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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Gradual Warming Through Monday

The weather this weekend will be pretty so-so, but technically above-normal temperatures for mid January.

More pronounced warmth expected Monday before the next cold air plung

Friday, January 21, 2022

Miami R-1 School District Courtwarming Royalty Crowned

It’s a great night to be an Eagle!

Girls win 42-27
Boys win 68-45
Alumni recognized
fans were loud and proud
King Senior Stanley Harriman and Queen Destiny Roundy were crowned

Crown bearers Ellie Powell and Kane Zimmerman

Archie Courtwarming Royalty Crowned

Blake Hunter & Reese Plattner were crowned Archie Whirlwinds 2021-2022 Courtwarming King & Queen.

Congratulations to Reese and Blake! #ArchieStrong

Trending closer to normal this weekend

Looks like a quiet weekend heading our way. Temperatures will warm but that just gets us back to normal for the time of year.

Two from El Dorado Springs killed in fatality crash

On 1/21 around 3:29 p.m. the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cedar County along with Cedar County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a one vehicle fatality accident on Missouri 54 Highway around 2 miles east of El Dorado Springs.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2010 Pontiac Vibe driven by 65 year old Teri L. Hamilton of El Dorado Springs, Missouri traveled off the right side of the roadway and became airborne, the vehicle then struck a embankment and overturned onto its top and landed in a creek.

Teri L. Hamilton along with a passenger in her vehicle 68 year old Bobby M. Hamilton of El Dorado Springs both were pronounced dead as a result of this accident.

This is Troop A of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's 4th and 5th fatality accident of the year 2022.

Obituary - Roger Wainscott

Funeral services for Roger Wainscott of Ballard, Missouri will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 26, 2002 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Visitation 5 - 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 25 at the Schowengerdt Chapel. Interment in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Ballard, Missouri. Contributions to Walnut Gove Cemetery. Online condolences

Roger Allen Wainscott, age 58 of Ballard, Missouri died Thursday, January 20, 2022 at Kindred Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born June 29, 1963 to Larry Arthur and Rose Marie Rotert Wainscott in Butler, Missouri.

Roger is survived by his wife of 37 years, Lori Wainscott of Ballard, Missouri; one son, Graham Wainscott of Ballard, Missouri; two daughters, Timber Stiles and husband Nicholas of Ballard, Missouri and Sheena Wainscott of Clinton, Missouri; his mother, Rose Harris of Butler, Missouri; two brothers, Rick Wainscott and wife Misty of Adrian, Missouri and Tim Wainscott of Montrose, Missouri; one sister, Tina Simmons of Butler, Missouri; and three grandchildren, Emmett, Kaylee and Willow. He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Wainscott; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gordon and Mary Jayne Graham.

Garage Fire in Nevada

On 1/21 around 10:12 a.m. the Nevada Fire Department responded to a structure fire call of a detached garage on fire in the back yard of a residential home belonging to Daniel Hill at 1010 E. Allison in Nevada.

Due to cold weather conditions the first hydrant the crews tried was frozen and were unable to use.

A second hydrant had to be used which caused a delay in the water supply. City of Nevada Crews had to be called in to assist with the overhaul due to the collapse of the garage. One firefighter had a shoulder injury and he was treated at the scene.

Courtesy of Nevada Fire Chief Troy Denney 

Way to go Jim!

Clinton Athletics is proud to announce the induction of Coach Garvin into the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association Class of 2021 Hall of Fame

“Born & raised in Cherokee, IA, Jim graduated from Washington HS in 82. He attended Waldorf Lutheran JUCO & graduated from @NWMOSTATE in 86.”


Cass County Communication Shift Supervisor Wendy Hale was awarded Civilian Employee of the Year for 2021

Cass County Communication Shift Supervisor Wendy Hale was awarded Civilian Employee of the Year for 2021.

Supervisor Hale exhibits an outstanding work ethic and dedication to the Sheriff's Office that is above and beyond normal expectation. 

Supervisor Hale has become an integral member of the Crime Scene Response Team and assisted the detectives on several occasions. 

Supervisor Hale used her downtime in communications to assist in identifying a homicide suspect from a shooting.

“Wendy is a wonderful member of our family here at the Sheriff’s Office and very deserving of this award. She truly cares about her community and it shows in the work she does,” said Sheriff Jeff Weber.

Congratulations to Communication Shift

NRMC is proud to introduce our new CEO, Jason Anglin

Nevada Regional Medical Center is so proud to introduce our new CEO, Mr. Jason Anglin. 

Jason comes to us from Port Lavaca, Texas and has been married for 25 years to his wife, Karen. His children include: son, Blake, age 19, a college freshman and daughter Emma, age 18, a high school senior. Emma plans to attend the University of Missouri in the Fall.

