Angie Manning RETIRES After 15 Years of Service with Bates County Memorial Hospital

After 15 years of dedicated service to Bates County Memorial Hospital, Angie Manning, CPHT, was honored with a retirement party on December 23, 2021.

Angie began her employment with BCMH in July of 2006 as a pharmacy tech and remained in the pharmacy department until her retirement. With her dependable work ethic and attention to detail, Angie has been a tremendous asset to the hospital.

Angie and her husband John reside in Butler. They have four children and five grandchildren. Angie’s plans for retirement include dedicating more time to ministry with husband, and travel.  

Angie was honored at her retirement party with a beautiful clock, presented by Greg Weaver, Chief Executive Officer.

PSC SETS INTERVENTION DEADLINE IN SPIRE MISSOURI, INC. INFRASTRUCTURE SURCHARGE REQUEST

Spire Missouri, Inc. (Spire) has filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking to adjust the infrastructure system replacement surcharge (ISRS) on the bills of its Spire East and Spire West natural gas customers. The surcharge first appeared on Spire East and Spire West customer bills in 2004. Spire seeks the adjustment to reflect infrastructure replacement investments made by the natural gas company from June 1, 2021 through November 30, 2021.

Spire’s application includes pro forma ISRS costs for December 2021. These costs for natural gas pipeline replacements and relocations are not currently included in Spire’s rates. The current ISRS for residential customers of Spire East and Spire West is $0.00.

Spire East residential customers would pay an ISRS of $0.49 a month and Spire West residential customers would pay an ISRS of $0.97 a month if the Commission approves Spire’s application.

Applications to intervene and participate in this case must be filed no later than January 24, 2022, with the Secretary of the Missouri Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, 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 opcservice@opc.mo.gov) or the Public Service Commission Staff (P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, telephone 1-800-392-4211, email pscinfo@psc.mo.gov). The Office of the Public Counsel is a separate state agency that represents the general public in matters before the Commission.

Spire Missouri East provides natural gas service to approximately 654,600 customers in the City of St. Louis as well as the Missouri counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Butler, Iron, Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, Crawford, St. Francois and Ste. Genevieve.

 Spire Missouri West provides natural gas service to approximately 522,000 customers in Andrew, Barry, Barton, Bates, Buchanan, Carroll, Cass, Cedar, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Dade, DeKalb, Greene, Henry, Howard, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Lafayette, Lawrence, McDonald, Moniteau, Pettis, Platte, Ray, Saline, Stone and Vernon counties.

MDC changes some regulations related to paddlefish

MDC regulation changes for paddlefish, related fishing methods, and commercial fishing become effective Feb. 28, 2022.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Conservation Commission gave final approval during its Dec. 10 open meeting in Jefferson City to several proposed regulation changes to the Wildlife Code of Missouri by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for paddlefish, related fishing methods, and commercial fishing. The regulation changes will become effective Feb. 28, 2022.

MDC asked for initial public comments on the proposed regulation changes this past spring. The Commission gave initial approval to the proposed regulation changes at its Aug. 27 open meeting in Jefferson City. MDC then had a public comment period during October.   

Snagging Definition

One regulation change establishes a formal definition of “snagging,” which was undefined in the Wildlife Code of Missouri. Snagging is a popular method for taking fish, such as paddlefish, that do not go after baited hooks because they “filter feed” on tiny crustaceans and insects by swimming through the water with their large mouths open. Snagging uses a heavy-duty fishing pole with a large, three-pronged hook on a line to snag a fish along its body as it swims.

The MDC definition of snagging is: Hooking or attempting to hook a fish in a part of the body other than the mouth or jaw by means of a pole, line, and hook. Snagging is characterized by a repeated drawing or jerking motion of the pole, line, and hook or by trolling with an unbaited hook rather than enticement by bait or lure.

Statewide Minimum Length

A regulation change establishes a statewide minimum length limit of 32 inches — measured from eye to fork of tail — for sport/recreational taking of paddlefish, up from the current minimum length of 24 inches for most areas of the state. The existing minimum length limit of 34 inches — measured from eye to fork of tail — will remain in effect for Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock Lake, Truman Lake, and their tributaries. All paddlefish under the legal minimum length must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught.

Paddlefish can grow to a length of about seven feet and weigh 100 pounds or more. According to MDC, the increased length limit will allow female paddlefish to reach sexual maturity before they can be harvested. This will help make paddlefish waters more sustainable for natural reproduction and result in larger fish available for harvest.

15 More Days to Season

Another regulation amendment adds 15 days to the fall/winter snagging, snaring, or grabbing season for taking fish — except paddlefish — by extending the season end from Jan. 31 to Feb. 15. It also prohibits snagging for all species of fish on Table Rock Lake after taking the daily limit of two paddlefish.

The paddlefish snagging season for the state’s major paddlefish snagging waters — Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Lake, and Table Rock Lake — and most other waters in the state remains March 15 through April 30. The paddlefish season for the Mississippi River remains March 15 through May 15 with a fall season of Sept. 15 through Dec. 15.

According to MDC, the amendment extending the fall snagging, snaring, or grabbing season provides additional opportunities for anglers. It also aligns the snagging, snaring, or grabbing season with the season allowing some fish to be taken by gig or atlatl.

Commercial Fishing Season

A final regulation amendment establishes a commercial paddlefish fishing season of Nov. 1 through April 15 on the Mississippi River to limit the commercial harvest of paddlefish only during cooler water temperatures. It also sets a minimum length limit of 32 inches for taking paddlefish on the Mississippi River.

According to MDC, the primary justification for the season is to prevent mortality of paddlefish. Paddlefish captured in nets during warm-water temperatures (late April through October) are more likely to perish, causing waste of fish that would have otherwise been harvested and the unnecessary death of paddlefish under legal length. The establishment of the paddlefish commercial season will also better align Missouri regulations with those of other states along the Mississippi River.

Become a Dementia Friend

Care Connection is encouraging community members to spend an hour to become Dementia Friends.

The Dementia Friends workshop is part of an international effort to make a difference for people with memory loss. The online session, set for 10 am. January 20 on Zoom, and will cover the basics of recognizing dementia and offer tips on how to engage with people who have dementia.

Dementia Friends is a global movement to change the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. The program can benefit all community members who encounter others with dementia in their daily lives – including bankers, grocers, other retailers, government and healthcare workers, nonprofit employees, first responders, and caregivers.

You need not know someone with dementia to benefit and learn from this program. By helping everyone in the community understand dementia and how it affects families, people can make a difference for those with dementia, said Marilyn Gunter, Director of Care Management for Care Connection.

“Anyone can become a Dementia Friend and should become one,” she said. “It affects millions of people. Why not educate yourself about the disease and symptoms so that you can help family, friends and neighbors who might show signs of dementia?”

Registration is required by going online to goaging.org/events, emailing Lisa Lewis at llewis@goaging.org or calling 1-800-748-7826.  If you would like to attend but need to learn how to use Zoom, we can provide training.

The Dementia Friends movement began in the United Kingdom and is progressing across the United States.

Adrian Blackhawk Competes in Blue-Grey All-American Bowl

This information is courtesy of the Adrian News Leader.

Monday, December 20th was a big day for Adrian Blackhawks senior Colton Bass. Bass had been selected to play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl played on the home turf of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. The game featured many of the nation’s top prospects from the class of 2022. Many of the players are highly recruited prospects while the others participated in combines held at NFL stadiums and other training facilities. Players were selected from the outcomes of those combines. Players on the teams represented 22 states from the East and 17 States from the West. The selection committee chose Colton and the others from a pool of more than 6,750 recruits that competed at the regional combines. More than 500 colleges nationwide viewed and scouted practices for the game and the game itself. The All-American Bowl is a recruiting bonanza for college coaches all over the country. Historically there have been high profile athletes participate in this game as well as athletes under the radar. To give you and idea about some of the talent to pass through this game in 2013 there was a high school senior quarterback out of Whitehouse, TX who had committed to Texas Tech. Fans may better recognize him today as Patrick Mahomes, quarterback for the Superbowl Champions, Kansas City Chiefs. Colton had several family members and friends make the trip to Dallas to cheer him on.   “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity that I’m hoping to make the most of to help my future” said Colton before the game. “I’m excited for the challenge and fully confident in my abilities to play alongside them.”
Colton’s East squad fell to the West by the score of 27-35 but it was a fun experience for a kid from rural Missouri to compete at the national level.  

Update on Fort Scott Double Homicide

UPDATE: KBI agents and the Fort Scott Police Department have arrested 23-year-old Dawson J. Mitchell, the person of interest connected to the murders of Melissa Mitchell and Leonard Zimmerman.Mitchell was arrested at approximately 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 22, near the intersection of 5th St. and Judson St. in Fort Scott.He was arrested for theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and unlawful possession of controlled substances. He was then booked into the Bourbon County Jail. Currently, Mitchell has not been charged related to the murders. The investigation is ongoing.EARLIER: ♦PLEASE SHARE♦ We are searching for Dawson J. Mitchell, 23, who is wanted for questioning connected to two homicides in Fort Scott on Tuesday night.On Tuesday, Dec. 21, at approximately 7:40 p.m., the Fort Scott Police Department received a 911 call from a subject who came home to find a female family member had been shot. When police officers arrived at 402 Main St. in Fort Scott, they located 48-year-old Melissa L. Mitchell who had died from a gunshot wound. They also discovered inside the home, 53-year-old Leonard D. Zimmerman, who had also been shot and was deceased. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.At approximately 8:30 p.m. the Fort Scott Police Department requested KBI assistance. KBI agents and the Crime Scene Response Team responded to Fort Scott.The victims’ son, Dawson J. Mitchell, 23, of Fort Scott, is a person of interest and is wanted for questioning connected to this case. Investigators are working to locate him at this time. If you know the whereabouts of 23-year-old Dawson J. Mitchell, you are asked to contact the Fort Scott Police Department at 620-223-1700 or the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME. Mitchell is expected to be armed and dangerous. Do not approach him, but immediately call police.Mitchell is a white male, 5 ft. 7 in. tall, and weighs approximately 160 lbs. He has blonde hair and blue eyes. Mitchell was last seen wearing blue jeans, a brown Carhartt-style coat and a baseball cap that is light in color on the front and dark in color on the back.

Update on the Parker Baptist Church Burglary which occurred on December 13, 2021

Two warrants have been issued for the arrest of subjects in the Parker Baptist Church Burglary. Linn County Prosecutor Burton Harding applied for warrants based on the investigation of the burglary. The warrants were filed after a finding of probable cause was determined by the Court.

The warrants are attached. A bond of $50,000.00 cash/surety has been set on the warrants. The suspects in the case are currently in custody in Las Vegas, Nevada on charges not associated with the attached warrants. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office has notified the Clark County Sheriff’s Office of the warrants and holds have been placed on the subjects, Linn County will await the disposition of the charges in Las Vegas, Nevada, and extradition hearings to transport the suspects back to Linn County, Kansas to stand for the burglary charges.

Tips from the public greatly assisted in the identification of the suspects, we thank the public for the assistance in the investigation.

It should be noted that all persons are considered innocent until adjudicated in a court of law.

Double Homicide in Fort Scott, Kansas

On Tuesday, Dec. 21, at approximately 7:40 p.m., the Fort Scott Police Department received a 911 call from a subject who came home to find a female family member had been shot. When police officers arrived at 402 Main St. in Fort Scott, they located 48-year-old Melissa L. Mitchell who had died from a gunshot wound. They also discovered inside the home, 53-year-old Leonard D. Zimmerman, who had also been shot and was deceased. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene. At approximately 8:30 p.m. the Fort Scott Police Department requested KBI assistance. KBI agents and the Crime Scene Response Team responded to Fort Scott. The victims’ son, Dawson J. Mitchell, 23, of Fort Scott, is a person of interest and is wanted for questioning connected to this case. Investigators are working to locate him at this time. If you know the whereabouts of 23-year-old Dawson J. Mitchell, you are asked to contact the Fort Scott Police Department at 620-223-1700 or the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME. Mitchell is expected to be armed and dangerous. Do not approach him, but immediately call police. Mitchell is a white male, 5 ft. 7 in. tall, and weighs approximately 160 lbs. He has blonde hair and blue eyes. Mitchell was last seen wearing blue jeans, a brown Carhartt-style coat and a baseball cap that is light in color on the front and dark in color on the back.

Department of Natural Resources offers home weatherization assistance

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 21, 2021 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has weatherization assistance available to increase energy efficiency and improve the health of your home. As families spend more time at home during winter, they tend to use more energy, which means energy efficiency benefits become even more critical.

The department’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is critical to meeting heating and cooling needs of Missourians with low-incomes, especially as many seniors and other vulnerable households shelter at home due to COVID-19. WAP makes homes more energy efficient, safer and healthier.

To apply for assistance, clients should contact their local weatherization agency. The agency will ask applicants to complete the appropriate forms, including income documentation, to verify eligibility. Once the client is verified as eligible, an auditor from the agency will conduct an energy audit of the home to determine what measures will produce the greatest energy savings. The next step is for the agency crew or contractor to install the energy-efficient measures on the home. After the weatherization is complete, a quality control inspector will examine the home to check quality and completeness of the work.

Eligibility is based on the family unit’s size and total income. A single person with a maximum income of $25,760 is eligible and a home with two residents must have a maximum income of $34,840 to qualify. Local weatherization agencies can provide further information about maximum family income and other details regarding program eligibility.

Properly insulating and sealing air leaks can help many homes save as much as 30% in winter heating costs. Home weatherization not only saves homeowners money and leaves them with a more comfortable living space, it also reduces the pollution associated with generating energy used for heating.

Weatherization leads to significant health benefits. Read the @ENERGY “Home Rx” report available at bit.ly/2iUEQ59. Residents with asthma reported fewer hospitalizations and emergency room visits after weatherization and families’ out-of-pocket medical expenses decreased by an average of $514, according to @ORNL. Children missed fewer school days after their homes received energy efficiency services from WAP. Weatherization returns $2.78 in health-and-safety related benefits for every $1 invested. For more ways to weatherize your home visit the department’s Weatherization webpage at dnr.mo.gov/energy/weatherization or contact the Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Energy at 855-522-2796.

The Little Apple

Vol 29 no 51

                                              December 22, 2021

Rockville United Methodist Church will hold their Family Candlelight Christmas Eve Service, 6:00 p.m. Dec 24.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Christmas and New Year’s Masses at Immaculate Conception Church in Montrose and St. Patrick’s Church in Butler  are as follows: Christmas Eve – Immaculate Conception 4:00 p.m., St. Patrick 7:00 p.m. Christmas Day – Immaculate Conception 8:00 a.m., St. Patrick 10:00 a.m. Also, Christmas Day 7:00 p.m. Immaculate Conception for Sunday obligation. No St. Patrick’s Mass.  Sunday, December 26 – normal Sunday Masses.

Trinity United Methodist Church invites you to a Christmas Service on Sunday, December 26, 10:00 am.  There will be no Sunday School and no Rockville service that day.  Everyone is invited to join them for a special service of Worship and Song.

Darrell Pohlman will host his annual Christmas display (weather permitting) from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. nightly through December 24. The display can be seen at 513 W. 7th St. in Appleton City. This will be the last year for the display.  Darrell plans to retire after this Christmas.

City Hall will be closed December 23 and 24 for Christmas and December 31 for New Years. 

