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Monday, October 10, 2016

Rain & Storms Likely Mid Week

Relief for ragweed allergy sufferers, including my dog, may be on the way. 

A cold front will move through the area Wednesday bringing widespread rainfall and a few thunderstorms. 

While no severe weather is expected, a much colder air mass will settle over the area Thursday morning. 

Low temperatures in the low to mid 30s are likely north of I-70 and this will allow for widespread frost to form.

Benton County fatality accident claims the life of Henry County woman

On 10/10/16 around 6:49am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Benton County along with Benton County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a two vehicle fatality accident on Southbound Missouri 7 Highway at Walter Avenue.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2016 Ford driven by 58 year old Denise I. Robertson of Camdenton, Missouri crossed over the center line of the roadway and struck the 2007 Ford driven by 58 year old Carrie B. Clinton of Windsor, Missouri head on.

Carrie B. Clinton was pronounced dead at 7:10am and she was transported to Resner Davis -Miller Funeral home in Warsaw.

Denise I. Robertson sustained serious injuries in this accident and she was transported to University Hospital for treatment. 

Both vehicles were totaled and towed from the scene by Tolliver's Tow.  This is Troop A of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's 56th Fatality crash of 2016.

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Obituary - Lillie Mae McGee

Lillie Mae McGee
Lillie Mae McGee, age 82, Ottawa, Kansas formerly of Linn County passed away on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at her home.

Funeral service will be held 10 am Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Wall Street Church. Burial in the Sunny Slope Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm Friday, October 14 at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel. Contributions are suggested to Step Up for SIDS. 

On line condolences for the family can be left at Arrangements: 

Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel.

Milo man injured in Vernon County rollover accident

On 10/10/16 around 5:30am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Vernon County responded to a one vehicle accident on Route NN around 5 miles South of Montevallo in rural Vernon County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2000 Nissan Xterra driven by 21 year old Treyton B.Ropelato of Milo, Missouri ran off the left side of the roadway causing the vehicle to overturn.

Mr. Ropelato sustained minor injuries in this accident and he was transported by private vehicle to Nevada Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene by Garwood's Wrecker Service of Nevada, Missouri.

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Olathe woman injured in morning accident

Just before 7 am this morning, 23 year old Megan A. Keltner of Olathe was listed with moderate injuries after a single vehicle accident on 69 highway about 1/2 mile north of the LaCygne exit.

Keltner was southbound at mile marker 104 when she lost control on the wet pavement, left the roadway and struck a rock wall.

According to KHP, the driver received serious injuries and was transported to Overland Park Regional Hospital for treatment.

Updated Obituary - Kay Louise Jones
Kay Louise Jones
Kay Louise Jones, 70, Adrian, MO, passed away peacefully in her home on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, with her daughter at her side. Services will be held during the Christmas break at her cabin in Lincoln MO, when all the children can be together.

Kay was born September 5, 1946 in Kansas City, KS, the daughter of Frank J. and LaVera Irene (White) Simpson. During her childhood years, she lived in Overland Park and the Adrian/Archie area, graduating from Crescent Hill. She would eventually get married and have three sons and one daughter. 

Spending most of her 20’s as a single mother, she was skilled at multi-tasking and mastered many great job positions; dental hygienist, TV program operator at Channel 27, and painter apprentice, were just a few of the certificates she earned. During her 30’s she moved back from Springfield, MO and painted the side of Jones General Store in Spruce, MO; her handwriting is still partially visible today. No matter how hard she worked, there was always time to take the kids to the river for camping and fishing.

In her 40’s she managed various stores for the Tandy Leather Company, teaching customers how to create their crafts and promote the “lost art” of leather. She also became a grandma, combining her love of crafts with a new grandbaby every year. She has instilled each one to be creative in their own way. The children can remember sleeping in her handmade tepees, making crafts on rainy days, spending the whole weekend at the Austin Bean Eating Festival and burying time capsules in her backyard.

