Thursday, August 18, 2022

Obituary - Margaret Lucille Leatherman

Margaret Lucille Leatherman, age 91, a former resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, and more recently of Joplin, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at the Communities of Wildwood in Joplin. She was born October 25, 1930, in Deerfield, Missouri, the daughter of Norman Louis Pettibon and Lucille Pilcher Pettibon.

Margaret graduated from the Nevada High School and the Ft. Scott Junior College. She went on to receive a teaching certificate from Pittsburg State Teachers College. Prior to her marriage, Margaret taught at both the Mapleton, Kansas grade school and the Lath Branch School east of Ft. Scott.

Margaret married Donald Leatherman on May 11, 1952, in rural Deerfield, Missouri. Together, they owned and operated their own farm for many years. After her children were grown, she worked for a time at Master Printers and for Sears in Ft. Scott. Margaret was a devoted wife and mother. She enjoyed fishing, gardening and tending her flowers. She was a longtime member of the First Southern Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and was active with the Awana program.

Survivors include three sons, Tom Leatherman (Connie) of Deerfield, Missouri, Steve Leatherman (Debbie) of Joplin, Missouri and Mark Leatherman (Leanne) of Ft. Scott, Kansas, ten grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a son-in-law, David Cannon of Louisburg, Kansas and a sister, Norma Yoos, also of Joplin. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Don, on January 7, 2009. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Beth Cannon and her sister, Beverly Davis.

Pastor Clarence Newman will conduct funeral services at 10:00 A.M. Monday, August 22nd at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Clarksburg Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 P.M. Sunday at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the First Southern Baptist Church or to Care to Share and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Death Investigation after female dies in Lamar

On 08/18/22 at 02:55am officers of the Lamar Police Department were dispatched to an address in the 1100 block of Allen St for an adult female possibly not breathing.

Upon arrival first responders began life saving measures and the female was transported to Cox Barton County by Barton County Ambulance where she later died. The deceased has been identified as Beatrys Adriana Moreno Martinez, age 35, of Thousand Palms California.

The next of kin have been notified. An autopsy has been scheduled for tomorrow in Springfield. The investigation is currently on going.

The Lamar Police Department is actively working the investigation and we ask that if you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Lamar Police Department at 417-682-3546

K-68 resurfacing project to start in Miami County

K-68 resurfacing project to start in Miami County

Wednesday, Aug. 24, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) expects to start a resurfacing project on K-68 from U.S. 69 east to the Kansas-Missouri state line. Activity includes a 1½-inch mill and asphalt overlay. The contractor will begin work at the state line and continue west through the city of Louisburg.

Flaggers and a pilot car will direct one-lane traffic through the work zone on the two-lane section of K-68; expect delays of 15 minutes or less. Traffic will be carried through construction with intermittent lane closures inside the Louisburg city limits. 

Weather permitting, the project should be finished by mid-October.
More information is available on the City's website:

Obituary - Francis “Duane” Ketron

Duane Ketron, age 67, passed away on August 16, 2022 at Medicalodge of Fort Scott after suffering from a long illness. He was born February 19, 1955 in Fort Scott, Kansas, the son of Arthur Hursh Ketron and Mary Louise Clark Ketron. 

Duane graduated from Fort Scott High School and worked at Peerless in Fort Scott for many years. He still owned his first car, a 1959 Ford Fairlane 2-door sedan named “Old Betsy”, that he dreamed of restoring. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a winning smile with those he encountered. In addition, he was an avid Royals fan and loved dogs and cats.

Survivors include two sisters – Kathee Light of Hoxie, AR and Carolyn Strauch of Neosho, MO; four nieces – Kamela Light of Hoxie, AR; Shawnta (spouse Randal) Whited of Walnut Ridge, AR; Caroline Green (spouse Steve) of Topeka, KS; and Julia (spouse Gabriel) Carroll of Springfield, MO; eight great-nieces/nephews – Harley Light, Chance Phillips, Memory Light, Hannah (spouse Brandon) Dawson, Weston Whited, Ethan Whited, Zackary Green, and Bradley Green; one great-great-niece – Londyn Light. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Hursh and Mary Louise Ketron, his younger brother, David Arthur Ketron, brother-in-law Ronnie “Frog” Light, and niece Kristy Light.

