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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

From the National Rifle Association: Number of older Americans arming themselves on the rise

The NRA (National Rifle Association:) has seen a large rise in all demographics seeking firearm training. Specifically in students over 65, NRA training courses have had a 400% rise since 2010. This data is just for basic firearm training courses (pistol, rifle, shotgun) taught by Certified NRA Instructors. 

In our basic courses for the 65 and older category, we had 5,652 take training courses in 2010 and 22,739 in 2015
The combined % increase for all demographics since 2010 is 265%, though 2013’s numbers were higher than 2015.  

The National Rifle Association trains nearly 1 million students of all ages across all courses every year with nearly half a million students participating in our basic courses.

The NRA says, " We see the increase in older adults enrolling in firearms training courses as an indicator that these citizens believe their personal protection, and the safety of their families and property, is ultimately their responsibility, and are taking the initiative to pursue proper firearms training in order to become empowered to defend themselves legally and responsibly. 

The NRA is encouraged by this responsible behavior, and will continue to provide the gold standard of firearms training, safety and education to citizens of all ages, as we have for decades."

Saturday morning's earthquake upgraded to Oklahoma's most powerful

PAWNEE, Okla.(AP) -- Seismologists upgraded Saturday morning's earthquake, making it the largest in state history.

The U.S. Geological Survey estimates the magnitude of the quake at 5.8. That's slightly up from the first estimated 5.6 magnitude. The quake was centered near Pawnee. That's 50 miles northwest of Tulsa.

Many in the Ozarks say they woke up to shaking from the earthquake.

The Pawnee County emergency management director says one minor injury was reported and no buildings have collapsed.

Several aftershocks have followed in that same area since. The number of magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes has skyrocketed in Oklahoma, from a few dozen in 2012 to more than 900 last year.

Harrisonville undercharged Cass Justice Center for utilities by more than $100,000

Cass County Jail Harrisonville Mo
There’s bad news and worse news regarding the city of Harrisonville’s utility billing errors.

The bad news: Hibbett Sports was overcharged by $30,470 on its electric bill, dating back to 2013.

The worse news: the Cass County Justice Center, which receives utility service from Harrisonville, was undercharged between $100,000 and $150,000 on its water and sewer bill.

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Obituary - Shane E. Hedges

Shane E. Hedges
Shane E. Hedges, 45, of Kansas City, died Monday, September 5, 2016, at his home. 

Visitation will be held 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 10, 2016, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 11, 2016, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family. Checks may be made payable to Jennifer Woodworth.

A complete obituary will be published here as soon as that information becomes available

From the Bates County Sheriff's Office

Obituary - Michael Edward Teter

Michael Edward Teter, 57, Harrisonville, Missouri departed this life on Monday, September 5, 2016 at his home.

Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.

A complete obituary and service time will be posted when the information becomes available.

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Updated Obituary - Shirley Ann Bryson

Shirley Ann Bryson
Shirley’s wishes were to be cremated. Her body will lie in state and family will receive friends from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 10 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler.

Shirley Ann Bryson, age 63 of Foster, Missouri died Friday, September 2, 2016 at her home in Foster. She was born August 16, 1953 to Louis Albert Sr. and Helen Virginia Kepler Warren in Kansas City, Kansas.

Shirley is survived by her significant other Michael Wayne Brotherton of Foster, Missouri; and one sister, Barbara Franklin. She was preceded in death by her husband; Michael Lee Shaver Sr.; and one son, Michael Lee Shaver Jr. on Feb. 1, 2014.

Harrisonville Trap Shoot Fundraiser September 18th

Heavy Rains Likely...

No cutsie images tonight. Sorry. The creative juices aren't flowing this morning. Midnight shifts will do that to you from time to time. For those of you who recall the series Dragnet (yeah I'm dating myself) "Just the facts ma'am". In a few's gonna get wet. Could rain hard enough for some flooding. Hope not. Thinking this rain event could be like an Olympic boxing match and go 3 rounds. Looks like the show gets on the road this afternoon with round 1 affecting mainly northern Missouri. Round 2 is later this evening and probably affects most of us. Round 3 starts Thursday night and lasts into Friday night. That's when we'll likely see the heaviest rains. Thank you Hurricane "Fig" Newton.

9/11 Tribute Car Show

1st Annual Night Golf Tournament

Butler Masonic Lodge Breakfast Fundraiser

Fall Homecoming Week at Butler High School Sept 12-16

HOMECOMING THEME: Let's Sink the Pirates/Under the Sea
  • Monday - Shipwrecked - Dress like your stranded on an island
  • Tuesday - Crew Day: Battle of the Classes
Seniors - Blue, Ocean
Juniors - Red, Sunburn
Sophomore - Yellow, Sunset
Freshman - Green, Seaweed
8th Grade - Orange, Nemo
7th Grade - Tan, Sand

  • Wednesday - Day on the Beach
  • Thursday - Walk the Plank - Pirate/Mermaid
  • Friday - "Black out the Pirates"
QUEEN CANDIDATES: Morgan Lamb, Keegan Lawrence, Jolynn Ross
PRINCESS CANDIDATES: Junior Casey Roberts, Sophomore - Peyton Heckadon, Freshman- Sydney Patterson
Party in the Parking Lot will be Thursday night 4:30 with several food booths sponsored by HS Clubs and the FFA will have a BBQ
Friday, Sept 16 Homecoming Parade at 2:00
Football Game vs Ash Grove 7:00pm.]

