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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Vernon County Youth Fair Truck and Tractor Pull

From the Benton County Sheriff's Office

On 09/27/2017  the Benton County Sheriff's Office along with Mid Missouri Drug Task Force Team went to two residences in arrowhead in Benton County, Missouri, in regards to drug activity.

After searching both residence a crystal substance that field tested positive for Methamphetamine along with digital scales and marijuana in both locations.

One residence had approximately 1.5 grams of Methamphetamine inside a clear plastic bag. Charges have been filed and more information will be released at a later time.

2017 Cass County Fair Fall Demolition Derby

Creighton man charged with robbery at Peculiar Casey’s General Store

Caleb G. Holloway
A 32-year-old man from Creighton, Missouri is in jail after authorities said he robbed the Casey’s General Store at gunpoint in Peculiar on Sept. 15, 2017.

The Cass County prosecutor’s office charged the suspect, identified in court documents as Caleb G. Holloway, with first-degree robbery.

Holloway pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Cass County court.

The robbery was reported in the early-morning hours of Sept. 15th at Casey’s General Store, 625 Missouri J in Peculiar.

According to a probable cause statement, a Peculiar police officer went to the convenience store a few minutes before 6 a.m. to investigate the robbery.

An employee at the store described the suspect as a white male wearing a light blue or gray shirt, tan pants, and a red and white Monarchs KC ball cap.

The employee told police that the suspect displayed what appeared to be a handgun in a holster and demanded money at the cash register. The suspect, later identified as Holloway, allegedly took $200 in cash and left the store.

Court records said a witness outside Casey’s saw the suspect’s vehicle and described it as a black vehicle with paint peeling from the hood and roof.

Later that day, Peculiar police shared surveillance images from the store captured during the incident on Facebook in an effort to identity a suspect.

Police said they received a tip Sept. 16 that the suspect could have been Holloway based on photos from his social media page, which matched the witness’s description.

Court records said Peculiar police then learned Holloway was in the custody of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office on unrelated charges after he was arrested on the afternoon of Sept. 15 for an outstanding warrant.

According to online court records, Holloway had an active warrant in Henry County after the prosecutor’s office there charged him in July with possession of a controlled substance, driving while intoxicated, and driving while revoked/suspended.

He pleaded not guilty to those charges on Sept. 19.

Police interviewed Holloway at the Henry County jail on Sept. 17.

The probable cause statement said Holloway agreed to speak with a Peculiar detective and admitted to the robbery at Casey’s during the interview.

After the interview, police went to Holloway’s home in Creighton, where they recovered money taken from the store, a shirt worn by Holloway at the time of the robbery, and the identification of the suspect vehicle.

The first-degree robbery charge was filed Sept. 19 in Cass County.

Holloway remained in the Cass County jail Wednesday with bail set at $50,000.

A review of the case has been scheduled for Nov. 2.

Courtesy of the Cass County Democrat

Happy, happy anniversary...Carl and Evelyn Stanfill

58 years ago, Carl Stanfill and Evelyn Jackson said 'I do' and to this union four children were born: Debbie (Lacy), Evelyn (Nicholson), Roger and Carla. Add in grand children and great grand children to boot- congratulations! -Your family, friends and neighbors

Harrisonville Trade Fair Grand Re-Opening

Job Opening In Butler

Lost and Found at Nevada Speedway

Lost and found at the Nevada Speeway race track. All of the items are at the pit gate. 

The metal piece goes on the plaques we have given to winners and so does that little sign. It could be glued back on. Hate it that someone lost theirs. 

We a actually found the glasses on the track. It is amazing they are in that good of shape. 😁

Contact Nevada Speedway if these are yours!

Don't Miss Creatures of the Night Tonight at Poplar Heights Farm

Local artist enlightens Rotary Club luncheon

LOCAL ARTIST REBEKAH KNIGHT spoke at the Butler Rotary Luncheon today about her artwork, which has gained the attention of the United States Postal Service. Read more about her work in our previous articles here

One of the award winning paintings- a blue teal duck-that gave national attention to local artist Rebekah Knight

In Amsterdam, About Amsterdam, and for Amsterdam...

