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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Obituary - Ryan J. Vescovi

Ryan Jackson Vescovi, 48, lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, was born, October 2, 1972, in Harrisonville, the son of Guido and Phyllis (Cook) Vescovi. He departed this life, Friday, September 17, 2021, at the Research Medical Center, with his wife Lisa by his side.

Visitation will be held 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 23, 2021, at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 24, 2021, at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Vescovi Family Scholarship fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550

A complete obituary will be published here as soon as that information becomes available.

Two from Stockton injured in Vernon County motorcycle crash

On September 18th around 8:44 p.m. the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Vernon County along with Vernon County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a motorcycle accident on Route Z around 2 miles north of Richards.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2004 Honda Motorcycle driven by 31 year old David J. Neal of Stockton, Missouri struck a deer in the roadway, ejecting both riders.

David J. Neal along with a passenger on his motorcycle 39 year old Tiffany K. Gregory of Stockton, Missouri both sustained injuries and both were transported the hospital for treatment.

Warm weather continues today- Changes on the way

Warm weather will continue for another 36 hours before a strong cold front moves through the area, bringing with it scattered thunderstorms - a few which could be strong Monday afternoon and evening. Behind the front, much cooler fall-like weather is expected.

House Fire In Nevada

On September 18th around 7:56 p.m. the Nevada Fire Department Responded to reports of smoke coming out of the house located 211 West Park Street.

On arrival to the scene Nevada Fire crews found flames coming from the Northwest corner of the home. 

Crews made entry made primary search and initiated fire attack. Once fire was knocked down crews did overhaul to check for extension.

Investigation of the fire found electrical to be the cause of the fire. No one was home at time of the fire.

Photo Courtesy of the Nevada Fire Department 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Obituary - "Sissy" Louise Carleton Winslett Richardson

Louise Carleton Winslett Richardson (“Sissy”) died peacefully on September 13, 2021 at the age of 83 at her home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Following a private family interment, a service for The Burial of the Dead will take place on September 24, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at ChristEpiscopal Church with the Reverend Paul Elliott officiating. Masks are required in the church. 

Sissy was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Dr. Luther Washington Richardson, Jr. She is survived by her daughter Louise Talbot Richardson Manzella and her husband Stephen Michael Manzella of York, Pennsylvania; her son Luther Washington Richardson III and his wife Adrienne Taylor Richardson of Tuscaloosa; and her grandchildren Matthew Winslett Manzella, Frances Winslett Richardson, Luther Washington Richardson IV (“Luke”), and Sarah Louise Manzella (“Sadie”). To her grandchildren, she was affectionately known as “Sassy”. She is also survived by her brother The Reverend Hoyt Winslett, Jr. and his wife Emily Cosby Winslett of Tuscaloosa; her sisters-in-law Beth Richardson Howell of Fort Walton Beach, Florida and Nancy Richardson McKinnie and her husband James Merrick McKinnie, Jr. of Burnsville, North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend their gratitude to her caregivers DeShonda Davis, Debra Hopson, Lorie Price, and Debra Simmons.

Sissy was born on December 27, 1937 in Tuscaloosa, the daughter of Louise Fargason Winslett and Hoyt Candler “Wu” Winslett. She was brought home to The Highlands neighborhood where she was amongst the first generation of children raised there. With the exception of a few years in the early days of her marriage, Sissy was a lifelong resident of the, neighborhood, and she adored her neighbors and watching the successive generations of children raised there.

In her early years, Sissy attended First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa, but after an embarrassing spit-ball incident there in ninth grade, she left the church on her own, spent some time at First Presbyterian Church, and landed at Christ Episcopal Church where she remained a devoted member for the rest of her life. The family knows of no further such incidents. Childhood summers were spent at Camp Green Cove in Tuxedo, North Carolina, where Sissy learned to play tennis, at which she excelled. She remained competitive in the sport until the later years of her life. She graduated from Tuscaloosa High School in 1956, attended Sweet Briar College for two years, and returned to Tuscaloosa and The University of Alabama to complete her undergraduate studies. She was a proud member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, but later in life had to graciously overcome her disappointment at having a daughterin- law and granddaughter who are Kappa Deltas. They maintained a jovial, albeit serious,
rivalry to the bitter end.

Following college, she did graduate work at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, but after marrying Luther, elected to write thank you notes rather than complete her Master’s thesis. Louise was born in New Orleans before the family moved to Winter Park, Florida where Luther served in the Air Force. In 1966, they returned to Tuscaloosa and The Highlands when Luther opened his dermatology practice and their son Luther III was born. Together they created a beautiful and loving home for their children and enjoyed entertaining extended family and friends.

