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Monday, September 30, 2013

Job Opening In Butler



The Bates County Sheriffs Office is accepting applications for a full time dispatcher and a part time dispatcher. Both positions pay $9.23 per hour. You must be able to pass a background check and a drug test. The full time position has health insurance provided plus other benefits. The part time position is for 15 to 30 hours per week and does not include benefits. Both positions may require you to work nights, weekends and holidays. Dispatching is a highly stressful position that requires you to multi-task. If you think this might be a career for you, you can download an application at www.batescountysheriff.com. You can email your application to Jami Page at 2910@batescountysheriff.com.

Obituary - Henry McGuire

Funeral services for Henry McGuire will be 2:30 PM Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at Mullinax Funeral Home in Butler, Missouri (660) 679-0009 with Pastor David Owsley officiating. Visitation prior to services from 1:30 – 2:30 PM at the funeral home. Burial to follow services in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions to the National Parkinson’s Foundation. Messages for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.
Henry “Hank” or “Mack” Jene McGuire, 86 of Kansas City, Missouri passed away on September 30, 2013. He was born July 6, 1927 in Amoret, Missouri, son of Troy and Mona Ellen (Bowman) McGuire.
Henry graduated from Butler High School, and was a 50-year member of the local union IBEW 124. He married Jane Givens in 1948.
He was a Mason and member of the Ararat Shrine Temple in Kansas City, Missouri; and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a founder of a square-dance club called HalFa Pair Square.
Mr. McGuire was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James; and a sister, Jewell Fahnestock. He is survived by his daughters, Jalayne Miller and husband Cliff of Raytown, Missouri, and Tess McGuire of Peculiar, Missouri; three grandchildren, Christopher Welch of Garden City, Missouri, and Lyra McGuire and Holly Welch, both of Peculiar, Missouri; a brother, Tom McGuire of Butler, Missouri; a sister, Joan Jefferson and husband Robert of Freeman, Missouri; as well as numerous nephews and nieces

Obituary - Mary Louise Williams

Mary Louise Williams, 89, of Belton, Missouri, died September 12, 2013. A memorial service, along with a tribute to Barney Ricketts, Jr., will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 6, 2013 at Park Lawn Chapel in Kansas City, Missouri, under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Mary was born to Frank and Mamie Houchin on November 28, 1923, in Jefferson City, MO. She graduated high school in Jefferson City and married Marvin Zimmerman who was killed in WWII; she then relocated to Kansas City, MO where she married Alvin Williams.
Mary was employed for many years in the Kansas City area as an interior designer and apartment property manager where she met her partner of over 20 years, Barney Ricketts Jr. She then retired and relocated to Sun City, AZ, prior to returning to Kansas City after Mr. Ricketts’ passing. Mary will always be remembered for her helpful, friendly, outgoing personality and a smile for everyone.

Mary is survived by three children, Carolyn Collins (Walt) of Delta, AL; Tom Williams (Pat) of Belton, MO and Cindy Ricketts (John) of Kansas City, KS. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers; 3 sisters; and 2 nieces.

Obituary - Harry "H. R." Robert Pearson

Harry Robert “H. R.” Pearson, III, 85, Kimberling City, Missouri, formerly of Lake Winnebago and Harrisonville, Missouri, died Sunday, September 29, 2013 at his home. A memorial/graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 3, 2013 at the Orient Cemetery in Harrisonville, Missouri, under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice Compassus, 3044 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Suite 200, Branson, MO 65616, St. Peters Episcopal Church, 400 W. Wall Street, Harrisonville, MO 64701 or to the charity of your choice.

H. R. was born February 15, 1928 in Harrisonville, Missouri, the son of Harry Robert and Mary Ruth (Burney) Pearson, Jr. He, like his parents, obtained his schooling in the Harrisonville Schools, graduating with the Class of 1946, having been president of his senior class. He attended William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, Missouri University in Columbia, Missouri and University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Junior Chamber of Commerce in Kansas City, Missouri, South Central Business Association, Apartment Owners Association and the House Builders Association in Topeka, Kansas.

