Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Obituary -Junior Kroos

Walter William “Junior” Kroos, age 79, of Warsaw, Missouri passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at his home. He was born on November 5, 1942 in Ionia, Missouri the son of Walter J.H. Kroos, Sr. and Ada (Brown) Kroos. He grew up and attended school in Lincoln and later graduated from Lincoln High School in 1961. Junior was united in marriage to Norma Kearns in Windsor, Missouri on December 31, 1966. 

They made their home on a farm in Benton County. Junior raised cattle, grew crops and diary farmed all his life. He enjoyed music and started playing guitar at the age of ten. Junior played in a band, as lead guitar, most every weekend for the past sixty years. He also enjoyed to hunt and fish.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Walter and Ada Kroos, a son, Jeremi Kroos, an infant brother, Leonard Kroos, an infant son, Jeffery, a sister Anne McMullin and a brother, John Kroos.

Junior is survived by his wife Norma Kroos, of the home, a daughter Shelbi Force, and husband Steve, of Savannah, Missouri, three grandchildren; Shaya Force, of Colorado, Matthew Force, of Savannah and Michaela Force, of Illinois, a sister, Jessie Hagen, of Cole Camp, Missouri, numerous other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Services for Walter “Junior” Kroos will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, October 3, 2022 at the Davis-Miller Funeral Home in Lincoln, Missouri. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral from 1:00 until 2:00 P.M. Interment will follow the funeral at the Lincoln Cemetery.

2nd Annual Bates County Posse Invitational Rodeo

The Bates County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff’s Posse, Adrian Optimist Club and Rodeo Gold Productions have teamed up with many local sponsors to bring back the 2nd Annual Posse Invitational Rodeo. Mark your calendars for this wonderful free event October 8, 2022.

Get out and enjoy some Friday Night Lights this week

Week 6 of the Missouri State High School Football Season will continue Friday night September 30th! If your looking for something to do here is a list of games that might interest you around the area.

Adrian Blackhawks (4-1) at Midway Vikings (1-4)
Butler Bears (4-1) at Buffalo Bison (3-2)
Drexel Bobcats (5-0) at Archie Whirlwinds (5-0)
El Dorado Springs Bulldogs (1-4) at Warsaw Wildcats (4-1) 
Cassville Wildcats (3-2) at Nevada Tigers (4-1) 
Center Yellowjackets (5-0) at Harrisonville Wildcats (2-3) 
Grain Valley Eagles (3-2) at Belton Pirates (3-2)
Lamar Tigers (4-1) at  McDonald County Mustangs (4-1)
Lees Summit North Broncos (4-1) at Ray-Pec Panthers (4-1) 
Missouri Military Academy The Colonel (0-5) at Clinton Cardinals (0-5) 
Oak Grove Panthers (1-4) at Pleasant Hill Roosters (5-0)
Osceola Indians (1-4) at Appleton City Bulldogs (3-2)
Rich Hill Tigers (0-5) at Pattonsburg Panthers (1-4) 
Stockton Tigers (1-4) at Sherwood Marksmen (1-4)

Be sure to keep a eye on the news page Friday night as we will have a full list of football scores from across the state of Missouri.

If anyone has any photos they wanna send us from the games please email them to

Obituary - Rev. Tommy L. Haynes

Tommy Lee Haynes, 90, Nevada MO, passed on to his heavenly home on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. Born in Macon, Illinios, February 10, 1932, to parents John and Mary Haynes.

Tommy entered the Air Force in January 1951 and was stationed in Hawaii where he met his future bride, Ruth Kirkpatrick, and served until October 1953. The two had correspondence through the mail for a year and a half and upon his return to stateside, the couple was married two weeks later to form a legacy that lasted 68 years until her death. 

They resided in Decatur, Illinois where he was an accountant. They welcomed their first daughter, Linda, moved to Florida and welcomed their only son, Tony. Moving back to Decatur to start a construction business with his father and older brother, they welcomed their second daughter, Lisa. In 1966, the family moved to California to attend LIFE Bible College. Following graduation, the family moved to Findlay, Ohio where Tommy pastored his first church. He has pastored in Montana, North Dakota, and in 1988 moved to Nevada, Missouri where he pastored Anchor Fellowship for 33 years. Tommy also oversaw the operations of maintenance in several nursing homes until his retirement at the age of 80. Following his calling from God, he retired from pastoring in church at the age of 87.

Tommy is survived by his three children, Linda Atkins, of Golden, Missouri, Tony Haynes (Cathy Haynes) of Rolla, Missouri, and Lisa Kirschenmann of Nevada. 14 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren with one more on the way. One brother, Jerry Haynes (Pam) of Gulf Port, Mississippi, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth (Kirkpatrick) Haynes, his son in law Tony Atkins, his parents John and Mary Haynes, two brothers, and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 3, 2022, at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Rev. Jerod Lamb and Rev. Jason Kirschenmann officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow at 12:30 p.m. in the National Cemetery in Ft. Scott, KS. The family will receive friends from 3-4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

Butler Halloween Trunk 'R Treat on the east side of the square

Osceola police chief resigns

Obituary - Draven Michael Wales

Draven Michael Wales, age 26, of Belton, Missouri passed away on Sunday September 18, 2022.

