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Friday, January 31, 2014

Police Search For Man That Ran During Traffic Stop In Butler

 Man flees on foot 
 At approximately 10:45 pm tonight while a Butler Police  officer was executing a traffic stop on a vehicle in the Bear Stop parking lot. A male passenger of the vehicle decided to flee on foot running north through a field towards West Street. The Butler Police Department being assisted by the Bates County Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit are canvassing the area to attempt to apprehend the suspect. Bates County Live will keep you updated if and when any more information becomes available.

Butler Youth Basketball Games Cancelled

All Youth Basketball Games have been cancelled in Butler and Cass Midway Makeup day will be at a later date. Bates County Live will update when the make up date is determined.

Retirement Celebration for Coach Bruto

Bates County Sheriff's Office: Travel Warning

The Bates County Sheriff's Department encourages Everyone to please use extreme caution and reduce speeds while driving tonight. Interstate I-49 is extremely dangerous north of Butler. Please reduce speeds and watch for emergency workers working multiple slide offs and roll overs. If you don't have to travel please stay inside and safe somewhere. The weather is only going to get worse. The Bates County Sheriff's Office will update any and all changes in driving conditions and weather.

Weather Update For Bates County

The Bates County Sheriff's Office Nixle Message: Winter Weather Advisory for freezing rain, sleet and snow remains in effect until 6pm Saturday Night. If you have to travel in this weather please use caution and allow extra time to arrive at your destination. Bates County Live will update all weather alerts as well as all accidents when information is available.

Rollover Accident North Of Butler of I-49

The Butler Fire Department along with the Bates County Sheriff's Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to a 1 vehicle rollover accident on Southbound I-49 around mile marker 133.8 just North of Butler. Unknown at this time of injuries it's very slick out there please use caution when you are traveling and as always if you don't have to travel please stay home. Bates County Live will update this accident and all accidents when information becomes available.

Two accidents working on I-49

The Bates County Sheriff's Department along with the Adrian Fire Department are headed to the scene of a 3 car accident with 1 vehicle rolled over on I-49 about 1.5 miles south of Adrian. Extent of injuries is unknown. Another accident is in the wrap up stages on I-49 near AA highway. No injuries reported. The Road conditions appear to be worsening as freezing precipitation is starting to cause black ice conditions. Likewise, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter weather advisory due to rain, sleet and snow expected through 6 p.m. tomorrow.

Fundraiser planned for Amsterdam community building rennovation

After many years of use, the Amsterdam Community Building is in dire need of repairs and remodeling. A benefit dinner and auction is set to take place on February 15 at the building located on Y highway in Amsterdam. The schedule includes dinner at 5 p.m. to include chili, potato soup, dessert and drinks.

An auction will begin at 6:30 featuring items donated by local merchants, along with baked goods.

As a special attraction, a new game will be played called "Fowl Shot"- similar to the famed Bessie Bingo game played on main street each year at Jubilee. The winner in Fowl Shot will receive the tidy sum of $500.

Anyone interested in making a donation may call 660-267-3117 or 660-464-0552.

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Trying to Prevent Tobacco Use

On Tuesday, February 4, 2014 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will announce the launch of its first national public education campaign to prevent youth tobacco use.

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the United States, causing more than 480,000 deaths each year. Nearly 90 percent of established adult smokers smoked their first cigarette by age 18, making early intervention critical. And each day, more than 3,200 youth in the United States try their first cigarette and more than 700 teens become daily smokers.

The campaign, an unprecedented effort for the FDA, uses visually compelling and personally relevant ads to educate youth about the dangers of tobacco use and encourage them to be tobacco free.

Family owned business announces Grand Opening of new location

Delicious peanut brittle awaits customers at Byrd's
Pecans Delights in Adrian
Mention Byrd's Pecans anywhere around the area and the name recognition is immediate.  The family owned business was the brainchild of Vernon and Mary Ann Byrd of rural Amoret, whom for many years have maintained a large pecan grove south of Virginia near the Maris Des Cygnes river.

With the grove came a store location in Virginia, well visible from the intersection of 52 and V highways. On some days, from outside the building a constant clicking sound can be heard as cracking machines process and package pecans that are widely distributed around the area.

