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Friday, April 3, 2020

2nd Individual tests positive for COVID-19 in Henry County Missouri

April 3, 2020 Clinton, Missouri –The Henry County Health Center has received notification of the second confirmed case in Henry County Missouri.

The patient is a 41-year-old male. There is no travel related with this patient. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Henry County to two.

The Henry County Health Center staff are working to contact any individuals that have had close contact with the patient and will monitor for symptoms to assist in containing spread.

“We will be working closely with our state partners as well as our local hospital to quickly identify and respond to anyone who may need to self-isolate due to close contact with this individual,” said Peggy Bowles, administrator of the Henry County Health Center. “It is even more vital that all Henry County residents follow the new Stay at Home Order handed down by our Governor this evening.”

It is important to make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable sources like the CDC and DHSS. For more information, please visit the CDC’s website at and the DHSS website at

Jackwagon BBQ will temporarily close effective April 5th

To our loyal customers and friends. We are sorry to announce that Jackwagon BBQ will temporarily close effective April 5th. Our sales just aren’t enough to support day to day operations at this point. Our goal is to re-open once we are able to open the whole restaurant to our customers.

On behalf of our staff and our family, we thank you and hope to see you in a couple weeks. Please pray for our staff, our community and all our small businesses. Remember God is still in control and we are all in this together. The Andersons.

Governor Parson Issues Statewide “Stay Home Missouri” Order to Control, Contain, and Combat COVID-19

Building on Missouri’s efforts to control, contain, and combat COVID-19, Governor Mike Parson today issued a statewide “Stay Home Missouri” Order effective beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, April 6, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020.
If you have questions about what precautions you should take, please visit [], or call our 24/7 hotline at 877-435-8411.

To watch the Governor’s press conference, please click here.
The Order explicitly states that individuals currently residing within the state of Missouri shall avoid leaving their homes or places of residence unless necessary.

“First and foremost, I want everyone to know that I love this state and the people of this state,” Governor Parson said. “The people of this great state clearly define who we are in Missouri, and as Governor, I have no greater responsibility than to protect the health, well-being, and safety of all Missourians.”

In order to protect public health and prevent the further spread of COVID-19, Governor Parson’s Order includes specific guidance for staying home, social distancing, businesses and employees, schools, restaurants, firearm sales, and state government buildings.

Among other guidelines, the Order requires the following:

  • Individuals currently residing within the state of Missouri shall avoid leaving their homes or places of residence.
  • All individuals in the state of Missouri shall avoid social gatherings of more than ten (10) people.
  • All public and charter schools must remain closed for the duration of the Order.
  • Any entity that does not employ individuals to perform essential worker functions, as set forth in guidance provided by the federal government, shall adhere to the limitations on social gatherings and social distancing.
  • Any entity that employs individuals to perform essential worker functions, and that is engaged in retail sales to the public, shall limit the number of individuals in any particular retail location as follows:
    • Twenty-five (25) percent or less of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy, as set by local authorities, for a retail location with square footage of less than ten thousand square feet (10,000 ft²);
    • Ten (10) percent or less of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy, as set by local authorities, for a retail location with square footage of ten thousand square feet (10,000 ft²) or more.

The Order does not prohibit Missourians from accessing essential services, such as grocery stores, gas stations, and banks, or engaging in outdoor recreation, provided that necessary precautions are taken and maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including observing the social gathering and social distancing requirements set forth in the Order.

The Order shall be observed throughout the state and enforced by all local and state health authorities. Local public health authorities are directed to carry out and enforce the provisions of the Order by any legal means.

“There comes a time when we have to make major sacrifices in our lives. Many of us make sacrifices each and every day, but now more than ever, we must all make sacrifices,” Governor Parson said. “This is not about any one individual person. This is about our families, friends, neighbors, and the entire state of Missouri. For the sake of all Missourians, be smart, be responsible, and stay home, Missourians.”

As of today, Missouri has 2,113 positive COVID-19 cases out of 24,727 tested in a total population of 6 million Missourians. This data shows that 8.5 percent of those tested have been positive.
Of the 8.5 percent of Missouri citizens who have tested positive, approximately 22 percent have required hospitalization. This means the remaining 78 percent are recovering at home or have already recovered.

