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Monday, September 25, 2017

Power Outage in South Butler

Mid America Live News has had several reports of power outages in south Butler around the area of Cedar Lane at this time.

A power line is said to be down in this area and City of Butler Electrical Crews are in route to fix the problem.

Please have patience as crews work to get this fixed.

Obituary - Homer Wesley Haggans

Beloved husband of nearly 70 years to the late Pat Haggans, Wes Haggans passed away Monday, September 25, 2017. He was born in Ortonville, Minnesota on August 21, 1922 to Blanche Belle (Workman) and Rev. George Leonard Haggans.

Wes’s father was a Methodist minister, so the family moved every few years through the small towns west of Minneapolis. Wes graduated from high school in Excelsior, Minnesota and entered the University of Minnesota in the fall of 1940. He joined the Air Corps Reserves in 1942 and was called to active duty in early 1943.

Basic training brought him to the University of Missouri, where one afternoon at a USO tea dance he met the love of his life, Margaret Susan (Pat) Atkinson. They corresponded for more than a year as training took him from coast to coast. By the time he shipped overseas, they were engaged. They married in June 1945 after the end of the war in Europe, during which Wes piloted B-17s on four bombing missions.

Pat and Wes settled in Nevada in late 1950, were active in the community and raised three sons. While Pat taught school, Wes ran the Nevada Hatchery with Pat’s parents, John and Stella Atkinson. Wes started Haggans Real Estate in 1965. With the hatchery and in real estate Wes worked with hundreds of folks throughout the county. Through all of these many business dealings he was a man known for honesty and integrity.

His dear wife Pat, and his sisters, Alice Montalto and Ruth Munz, preceded him in death. Wes is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Michael (Katie) Haggans, John (Mary) Haggans, Charles (Carol) Haggans; six grandchildren, Sarah (Joe) Swearingen, Matthew (Valerie) Haggans, Emily Haggans, Kiri Haggans, Vanessa Haggans and Sam Haggans and 5 great-grandchildren. He was Uncle Wes to his many nieces, nephews and cousins who for years joined in huge family Thanksgiving dinners.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church and active in Rotary and many other civic organizations including Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels. He stopped delivering meals when he was 90.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Nevada with Rev. Sharon Freeman officiating. Interment will follow in El Dorado Springs City Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

The family wishes to express most sincere gratitude to the caring people of Morningside and Heartland Hospice who helped to make this last years so warm and peaceful. Memorials can be given to: Haggans Scholarship Fund, c/o Nevada R-5 Foundation, 811 W. Hickory, Nevada, MO 64772 or Nevada Methodist Church, 500 S. College, Nevada, MO 64772.

Obituary - Ronald J. Moore

Ronald J. Moore, age 76, Nevada, MO passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017 due to injuries from a boating accident on Lake of the Ozarks. Ronald was born June 2, 1941 in Albia, IA , the fifth child of Oscar and Ruby (Hasley) Moore.

In his early childhood Ronald and his family lived on a farm near New Sharon, IA. When Ronald was in the 4th grade he along with his family moved to Sheldon, MO where the family farmed. 

Ronald’s mother passed away when he was born and his father later married Edna Curry, she being the only Mother her ever knew. On April 26, 1959 Ronald married Beverly Berry and to his union three children were born; Jim, Robbie, and Veronica. Ronald enlisted in the United States Air Force obtaining the rank of Airman 2nd Class. He was honorably discharged in 1962.

Following Ronald and Beverly’s divorce he married Jerry Walker and became stepfather to her children, Doug, Chris, and Judi. He and Jerry lived in Walker, MO for several years before moving to Aransas Pass, TX to be near Jerry’s mother. Ronald spent most of his adult life driving long haul trucks for various companies. In his career he accumulated over five million miles of accident free driving. After his retirement Ronald and Jerry returned to Missouri living in Nevada where he continued to live until his death.

Ronald and Jerry spent many happy years traveling in their motor home before Jerry passed away on June 15, 2015. Ronald loved to work in his garage rebuilding garden tractors. After Jerry passed away Ronald spent a lot of time with his good friend Tom.

