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Monday, September 12, 2016

Making good memories, young and old alike...

It was an awesome turnout for Grandparents Day at Drexel Elementary! Thank you to those who helped make this happen. And a great big thank you to all of the Grandparents who took time to spend some time with our students today, I know they enjoyed it. - Superintendent Terry Mayfield, Drexel R-IV schools

Obituary - Barbara "Kay" Walker

Barbara "Kay" Walker
Barbara “Kay” Walker, 83, Goodyear, Arizona, formerly of Harrisonville, Missouri, died Monday, September 12, 2016 in Arizona. 

Funeral services are pending at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, Missouri. 

Service times and a complete obituary will be posted when information is available.

Butler man escapes injury in Bates County crash

On 9/12/16 around 6:35am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County responded to a two vehicle accident in the Northbound Lanes of I-49 at Mile Marker 137.8 just North of Passiac.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when both vehicles were traveling Northbound and the 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass driven by 57 year old Hayward J. Godfrey of Buckhannon,West Virginia was struck from behind by the 2001 Ford Focus driven by 38 year old Christopher  L. Strauss of Butler, Missouri.

Mr. Godfrey sustained minor injuries in this accident and he was transported by Bates County EMS to Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler for treatment.

Don's Tow of Butler was called to the scene to tow the Ford Focus of Mr. Strauss and the Oldsmobile was secured and left roadside.

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Circuit Court News of Bates County 9/1-9/12-2016

  • Heather R Morris v. Cory A Morris, Dissolution of Marriage granted.

  • Lonna M Hansen v. Eric Micheal Hansen, Dissolution of Marriage granted.

  • Verginia R Gales v Jeffrey A Gales, Dissolution of Marriage granted.

  • St v. Chasiety L Wisdom, probation revocation hearing, admitted violation, probation extended one year.

  • St v. Billy A Duggins, I: Felony assault of Law Enforcement Officer—dismissed upon plea; II: Felony possession of controlled substance, methamphetamines—dismissed upon plea; III: Felony assault of Law Enforcement Officer—sentenced to 7 yrs in MDOC, IV: Felony resisting arrest—sentenced to 4 yrs in MDOC jurisdiction retained, with 90 day shock incarceration program.

  • St v. Robert T Imondi, I: Felony possession of controlled substance-methamphetamines—guilty plea, sentenced to 5 yrs in MDOC, given SES, placed on 5 yrs probation; II: Felony possession of drug paraphernalia—fined $200; III: no seat belt—fined $10, to perform 200 hours of community service,

Adrian Alumni honored at Arrowhead yesterday

September 11, 2001. A day in our nation's history that we will never forget. That horrific day when a reign of terror caused the loss of far too many lives. Americans were scared...

Read the full story here:

-courtesy Mike Burris, Adrian News Leader

15 years: It seems like yesterday...

Dave Ullery spoke on behalf of those who have served
our country through the military. His presentation
included a 21 gun (Three-Volley) salute
Adrian Fire Chief Gary Dizney
 It's still fresh in most minds- where you were and what you were doing when you first heard of the events that unfolded on September 11, 2001.

Not to be forgotten is not only those who tragically lost their lives, but those who are still living- relatives and loved ones. And those who are in the business of helping others, police, fire fighters, first responders and more.

Gerold Stephens and Hannah Newkirk offered some
patriotic live vocals
Yesterday, as with every year since the 9/11 tragedy, the Adrian Fire Department hosted a commemorative event that paid respect to those who died, and as importantly, those who on a daily basis continue to protect citizens in every way possible. 

The event started with a silent procession of over a mile of emergency vehicles through town to the Optimist building that included emergency personnel from as far away as Lowry City and points further.

The program paid full homage to not only emergency responders, police and fire fighters, but those in all military branches, past and present.

According to Adrian Fire Chief Gary Dizney, yes, there will be program next year as well- we can never forget those who gave then, and continue to give now, every day.

Adrian VFW Post 1935 recognized members of our local
fire, law enforcement and emergency medical

Garden City MO Fire Chief Mark Lopez spoke about how resilient Americans are- instead of playing the victim, we have come back from the events of 9/11 stronger than ever

Faith Hutchens provided beautiful vocals including God Bless America

Ophthalmology services offered at Ellett Memorial Hospital

(APPLETON CITY, MO) -- Chetan Soni, M.D., FACS, board certified ophthalmologist with Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, will begin seeing patients at Appleton City Rural Health Clinic starting Oct. 7. The clinic is located at 408 East Seventh St., Appleton City, Mo.

Dr. Soni practices ophthalmology at CMH Eye Specialty Center, located in the Douglas Medical Center in Bolivar. He specializes in laser assisted cataract surgery, glaucoma care and surgery, laser surgery, eyelid surgery, general eye exams, diabetic eye care, and macular degeneration evaluation and treatment.

