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Monday, January 6, 2020

Obituary - Betty Lou Todd

The funeral service for Betty will be held at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Hill and Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri.

The minister officiating at the service will be Jerry Johannigmeier.

Visitation will be preceding the funeral service from 12:30 - 1:00 PM at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton City, Missouri.

The family suggests any memorial donations be made to the Appleton City Cemetery.

Betty L. Todd, daughter of Roscoe and Effie (Coats) Harris, was born June 23, 1931 in Mulberry Kansas. She departed this life in Kansas City, Missouri on January 2, 2020.

Betty and Raymond Todd were united in marriage on July 3, 1950 and to this union four children were born. She was a homemaker and helped run the A.C. Hardware from 1969 to 1989 with Richard and Jeaneane Chappell. Betty was also an active member of the A.C. Library board.

She loved gardening , rock hunting, fishing with Raymond and many other hobbies.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roscoe and Effie Harris, her husband Raymond Todd, one brother and one sister; one infant daughter; and son Dennis Todd.

Survivors include one son David Todd and wife Lisa, and one daughter Judy Adams and husband Steve; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Obituary - Sandra Morgan

Sandra Morgan age 74, Montrose, Missouri passed away Sunday, January 5, 2020 at her home in Montrose. 

Fond memories and condolences may be left online at

Sandra was born on March 18, 1945 in Plainfield, New Jersey to Charles and Anna Shinkle. Sandra married Ivy Lee Spates on July 16, 2004.

Sandra was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Charlie Ann Howack.

Sandra is survived by her husband, Ivy Lee Spates, Montrose, her brothers, Charles Shinkle, Mark Shinkle and Michael Schinkle, 3 sons, Brian Thomas, Mountain Grove, Eric Busbey (Darya), Fair Hope, Al, and Thomas Morgan II, Montrose, daughter-in-law Guadalupe Sanchez, Montrose, grandchildren, Alyssa Thomas, Adrian Thomas, Ayden Morgan and Alayna Morgan.

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

Obituary - Norma Jean (Martin) Crain

Norma Jean Crain, 81, Nevada, MO passed away on Saturday January 4, 2020 at Nevada Regional Medical Center in Nevada, MO. Norma was born June 24th, 1938 in Appleton City, Missouri to William T. Martin and Ida M. (Kennedy) Martin. She married Cleo W. Crain on July 21, 1955 and he preceded her in death on March 30, 1994.

Norma grew up in Appleton City and El Dorado Springs areas and attended school in El Dorado Springs, MO. She went to work for Nelly Don-Junior House in 1960 and worked there 38 years until its closure in 1998. Following the closure, she continued to work for more than decade, working for Community Outreach, the Nevada Public Library and West Central Community Action Agency. She was an avid country music fan and enjoyed travelling with friends and family to watch country music shows. Norma was a member of the Pine Street Baptist Church in Nevada.

Survivors include one son, Casey Crain (Delpha) of Nevada, MO; daughter-in-law, Bernadine George (Bob) of Nevada, MO; five grandchildren, Kelly Love (Jason) of Fort Scott, KS; Jessica Read (David) of Carl Junction, MO; John Post (Kortney) of Bronaugh, MO; Devin Linn of Dayton, OH and Logan Crain of Nevada, MO; four sisters, Grace Jackson of Pittsburg, KS; Marie Fitzwater of Parsons, KS; Janice Cruse of Parsons, KS and Jackie Panek of Parsons, KS; as well as several nieces, nephews and great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband Cleo, Norma was preceded in death by one son, Warren Crain and one brother, George “Tommy” Martin.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO with Pastor Chad Bailey officiating. Committal of ashes will take place next to her husband at Moore Cemetery, Nevada, MO.

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Two vehicle accident in Barton County

The Barton County 911 center received a call of an automobile accident at 126 hwy and 43 highway. First responders from the Jasper fire department, Liberal fire department, and Barton County ambulance responded to the scene.

At this time we have no information on injuries. The accident is being investigated by the Missouri state highway patrol. Please if you're driving in the area of the accident drive with caution.

Mid America Live News will update when more information is made available to us. 

Peculiar Lions Club Pancake Dinner For Fallen Firefighter

Vernon County Sheriff’s Office K-9 finds drugs hidden in floor, two arrested

John Peery
Two people have been taken into custody after a search warrant was executed at a residence on E. Stockade Rd in rural Nevada, MO on Friday afternoon. 

Amanda Peery
According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, an ongoing investigation of narcotics led to the search warrant and seizure of suspected methamphetamine's

While searching the residence, the Sheriff’s Office K9 alerted to the odor of narcotics in the floor of the residence. 