Arjen van Veelen at the Jubilee
last Saturday -photo courtesy
of Donna Gregory
You know that Amsterdam Mo is known for sharing it's name with 'sister' city Amsterdam Holland, right? Well, Dutchman Arjen van Veelen knows it too- and plans to tell the world all about our wonderful little town.

Van Veelen is an author who is writing a book about small towns in the midwest. Not just any towns, but those with worldly names like Paris; West-Frankfurt and of course, Amsterdam.

Arjen, who currently lives in the Netherlands  (formerly St. Louis Mo.) with his wife and young son, made a pre-planned visit to the annual Amsterdam Jubilee last Saturday and his appearance was met with open enthusiasm with those he spoke with. Likewise, Van Veelen was amazed how well our community worked together.

Seemingly, a major astonishment came when he witnessed a small crowd, up early on Sunday morning, cleaning up main street. "It's incredible how your small community comes together. Just amazing!"

Van Veelen actually spent the entire weekend at the center of zip code 64723- conducting impromptu interviews, getting photos, gathering info. If you didn't get to meet him, you certainly had to hear about him..."hey, did you talk to the guy from the Netherlands? How cool was that! He's including our town in his book!"

As casual as the visit might have seemed, Arjen van Veelen came quite prepared. In an email to the Jubilee committee, he pointed out that he strategically wanted to interview a cross section of people, i.e., a local pastor, a farmer, a veteran, a local historian, nurse, businessman, young folks, old folks, etc. 

Based on conversations with those who met him, it sounds like he left with plenty of notes, quite possibly more than room in the book may allow.

In his own words, his intention is to 'paint' a beautiful portrait of Amsterdam, Mo. 

And we can't wait to see it.

Editor's note- we plan to stay in contact with Arjen and will provide info about the book as soon as it's available.


Suspect Matthew Joiner now in custody

The Bates County Sheriff's Office is now reporting that Matthew Joiner, the subject of an earlier manhunt in the Merwin area, is now in custody.

More information regarding his arrest will be published as soon as it is available.

Obituary - Kenneth Boone

Kenneth Boone, age 83, La Cygne, Kansas passed away on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at his home.

Funeral service will be held 10 am Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, La Cygne Chapel.

Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held 5 to 7 pm Friday at the Schneider LaCygne Chapel.

The family suggests contributions the Olathe Hospice. On line condolences for the family can be left at

Obituary - Sharon Elaine Miller

Sharon Elaine Miller 73 of Garden City, Missouri departed this life on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City, Missouri surrounded by love and family.

Final arrangements entrusted to Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, Missouri.

Service time and a complete obituary will be posted when that information becomes available

Obituary - Jerry Mayfield

Jerry Mayfield 67 of Harrisonville, Missouri departed this life on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center, Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

Final arrangements entrusted to Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.

Service time and a complete obituary will be posted when that information becomes available.

Police searching for subject in who fled in Merwin area of Bates County

The Bates County Sheriffs Office is assisting in the search of a subject who fled from a police pursuit with the Kansas State Highway Patrol and Linn County Sheriff's Deputies around the Merwin area at this time.

Please avoid this area now as police are searching the area house to house.

The subject who is identified as Matt Joiner who is a while male, 6ft 200lbs wearing a tan shirt. He isn't consider a threat at this time and he isn't armed. We are working on getting a photo of the suspect now!

If you see anyone suspicious please contact the Bates County Sheriff's Office at 660-679-3232.

The Butler High School is hosting its annual College/Technical/Military Browsing Fair

The Butler High School is hosting its annual College/Technical/Military Browsing Fair Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.

Juniors and seniors from Adrian, Appleton City, Archie, Ballard, Drexel, Hume, Miami, Northeast Vernon County, and Rich Hill along with Butler juniors and seniors have been invited and are encouraged to attend.

