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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Obituary - John Edward Nagle, III

John Edward Nagle, III, 70, Adrian, Missouri, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian, with visitation from 9:30-11:00. Memorial contributions may be made to Adrian VFW Post 1935.
(A complete obituary will be posted when available).

Bates County Memorial Hospital: Scrubs on Site


Circuit Court news March 20-27, 2015

Diana L Rich , Clerk
March 20-27, 2015

  • Janel D Engberg v John D Engberg, Dissolution of Marriage granted.
  • Merlin Reed v Marilyn Sue Reed, Petition for Dissolution of Marriage filed.
  • Matthew Cody King v Montana Delane King, Dissolution of Marriage granted.

Obituary - Ronald Floyd Mock

Ronald Floyd Mock, 76, Garden City, Missouri, died Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. No services are scheduled.

Ronald was born October 10, 1938 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Floyd and Charlotte (Oviatte) Mock. He married Edonna Faye Slavicek on September 15, 1960 in Wichita, Kansas. Ronald grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and was a U. S. Air Force Veteran. He worked as an aircraft mechanic at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base before retiring in 1994.

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Edonna, of the home; two sons, Robin Mock, Lansing, Kansas and Jason Mock, Garden City, Missouri; one daughter, Jessica Williamson, Garden City, Missouri; 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Obituary - Tommy Allen Kerbs

Tommy Allen Kerbs, 76, formerly of Bronaugh, MO, passed away on Saturday, March 29, 2015 in Independence, MO. Tommy was born on February 19, 1939 in Great Bend, KS, to Henry Kerbs, Jr. and Verna B. (Margheim) Kerbs.

Tommy, along with his family, came to Nevada in 1954. He attended Bronaugh High School graduating there with the Class of 1957. Tommy served his country in the United States Air Force from 1957 until 1961. Following his service years he settled in Kansas City and worked in the trucking business nearly all of his life. He retired from Yellow Freight after working there for over 30 years.

Survivors include four children, one son, Joe, Pleasant Hill, MO, three daughters, Kerri, Kimberly, and Kelli, all of Nevada; numerous grandchildren; one sister, Donna Bolser, Nevada; two brothers, Larry Kerbs, and Bob Kerbs, both of Nevada; several nieces and nephews. Tommy was preceded in death by one sister, Beverly Millman in 2014.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2015 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. Friends may call from now and until the hour of service at the funeral home.


Henry County Sheriffs Office: Amber Alert Successful - - Missing Juvenile Found Safe

Hannah Sue Kennish
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that Hannah Sue Kennish, age 13, who was reported missing from her residence in Montrose, Missouri, on Sunday, March 29th, has been located in the vicinity of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is safe. The New Mexico State Police conducted a traffic stop on an interstate highway, based on information broadcasted during an Amber Alert, which was issued around 1:30 p.m. today.

During the traffic stop, which was conducted shortly before 3:30 p.m., Hannah was located as a passenger in a 2013 Ford F-150 pick-up truck, being driven by Raymond Vallia, age 55, of Albuquerque, NM. Vallia was taken into custody by New Mexico authorities, while Hannah was taken from the scene and transported to safety.

Henry County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Shields has issued a warrant for Raymond Vallia, alleging the Class A Felony of Child Kidnapping, which carries a minimum of 10 years, up to 30 years or a life confinement in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Vallia is currently being held in New Mexico, on a $250,000 cash only bond, awaiting extradition back to Missouri. Federal charges may also be filed against Vallia regarding this incident in the next couple of days.

Raymond Vallia
Evidence recovered from several electronic devices located in the home, led to the discovery of online communication over a period of at least four (4) months, between Kennish and Vallia. This communication took place over several different websites, as well as public social media sites.

Detective Sgt. Mike Nelson and Deputy Randy Koenke were very instrumental in developing possible suspect information on Sunday afternoon from the various social media sites. With that information, the Rural Missouri Major Case Squad was activated by the Sheriff’s Office on Monday morning and including staff from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Investigators were able to put together enough information to meet the guidelines and criteria to issue an Amber Alert. Once the Amber Alert was issued, several tips were received that led to the discovery of the vehicle being driven by Vallia near Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Hundreds of telephone calls were received after the issuance of the Amber Alert, many of which were fielded by the Henry County 9-1-1 Center and then routed to investigators working the case.

