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Monday, April 21, 2014

Aqua Bears Sign Ups

Did you know that swimming improves muscle tone & strength, improves flexibility, promotes a healthy heart, controls weight, can improve asthma symptoms, lower risk of diabetes, and lowers stress?

Join the Aqua Bears swim team! Not only for the benefits above, but it's fun!! Kids enjoy swim meets to compete against other teams, but also become self motivated to improve on their personal best times each week. 

Sign-ups will be at Walmart May 2nd and 9th from 5 pm - 8 pm and May 3rd and 10th from 8 am - 12 pm.
Come join our team!!

Obituary - James R. Keck

Henry County Assessor James R. Keck, 76 , Clinton, died Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Golden Living Center-Westwood, Clinton.

Among survivors is his wife, Martha, of the home; two sons, Keith (Deb) Spackler of Waterloo, Nebraska and Kent Spackler of Clinton, Missouri; and one daughter, Kathy (Jimmy) Houk of Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home of Clinton, and are pending at this time.

Obituary - Dorothy Lee (Dixon) Evans

Dorothy Lee (Dixon) Evans, Chanute, Kansas and a native of Appleton City, Mo., passed away at Saturday, April 19, four days after her 88th birthday. Arrangements are under direction of Hill and Son Funeral Home, Appleton City, and services are scheduled at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the funeral home with the Reverend Ron Beaton officiating. Burial is to follow in the Appleton City Cemetery. The family receives friends at noon Wednesday at the funeral home and memorials to the American Parkinson Disease Association are suggested.

Habitat for Humanity Garage Sale

city wide garageThe Habitat for Humanity is in need of items for their garage sale on Saturday, May 3rd.  If you have items you would like to donate, give Brenda Darr a call at 660-679-4355 and they will pick up your items or drop them off at 119 S. Broadway Street in Butler.

All items will be sold during the Butler City Wide Garage Sale to help raise funds for their next project.

Stop by 801 Hillcrest on May 3rd for the Habitat for Humanity Garage Sale.

2nd Annual Montrose VFW Poker Run

poker run1The 2nd Annual Montrose VFW Poker Run will be held on May 3rd honoring those who served and those that are serving. The poker run funds will be used to pay for Grave Markers for Veterans and their Wives and the National Home.

The run will begin at the Montrose VFW Post, and registration will be from 10:30am – 1:00pm. There is a $20 registration fee which will include a t-shirt and a meal. If you pre-register you will entered into a drawing to win your choice of $1,000 or a trip for two to Las Vegas.

For more information or to pre-register you can contact Charles at 816-739-2991 or Chuck 660-723-5373.

Butler Fire Department : FIREPUP Program

firepupThe Butler Fire Department is deeply committed to the fire safety program called “FIREPUP, which specifically targets children. The program provides fire safety education materials for children, distributed in schools, safety fairs, public safety presentation and fire stations.

These materials have been designed exclusively by the National Fire Safety Council, Inc. which is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization.

The Butler Fire Department is asking for charitable contributions to pay for the materials that are distributed in our area. The program offers age-specific 24 page activity manuals, pamphlets on smoke detectors, fire escapes, baby sitter, badges, stickers and many other items used to teach the fundamentals of fire safety and burn prevention.

The Butler Fire Department is asking people to help sponsor the materials for students in our community. All tax-deductible checks should be made payable to:

“National Fire Safety Council, Inc.” (federal Tax ID #38-2292422 and mail it to:
Butler Fire Department
701 Roberta
Butler, MO 64730

They also accept credit cards, for more information contact Bonnie Taylor at 800-255-1082. Fire Chief Jim Henry and the Butler Fire Department thank you in advance for your generous support of this program.

Butler Bears Baseball Game at Royals Stadium Rescheduled

take me outThe Butler Bears Baseball Team playing at Royals Stadium has been rescheduled for Friday, April 25th, depending on the weather.  The Bears will be playing against the Lee’s Summit Christian Academy in an afternoon game.

There will be no admission cost or parking fees so watching the Bears play will only cost you the food you want to purchase from the concession stand.

