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Friday, March 17, 2017

MDC plans improvements for Schell-Osage wetlands

Nevada, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is planning major improvements to levees and water supply for wetlands and a lake at the Schell-Osage Conservation Area. New levee placement and design will reduce damage from flooding, saving costs in the long run and providing better water management for wildlife habitat in marshes. Fish habitat and angler opportunities will be improved for Schell Lake. A new pump station to draw water from adjacent Truman Reservoir will enable water levels to remain more stable in Atkinson and Schell lakes, which will also benefit fishing.

The project is currently scheduled to begin early in 2018 with a drawdown of Schell Lake, said Frank Nelson, MDC resource scientist and wetland ecologist who is co-manager for the project. The project will cause a temporary shutdown of waterfowl hunting in the wetland pools in 2018 and possibly in 2019. But when the project is complete, near the current number of hunting blinds will be available. The changes will also provide better food and resting areas on the waterfowl refuge portion of the area for migrating ducks, geese and shorebirds.

Schell-Osage Conservation Area opened for public use in 1962 and is one of MDC’s oldest managed wetland areas. The 8,633-acre area borders a section of the Osage River and straddles the line between northeastern Vernon County and southwestern St. Clair County in west central Missouri. Wildlife management includes upland areas with forest, woodland, native grass restoration, a small prairie remnant, old fields and crop fields. But wetland habitat and waterfowl hunting are also key components.

Wetlands provide valuable fish and wildlife habitat. They help filter and store water that feeds groundwater and streams. Wetlands are also valuable for outdoor recreation such as hunting, birding and photography.

Major flooding through the years has caused repeated and expensive damage to levees and wetlands at Schell-Osage, Nelson said. The original levees for managing 1,425-acres of wetlands in six pools were built largely on straight north-south lines. Included in Pool A is Barber Lake, a shallow Osage River oxbow. Schell Lake at 355 acres includes much shallow water on the west end. Construction of Truman Lake in the 1970s placed Schell Lake and the wetlands in Truman’s flood pool.

Plans call for re-alignment of the levees to better follow the natural topography and hydrology, Nelson said. Levee design will also be more gradually rounded. Both steps should reduce flood damage. A new pump station drawing water from the Osage River, essentially the upper end of Truman Reservoir, will eliminate the necessity for drawing water from Schell Lake and Atkinson Lake to serve wetlands.

Schell Lake will be reduced in length on the west end. But the remaining lake will be deeper, fishing jetties will be added for anglers, and fish habitat will be added to the lake bed. The old shallow end of the lake will be merged with the wetland units.

Nelson anticipates that many of the current hunting blinds will remain in the same location upon completion of the project. But some may be moved depending on levee placement.

Most of the fish in Schell Lake will be flushed out as the lake drains. But there will likely be a fish salvage opportunity at a future date.

In 2004, MDC kicked off a Golden Anniversary Wetlands Initiative to make improvements on the state’s five oldest wetland management areas, including Fountain Grove, Duck Creek, Montrose, and Ted Shanks. Schell-Osage is the last wetland on the list to receive renovations. In the coming year, MDC will be working on engineering designs, seeking permits and soliciting construction bids for the project. A final cost is not yet available. MDC is seeking federal wildlife grants to assist with costs and working with key conservation partners such as Ducks Unlimited.

Updates and links regarding the project’s progress and recreation access during construction activities will be posted on the area website. For information, visit

For information about other MDC conservation areas and outdoor opportunities, visit

Updated Obituary - Ruby Pauline Yeats

Ruby Pauline Yeats
Ruby Pauline Yeats, 80, Nevada, MO, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin following a brief illness. Pauline was born March 17, 1936 in Milo, MO to James B. and Mary Alma (Bridgewater) Smith.

Pauline grew up in Nevada and attended Nevada High School graduating with the Class of 1954. Following high school Pauline became an LPN and worked at Nevada City Hospital for 36 years until her retirement. After retiring she stayed active caring for and helping others. She was an active member of the Baptist Faith and currently attended Calvary Baptist Church in Nevada. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and attended the Nevada Senior Center. She volunteered at the Kansas City Veterans Hospital, and at On My Own in Nevada. Pauline was a caregiver in the Nevada area most of her life. In her younger years she loved to fish, enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and knitting.

