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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

75th Annual Hume Fair and Rodeo off and running

The 75th Annual Hume Fair and Rodeo kicked off tonight with a Ham and Bean Dinner and a Draft Horse Pull in the arena.

Tomorrow a ice cream social will be held at 6:30pm in the city park with a dedication of the park benches and gospel singing in the bandstand starting at 7:00pm.

Come on out and enjoy the Rodeo starting at 8pm on Saturday followed by a street dance with local band Breakaway preforming!

We would like to thank Robin Williams for letting us use her great photos of the Draft Horse Pull tonight.

You can view a full schedule of events below:

Photo #1 Courtesy of Robin Williams 

Photo #2 Courtesy of Robin Williams 

Photo #3 Courtesy of Robin Williams 

Photo #4 Courtesy of Robin Williams 

Photo #5 Courtesy of Robin Williams 

BCMH Welcomes Wendell Teagarden to volunteer chaplain staff

Wendell Teagarden 
Last year, Wendell Teagarden retired after serving many years as Director of Kamp Keirsey in Amsterdam, Mo. 

Bates County Memorial Hospital is honored to have Wendell join the team of volunteer chaplains serving the spiritual needs of our patients.

Courtesy of BCMH FB PAGE

Updated Obituary - Jerry Wayne Doll

 Jerry Wayne Doll
On July 30, 1946 Jerry Wayne Doll was born to Max F. and Margaret May (Ross) Doll at Clinton General Hospital, Clinton, Missouri. His first three years were spent as an only child, until June 27, 1949 when he became a big brother to Gary Ray. Their family would be complete, for now.

Jerry joined the Lucas United Methodist Church on September 24,
1959, where he remained a member until his death. He was proud of his church, enjoyed going to church, to worship with his friends and family.

He attended Urich Grade School and Urich High School for a total of 12 years. He graduated in May of 1964 and he was a member of the last graduating class of Urich High School. It was during his senior year in high school, he met the one he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. They were engaged on May 1, 1964 and on October 26, 1964, Jerry and Karen Dechman were united in marriage at Creighton, Mo., by Reverend John Harvey. They began their life together in the agriculture and dairy business. Jerry's first job was working for Mr. W.E. Hursey, Skyview Ranch, at Blairstown, Mo. He helped farm a section of land, raise Hereford cattle, hogs and put their own hay up for the livestock. Jerry loved livestock. It was while living here that their one and only child was born; a daughter, Jerri Lynn, January 31, 1967. It was at this time the Hursey's were moving to the Springfield area, Jerry didn't want to go with them, so he bought 7 Jersey cows and began to dairy on a small farm of Karen's mother's for a short while. Eventually, they moved south of Urich, and continued to expand their dairy. At one time he had one of the top Jersey herds in Missouri.

He continued his dairy and 250 sow hog operation until his health failed from a diagnosis January 5, 2006, of an aggressive form of prostate cancer. He began surgeries, radiation, and many kinds of treatments. People called him a trooper, a strong man, but life was not pleasant for him as cancer progressed. Due to health reasons he was forced to sell his dairy herd, hog operation, and milking goats. Jerry and Karen began throwing the Kansas City Star, having routes in Adrian, Archie, Lake Winnebago, and finally three years in Clinton. He met so many people on the Clinton route that became friends, some of them who sent encouraging cards at the rate of 1 or 2 a week.

He was proud to have celebrated his 50th Wedding Anniversary on October 26, 2014.

On January 17, 1988 his first grandchild, Krista Lynn Bramell was born. In 1994 on Christmas day, Austin Gene Chandler, the first grandson was born.

Some of Jerry's highlights of his life included seeing his two grandkids graduate from high school, Austin beginning college and everyone helping him move to his dorm, Krista's wedding, where Jerry felt honored to take Krista to the aisle where she would walk down, in a tractor while she was sitting in the bucket loader in her wedding dress, and on July 3, 2016 his first great-grandchild was born, a boy named after Jerry, Garrett Wayne.

One of Jerry's favorite quotes was "I like everybody, just some more than others". Jerry was a friend to everybody and everybody was a friend to him. Jerry loved Karen so much. She took such good care of him to the end.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife of 52 years; his daughter, Jerri Lynn (Glenn) Chandler, Creighton, Mo.; granddaughter, Krista (Michael) Gregory, Creighton, Mo.; and grandson, Austin Chandler, Creighton, Mo.; and three great-grandchildren, Colton, Clayton and Garrett Gregory, all of Creighton, Mo.; one brother, Gary Doll, Urich, Mo.; several cousins, nieces, nephews, and three sister-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his dad, Max; his mother, Margaret May; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Dechman, four uncles, Ralph Doll, Edward Doll, Elton Doll, and Wayne Ross; and cousins, Delbert Doll and Dallas Doll.

