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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

REMINDER :Bates County Donation Drive for The Tornado Victims of Oklahoma

EVERYONE Please come out and donate to the victims of Moore, Oklahoma Tornado.. Imagine if u woke up tomorrow and had no home, food, no diapers and wipes... soap shampoo deoderant and so on... let's pay it forward!!!! COME ON BATES COUNTY LETS SHOW THESE PEOPLE OUR GREAT HOSPITALITY 

WHEN: Tomorrow from 2:30pm - ???

WHERE: Chicken Larry's Resturant in Butler ( Sams Highway Hamburger)across from Butler Health Mart on Orange Street

* This Benefits the people of the Moore Oklahoma Tornado*

Missouri State Parks beaches to open for Memorial Day Weekend‏

Missouri State Parks will open 16 designated swimming beaches on Friday, May 24 for the 2013 recreational season, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
The beach at Lake Wappapello State Park located in Williamsville will remain closed at this time due to flooding. The public beach at Harry S Truman State Park will not open this weekend following results of water samples taken Monday that indicated bacteria levels higher than those recommended for waters used for swimming. Once tests indicate the bacteria levels are within the standard suitable for swimming, the beach will open. However, the campground beach at Truman State Park will open as scheduled. Visitors to Truman State Park may stop by the office or fee booth to obtain a pass free of charge to swim at the campground beach.
The department collects water samples from all designated beaches in the state park system weekly during the recreational season to determine suitability for swimming. Beaches will be closed for high bacteria when a single E. coli sample exceeds 235 cfu/100ml or when the geometric mean – a 30-day rolling average – exceeds 126 cfu/100 ml. The sample test results indicate a snap shot of the water quality taken at the beaches at a specific time; however, a single sample does not provide an overall sense of the water quality in the lake where the beach is located.
The department will post the information about the beach status on the website at as well Visitors to Missouri State Parks are able to sign up to receive free electronic notices about the status of state park beaches while visiting the department’s beach status website.
Missouri's state parks and historic sites offer something to suit everyone's taste - outdoor adventure, great scenery and a bit of history. With Missouri's 87 state parks and historic sites, the possibilities are boundless. For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites and swimming beaches, visit

Osage Valley Job Opening

 Now Hiring - Customer Service Representative
Submitted on 2013-05-22 by OVEC

Consumer Service Representative

Osage Valley Electric Cooperative, Butler Missouri
Position Objective:
To render prompt, courteous and reliable cashier and receptionist services to member-owners, assuring the maintenance of sound and exact consumer payment records for the cooperative.
Duties and Responsibilities:
a.       Receives bill payments over the counter and from depositories
b.      Reconciles daily cash/check and payment stub totals
c.       Balances cash drawer daily
d.      Creates service orders
e.      Handles transactions associated with petty cash fund
f.        Participates in safety meeting and training programs as required
g.       Participates in annual meeting as required
h.      The list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and can be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management deem necessary.
Education and Experience:
A high school diploma and one year of general office experience and computer knowledge is required. Attention to detail and good oral communication skills required. Must have knowledge of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office.
Physical Demands:
Works in a climate controlled environment. Job requires sitting, standing, walking, bending and reaching. Required good finger dexterity, repetitive motions with hands and fingers. Requires ability to perform close work, have good vision and hearing.
Osage Valley Electric Cooperative is a rural electric cooperative serving over 15,700 meters along 3,700 miles of line in portions of seven counties. Annual revenues are in excess of 28 million. The Cooperative employs 51 employees. The headquarters is located in Butler, MO which is approximately 50 miles south of Kansas City, MO.
Osage Valley Electric Cooperative offers an excellent NRECA retirement plan, great benefit programs, and a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications. Interested parties are to direct inquires with the following: (1) cover letter; (2) resume; and(3) three professional references or letters of recommendation. All applications must be received by June 7, 2013:
Human Resources, Osage Valley Electric Cooperative, PO Box 470,Butler, MO 64730
An Equal Opportunity Employer

All replies are confidential

Amoret Christian Church Bake Sale

The Amoret Christian Church is having a bake sale on Saturday May 25th at 8:00am infront of the Butler Wal-Mart to raise funds to send the youth group to a Summer youth conference called "Christ In Youth."  There will be home-made goodies of all kinds.  Please come support our youth.

