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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Obituary - Charles Edward Knowles

A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be planned and carried out by Chuck’s family at a later date yet to be determined.

Charles Edward Knowles, 58, was born to Franklin Eugene and Phyllis Eileen (Wasser) Knowles on October 1, 1958. He passed on from this life at his home in Appleton City, Missouri on January 4, 2017. 

Chuck was born in Vandalia, Illinois. After completing his G.E.D., he became a certified welder, who worked for a company that sent him all over the United States for more than 30 years, even doing some work on structures on the ocean. He deeply enjoyed his work no matter the job, as he lived to work and was proud of it, until he became unable. 

Apart from his trade, Chuck delighted in boating with his brother on Stockton Lake. He also loved deer hunting, watching westerns, and always remaining a devoted Chiefs fan. One of his favorite holidays was the 4th of July, where he spent many happy evenings celebrating Independence and having a cold drink with his wife Shannon of 15 years and three sons: John, Terry, and Riley. 

Chuck’s family and friends always remained the most important part of his life. Ultimately, Chuck loved life and enjoyed living it. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends. 

Preceding Chuck in death was his mother Phyllis and a sister Vicky Knowles. Survivors include his father Franklin; his wife Shannon; three sons, John, Terry and Riley Knowles; two brothers, James and Oran Knowles; three sisters, Annie, Mary and Melissa; an uncle, Jay and aunt, Rose Knowles; and several dear and important friends: Ronnie and Larry Davis, Anthony and Beth Lippa; numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Updated Obituary - William J. Cason

William J. Cason
William J. Cason, 92, of Clinton, Missouri died Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the Clinton Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Cason was a longtime Clinton attorney and former Missouri State Senator.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Clinton Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Englewood Cemetery. 

The family suggests memorial contributions to C.A.R.E. (Clinton Animal Rescue Endeavor), or a charity of the donor's choice. These donations may be left in care of the funeral home.

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Obituary - Orson J. Goins

Orson J. Goins, 86 of Butler, Missouri passed away January 5, 2017 at Medicalodge of Butler. Services are under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) and are pending at this time. 

 Memorial contributions are suggested to The Butler Restoration Church or family memorial. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Orson Junior Goins was born May 27, 1930 in Hammond, Indiana to Orson Daniel and Stella Marie Dale Goins. He moved with his family to Oklahoma early in life and grew up in Fairland, OK where he attended school. In 1952 Orson joined the US Marines and served during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to Shirley Farrow on May 28, 1953. Three children were born to this union. Orson worked for over 20 years for Jackson County Missouri Juvenile Court as a Youth Worker.

Orson was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Robert Goins. He is survived by his wife Shirley Goins of Butler, MO, son O. Dan Goins and wife Patty of Irving, TX, daughter Cindy Green and husband Bill of Blue Springs, MO, and son Preston Goins and wife Lara of Concordia, MO, grandchildren, Lara K. Bowling, Sarah Schreimann, Shane Goins, Kyle Goins, Michael Green, and Daniel Green, sisters Dorthy Norris of Independence, MO, and Betty Tillery of Rich Hill, MO.

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Fatality accident claims the life of Pittsburg Kansas man

On 1/04/17 around 8:10pm the Kansas State Highway Patrol in Crawford County along with Crawford County Sheriffs Deputies responded to a one vehicle fatality accident around 2 and half miles South of Pittsburg, Kansas.

The Kansas State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 1993 Ford driven by 59 year old Darryl D. Skaggs of Pittsburg, Kansas left roadway, entering the ditch on the east side of the roadway where it continued traveling for another 360 feet before striking a Junction box. It then continued another 77 feet striking a tree and catching fire.

Mr. Skaggs was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The vehicle was totaled and it was towed from the scene by Bob's Garage.

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Eldorado Springs man injured in Vernon County accident

On 1/05/17 around 7:40am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Vernon County responded to a one vehicle accident on U.S. 54 Highway around 10 miles West of Eldorado Springs.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 1999 Chevrolet Astro van driven by 40 year old David M. Redburn of Eldorado Springs, Missouri lost control on snow covered roads causing the vehicle to travel off the roadway, striking a ditch and overturning.

Mt. Redburn sustained moderate injuries in this accident and he was transported by ambulance to Cedar County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene by Steward's Wrecker Service of Eldorado Springs, Missouri.

