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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Secretary Position Open in Butler

  • Secretary Position Open in Butler
  • Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5pm with 1 hour break for lunch during the day.

  • Office Duties involve answering phones, greeting clients, filing, word processing and computer data entry, and helping with the day to day tasks of the office. 
  • The pay will be determined based on experience. Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume to no later than Saturday, April 11, 2015.

Tornado spotted at Nyhart


Tornado Warning issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for Bates County effective until 10:15 pm, currently the storm is located in the center of the county moving east.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch effective for Bates County

The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Missouri has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch effective for Bates County until 2 a.m. Wednesday Morning.

Mid America Live will update with any and all weather updates.

Weather Update: Isolated Strong Storms Possible This Evening

A few strong storms are possible by late afternoon and evening, but the larger concern remains on Wednesday when a slight risk of severe weather exists over the entire area. Begin preparing for possible severe weather by cleaning out and stocking up your storm shelter, making plans with your family and neighbors, and making sure you have a way to receive warnings!

Weather Update: Severe Storms Possible Wednesday

Here's an updated look at tomorrow's severe weather -- there's now a large area under an "enhanced risk" from the SPC. Storms are expected to develop during theafternoon, and will continue into the early overnight hours. The highest potential for severe storms will be from the northern KC metro to Kirksville and areas southward. Prepare for large hail, damaging winds, and potentially a few isolated tornadoes.

Osceola man arrested on Federal probation violation warrant

Curtis Sartin
On April 6, Curtis Sartin, 51, Osceola, was arrested in St. Clair County on a Federal probation violation warrant. Sartin’s arrest came after he led St. Clair County deputies on a chase in the Northeast part of the county. Contact was first made with Sartin on NE Highway NN and he was advised of the warrant. Sartin allegedly said an expletive and took off spinning the rear tires and throwing gravel toward two deputies. Sartin’s rear tire was deflated and he fled north on NN Highway into Henry County and east onto Z Highway.

While travelling on Z Highway, Sartin allegedly drove down the center of the road and crested the top of a hill and narrowly missed striking an oncoming vehicle. Sartin traveled to ZZ Highway and turned south heading back toward St. Clair County and his residence.

Sartin turned his vehicle into a ditch near the end of his driveway, bypassing a roadblock set up by another deputy, and continued toward his residence with deputies following. Sartin continued toward an open gate leading into a field and was stopped and taken into custody.

On April 7, he was arraigned in Federal court. Charges related to this incident are pending.

St. Clair County Sheriffs Office: Urich man arrested on several felony warrants

Josh Foley
On April 6, Joshua Foley, 32, Urich, was arrested at the St. Clair County Courthouse on several outstanding warrants. Foley was arrested on six St. Clair County warrants and one Bates County warrant for failing to appear in court.

In St. Clair County, Foley is facing two class C felony charges of possessing a controlled substance from two separate incidents in July and October 2014 and a class D felony of property damage-first degree from an incident in September 2014. The warrants were issued in February. Total bond on these charges is set at $60,000 cash or surety.

Foley is also facing charges of failing to register a vehicle, no insurance and operating a vehicle without a valid license. These charges stem from an incident with the Appleton City Police Department in October 2014. The warrants were issued in January. Bond on these charges is set at $1,000 cash or surety and $300 cash only.

The warrant from Bates County charges Foley with a class C felony of unlawfully possessing a firearm and a class D felony of unlawful use of a weapon. The charges stem from incidents in March and May 2013. The warrant was issued on March 4. Bond on these charges is set at $30,000 cash or surety.

St. Clair County Sheriffs Office: Clinton woman arrested

Cassandra King
On April 6, Cassandra King, 24, Clinton, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging her with a class C felony of possessing a controlled substance. 

The charge stems from an incident in December 2014. The warrant was issued on March 30. 

Bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety.

Obituary - Janice L. Irvin

Janice L. Irvin, 71, of Goodyear, Arizona, formerly of Adrian, Missouri died March 23, 2015. 

A Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. (Cremation). 

A complete obituary will be posted when the information becomes available.


Obituary - Steven W. Cox

Steven W. Cox, 58 of Butler, Missouri passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at his home in Butler. 

Arrangements are pending at this time, and will be announced under the direction of the Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler. 

Messages of condolence for the family may be left at

Complete obituary information will be published as it becomes available.


