Trivia Night

Young’s Tire of Harrisonville will host a Trivia Night at JT’s Steak and Seafood located at 107 East Wall Street in Harrisonville.

Trivia Night will be on Saturday, September 18th with the fun beginning at 7pm.  Cost is $150.00 per team. Big Daddy Dave will be providing your music for the evening.  This is a fundraising event for the Harrisonville High School Senior Mania. 

Parents as Teacher Program Available in Butler

The Butler School District will again be offering the Parents as Teacher program to families in the community. Parents as Teacher is a no cost parent program that serves families throughout pregnancy until your child turns five years old.

Parents as Teachers offers a monthly home visit by a certified parent educator. Parents as Teachers plan group events intentionally so families can interact with one another to form support networks and share common experiences. They also provide access to resource that works in the community to help link families to needed support.

Parents as Teachers provide child screening that include validated and approved screen tools to consider the child’s development at a single point in time. Screenings are completed within 90 day of enrollment and then every year after that.

The mission of Parents as Teachers is to provide the information, support, and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.

If you or someone you know would like more information about parents as teachers or would like to enroll in the program call Alex Franklin at 660-464-0404

New Paraprofessional at Clinton School District

Let’s give a great big Clinton Cardinal welcome to Michael Day who will be joining the team at Henry Elementary as a paraprofessional.

Michael grew up in Overland Park, KS, and has previously worked with children in a preschool-setting.

Michael is a huge sports fan. He loves basketball, soccer, and football, and especially likes the LA Lakers. His pets are also very important to him.

“I’m excited to start my new journey and impact kids’ lives in a positive way.”

Adrian Athletic Booster Club donates $12000.00 for the 2021-2022 school year

The Adrian Athletic Booster Club raises funds through tailgating, sponsorship, and merchandise sales to assist the Adrian Blackhawks athletics unmet funding needs.  Through Adrian community support and parent volunteers, the Adrian Athletic Booster club continues to provide the best for Adrian student athletes. The Adrian Athletic Club also provides two $500.00 scholarships to Adrian students entering post-secondary education.

During the 2020-2021 academic year, the Adrian Athletic Booster Club provided $12000.00 for athletic needs identified by the Adrian School District.

Items purchased with these funds include a HUDL Athletic Department package including indoor/outdoor cameras for all team film access, stat breakdown and livestreaming of events, Cheer backpacks and cheer masks, Football mask, two nets for volleyball with carts/equipment, Baseball bats, Basketball practice jerseys, and new mop for wrestling.

The Adrian Athletic Booster Club gives credit to the community of Adrian for their ability to provide these funds.

The Adrian Athletic Booster Club is excited to announce that even with all the uneasiness of Covid and the changes the club had to make, they still raised enough money to match last years donation.  The Adrian Athletic Booster Club has donated $12000.00 to the Adrian School for the 2021-2022 academic year.

2021 Piccadilly Gridiron Gala in Clinton

The Clinton Main Street will host the 2021 Piccadilly Gridiron Gala on Sunday, September 12th at the Clinton Elks Lodge located at 115 West Franklin Street in Clinton.

This year Clinton Main Street will be inviting both Girls and Guys to Tailgate before the game.  The Girls Gridiron Zone will be in the Elk Lodge parking lot, enter through doors on the north side of the Clinton square.

The Guys Gridiron Zone will be inside the Elk’s Lodge banquet room. 

In true tailgate style you will gather prior to the game for tailgate delights catered by Powell’s, then the live Piccadilly auction and door prizes. 

The year at the Piccadilly Gridiron Gala you will have an opportunity to win

Two tickets to Vegas plus $250.00 spending money

$250.00 Powell Meat gift card

Stained Glass from Hobson’s Interiors

A diamond from Glasscock Jewelry

A spa day package from Designers Edge Salon this is a $600.00 value

New auction items are being added daily to see new items visit The Clinton Main Street on Facebook.

For tickets, and questions visit Clinton Main Street on Facebook and search events for Piccadilly Gridiron Gala or stop by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce office located at 200 South Main Street in Clinton.

Welcome Mrs. Macrander to Archie School

Please help Archie School welcome Lori Macrander to the district, she will be an administrative assistant and computer lab supervisor.

Getting to Know Mrs. Macrander:

Her hometown is Liberal, Mo- Bulldogs

Mrs. Macrander went to college at Metropolitan Community College

Mrs. Macrander says…

“I have been married to Danny Macrander for 16 years. We were foster parents for 5 years. Danny and I adopted our four children. Kylee (adult), Eliza (5th grade), Gabe (3rd grade), and Grace (2nd grade) have kept me busy as a stay at home mom the past 8 ½ years. Prior to being a stay at home mom, I was an administrative assistant at a state prison for 8 years.”

Interests & Hobbies:

Mrs Macrander family currently has 30 hens that we will process in the spring. She enjoy gardening, camping, and traveling with her family. They are huge Chiefs fans. Their kiddos keep them busy by playing a variety of sports. Danny and Lori are board members of the youth football league in Archie.

What I’m most excited about working on the #ArchieStrong Team:

Mrs. Macrander is excited to get back into a work environment. She is excited to be working with kids and help students learn about internet safety. She wants all kids to know that they are accepted for who they are.

Cass County Covid 19 Update

Cass County has released its weekly report documenting COVID-19 impacts and vaccination efforts to combat the pandemic. The data is through the week ending August 21, 2021.

There were 281 confirmed (PCR tests) cases in Cass County in the last week, up from 215 cases the week prior. In addition, there were 106 probable cases (antigen tests and other cases), up from 57 cases the week prior. 58 individuals were notified of a potential COVID-19 contact, up from 36 such notifications the week prior.

Overall, Cass County has reported 9,282 cases, about 8,769 cases per 100,000 residents.

The county has reported 92 deaths (87 per 100,000 residents), none in the past week.

The Cass County Health Department administered 199 vaccine doses last week, down from 238 doses the prior week. They have now administered 10,398 first doses and 9,796 second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. In addition, 17 third doses of vaccines have now been administered. The department uses the Pfizer (age 12 and up) and Moderna (age 18 and up) vaccines.

In addition to Health Department administered vaccines, other entities are offering vaccines to county residents. According to the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Data Hub which uses Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, 46.2 percent of Cass County residents have initiated vaccinations and 39.6 percent have completed vaccinations. 71.6 percent of residents 65 and older, and 43.2 percent of residents 18-64 have been fully vaccinated.

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

More vaccine clinic information can be found on the Health Department website ( and on their Facebook Page @CassHealthDepartment. 

Fatality Plane Crash near Adrian

On Monday, August 23rd at approximately 11 am Bates County Dispatch was advised of a possible plane that had crashed northwest of Adrian. Bates County Deputies along with the Missouri Highway Patrol, Adrian Police, Adrian Fire, Butler Fire, and the Bates County EMS arrived in the area. The exact location was unknown, but it was believed to have been in the middle of a corn field. Another pilot had observed the plane in the field and landed to help direct emergency responders. A deputy on scene was equipped with a search and rescue drone and immediately deployed the drone to locate the plane.

The plane was located by the drone and the Bates County deputy was able to relay responding emergency personnel to the site through the corn. Additional personnel arrived with UTVs and ATVs to help support the rescue effort.

The plane had a single occupant who did not survive the crash. The name is currently being withheld until additional family has been notified. The case is being investigated as a joint investigation with the MSHP, FAA, NTSB, Bates County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bates County Coroner’s Office.

No further information will be released until the completion of the investigation.

New Jail Administrator Announced at the Sheriff’s Office

Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher announced on Monday that Detective Brett Dawn
has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and named the Jail’s new Administrator. Lt.
Dawn recently earned his master’s degree in Leadership from Liberty University. Before
joining the civilian law enforcement field, Lt Dawn served in the Army Military Police.
In 2013, Dawn was appointed Captain at a private sector facility before joining the
Vernon County Sheriff’s Office as a K-9 handler. Dawn continued his career by joining
the Pittsburg Police Department in 2016 until 2020, when he returned to the Vernon
County Sheriff’s Office as a criminal investigator. Sheriff Mosher said “Detective Dawn
has been an asset to our department and the community. In this new roll, I believe we will
see nothing less than the honest, hardworking, and dedicated officer that we’ve come to

Juvenile Falls From Vehicle in Vernon County

On August 22nd around 1:40 pm the Missouri Highway Patrol responded to the scene of an accident in Vernon County where an unrestrained juvenile fell from a vehicle.  The 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 driven by Jessica Stinnett was traveling southbound in Richards when the passenger door suddenly opened and the unrestrained 3 year old male fell from the vehicle impacting the ground.  The child received serious injuries and was transported to Nevada Regional Medical Center by private vehicle and then was lifeflighted to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Cass County Democratic Central Committee Meeting

The Cass County Democratic Central Committee will be hosting its monthly meeting on Thursday, August 26th from 6:30p-8p at the Rotary Shelter in Lord’s Park, located at 210 South Oakland Street in Harrisonville, MO. 

There will be aa Meet and Greet at 6:30pm and main points for discuss include the Fall festival planning, redistricting updates, 2021-2022 candidate’s profiles.

the Cass County Democratic Central Committee is also collecting new children’s shoes at this meeting on behalf of the Belton Educational Fund Shoe Pantry.

LeFevre Quartet Concert

Happy Hill Church of God will host a gospel concert on Saturday, September 4th.  This concert will feature The LeFevre Quartet. Concert will begin at 7pm.

Happy Hill Church of God invites you to join them for this free evening of gospel music.

Happy Hill Church of God is located at 901 South Main Street in Butler

Business Owner Lily’s House want to save you Tax money.

Business Owners… would you consider supporting Lily’s House of Adrian and take control of your tax liability at the same time. Lily’s House was awarded NAP tax credits prior to COVID-19. Now that they are on the other side Lily’s House is once again picking up their efforts to sell their tax credits. The purpose of the tax credits is to pay off the existing structure and build an addition that will allow Lily’s House to impact even more families in the community. Once they achieve their goal they will build a community resource center.

Lily’s House was awarded the 70% tax credits. This means when you buy $1,000 of NAP tax credits you will be awarded a $700 tax credit by the State of Missouri you can use any time over the next five years. You can also use whatever you choose not to redeem as a write off on your Federal tax credit.

There are many more details that Lile’s House would like to share. If you are interested please contact Lily’s House by email at [email protected] or on their Facebook page and they will send you additional information.

Miami County Sheriff’s Office Honors two Employees

Miami County Sheriff’s Office announced two more employees were recognized by their peers for the above and beyond service to the citizens and staff.

Dispatcher David Gibbs received the Non-Certified Gold Star Award for the month of April.

Dispatcher Gibbs, since 2005, has made the service and reliability of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office Mobile Command unit a top priority. As a Dispatcher, this is not a requirement and instead he does it to help out further.

Because of Dispatcher Gibbs and his efforts to care for the unit, it is ready at a moments notice to be deployed on a crime scene, natural disaster or a public event.

Sgt. Toni Towler received the Certified Gold Star award for the month of April.

Sgt. Towler is the true definition of a Leader. She steps in to help the Miami County Sheriff’s staff when needed and always has a smile on her face.

Sgt. Towler shows compassion and care when taking care of inmates and making sure their requirements are fulfilled. She is always a peer to lean on when needed.

Miami County Sheriff’s Office appreciate the service of their staff and the constant examples of exemplary service!.

State Fair Community College Offers Skills Certificates in one Year

At State Fair Community College, most students are able to complete Skills Certificates in less than one year and Professional Certificates in one year. Each student is different, and actual time may vary based on your learning styles, prerequisites, and success. 

SFCC offers a variety of Skills and Professional Certificates, students are encouraged to check the current academic catalog for detail by visiting their website at In addition to Skills and Professional Certificates, State Fair Community College offers Associate Degrees.

A list of certifications is available on their website at

Certifications available to earn in one year at State Fair Community College include Digital Media Communication, Business Management, CIS Programming, Computer Network Admin, Early Childhood Development, Engineering Design Technology, Industrial Maintenance, Medical Assistant, Nurses Aid, Pharmacy Tech, Precision Machining Tech and Welding Technology.

Lost Cell Phone at Butler Police Department

A cell phone was found and dropped off at Butler Police Department. The phone had an inhaler with it. If this is your phone, please come to the Butler Police Department to retrieve your phone.  Phone will be released when provided an accurate description of it.

Bud Armstrong turns 98

Time to wish lifetime Butler resident Bud Armstrong a happy birthday.  Bud Armstrong will be celebrating his 98th birthday on Thursday August 26th.  Denise Burch is hosting a card shower for Bud.  Cards maybe mailed to 604 N Gregory, Butler MO. 64730. 

Clinton Cardinal Pride

Wednesday, August 25th is the first day of school for Clinton School District students and staff. Clinton is uniting to show their students and staff that their community is with them, they are support, and their community care about them!

On Wednesday, the Clinton community is painting the town red and blue.

Wear your Cardinal gear! Line the streets and bus routes in the mornings with signs that say Welcome Back to School Cardinals, thank you Teachers, have a Great Day at School! and wave and cheer for your Cardinals as they prepare for their day!

Involve your civic group or business! Businesses can help by putting messages of support on your signs or windows and posters/balloons on your doors! Families can involve younger children by dressing up, making posters, and waving to buses.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Fort Scott Kansas

The Kansas State Highway Patrol responded to a two-vehicle accident on Saturday, August 21st at approximately 7:40am on US Highway 69just north of South National Avenue in Fort Scott Kansas.

This Fatality accident occurred when a 2021 Harley Davidson Motorcycle driven by 48-year-old Parnell Tosha Vik of Gardner Kansas failed to negotiate a right-hand curve and crossed over the center line striking a 1998 Ford driven by 38-year-old Kittie Fowler of Ft. Scott Kansas.

Tosha ilk was ejected off his motorcycle and pronounced at Ascension Via Christi-Fort Scott Hospital. Tosha Vik was wearing a helmet.

Fowler sustained minor injuries.

Fatality Accident in Benton County

A Fatality crash in Benton County took the life of Anthony Birdsong, 18 of Warsaw Missouri.  This crash occurred on Sunday, August 22nd at 3:20am on Jackson Ave, North of Penn Drive in Warsaw.

A 2004 Saturn Vue driven by a 17-year-old Male Juvenile from Warsaw Missouri, traveled off the left side of the roadway, through a private driveway and collided with a parked fifth wheel camper.

Anthony Birdsong was pronounced at the scene by Coroner Westin Miller at 3:24am. 

The Juvenile driver received moderate injuries and was transported to Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Tolliver’s Towing and Recovery of Lincoln.  

Mo Dot

MODOT Bridge Work

Crews will be replacing the MO Route 58 Bridge over Big Creek near Pleasant Hill beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 7. This work requires the total closure of the MO Route 58 bridge over Big Creek until approximately Dec. 2021. Motorists can follow the signed detour. Full details and detour information are available here:

New Hours at Sonic of Butler

Sonic of Butler will have a change in our operating hours.  Beginning Monday, August 23rd Sonic will be closing at 10pm Sunday thru Thursday.  Fridays and Saturdays Sonic will remain open until 11pm.

Sonic is making this change to assist their school age employees to get home a little earlier during the school week.

Accident in Bates County

The Missouri Highway Patrol responded the scene of an accident on Saturday, August 21st in Bates County.  The accident occurred on County Road 7001 at County Road 2002 around 3:10pm.

A Ford 500 Driven by Danyale Wilson, 32 of Butler Missouri, struck a 2002 Hyundai driven by Jessica Taylor, 33 of Amoret Missouri, in the intersection. 

Both drivers sustained minor injuries and chose to seek their own medical treatment.

The Ford 500 was towed from the scene by Don’s Tow and the 2002 Hyundai was driven from the scene.

