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Tuesday, February 12, 2013


  Sonic Discount Cards are on sale right now to raise money for the rehab of the 6th Habitat for Humanity Home in this area. The location for the 6th home will be in Rich Hill and is being refurbished to make it livable and become a home for a Bates County family. There are 100 cards available to purchase by various Habitat for Humanity Members. Brenda Darr in Butler has 31 of those Sonic cards. They are being sold for $5 each and you will get several discounts on burgers, hot dogs, kids meals and other Sonic Menu Items. Thanks to Miles Umstattd of Sonic for the donation of the cards for the fund raiser. Please contact Brenda Darr at 660-679-4355


On Friday and Saturday, February 8-9, the Butler Bears varsity wrestling team travelled to the Class 1 District 2 Wrestling Tournament at Versailles High School. The Bears qualified 1 individual wrestler for the state tournament next week at the Mizzou Arena. Trey Heckadon will make his third consecutive trip to the state tournament, having earned a 3rd place medal at the district tournament. Wrestlers competing for Butler included:
106- Ben Burgess
126- Trey Heckadon (3rd place)
132- Tayje Van Voorst
138- Bram Hubbard
152- AJ Durnell
160- Dale Besendorfer
170- Cesar Jones
285- Robert Anderson
Tournament Team Scores
1. Seneca            180.0
2. Holden           171.5
3. Blair Oaks       148.5
4. Knob Noster 140.5
5. Adrian                      122.0
6. Versailles        116.0
7. Fatima            114.5
8. Warsaw           94.5
9. Sherwood        48.0
10. Diamond       40.0
11. Butler           36.0
12. Tipton           23.0
13. El Dorado Springs 13.0
14. Springfield Catholic 4.0
Coach Wackerman’s Comments
“These young wrestlers faced a lot of adversity this year. If they stay in the wrestling program, commit to better habits, and keep the big picture in perspective, they will have a good future together. Trey Heckadon showed us why he is already a two-time state medalist, working so hard to return to the mat this season after surgery. We are proud of Trey, proud of all of our wrestlers who finished the season, and thankful to our families, our fans, our local media, our school district, and our benefactors in the community who have helped us through this rebuilding season. We will only improve as a team and as individual wrestlers with the lessons learned this year.” 

Obituary - Lois Lucille Cumpton

 Lois Lucille Cumpton, 73, Butler, Missouri, died Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian, Missouri with visitation from 10:00-11:30. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler. Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64145.

Obituary - Donna Pieratt

 Funeral services for Donna Pieratt will be 2 p.m. Friday, February 15, 2013 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Rev. John Park Winkler and Rev. Ruth Winkler officiating. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to Butler First Christian Church.

 Donna Lea Pieratt, age 78 of Butler, Missouri, died Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. She was born July 20, 1934 to Walter Earl Sr. and Cora Myrtle Scott Wyatt in Independence, Missouri.

 Donna is survived by her husband, Phillip Pieratt of Butler, Missouri; one son, Clifford Pieratt and wife Regine of Amsterdam, Missouri; five grandchildren, Kevin Pieratt and wife Jackie, Jason Pieratt and wife Dana, Jessica Johnson and husband Chris, Crystal Ryan and husband David and Melissa Pieratt; nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Board Summary February Regular Butler Board of Education Meeting

                                                                                        New Business:

  b. The board reviewed cost estimates for the bond. Of the items discussed, a general figure of $102,000 had been proposed for the greenhouse, Leviton is reviewing floor plans for occupancy lighting, and a few teachers had viewed other school’s science labs for ideas for Butler renovations. It was agreed that the school architect would be solicited to create specifications on the preschool and the science lab renovations. The board discussed the site layout for the elementary parking lot, including 6 inches of asphalt in the bus lane and 4 inches in the remainder of the lot. Additionally, figures will be put together on the potential technology upgrades to the district.

                c. The board accepted the bid from Davis, Lynn, and Moots for the district’s auditing services.

                e. The board accepted the bid from Apple Bus to continue bus contracting services for the district.
                f. The board accepted the bid from Grand River Turf to establish grass on the slope of the football field.
                g. The board decided to continue having meetings on Monday nights through the spring.
                h. The board member Brad Davis reported that the Bear Backers purchased track uniforms and a device for the track team to get performance feedback from a track app.

Closed Session:

The board accepted the retirement of Larry Beckham and the resignation of Danielle Freeman with regret.
The board rehired all district administrators.

Rain and dusting of snow possible 2-12-13

 Bates County will be on the edge of a winter storm... we might get some rain and a dusting of snow tonight. Please use caution when traveling in bad weather allow yourself plenty of time to arrive safely at your destination. Bates County Live will have weather updates if needed.

