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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Out of control grass fire endangers structures in Merwin area

The Amsterdam Fire Department along with assistance from the Drexel Fire Department and Adrian Fire Department are in route to a grass fire that has got out of control and has spread to a small shed at this time.

The location of this fire is at a address of 1240 NW State Route Y Highway in Merwin, Missouri. 

A abandon house is also said to be in the path of this fire and may possibly be on fire at this time. 

Mid America Live News will continue to monitor this story and provide a update when one is made available to us.


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Harrisonville Benefit Concert and Chili Dinner


Weather Outlook The Next Three Days

What's the weather this weekend going to be like you ask? Well, it should be a quiet weekend weather-wise with increasing temperatures. By Sunday, temperatures will be about 10 degrees above normal!

Obituary - Betty Joyce Riecke

Betty Joyce Riecke
Betty Joyce Riecke, age 84 of Clinton, MO died at Westwood Living Center on February, 2016.

The family will receive friends at 1:00 PM on Saturday, February, 4, 2017 at the Clinton United Methodist Church. 


A funeral service will follow at 2:00 PM. Interment will be at Englewood Cemetery.

Obituay - Vada June Jenkins

Vada June Jenkins
Vada June Jenkins was born on June 3, 1926 to William Henry and Hattie (Leiber) Jenkins in the Valley Center community, St. Clair County, Missouri. She was the seventh of eight children.

She grew up in the Valley Center community, New Harmony, and then in the Pleasant Valley community in St. Clair and Henry counties.

In the times that Vada grew up in a young woman head the choice to marry or to have a career, you couldn’t do both so she followed her heart and chose a career in nursing, one that she faithfully and lovingly carried out even after retiring.

She graduated from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, St. Joseph, MO in 1952 and received her BSN from Drury College in Springfield, MO in 1956.

She was a member of The Audubon Society and various other conservation organizations, as well as several nursing organizations.

She worked as a nurse in several hospitals, the Manor, where her father lived and lastly in the intensive care unit at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Monett, MO. She also spent time teaching nursing. She always loved working on the holidays; she said it was a special time to be on duty. She would remark that if she worked it gave someone with children a chance to be home with them during this special time of year.

After her retirement from nursing, Vada volunteered her time at Roaring River State Park, a place she grew to love after spending many hours bird watching. She built numerous wildflower beds and maintained them. Vada also loved her family dearly. She spent the first part of her young life caring for her nieces and nephew, making them feel very special. She spent many, many hours researching her family’s legacy and putting together many genealogy books, leaving behind much information for the future generations. She traced her mother’s family back to the Mayflower.

After going back and forth from Monett to Urich to help her sister Lora, she decided to make Urich her home. They spent much time together working on genealogy, gardening and traveling to Oklahoma to visit family. She passed on her love of family, flowers, gardens, birds and reptiles to her great nieces and great-great nephew and nieces. It wasn’t unusual to find her outside with the kids looking for crawdads after a rain, hunting for slugs, or wildflowers, or teaching them how to identify the birds by the sounds they made.

Vada was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Ellis, John, Dolsie, and David Jenkins; sisters, Lora Hilte, and Laphena Davis. She leaves behind one sister Geneva Nafiziger, California and a host of nieces and nephews who love her dearly.

In Vada’s own words, “I am a Christian and I look forward to my new life in Eternity with my Lord, and with all the others that I have known and loved.” Indeed, she is now rejoicing with many family and friends.

The family will receive visitors at 10:00 AM on Monday, February 6, 2017, at Consalus Funeral Home. A Graveside service will be held at Englewood cemetery at 11:00 AM.

Memorial contributions may be made to Roaring River State Park and left in care of the funeral home.

“It is good to have a sense of belonging and to be aware of the continuity of family ties down through the generations. ‘Tis good to know from whence we came.”

Adrian man arrested this morning in Cass County

On 2/2/17 around 11:35am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cass County arrested 23 Nathan A. Burris of Adrian, Missouri.

