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Saturday, July 15, 2017

2017 Bates County Fair Royalty

 2017 Queen McKenzie Wheatley (right)

Something new, a tie for the Princess Royalty- Emmalie Chancellor and Maylen Lawson 

Updated Obituary - Dennis L. "Denny" Doll

Dennis L. "Denny" Doll
Dennis L. "Denny" Doll, 84, of Clinton, Missouri, formerly of Urich, Mo., died peacefully on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo.

He was born November 24, 1932 in Urich, Mo., the son of Harry Lee Doll and Mabel Colene (Dennis) Doll. He married Marilynn Loy Smith in Clinton, Mo., on December 25, 1952. She survives of the home.

Denny was a lifelong farmer. He was baptized as a youngster at the Cove Creek Baptist Church and graduated from the Ballard High School in Ballard, Mo. He enjoyed basketball, baseball, hunting, fishing, and bowling. In recent years you could always find Denny out working in his yard. He was a veteran of the United States Army during the Korean War.

In addition to his wife Marilynn, surviving are two sons, David Doll and wife Donna, Clinton, Mo., and Craig Doll and wife Janel, Garden City, Mo.; one daughter, Deneise (Doll) McCulloh and husband Coburn, Clinton, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Sarah (Doll) Hall, Nathan Doll, JoLynn (McCulloh) Lovewell, Aaron McCulloh, Jason Doll, Melissa (Doll) Whitworth, and Amy (Doll) Cox; sixteen great-grandchildren, Hunter Lovewell, Baylee Lovewell, Sadie McCulloh, Aubrey McCulloh, Ashlee Hall, J. J. Hall, Mason Doll, Addison Doll, Jenna Doll, Jessica Doll, Joanna Doll, Chancey Whitworth, Lane Whitworth, Makenna Cox, Caden Cox, and Chase Cox; one sister, Karen K. Kerrick, Pensacola, Florida; a brother in law, Russell Hooper, Kansas City, Mo.; sister in law, Betty Doll, Urich, Mo.; and numerous loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Derrold Doll, and four sisters, Maxine Limbaugh, Margie Hooper, Betty Jones, and Mary Empson.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 17, 2017 at the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton, where the family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., just before the service. Military services at the funeral home under the direction of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1894, Clinton. Family burial of ashes will be at a later date in the Mullin Cemetery, Urich, Mo. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64145 or Twin Lakes Hospice, and these donations may be left in care of the funeral home.

Come out to the Vernon County Fair

Come on out to the Vernon County Youth Fair in Nevada and support our local youth! BBQ will start at 4:30pm with the auction beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Kids Cooking Class at Poplar Heights Farm

Kids, Ages 7-12, learn the basics of cooking in this hands on class. Pick your fresh ingredients from our heirloom gardens, then learn to make fresh pasta with herb tomato sauce, make your own easy dessert, brew u some cucumber lemonade and more! It's FREE but class size is limited so you must pre-register to attend. Call 660-200-5620 for more information or to register. The class will be held in the Learning Center at Poplar Heights Living History Farm.

Obituary - David J. Johnson

David J. Johnson
David J. Johnson, age 71, of Raymore, Missouri passed away peacefully at his home on July 14, 2017, surrounded by the love of his family. 

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. with visitation from 10:00-11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the Belton Assembly of God Church, Belton, Missouri. Burial will take place at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, Missouri. 

Memorial contributions may be given to the Belton Assembly of God Church Building Fund, 613 E North Ave, Belton, MO 64012.

David was born October 24, 1945 in Pattonsburg, Missouri. He was the son of James and Edith (Walker) Johnson. On August 29, 1965, David married the love of his life, Velma VanGorkom in Lathrop, Missouri. Together, David and Velma were blessed with two daughters, Ashley and Jennifer.

As a United States Marine, David bravely served his country as a rifleman during the Vietnam War. For 38 years, David lovingly supported his family as a Maintenance Mechanic for Bayer. He enjoyed spending time with his family, going fishing, and target practice. Every 4th of July David would be found in his element- arranging and orchestrating theatrical displays for his family and friends, which brought him much joy; it was said that he had missed his true calling.

David was a member of the Belton Assembly of God Church. He selflessly served his Lord and church family as a deacon and also as a board member of the “Heart and Hand” ministry within the church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Edith Johnson; his brother James Lee Johnson; and sister, Elizabeth Helgen. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Velma Johnson; daughters, Ashley Johnson and Jennifer Wurtz (Ronnie); seven grandchildren, Christopher, Macee, Victoria, Auttumn, Taylar, Dakota, and Saige; and one great-granddaughter, Ember Greigh.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

From the Missouri State Highway Patrol

Attempted Assault with a baseball bat in Rich Hill

The Bates County Sheriff's Office along with Rich Hill Police Department and Bates County EMS are on scene of a attempted assault with a baseball bat in the 300 block of Cedar Street in Rich Hill at this time.