In Tuscaloosa, Sissy was a member of the Junior Welfare Association (later the Junior League), and served as the 1973 Chairman of the J.W.A. Horse Show. She also served on the United Way board of directors, in charge of its professional division. At Christ Episcopal Church, she served as a vestry member and as president of the Episcopal Churchwomen of Christ Episcopal Church. On a diocesan level, she served as president of the Episcopal Church women for two years and as a member of the Diocesan Council. Additionally, she served on the boards of the YMCA, the Salvation Army, RISE, and the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly. She was also a co-chairman of Heritage Week for the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society and a co-chairman of the Parents Council at The University of the South. She is a member of the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America. Social organizations included the Tuesday Night Supper Club, Revelers, Merry Makers, Pickwick, Arts & Letters, Sewing, LOL Lunch Bunch, and The Carousel Club. As a member of the Mardi Gras Club and Gaieties she served as president. Though Sissy considered herself just “a good ol’ girl”, she was in fact a great lady and will be so greatly missed by her family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Christ Episcopal Church Foundation or the RISE Center at the University of Alabama.

Obituary - Richard Earl Adkins

Viewing for Richard E. Adkins will be 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2021 with rosary at 1 p.m. and funeral mass to follow at Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Services under direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Interment in Scott Cemetery, Amsterdam, Missouri. Contributions to Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Online condolences

Richard Earl Adkins, age 82 of Harrisonville, Missouri died Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Overland Park Regional Medical in Overland Park, Kansas. He was born February 7, 1939 to Stephen Adkins Jr. and Virginia Catherine Tomeo Adkins in Youngstown, Ohio.

Richard is survived by his wife of 54 years, Peggy Adkins of Harrisonville, Missouri; one daughter, Tammy Lemon and husband Mark of Harrisonville, Missouri; two brothers, Steve Adkins and wife Chris of Warren, Ohio and Ronnie Adkins and wife Jami of Berlin Center, Ohio; a sister, Judy Wilk of Charleston, South Carolina; seven grandchildren, Mitchell, Megan, Matthew, Myles, Marcus, Mason and Maxwell; and several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Doris Jean Adkins.

One injured in Cass County motorcycle crash

On September 18th around 12:35 a.m. the Missouri State Highway in Cass County along with Cass County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a one vehicle motorcycle accident on 175th Street just west of Cemetery Road in rural Cass County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2010 Harley Davidson driven by 48 year old Wesley N. Bears of Pleasant Hill traveled off the roadway and struck a ditch, ejecting the driver.

Mr. Bears sustained moderate injuries and he was transported by ambulance to Research Medical Center in Kansas City for treatment.

View crash report below:

Death Investigation in El Dorado Springs

On September 17th El Dorado Springs Police Officers responded to 215 West Hightower concerning a check the well being. Upon arrival officers located Johnnie D. Billings, 56, of El Dorado Springs, deceased inside the home. 

The investigation revealed the theft of a black 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycle. Investigators of the Missouri State Highway Patrol are assisting in the investigation. 

Anyone with information concerning this investigation is encouraged to call 417-876-TIPS (8477).

Chief of Police for El Dorado Springs 

Friday, September 17, 2021

Clinton School District has received confirmation of 2 positive cases of COVID-19

The Clinton School District has received confirmation of 2 positive cases of COVID-19 at Clinton Intermediate School and Clinton High School. 

This brings the total number of active cases to 12.

The Henry County Health Center is in the process of conducting contact tracing, most of which is complete.

The District has been in constant communication, and cooperating fully, with the Henry County Health Center as they perform the necessary contact tracing and we will continue to follow their guidance.

The Henry County Health Center is responsible for contacting students/staff who need to quarantine due to close contact with the individual who tested positive. If you are not contacted by the Henry County Health Center or the school district instructing your child to quarantine, your child can continue to attend school.

The Clinton School District is following cleaning and disinfecting procedures so that schools can remain open.

Clinton School District students, staff, and community members should continue to use the Daily Self-Screening Checklist and should stay home if displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

As we navigate situations such as this, please be assured that the health and safety of our students and staff are of utmost importance.

If you should have any questions, please contact your child’s school nurse or the Henry County Health Center (660-885-8193).

