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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Osage River Closed To Recreational Boating From Missouri River To Bagnell Dam

Due to deteriorating safety conditions as a result of flooding and to prevent further property damage, the Missouri State Highway Patrol announces the immediate closure to recreational boating traffic of the Osage River from the Missouri River to Bagnell Dam.

Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Sandy Karsten authorized the closure to recreational traffic pursuant to Revised Missouri Statutes 306.124(3) in consultation with the Patrol. The Patrol’s Water Patrol Division has been closely monitoring the river and determined conditions on the Osage from the Missouri River to Bagnell Dam are no longer conducive to a safe recreational boating environment, due to the strong current and excessive debris.

Flooded rivers and streams with strong currents present some of the most dangerous situations a boater can encounter. Fast moving water can capsize or flip a boat—or personal watercraft.

Additionally, closing this section of the Osage River to recreational traffic will reduce further damage to docks and other property as a result of flooding.

The closure will remain in effect until further notice.

Power Outage near Freeman

Osage Valley Electrical Cooperative Crews are working on an outage affecting approximately 90 members north of Freeman. 

Crews will make repairs and restore power as quickly as possible.

Jackwagon BBQ set up in Butler tomorrow

Hey Jackwagons, are you ready for some bbq??? 

We are going to be set up tomorrow for lunch. From 11am to 2pm or unless we sell out. 

Come see us in the parking lot at Studio M Salon on North Orange Street in Butler just north of Midwest Lumber. 

We will have a full menu tomorrow.

Obituary - Sharon Kay Brockman

Sharon Kay Brockman, 73, Nevada, MO passed away suddenly on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at her home in Nevada. Sharon was born August 5, 1945 in Council Bluffs, IA to Newton William and Edna Mae (Reed) Aldredge. She married John E. Brockman on June 29, 1963 in Council Bluffs, IA and he survives of the home.

Sharon was born and raised in Council Bluffs and attended Thomas Jefferson High School. In 1967 she and John moved to the Carrollton, MO area and then to Nevada, MO in 1975. Sharon worked at Nevada Manor for ten years, Rambler Motel for six years, and was also a Nevada R-5 School District employee for five years until her retirement. She enjoyed flower gardening, bird watching, NASCAR and Dirt Track Racing, and especially spending time with her family.

In addition to her husband John, she is survived by three children, Sheryl Raines, Nevada, Shelly Gibbs and Willie Hastings, East Lynne, MO, Jeff Brockman and his wife Becky, Nevada; five grandchildren, Chelsie Poe and her husband Kyle, Colton Hardy and his wife Haylea, Briana Wiley and her husband David, Tyler Hardy and fiancé Tayten Starlin, and Austin Hastings; six great grandchildren, Zoey, Chloe, Bentley, Tinley, Lyric, and Nova; two brothers, Don Aldredge, Council Bluffs, IA, Steve Aldredge and his wife Janis, Carrollton, MO; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Bob Aldredge, Marvin Aldredge, Jim Aldredge; one sister, Beverly Nelson; and one son-in-law, Robert Raines.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. Interment will follow in Newton Burial Park in Nevada with Pastor Loren Brown officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. on Friday evening at the funeral home.

Congratulations to Rita Lowe

Congratulations to Rita Lowe (left), the Head Cook at the Butler Senior Center in Bates County, for her 20 years of service to Care Connection for Aging Services.

Rita is pictured here with Executive Director Diana Hoemann. Please like and share this photo to show appreciation to Rita for all she does.

Neal McCoy coming to Rich Hill

City of Archie is now hiring

The City of Archie is looking for good, dependable employees for full and part-time positions in the water and wastewater departments. 

Application forms may be picked up at Archie City Hall, 302 SW Outer Rd., Suite C, Archie, Mo.