Minor Traffic Accident on Butler Square

Butler Police in in route to a minor 2 vehicle accident on the Butler Square right by the Butler City Hall Building. Please use caution when traveling in this area. No reports of injuries as of yet.


Safety Village is a sponsored by the Bates County Elks of Butler. Safety Village is a program that focuses on teaching safety to four and five year olds. During this week long program children will participate in activities to make learning about safety fun.

The children are split into small groups and assigned to a teen helper. Each day offers different stations filled with snacks, coloring and crafts, video role-playing, and driving around safety village.
Each day will also follow a different theme. There are many topics covered through the week which include fire safety and traveling and stranger safety. The children participating will also meet the police, fire fighters, and other community servants, so they become acquainted with those in uniform before an emergency situation occurs.
Children need to be registered for safety village prior to the program. Registration will be held on Sunday July 21st from 5 – 7PM at the Old High School. Safety Village will then begin on Monday July 22nd and continue through July 26th.

Courtesy of Fm. 92

Appleton City Teen Involved in Wreck in Cedar County

Missouri State Highway Patrol Responed to a 2 vehicle accident on Saturday May 18th on U.S. 54 Highway 5 miles East of Eldorado Springs. The accident occured when a 2002 Pontiac driven by Kayla M. Carter 16, of Appleton City Missouri rearended a 2002 Kia driven by John S. Fannon 25, of Eldorado Springs Missouri. Neither of the 2 drivers was injured however they each had passengers that recieved minor injuries. The passengers was taken to Cedar County Memorial Hospital in Eldorado Springs. Both vehicles recieved moderate damage and was towed from the scene.

Cook Needed

Serrano's Resturant is looking for a Breakfast cook. Please apply in person at 108 North orange Street in Butler.


The Ohio Street United Methodist Church is holding a one day Vacation Bible School called Hayday, Growing in Friendship with Jesus. Any and all children are welcome to attend this Special One Day Vacation Bible School.
Hayday, Growing in Friendship with Jesus will happen on Saturday June 1st at the Ohio Street United Methodist Church in Butler. The day will begin at 10am and continue through 1pm.
There will be music, games, projects, a petting zoo, and a visit from Zaccheus. Parents are invited to rejoin their children at noon and enjoy a free lunch with them. For more information call 660-679-4384.

Courtesy of FM.92

Bates County Blast Cancer Into Space 2013

UPDATE: Relay For Life moved from Fairgrounds

 There have been some changes made for the American Cancer Society 2013 Relay for Life Ceremonies this year. The Ceremony was originally set to be held at the Bates County Fair Grounds, but has conveniently been re-located to the Butler Square for the June 1st event.
The activities will start at 11 am with the traditional Survivor Laps, the sale of Luminaries, food , games and fellowship. The reading of the Luminaries will be held at dusk,
This year’s theme is “ Blast Cancer into Space”.
Luminaries are for sale for $5.00 each with the addition of Luminary Lantern’s for $10.00. A car show will kick off at 3 pm Saturday with the awards presented at 7 pm.
Remember the June 1st Relay for Life has been re-located to the Butler Square this Saturday June 1st, it all starts at 11 am.


In Butler City Council news, we told you yesterday about the groundbreaking ceremony for the Solar Farm, held in the Industrial Park. All went smoothly, with comment from Mayor Don Malan and dignitaries from MC Power. Work is expected to begin on more than 12 acres of solar panels…one of the largest in Missouri.