The Appleton City Public Library is currently seeking an individual to fulfill their children’s librarian position. For questions about what this role entails, please call/text Megan Schenker at (660) 492-0499 or Kamber Grishow at (660) 492-3502. Applications can be picked up at the library during normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for January 2022.   Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. Jan 5– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Jan 12 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Jan 13 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Jan 14– Ortho-Dr. Gray, Jan 19 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Jan 20 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Jan 26 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Jan 26 –Ortho-Dr. Gray, Jan 27 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay. 

Are you passionate about working with youth and the 4-H program? Someone who enjoys teaching nutrition and health? The University of Missouri Extension is hiring a full-time Nutrition & Youth Program Associate in St. Clair County. This position offers great benefits and pay and may be the perfect fit for you! Find more information and start your application today by clicking this link: https://erecruit.umsystem.edu/psc/tamext/COLUM/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_SCHJOB_FL&Action=U  OR by contacting Human Resources at 573-882-7976  OR by following this link: https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=246d3531de7f31fd&q=University+of+Missouri+Extension

A reminder to Appleton City residents that taxes are due December 31.  A penalty will be assessed for any late payments. Taxes are now payable to the County Collector at the courthouse in Osceola. 

University of Missouri Extension, in coordination with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, will offer in-person and online training for private pesticide applicators. Samuel Polly, coordinator of the Missouri Pesticide Safety Education Program, said MU Extension agronomists will teach free online sessions through Zoom. Face-to-face sessions are currently scheduled in Jackson, Poplar Bluff, Carthage, Lamar, Neosho and Greenfield. Virtual and in-person trainings are currently scheduled through February 25, 2022. MDA requires private applicator recertification every five years. Register at muext.us/PPAT. Commercial pesticide applicator training for 2022 will be offered virtually January 11-March 23. There will be no certification training in 2022. MDA requires recertification for commercial applicators every three years. Register at muext.us/CPAT. For more information, contact Polly at sjpkkf@missouri.edu or 573-884-8596.

Gardening is an activity with many rewards. One of them is the satisfaction of sharing your plant knowledge with others. The Master Gardener program was initiated to do just that. A new session of online Missouri Master Gardener core training begins Jan. 19, 2022. David Trinklein and MU Extension horticulture specialist Sarah Denkler teach the 14 online sessions. These classes represent a viable option for people who can’t take the weekly classes in person. Classes are delivered through the Canvas learning management system as a series of scripted and narrated presentations. Students work at their own pace. A composite score of 70% on chapter quizzes is needed to pass the course. Topics include basic botany, soils and plant nutrition, vegetable gardening, fruit production, landscape design, woody ornamental plants, herbaceous ornamental plants, turf management, insect and disease management, and pesticide safety. Core training is the first step toward certification as an MU Extension Master Gardener. Trainees must also complete at least 30 hours of volunteer service. Local Master Gardener coordinators can help online trainees find volunteer opportunities to meet the service hour requirements. Registration for the spring online session closes Jan.14, 2022. To register, go to muext.us/4. Learn more about the Missouri Master Gardener program at mg.missouri.edu.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Dec. 25     Christmas Day

Stephanie Boin, RN, RETIRES after 25 Years with Bates County Memorial Hospital

After 25 years of dedicated service to Bates County Memorial Hospital, Stephanie Boin was honored with a retirement party on December 21, 2021. Stephanie began her employment with BCMH in August of 1996 as the Infection Control Nurse and Education Coordinator.

Stephanie also worked for several years in the emergency room before finally transferring to Outpatient Specialty Clinics. She felt the highlights of working at BCMH were the close working relationships she developed with her coworkers, and that patients became like family.

“Our successes are shared because we work as team,” she noted. One example, Stephanie recalls, was a night shift in the ER in which she activated the disaster protocol for an accident involving a Greyhound bus that went over an embankment and into a watery ditch on Highway 71.

The response to the multiple-injury accident brought together the hospital’s medical staff and many other employees from several departments. Stephanie recalls that the dietary department brought Danishes and coffee, and Joyce Fitzpatrick, LPN/surgery (now retired) went to the thrift store for dry clothing for the patients.

Stephanie said, “This is just an example of the team work that exemplifies BCMH, and how we go beyond just basic care when seeing patients.”  Stephanie and her husband Dennis live in Appleton City.  They have three children and four grandchildren. She plans to stay close to her family in retirement so they can enjoy the grandchildren’s games and activities. She also hopes to travel and go hiking and antiquing with her husband.  Stephanie was honored at her retirement party with a beautiful clock, presented by Greg Weaver, Chief Executive Officer.

Mark Jones, Director of Pharmacy, RETIRES FROM Bates County Memorial Hospital

After 30 years of dedicated service to Bates County Memorial Hospital, Mark Jones, RPh was honored with a retirement party on December 21, 2021.

Mark graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University School of Pharmacy in 1975. Prior to joining BCMH, Mark worked in retail pharmacy, pharmaceutical sales and as a clinical pharmacist at a state hospital.

Mark began his employment with BCMH in October of 1991 as the director of the pharmacy department. Mark relates that he was happy to have his wife as his mentor, who at that time was the Director of Pharmacy at the Nevada, Mo. Hospital.

Today, the department employs six staff members, but Mark remembers when it was just him, and one pharmacy tech, Dana Hilbus.

“The two of us worked for several years prior to hiring another tech and eventually another pharmacist. We can remember typing labels on a typewriter and mixing syringe antibiotics by the hundreds.  My, how things have changed.”  

Mark and his wife Tami live in Raymore, Mo. They have three sons, and seven awesome grandchildren, one of which lives a couple of blocks from them.

“That is how we will spend our retirement, along with some travel,” Mark reported. He also hopes to get in a few rounds of golf, and some golf outings with his sons. Mark was honored at his retirement party with a beautiful clock, presented by Greg Weaver, Chief Executive Officer.

Santa Claus Cleared to Spread Christmas Cheer

Missouri Department of Agriculture approves livestock movement permit for healthy reindeer.

Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn and Missouri State Veterinarian Dr. Steve Strubberg approved livestock movement papers for nine reindeer. Mr. Santa Claus from The North Pole applied for the permit this week, providing proof of the healthy herd through a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection signed by licensed veterinarian Dr. Hermey Elf.

Team leader, Rudolph, underwent additional testing to prove he’s the most famous reindeer of all. Although mischievous, Mr. Claus will be coordinating his deliveries to nice boys and girls with his scout elves sitting atop many Missouri shelves.

Missourians are urged to provide Mr. Claus with plenty of milk and cookies for his long journey as he moves across the world. The permit approves Mr. Claus, his sleigh and nine reindeer for flight starting the night before Christmas, with a few exceptions for early deliveries.

Reindeer approved for flight:

  • Dasher
  • Dancer
  • Prancer
  • Vixen
  • Comet
  • Cupid
  • Donner
  • Blitzen
  • Rudolph

Red Cross: Donate blood or platelets now to help patients avoid delays in care

Long-sleeved holiday T-shirts, chance at Super Bowl LVI trip for donors

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (Dec. 22, 2021)– As holiday celebrations continue, concern is rising for the nation’s blood supply, which has now dipped to concerning levels and could force hospitals to hold off on essential blood and platelet transfusions for patients.

Historically low blood supply levels not seen in more than a decade persist for the American Red Cross, which supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood.The ongoing decline comes at a time of year when donations typically fall. Holiday get-togethers, school breaks and winter weather often lead to lower donor turnout, potentially further compounding the situation.

Potential donors are urged to schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

In thanks, all who come to give through Jan. 2 will receive an exclusive Red Cross long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.

Those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma in January will automatically be entered for a chance to win a getaway to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles. As an extra thank-you from the Red Cross, those who come to donate in January will also be automatically entered to win a home theater package and a $500 e-gift card. Terms apply; visit RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl for more information.

Blood drive safety 

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive. 

Save time during donation

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

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

Health insights for donors 

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

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

About the American Red Cross

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

The Gift of Warm Feet

Bates County Memorial Hospital Volunteers Pat Friederich, Alan Mundey and Char Gus hold armfuls of some of the donated socks for Operation Sock-It-To-Me, the Auxiliary’s annual project that helps provide new/in package socks for area school age children, K-12. The sock collection is about to wrap up, with donations open until 12/24. Want to join us? Leave sock donations in the sock box in the hospital’s front entryway. The doors are open from 6:30 am – 5:00 pm.  

Lucas Oil Speedway Champions Spotlight: Hendrix turns unknown into memorable as USRA Stock Cars debut

WHEATLAND, MO. (Dec. 20, 2021) – As the green flag waved on the 2021 racing season and the new USRA Stock Car division at Lucas Oil Speedway, David Hendrix had an open mind and few expectations.
A former track champion in the Street Stock class, Hendrix finished third in the opening-night feature and then reeled off three straight O’Reilly Auto Parts Stock Cars feature wins. That propelled the “Buckhorn Bullet” to an early points lead that he never surrendered.
“It was definitely a cool deal,” Hendrix said of becoming the first O’Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars champion at the speedway. “I really didn’t have many expectations going into the season. They definitely are different than the other cars we were racing with less horsepower and less tires available. It was a little bit of a learning curve.
“I think we were so busy (with work) that we didn’t really realize what was going on. But it definitely was a cool deal.”
Hendrix, out of Waynesville, finished 194 points in front of Robert White in the track points and was an impressive second in USRA national points after scoring nine feature wins overall. Iowa’s Mitch Hovden picked up his eighth USRA national championship.
But beyond the accolades and accomplishments, Hendrix repeated throughout the season the feeling of fun he was having behind the wheel.
“The other class, they were getting so outrageous,” he said of Street Stock expense. “For me, when you line up and sit there waiting to go out onto the race track and you look around … you know this guy beside you doesn’t have a $70,000 race car that we’re trying to out-run. It evens the playing field up and makes the racing better.”
Hendrix’s season could have been even better. After three early victories at Lucas Oil Speedway, his car fought an ignition miss for several weeks, then had a bad trailing-arm bushing go undetected for about a month.
“We had a stretch of 10-12 races where the car just wasn’t doing what we wanted,” Hendrix said. “It cost us some good finishes. We ran up toward the front, but we weren’t near as competitive as when we came out of the gate earlier.
“It’s one of those deals when we look back, could have been closer contending for the national points deal if we didn’t have that stretch of bad luck. But it is what it is. We’re thankful, even to be in the top five.”
While national points weren’t a front-burner priority, Hendrix said running under the USRA sanction was another bonus to the switch to Stock Cars as the Street Stocks didn’t have national points.
“It brings a whole new element,” Hendrix said. “We’ve had years that were better than we had this year, but there was no national points. It was, ‘Yeah, you had a good year, way to go, congratulations.’ But with the national points deal it brings a whole new level of racing for us.”
The multi-night USRA Nationals, at Lucas Oil Speedway for the first time, also brought a new challenge with 72 Stock Cars among more than 300 overall entries in several divisions.
Hendrix said he missed the Big Buck 50 for Street Stocks, a major event that he nearly won on a couple of different occasions. But the USRA Nationals, with drivers from across America converging on Wheatland for three nights of action, was unforgettable – including a three-wide start to the final-night feature.
“When you get in the front 15 cars of a field like that, they’re all super racers,” Hendrix said. “Everybody, from my experience, when they came down here they raced clean. Everybody is so equal because of the motor rule, it evens the playing field and makes for such good racing. I’m looking forward to next year.”
Hendrix will enter next season in a new car. He recently announced he would be driving an Allen Autosports Stock Car in 2022, built by Urbana’s Scotty Allen.
“Jay Prevete has owned the race cars I’ve driven last five or six years and he has been awesome and we’re still gonna kind of be a teammate with him,” Hendrix said. “Scotty builds excellent race cars. His craftsmanship from what I’ve seen is excellent. He brings a wealth of knowledge to our program.”
Plus, the timing is perfect after a disastrous occurrence. One night after the USRA Nationals, a fire at Hendrix’s shop next to his home – possibly ignited by lightning from a thunderstorm – burned his racing operation to the ground. The race car, which was set to be sold and money put toward the new car, was destroyed along with all but four jack stands.
“It’s been very tough. It makes you want to crawl under a big rock and say the heck with it,” Hendrix said. “Scotty gave me a call and said, ‘Listen, you lost a lot of memories in that shop, but you build new memories and make new memories from here on out.’ That helped a bunch. The deal with Scotty was a blessing that came at a good time.”
Hendrix also gave special thanks to Prevete, who not only is a sponsor and car owner but one of Hendrix’s best friends, for helping him through the ordeal.
“Jay would give me the shirt off his back if I needed it,” Hendrix said of Prevete. “He set up a Go Fund-Me after the fire deal which has helped. We’re waiting on insurance and we’re super busy with work. It’s gonna take us a while to get back to where we were.”
Along with Hendrix Construction and Prevete Construction, race-team sponsors include Mid-State Machine Race Engines, BSB Racing, Living the Dream Outdoor Properties, Martin Metal and Hess Technologies.
Lucas Oil Speedway recently released its tentative schedule for 2022 with an open Test and Tune set for April 9 and another for April 16, followed by the “Easter Bowl 150” Enduro race on April 16 following that test and tune. The 9th annual MLRA Spring Nationals are set for April 22-23 with the USRA Stock Cars and B-Mods part of the program on night two. The Weekly Racing Series Spring Opener opener is set for April 30.
For ticket information for any future event at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com. Fans also can use the online ticketing system.

MU Extension offers virtual and in-person pesticide applicator training in 2022

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension, in coordination with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, will offer in-person and online training for private pesticide applicators.

Samuel Polly, coordinator of the Missouri Pesticide Safety Education Program, said MU Extension agronomists will teach free online sessions through Zoom. Face-to-face sessions are currently scheduled in Jackson, Poplar Bluff, Carthage, Lamar, Neosho and Greenfield.

Virtual and in-person trainings are currently scheduled through Feb. 25, 2022. MDA requires private applicator recertification every five years. Register at muext.us/PPAT.

Commercial pesticide applicator training for 2022 will be offered virtually Jan. 11-March 23. There will be no certification training in 2022. MDA requires recertification for commercial applicators every three years. Register at muext.us/CPAT.

For more information, contact Polly at sjpkkf@missouri.edu or 573-884-8596.

MU Extension’s “Master Gardener Program” Online

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Gardening is an activity with many rewards, said David Trinklein, state horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension.

“One of them is the satisfaction of sharing your plant knowledge with others. The Master Gardener program was initiated to do just that,” Trinklein said. Its motto, “helping others learn to grow,” emphasizes service to others as the program’s main objective, he said.

A new session of online Missouri Master Gardener core training begins Jan. 19, 2022.

Trinklein and MU Extension horticulture specialist Sarah Denkler teach the 14 online sessions. “These classes represent a viable option for people who can’t take the weekly classes in person,” Trinklein said.

Classes are delivered through the Canvas learning management system as a series of scripted and narrated presentations. Students work at their own pace. A composite score of 70% on chapter quizzes is needed to pass the course.

Topics include basic botany, soils and plant nutrition, vegetable gardening, fruit production, landscape design, woody ornamental plants, herbaceous ornamental plants, turf management, insect and disease management, and pesticide safety.

Core training is the first step toward certification as an MU Extension Master Gardener. Trainees must also complete at least 30 hours of volunteer service, Trinklein said. Local Master Gardener coordinators can help online trainees find volunteer opportunities to meet the service hour requirements.

