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Monday, December 8, 2014

Updated Obituary - Herschel Leon Vail

Herschel Leon Vail
Herschel Leon Vail, age 89, passed away on Sunday, December 7, 2014. He was born at Boicourt, Kansas on October 31, 1925 the son of Raymond and Leona Dodge Vail. He married Nancy Wisdom on April 25, 1954. He served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. Herschel owned and operated a trash disposal service and was an ordained minister. He was preceded in death by three sons: Darrell, Dennis and Chris Vail, one brother, Leland Vail and one grandchild, Candice. He is survived by his wife Nancy, two sons, Kenny and Curtis Vail, four daughters: Sharon Tennison, Ruth Quirk, Linda Richey and Vicky Vail, one brother, Herman Vail, three sisters: Vivian Bright, Fern Breashear, and Joan Stinnett, sixteen grand, fourteen great grand and one great great grandchildren. 

Memorial service will be held 11 AM Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Pleasanton Chapel. Visitation will be held from 10 AM to service. Private inurnment will be in the Woodfin Cemetery, Foster, Missouri. The family suggests contributions to the Nevada Regional Hospice. On line condolences for the family can be left at www.schneiderfunerals.com. Arrangements: Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Pleasanton Chapel.

Little Miss Snowflake and Little Jack Frost Crowned

Bronx Purdy, Kelsey Jackson
Congratulations to everyone competed this year.
BUTLER, Mo – The Christmas Parade festivities kicked off with the coronation of Little Miss Snowflake Kelsey Jackson, 4 year old daughter of Josh and Amanda Jackson, and Little Jack Frost Bronx Purdy, 4 year son of Shaunntai Purdy.

The Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Parade was held on Saturday, December 6th. Kelsey sold 233 coupon books and Brock sold 55.

Other candidates included 4th place: Jaylin Blevins, 7 year old sister of Jordan Blevins, who sold 7 books; 3rd place Emma Dixon, 4 year old daughter of Beverly and Andrew Dixon who sold 36 coupon books; and 2nd place winner was Paityn Derry-Jones, 4 year old daughter of Paige Derry and CJ Jones, who sold 180 coupon books.

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Missouri lawmaker wants to lower voting age to 16

Obituary - Ella Loraine Bitner

Ella Loraine Bitner, age 90, passed away in Commerce, OK on Saturday, December 6, 2014. Loraine was born in Bates County, Missouri, September 6, 1924 to Willie and Anna Ardena Leone (Hedger) Stark. 

Funeral services for Loraine Bitner will be 2:00 pm, Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel with burial in the Benjamin Cemetery near Amoret, MO. Visitation will be dfrom 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, Wednesday, December 10 immediately prior to funeral services at the chapel. Contributions in memory of Loraine may be given to the Butler Public Library.

Loraine was a graduate of Amoret High School. She had a bachelor’s degree in education and graduate hours from Central Missouri State College. 

Loraine’s passion was helping young children learn. She began her teaching career in a one room school house. She taught the last 19 years of her 32-year teaching career at Adrian, Missouri. 

Loraine is survived by her son Colonel Teddy Bitner and wife Nancy of Raymore, Missouri and daughter Dr. Bethene Fahnestock of Miami, Oklahoma; 5 grandchildren, Christopher Adams (who she raised) of Kansas City, Missouri, Rebekah Bitner, Hannah Bitner, Miriam Bitner all of Raymore, Missouri, and Terri Fahnestock of Springfield, Missouri; one great-grandson, James Wattenbach of Raymore, Missouri; and many cousins, nieces and nephews, who she enjoyed visiting. 

Loraine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dwight Dixon Bitner, Jr; her daughter, Teresa DeAnn Bitner Adams; her sister, Wilma Faye Webber; her brother Wilbur “Bud” Stark; an infant brother; and a special cousin, Pauline Hedger Evans.

Filing Opens for Municipal Elections

Filing will open on Tuesday, December 16th for any person who desires to become a candidate for an elective city office in the Municipal Election held on April 7, 2015.

Filing will close at 5 pm on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. You may file in the Bates County Clerk’s office on the second floor of the Bates County Courthouse.