The browsing-type fair offers students the opportunity to gather relevant information in reference to their post-secondary planning, education and training. Representatives from approximately sixty colleges, universities, technical schools, and the military will provide information regarding admission procedures and deadlines, scholarships and financial aid, specifics regarding programs of study, and various post-secondary training opportunities.

This event provides area students with excellent opportunities to investigate career, training, and educational options, as well as talk one-on-one to recruiters and representatives regarding admission, cost, financial aid, programs offered and career opportunities.

Interested parents and community members are also invited to attend the fair at the Butler High School gymnasium Tuesday, October 3 beginning at 1:00 p.m. and ending at 2:30 p.m.

If additional information is needed, please contact Carol Hedrick at 660-679-6121, extension 254.

From the Butler Police Department

On 09/25/17 officers were called to 811 Grove Street in Butler. Upon their arrival they noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the residence. After entering the residence, Officers observed marijuana and marijuana drug paraphernalia.

After a search of the residence a large amount of marijuana was discovered along with scales and clear plastic baggies containing separated marijuana for sales. Two juveniles were referred to the juvenile office.

Cole Kuda (18) of Butler, Cody Gabriel(17) of Butler, and Grant Griffin(17) of Butler were issued citations for possession of marijuana and released at the scene.

Lane Baker(19) and Austin Green (17) were arrested and transported to the Bates County Jail.

Baker and Green were charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

This press release was issued by the Butler Police Department and all suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

Update 11/6/17: All charges against everyone in this press release has been dropped at this time..

Courtesy of the Butler Police Department

Job Opening In Clinton

Semi truck rollover north of Butler

The Butler Fire Department along with Bates County EMS and Missouri State Highway Patrol is on scene of a flipped over semi truck that was traveling Southbound and overturned into the Median just north of Butler around mile marker 133.8 on I-49.

Please use caution if you must travel in this area as emergency crews work to get this accident cleaned up.

Mid America Live News will update when more information is made available to us from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Copyright Mid America Live News

From selling apples to the Big Apple...

A humble grocery store employee recently took time off to do what only a few can dream of- further expanding her modeling career by going to New York and working with some big name clothing designers. 

Drexel Food Fair employee Hunter Elkinton modeled at New York Fashion Week with clothing designer Hopeless+Cause Atelier earlier this month, plus got to spend quality time with some new friends in the Big Apple as well.

So how'd she do? Judge for yourself, Hunter appears in the following video right at the 3 minute mark (white dress):

The trip also included filming a fashion segment for Univision. Good luck in future endeavors, Hunter! 

Miami County Kansas Wanted Wednesday

Swap meet in Adrian set for October 6th and 7th

Need a fender for your Ford? Magneto for your Massey? You'll probably find exactly what you need at the Annual Fall Swap Meet & Tractor-Machinery Display hosted by the Western Missouri Antique Tractor & Machinery Association at Frontier Village in Adrian October 6th and 7th.

Get more info here

Butler TSA RC Rally coming up on Sep 30th

The event is free.  Anyone who has a remote control vehicle is welcome! 

Participants and spectators will be required to sign a waiver of responsibility.  (Parent or guardian must sign for children under 18.)  

Registration will be done onsite the morning of the event.  

Limited concessions will also be available. 

Whatcha doing Saturday?

Pecans, Ripgut and Marsh of the Swans: The Marais des Cygnes...presented by Stuart Miller, Mo. Dept. of Conservation. Saturday, September 30th, 10:30 am in Robertson Hall. Stuart's parents grew up in Rich Hill & Foster area so he's quite at home in southern Bates County. He will share a great program about the river bottoms here in our area. A donation lunch will be served following the program.

Note- no insect repellent needed, the program will be held entirely in the comfy confines of Robertson Hall

Preserving history, one piece at at time...

LATE LAST WEEK members of the Butler Masonic Lodge helped the Bates County Museum transport some important artifacts from downtown Butler to the museum on Elks Drive. A wide range of items were moved, where they will be documented and ready to be placed on display. A huge thank you to all those who helped. Your dedication to preserving our history is greatly appreciated!  - our thanks to Peggy Buhr