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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Obituary - Dan Eads

Dan Eads, 64, Harrisonville, MO, passed away Thursday, February 20, 2020 at his home. Memorial visitation will be held from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with Masonic services at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Dan Eads Memorial, to be used at Cass Career Center Ag Program.

Dan was born July 19, 1955 in Independence, MO, a son of Robert H. and Danna (Stephens) Eads. He was a 1973 graduate of Truman High School in Independence. He married Kim E. Arthur on October 25, 1975 in Kansas City, MO. They moved to Harrisonville in 1977. He started working for the City of Harrisonville in 1985 with the street department, transferring to codes, and then to building inspector, retiring in 2004. He also co-owned and operated Eads & Arthur Shoe Repair and Gun Shop in Harrisonville from 1985-early 1990’s. Dan was a member and past master in 2015 of the Cass Masonic Lodge #147 AF&AM, Harrisonville, MO. Dan was on the Advisory Committee for the Cass Career Center Ag Program from 1995 to 2010.

Dan is survived by his wife, Kim, of the home; one son, Michael Eads (Monica), and one daughter, Jennifer Richardson (Nathan Brown), all of Harrisonville, MO; two brothers, Robert L. Eads (Marcella), Ft. Worth, TX and Dale Alan Walker (Dana), Torrington, CT; an aunt, Judy Kelsey (David), Independence, MO, and two grandchildren, Luke and Hannah Richardson.

Way to go Brody!

Congratulations to Miami R-1 Senior Brody Julien! He scored his 1000th point in basketball within the first few seconds of the game last night against Ballard!

Anyone missing a phone in Butler?

The Butler Police Department had a individual bring a phone he located. 

If you have lost a phone recently and can correctly describe the case and lock screen photo. call us 660-679-6131

Lets help a local Nevada race car driver

For anyone who hasn't heard, Jordan Beard, Nevada Speedway driver, had a terrible accident in his shop while working on his car.

Jordan was life flighted to Springfield and as far as I know he cannot move his right leg and has no feeling in it. Please keep Jordan in your thoughts and prayers!


Mark your calendar

Mears completes 911 training

The Sheriffs Office is proud to announce that Communications Coordinator Sgt. Sarah Mears has completed a certification course through the NENA 911 Association.  The course was the Center Management Certificate Program and was extensive training for individuals who run 911 communications centers.  

Sgt. Mears began her career at Bates County in September 2012.  She started as a dispatcher and through hard work and dedication she worked her way up to Communications Coordinator.  Sgt. Mears is responsible for a staff of 7 employees and oversees the day to day operations of the Bates County Communications Center.  In 2019, the Center fielded over 91,000 phone calls and dispatches for multiple first responders agencies.  The center is primary dispatch for the Sheriff’s Office, Adrian Police Department, Adrian Fire Department and multiple rural fire departments throughout the County.  The Center handles emergency 911 calls and transfers medical emergency calls to the hospital’s dispatch as needed.  

We want to congratulate Sgt. Mears  on her training and look forward to implementing some of the new ideas that she has returned with.  Join us in Thanking her and all our communication officers for their dedication to the Citizens of Bates County.  

“We could not do the fine work our agency does without the dedication of our communication officers.  They are the nucleus of our agency.  Together with the other divisions we are one team with the pledge to serve our citizens and provide the best services we can.  Training like this is an important aspect of what we do to continue to improve those services.” Says Sheriff Anderson.

No place to park?

It was a grand gathering of friends, alumni and supporters for the official ribbon cutting for the new gymnasium at Miami R-1 yesterday evening. The facility was officially ‘opened for business’ as literally hundreds filled the hallways just prior to an evening of basketball action. The school and community would like to thank everyone for their continued support for the project.

Obituary - Herbert Andrew “Andy” Wilhelm

Herbert Andrew “Andy” Wilhelm, of Garden City, Missouri was born February 9, 1948 in California, Missouri the son of Herbert Henry and Anna Marie (Allee) Wilhelm. He departed this life on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at his home at the age of 72 years.

On May 12, 1977, Andy was united in marriage to Carolyn Ailene Williams in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Andy grew up in Kansas City, Missouri where he attended Raytown High School, he left school early so he could join the United States Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was honorable discharged and received two bronze stars, a purple heart and several other medals. Andy was a member of the Harrisonville VFW Post #4409, Harrisonville, Missouri. After the military, he was employed as a diesel mechanic for Freightliner in Kansas City, Kansas and later with Limpus Quarries in Harrisonville, Missouri. Andy enjoyed fishing, hunting, being in the outdoors and most of all spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Ann Land and Melinda Ramsell and a brother, Lanny Wilhelm.

Andy is survived by his wife, Carolyn Wilhem of the home; his children, Andy Wilhelm Jr. and wife Tina, Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Cody Noland, State of California, Matt Paulsen and wife Cristi, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Amee Wilhelm and Becky Wilhelm both of the home; grandchildren, Hayley Noland, Chase Howe and wife Allison, Paige Wilhelm, Holley Wilhelm, Serina Wimsatt and husband Damon, Josh Paulsen, Cody Noland Jr., and Charlie Noland; great-grandchildren, Landyn, Macy, Boston, Bryce, Patton and Nova; two sisters, Nina Wilhelm and Melissa Weaver and her husband, Curtis all of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation with a private family service held at a later date.

