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Friday, November 8, 2013

Midwest Lumber Demo Days

Midwest Lumber located 1007 North Orange Street In Butler is having our Demo Days this Saturday November 9th from 10AM-2PM. The event will include Free Traeger grill food samples, Wood carver doing live carvings, Stihl Representative with demonstration saws to try out, specials on mowers and Stihl products and more, plus a chance to win either a Stihl saw, Pelican cooler, or $100 Midwest gift card. Come on out and see us

Update: Standoff North Of Adrian Ends

Bates County Live just got off the phone with The Bates County Sheriff Chad Anderson and he advised us that the standoff/ hostage situation that was North of Adrian off of AA Highway and County Road 4501 has ended peacefully with no injuries. He also advised  us that he would have a official press release for us as soon as possible. Bates County Live will update this story when that press release is sent to us.

Vernon County Sheriff's Office Press Release: High Speed Pursuit Ends In Arrest

A high speed pursuit led to the arrest of a wanted subject early Friday afternoon. Deputy Blakely attempted to make a traffic stop on a black Ford truck that was traveling east on 54 Hwy. The Ford truck was swerving in and out of its lane. After the Deputy attempted to make the traffic stop the truck pulled into the parking lot of the Mr. D’s store on 54 Hwy. The Ford truck then pulled back onto 54 Hwy and took off at a high rate of speed heading west on 54 Hwy. Additional Sheriff’s units responded and the pursuit continued into Bourbon County Kansas where Bourbon County Sheriff’s Deputies joined in the pursuit. The truck turned down side roads and in one case turned around and charged strait towards oncoming Sheriff’s vehicles. One Vernon County Sheriff’s Vehicle was struck in the front and sustained light damage. 

The truck tried to lose Sheriff’s Deputies by driving into some corn fields but the 4x4 Sheriff's trucks were able to keep up. The Ford truck got stuck in the mud and the driver jumped from the truck and continued to run on foot. Deputy Blakely soon caught up to the driver and apprehended him. The driver has been identified as 32 year old Raymond Younce JR of Independence Mo. Younce was wanted on a felony firearms warrant along with multiple other warrants form Kansas and Missouri. Younce was listed as “armed and dangerous.” Younce is being held in the Bourbon County jail and will be extradited to Vernon County for charges the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office plans to file early next week for driving while suspended, driving while under the influence, and resisting arrest.

CIRCUIT COURT NOV 4 - 8, 2013‏

Diana L Rich , Clerk
Nov 4-8 , 2013

EMBARQ MISSOURI, INC. V City Collector, City of Butler, Missouri , Petition for Declaratory Judgment, Refund of Taxes Paid Under Protest and Attorney’s Fees filed.

Samantha M Robinson v. William D Robinson III, Petition for Dissolution of Marriage filed.

Laura Faith Becker v Bryan Keith Becker, Petition for Dissolution of Marriage filed.

St v. Troy E Smith, I: Felony DWI—found guilty—fined $500; II: Felony possession of controlled substance, marijuana—dismissed by State; III: Felony possession of drug paraphernalia—dismissed by State; IV: failure to drive within right lane—found guilty—sentenced to 10 days shock detention in Bates Co Jail; V: Felony possession of controlled substance, marijuana/methamphetamines; VI: Felony possession of a concealed firearm—found guilty; sentenced to 5 years in MDOC, given SES, placed on 5 years probation, pay court costs, Defe. subject to random drug testing, random home/vehicle searches, shall not possess/consume alcoholic beverages or be where sold/served.

St v. Brandon D Cone, Felony possession of controlled substance, marijuana, found guilty, given SIS, placed on 5 years probation, Defe. subject to random drug testing, random vehicle/home searches, Defe. shall not consume alcoholic beverages or be where sold/served, to perform 200 hours of community service.

Standoff/Hostage Situation North Of Adrian

The Bates County Sheriff's Department along with Missouri State Highway Patrol, Bates County EMS and Adrian Fire Department  is currently involved in a standoff/hostage situation North of Adrian to AA Highway then back West around 4 miles to County Road 4501 then North. Unknown exactly what the situation is at this time. Bates County Live will update this when and if more information becomes available.

