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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Obituary - Nevin Anthony Puhr

Nevin Anthony Puhr, age 56, of Clinton, died on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at his residence following a short illness.

Nevin was born April 3, 1961 to Charles A. Puhr and Jo-Anne B. ‘Anspuagh’ Puhr of Kansas City, MO. After school, he went to work as a self-employed Electrician.

Nevin’s desires was to be cremated. No services are scheduled at this time.

Condolences may be left online at this website.

Obituary - Debbie Kay Morrison

Debbie Kay Morrison, age 51, of Clinton, passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, following a long battle with cancer.

A private family burial is scheduled at Vansant Road Cemetery, Clinton.

Condolences may be left online at this website.

Obituary - James R. Sutton

James R. Sutton, 82, Clinton, Missouri passed away March 20, 2018 at his home in Clinton. A celebration of Jims life will be on Sunday March 25 at 2pm with a visitation one hour prior at Souls Harbour Worship Center, Tightwad, Missouri.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Souls Harbour Church and may be left in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences may be left online at

Jim was born in Windsor, Missouri January 27, 1936 and lived most of his life in Clinton, Missouri. He was in the US Army during the Korean War. Jim started out as a mail carrier, Postal Inspector, Postmaster for Three locations and retired his professional career as Postmaster in Clinton. Jim was involved in community services such as Boy Scout Assistant Scout Master of Troop 436, played city Santa Claus, Jaycees, VFW and Old Glory Days. Jim owned and operated "Jim's Guns Shop". Jim was an avid fisherman and caught the largest trout in Bennett Springs in 1967, loved deer and turkey hunting and later became passionate about duck and goose hunting where he had a guide service for many years. He played music in his band "Rambling Rex's" in his younger years and later when he gave his life to the Lord, he played Gospel for church and many community venues.

Jim was a member of Souls Harbour Worship Center in Tightwad, Missouri where he played with the Worship team. He was preceded in death by his parents. Jim is survived by his wife Nancy of the home. Four children, Kathy Sutton, Joann Chamberlain, Jim Sutton (Deborah), Bill Sutton (Deborah) and two step-children, Brian Carroll and Mindy Lott (Jason). Six grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

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

Obituary - Cynthia Katherine Gillispie

Cynthia Katherine Gillispie, 56 of Prescott, Kansas passed away March 20, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott, Kansas. Cremation, with private family inurnment to be held at a later date. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers are suggested to United Methodist Women in Prescott, Kansas or to the ALS Association (6950 Squibb Road Suite 210 Mission, KS 66202).

Arrangements entrusted to the Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler, Missouri. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at

Cynthia was born July 17, 1961 in Fort Scott, Kansas. She grew up and attended school in Fort Scott. Following high school she moved to Texas and eventually made her way back to Fort Scott to serve the Police and Sheriff’s Department of Bourbon County and Sheriff’s Department of Linn County for 20 years.

Cindy is preceded in death by her parents Johnny Joe Sheey and Patricia Ann Burrous, and brother John Sheehy. She is survived by her husband Earl Gillispie, her three daughters Morgan Gillispie, Randie Schlichting, and Kathy Messer; her brothers Tony and Joe Sheehy; and several nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

Job Opening In Butler

The Days Inn of Butler is currently hiring the following:

-Front Desk Clerk

Interested applicants please contact Days Inn at 660-679-4544.

Obituary - Shawn Wade Pulliam

Shawn Wade Pulliam, age 51, resident of Yates Center, KS, died Saturday, March 17, 2018, at his home. He was born February 18, 1967, in Mt. Vernon, WA, the son of Franklin D. Pulliam and Donna K. Brown Pulliam. After high school, he graduated from welding school.

He worked in the welding profession until a recent traffic accident caused his disability. He married Ida Mae Hull in May of 1991. They later divorced. Shawn enjoyed fishing and working on cars. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was a selfless person, willing to do anything to help anyone. He never met a stranger.

