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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Obituary - Norma Jean Mangum

Norma Jean Mangum, 78, of Clinton, Missouri passed away Sunday morning, March 31, 2019 at the Arbors at Glendale Gardens in Clinton.

She was born July 29, 1940 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, the daughter of Norman Travis Maiden and Jewell Elizabeth (Gulley) Maiden. She married Charles Marion Gray on July 11, 1957 and he preceded her in death on May 12, 1977. She later married John L. Mangum August 1, 1982 in Clinton, MO, and he preceded her in death on January 5, 2009.

Norma Jean was a member of the Methodist faith. In 1981, she built and operated Bucksaw Point Resort on Truman Lake with John. She loved to travel, having visited Japan and Hawaii. She also enjoyed raising and showing horses, golfing, fish fry’s and shopping. You could easily find Norma Jean sitting on her back porch enjoying a cold adult beverage with friends and family.

Surviving are two sons, Chuck Gray and Kathy Shoemaker, Clinton, MO; Chris Gray and his wife Dena, Clinton, MO; and two grandsons, Dustin Gray and his wife Brooke, Clinton, MO and Charlie Gray, Kansas City, MO; one granddaughter, Brodie Gray and her fiance Dillon, Nashville, TN; one sister, Judye Rawlings and her husband Bill, St. Helens, OR; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Tammy Jane Maiden.

Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2019 at the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Family interment of ashes will be at a later date. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Henry County Memory Fund, and these donations may be left in care of the funeral home.

Obituary - Lucretia Ann Keys

Lucretia Ann Keys, 80, Nevada, MO passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Medicalodges in Nevada. Lucretia was born October 20, 1938 in Nevada to Sidney Irwin and Mary Elizabeth (Horning) Riley. She was married to Paul Keys and together they had three children.

Lucretia was baptized at Pine Street Baptist Church. She worked at Mattingly’s in Nevada for 29 years, and also worked for a time at Thriftway’s, and Nevada News. Lucretia enjoyed taking pictures, crocheting, reading, and was a member of Tri-County Wood Carvers.

Survivors include three children, David Allen Keys, Gardner, KS, Deborah Ann Keys Allen (Tom Johnson), Moundville, Paul Elvin Keys, III (Vicki), Nevada; grandchildren, James Ragan, Michael Keys, David Keys Speagle, Kiara Reis, Donald Keys Speagle, Dustin Keys, Victoria Forester; great-grandchildren, Nicholas Ragan, Katelyn Coll, Mackenzie Ragan, Samantha Ragan, Landon Ragan, Alexis Ragan, Samuel Findley, Kylie Findley, Natalie Reis, Julie Reis, Reese Keys, Hadley Keys, Tripp Forester, Wren Forester; twin sister Patricia Simpson Nevada; nephew, Carl Simpson, Jr.; two nieces, Karen McCurley, Julie Simpson. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one grandson, Donald Ragan, and her companion, Virgil Belcher in 2006.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2019 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Pastor Sam Jones officiating. Interment will follow in Moore Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-4:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the family in c/o Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

Obituary - Wayne W. Peak

Wayne W. Peak, age 92, of Belton, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

A Visitation Service will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. followed by an 11:00 a.m. Memorial Service on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Southview Christian Church, 13604 Norby Rd, Grandview, MO 64030.

Wayne was born on July 12, 1926 in Rich Hill, Missouri. He was the son of Delbert Peak and Lois (Robertson) Peak. In the Fall of 1948, Wayne was blessed to marry his high school sweetheart on October 24, Ruby Marie Peak. Together they were blessed with two children, Mark and Linda. Of course, later in life being blessed with grandchildren and great grandchildren. Wayne worked for many years as a manager for HJ Hodes, a wholesale distributor of plumbing supply and parts. After retiring, he continued to work miscellaneous janitorial jobs.

Wayne was a very determined man, devoted not only to his family but also the church. He would volunteer much of his time to the Southview Christian Church as a deacon and an elder. Growing up on a farm, Wayne also loved working outdoors mowing, gardening, and doing other yardwork. He loved playing his guitar and was an avid Kansas City Royals fan, watching all of the games.

Wayne is now reunited with his loving wife of 69 years, Ruby Peak; parents, Delbert and Lois Peak; and three brothers, Marvin, Edwin and Gene Peak.

Left to celebrate Wayne’s life is his son, Mark Peak (Jackie); daughter, Linda McMurray (Mike); five grandchildren, Katrina Larson (Mike), Jason Hadlock (Cassandra), Mitchell Peak (Debbie), Nikki Nall (Doug), and Matt Peak; and great grandchildren, Zachary Hadlock, Hayden, Kailey, and Mikey Larson Jr., Matthew Peak, Karlee, Jaden, Casey, and Dylan Nall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Southview Christian Church as addressed above.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

Bates County Cattlemen Scholarship

The Bates County Cattlemen will be sponsoring two $1,000 scholarships and the Bates County Cattlewomen will be sponsoring one $1,000 scholarship.

You can obtain an application for the scholarship in your school's guidance counselor office. All applications are due May 1, 2019. Please send completed applications to: Thrivent Financial, c/o Mandy Yates, 3 W Dakota St, Butler, MO 64730.

Applicants must be a Bates County resident and can be either a high school senior or a graduate continuing their education. They must plan to major in an agriculture-related field and accepted by an accredited college offering Associate, Bachelor of Arts, or Bachelor of Science degrees.

