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Monday, March 16, 2020

Update: Subject charged in Bates County officer involved shooting

On 3/16/2020, the Bates County Prosecutors Office charged Robert E Jeffries 3/12/1985 of Garden City in connection with the officer involved shooting on 3/15/2020 in rural Bates County. 

Mr. Jeffries was charged with one count of assault in the second degree special victim and two counts of assault in the third degree special victim. All three charges are felony charges.

Bond was set at $500,000 cash only. Jeffries is being held in the Vernon County Jail. Charges may be upgraded or added when the investigation is complete.

Obituary - Lynn Dean Sheridan

Lynn Dean Sheridan, 64, Nevada, MO passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Nevada Regional Medical Center in Nevada following a lengthy illness. Lynn was born September 5, 1955 in Nevada to Theodore (Ted) and Darlene (Phipps) Sheridan.

Lynn graduated from Sheldon High School and attended Southern Missouri State. Lynn lived in the Nevada and Sheldon, MO area most of his life. In the last 30 years he owned properties in Nevada which he would rent out and work on.

He was an avid reader with a preference for American history, historical biographies, and fantasy. Lynn loved camping, television and films, strategy board games, and first edition Dungeons and Dragons. He always followed politics and was always outspoken.

Survivors include two children, Quinn Sheridan, Jefferson City, MO, and Breanna Sheridan (Steve), Los Angeles, CA; four grandchildren, William Carter, Gage Sheridan, Tristan Ellifrit, Chloe Sheridan; three sisters, Delila Brown (Bill), Lee’s Summit, Dolores Honey (Jim), Carthage, Phyllis Sprenkle (Paul), Sheldon; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. Burial will follow in Sheldon Cemetery in Sheldon, MO.

Memorials are suggested in his memory to the American Heart Association c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

Obituary - Emma Jean (Brokob) Hartman

Emma Jean (Brokob) Hartman, 74, Nevada, MO was born August 12, 1945 in Nevada to Albert H. and Pearl M. (Rose) Brokob. She left us all on Friday, March 13, 2020 at Nevada Regional Medical Center where she had the most caring staff. Emma had battled cancer and could fight no longer. She has left behind a most loving family. Emma had raised her three children alone and they shall miss her dearly.

Survivors include her three children, Jeannie Pryor, Nevada, Anna Conley, Nevada, and Doyle Hartman (Angela), Athens, TX. In addition, a nephew, Michael Hoskins joined their home in 1979, and they all have their own families and children who were most precious to Emma, including Josh Barker, Danny Hartman., Martsha Braaten, Andria Cummins, Maddison Davis, and Emily Miltenberger; also surviving are several great-grandchildren; her sister, Dorothy Burns, her brother, Bill Brokob; several nieces, nephews, and their children.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. She will be laid to rest at Moore Cemetery in Nevada with her parents, grandparents, and her other siblings and family. Due to the weather there will be no service at the graveside. All are welcome.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the family c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

First case of Covid 19 in Cass County, Missouri

Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare Staff Tested Negative for COVID-19

Clinton, Mo. – (March 16, 2020) – Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare is pleased to announce that staff members placed on quarantine and tested for COVID-19 have all tested negative.

In addition, GVMH is back to standard operations. The ambulance service is running and patients may keep their scheduled appointments, unless they have any signs or symptoms of respiratory illness. If so, GVMH recommends they contact their primary care provider by phone or through the myGVMH patient portal for guidance on care.

As a protective measure, GVMH is still limiting visitation. If someone is not seeking treatment or assisting someone that needs care, GVMH requests that they do not visit its facilities at this time.

“Our entire team has been working diligently around the clock to take all the necessary steps to safeguard the health of our patients, staff and community,” said Craig Thompson, chief executive officer at GVMH. 

“I commend our staff for all that they do. They are heroes that go over and beyond the call of duty every day to keep our patients and community safe.”

For up-to-date information from GVMH, visit our website at and follow us on Facebook

From the Rich Hill R-IV School District

After consulting with CDC Guidance, state and local health officials, school is canceled for the week of March 16-20, 2020 for the Rich Hill R-IV School District. 

All meetings, practices, and school get-togethers of any kind are also canceled for the remainder of the week.

You can expect further messages regarding this school closure later today.

Butler Chamber Banquet Postponed Until April 30th

The Executive Board of the Butler Chamber has decided to move the annual banquet to April 30, 2020. We felt that with the current environment, it would be for the best for everyone. 

We appreciate your patience and we still look forward to a wonderful banquet on April 30.