H. R. was a communicate of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Harrisonville, Missouri and was the first acolyte to serve there. He was elected to the Vestry at the early age of 21 years old.
Having graduated from high school just at the close of WWII, H. R. enlisted in the U. S. Naval Air Reserve Force, spending one weekend each month receiving his training at the Naval Air Station in Olathe, Kansas. He was honorably discharged in 1956.
In 1955, H. R. and his father formed the Pearson Investment Company, having extensive holdings in Harrisonville, Kansas City, North and Belton, Missouri and Topeka, Kansas. H. R. built the first all electric apartments in Topeka and was invited to the G. E. Company in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was given a plaque for his buildings.

In 1986, due to the declining health of his father, H. R. took over the active management of the Real Estate Association, building many houses and duplexes and apartment buildings in Harrisonville. The office was at 305 West Wall Street, occupying a new building on the site of the home of his great-grandfather, John B. R. Deacon , a pioneer of Harrisonville. H. R. was the 5th generation to live in this house before it was torn down.

H. R. was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Rose Ann, of the home; two step-daughters, Kim Weisbrod and husband, Steven, Ozark, Missouri and Tracy Coats and husband, Wayne, Chillicothe, Ohio and 8 grandchildren.

Obituary - George Ann Fisher

Memorial services for George Ann Fisher will be 2 p.m. Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Dave Owsley officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions to United Methodist Women, Butler Public Library or Charity of Choice.

George Ann Fisher, age 69 of Butler, Missouri died Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. She was born July 30, 1944 to George William and Joan Hein Kappel in McPherson, Kansas.

George Ann is survived by her husband, James “Jim” Fisher of Butler, Missouri; one son, Robert “Bob” William Fisher of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; granddaughter, Jessica Louise Fisher of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; mother-in-law, Louise Fisher of Butler, Missouri; and three aunts. She was preceded in death by her parents

BEWARE: Scam Going Around



If you receive a message on Verizon or AT&T regarding a "You have won a prize voucher from Walmart"  it's a scam. Don't open it. They also ask for the last 4 numbers  of your social security number - never give those numbers out. The message is a scam and you need to contact your local authorities immediately.

Pettis County Crime Stoppers Press Release: Stolen Air Conditioners

Pettis County Crime Stoppers is requesting information regarding the theft of an air conditioner unit from the Providence Baptist Church, located at 23047 Hwy 135 near Smithton in far eastern Pettis County.
Between September 1st and 4th, suspect(s) removed the outside air conditioner unit from the property.  Value of the loss is approximately $5,000.00.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000.00 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons involved in this case.  If you have any information regarding this case, or any other criminal matter, call the Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline at 660-827-TIPS (8477).  You can also Text-A-Tip to 660-281-6501.
Our phone lines are not recorded, we do not use Caller ID and as always, you NEVER have to leave your name.

Instructions:

If you have any information regarding this case, or any other criminal matter, call the Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline at 660-827-TIPS (8477). You can also Text-A-Tip to 660-281-6501.

Appleton City Homecoming Parade and Game 2013


The Appleton City Homecoming Parade and Football Game will take place on Friday Oct. 11th.The festivities will kick off with the traditional homecoming parade. The lineup will begin at 1:30 pm with the parade to hit Appleton City’s Main St by approximately 2 pm.

The parade will travel East on Main Street The theme this year is “Super Heroes”. Get your floats ready as you will be judged on the theme. 

Appleton City Bulldogs verses The Archie Whirlwinds in homecoming football action with kick off at 7 pm.

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL PRESS RELEASE: Various Driver Examination Stations Closed For Troop Meeting


Captain Robert L. Powell, commanding officer of Troop A, Lee's Summit, announces the following West-Central Missouri driver examination station hours will be altered on October 15, 2013, due to troop meetings:


1. Gladstone, Kansas City, Independence, Raytown, and Lee's Summit will close at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, October 15, 2011, and will resume normal hours of testing on Thursday, October 16, 2013.

2. Harrisonville, Clinton, Richmond, and Warrensburg will be closed all day Wednesday, October 15, 2013, and will resume normal hours of testing on Thursday, October 16, 2013.

3. Sedalia CDL testing station will be closed all day on Wednesday, October 15, 2013, and will resume normal hours of testing on Thursday, October 16, 2013.

4. Lee's Summit CDL testing station will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., but closed during the afternoon hours on Wednesday, October 15, 2013. Normal hours of testing will resume on Thursday, October 16, 2016.

