Saturday, December 3, 2022

Obituary - Mary Elizabeth (Walker) Stutes

Mary Elizabeth Stutes, age 93 formerly of Pleasanton, Kansas went to be with the Lord on December 1, 2022. She was born on August 4, 1929 at Mound City, Kansas the daughter of Earl and Daisy Tyhurst Walker. She grew up in Bourbon and Linn County. 

In 1949, she married Bill Higgins, she then married E.K. Swor on Febuary 9, 1954 in Bourbon County, Kansas, he preceded her in death on January 9, 1981. On January 23, 1988, she married Howard Stutes at Redfield, Kansas, he preceded her in death on November 22, 2006.

Mary worked at Klein's Department Store in Kansas City, Kansas as a packer and moved on to Key Industries in Fort Scott, Kansas for 37 years until her retirement as a utility operator. Mary enjoyed the outdoors especially working in her garden and in her yard. She loved fishing and baking, her specialty was her pies.

She is also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Earl Jr, John and Del Walker, and sister-in-law, Betty Walker. Mary is survived by two sons, Ron Higgins (Kathy), and Mike Swor, two stepsons, Howard Stutes (Vickie) and Ron Stutes (Penny), one step daughter, Carolyn Moore, six grandchildren, Justin Higgins, Shon Stutes, David Stutes, Tim Stutes (Tina), Angela Perry (Ty) and Ricka Stutes, twelve great grandchildren, Skylar Inscore, Arial Perry, Tiffany Irvin, Nathan Stutes, Abby Irvin, Savannah Bellamy, Hailey Stutes, Taylor Stutes, Ian Smith, Mike Stutes, Eli Stutes and Trenton Gabrial, eight great great grandchilren, Elijah Bellamy, Penelope Atkins, Marianne Atkins, Minnie Atkins, Orion Seely, Jaxsen Irvin, Feenix Stutes and Spencer Stutes.

Graveside Service will be held at 11 am, Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at the Pleasanton Cemetery. Visitation will from 10 am until leaving for the cemetery at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Pleasanton Chapel. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasanton Presbyterian Church and may be sent in care of Schneider Funeral Home P.O. Box 525 Pleasanton, KS 66075. Online condolences may be left at

East Buchanan too much for Adrian in State Championship Game

The Adrian Blackhawks fell today to the East Buchanan Bulldogs in the Class 1 State Championship Football Game at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead and the domination continued in the second half. East Buchanan won 42-0.

East Buchanan junior running back Trevor Klein scored the first two touchdowns of the game. He had three scores in the first half. Gage Busby threw two touchdowns in the first half.

QB Gage busby connected with Klein in the third quarter to make it 35-0 and Busby found Adam Stephen Engnes for an 82-yard catch and run to make it 42-0 after three.

East Buchanan defense was dominant today and now the bulldogs have won back to back State Championships and will be favored again next year in Class 1.

The Blackhawks had a fantastic season and will finish 12-3 and state runner up in Class 1 as well as District 4 champions. Thank you to all the seniors!!

2022 Missouri State High School Football Week 15 State Championship Scoreboard:

The 2022-23 Missouri State High School football season has came to a end this weekend in Columbia at the Show-Me Bowl!

Some highlights from the Show-Me Bowl included some familiar faces as the Class 6 Champion Christian Brothers Academy (CBC), Class 4 Champion St. Mary's (STL) and Class 1 Champion East Buchanan all repeating as champs this year.

Mid America Live would like to say congratulations to the teams that put in the work to win a State championship. 

We would also like to thank Kellie Davidson of State Farm in Butler for sponsoring the weekly High School Football Scoreboard.

