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Monday, April 22, 2013

The Pike Report

Capitol Report by Missouri Representative Randy W. Pike – District 126

VISIT THE CAPITOL: Constituents are invited to visit the capitol. I am planning a special tour day on Tuesday, May 7th that will include visiting the capitol, viewing the legislature in session, a meet and greet in my office, lunch and specials tours. Other special visits will be scheduled throughout the year as well. Contact Beth Rohrbach, my Legislative Assistant, at 573-751-5388 for more information.

It is a busy time for the Missouri House of Representatives with the legislative session concluding in four weeks. Here is an update:

Nixon Administration Confirms Sharing Data with Federal Government
In the last several weeks, there has been questioning that Missouri’s Department of Revenue, which operates the Division of Motor Vehicles, has been scanning, storing, and sharing private information with the federal government regarding our source documents for driver’s licenses (birth certificates) and for citizens who are permitted to carry concealed weapons.  Just last week, it was confirmed that on two occasions the complete list of Missouri CCW holders was provided to the federal government.  There are a number of reasons why this issue is extremely important.  First, it is against the law.  The Missouri General Assembly, in 2009, passed HB 361, which specifically states “no citizen of this state shall have his or her privacy compromised by the state or agents of the state.”  Second, although the government might have good interest in certain data at the group level (tracking and mitigating disease, for example), It concerns me regarding pinpointing CCW holders individually.  Having a CCW is not a crime or grounds for an investigation. The House has responded with Representative Richardson’s (R-Poplar Bluff) House Bill 787, which would further prohibit the Department of Revenue from retaining copies of source documents used to obtain driver's licenses and non-driver's licenses.  On the Senate side, Senator Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) has led the investigative charge and continues to garner information from the Nixon Administration regarding this apparent breach of privacy and trust. 

Partial Summary of Bills Third Read and Passed - To check on any bill go to:
Second Amendment Preservation Act – HB 436 – Establishes the Second Amendment Preservation Act which rejects all federal acts that infringe on a Missouri citizens' rights under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. The bill is about protecting a Missourian's right to keep and bear arms from the federal government's overreach.
HB 343 – Changes the laws regarding public assistance benefits.
HB 218 - Changes the laws regarding the sale and possession of controlled substances.
HB 253 – Establishes the Broad-Based Tax Relief Act of 2013 that reduces the tax on corporate business income and business income for sole proprietors, partners, and shareholders in S-corporations.
HB 103Allows a municipality to adopt a resolution or ordinance that allows all-terrain and utility vehicles to operate on the streets and highways under its jurisdiction.
HB 114Requires institutions of higher education to award educational credits to a veteran for certain courses that were a part of his or her military training or service.
HB 505 – Changes the laws regarding child abuse and neglect. The bill will tighten the laws regarding when a forensic rape kit can be performed on a child.
HB 850 – Establishes the Bring Jobs Home Act, which authorizes a tax deduction for out-of-state businesses that relocate to Missouri.
HBs 374 & 434 – Allows the Missouri Supreme Court to make permanent transfers of a circuit judge or associate circuit judge position from one circuit to another as needed with certain restrictions.
HBs 373 & 435Grants the authority to redraw the circuit and appellate judicial districts every 10 years to the Supreme Court.
HB 322Allows the insurance identification card that contains proof of insurance information for a motor vehicle and certain policies and endorsements to be available electronically.
HB 197 – The STAR Bonds Financing Act provides another important economic development tool for local governments.
HB 526 – Creates rural regional development grants. The total grants are not to exceed $5 million on an annual basis.
HB 194 - Authorizes a one-time individual income tax deduction for the purchase of a new home used as the principal residence of the taxpayer for at least two years.
HB 290 – Adds licensed professional counselors and psychologists to the list of people authorized to conduct an investigation into whether an individual is suitable as an adoptive parent. 
HB 510 – Allows a limited liability company to establish a designated series of members, managers, and company interests having separate rights and duties regarding specified property. 
HB 175 – Changes the laws regarding the collection of special assessments and delinquent property taxes.
HB 252 – Changes the laws regarding adoptions. The bill gives birth parents the opportunity to provide a medical history form and contact preference form as the child is placed for adoption.
HB 813 – Requires the Department of Economic Development to distribute money to early stage business development corporations for grants to newly formed businesses that have the potential for national or international sales or the development of new technology.
HB 468 - Changes the laws regarding public safety. The bill will eliminate problems relating to the serving process under the direction of the courts.
HB 351 - The bill reduces redundancies in inspections and requirements for hospitals and helps hospitals know the provisions of law that have been violated and how it was violated.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. I have appreciated talking with constituents as I have visited throughout District 126 (Bates and Vernon Counties). CONTACT me at: MO House of Representatives, 201 West Capitol Avenue, Room 400CB, Jefferson City MO 65101 or call 573-751-5388  or

