrive . Each 10 pound Vidalia Onion bag will sell for $12.00. Onions will be for sale at:

Butler Wal-Mart
Mc Bee’s in Amsterdam and Passaic
Kreisler Drug Store in Adrian and Appleton City
and across the street from Casey’s General Store in Adrian.

The exact date of arrival for the Vidalia Onions  will be announced by Tuesday, May 11th.

Garden City : Clear Creek Live Music Venue

In today’s local news we feature a new live music venue now open in Garden City. Clear Creek Event Center is a 60-acre outdoor not for profit venue that opened in mid-2020. The venue is in its beginning stages and is your basic concert arena.

This property is available to rent for various events, but this summer Clear Creek Event Center has several live music concerts on its schedule thru August. There is ample parking space. There are no buildings at this time and no bleachers so those that attend must bring blankets or lawn chairs. Clear Creek Event Center offers a private countryside space and serene lakeside view, where concerts will be held this summer.

The mission is to give back to local charities and ministries to further their positive life-changing impacts. The first of several concerts will be held on June 4th, “Yard Dogs and Hunter Thomas Mounce” will be on stage at 6 pm. The cost is $25.00 per person for advance admission tickets. Gate tickets will be slightly higher.

June 5th will feature the live band “ Rock and Roll Never Forgets, which will be a tribute to Bob Seger and “Special Forces Band” will feature a salute to 38 special. Admission for the Saturday, June 5th concert is also priced at $20.00 for advance tickets per person and will be slightly higher at the gate.

The Clear Creek Event Center is growing and will offer 3 phase power for lighting in the near future. The facility has plans to offer buildings for meetings and public restrooms on location.

Concert tickets may be purchased in advance or at the gate for a slightly higher charge. Alcohol, food, or drinks will not be allowed to be brought into the concert. There will be concession stands and portable restrooms on location. See them on Facebook at Clear Creek Event Center. This event center and live music venue are found at 26608 South Little Road in Garden City.

Adrian Award Ceremony/Butler Honor Day Ceremony to be Broadcast Live

92.1 will broadcast live from the Butler High School Auditorium as they present “ Honor Day “ and again from the  Adrian Gymnasium  for the annual 2021 “Award Day Ceremony” .

The Adrian High School Award Ceremony will broadcast live on May 18th. The Adrian ceremony will start at 10:15 am and last approximately 1 hour.

The Butler High School will hold their annual Honor Day awards ceremony on Thursday, May 20th . This ceremony will also  air live from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm.

We take the time to thank our hosts for making this live coverage possible:

Osage Valley Electric and  Pyramid Roofing of Grandview
to include  Adrian Bank and Yoss Thriftway Grocery Store in Adrian

That’s the Adrian High School Award Ceremony on Tuesday, May 18th and The Butler High School Honor Day on Thursday, May 20th. Join us live from the studios of 92.1 or from the web as we stream from www.921news.com

Care Connection celebrates Older Americans Month

Care Connection for Aging Services is celebrating Older Americans Month this May with the theme “Communities of Strength,” recognizing the important role older adults have in strong, resilient communities.

Each May, Care Connection joins the Administration for Community Living in the celebration of Older Americans Month. This year’s theme recognizes that in tough times, communities find strength in people — and people find strength in their communities.

“In our communities, older adults are a key source of this strength. Through their experiences, successes, and difficulties, they have built resilience that helps them to face new challenges,” said Diana Hoemann, Executive Director of Care Connection. “When communities tap into this, they become stronger too.”

Over the past year, the agency has sought to build strength in the area’s older adults by staying connected to them, even while senior centers have been closed to the public. Staff members and volunteers have provided phone calls, video Zoom calls, home-delivered meals, and curbside pickups. Our vaccine navigators have provided help in finding the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We’ve offered tips on gardening, exercise, birdwatching and simple recipes in our ‘Cabin Fever Cures,’ a weekly handout to entertain folks,” Hoemann said.

During Older Americans Month, Care Connection is encouraging community members to share their experiences. Here are some ways to share and connect:

  • Look for joy in the everyday: Celebrate small moments and ordinary pleasures by taking time to recognize them. Start a gratitude journal, and share it with others via social media, or call a friend or family member to share a happy moment or to say thank you.
  • Reach out to neighbors: Even if you can’t get together in person right now, you can still connect with your neighbors. Leave a small gift on their doorstep, offer to help with outdoor chores, or deliver a homecooked meal.
  • Build new skills: Learning something new allows us to practice overcoming challenges. Take an art course online or try a socially distanced outdoor movement class to enjoy learning with others in your community. Have a skill to share? Find an opportunity to teach someone, even casually.

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

First week of May in the Year…1918 – W. O. Atkeson’s “History of Bates County” is for sale in all the towns in the county.
1879 – Prairie City is really crowing that they have 3 schools:  2 Lutheran and 1 regular.
1926 – Plans are gelling for a hospital in Butler.  The Commercial Club is backing Mrs. S. C. Stayton, a professional nurse, who has purchased the Mrs. Julian Dryden house at 107 South Havannah.  Plans are to open June 1st.
1915 – George Falloon dies.  He owned a large ranch of several thousand acres southwest of Adrian.  He had built a large mansion on the highest point of his holdings, naming it “Falloon Heights.”  (It was later known as Young’s Mansion)
1926 – The City of Butler announces the electric cable for the “White Way” lighting has been laid around the Courthouse lawn.
1895 – A band concert, featuring the Rich Hill, Hume, & Foster bands, is held in West Park in Rich Hill, along with an ice cream social.
1869 – Professor Snow enters Butler with a wagon load of velocipedes and is holding a week long school for anyone buying one.  (Bicycles).
1889 – Rich Hill Mayor J. F. Smith gives an address and the Masons lay the cornerstone of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
1900 – The new steam laundry of Johnson & Graves, just west of the southwest corner of the Butler square, has all new equipment and is ready for your pressing business.
1864 – Lt. Ellis and 16 men leave the Union troops camp at Balltown, in Vernon County- Little Osage, to intercept a reported 18 Bushwhackers near Papinville in Bates County.  They do not find them.
1895 – Colonel Billy Booker, proprietor of the Talmage House, announces 40 rooms have been repapered and the remodeling continues.  Rich Hill.
1928 – The Seth Thomas clock has arrived and is being installed in the Courthouse dome.
1869 – The Bates Co Court studies which is the best place for a bridge over the Marais Des Cygne River:  Burnett’s Ford or the Haymaker Mill.  No decision today.
1905 – A grand jury inspects the old Bates Co Poor Farm east of Butler in Summit Township, finding it in filthy condition; they say a new one should be constructed. (The ‘new’ one built in 1915 is now home to the Bates County Museum)
1884 – The Rich Hill Sun newspaper says the back water is up to Ovid and the Gulf mine railroad track runs through ‘a lake’ three miles wide.
1885 – Butler saloon owners appear before the Butler City Council and request the annual city license be reduced from $400 to $200.  No action taken.

Courtesy of Mid America Live

Archie Fall Festival Scholarship Winners

The Archie Fall Festival award 3 scholarship in the amount of $250.00 to three Archie High School Seniors for 2021. Archie Fall Festival work with the community to be able to provide these scholarships to Archie Seniors.  The only criteria to be eligible for the Archie Fall Festival scholarship to you must be a Senior at Archie Hill School and summit an essay on “Why I deserve this scholarship.”

The winners of this year’s Archie Fall Festival Scholarship were Chesine Baker, Jacob Forgette and Kaylie Morton!!

The Archie Fall Festival congratulates each winner and wishes them the very best in their next adventure!!

Harrisonville Kiwanis Club Strawberry Day

The Harrisonville Kiwanis Club will be holding the Annual fundraising event, Strawberry Day on Tuesday, May 25th.

Strawberry Day is an annual event that raises funds for the Harrisonville Kiwanis Club community service programs.

This years Strawberry Day event will be held at the First Christian Church located at 400 S Independence in Harrisonville.

The Kiwanis Club will be serving Strawberry shortcake with ice cream for a $6.00 donation.  There will be drive thru and Carry out options available along with eating in.

The Harrisonville Kiwanis Club will be serving from 11:30am to 1:30pm and again from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

Harrisonville Class of 2021 Celebration Week

The Harrisonville Class of 2021 will graduate on Friday, May 14, 2021.  Graduation will be held at the Memorial Stadium at 7pm and can also be viewed online at Wildcats Network on YouTube.

Along with the Traditional Graduation ceremony the Harrisonville Class of 2021 will have a week of Celebration beginning on Monday, May 10th with Senior Yard sign album being posted on Facebook.

On Tuesday, May 11th the Harrisonville Class of 2021 Senior’s Kindergarten Memories video will be available for viewing on the Harrisonville Schools Facebook at 7pm

The Harrisonville Class of 2021 week of celebration will continue on Thursday, May 13th with the online Harrisonville Senior Excellence Academic Ceremony.  This will be available on the Harrisonville School Facebook and on the Wildcats Network on YouTube at 7pm.

Harrisonville School will also be post Senior Spotlights all week on Facebook and businesses will show their Wildcat pride by painting signage of congratulate the Harrisonville Class of 2021 on their windows.

Butler: City-Wide Clean-Up Dates

The dates have been set for the Butler City Wide Clean up

The City of Butler, in cooperation with Bates County Disposal, will be conducting the Butler City Wide cleanup for residential properties.

All Houses North of Ft. Scott Street will be picked up the week of May 10th – May 14th.

All Houses South of Ft. Scott Street will be picked up the week of May 17th – May 21st.

Bates County Disposal will pick up old furniture, appliances, paint, batteries, and miscellaneous junk.  Your clean-up items or trash should be separate from your regular weekly trash but should still be at the curbside. This service is for residential properties only and there is a one pickup load limit per household.  Bates County Disposal will not pick up tires or construction/building materials such as lumber, plywood or shingles.  Households with larger amounts must make special arrangements with Bates County Disposal by calling 660-679-7604

The City of Butler will pickup your normal yard waste of brush and limbs no larger than 6” in diameter. These must be placed at the curb and separate from the trash pick up for Bates County Disposal.  Leaves must be bagged in City of Butler leaf bags in order to be collected.  There is also a one pickup load limit of brush items per household.

