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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for NW Bates County

The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Southeastern Miami County in east central Kansas... 

Southwestern Cass County in west central Missouri... Northwestern Bates County in west central Missouri... 

* Until 915 PM CST * At 846 PM CST, a severe thunderstorm was located near Drexel, or 9 miles north of La Cygne, moving east at 45 mph. HAZARD...Half dollar size hail. SOURCE...Radar indicated. IMPACT...Damage to vehicles is expected. 

* Locations impacted include... Archie, Drexel, Freeman, Merwin and New Lancaster. A tornado watch remains in effect until 100 AM CST for east central Kansas...and west central Missouri. HAIL...1.25IN WIND...<50mph br="">

Obituary - Walter "Jack" Spratt

Funeral services for Jack Spratt will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. 

Visitation will be prior to services from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to Show-Me Christian Home. Online condolences,

Walter Lee “Jack” Spratt, age 94 of Mt. Vernon, Missouri formerly of Butler, Missouri died Monday, February 27, 2017 at Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon. He was born April 4, 1922 to Arthur Lee and Edna Elizabeth Main Spratt in Hume, Missouri.

Jack is survived by three daughters, LeBeth Washburn of Cameron Park, California, Mary Carol Speece and husband Charles of Galion, Ohio and Jackie Lee Roberts of Joplin, Missouri; one sister, Lousie Brown of Nevada, Missouri; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Carrie; one brother, Richard Spratt; and one sister, Hazelle LaFarge.

Tornado Watch in effect until 1:00am

The National Weather Service had issued a Tornado Watch for Cass and Bates Counties in Missouri and Linn and Miami Counties in Ks until 1:00 a.m.

This is a WATCH ONLY meaning conditions are favorable for rapidly changing weather in your immediate area. 

Now is the time to prepare for the possibility of severe weather in your area.

Search Warrant Served In Eldorado Springs

John D. Donahue
On February 22, 2017, officers of the EI Dorado Springs Police Department assisted by Cedar County Deputies and St. Clair County Sheriffs K-9 unit served a search warrant for illegal drugs at 108 East Joe Davis, after receiving information of illegal drug activity. Evidence of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia were located.

The investigation resulted in the arrest of John D. Donahue, 32, of EI Dorado Springs, for an active EI Dorado Springs Municipal Warrant for Failure to appear, on the original charges of Resisting Arrest, Assault on Officer and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with a bond of $902.50.

Officers also arrested him for the probable cause of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Keeping and Maintaining a Public Nuisance and Possession of Drug paraphernalia. Officers completed a probable cause statement for these charges. 

Officers received a Cedar County Warrant charging Donahue charging him with Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with a bond $5000.00. Donahue was transported to the Cedar County Jail pending bond and court appearance.

Butler High School Project Prom Fundraiser

Storms possible Tuesday Night

The severe weather threat has been expanded a little further west than what we saw this morning. 

Scattered severe storms are still expected with damaging winds and hail being the primary hazards, especially in central MO (orange area). 

A few tornadoes are not out of the question either. We expect storms to develop this evening sometime between 5 PM and 8 PM. Keep checking back for updated information.

El Dorado Springs Man Sentenced to 19 Years for Meth Conspiracy, Illegal Firearm

Daniel A. Crawford
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an El Dorado Springs, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and for illegally possessing a firearm.

Daniel A. Crawford, 37, of El Dorado Springs, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to 19 years in federal prison without parole.

On Sept. 8, 2016, Crawford pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

Crawford was arrested on Jan. 22, 2015, when Vernon County, Mo., sheriff’s deputies were called to a burglary in progress. The victim (and caller) had blocked Crawford and another person in the driveway. Crawford was sitting in the driver’s seat of the blocked-in Chevrolet truck when deputies arrived. Crawford had a piece of glass in his pocket that field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Deputies searched the truck and found 11 grams of methamphetamine in a Mountain Dew bottle with a false compartment, scales, baggies, a Mountain Arms .22-caliber rifle, ammunition and stolen property.

