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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

VBS First Baptist Church In Butler

The Colossal Coaster World vacation Bible school adventure begins Sunday, July 28 at The First Baptist Church in Butler

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.

In Honor Of Reverend Eldon Allen

Cattle In Roadway East Of Butler

Missouri State Highway Patrol along with Bates County Sheriff is in route to cows in the roadway. This is located on H Highway around 10 miles East of Butler. If you have to travel in this area please watch the roadway for cattle. Bates County Live will update if there is any further.

Youth Volleyball Sign - Ups

Accident On 52 East

Missouri State Highway Patrol along with Bates County Sheriff and Bates County EMS responded to a 2 vehicle accident on 52 Highway East of O Highway around 6:30pm tonight. The injuries was non life threatening  injuries and 1 female was transported by ambulance to Bates County Memorial Hospital. Bates County Live will update this when the official police report is available.

Update From Pettis County Sheriff: Major Case Squad Convenes In Pettis County

Major Case Squad convenes in Pettis Co death investigation. Call 660-827-0052 or local law enforcement w/ information.

The Missouri Rural Major Case Squad convened Wednesday morning in Sedalia to assist the Pettis County Sheriff in the death investigation of two rural Green Ridge residents earlier this week. Thirty investigators from area agencies began receiving lead assignments and will be working the case over the next several days. 

On Monday, the bodies of a mother and her adult son, Barbara and Jeremiah Hudson, were discovered inside their burning home northwest of Green Ridge in rural west central Pettis County. Investigators believe the fire was intentionally set and the Hudsons died of foul play.

The sheriff is urging anyone with information in the case to contact the sheriff’s office or their local law enforcement agency. Pettis County Crime Stoppers also offers a cash reward of up to $1,000.00 for information leading to an arrest by calling the Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline at 660-827-TIPS (8477) or texting a tip to 660-281-6501.


Contact the Pettis County Sheriff's Office at 660-827-0052, your local law enforcement agency, or the Pettis County Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline at 660-827-TIPS (8477).

Rep. Wanda Brown's Press Release‏

Press Release from Representative Wanda Brown
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An organized search for missing person Hellen Cook will be held on Thursday, July 25, at 9:00 am.  If you are available to assist, please report to the Bledsoe Ferry, east of the dam, in Warsaw where volunteers will receive further instructions from the Benton County Sheriff’s office. 

Mrs. Cook who suffers from Alzheimer's was reported to have gone missing on Saturday, July 13, at approximately 11:30 a.m.  The Benton County Sheriff’s Office was notified by family at approximately 3:30 p.m.  The Office then began a diligent search of the area.
A missing person report was entered into the Mules system and local media stations from the Springfield and Kansas City area were notified and some aired the information that evening.  A search was conducted by officers that evening by vehicle, foot, and ATV of the area near the residence.
Area search and rescue dogs responded and a search was conducted through the night.  Dog teams told the Sheriff's office that they believed the dogs were on her trail to 7 Highway and Cold Springs Avenue approximately 4 miles from the residence.  Dog teams continued the search the next morning in and around Warsaw with negative results.  Two private pilots asked if they could fly the area and help.  Sheriff Fajen advised that it would be appreciated.
On Sunday afternoon, Mrs. Cook was entered through Troop F as a missing endangered person.
On Monday Sheriff Fajen asked the Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter to fly the area which they did.  The Highway Patrol Water Division patrolled the lake area along with the Missouri Department of Conservation with negative results and another dog team was brought in and searched through the night and part of the next day with negative results.
On Tuesday Sheriff Fajen asked for assistance from the Hickory County Mounted Posse to search the rest of the area from 7 Highway to the residence that could not be seen from the air.  That search went till dark and resumed Wednesday with negative results.  Multiple officers from the area have maintained a presence and a search of the area for 5 straight days.
On Wednesday afternoon the ground search was halted with no remaining assets known to be available.
Periodic searches of the area were continued by Benton County and State Law Enforcement by land and water with no results.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office has responded to and checked multiple leads as to possible sightings but none were confirmed or lead to a dead end.
On Sunday, Howard Cook, Hellen's husband, called and asked for a meeting and Sheriff Fajen scheduled it for 10:00 a.m. Monday morning.  The family asked if they could get volunteers from the Air Force Base to help do a search.  Sheriff Fajen stated that if the Air Force Base had the personnel the Sheriff's office would coordinate a search of the area.  The local radio station was alerted of the search and asking for any and all volunteers.  Chief Deputy Canfield is coordinating the search with Whiteman Air Force Base which will take place at 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning.

The Sheriff's office has handled all leads up to this point and searched everything to the best of their ability while still providing coverage and service to the rest of Benton County.


Obituary - Betty Gail Ellis

Betty Gail Ellis, 80, Adrian, Missouri, died Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at her home. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2013 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, Missouri. (Cremation to follow). Inurnment will be in Crescent Hill Cemetery in Adrian at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to: Grace Hospice, 9233 Ward Parkway, Suite 201, Kansas City, MO 64114.

Betty was born January 25, 1933 in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Kenneth and Lillian (Kuegler) Ely. She was raised by her grandparents, Roy and Gail Ely and grew up in California. She married Robert N. Ellis on December 19, 1960. She had lived in Archie, Missouri for 26 years before moving to Hermitage, Missouri. She lived in Hermitage for 10 years before moving to Adrian in 2007. She was a homemaker.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Robert on November 8, 2006 and one brother, Richard Ely. She is survived by one son, David Ellis, Drexel, Missouri; two sisters, Judy Bearce, Harrisonville, Missouri and Barbara Lehija, Phoenix, Arizona and two grandsons, Jason and Joshua.