Registration for the spring online session closes Jan.14, 2022. To register, go to muext.us/4.

Learn more about the Missouri Master Gardener program at mg.missouri.edu.

MDC reports five elk harvested during second season

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports hunters harvested three elk during the firearms portion of the elk-hunting season, Dec. 11-19. An archery portion ran Oct. 16-24 with two elk harvested. Five Missouri hunters were selected for elk permits through a random drawing.

Last year’s inaugural elk hunt ended with all five hunters harvesting bull elk during the firearms portion. No elk were taken during the 2020 archery portion.

“We couldn’t be more excited for these five hunters,” said MDC Deer and Elk Biologist Aaron Hildreth. “After a decade of restoration efforts, the hard work these hunters put in was rewarded with five truly magnificent bulls. This is a conservation success story, and Missourians can be proud of the healthy, growing elk herd we have in our state.”

Elk are a native species in Missouri but were hunted to extinction in the state through unregulated hunting during the late 1800s. Missouri’s first elk hunt last year came after years of restoration efforts of the native species by MDC, numerous partners including the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and many supporters including local communities and area landowners. Learn more about elk restoration in Missouri at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZYJ.

Learn more about elk hunting in Missouri online at https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/elk.

LIGHT PLANT TRAINEE POSITION AVAILABLE WITH THE CITY OF BUTLER

The City of Butler is accepting applications for a full-time position in the Public Works Department for a Light Plant Trainee. 

The starting probationary wage is $13.29 per hour.  They 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.  Pre-employment and random post-employment drug testing is required. 

Applications are available at Butler City Hall, 22 West Ohio Street, Butler, Missouri 64730, or on the website at https://www.cityofbutlermo.com.  The City of Butler is an equal opportunity employer.  The position is open until filled.

Charges Filed in Death of a Female in Belton

On 12/18/2021, at approximately 10:18 p.m., Belton Police Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 600 block of N. Scott Ave for a reported death. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased 45-year-old female victim inside the residence who had been shot.

The female was identified as Mattie Eisenbrant from Belton. The victim resided with her boyfriend identified as Mr. Tate.

On 12/19/2021, charges were filed against 57 year-old Michael H. Tate of Belton for Murder in the 1st Degree, Armed Criminal Action, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Tampering with Physical Evidence in Felony Prosecution.

Tate is currently being held without bond.

Miami School Donates to Bates County Community Health Foundation

Bates County Memorial Hospital is grateful to the students, staff and families of Miami R-1, who donated $889.57 to the Bates County Community Health Foundation for the BCMH Cares Free mammograms for Women. The funds were raised at Miami’s Pink games and other activities throughout October Awareness Month. Monies donated to BCMH Cares means more local women who are uninsured/underinsured can get screening mammograms, and follow-up services when needed.  Miami schools have been donating to BCMH Cares from the proceeds of their annual Pink volleyball games going back to 2016!



Pictured, from left: Shanya Hedrick, OT, BCCHF member; Chris Pope, RT, Director of Imaging Services; Lisa Filtingberger, Miami R1 Superintendent Secretary;
Linda Jennings, BCCHF Secretary/Treasurer; Greg Weaver, CEO of BCMH.

12/17 Butler Bears Basketball

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

Butler 59

Buffalo 47

Make a plan to safely travel to and from holiday gatherings, Law enforcement will be on the lookout for impaired drivers through New Year’s Day

This holiday season, keep spirits bright by keeping spirits off the roads.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is urging drivers to avoid driving impaired as they travel to and from holiday gatherings. Statewide, law enforcement will be on the lookout for substance-impaired drivers, with targeted enforcement efforts Dec. 15, 2021, to Jan. 1, 2022.
There were 60 people killed and 270 seriously injured in Missouri traffic crashes between Dec. 10, 2020, and Jan. 1, 2021.

Fourteen of the fatalities and 44 of the serious injuries involved a substance-impaired driver.

“Hundreds of families’ lives were changed in an instant during what should be the most wonderful time of the year,” said Nicole Hood, MoDOT’s State Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer. “A safe ride is as easy as one phone call. Make a plan for a sober ride to avoid the tragic consequences of driving impaired.”

Those consequences include fines, jail time or even death. Missouri is on pace to see more than 1,000 fatalities on the highways in 2021, the most in 15 years. Have a plan to arrive to your holiday gatherings and home safely. If you plan to drink, don’t drive. Choose a designated driver, call a sober friend, order a rideshare or spend the night. But never drive impaired. If you feel different, you drive different.

Missouri’s strategic highway safety plan, Show-Me Zero, focuses on four ways every Missourian can help eliminate traffic deaths – buckle up, phone down, slow down and drive sober. For more information on the Show-Me Zero plan and to learn how all Missourians can help make the roadways safer, visit www.savemolives.com.

Archie: Notice of Filing for General Election

News from City of Archie: NOTICE OF FILING DEADLINES FOR APRIL 5, 2022, GENERAL ELECTION

Date: Dec 16, 2021

There will be a general election held in the City of Archie, Missouri, on April 5, 2022, for the purpose of electing one Alderman from the East Ward for a two-year term, and one Alderman from the West Ware for a two-year term. Any candidate wishing to enter his or her name for one of these positions must file with the City Clerk of the City of Archie, Missouri, during regular business hours (8:00 AM-12:00 and 12:30 PM-4:30PM), Monday through Friday, no sooner than December 7, 2021, and no later than December 28, 2021, with the exception of December 23 & 24, 2021, when City offices will be closed.  The office will remain open for filing until 5:00PM on December 28, 2021.

For details, visit: [ NOTICE OF FILING DEADLINES FOR APRIL 5, 2022, GENERAL ELECTION ]

Kevin Walker Sage, 54 of Archie

A celebration of life for Kevin Sage of Archie, Missouri will be held in March 2022–specific date to be announced later.  His wishes were to be cremated.  Arrangements, Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) Butler, Missouri.  Contributions may be made to the family for the grandchildren’s education fund.  Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Kevin Walker Sage, age 54 of Archie, Missouri passed away on Sunday, December 12, 2021 following a brief illness.  He was born March 14, 1967 to Christopher and Roberta Billingsley Sage in Butler, Missouri.

Kevin was raised on the family farm in Butler and liked spending time and weekends on his grandparents land in Rich Hill, Missouri.  He enjoyed being with his dad and family working cows, pigs, building fence and hauling hay.  He didn’t mind getting dirty.  Kevin was an avid hunter and enjoyed instilling a little of this in his children, but fishing was by far his favorite hobby.

Kevin was active in FFA and 4H, showing pigs and sheep, winning many ribbons and trophies at county and state fairs.  During high school he also worked alongside his dad at the sale barns in Butler and Archie.  Kevin attended primary school in Columbia, Missouri and then Miami R-1 School District in Amoret, Missouri, graduating from Butler High School in 1985 where he formed many lifelong friendships.  He attended the University of Missouri, Columbia and was a lifetime member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.

Kevin was united in marriage to Roxana Wurtz on January 11, 1986 and enjoyed 36 years of marriage with his best friend.  This union was blessed with two children,  He enjoyed many Sage family vacations over the years to Branson, Denver and Lake Texoma but a few favorites were a pheasant hunting trip to South Dakota and an Alaskan land/sea cruise.  While in Alaska, he was able to salmon fish with his dad who always seemed to best him while fishing.

Kevin was a welder by trade and was certified at Sullivan Education Center.  He started his career off by fabricating trailers at the local feed store in Butler.  He worked at Arrowhead Grating as a welder, supervisor and plant manager–then as a heavy duty repairman/carman for Mid-America Car and then later achieved his goal of working for the railroad.  Kevin became a carman for Union Pacific Railroad and later for TTX.  He enjoyed many friendships within the brotherhood from work.

Kevin loved being a father and grandfather to Gracie Mae Fischer and Thor Walker Sage.  He talked nonstop about retirement and living the lake life.  Kevin was able to enjoy lake life in the last three years with his camper and boat at Bucksaw in Clinton.  He thoroughly enjoyed when family was able to be over for fishing and boat rides.

Kevin is survived by his wife, Roxy Sage of Archie, Missouri; one son, Kevin Christopher Sage and wife Ashley of Overland Park, Kansas; one daughter, Rachel Lyn Fischer and husband Shane of Freeman, Missouri; his mother, Roberta Sage of Butler, Missouri; and two grandchildren, Gracie Mae Fischer and Thor Walker Sage.  He was preceded in death by his father, Chris Sage; grandparents, Lloyd and Ruby Billingsley and Hugh and Veradean Sage; an aunt, Paula Sage; mother-in-law, Gwendolyn Ayres; and fathers-in-law, Ben Wurtz, LeRoy Keith, Larry Gilkey and J.R. Ayres.

Drexel 1996 Girls Basketball inducted to Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame welcomed its Class of 2021 during the annual Basketball Luncheon, and it was quite the lineup for a ceremony presented by USA Mortgage-Kitrel Region.

With nearly 800 in attendance on Tuesday at the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center. Included in the attendees were the undefeated Drexel High School Girls 1996 State Championship team that were inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Drexel High School Girls Basketball 1996 State Championship Team was coached by Brent Bartlett, the Drexel Lady Bobcats won the Class 1 state championship in 1996, finishing a perfect 31-0. The team featured BryAnn Cook Middleton, Jenny Still Wheeler, Lindsay Mills Douglas, Christi Russell Shannon, Stephany Dawson Spiker. Drexel’s 1996 girls’ basketball roster also featured Tanya Bailey Thompson, Adrianne Cook Lane, Lesley Mayfield McClure, Brooke Hettinger Spinks, Amy Fink Basore and Amy Seuferling. Middleton and Spiker were named All-State and all-district.

Congratulation to the Drexel Lady Bobcats 1996 undefeated girls basketball team for their induction into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Bright Future Harrisonville Food 4 Thought Weekend Food Program needs donations

Bright Futures seeking donations for weekend food program

Bright Futures Harrisonville’s Food 4 Thought Weekend Food Program has supported families in the community since 2009. The program provides weekend food to children in need to cover the gap when school breakfast and lunch are not available.

The program relies completely on the generosity and volunteer efforts of the community. The program’s annual budget is approximately $15,000.

At the beginning of December, Bright Futures kicked off the 2021 giving campaign to support the Food 4 Thought Program. The goal is to raise $7,500 by December 31.

You can provide food for one child for one month with a gift of $20. A gift of $115 would feed that same child for six months or $175 would feed the child for the entire school year.

To make an online gift, go to this link – https://harrisonvillepublicschoolfoundation.networkforgood.com/projects/145555-2021-food-4-thought-backpack-program-support. Donations can also be mailed or dropped off at 503 S. Lexington, Harrisonville, MO 64701. All checks should be made to Bright Futures Harrisonville. Any and all gifts are appreciated and will make a difference in our children’s lives. All contributions are tax deductible and donors will receive a gift receipt for tax purposes.

If you have questions about this program, please contact Jill Filer, Bright Futures co-coordinator at 380-2727 or jill.filer@harrisonvilleschools.org.

The Little Apple

Vol 29 no 50

                                              December 15, 2021

Santa will be at the Montrose VFW building 1:00 p.m. Saturday December 18. All kids are welcome.

Santa Claus will be returning to Rockville United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 18 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. for the annual Photos and Story Time with Santa. Children, young and old, are invited to visit Santa, have their pictures taken, and listen to Santa tell stories about the true meaning of Christmas! Each child and family will receive a gift from Santa. Milk and cookies will be provided. They hope to see you there!

Let’s all help keep our little ones warm this winter! Zink Motor Company is hosting a hat and glove drive for the kids in the Appleton City and surrounding areas through December 17. If you wish to donate, the drop off location will be at the Zink Motor Company showroom Monday – Friday 8:00 – 5:00 and Saturday, 8:00 – noon.

The AC School annual Senior Citizens Christmas dinner will be Thursday December 16, 2021. They want to keep our valued citizens safe, so they will be serving to-go meals only. Please call the central office at 660-476-2161, or the high school office at 660-476-2118 to reserve your meals. Meals may be picked up between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. at the circle drive in front of the school. The students are excited to prepare and serve our senior citizens, so please make plans to stop by and visit and enjoy some great food.

Trinity United Methodist Church invites you to the “Longest Night Service” – Blue Christmas Fellowship on Tuesday, December 21, 7:30 p.m. or Rockville UMC at 6:00 p.m.  The holiday season is hard for those whose hearts are hurting.  You are not alone.  A gentle, meditative, worship and fellowship service for those who are carrying pain, loss or loneliness during this season of celebration.

Rockville United Methodist Church will hold their Family Candlelight Christmas Eve Service, 6:00 p.m. Dec 24.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Trinity United Methodist Church invites you to a Christmas Service on Sunday, December 26, 10:00 am.  There will be no Sunday School and no Rockville service that day.  Everyone is invited to join them for a special service of Worship and Song.

Darrell Pohlman will host his annual Christmas display (weather permitting) from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. nightly through December 24. The display can be seen at 513 W. 7th St. in Appleton City. This will be the last year for the display.  Darrell plans to retire after this Christmas.

Christmas and New Year’s Masses at Immaculate Conception Church in Montrose and St. Patrick’s Church in Butler  are as follows: Christmas Eve – Immaculate Conception 4:00 p.m., St. Patrick 7:00 p.m. Christmas Day – Immaculate Conception 8:00 a.m., St. Patrick 10:00 a.m. Also, Christmas Day 7:00 p.m. Immaculate Conception for Sunday obligation. No St. Patrick’s Mass.  Sunday, December 26 – normal Sunday Masses.

A reminder to Appleton City residents that taxes are due December 31.  A penalty will be assessed for any late payments. Taxes are now payable to the County Collector at the courthouse in Osceola. 

AN ACT OF KINDNESS To show our appreciation to our area serviceman, please MAIL A CHRISTMAS CARD to names they have received information on. Some are stationed a long ways from Appleton City. Tell them who you are, belong to…., classmate of parents, know your grandparents, etc. Anything that might tell them about your connection in AC. Just a name leaves them wondering who is this?

  1. Daniel Parsons, Building 1900 Shay St., Room 102 B, Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473  Daniel graduated ACHS 2018, son of Marcus

ACHS 1966 & Tracy AC Teacher.

  • L.Cpl. Nold Austin R, 1/1 DET, Unit 89113 Box # 221, FPOAP 96611-1300 ACHS 2020. Parents Jeff & Amy ACHS 2002 Nold,

grandparents Chris & Karen Green.

  • McClure, Austin, D (commas in his name) PSC333 Box# 3876, APOAP 962510039 ACHS 2020. Parents Greg ACHS 1999 &

Jessica Dukes ACHS 2000 McClure.

  • Dalton Rapp, 614 Dahlia Ave., Altus, OK 73521 Attend AC Elementary till 5th Grade with ACHS 2015. Father was Danny Rapp ACHS 1977. Grandfather Duwayne Rapp,

Ellett Memorial Hospital offers outpatient specialist services for December. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. Dec 15– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Dec 16 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Dec 22 – Ortho-Dr. Gray

“The Little Apple” was started by the A. C. Economic Development as way of informing residents of news and events sponsored by area businesses and organizations.  Items of a clearly personal nature, such as birthdays, anniversaries, awards (not group sponsored), personal sales and the like are not accepted for publication.  Please email articles for “The Little Apple” to dcp81@embarqmail.com by Tuesday evenings or bring them to Dr. Payton’s office to be included in that week’s edition.  To receive “The Little Apple” free by e-mail, send your e-mail address to dcp81@embarqmail.com  If you have changed your previous email address, you are asked to send the current address, so the list can be updated.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Dec 16         AC School annual Senior Citizens Christmas carry out dinner noon – 1:00 p.m.

