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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Light Snow expected Wednesday Night & Thursday Morning

We continue to expect light snow accumulation across parts of the region late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Much of the snow accumulation will occur before sunrise Thursday, but lingering light snow may persist till mid to late hours of Thursday morning. 

The highest accumulations are currently expected to be across areas along and north of the Missouri River, with 1 to 3 inches of snow possible. Snowfall amounts will taper off to trace amounts as you move farther north or south of the main band of snow. 

Temperatures will be cold behind this snow storm, so we are expecting any of the white stuff that fell from the sky to stick around through the end of the week.

Bates County Sheriffs Office Tactical team assists in drug bust in Eldorado Springs

Brittney M. Trussell
On December 29, 2016, officers of the El Dorado Springs Police Department assisted by the Bates County Sheriff's Tactical Team and the Cedar County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant at 200 McCrary Circle, apartment 23, after officers received information of illegal drug activity and the presence of an armed fugitive. 

Joseph (Gabe) McMannis
Illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, and a firearm were located. Approximately 17 grams of a white crystal substance, that field tested positive for methamphetamine, was seized from the apartment.

The investigation resulted in the arrest of Joseph (Gabe) McMannis, 36, of El Dorado Springs, on three felony warrants for Probation Violations on the original charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance with no bond, Possess W/Intent to Dist/Del/Manf/Produce A Controlled Substance with no bond, and Possess W/Intent to Dist/Del/Manf/Produce A Controlled Substance with a $100,000.00 cash or surety bond. McMannis was transferred to the Cedar County Jail pending bond and court appearance.

Also arrested was Brittney M. Trussell, 25, of El Dorado Springs, charging her with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was release on summons. Additional charges are expected in this case.

Items seized 

Obituary - Julia Mary Harris

Mary Harris, age 93, Blue Mound, Kansas passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2016 at the Olathe Medical Center. 

Funeral services are pending at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City. Chapel.

Last Pursuit of the year ends in Cedar County

A Bronaugh resident is in custody after a lengthy pursuit in the final hours of 2016. 

According to Vernon County Sheriff’s Office Officials, a vehicle failed to yield when a deputy attempted to make a traffic stop near Oldtown Road and 1900 Road. 

Additional units were called out to assist in the pursuit that led deputies to the South end of the county, and then into Cedar County before coming to a stop. Member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol also assisted in the pursuit. 

Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said the suspect has been identified as 32-year-old Robert D Vance. Mosher said Vance was taken into custody at approximately 11:00 pm. “He was the last pursuit of 2016 and the last arrest of the year” said Mosher.

Warrants were issued for Vance for Driving while revoked and Resisting Arrest. Bond has been set at $10,000 cash only.

New Nurse Practitioner at C.W. Long's Office

New website to check out

We would like to introduce our new website, The goal is to keep you, the public, informed on items of public record or interest. 

Families who find themselves dealing with the Coroner will be able to read FAQ's about the process and find assistance with items they may need. 

In time, the website will also feature grief support information making it a good place to turn for advice on how you can help your friends and neighbors. More information will be added to the site shortly, but we wanted you to bookmark it now.

Courtesy of Bates County Coroner Greg D. Mullinax

Obituary - Samuel Jefferson Orr

Samuel Jefferson Orr, 81, Peculiar, MO, died January 2, 2017. No services are scheduled.

Samuel was born February 23, 1935 in Harrisonville, MO, the son of Fred Ray and Sarah Mae (Brewster) Orr, Sr. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving during the Korean War. 

Samuel worked as an electronics technician for AT&T before retiring on February 24, 1990. 

He was a member of Antioch Southern Baptist Church in Harrisonville and was a member of the Communication Workers of America, #6402, Kansas City, MO.

Samuel was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ray Orr, Jr. He is survived by three daughters, Linda Beth Wilson, Karen Marie Orr Kleypas, and Janet Ann Simmons; one sister, Joyce Marie Armintrout, Harrisonville, MO, and 6 grandchildren.

A good deed indeed...