Dr. Soni earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Baroda, India, and completed two years of residency in neurology at the University of Missouri-Columbia and a four year residency in ophthalmology at Mason Eye Institute with the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Prior to residency training, he obtained a Master of Health Administration and a Master of Science in Health Informatics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Dr. Soni is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).

In partnership with Ellett Memorial Hospital, CMH offers the following specialty services in Appleton City including orthopaedics, urology and cardiology. CMH accepts most private insurance plans along with Medicare and Medicaid.

Call 660-476-2121 to schedule an appointment to see Dr. Soni at AC Rural Health Clinic. For more information about orthopaedics, urology or cardiology services in Appleton City, call Ellett Memorial Hospital at 660-476-2111.

Rich Hill City Wide Garage Sale is set for October 8th

Rich Hill City Wide Garage Sale is set for October 8th.

Permits are $10 which includes permit, advertising and maps. 

Permits will be sold at the Farmer's Market in the East Park on Tuesdays from 4pm to 8pm. 

Jennifer Hall is selling and organizing this sale. City Hall will not be issuing these permits. 

She can meet for permits at other times if you contact her either by Facebook or calling/texting 660-679-8107 or email

Deadline to get your permit is September 22. Thank you!

40th Annual Amsterdam Jubilee flyer - I Am Amsterdam

Still currently looking for Vendors for this event.. If you are interested please call Deanna at 816-258-1756.

Butler man arrested for Class B Felony

Stacey S. Thomas
On July 18, 2016 The Bates County Sheriff’s Office along with CNET Drug Task Force and Butler Police Department conducted a search warrant at 509 N Austin in Butler, MO.

As a result of this search warrant, on September 7, 2016 Stacey S. Thomas (DOB 9/17/63) was formally charged with Distributing, Delivering and Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance. 

This charge is a Class B Felony. His bond was set at $25000.00 cash or surety. 

On September 8, 2016 Thomas bonded out of the Bates County Jail on the above charges. 

*This Press Release courtesy of the Bates County Sheriff's Office any questions or concerns please call them at 660-679-3232*

Updated Obituary - Terry G. "Haywire" McGuire

Terry G. "Haywire" McGuire
Funeral services for Terry McGuire will be 10 a.m. Friday, September 16, 2016 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial in Virginia Cemetery, Virginia, Missouri. Contributions to Leukemia Society.

Terry Gene McGuire, age 74 of Butler, Missouri died Saturday, September 10, 2016 at University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas. He was born December 31, 1941 to Teddy Warren and DeEtta Maye Maloney McGuire in Kansas City, Kansas.

Terry, also known as “Haywire,” was a lifelong resident of Butler. He attended Belmont Grade School and graduated from Butler High School in 1959. On March 25, 1961 he was united in marriage to Patricia Fritts and to this union four children were born. Terry was the owner/operator of T.M. Hay Enterprises, custom hay operation. In his younger years, he worked on a traveling wheat harvest crew and as a mechanic at Kahn Chevrolet. He served as the trustee of Charlotte township and president of the Public Water Supply District #4. He was a founding member of the Virginia Mission Church where he attended every Sunday.

Terry was a hard worker, ornery, fun-loving, and had a heart of gold and loved his family--especially the little ones. He enjoyed visiting, eating family dinners and riding motorcycles. Terry volunteered in 4-H where he helped as small engine leader. He was a member of the Democratic committee and trustee and sexton of the Virginia Cemetery Association.

Terry is survived by his wife Pat McGuire of Butler, Missouri; three sons, Jim McGuire and wife Terry of Harrisonville, Missouri, Shannon McGuire and wife Lynell of Butler, Missouri and Greg McGuire and wife Rita of Schell City, Missouri; one daughter, Kathy Knapp and husband Mike of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; two brothers, David McGuire and wife B.J. of Ferris, Texas and Teddy Joe McGuire and wife Megan of Boonville, Missouri; two sisters, Diane Beatty of Butler, Missouri and Debbie Geiser of Marshall, Missouri; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Sam McGuire and Dennis McGuire.

Butler Optimist Puzzle Competition

The Butler Optimist will be hosting a Puzzle Competition on Saturday, September 24th starting at 6:30 pm. 

All proceeds will benefit the Toys for Tykes and other children's programs. 

The event is being held at the bingo building at the Butler fairgrounds. 

Come out and support a great event,

Poplar Heights Living History Farm Help Save Summit School House

Poplar Heights Living History Farm Help Save Summit School House. Have a great evening at the same time - Sept. 23rd, 6-9 pm. It's all you can eat BBQ dinner - brisket, ribs, pork roast with entertainment by the GREAT Piano Guy, playing all your favorites. Order tickets now - just $25 for All You Can Eat, a fun evening and a contribution to Saving this historic building so it can become a nature center and educational facility for everyone. 

Call 660-200-5620 now to order tickets. No tickets will be sold at the door. You MUST order ahead. Must be 21 to attend.

