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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Updated Obituary - Darryl Vincent Stuhlman

Darryl Vincent Stuhlman
Darryl Vincent Stuhlman, age 66, Parker, Kansas passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2016. He was born on August 16, 1950 in Kansas City, Missouri the son of Arthur and Norma Strohmenger Stuhlman. He graduated from Raytown South High School. He married Linda McDermott on July 15, 1970 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Lenexa, Kansas. He was an Army Veteran serving the United States of America in Vietnam. Darryl worked as a diesel mechanic before retiring. Darryl was a man of the Catholic Faith. He and Linda were looking forward to becoming members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mound City after their relocation to Linn County since retiring. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and target shooting. He liked to practice with both long arms and pistols. He was preceded in death by his parents. Darryl is survived by wife, Linda, two sons, Jeff Stuhlman and Dennis Stuhlman and wife Colleen, daughter, Rebecca Winegar and husband Billy, two brothers, Brian and Mark Stuhlman, three sisters: Barbara Hawes, Donna Reagan, and Susan Sellon, and three grandchildren: Courtney(21), Delaney(10), and Addison (due November 27, 2016). 

The rosary will be prayed at 11 am Thursday, November 10, 2016 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Mound City, Kansas. Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 11:30 am. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 am to 11 am at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall. The family suggests contributions to the St Philippine Memorial Park in care of Schneider Funeral Home, P.O. Box J, Mound City, Kansas 66056. On line condolences can be left at www.schneiderfunerals.com. Arrangements: Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel.

Updated Obituary - Billie Jean Whitchurch

Billie Jean Whitchurch
Billie Jean Whitchurch, age 76, passed away November 9, 2016 at Golden Living Center-Westwood in Clinton, Missouri. Her wishes were to be cremated. Services will be at a later date. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to ASPCA and may be left in the care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences can be left online at www.vansant-millsfuneralhome.com

Billie was born on September 21, 1940 in Kansas City, Missouri to William Bedford Boone and Roberta Hazel Swallow. She graduated from high school, completed two years of college, and worked as an RN for many years. Billie loved spending time with family. She was a Harry Potter and Star Wars fanatic. She enjoyed adult coloring books, loved her Bible study group, and loved to cook and sew.

Among survivors are her three daughters; Roberta A. (Manny) Oropeza of Clinton, Missouri, Lydia (John) Dalton of Appleton City, Missouri, and Shelley (Tim) Elliott of Deepwater, Missouri, two sisters; Barbara Eastwood of Boulder Colorado, and Cheryl Suazo of Boulder Colorado, a neice; Emily, 12 grandchildren; Virgil, Justin, Nick, Kelley, Kyle, Matthew, Brandon, Autumn, Dakota, Danielle, Whitney, and Lacey, and 13 great-grandchildren; Truman, Gavin, Madelynn, Gabriela, Daniel, Karolyne, Thomas, Loralai, Shooter, Stella, Skyler, Luke, and Lane.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and great-grandaughter Kimber.

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

Smoke alarm at Bates County Memorial Hospital

The Butler Fire Department is in route to the Bates County Memorial Hospital located at 615 West Nursery Street on a report of a smoke alarm going off on the 2nd floor in the charting room of the hospital.

Nurses on the floor reported the smell of what was thought to be electrical wires burning.

Mid America Live News will update this when more information is made available to us from the Butler Fire Department.


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Trailer house fire in Spruce area

Several fire departments along with the Bates County Sheriff Office are on scene of a trailer house fire at 14032 NE County Road 2604 in the Spruce area of Bates County.

The trailer house is said to be fully engulfed in flames at this time and no one is in the home except for pets.

Mid America Live News will update this when more information becomes available to us.


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Obituary - Christopher W. Ensell

Christopher W. Ensell
Christopher W. Ensell, 32 of Belton, Missouri passed away November 5, 2016 at his home in Belton. Cremation with memorial services 11:00 am Saturday November 12, 2016 at Belton Christian Church in Belton. 

A visitation will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am prior to services also at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Messages of condolence may be left for the family atwww.mullinaxfuneralhome.com

Chris Ensell was born January 3, 1984 in Olympia WA to Terry B. Ensell and Jodi Rae Gentry. He served in the US Navy following High School. Chris worked for VIN Solutions in Shawnee Mission, KS. He was united in marriage to Jennifer Turnbull in 2012. Chris was preceded in death by his brother Blaine Ensell, step-father Burl Gentry, and grandfather Frank B. Ensell. Chris is survived by his wife of 4 years Jennifer Ensell of Belton, MO, two children, Amy and Hannah Ensell, father Terry B. Ensell, mother Jodi Rae Gentry, brother John Ensell-Ansbro all of WA, Uncle Doug Irby of TX, step-siblings, Sara Gentry, Daniel Gentry, and Jacquelin Gentry, grandparents, Bill and Barbara Ward along with many extended family members and friends.

A special Story Hour today...

The Museum was thrilled to host the Butler Public Library's Story Hour this week as Museum Director, Peggy Buhr read "I Am Rosa Parks" by Brad Meltzer to the group. Following the reading, the group toured the museum and then enjoyed crafts. 

Obituary - Billie “Jean” Whitchurch

Billie “Jean” Whitchurch, age 76, passed away November 9, 2016 at Golden Living Center-Westwood in Clinton, Missouri. Her wishes were to be cremated. Services will be at a later date. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to ASPCA and may be left in the care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences can be left online at www.vansant-millsfuneralhome.com

Jean was born on September 21, 1940 in Kansas City, Missouri to William Bedford Boone and Roberta Hazel Swallow. She graduated from high school, completed two years of college, and worked as an RN for many years. Jean loved spending time with family. She was a Harry Potter and Star Wars fanatic. She enjoyed adult coloring books, loved her Bible study group, and loved to cook and sew.

Among survivors are her three daughters; Roberta A. (Manny) Oropeza of Clinton, Missouri, Lydia (John) Dalton of Appleton City, Missouri, and Shelley (Tim) Elliott of Deepwater, Missouri, two sisters; Barbara Eastwood of Boulder Colorado, and Cheryl Suazo of Boulder Colorado, 12 grandchildren; Virgil, Justin, Nick, Kelley, Kyle, Matthew, Brandon, Autumn, Dakota, Danielle, Whitney, and Lacey, 13 great-grandchildren; Truman, Gavin, Madelynn, Gabriela, Daniel, Karolyne, Thomas, Loralai, Shooter, Stella, Skyler, Luke, and Lane, and a niece; Emily.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and great-grandaughter Kimber.

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

Obituary - Barbara Jean (Mullins) Kasper

Barbara Jean (Mullins) Kasper
Barbara Jean (Mullins) Kasper, age 84 years, of Clinton, Missouri passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at her home. A graveside service will be held at 2:00pm, Friday, November 11, 2016 at Englewood Cemetery in Clinton, Missouri.

Barbara will lie in state from 12pm-5pm Thursday, November 10th at the Vansant-Mills Chapel. The family requests memorial contributions to be made to either Twin Lakes Hospice, Clinton Christian Church, or the American Cancer Society. Fond memories and condolences can be left online at www.vansant-millsfuneralhome.com.

Barbara was born in Syracuse, Missouri. She graduated from high school and was later united in marriage to Lloyd Kelley Kasper. She worked on the family farm, and served as a bookkeeper for a lumber yard in Warsaw, as well as the Clinton and Harrisonville School districts for many years. She loved her flowers, enjoyed sewing and played Bridge on Thursday mornings. She was a member of the Clinton Christian Church.
Barbara is preceded in death by her parents; Cleo Franklin Mullins and Mary Letitia Birch, brothers; Ronald Mullins and infant brother, and an infant sister; Susan Elaine Mullins.

Among survivors are her husband; Lloyd of the home, sons; Lloyd Jr and Kenneth (Vivian) Kasper of rural Windsor, Missouri, sister; Gwendolyn Cox of Fortuna, Missouri, grandchildren; Tim Bigler and Joshua Bigler, and great grandchildren; Haley, Allison, and Emma.

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

Lest we forget: Veteran's Day activities this Friday

Veteran's Day is this Friday- you can help to honor the occasion by attending one of the many events going on around the county:


The Drexel High School Student Council will hold a Veteran’s Day Assembly to honor all of those serving or who have served in the armed forces on Friday, November 11th. The school welcomes all veterans to participate in the assembly. Coffee and donuts will be served from 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. in the north commons, with an assembly to follow in the north gymnasium.


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Miami R-1 School District will be hosting a Veterans’ Day Celebration on Nov.11 at 11 a.m. in the high school gym. All area residents are encouraged to participate in honor of our veterans. Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America will serve refreshments to the veterans in the library from 10 a.m. until the beginning of the ceremony. FFA student officials will escort the veterans to the refreshments and ceremony.


Miami’s guest speaker will be Retired Colonel Teddy Dwight Bitner. He is a graduate of the Miami-R1 School District and University of Central Missouri. Upon graduating from UCM, Colonel Bitner was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. He has had a 26 year career with assignments in Korea, Germany, Italy, and the U.S. His combat assignments included Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Operation Deliberate Force in Bosnia, and Operation Desert Thunder. Colonel Bitner served in various positions in the Army Airborne Corps.

Please come and celebrate our nation’s heroes with the Miami students on November 11 at 11 a.m. in the gym. Everyone is welcome.

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As every year, the Veteran's Day Ceremony will be held on the Butler square at 10:45 am. The ceremony, expected to last about 30 minutes, will be held at the memorial on the northwest corner of the square.


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Ballard School Veterans Day program will be held at 1:30 pm in the school gym, followed by a reception in the commons area. Please wear your Red, White and Blue!

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Max Motors will be hosting a Veterans Day Chili Cook Off. Starting at 10:45 on Nov. 11th come out and sample great chili. If you would like to be in the chili cook off call Josh Griffin at 660-679-6567.Everyone is invited out to hear some great music and eat some good chili. All to honor veterans in our local community.


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Archie Schools will be hosting the annual Veterans Day breakfast starting at 7:30 am, followed by a short assembly in the Dome at 8:30 to honor our guests.

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Free car wash for Veterans on Nov 11 ( Veteran's Day ) from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Typhoon Bay Car Wash 115 North Orange Street in Butler.



If you have other Veteran's Day activities to add to this list, please email info to bateswire@hotmail.com

Write in votes: Snoopy for Sheriff?

As election results come in, all eyes are typically on the candidates, but you can't help but notice the number of 'write ins' at the bottom of the list.

Who were they? Inquiring minds want to know.

We could assume that some legitimate names were jotted down in good faith. After all, it's your right to vote your conscience. 

By contrast, why wouldn't Yosemite Sam make a good sheriff? Maybe Bugs Bunny for Treasurer?

Problem is, it's a wasted vote. 

Mid America Live went to the country clerk's office to get this official quote:


"The only write-ins that are tallied are the ones that have filed a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate. In smaller elections if no one files for an office that is up for election those written in will count also. Amusing names written this election are Bob Dole for Sheriff, Donald Duck for Assessor and Treasurer, and Snoopy for Public Administrator."

So unless you know for a fact that Elmer Fudd has been in to sign up, you might save your vote for someone who is really running for office.

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Statement from new Bates County Coroner Greg Mullinax

Greg D. Mullinax
Good morning, everyone. 

To say that I am humbled by the outcome of this election is an understatement. I want you to know that I consider my next role as your Bates County Coroner to be the most important job of my life. Last night it became, and will be until my last day in office, MY NUMBER ONE PRIORITY.  PERIOD.  You chose to put me in this office and you will not be disappointed.

I've already begun working as hard as I can for you.  One of my first priorities will be to cooperate with the Bates County Office of Emergency Management to participate in and develop trainings and exercises for casualty situations.  In the coming weeks, I look forward to meeting with all law enforcement, first responders and emergency personnel throughout Bates County to coordinate our efforts to make certain you receive the very best of our combined abilities.  Cooperation makes us all stronger and serves you WELL.

Perhaps more than anyone, I am well aware of the high level of service we have ALL received from our current coroner, Mr. Gary Schowengerdt.  I'm committed to cooperating with him to ensure a smooth transition and a continued strong working relationship.  

Over the last several months, I've enjoyed being busy at all sorts of events and activities important to you and your families and friends. Many people speculate, as I often do, that with the close of a political year those activities cease and you might think my support for you would decline.  Please know that I take your decision to elect me SERIOUSLY, and I wouldn't think of doing any less for you.  You WILL see me just as you always have, and can count on me as you have always done.  You'll see!

I am and will forever remain grateful for your trust and confidence.  I shall never take it lightly.

Very truly,
Greg

The Missouri shakeout: Statewide poll numbers

Donald Trump garnered the 10 Electoral votes needed to win the state. Here's a breakout of how other races ended last night: 

U.S. President and Vice President 
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Timothy Michael Kaine Democratic 1,054,889 37.836%
Donald J. Trump, Michael R. Pence Republican 1,585,753 56.877%
Gary Johnson, Bill Weld Libertarian 96,404 3.458%
Darrell L. Castle, Scott N. Bradley Constitution 12,966 0.465%
Jill Stein, Ajamu Baraka Green 25,086 0.900%
Marshall Schoenke, James Creighton Mitchell, Jr Write-in 11,503 0.413%
Tom Hoefling, Steve Schulin Write-in 26 0.001%
Laurence Kotlikoff, Edward Leamer Write-in 13 0.000%
Evan McMullin, Nathan Johnson Write-in 1,372 0.049%
"Rocky" Roque De La Fuente, Michael Steinberg Write-in 10 0.000%
Total Votes: 2,788,022

U.S. Senator 
Jason Kander Democratic 1,283,222 46.208%
Roy Blunt Republican 1,370,240 49.342%
Jonathan Dine Libertarian 67,067 2.415%
Fred Ryman Constitution 25,194 0.907%
Johnathan McFarland Green 30,413 1.095%
Gina Bufe Write-in 871 0.031%
Patrick Lee Write-in 14 0.001%
Thomas Morgan Write-in 2 0.000%
Steven Wallace Write-in 1 0.000%
Nathaniel (Nate) Malone Write-in 1 0.000%
Jon Kelly Write-in 2 0.000%
Total Votes: 2,777,027

Governor 
Chris Koster Democratic 1,261,110 45.399%
Eric Greitens Republican 1,424,730 51.289%
Cisse W Spragins Libertarian 40,718 1.466%
Don Fitz Green 20,785 0.748%
Lester Benton (Les) Turilli, Jr. Independent 29,774 1.072%
Dave Altis Write-in 730 0.026%
Theo Brown Sr Write-in 2 0.000%
Martin Lindstedt Write-in 5 0.000%
Total Votes: 2,777,854

Lieutenant Governor 
Russ Carnahan Democratic 1,153,393 42.107%
Mike Parson Republican 1,450,717 52.961%
Steven R. Hedrick Libertarian 68,665 2.507%
Jennifer Leach Green 65,733 2.400%
Jake Wilburn Write-in 712 0.026%
Total Votes: 2,739,220

Secretary of State 
Robin Smith Democratic 1,046,769 38.261%
John (Jay) Ashcroft Republican 1,581,428 57.804%
Chris Morrill Libertarian 107,663 3.935%
Total Votes: 2,735,860

State Treasurer 
Judy Baker Democratic 1,061,804 39.151%
Eric Schmitt Republican 1,536,314 56.648%
Sean O'Toole Libertarian 77,844 2.870%
Carol Hexem Green 35,455 1.307%
Arnie C. AC Dienoff Write-in 623 0.023%
Total Votes: 2,712,040

Attorney General 
Teresa Hensley Democratic 1,124,620 41.309%
Josh Hawley Republican 1,597,857 58.691%


U.S. Representative - District 4 
Gordon Christensen Democratic 92,385 27.846%
Vicky Hartzler Republican 225,034 67.827%
Mark Bliss Libertarian 14,355 4.327%
Total Votes: 331,774 

State Senator 
Ed Emery Republican 57,195 72.431%
Lora Young Libertarian 9,990 12.651%
Tim Wells Independent 11,780 14.918%

State Representative - District 56 
DJ Rash Democratic 5,247 31.844%
Jack Bondon Republican 11,230 68.156%

State Representative - District 126 
Patricia Pike Republican 14,016 100.000%


Constitutional Amendment 1 
YES 2,203,717 80.138%
NO 546,181 19.862%

Constitutional Amendment 2 
YES 1,877,477 69.947%
NO 806,676 30.053%

Constitutional Amendment 3
YES 1,107,716 40.760%
NO 1,609,953 59.240%

Constitutional Amendment 4 
YES 1,522,189 57.056%
NO 1,145,709 42.944%

Constitutional Amendment 6 
YES 1,700,139 63.139%
NO 992,555 36.861%

Proposition A 
YES 1,210,199 44.738%
NO 1,494,886 55.262%

Meet the team set for next week

Meet your team for the basketball season will be held Monday, November 14th at 7:00 pm at the school.

Come out and support your Drexel Bobcats!

All in good fun...

Jake Mager photo
As polls closed last night, the Butler square came alive for the much anticipated political debate between Republican businessman Mark Muller and well known local Democrat frontperson Kay Caskey.

The Union Restaurant was host to the event that filled the confines with plenty of political back-and-forth views, all done for fun, while broadcast live by 92.1 The Bullet.

Caskey and Muller, along with the Union would like to thank everyone who listened and played along. 

And who knows... maybe in four years we'll do it again?! 

Bates County has spoken!

Those in and around the Bates County Clerk's Office last night kept vigil as the ballot boxes were unloaded and made their way inside the courthouse. Like clockwork, Clerk Marlene Wainscott and her staff swiftly went through the standard procedures, all the while knowing this election was a 'big un'...
photo by Kevin Stewart

There was some idle chat about anticipated voter turnout- normally, anything nearing 40% would be considered awesome. 

There were some good guesses on what it would be last night. 50%? Nah. 60%? Some shot higher than 70%, which was met with a little disbelief. 

Hey, no matter how many elections you've been through in your life, you have to admit this one was probably the most (searching for words here) crazy?

Needless to say, Bates Countians showed up in droves. Of the 10,666 registered voters, 8,152 dutifully went to the polls which resulted in a whopping 76.43% voter turnout. Bam!

Great job! And whether you agree with the winners or not, the people have spoken. Go ahead, pat yourself on the back. You deserve it.

Click here to check out the results from last night http://batescountynewswire.blogspot.com/2016/11/november-8th-2016-bates-county-election.html