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Thursday, October 26, 2017

State Auditor Galloway details lack of oversight in city of Amoret

October 26, 2017:
Audit receives poor rating, make recommendations to improve board operations 
Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has released a citizen-requested audit for the City of Amoret, located in Bates County.

The report identifies multiple critical areas within city government that lack proper oversight. This, along with lack of financial transparency, resulted in an overall rating of poor.

"Citizens rely on their city government to operate efficiently and effectively and to provide critical services that range from utility services to street maintenance," Auditor Galloway said. "In Amoret, there are a wide range of concerns with the city's procedures that need to be addressed so that residents can be sure elected officials are managing dollars in taxpayers' best interests."

An alderwoman may not be qualified to serve on the board due to questions about her residency and the mayor may not have been qualified to file as a candidate due to delinquent city taxes. The report recommends that the city establish procedures to provide information regarding individuals potentially unqualified to run for or hold elected office to the appropriate authority. 

The report also found the city lacks procedures to monitor or disconnect delinquent utility accounts of city officials, employees and family members. In one instance, the city meter reader did not reflect a past due balance on her own account, but then paid approximately six months' worth of accrued balances. In another case, the mayor and his son's utility accounts were delinquent for several months, but did not incur penalties or get disconnected. The audit also found a conflict of interest exists because a member of the board of aldermen is paid by the city to serve as city meter reader.

The audit also details poor accounting practices throughout city government. In one case, restricted income was routed to an unrestricted fund, and refundable utility deposit money was not tracked appropriately. A significant lack of financial oversight in Amoret led to $158 in bank overdraft charges. Additionally, the City Treasurer had not been reconciling any of the city's various accounts. The city has failed to appropriately document payments, transfers and formal reviews.

The audit also found the city's ordinances are incomplete and need to be better organized, procedures related to public access to records and record requests need improvement, and the city needs to improve budgetary practices and ensure laws regarding financial reporting are followed.

***Auditor Nicole Galloway, CPA, is the 38th auditor of the State of Missouri. She is a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner. Prior to becoming State Auditor, Galloway served as Treasurer of Boone County, and has worked in the private sector as a corporate auditor, accountant and actuarial analyst. She has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri and degrees in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Harrisonville Smile and Trust Open House

Who's ready for some games, prizes and Bar-B-Q!!! If you are in the Harrisonville area this Saturday, October 28th from 11-2, and would enjoy some outdoor fun, come on by and say hi! We will have plenty of activities for the kids, and cool prizes for the adults!!! 

We can't wait to see our existing patients, and make some new friends as well!! Hope to see you here!!! The Harrisonville Smile and Trust Team. Located at 401 E. Mechanic Street Harrisonville, Missouri

Scam Alert from the Paola Kansas Police Department

First freeze duration

Police looking for former Butler man as a person of interest in Eldorado Springs homicide

Charles Shane Green is known to be in the El Dorado Springs area. Please contact your local law enforcement agency if you have any information pertaining to Mr. Green.

Congrats Harrisonville Wildcat Soccer Team

Police searching for man who fled on foot in Lamar

 Ricky Landreth
On Thursday October 26th a officer with the Jasper Police Department was involved in a high-speed Pursuit on I-49 toward Lamar. That vehicle was involved in a collision by McDonalds on 1st Lane. 

The subject running from law enforcement exited that stolen vehicle and stole a second vehicle at that intersection. A woman who was in that vehicle which was stolen was injured whenever the subject through her from the vehicle. 

The sheriff's office is looking for a white male which is pictured in this clip his first name is believed to be Rick or Ricky Landreth 

The last known location of the subject was south of 1st Lane and 160 Highway in the woods. 

Law enforcement is still at this time looking for this subject if anybody should happen to see the subject please contact your local law enforcement.

Obituary - Roy Lee Dawson

Roy Lee Dawson
Roy Lee Dawson, 92, a lifelong Nevada area farmer, passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Moore-Few Care Center in Nevada.

Roy was born November 29, 1924, at home in the Rinehart area to Luther Wade and Stella Mabel (Marye) Dawson. He grew up in the Metz area and graduated from Metz High School in 1942. He married Bettie Jean Streich of Nevada on November 29, 1947. They were married for 64 years until the time of her death in February 2012.

Roy was a lifelong member of Rinehart Christian Church and attended faithfully. He spent his entire life in the Metz area and was a successful farmer. He introduced the first herd of Limousin cattle to the area and sold calves to 4-H members. Some of his many awards included Outstanding Young Farmer in 1960 from the Nevada Junior Chamber of Commerce, Balanced Farming District Award Winner in 1965, University of Missouri Curators Award in 1966 for leadership in the Extension Program, the 4-H Gold Clover Award recognizing 10 years of leadership in 1972, a Top Farmers of America award for distinguished service, and a Nevada Lions Club Farmer of the Month honor.

