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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Obituary - Shirley J. Johnson

Shirley J. Johnson, age 66, of Clinton, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, MO.

Shirley is survived by her husband Earl, of the home.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Consalus Funeral Home, Clinton, MO. An inurnment will follow at Englewood Cemetery, Clinton.

The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Shirley Johnson Memorial Fund and left in care of Consalus Funeral Home, 209 S. 2nd St., Clinton, MO 64735.

Condolences may be left online at this website.










Updated Obituary - Jack H. Atteberry

Jack H. Atteberry
Jack H. Atteberry of Harrisonville, MO passed from this life on February 26, 2017 at the age of 87. He was born in Joplin, MO January 10, 1930, the eldest son of Perry H. and Mae (Carr) Atteberry. On September 15, 1956 he was united in marriage to Patricia Holt at The Sacred Heart Church in Columbia, MO, and they enjoyed sixty years of marriage.

Jack served four years in the U.S. Air Force and was a Korean War Veteran. He received a BSEd from the University of Missouri and a Masters from Arizona State University. He retired from AT&T (formerly Western Electric) in North Andover, MA and then returned to the Kansas City area. Jack had been a member of The Society of Manufacturing Engineers, KC and the Junior Chambers of Commerce in Tempe, AZ and Joplin, MO. A member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Jack was a 3rd Degree member and past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 6550 and a member of the 4th Degree Assembly 3080.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Kathryn Johnson, and Mary and Barbara Atteberry; and two brothers, Paul R. Atteberry and James Atteberry.

Jack is survived by his wife, Patricia; four daughters, Teresa (Kevin) Riggs, Pamela (Michael) Batliner, Laurel Carr, and Julia (Fabrice) Reffay; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren and 15 nieces and nephews. Jack was a loving husband, father and grandfather and was devoted to his family, his church and his country.

A funeral mass is scheduled for 10:00 am, Tues, March 7, 2017, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2700 E. Mechanic, Harrisonville, MO with a graveside service at 2 pm, Tues. March 7, 2017 at the Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation is scheduled for, Mon, March 6, 2017, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Rosary at 6:00 pm, at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, MO.




One vehicle accident in rural Drexel

The Drexel Fire Department along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cass County are on scene of a one vehicle accident on D Highway around the area of 341st in rural Drexel.

We are unsure of any injuries at this time and the accident is said to be a red dodge truck that is off the roadway. Adrian Tow is in route to remove the vehicle.

Mid America Live News will update when more information is made available to us from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

This Story Has Been Update: 
http://batescountynewswire.blogspot.com/2017/03/update-archie-man-injured-in-one.html


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Updated Obituary - Walter Lee “Jack” Spratt

Walter Lee “Jack” Spratt
Funeral services for Jack Spratt will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. 

Visitation will be prior to services from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday at Schowengerdt Chapel. 

Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to Show-Me Christian Home. Online condolences, www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Walter Lee “Jack” Spratt, age 94 of Mt. Vernon, Missouri formerly of Butler, Missouri died Monday, February 27, 2017 at Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon. He was born April 4, 1922 to Arthur Lee and Edna Elizabeth Main Spratt in Hume, Missouri.

Jack is survived by three daughters, LeBeth Washburn of Cameron Park, California, Mary Carol Speece and husband Charles of Galion, Ohio and Jackie Lee Roberts of Joplin, Missouri; one sister, Lousie Brown of Nevada, Missouri; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Carrie; one brother, Richard Spratt; and one sister, Hazelle LaFarge.





Obituary - Clara Louise (Boehler) Koch

Clara Louise (Boehler) Koch
The Funeral Mass for Clara will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Montrose, Missouri on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Officiating at mass will be Father Tom Hermes.

The Rosary/Visitation will be held at the church preceding Mass with the Rosary being said at 10:00 a.m. followed by visitation at 10:20 a.m.  Interment will be in St. Ludger’s Cemetery, Germantown, Missouri.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to St. Mary's School in Montrose.

Clara Louise (Boehler) Koch, age 95, of Montrose, Missouri died Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at the home of her son, David. She was born September 3, 1921 to Fred and Mary (Gieselman) Boehler in Urich, Missouri.

