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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Lyrid meteor shower crosses night sky

(CNN) - Look for spectacular shooting stars this week as the annual Lyrid meteor shower light up the nighttime sky.

Although the meteor shower started Thursday and goes through Saturday, the best times to view the shooting stars will be Wednesday into Thursday before dawn.

It's an especially good year to spot the Lyrids.

"This year the moon will be a waxing crescent only 1/15th the brightness of a full moon, and it will set early, allowing excellent dark sky conditions for this shower," Slooh Community Observatory astronomer Bob Berman said in a statement (PDF).

The Lyrids, which are pieces of debris from a comet, have been observed for more than 2,600 years, according to NASA. Each year around this time, the Earth runs into the comet's debris stream, which causes the shower.

"For the 2015 shower, I'm expecting 15 to 20 Lyrid meteors an hour," the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office's Bill Cooke wrote on a NASA blog.

"Peak rates should occur after 10:30 pm on April 22 your local time, for observers in the northern hemisphere. For observers in the southern hemisphere, Lyrid rates are not significant until after midnight your local time."

Stargazers in Europe may have the best views, but many people around the world should be able to spot the Lyrids. And there's no need to buy special equipment to spot the showers. Find a patch of a dark, open sky away from artificial lights, "lie down comfortably on a blanket or lawn chair, and look straight up," wrote Cooke.

Or head to your computer. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center will livestream the event starting at 11 p.m. ET Wedensday. Slooh's livestreaming event starts at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday. Use the hashtag #SloohLyrids to ask questions that could get answered live.

The name of a shower is based on the point from which it originates, called the radiant. The constellation where the radiant is located gives the shower its name. In this case, home base is probably the constellation Lyra.

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Vernon County Sheriffs Office: Vehicle Pursuit of Deerfield man leads Deputies into Kansas

Kevin W Sisseck
A Deerfield man is in custody after a lengthy pursuit that led Sheriff’s Deputies back and forth across the Missouri/Kansas State lines late Sunday night. According to a press release from the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies attempted to stop a vehicle on 600 and Lady Road when the vehicle began to speed away from the deputy. Additional units were called in to assist and when the vehicle crossed state lines, deputies from the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office, and Fort Scott Police Department also joined in the pursuit. 

According to the press release, the vehicle crossed state lines multiple times and several attempts to stop the vehicle were unsuccessful at first. “Several units attempted to deploy spike strips, but in each case they were too late or the vehicle changed directions and avoided the road block,” said Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher. The Sheriff said it was when the driver turned on what he thought was a road and ended up being a long driveway that the suspect was captured. “He turned down a private road that ended in the yard of a Kansas resident and the driver had nowhere to go” said Mosher. 

The driver has been identified as Kevin W Sisseck, 45, of Deerfield. Arrest warrants were issued by the Vernon County Courts Monday afternoon charging Sisseck with Resisting Arrest/Detention/Stop by Fleeing, a D Felony as well as Six Misdemeanor charges for various driving offences. Sheriff Mosher said Sisseck was taken into custody by Vernon County Deputies and turned over to Bourbon County Officials. He also said Sisseck may be facing additional charges in Kansas. “Since we arrested him in Kansas, he will remain in custody there until we obtain a Governors warrant to bring him back across state lines to face the charges over here,” said Mosher.

Sisseck was being held in the Bourbon County Jail as of Monday.

Updated Obituary: John A. Barth

John A. Barth, 47 of Butler, Missouri passed away Monday, April 20, 2015 from injuries sustained in an accident. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM Saturday, April 25, 2015 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Butler, Missouri with Father Thomas Hermes officiating. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5-7 PM and Rosary at 7 PM, all at Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler. Burial with U.S. Navy Honors will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to a college fund for John’s children; Relay for Life MASH team; or to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at

John Ambrose Barth was born October 17, 1967 in Seville, Spain, son of John Kurt and Grace (Boothe) Barth. With his father in the Air Force, John grew up in various locations all throughout the United States and Europe, and later spending his junior high years in Texas and graduating from Grandview High School, Grandview, Mo. in 1986. He entered the U.S. Navy, where he served for 11 years.

John met Shannon McVey Craft in 2001, and they were married February 22, 2003. John worked at Blockbuster until August of 2004 and then began working for the United States Postal Service in November of that year, an occupation he greatly enjoyed. John continued to work several other jobs while working for the postal service, always hoping to go full-time as soon as he could; sadly however, this didn’t occur and John died doing what he loved – carrying the mail.