If you have any questions contact County Clerk Marlene Wainscott at 660-679-3371.

Bates County Sheriff’s Office Activity Report December 1, 2014 to December 7, 2014

Bates County Sheriff’s Office Activity Report
 December 1, 2014 to December 7, 2014


  • December 1, 2014

BRUSH FIRE – BUTLER
THEFT – ARCHIE
BRUSH FIRE – AMSTERDAM
PROWLER – BUTLER
MVA (NO INJURIES) – RICH HILL
AMBULANCE REQUEST – HUME
CHECK WELL BEING – AMORET
AMBULANCE REQUEST – ADRIAN

Complete Obituary: Lloyd Fahnestock‏

Lloyd E. Fahnestock
Lloyd E. Fahnestock, 86 of Sedalia and formerly of Butler, Missouri passed away Friday, December 5, 2014 at Four Seasons in Sedalia. Graveside funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler, Missouri. Visitation will be prior to services, from 10 – 11 am at Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler. Contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.

Lloyd Elton Fahnestock was born July 31, 1928, son of Jacob Henry and Marie (Cummings) Fahnestock. Lloyd was a lifelong resident of Butler, Missouri where he attended school and was a graduate of Butler High School. He is best described as an innovator who loved to tinker and invent useful items. Lloyd’s mind was always working.

Family and friends will remember Lloyd as a very kind soul who enjoyed helping others. He had a jovial spirit and could tell a tale well and greatly enjoyed doing so. Among his hobbies were outdoor activities, particularly gardening and landscaping.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his first wife, JoAnn (Smith) Fahnestock, and one granddaughter, Kathryn Burgess. He is survived by his wife Ella “Jeanne” Fahnestock of Arkansas City, Kansas; son Jay Fahnestock and wife Mary of Sedalia, Missouri; daughter Dana Lawrence and husband Cliff of Butler, Missouri; daughter Deborah Tippie of Butler; step-sons Albert Lightle, Robert Lightle, and James Lightle; grandchildren Terri Fahnestock, Jackie Davis, Patrick Lawrence, Matthew Tippie, and Joseph Tippie; as well as additional numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Missouri State Highway Patrol: Have A Safe Christmas Holiday!

Many Missourians will be making special plans for the Christmas holidays. Is safe, crash free travel part of your plans? If not, it should be! Check your vehicle before you travel to ensure that it is in good working condition. Make sure you are well rested before driving to your destination, no matter how short the distance. And, please, please obey all traffic laws and be a courteous driver. The Missouri State Highway Patrol wishes everyone a merry and safe Christmas. One way for it to be merry is for everyone to arrive at their destination safely.


Last year over the Christmas holiday, there were 207 traffic crashes during the 30-hour counting period. In those crashes, one person was killed and another 79 were injured. This year’s traffic crash counting period is 102 hours in length and begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 28, 2014.

Remember: Holiday drivers will affect traffic patterns. If you’re planning a trip during the holiday, please keep this in mind. Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly. The Road Condition Report number is 1-888-275-6636. Allow extra time to reach your destination, and obey all traffic laws.

If faced with a traffic emergency, motorists can contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone. This emergency number will ring into the nearest Highway Patrol headquarters. Motorists should use this number if they are in a traffic crash, witness a crash or crime, or observe a stranded motorist in need of assistance, or other traffic emergencies.

“Last year, a traffic crash occurred every 8.7 minutes over the Christmas holiday,” said Colonel Ron Replogle. “Please wear your seat belt, obey Missouri's traffic laws, and if you include alcohol in your celebrations, please don’t drive.” A sober chauffeur or other alternative transportation modes are always the best option.

The Patrol encourages motorists to protect themselves from all types of hazardous drivers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Click It 4 Life!

Butler Police Department Activity Report 12/1 - 12/7 - 2014

12/01//2014
Open Door 400 block of S Fulton
Open door S Bus 49
Alarm City Hall
Well being check
Animal complaint 400 block of W College
Assist EMS 400 block of Wells
Open door 500 block of N Main