Harrisonville Homecoming Parade Route

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

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

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

Picnic with the Creatures of the Night

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

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

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

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

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

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

Battle of Island Mound Commemoration

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bingo Suspended thru September

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

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

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

Clinton City Wide Garage Sale Saturday Sept 11th

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

Public Notice from the Drexel Police Department

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

Peculiar Police seeking Public’s Assistance

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

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

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

The Little Apple

Vol 29 no 36

                                              September 8, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

Freedom will be at Adrian 911 Ceremony

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

911 Ceremony in Adrian

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

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

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

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

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

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

Handling LP Gas Training in Eldorado

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Butler: Welcome Flournoy Painting

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

Brandon Flournoy

Butler: Public Works Department Help Wanted

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

Butler City Wide Garage Sale Saturday Sept 10th

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

Butler Street Project

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

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

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

ATV Accident in Bates County

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

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

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

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

Butler Church of the Nazarene Revival

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

Butler Bears Homecoming Parade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                        SCHOOLING AT HARMONY MISSION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submitted by Phyllis Stewart   Activity Director

Dog Day at Poplar Heights Farm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kamp Keirsey’s 2022 Camp Dates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Osage Valley crews assist in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Ida

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

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

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

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

More activities added to Amsterdam Jubilee


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

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

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

Cass Rocks Sporting Clay Shoot Off

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

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

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

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

For more details visit www.tinyurl.com/cassrocks

9/3 Butler Bears Football

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

Butler-47

Sherwood- 0

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

Linn County Police Pursuit

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

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

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

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

Linn County Crash

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

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

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

Adrian 9/11 Silent Procession

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

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

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

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

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

( written by FM 92.1)

Harrisonville Log Cabin Festival October 1st and 2nd

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

An Opportunity to Give

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

New Phone Number at DMV

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

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

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

Bates county sheriffs office

Sgt. Berry Retires from Bates County Sheriff’s Office

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

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FM 92 Closing Early Friday, September 3rd

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

Cass County Historical Society Legacy Picnic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Log Cabin Festival October 1st and 2nd

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

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

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

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

Henry County Sheriff’s raising Money for K9 Program

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

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

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

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

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

Bridge Closure in Nevada

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MoDot closing Bridge in Peculiar

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

Wildcats PTO Fundraiser

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

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

Harrisonville School participating in the trash bag sale include

Harrisonville Early Childhood Center Wildcats

Harrisonville Elementary Wildcats

McEowen Elementary Wildcats

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



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

Hartzler Statement on Committee Passage of FY22 NDAA

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

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

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

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

Love Fund for Larry Bosch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional charges are pending with the completion of the investigation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Studio M Celebrating their 6th Anniversary

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hunter Education Skill Session in Drexel

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

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

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

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

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

HARRISONVILLE HIRING EVENT DETAILS: 

Interested applicants are invited to attend a hiring event on:

SEPTEMBER 8 – 9, 2021

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (local time)

5100 S Brookhart DR STE 100

September 1, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit careers.walmart.com for more information.

Vicky Hartzler Opening Statement at FY22 NDAA Markup

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

Rep. Hartzler’s remarks as prepared below:

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Little Apple

Vol 29 no 35

                                              September 1, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Sept 6       Labor Day Holiday

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

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

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

Vaccination Clinic at Bates County Health Center

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

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

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

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

Solid organ transplant taking immune suppressing medications

Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies

CAR-T cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant

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

Advanced or untreated HIV

Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids

Or other immune suppressing drugs.

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

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

History of Harmony Mission, Part 1

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

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

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

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

 BUILDINGS CONSTRUCTED ON THE MISSION SITE

The stories for the next few weeks will be on the completion of the buildings at Harmony Mission, people of the mission, closing of the mission and establishment of Bates County.

The journey from New York to Harmony Mission took four months. Missouri was not a state and it was still a territory governed by William Clark in St Louis. Clark had applied for statehood nearly two years earlier, but action in Washington was stalled over the slavery issue and the Missouri Compromise. Finally on Aug. 10, 1821, a week after the missionaries had arrived at Colin’s Ford on the Osage River, President Monroe signed the papers making Missouri a state of the Union.

In meeting with the Osage, to see where they could develop and build the mission, the Osage had about fifteen hundred acres they could look at to find a location. They found a perfect location about a half mile north of where Papinville is located on the Marais Des Cygnes River.  The area where the mission was built the Osage regarded this land as the heart of their homeland.

When they reached the mission site the building process started. Men had been cutting down trees and in October the storehouse was the first building and a cabin being built for the foreman of the mission was being built.  Many of the people were getting sick and progress was slow. Some travelers, on their way to St. Louis from Arkansas, stopped by briefly to help with cabin construction. At this time the people where living in tents and the weather was getting cold. The storehouse was 20 x 24 feet. This was a much needed building for the use of storing supplies out of the weather and keeping the thieves from getting their supplies. The building was close to the river.

The cabins were 16x16feet and there were 10 cabins built except for the foremans cabin which was 18×18 feet.) They faced the east and was built by the river. Each had a shed that was 5 feet square beside the cabin. The roof was with clapboards (boards from logs with a smoothed face) with one small window without glass. Beds were pole frame inserted into a hole in the logs and clapboards laid on the frames and then covered with prairie hay and blankets. The first cabin was finished in October and the last was finished in January of 1822.

A kitchen and dining hall was a much needed building.  It measured 24×28 feet and it was finished in February. It was such a big improvement from cooking outdoors or in their tents. A small school was built April 1822. There were eighteen children attending, mostly missionary children. As the Osage started bringing their children to the school they built a two story building and it was in use by March 1823. By 1824 there were fifty five students in attendents with thirty six being children from other tribes in the area along with the Osage children. The size of the building was 24×36 feet and was also used for their worship services and meetings. The first service and communion was held in March 1823 with a few of the Indians attending. The church was organized on the Presbyterian platform.

Next week the story will continue about the establishment of the mission and the teaching of the children.  It was a lot different two hundred years ago than what it is today.  You will get the rest of the story next week.

Information was taken from the book “The First Protestant Osage Missions” by William W Graves

Bennett Spring State Park hosts 3rd annual Picking Up Pawpaws Contest Sept. 15-25

Bennett Spring State Park staff members invite the public to celebrate an edible part of Missouri’s history by searching for the biggest pawpaw, the state’s largest edible fruit, which ripen in September. Participants can enter their pawpaw into the annual Picking Up Pawpaws Contest by bringing them to the Bennett Spring nature center for weigh-in from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, through Saturday, Sept. 25.

