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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Missouri Travelers Receive Good News with REAL ID Extension

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Missourians with travel plans in 2018 have received good news. The Department of Homeland Security has granted Missouri an extension to implement REAL-ID compliant driver licenses.

The extension means Missourians will be able to use their current forms of identification to fly domestically and enter federal facilities until Oct. 10 of next year.

During the 2017 legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly approved legislation to allow residents to obtain a photo ID that is compliant with the federal REAL ID Act. Because the current version of the Missouri driver’s license is not compliant, DHS announced in January of 2016 that Missourians would not be able to enter federal facilities and would not be able to fly domestically beginning in 2018. The federal government granted an extension to allow Missourians to continue to use their existing IDs for these purposes until January 22, and now the new extension gives Missourians additional months to utilize their existing licenses.

The state will continue to work toward the implementation of the new REAL ID-compliant licenses, and is on track to have them in place by March 2019. The state will have to apply for a second waiver next year in order to cover the gap between October, when the current waiver expires, and March, when the new IDs will be in circulation.

Missouri Receives Good News with Latest Employment Statistics: Missourians can be thankful for continued job growth in the Show-Me State. The Missouri Department of Economic Development recently released numbers for the state’s unemployment rate in October and it was good news for the state. Missouri’s unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent in October, which is the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate the state has seen since July 2000. In total for the year, Missouri has seen non-farm payroll employment increase by 30,700 jobs.

Best wishes as we move into the holiday season. I encourage citizens to continue to “Shop and Give Locally” in support of our community businesses and charities. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your State Representative. Please contact me at or 573-751-5388 with any questions or concerns regarding state issues.

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Rockville man arrested in Bates County

Trent A. Lewis
On 11/29/17 around 3:06pm the Bates County Sheriff's Office arrested 24 year old Trent A. Lewis of Rockville, Missouri.

Mr. Lewis was arrested for 1.) 3rd Degree Domestic Assault - 2nd offense.

He was booked into the Bates County Jail in Butler and he is currently listed as bondable.

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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.

Obituary - Norma Jean Handke

Norma Jean Handke, 79, of Amoret, Missouri departed this life on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 surrounded by love and family at her home.

She is survived by her husband, Ernest Handke of the home; three daughters, Margaret Brown and husband Cleatis, Adrian, Missouri, Twylia Siegle and husband Jeff, New Meadows, Idaho, Stacy Dohle and husband Dean, Pleasant Hope, Missouri; 5 grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Craig, El Dorado Springs, Missouri and Donna Gibson, Creighton, Missouri; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, Missouri with burial in the Dayton Cemetery near Garden City.

Family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the funeral home.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Serenity Hospice, Harrisonville.

A complete obituary will be published when it becomes available.

Obituary - Shirley Deal

Shirley Deal 94, of Drexel, Missouri passed away November 28, 2017 at Louisburg Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Louisburg, Kansas.

Funeral services will be held 2:30 pm Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009).

A visitation will be held prior to the services Sunday from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, also at the chapel. Burial will follow in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, Missouri. Contributions are suggested to Drexel United Methodist Church. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Shirley Lee Deal was born December 18, 1922 in Kenny Heights, Kansas to Clarence and Mary Jane Faulk Myers. She was united in marriage to Ralph Deal on April 19, 1940. They made their home on a farm outside of Drexel, Missouri. Shirley worked alongside her husband on the dairy farm for over 40 years, milking at least 75 cows twice a day. She was never one to set idle and earned the nickname of “Shirley Go”. Shirley was an active member of the Drexel United Methodist Church for many years, she served several terms as the President of the Drexel Senior Citizens Organization, and was the Senior Representative to the Cass County Board.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ralph Deal, daughter Cecilia Grace Lee, seven sisters, and two brothers. She is survived by a son Aubrey Deal and wife Linda of Drexel, Missouri, son Gary Deal and wife Jennifer of Glascow, KY., son Michael Deal and wife Sherry of Raymore, MO., daughter Mary Margaret Day and husband LeRoy of Hermitage, MO., 14 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Nevada Police Department warn the public to lock your vehicle

From the Eldorado Springs Fire Department

On November 23, 2017, officers responded to 216 West Olive Street concerning a reported structure fire. The El Dorado Springs Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene and conducted fire suppression operations which in turn saved the structure.

