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Monday, January 16, 2017

Updated Obituary - Millard Cook

Millard Cook
Millard Cook, age 90 of Butler, Missouri passed away Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Medicalodge Nursing Home in Butler. Millard was preceded in death by his wife Laverne Cook. 

Visitation for Millard will be from 5-7 pm on Tuesday, January 17 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler with Rosary to begin at 7 pm on Tuesday at the Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am, Wednesday, January 18 at St Patrick Catholic Church, in Butler with Celebrant Father Tom Hermes and burial in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be left for St Patrick Catholic Church or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to

Millard is survived by six children, Delbert Cook of Louisburg, Kansas, Gary Cook and wife Janie of Butler, Misssouri Marilyn (Cook) Wheatley and husband Brady of Rich Hill, Missouri, Thomas Cook and wife Barbara of Plano, Texas, Judy (Cook) Transue and husband Kevin of Lenexa, Kansas, and Michael Cook of Rogers, Arkansas; 12 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. Other survivors include one sister, Arlene Goth of Clinton, Missouri; one brother-in-law Willard Bettels and wife Maureen of Butler, Missouri; two sisters-in-law Angeline Lewis and husband Jack of The Villages, Florida, Carita Shoemaker and husband Don of Lee's Summit, Missouri.

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Obituary - Carolyn R. Rourk

Carolyn R. Rourk
Carolyn R. Rourk, age 85, of rural Bronaugh passed away Sunday, January 15 at the Fort Scott Manor in Fort Scott, Kan. Pastor Tyler Whipkey will conduct graveside services at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 21st at the Clarksburg Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends at the Cheney Whitt Chapel Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. 

Memorials are suggested to the Cherry Grove Baptist Church and words of rememberance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Obituary - Donald Allen Adams

Donald Allen Adams
Donald Allen Adams, age 87, resident of Ft. Scott, KS, died Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Guest Home Estates in Ft. Scott. He was born December 11, 1929, in Barton County, MO, the son of Paul and Mary Brooks Adams. He graduated from Nevada High School with the class of 1948. He served in the U. S. Marines during the Korean War. He married Dorothy Ann Pulliam on August 30, 1957, in Nevada, MO. 

She preceded him in death on January 23, 2008. They both worked together for over 40 years asindependent carpet layers in the area. Don enjoyed working with cattle on their farm. He was a member of the Garland Masonic Lodge and the Fort Scott Scottish Rite. He attended the Grace Baptist Tabernacle.

Survivors include his son Tim and wife Andrea, Deerfield, MO; three sisters, Joan Imel, Twin Falls, ID, Elaine Shindler and husband Ernest, Columbia, MO, and Janice Almquist and husband Gary, Nevada, MO; one grandchild, Donald Adams; two step-grandchildren, Jenny and Aaron Emery; and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, June Adams; and his parents.

Pastor Gary Almquist will conduct funeral services at 1:30 PM Friday, January 20th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Memory Gardens Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 Thursday evening at the Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Gov. Greitens cuts $146 million from Missouri budget, with higher education taking brunt

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens announced $146.4 million of spending restrictions constitutionally required to balance Missouri's budget. Missouri's budget is suffering from reduced revenue due to poor economic growth. That revenue is being drained by special interest tax credits and the faster-than-projected growth in healthcare expenditures, driven in part by the national impact of Obamacare. 
These restrictions are an initial step towards fiscal responsibility. Over the next 18 months, more than $700 million in budget cuts will be necessary just to make the budget balance and retain Missouri's AAA credit rating.
Despite the dismal situation inherited from the previous administration, Greitens reiterated his commitment to funding Missouri families' priorities like K-12 education and public safety.
"Not a single penny will be taken out of K-12 classrooms," Greitens promised in a social media video accompanying the announcement.
The restrictions announced include no cuts to the Foundation Formula that funds K-12 classroom education. There were no cuts to programs essential to public safety, and all of the state's pension and health care obligations will also be honored.
The restrictions were targeted, to the extent possible, at rolling back earmarks, new spending items, programs with no established track record of success, and services that are duplicated elsewhere in government.
"You elected me because I’ll always tell it like it is, and more hard choices lie ahead. But as Missourians, I believe that we must come together, tighten our belts, be smart and wise with our tax dollars, and work our way out of this hole by bringing more jobs with higher pay to the people of Missouri," said Greitens.
Greitens also reiterated that the answer to the dire budget situation is smaller government and an improved private-sector economy.
"I do not believe the answer to unwise budgeting is to raise taxes on hardworking families who are struggling just to make it by. The answer is simple: government must become more efficient, and we must build a thriving economy with more jobs and higher pay."
Greitens will detail his plans to reduce government waste and grow the economy during his State of the State address on Tuesday.