Missouri has at least one positive case in 76 of Missouri’s 114 counties. Over half of the total positive cases are in St. Louis region. 

Also as of today, Missouri has 19 COVID-19 related deaths. Based on the state's current data, Missouri's death rate is still below one percent. 

To view the full “Stay Home Missouri” Order, please see attachment. For more information and resources regarding COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website at and the DHSS website at

Showers Moving Out This Evening

Winter'ish weather returned briefly today, but not to worry...spring returns for the weekend. In the meantime, make sure to cover any sensitive vegetation tonight as temperatures will remain near to several degrees below freezing.

From the Vernon County Health Clinic

As of 3:28 PM on 4/3/2020 Vernon County has 0 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The Vernon County Health Department and the Vernon County Commission has issued a Stay at Home Order that goes into effect April 4, 2020 at 12:01 AM lasting through April 25, 2020 at 12:01 AM. That means you should only be leaving your house if you’re an essential employee, or you are picking up essential goods like food, medication and supplies. You’re encouraged to go outside to exercise, as long as you’re practicing social distancing, and not gathering in groups of more than 10 people. Travel is not impeded. Most businesses and services are available to remain open.

Restaurants will still be open for delivery and curbside pickup.

It is NOT saying you can’t leave your house and it is NOT a lock down.

News from Osage Valley Electric Cooperative

Obituary -Howard Donald Bailey

Howard “Don” Bailey, age 78, of Raymore, Missouri, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

At this time a celebration of Don’s life will be held on a later date.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

Peculiar Police Department seeking public assistance

The Peculiar Police Department is investigating some thefts from vehicles and could use your help identifying the suspect and/or suspect vehicle. 

If you or someone you know can help with this investigation, please contact the Peculiar Police Department at 816-779-5102.

Bates County Health Center confirms 3rd case of Covid-19 in Bates County

April 3, 2020

The Bates County Health Center has confirmed another positive case of COVID-19 in Bates County.

The individual, a male in his 50’s, resides in Rockville. There is no travel related to this individual. This new case brings the total number of confirmed positive cases in Bates County to three.

Bates County Health Center is working to identify and contact any individuals who may have come in contact with this individual while they were infectious and will monitor them for any signs and symptoms of illness.

Individuals should continue to stay home, clean/disinfect any high touched surfaces, wash their hands with soap and water routinely, use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available, don’t touch your face (especially eyes, nose & mouth) and adhere to 6- foot social distancing when you must be out. It is up to each and every one of us to stop the spread of this disease!

Three People Arrested in Robbery in Cass County

Cass Co – On Thursday morning around 4:30 am Cass County Deputies assisted by the Harrisonville Missouri Police Department responded to the Orient Cemetery on Elm Street for a reported robbery and assault.

The victim, a 35-year-old Blue Springs woman, reported that she had went to the cemetery with a friend. While in the cemetery, the female friend and two other subjects assaulted her repeatedly until she was able to escape and hid in a wooded area. The suspects took some of the victim’s property and left in her vehicle. The victim was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.

About an hour, later deputies and Garden City Fire Protection District and Ambulance Service responded to the area of S. Kauffman Road and E. 275th Street for a vehicle on fire. Deputies confirmed it was the victim’s vehicle stolen from the cemetery.

Harrisonville Officers located and arrested the three suspects at an apartment in Harrisonville.

Late Thursday the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office charged Maggie L. Jestice, 32, Harrisonville, Dustin L. Richardson, 31, Lancaster KS, and Glen E. Downton, 59, Harrisonville.

Maggie Jestice is charged with Domestic Assault 1st Degree, Armed Criminal Action, Robbery 1st Degree, Tampering with Motor Vehicle, Knowing Burning or Exploding, and Tampering with Physical Evidence in Felony Prosecution. Her bond has been set at $50,000 Cash Only.

Dustin Richardson and Glen Downton are each charged with Assault 1st Degree, Armed Criminal Action, Robbery 1st Degree, Tampering with Motor Vehicle, Knowing Burning or Exploding, and Tampering with Physical Evidence in Felony Prosecution. Bond has been set at $50,000 Cash Only for each.

