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Monday, July 26, 2021

Steamy Weather Ahead

While seasonal temperatures are expected today, the heat and humidity are expected to return leading to dangerous conditions mid-week. What is your favorite way to beat the heat?

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Coming soon!

Watch for the coming mural by the Butler Historic Preservation Commission on Dakota St. just off the SW corner of the Butler Square. From this building west was the livery stable that served the three hotels in the immediate area.

The Pickett Hotel (Later Beatty's) where Butler Abstract and LeNeaves is now, the LaClede Hotel where the mattress store just west of Jennings is now and the Day, later Southern Hotel in the empty lot south of the Methodist Church.

The Lindsay Stage and Mail line had several routes - NW thru Virginia, Mulberry, West Point and on to LaCygne, E thru Pleasant Gap and Lahai and on to Appleton City and then south to Osceola. Anthony Lindsay was born in Nova Scotia and came to Bates County in 1870 to run the mail and stagecoach lines.

Thanks to the Butler Historic Preservation Commission for bringing our history to light and to all the volunteers who are helping.

Power Outage Update 3:30pm

Osage Valley Electric Cooperative Crews continue to make progress on the outage in southeast Bates County. Tree limbs have been cut away and broken cross arms are being replaced.

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we know this mess has taken some time to repair.

Power Outage update from Osage Valley Electric Cooperative

Update 2:20 PM - Osage Valley Electric Cooperative Crews are close to wrapping up the work on the outage affecting members near Amoret, Amsterdam and Merwin. They hope to have power restored shortly.

Crews continue to work on the outage affecting members south of Hwy 52 in Bates County. A large tree has fallen through the line in a rather difficult to reach area. Crews will continue to work until power has been restored.

As the storm moves through, we are experiencing a few outages. Crews are currently working on an outage affecting members east of Amoret, Amsterdam and Merwin. Crews are also headed to an outage near the Pleasant Gap area.

Please do not report outages using Facebook or Messenger. Check this link for outage reporting options:

Update: Shooting yesterday in Belton

As a follow up to the shooting from yesterday in Belton. We have received many inquiries regarding the status of the two parties taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds.

Both parties are listed in serious but stable condition at local hospitals.

Their identities will not be released until such time charges are filed.

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Significant Weather Advisory until 11:15 AM

Welcome (back) to the family!

The Clinton School District is excited to announce that 2011 CHS graduate, Tabitha Mifflin is joining the team at Clinton High School, where she will be teaching social studies this year.

This will be Tabitha's first year of teaching. She is currently completing her Master's of Art in Teaching at the University of Central Missouri.

Tabitha and her husband, Garrett, have two sons Conrad (4) and Creighton (1.5). The family loves the outdoors and enjoy spending time hunting, fishing, and being at the lake. They are active and enjoy playing everything from co-ed softball to playing catch with their children.

Tabitha is excited to be teaching in the district in which she grew up, and says, "Once a Cardinal, Always a Cardinal!"

Obituary - Helen Louise Bradshaw Wilson

Helen Louise Bradshaw Wilson was born to Melvin Bradshaw and Sarah Stoneking Bradshaw on February 19, 1929, the eldest of seven children. A graduate of Norris High School, she married James Edward “Jim” Wilson on May 09, 1947. Together, they had two children, James “Keith” Wilson and Karen Louise Wilson. And, on a farm in Leeton, Missouri their family of four created a beautiful life.
Helen lived a life full of love. She loved her husband, faithful to him to the end of her life, not just his. She loved her children with the love only a mother knows, always careful to set a good example. She loved her grandchildren, always reminding them to make wise decisions. She loved her great grandchildren, always in awe as she was reminded, time and again, the beauty of her family as it grew around her. Helen was blessed to see yet even another generation; she always took time to love on her great, great grandchildren, regardless of the chaos around her. She prayed over all of us, daily, until her last breath. Helen lived a life full of determination for the things that mattered to her most. She was devoted to homemaking. Helen was also a tremendous asset to Johnson County as Deputy County Clerk. She spent Sundays with her family at Harmony Baptist Church. She was an active member of the congregation, playing the piano during services for so many years they’re hard to count. Her days were full of service, mostly to others. Helen lived a life full of faith. She peacefully left this earth at the age of 92 on July 16, 2021, walking into the arms of Jesus and of those who died before her. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Virginia Bradshaw Weltman and Doug Bradshaw, her beloved husband Jim Wilson, and son Keith Wilson. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Ganote and her husband Dave, daughter-in-law Linda Long Wilson, and siblings, brother Donnie Bradshaw, sister Dolores Bradshaw Rouse, brother Fred Bradshaw, and sister Sharon Bradshaw Young. She is also survived by her granddaughter Brenda Wilson, her daughters Dessiray “Desi” Karm and William Parsons, Rachael Waller and husband Jonathan, and son Arley; granddaughter Camalla Ganote and Tom Taylor, and their daughter Abigail; grandson Brett Ganote and Heather Wallace, and their sons Beau, Jaxson, and Parker; grandson Aaron Wilson, wife Chastity, and their daughter Erica; grandson Andrew Wilson, wife Andrea, and their children Jack, Hunter, and Kinley; and, granddaughter Alaina Ganote Burtrum, husband David, and their children Sarah, Madelyn, Mylee, and Paxton. Also surviving are five great, great grandchildren, Layla, William, Jamie, and Braylen (Desi), and Paisley (Rachel). Please join us in honoring a beautiful life lived for our beloved Helen - daughter, sibling, wife, mother, and grandma. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 24, 2021, Carpenter Cemetery, Chilhowee, Missouri. Services are under the direction of the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton, Missouri. Memorial contributions can be made to Carpenter Cemetery, and left in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left online at

City of Butler and the Butler Chamber of Commerce hosting a glow splash bash!

Department of Natural Resources awards $50,000 grant to Rich Hill

City will evaluate wastewater system improvements

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JULY 23, 2021 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources awarded a $50,000 Clean Water Engineering Report Grant to the city of Rich Hill to evaluate the city’s wastewater system.

The department’s Clean Water Engineering Report Grant program offers funding to small communities for wastewater engineering costs incurred in preparation of a facility plan report. The city will use the grant to develop the report, which is intended to identify wastewater system improvements needed to continue reliable service to the area, meet permit requirements and reduce inflow and infiltration of stormwater into sewer collection pipes. The facility plan should be complete in December 2022.

“Infrastructure such as wastewater systems are crucial to every community,” said Dru Buntin, acting director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. “Through this grant, we can help cities like Rich Hill identify the changes needed to maintain and improve their wastewater systems, which in turn will help protect public and environmental health and support the local economy.”

Water and wastewater systems are essential infrastructure that support the health and economic vitality of a community. Through the grant, the city has an opportunity to assess their plant and identify improvements for efficiency and effectiveness, capacity, and to satisfy public health and water quality regulations. This will help the community plan for future growth and development and determine what actions are needed to address their wastewater needs.

The department’s Financial Assistance Center is committed to working with communities to assist with water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects. The department’s Water Protection Program’s Financial Assistance Center provides funding opportunities for communities with water quality, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure needs. This project will be funded wholly or in part with monies received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information on wastewater and drinking water funding opportunities, visit