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Signs.. Signs Everywhere Signs

MoDOT uses dynamic message signs to share safety messages when the signs are not being used to provide important traffic information to motorists. Here's some interesting facts:
  • Over 2,500 signals managed and maintained
  • Over 250 dynamic message signs operated
  • Over 150,000 square feet of signs installed
  • Over 600 cameras operated
  • Three Traffic Management Centers operated
One of the messages that really resonated with Missourians in 2016, "It's a Passing Lane...Not a Cruising Lane," was posted to MoDOT's statewide Facebook account. 

The message was seen by 1.15 million people and had 10,000 shares, 4,900 reactions and 344 comments.

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Obituary - Barbara Isabella Clawson

Barbara Isabella Clawson, 84, Harrisonville, Missouri, died Thursday, January 5, 2017 in Harrisonville. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 9, 2017 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with burial in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville. 

No visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association (

(A complete obituary will be posted when information is available).

Walmart incident leads to arrest in Clinton

Willie Edwin Ursery
On January 4th at approximately 5:38 P.M. , while at Wal-Mart located at 1712 E. Ohio Street, Clinton Police were contacted by personnel there in reference to suspicious activity related to a possible theft from the store. Information was provided concerning a suspect who was still on the premises who had removed merchandise from the store without paying for it and was now in the customer service area of the store trying to return it for a refund. The officer contacted the subject and attempted to identify him. The subject stated that his identification was in his vehicle in the parking lot. When the officer accompanied the subject outside to get his identification, the subject attempted to flee on foot. 

An additional responding officer contacted the subject on the west side of the Wal-Mart building and advised him to stop. The subject stopped but refused to obey any verbal commands and would not remove his hands from his pockets. The officer attempted to use a Taser on the subject but due to thick clothing, it was not effective. The officer then attempted to physically restrain and arrest the man with assistance from another officer who had originally been pursuing the subject on foot. 

 During the struggle, as an officer was again attempting to use a Taser to control the subject, the subject was able to grab the officer’s Taser and briefly shock the officer in his mid-section. The officer was able to break the subject’s grip on the Taser and he was brought under control and handcuffed.

The man was identified as 22 year old Willie Edwin Ursery of Memphis, Tennessee. He reportedly was with companion that was described as a black male with dreadlocks, however Ursery refused to identify the subject, or talk to police about the incident at all. Police were unable to locate the companion and it is believed that he left the area in an unknown type of vehicle. 

Mr. Ursery was placed under arrest for 24 hour investigation of Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer in the Second Degree, Felony Resisting Arrest and Receiving Stolen Property. He was transported to the Henry County Detention Center where he was incarcerated with a bond of $10,000.

Courtesy of KDKD and Clinton Police Department

Rich Hill woman hurt in Bates County rollover accident

On 1/05/17 around 6:50am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County responded to a one vehicle rollover accident on Route V just North of County Road SW 998 road in rural Bates County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 driven by 40 year old Linda E. White of Rich Hill, Missouri lost control on snow covered roadways causing the vehicle to traveled off the south side of the roadway and overturn.

Linda E. White sustained minor injuries in this accident and she was transported by private vehicle to Bates County Memorial Hospital for treatment. 

The vehicle was totaled and secured roadside for a tow at a later time.

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A little more snow, then clearing later

It appears the forecasters 'got it right' this time. Last night's prediction was that we were to get basically a dusting- which is pretty much how it turned out.

While more snow is falling now, don't expect additional accumulation to amount to much, however it may make your travels a little slower than normal.

After this band passes through, skies are going to clear somewhat, and remain quite frigid for the next few days.

Good news? Expect 40's around Tuesday and into the 50's by mid week!

Obituary - John Clay Simons, Sr.

John Clay Simons, Sr.
John Clay Simons, Sr., age 61, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Monday, January 2, 2017, at the Ft. Scott Mercy Hospital Emergency Room. He was born February 5, 1955, in Santa Paula, California, the son of William Jack Simons and Welcome Irene “Becky” Floyd Simons. He honorably served with the United States Army. 

Following his military service, he was employed by Commercial Pipeline and later for Peerless Products. 