Elknuckle Bike Show

Obituary - Keith Nolan Ridgway

Keith Nolan Ridgway

Memorial services for Keith Ridgway will be 2 pm Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Tom Mitchell officiating. Visitation will be prior to services at the Schowengerdt Chapel from 1 - 2 pm.  Contributions may be made to the Amsterdam Baptist Church or the charity of choice.

Keith Nolan Ridgway, age 63 of Amoret, Missouri died Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville. He was born May 27, 1950 to James Lee and Evelena M. Kampe Ridgway in Clinton, Missouri.

Keith is survived by his wife Beverley Ridgway of Amoret; two daughters, Lorita Ridgway of Joplin, Missouri and Peggy Davidson and husband Dennis of Independence, Missouri; a sister Kathie Smalley and husband Larry of Harrisonville, Missouri; sister-in-law Karen Haase and husband Larry of Warrensburg, Missouri; four nephews; and four grandchildren, Andrew (A.J.), Anthony (Tony), Alyssa (Diva) and Aliyah (Bug).  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Butler Elementary Parents:

Our last Spirit Assembly of the year will be on Friday the 25th @ 2:15 pm. It will be in the Multi Purpose Room.
Also MAP testing begins on Tuesday April 29th - Thurs. May 1st. Help your children get plenty of sleep and a good breakfast to start their day!

Butler Chamber of Commerce Cruise Night

cruise nightBUTLER, MO – The Butler Chamber of Commerce will officially kick off “Cruise Night” on Friday, April 25th at Sonic in Butler.  Cruise Night will be held on the fourth Friday night from April through August.

DJ Doug Mager will provide entertainment for the April 25th event and the Chamber is looking for groups to book for the rest of the spring/summer season.  If you know of a good band or music group call the Chamber office or members of the board and let them know.  Chamber members will be carhopping on Cruise Night and will be allowed to keep all the tips they earn that night.  The tip money will be used to fund other events throughout the year. Check out the Chamber table where you can  register for a 50/50 drawing and purchase Butler Coupon Books.

You are invited to display your car during Cruise Night, just show up and park your car in the parking lot.
It all happens from  6 – 9pm April 25th at Sonic.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Bates County Arrest Reports From Over the weekend

  • On 4/29/14 around 1:25am The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Caitlin B. Stayton 26 years old of Joplin, Missouri. She was arrested on 1.) Felony Possession of a controlled substance 2.) Misdemeanor possession of Marijuana 3.) Felony Driving while intoxicated. She was booked into the Bates County Jail and later released.

  • On 4/20/14 around 2:25am The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Robert E. Williams 27 years old of Adrian, Missouri. Mr. Williams was arrested on 1.) Driving while intoxicated. He was booked into the Bates County Jail and placed on a 12 hour hold.

  • On 4/20/14 around 7:15pm The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Shawn M. Thomas 26 years old Hume, Missouri. Mr. Thomas was arrested on 1.) 3 Misdemeanor warrants out of Bates County 2.) Misdemeanor warrant out of Polk County. He was booked into the Bates County Jail and his status is bondable.

St.Clair County Sheriffs Office: Speir arrested on Cooper County misdemeanor warrant

On Friday, April 18, Mackenzie Speir, 25, Appleton City, was arrested at the St. Clair County Courthouse on a Cooper County warrant for misdemeanor passing bad checks-less than $500. Bond isset at $186 cash only and a court date of May 27 was given.

Butler Lady Bears Track Results

Last Thursday Butler hosted its first track meet in 12 years!! This was a very special and exciting day for the track program! Even though the weather was cold and rainy, it was great to see our wonderful facility hosting a varsity track meet!! A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the workers who volunteered their time, the administrators who helped in all facets, and the community members who helped us out and who helped make this meet run.

Your Lady Bears had a great meet and worked very hard to bring home the 1st place plaque with a team total of 135 points!!

