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Friday, February 10, 2017

Deepwater man arrested in Henry County

On 2/10/17 around 12:18pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Henry County arrested 22 year old James E. Dodson of Deepwater, Missouri.

Mr. Dodson was arrested for 1.) Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine 2.) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 3.) No Insurance.

He was booked into the Henry County Jail.

Man arrested after police chase ends in Clinton Missouri

Phillon Howard
On Feb. 7, Phillon Howard, 24, Kansas City, Missouri was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with class E felony resisting arrest by fleeing creating a substantial risk of serious injury/death to any person.

Mr. Howard's Bond was set at $7,500 cash or surety.

The charges stem from an Osceola Police Department investigation the previous day when Mr. Howard was exceeding the posted speed limit on Missouri Highway 13 in rural St. Clair County. 

When a Osceola Police Officer attempted to stop Mr. Howard's Dodge Charger for the speeding violation he failed to yield for the officer. 

The pursuit continued up Missouri 13 Highway until it was ended when the Clinton Police Department deployed spike strips to stop the vehicle. 

Mr. Howard was taken into custody without any further incidence. Further investigation revealed possible drug contraband.


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Snow Moon Lunar Eclipse occuring at this time

Have you heard? There will be a lunar eclipse tonight, mainly between 6 and 7 pm. However it doesn't end until 8:53pm

We are expecting a few clouds to move through the area, but there should be enough occasional breaks to see it.

Live Music Saturday Night in Butler

Triple Treat in the sky tonight...

Not one, but three major celestial events are going on in the sky tonight into tomorrow morning. We’re going to get an awesome convergence of a “Snow Moon,” a lunar eclipse and a comet passing all on the same night. These three separate events are all their own fun moments separately, but of course it’s even more fun that they’re happening all at the same time. The Snow Moon is the most common of these occurrences. A “Snow Moon” simply describes the full moon of February. They call it this because — you guessed it — it’s when big snowfalls tend to happen. 

Then there’s the lunar eclipse, which is also a decently regular occurrence depending on where you are in the world. A lunar eclipse, to be clear, is not a solar eclipse, when the moon crosses in front of the sun. Instead, a lunar eclipse is when the earth gets right in front of the sun, so the sun’s light can’t reach the moon. So the sun, the moon and Earth are all directly lined up. The moon is then covered in shadow, which makes it look an eerie red. It’s really cool to see, and you should try to check it out on Friday night. It should be viewable on Friday from Europe, Africa and most of Asia and North America. So basically everywhere except, like, Australia and Antarctica. 

Plus, we’re finally getting a comet this weekend. This particular comet is the simply named (ha) Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková. It has all those names because it was discovered in 1948 by astronomers Minoru Honda, Antonín Mrkos and Ľudmila Pajdušáková. 

Alexandra Svokos on SCIENCE SAYS

Legislative report from Senator Ed Emery

It’s final – Missouri will be the 28th Right to Work state. Governor Eric Greitens signed Senate Bill 19 on Monday, and it will become law on Aug. 28th, 2017. Most of this week was spent debating the pros and cons of “Project Labor Agreements,” (PLAs). Senate Bill 182, prohibiting PLAs for public projects in Missouri, was perfected Wednesday at about 8 p.m. Once enacted, SB 182 could save the state and local governments millions when it is necessary to build schools, roads, or public libraries. Progress was made on important appointments as well. The governor’s appointments to the Departments of Natural Resources, Corrections, Agriculture, and Public Safety plus the commissioner of the Office of Administration were confirmed by the Senate.

One of my bills that has begun receiving significant media attention is Senate Bill 190. It resulted from exhaustive study, consultation, and exhaustive research both during the summer and since the 2017 legislative session began. You may have already received a robo-call asking you to voice disapproval. I haven’t received the call so cannot speak to its content, but as my office receives calls from constituents, we are finding that many are voicing support once the bill is explained.

The Senate Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 190 was voted out of the Commerce Committee on Wednesday 9 to 1 and should be on the perfection calendar soon. Because of the hysteria being circulated by those opposed to the bill, I am offering some explanation below. Much of the opposition is due to either a misunderstanding about how electricity rates are set by the Public Service Commission or a lack of full disclosure of information about the public utilities themselves.