Lyrid meteors to be visible this week

Weather permitting, Bates County will provide some of the best seats in the house for the Lyrid meteor showers, which are peaking in activity now and will be visible through this week.

No larger than a grain of sand, the Lyrid meteors leave a
brief, bright streak in our night skies
The Lyrids, named for their location in the constellation Lyra, form as the Earth passes through the tail of Comet Thatcher. The meteors are bits of the comet's tail, usually no bigger than grains of sand that strike the atmosphere at 49 kilometers a second. As they travel through our atmosphere, they disintegrate as streaks of light, possibly casting a shadow before leaving behind smoke-like trail of debris.

"Lyrid meteors are typically as bright as the stars in the Big Dipper, which is to say, middling brightness, but some are more intense, even brighter than Venus,"  AccuWeather's Mark Paquette said earlier today as staffers have been monitoring the activity.

The "Lyrid fireballs" originate in the sky near the star Vega, Lyra's brightest star. Predawn hours offer the best view of the meteors as Vega sits nearly overhead. In the evenings the shower sits closer to the horizon, blocking many of them from view. The waxing moon will also light up the sky until after midnight, dimming the sight of the meteors. However, the moon sets before dawn, so its brightness will not hinder the view of the shower when it moves into its peak positional hours.

The last day to see the meteor shower until April 2014 will be this Thursday morning, April 26, with possible "stragglers" dotting the sky through Friday morning.

"The morning, predawn hours will continue to be best time [for viewing the Lyrids], but they will be visible at basically anytime," Paquette said. "For predawn, look overhead. Before midnight you want to face southeast. Because they are now off peak there will be fewer of them."

Locally, our forecast calls for skies to clear somewhat tomorrow night which should allow for viewing the Lyrids the remainder of the week.

Doug Mager


The Disabled American Veterans (DAV)Chapter #67 Butler, Missouri will be at the Masonic Lodge, 709 Old Seven Highway, Garden, City, MO Wednesday May 8, 2013 from 9:00am t0 4:00 PM to assist veterans in applying for their benefits. If you have any questions please call Darrel Rogers at 816-738-4536.

Courtesy of Laurence E. Truman Chapter #67 Commander

Cold Weather Coming Back ???

A cold front will gradually track through the region tonight. Showers will become more numerous as the day goes on with the activity spreading from west to east. A few thunderstorms are also expected. The rain will be spread out over a 24 hour period with many locations picking up around an inch of rain. Colder air will once again spread into the region on Tuesday with temperatures being cold enough to support some snow across parts of northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. Some areas of northwest Missouri could receive half an inch of snow. Sub-freezing temperatures are expected in many locations Wednesday morning with a hard freeze possible.

Courtesy of Bates County Emergency Management


The next Outlaw Buddy Bass Tournament will be held on Sunday, April 28th. Registration must be completed by Saturday, April 27th by 8pm and the cost will be $40 per team. There is a 5 fish limit. For any questions contact Dale Craft at 660-679-9101.

Obituary - James "Jay" Edward Russell

James (Jay) Edward Russell, 72, Pittsburg, Missouri, died peacefully in his sleep April 19, 2013. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, Missouri. Inurnment will be in Freeman Cemetery, Freeman, Missouri. (Cremation).