Scrubs sale this Thursday...

Mark your calendar- the annual Bates County Memorial Hospital scrubs sale will be this Thursday, April 9 at the Education Center.

Proceeds will be used by the Hospital Auxiliary for scholarships and various other worthy causes.

The sale will run 7 am – 4 pm and all types of payment accepted. 

Polls open until 7 pm


Adrian North Precinct All voters in Deer Creek North (Adrian R-3 & Archie R-5) will vote at the Adrian Optimist Building, Old Highway 71 South, Adrian.

Adrian South Precinct Voters in Deer Creek South, East Boone, Grand River, Elkhart, Mound, & Shawnee Townships (Adrian R-3) will vote at the Adrian Optimist Building, Old Highway 71 South, Adrian.

Amoret Precinct Voters in Homer & Charlotte Townships (Miami R-1) will vote at the Amoret Community Center, Highway 52 & Main Street, Amoret.

Amsterdam Precinct Voters in West Point & Elkhart Townships (Miami R-1) will vote at the Amsterdam Community Center, Highway Y & Walnut Street, Amsterdam. Note: All of West Boone Township votes at the Drexel Community Center in Drexel.

Ballard Precinct All voters in the (Ballard R-2) district will vote at the Ballard School, Rt. 1, Box 497, Butler.

Butler 1 Precinct Voters in Mt. Pleasant Ward 1, Shawnee, & Summit Townships (Butler R-5) will vote in the Butler High School, 420 S. Fulton St., Butler.

Butler 2 Precinct Voters in Mt. Pleasant Ward 2, Elkhart, & Charlotte Townships (Butler R-5) will vote in the Butler High School, 420 S. Fulton St., Butler.

Scholarships Awarded to 4-H and FFA Youth

(SEDALIA, Mo.) – Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe announced today that 32 youth, selected from Missouri 4-H and FFA, will be awarded scholarships by the Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture (YIA) committee. These students are seeking higher education in agriculture-related fields, and will receive their scholarships Friday, April 17, during the annual State FFA Convention in Columbia.

“The Youth in Agriculture tradition financially assists Missouri’s next generation of agriculture leaders with their educations,” Wolfe said. “Gracious agricultural supporters, who give back year after year, make these scholarships possible.”

The scholarships are funded by the Missouri State Fair Foundation and by YIA supporters at the 2014 Sale of Champions; a list of those supporters and auction results is available on the Fair’s website.

Bears vs Blackhawks Track Results

by Aaron Allen

Last Thursday the Butler Bears Track Team traveled to Adrian. We have been extremely lucky with the weather and the athletes are putting up good times. With golf and minor injuries happening we were at half squad for this meet. When meets like this happen, it allows others kids to step up and play bigger roles on our team. I thought everyone responded well with the last minute adjustments. The Butler Bears took an overall of 3rd place.

Here are the athletes who helped their team score points in that 3rd place finish:
100m Dash – Ben Holt – 5th place
400m Dash – Tanner Diehl – 2nd place
110m Hurdles – Connor Sparks – 6th place
300m Hurdles – Devan Loveall – 1st place with a new PR time of 42.63, Connor Sparks – 4th place
4×100 Relay – 2nd place – Seth Stump, Dylan Morris, Ben Holt, Kaleb Kauffman
4×200 Relay – 1st place with a time of 1:35.52- Devan Loveall, Dylan Morris, Tanner Diehl, Kaleb Kauffman
4×400 Relay – 3rd place – Devan Loveall, Ethan Gardner, Tanner Diehl, Dylan Morris
4×800 Relay – 8th place – Bram Hubbard, Reid Davis, Tayje VanVoorst, Aziah VanVoorst
High Jump – Kaleb Kauffman – 5th place
Pole Vault – 1st place with a vault of 11’3″ – Ethan Gardner, Brett Behringer – 6th place
Long Jump – Kaleb Kauffman – 4th place
Triple Jump – Dylan Morris – 8th place
Shot Put – Ben Holt – 4th place, Zeph Smith – 5th place
Discus Throw – Zeph Smith – 6th place

Overall, the kids did really well with some of them moving into different positions. We hope to continue this type of success throughout the middle part of our season. The next track meet is on Tuesday the 7th at Cass Midway. Field events will start at 3:45 and running events at 4:00.