9/17 Butler Bears Football

Tonight in Butler Bears Football the Bears traveled to Cole Camp to take on the Cole Camp Bluebirds. Tonight the Butler Bears took the win with a final score of

Butler- 44

Cole Camp-14

OATS Transit Available in Our Area

OATS Transit is open for regular transportation service, however face masks are required on the bus due to COVID-19. OATS Transit follows Federal Transit Administration requirements, which means face masks must be worn on public transit through January 18, 2022. Please call the OATS Transit office at660-827-2611 or 800-276-6287 to schedule a ride or find out about service in your area. Visit our website at www.oatstransit.org and click on the Bus Schedules tab for your county to see the full schedule. OATS Transit is available to the rural general public of any age, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. We also contract with a number of agencies to serve their clients.

Nevada: Freddy’s Custard and Steak Burger Restaurant to open September 21st

The Grand opening of Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steak Burgers Restaurant in Nevada held a Ribbon cutting on Monday, September 20th with the grand opening held on Tuesday, September 21st at 10:30 am.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is an American fast-casual restaurant chain based in Wichita, Kansas. Its menu includes steakburgers, Vienna Beef hot dogs, and chicken sandwiches, and the company provides frozen custard with a variety of specialty sundaes and concretes

Freddy’s was founded in Wichita Kansas in 2002 and has now opened another restaurant in Nevada. We welcome the public to patronize this new restaurant in Nevada. Freddy’s will be held on east highway 54 next to the truck stop.

Butler: Kershner Heating and Cooling Hiring

Help Wanted Kershner Heating and Cooling Butler now hiring for two positions at their company.

A Full-time Service and Installation Technician is needed, with a clean driving record and background check.

Kershner Heating and Cooling will offer incentives and 401K.

Help Wanted for a part Time Secretary, flexible hours possibly Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  

Send a Resume or call Anita at 660-679-4328. Kershner Heating and Cooling Located at 103 North Lion Street, Butler.

Traffic stop turns into short-lived foot pursuit with wanted fugitive

A foot pursuit ended with the arrest of a man wanted out of Cedar County Wednesday
afternoon on the North end of Nevada during a traffic stop by a Sheriff’s Deputy.

According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, the deputy called for additional units
when he recognized a male subject in the vehicle as William Noel, who was attempting to
give him a different name. Noel was wanted by the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office after
he fled from the Cedar County Courthouse after learning he had a warrant for his arrest.

Noel resisted arrest and fled on foot while the deputy was attempting to arrest him. The
foot pursuit ended shortly, and Noel was taken into custody without incident. Noel, 33 of
Sparta, MO was wanted for resisting arrest, assault on law enforcement officers.

Additional charges are pending completion of the investigation.

Sheriff Mosher said his office was contacted by the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office with
information about Noel and the two agencies had been working together to apprehend
Noel. Noel is being held in the Vernon County Jail with no bond.

Papinville Historical and Cemetery Association News from President Beverly Sullins

     I am sure that most everyone has heard that yet again we have decided to not have our annual picnic this year.  It was with much regret and concerns for every one that we reached this decision.  With so many new cases of covid and deaths in Bates and surrounding counties we had to ere on the side of caution.  We are keeping all our plans for the Harmony Mission tour and picnic on hold and will present the planned activities next year.  All who signed up for our tour will be personally called when the event does happen.  We thank everyone for their interest in that activity. 

     We were happy to host the area retired teachers who came out for a tour of the museum and school on September 8th.  They all enjoyed their selves and were happy to be visited by Sophie (Maugraine) Papin and learn of the education at Harmony Mission as they enjoyed lunch.  People or organizations who would like to have tours like this may do so by contacting     Beverly at 417-395-4288 or Phyllis at 417-395-2594.  We would be glad to visit with you and plan a tour for you.  

     Now we need to visit with you about the status of our organization.  This past year we have had a major problem arise.  As you know we have our organization complex here in Papinville and it is rural and we share with God’s creatures living around us.  Unfortunately, several of those creatures (squirrels) decided they wanted to live in our school building and destroyed some of the school property.  We are happy to report that all has been fixed and we have taken steps to deter their return.  But all that took money.  Then there are lights, water, insurance and mowing that has been continuing expenses.  With no yearly money-making event happening in two years now we are needing a little help.  We want to keep every thing in good repair and continue to have the facility to be used and to do that we would like to ask for your help.  If you would like to make a donation in any amount it would be very appreciated.  We have printed up slate like trivets commemorating the establishing of Harmony Mission in 1821. The first 25 persons donating $50.00 or more will receive one of these trivets free. Just know that whatever amount you would be able to give would go to the monthly bills and up keep of the property so that all will be well for us to welcome you back when this health crisis is under control. Donations my be sent to our treasurer, Phyllis Stewart, 6721 S E Market St, Rockville, MO 64780—8249.  Thank you so much and everyone stay safe.  

                                                                                    Beverly Sullins, Pres.          

Full time and Seasonal Positions Available at MoDOT

JEFFERSON CITY—You can make a difference in the lives of all who travel Missouri roads.  The Missouri Department of Transportation has full-time maintenance positions and seasonal emergency maintenance equipment operator positions open across the state.

 “Missouri travelers depend on us to treat and plow the roads through the winter storms. We’re looking for individuals who are interested in joining our team to help Missouri this winter season and beyond,” said MoDOT’s Maintenance Director Natalie Roark. “If you are looking for a rewarding job that gives back to your community, there’s no better time to apply than right now.”

Applicants need to be at least 18 years old, successfully complete a criminal background check (a misdemeanor or felony conviction is not an automatic restriction to employment), and have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). A passing grade on the written portion of the commercial driver’s license (CDL) exam is required prior to hire date. Must pass the driving portion of the CDL exam with tanker endorsement, no air brake restrictions (Class B).

If you don’t already have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), MoDOT will provide training to help you obtain one. Full-time maintenance employees receive training and a long list of benefits including paid leave, medical, vision and dental insurance and a retirement plan; and a culturally diverse workplace that is dedicated to safety and personal development. Full-time employment with MoDOT provides opportunities for advancement and a long-term career.

Butler Track Resurfacing

Starting Monday, September 20th, the Butler High School track facility will be off-limits for track resurfacing.  For those who have been out there, we recently had some dirt work completed to help with drainage issues on the visiting side of the field.  We will now have a complete track respray that will keep the track off-limits all of next week.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Activities Director Jake Duvall at [email protected].

Fundraiser for Kane/ Son of Kylie and Myles Brattin of Butler.

23-month-old Kane, the son of Kylie and Myles Brattin of Butler, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at Children’s Mercy Hospital on January 9th, 2021 at only 14 months of age, his blood sugar was greater than 400 after fasting all night, A1C was 9.9, and his kidney function was elevated. He was in DKA, a life-threatening complication of uncontrolled blood sugar. After a 3-day hospital stay with trial and error, and insulin regimen was established to go home on and enough education to get a jump start on his lifelong journey.

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Most people cannot fathom how parents whose kids have a chronic illness manage it daily. It is hard because it never takes a break and needs to be managed 24/7/365 days a year, making sure Kane’s glucose levels are constantly within range by administering insulin and carefully balancing these doses with his eating and activity.

Kane’s family which includes Grandparents Stacy and Doug Fields of Adrian and Great Grandparents Steve Lord and Carol Cummings are dedicated to making sure he stays healthy but also has a childhood one that includes an occasional carb splurge, sports, and activities he enjoys.

There have been many ups and downs in the 8 months since Kane’s diagnosis, and the family would love to share these with you. Join them on their Facebook page and follow his journey. They will be posting past and future updates on Kane and information on T1D.

You can support Kane and the family by signing up to be on their team and fundraiser with us, or by donating to the team or a team member. You can register yourself or contact a team member for assistance. We will also be selling t-shirts, so watch our Facebook page for more information on that.

The Kane Strong 5-K walk will be on Kane’s birthday weekend, Sunday, October 17th, 2021. They will post more information closer to that date on the team Facebook page also.

All donations are tax-deductible!!

By donating, you support life changing research that helps people with T1D live healthier and longer lives until a cure is found, and no more kids will suffer from this disease. Hopefully Kane will be part of this cure. Thank you, Kane’s Family Team Kane Strong 

There is easy access to the donation page on the Kmam Kmoe Facebook page.

Fall Sheep and Goat Production Workshop Series to be held Online in October

Stockton, Mo.- “Proper management of sheep and goats is important for optimum operation productivity and profitability,” says Patrick Davis MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist.  Therefore, MU Extension and Lincoln University Cooperative Extension will be providing an online fall sheep and goat production workshop series to discuss various strategies in operation management.

This workshop series will be held on October 11th, 18th and 26th beginning each evening at 7:00 p. m.  The online workshop series 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:

  • Forage and pasture management for optimum nutrition and health of sheep and goats
  • Sheep and goat medicine wall
  • Farm utilization of sheep and goat record keeping for optimum operation management
  • Sheep and goat market outlook
  • Nutrition and management preparation for winter as well as lambing and kidding season

This workshop is free to the public but please register for the workshop at: https://extension.missouri.edu/events/fall-online-sheep-and-goat-production-workshop-series.  For all other questions please contact Davis at [email protected] or by phone at (417) 276-3313.   

Arthur Herchen, age 87, of Bradenton, Florida

Arthur Herchen, age 87, of Bradenton, Florida, passed away on July 2, 2021, in Florida. Graveside memorial services will be at 11am, Saturday, September 18, 2021, at the Mulberry Cemetery near Amoret. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be given to the Bates County Advocacy Council. Online condolences may be sent to www.schowengerdtchapel.com

Art is survived by two sons, Paul Herchen of Florida and Robert Herchen of Georgia; two daughters, Becky Rowley of North Carolina and Beth Swink of Georgia; as well as eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

News from the Little Apple

Appleton City Public Works Department will conduct “smoke” testing on sewers over the next several weeks. A special non-toxic smoke is used in these tests and leaves no residuals or stains and has no effects on plant and/or animal life. Letters were sent out to every home regarding this, however, if you have any questions you may contact City Hall.

The AC Fall City Wide Garage Sale dates are set for September 24 – 25. Permits are $5 and can be purchased at City Hall beginning September 13 through noon on Wednesday, September 22. Permits to set up in the AC Park are $25 for the pole shelter, $15 for the stage, $10 for lawn permits and these fees cover both days. Park permits can also be purchased at City Hall on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved by phone. Maps will be available at Food Fair, Powell’s True Value & Casey’s beginning Thursday afternoon. House of Joy Ministry will be at the City Park Saturday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. to pick up donations. For questions, please call Dianne Foster at 660-679-1125.

Everyone is invited to an encore viewing of the AC Documentary 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 19, in the Baptist Church.  Many people were helping with other events during the SQC, so here is a chance to see what people have been talking about. The movie, made by Jarrod Borland, tells about the history of the town.  It covers 150 years in 41 minutes. 

Girl’s Day Out is scheduled for October 10, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Please come join the staff of Ellett Memorial Hospital for their 4th Annual Breast Cancer Wellness & Awareness Day. You can receive your pre-registered annual mammogram by Diagnostic Imaging Center Mobile Coach, win door prizes, gather information, local vendors, support others and recognize survivors. There will be Breast Cancer speakers sharing their life stories and talking about genetics and facts of Breast Cancer., A light lunch will be served and treats to indulge! Shirt orders will be taken until September 24.  Contact April Loney or Julee Snyder at EMH 660-476-2111 with questions on scheduling your mammogram or shirt questions. 

Living Waters Ranch has been pretty quiet for the past year or so. Covid completely shut everything down at LWR with schools being closed in March 2020, which meant no field trips. Special needs adults were advised to stay home and not get out among the general population, so special touch day camps were not scheduled. However, one of the highlights of LWR has been the annual Fall Festival that is now offered free of charge for area families, will resume this year. It is on the schedule for October 2, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The day will be full of family friendly activities: zipline, hayride, giant slide, archery, forging station, BB guns, local fire department on hand to share info, wild edibles, and much more. With the loss of the big barn that housed the petting zoo and allowed space for candle dipping and homemade butter in a jar, it’s not certain that these activities will be available this year. This year’s festival will be dedicated in loving memory of Dennis Brown. Please make plans to attend the festival and enjoy a beautiful fall day at the ranch. The festival is free and concessions are available throughout the day. Please no outside food or drinks. For more information, you can email [email protected] Donations are currently being accepted in memory of Dennis Brown, who passed away in January and will be used for the construction of a large foot bridge at the bluff that will allow safe access to the zipline. The bluff area will also be home to a natural sanctuary to be used for prayer, services, and worship for visitors to the ranch. LWR would like to thank the many sponsors and visitors from the past who have made this camp ministry possible. With God’s help and provision many years of blessings are still to come. The address of the ranch is 4520 SE 450 Road, Osceola, MO 64776.