Pleasant Hill Man Injured in Crash in Cass County

Missouri Highway Patrol responded to a one vehicle accident at 1:45pm on Saturday, August 18th on E Hwy North of Strasburg in Cass County.

The accident occurred when a 2001 Honda Shadow driven by Alfred King, 62 of Pleasant Hill Missouri, ran off the right side of the roadway. 

Mr. King received minor injuries and was transported to Research Medical Center.

The Honda was towed from the scene by Stevers Tow.

Crash Near Butler

On Thursday, August 19th the Missouri Highway Patrol responded to an accident on County Road Northwest 9002 at Country Road Northwest 7001.

The Accident occurred when a 1993 Ford driven by Nickolas Plumb, 30-year-old Male from Lake Chaparral, Kansas, struck the passenger side of a 2004 Chrysler driven by Kimberly Adcock, a 35-year-old female from Butler, Missouri.

Both passengers received moderate injuries.  Jacky Whitehead, 38 of Lake Chaparral and a 3-year male juvenile. Both refused treatment at the scene.

Both vehicles were tow from the scene by private tow.

Sometimes Drama Can Be a Good Thing

It’s one thing to spend a large portion of your life fighting cancer by providing pharmaceuticals to oncologists; quite another to discover one day that you have cancer yourself.  Such is the story of Warren Moseley.  And while the word drama normally conjures up ideas of self-promotion and self-importance, this story has drama of a very different kind.  It’s the story of a sick gentleman, and two very good, persistent nurses. 

Warren Moseley was very ill when he entered the Emergency Department at Nevada Regional Medical Center on the evening of July 5th.   He had already been through multiple surgeries for his cancer and endured a lot of radiation and infection.  A COVID test at the hospital that night came back negative.  Warren thought, “They’ll give me an antibiotic and send me home.” 

But nurses Nicole Hendrix and Shiloh Cathers had other ideas.  Nicole was familiar with Mr. Moseley’s case and remembered that he had suffered a surgical infection about a year earlier.  Something just didn’t feel right to her that night and she wasn’t going to simply give him some medication and send him home.  Rather she and Shiloh pushed for additional tests which uncovered some more serious, underlying issues.  Their persistence resulted in Mr. Moseley being admitted to the hospital and being spared a very doubtful outcome that night. 

Warren was so impressed with these two nurses that he wrote a letter to Nevada Regional Medical Center and thanked the hospital for going the extra mile to save his life. 

Incidentally, Nicole had been the nurse that treated Warren’s wife in 2020 and arranged a life flight for her to Kansas City.  Sadly, Warren ended up losing his wife during that experience, but is impressed that now – a year later – this nurse remembers his wife and every detail of that fateful day.  

Hendrix and Cathers work well as a team.  “We’ve gone through some hard times with Mr. Moseley and have given him a lot of bad news.  We just hope we’ve helped a little.”

Apparently Mr. Moseley thinks they’ve helped a lot. Just prior to this photo, he had run 3 miles!   And he does that every day! 

Drama?  Maybe.  But a good kind of drama.

Nevada Regional Medical Center patient Warren Moseley is flanked by two of his favorite nurses:  Nicole Hendrix on the left and Shiloh Cathers on the right. 

Butler Bears Season Opening Football Against Adrian Blackhawks August 27th

The Butler Bears will take the field for the first game of the season on Friday, August 27th against the Adrian Blackhawks. 

The game will take place at The George Bruto Sports Complex in Adrian with kickoff at 7:30 pm.  FM 92.1 will be covering and broadcasting this game live with Sports announcers Major Black and Eli Brockman. 

If you can’t to make it to the game, tune your radio to FM 92.1 or listen as we stream live from our website, 

Butler Bears vs Adrian Blackhawks, Friday, August 27th in Adrian.

Pawpalooza in Harrisonville

Harrisonville Parks and Recreation will host Pawpalooza on Saturday, September 18th from 8am to 2pm at the Harrisonville City Park located at 706 Ash Street in Harrisonville.

Pawpalooza is a local fundraising event to help raise funds for the Harrisonville Animal Shelter and Dog Park!

Pawpalooza attractions consist of a 3k, Food Trucks, Sponsorship Booths, Raffle for gift baskets, Pet Contest, Pet adoptions, Pet Microchips, City Licenses, Dog training Presentation & lots MORE!

Dogs are welcome at this event; Pets must be always friendly and on a leash.

You must register for the 3K walk/run by Monday, August 30th.  Cost per walker/runner is $30.00.  You can register two ways by phone at 816-380-8980, Dani Dalton extension 5991 or by email at [email protected]

Butler Schools 2021-2022 Operational Guidance

There are no statewide health mandates related to school operations at this time, with the exception of school transportation.  The Butler R-V School District will continue to follow local health guidelines and recommended guidelines from governing agencies, such as the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.  Each building in Butler School district will have the latitude to make decisions that may impact the daily operations of school with regards to things like seating charts, field trips, assemblies, lunch procedures, etc.    Butler Schools will focus on both proactive and reactive strategies, as suggested in the Missouri School Guidance document created by the Department of Health and Senior Services and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.   

Proactive Strategies

  • Screening – students and staff will continue to screened as necessary 
  • Physical Distancing – physical distancing of 6 feet will continue to be encouraged at all grade levels during the school day as much as possible
  • Masks/Face Coverings – masks/face coverings will continue to be encouraged, but optional for students and staff when physical distancing cannot be achieved
  • Hand Washing – frequent hand washing will continue to be encouraged for all students and staff 
  • Per federal mandate, masks are required on all district transportation
  • Community use of facilities must be pre approved
  • Visitors will be limited as necessary

Reactive Strategies 

  • When an Individual Presents Symptoms at School – continue to follow guidelines in place using the school nurse algorithm, including isolation of symptomatic individuals until no longer in the building
  • Positive Cases – continue to follow protocol provided by the Bates County Health Center
  • Contact Tracing/Investigation – continue to follow protocol provided by the Bates County Health Center

Staff Members Health & Safety Precautions

  • Prior to reporting to work daily, employees should self-assess their health and not report to work if they have a temperature more than 100 degrees, feel sick , or have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • The district will continue to support vaccination efforts by working with the BCHD and local agencies to provide vaccines for staff that wish to be vaccinated 

Protocol for Students or Staff Who Test Positive

  • The BCHD will provide official notification to the district of any positive COVID-19 case, and provide guidance on the level of concern, potential for classroom or school closure, and length of closure.  The BCHD will be responsible for and conduct contact tracing of individuals who may be at-risk of exposure to the virus, and will be in contact with those individuals regarding recommended next steps. 

Student and Staff Illness

  • Students and staff who are ill or experiencing COVID-related symptoms should not report to school and should notify the school AND contact their local health provider for additional instructions
  • If students or staff become ill once they arrive at school, they will be isolated from others and sent home as soon as possible.  Parents should plan to pick up students quickly (preferably within one hour) to avoid prolonged exposure.  
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 may include: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, runny nose or congestion, or other flu-like symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

Special Needs Students

  • Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis for students with special needs (it may not be feasible to meet the individual needs of students outlined in this document)
  • Defer to Ms. Stacey Lawson, Director of Special Services


  • Use of approved disinfectant will be utilized for disinfection of frequently touched surfaces throughout the day
  • At least one custodian will be on site during the day while students and staff are present; evening custodians will complete cleaning procedures in all rooms on a daily basis and will sanitize high traffic areas


  • The district will continually monitor COVID-19 cases and work with the BCHD when reviewing the level of localized spread
  • IF it is determined by the Butler R-V School District and the BCHD that a specific site or classroom needs to be closed for a specified period of time, students and families will be informed of the closure and students will have access to virtual learning for the time the site is closed

Virtual Education Guidelines & Information

  • District policies and MSHSAA guidelines will be followed for all student activities

Midway School Reopening Plan Letter

Dear Midway Families,

We’re excited to return to school in less than two weeks and we know families have many questions and concerns about how things will look this year.

We know that the best place for students to learn is in our classrooms. We also want to do what we can to keep our students safe and healthy.

Last night, the Board of Education met to approve a re-entry plan for the 2021-22 school year. Here are the main outcomes…

Masks in school. Masks are encouraged for all individuals when social distancing is not possible and may be required when directed by a staff member. Families are asked to have conversations with their children about their wishes regarding the wearing of a mask and to also talk about mask wearing as a choice for their friends. We expect all to show grace and respect everyone’s individual/family decisions on this matter.

Masks on buses. Masks will be required for everyone on all buses as buses are considered public transportation by federal guidelines, just the same as airplanes, at this time.

Close contacts. Contact-tracing with isolation and quarantine for exposure to COVID will continue and be done through the local health department. Support and assistance will be provided by our district nurse. Per the CDC, those who have received the vaccine and who do not show symptoms will NOT be required to quarantine if exposed to a positive COVID case. Also if it can be determined that both parties (the positive individual and the exposed individuals) were both properly wearing masks, quarantine will not be necessary for the exposed individual if he/she shows no symptoms.

Visitors. No parents or visitors will be allowed in the buildings when school is in session outside of emergency situations, by scheduled appointment, or invitation. Meetings that can take place online or on the phone will be done that way. Student sign-in and sign-out will occur at the front door. Parents should have their photo ID ready to show at the door camera when they buzz in. School staff will “sign in” or “sign out” the student in our iCampus system. The parent will not enter the building. Parents will wait outside if they are picking up a student. Staff will escort elementary students to the door.

At this time, there will be no limits on attendance at extracurricular events as these take place outside the school day and are voluntary to attend for fans. Masks are still encouraged at these events. More information on ticketing/admission fees/processes for events will be posted soon.

Layers of Protection.

Virtual Learning

It is a family’s choice to have their students participate in our virtual learning opportunities. If this is a decision that you feel is best for your child, please contact your student’s building principal by Friday, August 20, 2021.

The full plan is available on our website ( and should be considered a “live” document. It may need to be updated as circumstances, recommendations, and guidelines change. The Board plans to re-address the plan at least once a month at their regular meeting.

With a school population of 500 students and staff members, it is impossible to meet everyone’s expectations. These decisions are difficult for all involved and are not taken lightly.

I would ask that we all continue to offer grace to our friends, families, and community members who may not share the same opinions as we do. Please remember that we face possibilities of change as the virus progresses and hopefully regresses. As those changes occur, we will continue to communicate with you.


Angela Gibson

Sherwood Plan to School Plan

Status Options for the District Sherwood Schools will have three (3) options available for the status of the district. Each status may result in changes to the learning environment, but the information on the following are general guidelines that would be in place for at least a Green status. It is the intent of the district to open in Green status at the time of this publication.

● Regular classroom environment
● All students selecting traditional learning option may be present
● Families may opt for online learning due to safety concerns

● School remains open w/ partial student attendance.
● A/B Day method used with Tuesday & Wednesday or Thursday & Friday student attendance for 2 days per week
● A/B Day is assigned by households so those living together attend on the same day.
● Bus routes will be factored into A/B Day assignments to reduce the number of riders on a given day as much as possible.
● May or may not result in a 50/50 split in each classroom.

● Online Learning Only, No Face-to-Face classes In order to keep as many students in the building and learning as possible, it may be possible that each building may have a different status due to infection rates and recommendations from health agencies. This will be communicated by administration via email, text, and voice calls to parents.

Universal and Correct Wearing of Masks For the 2021-22 school year the following guidelines the use of masks and/or face coverings:
● Masks will be recommended but not required for the start of the 2021-22 school year during the school day and in the school building.
○ As of July 21, 2021 the CDC has issued a mandate that all people on public transportation, including school buses, must be masked. Sherwood will follow this guidance until the mandate is removed.
■ When this mandate is removed masking will be recommended but not required on school buses.
● This recommendation could be changed based on the health conditions of the community.
● The district will immediately change practices based on any local, state, or federal mandates
● The masking policy in the district will be reviewed at least monthly by the school district. **If the community is no longer listed in a category there will be no mask guidance provided unless there is a return to Category 1-3 by the local health department. Masks will be allowed at any time for students or employees who feel the need to wear one.
● When mask wearing is required, students and staff must wear masks correctly – tight fitting over the nose and mouth at all times unless 6 ft of distance from others is available. ○ Faculty and staff are expected to enforce this with students

Harrisonville Schools Back To School Plan 2021

2021-2022 Back to School Plan

As a community, we continue to face a global pandemic never before seen in any of our lifetimes. The impact on our Harrisonville school family has been significant. Unfortunately, it is expected to continue for an extended period. The plan outlined in this document is based on current recommendations from various government agencies, health departments, and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and feedback from our task force.  The Harrisonville School district’s Task Force has worked using the following principles as a guide…

  • The health & safety of our staff & students is our #1 priority & therefore we will do everything we can to follow local, state & CDC guidelines to the best of our ability.
  • In-person learning is the most effective form of learning. We want our students and staff in our schools. However, we also understand health concerns and will work to meet all staff & students’ needs in the best way possible.
  • Hope for the best; plan for the worst. Harrisonville School must make contingency plans in case things happen that are out of our control to ensure learning continues for all students.

Although Harrisonville School are releasing this plan, the primary decision driver moving forward will be the health recommendations and guidance shared with us by the government agencies with whom they partner. Those include the Cass County Health Department, the Missouri Department Health & Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and DESE. The health and safety of their students, their staff, and their families is our primary concern. We all want students and staff to feel comfortable and safe returning to school environments.

This plan should be considered a “live” document and may need to be updated as circumstances, recommendations, and guidelines change.

Should conditions change and we need to stop in-person school, parents and families may not have much notice. Parents are encouraged to have alternative plans ready.

Research, Resources, & Guidance
In the development of this plan, the resources and guidance documents below were utilized. These documents along with webinars provided a foundation for the path forward in navigating the journey to reopen schools in response to the pandemic health crisis facing our community.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
American Academy of Pediatrics
Cass County Health Department
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Re-entry Scenarios
Harrisonville School needs a flexible response plan to open schools due to the multiple scenarios created by the global pandemic. The scenarios below present the opening options of schools that move from least restrictive to most restrictive and include a model to address rolling closures that may occur based upon disease exposure in our school community upon opening. 

Scenario 1: All In-Person School with minimal protocols in place 

Scenario 2:  All In-Person School with masking requirements for all students and staff (10% of Student and Staff quarantined or isolated)

Scenario 3: Rolling Closures

  • Affected schools/classrooms are closed due to extensive COVID-19 exposure based on guidance & recommendation. Custodial staff conducts deep cleanings. District Nurse collaborates with Cass County Health Department on contact tracing, support and reopening processes. All instruction provided will be online/alternative methods of instruction.
  • Scenario 3 could also be activated when school is canceled for inclement weather.

Daily Procedures/Guidelines
Travel to/from School

  • Staff and students are expected to check their temperature prior to arriving at school each day. Staff and students are directed to stay home if they have any of the following symptoms
    • Fever of 100.4 or higher
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • New congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Close contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 10 days (if unvaccinated and both parties were not wearing a mask properly)
  • Families who can provide transportation for students to & from school are asked to do so
  • Students will be separated on the bus where feasible
    • Load from back to front; Unload from front to back
    • Students required  to wear face coverings on bus
    • Students in same family will sit together
    • Windows open when weather allows
    • Use of seating assignments/chart so that students sit in the same place each time (for contact tracing)
    • Buses will be unloaded one at a time
    • Buses will be appropriately disinfected after each use
    • Buses will have hand sanitizer dispensers 
    • Bus drivers have been properly trained in COVID-19 safety measures
    • Drivers and monitors will be required to wear masks at all times
  • Upon arrival students will report straight to their classroom and staff will monitor to ensure no congregating occurs
  • Students will use hand sanitizer or hand washing upon arrival into classrooms
  • Parents who pick-up their student should wait in the car rider line; there will be no parent pick-up at the front door for dismissal


  • No parents or visitors will be allowed in the buildings when school is in session outside emergency situations or by scheduled appointment.  Meetings that can take place online or on the phone will be done that way.
  • Student sign-in and sign-out will occur at the front door.  Parents should have their photo ID ready to show at the door camera when they buzz in.  School staff will “sign in” or “sign out” the student in our Student Information System.  The parent will not enter the building.
  • Parents will wait outside if they are picking up a student. Staff will escort elementary students to the door.
  • Students coming into school after classes begin for the day will go to the office for direction.
  • No large group gatherings; minimal assemblies during the day.

