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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Obituary - Jerry McLallen

Jerry D. McLallen, age 65, died at Clinton Healthcare and Rehab Center, Clinton, MO, on February 25, 2020.

Jerry was born on November 23, 1954, to Glenda McLallen in Kansas City, Missouri.

Jerry graduated High School, never married and was a Supervisor at Rival Manufacturing here in Clinton for many years.

Jerry is survived by Ronetta (Gregory) Denison, Norman Beasley, Bernetta (Aaron) Roberts, Shayne (Janet) Burkett, Chad (Malinda) Burkett, Amy (John) Carr, Priscilla (Scott) Braun, Cody Roberts, Kieth Roberts, Marjorie McMillin, Monty McLallen, many more family members and friends.

Jerry was preceded in death by his mother Glenda McLallen, uncle and aunt Clarence and Francine Burkett, and grandmother Bernice McLallen.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Obituary - Zoe Rene Bishop

Zoe Rene Bishop, 89 of Kansas City, Missouri passed away Thursday, Feb-ruary 27, 2020 at New Mark Care Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Visita-tions will be held from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Gashland United Methodist Church, 7715 North Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, Missouri 64118 and from 10:00 am to 11:00 am Friday, March 6, 2020, also at the church. 

Funeral Services will follow at 11:00 am Friday. Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Friday, March 6, 2020 at Freeman Cemetery in Freeman, Missouri. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Old Pueblo Chapter DAR or Pleasant Hill Historical Society. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Zoe Rene Bishop was born January 21, 1931, the daughter of Robert Earl and Hazel Irene Warner Nicholls. Zoe grew up on her parents’ farm south of Pleas-ant Hill, MO. Her maternal grandparents were John Jefferson and Anna May Warner and her paternal grandparents were William Thomas and Lettie Ann Nicholls.

A retired teacher of 33 years in the Missouri school system. Zoe was a member of the Daughters of American Revolution and organizing member of the Old Pueblo Chapter in Tucson, AZ., where she spent 14 years after retire-ment. She was a member of the Ashland United Methodist Church in North Kansas City after relocating from Tucson, AZ. in 2014. She enjoyed traveling, spending time with family, meeting new people, camping and was an avid reader.

Zoe was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, William Earl and John Warner Nicholls, her sister Maeletta Erelene Smith, and her daughter Vera

Lynn Hatch. She is survived by her children, Vickie L. Bishop, V. Lolita Whit-worth, and Velma L. Butler and husband Steven. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Renee D. Boley (Trey), William I. Stuecken (Kerri), Amanda Freidline (Louis), Allen Hatch (Shannon), Chris Whitworth (Jessica), and Taylor Whitworth, along with a great-grandchild Jordan Boley.

Missouri Century Farms Honored At Annual University Extension Dinner

Picture Kalyn: Kalyn Eckhoff, 4-H West Central Region Representative gave a short program at the evening
Picture Schapeler: The Motheral/Black/Schapeler Family was recognized as a Century Farm

Picture Swickhamer: Sara Bridgewater (far left), Bates County Engagement Specialist pictured with the Swickhamer Family being recognized as a Century Farm

(BUTLER, MO—February 27, 2020)— Monday, February 24, 2020, the annual Bates County Extension dinner was held at Frontier Village in Adrian, Missouri, with Linda Howard catering the meal.

Guests for the evening included Kalyn Eckhoff, 4-H West Central Regional Representative; Missouri Century Farm honorees— Motheral/Black/Shapeler family and Swickhamer family.

Special recognition was given to outgoing Extension Council members Jerry Ferguson and Marilyn Duckworth (not present).

New Council member, Gwen Ford and Abby Salazar was sworn in by Marlene Wainscott. The other Council members include: Brian Gillis, Hope Campbell, Sharon Arnold, Shannon Crawford, Myra Colin, Libby Foster, Larry Hacker, and Missy LanCaster.

Special presentations were made to the Missouri Century Farm honorees. Bates County honored four Missouri Century Farms: Motheral/Black/Schapeler Farm, a 160-acre farm acquisitioned in 1861—owned by Wayne and Josephine Schapeler; Swickhamer Farm, a 80-acre farm acquisitioned in 1919—owned by L. Merle and Carol Swickhamer Trust; Martin Rapp Farm, a 100-acre farm acquisitioned in 1875—owned by Margaret Sunderland (not present); and Link Farm, a 240-acre farm acquisitioned in 1903—owned by Kathryn Ann Peterson (not present).

The Missouri Century Farm program's history dates back to 1976 as a result of the Missouri Committee for Agriculture. One activity that was initiated by the committee was the "Centennial Farm" project, which awarded certificates to persons owning farms that had been in the same family for 100 years or more. Interest in the program continued after 1976. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and University of Missouri Extension planned a 10-year update in 1986 called the "Century Farm" program. This program has been sustained as a yearly event with over 100 farms recognized each year. In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau became a program co-sponsor.

Auction in Hume Missouri

 It's almost Sale Time! 
👉 Come out for a Sale Preview tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 8 AM-5 PM.
🚗 Sale will be held at 14366 SW Co Rd 3988 Hume, MO. This address is GPS recognizable.
Don't miss this sale, Monday, March 2nd at 9:00 AM!!
💻 Unable to join us onsite? Register, view and bid online at
 Questions call Jim, Brian or Todd Hertzog.
See you there!!

City of Harrisonville is currently accepting bids for the 2020 Sidewalk and Curb Program

BID POSTING: The City of Harrisonville is currently accepting bids for the 2020 Sidewalk and Curb Program.

The deadline to submit a sealed bid is 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 26. For more information about the project, 


Reception for Butler Library Director Tifany Fugate

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Obituary - John David Rainwater

John David Rainwater, 77, of Harrisonville, Missouri passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. No services scheduled at this time.

A full obituary will be posted when it is available.

One tased and arrested in Butler

Andrew Winters

A big thank you from Jackwagon BBQ

We want to say a huge Thank You this morning to the Butler Fire Department and the Adrian Fire Department for responding to our call for help. We also want to say Thank You to Jami Page for calling when she noticed an abnormal amount of smoke coming from our smoker area. On arrival the smoker had glitched and an overflow of wood in the fire area. This caused an unusually larger fire in the chamber where the meat is. The fire was contained in the smoker and the fire department was requested out of an over abundance of caution.

The good news is we will be open today as usual. Please cut us some slack as we are a little behind on our schedule but we will still be open.

We are a humorous family and I think our daily special will represent that fact. Thanks for the community support!


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Obituary - Don E. Evans

Don E. Evans, age 69, passed away Monday, February 24, 2020 at Sunrise Home, Scottsdale, AZ. Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 11 AM at Vansant-Mills Chapel with visitation one hour prior. The family suggests memorial contributions to Kennedy's Disease Association and may be left in care of the funeral home. Fond memories may be left at

Donald Eugene Evans entered into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the morning of February 24, 2020 with his children by his side. He was born in a small town in Chanute, Kansas on Sept 7, 1950. He battled Kennedy’s disease since his diagnosis in 2005. He was originally given 2 years to live and fought hard for 13+ years.

Don was a man of convicted faith who believed the truth of the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. So much that he would later be disciple and become a Deacon and Sunday school teacher. Don’s greatest testimony of faith though was in that he lead his family by example in generosity, gratitude, grace and most importantly endless unconditional love.
Don is survived by his 2 brothers- Ron and Tom, 2 sister-in-laws Connie and Patti. His big brother and best friend Bob passed away 9 months ago in Kansas. He also has 7 children- son Courtney (dear one, Katie, previous daughter-in-law Tracy), daughter Desiree, son Lance, daughter Shauna, son Mike, son Travis, daughter-in-law Amanda, and son Derek. Don has 13 grandchildren- Cendall, Chloe, Gracie, Zack, Kyle, Gianna, Nikita, Nick, Emma, Brooks, Alexsis, Gabby, Abram, and Corbin.

Don also leaves behind countless friends whom he considered his extended family.
He was an avid sports fan. You could always catch him in front of a TV any time his beloved Jayhawks were playing. His normal attire was pants and one of his many Kansas Jayhawks shirts, jackets, or hoodies. Recently he watched his Kansas City Chiefs win their 2nd Super Bowl. He was proud that he watched both super bowl wins which were separated by 50 years. Not only was he an avid sports fan, he was a great athlete as well. Anyone close to him has heard many stories of his legacy in Madison playing basketball, baseball, football and golf. Throughout his golfing years, he had 3 hole in one’s. He might have a record for being the only person ever to be cursing that he hit a bad shot as his makes a hole in one.

Don will be greatly missed by everyone that has crossed his path.

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

Obituary - Leslie Young

Leslie Young, age 56, passed away Monday, February 25, 2020 at Research Medical Kansas City, MO. Visitation will be held Monday, March 2, 2020 from 6pm-8pm at Vansant-Mills Chapel. Graveside service will be Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 11am at Englewood Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions go to the Clinton Animal Shelter and may be left in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences may be left at

Leslie R. Young of Clinton, Mo. Passed away on 02/25/202 at Research Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. She was born June 12, 1963 in Farmington, Missouri. On 10/12/1996 she married Ronald Young at their home near Clinton, MO. He survives of the home.

When she was younger she loved spending time at her grandparents home. She worked at a factory in Farmington, Missouri running an industrial embroidery machine which she loved. When she moved to Clinton, Missouri she worked for Creative Screen Printing. She then became a caregiver for her mother-in-law until the time of her death.

Although Leslie and Ron had no kids of their own they kept their house full with toy poodles that they spoiled rotten and treated just like their kids. She also loved to cook and grow brightly colored flowers at their home. She will always be remembered for her sense of humor and her loving giving nature and she will be missed by all.

Among survivors are her daughter Amy Tatom of Sour Lake, Texas. Sisters: Terry and husband Doug Bloom of Farmington, Mo., Paula and husband John Graff of Portage Des Sioux, Mo., Dana and Tim Trahan of Sour Lake, Texas. Sister in-Laws Sandy and husband Gary Doll, Urich, Mo., Marsha and husband Donald Cook of Clinton, Mo. and Kathy Roos of Clinton, Mo. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother Wanda Pirtle and stepdad Jim Pirtle, her mother and father-in-law, Lloyd and Elizabeth Young.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home.

Obituary - Robert W. Masters

Robert Wesley Masters, 54, of Carthage, MO formerly of Nevada, MO passed away on Tuesday February 25, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, MO.

Family and service information will be announced at a later time.

Jeff Weber seeing re-election as Cass County Sheriff

Give the Gift of Life next week

Electric City Downtown: Get involved!

Interested in learning more about our committees or getting involved?

Join us tomorrow (Thursday, February 27th)
Promotions Committee will meet at 5:30 PM and
Economic Vitality will meet at 6:30 PM in the ECD Office, accessible from the North doors of The Pennell.

Stay tuned as we update our page to include information about the My Community Matters Grant and future meetings!

More here-

Smoke on the square this morning

Smoke emanating from the south side of the square this morning was concerning, however the cause turned out to be minor in nature. A smoker located at the back of Jackwagon BBQ got out of control but firefighters remedied the situation in short order. The scene has been cleared, and the restaurant is open for business as usual.

Editor's note- we're guessing there might be a special today....very burnt, burnt ends?!?