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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Obituary - Debra Fry

Debra Fry, 64 of Butler, Missouri passed away June 10, 2019 while on vacation in the Bahamas, aboard the Carnival Ecstasy Cruise ship. Cremation, with memorial services to be held 2:00 pm Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler(660-679-0009). 

A visitation will be held Saturday prior to the service from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, also at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at 

Debra Irene Fry was born July 19, 1954 in Jackson County, Missouri to William and Beatrice Roberts Aldridge. She grew up in the Kansas City area and attended William Chrisman High School, graduating in 1972. Debi was a member of the marching band where she excelled at playing the drums. She even played drums for a jazz band in Kansas City for a short time and gave drum lessons.

Debi married her high school sweetheart, Bryan Treffer in 1973. They would soon introduce their fist born daughter, Candice Avery to the family. Together they lived a military life, stationed first in San Diego, California then later in Guam.

Later as life began to change, Debi worked for Heart of America Candies Warehouse and Helzberg Diamonds as a payroll clerk. She even waited tables at Pizza Hut in the evenings to support her new found role as a single mom. She worked hard to make it through some very difficult times.

Debi would later reconnect with a boyfriend from Junior High School, Ellery Griffith. They were married in 1985. The family would begin to grow. In 1986 Dustin Taylor Griffith would join the family, followed by Caleb Lucas Griffith in 1987. Debi was a preacher’s wife at this time. The family moved from Independence, Missouri to Union, Missouri in 1985. They would make lots of lasting relationships and fond memories in Union before moving to Archibald, Louisiana in 1991 to begin a ministry of preaching there. In 1993 the family would move back to Missouri to be closer to Debi’s mother. This is when Debi and Ellery became foster parents and began fostering children with special needs and emergency placements. Because of Debi’s big heart and desire to care for others, she received the nomination for Foster Parent of the Year. During this time, Debi and Ellery decided to adopt Kristin, Sophia, and Drew Griffith. Debi’s role in life changed once again. Because of the children’s handicaps, Debi became a full-time stay at home caregiver for the girls.

In 2001 Debi married Jeffrey Fry. Together they purchased a farm in Hume, Missouri. They loved to travel and visit family in Ohio, Florida, and Texas. At one point they even incorporated work with their travels by delivering travel trailers all over the U.S. Debi and Jeff also ran stores in Joplin and Nevada, Missouri. But Debi’s main role was still to care for the girls, Kristin and Sophia along with Jeff. 

Family was very important to Debi and she loved to spend as much time as possible with her kids and grandkids. She enjoyed the holidays and getting the entire family together, especially for Thanksgiving. 

In 2006 Debi and Jeff moved to Butler, Missouri where they remodeled a church to make as their home with the girls.
Then in 2018, two days before Christmas, Debi was told she needed to visit an Oncologist. Her doctors had discovered spots on her lungs and liver. In January of 2019 Debi’s role would once again change, this time to be a fighter, as she was diagnosed with Stage 4 small cell lung cancer. Debi met this struggle just as she did all the others, with a strong will and desire to get through it. She began with treatment right away. After five aggressive chemo treatments, and two attempts of maintenance chemo, Debi’s body was not responding how she wanted. After six months of fighting, Debi would pass away peacefully with the ocean in the background, on her final trip to the Bahamas.

Debi was preceded in death by her parents, brother Lewis Meloan, nephew D’Artagnan Meloan, and son Dustin Griffith. She is survived by her husband Jeffrey Fry, daughter Candice McGee and husband Tony, sons Caleb and Drew Griffith, daughters, Sophia and Kristin Griffith, daughter-in-law Tracy Griffith, and grandchildren, Brandon, Jonathan, and Kyle Westover, Sean Griffith, Kayla McGee, Tori Hopkins, Levi Hopkins, Dylan McGee, Lizabeth Krause, Gage McGee, Laney McGee, and great-grandson Gatlin Hopkins. Debi is also survived by her brother Terence Meloan and wife Coleen, sister Julie Stevenson and husband Arlo, sister Crystal Stowell and husband Mark, along with many nieces and nephews.