Dec 16         Hudson R-IX Christmas Program at 7:00 p.m. in the Gym

Dec 17         Hudson R-IX Last Day of the Semester/Classes Resume 1/3/2022

Dec 18         Santa Claus at Rockville United Methodist Church from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Dec 18         Santa will be at the Montrose VFW building 1:00 p.m.

Butler Bears Lose to Stockton Tigers

The Bears were defeated in Tuesday nights match up with the Stockton Tigers 55 – 41. Catch the next Butler Bears Basketball game live on FM92 as they travel to Harrisonville to take on the Wildcats 7PM December 21st Thursday.

Ribbon Cutting for BCMH DRIVE-THRU CLINIC

Pictured, from left: Butler Chamber Board Member Kim Jacobs, Dr. Jim Miller, Family Care Clinics; Nancy Gardner, RN, Family Care Clinics Supervisor; Megan Reno, PA, Family Care Clinics; Greg Weaver, CEO at BCMH and Butler Chamber president, and Barbara Lawrence, Butler Chamber Executive Director

The Butler Chamber of Commerce’s ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 14 for the High Street Drive-Thru Clinic marked a new chapter in health care for Family Care Clinics of Bates County Memorial Hospital. As an infection prevention strategy, it keeps patients with possible COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses away from those in the lobby who are not sick. Though it was built in response to the pandemic, clinic staff and patients quickly took to the convenience the drive-thru offers.

For Family Care Clinic Supervisor Nancy Gardner, the environmentally-controlled space has been a godsend for both employees and patients. 

“We are grateful to have the Drive-Thru Clinic. From an employee standpoint, we are able to treat a high number of respiratory patients in a day and are shielded from the elements. From a patient standpoint, we hear things like ‘loving the opportunity to drive through and get a flu shot without getting out of the car,’ and, ‘It’s great to be able to see a provider in the Drive-Thru to get care for COVID.’”

Marcia Cook, who retired this year from Bates County Memorial Hospital, recently shared her experience after a Flu Shot Clinic held in the Drive-Thru Clinic in October: “Just did the drive thru flu shot and have to compliment the whole process! Drive thru building is great, super-fast process, probably three minutes, and the staff were wonderful. Thanks to BCMH and FCCs for doing this service for the community.”

The Drive-Thru Clinic at High Street has been operating since July, 2021. Chief Executive Officer Greg Weaver reported, “Government Cares Act monies were available to add the drive-thru on to our existing clinic to facilitate a place for COVID testing, and as COVID is not going away anytime soon, I foresee a lot of use of this valuable resource.”

Missing man from Sedalia Missouri

Jimmy Duane “Guy” Collins went missing from Sedalia, Missouri, but was last seen on November 10, 2021, in the Warsaw, Missouri, area.

Mr. Collins is 6′ 1″ in height and weighs about 180 pounds. He is an ex-Marine.

Jimmy Duane “Guy” Collins is driving a 2005 silver Scion TC with an Air Force sticker in the back window, and the driver’s side is smashed up.

Reportedly, he could possibly have went to the Stover, Missouri vicinity.

If you have information as to his whereabouts, please contact Pettis County Sheriff’s Department at 660.827.0052, or Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Missing Persons Unit at 573.526.6178, or 911

COATS FOR KIDS PRIZE WINNERS

DSWA CPAs and Carol Ann Winburn were thrilled with the response to the Coats for Kids project this year.  Contributions have been especially generous, many in memory of Larry Winburn, who passed away in August.  Carol Ann and DSWA staff members were able to purchase and deliver well over 200 brand-new warm coats for deserving kids from the eight schools and two Head Start Programs in the area.

Individual donors became participants in the yearly Coats for Kids prize drawing, held Monday, Dec. 13 at the DSWA CPAs office. First prize, an Oster digital air fryer, went to Brent and Kendra Welston of Butler.  Second prize, a $50 gift card to The Pennell restaurant on the Butler square, went to Brent and Kari Scott of Adrian.  Third prize, a $25 gift card to The Tilted Tulip, a flower and gift shop in Butler, went to Patty Hahn of Adrian.       

As always, the DSWA staff appreciates the help of area school nurses and teachers, who nominate the kids who need coats.  Butler’s Wal-Mart offers a generous discount on purchases made at the local store. 

Sincere gratitude goes out to all the caring individuals and organizations who contribute to the program year after year.  The best “thank you’s” are the excited and ecstatic smiles on the faces of the young recipients of brand-new warm jackets and coats purchased just for them.

Bates County Health Center makes Changes in Covid Procedures

On December 7th Local Public Health Agencies (LPHA) across the state of Missouri received a letter from Missouri Attorney General, Eric Schmitt, regarding a November 22nd court ruling (Robinson v. Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services, 20AC-CC005115). In this ruling, a Cole County Circuit Court Judge removed the authority given to the state and local public health agencies for quarantine under 19 CSR 20-20.010, CSR 20-20.020 and 19 CSR 20-20.030. The Missouri Attorney General is upholding this local court ruling and has informed LPHAs that, “You should stop enforcing and publicizing any such orders immediately.”

As of Monday, December 13th the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS) has not provided any guidance to the LPHAs on the numerous interpretations of this ruling. Therefore, the Bates County Health Center will make the following changes:

• Individuals that test positive for COVID-19 will still be

contacted by their office and they’re recommendation will be to

visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov) for guidance for

isolation.

• No close contacts will be notified by Bates County Health Center office.

• No further posting of current number of cases, deaths, etc.

• No letters for work or school absences will be issued.

For additional answers to questions pertaining to this situation, please contact the DHSS COVID Hotline (877-435-8411) or the Missouri Attorney General’s Office (573-751-3321).

Cass County Health Department Weekly Update

COVID-19 Case and Vaccine Data Released

Harrisonville, MO (December 13, 2021) – 

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 December 11, 2021.

There were 281 confirmed PCR tests cases in Cass County in the last week, up from 191 cases the week prior. In addition, there were 100 probable cases (antigen tests and other cases), up from 69 cases the week prior.

315 people were notified of possible exposure, up from 218 last week.  230 of those exposures related to school systems, up from 130 notifications the week prior. 85 people were notified of exposure outside school systems, down from 88 the previous week.

Overall, Cass County has reported 12,445 cases, about 11,747 cases per 100,000 residents.

The county has reported 136 deaths (129 per 100,000 residents), with one death reported in the last week.

The Cass County Health Department administered 473 vaccine doses last week, down from 507 doses the prior week. They have now administered 11,013 first doses and 10,586 second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. In addition, 318 third doses and 2,864 booster shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines have now been administered to those who qualify. The department uses the Pfizer (age 5 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, 56.1 percent of Cass County residents have initiated vaccinations and 48 percent have completed vaccinations. 77.1 percent of residents 65 and older, and 53.9 percent of residents 18-64 have been fully vaccinated.


The Health Department will continue to offer vaccinations from 8:30 a.m. – noon and from 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday at their new clinic location at 2061 N Commercial St., Harrisonville, MO 64701. 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. 

Deer Harvest

 Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 14,896 deer during the antlerless portion of the firearms deer season, Dec. 4-12. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 467 deer harvested, Pike with 376, and Morgan with 354.

Last year’s antlerless-portion harvest total was 15,620.

The antlerless portion was extended from three days to nine days this year.

“Prior to last year, the average harvest during the three-day antlerless portion had been just under 8,000 deer,” said MDC Cervid Program Supervisor Jason Isabelle. “We had some fantastic hunting conditions during last year’s antlerless portion, which resulted in a harvest total that was nearly double the average. So, although we were below last year’s mark, this year’s total was well above the average harvest over the last several years with the shorter season.”

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

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

Archery deer season runs through Jan. 15, 2022. The alternative methods portion runs Dec. 25 through Jan. 4, 2022.

Find more information on deer hunting from MDC’s 2021 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, available where permits are sold and online at mdc.mo.gov/sites/default/files/2021-06/2021FDT.pdf.

Immediate Press Release from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office

On Monday, December 13th  at 5:56am the Linn County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a burglary at the First Baptist Church in Parker, Kansas.

The caller stated that children’s Christmas presents had been stolen from within the Church. Upon arrival of the Linn County Deputy a search for evidence ensued, the Linn County Deputy located camera footage in the area. Based on camera footage from the location it appears that at approximately 3:10am a vehicle entered the area of the Church.

The camera footage is poor, see attached photos. More camera footage from the Parker area is being viewed to determine if anything else may be located.

Rodney Clinton – Treasurer of the First Baptist Church stated: “This is a real shame, if the people need help, they should have just asked, the Church is always willing to assist families in need. These gifts were to be delivered about the Parker area to children”. If anyone has any information regarding this burglary, the vehicle, or the person in the photo, please contact the Linn County Sheriff’s Office at (913) 795-2665, please ask for Detective Alex Cochrane.

BCMH December EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

Kimberly Keating is recognized as the Employee of the Month for December at Bates County Memorial Hospital. Kim began her employment at BCMH in October 2014. She has worked for various departments within the hospital’s health system, including Information Systems and Family Care Clinics, currently serving as the Human Resources Assistant at Bates County Memorial Hospital.

Kim is gifted in organization, planning, and making sure hospital processes are running smoothly. She has worked diligently in her new position and has been a valuable asset during a recent period that included new rules and regulations for the hospital that directly impacted Human Resources outside of the normal tasks.

She also played a critical role in the recent transition of the hospital’s retiring and incoming HR Director. Kim is the face of Bates County Memorial Hospital to their staff, volunteers, new hires and students. She is one of a kind and is deserving of this recognition.  

Butler Bears Basketball

Tonight the Bears traveled to take on the Adrian Blackhawks at Adrian. Adrian took the win with a final score of

Adrian 61

Butler 58

Butler: Local Scam using Walmart Gift Cards

There is a local scam going on in the city of Butler. The situation started for a local Butler resident after

they advertised the sale of rabbits through the use of their Facebook page.

An interested rural Butler person offered to meet the seller in the parking lot of the Butler Dollar store parking lot to purchase the rabbits.

The sale was made through a Walmart gift or cash card. The seller was uncomfortable with the type of money exchanged but the buyer used his cell phone to call the phone number on the card, and indeed the card validated that there was $25.00 on the card.

The sale went through, but when the seller tried to use the card at Walmart it would not go through the register and could not be used.

The seller contacted the newsroom of 92.1 to inform the public that this local person had a stack of Walmart cards and will probably be using the cards to purchase other merchandise from local residents.

Isaac Kenneth Concert Postponed.

The Isaac Kenneth concert scheduled for Sunday, December 19th has been canceled due to

an issue with the sanctuary at the Butler Presbyterian Church.

 The concert has been canceled for December 19th but will be re-scheduled in the near future.

For now, a reminder that the Isaac Kenneth concert at the Butler Presbyterian Church in Butler has been postponed.

Fatal Crash in Cass County

A Fatality crash in Cass County took the life of Michael Samani 66 of Lenexa Kansas on Tuesday, December 7th.

The Missouri Highway Patrol along with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the Harrisonville Police Department arrived on the scene of the accident at 1:08pm at Anaconda Road at North Clearwater Drive in Harrisonville.

Mr. Samani in his 2013 Kenworth attempted to cross in front of and was by a General Motors SD-40-2 Train driven by James Hulsey, 52 of Nevada Missouri. Mr. Samani then struck a fixed object, overturned, and his vehicle caught on fire.

Michael Samani was pronounced at the scene by medical examiner Jim Helton.

The Train was driven from the scene and the 2013 Kenworth was towed from the scene by J’s Southland Tow.

The Little Apple

Vol 29 no 49

                                               December 8, 2021

The AC School annual Senior Citizens Christmas dinner will be Thursday December 16, 2021. They want to keep our valued citizens safe, so they will be serving to-go meals only. Please call the central office at 660-476-2161, or the high school office at 660-476-2118 to reserve your meals. Meals may be picked up between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. at the circle drive in front of the school. The students are excited to prepare and serve our senior citizens, so please make plans to stop by and visit and enjoy some great food.

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

The Knights of Columbus will have their monthly pancake and sausage breakfast at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose on Sunday, December 12 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Treat your family to a hot breakfast you don’t have to cook or clean up.  A free will donation will be greatly appreciated

Darrell Pohlman will host his annual Christmas display (weather permitting) from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. nightly through December 24. The display can be seen at 513 W. 7th St. in Appleton City. This will be the last year for the display.  Darrell plans to retire after this Christmas.

Santa Claus will be returning to Rockville United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 18 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. for the annual Photos and Story Time with Santa. Children, young and old, are invited to visit Santa, have their pictures taken, and listen to Santa tell stories about the true meaning of Christmas! Each child and family will receive a gift from Santa. Milk and cookies will be provided. They hope to see you there!

Let’s all help keep our little ones warm this winter! Zink Motor Company is hosting a hat and glove drive for the kids in the Appleton City and surrounding areas from December 2 to December 17. If you wish to donate, the drop off location will be at the Zink Motor Company showroom Monday – Friday 8:00 – 5:00 and Saturday, 8:00 – noon.

Christmas and New Year’s Masses at Immaculate Conception Church in Montrose and St. Patrick’s Church in Butler  are as follows: Christmas Eve – Immaculate Conception 4:00 p.m., St. Patrick 7:00 p.m. Christmas Day – Immaculate Conception 8:00 a.m.

A reminder to Appleton City residents that taxes are due December 31.  A penalty will be assessed for any late payments. Taxes are now payable to the County Collector at the courthouse in Osceola. 

AN ACT OF KINDNESS To show our appreciation to our area serviceman, please MAIL A CHRISTMAS CARD to names they have received information on. Some are stationed a long ways from Appleton City. Tell them who you are, belong to…., classmate of parents, know your grandparents, etc. Anything that might tell them about your connection in AC. Just a name leaves them wondering who is this?

  1. Daniel Parsons, Building 1900 Shay St., Room 102 B, Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473  Daniel graduated ACHS 2018, son of Marcus

ACHS 1966 & Tracy AC Teacher.

  • LCpl Nold Austin R, 1/1 DET, Unit 89113 Box # 221, FPOAP 96611-1300  ACHS 2020. Parents Jeff & Amy ACHS 2002 Nold,

grandparents Chris & Karen Green.

  • McClure, Austin, D (commas in his name) PSC333 Box# 3876, APOAP 962510039 ACHS 2020. Parents Greg ACHS 1999 &

Jessica Dukes ACHS 2000 McClure.

  • Dalton Rapp, 614 Dahlia Ave., Altus, OK 73521 Attend AC Elementary till 5th Grade with ACHS 2015. Father was Danny Rapp ACHS 1977. Grandfather Duwayne Rapp,

Ellett Memorial Hospital offers outpatient specialist services for December. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. Dec 8– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Dec 9 –  Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Dec 10– Ortho-Dr. Gray, Dec 15– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Dec 16 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Dec 22 – Ortho-Dr. Gray

“The Little Apple” was started by the A. C. Economic Development as way of informing residents of news and events sponsored by area businesses and organizations.  Items of a clearly personal nature, such as birthdays, anniversaries, awards (not group sponsored), personal sales and the like are not accepted for publication.  Please email articles for “The Little Apple” to dcp81@embarqmail.com by Tuesday evenings or bring them to Dr. Payton’s office to be included in that week’s edition.  To receive “The Little Apple” free by e-mail, send your e-mail address to dcp81@embarqmail.com  If you have changed your previous email address, you are asked to send the current address, so the list can be updated.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

Dec 12         Pancakes and sausage breakfast 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. at the Knights’ Hall in Montrose

Dec 16         AC School annual Senior Citizens Christmas carry out dinner noon – 1:00 p.m.

