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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Weather Alert from the Bates County Sheriff's Office

Just an update on the weather. It’s going to rain. Now with all the formalities out of the way we wanted to let you know that we are experiencing flooding throughout the county. 

Please please please don’t drive through high water. You’re important to us and we want to make sure you safely wake up in the morning at home.

Parents: please have a conversation with your young drivers about driving in high water and the dangers associated with that.

“Turn Around Don’t Drown”. If you don’t have to be out in the weather please stay home. - Courtesy of the Bates County Sheriff's Office

Obituary - Glen Leroy Gregg

Glen Leroy Gregg, 64, Harrisonville, Missouri departed this life on Saturday, April 28, 2019 at his home.

He is survived by two sons, Mitchell L. Gregg and wife Sharon and Preston G. Gregg and wife Amber J. all of Gunn City, Missouri; two daughters, Stephenie Miller and Samantha K. Gregg both of Lee's Summit, Missouri; 7 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; two brothers, Jim Gregg, Latour, Missouri, Kenny Gregg, Osceola, Missouri; 3 sisters, Gwen Ebeck, Leeton, Missouri, Darla Doody, Osceola, Missouri, Linda Todd, Gunn City, Missouri; other relatives and friends.

Cremation. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

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

A complete obituary will be posted when it becomes available.

Obituary - Patricia "Patti" Kristin Winningham

Patricia "Patti" Kristin Winningham, 51, Harrisonville, Missouri departed this life on Monday, April 29, 2019 at the Kansas City Hospice House surrounded by love and family.

She is survived by her husband, Randy Winningham of the home; three daughters, Sarah Mayse and husband Josh, Harrisonville, Missouri, Heidi Winningham, Lee's Summit, Missouri, Molly Winninham, Harrisonville, Missouri; 8 grandchildren, Egypt, Mahala, Korra, Aliyah, Alayna, Octavia, Jewelia and Jackson; her mother and step-father, Marilee and Howard Downing, Yuma, Arizona; two brothers, Bill Herring, Freeman, Missouri, Don Herring, Santa Rosa, California; a sister, Beth Schultheis, Ocala, Florida; other relatives and friends.

Cremation. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date at Crossroads Assembly of God near Harrisonville.

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

A complete obituary will be posted when it becomes available.

Tayton Daines receives Road to Success Scholarship

Pictured Matt Brownsberger, owner Del Gretzinger Insurance Agency with Tayton Dains, scholarship recipient.

Obituary - Ray T. Smith

Ray T. Smith, 97 of Louisburg, Kansas passed away April 28, 2019 at Del Mar Gardens in Overland Park, Kansas. Cremation, with Celebration of Life services 2:00 pm Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009).

Friends may gather from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm prior to the service, also at the chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions be made to the H.T. Smith Community Park c/o the City of Drexel. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Ray Thomas Smith was born September 15, 1921 in New Lancaster, Kansas to H.T. and Hattie Knepp Smith. He graduated from Paola High School in 1939. Following graduation he attended Kansas State University for one and a half years before entering the US Army during WWII. Returning from the the war, he found California to be home. Ray traveled North America selling Euclid Construction Equipment in the 1940s, and Caterpillar at Shepard Tractor in Los Angeles in the 1950s. While in California, he married and two children were born, Susan and Dennis.

Returning to Drexel in 1964 he joined the family business with H.T. Smith and sister Mary Guey until it ceased operation in 1977. In 1970 he was united in marriage to Wilma Harris Purdon, creating a great upbringing for children Michelle and Greg. Their marriage flourished for 49 wonderful years. After the family business closed, Ray worked for Deems Farm Machinery in Butler and Nevada, Missouri until he retired in 1984.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, son Dennis Smith, grandson Jeff Craig, and sister Muriel Berry. He is survived by his wife Wilma Smith of Louisburg, KS., son Greg Purdon and wife Missy of Louisburg, KS., granddaughters, Sarah and Sophia Purdon, daughter Susan Craig and husband Frank of Hawaii, granddaughter Jennifer Rutt and husband Ryan of Hawaii, and great-granddaughter Carlei Rutt of Hawaii, and Sister Mary Guey and husband Sody of Belton, MO.

Dangerous Flooding Occurring

⚠️ Dangerous flooding is occurring or expected to occur for much of the area through the evening! Remember, if you come across a flooded roadway to #TurnAroundDontDrown!

FLASHBACK: Then and Now

North Main street at Pine, many years ago. Now, below.

North side of the Butler square in the late 1960's, now, below

East side of the Butler square, early 1970's. Today, below

We're Searching for Volunteers

Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel welcomes new staff member

The Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler is very pleased to welcome to our staff, Bobby Roll. Bobby joins our staff with over 30 years experience in Funeral Service.

With the completion of our NEW Crematory he has experience in cremation.

If your family has any questions about burial or cremation, Bobby is knowledgeable and compassionate to help. The Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel: 660-679-6555.