First of all, contrary to the opinions you may have heard, Senate Bill 190 does not create “automatic increases” in your electric bill. It does create a small surcharge that could add up to 1.2 percent per year to your cost of electricity or about one tenth of one percent per month. It also allows an investment accounting procedure called PISA or plant-in-service-accounting, which should have the effect of freeing up more capitol for grid upgrades. It removes none of the Public Service Commission oversight.

The current regulatory model was created in 1913. No one can deny that electricity production, delivery, and uses have evolved significantly since 1913. That may be why 46 states have reformed and updated regulations to allow for electric grid and infrastructure investment. Missouri is one of only four states that have not taken these very prudent steps. Of the four states that have not reformed regulation, three (Missouri, West Virginia, and Idaho) have seen the most significant cost increases in the last decade. In direct contrast, Florida utilities invested around $2 billion since 2006 in grid modernization and smart meters. Costs for customers in Florida have gone down 2.8 percent. Granted, Florida is more dependent on natural gas than Missouri, and natural gas prices have declined, but testimony from a former Florida regulator attributed credit to regulatory reform as well.

What this means is that states with the modern grid and infrastructure technology environment that Senate Bill 190 creates, have found that the modernization efforts result in more efficient electricity delivery to their homes and businesses with savings being realized by those home and business owners.

Additionally, many of us have experienced electrical outages in our homes and businesses, which have often taken hours before electricity has been restored. Modernization of the regulatory environment provided by Senate Bill 190 incentivizes the utility to invest in a more robust manner. For example, modern components of the grid that will allow electronic switching of electrical delivery remotely rather than sending a crew to manually switch to an alternative delivery method will save minutes, hours, and may save lives in an emergency situation.

Finally, in our modern technology age, cybersecurity must be on the table with our conversation on the modernization of our electric grid. While creating our modern grid, we have to ensure the new grid has resiliency, reliability, and can be protected against physical and cyber intrusions. And that’s really what Senate Bill 190 is about. It is designed to help focus utility investment on modernization of the electric grid. The legislation is also intended to lead to more stable and predictable electricity rates over time.

Electricity generation and use has changed since 1913. The current regulatory environment worked reasonably well in an age of large generation plants delivering electricity to rapidly growing demands. However, in the age of distributed generation (solar panels & windmills) and devices that are ever-more dependent on stable, uninterrupted electricity, Senate Bill 190 is critical to the future of all Missourians.

Thank you for reading this legislative report. You can contact my office at (573) 751-2108 if you have any questions. Thank you and we welcome your prayers for the proper application of state government.

First Assembly of God chicken dinner this Saturday

You can take your Valentine or the family to a candlelight chicken dinner this Saturday at 6pm. It will be taking place at the First Assembly of God Church located at 901 S. Main right here in Butler. 

For only $10, you get Italian chicken breast, green beans, dinner roll, your choice of potato, a dessert, and two extra choices for sides are corn and coleslaw. Come and enjoy the evening.

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FBLA Competes and advances 4 to state competition,
Brenna Adkins- 4th Place Business Communications
Brenna Adkins- 2nd Place Journalism
Andrew Stewart- 2nd Place Computer Problem Solving
Gavin Reed- 4th Place Intro to Financial Math
Nick Preston- 3rd Place Organizational Leadership
Nick Preston- 3rd Place Help Desk
Kyler Six/Jayce Bunch/Jacob Hawkins- 5th Place Business Ethics
Tanner Pitts/Jacob Weeks/Peyton Reynolds- 2nd Place Marketing
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Brenna Adkins- Business Communications and Journalism
Andrew Stewart- Computer Problem Solving
Nick Preston- Organizational Leadership
Gavin Reed- Intro to Financial Math
Colter Schacher, FBLA Advisor

Nevada Police Department seeking public assistance

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Do you know this man?

The Nevada Police Department are currently conducting an investigation and are attempting to identify this subject.

If you know this persons identity please contact Nevada Police Officer Brian Hansen at 417-448-2710 or 417-448-5100.

All information will be kept confidential.

