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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Special Response Team activated after report of shooting in Vernon County

An arrest warrant was issued Monday afternoon for a Moundville, Mo resident who was arrested Sunday by the Vernon County Special Response Team (SRT). 

According to Vernon County Sheriff’s Office officials, the team was activated after the Sheriff’s Office received a report that a person had fired a gun towards someone during an altercation. 

The Special Response Team responded to the residence located on E Tally Bend RD, West of Moundville and took the suspect into custody without incident and no injuries were reported.

The suspect has been identified as 45-year-old Robert L Hudson of Moundville, Mo. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, a firearm was recovered at the scene and the investigation is continuing. 

Mr. Hudson has been charged with Felony charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Armed Criminal Action, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and the Misdemeanor charges of Receiving Stolen Property and Domestic Assault. Hudson is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond.

Isolated Storms Possible this evening

Isolated to scattered storms remain possible this afternoon. 

Some of these storms may be strong, with marginally severe hail and a strong wind gust or two all remaining possible. 

It should be stated that most will remain dry, but a rogue storm or two cannot be ruled out for late this afternoon and evening.

Cheese Making Class at Poplar Heights Farm

Rich Hill 4th of July BBQ Contest

Phone Issues at On Time Disposal

On Time Disposal has been having phone issues the past couple weeks! We are doing the best we can to get it fixed, but way out in the middle of no where options are limited.

Please feel to message us on Facebook, email us at, or text us at 660-227-3254.

FLASHBACK: Missile strikes on the Butler square

In the early 1960's the Cold War had become part of our everyday lives as Bates County was host to some 20 Minuteman nuclear missiles, each packing plenty of earth-toasting armageddon aimed directly at Russia.

This mock missile was paraded around the Butler square in the early days to help us local folks get a little more familiar with what was hidden in the silos around the county.

There's a lot of local history affiliated with the missile program, you can read three very detailed articles here

10th annual Highways Hogs and Hillbillies Poker Run

Save the date....Saturday June 15th, 2019 The 10th annual Highways Hogs and Hillbillies Poker Run all proceeds go directly to the local adult recovery court, a program through our county court that helps addicts transition into good productive members of our community!!

Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger a huge success

Look at this stack of food! The Butler Community Food Pantry received 875 pounds of food yesterday from our local post office. 

This is thanks to our local post office participating in "Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive" on May 11th.

Many thanks to each of you that donated food items and a big thank you to our letter carriers for taking the extra time and effort to collect and deliver to us!

Obituary - John Howard Butrick Jr.

John Howard Butrick Jr., age 59, of Raymore, Missouri, passed away in his home on Sunday, May 12, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

A Visitation Service will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Cullen Funeral Home, 612 W. Foxwood Dr. Raymore, Missouri 64083. 

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, 16808 Holmes Rd., Belton, Missouri 64012. A Burial will immediately follow the Funeral Service at Wills Cemetery in Peculiar, Missouri.

John was born on November 20, 1959 in King City, Missouri. He was the son of John Howard Butrick Sr. and Alyce Lee (Parsons) Butrick. After graduating high school, John continued his education in many different areas, ultimately creating a very successful career for himself. John was a member of the Carpenter's Union Local 61 and 315 for 40 years. Most of those years he worked for JE Dunn Construction until his retirement in April of this year. He took a lot of pride in the various jobs he did in the Kansas City area and many other states. John was an incredible mentor to many throughout his career.

On December 9, 1989 John married the love of his life, Elizabeth McCann. They enjoyed many happy years together and were blessed with four wonderful children and 6 grandchildren. John had a strong faith in God and truly embodied the role as a leader, protector, and provider for his family. John loved being behind the camera, filming anything and everything from holidays and birthdays to the kids' sports games, and even random objects like food. John especially loved to line up his children, their cousins, and his grandchildren asking them to say their name and age for his videos. He enjoyed gardening and making homemade salsa for family and friends (as long as they brought the jars back of course), as well as golfing with his buddies. Over the past few years, John had become very interested in genealogy and had spent much of his free time researching the Butrick family history and even traveled to Boston, MA to find out more about his ancestors dating back as far as the 1600's.

