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Monday, March 18, 2019

Public Auction In Milo: Joe and Deana Castlebury

Public Auction
Joe and Deana Castlebury 
April 27th, 2019 10:00 AM 
22040 S. 2325 Rd 
Milo, MO 
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Obituary - Jerry Lee Garrett

Jerry Lee Garrett, 74, Pleasant Hill, MO passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at his home in Pleasant Hill. Jerry was born June 17, 1944 in Kansas City, MO to Clay Dean and Cecil Zora (Melton) Garrett.

Jerry grew up in Kansas City and graduated from Southwest High School in 1962. He graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City, and then served in the United States Air Force for four years from 1967-1971. While in the Air Force Jerry trained in Air Police and later in Air Force Intelligence. Upon his return to Kansas City he once again attended classes at UMKC and began working as a campus Policeman obtaining the rank of Police Chief in 1988. He was a member of the International Campus Law Enforcement Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and Missouri Police Chiefs Association.

Jerry was a loyal Chiefs and Royals fan. He enjoyed many years riding his horse Dixie, raising cows and chickens, and sipping a cold one with his trusted dog Maggie. He loved visiting the family acreage in Vernon County, building model trains sets with his kids, fishing, and spending hours gardening and barbecuing. He also enjoyed spending time at “The Lodge” with his good friends Sue and Wade, along with rest of the Wednesday evening crew.

He is survived by three children, Wilson Miller and wife Dianna of Long Beach, CA, Steven Garrett, Pleasant Hill, MO, Kristen G. Huffman and husband Darvell, Lee's Summit, MO; two grandchildren, Dylan Huffman, and Daniel Miller; sister-in-law, Lucy Garrett of Great Falls, VA; nephew, Ken Garrett, Broad Run, VA; three great-nieces, and one great-nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Wilbur Eugene (W.E.) Garrett; and nephew, Mike Garrett.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2019 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Dederick, MO. The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Obituary - Kathleen Marie Robinson

Kathleen Marie Robinson, 46, Bronaugh, MO passed away on Monday, March 18, 2019 at her home in Bronaugh. Kathleen was born December 28, 1972 in Genoa, NE to Charles Edward Mallia, Sr. and Mildred Grace (Saltzman) Mallia. She married Jerald Robinson on May 22, 2010 in Fremont, NE and he survives of the home.

Kathleen attended Fremont High School in Nebraska and graduated in 1990. She and Gerald moved to Bronaugh in 2016. Kathleen enjoyed camping, dancing, and was very fond of cats. She loved to make people laugh.

In addition to her husband Dale, she is survived by two daughters, Salena Robinson and Carmen Robinson, both of the home; step-children, Dalton Robinson, Lincoln NE, Libby Forbes, Lincoln, NE, and Andrew Robinson, Omaha, NE; five grandchildren; and her mother, Mildred Karlin, of the home in Bronaugh, MO.

Memorial services will be held at a later date at the Bronaugh Baptist Church.

Obituary - Lyle Smith

Lyle Smith, 89, Bronaugh, MO passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at his home in Bronaugh. Lyle was born September 5, 1929 to Harvey and Nora (Maynard) Smith. On July 2, 1948 he was united in marriage to June Allene Miller in Nevada, MO and she preceded him in death on December 24, 1918.

Lyle attended school in Lamar and graduated there. He worked for a time in Lee Summit, MO at the General Motors factory building Chevy cars. He then moved to Oregon and worked at Forest Fiber Products until his retirement. At that time he relocated to Bronaugh to pursue his interests in ranching, and hunting. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Ray, Bronaugh, MO; one son, Lynn Smith, Lamar, MO; three grandchildren, Stephanie Ayers (Marvin), Sheldon, MO, Phillip Ray (Kelsey), Bronaugh, MO, Jennifer Dupont (Chris), Thornton, CO; and 10 great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife June he was preceded in death by one grandson Jeff Ray; two sisters, and three brothers.

The family will receive friends at a visitation service on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 5-7:00 p.m. at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

Private graveside services will be held at a later date.

Obituary - Bobbie "Bob" Charles Kurtz

Bobbie "Bob" Kurtz, 88, Peculiar, Missouri passed away Monday, March 18, 2019 at Belton Research Medical Center in Belton, MO. 

Graveside services will be held 1:00 pm Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Fairview Cemetery, Sweet Springs, MO. 

The family will receive friends 10:00-11:00 am Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO. A complete obituary will be added when it becomes available.

Got stuff? American Pickers returning to Missouri

American Pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are returning to Missouri to search attics, basements and barns for hidden treasures.
The hit show, airing on A&E has become hugely popular and now Mike and Frank are planning to pick the Show Me state again May 27 through June 9. 
Their favorites? Old toys; signage; motorcycles; gas pumps and automobile memorabilia. However, their broad knowledge of antiques has drawn them to make some unusual purchases, including collections of you-name-it. 
In some cases, an interesting story behind the item can help seal the deal too.      
Surely, there is something of interest to the dealing duo in our area... if you know someone who might have anything listed above or similar, please contact producers at or call 855-OLD-RUST. 
Note- they are looking for collections from private individuals only (no businesses).  

