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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A New Beginning for an Old Place

  • In March of 2013, the PROPERTY that Sam's Hi-way Hamburger sat on was sold on the courthouse steps...Mark and I purchased the "property" from this auction, and my Great Aunt Rosie Anderson, gifted me the building instead of her having to remove it and the "Drive-In" be gone forever. Along with the building she also gave me the equipment, allowing us the chance to continue on the family business that she and my Uncle Sam bought in the 1960's and ran until the late 80's, and my parents re-opened in 1992.Though Mark & I have changed the name (We know it will always be called "Sam's"), to Chicken Larry's Drive-In, to honor my Dad (Chicken Larry) who passed away August 4,2012..

    Mark has put A LOT of hard work & time & effort into the building to make it everything I am wanting it to be. We have thoroughly cleaned and painted the walls and ceilings up front, I have put a lot of hard work cleaning the equipment and getting it all like new. We have endured many many set backs during this process, yes some at times making me want to give up. However with each step backwards, I am getting to see my visions coming to life, and watching an old building come to life again! Not to mention a "Really Cool Looking" 60's style walk up diner!! 

    **On a personal note from me (Valerie) I would like to give out a few personal Thank you's to the following people I would like to give thanks to my husband, Mark Heckadon, for EVERYTHING you have done to make the building what it is and for all of your spare time & hard work you have put into making the building basically brand new. Without you, I wouldn't be writing any of this!
    Thank you to Aunt Rosie Anderson, for gifting me the building and the equipment, without your thoughtful gift, none of this would have been possible.
    Thank you to my mother in law, Joyce Heckadon, for helping us find a way to get the loan to purchase the property, without the property we wouldn't have been able to of saved the Drive-In.
    Last but certainly not least, I would like to Thank all of YOU, The Customers, both old and new.. All of you, throughout the last 50 years have made it possible to keep this as One of the FEW surviving original diners around.
    So with all this said... We (Mark & I) would like to invite each and everyone of you to continue to be our customers as we transition this into a 3rd generation family operation, and those of you that have never tried our food or stopped coming to give us an opportunity to show you all that we too can cook that delicous food you have all enjoyed for so many years!
    Valerie & Mark Heckadon
    (Owners of Chicken Larry's Drive-In)

Chicken Larry's Open For Business Tomorrow

The time has finally come... Chicken Larry's will be open for business tomorrow September 4th, at 11am. Open to everyone. Serving the same delicious old Fashioned Hamburgers and Broasted Chicken. Liver and Gizzard Dinners available while they last, along with 21pc Shrimp and 3pc Fish Dinners! Located at 12 S. Orange Street in Butler, Mo (the old Sam's Hi-way Hamburger)

Special At Eldorado's Restaurant Tonight


Come eat at El Eldorado's,Mexican Resturant & Catina in Butler and bring the family! Our special tonight is the family plate for 19.99$, it is a big plate with grilled chicken, steak, shrimp, pork carnitas, chorizo, &peppers with cheese sauce on top. Served with 2 plates of black beans, rice, lettuce, sour cream, Pico de galo & 6 tortillas.  Come on out and enjoy some great Mexican Food


Public Water Supply District #12 Cass and Bates Counties out of Drexel Missouri has issued a boil order for their customers. The boil order will be in effect until further notice. They are also asking that their customers conserve water for the next 24 hours. A boil order means water is contaminated and you are asked to boil all drinking water and cooking water for at least 3 minutes. Throw away all ice and empty your ice cube trays. Add one tablespoon of Clorox to all dish washing water.

Courtesy of FM.92.1

Missouri rape suspect pursued in Westlake Ohio

A man wanted for kidnapping and other crimes in Missouri has been spotted in northeast Ohio.

At 4:29AM Tuesday, a Westlake Police officer tried to question a male sleeping in a pickup truck at the Hampton Inn on Detroit Road. The male took off westbound on Detroit Road. into Avon near Avon Commons, where Westlake PD called off the pursuit.