Entries must be obtained from Missouri. The largest pawpaw will be announced Saturday, Sept. 25. Photos will be taken of the participant and entry at weigh-in.

Pawpaws can grow up to 6 inches long and are often compared to a banana with mango flavor. The fruit can be eaten raw or baked. Lewis and Clark were known to eat them on their expedition in 1806; Native Americans wove the inner bark into fibers for cloth; and pioneers used the inner bark for stringing fish. The pawpaw is also Missouri’s state fruit tree.

Bennett Spring State Park is located at 26250 Highway 64A in Lebanon. For more information about the contest, call the nature center at 417-532-3925 or fish hatchery staff at 417-532-4418.

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

Bearadise Homecoming Week

Butler Elementary students are invited to participate in Butler Bears Homecoming Bearadise week.  Each day the week of September 7th thru September 10th will have a different theme for students to dress up.

Tuesday is Midwest Western Day

Wednesday is East Coast Red, White and Blue Day

Thursday is West Coast Hawaiian Day

Friday is Coming Home Red and Black Day

Butler Elementary lets celebrate homecoming and show your Bears pride.

Adrian Blackhawk Football

Adrian Blackhawk fans just a reminder that this Friday night game, the September 3rd game against Lighthouse Christian will be played at Ozark High School located at 1350 West Bluff Drive, Ozark MO.

Milwaukee Brewers’ New Left-Handed Pitching Sensation has Local Ties

Park Hill native and Crowder College Graduate, Aaron Ashby was drafted into the MLB in 2018 straight out of college.

Ashby is the son of Curtis Ashby of Park Hill, and Hope Sullins-Ashby of Rich Hill, and the grandson of Beverly Sullins of Rich Hill, and the late Richard Sullins of Adrian, MO.

Aaron Ashby took the field for his pitching debut on Sunday, August 22nd, throwing in the mid to upper nineties, according to Statcast.

On Sunday, August 29th, left-hander Ashby earned his first Major League win with five strong innings and the Brewers’ finally broke out in a 6-2 victory over the Twins in the series finale at Target Field.

When asked about his performance on Sunday, Ashby replied, “Feels awesome. It’s something you always dream of as a little kid. It’s a special day, and I’m glad we got it for the team. It’s awesome. A good day.”

Ashby went on to say, “Every time I get out there, I feel more comfortable and more relaxed. It’s nice to have that. After you throw that first pitch in an outing, whether that’s starting or in relief, everything else kind of goes away after that.”

Bates County Youth Center Set to Open in October

Bates County Youth Center will be opening for the 2021-2022.  The Bates County Youth Center will open the first week of October on Tuesday and Thursday from after school unit 5:30pm for students Kindergarten thru 6th grade.

This after school program provides a safe place for students to go after school, while parents may be working. While students are attending this after school program a meal will be served.

This year’s Bates County Youth Center will be at the Old Butler Alternative School located at 501 W. Atkinson Ave in Butler.

Bates County Relay for Life Cancelled

Bates County Annual Relay for Life event that is a fund raiser for the American Cancer society has been cancelled for 2021 due to increased cases of covid.  This annual event usually happens in June yearly.  But the American Cancer Society did not think that condition were ready for a in person event in June so The Bates County Relay for Life committee hoped that the event might take place in the Fall.  But due to Covid the American Cancer society had discouraged any in person events for this year.  Hopefully Bates County Relay for Life will return in 2022.

Overnight Chase in Cass County

Story Courtesy of Peculiar Police Department

Overnight On Sunday, August 29th the Harrisonville Police Department chased two possibly armed suspects in a stolen vehicle that originated from Kansas City, MO. With the assistance of Peculiar Police Department and Cass County Sheriff Office, the vehicle was located.

On Monday, August 30th Peculiar Police Department, And the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and their K9, took two suspects into custody without incident.

They would like to give a special thanks to the community and their neighboring departments for the assistance!

Butler Bears Homecoming T-Shirts on Sale now

Butler Bear Homecoming is Friday, September 10th, The Butler Bears will host the Ft. Scott Kansas Tiger at 7:30pm at the Butler Sports Complex.

It’s not to late to support your Butler Bears at Homecoming with a Homecoming T-shirt.  T-shirts are available in Youth M thru X-Large for $12.00, 2XL for $14.00 and 3XL for $15.00.  Order forms for T-shirts are available by visiting the Butler High School Facebook page. 

All T-shirt orders are due at the High school office by Thursday, September 1st.

Culpepper and Merriweather Circus back for Performances in 2021

The Culpepper and Merriweather Circus is back for performances in 2021. Make plans now to attend a show near you. Upcoming circus in our listening area include

Pleasant Hill Missouri on Friday, September 10th with two shows at 5pm and 7:30pm

Pleasant Hill Missouri on Saturday, September 11th with two shows at 2pm and 4:30pm

Both Circuses in Pleasant Hill will be at the Cass County Fair Grounds located at 308 W Commercial Street in Pleasant Hill Missouri

Garden City Missouri on Sunday, September 12th at 2pm and 4:30pm this circus will be at the Bethel Assembly of God Church located at 82 State Highway F in Garden City.

Tickets are available online at cm-circus.square.site. Tickets for each circus maybe purchased at a discount price of $12.00 for adults and $7.00 for kids online.  Tickets will also be sold at the gate for $15.00 for adults and $8.00 for Kids.

Enjoy a Magical day under the big top with your whole family.  Culpepper and Merriweather Circus is a tented, one-ring circus with no seat further than 40 feet away from the ring.  You will see big cates, aerialists, horses, birds, unicyclist, daredevils and more at the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus.

Pleasant Hill Man receives Minor injuries in a one car crash

The Missouri Highway Patrol responded to one vehicle accident on MO 7 and E 235th Street in Cass County on Sunday, August 29th at 12:53pm.

The accident occurred when a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Jason Thompson age 32 of Pleasant Hill Missouri, traveled off the road striking the ditch.

Mr. Thompson received minor injuries and refused care at the scene.

Vehicle was towed from the scene by Jim’s Tow of Lees Summit Missouri.

Honey Fest

The Golden Valley Beekeepers Association will host their 3rd Annual Honey Fest on Saturday, October 2nd from 10am to 2pm.  The Honey Fest will be held at the First Assembly of God Church located at 1506 E Ohio in Clinton.

The public is invited to observe the Beehive to see the bees in action, enjoy free hotdogs, chips, and water.  Also available at the Honey Fest is Honey, Honey Ice Cream, Candles, Lip Balms, Lotion Bars and more. 