Suspicious activity in Barton county

The Barton County Sheriff's Office is requesting the assistance from the public. We have received two separate reports of suspicious activity and believe they may be linked together.

First Report: In Golden City a female juvenile was playing in her yard when a white or cream in color pickup truck pulled up next to the yard that she was playing in. A man in the truck attempted to lure the child to his truck by showing her a small puppy. Luckily the mother was able to intervene and the male subject left. The mother contacted the Sheriff's Office and a report was made on the incident. Deputies patrolled the area looking for the vehicle but it's believed to have left the area.

Second Report: A white extended cab pickup truck has been spotted inside the city limits of Golden City acting suspicious. The truck drives through the city limits while playing an ice cream truck melody. The truck is reported to not have any markings on it and drives around in the late afternoon.

We are asking you to contact the Barton County Sheriff's Office if you see anything suspicious or if you have any information about the above incidents.

You can contact us at 417-682-5541 or you can send an email

Clinton Police Department warn of scam in the area!

Just a reminder to everyone, don't give ANYONE your banking or personal information that you don't know and trust. Institutions, such as the IRS, typically will contact you through a letter in the mail if there is a problem or concern.

The Clinton Police Department will not call you and tell you that you have a warrant for your arrest and demand money over the phone. We usually show up at your house if you have a warrant!

If you have a person or company going to do home repairs, renovations, etc, make sure and ask if they have a City of Clinton business license and a list of references. There have been people scammed out considerable amounts of money, as they will give the person doing the repairs money "up front," but never show back up to do the work.

Talk with you family and friends about this and help each other out!!

First of Many...

The Bates County Recorder of Deeds Office is honored to have had Bobby Stone and Cheyenne Mays of Butler Mo to be the first couple to get their marriage license issued at our new location. Congratulations to the happy couple!- Courtesy of the Bates County Recorder of Deeds Office

D&D Fireworks NOW OPEN

D&D Fireworks outside of Amoret is NOW open for business. Remember we only take cash or checks. Firework display June 29 th. The display will be in memory of Barbara Delozier and Linda Hartline.
Stand hours
Monday thru Thursday 10 a.m. to 9p.m.
Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday noon to 8 p.m.

Obituary - Michael "Mike" Patrick Ragan

Funeral services for Mike Ragan of Butler, Missouri will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler with Pastor Gabe Cantrell officiating. 

Visitation prior to services from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22 at the Schowengerdt Chapel. Cremation to follow services. 

Contributions to the Adrian Optimist Club. Online condolences

Michael "Mike" Patrick Ragan, age 71 of Butler, Missouri died Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at St. Luke's Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born June 17, 1948 to Joel General and Theresa Rose Tuiet Ragan in Butler, Missouri.

Mike is survived by two sons, Tyler Ragan of Butler, Missouri and P.J. Ragan and wife Katie of Kansas City, Missouri; a daughter, Ky Brink of Chicago, Illinois; a sister, Pat Smith and husband Bob of Rich Hill, Missouri; and five grandchildren, Mikinzie Ward, Macy Ragan, Ella Ragan, Brody Ragan and Max Ragan. He was preceded in death by his parents; lifetime companion, Kathryn Brink; a brother, Randy Ragan; and a nephew, Brian Petty.

Have you seen this man?

We are seeking your help. If you know this person of interest or recognize the tattoo's we ask that you call the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office at (417) 646-5822. We would like to speak with this individual in regards to a burglary that occurred on NW 176 Road.

News From Bates County Industries

Bates County Industries

Due to our recycling vendor not buying product for the foreseeable future we will not be able to pick up cardboard from our business accounts. That service is suspended indefinitely immediately.

The cardboard mills are closed and not accepting product. We are truly saddened to have to report this, however we cannot take products we cannot sell.

We will still have 24 hour drop off on the west side of our building.

We will take all paper products, magazines and books, plastics #1 &2, and

Textiles. We purchase aluminum cans. We also have a glass bunker and accept clear glass.

Bates County Industries

Providing dignified employment opportunities for persons with disabilities

Located 1 mile west of business 49 on TT in Butler

Thursday Severe Weather Threat

-Patchy Dense Fog thru 9am
-Scattered Severe Storms possible after 5pm (mainly over NW MO)
-Isolated Severe Storms (KC Metro) around and after sunset

Friday: -Storms during AM rush hour
-High Temps in the 90s with heat indices in the upper 90s

Pleasant Hill Police Department seeking public assistance

The Pleasant Hill Police Department is asking for your help in identifying the subject and vehicle in these photos. 

They are wanted for questioning on an incident in our city. Please call 816-540-9109 if you recognize this driver or pickup.

Obituary - Linda Lou Davis

Linda Davis, 73, Clinton, Missouri passed away Monday, June 17, 2019 at Windsor Healthcare and Rehab. Fond memories and condolences may be left online at

A graveside inurnment for Linda will be on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 3:00pm at the Calhoun Cemetery, Calhoun, Missouri. 

The family suggests memorial contributions to be made to the Diabetes Association and may be left in care of the funeral home.

Linda was born in Leeton, Missouri daughter of Earl and Josie Hicks. Linda graduated from Calhoun High School and soon after married Melvin Davis. They had a daughter, Anjanette. Linda was a giving mother, sister and friend. She was always the first to offer a helping hand or a casserole to anyone in need. Linda was a wonderful cook and loved to go to garage sales. Family fun at the farm was her favorite pastime.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, husband and daughter.

Linda is survived by her brother, Don (Wilma) Hicks, Smithton, Missouri and sister, Carol Price, Calhoun, Missouri. She is also survived by granddaughter, Heather (Tom) Clayton, Kansas City, Missouri and many nieces and nephews and friends.

Linda had a spunky attitude and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton, Missouri.

Busy in Appleton City...

Courtesy of the Appleton City Industrial Development Committee

June 19, 2019

Free sports physicals will be offered at Appleton City Rural Health Clinic on Wednesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 26, from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. for students who will be entering 7th - 12th grade in August 2019. If you plan to participate, or are thinking about participating in an athletic activity during the 2019-2020 school year, you will need a sports physical. This is to accommodate the local students in the area and those who do not attend Appleton, Montrose, or Lakeland schools or that may have been absent the day of their school's onsite physicals this past spring. The Clinic has the June 1, 2019 updated physical forms.

The Board of Aldermen has approved the shooting of fireworks off inside the AC city limits from dusk on July 1 through 11:00 p.m. on July 7. They do ask, on behalf of your working neighbors, that you be courteous and not shoot fireworks after 11:00 p.m. nightly.

The Back to School Fair for Appleton City and Hudson Schools is coming up. Last year they were able to provide 74 children with school supplies and a backpack. Without donations from our community, this fair would not be possible. Thank you to everyone that donated last year. West Central has started collecting donations for this year’s fair from now until July 29. Please send donations to WCMCAA, Attn. BTSF, 106 W 4th St., Appleton City, MO 64724. All children must be pre-registered in order to receive school supplies and a backpack at the fair. The pre-registration forms are available in the lobby at the West Central office. For any questions, please contact Joy Cooper at 660-476-21852 or

The Trinity United Methodist Church will host VBS on Saturday, June 22, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. They welcome all kids, age 3 through Grade 5 (completed)! This year’s theme is “Yee Haw, Celebrating God’s Greatest Gift”. Registration will be 8:40 that morning. (Registration slips may be picked up at Food Fair ahead of time). They look forward to seeing all the kids,

First Baptist Church of Appleton City invites all children who are incoming pre-school age through those who have completed 6th grade to join them for Vacation Bible School beginning Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28. They will meet daily at 5:15 p.m. and dismiss at 8:15 p.m. A hot meal will be provided each evening at the beginning of the program. For more information or to register, call the church office at 660-476-5512 or the director at 417-359-3846, or e-mail You may also use their Facebook page, First Baptist Church of Appleton City where you will find a Google Docs registration form link. Any of these methods will be successful in registering your child for Vacation Bible School. The theme this year is 'In the Wild'! Challenge your young person to be ready for an "Extraordinary Time in the Jungle"!

Swimming lessons at the AC Pool have been set for June 24 - 28. Intermediate class will be 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. Beginners class will be 11:00 - 11:45.

The cost is $25. If you have more than one child, the cost is $10 per additional child. If you have any questions, or to register, you can call the pool during normal pool hours at (660)476-2156.

Countywide Disposal trash pickup will run as normal on Thursday July 4.

The 15th Annual Appleton City Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show will be held Saturday, July 13 at the City Park. Check-in is from 9:00 a.m. to noon and the Car Show will be from noon to 3:00 p.m. There will be a $10 entry fee per vehicle. There will be judging for all classes with the top 70 for cars and trucks, top 3 for motorcycles and top 3 for rat rods. There will also be 6 special pick awards. The first 150 entries will be given dash plaques. D.J. Brandon Wallace will present music on the stage. There will also be a 50-50 drawing, door prizes, goodie bags and a live auction. Food concessions, biscuits & gravy and cobbler & ice cream will be available. Proceeds from the Show will go toward a pair of $1000 scholarships for local high school students. In addition, Zink Motor Co, which is one of the oldest Ford dealerships in the country, is hosting the Kansas City Antique Car Clu8b at the dealership in Appleton City during the car show. 20-25 Model A’s and Model T’s will be on display. There will be an open house and tours of this historic dealership. The admission is free. The location for this show is across the street from the Appleton City Car Show. For car show information, call Bob Roos 660-492-2822, Ted McDaniel 660-492-3779, Ed Hardesty 660-464-0360 or Doug Snodgrass 660-492-2814, or email to T-Shirts are available for sale at Powel’s Tru Value Hardware.

Appleton City is asking business owners on Main Street to please adopt a flower barrel and keep it watered. Everyone would appreciate that!

Quasquacentennial 1995 Pictorial Books may be purchased at both of the AC Banks and the Museum. Make checks for $25 to AC Park-SQC. This is the first time this book has been printed. If you haven't purchased one in the last 2 weeks you do not have this book. A new SQC-Sesquicentennial Historical Calendar will be offered for sale for $10 as well. The calendar is packed with historical facts and 144 pictures.

The AC Cemetery Association is raffling (2) half beefs with processing. Proceeds go to support and maintain the AC Cemetery. Winners will be announced at the Applefest in September. Tickets are available for purchase at St. Clair Co. State Bank, Powell’s Tru Value and Noble Machine and Manufacturing for $10 each.


June 19, 26 School sports physicals at AC Clinic 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

June 21 Summer begins

June 21-22 Mission speakers at River of Life Fellowship in Rockville

June 22 Trinity United Methodist Church VBS 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Registration 8:40 a.m.

June 24-28 Swimming lessons at AC Pool

June 24-28 First Baptist Church of Appleton City Vacation Bible School 5:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Join Steve and Brooke Highlander, area missionaries to Papua New Guinea, this weekend as they minister twice in the area. Friday night, June 21, they will be at River of Life Fellowship in Rockville for a service beginning at 6:30 p.m. Come enjoy as they share the Word, but also some of the cultural interests from PNG, which is currently one of the fastest growing nations in the world. They will enjoy light snacks and fellowship following the meeting. All are welcome. There is no cost to attend, but they will take an offering to help with their mission efforts. On Saturday, June 22, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., the Highlanders will be attending a fish fry in their honor to raise money for PNG missions. The Fish Fry will be at Fair Haven Springs Park and include a full meal of fried fish (locally caught), coleslaw, french fries, drink, and dessert. They ask $8 for an adult plate, $4 for a children’s plate, and all donations are greatly appreciated. Come support the Highlanders and their mission work at these two exciting events.

FarmHouse Kitchen and Sumo's Pub will be closed from Sunday June 30 through Monday July 8. FarmHouse will open Tuesday July 9 at 11:00 a.m. for regular operating hours.

The Preserve Our Past Society of El Dorado Springs would like to cordially invite you to the sixth annual Art Show and Sale featuring some very talented local artists to include paintings, sketches, photography, stained glass and many more. Local artists featured in the showcase include many talented artists including: Peggy Sibley, Kirk Sibley, Wilma McKinley, Hazel Brewer, George Hart, Eddie Moore, Mike Conway, Mary Janes Martin, Valerie Williams, Sandra Hernandez, Tim Tabor, Stacey Vantellman, Amber Francis, Joy Jennings and more. The Art Show will run June 20 through June 30, 2019. The hours are: Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. There will be a reception with snacks from 2:00 to 4:00 on Sunday June 23 to meet some of your local artists. Please mark your calendars and come see some of the beautiful art work displayed. For more information, contact 417-296-5990.

SQC - The acronym will appear many times over the course of the next year in articles. SQC is short for Sesquicentennial, which will be the 150th year celebration June 10-14, 2020 in Appleton City. Preparation has already begun. It will take the entire community to make it happen like in the past town celebrations. The core committee hopes everyone will become involved, which includes the simplest things, like being in the audiences, attending the events and wearing period dress or tee shirts that have Appleton City on them. But, there is so much work, that volunteers are needed to come forward. They have asked people whose talent may be recognized from past service but there are so many others that have talents we do not know about. Please let the committee know your abilities. 57 areas have been identified that need committee members. They will entertain suggestions, but they need to know ideas now to see if will work into the schedule. They know some people are last minute to everything, but that really doesn't make it easy for those trying to get everything in place. This SQC is a celebration of what has happen in the past to the Appleton City area, so think historical for this celebration...generic activities can take place any year. Step forward with what you'd like to be involved doing during the event. Contact maybe made by us mail to Linda Lampkin, 1704 NE County Road 14963, Montrose, MO 64770, 9-9pm 660-476-5857,

Farmers dealing with flooding in Missouri can find reliable, up-to-date information on many flood-related topics from University of Missouri Extension at Specialists in MU Extension have assembled information on flooded fields, crops, forages, livestock and property, as well as information on how to navigate an array of government agencies and entities prepared to help producers during and after flooding. Online resources include helpful news and articles, downloadable publications, contact information for extension field specialists, and an extensive collection of answers to frequently asked questions related to livestock, field crops, horticulture, soil and more. While the rain and its aftermath will require some time for healing to occur, the decisions we make today will determine how pervasive the effects will be over time. From ensuring a safe water supply to filing insurance claims, all the decisions to make can seem overwhelming. But through MU Extension’s online resources and county-based specialists, we can help those affected make informed decisions that provide a firmer footing on the road to recovery. To access the flood resources page directly, go to The MU Extension Community Emergency Management Program (CEMP) provides education and technical assistance to individuals, families, local governments, schools and organizations in preparing for and responding to natural and man-made disasters. Regardless of size or impact, all disasters are local events. MU Extension is a key resource for the public, emergency services and public officials because of the unique relationship it maintains with each community. CEMP is a central point for MU Extension emergency management functions, including mitigation programs, preparedness activities and recovery issues. For more information, visit

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for June, 2019. Call 660-476-2111, ext. 5257 for appointments: June 20 - Urology – Dr. Boullier and June 25 - Ortho – Dr. Gray.

The Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation was established in 2000 by a local couple to benefit and carry out the purposes of Ellett Memorial Hospital. The Foundation has played a major role in the Hospital’s recent renovation/expansion project. The Foundation is a 501c3 organization and plays an important role in ensuring the future of the Hospital by providing an avenue for individuals, groups and corporations to lend their financial support through tax-deductible contributions. The Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation would like to extend an invitation to the community to assist with this project. They would like to welcome all current and past members of the community and service area to make a donation to the Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation. Donations can be restricted or non-restricted for use as the donor identifies. Recognition will be given for all contributions. For further information, contact Julee Snyder, Ellett Memorial Hospital, 660-476-211.

OATS BUS schedule for the week of June 24: St Clair County to Clinton June 27. For those that live in St Clair County wishing to ride the OATS Bus please call John at 417-309-3464, Julia at 417-309-3463, in the Lowry City area call Heidi Carden at 417-309-0146. Need a ride, call on OATS. Available to everyone (not “just” Seniors/Disabled) 24 hour reservations advance reservation required. Donation per stop is suggested. OATS is a door to door, shared ride service; all vans are equipped with ramps and helpful drivers!

“The Little Apple” was started by the A. C. Economic Development as way of informing residents of news and events sponsored by area businesses and organizations. Items of a clearly personal nature, such as birthdays, anniversaries, awards (not group sponsored), personal sales and the like are not accepted for publication. Please email articles for “The Little Apple” to by Tuesday evenings or bring them to Dr. Payton’s office to be included in that week’s edition. To receive "The Little Apple" free by e-mail, send your e-mail address to If you have changed your previous email address, you are asked to send the current address, so the list can be updated.

12 year old Eldorado Springs girl injured in one vehicle rollover accident

Courtesy of the Walker Rural Fire District Facebook Page
On 6/19/19 the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to a one vehicle rollover accident on Route HH around 3 miles south of El Dorado Springs, Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2001 Jeep Cherokee driven by 34 year old Alesha Hill of El Dorado Springs, Missouri veered off the right side of the roadway and over turned.

A 12 year old passenger in the vehicle Joscelin Hill sustained minor injuries in this accident and she was transported by ambulance to Cedar County Memorial Hospital in El Dorado Springs for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene of the accident by Steward's Wrecker Service.

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*Disclaimer: Accident reports are courtesy of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and are a matter of public record no matter the age of a occupant involved.

Obituary - Dora A. Moyer

Dora A. Moyer age 88 of Butler and formerly of Rich Hill, passed away Sunday, June 16, at St. Joseph's Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo.

Funeral Services are scheduled at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 20, at Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill, followed by a graveside services in the East Slope Memorial Gardens, Riverside, Mo. Memorials to a fund for the family are suggested.

Obituary - Luke McFarland Combs

Luke M. Combs, age 30, of Grandview, Missouri, passed away at his home on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

A Rosary will be held at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Visitation until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2019 at Coronation of Our Lady Catholic Parish, 13000 Bennington Ave., Grandview, Missouri 64030. 

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Coronation of Our Lady Catholic Parish followed in procession with a Burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 7601 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown, Missouri 64138.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

Reception-Bob & Jeannette Emerson

A farewell reception for long time Adrian residents, Bob and Jeannette Emerson will be at the Adrian Methodist Fellowship Hall, Sunday, June 23, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Bob was formerly the owner/pharmacist of Emerson’s Drug & Prescriptions and served as pharmacist at Walmart for several years. 

Jeannette taught at both the Adrian and Butler Schools. They were instrumental in organizing the Adrian Historical Society, Adrian Community Library and the Detectives Book Club, and Beta Sigma Phi. As members of the Adrian Garden Club, Optimist Club, Bates County Museum, and other organizations, they have been active in supporting many projects in this area. Come wish them well in their move to Colorado.