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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Obituary - Gerald “Dean” Pilcher

Gerald “Dean” Pilcher, 78, Richards, MO passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the VA Hospital in Kansas City, MO following a brief illness. Dean was born July 30, 1940 in Montevallo, MO to Clarence Monroe and Clara Viola (Glover) Pilcher. He was married to Onie LaVena Moser on November 15, 1962 in Gosnell, AR and she preceded him in death on March 19, 2018.

Dean was raised in Vernon County and graduated from Nevada High School Class of 1958. Following high school he served for seven years in the United States Airforce. Upon his return to Nevada Dean worked at the Nevada State Hospital for 30 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Osage Masonic Lodge #303 in Nevada, American Legion, and the NRA. Dean was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a craftsman, known for his bow and knife making, the art of flint-knapping, and for making and repairing guns.

Dean is survived by three children, Evanda Hogan and her husband Ken, Nevada, Talena Basham, Nevada, John Pilcher, Horton; four grandchildren, Jeremy Hogan and his wife Marlene, Nevada, Brandi Basham, Springfield, Amanda Carter and her husband Luther, Kansas City, Christa Basham and Taylor, Springfield; three great-grandchildren, Hanna and Kyle, Carter, Maleah; a great-great-granddaughter, Kinsley; numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife Onie LaVena, he was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Edna Mae Olson; five brothers, Elmo Pilcher, Albert “Duck” Pilcher, Lenny Monroe Pilcher, Danny Pilcher, and Donny Pilcher.

Military Funeral Honors will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2019 with visitation following until 4:00 p.m. at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. Memorials are suggested to Freedom Defender “Outdoors” for Disabled Veterans in c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

MSHP: Celebrate Safely July Fourth Weekend!

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, is encouraging Missouri’s travelers to make smart choices for a safe July Fourth holiday. 

Many people will travel somewhere to enjoy the wide variety of recreational opportunities in our state. No matter what you plan for the long weekend, you can choose to follow all Missouri traffic and boating laws.

During the 30-hour counting period in 2018, four people were killed and 220 injured in Missouri over the holiday in 437 traffic crashes. Over the 2018 July Fourth holiday, troopers arrested 40 people for driving while intoxicated.

The 2019 counting period for the July Fourth holiday will be from 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 3, to 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 7, 2019.

The Highway Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort) over the July Fourth holiday weekend. In addition, a 2019 Independence Day DWI Enforcement operation will be in effect during the long weekend. Troopers will strictly enforce Missouri statutes addressing driving while intoxicated, underage drinking, possession of intoxicating liquor by a minor, and intoxication by a minor.

Over the long holiday weekend, all available officers will be patrolling Missouri’s roadways enforcing Missouri’s traffic laws in addition to being available to assist motorists. Remember: Statutes direct motorists to drive with the highest degree of care. There is never a good reason to drive over the speed limit. Please be a courteous driver and follow all traffic laws. Never drink and drive, and always use a seat belt!

Motorists who need assistance or who witness criminal activity while traveling on Missouri’s roadways or waterways can contact the nearest Highway Patrol troop headquarters by calling the Patrol Emergency Report Line at 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone. Motorists may call 1-888-275-6636 to check for road construction along their travel route.

The only 100 percent survivable traffic crash is the one that never happens. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Every day as we travel on Missouri’s roadways, we trust that every driver on the road is going to obey the speed limit, pay attention, and drive sober. “Don’t Violate The Trust.”

Col. Olson also reminds the public that the Fourth of July holiday is one of the busiest boating holidays of the year. Many waterways in Missouri are experiencing high water conditions, so boaters need to remain aware of that.

“Boat wakes may cause additional damage or unnecessary erosion to flood affected properties,” said Col. Olson. “High water often creates additional debris in the water, so boaters should maintain a proper lookout for potential hazards.”

In 2018, there were four boating crashes, which included two injuries and zero fatalities. Three people drowned during last year's July Fourth holiday. Troopers made five boating while intoxicated arrests in 2018.

Troopers will be working on the state’s waterways to enforce Missouri’s boating laws and assist where needed. Missouri’s boaters are asked to do their part by remaining alert for other boats and swimmers, and being courteous on the water. With more boats on the water, it is even more important to pay attention when operating your vessel. Boaters need to be aware that it is illegal to discharge fireworks from a vessel. Leave all fireworks in a safe place on shore.