Draven was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Chris Wales and Amanda (Moore) Hunt on August 14, 1996. 

Draven went to Butler High School for the majority of his school career and completed Vo-Tech for Auto Mechanics then graduated from Truman High School in Independence. He was a "jack of all trades" but worked in the auto mechanic and HVAC field.

Draven was preceded in death by his Dad Chris Wales, Grandmother Pam Wales and Grandfather Bob Roudebush and bonus Grandma Claudia Hawkins.

Left to cherish his memory are his three children Waylon, Deklan and Archer. His Mom Amanda Hunt and StepDad Bill Hunt, Brother Xavier Moore and Sister-in-law Shaliena, 2 nephews and a niece, Brother Dylan Wales, Sister Lexcee Hawkins, Grandparents Kelly & Mike Madden, Aunts Amber (Chris) and Dawn (Tacuma), and a small army of very close Cousins and Great Aunts & Uncles.

Bates County Republicans meeting tonight at Butler City Park

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Obituary - Jody Christopher Warne

Jody Christopher Warne, 50, of Ottawa, Kansas, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2022, doing what he loved, racing.

Memorial services will be held at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, October 6, 2022, at Dengel & Son Mortuary, Ottawa. Family will meet with friends immediately following the service.

Jody was born August 5, 1972, in Northwood, North Dakota, the son of Larry and Julia “Judy” (McMahon) Warne.

He grew up in Larimore, North Dakota, moving to Grand Forks North Dakota where he lived many years. In 2009, Jody moved to Ottawa where he has made his home.

He was a truck driver owning and operating his own truck for several years. Jody always loved being with family and friends and was known for cooking for friends at the moto track and his home. He worked hard and played even harder. In 1995, Jody began racing and is a decorated racer. He loved being in the Missouri State Motocross Racing Series and Arenacross, where he raced in many locations. He also enjoyed golfing and NASCAR.

He was preceded in death by his father Larry Warne.

Survivors include two sons, Justin Ludke of Bismarck, North Dakota, and Jody Bergland of Grand Forks, North Dakota; mother Judy Warne of Ottawa; sister Kari Orender of Edgerton, Kansas; maternal grandmother Mary McMahon of Ottawa; and three grandchildren.

Contributions for funeral expenses would be greatly appreciated by the family. Checks should be made payable to Dengel & Son Mortuary and if mailed sent c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas 66067.

Clinton Fire Department appoints new department chaplain

The Clinton Fire Department is proud to announce that auxiliary firefighter, Dan Beebe, has been appointed Department Chaplain.

Dan began his career with the CFD in October of 1973 as a volunteer firefighter. That position turned into a full-time position in November of 1973. Dan served the department as a full-time member, earning the rank of Lieutenant, before a career change in August of 1980.

In June of 1985, Dan returned to the department as an auxiliary (formerly volunteer) member to which he has served ever since. Dan is one of our most dedicated members and has been for sometime. With 44 years of service under his belt, our hope is that he can continue to serve our department in this new, less physically demanding, role for many years to come.

Dan has served, unofficially, as the departments Chaplain for a few years now. This new appointment signifies the departments commitment to Dan's religious example and guidance as Department Chaplain.

Chaplain Beebe!

Thank you!

Belton Mayor Larkey and City Council recognized the Belton Missouri's 150th Anniversary Celebration Committee and volunteers for all of their hard work in putting on the best birthday party in Belton history! 

Mayor Larkey presented co-chairs Diane Huckshorn and Michelle Mellinger Richardson with keys to the city in honor of their dedication and commitment to the City of Belton.

Way to go Chris!!!


Harrisonville Middle School Principal Chris Grantham is being inducted in the Pittsburg State Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend!
Mr. Grantham played football for the Gorillas from 1981-84. He was named an NAIA All-American on the Offensive Line in 1984. He was a First Team CSIC All-Conference offensive linemen from 1982-84. His team was the 1982 NAIA National Runner-Up. Following his time at Pitt State, he joined the Navy and retired as a Petty Officer, First Class in 1991.

Mr. Grantham, along with the other seven 2022 inductees, will be honored at a special Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Friday evening, Sept. 30. The group also will be honored at halftime of the Gorillas' football game against Missouri Southern on Saturday!

Congrats Mr. Grantham!!

Wildcats look to give the yellowjackets their first loss of the season

Friday night the Center Yellowjackets (5-0) come to town to take on the Harrisonville Wildcats (2-3) in a MRVC West match-up. 

This will be the 29th time the two school's have faced off on the gridiron. They first met in 1948. Harrisonville leads the all-time series (16-11-1). Kickoff is 7 p.m. from Memorial Stadium.

City of Butler Scheduled Power Outage

Attention city of Rich Hill

Lately, there have been several phone calls and walk ins to City Hall for police matters where an officer is needed to respond to an incident. 

While we all share a building, the ladies at City Hall do not handle police work. We understand there will be times you may need to come to City Hall to request to speak to an officer and we welcome that. 