At the time of his death, he was employed as a paint line supervisor at Extrusions. Clay enjoyed fishing, gardening, cooking and woodworking. He also wanted to spend as much time as possible with his grandchildren. 

Survivors include his three children J. C. Simons of Ft. Scott, Lindsey Simons of Louisburg, Kansas and Jason Simons of Ruskin, Florida and two grandchildren, Dalton Jack Simons and Jordyn Victoria Julian. Also surviving is his companion Diane Kimmell, of Ft. Scott and a brother, Jack Simons of Mound City, Kansas as well as numerous cousins and extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Connie Seaboldt and Jeannie Davis.

Graveside services with military honors will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, January 6th at the U. S. National Cemetery family and friends may meet at the Cheney Witt Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery at 9:45 AM. The family will also receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Updated Obituary - Julia Mary Gotheridge Harris

 Julia Mary Gotheridge Harris
Julia Mary Gotheridge Harris, 93, of Blue Mound, Kansas passed away January 3, 2017 at Olathe Medical Center. Mary was born December 25, 1923 to Daniel H. and Lulu Wilmoth (Freeland) Gotheridge at Culver, Missouri, northeast of Butler. In February 1925, at the age of one, Mary moved with her parents and two brothers to a farm north of Selma, Kansas where she lived until she married. She attended Minkler Country School through 8th grade walking a mile each morning and evening and also met the bus at the school for four more years while completing her education at Kincaid High School where she graduated in 1941. Mary met the love of her life, Warren Kenneth Harris in early 1941. They were engaged before Warren left for the Army Air Corp on October 9, 1942 to serve in World War II. 

They married on August 2, 1943 in Iola, Kansas while Warren was home on leave. Warren was sent to the European Theatre soon after their wedding and they kept in touch by daily letters across the ocean. Warren returned to his love on August 2, 1945, their second wedding anniversary. They then started their life together in a two-room apartment in Blue Mound before renting a farm with a four-room house in 1946. In 1948 they bought a 160 acre farm west of Prairie Valley School near Blue Mound. As finances allowed they progressively made improvements to their own farmstead until finally moving into a newly completed home there in 1964. Mary and Warren were blessed with two children, Dennis K. Harris on May 1, 1948 and Jacqueline Sue Harris on November 2, 1950. Warren and Mary joined Blue Mound Methodist Church together in 1949 and were charter members of the 49’ers Sunday School Class. Mary and Warren worked side by side farming, haying, raising lots of cattle, hogs, bottle calves, pigs, and lots of chickens. In turn, Warren would help Mary with housework. They enjoyed working together and were usually seen together whatever the occasion. Mary did lots of sewing for their children and numerous school projects as she was room mother for both children for several years. Mary belonged to Prairie Valley Circle and Blue Mound United Methodist Church. 

She was a stay at home mom and wife. She most enjoyed being with her husband and children. Mary also enjoyed solid walnut furniture and had several pieces which she and Warren purchased at auctions. In her later years, Mary’s hobbies included collecting dolls, dishes, quilts, and other interesting items. Mary loved to be busy. She was not an idle person. 

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Robey and Walter; two sisters in infancy; her husband of over 68 years Warren; her beloved daughter, Jackie Harris Norris; and a great-grandson, Jaden Terry. She is survived by her son, Denny Harris of Blue Mound; granddaughter, Angela Kay Harris Terry and three great-grandchildren, Brandon Terry, Austin Terry, and Jenna Terry all of Louisburg, Kansas. Mary said, “Happiness will be being together with Warren and Jackie forever. My biggest worry will be leaving my son Denny.”

A funeral service for Mary will be at 10:30 am, Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Blue Mound United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Sunny Slope Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to Blue Mound Cemetery Improvement and Beautification Fund in care of the Schneider Funeral Home, P.O. Box J, Mound City, Kansas 66056. Family and friends may leave online condolences at Arrangements: Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel.

Miami County Kansas Sheriffs Office searching for wanted man

Christopher S. Dibben
Christopher S. Dibben has No Bond warrants for Interference with an LEO and Criminal Deprivation of Property. 

If you have any information on the person pictured (or you see your picture here), please call the Miami County Sheriff's Office at 913-294-4444. 

You can remain anonymous and call Miami County Crime Stoppers at 913-294-TIPS (8477).

If you do see the individual pictured here, please do not make contact with him, call 911.