While enjoying your time on the water, remember:· Distractions and alcohol consumption slow reaction time.
· Pay attention to other boats and watercraft.
· Make boating maneuvers early and deliberately when encountering other vessels.
· Be responsible with your wake.

The many firework displays after dark attract many more boaters at night. At night, remember to:· Check your vessel’s navigation lights before heading out, and be sure to have spare bulbs on board.
· Avoid overloading your boat with too many passengers. This can cause the boat to become swamped and affect the handling of the boat.
· Observe Missouri’s nighttime speed limit of 30 miles per hour on the water.
· Slow down and take your time. Nighttime crashes tend to involve more serious injuries and damage, due to the lack of visibility.

Watercraft operators must consider the effect their actions have on others: Share the waterway and use common sense, good judgment, and courtesy to ensure the safety of all. Life jackets save lives. Wear It!!

"July Fourth weekend is a time to appreciate the opportunities and freedom we enjoy in this country,” said Col. Olson. “As you gather with friends and family, be safe. Use a seat belt or a life jacket when you’re on the road or water. Please stay alert and obey the law, and should you include alcohol in your July Fourth celebration, designate a sober operator."

2019 Butler Rotary Club Banquet a success

Terrific crowd entertained ... and inspired ... by Dan Meers (KC Wolf, KC Chiefs mascot) at the 2019 Butler Rotary Club annual banquet.

Want to be part of a great group of local leaders? Come join us in 2019 under a new President, Lee McLain! -  Courtesy of the Butler Rotary Club

Two vehicle accident in St. Clair County

On 6/18/19 around 2:30pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in St. Clair County responded to a two vehicle accident on A Highway around 5 miles east of Appleton City.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2012 Ford F-350 driven by 58 year old Christopher R. Thompson of Appleton City, Missouri failed to yield and struck the side of the 2007 Jeep Wrangler driven by 43 year old Jason A. Dunlap of Belton, Missouri.

Mr. Dunlap sustained minor injuries in this accident and he was transported by ambulance to Ellett Memorial Hospital in Appleton City, Missouri for treatment.

The Jeep was towed from the scene of the accident by C & H Towing.

Obituary - Evelyn Stevener

Evelyn Stevener, 97 of Butler, Missouri passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at her home in Butler. Funeral services will be held 5:00 pm Friday, June 21, 2019 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). A visitation will be held from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, prior to services Friday, also at the funeral home. 

Cremation will follow services. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Messages of Condolence may be left for the family at

A complete obituary will be published as it becomes available.

Obituary - Weslie William Brummett

A Celebration of Life for Weslie Brummett will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri with Military Honors.  Online condolences may be sent to

Weslie William Brummett, age 71 of Deerfield, Missouri formerly of Butler, Missouri passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the Cox Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri. Wes was born June 16, 1947 in Butler, Missouri the son of Lawrence and Mary Brummett.  Wes graduated from Butler High School in 1965.

Wes is survived by two sons; Jeff Brummett and Justin Brummett; two daughters Gina Cain and Shannon Brummett; sister Barbara Cantrell; four grandchildren; Jessica and Kelsey Cain and Clint and Clayton Brummett; also great grandson Kal.

Matt's Fund-Project 288 Fundraiser

The El Dorado Springs Police Department is proud to show our support of Matt's Fund-Project 288 and this annual event in memory of Cedar County Deputy Chism. So come out and have a great time with us November 02, 2019!

Obituary - Isabel Marie Read

Isabel Marie Read, age 101, Mound City, Kansas passed away on Monday, June 17, 2019 at The Residencies of Pleasanton. She was born in Linville, Kansas on October 7, 1917 the daughter of Harley Otis and Pearl May Shaffer Johnson. She graduated from Mound City High School in the Class of 1935 and attended Pittburg State Teacher''s College, where she received her Teaching Certificate. 

She taught for eleven years in Linn County Country Schools. Isabel married Martin Read on April 25, 1948 at the Pleasanton United Methodist Church. He preceded her in death on September 16, 2003. She was a member of the Mound City United Methodist Church, was a 4-H leader for ten years, and loved visiting with family and friends. 

