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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Help needed: Locally written book has chance to hit the big screen

This is the true life story of a four-year-old little girl who took over seven thousand volts of electricity thru her body. Doctors told her parents to plan her funeral because she would not survive a week. Fifty years later, this is the story of my "life unarmed."

The book Life Unarmed My Story, written by Diana Taylor of Butler Mo. recently got the attention of a company who would like turn the words of her life story into a screenplay, which ultimately then could become a movie.

In speaking to Diana, it is clear she has taken something quite tragic and turned it into a positive with great help from the Lord; and now she has been given the opportunity to transition her written words to the big screen.

Due to some legalese, Diana, who lives on a very limited budget, is required to front an amount of money to start the process of conversion to screenplay and we are asking the community to help her raise the needed $4,617.90 to get the ball rolling.

Mid America Live spoke to Diana this week about helping her cause, and she has made it clear that any money raised over the target amount will go fully and directly to the Carpenter's Cup in Butler as a donation. Likewise, investigation has been done into the company to insure they are legitimate.

Now, here's how you can help- share this information with your friends, fellow church members, civic groups etc. and let's help get her story out for the world to see in cinema! Donations may be made at Community First Bank in Butler (either location). Use either account holder name Thomas J. McArthur or Douglas Mager c/o Diana Taylor Fundraiser.

The timeline for submission of money is rather short and any help would be greatly appreciated. Mid America Live will be providing updates on a regular basis. Thank you in advance!

Obituary - Charles Rodney McGee

Charles Rodney McGee, 64, of Martin City, MO, passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at his home. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Monday, April 12, 2021 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO. 

 The family will receive friends 10:00-11:00am Monday at the funeral home. Burial in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville. A complete obituary will be posted when it becomes available.

Update: Boating accident in Henry County

On April 9th around 9:55am the Missouri State Highway Patrol along with Henry County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a boat collision at G23 Mile Marker on Truman Lake around the Bucksaw Marina area.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when 2012 Lowe driven by 68 year old Albert A Weaver of Pleasant Hill, Missouri made an abrupt turn in front of the 2014 Tracker driven by 69 year old Randal E Stone of Holden, Missouri causing the two boats to collide and eject Mr. Weaver from his boat.

Both males sustained moderate injures and both were transported by ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

Obituary - Helen L. Kitchen

Helen L. Kitchen, 97, of Oak Grove, departed this life, Thursday, April 8, 2021, at her home surrounded with love and family.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Missouri. Pastor Matthew Miller, her grandson, will officiate. 

Private burial will follow in the Kingsville Cemetery. Casket bearers are Kenneth M. Miller, Gerald W. Miller, Stephen D. Miller, Mark A. Weir, Kenneth W. Miller, and Sampson J. Alperin. Honorary casket bearers are Doug Bagshaw, James Miller, and Larry Weir.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Ascend Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550

A complete obituary will be published here as that information becomes available

Obituary - Robert W. Cook

Robert W. Cook, 81, Freeman, Missouri, passed away Friday, April 9, 2021 at the University Of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. 

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at the Presbyterian Church in Freeman, MO. 

The family will receive friends 10:00-11:00am, with a masonic service at 11:00am, with the funeral service immediately following. 

Burial in the Freeman Cemetery, Freeman, MO. A complete obituary will be posted when it becomes available.

60 Years of Memories: Roads once traveled


60 Years Of Memories Of Butler

by James Ring


In some fashion, the older names for our local streets and roads never quit being used. They hang on as colloquialisms despite all attempts to gentrify them. Orange street is still the Old 71 Strip, to those of us who cruised its environs on busy Saturday nights. And Mill street remains H Highway, the eastbound gravel state-maintained roadway to which it was connected in the early 1950s. 


Elks Drive was the Pine Tree road in the pre-Elks Lodge days, so named for the County Home for the indigent that had been turned into Pine Tree Rest Home, now the Bates County Museum of Pioneer History. On the other side of town, Rice Road (named for councilman Melvin Rice) was simply the Sawmill Road, its long-standing primary feature.


