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Monday, February 2, 2015

Snow Expected Wednesday: 1-3 inches likely

Accumulating snow is expected through the day Wednesday. Generally, amounts of 1 to 3 inches are expected with the greatest amounts across far northwestern Missouri and extreme northeastern Kansas. Snow is expected to start during the morning hours across northwestern Missouri and spread southeastward through the day, ending during the overnight hours.

Obituary - Bruce Gilkey

Bruce Gilkey, of Rich Hill, passed away on Friday, January 30th. He was 62. Arrangements are under the direction of Heuser Funeral Home. Memorial services are scheduled for 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 4th at the Heuser Funeral Home.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Bruce Gilkey Memorial Fund, in care of Heuser Funeral Home.

Obituary - Dorothy Maxine Wormsley

Dorothy "Maxine" Wormsley, 92, Harrisonville, Missouri, died Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Golden Years Care Center in Harrisonville. Services are pending at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Service times and complete obituary will be posted when available.

Obituary - Floyd Olive

Funeral services for Floyd Olive will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to JoEllen Hawks scholarship fund. 

Floyd L. Olive age 90, passed away at his home January 31 2015 surrounded by his family and friends. He was born December 29, 1924 to Alfred (Jack) Olive and Lilian Glesner Wells in Arthur, Missouri.

Floyd is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sally Olive of Butler, Missouri; two sons Michael Olive and wife Christina of Beeville Texas and Mitchell Olive and wife Pam if Prescott Kansas; two daughters, Joyce Brewer and husband John of Greenwood, Missouri and Mary Burrous-Louthan and husband Robert of Archie, Missouri; son in law Mark Hawks of Hume, Missouri; one brother Kenneth Olive and wife Betty of Camdenton, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Michael Brewer, Virginia Wilson, Justin Olive, Brooklynn Olive, Nathan Hawks, Christopher Olive, Chandler Olive and Ernest Burrous. He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Toby Lee Riley; daughter Jo Ellen Hawks; brother Jim Olive; and sister Thelma Blakeman.

Obituary - Buford Thomas Hockett

Funeral services for Buford Hockett will be 1 p.m. Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian, Missouri. Contributions to Adrian First Baptist Church. 

Buford Thomas Hockett, age 88 of Adrian, Missouri died Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born July 1, 1926 to George Thomas and Dilly Josephine Jackson Hockett in Bates County, Missouri.

Buford is survived by his son, Harlan Hockett and wife Susan of Adrian, Missouri; one daughter, Linda Jennings and husband Bob of Butler, Missouri; one brother, Wilmur Hockett of Adrian, Missouri; sister-in-law, Frances Hockett of Raymore, Missouri; five grandchildren, Craig Jennings and wife Robyn, Geri Fagler and husband Jeff, Jonathan Barrett and wife Jennifer, Andy Thomas and companion Molly MacNaughton and Sarah Thomas; seven great-grandchildren, Rylee, Caily, Macy, Will, Nicole and husband Vincent, Bradley and Henry; and one great great-granddaughter, Abby. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Bertha; one daughter, Darlene Hockett; two brothers, Lloyd and Larry; and one sister, Anna Rose Heckadon.

St. Clair County Sheriffs Office: Felony warrant arrest

Thomas Cain
On Feb. 2, Thomas Cain, 75, Mountain Grove, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with class B felony theft/stealing. The warrant was issued on Jan. 23 and stems from an incident on Oct. 26 in Collins. 

On Oct. 27, a St. Clair County deputy took a stealing report from Mike Garlett Jr., Mike's Wrecker Service. Garlett reported a 1986 Peterbuilt that he had been servicing was missing from his lot. He said the service to the truck was completed and he was waiting on payment. Bond was originally set at $15,000 cash or surety. Cain appeared in court on Feb. 2 and was released on an own recognizance bond.

Bates County Sheriffs Office Press Release: Nevada man arrested on warrants

Jedediel Krull 
On 01-28-2015 Bates County Deputies responded to a residence in the city limits of Amoret for a theft that had occurred. The victim stated he had miscellaneous tools stolen from out of the back of his truck. During the investigation, multiple concerned citizens provided the Bates County Sheriff’s Office Deputies with information that lead to the suspect and his arrest. 

 The Deputies were able to locate the stolen tools and return them to the owner. The suspect Jedediel Krull (DOB 08-25-1983) of Nevada, Mo was arrested for theft and three outstanding warrants from Vernon County, MO.

On 02-02-2015 Bates County Deputies responded to a residence in Rich Hill for a theft that had occurred. The victim stated that he had four firearms stolen from his residence.

One Marlin .22 caliber rifle serial numbers unknown
Ithaca 20 gauge pump action shotgun serial number 336523
Ridge gun Co. 22 caliber rifle serial number A664843
Thompson replica black powder rifle serial number K264941

If you have any information about the above listed crimes or any other crimes that have taken place in your community, please do not hesitate to contact a Deputy or Detective at the Bates County Sheriff’s Office at 660-679-3232. You can also email Chief Deputy William Perryman at  

Black cat missing in South Butler

Black cat missing in the Birch Street area of South Butler. The cat is a service cat and a family pet. 