Jason's hobbies include: tennis, golf, bowling and fantasy football.

Jason earned his Bachelor's of Business Administration in Accounting/Finance & Master of Business Administration from West Texas A&M University and has over 27 years of hospital executive experience including 17 years as CEO in Texas, Oklahoma and now Missouri; 10 years as CFO in Texas and Oklahoma.

Goals Jason has for NRMC include:
1. Continue NRMC's history of Quality and Compassionate care; welcome and interact with everyone like friends and family.
2. Provide as much care locally as possible.
3. Ensure NRMC is a great place to work, practice medicine, etc.
4. Improve NRMC's financial position to support goals 1-3.

In closing, Jason adds that he is excited to be here and looks forward to working with everyone and becoming part of the community.

2021 Academic All State Volleyball Archie High School

Congratulations to these student athletes for making the 2021 Academic All State Volleyball team! Students must play in 75% of the varsity matches and maintain a 3.6 cumulative GPA.

Front row: Hope Wilson, Keara Mattingley, Emma Thompson

Back row: Emma McIntire, Bayley Heider, Aubree Smith

Barton County man sentenced to prison time

January 21, 2022

Brett A. Wilcox entered a guilty plea today in the Circuit Court of Barton County. Wilcox, 41 years old, of Lamar, Missouri, pleaded guilty to Count I delivery of a controlled substance and Count II possession of a controlled substance.

Judge David Munton sentenced Wilcox to 10 years in the Department of Corrections on Count I, and 7 years in the Department of Corrections on Count II.

Both terms will run concurrent to each other. The case was investigated by the United States Postal Service and the Ozark Drug Enforcement Team.

Mike Smalley - Barton County Prosecuting Attorney

Obituary - Leroy Clinton Tillett

Leroy Clinton Tillett, 76, Blairstown, Missouri departed this life on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at his home.

He is survived by his children, Angela Rose Sidwell and husband Tony, Garden City, Missouri, Joseph Robert Sipple, Blairstown, Missouri, Richard Tillett and wife Michelle, Cleveland, Missouri, William Sipple, Tipton, Missouri, Robert Sipple and wife Shelly, Harrisonville, Missouri, Michael Don Sipple, Blairstown, Missouri, Daniel Tillett and wife Cathy, Belton, Missouri, David John Tillett, Harrisonville, Missouri, Ronnie Tillett and wife Amanda, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Damon Tillett, Miami, Oklahoma; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Cremation. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.

A complete obituary will be posted when it becomes available.

State Farm Student Athlete of the week Rich Hill Junior Clare Klinksick

We are thrilled to announce this week’s State Farm student athlete of the week junior, Clare Klinksick from Rich Hill. 

Clare was nominated by her coach Brian Thomas. Coach Thomas stated “Clare basically plays all positions for us. In the Appleton City Tournament she averaged 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 assists. 

Clare is playing this season with an injured knee. She is always hustling and is a very coachable player.” We asked Clare to describe in her own words what it takes to become a leader and an elite athlete on your team.

She stated “you have to know your players and have trust in your team.” When we asked her how she becomes a better player each day she stated “you have to have a good mindset and try not to get frustrated”. Clare is unsure of her plans after she graduates as she is only a junior but she is considering looking into going to college to be physical therapist. 

Her favorite thing about playing basketball are the relationships she has built and playing with teammates. She stated “one of the things she has learned from playing basketball that she can apply later on in life is how to become a good leader and how to be able to read people better.” It was a pleasure meeting Clare and we wish her and the lady tigers the best of luck tonight agains Adrian.

Pictured left to right: Head Coach Brian Thomas; Clare Klinksick, daughter of Heath and Carey Klinksick; Kellie Davidson, State Farm

The Miami 2022 Courtwarming Candidates

The Miami 2022 Courtwarming Candidates:

Freshmen Katie Downs and Waylon Cameron, Sophomore Abby Downs, Juniors Hannah Filtingberger and Kenny Downs, and Seniors Destiny Roundy and Stanley Harriman

Have you seen this missing Belton woman?

On 1-19-22, the Belton Police took a report of a missing person Kelsey Malec. Kelsey is a 30 year old female 5ft 10 in tall, 190 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. 

Kelsey has been homeless in this area and was last seen in Belton in August of 2021. 

If you have any information as to her location or have seen her recently, please contact Det. Chrostowski at 816-331-1500.

Obituary - Kenneth "Kenny" L. Howard

Kenneth "Kenny" Leland Howard, 52, Harrisonville, Missouri departed this life on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at his home.