Rainfall Expected After Midnight

A beautiful day will give way to rain moving into the area well after midnight tonight which will continue through much of the day tomorrow. Areas along the Missouri River are expected to receive between 1/4" to 3/4". This precipitation in addition to the water reentering the Missouri River from the over-topped levees upstream will cause continued minor rises on the Missouri River across our area.

If you would like to follow along with the Missouri River flooding, the following link will be helpful to monitor stages and forecasts

Old School Car Show and Hot Rod Rodeo

Need a lawyer call James Manning Law

Victim of a Drunk Driving Accident? Call James Manning Law today for a Free Consultation. Let us help you! Call Now 816-380 -3388

Missouri State Highway Patrol selling 3 motorcycles

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has three 2014 Harley Davidson FLHTP Electra Glide Solo motorcycles for sale.

- Engines are 1690cc OHV Twin Cam, 103 Vibration Isolated V-Twin, air-cooled equipped with OE standard oil cooler, two cylinders with overhead valves and featuring EITMS (Engine Idle Temperature Management System), producing minimal vibration frequencies and magnitudes
- Transmission is manual with 6 forward speeds
- All are “Dark Peace Officer Blue” (as pictured)
- All in excellent condition
- All motorcycles are equipped with a “Tour Package” specifically for law enforcement.

* Should a member of the public wish to purchase the vehicle, the “Tour Package” will be removed and cost will reduce by $500 *

1) 2014 - 40,860 miles - $11,500
2) 2014 - 36,676 miles - $11,500
3) 2014 - 30,713 miles - $12,500

**Please call (573) 526-6147 for more information or to arrange a time to see the motorcycles in person!**

From the city of Belton

Cambridge Road between Mullen Road and Peculiar Drive is experiencing a failure at a culvert area. It will be closed to through traffic starting today, 3/18/19. 

A date to reopen the road has not been set. 

Please watch for posted updates. If you have any questions, please contact City Hall. 816.331.4331

Fried Chicken Dinner Special-Monday Night at the Fishing Dock in Archie

Clinton man escapes injury in Cass County Crash

On 3/18/19 around 8:15am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cass County responded to a one vehicle accident on Missouri 7 Highway.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 1999 Ford Explorer driven by 42 year old Brian P. Beebe of Clinton, Missouri traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned.

Mr. Beebe sustained minor injuries in this accident and he refused medical treatment at the scene of the crash.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene by Golden Valley Wrecker Service.

Copyright Mid America Live News 

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Obituary - Yvonne Ann Graham

Yvonne Ann Graham, 53, Nevada, MO passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO following a lengthy illness. Yvonne was born July 12, 1965 in Nevada, MO, the daughter of John P. and Janice D. (Rapp) Heim. She was united in marriage to Bryan Blackwell in July of 2018.

Yvonne grew up in Nevada and attended Nevada schools. She loved music and dancing, and spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband Bryan, she is survived by two daughters, Lavonna Graham, Moberly, MO; Dannalee Drewery and her husband John, Norfolk, VA; two sons, Richard Thrun, Hannibal, MO, Daniel Graham, Nevada, MO; 11 grandchildren; one brother, Daniel Heim, Nevada, MO; one sister, Cathy Heim, Lake Ozarks, MO. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Trisha Heim, and one aunt, Linda Hartline.

No services are planned.

Obituary - Robert M. Suster

Robert M. Suster, 72 of Osceola, Missouri passed away March 16, 2019 at his home near Osceola. Cremation, with memorial services set for 10:00 AM Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the First Christian Church in Appleton City, Missouri with Pastor Tony Reynolds officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler, Missouri. Memories and messages of condolence for the family may be left at
Robert was born April 28, 1946 in Hennipen County, Minnesota. Honorably, he served his country in the Navy for four years and afterwards desired to become an apprentice electrician. On February 17, 1985 he was united in marriage to Sheri (Robinson-Stogner) and they remained married until his passing. Throughout his life Robert lived in Delray Beach, Florida, Kansas City, Kansas, Grandview, Belton, and Monegaw Springs, Missouri and finally near Osceola, Missouri.
Robert worked for 13 years at Permacel Automotive in Kansas City, Missouri making sound proofing materials and sealant for automotive companies. He later became a clerk at Yoss’s Food Fair in Appleton City, Missouri. Robert will also be remembered for how he loved training his Appaloosa horses.
Robert was preceded in death by his mother and step-father, Phyllis (Jorgenson) Schwinn and Leonard Schwinn. He is survived by his wife, Sheri of the home; son Bill Suster of South Dakota; daughter Dawn Suster-Jameson of Minnesota; step-son Daniel Stogner of Osceola; step-son Daryl Stogner of Wichita, Kansas; one brother, Rick Schwinn of Wahkon, Minnesota; as well as 12 grandchildren.