This is a free family friendly event sponsored by the Golder Valley Beekeepers Association. For more information about the 3rd Annual Honey Fest call 660-924-1595

Local Blood Shortage reaches emergency levels as Delta fears lead to drop in donation

Community Blood Center (CBC) announced today that the blood shortage has reached emergency levels as fears of the COVID-19 Delta variant are leading to an even greater drop in donations. Though the region has been experiencing a chronic blood shortage since the onset of the pandemic, the local supply has further dropped to a less than 3-day supply of readily available blood.

“We are deeply worried by the recent drop in donations — at this concerning time it’s critical that healthy donors continue to come forward to help their neighbors,” said Patsy Shipley, Executive Director of Community Blood Center. “We thought we’d see our local blood supply recover with the return of school blood drives in the fall, but fears surrounding the Delta variant are presenting significant obstacles. 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.”

Bates County Memorial Hospital will have a Community Blood Center Blood Drive on Wednesday, September 1st at the Bates County Memorial Hospital Education Center located at 615 West Nursery Street in Butler.  Blood Drive will be from 12pm to 5pm. Appointments are preferred. Masks are required regardless of vaccination.

To schedule your appointment online, visit the CBC website:
https://donate.savealifenow.org/…/drive_schedule/72853

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.

To schedule an appointment or learn about hosting a blood drive in your community, call
1-877-468-6844 or visit www.savealifenow.org.

Sheriff’s Office Training Academy Graduation

CASS CO – Congratulations to Class 2101 of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Academy. Graduation was held on Friday, August 27th at the Historic Courthouse in Harrisonville.  These graduates will be joining agencies around the region that include, Bates County Sheriff’s Office, Butler Police Department, Blue Springs Police Department, Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Harrisonville Police Department and Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.  

If you or someone you know is thinking about a career in law enforcement the Cass County Sheriff’s Office is taking applications for the Fall 2021 Academy now, go to www.cassmosheriffjobs.org for more information.

(L to R) Front Row- Academy Director Sgt. J. Becker-Schutte, Ashleigh Patrick Blue Springs PD, Amber Schneck-Bokern Harrisonville PD, Morgan Griffith Blue Springs PD, Jason Dudgeon Harrisonville PD

Back Row – James Hudson Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Max Allen Butler PD, Kaden Tucker Blue Springs PD, Jonhenry Jackson Bates County Sheriff’s Office, Jesse Pfeifer Cass County Sheriff’s Office

CITY OF CLINTON SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR POSITION OF FULL-TIME FIREFIGHTER

The City of Clinton, Missouri is hiring for the position of Fire Fighter. Starting pay for this position is $29,664.00 annually with excellent benefits ($31,190.40 annually with MO EMT licensure).

Applicants for this position must be at least 18 yrs. of age, be a high school graduate or possess a GED equivalent. Applicant must be able to pass a written exam, physical agility test, psychological evaluation, drug test and a criminal background check. Firefighter I & II certification and MO EMT licensure is preferred but may be completed after employment (Firefighter I & II within 12 months and EMT within 24 months of date of hire).

Employment applications can be picked up at City Hall, 105 E. Ohio St. in Clinton, MO or obtained by visiting the City of Clinton website at https://www.clintonmo.com/city-of-clinton. Application deadline is 5:00 p.m., September 3, 2021.

The City of Clinton is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Bates County Memorial Hospital’s new Unit 1 ambulance was dedicated to the memory of Kelly Phillips, paramedic, who served as the Director of Ambulance, Emergency Services and Outpatient Clinics at BCMH. His career with the hospital spanned 38 years. He also served as a Lieutenant with the Bates County Sheriff Department, and as an entry team commander and tactical medic.

Among the first to view the dedication plate in memory of Kelly Phillips was his family, pictured from left: his wife, Linda Phillips, daughter Megan Reno, son-in-law Jerrett Reno, and their daughter Aspen. Megan is a Physician Assistant with Family Care Clinics of BCMH, and Jerrett is a paramedic for BCMH Ambulance services.

Not pictured: daughter Becki Hagerman, her husband and seven grandchildren.

Louisburg Cider Mill Ciderfest

Join the Louisburg Cider Mill for their 43rd Annual Ciderfest kicking off Saturday, September 25th beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until 6 p.m. The Ciderfest will continue Sunday, September 26th, Saturday, October 2nd and Sunday, October 3rd.

Ciderfest activities begin with the Louisburg Lions Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. – 11 am on Saturday, September 25th.

Other activities at the Louisburg Cider Mill Ciderfest includes Live music beginning at 11 a.m. Watch as Cider Mill employees press apples into cider and see the fresh apple cider donuts coming off the line. Pony rides and inflatable slides for the kids going on all day until 6pm.

The Louisburg Cider Mill’s Ciderfest will also feature craft booths, gifts & collectible vendors, and multiple food and BBQ vendors.

The Louisburg Cider Mill is free to the public and has free parking.

Considering the current conditions, the Louisburg Cider Mill is encouraging everyone to wear masks, when social distancing cannot be maintained.

The Louisburg Cider Mill is located at 14730 K 68 Highway in Louisburg Kansas.  For more information or questions visit Louisburg Cider Mill on Facebook.

Harrisonville High School inducts Wildcats in Football Hall of Fame.

On September 10th Harrisonville High School will be inducting their 6th Harrisonville Wildcats Football Hall of Fame class. Harrisonville High School was not able to induct them last year due to the pandemic.

Harrisonville High School has been waiting to honor the Hall of Famers on the field at Memorial Stadium where they made their mark on Harrisonville football program.

The ceremony will be held prior to the Homecoming game against Pleasant Hill. Wildcat fans are invited to attend as the Harrisonville Wildcats Football program honors Tom Snead, John Culp, and Brian Kagarice.

Harmony Mission History

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

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

 Join 92.1 every Friday for the next 5 weeks as we share with you the history of Harmony Mission in Papinville.

The Papinville board of directors has made the decision to not hold a 2021 Papinville Picnic or activities due to the increase of Covid cases in the area.

Lucky 13 Rescue asking for Donation

Lucky 13 rescue of Kansas City is a federal 501(c)3 organization that relies on donations so they can help dogs in their area in need.  One unique way that you can donate and get a tax deduction is to donate a car, van, RV, trailer, 5th wheel, boat, or off-road vehicle that you no longer want or need.  To donate an unwanted vehicle, visit www.youautodonate.com and choose Lucky 13 Rescue as your Charity.