Missouri Department of Conservation seeking information on Bald Eagle Shot around Peculiar

The Missouri Department of Conservation is seeking information about this Bald Eagle that was shot in the wing near Peculiar on about March 8. 

A local resident reported it and we took it to the Lakeside Nature Center. It had to be euthanized due to injuries. 

Please call Conservation Agent Phil Needham at 816-809-6259, or Operation Game Thief at 800-392-1111 with any info about the shooting. 

Courtesy of The Missouri Department of Conservation

Obituary - David Park Cox

David Park Cox, a life long resident of Bates County, passed away at his home on March 29, 2015 at the age of 87. Private family Celebration of life services and burial will be held at Fort Scott National Cemetery, Fort Scott, KS. Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler, (660-679-0009). Contributions are suggested to the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, 11300 St. Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044-2793. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

David was born December 11, 1927 to Richard and Pearl (Wade) Cox. He grew up on their family farm and attended a one room school before graduating from Butler High School with the class of 1945. In 1946 David enlisted in the US Navy and served on the submarine, USS Caiman. He then returned to farming and married Beverly Gander in 1952. Two children were born to this union. They moved to their farm located in the Pleasant Gap Township in 1955, where he resided until the time of his death. In his farming years he was active in the State Cattlemen Association, Pork Producers and a 4-H leader for 10 years. Conservation of the land was always a top priority and in 2005 he received the Bates County SWCD Wildlife Habitat Award. In the past years he was active in his church and had a special interest in the Baptist Children’s Home and mission work. At the time of his death he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Nevada. He is survived by Beverly, his wife of 63 years, daughter Sharon and Husband Theo Martin of Gladstone, MO, son Paul and wife Susan Cox of College Place, WA, and sisters Bettie Scifers, Virginia Baker, Joan Ghere, and Sara Burch.


Missing Montrose Teen Found Safe in New Mexico

Henry County Sheriff’s Department Major Rob Hills made the announcement in a press conference this afternoon just hours after issuing an amber alert in search of the 13-year-old Montrose teen who had been missing since Sunday.
Hills said New Mexico State Police located 55-year-old Raymond C. Vallia and Hannah Sue Kennish traveling an interstate highway near Albuquerque, New Mexico. After following the black Ford truck for some distance a stop was made. Kennish was taken into protective custody and Vallia was arrested. Hills said state charges against Vallia could come as soon as today or Tuesday morning and could range from kidnapping, child abduction and several others.
As it appears Vallia traveled with Kennish across state boundaries federal charges could also be forthcoming. Earlier Monday investigators had looked to the state of Texas but Hills declined to say whether Vallia lives in that state. The suspect truck is registered with Texas license plates. Hills did say that authorities know Vallia had lived in Texas within the last two years. He also said a records search indicates Vallia has no criminal record.
Evidence indicates Kennish and Vallia had some sort of online relationship via social media sites. So far evidence has been located by the FBI for accounts held by Kennish on Pintrest, Tumbler and Kick, all popular social chat sites. An FBI digital forensics team located accounts linked to Kennish with profile information indicating she was older than 13. Also found are chat conversations between Vallia and Kennish.
Major Hills could not say if Vallia knew Kennish was 13-years-old. Thus far digital records indicate the two had been communicating online for at least four months. Digital devices including cells phones and a computer tablet were examined by the FBI team who were able to locate the conversations and “fake” online accounts. Hills called some of the communications between the 13 and 55-year-old as “shocking.”
“She will be home either tonight or in the morning.” said Hills of the young girl. As for Vallia, he is being held in New Mexico with state, local and federal charges pending.
Authorities credit the Amber Alert system for developing the leads that led to locating Kennish alive and safe.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Department was first alerted to a missing child Sunday morning at approximately 10:15 a.m. Hannah’s mother told authorities Sunday she last saw her daughter at approximately 8 a.m. but when she looked in again at approximately 10 a.m. Hannah was not to be found and the rear door of the residence was found open. Monday afternoon Hills said her mother had spoken to Hannah by phone at 3 a.m.
Earlier Monday morning Hills said initial investigation at the home indicated the possibility this was not an abduction but that authorities were treating it as one.
At approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday the Amber Alert was issued which generated numerous leads including information from the state of Texas. Hills said it was the alert system that led investigators to New Mexico and located the suspect vehicle.
Courtesy of The Henry County Sheriffs Office

Field on fire near Amsterdam

Local fire departments have been summoned to a large field on fire about 1/2 mile east of Amsterdam. Initial reports are that an entire field is burning. We will provide updates as they become available.

