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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Obituary - Joan May Villamaria

Joan May Villamaria
Joan May Villamaria, 80, Nevada, MO, passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center in Nevada. Joan was born August 26, 1936 in Farlington, KS to Elmer and Iva (Matlock) Hill. She was united in marriage to Val Villamaria on November 15, 1958 in Columbus, KS and he preceded her in death on March 7, 2012.

Joan was raised in Farlington, KS and attended Girard High School graduating with the Class of 1953. Joan was a homemaker and operated Eastgate Liquors in Nevada for a number of years. She also worked for Dick Shorten at the Vernon County Public Administrators Office for several years. Joan attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nevada. She enjoyed traveling with Val to Branson, Las Vegas, and to Tunica.

Survivors include her children, Lynda Brittingham and her husband Thurman, Rose Hill, KS, Mike Villamaria, Carl Junction, MO, and Joe Villamaria, Nevada; grandchildren, Brant Brittingham and his wife Ashley, Baldwin City, KS, Todd Brittingham and his wife Sarah, Wichita, KS, Chris Brittingham, Derby, KS, Renee Villamaria, San Francisco, CA, Rachael Villamaria, Carl Junction, MO, Ryan Villamaria, Carl Junction, MO; seven great-grandchildren, her sister, Mary Hughes, Girard, KS, her brother, Jerry Hill and his wife Bunleng, Burlingame, KS; in addition to her husband Val, she was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Harold Hill, and Eldon Hill; and one sister, Irene Marsh.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nevada with Father Peter Savidge officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Nevada. Rosary service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with visitation following until 8:00 p.m.

Those who wish may contribute in Joan’s memory to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center in c/o Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

Update: Power outage knocks out half of Adrian

Mid America Live News spoke with the Adrian Fire Chief and he advised us that based on information from KCP&L all power should be returned to the city of Adrian within the hour.

We thank you for your patience during this inconvenience. 

Power Outages in Adrian

Several KCP&L Customers in the city of Adrian are without power at this time. 

The Adrian Fire Department is in route to a large explosion sound in the area of 1st and Lexington Also the area of 8th and Clark and 1st and Virginia is without power.

Mid America Live News is mentoring this situation and we will update when updates are available.

Minor accident on North Orange Street in Butler

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The Butler Police Department is on scene of a minor accident on North Orange Street across the road from Studio M Salon.

The van was driven by a unknown female and no injuries are reported at this time.

Expect a small traffic delay with this incident.

Special Calf & Feeder Sale at MoKan in Passaic

Do you have any bands officer?

We would like to invite everyone to the Bates County Fair. This past week our deputies have been handing out FREE arm bands for kids they have come across. As with anything we want our community to support our local events. Our fair has been around for many years and we want to do our part in making it a success. If you see a Deputy your children might want to stop them and ask if they have anymore FREE armbands. They only have a few left. The first five photos posted of them having fun at past fair pictures will receive a FREE armband. - Bates County Sheriff's Office Facebook Page 

Suspect in custody after police chase in Vernon County

The Vernon County Sheriff's Office sent out a Nixle to advise that all roads Northeast of Nevada are clear at this time and the suspect in the police pursuit is now in custody in Vernon County.

Mid America Live News will update when more information is made available to us from the Vernon County Sheriff's Office.

From the City of Harrisonville

Here's an update from Street Superintendent Rodney Jacobs on the street work. 

The Street Department will be chip sealing Osage Street and Pheasant Road on Wednesday starting at 8:00 am. 

Osage will be sealed first and Pheasant following. Sweeping will be performed on both streets prior to sealing and Brookridge will be swept of any loose gravel as well. 

The micro-surfacing and slurry sealing by contractors is now scheduled to began on Monday July 24th. It is expected to take about a week to complete.

The milling of asphalt and overlay is scheduled to began on August 7th. It is expected to take about a week to complete.

Bates County Fair Parade Today

Bring the kids up to the historic Butler Square today for the Bates County Fair Parade. 

The parade will leave the Butler Fairgrounds at 5:30pm and travel Nursery Street to Delaware and North on Delaware around the square.

The temperature is going to be very hot today be sure to drink plenty of water today! 

From Branding Iron BBQ in Harrisonville

Formal charges pending on two for stealing from Osceola Cheese

On July 7, St. Clair County deputies responded to a stealing call at Osceola Cheese. Chris Hannah, owner of Osceola Cheese, advised a male and female subject stole several items then left the store.

A female employee of Osceola Cheese jumped onto a trailer being towed by the suspect’s vehicle. She was able to get off the trailer without injury and several other employees attempted to block in the vehicle in the parking lot. 

The suspect vehicle was able to get past the employees and fled to the Countryside Trading Post on the opposite side of the Highway 13.

