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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Power Outage in Urich Area

Osage Valley Electric Cooperative Crews are currently working on a broken electric pole just North of Urich, Missouri at the time there is approximately 23 members that are without power in this area.
Please use patience as we are working to fix this problem.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect for southwestern Bates County

Radar at 3:55 pm
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the southwestern region of our county that could include 60 mph wind gusts and quarter sized hail. It will remain in effect until 4:15 unless extended.

The approaching storm is expected to hit Hume, Foster, Worland, Amoret and Amsterdam as is moves eastward at around 70 mph.

A Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 7 pm.

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Weather Update: Severe Storms Today 5pm - 10pm

Update: The severe weather risk has been updated to a "Moderate Risk" by SPC for areas south of the KC metro; and the potential for severe weather still exists area-wide. Very large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes are all possible. The highest tornado threat is shown in the Moderate Risk area.

Timing: Storms are expected to develop across E KS between 4-5 PM, and will build northeast during the evening. Best potential for severe in our area is between 5 PM and 11 PM. Storms may continue after midnight, but the severe threat will be lower.

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Updated Obituary - Steven Wayne Cox

Steven Wayne Cox, 58, of Butler, MO passed away April 7, 2015 at his home in Butler. Celebration of life services will be held 3:00 pm Saturday May 2nd 2015 at the home of Clint & Sharon Schuman, 301 S. Olive St. Butler, MO 64730. Contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society or Heartland Hospice. Cremation under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009) Messages of condolence may be left for the family at
Steven was born May 28, 1956 in Kansas City, MO to Irene Cox (Johnson). He was united in marriage to Glenda Jones Cox on February 14, 1992.

Steven loved fishing, hunting, dirt track racing, and bowling. He enjoyed cookouts and spending time with his family and friends, especially the grandkids. He was preceded in death by his mother Irene Henry. Steven is survived by his wife of 23 years, Glenda Cox of the home, son Tim Cox (Crystal), of Butler, MO, Steven Cox, Jr. (Chrissy) of Butler, MO., daughter Heather Jones (Phillip) of Butler, MO., daughter Chandra Hanes of Butler, MO., son Jimmy Dickens (Robin) of Butler, MO., daughter Ashley Cox Luker of Idaho and 15 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Norris Smith (Eva) of Butler, MO., sisters, Rosalie Smith of Belton, MO., Debbie Miller (Rex) of Belton, MO., and Linda Roberts (Tommy) of Butler, MO., along with many nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Rodeo. Steven was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be forever in our hearts and missed by his loving family and many friends.

About Designated Storm Shelters in our area

A potentially serious issue...

There are places in Butler that are designated as storm shelters- but at this time, it cannot be insured that the facility will be unlocked/available when it's truly needed. 

While our community greatly appreciates local churches and businesses volunteering to make their basements available when possible, we believe it could be tragic if a person went there only to find it locked. 

We feel that since there is a potential for great danger to the public due to this, we will not be posting a list of local shelters at this time. However, steps are being taken to correct this issue and we'll update you as soon as we know more.

So what can you do? Make a contingency plan NOW- talk to neighbors, fellow church members and friends about where you might go in the event of severe weather. When time is critical, knowing where you can safely go in advance is worth it's weight in gold.


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St. Clair County Sheriffs Office: Collins man arrested

Clint Wilkerson
On April 7, Clint Wilkerson, Sr., 43, Collins, was arrested at his residence on two Polk County warrants charging him with a misdemeanor charge of no insurance and an infraction for no seat belt. Total bond is set at $300 cash only. The charges stem from an incident in January and the warrant was issued in March.

St. Clair County Sheriffs Office: Warrant Arrest

Dustin Silvers
On April 7, Dustin Silvers, 32, Collins, was arrested in Osceola on a Christian County warrant for failing to appear in court on an original charge of non-support-total arrears in excess of 12 monthly payments due under order of support. Bond is set at $1,000 cash only. The charge stems from an incident in January 2014 and the warrant was issued in March.

Weather Update: Multiple Rounds of Strong- Severe Storms Today

A round of strong to severe storms continues to build eastward this morning; however, we're still expecting the environment to recover this afternoon as a warm front lifts up into the area, supporting a second round of severe weather this afternoon and evening. 

The enhanced risk and 10% tornado risk have shifted just slightly south, but severe weather is still expected mainly from St. Joseph to Kirksville and areas southward.

Obituary - Bessie Rich

Bessie Rich, of Rich Hill, passed away on Monday, April 6th at her home in Rich Hill. She was 58. Arrangements are under the direction of Heuser Funeral Home in Rich Hill. 

Funeral services are scheduled for 12:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 9th at the Rich Hill Christian Church with burial in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Rich Hill. 

The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 8th at Heuser Funeral Home. The family suggests contributions to the Santa's Helpers, in care of Heuser Funeral Home.