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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Breaking News: Appleton City woman seriously injured in rollover accident

Around 6:15pm this evening the Missouri State Highway Patrol in St. Clair County responded to a one vehicle accident on Missouri P Highway around 3 miles South of Appleton City, Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway says the accident occurred when the 2002 Ford Escape driven by 84 year old Betty L. Todd of Appleton City, Missouri ran off the roadway and struck a utility pole before overturning.

Betty L. Todd sustained serious injuries in this accident and she was transported to Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene by Bulldog Towing of Appleton City, Missouri.

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Obituary - Arma Lee Jones

Funeral services for Arma Lee will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2016 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri. There is no visitation. Burial in Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton City, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Appleton City Cemetery, Ohio Street United Methodist Church or American Heart Association.

Arma Lee Jones, age 88 of Butler, Missouri, passed away March 19, 2016 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. She was born August 4, 1927, to Fred Lester and Ermine Lucy Huffman Talbot in Appleton City.

Arma Lee is survived by three sister-in-laws; Eva Jones of Peculiar, Nadine Bartimus of Clinton, and Katherine Jones of Appleton City. She is also survived by nieces and nephews; Peggy Graber and husband Jim, Casey Jones and wife Debbie, Larry Jones, Carolyn Snyder and husband Dennis, Stacie Harkrader and husband Brett, Bobbi Farmer and husband Denton and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind special friends and caretakers; Dale Morrison, Tim Morrison, Nelson and Lois Myers, Merle Mears, Maribeth Golladay, Joann Unruh, Karen Dirks, Georgetta Burton, and many other friends and neighbors. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Darwin; one brother, Joe Jimmie, brothers-in-law; Don, Dale, and Robert Jones and Carol Bartimus; and sister-in-law; Beth Jones.

Nevada Police Officer Trained in Crises Intervention Team (CIT)

Alocal law enforcement officer recently completed Crises Intervention Team (CIT) Training and joined the local CIT Coordinating Council. Nevada Police Officer Matthew Burkhead recently returned after completing an intensive week of CIT training, conducted at the Lee’s Summit, Missouri Police Department.

The newly trained CIT Team member joins other Nevada Police Officers and Vernon County Deputies who serve along with the CIT Coordinating Council. The Council consists of several community partners working in the mental health career field, consumers and their families. The focus of the group is to serve the needs of the entire area in a more efficient manner, while offering guidance to local Law Enforcement.

The CIT Course is forty hours of training and includes instruction in the following topics: overview of mental illness, medication management and identification; de-escalation techniques; steps to prevent suicide; family and consumer panels; site visits; and cultural diversity.

Upon graduation, the officer was awarded a certificate of completion and a special uniform insignia which designates him as specially trained.

Police Chief Graham Burnley states, “Nevada Police Officer Matthew Burkhead joins a long list of professionals who bring a level of expertise in dealing with crises situations. The CIT Team continues to serve our community well.”

For more information about CIT, contact PO Patrick Deao at 417-448-2710.

Olbituary - Kathy Sue Rice

Kathy Sue Rice
 Kathy Sue Rice

The funeral service for Kathy will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Hill and Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri. Officiating at the service will be Brother Herbert Lawson.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 23, 2016 preceding the service from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton City, Missouri.

The family suggests any memorial donations be made to Crossroads Hospice or Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

Kathy Sue Rice passed away peacefully at her mother’s home in Kansas City, Missouri at 55 years of age on March 17th 2016. She was one of five children born to James Vernon and Mary Kathryn (Allis) Bryant in Appleton City, Missouri on October 25th, 1960.

Kathy spent her formative years in Kansas City, Missouri. She then moved to Appleton City with her family where she graduated from high school in 1979. After completing her education she returned to Kansas City, where she worked as an administrative assistant in the principal’s office of the school district for 17 years. Kathy later changed careers and was employed as a shipping associate for Musician’s Friend ensuring the safe passage of many instruments within the community. Aside from her career, she welcomed her only child and light of her life, Katie, into the world in 1983.