On July 29, 2017 Jerry passed away at the age of 70 at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo.

Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Lucas United Methodist Church, southwest of Urich, Mo. Interment will be in Mullin Cemetery, Urich, Mo. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton, Mo. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Mullin Cemetery, and these donations may be left in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left online at

Kick - Off to the 2017 Linn County Fair & Rodeo

Death Investigation Closed in Cass County

(UPDATED 08/01/2017 @1400)

CASS CO. – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office has closed this case regarding the death of Vincent J. Royal.  A report received from the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office indicates that Mr. Royal died as a result of acute methamphetamine intoxication and has listed the official manner of death as “accident”.  At the time of the autopsy Mr. Royal had a methamphetamine blood content of 13,571 ng/mL.


(UPDATED 04/20/2017 @ 1100)

CASS CO – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office has identified the body of a male found in a farm field near E. 278th and State Route DD as Vincent J. Royal 36, of Independence, Missouri.

Investigators believe that Mr. Royal was an occupant in a vehicle that fled from deputies on April 4, 2017. The vehicle pursuit began around 1:00 am north of Peculiar on I-49.  The driver lost control and crashed in the area at E. 275th and Hayden Bridge Rd outside of Harrisonville.  The driver was immediately taken into custody at the scene.  Several deputies and a K9 Unit searched the area for Mr. Royal however they did not locate him.

The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office is awaiting test results in 6-8 weeks and have not released a cause of death.


(04/19/17) CASS CO – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office receive a call on Tuesday around 7:30 p.m. of a body found in a farm field located on E. 278th near State Route DD in rural Harrisonville.  Investigators recovered the body of an unidentified male late last night.

A search crew is on scene today canvassing the area for evidence and information related to the incident.  No information regarding the cause of death or the description of the victim is available for release.  There is currently no indication of foul play.

No further information is being released at this time.

From the desk of Marlene Wainscott

The Bates County Clerk’s office will be open on Saturday, August 5th from 8:00 a.m. to noon for the purpose of absentee voting.   Mound Township Voters only!

Front Gate at the Missouri State Fair

The wait is over! The Main Gate Tribute is officially done and ready for our Fairgoers to Come Home to the 2017 Missouri State Fair! Come Home & take your picture at the new one-third scale replica of the Historic Main Gate built & donated in part by WB YoungCo.. #ComeHome2017 #MoStateFair #MSFMainGate

VantagePoint Photography ribbon cutting ceremony

Welcome and Congratulations to John VanPelt with VantagePoint Photography. The Harrisonville Chamber helped celebrate with a Ribbon Cutting. John celebrated with his family, friends and former students in his location at 108 S. Independence on the Harrisonville Square. Contact Vantage Point Photography at 816-282-8533 for a Senior Session, Wedding Photos, Engagements and even Pet Portraits.

Bates County Coroner Activity Report July 16-31, 2017

From the desk of Bates County Coroner
Greg D. Mullinax

Activity Report for the period July 16-31, 2017:

• 0 Nursing Home/Hospice type deaths were reported for the period.

• On 7/19/17 the Coroner was called to a residence in the city limits of Rich Hill following a wellbeing check by law enforcement. Susan A. Gilkey was pronounced by Coroner Greg Mullinax at 20:29. The case remains under investigation however no foul play is suspected.

• On 7/23/17 the Coroner was called to a residence in Northeast Bates County. Anna L. Engelhardt was pronounced by Coroner Greg Mullinax at 13:49 with the cause of death being accidental in nature.

