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Thursday, July 7, 2016

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Harrisonville angler catches state record white crappie

Austin Campbell
CASS COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports Austin Campbell of Harrisonville became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he hooked a white crappie in a Cass County irrigation pond on a trotline. The new “alternative method” record fish caught by Campbell on May 23 weighed 2-pounds, 1-ounce with a length of 15 1/2 inches. Campbell’s recent catch broke the previous state-record of a 1-pound, 5-ounce white crappie caught on a trotline in May this year.

“Once my buddy and I pulled the fish up into the boat, we were in shock,” Campbell said. “We couldn’t believe we caught a nice size crappie. We both thought it was very rare to catch a fish like that on a trotline.”

Campbell was using bluegill for bait to try to catch catfish, but instead he caught the record breaking white crappie. Campbell added he didn’t know there were state records for catching fish like that on a trotline.

“I didn’t know there was a category for catching crappie on a trotline until I saw an article on the Missouri Department of Conservation’s website,” he said. “I saw the record size and knew we had a shot at beating it.”

Campbell added he was just thankful that he and his buddy kept the white crappie after they caught it.

MDC staff verified the fish using a certified scale in the town of Harrisonville. Once MDC gave him confirmation he had a state record, Campbell said he and his friend were super excited and shocked. “We’ve always dreamed of catching a big fish and having some type of record, but we never ever thought it would happen for real. We are super excited and can’t wait to get back out on the water to catch more fish.”

Campbell added he plans on having the state-record white crappie mounted.

Missouri state-record fish are recognized in two categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods. Alternative methods include: throwlines, trotlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug lines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, archery, and atlatl. For more information on state-record fish, visit the MDC website at

Obituary - George Miler

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George Miler

George Miler, 79, Nevada, MO passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at his home in Nevada. George was born December 26, 1936 in Horton, MO to Homer and Viola Faye (Vincent) Miler. He was united in marriage to Clara Rutherford on October 17, 1956 in Great Bend, KS and she survives of the home.

George was raised in Vernon County. George was known as a “Jack” of all trades. He worked at various jobs including time in the oilfields, painting water towers, and truck driving. George retired as a diesel mechanic. He enjoyed watching westerns on T.V. and he had a quiet disposition.

In addition to his wife Clara he is survived by three daughters, Diana Dennison (Gene), Walker, Janice Gwin (David), Nevada, Maryann Canet (John) Burns, KS; two sons, Terry Miler (Carol) Walker, and Randy Miler (Amy), Lamar; 13 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Raymond Lee Miler, Lamar; two sisters, Anna Mary Johnson, Casper, WY, Julia Carpenter, Nevada, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one son, Daryl Dean Miler.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held by the family at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 903 Grand in Lamar.

A big thank you Rich Hill

The RH 4th of July Committee would like to thank the city of Rich Hill crew and employees, council and mayor for always going above and beyond to not only make the town look great, but also be willing to help us in any way to make the celebration a success. 

It truly takes a town to pull this off. Thank you.

Come explore the past!!

Nevada man arrested on drug charges

On Wednesday 7/6/16 Alexander D. Trexel 19 years old of Nevada, Missouri was arrested in Vernon County.

Mr. Trexel was charged with 1.) Class B Felony -Distribution/Delivery/ Manufacturing of a controlled substance 2.)Class C Felony Charge of tampering with a motor vehicle in the 1st degree 3.) 2- Class A Misdemeanors Possession of up to 35 grams of Marijuana and Unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Alexander D. Trexel was booked into the Vernon County Jail and placed on a $1,000 Cash only Bond and a $10,000 Cash/Surety bond.

Obituary - Patricia J. Moore

Patricia J. Moore
Patricia J. Moore, age 73 years, Clinton passed Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Life Care Center of Grandview. The family will be having a memorial service on Saturday, July 16, at 11am at 1600 North Water St. #17, Clinton, Missouri. Fond memories and condolences may be left online at

Patricia J. Moore was born December 2, 1942 in Torrance, California to Gene and Marie (Turner) Kicklighter. Patricia worked as a CNA for 31 years and loved her job. She also did volunteer work at her children's school when they were younger. Loved the outdoors, fishing, and camping. Her grandkids and great-grandchildren were her world.

She is preceded in death by her husband Russel C. Moore, father, Gene Kicklighter, mother, Marie (Turner) Kicklighter, son-in-law, Kenneth Haak, and a granddaughter Kahla Shea.

Among survivors are her son Charles W. Grandstaff III of Clinton, MO, four daughters, Charyl Heckathorn of Seattle, WA, Alice Wood and Rose Haak both of Clinton, MO, and Julie Comstock of Columbia, MO, along with 21 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home of Clinton, Missouri.