An MC Power official, noting that Butler is the “Electric City,” having been the first west of the Mississippi with its own power plant, said of our soon to have a solar plant, the sunalways shines on Butler. Work is expected to begin on construction in two to four weeks.

As for this week’s City Council regular meeting, it was brief, with City Administrator Mark Arbuthnot’s noting that the application for demolition of unsafe structures has been submitted to the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
We have 35 residences and three commercial buildings to be taken down. The application was sent May 15th, but it will probably be three to four months before we will be notified of a decision. Par for the course…when they need information from us, they want it yesterday, but work on their end for us can take months.

And the Council has received notification from the Missouri Department of Revenue that the half percent sales tax for capital improvements will start being collected October first. The sales tax includes Butler, Bates County, and the state of Missouri, and at present is 7.35 cents on the dollar. As of October first, it will rise to 7.85 on the dollar here in Butler.

And the Council has been advised that a new date has been set for Butler’s downtown projects…June 3rd. The Alumni parade will be this Saturday, May 25th., and the Relay for Life activities will be June 1st.

Courtesy of FM. 92.1

Obituary - Sandra Derr

Sandra Derr age 60 of Rich Hill Missouri passed away Monday at her home. Arrangements are under direction of Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill, and the family is to receive friends between seven and eight o'clock Thursday evening at the funeral home with a private burial to be scheduled later in the Salem Cemetery, Foster, Mo.

Small Tornado Near Stockton on Monday Evening

National Weather Service personnel at Springfield say a small tornado touched down near Stockton Monday evening. The EF-0 twister touched down along East 1674 road, three miles South of Stockton and followed a two-mile path through the Orleans Trail Public Use area before lifting over Stockton Lake. The National Weather Service estimated the wind speed at 85 miles-per-hour and said a barn and several trees along the path were damaged but there were no injuries.

Vernon County man's freedom short-lived

A man arrested during a May 8 raid at a county residence was re-arrested shortly after posting bond May 15 -- this time on a Cedar County warrant.Vernon County deputies searched a residence at 18919 South 1200 Road, southwest of Nevada, May 8 and arrested two occupants, Tyler W. Hackleman, 38, and Heather Brown, 36.During the search, deputies discovered what they suspect to be methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia and two firearms. One gun, a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, was loaded and had a round in the chamber, Lt. John Randall said.Hackleman and Brown are convicted felons, and as such, are prohibited from having possession of any type of firearm.

On May 9 both were charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, maintaining or keeping a public nuisance, unlawful possession of a concealed firearm and endangering the welfare of a child. Both were held in the Vernon County jail on a $100,000 bond.Hackleman posted bond and was released on the condition that he not leave his home, except to go to court, see his attorney or complete a drug test, as already ordered by a probation sentence on an unrelated charge.He also was ordered to have no contact with Brown.

It all went for naught, because Hackleman was arrested after posting bond. The Cedar County warrant charges him with violating probation.Hackleman had pleaded guilty in December 2009 with two counts of possession of anhydrous ammonia in a non approved container, a Class D felony.

In February 2011, Hackleman was given a suspended execution of sentence of six years on each count. He was sentenced to five years of supervised probation.
The basis for the probation violations were the recent Vernon County charges.
He is now being held in the Vernon County jail without bond.

Courtesy of Nevada Daily Mail

Man accused in baby death free on bond

A Weaubleau man accused of killing his girlfriend's baby daughter last June made an appearance in the Vernon County Circuit Court on Tuesday and was released two days later after his bond was sliced in half.
Daniel D. Mathieson is charged with second-degree murder and felony abuse of a child resulting in death. His case was moved from Hickory County to Vernon County on a change of venue.

During Tuesday's pretrial conference, defense attorney Jill Porter asked Presiding Judge James R. Bickel to reduce Mathieson's bond from $200,000 to $100,000.
Over objections from Assistant Missouri Attorney General Brent M. Nelson, Bickel granted Porter's request, but also ordered Mathieson to remain at home under house arrest and have no contact with the baby's maternal family. Bickel told Mathieson he could only leave his Weaubleau home to go to work, court or to meet with his attorney.
According to court documents, the judge authorized McMahon Bail Bonds to write the $100,000 surety bond for the case on Wednesday and he was released on Thursday.