Lucky 13 Rescue located at 119 W Gregory Blvd in Kansas City, is a dog rescue dedicated to the rescue and aid of homeless and neglected dogs in the Kansas City metro and surrounding rural areas.

Lucky 13 Rescue does not limit their efforts to a specific breed, but rather strive to assist any dog that is facing neglect, homelessness, abuse, or death. Lucky 13 Rescue’s ultimate goal is to rehabilitate each canine in their care through placement in loving fosters homes until they can be carefully matched with adoptive families.

Covid-19 Case reported in The Archie School District

Archie Superintendent Jeff Kramer advise students and Parents of the Archie School district of an individual in the Archie School district has tested positive for COVID-19.

As soon as the individual and the Archie school District was aware of the situation, the individual self-isolated and has not returned to the Archie school.

Though the Archie School know you will have many questions and concerns, to protect the privacy of the individual involved, the Archie School District is incredibly limited as to the information it can share with you; however, if you’d like to ask specific questions regarding any next steps you may need to take, please contact the Cass County Health Department. The Archie School continue to thank their community for your support and patience during these difficult times. They remain committed to ensuring staff, students, and the community are safe and informed.

PSA from the Butler Police Department

The Butler Police Department is providing this Public Service Announcement.

During the last few weeks, the Butler Police Department has seen a rise in theft from vehicles. 

The Butler Police Department wants to remind you to remember to keep your vehicles always locked. Do not leave your valuables such as wallets, purses, or cell phone in your car, even if the vehicle is locked.  If someone see items of value in your vehicle, they may try to gain entry, even with a locked vehicle.  Placing items of value in a safe secure place inside your homes may detour your vehicle from being burglarizing. Never leave your vehicles unattended or with keys in the vehicle.

The Butler Police Department ask if you see something or someone suspicious, please contact them at 660-679-6131.

Love Fund Account for the Brockman Family

A donation account has been set up for the Brockman Family of Butler at Community First Bank.  Donations maybe made under the name “Amanda Brockman Love Fund” account.

After the home of Dave and Amanda Brockman of Butler sustained fire damage from a fire on Monday, August 23rd, their home is unlivable for an unknown period of time.   

The Brockman family has a temporary home to stay in that another family member has provided. Unfortunately, because they have been removed from their own home this has caused a difficult increase in their living expenses. 

If you can and would like to donate you can go to Community First Bank and tell them it’s for the Amanda Brockman Love Fund.

Community First Bank has two locations in Butler. One at 915 W. Ft. Scott Street and one at 1109 W. Ft. Scott Street.

Fatality Crash in Cass County

A fatality crash occurred on Sunday, August 29th at 605pm on MO 291 at 215th in Cass County.  This fatality crash took the life of Delbert Hannah age 30 of Archie MO.

The Missouri Highway Patrol responded to the accident on 291 Highway, the accident occurred when 2020 Chevrolet driven by Delbert Hannah began to overcorrect after passing uninvolved traffic. Mr. Hannah traveled into the oncoming lane and struck head-on a 2020 Ram driven by Donald Beckerdite age 61 of Raymore Missouri.

Mr. Hannah was pronounced deceased at the scene by Medical Examiner K Pitsenbarger and was transported by the medical examiner’s office. 

Donald Beckerdite sustained serious injuries and was transported by South Metro EMS to Research Hospital in Kansas City.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene by J’s Southland Tow of Raymore.

Boil Water Advisory for Rockville

A Boil Water Advisory has been issued for the City of Rockville and the sounding area from Saturday, August 28th until Wednesday, September 1st at 6pm.  This Boil water advisory in paid for by Representative Patricia Pike.

Butler Bears vs Sherwood Marksmen

Using the momentum of their win against Adrian, the Butler Bears will travel to Sherwood to battle the Marksmen on Friday, September 3rd.  Kickoff time is at 7 pm.  FM 92.1 will be broadcasting this game live with Sports announcers Major Black, Eli Brockman.  If you are unable to make it to the game then tune your radio to FM 92.1 or listen as we stream live at 921news.com.  Butler Bears vs Sherwood Marksmen, Friday, September 3rd in Sherwood.    

CAPITOL REPORT: REPRESENTATIVE PATRICIA PIKE

Missouri Continues to Make Broadband Expansion a Top Priority

Dear Citizens: This summer the Missouri House Special Interim Committee on Broadband Development has held public hearings to discuss ways to improve broadband internet access across the state. Efforts to increase access received a boost recently as Gov. Mike Parson announced plans to utilize more than $400 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to increase broadband internet access statewide. 

The plan was developed through a multi-agency effort designed to address a diverse range of broadband connectivity challenges and is expected to impact hundreds of thousands of Missouri families. The plan requires the approval of the General Assembly, which will have to appropriate the funds when it returns for the 2022 regular session in January.

According to the Federal Communications Commission, more than 147,000 households or almost 400,000 Missourians don’t have access to high-speed Internet (25mpbs/3mbps). The majority of those citizens reside in rural communities. 

Gov. Parson said, “Investing in our broadband infrastructure is critical to unlocking our full economic potential in this state and will serve Missourians for generations to come. We expect this investment to increase broadband internet connectivity and access in every corner of the state for hundreds of thousands of Missourians. Quality internet supports learning, health care, business, and agriculture in today’s economy, and we are excited to capitalize on this opportunity to truly make a difference and improve lives.”

In addition to the $400 million plan, the Department of Economic Development also submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Infrastructure Program requesting an additional $56 million for broadband deployment. If approved by NTIA, this funding could support up to 19 projects, connecting more than 17,000 households, businesses, and other institutions.

Numerous Bills Approved by the General Assembly Set to Become Law on August 28 – The Missouri General Assembly had a highly productive legislative session and now the bulk of the bills passed by lawmakers and signed by the governor are set to become law on August 28. The bills that are now set to become law address some of the state’s most pressing issues such as the protection of children and vulnerable Missourians, as well as support for veterans and law enforcement.

In total, the Missouri House and Senate approved 69 pieces of legislation during the 2021 legislative session. That number is up from the 2020 legislative session when the General Assembly gave final approval to 51 bills, but down from 2019 when 92 bills made it across the legislative finish line. Forty pieces of legislation originating in the House received final legislative approval. Eighteen of the bills are appropriations bills that make up the state operating budget. The Senate saw 29 of its bills cross the finish line before session ended on May 14.

Of the bills he received, Gov. Parson vetoed three House Bills, and one Senate Bill. He also made line-item vetoes in 12 of the 18 appropriations bills. The legislature will return on September 15 for its annual Veto Session. During Veto Session, legislators have a final opportunity to enact their ideas into law despite the governor’s objections. In both chambers, a two-thirds vote is required to override a veto. In the House that amounts to 109 votes. Twenty-three votes are needed in the Senate to successfully complete an override motion.