She was also preceded in death by three brothers; Otis, John and Perry Johnson and a son in law, Terry Heiser. Isabel is survived by a son, Marty Read and wife Beverly; a daughter, Mary Jane Heiser; a sister, Viola Campbell; grandchildren, Will, Naomi, Becky and husband Brandon, Kala and husband Matthew, Meagan and husband Josh, and Rachel and husband Eddie; and great grandchildren; Dalton, Rylee, Eli, Gage, Creed, Pearl May, Silas and Roslyn.

Funeral service will be held 10 am Friday, June 21, 2019 at the Mound City United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Linville Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm Thursday at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel. Online condolences can be left at

Theft reported in Nevada

Obituary - Buford Cecil Orear

Funeral services for Buford Orear will be 10 a.m. Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel. 

Burial in Salem Cemetery, Foster, Missouri. Contributions to Lorinda Orear Memorial Fund. Online condolences,

Buford Cecil Orear, age 85 of Hume, Missouri died Saturday, June 15, 2019 at St. Luke’s East in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He was born December 23, 1933 to Floyd Earl and Margaret Louise Schooley Orear in Bates County, Missouri.

Buford is survived by two sons, Shawn Orear and wife Angelena and Stacy Orear, all of Hume, Missouri; two granddaughters, Kayla Orear and Katie Pruitt and husband Eric; one great-granddaughter on the way, Lorinda Lynn Pruitt; and Gamper’s dog, Dolly. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Lorinda in January of 2016; and one sister, Nina Clark.

MDC offers free cat fishing clinic at Truman Lake

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free catfishing clinic at Truman Lake on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 15-16. Signups for the clinics begin July 1. The clinic can accommodate 15 anglers age 10 and older.
The clinic will teach participants how to use trotlines and juglines to catch catfish. The channel, blue, and flathead catfish species are popular sport fish for anglers at Truman Lake and throughout Missouri. Techniques taught by MDC experts can be used at lakes and rivers to catch catfish.
At the first session from 3 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 15, participants will learn some basics about catching catfish, study regulations, construct juglines, then bait and set their juglines in Truman Lake. Anglers will then be ferried in MDC boats from 8 a.m. to noon on Aug. 16 to run the lines and see if they have caught fish.
MDC will provide participants with materials to make two juglines. Staff will assist participants who buy additional materials with preparing other juglines and trotlines.
A valid Missouri fishing license is required to participate if required by state regulations. MDC staff will also teach about catfish management at Truman Lake, rod and reel fishing techniques, and how to clean and prepare catfish for cooking. Personal flotation devices will be provided and must be worn while participants fish from MDC boats. Some anglers may wish to try out their new skills during the weekend following the clinics.
Juglines are a fishing method with a baited hook on a heavy line that is suspended from some type of float, from empty plastic jugs to foam floats. They are allowed to drift in lake or river currents, or they are anchored in place. Anglers watch for a jug bobbing in the water to know if they have a fish. They usually use multiple juglines and check them from a boat.
Trotlines are a series of hooks attached to a line that is anchored at both ends and sunk in the middle to lower depths. For example, the line might be stretched across part of a cove with both ends tied to trees with weights pulling the trot line downward.
Both juglines and trotlines put a large quantity of bait before fish for long periods. They are effective catfish catching methods. But they do require some specific skills to prepare, set in the water, and run to retrieve fish. Specific fishing regulations also apply.
To register for the catfishing clinics, visit MDC’s events signup page at For more information, call Mark Miller at 660-530-5500 or Chris Brooke at 660-885-6981.
To learn more about catching catfish in Missouri’s many lakes and rivers, visit

One arrested after rollover accident in Clinton

On 06/18/2019 at 6:14 AM, Clinton Police Officers were dispatched to a rollover motor vehicle accident in the 800 block of south Second Street. 

This was a single vehicle accident that caused extensive damage to a utility pole in that area. 

The driver Quention Dugan, was arrested for investigation of DWI, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and a weapons charge. 

Subsequently the 800 block of South Second Street will be closed for repairs to the utility pole.

Harrisonville Students attend Show Choir Camp in Nebraska

Eight Harrisonville High School students recently returned from show choir camp at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The week long camp, June 8-15, included singing and dancing and came to a conclusion with a performance for parents and guests.

Attending the camp from HHS were Brooklyn Fools, Libby East, Braeden Elifrits, Avery Walton, Madeline McGee, Aja McGowen, LaNae Eggers and Riley Mathew. - Photo Submitted 

2019 4th of July Celebration Schedule for Rich Hill