Thursday, February 2, 2023

New police chief named in Fort Scott Kansas

It is with great pleasure that I announce Jason Pickert as the new Chief of Police for the City of Fort Scott. Pickert has been with the Fort Scott Police Department for the last 18 years working side by side, as Police Captain, with retiring Police Chief Travis Shelton for the last four years.
Jason Pickert started his career with the Fort Scott Police Department in 2004 graduating from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in 2005. Pickert was a patrol office from 2004 to 2006 before taking the role of detective in the fall of 2006 serving in this role for two years. Pickert was promoted to Detective Sergeant in March of 2008 and served in this role for over ten years before being promoted to Captain in December of 2018.

Among the many other certificates and continued education classes, Pickert graduated with a Certified Public Manager certificate in 2017 from the University of Kansas.
We had some very good candidates, and I was very impressed with each of the candidates we interviewed. The interview panel and I feel Jason Pickert is the one that stood out among the rest and will do a great job. Pickert is a strong leader, decision maker, and a valuable resource. I look forward to working more closely with Jason and am excited to see what the future holds for the staff and the department. Pickert will take over the Chief of Police role on March 1st, 2023.

Brad Matkin
Interim City Manager/Director of HR
City of Fort Scott

Obituary - Sandra Kay Woods

Sandra Kay (Laws) Woods, age 75, a resident of Bronson, KS passed on to her heavenly home on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, MO. Sandy was born in Kansas City, KS on August 26th, 1947.

She was the first child and only daughter of Lyman Allen Laws and Evelyn Ivon (Crowder) Laws. After moving to California at the age of 18 she met her future husband, Charles Austin Woods.

The two love birds quickly started their adventurous life together. They married on October 27th,1968 in Fort Scott, KS and went on to have three sons, Randell, Christopher, and Brian. Nevada, Iowa, Arkansas, and Texas were all states they called home until 1989, when they planted roots in Sandy’s beloved childhood hometown of Bronson, Kansas.

Sandy lived life to the fullest. She loved traveling, reading, listening to music, playing pinochle, crafting, collecting chicken decor, picking up a great find at a garage sale or antique store, occasionally pulling the handle on a slot machine and cheering for her favorite Chief’s player, Travis Kelce. Family was by far the most important thing in her life. When her health took a turn in later years, it never held her back from any event she wanted to attend. She enjoyed talking, laughing, telling stories of the past and spending time with family and friends. Sandy was always the biggest fan of her kids, grandkids and great grandkids at sporting events and everything else they participated in. She was extremely proud of every family member, always celebrating each accomplishment in their lives and supporting them during hard times.

Sandy had a deeply loving passionate, opinionated, and devoted personality that drew others to her. She was a “people person” who never met a stranger. She was always in the loop about the latest happenings and eager to share her thoughts on any topic. As the Woods family grew throughout the years, Sandy continued to be the glue that brought everyone together for holidays and other events. Through example, Sandy taught the importance of shopping local, having traditions, honoring family and loving the Lord.

Sandy is survived by her husband, Charles “Chuck” Woods of Bronson, KS; three sons, Randell and wife Sayda of Chanute, KS, Chris and wife Lael of Bronson, KS, Brian and wife Megan of Bronson, KS; two brothers, Ron Laws and wife Karen of Palacios, TX, Allen Laws and wife Karen of Magnolia, TX; nine grandchildren, Jordan, Logan, Alena, Kaydra, Makiah, Mackenzie, Daulton, Cayden and Nataliah; three great-grandchildren, Olivia, Copelan and Bryson; and many nieces and nephews. Sandy was preceded in death by her parents and several other family members, including her beloved Grandmother, Ethel Crowder.

Funeral services will be held at the Cheney Witt Chapel on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023. Visitation will begin at 1pm, with the service following at 2pm. Burial will follow at Bronson Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the Sandra Woods Memorial Fund and may be left in care of Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main PO Box 347, Fort Scott, KS. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Neal signs to play football at Southwest Baptist University

Today, one of Clinton High School’s finest, Emrie Neal, signed to play College Football at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri . 