To view a complete list of bills going into law by effective date, please visit: https://house.mo.gov/newbillreport.aspx?year=2021&code=R&select=evergroupcode:1&sortoptions=effectivedate

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

Bates County Covid19 Update

Bates County Health Center

COVID-19 Updates

August 27, 2021

Positive Cases Reported: 1971

Active & On Isolation: 64

Deaths (confirmed by death certificate): 44

Total Negative Tests Reported: 21,032 as of 8/26/21

8/27 Butler Bears Football

Tonight in Butler Bears football the Butler Bears traveled to take on the Adrian Blackhawks. The Butler Bears took the win tonight with a final score of:

Butler: 32

Adrian: 28

Join us next Friday as the Bears travel to take on the Sherwood Marksmen.

Sugar Mound Festival October 9th and 10th . Vendors wanted

Vendors are needed for the 50th Annual Sugar Mount Festival in Mound City Kansas.  If you would like to be a vendor visit www.sugarmountartscrafts.com and click on the vendor contract for prices and availability.

The 50th Annual Sugar Mound Festival will be on Saturday, October 9th, and Sunday, October 10th at the Linn County Fairgrounds located on Highway 7 just north of the little Sugar Creek in Mount City Kansas.

With over 400 booths of arts and crafts of all types from many states including Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, Colorado, and as far as California there will be something for everyone.

Make plans now to spend the weekend of October 9th and 10th at the 50th Annual Sugar Mound Festival shopping for crafts and artwork as well as eating the tempting food which are provided by the Linn County food booths.

Clinton Parents Protest outside School

FM 92 reported earlier this month that two schools in our listening area were requiring masks be worn by students and staff to start the school year.  Both Adrian and Clinton Schools stated that they would reevaluate the mask mandate monthly.

This mask mandate did not sit well with the parents and students at Clinton High School.  On the first day of school, Wednesday, August 25th as students returned to school some parents and students were outside the school protesting the mask mandate.

School officials had notified parents and students that masks are required to enter the building.  At the Board of Education meeting on Monday, August 23rd parents had an opportunity to express their feelings to the School Board.  Parents on both sides of the issue were heard but the School Board decided that they would start the year with a mask mandate for the safety of everyone students and staff.

As students entered the building on the first day of school, those students choosing not to wear their mask according to the mandate were sent home for the day.  Students were allowed to return to school the next day with a mask on.  If the students refused to wear the mask, they again were sent home. 

Protesting parents believe that wearing a mask should be a choice not a mandate. Parents are also concerned about the affects on students wearing a mask for 8 hours a day.

FM 92 will continue to follow this issue at the Clinton School and report if any updates become available.

Picture courtesy of KCTV 5

Adrian Optimists Cancel Bingo for 2 Weeks

The Adrian Optimist club has voted to take a two week pause in bingo operations in light of coronavirus cases in the county.  We will reassess the conditions before September 13th.

Thank you for your understanding and your unwavering support of our organization.

Injury Accident in Lowry City

Missouri Highway Patrol responded to two vehicle accident on Thursday, August 26th at approximately 12:45am.  The accident occurred on Missouri 13 in Lowry City, Missouri.

A 2004 Toyota Highlander, driven by 24-year-old Jessica Young of Appleton City, was traveling Northbound in the Southbound lanes and sideswiped a 2014 Freightliner Cascadia, driven by Herman Mansaw, 60 of Kansas City, Missouri. 

Jessica Young sustained serious injuries and was transported by Life Flight Eagle to Research Medical Center in Kansas.

The 2004 Toyota Highlander was total and towed from the scene by Bray’s Wrecker of Osceola. 

The 2014 Freightliner has extensive damage and was towed by Mike’s Towing of Collins Missouri.

Harrisonville High School Homecoming

Harrisonville High School will celebrate Homecoming on Friday, September 10th.  Homecoming Parade will begin at 1:30pm at the Harrisonville City Park, travel west on Ash Street, South on Independence to the Harrisonville Square. Then East on Pearl Street and then back to the Harrisonville Park headed north on Bradley.

If you would like to be the Harrisonville High School Homecoming Parade, you need to register online through the Harrisonville School website www.harrisonvilleschools.org.  Deadline to register for Parade is Friday, September 3rd.

For questions contact Harrisonville High School student Council sponsor Jeannie Wearing by phone at 816-380-3273 ext 6245 or by email at [email protected]

Butler Music Musician’s Swap Meet

Butler Music in Harrisonville will have a Musician’s Swap Meet on Saturday, September 18th for 9am to 6pm. 

Seller may set up for free and admission to this swap meet is free. Live Entertainment all day including bands, solo artists and even a jam session.

Come buy, sell, or trade Guitars, amps, Speakers, Cords, Picks, Pedals, Banjos, Ukuleles, Harmonica, band instruments and much more.

Butler Music will have a Big Sale inside the store all day along with product demos for Fender factory reps. 

All music gear and related items welcome, even broken instruments, clothing, records, poster, knickknacks.

Buyer will be on hand for all instrument free appraisal of your gear.

Butler Music is located at 2205 North 291 Highway in Harrisonville, for more information or questions call Butler Music at 816-925-4686 or by email at [email protected]

Missouri Attorney General Files Class Action Lawsuit Against School Districts Forcing Masks on Kids

Aug 24, 2021, 11:25 AM by AG Schmitt

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Tuesday, August 24th,  filed a class action lawsuit against school districts forcing a mask mandate on school children and teachers. The lawsuit, which is a reverse class action that was filed earlier this morning, names Columbia Public Schools, the Board of Education for the School District of Columbia and their board members, and the Superintendent for Columbia Public Schools as defendants.

“Forcing school children to mask all day in school flies in the face of science, especially given children’s low risk of severe illness and death and their low risk of transmission. Additionally, forcing schoolchildren to mask all day could hinder critical development by eliminating facial cues and expressions,” said Attorney General Schmitt. “We filed this suit today because we fundamentally don’t believe in forced masking, rather that parents and families should have the power to make decisions on masks, based on science and facts. I am committed to fighting back against this kind of government overreach. Americans are free people, not subjects.”

The lawsuit, which incorporates three counts argues that the imposition of a mask mandate on schoolchildren is arbitrary and capricious, that the mask mandate is subject to § 67.265, and that the mask mandate is unlawful as to schoolchildren.