He also worked at area sale barns, served as Horsemanship Project Leader for the Rinehart 4-H Club and for many years assisted the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department as an honorary volunteer deputy at various county events.

Friends will remember Roy for his love for all of his animals, the Kansas City Royals, playing cards and bowling with friends, and for the love and respect for his land that he shared with his family.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Bettie; a brother, Francis Dawson; three sisters, Thelma Wade, Hazel Dawson, and Ruth Maness; and last year, by his faithful canine companion Buddy. He is survived by two daughters, Vicky Albright and her husband Terry of Kansas City, MO, and Patty Hough and her husband Mike of Peculiar, MO; five grandchildren, Anne Albright, Tara Boyles, Brandy Teubner, Jeanne Derr and Cale Swarnes; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 30, 2017 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Pastor Ricky Walles officiating. Interment will follow in Newton Burial Park, Nevada. The family will receive friends from 3-4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made, in his memory, to the Vernon County 4-H Alumni, Moore-Few Care Center, Nevada, or Rinehart Christian Church in c/o Ferry Funeral Home, 301 S. Washington, Nevada, MO 64772.

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Obituary - Doris Fay Swarens

Doris Fay Swarens, 83, Raymore, MO, died Thursday, October 26, 2017 at her home. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 30 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO, with visitation from 10:00-11:00. Burial in Freeman Cemetery, Freeman, MO. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or American Cancer Society.

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

Sporting Supply in Harrisonville closing

Becoming Windy This Afternoon

Driving on I-35 this afternoon or tonight? Be aware of strong winds developing. 

A cold front will move through the area today. Winds will increase from the northwest with gusts of 30 to 40 mph likely this afternoon. Similar winds are expected into the overnight.

Halloween is a Dangerous Night for Impaired Driving

JEFFERSON CITY – From downtown costume parties to back road bonfires, many celebrations will likely include alcohol. Make your plans for this year’s Halloween fun, but keep in mind that one of the best choices you can make is to drive sober or designate a sober driver to get you home safely.

With an increased number of impaired drivers on the road and an increase in pedestrian traffic as children trick-or-treat, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration classifies Halloween as a statistically dangerous night for impaired driving. That danger can be prevented if drivers just plan ahead.

“Every year there are still some people who think they can drive after drinking,” says Bill Whitfield, executive chair of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. “The only sober driver is one that has consumed no alcohol.”

In 2016 there were 11 fatalities and 56 serious injuries from traffic crashes during the Halloween holiday weekend. Eight of those crashes involved impaired drivers, resulting in four fatalities and five serious injuries.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety recommends these simple tips for a safe Halloween: Before the Halloween festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night. Always designate a sober driver.

If you’ve been drinking, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation. Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home. If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.

If you know someone who is about to drive or ride impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going.

Enjoy your Halloween holiday and make your memories those of great times with friends and family, not those of tragedy and loss. Don’t drive impaired.

For more information on highway safety, go to

From the Nevada Police Department

Updated Obituary - Nicholas Austin Rider

Nicholas Austin Rider
Nicholas Austin Rider, 13, Bronaugh, MO passed from this life on Monday, October 23, 2017. Nicholas was born April 24, 2004 in Joplin, MO to Rick Shane Rider and Laura Margaret Patricia (Grady) Rider.

Nicholas grew up in rural Vernon County and attended school in Bronaugh where he was an eighth grade student. Nicholas liked sports and played both baseball and basketball. Having grown up in the country he also enjoyed spending as much time as possible outdoors, hunting, and fishing.

Survivors include his mother, Laura Rider, of the home; father Rick Rider, Bronaugh; one sister, Katheryn Rider, and two brothers, Christopher Rider, and Samuel Rider, all of the home; maternal grandmother, Rosemary Grady; Prairie Village, KS; aunts, uncles, many cousins, extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, Lloyd Grady; paternal grandparents, O.C. Rider and Wilda Rider.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Hannon Freewill Baptist in Liberal, MO. Interment will follow in Worsley Cemetery, Bronaugh. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

Memorials are suggested in his memory to Bronaugh R-7 School in c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

The Gun Barn has moved!

The Gun Barn, formerly located in Amsterdam has a new Harrisonville, Mo.

Need ammo? Custom leather holsters? Check out the Gun Barn before making your next firearm purchase. 

The new address is
2112 Royal St
64701 Harrisonville, Missouri

(816) 380-1103

Raymore man arrested in Bates County

On 10/25/17 around 8:22pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County arrested 36 year old Armando Canchola-Lopez of Raymore, Missouri.

Mr. Canchola-Lopez was arrested for 1.) Driving While Intoxicated.

He was booked into the Bates County Jail in Butler, Missouri and placed on a 12 hour detox hold.

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Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

One more warm day..... Then Cold Arrives

We have another nice day today, but this afternoon, temperatures drop quickly, with only a modest recovery for Friday. Then a long stretch of below normal temps continue through the weekend.