8-Man Championship:
North Andrew 54, Bishop LeBlond 24

Class 1 Championship:
East Buchanan 42Adrian 0

Class 2 Championship:
Blair Oaks 32, Lamar 27

Class 3 Championship:
Cardinal Ritter 46, Reeds Spring 7

Class 4 Championship:
St. Mary's (STL) 42, St. Dominic 0

Class 5 Championship:
Francis Howell 49, Fort Osage 21

Class 6 Championship:
CBC 35, Lees Summit North 28 

Obituary - Lenola Jean Addelman

Lenola Jean Jacobs Barnett Addelman departed this world the morning of November 29, 2022, she was 97 years old. Memorial services will be held at a later date. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners or to Wounded Warriors. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

She was born November 4, 1925 in Beaver County Oklahoma to Jess Edward and Pearl Evelyn (Clarke) Jacobs. Jean grew up in the Oklahoma panhandle during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. She loved sharing stories of those times.

Jean was united in marriage to Archie Dean Barnett on May 14, 1944 while he was serving in the Army Air Corps. They had three children, Linda, Larry and Merrie. Dean passed away on December 14, 1964. She then married Harvey Addleman on May 28, 1966 and moved to Merwin, Missouri.

Jean was a very talented seamstress, quilter and artisan. She made everything from doll clothes to wedding dresses, along with toys, quilts and afghans. She and Harvey loved woodworking and refinishing and reupholstering furniture together. Many of her family and friends were blessed to receive some of their handiwork.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband Dean, her parents, her brother Walter Jacobs, her son Larry Barnett, Harvey, her husband of almost 50 years, her sisters Wilma Clay and Pauline Messner, stepson Jay Addleman, her Barnett in-laws, her Addleman in-laws, and many other family and friends. Jean had the distinction of being the longest living member of the Clarke and Jacobs families.

Jean is survived by her sister Ilene Sanger, brother Les (Susie) Jacobs and Sister-in-law Della Ruth Barnett. Her daughter Linda Jean Barnett Campbell, and her children; Tami (Victor) Polanco, daughters Victoria Polanco and Asher, Courtney Polanco, Syinna and JJ; Stacy (Stacie) Campbell, sons Branden (Taylor), Ethen (Hannah) and Garret; Tracy (Jennifer) children Lucas and Marissa. Daughter Merrie Lynne Barnett (Ted) Ferguson and their daughters, Erin (Aaron) Schulz and Brody; Nikki (Daniel) Chabot and Rowen. Step-daughter Delores Addleman (Denny) Shannon and their children; Delora (Kelly) Fritts and family; Doug (Debbie) Shannon and family; Matthew (Lori) Shannon and family. Mary Addleman (wife of deceased step-son Jay), and their children Brad (Kim) Addleman and family and Tonya (Kyle) Ours and family.

Obituary - Mary Barton

Mary Barton, 80 of Warsaw, Missouri passed away Thursday, December 1, 2022 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Cremation, with a visitation from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Saturday, December 10, 2022 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). 

Memorial services will follow at 2:00 pm Saturday, also at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Good Shepherd Hospice. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Mary Elizabeth Rankin Barton was born November 11, 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri to Henry and Mary Ham Rankin.

She grew up in the Kansas City area and attended West Port Schools. Unfortunately, life sent her another direction and she was not able to graduate, but was very proud to have earned her GED much later in life. Mary worked for 20 plus years for the Kansas City Venture stores, mostly in the café. Upon their closing, she spent five years working in security for Sprint. She loved her family and very much enjoyed when they were all together. Mary loved games, puzzles, knitting, and the popular crime sitcoms of the time.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gary Lee Barton, Sr., infant sister Tiny, brothers, Estel, Marion Joe, and Richard, and three sisters-in-law, Cathy, Theresa, and Doris, along with a daughter-in-law Deanna Barton.

She is survived by her three children, Michael Jay, Charlotte Vincent and husband Estes, and Gary Barton, Jr. Mary also leaves behind four grandchildren, Christapher Vincent, Jacob Waton, Lynnlee Barton, and Adam Waton, two brothers, Fred Rankin, and Harold Rankin, daughter-in-law Christina Springer, and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Santa in Appleton City today!

Santa’s on his way and will be in Appleton City at the park building 1:30pm-3:30pm Saturday December 3rd!

Obituary - Charles Oral Carroll Jr.

Funeral services for Charles Carroll Jr. of Butler, Missouri will be 2 p.m. Friday, December 9, 2022 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) Butler, Missouri. 