Someone with dandy crocheting skills has recently left some 'gifts' in the area of the Butler square. These beautiful hand made scarves have been found on park benches and other places in plain sight- hopefully to fall into the hands of someone in need.

Mid America Live would like to respect the unknown identity of this do-gooder and simply say 'thank you' for showing compassion as the weather turns much colder this week. God bless you.

Osceola man arrested in St. Clair County

Raymond Smith
On Dec. 31, Raymond Smith, 37, Osceola, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with class C felony possession of a controlled substance and class A misdemeanor unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. 

Total bond is set at $15,000 cash or surety. The warrant was issued on Dec. 27 and stems from an Osceola Police Department investigation on Aug. 25.

Updated Obituary - Jerry Ann Champ

Jerry Ann Champ
Jerry Ann Champ, of Harrisonville, Missouri was born March 27, 1938 in Everett, Missouri the daughter of Morris Valentine and Mary Louise (Dorsett) Goddard. She departed this life on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at the Golden Years Care Services, Harrisonville at the age of 78 years, 9 months and 5 days.

On November 13, 1964, Jerry was united in marriage to Charles A. "Chuck" Champ in Kansas City, Missouri.

Jerry attended schools in Everett and Archie, Missouri. She started her work career on the farm, then at Westinghouse Corp., Kansas City, Missouri, Polson's Clothing, Harrisonville and at Bakan Plastics in Lee's Summit, Missouri until her retirement in 1978. Jerry enjoyed word search puzzles, sewing, cooking, baking and visiting with family and friends. She had overcome many serious health issues with a "never quit" attitude. Jerry loved living on the farm until her and Chuck moved to Golden Years in December of 2015

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Chuck Champ on March 24, 2016; a son, Steven Craig Karst; two brothers, Alva Morris and Paul Hadley Goddard.

Jerry is survived by a son, Tom Mays and wife, Margaretta, Freeman, Missouri; daughter, Diana L. Jones, Independence, Missouri; 4 grandchildren, Craig Mays and wife Debbie, Nathan Mays, Marissa Jones and Sarah Jones; two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Benjamin Mays; 3 step-great-grandchildren, Shaun and Emily Griesbaum and Melissa Lindsey; a brother, Walter L. Goddard and wife Margaret, Harrisonville, Missouri; a sister, Mary Lee Brooks and husband Donald, Scottsdale, Arizona; two sister-in-laws, Ginger Goddard, Archie, Missouri and Loretta Jarrell, North Kansas City, Missouri; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 5:30 p.m., Sunday, January 8, 2017 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri with cremation to follow the service.

Family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., Sunday, January 8, 2017 at the funeral home.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Clinton man arrested in St. Clair County

Francis Chaluisant
On Dec. 27, Francis Chaluisant, 39, Clinton, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with failing to appear in court on a class C felony charge of burglary-second degree. Bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety.

The original charge stems from a St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office investigation in April 2013 when deputies were dispatched to SE 871 Road, Osceola, in reference to items loaded in a truck that was stuck in the mud and unable to move. Items in the truck included a green refrigerator, a washing machine, a wood stove, a furnace, and some other small items.

Contact was made with Chaluisant who stated he had permission from the owner of the property to take scrap from the trailers. Contact was made with the property owner, Duane Bourland, who stated the items that were removed from his property without permission.

Appleton City man arrested in St. Clair County

 Terry Sieleman
On Dec. 28, Terry Sieleman, 38, Appleton City, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant for failing to appear in court on an original class C felony charge of possession of controlled substance and class A misdemeanor charge of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Bond on those charges is set at $20,000 cash only.

The charges stem from a St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office investigation on Oct. 25 when a traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle Sieleman was a passenger in. During the investigation members of the Mid Missouri Multi Jurisdiction Drug Task Force arrived on scene to assist with the stop. A check revealed Sieleman had two warrants from Henry County for failing to appear in court on misdemeanor charges of harassment and speeding. Sieleman was taken into custody.

The investigation continued at a camper that Sieleman resides in behind an abandoned residence on Burdette Street, Appleton City. A plastic bag with a white powder and several items of drug paraphernalia were discovered in the camper. The white powder field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Mr. Sieleman was also arrested on a St. Clair County warrant for failing to appear in court in another case charging him with class C felony charge of possession of controlled substance. Bond on that charge is set at $10,000 cash only. The original charge stems from an Appleton City Police Department investigation in October 2013

Updated Obituary - Lewis A, Cossins

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.

Burglary reported in Appleton City

On Dec. 29, a St. Clair County deputy took a burglary report on East Fourth Street, Appleton City. 

Deborah Reeder reported several items missing from her business, Riley's Auction House. 

Mrs. Reeder said a money box, laptop, and miscellaneous tools are missing. No information on the value of the items was reported.

Sheriff Keeler urges those with any related information to this cases or any others should contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to

Obituary - Dale Lynwood Allen, Sr.

Dale Lynwood Allen, Sr., 89, Adrian, Missouri, died December 31, 2016 at his home. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian with visitation from 10:00-11:00. 

Burial will be in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to the Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children, P.O. Box 1327, Freemont, NE 68026.

Obituary - Linda S. Bennett

Linda S. Bennett, age 65, of Clinton, MO, died at Westwood Living Center, on January 3, 2017.

A Memorial service for Linda will be held Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Consalus Funeral Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to C.A.R.E and left in care of Consalus Funeral Home, 209 S. 2nd, Clinton, MO 64735.

Condolences may be left online at

Congratulations is in order

CELEBRATION - Finn Crawford and Isaac Long took 2nd Place in Policy Debate at the Lee's Summit West Novice Tournament. These young men have done very well at this year's tournaments and we are very proud of them!- Photo Courtesy of Harrisonville High School Speech and Debate Team Facebook Page 

Nevada Police Department welcomes new officer

Officer Davin McKinney
Today the Nevada Police Department is excited to welcome Officer Davin McKinney to the Department. 

If you see him out and about please welcome him to our community.

Mark your calendars now

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Another push to ban all texting while driving in Missouri

Ever wonder why the radio controls in your car are easier to access than your heater controls?

A long time ago, automobile manufacturers figured out that people fiddle with the radio more than anything else- so making it more accessible would hopefully keep people from running into something while changing stations.

Since then we've come a long way. Texting is the new reason people run into things and unfortunately, there isn't much auto manufacturers can do about that, so it's up to lawmakers.

Again, the push is on to completely ban texting while driving in Missouri, which currently bars only those age 21 and younger from doing it. 

Last year, there was a whopping number of folks in the Show Me State that were killed because someone was texting. And the numbers show they were certainly not all under the age of 21. In fact, the bulk of texting-while-driving offenders were over the age of 21, indicating that Missouri should consider joining the 45 other states that ban everyone from texting while behind the wheel.

The American Automobile Association is currently lobbying lawmakers to consider changing the law and anticipate some positive movement on the matter later this year.

MSHP Reports Two Fatalities During New Year's Counting Period

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that there were two fatalities during the New Year's holiday counting period from 6 p.m., Friday, December 30, 2016 to 11:59 p.m. Monday, January 2, 2017. 

Troopers investigated 220 traffic crashes, which included 84 injuries and both fatalities. In addition, troopers made 103 arrests for driving while intoxicated and 67 drug arrests during the 2017 New Year counting period. There were no boating incidents or drownings during the 2017 New Year’s holiday counting period.

Last year over the New Year’s holiday counting period, Missouri law enforcement agencies reported 954 traffic crashes, which injured 364 people. There were seven fatalities during the 2016 New Year’s holiday counting period. During the 2016 New Year’s holiday, troopers investigated 235 traffic crashes which included 59 injuries and five of the seven fatalities. In addition, troopers made 109 arrests for driving while intoxicated There were no boating incidents or drownings during the 2016 New Year’s holiday counting period.

One fatality each occurred in the Troop D, Springfield area, and the Troop F, Jefferson City, area. Both fatalities occurred on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2017.

Kenneth J. Claypool, 48, of Branson, MO, died when another vehicle crossed the center line and struck Claypool’s vehicle nearly headon. The crash occurred in Taney County on Missouri Highway 76 east of Kirbyville, MO. Taney County Deputy Coroner Tony Mullen pronounced Claypool dead at the scene. Claypool was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The driver of the other car sustained moderate injuries; she was wearing a seat belt.

Dillon G. Ramey, 25, of Tipton, MO, died when the vehicle he was driving traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree. The crash occurred in Moniteau County on U.S. Highway 50 east of Springer Hill Road. Dr. Erica Ibendahl pronounced Ramey dead at University Hospital. Ramey was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Note: The fatality statistics in this news release could change if late deaths occur, or if other departments report fatal traffic crashes after this news release is distributed.

Farm Auction in rural Archie

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Farm Auction at 17808 E 339th , Archie, MO

The following will be sold for the Estate located from the Jct of Hwy 71/49, Archie MO, Go north on West Outer Road ¼ mile to A Highway, then West 3 miles to Shipley Road, then North 1 mile to 339th St. Turn East and go 1 mile to sale. Saturday, January 28th 2017 10:00 A.M.


New Holland T6030 Plus-115 hp (Like New), Front Wheel Assist w/ NH 845TL Loader-Bucket-Maxi Grapple Attachment (Sells Separate from Tractor & Loader)-942 Hours, John Deere 3155 FWA Tractor w/ JLD 265 Loader-Bucket-Grapple Hooks (Sells Separate from Tractor & Loader)-9633 hrs,

Trailers, 4-Wheeler & Farm Equipment:

2012 Kodiak Goosneck Alum 24ft Stock Trailer w/ Alum Floor, Starlite 24ft Goosneck Flatbed Trailer w/ Dovetail, Outlander L 4-Wheeler-4Wd-1287 Miles-SST G2-Rotax Power-500 V-Twin EFF, Grain Ovator Wagon, Bush Hog 15ft Bat Wing Mower, 7ft 3pt Brush Hog, 8ft Disc, Cattle Port Chute, 3pt Cultivator, 3pt 6ft Disc, Front End Loader Bale Spike

Tools & Shop Equipment:

Lincoln Welder, 10hp Generator, Stihl Chain Saw MS230C, Sears Craftsman 1.5 hp 26 Gal Air Compressor, Post Hole Digger, Cummins 16 Spd Drill Press, Milwaukee Cut Off Saw, Bench & Vise, Craftsman Power Washer, Stihl Weed Trimmers, Wrenches, Hand Tools, Drill Bits, Elec Fence Chargers, Nails, Ratchet Straps, Calf Pullers, De-Horners, Chain Hoist, Ladders, Alum Ext Ladders, Alum Ramps, Log Chains, Sockets, Grease Guns, Elec Fence Posts, Wire, Insulators, Buckets, Pipe, Rope, Metal Patio Bench & Table, BBQ Grill, Coolers, Rods & Reels, Tackle Boxes, Shovels, Garden Tools, Planters, Large Assortment of Lumber

Furniture, Households & Misc.:

Oak Claw Foot Table & 8 Chairs, Oak China Hutch & Buffet, Sofa, Lay-Z-Boy Recliner, Loveseat, Ultra Comfort Lift Chair (New), Oak Glider & Ottoman, Double Seat Glider, Oak Bar Stools, Samsung TV & Stand, Queen Maple Bedroom Set, Dresser/Mirror, Chest, Nightstand, Queen Size Sleep Number Mattress Set, Oak Hutch Desk, Oak Swivel Office Chair, 25cuft Whirlpool Side By Side Refrigerator (Like New), 25cuft Frigidaire Chest Freezer, GE Refrigerator, Chest Freezer, GE Washer & Electric Dryer, Necchi Sewing Machine, Crockpots, Pots & Pans, Silverware, Salad Master Cookware, Thermos, Vacuum, Linens, Lamps, Figurines, Glassware, Stone Bowls, Refrigerator Dishes, Books, Pressure Pans, Tupperware, Apple Peelers, 100’s of Unlisted Items.

Auctioneer’s Note: All Tractors & Equipment are in Excellent Condition and Well Taken Care of. Tractors Always Stored in Shed. The Kirby’s were well known for their cattle operation in Bates County for many years. This is a Large Auction, We will be Running 2 Sale Rings Most of the day. Plan to attend this Great Auction!!

Ronald & Ethel Kirby Estate

Terms: Cash, Check or Credit Card. **Lunch Served**Restroom On-Site** Evans Auction Service

“Celebrating 26 Years of Serving Western Missouri”

Doug 816-786-7277 Ben 660-596-1646

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Love local sports? Listen and watch on line!

Prepcasts-KCMW wishes all a blessed holiday season. Schedule of
games beginning after the New Year include:

Nevada Tigers @ Butler Bears GBB, 6PM, 1/2/17

Butler Bears @ Barstow Knights GBB & BBB, 6PM, 1/3/17

Wheatland Mules @ Lakeland Vikings GBB & BBB, 6PM, 1/3/17

Butler Bears @ Heritage Christian Chargers GBB & BBB, 6PM, 1/6/17

Liberal Bulldogs @ Adrian Blackhawks GBB & BBB, 6PM, 1/6/17
Extensive coverage of tournaments includes: Appleton City Tournament, Clinton Tournament, Archie Tournament, Osceola Tournament, McDonalds' Classic (boys only) from Sedalia.

Updated Obituary - Donald Curnutte

Bayard Donald 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.

Updated Obituary - Judy Kay Smith

Judy Kay Smith 
Judy Kay Smith , 73, was born April 30, 1942, to Burle Milo Milner and Willie Bee (Hyden) Milner and sadly passed away on December 27, 2016, at the Crystal Manor Nursing Home in Adrian, MO; she was preceded in death by her father (Burle) in the winter of 1967, her mother (Bee) in the fall of 1993, and her husband (Arthur Gail Smith) in the in the summer of 2012.

For the most part, Judy grew-up in Lee's Summit, MO, where she graduated from Lee's Summit High School. In the spring of 1973, she married Gail (also from Lee's Summit, MO), in Miami Oklahoma. After marriage, Judy and Gail moved into the small lake house Judy owned in Lake Latawana, MO, before they embarked on the building of their farm house (board by board & nail by nail...) over the course of approximately two years; out on a narrow 10 acre lot of land, west of Adrian, MO.

Judy was a lover of gardening, whether that entailed tending to her huge vegetable garden (where her children would often be called upon to help maintain it...) or her most beautiful flowers. She understood that it took time for things to grow, but it also took hard-work and sweat to yield a bountiful harvest. Her real passion in life was taking care of her family, which included two children: Robert (Karen) Johnson of Lenexa, KS & Heather (Aaron) Chabino of Parkville, MO , her grandchildren Meagan (Johnson) Lima of Overland Park, KS, Aubrey Johnson of Olathe, KS, & Conner Chabino of Parkville, MO, her great grand-daughter Kinley Longston of Olathe, KS, and last but not least - her beloved dog /companion (Coco)...

Though there were many meager times growing-up, it never seemed like it, because Judy made sure the family was always fed, clothed and basic needs taken care of. Sometimes an extra part-time job or two was required to help pay for some sort of extracurricular activity the children “thought” was necessary, or to make sure that come birthdays and/or Christmas time there would be presents to unwrap and fun to be had.

A memorial visitation will be held from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to Crystal Manor, Adrian, 409 West 1st Street, Adrian, MO 64720.

Here Comes the Cold

Cold air is headed our way. Today will be the last day of the week we'll see temperatures in the 30s.

Snow is looking more likely for Thursday morning which could slow down your morning commute. 

Accumulations look to be right around an inch, especially for areas near and south of US 36.

Lillie Morris retires from the Bates County Memorial Hospital

BCMH CEO Ed Hannon and Lillie Morris 
After 25 years of service to Bates County Memorial Hospital, Lillie Morris was honored with a gift from the hospital in recognition of her retirement in December, 2016. 

Lillie began her employment in November, 1991 in the laundry department. 

Lillie always demonstrated a commitment to her job and loyalty to the hospital. 

She always had a smile and happy greeting for everyone. Lillie’s presence will be greatly missed by staff. 

We wish Lillie much happiness as she enjoys retirement.