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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Benefit Dinner In Amsterdam

Benefit dinner for the Allen family they lost everything in a fire.

Community building in Amsterdam April 22nd 11:30am until food is gone.

Ham, potato casserole, rolls, green beans, drink and pie Free Will donation. Please share

Come volunteer at the Butler Food Pantry

Bates County Sheriff's Office seeking public assistance

The Bates County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in identifying this male subject who may have been a witness to a theft.

Contact a Detective at the Sheriff's Office with any information regarding this subject's identity at (660) 679-3232.

Plumb Sr. gets 15 years MDOC

Jury selection was to have begun this morning in the trial of Mark D. Plumb Sr. but a plea agreement was reached late Friday and Plumb was sentenced this morning to 15 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Plumb was charged with burglary and 3 counts of domestic violence after receiving stolen property and abusing his girlfriend. In November of 2015 the woman was discovered by an Adrian Police officer running partially clothed to the Adrian P.D after escaping the home where Plumb had held the woman captive.

The woman was taken by ambulance to the Bates County Memorial Hospital suffering from severe bruising after being beaten with a pipe and burned with cigarettes.

Judge James Journey rendered the sentence after the victim delivered her impact statement to the court. Judge Journey ordered Plumb serve 5 years each for the 3 counts of Domestic Violence, those sentences were ordered to run consecutively, with 7 years for receiving stolen property. The 7 -year sentence is to run concurrent with the 15-year sentence. Hugh C. Jenkins represented the State at today’s proceedings.

Purkey sentenced to 27 years MDOC

Richard Purkey 70, pleaded guilty to child sex abuse charges. Judge James Journey handed down the State recommended sentence of 27 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Prosecuting Attorney Hugh C. Jenkins represented the State with Judge James Journey presiding over the sentencing hearing.

Purkey was initially charged in May of 2014 with multiple counts of sodomy and child endangerment on a child less than 14 year of age. The abuse had occurred for several years before being disclosed. Purkey posted bond in June of 2014 and was released from custody pending further court action.

A warrant for Purkey’s arrest was issued after he failed to appear for a scheduled hearing in December of 2015. The electronic monitoring bracelet Purkey had been ordered to wear signaled the device had been removed. It was found a short time later by Harrisonville Police at a park in Harrisonville, Missouri. Information from an informant led the authorities to believe that Purkey was going to flee the country.

Sheriff Chad Anderson notified authorities that Purkey was headed for Central America after identifying the fugitive in surveillance video at KCI purchasing a one-way ticket to Nicaragua.

Purkey was apprehended by authorities in Houston, Texas where he was to board the connecting flight to Nicaragua. Sheriff Anderson escorted Purkey back to Bates County where he has remained in custody with no bond. Purkey was a registered sex offender after being convicted in 1999 of abusing his step daughter.

Purkey will be transported to the Missouri Department of Corrections by the Bates County Sheriff’s Department.

From the city of Drexel

Due to a water leak at 3rd and Pine Street we will be shutting the water off, to fix it and repair it.

We hope to only shut off a few block area but wanted everyone know just in case the hole town ends up getting shut down.

We apologize for the inconveniences and we will get it repaired as soon as we can find the origin of the leak.

UPDATE:They have located the leak but we will have to cut the road on Pine Street in Drexel.

So they will be bringing in other equipment in the morning so we will not shut off the water until sometime tomorrow, I will post here to let you know what time.

Be on the lookout: Truck stolen near Amsterdam this morning

The Ford pickup shown below was stolen near Amsterdam earlier today- if you see it or have any information, please call the Bates County Sheriff's Office at 660-679-3232 or dial 911.


Local business spotlight: Heartland Hatchery

Heartland Hatchery located near Amsterdam not only offers a variety of rare breeds, but owner Alan Nieder has 'hatched' some new ideas regarding how he sells birds- the following video tells the story: 

Meet and Greet on the Butler Square

Obituary - Larry Dean Roberts

Larry Dean Roberts, 72, Schell City, MO passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018 at his home in Schell City. Larry was born November 14, 1945 in Clinton, MO to Melvin Dean and Arvella Jean (Ellerman) Roberts. On June 29, 1972 he was united in marriage to Jeanette Davis in El Dorado Springs, MO and she survives of the home.

