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Thursday, April 16, 2020

From the desk of Harrisonville Mayor Judy Bowman

Good Evening, Harrisonville-

COVID-19 Update..

There has been much discussion around the KC metro area today regarding the extension of the Stay-at-Home order. It becomes difficult to balance protecting health with restoring the economy and getting people back to work. Rural areas such as ours are different than the urban areas of Kansas City and St. Louis where the number of COVID-19 cases is higher. Kansas City extended their order to May 15th today. Missouri Governor Parson announced today that Missouri’s Stay-at-Home order will be extended to May 3rd. 

The Cass County Health Department, Cass County Commission and local mayors are reviewing the Cass County order. The encouraging news is that the precautions we have been taking are working, especially the social (physical) distancing. You have done a great job and I encourage you to continue the recommendations you now know so well. I expect that social distancing will become part of our new normal even after the Stay-at-Home order is lifted. There is still much to be learned about the coronavirus, its antibodies, and the future of a vaccine.

Cass County has had three new cases today (none from Harrisonville) for a total of 51 cases and 5 deaths.

I am saddened to report another death at Meadow View of Harrisonville, and I offer my condolences to the family and friends of the gentleman who passed.

Thank you, Harrisonville for allowing me the distinct privilege of being your mayor. I am confident we will make it through this together as we look toward getting our community back to work.

Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay home.

From the desk of Harrisonville Mayor Judy Bowman 

From the Show Me Auto Mall Family

As many of you know, we lost a member of the Show Me Auto Mall team today in a senseless act of violence. We mourn the loss of the member of our team and grieve for the family who lost a loved one. We are respecting the privacy of our employee and the family in this incredibly difficult time for all involved. 

We have cooperated fully with the Belton Police Department in their investigation and will continue to cooperate in any way they may need in the future. 

We are thankful to the Belton Police Dept, Cass County Sheriff’s Dept, and other first responders who assisted us and our employees on this tragic day and are thankful they have the suspect in custody.

- Courtesy of Show Me Auto Mall Facebook Page 

View the shooting press release via the link below:

Best wishes!

Appleton City Rural Health Clinic and EMH bid Dr. Rotert a fond farewell with good food, gifts, cake and punch. 

We wish him much success in his future endeavors. Thank you for your time with us! We will miss you!

Rich Hill Senior Spotlight: McKinley Brewster

Missouri Governor Mike Parson extends stay at home order until May 3rd

Missouri is incredibly diverse, and our reopening efforts will be careful, deliberate, and done in phases.
Today, I am extending the “Stay Home Missouri” Order through Sunday, May 3rd , so we can prepare to REOPEN the economy and get Missourians BACK TO WORK

Between now and May 4th, we will continue to monitor the situation and work with Missouri's hospitals, health care providers, public health experts, business leaders, and state departments to develop a plan.

The timing may not look the same in every community – our hardest hit areas like St. Louis and Kansas City may take longer to fully recover.

We must be ready for a slow but steady road to recovery, with some sort of social distancing continuing even as we begin to reopen the economy.

Thank you again for your efforts and sacrifices during this difficult time. I look forward to seeing Missourians safe, healthy, and BACK TO WORK

Courtesy of Mike Parson Missouri Governor 

Obituary - Linda Lou Bathgate

Linda Lou Bathgate 62, of Pleasant Hill, MO, born March 1, 1958 in Kansas City, MO she passed away peacefully at home, Tuesday, April 15,2020.

She is survived by her husband Kerry Bathgate, sons Mark Tripses (Meagen) of Lee Summit, MO, Brandon Bathgate (Shauna) of Greenwood, MO, Jake Bathgate (Megan) of Urich, MO.

Daughters, Michelle Castro (David) of Kansas City, MO, Jennifer Driver of Greenwood, MO, Michelle Vogt (David) of Urich, MO. Twelve grandchildren; Tielor (24), Lexis (21), Lawna (16), Lauren (14), Aila (8), Landon (7), Grady (4), Bristol (4), Rylee (4), Avery (3), Addilyn (2), Beau (2). Three Brothers: Charlie, Gene, Dickie, and 2 Sisters: Mary and Betty.

She was preceded in death by her parents Albert and Lucile (Craig) Rice, and siblings: Billy, Joe, Judy, and Donnie.

Linda was a devoted wife and mother, she made time for everyone. She always provided support and love for her family. She and Kerry worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for their kids. She would proudly boast about all twelve of her grandchildren. She would give her opinion without flinching or apology, but she never dismissed you for your choice and always welcomed you home when it didn’t work out. She may slide a little ‘I told you so’ into the conversation but it was met with a side of love and laughter. She would always tell you “everything happens for a reason.”

