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Monday, January 2, 2017

For the record books

One of the largest hit stories for us this year was Ben Cameron of rural Amoret, Missouri shooting a 29 point Monster Buck on October 21st, 2016. The story alone reached 47,042 hits to this day on Mid America Live News. Ben posted this today on the official stats on his great kill. - Great Job Ben!

If you would like to read the original story we posted or view more pictures please click on the link below:

Obituary - Ruth Ann Ballard

Ruth Ann Ballard
Ruth Ann Ballard, 76, of Pleasant Hill, was born, March 3, 1940, in St. Louis, the son of Marshall Alva and Lola Irene (McDaniel) Campbell. She departed this life, peacefully, Friday, December 30, 2016, at her home.

Ruth was a 1958 Pleasant Hill High School graduate.

Ruth had been employed as a fork lift operator for Bendix/Honeywell, retiring in 2007. Prior to that she had been employed by Western Electric and had also been a school bus driver in Pleasant Hill. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist church. She was a Life Member of the Ivy Leaf Chapter #215, Order of the Eastern Star and the IAM Union Local # 778. She enjoyed gardening, tending to flowers, working on the family farm, and spending time with her grandkids. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by two daughters Marsha (and Stan) Krummel of Spring Hill, Kansas, and Nancy (and Aaron) Miller of Pleasant Hill; four grandchildren, Rachel Krummel of Tacoma, Washington, Valerie (and Michael) McCord of Olathe, Kansas, Evan Miller and Brett Miller, both of Pleasant Hill; one sister, Irene Smith of Des Moines, Iowa; two cousins, Stephanie (and Sean) Clark of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Greg (and Dee) Smith of Des Moines; other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2016, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Missouri. Reverend Carl Knapp will officiate. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers are Kunio Dudgeon, Mike Griffith, Stan Krummel, Michael McCord, Aaron Miller, Brett Miller, and Evan Miller.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Cass County 4-H Horsemanship and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Dense Fog Advisory

A Dense Fog Advisory (gray area) has been issued for most of Missouri and northeast Kansas until 3 AM. 

These are dangerous visibilities. 

Take caution if driving and allow extra time to reach your destination.

Harrisonville teen injured in Cass County Crash

On 1/2/17 around 5:43pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cass County responded to a one vehicle rollover accident on South Cleveland Ave. just North of Route Y in rural Cass County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2002 Ford driven by 19 year old Amber K. Dalton of Harrisonville, Missouri traveled off the roadway, driver over corrected causing the vehicle to travel off the opposite side of the roadway striking a embankment and overturning. 

Amber K. Dalton sustained moderate injuries in this accident and she was transported by ambulance to Belton Regional Medical Center for treatment.

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

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American Legion presents Wheels Of Thunder April 30th Harrisonville Mo

Obituary - Lewis A, Cossins

Lewis A, Cossins, 74, Harrisonville, Missouri departed this life on Monday, January 2, 2017 at the Kansas City Hospice House surrounded by love and family.

Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m., Friday, January 6, 2017 at the Faith Baptist Church, 23705 E. State Route 2, Harrisonville, Missouri with burial in the Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville, Missouri.

Family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., Friday, January 6, 2017 at the church.

A complete obituary will be posted when it becomes available.

Obituary - Jerry Ann Champ

Jerry Ann Champ, 78, Harrisonville, Missouri departed this life on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at the Golden Years Care Services, Harrisonville.

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

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

Gas prices on the rise...

Almost 40 cents more than one year ago, the national average for a gallon of gasoline is at $2.35. In some places it's a much as 50 cents more. Locally, prices are actually less than the national average.

The price for a barrel of crude oil has been inching up over the last 4 months, and it appears that the hike may be here to stay for awhile as OPEC has cut production in an effort to get prices up.

OPEC has been feeling pressure to get prices up as U.S. production has increased over the last year or so.

Some good news? Compared to 1980 prices, gasoline has about doubled in price (as of today), while the cost of food is up 3 to 5 times what it was in 1980.

Updated Obituary - Hazel Joan Shelton

Hazel Joan Shelton
Hazel Joan (Hess) Shelton, born April 26, 1935, at Hume, Missouri to Norman Ray Hess and Vena Viola (Davidson) Hess passed quietly surrounded by her husband, James Kenneth Shelton, and her family on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. Hazel was married to Kenny Shelton, who survives the home, on July 4, 1954, at Independence Church, Hume, Missouri. Together they celebrated 62 years of marriage and raised six children: Blaine Shelton, and his wife, Susan, Madison, OH; Vena (Shelton) Cisco and Larry Gene Wilson, Nevada, MO; Lisa (Shelton) Miller, and her husband, Joe Miller, Nevada, MO; Roger Shelton, Carl Junction, MO; Rita Reed, and her husband, Rusty Reed, Nevada, MO; and Dana (Shelton) Goodwin, and her husband, Chris Goodwin, Overland Park, KS.

Hazel has 10 grandsons, 5 granddaughters, and 6 great grandchildren. Her grandchildren are Erin Shelton, Chicago, IL; Jacob Shelton, his wife, Amy, Madison OH; Brett Shelton, his partner, Paige Henry, Bashor, KS; Craig Shelton and his wife, Michelle, Grain Valley, MO; Kendra Cisco, Nevada, MO; Geoffrey Cisco and his wife, Stephanie, Wentzville, MO; Jennifer Greenlee, Oronogo, MO; Zachary Greenlee and his wife, Cristin, St. Louis, MO; Nathan Shelton, Madison OH and Jillian Shelton, Akron, OH; Jamie Shelton, Carl Junction, MO; Joseph Shelton, Carl Junction, MO; Cody Reed, Nevada, MO; Dillon Reed, Nevada, MO; and Penelope Goodwin, Overland Park, KS.

The great-grandchildren are Harper Greenlee, St. Louis, MO; Carson Uptegrove, Nevada, MO; Stella Shelton, Bashor, KS; Peyton Shelton, Madison, OH; Mason Cisco, Wentzville, MO; Mareus Mask, Oronogo, MO; and Hazel Mae Greenlee, St. Louis, MO, born the day after Mrs. Shelton’s death and named after her great-grandmother.

Mrs. Shelton is also survived by a brother, J.D. Hess, Hume, MO; and a sister, Helen Meek and her husband, Charles Meek, Richards, MO; sister-in-law Mildred Shelton, Ft. Scott, KS; and two aunts, Margaret Hess, Hume, MO; and Oleta Davidson, Hume, MO.
Family visitation will be held Monday, January 2, 2017, at Ferry Funeral Home between 6 pm and 8 pm. 

The funeral services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1101 N. Olive, Nevada, Missouri, on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. with interment to follow at Click Cemetery. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the general fund for the LDS Church in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

Updated Obituary - Ursalee Ann Crepinsek

Ursalee Ann Crepinsek
Ursalee Ann Crepinsek Ursalee Ann Crepinsek, 85, formerly of Nevada, MO, passed away on Friday December 30, 2016 at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Lockwood, MO. She was born on October 25, 1931 in Greenfield, MO to Raymond Alfred Johnson and Katherine Amelia (Long) Johnson. She married Frank Crepinsek in 1960 and he preceded her in death in 1990.

Ursalee’s was raised in Greenfield and graduated from Greenfield High School. The family had a farm in Jerico Springs, MO where they would sometimes spend weekends and summers and commute to school. Ursalee took piano lessons when she was small and stated, “I don’t care for that at all”. She liked to ride horses and her daddy trained a horse for her which she named Snip. She helped her dad with the registered Hereford cattle they had on the form. 

After graduating from Greenfield High School she went to SMS and received a Bachelor degree in Social Studies and English. She taught in area schools while continuing her education for her Masters in Reading and Administration at Pittsburg State University. She met Frank while attending college and they were married in 1960. They made their home in Nevada where she spent 27 years in the Nevada school system as a second grade teacher for six years, four years in specialized reading and 17 years in administration. She and her husband enjoyed dining out and she preferred American Cuisine. 

She worked throughout the school year, six weeks in the summer and two weeks doing administrative work and only took two week’s of vacation a year. She was baptized as a teen in the Greenfield Christian Church and in 1960 she and her husband joined the Christian Church in Nevada where she served as elder and trustee on the board for 50 years. Her beloved husband, Frank, of 30 years passed away in 1990.

Survivors include two nieces and one nephew and she loved them as her own children; Leanna Jackson and her husband Doug, Platt City, MO, Lanette Schilling, Lee’s Summit and Erryl Schilling and his wife Linda, Lockwood. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

A private committal service will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2016 in the Greenfield City Cemetery in Greenfield, MO at 11:00 a.m. Friends may call Monday or Tuesday, January 2 & 3, 2016 at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO. Those who wish may contribute in Ursalee’s name to Good Shepherd Nursing Home Special Projects Fund in care of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada,

Adrian traffic stop leads to warrant arrest out of Miami County Kansas

Brian Davis
On 12/31/16 around 9:25pm the Adrian Police Department arrested  21 year old Brian Davis of Mission, Kansas.

Mr. Davis was arrested on 1.) Miami County Kansas Sheriffs Office Warrant - 2nd Degree Felony Assault.

He was booked into the Bates County Jail and placed on a $50,000 Cash/Surety Bond.

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Missing Yellow Lab in Rich Hill/ Foster Area

Old Yeller
Missing yellow lab, Old Yeller. He is missing from the Foster/Rich Hill area. Our contact number is 660-832-4854. 

Any assistance you can provide in helping to locate him will be much appreciated as we LOVE this dog dearly!

Butler man arrested on Bates County warrant

Dana C. Ritchie
On 1/2/17 around 12:13am the Butler Police Department arrested 50 year old Dana C. Ritchie of Butler, Missouri.

Mr. Ritchie was arrested for 1.) Bates County Sheriffs Office Warrant - Operating a Vehicle in a Careless and Imprudent Manner 2.) Possession of drug paraphernalia 3.) Possession of Marijuana.

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

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Obituary - Wynona Weaver

Wynona A. Weaver
Wynona Arlene Weaver, age 77, Blue Mound, Kansas passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016 at the Olathe Medical Center. She was born on December 7, 1938 at Denver, Colorado the daughter of Phillip and Mary Jackson Coleman. She married Darwyn Weaver on February 14, 1956 at St. Patrick's Church in Kansas City, Kansas. She was a member of Sertoma, Red Hat Society, and was a Campfire Girls leader. She had a passion for quilting. 

She was preceded in death by a sister Phyllis Gardner. Wynona is survived by her husband Darwyn, four children: Pat Weaver, Vickie Horton and husband Greg, James Weaver, and John Weaver, a brother Phillip Coleman III, eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be 2 pm Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Kansas City, Kansas. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel. The family suggests contributions to your favorite charity or the American Diabetes Foundation. On line condolences for the family can be left at Arrangements: Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel.

KCP&L Warns customers of an increase in phone scams

KCP&L wants to warn all customers of a phone scam area which often increases around the first of the year.
There have been an increase of reports of a live person posing as a KCP&L employee who notifies the customer of a past due bill and demands immediate payment to avoid service disconnection. 

In some instances, the caller requests that the customer purchase a money gram or gift card to pay their bill. If the customer is unable to make an immediate payment or does not answer, the caller gives out a return phone number for customers to call back.
If customers ever have questions about the legitimacy of a bill, phone call or email regarding their utility bill, they should refrain from providing any personal or banking information, hang up and contact the KCP&L Customer Contact Center at (888) 471-5275 or (816) 471-5275.
Here are some other important safety tips to keep in mind.
  • Never give credit card, debit card, Social Security, ATM, checking or savings account numbers to anyone who comes to your home, calls, text and/or sends an email requesting this information in respect to your utility bill, without also verifying that person is with KCP&L by either asking to see company identification or by calling KCP&L’s Customer Contact Center.
  • Be suspicious if you receive an email regarding your utility bill if you have not requested online communications from KCP&L.
  • For customers using KCP&L’s online bill pay system, always make online payments directly through
  • Never provide personal information via email or click any suspicious links.
If you feel you have been a victim of this scam, please work with your local law enforcement agency to report the crime. For more information, visit

Vernon County Sheriff’s Office K9 Rogue to get body armor

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Vernon County Sheriff’s Office K9 Rogue will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Rogue’s vest is sponsored by The Colt Project of Gastonia, NC and will be embroidered with the sentiment “A gift from The Colt Project – Gastonia, NC”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,200 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.9 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. 

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

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Obituary - Don Curnutte

Funeral services for Don Curnutte will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. 

Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial in West Point Cemetery, Amsterdam, Missouri. Contributions to Serenity Hospice.

Bayard Donald Curnutte, age 86 of Adrian, Missouri died Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Adrian Manor in Adrian. He was born June 7, 1930 to Bayard Tolliver and Margaret Bernadine Green Curnutte in Amsterdam, Missouri.

Don is survived by four sons, Dean Curnutte and wife Sandy of Amsterdam, Missouri, Gary Curnutte of LaCygne, Kansas, Alan Curnutte and wife Jan of Louisburg, Kansas and Mike Plaja and wife Joan of Olympia, Washington; one brother, Jim Curnutte and wife Lila of Butler, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Eric Curnutte and wife Miranda, Amanda Curnutte, Kayla Curnutte, Alisa Yates and husband Joey, Lucas Curnutte and Logan Curnutte; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

How does $8 a month sound?

If you make minimum wage and if you work 40 hours a week, you will see an additional $8 per month on your Missouri paycheck in 2017.

That would be the result of the minimum wage increase in the Show Me state for the new year. It's up a nickel from $7.65 to $7.70. 

And if your wage is tip based, the new rate is $3.85 an hour.

While it's not enough to wage a life changing event, every little bit helps?

Happy new year. And as grandma used to say- "Don't spend all your money in one place!"

Just FYI: Arizona has made the largest increase the union, now $10 per hour, up from $8.05. 

2017: New year, new laws

While 2017 may bring some broken resolutions, you might be cognizant of some new Missouri laws you certainly don't want to break.

First, you no longer need a CCW permit to carry a firearm. However, if you plan to carry out of state, realize that only some states honor a Missouri CCW; plus, you'll need to know the rules where you can carry, permit or not. Get all the info here

Second, fighting/bullying has now been upgraded from a misdemeanor offense to a felony, which can affect punishment for school age children and include area off campus as well. The new law includes situations outside of school as well, including a bar fight between two adults. More info is available here

And thirdly, if you're caught carrying marijuana, the rules have also changed. The new legislation is aimed at lowering the penalty if you're a first time offender caught with a small amount. In short, if you're caught with less than 10 grams you'll be charged with a Class D Misdemeanor, up to a $500 fine and no jail time. Review all the current Missouri laws related to marijuana here

Butler Police Department Activity Report 12/26/16 - 01/01/17

Warrant service Mechanic and Pleasant 
Accident Wal-Mart parking lot
Noise complaint 400 block of W ohio
Animal complaint 300 block of S Fulton


Walk in harassment report
Theft report 700 block of S High
Traffic assist Nursery and Orange


Warrant service Chestnut and Main
Well being check Smith Street
Assault report Birch Street
Warrant service Park Street
Animal complaint N Main


Disturbance Warrant service 600 block of park St
Walk in theft report
Animal complaint 100 block of W Park
Animal complaint 400 block of S Olive
C and I driver Orange and Nursery
Well being check 400 S Delaware
Medical assist South side of Square
Assault report 100 block of N Broadway


Speak to Officer
Keep the peace 900 block of E Pine
Animal complaint S Park


911 Medical assist 300 block of N Fulton
Medical assist E nursery
Shop Lifter Wal Mart
Medical assist S Birch
Warrant service Havanna and Ft Scott


Medical assist 600 block of W Dakota
Property damage ft Scott and Broadway
Keep the peace 700 block of N Fulron
Property damage 500 block of S Mechanic
Warrant service 1000 block of W Ft Scott
Stolen dog report