Reward for Information

$500 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person/persons breaking into Watts Storage. Call Adrian Police Department with info. 816-297-2121
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Updated Obituary - Tamara Mapp

Tamara Mapp, 23, of Clinton, Missouri passed away Saturday morning, June 1, 2019 at her home following a hard-fought 3 year battle with glioblastoma multiforme cancer.
She was born May 24, 1996 in Sacramento, California, the daughter of Tia Marie Ragni.
Tamara was a 2014 graduate of Clinton High School. She was employed as a sales representative with Spectrum Cable. She had also worked for Golden Valley Memorial Hospital. She enjoyed art and making people laugh. Her own laugh was infectious, revealing dimples and sparkling eyes. She had a wonderful sense of humor. Tamara was very caring and leave many friends and loved ones behind as she continues her journey.
Surviving are her maternal grandmother, Kathleen Brackett; her uncle, Michael Connors; her mother, Tia Ragni, all of the home; special friend, Chase Daniels, Kansas City, MO; and numerous friends and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her uncle, William Connors.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., just prior to the funeral service. Interment will be in the Englewood Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to assist with the funeral expenses, and can be left in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left online at
May she walk in light, love and beauty along her path. Until We Meet Again.

Sponsors needed for Rich Hill Color Run 2019

This is a cheap advertising opportunity for the event that kicks off our annual 4th of July celebration. $50 gets your business or family name listed on the back of the shirt. 

Orders and money must be received of Friday, July 8th. Contact Billy at 417-395-4739, or message Natalea on the Rich Hill 4th of July Facebook Page to get in on this advertising opportunity!

Light turnout for town hall meeting

Roughly 1% of Butler residents were in attendance for the town hall meeting last night. The forum, which lasted about two hours, covered a variety of topics including a proposed 1 percent sales tax, fixing infrastructure, new businesses, wages, streets, and much more.

A hearty thank you to those who attended; for those who didn't, the city council meets at 7 pm tonight at city hall.

Editor's note- It's saddening that only about 40 people out of a population of about 4,000 took the time to attend this meeting. Yes, we understand you might have a lot going on; so if you simply couldn't attend for other reasons, just remember the council meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month and everyone is highly encouraged to attend.

Obituary - Ruth V. Miller

Ruth V. Miller, age 94, of Belton, Missouri, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2019.

A Visitation Service will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019 at Cullen Funeral Home, 612 W. Foxwood Dr. Raymore, Missouri 64083 followed immediately by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. 

A Burial will be held immediately following the Funeral Service at Belton Cemetery in Belton, Missouri.

Butler City Council meeting tonight

Butler City Council meeting tonight at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers at City Hall.

Everyone is invited to attend and get involved. Change starts with you!  

Hume Community News 6/4/19

The community of Hume wishes to extend their sympathy to the family of Betty Nelson who passed away on May 14. Every time I saw her she always had a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

On May 14, 2019, the Hume High School class of 1966 had a reunion at Sisters and Friends Restaurant in Hume. Those attending were: Linda (Wadel) and Joe McDaniel, Marilyn (Hess) and Keith Parker, Norman and Sue Coureton, Janice (Bogan) Koehn, Norma (Salters) Ford, Caroline (Clark) and Darrell Helton, Roger and Shelley Hines, Dave and Ping Denayer, and Esther (Tinsley) Murray. Also from the class of 1965 was Mary Beth (Barnes) Sheehy and from the class of 1964, Meredith Yarick. Everyone had a good time reminiscing and looking through the annual.

The O5O Club will meet on Monday, June 10 in the Hume United Methodist Church basement at noon with a carry – in dinner. Please note the change of location. The community center needs a new roof, so they are unable to meet there at this time.

The Hume Fair Board is still seeking Royalty Candidates for the 2019 Annual Hume Fair to be held July 30 though August 3. Deadline is June 9 for sign up. Please contact Heather Rogers, Denise Steuck, Erika Irwin or Karen Irwin or contact us on our face book page.
The Hume Alumni was held on Saturday evening, May 25. Attendance was down a little with 98 signing the register book. Everyone enjoyed looking at the Annuals that were placed throughout on the tables. The Garden Club as usual did a beautiful job with table decorations. Our servers did a great job keeping our drinks filled and our little napkin servers did a great job making sure everyone had plenty of napkins. Kathy Hester of Sisters and Friends and also a Hume Alumni catered the delicious meal. Unfortunately this was the last year she will cater it, we appreciate all the years she has provided our meal for the Alumni. 