Cass County Sheriff Offers Full-Time Academy

CASS CO – “It’s your county, Keep it safe.”  It’s an opportunity that Cass County Sheriff Jeff Weber is offering to anyone that has an interest in becoming a deputy sheriff. Sheriff Jeff Weber announced today that in an effort to fill current openings and prepare for future needs he will be offering a paid, full-time academy beginning January 2018.
“I am looking for anyone that has the desire to make a difference in our community and pursue an exciting and challenging career here in Cass County,” said Sheriff Jeff Weber.
Today the Cass County Sheriff’s Office will begin taking applications for the position of Full-Time Academy Recruit.  Successful applicants will become fulltime members of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and attend the January 2018 Cass County Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Academy.
“Many police departments and sheriff offices are having a hard time identifying and hiring qualified candidates.  Sheriff Weber has decided to create our own pool of qualified candidates by hiring and paying for their academy training, “said Captain Kevin Tieman.
One of the biggest hurdles in law enforcement is that many times recruits have to pay their own way through an academy and work a full time job.  That limits the prospective candidate pool.  This new program will require that applicants fill out a prescreen questionnaire and recruiters will then contact applicants and provide them with continued information on the hiring process.
In addition to attending the academy, recruits will earn a starting salary of $29,359.  Upon successful completion of the academy and P.O.S.T. certification recruits will be commissioned as a deputy sheriff at a starting salary of $40,627. Information about applying can be found at

Adrian Blackhawk football pancake breakfast

The Adrian Blackhawk football team will be serving a freewill donation community pancake breakfast from 6:30-8:00 AM in the Adrian High School Commons on Saturday, Aug. 5. 

Gatorade (soap) scrimmage will follow from 8:30-10:00 AM. Come out and support your Blackhawks.

Important message for Sherwood High School students:

We have received several emails and requests for schedules. Mrs. Carter and Mr. Stackhouse are off during the month of July so this is their first day back to work. 

Please know that we spend the first week and a half back trying to fine tune schedules and they are not ready until all student schedules have been reviewed.

We are aware that you are not able to log in to student portals at this point. The student portal will be turned back on on the afternoon of August 9th. You are welcome to review schedules at that point. On August 10th we will welcome any juniors and seniors that need to make changes to their schedules to come in and see Mr. Stackhouse or Mrs. Carter throughout the day. On August 11th freshmen and sophomores can come in. If those dates don't work for you, feel free to email us with any questions.

Thanks for your patience! We know you're excited to see your schedules but try to enjoy your last few weeks off!!

Mrs. Carter

Obituary - Linda K. Laird

Ft. Scott, Kansas: Linda K. Laird, age 70, of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away July 23, 2017 in Ft. Scott.

Linda was born to the late Grover and Oleta Thompson Wilhite, December 25, 1946 in Hollis, Oklahoma. On April 14, 1976 she married Alan Douglas Laird in Hereford, Texas. She went to college to obtain her teaching certificate, and taught school in El Paso, Texas, retiring in 1998. 

Central Church of Christ in Hereford, TX was where she attended church during her time there, before later moving to Ft. Scott. She enjoyed cooking, reading, staying active in church, and loved teaching with all of her heart.

Surviving is one son: John Laird (wife (Kasey) of Ft. Scott, Kansas, and 2 grandchildren: Kelsey and Lane Laird, also of Ft. Scott; and one brother: Mike (wife Julie), of Yukon, Oklahoma.

Memorial Donations may be made to Faith Christian Church, for the backpack and school supply drive; and mailed to 2203 Deer Rd; Garland, KS 66741.

Per Linda’s wishes she has been taken for cremation, under the care of Derfelt Funeral Home, and no services are planned at this time. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Butler Music Now Open in Harrisonville

WOW! Pleased to announce Butler Music is NOW OPEN in Harrisonville. 2205 N State Route 291 right off of 291 and 350 Highway across from Wal-Mart. 

Musicians, drive a bit further, support local business, and get a special discount now through our official Grand Opening on August 26th....

Cass County Sheriff's Office welcomes new jailer

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office would like to welcome the newest edition to our family. 

This is our new Civilian Jailer Mikel Bailey and today is his first day.

Welcome to the family Mikel Bailey.

Updated Obituary - Teresa Ann Shaw

Teresa Ann Shaw
Teresa Ann Shaw age 60 of Kansas City, Missouri departed this life Saturday, July 22, 2017 at her home.

Teresa is survived by her mother, Mary Handke of Harrisonville, Missouri; two sons, Shawn L. Sullivan of Harrisonville, Missouri and Joshua Ryun of Joplin, Missouri; a sister, Tena Pappan of Kingsville, Missouri; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation. A Celebration of Life Visitation will be held Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at the Dickey Cottage, Harrisonville, Missouri.

Final arrangements are under the care of Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.

Camdenton man arrested in Drexel

Richard A. Gregg
On 7/31/17 around 10:58pm the Drexel Police Department arrested 33 year old Richard A. Gregg of Camdenton, Missouri.

Mr. Gregg was arrested for 1.) Felony Failure to appear in court warrant.