Items not picked up must be removed from the curb immediately.

Please have your trash or brush ready at curbside by 6am on Monday of your clean up week.

All Houses North of Ft. Scott Street will be picked up the week of May 10th – May 14th.

All Houses South of Ft. Scott Street will be picked up the week of May 17th – May 21st.

Bates County Disposal and City of Butler will not make return trips after they have completed a street.  This is a free service provided by the City of Butler in the Spring and Fall of each year.  Residents are reminded not to place trash or brush at the curb more than one week in advance or they will be subject to code enforcement action.

Butler: City Wide Garage Sale May 8th

The Butler Chamber of Commerce City- Wide garage sale is set for Saturday, May 8th.  Many will be visiting town to shop and need to know where garage sales are located.  The Butler Chamber Commerce will have city-wide garage sale maps available for pick up at the Butler Chamber of Commerce office, 17 N Main St, both Casey’s locations Orange street and Fort Scott St. and both Community First Bank locations on Ft. Scott street and Fran Ave in Butler.  Stop by one of these locations and grab your Butler City-Wide Garage Sale map and plan out your shopping day. That’s the Butler Chamber of Commerce City-Wide garage sale in Butler on Saturday, May 8th.

Firearm Stolen in St. Clair County

In News from the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, April 30th, a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to contact an individual in regard to a stolen firearm. Upon making contact, the victim reported that on April 28th, between the hours of 5:30 A.M and 12:00 P.M, he had parked his red in color Ford F-150 at the Smith Bend boat ramp. At this time, someone stole his Bennali Nova 12-Gauge Shotgun with an Indian Creek Turkey Choke installed on it, a DeWalt ratchet Set, a Smith Hub Assembly Kit, an XL Camo Frog Togs suit, and a large Cabela’s Advantage Timber Leaf Suit. The total value of the items was approximated at $1,000.00.

Dr. Corry Lanyon 64/ Services May 14th

Graveside memorial services for Dr. Corry Lanyon, DDS of Butler, Missouri will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall, Missouri.  Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. Friday in Butler on May 14 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler.  Contributions to the charity of choice.  Online condolences, www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Corry Robert Lanyon, age 64 of Butler, Missouri died Sunday, May 2, 2021 at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas.  He was born December 7, 1956 to Phillip Delose and Robbie Lee Cantwell Lanyon in Kansas City, Missouri.

Corry is survived by two sons, Sean Lanyon and wife Mallory of Overland Park, Kansas and Colin Lanyon of Butler, Missouri; one brother, Phil Lanyon Jr. and wife Sue of Kansas City, Missouri; and two grandchildren, Madelyn and Ryker.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Nina Lanyon in 2009; two brothers, Scott and Michael; and one sister, Jill Lanyon.

Harrisonville Police “Fallen Not Forgotten” Scholarships Awarded

The Harrisonville Police Department continues to honor Officers Donald Marler, Francis Wirt & Chandler Sumner, who were killed in the line of duty working for the Harrisonville Police Department.

The Department, as part of it is “Fallen Not Forgotten” pledge, has developed, and funded the Marler-Wirt-Sumner Scholarship through voluntary donations from Harrisonville Police Officers, City employees and community members.

The Marler-Wirt-Sumner Scholarship is an annual scholarship open to all graduating seniors of Harrisonville High School or the Cass Career Center CJ/CSI Program.

The Harrisonville Police Department continue this tradition by awarding 2 – $1,000 scholarships. Luke Griffith and Danielle Lasure each received their $1,000 scholarships.

CLINTON SCHOOL DISTRICT HIRES HIGH SCHOOL ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

The Clinton School District announce it has selected Melissa Batusic as Assistant Principal of Clinton High School starting with the 2021-2022 school year. Batusic was selected from an applicant pool of over 20 candidates, including two rounds of interviews with fifteen Clinton School District staff members.

Jarrod Steffens, Clinton High School Principal, said “We are excited to have Melissa Batusic join our leadership team for Clinton High School and Clinton School District. She will bring a lot of positive energy along with high expectations and experiences that she will use for students and staff. We believe she will help Clinton High School achieve many of its future goals.”

Mrs. Batusic has a Master of Science degree in School Leadership from Baker University and is currently finishing an Educational Specialist degree from the University of Central Missouri. Batusic also started her education at UCM with a Bachelor of Science in Education.

Batusic has spent the last 19 years as a teacher in three districts in the Kansas City Metro area. She has taught Family and Consumer Science (FACS) for the Shawnee Mission, Desoto, and Gardner-Edgerton School District in Kansas. Batusic has an extensive background in Career and Technical Education including career pathways and real-world learning initiatives. She hopes to work with students and Clinton Technical School to utilize her experiences and help students decide on a future career path.

Throughout the interview process the interview team noted her ability to build relationships with students, support teachers, and work with challenging students all with a calm demeanor. Mrs. Batusic will utilize this as she handles many responsibilities for the Clinton School District as High School Assistant Principal. Batusic has experiences in working with students from all backgrounds using positive behavior interventions and support. Mrs. Batusic will also oversee the A+ program and Cardinal Time advisory period.

Mrs. Batusic said, “I am incredibly excited for the opportunity that the Clinton School District has given me. I look forward to meeting the students and staff as soon as possible! I am excited to get to work and to start building relationships with the students, teachers, staff, and community members. My hope is to continue to build upon current programs and add fresh ideas to others for the betterment of our school!”

Melissa, her husband, and youngest daughter plan to relocate to the Clinton area from Kansas City this summer. She also has 2 adult children, one who is serving in the Air Force and the other is a school athletic trainer in central Missouri. Her family is very important to her and in their free time they like to spend time outdoors.

Butler City Council News

Story Courtesy of Mid American Live

In News for the Butler City Council meeting held on Tuesday May 4th.

All members present. It was a fairly short meeting as there were no public hearings, guests, proclamations, or committee reports. 

Training is scheduled for new council members this Friday in Garden City, with more coming in early June.

Considerable time was given to discussion of holding a town hall event that would give the public an open forum to discuss ideas and issues with the council. At this point, picking a place and date will be done soon- it does not look like the Butler high school auditorium is going to work out due to construction, so possibly a local church will fit the bill. Most likely the town hall meeting will be held in June.

It was announced the Butler pool will be open beginning May 31st.

Councilwoman Liggins reported that she, with mayor Henry have been looking into how to establish a paved path or sidewalk to give pedestrians a safe zone to get to businesses on west 52. The biggest issue is the railroad overpass, and changes there are cost prohibitive. It looks like a crossing near Ohio street may be the answer.

This city is looking to replace a brush truck for the fire department as the 1985 unit is in pretty bad shape. Cost of the chassis for a Ford F-350 super cab will be in the 35k range.

Scholarship winners at Harrisonville High School

Congratulations to seven Harrisonville High School students who have earned scholarships through the KC Scholars program!

Five juniors have been selected as recipients of a Traditional Scholarship worth up to $50,000. Leah Bartlett, Maria Cesonis, Piper Foreman, Chloe Shepard, and Skyla Thresher have earned the scholarships.

Two Harrisonville High School freshmen have earned the $1,400 College Savings Match Scholarships. They are Desarae Baker and Miranda Fisher.

The KC Scholarship program was started by the Kauffman Foundation and provides scholarships to 9th and 11th graders, as well as adult learners.

Hudson Elementary Kindergarten Screening

Hudson R-IX Elementary will hold their annual kindergarten screening on Monday, May 17. Call (660) 476-5467 to set up an appointment if you live in the Hudson R-IX School District, and your child will be attending kindergarten in the fall and they do not currently attend Hudson preschool.  You will need your child’s social security card, birth certificate and current immunization record.  If you call and the school office is closed, please leave a message and they will get back to you.

Missouri Department of Conservation encourages people to Be Bear Aware

Bears are looking for food. MDC reminds people that a “fed bear is a dead bear.”

With spring underway, Missouri’s growing population of about 800 black bears have left their winter dens with some wandering great distances in search of food, territory, and mates. With bears active and on the move, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds people to “Be Bear Aware.”

Missouri is home to only black bears, but the name can be misleading. Black bears sometimes have brown, cinnamon, and red coats. While most Missouri black bears are found in the forested parts of southern Missouri, primarily south of Interstate 44, MDC research shows their numbers are growing and their range is expanding northward. With a growing population of bears and expanding range comes an increased potential for human-bear interactions and conflicts.

“Late spring and early summer are prime times for bears to be on the move,” said MDC Resource Scientist and Furbearer and Black Bear Biologist Laura Conlee. “Bears are hungry and searching for food. Yearling bears are starting to wander from where they were born seeking food and areas to settle. Adult males begin moving large distances in search of females.”

Conlee emphasized that as black bears become active in the spring, they are focused on finding food.

“It is imperative that people remove bear attractants from their property, such as bird feeders, trash, barbeque grills, pet food, and food waste,” she said. “Keeping areas free of attractants and letting bears find natural foods is in everyone’s best interest. If you see a bear, let the animal be and enjoy the sighting, but be sure to not offer it any food.”

Conlee noted that intentionally feeding bears can be dangerous as it makes the bears comfortable around people. It can also lead bears to cause significant damage to property while searching for a meal.

“When bears lose their fear of humans, they could approach people in search of food or may defend the food sources or territory they associate with people, which can make them dangerous,” Conlee said. “When this happens, the bear cannot be relocated and has to be destroyed. A fed bear is a dead bear.”

Food is usually a bear’s main motivator, but that also means it can be a main source of conflict. MDC offers the following tips to avoid attracting black bears to possible human-created food sources:

  • Store garbage, recyclables, and compost inside a secure building or in a bear-proof container or location.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect trash containers to minimize smells that could attract bears.
  • Keep grills and smokers clean and store them inside.
  • Don’t leave pet food outside. Feed pets a portion at each meal and remove the empty containers.
  • Refrain from using birdfeeders in bear country from April through November. If in use, hang them at least 10 feet high and 4 feet away from any structure. Keep in mind that even if a bear cannot get to the birdseed, the scent could still attract it to the area.
  • Use electric fencing to keep bears away from beehives, chicken coops, vegetable gardens, orchards, and other potential food sources.

