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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Obituary - Lidia Becerra Cairns

Lidia Becerra Cairns, 80 of Hume, Missouri, formerly of Kansas City, Kansas passed away June 12, 2018 at her son’s home in Hume. Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). A visitation will be held prior to services Saturday, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, also at the chapel. 

Cremation will follow services. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Lidia Becerra Cairns was born December 19, 1937 in Kansas City, Kansas to John and Lucy Overa Becerra. She grew up and attended school in the Kansas City area. Lidia was united in marriage to Donald Cairns.
Throughout her life Lidia would work in various jobs, from drug stores, factories, and catering, always working hard no matter the job. When she wasn’t at work, she was a loving and devoted mother to six children. 

Lidia may have been small in stature, but not in personality. She was someone who loved to have fun! She loved her Chiefs football, shopping trips to thrift stores, and to travel, especially to California to see family. Lidia enjoyed to cook, even making dinner for her beloved pets. She never liked to be rushed, and would often be late to things, saying “I’ll be there, when I get there!” In other words, you could say she had a mind of her own, and an opinion to match. Those who knew and loved her as a sister, mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother will forever miss her. “Tell ‘em we’re coming!”

Lidia was preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald Cairns, son George Becerra, and siblings, Richard Becerra, Joe Becerra, Johnny Becerra, Charlotte Montear, and Lucy Miller. She is survived by her son Frank Becerra and wife Tina of Hume, MO., son Tim Cairns and wife Barbara of Independence, MO., son Dennis Cairns of Kansas City, MO., daughters Donna Cairns of Hume, MO., and Morning Star Lang of Toganoxie, KS., along with 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, sisters, Rosie Tizon and Patricia Rodriquez of Kanas City, MO., and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Matthew Cunningham is running for Presiding Commissioner of Bates County

Matthew Cunningham is running for Presiding Commissioner of Bates County. Below is some information on Matthew's background and qualifications for office.

Hello Bates County! My name is Matthew Cunningham, and I am seeking election for Presiding Commissioner on the Republican ticket this year. I am a lifelong resident of Bates County, mostly in Adrian where I graduated in 1994. My parents Bill Cunningham and Sharon (White) Cunningham are both from here also. My wife and I have 3 children, Denton 18, Mayci 16 (17 in July), and Barak 14. My wife Julie graduated from Butler in 1998 and her parents Tim and Cheryl Hummel still live in Butler.

I joined the Kansas Air National Guard in 1996. In September 2001 I was called to active duty for one year to serve on Operation Noble Eagle. In 2003 my service time expired honorably.

Also in the spring of 2001 I earned my Barber's License. In December 2002 I was hired full time at Terry's Barber Shop in Harrisonville MO. I continued there until April 2008.

I joined the Missouri National Guard in the fall of 2006 as a Chaplain's Assistant. I earned my E-6 in 2011 and then seperated honorably in 2012.

In 2008 I opened my own barber shop in Adrian, The King's Kutter Barber Shop. Currently at 205 S. Old 71 Hwy. Adrian. The name was chosen as a reflection of my faith in Jesus Christ. I have been active in my church, Victory Assembly of God in Adrian for most of my life. Also since 2004 I have been visiting state prisons as a religious volunteer and currently travel to Tipton Correctional Center every second Sunday.

Here's a quick list of some of the extra involvements of mine. Adrian Optimist member and one time board member serving as Treasure for one year. Public Address announcer for the Adrian Blackhawks football games. I have a DJ business. Little League baseball coach for several years and serve on the board. Lifetime member of the American Legion.

Now for politics! I do not consider myself a staunch Republican, but I do agree with most of the party's platforms. There are a few things that I also agree with most Democrats. That being said, I believe that most party issues aren't relevant at the county level. I want to serve all Bates County residents wether they vote or not. I believe that I can bring a fresh new perspective to some foundational issues. I am not pretending to say I have all the answers. I am, instead, stating that with my background as a local self employed business man and the many opportunities that I have had working with all kinds of people, that I do bring with me an experience that not too many people have.

The County is growing. But I do not believe we should work toward being another Cass County. Instead, our county could take what has helped the bigger counties and still keep our county rural and personal. Most of our townships need help. Our law enforcement continues to need the tools they count on to do their job. And there are a few not-for-profit organizations in our county that could use a shot in the arm.

I understand that just one man can not change all that is wrong nor enhance all that is right with our county. That's why I believe I can work toward bringing people together to meet these challenges. This includes letting the voted officials in the county do their job. The presiding commissioner is not the boss of the county but rather a leader among others. If the other officials are not meeting expectations or abusing their powers, then we the voters can step in and make a change at the polls.

