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Friday, July 20, 2018

Stand off after a shooting in Mound City Kansas

A standoff is ongoing in Mound City, Kansas at this hour after a shooting incident that occurred earlier today in Blue Mound Kansas.

Johnson County SWAT Teams , Kansas Bureau of Investigations and the Linn County Sheriff's Department are on scene at this time.

Mid America Live News will update when more information is made available to us at a later time. 

From Missouri Governor Michael L. Parson

As the sun sets on Table Rock Lake tonight, let us reflect on our families, our loved ones, and friends. In the midst of tragedy, it is our courage and strength that will help us as our community begins to heal. Branson, we are with you. #PrayForBranson

Amoret man arrested in Bates County

On 7/20/18 around 7:45am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County arrested 43 year old Scott A. Schlesener of Amoret, Missouri.

Mr. Schlesener was arrested for 1.) Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine 2.) Possession of Less then 10 grams of Marijuana 3.) Unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

He was booked into the Bates County Jail in Butler and later released.

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Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Obituary - Joe Arthur Hartley

Joe Arthur Hartley, 84, Nevada, MO, passed away at his 2nd home in Kissimmee, FL on Sunday, July 15, 2018. Joe was born January 2, 1934 in Bozeman, Montana to Alford T. Hartley and J. Lavonne (Kash) Hartley. He was married to Dianna Dougherty on October 4, 1969 and she preceded his in death on June 27, 2018.

Joe grew up in different areas as his father was in the military service. Joe was a 1952 graduate of Nevada High School. He joined the Air force in 1954 and served for 4 years with the 798 AC&W (Radar) Squadron, Belleville, IL. He later graduated from Pittsburg State College. Joe was employed with the Division of Family Services in Vernon County, MO and Henry County, MO during his professional career as a Supervisor of Child Welfare. He retired in 1999.

Joe was an active member of his church, The Disciples of Christ Christian Church in Nevada, and enjoyed participating in community events such as 4-H and Bushwhacker Days. His retirement enjoyment included traveling, his love of reading books, taking long walks, plus spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Hartley, and a son, Justin Hartley, both of Kissimmee, FL. In addition to his wife, Dianna, he was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Barbara Fuqua, and one half-brother, Randy Hartley.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Newton Burial Park in Nevada with Rev. Jack Daniel officiating. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

Memorials are suggested to Disciples of Christ Christian Church in c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

Bates County Coroner Activity Report for the period July 1 – 15, 2018:

·  3 Nursing Home/Hospice type deaths were reported for the period. None required further investigation. 

· On July 11, 2018 at approximately 3:30 PM the Coroner was called to a residence in northeastern Bates County near Urich. Mae Evelyn Miller was pronounced on scene by Bates County Coroner Greg Mullinax. Additional information is not available at this time.

· On July 15, 2018 the Coroner was called to the Bates County Memorial Hospital Emergency Department. Gerald R. Gilliland of Adrian was pronounced by ER personnel following an automobile accident. The accident was investigated with the assistance of Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop A.

From the desk of Bates County Coroner
Greg D. Mullinax
July 20, 2018

New Laundry Mat in Pleasanton Kansas

Are you needing to wash your clothes in or around Pleasanton, Kansas? 

Cruise on up to The Washing Well LLC located at 926 Main Street in Pleasanton. 

A coin operated laundromat with a goal of having a clean and fun place for you to be able to sit and enjoy while you do your laundry!

View the Facebook page and give them a like by using the link we have provided below:

Bates County Producers Have Until Aug. 1 to Submit FSA County Committee Nominations

Butler, Missouri, July 20, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director for Bates County, Michael Finley, today reminded farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1, 2018, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.

County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level. Committee members play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA.

"The Aug. 1 deadline is quickly approaching,” said Finley. "If you know of a great candidate or want to nominate yourself to serve on your local county committee, visit your FSA office before the deadline to submit the nomination form. I especially encourage the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.”

Committees consist of three to 11 members and meet once a month or as needed to make important decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide there are over 7,700 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees.