She loved the outdoors; on her favorite days you could find her on the boat with Kerry and one of the grandkids on Truman Lake fishing for crappie. Before devoting all her time to the family, Linda worked at Sanofi-Aventis(formally Marion Merrell Dow), for 20 years, retiring in 2012. After retirement, she enjoyed her new career as an owner in the family business, Perfection Connection.

“God gave me my wings, but Mom taught me how to fly” – Robin Fogle

Her favorite saying was “To accomplish great things, you must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” Her kids live by this today. Linda will live on in our hearts forever.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the JDRF foundation. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.

Butler Senior Spotlight: Shelby O'Banion

Butler Senior Spotlight: Skyla Geritz

Butler Police Department seeking public assistance

If anyone knows who this male subject is and his possible whereabouts, please contact the Butler Police Department, 660-679-6131. 

Male was last seen driving the semi truck as seen in photo. Subject is involved in an active investigation.

Vernon County Health Department COVID-19 Update

As of 3:42 today, April 16, 2020, there remains only 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Vernon County. We realize there are 4 on the Mo map. 

After doing the case investigation it was found that this person actually is in Kansas. This case should drop off the count tomorrow.

As always, good hand washing, social distancing, and following the Stay at Home order is the best way to help prevent the spread.

Courtesy of the Vernon County Health Department 

From the City of Harrisonville

HAPPENING NOW: As approved by the Park Board and Board of Alderman in the 2020 budget, the Harrisonville City Park lakes are being treated for Aquatic Weed control.

The process being used is approved by the Missouri Dept. of Conservation and is environmental friendly.

Officials say getting the lakes and ponds into balance will take multiple years. But, the results of the treatment will be less lake weed, which will improve the appearance of the lakes and ponds and the fishing within them.

As a part of the application process, the approved vendor uses a 40-horsepower boat motor to stir up the aquatic weed before the applications are applied. This process will take place several times over the spring, summer and fall at City Park lakes.

If you have questions, please call the Parks & Recreation Director, Chris Deal at (816) 380-8985.

Obituary - Marilyn "Casey" (Shaw) McNair

Marilyn “Casey” McNair, 97, Nevada, MO passed away on Monday, April 13, 2020 at Moore-Few Care Center in Nevada. Casey was born August 31, 1922 in Eau Claire, WI to Harold W. and Lela C. (Marvin) Shaw. She was united in marriage to Edward McNair in Iowa at the Little Brown Church in the Vale on July 1, 1946, shortly after Ed was discharged from his service in the Army after WWII on January 6, 1946. They lived and raised their two children in the village of Elk Mound. Ed preceded her in death on May 13, 1988.

Casey received her nickname as a child playing softball. She is best known for the time she worked at Grouchy’s CafĂ© in Eau Claire as a baker and dishwasher. Her hobbies included bowling, golf, and watching Brewer baseball games. In 2011, she moved to Tucson, AZ to live with her son and his family. She moved with them again in 2014 to Nevada where she continued to reside until her death.

Casey is survived by her children, Mary Ann Bates (Lee) of Colfax, WI, and Michael McNair (Julie) of Nevada; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Edward McNair, she was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Kathleen Ackerman, Germaine Mendenhall (Gordon), and Beatrice Rose (William).

In honor of her request, no services are planned.

Obituary - Ansley Scott Odum

Ansley Scott Odum, age 19, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away, Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.

Among survivors are here mother Molly Scott Odum and father Paul Odum of the home. and maternal grandparents Dr. Kenneth F. Scott Jr. MD and wife Susan of Clinton, Missouri.

Local Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton, Missouri and are pending at this time.

Shooting at Show Me Auto Mall in Belton

On 4-16-2020 at approximately 10:45 AM, the Belton Police Department was notified of a possible shooting at the Show Me Auto Mall (1421 E North Ave). 

Upon arrival, officers located one adult male party deceased of apparent firearm injuries. Officers then took another adult male into custody as a suspect in the case. 

The names of both the victim and the suspect are not being released at this time. Currently, the Belton Police are not seeking any further suspects in this case. 

Detectives from the Belton Police Department are continuing the investigation and anyone with pertinent information is asked to call the investigations unit at 816-331-5522 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Obituary -Helen Isabel Endecott

Helen Isabel Endecott, 93 of Louisburg, Kansas passed away April 16, 2020. A private graveside service will be held in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, Missouri with Reverend Steven Donnelly officiating. Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009).

Due to COVID-19 a celebration of life will be held at a later time. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Helen Isabel (Nichols) Endecott was born August 29, 1926, west of Drexel, Missouri in Miami County, Kansas to Omar Nichols and Eunice (May) Nichols. Helen graduated from Drexel High School. After WWII Helen, along with her sister Lila, took the teacher’s examination and taught in country schools near Drexel. On August 9, 1947 she married Raynard Marvin Endecott.