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St.Clair County Sheriffs Office Warrant Arrests

On Feb. 9, Flint Greer, 27, Humansville, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with class D felony possession of a controlled substance and class E felony unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia-amphetamine or methamphetamine. Bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety.
The charges stem from a St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office investigation the previous day when a deputy was dispatched to a call of a trespasser causing a disturbance at on SE 1074 Road, Collins. Contact was made with Greer, who had driven to Pilot Travel Center, Collins. During the investigation a crystalline substance was located and field tested positive for methamphetamine.  Several items of methamphetamine paraphernalia were also located.  

On Feb. 9, Jessica Hutchins, 29, Osceola, was arrested in St. Clair County on a Benton County warrant for failure to appear on an ordinance violation of shoplifting. Bond is set at $1,000 cash or surety.

On Feb. 8, Samantha Taylor, 29, Deepwater, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant for failing to appear in court on two counts of class A misdemeanor domestic assault-third degree. Bond was set at $10,000 cash only.
On Feb. 10 a bond modification order was issued by the court and Taylor was released on her own recognizance.
The original charges stem from an incident on Jan. 30, 2016 when a St. Clair County deputy responded to a call in reference to a female making a threat to another individual at an apartment on South Mahan Street, Lowry City. During the investigation it was discovered Taylor entered a residence, uninvited, of another individual placing them in apprehension of immediate physical injury. Taylor allegedly pushed her way through another family member and threatened to cut the throat of the individual.

Warrant arrest made in Bates County

Trent Lewis
On February 9, 2017 at approximately 15:30pm Deputies from the Bates County Sheriffs Office arrested Trent Lewis (DOB 9/19/93). 

Mr. Lewis had a warrant out of Bates County for Tampering with a Victim or a Witness. 

His bond was set at $10000.00 cash or surety. Lewis is currently being held in the Bates County Jail.

Assault in Amoret leads to warrant arrest

Dusty McCracken
On February 9, 2017 Deputies responded to Amoret in reference to an assault. 

Deputies located the victim who stated that he had been hit with a baseball bat. He did not wish to press charges against the suspect. 

The victim, Dusty McCracken (DOB 12/22/1991) had multiple warrants out of Cass County, Harrisonville and Archie for Driving while Suspended, Defective Equipment and Non-Support. McCracken was taken into custody and transported to the Bates County Jail.

REMINDER: Adult coloring tonight at the Butler Public Library

Please refrain from open burning...

Just as the Butler Fire Department has stated that no burn permits will be issued until further notice, the winds kicked up around the county.

Super dry conditions, plus warmer temps and wind mean that it's basically a tinderbox all around the area.

Please be careful when discarding cigarettes, too. If you see a grass fire please call the fire department immediately.

Physical education department upgrades at Butler Elementary

Now this is what you call a Physical Education classroom! Remodel 2016-2017 almost complete. We have new archery backdrop locations, pull-up bar, peg board, new mats, and our new Heart Rate monitor.

Thank you to the school district, PTSO, and our maintance staff. This place is rocking!

-our thanks to Butler Elementary PTSO

House gives approval to expand screenings of newborns in Missouri

From Representative Patricia Pike

House Approves Legislation to Provide Funding for Cemetery Maintenance (HB 51)

Many cemeteries across the state are falling into disrepair because of a lack of funding for maintenance. The Missouri House took action this week to address the problem by passing legislation that would allow for more investment options with the goal of making more funds available for upkeep.

Many cemeteries have endowed monies placed in CD’s in local banks accruing interest, and in many cases, the stewardship of these endowed monies has been legally appointed to county commissions. Each year, the commissioners allocate just the income from interest accrued for the funding of maintenance costs. However, current state statute does not allow for the distribution of any of the principal. Because of extremely low interest rates, many county commissions are in a critical situation with no interest funds available to pay for maintenance.

The legislation approved by the House this week (HB 51) would authorize county commissions that are trustees for a cemetery trust fund to utilize investment managers to invest, reinvest, and manage fund assets. Supporters of the bill note that many cemetery trust funds hold hundreds of thousands of dollars, but the few investment vehicles currently authorized do not generate enough revenue to pay for maintenance. HB 51 would provide county commissions with more investment options.