Patience and understanding from the public is and will be greatly appreciated.

Bates County Sheriff’s Office Activity Report September 23, 2013 to September 29, 2013

Bates County Sheriff’s Office Activity Report
September 23, 2013 to September 29, 2013


09-23-2013
MVA-BBHwy
MVA-I49
Check Well Being-Ballard
Speak to Officer-Butler
Check Well Being-Amsterdam
Suspicious Activity-Rich Hill
MVA-JHwy
Found Item-Adrian
Animal at Large-Butler
Agency Assist-Adrian
Harassment-Butler
Speak to Officer-Butler
Gun Shots Heard-Hume
Open Door-Rich Hill
Agency Assist-Butler
Alarm-Butler
Stranded Motorist-Rich Hill
 
09-24-2013  
Animal Bite-Drexel
Open Door-Amsterdam
Open door –Rich Hill
Theft-Butler
Speak to Officer-Ballard
Agency Assist-Archie
Wanted Subject-Butler
Speak to Officer-Rich Hill
Speak to Officer-Amoret
Speak to Officer-Butler
Wanted Subject-Rich Hill
Check Well Being-Montrose
Speak to Officer Rich Hill
Agency Assist-Butler
Trespass-Butler
Open Door-Hume
Ambulance Request-Adrian
 
09-25-2013
Speak to Officer-Rich Hill
Speak to Officer-Butler
Speak to Officer-Adrian
Stranded Motorist-Butler
Animal at Large-Amsterdam
Check Well Being-Rich Hill
Stranded Motorist-JHwy
Agency Assist-Butler
Speak to Officer-Butler
Traffic Hazard-AHwy
Check Well Being-Butler
Agency Assist-Adrian
Agency Assist-Butler
Speak to Officer-Rich Hill
Suspicious Activity-Rich Hill
 
09-26-2013
Theft-Adrian
Speak to Officer-Adrian
Suspicious Activity-Butler
Ambulance Request-Rich Hill
Speak to Officer-Butler
Theft-Adrian
Fire-Butler
Stranded Motorist-I49
Assault-Butler
Speak to Officer-Drexel
Traffic Hazard-Rockville
Civil Situation-Drexel
Speak to Officer Adrian
Harassment-Rich Hill
Suspicious Activity-18Hwy
Speak to Officer-Butler
Alarm-Amoret
Speak to Officer-Adrian
Check Well Being-Butler
 
09-27-2013
Speak to Officer-Amoret
Domestic-Adrian
Missing Person-Rich Hill
Animal at Large-18Hwy
Runaway-Amsterdam
Speak to Officer-Rich Hill
Speak to Officer-Hume
Stranded Motorist-I49
Animal Bite-Drexel
Check Well Being-Amoret
Speak to Officer-Rich Hill
Animal Neglect-Hume
MVA-I49
 
09-28-2013
Animal at Large-Amoret
Check Well Being-Butler
Speak to Officer-Ballard
Fire-Rich Hill
MVA-Rockville
DFS Assist-Drexel
Ambulance Request-Rich Hill
Child Abuse-Rich Hill
Ambulance Request-Rich Hill
Ambulance Request-Amoret
Speak to Officer-Drexel
Speak to Officer-Rich Hill
 
09-29-2013
Animal at Large-FHwy
Agency Assist-Butler
Agency Assist-Butler
Traffic Hazard-Adrian
Domestic-Rich Hill
Theft-Adrian
Stranded Motorist-I49
Speak to Officer-Drexel
Noise-Adrian
Suicidal Subject-Amsterdam


 
           Rich Hill Police Department Activity Report
September 23, 2013 to September 29, 2013


09-23-2013
Open Door
Speak to Officer
 
09-24-2013  
Speak to Officer
Open Door
 
09-25-2013
Speak to Officer
 
09-26-2013
 
09-27-2013
Missing Person
Speak to Officer
 
09-28-2013
Fire
Leave With Out Pay
Speak to Officer
 
09-29-2013
Agency Assist
Noise

Butler Optimist Student of the Month

JH Picture:  In the picture Kirk Hannah, Optimist member and HS Assistant Principal, is presenting the award Alison Cortright.
Elementary Picture:  In the picture Crystal Eldred, Optimist member, is presenting the award to Ciara Miller (Left) and Andon Cook (Right).  
The Butler Optimist Club would like to recognize three Butler R-V students for their outstanding academic achievements and character.  The three students were selected by the staff at Butler R-V.  Each student receives a certificate of honor and a $20 gift card to Sonic donated by Miles Umstattd of Sonic in Butler.  Andon Cook and Ciara Miller received the Butler Elementary Optimist Student of the Month for September. Andon Cook is the son of Sean and Sandy Cook.  Ciara Miller is the  daughter of Jessica Miller.   Alison Cortright is the Butler JH Optimist Student of the Month for September.  Alison is the daughter of Heidi Hendrickson.