Together they had four sons. Helen and Raynard had a farm west of Drexel, and she worked tirelessly beside her husband to create a good life for her family. When her sons were almost grown Helen continued her education at Avila College and received her teaching certificate.

Helen was a homemaker and wife all her adult life, family meant everything to her. She loved music and according to her sister Lila, she was a natural playing her clarinet and violin and received high ratings at state competitions in high school. She passed that talent on to several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Helen loved to read, quilt, garden, fish, and anything chocolate and was always ready for a card game or to roast a hotdog over an open fire. Helen attended school activities of her grandchildren when possible and was always their greatest supporter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Raynard Endecott, son Randall Endecott, and sister Lila Jones. She is survived by three sons; Stephen R. Endecott and wife Kay of Whitehouse, Texas, Walter L. Endecott and wife Patti of Pleasanton, Kansas, and Philip D. Endecott and wife Linda of Fairway, Kansas, daughter-in-law Kathy of Kansas City, eight grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Four seriously injured in crash just south of El Dorado Springs

On 4/15/20 around 8:25pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cedar County along with El Dorado Springs Fire and police departments responded to a two vehicle accident on 1st Street just south of El Dorado Springs, Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by 18 year old Reece Leet of El Dorado Springs, Missouri was northbound when the driver lost control and began to slide, Driver then struck the southbound 1994 Camaro driven 23 year old Cody Marshall of El Dorado Springs, Missouri.

Four people were seriously injured in this accident the two drivers listed above as well as two passengers 21 year old Austin Hall and 20 year old Amanda J. Wise both of El Dorado Springs.

Three were transported by air ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for treatment. Amanda J. Wise was transported by ambulance to Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar.

Both vehicles were totaled and towed from the scene by Steward's Wrecker of Eldorado Springs, Missouri.

Copyright Mid America Live News 

All photos courtesy of the El Dorado Springs Fire Department Facebook Page 

From the Nevada Police Department

NEWS RELEASE: Drivers Urged to Slow Down, Pay Attention as Construction Ramps Up

Drivers Urged to Slow Down, Pay Attention as Construction Ramps Up

Buffer trucks on pace for a record number of crashes in 2020

JEFFERSON CITY – “I don’t remember taking the hit…”
Retired MoDOT employee Mark Fresen only recalls the moments before a truck side-swiped the truck-mounted attenuator—or TMA—he was driving in a St. Louis work zone, crushing in the cab and pinning him inside. But it was an experience he’ll likely never forget.

“When I woke up, I know someone was saying, ‘Well, you’re in the hospital,’” Fresen said. “And if I hadn’t been where I was, it could’ve killed about five guys.”

Fresen spent more than a year recovering in the hospital, and more than 200 days of it in intensive care with a broken pelvis and severe internal damage.

And he’s not alone in his experience. Last year, there were 39 TMA crashes in Missouri. And with 18 so far in 2020, the state’s on pace to see more of these work zone crashes than ever.

But there’s time to turn it around. With the start of a busy construction season and National Work Zone Awareness Week coming up April 20-24, MoDOT reminds motorists to slow down and avoid distractions when driving through work zones.

“Lives are at stake. Last year, 18 people were killed in Missouri work zone crashes,” said State Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer Nicole Hood. “When you make the decision to drive recklessly through a work zone, you’re unnecessarily putting yourself and our crews at risk.”

That’s why MoDOT is urging drivers to take two simple and impactful actions to help protect themselves and those working along the highways: buckle up and put the phone down. Distracted driving remains a leading contributor to work zone crashes. And the best defense in a work zone crash, or any crash, is a seat belt.  In 2019, 64 percent of vehicle occupant fatalities were not wearing a seat belt.

“Your actions behind the wheel can prevent a needless tragedy,” said Hood. “The life you save by buckling up and paying attention may be your own.”

The department is also urging drivers to pay attention to their speed. Traffic volumes across the country are down approximately 40% as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but MoDOT officials and their law enforcement partners are seeing an increase in speeding on Missouri highways.

MoDOT also advises motorists to observe warning signs and merge before reaching lane closures. Be aware of changing traffic conditions. Traffic could slow or stop unexpectedly, traffic lanes can merge, or equipment and workers can enter the roadway. Be aware and be prepared to slow down.

And MoDOT is doing its part to make work zones a safer place for workers like Fresen. The department is purchasing TMA automated flagger assistance devices, which remove an employee from a potentially dangerous situation, alerting drivers with a message of ‘stop’ or ‘slow’ in work zones with lane reductions.

MoDOT is also using predictive analytics in its I-270 North design-build project in St. Louis, making it the first DOT in the country to use the technology specifically in a work zone. Predictive analytics use real-time and historical data to predict certain occurrences, such as the likelihood of a crash in a certain location at a certain time.