Faith always maintained a significant place in her life and she remained an active member of Church God “Holiness” for many decades. Enjoying the reputation of an excellent storyteller, she entertained friends and family with a witty personality and wonderful sense of humor. Kathy’s grandchildren, however, proved the most celebrated part of her life. No other thing was as important to her as Addie, Harrison, and Cami. “Mimi” regularly made trips with them to Worlds of Fun, the zoo, and shopping throughout the metro area. An avid writer, Kathy composed numerous poems and even a book chronicling the birth of her granddaughter. She was also in the process of composing other works for her grandchildren to read. Apart from her skill with the pen, Kathy proved an excellent cook, an avid reader of all genres, and an enthusiastic gardener with a remarkable “green thumb.” Rarely did you see Kathy without a book in her hands and grandkids by her side.

Kathy was preceded in death by her “Grampy” Ralph and “Gram” Waneta (Moore) Allis. She is survived by one daughter Katie Rice; her companion Junior Cooper; her parents James and Mary Bryant; grandchildren: Addie, Harrison “hairball,” and Cami; sisters Verna Basham (Dennis), Brenda Lawson, Mary Ellen Stivers; brother: Jimmy Bryant; Nieces and nephews: Waneta Bryant, Clarissa Boxwell, Jennifer Riddle (John), Jennifer Hershberger (Eric), Alicia Quick (Keith), Sharon Mundy (Kyle), Kevin Basham, Richard Lawson, Elizabeth Stivers, Randell Stivers; and many other family members and dear friends. Kathy will be deeply missed by all her friends and family who dearly loved her

Obituary - Travis Lee Connell

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 Travis Lee Connell
Travis Lee Connelly passed from this life March 19, 2016 at Moore Few Care Center after a lengthy battle with Cancer. He was born in Nevada MO to Elmer Jurl Connelly and Sandra Lee (Ross) Peter Connelly on June 26 1965.

Travis lived in Vernon County his whole life attending Nevada Schools. He worked on the family dairy farm from the age of 12 and continued working until the operation was converted to beef cattle in 2009. He worked as a foreman for Top Knotch Wood for 20 Years. Travis loved to travel going to places like Colorado’s Royal Gorge, the Florida Keys, Mexico, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Hawaii and most recently he took a cruise to Alaska. He loved his family, his friends and the animals he cared for throughout his life.

He is survived by his mother Sandra Connelly, Nevada; one brother, Tracy Connelly and wife Destiny, Nevada; two sisters, Pam McNeil and husband Bill, Bronaugh, and Nancy Davison and husband Kirk, Sheldon; nine nieces and nephews; nine great nieces and nephews; numerous aunts uncles and cousins; and two special friends, Tim Downen and Ray Igou and their families, Sheldon.

Travis was preceded in death by his father and two nephews, Cody Jenkins and Adam Davisson.

A memorial service will be held at a later date with family and friends. Arrangements are under the direction of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

One injured in Henry County accident

Around 1:20pm this afternoon the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Henry County responded to a one vehicle accident on Missouri 7 Highway at County Road NW 401 in rural Henry County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2014 Chevrolet driven by 63 year old Richard L. Flint of Walnut Grove, Missouri traveled off the roadway and struck a stop sign.

Mr. Flint sustained moderate injuries in this accident and he was transported by ambulance to Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton.

The vehicle was totaled in this accident and towed from the scene by Golden Valley Tow.

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Assistance needed in reference to missing juvenile from Rockville area

Chelestia Strickler
The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance in locating 16-year-old Chelestia Strickler. On Saturday evening, March 19, St. Clair County deputies took a missing juvenile report from Strickler’s uncle who she lives with on SW 1161 Road, Rockville, Missouri.

He said he and his wife left for less than an hour and when they returned she was gone. Information was obtained Strickler had plans to runaway. She is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall, 155 pounds, with long brown hair. Law enforcement and family are concerned for Strickler’s welfare.

Sheriff Scott Keeler urges anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Chelestia Strickler to call the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office at 417646-2522 or the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to

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Harrisonville Police looking for missing juvenile

Hayden Harris
The Harrisonville Police Department is looking for a missing juvenile, Hayden Harris (13 years old). Hayden is 4'11", 95 lbs, with dirty blonde hair and blue eyes.

Hayden was last seen on Friday afternoon and is possibly in route to San Francisco.

If you should know Hayden's whereabouts or additional information please contact the Harrisonville Police Department at 816-380-8940 ASAP.