Search news

Friday, December 26, 2014

Obituary - Dorothy Jewel Bitner

Dorothy Bitner
Funeral services for Dorothy Bitner will be 2 p.m. Sunday, December 28, 2014 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Visitation will be prior to services from 1-2 p.m. Sunday at chapel. Burial in Benjamin Cemetery, Amoret, Missouri. Contributions to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 

Dorothy Jewel Bitner, age 86 of Butler, Missouri died Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at Medicalodge of Butler. She was born July 30, 1928 to Harvey Newton and Elsie White West.

Dorothy is survived by two sons, Dennis Bitner and wife Fran of Sargent, Texas and Scott Bitner and wife Julie of Butler, Missouri; two daughters, Marilyn Hammett and husband Raymond of Foster, Missouri and Janet Fahnestock of Butler, Missouri; ten grandchildren, Denise Norbury and husband Doug, Mike Hammett, John Hammett and wife Pam, Tad Bitner, Kristin Schaadt, Jeff Borum and wife Anya, Marsha Terry, Jimmy Fahnestock, Amie Plunket and Mandy Brockman and husband Dave; 23 great-grandchildren and one great great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Truman; five brothers, Percy, Orville, Harley, Ernest and Virgil; and four grandchildren, Brad, Matt, Jacob and Joseph.

Obituary - Edna Van Vlack

Edna Van Vlack
Edna Van Vlack, 89 of Drexel, Missouri passed away December 24, 2014 at Adrian Manor, Adrian, Missouri. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Sunday, December 28, 2014 at Mullinax Funeral Home’s Drexel Chapel in Drexel, Missouri (660-679-0009). Visitation will be from 1-2 PM prior to the service. Burial will follow in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, Missouri. Contributions are suggested to the Drexel Baptist Church. Messages of condolence may be left at

Edna Mae (Fink) Glaze Van Vlack was born November 1, 1925 in Bates County, Missouri, daughter of Bert Edward and Cecil Delia (Stitt) Fink.

She attended school in Drexel and graduated from Drexel High School. She worked for a time for Drexel veterinarian Dr. Lawrence Davidson, and was also an operator at the telephone company before telephones went to dial. Edna worked many years on the election board in Miami County, and had also worked for the Miami County collector/treasurer and the Miami County Historical Society’s museum. Later she very much enjoyed working on the Drexel Centennial publication as she loved genealogy and spent much time working on it alongside her friends.

Among her hobbies was quilting, and each grandchild received one of her quilts. Edna accepted the Lord and was baptized in Liberal, Missouri, and a longtime member of the Drexel Baptist Church. Her children remember and describe her as a dedicated, hardworking mother.

Edna was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Willard Glaze; and a daughter, Delva Kaye Champlin. She is survived by a daughter, Delia Russell and husband Gary of Drexel; son Lee Glaze and wife Ellen of Drexel; and daughter Joyce Payne and Vernon Hayley of Florida; grandchildren Shannon, Carrie, Candice, Susan, Shayla, Sara, David, and Ryan; 13 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Second proposal to legalize marijuana filed in Missouri

A second initiative petition to legalize marijuana in Missouri has been filed. Secretary of State Jason Kander this week announced the petition is open for public comment.

The proposal would amend the Missouri Constitution to allow residents to use the drug for medical or recreational use. Missourians also could legally grow the plant if the initiative passes.

Initiative petitions need approval from Kander's office before they can be circulated to the public. Residents vote on the measures if they receive enough signatures to make it on the ballot.

Another initiative that would allow those 21 years or older to use or grow marijuana also is open for public comment.

Missouri motorcycle helmet legislation returns

A Missouri lawmaker wants to lift a state law requiring all motorcyclists wear a helmet.Newly elected state Rep. Shane Roden of Cedar Hill recently filed legislation that would require only minors to wear helmets.Those with learner's permits also would need to wear a helmet while driving.

Anyone driving or riding as a passenger on a motorcycle now must to wear a helmet or face a maximum $25 fine.

A similar bill that would lift the helmet requirement for those 21 and older failed last session.The measure passed the House but never made it to the Senate floor.

St. Clair County: Help needed finding owner of dog

On Sunday, Dec. 21, a female Rottweiler was found near SW 1021 and 300 Road, Osceola. The dog weighs 71-pounds and is estimated to be one-and-a-half to two-years-old. She was taken to H & E West Missouri Veterinary Clinic, Appleton City, 660-476-2168.

St. Clair County Sheriffs Office: Montrose man arrested on Felony warrant

Zachariah Bishop
On Dec. 24, Zachariah Bishop, 31, Montrose, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant for failing to appear in court on a class C felony charge of possessing a controlled substance. 

The warrant was issued on Dec. 5. The charge stems from an incident on Sept. 24 when a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to Concord Street, Appleton City, in reference to a violation of an ex-parte. 

During the investigation, Bishop was taken into custody. A search of his person located a bag that contained a white powdery substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. Bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety.

Bishop was also arrested on a Henry County probation and parole warrant on three class C felony charges, domestic assault - second degree, unlawful possession of a firearm, and tampering with a victim/witness or attempt tampering w/victim in a felony prosecution. 

The warrant was issued on Nov. 25 and stems from an incident in February 2013. Bond on these charges is set at $5,000 cash only.

Osceola woman injured in accident

One person was injured in a one-vehicle accident on Dec. 25 in St. Clair County on Highway 82, around 2 miles west of Roscoe.

Karen M. Patterson, 58, Osceola, not wearing a seat belt, westbound in a 2007 Chevrolet Impala, traveled off the right side of the roadway. The driver overcorrected to the left. Subsequently, the vehicle crossed back over the roadway, traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned into a plowed field.

Karen M. Patterson experienced serious injuries and was airlifted by LifeFlight to Research Hospital. Her vehicle was totaled and removed from the scene by Mike’s Towing.

Missouri Highway Patrol Sergeant Riggs investigated the accident.