The investigation revealed multiple points of origin of fire along the outside of the structure.

Officers located evidence of combustible liquids within and near the areas of fire origin. There were no reported injuries. A report taken and the investigation continues.

Anyone with information concerning an investigation is encouraged to call the El Dorado Springs Police Department at 417-876-TIPS or 417-876-2313.

Obituary - Frank Fink

Frank Fink
Frank Fink, 88 of Drexel, Missouri passed away November 27, 2017, surrounded by his loving family, in his home in Drexel.

Funeral services will be held 2:30 pm Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009).

Visitation will be held prior to services from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Saturday, also at the Chapel. Burial will follow, with military honors, in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, Missouri. Contributions are suggested to the Drexel VFW or the Drexel Lions Club. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Frank Fink, a farmer and a lifelong resident of Drexel was born September 9, 1929 in rural Bates County, near Merwin, Missouri to Bert E. and Cecil Stitt Fink. Frank grew up in Bates County and attended school at Woodland, a rural one-room school. Following school, he proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1953.

Frank was united in marriage to Shirley Dunnington on July 29, 1954. The ceremony took place on the Dunnington Century Farmstead. Frank and Shirley would make that farm their home. They would work hard and raise their four children, who were a very important part of Frank’s life.

After retirement Frank was an active member of the Drexel Coldwater Masonic Lodge until it’s closing. After which, he would take part in neighboring lodges in Freeman and Amsterdam, MO. He would never miss his daily visits at the local coffee shops and restaurants, he loved to attend activities that his grandchildren and great-grandchildren were involved in, and most of all he loved to tell a good story about local history or just the “good old days”. Frank will be missed by his family and many, friends.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, sister Edna Van Vlack, and by an infant daughter Brenda Kay. He is survived his wife of 63 years, Shirley Fink of the home in Drexel, daughter Jo Ann and husband Steve Mills of Drexel, MO., son Bill Fink of Warsaw, MO., son Raymond Fink and wife Sheryl, and son Roger Fink and wife Rose, both of Drexel,

MO. 11 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. Frank is also survived by his brother Ernest Fink and wife Anna Marie, nephew Lee Glaze and wife Ellen, niece Delia Russel and Husband Gary, nephew Joe Fink and wife Dixie, and niece Lori Cook and husband Brian all of Drexel, MO., and by nieces Joyce Glaze and Janell Lewis of Florida, along with many extended family members and dear friends.

Schell City man arrested for failure to register

Members of the Sheriff’s Office took a wanted fugitive into custody Wednesday afternoon after several days of searching.

Sheriff’s Officials said they had been on the search for Richard L Covey, 57 of Schell City Mo since Monday when a warrant was issued for Covey charging him with failure to register as a sex offender.

According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, Covey was a suspect from an incident that occurred over the weekend. Mosher said investigators were able to get a location on Covey early Wednesday. Multiple units then surrounded the area (near C Hwy and Chouteau Road) and located Covey within a short amount of time.

The Sheriff said a firearm was also located during the arrest. “Mr. Covey was in possession of a firearm when we found him, so I am grateful we were able to take Covey into custody without anyone getting hurt” said Mosher.

Mosher said Covey is being held in the Vernon County Jail on the no-bond warrant and that additional charges may be filed when his office completes the investigation.

Semi truck accident in Barton County

On November 29th 2017 The Barton County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of a one vehicle accident on interstate I-49.

The reporting party on the accident advised a semi truck had left the roadway and struck a tree.

Deputies from the Barton County Sheriff's Office, the Barton County ambulance, the Lamar Fire Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the accident scene.
One person was transported to the hospital for medical treatment. The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

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

Bates County Memorial Hospital winter blood drive

Bates County Memorial Hospital will host a winter blood drive on December 20 from Noon - 5:00 p.m. Visit the Education Center of the hospital. Every presenting blood donor will receive a limited edition Chief's t-shirt!

Participants may wish to register with the Community Blood Center's Donor Portal. Once you register, you'll be able to schedule appointments, track your donation history and much more. You can book your appointment online with the BCMH blood drive by going to and enter the sponsor code: batescounty.

For additional details, reach out to us here on Facebook, or contact Joani Boleyn at 660-200-7041.

Do you have medical eligibility questions? Call CBC at 800-688-0900. Go #chiefs !

Arrest made after shooting in Joplin

On 11/28/2017 at 10:19pm officers responded to the area of 202 South McKinley for reports of gunshots. A caller reported hearing two shots and yelling from the residence. Officers contacted multiple people at the residence and cleared the house. They didn’t find anybody injured or any signs of a shooting.

Nobody at the residence confirmed a shooting occurred either. While there, officers did locate a stolen vehicle parked in the driveway. The stolen Nissan Pickup was reported stolen to Jasper County the day previous and was recovered by our officers.

Shortly thereafter, officers who were still investigating received information that a male had been shot in the face at the location and taken away before the officers arrived. Officers and detectives began and extensive investigation to determine the location of the victim. The victim was located in Joplin later in the night and had been shot in the face. It was determined he was in fact shot at that residence. He was described as having non-life-threatening injuries, with a bullet striking him in one side of the face and exiting the other side.

At approximately 7am this morning, officers and detectives located and arrested Joseph D Pryor, 25, from Joplin at the Sunrise Inn on South Range Line. Pryor is currently being held in the Joplin City Jail. Charges are being submitted to the Jasper County Prosecutor for 1st Degree Robbery, 1st Degree Assault, armed criminal action and felon in possession of a firearm. Charges are also being submitted to the Newton County Prosecutor, related to the arrest location, for possession of a controlled substance and felon in possession of a firearm.

This case is still under investigation.

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Have you seen this wanted Nevada man?

The Nevada Police Department is attempting to locate Nevada resident, 35 year old, Joshua E Pace.

Pace currently has warrants for his arrest out of the City of Nevada Municipal Court & Vernon County Associate Court. 

Mr. Pace has ran twice in the last week from Nevada Police Officers while on vehicle stops.

If you know the whereabouts of Joshua Pace please contact the Nevada Police Department at 417-448-5100.

Obituary - William F. Borman

Graveside services for William F. Borman will be 1 p.m. Friday, December 1, 2017 at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler, Missouri. There is no visitation.

Services under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Online condolences,

William Frank Borman, age 91 of Branson, Missouri died Monday, November 27, 2017 at Cox Medical Center in Branson, Missouri. He was born November 29, 2017 to William Frank Sr. and Munnie May Stotsbery Borman in Des Moines, Iowa.

William is survived by his stepson, James “Jim” Hansen and wife Marsha of Butler, Missouri; two stepdaughters, Dorothy Brown of Skowhegan, Maine and Barbara Hoover and husband Kent of Hollister, Missouri; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Dean Borman; and two grandsons, Ray and Kevin.

Drexel Lions Club and Booster Club will host a breakfast and Santa

The Drexel Lions Club and Drexel Booster Club will host a breakfast and Santa Saturday, December 9 at the Drexel Community Building. Breakfast begins at 8, and the annual Lions Club Turkey and prize drawings will begin at 9am.

29 years ago today

Today we take a moment and Remember and Pray for the Heroes lost 29 yrs ago today.

During the early morning hours of 11/29/88 the Kansas City Missouri Fire Department lost 6 Heroes as the result of an arson fire located at a construction site at 87th & Hickman Mills Drive.

Lost that horrible day were Fire Captains Gerald Halloran and James Kilventon Jr... Firefighters Thomas Fry, Luther Hurd, Robert McKarnin & Michael Oldham.

Take a moment and say a Prayer for the lost Heroes and their families along with the Kansas City Missouri Fire Department! These Heroes must never be Forgotten Rest in Peace Brothers

Courtesy of The Drexel Fire Department 

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If you are already eyeballing the weekend....

There is only two days left in November and the snow total for the month is 0. And, if you notice those temperatures below, you can tell snow isn't in the forecast. This is the 15th time in KC's 130-year record that has happened. It's also the 3rd November in a row without a trace of snow.

As for today, you may see a light shower if you are travelling south of Interstate 70 today otherwise conditions will be mostly cloudy and dry.

Miami Lady Eagles get huge win in Varsity Basketball

Congratulations to the Miami Lady Eagles Varsity Basketball team! 

What a way to start the GVVC Conference Tournament! Number 7 seed, Miami Lady Eagles, beat Number 1 seed, Montrose Bluejays, last night in an extraordinary, thrilling, back and forth, winning basket in the last seconds of the game, kind of game!!! Great job Lady Eagles.