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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Flood Warning For South Grand River Near Urich

Bates County Sheriff's Office Advisory: 

Flood warning continues for South Grand River at Urich, Missouri until Saturday evening. Do not drive through flowing water.

The City of Butler will be flushing hydrants

The City of Butler will be flushing hydrants in all areas South of Ohio Street on April 9th, and April 10th, 2014.

Flushing hydrants are a routine maintenance activity of the Water Distribution Department and Fire Department.  This work will occur mainly during the late evening and overnight hours for the convenience of our customers and will be primarily Wednesdays and Thursdays.  This work should take approximately two weeks.

The residents in this area may experience some rusty water and should exercise caution when washing white fabrics.  If you notice any staining of white fabrics, do not dry the material but repeat the wash cycle.  

If you experience stained fabrics, contact the City office at 679-4182 during normal business hours or the Butler Police Department at 679-6131 after hours and on weekends and we can provide you with bottles of stain remover.

Butler Optimist Club Students Of The Month

Elementary Picture:  In the picture, Mrs. Crystal Eldred, Optimist member & 2nd grade teacher, is presenting the award to Keera Brockman, daughter of Dave and Mandy Brockman (Left) and Rylee McBrayer daughter of Keagan McWhorter and Jarod and Kayla McBrayer (Right).  
JH Picture:  In the picture Kirk Hannah, Optimist member & Assistant HS Principal, is presenting the award to Bella Oltremare, daughter of Mike and Tomasine Oltremare; Drew Fleener, daughter of Mike and Tonya Fleener; & Jasmine Cooper, daughter of David and Susan Cooper and Connie Cooper (Pictured L-R).

The Butler Optimist Club would like to recognize several 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.  The following students received an award for Optimist Student of the Month:  Drew Fleener, Jasmine Cooper, Bella Oltremare, Keera Brockman, and Rylee McBrayer.

Tornado Watch Cancelled

Advisory: The National Weather Service has cancelled the tornado watch for Bates County

Natural Gas Leak In Butler

The Butler Fire Department and Liberty Utilities is on scene of a Natural Gas Leak on South High Street just South of Willow Lane Nursing Home. The road has been shut down all day while crews have been working. Bates County Live will update this when more information becomes available.

Bates County Sheriff's Office adds 2 New Vehicles

On 3/20/14, the Bates County Sheriff took possession of two new patrol vehicles and expects to receive another in the next couple of weeks.  The three vehicles are all pickup trucks.  Since 2009, the Sheriff’s Office has selected Dodge Chargers for patrol vehicles with relatively good success.  Recently the Sheriff’s Office has experience a few problems with the new style Chargers.  The largest significant issue has been patrolling rural gravel roads and clearance of the patrol car. 

“As we are responding to calls for service it’s important that we are able to reach our destination, we have experienced roads that are not passable in these patrol vehicles and have to wait until an officer can respond with a 4x4” says Sheriff Anderson.  “This also includes calls for service that are off in a field, like a theft of scrap metal where the would-be thief runs off road knowing we can’t follow”.   During this winter the Sheriff’s Office also had trouble responding to calls because of snow and snow drifts.

The new vehicles are 4x4 pickup trucks, two are Chevrolets’ and one is a Ford.  The Ford pickup truck was purchased with insurance funds to replace a patrol car that was totaled during a pursuit.  The other two trucks are being purchased with funds paid from performing security work on the pipeline that ran through the county.  The Sheriff’s Office received $10 an hour from the security company for the use of a patrol car by an off duty Deputy to perform the security work.  The county deposited that money into a special fund and designated the money for the purchase of new patrol cars. 

The Ford truck was purchased from Max Motors on a state bid price of $23,800.00.  The Chevrolet trucks were purchased from Don Brown Chevrolet in St. Louis on a State Bid for $26,800.00.   The chargers that are currently in service were purchased in 2012 on state bid for $26,000.00 each. 

“We decided to purchase two different types of trucks so that we can compare the performance of the two for consideration for future purchases.  As we look at the long range of our fleet program, we need to make sure the vehicles we select perform effectively, efficiently and help us meet the expectations of our citizens.  Our current fleet consists of Chargers, Tahoe’s, a Ford Explorer and now the Trucks,” says Sheriff Anderson.  “Ultimately we just want to be able to get to a person at a time of their need”.

Obituary - Davey L. Thomas

Davey L. Thomas

Funeral services for Davey L. Thomas will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Myrtle Tree Fellowship Assembly of God in Rich Hill with Pastor Robb Titus officiating. Visitation will be prior to the services from 1 - 2 p.m. at Myrtle Tree Fellowship Assembly of God. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery in Rich Hill, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Myrtle Tree Fellowship Assembly of God or Heartland Hospice. 