Crawford admitted that he and co-defendant Marklee Eugene Bogart, 36, of Nevada, Mo., had an agreement to deal methamphetamine with and for one another. When law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Bogart’s residence on Aug. 20, 2014, they found 176 grams of pure methamphetamine, 22 firearms, a grenade and $9,400, which was determined to be the proceeds of drug trafficking. Later in August, after listening to his jail phone calls, law enforcement seized another $41,380 from Bogart.

Bogart was sentenced on Jan. 19, 2017, to five years in federal prison without parole after pleading guilty to his role in the drug-trafficking conspiracy and to possessing firearms in furtherance of the conspiracy.

This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Josephine M. Larison. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Vernon County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Bates County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.

Stolen vehicle from Butler Wal-Mart

The Butler Police Department is attempting to locate a stolen 2005 maroon in color Chevrolet Tahoe that was today around 3:15pm from the Wal-Mart Parking Lot in Butler.

The Tahoe has a Missouri License Plate number of WA8-L2R and may be driven by a subject in a pink in color t-shirt. A possible direction of travel for this vehicle is West on Missouri 52 Highway.

If you see this vehicle please contact the Butler Police Department at 660-679-6131.

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Two vehicle accident in Adrian

The Adrian Police Department along with the Adrian Fire Department are on scene of a two vehicle accident at Main and 5th Streets in Adrian at this time.

We are unsure if anyone is injured in this accident and please expect the roadway to be blocked for a short time.

Mid America Live News will update this when more information becomes available to us from the Adrian Fire Department.

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List of Butler Storm Shelters 2/27/17

STORM SHELTERS CITY OF BUTLER:  Below is a list of the Storm Shelters for the City of Butler as of 2/27/2017. 

#1. Butler Elementary School 4 N. High St.
#2 First Christian Church 11 W. Pine
#3 Heartland Hospice 612 W. Ft. Scott
#4 Immanuel Baptist Church 801 W. Dakota
#5 First Baptist Church 300 N. Delaware


These facilities have been generous enough to offer their use as shelters in the event of severe weather. They have provided us with a list of personnel to call to get the shelters open. The City of Butler does not guarantee that these facilities will be open dependant on the time we have to make contact with the personnel and how much advance warning we have. We would urge you to make a plan prior to the time that a warning may occur, such as a neighbor or relative with a basement or storm shelter, or in your own home if time does not allow you to seek other shelter. 

The City of Butler further does not make any claims as to the structural integrity of any of these facilities in their ability to withstand a tornado or life threatening wind event.

Appleton City woman arrested in St. Clair County

Mary Scheer
On Feb. 21, Mary Scheer, 47, Appleton City, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging her with class E felony driving while revoked-third or subsequent offense. Bond is set at $7,500 cash or surety.

The charge stems from a St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office investigation the previous day when a traffic stop was initiated on a 1994 Ford F150 pickup truck on North Maple Street, Appleton City. Scheer was identified as the driver. 

During the investigation it was determined Scheer’s driving privileges were revoked and there were previous convictions for driving while revoked. Scheer was taken into custody and transported to the St. Clair County Jail pending the formal charge.

Quick Dine now open in Butler...

For the past several months there has been a lot of speculation about what would reopen in the former Gray's Cafe location on the strip in Butler and today, Mid America Live received information directly from the owners:

Quick Dine 3 is now open for business, Monday through Thursday 6 am to 3 pm; Fridays 6 am to 8 pm; Saturday 6 am to 3 pm and Sundays 7 am to 3 pm.

And like the sign says breakfast, burgers, salads and more. And everything is made from scratch.

Check it out!

Former Butler man arrested in St. Clair County

Bryan Ferrel
On Feb. 23, Bryan Ferrel, 36, Osceola, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with class D felony stealing a motor vehicle. Bond is set at $15,000.

The charge stems from a St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office investigation on Feb. 21, when a St. Clair County deputy took a report in reference to a stolen vehicle at the Appleton City Feed Service on West Fourth Street, Appleton City. 