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL PRESS RELEASE: Drive Carefully--Deer More Active This Time Of Year



Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, reminds drivers that deer are more active this time of year, and to please be especially vigilant during evening and early dawn hours. Deer behavior changes due to mating season, which may cause an increase in sightings and roadway crossings. Hunting and crop harvesting may result in these animals being in places they aren’t usually seen. Drivers are urged to remain alert.

Last year, drivers in Missouri experienced 3,980 traffic crashes where deer-vehicle strikes occurred. One deer strike occurred every 2.2 hours in the state. In these crashes, five people were killed and 411 injured. 

When you see deer, slow down and proceed with caution. Deer often travel in groups--stay on guard after a close call or when you see a single deer. Natural features also affect deer movement. In areas where there are streams or wooded corridors surrounded by farmland, look for more deer to cross roadways. Remember: Rural areas are not the only place where deer/vehicle strikes occur. In 2012, 25.5% percent of the traffic crashes involving deer happened in urban areas.

The majority of deer strike crashes occur from October through December each year, with the largest number taking place in November. Most deer strikes occur between the hours of 5 p.m. and 6:59 a.m. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers that an attempt to avoid striking a deer could result in a more serious crash involving oncoming traffic. Try to remain calm. Panicking and overreacting usually lead to more serious traffic crashes. Deer create hazards for Missouri motorists. Please stay alert, and make sure you and the occupants of your vehicle buckle up!

Obituary - Robert E. "Bob" Watkins

Graveside memorial services for Bob Watkins will be 11:00 AM Friday, October 4, 2013 in Maple Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas with Pastor Donna Voteau officiating. There is no visitation. Contributions in Bob’s memory are suggested to any animal shelter of your choice. Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler, Missouri (660) 679-0009. Messages for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.
Robert E. “Bob” Watkins, 86, formerly of Merriam, Kansas passed away September 29, 2013 at Heartland of Willow Lane in Butler, Missouri. Bob was born March 2, 1927 in Turner, Kansas, son of Greydon McClure and Vera Roberta (Brown) Watkins.
As a young child, Bob moved with his family to Ottawa, Kansas, where he was raised and attended school. He was a graduate of Ottawa University, and earned a Master’s Degree from Emporia State University as well. Bob retired from the Shawnee Mission School District, having served as a teacher, principal, and coach; many will also remember him as a high school basketball official for many years. Bob also achieved the distinction of a 3rd Degree Mason.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter, Lisa Tacy McClain. He is survived by his son, Craig Watkins of Bates County, Missouri, as well as Tacy Watkins

Butler Halloween Parade October 31st

The Butler Halloween Parade is scheduled for Thursday evening October 31st. The event is sponsored by the Butler Chamber of Commerce.
Pre-registration will be at 5 pm at the gazebo on the Butler Courthouse Lawn, with judging at 5:30.

There will be several categories;
0-5 years old, 6-11 years old, 12-17 years old and 18 and over.
There will be additional parade costume judging to include pets, groups, and props.The Grand Prize will be awarded to the scariest costume.
Anyone is welcome to set up for trunk or treat. The set up will begin on the south side of the Butler Square. Those interested may open the trunks of their cars to allow local children to select candy from those participating.



Courtesy of FM. 92.1

Clinton Police Dept. Arrest Report



47 year old Roger Lee Kempke of Clinton was arrested Friday at 5:30pm at his residence, 307 East Louise Ave. on felony Henry Co. warrants.

56 year old Belinda Jean Gough of Clinton was arrested Friday at 7:25pm at her residence on Craig St. for Felony Driving While Suspended/Revoked for Non-Support.

