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Friday, July 3, 2015

Joe Diffie draws 'em in

Country music legend Joe Diffie played to a large crowd in the Rich Hill park this evening. The band played a wide range of original songs, classics, and some new favorites to an enthusiastic crowd for just under two hours. 

Root Beer Floats in Rich Hill

Quality Home Health Care of Butler will be serving root beer floats for $1 starting at 5p.m. tonight in Rich Hill. 

All of the proceeds will go to The Butler Community Food Pantry. Stop by and enjoy a awesome root beer float!!

Obituary - Ray Kenneth Engelhardt

Ray Kenneth Engelhardt
Funeral services for Ray Kenneth Engelhardt of Adrian, Missouri will be 11 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2015 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Bill John Umstattd officiating. No visitation. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church or Western Missouri Antique Tractor and Machinery Association. Online condolences, www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Ray Kenneth Engelhardt, age 90 of Adrian, Missouri died Friday, July 3, 2015 at his home. He was born on the family farm on July 24, 1924 to William Fredrick and Ethel Lessee Haynes Engelhardt in rural Butler, Missouri.

Kenneth is survived by his wife of 62 years, Anna Lou Engelhardt of Adrian, Missouri; two sons, Steven Lynn Engelhardt and wife Elaine of Butler, Missouri and Charles Ray Engelgardt and wife Lawanda of Adrian, Missouri; one daughter, Babrara Ann Wainwright and husband David of Adrian, Missouri; a brother, Bill Engelhardt and wife Celia of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; a sister, Helen Hill of Butler, Missouri; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

City of Butler Code on Fireworks

 Section 11-313 Article VI. Fireworks:

Bottle Rockets or other similar fireworks meaning any type of explosive device that launches more that 10 feet into the air or any solid material which is not designed to be completely consumed by combustion, deflagration and or detonation.

Fireworks mean explosive devices designed primarily to produce visible or audible effects by combustion, deflagration or detonation, including but not limiting the following Roman Candles, Skyrockets, Bottle Rockets, Salutes, Firecrackers, Torpedoes, Mines, Fountains, Flower Pots, Bombs, Pin Wheels, Blank Cartridges, Toy Gun other than a cap pistol or any other device or article loaded with combustible or inflammable material.



  • Section 11-132 Lawful Period for sales of fireworks:

It shall be unlawful to sell or transfer possession of any fireworks within the city limits of Butler, Missouri except during the period from June 27th - July 4th inclusive of any year.


  • Section 11-134 Permits required for sale and use of fireworks:

No person(s), group, business, enitity, charity or any other organization whatsoever shall engage in the sale of fireworks with in the City Limits of Butler Missouri unless and until they have obtained a permit to sell fireworks. The permit shall be obtained from the Mayor, at the discretion of the mayor, The fee for a permit is (10.50$) and you must provide the mayor with a affidavit or other good proof that the anticipated sale of fireworks will be conducted.

(B.) No person shall ignite or discharge any fireworks with in the city limits of Butler, Missouri on any day of the year except July 4th without express consent on the mayor.



  • Section 11-136 Use of Fireworks, Prohibited Practices:

It Shall be unlawful to:

(1.) Explode or ignite fireworks with in 100 ft of any church, hospital, asylum, nursing home facility or public school. Also within 100 feet of a Fireworks stand or a place where they are stored. You must stay atleast 50 ft away from with volatile solids, liquid or gases are stored including but not limited too service stations and grain facilities.

(2.) Ignite or discharging any article of fireworks within, or thrown from a motor vehicle and or attempting to throw into a vehicle or near any person or group of people is not allowed!

(3.) Ignite or discharging any article or firework upon any public street within the city


Section 11-137 Sale, Possession of prohibited fireworks:

(A.) No person shall sell/possess/discharge any ground salutes commonly known as " Cherry Bombs" or M-80s, M-100, M-1000 and various other types of tubular salutes which exceeds the limits set for a Class C common fireworks by the Department of Transportation for explosive composition.

(B.) No person sell or offer to sale/ give away or discharge ANY bottle rockets or similar devices in the city limits of Butler , Missouri without approval of the mayor.









Bates County Memorial Hospital: Ramona Snyder retires

CEO Ed Hannon and Ramona Snyder
After 20 years of combined service to Bates County Memorial Hospital, Ramona Snyder was honored with a retirement party on July 1, 2015. Ramona was employed in the Medical Records Department as an Accredited Records Technician from 1974 to 1978. She returned to the hospital in the Medical Records Department in 1999. In her capacity as a RHIT, Ramona performed medical transcription as well as other duties within the department. Whenever you see Ramona, you will always be greeted by a smiling face and a warm hello. Ramona has demonstrated exceptional work ethic and positive support to the hospital. While she will be greatly missed by her coworkers, Ramona is excited to enjoy the next phase of her life. She plans to be more involved with volunteer activities in the community and church as well as spending time with her family and friends. On behalf of the hospital and Board of Directors, Mr. Ed Hannon, CEO presented Ramona with an engraved retirement plaque. Rather than receiving the traditional clock as a retirement gift, Ramona asked that the money be donated to the Bates County Community Health Foundation (BCCHF). 