While Vernon Byrd passed away some time back, the rest of the family continues to operate the business with the same enthusiasm that has made the Byrd's name famous. Jennifer Cassaday, Adrian resident and granddaughter of Vernon Byrd wants to keep the business moving forward and has opened a specialty shop in Adrian. "We are creating a place where someone can come in, sit down, have a slice of pie with ice cream just like the good old days" said Cassaday.
A nice place to sit, visit and enjoy some locally made pecan goodies
in Adrian

Hence, the Grand Opening of Byrd's Pecans Delights is happening tomorrow starting at 9 a.m. at 22 E. Main St. in Adrian.

Stop by, have some pie, enjoy some delicious treats and meet the staff. More information can be found on the Byrd's Facebook page here.

Rich Hill teacher receives statewide recognition

Mendy Bridgewater
Mendy Bridgewater was nominated for the Outstanding Rural Elementary Award Teacher given by the Missouri Association of Rural Education. A committee chose her out of all the elementary teachers submitted in Missouri. Later on in February she will attend a banquet in Lake of the Ozarks to be honored for her award.

-courtesy Rich Hill Tiger Talk

Weather Update: Snow and Ice Expected

Looks like a range of wintry weather will effect the region over the next 36 hours. Light snow will accumulate across far northern Kansas and north Missouri this morning with up to an inch of accumulation. Light freezing drizzle will spread north from southern Kansas and Missouri this afternoon, with freezing rain tonight across parts of central MO. However, late tonight expect a wide swath of snow to spread east through Kansas and Missouri bringing additional snow accumulations through Saturday.

Miami School Court Warming Spirit Week

Next week, February 4th - Thursday February 7th is SPIRIT WEEK at Miami High school.

Check out each days assigned dress/theme and help your kids show their school spirit.

Tuesday: 80's Day
Wednesday: Favorite Sports Team
Thursday: Show Your Spirit (Green & White)
Friday: Camo Day(No weapons)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Winter weather advisory through Saturday evening...

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter weather advisory as we are to expect a mixture of snow, rain and possibly sleet. The advisory will run from 3 a.m. Friday morning through 6 p.m. Saturday.

Bates County Live will provide updates as they become available.

Customer Appreciation Night At Max Motors In Butler

Max Motors Customer Appreciation

On February 18, 2014 Max Motors of Butler will be having a customer appreciation night from 6:30pm - 8:00pm at the store in Butler. The meal will consist of a Old Fashion "pig pickin" with all the trimmings.

Everyone is encouraged to attend and have fun. There will be plenty of food and prizes bring the friends and family out for a wonderful evening with your friends from Max Motors.

Bates County Court News Jan 27-31,2014

Diana L Rich , Clerk
Jan 27-31, 2014

St v Samuel Phillips, Felony possession of controlled substance, cocaine, found guilty, sentenced to 5 years in MDOC, jurisdiction retained, 120 ITC ordered.

St v. Samuel W Phillips, Felony possession of controlled substance, cocaine, found guilty, sentenced to 5 years in MDOC.

St v. Dustan R Williams, found guilty of violating probation conditions, probation revoked, previous sentence is imposed.

St v Dustan R Williams, found guilty of violating probation conditions, probation revoked, previous sentence is imposed.

St v. Samuel W Phillips, Felony DWR/DWS, guilty plea, given a fine and pay court costs.

St v. Samuel W Phillips, C & I, failure to drive on right lane of highway, guilty plea, given a fine and to pay court costs.

Large grass fire east of Rich Hill

The Rich Hill fire department along with mutual aid from the Butler fire department is working a grass fire east of Rich near N highway. Watch for emergency vehicles if in the area.

Vernon County Sheriff's Department Felony Arrest Warrants

John D Howell JR

Two people are behind bars after Vernon County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to make an arrest on a felony warrant service at a home in Deerfield.

According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, two Vernon County Deputies were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on Tyler Millman when a second subject climbed through the window in the back of the house and tried to escape.

Tyler Millman

The subject who was then identified as John D Howell JR, 21 of Nevada was arrested by a Sheriff’s Deputy on multiple warrants including a probation violation warrant and a warrant for unlawful use of a weapon. Tyler Millman, 21 of Bronaugh was also arrested from that address shortly after on a felony warrant for tampering with a motor vehicle. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said Millman had hid in the attic, but came down and surrendered after Howell was taken into custody. Both subjects are being held in the Vernon County Jail.