Use caution and watch for emergency equipment if traveling in the area.

Obituary - Dwayne Jess Carlton

Dwayne Jess Carlton, 80 of Passaic, Missouri passed away March 29, 2015 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services will be 2 PM Friday, April 3, 2015 at Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler. Visitation prior to services, from 1-2 PM at the funeral home. Cremation will follow services. Contributions are suggested to any charity of the donor’s choice, and messages of condolence for the family may be left

Dwayne was born November 3, 1934 in Idaho, the son of Jesse E. and Edith Carlton.

He was very proud to have served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years, earning the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and the U.N. Service Medal among his accomplishments. Dwayne loved fishing and bingo, but particularly enjoyed going on road trips. He enjoyed dancing, and in his later years, accompanying his wife Evelyn to family gatherings. He was particularly proud of how much his family had grown over the years.

Dwayne was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Evelyn; and one daughter, Laurie Bismarck; as well as a grandson, Michael Carlton, Jr. He is survived by a son, Steve Carlton and wife Maria of California; daughter Debbie Carlton of California; and son Mike Carlton and wife Virginia of Passaic; stepdaughter Bonnie and husband Lester, and stepson Clayton and wife Cindy; and adopted children Jim and Rachel Lane; granddaughter Dannette Carlton of Scotland; grandson Kerry Carlton of Butler; granddaughters Dena Frye and Dawn Green, and grandson Clifford Frye, as well as son-in-law Chris Bismarck, all of New York; and seven great-grandchildren.

Job Opening in Butler

Herrell construction of Butler, Missouri is looking for labors to pour concrete. Reliable have their own transportation.

  • 1. Wanting to work for a living.
  • 2. Takes pride in their work and them selves.
  • 3. Will train the right person..
If you are interested in this job opportunity please call call 660-464-1635. 

P.S. If you don't like to work hard don't waste my time.

7 million and counting....

Strike up the band...Bates County Live
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Since our very first news story posted on June 28, 2010 our 'little ole' news web site has chalked up more and more hits every fact, over this past weekend our total hit counter (according to Google Analytics) topped the 7 million mark!

Not bad considering Bates County has about 17,000 residents, plus a few from other areas who like to keep tabs on what's going on 'back home'.

Our goal has been, and still is, to bring Bates County fully into the new age of technology regarding news reporting.

 We'd like to take a moment and thank our loyal advertisers. We couldn't stay in business without you!

And thank YOU to our loyal readers- we never would have reached this number of hits without you coming to Mid America Live each and every day for updates.


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Bates County Sheriff’s Office Activity Report MARCH 23, 2015 to MARCH 29, 2015

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Butler Police Department Activity Report: 3-23-15/ 3-28-15

  • 03/23/2015 

Missing juvenile
Harassment report
Medical assist 200 block of Atkinson
Open door N Water
Fight Dakota and Austin
Keep the peace 500 block of W Harrison
Animal complaint Wix Lane
Theft report Water tower W Mill
Alarm Bank of America

  • 03/24/2015 
Disturbance Casey’s N Orange
Animal complaint 400 block of S Delaware
Disturbance parking lot Citizens Bank
Assist DFS
Fight Boy Scout park
Medical assist N Mechanic
Hit and Run accident Wal Mart

Schell City man injured in ATV accident

A Schell City man was moderately injured in a one vehicle ATV accident Saturday night in Vernon County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at about 7:30 P.M. Saturday night on County Road 2825, North of Schell City, in Vernon County, involving a 2005 Yamaha four wheeler driven by 36 year old Jeremy Maus. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says, Mr. Maus was traveling Southbound when he ran off the roadway and overturned. Maus was listed with moderate injuries and airlifted to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Elevated fire danger Sunday afternoon

Light rain showers moving through the region this morning will give way to breezy and dry conditions this afternoon. This will likely lead to elevated fire weather concerns later today. Be especially careful if performing any open burning outdoors! Temperatures will continue moderating this week with upper 70s possible by Wednesday. Showers and storms will return Wednesday night as a cold front approaches from the west.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Arrest Report: Adrian man arrested in Cass County

On 3/29/15 around 2:45 a.m. The Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cass County arrested 25 year old George A. Warren of Adrian, Missouri.

