Search news

Sunday, January 5, 2020

From Golden Valley Tractor

On behalf of all of us at Golden Valley Tractor, I would like to thank all of the first responders and especially the Clinton Fire Department. True heroes each and every one of them!!

It may take a few days but we will be back and ready to serve our customers just like we have for the last 50 years.

Thoughts and Prayers for the West Peculiar Fire Department

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Chuck McCormick and the West Peculiar Fire District community.

30 year old McCormick lost his life Sunday morning battling a house fire in Peculiar, believed to have been caused by a dryer.

He leaves behind a wife and three sons, ages 4, 5 and 7-years-old.

St. Clair County Sheriff's Office seeking public assistance

The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office needs your help to identify these two individuals. Sunday morning, 1-5-2020, these two stole the lottery tickets from the BP Convenience Store in Lowry City. 

It is believed they left the store on foot. 

If you know the identity of these two, please call the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office at (417) 646-5822.

Obituary - Christopher Michael Koontz

Chris Koontz was the beloved son of Ladena Bough, brother to Heather Johannsen, and wonderful uncle to Harley Johannsen, Dillion Bagby and Wyatt Thayer. He was a companion and friend to stepfather, Bill Dickey, Dennis Joseph, and his paternal aunt, Karen Stotler, a woman who was there for him and stood up for him during his life.

If you were classified as Chris’ friend, you never stayed that way for long. His friends all became family becoming brothers and sisters to Chris and children to his Momma. Chris brought more than 70 of them home to live with us when they needed a home. There are too many of them to name here, but we want to acknowledge Curtis Taylor (Chris’ football, baseball and fishing friend); Charmaine Zumalt and her children, the wonderful woman Chris lived with for years and maintained contact with to this day; DJ Thayer and Jimmy Bonne. They will always be family to Chris’ Momma and Heather.

Chris worked hard his entire life and advanced quickly wherever he was employed. In addition, Chris loved his sports and was a die-hard Chiefs and Royals fan. Chris always made it a point to notify his friends when they were playing, attended all the celebrations or either team, and never missed a game if he could avoid it. He also liked to go fishing when given the opportunity. One of the last visits with his Momma involved a fantastic day of fishing at the pond and shooting guns in the country. Chris had a wicked and dry sense of humor, making those in his company laugh until they cried. Chris always made it a point to call his Momma for her birthday, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, and never failed to ask his Momma to dance with him. He always remembered those in his life.

Chris was brutally honest with people. Consequently, since this is Chris’ obituary, we would be negligent if we failed to acknowledge the fact that Chris used to have a ‘father’, Tom Koontz. Unfortunately for Tom, he chose to exit Chris’ life during a rough time. You see, Chris had the misfortune to see 33 of his friends die or be killed during his junior and senior years at Ruskin High School, resulting in Chris losing his way for a while in his grief. Tom, however, chose to ignore Chris, told him he was not welcome at his grandmother’s funeral, accused him of things that Chris would have never thought of doing to anyone, and condemned Chris because of mistakes from thirty years ago. We extend our sympathy to you for missing out on knowing an amazing man, but Chris told you himself that his Momma was the only father.

Chris is survived by his Momma, Ladena Bough, and Bill Dickey; his sister, Heather Johannsen and Dennis Joseph; nieces and nephew, Harley Johannsen, Dillion Bagby, and Wyatt Thayer; paternal aunt, Karen Stotler; cousin, Cara Stotler Kitch; maternal uncle Randy Bough and wife Kim; along with a host of aunts, stepbrothers, a stepsister, and cousins on the Dickey side of the family. We acknowledge Tommy Koontz; Jack Koontz (paternal grandfather); Angela McMahon (paternal cousin); Norma Grace Bough (maternal grandmother); Kathy McGinty (maternal aunt) and husband Dennis; and cousins, Jimmy, Sarah, Jamie and their families. You missed knowing an amazing man.

The family requests your presence at Chris’ Celebration of Life at Cullen Funeral Home, 612 West Foxwood Drive, Raymore MO, on January 11, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. As a further request, Chris’ Momma asks that those who knew Chris write out some of your favorite memories of your times with Chris so that she can make a remembrance book of his life. You can bring them to the Celebration of Life or email them to

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

Garden City man arrested in Bates County

On 1/5/19 around 1:57am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County arrested 31 year old Sean M. Thompson of Garden City, Missouri.

Mr. Thompson was arrested for 1.) Driving While Intoxicated 2.)Speeding.

He was booked into the Bates County Jail in Butler and placed on a 12 hour detox hold.

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 - Kenneth Neal Kite, Sr.

Kenneth Neal Kite, Sr. age 81 of Creighton, Missouri departed this life Thursday, December 26, 2019 at the Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City, Missouri.

Kenneth Neal Kite Sr. of Creighton, Missouri was born August 5, 1938 in Pacific Junction, Iowa the son of Otis Neal and Darlene (Fisher) Kite. He departed this life on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at the Kansas City Hospice House at the age of 81 years, 4 months and 21 days.

On December 14, 1968, Kenneth was united in marriage to Charlotte O’Donna (Warren) Walker in Kansas City, Missouri.

Kenneth was a carpenter and earlier was employed as an auto work for GM Leed’s Plant for 15 years. He was an outdoors man who loved to hunt and fish and loved his cats and dogs. Kenneth was always working on a project or building something. He had lived near Drexel, Missouri before moving to Creighton in 1991.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Adam Walker and a brother, Bill Kite.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Charlotte Kite of the home; a son, Kenny Kite Jr., West Frankfort, Illinois; two daughters, Beverly Murphey, Oskaloosa, Kansas and Barbara Vogel, Branson, Missouri; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Gene Kite, Buffalo, Missouri; other relatives and friends.

Cremation. No services are scheduled.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, Missouri.

Fire at Golden Valley Tractor in Clinton

1/5/20 - 6:50am: Clinton Fire Department Personnel are currently on scene of a commercial structure fire at Golden Valley Tractor on North Second Street. 

Residents are advised to avoid the area as Second Street is closed from Rives Road to the Hillcrest Drive. 

The fire is under control at this time but has completely destroyed the building. More information will be released later this afternoon.