Weather Update : Pleasant Day Across The Region

A quick glance across the regional sky cameras shows sunny skies in many cities! Temperatures will climb into the upper 70s in Iowa and Illinois, to the 80s elsewhere. All and all a quiet day in the region. Get outside and enjoy and mild summer day!

Photo: A quick glance across the regional sky cameras shows sunny skies in many cities!  Temperatures will climb into the upper 70s in Iowa and Illinois, to the 80s elsewhere.  If you're able to capture the scene outside your window, upload it to the comments of this post or directly to our FB feed.  

Image Credits: MODOT, IAState, and KY3 for today's images!

1st Annual Ballard Kickball Tournament



  • Co-Ed, 10 Person Teams, $120/Team, Big Ball Championship Game with shirts awarded to the winners!! High School and Up are welcome to enter teams. Deadline for Sign Ups will be Sept 1. To sign up a team please contact Dean Doll at 816-807-8346, Or you can message Dean or Amanda on Facebook!! All Proceeds go to Ballard Summer Ball Association. Come out and enjoy!!

Benton County Sheriffs Department Asking For Help In Search For Hellen Cook

***Grid Search for Hellen Cook***

The Benton County Sheriff's Office and Hellen Cooks family would like to ask the public for help! Tomorrow, Thursday July 25th at 9:00am there will be a man to man ground search. No Horses or ATV's will be used in this search. Volunteer's please report to East Bledsoe Ferry Park in Warsaw Missouri (Below Truman Dam) prior to 9am tomorrow for further instructions. If you have any questions please contact Benton County Central Dispatch 660-438-9555.

EF Foundation For Foreign Study

We are looking for host families for EF Foundation Exchange Students- In just a few weeks school starts again, Lets make their dreams come true by opening your home.  You can make every day extraordinary for you, your family, and a student from abroad. EF Foundation students are between 15 and 18 years old and come with their own spending money and insurance. Host families provide room, board, and a caring environment. How does your American family spend its free time? This year learn how you can share your favorite activities with an international exchange student eager to experience life in the United States. I have the Lee's Summit schools, Raytown, Harrisonville, Clinton, Butler, Adrian, Sherwood, Archie or I know of another coordinator in the Kansas City MO and KS area.

Rockville United Methodist Church VBS

The Rockville United Methodist Church invites all children, grades K-8, to a one-day vacation bible school Saturday, August 3rd, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A fun-filled day of storytelling, games, crafts, and music awaits you! Lunch and snacks are provided. Parents are welcome to attend 2:45 closing. Free transportation is available upon request. For any questions, contact David at 417-876-7595 or Diane at 660-492-0986.


OATS, Inc. received a $50,000 contribution on Wednesday July 24th, which will aid transportation-disadvantaged Missourians gain access to employment. The grant – which was given to the non-profit organization through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program – will provide transportation to work for more than 200 Missouri residents. The Walmart Foundation funding will benefit primarily low-income and disabled persons in OATS' service regions in Missouri.
The grant was presented to OATS, Inc. during a check presentation ceremony held on Wednesday July 24th at its headquarters in Columbia. During the ceremony, Columbia Walmart Store Managers Dustin Graham, Trisha Cowan, and Sara Bak, along with Market Manager Steve Maloney and LaTonya Annoor from the area office, presented the check to OATS Executive Director Dorothy Yeager and OATS Directors.
The contribution to OATS was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Missouri State Giving Program. Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

Blackout Fighting Championship: Bourbon County Brawls

Fight Card ( Subject to change)

145 title Deron Carlis vs Chuka Willis
135 title Clayton Brown vs Roland Dearyle

140 Daniel Wells vs Kyle Neal*
*160 Isaac Dulgarian grappling vs Micheal Torres
135 Trent Rein vs Hector Arteaga
145 Richard King vs Reace Young
170 Micheal Heckart Danny McCullough
125 Dustin Snedeger vs Phelan Borjas
170 Brandon hayes vs Broc munger
185 Colby Reach vs Jake Zech
135 Hardy Friely vs Tommy Wilson
155 Frank Byers vs Tyler Myrick
205 Andre Hampton vs Marcus Nutting
125 Eric Sprague vs Dustin Snow
135 Gage Harris vs Dino lopez

Fight For Jackson 5K Walk Or Run Flyer

Seach Continues For Hellen Cook

The family of a missing Warsaw woman says authorities who have helped in the search will continue to assist in the search for Hellen Cook, who went missing July 13.

In a news release, Cook's family said Kansas City police will bring a group of search dogs to the campsite in Warsaw where Cook was last known to have been seen. The dogs will check for new scent trails.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office will organize a hand-to-hand search, but volunteers need to be provided. The family is canvassing the area to see if they can find enough volunteers to do the search by Wednesday or Thursday, the release said.

A Highway Patrol detective will also re-interview people who saw Cook on July 13 and see if any new information can be gathered.

Family members are searching vacant buildings and outbuildings in the area where Cook was last seen. They ask that anyone who may have seen her, call 911 immediately or call Benton County authorities at (660) 438-9555. As a reminder, Cook was last seen in Warsaw on Missouri Route 7 wearing jean shorts and a light-colored shirt.

Cook stands 4'10", weighs 100 pounds, has brown hair and hazel eyes. More information is available at