New arrest warrant issued in St. Clair County‏

Kyli Turner
On Tuesday, Jan. 28, a St. Clair County arrest warrant was issued for Kyli Turner, 25, Higginsville, for failing to appear in court on a seat belt violation and two class A misdemeanor charges for possessing up to 35 grams marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Total bond is set at $1,260. Those with information on Turner are urged to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, 417-646-5832 or email to

Butler Chamber welcomes new business owner

The State Farm Insurance Agency has a new look and a new staff. The Butler Chamber of Commerce welcomed Kellie Davidson, agent and owner, as a new member Monday. Pictured left to right: Lee Anna Schowengerdt, Chamber executive director; Lisa Johnson and Kelly Lawrence, multiple line representative; Kellie Davidson (agent/owner); Casey Koehn (city clerk/chamber board member), Mayor Don Malan; Carmin Gregory, Chamber president and Meghan Newsome, multiple line representative. –photo courtesy of the Butler Chamber of Commerce

Several chances of snow over the next 7 days...

The good news: Temps will not be quite as cold as it has been.

Bad news: Things might get slippery.

Starting today with a high of about 48, there is a 30% chance of rain; things cool a little with a high around 32 and a 30% chance of snow tomorrow.

For the next week, expect daily highs to range between 30 and 40 degrees with a wintry mix of sleet/snow on Saturday, 80% chance of snow on Tuesday and a 30% chance of snow late next week.

Hang in there, Spring will get here soon!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Adrian family escapes serious injury in I-49 accident near Harrisonville

The scene just south of Harrisonville this afternoon
It is being reported that Kim Dennison of Adrian was not seriously injured in a two-car accident this afternoon just South of Harrisonville in the northbound lanes of I-49.

Dennison's two children were traveling with her and were also not seriously injured, according to a witness.

A full report will posted as information becomes available from the Missouri Highway Patrol.

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The Painful Price of Propane

A short time ago, propane was affectionately known as the 'best value' in fuel- but no longer- local prices have exceeded that of gasoline. Prices jumped from a buck something to around $4.50 in short order over the past few weeks spurring a frenzy among consumers and propane sellers alike.

Bates County Live spoke with a local propane delivery agent, who asked to remain anonymous- "It's tough making a delivery to say, a single mom who's on a tight budget anyway. Then we have to tell her there is a minimum purchase AND it's gonna be $4 a gallon. I'm not sure what people are gonna do". According to the Propane Education and Research Council there are 900,000 U.S. farms that depend on propane as well as six million households that use the fuel as their main form of heating.
An empty propane tank has become an
expensive problem

National news sources say it's the old supply and demand thing. We've had a colder than usual Winter so propane stockpiles are running low. Or are they? Suppliers interviewed yesterday were quoted as saying "We're still gonna be able to get it, but prices just keep going up".

The Attorney General’s Office has announced it will investigate the cause of the rise in the price of propane gas locally. Last check yesterday found propane at $3.50 a gallon in Bates County- nationwide, however, prices can be found well over $5. As of now, Governors of 33 states have declared states of emergency as propane gets more expensive.

According to Northfield News, a propane shortage could be partially the result of a natural gas shortage and adding to the misery was the rupture of a natural gas pipeline on Saturday in Canada that has interrupted the the flow to the United States. On top of that, propane is one of our leading exports to Europe and maintaining that supply route has only worsened the situation here. 

The quintessential question of the day: when will prices go down? At this point there doesn't seem to be any solid speculation when we might see prices as they were last year.

Fortunately, Spring is not too far away.

Pipeline project digs up money for local economy

The new Flanagan pipeline will run parallel to an existing
line from northern Illinois to Oklahoma
Driving through Northwestern Bates County, you can't help but notice plenty of heavy machinery and temporary road crossings marked with bright colored pennant flags overhead.

The influx of earth movers reflects a small portion of a pipeline installation project which involves burying about 600 miles of 36-inch diameter pipeline that will initially carry 600,000 barrels per day of heavy crude oil from Northern Illinois to Oklahoma.

The Enbridge new Flanagan South pipeline project has stirred up more than dust around Bates County- while there's a lot of talk, there's a lot of money flowing into the local economy. Just ask Jackie Nieder, owner of Diehl's Corner and Campgrounds in Passaic. "The additional campers has allowed us to upgrade our park from 6 overnight spots to 22. We also opened our store and the extra traffic really helps. And by the way, those staying in the park are some of the nicest, most polite people you would hope to meet" said Nieder.

Local comments indicate there is a fair amount of those against the project for environmental and safety reasons, although the new pipe is being laid next to a line that has already been in the ground for about 60 years.

