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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Full Obituary: Matthew Scott Chism

Matthew Scott Chism 
Matthew Scott Chism
(October 18, 1989 - November 2, 2014)

Matthew Scott Chism Stockton, MO was the second child of Rodney and Pam Chism and was born on October 18, 1989. He was born in Bolivar, MO at Citizens Memorial Hospital. Tragically, on Sunday, November 2, 2014, he was shot and killed in the line of duty as a Cedar County Deputy Sheriff.

Matthew was raised in the Stockton community. His childhood was spent helping his mother and father tend to the family farm, feeding cattle, hunting deer, cutting hay, and playing with his brother Joshua. As a boy, Matthew was energetic and tenacious. He was even a bit of a boy daredevil, known to drive his tricycle and, later, bicycle off of the edge of the Chism house’s concrete front porch.

As Matthew grew up, he participated in many school activities. These included baseball, football, Peer Tutoring, FFA and many others. As a young man, Matthew had an incredible sense of humor and could brighten anyone’s day with his silly charm and antics. He graduated from Stockton High School in May of 2008.

Matthew entered the Law Enforcement Academy at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO in January of 2011. He had dreamt of becoming an officer ever since he was a boy, after participating in the D.A.R.E. program lead by Leon Dwerlkotte. It was at that young age that Matthew decided to become an officer of the law. He realized that childhood dream and graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy in May of 2011.

Matthew then married the love of his life, Ashley Brook Dixon, on July 30, 2011 in Stockton. He was an incredibly loving husband, and the spark that Matt and Ashley shared was undeniable. He and Ashley enjoyed hunting, fishing, and anything outdoors together. On September 25, 2012, Hunter Glen Chism was born. As a father, Matthew was second to none. Matthew loved his son Hunter fiercely. Hunter loved his daddy.

Soon after, Matthew truly began to realize his professional aspirations. He joined the Cedar County Sheriff’s Department in January of 2013. Eager, ready, and willing to serve, Matthew was a superb Deputy Sherriff. As an officer, he always went the extra mile. He saw each new day as an opportunity to grow and to learn. Matthew loved his career. He knew it was a calling, and he took that calling seriously.

As the head of a Christian family, both Matthew and Ashley attended the Assembly of God Church in Stockton, MO.

Matthew was a man of great character and integrity. He was fair and honest. He was funny and energetic. He was a man of great courage and bravery. Full of genuine devotion and sacrifice, Matthew ultimately gave his life to protect and serve.

Matthew is survived by his wife Ashley Dixon Chism of Stockton, MO, his son Hunter Glen Chism, mother Pamela Sue Chism and father Rodney Harold Chism of Stockton, MO, grandmother Myrna Chism and grandfather Richard Chism of Stockton, MO, brother Joshua Glen Chism of Waynesville, MO and a multitude of other relatives and friends.

¬Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 6-8pm at Brumback Funeral Home in Stockton, MO located at 309 South High Street. The funeral will be held at the Stockton R-1 High School located at 14109 South 39 Highway, Stockton, MO. The funeral begins at 2pm on Thursday, November 6, 2014.

Memorials may be made at Liberty Bank in Matt's honor.

Full Obituary: Gannon William Hathcock

Gannon Hathcock
Funeral services for Gannon Hathcock will be 3:00 PM Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the South Gymnasium at the Drexel School. Visitation will be from 1 – 3 PM prior to the service at the school. Burial will follow services in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel. Contributions are suggested to Gannon’s Gang Memorial Fund. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at

Gannon William Hathcock, 16 of Drexel, Missouri passed away November 2, 2014 at his home in Drexel. Gannon was born January 13, 1998 in Kansas City, Missouri, son of Jan Hathcock and Chelle (Bollinger) Hathcock.

Gannon attended Drexel High School and loved football, soccer, and cruising around in his truck with his friends. He also liked video games, legos, dirt bikes, and four-wheelers. Gannon was always on his phone using Snapchat, Instagram and texting. Gannon was very creative and artistic.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Charles Bollinger, and grandmother, Mary Bollinger. He is survived by his mother, father, and sisters: McKenna Hathcock, Jenna Hathcock, paternal grandparents Jim and Becky Hathcock and Jim and Judy Bernack; aunts and uncles Kyle and Sandy Smading, Janae Roberts, Angel and Travis Thomas, and Michelle and Tim Donavan; as well as many cousins.

Nursing Job Opening In Butler

Quality Home Care Inc. is seeking Dependable personal care aides/ CNA'S in the Bates county area full-time/ part-time hours are available, pay will be discussed at an in person interview in our main office @ 1300 N. Orange St. Butler, Mo. 

