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Friday, December 13, 2019

Clinton woman killed in Fatality Crash

On Friday, December 13, 2019 at 10:31 a.m., Clinton Police Officers were dispatched to a car crash on Missouri 7 Highway at the intersection with Golden Drive. 

The crash apparently occurred when a vehicle turned left at the intersection toward Gaines Street from the southbound lanes of Missouri 7 Highway and was struck by a semi tractor-trailer that was travelling in the northbound lanes. 

Clinton resident Betty Bigler, 82 years of age, was transported from the scene by ambulance but passed away a short time later at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital from injuries sustained in the crash. 

Missouri State Highway Patrol Crash Investigation Unit continues to investigate the crash at the time of this release.

Accumulating Snow Expected Sun-Mon

Confidence for a winter storm to affect the area from Sunday afternoon into Monday is increasing. Current forecast is for 3 to 5 inches north of Interstate 70 where precipitation is expected to be all snow. South of Interstate 70 snow is expected during the afternoon on Sunday however, there will be the potential for a period of freezing drizzle on Sunday evening/night to mix in before a second round of snow Sunday night into Monday. Because of the chance for ice to mix with the snow south of Interstate 70, accumulations are expected to be less with totals in the 1 to 4 inch range. This forecast will continue to evolve and be revised up to the event so please remain weather aware through the weekend. Also, consider putting together a winter weather kit and make sure cell phones are charged if travelling during this time period or if making the morning commute on Monday.

Obituary - James "Jim" A. Schrock

James "Jim" Allen Schrock, 83, Garden City, Missouri departed this life on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at his home.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Jonathan Schrock; a great-granddaughter, Rylee Woolery and 3 sisters.

Jim is survived by his wife, Sue Schrock of the home; three sons, Mitch Schrock and wife Stacey, Garden City, Missouri, Kelly Schrock and wife Alissa, Harrisonville, Missouri, Brian Schrock and wife Anna, Butler, Missouri; two step-sons, Rusty Hopkins and wife Kathy, Garden City, Missouri, Chad Hopkins and wife Stacie, Archie, Missouri; 16 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Richard Schrock and wife Rosella and Dave Schrock and wife Judy all of Harrisonville, Missouri; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at the Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church, Garden City, Missouri with burial in the Clearfork Cemetery, Garden City.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday, December 16, 2019 at the church.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to William Baker Choral Foundation.

A complete obituary will be posted when it becomes available.

Lights, camera, chaos!

A video look during filming on the Butler square this morning

Butler Meat Shoppe open now

Lacking a formal grocery store, Butler has finally got a much needed part of one- a butcher/meat shop

Located just south of the stoplight at 11 S. Orange street, the Meat Shoppe has gotten final approval from health inspectors and is open for business as of today.

You'll find a wide offering of meats, cuts and the personal service you'd expect from a local business; and open just in time for the holidays!

Learn more here

New number available for those in crisis

Courtesy Bates County Memorial Hospital

A three-digit suicide prevention hotline number will soon make seeking emergency mental health help more like calling 911, federal regulators announced Thursday.

When the months-long process is completed, U.S. residents will be able to call 988 for help in a mental health emergency, just as 911 connects people in need to first-responders for other emergencies.

Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline uses a 10-digit number, 800-273-TALK (8255). That number routes callers to one of 163 crisis centers, where counselors answered 2.2 million calls last year.

“The three-digit number is really going to be a breakthrough in terms of reaching people in a crisis,” said Dwight Holton, CEO of Lines for Life, a suicide prevention nonprofit. “No one is embarrassed to call 911 for a fire or an emergency. No one should be embarrassed to call 988 for a mental health emergency."

It's not a hotline, it's a 'warmline': It gives mental health help before a crisis heats up.

Obituary - Billie Ray Peek

Billie Ray Peek, 73, Peculiar, MO, passed away Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO with burial in Wills Cemetery, Peculiar. Friends may call from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday, December 16 at the Atkinson Funeral Home. Masonic services will be held at 8:00 p.m. Monday.

Billie was born April 18, 1946 in Grandview, MO, a son of Albert Levi and Naomi Mae (Winchell) Peek and was a lifelong resident of Peculiar, MO. He was a 1966 graduate of Raymore-Peculiar High School. He worked for Associated Wholesale Grocers as a truck driver and was a retired member of the Teamsters Union. Billie was a member of the First Baptist Church in Peculiar and the Grand River Masonic Lodge No. 276, Freeman, MO.

Billie was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Kelly Peek, two brothers, Lee and Otie Peek, and a sister, Betty Hannah. He is survived by two daughters, Shelly Link (Patrick), Peculiar, and Tammy Umphreys, Grain Valley, MO; three brothers, Richard Peek, Peculiar, Sam Peek (Connie), Adrian, MO, and Everett Peek (Sharon), Hookstown, PA; and three sisters, Virginia Bailey, Cleveland, MO, Dorothy Burch, Peculiar, and Katherine Saville, Garden City, MO; 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Obituary - Rita Kay Scott

Rita Kay Scott, 74, Adrian, MO, passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 14, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Adrian with visitation from 1:00-3:00. Burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church or to Crossroads Hospice.

Rita was born April 27, 1945, in Butler, MO, the daughter of Lynwood R. Johnson and Ruth Lorene Marshall Johnson. She married Russell Scott on August 30, 1964. To this union, twin boys were born, Trent and Brent.

Rita was a member of the First Baptist Church in Adrian, MO, for 65 years, where she was baptized on July 11, 1954. She was also a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. For 36 years, Rita touched the lives of many students as the secretary of the Adrian High School. Rita loved rug hooking, reading, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. She especially loved time spent with her grandson, Drew. She was so excited about Drew’s wedding in October, which gave her a beautiful new granddaughter. This was a special moment in her life that all of us will remember.

Rita was preceded in death by her son, Trent Scott, her parents, Lynwood and Lorene Johnson, her brothers, Leland Johnson and Don Johnson, and her brother-in-law, Melvin Smith. She is survived by her son, Brent and wife, Kari Scott, Adrian, MO; one grandson, Drew and wife, Makyna Scott, Overland Park, KS; two sisters, Jeweldine Smith, Adrian, MO and Linda Zelazny and husband, Jerry, Sierra Vista, AZ; one brother, Larry Johnson and wife, Fran, Lee’s Summit, MO; two sisters-in-law, Vonda Johnson, Liberty, MO and Arlene Johnson, Lee’s Summit, MO, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Rollover accident in rural Adrian

On 12/12/19 around 4:30pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol along with Bates County Sheriff's Deputies, Adrian Fire Department and Bates County EMS responded to a one vehicle rollover accident on CR 8003 around 2 miles east of Z Highway in rural Bates County.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2013 Chevrolet Express driven by 38 year old Nawfel A. Al Fallouji of Shawnee, Kansas traveled off the right side of the roadway before approaching a bridge. The vehicle straddled the low railing on the bridge which caused the vehicle to overturn into a creek.

Mr. Al Fallouji 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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Obituary - Stephen West

Stephen West, 65 of Paola, Kansas passed away Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at Medicalodge in Paola. Graveside services will be held 10:00 am Saturday, December 14, 2019 in New Lancaster Cemetery, New Lancaster, Kansas. There will be no visitation. Services under the directon of Mul-linax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009). Memorial contributions may be made to the Medicalodge Activity Fund. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at
Stephen Allen West was born September 18, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois to Edward and Marion Hoover West. He grew up in Chicago and lived there until the late 1990’s when he moved to Drexel, Missouri with his mother.
Stephen was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, Thoburn and Marjorie Hoover. He is survived by four cousins and their families, Danny Hoover and wife Sherry, Jayne Todd and husband Keith, Jerry Hoover and wife Kim, and David Hoover and wife Rose, along with extended family members and friends.

Riot on the Butler square...?

Well, yes and no. Yes it will look like a riot, however it's all acting as filming continues for the Black Zone television production of life after the power goes off.