Survivors include his two sons, Shawn M. Pulliam and Miranda, Bronson, KS and Dalton Pulliam and wife Caroline, Redfield, KS; siblings Julia Pulliam, Carthage, MO, Frank Pulliam, West Plains, AR, Mary Jean Fogle, Nevada, MO, and Rodney Pulliam and wife Dorothi, Mapleton, KS; nine grandchildren, Koda Stockstill, Ida K. Pulliam, Tayton Pulliam, Allyson Pulliam, Connor Pulliam, Elizibeth Pulliam, Landyn Pulliam, Madilyn Pulliam, and Oaklie Pulliam; his mother, Mary Ann Pulliam; two nephews, Calvin Pulliam and Jimmy Kastle as well as several other nieces and nephews; two cousins, Tim Adams and Donald Adams; and an aunt, Ruth Braack and husband Gary. He was preceded in death by his father, Franklin D. Pulliam; and ex-wife Ida Mae Hull.

Billy Phillips will conduct funeral services at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 23rd, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Cremation will follow. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 Thursday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Shawn W. Pulliam Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS, 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Obituary - George Algozzini

George Algozzini, 91, of Grain Valley, formerly of Pleasant Hill, and Urich, was born, February 26, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Paul and Frances (Alongi) Algozzini. He departed this life Monday, March 19, 2018, at the North Kansas City Hospice House surrounded with love and family.

Recitation of the Rosary will be held 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the St. Bridget Catholic Church, Pleasant Hill.

Visitation will be held 1:00 P.M. Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the St. Bridget Catholic Church, Pleasant Hill.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the St. Bridget Catholic Church, Pleasant Hill. Monsignor Robert Murphy will officiate. Following mass full military honors will be conducted by the United States Army and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard.

Graveside services and interment will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 19, 2018, at the Lutie Cemetery, Theodosia, Missouri.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

House fire north of Amsterdam

The scene on county road 11002 just east of Y highway near Amsterdam
Amsterdam Fire and other local departments are responding to a reported house fire on county road 11002, about 1/4 mile east of Y highway.

The structure is reported to be heavily involved in fire. Use caution if traveling in the area.

Update: Charges filed in Garden City Shooting

Gilbert D. Linder
UPDATE: The Cass County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Gilbert D. Linder, 54, Creighton with Assault 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action in the shooting of Ronald M. Hibdon Jr., 38, of Garden City. Mr. Linder was also charged with Assault 2nd Degree.

Mr. Linder is charged with shooting Ronald Hibdon and assaulting Merranda N. Hibdon, 40, Garden City.

Mr. Hibdon is currently hospitalized. Mrs. Hibdon was treated and released. Mr. Linder is currently in custody at the Cass County Jail on a $100,000.00 cash only bond.

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Nevada Police looking for wanted man

Nevada Police are attempting to locate Taylor D Robinson.

Robinson is wanted out of the Vernon County Associate Court for tampering with a motor vehicle. He was last seen in the El Dorado Springs, Missouri area earlier this week.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Taylor Robinson please contact Nevada Police at 417-448-5100 or leave us a message. If you see Robinson contact your local law enforcement immediately.

Miami R-1 ponders gym project

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The public is invited  for an informational meeting for the new gym construction project March 22nd at 7 p.m. This meeting will include a presentation from the project architect, Mr. Jim Platt, and Dr. Johnson. It will allow for presentation of information along with the opportunity to entertain questions from the community. The meeting will be held in the current Miami gym.
Progress so far:

At the January 15, 2018 regular meeting of the Miami R-I School District Board of Education, the Board voted to put a $826,000 General Obligation Bond issue on the April 3, 2018 ballot. If successful, the proceeds from the bond issue will fund the construction and equipping of an additional gymnasium to accommodate the scheduling of athletic practice sessions and physical education programs along with other remodeling and repair improvements to District facilities. Molly Downs, Board President, stated, “Currently, the athletic teams all share the one gymnasium for practices. This results in practice sessions starting as early as 6:00 a.m. and ending as late as 8:30 p.m. An additional gymnasium will provide more flexibility for scheduling these practices as well as physical education programs during the school day.”

The District’s municipal bond underwriter, L.J. Hart & Company, first presented information on how to fund capital facilities needs at a January 8, 2018 special meeting. The information included different funding mechanisms, repayment plans, and the estimated levies associated with each option. After a detailed discussion, the Board of Education decided to pursue a general obligation bond issue to fund $800,000 of the $1,200,000 project. This financing type was chosen because it is the most economical way to borrow the money in terms of costs of issuance and interest rates. The fifteen-year repayment plan was selected because Board members thought it was optimal in relation to the required levy and total interest expense.

The Board of Education and administration plan to contribute $400,000 of District funds to minimize the tax increase to the patrons. Low interest rates and rising construction costs are two advantages to borrowing funds to complete the project now instead of waiting until the District has saved the full $1,200,000. Interest rates are historically low with the estimated average interest rate on these bonds projected at 3.50%. Additionally, with construction costs rising, the price of the additional gymnasium is likely to increase each year that the project is delayed. The Board and administration have done a good job of maintaining the facilities and preserving adequate reserves without asking the voters for a tax increase since 1993. Furthermore, the District has not had a debt service levy to support general obligation bonds in at least the last 25 years.

According to Tom Pisarkiewicz, President and CFO of L.J. Hart & Company, a 41 cent levy will be required to support this bond issue with the fifteen-year repayment program. This 41 cent adjustment represents an additional expense of $77.90 per year (or $6.49 per month) for a home with a fair market value of $100,000. “When we compare our total tax levy of $3.8472 to the other Districts in our area, it currently ranks 15th out of 20 and falls below the average of $4.4593. With the additional 41 Cents, the total tax levy would only increase to $4.2572, which is still below the average and ranks 13th out of 20,” Superintendent Dr. Daniel Johnson remarked. 

Mr. Pisarkiewicz also mentioned that the firm will first market the bonds to local institutional and individual investors pending a successful election. These bonds will have a “AA+” rating from S&P Global (formerly Standard & Poor’s Corporation) due to the participation in the State of Missouri Direct Deposit Program coordinated through the Missouri Health and Education Facilities Authority. The interest income from the bonds will be exempt from federal and state of Missouri income taxes, and the bonds will be available in $5,000 denominations.

Obituary - Phillip Wesley Arnold

Phillip Wesley Arnold, 56 of Adrian, Missouri passed away March 19, 2018 at his home in Adrian. Cremation, with private family services to be held at a date. Arrangements under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Phil was born June 20, 1961 in Kansas City, Missouri to Thomas and Joyce Watts Arnold. He spent most of his life working as a mechanic. Most of which were spent working with his dad in his dad's junkyard. He loved fishing, hunting and listening to classic rock n' roll music. Phil was also quite the hobbyist, making homemade walking canes and restoring old furniture. He also had a great appreciation for classic cars, trucks and bikes, telling you more than enough information about each and every one he came across.

Phil married Sandra Kaye Kiesel and to this union three children were born, Nicole Marie, Kristine Kaye and Joseph Wilbur. He had the pleasure of getting to know and to hold his two grandsons. Even though it was only for a short time, he was very proud and deeply loved both of them.

Phil was preceded in death by his father Tom Arnold, brother Lester Arnold and nephew Jacob Arnold.

He is survived by his mother Joyce Watts Arnold, daughter Nicole (Kenny) Rogers and their son Alexander James, daughter Kristine Arnold, and by his son Joseph (Emily) Arnold and their son Eli Wesley.

Phil is also survived by his brothers John (Debbie) Arnold and Tom E. (Pat) Arnold, sisters Susan (Doug) Davis, Brenda (Pablo) Ortiz, Beverly Foster and Brenda Sue Arnold. Along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends

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Cake Decorator Needed In Butler

Council gives nod to crematory in Butler

Mayor Don Malan and the Butler city council faced a packed hall last night as the fate of a proposed crematory by Mullinax Funeral Home was decided. During the public hearing, both those for and against the crematory were invited to speak openly with concerns and to answer questions regarding its safety.