Clara was one of ten children and grew up in the Urich, Missouri area.

On April 10, 1944 Clara married her husband of 65 years, Matthew H. Koch, in Alamogordo, New Mexico. They were blessed with two children, Donna Pirhalla Talbott and David G. Koch.

Clara faithfully attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Montrose, Missouri.

During World War II, Clara worked at the Lake City Ordnance Plant. She was actively involved in the family farming operation with her husband, Matthew. Clara was also involved in the Community Extension Club, Altar Sodality, PTA and served as a leader in the Spruce 4-H program.

Clara was a very loving and giving wife and mother, who enjoyed her family. She took great pride in her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild.

Clara was preceded in death by her husband, Matthew, her parents, seven siblings and granddaughter, Beth.

Survivors include her daughter, Donna Talbott of Montrose, Missouri; her son, Dave Koch of Montrose; Missouri, one brother, John Boehler of Albuquerque, New Mexico; one sister, Rosanna Greufe of Montrose, Missouri; four sisters-in-law, Mildred Boehler of Butler, Missouri, Teresa Brownsberger of Harrisonville, Missouri, Laverne Boehler of Montrose, Missouri, and Mary Boehler of Weaubleau, Missouri; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.




Jasper County Sheriff's Deputy shot while serving search warrant

On March 1st, 2017 Deputy Nolan Murray with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office was shot while serving a search warrant. Deputy Murray is in stable condition in ICU and is in good spirits. 

He and his family will have a long road of recovery ahead of them. Please keep Deputy Murray and his family in your prayers.

The Fraternal Order of Police Regional Lodge #27 and Jasper County Sheriff’s Office will be accepting monetary donations for Deputy Murray to help cover expenses. 


Checks can be made out to FOP Lodge #27. Please mark the check “Nolan Murray” in the memo section. Checks can be sent or dropped off at the below locations:

Joplin Police Department
Attn: Shelby Howard-FOP
303 E. 3rd
Joplin, MO 64801 


Jasper County Sheriff’s Office
Attn: John Hicks-FOP
231 S. Main
Joplin, MO 64801












Congratulations Jace Rutledge!

Congratulations to Harrisonville High School senior Jace Rutledge, who signed a letter of intent to compete in rodeo for Northwestern Oklahoma State University today!





Obituary - Darrell G. Barnett, Sr.

Darrell G. Barnett, Sr.
Darrell G. Barnett, Sr., 60, of Clinton, Missouri died Sunday, February 26, 2017 at St. Luke's Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo.

He was born September 17, 1956 in Sparta, Mo., the son of Willie Floyd Barnett and Stella Maye (Warren) Barnett.

Darrell married Theresa Marie Boley on September 13, 1979 in Mexico, Mo., and she survives of the home.

He was a member of the Clinton Church of the Nazarene and the National Rifle Association. Darrell enjoyed hunting and fishing.

In addition to his wife he is survived by three sons, Michael G. Newell and his wife Janifer, Fordland, Mo., Doug E. Newell, Fordland, Mo., and Darrell G. Barnett, Jr., "D.J." and his wife Dana, Clinton, Mo; one daughter, Tashennia S. McCarty and her husband Jody L., Wright City, Mo; sixteen grandchildren; two brothers, Dale Barnett, Louistown, Mo., and Wendel Barnett, Highlandville, Mo; one sister, Wanda Barnett, Nixa, Mo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Floyd Barnett.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Graveside services will be at 3:00 p.m. Friday at the Sparta Cemetery, Sparta, Mo.




Obituary - Kristopher Linthicum

Kristopher Mical Linthicum, 13, of Clinton, Missouri passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at his home.

He was born July 24, 2003 in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Michael Lynn Linthicum and Anita Jane (Smith) Linthicum.

Kristopher enjoyed reading, playing cars, and being with and visiting with people.

Surviving are his father, Michael Linthicum; his mother, Anita J. Linthicum of the home; two brothers, Jacob Linthicum and Nicholas Linthicum, both of the home; maternal grandparents, Buck and Gertrude Smith, Appleton City, Mo.; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents.