At School During The Day

  • Teachers will survey students for illness prior to starting class and refer students to the nurse.
  • Each class of students will be considered a cohort/family and interaction between cohorts will be restricted.
  • Students & staff will be encouraged to wear a face covering when 6’ social distancing isn’t possible (one-on-one/small group instruction, hallways, etc.) and required when directed by a staff member. 
  • Multiple social distancing strategies will be implemented based on feasibility of the unique space and needs of each school.
    • Use of outdoor spaces when possible
    • Distances of three to six feet may be effective in reducing viral transmission. However, a person is considered a “close contact” of a case of COVID-19 if they are within six feet of the case for more than 15 minutes UNLESS BOTH PARTIES WERE WEARING A MASK PROPERLY.
    • Social distancing becomes a personal responsibility of each individual attending school or coming to a district facility. Anyone causing a disruption or unwillingness to follow COVID-19 safety protocols, putting students/staff at unnecessary risk will be asked to leave the premises immediately.
  • Students will have an assigned seat throughout the day and seating charts would be used (for contact tracing).
  • Students will be grouped in clusters in the classroom to reduce quarantine effects on the entire room
  • Students will be encouraged to maintain distance from each other in the school and taught appropriate hygiene/COVID-19 practices.
  • Students will keep their own supplies for use in the classroom.
  • Personal water bottles will be encouraged as drinking fountains will be covered, but bottle fillers will be available.
  • Built in time during the day for frequent handwashing.
  • Interior classroom doors left open to limit surface touching and for ventilation.
  • Each student will be assigned a Chromebook for use during the school day as needed (these would go home with students if school is closed for an extended period or if the student is quarantined).
  • Movement throughout buildings will be limited or reduced and scheduled so that fewer classes are in the hall at the same time.
  • Breakfast/Lunch
    • Those who eat breakfast will go to the cafeteria upon arrival to get breakfast. Students will be directed to use hand sanitizer or wash their hands prior to picking up their breakfast/lunch. 
    • Three lunch options each day–hot, sandwich, or salad.
    • Lunch counts will need to be taken at the beginning of the day.
    • Each building will create a lunch and breakfast plan that follows social distancing guidelines.
  • Special classes will continue.  Each building will determine the best area for the class to take place in to ensure social distancing.
  • Recess
    • Students will be encouraged to social distance while on playgrounds.
    • Handwashing/sanitizer use upon re-entry to building.
    • Frequently used playground hard surfaces will be disinfected routinely.

Middle School/High School/CCC

  • Teachers will survey students for illness prior to starting class and refer students to the nurse.
  • HMS, HHS, & CCC will use block scheduling to limit class transitions, decrease class sizes, and limit daily exposure.
  • Lockers will not be used at HMS & HHS. Students will be allowed to carry backpacks.
  • All Harrisonville students will be assigned a Chromebook for use at school and home.
  • Interior classroom doors left open to limit surface touching and for ventilation.
  • Students & staff will be encouraged to wear a face covering when 6’ social distancing isn’t possible (one-on-one/small group instruction, hallways, etc.) and required when directed by a staff member.
    • Students may be exempted from this procedure by the school principal due to a documented medical condition of the student.
    • Students may be exempted from this procedure due to special behavioral or individualized needs as determined by the Director of Special Education.
  • Multiple social distancing strategies will be implemented based on feasibility of the unique space and needs of each classroom.
    • Use of outdoor spaces when possible.
    • Distances of three to six feet may be effective in reducing viral transmission. However, a person is considered a “close contact” of a case of COVID-19 if they are within six feet of the case for more than 15 minutes UNLESS BOTH PARTIES WERE WEARING A MASK PROPERLY.
    • Social distancing becomes a personal responsibility of each individual attending school or coming to a district facility. Anyone causing a disruption or unwillingness to follow COVID-19 safety protocols, putting students/staff at unnecessary risk will be asked to leave the premises immediately.
  • Students will have an assigned seat in each class period and seating charts would be used (for contact tracing).
  • Students will be encouraged to maintain distance from each other in the school and taught appropriate hygiene/COVID-19 practices.
  • Personal water bottles will be encouraged as drinking fountains will be covered, but bottle fillers will be available.
  • Breakfast/Lunch
    • Those who eat breakfast will go to the cafeteria upon arrival to get breakfast. Students will be directed to use hand sanitizer or wash hands prior to picking up their breakfast. 
    • Three lunch options each day–hot, sandwich, or salad.
    • Lunch counts will need to be taken during first period.
    • Each building will create a lunch and breakfast plan that follows social distancing guidelines.


  • Harrisonville custodial employees have been trained on COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting will occur nightly in every classroom, commons area, and on high-touch surfaces. Custodial staff will be using E-MIST machines in the evening to disinfect the entire building.
  • During school hours the custodians will be disinfecting touch points throughout the school.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers will be available at most exterior doors; hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom
  • Each teacher will have disinfectant/cleaner and gloves in the room to use as needed throughout the day; scheduling will provide for multiple opportunities for teachers to spray frequently touched surfaces (desks, door handles, etc); for example, when students are at recess or lunch, during passing periods.
  • Drinking fountains will be covered, but bottle fillers will be available at each building.
  • Each restroom will have one touchless sink. 
  • Students and families will be provided with best practices for hygiene during the school day and upon arriving at home
  • Students will be directed to wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to the start of class and each time they enter the classroom. Elementary classes will develop a handwashing/hand sanitizer schedule to ensure multiple opportunities for this.

Student/Staff Health Procedures 

  • Staff will participate/receive COVID-19 safety training/materials.
  • Nursing staff will wash hands and disinfect health room surfaces (cot, counters, chair, etc.) in between each student visit(only students who require daily medications or have scrapes and bumps will be seen in the nurse’s office). 
  • Each school will designate a separate precautionary room (separate from nurses’ office for students/staff with COVID-19 symptoms). 
  • Students who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms will be checked by the nurse and will be kept in the precautionary room until parents pick them up (this room will be disinfected after each student has been seen). 
  • The nurse will advise the parent/guardian to contact the student’s doctor to discuss signs/symptoms and risk factors. 
  • PPE equipment (face shields/goggles, face masks, gloves) will be provided to health services staff to use in the precautionary room. 
  • Staff and students are expected to check their temperature prior to arriving at school each day. Staff and students are directed to stay home if they have any of the following symptoms 
    • Fever of 100.4 or higher 
    • Any new cough 
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
    • Muscle or body aches 
    • Headache 
    • New loss of taste or smell 
    • Sore throat 
    • New congestion or runny nose 
    • Nausea or vomiting 
    • Diarrhea 
    • Close contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days 

Action Plan for Positive Case 

  • It is the responsibility of the parent to contact the school if their student tests positive for COVID-19. Parents should contact their student’s school nurse.
  • The Cass County Health Department will conduct the contact tracing (including communication) for positive COVID-19 cases. 
    • When it comes to case investigations, the Health Department receives the notification of a reportable disease (in this case, COVID-19) with the patient’s name and contact information. The person who has tested positive will then be contacted by phone by Health Department staff and interviewed about their medical history, their current symptoms, and any significant contacts they had going back to 2 days prior to symptom onset. (or 2 days prior to testing, if asymptomatic). The CDC and the State of Missouri define a contact as anyone who has spent 15 continuous minutes or more within 6 feet of a positive case. Once the health department gathers information about known contacts of the positive case, they will reach out to those individuals to inform them of their exposure and direct them to quarantine for the 10 days after their exposure. 

Miami R-1 Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan

Fall 2021

4 – Phase Plan

Phase “One”

Low Threat:

General Protocol—–

-Students and staff may practice social distancing and wear face masks.

-Increased sanitation.

-Individuals may choose to bring a water bottle for use on a daily basis. The district has installed additional bottle filling stations to accommodate the increased need.

-Increased access and use of hand sanitizer and instruction on proper sneezing/coughing/handwashing procedure.

-Seating charts will be required in most settings.

Phase “Two”

Increased Threat:

-All Phase “ONE” protocol + staff wear face shields or masks.

-Students will go to their homeroom/advisory class once they arrive at school in the morning.

– Student organizations will not have in-person meetings.

– Increased sanitization protocol.

-Students are encouraged to practice social distancing and wear face masks. (Instruction/retraining will be provided on proper mask use.)

-Increased sanitation.

-Individuals will need a water bottle for use on a daily basis.

-Seating charts will be required in most settings.

-Effort will be made to limit the number of groups on the playground at one specific time.

-No unnecessary visitors will be allowed.

-Please call prior, if possible, before picking up students, dropping off/picking up items, or any other purpose that typically would require entry to the building. Direct public access to the building during the day will be limited to help conserve cleaning efforts. Parents/visitors will be met at the door by a staff member, except in case of emergency.

-Please know, any classroom snacks will need to be individually prepackaged (no homemade snacks).


-Students will play as class groups.

-Classes/Grade levels will have specific play equipment only to be used by a particular class.

-Any play equipment that is shared will be sanitized between class group use.


-Breakfast will be “Grab and Go.” Those students eating breakfast will need to visit the cafeteria prior to heading to class to pick up their meals. Students will eat in classrooms.

-Lunch will be served in classroom groups/cohorts. The lunchroom will be utilized in such a way that students can eat in their classroom groups. If the space available in the cafeteria is insufficient for any specific lunch shift, we will incorporate use of classrooms.


-Buses will be loaded from back to front.

-Family group/siblings will sit together.

-Masks will be encouraged.

-Buses viewed as a cohort “no extra passengers.”

-Families are encouraged to provide their own transportation when possible.

Phase “Three”

School Exposure:

-All Phase “One” & “Two” protocol.

-Restricted student movement within the building.

-All meals eaten in classroom.

-Students will experience a hybrid educational setting. Students will receive instruction through both online/education packets and traditional class attendance. The purpose of alternating students from online/educational packets and attending class in-person will be to lower student numbers for social distancing purposes.

Phase “Four”

Building Shut-Down:

-Online classes/Educational packets.

– Meal deliveries.


*Movement between phases will be related to guidance received from the Bates County Health Department. Please be aware this plan is subject to change. The Miami School District will make adjustments to meet the continuously changing landscape as presented by COVID-19.

*Please know that Miami R-1 has invested in equipment for sanitation of the facility along with district owned/used transportation.

*Individuals who seek information specific to COVID-19 testing and vaccinations along with inquiries concerning diagnostic and screening test will be referred to Bates County Health Department.

*Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine will be addressed through the guidance and expertise of Bates County Health.

*Continued monthly replacement of ventilation filters.


All Phases: Accommodations will be made as necessary or as mandated by an Individual Education Plan with respect to the health and safety policies.

Continuity of Services:

–       The Miami School district returned to in-person learning in August of 2020 and continues to provide in-person instruction moving forward.

–       If further interruptions occur with in-person learning due to quarantines or temporary closures, the district will provide instruction online. Students with disabilities will continue receiving services as outlined in their IEP.

–       The district will continue to provide for the social, emotional, and mental health needs of students and staff during in-person or online instruction. Our counselor will be available in-person and virtually to all students and staff.

*Continuation of appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities in respect to navigating the process of learning will address COVID-19 prevention/mitigation.

*This plan will be reviewed at a minimum of every six months. (The review will include the following stakeholder groups: students, parents, teachers, and administrators at all levels.)

*If you need or know someone who needs this plan translated or read to them, please contact, Dr. Johnson, 660-267-3480.

Ballard R-2 Re-Opening Plan 2020/2021

As Ballard R-2 School District transitions into the 2020-2021 school year, there are many unknowns in the educational world. However, in the midst of uncertainty, the district knows that families and communities need schools to be ready to reopen as soon as possible with guidance from local health officials.   These past several months have served as a great reminder of the role that public schools play in ensuring an equitable education for all students. Schools create conditions that support students with their social/emotional needs, develop lifelong friendships, explore their passions, and channel their energy into productive pursuits and activities.

As Ballard R-2 continue to navigate COVID-19 Coronavirus and the impact it has on our organization, they have never lost sight or focus on the impact it has also had on their staff, students and community. Ballard R-2 know that each individual has been impacted in different ways and that everyone has differing views on how they should return and what that should look like. Parents who choose not to send their students to school will have access to our Alternative Learning System. This decision will require a semester long commitment.

Commentary Regarding COVID-19 Guidelines and Protocols

● The COVID-19 guidelines developed and presented below follow all applicable local, state, and federal guidelines and incorporate many best practices advocated by school associations and groups.

● The Ballard R-II School District is committed to providing a quality education to all students, while ensuring their safety and well-being.

● Parents/guardians with questions or concerns are asked to contact the Ballard R-2 Administration.

● This is a “working document” and is subject to change as new information is obtained and regulations evolve at the local, state and regional levels.

Arriving to School

Elementary students will report directly to classrooms upon arrival. Elementary students will be dismissed by class to eat breakfast.  7-12 students who wish to eat breakfast will do so upon arrival and then report to first hour.

Elementary will enter the building on the elementary side.  Elementary bus riders will enter the doors near the Superintendent’s office and the Elementary car riders will enter the doors at the playground.

Staff will monitor and encourage students to socially distance themselves from one another and not congregate.

Students will use hand sanitizer or wash hands upon arrival.

Students and staff will participate in temperature checks on an as-needed basis as determined by District Administration.


Students will exit building without congregating in the hallways and common areas.  Elementary will exit the building through the entrances for arrival.

Students will be informed on the first day of school on directions of loading the buses for the trip home.                                                                                                                                       

Breakfast and Lunch

Additional lunch shifts to reduce number of students in the cafeteria

Utensils provided by kitchen staff

Condiments will be put on trays by kitchen staff

Stagger dumping trays and space out lines

Microwaves will not be available for student use


Classes will have individual playground times

Space out lines


Specials classes will limit the use of shared equipment (including technology devices) as much as possible.

Specials classes will sanitize between uses.


Students in the same household will sit with members of the same household.

Seating charts encouraged with appropriate spacing between students.

Sanitation after routes.

Busses will be loaded from back to front.

Parents are encouraged to transport students.

Face masks are encouraged on bus trips.

Elementary and High School Day

Elementary students will have personal supply boxes; community sharing of supplies will be eliminated.

Desks will be used instead of tables to promote social distancing.

Traditional seating will be encouraged to promote social distancing.

Seating charts for all classes for contact tracing purposes.

The playground will be divided to avoid contact between grade levels; hand sanitizer will be used before recess and hand washing will be done after recess.

Classroom common areas will be rearranged and items removed that are not easily disinfected.

Frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected often throughout the day (door handles, light switches, stair railings, etc.).

Students should use hand sanitizer or wash hands when entering and exiting the classroom.

Water fountains will be closed except refill stations; students will bring their own water bottle each day.  The students will receive a water bottle on the first day of school if they wish to have one.  Water bottles should be cleaned and maintained at home each day.

Encourage students to move through the hallways during passing time; no congregating.

Restroom use should be monitored to reduce number of students at one time; encourage hand washing frequently.

No community use of facilities will be permitted.

Vo-tech students will be attending in-person classes at this time and they are required to wear a face mask when attending Vo-tech.