The Historical Marker Database showing Historical Markers and War Memorials in Appleton City, Missouri can be seen at https://www.hmdb.org/results.asp?Search=Town&FilterState=Missouri&FilterCountry=United%20States%20of%20America&FilterCounty=St.%20Clair%20County&Town=Appleton%20City

The new 2021 St. Clair County Plat books are now available at City Hall for $30.00

St. Clair Co Health Department reports 1055 positive COVID-19 cases as of September 13, 2021 in the county with 15 current cases. Appleton City has had 24 positive cases from August 8 to September 12.  More information is available at http://www.scchcmo.net/covid-2.html.

DbarJ Quilts etc., Rockville MO, is having a drawing for a patriotic quilt to be given to a veteran on Veteran’s Day. Any veteran can add their name, or have someone add your name to the drawing.  There is no cost to have your name in the drawing, as you have already paid the price. Just come to the quilt shop and sign your name and a phone number where you can be reached, or give the information to Marge Zink.

Ellett Memorial Hospital offers outpatient specialist services for September, 2021. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. Sept 15-Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Sept 16 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Sept 22 – Ortho – Dr. Gray, Sept 22 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Sept 23 – Rheumatology – Dr. Tay

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Sept 19     AC Documentary at the Baptist Church 2:00 p.m.

Sept 24-25     AC Citywide garage sales

National Farm Safety and Health Week Provides Awareness, Reminders for Agriculture Industry

By Garrett Hawkins

It seems like every time you turn around, there’s a day or a week devoted to a cause or event. Some are traditional, such as Christmas or Hanukkah. Others, like the Fourth of July, remind us of key events in our nation’s history. Finally, some just make you scratch your head like International Ninja Day (December 5, in case you needed to mark your calendar).

But each year, one week in particular stands out to me as we think about the hectic nature of the fall season. Next week, the United States will observe National Farm Safety and Health Week for the 78th straight year. Dating back to the first proclamation signed in 1944 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the third week of September brings awareness to farm safety. While equipment and technology on the farm have changed through the years, safety remains a key issue.

One of the most important displays in the MOFB building at the Missouri State Fair is the Roll Over Protection Structures (ROPS) exhibit, which provides valuable information about the need to retrofit tractors with this protection. Even despite the implementation of devices like ROPS, when you think about the number of hours farmers and ranchers spend in harm’s way, the most safety-conscious sometimes find themselves in difficult situations. Nearly 51,000 nonfatal injuries were reported in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industries during 2019 alone, and, knowing how tough those in agriculture are, we know that number was probably underreported. 

Now under the direction of the National Education Center for Ag Safety, National Farm Safety and Health Week provides us the opportunity to not only inform the general public, but also remind those in the agriculture field about the dangers lurking on the farm. Topics covering rural roadways, fertilizers and chemicals, and preventative safety measures for women and youth in agriculture highlight the upcoming weeklong opportunities, which can all be found at http://necasag.org.

I encourage everyone to take a few moments next week and make themselves aware of the importance of farm safety and health. Farming is a yearlong endeavor, but fall harvest time is one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agriculture industry. The end product is important, as is the quality of our work. Let’s be safe out there and make sure we get home to our families at night.

Part 3: The Continuing Story of Harmony Mission Schooling

In the 92.1 Local News broadcasts we will feature the History of Harmony Mission. This year is the 200th birthday of the founding and completion of the buildings, the people of the mission, the closing of the mission and the establishment of Bates County.

The information has been written by Phyllis Stewart and shared with the public, through the broadcast on 92.1 and on the website at www.921news.com.

 Join us every Friday through October 1st as we share with you the history of Harmony Mission in Papinville.

The Papinville Board of Directors has made the decision to not hold a Papinville Picnic, activities or a 2021 celebration due to the increase of Covid-19 cases in the Bates County Area. 

THE CONTINUING STORY OF HARMONY MISSION SCHOOLING

Rev. Dodge (superintendent of the school) wrote this mission report; “The children are generally making proficiency in learning to read, in speaking and understanding the English language. The boys are attending to business abroad morning and evening and the girls are learning to spin. A loom has been erected the past year and one web wove and several others are about ready to go into the loom. We hope soon to be able to manufacture a great share of our clothing.”

A quarterly report was kept on each student. This student, Susan Larivive (Osage) sewed 46 yards of seams, 2 garters and had 18 days in the kitchen.  Sally Dodge (daughter of Rev. Dodge, white child) made 1 chambric hat, 1 cape, altered 1 frock (dress) and 3 days in the kitchen. The boys had rules as follows: Boys called by the teachers are to labor at sunrise and continued for one hour, have recess until 8:00am, then back to labor until school time. At 1:00 pm labor again for one hour.          

There was also a Sabbath School held in the evenings with adults also attending. The real problem was one of communication. The missionaries did not speak the Osage language and the interpreters were reluctant to communicate the divine message.  Old Bill Williams was hired by the mission to help the Osage to understand what the missionaries were teaching about the Christian religion. A story about Old Bill Williams will follow in a couple of weeks after the Harmony Stories.

The hope of the missionaries was for the educated and christianzed  students to return to their people and lead them to adopt their new ideas and modes of living to bring about a great and lasting change for a better life for the family. But, unfortunately, upon returning to their tribes, the pupils, converts and all, lapsed into their former barbarism, taking with them their former habits and customs. A majority of the children died soon after reaching their homes. The Indians chose to consider the deaths were the results of attending the school and they became more opposed to education and civilization than ever.

After the removal of the Osage from Missouri the number of Osage pupils in the Harmony School started to decline. Harmony fell within the limits of the state of Missouri. In 1836 the enrollment had dropped to thirty five students, mostly the missionaries children were the only students left. With this problem the school will have to be discontinued and the Osage will have to find a permanent location to live which was in Kansas.

The natives had been moving farther west ever since the Treaty of 1825. It was the turning point of the closing of the mission. The result of this treaty, which the Osage disposed of the remaining land in Missouri, agreed to move into what is now Kansas. Some of the Osage did not move at this time and remained along the Osage and Marais Des Cygnes Rivers.  On May 28,1829 President Jackson proposed the removal of the natives Indians and to all the different tribes their portion to a new territory (Kansas). The government and the natives were satisfied with the proposal. Some of the natives stayed in the area for about another five or six years.

Harmony was a well known locality and white settlers were moving from the eastern states to the west. The population was increasing and the people were wanting to homestead. Some of the mission families moved away and others stayed in the buildings and used the buildings at Harmony. The school was used until March 1836. Some of the pupils had gone back home and moved with their families and others stayed with some of the mission teachers. The teachers that kept the pupils had hopes of protecting the children until they matured.

In 1838 Capt. Wm. Waldo opened a store in the school building and in 1841 Harmony became the county seat of Bates County. It remained the County Seat until it was moved to Papinville. Harmony also had the first Post Office in the county and was named Batesville.

The story next week will be about Old Bill Williams and Rev. Dodge. We are planning on having the picnic and more information will be published later as the date gets closer.

Information for this story was taken from the book : “The First Protestant Missions” by Wm. W. Graves

Submitted by Phyllis Stewart (Activity Director)

New Covid-19 Cases in the Adrian School District

The District has 4 new positive cases of COVID-19. As soon as the individuals and the District were aware of the situation, the individual self-isolated and has not returned to school.

Though we know you will have many questions and concerns, in order to protect the privacy of the individual involved, the District is incredibly limited as to the information it can share with you; however, if you’d like to ask specific questions regarding any next steps you may need to take, please contact the Bates County Health Department.

We continue to thank our community for your support and patience during these difficult times. We remain committed to ensuring staff, students, and the community are safe and informed.

Sincerely Don Lile Adrian RIII School Superintendent

Joyce Robertson, 90, of Butler

Funeral services for Joyce Robertson of Butler, Missouri will be 2 p.m. Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler.  Visitation will be prior to services from 1-2 p.m. Thursday at Schowengerdt Chapel.  Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.  Contributions to American Lung Association or Salvation Army.  Online condolences, www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Joyce Elaine Robertson, age 90 of Butler, Missouri passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at Medicalodge of Butler.  She was born January 13, 1931 to George Daniel and Alpha Delta Jennings Carlock in Albany, Missouri.

Joyce is survived by a son, Steven Robertson of Albany, Missouri; two daughters, Carol Hayes and husband Alan of Butler, Missouri and Mary Floyd and husband Jeffrey of Columbia, Missouri; one sister, Virginia Zee and husband Paul of Knoxville, Tennessee; 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Bates County Memorial Hospital Remembers 20 Years Later

9/11, 7:46 AM: A Solemn Recognition of 20 Years

Bates County Memorial Hospital hosted a flag-lowering ceremony on Saturday, September 11, recognizing the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The brief ceremony, organized by the BCMH Ambulance department, began with silence – accompanied by a flyover by LifeFlight Eagle at 7:46 a.m. as the flag was lowered, performed by Retired Sergeant Carl Gregory (Army, Missouri National Guard). Gregory is a radiologic technologist for BCMH Imaging Services.

First responders from local departments took part in a reading of the devastating events of that day.

In a short message by Greg Weaver, CEO of the hospital, he reminded those in attendance, “For nine months afterwards, they were still searching Ground Zero for bodies … Even to this day, there were some that were not found. It is very heart wrenching … The survivors and the families that pushed forward, and even today those who are still seeking medical treatment for the after effects of either what they breathed in, or injuries sustained, that are living witnesses of the horror of that day, who still suffer along with their families – that’s what we are to remember. To push forward and to realize the world remains irrevocably changed on that day.” 

Barb Weaver, wife of Greg Weaver and a hospital Auxiliary volunteer, sang “My Country Tis of Thee” to conclude the ceremony.

BCMH thanks all who participated and attended the event.

PSC SETS INTERVENTION DEADLINE IN TERRITORIAL AGREEMENT CASE

JEFFERSON CITY—Osage Valley Electric Cooperative Association (Osage Valley) and the
City of Rich Hill, Missouri (Rich Hill) have filed a joint application with the Missouri Public Service
Commission seeking approval of an electric territorial agreement between the two which designates
the boundaries of each electric service provider within the City of Rich Hill.

According to the joint application, the purpose of the agreement is to allow Osage Valley to
purchase Rich Hill’s electric facilities and provide electric service to 696 locations in Bates County.
Applications to intervene and participate in this case must be filed no later than October 1,
2021, with the Secretary of the Missouri Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City,
Missouri 65102-0360, or by using the Commission’s Electronic Filing and Information System
(EFIS) at www.psc.mo.gov .

Individual citizens wishing to comment should contact either the Office of the Public Counsel
(Governor Office Building, 200 Madison Street, Suite 650, P.O. Box 2230, Jefferson City, Missouri
65102-2230, telephone (866) 922-2959, email [email protected]) or the Public Service
Commission Staff (P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, telephone 1-800-392-4211, email
[email protected]).

The Office of the Public Counsel is a separate state agency that represents the
general public in matters before the Commission.

MoDOT urges drivers to be more cautious in work zonesYear-to-date buffer truck hits see nearly 25% increase

Summer may be coming to an end, but the road work continues. Drivers should expect to see active stationary and moving work zones throughout the fall and avoid distractions, so they aren’t caught off guard.
Missouri has already seen a record number of work zone buffer truck crashes in 2021. Truck/trailer mounted attenuators (TMAs) are protective vehicles with a message board and lights and serve as a warning to traffic approaching a moving work zone. MoDOT’s TMAs have been struck 52 times this year while protecting work crews, 10 more than this time last year.
These crashes are almost always the result of a driver not paying attention and/or driving too fast. Drivers should keep an eye out for moving work zones — they’re likely traveling much slower than the speed limit. Stay alert, slow down and move over.
MoDOT is also reminding drivers, “If you see one, you’ll see more.” Of the 51 TMA crashes through August, seven vehicles struck the TMA closest to the work crew, and one vehicle struck the work truck past the TMAs. Drivers should stay alert for multiple TMAs and work trucks in one moving operation, and avoid weaving in between them.
For more information on work zone safety, visit modot.org/work-zone-awareness.

McGennis Youth Center Barbecue and Auction Set for Sunday, September 26

After a year’s absence, the McGennis Youth Center Barbecue and Auction are back. Come have some outdoor fun with us on Sunday, September 26.

In conjunction with the barbecue and auction, September 26 will also be the Fifth Annual Car and Truck Show. Car show registration is 12 to 1 p.m. Dash plaques will be awarded to the first 30 entries. Trophies will be awarded to the Top Ten plus Best of Show. For more information on the car show contact Jared Rankin 417-448-4903 or [email protected].

Children’s games will start at 12:30 p.m. with the classic country picnic contests.

