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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Couple celebrates 75th Wedding Anniversary

Warmest congratulations to two dear friends, Sody and Mary Geuy, on their 75th wedding anniversary.

May your union be blessed, and forever stand as an example of true love and patience. God bless you both. - Photo Courtesy of the Mullinax Funeral Home

Obituary - Roxie E. Gregory

Roxie E. Gregory age 87, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital Clinton, Missouri. 

Memorial Services will be held Monday, January 23, 2017, at 11:00 AM at the Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton, Missouri. 

Visitation will be one hour prior. Memorial Contributions may be made to Mullins Cemetery, Urich, Missouri and left in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences may be left at .
Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton, Missouri.

Montrose VFW Post 8820 Coyote Hunting Tournament

Montrose VFW post 8820 is having a coyote hunting tournament on February 24th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.

The hunt will be the first annual event for more information call Matt at (660) 492-0756.

Miami County Kansas Sheriffs Office Warrant Wednesday

Eric H. Womack
Eric H. Womack is wanted on a Bench Warrant for Domestic Battery X2 and Criminal Restraint. NO BOND.

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.

Right-to-work is a step closer to passage in Missouri

Jefferson City, Mo (AP) - Missouri's Republican-led House has pushed forward a proposal to make Missouri the 28th right-to-work state despite Democratic efforts to send the measure to a public vote.

The House voted 101-58 Wednesday to give initial approval to the bill, which would ban mandatory union fees. The bill needs another House vote before it can move to the Senate.

The legislation is likely to pass following renewed momentum from the recent inauguration of Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, who has vowed to sign the bill that his Democratic predecessor vetoed.

The House on Wednesday defeated a Democratic amendment that would have referred the measure to the ballot.

Seven of Missouri's eight of surrounding states already have right-to-work laws, including Kentucky where it passed this month. New Hampshire lawmakers are considering a similar proposal.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Kansas man charged for the murder of his mother

Brandon Walter Callahan
ALLEN COUNTY, KS - On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Jerry B. Hathaway, Allen County Prosecuting Attorney filed charges of First Degree Murder, Criminal Use of a Financial Card and Theft on Brandon Walter Callahan of Iola, Kansas. Mr. Callahan’s bond has been set at $1,000,000. 

The body of Lucretia Lea Callahan was discovered at her home in Iola at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Ms. Callahan is the mother of Brandon Callahan.

At this time no appearance date has been set for Mr. Callahan.

Please keep in mind that the fact that a defendant is charged with a crime is merely an accusation and that the defendant or defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

(Press Release Courtesy of Allen County Prosecuting Attorney Office)

Obituary - Ina Mae Davis

Ina Mae Davis age 82 of Harrisonville, Missouri departed this life Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Golden Years Care Services, Harrisonville, Missouri surrounded with love and family.

Ina is survived by her son, Jim Davis and his wife Brenda of Harrisonville, Missouri; a daughter, Debbie Humston and her husband Brad of Kansas City, Missouri; a brother, John Admire and his wife Debbie of Raytown, Missouri; eight grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri with burial will be in the Belton Missouri Cemetery, Belton, Missouri.

The family will receive friends Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family suggest that memorial contributions may be made to the ASANA Hospice.

A complete obituary will be posted here as soon as that information becomes available.

Public Meeting for input on safety improvements on Missouri Highway 13

A public meeting seeking input on safety improvements to high-crash intersections along Missouri Route 13 between Clinton and Springfield is rescheduled for January 26 in Lowry City, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

The meeting will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Thursday, January 26, at the Lakeland Scout Hall on the corner of Route 13 and Route A in Lowry City. The meeting was rescheduled from Thursday, January 12, due to a winter storm. It is a come-and-go style meeting. No formal presentation is planned.

MoDOT will use the comments from residents along with vehicle crash data to decide which intersections will see improvements and what improvements are possible with a limited budget.

Those who cannot attend the in-person meeting can visit an online public meeting at The same exhibits displayed at the in-person meeting will be available online.

MoDOT has limited funds set aside to improve intersections with high crash rates. Many types of improvements are possible including J-turns, left turn lanes and right turn lanes. There are no plans to place traffic signals at any of the Route 13 intersections.

A second series of public meetings will be held later in 2017 or early 2018 to share the plan for intersection improvements. It is likely that the intersections selected for safety improvements will see work begin as early as the summer of 2018.

For more information, call MoDOT at 417-895-7600 or visit

Thank you...

Miami R-I Schools would like to extend thanks to Addleman Farms, Amsterdam MO, Steven and Tyler Lincoln – Lewis Seed Company, Adrian, MO and Heiman Agri Services, Butler MO for their donation of time planting and harvesting, use of farm equipment, seed, and purchasing the crop grown on the school property. These funds will be used to offset some of the cost of educational discovery field trips throughout the year for our students.

2017 Rich Hill 4th of July headliner announced

Lorrie Morgan
The Rich Hill 4th of July committee would like to announce that the 2017 Headliner on Saturday, July 1 will be LORRIE MORGAN!!!! 

Opening act is Lorrie's son Jesse Keith Whitley. Stay tuned for concert times. 

Thanks to the tremendous community support, ALL entertainment provided in the park by the 4th of July committee is FREE!!

Lorrie Morgan charted her first single in 1978, although she did not break into the top of the U.S. country charts until her 1989 single, "Trainwreck of Emotion.

Since then, she has charted more than 25 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, with three number one hits: "Five Minutes," "What Part of No" and "I Didn't Know My Own Strength." She has also recorded more than 15 studio albums.

MDC reports final deer and turkey harvest for Missouri's 2016-2017 deer-hunting season

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri's 2016-2017 deer-hunting season ended Jan. 15 with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reporting a preliminary total harvest of 263,832 deer. 
Top counties for the overall season were Franklin with 5,272 deer harvested, Howell with 5,242, and Texas with 4,608. Hunters harvested 273,249 deer during the 2015-2016 deer hunting seasons.
Deer hunting ended with the close of the archery season. Preliminary data from MDC showed that hunters checked 47,550 deer during the archery season. Top counties for the archery season were Jefferson with 1,118 deer harvested, Wayne with 980, and St. Louis with 979. Archery hunters checked 49,759 deer the previous year.
Fall archery turkey hunting also ended Jan. 15. Preliminary data from MDC showed 2,304 turkeys harvested. Top counties for the fall archery turkey season were St. Clair with 57 birds harvested, Franklin with 51, and Greene with 50. For the previous year, hunters harvested 3,042 turkeys.
The past season was the first in which MDC began allowing crossbows as a legal method during the deer and turkey archery season. Of the 47,550 deer harvested under archery methods, 14,336 were with crossbows. Of the 2,304 turkeys harvested under archery methods, 853 were with crossbows.
Get more deer and turkey harvest data for the current season at Get deer harvest data for past seasons at Get turkey harvest data for past seasons at
MDC reported four firearms-related hunting incidents during the fall deer and turkey hunting seasons. All were non-fatal. Three involved self-inflicted injuries and one involved the ricochet of a bullet fragment from one hunter into another. In addition, the Department was notified of one tree-stand fall, which was not fatal.
Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt deer and turkey. For more information, go online to

From the desk of Bates County Clerk/Budget Officer Marlene Wainscott

Marlene Wainscott, Bates County Clerk/Budget Officer announces the completion of the county budget for 2017. 

All county offices came in under budget for the year ending December 31, 2016 and for the sixth year in a row we have a budget surplus enabling us to build a modest reserve while continuing to adequately fund county services. 

Clerk Wainscott would like to thank the Commissioners for their prompt approval of the budget and all of the office holders for their cooperation and good use of county funds. 

The budget will be available to view on the county website at after receipt by the Missouri State Auditor's Office.

Obituary - Jeanne Elaine McComsey

Jeanne Elaine McComsey
Jeanne Elaine McComsey of Harrisonville, Missouri was born July 30, 1933 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania the daughter of Raymond W. and Dorothy D. (McCardell) Roark. She departed this life on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the Meadow View Health and Rehabilitation Center, Harrisonville at the age of 83 years, 5 months and 18 days.

Jeanne was employed on the assembly line for Packing Corp. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania until her retirement. She was an award winning artist and a published author.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Terry R., Raymond D. and Thomas G. Roark.

Jeanne is survived by four daughters, Cynthia L. Giandalia, Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Cheryl L Giandalia and Connie L. Giandalia both of Lakeland, Florida, Cat Phillips, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; three granddaughters, Briana R. Phillips, Miranda Wood Murdock, Gianna M. Giandalia; a sister, Jinx Kuhn, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; other relatives and friends.

Miami Alumni Basketball Tournament

Teen Advisory Board Meeting

Teen Advisory meets THIS Friday from 6-7:30 pm in the Community Room at the Butler Public Library.

Teens between 7th and 12th grade are invited for snacks and a game night. 

A head count would be appreciated but isn't mandatory.