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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Obituary - Charles Mathis

Charles Mathis
Funeral services for Charles Mathis will be 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Visitation will be prior to services from 2-3 p.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial will be 1 p.m. Monday, March 3, at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Norwich, Kansas. Contributions to Living Hope Native Ministries.

Charles Mathis, age 77 of Butler, Missouri died Thursday, February 27, 2014 at his home in Butler. He was born February 7, 1937 to Clarence and Januita Ritchie Mathis in Commerce, Oklahoma.

Charles is survived by his wife, Emra Mathis of Butler, Missouri; one son, Michael Ray Mathis and wife Karen of St. Joesph, Missouri; two brothers, Bruce Edwards of Toledo, Oklahoma and Rev. Larry Mathis and wife Judy of Tucson, Arizona; one sister-in-law, Nondis Fisher of Shawnee Mission, Kansas; and one grandson, Charles Nothnagel and wife Dorothy of Butler, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Sharon Nothnagel; and one brother, Grover Fisher.

Change of venue sought for murder suspect‏

The Missouri public defender representing a Southwest Missouri charged with killing a 12-year- Golden City girl has filed a change-of-venue request. 34-year-old Bobby D. Bourne, Jr.,  Lockwood, faces charges of child kidnapping, statutory rape and first-degree murder for allegedly taking

Adriaunna Horton from a Golden City park last August 19. He body was found later in nearby Dade County.

A not guilty plea was entered for Bourne during a formal arraignment in Barton County circuit court earlier this month and county prosecutor Steve Kaderly says he will seek the death penalty if Bourne is convicted. Public defender Thomas J. Jacquinot’s motion – filed Wednesday – says the case has received a lot of media attention throughout Missouri and he wants to have the jury chosen in another county and brought to Lamar for the trial. 

He says he believes he and the prosecutor can agree on a county within 30 days if the court grants the venue change request and asks for a hearing before 28th circuit presiding judge James R. Bickel March 17.

Weather Update: The Mysteries of Snowfall Predictions

They say pictures are worth a thousand words. If you're looking forward to Spring some of those words may not be print worthy. A potentially significant snow event and a record-breaking cold snap are unfolding for Saturday Night and Sunday. As this graphic depicts, there is still a lot of variability among the many computer weather models as to how much snow may fall -- and where. This type of spread is not uncommon for being 3 days away from the heart of the event, and it's ...why we rarely announce snowfall totals that far in advance. Right now it does look like the St. Joseph to Kirksville corridor sees the best chance of "plowable" snowfall accumulations Saturday Night through Sunday Night, although any shift in the storm track could produce significant totals elsewhere. We do know that this will be a long-duration and very dry snow event, with bitterly cold temperatures in the single digits and teens. Note that the ALL TIME record coldest March high temperature for Kansas City is 11 degrees set March 4, 1978. We could tie or break that Sunday!

MoDOT/Southwest Winter Travel Advisory: Friday Morning, February 28‏

MoDOT/Southwest Winter Travel Advisory:
Friday Morning, February 28
Possibility of sleet, freezing rain and snow during early morning hours on Friday, February 28.  Light accumulations expected, but roadways could be slick in areas.
Weather Forecast: Rain mixed with snow, freezing rain and sleet are all possible starting early Friday morning.  Minor accumulations are expected.  
Road Clearing: MoDOT crews will be in ahead of the storm early Friday morning.  They will monitor road conditions and will plow and treat roads as needed. 
Travel Conditions: Roads could be slick in areas. Drivers are urged to use caution, slow down and allow extra travel time.     
Traveler Information Map: To find the most up-to-date road conditions in southwest Missouri and statewide, check MoDOT's Traveler Information Map.  MoDOT also has a Traveler Information Map mobile app for smart phones.
All road work planned for Friday, February 28, has been cancelled.

Exhaustive investigation leads to drug bust in Pleasanton Kansas

On Feb. 23, 2014, The Pleasanton,Kansas Police Department in conjunction with the Linn Valley Police Department executed a search warrant on a house located at 706 E. Broad Street in Pleasanton. 

The search warrant and subsequent arrests were the result of an exhaustive investigation related to drug trafficking in the city of Pleasanton,Kansas. Bates County Live try to provide more information about this when it comes available.