Teacher Appreciation Night at Adrian Optimist Bingo!

Monday September 19th, we would like to invite all teachers and support staff to our Teacher Appreciation Night at Bingo. 

Any teacher or support staff with a valid ID from their school, will receive a free meal with the purchase of their bingo paper.

Milo man charged with sexual abuse charges

On Friday 9/9/16 the Vernon County Sheriffs Office arrested 44 year old Donald R. Jester of Milo, Missouri.

Mr. Jester was arrested for 1.) Class A Felony - Forcible Sodomy 2.) Class B Felony - Attempted Forcible Rape 3.) Class D Felony - 1st Degree Sexual Abuse.

A investigation into Mr. Jester started in August of 2016 with formal charges being filed in Vernon County Court on Friday.

Donald R. Jester is currently being held in the Vernon County Jail and his bond has been set at $100,000 Cash/Surety Bond.

He has been ordered to have no contact with the victims in this case.

 Copyright Mid America Live News

A Milo man was booked at the Vernon County Jail on three felony sexual abuse charges. 44-year-old Donald R. Jester, of Milo, was booked Friday of the felony charges, including a class A felony charge of Forcible Sodomy, a class B felony charge of Attempt-forcible rape, and a class D felony charge of first degree sexual abuse. The Focible sodomy charge dates back to June of 1995, while the other two charges tem from an incident in June of 1992. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, the charges were filed recently after the victim came forward about the sexual abuse, and the investigation into the allegations was started in August. Formal charges were field by Vernon County prosecuting attorney Brandi McInroy on Friday, with the warrant issued and executed by the Vernon County Sheriff's office the same day. Jester is currently being held at the county jail on a $100,000 bond, the warrant also mandates Jester have no contact with the victim. -

Boil Water Advisory in Effect for Bates County Rural Water District #6

All residents in Bates County Rural Water District #6 are being advised to boil all drinking water due to low water pressure. 

The Boil Water Advisory takes effect immediately and remains in effect until further notice. 

This Advisory is for ALL residents within the Bates County Rural Water District #6. 

Mid America Live News will update when the advisory is lifted.

It's all about the details...

Bright and early Saturday morning the Butler square was alive with activity- not shopping, but cleaning. The organized effort was sponsored by Electric City Downtown to prepare the square for Huckster's Day this weekend.

The group of 25 or so workers swept, picked up trash and cleaned debris for most of the morning. Lunch was provided by Union Restaurant and Gordon Brown Insurance.

More info about Electric City Downtown can be found here: 

Very Stormy Week Ahead

It’s going to be a stormy work week starting with storms moving into northwest MO and northeast KS tonight. Some of these storms may be strong and produce locally gusty winds and small hail. 

The storms linger Tuesday/Wednesday but become more isolated. A few storms Tuesday may become strong. 

And finally, a second round of storms will push through the entire area Thursday through Saturday morning. These storms may produce heavy rain. This active pattern will settle down for Saturday and Sunday.

Butler Police Department Activity Report 9/5-9/11-2016

  • 09/05/2016  
Traffic assist Schowengerdt
Walk in Keep the peace
Medical assist 200 block of S Austin
Disturbance 1000 block of W Ft Scott
Alarm 600 block of W Ft Scott
C and I driver 200 block of S Mechanic
911 hang up 100 bloc of S Broadway

  • 09/06/2016  
Disturbance 300 block of S Main
Recovered stolen vehicle Ft Scott and I-49
C and I driver W-52
Disturbance 312 W Ohio
Open Door 200 block of Country Club
Medical assist 100 block of W Dakota
Property damage report 700 block of Summit
911 Hang up 100 block of S Broadway

  • 09/07/2016  
Walk in theft report
Well being check 500 block of W Mill
Disturbance 400 S Delaware
Property Damage report 700 block of Summit
Property Damage report White Oak
Noise complaint 411 Fran # 7
Medical assist 700 block of Hillcrest

  • 09/08/2016  
Property damage report 100 block of S Fulton
Keep the peace 400 S Delaware
911 medical assist High School
Attempt to locate
Walk in theft report
Disturbance 109 S HAvanna
Warrant service Orange and Ft Scott
C and I driver call Clarke St
Warrant service N Orange st
911 miss dial 300 block of N Fulton

  • 09/09/2016  
Possible prowler 300 block of W Ohio
Disturbance W-52
Warrant service Havanna and Dakota
Medical assist 100 block of S Delaware

  • 09/10/2016  
Burglar report 200 block of N Havanna
Property damage report 200 block of S Main
Dog Bite report BCMH
Assist DFS 400 block of W Pine
Medical assist 200 block of W Park
Accident W-52

  • 09/11/2016  
Warrant service Havanna and Dakota
Noise complaint S High
Well being check 200 block of W Atkinson
Property damage report 300 block of E Pine
Animal complaint 500 block of W Dakota
Vandalism report Water and Dakota
Disturbance Havanna and Ft Scott