At 4:44AM, North Ridgeville Police reported chasing the same vehicle eastbound on Center Ridge Road and that one of the truck’s tires had been deflated by their stop-sticks. The vehicle then became disabled on Center Ridge east of Dover Center Road in Westlake and the driver ran off.

North Olmsted Police, Rocky River Police and the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office K9 were called in to help search for the unknown suspect. The Pennsylvania plate on the truck was found to have been stolen in South Strabane Township, PA. The truck itself was stolen from Weirton, WV.

At 9:56AM, the search of the area for the suspect was called off. 
The suspect driver has since been identified through evidence in the truck as 23-year-old Brian James Adkison of Columbia, Missouri. 

He is an August 10 escapee from the Caldwell County Detention Center in Kingston, Missouri where he faces kidnapping, domestic violence, and violating a temporary protection order charges.

Adkison is also wanted in Boone County, Missouri, for rape and burglary charges. 
Adkison is 6’0 165lbs, short light brown hair brown eyes, has a scruffy beard and was wearing black shorts and a light color t-shirt. 

If anyone sees Brian Adkison, call 9-1-1. He is not known to be armed but is a wanted felon.

Courtesy of Cleveland News Radio

Job Opening In Butler

World Finance at 13 North Main here in Butler, Missouri is now accepting applications. You must apply in person, no phone calls will be accepted.

2 Vehicle Accident On I-49

Bates County Sheriff along with Missouri State Highway Patrol are responding to a non injury minor 2 vehicle accident on I-49 at Passaic over pass. The accident is very minor and shouldn't cause any delays. Bates County Live will update if any new information becomes available.

UPDATED: Obituary - Ronnie James Faulkenberry

Ronald James Faulkenberry, 53 born April 8, 1960 in Harrisonville, Missouri son of John Tom, Melba Faulkenberry, and Linda Faulkenberry. He died September 2, 2013 at his home in Tightwad, Missouri surrounded by family.

Ronnie was employed by MoDot in January of 1979. He then was united in marriage to Lisa Gail Brisbin on August 17, 1979. They resided in East Lynne, Missouri where they had 3 children, Jeffrey Allen Faulkenberry, Kelly Dawn Faulkenberry, and Travis James Faulkenberry. They then moved to Tightwad in 1998. Ronnie retired from MoDot on September 30, 2011. Ronnie was very involved in the community by serving as a volunteer fire fighter/first responder at the Fire Department and President and Worship Leader of Souls Harbor Worship Center of Tightwad, Missouri. Ronnie was a gifted musician and singer and on January 13, 2000 Ronnie gave his life to the Lord Jesus Christ and he loved to spread the gospel by singing and praising the Lord.

He is preceded in death by his mother Melba Faulkenberry, October 1975 and his father John Tom Faulkenberry, December 1996.

He is survived by his wife Lisa Gail Faulkenberry of the home. Mother Linda Lou Faulkenberry. Son Jeffrey Allen Faulkenberry and wife Natasha. Daughter Kelly Dawn Marriott and husband Josh, and Travis James (T.J.) Faulkenberry and wife Michelle. His beloved grandchildren, Leah Lou Faulkenberry, Jacob Tyler Faulkenberry, Suvanna Nicole Faulkenberry, Madysen Nicole Faulkenberry, Hunter Charles Marriott, Kimber Dawn Marriott, and Justice Lynn Faulkenberry.

Ronnie is also survived by his brothers Tommie Faulkenberry, Terry Faulkenberry, and Stephen Brisbin and his sisters Brenda Howard, Sandra Yelton, Nancy Hurtt, Linda Doreen Green, Stephanie Wolfe, Julia Morris as well as several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many special friends.

"His heritage to his children was not words or possessions but an unspoken treasure. The treasure of his example as a man and a father."

Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Thursday, September 5, 2013 at the Benson Center, Clinton, Missouri with a 2:00 P.M. graveside service following in Strasburg Cemetery, Strasburg, Missouri. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Wednesday, September 4, 2013 also at the Benson Center. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Ron Faulkenberry Memorial Fund C/O Hawthorn Bank and may be left in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences can be left online at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home of Clinton, Missouri.

Obituary - Joanne N. Schick

Joanne N. Schick, 80, Harrisonville, Missouri, died Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services are pending at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.

Obituary - Richard Eugene Coe

Memorial services for Richard E. Coe will be 2 p.m. Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Brother Kevin Black officiating. Visitation will be prior to services from 1 - 2 p.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel. In lieu of flowers contributions to family or American Lung Association.

Richard Eugene Coe, age 48 of Butler, Missouri died Monday September 2, 2013 at his home in rural Butler. He was born December 3, 1964 to Forrest Lee and Bonnie Jo Davidson Coe in Tacoma, Washington.

Richard is survived by his wife, Robin Coe of Butler, Missouri; two daughters, Shelby and Amber Coe of Butler, Missouri; his mother, Bonnie Jo Coe of Trimble, Missouri; two brothers, Randy Coe and wife Becky of Kearney, Missouri and Rustin Coe and wife Amy of Kearney, Missouri; a sister, Reba Hensley and husband Mark of Kansas City, Missouri; one grandson, Elijah; one nephew; and six nieces. He was preceded in death by his father, Forrest Lee Coe Jr.

Obituary - Christopher Steven Williams

Memorial services for Chris Williams will be 7 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2013 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Visitation will be prior to services from 6 - 7 p.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel.

Christopher Steven Williams, age 53 of Lebanon, Missouri died Sunday, September 1, 2013 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler, Missouri. He was born June 2, 1960 to Elmer Dean and Darlene Hanes Williams in Independence, Missouri.

Chris is survived by his wife, Tracy Williams of Lebanon, Missouri; three sons, Stephen Williams and wife Stephanie of Independence, Missouri, Chad Williams of Independence, Missouri and David Hensley and wife Dawn of Belfair, Washington; a daughter, Ashley Williams of Lebanon, Missouri; his father, Dean Williams and fiance` Rose of Blue Springs, Missouri; a brother Terry Rose and wife Vicky of Lee's Summit, Missouri; two sisters, Marcia Gulledge and husband Mike of Independence, Missouri and Deana Williams of Independence, Missouri; and three grandchildren, Caiden Hensley, Caitlyn Hensley and Ethan Williams. He was preceded in death by his mother, Darlene Williams.

Information From The Butler Fire Department

The Butler Fire Department along with the city of Butler will conduct a test of the outdoor warning sirens here in Butler tomorrow September 4th, 2013. The test will begin at 10:00 am.

Butler Police Department Press Release: Another Stolen Vehicle

The night of 09/02/13 a vehicle was stolen from 409 S Wells street in Butler.  Around 3:30am this morning the vehicle was recovered by Rich Hill Officer Jack Bearce.  

A male juvenile suspect, who was taken into custody, was located operating another stolen vehicle that was stolen out of Rich Hill.  This is the second vehicle stolen out of Butler in the past week.  Unsure if the two are connected in any way.  Both vehicles were unlocked and keys were left inside of the vehicles.

The Butler Police Department Chief of Police, Randy Beshore, wants to remind everyone to lock their vehicles and homes to aid in deterring criminal activity.

Streets Closed In Butler

The Butler Street Department will have Pine Street between Maple Street and Water Street closed today in Butler for repairs. Unknown how long the repairs will take. Please find a different route around this. Bates County Live will update when the street is open.

MSHP Releases Labor Day Holiday Statistics

EMPHASIS: MSHP Releases Labor Day Holiday Statistics 

Seven people died in traffic crashes during the 2013 Labor Day holiday weekend. Last year, there were seven fatalities. The 2013 counting period ran from 6 p.m., Friday, August 30, through 11:59 p.m., Monday, September 2, 2013. During this period, the Patrol investigated 248 traffic crashes, which included 112 injuries and five of the seven fatalities. Troopers made 119 arrests for driving while intoxicated in 2013, compared to 147 arrests last year. (Note: in 2012, troopers investigated 201 crashes, which included 144 injuries and four of the seven fatalities.)