There are no services planned at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton.












Three arrested in Bates County after search warrant served

Leon D Berry
On 3/1/2017, the Bates County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 114 S Fulton Street Butler Mo 64730. 

The search warrant was in connection to a multiple month long investigation between Bates County Detectives and Taskforce Agents from the CNET Drug Taskforce. 
Victor Recinos

Two separate investigations began to merge into one early on in the investigation. 

Phillip W Thornburg
Multiple complaints were received and information was developed in regards to drug activity at 114 S Fulton in Butler. On a separate investigation information was received about drug activity at multiple locations in Rich Hill that were owned by the same person.

Approximately a month ago at a monthly round table meeting CNET Agents working with area agencies like Butler Police Department, Bates County Sheriff Office and Rich Hill Police Department were able to connect the two investigations with shared information. This information assisted in obtaining a search warrant for 114 S Fulton Butler Missouri.

As the members of the Bates County Sheriff’s Office executed the search warrant two male subjects were at the kitchen table in the middle of a drug transaction. Both males were taken into custody at the scene. 


One male subject was transported to the hospital with minor injuries and the other male was taken to the Bates County Sheriff’s Office. The resident of 114 S Fulton was identified as Phillip W Thornburg W/M 8/25/1961. The other male subject identified as Leon D Berry W/M 9/7/1964.

At approximately 130pm surveillance teams followed Berry from Rich Hill to the house in Butler. After Berry had been at the house for a short time Deputies executed the search warrant at the house. The long term investigation led Detectives to believe that Thornburg had been

Bates County Sheriff’s Office Chad Anderson, Sheriff 6 West Ft. Scott Street Butler, Mo 64730 Phone 660-679-3232 Fax 660-679-4147

purchasing and selling Methamphetamines at his house in Butler. The investigators were able to develop information that over the last several months Berry had been delivering methamphetamines to Thornburg in Butler.

During the search of the residence multiple bags of methamphetamines were seized along with digital scales, glass pipes and a small amount of cash and a counterfeit $100 bill.

After Detectives completed a search of the residence at 114 S Fulton Butler, they responded to the residence of Leon Berry located at 805 East Walnut Rich Hill Missouri. A consent search of that residence located a small bag of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. One subject was arrested on an outstanding warrant for possession of a controlled substance. A second location, a shop owned by Berry located at 6th and Maple Street was also searched by Detectives.

Phillip W Thornburg was charged with Possession of a Controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety.

Leon D. Berry was charged with Distribution of a controlled substance in a protected location, Possession of a controlled substance, Unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and forgery, bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety.

Victor Recinos was arrested on an outstanding warrant for possession of a controlled substance with a bond of $10,000. 


Additional charges may be filed at a later date as the investigation is ongoing. 

“This was a team effort, says Sheriff Chad Anderson. Calls from citizens and multiple agencies getting together to share information led to a successful investigation. Law Enforcement from this community is committed to working together to protecting our citizens.”






Come enjoy St. Patrick's Day at the Union







Diabetes Self Management course in Butler starting in April

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Road work in Harrisonville

Independence Street from Wall Street to Mechanic Street in Harrisonville will be closed to traffic on Friday morning, March 3, from 7 a.m. to noon. 

A concrete pumper truck and other equipment will be blocking the roadway. 

Please find a alternate route around this area.














Three teens injured in Cass County rollover accident

On 3/2/17 around 11:00am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cass County along with Cass County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a one vehicle rollover accident on Missouri 58 Highway just East of Prairie Lane Road in rural Cass County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2003 Mercury driven by 17 year old Christian M. Large of Raymore, Missouri ran off the right side of the roadway, driver over corrected and ran off the left side of the roadway causing the vehicle to strike a driveway, overturn and come to rest on its top in a pond.

Christian M. Large along with two passengers in vehicle 16 year old Jayson M. Brooks of Raymore, Missouri and 18 year old Christopher R. Hagedorm of Raymore, Missouri all sustained minor injuries in this accident and all three were transported by South Metro Fire to Belton Regional Hospital for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene by GT Tow.


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Obituary - Kenneth Edward Bruhn

Kenneth Edward Bruhn
Kenneth Edward Bruhn, 84, Nevada, MO, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 1, 2017 at Medicalodges of Nevada following a brief illness. Kenny was born on June 11, 1932 in Kearney, NE to Edward Charles Bruhn and Arlene F. (Bryant) Bruhn. He married Norma Armitage on December 21, 1954 in Miami, OK and she survives of Nevada.

Kenny was raised in Kearney, NE and graduated from Kearney High School. Following high school he went into the U. S. Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict. After the service he came back to Wichita, KS and worked in that area for six years before moving to Eureka, KS to operate a private club and restaurant and later the Eureka Country Club. In 1972 he moved to Clinton, MO to manage the Clinton Country Club and Golf Course and later managed the Meadowlake Country Club also in Clinton. Kenney came to Nevada in 1981 to manage the Frank E. Peters Golf Course for ten years. He later worked for the City of Nevada Water Department and also Cottey College until his retirement. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Nevada.

In addition to his wife, Norma, survivors include his daughter Terri Cornell and her husband, Paul, Clinton; grandchildren, Stacy Harrington and her husband Will, Grain Valley, MO and Kenny Bruhn, Nevada; great grandchildren, Brianna, Taylor and Noah; his brother, Clark Bruhn and his wife Karen, Valley Center, KS; brother-in-law, Leroy Wheeler, Winfield, KS; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Mike on February 26, 2017; and two sisters, Shirley Ann in infancy and Janet Wheeler.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 5, 2017 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Rev. Bill Platt officiating. Cremation will follow. Friends may call now and until the hour of service and the family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, 2017, at the funeral home.

Those who wish may contribute in Kenny’s memory to the American Cancer Society or Alzheimer’s Association in care of Ferry Funeral Home





Poplar Heights Farm all ready for Summer

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Obituary - Jim Duncan

Jim Duncan, 59 of Drexel, Missouri passed away Thursday, March 2, 2017 at his home in Drexel. A memorial service will be held 4:00 pm Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009). 

Visitation will be held prior to services Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, also at the chapel. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, Missouri. 

Contributions are suggested to a fund for his grandchildren in care of Jennifer Fink. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com

Full obituary information will be published as soon as it becomes available.







Miami Kindergarten Round UP March 24th








Need a Summer job?

The City of Butler is now accepting applications for all positions at the Butler Aquatic Center. Lifeguard candidates must be 15 years of age by June 1, 2017. Lifeguard candidates must be or be able to become Red Cross certified lifeguards. Pre-employment and post-employment random drug testing is required for all the positions. Starting pay is $7.70 per hour with automatic step increases for each year of service.

Applications are available during regular business hours at Butler City Hall at 22 W. Ohio Butler, MO 64730, (660) 679-4182 or on our website @ www.butlermo.com. Position open until filled. EOE





Rich Hill City Wide clean up next week

The City Mayor and council have been working towards properly enforcing the City’s nuisance ordinances. These steps have involved bringing ordinances up to date with new state statues, breaking the ordinances apart so they are understood easier, informing the public of what is in the ordinance so compliance can be met and helping the public meet compliance without creating any unnecessary financial burden toward a citizen. Council has not changed the criteria of what a nuisance is, changes have only been made to meet state statues for penalties and enforcement. The following are the steps the city and staff is taking to inform and help the citizens before enforcement commence.

On March 6-10, 2017, there will be a city wide clean up. If assistance is needed please drop a letter off at city hall with your name, address and a phone number. State why and what kind of assistance is needed in the letter. This information will be passed on to volunteer organizations; if assistance is available the volunteer organizations will be in contact. This is not an assistance guarantee, nor is the city providing the assistance.

March 13, 2017 nuisance violations will begin being issued.