Horse and wagon rides around the Center will be given during the afternoon with Harry Byram from Sheldon bringing the team and wagon

During the afternoon, try to take a minute and look into the recently remodeled cabins. If you have any questions about the cabins or any aspect of the Center, just ask one of the board members.

Attention will turn to the serving line at 1 p.m. The meal will again be catered by Food Fair of Rich Hill. There will be barbecued beef, pork and chicken with baked beans, cheesy potatoes, coleslaw, bread and iced tea and lemonade. Everyone who wishes to lend a hand to the Center is invited to bring along a cake for the dessert table. Any extra cakes will be auctioned off.

About 1:45 p.m. a unique variety of crafts and collectible items will go on the auction block, headed up this year by Auctioneers Charlie Johnson and Marvin Swickhamer. The craft auction has become known for its quality items ranging from antiques to delicious baked goods.

A popular part of the auction will again be featured this year. The Mad Hatter features ten McGennis Youth Center caps donated by Bell Photography. These caps, each numbered, will be auctioned off. At the end of the auction one of these numbers will be drawn. That winning number will win a Marlin 243 bolt-action rifle, model X57 with a black synthetic stock, donated by Bell Farms.

In the same vein, Schlyer Designs has donated triple circles of yellow, white and rose gold with diamonds (approximately 1 ct.) necklace valued at $1200. Ten numbered bags will be auctioned off, and the winning number drawn will win the necklace. The bags will each contain a gift certificate to Schlyer Designs ranging in value from $10 to $100.

For more information about the auction or to donate an item call Marc or Alison Bell at 660-832-4196. The generosity of those who donate and those who bid has made the auction a major revenue source for the Youth Center.

Admission to the barbecue is $10.00 for adults and $4.00 for children (ages 6-12). Tickets are for the meal and are not required for the auction.

From Rich Hill, the McGennis Youth Center is located five miles west on A Highway and four miles south on WW Highway.

Scam Information

The following is a safety message from Osage Valley Electric Co-Op:

Scammers send suspicious emails that appear to be a bill sent by your utility company, potentially featuring your utility’s logo and color scheme. Do not click on any links or attachments in any email unless you have verified the sender. You may be directed to a scam website designed to steal your personal information, or you might install malicious software onto your computer without ever knowing it. Utility companies typically send bills by mail, unless you have opted to receive your bill by email.

Roaring River State Park hosts Veterans Free Fishing Day Sept. 18

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, SEPT. 13, 2021 – Staff members at Roaring River State Park invite veterans to a day of free fishing from 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. This is the third year of the event and any individual with a veteran status will be welcome to fish inside the park for free all day.

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

Roaring River State Park is located seven miles south of Cassville on Highway 112 in Barry County. For more information about the event, contact the park office at 417-847-2539.

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.

Living Waters Ranch Update

Living Waters Ranch has been pretty quiet for the past year or so. Covid completely shut everything down at LWR with schools being closed in March 2020, which meant no field trips. Special needs adults were advised to stay home and not get out among the general population, so special touch day camps were not scheduled.

In November of 2020, the beautiful century plus old barn that had been restored in 2013, was destroyed in a straight line windstorm. The barn loft was used for activities for the camp on many occasions.  The storm also blew down an old and very large oak tree that had provided shade for the slide at the ranch. Fortunately, it didn’t do any major damage at the camp, as it just destroyed a couple of picnic tables Dennis had built in 2008.

December 2020 LWR was able to host the Blessings Store for parents and grandparents to choose gifts for their children and grandchildren. LWR also coordinated family adoptions for Christmas gifts for children. 2020 was a trying year for many people.

January 2021 brought personal loss to the founders of LWR. In mid-January Dennis Brown was diagnosed with lung cancer. He passed away just 2 weeks later, leaving behind his wife, Joyce, six children and many cherished grandchildren. Until his retirement in June of 2019 Dennis spent each week driving his truck for Dennis Brown Trucking and spent time on the weekends and his weeks off, working with the cattle on the ranch and helping Joyce with the mowing and upkeep of the campgrounds. But his most precious time was spent with his wife, kids and grandkids. Dennis and Joyce founded LWR in the fall of 2007 as a way to reach out to children and families with the love of Jesus. Dennis’ presence is missed every single day. With great assurance his loved ones will see him again in heaven.

At the time of Dennis’ passing, he and Joyce had two grandsons living with them and attending local schools. It was necessary to postpone field trips for local schools once again as everyone adjusted to the loss of a wonderful husband, father, and grandpa. It hasn’t been an easy 2021 for Dennis’ family, but Joyce and the Board of Directors decided it was time to resume the work that was so lovingly started years ago.  Sadly, special needs adults are still being asked to stay close to home, but as soon as that whole cloud lifts, the special touch day camps will resume.

However, one of the highlights of LWR has been the annual Fall Festival that is now offered free of charge for area families, will resume this year. It is on the schedule for October 2, 2021, from 11 am to 5 pm. The day will be full of family friendly activities: zipline, hayride, giant slide, archery, forging station, BB guns, local fire department on hand to share info, wild edibles, and much more. With the loss of the big barn that housed the petting zoo and allowed space for candle dipping and homemade butter in a jar, it’s not certain that these activities will be available this year.

This year’s festival will be dedicated in loving memory of Dennis Brown. Please make plans to attend the festival and enjoy a beautiful fall day at the ranch. The address of the ranch is 4520 SE 450 Road, Osceola, Missouri. The festival is free and concessions are available throughout the day. Please no outside food or drinks.

For more information you can email [email protected]. Donations are currently being accepted in memory of Dennis and will be used for the construction of a large foot bridge at the bluff that will allow safe access to the zipline. The bluff area will also be home to a natural sanctuary to be used for prayer, services, and worship for visitors to the ranch.

LWR would like to thank the many sponsors and visitors from the past who have made this camp ministry possible. With God’s help and provision many years of blessings are still to come.

Bates County Health Center COVID Update

COVID-19 Updates

September 10, 2021

Positive Cases Reported 2125

Active & On Isolation 66

Deaths (confirmed by death certificate) 45

Total Negative Tests Reported 22,020 as of 9/9/21

Cass County Health Department Media Release

Cass County has released its weekly report documenting COVID-19 impacts and vaccination efforts to combat the pandemic. The data is through the week ending September 4, 2021.

There were 293 confirmed (PCR tests) cases in Cass County in the last week, about the same as the 294 cases the week prior. In addition, there were 119 probable cases (antigen tests and other cases), down from 124 cases the week prior.

1,076 people were notified of possible exposure, with 928 of those exposures related to school systems. 148 people were notified of exposure outside school systems, up from 70 such notifications the week prior.

Overall, Cass County has reported 9,871 cases, about 9,309 cases per 100,000 residents.

The county has reported 109 deaths (103 per 100,000 residents), with 11 deaths reported in the last week.

The Cass County Health Department administered  237 vaccine doses last week, up from 219 doses the prior week. They have now administered 10,536 first doses and 10,047 second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. In addition, 88 third doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines have now been administered to those who qualify. The department uses the Pfizer (age 12 and up) and Moderna (age 18 and up) vaccines.

In addition to Health Department administered vaccines, other entities are offering vaccines to county residents. According to the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Data Hub which uses Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, 47.6 percent of Cass County residents have initiated vaccinations and 41.4 percent have completed vaccinations. 72.6 percent of residents 65 and older, and 45.4 percent of residents 18-64 have been fully vaccinated.


The Health Department will continue to offer vaccinations from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at their new clinic location at 1411 S. Commercial, Harrisonville, MO 64701 (formerly Forged by Fire Kitchen and Tap House).  Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are preferred.  For an appointment, residents can call 816-380-8425 to schedule.

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

Stabbing in Harrisonville Quik Trip Parking Lot

At about 2 a.m. on Monday, September 13, 2021, Harrisonville Police Department officers responded to a call in the parking lot of the QuikTrip, located at 1402 S MO-291 Highway.

When officers arrived, they found an individual with an apparent stab wound. The individual was transported to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Officers are currently investigating multiple crime scenes and the incident is being investigated as a homicide.

The Kansas City Metro Squad has been asked to assist with the investigation.

The QuikTrip store and parking lot are currently closed and will remain closed until officers clear the scene.

If anyone saw anything or has any information about this incident, please call the investigating detective directly at 816-380-8950 or the TIPS hotline anonymously at 816-474-TIPS.

9/10 Butler Bears Football

Tonight in Butler Bears Football the Bears took on the Fort Scott Tigers at Butler. Butler took the win tonight with a final score of:

Butler 31

Fort Scott 22

Red Barn Ranch Fall Kickoff

The Red Barn Ranch in Harrisonville will have their Fall Kickoff on Saturday, September 18th from 10am to 10pm and Sunday, September 19th from 10am to 5pm.

Bring the whole family for day of fun activities including barrel train, giant slides, corn cannon, swings, Family Center Farm and Home barn animal petting area, face painting, and balloon art.

Red Barn Ranch did not forget about the food, feast on BBQ, burgers, snow cones, kettle corn and more.  

Admission to the Red Barn Ranch Fall kickoff is $8.00 and kids 2 and under are free.  If you wear your Red Barn Ranch Merchandise you get $1.00 off admission.  All Red Barn Ranch Merchandise will 25% off all weekend.

Saturday night special admission is only $5.00 after 6pm and Red Barn Ranch will have drink specials from 7pm to 9:30pm. Enjoy live music performed by Sparrow Foot from 6pm to 10pm.

Bring your own lawn chairs and remember no outside alcohol is permitted

The Red Barn Ranch is located at 23111 S. Jefferson Parkway in Harrisonville.

Adrian Library Sidewalk Sale

The Adrian Community Library will have a huge sidewalk book sale on Friday, September 24th from 8am until 5:30pm.

The Adrian Community Library offers many choices of books and Authors for the young and old so there is sure to be a book or two or many at the sidewalk sale that you want to take home.  

Adrian Community Library is located at 116 E. Main Street in Adrian.

Hartzler Statement on President Biden’s Vaccine Mandate


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) issued the following statement in response to President Biden’s vaccine mandate announcement:
 
“Despite the core tenet of America’s foundation being freedom, President Biden and his administration vowed to diminish this right yesterday and force our citizens to either get the vaccine or face the consequences. This approach is draconian and will surely be challenged in the courts.
 
Since day one, I have made it clear that whether or not to receive the vaccine should be a personal decision between your family and doctor. The White House’s demands violate this principle.
 
Additionally, this misguided government overreach will have severe consequences on America’s workforce. Our most recent jobs report showed the nation is severely lagging behind job creation projections.  Threatening workers through forced vaccination will only cause further difficulties in hiring for small businesses and significantly damage our already bruised economy.
 
After months of disastrous leadership at the border, overseas in Afghanistan, and now with this authoritarian plan, the president has failed to lead the American people out of crises. Instead, he used his power and position to create them.
 
This administration has put us in an untenable position where our allies don’t trust us, and our enemies don’t fear us. He has trampled on our rights and endangered our citizens.  It may only be eight months into their term, but it’s past time for new leadership in the White House.”

Drexel High School Young Americans for Freedom honoring 911

Drexel High School is celebrating Homecoming week, like many other schools in our area.  But a few Drexel Students are also remembering 9/11.

Shayn Smith started a chapter of Young Americans for Freedom at the Drexel School last year.

Shayn Smith along with 14 other Drexel High School students placed 2977 flags for the 9/11 Never Forget Project in honor and remembrance of the lives lost on 9/11 twenty years ago and they also placed 13 flags in honor of the soldiers recently killed in Afghanistan. 

These students worked tirelessly after a full day of school and couple hours of football practice for most of them. They did it on their own accord with no adult to guide them. Just a group of young Drexel Students who recognize the importance of patriotism.

Covid 19 Case in Adrian School

The Adrian School District has a new positive case of COVID-19. As soon as the individual and the School District were aware of the situation, the individual self-isolated and has not returned to school.

Though Adrian School know you will have many questions and concerns, in order to protect the privacy of the individual involved, the Adrian School District is incredibly limited as to the information it can share with you; however, if you’d like to ask specific questions regarding any next steps you may need to take, please contact the Bates County Health Department.

The Adrian School continue to thank their community for your support and patience during these difficult times. Adrian School remain committed to ensuring staff, students, and the community are safe and informed.

Police chase 4-wheeler in Adrian

The Adrian Police attempted to stop a blue in color 4 wheeler on 1st street for reckless driving. The vehicle went South on Houston and then cut through yards and came out on Kentucky Street.
The 4 wheeler continued South on Kentucky around to Skyline Drive where it again cut through yards and made it to the railroad tracks and went south. With the help of the Bates County Sheriffs Office the 4 wheeler was recovered down a steep bank by the rail road tracks.