Nice day for a pick up game...

The Butler Police Department took a break today from catching bad guys to join a pick up basketball game with some local kids in Butler's South Park.

Some watching were betting 'dollars to donuts' (no pun intended) that the kids would win... and they did by a pretty wide margin. - Photo submitted 

Reminder: It's grass fire season

Sunshine, warmer weather and dry conditions are the perfect ingredients for a grass fire. Until things green up a little, please be careful with discarded cigarettes, burning trash, etc.

Thank you from our local fire departments.

Butler City Wide garage sales set for May 4th

Whether you'll be saying 'Buh bye clutter', or 'hello bargains', there's something for everyone at the Butler City wide garage sales set for May 4th.

More info coming soon.

Reported gas leak in Adrian

The Adrian Fire Department has been called to investigate a possible gas line rupture in the area of 115 S. Old 71 highway in Adrian. Until an investigation can be conducted and repairs made, it is recommended to stay clear of the area until further notice.

UPDATE 3:05 PM- The leak appears to be minor in nature. Repairs are being made, no danger to the public.

Lions Club Radio Auction: Bargains GALORE!

The Annual Butler Lions Club Radio Auction will be held next week, March 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th, 5 to 7 pm nightly on FM 92.1. Below is the current list of items that will be up for bid. Tune in, get a great bargain and help the Butler Lions Club!

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MoDOT crews working to repair potholes

JEFFERSON CITY – Prolonged winter weather has left behind an unwanted reminder: potholes. 

Missouri Department of Transportation crews will be focusing on repairs through April. Crews started working to address the pesky potholes as soon as there was a break in the weather. MoDOT will have about 300 pothole patching crews statewide working to make roadways safer.

About 400,000 potholes have been patched during the first two months of 2019. In contrast, approximately 619,000 potholes were patched for the entire year in 2018.

“We are working as hard as we can to fill the potholes,” said Becky Allmeroth, MoDOT State Maintenance Engineer / Chief Safety and Operations Officer. “Some potholes have to be repaired multiple times because of the additional rain last week.  The temporary repairs are not holding. We ask motorists to please be patient with us as the repairs are being done.”
Crews address the deepest potholes first. Until roadway temperatures rise – and remain – above freezing, the repair is made using a cold asphalt mix. However, this is a short-term repair. The long-term fix, a hot asphalt mix, isn’t effective until temperatures are warm for a prolonged period of time.

Motorists should watch out for MoDOT crews making the repairs, slow down and move over a lane to give them room to work.

Here are some other safety tips:

  • If you can't avoid a pothole, please slow down before you hit it.
  • Don't brake directly over a pothole; this can actually cause more damage.
  • When driving over the pothole, hold the steering wheel firmly to avoid losing control.
  • Use caution when driving over a puddle of water because it might be a pothole in hiding.
  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Properly inflated ties hold up better against potholes than tires that have too much or too little air.

Potholes form when temperatures warm up during the day but continue to be cold at night. The rain and snow from winter leave moisture that seeps into cracks and joints in the pavement. When temperatures drop, the water freezes and expands the pavement. This expansion causes the pavement to bulge and crack. When cars drive over the bulging pavement, it eventually causes chunks of pavement or asphalt to pop out.
Motorists can report the location of potholes on state maintained roads using the following tools:
  • Call the 24/7 Customer Service Center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636).
  • Use the Report a Road Concern form on the web at
  • Use a smart phone/tablet with a mobile friendly form at

MoDOT spends approximately $15 million a year on pothole patching. MoDOT maintains 34,000 miles of road including interstates, U.S. and Missouri routes and lettered routes. Potholes on city streets or subdivisions should be directed to local cities or counties.

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St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office News Release March 11-18, 2019

St. Clair County Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made 6 arrests and took a property damage report and started an investigation into dead cattle during the week of March 11-18, 2019.

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

Public Service Announcement

The Butler License Office will be closed on
Wednesday March 20th, 2019
We will reopen on
Thursday March 21st, 2019

Obituary - Elberta “Bert” Marie Gardner

Elberta “Bert” Marie Gardner, 89, Harrisonville, MO, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Crown Care Center in Harrisonville, MO.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Abiding Love Baptist Church in Harrisonville, with burial in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Harrisonville.

Friends may call 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Serenity Care Hospice.

Appleton City FFA to get a boost

With their current greenhouse set to become a parking lot, Appleton City FFA is preparing for the construction of a larger, permanent facility next to their ag shop. Adviser Sarah Leiber says the new greenhouse will have over twice as much space.