It was then discovered that part of the flooring was covering a hole that contained the suspected methamphetamine as well as drug paraphernalia. Mosher says, “they tried their best to hide their drugs, but it was not quite good enough for the K9”. 

The suspects have been identified as 41-year-old Amanda Peery, of Nevada and 37-year-old John Peery, of Nevada. 

On Saturday morning, warrants were issued by the Courts charging Amanda and John with Delivery of a Controlled Substance.

Both Amanda and John are being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $100,000 cash only bond.

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.

CatzCatchers LaCygne Kansas Lake Tournament

$60 Entry
Day Tournament

This event is hosted by Jerry Horn of Catcatchers and William Pranker of River Catz.

Big Winter Blues. If you wanting to catch a big winter blue Now is the time. Lacygne Kansas Lake is the place January 11th is the date from 8am-5pm.

CatzCatchers Tournaments

*Weather Permitting* We will keep everyone updated*


Lacygne Lake , Ks
North Boat ramp.

Saturday January, 11
8 am to 5 pm

Entry fee: $60 2-3 man teams
$50 to pot and $10 to big fish

100% payput. Payout depends on places depends on entries. 5 fish limit channel, blues, or flatthead. 5 heaviest fish

Registration: Starts @ 7 am one team member must be there to register and at weight in everyone must have rods out of water at 5 pm and at weight in

Remember the more teams the higher the payouts.

10 or less boats will pay 1st thru 3rd
More than that will pay as 10 to 15 boats 4th place and 15 or more pay up to 5th place
Working on getting more sponsors to sweeten the pots. With prizes and more $ for higher payouts.

Rod and Reel only.

1.All state and local regulators must be followed.
2 Time will be from 8am to 5pm Registration starts at 6am with captains meeting and rules to follow.
3. Consist of 2-3 man teams or (may fish solo), but no more than 6 rods in water at one time.
4.Rod and Reel only. You may fish from bank or boat. No leaving of the lake. Once you setup.
5. All live wells will be checked before anyone gets on water.
6. All fish must be alive at weight in. No more than 5 fish in boat at weight in.
7. We all are out here to have fun and win money of course to respect the fellow fisherman and dont crowd them. Stay atleast 50 yards
8. Absolutely no prefishing lake 8 hrs prior to tournament. I will be watching. If caught cheating of any means will result in disqualification and forfeit of your entry fee. Just trying to keep it fair and fun for everyone. Yes bait fiahing is aloud before just no catfishing.

Remember to have fun, be safe and catch fish. Hope to see everyone there..

Also getting stuff together to do few drawings for after tournament.

Thank you for your support

Sisters Forever

The January issue of Rural Missouri features Bates County Hospitals own Doncella Liggins and her transplant journey a few years ago, along with her donor Beverly Burch, both of Butler. 

Doncella is the Director of Health Information Management at Bates County Memorial Hospital.
Take the link below and jump to page 46 to ready the story.

Peculiar Police Department seeking public assistance

The Peculiar Police Department in seeking the public's assistance in locating a suspect vehicle involved in the theft of an enclosed trailer. The 6 X 11, white in color enclosed trailer was reported stolen from the 20905 South Peculiar Drive on 12/26/2019. At the time of the theft the trailer has Missouri license 91F-3DG on it.

The suspect vehicle is believed to be an older Dodge Dakota, predominately green in color with a driver’s side front fender and door possibly primer gray.

Anyone having information regarding this vehicle, persons associated with the vehicle or the stolen trailer are encouraged to contact the Peculiar Police Department.

Need a job?

Quality Home Care Inc., Part time and full time positions available for reliable and dependable personal care aides in Cass County.

If interested, please give me a call @ 660-679-6733 for further information and an over-the-phone interview.

Stolen Property Reported in Bates County

On December 31, 2019 a Bates County Deputy took a report of a theft. The victim stated that within the last two weeks he has had 25 to 27 round bales of hay stolen from a property located on County Road 13004 where he had the hay stored. 

The victim gave the Deputy a name of a person he believed to have stolen the hay. 

This person had a similar number of bales show up on his property. When the person was questioned he stated that he had bought the hay off of the internet. The investigation is currently pending on this case.

New Sex Offender Registered in Amsterdam

Randall E. Paton (DOB 8/12/1986) registered as a sex offender today in Bates County. Paton is residing at 8480C NW High Street in Amsterdam, MO. 

He was convicted of 4 counts of Statutory Rape in May of 2014 in Lafayette County, MO. 

Mr. Paton is a Tier 3 sex offender.

Local man arrested on Cass County warrants

On January 2, 2020 a Deputy was advised that an adjoining agency was attempting to locate Earl Ratliff (DOB 12/23/1982) in reference to a dispute that had occurred the night before. Dispatch advised the Deputy that Ratliff had 3 warrants out of Cass County for failure to appear.