North Main street turned into North Main Road as it continued north to connect to the Passaic Road (D highway), part of a national cross-country trail leading from Louisana to Minnesota in the 1920s called the “Jefferson Highway.” On its other extremity, South Main street/road used to have a jog in it at Nursery street, lining up as an extension of Lyons street before continuing south. The current traffic-smoothing sway came about after the Lynch property was developed by Paul Buerge.


The difficulty getting to the Bates County fairgrounds from H highway was resolved by aligning it with Austin Avenue, which saved building a bridge. Before that, traffic had to jog up or down Pine street to Main or Henry streets to get to the state highway. Pine street used to be the main thoroughfare leading to Oak Hill Cemetery, complete with a sidewalk on its south side paid for by the Ladies Clubs, remnants of which still exist.


When I came to town, West street was just that—the west edge of town. Sunset View Drive didn’t exist, nor did the four-lane highway that now bypasses the heart of Butler. One came into Butler from the north on U.S. 71 via Passaic (yes, the speed limit was 70 mph), hitting the city limits about where Midwest Lumber sits, formerly the Special Lens Plant. At the county’s only stoplight, you could turn west onto Highway 52 or continue south out of town past the sale barn at Nursery street corner. Lola Case’s steakhouse sat in the hollow outside town and a “filling station” was on the corner of 71 and eastbound 52. What it’s worth, that route is now shown as NE County Road 63.


Fran Avenue, more commonly known now as the WalMart road, was named for Fran Hall, wife of Butler’s energetic industrial development director, Robert Hall, retired J. C. Penney store manager. Its Day’s Inn motel isn’t Butler’s first high-rise rooming house; that would be the three-story Inn Hotel on the Square. And the next time you go by the Casey’s convenience store on Fort Scott street, note the white two-story house behind it, on Flo street. That was Butler first hospital; our friend Louise Fisher will tell you she had her appendix removed in the building, requiring a two-week stay.


We travel roads and streets with much history beneath them. 



Obituary - Loraine Lynn (Ryberg) Stanley

Loraine Lynn (Ryberg) Stanley age 61 of St. Joseph, Missouri formerly of Creigthon, Missouri departed this life Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Mosaic Life Care, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Loraine is survived by her three sons, Chris D. Ryberg and his wife Heather of St. Joseph, Missouri, Patrick Ryberg and his wife Shanda of Harrisonville, Missouri and Lucas Stanley and his wife Missy of Drexel, Missouri; a brother, Clint Beck of California; a sister, Rebecca Ryberg of Garden City, Missouri; six grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation. No services are scheduled.

The family suggest that memorial contributions me be made to the Dayton Cemetery Associations and may be sent in care of The Dickey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 432, Harrisonville, Missouri 64701.

A complete obituary will be posted here as soon as that information becomes available.

Stolen truck in Henry County


The truck is maroon & tan in color, with chrome running boards, bearing MO registration: 9SH-485.

Vehicle was taken from the 900 block of NW 1501 (Urich area) sometime between 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7th, through 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 9th, 2021, unknown direction of travel.

If anyone has seen or has any information regarding this stolen vehicle, please contact Henry County Central Communications @ (660) 885-5587 or your local law enforcement agency.

Obituary - William Michael McMillan

William Michael McMillan, age 60 of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021. He was born on August 24, 1960 in Kansas City, Missouri the son of William McMillan and Virginia Russell McMillan. 

He served his country in the United State Marine Corp. He worked as a fork lift operator for Triumph Foods. He was a very neat person. He loved his truck, Harley Davidsons, the Chiefs, the Royals and line dancing with Jan. Michael is survived by his significant other, Jan Minter, father, William McMillan, mother, Jenny Hall(Joe), three sons, Joseph McMillan(Vicky), James McMillan(Kaylyn), and Robert McMillan(Tiffany).

Graveside Service will be held at 1:30 pm, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at the Fort Scott National Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the American Diabetes Foundation. Online condolences may be left at

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