From the Clinton Fire Department

04/30/2019: Henry County is expected to receive an excessive amount of rain over the next 24 hours. Our area is under an enhanced risk for severe weather too this evening.

Please be weather aware and monitor weather conditions throughout the evening. Follow our page to stay updated on any weather alerts for Henry County, Missouri.

Obituary - Kristine Lynn Smith

Kristine Lynn Smith, 52, Harrisonville, MO, died Monday, April 29, 2019 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MO.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 3, at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.

A complete obituary will be posted when information is available.

More cows missing near Hume

On April 29, 2019 a Deputy took another report of stolen cattle in the Hume area. The victim stated that on 4/27/19 he received a call from his neighbor saying his gate was open and his cows had gotten out. The victim then went to his property and got all of the cattle back in the field and shut the gate. On 4/28/19 he returned to the property to inventory the cattle and found that 5 cows were missing. He spoke with his neighbors and nobody had seen the cattle. The victim believes the cattle to have been stolen due to not being able to find them and the calves would be crying if the cows were nearby.

The victim described the missing cattle to be 2 full grown red Angus cows with yellow ear tags and 3 red Angus calves missing. He valued them to be around $5200.00.

BCMH celebrating volunteers this week

This week we are honoring our Auxiliary volunteers. They do so much for our employees, patients and visitors. Each volunteer dedicates time to help with the gift shop, information desk, organize and hold fundraisers, manage floral sales, and other tasks. We so are thankful for their gift of time and service. Volunteers - you are such an encouragement! -courtesy Bates County Memorial Hospital

Current volunteers:

Clay Nichols
Beverly Wainwright

Mildred Chenault
Cindy Woods
Dee Hall
Kathy Bunch
Donna Huber

Lora Padley
Gerry Ketron
Missie Good
Ramona Snyder

Paula Brede
Bob Johnson

Paula Shaffer
Bob Thomas
Sherry York

June Ray
Liz Schlechty 

Eleanor Gebo
Doris Null
Kathleen Eckert

Faye Hunt
Alan Mundey

Paula Brede
Pat Friederich
Charlotte Guss

Volunteer Chaplains:

Mike Humphrey
Larry Flatt
Wendell Teagarden
J.R. Beck

April 2019 Blackhawk Pride Award Recipients

Please congratulate our April Blackhawk Pride Award recipients: Porter, Autumn, Cooper, Briar, Harlee, Hunter, Gunnar, Gracey, Mason, Kira, Kyson, Adrianna, Evie, Clayton, Ember, Jaxon, Laynee, Maycee, Callie, Allyson, Emma, Presleigh, and Rylie! - Photo Courtesy of the Adrian School District.

Road work planned in Cass County

TRAFFIC: MoDOT Kansas City has announced that, starting today (4/30), they will be reducing NB I-49 between Archie and MO Route 7 (towards Clinton) to one lane every day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., for asphalt resurfacing.

The closures are expected to last until November 1.
All work will be weather permitting.

Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and find an alternate route, if necessary, and to use caution when travelling in the area to keep the workers safe.
#BuckleUp #PhoneDown

Hudson Highlights...

Congratulations to Beau Brownsberger - 3rd Grade Hudson R9 Student of the Week.

Shown below is the 3rd and 4th grade Earth Day project. 

Also, thank you to our retiring PTO Officers - Amber Brownsberger, Amie Branson and Dawn Mott. We appreciate everything you have done for our school. 

Bates County Fair book is in the works

The Bates County Fair is only a few months away, and everyone is getting ready. This includes the Fair Book, which has everything you need to know.

Click HERE to get the latest info, and updates on how the book is coming.

Calling all chocolate lovers!

Obituary - Cody Singleton

Cody D. Singleton age 16 of Osceola, Missouri passed away Saturday, April 27th, as the result of a motor vehicle accident.

Cody Singleton was a member of the The Sac-Osage District Junior Firefighters.

Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, May 5, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

Visitation is scheduled between 12;30 and 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home.

Truck fire in Eldorado Springs

On 4/29/19 around 18:07 hours the El Dorado Springs Fire Department was dispatched to Sonic Drive In for a vehicle fire.

Upon arrival of trucks 2,3,4,5 fire suppression was initiated with 2 1 3/4 inch hand lines and the fire was contained to the engine compartment.

Severe Weather and Heavy Rain Today/Tonight

Several rounds of showers and storms are expected today through Thursday.

Strong to severe storms will be possible today, with best chances south of KC Metro. 

Heavy rains will also lead to an increased flash flood threat, so please remain weather aware. Turn Around, Don't Drown!

Keep a eye to the sky today!

Strong to severe storms expected to begin moving into the area by late morning and/or early afternoon with the severe threat working east with time. There could be some t-storm activity during the morning, but greatest threat will be focused on the afternoon hours.

Damaging winds, large hail, and a few tornadoes will all be possible. In addition, multiple rounds of heavy rainfall will increase flash flooding concerns from Tuesday and continuing through Thursday.

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