Also working its way through the committee process is legislation (HB106) that would authorize county commissions to use a part of the principal of a cemetery trust fund for the support and maintenance of the cemetery when the net income of the trust fund is insufficient for those purposes. The bill is currently under consideration by the House Local Government Committee.

Until state statutes are revised or interest rates increase, local cemetery boards, local communities, and descendants of buried ancestors will need to take action and contribute monetarily through donations or fundraisers to increase endowment funds. It is important to note that no funding comes from state taxpayers’ resources.

House Gives Initial Approval to Legislation Expanding Screenings of Newborns (HB 66)

The Missouri House gave first-round approval this week to legislation that would expand screenings of newborns in Missouri to look for two more life-threatening diseases.

The bill would require that infants be screened for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and mucopolysaccharidosis II (MPS II), otherwise known as Hunter syndrome. Both are genetic diseases that can be fatal. Supporters say the earlier they are detected, the better outcomes can be.

The sponsor said the bill, “gives families hope and it gives us a chance to save the lives of even more babies here in Missouri.”

SMA results in a loss of physical strength that can include a lessened ability to walk, eat, or breathe. It is the leading genetic cause of death for infants. Hunter syndrome is caused by an enzyme deficiency that results in the buildup of harmful molecules that can affect a person’s appearance, mental development, organ function, and physical abilities. An estimated 2,000 people have Hunter syndrome worldwide, with about 500 of those living in the U.S.

Medication to treat SMA was fast-tracked and approved in late December of 2016 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. There is no cure for Hunter syndrome, but earlier detection could improve the lives or increase the lifespan of those children who have it.

The sponsor of the bill believes there should be little or no additional cost to screen for SMA, and screening for Hunter syndrome can be done “very reasonably.” The bill would make the additional screenings subject to annual funding by the state, and would allow the Department of Health and Senior Services to increase its newborn screening fees to pay for the additional tests.

The bill now requires another vote in the House before moving to the Senate.

State Legislators Go Red to Raise Awareness of Heart Disease

Red was the color of the day in the Missouri State Capitol on Wednesday, February 8 as legislators and staff came together to raise awareness of the rate of heart disease in women. Hundreds of individuals were decked out in red attire as part of the American Heart Association’s “Wear Red Day,” which was started in 2003 and has become an annual event in the Missouri General Assembly.

While many think of heart disease as a man’s disease, the truth is that heart disease and stroke kill one out of every 3 women. In fact, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States – second only to all types of cancer combined. Ninety-five percent of adult women have at least one risk factor for heart disease, and almost half of women are not aware of the risks. Awareness is crucial because 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

Members and staff of the House and Senate come together each year to do their part to make women aware of the simple changes they can make to promote a healthier and longer life.

FFA President Colton Spencer Reminds Legislators of the Importance of Agricultural Education

The FFA State Officer Team visited the State Capitol Tuesday to remind legislators of the importance of agricultural education in the state. The group was on hand to represent the more than 26,000 students who are currently involved in FFA. They provided legislators with information showing that 342 high schools and career centers currently offer agriculture classes, and that more than 28,000 students are enrolled in agricultural education programs. In 2015, there were more than 5,400 agricultural education graduates in Missouri. Ninety-five percent of the graduates either went on to continue their education or secure employment, with 64 percent of them pursuing agriculture as a career.

In keeping with tradition in the Missouri House of Representatives, FFA President Colton Spencer addressed House members to discuss the mission of the organization. Spencer noted that 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Hughes National Vocational Education Act that led to the creation of Career and Technical Education in the United States. Eleven years later in 1928, 33 high school students from 18 states met in Kansas City Missouri, for the first ever National FFA Convention. Their efforts created what is now the nation’s largest school-based youth organization boasting nearly 650,000 members.

As Spencer said in his address, “For 89 years the National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, has given individuals an opportunity. An opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in the areas of applied science, technical and employability skills, while learning about our nation’s #1 industry: agriculture.”

Spencer also noted the three goals of FFA, which are to grow leaders, build communities, and strengthen agriculture. He concluded his remarks by thanking legislators for their dedication to Missouri and its residents, and by asking that they work together to advance the three goals of FFA.