Here are the top 8 place finishers who helped earn their team that 1st place finish:

Shot Put: Courtney Blevins- 5th place
Discus: Courtney Blevins- 7th place
Long Jump: Peyton McGuire- 4th place, Mady Gepford- 5th place
Triple Jump: Amy Miller- 1st place with a jump of 31’4″, Peyton McGuire- 3rd place
High Jump: Amy Miller- 2nd place, Aarika Gardner- 4th place
Pole Vault: Aarika Gardner- 2nd place
4x800m Relay: Katie Henry, Jenna Simms, Peyton McGuire, Jolynn Ross- 3rd place
100m Dash: Jenna Simms- 4th place, Courtney Blevins- 5th place
100M Hurdles: Kiersten Morris- 1st place with a time of 17.43
4x200m Relay: Makenna Hannah, Mady Gepford, Amy Miller, Kiersten Morris- 1st place with a time of 1:53.9
1600m Run: Katie Henry- 5th place
4x100m Run: Courtney Blevins, Makenna Hannah, Amy Miller, Kiersten Morris- 2nd place
400m Dash: Mady Gepford- 2nd place, Aarika Gardner- 6th place
300m Hurdles: Kiersten Morris- 1st place with a time of 51.23
800m Run: Mady Gepford- 2nd place
200m Dash: Makenna Hannah- 4th place
4x400m Relay: Jenna Simms, Makenna Hannah, Aarika Gardner, Peyton McGuire- 3rd place

Again, thank you to everyone for their help! This was a wonderful event for our school, community businesses, and our student athletes. The Bears will be traveling up to Archie on Tuesday April 22.

Win a Brand New Golf Cart

The golf cart can currently be viewed at Massey’s Country Mart.  Tickets for the golf cart are available at Massey’s Country Mart through the service desk, Bates County Farm Bureau, Adrian Bank, Noe, Miller and Miller as well as through any Giving Fore Living committee member.

5th Annual Butler Bear Backers Golf Tournament

The 5th annual Butler Bear Backers Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, May 25th at the Butler Country Club. It will be a 4 person scramble with an entry fee of $300 per team and lunch will be provided.

1st flight check in time will be 7am and start time 7:30am; 2nd flight check in will be at 1pm and start time of 1:30pm.
Space is limited so now is the time to send in your entry form. You must have a cart and rental carts will be available at $25 per cart to be paid with the entry fee. Entry forms must be returned with entry fee by Sunday, May 18th. No tank tops will be allowed and no outside alcohol will be permitted.

A portion of your entry fee will go to the Butler Alumni Association. Send your check or money order to:
Bear Back Golf Tournament
c/o Citizens Bank
PO Box 120
Butler, MO 64730

For more information contact Bryan Tippie – 660-679-1219; Jarod McBrayer – 660-227-9574; Brad Davis – 660-229-4045; Tyler Green – 660-924-8448 or Misti Kauffman – 660-679-4729.

FW: Butler Relays Results‏

 Last Thursday the Butler Bears Track team ran in front of its home crowd for the first time in 12 years! Although the weather was not the best actually was nice to see all of the staff, kids, and buses at our house hosting a meet. I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this meet run. There were a lot of volunteer workers, administrators, along with community members who enjoy this sport enough to help out. THANK YOU!

Considering the weather, the boys pulled out a 2nd place finish to cap off the night. Here are your top 8 finishers who helped their team score points:

Shot Put - Ben Holt - 3rd place

Long Jump - Kaleb Kauffman - 4th place

Triple Jump - Kaleb Kauffman - 6th place

High Jump - Kaleb Kauffman - 8th place

Pole Vault - Brett Behringer - 3rd place

4x800M Relay - Dale Besendorfer, Shay Wilson, David Morse, Dalton VanHorn - 6th place

4x200M Relay - Kyle Todd, Brett Miller, Kaleb Kauffman, Austin Castaneda - 1st place with a time of 1:36.77

110 Hurdles - David Morse - 5th place

100M Dash - Devan Loveall - 5th place
                    Tanner Diehl - 7th place

4x100M Relay - Tanner Diehl, Geoffrey Algiere, Devan Loveall, Dylan Morris - 3rd place