To support the claims that the mask mandate is arbitrary and capricious, the lawsuit argues that children are at an extremely low risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, that children are at a low risk for spreading COVID-19, that masks fail to provide adequate protection against COVID-19 in children, and that masks are detrimental to the development of young children.

Citing Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services data, the lawsuit notes that zero children under the age of 10 have died from COVID-19. Further, the lawsuit notes that children make up less than 1 out of every 100,000 people who are hospitalized in Missouri. Citing a study from the United Kingdom, the lawsuit states, “Data from the United Kingdom regarding fatality rates from the delta variant show the case fatality rate from delta is lower than other variants, and it is near 0.0% for those under fifty years old.”

Citing numerous medical studies, the lawsuit also makes the point that children have a low risk of transmitting the virus to other children. A Netherlands study cited by the lawsuit confirms that, “(1) children play a minor role in the spread of the novel coronavirus, (2) the virus is mainly spread between adults and from adult family members to children, and (3) the spread of COVID-19 among children or from children to adults is less common.” The lawsuit, citing another study from the United Kingdom, states, “the author confirmed that there is very little evidence that the virus is transmitted in schools.”

Specifically relating to the efficacy of masks themselves, the lawsuit argues, “Mask use by the general population shows, at best, a marginal impact on the spread of COVID-19. And most studies show no distinguishable difference between places with mask mandates and those without them.” The lawsuit continues, “Though the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control advocates for universal public mask use, it has conceded that the evidence of the benefit in wearing a surgical mask was ‘of low to moderate certainty’ and failed to show statistically significant benefits.” Moreover, the lawsuit says, “One study found that ‘[r]ates of infection were consistently higher among those in the cloth mask group than in the medical mask and control groups. … The poor performance may have been because the masks were not washed frequently enough or because they became moist and contaminated.’”

Lastly, the lawsuit argues that masks are a hindrance to development, especially in young children and those with special needs. A study cited by the lawsuit, which surveyed 25,930 schoolchildren, noted that 68% “complained about impairments caused by wearing the masks.” The lawsuit, citing the World Health Organization, states, “The World Health Organization notes that masking young children raises social and communication concerns.  Specifically, researchers are concerned that masks may ‘hinder verbal and non-verbal communication.’”

The lawsuit also notes that the Columbia school districts continue to impose a mask mandate despite the Columbia City Council’s rejection of a citywide mask mandate.

The suit incorporates three counts:
 

Count One: Declaration that the mask mandates are unreasonable, arbitrary, and capricious

Count Two: Declaration that the mask mandate is subject to § 67.265 and expires without Board of Education authorizations

Count Three: Declaration that the mask mandate is unlawful as to schoolchildren

The full complaint can be found here: https://ago.mo.gov/docs/default-source/press-releases/2021-08-24—columbia-schools-petition-file-ready.pdf?sfvrsn=b365e116_2

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt recently filed suit against St. Louis County and City, Kansas City, and Jackson County for imposing a mask mandate. A St. Louis County judge issued a preliminary injunction last week halting the imposition of the mask mandate in St. Louis County.

BUTLER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE “Business of the Month” for September 2021

DSWA Certified Public Accountants was established by John G. Daniel of Butler (as Daniel and Associates) in August of 1988, 33 years ago. Through the years John and his management team have added offices in Nevada and Raymore, MO.

The DSWA crew has grown to five (5) CPAs, five (5) staff accountants, six (6) support staff and one (1) investment professional. They provide accounting, auditing, tax preparation, financial planning and payroll services to businesses and individuals throughout west central Missouri and eastern Kansas.

John has modified his role recently to focus more on client relationships, with tax preparation and auditing, as well as business and financial consultation. DSWA’s Managing Partner is now Renda S. Armstrong, CPA, of Nevada. Other DSWA partners are Jamie J. Loe, CPA, of Amoret, and B. G. Wolfe, Jr., CPA, of Nevada.

The local office is located at 210 W. Ohio Street, just west of the Butler square.

Pictured above are: Front row from left: Katie Abend, CPA, Kristi Cumpton, John Daniel, CPA, Jamie Loe, CPA, Renda Annstrong, CPA and Lane Hernandez. Back row from left: Cheyenne Burton, Chamber member, Kim Jacobs, Chamber member, Carrie Brooks, Carol Ann Winburn, B.G. Wolfe, Jr., CPA, Julienne McGuire, Danyell Spencer, Barbara Lawrence, Chamber Director.

The Little Apple

Vol 29 no 34

                                                August 25 2021

Everyone is invited to come out and meet the fall Bulldogs, Lady Bulldogs and coaches 5:30 p.m. Thursday, August 26 at in the HS Gym.  There is no admission but if you would like to support the teams, please bring a pack of 12 oz. Gatorade, Powerade or water.  All HS and JH Football, Volleyball, and Cheerleaders will be announced!  This will be followed by a HS Volleyball Scrimmage. 

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

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

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

St. Clair Co Health Department reports 1017 positive cases and 23 deaths as of August 24, 2021 in the county.  There are 90 positive cases in St. Clair Co and 22 positive cases in Appleton City since July 25, 2021.  More information is available at http://www.scchcmo.net/covid-2.html.

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

The Montrose Class of 2024 is sponsoring a benefit whole hog raffle for Keon Engeman. They are selling raffle tickets for a whole hog plus the cost of processing. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. The hog is from the Henzlik Family Farm and the cost of processing is paid for by donations from families of the Montrose Class of 2024. If you win, you will be contacted via telephone. The drawing is September 1, 2021 and the pig will be delivered to processor at the beginning of September. All proceeds for this raffle will go directly to Keon Engeman for medical expenses. Contact any member of the Montrose Class of 2024 to purchase raffle tickets. If you have questions or need tickets, call Michelle Henzlik at 660-492-2885.

Does your school, not-for-profit organization, church or governmental entity have a project in mind that could use some funding?  Truman Lake Community Foundation, Inc. announces their Fall 2021 Grant Application cycle opens on August 1, 2021.  Grant applications must be completed online at https://www.grantinterface.com/Process/Apply?urlkey=cfozarksgrants (be sure to look for the Truman Lake Community Foundation Grantmaking Program Fall 2021) before the 5:00 p.m. August 31, 2021 deadline.  Awarded grants will be distributed in October 2021.  Any questions will be answered by emailing [email protected] or calling 660-885-6195 and asking for Ryan Cook.

CDI Head Start in Appleton City is taking applications for the 2021-2022 school year for children between the ages of 3-5 years.  This is a totally FREE program.  Breakfast, lunch and snack are provided.   Call 660-717-2024 to set up an appointment to apply.

