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Monday, July 18, 2016

Clinton woman injured in Cass County crash

Around 3:55pm this afternoon the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cass County along with the Harrisonville Police Department responded to a two vehicle accident in the Southbound Lanes of I-49 around Mile Marker 161.2 in Harrisonville.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2012 Chevrolet Impala driven by 58 year old Greg R. Price of Harrisonville, Missouri and 2013 Ford C-Max driven by 22 year old Katherine R. Fisher of Clinton, Missouri were both slowing in traffic when the vehicle driven by Mr. Price rear ended the vehicle of Katherine R. Fisher.

Katherine R. Fisher sustained minor injuries in this accident and she was transported by EMS to Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville, Missouri for treatment.

Both vehicle received moderate damages and both were towed from the scene by Miller Tow.

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Obituary - Raymond Wallace Drake

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Raymond Wallace Drake

Raymond Wallace Drake, 82, Nevada, MO passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, July 18, 2016 at his home in Nevada following a long illness. Raymond leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Carylon Sue Rutledge Drake. 

Raymond was employed by the Nevada Habilitation Center before retiring after 30 years of service. He also ran his own side business, Drakes Tree Services, until ill health forced him to close. His hobby was buying small engines and repairing them. 

He also loved spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife Sue, he is also survived by his children Robert Sharp, Hardy, AR, Angela Prine, Nevada and Donna Strack, Nevada; six grandchildren, Lee Prine, Shannon Lawrence, Jesse Luther, Correy Sharp, Brandon Sharp, and Colby Jones; six great-grandchildren, Cade Luther, Emily Lawrence, Aubrey Prine, Jayden Luther, Colton Lawrence, Ella Grace Sharp; several nieces and nephews; one sister, Earlene Randall. Preceded in death by his parents James Drake and Bertha Sewell, three sisters, Martha, Barbara, and D.A, three brothers, James, Sherwood, and Robert Drake, one grandchild, Micheal, Lawrence. There will be a private graveside service for the immediate family at Omar Cemetery at a later date.

House fire in Nevada

On 7/18/16 around 12:37pm the Nevada Fire Department responded to a house located at 205 North West Street in Nevada.

When fire crews arrived on scene they found a single story wood frame structure with fire in the south west corner. 

The fire was confined to a utility room, with heavy smoke damage throughout the structure. 

One person was home at the time of the fire and was able to escape with no injuries.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and crews remained on scene 1 hour and 45minutes.

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Obituary - Lydia Marie Lynn

Lydia Marie Lynn
Memorial services for Lydia Lynn will be 3 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. No visitation.

Lydia Marie Lynn, age 73 of Butler, Missouri died Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. 

She was born October 25, 1942 to Thomas Charles and Minnie Markium Jensen in Peculiar, Missouri.

Lydia is survived by one son, Jerry Lee Lynn of Butler, Missouri; one daughter, Bonnie Sue Lynn of Butler, Missouri; one stepson, Larry Lynn; five grandchildren, Donnie Ray Parker II, Jeremy Shawn Parker, Richard Charles Parker, Tabatha Marie Roberts and Tiffany Jane Pinaire; 12 great-grandchildren; one great great-grandson; and six sisters, Bonnie Miller, Janie Jennings, Frances Lawrence, Wilma Hoffman, Bessie Hartshorn and Claudine Fritz. She was preceded in death by her husband Ernest Roberty Lynn; and two brothers, T.C. Jensen and Clifford Jensen.

Resurfacing of Missouri Route 52 Between Appleton City and Deepwater Scheduled to Start Week of August 1st

Bates, St. Clair & Henry Counties – Drivers can expect one-lane traffic and occasional traffic delays when a project to resurface and add two-foot shoulders to a 25-mile stretch of Missouri Route 52 begins the week of August 1, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

Contractor crews will resurface Route 52 between Bates County Route BB west of Appleton City and Missouri Route 13 near Deepwater.

Drivers can expect flaggers on the road directing them through the work zone. Crews also will use pilot cars to guide drivers through work zone. Drivers should wait for the pilot vehicle before proceeding through the work zone or entering the work zone from a side road.

All lanes of traffic will be open during nighttime hours. Signs and message boards will alert drivers to the work zone.

Weather and/or construction delays will alter the work schedule.
Project Background
  • Prime Contractor: Swift Construction Co., Joplin
  • Completion Date: October 1, 2016
  • Cost: $2.2 million

The Heat Is On!!

Bates County is under a heat advisory that will extend until 10 am Friday. 

The combination of very warm temperatures and high humidity could lead to heat related illnesses. 

 Please take extra precautions if you must be outside this week.

Obituary - David Doland Davis

David Doland Davis, 74, died July 16, 2016, at Joe Clark's Assisted Living, Nevada, MO. He was born January 17, 1942, in Harper, KS, to Donivan and Isabel (Walter) Davis. He was a devoted father, grandfather, and a great-grandfather who loved traveling to see his family whenever he could. 

David loved to fish at Table Rock Lake with his Dad and kids. He took long drives through the back roads and loved the rolling hills, the green fields and trees. 

He married Joyce A. Rexroat on December 9, 1959 in Pratt, KS. They divorced one year later. He then married Mianna C. Kaiser on April 3, 1961, in Clayton, New Mexico. They divorced after 17 years.