While black bears are generally a shy, non-aggressive species and bear attacks are rare throughout their range in North America, MDC offers these tips to stay safe when outdoors in bear country:

  • Never deliberately offer a bear food!
  • Keep campsites clean and store all food, toiletries, and trash in a secure vehicle or strung high between two trees.
  • Do not keep food or toiletries in a tent, and do not burn or bury garbage or food waste.
  • Make noise, such as clapping, singing or talking loudly, while hiking to prevent surprising a bear.
  • Travel in a group if possible.
  • Keep dogs leashed.
  • Be aware of surroundings. If there are signs of a bear, such as tracks or scat, avoid the area.
  • Leave bears alone! Do not approach them, and make sure they have an escape route.

For more information on Missouri black bears and how to Be Bear Aware, visit mdc.mo.gov/bearaware.

The Little Apple

Vol 29 no 18

 May 5, 2021

AC City Hall will be closed on Friday, May 7, 2021 for employee training. As always, the night drop is available on the front of the building.

Appleton City’s Second Saturday event is scheduled for May 8. If you are interested in having a booth and have not yet been contacted, please contact Lyndsi Davis or Katie Hearting ASAP, or send them a message through Facebook.  Each vendor will be assigned a spot on Main St.

There will be a $20 deposit due at time of sign up and you will receive $10 back the day of the event. The event will be in the evening this year from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  More information is available at: https://www.facebook.com/Appleton-City-Second-Saturdays-2227394524191263

The Appleton City Public Library will hold their annual bake sale fundraiser on Saturday, May 8, beginning at 8:00 a.m. in front of the library. Come out and support your local library by grabbing some treats to share with your mom!

ACHS JV and Varsity Volleyball Teams are teaming up with Grey and Kae Boutique for a fundraiser on May 8. During May’s Second Saturday event, from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., 15% of all in-store and online sales will benefit the girls’ volleyball teams. Any money raised will be used to pay for summer camps and needed team equipment. Grey and Kae Boutique is located at 115 W 4th Street in Appleton City. This is on the north side of Main Street where the former Blue Inn banquet hall was located. You can also support the team by shopping online on May 8 at http://www.shopgreyandkae.com.

The Hudson Hustler’s 4-H Club will be serving a loaded baked potato during the May 8 Second Saturday’s event. Serving will take place in the Depot from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Loaded baked potatoes, dessert and drink will be $7.  Only carryout will be available.  They look forward to seeing the community come out and support the local 4-H club, as this event is usually held in December but had to be postponed this year.

The monthly Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God will be 7:00 a.m. Saturday May 8.  All the men of the community are invited to join us for a time of great food and fellowship.   Chad Pollard, President Kansas Christian College, will have a short devotional.

Ellett Memorial Hospital and AC Rural Health Clinic Community Appreciation Day, “Giving Back To Our Community”, will be Wednesday, May 12, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or until they run out.  They are offering free pulled pork sandwiches, chips and water.  Curbside pickup will be available at the front doors of the hospital.  If you have any questions you may call 660-476-5233 or email:  [email protected]

The Yellow Rosebud Cemetery Project at the AC Cemetery is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 15 or rain date Sunday, May 16, at 1:30 p.m.  Volunteers and support are needed to place 2400 large, single, silk yellow rosebuds on the graves in the oldest sections of the AC Cemetery.  Dean Ellis, ACHS class of 1960 and Vietnam Veteran, started this project with his late wife, Sharon, 12 years ago.  Dean began decorating graves with his maternal grandparents, Rose and Ellzie Smith, at the age of 5 or 6.  As they decorated, he noticed many graves did not have flowers.  His grandmother told him the graves were so old, there was no longer any family members left to decorate.  As the years passed, they wanted to make a difference. To support, volunteer or for further information, please contact City Hall at 660-476-2631, Donald Yoss 660-492-7218 or Dean Ellis 417-844-5344.  Volunteers will again be needed Wednesday, June 2, at 9:00 a.m. or rain date of Thursday June 3, 9:00 a.m. to pick up the rosebuds.

Hudson R-IX Elementary will hold their annual kindergarten screening on Monday, May 17.  Please call (660) 476-5467 to set up an appointment if you live in the Hudson R-IX School District, your child will be attending kindergarten in the fall and they do not currently attend Hudson preschool.  You will need your child’s social security card, birth certificate and current immunization record.  If you call and the school office is closed, please leave a message and they will get back to you.

Hudson R-IX is hosting an online Scholastic Book Fair.  Shop the link at hudsonelementaryschool.org.  The fair ends May 9.

ACHS Alumni meeting will be May 29, 2021 at 11:30 with a COVID safe school sack lunch. RESERVATIONS ONLY.  Mail $10/person and include all names and year to Patty Purvis Young x68, 101 E. 3rd St., Appleton City, MO 64724.  DEADLINE is May 15. For questions, call 660-476-5857 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. or email [email protected]

It’s that time of year again.  Collect all of your Food Fair receipts, Best Choice labels and Box Tops and send them to Appleton City Elementary School.  Food Fair receipts need to be from January 1 – April 30, 2021.  If they are older, they cannot be submitted.  Please place them in a plastic bag or envelope and drop off in the elementary office or at St. Clair County State Bank with Janet Payton by Friday, May 7. This on-going fundraiser raises a substantial amount of money for PTO to use for the children’s classroom trips and teacher requests for supplies.  In 2020 alone, this project netted approximately $1,500 in funds.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

May 7      AC City Hall closed

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

May 8      May second Saturday event 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

May 9      MOTHER’S DAY

May 9      ACHS Baccalaureate 7:00 p.m. in the East Gym

May 12    Ellett Memorial Hospital and AC Rural Health Clinic Community Appreciation Day 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

May 13    Hudson R-IX Awards Assembly at 8:30 a.m.  (Masks Required) and Last Day at Hudson R-IX – Dismiss at 12:15 p.m.

May 14    Hudson R-IX 8th Grade Graduation at 7:00 p.m. 

May 15    Yellow Rosebud Cemetery Project at the Appleton City Cemetery 9:00 a.m.

Attention Montrose Alumni.  If you class is planning on getting together to celebrate during the 2021 Memorial Day Weekend Festivities, please contact David at 492-7749 and give him a heads up.  If your class is planning on getting together at the dinner after the parade for the Chicken Dinner, please contact him by May 14.  They will attempt to reserve tables so classes can sit together, as best they can.  They plan to have go orders and additional sitting outside for those still wishing to social distance or just enjoy the sunny day (THEY HOPE).  VFW Post 8820 will serve cold beverages and Old Crow Winery will be serving wine under the 40 x 60 tent.  So plan your day to eat, drink and be merry. 

The ACHS Senior Class panels for special anniversary years are available for viewing at the Farm House Restaurant.  Featured classes are 50 year-1971; 60 year-1961, 65 year-1956, and 70 year-1957.  The Appleton City Museum provides these each year for viewing and the Farm House Restaurant graciously allows the panels there for their customers to enjoy. 

The AC FFA is holding their spring plant sale.  The FFA greenhouse is open for business 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday-Friday. Just stop by the Ag Building for assistance. Curbside delivery is available during these times as well if you would rather give them your order and they fill it for you. The FFA has garden vegetables and flowers for sale such as tomatoes, cabbage and peppers as well as potting flowers like petunias, annual vinca, impatiens and geraniums. Flowers and vegetables can be purchased as four or two packs, individuals or as hanging baskets. Photos and information about all the items available in the greenhouse are located on the school website as well as the Facebook pages.  Costs are $1/2 packs, $2/4 packs, $1/tomato plant, and $12/hanging basket or 3 hanging baskets for $30. For more information feel free to give Mrs. Leiber a call at 660-424-3668. Due to continued health concerns, only two people will be allowed in the greenhouse at a time, as well as they are requesting all payments be in check form to lower the contamination risks to all involved.  Please also follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing while in the greenhouse.

ACMO Main Street App is available.  You can download Google play or Apple store. Select Pocketsights tour. AC may come up if you are within 50 miles. If you are any place else, click on the magnifying glass search for Appleton City MO.  If walking, hit start tour.  If you want to view at home or out of the area, scroll down and see all the circles for each location. Hit play audio then the red circle below it. A flyer showing the current locations is available in a black box on the south porch bench at the AC Museum, 503 N. Maple.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for May, 2021.  Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: May 5 -Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, May 6 – OB/GYN-Dr. Kallberg, May 12- Upper GI – Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, May 13 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, May 14 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, May 19- Upper GI, Colonoscopy- Dr. Vardakis, May 20 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, May 26 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, May 27 -Rheumatology, Dr. Tay,  May 28 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni.                                  

The University of Missouri Extension in Henry County is offering a four session “Boost Your Brain & Memory: Brain Fitness Class” beginning June 3 at the First Baptist Church Annex in Clinton. Just as you can control and improve your general physical health with good habits so, too, can you improve the health of your brain—boosting your memory and mental agility, as well as reducing your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other causes of dementia. According to Impact of the Education Boost Your Brain and Memory Program Among Senior Living Residents (The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 2017) “Older adult participants completed measures of brain health knowledge, use of memory techniques, physical and intellectual activity and mindfulness at baseline and after the intervention group’s completion of the course.” This class uses a whole-person approach that helps participants form new habits to live a healthier lifestyle, remember things better, be more organized, pay closer attention and regulate their emotions. Each participant will receive a workbook including memory exercises, tips on nutrition and exercise, and summaries of evidence-based research on brain health. Classes will be held on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon at 209 E. Jefferson St. Clinton, MO.  There is a $40 per person cost associated with the program. This fee covers a workbook for each participant and other associated materials. Register online at https://extension2.missouri.edu/events or by calling the Henry County University of Missouri Extension Office at 660-885-5556 by June 1, 2021. A minimum of five must enroll in order to have the class. If you have any questions please call the facilitator Kyleigh Sullivan at 660-619-1355.  And find MU Extension Kyleigh HDFS Specialist on Facebook for updates!