A traffic stop was conducted and the driver allegedly made admission to stealing beef sticks from the store. 

During the investigation a one pound block of pepperoni cheese, one pound block of seven year cheddar cheese, a jar of honey Dijon mustard, a jar of Beaver brand sweet honey mustard, and one beef/cheese stick combo were located in the suspect’s vehicle. 

A package of 45 beef sticks was recovered after being thrown from the vehicle as it was leaving the parking lot. The value of the items was estimated at $55.

Two suspects, a 59-year-old male from Pleasant Hill and a 47-year-old female passenger from Peculiar, were taken into custody and later released pending formal charges.

A little sweat equity for Drexel FFA members...

The Drexel FFA is working hard to complete their SAE's this Summer. Here, its some hands on fence building technique from Bill Lane (far right) last week. Keep up with Drexel FFA through their Facebook page here

El Dorado Springs man facing drug charges after leaving syringe in flower pot

 Christopher Jackson
On July 8, Christopher Jackson, 43, El Dorado Springs, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with class D felony possession of a controlled substance and class A misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond is set at $25,000 cash only.

The charges stem from an incident the previous day when a deputy took a report of a male individual on the west side of the Osceola square who attempted to hide a hypodermic syringe in a flower pot before entering the St. Clair County Courthouse. The deputy arrived at the flower pot in front of Stewart and Kiefer Realty and verified the item was a used syringe. It was seized it as evidence. 

During the investigation, deputies observed Jackson return from the courthouse and search the same flower pot the syringe was in. Residue from the syringe field tested positive for methamphetamine.

While you're at the Bates County Fair...

Bates County Emergency Management Office, along with the Bates Co. Amateur Radio Club, Bates Co Memorial, and Bates County Coroner's office will be sponsoring an exercise at the Bates County Fair Thursday and Friday of this week. 

Stop by and participate, and be educated on emergency procedures and communications! We will have information on the upcoming eclipse also.


Obituary - Carl Dean Hatfield

Carl Dean Hatfield, 66, Garden City, Missouri departed this life on Monday, July 10, 2017 at his home.

Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, Missouri.

A complete obituary and service time will be published when the information becomes available.

Total eclipse of the show me state

Are you excited about the Solar Eclipse coming on Monday, August 21st...This is a once in a lifetime event from coast to coast across the U.S. and right here in the "Show Me State"!

Here are a couple websites to get more information and weather forecast closer to this out of this world event.

Update: Officer involved shooting in Vernon County

Some information was released Tuesday morning regarding the officer involved shooting that took place on 6/21/2017 in Vernon County. 

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that their investigation surrounding the 911 call that was placed, and the pursuit that followed has been completed. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is conducting the investigation into the shooting that took place after the pursuit ended.

According to the press release, the Vernon County 911 dispatch center received a call at approximately 2:23 am on 6/21/2017 regarding a stolen mini-van in the area of Montevallo, Mo in Vernon County. It was reported the driver of the stolen vehicle attempted to run over the owner during an altercation in which the owner was trying to keep his vehicle from being stolen.

The responding deputy located the vehicle on E Hwy not far from the location that resulted in the 911 call. The deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle and notified dispatch that he was in pursuit when the vehicle failed to stop. The vehicle pursuit ended on Stockade road when the suspect drove off the roadway and struck a tree. The driver of the vehicle, who has been identified as Brandon Lukenbill, fled on foot. 

During the foot pursuit, a physical altercation took place between the deputy and Lukenbill resulting in Lukenbill being fatally wounded by a gunshot.

Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said he requested the Missouri State Highway Patrol conduct the investigation into the shooting incident.

Clinton Community Band Concert

Amoret Christian Church VBS

Back to school is right around the corner


That means some students will need to receive their required immunizations before the first day of class, so beat the rush and get it done soon.

Bates County Health Center is able to provide immunizations for children that are uninsured or covered by Medicaid through the VFC program.  AND, we can provide immunizations for those covered with insurance through our partnership with VaxCare.  VaxCare contracts with most insurance companies and they take care of billing for the immunization services--just bring your insurance card with you.

No appointments needed, just WALK-IN! 

Make sure you have your complete immunization history with you so we can assure you get what you need!

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Open the first Thursday of every month until 7:00 p.m.

Come on in and beat the rush!

Bates County Health Center
501 N. Orange/PO Box 178

Have you seen this missing woman?

Jessica E. Brower
The Joplin Police Department is requesting the assistance of the public in locating Jessica E. Brower. Brower is currently listed as a missing person. 

Brower was last seen leaving Freeman Hospital on July 10th. 

She is approximately 5’0” tall and 180 pounds. She has brown hair and blue eyes. 

If you have any information please contact the Joplin Police Department at (417) 623-3131.

