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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

From the desk of Missouri Governor Mike Parson

‪This evening, we led a COVID-19 briefing call with hundreds of mayors, county commissioners, and emergency response personnel from across the state.‬
‪We know local communication is critically important to keeping Missourians healthy and safe, and we appreciate their feedback! ‬
Missouri National Guard | Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services | Missouri Department of Public Safety | Missouri State Emergency Management Agency

Dollar General Announces First Hour of Operations to be Dedicated to Senior Customers

Goodlettsville, Tennessee – March 16, 2020 –  Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) announced plans to dedicate the first hour of each shopping day to senior shoppers, as well as amend store operating hours beginning tomorrow, March 17, 2020.
Senior Hour Encouragement
Beginning tomorrow, Dollar General is strongly encouraging that the first hour of operations each day be dedicated solely for the shopping needs of senior customers, who are one of the groups most vulnerable to the COVID-19 coronavirus. In keeping with the Company’s mission of Serving Others, Dollar General wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need and want at the beginning of each day to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods.

Other customers are encouraged to plan their shopping trips around this window of time to allow the most susceptible customers in our communities the ability to shop during the first hour that stores are open.

Store Hour Adjustments
Additionally, all stores plan to close one hour earlier than current close times to allow employees to clean and re-stock store shelves, as well as for their health and wellbeing.  Stores will continue to maintain current opening hours. Normal operating hours by individual store locations are available here.
Dollar General remains committed to providing customers and employees with a safe, clean and pleasant shopping environment at all stores and seeks for customers to feel confident when shopping its stores.
Quote from Todd Vasos, CEO
“In keeping with our mission and our ongoing commitment to serve our communities, we are dedicating the first hour of each day to seniors.  We appreciate our customers’ understanding of our decision and request they visit our stores later in the morning to allow at-risk populations the ability to purchase the items they need at affordable prices,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “During these unprecedented times, Dollar General is diligently working to meet the ongoing needs of our customers and communities. We are proud to live our mission and provide customers with everyday low prices on the household essentials that are used and replenished most often.”
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From MoKan In Passaic

St. Clair County Sheriff's Office News Release March 10 through 17, 2020

St.Clair County Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made 10 arrests and took multiple reports during the week of March 10 through 17, 2020.

Click on link for more information. 

Public Service Announcement from Butler Public Water District #6

Butler PWSD#6 will not be accepting payments in person. Please either mail or put in our payment slot. 

If you have any further questions please call us at 660-679-6516. Thank you

Announcement from the Meat Shoppe In Butler

All Kansas Schools K-12 closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year

Today, March 17, 2020 Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced all school facilities will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This will place tremendous hardship on our families and staff, and impact the social and emotional well-being of our students. We have been working on contingency plans since mid-March, including how we can meet the ongoing learning needs of our students as well as provide breakfast and lunch for our students.

The administration will be planning meetings for individual staff members in small groups (Less than 10) to go over tentative plans and get the ball rolling on instruction. These meetings with staff will start Monday, March 23rd and will ramp up to resume instruction by the 30th, if not sooner. Realizing that not all families have access to internet connections, KSDE has provided schools with 3 different instructional delivery methods. We are able to instruct via worksheets, small groups, as well as online computer based. At this point I think it would be safe to assume that your student will see a combination of the three teaching delivery methods being utilized.

As you know, our teachers are all trained to teach face to face. This will be a challenge for everyone involved, however, I can promise you that we will do the very best job we can to assure that students are meeting curriculum standards. You should also know that the instruction will evolve throughout the next few weeks that we have remaining. In the end, it is our desire to do all that we can to keep students and staff safe while following local, state and national guidelines/protocols.

In addition to instruction, I am sure everyone is also wondering what will happen to spring activities. The Kansas State High School Activities Association has cancelled all spring activities. At this point in time everything on the calendar is considered cancelled with the exception of graduation. It is our desire to schedule graduation once the "all clear" has been given. At this point though all activities etc. are cancelled until June 1. No plans will be made for anything after June 1st until we are given the green light to do so.