Mr. Warren was arrested on 1.) Driving while intoxicated 2.) No seat belt. He was booked into the Cass County Jail and later released

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Missouri State Highway Patrol Arrest Report: Woman arrested after chase

On 3/28/15 around 1:10 p.m. The Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cass County arrested Carrie L. Bates, 38, from Lee’s Summit, MO, 

She was arrested for felony resisting arrest by flight - creating a substantial risk, felony endangering the welfare of a child, and felony possession of a controlled substance. 

She was booked into the Henry County Jail and placed on a 24 hour investigative hold.

Changes to access to the compost site in Butler

The compost site in Butler will be open Mon-Fri 9am - 4pm, the compost and brush sites will be open on Saturdays from 9am - 1pm. 

If you need the compost key after that it's available at the Butler Police Department.

Obituary - Robert V. Fahnestock, Jr.

Robert V. Fahnestock, Jr. age 74, of Ottawa, KS passed away March 28, 2015 at Ransom Hospital in Ottawa. Services are pending and will be announced under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler, (660-679-0009). Messages of condolences for the family may be left at

Full obituary information will be published when it becomes available.


House fire in Ballard

Several area fire department are on scene of a structure fire in Ballard. The location of this fire is just East of the Ballard Grill.

The fire is out at this time and no one was injured in this fire. Crews are on scene doing assessments of damage. 

Mid America Live will update this when more information becomes available.

Harrisonville teen injured in Johnson County motorcycle accident

One person was injured in a one-vehicle accident on March 27 in Johnson County on Highway 2 around 300 feet west of County Road SW 1551.

Daniel J. Frank, 19, Harrisonville, wearing a helmet, operating westbound a 2007 Suzuki 750, failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle slid off the right side of the roadway where it began to overturn. Subsequently, the operator was ejected from the motorcycle. The motorcycle then struck a wooden fence post.

Daniel J. Frank experienced moderate injuries and was transported by private vehicle to the Lee’s Summit Medical Center. The motorcycle was totaled and removed from the scene through a private tow.

Missouri Highway Patrol Sergeant D.S. Green investigated the accident and was assisted by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department.


Bates County Sheriffs Office to offer Free Self Defense Classes

As a way to give back to the citizens of Bates County, the Sheriff's Office began to give free CCW classes to our residents 2 years ago. This summer our Sheriff will begin to offer free self defense classes to females ages 13 and up. The classes will be a full day to include a practical exercise where you put your training to use and defend yourself from an "attacker".

Bates County Sheriff's Office is proud to be Serving and Protecting our community.


Adrian Optimist Club Students of the month for March

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: Adrian Optimist Member Don Osborn, Graham Wainscott, and Ballard Superintendent John Siebeneck
The Ballard Student of the Month for March is Graham Wainscott, senior son of Roger and Lori Wainscott. Instructor, Miranda Bridges states “Graham is a hard worker both in and out of school. This year, Graham has demonstrated some qualities that made him stand out from the rest. He is a Teacher’s Assistant for several elementary classes. Through this responsibility, Graham has developed a connection with those young students that most high schoolers don’t have. Most elementary students cannot walk past him in the hallway without giving him a high five, a friendly nudge, or exchanging an ornery smile. His mentoring ability is why I have nominated Graham for Student of the Month.”

Pictured: Adrian Optimist Member Don Osborn, Brooklyn Popplewell, and Miami Principal Dr Daniel Johnson

The Miami Student of the Month is Brooklyn Popplewell, sophomore daughter of Michelle and Patrick Popplewell. Brooklyn participates in basketball, volleyball, FFA, FCCLA, and band in school, and 4-H outside of school. Staff at Miami say “She is a hardworking young lady that is always on task. She shows leadership and is always working to master each new skill. It is a pleasure to work with Brooklyn and she will go far in life with the work ethic and determination she has.” Brooklyn has plans to become an RN at either MIZZOU or Alabama.

