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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Audit of Office of Prosecution Services

JEFFERSON CITY (June 13, 2013) – State Auditor Tom Schweich released an audit of the Office of Attorney General, Missouri Office of Prosecution Services (MOPS) today.
In the areas audited, the overall performance of this entity was Good.
The MOPS needs to improve controls and procedures over recipients.  The MOPS does not restrictively endorse checks immediately upon receipt and does not document the date of receipt.  The MOPS does not deposit registration fees until they total approximately $1,000, which may be up to three weeks.
The MOPS gave pay raises to employees that were not provided to other state employees.  In addition to the two percent cost of living adjustment increase that was provided to state employees paid less than $70,000 per year, MOPS employees also received raises in Jan. 2011 and Jan. 2012.  These raises represented an annual increase in staff salaries that totaled $22,897.  In addition to the staff raises, the executive director also received salary increases of $11,455 and $7,500 in Nov. 2012 and Jan. 2011, respectively. 
State law grants the Prosecutors Coordinators Training Council the authority to establish employee compensation, but, given the recent state budget constraints and that other state employees have generally not received any such pay increases, the council and MOPS should reevaluate the reasonableness and necessity of these increases.
To view the complete report, Citizens Summary and audit rating scale, visit:

Vernon County K-9 unit already showing stuff

Submitted photos Karma, a German Shepard police dog in training, takes a breather with Vernon County Detention Officer Bread Keithly.

Jacob Rawlings
The Vernon County Sheriff's Office doesn't really have a K-9 program -- yet. The sheriff's department does have a dog and handler in training and that training apparently paid off Thursday when Karma, the young German shepherd in training, allegedly located some methamphetamine in the backpack of a man on the Square during Bushwhacker Days, Sheriff Jason Mosher said,As a result, deputies arrested Jacob T. Rawlings, 21, of Nevada and have charged him with possession of a controlled substance. Mosher said Deputy Michael Hicks was working an extra detail walking patrol on the Square for Bushwhacker Days when he noticed a individual he thought was trying to avoid him. The man kept moving and at one point, Mosher said, was almost running from Hicks and Detention Officer Brad Keithly and drug dog in training, Karma.

Deputies finally caught up to Rawlings and while questioning him, Karma, "alerted" on the bag the man was carrying. The deputies asked to search the backpack. Mosher said, alleging Rawlings finally dropped his head and gave permission for the search.

Mosher said Rawlings began taking things from the bag and when he pulled out a "big knife" deputies quickly took it from him, arrested and handcuffed him. Searching the bag further, they found syringes with a substance in them that field tested positive for methamphetamine, the sheriff said.

Mosher said he was glad to see his deputies were alert and pro-active while working the crowd during Bushwhacker Days.
"This should be a place where people can bring their families and have fun" the sheriff said. "People need to know if you bring this stuff down here, you go to jail."

Rawlings has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of a weapon. He is currently being held in the Vernon County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

Courtesy of Nevada Daily Mail

Brisco Lodge Brisket this Saturday

The Briscoe Lodge will be at O'Rielly's Parking Lot this Saturday,June 15th at 10:30 am...Selling our famous brisket on the bun or bread... Also,soda and water for 1$ Please stop by and enjoy


Bates County Memorial Hospital will be having Heart Saver CPR and AED classes on Thursday June 27th and Wednesday July 24. The classes are 4 hour classes and will begin at 1PM and end at 5PM. Class Sizes are limited so pre-registration is necessary. For information about pre-registration and cost contact Cheryl at 660-200-7046.

Butler First Assembly Of God Homeade Cinnamon Roll Fundraiser

FSA County Committee Nominations Start June 17

Bates County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that county committee election nominations begin June 17, 2013. Farmers, ranchers and landowners are encouraged to nominate farmer and rancher candidates to serve on their local FSA county committee by the August 1, 2013, deadline.
Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity, and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues. County Committees are unique to FSA and are a valuable resource that gives locally elected farmers and ranchers who participate in FSA programs the opportunity to impact farm programs at the local level. In order to have fair representation of the demographics and agricultural interests in the community, We encourage all producers, including women, minority and beginning farmers and ranchers to participate in the nomination and election process
Producers may nominate themselves or others as candidates. Organizations that represent minority and women farmers and ranchers may also nominate candidates. Nominees must participate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area (LAA) in which the person is a candidate. LAA-2 encompasses the Bates County townships of Deer Creek, Grand, Mingo, Mound, Shawnee, Spruce, Summit, Deep Water. To become a nominee, eligible individuals must sign form FSA-669A. The form and more information about county committee elections are available online at:
The Bates County committees are comprised of three members elected by local producers. Newly elected county committee members will take office January 1, 2014. The current seat is presently held by Paul Cumpton who has severed his time limit of 9 years. The Bates County office wishes to thank Paul Cumpton for his many years of service.

Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on August 1, 2013. 

Team ShowStoppers Grappling Class

Local MMA Team "ShowStoppers" will hold a Grappling Class Today starting at 6:30pm at the Bent Bar Gym here in Butler. There is a $4 charge. Come out and support local MMA as well as Team ShowStoppers.

Obituary - Wilma Jeanne Nelson

Wilma Jeanne Nelson 84, formerly Amsterdam, Mo., passed away Saturday, June 8, at the Presbyterian Manor, Kansas City, Kansas. Arrangements are under direction of the Schneider Funeral Home, Pleasanton, Kansas, and services are scheduled at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Amsterdam Baptist Church with burial to follow in the Pleasanton, Ks. Cemetery. Memorials to the Amsterdam Baptist Church are suggested.

New Laws Passed For Missouri

Gov. Nixon signs several bills, including new laws on service dogs, public health measures on TB, and expansion of telehealth services

 JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon today signed into law several bills, including Senate Bill 33, which will ensure those with disabilities can utilize service dogs, and also designates Dec. 4 as "PKS Day"; Senate Bill 197, which will help protect the public from the spread of tuberculosis, and provide information to college students regarding meningococcal disease; and House Bill 315, a health care services law which will help pharmacies refill prescriptions on an emergency basis, and also help expand telehealth capabilities in Missouri.
In addition, the Governor also signed the following bills:

  • Senate Bill 36, which enables juvenile courts to retain jurisdiction over future cases involving juveniles who are tried as adults, but found not guilty of the offense;
  • Senate Bill 72, which designates May as "Motorcycle Awareness Day" and Dec. 4 as "PKS Day";
  • Senate Bill 121, which deals with liquor laws, including creating a temporary liquor permit for festivals and making it easier for beer brewed at home for personal or family use to be taken to competition and other judging events;
  • House Bill 133, which changes state laws regarding the accreditation requirements for reinsurance companies in order to comply with a 2010 federal law; and
  • House Bill 656, which combines the parking enforcement division and the parking meter division in the City of St. Louis into the parking division.

Weather Update: Weekend Forecast

Here is a quick look at your weekend forecast. The first half of the weekend looks great with the highest rain chances near the Iowa border. However, we may all see scattered thunderstorms by Saturday night and especially on Sunday and Sunday night. A few strong storms could be possible. Outdoor events be aware!

Photo: Here is a quick look at your weekend forecast.  The first half of the weekend looks great with the highest rain chances near the Iowa border.  However, we may all see scattered thunderstorms by Saturday night and especially on Sunday and Sunday night.  A few strong storms could be possible. Outdoor events be aware!