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Friday, September 23, 2016

Updated Obituary - Charles “Charlie” R. Sweet

Charles “Charlie” R. Sweet
Charles “Charlie” R. Sweet, 74, Harrisonville, Missouri, died Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in Madison Wisconsin. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Faith Baptist Church in Harrisonville with visitation from 10:00-11:30. 

Burial will be in Garden City Cemetery, Garden City, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church, P.O. Box 345, Harrisonville, MO 64701 or American Heart Association (

Charlie was born August 22, 1942 in rural Garden City, Missouri, the son of Bruce Miles and Ada Bertha (Zimmerman) Sweet, Sr. He was a graduate of Archie High School. He married Patricia Ann “Patt” Slocum on August 25, 1962 at the Loma Vista Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri.

Charlie worked for Honeywell (Bendix) for 31 years before retiring in 1992 as a coordinator planner. He was currently working for Atkinson Funeral Home as a funeral director, where he had worked since February 1, 1995. Charlie loved to golf and was a member of the Chili Dippers golf group for years. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church where he served as Chairman of the Deacons. He had served as a deacon at various churches for 45 years. Charlie also had been a Sunday school teacher for many years, sang in the church choir, and was a member of the men’s quartet. He was also a member of the Cass Masonic Lodge #147 in Harrisonville.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Herbert Eugene Sweet and Bruce Miles Sweet, Jr. He is survived by his bride of 54 years, Patt of the home; two sons, Ronald “Keith” Sweet (wife, Janet), Edwardsville, Illinois, Charles Blakely “Blake” Sweet (wife, Patricia, Harrisonville, Missouri; four sisters, Elaine McVay (husband, Clarence), Harrisonville, Missouri, Rosemary Peterson (husband, Larry), Archie, Missouri, Ruth Ann Burgess (husband, John), Benton, Arkansas, Bonnie Young (husband, Forrest), Carthage, Missouri; 11 grandchildren, Adam and Andrew Kilker, Colleen, Sean, Connor, Jack Sweet; Kelsey Urioste (husband, Gustavo), Kayden, Carter, Kinzie, and Karissa Sweet.

Bates County Republican Headquarters

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Bates County Republicans are pleased to announce headquarters at Chestnut and Delaware streets in Butler!  

Here you will be able to pick up signs and receive information on all Republican candidates and issues in this election.   

Hours and more information coming soon!

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2016 Adrian Homecoming King and Queen

Congratulations to the 2016 Adrian Blackhawks Homecoming King and Queen Seniors Bailey McMillan and Tommy Weeks. - Photo Submitted

Week 6 Missouri State High School Football Scores

Appleton City 60, Adrian 21
Archie 49, Osceola 0
Ava 70, Houston 22
Battle 61, Hickman 7
Blair Oaks 42, Southern Boone County 13
Blue Springs South 35, Raymore Peculiar 33
Branson 48, Marshfield 21
Brookfield 28, Monroe City 8
Butler 54, Cass Midway 22
California 6, Hallsville 0
Camdenton 56, Rolla 14
Carthage 35, Carl Junction 28
CBC 48, St. Louis U. High 21
Center 47, Clinton 14
Chillicothe 31, Lafayette (St. Joseph) 29
Clopton/Elsberry 46, Van Far 0
Drexel 48, Rich Hill 32
Eldon 49, Warsaw 17
Excelsior Springs 21, Odessa 14
Fair Grove 28, Strafford 22
Fort Osage 21, North Kansas City 6
Fort Zumwalt South 47, Washington 34
Glendale 55, Parkview 28
Grain Valley 19, Harrisonville 7
Grandview (KC) 24, Oak Park 6
Hanibal 75, Fulton 22
Higginsville 21, Holden 13
Jefferson City 61, Rock Bridge 21
Joplin 30, Waynesville 15
Kearney 23, Belton 21
Kickapoo 56, Hillcrest 8
Lamar 56, McDonald County 0
Lathrop 46, North Platte 0
Lawson 64, East Buchanan 6
Lexington 57, Knob Noster 0
Lincoln 58, Tipton 18
Marionville 50, Pleasant Hope 0
Marquette 28 Lafayette (Wildwood) 20
Mexico 34, Centralia 8
Moberly 56, Marshall 21
Monett 21, Cassville 20
Mount Vernon 42, East Newton 6
Mountain View Liberty 33, Mountain Grove 20
Neosho 34, Republic 14
Nevada 54, Springfield Central 6
Orchard Farm 28, St Charles West 21
Osage 42, Versailles 6
Ozark 28, Willard 24
Park Hill South 15, Liberty North 14
Pattonville 28, Summit 13
Putnam County 56, Polo 42
Richmond 42, Carrollton 0
St. Charles 54, Winfield 30
St. Clair 42, St. James 28
St. Dominic 43, Duchesne 0
St. Francis Borgia 45, Christian (O'Fallon) 28
Salem 33, Willow Springs 24
Sarcoxie 34 Diamond 18
Savannah 51, Cameron 6
Seneca 28, Aurora 21
Skyline 36, Ash Grove 12
South Callaway 28, Mark Twain 6
Springfield Catholic 49, Buffalo 14
Stockton 20, Jasper 7
Sullivan 28, Hermann 8
Thayer 36, Cabool 14
Union 33 Affton 6
Warrenton 28, Jennings 19
Webb City 34, Nixa 10
West Plains 48, Lebanon 41