Visitation with the family and friends will be Saturday, August 27, 2022, at 10:30 am in the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorial Service will follow at 11:00 am with interment at Memory Gardens after the Memorial Service. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, love, and acts of caring for our brother and uncle Duane. We also want to thank the Cheney Witt staff for all their assistance and caring service. Please join us in celebrating and remembering his life.

Lost African Spurred Tortoise in Cass County

Lost African Spurred Tortoise in Cass County ! 

Today August 18th Missouri State Highway Patrol Cpl Kelly Hoover located a large Tortoise on State Route J between Raymore & Peculiar in Cass County. It appears to be a lost “pet” & we need your help locating the owner. 

Meanwhile, the Belton Animal Clinic & Exotic Care Center is caring for Mr. Turtle until the owner is found.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the MSHP! 

Obituary - Terry Lee Thornton

Terry Lee Thornton, age 65, of Raymore, Missouri, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 13, 2022 in the comfort of his home.

Terry was born July 13, 1957 in Portsmouth, Virginia, the son of Thomas Frank Thornton Sr and Edith Mae Landy-Boone Thornton. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1975 and went on to serve in the United States Air Force for 20 years, retiring as an E-6 Tech Sergeant. He served duty assignments across the world including: Alaska, Arizona, Alabama, California, England, Oman and his final assignment at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento, CA. Following his military retirement, he later built a career working for the State of California as a Computer Programmer for the Department of Health Services, where he retired in 2016.

Terry was a deeply devoted family man who cherished spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a loyal and enthusiastic Washington Redskins fan, those who know him understand the affinity he had for the team. He also enjoyed fishing, puzzles, board games, listening to music, dancing, playing dominoes, and spending time with his children, grandchildren and beloved cats, Oliver, Kitty, Lola and Kayla. He was passionate about coaching and mentoring children and young adults. He was a pillar of his community in Yuba City, CA and Raymore, MO where he was heavily involved in the Parks and Recreation department in volunteer and supervisory roles. He coached hundreds of young children over the years including his own daughters. He made an impact each day by helping students and young adults to understand responsibility and empowered them to make their own decisions. He was fiercely loving, incredibly stylish, competitive and had a huge, caring heart. To know Terry, was to know the joyous and loving man that he was, there was never a stranger he couldn’t convert to a friend. He had an infectious laugh and sought to maintain connections with those he loved near and far.

On September 26, 2011, he married his loving wife, Anna Baumann, in Yuba City, California, together they blended their families and shared love for their six children and 10 grandchildren. Shortly following his retirement from the State of California, he and Anna moved to Raymore, MO to enjoy their retirement together. They shared a deep love for one another and enjoyed volunteering together at the Heart and Hand thrift store in Raymore, MO.

Terry is survived by his wife, Anna Thornton; his children Terry Gambrell of Greenville, South Carolina, Nicole R Roberson of Washington DC, Angelica Vega-Foley (Brendon) of Phoenix, Arizona and Alaina Miller (Nick) of Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin; his step-daughters Amanda Middlemas (RJ) of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Shannon Jorgensen (Tyler) of Castlerock, Colorado; his siblings, Pastor Wilbert Nicholson (Brenda), of Greenville, NC, Pastor Thomasine Wortham (Hubert) of Flushing, Michigan, Toni Wright (Linwood) of Norfolk, Virginia, and Jenelda Scott (Marcus) of Portsmouth, Virginia; his cousin Willia Allen (Floyd) of King George, Virginia, 10 grandchildren, and his many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and the friends who became his family.

He was preceded in death by his brother Thomas Frank Thornton (Yvonne, deceased) and his parents, Thomas Frank Thornton and Edith Mae Landy-Boone.

A visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 AM, with a service to follow at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 19, 2022 at Fellowship Church in Raymore, MO.

A reception will be held at Fellowship Church immediately following the services.

Terry will be laid down in his final resting place at the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, VA, with military honors on Thursday, August 25, 2022 at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Raymore Parks & Recreation Department or Yuba City Parks & Recreation Department.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

News from the Bates County Memorial Hospital

Bates County Memorial Hospital (BCMH) has submitted applications to Bates County Commissioners requesting funding through the federal government’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for replacement of two aging ambulance units, and reimbursement for revamping the hospital’s central registration area to enhance infection prevention measures. 