Students and staff are highly encouraged to wear protective masks when distance of 6 feet from others is not possible or as directed by Administration / Staff. There will be situations where staff will be required to wear protective masks (food service, nurse’s office, passing in hallways, etc.).

Clinton Return to School Procedure

As Clinton School District prepare to welcome students back to school, it is important to understand how COVID-19 is spread in order for everyone to help do their part to minimize the exposure to the virus.

COVID-19 is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough or sneeze. Personal prevention practices (such as handwashing, staying home when sick, physical distancing, and face coverings) and environmental cleaning and disinfection, are important principles that are covered in this document.

Clinton School District emphasize the importance of staying home when you don’t feel well. Incentives and award programs related to attendance will not be implemented again this year.

The Clinton District will be teaching the importance of these universal precautions, and they ask that all parents and guardians help reinforce them at home, as well. See “Safety Protocols” section for more information


● Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
● If you are unable to wash your hands, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

● Remember to always cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
● Throw used tissues in the trash.
● Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
● If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

● Face coverings are required to be worn by all students and staff.
● Face coverings are also required on the school bus.
● Face coverings are not required while outside during recess, PE or other times that teachers may take their class outside.

● Arrangement of classroom furniture will be modified so students are at least 3 feet apart.
● Arrival and dismissal procedures may be adjusted.
● Recess, cafeteria, and hallway traffic may be modified to limit the number of students in these areas.

Back to School

Many schools in our community will be beginning a new school year soon.  With start of a new school year comes new challenge for not only for students, staff, and parents but also for drivers in our community. 

Remember use caution and patient during this time by watching for school buses that make frequent stops, kids walking to and from school, new drivers driving to school for the first time, parents transporting kids to and from school, and crossing guards.

Safety is a priority for everyone this time of year.  Each year with the start of school everyone does their best to adjust morning and afternoon traffic due to school. 

Driving a little slower on the county roads to watch for buses, slowing down in school zones and pausing at stop signs to watch for walkers, and being patient around school where crossing guards are working will keep everyone safe and allow for a successful start to a new school year for everyone.

School start dates for area school include

Rich Hill, Harrisonville, Sherwood, and Midway begin Monday, August 23

Adrian, Archie, Appleton City, Butler, Montrose, Lakeland, Nevada, and Miami all begin on Tuesday, August 24th

Clinton, and Ballard, begin on Wednesday, August 25th

Hume school begins on Monday, August 30th

Appleton City Return to School Plan

Appleton City R-2 School District is excited to see students return to the buildings on August 24th, 2021. They have experienced first-hand that in-person access to school is the best approach for students to be educated, have equitable and effective access to educational opportunities, access necessary support and nutrition, as well as engage in activities which promote social and emotional wellness. Appleton City School would like families to feel comfortable and confident in sending all children back to in-person learning and we are prepared to keep our schools safe. The Appleton City R-2 School District plans to operate with full in-person schooling for the 2021- 2022 school year.

To keep our students, faculty, staff and patrons safe, we will deploy layers of mitigation strategies (mask-wearing, social distancing, hand-washing) as required or needed, depending upon COVID-19 circumstances as we return this year. The Appleton City School District’s primary objective for the 2021-2022 school year is to resume normal school operations. The Appleton City School District reaffirms its commitment to continue to ensure high-quality, in-person instruction for our students during the 2021-2022 school year.

Procedures may or can be modified at any time. It is impossible to plan for every scenario and situation. ACR2 works with the St. Clair County Health Department, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Governor’s Office, and Center for Disease Control. Please continue to have a plan for the possibility of school closure or in the event of a quarantine. There are many things that they cannot predict and plan for. A one-size-fits-all solution is not possible. Blanket policies and procedures do not take into consideration an individual’s needs, concerns, challenges, and situation.

This plan attempts to give students and families the best choices for their situation. There must be a balance between what is doable, what is reasonable, and what is in the best interest of not only students but also staff, the community, families, and the Appleton City School district.

Appleton City R2 will make every effort to minimize contact to COVID-19 and other communicable diseases; however, attending school will inherently introduce a greater risk of exposure. A communicable disease is any pathogen identified by public health authorities as highly contagious and constitutes a threat. The district will implement the following safety measures. If a health agency such as St. Clair County or the State of Missouri require additional or stricter measures, Appleton City R2 will enforce those plans. As an example, Appleton City R2 does not require students or staff to wear masks but St. Clair County does, we would enforce mandatory masks to be worn. The Communicable Disease Response Team is empowered by the Appleton City R-2 Board of Education to exercise any and all options included in this plan.

Safety and Protocols for Face-Face School

❖ Enhanced Safety Procedures for all Buildings – (not all encompassing)

➢ Training for all custodial staff and staff members specific to COVID-19 will be completed

➢ Scheduled continuous training for custodial staff when available for updated procedures and best practices for cleaning and disinfecting

➢ Higher emphasis and levels of disinfection on high touch surface areas

➢ Products that are CDC certified to kill COVID-19 and other communicable diseases will be used

➢ Social distancing will be in place where appropriate.

➢ Classroom desks will be spread out using as much room as possible.

➢ Students will be spread out anytime they are in line, in the halls or areas where gathering could be an issue.

➢ Students in grades K through 12 may be required to wear masks when social distancing of 3 feet is not possible and other COVID barriers are not available. Masking must meet district appropriate apparel requirements. Exceptions made for masking requirements with a medical physician excused diagnosis (see green, yellow, and red sections for more information). Masking on buses is required by federal law.

➢ Large gatherings will not occur.

➢ Students will have assigned seats in any area they are seated.

➢ Parents/visitors will not be allowed in the building during school hours. If a parent needs to pick up or drop off a child or deliver supplies, they will need to call the appropriate school office and a staff member will meet them at the door.

➢ Students will need a water bottle to fill at the water bottle filling station. Bottles will need to be taken home regularly to be cleaned.

➢ Hand sanitizing stations will be available in every classroom.

➢ Students will report directly to their classroom each day.

➢ Students sharing equipment will be limited and eliminated if possible.

➢ Options for food service may include eating in classrooms, socially distancing in the cafeteria, or a combination of both.

Sanitation/Cleaning for all levels will be done more frequently and with appropriate disinfectants. Hot spots such as water fountains (push button will not be used, only use is the bottle filling station), doorknobs, light switches, lockers, sinks and faucet handles will be cleaned as often as 3 possible. Appleton City R2 must minimize the use of shared equipment and sanitize these types of equipment often. Buses will be sprayed before bus trips and after bus trips. Sanitation is everyone’s responsibility this school year. Social distancing and the secondary concerns that will result from this are everyone’s responsibility.

Adrian School Masks Required

Dear Parents,

The Adrian R-III School Board voted August 17, 2021 to require masks for all staff and students until the September School Board meeting.  At this time the plan will be re-evaluated to see if changes need to be made.  During the first few weeks of school we will be collecting data to help us determine our next steps.  Just because we are starting out with all staff and students masked doesn’t mean we will be masked the entire year. We will be working on a plan to determine our exit strategy from Plan A.   Plan A is outlined below.

Masking for all 
Face coveringsTo be properly worn by staff and students at all times other than meals and outdoor times
Quarantine-None required for students unless COVID positive or showing signs or symptoms -Staff will possibly have to quarantine depending on social distancing and health department guidelines -With proof of vaccination no quarantine required unless showing signs and symptoms  
Health and Hygiene-Hand sanitizer stations -Structured time for hand washing -Social distancing of 3 feet or more when possible -Masks breaks will be given through out the day when possible  
Facilities and Routines-Group assemblies will be allowed if students are properly masked  -Bottle fillers available  -Public building use for Adrian Youth Sports (coaches masked, no parents allowed at practices) -Lockers will be used during the day -Locker rooms will be used in PE classes  
Arrival and Dismissal-Parents stay in vehicles -Follow existing protocols -Students report to classroom upon arrival -PK, K, 1 – report to commons -Grade 2-12 report to home room or first hour class  
Bus Transportation-Additional cleaning/sanitizing protocols in place -Driver and all riders wear face coverings at all times (federally mandated)  
VisitorsLimited visitors or parents during the instructional day as scheduled (properly masked).
VentilationContinue to increase air filter systems  
Cafeteria Procedures-Hand washing before meals -Students eat breakfast in classrooms grades 2-12, -PK, K,1 will eat breakfast in commons -Students eat lunch in assigned groups/areas (alternating schedule)  
Recess-Students sanitize hands before and after -No face coverings required on the playground -Recess groupings will be grade level only  
Activities-Masks HIGHLY recommended for spectators at all extracurricular activities -Students and coaches will be masked on the bench while not participating in the game/event -No masking will be require during physical activity or when outside
Specials Classes-Students attend all special area classes in appropriate classrooms

The district will not be holding a meet the teacher night this year.  Kindergarten students can drop off supplies outside the elementary office Thursday from 7:00 AM-3:00 PM or bring supplies on the first day of school.  Students will be given time the first day of school to locate and organize their lockers.


Don Lile

Adrian RIII School Superintendent


House and Senate Independent Bipartisan Citizens Commissions

 Schedule Public Hearing Dates

Dear Citizens:  Missouri residents will soon have a chance to make their voices heard on the redistricting process. The bipartisan citizens commissions that are in charge of redrawing the boundary lines for the state House and Senate districts recently announced a series of public hearings around the state to take public input.

Both the House and Senate Independent Bipartisan Citizens Commissions met in the Missouri State Capitol Building on Tuesday, August 10 to elect their leadership and set dates and locations for future public hearings.

The public hearings will be held on October 18 (Springfield), October 19 (Kansas City), and October 21 (St. Louis). The House Commission also went ahead and approved locations for their following three public hearings on November 4 (Jefferson City), November 9 (Cape Girardeau), and November 10 (Kirksville). The Senate Commission has scheduled the same dates, but the locations will be confirmed at a later date.

The commissions are formed every 10 years for the purpose of redistricting the State House and Senate districts. The commissions hold public hearings to receive testimony or objections from any individual who wishes to participate in the process. The information provided at the public hearings will help the commission members in the creation of the new district maps. 

The House and Senate Commission are assigned to work on their respective state district maps. There are currently 163 House districts and 34 Senate districts.

The commissions have until December 23, 2021 to complete work on tentative plans to reapportion both chambers. If the plan is agreed to, the commissions have until January 23, 2022 for it to be finalized.

For more information on the commissions and the redistricting process, please visit:

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

Citizens Bank of Amsterdam Scam Warning

It has been brought to the attention of Citizens Bank that some customers have received a text message stating that “your account is locked”. There is a link embedded within the text message. DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK.

In the event that you did click on the link, reset your online banking password immediately.

If you have concerns regarding this text message, contact your local Citizens Bank branch.

Citizens Bank will NEVER send you a text message requesting you to make changes to your account.

Huckster’s Day Vendors needed

The Butler Chamber of Commerce will have their annual Huckster’s Day Festival on Saturday, October 16th.  This family fun event is a great way to spend a Saturday on the Historical Butler Square. 

Vendor’s space is still available for Huckster’s Day, if you are food or craft vendor and would like to have a space at Huckster’s Day contact Marsha Youngblood by email at [email protected] or by phone at 816-716-9217. Vendor’s spaces fill up fast so reserve your spot today. Vendor hours are 9am to 3pm.

Vendors that have reserved their spots include

JoJo’s – Nancy Conard – crafts & flower arrangements

St. Matthew Lutheran Church – Kim Jacob’s – Baked Items and other goodies

Crafts by Brenda – wreath, jewelry holder, Christmas ornaments & decorations

SnoBiz – Lester & Kimberly Algiere – Sno Cones

Bates County Cattlemen – Ribeye’s, Smoked Beef, Hamburgers with Chips & Water

Bates County Memorial Hospital – Health/Educational display, raising awareness for health, services provided by BCMH and Family Care Clinics

Tropical Sno – Seth Hogue – Shaved Ice

The Wires Edge – Margie Shatto – Handmade Jewelry

Town to Village Community Water Well Project – Debbie Norman – Baked Good & Snacks

Clinton High School Football Program Announces Changes for the 2021 Season

Clinton High School is announcing today that they will not participate in Varsity Football for the 2021 season. Due to the lack of adequate number of varsity level players, concerns for physical safety of athletes and the need to restart a program that has lost 31 varsity games in a row, this difficult decision was made.

Clinton High School will declare to the Missouri State High School Activities Association today that they will not participate in the Class 3 District and State competition for this year. As part of this one year program decision, Clinton High School will participate in Junior Varsity level Football only for the ‘21 season, including already scheduled conference games. The goal of this decision is to spend a year developing a team of primarily younger players to more appropriately compete at the varsity level in the future.

Head Coach Kevin LaFavor said, “In the long-term development of football in Clinton, we felt like this decision needed to be made in the best interest of our student-athletes. Competing at the junior varsity level only for a year gives us time to develop our players both mentally and physically. This will give us the restart needed to be competitive starting with the ‘22 football season”

Clinton High School and district-level administrators agree that this is what is best for the football program at this time. At a meeting Monday night, Activities Director Alex Johnson worked with CHS football staff, parents and players to work through any concerns. Johnson stated, “We want our student-athletes and coaches in the sport of football to find success both on and off the field. This decision helps them to develop as young men both in the sport of football and as leaders for our school and community”.

Questions or concerns regarding this may be directed to Alex Johnson, Clinton District Activities Director at [email protected]


Clinton High School

Statement from Bates County Memorial Hospital

Hospital CEO: We Need to Use All Avenues to Help Reduce COVID-19 

This week, Bates County Memorial Hospital saw a plateau in the number of COVID hospitalizations, averaging 2-3 per day, but the daily census remains consistently higher than normal. Their clinics and emergency room continue to see high traffic for respiratory illnesses and testing.  Bates County remains somewhat of a hot spot for COVID-19 cases, ranking 7th in the state for total new cases with 50 reported in the last 7 days (as of 8/16) on the Missouri DHSS COVID-19 dashboard. To date, 33.8% of Bates County residents have initiated a COVID-19 vaccination.  

Other sources are reporting Missouri has peaked. While that is encouraging, students are going back to school, and hospital and clinic staff anticipate another possible wave of cases due to the highly contagious Delta variant.  

Beyond the numbers and the data, it may help to understand the burden a pandemic’s surge places on a hospital, especially in rural areas.  

  • Bio-hazard waste issues and a kink in the food industry supply chain are just two recent examples of unexpected problems that consume more time and energy than Bates County Memorial Hospital employees have to spare. BCMH is handling these problems with no disruption to patient care, but they add to the strain. 
  • Kansas City is currently experiencing surge. The lack of beds creates grave issues for all in the metro area, including rural hospitals, especially the transfer of high acuity and trauma patients. 
  • Patients refusing to wear a mask in the hospital and clinics is still a big concern. Screeners, registration clerks and nurses encounter belligerent patients using abusive language every day over the requirement to wear a mask in their facilities. BCMH considers this a serious safety issue for their employees and has zero tolerance for violence. CDC and OSHA both require all individuals to wear a mask within healthcare facilities regardless of vaccination. 
  • The strain on employees is inevitable. All of Bates County Memorial Hospital’s services and departments remain open, and they are extremely proud of their employees and their dedication. 

What can we do as a community? 

BCMH CEO stated, “We are a sole community hospital, we employ almost 300 people, and we are struggling with staff and beds.  So that tells you what type of crisis we are having here, and when we know that the way to stop that from happening is to wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, and get a COVID vaccine, we would be foolish to not be for all of those avenues to help reduce the COVID population in our community.” 

Photo: Kalinda Dulier, RN geared up in her personal protective equipment, happy to dismiss a COVID patient home.