Ellett Memorial Hospital offers outpatient specialist services for August, and September, 2021. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Aug 26 – Rheumatology – Dr. Tay, Sept 1 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Sept 2 – OB/GYN, Dr. Kallberg, Sept 8– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Sept – 9 Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Sept 10 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, Sept 15-Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Sept 16 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Sept 22 – Ortho – Dr. Gray, Sept 22 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Sept 23 – Rheumatology – Dr. Tay

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

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Aug 26     ACHS Gatorade/Powerade scrimmage 5:30 p.m. in the High School Gym

Sept 6       Labor Day Holiday

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

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

Restaurant Owner, Managers Among 19 Charged in RICO Indictment

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The owner of dozens of Mexican restaurants in several states, along with the company’s president, CFO, controller and sales manager are among 19 defendants charged in a federal racketeering conspiracy to hire undocumented workers. Also among those charged are eight current or former managers of restaurants located in Butler, Springfield, Lebanon, West Plains, Willow Springs and St. Robert in Missouri; and in Overland Park, Great Bend and Augustus in Kansas.

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents, with the assistance of numerous local, states, and federal agencies, executed a series of search warrants today at 10 locations in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. Federal agents have so far arrested 14 of the 19 defendants.

Jose Luis Bravo, 51, a naturalized U.S. citizen, of Claremore, Oklahoma; Jose Guadalupe Razo, 51, a naturalized U.S. citizen, of Carl Junction, Mo.; Anthony Edward Doll, 43, a citizen of Guatemala, and Miguel Tarin-Martinez, 42, a naturalized U.S. citizen, both of Joplin, Mo.; Antonio Martinez-Munoz, 44, a naturalized U.S. citizen, of Broken Arrow, Okla.; Eusebio Ramirez-Ceja, 50, a citizen of Mexico residing in Mountain Home, Arkansas; Oscar Adrian Molina-Angulo, 38, a citizen of Mexico residing in Butler, Mo.;  Rodrigo Manrique Razo, 38, a naturalized U.S. citizen, of Great Bend, Kan.; Alejandro Castillo-Ramirez, 39, a citizen of Mexico residing in Augusta, Kan.; Juan Carlos Palma-Cedeno, 36, a citizen of Mexico residing in Claremore, Okla.; Ramon Moreno-Hernandez, 39, a citizen of Mexico residing in Nevada, Mo.; Jose Luis Lopez-Valadez, 41, a naturalized U.S. citizen, of West Plains, Mo.; Lorenzo Castro-Manzanarez, 39, a citizen of Mexico residing in St. Robert, Mo.; Jaime Ramirez-Ceja, 42, a citizen of Mexico residing in Lebanon, Mo.; Jose Luis Rodriguez-Valerio, 57, a naturalized U.S. citizen, of Tulsa, Okla.;  Veronica Razo De Lara, 46, a naturalized U.S. citizen, of Great Bend, Kan.; Edgar Perez-Perez, a citizen of Guatemala residing in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Bernardo Rivas-Gomez, 48, a citizen of Guatemala residing in Elizabeth City, North Carolina; and Daniel Rivas-Carrillo, 23, a citizen of Guatemala residing in Elizabeth City, N.C.; were charged in a 64-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Aug. 10, 2021. That indictment was unsealed and made public today upon the arrests and initial court appearances of the defendants.

The federal indictment alleges that 17 of the 19 co-defendants were part of an organized criminal enterprise from July 2003 to Aug. 10, 2021, that smuggled Mexican, Guatemalan, and El Salvadoran nationals who were not authorized to live or work in the United States. Conspirators allegedly harbored them in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Bravo, Doll, Tarin-Martinez and Jose Razo created a network of restaurants operating as LLCs in states throughout the Midwest. Bravo and his co-conspirators allegedly supplied these restaurants with undocumented workers to staff positions at the restaurants. According to the indictment, conspirators did not pay the appropriate state and federal payroll taxes, overtime wages, and worker’s compensation for the unauthorized employees.

In addition to smuggling and harboring undocumented workers, the indictment alleges the racketeering activity included fraud (in connection with identification documents), fraud and misuse of visas and other documents, and money laundering. Members and associates of the criminal enterprise shielded unauthorized employees from detection by immigration authorities by eliminating records of their employment, paying them by personal check and in cash, failing to maintain complete and accurate Forms I-9 and required wage and hour reports for these employees, assisting them with the acquisition of false identification documents (such as Social Security numbers and alien resident documents), and making false statements to immigration authorities and law enforcement officials.

Bravo, identified in the indictment as the leader of the enterprise, is the owner of Specialty Food Distribution in Joplin. Bravo is also the owner of a group of restaurants registered as Bravos Group, LLC, including El Charro, El Charrito, Playa Azul, Itza, LLC, Cantina Bravo, and El Chango.

Specialty Food Distribution is a wholesale distributor of food, supplies, and equipment to restaurants throughout the Midwest. Specialty Food Distribution also provides administrative and accounting support to restaurants in the areas of payroll. insurance, licensing, taxes, and legal services. Several restaurants serviced by Specialty Food Distribution allegedly employed aliens who were unauthorized to work in the United States.

According to the indictment, 31 limited liability companies (LLCs) operated 45 Mexican restaurants in multiple states and at least an additional 11 companies were involved in restaurant supply and logistics, real estate and construction. These 45 restaurants received goods and services from Specialty Food Distribution and another company, Intel Solutions, LLC. After federal inspections occurred at restaurants affiliated with conspirators, the indictment says, they formed Intel Solutions to assume those administrative duties, in name only, as a way to conceal and minimize the level of involvement in the inspected restaurants by members and associates of the criminal enterprise. Intel Solutions later changed its name to Entel Solutions, LLC.

According to the indictment, Bravo supplied unauthorized alien workers to managers at restaurants in which he had a financial interest. Bravo arranged to have undocumented workers smuggled into the United States to work at these restaurants and other businesses, the indictment says. Bravo allegedly assisted these aliens with obtaining fraudulent documents that would allow them to work in the United States. He allegedly helped secure transportation and lodging for them en route to restaurants where they were to work.

Jose Razo is the president of Specialty Food Distribution. Razo allegedly employed unauthorized workers at Specialty Foods Distribution as salesmen and warehouse workers, and directed other employees to limit these workers’ exposure to potential immigration inspections. Jose Razo also allegedly counseled restaurant managers on how to manage, document, and compensate unauthorized workers in ways that would minimize their detection by immigration officials.