Ronald is survived by his son Jim, son Rob (Phyllis), and daughter Veronica Logston (Robert), all of Hamilton, MO; step-son Doug Brewer of Des Moines, IA, stepdaughter, Judi Brewer of Nevada, and step-son Chris Moore (Atara) of San Diego, CA who was later adopted; brothers Harold Moore of Carthage, and Dean Moore of El Dorado Springs; grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his wife Jerry, he was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Robert and Gary.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. Interment will follow in Milo Cemetery, Milo, MO. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Disabled Veterans in c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

Nacho dumpster?

Yes, that was a play on words to get your attention...the correct terminology would be 'not your dumpster'. And it appears that someone has taken advantage of this one at the Bates County Fairgrounds. 

The dumpsters on site are not for public use, sorry. If you see someone illegally dumping, please notify the Butler police department. 

Clinton Fire Department Promotion

Clinton Fire Chief Leo Huff is pleased to announce the promotion of Lieutenant Mark Manuel to Assistant Fire Chief. This promotion fills a vacancy in the Assistant Chief position for the department that has been vacant since 2001. The re-introduction of this position to the department was made possible by the recent ¼ cent sales tax that was passed by the citizens of Clinton back in April 2017. 

The position will increase the departments training program tremendously, create a more detail oriented fire inspection program for local businesses, and provide for a more efficient department on many different levels.

Assistant Chief Manuel has been with the department for 24 years. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter for a short period of time before being hired as a fulltime firefighter with the department. Mark is a 1993 graduate of Clinton High School. His wife, Theresa, is employed by Clinton Head Start where she serves as a nutritionist for the facility. Together they have two daughters: Gracie, a Sophomore at Clinton High School and Lillian, a Freshman at Clinton High School. Mark’s parents are Bob and Judy Manuel who are longtime members of the Clinton community.

Assistant Chief Manuel brings an extensive amount of fire ground knowledge and expertise to the role of Assistant Chief for the department. He has received many training certificates and credentials in several areas of the fire service from technical rescue to wild land firefighting. “It is with great confidence that I know Mark will fulfill the duties of Assistant Chief for the Clinton Fire Department”, Chief Huff stated. Mark will officially resume his role of Assistant Chief on October 1, 2017.

Once again, Chief Huff and the Clinton Fire Department would like to thank the citizens of Clinton for their support. Congratulations, Mark!

From the Cass County Sheriff's Office

The Cass County Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of the schools in Cass County for sending their counselors, administrators and therapy dogs to our presentation last week. 

We were able to cover topics such as teen drug and alcohol abuse, suicide, teen dating violence, self harm behaviors, collaborating with law enforcement, an overview of the juvenile office and sharing resources.

We would also like to thank our presenters for coming together to make this much needed conversation happen. We appreciate your partnership.

Fully Engulfed building fire west of Adrian

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The Adrian Fire Department along with assistance of the Butler Fire Department, Amsterdam Fire Department and Central Cass Fire are on scene of a out building fire at 18 Highway and just North on FF Highway west of Adrian.

The building owned by Ethan Rowe and is described as a 20x30 shop that was fully engulfed in flames.

The fire is under control now and crews will remain on scene for fire overhaul for a undisclosed amount of time.

Mid America Live News will update when more information is made available to us. 
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Nevada man killed in boat explosion on the Lake of the Ozarks

On 9/24/17 around 12:15pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Camden County along with Camden County Sheriff's Office responded to a boat explosion at Pier 31 gas dock on the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 1989 Carver Santigo Bay boat exploded after refueling.

The driver of the boat James T. Holcomb wasn't injured in this accident but one occupant on the boat 76 year old Ronald J. Moore of Nevada, Missouri was killed in this accident. Another passenger on the boat 58 year old Susan Abele-Burns sustained serious injuries in this accident and she was life flighted to University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Missouri for treatment.

The cause of this fire is currently under investigation at this time.

Mid America Live News will update when a full report is issued from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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Butler High School Junior Class magazine sales fundraiser

The Butler High School Junior Class is wrapping up its magazine sales fundraiser for prom this Wednesday, September 27. Supporters can choose from about 300 print and digital subscriptions in the Family Reading Program catalog or online at, or purchase subscription gift cards.