The Little Apple

Vol 29 no 33

                                                August 18 2021

Classes resume at Appleton City Schools August 24.  Parents are asked to check the postings about COVID-19 and their re-entry plan on Facebook.  You can view the posts and see other information at

St. Clair Co Health Department reports 1006 positive cases and 23 deaths as of August 17, 2021 in the county.  There are 38 current cases.  More information is available at

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 (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, 2021. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Aug 18-Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Aug 19 Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Aug 25 Ortho – Dr. Gray, Aug 25 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Aug 26 – Rheumatology – Dr. Tay

It wasn’t the best of springs for baling hay.  According to Pat Miller, University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist, stockpiling fall forage can stretch your hay supply by delaying how early you start feeding hay plus reduce your harvesting costs.  Miller says, “Think of it as letting the cows do their own harvesting.”  Fall fescue pastures have excellent forage quality, running 15 to 18% protein. If you want to get fall grazing or winter stockpiling from your fescue stands, fertilizing needs to be done in late summer, preferably just before a rain.  Much of the late growth of fescue is made during August and September.  So for the fertilizer to benefit the fall growth it needs to be applied in August.  Miller says that forty to sixty pounds of nitrogen would be plenty. Apply phosphorus, potash and lime according to soil test recommendations to get the benefit of all the nitrogen you apply. If the stand is primarily fescue, it can also be stockpiled for winter use.  Because of its cell wall structure, the fall growth of fescue can be stockpiled for winter grazing.  For this use, Miller recommends that cattle should be removed by August and returned after the first of the year so that the endophyte level is reduced in high endophyte varieties. On novel entophyte varieties, grazing can begin in October. Other grasses and legumes do not work as well for stockpiling.  The best way to utilize this stockpiled fescue is to strip graze or limit graze.  An electric fence can be moved each day to give them one day’s worth of grazing.  This way the cattle will not trample the grass before they are able to eat it.  Miller says, “They’ll probably be there waiting for you to move the fence.”  For more information see guide sheet G4646, Tall Fescue. 

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

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.


Aug 24     First day of school at Appleton City Schools

Lifeguard Shortage Closes Butler Aquatic Center Earlier Than Scheduled

Due to there being a shortage in lifeguards this last week, we will have to close for the summer earlier than expected. We will be open today until 3:30, but will not be open for the rest of the week. We will still have our dog days later this week. Sorry for the inconvenience.

They WILL be open Saturday, August 21st, for their Dog Days of Summer event.

Dove Season opens September 1st

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters that dove season in Missouri opens Sept. 1 and runs until Nov. 29. Seasons for other migratory birds run Sept. 1 through Nov. 9 for sora and Virginia rails, Sept. 1 through Dec. 16 for Wilson’s common snipe, and Oct. 15 through Nov. 28 for American woodcock.  

Get details from MDC’s Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Digest for 2021 – 2022, available where permits are sold and online at

Get more information on hunting doves and other game-bird species from MDC online at

MDC notes that, due to flooding and wet weather over the previous months, some plantings on MDC dove management areas may not be fully mature for opening day. Some replanted fields might not be ready until later in the month. Check conditions of fields prior to Sept. 1. For a listing and details on MDC dove management areas, go online to

Buy Missouri hunting permits from numerous vendors around the state online at, or through MDC’s free MO Hunting app, available for download through Google Play or the App Store.

Adrian Lion Club donates to Lilly’s House in Adrian

Recently we had a news story about some items requested from Lilly’s House after four years of helping families Lilly’s House needed help from the community.  But What you may not have known is the Lilly’s House also needed a complete Kitchen redo. 

The Adrian Lion’s Club came to aid for the kitchen redo with a donation of $15,000.00 with this donation Lilly’s House will get the much need kitchen redo.

The Adrian Lion’s Club thanks the community for your purchase of bags of popcorn and fireworks.  This makes it possible for the Adrian Lions Club to put money back in the community to help!

25 Year Sentence for Clinton Man

In News from the Henry County Prosecutor’s office on Thursday, August 12th, Ahmad-Jamal Josiah Pelzer, age 26 of Clinton, was sentenced to serve a term of twenty-five years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for his conviction of one count of statutory sodomy in the first degree of a child less than twelve, 23 counts of possession of child pornography, and one count of the class A felony of sexual exploitation of a minor.  

Henry County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, LaChrisha Gray, prosecuted the case on behalf of the State of Missouri. Pelzer was represented by counsel. 

The case began on February 13, 2020, when Pelzer was arrested by the Clinton Police Department after it was reported that Pelzer had images on his phone of himself having deviate sexual intercourse with the 4-year-old daughter of his girlfriend.  Clinton Police later found multiple files containing what appeared to be photographs and videos of other graphic child pornography.  Pelzer ultimately pled guilty to all counts on February 25, 2021.

An extensive sentencing hearing was held on August 12, 2021. Assistant Prosecutor LaChrisha Gray presented evidence from multiple witnesses, as did counsel for the defendant. 

Assistant Prosecutor LaChrisha Gray urged the court to sentence the defendant to life in prison. The defense asked the court to sentence Pelzer to ten years, the minimum term allowed by law. After careful consideration, Henry County Circuit Judge M. Brandon Baker sentenced Pelzer to twenty-five years on the statutory sodomy, fifteen years on the sexual exploitation, and ten years on each count of possession of child pornography, all sentences to run concurrent to each other. 

According to Henry County Assistant Prosecutor LaChrisha Gray, the defendant will be required, by law, to serve eighty-five percent of the twenty-five-year sentence. Additionally, after serving his sentence, Pelzer will not only be required to register as a sex offender but will also be supervised for the remainder of his life. Lifetime supervision of a sex offender includes more heightened requirements and monitoring of the offender, and any violations thereof could result in new criminal charges.

7th Annual Sherwood Athletic Booster/alumni Golf Tournament

The Sherwood Athletic Booster Club will have their 7th annual Sherwood Athletic Booster/alumni Golf Tournament on Saturday, September 25th beginning at 8am.  In case of increment weather tournament will be moved to Saturday, October 2nd

Sign up for Golf tournament is due by Friday September 17th.  To register your team send you $240.00 registration fee along with team name, list of players to the Sherwood Athletic Booster Club by mail to 41400 E 291 Street, Garden City, Mo. 64747. 

Awards and payouts will be directly after the tournament.  Payout for first and second place, and 4 or more-hole contest.  Mulligans available for twenty dollars per team.

The 7th annual Sherwood Athletic Booster/alumni Golf Tournament will be held at the County Club Golf Course located at 225 North East 100 Road in Clinton MO.

All proceeds for the golf tournament will to purchase Alumni inductee plaques and the Booster Club scholarship Fund for Sherwood graduating Seniors.

For more information or questions contact Jeanni Kanzler at 816-853-1003

B.R.A.K.E.S Driving Program in Jefferson City

The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) and Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) are teaming up to bring Doug Herbert’s B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) Teen Pro-Active Driving School to the Missouri Emergency Vehicle Operation Course (EVOC) training center in Jefferson City on August 28-29. 

The B.R.A.K.E.S. charity offers free, hands-on defensive driver training to teens and their parents nationwide. Multi-time Top Fuel drag racing champion Doug Herbert founded the road safety organization in honor of his two teenage sons, Jon and James, who lost their lives in a car crash in 2008. The class is free but requires a refundable deposit to hold your seat. For more information, or to register for the event, click here.

Funding for the Jefferson City B.R.A.K.E.S. event is being made possible by a federal highway safety grant from MoDOT, as part of Missouri’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan – Show-Me Zero, Driving Missouri Toward Safer Roads. 

According to MoDOT Assistant Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer Jon Nelson, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for youth (15-20) in Missouri, accounting for nearly 12.3% of traffic fatalities during the last three years.

Missouri’s new strategic highway safety plan, Show-Me Zero, Driving Missouri Toward Safer Roads, identifies four key focus areas to help reduce traffic deaths, including the importance of seat belts, car seats and motorcycle helmets. Other focus areas in the plan include distracted driving, speeding and impaired driving. For more information on the Show-Me Zero plan, and to check out Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety’s new video promoting the plan, visit

Missouri Governor Parson Announces Nearly 500,000 MO VIP Entries

Governor Mike Parson announced an official total of 495,296 MO VIP entries for the first drawing, which will take place on Friday, August 13th. The MO VIP incentivizes vaccination for those who have not yet been vaccinated, as well as provides an opportunity for rewards for the more than 3 million Missourians who have already made the decision to be protected through vaccination. 

“MO VIP is playing a role in driving up vaccinations in our state,” said Governor Parson. “As Governor, I have worked hard to ensure that vaccines are widely available to all Missourians and focused on encouraging our citizens to get the facts from trusted experts. We’re excited to celebrate the winners and their choice to become vaccinated against COVID-19.”

Since the MO VIP launch on July 21, 2021, the state’s vaccine dashboard at shows more than 300,000 doses have been administered. More than 180,000 individuals have initiated vaccination in the same time period. More than 50 percent of the eligible population (12 and up) has completed vaccination.  

“Everyone who gets vaccinated and enters this drawing is a winner in my mind, regardless of whether they receive a prize,” said DHSS Acting Director Robert Knodell. “We know the vaccines give protection against severe illness, hospitalizations and death we have seen with COVID-19 – that’s the true definition of winning.”

Eighty winners will be randomly selected during today’s drawing from both the Red and White categories (10 from each congressional district). These individuals will each receive a cash prize of $10,000. In addition, 20 adolescents from the Blue category will be randomly selected to receive a $10,000 education savings account through the Missouri State Treasurer’s MOST 529 program. A total of 900 individuals will be rewarded through MO VIP through October.

Entries have been divided into three categories:

  • Red:     Missourians age 18 and up receiving at least one dose of vaccine on or after July 21. 
  • White:  Missourians age 18 and up receiving at least one dose of vaccine before July 21. 
  • Blue:    Missourians ages 12 to 17 receiving at least one dose of vaccine at any time.

To allow time for records and eligibility to be verified, confirmed winners will be announced two weeks following each drawing. Entries were accepted online through 11:59 p.m. on August 11, 2021, for the first drawing. Missourians can still enter for the remaining drawings and only need to enter once.

Official rules, frequently asked questions and a program timeline are available at

Get the facts about COVID-19 vaccines and find a vaccine near you at

A Bates County Memorial Hospital Patient Story: Franklin (Gene) Schroeder

Knowing the Signs

The first symptoms Franklin (Gene) Schroeder noticed on the morning of December 12, 2020 were not exactly red flags. As he and his wife Michelle prepared to head out to work on their property in Adrian, Missouri, the farm where Gene grew up, his discomfort was just enough to pause, but not enough to imagine he was having a heart attack.

“I started having, not really a chest pain, it just felt uncomfortable. I was like, no big deal. It’s not like I didn’t work through pain before.”

As a pipelayer, the 54-year-old had actually worked through a heart attack, years earlier, but at the time he didn’t connect his symptoms to his heart. On this morning, he would not be able to ignore it.   


Even while resting, Gene’s symptoms increased. Indigestion worsened to nausea, and he had some pain in the back of his left arm. He decided to walk around, but by the time he reached the kitchen he was sweating and his skin felt cold and clammy. His hearing was diminished and he couldn’t speak. All he could do was gesture to his wife Michelle that something was very wrong. She called 911 for an ambulance, and a unit from Bates County Memorial Hospital ambulance services was on the way.

In those moments, Gene thought of his best friend, who had lost his mother to cardiac arrest the week before. Some of his symptoms were in step with what his friend had described.

“That’s when I knew – I’m having a heart attack,” Gene said.

“That Guy”

Of all of the events that day, and of all the medical staff members who took part in his care, Gene remembers best the lifesaving actions of one BCMH paramedic. Though he couldn’t remember his name (it was an eventful day), he was very aware of everything the paramedic did, from that initial assessment at his home, his encouraging, supportive presence within the ambulance, advocating for him and his wife in the emergency room, to keeping him alert during the transfer ride to Overland Park Regional Hospital in Overland Park, Kan.

Soon after they arrived at Gene’s home, the paramedics put in a request for an air ambulance, but weather prevented transfer by helicopter that day. They took Gene to the Bates County Memorial Hospital emergency room so he could be stabilized before transfer.

Soon after the ER team began their efforts, Gene said he threw up and felt much better. He asked to sit up, and says that was the last thing he remembered before his heart stopped.

As Gene went into cardiac arrest, or “coded”, the medical staff leapt into action and brought him back. Moments later, his heart stopped again.

Gene said, “Everybody asks me if I saw a light, but no. I blacked out. They shocked me [out of] A-fib, and it was like I was here, but I wasn’t here. When they shocked me again, I remember coming back to, and I breathed so much and so hard I was grabbing people, and I remember that guy got me back down, laid me back down, he kept talking to me—,” Gene pauses, choked up. “I owe my life to him. He saved me.”

“Yeah, I look back on it now and I don’t know what would have happened if that guy … Everybody in the ER did their part, they did what they were trained to do, but this guy went above and beyond,” Gene said.

Barriers Removed

Later that day, Gene would have two stents placed at Overland Park Regional, an additional three stents in February, and one more in April. After his first procedure in December, his specialists told him he had suffered a previous heart attack to his left anterior descending (LAD) artery, what some refer to as the widow maker.

“Looking back on it after all of this was over, I know exactly when I had it,” Gene said.

About five years earlier, he was working in very cold, outdoor conditions and felt repeatedly overheated, breathless, sweaty and nauseated over a period of two days. Unknowingly, he was having a heart attack. He survived, and in a strange and somewhat rare twist of events, that blockage prompted his heart to create alternate paths to circumvent the blocked artery – possibly what allowed him to survive cardiac arrest in December of 2020.

Gene had also experienced pain in his left hip for several years, which he described as an alternating cold and hot sensation, depending on his activity.  He was accustomed to pushing through the pain, but during workouts in cardiac rehab at BCMH, his therapist, Andrea Davis, RN, urged him to stop when he reached those barriers.

His final stent placement in April at Research Hospital cleared a 75% blockage in the artery that travels down the left leg. Immediately after, Gene felt a significant difference, especially while exercising. The pain in his hip was gone, and he could exercise for as long as he needed to.

The Part You Don’t Hear About

Gene tackled recovery as he does many things, with gusto: he quit smoking the day he coded twice in the ER, and signed up for cardiac rehab. He would have preferred to go right back to work, but his doctors insisted he complete the program before returning to his pipelaying occupation. The slower pace of recovery and rehabilitation was frustrating to Gene, who typically plays on three softball leagues in a season, and just two years ago, was a member of Butler’s former semi-professional football team, the West Central Warriors.

To date, he has not suffered another cardiac event, but there were times, he said, when he wasn’t so sure. At first, every time he felt a twinge, or nausea, he wondered if he was about to drop dead.

“I never had anxiety before,” he said. “Awhile later, I was sitting at home, and I felt like I was going to die. I went to the emergency room and he was there [‘that guy’], and he calmed me down.”

Tests showed Gene’s heart was fine; he was having a panic attack.

“Usually, people will have apprehension, stress, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress about the situation,” Dr. Doyle Witt commented, the BCMH emergency physician who cared for Gene in December.

Gene said he struggled with anxiety until, one day, he decided he’d had enough.  He told Michelle, “That’s it. I’m not living like this anymore. If I hurt a little bit, I’ll slow down, but I’m not living my life like I’m going to die every day.”

Definitely a Win

In April, the hospital arranged for Gene to meet some of the BCMH team members who took part in his care on December 12, 2020. Gene met Dr. Witt, April Morrow, RN, Chelsay Langford, RN, and “that guy” who saved his life.

Until then, Gene believed one paramedic was “that guy”, but it was actually two: Rich Glossup took the initial call and was with Gene on his way to BCMH, and Russell Whisenand arranged for his transfer, and kept him alert on the transfer to Overland Park Regional. When Gene coded in the ER, Rich and Russ both took an active role in his care.