Courtesy of Linn County News

Job Opening In Butler

The Bates County Sheriff's Office is still accepting applications for jailer positions. It starts out at $10.00 per hour. You must be able to work holidays, nights and weekends. You will also be required to pass a background check. Full time positions include health insurance, retirement, vacation and sick leave. 

 Go to to download an application or you can pick up an application from dispatch. 

Obituary - Vivian Lucille (Mayfield) Brewer

Graveside Memorial Services for Vivian Lucille Brewer will be 3:30 PM Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in Sharon Cemetery near Drexel, Missouri.  There is no visitation. Contributions are suggested to the Drexel United Methodist Church.  Arrangements under the direction of the Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler, Missouri (660-679-0009). Messages and memories may be left for the family at
Vivian Lucille (Mayfield) Brewer, 88, passed away Febraury 26, 2014 at Delaware Highlands Assisted Living in Kansas City, Kansas. She was born September 6, 1925, daughter of Floyd William and Letha May (Wilmot) Mayfield. She spent the majority of her life in the communities of Drexel and Harrisonville, Missouri and was a graduate of Adrian High School, Adrian, Missouri.
Lucille was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Lonnie Brewer; brothers Clifford, Ben, Elmer, and Melvin Mayfield; and one grandson, Kenneth Lee Nelson, II.  She is survived by her children: Ken Nelson and wife Kim; Darrell Nelson and wife Sandy; Brad Nelson and wife Paula; Rick Nelson and wife Janet; grandchildren Jamie May, Carrie Page, Rickey Nelson, and Tracy Hughes. She also leaves behind seven great-grandchildren, and one on the way. She is also survived by her siblings Ines, Ralph, Doris and Jim.

Missouri lawmakers to consider legalizing medical marijuana

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Governor Jay Nixon told a national audience that the legislature would consider medical marijuana, but his words were met with mixed reaction here in Kansas City.

On Sunday morning’s CNN show State of the Union, Nixon said the bridge isn’t yet built for decriminalization, but lawmakers are open to medical marijuana.

“Medicinally I think folks are beginning to see there are things the medical community can help on,” Nixon said, “our legislature might consider that.”
“It is a step in the right direction, I’ll take it as a green light,” said Amber Iris Langston with Show Me Cannabis, an organization promoting marijuana legalization. “I don’t think Governor Nixon takes chances with his political support, so it’s a strong indication there’s support for medical marijuana in Missouri.”

While she’s pleased to see Nixon talking about medical marijuana, she’d also like to see support of bills that would decriminalize pot. Missouri has some of the toughest marijuana laws in the country, getting caught with a single gram could mean a year in jail.

“It’s a shame our politicians don’t have courage to stand forward on this issue and say this policy isn’t working, this policy is destructive to people in our communities,” she said.
Missouri lawmakers have introduced three bills this year: one for a medical marijuana pilot program, one legalizing recreational pot, and one that reduces penalties for possession.

Jackson County Legislator Bob Spence isn’t a fan of laws that decriminalize marijuana use. “I think most, not all, but most who do hard drugs started with marijuana,” he said. Spence has tried twice now to introduce a resolution encouraging lawmakers to “just say no” to any bill legalizing marijuana, even for medicinal use.

“Then every ailment known to mankind can be helped with marijuana, and it’s like legalizing it,” he said. But his resolution ended up getting held over into committee. He says that basically means it’s killed.“I was shocked; I was absolutely shocked, he said, “I don’t want to make it legal in this state because it makes it even more accessible. It’s in far too many places for our kids to get a hold of.”

Missouri isn’t the only state tackling this issue this year. Kansas is also considering a bill legalizing medical marijuana.

Weather Update:Spring Can't Get Here Fast Enough

Eventually Spring will get here and this Winter will be a distant memory. However, we stil have to deal with two winter weather systems over the next 4 days. The first one arriving Friday morning will likely generate an area of sleet, snow and possibly freezing rain over parts of west central MO after the morning commute to work. The bulk of the precipitation will stay south of the region. Minor and sleet accumulations of up to half an inch is possible for most areas. Northern Missouri could pick up an inch of new snow. A second stronger storm will soon follow with a wintery mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow affecting the region Saturday evening. Gradually the precipitation will change over to all snow by Sunday morning. There remains considerable differences in model snow/sleet amounts as well as where the heaviest snow could fall. Current indications suggest 3 or more inches of snow are possible in a corridor from east central KS through Kanas City into northeast MO. Due to the wide range of model solutions it's quite possible this area will change in future forecasts.