For anyone who would like to purchase a subscription on behalf of the local library or nursing home, juniors have wish lists for the Butler Public Library, Medicalodge and Serenity of Butler. The catalog and website also offer the opportunity to support any of four national charities while supporting the BHS Junior Class.

Juniors who sell at least five subscriptions earn a prize and save $25 off the cost of prom. Those who sell at least 30 subscriptions can attend prom for free.


Obituary - Vincent “Jake” Allen Farr

Vincent “Jake” Allen Farr, 35, Independence, MO, died Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. 

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO, with visitation from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

(A complete obituary will be posted when information is available).

Drexel R-IV Press Release

4-H carnival declared 'a hit'...

The Youth Building came alive last Saturday as 4-H Club leaders and members enjoyed games, prizes, and information about their clubs. The event also gave potential new members a chance to meet 4-Hers and visit about projects. 

To complete the Carnival, Jana Rosier of Osage Valley Electric and her helpers, helped kids and adults complete a project --everyone had the chance to make an extension cord.

Thank you to the Bates County 4-H Clubs for being so great and working to make us even better
. -Bates County Missouri 4-H

Amsterdam Trunk or Treat

Gesture of kindness shown during local football game

From the Miami Eagles Facebook page:

"This is something which sadly would be reported in a negative light in far too many places in this country, right now. But I share this with a sense of pride and honor. The situation; a football player from Rich Hill MO. injured his back in the 4th quarter. I was called upon to tend to him. The EMS at the game came out to assist, which was greatly appreciated. As we were prepping the young man to be placed on a spine board, the Rich Hill coaches asked the referees and medical personnel if they could have his teammates circle him for a prayer. How do you even consider refusing. We continued to do our work, and as the Rich Hill team circled and started the prayer, the entire Drexel team and their coaches yelled for them to "wait a sec" and they joined the circle. I, as a member of the Drexel/Miami coaching staff, was touched deeply by that simple gesture of Faith and sportsmanship! 

When all the negatives are constantly being pushed to the forefront and the positives are swept aside, this act was a perfect example of what is right with small town, high school football, and people in general. I was proud to be associated and connected with all involved.

And I happy to report the injury proved to be minor in nature, and the young man will recover in short order."

Editor's note- In our world of political correctness, regardless which side you're on- it's good to see unrestrained, peaceful expression of faith and goodwill towards your fellow man.

1st Annual Deepwood Cemetery Tour

Tickets for the 1st Annual Deepwood Cemetery Tour are now on sale at the Bushwhacker Museum and the Nevada/ Vernon County Chamber of Commerce. 

Tickets are $8.00/ each. The event takes place October 20th & 21st and is being co-hosted by the Community Council on the Performing Arts (CCLPA) and the Vernon County Historical Society.

2017 Harrisonville Fall Brush Drop Off


The City of Harrisonville will hold a brush drop off Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14.

This drop off will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., both days with gates closing promptly at 5:00 p.m. To access the drop off site, please follow the directional signs from the pool in the City Park at Bradley and Ash Street. Crews will be available to help unload trailers.

City personnel ask that all limbs be less than 10” diameter. No yard waste, please.

The drop off is for those who live within the city limits. Contractors will not be permitted to use the service. Residents should be prepared to show proof of residency, such as a utility bill, to take advantage of the drop off.

From the Nevada Police Department

Two vehicle accident on I-49 in Barton County

The Missouri State Highway Patrol in Barton County along with Barton County Sheriff's Deputies are on scene of a two vehicle automobile accidents at mile marker 82 on I-49. 

At this time there are no injuries reported but the roadway is in the process of being cleared.

Please use caution as you drive through the area of the accident.

Poplar Heights Farm Presents: Fright Farm

From the Bates County Republicans

The Bates County Republicans met September 19, 2017 at the Pennell in Butler. The meeting was called to order at 6pm by Chairman, Felix Salazar who led us in prayer. 

Representative Patricia Pike graciously furnished a flag and led us in the Pledge.

