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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

From The Bates County Sheriffs Office

We hope to see everyone at the 3rd Annual Bates County Sheriffs Posse's Ultimates Horsemens Challenge at the Bates County Fair! The event is this Saturday starting at 9 am. The course will be set up just south of the fairgrounds by the brush site. This is a free event for spectators to come out and enjoy. Concessions will be provided by the Butler Mason Lodge and Demolay. All proceeds from the challenge will go to the Posse's Restoration Fund for the Law Enforcement Museum located on Fort Scott Street here in Butler.

NEWS RELEASE: One state park beach temporarily closed for water quality issues‏

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. One state park swimming beach is temporarily closed for water quality issues, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
St. Joe's Monsanto Lake Beach located in Park Hills is closed following results of water samples taken Monday that indicated bacteria levels higher than those recommended for waters used for swimming. Once a test from the public beach indicates the bacteria levels are within the standard suitable for swimming, the beach will reopen. St. Joe State Park has a second designated swimming beach, Pim Lake Beach, which remains open to the public.
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

Stolen Vehicle Out Of Rich Hill

Bates County Sheriff has issued a Stolen Vehicle Report. The Vehicle is a 1995 Extended Cab Red Ford Ranger that was stolen from the Rich Hill area. The tag is Unknown at this time. If you have any information about his please contact the Bates County Sheriffs Office 660-679-3232.

Thieft From Jasper County

On the night of 07-06-2013, a heifer calf weighing approximately 150 lbs., solid light brown in color, was taken from a pasture in the area of County Road 80 and Ivory Road in Jasper County, Missouri (Reeds, MO). No sign of damaged fences or gates was found in the pasture.

A neighbor observed an older Ford pickup, orange/red in color, with a white stripe down the side, in the area of the pasture where the calf was taken. No other suspect information is known at this time.

Please contact Det. Paul Ayres at the Jasper County Sheriffs Office with any information about this incident at 417-358-8177 x 1298

El Dorado’s Restaurant to open July 15th

Butler City Hall to confirm the opening date of  El Dorado’s  Restaurant . The new restaurant is located on the Southeast corner of the Butler square. The Restaurant will specialize in a Mexican cuisine and will serve cocktails.
The City approved the Liquor License last week and the Restaurant is scheduled to open on Monday July 15th. The pending hours will be 11 am till 8 pm or later.

Courtesy of FM. 92

Propane Leak In Rich Hill

Rich Hill Fire Department along with Rich Hill Police is in route to a reported Propane Leak in the Park Street Area of Rich Hill. The Propane has been shut off and the owners are contacting someone to fix it. Bates County Live will update then when and if more information becomes available.

Trooper Talk Article - Water Safety‏

Captain Robert L. Powell, commanding officer of Troop A, Lee’s Summit, encourages everyone to enjoy Missouri's lakes and rivers with safety in mind. This state is filled with rivers and lakes that offer a variety of summer fun. However, safety needs to be part of your plan. The Highway Patrol has investigated several drownings this year. Rivers and lakes include a number of natural hazards and should never be considered safe.

Swimming Safety

Even for children or adults who have good swimming skills, rivers and lakes contain elements that can make swimming dangerous. Swimmers and floaters need to be aware of currents, aquatic life, drop-offs, and floating debris at all times. As a swimmer, know your limits. All swimmers are encouraged to use a life jacket, especially young children and inexperienced swimmers should wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket. Everyone needs a swimming buddy—don't allow anyone to swim alone. Supervise children in or near water.

Exhaustion is a real concern. Exhaustion can occur if a swimmer is very tired, if they swim too long or too hard, if they are dehydrated, or a combination of these and other factors. Younger, inexperienced swimmers may become exhausted before they realize they are in trouble. Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you're not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine.

Tips for River Safety

This time of year finds many Missourians floating our vast number of rivers. A float trip can be a lot of fun, especially when everyone prepares with safety in mind. The group should discuss expectations regarding behavior and safety before the trip begins. Be aware of each person's swimming ability. If you stop along the way to swim, designate a responsible adult to supervise the swimmers at all time. Swim in places with calmer currents that are free of debris. Rope swings and jumping off bluffs/bridges might look like fun. However, you should avoid jumping into the water in this manner as there could be submerged logs or tree branches, which would cause injury.

