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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Weather Update: Cold Weather Coming

Around this time tomorrow temperatures will begin plunging out of the upper 40s and into the 30s and 20s. And with this rapid drop in temperature will come some of the first wintry precipitation we've seen this season.

Rain will mix with snow and sleet, and maybe some light freezing rain, over northwest MO tomorrow evening and across much of the region after midnight Thursday night. Any snow accumulation (an inch or less) should be confined to areas north of St. Joseph and Kirksville. Areas further south could see a light coating of snow and sleet. Any icing will be very light.

Possible Natural Gas Leak In Butler

The Butler Fire Department along with Liberty Utilities is in route to a possible Natural Gas leak at 1008 Ruby Avenue in Butler. The Butler Police Department is on scene and is reporting a strong smell of Natural Gas. Bates County Live will update this when and if more information becomes available.

Butler Public Library News

 The Butler Public Library will be closed Nov. 28-29-30 for
Thanksgiving.  We will reopen on Mon. Dec. 2nd at 9:30 A.M.
Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday 

Obituary - Michael "Mikie" Wilkinson Jr.

Funeral services for "Mikie" Wilkinson Jr. will be 1 p.m. Monday, November 25, 2013 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Apostle Yolanda Browne officiating. No visitation. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to family. 

Michael Lee Wilkinson Jr., age 44 of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, formerly of Butler, Missouri died Monday, November 18, 2013 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He was born September 10, 1969 to Michael Lee Sr. and Lorraine Brown Wilkinson in Butler. 

Mikie is survived by one son, Brenden Wilkinson of Raymore, Missouri; his parents, Michael Sr. and Lorraine Wilkinson of Raymore, Missouri; one brother, Damon Wilkinson of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; his wife, Kimberly Wilkinson of Independence, Missouri; one stepson, Chad Gregg of Oak Grove, Missouri; one stepdaughter, Brittany Rohr of Concordia, Missouri; uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins and other relatives.


Butler Healthmart Pharmacy will be closed Thanksgivng day to allow employees to spend time with their families, Butler Healthmart Pharmacy will be open from 8:30 until noon on Friday and Saturday November 29th and 30th. Happy Thanksgiving from Butler Healthmart Pharmacy Orange Street Butler.


In Butler City Council action, Lee Anna Schowengerdt was at the council meeting concerning Butler’s Christmas lighting, and got the OK to have the Christmas lights on for Lady’s Night out Monday, the 25th., and again for the Christmas Parade…

And speaking of Christmas, the Council gave the nod to the annual Christmas
Lighting Decoration Contest. Again, first place will be $100...2nd place $75...and 3rd place 50 dollars, with all entries getting a ten dollar credit on their electric bill, just by entering. You’ll be hearing more about when to enter.

Meanwhile, the Public Safety Committee discussed whether action needed to be taken to keep track of renters here in town. The point was to have renters utility bills go to the renters instead of to the landlords. However, the Council decided to just continue with the present regulations, with the Code Enforcement officer seeing that all is done correctly.

The Parks and Recreation Commission also has much to discuss, especially before next summer, and they’re planning things like parking, shelters and fall zone materials. You may wonder what the “fall zone” term means, and we wondered also….it simply means play areas where a child might fall off, there’ll be cushions beneath those areas!Fencing and other things are being studied.

Also approved was consent to use funds raised through banner and events, to be used for infield dirt work on Osage Field and the pitcher’s mound on East Field and Comets Field.

The Council also is going to check with some other cities about regulations for code of conduct for persons who attend events at City sports facilities. And they discussed developing a policy for use of city park facilities and fields for activities other than sports.

The disagreement continues concerning right-of-way and pole attachments within city limits. AT&T, CenturyLink and Cable TV are for House Bills 331 and 345, while cities are against the bills because they would take away the cities authority over these uses. The Cole County Circuit Court has filed an appeal blocking the enforcement of these bills, while AT&T has filed an appeal relating to those bills.