“It was an extraordinary event for us to have somebody code twice like that, and have a good outcome. So, definitely a win for him and for us, and we’re very happy for him,” Rich said.

Rich knows what it’s like to live in a rural area without close proximity to a hospital or emergency care.  

“I think sometimes, when you have a hospital in town, people take it for granted,” said Rich. “I live in Bourbon County, Kansas where we lost Mercy [hospital], and the people there didn’t see it coming until it was upon them.  To have a hospital here is a big deal to people, whether they realize it or not,” he said.

Gene specifically requested to complete cardiac rehab at his hometown hospital. It was much more convenient, as the program required three sessions a week, but Gene was also impressed by the emergency care he received at BCMH. They had earned his trust. He graduated from the cardiac rehabilitation program in May, and was cleared to go back to work, to play softball, and to work on his 40-acre farm in Adrian.

BCMH medical team involved with Gene’s care, from left: Andrea Davis, RN, Cardiac Rehabilitation; Russell Whisenand, Paramedic/Ambulance Supervisor; Rich Glossup, Paramedic; Gene (Franklin) Schroeder; Dr. Doyle Witt, April Morrow, RN, and Cheyenne Ratner, RN. Others involved in Gene’s care at BCMH included Glenn Sadler, RN, and  Chelsay Langford, RN.

Gene with paramedics Russell Whisenand (at left) and Rich Glossup. Rich said, “Definitely, we’re very happy for him, for his family, his wife. That’s hard – she saw him code twice, and the second time I was thinking, oh this is really, really bad. We’re going to lose him. And obviously we didn’t, he’s very happy and we’re very happy for him. I wish they all turned out that way.”

Cass County Sheriff’s Office Taking Applications for Fall Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy (SCA)

CASS CO – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is now taking applications for the fall 2021 Sheriff’s Citizens Academy (SCA). The program is an eight-week course provided to citizens. This program provides an in-depth look and hands on training into the career of law enforcement at the sheriff’s office.

Citizens are instructed by deputies on the subject of patrol, jail, communications, investigations, court, and community policing.The SCA is an 8-week program, courses are on Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. until approximately 9:30 p.m.

Citizens will also have the opportunity to ride along with a patrol deputy, work with jail deputies and communication officers. This enables them to observe first-hand how the sheriff’s office handles incidents.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older, have no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions and must be a resident or business owner in Cass CountyThere is NO cost for participants. Each student who successfully completes the citizen academy will take part in graduation.

The Sheriff’s Citizens Academy will begin on September 8th and seating is limited. Individuals interested in attending the Sheriff’s Citizens Academy should visit or contact Major Kevin Tieman at [email protected] .

Drive-By Shooting in Cass County

Two people are in custody following a report of a drive-by shooting around 3:00 am this morning in the Village of Baldwin Park near Pleasant Hill. Deputies were called to a report of a shooting in the area of Circle Drive and found one vehicle that appeared to have been shot numerous times. Investigators made contact with the witness who was standing outside when the incident occurred. That subject provided a vehicle description and the identities of the driver and passenger in the vehicle. Pleasant Hill Police located a vehicle matching the description on Maple Lane a short time later. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigations Team processed the area for evidence. Deputies took two subjects into custody at a residence in the 1300 block of Maple Lane, Pleasant Hill. Both subjects are in custody at the Cass County Jail pending formal charges. There were no reported injuries.

Carnegie Village Now Hiring

Carnegie Village Senior Living community is now hiring for many positions included RN, LPN, CMT, CNA, Housekeeping, reception, and Maintenance.

These positions include benefits, paid time off, tuition programs, vacation, health, dental, and vision insurance.  For more information visit [email protected].  Carnegie Village Senior Housing is located at 107 Bernard Drive in Belton.

Feed the Need Community Food Drive

Country Club Bank’s are having a Feed the Need Community Food Drive from now thru August 31st. Country Club Bank is collecting goods for Harvesters.  You can drop off your donations to support local families in need at Country Club Bank located at 1601 South Commercial Street in Harrisonville or any Country Club Bank location.

The greatest need for Harvesters is canned vegetable and fruits, dried fruit, canned meats, rice and pasta, canned soups, cereal, dried beans, and peanut butter.

Blood Drive on September 1st

Bates County Memorial Hospital will have a Community Blood Drive on Wednesday, September 1st from noon until 5pm.  Blood drive will be held in the Bates County Memorial Hospital Education center located at 615 West Nursery Street in Butler.  To book your appointment go to and enter group code: KCBS.  Appointments are preferred and masks are required regardless of vaccination statue at the event. For more information or questions call Andrea Jackson at 660-200-7313

Bryce Stanley, Dirt Road Comic at Amsterdam Jubilee

The Amsterdam Jubilee committee has been working hard to give their community a great day on Saturday, September 25th.  After 45 years of great day, great memories, and great times.  The Amsterdam Jubilee committee is once again bringing new events the Amsterdam. 

Troublefree Transportation and Mid America Live in conjunction with your Amsterdam Jubilee are proud to welcome Bryce Stanley, dirt road comic to be a part of this years Jubilee festivities.

Bryce will headline the Jubilee’s Day of entertainment begin right after the annual parade. Then Bryce will be around all day to help Amsterdam celebrate their 45th Annual Amsterdam Jubilee.  Let’s Gather at Dam on Saturday, September 25th.

Check out Bryce on all social media, he has over 150K followers on Tik Tok. I believe that qualifies him as a sensation.

Bates County Assessor Roger Pruden Retires

After a long career in office, Bates County Assessor Roger Pruden will retire this month.   

Rogen Pruden was raised and graduated from Adrian R-III School in Adrian, Missouri and still resides there today. Before become Bates County Assessor Roger along with his family owned and operated the Homestead House on Main Street in Adrian for many years.

He was elected to the office of Bates County Assessor in 1997 and has continued to hold this office for the last 24 years. 

Roger has been elected by the people of Bates County weather he ran unopposed or was opposed by another candidate.  The people of Bates County continued to elect Roger to the office of Bates County Assessor year after year showing their trust in his ability to do the job well. The assessor office has the task for assessing values to real estate and personal property. Roger always did this job with integrity knowing his job affected the school districts in Bates County.

In 2020 Roger decided it was time to retire and decided not to run for the office of Bates County Assessor in 2021.  August 31st is the last day in office for the outgoing Assessor and as of September 1st the newly elected Bates County Assessor Carl Bettels will take over the helm.

The staff of the Bates County Assessor’s office will have a retirement reception for Roger Pruden on Wednesday, August 25th in the lobby of the Bates County Administrative Building from 1pm to 3pm.  All are welcome to come wish Roger farewell in his retirement.  Masks are required for this event.

Bates County Sheriff’s Office needs your help.

The Bates County Sheriff’s Office is assisting the Bates County Prosecutors Office in an attempt to identify a potential witness.

On July 5th, 2019, a male and female were in the Butler Walmart and became uncooperative with employees. During the incident one or both of the parties made a threat to the employees by saying they would “blow” up Walmart. A female witness came forward and spoke briefly with responding law enforcement stating she saw one of the subjects recording the incident on their cell phone. The witness left the scene before being identified by Law Enforcement.

If you are or if you know the female witness in this case, please contact the Bates County Prosecutors office at 660-679-4030

New Covid vaccine and testing location for Cass County Health Center.

The Cass County Health Department now doing Covid 19 vaccinations and testing at new location. To make room at their office for back-to-school immunizations, they have moved our COVID-19 vaccination and testing to a new location!

Testing and vaccination are offered 9a.m.–3p.m. Monday-Friday at the new Cass County clinic location at 1411 S. Commercial, Harrisonville, MO 64701 (formerly Forged by Fire Kitchen and Tap House).

These vaccine clinics are open to anyone 12 or older for the Pfizer vaccine, 18 or older for Moderna. To ensure your spot it is always better to make an appointment, but they will accept walk-in too for vaccinations.

All Covid 19 testing will require an appointment by calling 816-380-8425 to schedule.

Way to go Finley

Hume Rodeo’s Friday night Mutton Busting Champion Finley Williams shows even the little guys can respect our flag and nation. 

Finley Williams of Butler Missouri made his first attempt at Mutton Busting at the Hume Fair and Rodeo.  After showing an interest his Uncle Robby encouraged and worked with him and it paid off on Friday night when Finley emerged the Champion Mutton Buster with a score of 71 points. 

Finley is the son of Katie William of Butler and Blaine Schroeder of Springfield Missouri. Finley Maternal grandparents are Scott and Robin Williams of Adrian Missouri and Paternal Grandparents Gene and Michelle Schroeder of Butler Missouri.   Pictures courtesy of Robin Williams

Western Action Regains Popularity With Increased Entries For Linn County Fair’s Professional Rodeo

 By Frank J. Buchman 

The “best of the best” are headed to Mound City, Kansas. 

“A dozen National Finals Rodeo (NFR) qualifiers have entered the Linn County Fair Rodeo,” announced committeeman John Teagarden, La Cygne. 

“Entries approach all-time highs for the Friday and Saturday evening performances, Aug. 13-14,” verified rodeo co-chairman Charley Johnson, Prescott. “It’s our largest contestant list in ten years with both nights’ rodeos really full for the 8 o’clock Western action.”  

Contestants are entered from 15 states including Kansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and eight more Midwest states.  

New Frontier Rodeo Company, Gypsum, will produce the Professional Rodeo Association (PRCA) sanctioned competition for the 12th year.  

“Mound City is the third event in the four-rodeo 2021 Eastern Kansas Pro Rodeo Series,” Teagarden pointed out. “First two rodeos of the series encouraging contestant and spectator participation were at Fredonia and Coffeyville, which concludes August 12th. Final series event is the Eureka Pro Rodeo, August 20-21, Eureka.” 

PRCA Clown of The Year Gizmo McCracken, renowned rodeo funnyman, and entertainer, promises to keep Mound City spectators smiling.  

In constant effort to improve the rodeo grounds, the Linn County rodeo has a new announcer’s stand for this year. 

 Veteran announcer Troy Goodridge is returning for colorful commentary describing arena action, while presenting scores, times and placings. 

Music following arena action has enhanced rodeo as a most popular family attraction. “We are pleased Garrison Panzer will serve as our sound director increasing arena excitement adrenalin,” Teagarden said.    

Two-time world champion all-around cowboy Joe Beaver, Huntsville, Texas, is entered at Mound City. A five-time world champion tie down roper, Beaver will be in Saturday night’s team roping. 

Seven-times NFR television color commentator, Beaver is teamed as header for Joe Day of Kechi, Kansas. Champion team roping heeler at the 2019 Linn County Rodeo, Day is a two-time Eastern Kansas Pro Rodeo Series winner. 

Current top-15 ranked PRCA and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) members entered include fourth-place barrel racer Emily Miller-Beisel, Weatherford, Oklahoma.  

Team ropers Buddy Hawkins ll, Stephenville, Texas, seventh-ranked header, and Andrew Ward, Oklahoma City, ninth-ranked heeler, are entered Friday. Likewise, the first evening, Jake Orman, Anderson, Texas, 20th-ranked header, will team with 15th-ranked heeler Brye Crites, Welch, Oklahoma. 

“Both rough stock and timed event entries are up considerably over recent years at Mound City,” Teagarden pointed out. “There are 14 entered in saddle bronc riding including NFR qualifier Hardy Braden of Welch, Oklahoma. Bull riding features 14 cowboys and six are in bareback bronc riding.”  

Johnson said breakaway roping is a new attraction for PRCA rodeos this year with 24 cowgirls entered at Mound City. 


Two-time world champion all-around cowboy Joe Beaver, Huntsville, Texas, is entered in the Linn County Fair Rodeo at Mound City, August 13-14. A five-time world champion tie down roper, Beaver will be in Saturday night’s team roping. 

The Little Apple

Vol 29 no 32

August 11 2021

Trinity Lutheran Church thanks community participates in their church-sponsored Quilt Show during the upcoming Sesquicentennial. The registration is now closed and letters have been sent out to participants. Over 75 quilts, baby quilts and wall-hangings have been entered in the show. With everyone’s continued support, they anticipate a great show on FRIDAY FROM 2-5 AND SATURDAY 9-1. Participants are asked to follow the directions carefully so the check-in will be as “painless” as possible on Thursday. Quilt check-in will be from 9-12. The public is encouraged to come and celebrate with them and to take part in the “People’s Choice” voting to determine the winner in each category of entries and a “Best of Show” Award. Those voting and returning their “ballots” will receive a snack treat. Call or text Kathy Rodick at 417-309-0471 if there are questions.

The monthly Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God will be 7:00 a.m. Saturday August 14.  All the men of the community are invited to join for a time of great food and fellowship.   Jerry Johannigmeier will have a short devotional. 

During the Sesquicentennial Celebration people are asked to share a memory of Appleton City. It does not need to be long or involved, just a  minute or two at the most. The memory will be videotaped and archived for future generations to enjoy.  The memory could be something of interest that you know or remember about AC, a fun story or just a favorite memory.  A place and time to share your story will be announced in the near future.  If people don’t share their memories, those great stories may someday be gone forever.

From July 12 to August 8, St. Clair Co Health Department recorded 18 new cases of Covid 19 in Appleton City with a 40.9% positivity rate last week.  More information is available at

“Friends Helping Friends Miller Family Benefit” chicken dinner is Sunday, August 15 from 11:00 a.m. until the chicken is gone at the Farmhouse Kitchen, 302 Railroad St. ACMO. The event will benefit Tammy Miller and her daughter Tory, who have been off work due to illness and have incurred numerous medical expenses. The meal is $12 per person and includes Kickin’ Chicken fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, green beans, slaw, hot roll and tea or lemonade. You can dine in or take out. Other items of interest include a bake sale by friends and family and additional activities. For information, contact Robyn Eckhoff at 660-464-1762, Delores Bracher at 660-492-3831 or Jennifer Boden, at Community First Bank. A Cornhole Tournament will be held in the grassy area across from Farmhouse Restaurant.  Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. and the tournament starts at 11:00 a.m.  Registration is $30 per team of two and is double elimination.  There is only one division (all ages can play).  There will be cash payouts for the top 3 places.  All other proceeds will go to the Miller family. For more information, contact Kari and Bill Berry, tournament coordinators.

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 (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, 2021. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Aug 11– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Aug 12 -Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Aug 13 Ortho-Dr. Gray, Aug 18-Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Aug 19 Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Aug 25 Ortho – Dr. Gray, Aug 25 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Aug 26 – 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.

The Henry County Library and Henry County Museum are celebrating the Missouri Bicentennial with their Bicentennial Speaker Series August 7-14. Treachery at Midnight will be presented August 11 at 4:00 p.m., Frontier Missouri 7:00 p.m. August 11, Sterling Price at 4:00 p.m. August 12 and Buffalo Soldiers: From Slave to Soldier 7:00 p.m. August 12.  All events will be at the Delozier Building 201 W. Franklin in Clinton.


Aug 12-15     AC Quasquacentennial Celebration

Aug 14     Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God 7:00 a.m.

Aug 15     Miller Family Benefit Chicken Dinner and Cornhole Tournament from 11:00 a.m. at the Farmhouse Kitchen

The Museum Minute: Herrman’s Historical Happenings week of August 11th

1870 Mrs. Burkleo’s fall session begins August 22, in the old school house in Butler. $1.50 per month.

1883 A meeting is held in the courthouse to organize a Bates Co Horticultural Society.

1884 John T. Leabo, charged with the Dec 18, 1883 murder of his wife, near Foster, and sentenced to be hung August 22, this year, has his sentence stayed, for the evidence to be further studied by the State of Missouri.

1922 Just after noon, fire destroys the vulcanizing shop of Forrest Ours, just off the southwest corner of the Butler square, fire started in the vulcanizing machine and $400 worth of tools are lost.

