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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

HELLEN'S HEROES EVENTS UPDATE: 3 Walks To End Alzheimer's Events

We currently have 3 Walks to End Alzheimer's underway! Please check our events tab for details! If anyone else would like to participate in a walk in their area under Hellen's Heroes please let us know and we can help you set it up! you can go to to view map of all walks across the U.S.

1.) Kansas City metro Hellen's Heroes team October 6th:
2.) Sedalia, MO Hellen's Heroes team September 7th:
3.) Fond du Lac, WI Hellen's Heroes team October 5th:

You can join or donate to any team. Thank you all!

Butler Parks And Recreation 100 Inning Softball Game

The Butler Parks and Recreation will be holding a 100-inning softball fundraiser to be held on Saturday, September 7th at the Osage Valley Softball Field. The event is scheduled to last approximately 8 hours. Players will seek their own sponsors and pledges for the 100-inning softball game. This event is free to the public.
Another scheduled event will be the men’s homerun derby which will be held at noon during the softball game. This event will also be open to the public. A minimum of 50 participants will be needed for this fun event.  A $10 entry fee for 10 outs with the winner sharing 50% of the homerun derby entry fees collected.
The Brisco Lodge will be selling hot dogs and hamburgers on location. Join the fun and purchase your 50/50 raffle tickets sold for $1 each or 6 for $5.
For further information or to register for the event, contact Mike or Scott at 660-200-2062.

Obituary - Ruby Lucille Knight

Ruby Lucille Knight, 81, Peculiar, Missouri, died Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m Saturday at the First Church in Peculiar with burial in Wills Cemetery, Peculiar. Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, Missouri. Contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice.

2013 Rich Hill Tigers Football

Head Coach Heath Heckadon
Coach Heath Heckadon

This year the Rich Hill Tiger football program began with two football camps during the summer. Their new head coach is Heath Heckadon, who’s going back to the traditions of Rich Hill football. Coach Heckadon is a former graduate from Rich Hill High School and says, “That it is good to be back home.” Coach Heckadon was most recently a defensive coordinator for the Crest Ridge Cougars.
Tigers are expecting to change things around this year by improving upon their previous record. Their first camp was a 7 on 7 camp in Lockwood they went 4-2 beating Jasper, Miller, Lockwood JV, and Marionville. The second camp was a full contact camp in Midway. The Tigers won two out of four games beating Sherwood and Hogan prep. Tiger football began practice this last Monday. 
The new and improved Rich Hill Tigers get their first game experience next Friday at the jamboree in Adrian. They will be playing against the Adrian Blackhawks, Sherwood Marksmen, and the Windsor Greyhounds starting at 6:30 p.m.

2013 Rich Hill Volleyball Team

The 2013 Rich Hill volleyball team has some changes from last year Starting with the new returning Coach, Mr. Larry Palmer, and Assistant Coach, Brodi Miller. After retiring from coaching and teaching at Rich Hill for many years, he was lured back to give it another try and coach the 2013 volleyball team.
The team had been working hard to prepare for the season before traveling to a team camp a few weeks before school started to work on skills. A few girls along with Mr. Palmer, and Ms. Miller traveled to Maryville to participate in this team camp.
Team captain, Senior, Ashlyn Kithcart, was interviewed and said “I’m pretty psyched to have a new coach for the team. He definitely has everything together, and knows what he’s doing.” The team is excited for the upcoming Volleyball Varsity Jamboree, August 27th at Archie High School. Admission for the Jamboree is $4.00 for adults, and $3.00 for students.

Obituary - Harold Foster

Funeral services for Harold Foster will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Ron Dunlap officiating. Visitation will be 10 - 11 a.m. prior to services. Burial following service at 3 p.m. Saturday in Hickman Cemetery, Clarksburg, Missouri.

Harold Foster, age 98 of Butler, Missouri, died Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at his home in Butler, Missouri. He was born June 4, 1915 to Lashla and Cora Ann Jobe Foster in Clarksburg, Missouri.

Harold is survived by his wife, Virginia Foster of Butler, Missouri; three daughters, Barbara Pierce and husband Elvin of Milo, Missouri, Shirley Trumbore and husband Jim of Butler, Missouri and Judy Grogman and husband Gary of Butler, Missouri; 7 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 5 great great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Virginia Foster; 2 grandsons, Steve and Danny; a great-grandson, Austin; and a great-granddaughter Kelsie.

Candlelight Vigil Held for Missing Barton County Girl

GOLDEN CITY, MO – Community members held a vigil Tuesday night in the park where Adriaunna Horton was last seen. Dozens of people came out to show their love and support for Adrianna and her family. Those who attended were visibly upset about the events.
We spoke with friends and family at the ceremony held early this evening in the park where the little girl was last seen. Everyone is telling us they are still hopeful, but the morale is starting to dwindle with each hour that passes without finding Adriaunna.
“People you’ve never seen before in your life. You see a trailer load full of four-wheelers from a neighboring business, things like that. People on horseback, they just keep coming in. For such a sad time, it’s a great thing. It’s just wonderful,” said Linda Brunner, Adriaunna’s Great Aunt.
“This little girl is part of our family. We’re family in this community and we watch out for our own and we want to bring her home,” said Dixie Taylor, Golden City Resident.
“I love her with all my heart and I hope she’s up in heaven with my grandpa. At least she won’t be hurting,” said Larry Horton, Uncle and Godfather.
Adriaunna’s uncle says he is still hopeful she is alive, but he is fearing the worst. Volunteers have been told to get some rest tonight and pick backup in the morning. Law enforcement are still questioning Bourne and continuing to knock on doors this evening following any leads. If anyone has any information in the case, they are asked to contact the Barton County sheriff.
(story contributed by KODE, Joplin, Mo)

Photo of Man Charged with Kidnapping Barton County Girl

34-year-old Bobby Bourne, Jr is charged with kidnapping and being held on $1 million dollars bond. 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton is still missing. The suspect once worked for the victim's family.

Booking photo from Barton County. 34-year-old Bobby D. Bourne is charged with first degree kidnapping in the disappearance of 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton. Just got off phone after calling the sheriff's office-- no updates yet on the search for the girl.

On Tuesday, after an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Southwest Missouri Major Case Squad, a charge of kidnapping was filed against Bobby D. Bourne Jr., 34, of Lamar, for the disappearance of Horton.  Bourne is being held in the Barton County Jail on a bond of $1 million.  The investigation is ongoing.

The search for Adriaunna Horton continues.  Any information the public might have regarding this case can be forwarded to the Barton County Sheriff's Department at (417) 682-5541 or the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D Headquarters at (417) 895-6868.  Investigators would like to remind callers they can remain anonymous.

REMINDER: The Ohio Street Methodist Church Annual 5K Event

The Ohio Street Methodist Church in Butler will host their second annual 5K run, walk or rock event. The event will be held on September 28th, 2013 at 7am. All Proceeds from the race will help restock the shelves at the Food Pantry. 

$20 for Participants
$12 for Students + one can of food 

7:30-Race begins

Awards given for top male and female participants. To be guaranteed a t-shirt, payment and registration form must be received on or before Monday Sept 16th!

Registration forms can be found at: and, OR at the following locations in Butler, Cook Insurance Agency, Community Food Pantry, and the Pantry Thrift Shop.

*** Today is the last day to get your registration form and payment in to guarantee you get a t-shirt! If you need one email to you just let us know and we can do that as well!

You can drop completed forms off at the Thrift Shop, Food Pantry, or with Laura Piland at Cook Insurance. Thanks!!**

The Adrian Optimist Club Bicycle Rodeo

The Adrian Optimist Club will be hosting our annual Bicycle Rodeo this Sunday, August 25th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm @ the Adrian Optimist Community Building. This is a no cost event and is open to kids 14 and Under. There will be: Bicycle Skills & Obstacle Courses | Bicycle Safety Inspections | Helmet Adjusting | Bicycle Registration. We will also be giving away 8 New bicycles, Girl sizes – 26”, 24”, 20”, 16” and Boy sizes – 26”, 24”, 20”, 16”. Along with the bike giveaways, we will also have several helmets and spare tires to hand out. 

So parent’s, load up your kids, their bicycles and helmets and come out for some fun this Sunday. If you don’t currently have a bike or helmet, come out and we will set you up. Lunch will also be served free of charge to the kids and their families.

Sonic Cruise Night Set For This Friday

Do You Need Something to do Friday Night?? Head out to Sonic here in Butler for "Cruise Night" the event is from 5pm -8pm with music from The. Bring the motorcycle, Classic Car or Classic truck and come out and enjoy great food, great music and great fun. Bring the family and enjoy the music of " The String Beans Band".

Fit & Fun Community Block Party

Ellett Memorial Hospital and A. C. Rural Health Clinic are sponsoring a “Fit & Fun Community Block Party” Saturday, August 24 from 9:00 – 1:00. The day will start out with a 5K walk at 8:00 a.m. (Registration is at 7:30 a.m. at the Hospital.) The Auxiliary will hold a Bake Sale from, 8:30 – noon. Free health screenings include: peak flows, bruit screenings, carpel tunnel screening, balance testing, advanced directives with notary, blood sugar finger sticks, blood pressure and pulse oximetry. For additional fees, blood work testing will also available. There will be demonstrations and information from Life Flight Eagle, drug demonstration, Fire Department, Missouri Conservation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, home health, hospice, Nursing Home, On My Own, special needs children, P.A.C.E./arthritis, OP clinics, outreach clinics, radiology, respiratory therapy, Healthcare USA, WCMCAA, ADT, SCH Outpatient Services, CPR demonstration and car seat safety. In addition, there will be a bouncy house, face painting, kids games free hot dogs and popcorn. Everyone is invited to the Hospital to enjoy the Block Party activities.

New bailiff assumes duties in Vernon County Courthouse

A new deputy from the Vernon County Sheriff's Office has been hired to take over the court bailiff's position currently held by Deputy Greg Prough. Deputy Evan Roux began training for his new duties on Tuesday.

Roux comes to the Vernon County Sheriff's Office from the Jasper area where he has two years experience in law enforcement with the Jasper Police Department. Roux is a fully commissioned peace officer. He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, an associate's degree in law enforcement and is a certified Glock armorer.

Roux said he was looking forward to working with the sheriff. It's going to be a "great change," he said. "I think it will be a good step up for me." Sheriff Jason Mosher said Roux would be a "good fit in the courtroom." Mosher said there is a lot of public interaction that comes along with the bailiff's position and a deputy must have a lot of "people skills" to do the job.

During his training on Tuesday, Prough told Roux that about the best piece of advice he could give him was to "keep your eyes and ears open all the time." Things can happen anywhere in the courthouse. Prough mentioned an incident where a civil case resulted in one man pushing another down the steps and seriously injuring him and another incident where a man berated the judge until he sentenced him to 15 days in jail right then and there. Everybody in here is in trouble, he said, you never know what may happen.

Mosher said Roux will go through quite a bit of training. He'll have to be brought up to speed on courtroom policies, departmental policies, and such things as the specialized software now in use by law enforcement agencies. He won't be full time in the courthouse for a couple of weeks.

Mosher said Prough will remain with the sheriff's office. Greg has been wanting to do some other things, he said. The sheriff said one of the things Prough would be doing would be "high risk inmate management." That means handling dangerous prisoners whether they are in the jail or being transported to or from the Vernon County Jail from the courthouse, another city or the department of corrections. Prough may also get a chance to develop a list of the most wanted local criminals.

Courtesy of Vernon County Sheriff's Facebook Page

UPDATE: Charge Filed For The Disappearance Of Adriaunna Horton

Photo of Adrianna Horton
On August 19, 2013, at approximately 5:30 p.m., officers with the Barton County Sheriff's Office responded to the reported disappearance of Adriaunna Horton, age 12, of Golden City, Missouri.  She was last seen getting into a vehicle near Hazel Park in Golden City.  The reported vehicle was later stopped by a Barton County officer and the driver was detained for questioning. 

On August 20, 2013, after an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Southwest Missouri Major Case Squad, a charge of kidnapping was filed against Bobby D. Bourne, Jr., age 34, Lamar, Missouri, for the disappearance of Horton.  Bourne is being held in the Barton County Jail on a bond of one million dollars.  The investigation is ongoing.   
The above charge is mere accusation and is not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charge must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.