An on-line class will be held May 17 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss summer alfalfa insects. At this class, MU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist, Pat Miller, will cover these potential insect problems in alfalfa and how to scout for them: potato leaf hoppers, cowpea aphids, caterpillars, and blister beetles.  Register by May 14 at 4:00 p.m. for this free on-line Zoom class at: https://extension.missouri.edu/events/scouting-alfalfa-for-summer-insect-problems If you have questions, contact Miller at 417-448-2560 or [email protected] 

“Proper sheep and goat operation management is important to optimum operation productivity and profitability,” says Patrick Davis MU Extension Regional Livestock Field Specialist.  Therefore, MU Extension and Lincoln University Cooperative Extension will be providing an online Sheep and Goat Production Workshop Series to discuss various strategies in operation management. This workshop series will be held on May 10, 17 and 24 beginning each evening at 7:00 p. m.  The online workshops will be held via ZOOM and once participants register; they will receive the link to login each evening.  Topics covered by MU Extension and Lincoln University Cooperative Extension agriculture experts include:  Sheep and goat selection for a successful operation. Reproductive management for optimum kidding or lambing crop, Economics of multiple births in a sheep or goat operation and Sheep and goat composting and dealing with losses. This workshop is free to the public but please register for the event at: https://extension.missouri.edu/events/online-sheep-and-goat-production-workshop-series.  For all other questions please contact Davis at [email protected] or by phone at (417) 955-0287.   

Bates County Covid19 update May 3rd

COVID-19 Updates for Bates County

May 3, 2021

Positive Cases Reported: 1,419

Active & On Isolation: 9

Deaths (confirmed by death certificate): 36

Total Negative Tests Reported: 16,110 as of 5/2/21

**# negative tests updated

Butler Bears and Lady Bears Track Results

The Butler High School track team traveled to Holden on Friday, April 30th and Buffalo for Conference on Monday, May 3rd. Butler Bears Track team has lots of good results and PRs. 

For conference, placing in the Top 3 earns All-Conference Honors.  Both the Butler Bear and Lady Bears teams took 2nd place!

All-Conference

Taitlyn Madison x 4 – 1st in 100m, 200m, Long Jump & Triple Jump – New Conference Records in the 100, 200, and LJ

Annalee Gardner x 4 – 1st in Pole Vault, 2nd in 300 Hurdles, 200m and 4×100 – New Conference Record in Pole Vault

Madison Whitworth x 4 – 2nd in 4×100 and Pole Vault, 3rd in 4×200 and 100m

Cassidy Johnson x 2 – 2nd in 4×100 and 3rd in 4×200

Korry Davis x 2 –  2nd in 4×100 and 3rd in 4×200

Kyleigh Kennedy – 3rd in 4×200

Josie Johnston – 2nd in Discus

Matthew Zent x 4 – 2nd in 110 hurdles, Long Jump and Triple Jump, 3rd in 300 Hurdles

Mason Diehl x 3 – 2nd in 4×100 and 4×200, 3rd in Triple Jump

Kaleb Sandborn x 3 – 1st in High Jump,  2nd in 4×100 and 4×200

Dylan Davidson x 2 –  2nd in 4×100 and 4×200

Brendin Patrick x 2 –  2nd in 4×100 and 4×200

Jaxon Hiser – 2nd in Pole Vault

Jagur Eidson – 3rd in Pole Vault

Press Release from Nevada Regional Medical Center

Cognition and Swallowing Among the Common Challenges Persisting for Many Americans After COVID-19

Speech-Language Pathologists Can Help Patients Regain Health and Quality of Life, NRMC Expert Stresses During Better Hearing & Speech Month

With an estimated 10 to 30% of COVID-19 survivors experiencing “long-haul” symptoms including brain fog and swallowing difficulties, Nevada Regional Medical Center speech-language pathologist Andrea Wydick is encouraging the public to seek care from qualified experts who can help them regain their functioning and quality of life. Wydick is sharing this message in recognition of May being national Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM).

“The pandemic has posed so many challenges to us all as a society, but one of the persisting and most vexing ones right now is the daunting set of difficulties many people are having for months after contracting COVID-19,” said Wydick. “From brain fog, to difficulty eating and drinking, to speech and language problems, these can affect return to work, the ability to take care of one’s family, and overall recovery. Many people don’t know about the services of speech-language pathologists—professionals trained in these areas who can make a huge difference for these people. This is an important time for us to spread the word: Help is available.”

How They Help

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can help people with, or recovering from, COVID-19 who are having short- and longer-term difficulties in the following areas:

• Cognition

Many COVID-19 “long-haulers” are reporting persistent brain fog as a debilitating symptom after their bout with the virus. This can prevent a return to work and impact their ability to tend to family responsibilities. SLPs can work with individuals to improve their memory, attention, organization and planning, problem solving, learning, and social communication—such as re-learning conversational rules or understanding the intent behind a message or behind nonverbal cues. The focus is on the person’s specific challenges as well as regaining the skills that are most important to their daily life and priorities.

• Swallowing

People diagnosed with COVID-19 may experience swallowing problems that can put them at risk for choking or aspirating, which is when food goes into the lungs instead of the stomach. This may be the result of time spent on a ventilator, or it may be another side effect of the virus. SLPs use different types of tests to determine what happens when a person swallows and how the related muscles are working—helping a patient’s medical team, including the SLP, decide on the best course of action with the patient and their family. SLPs may recommend modified textures of food and drink for patients; therapy exercises to strengthen the tongue, lips, and muscles in the mouth and throat; and strategies to make eating and drinking safer, such as modifying the pace of chewing/eating, size of food, and more.

• Communication

People diagnosed with COVID-19 are also experiencing speech and language difficulties. Some, such as those who spent a significant amount of time on a ventilator or experienced low oxygen to the brain, may have muscle weakness or reduced coordination in the muscles of the face, lips, tongue, and throat—making it difficult to talk. Others, particularly those who experienced a COVID-related stroke, may experience a language disorder called aphasia—which makes it hard for someone to understand, speak, read, or write. SLPs work with patients through targeted therapy to improve their communication and understanding.

People who have severe speech and/or language difficulties may need to find other ways to answer questions or tell people what they want, such as through gesturing with their hands, pointing to letters or pictures on a paper or board, or using a computer. These are all forms of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). SLPs help find the appropriate AAC method to meet an individual’s needs.

Where to Find Care

SLPs work in settings that include hospitals, long- and short-term care facilities, private practices, and patients’ homes. Many SLPs are also providing their services via telehealth at this time. If you or a loved one are experiencing communication challenges, Wydick recommends letting your doctor know.

For more information, Vernon County and area residents can contact NRMC Performance Therapy at 417-448-3790, or visit www.asha.org/public.

Branding Iron Barbeque Hiring

The Branding Iron Barbeque Restaurant in Harrisonville is taking applications for positive, self-motivated people who want to be a part of a team that works together to provide the best customer experience possible for their guests.

Part-time and Full-time positions for both Back of the House, Front of the House – day and/or evening shifts available at the Branding Iron in Harrisonville.

Apply in person or email resume to [email protected] Include which position you are applying for, work history and your contact information.

Bates County Sheriff’s Office hiring Detention Officers

Bates County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking applicants for full-time Detention Officers. The starting salary for this position is $15.00 per hour. Bates County Sheriff’s Office offer a full benefits package for this position.  Applicants for Detention Officer at the Bates County Sheriff’s Office must be able to pass a criminal and character background check. For more information contact Lt. Thorp at [email protected]escountysheriff.com or Captain Busick at [email protected]

Winners in the April Butler Chamber of Commerce Cruise Night

Butler Area Chamber of Commerce announces the winners for the April Cruise night held on Sonic in Butler on Friday, May 30th.

The Peoples Choice Award winners were in 3rd Place Jonesey Murroy in a 1967 Firebird, 2nd Place Randy Ross in a 1967 Chevelle and 1st Place Larry Bennett in a 1955 Ford 150.

Butler Chamber of Commerce had 18 registered Vehicles in the Cruise Night.

Butler Chamber of Commerce next Cruise Night is set for Friday, June 18 at Sonic in Butler from 6pm to 9pm

Rich Hill 2021 Senior Graduation Events

Rich Hill High School Seniors and Parents are preparing to celebrate the 2021 Graduation.  Event for this celebration include Baccalaureate at Rich Hill Christian Church on Sunday, May 9th at 7pm. 

Rich Hill Senior Awards night is set for Wednesday, May 12 at pm

And Rich Hill High School 2021 Senior Graduation will be on Friday, May 14th at 7pm.

Missouri Department of Transportation Ask motorist to watch for Mowing on Roadway

It has been a rainy spring and that—coupled with warmer temperatures—means seasonal growth on Missouri roadways. The Missouri Department of Transportation urges motorists to use caution when encountering tractor mowers near the shoulder of interstates and other busy roadways beginning this month and throughout the summer.

“Even the most aggressive warning lights and signs aren’t effective when drivers are distracted,” said MoDOT State Maintenance Director Natalie Roark. “For the health and wellbeing of our workers and yourself, please watch out for our crews, slow down, buckle up and put your phone down. We want everyone to get home safely.”

Major and minor routes are mowed in three cycles usually starting in mid-May and continuing in July and September. MoDOT mows about 400,000 acres of grass statewide each year, which is equivalent to 300,000 football fields. Along with mowing, crews selectively use herbicides to stunt vegetation growth, control brush and stop the spread of noxious weeds. Encouraging wildflower growth and using herbicides carefully adds additional benefits in reducing the amount of time spent mowing.

On rural two-lane roads, crews may use a protective “follow” truck to alert motorists they are approaching slow-moving mowers. Drivers are advised to use the following tips to safely pass mowers:

  • Be alert for trucks and tractors with lights flashing and moving slowly, 2 to 5 mph.
  • Slow down and focus on the road ahead of you. Put your cellphone down and avoid other distractions.
  • Be prepared to stop or drive very slowly behind a “follow” truck, especially approaching a hill or curve on a two-lane road.
  • Obey the no passing zone stripes and only pass when you can see far enough past the “follow” truck to avoid meeting oncoming traffic.

Between mowing cycles, you can report grass and weeds blocking visibility at intersections along state roads by calling MoDOT’s 24/7 Customer Service Center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636) or by going to MoDOT.org and clicking on Report A Road Concern.

Rich Hill FFA Chapter awarded Gold Emblem

The Missouri FFA Association awarded Rich Hill FFA Chapter a Gold Emblem, a Top Chapter Award. Rich Hill placed 25th out of 351 chapters. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation each year. The Rich Hill FFA advisor is Lora Rapp. The top chapters compete for the National FFA Chapter Award. Winners will be announced this fall at the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. This award is sponsored by FCS Financial.

The National Chapter Award Program is designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasize growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership.

Kameran Collier of Adrian Named FFA Chapter Star Farmer

The Missouri FFA Association recognized Kameran Leigh Collier of the Adrian FFA Chapter as the Area 7 Star Farmer at the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention. Her parents are Scott and Kirsten Collier of Adrian. Her advisor is Ethan Romi.

Area Star Farmers are chosen based upon outstanding production agriculture in the student’s supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 7 includes 25 chapters in the Central District. 

MFA, Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 area Star Farmer awards and the State Star Farmer Award.

Collier’s SAE consists of diversified livestock production. She is responsible for the operation and maintenance of registered Shorthorn cattle, lambs and goats. She exhibits the three species at local, state and national levels. 

Collier currently serves as area secretary and chapter president, and previously served as chapter secretary and reporter. She participated at state in dairy cattle evaluation, and horse evaluation and selection career development events. Collier also participated in Division I and Division II prepared public speaking leadership development events. She attended National FFA Convention & Expo, and Missouri FFA Convention. 

In addition to FFA, Collier is a member of the speech and debate club. She participates in volleyball and basketball. Collier also is a member of the Bates County 4-H, where she has held officer positions and is a member of the livestock judging team. 

After graduating high school, Collier’s plans include attending Fort Scott Community College, Fort Scott, Kansas, and competing on the livestock judging team. She then plans on studying agricultural education at Missouri State University, Springfield. Collier said she hopes to become an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor.
 

The Missouri FFA has 25,662 members representing 351 chapters. The national organization has more than 760,000 members representing 8,739 chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Dr. Corry Lanyon age 64 Butler

From the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel. Dr. Corry Lanyon, age 64 of Butler passed away on Sunday, May 2nd at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas

Memorial services are pending and will be announced later by the Schowengerdt Chapel in Butler.

The Fishing Dock Is Hiring

The Fishing Dock Bar and Grill in Archie MO. has job openings available! They are so busy we are adding to our staff!!

The Fishing Dock Bar & Grill is hiring for the following positions:

Dishwasher – part time up to 20 hours a week. Evenings and weekends. Must be At least 15 years old

Servers – evening and weekend shifts available. Someday fill ins a possibility. Must be At least 18 years old. 21+ years preferred.

Prep Cook and/or Cook – Part time to full time hours available. The Fish Dock Bar and Grill is looking to add to their kitchen staff immediately! Pay is based on experience.

Contact LeeAnn Ford at 816-695-2609 to set up an interview.

Bates County Memorial Hospital May EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

Mike Keiser is recognized as the Bates County Memorial Hospital Employee of the Month for May 2021. Mike began his employment at BCMH in July 1998 as the Director of Plant Operations. In 2020, Mike transferred to the skilled maintenance position. His knowledge and expertise have been invaluable in assisting new leadership in the department. Mike is always willing to help anyone if they have a problem or if a patient just needs a wheelchair. Mike is not afraid to do the hard or dirty jobs, and he knows how to fix most things. He displays a smile and positive demeanor throughout his workday.

Harrisonville School Hiring Summer Teachers

Harrisonville School District is looking for qualified teachers to teach Summer School in their district, May 24-June 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Pay is $24/hour and curriculum is provided by Summer Journey. Applicants must hold a teaching certificate or a sub certificate. Complete the application at this link – https://forms.gle/jMcSWfmg2xynNTQLA. Questions? Contact Kristi Meeks at 380-2727, ext. 1502.

Butler Alumni Announces Cancellation

Butler Alumni Members

Due to the loss of the alumni secretary and still concerns over Covid 19, Butler Alumni has decided to cancel again for the 2021 Alumni.

This is late notification, but they kept hoping something would work out. Butler Alumni is still hunting a new secretary and hope to get meetings back on track for 2022.

 For information, please contact

Annette Hermann Anderson 

2035 SW CR 1067 

Butler, MO 64730 

660-679-7305

Bates County Sheriff Office called out on “Swatting Call”

At approximately 11:50pm on 5/3/2021 the Bates County Sheriff’s Office received a call from what appeared to be a juvenile stating that his father was actively shooting a rifle in the house. He stated that his mother was shot and was deceased in the house. The caller stated that he was currently hiding in the house from his father. The caller gave a specific address on South Olive street in Butler.

This type of call automatically initiates an all officer call out. Members of the Butler Police Department, Bates County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol from Bates and Cass, Rich Hill Police Department, and Adrian Police Department converged on that address given. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office was notified with a request for assistance from them for an additional tactical team. Multiple ambulances and fire department units were staged in the immediate area to assist in rescue plans or injuries.

The caller disconnected after stating his father was in the basement and was about to come out and find him.

Officers on scene sat up a containment perimeter at the address given by the caller. It is important to note that there were no sounds of an active shooter at the residence when officers arrived. Negotiators began to call out the occupants of the house. A short time after communications on the loudspeaker started an elderly female came to the door. Deputies made contact with the female and advised her of the reported call at her residence. She gave Bates County Sheriff’s deputies permission to search her residence which reveal no such type of incident at the residence.

The female was very startled and confused. Law enforcement made sure she was ok prior to leaving to check other areas to make sure there was not a mistake between the north and south address. Meanwhile both dispatches continued to attempt to determine the origination of the call.

It was determined that the call was made using an internet software program to hide the identity and location of the caller. It was determined that the call may have come from the Pasadena California area.

This type of call is not common to Bates County community but is often known as “swatting”. Swatting is where someone calls a police department with a horrific type of call that would activate a SWAT team response. There have been several incidents across the country that has resulted in Law Enforcement killing or injuring innocent occupants during this type of calls.

At the same time Law Enforcement was clearing the original call they received another call by a resident on West Lee Street who stated he just heard a gunshot east of his residence. Officers responded to that area but found nothing. Called out officers remained in the Butler area for several hours before being released.

“These types of incidents are dangerous and completely unacceptable. The resources that were utilized and manpower directed away from other duties/calls for service can and do often get people hurt or killed.” Says Sheriff Anderson. “We are working with the Chief of Police to attempt to locate the source of the call. If we can identify the caller, we plan to pursue charges no matter what state they are from. We will also reach out to our Federal Law Enforcement partners to ask for assistance in this case. Chief Wheatley and I want to Thank all the agencies that responded or was in the process of responding. This is another situation were keeping positive relationships among agencies within the county and outside the county benefit all our citizens. Every one of those first responders were willing to put their life second to one of our citizens. In today’s world that is becoming harder to find.”

Missouri State Museum and Daniel Boone Regional Library present Hallowell Davis and the Science of Hearing virtual program May 18

Missouri State Museum and Daniel Boone Regional Library invites the public to a Missouri trailblazer virtual program featuring Hallowell Davis and the Science of Hearing at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 18. The program will be presented by John Peterson from the Missouri State Museum and Emily Morrison from the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Hallowell Davis was a pioneer in the field of audiology, the branch of science that deals with hearing. He even conceived the term! Mr. Davis became the director of research at the Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis and taught in the medical school at Washington University. The program will present his time as the world’s leading authority in the science of hearing and his numerous contributions to the field.

Adults and teens are welcome. Those interested in attending must register online to receive a Zoom link to the program at events.dbrl.org/event/5047391. The event will be recorded for later viewing.

This program is a monthly series in honor of Missouri’s bicentennial, highlighting Missouri’s most significant trailblazers who have had an impact on our culture through major events, leadership, innovation and more.

For more information about the event, call the Missouri State Museum at 573-751-2854.

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

CAPITOL REPORT: REPRESENTATIVE PATRICIA PIKE

House Approves Bill to Crack Down on Call Spoofers

Dear Citizens:  Members of the Missouri House took action this week to protect vulnerable Missourians from predatory callers who hid their identities. The bill passed by the House would establish the “Caller ID Anti-Spoofing Act.” (HB 242)

Spoofing is when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to caller ID display to disguise their identity. Scammers often use neighbor spoofing so it appears that an incoming call is coming from a local number, or spoof a number from a company or a government agency the individual they are calling may already know and trust. Spoofers use scam scripts to try to steal money or valuable personal information, which can be used in fraudulent activity.

“It’s the vulnerable adults who I am worried about more than anything else. They think they get a phone call from maybe their son, and it’s not, and they pick up and they go down some kind of tale of misfortune and then try to get some personal information from them and all of a sudden it leads into some financial information, or dollars being sent to these people,” said the bill’s sponsor.

The bill would create the offense of caller identification spoofing. An individual commits the offense of caller identification spoofing if he or she enters or causes to be entered false information into a caller ID service with the intent to deceive, defraud, or mislead the recipient of the call to obtain anything of value. It would also be a crime if the person places a call knowing that false information was entered into a caller ID service with the intent to deceive, defraud, or mislead the recipient of the call. The offense is a class E felony.

Any victim of call spoofing would have standing to recover punitive damages against the caller in an amount up to $5,000 per call. Additionally, the Attorney General would be empowered to initiate legal proceedings or intervene in legal proceedings on behalf of victims.  The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

REAL ID Deadline Extended – Missourians with plans to fly later this year received good news this week as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended the deadline for obtaining a REAL ID-compliant identification card. Missourians were facing a deadline of October 1 of this year, but the department announced this week the deadline has been pushed to May 3, 2023.

Beginning May 3, 2023, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another TSA-acceptable form of identification at airport security checkpoints for domestic air travel. 