Jerry Riffel of the Lathrop and Gage law firm spoke on behalf of Mullinax, first asking for approval based on the condition that the stack be placed on the south side of the building at 10 S. High street. Riffel went on to say the facility and equipment fully meets the requirements set forth by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. As a side note, it was pointed out that the EPA does not directly govern crematories, they fall directly under rule of the Missouri DNR.

Riffel presented a letter from the manufacturer showing the equipment will be in full compliance with DNR rules and stated that in his opinion the plan is "fundamentally sound" in every aspect.

Greg Mullinax, owner, also took the floor to state that his desire is to serve the community, which includes the need for a local crematory, as transporting loved ones to a distant place for this service causes added stress and cost to family members. He also reiterated that the facility will be in full compliance and noted that he previously did not pursue a crematory as he thought equipment of the past was slightly sub standard. His belief is that modern equipment fully complies and possibly exceeds emission standards.

 As the floor was open for opinion, Dr. Lindsay Henderson voiced her thoughts that a crematory is beneficial in terms of helping to eradicate certain life threatening diseases, since the extreme heat (around 1800 degrees) decimates all pathogens, unlike in ground burial.

Several opponents spoke with concerns about the operation being so close to the Butler elementary school, and its affect on air quality for students less than one bock away. Another concern was will it be the responsibility of teachers and staff to explain the cremation aspect of death to students.

It was also noted by one concerned citizen that when he as a child, the sight of a crematory had a psychological impact on him, and showed concern that it might affect nearby children the same way.

Another voiced that students know it's a funeral home and cremation is just one more way to take care of the dead. In fact, some of the children were taken to the basement of the funeral home during a storm with no complaints or concerns.

Butler resident Dave Randalls pointed out that "just because we can do something, doesn't mean we should" and that even though he thinks Mr. Mullinax has good intentions, he is concerned about emissions affecting those who live nearby. He went on to say that the EPA only goes after big offenders and the state is left to handle everyone else. Mr. Randalls mentioned that other states have hefty regulations regarding cremation and burial, and Missouri does not use the same standards.

 Mark Goebel of the Mullinax funeral home spoke about his role as a licensed crematory operator. The funeral home projects there will be around 200 cremations performed each year, and each takes about 2 hours to complete. Someone from the audience later asked if it might be possible to perform cremations during 'off hours' to avoid concerns about students, and this will be taken into consideration.

Other concerns voiced that equipment manufacturers will say what ever they need to, in order to make a sale. By contrast, even though the LaCygne power plant has undergone improvements, "we still don't know what is really coming out of that stack" and it might be better to err on the safe side but not approving the crematorium.

Another opponent representing educators at Butler elementary school, presented a petition signed by multiple teachers and staff. As of last night, at least two such petitions are on record. 

Possibly most the most vocal in the opposition were Jeff and Kelly Hall, whose property lies just 50 feet or so from the proposed facility. Both spoke at length about their ties and dedication to Butler along with concerns about a crematorium so close; but also about how it may negatively impact property values for not only them but others in their neighborhood. During the somewhat emotional testimonies, both of the Hall's made it clear that they feel the facility will dramatically change their lives, including their children and grandchildren who come to visit.

The Hall's presented a neighborhood petition against the crematorium. The council did point out that only 5 of the 25 signatures were valid, as the other 20 did not fall within the 185 foot rule. 

Kelly Hall pointed out that they only had 4 days notice to prepare for the commission meeting, and asked the council to "do what is morally right" by voting down the crematory, stating it only betters a single business, not the entire neighborhood. She also stated that enjoying time in the back yard may never be the same in her opinion.

Jerry Riffle took the floor again and stated that he believed a thriving, viable business nearby would help (increase) property values, not lower them.

Another audience member asked why there is a need for two crematories in Butler, as Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel also applied for the same permit. 

The question of zoning was also presented- it was noted that a conditional use permit allows a business situation to occur as long as all conditions are met and in compliance, nullifying enforcement of zoning for that particular instance.