Elected officials present were introduced to include Representative Pike, Presiding Commissioner Jim Wheatley, and Coroner Greg Mullinax. 

Donna Catron was voted in as the new vice-chair. We welcome Donna to her new position. 

Chairman Salazar then gave a report on issues of concern to our party both nationwide and in our state. He spoke of our governor’s recent actions in standing up for what is right and against the destruction of property.

Three Republicans interested in running for Associate Circuit Judge in Bates County were then introduced. Three questions were then asked of the candidates: Julie Highley, Jim Hoke, and Joe Bearden. The candidates answered the questions in turn and answered questions also from those in attendance. 

Representative Pike, Presiding Commissioner Wheatley and Coroner Mullinax then addressed the group briefly, providing news and updates on current events and issues.
Chairman Salazar provided a closing prayer and the meeting what adjourned. 

The next meeting has not been scheduled as of this time and will be announced. All interested Republicans from Bates County and surrounding areas are welcome and invited to attend.

Job Opening In Butler

Traffic Alert In Butler

The City of Butler Street Department currently has Nursery Street at Delaware Street in South Butler closed at this time.

Mid America Live News will update when this intersection is re opened to the public.

Bates County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers are sponsoring a Garage Sale

The Bates County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers are sponsoring a Garage Sale inside the BCMH Education Center. Stop by to browse the goods at 615 W. Nursery, Butler. Hope to see you there!

Public Service Announcement from the Bates County WIC Coordinator

Obituary - Harold Dean Pease

Harold Dean Pease
Harold Dean Pease, 83, of Linn Valley, KS, passed away Sept. 21, 2017, a result of an automobile accident. Harold was one of seven children born to Glenn and Alice Pease, life long residents of LaCygne, KS. He graduate from LaCygne Rural High School where his interests were football, track,(especially hurdles) and music. He had a passion for hunting and fishing. He accepted Jesus at a young age and joined the Calvary Baptist Church. 

Harold attended Ottawa University one year before joining the Air Force, serving four years. During that time (Sept,1954) he married his high school Sweetheart, Norma Lee Keith. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1960 with an Electrical Engineering degree. His first job was with Western Electric Field Engineering on the Titan One Missile Project. He worked on the ground guidance radar system. 

The Missile sights were in different states requiring several moves by the family. He took a new position with the Naval Defense while in California. The Naval project was shipboard anti-air-defense missiles. After ten years he accepted a position in Arlington,VA, close to Washington DC. There he was a Budget Analyst for Naval Defense. Upon retirement the family moved back to the LaCygne area on the lake in Linn Valley where he enjoyed his life long passions for hunting, fishing and golf. 

Fishing was made easy as he only had to go out his back door and catch them from his own dock. Harold and Norma re-joined Calvary Baptist Church where he faithfully served until his death. He enjoyed doing Meals on Wheels representing the church. 

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Kenneth Lee Pease, a sister, Lorene Ellen Allee, and brother, Don Pease. He is survived by his wife Norma of 63 years, 4 children, Janet Bardin, husband Randall; Rodney Pease, Randy Pease, and Jeff Pease. Eight grandchildren: Ellis Bardin, wife Kaitlin, Christian Bardin, husband Brant; Tyler Pease, wife Liz, Carter and Cameron Pease; Weston, Noah and Mylee Pease. Sisters, Nadine Fritts-Kenney, Ruth Ann Potts, husband Lyle, and Kathryn Nicholson as well as a host of extended family and friends.

Funeral service will be held 11 am Friday, September 29, 2017 at the Calvary Baptist Church in La Cygne, Kansas. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:30 to 7 pm Thursday at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, La Cygne Chapel. The family suggests contributions to the Calvary Baptist Church. On line condolences for the family can be left at

Belton man indicted for illegal explosives

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that the owner of a Grandview, Mo., business destroyed in an explosion earlier this year is among two men who have been indicted by a federal grand jury for illegally manufacturing and dealing in explosives.