Clinton Fire Department gets new firehouse dog

We would formally like to introduce to you our new firehouse dog, Blaze! We had some help naming him. On Monday, we asked the students of Henry Elementary, Clinton Intermediate, Holy Rosary, and Clinton Christian Academy to help us in choosing a name. 

 We gave them four names and asked each class to pick a name that they thought suited him best. A Facebook poll conducted last week aided us in choosing the four names: Flash, Blaze, Captain, and Booster. 

 After tallying the votes from the students, it was VERY close between Flash and Blaze. Blaze won by only TWO votes! We would like to thank all of the students and teachers for their participation! Blaze is looking forward to meeting each of you soon.

Missouri State Parks prepares for start of season at trout parks‏

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Staff at Missouri State Parks’ three trout parks are gearing up for a springtime ritual – the opening of trout fishing season on March 1. The season officially begins at 6:30 a.m. at Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon, Montauk State Park near Salem, and Roaring River State Park near Cassville.
Opening day of trout season is an important Missouri tradition, marking the beginning of a season that runs until Oct. 31. In addition to premier trout fishing, visitors to the state’s trout parks can enjoy miles of hiking trails, lodging and camping options and on-site dining facilities.
“Our park staff spend much of the year looking forward to the crowds that visit on opening day, and are expecting a successful start of the 2014 catch-and-keep trout season,” said Bill Bryan, Missouri State Parks director. “I encourage anglers to take some time to enjoy our world-class trout streams and then stop in at the dining lodge for a good hot meal.”
Trout season in Missouri is a cooperative effort of Missouri State Parks, which manages state parks, and the Missouri Department of Conservation, which operates the hatcheries and stocks the streams with trout.
For more information on trout opening, visit or call Montauk State Park at 573-548-2201, Roaring River State Park at 417-847-2539 or Bennett Spring State Park at 417-532-4338.
For information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Man Wanted on Felony Warrant May Be In Butler/Bates County Area

Christopher Melton
On Feb. 25, a St. Clair County felony arrest warrant was issued for Christopher Melton, 25, Lowry City, on a probation revocation. Bond is set at $1,500 cash only. In July 2013, Melton plead guilty to a class C felony of theft/stealing (value of property or services is $500 or more but less than $25,000). Circuit Court Judge James Journey suspended the imposition of sentencing and placed Melton on supervised probation for five years. He was ordered to pay $200,000 in restitution jointly and severally with other defendants in the case. The charge stemmed from a stealing the occurred on property owned by Gary Vohs, located on SE Highway 13, Collins, on Dec. 11, 2012. Sheriff Scott Keeler urges those with any information on Melton’s location to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to

Butler Public Library Now Offering eBooks

Food Pantry News

Today is the last day of the 'Great Cuke Zuch Giveaway' at the Community Food Pantry of Butler. We have produce that needs to be used!! If you are a Bates County resident please come to the Food Pantry dock before 3 p.m. today and from the warmth of your car we will hand you a sack of zucchini and or cucumbers. Wouldn't zucchini bread smell good baking in your oven? Or add some to a pot of soup.  Think summer while you slice cucumbers into vinegar and onions or into a salad (maybe if we all think it, it will come?). The Food Pantry thanks you all and hopes you enjoy this produce! "


JANICE SCHAPELER is recognized as the Bates County Memorial Hospital Employee of the Month for March, 2014. Janice began her employment at BCMH in 1985. 

Janice has worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant, and currently works in the Housekeeping Department. Janice treats everyone she meets with kindness, recognizing everyone is important. She is extremely conscientious in her job duties and cleans until everything sparkles. Janice is a long-time, valued employee with an extraordinary work ethic and deserving of Employee of the Month recognition.

Felony arrest warrant issued for Lowry City Woman

Raven Collins
On Feb. 26, an arrest warrant was issued for Raven Collins, 34, Lowry City, charging her with two counts of possessing a controlled substance, a class C felony. The charges stem from a drug investigation on Feb. 13 at Collins’ residence on Fifth and Mahan street, Lowry City. St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office deputies and officers from the Mid Missouri Multi Jurisdiction Drug Task Force located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the residence. Collins was arrested and booked into the St. Clair County Jail. She was released pending formal charges.

Sheriff Scott Keeler urges those with any information on Collins' location to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to