For the last 20 years, she has been her father’s best friend. Together as caregivers, Kay battled breast cancer and Papa fought throat cancer, both having to do chemo treatments and to the doctor. Kay opened up the Deer Creek Outpost, in Adrian MO, where local children can remember crafting their first leather belt, painting on rocks and turtle shells, or exploring Native American artifacts. In the last 15 years, the adventurous duo built a cabin in the woods, panned gold and went deep sea fishing in Alaska three times, drove a Chevy through the Yukons, and visited the North Pole. When at home, they were playing cards and fixing up some homemade wine to share with their friends. However, Kay hated to cook and hated washing all the wine bottles.

She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Simpson, her mother, LaVera Simpson, and one son, Bobby Huff. “Walking Eagle” leaves behind her grandchildren, Kevin Allan and Heather Renay Huff, Franklin Blaine and Breauna Lacey Schroeder, Kile Wade and Felicia Nichole Schroeder, Christian Audrina, Patrick Quinn, and Margaret Kay Louise O’Neill, Weston Elvin and Michael Allan Junior Breshears; 3 great-granddaughters, Carly, Baylee and Blake.

$1 million in meth averted from entering Missouri

11 pounds of methamphetamine (street value almost 1 million
dollars) was headed to our region- but fortunately, didn't make it. 

Carmalia Bautista, 29, of Corcoran, CA was pulled over during a routine traffic stop in Texas when officers, using a drug sniffing dog, found several packages inside of the spare tire.

Investigators say the shipment was headed to an undisclosed location in the Show Me state.

Currently Bautista is incarcerated in the city of Panhandle, TX at the Carson County jail on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance. 

Obituary - Claude “Gregory” K. Housh

Claude “Gregory” K. Housh, 59 of Hume, Missouri passed away October 8, 2016 at Breezy Meadows Nursing Home in Butler, Missouri. Cremation, with a Celebration of Life service to be held at a later date. 

Arrangements under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). Contributions are suggested to the Rich Hill Youth Development Center. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Gregory Housh was born November 22, 1956 in Kansas City, Missouri to Claude Milton and JoAnn Caswell Housh. He worked for Heartland Health Services in Nevada, MO then worked for over 17 years at the Rich Hill Youth Development Center in Rich Hill, Missouri.

Gregory was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Charla Gayle Housh. He is survived by his son Gregory Trent Housh (Trisha Hudson) of Nevada, MO, daughter Tiffany Gayle Housh of Minnesota, sisters Cheryl Taylor (Keith) and Sheila Dean, grandchildren, Delta Johnson, Brandon Hancock, Audrianna Burris, and Bentley Miller.

Weekend accident results in minor injuries

Just after 10 am Saturday morning, the Missouri Highway Patrol was called to an accident on TT highway, just west of business I-49. A pickup driven by Austin K. Alcorn, 17, of Butler, Missouri failed to yield at a stop sign and struck at car driven by Sheri K. Henderson, 47, of Pulaski, TN.

The drivers sustained minor injuries and declined medical treatment. 

Both vehicles had extensive damage and were towed from the scene.

Haunted Maze in Adrian

Updated Obituary - Herman Leroy Vail

Herman L. Vail
Herman Leroy Vail age 85 of Osawatomie, KS died Friday, October 7, 2016 at Miami County Medical Center, Paola, Kansas
Herman was born September 9, 1931 in Boicourt, (Linn County) Kansas the fourth child of six to Raymond Allen and Leona Hazel (Dodge) Vail.

He grew up in Linn County and attended school at both Priestley Country School and Macedonnia Country School.

On January 3, 1951 he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was sent to California for training and attended USC, Santa Marie California College of Aeronautics and the Air Force Base in Chanute, Illinois. Taking six hundred hours of training to become an instrument specialist. He was then sent to serve in Korea on December 31, 1951 during his tour in Korea he received the SO 162 (two battle stars).  Later he was sent to the Olathe Naval Air Station just outside of Gardner, Kansas. During his time there he was one of the flight maintenance team to maintain and refuel the airplane for Captain Edward W. Kenny, during his winning flight in the 1954 Bendix Trophy Air Race for the Air Training Command.  Herman was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force on December 10, 1954.