Norann Brooks was honored on Saturday evening for serving as Secretary the past 17 years. And of course everyone always enjoys the 50/50 and the gift certificate drawings that our held. A great time was held with lots of visiting and reminiscing.

Hartzler & Blunt Applaud Nevada Medical Center's New Sole Community Hospital Status

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) today applauded the Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) on receiving its “Sole Community Hospital” designation from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a designation that will provide the hospital with an annual $800,000 subsidy.

“I am thrilled the Nevada Medical Center will receive this much needed boost,” said Hartzler. “I’m honored that I was able to come alongside community members working to save the hospital by advocating for this designation and pushing for a timely decision by CMS.”

"This designation will help ensure Nevada Regional Medical Center is able to continue providing quality care to people in the area," said Blunt. "There is no doubt the community's efforts were absolutely critical in securing this designation, and I thank CMS Administrator Verma for her support."

“The Sole Community Hospital designation is key to strengthening this hospital,” said Steve Branstetter, Chief Executive Officer at NRMC. “Our employees are doing all they can to narrow the gap between revenue and expenses. There are just a handful of outside things we rely on - referrals, community support and reimbursement rates - that can really push us into operating in the black and this is one of them. This is a huge win for NRMC.”

NRMC (Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, Mo.) applied in January to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to be designated as a "Sole Community Hospital," in the wake of the recent closing of Mercy Hospital in neighboring Fort Scott, Kansas and the failure of so many rural hospitals across the country. Members of the “Committee to Strengthen our Hospital” reached out to Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, who contacted Senator Roy Blunt, and they immediately sent a letter to the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Seema Verma, asking for a quick decision on the “Sole Community Hospital” designation.

“Congress created the Sole Community Hospital program in 1983 to support small and rural hospitals in underserved areas such as NRMC,” Hartzler and Blunt wrote. “The Sole Community Hospital program could serve as a lifeline for NRMC and would ensure that nearby residents continue to have access to care.”

Obituary - William George Edward Barrett

William George Edward Barrett (Bill), son of William and Pearl Goodman Barrett born July 21, 1936 in Independence, MO. He passed away May 31, 2019 in Hermitage Missouri at the age of 82 years old. Bill was proceeded in death by his parents, his sister Katherine Barrett Lynch and brother John Vincent Barrett and his son William Stanley Barrett. He is survived by his wife Sharon Barrett of Pittsburg, MO., mother in-law Francis Benner of Hermitage MO., daughter Cynthia Barrett Brawley and husband Frank of Adrian, MO, his grandchildren Sabrina Fry of Pittsburg, MO., William Fry of Raymore Mo., and three great grand children Jayden, Alyssa and Leland. Bill lived in Harrisonville, MO. and graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1955.

On June 26, 1960, Bill and Sharon were married in Independence MO. Bill worked as an Insulator and was a member of the Heat and Frost Insulators Union Local 27 for over sixty years. Bill retired in 1991 when he and Sharon moved to Pomme De Terrre Lake, Pittsburg Mo. A “Celebration of Life” will be held on Friday June 7, 2019 at the Pomme De Terre United Methodist Church at Carsons Corner in Hermitage Mo. Visitation will be at 12:00 with the service to follow at 1:00. Burial will be at a later date at the Mound Grove Cemetery, Independence, MO.

June Law Enforcement Luncheon

Make plans now….
The June Law Enforcement Luncheon
in St. Clair County will be held
Tuesday, June 4, at 11 a.m. 
The luncheon will be held At
Smith’s restaurant
Collins, Missouri
All law enforcement are welcome to attend
Please join us
the monthly luncheons are held
the first Tuesday of each month unless otherwise noted

Flags ordered to half staff

ATTENTION: By order of the President of the United States effective immediately, the United States flag at all State and government offices will be flown at half-staff, from sunrise to sunset through Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in honor of the victims of the tragedy in Virginia Beach, VA.

Severe Storms Tuesday Afternoon & Evening

So long, dry weather. We'll see weak storms enter NW MO this morning, but severe storms are possible throughout the area beginning this afternoon.

Not everyone will see storms, but strong wind gusts and large hail are possible where storms do develop.

Green Light Event In Butler