The Homecoming Dance will be from after the game until midnight. Admission is $3 per person or $5 per couple. Concessions will be available for $1.25. 

Students bringing out of town or school dates to the Homecoming dance need to have them signed up in the office by Monday, September 12th - end of the day!!

Obituary - Shirley Ann Bryson

Shirley’s wishes were to be cremated. Her body will lie in state and family will receive friends from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 10 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler.

Shirley Ann Bryson, age 63 of Foster, Missouri died Friday, September 2, 2016 at her home in Foster. She was born August 16, 1953 to Louis Albert Sr. and Helen Virginia Kepler Warren in Kansas City, Kansas.

Shirley is survived by her significant other Michael Wayne Brotherton of Foster, Missouri; and one sister, Barbara Franklin. She was preceded in death by her husband; Michael Lee Shaver Sr.; and one son, Michael Lee Shaver Jr. on Feb. 1, 2014.

Phone problems at Osage Valley Electric

Osage Valley Electric in Butler has been having intermittent problems for several days with incoming phone lines. Some calls come through but other calls do not. 

The phone company is working to resolve the issue but in the mean time if you are having difficulty reaching us, please dial 660-885-4222. Thank you for your patience as we work to fix this problem.

Updated Obituary - Steven D. Thompson

 Steven D. Thompson
Steven D. Thompson, 17 of Smithton, Missouri, passed away Sunday, September 4, 2016 in Smithton. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Friday, September 9, 2016 at the Mullinax Funeral Home – Drexel Chapel in Drexel, Missouri (660-679-0009).  

Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6-8 PM at the chapel. Interment will follow services in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Steven was born September 27, 1998 in Kansas City, Missouri. All throughout his brief life, basketball was his thing; or really, playing with any kind of ball. He also enjoyed swinging and playing on his tricycle and although it worried his family, he loved jumping on the trampoline.  He will always be remembered for his great smile.

Steven was preceded in death by his grandfather, Ronald Horn. He is survived by his mother, Tammie Walker of Amoret, Missouri; his father, Bruce Thompson of Olathe, Kansas; grandparents Cherie Horn of Drexel, Missouri and Theresa and Gary Mountjoy of Blue Springs; brother Edward Scott Walker of Collins, Missouri; sister Kimberly Walker of Clinton, Missouri; sister Heather Horn of Drexel; brother Christopher Walker of Knob Noster, Missouri; brother Brian Thompson of Gerster, Missouri; one nephew, two nieces, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Apple expected to unveil iPhone 7

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Apple will show off its latest iPhone Wednesday.

And if you're looking for a radical change in its form or function, you'll need to look elsewhere. But if you're one of those people who have an attachment to earbuds, you're bound to be disappointed.

If what sources in the supply chain say is correct, Apple will be doing away with its iconic earbuds. What will replace it though is unclear. It's possible the analog jack will be replaced with a listening device that can connect through the current "lightning" jack. Or Apple may be "cutting the cord" for good, paving the way for people to use Bluetooth technology to listen to their phone calls or music.

Under the hood, the new Apple iPhone models are expected to feature a faster processor, more memory and better camera optics.

McGennis Youth Center Barbecue Set for Sunday, September 25th

The annual McGennis Youth Center Barbecue and Auction is set for this Sunday (September 25).

Founded in 1966, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Center. To mark that milestone some special events are scheduled for this year’s barbecue.
One of those events is a Car Show with registration from 11 a.m. to noon and judging from noon to 2 p.m. and an awards presentation at 2 p.m.
Children’s games will start about 12:30 p.m. with all the classic country picnic contests. Horse-drawn wagon rides will be provided through the afternoon by Mumma Farms and Jeff and Jana Droz. Free face painting will be available for children through the afternoon.

Attention will turn to the serving line at 1 p.m. This year the meal is being catered by Food Fair of Rich Hill. There will be barbecued beef, pork and chicken with baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, bread and iced tea and lemonade. Everyone who wishes to lend a hand to the Center is invited to bring along a cake for the dessert table. Any extra cakes will be auctioned off.