It was such a special event and so moving to see all the love for a young man who is is deserving of such recognition!!!

Congratulations Emrie. Keep making an impact. You’re going to do GREAT things


Restaurant fire in Paola Kansas

Around 12:45am the Paola Kansas Fire Department responded to a fire at the Grandstand Burgers. 

The fire caused extensive damage to the restaurant. No one was injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation. 

Photos courtesy of the Paola Fire Department 

Butler Youth Baseball & Softball Sign-Ups


We have set dates for out BYBSA sign-ups. THERE WILL BE NO LATE SIGN UPS! All kiddos have to be 4 years old by Jan. 1 of this year 2023.

NEW LOCATION - sign ups will be held at the High School. (enter through the front (flag pole) doors.
$35 for T-Ball - Little League
$40 for Jr - Sr League
All monies will be due/paid at the day of sign ups.

*If these dates DO NOT work for you please make arrangements to sign up before as again there will be NO LATE SIGN UPS!*

Nevada woman arrested in Cass County

On February 1st around 7:22 p.m. the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cass County arrested 44 year old Robin M. Alvarado of Nevada, Missouri,

She was arrested for the following charges 1.) Felony possession of a controlled substance 2.) Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Robin M. Alvarado was booked into the Cass County Justice Center in Harrisonville and she was later released.

View arrest report below:

Nevada man escapes serious injury in Macon County fatality crash

On February 1st around 3:58 p.m. the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Macon County along with Macon County EMS and Macon County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a two vehicle fatality accident on US 36 two miles west of Callao.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the eastbound 2016 Freightliner driven by 58 year old Robert E. Ives of Nevada, Missouri struck the 2018 Massey Ferguson Tractor driven by 62 year old Nels E. Magnuson of Callao, Missouri. Both vehicles traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting Mr. Magnuson from the tractor.

Nels E. Magnuson was pronounced dead at the scene of this accident and he was transported to the Macon County Coroners Office.

Robert E. Ives sustained minor injuries and he was transported by EMS to Samaritans Hospital for treatment.

View crash report below:

Warmer today & this weekend

For February, this is a pretty good forecast. Except for Friday, we'll just ignore it. Also, I'm probably going to be sick on Monday.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Obituary - Josephine G. McDaniel

Josephine G. McDaniel, age 94, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away early Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at the Girard Medical Center in Girard, Kansas. She was born March 9, 1928, in Arcadia, Kansas, the daughter of Joseph William McDaniel and Gracie Melissa Ridgway McDaniel.

She was the oldest of the seven McDaniel children. Josephine never had any formal schooling, but she faithfully took care of her brothers and sisters and later her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed cleaning house and cooking. She especially enjoyed making homemade bread with her mother.

One of Josephine’s chores was to hang clothes on the clothesline, and she didn’t like anyone doing her job. She enjoyed playing with her dolls, working in her coloring book and doing puzzles, but most of all she loved Jesus. Her mother often read the Bible to her in the evenings. Josephine seldom missed attending the Assembly of God/Life Point Church in Ft. Scott. For the last several years of her life, Josephine lived with her sister, Frances, in Ft. Scott.

Survivors include two brothers, William Leroy “Bill” McDaniel of Ft. Scott and Darrell McDaniel of Bentonville, Arkansas and two sisters, Frances Pearson and Ellen Morrow all of Ft. Scott. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Joseph McDaniel, Jr and John McDaniel.

Rev. Steve Bell will conduct funeral services at 10:30 A.M. Monday, February 6th at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Josephine McDaniel Memorial Fund 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

Sherwood School District Closed On Thursday February 2nd

Sherwood Schools will not be in session on Thursday, February 2nd. Although water is available the district remains under a boil order until at least Thursday evening. 

We hope to receive the clearance on Thursday evening that we are in the clear and the kitchen water sources, water fountains, etc. can be used by our faculty, staff, and students.

The Middle School Athletic Banquet may be postponed - we will notify tomorrow afternoon.

Thursday Afternoon and Evening activities sponsored by the school or community groups are TBD.

Clinton Technical School students will attend CTS in the afternoon.
We hope to see everyone on Friday!

Obituary - Steven Travis Williams

Steven Travis Williams, 35, passed away Monday, January 23, 2023 in St. Joseph, Missouri due to complications relating to his heart. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at the Adrian United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends on Friday, February 3, 2023 from 6:00-8:00pm at the church.

Travis was born on Tuesday, October 13, 1987 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler, Missouri to Steven Charles and Terry Lynn (Beck) Williams of Adrian, Missouri. He was the oldest of four children born to this union.

Travis attended Adrian R-III School. He was a member of the class of 2006. Travis's love for studying God's word led him to Cavalry Bible College in Grandview, MO where he graduated with Honors in the Class of 2014 with a major in Biblical Studies and two minors, one in Hebrew Language and one in Greek Language. He was currently working to receive his Masters of Arts degree through Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado where he was on the Dean's List.

Travis enjoyed being outdoors and working with his hands, whether that was fishing, hiking, building structures, wrenching on cars, sharing stories, wrestling or playing football, but he had numerous other activities he participated in. He has loved watching the Chiefs since he was 4 yrs old. His current projects keeping him busy were his 1946 Ford truck and his 3rd historical home renovation. Travis's work ethic and dedication has led to his supervisory position with Calfrac Well Services where he works in the oil fields of Wyoming and North Dakota.

Travis met Erin Ellington while on a work trip in Colorado in 2014. He later moved there. They married on September 5, 2015 and made their home in Longmont. Erin had 2 children from previous marriages that Travis enjoyed spending time with, taking to extra-curricular activities and pushing academically.

Travis leaves behind his loving family, Steve and Terri Williams of Adrian; his siblings, Heather (Alan) of Centertown, MO, Brittany (Bradley) Driver of Archie, MO and Brandon Williams of Navarre, FL; nieces and nephew, Kirah Lynn Burgess, Evan Joseph Horn, Evalynn Rose Horn and Everleigh Jade Horn; paternal grandfather, Jerome Williams; maternal grandmother, Jeannie Arnold; Erin Williams, and her children, Montana and Summit, of Longmont, Colorado; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Evelyn Williams, and his uncles and aunt, Charles Politte, Tonya Hockett and Paul Williams.

Services will also be held in Colorado, with arrangements under the direction of Howe Mortuary and Crematory in Longmont, CO.

Dig out your binoculars or telescopes

Dig out your binoculars or telescopes and keep your fingers crossed that those remaining pesky clouds will clear this evening.

The #Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) will have its closest flyby in the last 50K years tonight! It will be at its highest point on the northern horizon at 8:46 pm.

Those of you with excellent eyesight may be able to see the comet with the naked eye, but best viewing will be with binoculars or a telescope. Enjoy!

Barn fire in rural Cass County

The Central Cass Fire Department B-shift team responded to a barn fire in the area of 355 & Dorsett Hill. Upon arrival they found the barn fully involved and a working grass fire. 

The fire was extinguished without incident. Thank you to our mutual aid partners from Harrisonville, Drexel, and Adrian. Good job by all.

Obituary - Darryl "Darry" Eugene Miller

Darryl Eugene Miller, 83, Nevada, MO, passed away at home Wednesday, February 1 after a lengthy illness. Darry was born May 21, 1939 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana to Ellis and Emma (Sheldon) Miller. He was raised and baptized a Lutheran.

Darry graduated from Lawrenceburg High School playing baseball, football, and basketball. He then served in the United States Marine Corps from March 1958 until June 1961.

Darry and Barbara (Carter) Miller were married on March 2, 1962 and to this union they had one child, Mitchell Graham.