The Bates County Sheriff Office Responded with a UTV with a winch to recover the 4 wheeler. The driver of the 4 wheeler was not located.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Adrian Police Department. 

Courtesy of Adrian Police Chief Chris Dillon 

Story Courtesy of Mid America Live

Warsaw’s Senior Center/Village Café to reopen dining room on Sept. 13

Warsaw’s Senior Center/Village Café will reopen for indoor dining and activities on Monday, Sept. 13.

The center will welcome adults 60 and older to dine indoors, according to Margie Hetherington, Coordinator of the center in Harbor Village, 17571 N. Dam Access Road. It’s open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meals are provided for people 60 and older for a suggested contribution of $5. Updated menus in October will include items such as Cuban sandwiches, Hungarian goulash, and barbecued pulled chicken sliders, as well as traditional meals such as meatloaf and fried chicken. Call 660-438-3300 or visit goaging.org to get a current menu.

  The center still offers curbside pickup of meals for those who are not ready to dine in. To receive a curbside meal, you may drive to the back entrance of the center and wait for someone to take your order.

Regular events at the center include card games at 4 p.m. Tuesdays; parking lot bingo at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays (weather permitting and will be moved indoors in case of inclement weather); a musicians’ jam session at 1 p.m. on Wednesday; and Pokeno at 9:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Exercise classes will be delayed because the fitness room is closed for repairs. Guests should follow goaging.org and the Warsaw Senior Center Facebook page for updates.

Care Manager Dee Locke will be available at the center by appointment. Locke can connect older adults with benefits and answer a variety of questions on topics ranging from Medicare and property tax rebates to housing and family caregiving. To make an appointment, call 660-438-3300, extension 3.

Café guests will notice fewer tables than before and a request for social distancing when they are getting their meals. Everyone will be required to wear masks except when they are actively eating.  Guests still will be requested to answer health questions about COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.

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

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

CAPITOL REPORT: REPRESENTATIVE PATRICIA PIKE

Missouri History Commemoration Events on September 18th

Dear Citizens: Missouri Bicentennial observances will continue into the Fall 2021 as we celebrate Missouri’s birthday as a state. An area commemoration event will be held at the Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site on Saturday, September 18th, located at 4837 NW County Road 1002, west of Butler, MO.  Event time is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Planned activities include live stage performances, a living history walking loop and other Civil War themed events.  Attendees will see a presentation of the Buffalo soldiers and a first-person portrayal of Lt. Patrick Minor, an officer who successfully led the Union artillery unit during the Battle of Westport.  The living history loop will feature a rope-making demonstration, a bison program, a Missouri German carpenter’s display and much more.  Participating organizations will include the Fort Scott National Historic Site and the Bates County Museum.

The event is free and open to the public. Certainly, a wonderful learning experience for our students studying Missouri history this year. This is at one of the two state park sites located in our 126th District.  For more information, call 417-276-4259.

As part of Missouri’s statewide bicentennial celebration, the Governor’s Office will also be hosting a Bicentennial Inaugural Parade in Jefferson City on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 10 a.m. to showcase Missouri’s past, present, and future. The Governor’s website states, “The Bicentennial Inaugural Parade will celebrate the swearing-in of Missouri’s elected officials from this year’s Bicentennial Inauguration as well as highlight the history and significance of the state of Missouri.

The parade will be livestreamed on Governor Parson’s Facebook Page with two emcees announcing each piece of the parade LIVE. 

The Missouri State Capitol will feature various community engagement items on display from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 18, including the following:

  • Missouri professional sports championship trophies (Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl trophies, Kansas City Royals World Series trophies, St. Louis Cardinals World Series trophies, and a St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup replica trophy)
  • Missouri Bicentennial Quilt
  • Missouri State Parks Quilt
  • Missouri Bicentennial Mural

The Bicentennial Inaugural Ballwill be held that evening outside on the Missouri State Capitol North Lawn and will feature live music and a fireworks display. All guests who plan to attend the Bicentennial Inaugural Ball are asked to RSVP using the link at https://governor.mo.gov/bicentennial-celebrations.”

Health protocols will be followed for this outdoor event.  My office is Room 313-2 and contact information is [email protected] and 573-751-5388.

Archie Schools Make Wearing a Mask a Must

Last night the Archie R-V Board of Education met in Special Session to address immediate District need regarding COVID related issues. The initial items on the Special Session Agenda were Gaiting Protocol and District notification for COVID related quarantines and positive cases. The agenda was amended at the start of the meeting to include current masking protocol due to a significant increase in positive cases as well as quarantines due to exposure (Not Positive). Currently, the district has 6 active cases and 77 quarantines due to exposure.The Board of Education, after much discussion coupled with community input, voted 7-0 to amend the district’s masking protocol. Beginning Friday September 10, 2021 all students, staff, and patrons in the building will be required to wear a mask. This decision was made in efforts to 1) decrease the potential spread of COVID-19 and 2) significantly reduce the number of quarantines for the district. The Board of Education and school administration would like to provide an opportunity for those interested to address the board. The next Regular Board Meeting is on September 20, 2021 at 7 P.M. If you would like to be on the agenda to address the board, you must call Central Office at (816)293-5312 ext. 114 and request to be placed on the agenda. All requests must be received by Thursday September 16, 2021 by 4 P.M. and include talking points on a district provided form. Each presenter will be given 3 minutes to share his or her points with the board.The board then voted 7-0 to set aside gaiting procedures as outlined in the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan (SRCSP). At the beginning of the 2021-22 school year in the development of the district’s SRCSP, efforts were focused to address the specific needs of our district. As we have progressed through these first weeks of school, we have determined that basing district decisions on a set number of quarantines is restrictive and limits the district’s ability to evaluate effectively each situation. The district will continue to monitor all COVID related absences as we determine the most appropriate mitigation and prevention strategies, including masking protocol.Lastly, the board voted 7-0 to create one location to notify the community regarding the district’s COVID related quarantining numbers. The district, in an effort to be more informative, will have a singular site designated as the Archie COVID Dashboard where information regarding the number of positive cases for the day, the number of active positive cases overall, and the number of quarantines due to exposure (Not Positive) are accessible. The COVID Dashboard will replace other community notifications, as it will be accessible at any time for interested parties. You may access the COVID Dashboard on the district’s homepage under the “District Info” heading at http://www.archie.k12.mo.us/district…/ArchieCOVIDDashboard.

Lace’em Up for Larry

There will be a fundraising slow-pitch coed Tournament for the Larry Bosch’s family on Saturday, October 9th at the Osage field in Butler Missouri.

Larry Bosch, a lifetime resident of Bates County, is fighting a battle with cancer. Larry was diagnosed with Pancreatic and Liver cancer recently.

Larry was an avid softball player and loves the game, so it is only fitting to have the Lace’em up for Larry slow pitch coed softball tournament.

This will be a double elimination tournament. Cost is $300.00 per team and teams must consist of minimum of 10 players, 3 must be female. Players must 18 years old to play. Each team will need to provide their own classic M game balls.

There is only room for 8 teams in this tournament.  To enter your team to play in the Lace’em up for Larry tournament contact Mallory Sutton at 660-424-0040

All proceed will benefit the Larry Bosch Family

Nevada Woman Seriously injured in Vernon County Crash

The Missouri Highway Patrol responded to a crash at Indian Line Road, 8 miles Northwest on Nevada on Wednesday, September 8th at approximately 9:45am.

The crash occurred when a 2020 Chevrolet box truck driven by John Mastin, 40 of Independence, was headed Northbound and struck a 2001 Buick Century driven by Rhonda Johnson, 34 on Nevada, that was headed eastbound at an uncontrolled intersection.

Rhonda Johnson sustained serious injuries and was transported by Med flight to Freeman Hospital in Joplin Missouri.

The Box truck was towed from the scene by Garwood Towing and the Century was towed from the scene by TCB Towing

Public Notice from Drexel Police Department

This public notice is brought to you from the Drexel Police Department

On September 25th, 2021, starting at 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The Drexel Police Department will be conducting inspections for all golf carts, side by sides, and ATVs for the new city permits. On this day you will be able to get your inspection and permit for $15.00. Any inspection conducted after this date you will have set up a time with Drexel Police Department for the inspection and then go to Drexel City Hall to get your permit.

The information that you will need for this inspection includes owners name, owners address, your valid driver’s license, Type and color of Vehicle, Any additional drivers age and driver’s license number and proof of insurance.

Remember all traffic laws apply to every vehicle on the road. It is your responsibility to make certain that there is insurance on the vehicle and anyone operating the vehicle must have a valid driver’s license, the same as operating any other vehicle on the road. If you allow an unlicensed driver to operate the vehicle on the road you can receive a citation for allowing them to operate the vehicle. If the person has a learner’s permit and is required to have an adult in vehicle with them, they must have one. Permit holders will be held liable for anyone operating the vehicle. Your permit can be revoked by the City of Drexel or by the Drexel Police Department at any time.

The Drexel Police Department is located at 120 S. Second Street in Drexel, MO.  You may contact the Drexel police Department by phone at 816-619-4444

Welcome Flournoy Painting and Remodeling

FM 92.1 Radio and the community welcomes Flournoy Painting to Butler. Brandon Flournoy is 26 years old, single, and comes to Butler from the state of Virginia. He has been in our community since 2019 after moving to Butler because of friends stationed at Whiteman Base in Knobnoster.

Brandon specializes in exterior and interior painting for residential and commercial property. This includes remodeling jobs, flooring, tile. and power washing. Brandon has 13 years of experience in remodeling and painting. Mr. Flournoy is licensed and insured. Stating,” The only things he will not attempt is roofing and crawl spaces”.

This business offers its service to homes and businesses within a 1- hour radius of Butler. When talking with this professional painter, he impressed 92.1 with his painting service after mentioning that he power washes the exterior walls of a home or residence to remove dirt and mold, but will hand scrap to remove old paint.

Another plus for this painter is the fact that he will brush and/or spray your application of paint, depending on the situation. This added value is a game-changer for most homeowners,  looking for a person or company to paint their home, especially the exterior as this job is time-consuming and a major investment that should last for several years when applied with the brush technique versus spray painting.

 Butler and its residents welcome Brandon Flournoy to the community and we hope you support his profession when you need painting or remodeling jobs for your home or business.

Find Flournoy Painting on Facebook or call 660-624-3907.

Nevada Police Department Incident Spotlight

Nevada Police Department Incident Spotlight Released on  September 9th

A Nevada officer on patrol observed a stolen vehicle. The officer was able to contact the occupant and take them into custody.

During midnight shift patrol a Nevada officer observed a known wanted subject walking in the area of a store. The officer contacted the subject and took them into custody on the outstanding warrant.

A Nevada officer made contact with a subject when following up with a previous report. During the contact the officer located illegal drug paraphernalia.

Nevada Officers contacted a suspicious person in a parking lot they had received a call on. During the contact it was discovered the subject had outstanding warrants out of another state. Officers also located illegal drug paraphernalia during the contact. The subject was taken into custody on the outstanding warrant.

Great work to these Nevada Police officers!

Ellett Memorial 4th Annual Girls Day Event

Ellett Memorial Hospital will host their 4th annual Girls Day Event on Sunday, October 10th for awareness of Breast Cancer.

During Girl’s Day Out event the Diagnostic Imaging Center Mobile Coach will be doing pre-registered mammograms and walk-in’s mammograms. To Pre-register for a mammogram contact Ellett Memorial Hospital at 660-476-2111.


You can win prizes and gather information, share support and Ellett Memorial will recognize survivors. There will be local vendors on site. A light lunch and treats will be served to indulge in!

Below is this year’s Breast Cancer awareness T-shirt. Sponsors of the T-shirt will be on the back of shirt with ribbon and boxing glove.

You may purchase a Girls Day T-Shirt with two options are available regular adult tees or V-neck tees. Youth T-Shirts are only available in the regular tee.

Adult Shirts are $20.00, and Youth are $15.00. Deadline to order is September 24th. To order your T-shirt contact Julee Snyder or April D Loney  by calling Ellett Memorial Hospital at 660-476-2111 or your may message them on Facebook.

Harrisonville Homecoming Parade Route

The Harrisonville High School Homecoming parade is Friday, September 10th, at 1:30 pm.. Harrisonville Police advised that this is going to throw some traffic flow off for a short time so they wanted to give everyone a preview of the parade route so you can be prepared.

If you live on Pearl Street, Harrisonville Police ask that you please not park on the street that afternoon so on lookers have an unobstructed view and floats in the parade have plenty of room to navigate the route.

Harrisonville Police invites everyone to come and cheer on the Wildcats on Friday, September 10th at 1:30pm for the Homecoming Parade.

Picnic with the Creatures of the Night

Poplar Heights Farm will host a spooky night of fun, picnic with the creatures of the night, on Wednesday, September 25th from 6pm to 8:30pm.