45 year old Scott M. Cummings of Clinton was arrested Friday night at 11:46 at 603 North 4th Street for Tampering with Vehicles/Utilities.

31 year old Johnathon Michael Todd of Clinton was arrested Sat. morning at 12:36 at his residence, 607 North 4th Street for Failure to Appear Upon Arrest/Summons.

36 year old Richard Lee Riley, Jr. of Clinton was arrested Sat. aft. at 12:30 at 305 E. Franklin St., Apt. B for Domestic Assault.

17 year old Alexandria Michelle Garrison of Marshall was arrested Sat. aft. at 4:30 at FAITH Housing on South Second Street for Stealing and Failure to Obey/Resisting/Obstruction.

27 year old Jonathan Noel McKinley of Clinton was arrested Sunday morning at 3:14 on a felony warrant from another jurisdiction.

22 year old Tiffany Nichole Dixon of Clinton was arrested Sunday aft. at 3:19 on Second St. for Failure to Appear Upon Arrest/Summons.

33 year old Lindy Erin Bramell of Clinton was arrested Sunday aft. at 3:00 at Wal-Mart Super Center for Stealing.

Halloween Costume Party At The White Buffalo Saloon


October 26th The Whte Buffalo Saloon in Amsterdam is having a Halloween costume party. The band "Wasteland" will be playing. Get your costumes ready and come have a good time.

Book Signing and Fundraiser for our Veterans



The 2nd Edition of God, Guns & Guts featuring Mark Muller on the cover available on Oct. 7th, 2013

On October 19th, 2013 from 12 - 6pm at Max Motors here in Butler, Mark Muller, The star of History Channel's God, Guns & Automobiles, will be signing copies of God, Guns & Guts to raise money for our Veterans.

Mark wrote the introduction and is also featured on the cover of this beautiful photographic book that celebrates the 2nd Amendment. The author, Ben Philippi, will also be on hand signing copies.

Half of the proceeds from book sales will be given to Heroes Among Us <http://www.heroesamongus.org/> a Kansas City based organization that helps service members and Veterans in need in the Midwest.

As well, everyone who buys a book gets a raffle ticket and we will be drawing winners all day for dozens of prizes such as gift cards, hunting equipment, shirts, hats, ammo, scopes and much more, donated by generous local companies and individuals. Free food and soft drinks will be served and you can meet the entire cast of God, Guns & Automobiles.

So please come out and join us to show support and raise money for our local Veterans. It will be a spectacular day.

Thank you and God Bless.

Dog Found Saturday


FOUND SATURDAY 9/28 IN VIRGINIA AREA:   A male chocolate lab, no collar, older & well cared for. If you know who this dog belongs to please call 660-200-5715

Support the Trail System and The Paola High School Drama Department


Support the Trail System  and the High School Drama Department


 Please Share This Invitation with all your employees, associates, co-workers, etc. Friends who would like to sit together can reserve a table for 6 or 8.  Just email us your list of names and a contact phone number.

 Order Your Tickets Today - Our final dinner count must be submitted to our caterer first thing Wednesday morning, Oct. 2. Tickets locations are listed on the flyer or can be purchased from task force members.  

 For Your Convenience, simply email us at paolapathways@gmail.com and a task force member will make arrangements to deliver your tickets. 
 Learn More About Paola Pathways and keep up with the latest trail progress, please visit our web pagehttp://www.cityofpaola.com/index.aspx?NID=308


Courtesy of FM92.1

Campaign for Special Olympics


The Missouri’s Law Enforcement Torch Run is selling raffle tickets at five dollars each for a chance to win a brand new Dodge Charger, to benefit their favorite charity, the Special Olympics of Missouri now through November 1st, 2013. 
 
This raffle benefits 16,713 special Olympians in the state of Missouri. All proceeds will support the year-round sports training and competition program for Special Olympians. These five dollar raffle tickets are being sold locally by Special Olympics Coach Gayla Boyd at 660-679 5241. Deadline to purchase your ticket or tickets will be November 1st. 2013. For further information go to the web site www.somo.org.