He is survived by his wife Jan Howard of the home; a son, Matthew McIntire and wife Lindsey, Peculiar, Missouri, Leslie Lindsay and husband David, Clinton, Missouri, Kayla Howard, Kansas City, Missouri; 6 grandchildren, Jayden, Brooklynn, Jaxon, Brayden, Jayce and BlaykeLee; his mother, Sandy Darrah, Blue Springs, Missouri; two brothers, Dennis Howard and wife Debbie, Grain Valley, Missouri, Brent Howard, Blue Springs, Missouri; 3 nieces; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.

A complete obituary will be posted when it becomes available.

Obituary - Robert “Bobby” James Giacone

Robert “Bobby” James Giacone, age 67 of Butler, Missouri died Monday January 17, 2022 at Centerpoint Hospital in Independence, Missouri. He was born May 21, 1954 to Benedict Vincent and Florence Louise Cotter Giacone in Kansas City, Missouri.

Bobby’s wishes were to be cremated. No public services are planned at this time. Inurnment at a later date, Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Arrangements, Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) Butler, Missouri. Online condolences

Bobby, one of four children, was a lifelong resident of Butler. He graduated from Butler High School in 1973. In his early years, he worked for the Lens Plant in Butler until its closing in 1979. Bobby then worked as a machine operator for Thorco Manufacturing and Mr. Longarm, both in Butler.

Bobby was likable but sometimes moody. His enjoyments included judging bbq, vegetable gardening and spending time with his nephews and nieces. He always liked hanging out with “Zellmer” and Junior. You could see them most of the time sitting on the driveway, shooting the breeze, and sometimes even enjoying a cold beverage. Bobby could always count on Diane for a ride or just an ear to listen. He always loved when Sara would bring him food to eat. On the holidays at Francie and Larry’s he always brought his own containers to take home extras. Bobby loved to eat. Bobby would always call Francie after he had talked to his brother, Johnny. He would say “Have you talked to your brother?” Then he would say “I’ve been on the phone with him for over an hour! Boy, can he talk!” Bobby enjoyed helping Rufus and Zellmer get the garden ready, and later enjoyed the profits. Always proud and would show and share what they had grown. He will miss and be missed by all of his friends at “The Alley.”

Bobby is survived by his brother, John Giacone and wife Joyce of Belton, Missouri; one sister, Francie Scott and husband Larry of Butler, Missouri; and nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Vincent Giacone; and a nephew, Chad Scott.

Chamber Business of the Month

 Medicalodges of Butler has been selected as the Chamber Business of the Month and this morning, assembled to commemorate despite frigid temps. Left to right: Chamber member Kim Jacobs, Chamber Director Barbara Lawrence, Chamber member Gayle Alexander, Medicalodges Administrator Misty Brooks, Social Services Director Miranda Parks and Activities Director Lori Ostrander.

Friday morning wind chills

Bundle up before heading out this AM... Local wind chill values this AM are ranging between 5 and 15 degrees below zero.
Marginal warming expected through this afternoon, with high temps peaking in the 20s.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Update: Fire destroys buildings on Osceola square

Clinton fire crews have returned to Clinton safely after assisting at the fire located in downtown square of Osceola today. 

The fire is in a smoldering stage at this time with several local fire departments tending the fire overnight.

3 aerial trucks (including the CFD’s aerial platform - Ladder 1), 21 tanker trucks, several pumpers and roughly 100 firefighters battled the blaze today.

No one was injured in this fire and we would like to thank everyone who worked hard today out in the cold! 

The Wine Journal turning 3 years old!

The Wine Journal in Adrian is turning 3! We have a lot to celebrate so we’re opening early for muffins and mimosas and then Isaac Kenneth and Dallas &Janell will be here! And of course we’ll have cake! Call 816-239-1080 to reserve your table.

2022 Butler Elementary Spring Honor Choir

Fugitive Sex Offender Captured in Cass County

Belton, MO - Around 4:30 pm today the Cass County Sheriff's Office Criminal Apprehension Unit was requested to help in the arrest of a wanted fugitive from Clay County Missouri.
The Clay County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff's Office CAU captured 27 year old Branden L. Scales, of Kansas City Missouri who is wanted on Statutory Sodomy/Attempt-Deviate Sexual Intercourse With A Person Less Than 14 Yrs Old warrant.
An investigation led to a house in the 20000 block of S. Mullen in Belton where the subject was found hiding inside.

Clay County Sheriff's Deputies transported the subject to the Clay County Jail.