Survivors include: his former spouse Mianna Forrester; his daughter Rebecca and husband Ed, Sahuarita, AZ; sons, Douglas and wife Renee Davis, Gaithersburg, MD; Allen and wife Connie Davis, Hooker, Ok; daughters, Barbara and husband Earl Mallard, Guymon, OK; Melissa and husband Kevin Hook, Guymon,OK; Jolene (primary caregiver) and husband Shannon Stone, Nevada,MO. 

He had seventeen grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren with one more that is due this year; and five step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Donna, brother Clinton, sister-in-law Shirley, and step-mother Joan. 

Services will be held late August at a private ceremony in Branson, MO. Memorial donations to support the family with medical/funeral expenses may be made to Go Fund Me at

Obituary - Laura “Louise” Careswell

Laura “Louise” Careswell
Laura “Louise” Careswell, 79 of Drexel, Missouri passed away July 16, 2016 at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009). 

Funeral services will be held 10:00 am Thursday, July 21, 2016 also at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, Missouri. 

Contributions are suggested to Heartland Christian Church of Sebring, FL or Drexel United Methodist Church. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at 

Louise was born August 9, 1936 to Woodrow and Dorothy Reed Russell in Miami County, Kansas. She grew up in the Drexel, Missouri area and attended Drexel schools, where she began playing basketball. Louise graduated in 1954 and continued to play basketball for a short time. On January 4, 1959 she was united in marriage to Rawland Careswell in Soberly, Missouri. To this union three daughters were born, Sherri, Carole, and Angela. Louise worked for BMA Insurance in Kansas City until she became a full time homemaker. Later in life she would work as a waitress in various local restaurants, but her true joy was found in caring for children. Louise was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, Drexel United Methodist Church and Heartland Christian Church during her retirement in Sebring, Florida. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 40 years, Rawland Careswell, and a brother M. Dean Russell. Louise is survived by her daughters, Sherri Tregnago and husband Bill, Carole Brandt and husband Kerry, and Angela Stephens and Husband Danny, brothers Dale and Don Russell, sisters, Linda Carlson, Doris Yadon and husband Gary, Loretta Creek, Twila Russell, Gayle Semple and Husband Don, Patti Larson, sister-in-law Cindy Russell, and by a “4th” daughter Christi Russell Shannon. 

Louise will be forever remembered for her love of children and her warm spirit. “You are so beautiful, and I love you.”

Bates County Memorial Hospital to open medical clinic in Rich Hill

From Ed Hannon, Bates County Memorial Hospital CEO

For more than a year, the Board of Directors, Administration and Medical Staff of Bates County Memorial Hospital have been discussing strategies to provide the residents of Bates County and the surrounding area greater opportunities to see Family Care Healthcare Providers without leaving the area. 

When the hospital conducted the Community Health Needs Assessment in 2013, the southern part of the county was identified with some of the greatest needs. The hospital has been searching for a convenient location in that part of the county. One decision to be made was whether to build a new building or renovate an existing building.

The ideal location needed to be located in an area that would be convenient, safe, on level ground, visible, and large enough to support a 2,000 square foot office building with ample parking for patients and staff. The hospital considered buying a lot and building a new structure. Recently, the hospital learned that Koehn Building Systems was planning to move from their Rich Hill location to Butler. That building located in Rich Hill is the ideal location and size for a medical office. It is conveniently located adjacent to the grocery store and pharmacy in Rich Hill.

The hospital has purchased this property located at 225 N. 14th Street in Rich Hill. We will begin renovation this month with plans to open before year end. Additional details of the new medical clinic will be announced as the opening gets closer.

Obituary - Vernon Deardorff

Funeral services for Vernon Deardorff will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Ron Dunlap officiating.  Visitation will be prior to services from 1 - 2 p.m. at the Schowengerdt Chapel.  

Burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery in Adrian, Missouri.  Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Online condolences,

Vernon Deardorff, age 88 of Kansas City, Missouri died Saturday, July 16, 2016.  He was born February 9, 1928 to Martin and Ellen Bothwell Deardorff in Bates County, Missouri.

Vernon is survived by his wife, Patricia "Pat" Deardorff of Kansas City, Missouri; three sons, Allan Ray Deardorff and wife Tammy of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, David Keith Deardorff and wife Lynn of Kansas City, Missouri, and Roger Paul Deardorff and wife Tracy of Butler, Missouri; 9 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Virgil and Martin(Junior) Deardorff.

Butler Police Department Activity Report 7/11 - 7/17 - 2016

Theft report White Oak
Assault report 200 block of S Wells
Noise complaint 300 block of W Ohio
Animal complaint 800 block of Wix Lane
Walk in Fraud report
Alarm 900 block of W Ft Scott
Medical assist 200 block of Water


Theft report 400 block of E Jefferson
Animal complaint 500 block of N Main
Accident N Bus 49 and TT
Accident Country Mart parking lot
Walk in theft report


Theft report 500 block of S Orange
Trespass call 200 block of s Broadway
Hit and run accident S Broadway
Animal complaint Main and Ft Scott
Walk in theft report
Medical assist 300 block of S High
Leave without report Casey’s


Hit and run accident 100 block of S Fulton
Disturbance 900 block of Wix lane
Accident Sonic parking lot
Theft report 400 block of Fran


Assist DFS Wix lane
Medical assist 800 block of N Water
C and I driver call S High


Disturbance 400 block of W Ohio
Disturbance 100 block of S Water
Report of kids with BB gun Wix lane
Trespassing call 400 block of S Mechanic


Walk in Harassment report
Well being check S Park
Medical assist 400 S Delaware
Alarm 900 block of W Ft Scot