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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Obituary - James Walter Meech

James Walter Meech, age 62 passed away Monday, September 2, 2019 with his wife, kids and close friends near, on his farm home near Fort Scott, KS, after a battle with Gliosarcoma brain cancer. Jim was born April 18, 1957 in Fort Scott, KS, the son of Dennis Walter and Estella E. (Gier) Meech.

He married Marita Miller on September 8, 1984 in Fort Scott, KS. They have two children, which he was extremely proud of Elizabeth Marie Meech and John W (JW) Meech.

As a young adult, Jim worked in the mechanic shop at Midwestern Distribution, Charlie Griffiths Cattle and also hauled cattle for Bob Walrod at Fort Scott Livestock on weekends. Over the years, he enjoyed pulling his International 1066 farm tractor at local tractor pulls and was proud of his kids competing in pedal tractor pulls, when they were young, at the local, state, national and international levels. Jim beamed with pride when he talked about his kid''s horse and rodeo accomplishments. Farming was deep in Jim''s blood. He was a very successful farmer, as his spent his entire life farming and ranching in Bourbon and Linn County''s.

Beginning after his graduation in 1975 from Fort Scott High School, Jim worked with his family on Triple M Farms, until his dad''s passing in 1992. From 1992 to 2012, Jim was a partner in Meech Brothers Farms. Since 2013, Jim worked/operated Jim Meech Farms with his wife, Marita.

Jim is survived by his wife, Marita, of the home. Daughter, Elizabeth Meech, Borger, TX, and son, JW Meech, Canyon, TX. Mother-in-law Venita Miller, Kincaid, KS. Paternal aunts, Itha Jean and husband, Harold Turntine, and Jewell Ross Topeka, KS. Maternal aunts, Lela Ann Gier, Fort Scott and Geneva Gier, Girard. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dennis W Meech and his paternal grandparents, Juell Walter Meech and Elsie May Finney Meech, and uncle Billy G. Meech.
Also, his maternal grandparents, Oscar and Lizzie Goff Gier and Aunt Opal Gier, Uncles Charles and Merle Gier.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 7, 2019, 2 pm at the Schneider Funeral Home, Pleasanton, KS. Burial will be in the Glendale Cemetery near Hammond, KS. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 PM September 6, 2019 at the Schneider Funeral Home in Pleasanton, Kansas. The family suggests contributions to the Jim Meech Farmers and Ranchers in Health Crisis Fund c/o Schneider Funeral Home, P.O. Box 525, Pleasanton, Kansas 66075. On line condolences for the family can be left at Arrangements Schneider Funerals, Pleasanton, KS.

Texas truck driver injured in Bates County Crash

On 9/3/19 around 11:45pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County along with Bates County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a semi truck rollover accident in the northbound lanes of I-49 near mile marker 127.6

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2018 Freightliner driven by 22 year old Lindsey R. Davis of Texas was attempting to avoid a animal in the roadway, overturned coming to rest on the drivers side.

Davis sustained minor injuries in this accident and he was transported by ambulance to Bates County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene of the accident by J's Southland Tow.

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Adrian High School Football Coach George Bruto To Be Inducted Into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

George Bruto – Adrian High School Football Coach - To Be Inducted Into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame
Congratulations Coach Bruto Of A Blackhawk

Bruto spent 36 years as a teacher and coach at Adrian High School, including 28 seasons (1986 to 2013) as the head football coach. In that time, his teams were 238-77 – a win total that was good for top 15 all-time among Missouri high school football coaches. 

His 2002 team won the Class 1 state championship, and his 1987 team was a state runner-up. Overall, Adrian advanced to 10 state semifinals (1987, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005), won 17 district championships and 13 conference championships. As an assistant, he was also part of two state semifinal teams, two district championships and a conference championship. 

Additionally, Bruto wore other hats, as he coached the school’s girls and boys basketball and track teams at various times. Over 45 sports seasons, he was 430-177 as a varsity coach and 147-50 as a junior high school coach, covering 49 seasons.

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Obituary - Gregory D. Wright

Gregory D. Wright, age 51 of Warsaw, Missouri passed away Tuesday September 3, 2019. Fond memories and condolences may be left online at

Funeral services will be Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Vansant Mills Funeral home in Clinton, MO with burial at Lowry City Cemetery, Lowry City, Missouri. Family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:30PM with services following at 2:30PM at the chapel. Family suggests contributions to the Heartland Hospice or The American Cancer Society and may be left in care of the funeral home.