To help make your travel safer, visit MoDOT’s Traveler Information map at and find out what work zones you’ll encounter before you go. And remember to do your part to save lives in those work zones: buckle up, slow down and pay attention.

“There was one day, I heard on the 10 o’clock news that there were no reported crashes that day,” Fresen said. “Wouldn’t that be something? If that could happen every day?”

Obituary - Jean Durbin

Jean Durbin, 90, Harrisonville, MO, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2020 in Lee’s Summit, MO. Services are pending.

(A complete obituary will be posted when information is available).

Obituary - Adam Eugene Lesmeister

A MEMORIAL SERVICE for Adam will be planned for a later date. Please check our website again after the time of social distancing is over for details.

A guest book is available at Hill & Son Funeral Home if you wish to come and sign or call for us to sign your name. An online guest book is available on our website as well.

The family suggests any MEMORIAL donations be given to the Wounded Warrior Project. Memorials may be made directly to The Wounded Warrior Project, or left at/mailed to: Hill & Son Funeral Home, P.O. Box 33, 213 W. 6th St., Appleton City, MO 64724.

Adam Eugene Lesmeister lost his four-year battle with cancer surrounded by his loved ones April 12, 2020 in Appleton City, Missouri. He was born June 9, 1982 in Carthage, Missouri and moved to Appleton City at the age of two. He lived here most of his life, graduating from Appleton City High School in 2000.

After high school he attended Marine Corps boot camp at MCRD San Diego, California, Marine combat Training at Camp Pendleton, California, and MOS school at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. After completing his training, he was attached to Marine Wing Support Squadron 272 at MCAS New River, Jacksonville, North Carolina. During his service he was deployed to Spain and the Middle East.

He married Tara Martin in 2002 and to that union two children, Hollie and Brice, were born. Above all things he loved his children the most. He strove to be a great dad and they were a source of pride and joy to him.

Adam enjoyed hunting and walking in the woods, was a huge gun enthusiast, loved fast cars, and enjoyed spending time with friends and family. He was also extremely proud to be a Marine.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Virgil and Aladene Lesmeister and Tom and Tamea Slover; one uncle, Danny Joe Lesmeister; and one niece, Gabrielle LeClerq.

He is survived by his children, Hollie and Brice Lesmeister of the home; his girlfriend, Leslie Phillips of Appleton City; his parents Vernon (Rhonda) Lesmeister and Deniene Wingard, both of Appleton City; his siblings: Amy (Zane) Hansen of Dixon, Missouri; Angie Lesmeister of Appleton City; and Jacob (Angelina) Wingard of Appleton City; his step-siblings Jonathan (Jennifer) Hazell of Jacksonville, Florida, Kimberly Hazell of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Karidi Hazell-Lesmeister of Appleton City, Missouri; four nieces, four nephews, one great-niece, two great-nephews, and numerous friends he considered family. He was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.

Nevada Police seeking public assistance

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

If you know the identity of the subject in the following photos please contact the Nevada Police Department at 417-448-5100.

Miami Senior Spotlight: Milton Taylor

Miami Senior Spotlight: Isabel Sterling

Miami Senior Spotlight: Larry Burnett III

From the Belton Police Department

As many of you know, the IRS has begun depositing stimulus money in our accounts which means the checks in the mail aren't far behind. Now, we are seeing a rise in the cases of people going from mailbox to mailbox to steal mail. 

Two of the biggest things you can do to protect yourself - 1 get your mail as soon as possible once it's delivered. If you can't be there, maybe a trusted neighbor could help you out. 2 - Pay attention in your neighborhoods.

Call us when you see something out of place. There's always someone looking to take advantage of others. Let's stick together on this issue too.

-Courtesy of the Belton Police Department 

Rich Hill Senior Spotlight: Dakota Ferguson

Way to go Scott

The Clinton Fire Department is pleased to announce the promotion of Engineer B Scott Hutcherson to Engineer A. The main role of an Engineer with the CFD is to drive and operate department apparatus on emergency and non emergency incidents.

Engineer Hutcherson's promotion to Engineer A includes the responsibilities of driving/operating the departments front line apparatus and filling in as a shift officer in the absence of the on duty Lieutenant.

Engineer Hutcherson has been with the CFD since September of 2010, serving as a Firefighter and Engineer B prior to this promotion. Please join us in congratulating Engineer Hutcherson!

Rich Hill Senior Spotlight: Trayton Laning

Vehicle fire in Passaic

Shortly after 8am this morning the Butler Fire Department along with the Adrian Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire on the northbound ramp of I-49 at Passaic.

No one was injured in this incident and the fire was put out.

Mid America Live News will update when and if more information becomes available to us.

“Protecting Bates County”- A Doctor’s Perspective

Dr. Lindsay Henderson gives her professional opinion on what we may expect through the COVID-19 pandemic. Click this link to listen to episode 4 of her podcast: