Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Clinton High School names new head wrestling coach

Clinton High School is proud to announce it has selected Todd Mowery as its next Head Wrestling Coach.

Coach Mowery is currently an assistant wrestling coach in the El Dorado Springs School District, where in the last three years the wrestling team has seen much success. Participation has increased over 500%, the boys team earned three conference titles, and the girls two.

The boys team received a district runner-up title, and the team had seven state qualifiers and two state medalists in the past two years. In 2021, Mowery was one of several individuals selected by the Missouri Wrestling Association as a District Coach of the Year. Todd also has football coaching experience, both with the Osceola and El Dorado Springs School Districts.

During his high school years, Todd was a three-sport athlete, participating in football, baseball and wrestling. Todd’s senior year was capped off by being selected to play the safety position in the Ohio All-Star Football Game.

Todd attended college at Columbus State Community College in Ohio, the University of Cincinnati, and Southern New Hampshire University earning a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management.

Todd and his wife, Jamie (an administrative assistant with the Clinton School District), have been married for 12 years. They have two children Braxton and Kinley who are both sports enthusiasts. Braxton will be in 5th grade next year and will continue to wrestle and play football in the Clinton youth organizations and Kinley, who will be in 3rd grade next year, enjoys basketball and baseball.

Activities Director, Alex Johnson looks forward to the impact Coach Mowery will make in the district. “If you know Todd’s story, you know that getting to Clinton has been a process. What I admire most about Todd, and why I’m so excited to have him on staff, is that he has the “ALL IN“ mentality I expect of both myself and all coaches and sponsors on our staff. I know this mentality will carry over to what he is going to do for our kids in coaching, teaching, and character development. Todd is excited to start a NEW ERA in Clinton and I am thrilled to have him on our team. Welcome “Coach Mow!”

Coach Mowery is looking forward to beginning his work with our Cardinals, “I am beyond excited to coach for Clinton athletics next year. There has been a strong foundation set within the youth organizations and I intend on building from that foundation and bringing out the absolute best of everyone involved. It will be a process and will take everyone involved buying into that process to succeed. It's the beginning of "A NEW ERA" in Clinton and I couldn't be happier to be a part of it.”

Welcome aboard Todd, we are so excited to have you as part of our Cardinal family!

Happy Retirement Joe!

Help us congratulate Joe Hermann, who officially retired on May 17, 2022 after 49 years of dedicated service to Bates County Memorial Hospital. 

Joe first began working in the laundry department at BCMH in 1973 as a senior in high school through an earned credits work program, and he was hired right after graduation in 1974.

Joe remained in the laundry department for his career, later being promoted to Laundry Foreman. Over the years, Joe has been a dependable worker, ensuring patient and employee safety. His dedication included overtime and weekends during the pandemic to keep up with increased demand.

Joe's "laundry list" for retirement includes spending more time enjoying his favorite hobbies, playing pool and fishing for catfish.

A reception was held in Joe's honor on May 17. Joe was presented with a pool stick as a retirement gift from the hospital, presented by Chief Executive Officer Greg Weaver.

#retirement #retirementgoals #thankyou #Congratulations #EmployeeExcellence

Obituary - Thelma Pauline Ridley

Celebration of life cremation service for Thelma Pauline Ridley of Amoret, Missouri will be at a later date under direction of the the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Online condolences

Thelma Pauline Ridley, age 85 of Amoret, Missouri died Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at her home. She was born February 21, 1937 to Elmer Arthur and Tressie Charlotte Ford Hoover in Butler, Missouri.

Pauline is survived by one son, Jimmie Ray Ridley Jr. and wife Deeanna of Adrian, Missouri; four daughters, Robyn McKinney and husband Ray of Warsaw, Missouri, Charlotte Ridley-McIntyre and husband Ron of Wichita, Kansas, Terry Payne and husband Tim of Butler, Missouri and Jennifer Nickole Ridley of Macks Creek, Missouri; 12 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jimmie Ray Ridley Sr. in 2005; two brothers, Don Hoover and Steven Hoover; five sisters, Helen Lough, Bonnie Hoover, Mary Ann Knox, Betty Collins and Norma Ridley; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Rae Ridley.

Happy Retirement Teresa

After 42 years of dedication, Teresa Smith will be retiring from the Adrian Bank/Butler Branch. 

Come celebrate with her on Friday, May 20, from 2pm-4pm at the Butler Branch location.

For Immediate Release: Sen. Rick Brattin’s Legislation Protecting Children from Pornography in Schools Passes

Senator Rick Brattin’s Legislation Protecting Children from Pornography in Schools Passes

JEFFERSON CITY — Conservative state Sen. Rick Brattin’s, R-Harrisonville, legislation protecting students from pornographic materials in schools passed the Missouri Legislature on May 12. Senator Brattin originally filed the language in Senate Bill 1224 and then added the language in an amendment to another bill, Senate Bill 775.

“In schools all across the country, we’ve seen this disgusting and inappropriate content making its way into our classrooms,” Sen. Brattin said. “Instead of recognizing this as the threat it is, some schools are actually fighting parents to protect this filth. The last place our children should be seeing pornography is in our schools.”

Senator Brattin’s legislation creates the offense of providing explicit sexual material to a student, and any school employee or individual affiliated with a school that violates the law could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor.

“There’s no question that in some places this content is not only celebrated but actively being pushed on our children,” Sen. Brattin said. “We have to put our foot down and say ‘no, our children are too important to us and our future to allow this to happen.’ Our children are a precious gift from God, and it’s our job to raise them to respect themselves and the opposite sex the way God intended.”

Senator Brattin was elected to the Missouri Senate in 2020 after previously serving four terms in the Missouri House of Representatives and two years as Cass County Auditor. He serves as vice-chair of the Education Committee and also serves on General Laws; Local Government and Elections; the Joint Committee on Government Accountability; and Seniors, Families, Veterans and Military Affairs. Senator Brattin lives in Harrisonville with his wife, Athena, and five children. They are members of Abundant Life Church in Lee’s Summit.

For more information about Sen. Brattin, visit

Obituary - Laura Miner

Laura Miner, 79 of Hume, Missouri passed away peacefully Saturday, May 14, 2022 at her home in Hume. Cremation, with graveside services will be held 11:00 am Saturday, May 21, 2022 in Underwood Cemetery near Hume, Missouri.

Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). Memorial contributions may be made to Children's Mercy. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Laura was born on September 10, 1942 in Butler, Missouri, the daughter of Claude D. Lawson and Edna Belle Lafarge.

She married the love of her life, Ray Miner on June 10, 1960. It was then that she became a loving wife and mother. The two of them made their home in Hume, and have lived there for most of their lives. She worked at the Hume school, cleaned houses, worked at nursing homes, and helped her husband on the farm.

Laura was truly one of a kind. Her giving and loving heart made her who she was, but she was not afraid to tell you what she was thinking! She enjoyed spending time with her family and watching everyone grow up, especially her grandchildren. Laura truly was a giver in all aspects of her life. She enjoyed planting flowers and decorating for every holiday. To know her was to love her, and she made a huge impact of everyone she was around.

She is preceded in death by her daughter Brenda Bradley, and her mother and father.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years Ray Miner, their five children, thirteen grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

“We know that we can’t have you back, but we’re happy knowing that the angels have finally got you back. Goodbye to a wonderful woman and beautiful mother!”

Montrose Blue Jay Character of the Year Award:

Montrose Blue Jay Character of the Year:

Congratulations to the following students for receiving the Blue Jay Character of the Year award :

•Dom Blevins - 6th Grade
•Kate Wareham - 7th Grade
•Charlie Meredith - 9th Grade
•Bailey Carter - 11th Grade

#MontroseBluejays #BluejayFamily #BluejayPride #BluejayProud

Obituary - Leroy Melvin Smith

Leroy Melvin Smith, age 71, of El Dorado Springs, Missouri, passed away peacefully at his home Sunday, May 15, 2022, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Melvin was born October 10, 1950, to Leroy and Daisy (Stroer) Smith. He married his high school sweetheart, Yolanda (Yo) Mizner. He and Yolanda graduated in 1968 from El Dorado Springs High School. To their union four children were born: one son, Lee, and three daughters, Neshawn, Michelle, and Stacy.