Obituary - James A. Hunter

James A. Hunter, 79, Harrisonville, Missouri died Sunday, January 15, 2017 at his home in Harrisonville. The family will receive friends 5:00-7:00pm Wednesday at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. A Masonic Service, under the direction of Cass Masonic Lodge #147, will follow the visitation at 7:00pm. 

Funeral services will be 2:00pm, with a visitation at 1:00pm, Friday, January 20 at the Ruggles - Wilcox Funeral Home in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Burial, with military honors, will be in the Atchley Cemetery, Dalark, Arkansas. A complete obituary will be updated when it becomes available.

Obituary - Jerry L. Hutchison

Jerry L. Hutchison
Jerry L. Hutchison, age 80 years and 24 days, of Urich, died on Monday, January 16, 2017 at his home while surrounded by his loving family and the staff of Twin Lakes Hospice.

The family will receive visitors at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Urich Baptist Church, Urich, MO. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 PM. Inurnment will take place in Willcox, AZ at a later date.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Twin Lakes Hospice and left in care of Consalus Funeral Home, 209 S. 2nd St., Clinton, MO 64735.

Obituary - Amber Lyn Payne

Amber Lyn Payne
Amber Lyn Payne, 30 of Raytown, Missouri passed away January 12, 2017 at her home in Raytown. Memorial services will be held 7:00 pm Friday, January 20, 2016 at the Worship Center 2901 MO-291, Harrisonville, Missouri 64701. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 pm prior to services, also at the church. Flowers and cards are welcome. Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Amber Lyn Payne was born July 21, 1986 in Kansas City, Missouri to David Payne and Renee (Wilson) Speedone. She grew up in Adrian, MO and later moved to the Kansas City area. Amber was a very head-strong and free spirited soul with a great sense of humor. She loved music and art and cared deeply for her family and friends. She had accepted Christ at a young age and carried her faith through life.

Amber was preceded in death by her grandparents and Todd Ewing, father of their daughter Callie. She is survived by her children, Callie Ewing, Taylor and Alana Penn, mother Renee Speedone of Adrian, MO, father David Payne and Irene Holt of Butler, MO, sister Ashley Payne, of Harrisonville, MO, nephews, Bentlee and Dallas Hall, paternal grandmother Janice Payne of Butler, MO, maternal grandfather Lee Wilson of LaCygne, KS, along with extended family members and friends.

Butler woman arrested on warrants

Ashley L. Jeffries
On 1/16/17 around 1:10pm the Butler Police Department arrested 29 year old Ashley L. Jeffries of Butler, Missouri.

She was arrested for 1.) Butler Police Department Warrant - Traffic Violation 2.) Probation and Parole Warrant.

Ashley L. Jeffries was booked into the Bates County Jail and placed on no bond.

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Kansas City man arrested in Bates County

On 1/16/17 around 2:06pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County arrested 62 year old Richard W. Logan of Kansas City, Missouri.

Mr. Logan was arrested for 1.) Driving While Intoxicated.

He was booked into the Bates County Jail and placed on a 12 hour detox hold.

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Obituary - Mary Virginia Lehman

Mary Virginia Lehman, 64, Nixa, MO, formerly of Nevada, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2017 in St. Louis, MO.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. 

The family will receive friends from 10-11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Obituary - Joyce Ann Kirk

Joyce Ann Kirk, 71, Harrisonville, Missouri, died Friday, January 13, 2017 at K.U. Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. 

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with visitation from 11:00-12:00. Burial will be in Pitts Chapel Cemetery, Harrisonville.