Jay was born January 29, 1941 in Harrisonville, Missouri, to the late T. Chester Russell and Opal Dean Williams. In 1959 he graduated from Harrisonville High School and then served 3 years in Europe in the Army’s 82nd airborne paratroopers until honorably discharged in 1962. In 1963 he became a security inspector at Honeywell (Bendix) until he retired in 1992. During that time he lived in Kansas City, Missouri and studied labor law at Longview Community College and met his wife, Linda, whom he married on Halloween in 1969.

Jay was an active leader in U.P.G.W.A, Local #251. He loved to travel and with his wife, visited all fifty states and many other countries. After his retirement he enjoyed traveling with his daughters’ Girl Scout troop. They were all his girls. He was an avid quail hunter and outlived many beloved hunting dogs. He never gave up on the Chiefs, always a football fan, no matter how bad they played. In 2002 he moved to Pomme de Terre Lake where he enjoyed telling stories, playing cards, coffee, and gossip with the guys. He was a wonderful and loving father and husband. We will always miss him.

Survivors include his wife Linda, of the home; two children, John Russell, Marshfield, Missouri and Christina Russell, Denver, Colorado and grandchildren.

Obituary - Jim McLaughlin

Memorial services for Jim McLaughlin will be 1 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Rev. Chris Deines officiating. There is no visitation. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Butler Public Library or American Heart Association.

Jimmy Lee McLaughlin, age 70 of Butler, Missouri died Saturday, April 20, 2013 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born April 22, 1942 to James John and Vada Lee Pemberton McLaughlin in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Jim is survived by his wife, Margaret McLaughlin of Butler, Missouri; one daughter, Meredith Atherton and husband Brian of Kansas City, Missouri; and one sister, Janice Horn of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Senior Center Country Breakfast a success

"Mancow Muller and Barry Williams speaks to the crowd Saturday at the Country Breakfast"

“ Mancow” Muller a radio and television personality was in Butler Saturday April 20th to support the Butler Senior Center and be the Chef of the Country Breakfast
.  “ Mancow”  is best known as the host of the” Mancow “ Radio Experience, a Chicago-based radio show that is syndicated across the U.S. to fifty markets. He is perennially listed in the top ten of most influential radio personalities in the nation. Erich “ Mancow” is the brother of Mark Muller of Max Motors located in  Butler and Nevada. There was also a special guest Barry Williams better known as his role as Greg Brady on the T.V. show The Brady Bunch also made a apperance. This was a GREAT EVENT with awesome people. Thank you to everyone who was apart of this.

Bates County Sheriff’s Office Activity Report April 15, 2012 to April 21, 2013

LITTERING-DREXEL Deputies responded to Rural Drexel in reference to a complaint about neighbors not maintaining trash.
PROPERTY DAMAGE-RICH HILL Deputies responded to rural Rich Hill on a report of bullet holes shot into a door of a house.

Henry County Drug Take Back

The Henry County Sheriff's Office will be conducting a Community Drug Take Back this Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Summers Pharmacy on Pawnee Drive by Aldi Foods. You may bring your unwanted prescription drugs by so that they can be disposed of properly by law enforcement.

This event is in conjunction with the National Drug Take Back program.

Courtesy of FM 92.1

Obituary - Mary Ann Henderson

Cremation Memorial Services for Mary Ann Henderson are pending, and will be announced under the direction of the Mullinax Funeral Home in Butler, Missouri (660) 679-0009. Contributions are suggested to Drexel Meals on Wheels or American Cancer Society. Messages and memories may be left for the family at

Mary Ann (Elliott) Henderson, 78, formerly of Drexel, Missouri passed away April 22, 2013 at Golden Years Care Center in Harrisonville, Missouri.

Mary Ann was born July 30, 1934 on an old homestead in Miami County, Kansas built by immigrants from Ireland and Scotland who came to a better land to live. These family members are all buries in Miami Church Cemetery. She was the daughter of Harold F. and Ellis L. (Akien) Elliott. She had one brother, Harold E. “Bud” Elliott, whom she always described as her “friend and foe.” Her sister Frances “Fran” came along much later in Mary Ann’s life.
At birth, Mary Ann had bright red hair, to show she had brought the Irish to life. And as many will remember with a smile, she had the temper to go with it! The family moved to Drexel when Mary Ann was very young, and she graduated from Drexel High School in 1952; she always had many memories of fun times in Drexel. She attended her 50th class reunion in 2002 and was reunited with many of her friends.