Courtesy of FM. 92.1

BATES COUNTY HEALTH CENTER



Effective October 1st the Bates County Health Center is no longer able to provide immunizations to anyone that is considered “fully insured”  by health insurance. This is a result of federal funding changes to the Vaccine for Children Program through the CDC. As defined by the CDC, fully insured is Anyone with health insurance that covers the cost of vaccine, even if the insurance includes a high deductible or co-pay, or if a claim for the cost of the vaccine and its administration would be denied for payment by the insurance carrier because the plans deductible has not been met.

Bates County Health Center asks that you check with your primary care provider for continuation of immunizations. Children 18 and under covered by Medicaid may still receive immunizations at Bates County Health Center  office according to the CDC policy. They have no choice but to follow this policy and regret that it may cause many of their client’s difficulties. Contact Bates County Health Center  for questions and concerns  660-679-6108.


Courtesy of FM. 92.1

Fireplace and Home Fire Safety

More than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources in their homes. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the fire risks when heating with wood and solid fuels.
Heating fires account for 36% of residential home fires in rural areas every year. Often these fires are due to creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes. All home heating systems require regular maintenance to function safely and efficiently.
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) encourages you to practice the following fire safety steps to keep those home fires safely burning. Remember, fire safety is your personal responsibility ...Fire Stops With You!

Keep Fireplaces and Wood Stoves Clean

  • Have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned annually by a certified chimney specialist.
  • Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
  • Leave glass doors open while burning a fire. Leaving the doors open ensures that the fire receives enough air to ensure complete combustion and keeps creosote from building up in the chimney.
  • Close glass doors when the fire is out to keep air from the chimney opening from getting into the room. Most glass fireplace doors have a metal mesh screen which should be closed when the glass doors are open. This mesh screen helps keep embers from getting out of the fireplace area.
  • Always use a metal mesh screen with fireplaces that do not have a glass fireplace door.
  • Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures.
  • Keep air inlets on wood stoves open, and never restrict air supply to fireplaces. Otherwise you may cause creosote buildup that could lead to a chimney fire.
  • Use fire-resistant materials on walls around wood stoves.

Safely Burn Fuels

  • Never use flammable liquids to start a fire.
  • Use only seasoned hardwood. Soft, moist wood accelerates creosote buildup. In pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets.
  • Build small fires that burn completely and produce less smoke.
  • Never burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris in your fireplace or wood stove.
  • When building a fire, place logs at the rear of the fireplace on an adequate supporting grate.
  • Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended. Extinguish the fire before going to bed or leaving the house.
  • Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them. Place ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from your home and any other nearby buildings. Never empty the ash directly into a trash can. Douse and saturate the ashes with water.

Protect the Outside of Your Home

  • Stack firewood outdoors at least 30 feet away from your home.
  • Keep the roof clear of leaves, pine needles and other debris.
  • Cover the chimney with a mesh screen spark arrester.
  • Remove branches hanging above the chimney, flues or vents.

Protect the Inside of Your Home

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and inside and outside of sleeping areas. Test them monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. Consider installing the new long life smoke alarms.
  • Provide proper venting systems for all heating equipment.
  • Extend all vent pipes at least three feet above the roof.

Area Road and Bridge Work



Bates County :     

* Route 18 and A: Slow-moving (8-12 mph) train of work trucks in Bates County. Striping. Be alert for flashing arrows on trucks. Slow down. Do not drive on wet paint. Pass only when safe or wait until striping vehicles pull out of the way.

Henry County:

* Route N: One-lane traffic near Blairstown. Sealing pavement.


St. Clair County:

* Route 13: One northbound lane closed at Brush Creek south of Osceola. Sealing bridge with mixture of rock and oil.

* Route 13: One northbound lane closed at Otter Creek north of Lowry City. Sealing bridge with mixture of rock and oil.

* Route H: One-lane traffic near at Monegaw Creek north of Taberville. Sealing bridge with mixture of rock and oil.



Vernon County:

* I-49: One northbound lane closed in Nevada. Shoulder work.

Weather Update: Today's Weather

Another nice day forecasted...with temperatures warming into the middle and upper 70s. In the mean time, many locations will deal with dense fog and low cloud cover this morning, as a warm front approaches southern Missouri from the south. Have a fantastic Monday !

Photo: Another nice day forecasted...with temperatures warming into the middle and upper 70s. In the mean time, many locations will deal with dense fog and low cloud cover this morning, as a warm front approaches southern Missouri from the south. Have a fantastic Monday !