Mr. Burris was arrested for 1.) Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine 2.) Unlawful use of drug paraphernalia 3.) Driving While Revoked 4.) No Seatbelt.

He was booked into the Cass County Jail and later bonded out.


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Obituary - Maxine Stark

Maxine Stark
Maxine Stark, 77, Nevada, MO passed from this life on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at her home in Nevada following a courageous battle with cancer. Maxine was born May 5, 1939 in Morrilton, AR to Robert Matthew and Annie Laura (Tharpe) Hubbard. She was united in marriage to Gerald A. Stark on November 6, 1976 in San Jose, CA and he survives of the home.

Maxine was raised in Arkansas and attended Morrilton High School graduating with the Class of 1957. Following high school she moved to California and worked at Safeway Grocery for 22 years. Maxine came to Nevada in 1980 and began working at Missouri Public Service retiring in 2001. She also helped her husband Jerry on the farm. Maxine loved gardening, she was a servant at heart helping many people throughout her life, a devoted Christian who lived out her faith daily. She was loved by everyone who ever met her.

In addition to her husband Jerry, survivors include two sons, James D. Zachary, Nevada, Scott Zachary and his wife Dawn, Hollister, MO; three step-daughters, Terri Belsley and her husband Steve, San Jose, CA, Sherri Miguel and her husband Richard, Gilroy, CA, Traci Kuzinich and her husband Michael, Gilroy, CA; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters; two step-sisters; and one step-brother; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 6, 2017 at Life Church in Nevada. Interment will be held in Green Lawn Cemetery, Schell City, MO at a later date. Friends may call from now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

Memorials are suggested in her memory to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, Kansas City, MO, https://donate3.cancer.org/?campaign=hl08kcmo, or Life Church, Nevada in c/o Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

Traffic Alert: One lane of I-49 closed North of Passaic

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One lane of I-49 Southbound is closed at this time just North of Passiac as tow crews work to remove a semi truck that traveled off the right side of the roadway and got stuck.

Traffic isn't being delayed much at this time and we are unsure of how long this will take.

Mid America Live News will update when and if more information becomes available to us from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.



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Miami Project Prom Annual Valentine Flower Sale


MODOT Traffic Alert: One Lane of I-49 Closing Tuesday for Preliminary Work on 155th St. Bridge

CASS/JACKSON COUNTIES – The left lane of both northbound and southbound I-49 will be closed between Route 150 to 163rd Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 through Thursday, Feb. 9, to allow crews to prepare for the upcoming 155th Street Bridge demolition, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Motorists traveling in the vicinity of I-49 and 155th Street in Cass and Jackson counties beginning Friday, Feb. 10, will need to take a signed detour or be aware that traffic may be affected due to bridge demolition and construction.

Job Opening in Raymore Area

Commercial construction company looking for immediate hire of Labor's. The work is in the Raymore area. 

If your interested please call 816-765-4714

Come learn about Electric City Downtown

Come out and learn more about the Electric City Downtown. Be apart of a committee that helps revitalize our historic Butler square.



Obituary - Terry (Sluder) Kern

Terry (Sluder) Kern, 64, of Riverside, Missouri formerly of Linn County Kansas passed away on January 31, 2017 at her home.

Services are pending with Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel. 


Mid America Live News will update when a full obituary is made available to us.

From the Bates County Health Center

Our WIC (Women, Infant and Children) program serves women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or whose pregnancy recently ended as well as infants and children under the age of 5.

Those listed above that qualify for WIC will receive breastfeeding education and support, nutrition and health education, personalized nutrition counseling, referrals to other health programs for you and your family if needed and checks to buy nutrition foods.


If the WIC program can help you give us a call at 660-679-6108!

Kenny Shaw joins Lucas Oil Speedway team as new track photographer for 2017 season

Kenny Shaw
Wheatland, Missouri (February 2, 2017) - What began as a hobby as Kenny Shaw combined his love of racing and photography has become a professional opportunity.