Archie R-5 Community

Obituary - Michael Leon "Mickey" Morris

Michael Leon "Mickey" Morris, age 66, Mound City, Kansas passed away on Sunday March 15, 2020. He was born on December 2, 1953 in Mountain Home, Idaho the son of John William and Ruth Joan Boots Morris. He graduated from Jayhawk Linn High School and Johnson County Community College. He worked as a carpenter. 

Mickey was a member of the Mound City United Methodist Church and enjoyed fishing, smoking meat and mushroom hunting. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Kenny. Mickey is survived by two sons, Michael and Eric Morris, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences can be left at Arrangements: Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel.

No tanning at Studio M Salon

Due to high concern of the Covid-19 virus, our tanning beds will be closed until further notice.

If you have a unlimited package we will renew it for a full 30 days when we reopen beds.

We are doing our best to keep from spreading germs! We will update when beds will reopen Monday.

Thank you!
Studio M Salon in Butler

Just a reminder from the Bates County Circuit Clerk’s Office:

If you have received a citation/ticket from Missouri Law Enforcement Agency and you are not going to dispute the citation, you may pay that ticket without a personal appearance in Court. options for payment include:

• Online payment at (available 24/7
• Via phone at 1-800-352-9870 (available 24/7)
• In person at the Circuit Clerk’s Office at the Courthouse (M-F 8:00-4:30)
• Via mail to Bates County Circuit Court, 1 N. Delaware, Butler, MO 64730

As always, you are free to contact an attorney if you wish to seek legal advice. You will need a copy of your ticket or have the citation number available for all options excluding payment in person.

REVISED: BCMH Enacting Serious Restrictions

Bates County Memorial Hospital is taking the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously. For the next two weeks starting Monday, March 16, the hospital is taking the following additional steps to protect our patients, staff and community:

· Limiting visitors to the facility to one visitor per inpatient and two visitors if it is an end of life situation.
· The cafeteria will be closed to the public.
· All non-urgent outpatient visits will be suspended and rescheduled at the direction of your provider. This includes rehabilitation patients.
· Care critical to our patients’ health such as oncology, chemotherapy, IV medications, and cardiology will continue with no interruptions.
· All wellness exams at Family Care Clinics will be rescheduled.
· Family Care Clinics in Adrian and Rich Hill are temporarily closed.
· High Street Family Care Clinic in Butler has been set up as a designated site for evaluation and testing of individuals with respiratory symptoms to provide the most efficient service.
· Nursery Street Family Care Clinic will see all other patients in need of urgent care and assessments. Medication refill requests may be handled by phone.
· Saturday hours at Family Care Clinics will not be available.
· Payments for hospital or clinic bills are to be paid by mail. Billing questions or payments can be made by calling or call 660-200-7000 to make a payment with a credit card. No in-person payments will be taken.

The BCMH emergency room will remain open to serve the public, and we will continue to have inpatient services. At this time, our front/north door entrance will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please use the Emergency Department entrance during evenings and weekends. All who enter the front and Emergency Department entrances will be screened for coronavirus risk (asked a number of questions) upon entering the building.

If you have any doubts about where to go during this time, please call your provider and let them know your medical issue so we can best care for your needs. 

BCMH closed the Auxiliary Gift Shop last week, tentatively until May 1. Our volunteers and Chaplains will not be working or in the building during this time. All support groups and Stay Strong Stay Healthy meetings have also been cancelled through May 1, and all job shadow students and clinical students are cancelled.  

BCMH encourages the community to take this pandemic very seriously. Measures suggested by our local and state officials may seem extreme, but can help health care facilities like ours handle the burden of a sudden increase of patients who need medical treatment. BCMH is doing everything possible to keep the hospital a safe environment and to be prepared. Stay at home as much as you possibly can, and encourage your family to do so as well. Be mindful of the needs of our elderly, who are at the greatest risk of serious illness or death from this disease. 

Learn more on our website about protecting yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19:

CDC recommends no large group gatherings for two months

Latest update from Bates County Memorial Hospital

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus.

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Municipal Court suspended until April 3rd

Update: Officer Involved Shooting In Bates County

On 3/15/2020 at approximately 5 pm a deputy that was at his residence observed a subject at the end of his driveway acting suspiciously. The subject could clearly see the deputy’s black and white patrol vehicle in the driveway. 

The deputy made contact with the subject who stated he was looking for gas to get to town. 