Mayor Malan allowed extra time at the end of the forum to allow anyone with additional comments to come forward. 

The council vote was as follows:
YES-  Mike Irick, Gayle Stark, Carolyn Jett, Gayle Cook and Craig Irwin.
NO- Jim Garnett and David Brown
(Terri Agnew absent)

After the vote on the Mullinax crematory, a public hearing was opened regarding the same permission for Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel to operate a crematory at 1301 N. Business 49 in Butler. Owner Gary Schowengerdt took the floor, thanking the council for their consideration and noted that during his application, an error regarding zoning for his location was corrected. There were no public comments on the matter and the council voted to grant approval.


Updated Obituary - Onie LaVena Pilcher

Onie LaVena Pilcher, 71, passed away on Monday, March 19, 2018 at Nevada Regional Medical Center in Nevada following a sudden illness. LaVena was born October 26, 1946 in Blytheville, AR to Robert Leonard and Bernease Elizabeth (Roberson) Moser. She married Gerald Dean Pilcher on November 15, 1963 in Gosnell, AR and he survives of the home.

LeVena was born and raised in Blytheville and following her marriage to Dean she came to Vernon County, Missouri and has continued to live here since that time. LaVena worked for the Fram Corporation for 26 years, was a switchboard operator at Nevada Habilitation Center for four years, and a receptionist at Missouri Probation and Parole in Nevada for 10 years until her retirement in 2016. She was member of Delta Sigma Pi, Women’s Business Sorority.

LaVena enjoyed many things in life including spending time with her grandchildren, feeding the wild birds, dancing, and fishing. She also loved to play bingo, going on cruises, and going to the casino.

Survivors in addition to her husband Dean include three children, Evanda Hogan(Ken), Nevada, MO, Talenna Basham, Springfield, MO, and John G. Pilcher(Ashley), Richards, MO, eight grandchildren, Jeremy Hogan(Marlene), Brandi Basham-Emerson(Jon), Amanda Carter(Luther), and Christa Basham(Taylor), Dakota Klotz, Trenton Klotz, Corey Klotz, and Tanner Klotz, three great grandchildren, Hanna, Carter, and Maleah, one great, great grandchild, Kinsley, two sisters, Gloria Nickles(Nick), Conway, AR, Marlene Mikel, Booneville, AR, Russell Bradford, Gosnell, AR, Herbert Bradford, N. Littlerock, AR, and Bill Bradford, Sherwood, AR., and numerous nieces and nephews.

LaVena was preceded in death by her parents, her step-father, James Bradford, two sisters, LaVon Moore and Regina Moser, and two brothers, John Redmond and Jimmy Bradford.

The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. Those who wish may contribute to their “Charity of Choice” c/o Ferry Funeral Home

Ladies Only Murder Mystery Party

Ladies, you asked for it - another Ladies Only Murder Mystery Party. We're having one on Friday the 13th of April.

Call 660-200-5620 and make your reservations now - space is limited! Come on - don't be superstitious - it should be a spooktacular evening. Are you psychic enough to catch the killer(s)?

Update on Measles in Linn County.

As of Tuesday afternoon, March 20, 2018, no additional cases of measles have been confirmed in Linn County. The Linn County Health Dept. is continuing to work with the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment (KDHE) to identify potential exposures to the measles virus. The Linn County Health Dept. is contacting individuals that may have been exposed. 

The Linn County Health Dept. urges people who are ill or exhibiting measles-like symptoms to stay at home unless they are seeking medical care. Before visiting a healthcare provider, call ahead so that the provider can take measures to protect other patients and staff.

Symptoms of measles typically begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose, and red watery eyes. Three to five days after symptoms begin a rash develops and usually starts on the face at the hairline and spreads down to the neck, trunk, arms, and legs. If you are exhibiting these symptoms or believe that you may have been exposed, please contact the Linn County Health Dept. at 913-795-7302.

Additional information for Linn County will be provided as it becomes available.