Shaw has been named Lucas Oil Speedway's new Official Track Photographer, General Manager Dan Robinson announced on Thursday.

"We are extremely excited to have Kenny join our team as the Official Track Photographer at Lucas Oil Speedway. He is a very talented guy with a lot of neat ideas and we look forward to working with him in 2017," Robinson said in welcoming Shaw.

Shaw, a native of Fort Scott, Kan., lives in Webb City. He's been involved in racing most of his life, even driving a race car for a year during high school. His father, Kenny Shaw Sr., has been racing for nearly three decades and still races B-Mods in the area.

"I've worked at numerous tracks doing tech," Shaw said. "As a fan and past racer and being a part of racing teams in the past, Lucas Oil Speedway is at the top of its game as far as race tracks go.

"From a photography aspect, it doesn't get any better than Lucas Oil Speedway. The lighting is amazing. The track is amazing. The racers have the best-looking cars and put on the best shows. It doesn't get any better in dirt-track racing and I feel fortunate to have this opportunity."

Shaw said he got into photography a couple of years ago and quickly found a way to incorporate his love for racing into his new hobby.


"I learned quickly that it looks easier than it actually is," Shaw said of shooting high-speed racing photos. "There was a huge learning curve. Thankfully, with the help of a lot of well-known photographers in the area, they helped me along the way and as far as what to look for and how to set the camera to get good photos."

 

Shaw mentioned Chris Bork, the long-time Lucas Oil Speedway photographer who's stepping away from full-time duty, as being especially helpful.

"When Lucas had big shows last year, like the Diamond (Nationals) and Show-Me 100, multiple photographers would show and I got to meet Chris," Shaw said. "He was an awesome guy to talk to."

Shaw's work can be found at K.C. Shaw Photos on Facebook facebook.com/K.C.ShawPhotos and on Instagram @K.C.Shaw. He also plans to have his personal web page updated and ready by the time the season begins for drivers and fans to browse each week with updated action shots.


"I also want to express my sincere thanks to Chris Bork and CB Race Photos as Chris has been an outstanding asset to the speedway for many years and a great friend," Robinson said. "I wish him nothing but the best of luck as he slows down a bit this year and is able to spend more time with his family."


The 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway season begins with the Weekly Championship Series opener on April 8, followed by the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals on April 14-15. Here is the complete schedule for 2017.



For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit lucasoilspeedway.com.  Three-day passes for the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com are now on sale.


Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it's entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.


Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

Bates County Memorial Hospital Job Opportunities


Service Information & Memorial Fund for Saylor Johnson

Saylor Rai Johnson, 16, of Harrisonville, MO left us to join our Heavenly Father on January 28, 2017 at her home. Saylor was born September 21, 2000 to Neil & Erika. Saylor grew up in Harrisonville and was a sophomore at Harrisonville High School. She excelled in academics and softball and was active in her youth group and enjoyed traveling on Missions. She loved to travel anywhere there was warmth and water. Saylor was a ray of sunshine that touched every soul she met. She was a beautiful, humble girl that loved deeply. She was an amazing daughter, niece, sister, granddaughter and friend. Her light will forever shine bright in our hearts. She will be deeply missed. Saylor is preceded in death by her Grandfather, David Rollins. She is survived by her father, Neil Johnson (Michelle); mother, Erika Chaney (Gary); brothers Alexander, Aryn; sisters, Samantha, Cortney, Madison and Ollie; Grandparents, Robin, Carolyn & Larry; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces. Celebration of life services for the beautiful Saylor Rai Johnson will be held Saturday February 4 at the Heart of Life Church, 96 old 7 hwy Garden City, MO 64747. Visitation will be from 3- 4pm with services starting at 4pm. There will be food and a get together afterwards at 31206 E. 2 Hwy, Harrisonville, MO. There will be a fireworks display and lighting of lanterns to honor Saylor's presence. Everyone is welcome to come take part. Condolences for the family may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arr. McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut St. Belton, MO 64012 816-322-2995 McGilley & George Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Dignity Memorial. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=saylor-rai-johnson&pid=183899490&fhid=11269#sthash.gMlrsnOZ.dpuf
Saylor Rai Johnson, 16, of Harrisonville, MO left us to join our Heavenly Father on January 28, 2017 at her home. Saylor was born September 21, 2000 to Neil & Erika. Saylor grew up in Harrisonville and was a sophomore at Harrisonville High School. She excelled in academics and softball and was active in her youth group and enjoyed traveling on Missions. She loved to travel anywhere there was warmth and water. Saylor was a ray of sunshine that touched every soul she met. She was a beautiful, humble girl that loved deeply. She was an amazing daughter, niece, sister, granddaughter and friend. Her light will forever shine bright in our hearts. She will be deeply missed. Saylor is preceded in death by her Grandfather, David Rollins. She is survived by her father, Neil Johnson (Michelle); mother, Erika Chaney (Gary); brothers Alexander, Aryn; sisters, Samantha, Cortney, Madison and Ollie; Grandparents, Robin, Carolyn & Larry; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces. Celebration of life services for the beautiful Saylor Rai Johnson will be held Saturday February 4 at the Heart of Life Church, 96 old 7 hwy Garden City, MO 64747. Visitation will be from 3- 4pm with services starting at 4pm. There will be food and a get together afterwards at 31206 E. 2 Hwy, Harrisonville, MO. There will be a fireworks display and lighting of lanterns to honor Saylor's presence. Everyone is welcome to come take part. Condolences for the family may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arr. McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut St. Belton, MO 64012 816-322-2995 McGilley & George Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Dignity Memorial. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=saylor-rai-johnson&pid=183899490&fhid=11269#sthash.gMlrsnOZ.dpuf
Saylor Rai Johnson
Saylor Rai Johnson, 16, of Harrisonville, MO left us to join our Heavenly Father on January 28, 2017 at her home. Saylor was born September 21, 2000 to Neil & Erika. Saylor grew up in Harrisonville and was a sophomore at Harrisonville High School. She excelled in academics and softball and was active in her youth group and enjoyed traveling on Missions. She loved to travel anywhere there was warmth and water. 

Saylor was a ray of sunshine that touched every soul she met. She was a beautiful, humble girl that loved deeply. She was an amazing daughter, niece, sister, granddaughter and friend. Her light will forever shine bright in our hearts. She will be deeply missed. 

Saylor is preceded in death by her Grandfather, David Rollins. She is survived by her father, Neil Johnson (Michelle); mother, Erika Chaney (Gary); brothers Alexander, Aryn; sisters, Samantha, Cortney, Madison and Ollie; Grandparents, Robin, Carolyn & Larry; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces. 

Celebration of life services for the beautiful Saylor Rai Johnson will be held Saturday February 4 at the Heart of Life Church, 96 old 7 hwy Garden City, MO 64747. 

Visitation will be from 3- 4pm with services starting at 4pm. There will be food and a get together afterwards at 31206 E. 2 Hwy, Harrisonville, MO. There will be a fireworks display and lighting of lanterns to honor Saylor's presence. 

A memorial fund has been established at Sherwood Community Bank, 1901 S. Commercial. Checks can be made payable to Saylor Johnson Memorial and dropped off or mailed to Sherwood Community Bank, PO Box 423, Harrisonville, MO 64701.