Visitation prior to services from 1 - 2 p.m. Friday at the Schowengerdt Chapel. Interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions to St. Croix Hospice. Online condolences

Charles Oral Carroll Jr., age 97 of Harrisonville, Missouri, formerly of Butler, Missouri died Friday, December 2, 2022 at his home in Harrisonville. He was born May 21, 1925 to Charles Oral Carroll Sr. And Eva Helen O’Dea Carroll in Adrian, Missouri.

Charles is survived by his wife, Mary Louise Carroll of Harrisonville, Missouri; two sons, Leland C. Carroll and wife Linda of Peculiar, Missouri and Gary W. Carroll and wife Brenda Carel of Archie, Missouri; a brother, Tommy Carroll of Appleton City, Missouri; four grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren and one step-great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Bobby Joe Carroll; and ive sisters, Coretta Johnson, Lina Lou Allen, Jesse Irene Paxton, Margie Craig and Wanda K. Wainscott.

Georgia truck driver injured in Linn County Kansas rollover accident

On December 2nd around 4:16 p.m. the Kansas State Highway Patrol in Linn County along with Linn County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a semi truck rollover accident U.S. Highway 69 just north of East 1350th Road at mile marker 93.9.

The Kansas State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when a 2022 Freightliner operated by 34 year old Jamal Merriweather of Riverdale, Georgia was northbound on U.S. 69 when he drove off the right side of the road, came back up on to the roadway and then right back off the right side of highway. The truck went into the ditch and overturned on to the passenger side.

Jamal Merriweather sustained injuries in this crash and he was transported to Miami County Medical Center for treatment.

View crash report below:

Saturday Morning Wind Chill Values

Don't forgot your winter coat this morning! While winds will be much calmer in comparison to yesterday, they'll still be active enough out of the NW to make conditions feel like they're in the single digits for some areas!

Movie night with a cop huge success in Amsterdam

The employees of the Bates County Sheriffs Office would like to say Thank You to all of those that chose to spend their Friday night with us at the Amsterdam Movie Theater.

We would also like to say Thank You to Randy Shannon of Citizen Bank, Laurie Lacy and Dea Erickson for all the support and volunteering tonight. With out you guys we would not have had such a fun and successful night. Money raised last night will help fund our Shop with a Deputy program that will take place next Saturday.

If you haven’t been to Amsterdam you need to go. So many hidden gems in town from awesome boutiques to shop in to some of the best Fried Chicken this side of the Mississippi at Amsterdam Cafe.

This Main Street is the pinnacle of what happens when you invest in your community! We are proud to be part of this community.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Several without power at this time

Around 1,100 Evergy Customers in Bates County are without power at time. 

Crews are working to restore Power at this time. Thank you for your patience.

You can view the Evergy Outage Map using the link below:

Holiday Impaired Driving Campaign

Holiday Impaired Driving Campaign

Cass Co – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office will be joining numerous law enforcement agencies across the state for the Holiday Impaired Driving Campaign on December 10th.

This campaign is funded by a state grant to enforce safe and sober driving to and from family and workplace holiday parties and to help reduce driving while intoxicated and careless driving crashes.

To date, Cass County has had 14 fatal, 74 personal injury, and 231 property damage-related crashes.

El Dorado Springs woman seriously injured in Cedar County Crash

On December 2nd around 5:40 a.m. the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cedar County along with Cedar County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a two vehicle accident on Missouri 54 Highway around 2 miles west of El Dorado Springs, Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the westbound 2009 Ford Taurus driven by 56 year old Christina Davis-Cluck of El Dorado Springs, Missouri crossed the center of the roadway and collided with the 2015 Peterbilt 389 driven by 46 year old Daniel Ogle of El Dorado Springs.

Christina Davis-Cluck sustained serious injuries and she was transported by air ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri for treatment.

View crash report below:


State Farm Coach of the year Drexel head football coach Phillip Dean

We are very excited to announce the first ever State Farm Coach of the year, Philip Dean, head football coach for the Drexel Bobcats! Coach Dean was nominated by Drexel's athletic director, Kenny Shipps. Coach Dean led the Drexel football program to 3 consecutive district titles. 

He also won the first state football title in Drexel's school history in 2021. Shipps explained Dean has gained the respect from many of his peers in the coaching world and has been asked several times to present at coaching clinics. He is fair to his players, and they respond well to him.

Coach Dean is a Drexel graduate with a lot of school pride and spirit. We asked Coach Dean what inspired him to become a coach. He replied with, "my little league coach Roger Batchelder and my high school coach Denis Bolton. Both of them were very influential, and I enjoyed having them as a male role model. I wanted to be able to make the same impact on kids as those two did on me." We then asked him what his biggest challenge is as a high school coach. Dean stated, "you just always want to do the best of your ability. However, how you do this changes from year to year. You never know what to expect and are thrown challenges.

You think it'll go one way then suddenly it goes a different way." Lastly, we asked him what his most memorable moment has been as a coach. Dean said, "winning a state championship was definitely memorable. However, each year has different reasons. I get to remember each of my teams for their different personalities." Congratulations Coach Dean!
Pictured left to right: Kellie Davidson, State Farm; Philip Dean, Drexel football head coach; Baylie Pitts, State Farm.

Butler will be hosting their first high school basketball tournament beginning December 12th

Butler will be hosting their first high school basketball tournament beginning December 12th. 

Come out and support the Bears!

Obituary - Kathryn Elaine "Kathy" Newcome

Kathryn Elaine "Kathy" Newcome passed away Thursday December 1, 2022. She was born in Olathe, Kansas on March 14, 1959 the daughter of Russell and Phoebe Marie Burt Clay. 

Kathy was united in marriage to Donald Newcome on December 6, 1975 in DeSoto, Kansas. She worked as a Certified Nurse Assistant for over twenty years in home health and nursing home care. More important, she was a homemaker and "Nana".

She loved spending time with her family, especially her grand and great grandchildren. She also was an accomplished shopper.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Russell Newcome, a daughter, Julie Ann Newcome, a grandson, Dalton, two brothers, Russell Clay Jr., and Marvin Clay, and two sisters, Patricia Hooper and Diana Kessler. Kathy is survived by her husband, Don, a daughter, Denna Moore, a brother, David Clay, three grandchildren, Kaitlynn(Bryan), Elizabeth, and Benjamin(Katelynn), and seven great grandchildren, Jayden, Kensley, Emeralld, Avah, Lucas, Noah, and Brantley.

Funeral service will be 2 pm Monday, December 5, 2022 at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Pleasanton Chapel. Burial in the Richland Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1 pm to service time at the Pleasanton Chapel. 

Memorial Contributions can be made to the Olathe Cancer Center, c/o Schneider Funeral Home. Online condolences can be left at

Gayle Stark to be celebrating a birthday...

The family of Gayle Stark is requesting a card shower in honor of her 70th birthday on December 6th. Please send cards to 614 W. Ohio street, Butler Mo 64730

Thank you for the donation!

The Lamar Police Department was happy to receive a donation from the Lamar Elk's Lodge #2800 this morning. 

Shown presenting the check to Lt. Steve Shaw is the President of the Lamar Elk's Lodge #2800, Jay Parrack. 

We appreciate all donations; without all the donors none of this would be possible. Thank you very much!!!

Lowry City man arrested on child molestation charges

On Wednesday November 23rd the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office arrested 57 year old William Buckler of Lowry City, Missouri.

Mr. Buckler was arrested for 1.) Nine counts of first degree child molestation. 

Buckler is currently being held in St. Clair County Jail in Osceola without bond.

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.

Obituary - Charleene "Charlie" Bridges Bradley

Charleene "Charlie" Bridges Bradley age 93 of Overland Park, Kansas departed this life Thursday, December 1, 2022 at Morningside Place in Overland Park, Kansas.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital and may be sent in care of Dickey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 432, Harrisonville, Missouri.

A complete obituary and service times will be posted once that information becomes available.

Adrian State Championship Football Team Send Off Information:

If you plan to come up and send off the Adrian football team at 1:15pm please park on the north side of the Adrian High School around 7th street.