You will be required to come here for the interview/ application process and one 8 hour day of training. Must have reliable transportation. Serious inquiries only please call 660-679-6733 or toll free @ 1-888-602-4455 ask for Jessica

4-H Press Release: 4-H Celebrates Achievement

Lucille Mundey receives the Friend of 4-H Award from Myra Colin.
Alan Mundey presents Ron Nissen his award for 30 years of volunteer service to 4-H.
Reba Colin is awarded the Key Award by Alan Mundey
Deanna Bradley presents the Member of the Year award to Jaclyn Crawford.
Allison Jenkins receives the Danforth “I Dare You” award from Sherry Warfield
Melody Wikoff is honored for her 20 years of volunteer service by Alan Mundey
Morgan Bradley presents Emma McIntire with the 4-H Club Secretary award

(Butler, Missouri)— Bates County 4-H leaders and members were honored at the annual Recognition Celebration held Sunday afternoon, November 2, 2014, at the First Christian Church in Butler.  Alan J. Mundey, 4-H Youth Specialist, presided over the event, the focus of which was the presentation of awards for 4-H achievement this past year. 
In recognition of National 4-H Week, Reba Colin announced that window display awards were given to the Summit Go Getters 4-H club for first place and  the County Line 4-H club for second place.  Alan Mundey recognized those leaders with milestone years. Cathy Slattery received her 15 year pin. Melody Wikoff was honored for her 20 years of volunteer service and Ron Nissen received his 30 year pin.  Brenda Doody, Bates County Extension Office Manager, recognized all club leaders and presented pins to those for specific number of years they had served as volunteer leaders. Ella Armentrout presented Community Service Awards to Altona 4-H (gold seal), County Line 4-H (gold seal), Hudson Hustlers 4-H (silver seal) and Summit Go Getters 4-H (silver seal).  Myra Colin honored Lucille Mundey with the Friend of 4-H award for her many contributions to Bates County 4-H. 
During the remainder of the program, several 4-H members were honored for their achievements this past year.  Honorees were as follows:
Project Medal honorees:
        John Armentrout…..Exploring 4-H
        Ella Armentrout…...Arts & Crafts
        Morgan Bradley…..Vet Science
        Allison Jenkins…....Beef
State Contests:
State Fashion Review:  Ella Armentrout, Erin Armentrout, Emma McIntire, Aubry
         Terry and Shaylee Terry
State Horse Judging Awards: 
Junior Division: Kalyn Eckhoff & Kirstyn Eckhoff
State Shooting Sports:
Geoffrey Algiere, Kayla Anderson, Ella Armentrout, Erin Armentrout, John Armentrout, Wyatt Blair, Luke Crawford, Sophie Cummings, Blake Doody, Case Doody, Gaven Hale, Anson Johnson, Caleb Morris, Austin Nold, Victoria Sears, Kendall Tidman, Konnor Tidman, Jesse Trelease, Ty Underwood, Drake Vermillion, Conrad Walley, Andrew Wepener, Etienne Wepener, Harrison Wepener, Luke Wiley and Piper Wiley.
Secretary’s Record Book:  Emma McIntire
Danforth "I Dare You" Award:  Allison Jenkins
Key Award: Reba Colin
Chamber of Commerce Sweepstakes Award:  Countyline 4-H Club.
4-H Junior Members Awards: Noah Long
Outstanding 4-H Member:  Jaclyn Crawford
Junior Leader Pin:  Ella Armentrout
Teen Leader Pins:  Erin Armentrout & Reba Colin
Bates County 4-H Scholarship:  Kelsie Wikoff
Jeffrey Laughlin Scholarship:  Jaclyn Crawford
Pan Evans Scholarship:  Jaclyn Crawford & Kelsie Wikoff
Congratulations to all Bates County 4-H'ers for all of their hard work this past year.
Bates County 4-H would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions: Adrian Bank; Adrian Lions Club, Bates County Farm Bureau; Butler Chamber of Commerce; Butler Optimist Club; Caskey, Hopkins, Wilhelmus Law Firm; Citizens Bank; Community First Bank; DSWA Certified Public Accountants; FCS Financial; Gary & Trevalyn Schowengerdt; and Osage Valley Electric Cooperative.  A special thank you goes to the First Christian Church of Butler for allowing 4-H to use its facility.      

Butler R-V Trick or Treat for Canned Goods‏

On Halloween, two Butler R-5 student organizations participated in the ninth annual trick or treat for canned goods. Future Business Leaders of America and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America collected food items for the local Food Pantry.  Approximately 200 items were collected and donated this year. 

 A big thank you to all students involved in this project and the community for supporting this community service event.  Event sponsors were Angie Kauffman and Robin Colburn.

MoDOT Prepares For Winter With Statewide Drill

JEFFERSON CITY - Snow is not in the local forecast yet, but the Missouri Department of Transportation wants to be ready when winter weather is here. To prepare, MoDOT will test its readiness for the upcoming winter season with a statewide drill on Nov. 5.

The drill tests MoDOT's winter battle plan to ensure its readiness to get travelers back on Missouri roadways as quickly as possible after winter storms.

"Over 3,500 MoDOT employees are involved in our winter operations, including every maintenance crew across the state," said State Maintenance Engineer Beth Wright. "The annual drill helps to make sure we all know our roles during a storm, and we can do our jobs successfully."