 

Saylor Rai Johnson, 16, of Harrisonville, MO left us to join our Heavenly Father on January 28, 2017 at her home. Saylor was born September 21, 2000 to Neil & Erika. Saylor grew up in Harrisonville and was a sophomore at Harrisonville High School. She excelled in academics and softball and was active in her youth group and enjoyed traveling on Missions. She loved to travel anywhere there was warmth and water. Saylor was a ray of sunshine that touched every soul she met. She was a beautiful, humble girl that loved deeply. She was an amazing daughter, niece, sister, granddaughter and friend. Her light will forever shine bright in our hearts. She will be deeply missed. Saylor is preceded in death by her Grandfather, David Rollins. She is survived by her father, Neil Johnson (Michelle); mother, Erika Chaney (Gary); brothers Alexander, Aryn; sisters, Samantha, Cortney, Madison and Ollie; Grandparents, Robin, Carolyn & Larry; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces. Celebration of life services for the beautiful Saylor Rai Johnson will be held Saturday February 4 at the Heart of Life Church, 96 old 7 hwy Garden City, MO 64747. Visitation will be from 3- 4pm with services starting at 4pm. There will be food and a get together afterwards at 31206 E. 2 Hwy, Harrisonville, MO. There will be a fireworks display and lighting of lanterns to honor Saylor's presence. Everyone is welcome to come take part. Condolences for the family may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arr. McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut St. Belton, MO 64012 816-322-2995 McGilley & George Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Dignity Memorial. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=saylor-rai-johnson&pid=183899490&fhid=11269#sthash.gMlrsnOZ.dpuf
Saylor Rai Johnson, 16, of Harrisonville, MO left us to join our Heavenly Father on January 28, 2017 at her home. Saylor was born September 21, 2000 to Neil & Erika. Saylor grew up in Harrisonville and was a sophomore at Harrisonville High School. She excelled in academics and softball and was active in her youth group and enjoyed traveling on Missions. She loved to travel anywhere there was warmth and water. Saylor was a ray of sunshine that touched every soul she met. She was a beautiful, humble girl that loved deeply. She was an amazing daughter, niece, sister, granddaughter and friend. Her light will forever shine bright in our hearts. She will be deeply missed. Saylor is preceded in death by her Grandfather, David Rollins. She is survived by her father, Neil Johnson (Michelle); mother, Erika Chaney (Gary); brothers Alexander, Aryn; sisters, Samantha, Cortney, Madison and Ollie; Grandparents, Robin, Carolyn & Larry; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces. Celebration of life services for the beautiful Saylor Rai Johnson will be held Saturday February 4 at the Heart of Life Church, 96 old 7 hwy Garden City, MO 64747. Visitation will be from 3- 4pm with services starting at 4pm. There will be food and a get together afterwards at 31206 E. 2 Hwy, Harrisonville, MO. There will be a fireworks display and lighting of lanterns to honor Saylor's presence. Everyone is welcome to come take part. Condolences for the family may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arr. McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut St. Belton, MO 64012 816-322-2995 McGilley & George Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Dignity Memorial. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=saylor-rai-johnson&pid=183899490&fhid=11269#sthash.gMlrsnOZ.dpuf
Saylor Rai Johnson, 16, of Harrisonville, MO left us to join our Heavenly Father on January 28, 2017 at her home. Saylor was born September 21, 2000 to Neil & Erika. Saylor grew up in Harrisonville and was a sophomore at Harrisonville High School. She excelled in academics and softball and was active in her youth group and enjoyed traveling on Missions. She loved to travel anywhere there was warmth and water. Saylor was a ray of sunshine that touched every soul she met. She was a beautiful, humble girl that loved deeply. She was an amazing daughter, niece, sister, granddaughter and friend. Her light will forever shine bright in our hearts. She will be deeply missed. Saylor is preceded in death by her Grandfather, David Rollins. She is survived by her father, Neil Johnson (Michelle); mother, Erika Chaney (Gary); brothers Alexander, Aryn; sisters, Samantha, Cortney, Madison and Ollie; Grandparents, Robin, Carolyn & Larry; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces. Celebration of life services for the beautiful Saylor Rai Johnson will be held Saturday February 4 at the Heart of Life Church, 96 old 7 hwy Garden City, MO 64747. Visitation will be from 3- 4pm with services starting at 4pm. There will be food and a get together afterwards at 31206 E. 2 Hwy, Harrisonville, MO. There will be a fireworks display and lighting of lanterns to honor Saylor's presence. Everyone is welcome to come take part. Condolences for the family may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arr. McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut St. Belton, MO 64012 816-322-2995 McGilley & George Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Dignity Memorial. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=saylor-rai-johnson&pid=183899490&fhid=11269#sthash.gMlrsnOZ.dpuf