Dec 18         Santa Claus at Rockville United Methodist Church from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Bates County Memorial Hospital Lung Cancer Screening

Bates County Memorial Hospital knows how scary a Lung Cancer diagnosis can be, they want to help you with early detection. Early detection saves lives with Lung Cancer Screening. 
Symptoms of lung cancer may not appear until the cancer has progressed to later stages, but when caught early, the survival rate increases substantially.

Bates County Memorial Hospital offer Lung Cancer Screening that are covered by medicare and most insurances plans.  For those uninsured qualifying patients can received their lung cancer screening for a fee of $150.00.

To schedule your lung cancer screening at Bates County Memorial Hospital call 660-200-2370.

Appleton City High School Senior Citizen’s Christmas Dinner

The Appleton City High School will host their Annual Senior Citizens’ Christmas Dinner on Thursday, December 16th

Appleton City High School wants to keep their valued citizens safe, so they will be serving to-go meals only.

Please call the Appleton City central office at 660-476-2161, or the Appleton City high school office at 660-476-2118 to reserve your meals.

Meals may be picked up between 12:00pm and 1:00PM at the circle drive in front of the Appleton City school.

Appleton City students are excited to prepare and serve their senior citizens, so make plans to stop by and visit and enjoy some great food.

Care Connection to offer Zoom-based EnhanceFitness course free in January

Care Connection for Aging Services is enrolling older adults in a free EnhanceFitness course scheduled for January.

The course, which has been proven to get results, will be taught live on Zoom from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through April.  If you want to join but need some help with Zoom, Care Connection offers free tutorials and one-on-one help getting online on a smartphone, desktop, laptop, or tablet.

“I truly believe that staying active and moving are important, no matter what age you are,” said Teresa Romanowicz, Care Connection’s Director of Supportive Services, who will teach the course. “If you have never exercised before, you can always start where you are.”

The class is designed to be relaxed and includes a full hour of fun, dynamic cardiovascular exercise, strength training, balance, and flexibility.  

“Rather than just going for a walk, we offer a fun atmosphere. We try to have lively music. Music helps people to move and feel good. The class has all the fitness components in it. The benefits will be increased muscle strength and balance over time,” Romanowicz said. “Doing it through Zoom, you can join safely in your home and still participate with other people.”

EnhanceFitness helps older adults at all fitness levels become more active, energized, and empowered to live independently.

A typical class includes: a five-minute warm-up, 20-minute aerobic workout, five-minute cool-down, 20-minute strength training workout with soft cuff weights on the arms and legs, and 10 minutes of stretching. The course incorporates balance exercises throughout.

EnhanceFitness has been proven to improve physical function, decrease depression, protect against falls, promote social interaction and a physically active lifestyle, reduce medical care costs, and decrease hospitalizations.

The course will start with a three-part fitness check so that participants can test their strength, balance and walking skills before they begin. The same timed test will illustrate the results at the close of the course.

To register for the course, please visit goaging.org/events, or call at 1-800-748-7826 for more information or enrollment by telephone.

Care Connection for Aging Services is a nonprofit area agency on aging serving adults 60 and older and their caregivers through 21 locations in 13 West Central Missouri counties: Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair and Vernon. Our mission is to provide opportunities to create positive aging experiences. To find our more, call us at 1-800-748-7826 or visit www.goaging.org.

Red Cross: Donors needed now to address historically low blood supply

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (Dec. 7, 2021)–Nearly two years into the pandemic, everyone has earned a holiday break with their family and friends. But as the nation gathers again for celebrations this season, the American Red Cross, which provides 40% of the country’s blood, is facing historically low blood supply levels.

Busy holiday schedules, breaks from school and winter weather all contribute to a drop in blood and platelet donations this time of year. Those factors, combined with the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, make it vital for donors to make an appointment to give as soon as possible. If more donors don’t come forward to give blood, some patients requiring a transfusion may potentially face delays in care.

Donors are urged to schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). There is no blood donation waiting period for those who have received a flu shot or a Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine or booster, so long as they are symptom-free.   

To encourage donors to help address the historically low blood supply this holiday season, all who come to give Dec. 17-Jan. 2 will receive an exclusive Red Cross long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.

Blood drive safety 

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive. 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Dec. 17-Jan. 2

Cass

Belton

12/17/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., ReeceNichols, 100 Cedar Tree Square

12/27/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Fairfield Inn & Suites – Belton, 151 N Mullen Rd

Harrisonville

12/30/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Harrisonville Community Center, 2400 Jefferson Parkway

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Johnson

Warrensburg

12/21/2021: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Warrensburg Community Center, 415 Commander

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Vernon

Nevada

12/17/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., First Baptist Church, 301 East Highland Avenue

Save time during donation

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

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

Health insights for donors 

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

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

About the American Red Cross

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

Butler Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade Winners

The Butler Chamber of Commerce has 28 entries in the annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 4th.

The Butler Chamber of Commerce announces the winner each category

First Place in the Churches was St. Matthews Lutheran

First place in Organizations was Electric City Downtown

First place in Businesses was Bates County Memorial Hospital

And First place in Family/Vehicles was Kenneth McGuire and his family in their Volkswagen Bug.

The Butler Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who participated in the Christmas Parade and everyone who came out to enjoy the evening.

Human Remains Identified in El Dorado Springs, MO

EL DORADO SPRINGS, Mo. (KY3) – Police identified human remains found in El Dorado Springs in late September.

Investigators say the remains are Timothy N. Taber, 56, of El Dorado Springs. Investigators say Taber was reported missing in March.

Officers responded to a call on September 29 about possible remains found in the 1300 block of South First Street. The area is a field near the Dollar General store. Investigators do not suspect foul play. The Missouri Highway Patrol and the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office assisted police in the investigation.

ButterBurgers and Fresh Frozen Custard to Arrive in Harrisonville


Harrisonville, MO December 6, 2021– Harrisonville is getting a delicious addition. Culver’s of
Harrisonville, will officially open on Monday, December 13 at 10:30 am. Culver’s is known for its
ButterBurgers and creamy Fresh Frozen Custard.
The restaurant, located at 1415 N Route 291 serves fast, casual food, cooked to order, meaning guests’
food is not made until after they order it. The location will be open 10:30 am – 10 pm apart from some
holidays.
“We’re excited to open and become an active member of the community,” says franchise owner Connor
Hartnett. “When Harrisonville residents are looking for handcrafted meals and tasty frozen treats, we’ll be
ready to safely serve them with the warm hospitality Culver’s is known for.”
Culver’s signature sandwich, the ButterBurger, is made with 100 percent fresh, never frozen beef. It gets its
name from its lightly buttered and toasted bun.
Culver’s Fresh Frozen Custard gets its legendary creamy decadence from high-quality, fresh Wisconsin
dairy. Each batch is handcrafted throughout the day. Guests can customize their frozen treats with more
than 30 mix-ins and toppings. Culver’s offers three flavors of Fresh Frozen Custard every day: vanilla,
chocolate and a Flavor of the Day.
Other guest favorites include chicken sandwiches and fresh garden salads. Side options include Crinkle-Cut
Fries and Wisconsin Cheese Curds, a Dairyland delicacy. Kids’ Meals are also available.
“The outstanding people who serve our guests have helped Culver’s earn our reputation for providing
excellent service,” said Hartnett. “We’re excited to have team members from the Harrisonville community
as part of our team.”
“We’re also continuing to hire additional team members,” Hartnett added. “Our culture is our people. We
treat each other like family and extend that welcome to our guests. This is a company you can be proud to
join, with potential to grow and advance quickly even to the point of possibly owning your own restaurant.”
Connect with Culver’s of Harrisonville via MyCulver’s. Sign up at https://www.culvers.com/account/register
for coupons and delicious menu news.
About Culver’s:
For over 35 years, Culver’s guests have been treated to cooked-to-order food made with farm-fresh
ingredients and served with a smile. The ever-expanding franchise system now numbers over 800 familyowned and operated restaurants in 25 states. The restaurants’ nationally recognized customer service is
based on small-town, Midwestern values, genuine friendliness and an unwavering commitment to quality.
Signature items include the award-winning ButterBurger, made from fresh, never frozen beef, and Fresh
Frozen Custard, including the famous Flavor of the Day program. For more information, visit
www.culvers.com, www.culvers.com/facebook, www.twitter.com/culvers or www.instagram.com/culver

Rollover Accident in Cass County

The Missouri Highway Patrol reported to a one car accident on Sunday, December 2nd at MO 7, East of Orchard in Cass County at 12:35am.

The accident occurred when a 2019 Jeep driven by Mary Stark, 76, of Raymore travelled off the roadway, struck a ditch, and overturned. 

Mary Stark sustained serious injuries and was taken to Research Hospital by EMS.

The vehicle was towed from the scene by J’s Southland

Bates County Elks Hoop Shoot

The Bates County Elks Lodge invites the youth ages 8-13 to the 50th anniversary of the Bates County Elks Hoop Shoot.

This year’s Hoop Shoot will be held on December 18th at the Butler High School, Tip-off time is set for 8:30 am

Keep in mind the age to participate is the child’s age as of April 1, 2022.

If the child will be younger than 8 or older than 13 by April 1, 2022, they will not be able to participate.

Six winners will be chosen to move on to the Regional level, there will be one winner from each age group.

From there the winners will have a chance to make it to the National level that will be held on April 1, 2022, in Chicago, Illinois.  

Hometown Christmas in Drexel

Get your Christmas list ready Santa is coming to Drexel this Saturday December 11, 2021. Drexel Missouri invites you to join them for Drexel’s Hometown Christmas from 4:00pm to 6:30pm on Main Street in Drexel. Christmas Tree lighting, visit with Santa, horse drawn sleigh/wagon rides, listen to Christmas Carolers, enjoy visiting with your neighbors and sign up for the merchants drawing. Enter Drexel’s Ugly Sweater Contest and bring your camera for pictures. Kids are also invited to bring a homemade ornament to place on the Christmas Tree at the Drexel Hometown Christmas on Saturday, December 11th on Main Street in Drexel.

Stephan “Steve” Yost Celebration of Life

A Celebration of Life for Stephen “Steve” Yost of Athens Alabama formerly of Butler Missouri, will be held on Friday, December 17th beginning at 6pm.  Steve celebration of Life will be at the Bates County Elks Lodge located at 1000 Elks Drive in Butler.

Steve family invites you to come out visit with his family, share your memory of Steve and have a drink with them. Steve requested no formal services, so his family is honoring him with stories and laughter instead.

Steve was married to his high school sweetheart Joy Wainscott Yost for 44 years.  They have one son Joshua Yost and wife Hilary and three granddaughter, Piper, Mackenzie, and Sadie.

Please join them on Friday, December 17th to help them celebrate Steve’s Life and share your best memories.

You did it! All Toys for Tykes Children have been adopted! Merry Christmas!

Thank You !

As of Friday, December 3rd, our community has adopted all of the children on the Toys for Tykes Christmas registration List.

The Butler Masonic Lodge started the registration in early November and all children have been adopted.

Every Child will have gifts to open Christmas morning!

Thank you from the parents and the children.

Thank you to the Butler Masonic Lodge and its members for their hard

work to complete this project and their dedication to our community and their concern for the children.

Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony

Excitement is building as the 26th  annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony approaches for 2021. Family and friends around the globe will unite as they light candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause.

As candles are lit at 7 pm local time, December 12th a virtual wave of light will be created as hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of children in a way that transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious and political boundaries.

Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the Worldwide Candle Lighting, a gift to the bereavement community from compassionate friends, creates a virtual 24 hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone.

Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten.

Every year you are invited to post a message in the remembrance book which will be available, during the event, at TCF’s national website. All allied bereavement organizations, churches, funeral homes, hospices and formal and informal bereavement groups are invited to join in the December 8th Worldwide Candle lighting at 7 pm.

See Local Links on the  921kmoe.com website for the link . www.compassionatefriends.org

We now pause for a moment of silence to honor those that have left this world to early .Our hope is that you cherish the precious memories of time spent together  and that you are blessed with  a peace  that lasts the rest of your life. 

Butler: Santa Hours Revised

Santa will be at his house on the Butler Square following the Butler Christmas Parade on December 4th. If you can’t talk

with Santa on that date… remember he will be back on Saturday, December 11th from 1 until visitors slow down and

again Saturday, December 18th from 5 pm  until the Santa visitors slow down . Merry Christmas from Santa!

Western Farm Show 2022

2022 Western Farm Show Returns for 60th Season

Feb. 25-27 at the American Royal in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (December 1, 2021) — The Western Farm Show returns to the American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri, as a live event for 2022. Scheduled Friday through Sunday, Feb. 25-27, the event will once again feature the latest agricultural equipment and many other attractions for farmers, ranchers and family members.


Produced by the Western Equipment Dealers Association, the Western Farm Show is the Midwest’s best indoor farm show with hundreds of exhibits, acres of things to see and do, the latest in farm and ranch technology, and more.

“Attendees can browse 400,000 square feet of exhibit space, all under one roof, with aisles and aisles of equipment and other agricultural products and services,” said Jami Applegate, show manager. “There are also numerous other exhibits and demonstrations farmers, ranchers and their families can enjoy.”

The Stockmanship and Stewardship low-stress livestock handling demonstration, sponsored by MFA Incorporated, will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Scott Pavilion, adjacent to the American Royal. The demonstrations will be led by Ron Gill, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialist, who has been providing technical expertise to livestock producers in beef cattle nutrition, management and livestock handling techniques for over 25 years. Admission to the demonstrations is free to all Western Farm Show paid attendees.  

Another popular stop is the Health & Safety Roundup, which is coordinated by the Missouri Farm Bureau and will be open during regular show hours. It will offer interactive and educational health and safety exhibits for the entire family. There will also be free health care screenings, including blood pressure and hearing tests, tetanus shots, vision screening, glaucoma testing and children’s eye screening (infants to six years). Cholesterol screenings will also be provided for a nominal fee.

Another show tradition, FFA Day, will be held Friday, drawing FFA students from Missouri and Kansas. An integral part of FFA is the Unite Against Hunger annual food drive, sponsored by American Family Insurance. All participating chapters that collect at least 200 items will be entered into a drawing with other chapters from their state. One winning chapter will be drawn from both Missouri and Kansas, with each to receive a $1,000 check to be used to further their chapter’s ag educational activities.

The food donations are given to Harvesters — The Community Food Network, a regional food bank serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas. Participating FFA students also have the opportunity to attend 30-minute workshops on technology and innovation, as well as take part in job skills sessions and a job interview session.  

The upper level of the American Royal is where attendees can find the Family Living Center: doubled the size, Traeger Grills, mini pigs, lighting, and more coming! They can shop here for clothing, crafts, food, and health and home décor products. It’s a place where attendees can relax and browse hundreds of items, from miniature toy tractors to pots and pans to scented candles.

Western Farm Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27. Tickets are available for purchase online for $10 in advance, or can be purchased at the door for $10 daily. For advanced purchases, A $3 off coupon for the show is available by filling out a survey on the show’s website or visiting a participating dealer member of the Western Equipment Dealers Association in mid-December. Children ages 12 and under are free.On Sunday only, veterans and active-duty personnel with proper ID will be admitted free. Parking is $7 cash at the gate. 

For more information, visit the website and follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Butler: Private Message Facebook Scam

A rural Butler resident shares a private message scam with the community through the 92.1 Radio Station.  On Wednesday morning December 1st, a private message was sent through Facebook to the elderly mother of a Butler resident.

The request was asking for money from a cousin.  The  Facebook account was created in the name of Agent Jerry Scott and a message was sent to a Butler resident stating that a cousin needed
money and the funds could be sent through a private link provided in the private message.

This was found to be a scam when the cousin was contacted, and no such private message had been sent from the relative.

We remind the young and old, that Facebook can be your friend or the devil. Be aware that scams do happen and never send money or share your personal information through Facebook.

Butler Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month and Ribbon Cutting

Congratulations to Mid-West Lumber of Butler for being recognized as the Business of the month, in a Ceremony on Tuesday, December 7th. The Butler Chamber of Commerce will present the business with an award at 8:30 am.
Mid-West Lumber is located on Summit Street and business 1-49, north of Butler.

The chamber will then move to Burger King in Butler for their ribbon cutting. We welcome this newest restaurant to the Butler Community.

The public is invited to attend these events.

Butler Rotary Chili and Ham and Bean Supper

The Butler Rotary Annual Chili and Bean Supper will be held at the Butler High School Cafeteria on Friday, December 17th prior to the Butler Bears Basketball game.

The dollars you spend will support the community scholarship fund. It’s Chili or Ham and Beans with Cornbread, Dessert and Drink for $ 7.00 per person, Frida, December 17th.

Stay for the game as the Butler Bears versus the Buffalo Bison.

Benton County Man Charged with Murder and Armed Criminal Action

Jason L. Kroenke of Benton County was charged with Murder and armed criminal action, after the report of an accidental shooting on Tuesday, November 23, has had his first day in court.

According to a probable-cause statement, Benton County authorities responded to the report of an accidental shooting in the Bent Tree Harbor subdivision in Warsaw. Upon arrival, deputies located the victim – 28-year-old Tarah D. McIntyre of the residence- who, despite authorities attempting life-saving measures, died at the scene. After further investigation of the crime scene, Jason L. Kroenke, of the same residence, was arrested.

Kroenke told authorities he and McIntyre were the only two people in the bedroom and had been doing meth since 10 p.m. November 22. After getting into an argument, Kroenke said he was standing with his back to McIntyre. Kroenke said McIntyre threatened to kill herself, and as he turned around the gun went off. Authorities say Kroenke’s interview was inconsistent with the evidence at the crime scene.

Court documents say Kroenke is charged with felonies for first-degree murder and armed criminal action. Kroenke is being held without bond.

Kroenke pleaded not guilty during his arraignment on Wednesday, November 30. A bond hearing is scheduled for 8 a.m. Tuesday, December 7, at Benton County Circuit Court.

Papinville: And the Winner is Dennis and Kim Jacobs!

                                                      Papinville News

     The Papinville Historical Association gave away the vintage quilt on October 28th.  The big winner was Kim Jacobs.  Congratulations to her and a big thank you to all who supported this project. 

     The Papinville Historical and Cemetery Association also want to thank everyone who supported the donation drive. You are all truly great and generous people.  Because of you, they are going to be able to continue the Papinville Historical Association organization until they can get back on track and have their annual event. 

The Papinville Association will be able to meet the monthly bills that go on whether events happen or not.  Thank you just doesn’t seem enough.  All the officers and members so appreciate you all and their pledge to you is that they will try to make the next event something very special. 

      To donate or obtain further information on the organization write or call Phyllis Stewart, 6721 SE Market St., Rockville, MO 64780-8249, 417-395-2594.

      May everyone be blessed at this 2021 holiday season and all the best in 2022.

   This press release was submitted by Beverly Sullins the Papinville Historical Association President.                                                                                          

Holiday Light Displays in Kansas City

This Holiday season is the time to fill up on some hot cocoa, get in the car with family and friends, and see the many wonderful light displays around the Kansas City metro.

To help you plan a festive evening this holiday season

Christmas in the Park

  • Nov. 24 – Dec. 31
  • Sunday – Thursday: 5:30 – 10 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday: 5:30 – 11 p.m.
  • 3901 SW Longview Park Dr., Lee’s Summit, Missouri
  • Admission is free. Voluntary exit donations benefit more than 35 local charities.

Powell Gardens Festival of Lights

  • Nov. 11 – Dec. 30
  • 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Wednesday – Sunday
  • A mile long walk through path through 25-acres
  • The path is ADA compliant, with shorter options available
  • Tickets available at Powellgarden.org

Kansas City Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting

  • Crown Center Square
  • Free
  • The 100-foot-tall Kansas City Mayor’s Christmas Tree, one of the nation’s tallest, is the centerpiece for an illuminating holiday celebration.
  • The Mayor’s Christmas Tree will shine brightly on Crown Center Square from Nov. 26, 2021 through Jan. 3, 2022.

Winter Magic near the KC Zoo in Swope Park

  • Nov. 2, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022
  • All traffic must enter the park from 87th Street, then take Blue River Road.
  • Starts at twilight every night, only closed New Year’s Eve.
  • The drive is one mile long and completely adorned with game-changing holiday light displays.
  • Tickets can be purchased online.

Holiday Light and Magic — Wyandotte County Park

  • Nov. 18, 2021 – Jan. 1, 2022
  • Wyandotte County Park, 600 North 126th Street, Bonner Springs, Kansas
  • This is a one-mile-long drive-thru holiday lighting display.
  • Check available times at holidaylightandmagic.com
  • $25 weekends/$20 weeknights
  • Advanced tickets required

The Magic Tree

With the return of the holiday season, comes the return of another holiday tradition in Lee’s Summit with “The Magic Tree.” Now it its 8th year in Lees Summit

Families come from all over to view the shining lights.

But it’s more than a beautiful sight to see and photo opportunity, The Magic Tree will, once again, benefit Operation Toy Soldier.

Visitors are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the charity. Officials from Operation Toy Soldier will then give out toys to families of local deployed and non-deployed military personnel.

Located at the future home of Paragon Star development, you can find The Magic Tree at the intersection of View High Drive and Interstate 470 in Lee’s Summit.

The tree will remain lit through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022.

Story Courtesy of Fox 4 News

Cass Career Center to Offer New Program next Fall

Cass Career Center plans to open a new program for students next fall – Career Pathways for the Teaching Profession. The program proposal was approved by the Harrisonville Schools Board of Education in November and awaits state approval in early December.

Cass Career Center Director Dr. Anne Hickman quoted in her proposal to the board said, “Staffing shortages in the teaching profession have consistently been a challenge for a number of years. There is every reason to believe that COVID only exacerbated the problem. The decline impacts all schools but particularly schools with high percentages of students of color, schools with high percentages of students in poverty, and urban and rural remote schools the most. Therefore, it was decided to start a Career Pathways for the Teaching Profession program at CCC to help combat this growing crisis in Cass County.”

The program will be open to high school juniors and seniors and will be a two-year program – Teaching Professions I and Teaching Professions II. During the first year, the school anticipates an enrollment of 24 students between the morning and afternoon sessions.

Teaching Professions I will introduce students to the various roles within the school setting and other education-related careers. Students will explore the history of teaching, teaching practices, various contexts of teaching, and contemporary issues related to education. Teaching Professions II will provide the opportunity to gain experience in a classroom setting by interning in local Pre K-8 classrooms under the direct supervision of a host teacher.

“A grow-your-own program builds a pipeline of future teachers by initiating, cultivating, and supporting local school students and other individuals to consider the teaching profession. In fact, research indicates that high school students who become first-year teachers are likely to go back to teach in the school they attend,” Dr. Hickman noted in her proposal

The new program was made possible through voters’ support of the Proposition N bond issue through which new classroom space is being added to the school.

The new program will provide the opportunity for students to earn high school English and math credit in addition to three hours of teaching course credit per year through the career center’s English IV and Math IV programs. Students will also be able to participate in the career and technical student organization, Education Rising. Dr. Hickman said, “Graduates of the 2023 class could be working in Cass County schools by August of 2023 as paraprofessionals and substitute teachers and be employed by August of 2027 as certified teachers.”

High school students will receive additional information on the new program during their enrollment process this spring.

Appleton City’s 25th Annual Christmas in the Country Schedule

Saturday, December 4

Businesses Open with Christmas in the Country Specials.  Those denoted with a * are locations available to pickup a complete schedule, and are participating in a Holiday Basket Drawing.  Holiday Baskets will be out to view and all completed forms must be turned in at the Depot by 3:00 p.m. to be eligible.  Must visit at least three (3) participating locations and obtain a signature to be eligible for the basket drawings! 

Businesses Open

*9 a.m. – Noon:        Summers Pharmacy (Discount drawings, refreshments)                           121 W. 4th St.

*9 a.m. – Noon:        DownDog Fitness (athletic apparel, gift cards, etc. available)                        105 E. 4th St.

*7 a.m. – 11 a.m.:     4th Street Fika                                                                   103 E. 4th St.       

*9 a.m. – 4 p.m.:       Rural Roots Salon & Boutique    (lots of specials)                          111 W. 4th St.

 *9 a.m. – 2 p.m.:      Petal’s West Florist (coffee, juice, snacks)                                    412 N. Hickory St.                               Featuring Christmas decorations, seasonal décor, plants and fresh arrangements

*9 a.m. – 2 p.m.:       3 Wishes (handcrafted gifts, art, live music)                                    109 W. 4th St.    

*9 a.m. – 2 p.m.        Grey and Kae Boutique (hot cocoa, cappuccinos, candy, unique and trendy women’s apparel)                                                                                                                       117 W. 4th St.

11 a.m. – 9 p.m.        Cork and Keg (serving a hot alcoholic beverage, as well as a non-alcoholic option 

                        from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)                                                 401 N. Poplar St.

Special Events

8 a.m. – Noon:                 Appleton City Library Open House                                                105 W. 4th St.

*9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: ACLR Depot Craft Show at the Depot                                          301 N. Walnut

Featuring:  Tom Holt’s Custom Woodwork, The Wood Cutter from Raymore, Sister’ Candy Shoppe, Margie’s Rag Rugs, Mary Miller’s Sunshine Bakery, Jina’s Junque, Linda’s Cookies and Crafts – sugar cookies by the dozen, wooden ornaments, yarn trees, gnomes, recycled salt/pepper shakers; Michelle Berry’s afghans, scarves, etc.., Landmarks’ 150th Books & more!

9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.:    5th Annual Appleton City PTO Holiday Shopping Extravaganza            Appleton City Elem Gym

*9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.   Appleton City Elementary – Scholastic Book Fair – supporting our children!    School Library

1 – 3:00 p.m.:   Santa’s Workshop (Park Building in Forest Park) Open!  Santa will be taking pictures and have a goody bag ready for each child!  FREE PICTURES, treats and hot cocoa provided!  *Please note – you may take pictures on your own devices with Santa! Sponsored by AC Park Board

1 – 4:00 p.m.    First Baptist Church’s presentation of the Live Nativity                               303 5th St.

3:15 p.m.:         Candy Cane Hunt with The Grinch – pictures available after the hunt          Forest Park

                            Children ages 0-12 will be separated into age divisions – Sponsored by Ellett Memorial Hospital

4:00 p.m.:         Annual Appleton City Christmas Parade Lineup at Forest Park/Judging at 4:15 p.m.

4:00: – 4:35 p.m.:      Christmas Parade (theme – ‘A Whoville Christmas’) begin and end at Forest Park        Main Street

4:50 p.m.:         Lighting of the “City’s Christmas Tree in Forest Park”                         Forest Park

Food

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.:       Hudson Hustler’s 4-H Club – Baked Potato Bar                           AC School Cafeteria 

Enjoy a delicious loaded baked potato served by the local 4-H club in the cafeteria! $7/potato, includes dessert and drink.  Pre-orders and deliveries available. 

The Little Apple

Vol 29 no 48

 December 1, 2021

The Appleton City Community has once again joined together for a beautiful Christmas presentation to be enjoyed by everyone Sunday, December 5 at 5:00 p.m.  Community choir, children’s choir, band and live nativity will be presented for your enjoyment at the Lakeview Barn venue.  There will be no admission fee. Refreshments will be served. Annie Johnson, local resident, has written and directed the event. You are invited to come enjoy this year’s Christmas Vesper at Lakeview Barn venue, 15559 SE Co Rd 2576, Appleton City (the City Lake)

The 25th Annual Christmas in the Country will be Saturday, December 4, 2021.  The Depot Craft Show, sponsored by the AC Museum, will feature returning popular artisans with their handmade items and space for a few more.  Contact Patty Bartz at 660-598-4151 for information. New events and open houses are encouraged throughout the day. Christmas in the Country has become a community event that supporters look forward to each year.  It provides an opportunity to shop locally for those on your Christmas list and enjoy the Christmas Spirit in AC.

Hudson Hustler’s 4-H Club will host its annual Loaded Baked Potato Bar at ACHS Commons from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 4 with the Christmas in the Country activities. Baked potatoes will be $7 each, including a dessert and drink.  Pre-order and carry-out are options, as well as eating in the high school commons.  For information, please contact Jamie O’Farrell at 660-492-3573 or Jennifer Hawkins at 417-359-3846.

Vendors are wanted at 5th Annual AC PTO Holiday Shopping Extravaganza on Saturday, December 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the AC High School gym and commons area.  There will be a variety of vendors ready to share their holiday specials.  If you are interested in being a vendor, contact Jennifer Hawkins at jenniferhawkinstriplehfarm@gmail.com or 417-359-3846.  Also, follow AC Elementary PTO Facebook page to find additional information. There will be hourly door prizes (need not be present to win) and the event is free of charge for the community to attend.  Donations will be accepted, as this event is earmarked to help continue the PTO’s campaign of capital improvements to the school.

Appleton City Hosts “A Whoville Christmas” Parade December 4 starting at 4:00 p.m., in conjunction with Christmas in the Country festivities.  Groups, individuals, etc. interested in being in the parade, please let Lyndsi Davis Rivera know by texting her at 660-4642575.

St. Mary’s School in Montrose is having their annual Fall Fiesta Fundraiser dinner 5:00-9:00 p.m. Saturday, December 4. This is a free will donation dinner that includes tacos with fixings, dessert, and drink. They will also have games/crafts, a silent auction (bidding will close at 8:00 p.m.) and basket and 50-50 raffles (drawings will be held December 13). They appreciate your continued support of St. Mary’s School.

The Knights of Columbus will have their monthly pancake and sausage breakfast at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose on Sunday, December 12 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Treat your family to a hot breakfast you don’t have to cook or clean up.  A free will donation will be greatly appreciated

AN ACT OF KINDNESS to show your appreciation to our area serviceman, please MAIL A CHRISTMAS CARD to servicemen’s names that were received. Some are stationed a long way from Appleton City.  Tell them who you are, belong to, classmate of parents, know your grandparents, etc.  Whatever you can tell them about your connection in AC. Just signing a name leaves them wondering who this is.