Pictured: Adrian Optimist Member Don Osborn, Colton Kimminau, and Adrian Principal Abe Lewis   

The Adrian Student of the Month is Colton Kimminau, junior son of Curt and Tracie Kimminau. Colton is very active in school as a member of FCCLA, FBLA, National Honor Society, Student Council, Quiz Bowl, and as a Junior Class officer. He also enjoys playing soccer and working a job outside of school. Colton’s plans include attending University of Missouri.

Community Food Pantry Monthly mass food distribution TODAY

Monthly mass food distribution at the Community Food Pantry TODAY 8:30-11:30 at 709 W. Ohio. If you have a food need some of the produce we have will be apples, carrots, cabbage and oranges. Please bring proof you live in Bates County.

Obituary - Ernest W. White

Funeral services for Ernest W. White will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Reverend Art Ellsworth officiating. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. Monday, March 30 at the Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler, Missouri. Contributions to the Ohio St. United Methodist Church and the Butler Public Library. 

Ernest William White, age 101 of Butler, Missouri died Friday, March 27, 2015 at Willow Lane Nursing Home in Butler. He was born February 14, 1914 to Charles Edward and Etta Evaline Lingenfelter White in Paradise, Missouri.

Ernest is survived by his wife of 73 years, Edith White of Butler; a daughter Margaret Alexander and husband Jim of Russelville, Arkansas; six grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Kenneth White and a brother, Walter White.


Forecast for the upcoming 5-days

Trending warmer with a few morning rain showers possible Sunday morning. Heading into the work week, warm up will be well underway with low 70s possible by Tuesday. 

Next chance for storms to arrive on Wednesday when a cold front approaches. Enjoy!

Obituary - Laura Elder

Laura Elder 90 of Butler died Friday, March 27 at her home. There will be a visitation for friends to call from 2 to 4 pm Sunday, March 29 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler. Cremation will follow visitation. 

Laura is survived by sons Lindsey Ray Elder Jr of Thompson Falls, Montana and Walter Dean Elder of Butler; daughters Alice Fay Callahan of Hampton, Virginia; Frances Kay Pearsall of Missoula, Montana; Patty Ann Sheler of Ottawa, Kansas; Barbara Elizabeth McDaniel of Milton, Florida and Joyce Elder of Nevada, Missouri; also surviving are numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Friday, March 27, 2015

Bears 1st out of 10

by Aaron Allen

Last night Butler hosted its 2nd consecutive Butler Invitational Track Meet. It turned out to be a beautiful day and everyone seemed to take advantage of it. I first off want to THANK everyone that was involved in helping put this on. I had several coaches comment that it was a very cleanly ran track meet for being anyone's first of the year. Big big kuddos to you all. I am very grateful for your support and help.

In our competition last night we ran against 10 schools and your Butler Boys came in 1st place overall! We hope to continue this success onto the next meet. At the meet they scored the top 8 finishers in each event. Here are your top 8 finishers in their events:

Shot Put – Ben Holt – 4th place; Zeph Smith – 5th place
Discus – Zeph Smith – 5th place
Long Jump – Seth Stump – 7th place
Triple Jump – Dylan Morris – 6th place
Pole Vault – Ethan Gardner – 1st place with a vault of 10; Brett Behringer – 6th place
4×800 relay – Tevin Taylor, Jesse Donoval, Aziah VanVoorst, Tayje VanVoorst – 5th place
4×200 relay – Devan Loveall, Dylan Morris, Tanner Diehl, Austin Castaneda – 1st place with a time of 1:36.97
110 Hurdles – Connor Sparks – 4th place; David Morse – 7th place
100 Dash – Keagan Miller – 4th place; Geoffrey Algiere – 6th place
800 Run – Tayje VanVoorst – 6th place; Aziah VanVoorst – 7th place
4×100 Relay – Geoffrey Algiere. Dylan Morris, Keagan Miller, Ethan Gardner – 3rd place
400 Run – Austin Castaneda – 1st place with a time of 52.62; Tanner Diehl – 3rd place
300 Hurdles – Devan Loveall – 1st place with a time of 43.72
200 Dash – Austin Castaneda – 2nd place; Tanner Diehl – 3rd place
3200 Run – Tayje VanVoorst – 5th place; Aziah Van Voorst – 6th plae
4×400 Relay – Devan Loveall, Ethan Gardner, Tanner Diehl, Austin Castaneda – 1st place with a time of 3:38.90

I am super proud of all of our athletes in their effort. Last night was actually the first track meet I have won since I have started here. I know this was a big goal of theirs to win as a team. Great group of kids we have. Give them a congratulations if you see them. Our next track meet is on Monday March 30th at Archie.

Lady Bears finish 1st

by Amber Solomon 

March 26th, the Butler Bears hosted the 2nd annual Butler Invitational Track Meet. The weather was good and the meet went great! It is super fun and exciting, for the athletes and the coaches, to be able to be able to perform in front of our hometown crowd!

A super big THANK YOU to all of our helpers, workers, and volunteers! The track meet would not have run as smoothly as it did without your hard work and diligence yesterday!

Overall, the Lady Bears Track Team ended up walking away with a 1st place finish for the 2nd year in a row!!! All of the ladies truly stepped up to the plate yesterday and did what they needed to do, many of the girls on the team maxing out in 4 events.

The top 8 performers in each event earned points for their team.
Shot Put- Courtney Blevins- 5th place
Long Jump- Peyton McGuire- 4th place
Triple Jump- Amy Miller- 1st place with a jump of 32’8”; Riley Mareth- 6th place
High Jump- Amy Miller- 1st place with a jump of 4’10”; Peyton McGuire- 2nd place (also with a jump of 4’10”)
100 M Hurdles- Courtney Blevins- 5th place; Riley Mareth- 6th place
100 M Dash- Makenna Hannah- 4th place
4×200 M Relay- 1st place with a time of 1:54.47 – Makenna Hannah, Allie Chandler, Amy Miller, Mady Gepford
1600 M Run- Katie Murrell- 8th place
4×100 M Run- 2nd place – Courtney Blevins, Makenna Hannah, Riley Mareth, Allie Chandler
400 M Dash-Mady Gepford- 1st place with a time of 1:01.34; Allie Chandler- 5th place
300 M Hurdles- Riley Mareth- 3rd place; Katie Murrell- 5th place
800 M Run- Mady Gepford- 1st place with a time 2:32.88
4×400 M Relay- 1st place with a time of 4:36.89 – Allie Chandler, Makenna Hannah, Amy Miller, Mady Gepford

Monday, March 30th, the Butler Bears will travel up to Archie to compete in the Archie Invitational. Field events start at 4:00 pm and running events start at 5:15pm. Come out, enjoy the nice weather and watch your Butler Bears perform against some new competition.

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Adrian Gun and Knife Show this weekend

The Adrian Optimist Club’s 3-day gun and knife show will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 28th, 29th and 30th. All of the excitement will take place in the Adrian Optimist Building on old 71 highway.

Admission is just $5 per day for adult, children under 10 will get in free. Hours on Friday, March 28th will be from 5 – 9pm; Saturday, March 29th from 8am – 6pm and on Sunday, March 30th from 9am – 3pm.

Over 150 tables will be filled with guns, ammo, accessories, knives and military surplus. Door prizes and raffle items. You won’t want to miss it.


Sidewalk Work Planned for Route 18 In Adrian Beginning Monday, March 30‏

Adrian, Bates County

A partnership project between the city of Adrian and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to build sidewalks along Route 18 in Adrian begins Monday, March 30.

The sidewalk project will take place along Route 18 between Old Route 71 and West Kentucky Avenue and between West Lexington Avenue and Mulberry Avenue, MoDOT said

The work will mean sidewalks will be closed at times in areas. However, the work should not cause impacts to drivers on Route 18 or other city streets.

MoDOT is supplying the materials to build the sidewalks and the city of Adrian will perform the work.

The work includes building sidewalks along with making the sidewalks compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Business entrances and approaches to city streets also will be rebuilt.

The project is set for completion by mid-September.


Obituary - Audrey Miller

Audrey Miller, of Butler, passed away on Thursday, March 26th at Willow Lane Care Center in Butler. She was 77. Arrangements are under the direction of Heuser Funeral Home in Rich Hill. Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 29th at Heuser Funeral Home, with burial in the Double Branch Cemetery in Butler. 

The family will receive friends at 1:00 P.M. just prior to the service. The family suggest memorial contributions to the Heartland Hospice or Double Branch Cemetery, in care of Heuser Funeral Home.

St. Clair County Sheriffs Office: Osceola man arrested

On March 26, Zachary Harper, 26, Osceola, was arrested on a St. Clair County felony warrant at a residence on NE 450 Road, Osceola. 

The warrant was issued in May 2014 and charges Harper with class C felony theft/stealing. The charge stems from an incident in April 2014 when Jack Foster reported scrap metal stolen from his property on SE V Highway.

Harper’s bond is set at $10,000 cash/surety.

Henry County Sheriffs Office: Thefts from around the county

According to Sheriff Kent Oberkrom, several thefts have occurred over the past week that involve the theft of off-road vehicles and ATV's. The thefts have been in the 400 block of SE 100, the 100 block of NE 100 and the 40 block of NE 201. The Sheriff's Office has some leads in these cases, but anyone with information in encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Mike Nelson at the Sheriff's Office.

Additional thefts of copper wiring from above ground irrigation systems have occurred over the past several months. The first reported theft was in January of this year in the 100 block of NW 901 road. The second theft occurred sometime between December, 2014 and March, 2015 in the 600 block of NW 850 road. Thieves are cutting the wiring that provides power to these large irrigation systems and then selling the copper from the stolen wiring after they burn off the insulation.

Sheriff Oberkrom says that many thefts are preventable by property owners and solvable by law enforcement with some basic care of your property;

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Temps below freezing the next two nights...

If you have plants that need protection from frost/freezing, you might want to cover or bring them inside. The forecast shows a pretty good chance of rain, with maybe a snowish mixture- along with freezing temps the next two mornings.

Good news? By Tuesday of next week we'll be back in the 70's!

Adrian PTO Fun Night

Updated Obituary‏- David “Dave” Gilbert

Lawrence David “Dave” Gilbert, 74 of Drexel passed away March 24, 2015 at Menorah Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, March 28, 2015 at South Fork Baptist Church near Drexel with Pastor Steve Bartholomew officiating. Visitation Friday evening, 5-7 PM at Mullinax Funeral Home – Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009). Interment will be in Sharon Cemetery. Contributions are suggested to Drexel FFA, or South Fork Baptist Church. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at

Dave was born February 10, 1941 in Harrisonville, Missouri, son of Thomas David and Ella Lorraine Ladd. He attended school in Harrisonville. He married Phyllis Spencer on June 15, 1960.

Dave spent a short time working in the brick yard in Harrisonville. He also worked in the orchards in California. However, most of Dave’s working years were spent in the agriculture fields. Dave spent many years loading and unloading grain. Mixing grain for livestock, loading fertilizer trucks, unloading trucks for harvest and helping farmers with chemicals. After working for years in the grain elevator he went to work delivering fuel to area farmers. He finished his working career pumping gas and drinking coffee with a host of friends. Dave enjoyed yard work, gardening, hunting, fishing and spending time with grandkids.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents and two infant siblings, Darrell and Julia. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Phyllis; son Thomas K. Gilbert and wife Carey; son, David W. Gilbert; daughter, Lisa S. McCubbin and husband Dwight; son, Darrell L. Gilbert and wife Sheryl; grandkids Kevin, Steven, Jordan, Brandon, Faith, Tyler, Rachel, Spencer, Jonathan, Shelbi, Joshua, Andrew and Adam; great-grandchildren Jesse, JoJo, Junior and Ayden; brothers Allen Gilbert and wife Patsy, and Paul Gilbert and wife Kathy; and sisters Alice Cummings and husband Ferrell, and Nora Van Antwerp.


Obituary - Verna Elleman

Memorial services for Verna Elleman will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Butler, Missouri. There is no visitation. Services under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. 

Verna Deane Elleman, age 75 of Raymore, Missouri died Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas. She was born March 27, 1939 to Leonard and Alice Claudine Crosslen Park in Carpenter, Wyoming.

Verna is survived by her husband Don Elleman of Raymore, Missouri; two sons, Christopher Elleman and wife Bridget of Raymore, Missouri and Curtis Elleman and wife Tamara of Overland Park, Kansas; one daughter, Erika Clark and husband Patrick of Raymore, Missouri; and five grandchildren, Tony, MacKinley, A.J., Wagner and Charli. She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Garry Park.


Bates County Job Fair open until 2 pm

The first ever Bates County Job Fair is officially underway at the Butler High School gymnasium. Job seekers are encouraged to stop by and visit with prospective employers until 2 pm today.

Dress appropriately and bring your resume!

Giving Fore Living: March is National Eye Donor month and April is National Donate Life month

Imagine that one day you notice your vision is very blurry. You visit your local eye doctor thinking you probably just need glasses. You learn that you have a condition that affects the cornea, the clear outer layer on the front of the eye. The doctor tells you your cornea is damaged and glasses or contact lenses will not help you see clearly. The news is difficult to hear, but there is hope! Fortunately, you learn that your condition is treatable and that your damaged cornea can be removed and transplanted with a healthy clear cornea from a donor. 

A corneal transplant is surgery to replace the damaged cornea with the cornea from a donor that has recently passed away. The donated cornea is procured and tested by a local eye bank, such as the Heartland Lions Eye Bank to ensure the safety of the tissue. Depending on the patient’s particular problem, either the entire cornea will be transplanted, or in many cases, only certain layers of the cornea will be transplanted. Full recovery of eyesight may take up to a year because of normal expected swelling that takes time to resolve. Some people notice significant vision improvement within days. Many people require glasses or contact lenses to achieve the best vision even after transplantation. Most people with successful transplants will have good vision for many years. Corneas are the most commonly used part of the eye used for transplantation, but the sclera, or white protective part of the eye, can also be used to repair a patient’s sclera, eardrum, nasal septum or gums.

Corneal transplants may be required in the case of eye diseases such as Fuch’s Dystrophy or keratoconus, or due to a corneal injury that has resulted in permanent scarring. Presently, more than 46,000 corneal transplants are performed in the U.S. every year, and is one of the most common transplants performed. Bates County has several recipients annually. Statistics vary, but the average success rate at one year is 80-90 percent, and 70-75 percent at 5 years. One reason for the extraordinary success rate is that matching blood types between donor and recipient is not necessary in most cases. The cornea is avascular, meaning it does not have blood vessels. Recipient rejection to the donor is much less likely than it would be with a vascular organ such as a heart or kidney.

Thankfully, many selfless individuals have committed to eye, organ and tissue donation. Bates County native Darin Wainscott of Butler, MO, donated his corneas to 2 different recipients, as well as several of his organs after suddenly passing away on February 28, 2013. Darin’s selfless act gave two people the gift of sight and saved the lives of at least four people. Their lives have been forever transformed due to his decision to become a donor.

Almost anyone between the ages of 2 and 75 can be an eye donor, regardless of poor vision, diabetes, or cancer. In fact, the only conditions that prevent eye donation are HIV or AIDS, active hepatitis, active syphilis, rabies, viral encephalitis, leukemia, active lymphoma or active meningitis. The simplest way to register to become an eye, organ and tissue donor is to put your name on your state’s donor registry. To register, visit or the Midwest Transplant Network website at, or call (573) 256-6646 for the answers to frequently asked questions! Next, let your friends and family know your wishes. Sign up today and let it be known that you wish to Donate Sight and Life! March is National Eye Donor month and April is National Donate Life month.

Edie Dilley celebrates 95th birthday

Edie Dilley turned 95 on Tuesday and her fellow Senior Center Board members surprised her with a wonderful birthday dinner. Lef to right: Terrie Bettels, Amy Muller, Don Moore, Edie Dilley, Dr Curtis Long, Jenny Wainscott, Len Redding, Kay Caskey, David Hopkins and Jim Eidson.

-our thanks to  Kay Caskey

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bates County Sheriffs Office: Weather Alert Update

Alert: T-storm located 6 miles east of La Cygne. Storm moving east at 50 mph. Penny sized hail expected.

Alert: Areas in storm path include Adrian, Archie, Amsterdam, Merwin, and Passaic