John’s coworkers remember him as always willing to do whatever was asked of him; his friends and neighbors describe that he was always willing to help out. John loved the Kansas City Chiefs, particularly tailgating hours before a football game and watching the games with his sisters. He enjoyed (brother-in-law) Shawn’s BBQ, and afternoons at (sister-in-law) Melissa’s pool. Recently, “Papa John” loved spending time with his new grandson, Landon, whom he was always happy to watch whenever needed.

John was preceded in death by his father in 1995. He is survived by his wife, Shannon Barth of Butler; daughter Joleigh; son John Phillip; step-son Kenny Craft and wife Aleisha with grandson Landon; step-son Kyle Craft; his mother, Grace Barth; sisters: Susan Barth, Laura Hill, and Sharon Burton; nephews J.C. Hill, Victor Hill, and Freddy Hill; father and mother-in-law Mike and Patsy McVey; sister-in-law Melissa McVey and significant other Scott Lutman; brother-in-law Shawn McVey and wife Amy with daughter Caila; brother-in-law Brian McVey and wife Janette with daughter Aven; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Sporting Supply Store in Harrisonville Indoor Gun Range Grand Opening

Appleton City man arrested on felony charges

Timothy Wingard
On April 20, Timothy Wingard, 51, Appleton City, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with a class C felony of stealing a motor vehicle, a class D felony of resisting/interfering with arrest for a felony, a misdemeanor charge of driving while revoked/suspended - second or subsequent offense, and a misdemeanor charge of violating an order of protection for adult. Bond is set at $ $25,000 cash or surety.

The charges stem from an incident on April 19 in Appleton City when a St. Clair County deputy took a report from Deniene Wingard in reference to a stolen vehicle. She reported her blue 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier was stolen from her residence on South Beech Street.

During the investigation Timothy Wingard was named as a suspect and it was learned there was an active order of protection in place against him. It was reported a vehicle matching the description was traveling west on Burbank Street. Shortly after, a St. Clair County deputy observed the vehicle at Casey’s General Store and made contact with Timothy Wingard. He was advised he violated an order of protection by being at Deniene Wingard’s residence and took her car without her permission. He became verbally combative, resisted, and refused to comply with instructions given to him. He was taken into custody and transported to the St. Clair County Jail, Osceola. The Appleton City Police Department assisted with the case.

Your vote does count!

Attention BATES COUNTY! You have the opportunity to vote for two Bates County historic buildings and one historic site submitted to Freedom's Frontier for this contest. Pictures of the Old Jail & Sheriff's Residence, the Lindsay Stagecoach Depot and the Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site are waiting for you to click LIKE on Facebook. Click the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area link below to link to Facebook and cast your vote:

It's our annual photo contest. Vote for your favorite with your likes.
Posted by Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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Nevada Police Department ribbon cutting ceremony

The Nevada Police Department would like to invite everyone to come out on May 8th & 9th to attend the opening ceremony & ribbon cutting for the new Police Department & Municipal Court/Council Chambers. 

On Friday May 8th the ceremony will be from 2PM-4PM and again on Saturday May 9th from 9AM-11AM. 

See the attached flyer. We hope to see you all there!

Butler Bear Backers Golf Tournament

The Butler Bear Backers invite everyone to participate in their 6th Annual Bear Backer Charity Golf Tournament. This 4 person scramble will tee off at the Butler Country Club on Sunday May 24th.

Two flights for you to choose from, morning flight begins at 7:30am with a 7am check in and the afternoon flight will begin at 1:30pm with a check in time of 1pm. Space is limited and participants must have a cart which will be available to rent for $25 per cart. Entry fee is $300 per team and lunch will be provided.
Entry forms are available at Citizens Bank in Butler and must be returned to Citizens Bank with your entry fee by Sunday May 17th.
For any questions contact any of the following committee members – Bryan Tippie – 660-679-1219; Brad Davis – 660-229-4045; Jarod McBrayer – 660-227-9574; Misti Kauffman – 660-679-4729 or Tyler Green – 660-924-8448.
Funds will be used for all the many needs of Butler athletes, if you would like to make a donation send it to:
Citizens Bank
PO Box 120
Butler, MO 64730