Greg was born and raised in Independence, Missouri. He graduated at the University of Missouri at Kansas City with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He started working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1990 and moved to the Truman Power Plant in Warsaw in 1994. He was with the Corps of Engineers until his retirement in the fall of 2018. He and Susan Martens were married on August 2, 1997 and was with her until her death in May of 2017.

He enjoyed muscle cars, firearms, and hunting and fishing. He also loved to take vacations whenever he could. He was able to visit Yellowstone National Park, Utah, Montana, The Smoky Mountains and various places in the Southeastern United States. He also went to Italy in 2005 and visited Greece and Italy again in 2015.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Susan Beth (Martens). He is also preceded in death by his parents, Lorenzo and (Ora) Marie. Survivors include a brother, Gary Wright and wife, Angela of Grain Valley, Missouri, their children, Molly and Owen, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

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

Obituary - James Orville Schlechty

James Orville Schlechty, 76, of Adrian, Missouri, passed away on Monday, September 2, 2019 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 5, 2019 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian, Missouri. 

Funeral services will be held at the Matteson Funeral Home in West Salem, Ohio, on Saturday September 7, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the services. Burial will be held in Polk Cemetery in Polk, Ohio, with military rights conducted by American Legion Post 499. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America or Adrian Christian Church.

Jim was born November 2, 1942 in Akron, Ohio, the son of Willis and Dorothy Piper Schlechty. He attended the Mapleton Polk School system and graduated from high school in 1960. After high school, he was employed by Sigafoose Lumber. As a young man, he worked on his cars and motorcycles. He enjoyed participating in drag racing and won numerous trophies.

He worked at F.E. Meyers in Ashland, Ohio as a machinist making water pumps until his motorcycle accident in 1981 which left him a paraplegic. From his wheelchair he raised three children. He served 6 years in the Air Force Reserves. Jim was a quiet, soft spoken man who enjoyed mowing the yard, woodworking, and tinkering with small engines. His disability did not stop him from doing things he wanted to do. Jim was an avid Nascar follower and a fan of Mark Marten. He loved the family pets and enjoyed watching TV, especially westerns, some sports including the Little League World Series. He loved family. He is preceded in death by his parents, paternal and maternal grandparents, and brother Gary Schlechty.

Survivors include his wife Elizabeth of the home, 3 daughters Tammy Bunn (Boone) Ashland, Ohio, Kelly Schlechty, West Salem, Ohio, Jeri Hester (Jim), Archie, Missouri, and Jeremy Schlechty and significant other Lil Pound, Ashland, Ohio. Seven grandchildren Ashley, Lisa Andrew, Logan, Matthew, Skyler, and Garrett. Three great-grandchildren Remington, Wyatt, and Evelyn. Two sisters Shirley Canfield (Wesley) Nankin, Ohio and Mary Dudley and significant other Brad Podany, Chandler, Arizona. Two brothers Bill Schlechty (Pam) Redhaw, Ohio, and Roger Schlechty (Jodi), Polk, Ohio. Numerous nieces and nephews.

Obituary - Jearlene "Jerri" Johnson

Jearlene "Jerri" Johnson, 78, a 25 year resident of Drexel, Missouri passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 3, 2019. 

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 am Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Mulli-nax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009). 

A visitation will be held prior to the service Satur-day, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am also at the chapel. Burial will follow in Benton Green Cemetery, Os-ceola, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Jerri was born in Ash Hill, Mo on September 23, 1940 to Lymon and Mary Lee Berry. Jerri enjoyed fishing, baking,and was known for her homemade cinnamon rolls. Jerri best spent her time with her children and grandchildren. Her favorite time of the year was Christmas and all the decorations she could put up.

Jerri was preceded in death by her husband Lane Johnson of 52 years, two daughters Vickey Marion-neaux and Dianna Howard. Surviving are Three children Sandra Hocker and husband Bill of Drexel, MO, Gary Johnson Jr and wife Diana of Harrisonville, Mo, and Larry Johnson and wife Lisa of Manns-ville, OK. Thirteen grandchildren and many great- grandchildren. Three brothers Jim Berry and wife Judy, Joe Berry and wife Judy and Lymon Lee Berry and wife Mary Jane, as well as several nieces and nephews.