BCMH seeks this funding in response to COVID-19, a disease that continues to pose a threat to Americans’ health. These funds would be used to prevent and mitigate COVID-19 to the general public:

A request for $600,000 for the replacement of two aging ambulances with an estimated cost of $300,000 per unit. (In 2021, BCMH replaced a 2010 model ambulance with approximately 300,000 miles; the new Unit 1 ambulance was purchased for approximately $265,000.) BCMH provides 911 ambulance services for Bates County residents without any subsidies, and currently operates four ambulances to meet the needs of the county. Due to the significant cost of an ambulance, the replacement program for these vehicles is staggered. Two of the hospital’s ambulances will need to be replaced soon. The need for replacement has been expedited due to the increased mileage related to transfers going further out when hospitals in Kansas City were full due to the pandemic. The investment in these vehicles is important and truly benefits all residents of the county.

A request for $146,883 for reimbursement for revamping the hospital’s central registration to address infection control guidelines, a project completed in 2021. This project was developed with private, individual glass registration offices with physical barriers, accomplishing social distancing and privacy for patients and staff. BCMH would not have allocated or expended funds toward this project had it not been necessary to address the infectious nature of the COVID-19 virus.

Both requests made by BCMH fall under eligible use for ARPA funding, and “ambulances” are specifically listed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury under “Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF): Overview of the Final Rule”, page 14, a part of the American Rescue Plan.

Obituary - Wanda Marie Nash

Wanda Marie Nash passed away Monday, August 15, 2022. She was born in Kansas City, Kansas on December 2, 1962 the daughter of George and Mary Major Nash.

She graduated from Prairie View High School. Marie worked for many years in the food service department at Swan Manor Nursing Home in La Cygne. She was an avid reader, and talented painter and crafter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Terry Nash, and a sister, Denise Nash. Marie is survived by four brothers, Jeremy, Keith, David and Jackie Nash, four sisters, Brenda Nash, Alice Warren, Kathy Querry, and Amanda Nash, nieces nephews extended family and friends.

Visitation will be from 11 am to 1 pm Saturday, September 10, 2022 at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, La Cygne Chapel. Contributions are suggested to the family to defray expenses or to the Ronald McDonald House. Online condolences can be left at

Obituary - James “Jim” Allen Davis

James “Jim” Allen Davis, 63 of Nevada, Missouri passed away Sunday, August 14, 2022 at his residence in Nevada, Missouri. Cremation, with a memorial visitation Sunday, August 21, 2022 beginning 1:30 pm at the First Christian Church, 204 S Washington St. Nevada, Missouri. 

Arrangements entrusted to Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

James Allen Davis, “Jim” was born June 28, 1959 in Liverpool, Ohio to Paul Davis. He served in the U.S. Air Force and worked as a general carpenter.

He was preceded in death by his wife Cathy Lynn Morris Davis (May 25, 2012), daughter Summer Dawn Davis (June 26, 2013).

Survivors include daughter Amber Shelton (Travis) of Shoshoni, WY, grandchildren Sierra Albertson, Tessa Davis, Quinton Shorter, Leta Shelton, Cathryn Shelton, Airaleas Melton, Keneda Melton, Braxton Melton, wife Judith Wisdom Davis, grandchildren Angel and Luke Antleg, and step-son Henry Wisdom.

Nevada Police make arrest after concerned citizen reports suspicious activity

On August 17, 2022 at approximately 3:02 p.m., Nevada Police were dispatched to the area of the 500 block of W. South Street in regards to a concerned citizen reporting suspicious activity. It was reported a younger female was interacting with an adult male and displaying unusual behavior that led the citizen to notify law enforcement.

Upon arrival, officers were able to locate the two subjects in question. Upon further investigation it was discovered the female was a juvenile. Officer’s uncovered evidence at the scene that led to the arrest of the male subject for illegal sexual contact with the

Nevada Police took the male subject into custody and transported him to the Vernon County Jail for holding. The investigation remains ongoing. The suspect has been identified as follows:

Uriyah A. Trelearan, age 31 of Nevada, MO.

On August 18, 2022, the following charges were filed against Uriyah A. Trelearan through the Vernon County Associate Court:

One (1) Count of Sexual Abuse 1st Degree - Class C Felony
One (1) Count of Child Molestation 4th Degree - Class E Felony

Mr. Trelearan is being held in the Vernon County Jail in lieu of a $150,000 cash only bond. Citizens are encouraged to contact the police if they have any information that would be helpful to combat crime.

To report criminal activities call 911, contact the Nevada Police Department at (417) 448-5100 or use the Nevada Police Department’s Tip Hotline (417) 667-8477. Any and all information can be kept confidential if requested.

Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

One injured in early morning rollover accident near Passaic

On August 18th around 5:15 a.m. the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County along with Bates County Sheriff's Deputies and Bates County EMS responded to a one vehicle rollover accident on I-49 at the 137.6 mile marker near Passaic.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2006 Ford Ranger driven by 49 year old Guillermo Jacobo-Gallegas of Olathe, Kansas was traveling south when the vehicle experienced a mechanical failure. The vehicle travelled off the right side of the roadway, crossed the grass median and outer road, and overturned.

Mr. Jacobo-Gallegas was transported by ambulance to Bates County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

View crash report below:

We will miss you Peggy!

To my family & friends.... I will be retiring from the Bates County Museum in early November. Here is the front page of the newsletter that was sent out today. 

I'm still around for a while but thought I'd let you read for yourself rather than hearing the news in bits and pieces.

Love & Blessings to you all~ Peggy Buhr 

Adrian City wide Clean -Up


Kansas Man Indicted for Fentanyl Trafficking

Arrested After Motorcycle Chase Across State Lines

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Pittsburg, Kansas, man who led Kansas authorities on a motorcycle chase before being apprehended in Missouri has been indicted by a federal grand jury for possessing fentanyl to distribute.

Justin T. Lapping, 47, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield on Tuesday, Aug. 16, with one count of possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute.

A Crawford County, Kan., sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop Lapping on Aug. 9, 2022, but he fled on his motorcycle. Soon after entering Barton County, Mo., on Highway 160, Lapping abandoned his motorcycle and fled on foot from law enforcement officers. Officers deployed tasers and Lapping was taken into custody. He was allegedly carrying a Ziploc baggie that contained approximately 202 grams of cocaine and fentanyl.

According to the indictment, Lapping has a prior serious drug felony conviction in Taney County, Mo., which would qualify for a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole.

The charge contained in this indictment is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica R. Eatmon. It was investigated by the FBI, the Barton County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, and the Crawford County, Kan., Sheriff’s Department.

Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

Rain & Storms Possible Friday

Rain & t-storms return Friday. Widespread severe weather is not expected but a few storms could be strong with hail and gusty winds possible. Showers may linger into Saturday morning.

Obituary - Harriet Greenwood Bledsoe

Harriet Greenwood Bledsoe, 81 of Butler, Missouri passed away Thursday, August 18, 2022 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Cremation, with private family inurnment to take place at a later date. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Harriet Greenwood Bledsoe was born September 5, 1940 in Adrian, Missouri to Alfred and Blanche Snyder Greenwood. She grew up in Bates County and worked for many years as a Nurse’s Aide in Appleton City. Harriet loved her sports, especially her Kansas City Chiefs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Dorothy Bennett, sister Susan Sheridan, and brother James Greenwood. Harriet is survived by her brother Larry Greenwood and wife Linda, brother Aaron Greenwood and wife Lela, brother Frank Greenwood and wife Glenna, sister Joyce Walsh, brother Bill Greenwood and wife Nicki, sister Lucille Dawson and husband Gary, niece Christine Frost, “son” Duane Scrogham, along with many other nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Max Motors Dealership Adds Fifth Ford Franchise Location

Harrisonville, MO, August 18, 2022, Max Motors Dealerships acquired Swafford’s Ford Sales in Richmond, Missouri. This represents the company’s eleventh dealership total in Missouri and Kansas. Max Motors Dealerships began in Butler, Missouri and was founded by Mark Muller in 2006. 

Currently, Max Motors Dealerships now comprises nine franchises, eleven dealerships, and two collision centers, located in five Missouri cities: Richmond, Belton, Harrisonville, Butler, Nevada and Manhattan, Kansas.

The Swafford Family has been in the car business for 67 years. Vice President, Rob Swafford says, “We appreciate the hard work and dedication of our employees, loyalty of our customers, ongoing business partnerships, and friendships. We are pleased to announce the sale of our Ford dealership to the Max Motors Family of Dealerships. We are confident the Max organization will bring excellent sales and service experience to our market area, and offer expanded services at the dealership in the future.”

Max Motors Dealerships is proud to step in and continue our path of excellence with a new Ford dealership in Richmond, Missouri. With the purchase of Swafford Ford, this will be Max Motors’ fifth Ford Dealership, Bob Jacaway said. We’re really excited to come to the company. We’re humbled to be able to purchase this store,” he said, sharing that he and his partner have a combined 70 years in the car business. ‘We have children in the business, so for us, we’re trying to create a legacy for our kids.”

The General Manager of Max Ford of Richmond, will be Howard Lonsdale. Howard has worked in the Northland Car Business for 30 years and the last 14 year’ focused on the Ford Dealerships. Howard is excited about bringing his experience to Richmond, continuing the strong team that Swafford has created, and helping all Ford Plan purchasers, including accepting all Ford X, Z, D, and P Ford Plans.

The mission of Max Motors Dealerships is to be the premier quality vehicle retailer in the Midwest by providing the best opportunity for its team members, customers, communities, and the manufacturers they represent.

Shots fired in Cass County Pursuit

On August 18, 2022, at approximately 12:07 am Deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a vehicle on 7 Highway, just north of Pleasant Hill. The driver refused to stop his vehicle and a pursuit ensued. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol was able to successfully deploy a tire deflation device on 50 Highway near 291 Highway. The suspect continued to travel through Raytown and into Kansas City. The driver lost control of the vehicle Blue Parkway, just west of Elmwood, in Kansas City Missouri.

Once the vehicle came to rest, the suspect fired several shots in the direction of the deputies. No deputies were struck by the gunfire, and no law enforcement officers returned fire. The suspect fled the scene on foot. Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted in the search for the suspect..

Detectives with the Kansas City Police Department are investigating the shooting. The suspect is not in custody at this time.

Nevada High School Open House Today!

Come meet your teachers and visit classrooms on Thursday, August 18.

Returning 10th-12th Graders can visit any time between 10 am to 4:15 pm. Please enter through the south lobby doors by the office.

Freshmen and New students will have an Orientation that runs from 4:30 to 6 pm. 

Please enter through the south lobby doors and report to the gym. Student attendance is highly encouraged at the Orientation. Parent attendance is optional.

**Locker checkout is available for all students this day**

Obituary - Robert Hyser Clayton

Robert Hyser "Bob" Clayton, 56, of Olathe, Kansas died Sunday, August 14, 2022. Bob was born on November 22, 1965 in North Tonawanda, New York to John and Barbara (Hyser) Clayton.

On August 2, 1992 he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Karen Kay McGee of Centerville, Kansas. They made their home in Olathe, Kansas and had just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Kay; two brothers, Todd and John; and one sister, Kim.

A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Family and friends may leave online condolences at Arrangements are under the direction of Schneider Funeral Home & Crematory, Mound City Chapel.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Obituary - Raymond Edward Rotert

Funeral mass will be held for Raymond beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Montrose, Missouri.

Visitation will precede Mass from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Officiating at Mass will be the Most Reverend James V. Johnston and Father Jason Koch. Interment will follow Mass at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Montrose, Missouri.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to Heartland Hospice and may be left at the church the day of Mass or left at Hill & Son Funeral Home, Appleton City, MO.

Raymond Edward Rotert was born on February 5, 1935, the son of Joseph Mary and Clara (Hake) Rotert. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family at the Appleton City Manor in Appleton City, Missouri on August 16, 2022. He was the fourth of five children. Raymond grew up in the Montrose area, where he graduated from Montrose High School in 1953. He worked at the Rotert Brothers Garage until 1959 when he began a career at Peabody Coal Company as a heavy equipment mechanic. He retired in 1987 when the mine closed. During this time, Raymond married Sara Jo Steinbach on April 4, 1964, his wife of 58 years, and to this union two children were born: Matthew and Karen.

His family was the most important thing in his life, especially his granddaughters. Raymond was a very hard worker, whose hobby was buying and selling cars. He dearly enjoyed watching car races and Kansas City Chiefs, so-long-as they were winning. Raymond enjoyed cruising around Montrose leisurely, where he shared much local history and genealogy with his friends. Apart from this, he was a dedicated member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where he attended all his life.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Mary and Clara (Hake) Rotert and his stepmother, Dorothy; his brothers: Clarence and Wilbur Rotert; two sisters, Alvina Cole and Joan Widmer; and a life-long friend, R.H. Brownsberger.

He is survived by his wife, Sara; son, Fr. Matthew Rotert; his daughter, Karen (Chris) Lasswell; two granddaughters, Payton and Riley Lasswell; along with many extended family and good friends, who will miss him dearly.

