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Sunday, August 20, 2017

From the Butler School District

We will be having an all school assembly tomorrow at 12:30 with Senior, Ethan Gardner, presenting. Following this we will live stream the eclipse in the auditorium. 

We understand that you might be dismissing your child from school tomorrow for this event. 

Please allow us plenty of time and be mindful of our 12:30 assembly for students and staff. Thank you and enjoy this event.

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Rockville man arrested in Bates County

Ricky L. Miller
On 8/20/17 around 1:08pm the Bates County Sheriff's Office arrested 51 year old Ricky L. Miller of Rockville, Missouri.

Mr. Miller was arrested for 1.)Violation of a full order of protection on a adult- 1st Offense.

He was booked into the Bates County Jail and placed on a 24 hour hold.

Arkansas man injured in Cass County Crash

On 8/20/17 around 12:00pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cass County along with the Belton Police Department responded to a one vehicle accident in the northbound lane of I-49 around Mile Marker 173.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2006 Subaru Outback driven by 49 year old Dominick J. Grillo of Fayetteville, Arkansas swerved to avoid a object in the roadway and traveled off the roadway and stuck a ditch causing the vehicle to overturn.

Mr. Grillo sustained minor injuries in this accident and he was transported by ambulance to Belton Regional Hospital for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene by J's Southland Tow.

Real Time Weather Update 3:20pm

Flash Flood Watch Issued

The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Kansas City Metro including Cass, Bates and Henry Counties locally.

The flash Flood Watch will be from Monday night into Tuesday morning. 

The storm is capable of producing 2" to 4" inches of rain and flash floods could become a issue.

Clouds for eclipse currently over New Mexico

The clouds that we are watching for Monday's eclipse are currently down in the New Mexico region. This area of cloud cover will move northeast through the night and become a bit problematic for the solar eclipse. 

We are still not expecting total cloud cover, as there could be a few gaps. We will update through the night and tomorrow of how these clouds will be proceeding into the area.

Updated Obituary - Chester R. "Bob" Bullard

Chester R. "Bob" Bullard
Chester R. "Bob" Bullard, age 74, of Clinton, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital, Clinton, Missouri. 

Funeral services will be 2:00PM, Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at First Baptist Church, Clinton, Missouri. Visitation will be one hour prior to funeral service. 

Burial will be in the Englewood Cemetery, Clinton. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Church building fund and may be left in care of Vansant-Mills Funeral Home. Condolences and fond memories may be left online at

Bob was the son of Robert Evan and Esther Nellie (Boyt) Bullard. He worked for G.M.-Fairfax on the heavy repair assembly line. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Clinton. He enjoyed 4 wheelers, woodworking (having made a beautiful cedar chest), and spending time with his grandsons. He was also a member of the Square 109 Breakfast Club.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Bill Bullard; and a sister, Betty Bullard.

Bob is survived by his wife, Linda Sue (Lawler); two sons, Michael (Ann) Bullard of Kansas City, MO. and Jeff (Shirley) Bullard of Sheldon, MO.; two daughters, Candace Yaryan of Harrisonville, MO. and Kim (Shane) Wilgus of Stafford, MO.; two brothers, Dick (Wendy) Bullard of Durant, IA. and John (Lisa) Bullard of Naperville, IL.; five sisters, Juanita (John) Carl of Harrisonville, MO., Carolyn (Raymond) Liverzani of Putnam Valley, NY, Judy (Gary) Workman of Stockton, IA., Susan (Steven) Dirksmeier of Mansfield, MA., and Bonnie (Larry) Blakesley of Thornton, CO.; grandchildren, Austin Bullard, Conner Bullard, Garrett Yaryan, Brendon Bullard, Damon Wilgus, McKinzie Wilgus, Tucker Wilgus, and Gunner Wilgus; and great-grandson Weston Bullard.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton, Missouri.

Lady Blackhawks take 2nd at WEMO Tournament

Results from the WEMO Conference Tournament:
Adrian vs. Rich Hill 25-14, 25-21
Adrian vs. Appleton City 25-13, 25-18
Adrian vs. Midway 19-25, 22-25

Great job Lady Blackhawks! Keep working hard! 