James Witt, 76, of Grandview, and Thomas McKeehan, 66, of Belton, Mo., were charged in a three-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Aug. 9, 2017. That indictment was unsealed and made public today upon McKeehan’s arrest and initial court appearance. McKeehan remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing; Witt will self-surrender to authorities.

Mr. Witt was the owner of JW’s Lawn and Garden Equipment, 12010 S. 71 Hwy., Grandview, which was destroyed in an explosion on Jan. 3, 2017.
The federal indictment alleges that Witt and McKeehan used the business as a place to manufacture illegal explosive devices, including M-80 and M-100 explosives. They allegedly manufactured the explosive devices by buying bulk supplies of chemicals and then combining them to produce the illegal explosive devices at JW’s Lawn and Garden Equipment.

They also allegedly purchased commercial fireworks without the license to do so. McKeehan purchased approximately 40 cases of commercial fireworks for $10,000 in November 2016, the indictment says. McKeehan met the seller at a truck stop on Interstate 80 in Iowa to obtain the fireworks.

According to the indictment, McKeehan maintained a storage unit in Belton that was used to store explosives. Later the same night after the Jan. 3, 2017, explosion, Witt and McKeehan allegedly traveled to that storage unit and removed the fireworks that were stored at that location. On Jan. 17, 2017, Witt and McKeehan loaded a van with commercial fireworks and illegal explosive devices from a commercial shipping container in Lone Jack, Mo., the indictment says. McKeehan allegedly contacted an individual in Wisconsin to sell the fireworks for approximately $32,000.

Witt and McKeehan are charged together in one count of conspiracy to engage in the business of manufacturing and dealing in explosives from January 2015 to Jan. 17, 2017.

Witt and McKeehan are charged together in one count of engaging in the business of dealing in explosive materials from Jan. 3 to Jan. 17, 2017, including approximately 1,080 commercially packaged 1.3g, 3-inch aerial display shells; approximately 13,968 (M-Series) improvised explosive devices; approximately 3,200 (larger M-Series) improvised explosive devices; and approximately 1,633 commercially packaged 1.3g, 3-inch aerial display shells, without a license to do so.

McKeehan is also charged with one count of making a materially false statement. McKeehan allegedly told ATF agents that he had no knowledge of Witt’s involvement in manufacturing illegal explosive devices at Witt’s place of business.

Larson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce E. Clark. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


This news release, as well as additional information about the office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, is available on-line at



Don Ledford

Public Affairs Officer

Autumn like weather is right around the corner

Know that one cold front every autumn that seems to delineate an extended summer from what truly feels like fall? 

This might be it! Autumn fans rejoice; not seeing any highs climb out of the 70s in the rest of the 7-day forecast (once we get through today).

Butler Police Department Activity Report 9/18-9/24-2017

Animal complaint 300 block of E Summer
Theft report 200 block of W Ft Scott
Vandalism report 411 S Fran
Animal complaint 400 S Fran
Well being check 400 S Delaware
Medical assist  600 block of W Dakota
Alarm 700 block of HillCrest
Well being check 700 block of W Ohio
Juvenile walk away from school
Walk in harassment report
Open door 200 block of N Orange
Animal complaint W Oak St
Theft report Wal Mart
Walk in theft report
Alarm Max Motors
Well being check 411 Fran
Stolen vehicle report
Walk in harassment report
Medical assist 900 block of E Pine
Hit and Run accident 800 block of Birch St
Alarm Dollar Store
Warrant service Wal-Mart
Animal complaint 400 S Delaware
Animal complaint 200 block of W Adams
Accident High and College
Well being check 200 block of W Ft Scott
Animal complaint Wal-Mart
Well being check 400 block of S Fulton
Attempt to locate
Disturbance 200 block of W Ft Scott
Assist DFS
Recover stolen vehicle
Well being check 500 block of W FT Scott
Theft report 300 block S Fulton
Animal complaint Wal-Mart
Well being check 300 block of W Ohio
Warrant service Fulton and Pine
Medical assist 800 block of Grove
Disturbance 700 block of S High
Fight call Alley Bar
Harassment call 800 block of Wix
Animal complaint S Fran

Vandalism call 300 block of W College