Bring your own picnic and join Poplar Heights Farm for an evening exploring the creatures of the night like snakes, spiders, owls, and more.

Poplar Heights Farm will have a bonfire and marshmallows.  Then enjoy a twilight wagon ride around the Farm. 

Poplar Heights Farm is providing this event free for your whole family to enjoy.

Poplar Height farm is located just outside Butler, from Butler go east on H Highway to UU Highway, turn north and follow the signs.

For more information about picnic with the creatures of night event email [email protected] or call 660-200-5620

Battle of Island Mound Commemoration

Poplar Heights Farm invites the public to join them at Battle of Island Mound site on Saturday, September 18 to commemorate the Battle of Island Mound, the first Civil War battle where Black soldiers engaged in combat.

The Poplar Heights Farm’s booth will have jams and jellies for sale and antique items on display that you can guess what they were used for.

Other planned activities at Battle of Island Mound include live stage performances, a living history walking loop and other Civil War-themed events.

Attendees will see a presentation of the Buffalo soldiers and a first-person portrayal of Lt. Patrick Minor, an officer who successfully led a Union artillery unit during the Battle of Westport.

The living history walking loop will feature a rope-making demonstration, a bison program, a Missouri German carpenter’s display, and an opportunity to meet the Buffalo Soldiers and Lt. Patrick Minor.

Battle of Island Mound site is located at 4837 NW County Road 1002 in Butler

Bingo Suspended thru September

FM 92 has received word from The Adrian Optimist Club that their board has voted to extend the suspension of Monday Night Bingo operations until the end of September.

This decision was made with much thought and in the best interest of their players and workers.

Adrian Optimists wants to thank their players in advance for their understanding with this decision and look forward to getting back bingo!

Clinton City Wide Garage Sale Saturday Sept 11th

FM 92 has a correction to a previous story we reported the Clinton City Wide Garage Sale is set for Saturday, September 11th. Maps of garage sales are available in the Clinton Democrate

Public Notice from the Drexel Police Department

On September 25th, 2021, starting at 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM The Drexel Police Department will be conducting inspections for all golf carts, side by sides, and ATVs for the new city permits. On this day you will be able to get your inspection and permit for $15.00. Any inspection conducted after this date you will have to set up a time with Drexel Police Department for the inspection and then go to City Hall to get your permit. Remember all traffic laws apply to every vehicle on the road. It is your responsibility to make certain that there is insurance on the vehicle and anyone operating the vehicle must have a valid driver’s license, the same as operating any other vehicle on the road. If you allow an unlicensed driver to operate the vehicle on the road you can receive a citation for allowing them to operate the vehicle. If the person has a learner’s permit and is required to have an adult in the vehicle with them, they must have one. Permit holders will be held liable for anyone operating the vehicle. Your permit can be revoked by the City of Drexel or by the Drexel Police Department at any time.

Peculiar Police seeking Public’s Assistance

Peculiar Police Department is asking for the public’s help over Labor Day weekend they took several reports of various mischief and vandalism in the area of carriage meadows, Sivley St. and Maverick Cir. Peculiar Police suspect this was the work of juveniles, but they have few leads to work with.

Video footage from the area has not been useful for identification purposes due to distance and clarity.

If anyone has any information, please contact Peculiar PD 816-779-5102

The Little Apple

Vol 29 no 36

                                              September 8, 2021

Appleton City Public Works Department will conduct “smoke” testing on sewers over the next several weeks. A special non-toxic smoke is used in these tests and leaves no residuals or stains and has no effects on plant and/or animal life. Letters were sent out to every home regarding this, however, if you have any questions you may contact City Hall.

Appleton City Park Board invites the public to join them in recognizing Ted McDaniel for his many years of leadership and service with a reception 5:00-6:30 p.m. Monday September 13 at 4th Street Fika (103 E. 4th Street, AC, MO). The September Park Board meeting will immediately follow at Forest Park. The public is welcome there as well.

The monthly Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God will be 7:00 a.m. Saturday September 11.  All the men of the community are invited to join them for a time of great food and fellowship.   Cole Heiserman will have a short devotional. 

The Knights of Columbus will have a breakfast buffet with their pancake and sausage plus scrambled eggs and hash browns, coffee, juice or milk at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose on Sunday September 12 from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.  All proceeds will go to a benefit for the Keon Engeman and Owen Westhusing families. Treat your family to a hot breakfast you don’t have to cook or clean up.  A free will donation will be greatly appreciated.

The AC Fall City Wide Garage Sale dates are set for September 24 – 25. Permits are $5 and can be purchased at City Hall beginning September 13 through noon on Wednesday, September 22. Permits to set up in the AC Park are $25 for the pole shelter, $15 for the stage, $10 for lawn permits and these fees cover both days. Park permits can also be purchased at City Hall on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved by phone. Maps will be available at Food Fair, Powell’s True Value & Casey’s beginning Thursday afternoon. House of Joy Ministry will be at the City Park Saturday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. to pick up donations. For questions, please call Dianne Foster at 660-679-1125.

Another showing of the AC Documentary movie is being offered 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 19 at the Baptist Church. If you missed it during the Sesquicentennial celebration, or would like to watch it again, now is your opportunity.  .

Join evangelist Richard Woodruff at River of Life Fellowship in Rockville, MO for two powerful services on Sunday, September 12.  Morning worship begins at 10:15 a.m. with Brother Woodruff sharing in song and the Word, as well as a special evening service at 6:00 p.m.  Bring friends and family to hear a NOW word from the Lord.  They will take a love offering for WCF ministries.  They will enjoy a fellowship dinner after the morning service, and light snacks following the evening fellowship.  All are welcome to attend.

The new 2021 St. Clair County Plat books are now available at City Hall for $30.00

Children ages 0-5 are invited to Story Hour at the AC Public Library beginning September 9.  They meet 11:00 a.m. Thursday mornings.  They have story time, a craft, and a snack.  Learning to love books is essential to learning to read, plus your children learn social skills and motor skills. 

St. Clair Co Health Department reports 1035 positive COVID-19 cases as of September 3, 2021 in the county with 11 current cases. Appleton City has had 23 positive cases from August 8 to September 5.  More information is available at http://www.scchcmo.net/covid-2.html.

DbarJ Quilts etc., Rockville MO, is having a drawing for a patriotic quilt to be given to a veteran on Veteran’s Day. Any veteran can add their name, or have someone add your name to the drawing.  There is no cost to have your name in the drawing, as you have already paid the price. Just come to the quilt shop and sign your name and a phone number where you can be reached, or give the information to Marge Zink. If you know a veteran, let them know about this.

Ellett Memorial Hospital offers outpatient specialist services for September, 2021. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Sept 8– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Sept – 9 Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Sept 10 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, Sept 15-Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Sept 16 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Sept 22 – Ortho – Dr. Gray, Sept 22 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Sept 23 – Rheumatology – Dr. Tay

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Sept 9       Story Hour at the AC Public Library 11:00 a.m. 

Sept 11     Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God 7:00 a.m.

Sept 12     Breakfast buffet at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose to benefit the Keon Engeman and Owen Westhusing families 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. 

Sept 12     Richard Woodruff at River of Life Fellowship in Rockville, MO 10:15 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Sept 13     Appleton City Park reception for Ted McDaniel 5:00-6:30 p.m. at 4th Street Fika

Rikki Jo Haus, 29 of Belton

Rikki Jo Haus, age 29, of Belton, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, surrounded by her loving family members.


A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at Abundant Life Church in the Administration Building, 414 SW Persels Rd., Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64081. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. with burial to follow at Belton Cemetery in Belton, Missouri

Rikki was born in Kansas City, Missouri on September 20, 1991, to Rick and JoAnne Atkinson. After graduating high school, she then attended Longview Community College obtaining her associates degree, then graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri Kansas City. Rikki was joined in marriage with her husband and soulmate Anthony “A.J.” Haus on November 25th, 2017. In life Rikki was a woman with a strong Christian faith and attended services with A.J. at Abundant Life in Lee’s Summit. She dearly loved Jesus, her family, husband, and many friends. This of course includes her canine companion, Sarge.

Rikki leaves behind her loving husband, Anthony James Haus; parents, Rick and JoAnne Atkinson; brother, Alex Atkinson; sister, Jenny Hess (Jon); nephew, Ashton Hess; Godson, Owen Matter; and many cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation online at www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org

Freedom will be at Adrian 911 Ceremony

Coroner Greg Mullinax has always wanted to do something special for the Adrian Fire Departments September 11th Ceremony, but he struggled to find just the right thing to do.

Like most of us, Sept. 11th is a day to remember the victims, families, and first responders whose lives were changed forever that day.

September 11th is a sacred day for Coroner Greg Mullinax as he remembers the victims, families, and first responders but he also thinks of the coroners and medical examiners who were traumatized forever also.

For all those reasons Greg Mullinax almost never misses the solemn ceremony in Adrian every year.

This year Greg has found a way to honor those affected by September 11th.

He has invited his friend Jake Benson and Jake’s famous horse Freedom (registered name: Visions Enduring Freedom) to the Adrian Fire Department 911 ceremony on Saturday.

Jake is a Firefighter/EMT first responder himself and has found a unique way to honor the fallen and their families. It is pretty obvious Freedom knows exactly what he’s doing too.

Jake and Freedom will be with Greg Mullinax in Adrian on Saturday.

The photo will show you one of the reasons Jake and Freedom are so well known.

911 Ceremony in Adrian

The Adrian Fire Department would like to invite the public to attend Adrian’s Procession and ceremony to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the horrific attacks that took place in our country on September 11, 2001.

On Saturday evening, September 11th, the Adrian Fire Department along with their brothers and sisters from all branches of emergency services will conduct the twentieth anniversary 911 memorial ceremony. Emergency vehicles will line up on 1st Street and Manor Drive at 4:30pm

A silent procession will begin at approximately 5pm along Main Street in Adrian.  Following the procession Adrian Fire Department encourages everyone to attend a ceremony being held at the Adrian Sports Complex at 6:00pm.

During the Ceremony Adrian Fire Department will recognize all veterans and all military personnel serving our country today.  The freedoms we all have today are ours due to their military service and sacrifices.

Adrian Fire Department will also be showing gratitude to all first responders for what they do in the community, as well as front-line workers in the medical field for their sacrifices during these times.

Our country promised twenty years ago that we would never forget. So, let’s come together to remember.  

Handling LP Gas Training in Eldorado

Sema Training and Exercise Management System better known as STEMS will host a Handling LP Gas Emergencies training on Saturday, October 23rd from 8am to 5pm at Eldorado Springs Fire Station 1. The Eldorado Springs Fire Station 1 is located at 1207 South Main Street in Eldorado Missouri.

LP gas is a potential hazard present in most communities and a complete understanding of it hazards is necessary to handle such an incident safely and efficiently. This class will present an overview of LP gas properties and characteristics, as well as provide the opportunity to participate in an actual fire attack on an LP tank fire.

Topics will include common storage containers in residential and commercial use, and the components of different types of transport vehicles. 

The Missouri POST program has approved this course for approved provider training credit, and continuing education in the area of 4 hours technical and 4 hours skill.

Must be 18 to participate in live burn portions of the class. May still attend lecture portion. This training is free and open to the public.

Full Personal Protective Gear including SCBA is required to participate in evolutions and receive a certificate.  Full PPE includes helmet, hood, coat, bunker pants, gloves, and boots. 

To register for this training go wo semtraining.com.  For more information contact Lisa Jobe at 573-526-9241 or Whitt Kellough at 573-526-3074

Butler: Welcome Flournoy Painting

Commercial and Residential Painting in the Bates County Area.
Power washing, remodeling and more.
Licensed and Insured. 660-624-3907. Free estimates.

Brandon Flournoy

Butler: Public Works Department Help Wanted

The City of Butler is accepting applications for a full-time position in the Public Works Department for a Mechanic Trainee.  The starting probationary wage is $13.29 per hour.  We offer employer paid medical, dental, vision, and life insurance.  This position is covered by the MO LAGERS Retirement system.  Successful candidates must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, or any equivalent combination of education and experience, and a valid driver’s license and/or be able to obtain a Class A CDL within six months of employment.  Pre-employment and random post-employment drug testing are required.  Applications are available at Butler City Hall, 22 West Ohio Street, Butler, Missouri 64730, or on our website at https://www.cityofbutlermo.com.  The City of Butler is an equal opportunity employer.  Position is open until filled.