The deputy sent the subject on his way and observed the vehicle stop at the next residence which the deputy knew to be an empty house. The deputy contacted dispatch and requested an on duty deputy to respond to check on the subject. The deputy was advised by dispatch that they had received a call about the subject vandalising another property owners property. The deputy then observed the vehicle drive over the hill and disappear.

The off duty deputy drove his four wheeler up the road to observe the subject’s location to give information about the whereabouts of the subject to responding deputies. The deputy was confronted in the middle of the road by the subject who had pulled down the road and abandoned his vehicle. The deputy contacted dispatch again to advise that he made contact with the subject in the road. While the deputy was on the phone with dispatch, the subject began punching the deputy in the face. During the altercation the deputy discharged his weapon striking the subject in the upper shoulder. The subject then retreated and was found by responding deputies in an adjacent field where he continued to fight uniformed deputies.

The subject was transported to the Bates County Memorial Hospital where he was then transported to Research Medical Hospital in Kansas City. After initial care the subject was released from the hospital then taken to Vernon County Jail. The Deputy was transported by ambulance to the Bates County Memorial Hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released. The deputy will most likely require surgery to repair his injuries to his face.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office, as an outside agency, was requested to work the incident. As a standard procedure, the deputy has been placed on administrative leave. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Butler Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

From Osage Valley Electric Cooperative

As your electric supplier we understand that we provide an essential service to our members and the communities we live in. With the COVID-19 situation, we are preparing for all possible scenarios to ensure we have the right plans in place to abide by any possible locally or nationally imposed policies while continuing to seamlessly provide electric service to our members.

At this time we strongly discourage members from visiting our offices to conduct business and encourage our members to take advantage of the multiple ways provided to conduct business both online and over the phone. 

If you haven’t downloaded the SmartHub app and set up your account, we encourage you to do so.

While using these applications will help our members reduce exposure by being able conduct business from their home, they are also a great convenience.

• Moving? New member applications can be completed on-line at Call our office and a representative will be happy to help you through the process.
• Need to make a payment? There are many options for making a payment. Check them all out here.
• Report an outage? Call 660-679-3131 or for the fastest way to report an outage, use the SmartHub app.

From the Henry County Commission

The Henry County Courthouse will remain open for business. However, at this time we have to take the health of our employees and the citizens of the county into consideration. It is encouraged that if you have questions that can be answered by phone to call into the office to which your question is related.

Starting today March 16, 2020 when entering the courthouse you may only do so by using the South Side entrance. 

When you enter the courthouse you will be greeted by a County Deputy who will ask you a few questions and then direct you to the office in which you need.

City of Butler 2020-2021 Budget Hearing Cancelled

The City of Butler 2020-2021 Budget Hearing that was scheduled for March 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm has been cancelled at this time.

Harrisonville Police looking for missing woman

We need your help! On March 3rd Christina E. Stone, a 38-year-old white female was reported missing. 

During the past week, Harrisonville Investigators have followed up on several leads but have been unsuccessful at finding Christina. 

It is not clear what she was last seen wearing, but she normally had on a maroon hooded sweatshirt, was known to always have with her a backpack and her hair had been dyed red. Christina’s family and the Police Department are concerned due to a declining mental condition. 

If you have any information regarding Christina’s whereabouts, please contact the Harrisonville Police Department at 380-8940 or Detective Thompson at 380-8950.

PSU Social Work Student Organizes Food Drive Benefiting Adrian School District Backpack Food Program

Linn County Kansas Residents

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) begins to have an increased impact in our communities, I would like to share the precautionary measures we are taking.

At the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, the safety of our employees and the people we serve has always been our top priority. We currently DO NOT have any issues related to the virus within our facilities, however it is our intent to take precautionary measures to help minimize the chance and protect the well-being of the inmates, officers and all staff within the facilities.

Let me assure you that law enforcement services will not be interrupted. We will continue to enforce laws, maintain security and care for inmates, as well as provide essential protection services to our courthouse, and maintain emergency communication services.

On the advice of national and local health authorities, we too will be practicing social distancing when appropriate. We have cancelled non-essential community events for the upcoming weeks out of an abundance of caution.

The following Sheriff’s Office services will experience the following changes or suspension, effective immediately:

 Front Lobby at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office will have restricted access effective Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice
 Visitation for inmates has been suspended effective Monday, March 16, 2020. Legal visits are still permissible at this time.
 Fingerprinting services are suspended effective Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice.

Again, the health and safety of our community is our top priority. We will continue to monitor and take precautionary measure on an as needed basis. We will also do our best to communicate any changes.

Linn County Sheriff Kevin Friend

From Heiman Agri Services

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