Melvin was saved at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church on August 19, 1963. He worked at Barrington Manufacturing for 33 years. He enjoyed talking on the CB Radio to all of his buddies and hunting and fishing with family and friends. He also enjoyed woodworking and making things for his family. Melvin never knew a stranger and was well known for his orneriness. Preceding him in death were his parents, Leroy and Daisy Smith; in-laws, John and Irene Mizner; and great-grandson, Noah Jon Donahue.

Melvin is survived by his wife of 53 years, Yolanda; son, Lee Smith; daughters: Neshawn Crowley and husband, Richard, Michelle Smith, and Stacy Baldwin and husband, Jerrod; a sister, Margie Barger and husband, Sam; sister-in-law, Delene and husband, Larry Clark; brother-in-law, Gale Mizner and wife, Wanda; and sister-in-law, Kim Matthews; and brothers-in-law, Darrell Matthews and Jay Mizner. He also leaves 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, many other family members, and countless friends. Melvin will be missed by everyone.

Date: Friday, May 20, 2022
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Visitation Location:
Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home

Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022
Time: 2:00 p.m.

Service Location:
Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home

Lebeck Cemetery

Butler Senior Center Kickin' Chicken Dinner Fundraiser

The Friends of the Butler Senior Center invite you to come to the Butler Senior Center Sunday, May 22, 2022 for their Kickin' Chicken Dinner fundraiser from 11am until 2pm. Fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, and green beans. 

Tickets are $10.00 a plate. Y'all come on out and support the Butler Senior Center so we can continue to serve the seniors of Bates County. See y'all here!
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Smith's Automotive Repair in Butler is now hiring


We are looking to hire a quality minded, experienced, full time technician. Strong electrical diagnostics desired. Must have own basic tools and be able to work & problem solve independently.

Competitive wages, vacation and 401K based on experience and capabilities to provide all aspects of automotive repair.

To apply, pick up application or deliver resume at 1223 N. Orange St. Butler Mo. 64730

Countywide Disposal in Butler is hiring

We’re HIRING! Thrower position open. Please help us spread the word!

Countywide Disposal is rapidly growing and has a Trash Thrower position available. Great Pay, Health Insurance, 401k, vacation time, and holiday pay.

Must be able to physically handle lifting trash cans and various weather conditions.

Come apply to be a part of our great team!!
694 NE State Rt TT, Butler, MO 64730. (660)679-0717

Obituary - Ricky Lee Ayers

Ricky Lee Ayers, 63, Nevada, MO passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at his home in Nevada. Rick was born December 1, 1958 in Bellflower, CA to Frank L. and Evelyn P. (Barker) Ayers.

Rick came to Nevada from California in 1976. He worked for several years at O’Sullivan’s in Lamar, MO and at B&R Furniture in Nevada for a short time.

Survivors include one sister, Dianna Stewart, Lee’s Summit, MO; two brothers, Calvin Boyd, II, and Kevin Boyd, both of Nevada; aunt, Charlene Sisson, Nevada; uncle, Thomas Barker, Independence, MO; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many other friends and family. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Katheryn Tice.

No services are planned.

Summer Reading sign-ups at the Butler Public Library


No more thunderstorms today

Storms all around us today, but nope, not here as we are in the doughnut hole! 

Once these last few morning showers move out of the area we'll have partly cloudy skies and highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s.


Always so proud to be a Blackhawk!

Always so proud to be a Blackhawk!

The officers of Adrian FBLA, Adrian High School NHS, and Adrian HS Student Council presented Mrs. Kirsten Gutshall Collier & her daughter, Kameran, with OVER $4,000 collected from the Collier Caffeine Cart Fundraiser!

Thank you to all who purchased off the caffeine cart, allowed the many classroom interruptions, or supported in any way!

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Butler Verizon Wireless Store Now Hiring

Verizon Wireless is currently looking to hire a HIGH ENERGY sales professional for our Butler location.

We are looking for someone who is goal oriented, enthusiastic, optimistic, money driven, and leads by example.

If you think you fit this description, please send a resume to or bring your resume by our location at 1009 W Ft Scott Street in Butler Mo

40-45 hours per week, Saturday REQUIRED. Pay will be Hourly+Commission with the ability to WRITE YOUR OWN CHECK. High opportunity for advancement for right person!