The first Tuesday in August I hope to see you at the polls voting your concsience and if your vote is for me, I can promise that I will do my best to represent the whole county! Thank you and may God continue to bless you.

Obituary - Robbert Owen Cornforth

Robbert Owen Cornforth, 14, Harrisonville, Missouri died Monday, June 11, 2018 at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. 

A Celebration Of Life Service will be held 10:00am Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. 

Contributions may be made to to Children's Mercy Hospital. A complete obituary will be added when it becomes available.

Body found in St. Clair County

On June 12, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office received a call concerning a body in a ditch. St. Clair County deputies responded to the area and recovered a body just north of Pilot Travel Center in Collins. 

The body is of an unknown white male believed not to be of this area. More information to follow pending identification and autopsy results.

Sheriff Keeler urges those with any related information to this case to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to

Obituary - Susan E. O’Bryan

Susan E. O’Bryan, age 75, resident of Uniontown, KS, died Monday, June 11, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott. There was cremation. 

Private family burial will take place in the Uniontown Cemetery. The family will announce a Celebration of Life Service at a later date. 

Memorials are suggested to the Mercy Cancer Center and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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New Sex Offender Registered in Rich Hill

The Vernon County Sheriff's Office sent out a Nixle in regards to a registered sex offender Dusty A. Cox (2/18/98) who has moved from a address of 1123 E. Division St. in Nevada, Missouri to a new address of 1009 S. 6th Street in Rich Hill, Missouri.

Mr. Cox was convicted in Vernon County of 2nd Degree Child Molestation with a female victim age 14.

Power outage at the Bates County Jail

The Butler Fire Department is on scene of a power outage at the Bates County Jail at this time.

A Construction worker is said to have struck and disabled a power line causing it to spark.

At this time, 911 is currently down countywide. In order to reach emergency dispatch, contact Butler Police Department at (660) 679-6131. 

To reach Bates County Sheriff's Office (per Nixle), call (660) 464-2236.

Mid America Live News will update when more information is made available to us from the Butler Fire Department.

Complete St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office News Release June 4-11, 2018

St. Clair County Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made eight arrests, took three stealing and one burglary report during the week of June 4-11, 2018.

You can view the full report by using the link we have provided below:

Amoret woman injured after striking deer in the roadway

On 6/11/18 around 9:00pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County along with Bates County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on Missouri 52 Highway at CR SW 11001 in rural Bates County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2007 Ford driven by 33 year old Miranda K. Antley of Amoret, Missouri struck a deer in the roadway.

Miranda K. Antley sustained moderate injuries in this accident and she was treated on scene by Bates County EMS.

The vehicle received moderate damages and it was towed from the scene by Don's Tow of Butler, Missouri.

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Updated Obituary - Connie Jo Phillips

Connie Jo Phillips, 57, Nevada, MO passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Lincoln, MO. Connie was born February 22, 1961 in Nevada, MO to Donald Wilburn and Betty Louise (Ball) Stukesbary. On September 3, 1982, she was united in marriage to David Phillips at the Berea Christian Church near Walker, MO and he survives of the home.

Connie was raised in Nevada and graduated from Nevada High School in 1979. She worked at Nevada State Hospital for 33 years until retiring in 2011. Connie was baptized by her grandfather Dewey Stukesbary, in the RLDS Church in Nevada. She enjoyed many things including gatherings with her family and friends, and loved spending time with her grandchildren. Connie was known for her baking, especially the birthday cakes she made for her family, and for her beautiful smile.

In addition to her husband David, survivors include three daughters, Casey Landreth and her husband Bradley, Nevada, Lacey Brown and her husband Michael, Lincoln, MO, Kara Phillips and fiancé William Plunkett, Jr., Butler, MO; six grandchildren, Dakota Landreth, Justin Landreth, Savannah Landreth, Haley Landreth, Curtis Lopez, Harley Brown; four sisters, Marsha Harper and her husband Marvin, Nevada, Pam Trower and her husband Rick, Ozark, MO, Karen Short and her husband Greg, Nevada, Chris Stukesbary, Nevada; two brothers, Gary Stukesbary, Nevada, Dewey Stukesbary, Carthage; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one step-son, Johnny Phillips; two granddaughters, Jenna Phillips and Alexis Landreth; and one grandson, Lucas Plunkett.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the family home in Compton Junction.

Obituary - Robert G. "Bob" Kenney

Robert G. "Bob" Kenney, 88, of Marshall, Missouri, formerly of Clinton, MO passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.