To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program and reside in the local administrative area where the election is being held. A complete list of eligibility requirements, more information and nomination forms are available at

All nominees must sign the nomination form FSA-669A. All nomination forms for the 2018 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA county office by Aug. 1, 2018. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 5 and are due back to the local USDA Service Centers on Dec. 3. The newly elected county committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2019.

15th Annual Back-to-School Party

Free school supplies for those in need!
Students come to "shop” for their own supplies! ​ ​​ ​ ​
Saturday, August 4, 2018
9:00-11:30 a.m.

Questions, or to make a donation, contact:
Ruth May at 816-456-5611
Drexel United Methodist Church
3rd & Walnut
Drexel, MO. 64742

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office News Updates July 16-20, 2018

St. Clair County Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made six arrests during the week of July 16-20, 2018.

View the full press release by using the link we have provided below:

Obituary - Tommy Lee Gowing

Tommy Lee Gowing, age 85, Parker, Kansas passed away on Thursday July 19, 2018 at the Adrian Manor. 

Funeral services are pending at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, La Cygne Chapel.

Obituary - Shelia M. Harper

Shelia M. Harper, age 69, of Nevada, MO, passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, MO due to complications connected to a lengthy illness. Shelia was born on April 26, 1949 in Nevada to Gregg Marvin and Norma Beatrice (Dodge) Miller. On July 21, 1970 she married Lawrence G. Harper in Nowata, OK, and he preceded her in death on March 3, 2006.

Shelia grew up in Nevada and graduated from Nevada High School in 1967. She made Nevada her home all of her life. Shelia worked for the Nevada R-5 School District as a cook for more than 20 years at Bryan School and Nevada High School. She then went on to work at the American Legion in Nevada where she was loved by all of her patrons. Shelia knew how to serve others and neither needed, nor wanted any recognition. Due to health issues she retired in 2009 but continued to be active with the American Legion Auxiliary as long as she was able. Shelia loved her family and was very devoted to her sons and grandchildren.

She is survived by three sons , Lawrence Gregg Harper of Nevada, Matthew Allen Harper and his wife, Sammantha of Nevada, and Douglas Earl Harper and his wife Ashlee of Nevada; one step son, Dirk Scotten (Debbie) of Nevada, eleven grandchildren, Karson Harper, Lauren Harper, Tyler Harper, Carter Harper, Peyton Harper, Caisen Harper, Rylee Harper, Colton Harper, Marlene Scotten, Tommy Scotten, Derik Scotten; two brothers, James E. Miller (Carol) of Nevada, Michael G. Miller, Nevada; three sisters, Cathy A. Gilliland of Nevada, Karan Osmond (Kevin) Nevada, and Katie Scott (Kip) Yuma, AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews and friends.

In addition to her husband Lawrence, she was preceded in death by her parents, one brother-in-law, Ron Gilliland, and one sister-in-law, Margaret Miller.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Christ’s Church in Nevada with Pastor Robert Fox officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-7:00 p.m. on Friday evening at Ferry Funeral Home.

Those who wish may contribute in her memory to American Legion Women’s Auxiliary in c/o Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

Obituary - Doris Louise Colvin

Doris Louise Colvin, 84, Webb City, MO, formerly of Harrisonville, MO, died Sunday, July 15, 2018 at her home. Inurnment will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Orient Cemetery in Harrisonville.

Doris was born February 13, 1934 in Harrisonville, MO, the daughter of Newton and Bernita (Dykes) Colvin. She married Kenneth Edgar Colvin on November 27, 1993 at the First Baptist Church in Harrisonville. She had lived in Harrisonville for most of her life before moving to Webb City several years ago. She had worked at several nursing homes as a nurse aide.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Kenneth on February 17, 2013; four brothers, George, Vernon “Dutch”, Newton “Newt”, and James Allen, and four sisters, Eleanor, Hattie, Mary, and Edna Pearl. She is survived by one son, John Decou, Webb City, MO; one sister, Betty Colvin, Harrisonville, MO; several nieces, nephews, and many loving friends.

Dog-Days weekend weather

Well, we got the stormy and dangerously hot weather out of the way just in time for everyone to enjoy their weekend! Keep in mind it will still feel very summer-like with near normal highs in the mid 80s to lower 90s through the weekend. Enjoy!