He was booked into the Bates County Jail in Butler and placed on a $10,000 Cash/Surety Bond.

Updated Obituary - Karl Lee Baggett

Karl Lee Baggett
Karl Lee Baggett, 64, Nevada, MO passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Via Christi Hospital, Pittsburg, KS, following a brief illness. Karl was born on August 31, 1952 in Nevada to Robert Lee and Nellie Viola (Crosswhite) Baggett. He married Sherri Rae Venter on January 5, 1980 in Nevada and she survives of the home.

Karl grew up in Nevada and graduated from Nevada High School Class of 1970 then went on to graduate from both Missouri Southern and Ft. Scott Community Colleges. He was baptized at the First Baptist Church in El Dorado Springs, MO. He farmed for Lawrence Tally for over 10 years and also worked for Murphy Family Ventures for 16 years until he retired. Karl was an avid fan of the KC Royals and Chiefs and Missouri Tigers Basketball. He enjoyed 70’s music and camping and canoeing with Sherri. He was a loving and kind husband and father and was well loved by all his family and many friends.

Survives include his wife Sherri of the home; one daughter, Liberty Davis and her husband Steven, Jefferson City, MO; two brothers, Larry Baggett, Nevada and Donald Kenney and his wife Sharon, Springfield, MO; two sisters, Karen Clark & her husband Terry, Redlands, CA and Mary Nell Kenney, Bartlesville, OK; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Paul Baggett and Everett Kenney; nieces, Chelsea Hood and Mimi Morton and nephew, Kevin Kenney; great-niece, Victoria Brown; and sister-in-law, Debi Wadel.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Les Brown officiating.; the family invites those who wish to share your memories. Interment will follow in Moore Cemetery, Nevada. The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Ferry Funeral Home.

Update: Florida truck driver injured in fiery Henry County Crash

Courtesy: John and Kathy Dealy
On 8/1/17 around 6:18am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Henry County along with Henry County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a one vehicle semi truck accident in the Northbound Lanes of Missouri 13 Highway just north of County Road SE 400 in rural Henry County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2002 Peterbilt driven by 64 year old Mario C. Salano of Pembroke Pines, Florida lost control of his vehicle and traveled off the right side of the roadway striking a guard rail and overturning. Subsequently the vehicle caught on fire.

Mario C. Solano sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene by Golden Valley Healthcare EMS personnel. 

The 2002 Peterbilt was totaled and removed from the scene by Golden Valley Towing. 

Bates County Circuit Court News 7/17-7/31-2017

  • Jacob D Johnston v Crystal I Johnston, Dissolution of Marriage is granted.

  • Gail M Byington v Bradley D Byington Sr, Dissolution of Marriage is granted.

  • Donna N Cummings v Micheal D Cummings, Dissolution of Marriage is granted.

From the Nevada Police Department

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office News Release and Court Case Update July 24-31, 2017

The complete St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office News Release and Court Case Update July 24-31, 2017

Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made 10 warrant arrests and took reports of littering, stolen vehicles, and a stolen handgun during the week of July 24-31, 2017. There was also one Court Case Update.

Click on the link for additional information

Semi truck accident on Missouri 13 Highway in Henry County

The Clinton Fire Deportment along with Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers and Henry County Sheriff's Deputies is currently on the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer on the northbound lanes of 13 highway just north of Sparrowfoot.

As of now both northbound lanes of the highway are currently closed to all traffic as a result of this accident to allow crews to remove debris from the roadway.

Please avoid this area and find a alternate route.

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

Ham and Bean Dinner Tonight in Hume

HAM and BEAN DINNER at Hume, Missouri TONIGHT!

This week is The HUME FAIR & RODEO celebration and YOU will want to be there!

THIS evening, August 1st, is the big HAM & BEAN DINNER! Come out and enjoy a great meal, along with the pleasant weather forecasted for the week. 

This fundraiser NEEDS your support ... so get FULL and FEEL GOOD for supporting a great Bates County community event! See you there!

(Serving begins at 6:30 pm.)

SPECIAL NOTE: The ham for this dinner was a "Blue Ribbon" winner at the Bates County Fair and was cured by Michael DeLuca, local 4-H club member.

He was proud of his ham and we are proud of HIM!

Have you seen this girl?

Crystal Rhode-Allen has been missing from Harrisonville for almost two days. She was last seen at Wal-Mart in Raymore, MO at 4 am. We do not know if that was a true sighting or not. Please, if you see her, call 911 or 816-738-0832.