Two vehicle accident in Butler

The Butler Police Department are on scene of a minor two vehicle accident at the intersection of Fulton and Dakota Streets in Butler at this time.

The accident is between a black Honda SUV and a silver Ford Fusion car.

One female Deborah Rhodes of Butler is being transported by Bates County EMS to the Bates County Memorial Hospital for treatment. The other driver Amy Riffle of Leawood, Kansas wasn't injured in this accident.

Both vehicles are damaged and can't be driven at this time and Douty's tow is in route to the scene. Please expect some short traffic delays in this area.

Man arrested after escaping from Barton County Jail in Lamar

Rowdy J. Masterson
On August 20th 2017 at approximately 6:15 a.m. an inmate at the Barton County Sheriff’s Office was able to manipulate a locked door in the booking room area. He then had access to be inside the offices and the conference room of the Sheriff’s Office. 

That inmate Rowdy J. Masterson , age 47, of Lamar went inside the conference room, he shut and locked himself in the conference room. 

The on-duty dispatcher at that time was Gloria Martinez who attempted to get access into the conference room however the door was locked and she was unable to. 

The inmate opened the window in the conference room and pushed the screen out and fled from the sheriff’s office in a northwesterly Direction. Sheriff Shaw was contacted about the escaped inmate at approximately 6:17 a.m. and he responded to the Barton County Jail immediately. 

All the road officers in jail staff was contacted to assist in trying to locate the escaped inmate along with officers from the Lamar Police Department. 

Sheriff Shaw contacted Sheriff Randy Kaiser from Jasper County and also Sheriff Jason Mosher from Vernon County and asked for assistance in searching for the subject both agencies sent manpower to assist in searching for the escaped subject. 

Deputy Sheriff Justin Ehrsam and his K-9 partner Rika conducted a track from the Sheriff’s Office to try to find the path that the inmate took. 

At approximately 7:09 a.m. the Barton County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher received a call that the inmate (Masterson) was at the Prairie Plains apartment complex on West 9th Street on the senior side. 

Numerous law enforcement from the Barton County Sheriff’s Office and the Lamar Police Department converged on the area and located the inmate hiding in a bush. 

The inmate was taken into custody at 7:14am and transported back to the Barton County Jail. Report will be sent to the Barton County Prosecuting Attorney Steven Kaderly for consideration and filing the criminal charges of escape from custody. 

Sheriff Shaw would like to say thank you to all of the law enforcement agencies who came to assist in apprehending the escaped inmate.

Obituary - Harold Glen Jaynes

Harold Glen Jaynes, 90, Harrisonville, Missouri died Saturday, August 19, 2017 at his home near Harrisonville. 

Funeral services are pending at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. 

Services times and a complete obituary will be posted when the information becomes available.

Obituary - Robert "Bob" Robertson

Robert "Bob" Robertson age 91 of Richards,Missouri passed away Wednesday, August 16, at Joplin Healthcare in Joplin, Missouri.

Arrangements are under direction of the Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill, and a graveside service is scheduled Saturday, September 16, in Nevada's Newton Burial Park. 

Memorials to the Alzheimer's Association are suggested and can be made in care of Heuser Funeral Home.

Oil Spill in rural Vernon County under investigation

The Vernon County Sheriff's Office along with the Bourbon County Sheriff's Office and Missouri Department of Natural Resources is investigating a recent oil spill near the Missouri/Kansas border in Vernon County.

Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher says the spill of an estimated 12,600 gallons of oil was reported July 26th at Running Foxes Petroleum tank farm near Hudson and Soldier Roads in rural Vernon County.
He adds the owner of a neighboring property reported the spill that may resulted from vandalism.

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

Cutshaw rolls in featured USRA Modified main event at Lucas Oil Speedway; Henson, Marrant and Jackson also prevail

Jeff Cutshaw kept his hopes alive for a fourth straight Pitts Homes USRA Modified track championship at Lucas Oil Speedway with Saturday night's victory. (Kenny Shaw photo)

WHEATLAND, Missouri (August 19, 2017) - Jeff Cutshaw served noticed Saturday night that his pursuit of a fourth straight Pitts Homes USRA Modified track championship is very much alive.

