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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Power Outage Update from KCP&L

Storm Update: Currently, we have approximately 33,000 customers remaining without power (down from a peak of 90,000 customers), which is nearly 65% of affected customers restored.

We currently have hundreds of employees and contractors working on restoration, including tree crews, troublemen, linemen and materials personnel. We have requested additional resources from neighboring utilities as well.

While continue to be optimistic that we will restore a large number of customers today, restoration efforts will likely continue into tomorrow. We will overnight to continue repairs. We encourage all customers to stay away from any downed power lines.

News about the Trail of Memories in Butler

The Trail of Memories is a beloved memorial to Debra Bledsoe and so many others who have passed away around the Bates County community. New memorials on the Trail had been suspended last fall pending decisions on how to best to care for the Trail and move forward. The Trail is under the administration of the Bates County Community Health Foundation (BCCHF).

BCCHF has approved a new plan for the Trail. Effective immediately, all memorial trees purchased in memory of a loved one, which are presently on the Trail, will be guaranteed for a period of three years. After such time, should a tree need replaced, it will be the responsibility of the purchaser. All NEW trees purchased from now on are guaranteed for three years from purchase. The cost for a tree is now $200.

Memorial benches are again available for purchase. The new price is $400 which includes two lines of engraving (the name of the person memorialized, and their date of birth/death; additional lines are available if desired for $35 each). Benches are guaranteed also for a period of three years.

BCCHF wants you to know that the increase in prices was taken very seriously. It is our desire to maintain and care for the Trail long into the future and the costs of doing so are always rising, especially as the Trail expands. Proceeds from the sale of trees and benches are used for the maintenance and upkeep of the Trail, and also fund the annual Debra Bledsoe Memorial Scholarship, given to a student from Bates County pursuing a healthcare career. It is our intention that these increased prices assure both goals are met long into the future.

Tree and Bench purchase forms are available at Bates County Memorial Hospital, from any BCCHF Board member, or by contacting Greg Mullinax at 660-679-0009. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to continuing the Trail which has become special to so many in our area.

Learn more about BCCHF on our website:

Obituary - Aline L. Daniel Fairchild

Aline L. Daniel Fairchild, age 101, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, formerly of Mound City, Kansas passed away on Friday June 1, 2018.

Funeral services are pending at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel.

From KCP&L

Storm Update: Currently, we have around 67,000 customers without power on more than 1,200 separate outage incidents, down from a peak of 90,000 customers out this morning.

While we are optimistic that we will be able to get a large number of customers restored today, restoration efforts will likely continue past today. We encourage all customers to stay away from any downed power lines.

F highway open west of Passaic

After a sinkhole appeared last night, a repair has been made and F Highway is again open. Crews are currently working to finish the repair, use caution if traveling through the area.

The sinkhole appeared around dark yesterday evening about 6.5 miles west of Passaic. 

Severe T-Storms This Morning

Severe weather in the form of mainly strong winds continues this morning. Some isolated hail may also be possible along with frequent lightning as the storms move through.

These storms will continue to move south and east this morning, but we could still see some gusty winds behind the main line of storms through mid-morning.

Clinton woman killed in Polk County Crash

On 6/1/18 around 3:50pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Polk County responded to a one vehicle accident on Missouri 13 Highway around 5 miles north of Bolivar, Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2003 Ford Explorer driven by 56 year old Connie L. Willcockson of Clinton Missouri went off the right side of the roadway and struck a embankment.

Connie L. Willcockson was pronounced dead at 17:23pm hours at Cox South Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene by B&B Towing of Bolivar, Missouri.

This is Troop D of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's 48th Fatality of 2018.

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