He was born November 8, 1929 in Appleton City, MO, the son of Robert Ray Kenney and Lena Frances (Oglesby) Kenney.

Bob and Dorothy Faye Kimzey eloped to Harrison, Arkansas where they were married on December 26, 1951. She survives of the home.

He was employed for many years in the grocery business. He worked for A & P Grocery that later became Food Barn, and then he worked for Safeway Grocery Store. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Korean War. He was a member of the Christian faith and was a 1947 graduate of Clinton High School, Clinton, MO. He enjoyed following his grandchildren's athletic and various school accomplishments, continuing to attend Clinton High School basketball games even after they had all graduated. He was an avid sports fan, enjoying all sports, enjoyed reading westerns and watching westerns on television. You could usually find Bob and Dorothy frequenting the Blue Ribbon Bakery and various other coffee shops around town.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Debbie J. Johnson and husband Keith, Marshall, MO; six grandchildren, Kaleena Ross and husband Darin, Molly Johnson, Evan Johnson and Crystal, Shawna Parlette, Amber Bellinghausen and husband Andy, and Kendra Kenney and Jordan; four great-grandchildren, Konner, Kora, Mason and Benjamin; one daughter-in-law, Lois Kenney, the state of Louisiana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Steven Kenney on June 29, 2002; three brothers, Forrest Seaton Kenney, Ivan LeRoy Kenney, and Francis Lyle Kenney; four sisters, Elvorene Marie Kenney Phillips, Ruby May Kenney Jones, Ola Pearl Kenney Jones and a sister in infancy; two nephews, Private First Class, Robert Floyd Kenney, United States Marine Corps and Chief Warrant Officer 2, Kenny Eugene Jones, United States Army.

Graveside services and interment will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Englewood Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Henry County Memory Fund, and these donations may be left in care of the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton.

Obituary - Rebecca Ann (Becky)Goodman

Rebecca Ann, Becky, Goodman, age 71, formerly of Ottawa, Kansas passed away on Monday June 11, 2018. She was born in Fort Scott, Kansas on November 9, 1946 the daughter of Merlin and Mary Ann Atkisson Ball. 

She graduated from Blue Mound High School then attended Pittsburg State University receiving a Bachelor''s in Physical Education. She later obtained a Master''s Degree from Emporia State University in Educational Counseling. 

She was a member of the Union Chapel United Methodist Church. Becky enjoyed being horseback. She showed horses competitively at American Quarter Horse Association sanctioned shows, helped with therapeutic riding classes and enjoyed trail riding. 

She was preceded in death by her parents. Becky is survived by her husband, Lowell Goodman, a son, Chad Krull, and his wife Kristen, a daughter Kyla Gaston and her husband Troy, daughter Dawn Pilot and her husband Curtis, eight grandchildren: Tegan, Kenzie, Reed, Raylen, Ryder, Nikki, Hunter and Courtney and two great grandchildren.

Let us celebrate the life of this wonderful woman, wife, mother, sister, friend, and teacher. Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father''s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14: 1-3

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm Thursday June 14 at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory Mound City Chapel. The family suggests contributions to New Horizon Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center. On line condolences for the family can be left at

Special recognition in Adrian last night

Rear left to right: Bates County paramedic Robin McCarthy; LifeFlight medic Crystal Goucher; LifeFlight pilot Dan Bentley; LifeFlight medic Andy Gross: front- Doug Davis. Not present Bates County EMT Jay Patel

Last December Adrian firefighter Doug Davis suffered a massive stroke at his home. Today, Doug continues to make improvements and his overall good condition is due strongly in part to an expedited response from Bates County EMS and LifeFlight Eagle personnel. Yesterday evening, those responders were recognized by the Adrian fire department and the city council as all were treated to dinner, followed by a brief ceremony at city hall. Two awards were presented, one from the city of Adrian for each group, and one for each individual from Adrian fire as an expression of thanks for a job, as always, well done.

From the time of the initial call, Davis was transported to Research Hospital in very close to one hour total- as one hour or less between the time of the stroke and reaching a trauma center greatly improves the odds of survival and recovery. While these professionals extend the same professional swiftness in any case, this time it was for someone who also is usually helping others, much like them. For a Doug Davis, it means a new lease on life, including lots of time with a new grandchild.

When time matters, LifeFlight Eagle gets victims to trauma centers with lifesaving results. You can learn more about their services here

Robin McCarthy and mayor Hershel Cole

Dan Bentley, Crystal Goucher, Hershel Cole and Andy Gross