Former Butler man arrested on St. Clair County Warrant

Roy Love
On Sept. 21, Roy Love, 21, El Dorado Springs, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with failing to appear in court on class B misdemeanor exceeded the posted speed limit by 25 miles-per-hour or over and an infraction of person under 18 operating or riding in a truck failing to wear properly adjusted/fastened safety belt. The warrant was issued on Aug. 15. Bond is set at $470 cash only.

The original charge stems from a St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office investigation on May 27 when a deputy conducted a traffic stop on in the Tifin area for speeding.

Obituary - June Wheatley

June Wheatley, age 97 of Rich Hill, MO passed away Wednesday September 21, 2016 at Breezy Meadows in Butler, MO. 

Funeral Services will be held Monday September 26th at 2:00pm at the Heuser Funeral Home in Rich Hill with burial in the Green Lawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends Monday from 1-2pm. 

The family suggest memorial contributions to the Rich Hill United Methodist Church, Papinville Historical and Cemetery Association or the McGennis Youth Center c/o Heuser Funeral Home.

June is survived by daughter Donnis and Jim Grundy of Springfield, MO and step-grandson, Mark and Karen Grundy.

Obituary - Mildred Irene Monsell

Mildred Irene Monsell, 96, formerly of Nevada, MO passed away on September 20, 2016 in Richmond, VA. Mildred was born February 4, 1920 in Waynoka, OK to Joseph Harrison and Emma D. (Miles) Barrett. Mildred graduated from Nevada High School 1938. On August 1, 1942 she married Charles Aaron Monsell in Kansas City, KS. The couple moved to Tonasket, WA in 1958 where they ran an apple orchard until his death in 1976. Mildred moved from Tonasket to live near her son where she continued to live until her death. Mildred worked as a Hospital Housekeeper Supervisor. She was the past President of American Legion Auxiliary, past President of Fraternal Order of Eagles, Past District Deputy of F.O.E., and Past Nobel Grand of Rebecca’s. Mildred loved to fish, crochet, and play pool. She was Captain of the Eagles Drill Team for 15 years during which time her team won 1st and 2nd place at Eagles Convention, and also won lots of 1st places at local and county parades Survivors include two children; a son, Charles W. Monsell, Spotsylvania, VA; and a daughter, Peggy June Ricciuto, Florida Keys, FL. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Lee Eaton and brothers, Roy Barrett, and Chester Barrett. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 27, 2016 in the Ferry Funeral Home. A private burial service will follow in Click Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until service time.

Obituary - Jennifer Lynn Herren

Jennifer Lynn Herren, 40, Peculiar, Missouri, died Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in Trenton, Missouri. 