There were zero boating fatalities over the 2013 Labor Day holiday. Troopers investigated nine boating crashes involving seven injuries. There were no drownings reported. Troopers also arrested 14 people for boating while intoxicated over the weekend. During the 2012 Labor Day weekend, officers investigated three boating crashes, which included one injury and no fatalities. One person drowned and seven people were arrested for boating while intoxicated during last year’s Labor Day weekend.

Of the five traffic crash fatalities troopers investigated, three occurred in the Troop D, Springfield, MO, area, and one each occurred in the Troop C, Weldon Spring, MO, area, and the Troop F, Jefferson City, MO, area.

There were no fatalities on Friday, August 30, 2013, during the counting period.

Three fatalities occurred on Saturday, August 31, 2013. Justin M. Rohe, 25, of St. Charles, MO, died when he failed to stop at a red signal and struck the rear passenger side of a vehicle making a left turn. Rohe was ejected from the motorcycle he was driving. The crash occurred at the intersection of Mid Rivers Mall Drive and Ohmes Road in St. Charles County. St. Charles County emergency medical services pronounced Rohe dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured in the crash.

Dalton W. Coe, 15, of Seneca, MO, died when the vehicle in which he was a passenger crossed the center line and the driver overcorrected. The vehicle then left the roadway, overturned, and struck a tree. Newton County Deputy Coroner Brian Artherton pronounced Coe dead at the scene. The driver and another passenger sustained moderate injuries. All three of the vehicle's occupants were wearing seat belts. The crash occurred on Gum Road south of Joplin, MO, in Newton County. 

The St. Louis Police Department is investigating the remaining fatality on August 31, 2013. No further details are available.

One person died on September 1, 2013. Brandan A. Evans, 18, of Bronaugh, MO, died when the vehicle he was driving traveled off the left side of the roadway, overturned several times, and came to rest on its tires. Evans was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the vehicle. Dr. Tiffany Batiste, Freeman West Hospital, in Joplin, MO, pronounced Evans dead at the hospital. The crash occurred on Missouri Route BB, one mile south of Nevada, MO, in Vernon County. The Vernon County Sheriff's Office also responded to the scene.

Three fatalities occurred on the Labor Day holiday, Monday, September 2, 2013. Beth W. Adamson, 50, of Wichita, KS, died when the driver of the vehicle in which she was a passenger failed to stop at a stop sign. The Adamson vehicle was then struck broadside. Dr. Buchele, Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, MO, pronounced Adamson dead at the hospital. Both the driver and Adamson were wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash; the driver sustained minor injuries. The driver of the other vehicle sustained serious injuries; he was not wearing a seat belt. The crash occurred 10 miles north of Joplin, MO, on Missouri Highway 43 in Jasper County. 

Melissa K. Crossland, 45, of Richland, MO, died when the driver of the vehicle in which she was a passenger failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle then traveled off the right side of the road, struck a tree, and overturned. Neither the driver nor Crossland were wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Camden County Medical Examiner Jaimie Wheat pronounced Crossland dead at the scene. The driver sustained serious injuries. The crash occurred in Camden County on Missouri Route A east of Seven Springs Road.

The Ste. Genevieve Police Department is investigating the remaining fatality for September 2, 2013. No further details are available.

NOTE: The fatality statistics in this news release could change if late deaths occur, if other departments report fatal traffic/boating crashes after this news release was published, or if a fatality is determined to be caused by a medical condition rather than traffic/boating incident.

Missourians Fighting Western Wildfires

Hundreds of forest fire fighters from several states continue to battle major wildfires out west.  About 200 Missourians have been part of those fights.  