The department will hold webinars on Thursday, April 29; Tuesday, May 4; and Wednesday, May 5. For more information and to register for the webinars, anyone interested can visit dor.mo.gov/drivers/real-id-information/.

Utility Assistance Program Expanded to Help Missourians Pay Energy BillsMissourians in need of financial assistance to pay their heating bills received good news recently. Gov. Mike Parson announced the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Energy Assistance (EA) Program is extending one-time primary heating bill payments through May 31, 2021.

Eligibility for the program is also expanding. The program has been available to Missouri families with incomes up to 135 percent of the federal poverty level. It will now include Missouri households with an income of up to 60 percent of the State Median Income. The change will allow a family of four with an income of up to $51,021 to receive benefits. Previously, the income limit for a family of four was $35,364.

In addition to meeting the income criteria, households must also meet the following criteria to qualify for LIHEAP:

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

In Federal Fiscal Year 2020, Missouri provided $78.6 million in LIHEAP assistance to over 108,000 households.  Missourians interested in learning more about the program can visit https://mydss.mo.gov/energy-assistance or call 1-855-373-4636.

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

Missouri State Fair Exhibitor Camping Reservations Accepted Starting this Monday, May 3

Missouri State Fair livestock exhibitors interested in camping will be able to submit camping reservations starting at 9 a.m. this Monday, May 3 via an online portal or by submitting a downloadable and printable form, both available on the Missouri State Fair’s website. Campers should choose either the online reservation request system or fax in the paper form.

For campers using the online reservation system:

The online portal will be available on the Missouri State Fair’s website starting at 9 a.m. this Monday, May 3 for the submission of exhibitor camping requests, but payment will NOT be collected from the online system. Once the reservation has been accepted, a member of the Missouri State Fair camping staff will contact campers to obtain payment information. Payment will not be collected or processed until reservations have been accepted and confirmed.

For campers using the downloadable and printable form:

The downloadable and printable form will be available on the Missouri State Fair’s website starting at 9 a.m. this Monday, May 3. The form will need to be filled out in full, including payment information, and must be faxed to the Fair. Only send the fax one time. Multiple submissions jam the fax machine and could result in multiple payments processed.

No camping forms will be distributed or accepted on-site. Camping reservation requests must be made via the online portal or forms sent in via fax. 

If you have questions about the status of your reservation after you have submitted your request, please email [email protected].

Reserved exhibitor campsites will open Sunday, Aug. 8; they are only available for livestock exhibitors, commercial vendors and persons with disabilities.

Complete camping rules and more information are available on the Missouri State Fair’s website.

Apply during May for Missouri Department of Conservation fall elk-hunting permits

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds Missourians interested in hunting elk in the state this fall to apply during May for one of five available permits. At least one permit will be for approved area landowners with qualifying property and the remainder for the general public.

MDC has designated a nine-day archery portion running Oct. 16-24 and a nine-day firearms portion running Dec. 11-19. The five permits will be for bull elk and will be valid for both portions. All permits will be assigned through a random drawing. Only Missouri residents are eligible to apply for and purchase elk-hunting permits in Missouri.

Apply for the random elk-permit drawing May 1 – 31 online at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits, through MDC’s free MO Hunting app, through a permit vendor, or by calling 1-800-392-4115.

MDC will require a $10 nonrefundable application fee for all applicants. Those selected for each of the five permits must pay a $50 permit fee. All permits are nontransferable.

To apply for an elk permit, applicants must be Missouri residents at least 11 years of age by the first day of the archery portion of the elk hunting season. Those selected to receive a permit must have their hunter-education certification or be exempt by age (born before Jan. 1, 1967) before they may purchase the permit.

To be considered for the elk-hunting permit(s) allocated to approved area landowners, applicants must have at least 20 contiguous acres in Carter, Reynolds, or Shannon counties and have their property information approved through MDC’s Landowner Permit Application before applying for an elk-hunting permit. Details can be found at mdc.mo.gov/landownerpermits.

Results of the random elk-permit drawing will be available by July 1. Applicants can check to see if they have been selected for an elk-hunting permit at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits by logging into “Manage Your Account” and selecting “View My Special Hunt History.”

Bates County Circuit Court Implements new System for prospective Jurors

The Bates County Circuit Court will mail new Show-Me Jury questionnaires starting April 27, 2021, for jury service beginning May 19, 2021.

“A big benefit to the public will be the ease of contacting and communicating with the courts, and in particular, the jury supervisor’s office,” Shelli White, Circuit Clerk, said. “Although Show-Me Jury is not completely paperless, it allows our potential jurors to do more online and choose how they want the court to let them know if they have been excused or disqualified for serving or if their service has been postponed or canceled. It really has made jury service so much more convenient for our citizens.”

Here is how Missouri’s new Show-Me Jury system works:

  • When potential jurors receive the questionnaire, they now can go online at www.courts.mo.gov/ejuror to complete their juror qualification forms.
  • Potential jurors who believe they are not qualified for jury service under state law can follow the online instructions to submit their necessary documentation electronically.

For potential jurors who do not have access to a computer or who prefer not to communicate information electronically, they may call the Circuit Clerk’s office at (660) 679-5171 to request paper copies of necessary documents.

Missouri courts do not require anyone to provide confidential information over the telephone call or by e-mail. The Show-Me Jury system is designed to give citizens a choice how they want to communicate with their local courts about potential jury service. Any telephone call or e-mail threatening the recipient with fines or jail time for failure to comply are fraudulent, are in no way connected with Missouri courts and should be reported to local law enforcement officials.

“Juries are a hallmark of the American justice system, and we truly appreciate the willingness of our citizens to serve as jurors,” White said. “Through the Show-Me Jury system, we hope to make that service much easier and more convenient.”

Missouri Department of Conservation offering permit applications during May for fall bear hunting

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds Missourians interested in hunting black bears in the state to apply during May for one of 400 permits being offered by MDC for the state’s first black-bear hunting season this coming fall, Oct. 18–27. The maximum total harvest for the season will be 40 bears.

Bear hunting in Missouri is limited to Missouri residents and restricts bear hunting to three designated areas of southern Missouri called Bear Management Zones (BMZ). Hunters must apply for a specific Black Bear Management Zone. Permit and harvest quotas for the upcoming Oct. 18-27 bear season will be:

  • BMZ 1: Permit quota of 200 issued with a harvest quota of 20 bears.
  • BMZ 2: Permit quota of 150 issued with a harvest quota of 15 bears.
  • BMZ 3: Permit quota of 50 issued with a harvest quota of 5 bears.

Each permit will be for a specific BMZ and may be used on public or private property within the BMZ. Hunters who are issued permits must call MDC prior to hunting each day to determine if the BMZ-specific harvest quota has been met. Quota information will be updated no later than midnight on each day of the black bear hunting season. If a BMZ-specific harvest quota is met, the season for that BMZ will be closed. If harvest quotas are not reached, the season will close at the end of the 10 designated hunting days.

Apply May 1 – 31 online at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits, through MDC’s free MO Hunting app, through a permit vendor, or by calling 1-800-392-4115. There is a $10 non-refundable application fee. Missouri residents 11 years of age or older by the start of the bear season are eligible to apply.

Permit selection will be determined by July 1 through a random drawing of all eligible applicants. There will be no “sit-out” period for those selected to receive permits.Applicants can check to see if they have been selected for a permit at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits by logging into “Manage Your Account” and selecting “View My Special Hunt History.” Those selected to receive a permit must have their hunter-education certification or be exempt by age (born before Jan. 1, 1967) before they may purchase the permit at a cost of $25.

MDC is not issuing landowner-specific black bear hunting permits, however, a minimum of 10 percent of zone-specific resident black bear permits will be allocated to approved landowners. To qualify, landowners must have at least 20 contiguous acres within the BMZ for which they are applying. Qualifying landowners must first have their property information approved through MDC’s Landowner Permit Application before completing a black bear permit application. Details can be found at mdc.mo.gov/landownerpermits

Hunting hours will be a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset. Hunters will be allowed to use both archery and firearms equipment with allowable methods being the same as those for deer and elk, except the use of an atlatl. Baiting and the use of dogs will not be allowed.

The harvest limit will be one bear per permit. Only lone black bears may be taken. Hunters may not take bears that are known to be in the presence of others bears, including female black bears with cubs. Bears may not be disturbed, pushed, harassed, or taken from a den. Bear hunters must wear hunter orange, make reasonable efforts to retrieve shot bears, and may not leave or abandon commonly edible portions.

All harvested bears must be Telechecked by 10 p.m. on the day of harvest. Harvested bears must remain intact, as a field-dressed carcass, or quartered with evidence of sex retained, until the bear has been Telechecked. MDC will also require the submission of a tooth from each harvested bear within 10 days of harvest. This will help MDC staff with black bear research and management.

Numerous Charges Filed in Two (2) Shooting Incidents in the Coal Area / Assistance Still Requested From Public

On Thursday, April 29, 2021, numerous criminal charges were filed on John Robert Scott, age 29, of Clinton, stemming from on-going criminal investigations into two (2) separate shooting incidents that both occurred on Friday evening, April 23, 2021, in the southeast portion of Henry County.

Charges filed by the Henry County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office include counts of 1st degree assault, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm, as well as single counts of 1st degree robbery and 1st degree burglary. Scott is currently being held at the Henry County Detention Center with no bond on these charges.

Kevin Lee Thornburg, age 32, is still wanted on an active felony warrant for a parole violation (original charge of 2nd degree burglary), which was issued on January 8, 2021, as well as other municipal warrants, and is still being considered a person of interest and needed for questioning regarding his knowledge into the April 23, 2021, incident which occurred on SE 250 in the Coal area.

Information has been developed that leads local law enforcement to believe that Thornburg may have been transported to the Clinton area, after he showed up at a residence in western Henry County near the Bates County Line, asking for a ride due to his vehicle being stuck in a field. He was reportedly transported, then dropped off near the western edge of Clinton, where he exited a vehicle and walked into the timberline.

Thornburg’s vehicle has since been located in the western portion of Henry County after the Sheriff’s Office drone was deployed and assisted with locating the vehicle during an aerial search. The vehicle was stuck in a field and contained numerous personal items belonging to Thornburg.