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

Linn County Crimestoppers Benefit

Obituary - Elsie Mable (Moore) Ketchum

Elsie Mable (Moore) Ketchum, 75, Harrisonville, MO, departed this life on February 17, 2020 at Cass Medical Center, Harrisonville, MO.

Elsie was born on April 1, 1944 in Commerce, Delta County, TX; the seventh of twelve children born to Lawrence Newton Moore and Elsie Pebble (Miller) Moore. She grew up in the country with her parents and siblings in Mangum, OK.

Elsie was a graduate of City View High School in Oklahoma. After graduation, she traveled to Kansas City to join some of her siblings in pursuit of more employment options. She applied to beauty school and AT&T, and she said that AT&T responded first, so she accepted. It was at AT&T that she found many wonderful lifelong friendships. She also met the love of her life, James (Jim) Ketchum, whom she married on September 27, 1975. Together, Elsie and Jim raised two sons along with many dogs, horses, oxen, and birds on their small farm in Harrisonville. After retirement from AT&T in 1996, Elsie worked at Wright Signs and later at Aztec Signs and Designs creating and installing vinyl graphics for advertisements.

Elsie was known to her loved ones by different names, including: “Mable”, “Sadie”, “Mom”, and “Granny”. She treasured life and savored all the good times spent with her friends and family. She always kept her social calendar full of activities such as: square dancing, bingo nights, bowling league, high school and family reunions, helping with big holiday parties, and cheering on grandkids in school and sports. Even after her health began to fight against her, she remained positive and kept up with attending every activity she could.

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers: John Wayne, Bobby Lynn, Jimmy Lee, and Jerry Glenn; and two sisters: Martha Nell Owen and Miriam Kaye Moore.

She is survived by her husband, Jim; her two sons and daughters-in-law: Rick (Callie) Justice and Joe (Shannon) Ketchum; four brothers: Truman Gene, Billy Ray, Jessie Earl, and Sam Nile; and one sister: Lola Merle (Russ) Christopher; seven grandchildren: Kelsey (Travis), Jared, Dallas, Dakota, Nonnie, Cole, and Max; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Elsie was a devoted wife, mother, sister, friend, and Granny who will forever live on in our hearts. She is a blessing to us all and will be dearly missed.

Cremation has been accorded. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors Project.

Thank you!

Shane Norman came by to say thank you to Henry County Sheriffs Office Cpl Richardson and Deputy Brandt for helping him out a few weeks ago. Mr. Norman was kayaking on Truman Lake when he needed assistance. 

Richardson, Brandt along with the MSHP and Golden Valley Ambulance responded and we able to assist Mr. Norman. His kayak was taken to the Sheriff's Office and stored until he was able to recover it.

 Mr. Norman presented stained glass flags that he made for Cpl Richardson and Deputy Brandt. Thank you Shane for recognizing our staff!

Feel good story!

We always love to hear a positive story. Today we had a visitor that wanted to show his appreciation for what he calls “saving his life”. Father John Boulderson came yesterday to shake our hands for a job well done bearing chocolate and gifts. 

Father John had fallen and broke several bones including his neck and laid on the floor until Deputies arrived. Father John believed he had been there for up to three days. Deputy Erickson was the first Deputy on scene and began to give medical aid while waiting for other emergency services to arrive.

Father John says he still has a lot of therapy to go but is alive and full of spirit.

“I want to thank Father John for taking time to recognize our deputies and first responders for the job they do with such dedication and passion here in Bates County.” Says Sheriff Anderson.

BCSO special guest at Lions Club meeting

Bates County Sheriffs Office Captain Corbin and K9 Lector was the guest speaker yesterday for the Lions Club. Captain Corbin had a quick presentation then answered many great questions about K9 Lector and the K9 program at the Sheriffs Office.

K9 Lector has had 34 criminal apprehensions since being in service. K9 Lector is an 8 year old German Shepard.

The Sheriff’s Office has 2 K-9 units with the second being a Malinois male handled by Sgt. Justin Shaffer.

Both dogs are a valuable asset to our community in helping with criminal apprehensions and to combat drugs. These are working dogs that come to work with the Deputies everyday that the Deputy works.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to thank the Lions Club for the opportunity to explain to them the importance of a K9 program and how their taxes are being used to protect and serve the community.

Independence woman injured in Bates County Crash

On 2/21/20 around 10:20pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County responded to a one vehicle accident in the southbound lanes of I-49 around mile marker 118.4 south of Rich Hill.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2011 Hyundai driven by 25 year old Victoria N. Miles of Independence, Missouri traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a guardrail.

Victoria N. Miles sustained minor injuries in this accident and she was transported to Bates County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The vehicle received extensive damages and it was towed from the scene of the crash by Douty's Tow of Butler.

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Bates County Assessor's Office wants to remind you that your Personal Property sheets are due by March 1, 2020. Don't be late and get penalized! 

Thank you.
Roger Pruden
Bates County Assessor

Obituary - Amanda Jeanne Guggisberg

Amanda Jeanne Guggisberg, 33, of Harrisonville, Missouri passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at her home. 

Funeral services will be scheduled at a later date. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to American Lung Association in Amanda’s name.