Dismissal will be occurring at 1:30pm and we would like to not interfere with the south side pick up line.

The charter bus will be leaving the parking lot and turning right towards Casey’s and going over the bridge to I-49.

Bates County Sheriff's Office is excited to be participating in career day today at Butler High School

The Bates County Sheriffs Office is excited to be participating in career day at the Butler High School. Describing our jobs duties and encouraging our future Law Enforcement Officers.

We are always hiring so if you would like to join our profession you can get an application on our website.

Don’t wait you can be making a difference in your community and someone’s life today!

Strong winds and fire weather today!

Strong winds and fire weather are the main concerns today. A cold front is expected to pass through the area tonight, with just as strong winds behind the front persisting close to midnight.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Obituary - Della Mae Gordon

Della Mae Gordon, 92, passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 in Nevada, Missouri. She was born August 1, 1930 in Nevada, Missouri, the daughter of Glenn H. and Grace Weakley. Della graduated from Nevada High School Class of 1948.

Following graduation, she worked for Armitage Hardware on the square in Nevada. Della married her sweetheart, Donald Lee Gordon on August 19, 1951, and they celebrated 63 years of marriage. They moved to Jefferson City, Missouri where they had their first child. Della was a great cook and baker. She gardened and canned during the years they lived in St. Joseph, Missouri which was 1955-1966. She was president of the PTA and a Girl Scout Cookie Chairman. Della was an insurance agent for 30+ years, helping her community in their need for cancer-care and Medicare supplement policies. She and Don square danced many years in Nevada. They also enjoyed traveling to most of the US states in their motorhome.

In addition to her parents, Della was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Lee Weakley on March 29, 2009 and her husband, Don on February 20, 2015. She is survived by her daughters, Pamella Lynn Hartley and husband Larry, of Seymour, IN, and Janice Lee Webb and husband Scott, of Nevada, MO; and a son Dave Scott Gordon of Springfield, MO; two nephews, Tom Weakley and Danny Gordon; nine grandchildren, Lucas Hartley, Isaac Hartley, Micah Hartley, Caleb Hartley, Michal Leah Bevers, April Wendt, Mitchell Gordon, Evan Gordon, and Brynn Gordon; her sixteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at Newton Burial Park in Nevada.

Memorials contributions are suggested to the Nevada Senior Center c/o Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

Butler Bears do well at home wrestling meet

The Butler Junior High had a meet at home tonight. It was a great crowd!

Junior High
Adalynn Amaya: 1-0.
Ayden Cumpton: 2-0.
Lucas Davidson: 1-0.
Brittany Mallatt: 2-0.

The following wrestlers had great matches , but didn’t pull through.
Alayna Alkire, Addyson Cochran, Angel Diggs, Emma Dixon, Emmit Dunn, Lyric Gilleland, Dustin Grubb, Breanne Mallatt, Bentley Meyers, Bronx Purdy, Danny Ramage, Jacob Thomas, and DK Woolace.

High school results
Butler won all head to head matches tonight by pins against both teams.

vs Stover
No girls matches.

Boys won the dual 48-18.
Baylor Myers won by forfeit.
Preston Mallatt won by forfeit.
Damian Alkire won by pin.
Kellen Long won by pin.
Brendin Patrick won by pin.
Cohen Wilson won by pin.
Issac Rodriguez won by pin.
Zayne Nuzum won by forfeit.

Vs Windsor
Girls won the dual 24-12.
Karli Patrick won by forfeit.
Makayla Mallatt won by pin.
Taylor Hudson won by pin.
Josie Johnston won by forfeit.

Boys won the dual 48-12.
Baylor Myers won by pin.
Damian Alkire won by forfeit.
Preston Mallatt won by pin.
Kellen Long won by forfeit.
Brendin Patrick won by pin.
Cohen Wilson won by pin.
Isaac Rodriguez won by pin.
Zayne Nuzum won by pin.

Next up the the varsity boys go to the Knob Noster Tournament and the varsity girls and JV boys go to the McDonald County Tournament on Saturday.

The junior high will be in action on Monday in Warsaw.

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