During the drill, MoDOT employees will react to a simulated forecast of significant snow for the entire state. The department's emergency operations centers will activate and maintenance employees will be deployed to their trucks.

"One of the most valuable parts of the drill is to measure our snowplow circuits by driving routes we may have modified since the previous winter season. As we open new roads and lanes we must modify our snow removal plans." said Wright. "It also allows our newest snow fighters one last opportunity to drive a snowplow over some of their proposed routes so they are aware of obstacles and obstructions that might be hidden in a storm by snow or ice such as curbs and raised islands."

Motorists may notice increased numbers of MoDOT vehicles on state routes during the drill. In rural areas, crews will deploy after 8 a.m. In urban areas, the drill will not begin until after 9 a.m. Wright estimates that the exercise will take about six hours.

The drill isn't the only element to MoDOT's winter weather operations. All maintenance employees complete an annual winter skills training that serves as a refresher course for plowing snow. The training assures that proper equipment operation, plowing techniques and safety measures are fresh on employees' minds as winter approaches. Every piece of equipment - every truck, motorgrader, snow blower, and tractor - is inspected to ensure proper operation.

"Our ultimate goal is to handle the first snowfall like we've been plowing snow all year," said Wright. "Careful planning and preparation mean our crews can mobilize when needed and our equipment will be ready."

The Missouri Department of Transportation annually spends about $46 million to keep roads clear in the winter and help ensure motorists get to their destinations safely and quickly. For information on road conditions across the state, safe traveling tips, and other winter weather information, visit

Public Service Information: Youth Butler Flag Football Pictures Available

Youth Butler Flag Football pictures are now available for pick up at State Farm Insurance Building located at 3 West Dakota Street in Butler 

( South side of the Butler square). 

Adrian Optimist Club Students of the month

The Adrian Optimist Club is pleased to honor Students of the Month from the Miami, Ballard, and Adrian schools. Criteria for this honor center on outstanding academic and civic achievement and school spirit. Staff at each of the schools make the selection, and their decision is based on expansion of these criteria. Selection is based on the criteria, but a student stepping up to a particular task will come to play in it. Each student is honored with a certificate of recognition from the Adrian Optimist Club and $20.00 in Adrian Chamber of Commerce “Chamber Bucks”.

Pictured: Ballard Athletic Director Sammy Hill, Holly Tate, 
and Adrian Optimist Member Cary Six
The Ballard Student of the Month for October is Holly Tate, junior daughter of Troy and Janet Tate. Technology Director, Cheryl Murchie, states “Holly Tate is a very hard working girl. She always has a ready smile and and a helping hand to anyone that she meets in the halls and in class. Holly is a great role model for her classmates and underclassmen. Holly can always be relied on to do any task set before her and she makes sure she does it to the best of her ability.”

Pictured: Adrian Optimist Member Warren Earle, 
Trevor Ewbank, and Miami Principal Dr Daniel Johnson
The Miami Student of the Month is Trevor Ewbank. Trevor is the senior son of Tracy and Angela Ewbank. In school, Trevor participates in FFA, basketball, and baseball. He is also active at Merwin Christian Church. Trevor states, “I strive to better myself and my school everyday. I love my community as well as my school.” Charlie Jenkins, Miam Vo-Ag instructor states, “Trevor is a hard working, outgoing, intelligent young man. He does all asked to the best of his ability.” Trevor plans to attend the University of Arkansas.

Pictured: Adrian Optimist Member Cary Six, Quincy Keating, and Adrian Principal Abe Lewis

Quincy Keating is the Adrian Student of the Month. She is the daughter of Phil and Kari Keating. In her senior year, Quincy is active in basketball, softball, FCCLA and NHS. Outside of school, Quincy works at Yoss Thriftway and spends time with friends and family. After high school, Quincy plans to attend OTC for her first two years using A+. She then plans to transfer to Missouri State University to major in Early Childhood Education and minor in Special Education

Butler Optimist Toys for Tykes Program

Attention Bates County, it’s that time of year again. We are kicking off our Annual Butler Optimist Toys for Tykes program. If this program will benefit you please come sign up in person at 804 West Fort Scott street on November 6th, 11th or 20th from 9:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. the sooner the better, please bring the following information. 

Photo ID, Social Security card or Birth Certificate of each child, proof of income or most recent paycheck stub.

Everyone must be seen in person. Also remember we are going to need these children adopted so anyone looking to adopt a child or family needs to call and register also.

Let's help put smile on a child's face this Christmas Kristi at 816-738-0581 or Dillon at 816-394-0102.

St. Clair County Sheriffs Office: misdemeanor warrant arrest‏

Rocky Willis
On Nov. 3, Rocky Willis, 36, Osceola, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant for failing to appear in court on two misdemeanor charges of passing a bad check less that $500. The charges stem from incidents in March. The warrant was issued on Oct. 17 and bond is set at $250 cash only.