The dog days of summer

The Dog Days of Summer are Here! Some cool tips to beat that Summer Heat...Wear lightweight, light colored clothing. 

Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol. Take it easy and plenty of breaks. 

Slow down, avoid strenuous activity. Check on elderly neighbors with no AC. Never leave children in a car! Call 911 if someone has symptoms of a heat stroke. Here are some Summer Pet Safety Tips...

Make sure your pet has plenty of clean drinking water. Make sure your pet has shade to get out of the direct sunlight. Never leave your pet in a car!

From Murray's Auto Repair

Unfortunately our phone and internet is down. 

A Technician should be out within a few hours. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

You are more than welcome to message us on Facebook until our phones are restored.

Urich man arrested on Henry County warrants

Christopher Moore
On 7/10/17 around 6:03pm the Henry County Sheriff's Office arrested 22 year old Christopher Moore of Urich, Missouri.

Mr. Moore was arrested for 1.) Henry County Sheriff's Office Warrant - 1st Degree Domestic Assault 2.) 1st Degree Rape 3.) 1st Degree Sodomy.

He was booked into the Henry County Jail in Clinton, Missouri and he currently placed on no bond.

Hume Community News 7/11/2017

Ryland Austin celebrated his 4th birthday with a party at the Hume City Park hosted by his parents, Ryan and Hannah. Lots of cake and ice cream were enjoyed with lots of presents. A host of family and friends joined in the fun!

Several enjoyed a cookout and fire works at the home of Everett and Karen Irwin on 4th of July night.

Tim Norbury has been in the hospital, but is now home. We wish him continued prayers and healing.

The Hume Fair Board is selling 75th Annual Hume Fair T-Shirts this week. The deadlines for orders are Monday, July 17th. The shirts range from XS youth to XL adults for $10.00 and 2XL to 5XL are $12.00. Contact Heather Rogers at 643-7121 or on facebook, any fair board member for an order form or they are at the Bank in Hume.

From the desk of Bates County Southern Commissioner Larry Hacker

Larry Hacker - Bates County Southern Commissioner
SUMMER REPORT: Busy time for everyone normally and as your Southern Commissioner it's no exception!

We are in the beginning stages of some great long term projects for our county's future operations. As you most likely know we have purchased the former Jennings Market and the 2 story Jennings home south of the market. By doing this it will accomplish 3 things;

1. Provide us the opportunity to expand the second floor courtroom and law related facilities ... a much needed expansion! It seems in our modern society the "business" of crime and drugs isn't going anywhere but up.

2. Our plan is to relocate some of the existing offices to the market building making all of them accessed WITHOUT climbing stairs! It will also allow us to address building security issues that are looming and so important now days.

3. The Jennings home property allows for immediate parking for the market building offices and provides additional jail facility parking. It was available to purchase now, and might not become available again in the future.

We are also making some much needed upgrades to our (recently paid for)15 year old jail facility. These changes will include correcting a few original building design issues that need addressed, adding a more efficient, and safer, sally port (area where prisoners are loaded and unloaded), adding two additional bunk type cells that can house an additional 30+ prisoners and will include a secure outdoor exercise area, enclosing a sally port walkway to eliminate potential escape efforts, and taking the former sally port and booking area and renovating those areas for specialized holding cells. This project will take up another 40 - 50' of the west lot of the jail property and also makes the property purchases decision even more crucial to the county's future needs. We are also currently in the process of upgrading the existing locks and jail security system that has had 15 years of 24/7 hard use and is in definite need of replacing.

Out "in" the County, we are dealing with additional wear and tear on some of our county roads due to MoDot bridge projects, have let bids for 5 concrete box culvert projects, and are FINALLY putting out for bids a railroad crossing project that has been in the works with the railroad and MoDot for 3+ years!

On a more "civic" level, I have finished my term as President of the food pantry board and rotated off that board, have moved into the President-elect position of Rotary for the coming year. I was also involved in three UNBELIEVABLE fund raising auctions ... Bates County Ducks Unlimited (new record total), Children's Center Casino Night and Auction (new record total), and most recently the Rich Hill "Famous for the 4th" World Record Pie Auction (which raised OVER $20,000 selling 40 pies)!

Other activities include recent Rich Hill 4th parade participation, Bates County Fair is this week and that means obligations Tuesday with Democrats and MU Extension Council at the BASH, the parade participation, Wednesday Rotary serving lunch to the fair kids, and Friday purchase at the livestock sale! Then, Hume Rodeo comes next and I again plan to participate in the parade and help some during the rodeo.

Again, a busy summer, but life is GOOD in Bates County!

From House of Hound

We are finishing up our construction projects this week and will be open to the public again in a few short days. 

The electrician will complete his work today and the air conditioning crews will be finishing the main install on Thursday. 

A huge thank you to everyone for your help and support! Please keep checking back for updates!