Two area singers, Erica Diehl and Anna Spencer, will be providing musical entertainment during the dinner hour; some of this music will be from the 1960s. Erica is a Rich Hill graduate now attending Pittsburg State, and Anna is a student at Hume High School.
About 1:45 p.m. a unique variety of crafts and collectible items will go on the auction block, headed up this year by Auctioneer Geno Franklin. The craft auction has become known for its quality items ranging from antiques to delicious baked goods.
A popular auction feature the last few years will be back this year with a special twist for the 50th anniversary. The Mad Hatter features ten McGennis Youth Center caps donated by Bell Photography. These caps, each numbered, will be auctioned off. At the end of the auction one of these numbers will be drawn. That winning number will win a Henry Silver Eagle lever-action .22 rifle, donated by Bell Farms.

In the same vein, Schlyer Designs has donated a beautiful 14-kt. white gold diamond cross necklace. Ten numbered bracelets, also donated by Schlyer Designs, will be auctioned off, and the number drawn will win the diamond necklace.

These two items, the rifle and the necklace, are worth seeing and you can view a picture of each on the McGennis Youth Center Facebook page.

For more information about the auction or to donate an item call Marc or Alison Bell at 660-832-4196 or drop the items off at Bell Books in Rich Hill. The generosity of those who donate and those who bid has made the auction a major revenue source for the Youth Center.

Also in recognition of the Center’s 50-year history, a brick walkway project is underway. Many bricks have already been purchased, but you will have another opportunity to be part of this enduring legacy with the purchase of a brick at this year’s barbecue.

Admission to the barbecue is $10.00 for adults and $4.00 for children (ages 6-12). Tickets are for the meal and are not required for the auction.

From Rich Hill, the McGennis Youth Center is located five miles west on A Highway and four miles south on WW Highway.

Nevada man arrested on warrant in Jasper County

On 9/6/16 around 10:50pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Jasper County arrested 28 year old Thomas A. James Hartman of  Nevada, Missouri.

Mr. Hartman was arrested for 1.) Misdemeanor Monett Police Department Warrant - Driving While Suspended 2.) Speeding.

He was booked into the Jasper County Jail and is currently listed as bondable.

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Updated Obituary - Paulette S. McCartney

Paulette S. McCartney
Paulette S. McCartney, age 64 years, of Clinton, MO passed away Saturday, September 3, 2016 at her home. A memorial service will be held 3:00pm Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Vansant-Mills Chapel, Clinton, Missouri. 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society and may be left in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences can be left online at

Paulette was born February 22, 1952 in Dalton, Georgia the daughter of Paul and Ramona (Hobbs) Higginbotham. She was a member of Northeast Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed arts and crafts, tending to her flower beds, and fishing and hunting.

Paulette was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband, Robert L. McCartney II, of the home, 3 sons; David L. McCartney (Pam) of Lincoln, MO, Robert L. McCartney (Darla) of Clinton, MO, and Christopher S. McCartney of Clinton, MO, 9 grandchildren; David McCartney, Michael McCartney, Hunter McCartney, Nathan McCartney, Seth Terry, Mac McCartney, Delaney McCartney, Riley McCartney, and Brennan Terry-Ogle, one great grandchild, Layne McCartney, one sister, Debbie Banks (Kenny) of Atlanta, GA, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members.

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

Storm Siren test today in Butler

The City of Butler will test the outdoor warning sirens
today at 10:00 A.M.

Summer 2016: Shake 'n bake in Missouri...

by Doug Mager

The writer of this article, like many woke last Saturday morning to something never experienced before...a trembling bed and grandfather clock chimes making an eerie sound. Instinctively, I assumed it was an earthquake.

While that guess was correct, I was mistaken about the epicenter, thinking it was the New Madrid Fault in southeast Missouri- which was cause of four catastrophic quakes in the early 1800's. Turns out, the root of Saturday morning's episode was centered north of Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

Since many of us in west central Missouri have never experienced a quake, it was and will continue to be a hot topic of discussion for some time to come. After all, it now makes us wonder if another, bigger one is coming soon.

The short answer, is probably. Seismologists have been predicting for some time that the New Madrid Fault is a 'time bomb' waiting to happen. And judging by the map above, yes, we in western Missouri will certainly feel it. The extent of damage? No one really knows.

What can we do to prepare? First, you might want to discuss earthquake insurance with your agent. Most homeowner polices do not include this type of coverage. Otherwise, the Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee also offers this advice:

Safety rules and precautions
  • Before an earthquake happens, identify places in each room in your house to take shelter, such as under a sturdy table or next to an inside wall.
  • Don’t place beds by windows, and don’t hang heavy items over beds.
  • Secure things that might fall, such as heavy TVs.
  • Put strong latches on cupboards.
  • During an earthquake, stay indoors. When you do leave a building, move away from it quickly.
  • Get away from windows to avoid breaking glass.
  • Don’t use elevators.
  • Wait until the shaking stops completely before venturing out.
  • Outdoors, find a spot away from buildings, trees and power lines. Drop to the ground.
  • If you are in a car, stop in a clear location as quickly as you can. Stay in the car with your seat belt fastened.
  • Avoid the use of candles or open flame after an earthquake in case of gas leaks.
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