400M Dash - Austin Castaneda - 1st place with a time of 53.32
                    Kyle Todd - 2nd place

300M Hurdles - Devan Loveall - 1st place with a time of 44.40
                        Brett Behringer - 5th place

200M Dash - Austin Castaneda - 2nd place
                    Kyle Todd - 3rd place

3200M Run - Tayje VanVoorst - 7th place

4x400M Relay - Brett Miller, Kyle Todd, Devan Loveall, Austin Castaneda - 2nd place

Again thank you to everyone for their help in making this a great event for our school, community businesses, and our student athletes. The Bears travel to Archie on Tuesday April 22.

2 Vernon County Motorcycle Crashes over the weekend

  • A Walker man was taken to a hospital in Joplin after a motorcycle mishap Saturday afternoon in Cedar County. Missouri Highway Patrol trooper Quinton Bland says it happened about 4:00 p.m. on Cedar County route CC -- eight miles West of Stockton -- when the Triumph motorcycle driven by 60-year-old Thomas A. Barnes slid on some gravel in a curve, veered off the road and overturned, ejecting the driver. Barnes was taken to Freeman-West Hospital for treatment of a moderate injury.

  • A Nevada man was hurt Friday evening in a motorcycle mishap on I-49, half-a-mile South of Nevada. Missouri Highway Patrol trooper Justin Lemasters says it happened about eight o'clock when the North-bound Harley-Davidson, driven by 25-year-old James S. Krohn, ran off the right side of the road and overturned, ejecting Krohn. The trooper's report listed Krohn's injury as minor.

Recall: Kraft recalling 96,000 pounds of Oscar Meyer Wieners

Kraft Foods Group, Inc. of Columbia, Mo. recalling around 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners because the products may contain Classic Cheese Dogs in the Classic Wieners’ packages.

According to the USDA, the product labels are incorrect, as they do not reflect the ingredients associated with the pasteurized cheese in the cheese.

The products were formulated with milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

The following products are subject to recall: 16 oz. packages –individual consumer packages– of “Classic Wieners Made with Turkey & Chicken, Pork Added” with “USE BY 16 Jun 2014” date and product code “044700000632”

Cases of 16 oz. packages –distributed to retailers– of “Classic Cheese Dogs Made with Turkey & Chicken, Pork Added, and Pasteurized Cheese Product” with “USE BY 16 Jun 2014” date and case code “00447000005300”

The products were produced on March 2-3, 2014, and bear the establishment number “Est. 537H” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were distributed to Kraft distribution centers and in retail stores nationwide.

The problem was discovered by a consumer who notified the company on April 18, 2014. The company contacted the USDA the following day regarding the issue.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Kraft Consumer Relations at (855) 688-4386.

Retailers with questions should contact their Kraft sales representative or supplier. If they do not know their contacts, retailers should call (855) 688-4386.

Copyright 2014 KFVS

Weather Update: Rain and Thunderstorms Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms continue to develop and spread across the region this morning. Look for additional rainfall to move over the area during the remainder of the morning into the afternoon. Precipitation will come to an end prior to sunset this evening.



JEFFERSON CITY, MOEach year financial institutions, businesses, government agencies and other organizations turn over millions of dollars and the contents of nearly 1,000 safe deposit boxes to Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel’s office. According to his resource, his office is holding almost $810 million in unclaimed assets in more than 4.7 million owner accounts. The average return is $300 and 1 in 10 Missourians has Unclaimed Property.

 “My office often receives inquiries concerning the steps to check for unclaimed property.”  Representative Randy Pike comments.  “The process is quick and simple. 

You can register and will be notified if your name is a match.  I encourage District 126 citizens to take advantage of this opportunity.”   For more information about Missouri stateresources, constituents are invited to participate in Representative Pike’s April 29th Missouri Capitol Tour.  Contact Representative Pike or his legislative assistant, Beth Rohrbach, at the Missouri House Representatives at 573-751-5388 or e-mail them at for assistance with constituent issues, the April 29th Capitol Tour Itinerary, or other matters of interest.