Butler City Wide Garage Sale Saturday Sept 10th

Butler Fall City Wide Garage Sale is Saturday, September 11th in Butler.  Garage sales are set to start at 8am and Junk in the trunk will be on the Butler square. Garage sale maps will be available at the Butler Chamber of Commerce office located at 17 North Main Street in Butler or anywhere that the Mid-America Shopper is available  

Butler Street Project

Beginning the week of September 13th, the City of Butler will start this year’s road overlay project.  It’s expected to last 2-3 weeks.  This project is estimated to cost over $340,000 paid for by the ½ cent transportation sales tax.  The streets to be fixed were selected based on condition and amount of traffic.

  1. Main Street from Mill North to City Limits
  2. High Street from Mill to Fort Scott
  3. Delaware Street from Fort Scott to Nursery
  4. Vine Street from Fulton to Havannah
  5. Havannah Street from Vine to Fort Scott
  6. Dakota Street from Main to Broadway

Residents should prepare for alternate routes and parking accomodations during this time.

ATV Accident in Bates County

Missouri Highway Patrol responded to a accident on Monday, September 6th at approximately 11:37am on Southwest County Road 12497 in Bates County. 

The crash occurred when a 2002 Honda ATV driven by Gregory Becker, 36 of Hume Missouri, ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned. 

Mr. Becker sustained serious injuries and was transported to Bates County Memorial Hospital.

The ATV was towed from the scene by a private party.

Butler Church of the Nazarene Revival

Butler Church of the Nazarene Revival, Sunday thru Wednesday, September 12th-15th.  Service times are Sunday, 10:30 am and 6 pm, then Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 7 pm.  The guest speaker is Dr. Ed Nash, gospel service including special music.  Butler Church of the Nazarene Revival, 110 West Nursery Street in Butler, Sunday thru Wednesday, September 12th-15th.

Butler Bears Homecoming Parade

The Butler Bears are celebrating Homecoming.  Butler homecoming is Friday, September 10th, the Butler Bears will host the Ft. Scott Tigers at 7:30pm at the Butler Sports Complex.

Join the Bears at 2pm on the Historical Butler Square for the Homecoming Parade.  If you would like to be in the Homecoming Parade line up will be at 1:30 in the High School Parking lot on Fulton Street. 

This event is subject to change and mask are recommended by the Butler High School

Part 2 of the History of Harmony Mission: Schooling at Harmony Mission

Every Friday, in the 92.1 Local News broadcast we will feature the History of Harmony Mission. This year is the 200th birthday of the founding and completion of the buildings, the people of the mission, the closing of the mission and the establishment of Bates County.

The information has been written by Phyllis Stewart and shared with the public, through the broadcast on 92.1 and on our website at www.921news.com.

 Join us every Friday through October 1st as we share with you the history of Harmony Mission in Papinville.

The Papinville Board of Directors has made the decision not to hold the Papinville Picnic, activities or a 2021 celebration due to the increase of Covid-19 cases in the Bates County Area. 

                        SCHOOLING AT HARMONY MISSION

The schooling for the children began on November 27, 1821. Amasa Jones (one of the missionary teachers from New York) started teaching classes to the missionary students in his home.

In January the school was opened to the native boys and girls. Rev. Montgomery and Mrs. Comstock were the teachers with fifteen native children ranging in ages from seven to eighteen. Sanc Nerfs (one of the Osage Chiefs) grandchildren were two of the students.

When the children first came to the mission they were bathed and given clothes like the missionary children wore.  The clothes had been given to the missionaries as they traveled down the rivers to Harmony. The children stayed in different homes until the school was built. Each child was given an English name which was often taken from friends or relatives from the missionaries. The records kept showed that the youngest one that came to the mission was a girl three years old and given the name Catherine Strange. The first boy was named John B. Mitchell age ten.

The first school was built April 1822 and the enrollment grew larger so a larger school had to be built to educate the students

 A  two story school was built March 1823 measuring twenty four by thirty six feet. The boys classes were held on the second floor and the girls classes on the ground floor level. The peak year for enrollment in the school was in 1824 with fifty five students. They had an interpreter by the name of “Old Bill Williams” that helped with instructing the children.

It was difficult to keep the children in the mission, because they would run off or their parents would come and take them away. If they were wearing the English clothing they would cut them up and threw them away. Sometimes the parents would bring the child back but other times the child would say they didn’t want to go back and stay in the mission. The missionaries never got discouraged and kept trying to do what they were sent there to do.

According to the  journals of the missionaries in the book “The First Protestant Missions” by Wm. W. Graves, instructions that were given to the missionaries by the Foreign Missionary Society stated the following: You will take into the mission family as many of the youth of both sexes as can be conveniently accommodated, feed them, cloth them and arrange them in classes according to their age and proficiency, so that those who are sufficiently instructed for the common business of life may retire and make room for others until the whole rising generation have received the instruction you have to communicate.

If you have never been to Papinville you need to come and see the following:  museum, walk of history, original school with original furnishings and the bridge across the Marais Des Cygnes River that is on the National Historical Register. For more information call 417-395-2594 or 417-395-4288.

Submitted by Phyllis Stewart   Activity Director

Dog Day at Poplar Heights Farm

Poplar Heights Farm is having a fundraising event for their Summit School restoration. Bring your dog on a walk at Poplar Heights for a fun afternoon on September 19th from 2pm to 4pm. Your $15.00 donation will help Poplar Heights farm finish their restoration of the Summit School.

You will receive a T-shirt and your dog buddy will get a bandana and dog biscuits.

Pre-register for this event is required by calling 660-200-5620. You may also call for details on Dog walking day at Poplar Heights Farm and for directions.

No retractable leashes, Poplar Heights Farm is not responsible for accidents.

Annual Duck Blind Drawing in Harrisonville is set for Wednesday, September 28th at The Harrisonville Community Center.

The drawing will be held in the Harrison room at 6pm. Registration for the drawing is free. One entry per household will be accepted.  Registration is now open for Harrisonville Parks and Rec. Annual Duck Blind Drawing.

Participants may call or visit the Harrisonville Community Center to register. All registrations must be complete before 5pm Tuesday, September 28th. Harrisonville Community Center is located at 2400 South Jefferson Parkway in Harrisonville.  The phone number to register is (816) 380-8980.

If your name is drawn as a winner for the duck blind payment of $100.00 is due that night by cash or check.

Registrants must be present the night of drawing in order to participate in the drawing.  Harrisonville Parks and Rec will not allow registrants to have others stand in for them during the drawing.

Attendees should bring their proof of residency the night of the drawing.  Proof of residency would be utility bill, lease or rental agreement, or personal property receipts.  Driver’s license will not be accepted.

The first 10 names in the Duck Blind drawing drawn will be from City of Harrisonville residents.

The remaining 19 names drawn in the duck blind drawing will be from a combination of city and county applicants.  

For a complete list of rules visit Harrisonville Parks and Rec on Facebook

Kamp Keirsey’s 2022 Camp Dates

Kamp Keirsey has released their schedule for the 2022 season. Camps for 2022 are

• Jr. High Youth Camp for 7th and 8th grade will be June 12 – June 16, 2022, $150 or Register by May 1, 2022, and save $20.00.  Deadline to register is June 3rd

• Day Camp, for 4 years to Kindergarten on June 18, 2022, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, registration is $35 before May 1, 2022, and $40 after, deadline to register is June 3, 2022

• Girls Camp, for ages 4th thru 6th grade is June 19 – June 23, 2022/ Registration fee is $130 before May 1, 2022, and $153.00 after May 1st. Deadline to register is June 10, 2022.

• Boys Camp, for ages 4th thru 6th grade is June 26- June 30, 2022, Registration fee is $130 before May 1, 2022, and $153.00 after May 1st. Deadline to register is June 17, 2022.

• Children’s Overnight Camp, for 1st thru 3rd grade is July 7-8, 2022. Registration fee is $60.00 before May 1st and $70 after May 1st. Deadline to register is June 24, 2022

• Sports Camp, for 4th thru 8th grade is July 10- 14, 2022. Registration fee is $130.00 before May 1st and $150.00 after May 1st. Deadline to register is July 1. 2022.

• Sr. High Youth Camp, for grades 9th thru 12th is July 17 – July 21, 2022, registration fee is $130 before May 1, 2022, and $150.00 after May 1st. Deadline to register is July 8th.

Kamp Keirsey is a Christian summer camp owned and operated by the Osage River Baptist Association. It is located on 22.6 acres east of Amsterdam, MO. The land was donated by the John Ephland Family in 1967 and is named for Marvin Keirsey, Director of Missions 1971-1981. The mission of this camp ministry is to glorify God by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.

For more information about Kamp Keirsey or more details about any the camps visit kampkeirsey.com

Osage Valley crews assist in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Ida

Osage Valley crews continue to work hard to restore power to the members of DEMCO in the Baton Rouge area. They started the week with nearly 80% of their 112,459 members without power. Today 58% still remain without power.

Osage Valley crews report restoration efforts are made more strenuous due to wet, swampy terrain around the greater Baton Rouge area coupled with the swath of damage hurricane Ida left behind. Missouri crews have used everything in their arsenal, including boats and utility vehicles to help bring down the outage numbers.

Missouri’s co-ops sent 173 line workers to Louisiana. Also assisting DEMCO are cooperative line workers from Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Florida.

Please keep the safety of the line workers as well as the citizens of Louisiana in your thoughts and prayers as they build back what Hurricane Ida destroyed.

More activities added to Amsterdam Jubilee


The Amsterdam Jubilee committee announces changes in schedule for the Amsterdam Jubilee on Friday and Saturday September 24th and 25th.   These are added on for the Jubilee flyer.

There will be a pancake and sausage breakfast at the community building from 7 am to 9 am sponsored by the Miami Senior class. Come out and support them on the Saturday, September 25th as the kickoff Jubilee.

The Baptist Church is once again pairing with Amsterdam Jubilee Committee and supplying the kids with a fun filled free day of inflatables. There will be plenty of free water for them but no hotdogs this year.

Cass Rocks Sporting Clay Shoot Off

Polecat Creek & CCCDC are hosting the Annual “Cass Rocks!” Sporting Clays Shoot-Off on Saturday, October 16 at Polecat Creek Shotgun Park near Harrisonville, MO. This year’s event benefits the Ray-Pec High School Trap Shooting Team. Pre-register or day of starting at 9:00 am. Shooting begins at 9:30 am. Cost for this event range from ten dollars to 60 dollars.

Included in the day will be BBQ Lunch, Swag bags, Side Shoots, Raffle and Silent Auction.  There will be a BBQ Truck.  Trapping Demonstrations and freebies from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Sponsorship opportunities still available, please contact JC Davis at 816-582-9475 for more details.

Cass Rock will be at Polecat Creek Shotgun Park located at 23424 South Jefferson Parkway in Harrisonville. 

For more details visit www.tinyurl.com/cassrocks

9/3 Butler Bears Football

Tonight in Butler Bears Football the Bears traveled to take on the Sherwood Marksmen. Tonight the Butler Bears took home the win with a final score of :

Butler-47

Sherwood- 0

Join us next week as the Butler Bears take on the Fort Scott Tigers.

Linn County Police Pursuit

On September 03, 2021 at 11:35am a Linn County Sheriff’s Deputy was working a KDOT traffic grant on US 69 Highway near the 81 mile marker. The intent of the grant is to quail erratic or impaired drivers leading up to the Labor Day weekend.

The Deputy initiated a traffic stop on a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu, the subject in the vehicle failed to yield to the Deputies emergency equipment. A chase ensued, the 50 year old male driver from Kansas City, Missouri led Deputies from Linn County into  Bourbon County then into Vernon County, Missouri. They came back to Linn County and then back to Bourbon County where the driver of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu eventually crashed into a ditch in the area of Ft. Scott, Ks. This was only after the driver of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu had committed multiple traffic violations and evaded two sets of tire deflation devises. For most of the chase the driver was at regular highway speeds and was just obstinate to Law Enforcement. Toward the end of the chase the driver was operating at speeds over 100 miles per hour.

Agencies assisting with the chase are the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol, Vernon County Sheriff’s Office and Ft. Scott Police Department. The chase ended nearly an hour after it started, with no damages to patrol cars and no injuries to any involved. This subject was apprehended without further incident due to many teams of Law Enforcement Officers working together. Since this chase was in three counties and two states, Linn County Sheriff’s Dispatchers were busy coordinating with agencies about the region to get everyone in place to assist.   

The driver is currently held in the Linn County Jail awaiting formal charges.

Linn County Crash

On September 02, 2021 at 3:21pm, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call stating a pick up truck and motorcycle had crashed at Kansas Highway 7 and Kansas Highway 152.