Benefit Dinner for Pastor Tony Reynolds of the Appleton City First Christian Church

A benefit dinner for Pastor Tony Reynolds of the First Christian Church of Appleton City will be held on the evening of Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., at the Appleton City High School Commons Area. Pastor Tony is currently undergoing cancer treatment. The dinner, catered by Robert Perrymann’s Kickin’ Chicken, includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, hot rolls, and a dessert. Tickets must be purchased in advance by February 26, 2017. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Adult tickets are $10 and children ages 10 and under are $6.

A pie auction will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 7:00 p.m. Also, a silent auction and 50/50 raffle will be held. If you wish to donate items for the silent auction or pie auction, please contact Betty Michel at (660) 492-7569.

Tickets may be purchased at the following Appleton City locations: Community First Bank, Food Fair, Powell’s True Value, and St. Clair County State Bank. You may also purchase tickets from Doug at the MU Extension Center in Butler, Missouri. If you are unable to attend the dinner, but would like to make a contribution to the family, a Love Fund has been established at Community First Bank in Appleton City, Missouri.

-our thanks to Brenda Doody

Nuts and bolts of farm leases seminar coming Feb. 20th

On Monday, February 20, 2017, University of Missouri Extension in Bates County will host The Nuts & Bolts of Farm Leases. The program will discuss items in a lease, Missouri leasing laws, cash rental trends, and options in farm rental agreements. In today’s current agricultural economy, lease agreements have become an important topic.

The program will be taught by MU Extension Agricultural Business Specialists Doug Scotten and Nathanial Cahill. Scotten says, “Understanding issues involved in lease agreements and understanding various lease options can help you avoid potential conflicts. The goal is to create a lease that works for both the owner and tenant.”

The program will be held at the Sheriff’s Conference Center on the south side of the square, 13 W. Dakota Street, Butler, Missouri. The cost to attend the workshop is $20 per person or $30 per couples sharing materials. Registration for the course is required before Wednesday, February 15th, 2017. To register, call the University of Missouri Extension in Bates County at (660)679-4167.

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Come out and help the Montrose Senior Class

Ted E. Bear's Toy Factory will be at the GVVC Tournament on Friday, February 10, and Saturday, February 11. Stuff a toy the way you want it by choosing the animal of your choice, selecting the color of the eyes, and receiving a team t-shirt for your animal with your school logo. There are two sizes of animals so the cost will be either $10 or $20, depending on what you choose. Outfits and shoes will also be available for purchase.

Ted E. Bear's Toy Factory will be donating 20% of each sale to the Montrose Senior Class.

Reminder: Soccer Signups at Butler Pizza Hut

Spring soccer sign ups will be held at the Butler Pizza Hut on the following days. Cost of the spring soccer season is $45 for children 4 years old to Twelfth grade.

February 10th 6:00-8:00 pm
February 11th 11:30-2:00 pm
February 17th 6:00-8:00 pm
February 18th 11:30-2:00 pm

MoDot Southwest Road Report 2/10/17

Bates County:
* Route 18: One-lane traffic in areas between Route FF and Missouri/Kansas state line east of Adrian. Repairing roadway edges.

* Various Routes: One-lane traffic, slow-moving train of work trucks and crews and equipment close to traffic. Repairing approaches, filling potholes, cutting brush and repairing and replacing signs.

Henry County:
* Route 52: One-lane traffic in areas between Clinton and Windsor. Smoothing pavement.

* Routes F and NN: One-lane traffic and slow-moving train of work trucks in various locations. Shoulder work.

* Various routes: One-lane traffic and slow-moving train of work trucks in various locations. Repairing approaches.

Vernon County:
* Route 54: One-lane traffic in areas between Missouri/Kansas state line and Vernon/Cedar county near Nevada. Sealing pavement.

* I-49: One northbound lane closed over the railroad tracks in Nevada. Mile Marker 102. Bridge work.

* Route AA: One-lane traffic in areas between Chouteau Road and Main Street near Schell City. Chipping brush.

* Various routes: One-lane traffic and slow-moving train of work trucks in various locations. Repairing approaches and cutting brush.

Adrian PTO Fun Night