1)     Daniel Parsons, Building 1900 Shay St., Room 102 B, Fort Leonard Wood, MO  65473

ACHS 2018, son of Marcus ACHS 1966 & Tracy AC Teacher.

2)     L.Cpl. Nold Austin R, 1/1 DET, Unit 89113 Box # 221, FPOAP 96611-1300

 ACHS 2020. Parents Jeff & Amy ACHS 2002 Nold, grandparents Chris & Karen Green.

3)     McClure, Austin, D (commas in his name) PSC333 Box# 3876, APOAP 962510039

ACHS 2020. Parents Greg ACHS 1999 & Jessica ACHS 2000 McClure.

4)     Dalton Rapp, 614 Dahlia Ave., Altus, OK 73521

Attend AC Elementary till 5th Grade with ACHS 2015. Father was Danny Rapp ACHS 1977. Grandfather Duwayne Rapp

Ellett Memorial Hospital offers outpatient specialist services for December. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. Dec 1 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Dec 8– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Dec 9 –  Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Dec 10– Ortho-Dr. Gray, Dec 15– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Dec 16 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Dec 22 – Ortho-Dr. Gray

“The Little Apple” was started by the A. C. Economic Development as way of informing residents of news and events sponsored by area businesses and organizations.  Items of a clearly personal nature, such as birthdays, anniversaries, awards (not group sponsored), personal sales and the like are not accepted for publication.  Please email articles for “The Little Apple” to dcp81@embarqmail.com by Tuesday evenings or bring them to Dr. Payton’s office to be included in that week’s edition.  To receive “The Little Apple” free by e-mail, send your e-mail address to dcp81@embarqmail.com  If you have changed your previous email address, you are asked to send the current address, so the list can be updated.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Dec 4           AC Christmas in the Country activities

Dec 4           St. Mary’s School in Montrose annual Fall Fiesta Fundraiser dinner 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Dec 5           Christmas Vesper Program 5:00 p.m. at the Lakeview Barn venue

Dec 12         Pancakes and sausage breakfast 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. at the Knights’ Hall in Montrose

Butler Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade

The Butler Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, December 4th. The parade theme is “ A King is Born”. The parade will line up at the Bates County Fairgrounds, due to the construction at the Butler High School.

Organizations, individuals, businesses and churches are invited to prepare a float for the parade. There will be a 1st place only $50.00 cash prize money and a Grand Champion Trophy that stays with the winner for one year.

The 2021 Parade Marshals will be Chad Anderson, Jerrett Wheatley and Jason Bennet.

A soup supper will be served from the Butler Chamber of Commerce Office on the East side of the Butler square, prior to the parade. A free-will offering will be appreciated for your choice of a 12-ounce cup of soup and crackers. Select from Chicken vegetable soup, potato soup, chili, or cheeseburger soup

The parade will leave the fairgrounds around 5:30, to arrive on the square by approximately 6 pm. Santa will be the main attraction and will be accepting visitors in his house on the courthouse lawn following the parade.

Bundle up, grab the kids and head to the 2021 Butler Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 4th at 6 pm.

Bates County Personal Property Taxes

A reminder for those of you that haven’t paid your Personal Property Taxes, the deadline is quickly approaching. There are a few changes this year. A few reminders for those still needing to pay. The deadline to pay Personal Property Taxes in person will be December 30th at 4:30 pm. Those paying by mail face a December 31st postmark.

Personal Property Taxes should be paid to the Administrative Office on the southwest corner of the Butler Square. There is an outside drop box on the east side of the Administrative building. The Bates County Collector’s Office will be closed on Friday, December 31st.

For those mailing last-minute taxes, on December 31st. Remember,  the post office postmarks anything dropped in the outside mailbox after 2 m on December 31st with a January 1st , 2021 postmark date.

If you are mailing your Bates County Personal Property Taxes at the last minute, you will need to go inside the Post Office to make sure the Post Master adjusts the stamp to reflect the December 31st postmark date.

Any mail from the outside mailbox at the post office after 2 pm will have a postmark date of January 1st and those late payments will be subject to fines.

The deadline to avoid penalties is Friday, December 31st. Payments must be made at the Administrative building on the Southwest Corner of the Butler Square. The deadline to mail in person is set for Thursday, December 30th.

( confirmation: The Butler Post Office will be open on December 31st with business as usual)

Butler Holiday Home Decorating Contest

Butler Parks and Recreation will host the annual Holiday Home Decorating Contest for 2021.

All residents of the City of Butler that use city electric are invited to enter. All Holiday Home display entered must use a minimum of 500 lights to quality for the contest. 

You must register your holiday home display by either picking up and dropping off your entry form at the Butler City Hall drop box or by mailing you entry form to Holiday Decoration Contest at P.O. Box 420 in Butler Missouri. All entries must be received by 5pm on Tuesday, December 14th.  

Butler parks and recreation will award three winners. First place will receive $100.00 off their electric bill, second place will receive $75.00 off their electric bill and third place will receive $50.00 off their electric bill. Plus, all qualified entries in the Butler Home Decorating Contest will get $10.00 off their electric bills. You will see these deductions on your billing period of Dec 15th thru Jan 15th bills.

Judging for the Butler Parks and Recreation Home decorating contest will be held on Saturday, December 18th.

Swap Shop Abuse!

Here we go again! The Swap Shop phone lines are being abused. 92.1 has contacted the Butler Police and filed a report.

92.1 contacted Century Link Phone Company and the incoming phone calls will be monitored and recorded.

The person abusing Swap Shop will have charges filed against them in a court of law.

We apologize for the foul language being used by a caller during our daily Swap Shop program.

10 Children left to be adopted as of Today November 29th. Toys for Tykes!

The annual Toys for Tykes drive is down to the final 10 children on the adoption list.

These children may be adopted by calling 660-464-2372 or contact a Butler Mason by email at:

bctoysfortykes@gmail.com or by dropping off gifts at Mattress Plus at 109 West Dakota Street in Butler.

Only 10 children left on the Christmas gift list…. wrapping paper and tape is always appreciated.

Merry Christmas and thank you from the children of Bates County.

Drexel Bobcats with Miami headed to 8-man Football State Championship

On Friday, November 26th the Drexel Bobcats with Miami traveled to King City to take on the King City Wildkats for the 8-man Class 1 state semifinal game.

Drexel defeated the Wildkats with a score of Drexel Bobcats 56 and King City Wildkats 28

Drexel Bobcat will travel to Columbia on Thursday, December 2nd for the 8-man football state Championship game.

The Bobcats will take on the Worth County Tigers at 7pm in Memorial Stadium located at 600 E. Stadium Drive in Columbia.

To purchase tickets to this game visit https://www.mshsaa.org/CMSPages/Tickets.aspx

Shooting in Rich Hill

Bates County deputies were called to the scene of a shooting inside the City of Rich Hill on Thursday, November 25th.

Additional staff have been called in to assist to include Detectives and all Command Staff. This appears to be a targeted incident.

One person received a gunshot wound and has been airlifted to a trauma hospital. Two white male subjects entered the home and an altercation ensured. One produced a gun and shot the homeowner.

The Bates County Sheriff’s Office does not believe this to be a random act and does not feel there is any substantial danger to the community.

Bates County Sheriff Deputies are looking for information on two white male subjects. The shooter was wearing a blue hoodie. No other descriptions has been given at this time.

The Little Apple

November 24, 2021

Trash day for this week will be on FRIDAY, November 26.  Be sure to have your trash cart at the curb BY 7:00 a.m.

City Hall will be closing at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, November 24 and will be closed November 25 and 26 for Thanksgiving.

The 2021 AIM’s Annual Lighted Christmas Parade will be 5:30 p.m. Saturday, November 27 at the Montrose Community Building. Arthur Christmas will be playing on the Big Screen at the Montrose Community Building starting at 5:30 p.m. Concessions will be available, hosted by the Montrose JH/HS Cheer Squad and are a free will donation. At 7:00 p.m., the Grand Lighting Ceremony will take place on Main Street. Immediately following the Lighting will be the Christmas Parade. To register a float or for additional information, contact Amanda Tenholder at 660-383-2834.

The Montrose Knights of Columbus will hold their annual Germantown Turkey Shoot Sunday November 28, starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Germantown ball field. Tickets are $3.00 each and advance sale tickets will enter the purchaser into a drawing for 1 of 4 cash prizes. Two raffles will be held the day of the shoot for 2 shotguns. There will be a youth line shot every hour. Tickets are available in Appleton City at Dr. Payton’s office, Fennewald Plumbing or any Knights members.

AN ACT OF KINDNESS to show your appreciation to our area serviceman, please MAIL A CHRISTMAS CARD to servicemen’s names that were received. Some are stationed a long way from Appleton City.  Tell them who you are, belong to, classmate of parents, know your grandparents, etc.  Whatever you can tell them about your connection in AC. Just signing a name leaves them wondering who this is.

  1. Daniel Parsons, Building 1900 Shay St., Room 102 B, Fort Leonard Wood, MO  65473

ACHS 2018, son of Marcus ACHS 1966 & Tracy AC Teacher.

  • L.Cpl. Nold Austin R, 1/1 DET, Unit 89113 Box # 221, FPOAP 96611-1300

 ACHS 2020. Parents Jeff & Amy ACHS 2002 Nold, grandparents Chris & Karen Green.

  • McClure, Austin, D  (commas in his name) PSC333 Box# 3876, APOAP 962510039

ACHS 2020. Parents Greg ACHS 1999 & Jessica ACHS 2000 McClure.

  • Dalton Rapp, 614 Dahlia Ave., Altus, OK 73521

Attend AC Elementary till 5th Grade with ACHS 2015. Father was Danny Rapp ACHS 1977. Grandfather Duwayne Rapp

The 25th Annual Christmas in the Country will be Saturday, December 4, 2021.  The Depot Craft Show, sponsored by the AC Museum, will feature returning popular artisans with their handmade items and space for a few more.  Contact Patty Bartz at 660-598-4151 for information. New events and open houses are encouraged throughout the day. Christmas in the Country has become a community event that supporters look forward to each year.  It provides an opportunity to shop locally for those on your Christmas list and enjoy the Christmas Spirit in AC.

Hudson Hustler’s 4-H Club will host its annual Loaded Baked Potato Bar at ACHS Commons from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 4 with the Christmas in the Country activities. Baked potatoes will be $7 each, including a dessert and drink.  Pre-order and carry-out are options, as well as eating in the high school commons.  For information, please contact Jamie O’Farrell at 660-492-3573 or Jennifer Hawkins at 417-359-3846.

Vendors are wanted at 5th Annual AC PTO Holiday Shopping Extravaganza on Saturday, December 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the AC High School gym and commons area.  There will be a variety of vendors ready to share their holiday specials.  If you are interested in being a vendor, contact Jennifer Hawkins at jenniferhawkinstriplehfarm@gmail.com or 417-359-3846.  Also, follow AC Elementary PTO Facebook page to find additional information. There will be hourly door prizes (need not be present to win) and the event is free of charge for the community to attend.  Donations will be accepted, as this event is earmarked to help continue the PTO’s campaign of capital improvements to the school.

Appleton City Hosts “A Whoville Christmas” Parade December 4 starting at 4:00 p.m., in conjunction with Christmas in the Country festivities.  Groups, individuals, etc. interested in being in the parade, please let Lyndsi Davis Rivera know by texting her at 660-4642575.

St. Mary’s School in Montrose is having their annual Fall Fiesta Fundraiser dinner 5:00-9:00 p.m. Saturday, December 4. This is a free will donation dinner that includes tacos with fixings, dessert, and drink. They will also have games/crafts, a silent auction (bidding will close at 8:00 p.m.) and basket and 50-50 raffles (drawings will be held December 13). They appreciate your continued support of St. Mary’s School.

Ellett Memorial Hospital offers outpatient specialist services for December. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. Dec 1 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Dec 8– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Dec 9 –  Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Dec 10– Ortho-Dr. Gray, Dec 15– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Dec 16 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Dec 22 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Dec 22 – Ortho-Dr. Gray

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Nov 26        Trash pickup in Appleton City

Nov 27        AIM Annual Lighted Christmas Parade activities 5:30 p.m. at the Montrose Community Building

Nov 28         Montrose Knights of Columbus Germantown Turkey Shoot starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Germantown ball field

Dec 4           AC Christmas in the Country activities

Dec 4           St. Mary’s School in Montrose annual Fall Fiesta Fundraiser dinner 5:00-9:00 p.m.

AUXILIARY’S OPERATION SOCK-IT-TO-ME CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF

Bates County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary volunteers have kicked off their 2021 Operation Sock-It-To-Me campaign, an annual project that seeks to help area school children receive new, warm socks for the cold winter weather.  

If you would like to donate, please purchase new socks still in the package. Collection boxes for the public are located in the hospital’s entryway. Donations may be dropped off on weekdays between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm until December 24, 2021. Socks will be delivered to area schools and distributed by the schools to students in need in grades K-12.

The Auxiliary thanks the community in advance for your help in making Operation Sock-It-To-Me a success.

Two movies this weekend at the Amsterdam Theater

Nothing to do after you gobble turkey on Thursday for the rest of the weekend. Go See a movie at the  Amsterdam Theater, located at 13134 Main Street. They have two movies scheduled!!!

On Friday, November 26th see The Grinch at 4:00pm. Movie sponsored by Linn Valley Community Pride.

Then on Saturday November 27th Jungle Cruise at 6:30pm being sponsored by Miami Alumni

Admission is always FREE at the Amsterdam Theater and Concessions are available for purchase.

Feel free to bring a blanket, the old theater can be a little chilly for some!

You are missing out if you haven’t been to this little hidden gem to see a movie yet!! Amsterdam Theater seats 75 people.

Cass County Health Department Weekly Update

COVID-19 Case and Vaccine Data Released

Harrisonville, MO (November 22, 2021) – 

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 November 20, 2021.

There were 199 confirmed (PCR tests) cases in Cass County in the last week, up from the 93 cases the week prior. In addition, there were 69 probable cases (antigen tests and other cases), up from 44 cases the week prior.

169 people were notified of possible exposure, up from 143 last week.  117 of those exposures related to school systems, up from 93 the week prior. 52 people were notified of exposure outside school systems, up from 50 the previous week.

Overall, Cass County has reported 11,827 cases, about 11,176 cases per 100,000 residents.

The county has reported 125 deaths (118 per 100,000 residents), with no deaths reported in the last week.

The Cass County Health Department administered 614 vaccine doses last week, up from 537 doses the prior week. They have now administered 10,900 first doses and 10,408 second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. In addition, 300 third doses and 2,042 booster shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines have now been administered to those who qualify. The department uses the Pfizer (age 5 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, 54.1 percent of Cass County residents have initiated vaccinations and 46.5 percent have completed vaccinations. 76.4 percent of residents 65 and older, and 51.95 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. – 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday at their new clinic location at 2061 N Commercial St., Harrisonville, MO 64701. 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. 

Fugitive in custody after raid by narcotics team

A wanted fugitive is in custody after his apartment was raided by a narcotics team

Tuesday night, November 16th. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, his office served a search warrant at a residence on N. Clay Street in Nevada, Mo, late Tuesday, and arrested Jamie Boykin, who was wanted on a US extradition parole violation warrant. Sheriff Mosher said suspected methamphetamines were also located during the execution of the search warrant and that the investigation is on-going by members of the Sheriff’s Office and the CNET Drug Task Force.