The store’s co-owner James Smith reported a white 2003 Ford F350 single cab with a black flatbed was stolen from the feed store. Smith estimated the value of the truck at $10,000. Video footage was obtained showing a suspect getting into the truck and taking off at approximately 12:09 p.m.

In the morning hours on Feb. 22, Bates County Sheriff’s Office recovered the truck. It was towed to a secure location for processing. Evidence located by Bates County Sheriff’s Office at the scene assisted in identifying Ferrel who was later taken into custody in St. Clair County. Ferrel also had an arrest warrant from Bates County charging him with class A misdemeanor resisting arrest. Bond on that charge is set at $500 cash or surety.

Man arrested on several counts after failing to yield to law enforcement

Curtice Alderman
On Feb. 26, Curtice Alderman, 35, Springfield, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with several counts after failing to yield to law enforcement the previous day. 

Alderman is charged with class D felony endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk- first degree, class E felony resisting arrest by fleeing- creating a substantial risk of serious injury/death to any person, class D misdemeanor driving while suspended, and class B misdemeanor operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner.

In the evening hours on Feb. 25, a St. Clair County deputy was notified Osceola Police Department had a vehicle failing to yield on Highway 13. The vehicle turned west on Highway B and was traveling approximately 80 miles per hour. A deputy joined in the chase at Lake Shore Estates. The vehicle continued traveling west reaching speeds in excess of 110 miles per hour and failing to stop at stop signs. After passing M Highway the vehicle ran off the south side of the road and then crossed over and went off the north side. The driver regained control and continued west through the junction of Highway H.

After entering Bates County the vehicle reached the intersection of Highway P and turned north, then into a driveway, and into a dirt field. When the vehicle came to a stop the driver got out and ran east though the field. Deputies pursued the driver into the field and took him into custody approximately 100 yards from his vehicle. Alderman was identified as the driver and stated he was running because his wife pulled a knife on him. He also noted he doesn't have a driver’s license. A 15-year old female juvenile was identified as a passenger in the vehicle.

Minor accident in Butler

Police are currently on the scene of a minor two vehicle accident at the intersection of Fort Scott and Orange street in Butler.

Expect a minor delay, the intersection should be cleared shortly.

New registered sex offender in the Drexel area

On 2/27/17 the Bates County Sheriff's Office registered a sex offender who just moved to Bates County. His information is below.

Junior Clayton Menteer
DOB: 3/4/1946
Address: 15003 NW County Road 14781, Drexel, MO
Offense: Rape
Date of Offense: 3/18/1986
City & State of Offense: Ottowa, OK
Victim Info: White 26 year old Female

Hume news

The community of Hume wishes to extend their sympathy to Karen Kennedy of Butler, MO. Karen passed away on February 2. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Jean Zinn is now residing in Prescott Country View Nursing home in Prescott, KS. She would greatly enjoy a card or drop by and visit.

Bennett Irwin celebrated her birthday at her home on Sunday evening with her favorite meal, homemade chicken and noodles and brownies hosted by her parents, Jason and Cassie Irwin. Bennett turned 11 years old on February 22.

Cheyenne and Samantha Davidson both had birthdays on February 23; a very happy birthday and many more to all of these young ladies.

The O5O Club will meet on February 20 for a carry-in meal at the Hume Community Center. There will be a brunch like meal for everyone to enjoy. Don’t worry if you don’t bring anything just drop in a donation at the door will be great. There is always plenty to go around. Come and enjoy delicious food and lots of fellowship.

The 75th Annual Hume Fair and Rodeo will be August 1 thought August 5th this year. This year’s parade theme is “75 Years of Summer Nights and Arena Lights”. We are looking for Prince and Princess Candidates ages 5 to 11 years old, also Rodeo Queeen Candidates ages 12 to 18 years of age. If you interested just contact any fairboard member or call 660-643-7637 or 7121.

The Annual Sweetheart Dinner at the Hume United Methodist Church was held on February 12. The Men did an excellent job as usual on the delicious meal. The youth did a beautiful job decorating the basement. Mackinzi and Kennidi Harris provided a very entertaining skit with the rest of the kids providing music for the program. The evening was a huge success.