On a Saturday morning, February 21, 1959 he married Ginger Kay Smalley in Mound City, Kansas. They made their home in Osawatomie, Kansas and became the parents of two sons.
Herman secured a position in 1966 with the United States Postal Service. He was a postal carrier in Osawatomie for twenty-four years, retiring on April 6, 1989.

Herman and his family enjoyed camping, boating and water skiing. They went on many camping trips in a four state area to the lakes and recreation spots. But one of their favorite was Table Rock Lake in southern Missouri.

He was a member of the Linn County Church of God, the Elks Lodge #921 of Osawatomie and a former member of the Osawatomie VFW.

Herman liked to watch western movies and was fond of the ones with John Wayne and Roy Rogers. He enjoyed listening to country music and one of his favorite TV shows was Bonanza.  But most of all he was a man who was proud of his family. He was quick to tell you how both his sons went to college, where they worked, and the accomplishments they made in their life. But he did not stop there, Herman would tell you about his grandchildren. How proud he was of his granddaughter Megan who had graduated from college and was now a teacher at Paola High School, and his grandson Jacob works in the IT department at Wal-Mart Distribution Center and his youngest granddaughter Kayleigh who attends Johnson County Community College and plans to become a radiologist. You would know how much he loved them and the pride he had just by the way he talked about them.

Herman was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Leland Vail at the young age of 23 years in 1944 and Hershel Vail.

He is survived by his wife Ginger of the home, this two sons: Brian (Connie) Vail and Darin (Becky) Vail and his three grandchildren: Megan Vail of Osawatomie, Jacob Vail of Ottawa and Kayleigh Vail of Osawatomie, KS and his first great grandchild on the way. His sisters Vivan Bright, Fern Brasher and Joan Stinnett. Along with other family and friends in Missouri and Kansas. 

Obituary - "Uncle Clark" Russell

The Funeral Service for "Uncle Clark" Russell will be held at 12:00 noon on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Hill & Son Funeral Home. 

Jerry Johannigmeier will be officiating at the service. 

A visitation will be held from 11:00 - 12:00 before the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Rockville Cemetery.

The family suggests any memorial donations be given to Heartland Hospice. 

A full obituary will be published when it is made available to us.


"Someday....I'm gonna be a firefighter!" claims Kenton Hill of Butler. Kenton (from a safe distance) joined area fire departments on Saturday for training north of town- an abandoned house was burned so that firefighters could get hands on  extinguishing techniques in a controlled environment. Kenton is grandson of Butler firefighter Jeff Hall and son of Jeff and Brandi Hill of Butler.

Poplar Height Living History Farm is sponsoring Fright Farm

Poplar Height Living History Farm is sponsoring Fright Farm, October 28 and 29. Tickets are just $5.00 and you must get them in advance. 

Go on a lantern led walk thru scary buildings and watch out for what's behind the trees. 

Finish with a hayride thru the dark and "dangerous" night fields. Call 660-200-5620 to order tickets now.

Decision 2016: Bates County Coroner candidate Kelly Phillips

What are the real requirements for coroner?

The responsibilities of the coroner are provided under Chapter 58 of Missouri statutes and defined in The Missouri Coroner’s and Medical Examiners’ Association list of “Coroner Duties”. The coroner is:
“To be conservator of the peace.” The same line of responsibility I have as a law enforcement officer today.

“To execute process when sheriff disqualified.” I have over 25 years with the Sheriff’s Office.

“Death to be reported and investigated by coroner…” I am a first responder to these scenes now and have been doing so for over 30 years. I am trained and experienced in the requirements of medical legal documentation and investigation. The determination of “further examination” (MO. statutory language) is to be made by a coroner with the knowledge, training, and experience to recognize when additional scrutiny of a death is required.