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 25 at the First Baptist Church in Peculiar with visitation from 1:00-2:00.

(A complete obituary will be posted when information is available).

Hay bales burnt in Rockville

On Sept. 22, a St. Clair County deputy took a report on SW 1075 Road, Rockville, in reference to hay bales being burnt. 

When the deputy arrived Taberville Volunteer Fire Department was on scene and the burning bales were extinguished and removed from the rows. 

Michael Hallford reported the bales of hay were purposely torched by someone. Evidence was collected.

Obituary - Robert L. “Bob” Wheatley

Robert L. “Bob” Wheatley
Robert L. “Bob” Wheatley, 89 of Butler, Missouri passed away September 22, 2016 at his home in the Double Branch community. 

Funeral services will be 3:00 PM Monday, September 26, 2016 at Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler with Bro. Bill Perkey officiating. There is no visitation. Interment with U.S. Marine Corps Honors will follow in Double Branch Cemetery. 

Please in lieu of flowers, contributions to Heartland Hospice, Double Branch Church or Cemetery, or charity of choice. Messages for the family may be left at

Robert Lee Wheatley was born March 22, 1927 in Bates County, Missouri, son of Bert A. and Byrdie (Nehring) Wheatley. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Kauffman on November 9, 1953.

Bob is best remembered as a husband, father, grandfather, and friend. His world revolved around his wife and his daughter – that is, until the football game came on. You could spend time with him then, but it had to be watching the game!

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife, Dorothy on September 28 of 2015. He is survived by his daughter, Becky Wheatley; and his grandchildren, Alexandra and Scott Aldridge.

Webworms: Prevention is the best cure

In a recent article we pointed out the obvious- western Missouri is under a full attack from Fall webworms.

At this point, the damage is done- the little buggers will continue to eat leaves, which in some cases will cause the tree to die.

Some insecticides such as Sevin or Malathion can be beneficial. Burning the web 'nest' with a torch, albeit dangerous, is effective too. One local even tried using a 12 gauge to blow the clusters of worms to smithereens, but is not recommended...

According to experts, the solution lies in an early Spring application of dormant oil due to its low toxicity and easy availability; most any garden supply store sells it and it works well to kill eggs that are hidden under and around the bark.

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Family feud hits close to home

Yesterday, Steve and Saundra Hodge (far right) of Kansas City, KS  made their 'debut' on the ever popular tv show Family Feud. As fate would have it, Steve Hodge is cousin to Laurie Lacy, Cheri Eidson, Robin Ward and Clint Edgmon, all of the Butler area.

The Hodge team won and will return today for another round. Family Feud airs locally at 3 pm on channel 4.

Mum's the word...

Adrian FFA mums are here! 10 dollars a piece- supplies are limited. Will be available for sale tonight at the homecoming football game. 
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No need for speed...crackdown begins today

It's a documented fact, the faster you are going, the harder the crash.
Last year in Missouri alone there were 310 speed related fatalities, and that's entirely too many, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. So, starting today the Show Me state is joining 5 other nearby states, including Kansas, in an anti-speeding campaign.
Some 220 law enforcement agencies will be patrolling some 5,700 miles of highways this weekend- you can expect to get a ticket if you're caught speeding.
Officers will also be watching for distracted, DUI and aggressive driving, too.

One injured in Henry County rollover accident

On 9/22/16 around 7:20pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Henry County along with Henry County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a one vehicle rollover accident on Route C just West of NE 851 Road in rural Henry County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2001 Chevrolet driven by 55 year old Steven K. Roth of Calhoun, Missouri traveled off the roadway and overturned.

Mr. Roth sustained minor injuries in this accident and he was transported by ambulance to Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton, Missouri for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene by Jay's Tow.