1949 At the Fisk’s Theater this week Dorothy Lamour and Edward Arnold in Johnny Apollo. This weekend is Allen Lane in Death Valley Gun Fighters, with Merle Oberon.

1949 A pile of one dollar bills, one on top of another stacked 58 miles high would be 1 billion dollars. Start your pile, today at the Butler State Bank, west end of the north side of the Butler square. 2% paid on savings.

1972 Four Butler Comet pitchers shutout the visiting Kansas City Lobos 6-0. Dale Smith started and was the winner. Larry “Spud” Welston, Gary Smith, Eddie Herrman and Norm Appleberry each pitched an inning.

1983 Sally Burg, executive secretary of the Butler Chamber of Commerce and Florilla Tiona head of the committee to build the bandstand on the Courthouse lawn, report the fund has now reached $3,876.00.

1989 98 year old Merle Tyner, of Butler, is awarded the highest award in Rotary International, the Paul Harris Award.

1990 The annual Rockville Festival has something for everyone.

Courtesy of Mid America Live

Mo Dot

Bates Co. Route B/Camp Branch & Panther Creek Bridges CLOSED

Beginning Week of Aug. 16 for Rehab Project

Bates County – Drivers should look for alternate routes when Bates County Route B at the Camp Branch and Panther Creek bridges north of Rockville CLOSE the week of August 16, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

Contractor crews will remove the bridge decks/driving surfaces and replace them with a new surface and install new guardrail.

The bridges will remain closed for up to 120 days to complete the work.

Both current structures were built in 1976 and are experiencing increasing deterioration. Approximately 270 vehicles cross each bridge daily.

These bridges are included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

Traffic impacts:

  • All lanes of Route B will be CLOSED beginning the week of August 16 for the duration of the project
  • Route B will not close until nearby Route M/Osage River bridge is completed and open to traffic, which is expected Monday, Aug. 16
  • Drivers will have access to entrances on either end of the work zone, but will not be able to drive through the work zone
  • No detour will be signed, drivers are urged to find alternate routes around the project
  • Signs and message boards will alert drivers to the bridge closing

Weather and/or scheduling conflicts could alter the work schedule.

This contract also included replacing the bridge deck/driving surface on the Bates County Route M bridge over the Osage River along with a culvert approximately one half mile to the north.

Henry County Sheriff investigating Theft

Henry County Sheriff’s Office advises this past Friday/Saturday, August 7th and 8th, a 2003 Easy Go TXT golf cart was stolen from Woobies Storage on South Highway 7 near the Benton County line. Here are two pictures of the suspect vehicle and trailer they used to steal the golf cart.

If you have information about this vehicle or the theft, please call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 660-885-5587 or your local law enforcement agency. It does not appear that the vehicle has any license on it or on the trailer.

Miami County Sheriff’s Office needs your Help

Miami County Sheriff’s Office needs your help Osawatomie!

They are assisting the Osawatomie Police Department and need help finding Bryant an 18 year old male with Autism. He was last seen this morning, Tuesday, August 10th,  in the area of 4th and Walnut in Osawatomie.

He is 5’10” and weighs 175 lbs. Miami County Sheriff’s Offices believe him to be wearing sweat pants and a blue jacket.

If you see him, please call 911.

Osage Valley Annual Meeting Cancelled

With deep regrets, the Osage Valley Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors has recently elected to make the difficult decision to alter their original plan to hold the meeting in person at the Benson Center this year.

Due to a recent and significant rise in COVID cases in our service area, they felt meeting in a large group could have potential health risks to our members and guests. Attendance at the meeting will be restricted to the Board of Directors only. No member attendance will be granted again this year, but member participation is encouraged through on-line voting. Quorum for the meeting will be established by those registering and voting.

Each membership registering online will receive a $10 credit on their September electric bill. Additional electric credit certificates will also be given away through drawings of those members registering. No “mail in” voting will be held this year due to time constraints associated with unexpected changes to our Annual Meeting format. Online voting will be available August 16 through August 24th at

Bates County Memorial Hospital Tumor Board

A board of medical professionals has been formed at Bates County Memorial Hospital to collaborate on cancer patient cases. The Tumor Board was created to provide a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to cancer care, bringing together oncology, radiology and pathology specialists to aid in decision-making and improve care coordination.

The Tumor Board gives their primary care providers a setting to discuss their patients’ cases with the multidisciplinary team. The goal is to prevent and diagnose cancers, plan treatment and evaluate decisions, as well as to help establish the best treatment plan for our patients without having to travel to facilities far outside of the community.

Any of the physicians or mid-levels on the Tumor Board may refer a patient to the tumor conference. Data is collected and sent to radiologists and pathologists on the board, who then prepare films, slides and reports to be presented at the monthly Tumor Board Conference. Members give input during the conference and help in the decision-making process. The oncologist and the primary care provider discuss items specific to each patient, enhancing continuity of care.

For patients, there is comfort knowing their primary care provider, who often has a better understanding of their health history, is collaborating with oncologists and other medical professionals to coordinate their best care and treatment.

The first Tumor Board Conference was held at BCMH on July 28 and will meet once a month.

Pictured: Dr. Jaswinder Singh, Oncologist (center); with Dr. Jim Miller (from left), Karen Landers, RN, Brandi Sampson, NP and Moied Riaz, NP.

Nevada man Arrested for Burglary of Tobacco Shack

Early Thursday morning Vernon County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a burglary that occurred in the overnight hours.

According to Sheriff’s Office officials, deputies were dispatched to the Tobacco Shack just outside city limits of Nevada.
During the investigation, Vernon County Sheriff’s Detectives were able to identify the vehicle and suspect,
who was apprehended late Friday evening.

During a search of the suspect’s vehicle, suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located.

The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Ethan Orr of Nevada MO.

Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said, “Investigators did an excellent job at processing the evidence and locating the subject quickly.”

A warrant was issued over the weekend for Orr charging him with Burglary 2nd Degree, Stealing, and Possession of Controlled

Orr is currently being held at the Vernon County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

Tumor Board Collaborates on Cancer Patient Care at BCMH

A board of medical professionals has been formed at Bates County Memorial Hospital to collaborate on cancer patient cases. The Tumor Board was created to provide a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to cancer care, bringing together oncology, radiology and pathology specialists to aid in decision-making and improve care coordination.

The Tumor Board gives our primary care providers a setting to discuss their patients’ cases with the multidisciplinary team. The goal is to prevent and diagnose cancers, plan treatment and evaluate decisions, as well as to help establish the best treatment plan for our patients without having to travel to facilities far outside of the community.

Any of the physicians or mid-levels on the Tumor Board may refer a patient to the tumor conference. Data is collected and sent to radiologists and pathologists on the board, who then prepare films, slides and reports to be presented at the monthly Tumor Board Conference. Members give input during the conference and help in the decision-making process. The oncologist and the primary care provider discuss items specific to each patient, enhancing continuity of care.

For patients, there is comfort knowing their primary care provider, who often has a better understanding of their health history, is collaborating with oncologists other medical professionals to coordinate their best care and treatment.

The first Tumor Board Conference was held at BCMH on July 28 and will meet once a month.

All medical staff and mid-levels at Bates County Memorial Hospital are members of the Tumor Board, including Family Care Clinic providers, Radiologist Dr. Corey Chopra, Pathologist Dr. Kevin Madigan, Pulmonologist Dr. Timothy Smith, and the Oncology team: Dr. Jaswinder Singh, Brandi Sampson, NP, and Moied Riaz, NP. BCMH Chemo nurses are also on the Tumor Board: Karen Landers, RN; Kate Long, RN and Stephanie Boin, RN. The board is coordinated by Ann Donnohue, RN, Outpatient Specialty Clinic Supervisor.


Cracking Down on Copper Thieves

A bill approved by the General Assembly and recently signed into law by Gov. Parson will close a loophole in Missouri’s laws regarding the theft of copper and precious metals.

Missouri currently tracks every time a business purchases scrap metal, junk, or other materials that include copper, but an exemption leaves such transactions unrecorded if the material is valued at less than $50.  Legislation (HB 69) now set to become law repeals that exception so that all such sales will be recorded.

The bill’s sponsor said it will deter copper theft, which is a problem statewide.  He’s heard of thieves stripping copper from vacant houses in his district and doing tens of thousands of dollars of damage.

“By doing this then they can track who’s been stealing copper and who’s been selling it, and if you can’t sell it, why break in and steal it?” he said.

The bill also aims to address a dramatic increase in recent years in the theft of catalytic converters. It makes such thefts a Class-E felony, punishable by up to four years in prison.

The bill sponsor said, “Thieves get a battery-powered saw and cut a catalytic converter out and probably in 2 or 3 minutes, and they’ll be gone. That’s happened again to my town just the other day.  They went to an auto dealer lot and they had already cut out five or six catalytic converters before being discovered.”

Under the bill a detached catalytic converter also cannot be altered or destroyed for five days after it is bought. Another provision increases from five days to ten the time a pawn shop owner must wait before melting down precious metals, in case they’ve bought stolen items. The legislation also increases the length of time records on the sales of certain metals must be maintained from two years to three. The provisions in the bill take effect August 28.

Funding for Roads and Bridges Signed in to Law:  SB 262 is meant to increase transportation funding for critical state and local infrastructure projects across the state of Missouri. The bill will generate the funding by increasing the state’s fuel tax by 2.5 cents per gallon each year for five years, beginning in 2021.

Gov. Parson said, “With nearly $1 billion in unfunded transportation needs each year, we can no longer wait for another day or another generation. We must change course and address these problems head-on. SB 262 provides vital revenue that will help us fund essential road and bridge projects all across the state. Quality roads and bridges increase the efficiency and safety of our roadways, invite travelers and business investment, and save Missourians money.”

The governor noted that Missouri has the seventh largest transportation system in the nation but only ranks 45th in available revenue per road mile. Over the last 25 years, the state has not significantly increased funding streams for state or local transportation projects, while the cost to maintain Missouri roadways has continued to increase significantly. 

The bill could increase transportation funding by more than $450 million once its provisions are fully implemented. An estimated $330 million per year would be available for the State Road Fund administered by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), and nearly $125 million – approximately 30 percent of total revenue – would go directly to cities and counties for local transportation projects. 

REFUND:  The bill also includes a provision to allow Missourians to avoid the increased fuel tax. Missourians that do not wish to increase their contributions to state and local roadway repair and replacement projects can submit the required documentation – including fuel receipts – to the Missouri Department of Revenue each year for a refund. 

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

Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site hosts public information meeting Aug. 21st

Representatives from Missouri State Parks invite the public to attend an informational meeting at Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site on Saturday, Aug. 21. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the site’s picnic shelter.

The public is invited to share comments and ask questions about the park and its operations. Representatives from the park will be present to provide information and to answer questions.

Input from the public is important to Missouri State Parks. These informational meetings, which are being held in all state parks and historic sites, help create two-way communication with the public. The meetings give staff the opportunity to let people know the current status and future plans for the park or historic site, and they offer visitors the opportunity to comment on the facilities. For a list of scheduled informational meetings, visit

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

Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site is located at 4837 NW County Road 1002, Butler, in western Missouri. For more information, please contact Stockton State Park at 417-276-4259.

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

Press Release from the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office

Approximately 7:45 a.m. on Thursday August 5th, the estranged father, Arthur Franklin Zschintzsc, gained entry into the mother’s residence and removed the three children, ages 9, 11, and 15, from the residence. The mother had been awarded full custody and had an active full order of protection against the estranged father.

Leading up to this event, the estranged father allegedly stole a 2006 dark blue, extended cab, Toyota Tacoma pick up. This is the vehicle the estranged father used to take the children from the mother’s residence. A message was issued to Missouri law enforcement, along with a local “text caster” alert.

The Missouri Highway Patrol made contact with the stolen Toyota truck north of Springfield on Highway 13. The estranged father fled into Springfield, Missouri, and was eventually taken into custody by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Greene County Sheriff’s Office. The children were located near the truck and were unharmed.

On Thursday, August 5, 2021, at 3:16 p.m. a warrant for the arrest of Arthur Franklin Zschintzsch was issued by the Associate Circuit Court of St Clair County. The warrant for Zschintzsch shows the following charges:

Burglary 1st Degree B Felony

Tampering With Motor Vehicle 1st Degree D Felony

3 Counts-Child Abduction E Felony

Violation Of Order of Protection for Adult A Misdemeanor

There was no bond on this warrant.

The warrant was issued after charges were filed by St Clair County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Dysart in relation to events earlier in the day, Thursday, August 5, 2021.

Sheriff Lee Hilty stated, “Because of information received by a citizen in response to a text caster message sent by the St Clair County Sheriff’s Office and good working relationships between law enforcement agencies, this situation was brought to an end with no one injured”.

Sheriff Hilty recognized the St Clair County dispatchers and deputies for their diligent work on this situation. Sheriff Hilty also gives credit to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Circuit Clerks Office for their filing of criminal charges in a timely matter.

Bates County Sheriff seeking public’s help in recent robbery

On 8/1/2021 Bates County Deputies took a report of a burglary located at the Bates County Elks Club just outside the city limits of Butler. Unknown subject or subjects forcibly entered through a back door of the building. While in the building the subjects broke open two safes and completely stole a third safe.

Approximately $7000 to $9000 in cash was taken along with a computer, two tablets, blank checks, and misc. records.

The Bates County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information from the public for information on the person or persons responsible for this burglary. The money taken is money from fundraisers and helps the club perform many functions to support our youth and to make the community better.

If you have information, please contact a Bates County Detective by calling 660-679-3232.

Bates County Covid Update

COVID-19 Updates August 6, 2021

Positive Cases Reported: 1758

Active & On Isolation: 102

Deaths (confirmed by death certificate): 39

Total Negative Tests Reported: 19,401 as of 8/05/21

Local Volunteers and Blood Donors Needed for Red Cross

For Busy Disaster Season

COLUMBIA, Missouri – August 9, 2021 — Many weather experts predict a destructive disaster season this year. The American Red Cross needs volunteers to help on the ground and blood and platelet donors to roll up a sleeve to maintain a stable blood supply in the face of emergencies.

“We’re preparing for another extremely busy disaster season, and it’s critical to have a trained, ready volunteer workforce to make sure we can provide relief at a moment’s notice,” said Chris Harmon, Regional Disaster Officer, Missouri and Arkansas Region. “This year’s wildfire season is already very active and dangerous because of the severe drought and dry woodlands across the west. And experts are predicting we could see 10 or more hurricanes in the upcoming weeks.”


The Red Cross needs new volunteers to support disaster shelters. Volunteers will help with reception, registration, food distribution, dormitory, information collection and other vital tasks inside disaster shelters.

The Red Cross also needs volunteers who can work in disaster shelters to address people’s health needs and provide hands-on care in alignment with their professional licensure (registered nurse and licensed practical nurse/licensed vocational nurse). Daily observation and health screening for COVID-19-like illness among shelter residents may also be required. We have both associate and supervisory level opportunities available. If you are an RN, LPN, LVN, APRN, NP, EMT, paramedic, MD/DO or PA with a current and unencumbered license, this position could be right for you.

After most disasters this year, the Red Cross plans to open group shelters. However, in some communities, hotels may be more appropriate if the risk of COVID-19, including the delta variant, is particularly high. The Red Cross will also continue many of the safety precautions implemented in 2020, including masks, health screenings, enhanced cleaning procedures and encouraging social distancing.


Local Disaster Action Teams provide 24-hour emergency response to local disasters, particularly home fires, ensuring that those affected have access to resources for basic necessities such as food, shelter and clothing. If you are team-oriented and want to help your neighbor, the DAT responder may be just the thing for you.

Last year, the Missouri Arkansas Region provided immediate emergency assistance to over 4,500 families after over 3,300 home fires and other disasters.