However, minutes matter when there is a situation that requires the response of a police officer. The best way to get an officer to respond is by calling dispatch. They are in constant contact with the on duty officer(s). When you see something that just isn't right, or you have an emergency, don't hesitate to call.
Dispatch: (417)395-2222

Courtesy of the Rich Hill Police Department 

Community First Bank 25th Anniversary Customer Appreciation Celebration

A little chilly this morning

It is a tad bit chilly this AM, esp. across far northern & northeast MO where you might be waking up to some patchy frost. 

Temps quickly warm through the AM rising to around 70 this afternoon. Clear skies tonight lead to another chilly night with lows in the high 30s to low 40s.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Friday is the undefeated Southern Cass Clash

A very big football game this Friday night as the Archie Whirlwinds (5-0) host the Drexel Bobcats (5-0), as they battle for the top spot in the WEMO Conference. This will be their 5th meeting since moving to the 8-man football classification.

Drexel has won the previous four meetings, twice in the regular season, and twice in the playoffs.

The two school's are separated by a mere 18 mile stretch of blacktop on A Highway in southern Cass County. Kickoff is Friday, September 30 at 7 p.m. from the Archie Sports Complex.

10/2/2020 Drexel 43, Archie 6
11/3/2020 Drexel 49, Archie 40 Playoffs
10/1/2021 Drexel 58, Archie 12
11/19/2021 Drexel 90, Archie 42 Playoffs

Obituary - Cheryl Sherrer

Cheryl Sherrer, age 64, passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. Funeral services for Cheryl will be held at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at the Assembly of God Church, Clinton, Missouri.

Visitation will be from 2:00-3:00 PM prior to the service. Burial to follow in Englewood Cemetery, Clinton, Missouri. 

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to The American Cancer Society or The Assembly of God Church and can be left in care of the funeral home.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home in Clinton, Missouri.

BHS Youth Cheer Clinic

Obituary - Glen Keith McMeins

Glen Keith McMeins, age 66, of Drexel MO, passed away Friday Sept. 23, 2022, peacefully at his home.

Keith, the son of Warren K. McMeins and Mary JoAnn (Smith) McMeins was born on November 14, 1955 in Kansas City, Mo. He was raised just outside of Drexel, MO and resided in the area for the remainder of his life. He graduated from Louisburg High School in 1974 and continued to work the family farm.

He joined the 101 Operators Union. He was a proud member for 30 plus years, retiring in 2015. He was an avid gun owner and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a loving brother, uncle, and friend to everyone. Preceding him in death were his parents Warren and Mary as well as his nephew Gavin Kush.

He is survived by his 3 loving sisters Susan Elliott of Drexel, MO, Ann Filliman (husband James) of Olathe KS, and Cindy Kearney (husband Chris) of Edgerton, KS; 3 nieces, 2 nephews, 2 great nieces, and 3 great nephews; and his beloved Dog Gizzmo.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 1:30 p.m., Monday, October 3, 2022 at Dengel & Son Mortuary, 1 Aquatic Drive, Louisburg, KS, 66053. Burial will be in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, MO. Memorials are to the Gavin Kush Scholarship Fund.

Obituary - Willis "Pod" Gregory

Willis “Pod” Gregory of Amsterdam, Missouri passed away Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Bates County Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held 10:00 am Friday, September 30, 2022 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). 

Burial will follow in West Point Cemetery, Amsterdam. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to West Point Cemetery or The American Diabetes Association. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Willis “Pod” Gregory was born February 18, 1934 in Amsterdam, Missouri to Jesse and Ruby Summers Gregory. He attended school in Amsterdam and went to work right after on the family farm. Pod was united in marriage to Karen Boswell in June of 1955. They made their home in Amsterdam and three children were born to this union. Pod continued to farm until 1969, after which he began his career as a carpenter. 

Working for a time with the Carpenter’s Union 777, and then for himself. Pod had a gift for woodworking, and it was very evident that he enjoyed it. He also enjoyed hunting, riding his four-wheeler, mowing his yard, whether it needed it or not, and his favorite, coconut pie with ice cream. Ice cream on the bottom of course.

Pod was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and six sisters. He is survived by his wife Karen Gregory, daughter Jody Midkiff, son Clay Gregory, and son Cole Gregory. 

He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Stephanie Gadsby, Chance Gregory, Casey Gregory, great-grandchildren, Brandi and Jessie Gadsby, sister Hope Blake, and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family members and friends.

Welcome to Appleton City Elementary School Bos’N

Hello Bulldogs! I wanted to take a moment and introduce you to our newest staff member at Appleton City Elementary School. Bos’N (pronounced Beau-Sin) is a professional therapy dog that will be joining me in the principal’s office most days. 

Bos’N is a two year old Standard Poodle, who worked alongside me last year at Butler Elementary School. He was trained through CARES KS out of Concordia, Kansas, and the two of us completed his Public Access Test in March 2020. Bos’N will greet students as they enter the building and visit classrooms throughout the day.

As I told students this morning, his whole purpose is to make people happy. It is my hope that he will make our wonderful school an even better place to be. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out!

Stephen Miller
Principal - Appleton City Elementary
StephenMiller@AppletonCity.K12.MO.US or (660)476-2161.

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