If you have seen this cat please call 660-464-2807.

QuickBooks Classes Coming to Butler‏

Bates County MU Extension Center and UCM Small Business & Technology Development Center are Partnering to Hold QuickBooks® Training Classes 

One of the top reasons business fail is inadequate records and financial knowledge. And, the old saying goes, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” In order to efficiently manage resources (money, energy, time, etc.), farm, business, and household managers need to measure and record information about their finances, operations, and activities. One popular computer-based tool used to measure and manage financial resources is QuickBooks®.

In order to teach people how they can use QuickBooks® to manage their businesses more efficiently, Kelly Dyer, Manager of Business Applications with the Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Central Missouri, will be offering a QuickBooks® for Beginners class on February18 and a Advanced QuickBooks class on February 25, 2015 from 9:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Bates County MU Extension Center located at 1 N. Delaware St., Butler, MO 64730, SE Corner of Courthouse.
The training being offered on February 18 is designed for beginners. This hands-on class will teach participants the basics about QuickBooks®. During the class, participants will learn how to set up a company, set up a chart of accounts, navigate through QuickBooks®, write checks, enter sales correctly, enter and pay bills and much, much more. It is important for a business owner to work on their business, not just in their business.

The Advanced QuickBooks class on February 25 is designed for people that have used QuickBooks awhile and have not taken it beyond the basics. The flexible agenda in this class allows participants to bring their questions and problems with QuickBooks to class. Participants will learn how to set up loans and fixed asset details, customize forms and add customized fields, reconcile bank and credit card statements, and much more.

To register for the class or for more information, call the Bates County MU Extension Center at 660-679-4167. There is a fee of $69 for each of the trainings that will go toward covering the costs associated with conducting the class. Class size is limited to 10 people, so please register prior to the day of the training.

Butler Police Department Activity Report 1/26 - 2/1 - 2015

  • 01/26/2015 
Animal complaint 200 block of S Austin
Assist DFS at High School
Accident Alley behind Caseys Ft Scott
Disturbance Pine and Havanna
Theft report 700 block of W Ft Scott

  • 01/27/2015 
Theft report
Stalled vehicle N Orange St
Traffic assist Mullinax
Keep the peace 400 block of W Pine

  • 01/28/2015 
Trespassing call E Jefferson
Assault report
Warrant service 600 block of W Park
Harassment report
Hit and Run accident 300 block of E Nursery
Disturbance BCMH

  • 01/29/2015
Alarm Rice Rd
Disturbance 300 block of S Main
Warrant service
Animal complaint Grade school area

  • 01/30/2015 
Stolen phone report
Keep the peace
Noise complaint Ohio and Water
Harassment report
Assist DFS 400 block of S Mechanic
Animal complaint Grade School
Fraud report
Warrant service
Animal complaint 600 block of W Dakota
Medical assist Square

  • 01/31/2015 
Hit and run accident Wal Mart
Animal complaint 300 block of W Pine
Keep the peace 400 block of S High
Keep the peace Inn Building

  • 02/01/2015 
Medical assist Conoco
Walk in Harassment report
911 hang up N High
Animal complaint 200 block of W Mill

Continued Cold Today - Snow Possible on Wednesday

Cold weather will continue for today, with temperatures remaining below the freezing mark until midday Tuesday. We're watching the potential for another round of accumulating snow to move through the area on Wednesday into Wednesday night. 

While there remains some uncertainty to the track of the system, total snowfall amounts look to average 1-3 inches.

Adrian Optimist Students of the month - January 2015

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”.

The Miami Student of the Month for January is Alyssa Bialowas, senior daughter of Pamela and James Bialowas. She enjoys Yearbook, Cheering, and FBLA in school; outside of school Alyssa finds time to work in Youth Court. Alyssa states “I’m inspired by my family and friends; they are all there through everything in my life and I’m thankful for that.” She plans to attend Fort Scott Community College and continue studying for a career in criminal justice. Staff at Miami states “Alyssa shows that she really cares for people. Her actions are sincere and thoughtful.”

Pictured Adrian Optimist Member Benny Goss, Alyssa Bialowas, and Miami Principal Dr Daniel Johnson.

The Ballard Student of the Month is Sabrina Walsh, junior daughter of Dan and Karla Walsh. PE Instructor, Samie Hill states “She (Sabrina) is a student that is always kind to others. She tries her best in the classroom and in every school setting. She is the first to arrive to work on something and always asks for the next job once she has worked hard at completing the previous one. I feel she is a student that has a genuine understanding and sympathy for others around her. She has developed into a quiet leader roll within her class.”

Pictured: Adrian Optimist Member Benny Goss, Sabrina Walsh, and Ballard Principal Jimmie Barton.