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National Child Passenger Safety Week

The Missouri State Highway Patrol joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Ad Council, Missouri Department of Transportations’ Office of Highway and Traffic Safety, and other safety advocates to commemorate National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15-21, 2019). The primary goal of this program is to remind all parents and other adults responsible for children traveling in motor vehicles of the importance of child safety seats and seat belts. Every year, children suffer needless injuries. In 2018, 10 children under the age of eight were killed in traffic crashes, and another 1,794 were injured. Troopers issued citations to 1,181 drivers who failed to secure children less than eight years old in a child restraint/booster seat in 2018. Troopers issued citations to an additional 187 drivers who failed to secure a child 80 pounds or more or over 4’9” in a seat belt in 2018.

Troopers investigate traffic crashes every day. Nothing is more disturbing than a traffic crash that includes a child being hurt or killed. The Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages every driver to make sure child passengers in their vehicles are restrained properly.

Missouri law states:

* Children less than four years old are required to use an appropriate child passenger restraint system. 

* Children less than 40 pounds, regardless of age, must be secured in a child passenger restraint system appropriate for the child. 

* Children ages four to eight years old who weigh at least 40 pounds, but less than 80 pounds, and are under 4’9” tall, must be secured in a child passenger restraint system or booster seat appropriate for that child.

* Children ages eight through 15 must wear seat belts regardless of the type of vehicle in which they are riding or where they are seated (front or back). Like the child restraint law, this is a primary law, meaning you can be pulled over by law enforcement for noncompliance.

* Persons less than 18 years of age operating or riding in trucks (regardless of gross weight for which licensed) must wear seat belts.

*No person under age 18 is allowed to ride in the unenclosed bed of a truck with a licensed gross weight of less than 12,000 pounds on lettered highways, federal, state maintained highways, and within city limits. There are exemptions for agricultural purposes, special events, and parades.

* It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure passengers under the age of 16 are buckled up safely. Those 16 and over are responsible for themselves.

There are many styles of child safety seats from which parents may choose. Infant seats are designed for children up to 22-30 pounds depending on the seat manufacturer. This type of seat should be placed into a vehicle so the infant faces rearward in a semi-reclined position. It is important to remember rear-facing infant seats should NOT be used in a front passenger seat equipped with an active air bag. If deployed, an air bag could hit the infant seat and injure or kill the baby. Airbag or not, the back seat is the safest place for a child.

Convertible child safety seats are designed for children from five pounds up to 40 - 80 pounds, depending on the manufacturer. Like all seats, they have manufacturer’s labels on the side indicating the maximum height and weight of the seat. They recline and face rearward in an infant position, and convert to sit upright and face forward for the toddler position. Most newer convertible seats can hold children who weigh up to 35 or 40 pounds in the rear-facing position. NHTSA recommends keeping children rear facing until they reach the maximum height and weight for the car seat. The child can then be turned around forward facing.

Booster seats are designed for children who have outgrown other safety seats and must be used with an adult lap and shoulder belt. Lap/shoulder belts are designed for children who are at least 4' 9" tall or 80 or more pounds. Make sure the lap belt stays low and snug across the lower hip/upper thigh area, and the shoulder belt does not cross the face or the neck.

For safety reasons, the Missouri State Highway Patrol discourages the purchase of child safety seats at a garage sale or other second-hand outlets. Also, a safety seat that has been in a vehicle during a traffic crash should be replaced.

There is no one "safest" child safety seat. Use the one that fits your child, fits in your vehicles correctly, and one that you will use correctly every trip, every time. For more information about the proper use of child restraint systems or to schedule a child safety seat inspection, contact the nearest Missouri State Highway Patrol troop headquarters and ask for the public information and education officer, or visit

September 11th event in Adrian

Bates County Career Women Forum 2019

Folks need to purchase tickets well before the 28th for food preparation.

Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease Program coming to Hume R-8 School

The Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease Program will be offered through MU Extension, starting September 16th at Hume R-8 School. Walk With Ease is a structured walking program that teaches participants how to safely make physical activity part of their everyday life. The program is designed to help people living with arthritis better manage their pain and is also ideal for people without arthritis who want to make walking a daily habit.