Adrian Football Banquet

The Adrian Football Banquet will be held next Friday, November 15, 2013 starting at 6:30 in the high school commons area. Please bring a dessert or snack.


 Starting January 1, 2014 the minimum wage is going up in the state of Missouri. The Missouri Department of Labor announced the minimum wage rate set for 2014 has been established at $7.50.
All businesses are required to pay at minimum, the $7.50 hourly rate, except retail and service businesses whose annual gross sales are less than $500,000. Per state law, the minimum wage rate is calculated once a year and may increase or decrease based on the cost of living as measured by the previous year’s Consumer Price Index. Missouri law does not allow the state’s minimum wage rate to be lower than the federal minimum wage rate.
Compensation for tipped employees must also total at least $7.50 per hour. Employers are required to pay tipped employees at least 50 percent of the minimum wage, or the amount necessary to bring the employee’s total compensation to a minimum of $7.50 per hour.


Edward Hannon the new Chief Executive Officer of Bates County Memorial Hospital released a public letter to the Residents of Bates County. 

Hannon accepted the role of CEO of Bates county Memorial Hospital in mid -September of 2013. 

Since then he has been spending much of his time reviewing the operations and programs of the Hospital and his overall assessment is that Bates County has a community Hospital that is a hidden treasure. 

Mr. Hannon commented that Bates County Memorial has a very dedicated and well trained medical staff with many of these Primary Care Physicians that have chosen to work and live in our community. CEO Hannon that our hospital has a very well trained nursing and technical staff, as well as dozens of support staff , to include Doctor’s that specialize in these  specific fields and others,  such as Orthopedic, Urology, Cardiology , Podiatry and Pain Management services at Bates County Memorial Hospital. 

For more than 50 years, Bates County Memorial Hospital has been here for your needs, constantly changing to meet our community’s health needs. 

The hospital has been making changes to the electronic medical record and billing systems. Bates County Memorial CEO Edward Hannon is taking an active role in monitoring the changes and believes that most of those billing system problems have now been identified and are being corrected.

 As Mr. Hannon CEO of Bates CMemorial Hospital looks to the future. There will no doubt continue to be challenges as the Affordable Care Act continues to be fully implemented, as well as other advancements and changes in healthcare. Two of Bates County Memorial staff members have become Certified Application Counselors to assist individuals interested in purchasing Health Insurance through the government’s website.  
The pledge of Bates County Memorial Hospital is to work diligently to provide high quality care to you and your family in a hospital that is safe and efficient. They will continue to bring well trained providers to our community and their hope is that you will continue to choose Bates County Memorial Hospital and their physicians as your source for healthcare. 

If you have any questions about Bates County Memorial Hospital or the services and physicians at the hospital feel free to use this phone number to contact the hospital 200-7000 or see them on the web at


Proposed Rich Hill Safe Room


The Rich Hill School Multi-Purpose Completion Committee has a challenge to raise funds to complete the construction of a tornado safe room and multi-purpose facility for the Rich Hill R-IV School District. The District has received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a bond approved by voters of the district, and school reserve funds to help construct a dome-shaped tornado safe room. However, additional funds are needed to complete the room as a multipurpose facility that can be used and enjoyed by the approximately 400 students in the Rich Hills Schools.

The Committee feels that completing the safe room as a multipurpose facility will help build pride among Rich Hill’s youth and community. The Committee feels the project will translate into increased participation and enthusiasm for school and school-related activities.

The Multi-Purpose Completion Committee along with the Rich Hill community,  is dedicated to the process of making this happen, but they need the public’s support. The goal of the Committee for this project is one million dollars. The committee is reaching out to businesses, alumni, community members and individuals to meet this goal. The Rich Hill community is clearly excited and eager to see this project succeed. 

 Recognition Levels for donations have been set as follows: Platinum- above - $50,000; Gold - $25,000 to 49,999; Silver - $10,000 to 24,999; Bronze - $500.00 to $9,999. A December 1,2013 date is set for pledges or donations to be submitted for the project. The anticipated project completion date is November 2014.

 A website has been developed to provide information and to give updates on the fundraising progress. The website is

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 The Butler Senior Center is hosting a Craft Sale and Flea Market on Saturday, November 16th from 9am to 4 pm at the Senior Center located at 611 W. Mill Street. Tables are available for you to join in this event. Call (660) 679-5830.