Butler R-5 High School Honor's Day set for May 19th

Butler R-5 High School Honor's Day will be this Thursday (May 19) at 1 pm in the auditorium.

Parents are welcome to attend but MUST check in at the office between 12:30 and 1 pm.

The awards ceremony can also be heard on the radio at KMAM/KMOE FM92

Structure Fire In Belton

Tonight, the Belton Fire Department responded to a fire at a multi-family residence in the area of Spring Valley Road and Bel-Ray Blvd. 

The fire was confined to the kitchen of the apartment. The occupants were able to escape without injuries.

This fire is currently under investigation.

Belton Police Department looking for 12 year old male

The Belton Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating 12 year old Taven Evans. Taven was last seen at his home in the 500 block of Tumbleweed on 5-17-22 at 5:30 PM.

Taven was last seen wearing a black jack-o-lantern t shirt, patched jeans and black / red shoes.

Anyone with information on Taven's whereabouts is asked to contact the Belton Police Department at 816-331-1500.

UPDATE: Taven has been located and is safe.

Adrian man arrested on warrant

On May 17th around 3:35 p.m. the Adrian Police Department arrested 32 year old Garamee C. Cooper of Adrian, Missouri.

Mr. Cooper was arrested on 1.) Bates County Sheriff's Office Warrant - Sex Offender physically present/loiter within 500 feet of a park/playground/pool/ - 1st Offense.

Garamee C. Cooper was booked into the Bates County Jail in Butler and he is currently being held on a $4,500 cash/surety only bond.

Cooper is listed on the Missouri State Sex Offender Registry as a Tier Level 2 Offender. You can find that information below:

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.

The City of Butler Comprehensive Plan:

The City of Butler Comprehensive Plan:

Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission is working the city of Butler’s Comprehensive Plan update. For information on the plan, stay tuned to this mini-website!

Citizens of Butler: We need your insight! Please take the survey to tell us more about your vision for the future of Butler.

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Obituary - Floris Current Slates

Floris Current Slates, 96, Nevada, passed away Monday, May 16. Floris was born March 19, 1926, in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Frank B. Slates on April 23, 1946, in Ft Scott, Kansas. Frank passed away on May 15th, 2017. They were married for over 71 years.

Most of her school years were in Colorado, then she moved with her family to Sheldon, Missouri, where she finished high school and graduated in 1945. She worked outside of the home doing many different jobs. She did real estate. Floris worked at the Sheldon Central Telephone office before there were private country lines and everyone had party lines, and also worked at one of the local cafes. She worked outside the home until their children, Leonard Slates and Max Slates were born. Happily, she then became a homemaker the rest of her life.

Floris had a passion for the simple things in life and worked very hard around the home. Frank and Floris always had a huge garden. Hard work such as canning and putting up all the vegetables and fruit that they raised never fazed her. She took a lot of pride in being able to do this and many times talked about how much she loved just looking at the jars of vegetables and variety of colors in the jars in her cabinets. Family, animals, nature, flowers, and especially birds were a source of great enjoyment for her, especially enjoying the sight of bright red cardinals. The beautiful flowers that adorned her yard and lane were a result of many years of work and transplanting.

She was an amazing cook, making almost everything from scratch. Her homemade chicken and noodles, hamburger and shells, and apple pie were always a favorite among her grandchildren. Floris was a seamstress and enjoyed sewing until her eyesight started failing. She made many of her families' clothes years ago and still enjoyed mending them if she was able. Floris and Frank lived most of their lives at their rural home east of Sheldon, Missouri, near Bellamy. Later they bought a home outside of Nevada, where they resided until Frank passed, and her health began to fail.

Her favorite time later in life was with her grandchildren. She loved the time she got to spend with her grandchildren and cherished the memories that was made, always wanting to reminisce with her pictures of when they were little. She was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, known to her great grandchildren as Grandma GG, with a big, beautiful heart.

Floris is survived by two sons, Leonard Slates (the late Linda Slates), Kansas City; Max Slates, wife Toni, Hume, Missouri; granddaughter Ashley White; grandson Benton Slates, wife Sam; five great grandchildren, Ryelyn and Oaklyn White; Harper, Elaina, and Morrigan Slates. Nephew Bill Current (Isabel) Cabot, Arkansas; niece Laverna Current Miller; and grandniece Marci Watters, Hagerstown, Md.

She was preceded in death by her husband Frank Slates and infant son, Freddie Dwayne Slates. Parents Fay Emery and Charlott Current;, sister Dortha Jantz; brothers Jasper Rufus Current and Willis (Bill) Current; daughter-in-law, Linda Slates; and niece Hazel Current Watters.

Family will have a private graveside burial. Friends may call now and until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 20, at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare Announces Gail Mothersbaugh’s Retirement

Clinton, Mo. – (May 19, 2022) – Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare (GVMH) announces the retirement of Gail Mothersbaugh, Switchboard Operator.

“GVMH has been really good to me throughout the past 41 years, said Gail Mothersbaugh. “When you work with a group of people for so long they become an extended family. Thank you all for the memories. I will miss everyone dearly.”

“It has been a privilege working with Gail. She is one in a million," said Brenda Hunter, Director of Patient Registration at GVMH. “Gail has been a faithful employee of GVMH for 41 years and will be truly missed by all. We wish her the best!”

In recognition of her retirement, Mothersbaugh received an award with her name and years of service engraved on it.

Obituary - Kathy Lea Knight

Celebration of Life for Kathy Lea Knight of Clinton, Missouri will be held at the home of Allen and Donna Porter (6444 NE Business 49 Loop, Butler, MO 64730) on Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Inurnment at a later date in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. 

Arrangements under direction of Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler. Flowers and memorial funds can be left in the care of Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel at 1301 N. Orange Street, Butler, MO 64730. Online condolences

Kathy Lea (White) Knight, age 70 of Clinton, Missouri passed away on May 11, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri surrounded by loved ones. She was born October 6, 1951 in Butler, Missouri to her parents, Kenneth and Jewell Faye (Porter) White. Along with her siblings, she was raised in Butler and Belton, Missouri.

Kathy became a CNA and a Med-tech at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton, Missouri. She married Rick Knight and with their union they had a son, Chris Knight of Urich, Missouri. Later, she adopted Marissa Knight of St. Joseph, Missouri. She was a foster parent to over 30 babies and a babysitter to countless children of the community. Several would come back to visit with their own children. She had a passion for gardening, flowers, handiwork and all sorts of sports, especially the Chiefs.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Jewell Faye (Porter) White; her niece, Danielle Lorene Barth; and great-nephew, Elijah Short. She is survived by two children–son, Chris Knight of Urich, Missouri and daughter, Marissa Knight of St. Joseph, Missouri; three siblings–brother, David (Dana) White of Grapeland, Texas, daughter, Betty (Mark) Severson of Urich, Missouri, and brother, Joseph (Kelly) White of Versailles, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

Obituary - Jeffrey Scott Hewitt

Jeffrey Scott Hewitt, age 63, of Parkville, Missouri, passed away on Friday, May 13, 2022 at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 23, 2022 at Cullen Funeral Home, 612 W. Foxwood Dr. Raymore, Missouri 64083. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Jeff will then be laid to rest at Belton Cemetery in Belton, Missouri.

Jeff was born in Butler, Missouri on June 22, 1958 to John Amos Hewitt and Betty Lolene (Garrison) Hewitt. After graduating high school, Jeff entered into the workforce working the majority of his career as a sheet metal fabricator. In life Jeff was blessed with two children, Amanda and Corey. He was a jack of all trades, especially when it came to building, fabricating, or fixing anything.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, John and Betty Hewitt; and two brothers, John Allen Hewitt and Bryan Lee Hewitt.

He is survived by daughter, Amanda Hewitt (Christopher Stumph): his son, Corey Hewitt (Sara Brookshire); three sisters, Julie Anne Martel (Kevin), Jeanne Marie Scott (Nick), and Kelly Kathlene Hewitt (Stuart Davis); two grandchildren, Charlotte Reyne Brookshire and Emily Adelaide Brookshire; and canine companion, Hook.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

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