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Updated Obituary - Richard 'Rick" Alan Post

Richard "Rick" Alan Post
Richard "Rick" Alan Post, age 61 Prescott, Kansas passed away Monday, September 19, 2016 at his home. He was born on April 17, 1955 at Fort Scott, Kansas the son of Alvin and Suda Edwards Post. He attended Prescott Schools and graduated from Jayhawk Linn High School. He worked at several occupations the most recent in waste management with Linn County, Kansas. He was a member of the NRA, he was involved in target shooting and reloading his own ammunition. He also enjoyed gardening, fishing, leatherworking, watching western movies and reading, especially his favorite author James Lee Burke. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Raymond and Duane Post and a sister Florence Post. He is survived by two sons, Nick Burney and wife Tara, and Chad Burney, a daughter, Gayla Williams and husband Buzz, three sisters: Elaine Shroyer, Carol Oakes, and Kathy Williams, and three grandchildren: Grace, Nicholas and Madison.
Graveside service will be held 11 am, Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at the Prescott Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm Monday at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Pleasanton Chapel. 

The family suggests contributions to Harvesters. On line condolences for the family can be left at Arrangements: Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Pleasanton Chapel.

Constitution Week in Harrisonville

Mayor Brian Hasek issued a proclamation during Monday night's Board of Aldermen meeting designating September 17-23 as Constitution Week in Harrisonville. On hand for his presentation was Denise Miller, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Obituary - Raymond Lile Rukes

 Raymond Lile Rukes
Raymond Lile Rukes, 69, of Chilhowee, Missouri died Thursday, September 22, 2016 at his home. He was born on September 26, 1946 in Clinton, Mo., the son of Charles Raymond Rukes and Velma Loree (Johnson) Rukes.

He married Carol K. Sommerer on September 26, 1979, in Miami, Oklahoma, and she survives of the home.

He was employed as a heavy equipment operator and grade checker for forty-five years, retiring in 2009. He was a veteran of the Missouri Army National Guard where he received the Expert Badge-Rifle M-1. Raymond was a 1964 graduate of Clinton High School, Clinton, Mo., attended Parks Chapel Baptist Church in Tightwad, Mo., and also First Baptist Church in Clinton, and was a member of the Laborers Union #1290. He enjoyed garden tractor pulling, fishing, raising cattle, target practice (varmints), and reading western novels.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five daughters, Cathy Foster and husband Bill, Clinton, Mo., Cheri Wilson and husband Russell, Clinton, Mo., Tabitha Milam, London, Kentucky, Samantha Phillips, Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, and Janette Purinton and husband Brian, Chilhowee, Mo.; fifteen grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Shirley Ferro and husband Robert, Joplin, Mo., Joyce Baxter and husband Richard, Ava, Mo., and Marlene Dunlop and husband Mike, North Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters-in-law, Sandra Konitzer, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Carla Sommerer, Cape Coral, Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, James Rukes in 1987.

As per Raymond's wishes, no services are planned at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton.

Poplar Heights Living History Farm Presents: Fright Farm

Kids - Halloween is coming and so is FRIGHT FARM - October 28 & 29.
When the darkness creeps up on Poplar Heights Living History Farm, it brings with it ghosts and goblins, witches and spooky creatures. Take a guided walk around the grounds, house and barns with scares and frights at every turn. But don't be too scared - this is a fun-filled family oriented Halloween event specially designed for kids. Enjoy complimentary popcorn around the fire and hot cider from the witch's cauldron. Finish off the evening with a hay ride thru the dark, dark woods.
Tickets are $5.00 - in advance - for all ages (recommended 4 & up). Guided walks start every 1/2 hour beginning at 6:00 pm. You must get your ticket in advance and be scheduled for a specific walk time. Each guided walk is limited to just 15 thrill seekers. Bring the whole family and go as a group. There is safety in numbers! The last walk starts at 8:30 pm. Call 660-200-5620 or email for more information or to get your tickets and confirm a walk time.
Poplar Heights Living History Farm is located 7 miles northeast of Butler, Missouri at 5250 NE County Road 5004.

39th Annual Austin Bean Eatin' tomorrow

Watch/listen to local sports on line...

Butler Bears @ Cass-Midway Vikings FB,7PM, 9/23

Osceola Indians @ Archie Whirlwinds FB, 7PM, 9/23

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