The Adrian Student of the Month is Rachel Mann. Rachel is the sophomore daughter of Rayland and Lisa Downey. In school she enjoys participating in marching and concert band as well as TSA and FCCLA. She takes piano and percussion lessons and volunteers at Adrian Manor Nursing Home. Rachel also loves participating in community theatre whenever she is given the chance. Rachel states “I thank God for how much he has blessed me.” She plans to major in nursing at the university yet to be decided; leading to becoming a nurse practitioner.   

Pictured: Adrian Optimist Member Benny Goss, Rachel Mann, and Adrian Principal Abe Lewis

History of Bates County: And Then There Was Light

Some of our older folks will gladly tell you about country living in the early part of the 20th century. In Winter, living in a cold, dark house was punctuated with trips to 'the little shack out back', sometimes under the worst of weather conditions. In Summer, some nights were so hot, a person couldn't rest comfortably and often, would sleep on a porch or anywhere they could catch a breeze. Ice in your drink? A rarity.

This was a time before electric lights, electric heaters and air conditioning that now make up a necessary part of our modern day lifestyle. Some of these things did exist; however there was no rural power grid and country folks were left in the dark.

At the time, the only alternative was a battery system- batteries in glass containers, often stored in a cellar. Charging of batteries would be by what ever means possible, often with windmill type generator. The system wasn't real efficient. The batteries needed constant maintenance and would only run a few items such as a light or two and maybe the family radio. Sellers of the battery systems would sometimes offer a 'deal' if the farmer would put a large sign on his barn advertising their battery system.

However, things were about to change. On May 11, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Executive Order that created the Rural Electrification Administration in a time that the nation’s farms needed electric power, and the nation’s workers needed work desperately. This program, born during the Great Depression, brought electric lights and power to millions of Americans, including Bates Countians, who were literally living in the dark - only a half-century ago. By 1935, electric power had been confined to the town and city areas because the power companies thought it would cost too much to bring electric power to the country- they believed that rural people could not afford the costs involved in getting electricity to them.

Later that year, Congress passed the Rural Electrification Act, setting up a long-term loan program, which made it possible for rural people to work together to serve themselves with electricity.

While the idea of lights at the flip-of-a-switch for country folks was welcomed, there was uncertainty. Group meetings were held to explain the program and get people to sign up for a $5 fee. During this time, $5 was a sum not to be taken lightly; and there were some who were not sure that electricity was worth the expense. After all, we've never had lights, so who needs 'em?

But many did want it, and there was a lot of work to do- make maps, hire people and get right of way permission everywhere there would be poles. In itself, getting right-of-way permission alone was a monumental task, but the project pushed forward.

Bates, Cass and Henry Counties officially got skin in the game August 9, 1938, when Osage Valley Electric Cooperative Association was incorporated. The original local incorporators were:
Helen Murphy-Butler, C.K. Hendrickson-Butler,
Jas. W. Maxey-Butler, Chas. A. Keirsey-Butler,
Byron Pipes-Butler, J.D. Beatty-Butler,
W.E. Blayney-Butler, John Mayer-Harrisonville,
H.W. Houston-Horton, Ed Sheehy-Hume,
J. Kenny Franks-Rich Hill, George C. Newell-Rockville,
Oscar Fix-Rockville, Ervin R. Ewing-Urich

Things were buzzing right along. By 1941, 524 miles of power lines were serving 779 rural customers and despite the war, Osage Valley was still growing.

Since there were no single generating facilities to feed Osage Valley REA, the company had to purchase electric power to furnish its members. Originally, wholesale power was purchased from the City of Butler, the City of Harrisonville, and the Missouri Public Service Co.
As rural Bates County got electricity, with
it came a new responsibility- jotting down
the numbers on the meter each month and
mailing it in for proper billing. By contrast,
today's meters are read remotely by using
signals that are sent over the power lines.

In 1948, Osage Valley entered into a contract to purchase all of its wholesale power from KAMO Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Vinita, Oklahoma. Today, KAMO still supplies the wholesale power for the Cooperative.

Moving ahead to 1994, the U.S. Department of Agriculture was reorganized and the traditional REA was eliminated and made part of the new Rural Utilities Service (RUS). RUS is now responsible for the U.S. Government’s rural electric loan program. To construct the electric lines necessary to serve their members all throughout, Osage Valley Electric has borrowed over 28 million dollars from the REA/RUS and CFC. The Cooperative has repaid a large amount borrowed. Osage Valley Electric Cooperative, along with more than nine hundred electric cooperatives in this country, has made the REA/RUS program one of the best investments the U.S. Government has ever made.

Today, Osage Valley Electric Cooperative serves over 15,000 members on over 3,700 miles of rural distribution lines. The Cooperative has fifty-two employees dedicated to serving the Cooperative’s members with the most economical and reliable electric power possible.

Presently, the officers of Osage Valley Electric are: President, P.D. Kircher, Harrisonville; First Vice President, Kenneth Knight, Appleton City; Second Vice President, David Rapp, Rockville; and Secretary-Treasurer, Ron Steuck, Rich Hill. The other members of the board are: Jack Baker, Butler; Paul Ross, Urich; Chelle Black, Butler; Richard Wirsig, Clinton; and Ray Heuser, Harrisonville.