Butler Jr. High School Track Results 4/20/15

On Monday April 20th the Butler Junior High Track team returned to Cass Midway to compete in the Jr Viking All Relay meet against 13 schools. The Boys took 3rd place overall with 61 points, while the girls took 5th place overall. There were many personal bests from both the boys and girls despite the strong, blustery winds! Point winners are as follows:
Results for the Girls: 
6th Place:             4x100 Relay—Peyten Heckadon, Madison Tippie, Lanie Kauffman, Jayde Eidson—1:01.95
5th Place:              4x800 Relay— Peyten Heckadon, Hunter Ward,  Reayn Hill, Tailor Olson—13:10.29
4th Place:              4x200 Relay—Margo Miller, Lanie Kauffman, Jayde Eidson, Claire Sutton—2:08.61
                                 Discus—Mar Shaun’Ta Jamerson, Ciara Hill, Tara Smith 150’ 4” total of combined best throws
                                4x400 Relay—Claire Sutton, Jayde Eidson, Margo Miller, Mackaylea Wareham—4:56.
Medal Winners:
2nd Place:        Shuttle Hurdles—Tailor Olson, Margo Miller, Mackaylea Wareham, Claire Sutton—1:26.30
1st Place:         Long Jump—Margo Miller, Claire Sutton, Lanie Kauffman—36’2” total of combined best jumps

Results for the Boys: 
4th Place:         Discus—Dillon Hill, Nathan Williams, Wain Walker—204’ 10”total of combined best throws
Medal Winners: 
3rd Place:         4x100 Relay—7th grade—Aaron McCoy, Dillon Hill, Josh Noe, Zack Wicks—59.09
2nd Place:           Shuttle Hurdles—Chase Anderson, Tyler Hough, Nathan Williams, Kirby Connell—1:19.94
Sprint Medley Relay 100- Kirby Connell, 100-Derrick Shobe, 200-Cody Gabriel, 400-Josh Noe—2:02.26
4x200 Relay—Nathan Williams, Tyler Hough, Cody Gabriel, Derrick Shobe—1:52.27
Dist Medley—200-Kirby Connell, 200-Zack Wicks, 400-Nathan Williams, 800-Josh Noe—4:50.75
Shot Put—Derrick Shobe, Wain Walker, Dillon Hill—91’1 ¼”” total of combined best throws

1st Places:          High Jump—Cody Gabriel, Kirby Connell, Tyler Hough—14’4” total ht.—combined best heights

Guitar Lessons in Bates County

Do you want to learn to be a guitarist? Well now is your chance with a 25+ years experienced guitar player.

Also do Restring and guitar set up as well. Lessons are now being booked! 

Please contact Jamie Barnes for scheduling, prices, or questions. We are located in Adrian our phone number is 660-200-6455.

Hume News 4/21/15

The community of Hume wishes to extend their sympathy to the family of Tom Barnes of Lee Summit, MO. Tom was a 1966 graduate of Hume High School and a former business owner in Hume. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

The community of Hume also wishes to extend their sympathy to the family of Brenda Mullis Laning, a 1956 graduate of Hume High School. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers go out to both of these families.

Area cemeteries are getting ready for Memorial Day. The Woodfin Cemetery will hold a clean up day on Saturday, April 25 at 9:00 a.m.; if it rains May 2 will be the next date. The area cemeteries always look so nice due to the efforts of cemetery boards and volunteers.

The Hume Alumni Planning Committee held their first meeting on April 19 at 4:00 p.m. at the Hume Multi-purpose room. Barb Brooks is President this year. If anyone would like to come and join us, the next meetings are May 3 and May 17 at 4:00 p.m. On Friday May 22 we will meet for set up at 6:00 p.m. On Saturday, May 23 will be the Alumni at 7:00 p.m. Clean up for Alumni will be on Sunday afternoon with a time to be announced later. If you attended school and for some reason didn’t get to graduate you are still welcome to attend, please just let us know so we may plan accordingly. You can call 660-643-7870, 660-643-7480 or email

Obituary - John Ambrose Barth

John Barth
Funeral services for Mr. John Barth are pending at this time, and will be announced under the direction of the Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler, Missouri. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at

John Ambrose Barth, 47 of Butler, Missouri passed away Monday, April 20, 2015 from injuries sustained in an accident. Complete obituary information will be published as the information becomes available.