The location of the firearm used during the commission of these crimes is believed to be known and recovery efforts will be commencing in an attempt to locate it.Extreme caution is still being urged, if coming into contact with Thornburg for any reason.

If anyone has any information regarding either of these on-going investigations or of Kevin Thornburg’s current location, please contact Henry County Central Communications @ (660) 885-5587 or your local law enforcement agency.

Bates County Museum Minute: This Week in History

Last Days of April and First Days of May…

1872 – The Bates Co Record newspaper has the story of some Cass Co officials trying to abscond with Tebo & Neosho railroad bonds.  They are taken off a train near Gunn City and shot, the bonds brought back to Harrisonville.  This same railroad had berm & grading done through East Butler.
1879 – Hannah & Shaw are digging a 1,000 gallon cistern under their new building site at the East end of the North side of the Butler square.
1885 – Members of the Butler Silver Cornet Band parade through Butler streets to show off their new uniforms.
1885 – 9 freight cars are derailed on the Missouri Pacific railroad, 3 ½ miles North of Butler, when the engine strikes 4 horses about 4 AM.  The passenger train, following the freight train, is delayed several hours.
1908 – A terrible hail storm flattens the Pleasant Gap area.
1915 – Today is Hume’s annual clean-up day when all outhouses are to be cleaned and disinfected, by proclamation of Mayor Billings.
1918 – 19 more prime Bates Co young men depart on the 10:45 am train for Camp Funston at Fort Riley, Kansas for their military duty.
1895 – Luther Parks & Ezra Parks, brothers living 7 miles Northwest of Butler, have a fight over a horse they are training.  Luther shoots Ezra dead with a shotgun.  Luther is arrested and will probably be taken back to the asylum, where he’s been twice before.
1882 – Messrs Hagedorn and Suden, of Jefferson City, purchase the photo gallery on West Ohio Street, Butler.
1892 – Charles & Laura Conklin buy lots 19 & 20 in Passaic, for the building of the Passaic Union Church.
1882 – Jack Bailey, of Rich Hill, catches a 33 pound sturgeon fish in the Marais Des Cygne River, east of town. 

And finally, a local baseball report from The (Adrian) Journal, 1915:
Buckeye Joe and his forty and nine baseball cohorts met and defeated Harry K West and his gallants on the Adrian diamond Wednesday by a score of 13 to 0.  Buckeye Joe says that his men would have won 101 to 0 but the game lasted only four innings.  Harry K says that Buckeye Joe and his men are wind-jammers and not ball players, that he had but four men and this was only a practice game, and swears that he and his men can walk on Buckeye Joe’s neck in a fair game.

Courtesy of Mid America Live

Charge Filed in Connection With Burglary Incident in the Ladue Area / Assistance Still Requested From Public

On Thursday, April 29, 2021, a criminal charge was filed on Katelin R. Dugan, age 20, of Deepwater, stemming from an on-going criminal investigation into an incident that occurred on Friday evening, April 9, 2021, on SW 250, in the Ladue area.  A 2nd degree burglary charge was filed by the Henry County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.  Dugan was released from the Henry County Detention Center after posting a $10,000 dollar surety bond for this charge.

Trail cameras set up on the property captured photographs of a female perpetrator reported to be Dugan, as well as a male accomplice driving a white, full-sized Chevrolet pickup truck, with stolen items visible in the bed of the truck which were taken from the victim’s outbuilding.  The photographs of the perpetrators and suspect vehicle were posted to social media sites and the female suspect was identified as Dugan by numerous persons who contacted the victim and the Sheriff’s Office, as well as being identified by Sheriff’s Office deputies.

The Sheriff’s Office is still investigating this incident and is currently seeking the identification of the male perpetrator.  If anyone has any information regarding this incident or knows the identity of the male perpetrator &/or the location of the suspect vehicle, please contact Henry County Central Communications @ (660) 885-5587 or your local law enforcement agency.

Patricia Pike: Real ID Deadline Extended

REAL ID Deadline Extended

     Missourians with plans to fly later this year received good news this week as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended the deadline for obtaining a REAL ID-compliant identification card. Missourians were facing a deadline of October 1 of this year, but the department announced this week the deadline has been pushed to May 3, 2023.


     Beginning May 3, 2023, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another TSA-acceptable form of identification at airport security checkpoints for domestic air travel. 
     

The department will hold informational webinars on Thursday, April 29; Tuesday, May 4; and Wednesday, May 5. For more information and to register for the webinars, anyone interested can visit dor.mo.gov/drivers/real-id-information/.

Henry County Vehicle Pursuit and Arrest

NEWS RELEASE — STOLEN VEHICLE PURSUIT / ARREST OF JOHN ROBERT SCOTT — THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2021On April 28, 2021, around 10:00 a.m., Deputy Stutzman attempted to stop a stolen vehicle in the 600 block of SE 400 Road, that had been taken during the early morning hours from a business on South Hwy 7. The vehicle failed to yield to emergency lights and siren, fleeing eastbound on SE 400. The stolen vehicle traveled north on Hwy U to Hwy 7 and then west to SE 571 Road. At the dead end of SE 571, the vehicle traveled through private fields and turned south onto SE 701 where Sheriff Oberkrom began pursuing the vehicle. The vehicle turned west onto SE 400 and then north onto SE 611.On SE 611, Sgt. Bremer with the Missouri State Highway Patrol began pursuing the stolen vehicle until it turned into a private field. The vehicle traveled west through a wheat field and traveled near a house and office building before exiting onto SE 300 Road. Just of west of SE 431, the vehicle entered a private field and became stuck while being pursued by Corporal Kubilus.The driver fled from the vehicle into a wooded area. Corporal Kubilus deployed the Sheriff’s Office drone and spotted the subject in a tree line just north of the stolen vehicle. Sheriff Oberkrom was in the area on foot and was able to take the driver into custody without incident.Arrested was John Robert Scott, age 29, of Clinton for stealing, fleeing to avoid arrest and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Scott was transported to the Henry County Detention Center and his parole/probation officer supervisor was advised of his arrest. The case has been submitted to Prosecuting Attorney Richard Shields’ Office for filing of the new charges and revocation of his parole/probation.Other units with the Missouri State Highway Patrol also assisted throughout various stages of the vehicle pursuit.

Butler: Community Cafe Resumes serving meals every Tuesday evening, starting in June.

The weekly Community Café will resume in June 0f this year, (2021) after  Covid-19 delayed the serving of meals this past year. The Community Café of Butler is a service completely made up of volunteers, local groups, churches and businesses that serve meals every Tuesday evening to families and individuals in Butler.

The goal of this service is to break some barriers and bring family and friends together to enjoy a meal and fellowship.

The weekly meal is free of charge and is served from a different church every “Tuesday of the month. The meal is served between 5:30 and 6 pm.

The Community Café will resume serving meals in June.  

First Baptist Church in Butler 300 North Delaware Street on the 1st Tuesday of each month.

Ohio Street United Methodist 205 West Ohio Street Butler, the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

The First Christian church in Butler located at 11 West Pine Street in Butler the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

The Church of the Nazarene 110 West Nursery Street Butler
the 4th Tuesday of each month.

The Happy Hill Church of God 901 North Main Street Butler
the 5th Tuesday of each month.

If your organization would like to contribute to or prepare a meal and/or volunteer to serve at one of the scheduled churches, contact Holly Rabourn 660-227-9001.  The Community Café will resume serving meals in June. 

Portions of Missouri River to change color temporarily as USGS releases dye to study endangered pallid sturgeon.

Portions of the Missouri River will change color temporarily as USGS releases dye to study endangered pallid sturgeon.Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey will conduct a dye-trace assessment. For a few hours during this research, several miles of the Missouri river will appear reddish due to non-toxic dye. The red color will dissipate rapidly and will disappear after it travels several miles downstream. During the study, USGS will deploy several boats on the river to monitor how and where the dye moves 

 The research will be dependent upon weather and is expected to be one day during the week of May 3, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

 The study will involve releasing a non-toxic fluorescent dye along the Missouri River near Huntsdale, Missouri. Scientists will monitor flow patterns for 2-10 miles downstream from the Interstate-70 bridge in Boone County, Missouri. 

The assessment will help scientists understand how larvae from the critically endangered pallid sturgeon drift downstream after hatching and how they find supportive habitat in the complex Missouri River. 

This assessment follows successful experiments conducted by USGS on the Yellowstone and Upper Missouri Rivers in Montana in 2016 and 2017. 

Rhodamine WT is commonly used for these types of assessments throughout the country and is considered completely safe. After releasing the dye into the river, scientists will measure dye concentrations using instruments placed in the river and by aircraft. 

This study is in cooperation with the USGS, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Missouri University of Science and Technology. 

For questions, please contact Donyelle K. Davis, 626-202-2393, [email protected] or  Robert Jacobson, [email protected]   

Bates County Museum Now Open

THE BATES COUNTY MUSEUM WILL OPEN FOR THE 2021 SEASON ON APRIL 1ST. THE MUSEUM IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM APRIL  1ST THROUGH THE END OF OCTOBER EACH YEAR.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harrisonville Police Report

On 04-28-2021 Harrisonville Police Officers conducted a vehicle check in the 1400 block of Missouri 291 Highway. During the vehicle check, Harrisonville Officers conducted a search of the vehicle and came across $6,574 in cash, approximately 248.5 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 52.6 grams of assorted marijuana products and a variety of pills, all of which appear to be controlled substances. No arrest was made in this case as we are awaiting lab results. None of the subject’s present have a medical marijuana card issued and this case is still being investigated.

To the Citizens of Bates County from the Bates County Sheriff’s Office

The last few weeks have been quite busy at the Bates County Sheriff’s Office. So far this year they have noticed an increase in the number of calls for service they are receiving. The Bates County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for patrolling 851 square miles of the county, responding to calls for service in the county, serving civil papers for the courts, assisting other agencies within the county when requested, and responding to their calls for service when other agencies don’t have coverage.