Walk With Ease is a structured walking program that offers support, information and tools to help participants develop successful exercise routines. Individuals can choose to do the program on their own with the help of a workbook or can join others in a six-week group series led by a certified leader. During the program, participants will learn proper stretching and pain management techniques, as well as build stamina and walking pace. The program can even be modified to meet the needs of individual participants so that each person can develop an exercise routine that fits their unique goals.

“Research shows that walking is not only good for joints, but also helps improve the health of the heart, lungs and bones,” said Sara Bridgewater, Nutrition and Health Specialist for MU Extension. “Walking can also help manage weight which can reduce one’s risk for arthritis in the knee, heart disease and diabetes. If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes without increased pain, you will most likely have success withWalk With Ease.”

The information and strategies taught in the Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease Program are based on research and tested programs in exercise science, behavior change and arthritis management. Updated and evaluated by the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and the Institute on Aging of the University of North Carolina, Walk With Ease is shown to increase balance, strength and walking pace, as well as reduce the pain and discomfort of arthritis. The program is also shown to build participant confidence to be physically active and improve overall health.

Pre-registration for the Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease Program is necessary. For more information, contact Hume School 660-643-7411. Before starting any exercise program, always check with your physician.

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office News Release Aug. 26-Sept. 2, 2019

St. Clair County Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made five arrests and took two reports during the week of Aug. 26-Sept. 2, 2019.

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Appleton City man arrested in St. Clair County

On Sept. 1, Joshua Young, 35, Appleton City was arrested on three St. Clair County warrants. The first warrant charges him with a class D felony possession of a controlled substance and a class D misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond is set at $2,500 cash only.

The warrant comes after a St. Clair County deputy performed a traffic stop on a vehicle that Young was driving, for a traffic violation in April of 2019. The deputy made contact with Young and asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle. Young gave consent for the deputy to search the vehicle. During the search, a glass pipe with a white residue was located.

The second warrant is for a class D misdemeanor driving with no insurance. Bond is set at $500 cash only. This warrant stems from the traffic stop by a St. Clair County deputy in April of 2019.

The third warrant is for a class D felony possession of a controlled substance, two class D felony counts of delivery or possession of a controlled substance at a county/private jail/correctional center, and a class D misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

The warrant comes after a deputy performed a traffic stop on the vehicle Young was a passenger in for an equipment violation in May of 2019. After getting consent to search the vehicle from the driver, the deputy found a green bag on the floorboard in the passenger area of the vehicle. Inside the bag was a syringe, a plastic bag with a white crystal-like substance, and a pair of “brass” knuckles. The crystal-like substance did field test positive for methamphetamine.

While being transported to the jail, the deputy reminded Young, that if he had anything else hidden on his person, he needed to speak up now. Young stated he did have some pills on his person. Upon arrival, Young was taken in to be searched. The correctional staff did locate the pills and a plastic bag with a crystal-like substance. All evidence was collected.

Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Obituary -Luella Belle (Ford) Driskel

Luella Belle Driskel, 84, formerly of Sheldon, MO passed away on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at Truman Healthcare and Rehab in Lamar, MO. Luella was born September 25, 1934 in rural Sheldon, MO to George H. and Sylvia I. (Hoover) Ford. She was united in marriage to Darce Driskel on July 13, 1954 in Kenoma, MO and he preceded her in death.

Luella grew up outside of Sheldon graduated from Sheldon High School. Throughout her life she worked in various places as a skilled laborer. Luella loved living on the family farm with her husband, where they raised their family. She lived in Barton and Vernon Counties all of her life. Luella enjoyed crocheting, and loved being a part of her family’s lives.

Survivors include one daughter Phyllis E. Hagerman (Ralph) , Lockwood, MO; one son, Clinton D. Driskel (Julie), Sheldon, MO; five grandchildren, Michael Hagerman (Robyn), Ozark, MO, Jeremy Hagerman (Becki), Tahlequah, OK, Lyddia Gilmore (Steve), Carl Junction, MO, Clinton Driskel, Jr., Bronaugh, MO, Darcey Mize (Chris) Liberal, MO; one brother, Walter Ford (Mary), Sheldon, MO; 15 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, extended family and special friends. In addition to her husband Darce, she was preceded in death by her parents, and five siblings.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 6, 2019 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Rev. Kent Garfield officiating. Interment will follow in Sheldon Cemetery, Sheldon, MO. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made in her memory to the Parkinson's Foundation c/o Ferry Funeral Home.