These scholarships will be awarded by the Cattlemen and Cattlewomen during the livestock sale at the Bates County Fair in July.

Barton County Sheriff’s Office looking for subject that fled from Deputy on foot

On 04-04-2019 at around 3 a.m. The Barton County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of suspicious activity at an abandoned residence northeast of Jasper Missouri located at 63 SE 95th rd. Deputy Matt Griffitt responded to the residence and located one subject inside the residence and a second individual that was outside of the residence. That second subject fled on foot into a wooded area to the south of the home. It’s believed the subject that fled is a white male with short hair or possibly a bald head in his late 30’s, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and approximate weight of 180lbs. Deputies from Barton County and Jasper County responded to the area and assisted in looking for the subject that fled, however he was not located.

The Sheriff would like if anybody see’s anybody hitchhiking or walking around the area just north of Jasper on I-49 to contact the Barton County Sheriff’s Office. The male subject located in the residence was taken into custody without incident and transported back to the Barton County Jail and placed on a 24 hour hold for investigation.

Reports will be sent to the Barton County Prosecutor for formal filing of any criminal charges. It’s believed that the subject that fled is from the Carthage area.

FLASHBACK: Haymaker's Bridge

A look across Haymaker's Bridge near Foster, Mo was interesting, but a look down was even more exciting. The Marais des Cygnes River was 30-40 feet below, making the trip across this creaking span somewhat of a teeth clencher. It was about 255 feet across, built in 1907 and named after Haymaker's Mill which was located just west of the bridge in the 1870's. 

The bridge collapsed into the river in April of 1992.

Today, some pylons and concrete  joiners are all that are left of this piece of Bates County history.

Blackhawks fare well at contest today

Congrats to Adrian combined high school choir on their Satisfactory rating today at contest. Great job Blackhawks!

Hudson Highlights

Congratulations to Hudson R9 Student of the Week - Gillian Dowell 8th Grade

Also, March Academic Stars were: Cayson Flagg (K), Lucy Hellwig (1/2), Baylor Brownsberger (3/4), Olivia Engeman (5/6), Gillian Dowell (7/8)

Archie Students of the Month

Archie Elementary Students of the Month that made someones day in the month of March!

Front row: Leah Spurgeon, Abby Adkins, KC Wolf,
Gabe Macrander, Waylon Harris

2nd row: Ashlynn Turner, Elijah Johnson, Ruth Sutton, Kathryn Roth, Presley Newport, Isabel Leonard

3rd row: Abigail Sutton, Shelby Newport

Fuzzy guy with big nose- KC Wolf, honorary member

Local FFA roundup...

Adrian FFA

Districts went well Monday, the following teams are advancing the state contest later this month:
Livestock Evaluation
Horse Evaluation
Dairy Cattle Evaluation
Nursery & Landscape

Also competed but not advancing to state Entomology and Meats Evaluation

Thursday the FFA Knowledge team and 3 public speakers will compete for their chance to advance to state.

Ballard FFA

We had 4 teams compete at Central District contest yesterday in Warrensburg. Our chapter congratulates all of our teams on their success and hard work throughout contest season.

We want to give a big congratulations to Serenity Morris for finishing as the 12th top scoring individual out of 133 students in Livestock judging!!
Also congratulations to Kayla Schmitt, Kailee Smith, Dylan Tippie, and Donovan Hinirichs for finishing in the top 50 in the horse judging, livestock judging and meats contest!

Don't forget the Car Show this Saturday at Ballard School!

Drexel FFA

Results from District Contest won't be finalized until later but as of right now 3 Drexel FFA teams have qualified to State!!
Dairy Foods-7th/37 schools with Caleb Wright placing 8th/132 students!!

Entomology-7th/30 schools with Andrea Cordell placing 10th/105 students!!

Nursery/Landscaping-9th/17 schools!! 

Dairy Cattle Judging unfortunately didn't advance to State, however Dylan Fillinger placed 15th/120 students!! The students worked hard this year and were able to celebrate with some pizza on the way home!!

Rich Hill FFA

The following teams advance to state contest- Agronomy, Dairy Cattle, Entomology, Nursery/Landscape and Meats. Congrats!

Don't forget the FFA Greenhouse sale April 18th 3-6 pm and April 19th 11 am to 6 pm.


Colburn aces Essay Contest

Winners of the 2019 Washington DC Youth Tour Essay contest were Lilli Colburn, Butler and Miles Bailey, Clinton. They will attend a week long, all expense paid trip to the nation’s capitol in June. McKenna Mason, Clinton and Ciara Stricker of Cleveland were selected to attend the Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (CYCLE) to be held in Jefferson City in July.

The contest was open to all juniors in the 14 school districts within Osage Valley’s service territory as well as home and private school students. Contestants were required to write a 1-2 page essay about something they are passionate about. Four finalists were selected from the essay entries for an interview with a panel of judges. The school district of each finalist will receive a $500 grant for encouraging students to participate in the program.

Traffic Alert in Harrisonville

TRAFFIC ALERT: if you are traveling south on I49 approaching MO-2, slow down for a jackknifed tractor trailer.

Southbound ramp from I-49 to MO 2 is closed while officers wait for the tow truck to arrive.

Update: The tow truck is now on scene...

Spring Book Sale at the Butler Public Library