In 2019 and years before Bates County Sheriff’s Office typically received around 8000 calls for service. In 2020, with the pandemic, they saw a drop in calls for service to a low of 6500. So far this year Bates County Sheriff’s Office has seen a 30% increase in calls for service compared to 2019. This year they are on track to answer approximately 10,000 calls for service. This is the time of year Bates County Sheriff’s Office start to see an increase in calls for service because of the weather change and everyone is getting out to enjoy it. They expect that to occur even more after a year of being cooped up and not being able to travel and socialize. With their calls for service numbers up already, Bates County Sheriff’s Office is being stretched thin with the uptick in calls for service.

Bates County Sheriff’s Office has received several complaints regarding response times of deputies. Please know that your call is important to them and they are doing their best to respond to every call as soon as possible. Response times may be longer than usual as Bates County Sheriff’s Office see their calls for service increasing. To be clear, when a call for service comes in it is entered into the system and will be handled in a triage style, where the most serious calls for service are handled first and then the others handled after. In the event that the serious calls for service outnumber the deputies on duty Bates County Sheriff’s Office policy is to call off-duty deputies to respond to those calls. Please keep in mind with the 6th largest county in the State of Missouri normal response times can already take up to 45 minutes.

Along with the several complaints Bates County Sheriff’s Office has received many compliments and Thank You’s for the service that they provide. Many times when their staff are on lunch they find that some person has taken care of the bill and they want to say Thank You to the many who have done this. Your kindness during these times in law enforcement are so important to Bates County Sheriff’s Office. They have been asked what a normal citizen can do to help them in this time of craziness. Bates County Sheriff’s Office just ask that you continue your support and continued patience with their deputies. Understand that when a deputy passes you and is not running emergency equipment it doesn’t mean they are not going to a call for service. Most likely they are responding to a call for service that has been pending for a little while but doesn’t rise to the level of using lights and sirens.

“I want to say that we are very lucky to have the men and women who serve the citizens of Bates County. Whether they are the ones you see in a uniform, working in the jail or answering 911 calls. They continue to go above and beyond, work long hours and sacrifice so much with their families so that the average citizen is protected day in and day out.” Says Sheriff Anderson. “This is a crazy time to attract young police officers and convince them that this type of service is for them. We are lucky to have the community support we have and we don’t take that for granted.”

Protect the Hummingbirds

This time of year, many people are putting out their Hummingbird feeder.  Here a few facts to help protect the hummingbirds.

USE ONLY PLAIN WHITE SUGAR in your mixture of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. No organic, no raw, no brown sugar, no powdered sugar, no honey, no artificial sugar. Plain white sugar/water mixture is more similar to actual flower nectar. And no toxic red color!

Change the sugar water mixture every couple day in your hummingbird feeder, as it will start to ferment sitting out for days on end.

Below is a picture of a hummingbird unable to retract her tongue, which is a sign of fungal spores that have germinated on her tongue or in her gullet caused by folks mixing honey or anything other than plain white sugar with water. She will die because she can no longer feed.

Butler High School Track Results

The Butler HS Track Team has been busy. They traveled to Midway for their relays on Monday for field events only followed by an all day meet on Tuesday at Southwest Baptist University. Below are some significant results from SBU. Full results attached for both.

At Midway on Monday, the boys and girls competed in 11 events, 10 of which earned a medal! Butler HS Track saw a number of PRs. Some of them had never tried the event before and did extremely well!

At SBU, Butler High School Track had an extremely long day. Some of the results we’re not what they were hoping for, but others did really well! Top 5 medaled in each event. The girls took 8th place out of 37 teams!

Long Jump – 2nd Place – Taitlyn Madison

Pole Vault – 1st Place – Annalee Gardner

Discus – 4th Place – Josie Johnston

Javelin – 17th Place – Josie Johnston – 91′ 8″ – NEW SCHOOL RECORD

Steeplechase

5th Place – Annalee Gardner 9:36.67

24th Place – Matthew Zent – 9:18.09

This is the first time in school history Butler High School Track have had athletes compete in the Steeplechase, therefore Annalee and Matthew have set the school record. This is the only meet it is run, so only once per year will someone have the chance to break it!

Archie: Help Wanted

The City of Archie is seeking a part-time Water Plant operator.  Duties and responsibilities include:  daily testing and lab work required by Federal, State, County, and local regulations; janitorial duties with regard to the water treatment facility to maintain a safe and clean environment; routine monitoring and maintenance of all portions of the water system, including using tools and equipment to complete work; other duties as assigned. 

 Normal working hours are 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wednesday through Sunday.  Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and be at least 18 years of age.  Salary will be based on experience and qualifications.  Send resume or apply at: Archie City Clerk, 302 SW Outer Rd., Suite C, Archie, MO 64725, or email to: [email protected]. EOE

Relay for Life 2021 Bates County

RELAY FOR  LIFE  2021

The annual Bates County Relay for Life for 2021 has been postponed until later this

summer or even into the fall.  The event is a community fundraiser for the American

Cancer Society.

Relay for Life 2020 was cancelled due to Covid-19.  This year’s event is pending the

approval of  the American Cancer Society and its commitment to public safety.  Local

organizers should hear early in July whether an actual outdoor Relay will be allowed,

or if  the event would have to done virtually (online).

In 2019 the Bates County Relay teams, participants and contributors raised over

$42,500 dollars to help fight cancer and promote cancer research.

That’s the 2021 Relay for Life, usually held in June on the Butler Square, postponed

at this time.  Even so, please be aware that corporate and individual contributions may be

made at any time.  Checks should be made payable to Bates County Relay for Life, and

may be dropped off at DSWA CPAs just off the Butler square.

Rich Hill: Annual Rich Hill Alumni Banquet Deadline Date

The Annual Rich Hill Alumni Banquet will be held May 29th at the Rich Hill Dome at 6:30 PM . 

Tickets are $15.00 for the Banquet and $5.00 dues for each Rich Hill graduate.

The Theme for the Rich Hill 2021 Alumni Banquet is  – “A Farming Community” . Tickets for the Alumni Banquet may be purchased at the Citizens Bank in Rich Hill, Mo. or from Beverly Sullins. Reservations should be made by May 22nd .

Classes who are planning reunions and want a table reserved or any other questions about the annual banquet please call Beverly at 417-395-4288,or email Beverly Sullins  [email protected] or write  6807 SE Market St.  Rockville, MO 64780-8254   


Rich Hill Alumni Calendar of events was set up as follows; 

May 4 (Tuesday) – Alumni Meeting 7:00 PM at the Kern Center downtown Rich Hill

May 22 (Saturday) – Cut off date to make reservations for the banquet.  

May 28 (Friday) – Set up tables & decorate time to be announced.

May 29 (Saturday)- Rich Hill Alumni Banquet at the Rich Hill School Dome at 6:30 PM

That’s the Rich Hill Alumni Banquet May 29th . The menu and these phone numbers and email addresses may be found at www.921news.com or the KMAM KMOE Facebook page.

Submitted by : Lynn McClaughry  

Full-Time Paramedic position at Ellett Memorial Hospital

Ellett Memorial Hospital is hiring a full-time Paramedic in Appleton City.

Applicant must be able to work 24-48 hour shifts as scheduled. Applicant will be trained to work on Ambulance.

Requirement for this Paramedic position at Ellott Memorial Hospital include:

  • BLS, ACLS and Pals are Required.
  • Interrelationships: Nursing staff members, physicians, ancillary departments, and Administration.
  • Applicant must be able to do moderate to heavy lifting and pulling with proper body mechanics, capable of working under pressure and in conditions of frequent interruptions, to operate an ambulance in a variety of external environments or road conditions and able to function in an unpredictable scene situation.
  • Applicant may be exposed to chemicals and human body fluids, occasional exposure to violent and combative patients.
  • Applicant must possess mental and physical health to meet demands of position.
  • Responsible to: EMS Supervisor/CNO

Submit application and resume for this Paramedic position to Heather Payton, HR

Ellett Memorial Hospital is an EOE

Person Wanted in Henry County

As of Monday April 26th, The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for Kevin Lee Thornburg, age 32, for apprehension and questioning involving a home invasion that occurred on Friday evening, April 23, 2021, at around 10:30 p.m. on SE 250 in the Coal area. During the incident, the homeowner was shot by Thornburg, before he fled the scene. The homeowner was transported by ambulance for medical treatment for the gunshot wound that they sustained, however has subsequently been released from the hospital.

Thornburg is currently being sought on the felony offenses of 1st degree assault, 1st degree burglary, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a weapon.

Numerous investigative leads have been received by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and continue to be reported regarding Thornburg’s whereabouts and have been followed up on, both within Henry and surrounding counties since the incident occurred.

A roadway shooting also occurred on Friday evening shortly after 10:00 p.m., along SE 450, near the intersection of SE Hwy U, in the Coal area, in which the occupants of a vehicle travelling in the area were shot at several times from the occupant of another vehicle that pulled up alongside them. A minor injury was sustained by one victim in this incident and their vehicle was damaged by the gunfire.

Henry County Sheriff’s Office reported the suspect vehicle involved in this incident was described as a dark-colored pickup truck with a cattle guard, as well as a full-length, white, light bar on the truck.

Evidence collected at both scenes could connect these incidents after crime laboratory analysis, however these results are expected to be substantially delayed, due to backlogged evidence awaiting to be processed at laboratories across the state.

If anyone has any information regarding the current locations of Kevin Thornburg or investigative information regarding either of these incidents, contact Henry County Central Communications at (660) 885-5587 or your local law enforcement agency. Thornburg should still be considered armed and dangerous and utilize extreme caution if you should encounter him for any reason.

Damage to Dollar General in Appleton City

On April 23rd, a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to the Dollar General Store in Appleton City. Upon arrival, the St. Clair County deputy made contact with the store manager, who reported damage to the outside of the east side of the building, as though a small car had hit the building.

Adrian Optimist Monday Night Bingo

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

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

You must be 16 years old to play Bingo

Jackpots for Hotball, Blackout, and King of Diamonds

This week’s jackpots for Monday night May 3rd

Hotball $2,600 with 15 hotballs  

Blackout $2,050 with 52 balls or less

King of Diamonds starting at $3,498 with a $1,749 take with 37 cards remaining.

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