120 N. 7th Street, Rich Hill, Mo 64779
City Hall – 417-395-2223





New sex offender registered in rural Butler

Michael Kohler
A sex offender was registered today who moved to Bates County from Osawatomie, KS. His information is below.
Michael Kohler
  • DOB: 8/2/1983
  • Address: 1407 SW County Road 4647, Butler, MO
  • Offense: Statutory Rape in the 2nd Degree
  • Date of Offense: 5/8/10
  • City, County & State of Offense: Butler, Bates, MO
  • Victim Info: 15 year old White Female





Oak Hill Cemetery notice...

OAK HILL CEMETERY NOTICE –All Christmas flowers and decorations on grave sites at Oak Hill Cemetery need to be picked up by March 13, 2017. The cemetery crews will start removal March 13, 2017. -Thank You, City of Butler, MO




Updated Obituary - Loyal George

Loyal George
Loyal George 98 of Garden City, Missouri departed this life on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Missouri Veterans Home, Warrensburg, Missouri surrounded by love and family.

He is survived by three daughters, Jan George, Kansas City, Missouri, Loy Ann George, Garden City, Missouri and Susan Farr and husband, Bishop Robert, Marthasville, Missouri; two grandchildren, Joe and Amy; two great-grandchildren, Lucas and Zoey; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation. A Celebration of Life Service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, Missouri.

Family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the funeral home.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Administration League, Warrensburg, Missouri.






Obituary - Perry Joseph Allen

Perry Joseph Allen, 85, Raymore, MO, died Tuesday, February 28, 2017. A Memorial Mass will be held 11:00am Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Church in Harrisonville, Missouri. 

The family will receive friends 10:00-11:00am Thursday, preceding the Mass, at the church. Inurnment at the IOOF Cemetery, Sullivan, Missouri at a later date. 

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. A complete obituary will be added when it becomes available.








Bates County Clerk’s Office News

The Bates County Clerk’s office will be open on Saturday, April 1st from 8:00 a.m. to noon  for the purpose of absentee voting. 



The following political subdivisions will not be voting in April.  Under Section 115.124, non-partisan political subdivisions do not have an election, if the number of candidates filing is the same as the number of positions to be filled.    

The candidates shall assume the responsibilities of their offices at the same time and in the same manner as if they had been elected.  Cities/villages are required to hold elections.   If you are registered in a city or village you will have the opportunity to vote.     



Deer Creek Township – Archie R-5 School

Shawnee Township – Ballard R-2 School

Summit Township – Butler R-5 School

Shawnee Township – Butler R-5 School

Mound Township – Butler R-5 School 

Lone Oak Township – Butler R-5 School

Pleasant Gap Township – Butler R-5 School

CLS Road District – Butler R-5 School

Pleasant Gap Township - Hudson R-9 School

Howard Township- Hume R-8 School 

West Boone Township – Drexel R-4 School

Rockville Township – Appleton City R-2 School 







Mark your calendar: Gun & Knife show set for later this month

March 24th, 25th and 26th the Adrian Optimist Building will once again be packed with a full compliment of handguns, long guns, knives, hunting supplies and more.
Hours Friday 5 to 9 pm; Saturday 8 to 6; Sunday 9 to 3. Admission is just $5, children under 10 get in free.


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Gearing up for Butler Alumni 2017

The Butler Alumni Association is very excited to announce that Pam and Giffin Simmons will be the Parade Marshall's for this years Alumni Parade. 

The theme for this year is "Let the good Times Roar Teachers Past, Present and Future".

The date is set for May 27th, more details coming soon!





One arrested after foot pursuit in Eldorado Springs

On February 23, 2017, after a foot pursuit that lasted for approximately three blocks, officers arrested Corey D. Brown, 37, of EI Dorado Springs, for three active Cedar County Felony Warrants, charging him with Failure to Appear on the original charge of Domestic Assault 2nd degree, Robbery 1st degree, and Armed Criminal Action with no bond, a warrant charging him with Failure to Appear to Two Counts of Domestic Assault 2nd degree with no bond, and a warrant charging him with Kidnapping 1st Degree, Domestic Assault 2nd Degree, and Resisting Arrest for a Felony, with no bond. 

He was transferred to the Cedar County Jail pending a court appearance. Officers completed a probable cause statement for Resisting Arrest.