John is preceded in death by his grandparents, several aunts and uncles, and his in-laws, Max and Louise "Mummzy" McCann. John is survived by his loving wife of over 29 years, Elizabeth A. Butrick; son, John Howard Butrick III; three daughters, Summer Garcia (Brandon), Stormie Butrick, and Jaime Cleland (Brad); six grandchildren, Sophia Garcia, Coen Ray Doss, Olivia Garcia, Grayson Garcia, Sawyer Butrick, and John Howard Butrick IV; former son-in-law, Matt Doss; parents, John Howard Butrick Sr. and Alyce Lee Butrick; and two sisters, Kelly Linard and Alica Montesano (Robert) as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, and friends that he considered family.

A special thanks to Jeff Dooley, Jeremy Chell, and Chad Simmons for their unwavering support to the Butrick family during John's fight with cancer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given to the University of Kansas Medical Center Head and Neck Cancer Research

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

Structure Fire in Nevada this morning

On 5/14/19 around 6:58 am the Nevada Fire Department were dispatched to the home of Melissa Jones at 502 W. Ashland for a structure fire.

Nevada Fire Chief Bill Thornton stated in a press release that the firefighters were notified of the smoke by the resident upon arrival to scene.

When crews arrived on scene they found the fire in a closet in the back bedroom. The fire was quickly brought under control and some light overhaul was completed.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental and damages to the home was estimated at $3,000. No injuries were reported.

Property Damage Reported In Nevada

Chamber installs new officers

The Butler Area Chamber of Commerce has installed their board members for 2019. They include President Corey Snead, City Clerk, Butler; Vice President Cheyenne Warren, CTC Transportation; Secretary Bailee Wainscott, Butler Center; and Treasurer Marlene Wainscott.

The next chamber meeting is scheduled for June 18th; Cruise Night at Sonic is June 28th and don't forget the car show on the square July 26th.

Property Damage in rural Spruce

On May 11, 2019 a Deputy took a report of property damage in the Spruce area. The victim stated that he had left a Caterpillar track loader on the property approximately two weeks ago. 

When he arrived back on the property that morning he noticed the chain on the gate was gone and the gate was standing open.

When he got to the loader he observed that both doors and all the access panels were open and the machine had been burnt. The interior of the loader had been completely destroyed by the fire. There was also heavy fire damage to the engine compartment.

The victim stated that the loader was in good working order and did not have any issues that he knew of. He valued the loader to be around $50,000.00.

A preview of summer this week

A few showers and storms are possible today, mainly this afternoon. The strongest storms could produce small hail and gusty winds. Otherwise, the region will be trending warmer and more humid through the week. 

By Thursday highs will be in the middle to upper 80s, approaching 90s degrees, with humid conditions expected. It’ll be a bit cooler Friday but still on the warm side with humid conditions in place.

Adrian: Council discusses enforcement of nuisanance ordinance

All members were present for the Adrian city council meeting last night. 

The Adrian Lions club requested permission to sell fireworks at Blackhawk corner since the location used in years past is no longer available. Permission will be granted as soon as a minor correction is made in the paperwork. The Lions Club will be selling fireworks June 27th through July 4th.

Speeding is a concern on the north end of town where the outer road meets old 71 highway near 8th street. A citizen spoke about large trucks being over the speed limit while residents are trying pull out of their driveways, along with concerns about children playing in the area. It was discussed moving the speed limit sign further north, giving drivers more time to slow down. In the meantime, it was decided that stepping up speed limit enforcement might be the best bet.

Fire Chief Gary Dizney reported that all storm sirens have been tested are in good working order.

Signs stolen from Frontier Village have been recovered in Oklahoma. The person who purchased them didn't know they were stolen; charges are pending for the thief.

Bills were paid, including accounting software maintenance of $764.00 and membership dues for the Kaysinger Basin Regional Commission of $368.94. Others paid were repairs of air compressors (needed to keep water plant operational) to the tune of $2,631.79 and $4,101.13. The compressors are a special type, made in Britain. Discussion is ongoing about upgrading them to a more reliable model, with parts easier and cheaper to obtain. As an added note, the water plant produced about 8 million gallons of water last month.

A 50 cent per hour raise was approved for city worker Richard Cox.

A discussion was held about charging for use of the ball fields at the city park. While the city does foot the bill for electricity and other expenses, it was noted that the influx of traffic does also benefit the city in other ways such as the sale of gas, food, etc. For now, things will stay as they are. It was noted that most cities do not charge for these types of things.