Include Safety In Your Plans For Labor Day Weekend

EMPHASIS: Include Safety In Your Plans For Labor Day Weekend

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, encourages everyone to plan for a safe 2022 Labor Day weekend. Whether you are on the water or on the road, it’s everyone's responsibility to travel safely and observe all Missouri laws.

As you plan your Labor Day weekend, incorporate safety into every facet:
· choosing your route,
· making sure your equipment is in good working condition,
· being aware of and following Missouri's traffic and boating laws,
· driving your vehicle or vessel courteously, and
· wearing a seat belt or a life jacket.

Help ensure a safer Labor Day weekend for everyone.

In Missouri, 11 people died and 458 were injured in 1,124 traffic crashes over the 2021 Labor Day holiday. This means one person was killed or injured every 10 minutes. Troopers arrested 109 people for driving while intoxicated during last year’s holiday weekend.

The Labor Day holiday is also a busy boating weekend. In 2021, there were nine boating crashes which included one fatality and four injuries. There were no drownings over last year's Labor Day holiday. Troopers arrested four people for boating while intoxicated during last year's counting period.

The 2022 counting period for the Labor Day holiday will be from 6 p.m., Friday, September 2, 2022, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 5, 2022.

The Highway Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort) over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Speed, inattention, and impaired driving are leading causes of traffic crashes. All available troopers will be patrolling Missouri’s roadways and waterways. Troopers on the roadways will be enforcing Missouri’s speed limit, seat belt, and impaired driving laws, in addition to being available to assist motorists.

Marine enforcement troopers will be working to make our waterways safer during the holiday weekend. Missouri’s boaters are asked to do their part by remaining alert for other boats and swimmers and being courteous on the water. With more boats on the water, it is even more important to pay attention when operating a vessel. Remember: Smaller vessels should yield right-of-way to larger vessels. Boaters should avoid overloading their boat with too many passengers and always pay close attention to the boats around them. 

Causing harm to another person or their property with an excessive boat wake may subject you to enforcement action or civil liability. Treat other boaters and property owners as you want to be treated. Life jackets save lives. Wear one when you are on or around water.

Never operate a vehicle or vessel while you are impaired. Alcohol affects your judgement, reaction time, vision, coordination, and comprehension. The movement of the boat, vibration and noise from the boat’s motor, sun, and wind are all boating stressors and enhance the effect of alcohol on your body. If alcohol is part of your water activities, drink responsibly, and never operate a vessel if you’ve consumed alcohol.

The public is encouraged to call the Patrol's Emergency Report Line (800) 525-5555 or *55 on your cellular phone if they witness criminal activity or experience an emergency. These emergency numbers are operational for both highway and water emergencies. If your celebration includes alcohol, designate someone else to drive whether you are in your boat or your car. Please don't become a statistic.

Too many people die in traffic crashes each year in Missouri. The choices you make when you’re behind the wheel matter. Make good choices, so you’ll never have to say, “If I could just go back …”

Updated Obituary - Amanda Lee (Loyd) McCoy

Amanda Lee (Loyd) McCoy was born in Nevada, Missouri on April 20, 1978, to Lonnie Stephen Loyd and Lois Eileen (Foster) Loyd. She passed away at Research Hospital on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, with her children and family members by her side.

When Amanda was born, she entered the world with a heart problem that required surgery, but even as a tiny baby (4 lb.), she showed the world that she was a fighter and wouldn’t be held back by anything.

She was a feisty spirit with a powerful sense of humor, and she didn’t have a problem calling things as she saw them. She was always a quick defender of her family, her friends, those who struggled, and any creature with fur. She especially loved her dogs and was seldom without one. Amanda’s signature look was flared jeans, fun t-shirts, pony-tailed hair, a ballcap, and blue eyeshadow to match her pretty eyes.

And in true Amanda fashion, though she dyed bright, bold streaks of color in her blond hair, she really didn’t think anyone else should. She was a tomboy at heart who had no problem getting dirty, but she liked being a pretty girl, too. She enjoyed dressing up for a night out, wearing makeup, beautiful clothes, and pretty jewelry.

Amanda was also an athlete, loving basketball especially, and she was an explorer. She loved vacations, float trips, camping, fishing for catfish and snagging for spoonbill. She had a passion for anything exciting and new, which meant she was always learning and introducing her children to new places, new ideas, new music, new movies, new people. She wanted them to have rich, full lives. She also loved beauty.