The Deputy observed Ratliff walking on Business 49 and 3rd Street in Adrian. Ratliff was taken into custody and was transported to the Bates County Jail.

Sex offender registered in Rich Hill

From the Bates County Sheriff's Office

On January 6, 2020 Richard Andrew Black (DOB 4/13/1983) registered as a sex offender in Bates County. Black is currently residing at 308 W Park in Rich Hill, MO. He was convicted of Sexual Assault on 8/3/2010 in Clay County, MO. Black is classified as a Tier 3 sex offender.

Date for auditions set...

Auditions for Cafe Murder will be Monday January 20th, 21st & 23rd at the Adrian School commons area 6-8 pm.

Last chance to audition will be Friday the 24th at the Adrian Library 6-8. Come have some fun!

Obituary - Esther Nissen

Funeral services for Esther Nissen will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. 

Visitation will be prior to services from 9-10 a.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel. 

Burial in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Fairfax, Missouri. Contributions suggested to Butler Public Library, Butler Senior Center or Ohio Street United Methodist Church. Online condolences,

Esther Carleen Nissen, age 88 of Butler, Missouri passed away Saturday, January 4, 2020 at her home in Butler. She was born on a farm in northeast Kansas on November 4, 1931 to Carl and Elva Bushey Hutchinson.

Esther is survived by her children, Ronald Nissen and wife Gay Lea of Butler, Missouri and Marilyn Nissen Busby of Overland Park, Kansas; five grandchildren, Jimmy Nissen, Julia Barber, Jeffrey Nissen, Angelea Busby and Nicholas Busby; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lorna Slimmer and husband Lawrence of Hiawatha, Kansas and Cleo VanDalsem and husband Elvon of Fairview, Kansas; and many nephews and nieces. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Herbert in 1995; two sisters, Rose Lavern (infant) in 1935 and Marilyn Jane Freeborn in 2008; brother-in-law, Derryl Freeborn in 2015; son-in-law, William Busby in 2018

This Week Weather Wise

Climatologically, the coldest time in KC is Jan 10th - 22nd when the avg high is 38 and the avg low is 19. So, if you were looking for a reason not to pack away the hats, scarves and gloves there you go! If you needed another reason, it looks like that coldest period may live up to its billing as the coldest air of the season is lurking next week. Sub-zero? Perhaps!

However, for that first full work/school week of 2020 we tried to deliver some nice weather (sorry we got sloppy towards the end of the week) to help make it good one! So, get out there and make it the best 2020 you can! Can you tell we here at NWS KC are all about the positive reinforcement??

Update: Fire at Golden Valley Tractor In Clinton

01/05/2020: At 4:01am yesterday morning, the Clinton Fire Department received an alarm for a possible structure fire at Golden Valley Tractor, 1403 North Second Street. The on duty crew of 4 personnel responded in two apparatus, the departments aerial platform (Ladder 1) and Rescue truck (Rescue 10). Fire crews arrived on scene to find heavy smoke and fire involvement in the service area of the building. At the time of arrival, the fire had already reached a point to which interior fire suppression efforts were not possible. A second alarm for additional personnel to respond was immediately requested and a third apparatus (Engine 3) responded to the scene to assist in fire suppression operations.

Due to the size of the fire and the need for more personnel, a request was made for assistance from the Urich Fire Department for a pumper with personnel and Warrensburg Fire Department for an aerial platform with personnel. A unified command was established with Interim Clinton Fire Chief Mark Manuel assuming Incident Command. At approximately 6:30am, Chief Manuel requested assistance from the Missouri State Fire Marshals Office to assist in investigating the fire cause. An investigator responded to the scene and was assisted in an investigation by Clinton Fire Investigators. A joint investigation is still underway at the time of this press release.

Fire crews were on scene for approximately 15 hours. Assisting the Clinton Fire Department were the following agencies: Clinton Police Department, Golden Valley Hospital Ambulance, Urich Fire, Warrensburg Fire, Evergy, Empire Gas, and Alliance (Henry County Water Co).

We would like to express our humble appreciation to McDonalds for providing free meals for firefighters and White Oak Gas Station for providing coffee and drinks.

Wanted in Linn County Kansas

Missing Juvenile In Linn County Kansas


Briana Jeanjo Anderson, white female, 5'03", appox. 95 lbs, Blue eyes, medium lenght brown hair. 

She was last seen wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, sweatpants, and red vans. She was last seen in Linn Valley 1/05/2020.

Contact the Linn County Sheriff's Office with any information. 913-795-2665

She has been located safe!