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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Windsor man arrested on warrants in Henry County

Dennis J. McCarty
On 9/20/16 around 3:24pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Henry County arrested 21 year old Dennis J. McCarty of  Windsor, Missouri.

Mr. McCarty was arrested for 1.) Misdemeanor Henry County Sheriff's Office Warrant 2.) Misdemeanor Appleton City Police Department Warrant.

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

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Obituary - Billie Joe "Bill" Avery

Billie Joe "Bill" Avery
Billie Joe "Bill" Avery, age 90, Centerville, Kansas passed away on Monday, September 19, 2016 at Vintage Park in Osawatomie, Kansas. He was born on April 30, 1926 at Garnett, Kansas the son of Horace and Winifred Crozier Avery. He attended school in Ottawa, Kansas. He left high school during his Junior year to serve his country in the United States Navy during World War II. After being honorably discharged he graduated from Ottawa High School in 1947. 

Bill married Norma Fredricks on July 25, 1948 at Ottawa, Kansas. He worked as a machinist and mechanic for the Ferguson Dealership in Ottawa. He and Norma moved to Osawatomie in 1959. From 1959 to 1965, he was a partner in Avery Tyler Tractor Agency. 

 In October of 1968, he began Bill Avery Insurance representing State Farm Insurance in Osawatomie retiring in June of 1990. The family built a cabin in Centerville, Kansas moving in the summer of 1979. He was a member of the Trinity Methodist Church in Ottawa, the VFW, Elks, Lions and served on the School Board of Osawatomie USD #367 from 1974-1977. He was preceded in death by his parents, and wife Norma. He is survived by a daughter, Melissa Maimer and husband Danny, a son, Mike Avery and wife Lisa, sister Bonnie Rumford and husband Leon, four grandsons, Grant and Blake(Sarah) Maimer and Jarod and Tommy Avery, and a great grandson Barrett Maimer.   

Graveside funeral service will be held 11 am Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Osawatomie Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 pm Friday, September 23 at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel. 

The family suggests contributions to Linn County Care to Share or Catholic Hospice. On line condolences can be left at Arrangements: Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel.

4.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Oklahoma, rattles parts of Kansas

WAKITA, Okla. —The U.S. Geological Survey said a 4.3-magnitude earthquake struck extreme northern Oklahoma late Monday and was widely felt throughout parts of Kansas.

No injuries or damage were reported.

The earthquake was centered near the town of Wakita, which is right on the state's border with Kansas and is about 100 miles north of Oklahoma City. The USGS said the quake was felt in Wichita and other parts of Kansas.

Scientists have linked Oklahoma's sharp increase in earthquakes to the underground injection of wastewater by oil and gas companies. State regulators have asked companies in earthquake-prone areas to reduce the volume of wastewater or shut down the wells altogether.

Earlier this month, a 5.8-magniutde earthquake struck Oklahoma, making it the strongest on record in the state.

Obituary - Megan Elizabeth Wheeler

Megan Elizabeth Wheeler
Megan Elizabeth Wheeler, 32, Peculiar, Missouri departed this life on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

She is survived by her fiancé, Billy Goben; three daughters, Nicole Lynn Plato, Isabelle Michelle Renee Goben, Natilee Clarice Goben; two sons, Christopher Norman Plato and Isaac William Goben all of the home; her parents, Lance and Sharon Wheeler, St. Clair, Missouri; a brother, Daniel Conrad Wheeler and girlfriend, Sierra, Higginsville, Missouri; maternal grandmother, ReGina Wells, St. Clair, Missouri; many aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

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

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

Backers fight to get medical marijuana on Missouri ballot

 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Supporters of a proposal to allow medical marijuana in Missouri say thousands of signed petitions to get the measure on the ballot were wrongly tossed out.

A lawyer for the group New Approach Missouri told a circuit judge Monday that enough registered voters signed a petition to get the measure on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Secretary of State Jason Kander's office says the proposal fell about 2,200 short of signatures needed.

But New Approach Missouri attorney Loretta Haggard says hundreds of signed petitions were thrown out because signatures didn't match voter records or voters were incorrectly counted as not registered. She says some of those signatures should count.

Assistant Attorney General John Hirth, who represents Kander's office, disagreed. Even with those signatures, Hirth said New Approach is short 23 signatures.

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press

Missouri Supreme Court says proposed cigarette tax hike stays on ballot

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Supreme Court says a a proposal to raise Missouri tobacco taxes to pay for early childhood programs will stay on the statewide ballot in November. Opponents of the measure argued a misleading summary of the measure was on petitions used to gather signatures for it, but the court said it has no authority to take it off the ballot.