If you want to make a difference and are interested in helping your community should a disaster occur here at home or across the country, please visit


Wildfires, record-breaking heat and a busy hurricane season can also impact the nation’s blood supply. On top of the toll extreme weather events take on the lives of millions, disasters can cause blood drive closures or prevent donors from being able to give safely. Eligible donors can help overcome the critical need for blood and ensure blood is readily available by making an appointment to give by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

As a thank-you, those who come to donate throughout the month of August will get a free 4-month special offer to Apple Music by email (new subscribers only). Details are available at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 16-31



8/18/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Fairfield Inn & Suites – Belton, 151 N Mullen Rd



8/26/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Archer Daniels Midland-Front office admin Bldg., 17700 South Highway T


8/18/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., First Baptist Church, 301 East Highland Avenue

8/19/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 301 East Highland Avenue

8/20/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., First Baptist Church, 301 East Highland Avenue

About blood donation

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

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

In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility.

Blood drive safety

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

About the American Red Cross:The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit or, or follow us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Explosives Found in Vehicle Following Pursuit

Cass Co – Around 7:30 pm Thursday, a Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a driver of a red 1988 Chevy S10 truck for a traffic violation in the area of 7 Highway and S. Walker Rd. near Harrisonville. The driver refused to stop and sped away.

Deputies continued pursuing the vehicle for nearly 20 minutes on numerous gravel roads in the Garden City and Dayton area before the driver lost control and crashed.

The driver, Vance G. Gayle, 57, Blairstown, MO was taken into custody.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies discovered suspected narcotics and drug paraphernalia. Deputies also located explosives consistent with dynamite. The Lee’s Summit Police Department Explosives and Ordinance Disposal Team was contacted to respond to the scene. Lee’s Summit Police EOD members detonated the items on scene due to the potential hazard of transporting the objects.

The Cass County Prosecutor’s Office charged Vance Gayle with Class D Felony, Unlawful Possession, Transport, Manufacture of Illegal Weapon and Class E Felony, Resisting Arrest By Fleeing Creating a Substantial Risk of Serious Injury/Death.

Vance Gayle is currently in custody at the Cass County Jail. His bond has been set at $5,000 10 % Cash Only.

“Every day that our deputies go to work they encounter a variety of unknown circumstances. This is an example of how a seemingly routine stop for a traffic violation exposed a dangerous, convicted felon, fleeing deputies and putting our community in danger. Thanks to the good work of law enforcement no one was injured and this person is in jail,” Sheriff Jeff Weber.

Kansas City Chiefs’ Tight End and Super Bowl Champion Travis Kelce Teams Up with Midwestern Retailer Hy-Vee to support the work of Kelce’s foundation 87 & Running

Super Bowl champion Travis Kelce has joined forces with
Midwestern grocery retailer Hy-Vee for the upcoming football season through 2025 for promotional and
charitable campaigns supporting Kelce’s foundation 87 & Running.

Beginning this season, Hy-Vee will donate
$1,000 to 87 & Running for every touchdown scored by the Pro Bowl tight end. Hy-Vee will also carry Kelce branded product with part of the proceeds benefitting 87 & Running and support other events incorporating
Kelce’s newly built Ignition Lab at Operation Breakthrough.

“I’m excited to be partnering with Hy-Vee because from the start they were interested in how they could
support my foundation and the work we do in the community,” Kelce said. “I also know how impactful the Hy Vee brand is. By working together, we’ll be able to connect with a lot of Chiefs’ Kingdom across the Midwest,
which is important to me.”

In addition to the charitable components, Kelce will appear in Hy-Vee’s promotional materials including
commercials, store appearances and social campaigns.

“When we saw the outreach that Travis was doing in his local community, we knew we wanted to support his
efforts,” said Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee’s chairman, CEO and president. “Not only is Travis talented on the field, he
also serves as a true role model and sports icon for the families who visit our stores, making him a great partner
for us at Hy-Vee.”

Kelce’s foundation 87 & Running was established in 2015 with the mission of empowering underserved youth to
achieve success by providing resources and support to their communities and cultivating their talent and
interest in the areas of education, business, athletics, STEM and the arts.

Partnering with Kansas City
cornerstone Operation Breakthrough, Kelce and his foundation’s newest project is the Ignition Lab – a co working space where teens will have the support, resources, and opportunity to explore careers in STEM, launch
their own entrepreneurial ventures, and gain real-world experience.

Hy-Vee has more than 280 grocery stores throughout eight Midwestern states. The retailer is also a sponsor of
the Kansas City Chiefs

Arthur Franklin Zschintzsch Arrested on Several Counts

On Thursday, August 5, 2021, at 3:16 p.m. a warrant for the arrest of Arthur Franklin Zschintzsch was issued by the Associate Circuit Court of St Clair County. T

he warrant for Zschintzsch shows the following charges:

Burglary 1st Degree B Felony

Tampering With Motor Vehicle 1st Degree D Felony

3 Counts-Child Abduction E Felony

Violation Of Order Of Protection For Adult A Misdemeanor

There was no bond on this warrant.

The warrant was issued after charges were filed by St Clair County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Dysart in relation to events earlier in the day, Thursday, August 5, 2021.

Sheriff Lee Hilty stated, “Because of information received by a citizen in response to a text caster message sent by the St Clair County Sheriff’s Office and good working relationships between law enforcement agencies, this situation was brought to an end with no one injured”.

Sheriff Hilty recognized the St Clair County dispatchers and deputies for their diligent work on this situation.

Sheriff Hilty also gives credit to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Circuit Clerks Office for their filing of criminal charges in a timely matter.

Asian longhorned tick confirmed in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Agriculture, working in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and Missouri State University, has confirmed the first finding of an Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) in Missouri. Missouri becomes the 16th state with a presence of the tick species, following the first confirmed report of the Asian longhorned tick in the United States in 2017.

Asian longhorned ticks are light brown in color and are very small, often smaller than a sesame seed. Unlike other ticks, a single female Asian longhorned tick can produce offspring (as many as 1,000 at a time) without mating. That means individual animals could host thousands of ticks, which can cause great stress on a heavily infested animal.

The Department encourages producers to continue protective measures and to check their livestock regularly for ticks. Keeping grass and weeds trimmed and clearing away brush are important tick prevention practices. If you spot any unusual looking ticks or large infestations on your animals, contact your local veterinarian.

Perry County Bow Fisherman Catches World Record Sized Bighead Carp

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) confirms Matt Neuling of Perryville is the latest state record holder under alternative methods after shooting a colossal 125-pound, 5-ounce bighead carp. Neuling was bowfishing with a friend July 24 when shot the mammoth at Lake Perry. 

“I was out with my buddy early that morning when we both shot what we thought was a 30-pound grass carp,” Neuling recalled. “My buddy’s arrow pulled out, but mine shot straight through and stayed in there.”

Neuling said his friend was eventually able to shoot another arrow into the fish, but they were shocked at just how massive their fish turned out to be.

“We just couldn’t believe it,” he said. “We knew what type of fish it was, but we had never seen one that size. This thing is a straight up monster. A five-gallon bucket could easily fit in its mouth. If my buddy wasn’t with me, there was no way I could have pulled it out of the water.”

The carp was weighed on a certified scale in Perry County. It’s the eighth state record fish recorded in 2021. This catch also beats the existing bowfishing world record of 104-pounds, 15-ounces.

“It’s just crazy,” laughed Neuling. “You know, I set that goal of breaking a record every time I go out to fish, but I never would have thought I’d be breaking a record with this fish.”

MDC Fisheries staff took the head of the fish in an effort to age it, while Neuling used other parts of the fish for catfish bait.

“When fish get this size, we estimate it to be at least 10-years-old,” said MDC Fisheries Program Specialist Andrew Branson. “Bighead carp are an invasive fish from Asia. This particular fish is an example of just how well an invasive species can thrive if given the opportunity. We encourage people to harvest these fish to help remove them from our waters.”

Missouri state record fish are recognized in two categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods. Alternative methods include: throwlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug lines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, archery, and atlatl.

Henry County Sheriff’s Citizen Academy

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has an upcoming eight week (one night a week) “Citizens Academy” for Henry County residence to learn more about the operations of the Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement in general.

The Citizen’s Academy will be on Tuesday nights beginning on September 14th from 6:30pm to 10pm night at 200 North Main St. in Clinton. Deadline to register for this class is Monday, August 30th.

This is a great opportunity to learn and be hands on with many of the tools and situations that they handle every day. The class in limited to a maximum of 20 participants. Applications are available at the Sheriff’s Office or by emailing: [email protected] Henry County Sheriff’s Office needs your application returned by August 30th and a commitment to attend all sessions. For full details on the event visit the Henry County Missouri Sheriff’s Office on Facebook.

Bates County Sheriff’s Office is Hiring

The Bates County Sheriff’s Office is seeking applications for full time Communications Officers. Starting salary is $15.00 per hour with a $2.00 per hour pay increase on January 1, 2022. A full benefits package is included. With raise to $17 an hour after 4 months! No drive to the city. No traffic, climate control, health insurance, dental and life. Retirement what more can you get locally.

 All applicants must be able to pass a criminal and character background check. For more information contact Sgt Mears at [email protected]

Bates County Sheriff’s office is also seeking applications for full time Detention Officers. Starting salary is $15.00 per hour with a $2.00 per hour pay increase on January 1, 2022. A full benefits package is included. All applicants must be able to pass a criminal and character background check. For more information contact Lt Thorp at [email protected]

Enter to win MO VIP Contest

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reminds Missourians that there is only one week left until registration closes for the first drawing of MO VIP! Good news: eligible Missourians only need to enter once to be eligible for all drawings after their entry is received.

Missouri’s Vaccine Incentive Program – MO VIP – will reward 900 lucky Missourians who have chosen or will choose to be vaccinated. They will draw random winners from throughout the state to win $10,000 cash or a $10,000 education savings account depending on your age.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services first drawing will be Aug. 13, 2021, and registration will close two days prior on Aug. 11, 2021.

There are three category that Missourians can qualify to register in.

The Red Category – Missourians 18+ who receive their first dose after July 21, 2021

The White Category – Missourians 18+ who receive their first dose before July 21, 2021

The Blue Category – Missourians ages 12-17 who have received or will receive their first dose

Enter to win visit!

Butler Chamber of Commerce Needs Volunteers

 Volunteers needed in your community!!

The Butler Chamber is looking for community volunteers for two upcoming events sponsored by the Chamber.  

The first event that volunteers are need for is the Halloween event on the Butler square October 31st. Even if you cannot be present that day, there is a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into these events and you can help the Butler Chamber of Commerce along the way.

The second event that the Butler Chamber of Commerce is needing volunteers for is the Christmas parade.  Again, many behind the scenes that could use help if you cannot be present the day of the event!

Volunteering your time is not easy, they know but your help in the many events sponsored by the Butler Chamber of Commerce is greatly appreciated.

When you volunteer is your opportunity to give your input to these events. Help work to bring something to your community and find reward in the smiles of those around you. The Butler Chamber of Commerce will take all kinds of volunteers and will not turn you away if you want to work more than 1 event.

You can message about volunteering for these 2 events via the Butler Chamber Facebook page. You can also call the Chamber during office hours. If the Halloween or Christmas events do not interest you but you still want to volunteer… They have other events and committees that would love to hear from you.

Come have fun with the Chamber, volunteer some time, meet some people in your community and bring a smile to someone’s face.

VFW Golf Tournament

Cass County VFW Auxiliary Post 4409 is having their annual Golf tournament on Saturday, August 14th at the Harrisonville City Park Sand Greens.

This is a 2-person scramble, cost is $75.00 per team.  Cash Prizes will be award to winners. Tournament begins at 9am with a shotgun start.

Also, there be a 50/50 raffle and prize drawing through out the day.

For this golf tournament in Harrisonville, it is BYOBeer, Balls, and Carts. If you bring your own carts, you will be entered into a separate prize drawing.

The Harrisonville VFW is also accepting donation for prize drawing.

Early registration is appreciated for this event.  To register go to and search for VFW Golf Tournament there you can print off the flyer with all the details and registration form is attached.

Bricks n’ Bluegrass

The Harrisonville Bicentennial Block party will include Bricks n’ Bluegrass on August 7th from 7pm to 9pm on the Community Stage on Lexington Street in Harrisonville. 

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the live music performed by Whiskey Mash Band and Unfit Wives. 

The event is free to public and sponsored by Family Center Farm and Home, Stites Media, Max Motors, and Butler Music.

Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive

Community Banks of Raymore, Peculiar, and Harrisonville is having a Stuff the Bus, School Supply Drive.

School supply drive is Now through August 14th.  All supplies connected will go to local families in need of assistance.

School supplies may be drop off at any the Community Bank locates between 9am and 5pm Monday through Friday and 9am to noon on Saturdays.

Community Banks are located at 801 W. Foxwood Drive in Raymore, 300 C Highway in Peculiar, and 1503 N 291 Highway in Harrisonville.

This school supply drive is sponsored by Community Banks and the Apple Bus Company.

OATS Transit Now Hiring in Harrisonville

OATS Transit currently has an opening for an Operations Coordinator in our Harrisonville office. No nights or weekends are required for this position. This position is 40 Hour work week during the hours of 6am to 5:30pm. OATS Transit will train the right person. Operations Coordinator starting pay is $14.00 per hour, with excellent benefits package. You may apply online at www.oatstransit.orgEqual Opportunity Employer M/W/V/D

Castrate bulls as young as possible

“Castrate bulls as young as possible for optimum performance and profitability,” says Patrick Davis MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist.  Davis will discuss bull castration age for optimum performance and profitability.

“Bull calves should be castrated as young as possible to reduce stress related performance losses,” says Davis.  Multiple research studies have shown that early castrated bull calves perform similar to bulls that are left intact till weaning.  Furthermore, if bull calves are castrated at weaning, they have reduced performance compared to early castrated bull calves for a period of time as they heal from the castration stress.  Davis urges cattle producers to castrate bull calves at less than 3 months of age for optimum performance. 

“Bull calves marketed at weaning through livestock marketing facilities will see $5 to $10/cwt discounts or more compared to steer calves,” says Davis.  These discounts result from the high likelihood of calf performance loss and morbidity once bulls are castrated.  Davis urges early castration of bulls to prevent discounts at sale time as well as reduced health problems after sale. 

“Consult your veterinarian when developing a bull castration protocol for your cattle operation,” says Davis.  Veterinarians can provide education on proper bull castration protocol and management to reduce stress leading to optimum health and performance post castration.

For more information related to optimum time to castrate bulls for ideal operation performance and profitability contact your local MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist.     

Public Hearing Regarding City of Butler Proposed Tax Rates

A hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at the Butler City Hall, 22 W. Ohio at which citizens may be heard on the property tax rates proposed to be set by the City of Butler.  The tax rates are set to produce the revenues which the budget for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2021, shows to be required from the property tax.  Each tax rate is determined by dividing the amount of gross revenue needed by the current assessed valuation.  (The result is multiplied by 100 so the tax rate will be expressed in cents per $100 valuation.)

Assessed Valuation (By Categories)    Prior Tax Year                                           Current Tax Year

                                                                                2020                                                                       2021

Real Estate                                          $        34,3945,916                                                 35,325,958

Personal Property                            $          8,164,519                                                      9,154.059

Total                                                      $        43,110,435                                                     44,480.017

The Following Tax Rates Are Proposed

Amount of Property

Tax Revenues


                                                                                                Proposed Tax Rate (per $100)


                General                                $      271,550.00                                                0.6105

                Parks                                     $        12,721.00                                                 0.0286

                Lake                                       $          5,515.00                                                  0.0124

                Total                                      $      289,786.00                                               0.6515

                                                                                                City Council of Butler, Missouri

                                                                                                Corey N. Snead, City Clerk/Finance Director