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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Valentines Day: Problem solved

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Bates County Republicans Meeting Tomorrow

Bates County Republicans will meet tomorrow night, January 29, 2020, 6:00 pm at the Butler Country Club. 

There are lots of things on the agenda, so I hope you can all make it. Meal is $5, and yearly dues are now due as well $10.

Clinton High School names new football coach

Clinton High School is proud to announce it has selected Kevin W. LaFavor as its next Head Football Coach. Coach LaFavor will take the helm of the Clinton Cardinals football team and will be a teacher in the Physical Education Department at Clinton High School.

Coach LaFavor has spent the last three seasons at Lincoln High School, the last two as Head Coach. As a Head Coach he has amassed a 27-3 record, including State Runner-Up finishes the last two years. In 2017 LaFavor was an Assistant Coach at Lincoln where the team had a record of 11-1 and lost in the state quarterfinals.

LaFavor also has past coaching experiences in basketball and baseball. Coach LaFavor has two degrees from Southwest Baptist University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration. LaFavor was also a part of the Bearcat football team for one season.

Coach LaFavor was a standout student-athlete in high school as a Clinton Cardinal, including being an All-Conference and All-District football player. Kevin was also involved in FFA, FBLA, Basketball and National Honor Society. Kevin has also served as a youth coach for the Clinton Youth Football program in the past.

The Clinton School District and Clinton Community are excited to bring Coach LaFavor back to our community to lead our football program.

Jason Abner, Clinton Activities Director said “We are excited to have Coach LaFavor become a part of our Athletic Department and our Football program. We felt hiring someone with ties to the community and who wants to be here for a long time was an important component of this search process. We found that in Kevin LaFavor.”

Coach LaFavor said “I am excited for the opportunity to become a Clinton Cardinal. I appreciate the opportunity to return to my hometown and help lead our student-athletes down a path for success in the classroom and on the playing field.”

Coach LaFavor’s wife, Emily, is also a Clinton High School graduate. She was involved in Soccer, Softball, FFA, and Skills USA in her time there. She has worked as a registered nurse at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton for the past four years. Their son Maxwell is 2 years old. “We are very excited to be a part of the Clinton School District as well as the Clinton Community. Go Cardinals!”


Obituary - David Byron King

David Byron King, 65, Racket, MO, passed away Monday, January 27, 2020 in Clinton, MO. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 31, 2020 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO with visitation from 10:00-11:00. Burial in Wills Cemetery, Peculiar, MO.

(A complete obituary will be posted when information is available).

St. Clair County Sheriff's Office News Release January 21 through 28, 2020

St. Clair County Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made eight arrests and took multiple reports during the week of Jan. 21 through 28, 2020.

View the full press release by using the link that we provided for you below:

Obituary - Larry Duane Leonard

Larry Duane Leonard, age 77, Pleasanton, Kansas passed away Saturday, January 25, 2020 in Louisburg, Kansas. He was born the son of Otis and Niona Rose Leonard on October 25, 1942 in Pleasanton, Kansas. Larry married Neta Lee Montgomery in 1972 at Miami, Oklahoma, to this union they had two sons, Franklin and Larry Leonard. Larry served in the National Guard for six years. He was a certified silversmith, he also loved fishing and hunting and flying radio controlled aircraft. Over the years Larry was employed by R&M Coal Company, the Linn County Sheriff's Department and the Linn County Road Department. 

Larry was preceded in death by his parents and older brother, Eugene Leonard. He is survived by his wife, his two sons, two brothers, Darryl Leonard and wife, Vicki, and Jerry Leonard and wife, Jo, one granddaughter, Hannah and one great grandson, Noah and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a Memorial Service at 1:00 pm, Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Pleasanton Chapel. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Friday, January 31, 2020 at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Pleasanton Chapel. 

Contributions are suggested to Linn County Care to Share and may be sent in care of Schneider Funeral Home P.O. Box 525 Pleasanton, Kansas 66075. Online condolences may be left at

Obituary - Waborn Ray Phillips

Waborn Ray Phillips, age 61, Mound City, Kansas passed away at his home Tuesday January 21, 2020.

He was born on September 6, 1958 in Harrison, Arkansas to M. Glen and Estalee (Braswell) Phillips. He graduated from Blue Eye High School with the Class of 1976. After marrying Peggy Haas on October 3, 1998, Waborn followed his passion for his career as a dental technician, and became owner of Phillips Dental Laboratory in 2003. Waborns' greatest joy was any time family would gather at his home. He loved to visit, catch up on family news, tell stories and usually ended with a game of four-point pitch. He loved hunting, fish fries, crab boils, and bonfires. He was always up for getting the kids, family, and friends together outdoors riding four wheelers, hunting, fishing, and front yard whiffle ball games. His excitement and energy wasn't easy to keep up with.

Waborn was preceded in death by his father, and an infant sister, Marsha.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy; mother, Estalee Phillips; son, Brandon Phillips, wife Kara, and grandson Ryker; daughter Megan Brockhoff and husband Ben; sister Teresa Tibbets and husband Doug; stepson Michael Grube, wife Stacy, and granddaughters Alyssa and Lauren; stepson Kevin Grube; a niece Lora Compton, husband Joy and their children Trevor, Treyton and Trace. He is also survived by a niece, Michelle Tibbets; a nephew, Jarrod Phillips and wife Anika; niece, Alisha Standlee and husband Zane; niece, Andrea Benoit, husband Andrew; and niece, Tammy Smith. He is also survived by numerous great nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.

Waborns' family wishes to express their gratitude to Good Shepherd Hospice for their help and support.

A gathering to celebrate Waborn's life will be held Saturday February 1, 2020 at the Mound City First Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 am, followed by a memorial service from 11:30am-12:00. Online condolences can be left at Arrangements: Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel.

A week of work for a lifetime gift

Phyllis Bunch surprised the folks of the Butler Senior Center with a Bessie Ross American flag she crocheted. Phyllis says that it takes a week for her to finish a 40cm x 23cm flag. Nice work indeed!

Light Snow today thru tomorrow morning

More snow today through tomorrow morning. Flurries this morning/afternoon followed by accumulating snow this evening.

Early morning fire in Nevada

Early this morning the Nevada Fire Department responded to a fire at 1311 N. Osage, fire crews went straight into a defensive attack due to building collapse and fire conditions. The building was a total loss and the fire is currently under investigation.

Mid America Live News will update when more information is made available to us from the Nevada Fire Department.

It only happens once a year...

Got something old? Unusual? Weird? Bring it to the Bates County Museum Saturday March 7th at 10:30 am for the annual show and tell gathering. The fun will be followed by a tasty soup/chili luncheon for a free will donation.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Heavy police presence in Butler

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The Butler Police Department has a situation developing in the 800 block of W. Dakota, stay clear of this area. We will advise on here when the area is back open.

This is not in the area of the Elementary School.

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

** Update 9:00am**
This incident is over and no one was injured! Mid America Live News will update when more information is made available to us.