14th Annual Children's Heath & Safety Fair

Man arrested on drug charges after he was found sleeping by Butler gas station dumpsters

On 07/07/16 Butler Officers were dispatched to Casey’s on Orange street in reference to a man sleeping by the dumpsters. Upon arrival Officers contacted a white male, known to them as 31-Year-old 

Derek K Lile, passed out on the sidewalk next to the dumpster. Officers then located a large amount of Methamphetamine on his person and over $7,000 dollars in cash. Lile was transported to the Bates County jail and placed on a 24-hour hold.

Pending charges include Possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, and welfare fraud.

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From the desk of Butler Fire Chief Jim Henry

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued information on recalls in the last few days on at least

10 Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards due to fire hazard.

Most of the problems seem to stem from the lithium-ion battery packs

You can find more information on the recalls by going to and clicking on recalls.

This website will give the information on the product to include a description, a picture, number and type of incidents with the product, and the remedy for the consumer.

You can also sign up for notifications via email of all recalls issued.

What are the odds?

July is a special month for a local family, as three generations and a son in law all share the same birthday... Howard Mooney (right), his son Kenny (middle) and Kenny's daughter Leann along with Howard's son in law Tracy Ewbank (left) were all born on July 7th. 

Obituary - Dean Talbott

Dean Talbott age 88 of Rich Hill, MO passed away Tuesday July 5, 2016 at Donnellson, Iowa at the home of his son. Funeral services will be held Saturday July 9th at 11:00 am at the Rich Hill Christian Church with burial in the Green Lawn Cemetery Rich Hill. The family will receive friends Friday from 7-8 pm at the Heuser Funeral Home.

Dean is survived by one son Roger Talbott and Martha of Donnellson, Iowa, grandson Spencer Talbott and family of Rich Hill and other family and friends. Services are under the direction of the Heuser Funeral Home.

Hume Alliance Ministry Open House

The Hume Alliance Ministry will hold and Open House for the new food pantry in Hume, MO on Friday July 8, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the NW Corner of the Hume Square, Hume, MO  Help us celebrate our opening and enjoy refreshments.  

We will be open on Saturday, July 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for distribution  - Applications may be picked up at Security Bank in Hume or Straders Quick Stop in Hume.

Car Show on Historic Butler Square

The Butler Chamber of Commerce and Sonic will be sponsoring a Car Show on the Butler Square on Friday July, 22 from 6:00-10:00 pm. Breakaway band will be playing during the event. Come out and see some great cars and listen to some good music and enjoy a night on our historic square.

Obituary - Lee Ann Smith

Lee Ann Smith, 64, of Nevada, MO, passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Moore-Few Care Center in Nevada. She was born on July 5, 1952 in Pittsburg, KS to Rex Wamsley Smith and Virginia Lee (Evans) Smith. Lee Ann graduated from Liberal High School, received her Education Degree at MSSU and Master’s Degree at Pitt State. 

She taught for two years at the Bronaugh School then transferred to Nevada Schools where she taught third grade until her retirement. She was an active member of the Nevada United Methodist Church, where she participated in the Bell Choir. She was also a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority and Retired Teachers Association. Lee Ann doted on her nieces and nephews and was very involved with their lives. 

After retirement she spent a lot of time taking care of the Morris children and had a close association with the teachers she had worked with. Lee Ann will be remembered by her family and friends as being very devoted to her teaching profession, as a caring and loving sister, aunt and friend. Survivors include one brother, Jon Gregory Smith (Connie), Lamar, MO; niece and nephews Kati Wolfe (Adam), Marki Barton (Bryce), all of Liberal, and David (Elena), Villa Park, IL; great nieces and nephews, Alexys, Abby, and Ally Barton, Rolli, Harper, Trip, and Dax Wolf. She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the United Methodist Church, Nevada, with Rev. Sharon Freeman officiating. Interment will follow in Liberal City Cemetery. Friends may call now and 9:00 a.m. the day of service at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. 

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to the Children’s Miracle Network or the First United Methodist Church in care of the Ferry Funeral Home.

Windsor man escapes serious injury in Henry County crash

On 7/6/16 around 9:00pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Henry County along with Henry County Sheriffs Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on Route E and County Road NE 1281 road in rural Henry County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2014 Chevrolet driven by 64 year old John C. Dick of Windsor, Missouri traveled off the left side of the roadway traveling through a ditch and striking a fence.

Mr. Dick sustained minor injuries in this accident and he refused medical treatment at the scene of the accident. 

The vehicle received moderate damages and was towed from the scene by Jay's Towing.

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