Shawn McVey and Ramona Snyder
On behalf of the Foundation, Mr. Shawn McVey presented a plaque to be hung on the wall in the hospital corridor displaying Ramona Snyder as the first name giving to the Foundation. The Foundation raises funds for health care scholarships, Trail of Memories, as well as providing financial support for the ImPACT Concussion Program to area schools. The BCCHF accepts charitable contributions that are tax deductible.

If interested in making a donation to the Foundation, contact Shannon Bjerke at the hospital at 660-200-7072.

Bates County Memorial Hospital: Stocklaufer honored with retirement party

Ed Hannon, CEO, presented Martha with a beautiful pendulum wall clock.
After 33 years of service to Bates County Memorial Hospital, Martha Stocklaufer was honored with a retirement party on June 30, 2015. Martha began her employment in 1981 as a Nursing Assistant in the Nursing Department. After several years of providing direct patient care, Martha transferred to the Surgery Department. Martha can be described as “energetic, always smiling, always busy, pleasant to be around.” She exemplifies the work ethic and positive behavior that organizations desire in its employees. 

While Martha’s presence will be missed in the hospital, her bubbly personality will still be a delight as you may see her throughout the community. While Martha was always busy at work, she is very busy in her personal life with quilt making, blackberry picking, to mud-running, to Relay for Life fundraisers and spending time with her family – just to name a few. Her co-workers at BCMH will miss her. On behalf of the hospital and Board of Directors we wish you a great retirement.

Looking for something to do around Bates County on The 4th of July?

  •  July 4
11 am Car show registration
12 pm -2:45 Car show in West Park sponsored by H3 Grafix
1:30-2:45 Parade Registration at Old HS
3 pm Parade
4:30 pm Salute to Veterans with Quilt Guild presentation
5:00 pm Parade Winners Announced
5:30-6 pm Paula Newman Performs
6:00 pm Raffle Winners Announced
7:00 pm 80’s Band RetroActive sponsored by Pete’s and Food Fair
10:00 pm Fireworks shot from RH Volunteer Fire Dept



Obituary - Neil G. Kohler

Neil G. Kohler, 89, Harrisonville, Missouri died Thursday, July 2, 2015. Funeral services are pending at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, Missouri. 

Service times and a complete obituary will be updated when that information becomes available.

Joe Diffie to perform in Rich Hill tonight

The Rich Hill 4th of July Committee would like to invite everyone out to the Joe Diffie concert tonight starting at 8pm in the Rich Hill Park. be sure you bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the FREE concert!!!

For those who don't know Joe Diffie is an American country music singer known for his ballads and novelty songs. After working as a demo singer in the 1980s, he signed with Epic records' Nashville division in 1990. Between then and 2004, Diffie charted 35 cuts on the billboard hot country song chart, including five number one singles: his debut release "Home",  "Third Rock From the sun", "Pick Up Man" (his longest-lasting number one, at four weeks) and "Bigger than the Beatles". In addition to these cuts, he has 12 other top ten singles and ten other top 40 hits on the same chart.


Mid America Live will update with pictures and video from the concert.

Suspect taken into custody after fleeing on foot in Henry County

Around 1:15 a.m. this morning The Henry County Sheriffs Office sent out a nixle attempting to locate a automobile theft suspect that fled on foot in the area of SE County Road  451 and SE County Road 850 road in rural Henry County.

The man was described as a 24 year old white male that was wearing a dirty tank top shirt and blue jeans. The man was thought to be armed and dangerous.

Around 9:15 a.m. this morning the Henry County Sheriffs Office sent out another nixle stating that the suspect that fled form them was taken into custody with out incident at SE County Road 451 and SE County Road 876.

Mid America Live will update this story when more information becomes available from the Henry County Sheriffs Office.



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Archery Day at Poplar Heights Living History Farm


Rich Hill men escape serious injury in early morning Bates County crash

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Around 6:00 a.m. this morning The Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County along with the Bates County Sheriffs Office responded to a 1 vehicle rollover accident on 52 West Highway and County Road 5001 around the Butler Lake area.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when a East bound 2005 Ford truck traveled off the roadway and overturned. 


Two passengers in the vehicle 26 year old Kyle W. Sellers and 28 year old Thomas D. Short both of Rich Hill, Missouri escaped injury and refused medical treatment at the scene. The drivers name wasn't released in the statement.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene by R/T Tow.




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Missouri State Highway Patrol Bates County Arrest Report: Drexel man arrested

On 7/3/15 around 12:38 a.m. The Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County arrested 28 year old Stefani A. Duncan of Drexel, Missouri.

Mr. Duncan was arrested for 1.) Driving while intoxicated 2.) Failure to drive on the right half of the roadway 3.)Speeding 4.) Failure to stop at a stop sign 5.) Failure to signal.


He was booked into the Bates County Jail and later released.




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