Courtesy of Bates County Missouri Office of Emergency Management

Miami FCCLA‏

 Miami FCCLA participated in the 2013 STAR Events Competition on February 6th, at the University of Central Missouri. STAR Events stands for Students Taking Action with Recognition. Students choose from a variety of categories to create a project from. Miami took 9 competitors in 7 events. 5 of those 9 will be moving on and representing Region 12 at the 2013 State Leadership Conference held in Columbia, Missouri. We are proud of all participants and wish good luck to those moving on to State!
Caitlin Slattery and Jocelyn Cook participated in the Promote and Publicize category. Through their project, they were able to increase their club affiliation by 45%. They also hosted numerous community activities, such as a volleyball tournament and community 5K, to increase community knowledge of FCCLA. Caitlin and Jocelyn received gold medals and will be advancing to State.

 Shelley Kaufman partook in the National Programs in Action category. She collected 526 books, 60 drawstring bags, numerous items to fill the bags, as well as monetary support. Shelley donated these items to Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City. She earned a gold medal and will be progressing to State.
Kara Goddard took part in the Chapter Service Project Display category. Kara collected 622 hygiene products and clothing items. She donated them to the Sheffield House, a homeless shelter for women with disabilities and their children. Kara received a gold medal and will be moving on to state

Jaclyn Crawford participated in the Recycle and Redesign category. She created her own design to create wallets and change pockets out of shopping bags. Jaclyn earned a gold medal and will be proceeding to State.

 Kaylee Ewbank partook in the Entrepreneurship category. She created an intricate business plan for a t-shirt company called Kaylee’s Kloset. Kaylee received a silver medal.
Lee’A Hoss took part in the Fashion Construction category. She sewed a floor-length prom dress. She earned a silver medal. Ruth Taylor and Kristen Cook participated in the Environmental Ambassador category. They instituted a plastic and aluminum recycling program in our school. They received bronze medals. Congratulations to all our participants and Good Luck at state!

Senior Night/ Scholarship athletes signing day

 Friday February 15th, 2013 will be Senior Night at Butler High School. JV Boys will play first and they start at 5 pm to be followed by Varsity Lady Bears and Boys They will play Summit Christian. Also Friday will be High School athletes signing day for the ones who received scholarships to play sports at the next level. Bates County Live will update that when it becomes available. Please get out and support local schools and athletes.

Butler District Basketball

 Monday February 18th, 2013 The Lady Butler Bears will start district basketball action against the Lamar Lady Tigers. This game will begin at 5:30 pm and   FM.92 The Bullet  will bring you live play by play action.

 On Tuesday February 19, 2013 The Butler Bear men will take on The Pleasant Hope Pirates in the opening game of Boys Districts. This game starts at 4 pm and also will be Live on air courtesy of  FM.92 The Bullet. Please get out and support your local school as they compete for a District title and possible State Title. If you can't make it out tune into The Bullet 92.1

Miami FCCLA Dinner set for 2/15/13

  Miami FCCLA will be having a Free will donation dinner at 5 pm February 15th, 2013 at the school during the basketball game. The money will be used  for the students who qualify to compete at a state level McBee's of Amsterdam will provide Smoked Meat, home made  roll, coleslaw, baked beans, dessert and a drink. Please come out and support Miami FCCLA and Basketball.

Butler City Police Activity Report February 5 - February 11

02/05/2013  Warrant service Fran Apts
Medical assist 400 block of S Delaware
Disturbance Butler Grade School
Walk in report on juvenile
Walk in report on harassment
Open door high school

02/06/2013  Theft report 400 block of S High
Accident W 52
Warrant service 800 block of Wix’s Lane
Walk in theft report
Warrant service Orange and Adams

02/07/2013  Well being check Nursery and Fulton
911 hang up 100 block of E Pleasant
Vandalism report 300 block of W Ft Scott
Accident 200 W Atkinson DWI possession of Marijuana
Accident Wal Mart parking lot
Theft of Gas Conoco
Alarm Max Motors
Accident 500 block of N Fulton

02/08/2013  Disturbance call 200 block of S Austin
Leave without pay Conoco
Disturbance 100 block of S Havannah
Attempted break in 200 block of W Atkinson
Fire alarm Wal Mart

02/09/2013  Out with DFS at 300 W Ohio
Medical assist 300 block of E Dakota
Well being check Wal Mart

02/10/2013 Assist at BCMH
Animal complaint 200 block of W Atkinson

02/11/2013 Theft at Wal Mart
Warrant service 300 block of W Dakota
Disturbance 500 block of W Ohio
C and I driver call W Ft Scott

Update on accident Northeast of Adrian 2/12/13

 Missouri State Highway Patrol along with Bates County Sheriff Department responded around 9:30 pm last night February 11th,2013 to a 2 vehicle rollover accident Northeast of Adrian a BB Highway .25 miles from County Road NE 12004.

 The accident happened when The 2002 Ford Taurus driven by Mary J. Graham 77, of Urich Missouri was traveling East bound and Crested a hill the same time as the 2001 Dodge 1500 driven by George A. Warren 23, of Butler Missouri was traveling West bound and the vehicles collided. Both were wearing seat belts and both vehicles received extensive damage. 

 Graham was taken by private vehicle to Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton with moderate injuries. Warren was not injured. The wreck was investigated by Bates County Sheriff and Trooper D.A. Jones and Trooper B.R. Dodson.