Larry was raised in El Dorado Springs and graduated from El Dorado Springs High School. Following high school he served in the United States Navy. Larry worked as an over the road trucker for most of his life. He was a member the First Baptist Church in Schell City for many years. Larry was a 32nd Degree Mason. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, his little red tractor, and spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife Jeanette he is survived by two daughters, Deanna Kish and her husband Joseph, El Dorado Springs, MO, Kandy Eslinger and her husband Daniel, Schell City, MO; three grandchildren, Tanner Headen of the home, Treyton Pippin, Schell City, Jadean Pippin, Schell City; three step-grandchildren, Sydney Eslinger, Dylan Eslinger, and Cody Eslinger; three brothers, Dan Friar, Nevada, David Friar and his wife Janet, El Dorado Springs, John Friar, El Dorado Springs; one sister, Patricia Langford and her husband Warren, Nevada. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one daughter, Edina Roberts.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Schell City with Rev. Doug Reynolds officiating. Interment will follow in Green Lawn Cemetery in Schell City.

Memorials are suggested to the Ashli O’Dell Memorial Scholarship Fund in c/o Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home in Schell City.

Obituary - Noel Kenneth Smith

Noel Kenneth Smith, 66, Nevada, MO passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Landmark Hospital in Joplin, MO following a brief illness. Noel was born July 13, 1951 in Grand Junction, CO to Noel Harder and Lettie Louise (Dunn) Smith. He was united in marriage to Judy Joan Cartwright on June 1, 1995 in Las Vegas, NV and she survives of the home.

Noel came to Nevada at a young age with his family and attended Nevada Schools. For a number of years he worked at Ellis Furniture in Nevada. In the early 1970’s he began employment at Nevada State Hospital where he worked for 33 years until his retirement. Noel enjoyed woodworking, cooking, and camping with his family. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Nevada.

In addition to his wife Judy, survivors include five children, Jennifer Smith, Menlo Park, CA, Rebekah Smith, Emporia, KS, Mike Webb, Independence, MO, Richard Webb (Jenifer), Carl Junction, MO, Jennifer Denney (Troy), Nevada, MO; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Charles Smith (Dinah), Nevada, Aurbery Smith (Sue), Coeur d’Alene, ID; one sister, Sandra Belcher, Nevada; numerous nieces, nephews and his many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one niece.

The family will receive friends from 6-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

In Lieu of flowers those who wish may contribute to the American Lung Association in c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

Former Bates County man charged in Cedar County Homicide

On October 23, 2017, officers responded to the intersection of South Summer and East Joe Davis Streets concerning a subject lying partially in the street.

Upon arrival officers identified the subject as Brandon S. Keith, 34, of El Dorado Springs. He was unresponsive with injuries to his head. Officers requested an ambulance.

Mr. Keith was transported to Cedar County Memorial Hospital. He was later transferred to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, for treatment of a gunshot wound to his head. Keith succumbed to his injuries.

The investigation continued with the assisted of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Division of Fire Safety, and the Cedar and Vernon County Sheriff's Offices.

The investigation resulted in a Cedar County Warrant charging Charles Shane Green, 40, of El Dorado Springs with First Degree Murder a Class A Felony with no bond, issued on March 26, 2018.

Jarrod Schiereck, Chief of Police El Dorado Springs Mo

A little known local history: healing by touch?

The accuracy and validity of the following story has, and may come under scrutiny as the facts have been recalled from some time in the distant past. However, the story is being told as it was remembered, and due to it's sheer level of intrigue, should make for good reading

Timeline: early 1980's in Bates County. A quiet, elderly man and woman lived in a smaller home somewhat off the beaten path. They seemed to be known by only by a few, and their names can't be recalled.

However, both had a very interesting past as they told it, each with apparent historical value. The gentleman was riddled with what seemed to be a severe case of arthritis as his hands and arms bulged with huge knots. His skin was pale and dotted with blemishes. Mathematically, his age would have been maybe his early 60's, but his appearance put him much older.

Initial conversations with the gentleman didn't reveal anything about his condition. He spoke in a general sense, but after many extended conversations he finally told of his early days working for a then secret project in the Nevada desert. As time went on, he eventually revealed that as a young man in the early 1940's, he handled materials used for atomic bombs.

He claimed that most of the major joints in his body had been replaced. They had degraded as the result of a form of radiation poisoning. He'd also had skin grafts and other topical surgeries as well. He did point out, despite all his conditions, he did not have malignant cancer. Nothing life threatening. 

As time passed, he admitted that he was the only living member of the group that did such work some 40 years earlier, making him an extraordinary result of some kind of miracle?  

Maybe not. 

His wife, a sweet hearted grandmother type, also who jokingly called herself a witch doctor, claimed she'd been keeping her husband alive for a good number of years now. Her secret? Some kind of hands on type of healing. Now, putting the dots together and some internet research, she may have been using a form of Applied Kinesiology or something similar, like a form of holistic medicine?