The National Interagency Fire Center in Idaho fields requests for help from states with fires beyond their own capability to control.  The national center then contacts regional centers closest to the burning areas first.  By the time the call gets to Missouri, the resources closest to the fires have been pretty well exhausted.

The Missouri-Iowa Coordinating Center is headquartered in Rolla.  It puts together fire crews from conservation departments, national forest service areas, and other organizations.  Mark Twain Forest Fire Management Officer Jody Eberly, who is stationed at the center in Rolla,  says Missouri crews have been involved in a lot of fires this summer, including the big Yosemite fire that’s still burning. She says about fifty Mark Twain personnel are still involved in fights. 

Mike Hoffman,  a fire officer with the state conservation department, says six 20-person crews form Missouri have gone out west.  Two crews remain on the fire lines. 

 Eberly says crews have been sent to nine states and some are still in California, Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon.

Crews usually are on-site for a couple of weeks before coming home.  Hoffman and Eberly report nobody from Missouri has been hurt, although there have been reports of blistered feet poison ivy outbreaks, and a few sprains. 

Fight Night On 49 III This Weekend!

Fight Night On 49 III will be held Saturday September 7th, 2013 at The Adrian Optimist Building in Adrian Missouri. The weigh-ins for the fights will be Friday September 6th, Bu2013 at Daves Quality Auto North of Butler on siness I-49/ North Orange Street starting at 7pm . The gates will open at 5pm and the fights will begin around 7pm. There will also be a bake sale for Baby Jackson Lough at the event. If you need tickets or have any questions you can contact Jina Cole 660-424-3018 or Bates County Live or 660-424-0289. Please don't wait to get your tickets they are selling very fast.


Ladies Night Out

Weather Update: Cooler Temps For One More Day

A gradual warm up is in store for western and central Missouri, but first we can enjoy one more nice day with temperatures in the lower to mid-80s. Through the remainder of the week and into this weekend temperatures will gradually rise back into the 90s. Little in the chance of rain is expected through the extended forecast, but we are monitoring a chance for rain next week.

Photo: A gradual warm up is in store for western and central Missouri, but first we can enjoy one more nice day with temperatures in the lower to mid-80s. Through the remainder of the week and into this weekend temperatures will gradually rise back into the 90s. Little in the chance of rain is expected through the extended forecast, but we are monitoring a chance for rain next week. Stay tuned.

Butler Parks And Recreation Fundraiser

We are having a fundraiser for the Butler Parks and Recreation on Saturday September the 7th. It's at Osage field in Butler, we are having a 50/50 raffle and Brisco lodge is serving hotdogs and hamburgers for lunch. Stop by and enter the raffle while your out garage saling. Please share this post with your friends. I'm also still needing players for the game. If anyone is interested call me at 660-200-2062. Thanks

Press Release Butler City Police" Activity Report 8-27/9-2


Warrant service Mill and Fulton
Well being check 800 block of N Water
Animal complaint Ft Scott and Fulton
Accident Mechanic and Nursery
Noise complaint 400 block of W Ohio
Assault report 


Accident Sunset and W52
Alarm ATM Bank of America
Harassment report
Alarm City Hall
Accident Bear Stop 


Accident Butler Music
Harassment 200 block of W Atkinson
Animal complaint 400 block of S Delaware 


Prowler 500 block of N Water
Theft from vehicle 400 block of S Delaware
Medical assist 300 block of N Prospect
Accident 1100 block of W 52
Disturbance 1100 block of W 52 


Theft from vehicle 200 block of W Atkinson
Disturbance 700 block of N Water
Trespassing 900 block of S High
Medical assist 300 block of S Mechanic
Alarm Casey’s on Ft Scott
Stolen vehicle report 


Stolen vehicle report
Accident Sonic
Kids on roof 500 block of W Ft Scott
Medical assist 400 block of W Harrison
Disturbance 600 block of W Adams
Warrant service 700 block of N Havanna 


 Shop lifter call Wal Mart
Walk in theft report
Disturbance Water and Mill
Stolen vehicle recovered