“Child’s death under age eighteen, notice to coroner by persons having knowledge—referral to child fatality review panel…” I have been a member of the Child Fatality Review Panel in Bates County since its inception was mandated by Missouri law.

I am a front-line provider and supervisor of a public safety entity for the County-from key local committees, including the Domestic Violence Task Force and the Multi-disciplinary Team (child abuse and child sexual assault) to emergency medical scenes and law enforcement activities. While you are sleeping or going about your daily business, I am providing services which enhance the safety and security of our community. I do this for my family and I do it for yours.

The law is clear that there “shall be no solicitation by the coroner” regarding funeral arrangements. There is absolutely nothing in the coroner statutes about a funeral home requirement or transportation of the deceased by the coroner. Bates County is fortunate to have excellent funeral providers-the coroner should not hinder the business they provide. As coroner, I will ensure that the decedent or family choice for funeral home is followed. Despite the word ‘tax’ being used by others, there is no new tax required with any person who is elected as coroner. There is no building and no equipment to be purchased. When there is the infrequent situation that a forensic examination is required, an autopsy will take place at the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office-the only area facility qualified to do so. This expense is provided for in the coroner’s budget now and is nothing new.

So, why would anyone want to be the coroner? I have spent my entire career in the medical and law enforcement fields. This is what I do every day and will continue to provide the same service as your coroner-providing objective answers your family needs at the time of loss. When informed answers are necessary regarding the cause and manner of death-there is a medical-legal process to be followed. The individual making these life-changing decisions should be well versed and experienced in the medical and legal area.

I have no other reason to pursue this position-no business interest and no political motive. My mission is to ensure that an impartial review take place for each and every death which requires the coroner.

I respectfully ask for your vote as Bates County Coroner on Tuesday, November 8. Please vote Kelly Phillips and put my medical and law enforcement experience to work for you.

Decision 2016: Bates County Coroner candidate Greg Mullinax

I’d like to thank Bates Live for the opportunity to discuss why I’m running for Bates County Coroner and ask for your vote.

Simply put, I have something to give back to a community which has been good to me. I’m prepared for this with 10+ years of experience caring for the deceased. Many of your friends and neighbors know me and have experienced my ability in this field. The demands of the Coroner’s position are very similar to what I do each and every day, and have done for 10 years.

In this field, an associate’s degree is common. I chose to obtain a 4-year Bachelor of Arts in Biology degree because it gave me deeper education and insight to my field. I felt then, and do now, that more education would be useful later. I graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2004. My university course work covered forensics, anatomy & physiology, organic chemistry, histology, toxicology, parasitology, and microbiology. I took a heavy concentration in laboratory techniques used in forensic investigations such as DNA procedures. In the same way, I’ve remained current in all topics relating to death care and investigation through many hours of continuing education every year.

No matter who the Coroner is, it is hard for me to imagine that the services and facilities of a funeral director would not be used to assist him or her. As in many counties, here in Bates this has been the tradition for the past 24 years without issue. Why? It is the duty of the coroner that any deceased requiring investigation be kept in his supervision until the necessary work is done. As your coroner, I would utilize my own equipment and facilities to achieve this. I can assure a successful outcome if I’m elected because I already have everything I need operate the office. I see no need that your loved one be transported far out of county, when a medical examiner will travel to my facility to render an M.D.’s opinion of death. When an M.D.’s findings are used to complete the Certificate of Death, it becomes much more difficult to challenge the findings in a court proceeding, in my opinion. This also protects the County to the highest degree possible, because the highest available degree of certification (M.D./D.O.) was used. I am proud that I have told you upfront where your loved ones would go, how they would get there, and how they would be treated. That’s information you need.

