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Friday, December 20, 2013

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Butler Police Department Active School Shooter Training Exercise

 On December 20th, 2013 The Butler Police Department participated in a Active School Shooter Training exercise at the Butler Elementary School. The training exercise consisted of 1 or 2 officers being a " Bad Guy " and hiding somewhere in the building. While a team of 2 or 4 officers had to sweep the building and find the bad guy. The training exercises are very important in hopes that if we ever had a situation like this the Police Department would be ready and know how to react. Bates County Live would like to thank the Butler Police Department for allowing us to tag along and snap these photos.

MoDOT/Southwest: Winter Travel Advisory Friday, Dec. 20, Through Sunday, Dec. 22‏

MoDOT/Southwest: Winter Travel Advisory
Friday, Dec. 20, Thru Sunday, Dec. 22
With the threat of freezing rain and freezing drizzle in the forecast, drivers are urged to drive safely as they travel during this last weekend before Christmas. As temperatures drop below freezing and winter precipitation arrives, roads are expected to become slick.  MoDOT crews will make every effort to treat roads quickly, but won't be able to be everywhere.    
Weather Forecast: Freezing rain is forecasted beginning Friday afternoon in areas along a line from Joplin to Warsaw.  Tonight, freezing rain is possible in areas north of the I-44 corridor.  Tomorrow, more freezing rain is possible in areas north of I-44 and heavy rains are expected south of I-44.  Saturday night into Sunday morning, snow is possible across areas north of I-44. 
Road Clearing: MoDOT crews in affected areas will work to keep roads drivable whatever hours necessary Friday and through the weekend, hitting the busiest roads most often.
Travel Conditions: Rain can turn to freezing rain. Moisture already on the ground can freeze. That means driving conditions may change quickly. Bridge floors will be the first to freeze.
Be Proactive as a Driver: Check weather and road conditions before traveling. If ice forms on pavement, drive as slowly as necessary to keep control of your vehicle. Brake and steer gently. Leave plenty of following distance. Even with MoDOT crews out working where needed, widespread freezing rain or snow means roads may be slick.
Traveler Information Map: To find the most up-to-date road conditions in southwest Missouri and statewide, check MoDOT's Traveler Information Map.
More Winter Weather Driving Tips:
• Buckle up.  
• Adjust your speed to conditions.
• Stay at least 100 feet behind a truck plowing/salting the road. 
• Keep your windshield and other windows clear to help you see. 
• Be alert for road conditions that may change as you drive. 
• Don't tailgate. 
• Focus on driving and avoid distractions.
• Allow for extra travel time. 

Bates County Sheriff's Department: Weather Update

Advisory: A Winter storm Warning in effect for Bates County area from midnight tonight through noon Sunday. Please use caution if you must travel.

Butler Elementary's Optimist Students For The Month Of December

Butler Elementary's Optimist Students of the month for December are 5th grader Lynnzi Knapp and 2nd grader Annika Correa.

Butler Elementary's December Pizza Hut Night Winners

Ms. Lefholz's 6th grade class are the winners of the Pizza Hut night for the Butler Elementary.

Butler Elementary Staff"s Ugly Sweater Contest

The Butler Elementary had an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest for the staff. Pictured are Jackie Lefholz, Pam Craft, JoAnne Bohannon (named the winner), Rachel Westholter, Michelle Carter, Cara Allen, Annie Zellmer, Stephanie McSperitt, Mindy Hubbard, Alice Correa, Danielle Stoff.

Bates County Sheriff's Office: Winter Weather Watch

The Bates County area is under a Winter Weather Watch this is in effect from Saturday morning until late Saturday night. The freezing rain advisory has been cancelled. If you must travel please use caution, If you don't have to be out we ask you to stay home.

Butler Optimist student of the Month‏

  • In the picture, Heath Oates presenting the award to Jadan (Left) and Caden (Right).

The Butler Optimist Club would like to recognize three Butler R-V students for their outstanding academic achievements and character. The 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. Jadan Rolph and Caden Gustin are the Butler JH Optimist Students of the Month. Jadan is the daughter of Jared and Danielle Rolph. Caden is the son of Hugh and Lora Gustin and Brian and Tiffany Lane

Dump Truck Rollover West Of Butler

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is on scene of a rollover accident West of Butler on 52 Highway. The accident is a dump truck that has over turned just off of Steele and Kings Corner. Unknown at this time if the driver was injured. Bates County Live will update this when the Missouri State Highway Patrol Report becomes available.

Weather Update: Winter Storm To Impact Weekend Travel

Please share so your family and friends can plan for this weather as well. Freezing drizzle will impact a large portion of the area this morning creating slick conditions on area roadways. Expect the vast majority of the freezing drizzle to end by Noon. Round 2 of this storm system will move into the region on Saturday. Initially, freezing rain is expected to develop from late Friday night into Saturday with the highest impacts along south of a line from Harrisonville to Moberly, MO. By Saturday night, the wintry mix should rapidly change over to snow. A large swath of 3 to 6 inches of snow is expected from eastern Kansas through much of northern Missouri into Iowa by Sunday morning.