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

Disabled American Veterans Chapter #67 meeting

The Disabled American Veterans Chapter #67 will be held on January 18th at the Bates County Museum. 

The monthly meeting will be at 1:00 pm. The chapter meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Bates County Museum. They invite all disabled veterans to the meeting.

Butler Rotary Club Ham & Bean or Chili Dinner

The Butler Rotary Club will be hosting their annual Ham & Bean or Chili Dinner. This will take place on February 17th from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Butler High School Cafeteria. 

Tickets can be purchased for $6 for adults and $3 for children from any rotary member. All proceeds go towards projects involving students of the Butler School system.

Obituary - Helen Anderson Burgard

Helen Anderson Burgard 90 of Garden City, Missouri departed this life on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Crown Care Center, Harrisonville, Missouri surrounded by love and family.

Final arrangements entrusted to Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, Missouri.

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

Any help would be appreciated

During the early morning hours of Sunday, January 15, 2017, while Gerald was working a shift for our agency, his wife, Tiffany (who is also employed by our agency) along with their 5 children were at home and awakened to their house being on fire and full of smoke.

Luckily, everyone was able to escape their burning residence, including their pets.
While escaping with their lives, Gerald and Tiffany's oldest daughter, 9-year-old Hailey, ran and grabbed her little brother, wrapping him in blankets. Hailey managed to save her brother’s favorite blankie, along with a Mickey Mouse stuffed animal, however all of their other personal items was lost to the devasating fire.

They will need to replace all of their personal possessions, clothes for the entire family, and everything else that goes along with putting their lives back together, after their loss.

Gerald and Tiffany are overwhelmed by love and support from their family, friends and co-workers. Any donation, big or small, will be incredibly appreciated as they cope with this loss.

Clothing sizes for their children are: 2T for youngest daughter, 4T for youngest son, and sizes needed for all their other daughters are size 6 & 10 pants, as well as small and medium shirts.

Donated personal items can be left at our office, Henry County Sheriff's Office, 200 North Main St., Clinton, MO 64735, for the family. You can also visit the link below, as a GoFundMe account has been established.

'Gerald and Tiffanys house fire'

All help is appreciated..!!!

Butler Police Department Activity Report 1/9 - 1/15 - 2017

  • 01/09/2017  

Animal complaint W Lee
Keep the peace Wix Lane
Keep the peace 500 block of n Main
Medical assist 500 block of W Ohio

  • 01/10/2017  

Alarm 400 block of S Fulton
Warrant service 6 Dove Lane
Accident Pine and Havanna
Traffic assist Fran Ave
Animal complaint 600 block of S Mechanic

  • 01/11/2017  

Animal complaint 100 block of N Broadway
Traffic assist Schowengerdt
Accident BCMH
Disturbance 400 S Delaware
Warrant service 1100 block of W Ft Scott
Keep the peace 
Animal complaint Mechanic and Atkinson

  • 01/12/2017  

911 Hang up W Dakota
Warrant service Pine and High
Well being check Dollar Store
Accident Wal-Mart parking lot

  • 01/13/2017  

Trespassing call Super 8
Animal complaint Lee Street
Theft report 100 block of S Havanna
Walk in theft report

  • 01/14/2017 

wellbeing check Conoco
Disturbance 100 block of S Orange
Accident 100 block of N Main
Keep the peace 300 block of N Fulton
Assault report 310 W Harrison
Alarm 600 block of W Harrison
Ex parte violation report 200 block of S Mechanic
Well being check 804 N Gregory

  • 01/15/2017 

Property damage Ft Scott and Delaware
Harassment call Main and Ft Scott
Assist BCSO at Jail
911 call 200 block of E Chestnut
Assault/theft report 109 S Havanna

Obituary - Kenneth L. Limpus

Kenneth L. Limpus, 89, Archie, Missouri, died Saturday, January, 14, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Cornerstone Christian Church in Adrian, Missouri, with burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian, Missouri. 

The family will receive friends 6:00-8:00pm Tuesday at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Archie, Missouri. A complete obituary will be added when it becomes available.