Risk aside, the influx of cash is quite welcomed by business owners in the North/Northwest part of the county, just ask anyone at McBee's General Store in Amsterdam, which is literally a few feet away from a crew of about 20 who has been working to put the pipeline under the highway for several weeks now. A drive by McBee's reveals a fairly full parking lot with a steady flow of customers seeking hot coffee and food.

A little further up the road, the city of Archie appears to have been taken over by the project-at least that's how it might look from I-49. A massive storage area lies just north of the overpass, while a new campground lies just south. And yes, local merchants in Archie, along with Casey's and Yoss Thriftway in Adrian are enjoying an uptick in business too.

So how long will it last? It appears some crews are already moving out of the area to points a little further southwest. Others may stay through March, possibly as late as June depending on weather delays.

Overall, the project is slated to be completed later this year. More information about the Flanagan Pipeline project can be found HERE.

Weather Update: Two Chances For Snow

Weather Update: For those of you feeling left out from the snow everyone else has been getting, fret not, as there are several chances for light snow upcoming over the next several days, mostly across areas north of Interstate 70. The best chance for light snow will come Friday night into Saturday morning. The exact location of the highest snow amounts remains somewhat uncertain, but a general expectation is that areas of N Missouri will get between 2 and 4 inches of snow through Saturday.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Butler Fire Department On Scene of Out of Control Grass Fire

The Butler Fire Department is in route to 406 East Ft. Scott Street in Butler on a small grass fire that is out of control in the back yard of the residence. Reminder to all Butler residents there is a burn band in Butler and no one is suppose to be burning until we get some moisture. Bates County Live will update this story when and if more information becomes available.

Obituary - Harold Kennedy Feeback

Harold Kennedy Feeback, 96, Harrisonville, Missouri, died Monday, January 27, 2014 at Meadowview of Harrisonville Health & Rehabilitation in Harrisonville. Memorial services will be held at a later date. (A complete obituary will be posted when available).

Weather Update: Wednesday Afternoon Fire Risk

Here's a quick look at the forecast through the end of the week. There will be an elevated wildland fire risk tomorrow afternoon as relative humidity values fall into the 20% to 25% range mainly south of St. Joseph to Kirksville. Winds will also be rather strong with gusts to around 30 mph Wednesday afternoon. Thankfully not nearly as strong as we've seen recently. There are also several small chances for light snow Thursday and Friday. Little or no accumulation is expected Thursday. Better chances will occur Friday but any accumulations are expected to be less than half an inch and mainly across northern Missouri.

Changes coming to Bates County Live

A revised look for the Bates County Live home page
You may have already noticed a 'cleaner' look to the Bates County Live home page. We've moved some things around to better serve our advertisers and put up a shiny new banner as well.

So what else is in store? At this time we are making final preparations to provide news VIDEO to complete our media coverage in and around the Bates County area. Mostly, our videos will be larger events such as parades, 4th of July celebrations and news events on the grand scale- which insures that you won't miss anything!

We know there's nothing worse than a tease, but, yes we have even more in store which will include news audio....stay tuned. More details to be revealed soon!

Doug Mager and Curtis Vail II, Bates County Live

Threat investigation leads to drug possession arrest

Micheal Kreitler
Yesterday, Bates County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to Adrian in reference to threats being made. Deputies notified the Adrian Police Officer who spoke with the victim. She stated that her estrange husband had made threats toward her over the phone. Deputies then responded to Rt1 Box 389 Butler to speak with the male subject. That subject was identified as Micheal H Kreitler, 63. Kreitler spoke with officers about the threat. Kreitler was asked if he prefer to step inside the house to conduct the interview about the threats. Once the deputies were inside the residence then they observed a florescent grow light and 13 white Dixie cups with plants growing on the counter. When asked what it was, Kreitler admitted that he was growing marijuana. An additional search of the residence revealed a felony amount of marijuana.

Kreitler was transported to the Bates County Jail. Today, Prosecutor Jenkins charged Kreitler with possession of a controlled substance and bond was placed at $10,000.00 cash or surety.

Bates County Trooper receives transfer

Effective December 1, 2013, Trooper Gabriel J. Jenner transferred from Zone 14, serving Bates County, to Zone 7, serving Jackson County. Trooper Jenner was appointed to the Patrol on January 3, 2011, as a member of the 93rd Recruit Class. Jenner was born in Columbia, MO, and graduated from Greenville, IL, High School. In 2010, he earned a bachelor's of science degree in criminal justice from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO.