The measure will be on the ballot as Amendment 3. It would hike cigarette taxes from 17 cents to 77 cents a pack by 2020 and create a 67-cent-per-pack "equity" fee on off-brand cigarettes that would increase annually for inflation. 

Opponents say the equity fee favors companies that make cigarette brands that paid millions of dollars to settle a lawsuit several years ago by many states over adverse health effects of cigarettes.
Proponents of the measure argued that taking it off the ballot would violate backers' constitutional right to use the initiative petition process.

After the signatures were submitted, an appeals court ruled the short description of the proposal given to petition signers was unfair and misleading. That ruing means voters will see a different ballot summary than the summary that was on the petitions. A circuit court judge then ruled that the measure could stay on the statewide ballot despite the change in the description.

In its ruling on Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled 7 - 0 that no law or constitutional provision clearly says the secretary of state must invalidate a ballot petition issue after the signatures are gathered and validated, even when the summary is changed after it's placed on the ballot. The high court also ruled that no law or constitutional provision requires the proponents of the issue to start over and seek new petition-signatures if a court changes the summary.

The Missouri Supreme Court also turned down other arguments against the ballot issue, including that it would change more than one article of the state constitution and would violate the state constitution ban on “appropriation by initiative.”

Opponents made other arguments against the proposal but the Supreme Court said those issues could be adjudicated if voters approve the constitutional amendment. 

Opponents will now turn their attention to trying to defeat the issue on Nov. 8.

“Big Tobacco disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of voters when they circulated an outrageous and unfair 747 percent tax increase ballot scheme that the Court of Appeals ruled was 'unfair and insufficient,'" said Ron Leone, executive director of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (MPCA) in a news release. 

 “While we are disappointed the Missouri Supreme Court did not strike Big Tobacco’s Amendment 3 from the ballot, we are confident the people will see through Big Tobacco’s scam to place many troubling provisions in Missouri’s Constitution and vote no on Nov. 8."

Well, almost...

Social media lit up Saturday when it was announced at Kauffman Stadium that Pauline Morrow of Butler was a contender in the sixth inning Sonic Slam contest that could put as much as $25,000 in the pocket of a happy fan.

While Morrow didn't win the big bucks, she did score (no pun intended) two Hyvee seat tickets and a $10 Sonic gift card. Another bonus was witnessing a win for the Royals, 3 to 2 over the Chicago White Sox.

Ironically, a home run in the six inning did happen on the following day...

To enter the Sonic Slam contest, look for entry form on Sonic sacks or ask for entry form at your local Sonic drive in.

Obituary - Rachel June Harmon

Rachel June Harmon, 74, Nevada, MO passed away on September 7, 2016 at her home in Nevada. Rachel was born October 8, 1941 in rural Horton, MO to Walter Sewell and Opal June (Webster) Harmon.

Rachel was raised in Horton and attended school in Metz. After her father’s passing in 1958 she along with her mother moved from the family farm to Nevada. Rachel continued to attend school in Metz and graduated High School with the Class of 1959. Following high school Rachel worked at Key Industries in Nevada for 40 years until her retirement. She enjoyed fishing, crocheting, sewing, reading, and was a member of the Genealogical Society in Nevada. Rachel also attended the First Christian Church in Nevada.

Survivors include two great-grandsons, Dustin Dulier, and Justin Dulier, both of Nevada. She was preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Ann Harmon Dulier; and one nephew, Randy Dulier.

Graveside services will be held at a later date.

UPDATE Police searching for vehicle that struck and killed woman in Cass County

Cass Co. – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate a vehicle possibly involved in the death of Megan Wheeler.

Investigators believe that Ms. Wheeler was walking home when she was struck by a vehicle.  Investigators are looking for the following type vehicle:

1994-2002 Dodge Truck
Damage to the front passenger area
Models can range from 1500,2500, & 3500

Anyone with information can contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Obituary - Charles "Charlie" R. Sweet

Charles "Charlie" R. Sweet, 76, Harrisonville, Missouri, died Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. 

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

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

Busy, busy, busy!

Saturday Sept. 24th
Amsterdam Jubilee
Archie Fall Festival
Papinville Picnic

Saturday Oct. 1st:
Burnt District Festival in Harrisonville
Drexel Pumpkin Festival (scroll down for flyer)

Saturday Nov. 5th:
Byrds Pecan Festival

More will be added as info comes in. Bookmark this page!

See more on our events calendar here

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Ballard R-2 receives USDA grant

Congratulations to Ballard R-2 School District and Superintendent John Siebeneck for their USDA grant achievement and recognition on Sept 15th. Well done! - our thanks to Patricia Pike