Around 200 extras will be on the
square as cameras are rolling- if you're in the area it would certainly be fun to watch. And heck, maybe you can have your 15 minutes of fame too! 

Theft Reported in rural Butler

On December 9, 2019 a Deputy responded to a residence on County Road 8002 in Butler to take a theft report. Upon his arrival he made contact with the reporting parties who stated that when they returned home from being on vacation their residence had been broken into.

Missing from their home was a laptop, a wallet, a checkbook and a Winchester .30-.30 rifle. Their safe along with it's contents was also taken from the residence. The value of the stolen items was estimated to be around $8300.00.

If you have any information about this theft please contact a Deputy at the Bates County Sheriff's Office.

Stolen vehicle in Butler

On December 8, 2019 a Deputy was advised by dispatch that a 2009 Ford Freestyle had been stolen from Pizza Hut in Butler. The owner of the vehicle was able to ping the vehicle's location which was at a residence on 5th street in Adrian, MO. The Deputy located the vehicle in the alley behind the residence.

During an area canvass the Deputy spoke to a Missouri Highway Patrolman who had received information that the suspect was in a residence on east Main street in Adrian.

The suspect was located at the residence. After attempting to resist arrest the suspect was taken into custody and was turned over to the Butler Police Department.

Shipley breaks record

At the free throw line, Senior Jenna Shipley broke the 25-year old school record of 1,808 points at Frontenac High School on December 10, 2019. This record was set in 1995 by Chara (Oldfield) Jensen.

- courtesy Adrian News Leader

Toy drive huge success

Interact sponsored their annual Toy Drive Challenge between the High School, Grade School and Early Childhood Center from November 25 - December 6, 2019. We collected 178 items district wide to donate to our local Toys for Tykes! Thank you to all that participated! We appreciate your generosity! The breakdown is below:
Early Childhood Center - 38 items
Grade School - 98 items
High School - 33 items
Rotary - 9 items
Great job, Grade School!

BCSO: New dispatch center open

On 12/12/19, the Bates County Sheriff’s Office went live with the new location of their dispatch center. The new dispatch center currently has two dispatch consoles with the ability to expand to four consoles as the need arises. Prior to today, the dispatchers where housed in the jail control room and held multi-job functions that included 911 operations, radio operations and operation of jail functions and door controls.

The new center is located within the new addition of the jail. With the move it allows the communication staff to concentrate on the needs of the citizens that call the Sheriff’s Office or the multiple First Responder agencies that Bates County dispatches for.

“This is an exciting day for our citizens. Approximately a year and a half ago, I brought members of the fire departments and law enforcement agencies together to identify best practices to improve dispatch services to our county. Together we identified strengths and weaknesses that we could work on at the Sheriff’s Office dispatch. Employee work load and retention was identified as a priority. This move and improvement to the work environment for a very high stress job is a big part of what the team recommended.” Sheriff Anderson says. “We will continue to strive for excellence and to meet the communities expectations of the services that we provide”

Currently the Sheriffs Office dispatches for themselves, Adrian Police, Adrian Fire and on a limited bases Rockville Fire and Foster Fire along with answering all 911 calls for the county except the City of Butler. The dispatch center dispatches approximately 16,000 calls for service each year with almost approximately 45,000 total phone calls being passed through the center each year.

Montrose FFA attends Draft Day event

On December 10th six members of the Montrose FFA Chapter traveled to Columbia, MO to compete in the first FFA Fantasy Feedout. Over 350 FFA students from 23 chapters around the state participated in the FFA Draft Day event! There they listened to educational presentations on cattle feeding, yield and quality grades, various industry segments and much more. The students viewed live cattle from two groups including animals raised through the MFA Health Track Profitability Challenge “Top 100” Steer Feedout and by the University of Missouri. They selected the best steers available for their draft pick within the five minute time constraint. The chapter will be updated throughout the feeding period of their steers’ weight gain and performance. Final results will be revealed once the cattle are butchered in May or June.

Submitted by Lindsay Eye, Reporter.
Edited and Published by Miss Coale, Advisor.