Pauline was preceded in death by two husbands, Carl Wilkerson, and Earl Joe Yeats; her parents; and two brothers, Cecil Smith, and Elza Smith. Survivors include nephews and nieces; great-nephews and great-nieces, great-great-nephews and great-great-nieces; and great-great-great nephews, and great-great-great nieces; other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Rev. Terry Mosher officiating. Interment will follow in Moore Cemetery, Nevada. Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Visitation will be held from 6-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

Contributions may be made in her memory to Calvary Baptist Church in Nevada, or the Nevada Senior Center in c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

Deepwater woman injured in Henry County rollover accident

On 3/17/17 around 4:30pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Henry County responded to a one vehicle rollover accident on Route Z at County Road 1021 in rural Henry County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2002 Ford Explorer driven by 59 year old Teresa J. Dyson of Deepwater, Missouri traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch before overturning.

Teresa J. Dyson sustained minor injuries in this accident and she was transported by ambulance to Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton, Missouri for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene by Tollivers Towing.

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Obituary - Kathryn Sue Brink

Funeral services for Kathy Brink will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Dr. Terry Davis officiating. 

Visitation will be prior to services from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Schowengerdt Chapel. Cremation following services. Contributions to Relay For Life or Salvation Army.

Kathryn Sue Brink, age 64 of Butler, Missouri died Friday, March 17, 2017 at her home in Butler. She was born June 2, 1952 to Gilbert Francis and Betty Louise Martin Mullies in Butler.

Kathy is survived by her two sons, Tyler Ragan of Butler, Missouri and PJ Ragan and wife Katie of Kansas City, Missouri; one daughter, Ky Brink of Butler, Missouri; lifetime companion Michael Ragan of Butler, Missouri; one brother, David Mullies of Waynesville, Missouri; special brother, Todd Black of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; five grandchildren, Mikinzie Ward, Macy Ragan, Ella Ragan, Brody Ragan and Max Ragan; and numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Ronnie Mullies; and one sister, Janice Wheeler.

Eldorado Springs man wanted in St.Clair County

Michael Helm
On March 16, a St. Clair County warrant was issued for Michael Helm, 32, El Dorado Springs, for failing to appear in court on an original class B felony charge of burglary first degree. Bond is set at $10,000 cash only.

The original charge stems from a St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office investigation on May 6, 2015 when deputies were dispatched to SW 900 Road, El Dorado Springs, in reference to an attempted burglary. 

Stormy Haddan reported two individuals attempted to enter her residence through a window and fled from the residence in a vehicle.

Sheriff Keeler urges those with any information
or the location of any wanted persons to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to

Looking for something fun to do this evening?

Tonight we have Breakaway to help celebrate St. Patrick's day.
Tonight's dinner special: corn beef,cabbage, potatoes and carrots.
Butterfish or halibut. Let's pack the Pennell

Clinton woman arrested on multiple warrants and drug possession

Cassandra A. Hood
On 3/16/17 around 10:32pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Henry County arrested 42 year old Cassandra A. Hood of Clinton, Missouri.

She was arrested for 1.) Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance ( Methamphetamine) 2.) Unlawful use of drug paraphernalia 3.) False Impersonation 4.) Felony Henry County Sheriffs Office Warrants X4 5.) Felony Bates County Sheriff's Office Warrants X2 6.) Felony Jackson County Sheriffs Office Warrant 7.) Misdemeanor Raymore Police Department Warrants X2.

Cassandra A. Hood was booked into the Henry County Jail and she is currently listed as bondable.

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Fatal Fire in Rural Pleasant Hill

Cass Co. – Detectives with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office along with the Central Cass County Fire Protection District and Missouri State Fire Marshall's Office are investigating a fatal fire reported around 1:21 a.m. Friday morning in rural Pleasant Hill. Deputies arrived on scene in the 20000 block of E. 203rd Street shortly after an occupant of the residence reported the fire. Deputies found a single story residence engulfed in smoke.

Firefighters with the Central Cass County Fire Protection District arrived on scene and extinguished the fire. Neighboring fire departments also responded to the scene for mutual-aid. Fire personnel advised that the body of a deceased individual was located inside the residence. Fire Investigators with the Central Cass County Fire Protection District and Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office are working to determine the cause of the fire.