Courtesy of FM. 92.1

Bates County Sheriff's Department Press Release: Stolen Boat

On November 20th at approximately 8:30pm the Bates County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a boat being stolen from a driveway. The victim stated that he observed a newer dark colored 4 door pickup truck take his boat from his driveway. He stated he had chased the subjects from his residence, located in Butler, out on U Hwy west of Rich Hill. He stated that he lost the subjects when he ran out of gas. At some point during his chase with the suspect, a white male exited the passenger side of the suspect’s truck and shot at the victim twice.
Extra deputies were dispatched from their residence to respond to the area. Both Bates County K9 units were also dispatched to the area. After several hours of searching the area the boat and its trailer were recovered several miles off of U Hwy on a gravel road. 
The suspects were not identified by the victim and were not located during the initial call. The case is a joint investigation by the Butler Police Department and Bates County Sheriff’s Office. If you have any information about the case please contact the Butler Police Department at 660-679-6131 or the Bates County Sheriff’s Office at 660-679-3232.

Vernon County Sheriff's Office Concealed And Carry Class

 December 14th 8:00 AM at the Vernon County Sheriff's Office will be the last Concealed Carry Class for this year. Starting January 1, 2014 the permit fee will be going from $60 to $100 due to processing cost increase. Call Dianna at 417-283-4401 to reserve your spot.

Mediacom Adds 33 HD Channels to Butler - Archie Cable System; Technology Investment Results in Big High-Def TV Boost

BUTLER, MO – November 20, 2013 – Mediacom Communications announced today that its customers in Butler and Archie can now watch Duck Dynasty, college sports, and other popular cable channel programs with the higher-quality picture reception of high-definition television reception. The company completed an upgrade to its local cable system earlier this week, and with that investment, added 33 new HD channels to the lineup.

The channel additions are automatic components of a subscription to Family Cable or a premium channel plan, which means there is no added cost to view the HD version of the 29 Family Cable or 4 premium channels. Viewers must be equipped to receive HD signal reception through an HDTV and a Mediacom cable box.

The new HD channels include popular networks such as A&E HD, History HD, FOX News HD, Nickelodeon HD and others. Sports channels added in the HD lineup include ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Sports 1, and Fox Sports Midwest. Other new arrivals include HD versions for cable news channels and general audience networks USA, TBS, Food Network, Animal Planet and others.

In recent weeks, Mediacom expanded its fiber-optic network and upgraded technology in its Butler center, which includes services to Archie. Company officials said the investment is a significant boost to network capabilities so that local customers can use newer digital services, including the choice of viewing a wide variety of channels in the HD format.

“Consumers like having more choices, and they especially enjoy watching more of their favorite programs using the superior quality of high-definition reception,” said Bryan Gann, Mediacom’s director of area operations for northern and central Missouri. 
Mediacom Communications is the nation's eighth largest cable television company and one of the leading cable operators focused on serving the smaller cities in the United States, with a significant concentration in the Midwestern and Southeastern regions. Mediacom Communications offers a wide array of broadband products and services, including traditional and advanced video services such as digital television, video-on-demand, digital video recorders, high-definition television, as well as high-speed Internet access and phone service. Through Mediacom Business, the Company offers affordable broadband communications solutions that can be tailored to any size business.

Weather Update: Bitter Cold Weekend

Showers and thunderstorms will continue to move eastward this morning and some of those may have pea size hail. We'll have a brief break from rain later today and into the night, however more rain is expected to move north by daybreak Thursday. 0.25" to 1" of additional rain is possible by Friday.

The big story however will be an arctic front that moves southeast into the area Thursday night, pouring colder air into the area Friday morning. As colder air arrives, rain will change to snow for some, but remain a mixture of rain/sleet/snow or even freezing rain for others by Friday morning. The highest chances for accumulating winter precipitation will be focused across northern Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and northwestern portions of Missouri. The weekend still looks bitterly cold!