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Friday, October 12, 2018

Missouri State High School Football Week 8 Scores:

Adrian 40, Jasper 14
Archie 32, Drexel 0
Butler 14, Cole Camp 7
Cass Midway 28, Appleton City 0
Lamar 43, Nevada 6

Webb City 42, Ozark 0
Buffalo 29, Fair Grove 22
Fort Osage 29, William Chrisman 14
Blue Valley North 51, Blue Valley NW 7
Blue Valley West 53, Blue Valley SW 6
West Plains 70, Central 8
Carthage 42, Republic 26
Cassville 35, Reeds Spring 0
Camdenton 56, Rolla 13
Crest Ridge 49, Concordia 21
Liberal 30, Rich Hill 0
Lincoln 10, Wellington-Napoleon 8
Lincoln College Prep 55, KC Central 6
Lebanon 70, Parkview 50
Ava 58, Cabool 12
Harrisonville 41, Oak Grove 29 
Hillcrest 30, Kickapoo 7
Hogan Prep 48, Northeast 0
Holden 20, Carrolton 7
Neosho 21, Willard 14
North Kansas City 54, Oak Park 14
Carl Junction 28, Branson 7
Chillicothe 40, St. Joseph Leblond 33
Center 42, St. Michael 7
Columbia Hickman 21,Truman 0
Joplin 42, Nixa 7
Kearney 35, Raytown South 0
Knob Noster 40, Richmond 28
Mill Valley 18, Blue Valley 7
Grain Valley 51, Ruskin 14
Mountain Grove 13, Houston 6
Mid Buchanan 48, West Platte 8
MV-BT/Liberty 54, Salem 7
Lawson 20, Penney 0
Lathrop 39, Plattsburg 0
Lees Summit 34, Liberty North 30
Lees Summit West 7, Blue Springs 6
Lees Summit North 42, RayPec 21 
Lexington 42, Lafayette County 0
Lockwood 29, Greenfield 24
Excelsior Springs 28, Warrensburg 7
El Dorado Springs 28, Skyline 24
Marshfield 41, Aurora 18
Maryville 41, Savannah 7
Seneca 55, East Newton 8
Odessa 48, Pleasant Hill 38
Pembroke Hill 12, Summit Christian Academy 10
Platte County 45, Winnetonka 20
Monett 18, McDonald County 12
Raytown 48, Belton 14
Strafford 42, Forsyth 0
Southeast 20, East 14
Sweet Springs 28, Lone Jack 0
Thayer 40, Willow Springs 0
Tipton 36, Santa Fe O
Stockton 30, Pleasant Hope 0
Marionville 41, Ash Grove 0
Sedalia Smith-Cotton 47, Clinton 7
Sarcoxie 27, Diamond 0
Schlagle 44, Washington 15
Smithville 27, Grandview 6
St. Joseph Benton 29, Cameron 7
St. Joseph Lafayette 28, St.Pius X 0
Tolton Catholic 33, Warsaw 0
Fort Scott (Kan.) 28, Bolivar 27
Van Horn 48, University Academy 12
Lighthouse Christian 56, Sherwood 8

Obituary - Linda Susan Toepfer

Linda Susan Toepfer, age 69, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Thursday, October 10, 2018, at the Mercy Hospital Emergency Room in Ft. Scott. She was born April 18, 1949, in Ft. Scott, the daughter of Allan Todd and Dorothy Sackett Todd. Linda graduated from the Uniontown High School with the Class of 1967. She married Thomas Charles Toepfer; they later divorced. In earlier years, Linda had worked at Wal-Mart in both Baxter Springs and Ft. Scott. She then attended nursing school at Fort Scott Community College and became a Registered Nurse. She worked as a nurse in Florida and Joplin, Missouri. She later retired from the Bates County Hospital in Butler, Missouri. Linda was a loving and devoted mother to her three daughters; she worked hard as a single mother to make sure the family’s needs were always supplied. She loved spending quality time with children and grandchildren as well as going to the beach and taking trips to the casinos. 

Survivors include her three daughters, Michelle “Shelly” Edwards, of Leawood, Kansas and twins, Kerri Bohlken and husband Randy and Kendell Dawn Mason and husband, Steve, all of Ft. Scott; five grandchildren, Alex Mason (Holli) of Redfield, Kansas, Ashton Mason, of Olathe, Kansas, Jessica Amico (Joey) of Maryland, Max Bohlken (Savannah) of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and Lane Bohlken of Ft. Scott; and a great-granddaughter, Lucy Mason. Also surviving is a brother, Matt Todd and wife, Ezra, of Independence, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Following cremation, a graveside service will be held at 3:00 P.M. Monday, October 15th at the Paint Creek Cemetery south of Redfield, Kansas. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2:30 P.M. Monday at the Cheney Witt Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Polycystic Kidney Disease “PKD” Foundation and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office News Updates Oct. 8-12, 2018

St. Clair Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made five arrests during the week of Oct. 8-12, 2018.

Click on link for more information.

Obituary - Janice Gaddy

Janice E. Gaddy, 80, of Clinton, Missouri passed away Friday morning, October 12, 2018 at the Clinton Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Clinton. 

Arrangements are pending under the direction of the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton.

Obituary - Gordon Barbee

Gordon Barbee, 72, of Clinton, Missouri passed away unexpectedly Wednesday evening, October 10, 2018 at the Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton. He was born October 2, 1946 in Clinton, the son of Robert Emmett Barbee and Marian Frances (Dehn) Barbee.

He married Diane McLain in Clinton, MO on February 25, 1967, and she survives of the home.

He was employed with Missouri Public Service, now Kansas City Power & Light, in various capacities, most recently as store keeper. He retired in 2009 after 42 years of service. He was also a cattle farmer. He served as a medical corpman with the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, receiving the Purple Heart after taking shrapnel in his arm during combat.

Gordon was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Clinton, the Clinton Elks Lodge #1034, Eagles Lodge 3667, and the Clinton American Legion Post. He enjoyed hunting, gardening, tending to his cattle, cutting wood, anything outdoors, his morning coffee gatherings, and most of all, hanging out with his grandsons.

In addition to his wife Diane, surviving are one son, Brad Barbee and his wife Stacy, Lee's Summit, MO; one daughter, Jami Voelmeck and her husband Scott, Clinton, MO; four grandsons, Jackson Voelmeck, Clinton, MO, Christian Voelmeck, Clinton, MO, Braedan Barbee, Lee's Summit, MO and Kellen Barbee, Lee's Summit, MO; two brothers, Paul Barbee and his wife Rita, Clinton, MO and Chris Barbee and his wife Colleen, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; one brother-in-law, Van McLain, Harrisonville, MO; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Gordon's wishes were to be cremated with no formal services. Family services will be scheduled for a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. 

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Gordon Barbee Scholarship Fund, and these donations may be left in care of the funeral home.

City of Butler Scheduled Power Outage October 25th-26th

The City of Butler is scheduling a series of power outages the evening of Thursday, October 25th and Friday, October 26th beginning at 10pm each evening. 

The outages are part of a routine maintenance program for the City’s generating equipment.

Each outage should only last a few minutes. The City’s Engineers have recommended a 4 hour window to complete the maintenance which is scheduled to begin at 10pm and has been scheduled in the late evening hours to lessen any inconvenience.

Obituary - James P. Hildebrant

James P. Hildebrant, age 71, of Belton, Missouri, passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Kansas City Hospice House.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, Missouri.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

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Obituary - Cleda Fern Murray

Cleda Fern Murray, 88, Pleasanton, Kansas passed away Friday, October 12, 2018 at her home. She was born November 17, 1929 at Pleasanton, Kansas the daughter of Walter and Annabell Ralph Umphenour. 

Cleda Fern graduated from Pleasanton High School and worked in Lawrence, Kansas during World War II prior to her marriage to Marvin Murray on September 24, 1950. Cleda Fern and Marvin began farming and farmed side by side for the remainder of their years together. 

She enjoyed gardening, playing piano, sewing and spending time with family and friends. She was a lifelong member of the Pleasanton First Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers, Edward and Melvin Umphenour. Cleda Fern is survived by her two children, a son, Larry Marvin Murray and wife Patty, and a daughter Linda Arnold; three grandchildren: Jason Murray Arnold, Janel Nibert and husband Cory, and Jessica Arnold; and two great grandchildren, Cooper and Jaxson Nibert.

Graveside funeral service will be 11 am Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at the Pleasanton Cemetery. Contributions are suggested to Linn County Care to Share. Online condolences can be left at Arrrangements: Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Pleasanton Chapel.

Obituary - Kelly Dean Phillips

Funeral services for Kelly Phillips will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Adrian Optimist Building in Adrian, Missouri. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 4 - 7 p.m. at Adrian Optimist Building. 