-our thanks to Karen Irwin

Monday, February 27, 2017

Obituary - Jack H. Atteberry

Jack H. Atteberry 87 of Harrisonville, Missouri departed this life on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Crown Care Center, Harrisonville surrounded by love and family.

Final arrangements entrusted to Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.

Service time and a complete obituary will be posted when that information becomes available.

Harrisonville man seriously injured in rollover accident

On 2/25/17 around 3:15pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cass County responded to a one vehicle rollover accident in the Southbound lanes of I-49 at Mile Marker 161.6 in rural Cass County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2006 Dodge Caravan driven by 43 year old Christopher R. Stephens of Harrisonville, Missouri traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a sign post before traveling through the grass causing the vehicle to overturn and catch fire.

Mr. Stephens sustained serious injuries in this accident and he was transported by Life Flight Eagle to Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene by Miller Tow.

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Obituary - Michael Edward Bruhn

Michael Edward Bruhn
Michael Edward Bruhn Michael Edward Bruhn, 61, of Nevada, MO passed from this life on February 26, 2017 at Freeman Health System in Joplin, MO following a battle with cancer. Michael was born on October 23, 1955 in Eureka, KS to Kenneth Edward Bruhn and Norma Lee (Armitage) Bruhn.

Michael was raised in Eureka, KS and moved with his family to Clinton as a teenager and attended Clinton High School. He came to Nevada in the early 1980’s and spent most of his life here working as a cook at White Grill, Nevada Country Club, and Buzz’s BBQ. Michael was loved by his many friends and he loved golfing and cooking. He enjoyed attending sporting events with his son and dad and was an avid KC Chief’s fan. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Nevada.

He is survived by his parents Kenneth and Norma Bruhn, Nevada; Kenneth Edward Bruhn, II, son, Nevada; Terri Cornell, sister, and her husband Paul, Clinton, MO; Stacy Harrington, niece, and her husband Will; great nieces Taylor and Briana and great nephew Noah; and several aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Rev. Bill Platt officiating. Those who wish may contribute in Michael’s memory to American Cancer Society or Alzheimer’s Association in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

MSHP Helicopter And Marine Operation Troopers Rescue Missing Fisherman

At approximately 8 p.m. on February 24, 2017, Donna Stearns, from Harrisonville, MO, contacted Troop A, Lee’s Summit and requested Troop A officers assist her in locating her missing 49-year-old husband, Kenneth Stearns. 

Mrs. Stearns stated she and her husband were camping in the area and Mr. Stearns was reportedly fishing by boat on Truman Lake near Sparrowfoot Campground since approximately 1 p.m., and had not returned. Troop A officers and Patrol helicopter 93MP responded to assist in the search. 

At approximately 4 a.m., on February 25, 2017, the Patrol helicopter located Mr. Stearns on the lake near a partially submerged sand bar between the Sparrowfoot and Deepwater access, in a remote area of the lake. The Patrol pilot directed officers by boat to Stearns location where they extracted him and transported him to the Sparrowfoot boat ramp where emergency personnel were waiting. Mr. Stearns was transported to Golden Valley Hospital before being transferred to Kansas University Medical Center. 

Mr. Steans suffered serious health effects from being exposed to the elements. Watercraft operators must consider the effect their actions have on others: 

Share the waterway and use common sense, good judgment, and courtesy to ensure the safety of all. Life jackets save lives. Wear It!!

Obituary - Tonya LeAnn Kerr

Tonya LeAnn Kerr, 22, of Nevada, MO passed from this life on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, MO. Tonya was born on October 9, 1994 in Nevada to Paul Thomas Kerr and Lisa Ann (Harth) Thurman.

Tonya grew up in the Nevada and Fort Scott, KS areas. She became disabled at the age of six following an automobile accident.

Survivors include her father, Paul Kerr, Whitewood, SD; step-father, Dale Thurman, Oswego, KS; grandfather, Donald Bohm, Whitewood, SD, grandmother, Pamela Harth, Nevada; aunt and uncle, Ray and Angela Proctor, of the home in Nevada; uncle, Michael Harth, Nevada; aunts, Cindy Brown, Joplin; , Debbie and Tom Gray, Lee’s Summit, MO, Shelley Bowers, Stantonsburg, NC, Christina and Jason Coffield, Whitewood, SD, and uncle, Joseph and Jamie Bohm, Fourche, SD, and numerous other aunts and uncles in South Dakota as well as several cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother Lisa Ann Thurman, Feb 9, 2001, and her grandfather, Dean Harth.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Rev. Mark Mitchell officiating. A private family committal will follow in Deerfield Cemetery, Deerfield, MO.

Vehicle theft from Appleton City Feed Store

On February 22, 2017 an employee of the Appleton City Feed Store contacted the Bates County Sheriff’s Office about truck that was stolen from the feed store the previous day. 

The employee found the stolen truck near Stirling Drive in Butler and contacted the Sheriff’s Office. 

St. Clair County was notified since the crime happened in St. Clair County. 

A Detective from St. Clair County processed the truck and then it was turned over to the owner.

Two arrested after disturbance in Adrian

Barbara Gift
Frank Woodall
On February 24, 2017 Bates County Sheriff's Deputies responded to 8th street in Adrian, MO in regards to a disturbance that resulted in two arrests. Child Services were at the residence and was requesting help. 
Arguments between the two parties escalated and an altercation occurred.

Frank Woodall (DOB 10/12/1989) and Barbara Gift (DOB 4/23/1965) were transported to the Bates County Jail.

Mr. Woodall was charged with Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and for Resisting Arrest. His bond was set at $5000.00 cash or surety.

Gift was charged with Resisting Arrest. Her bond was set at $5000.00 cash or surety.

Obituary - Mary Jane Bise

Mary Jane Bise
Mary Jane Bise, 89 of Butler, Missouri passed away February 26, 2017 at Bates County Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be 1:00 pm Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009) with Pastor Terry Davis officiating. 

Visitation will be held prior to the service Wednesday from 11:00 to 1:00 pm also at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. 

Contributions are suggested in lieu of flowers to the Butler Senior Center or the First Baptist Church Women’s Group. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Mary Jane Bise was born February 19, 1928 in Diggins, MO. to Arnold Edwin and Minnie Owings Semsch. She was united in marriage to Lee Roy Bise on August 24, 1947. She taught school for many years as a substitute teacher. Mary Jane was a proud member of the First Baptist Church of Butler, and taught bible school for decades. She was a member of the the Collector’s Club, and was an avid collector. But over all, she had devoted herself to a life of service to others.

Mary Jane was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lee Bise in 1995, three brothers, and three sisters. She is survived by her three sons, Eddie Bise of Belton, MO., Roger Bise and wife Cygnet of Fort Smith, AR., and Jeff Bise and wife Kelly of Derby, KS., ten grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, a sister Eva Hall of Calhoun, MO., along with far too many friends to count.

Missing kitty on S.Fulton in Butler

Our kitten is missing. Name is Leo. Went missing on S. Fulton St. 

If seen, his home address is 8 S. Fulton St. or you can call 660 464 2989.

Anonymous tip leads to arrest of William Swarnes

On February 25th the Detective received an anonymous tip about the whereabouts of a wanted subject by the name of William Swarnes. After observing the residence for a few hours, Swarnes exited the house. Swarnes fled on foot. After a short foot pursuit, Swarnes was taken into custody. He was booked in to the Bates County Jail for DWI, Burglary and Resisting Arrest. His bonds were set at $5000.00 cash only.

Traffic stop in Amoret leads to arrest

On February 26, 2017 a Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in Amoret for not displaying the correct license plates. The driver of the vehicle (Ernest Schmidt DOB 7/14/1972) had a suspended driver’s license. The passenger in the vehicle (John Taylor DOB 2/14/1974) had a homemade pipe on his person. The pipe field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Schmidt was issued citations for driving while suspended and for failure to register a motor vehicle.

Taylor was issued a citation for drug paraphernalia.

Vehicle assault leads to arrest

On February 26, 2017, Nevada Police Officers were summoned to the 800 Block of South Cedar Street in reference to a disturbance in progress.

Officers arrived in the area and determined through the investigation and use of witnesses that a male subject had used his vehicle to ram several vehicles in the area of that location.

Officers were advised that the suspect had left the scene, but remained in the area and was still operating the vehicle.

Officers located the male subject and took him into custody. The suspect was identified as Dusty A. Cox, age 19, of Nevada

Cox was charged through the Vernon County Circuit Court as follows:

Assault 2nd D Felony
Property Damage E Felony

Mr. Cox is being held on $25,000.00 cash only bond at the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

Nevada police arrest man in connection with stolen Frito Lay truck

In the early morning hours of February 24, 2017 Nevada Police responded to the 1400 block of East Austin Blvd. in regards to a report of a Frito Lay box truck being stolen as it was being loaded.

Around 3:30 A.M. Nevada Police received a 911 call from a female employee of the Frito Lay Company stating her company vehicle had just been stolen by an unidentified male subject as the truck was being loaded for its daily deliveries.

As Nevada Police arrived on scene they observed debris in the roadway that was identified as merchandise that had fallen out of the truck as it sped away. It was reported the suspect vehicle had traveled east from the incident location. Officers searched for the vehicle but were unsuccessful in finding the vehicle. Later on in the morning GPS tracking was used to locate the vehicle in the 400 block of North Pine Street in Nevada.

During the course of the investigation Nevada Police were able to obtain video from a local convenience store where the alleged suspect had entered and tried to use a stolen credit device. Later in the evening Nevada Police had received reports of a suspicious person in the area of East Austin Blvd. Officers were able to make contact with the subject who was wanted out of Cass County, Missouri.

As officers conducted this separate investigation, it was discovered that the male subject in question was the suspect from the earlier vehicle theft that took place that morning. Officers were able to take the suspect into custody without further incident.

The stolen vehicle was processed by certified crime scene investigators and evidence was collected to be sent to the Missouri State Highway Patrol laboratory for further analysis.

The suspect has been identified as Nathan Cunningham, age 41 of Harrisonville, MO.

The following charges have been filed through the Vernon County Associate Court as follows:

Tampering w/ a Motor Vehicle D Felony
Stealing D Felony

Bond has been set at $10,000 cash only.

Citizens are encouraged to contact the police if they have any information that would be helpful to combat crime.

For questions regarding crime prevention techniques or to start a Neighborhood Watch Program, contact the Nevada Police Department at (417) 448-5100.
To report criminal activities call 911 or us the Tip Hotline (417) 448-5117.

Any and all information will be kept confidential.

Obituary - Debbie Lawrence

Memorial services for Debbie Lawrence will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 3, 2017 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Ron Dunlap officiating. There is no visitation. Contributions to American Cancer Society.

Debra Ann Lawrence, age 57 of Butler, Missouri died Saturday, February 25, 2017 at her home in Butler. She was born February 9, 1960 to William Herbert and Lois Ann Smith Dunlap in Independence, Missouri.

Debbie is survived by her fiance` Terry Roberts of Butler, Missouri; three sons, Billy Jo Lawrence of Pilot Grove, Missouri, Travus Dean Lawrence and wife Stephanie and Todd Douglas Lawrence and wife Amy, all of Butler, Missouri; her father, Bill Dunlap of Amoret, Missouri; two sisters, Diane DeLozier and husband Gene and Doreen McDonald, all of Butler, Missouri; one brother, David Dunlap and fiance` Janet West of Amoret, Missouri; and 10 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother; and two grandchildren, Logan Dean Lawrence and Aiden Gabriel Lawrence.

Bates County Sheriff's Office weekly report

Bates County Sheriff’s Office Activity Report

February 20, 2017 – February 26, 2017

February 20, 2017

Love local sports? Listen/watch on line

Smith-Cotton Tigers vs. Blue Springs Wildcats GBB, 5:30PM, 2/27
Smith-Cotton Tigers vs. Blue Springs South Jaguars BBB, 7PM, 2/27
Lockwood Tigers vs. Sacred Heart Gremlins BBB, 6PM, 3/1
Wellington-Napolean Tigers vs. Mid-Buchanan Dragons BBB, 6PM, 3/1
Boonville Pirates vs. Southeast Knights GBB, 7:45PM, 3/1
Adrian Blackhawks vs. New Franklin Bulldogs GBB, 7:45PM, 3/1
Santa Fe Chiefs vs. Mid-Buchanan Dragons GBB, 7:45PM, 3/1
FULL Final Four Coverage from Columbia, Classes 1-2-3, March 9-11
FULL Final Four Coverage from Columbia, Classes 4-5, March 16-18
WEMO Spring Softball/Baseball Tournament Coverage from Adrian, March 17-18

Coaches Show @ Union Restaurant, 6PM, 3/11

Butler Police Department weekly report

02/20/2017 Disturbance 400 block of W Ohio
Alarm Citizens Bank
Prowler 300 block of W Chestnut
Property damage 606 W Adams
Disturbance 200 block of S Delaware

02/21/2017 Report of a fight Wix Lane
Warrant service Orange St and Dakota
Medical assist 300 block of W Ft Scott
Medical assist 1000 block of W Ft Scott
Warrant service Fran Ave

02/22/2017 Stolen vehicle report
Accident Ft Scott and Water
Warrant service Chestnut and Main
Walk in theft report
Assist DFS
Animal complaint 500 block of S Mechanic
Trespassing call 312 W Ohio
Animal complaint 500 block of W Dakota

02/23/2017 C and I driver Austin St
Traffic assist Schowengerdt
Assist DFS
Animal complaint S High

02/24/2017 Assist MSHP
Well being check
Keep the peace 500 block of S Mechanic
Animal complaint 300 block of W Chestnut

02/25/2017 Warrant service Pine and Fulton
Theft report Wal-Mart
Medical assist Fran Apts
Walk in harassment report
Keep the peace 6 Courtney Dr

02/26/2017 911 Hang up 200 block of S Austin
Possible prowler Willow Green
Noise complaint S Water
Animal complaint S Park

Close, but no cigar for Old Fat Guys...

STILL GOT IT! Summer of '79 team (front row) - Brandon Nieder, Tommy Hutchinson, Terry West, Brad Tavner. (back row) - Mark Nelson, Miles Nieder, Mark Byrd, Josh Hubbard - Jackie Nieder photo

When first discussed, the idea of a Miami alumni basketball tournament sounded like fun- however, expectations were far exceeded for those planning the event as the gymnasium was packed wall to wall last Saturday.

Playing 10 minute halves, the six teams each worked their way through the brackets to the end, where the Summer of '79 team edged Old Fat Guys for the championship win 41 to 35.

Other teams were Glory Days, Geeks in Sneaks, the Clamps and the Benchwarmers. For the record, the Summer of '79 team had a few of the oldest players...

Based on the success of the tournament, it is quite possible another will be in the works next year. Just under $2,000 was raised, with money being donated to the Miami basketball programs.

Accident and fire closes ramp at Rich Hill temporarily

First responders and police are on the scene of an accident on the overpass at I-49 in Rich Hill involving an 18 wheeler tanker with about 8,000 gallons of fuel that was on fire.

The Butler fire department was called to assist, however, Rich Hill first responders had the fire under control prior to their arrival.

More information will be posted as it becomes available. Use caution if traveling through the area as clean up continues. 

BCYAC Announces Scholarship for Bates County Seniors

Seniors interested in attending a technical or trade school after graduation may apply for the Bates County Youth Advocacy Council scholarships.  Two $500 scholarships will be offered.  “This is part of our mission to help Bates County youth who might not fit in traditional roles,” according to Kris Jenkins, president of the BCYAC.  “Scholarships for technical and trade schools are less available and fit the need of the children we serve at the Youth Center and with our other programs.”