Darry worked at Monsanto for fifteen years before trying his hand as a ranch manager in Madison, South Dakota. After a couple of blizzards, Darry took his family and headed to warmer climates landing in Vernon County, Missouri. In Nevada he worked first for Hamblin Real Estate and then Miller Real Estate before owning and operating Bingo Supply Center. He also enjoyed farming and wood working. He had a passion for baseball and coordinated the founding of the Nevada Griffons Baseball Club.

Darry is survived by his long-time loving partner, Linda Grant; his son, Mitch (Cathy); and two brothers, Richard Bockhorst and Michael Bockhorst. He was proceeded in death by his parents; step-dad, Herbert Bockhorst; and sister, Marilyn & Bobby Joe Centers.

Visitation is Monday, February 6, 2023, from 10 – 11am at Ferry Funeral Home. Graveside Services with Military Honors will follow at Marvin Chapel Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Marvin Chapel Cemetery in c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

You will be missed, Ms. Nancy!

Join us in wishing Nancy Rich well as she retires to relocate to be closer to family members. 

Nancy served the Butler Senior Center and the older adults in Bates County for nearly eight years. You will be missed, Ms. Nancy!

- Courtesy of the Butler Senior Center

Obituary - Charles Edward Williams

Charles Edward Williams, 68, Bronaugh, MO passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at Nevada Regional Medical Center following a sudden illness. Charles was born April 24, 1954 in Falls Mills, WV to Denzil E. and Emma M. (Westfall) Williams. He married Ann R. Ricketts on July 6, 1985 in Bronaugh and she survives of the home.

Charles was raised in Falls Mills, WV and later moved to Madison, OH. He spent most of his married life in Carl Junction, MO. Charles owned and operated City Garages, a car repair and towing service in Joplin, later moving the business to Carl Junction. His towing service was also employed by Mo-Kan Dragway in Asbury, MO. Following many years of service, he retired in 2018. Charles was a former member of the United Methodist Church in Carl Junction and was a current member of the Bronaugh United Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife, Ann, he is survived by two children; a son, Dustin Williams, and a daughter, Rachael Williams, both of Joplin; two sisters, Donna Williams, Ohio, and Melaney Hyson, Ohio; numerous nieces and nephews; his mother-in-law, Doris Ann Ricketts, Bronaugh; as well as extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Hope Snyder, Marcie Brown, and Kyle Wasserman; a brother, Herbie Grimes; and two nephews, Danny and Jeff Brown.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at Worsley Cemetery in Bronaugh. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. on Friday evening at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

Memorials are suggested in his name to Tunnels to Towers or Worsley Cemetery c/o Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

Great story from the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Hilty wishes to express his sincere appreciation and admiration to Detective Chris Jones, who is selflessly donating a kidney to a fellow employee and friend, Sgt Devin Young.

In May 2022, Sgt Young went to Research KC Hospital with kidney failure. Since then, Sgt Young had to move closer to a hospital, per doctor’s orders and has liquidated a lot of his personal property to help with his personal budget. Several fundraisers have happened to help him with the on-going expenses of dialysis and constant doctors visits. 

In December 2022, Sgt Young was cleared for a transplant. Friend and co-worker, Det. Jones, answered the call and was selected as a match for Sgt Young. Next week Det Jones will be donating a kidney to Sgt Young.
Sheriff Hilty Stated, “This is a selfless act by Det. Jones. You do not find this kind of dedication very often. Although, it is not surprising, for this is the kind of person Det. Jones is. But Sgt Young is not out of the woods yet as there is still a lot of time and risk associated with the transplant. However, this gift is one major hurdle out of the way. I wish both deputies a healthy, speedy recovery. May God bless them both.”

St. Clair County Sheriff Lee Hilty

Kindness for Hunter


Welcome to the family Walter

Medicalodges Butler would like to say welcome to the newest member of our Lodge family. Mr. Walter Eugene Chamberlain.

Walter is the son of LPN Alainya Chamberlain. He was born 1/31/23 at 7lbs 2oz, 20 inches long. Congratulations Alainya, He is perfect!