The suspect is said to have fled the area in a unknown make or model gray car at time.

No one was struck with the bat and no injures are reported at this time.

Mid America Live News will update when more information is made available to us.

Obituary - Wilma L. Burdick

Wilma L. Burdick
Wilma L. Burdick 82, of Nevada passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 in Nevada. Wilma was born March 30, 1935 in Nevada, the daughter of Clarence and Stella (Hoover) Hoskins. She graduated from Nevada High School and married Billie Burdick on December 29, 1952.

Wilma worked many years for Nevada Regional Hospital as a nurse’s aide. She enjoyed gardening, nurturing the hummingbirds at her home and watching NASCAR. She will be remembered by her family as being a devoted and caring wife, mother and grandmother who loved spending time with them.

Wilma was preceded in death by her husband, Billie, her parents, son, Randy, sister Naomi Allen, and brothers, Clarence Hoskins Jr. and Robert Hoskins. She is survived by her children, Karen Pate (Jack) Nevada; Richard Burdick (Sandy) Nevada; Ron Burdick (Betty) Bronaugh; and Kathy Fleener (Terry) Bronaugh; thirteen grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and special friends.

Graveside Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the Veterans National Cemetery in Ft Scott, KS. A visitation will be 5-7 p.m., on Monday in the Ferry Funeral Home Chapel. Wilma may be viewed after 1:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to “Vernon County Cancer Relief” in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

Obituary - David M. Wiltsey

David M. Wiltsey, 64, Harrisonville, Missouri departed this life on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at his home.

He is survived by two sons, Vincent Wiltsey, Evandale, Missouri and Benjamin Wiltsey, Kansas City, Missouri; three brothers, Joe Macke, Videla, California, Dean Macke, Kansas City, Kansas, Jerry Macke, Drexel, Missouri; two sisters, Joyce Swenson, Louisburg, Kansas, Carol Billings, Drexel, Missouri; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Cremation. An inurnment will be held at the Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kansas at a later date. Service time will be posted when it becomes available.

A complete obituary will be published when it becomes available.

Richards man arrested in Bates County

On 7/14/17 around 10:27pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County arrested 27 year old Bobby West of Richards, Missouri.

Mr. West was arrested for 1.) Felony Possession of Methamphetamine 2.) Unlawful use of drug paraphernalia 3.)No Valid Divers License 

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

From Larry Hacker Bates County Southern Commissioner

Congratulations Michael Deluca on your winning ham! I purchased it for $425 and will be donating it to the upcoming Hume Fair and Rodeo for their ham and bean fundraiser. Come have some with us!

Thanks also to Ron Nissen for 33 years of 4H leadership and teaching these youth how to cure hams and have a successful fair experience.

Obituary - Roger Duane Ranes

Roger Duane Ranes
Roger Duane Ranes, age 83, a resident of Moran, KS, died Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the Franklin House in Fort Scott, KS. Roger was born August 23, 1933, in Coffeyville, KS, the son of Homer L. Ranes and Alma C. Cushman Ranes. He graduated from Leroy High School. He married Ruth Meats. She preceded him in death on October 11, 2011. He served in the United States Navy on the U.S.S. Hancock. 

While in the Navy, he was stationed in many foreign countries. He loved to hunt and fish, especially catfish. In 1957 he and a friend drove to Alaska in a 1939 Plymouth. He was an avid gardener and loved to coach Little League Baseball.

Survivors include his two sons, David Ranes and wife Verna, and Scott Ranes and wife Randi, all of Mapleton, KS; five grandchildren, Chad Ranes, Dereck Ranes, Tyler Ranes, Ethan Ranes, and Beckett Ranes; three great-grandchildren, Jaxon Ranes, Talie Henry, and Tryke Henry; and a brother, Jerry Russell and wife Betty, of Leroy, KS. In addition to his wife Ruth, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Denise Ranes; and his parents.

Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct graveside services at 10:30 AM Thursday, July 20, 2017, at the Altamont Cemetery in Leroy, KS. Memorials are suggested to the SEK Humane Society of LaHarpe and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Early morning fire destroys Amsterdam home

Around 2 am this morning, the Amsterdam fire department with assistance from Adrian fire were called to an older residence on Main Street.  The structure was heavily involved, leaving firefighters to take a defensive attack. No injuries were reported; the cause is under investigation