Part of the project will be funded by a $500 Building Our American Communities grant. Leiber says the new greenhouse will help out community organizations.

Appleton City FFA Adviser Sarah Leiber says construction will take place this summer. The chapter was one of 11 to receive a grant from the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

 You can read more HERE.

-courtesy AG1280 KDKD-AM

You GO, girls!

April 14th, two Rich Hill seventh graders traveled to Columbia for the Middle Level Leadership Conference of FBLA. Kayden Coonce brought home 3rd place in Digital citizenship and Trinity Burris placed 11th. 

Congrats on a job well done.

Civil War encampent set for late April

If you're a history buff, this is your chance to get a little taste of life from years past. There will be a live Civil War Encampment staged at the Fort Scott Historic Site in Fort Scott Kansas on April 27th and 28th. 

More info here

Obituary - Terrance Douglas Roth

Terrance Douglas Roth, 54, Raymore, Missouri departed this life on Friday, March 15, 2019 at the Research Medical Center surrounded by love and family.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Roth and 2 daughters, Anna Roth and Gwin Roth all of the home; his father and step mother, Leonard and Polly Roth and his mother and step-father, Joan and Jon Dunham all of Lee's Summit, Missouri; three siblings, Sean Dunham and wife Christy, Raymore, Missouri, Jeoff Roth and wife Sarah, State of Virginia and Jennifer Emch and husband Brad, Shawnee, Kansas; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation. A Celebration Of Life Service will be 11:00 a.m, Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at the Heart of Life Church - Lee's Summit Campus, 800 SW 150 Hwy, Lee's Summit, MO 64082.

Family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at the church.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Children's Educational Fund.

A complete obituary will be posted when it becomes available.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.

Butler Police Department Activity Report 3/11-3/17-2019

Trespassing call High School.
Keep the peace Super 8
Disturbance 414 W Harrison
Possible prowler Cedar Lane
Noise complaint Cemetery
Warrant service White Oak

Well being check
Disturbance 1200 block of N Bus 49
Disturbance Courthouse
Accident Harrison and Havanna
Keep the peace 700 block of S High
Fraud report Family Center
Disturbance BCMH
911 hang up 300 block of W Harrison
Vandalism report 400 block of S Main

Animal complaint 100 block of N High
Walk in Juvenile report
Traffic assist Schowengerdt
Medical assist Fran apts
Animal complaint Chestnut and Austin
Traffic assist Fran Ave
Animal complaint High and Pine
Alarm Grade School

Attempt to locate
Missing person call
Theft report North side of Square
Warrant service
Warrant service 300 block of W College
Theft report 611 S Main
Traffic assist Ft Scott and High

Disturbance 400 block of West St
Theft report 100 block of Orange
Assault report Alley Bar
C and I driver call Square

Disturbance 6 Dove Lane
Well being check subject laying in ditch
Animal complaint Austin and Pine
C and I driver S Main
Theft report 200 block of E Oak

Assault report Bear Stop
Noise complaint 300 block of W Adams
Animal complaint 700 block of N Havanna
Animal complaint 200 block of S Main
Report of possible gun shot 300 block of E Pine

Sexual Assault Investigation in Drexel

On December 28, 2018 a Detective started an investigation of a possible sexual assault on a juvenile victim that had previously occurred in Drexel, MO.

On March 14, 2019 Richard E. Bussell (DOB 6/30/1959) of Pierce City, MO was arrested for this crime and was transported to the Bates County Jail. Bussell is a former resident of Drexel, MO and is a registered sex offender.

Bussell was charged with 1 count of Sexual Misconduct involving a Child under 15, 4 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and 3 counts of Statutory Sodomy. Judge Highley set his bond at $100,000.00 cash or surety.

Copyright Mid America Live News 
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.

Things are getting busy...

It's been a long, hard Winter... now it's getting warm and there's plenty of things to do. You can check our Community Calendar here to make sure you don't miss anything

If your civic group or non-profit organization has an event to add to the calendar, simply email us at and we'll git 'er done!

April election creeping closer...

As the April election gets closer, we'd like to remind everyone to study the ballot and exercise your right to vote!

You can check out the ballot here

Rich Hill FFA members to attend youth leadership conference

Congratulations to Rich Hill FFA members Sydney Bell and Katie Tourtillott for being selected to attend HYMAX Academy this summer. Only 100 freshman FFA members in Missouri are selected to attend HYMAX, great job ladies!

Blackhawks dominiate Osceola yesterday

Varsity baseball shut out Osceola 4-0 in the 1st Round of the WEMO Tournament yesterday. 

The Blackhawks play  again tonight night in the semifinals at 6:30 at Adrian.

Good job, Bates County 4-H clubs

Congratulations to Bates County 4-H! You made it in the 10 ten counties in the state for food collected during the recent food drive. More info about the food drive program here: