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Monday, April 6, 2015

Dog needs new home asap!

Looking for an immediate foster TODAY! I will continue to help place the dog, but he needs somewhere to go right now. He's a young black male, mixed. The family member has an allergy and he needs placed NOW! ! Trying to keep him OUT of the pound. Anyone!? I'm sorry, I don't have a picture available. Can anyone help? Call the police station at 660-679-6131 Or me at 816-284-9719.


Great job opening in Butler

The City of Butler is currently seeking qualified candidates for City Clerk. This individual provides a variety of routine and complex supervisory, clerical, financial and administrative work in the administration of City government and works under the general supervision of the Mayor and City Council.

A bachelor’s degree is preferred with an emphasis on business and accounting with two years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Strong written and oral communication skills are necessary and residency is preferred. The salary will depend on the qualifications.

Please submit your resume with 5 work-related references to:
City Administrator Casey Koehn
City of Butler
PO Box 420
Butler, MO 64730

All resumes must be received by 5pm April 13th. The City of Butler is an equal opportunity employer.


Obituary - Dale Dean‏

G. Dale Dean, 92 of Prairie Village, Kansas passed away Sunday, April 5, 2015 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee, Kansas. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the Mullinax Funeral Home – Drexel Chapel, Drexel, Mo. (660-679-0009) with Greg Mullinax officiating. Visitation prior to services from 1-2 PM at the chapel. Burial with U.S. Navy Honors will follow in Sharon Cemetery near Drexel. Contributions are suggested to any charity of the donor’s choice, and messages of condolence for the family may be left at
Dale was born on the family farm near Drexel, Missouri on September 19, 1922, the second son to John and Viola (Irish) Dean. He started his education walking to Woodland School, a one-room school house located a mile from home. After three years he went to school in Drexel, graduating with the class of 1941.
In January of 1942 he moved to San Diego, California and worked in an aircraft plant until June of 1944 when he entered the U.S. Navy. Dale served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Boxer during World War II. When he was discharged from the Navy in June of 1946 he returned to live in Kansas City.
He met Phyllis Guetschow in March of 1948 and they were married in October of that year. There were three wonderful children born to this marriage: Jacqueline, Philip, and John. Dale worked for General Motors from February of 1949 until February of 1979, retiring after 30 years.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Johnnie Dean, and adopted sister, Myrtle Witt. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis of the home; children Jacqueline, Philip and John; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Updated Obituary - Richard "Dick" Bedwell

Graveside services will be 3 p.m Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at the Oak Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Todd Allen officiating.  Visitation will be prior to services from 2 - 3 p.m. at the Schowengerdt Chapel.  In lieu of flowers contributions to the Children’s Center or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Richard Leon Bedwell, age 56 of Butler, Missouri departed suddenly on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 in Winfield, Alabama. He was born June 22, 1958 in Norfolk County, Virginia to William (Baldy) Leon and Kathryn Jean Berry Bedwell.

Dick is survived by his wife, Kathryn Gay Bedwell of Butler, Missouri; two sons Bryan Bedwell and fiancee’ Jessica Reeves of Butler, Missouri, and Charlie Laber of Butler, Missouri; and a daughter, April Bedwell of Baxter Springs, Kansas.  He leaves his most precious grandchildren, William Bryce and Elizabeth Brianne Bedwell.  

Dick is also survived by two sisters, Debbie Adams and husband Larry of Butler, Missouri and Jenny Thornton and husband Mike of Nevada, Missouri and a brother, Kelly Bedwell and wife Sandy of Purdy, Missouri.

Rep. Patricia Pike’s Weekly Report

Jefferson City, MO - What a beautiful site it has been at the Missouri Capitol! The trees have been filled with pink and white blooms around the building and the guests have been enjoying sunny weather for their Capitol visits. We had a busy week in the House discussing many legislative topics.

House Moves to Strengthen Senate Ethics Reform Bill (SB 11)
The members of the Missouri House returned from their annual Spring Break to discuss and pass legislation that would strengthen the state’s ethics laws. The House took up a bill already approved by the Senate that would limit lobbyist gifts and restrict lawmakers from becoming lobbyists. After lengthy discussion and several amendments, the House built on the work of the Senate and created an even tougher bill that contains stricter provisions.

Eagles take in Mizzou baseball game over the weekend

On Saturday April 4 Coach Anderson and a large group of the Miami Eagles baseball squad traveled to Columbia Mo to take in a University of Missouri Baseball game.

Missouri won the game 10-1.

Missouri House Moves to Strengthen Senate Ethics Reform Bill (SB 11)

from Representative Patricia Pike

The members of the Missouri House returned from their annual Spring Break to discuss and pass legislation that would strengthen the state’s ethics laws. The House took up a bill already approved by the Senate that would limit lobbyist gifts and restrict lawmakers from becoming lobbyists. After lengthy discussion and several amendments, the House built on the work of the Senate and created an even tougher bill that contains stricter provisions.

Supporters said the bill represents an important step toward increasing the people’s trust in their elected officials. The bill now has to return to the Senate where the other chamber can either accept the changes made in the House and send them to the governor, or send it to a conference committee where selected members will try to iron out any differences between the two chambers.

Missouri House to Consider Municipal Court Reform (SB 5)
House Speaker John Diehl held a press conference Wednesday to outline his plan to protect Missourians from excessive fees and fines sometimes levied by municipalities around the state. Diehl said the House will move quickly to pass legislation that will shut down these so-called “speed traps” by limiting the amount of revenue municipalities can generate from traffic violations. Current law caps the amount of revenue that can be generated from traffic tickets at 30 percent. House Speaker Diehl anticipates the House version will lower that amount to 20 percent, or possibly 10 percent.

Bates County Sheriff’s Office Activity Report 3/30 - 4/5 - 2015

Bates County Sheriff’s Office Activity Report
MARCH 30, 2015 to APRIL 5, 2015

MARCH 30, 2015

MARCH 31, 2015

Stealing reports taken in St. Clair County

Missing bull calf on NW 1150 Road

On April 5, a St. Clair County deputy took a report from Matt Stephan in reference to a missing yellow Charolais bull calf from a field on NW 1150 Road, Montrose. Stephan said the calf is a couple days old has a white tail and a yellow ear tag with the number ## on it. The value of the calf was estimated at $700.
Chainsaws reported stolen

On April 2, a St. Clair County deputy took a stealing complaint from Thomas O'Neill on NE 1142 Private Road, Deepwater. O’Neill reported he discovered a padlock cut on the door to a shed behind his house and two Stihl chainsaws were missing. He said one saw has an 18 inch bar and the other a 14 inch bar. The total value of the saws was estimated at $875.00.
Television reported stolen

On April 2, a St. Clair County deputy took a stealing complaint from Zackary Sommer in reference to a television stolen from his residence on NE 601 Road, Osceola. The television was described as a 32-inch Emerson. The value was estimated at $200.

The investigations in these cases are ongoing. Sheriff Keeler urges those with any information related to these cases to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to

Weather Update: Cloudy Today- T-Storms Possible Tonight

Cloudy skies will remain in place today, with periods of drizzle this morning. Temperatures should warm into the 60s and lower 70s for any afternoon activities you may have planned. By tonight, a few thunderstorms may develop. A couple of these storms could be strong, but the overall severe weather threat remains low tonight. 

A better chance for t-storms is expected Wednesday evening into the overnight, when severe weather is possible for much of the area.

Stuck in Egypt for six years, Cass County man seeks help to return home

John E. Forsythe
At the start of the 21st century, Pleasant Hill native John E. Forsythe saw the world as his to lift into the information age.
Business deals overseas and a few Arab uprisings later, Forsythe says he is broke and barred from leaving Egypt.
For six years, the information technologist has been fighting the Egyptian legal system, with little help from the U.S. government, after authorities in Cairo grew suspicious of the high-tech gear in and around Forsythe’s home.

He said in phone interviews with The Star that he did nothing wrong and his own ignorance led to his troubles.
“One of the lessons is if you’re overseas and ever think you may be in trouble, leave,” he said. “Run out of town as fast as you can.”

Cleared of allegations of spying by Egyptian courts, Forsythe was fined the equivalent of about $35,000 for “misdemeanors” stemming from his work with companies seeking wireless access to the Internet, according to court records.

In January, a court ruled it lacked authority to rescind Forsythe’s fines or allow him to leave Egypt for good. With his case now bumped to a higher court, the country still has not issued a work permit to Forsythe so he might begin paying off the fines, the records show.

“Instead of throwing me in prison, they fined me for being stupid,” said Forsythe, who lives in the tourist city of Hurghada. “They think I have $50,000 stuffed in a mattress.”
Forsythe, a 1982 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School, said he wants to reunite with his 6-year-old daughter in Russia and return with her to the United States.

Obituary - Bruce Shirky

Bruce Edgar Shirky, 63, completed his journey here on earth on March 30, 2015. He was born in Columbia, Missouri, the eldest child of Max Shirky and Lois Edgar Shirky Horn. He grew up in Sedalia, Missouri, and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre from Central Missouri State University. He married Sherrie Diehl Shirky, the love of his life, in 1976, and shortly after, they moved to San Antonio, Texas.

Bruce had a 34 year career working for the US Army's Entertainment Branch, most of that time spent as the Artistic Director for the Harlequin Dinner Theatre at Fort Sam Houston, TX. He was an accomplished theatrical designer and director for live stage productions, and was selected as the Technical Director for the Army Soldiers Touring Show, in 1985, to coincide with President Ronald Reagan's second inauguration. He was honored with numerous US Army FORSCOM and ATAC Globe awards.

In addition, he and his wife Sherrie enjoyed training and exhibiting AKC Chihuahuas, and were the proud breeders/owners/handlers of many champions, including CH. Kachina Hot Ticket, the #2 Smoothcoat Chihuahua female in the country in 1989. Bruce was an officer and member of the Texas Chihuahua Club and the Chihuahua Club of America, and served as President for both clubs. In later years, he became a licensed AKC Chihuahua judge, and was honored to judge for the Chihuahua Club of Greater New York, held in conjunction with the prestigious Westminster Dog Show in 2007.

Bruce was blessed with a wonderfully twisted sense of humor, laughed often and easily, and lived life to the fullest. He was a loyal friend and mentor to many, approaching every task and responsibility assigned to him with a passion and a drive to excel. His happiest moments were spending quality time with family and friends.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, niece Melinda Shirky, and sister-in-law Vickie Diehl Bangs. He is survived by his beloved wife Sherrie; sister Diane (D.) Bockelman; brothers Brett "Pete" (Monica) Shirky and Gary (Teresa) Shirky; brothers-in-law J.C. (Billie) Diehl, Jim (Debbie) Diehl, and John Bangs; sisters-in-law Shirlie (Larry) West, Julie (John) Peterson, and Jackie (Alan) Nieder; nephews John (Meghan) Shirky, Shad (Jordyn) Shirky, Stetson Shirky, Grant (Marcie) West, Miles Nieder, and Jacob Diehl; nieces Christina (Nathan) Arbuckle, Andrea (M.C.) Thierfelder, Kallie (Derek) Castle, Kathy (Casey) Hill, Vanessa West, Ashley Bangs, Allison Nieder, Amy Bangs, Amanda Peterson, Kristina Diehl, Elizabeth Peterson, and Emily Nieder; grand nephews Nathan Bergstrom, Colin and Ethan West, and Brady Hill; grand nieces Elizabet, Lauren, Madalynn, and Gwyneth Bergstrom, Lillian and Josie Arbuckle, Peighton Hill, Khloe West, and Annabelle Peterson; and close friends Allynid "Lynnie" Bunten, Florence Bunten, and Chris Champlin.

Grateful appreciation is extended to the medical teams at Mission Trail Baptist Hospital, especially his ICU nurses Jenna Zamora and Steve Deleon for the loving kindness and comfort they bestowed on Bruce during his final days.

Celebrations of Bruce's life will be held later in San Antonio, TX and Sedalia, MO. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bruce's name to the AKC Canine Health Foundation or Chihuahua Rescue & Transport.

Butler Police Department Activity Report 3/30 - 4/5 - 2015

Keep the peace W Mill
Walk in Harassment report
Warrant service
Noise complaint S High

Disturbance 200 block of Atkinson
Disturbance S Park
Animal complaint Fawn Dr
Warrant service 200 block of S Mechanic Assist at Track meet
Report of Fight E Pine
Traffic assist Schowengert
Medical assist Hillcrest
Walk in theft report

Henry County Sheriffs Office: Drug Search Warrant Executed in Windsor

According to Sheriff Kent Oberkrom, one person was arrested for a felony arrest warrant, in connection with a search warrant which was served on Wednesday afternoon at around 2:00 p.m., in the 400 block of South Smith Street, Windsor.

Shortly after 9:00 a.m., Deputy Lenny Kubilus was dispatched to the address and requested to conduct a well-being check of the resident living there, due to health concerns. While on-scene conducting the well-being check, Deputy Kubilus observed several items of drug paraphernalia laying around the residence, in plain view.

Deputy Kubilus requested an ambulance respond to the address to transport the resident, who was in need of immediate medical assistance and treatment. After the departure of the resident by ambulance, Deputy Kubilus, with the assistance of Sgt. Aaron Brown, applied for a search warrant for the address.

A search warrant was obtained later that afternoon, which authorized deputies to search the residence for marijuana, as well as items associated with its distribution and consumption. During the search warrant’s execution, a small quantity of marijuana, as well as numerous paraphernalia items, was discovered and seized.

Arrested was Allen Redick, age 43, of Kansas City, for a felony arrest warrant out of Polk County for Non-Support of a Child, who was at the address upon Deputy Kubilus’ arrival.

“Additional drug charges are pending against the resident at this time, in connection with the items observed in plain view, as well as the additional items discovered during this search warrant”, Sheriff Oberkrom stated.

Deputies which participated in the execution of the search warrant along with Sgt. Brown and Deputy Kubilus were Deputies Sheri Dody and Lonnie Barton.