Obituary - Robert “Bob” Ray Earlywine

Robert “Bob” Ray Earlywine of Harrisonville, Missouri was born November 21, 1937 in Mount Vernon, Ohio, the son of Dwight Otis and Harriet (Crowe) Earlywine. He departed this life on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at the Cass Regional Medical Center, Harrisonville at the age of 84 years, 1 month and 28 days.

On September 5, 1964, Bob was united in marriage to Dorothy Jean Stafford in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

Bob was a graduate from Ozark Christian College in 1976 and was ordained as a minister in 1976. He was the pastor at the Christ Church and New Testament Christian in Harrisonville for 30 years. He loved being in the outdoors and growing a vegetable garden every year.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Earlywine and a sister, Jayne Mastroianni.

Bob is survived by his wife, Dorothy Earlywine of the home; a daughter, Greta Rae Earlywine Riffle, Kansas City, Missouri; a son, Travis Dwight Earlywine, Olathe, Kansas; 6 grandchildren, Samuel, Katherine and Benjamin Riffle, Jackson, James and Jonathan Earlywine; a brother, James Earlywine, Danville, Ohio; Patricia Mickly, Mount Vernon, Ohio; other relatives and friends.

A private family service was held at the Garden City Cemetery, Garden City, Missouri.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered During Pursuit in Belton

Cass Co – Around 4:00 pm Wednesday, deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Apprehension Unit arrested one person in a stolen 2019 Kia Forte in the area of 163rd and Spring Valley Road in Belton following a short vehicle pursuit.

Cass County Deputies responded to the area of E 155th Street north of Belton after receiving information that a Kansas City Police Helicopter had followed a stolen vehicle to the area just north of Cass County. 

The suspect in the stolen vehicle had fled from KCPD Officers earlier in the day and was being pursued by Grandview Police when deputies arrived in the area.

Cass County Deputies and Belton Police searched the area south of 155th Street near Spring Valley where they located the stolen vehicle. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle at which time the driver sped away.

Cass County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Apprehension Unit Deputies were able to deploy a Grappler device and stop the vehicle. The driver was taken into custody without further incident. I will continue to provide our deputies with the proper resources, such as the Grappler, to apprehend these dangerous criminals and keep Cass County Safe.

“This pursuit lasted just 2 minutes from the time deputies started chasing the suspect until they were able to deploy their Grappler device and bring the pursuit to a quick and safe conclusion. I will continue to provide our deputies with the proper resources, such as the Grappler, to apprehend these dangerous criminals and keep Cass County Safe.

The driver, Marcus A. Howard, 26, Belton, was arrested and transported to the Cass County Jail.

The Cass County Prosecutor’s Office charged Marcus Howard with Felony Tampering with a Motor Vehicle and Felony Resisting Arrest Creating a Substantial Risk of Serious Injury/Death to Any Person. The judge in the case released Howard with a Signature bond.


Obituary - James A. (Jim) Hayes

James A. (Jim) Hayes, formerly of Harrisonville, MO passed away January 19, 2022 at his home in Beaufort, SC. 

He was born June 28, 1939 to James Urton and Byrda Martha (Findley) Hayes in Pleasant Hill, MO.

Service arrangements and full obituary are pending under the care of Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, MO. and will be posted here as soon as that information becomes available.

Update: Fire on the square in Osceola

01/20/2022 - 2:55pm: We just received an update from Clinton Fire Chief Mark Manuel, on scene at the commercial fire in downtown Osceola.
Two large commercial buildings are involved in the fire with four separate business occupants displaced. Fire crews are still actively fighting fire and are working hard to prevent fire spread to separate attached building.
Due to the extent of fire damage, building construction, and other building features, fire crews are unable to make entry into the building to reach the seat of the fire. 

A coordinated defensive fire attack is in progress with all agencies on scene. More information will be released later today.

Obituary - Tiffany Nichole Dixon

Tiffany Nichole Dixon, age 30, of Clinton, Missouri passed away on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

A Celebration of Life service for Tiffany and her daughter Mallory Marie Dixon-Martinez will be held at 10:30 AM Monday, January 24, 2022 at Vansant-Mills Chapel in Clinton. Fond memories and condolences can be left online at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home in Clinton, Missouri.

BCSO Posse Dodgeball Tournament

We are gearing up for another great fundraiser for the BCSO Posse.

Get your teams ready and call Deputy Dustin Carver. Spread the word!

Structure fire on the Osceola square

01/20/2022 - 11:23am: The Clinton Fire Department received a mutual aid request for our aerial platform truck to respond to Osceola for a commercial structure fire on their downtown square.

Several other agencies have responded to requests for assistance from the Osceola Fire Department as well.

We ask that you please pray for the safety of all first responders on scene as they battle this fire in extreme cold temperatures.

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