Here are several more tips specific to floating:

·    Wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket at all times. Even gentle stretches of water can have unseen undercurrents. Trying to fight a swift current will exhaust swimmers of every ability.
·    Use sunscreen, and wear a hat and sunglasses to protect you from the sun. Wear water shoes. If your canoe/kayak/inner tube capsizes, they will protect your feet. Walking in rivers can be dangerous.
·    No one may have or use glass containers in any vessel that is easily susceptible to swamping, tipping, or rolling.
·    Scout the river section you intend to float. Be familiar with the river and its individual characteristics. Make a rescue plan if necessary. Pair an experienced paddler/floater with someone of less experience.
·    Learn to recognize river hazards such as strainers, dams with reverse hydraulics, boulders, barb wire across the river, eddies, etc.
·    Know your limits and do not attempt a section of river beyond your skill level.
·    Do not paddle or attempt to cross rivers in flood stage or after a heavy rain. Currents can become very swift, even in a normally shallow river.
·    If you capsize, hold onto your craft and move immediately to the upstream side to avoid being trapped between the boat and an obstacle. Float on your back, feet together and pointed downstream. Gradually work your way to the shore. Release your craft only if it improves your safety.
·    Tie all your gear into the boat, but never yourself, children or pets. Do not stand up in swift water (feet can get caught in rocks) but swim at a 90o angle to the shore.
·    Carry the proper equipment, including dry clothing and a first aid kit. Store all extra gear in a secure watertight container.
·    Stay sober. Alcohol and drugs affect balance, judgment, coordination, swimming skills, and the body's ability to stay warm.
·    Avoid being "too" — too tired, too much alcohol, too much sun, too far from safety, too much strenuous activity.
·    Learn basic water rescue techniques. When attempting a rescue, remember the adage of "Reach - Throw - Row - Go for Help". Unprepared rescuers run the risk of being caught in the same dangerous situation and can become a victim themselves. If you have to go after someone in the water, always put on a life jacket first.

Enjoy Missouri's lakes and rivers, but remember: A little forethought and planning help make summer fun safer.


Job Opening in Harrisonville

Golden Years in Harrisonville is now accepting applicartions for CNAs, CMTs, and LPNs. You must apply in Person the address is 2001 Jefferson Parkway in Harrisoville Missouri. The phone number is as follows 816-380-47-31. Golden Years is a caring facility and a great work enviroment. Also includes high competitive pay without having to drive to the city.

Workplace Safety Recognition

Missouri Department of Labor received national recognition for its workplace safety efforts
 (JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – The Missouri Department of Labor’s Division of Labor Standards received a national award from OSHA for the creation of the mobile Hazard Lab training exhibit. Missouri was one of only three states to receive this year’s award, along with Indiana and Massachusetts.

“The Department strives to meet the needs of both businesses and workers,” said Julie Gibson, acting Department Director. “By helping businesses recognize and correct workplace hazards, employees gain a safer working environment while businesses potentially lower workers’ compensation rates.”

OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Achievement Recognition (OSCAR) award recognizes state consultation programs each year for outstanding achievements connected with a special project that was not part of the Consultation Annual Project Plan. Missouri was one of three states to receive this year’s award, along with Indiana and Massachusetts.

The Hazard Lab is designed to educate small businesses and workers on how to identify workplace safety and health hazards. The exhibit includes electrical hazards, machine guarding, hazard communication, compressed air, welding in confined spaces, oxygen-fuel cutting, and forklifts. The exhibit also features construction hazards focusing on scaffolding and construction work zone safety. After completing the walkthrough of the lab, a presentation is provided to discuss each hazard found in the lab, including the identification of specific OSHA standards violated by the observed hazards.

The Hazard Lab exhibit is transported throughout the state to businesses who request the training.
Since the beginning of 2013, the Hazard Lab has made five appearances at various venues in Missouri and more than 930 workers have experienced the exhibit since its first appearance in May 2011.