Leading wire-to-wire in a caution-free 25-lap feature, Cutshaw captured the $750 spotlight event on Fan Appreciation Night at Lucas Oil Speedway. He also earned a $350 gift card from TA/Petro Stopping Centers, which presented the program along with Ozarks CW and Ozarks Sports Zone.

Other feature winners in the next-to-last Big Adventure RV Racing Series points program of the regular season season were: Cole Henson (Big O Tires Street Stocks), Aaron Marrant (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models) and Kris Jackson (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods).

Cutshaw, of Bolivar, Mo., began the night 16 points behind Jason Pursley in the points chase. The reigning champ was dominant from from his front-row starting spot following a heat-race win.

"The track was pretty good tonight," Cutshaw said. "It was fast. You could drive it in there as hard as you wanted to."

Cutshaw apologized for some post-race contact between he and Pursley on the cool-down lap. The two continued to race for a lap after the checkered flag. Pursley wound up disqualified from his eighth-place finish after starting the feature 14th.

"I ran out of (visor) tear offs as we got into lapped cars," Cutshaw said. "I couldn't see if we had took the checkered flag or not. I apologize for getting into Jason there."

Chase Jones of El Dorado Springs, Mo., finished about five car lengths behind Cutshaw. Jason Payton of Fort Smith, Ark., was third with Donnie Fellers of Wheatland, Mo., fourth and Lucas Schott of Chatfield, Minn., fifth.

Henson takes Street Stock win: Cole Henson of Russellville, Mo., took control after a quartet of drivers had traded the lead over the first portion to collect the Big O Tires Street Stock feature.

Third-starting Dewayne Applegate of Dunnegan, Mo., led the first eight laps of the 20-lap main event. Darrin Crisler took over the lead with a backstretch pass on lap 8, but on the next circuit Crisler slowed with a flat right-rear tire to relinquish the lead back to Applegate.

It was then James Flood's turn to go in front as he made the pass of Applegate on the restart. He led until lap 13 when Henson passed him coming out of turn four to become the fourth leader of the race.

Henson pulled away for the win, surviving two starts following caution flags over the final seven laps. Flood, who started 10th, wound up in second with 11th-starting Heath Teel finishing third.

"This was a heck of a track. It was hammer down racing," said Henson, who drove from a third-row starting position. "This is the best race I've ever been in, I'll tell you. It's a dream come true to win at Lucas Oil Speedway."

Marrant romps in ULMA feature: Aaron Marrant posted one of the most-dominant feature wins of the season, finishing a half-lap clear of runner-up Cody Holtkamp for Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model honors.

Marrant's winning margin was just over eight seconds. He ran sub 16-second laps most of the way in the caution-free 20-lapper. 

"The track was crazy fast; I'm wore out," Marrant said. "I can't thank (my crew) guys enough. We had some new car blues when we first got this thing. We have a pretty good set-up now, I think."

Marrant, the defending track champion, lapped all the way up to seventh place in the 24-car field. He said getting the jump on fellow front-row starter Johnny Fennewald was key.

"I almost knew lining up, whichever one of us got out front was going to be hard to beat," said Marrant, who kept his hopes to repeating as track champ alive. He began the night in third, 43 behind Aaron Poe and 36 behind Fennewald.

Holtkamp used a last-lap pass to finish second ahead of Fennewald. Poe finished 13th, setting the stage for a three-way battle for the title next week.

Jackson captures fourth B-Mod win: Kris Jackson led all the way to grab his fourth Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod feature victory of the season.

"I don't know if the lap times were right, but I caught a couple of them (on the scoreboard) under caution," Jackson said. "It looks like we were pretty good tonight.

"The car drove great. This was a horsepower track and I wouldn't have had those lap times without that Ruble Racing Engine."

Making the the night even better for the Jackson family - wife Krystle celebrated her birthday and she won the track's 50/50 raffle.

Jackson started on the pole and beat outside front-row starter David Hendrix to the lead as the green flag flew. Hendrix finished a close second and division points leader Andy Bryant rallied from 15th to finish third.

Season Championships next: Champions in all four divisions will be crowned next Saturday in the Big RV Weekly Racing Series on Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick Season Championship Night Presented by KYOO-Your Country 99 & KPOW-Power 97.7.

It also will be Public Safety Appreciation Night as all police, fire and rescue personnel are admitted FREE to the Speedway with ID.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.

For ticket information for that and all Lucas Oil Speedway events, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, visit

Feature - 1, Cole Henson, Russellville, Mo. 2, James Flood, Crane, Mo. 3, Heath Teel, Walnut Ridge, Ark. 4, Kenny Carroll, Camdenton, Mo. 5, Dalton Imhoff, Jamestown, Mo. 6, Chris Tonoli, Hermitage, Mo. 7, Toby Ott, Wheatland, Mo. 8, Mark Simon, Buffalo, Mo. 9, Josh Halbrook, Springfield, Mo. 10, Dewayne Applegate Jr., Dunnegan, Mo. 11, Bradley Gideon, Ozark, Mo. 12, Tony Anglin, Walnut Ridge, Ark. 13, Brian Schutt, Lebanon, Mo. 14, Ted Welschmeyer, Tebbetts, Mo. Scott Chism, Bolivar, DNS; Sundance Keeper, South Greenfield, Mo., DNS; Darrin Crisler, Clever, Mo., DQ; Bobby Barnett, Republic, Mo., DQ.

Heat 1 - 1, Dewayne Applegate. 2, Scott Chism. 3, Tony Anglin. 4, Darrin Crisler. 5, Chris Tonoli. 6, Heath Teel. 7, Brian Schutt. 8, Ted Welshmeyer. 9, Sundance Keeper.
Heat 2 - 1, Bobby Barnett. 2, Brad Gideon. 3, Cole Henson. 4, Kenny Carroll. 5, James Flood. 6, Josh Halbrook. 7, Mark Simon. 8, Dalton Imhoff. 9, Toby Ott.

Feature - 1, Jeff Cutshaw, Bolivar, Mo. 2, Chase Jones, El Dorado Springs, Mo. 3, Jason Payton, Fort Smith, Ark. 4, Donnie Fellers, Wheatland, Mo. 5, Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn. 6, Chase Domer, Nevada, Mo. 7, Eric Turner, Hermitage, Mo. 8, Tracy Wolf, Buffalo, Mo. 9, Evan Hubert, Pittsburg, Mo. 10, Jardin Fuller, Memphis, Mo. 11, Austin Howes, Memphis, Mo. 12, Burl Woods, Republic, Mo. 13, Mickey Lassiter, Piedmont, Okla. Jason Pursley, Hermitage, DQ.

Heat 1 - 1, Jason Payton. 2, Burl Woods. 3, Mickey Lassiter. 4, Chase Domer. 5, Eric Turner. 6, Lucas Schott. 7, Evan Hubert.
Heat 2 - 1, Jeff Cutshaw. 2, Donnie Fellers. 3, Chase Jones. 4, Tracy Wolf. 5, Austin Howes. 6, Jardin Fuller. 7, Jason Pursley.

Feature - 1, Aaron Marrant, Richmond, Mo. 2, Cody Holtkamp, Holts Summit, Mo. 3, Johnny Fennewald, Appleton City, Mo. 4, Lane Ehlert, Republic, Mo. 5, Kaeden Cornell, Willard, Mo. 6, Todd Shute, Des Moines, Iowa. 7, Walt Imhoff, Jamestown, Mo. 8, Dustin Walker, Bolivar, Mo. 9, Chris Cox, Jefferson City, Mo. 10, Shane Essary, Aurora, Mo. 11, Tommy Cordray, Browning, Mo. 12, Larry Jones, El Dorado Springs, Mo. 13, Aaron Poe, Warrensburg, Mo. 14, Ashlee Lancaster, Sturgeon, Mo. 15, Jimmy Jobe, Odessa, Mo. 16, Bob Cummings, Sedalia, Mo. 17, Daniel Jessen, Joplin, Mo. 18, Jason Sivils, Bolivar, Mo. 19, Wesley Briggs, Olathe, Kan. 20, Jon Binning, Warrensburg, Mo. Joe Walkenhorst, Flemington, Mo., DNS; Chad Richwine, Pleasant Hill, Mo., DNS; Gregg Truelove, Liberty, Mo., DNS; John Schneider, California, Mo., DNS.

Heat 1 - 1, Aaron Marrant. 2, Johnny Fennewald. 3, Jon Binning. 4, Ashlee Lancaster. 5, Joe Walkenhorst. 6, Tommy Cordray. 7, Bob Cummings. 8, Dustin Walker.
Heat 2 - 1, Larry Jones. 2, Cody Holtkamp. 3, Walt Imhoff. 4, Chad Richwin. 5, Gregg Truelove. 6, Wesley Briggs. 7, Daniel Jessen. 8, Jason Sivils.
Heat 3 - 1, Lane Ehlert. 2, Kaeden Cornell. 3, Todd Shute. 4, Chris Cox. 5, Shane Essary. 6, Aaron Poe. 7, Jimmy Jobe. 8, John Schneider.

Feature - 1, Kris Jackson, Lebanon, Mo. 2, David Hendrix, Waynesville, Mo. 3, Andy Bryant, Fort Scott, Kan. 4, Greg Woodcock, Neosho, Mo. 5, JC Morton, Springdale, Ark. 6, Rex Merritt, Billings, Mo. 7, Taylor Moore, Bois D'Arc, Mo. 8, Bobby Williams, Hermitage, Mo. 9, Wesley Long, Greenfield, Mo. 10, Lexy Vanzandt, Billings, Mo. 11, Kenny Shaw, Fort Scott, Kan. 12, Jacob Long, Greenfield, Mo. 13, Michael Bowers, Rogersville, Mo. 14, Ethan Lamons, Savonburg, Kan. 15, Evan McQuitty, Chilhowee, Mo. 16, Robert Heydenreich, Bolivar, Mo. 17, Quentin Taylor, Flemington, Mo. 18, Jake Hereford, Fort Scott, Kan. 19, Kaden Miller, Cabool, Mo. 20, Derek Brown, Stoutland, Mo. 21, Milt David, Carrier, Okla. 22, Kaeden Cornell, Willard, Mo. 23, Cody Admire, Eldon, Mo. 24, Andy Chrisenberry, Chilhowee, Mo. Ricky Watkins, Brookline, Mo., DQ; Shadren Turner, St. Joseph, Mo., DQ.

Heat 1 - 1, Kris Jackson. 2, Michael Bowlers. 3, Rex Merritt. 4, Milt David. 5, Ethan Lamons. 6, Quentin Taylor. 7, Cody Admire. 8, Andy Chrisenberry.
Heat 2 - 1, Derek Brown. 2, Shadren Turner. 3, Kaeden Cornell. 4, Taylor Moore. 5, JC Morton. 6, Andy Bryant. 7, Ricky Watkins. 8, Kenny Shaw. 9, Jake Hereford.
Heat 3 - 1, Greg Woodcock. 2, David Hendrix. 3, Bobby Williams. 4, Wesley Long. 5, Evan McQuitty. 6, Jaocb Long. 7, Lexy Vanzandt. 8, Robert Heydenreich.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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Update: Amoret woman seriously injured in rollover accident

On 8/19/17 around 8:20pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County along with Bates County EMS, Butler and Amoret Fire Departments and Bates County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a one vehicle rollover accident just east of Route J and CR 5002 in rural Bates County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2005 Buick Rendezvous driven by 36 year old Kandice J. McComb of Amoret, Missouri traveled of the right side of the roadway and struck a fence before overturning and striking a fence again coming to final rest on its top facing Northwest.

Kandice J. McComb sustained serious injuries in this accident and she was transported by Life Flight Eagle to Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene by Don's Tow of Butler, Missouri.