Our staff and board of education will also be working on other critical issues, such as what this means for our seniors, how this will affect the next school year, and what impact this will have on our employees. We will provide updates on these issues as soon as the information is available. 

We are committed to working together as a community to support one another throughout these unprecedented times, and communication will remain a top priority.

As a reminder, this school closure is in response to the current public health crisis. The focus should remain on preventing the spread the coronavirus, or COVID-19 as it is also referred to.

Update from the Drexel R-4 School District


March 17, 2020
Dear Parent/Guardian,
A family member of a student at Drexel R-IV has tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, the family is following health department and CDC guidelines and is in self-quarantine at home. Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate at home until they are able to test negative for COVID-19 twice, according to health officials. As you are aware, we are currently on an extended Spring Break, and the family will not be back in District buildings until after their period of quarantine has elapsed. 

Though we know you will have many questions and concerns, in order to protect the privacy of the individuals involved, the District is incredibly limited as to the information it can share with the public. However, the District is working directly with health officials regarding next steps, and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the CDC will identify and contact people who may have come into contact with the individual while they were infectious and will monitor them for fever and respiratory symptoms. Unless you are contacted by health officials, it is unlikely that you were exposed to COVID-19 by the current positive case. 

The Cass County Health Department is working diligently to respond quickly and provide additional recommendations. Please follow their website or Facebook page for updates about the response to COVID-19 in Cass County and review the newest recommendations. Information about extended school closure, meals for students during closure and providing remote instruction during closure will be coming out in the near future. 

We continue to thank our community for your support and patience during these unprecedented times. We are continuing our work to ensure staff, students, and the community are safe and informed.
Terry Mayfield

Update on Court Operations In Bates County

Effective March 18, 2020 the Butler City Hall lobby will be closed to the general public

Obituary - Beth Ann (Garrison) Howe

Beth Ann Howe, 58, Amsterdam, MO passed away on Monday, March 16, 2020 at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, KS. Beth was born April 9, 1961 in Concord, CA to Gerald and Catherine (Cilley) Garrison.

Beth attended College Park High School in Pleasant Hill, CA where she graduated in 1979. After one year of college, she joined the United States Navy where she spent 12 years in active duty retiring in 1992. 

Following her military service, Beth resided in Amsterdam, MO where she managed a café and a flea market. She was also a caregiver to several family members and was known to be a selfless person, always putting others first.

Beth is survived by her son, Dan Howe (Tosha), Carl Junction, MO; her daughter, Brandi Howe, Amsterdam, MO; two grandchildren, Sara Howe and Addison Howe; one sister, Marge Ivey (Paul), Camdenton, MO; as well as several nieces and nephews. No funeral services are planned at this time.

Vernon County Fugitive From Most Wanted List Captured on Bicycle

A Schell City resident was taken into custody Monday evening by Vernon County Sheriff’s Detectives. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, 26-year-old Jaimie Covey was placed on the Vernon County’s Most Wanted List after a Probation Violation warrant was issued. 

“Detectives were conducting surveillance on a separate investigation when Covey was seen riding his bicycle down the street”. Covey was taken into custody and suspected methamphetamine was located during the arrest. 

Covey is currently being held in the Vernon County Jail with no bond on a Probation Violation warrant on an original charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. 

*Disclaimer: This press release has been issued by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office for information only. Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

First Christian Church In Butler Closed For 2 Weeks

Reminder from the Bates County Memorial Hospital

Bates County Museum Closed

The Bates County Museum is closed to all visitors until further notice.

Pictured below is a protective mask given to students at MU during the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic. Also pictured are some interesting facts about the deadly 1918 epidemic. 

Please be wise, use every precaution, exercise patience, and check on each other regularly. May God Bless us all...

From the City of Butler

****Due to safety concerns of the COVID-19 virus the Butler City Council will not meet tonight as scheduled at 7:00 pm.
Press Release of the City of Butler Brush Pile/Compost Site

Thank you

The Butler Senior Center greatly appreciate the Butler Fire Department for stepping up to help the seniors and the community during this time. 