The Missouri On-site Safety and Health Consultation Program offers free and confidential safety and health advice to small and medium-sized businesses across the state, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. Consultants work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs. In 2012, Missouri’s On-Site Consultation Program conducted more than 650 visits to small business worksites covering 12,350 workers across the state.

To learn more about the Hazard Lab or to request training for your business, visit or call 573-522-SAFE.


The Annual Bates County Memorial Hospital Health Fair was again a huge success for the community.  740 people received free health screenings during this 2 day event.
Thank you to Bates County Memorial Hospital and those that made this possible. The community appreciates the service you provide.

Obituary - Mary Jane King

Funeral services for Jane King will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2013 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with minister Billy Moore officiating. There is no visitation. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to American Cancer Society.

Mary Jane King, age 84 of Butler, Missouri died Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at Willow Lane Nursing Center in Butler. She was born November 4, 1928 to Rex A. and Donnis Guinn Spears in Culver, Missouri.

Jane is survived by her husband, Jim King of Butler; one daughter, Carole Edmonds and husband Dan of Maryville, Missouri; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Rusty in 1984 and a sister, Bettie Beckner in 1990.

UPDATE: Fire Alarm North Of Amsterdam

After arriving on the scene the fire alarm call at Harris Wood Products was a false alarm there is no fire. Amsterdam Fire Department has returned to service and is back in quarters. The alarm is being checked for the cause right now.

Hume Resident Receives High School Diploma from The Hadley School for the Blind‏

Hume Resident Receives High School Diploma from The Hadley School for the Blind

Hume resident Leann Shultz has received her high school diploma from The Hadley School for the Blind, an international distance education school based in Winnetka, Ill.

Since the 1930s, The Hadley School for the Blind has offered a nationally-recognized, accredited High School Program available to students with visual impairments age 14 and up who live in the United States. Students can earn their diploma directly from Hadley, or they can choose to graduate from their hometown high school by applying Hadley course credits toward existing schoolwork. In working toward a Hadley diploma, students may also transfer credit earned from their previous high school.

When Shultz was 5 years old, her parents discovered she was having trouble seeing. She was eventually diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa. School was a struggle for Shultz. She had trouble seeing the blackboard and completing her work and was often teased by her peers.

With her limited vision and without a high school diploma, Shultz was still able to raise three children. Eventually, she learned about Hadley through a friend.

“I enrolled because I wanted my high school diploma so badly, I was willing to try again,” she says. “I had a tutor when I needed extra help and good teachers.”

Shultz is happy to be able to prove to her grandchildren that you are never too old to learn, and she recommends Hadley to individuals who are visually impaired who want to further their education.

About Hadley: Founded in 1920, The Hadley School for the Blind’s mission is to promote independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for people who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service providers. The world’s largest educator of braille, Hadley serves 10,000 students in all 50 states and 100 countries each year and thousands more through Seminars@Hadley, free “just in time” webinars on a variety of vision-related topics. For more information, visit or call 800-323-4238.

Fire Alarm North of Amsterdam

Amsterdam Fire Department Along with Bates County Sheriff is in route to a fire alarm North of Amsterdam at Harris Wood Products. There is no fire confirmed yet. Bates County Live will update this when more information becomes available.

First Christian Church In Butler: Fly Over To This Vacation Bible School


The Bates County Elks will be hosting their Annual Fishing Derby on Saturday July 20 at the Butler City Lake. This is a free event. Sign-ups for the derby will begin at 2:30PM at the Shelter House at the lake. Fishing will begin at 3:30PM and continue throughout the day before wrapping up at 7:30PM.
There will be three age groups during the Bates County Elks Annual Fishing Derby. These age groups will be 6 years and under, 7-11 years of age, and 12-15 years of age. There will be prizes available in all age groups.
Throughout the day there will be free hotdogs and drinks served. All participants and parents are encouraged to remember that The Bates County Elks are not responsible for any accidents.

Helicopter at Health Fair today‏

The LifeFlight Eagle is going to be at BCMH until 9:30am. Please head out to BCMH and check out the Health Fair.