Davey Lee Thomas, age 83 of Rich Hill, Missouri died Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at his home in Rich Hill. He was born May 8, 1930 to Herman Ralph "Jack" and Alice Opal Culver Thomas in Rich Hill, Missouri. 

Davey is survived by two sons, Mike Thomas and wife Kathleen of Adrian, Missouri and Jackie Thomas and wife Glenda of Rich Hill, Missouri; a daughter, Kathy Patch and husband Dan of Shawnee, Kansas; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great great-granchildren; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Nola; parents; four brothers, Albert, Harold "JR", Ralph "Hook", and Jay Dee; and a great grandson, Damian.

Power Pole On Fire Outside of Adrian

The Adrian Fire Department is in route to a Utility Pole that is on fire. The location of this fire is 3 miles West of Adrian. Unknown at this time the cause of this fire. Bates County Live will update this when more information is available.

Strong storm developing West of Butler

The Bates County Sheriff's Department is tracking a strong storm located about 7 miles West of Butler and moving Northeast. High winds and nickel sized hail are being reported.

View live radar HERE.

Tornado Watch in effect until 9 p.m this evening

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for Bates County and surrounding areas until 9 p.m. Expect conditions to be muggy with a chance of severe weather moving in later this afternoon.

Bates County Live will post updates as they become available.

Overnight Storms Cause Flooding Around The County

While no tornadoes or high winds have been reported, parts of Bates County saw golf ball sized hail and heavy rain overnight. Reports vary, but total amounts range from a max of 3 to around 4 1/2 inches of precipitation which has resulted in flooded basements and a few folks having to detour around water in low lying areas.

Quarter to golf ball sized hail hit the ground near Foster, Hume, Adrian and Drexel. Fortunately, other parts of the county received smaller sized pea to penny sized hail.

Early in the evening, the approaching storm which developed near Coffeyville, KS appeared to split, sending the bulk of it mostly around Bates County causing a few warnings to pop up mostly in Cass County. However, in case you slept through it, the bulk of rain came in the overnight hours resulting in full ditches and swollen waterways.

And it's not over yet. Look for mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms developing this afternoon. Some of the storms may become severe. Damaging winds, large hail, and possibly tornadoes are expected for our area. High of 78 with additional rain chances around 40%. There's a 30% chance of isolated storms tomorrow.

Remember- If you don't like Missouri weather, just wait. And Bates County Live will always keep you posted as updates becomes available.

Weather Update: Thunderstorm Expected to Develop Between 2-4pm This Afternoon

Here's the general area where we expect storms to redevelop during the early afternoon. Those storms will head quickly eastward during the afternoon and early evening hours, and are still expected to be strong to severe with up to baseball sized hail, strong winds, and isolated tornadoes possible.

Road Closed In Butler

The Butler Street Department has High Street from Nursery to Atkinson Streets here in Butler closed for repair. Bates County Live will update this when the road becomes open

Electric City Soccer Club Pictures

Team pictures are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday of next week for the following times. Coaches will be receiving order forms prior to the pictures. 

If you want to order pictures, please fill out the order form prior to arriving so the photographer can get through everyone in a timely manner. 

Wednesday, April 9:

5:00- Young 1st/2nd grade...
5:15- Blaser
5:30- Buckner
5:45- Doll
6:00- Lockard
6:15- McCoun
6:30- Snider

Thursday, April 10:

4:30- High School
4:45- 3/4th grade Team 1
5:00- Newsome
5:15- Kash
5:30- Wheatley
5:45- 5th/6th grade team 1
6:00- 3rd/4th grade team 2
6:15- Junior High
6:30- 5th/6th grade Team 2

Cass County Sheriff's Office: Apply Now Communication Officer

The Cass County Sheriff's Office is currently hiring for the position of Communication Officer. Applicants need to obtain and submit a pre-screening application in order to take part in the process. Upon receipt of the pre-screening application, applicants will be scheduled for the written test which will take place shortly. The position involves shift work, including nights, holidays and weekends. All applications must be received by 5:00pm on Friday 04-18-14.

Additional information and application are available on our website by clicking the attached link.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Arrest Report 4-3-14

On 4/2/14 around 6:00pm The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested 21 year old Taevien G. Simpson, of Harrisonville, Missouri. Mr. Simpson was arrested on 1.) Possession of up to 35 Grams of Marijuana 2.) Misdemeanor Cass County Warrant. He was booked into the Bates County Jail and his current status is bondable.

Weather Update: Another Round of Severe Weather For Today

Today is a day to be weather aware. Morning showers will move out of the area later this morning. Thunderstorms will likely redevelop early this afternoon. There is a window where tornadoes will be possible, especially in central and SE Missouri between 1 and 6 pm. Also, hail up to the size of baseball will be possible with the stronger storms. Expect scattered to widespread coverage through the day, ending between 9 pm and midnight as the cold front sweeps through the area.