Douty's Auto Service Used Tire Sale

Friday January 31st & Saturday Febuary 1st Douty's Auto Service is having a used tire sale.

A BIG selection of 17s, 18s and 20s $10 Each Or $20 each with mount and balance.

Friday & Saturday Only so stop on in or feel free to give us a call 660-227-6085.

Semi Truck High Centered In Butler

The Butler Police Department is on scene of a 18 wheeler that is high centered on the railroad tracks on Rice Road in Butler. The semi is currently off the railroad tracks and is currently working on getting turned around and on its way.

Use caution if you are traveling in this area as they attempt to get the truck turned around.

Clinton Woman Arrested On St. Clair County Felony Warrant

Chrisandra Jones
On Jan. 22 Chrisandra Jones, 32, Clinton, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant for a class C felony charge of passing bad checks. The warrant was issued on Dec. 24, 2013. Bond was set at $250 cash only and a court date of Feb. 21 was given.

St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Press Release: Felony Arrest Warrant

Michael Rapue
On Monday, Jan. 27, an arrest warrant was issued for Michael Rapue, 24, Liberal, charging him with class D felony of first degree property damage. Bond is set at $5,000 cash or surety.

The charge stems from an incident on Jan. 9, when deputies responded to a burglary in progress at the Riley Harris residence on DeLaporte Street, Collins. Rapue was found in Harris’ garage throwing items out of a boat. Rapue admitted he was under the influence of methamphetamine, cocaine and was drinking the night before. Rapue was initially arrested on warrant for a parole violation.

Missouri Fence Laws Workshop Coming to Butler‏

MU Extension State Fence Law Workshop 

January 28, 2014
Robert Frost's wisdom "Good fences make good neighbors" has endured for more than 100 years.In Missouri, that depends on where you live.

Joe Koenen, University of Missouri Extension ag business specialist, will explain state statutes governing fences during an upcoming workshop that will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 27, 2014.

The workshop will be available via an internet connection in Butler at the MU Extension Office.

Sac Osage Youth Fair

SAC OSAGE YOUTH FAIR HOG ROAST AND LIVE MUSIC MARCH 29, 2014 starting at 3 p.m., until 5 p.m. at the Sac Osage Youth Fair Grounds (if it rains it will be held at the Shelter House at Osceola Optimist Park) Cost is $6 in advance & $7 at the door comes with a sandwich, beans, chips, cookie and a drink.

Ballard School Sweetheart Dance

Missouri Attorney General to investigating propane price hikes

The Attorney General’s Office has announced it will investigate the cause of the rise in the price of propane gas. Attorney General Chris Koster acknowledges that he received a request from Senator Mike Parson (R-Bolivar) to conduct an investigation, and says forty consumers have filed complaints with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division about increases.

Obituary - Lowell Ray Tillery

75-year-old Lowell Ray Tillery, Nevada, passed away Sunday at Freeman-West Hospital, Joplin. Arrangements are under direction of Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill, and a memorial service is scheduled at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 1, at the funeral home with burial to be scheduled later in the Green Lawn Cemetery, Rich Hill. Memorials to the American Diabetes Association are suggested.

Early Morning Structure Fire North of Passaic

Around 3:45am this morning the Adrian and Butler Fire Departments was called out to a structure fire 1 mile North of the 4 way stop in Passaic just past MoKan Livestock Yard. When the fire broke out there was 2 people in building they made it out with one man going to the hospital with minor burns. The Fire Departments had the fire under control by 4:08am.

Butler Police Department Activity Report: 1-21-14 / 1-27-14

Warrant service
Walk in report assault
Medical assist 200 block of E Dakota
Well being check 200 block of S Broadway

Theft report from vehicle 800 block of Grove
Theft report Dave’s Quality Auto
Theft report Butler Glass
Disturbance Wal Mart
Walk in theft report
Fight 200 block of N Austin
Disturbance Conoco

Monday, January 27, 2014

Building Collapse In Appleton City : 1876 Saddlery building Appleton City, taken by wind 1/26/14

Last night January 26, 2014 at approximately 9 pm. The Appleton City Volunteer Fire Department and Appleton City Public Works Employees responded to a building collapse on main street in Appleton City. The building was built in 1876 and was formerly the Saddlery Building

The building is now owned by Steve Collins and was currently being used for equipment storage. No one was injured in this and the crews worked hard to remove debris from the road with a skid steer and shovels. The building owners would like to Thank all friends for helping start the clean up process.