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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wreck outside of Butler

 Bates County EMS  as well as Bates County Fire is in route to a car accident just outside of Butler on the East Dakota St. Not for sure many details at this time but will update when more information  comes available.


St v. Arasha M Ryder, I: Felony assault on Law Enforcement Officer, II: Felony assault on Law Enforcement Officer, set for 1-22-13.

Gary W Cook v Clark M Gilbert, Petition filed.

St v. Amanda L Frailey, Felony possession of controlled substance, marijuana, set for 2-19-13.

St v. Aleda K. Rickey, Felony possession of controlled substance, marijuana/methamphetamines, set for 2-19-13.

St v. Drake M Rogers, Felony possession of controlled substance, marijuana, set for 3-18-13.

St. v. Nathan M. Wasmer, Felony possession of controlled substance, marijuana/methamphetamines,
Defe. arraigned, enters guity plea, sentenced to 5 years in MDOC, sentence to run concurrently with St. Clair County cases.

St v. Travis T Williams, Felony DWI, chronic offender, set for 2-19-13.

Obituary - Audrey Gail Marshall

  Audrey Gail (Barrett) Marshall, 88, formerly of Tempe, AZ, died January 15, 2013 at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville, Missouri. Private family services will be held at a later date. (Cremation).

  Audrey was born August 11, 1924 in Courtland, KS, the daughter of Wilbur “W. J.” and Ora (Greenwood) Barrett. She held two master degrees, one in Library Science and the other in Business Administration. She was the Director of Library Services for the State of Arizona.
Audrey had five children; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild and one great-great-grandson.

Bates County Robotics Team Competes

The Brick Heads, the FLL team for Bates County Robotics, had a full day of competition Saturday January 12 at Kansas City’s Union Station. The team has been planning for this event since last May when it registered with Firstrobotics LEGO League.

Each year for over twenty years, FLL has issued a challenge to teams of 9-14 year old with competition on an international level. The Brick Heads worked hard; and truly enjoyed finding ways to make life better for their senior partner in Senior Solutions. Their robot which they named “Dominator” performed well for each of the three table competitions. In these, the team divided into three pairs; each pair put Dominator thru its’ paces on a four foot by eight foot arena completing missions to help seniors lead an “Independent, Engaged, and Connected” life. Two of the missions relate to quilting, one is for woodworking, and another is gardening.

There are a dozen missions on the arena; and over the last five months, the team has programmed Dominator to attempt all of them. Each of the three table competitions lasts for two and one-half minutes; so, each pair had to decide which missions to complete. Bowling was added to their list recently. The team members know they must program and set-up the robot precisely to perform a specific mission. Robots are only a part of FLL; there is also the Project, Core Values, and Robot Design presentations.

In the Project the team presents a plan which it has prepared in addition to the missions on the arena. The Brick Heads determined to make a system to access high shelves without using a step stool. Their idea of rotating shelves would do just that. During research they learned a manufacturer does make a moving shelf product. So, they contacted the manufacturer to learn more; which they incorporated into their presentation. In Robot Design they present to a judge the development of their robot. This includes problems they encountered, and how they determined which of their ideas would be used.

Core Values focuses on what FLL calls “Gracious Professionalism” which is the equivalent of sportsmanship. As well as respecting other teams, FLL members work at helping other teams if they see something in which they can help. The Brick Heads have excelled in Core Values and the Project, but the KC Regional is the end for them this year. They are already preparing for next year’s challenge which will be “Nature’s Fury”.

 Bates County Robotics, of which the Brick Heads are a part, is operating under the umbrella of Adrian Community Chest.  Donations made to the community chest with a note that they are for robotics are under Adrian Community Chest which is a 501- C-3 tax exempt organization.  The FLL team or teams will continue this year, and the program will grow.  Sufficient funding will assure expansion to First Tech Challenge which is for 12 – 18 year olds, and having at least two teams in each age group provides opportunity for local competition.  Any questions should be referred to Jerry Ferguson at 816-297-2534 or 512 N Mulberry Adrian, MO 64720.

Volunteer Orientation set for Saturday 1/19/13 at 9am

 On Saturday January 19th the Pantry Thrift Store will be having a volunteer orientation starting at 9am. People can learn more about the volunteer opportunities and what the thrift store is doing for the community. We are asking that all current volunteers try to attend this orientation as well as anyone who may want to volunteer in the future to attend.

Official Press Release on Rec lake Fire

 On January 15, 2013 at approximately 1:20 P.M., the Butler Fire Department, with an automatic mutual aid response from Adrian Fire Dept., responded to a report of a structure fire on Rt. 5 east of Butler, otherwise known as Recreation Lake.

 On arrival, a large body of fire was found in a single story, wood frame residence with obvious fire extension to the attic area.

 The fire was declared under control at 2:10 P.M., with the last units leaving the scene at 3:05 P.M.

 There was extensive fire damage to the structure and contents. The fire was determined to have been accidental in nature, with the origin in the kitchen area.

There were no injuries except for a dog.