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Monday, April 27, 2020

Butler Senior Spotlight: Shyla Weller-Register

Butler man escapes injury in Polk County Crash

On 4/25/20 around 3:45pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Polk County along with Polk County Sheriffs Office responded to a two vehicle accident in the southbound lanes of Missouri 13 Highway at Humansville, Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2008 Chevrolet 2500 driven by 81 year old Jack C. Baker of Butler, Missouri attempted to make a left hand turn from the right lane and struck the 1997 Geo Prizm driven by 34 year old Kyle S. Baylor of Humansville, Missouri.

Mr. Baylor sustained minor injuries in this accident and he was transported to Citizen's Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, Missouri for treatment.

Both vehicles was towed from the scene of the crash by Mike's Wrecker of Collins, Missouri. 

Butler Senior Spotlight: Zachary Webb

Missouri Governor announces 1st phase of “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan to start May 4th

JEFFERSON CITY – During today’s COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson announced the first phase of the “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan outlining how Missouri will gradually begin to reopen economic and social activity on Monday, May 4, 2020.

Governor Parson was joined by Missouri Hospital Association President and CEO Herb Kuhn, MO HealthNet Director Todd Richardson, Missouri Department of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Director Dr. Randall Williams, and Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Sandy Karsten

“With favorable data and approval from state health officials, we are ready to take another step forward in the recovery of Missouri,” Governor Parson said. “Today, I am announcing phase one of our ‘Show Me Strong Recovery’ Plan, which will begin Monday, May 4 and extend through Sunday, May 31.”

Resting on four essential pillars, the “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan is intended to protect those most at risk of exposure to COVID-19 while returning Missouri to a new normal:
Expand testing capacity and volume in the state
Expand reserves of PPE by opening public and private supply chains

Continue to monitor and, if necessary, expand hospital and health care system capacity, including isolation and alternate care facilities for those that cannot self-quarantine at home
Improve ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri’s public health data.

This framework will allow the state to work through a gradual reopening, leading to broader economic recovery.

During phase one of the plan, citizens may begin returning to economic and social activities but must adhere to social distancing requirements, including maintaining six feet of space between individuals in most cases. There are currently no limitations on social gatherings as long as necessary precautions are taken and six feet of distance can be maintained between individuals and/or families.

Additionally, all businesses can be open provided that the social distancing guidelines set forth in the new health order are followed. Some businesses will be required to take additional precautions to protect their employees and the public, such as occupancy limits at retail locations.

“All of Missouri’s businesses, employers, and employees are vital to our state’s economy and well-being,” Governor Parson said. “Opening these businesses is going to look very different for awhile, but I’m confident Missourians will abide by the guidelines as we move forward.”

This will be a deliberate and data-driven process that allows for flexibility based on changing situations.

Some communities may be able to reopen at a faster rate than others. Local officials will have the authority to put further rules, regulations, or ordinances in place so long as they are not inconsistent with the statewide order.

Even as Missouri gradually reopens, citizens are encouraged to continue taking precautions to protect themselves and others:
  • Stay home if sick
  • Wash hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of elbow
  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces
  • Avoid socializing in groups that do not readily allow for appropriate social distancing
  • Minimize travel to the extent possible Additionally, all businesses are encouraged to do the following:
  • Implement basic infection prevention measures informed by industry best practices:
  • Modify physical workspaces to maximize social distancing
  • Minimize business travel
  • Develop an infectious disease preparedness and response plan
  • Do not allow symptomatic people to physically return to work until cleared by a medical provider
  • Encourage telework whenever possible and feasible with business operations
  • Return to work in phases and/or split shifts
  • Limit access to common areas where personnel are likely to congregate and interact
  • Ensure that sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance 

“As we begin to reopen, we will be prepared, but the virus is still here. Protect yourself and the people you love. Take care of each other,” Governor Parson said. “Together, we will defeat COVID-19. Together, the state of Missouri will come back stronger than ever before.”

For more information on the “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan, please visit ShowMeStrong.Mo.Gov.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Rich Hill man dies in early morning fatality accident in Bates County

On 4/27/20 around 7:27am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County along with Bates County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on Route U just north of SWCR 4508 in rural Bates County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 1997 Chevrolet 3500 driven by 70 year old Alvin J. Briscoe of Rich Hill, Missouri crossed the center line of traffic and traveled off the roadway striking a fence.

Mr. Briscoe was pronounced dead and released to Bates County Coroner Greg D. Mullinax.

Mid America Live News will update when more information is made available to us at a later time. 

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Watch for Motorcycles

Watch for Motorcycles

Campaign aims to increase motorcycle safety awareness for all road users.