The Butler Senior Center needed a driver to deliver in Butler on Route #2 for 2 days and the Fire Department stepped up on day one and today. 

They have offered to step up in the future! They really have the heart of the First Responder! Thank you from the Butler Senior Center and your community!

Harrisonville Police seeking public assistance

Tuesday morning, another thief we're hoping to identify through the power of social media. Det. Sheppard is investigating the theft of auto parts from JKB Auto (including car seats for some reason we guess?).

Unfortunately one suspect stayed far enough away from the camera to avoid being seen clearly but this guy walked right in front of it during their shenanigans.

If you can identify the suspect, or know someone who recently came into a couple of new car seats but they can't really explain HOW they got them, please call him at 816-380-8933.

Community First Bank Announcement

News release from Mullinax Funeral Home

Mullinax Funeral Home has been a part of the Butler Community since 2009, and Drexel since 2006. We know that our communities band together and do what must be done, supporting each other individually and professionally.

Some have asked me how COVID-19 will affect funeral gatherings. I wanted to share with you what Mullinax Funeral Homes will be doing and the extra precautions we are taking - and the services we are making available. In addition to our usual cleaning, we are increasing sanitation in all areas but especially our chapels, bathrooms, entrances and exits. The safety of our families, employees, and general public is of utmost importance.

We recognize that large gatherings are discouraged and may be prohibited soon. Therefore, we will begin recording all funeral and memorial services. With the family’s permission, we will post these services to our Facebook page and website. This will allow the public to ‘attend’ funeral services virtually, or view the services at a later time, if desired by the family. In most cases, we are able to record the service and provide the family with a copy as well.

I take great pride in our ability to be innovative and flexible. We strive to serve each family to the best of our ability in every situation. As COVID-19 presents a new challenge to the funeral service, we want to offer helpful options for families to avoid the crowds, but still pay their respects in a dignified manner.

We continue to stay informed from the CDC and our local health authorities on what options we can provide.

As always, we answer our phones 24 hours every single day. If you have any questions or concerns, please call. 

I thank you for your continued trust in Mullinax Funeral Homes. We will continue to be here for you.

Greg D. Mullinax
Owner, Mullinax Funeral Homes
Butler & Drexel, Missouri
(660) 679-0009

From the Bates County Assessor's Office:

The Bates County Administrative Office is open to the public but face to face visits are limited. Feel free to contact us by phone at 660-679-3157. 

You can return your assessment sheets to the box on the counter. Thank you for you cooperation during this time.

Roger Pruden
Bates County Assessor

From the desk of Rich Hill Mayor Jason Rich

I am gathering information that in multiple cities, relatively close to Rich Hill, city hall was visited by infected individuals shortly before becoming aware of their condition. This has resulted in the quarantining of city employees there and reducing the city's ability to effectively operate.
To mitigate our city employees' contact to the virus and thus maintain the city's ability to operate at an acceptable level, I am implementing new procedures until further notice. These procedures will be evaluated and may become more or less stringent as we move forward.
I have notified staff to limit business done inside of city hall. All payments must be made either over the phone or through the deposit box. All business requiring citizens to enter city hall is by appointment only. Staff will ask a series of questions before setting an appointment time and be limiting face to face contact. Staff will also keep desk windows closed as much as possible when conducting business.
All non-emergency police reports will be done over the phone as well. City employees will be maintaining a six-foot social distancing policy with no handshakes or other physical contact.
The city apologizes for any inconvenience, but we hope these efforts allow the city to continue to effectively function.
Jason Rich

Strong Storms Possible Thursday

 WED AM; no severe weather expected
 Late WED PM - THU AM; strong winds & hail possible
(also maybe a strong storm or two THU PM with strong winds & hail possible)
💧 1"- 2" of rain expected with locally higher amounts possible WED/THU, some flooding is possible

News from Koehn's Bakery of Butler