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Saturday, May 8, 2021

From the National Weather Service

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for Bates county and surrounding areas to be in effect until 5 am.

Happy Birthday President Truman!

Today across the state of Missouri and throughout the nation, we celebrate the birthday of President Harry S. Truman!

Truman was born on this date in 1884 in Lamar, Missouri around a hour south of Butler. He would be 137 today.(

Happy Birthday President Truman!


Obituary - Bonnie Hannah Schuman

Bonnie Hannah Schuman, 92, went home to be with our Lord and Savior on May 3, 2021. Bonnie’s wishes were to be cremated with no public service. Her ashes will be scattered privately at a later date.

Upon asking mom if she wanted more information included, she said,

“NO, those that know me know my life story and those that don’t……IT’S NONE OF THEIR DAMN BUSINESS.”


Severe weather possible tonight


⚠️The severe weather potential has increased for tonight-including the metro area.  Wind gusts to 70 mph, hail to the size of half dollars, and a brief tornado or two are possible.  Storms are expected to begin after 9 pm tonight. Make sure you have a way to receive watch/warning information tonight!

Garage sale maps available...

If anyone needs a Butler garage sale map, grab a Shopper from the red box at 17 N. Main st. Have fun finding bargains and enjoy your day!

Way to go Rains!

Congratulations Butler student Rains Craft! 2nd High Individual Area VII Trap Shooter and Chapter FFA degree! Rains is the son of Dale and Pam Craft of rural Butler.

Rains is pictured with FFA Advisor Mr. Reece.


Obituary - Laney Amber Miller

Laney Amber (Metcalf Wilkins) Miller, 29, Nevada, MO went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 6th, 2021. Laney was born in El Dorado Springs, MO on March 8, 1992 to Lisa Wilkins and John F. Metcalf.

When Laney was six months old her father passed away. In September of 1995, her mom married Monty W. Koehn and Laney quickly became HIS little angel. She loved to dance and sing and often attended Karaoke with her parents. She performed her first solo at the Eagles Aerie at the age of 4, and although she was horribly tone deaf, she was a huge hit with the crowd and quickly wormed her way into the hearts of many. At the age of 12, Laney moved to Nevada and started attending the Nevada Schools. She shot her first deer at the age of 13 and became an avid hunter. She especially loved going with the “old men” on goose and duck hunts. Laney graduated from Nevada High School in May of 2010. 

She went to work as a cashier for Wood’s Supermarket and worked her way up to supervisor roles and bookkeeper. It was during this time that she reacquainted with Stormy Miller and together they ended up having three children, Koeyn Blaine, Transyn Blaine, and Adalie Rayne. They married on February 3, 2020.

Over the years Laney worked at the US Bank Mortgage in Nevada, Sharky’s in Ft. Scott and in Nevada, was an in-home aide for the State o Missouri, and after several years at home with her children, she recently started a home cleaning business. After only a couple of months she was booked solid, ready to hire help due to her dedication and attention to detail. Laney’s main focus in life was her nieces and nephews in whom she was especially close to.

She is survived by her husband Stormy Miller and three children, Koeyn, Transyn, and Adalie of the home; mother, Lisa Wilkins, Nevada; brother, Andrew B. Wilkins (Dejah), Nevada, Jamin (Amanda) Koehn, Nevada; Brian (Hollie) Koehn, Oklahoma City, OK; two sisters, Kyla Compton, Nevada, and Brittney Meiwes, La Harpe, KS; two sisters-in-law, HarLee Peace, and Taron Derry, both of Nevada; three brothers-in-law, Levi Doody, Lamar, MO, Dusty Derry, Nevada, and Cody Derry, Nevada; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Laney leaves behind a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and hundreds of friends, especially Ricky and Melissa Burns. She was preceded in death by her father, John Metcalf and Monty, two cousins, Jeremy Goins, and Zoe Reedy.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 10, 2021 at Moore Cemetery in Nevada. The family will receive friends from 1-3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to a scholarship fun for her children c/o Ferry d Home.


Friday, May 7, 2021

Obituary - Hazelee Burnett

Hazelee Burnett, age 84, of Hopewell, Virginia, recently of Raymore, Missouri, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 6, 2021 in her Raymore home.

Her daughters will be posting a Celebration of Life Video in Honor of Mother’s Day.

Hazelee was born at home in Pittsylvania County, Virginia on April 7, 1937 to Howard Lee Salmons and Winnie Hazel (Hardy) Salmons. Hazelee was very active in her church playing piano and singing in the choir. She had the most beautiful voice. At one point she even recorded a record. She graduated high school and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in education at the James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She spent thirty years teaching kindergarteners in Danville, Virginia, and a few years in Hawaii which she absolutely loved and adored the children. She also learned how to play the ukulele and dance the hula. In life Hazelee was the most loving person to all that knew her. She was the best mother and grandmother that anyone could have ever asked for always smiling and so optimistic about life. As she spent much of her life educating, Hazelee was very passionate about donating her body to science so that others could learn.

Hazelee was preceded in death by her parents Howard and Winnie Salmons; and son in law, Kelly Brent Brown.

She is survived by her loving daughters, Donna Heintz and Laurie Brown; brother Noel Salmons (Deloris); and two grandchildren, Jova Heintz and Jaxson Brown.

She will always be missed and loved dearly. We find comfort knowing that she is with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and that she is singing with the Angels.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278



Butler High School Annual FFA chapter banquet tonight

Butler High School Annual FFA chapter banquet tonight. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. 

We will recognize students for the awards portion of the banquet in the auditorium at approximately 7:15 p.m.

Updated Obituary - Alan Duane Zellmer

Graveside services with military honors for Alan D. Zellmer of Butler, Missouri will be 10 a.m. Monday, May 10, 2021 at Scott Cemetery in Amsterdam, Missouri under direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler. No visitation. 

Contributions to Kansas City Hospice House or Ronald McDonald House. Online condolences, www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Alan Duane Zellmer, age 68 of Butler, Missouri died Thursday, May 6, 2021 at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born January 15, 1953 to John Joseph and Shirley Jean Bays Zellmer in Butler.

Alan is survived by his wife of 46 years, Ginger Zellmer of Butler, Missouri; one daughter, Shanyn Peterson and husband Clayton of El Dorado Springs, Missouri; two brothers, Jim Zellmer and wife Annie and Danny Zellmer and wife Doris all of Butler, Missouri; one sister, Phyllis Nitsche and husband Linn of Butler, Missouri; and two grandchildren, Maverick and Ladigo. He was preceded in death by his parents.