The murder charges against Mathieson stem from the death of 10-month-old Ricky Ray White, who authorities alleged suffered a brain injury from being shaken violently. The incident allegedly took place while Mathieson was caring for the baby in his home in Weaubleau sometime on the evening of June 5 or early morning hours of June 6, 2012, An autopsy conducted in Springfield found Ricky died from Shaken Impact Syndrome from lack of oxygen because of injuries that caused her brain to bleed and swell. A medical examiner called the death a homicide.

Court documents state that Mathieson denied in at least two interviews that he hurt the child. He said she was awake and alert when he started caring for her at 6 p.m. A family member had taken the infant to the doctor's office for a check up just five hours before Mathieson began watching her.

The baby's grandmother, Rhonda White, told investigators when Mathieson picked up the child, she was awake and alert. Mathieson said he fed the girl, changed her diaper, and she went to sleep.

The baby's mother, Micka White, told investigators she received two text messages from Mathieson during that same evening asking her to pick up some items from the store because the baby did appear to be feeling ill.
According to the court documents, White returned to the residence about 2 a.m. to find her baby girl asleep but breathing heavily. When she checked on the baby again at 4 a.m., she found her with her eyes partly open but couldn't tell if she was breathing. She tried unsuccessfully to wake her, then called 911, and rushed the baby to Sac Osage Hospital in Osceola.
Ricky was later transferred to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and died five days later.

The court documents state that doctors at the Kansas City hospital called the Hickory County Sheriff's Office on June 6 and reported the baby "suffered significant head trauma and was not expected to survive." A later written report indicated the injuries were by forceful trauma to the head.
Information contained in a probable cause statement showed Micka White had left the baby alone with Mathieson before.

She told investigator Greg Burke the first time she found a large bruise on Ricky's head when she returned and Mathieson said she had fallen on a toy piano. Not long after she arrived home after the second time she left the baby with Mathieson, White said she saw that he had "thrown" the baby on the bed after she became sick.

On another occasion White watched Mathieson "jump across the bed" and scream at the baby because she was fussy. The third time she left the girl with Mathieson was on June 5, 2012.

Based on the statements and medical evidence contained in the probable cause statement filed in Hickory County Circuit Court, an arrest warrant was issued and Mathieson was taken into custody in late October 2012. Bond was initially set at $200,000 and a Dec. 13, request for reduced bond denied.

Mathieson requested a change of judge and a change of venue in March of 2013 and the case was move to Vernon County. Bickel has set a trial date of Nov. 19 to 22. Mathieson remains free and under the special conditions of the bond as set by the judge.

Courtesy of Nevada Daily Mail

Damage Pictures from Knob Noster Tornado

Attached is the tornado damage track and damage photos from the tornado from 5/20/2013 which traveled from about 2 miles east of Knob Noster Missouri to a few miles north of Hughesville MO. The tornado had a path length of about 14.5 miles and maximum width of 200 yards. It had a peak strength of EF-1 and speed of 95 mph. Further to the west, in Knob Noster, damage appears to have been caused by straight-line winds of 60-70 mph.

Damage from the 5/20/2013 Johnson County/Pettis County MO Tornado

Come On Bates County Lets Help Out Moore Oklahoma

Thursday May 23rd , 2:30 pm til ?? at ChickenLarry's Drive-In, 12 S. Orange Butler, MO (SAM'S HI-WAY HAMBURGER) There will be a donation area set up for anyone wanting to donate to help the victims of  the tornado in Moore Oklahoma.. non-perishable food, baby items, toiletry items, and clothing.. Come on Butler Missouri lets show our Community Pride and help Moore Oklahoma!!