Obituary - Donna Ruth Dailey

Donna Ruth Dailey, age 71, of Belton, Missouri, passed away at home on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 with her loving husband at her side.

Services will be held on Friday, February 10, 2023 at St. Sabina Catholic Parish, 700 Trevis Ave., Belton, Missouri 64012. A rosary will begin at 9:45 a.m. 

Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. Donna will then be laid to rest at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Raytown, Missouri.

Donna was born in Anna, Illinois on December 31, 1951 to George Rosenthal and Velma (Grauberger) Rosenthal. Soon after graduating high school, Donna was joined in marriage with her husband, Michael Dailey on January 22, 1977 at St. Sabina Catholic Church. Donna worked for many years at Allied Signal. In life, Donna was a woman of Catholic faith and a faithful member of St. Sabina Catholic Church as well as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. She was very talented at quilting, loved bowling, and loved animals especially frogs and dogs. Donna will always be remembered for her witty personality.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, George and Velma Rosenthal; and two sister in laws, Sharon Rosenthal and Judy Franuik.

She is survived by her loving husband, Michael Dailey; brother Garry Rosenthal; four sister in laws, Donna Marie Lawrence, Pat Esarey, Sandy Molitor, and Suzie Burguss; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given the the Ladies Auxiliary c/o St. Sabina Catholic Church.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

Sherwood Schools Closing at 1:15pm due to water line break

Sherwood Schools Closing at 1:15pm due to water line break. 

No Clinton Technical School classes this afternoon, Students will eat lunch before they leave, no activities tonight after school, and school for Feb 2nd is TBD.

Miami County Kansas Sheriff's Office Wanted Wednesday


Obituary - Mary A. Gibson

Mary A. Gibson, age 76, of Clinton, Missouri, passed away January 31, 2023, at Adair Village with her family at her side.

Memorial Service will be Friday February 3, 2023, at 2:00 PM, Consalus Funeral Home, 209 S. 2nd Street, Clinton, MO. 64735.

The family asked that Memorial Donations in Mary Gibson Memory, be made to CARE (Clinton Animal Rescue Endeavor), they can be left in care of Consalus Funeral Home.

A full obituary will be updated when its made available to us. 

Obituary - Patricia Ann Foster

Patricia Ann Foster, age 71, of Warsaw, Missouri passed away Monday, January 30, 2023 at her home. 

She was born on September 7, 1951 in Clinton, Missouri the daughter of Harold L. Coones and Veneda F. (Coke) Coones. Patricia was united in marriage to John E. Foster. They made their home in Appleton City, Missouri, moving to Warsaw in 1986.

She was a member of the Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Warsaw. Pat worked as a Certified Nurses Assistant for more than thirty years at the nursing homes in Butler, Appleton City and Warsaw. She enjoyed playing cards and creating and selling various crafts.

Patricia is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, two sisters, a grandson and two great granddaughters.

She is survived by her husband, John Foster, seven children; Judy Schick (Richard), of Warsaw, Larry Foster (Sue), of Warsaw, Timmy Foster, of Clinton, Missouri, Peggy Worley, of Warsaw, Linda Hamilton (Rusty), of Warsaw, Cindy Penn, of Warsaw and Ada Wright(Matt), of Warsaw, sixteen grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Patricia A. Foster will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 11, 2023 at the Reser Funeral Home in Warsaw.

Happy 1 year anniversary to Rhyno Tire in Butler

Wow! It’s been 1 year since we opened the doors as Rhyno Tire! As with any small business we rely on the support of our local

So thank you very much to all those who have supported us in this first year, we hope you continue to support us in the years to come and hope to gain new supporters as well!

We do new and used tires, as well as specialty tires…lawnmower, motorcycle, tractor, grader, foam filled, semi, etc. We also do wheels, rotations and brakes!

Sincerely, your locally grown business owners, Jerret and Megan Reno.

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