  Ladies Night Out will hit the Butler Square on Monday night November 25th. Stores will be open late with in store specials and refreshments for those pre-holiday shoppers. Remember to visit the square for Ladies Night Out November 25th selected stores will be open until 9 pm.

Poplar Heights Farm is pleased to announce the acquisition of the historic Atkeson Cabin

It's just 17 feet square, made of old logs with a curling split shingle roof. Heat and cooking come from a stone fireplace, light from the window or a candle. There are no furnishings. Yet, this small cabin was home to history - from the man who used it for his U.S. Congressional office to the books he wrote detailing the history of Bates and Cass Counties. Simply called the "Atkeson Cabin", it is the focus of a major restoration program being undertaken by the Marais des Cygnes Society. When this project is completed next spring, the Atkeson Cabin will have a new home at the edge of a pine grove at Poplar Heights Living History Farm in central Bates county, Missouri. "This is an important part of western Missouri's heritage and we are pleased we are able to rescue and preserve this historic cabin, said Brian Phillips, 

Executive Director of the Marias des Cygnes Society. "We are fortunate to have engaged the Patton House Moving Company, known for their work on historic properties, to move the cabin. Work has begun at Poplar Heights Farm on the foundation and we anticipate the cabin will be moved in November, weather permitting. Then we have much restoration work to accomplish before a dedication planned for next summer."

The Atkeson Cabin will be used as a focal point for teaching visitors about the history of Bates county and the man who did so much to preserve her history. Plans are also underway to begin literacy programs for elementary level students in the area which would focus on reading education utilizing historic figures from the area's past. Anyone with information on the family of W.O. Atkeson, the cabin or his literary works is urged to contact Phillips at Updates on the progress of the restoration will be posted on the website: under "News"

William Oscar Atkeson 1854-1931 Author Newspaper Publisher Congressman Born on a farm in West Virginia, W.O. Atkeson went on to serve as a U.S. Congressman from Missouri. Along the way he graduated college, taught school, became a lawyer, owned several newspapers, wrote history books and novels, and served on several state commissions. He is most known, however, for his "History of Bates and Cass Counties". Written in a log cabin just south of Butler, Missouri, it has become the premier source for western Missouri history and genealogy.

Miami FCCLA Booster Club Trivia Night

Are you full of useless knowledge? Do you love showing off your smarts? Come out and prove it at Miami FCCLA Booster Club’s Trivia Night on Friday, November 15th starting at 6:00, in the Miami School Cafeteria! Get your team together and come compete! Teams may be up to 10 people, $5 per player. There will be 10 categories with 10 questions each. The team that gets the most questions right will win! Walking tacos, dessert, and a drink will be available for $5. Come out and enjoy the friends, food, and fun!  Any questions call 660-267-3444 or email

Search Warrant Served In Butler

10/29/2013, with the combined efforts of the Butler Police Department and the Bates County Sheriff’s Office, a successful search warrant was served at the residence of Matthew S. Frost, 33, 100 East Atkison Street, Butler, MO for the alleged distribution of a controlled substance. During the search of the property, several drug paraphernalia items and controlled substances were found. Frost was arrested on scene without an incident and has been charged with distribution of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $25,000.00 cash or surety.

Weather Update: Very Windy Today

Expect a VERY windy day today! Winds will gradually increase this morning and peak this afternoon. Wind speeds between 20 and 30 mph are likely, and we could have gusts higher than 40 mph! Make sure to use caution this afternoon when driving, and make sure to have all those loose items outside stored or put away.

UPDATE: 1 Vehicle Accident On D Highway East Of Passaic

Around 5:50pm last night Missouri State Highway Patrol along with Bates County Sheriff's Department, Adrian Fire Department, Butler Fire Department and Bates County EMS all responded to a 1 vehicle accident on D Highway around 8 miles East of Passiac. 

The accident occurred when the 1997 Buick Lesabre driven by 45 year old Bradley A. Simmons of Urich Missouri was traveling East Bound On D Highway and traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a embankment and overturned ejecting the man from the car. Mr. Simmons was transported by air ambulance to Research Medical Center in Kansas City Missouri with serious injuries. 

The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and the vehicle was towed from the scene by Adrian tow and was totaled.