JEFFERSON CITY – After being cooped up for weeks during the COVID 19 pandemic, warmer weather and the need for continued social distancing could find many more motorcycles on our roadways this spring and summer. The Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety want to remind motorists to “Watch for Motorcycles” in order to help prevent motorcycle crashes, deaths and injuries on Missouri roadways.

This awareness campaign will run during the month of May and on holidays through the summer.

“Preliminary data shows that approximately 15% of Missouri traffic fatalities in 2019 involved a motorcycle, with 120 motorcyclist lives lost” said Jon Nelson, MoDOT assistant to the state highway safety and traffic engineer. “We want to see that number decrease this year by reminding motorists to be mindful of motorcyclists on the road and by reminding both motorcyclists and other drivers to obey speed limits, put down the phone, and never drive impaired.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers the following tips to drivers on how to prevent a fatal crash with a motorcycle:

Allow the motorcycle the full width of a lane at all times.
Always signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic.
Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic, especially at intersections.
Never drive distracted or impaired.

Motorcyclists must also take precautions to remain safe on the road. Motorcyclists can increase their safety by following these steps:

Wear a DOT-compliant helmet and other protective gear.
Obey all traffic laws and be properly licensed and trained.
Wear brightly colored clothes and reflective tape to increase visibility.

Ride in the middle of the lane where you will be more visible to drivers. Never ride distracted or impaired. Anticipate the moves of other drivers and be extra cautious of road conditions and debris.

Experts recommend riders also complete motorcycle training before getting out on the road. There are 23 training locations in Missouri.

Obituary - Dennis Poindexter

Dennis Poindexter, 64 of Archie, Missouri passed away Saturday, April 25, 2020 at his home in Archie. Graveside services will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, May 2, 2020 in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, Missouri. 

Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009). Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Mercy Hospital. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Dennis Dale Poindexter was born April 15, 1956 in Harrisonville, Missouri to Philip and Mary Jo Hartman Poindexter. He attended Miami School and graduated in 1974. Dennis was a life long farmer, he enjoyed his cattle, but found the greatest happiness on the back of a horse. He was a proud, longtime member of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA).

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents Philip and Mary Jo Poindexter. He is survived by one brother, Darrel Poindexter and wife Marian of Drexel, MO., three sons, Richard Poindexter and wife Tina of Harrisonville, MO., David Poindexter and wife Megan of Drexel, MO., and Matthew Poindexter and wife Cari of Archie, MO., along with five grandchildren, Cody, Christopher, Emily, Haley, and Hannah.

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Obituary - Joel Young

Joel Wayne Young, 60, Kansas City, MO, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2020 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Joel was born March 31, 1960 in Harrisonville, MO, a son of Donald Wayne and Garnet Lea (Hughes) Young. He was a 1978 graduate of Harrisonville High School. Joel worked for Young’s Firestone as an auto mechanic. He had also worked for Hendrick Motors in Kansas City, Chapman Chevrolet in Phoenix, AZ, and Royal Chevrolet in Harrisonville.

He married Brenda Gunnels in Harrisonville, Missouri on March 23, 1989 and to this union three children were born: twin girls, Andrea Lea and Terra Lynn and a son, Steven Ray.

Joel was preceded by his mother, Garnet Hayes and stepfather, Bill Hayes, his grandparents, Roscoe and Josephine Young. He is survived by his companion, Lyndsey Braun, Kansas City, MO; two daughters, Andrea Kling, Raymore, MO and Terra Young, Independence, MO; one son, Steven R. Young, Reno, NV; his father Wayne Young (Sandy), Harrisonville, MO; his step-mother, Carolyn Hayes, Garden City, MO; his brother, Mitch Young, Kansas City, MO; step-brothers, Scott Humbard (Pam), Grove, OK, Jeff Humbard (Monica), Lee’s Summit, MO, and Mike Hayes, Lakes of the Ozarks, MO; step-sisters, Debbie Wallace, Springfield, MO, Julie Cantrell (Danny), Garden City, MO, and Laura Beth Hayes, Urich, MO; three grandchildren, Lukas Klin, Tyson Kling, and Kai Young.

Obituary - Richard Land

Richard Darren Land age 53, of Clinton, Missouri passed away Friday, April 24th, 2020

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

Reminder: It's tornado season

And as the forecast for tomorrow calls for the possibility of severe weather, we again would like to remind everyone to make a plan in the event of a tornado. Below is a list of local places you can go, however it is highly recommended you have a plan B just in case... for example talk with neighbors who might have a basement and would be willing to let you come to shelter if needed.

Immanuel Baptist Church
First Christian Church
First Baptist Church
Heartland Hospice


Calvary Baptist Church
First Baptist Church
Methodist Church
Assembly of God

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