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Monday, March 2, 2020

Obituary - Jody Oliver

Jody Oliver, 36 of Drexel, Missouri passed away Monday, February 24, 2020. 

Cremation, with memorial services to be held 5:30 pm Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Cleveland Baptist Church, Cleveland, Missouri. 

Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

A complete obituary is pending at this time.

Appleton City spring garage sales coming in April

The Appleton City Spring City Wide Garage Sale dates will be April 3rd & 4th. Permits are $5 and can be purchased at City Hall from March 16th through March 31st. Permits to set up in the A.C. Park are $25 for the pole shelter, $15 for the stage, $10 for a lawn permit and that price covers both days. Park permits are also available at City Hall and are sold on a first come, first served basis. 

Maps will be available at Food Fair, Powell's True Value & Casey's beginning Thursday afternoon. House of Joy Ministry will be at the City Park on Saturday from 3:00-5:00 to pick up donations. If you have questions, please call Dianne Foster at 476-2390.

Obituary - Nora Lucille "Nieder" Spears

Funeral services for Nora Spears will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. 

Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or Butler Senior Center. Online condolences,

Nora Lucille "Nieder" Spears, age 91 of Butler, Missouri died Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Medicalodge in Butler. She was born October 11, 1928 to John August Carl and Mary Bell Henderson Nieder in Butler.

Nora is survived by four grandchildren, Robert Ficklin of Monticello, Arkansas, Ronald Terwilliger II of Peculiar, Missouri, Randy Terwilliger and wife Emily of Harrisonville, Missouri, and Heather Vaughan and husband Joe of Oklahoma City, OK; six great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, Tina Nieder and Nancy Armentrout, both of Amsterdam, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband A.B.; daughter Connie Lynn; great-grandson Robert Scot Ficklin, and siblings.

Nevada Police make arrest in connection to multiple business burglaries

On March 1, 2020, Nevada Police responded to multiple businesses in the 100 block of N. Main in reference to reports of burglary, stealing & property damage.

Three separate businesses reported an unknown suspect had forced entry into their buildings and stolen thousands of dollars in property. During the follow up investigation, police were able to identify the suspect involved in these crimes.

Later that same day Nevada Police obtained and executed a search warrant at a residence in the 600 block of W. Cherry Street. Inside the residence, a large quantity of stolen property from these burglaries was located, seized and subsequently returned to the business owners. During the execution of the search warrant, the suspect was found and taken into custody by police.

The suspect, identified as James E. Sorden, age of 45 of Nevada was subsequently transported by police to the Vernon County Jail for holding.

This investigation remains ongoing as detectives continue to follow up with leads in these cases.

On Monday, March 2, 2020, the following charges were filed against Sorden through the Vernon County Associate Court:

Three (3) Counts, Burglary 2nd Degree - Class D Felony
Two (2) Counts, Stealing – Class D Felony
One (1) Count, Property Damage – Class E Felony
One (1) Count, Property Damage – Class B Misdemeanor

Sorden is being held in the Vernon County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash-only bond.

Citizens are encouraged to contact the police if they have any information that would be helpful to combat crime.

For questions regarding crime prevention techniques or to start a Neighborhood Watch Program, contact the Nevada Police Department at (417) 448-5100.

To report criminal activities call 911 or us the Tip Hotline (417) 667-8477. Any and all information will be kept confidential.

Nevada Police seeking public assistance

Nevada Police are attempting to identify the subject in the following photos. 

If you know the identity of this individual please contact the Nevada Police Department at 417-448-2710.

WARNING: Busy week ahead

Statewide tornado drill 10 am 
Dirty Bingo @ Kern Center in Rich Hill 10:30 am
Butler City Council meeting 7 pm at city hall

Blood drive @ Butler High school noon to 6 pm

Reception for Tifany Fugate @ Butler Public Library 10 am to 5 pm
Trivia Night at Miami High School 7 pm old gym

Adrian Elks coyote hunt info call 660-424-9271 
Show 'n Tell at the Bates County Museum 10:30 am
Extension Trivia Night at Adrian Optimist Building 7 pm (Kickin Chicken fundraiser starting at 5 pm)


Ladies Night Out coming next month

Spring Ladies Night Out is happening April 4th sponsored by the Bates County Elks Lodge.

More info here

Butler Senior Center needs your input...

Bates County: We need to hear from you. Please let us know what the community needs in the way of services for older adults. This survey takes just minutes to complete and will make a difference.

Bates County SWCD Appreciation Banquet

One person dead after police pursuit of stolen vehicle

On March 1, 2020 Henry County Sheriffs Deputies were advised of a stolen vehicle from the City of Clinton. 

The vehicle was spotted later in Windsor where Cpl. Richardson and Deputy Foster attempted a traffic stop of the stolen vehicle. 

The driver of the vehicle failed to yield and attempted to elude deputies. 

The vehicle pursuit continued into Benton County, where at the intersection of US Hwy 65, deputies lost sight of the vehicle. 

A short time later a Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper spotted the vehicle northbound on US Hwy 65 and attempted to stop the vehicle also. The driver continued to disobey law enforcement attempts to stop it. 

The suspect vehicle entered Sedalia and a short time later crashed into several other vehicles at an intersection in Sedalia. 

The crash resulted in the moderate injury of the driver of the stolen vehicle and the fatality of a driver in another vehicle. The investigation is continuing