Cremation following services. Contributions to Bates County Children's Center or Shop With A Cop. Arrangements under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Online condolences,

Kelly Dean Phillips, age 58 of Butler, Missouri died Friday, October 12, 2018 at his home in Butler. He was born November 8, 1959 to Ronald Merle and Elsie Marie Strickland Phillips in Parsons, Kansas.

Kelly is survived by his wife Linda Phillips of Butler, Missouri; two daughters, Becki Hagerman and husband Jeremy of Tahlequah, Oklahoma and Megan Reno and husband Jerret of Butler, Missouri; one brother, Rod Phillips and wife Andrea of Branson, Missouri; two sisters, Sharon Austin and husband T.J. of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Brenda Herrman and husband Bret of Springfield, Missouri; and six grandchildren, Kaelyn, Colton, Lathan, Raiden, Sutton and Tracen. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Bryan.

From the Bates County Sheriff's Office

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of LT. Kelly Phillips of the Bates County Sheriff’s Office. 

LT. Phillips has given over 30 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Bates County. LT. Phillips loss his battle with cancer this morning surrounded by loving family. 

We ask that you pray for his family, his family at the Sheriffs Office and his family at the Bates County Memorial Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date. God Speed Kelly you will forever be missed!!

Missing Paola woman found dead in swept away car

Miami Students of the Month October 2018

Miami Students of the Month! Elementary-Brodie Stroud, Michael Richardson, Junior High-Demrick Richardson, High School-Charles Johnson

From the Linn County Emergency Management

The Marais des Cygne River at La Cygne has crested and is now falling as seen in the first photo. It appears it will take two to three days for the water to recede.

The second photo shows the river status at State Line Road (Note: Graph says Trading Post but gage is at State Line Bridge). This forecast graphic shows the river has not yet crested along State Line and is forecast to continue to rise over the next 24 hours. It may rise an additional 3/4 foot before cresting. It to shows taking an added two to three days to recede once it crests.

The third photo shows the weekend forecast which is mostly cold and rainy. Temps in the 40's-50's with rain off and on this afternoon and again Saturday afternoon/evening into most of the day Sunday. Looks to be a cold/wet weekend with Saturday morning being the best weather for the weekend.

Our thoughts and prayers for the Phillips Family

It’s with a very heavy heart I share the news of former EMS/ER Director Kelly Phillips of Bates County Hospital EMS has passed away. Kelly has been in EMS for over 30 years.

Kelly was one of the most dedicated individuals our crews ever had the pleasure and honor of working with. He will truly be missed. 

From our EMS and Hospital family, Kelly you will be missed but never forgotten. To Kelly’s family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ellett EMS and Ellett Memorial Hospital.

Obituary - Johnny “John” Allen Shrewsbury

Funeral services for Johnny “John” Allen Shrewsbury, 76, of Gilmer will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 13, 2018 in the chapel at McWhorter Funeral Home with Bro. Marion Palmer officiating. Interment will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 15, 2018 at Moore Cemetery in Nevada, Missouri. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 12, 2018 at the funeral home.

John was born on September 14, 1942 in Nevada, Missouri to John and Ruby Barker Shrewsbury and passed form this life on October 9, 2018 in Gilmer, Texas.

On June 5, 1965, John married Judith Ellen Baker and she preceded him in death in September, 2008. John worked as a meat cutter for many years before starting his career as a truck driver. He proudly had 35 years of sobriety through A. A.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Judy Shrewsbury and by his daughter; Aletha Shrewsbury.

Survivors include his sons; Johnny Shrewsbury, Lonnie Shrewsbury and Mark Shrewsbury. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ernie Maples, Garry Scarborough, Artie Gunn, Jack Johnson, Bennie McFarland, Harry Fischer, David Osterman, Ricky Case and Eugene Boyd.

Please visit Johnny’s on-line registration book at to leave a memory for the family.

Obituary - Robert George Kuntz, Sr.

Robert George Kuntz, Sr., 71, Cleveland, MO died Thursday, October 11, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 15, 2018 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO with visitation from 10:00-11:00. Burial will be in Freeman Cemetery, Freeman, MO. 

(A complete obituary will be posted when information is available).

Obituary - John R. Richard Johnson

John R. Richard Johnson, 87, Harrisonville, MO, died Friday, October 12, 2018 at the Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville. 

A memorial gathering will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 16 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Memorial contributions may be made to CASCO Area Workshop.

(A complete obituary will be posted when information is available).

Sorry kids, no haunted house tonight...

Due to rain, the Bates County Elks will not be opening their haunted house this evening (Friday). However it will be open tomorrow evening. Get your ghouls together and we'll see you tomorrow night!

Parents of the Butler Elementary