She found it in nature, especially on her grandma’s farm. She liked riding horses, going for walks, having picnics, riding on the four-wheeler, and enjoying the cows, pigs, and chickens. Nature was Amanda’s friend, and animals were among her favorite companions. And her love of beauty was evident in her passion for decorating and art. She enjoyed decorating her home, and she adored decorating for holidays, especially Halloween and Christmas.

She had a sense of style all her own, and her children loved holidays with her. She could also draw for hours, creating beautiful fantasy sketches for them. Amanda could be a fiery character, as anyone who ever disagreed with her can attest, but her heart was soft to anyone who didn’t have what they needed, and when her children were in school, she spent much of her time caring for their friends and collecting sports equipment for the children on various teams who didn’t have the bats, balls, uniforms, etc. they needed.

She also coached Hannah and Stephen’s teams, acted as room mother to their classes, and made sure to enrich their lives with fun vacations and travel experiences, amazing birthday parties, and great family activities. She wanted Hannah and Stephen, to have the best life she could imagine. It’s hard to sum up a person’s 44 years of life in a few paragraphs, but thankfully we don’t have to do that here.

She will be remembered by so many who loved her. She touched the lives of her enormous family and large circle of friends and community members. She was not perfect, but she made up for that by being loving and unique. Amanda knew who she was, and though her life was not easy in any of its many dimensions, she lived it with passion and conviction.

She was a lover AND a fighter, and she did not go from us easily. Even her final act, the donation of her organs that she had chosen to do many years ago, was an act of kindness and generosity that is an inspiration to her family and friends. 

Amanda is survived by her daughter Hannah McCoy “Nana Bug” and son Stephen McCoy “Bubba” of the home (and her beloved dog Fudge); her stepdaughter Brenna (Ryan) Latimer and grandchildren Jameson, Dax, and Neveah of Springfield, her sister Sonita Loyd of Butler, MO; her brother Gregory Loyd (Brooke) of Andover, MA; her nephews David Kegerries of Nevada and Donald (Carolina) Kegerries of Harrisonville. Amanda came from a large and loving family and is survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death her mother and father, brother David Stewart, sister Linda (Stewart) Sandoval, stepfather Don Chastain, stepmother Dorothy Loyd, grandfather Fred Loyd, nephew Dustin Kegerries, and most recently, her Grandma Leva Loyd.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 19th at 10:00 a.m. at Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill with burial at Green Lawn Cemetery at a later date.

Obituary - Charles E. McCuistion

Charles Edward McCuistion, 84, of Blairstown, Missouri passed away Saturday, August 13, 2022 at the Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Lee’s Summit, Mo. He was born September 11, 1937 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Gus McCuistion and Nellie (Jones) McCuistion.
Charles married Juanita Mae Bentley on October 6, 1959 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She survives of the home. He was a carpenter by trade, but gained the most satisfaction from his ministering. He started churches in Lovell, Rock Springs, and New Castle, Wyoming. In addition to his wife, surviving are two grandsons, Josh McCuistion and Logan McCuistion; one granddaughter, Tanis McCuistion; two great-granddaughters, Keira and Alexandra; and one brother, Earl McCuistion, Tahlequah, Ok. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sons, Tracy Allen McCuistion and Charlie Edward McCuistion, and one sister, Mary Lois King. Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 19, 2022 at the Northeast Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton.

Obituary - Edward Short

Edward Short of Rich Hill, Missouri was cremated and no services are planned. Arrangements, Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) Butler, Missouri. Online condolences

Edward Eugene Short, age 65 of Rich Hill, Missouri died Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born January 7, 1957 to John Henry and Alice May Lynch Short in Amoret, Missouri.

Edward grew up in Amoret, Missouri and graduated from Miami High School in 1975. He worked as a truck driver.

Edward thrived on car races, riding his motorcycle, NASCAR and attending stock car races. His dog Vicki, a blonde lab, was his constant and faithful companion.

Edward is survived by three brothers, John W. Short and wife Donna of Rich Hill, Missouri, Jim Short and wife Cheryl of Adrian, Missouri and Jerry Short of Foster, Missouri; three sisters, Betty Irwin of Butler, Missouri, Connie Cox of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Sharon Scrogham and husband Elbert of Adrian, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, David Short; and sister, Alice Faye Thornton.

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