Mary Ann traveled many places and had three children: Harold R. “Hal” Henderson was born in Phoenix, Arizona and became a Navy nurse who loved his work. Hal died in August of 1997 at the age of 40. Daughter Rebecca Ann was born in Kansas City, Missouri; and later, Elliott Ray Henderson was born in California. Mary Ann was proud to have traveled so many places throughout her life.

She returned to Drexel in 1996 and later moved to Adrian and Butler, Missouri before living briefly in Harrisonville. Mary Ann loved the small towns and their ways.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Harold “Hal” Henderson. She is survived by a daughter, Rebecca Ann Martin, son Elliott Ray Henderson, one brother Harold Elliott, and one sister Frances Fritts. She also leaves behind a dear former daughter-in-law, Leah Henderson of Grandview, Missouri, and three grandchildren.

Butler High School Girls Track Results

Last Friday the Butler Track Team competed in the Adrian Jr. High/ High School Combo track meet.
Overall our girls team finished with a 1st place victory!!!
 The next track meet is scheduled for tonight at Cass Midway.
Here are the top 8 place finishers who earned points for the team in Adrian:

100 Meter Dash: Kayla Morris- 1st place with a time of 13.12
                        Courtney Blevins- 8th place

3 injured in wreck last night

Missouri State Highway Patrol along with Bates County EMS responded to a 2 vehicle accident last night around 10:20pm at Missouri 18 Highway and I-49 in Adrian. The accident occured when the 2005 Nissan Sentra driven by Evan J. Overstreet 23, of Bentonville Arkansas failed to stop at the end of the off ramp and struck a 2001 Ford Thunderbird driven by Sabel B. Purtle 17, of Archie Missouri in the rear drivers side of the car. A passenger in Purtle car 17 year old Marcus A. Hawley along with Purtle recieved minor injuries and was transported to Bates County Memorial Hospital by Ambulance. Overstreet was also transported by ambulance to BCMH with Moderate Injuries. Everyone was wearing a seat belt and both cars recieved extensive damage and was towed from the scene by Adrian Tire and Lube. This accident was worked by TPR Hamerle.

Butler High School May Calendar

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Butler High School Boys Track Results

Last Friday the Butler Track Team competed in the Adrian Jr. High/ High School Combo track meet.
Overall our boys team finished 6th.The next track meet is scheduled for tonight at Cass Midway.Here are the top 8 place finishers who earned points for the team in Adrain:

400 Meter Dash: Austin Castaneda- 1st place with a time of 52.57


The City of Butler will be flushing hydrants in all areas South of Ohio Street starting May 1st, and May 2nd, and May 8th, and May 9th, 2013.

Flushing hydrants are a routine maintenance activity of the Water Distribution Department and Fire Department. This work will occur mainly during the late evening and overnight hours for the convenience of our customers and will be primarily Wednesdays and Thursdays. This work should take approximately two weeks.

The residents in this area may experience some rusty water and should exercise caution when washing white fabrics. If you notice any staining of white fabrics, do not dry the material but repeat the wash cycle. If you experience stained fabrics, contact the City office at 679-4182 during normal business hours or the Butler Police Department at 679-6131 after hours and on weekends and we can provide you with bottles of stain remover.

Update on wreck

The wreck that was West of Amsterdam has been determined to be in Linn County Kansas, not in Bates County Missouri. Linn County Fire and Rescue is responding to this call. All of the fire and rescue units from Amsterdam and Amoret along with Bates County Sheriff and Missouri State Highway Patrol have been disregarded.

Rollover accident West of Amsterdam

Missouri State Highway Patrol along with Amsterdam Fire and Rescue is in route to a 1 vehicle rollover accident. This accident is just west of Amsterdam on J Highway. Please use caution when traveling in this area.