The scholarship applications will be available at all Bates County high school counselor’s offices starting this week. The application is due April 1.  

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Thank you for your support

Photo #1
Well Gertrude McCluck was finally able to do her job today for baby Remington Craft,the winning square just said Remi,purchased by Alan Hilbus of Butler,who graciously donated it back to the family.Thank you Alan,for that kind gesture.

And again Thank you to everyone that purchased for this fowl drop.A extra special Thank you to my chicken warriors that just keep on and keep on supporting these fundraiser's that we do, I had one person yesterday from Amsterdam tell me just put me down for 2 each time you do one!

Amsterdam strong!Again Thank you from Amber Kohler, DeAnna Johnston Hutton, Jami Lynn, Wesley Hubbard and all the wonderful people of our community.

Massive Meat Sale at King Cash Saver

We're cookin' up something good next week! A Massive Meat Sale starts Wednesday March 1st, see your local King Cash Saver for prices and information!

Color Wheel Arts Group Presents: Children Create Art Day

The Color Wheel Art Club will be hosting. Children Create Art Day at the Butler Public Library on March 4th. 

The event will be from 1:00-3:00 pm and the cost is $10. You must RSVP by March 3rd to reserve your seat. Please call 660-200-6962.

Pancake Breakfast in Adrian

Baby Remington Craft is heading home

Finally, after 25 days, we get to go home! Can't wait to have all of my babies under one roof! - Thank you all for the prayers we continue to ask for them

Obituary - Della Louise (Manning) Morris

Della Louise (Manning) Morris
Della Louise (Manning) Morris of Blue Mound lost her battle to Leukemia and went to be with her Lord on February 21, 2017. She was born on June 24, 1943 in De Queen, Arkansas and was the oldest of four girls born to Elmer and Elrene (Flood) Manning. 

She was married to Robert Morris in march of 1979. She, along with her husband, were avid OTR drivers and together the crossed the U.S. many times in their 15 year career. In 1990 she and her family relocated to Blue Mound where she became an active member in her church and community, volunteering whenever and however she could. Her and her husband retired from OTR driving in 1997 and she quickly found her passion for helping others, which she carried until her end. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters Martha, Nona, and (Alma) Ruth. She is survived by her husband Robert (of the home), son Paul Moeller of Blue Mound, daughter Keeko Moeller of Blue Mound, son Richard Moeller and wife Tammy of Leavenworth and son Tod Moeller of Blue Mound. 

She is also survived by her 5 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephew and countless others. Hers is a spirit that has touched many lives and is one that will be greatly missed by all those who love her.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

One injured in Vernon County crash

On 2/25/17 around 3:19pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to a one vehicle rollover accident in the Northbound Lanes of I-49 around 1 mile North of Sheldon, Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2002 Oldsmobile Alero driven by 22 year old Felisha M. Selbe of Joplin, Missouri ran off the left side of the roadway, crossed the median then went off the West side of I-49, struck a embankment and overturned.

Felisha M. Selbe sustained moderate injuries in this accident and she was transported by ambulance 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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Obituary - Donald Lee Blancett

Donald Lee Blancett
Donald Lee Blancett, 88, passed away February 23,2017.

He was born on September 10, 1928 in Pittsburg, Kansas to the late, James and Jennie (Calso) Blancett. He served in the Military during the Korean War. Don was a Radiologic Technologist and worked at hospitals in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Chicago, Illinois, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and the Kansas City area.
Don married Sue Hill on August 3, 1968 in Roeland Park, Kansas. They spent most of their life together in Overland Park, Kansas. He was active in the American Legion and the Forty and Eight until they moved to Anderson, Missouri in 2002. Don enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, the Boy Scouts, his flea market booths and spending time with family and friends.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Michael Blancett; his brother, Robert Blancett and his sister, Lorene Adams.

Don is survived by his wife, Sue Blancett; a son, Lee Blancett and wife, Connie of Butler, Missouri; a daughter, Lou Ann Blancett of Sheldon, Missouri; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. His enthusiasm and big bear hugs will be greatly missed by all.

Graveside services are pending.