All three subjects are currently being held in the Cass County Jail.

Obituary - Ford Ray Fredrickson

PLEASE NOTE: You may sign the guestbook at the funeral home: before 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, between 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 3 or between 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday April 6, or you may call the funeral home if you would like us to sign for you, or an online guestbook is available at

Due to the new suggested CDC guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no public visitation or service. A private family graveside service will be held. Burial will be in Appleton City Cemetery. We apologize for the inconvenience this causes the family and their many friends, but we also wish to protect everyone's health to the best of our ability in this difficult time.

Ford Ray Fredrickson, aged 77, was born November 23, 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Thomas Fredrick and Mildred Joyce (Ferguson) Fredrickson. He passed away peacefully on April 1, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

He spent his formative years in the Kansas City area, graduating from Westport High School in 1960. He then attended Central Missouri State University, earning a B.S.Ed. in 1966. During this time, he met and married Joyce Elaine Williams on 1964, his wife of 55 years. To this union three children were born: Gini, Cody, and DeDe. After completing his education, he began a life-long calling in teaching, where he impacted the lives of many children in the classroom and on the football field. Ford taught and coached in Appleton City, where he also had an insurance agency for 14 years.

Apart from his career, his family was the most important thing in his life. He dearly loved spending time with his children and playing sports, especially football and baseball. Ford was an avid sports fan, who spent many happy hours following the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals. Additionally, some of his favorite activities were hunting, golfing, and traveling to Branson. His faith was always at the center of his life, which he readily displayed at New Life Church in Oak Grove. Ford will be deeply missed by his many family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Mildred Fredrickson;

Ford is survived by his wife, Joyce; his three children: Gini Pryor; Cody (Alisha) Fredrickson, DeDe (Derek) Collins; 9 grandchildren: Hayden, Bailey, Hadley, Millie, Alexis, Walker, Hudson, Dakota, Cassidy; two brothers, Boyd (Sidona) and Wayde (Karen) Fredrickson; along with many more extended family and dear friends.

Changes to MU Extension Programming

SEDALIA, Mo. – As everyone knows, the Covid-19 virus has caused major disruptions and adjustments to our lives, and MU Extension has been impacted as well.


Face-to-face meetings and programs have been cancelled until May 15, 2020.  This has caused some adjustments in how we do things.  We have had to cancel some events, but there are others that will continue with a different format.


On Thursday, April 9, a Sheep and Goat Workshop scheduled to be held in Stockton, MO will instead be held as a webinar rather than face-to-face.  Program time is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Patrick Davis, Jennifer Lutes, and myself will be presenting the program.  It covers nutrition, economics, and parasite management.  In addition to viewing the presentations, participants will be able to ask questions directly or type questions into a “chat room” for presenters to answer.  It is a different way of interacting, but this is an opportunity for those of you engaged in small ruminant enterprises to gather some information in the comfort of your home.


The Cedar County Extension Center will be handling the registrations for this event, and registration is due by Tuesday, April 7. Call the Cedar County Extension Center at (417) 276-3313 for additional details.  Upon registration, participants will be given a link to access the program.


My colleague, Travis Harper who is an agronomy field specialist in Clinton, MO has switched several upcoming programs to this webinar format as well.  For the next several Wednesday evenings, he will be presenting programs on pasture renovation and management, spring lawn management, and an introduction to honey bees and bee keeping.  E-mail Travis at or call the Henry County Extension Center at (660) 885-5556 for more information on accessing these programs.


Another possible change may be the accessibility of local MU Extension offices.  Please call in advance to see if your local office is open or if there are alternate ways to access the information you need or person you want to talk with.  Personally, I will be working from home for a couple weeks, but am accessible via e-mail at or by calling (660) 723-3621.  I will do my best to serve you as we work through this ever-evolving situation.


As we continue to adjust to a new normal, we hope these new ways of delivering information to you will be useful.  Our goal is to provide the same research-based information and assistance to you as in the past, we will just have to be a bit more creative in how we get the information to you.


Take care of yourselves and be safe.


From the Bates County Sheriffs Office

Sex Offenders who are required to register in April needs to contact Jami by phone at 660-679-3232 or by email at