A hot topic was nuisance ordinance enforcement- tall grass, old cars and such. However, farm animals within the city seems to be a growing problem. Besides dogs and cats, the only farm animals allowed in town is chickens and they must be caged. To date, there are turkeys, goats and other farm animals, some thought to be kept inside homes. The city will be stepping up enforcement for these violations.

The Adrian city council meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 pm. Residents are highly encouraged to attend.

McGennis Youth Center Swim Season Opens May 25th

The swim season for the McGennis Youth Center will open on Saturday, May 25th. 

Swimming will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Price is $1 per swimmer. 

A certified lifeguard will be on duty. Groups that wish to swim other hours should call the Youth Center (417-484-3216) to make a reservation.

Public Announcement Regarding the head start program

It is with deep disappointment and sorrow that we must inform our communities, after 53-years of providing quality Head Start services to the west central Missouri region, West Central Missouri Community Action Agency has not been awarded a new contract for the next five 5-year cycle of the Head Start Program grant, following a competitive bid process. The Office of Head Start originally conveyed to agency leadership that West Central was, indeed, an eligible applicant for negotiating a new contract. 

However, we were informed less than a week later, at a time when we believed we were at the beginning stages of our contract negotiation, that West Central was not the “highest score” among applicants and West Central would not be proceeding with negotiations for the new 5-year contract for the region (which includes Bates, Benton, Cass, Cedar, Henry, Hickory, Morgan, St. Clair and Vernon counties). We do not know who will be taking over the nine 9-county region, or any details about the program a new provider will provide. 

The current West Central Head Start contract is scheduled to expire as of June 30, 2019. Through the remainder of our contract, we will continue to provide the quality Head Start services families have been accustomed to receiving from West Central over the last 53 years. We stand firm in the belief that this is a grave injustice to our local communities, staff, Head Start students, and families. 

We are currently evaluating our options in response to these actions taken by the Office of Head Start. As more information becomes available, we will pass that on to the public. While West Central will no longer be the operator of the region’s Head Start program, please know that all other agency operations will continue to be provided to serve individuals and families in our 9-county region.

Please direct all inquiries to Gina Ensor, Strategic Development & Communications Director via email at: or by calling 660-476-2185.”

Taming the wild,wild west in dress!

Order your tickets now for the Spring Production of Taming the Wild Wild West in a Dress! It’s hard to be a hero when you’re wearing a dress, but young actor Clarence Rawlins manages to do just that (and a lot more!) in this action-packed Western comedy. Clarence and his theatre company head west to Lucky Lady, Nevada, where Clarence discovers that he has misread his distant aunt’s handwritten will. Thinking he was inheriting a profitable saloon where his acting career might flourish, he was actually bequeathed the Lucky Lady Salon, a beauty parlor. 

Flat broke, Clarence has no choice but to raid the costume trunk and transform himself into a down-on-her-luck British aristocrat, Lady Claire Rawl, now head hairstylist of the small town’s only salon. His pal and fellow actor, Roger Gaines, becomes a French stylist, Rogaine. Together with the ladies in the troupe-Heidi Gray, Bobbie Pinz and Nell Clipper-they re-open the beauty salon to great success. But their good luck runs out when, unbeknownst to them, two crooks plot to acquire Clarence’s salon as part of a scheme to rob the bank next door. 

Filled with hilarious characters and classic Billy St. John puns, you’ll ’dye’ laughing at this wild western tale. The Old West was never any wilder-or more fun!

Also attached are flyers for the production, please feel free to print and share with friends, family and associates.
If you would like to support the theater by advertising with us, please complete the attached ad form and email to We look forward to seeing you there!

1st Annual Carpenters Cup Softball Tournament

Annual McGennis Youth Center Fishing Derby June 2nd

The Annual Fishing Derby will be June 2nd co-sponsored by the Rich Hill Fourth of July Committee and the McGennis Youth Center, is set for Sunday, June 2, at the Center. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the east shelter house near the tennis courts. The derby will run from 6 to 7 p.m. 

A parent or guardian must accompany each child. The event is open to children ages 3 through 15. The fishing contest will be held in four age groups and prizes will be awarded in each age category. A hot dog roast will follow. 

The hot dogs are donated by the Rich Hill Café. McGennis Youth Center is located five miles west of Rich Hill on A Highway then three miles south on Route WW. Watch for signs.

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