Saylor Rai Johnson, 16, of Harrisonville, MO left us to join our Heavenly Father on January 28, 2017 at her home. Saylor was born September 21, 2000 to Neil & Erika. Saylor grew up in Harrisonville and was a sophomore at Harrisonville High School. She excelled in academics and softball and was active in her youth group and enjoyed traveling on Missions. She loved to travel anywhere there was warmth and water. Saylor was a ray of sunshine that touched every soul she met. She was a beautiful, humble girl that loved deeply. She was an amazing daughter, niece, sister, granddaughter and friend. Her light will forever shine bright in our hearts. She will be deeply missed. Saylor is preceded in death by her Grandfather, David Rollins. She is survived by her father, Neil Johnson (Michelle); mother, Erika Chaney (Gary); brothers Alexander, Aryn; sisters, Samantha, Cortney, Madison and Ollie; Grandparents, Robin, Carolyn & Larry; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces. Celebration of life services for the beautiful Saylor Rai Johnson will be held Saturday February 4 at the Heart of Life Church, 96 old 7 hwy Garden City, MO 64747. Visitation will be from 3- 4pm with services starting at 4pm. There will be food and a get together afterwards at 31206 E. 2 Hwy, Harrisonville, MO. There will be a fireworks display and lighting of lanterns to honor Saylor's presence. Everyone is welcome to come take part. Condolences for the family may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arr. McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut St. Belton, MO 64012 816-322-2995 McGilley & George Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Dignity Memorial. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=saylor-rai-johnson&pid=183899490&fhid=11269#sthash.gMlrsnOZ.dpuf
Saylor Rai Johnson, 16, of Harrisonville, MO left us to join our Heavenly Father on January 28, 2017 at her home. Saylor was born September 21, 2000 to Neil & Erika. Saylor grew up in Harrisonville and was a sophomore at Harrisonville High School. She excelled in academics and softball and was active in her youth group and enjoyed traveling on Missions. She loved to travel anywhere there was warmth and water. Saylor was a ray of sunshine that touched every soul she met. She was a beautiful, humble girl that loved deeply. She was an amazing daughter, niece, sister, granddaughter and friend. Her light will forever shine bright in our hearts. She will be deeply missed. Saylor is preceded in death by her Grandfather, David Rollins. She is survived by her father, Neil Johnson (Michelle); mother, Erika Chaney (Gary); brothers Alexander, Aryn; sisters, Samantha, Cortney, Madison and Ollie; Grandparents, Robin, Carolyn & Larry; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces. Celebration of life services for the beautiful Saylor Rai Johnson will be held Saturday February 4 at the Heart of Life Church, 96 old 7 hwy Garden City, MO 64747. Visitation will be from 3- 4pm with services starting at 4pm. There will be food and a get together afterwards at 31206 E. 2 Hwy, Harrisonville, MO. There will be a fireworks display and lighting of lanterns to honor Saylor's presence. Everyone is welcome to come take part. Condolences for the family may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arr. McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut St. Belton, MO 64012 816-322-2995 McGilley & George Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Dignity Memorial. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=saylor-rai-johnson&pid=183899490&fhid=11269#sthash.gMlrsnOZ.dpuf
Saylor Rai Johnson, 16, of Harrisonville, MO left us to join our Heavenly Father on January 28, 2017 at her home. Saylor was born September 21, 2000 to Neil & Erika. Saylor grew up in Harrisonville and was a sophomore at Harrisonville High School. She excelled in academics and softball and was active in her youth group and enjoyed traveling on Missions. She loved to travel anywhere there was warmth and water. Saylor was a ray of sunshine that touched every soul she met. She was a beautiful, humble girl that loved deeply. She was an amazing daughter, niece, sister, granddaughter and friend. Her light will forever shine bright in our hearts. She will be deeply missed. Saylor is preceded in death by her Grandfather, David Rollins. She is survived by her father, Neil Johnson (Michelle); mother, Erika Chaney (Gary); brothers Alexander, Aryn; sisters, Samantha, Cortney, Madison and Ollie; Grandparents, Robin, Carolyn & Larry; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces. Celebration of life services for the beautiful Saylor Rai Johnson will be held Saturday February 4 at the Heart of Life Church, 96 old 7 hwy Garden City, MO 64747. Visitation will be from 3- 4pm with services starting at 4pm. There will be food and a get together afterwards at 31206 E. 2 Hwy, Harrisonville, MO. There will be a fireworks display and lighting of lanterns to honor Saylor's presence. Everyone is welcome to come take part. Condolences for the family may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com Arr. McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut St. Belton, MO 64012 816-322-2995 McGilley & George Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Dignity Memorial. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=saylor-rai-johnson&pid=183899490&fhid=11269#sthash.gMlrsnOZ.dpuf

Five people arrested in Nevada after Sheriff’s Office serves search warrant

Five people have been arrested after a search warrant was served on a Nevada home Wednesday evening. According to Vernon County Sheriff’s Office officials, Detectives obtained leads on the location of a wanted person for a recent burglary that occurred last week in Vernon County. 

Sheriff Jason Mosher said warrants had been issued for Amanda M Bell, 23, of Eldorado Springs Mo, for Burglary and Stealing and Detectives believed Bell was hiding in a home on E Wooter Street in Nevada. “They tried knocking on the door but no one would answer so we obtained a search warrant to enter the residence” said Mosher. 
 
According to Mosher, five people were found inside the home and taken into custody. “We found Bell in the home, we also arrested Nichole L Georges-Dunn on an active warrant, and we also recovered illegal drug paraphernalia, and suspected methamphetamines on the property.

” Bell is being held on a $7,500 cash only bond and Georges-Dunn is being held on a $800 cash only bond for previous charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. Mosher said all five people could face additional charges when his office receives lab results from the evidence collected at the residence. 

The names of those arrested on new charges have not been released pending the crime lab analysis and filing of formal charges.

Can you identify this person?

The Bates County Sheriffs Office is seeking the public's help in identifying this subject who was a participant in a burglary that occurred earlier today in the Amsterdam area. 

If you have information on this subject please contact Detective Stockdale at 660-679-3232.

Drexel Souper/Chili Bowl set for February 14th


Local youth faces long road ahead

A young man drove eastbound from Passaic last Saturday morning, like maybe any other time; not knowing the fate just a few miles down the road.

Within shear milliseconds, he experienced the most drastic, life changing event imaginable as his car leaves the roadway and overturns.

It is not immediately clear how much time went by before someone saw the wreckage and called for help. Rescue units from Butler and Adrian raced to the scene, along with the highway patrol and sheriff's office deputies.

As he lay trapped in his vehicle, first responders carefully removed the crushed metal to discover Kameron Williams alive, but badly injured.

Realizing the gravity of the situation, a medical helicopter was already in route. No time was wasted in transit, nor in getting the bird back on its way. It was time for a thorough evaluation and what ever immediate treatment required to sustain life.

Now, after a few days in the hospital, it's apparent Kameron is faced with a monumental challenge- a broken vertebra has lead to paralysis in the lower half of his body. It may be too soon to tell if it's permanent or not. To complicate matters further, doctors are currently working to correct an issue with his lungs and breathing

Kameron is just 18 years old and his road to recovery should be paved with support from our community- a community that has proven again and again that good things happen when we work together. 

There are several efforts underway to help Kameron and his family through this trying time, and links are listed below. The Facebook page has lots of information regarding fundraising, along with an important note from his mother regarding cards for his well wishes scrapbook. Please scroll completely down the page so you don't miss anything:

 http://www.facebook.com/Dejhutton/ 

Thanks in advance to everyone. We will provide updates on his condition as they become available.

Buckle Up-Phone Down A safety challenge that can make a difference

MoDOT and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety are challenging Missouri businesses and private individuals to buckle up and put their phones down.

 The Buckle Up - Phone Down campaign is tackling the two most impactful actions a driver can take to prevent crashes -- or survive if one occurs.
First, drivers can put their phones down when they slide behind the wheel. Distracted driving is the number-one cause of crashes, not only in Missouri, but in the entire United States. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that cell phones were involved in 2,237 crashes in 2015 alone.


Next, people can buckle up each and every time they get in a vehicle. Of the 938 people killed on Missouri's roadways last year, 684 were drivers and passengers of vehicles subject to Missouri's current safety belt law. A tragic 62 percent of them were unrestrained.


The hope is to get private industry to openly support employee safety, either through internal safety campaigns or actually changing policy banning cellphone use in company vehicles and making safety belts mandatory.


From the Ballard School District

Each month Mrs. DesCombes will choose one student from each grade K-6 to be the Artist of the Month. This student exemplifies artistic skill, leadership, and good behavior. This month`s winners are. . .

Kindergarten: Zayden Miller — Zayden is such a happy guy. He is listening and improving with every piece of art he makes. I love his ideas and enthusiasm. He also makes some really great Lego sculptures.

First Grade: Reese Shumate — Reese is a great example to her fellow classmates. Not only is her artwork beautiful, but she also follows directions, raises her hand to ask questions, and works diligently.

Second Grade: Maribel Arredondo — Maribel is becoming more and more confident in her artwork. Because of her newfound confidence, she is taking risks and creating some really unique and well-made artwork. I am really proud of her.

Third Grade: Haley Pray — Haley is always creative and excited to be in art class. She is a very kind and funny person. I always like having Haley in class.


Ferguson Bail Bonding attempting to locate Belton man

Jeffery Michael Franse
Ferguson Bail Bonding is attempting to locate Jeffery Michael Franse of Belton, Missouri who is wanted on a Cass County Warrant.

Any information provided that will help us locate Mr. Franse will be kept strictly confidential.

If you know the whereabouts of this man please call (816) 510-6815 - (816) 510-4262.

Adrian man arrested for possession of a controlled substance

Harold Davin Hubbard
On 2/2/17 around 2:49am the Adrian Police Department arrested 35 year old Harold Davin Hubbard of Adrian, Missouri.

Mr. Hubbard was arrested for 1.) Possession of a Controlled Substance

He was booked into the Bates County Jail and placed on a 24 hour investigative hold.



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Punxsutawney Phil says 6 more weeks of winter


Punxsutawney Phil says 6 more weeks of winter, but the outlook for the next 2 weeks does not look promising for any kind of winter weather.

(Don't you have to have an actual winter first before you can have "more" winter?)

Obituary - Dennis "Butch" Markham

Dennis "Butch" Markham, Nevada, passed away Friday, January 27. The graduate of Bronaugh High School and Missouri University was 66. 

A celebration of his life is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 25, at the Nevada Country Club. 

Memorials to a Butch Markham Scholarship Fund are suggested and can be made in care of Southwest Missouri Bank, Webb City.

Obituary - Earl Preston Watts

Graveside services for Earl Watts will be 11 a.m. Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Visitation will be prior to services from 10-11 a.m. at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Contributions to Victory Assembly of God Church.

Earl Preston Watts, age 85 of Butler, Missouri died Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born September 22, 1931 to Preston and Clara Paralee Smith Watts near Adrian, Missouri.

Earl is survived by four sons, Rocky Watts of Groveport, Ohio, Harvey Watts of Butler, Preston Watts of St. Joseph, Missouri and Larry Watts and Monty of Greenwood, Missouri; one daughter, Pamela White and husband Tom of Harrisonville, Missouri; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.