A couple years ago, I was summoned to a routine coroner’s call in a nearby county. The deceased man was in his early 40’s with no known illnesses and taking no regular medication. He collapsed while leaving for work and resuscitation was attempted, but obviously unsuccessful. The Coroner proposed a cardiac cause of death and his family, in their numbness and not knowing otherwise, didn’t object. In the days and months that followed however, that information wasn’t enough. Nobody in the family had a cardiac history and the deceased’s physician noted nothing correlating. The family is left with questions today which it is too late to answer.

You see, while it might be tempting to immediately release a deceased to a funeral home from the scene, it would ignore the most important role of the coroner: to determine the cause and manner of death. Perhaps worse, it could lead to years of unanswered questions and distress for loved ones and friends. I have seen firsthand the consequences of this. They’re devastating.

As citizens of Bates County know, this office requires experience, equipment, and facilities in the most professional manner. I’ve worked every day of my career to prepare myself specifically for this position. I know exactly what I am getting into and how to handle it. I’m asking for your vote to allow me to serve my county well.

My best always,
Greg D. Mullinax

Update: Possible structure fire Saturday night in Adrian

On 10/8/16 shortly after 10pm the Adrian Fire Department along with assistance of the Adrian Police Department and Butler Fire Department responded to a possible structure fire at a residence located at 109 E. Lexington in Adrian.

Upon arrival to the scene crews made entry to the home which was full of smoke. It was quickly determined that there was no active fire but the smoke was determined to been caused by a small fire that flashed in the furnace area of the home.

Fire crews remained on scene and ventilated the house for the residents before clearing the scene.

No one was injured in this fire.

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House of Hounds rummage sale

House of Hounds located at 10 S. Orange Street in Butler will be celebrating their official one year anniversary on October 16th.

We will have a rummage sale from 10-3 on that day and all proceeds go to the animals at House of Hound.

Everyone is encouraged to attend this great event!

Former Butler man arrested in Henry County

Adam Abney
On October 7, 2016, at around 12:45 a.m., Clinton Police received information that a subject was attempting to sell drugs at a local convenience store and was now parked in the Wal-Mart Parking lot. Officers contacted the subject, Adam Allen Abney, 23, Clinton, ( formerly of Butler, Mo) as he came out of the store. He denied that he had tried to sell drugs and refused the officer’s request to allow them to search his vehicle. Based on information provided by the original caller, officers were able to obtain a search warrant for the vehicle. 
Courtesy of the Clinton Police Department

Upon searching the vehicle, officers were able to recover a sizable amount of methamphetamine and some marijuana from a soft drink can that had a hidden compartment built into it. Officers also recovered a loaded pistol from inside of the vehicle. Other items found were scales and packaging materials commonly used in the packaging and sale of drugs, and drug paraphernalia. 

Mr. Abney was placed under arrest for 24 hour investigation of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, illegal possession (felon in possession) of a firearm, and driving while revoked. 

He was incarcerated in the Henry County Detention Center with a bond set at $40,000 Clinton, Missouri Police Department 101 E. Ohio St. Clinton, MO 64735 (660) 885-2679 Fax: (660) 885-7096

Adrian Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival

The Live Band will be Jeremy Cato and guests and will beginning from 2pm-4pm

Democratic Central Committee Meeting In Butler

The Democratic Central Committee will be meeting Wednesday October 12, at 9:00 am at Democratic Headquarters. 

The Democratic Headquarters is located at 10 N Delaware on the West side of the Historic Butler Square.

Butler Youth Basketball Sign Ups

Butler Youth Basketball Sign Ups will be Friday October 14th & 21st from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the multi and Saturday October 15th &22nd from 9:00-12:00 at the multi. No late sign ups!

An unsettled week of weather ahead

Showers and maybe an isolated thunderstorm or two will impact our region today. No severe weather is expected however. 

Dry weather will return tomorrow with another round of showers and storms expected on Wednesday as a cold front moves through the area. 

Chilly air will then settle south across our region with frost potential increasing across northern Missouri and far northeastern Kansas early Thursday morning.