Initial injuries were reported to occupants of the motorcycle, the injuries appeared to be serious involving head trauma and compound fractures of extremities. Linn County Sheriff’s Deputies, Linn County Fire and American Medical Response were all dispatched to the scene. Emergency responders soon arrived on the scene of the crash and assessed the situation, confirming the seriousness of the injuries. An air ambulance was dispatched at that time to begin its travel to Linn County to assist with the scene and transport. Emergency responders began treating patients at the scene and learned that a citizen(s) / passerby(s) had already started treatment of an occupant of the motorcycle. The occupant was bleeding badly and the citizens without hesitation noticed this trauma and reacted. The citizens performed a life saving maneuver securing a tourniquet to the occupant to control bleeding, they used a belt and a stick to stop the loss of blood, tying off the occupants upper leg. This action most likely saved the life of the crash victim.

The crash is still under investigation by Linn County Deputies and will be complete in the next few days where more information will be available.

Adrian 9/11 Silent Procession

The September 11th, Remembrance Ceremony will be hosted by the Adrian Fire Chief, Gary Dizney and the Adrian Fire Department. 9/11 is on a  Saturday this year. 92.1 has been informed by Gary Dizney that the annual ceremony will be held at the Adrian Sports Complex this year.

The Adrian Fire Department along with the brothers and sisters from all branches of emergency services will conduct the 9/11 memorial ceremony  Saturday, September 11that 6:00 pm.

Due to Covid restrictions and the increase in current Covid cases, Fire Chief Dizney informed 92.1 of several changes. Invitations have been printed but not released to the press as of today.

We hope to have more information soon, as to the line-up and other information. As of today, we know the ceremony will be held at the Adrian Sports Complex at 6:00 pm.

The ceremony is open to the public. Come out and watch the procession and celebrate the freedoms we have today because of the many sacrifices of those brave men and women that serve and protect.

( written by FM 92.1)

Harrisonville Log Cabin Festival October 1st and 2nd

The annual Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce and the City of Harrisonville will host the 12th annual Log Cabin Festival on Friday and Saturday, October 1st and 2nd. The event will be held on the Harrisonville Square. Some of the activities planned during the festival will be a Carnival, Business Expo, Food Vendors will be on location Children’s activities, a Petting Zoo and a Farmer’s Market. It’s all free and family-friendly. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the Harrisonville annual Log Cabin Festival October 1st and 2nd.

An Opportunity to Give

The Carpenters Cup has another need! Local lady with 3 grandkids living with her. She is NOT the legal guardian yet. One of the grandchildren only 2 and not potty trained yet. He wears size 7 diapers and she is struggling. We helped her with food today and will help her again. If you can help provide size 7 diapers or the money to purchase these, it would be appreciated. Thanks and blessings!!

New Phone Number at DMV

For those that need to know the Butler License Office phone number is 660-679-0061 and their fax number is 660-679-0185!

MSHP is Participating in Operation C.A.R.E. this Holiday Weekend

The Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort) this Labor Day weekend. All available troopers will be patrolling Missouri’s roadways and waterways, enforcing the laws and available to assist the public.

Bates county sheriffs office

Sgt. Berry Retires from Bates County Sheriff’s Office

The Sheriff’s Office announces the retirement of Jail Sergeant Edwin Berry. Sgt. Berry has spent 16 years in Law Enforcement. Prior to coming to work for the Bates County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Berry spent time serving our citizens as an EMT with the Bates County Memorial Hospital. Sgt. Berry is a horse enthusiast and says retirement will bring more time to raise his horses and to perfect his bbq skills. Sheriff Anderson thanked Sgt.Berry for his service to the office and the citizens of Bates County. He also thanked him for many years of friendship that far exceeded his time at the Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Berry thanked everyone for being his family for so many years. Many memories and stories were shared at his retirement party and will continue to be shared for years to come. Sgt. Berry’s coworkers pooled together an purchased him a new smoker and grill. Join us in Thanking Sgt. Berry for his many years of dedicated service to the citizens of Bates County.

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FM 92 Closing Early Friday, September 3rd

The FM 92 lobby will close early at 3 pm on Friday, September 3rd as their employees prepare to celebrate the Labor Day holiday with family and friends. If you need to pick up any tickets or would like something from the Shopping Show Box, make sure you pick them up before 3 pm. The FM 92 Crew wishes everyone a Safe and Happy Labor Day!

Cass County Historical Society Legacy Picnic

The Cass County Historical Society will have their 2021 Legacy Picnic on Sunday, September 19th.  The legacy picnic will be held at T.B. Hannah Station Park at 1pm.   T.B. Hannah Station Park is located at 214 South Washington Street in Raymore, MO.

The Legacy Picnic is a family friendly event that will include picnic meal, live auction, barber shop quartet, inclusive playground and splashpad access, fresh churned ice cream, raffle times.

Attendees will get an update on the Cass County Historical Society and access to the Raymore History Museum.

Ticket for this event will be $25.00 for Cass County Historical Society member, $35.00 for non-members, and kids 12 and under are $15.00

Advance tickets for the Legacy Picnic may be purchase at www.facebook.com/events/883577405877091 or at the Cass County Historical Society Office located at 400 E. Mechanic Street in Harrisonville.

Change in Friday Hours at the Bates County Assessor’s Office

The Bates Assessor Carl Bettels and his staff announce a change in the hours at the Bates County Assessor’s office.

Beginning on Friday, September 17th the office will be open during the lunch hour from noon until 1pm.  This change will be for Fridays only and until further notice.  Every other day of the week the Bates County Assessor office is closed from noon until 1pm for lunch.

This change is to help the public that need to visit the assessor office during the lunch hour.   

Log Cabin Festival October 1st and 2nd

The Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce Log Cabin Festival is set for Friday, October 1st and Saturday, October 2nd on the Historical Harrisonville Square.

This event brings visitors from all over to Harrisonville for the many events and vendors at the Log Cabin Festival.

Events planned for this year include a carnival, parade, dog show, baby contest, arts and craft vendor, farmer market, local music and much more.

FM 92 will bring you full details of the festival daily events and scheduled times as soon as they are available.

Henry County Sheriff’s raising Money for K9 Program

Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be having several fundraisers over the next few months in hopes of rebuilding a successful K9 program.

First fundraiser: A 50/50 raffle will take place at Septemberfest in Windsor. The Henry County K9 program will have a booth set up on Friday, September 3rd and Saturday, September 4th. The winning ticket will be drawn Saturday evening.

Supporting the Paw t-shirts will be sold by pre-orders by visiting https://csquaredclinton.com/collections/henry-county-sheriffs-office/

Other fundraisers planned for the Henry County K9 include a Cornhole Tournament October 23 and other events.

There will be multiple opportunities to support the Henry County K9 program. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates!

Bridge Closure in Nevada

The City of Nevada would like to remind motorist and pedestrians of changes in traffic routes and patterns due to the Austin Street Bridge closure beginning on Tuesday September 7, 2021.

• South Elm Street between Maple & Sycamore Street will be closed.

• Please pay special attention to the tunnel height restrictions at the Walnut Street underpass. Low clearance signs are placed along the route for a reminder. The railroad bridge is marked 11’ 9”.

• The Intersection of Walnut & Osage will be right turn only. Motorist cannot cross Osage Blvd. heading east and west bound.

• The intersection at Hickory & Osage heading west-bound will be challenging due to low visibility looking north around the curve because of increased traffic from the detour. Please use extreme caution and good judgement crossing Osage Blvd.

• Heavy truck traffic and over size loads are prohibited on Hickory Street from Centennial Blvd. to Ash Street during the bridge closure. Local truck deliveries will be permitted. Signs are placed along Hickory Street for a reminder.

• Pedestrians and bicycle traffic are encouraged to use the Walnut Street underpass. Access to the east side of Nevada by walking, biking and electric wheelchairs is limited due to the bridge closure.

• Motorists and pedestrians are urged to exercise caution during this project and follow marked detour routes. We appreciate everyone’s patience.

MoDot closing Bridge in Peculiar

MoDot advises travelers that the Route J Bridge in Peculiar, Missouri, will close beginning Sept. 7 for a bridge rebuild. The bridge will remain closed during the project, which MoDOT plans to have completed by the beginning of December.

Wildcats PTO Fundraiser

The annual Harrisonville Schools PTO trash bag sale is underway through September 15. You can purchase rolls of trash bags from participating elementary students or online at buybags.trashbagfundraiser.com and use HARRSNVL in the group ID.

Rolls are $10 each and you can purchase white (15 gal w/60 bags per roll), yellow (39 gal w/20 bags per roll), green (39 gal w/20 bags per roll – 50 cents to playground fund), or blue (55 gal w/15 bags per roll).

Harrisonville School participating in the trash bag sale include

Harrisonville Early Childhood Center Wildcats

Harrisonville Elementary Wildcats

McEowen Elementary Wildcats

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Missouri



 
 
WASHINGTON — FEMA announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Missouri to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, tornados and flooding from June 24-July 1, 2021.Federal funding also is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornados and flooding in Andrew, Audrain, Boone, Buchanan, Caldwell, Callaway, Carroll, Chariton, Clinton, Cooper, Daviess, Grundy, Holt, Howard, Lincoln, Livingston, Moniteau, Montgomery, Ralls, Ray and Saline counties.Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.David Gervino has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Gervino said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments.

Hartzler Statement on Committee Passage of FY22 NDAA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Ranking Member of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, issued the following statement after the House Armed Services Committee passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 out of committee:
 
“This year’s National Defense Authorization Act provides our troops with the necessary funding and policy authorizations to keep our nation safe from both today and tomorrow’s threats. I am pleased the committee adopted a bipartisan amendment to increase the defense topline by nearly $25 billion. Unfortunately, President Biden’s budget request woefully underfunded our military, and with the passage of this amendment we can ensure our military will be adequately funded to keep pace with a rising China.
 
The legislation also includes several provisions to hold the Biden Administration accountable for the catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan. With the Biden Administration effectively equipping the Taliban with billions of dollars’ worth of military equipment and allowing the terrorist group to quickly assume power, it is critical for Congress to conduct oversight on what happened and understand the counterterrorism strategy going forward. I successfully included two amendments requiring the Department of Defense to brief Congress on its strategic decision to leave Bagram Air Base and to provide information on why U.S. contractor maintenance support was not provided to the Afghan Air Force.”
 
The NDAA is annual legislation that determines the policies and funding levels for the Department of Defense and other national security entities.
 
Hartzler included significant initiatives in the bill, including several wins for Missouri:

  • 12 F/A-18 Super Hornets and 24 F-15EX aircraft, which are made in St. Louis by Boeing
  • Increases funding by $103.2 million for Army small caliber ammunition, which are produced at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP).
  • Funding to support needed modernization upgrades at LCAAP.
  • $160 million for increment 4 of the Fort Leonard Wood hospital replacement project.
  • Funding for the B-21 program, which will eventually replace the B-2 at Whiteman Air Force Base.
  • Modernization funding for the B-2 to ensure the aircraft maintains its long-range strike capability until the B-21 is fully operational.
  • Funding for upgrades for the C-130H fleet, including for those at the 139th Airlift Wing at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base.
  • Protects criminal investigative command (CID) training at Fort Leonard Wood.
  • Includes Hartzler’s CADET Act, which ensures cadets at service academies can retain their parental rights.
  • Allows service members to take up to two weeks of permissive temporary duty each year to attend a seminar, retreat, workshop, or outdoor recreational therapy event hosted by a non-profit that focuses on psychological, physical, spiritual, or social wellness.

 
Hartzler also submitted additional amendments to improve the NDAA, but were unfortunately defeated by the Democrats. These include:

  • Prohibiting funding for the Countering Extremism Working Group until the Department of Defense submits to Congress a definition of the term “extremism.”
  • Prohibiting the Department of Defense Education Activity schools from teaching critical race theory.

Love Fund for Larry Bosch

Larry Bosch, a lifetime resident of Bates County, is fighting a battle with cancer.  Larry was diagnosed with Pancreatic and Liver cancer recently. 

Larry has a wife, Jennifer, three daughters, and a grandchild.

Larry’s scans and image have been sent to MD Anderson in Houston, where he will be traveling to soon, hoping for some hope of recovery. Larry’s wife Jennifer is asking for prayer that he will be strong enough to make the trip to Houston.

There is also a Love Fund set up at Citizen’s Bank in Butler to assist the Bosch family with expenses while Larry is fighting this cancer. Any donation to this Love Fund will help this family in the fight against this horrible disease.

El Dorado Springs pursuit enters Vernon County, suspect located by K9 team

A wanted subject is in custody after a vehicle pursuit by the El Dorado Springs Police Department ended in rural Vernon County early Monday morning. According to Sheriff’s Office Officials, the wanted subject was identified as 24-year-old Jessie Miller of Independence, Mo.

Chief Schiereck, of the El Dorado Springs Police Department said that while an officer was conducting a routine welfare check, the suspect fled the scene, causing minor injuries to one of his officers.

The pursuit entered into Vernon County, where Deputies responded for assistance. Deputies located the vehicle in a field to the South of 54 highway and 2100 road and deployed its K9 Unit.

Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said Miller was located by the K9 and taken into custody without incident.

Miller is being held in the Vernon County Jail for outstanding warrants for Burglary in the 2nd Degree, Possession of Controlled Substance, and Resisting Arrest on $10,000 bond.

Additional charges are pending with the completion of the investigation.

8 Active Cases of Covid-19 in the Clinton School District

The Clinton School District has received confirmation of 2 positive cases of COVID-19 at Clinton High School. This brings the total number of active cases to 8.

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

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

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

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

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

As Clinton School District navigate situations such as this, please be assured that the health and safety of their students and staff are of utmost importance.

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

Studio M Celebrating their 6th Anniversary

Studio M Salon and Boutique has scheduled their 6th Anniversary Celebration for October 30th.

Vendor are need for this even.  Booth fee for vendor this year is $30.00, this fee is nonrefundable, unless event is cancelled. You may pick up vendor forms at Studio M located at 1013 North Orange Street in Butler.

Studio M will not double book brand reps, unless it’s a hand-crafted item.

Five small vendors will be inside the building, everyone else will be outside.

Studio M Salon and Boutique reminds you that they always donate their vendors fee to a family in need. If you have a suggestion on a family in need, please share with them when you pick up vendor forms, they would love to help!

Just in case of colder weather Studio M will provide heaters outside to keep everyone warm.

Hunter Education Skill Session in Drexel

The Drexel VFW Post 4347 will host a Hunter Education Skill Session on Saturday, October 2nd from 8am to noon. This class is part two in you receiving your hunter’s education certification.  You must complete part one first you can do this online by visiting www.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/hunter-education. Or by getting a book and complete the chapter questions. You must bring the book with the completed chapter questions or a Qualifier certification to this class.

This Missouri Department of Conservation Hunter Education Skills Session will be limited to 30 students. The instructor for this class will be Dennis Desmond.  Participants 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

You must register for this class.  To register for this class and pick up your book call Jim Pierce at 816-896-7016

The Drexel VFW Post is located at 110 1st Street in Drexel Missouri.

Walmart Responds to Continued Growth by Hiring 20,000 Additional Supply Chain Associates

HARRISONVILLE HIRING EVENT DETAILS: 

Interested applicants are invited to attend a hiring event on:

SEPTEMBER 8 – 9, 2021

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (local time)

5100 S Brookhart DR STE 100

September 1, 2021

By Joe Metzger, Executive Vice President of Supply Chain Operations, Walmart U.S. and Karisa Sprague, Senior Vice President, People, Supply Chain, Walmart U.S.

As our business continues evolving to meet the needs of today’s customers, having a robust supply chain is more important than ever. That’s why we’re excited to announce that our team is growing.

We released FY22 Q2 earnings last week, and they revealed just how much Walmart has grown over the past year  we had another strong quarter. Innovation across all areas of the business had a huge impact on our growth, and earlier this year, we shared plans to roll out high-tech automation systemto our facilities in addition to high-tech grocery distribution centers.

In order to support that growth, we’re planning to hire 20,000 new associates across more than 250 Walmart and Sam’s Club distribution centers (DCs), fulfillment centers (FCs) and transportation offices. Next week we’re holding special hiring events on Sept. 8 – 9 to attract the best and brightest candidates in all our supply chain locations. We’ll be filling a wide range of roles, including order fillers, freight handlers, lift drivers, technicians and management positions. These positions will be permanent roles and will be offered in both full-and part-time capacities.

We know that offering competitive pay is essential in order to build a network for the future. The average wage for supply chain associates is $20.37 per hour. 

At Walmart, what starts as a job has the potential to lead to a limitless and rewarding career. Whether you’re new to the workforce or you’re looking for a fresh start, this is the place to continue your professional journey. After all, the majority of our managers started their careers in roles such as an order filler, and now have responsibility for leading a team of associates to ensure goods are received and shipped to stores and customers with the highest quality and service levels.

“It means the world when you have a caring group of people to work with, who truly care. Your job becomes more than just getting a paycheck – it becomes a career. And, there’s opportunity here to learn from the ground up and add to the culture by putting your own special twist on being a part of a team.”

– Angie Baecke, General Manager of FC 7520 in Plainfield, Indiana

We know that financial stability, health benefits, family support and career development opportunities are all critical factors to weigh when considering a job, and we aim not to just meet but exceed our associates’ expectations on each of these fronts. Every item on our store shelves and in our online inventory is there because of the combined efforts of our associates working in more than 250 supply chain facilities across the country.

To help associates gain the experiences and skills needed for success in the jobs of today and tomorrow, Walmart has invested in associate development and growth opportunities, including opening six new Walmart Academies to support the supply chain business. Walmart Academies immerse associates in a training program that allows them to receive both classroom and DC/FC floor training in specialized supply chain skills and soft skills like leadership, communications and change management. In FY21, we trained approximately 5,900 associates via the Walmart U.S. Supply Chain Academy, including in-person and virtual trainings.

In addition to job-focused training at Walmart Academies, we also encourage associates to pursue further education with Live Better U. This year, Walmart announced that it would pay 100% of the cost of tuition and books for Live Better U – allowing Supply Chain associates to achieve bachelor’s degrees debt-free.

And finally, we prioritize the health and wellness of our associates and their families. Medical coverage starts at $30.50 per pay period – approximately one-third less than the average premium employees pay at other companies. That’s in addition to maternity and paternal benefits, emotional well-being benefitshealthcare tailored to the LBGTQ+ community and veteran and military spouse support. We are also offering our field-based associates – including supply chain – a $150 cash bonus for getting the COVID-19 vaccination. New associates who get vaccinated before October 4, or who were already vaccinated prior to their hire date, are eligible for the bonus.

For our supply chain to continue expanding, innovating and improving our customer service, we need a strong, dynamic team leading it. We’re excited to meet the new associates who are going to join our team.

Visit careers.walmart.com for more information.

Vicky Hartzler Opening Statement at FY22 NDAA Markup

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, delivered opening remarks at the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) markup. 

Rep. Hartzler’s remarks as prepared below:

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

I want to thank Chairman Norcross for his leadership and collaboration in building this mark in a very open and bipartisan manner that continues the long-standing tradition of the Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee.  

I’d also like to express my gratitude to the subcommittee staff, including Kelly Repair, Bill Sutey, Heath Bope, Carla Zeppieri, Liz Griffin, Caroline Kehrli, and Chrissi Lee of my personal staff, for their support and hard work. 

To all of our colleagues on this Committee, I want to express my appreciation for their active participation and for their valuable contributions that directly informed this bipartisan Mark.

Building off the framework we have set the last several years, this Mark will advance the progress we have made to ensure force readiness and facilitate modernization programs necessary to prepare our military forces to compete with, deter, and win against peer challengers and adversaries.  

I am particularly pleased with how this mark continues critical oversight of the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps’ strike-fighter force structure and inventory management. 

This mark sets better conditions for ensuring the right mix of 4th and 5th generation fighters, managing operational risk, and specifically for mitigating shortfalls in the Navy Strike Fighter inventory. 

I’m also pleased this mark facilitates stronger oversight to ensure current ISR and Counter-UAS capabilities and capacity are maintained and prioritized to mitigate near-term operational risk and prevent future capability gaps.

Lastly, this mark, through oversight, highlights the subcommittee’s continued priority of maintaining stability, improving safety, and facilitating critical infrastructure modernization projects within our defense industrial base and supply chains.  

Following a year of unprecedented challenges, I continue to be impressed and encouraged by the resilience of our military and the critical industrial base that supports it. This mark is a good step towards fully restoring the dedicated industrial workforce to safe and efficient operations.

Mr. Chairman, I am proud of this bipartisan and comprehensive mark that provides appropriate levels of oversight on the major programs in our jurisdiction while also supporting the critical capabilities needed by our warfighters to maintain credible deterrence and to fight and win decisively in any situation in the future. I encourage everyone’s support and yield back. 

The Little Apple

Vol 29 no 35

                                              September 1, 2021

The Annual Labor Day Picnic at Immaculate Conception Parish (606 Kansas Ave., Montrose) will be held on Monday, September 6. For the health and safety of visitors and workers, they will not be able to offer family-style dine-in meal in the school basement, but will offer two other options for enjoying a great chicken dinner.  New this year will be a drive-thru car side delivery option in addition to the carry-out option with outdoor tent seating available.  Come join in for a great tasting fried chicken dinner served from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The menu includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, dressing, green beans, slaw, bread & butter pickles, and homemade pie. All this is only $12 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under. There is a huge country store open from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. There will also be corn hole, dunk tank and bingo open at 11:00 a.m. A homemade pie auction will begin at 3:30 p.m. followed by the cash and quilt raffles.

AC City Hall will be closed on Monday, September 6, 2021 for Labor Day. They will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday September 7, 2021

The Knights of Columbus will have a breakfast buffet with their pancake and sausage plus scrambled eggs and hash browns, coffee, juice or milk at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose on Sunday September 12 from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.  All proceeds will go to a benefit for the Keon Engeman and Owen Westhusing families. Treat your family to a hot breakfast you don’t have to cook or clean up.  A free will donation will be greatly appreciated.

The AC Fall City Wide Garage Sale dates are set for September 24 – 25. Permits are $5 and can be purchased at City Hall beginning September 13 through noon on Wednesday, September 22. Permits to set up in the AC Park are $25 for the pole shelter, $15 for the stage, $10 for lawn permits and these fees cover both days. Park permits can also be purchased at City Hall on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved by phone. Maps will be available at Food Fair, Powell’s True Value & Casey’s beginning Thursday afternoon. House of Joy Ministry will be at the City Park Saturday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. to pick up donations. For questions, please call Dianne Foster at 660-679-1125.

West Central’s Senior Care Department wanted to remind everyone that August was Medic Alert Awareness month. Prompt treatment can mean the difference between life and death. When a medical emergency occurs, your aging loved one can communicate potentially life-saving medical information to first responders and other healthcare professionals. One of the most beneficial elements of today’s medical alert systems is the ease of use. When it is time to consider a Medical Phone Alert Device, West Central Senior Care Professionals can help. Call 660-476-2185.

Children ages 0-5 are invited to attend Story Hour at the AC Public Library beginning September 9.  They meet on Thursday mornings at 11:00 a.m.  They have story time, a craft, and a snack.  Learning to love books is essential to learning to read plus your children learn social skills and motor skills.  Come join the fun.

The Appleton City Public Library is seeking a librarian. Hours of operation would be Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to noon. Applications can be picked up at the library during normal business hours and will be accepted through September 7, 2021. For any questions about what this role entails, please contact Megan at (660) 492-0499 or Kamber at (660) 492-3502.

St. Clair Co Health Department reports 1028 positive cases and 23 deaths as of August 30, 2021 in the county with 14 current cases.  More information is available at http://www.scchcmo.net/covid-2.html.

DbarJ Quilts etc., Rockville MO, is having a drawing for a patriotic quilt to be given to a veteran on Veteran’s Day. Any veteran can add their name, or have someone add your name to the drawing.  There is no cost to have your name in the drawing, as you have already paid the price. Just come to the quilt shop and sign your name and a phone number where you can be reached, or give the information to Marge Zink. If you know a veteran, let them know about this.

Ellett Memorial Hospital offers outpatient specialist services for September, 2021. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Sept 1 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Sept 2 – OB/GYN, Dr. Kallberg, Sept 8– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Sept – 9 Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Sept 10 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, Sept 15-Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Sept 16 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Sept 22 – Ortho – Dr. Gray, Sept 22 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Sept 23 – Rheumatology – Dr. Tay

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Sept 6       Labor Day Holiday

Sept 6       Annual Labor Day Picnic at Immaculate Conception Parish (Montrose)

Sept 9       Story Hour at the AC Public Library 11:00 a.m. 

Sept 12     Breakfast buffet at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose to benefit the Keon Engeman and Owen Westhusing families 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. 

Vaccination Clinic at Bates County Health Center

Bates County Health Center will host a Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic on Friday, September 3rd

At this vaccination Clinic you will able to receive your 1st or 2nd dose as well as eligible candidate will be able to receive their 3rd shot the booster dosage of the Moderna vaccine.  

You will need to call 660-679-6108 to schedule an appointment.

There are eligibility criteria at this time to receive the booster dose. This 3rd dose is currently available for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals due to the following:

Solid organ transplant taking immune suppressing medications

Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies

CAR-T cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant

Primary immunodeficiency e.g. DiGeorge and Wishott-Aldrich Syndromes

Advanced or untreated HIV

Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids

Or other immune suppressing drugs.

Bates County Health Clinic is located at 501 N Orange Street in Butler. 

The number to call to set up your appointment for the vaccination clinic on September 3rd is 660-679-6108