Detectives will work the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine a positive identification of the victim. There were no other reported injuries at the scene.

Congrats Corri!

Congrats to Corri Hartsell of Butler for winning a Free Sonic Combo Meal per week for the rest of 2017! Thanks to everyone for your support. - Photo Submitted

St Patrick's Day Party at Jim's Roadhouse in Nevada

Alright all ye laddies and lasses... Join us for a bit of malarkey at Jim's Roadhouse in Nevada on St Patricks Day! Put on something green and come out to dance the night away!

You can have your hog, and eat it too...

You can help Miami Project Prom in a real tasty a half a hog! One ticket $1 or get 6 for $5. Call Pam at 660-464-0510 or Nancy at 913-219-4900, text or leave a message for info on how to get your tickets.

And a big THANK YOU to HP Electric of Butler for their generous donation. Keep 'em in mind for your next project!

Obituary - Stella Jones

Service plans are incomplete at this time. Stella Jones, age 83, daughter of George and Eunice L. (Frey) Foster, was born August 31, 1933 in Appleton City, Missouri. 

She departed this life surrounded by her loving family March 16, 2017 at Appleton City Manor Nursing Home.

The family requests any memorial donations be given to help with funeral expenses. Donations may be left at Hill & Son Funeral Home or given to Darrell.

Circuit Court of Bates County Court News 3/6-3/17-2017

  • Patricia Brown v Jesse L Brown, Dissolution of Marriage granted.
  • Aimee S Larson v Matthew C Larson, Dissolution of Marriage granted.
  • St v. Jeffrey M Bradley, probation revoked, sentence to be executed, jurisdiction retained.
  • Joe Bill Mart II v Rebecca Marie Mart, Dissolution of Marriage granted.
  • Laura Catherine Wright v v Jarett Cody Wright, Dissolution of Marriage granted.

25th Annual Bob Gunn Golf Tournament

The 25th Annual Bob Gunn golf tournament, sponsored by the Adrian Lions Club, is coming up on Sunday, April 23. It's a 4 person scramble. We have been filled to capacity for the last 2 years so get your team signed up soon so you don't miss out!

Warmer Weather for the weekend

Spring will be springing again this weekend as temperatures more typical of late April return today. A weak little cold front will sweep through later today, helping push temperatures back down for Saturday, but a return of southerly winds Sunday will bring back the warmer temperatures by the end of the weekend. 

And, just in case you're curious, Saturday's temperatures are more typical of early April with Sunday's temperatures are more typical of late May. Otherwise, next chance for widespread significant rain will return towards the middle of the next work week.

Harrisonville Police Officer of the year named last night

Congratulations to HPD Officer Jeremiah Jacobs, who was named Officer of the Year for Harrisonville during the Elks Banquet last night.

Clinton man arrested in Henry County

Jonathan M. Todd
On 3/16/17 around 9:58pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Henry County arrested 35 year old Jonathan M. Todd of Clinton, Missouri.

Mr. Todd was arrested for 1.) Felony Possession of a controlled substance ( Methamphetamine) 2.) Felony Henry County Sheriffs Office Warrant 3.) Unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

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

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Overland Park Kansas teen arrested in Bates County

On 3/16/17 around 9:42pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County arrested 18 year old Justin M. Keller of Overland Park, Kansas.

Mr. Keller was arrested for 1.) Felony Possession of a controlled substance - Methamphetamine 2.) Unlawful use of drug paraphernalia 3.) Speeding.

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

Rural Nevada man arrested; drugs and stolen gun recovered

Christopher L Ensor
A rural Nevada resident is in custody after a traffic stop by Sheriff’s Deputies Thursday afternoon. According to Vernon County Sheriff’s Officials, Christopher L Ensor, 37, who was wanted on a Felony warrant, was taken into custody after a deputy spotted him driving near the Sheriff’s Office in Nevada. 

Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said Ensor was wanted on a warrant for failure to obey a judge’s order on drug related charges. Mosher said suspected methamphetamine's and a firearm that has been identified as stolen from the Joplin, Mo area were seized during the traffic stop. 

Mr. Ensor is being held in the Vernon County Jail with no bond. Mosher said his office will be filing additional charges this week for the suspected drugs and stolen firearm.