2021 Week 4 Missouri State High School Football Scores:

Week 4 Scores:
Adrian 21, El Dorado Springs 20
Archie 28, Jasper 16

Ash Grove 44, Pierce City 0
Ava 59, Liberty 24
Aurora 26, Mt. Vernon 7
Branson 58, Neosho 28
Battle 35, Hickman 22
Booneville 41, Blair Oaks 35
Buffalo 36, Pleasant Hill 35
Butler 44, Cole Camp 14
Cabool 27, Houston 26
Carthage 42, Webb City 14
Diamond 35, Miller 12 
Drexel 62, Rich Hill 6
Fair Grove 63, Forsyth 13
Fort Osage 58, Raytown 20
Glendale 42, Bolivar 27
Hannibal 62, Fulton 12 
Harrisonville 36, Warrensburg 27
Holden 18, Crest Ridge 0 
Joplin 44, Carl Junction 6
Kearney 35, Ruskin 0 
Kickapoo 40, Parkview 0
Knob Noster 64, Agape 8
Lafayette County 35, Summit Christian Academy 21
Lamar 48, Nevada 22
Liberal 60, Greenfield 14
Lincoln 34, Scotland County 12
Lincoln College Prep 64, East KC 0 
Lees Summit North 41, Ray-Pec 14
Lockwood 70, Appleton City 20
Marionville 48, Central 0
Mexico 43, Marshall 16
McDonald County 31, Monett 14
Mountain Grove 37, Willow Springs 7
Nixa 21, Republic 10
Odessa 29, Oak Grove 21 
Ozark 52, Willard 0
Reeds Spring 62, Catholic 28
Rogersville 28, Cassville 13
Rockhurst 21, Blue Springs South 7
Rolla 56, Hillcrest 6
Sarcoxie 28, Stockton 20 
Seneca 35, East Newton 7
Skyline 48, Slater 16
St. Pius X 14, Maryville 13 
Strafford 69, Clever 6
Southern Boone 24, Versailles 20 
Thayer 47, Salem 6
Warsaw 48, Sherwood 12
Wellington Napoleon 41, Lone Jack 0 
Windsor 49, Cass Midway 8 

Obituary - Gilbert Gene Harris

Gilbert Gene Harris, 92, of Nevada, MO, passed away on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, KS. Gilbert was born on June 4, 1929 in Chattanooga, OK to Edrick and Ethel (Hardesty) Harris. He married Rhoda C. Wilkinson on September 20, 1954 in Carlsbad, NM and she preceded him in death on December 11, 2016.

Gilbert was raised in and around Chattanooga, OK and spent time in Florida and New Mexico before moving to the Branson, MO area where he worked in excavation and construction. In 1967 he came to Nevada to work for Missouri Pacific Railroad on a track maintenance crew. After retiring from the railroad in 1986 they moved to Arizona where went to work as a cowboy on a ranch and also for the U. S. Forest Service as a Range Inspector. Gilbert also enjoyed driving a stagecoach while in Arizona. They eventually returned to Vernon County upon retirement. They traveled to Arizona in the winters and came back to Nevada in the summer for many years. He was a longtime member of Nevada Wranglers Saddle Club and Vernon County Sheriffs Mounted Patrol.

Survivors include four daughters, Shelly Chadd, Milo, MO, Debbie Bliss, Ft. Scott, KS, Donna Wagner and her husband Max, Nevada, and Raye Swopes and her husband Clint, Walker, MO; one sister Estelle Hefner, Wichita Falls, TX; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; Trish Harris, daughter-in-law, Moundville, MO and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife Rhoda, Gilbert was preceded in death by a son Gil, a daughter Gretta Russell, a granddaughter, Lori Woods, three sisters, and one brother.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with Dr. Kevin Daugherty officiating. Interment will follow in Newton Burial Park, Nevada. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at the funeral home.

Those who wish may contribute in Gilbert’s memory to the Vernon County Youth Fair in care of Ferry Funeral Home.


Picking up trash!

Inmates from the Vernon County Jail were taken out to pick up trash today at the field across from WalMart. Over a dozen trash bags were collected during today’s work-day.

Sheriff Mosher plans to start inmate work days again, which had been halted during movement lockdowns related to COVID-19.

Bates County Sheriffs Office Mounted Posse Invitational Rodeo

Come out on October 16 to support our rodeo. Bring the family and have some fun!

Obituary - Betty Lou Emery

Betty Lou Emery, 88, Deerfield, MO passed away on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at her home, following a lengthy illness. Betty was born to Richard “Dick” E. and Susie (Shuhart) Saathoff on May 19, 1933 in Nevada, MO.

Betty graduated from Nevada High School with the Class of 1951. After high school, she worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone in Nevada until 1955. Betty married her high school sweetheart, Kenneth Leon Emery on June 20, 1954. They moved to the farm in Deerfield in the spring of 1958 where she and Leon operated Emery & Sons Propane until 2000.

Betty was a devoted wife and a loving mother and grandmother. She loved playing cards, especially pitch, with her friends. She also loved cooking, sewing, participating in a bowling league, and later enjoyed traveling with Leon and their heating and air friends. She was a faithful volunteer in the NRMC Gift Shop, as well as a longtime member of the B.P.O. Does #564 in Nevada, the Eastern Star, and Church of God-Holiness.

Betty is survived by her son, Mike Emery, Deerfield, and her daughter, Kenna Clements, Deerfield; grandchildren, Aubrey Elkinton (Dusty), Moundville, David Klumpp (Joni), Deerfield, Jenny Emery, Nevada, Aaron Emery, Nevada; five great-grandchildren Halley Elkinton, Talya Elkinton, Caden Klumpp, Ryden Elkinton, and Sam Klumpp; one sister-in-law, Mona McDowell, Nevada; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to her husband, Leon, on March 19, 2021, Betty is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Roy Saathoff and Richard Saathoff; two sisters, Pauline Hogsett and Virginia Fletchall; brother-in-law, Bill McDowell; and son-in-law, Larry Clements.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Pastor Bill Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Deerfield Cemetery in Deerfield. Friends may call until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home.

Memorials in Betty Lou's memory are suggested to the Deerfield Cemetery c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

Obituary - Dewayne Aurthur Attebury

Dewayne Arthur Attebury, age 75, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, in his son Jacob’s home in Belton Missouri. September 15, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Cullen Funeral Home, 612 W. Foxwood Dr. Raymore, Missouri 64083. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Rd., Leavenworth, Kansas 66048.

Dewayne was born in Kansas City, Missouri on August 9, 1946 to James Attebury and Maxine (Friedli) Attebury. After high school, Dewayne completed two years of college before serving his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Dewayne earned his rank of an E-4 Specialist and was also an MP. His honorable service and experience molded the rest of his life. In life Dewayne was very particular in all things he did. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, working on cars, watching his grandkids at the zoo, sharpening his knives, and watching country western movies. He could always be found with a can of Cherry Long Cut Skoal.

Dewayne was preceded in death by his parents, James and Maxine Attebury; four grandchildren, David and Angelina Sanders, and Jessica and Tiffany Attebury; daughter in law, Cindy Attebury; and son in law, John Wallace.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Kathy Attebury; two sons, John Attebury (Jennie) and Jacob Attebury (Leslie); two daughters, Wendy Ann Sanders (Richard) and Diana Lynn Wallace; stepson, Duane Putnam; stepdaughter, Amber Carroll (Michael); three brothers, Ronald Lee Attebury (Katherine), James Allen, and Chuck Attebury (Debbie); two sisters, Cindy Miller (Kurt) and Starla Paul (Bob); thirty grandchildren; and twenty-three great grandchildren.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

Bates County COVID-19 Updates

Bates County COVID-19 Updates
September 17, 2021
Positive Cases Reported: 2174
Active & On Isolation: 46
Deaths (confirmed by death certificate): 47
Total Negative Tests Reported: 22,594 as of 9/16/21

Spaghetti Benefit for Dane Schmid

September 19th from 11:30 to 1:30 at the Hume Legion Hall. Hume, Mo.
BENEFIT Spaghetti Dinner for Dane Schmid.
Dane is 12 years old and has dealt with Apraxia of speech his entire life and other challenges that are now explained by his Recent diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy and Auditory Processing Disorder.
Dane has appointments in Kansas City 5 days a week for medical appointments, academic tutoring, physical therapies and speech as well as being enrolled at Hume R8.
This benefit dinner is to help defray cost of traveling back and forth to KC as well as medical bills.
Thank you for your support!

-submitted with our thanks

Big garage sale in Butler!


BIG garage sale today and tomorrow at 813 W. Dakota St in Butler. Crafts, craft items, sewing items, glassware, household, Christmas, lots of fabric and MORE!

Missing Juvenile In Butler


Hayden Reno 16 year old male.
If you have seen him or know his whereabouts please contact Butler Police Dept 660-679-6131

McBee's Coffee N Carwash ​has officially broken ground in Belton

McBee's Coffee N Carwash has officially broken ground at 590 E. North Ave. in Belton (next to the old Taco Bueno)!

McBee’s is a luxury car wash that sells coffee, offers free vacuums, and has a dog washing station. The $800,000 investment is anticipated to be fully operational in 2022.

We will provide more information when it becomes available.