Her methods seemed to help other people with other conditions as well- such as diabetes, cancer and allergies. While it can't be verified, she did appear to have a reasonable number of clientele who quietly slipped in and out the back door for therapy. The actual procedures were not witnessed personally, but may have involved a hands on/massage type of approach.

When asked, she was a little more forthright about her past, her ability and how she learned it. The U.S. Government, she claimed, taught her this practice in the 1950's in what she thought was an experiment to see if this type of thing could prolong human life. She joked that her husband was a 'lab rat', but what she was doing seemed to be working, making it no laughing matter. After all, he was the only person from a group of about 20 who lived more than a few years after handling the dangerous materials.

The couple was supposedly sworn to secrecy for a period of 25 years about the program. Fortunately that period had expired but only spoke of it when pressed, and under the right circumstances.

Interestingly, it was realized that one day the couple was gone, leaving an empty house and no signs of a forwarding address. To date, no one seems to remember their presence in Butler.

It leaves one to wonder did something of major historical, scientific significance happen right here in Bates County? Or, were they just really good story tellers?

Hume Community News 3/27/18

The community of Hume wishes to extend their sympathy to the family of Kay Nisely who passed away on March 25. She will greatly be missed by family and friends.

The community of Hume also wishes to extend their sympathy to the family of Shayne Hutchinson formally of Hume. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his children and the rest of his family. His sons Caleb Hutchinson and D.J. Maynard attend Hume School.

Visitors in the home of Dixie Haler this past Saturday were her Nephew, Kenneth New and family of Sedalia. On Sunday Mark Hawks stopped by for a visit. Dixie enjoyed visiting with all of them.

Don’t forget the Annual Easter Egg Hunt by the Hume PTO this Saturday, March 31. At 9:00 a.m. you have enjoy Pancakes, sausage and drinks with the Easter Bunny. There will be a free will donation. That morning there will be a 50/50 raffle along with pictures with the Easter Bunny. Then at 11:00 a.m. there will be the Easter Egg Hunt. Lots of fun packed into Saturday morning – don’t miss it.

The O5O Club will meet on Monday April 9 for their noon carry-in dinner at the Hume Community Center. It is always a great time of delicious food, fun and fellowship with friends and neighbors.

Several enjoyed the production of the dinner Theatre “My Fair Limey” this past weekend. The play was hilarious and quite entertaining and the food was delicious.

The Hume United Methodist Church will have Easter Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 1 with the men arriving at 6:30 a.m. to prepare it. Easter Church Services will be at 9:00 a.m. There will be no 10:30 a.m. services on Easter that day. Regular services will resume the following Sunday.

Everyone have a blessed Easter Sunday!

What's in a name?

The writer of this article grew up living along F highway west of Passaic. The running joke was, the highway department named it F highway because it 'flunked' when they 'graded' it...

While that sentiment may have been funny to a fourth grader, actually a lot of thought goes into the naming of paved roads known as secondary routes in the state of Missouri.

Only 19 letters of the alphabet are used in naming the roads, such as J and Y near Amsterdam; B near Rich Hill and AA north of Adrian. The letters G, I, L, Q and S are not used, as they may potentially be confused for other letters and numbers.

Why do some have two letters? Routes deemed to carry more traffic get one letter. Minor branch routes and farm-to-market roads, which often end at county roads or are former alignments of the other highways, are typically assigned with two-letter designations consisting of two of the same letter such as TT. 

As a side note, combinations beginning with the letter R are also used for routes that connect with state parks or other recreational facilities, which is the only use of R on the system. Strangely, the only current use of X is on Route AX in Macon County.

Rarely is the same letter(s) designation re-used in a county to avoid confusion.

It is erroneously believed that due to these roads being designated by letters rather than numbers is that these are county roads, not state highways. This may have arisen from the signage used prior to the early 1960s that included the verbiage 'state highway' or 'state maintenance', which has since been removed in many areas.

A little highway trivia- Did you know that interstates are numbered as such- those that run generally north and south are odd numbers (I-49); east and west are even numbers (I-70).  In the days before GPS, this was done so that travelers would always have a general idea of what direction they were going. Also, east/west interstates are numbered low to high from south to north. North/south interstates are numbered low to high from the west coast to the east coast.

Weather for this week!

Much of the rainy activity from Monday will continue across southern and eastern Missouri today, with just a few showers possible in areas from east central Kansas through central Missouri. This will allow water to begin receding across portions of the region. Temperatures will be a bit cool today, warming up just a little for the rest of the work week.