Doll is the chief financial officer of Specialty Food Distribution. Tarin-Martinez is employed as controller of Specialty Food Distribution. Martinez-Munoz is employed as a sales manager of Specialty Food Distribution.

Ramirez-Ceja is a manager of several El Charro Restaurants in Arkansas and Missouri, as well as some Playa Azul restaurants in Kansas. Molina-Angulo is the manager of the El Charro Restaurant in Butler. Castillo-Ramirez is the manager of El Charro Restaurant in Augustus. Lopez-Valadez is the manager of Cantina Bravo in St. Robert and the El Charro Restaurants in West Plains. Castro-Manzanarez is the manager at Cantina Bravo in St. Robert. Ramirez-Ceja is the manager of the El Charro Restaurant in Springfield and in Lebanon. Rodriguez-Valerio was until recently manager of Bravos Mexican Grill in Overland Park. Razo De Lara is the manager of Maria’s Mexican Grill in Great Bend.

According to the federal indictment, the investigation began when the Kansas Department of Labor contacted Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) regarding allegations that unauthorized aliens were employed at the Bravos Mexican Grill in Overland Park. When HSI announced a Form I-9 inspection on July 16, 2018, agents discovered that 14 of the 17 Bravos employees whose I-9 forms had been inspected were ineligible to work. During another inspection of Bravos on Feb. 28, 2019, agents identified eight unauthorized aliens working there. Five of those employees had been identified previously as ineligible to work.

On June 7, 2019, HSI inspected 10 restaurants in Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Those restaurants operated under LLCs, doing business as El Charro (Claremore, Butler and Springfield), Playa Azul (Great Bend, Pratt, Kan., and Wichita, Kan.), Iguana Azul (Nevada, Mo.), Los Sauces (Nevada, Mo.), and La Paloma (Springfield). All of them were found to have employed unauthorized workers. Approximately 68 percent of the employees audited at the restaurants were not authorized to work in the United States.

On Sept. 13, 2019, HSI agents inspected restaurants in Missouri and Kansas that were affiliated with the defendants. Those restaurants operated under LLCs doing business as Cantina Bravo (St. Robert), Cantina Bravo Grille (Webb City, Mo.), El Charro (Neosho, Mo., Marshfield, Mo., West Plains, Joplin, and Pittsburg, Kansas), Maria’s Mexican Grill (Great Bend), and Playa Azul (Augusta). All of the restaurants were found to have employed unauthorized employees.

All of the defendants, with the exception of Rivas-Gomez and Rivas-Carrillo, are charged with participating in the racketeering conspiracy. Rivas-Gomez and Rivas-Carrillo are each charged with one count of the use of an unlawfully obtained document and one count of the false representation of a Social Security number.

In addition to the RICO conspiracy, defendants are charged in various counts of transporting illegal aliens, hiring illegal aliens, continuing employment of an unauthorized alien, use of unlawfully obtained documents, false attestations, false representations of Social Security numbers, and the unlawful production and transfer of identification documents.

Bravo, Molina-Angulo and Palma-Cedeno are also charged with participating in a conspiracy to commit identification document fraud.

Bravo, Moreno-Hernandez, Castro-Manzanarez, and Perez-Perez are also charged with participating in a conspiracy to transport aliens.

Bravo, Doll, Razo, Tarin-Martinez, and Lopez-Valadez are also charged with participating in a money-laundering conspiracy and in various counts of money laundering.

The indictment also contains forfeiture allegations against several defendants, which would require them to forfeit to the government the funds contained in several bank accounts as well as real estate located in Great Bend, Pittsburg, and Augusta in Kansas; Butler, Joplin, and West Plains in Missouri; and Claremore, Okmulgee, Muskogee, Enid, and Tahlequah in Oklahoma.

The charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rudolph R. Rhodes IV. It was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and IRS-Criminal Investigations.

Press Release from the Butler Fire Department

On Monday, August 23 at 5:11 p.m. the Butler Fire Department was dispatched to the Brockman
residence in the 1700 block of west Mill for a report of a fire in the attic. Upon arrival
smoke was coming from the roof of the residence. The fire was located and extinguished
with fire damage to the kitchen and attic area and smoke damage throughout residence.
Cause of the fire appeared to be accidental in nature. Units were released from the scene at
6:56 p.m.
Assistance was given by Adrian Fire, Butler Police and Bates County EMS. All occupants
were out of the residence upon arrival. There were no injuries.

The Brockman family has been given a house to stay in by another family member, but they will have double the expenses at this time. If you would like to make a donation you can go to Community First Bank and tell them it’s for the Amanda Brockman Love Fund.

Operation September Freedom Coming to Butler

Keep your eyes on the sky around 9 am on Tuesday, August 31st and you just might see the Boeing Stearman biplane that will be landing at the Butler Airport. This historic plane is part of Dream Flights, a non-profit organization established and dedicated to honoring seniors and military veterans. Through donors, community support, and volunteers, the Foundation provides Dream Flights in a Boeing Stearman biplane, the same aircraft used to train many military aviators in the late thirties and early forties.On August 1st Dream Flights launched Operation September Freedom which will run through September 30th and will focus on veterans of WWII. Over 1,000 veterans in all 50 states will receive the flight of a lifetime. On August 31st, two Butler residents, Harold Carey and Donald Radford will both be honored with a dream flight. Congratulations and thank you for your service. For more information on Dream Flights, Operation September Freedom, or how you can get involved, go to www.dreamflights.org.

Patricia Pike to Make a Presentation to Outgoing Bates County Assessor, Roger Prudin

There will be a retirement reception for outgoing Bates County Assessor, Roger Prudin, at the Administrative building on Wednesday, August 25th from 1pm to 3pm.

Patricia Pike, State Representative, will be at the Bates County Administration Building tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. to present Roger Pruden with a signed resolution.

The public is welcome and invited to attend. Masks are required for this event.

Plane Crash Victim Identified

On August 23, 2021, shortly after 11 am the Bates County Coroner’s Office was advised by Sheriff Anderson deputies were searching for a downed aircraft. Shortly afterward it was advised the craft had been located and a decedent was located and Coroner Mullinax responded to a location northwest of Adrian.

At this time he has spoken with family members and made certain they’ve been allowed enough time to speak to family and close friends. The Coroner’s Office appreciates everyone’s respectful cooperation during that time.

The decedent was the pilot and sole occupant of the aircraft and is identified as Daniel L. Smith of Adrian, Missouri.

An autopsy has been scheduled in cooperation with the multiple agencies investigating. There will be no further details until the investigation is complete.

Greg Mullinax

Bates County Coroner