At press time, Boykin, age 46, of Nevada was being held without bond in the Vernon County

Jail.

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Adrian Christmas Parade

It’s tons of fun in Adrian Saturday, November 27th. It’s time for the annual Christmas Parade. Bring letters to Santa and get hot chocolate at the Frontier Village following the Parade.

Parade line-up will be at approximately 3:30 on the corner of First and Clark Street. The parade will travel down Main Street and through town starting at 4:00 pm. Remember to drive through the beautifully lit Frontier Village and enjoy Hot chocolate.

It’s the annual Adrian Christmas Parade, Saturday, November 27th at 4:00 pm! Hosted by the Adrian Chamber of Commerce, the Antique Tractor Association and the Adrian Lions Club.

Butler: How to donate to Toys for Tykes 2021

Toys for Tykes children have registered with the Butler Masonic Lodge to receive a gift to open on Christmas morning. The community donates gifts or cash each year to make sure every child that registers receives a gift to open on Christmas morning. Contact the Butler Masonic lodge to adopt a child, a complete family, to make a cash donation or to donate wrapping paper for the gifts.

Gifts are for children ages birth to 13 years old. If you would like to purchase a gift or if you would like to donate Christmas wrapping paper. You may drop off those donations at Mattress Plus in Butler. The deadline to adopt or donate is Saturday, December 11th.


Contact the Butler Masonic lodge to adopt or contact them by email. Each donation will make sure every child has a gift to open this Christmas morning. Thank you from the children and the Butler Masonic Lodge. Deadline December 11th. 660-464-2372 or email bctoysfortykes@gmail.com drop off location Mattress Plus 109 West Dakota Street Butler.

BATES COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL PARTNERS WITH COMMUNITY BLOOD CENTER FOR URGENT BLOOD DRIVE

BUTLER, Mo. – Community Blood Center (CBC) continues to experience a critically low blood supply and Bates County Memorial Hospital is stepping in to help. The pandemic has created a chronic deficit between current blood donations and what is needed by hospitals nation-wide. To help bridge this gap, Bates County Memorial Hospital invites the public to make a life-saving blood donation on Wednesday, December 1.  

In order to maintain a safe and stable blood supply, a seven-day inventory of all blood types must be continually replenished. Right now, reserves are well below that minimum. “We thought we’d see our local blood supply recover with the return of school blood drives in the fall, but continued fears surrounding the pandemic are presenting significant obstacles,” said Patsy Shipley, Executive Director of Community Blood Center. A robust blood supply is essential for our healthcare system to function and we must do everything we can to strengthen it at this time of uncertainty.”

The blood drive will be held at the BCMH Education Center on Wednesday, December 1 from 12 pm – 5 pm. All presenting donors will receive a free limited-edition Chiefs t-shirt. Face coverings are required, and appointments are strongly encouraged; walk-ins will only be accepted if capacity allows. Appointments can be made online at savealifenow.org/group and enter Group Code: KCBS, or call 1-877-468-6844.

Donating blood is safe and it only takes one hour. We are taking extra precautions to help prevent the person-to-person spread of COVID-19. All donors and CBC staff are required to wear a face covering and staff are practicing health self-assessments prior to presenting at work. As always, people are not eligible to donate if they’re experiencing a cold, sore throat, respiratory infection or flu-like symptoms. Additional information on donor eligibility and COVID-19 precautions is available here.

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About Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City (CBC)
Founded in 1958, Community Blood Center (CBC) provides over 90% of the blood used by hospitals throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area, as well as eastern Kansas and western Missouri. CBC provides nearly 200,000 blood products each year to over 60 area hospitals and relies on volunteer donors each day to meet the need for lifesaving gifts of blood. CBC operates 365/24/7 to deliver safe, high quality products to meet transfusion needs for routine care and emergencies. CBC is a Division of New York Blood Center, Inc. (a family of operating Divisions known as New York Blood Center Enterprises). For more information, visit savealifenow.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Butler: Christmas Parade Information part 1

The Butler Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, December 4th. The parade will leave the Bates County Fairgrounds this year, due to the construction at the Butler High School.

The parade is due to arrive at the square by 6 pm.

Individuals or organizations wanting to prepare a Christmas float, need to follow the Theme for judging. This year’s theme is “ A King is Born”. Categories to be judged will be 1st place only for $50.00 prize money.

Organizations, businesses, churches, and families are welcome to participate. Get floats on your mind for the 2021 Annual Butler Christmas Parade Saturday, December 4th at 6:00 pm. The Butler Christmas Parade Marshals will be Chad Anderson, Jerrett Wheatley, and Jason Bennet.

Line up details and parade route at a later date, for now start working on your Parade Floats and good luck!

Butler: Community Cafe Resumes on December 7th 2021

A reminder that the Butler Community Café is not serving their weekly meals during the month of November.

The Community Café evening meals will re-start on Tuesday, December 7th. The organization is excited about seeing the community come together again for a free meal every Tuesday. Here is the schedule that will kick off again on Tuesday, December 7th.

First Tuesday: First Baptist Church Butler  ( December 7th 2021)
Second Tuesday: Ohio Methodist Church  ( December 14th 2021 )
Third Tuesday: First Christian Church         ( December 21st 2021)
Fourth Tuesday : Nazarene Church             ( December 28th 2021)
Fifth Tuesday: Happy Hill church

Louisburg Snow Buddies Program Seeking Volunteers

Snow Buddies is a volunteer program in Louisburg that matches the city’s senior citizens or those who may have a disability with a volunteer who is able to assist with snow shoveling. Volunteers are asked to shovel snow from any sidewalk on the property as well as from the front door to the end of the drive/mailbox.

Louisburg Snow Buddies is looking for volunteers to help shovel snow this winter for their senior citizens. They have about 16 persons needing assistance but only about 8 persons willing to shovel. If you can assist, sign up on the City’s website at louisburgkansas.gov.

Bates County Health Center COVID Vaccine Clinic

The Bates County Health Center is working on plans for a COVID vaccine clinic for the 5-11-year-old age group as well as 12 and over that would like the Pfizer vaccine. They need to know how many people are interested so they can order the correct amount of vaccine. If you would like to receive Pfizer COVID vaccine for yourself or your child please call their office at 660-679-6108 and let the staff know you are interested in Pfizer and provide name, phone number & age of individual.

Archie School District Winter Reminders

The Archie School District would like to remind parents of some of their winter policies. 

Families will be notified of inclement weather via School Reach, Enews, Facebook, and local news stations.  Be sure your phone numbers and/or emails are up-to-date in the SIS system.

Students will need to bring coats for elementary recess.  They ask that student names be written inside coats, gloves, and hats.

In the event that the school has to dismiss early due to inclement weather, they ask that you have arrangements made for your family.

This will help make any rough spots due to winter weather run smoother for everyone.

Adrian Optimist October Student of the Month

The Adrian Optimist Club is pleased to honor Students of the Month from the Miami, Ballard, and Adrian schools.  Criteria for this honor center on outstanding academic and civic achievement and school spirit.  Staff at each of the schools make the selection, and their decision is based on expansion of these criteria.   Selection is based on the criteria, but a student stepping up to a particular task will come to play in it.  Each student is honored with a certificate of recognition from the Adrian Optimist Club and $20.00 in Adrian Chamber of Commerce “Chamber Bucks”

For October the Miami Student of the Month is Destiny Roundy, a Senior.  Destiny is the daughter of Reality Roundy.  In school she is in Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, FCCLA, and FBLA. Outside of school Destiny is in Softball.  Destiny’s college plan is to major in criminal justice with a minor in child advocacy.  Miami staff state “Destiny is an all around great kid.  She has goals for herself and she works hard to obtain them.  She shows school spirit, is kind to underclassmen, classmates, and teachers.” 


Miami Superintendent Dr Daniel Johnson and Destiny Roundy

The Ballard Student of the Month is Lexie Ward, a Junior.  Lexie is the daughter of the late Beverly Ward and Mike Ward.  In school Lexie enjoys being a part of the Volleyball and Basketball teams.  Lexie’s outside activities are participating in local 4-H and hanging with friends.  Ballard staff say, “Lexie has really stepped up as the single editor of the publications class.  She has a lot of responsibility, making sure that she gets her articles done as well as putting the paper together each month.  Lexie never complains about the  workload she has to do.  She usually has a smile on her face and is polite to everyone in the halls.  She is a great role model for underclassmen as well as her fellow classmates. After graduation, Lexie plans to go to Cosmetology school. 

Lexie Ward and Ballard Principal Stephanie Nold

The Adrian Student of the Month is Anna Glynn,  a Sophomore.  Anna is the daughter of Thad and Chancy Glynn.  In school she is active in TSA, FFA, Acahawks, Band, Volleyball, Student Council, and Softball.  Outside of school she is in her church Youth Group while teaching children’s Sunday School, and she does trumpet tutoring.  Teacher Matt Davis states, “Anna is one of our best and most driven students.  She is a pleasure to have in class and is a model for all other students to strive for.”  Anna is not sure of her plan but would love to go to Evangel.   

Adrian Principal Dustin Bridges and Anna Glynn

Bates County Memorial Spotlights: Mike Taranto

BCMH Board Member Spotlight: Mike Taranto

Bates County Memorial Hospital’s board member spotlight features Mike Taranto, who was first elected for his position in 2016. He currently serves as secretary for the board of directors.

Born in Ridgewood, New Jersey, Taranto was drawn to the Midwest to attend Park University in 1963. He was drafted to the Army for the Vietnam war in 1967, but a football injury prevented him from serving overseas. He worked for Kansas City Southern Industries telecommunications division for about 20 years. In 1982, he completed an Executive Fellows MBA from Rockhurst University.

Taranto’s career in marketing and manufacturing management and microwave communications took him around the world, including a 5-year stint in Athens, Greece to help prepare for the 2004 Olympics. He took part in several other remarkable projects, one of which landed him in South Africa for about six months. While there, he toured vineyards and noticed a specialized fabric utilized for protection from hail and other storms. This would become the inspiration for the company he founded in early 2000, Solar Shade USA. He retired from his active role with the company in January 2020, and his family runs the business today, located north of Rich Hill, Mo.

“When I look back at the experiences I’ve had, I’m really grateful,” Taranto said. He was approached for the role of hospital board member in part because of his background in running a business, with specific focus on strategic planning, quality assurance and customer satisfaction.

“In my bones, I am an opportunity seeker,” Taranto said. “Creative marketing is what I do.”

Mike and his wife Beth live in Butler. They have five children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Beth volunteers at Bates County Memorial Hospital with the Auxiliary.

As elected officials, BCMH board members serve five-year terms, and oversee such matters as making strategic decisions for the hospital, hiring and monitoring an effective CEO, ensuring the hospital is providing quality care, overseeing the hospital’s financial well-being, staying educated in healthcare industry news and best practices, and being a representative of the hospital in the community. They delegate the responsibilities for the hospital’s day-to-day operations and decision making to the chief executive officer and the hospital’s management team.

The hospital medical staff, employees and volunteers thank Mike Taranto for his service.

Fundraiser for local citizen: Debbie Snodgrass Colin

A spaghetti Lunch, Bake Sale and 50/50 Fundraiser will help  Debbie Snodgrass Colin with medical expenses. The meal will be served Wednesday, November 17th from 11 until 2:00 pm.

Lunch will include a salad, a plate of spaghetti, toast and water. The Bake Sale table and 50/50 tickets will be set up at pickup.

50/50 tickets are 1 ticket for $1.00 or 6 tickets for $5.00.

Orders can be picked up at 300 North Orange Street in Butler in the Creative Home Specialist Building.

To place a lunch order or to get 50/50 tickets, text or call 660-424-4078 this call in number is to place orders for pick-up only.

It’s a  “free will donation” and the dollars you spend will assist with the medical needs and expenses of life-long Bates County resident, Debbie Snodgrass Colin.

We hope to see you there to show your support for a need in our community.

Bates County Soil and Water Conservation District seeking Nominees

From the desk of the Bates County Soil and Water Conservation District . They are seeking nominees for the Bates County SWCD Board of Supervisors.

Let it be known that the Bates County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold an election for one supervisor in each of two different territories in the county on February 22, 2022. Anyone that owns a farm in Territory [II] (Grand River, Mingo, Shawnee, Spruce, Summit and Deepwater Townships) or Territory [IV] (Homer, Charlotte, Mount Pleasant, Walnut, New Home and Howard Townships), and meets the qualifications listed below, may be considered as a candidate in the election.

You may submit your name for participation in the election by completing the self-nomination for and delivering it to the district by 5:00 P.M. on November 30’h. The self-nomination form is available online at https:llmosoilandwater.landlbates or in person at the district office.

Supervisors of the district administer district policies and programs, district personnel, and cost share funding made available by the one-tenth-of-one-percent parks, soils and water sales tax.

During fiscal year 2021, the district provide  $64,470.46 of cost-share funds to  landowners to assist the landowners with installing agricultural erosion control and water quality practices.

The qualifications required to be a supervisor are:

I. Being a land representative from the district (IO CSR 70-4.0 IO (I) (I)). A land representative is defined as the owner or representative authorized by power of attorney of any farm lying within an area proposed to be established, and subsequently established, as a soil and water conservation district under Chapter 278, RSMo. Each farm is entitled to representation by a land representative: provided, however that the land representative is a taxpayer of the county within which the soil and water district is located.

2. Residing in, or owning a fann in, the area from which he/she is nominated where there is an expiring term.

3. Being a cooperator of the district, defined as, “a person who is actively engaged in farming and practices conservation activities related to agriculture”.

4. Being a current resident and tax-paying citizen of the county for at least two years preceding the election date.

5. Be eighteen (18) years of age or older by the election date.

Bates County Soil and Water Conservation District

625 West Nursery Street, Box B

Butler, MO 64730

(660) 679-6124 ext. 3

elizabetlh.davis@swcd.mo.gov

11/12 Butler Bears Football

Tonight in Butler Bears Football the Bears went head to head with Lafayette Huskers in the District Championships.

Tonight Lafayette Huskers took the win with a final score of:

Lafayette -48

Butler -0

Butler Elementary Student Council Winter Drive

The Butler Elementary Student Council will be sponsoring a winter drive for local families in the Butler area.

The Den’s known as the Butler Elementary Student Council will be collecting new gloves, hats, new scarves, blankets and/ or canned food items. The Den that collects the most items will win the contest.

All donations received will go to local families and donations will be accepted through November 23rd.

If you would like to make a contribution call Penny Smith,  the Butler Elementary 3rd Grad leader for this fundraising event. Contact Penny by calling 660-679-6591 or drop your donations at the Butler Elementary School Office. Remember the deadline is November 23rd, all donations will be appreciated.

Butler: Ladies Night Out

Butler Chamber of Commerce will host their annual Ladies Night Out on Monday, November 22nd from 5pm to 9 pm on the Historical Butler Square.

Local businesses will kick off the holiday season with store specials for your holiday shopping.

Butler Chamber of Commerce will be selling wine glasses for ten dollars each and Luna Umbria Winery will be offering wine tasting.

Many hometown businesses in Creative clink, Orange Street Collectibles, Carpenter’s Cup, Revive Salon, Studio M, Mid-America Shopper, and many more will open late for your shopping.  Look for specials at each location you visit.

Ladies Night Out on Monday, November 22nd is a great excuse to leave hubby and the kids at home, grab your friends and kick off your holiday shopping season.

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