The First Baptist Church Of Butler Missouri To Host Vacation Bible School

The Colossal Coaster World vacation Bible school adventure begins Sunday, July 28.

Through every twist, turn and dive, Colossal Coaster World will challenge kids to face their fears and trust God. With excitement around every curve, kids learn that God has given them a spirit of power, love and sound judgment (2 Timothy 1:7).

Mark your calendar for 6 - 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 28 through Thursday, Aug. 1. Call the church office at 660-679-4124 for more information.

Suspect Arrested Last Night For Burglary In Vernon County

Vernon County Sheriffs Deputies arrested a suspect last night for burglary and theft of firearms. Six guns were recovered from a building on the east side of the county that had been reported stolen a while back. The name of the suspect has not been released pending the filing of charges. Bates County Live will Update this when more information is available

Obituary - Marlyn Josephine (Hodges) Dines

 Marlyn Josephine (Hodges) Dines 66, of Appleton City, passed away Saturday. The Arrangements were under direction of Hill and Son Funeral Home, Appleton City, and services were scheduled at 10:00 a.m. today at the funeral hoem with burial to follow in the Taberville Cemetery. Memorials to the Grace Hospice are suggested.

Obituary - Price Turman

 Price Turman 82 of Nevada and a native of Hume, passed away Wednesday, July 3, at Nevada Regional Medical Center. Arrangements were under direction of Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill, and a memorial service was scheduled at 2:00 p.m. today at the Heuser Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Rich Hill.

Paying More For Natural Gas?

Missouri Natural Gas Bills On the Way Up?

Half-Billion in Surcharges Waiting on Gov. Nixon's Desk

Jefferson City, MO - Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a handful of bills last week, but consumer groups are hoping he'll send one more back to the Legislature. Senate Bill 240 allows natural gas companies to impose surcharges on consumers to pay for pipeline upgrades – and it could mean $500 million in rate hikes. 

 Governor Nixon vetoed five bills last week, but one that remains on his desk is of concern to the Consumer Council of Missouri and A-A-R-P Missouri. It's a natural gas surcharge bill that allows utilities to impose a surcharge for pipeline upgrades that the groups estimate will raise rates by up to 500-million dollars. Craig Eichelman with A-A-R-P sees problems with the bill. He says utilities, that now are required to justify such charges every three years, will be able to wait five years before making their case to the Public Service Commission.

   "It's just when you start adding anything you want and call it a 'surcharge,' and you don't get to ask me about it for five years – we've got a problem."
  Consumer groups also don't like a provision in the bill called "the bad debt tracker" which allows a utility to charge consumers for 90 percent of its bad debts. Gas companies say they need the money to make federally-mandated upgrades.

 Missourians enjoy utility rates lower than the national average and Eichelman says that's partially because the regulatory process works.

   "I think the current process is solid; it's fair to everybody involved, and you know, it should not be distorted."
  If Senate Bill 240 goes into effect as scheduled, consumer groups say customers of Laclede Gas and Missouri Gas Energy will see their bills go up very soon.

Weather Update: Chance For Scattered Thunderstorms Tonight

There's still a chance for some scattered thunderstorms tonight, and any storms that do develop will have the potential to produce hail or damaging winds. To read the latest Storm Prediction Center outlook, visit: and to check the forecast for your area, visit

Photo: There's still a chance for some scattered thunderstorms tonight, and any storms that do develop will have the potential to produce hail or damaging winds. To read the latest Storm Prediction Center outlook, visit: and to check the forecast for your area, visit

Obituary - Justin William Stephan

Justin William Stephan, Appleton City, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at the age of 30. Visitation for Justin will be held on Friday, July 12, 2013 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton City, Missouri.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Appleton City High School West Gym in Appleton City, Missouri. Interment will be in Round Prairie Cemetery, Appleton City, Missouri.In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions can be made to any of the following: Sons of the American Legion - Missouri Boys State Squadron #999; College of the Ozarks or American Legion Boys State of Missouri.

A complete obituary will follow as it becomes available.