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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Obituary - Virginia Cox Baker

Virginia Cox Baker , 91 of Butler, Missouri passed April 3, 2018, at Adrian Manor Nursing Home in Adrian, Missouri. Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Monday, April 9, 2018 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009).

A visitation will be held Monday from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm prior to the service, also at the funeral home. Burial will follow services in Double Branch Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested, in lieu of flowers, to the Fulton Street Church of Christ or the Alzheimer’s Association. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Virginia, the daughter of Richard Park Bland Cox and Pearl Estella Wade Cox, was born on October 26, 1926, in rural Bates County, Missouri. She was baptized into Christ in her early teens and remained a faithful Christian all of her life, attending the Fulton Street Church of Christ as long as she was able. She graduated from Butler High School in May, 1943. During WWII, the Kansas City Secretarial School came to Butler to recruit young women to attend their school and then to place them in jobs related to the war effort. Upon graduation from secretarial school, Virginia worked in a department that issued rationing stamps. After the war, she returned to Butler and worked for Mr. Denton in his abstracting business until her marriage to Everett Lee Baker in August, 1945.

Virginia and Everett Lee made their home in the Double Branch area, where she enjoyed farming and tending livestock on the land they named Blue Grass Valley Farm. They had a dairy of registered Guernsey cows, keeping production records on each one. They enjoyed showing their cattle at the Ozark State Fair in Springfield and at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. When retired from dairying, they bought Angus cows and developed that herd into a top- producing one. Shortly thereafter, they entered into the registered Nubian goat business. Virginia took very good care of her goats and loved to show them at the two state fairs. She also entered her goats in some of the annual National Goat Shows, winning several Grand Championships. Her herd was very well known by goat breeders all over the United States. Virginia also loved flower gardening and making floral arrangements to show at the Bates County Fair. Each year, she liked to order the newest varieties in daylilies, her favorite flower.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter, husband Everett Lee, brother David Cox, and sister Sara Burch. She is survived by sisters Bettie Scifers and Joan Ghere, sister-in-law Beverly Cox, brother-in law Leland Burch, all of Butler, Missouri, and several nieces and nephews.

Adrian Manor is now hiring

Attention, Houskeepers, Cooks, and CNA's
Adrian Manor is currently hiring for the following Full Time and Part Time Positions;
Dietary Cooks
Certified Nursing Assistants
Contact Adrian Manor Today for more info. @ 816 297 2107 or in person at Adrian Manor Health and Rehab
402 W. 1st St
Adrian, Mo., -EOE

Public Service Announcement

Friday April 20th from 7am to 8am Red Tail Ranch will be offering sausage biscuits and some orange juice at Byrd’s Pecans so stop in and hear all about their business! They raise their own beef and have amazing grass fed beef sticks but they also have a large variety of other meats that they sell out of their storefront in Archie as well.

Nevada Police seeking public assistance

Nevada Police are attempting to identify the subject in the following photo. If you know this subject please contact Det. Keithly 417-448-5125.

Officer Involved Shooting in Cass County

Cass Co – On Sunday April 1, at approximately 7:46 p.m. Belton Police Officers were dispatched to a residence located in the 200 block of Spring Street for a person refusing to leave a residence.

The person was believed to be a neighbor on the same street. Officers contacted the people involved and determined that no further action was necessary at that time.

At about 11:30 p.m. the Belton Police Department received a second call in the same area regarding property damage to vehicle tires. Officers identified the alleged suspect as the same person from the earlier call. Officers identified the subject, Donald P. McCarter, 38, at the residence of 208 Spring Street.

Additional officers arrived on scene and made contact with a female at the residence. And Mr. McCarter. Officers entered the residence encountered the suspect armed with a knife. Officers gave commands to gain the suspect’s compliance in surrendering and dropping the knife. The officers used less-lethal measures, such as electronic control devices in an attempt to safely control the suspect, but he still failed to comply with their commands. The suspect advanced on officers while brandishing the knife. At least one officer fired and struck Mr. McCarter. Officers evacuated additional residents into a bedroom for safety.

Other officers and medical personnel at the residence gave medical attention to the Mr. McCarter, but he died at the scene.

Video of the incident was captured by body worn cameras. The videos will not be released based on the ongoing investigation.

The Belton Police Department contacted the Cass County Sheriff’s Office requesting their independent investigation of the incident. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office was designated as the lead investigating agency. The investigation is being supplemented with investigative resources from the Belton Police Department.

In accordance with the Belton Police Department’s policies and procedures, the officers involved are currently on administrative leave.

Upon the completion of the investigation the case will be forwarded to the Cass County Prosecutors Office for review.

Snow Returns On Friday.... As Does the cold

Play hooky today, skip that afternoon meeting...your one day of spring is here and is short-lived. Colder air returns on Friday, with rain changing to snow during the day into Friday evening.

If that's not enough of a sucker punch, a hard freeze Saturday morning with low temperatures in the teens will do the trick.