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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Obituary - Max B. Herrick Jr.

Max B. Herrick Jr. 73, Peculiar, MO died Sat. May 2, 2020. Private Family Funeral Monday, May 11, 2020, Atkinson Funeral Home (816-380-3268) Harrisonville, MO. 

Celebration of Life service at later date. Burial at Higginsville Veterans Cemetery.

A full obituary will be posted when it is available.

One dead after tree falls into home in rural Bates County

On May 4th, at approximately 10:30 am, the Bates County Sheriffs Office received a call in reference to the storm damaging a house. The storm had downed a tree into a home in rural Butler west of Passaic off of F Highway. 

Deputies along with Butler Fire, Amsterdam Fire and the Bates County EMS responded to the scene. 

Additional equipment was requested from chainsaws to a large excavator. Sutton Construction Company of Butler responded with an excavator to assist in the rescue efforts. 

Unfortunately the incident resulted in one death. The deceased is identified as 71-year old Joan D. Powell of Adrian, Missouri.

Our many thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victim! 

Obituary - Brenda Lee Waller

Brenda Waller, of Clinton, Missouri, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, May 1st, 2020. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 12pm with visitation starting at 10am at Clinton Church of Nazarene. Inurnment will be held at Vansant Road Cemetery at a later date. The family suggest memorial contributions to the Brenda Waller Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences may be left at

Brenda Lee (Hamilton) Waller was born January 7, 1959 in St. Louis, MO. She married Thomas Edward Waller and had 2 children. Brenda had a cleaning service but stopped to watch her granddaughter Kylee. Brenda enjoyed bike rides, spending time with her grandkids, her garden, and sitting on her porch. She also enjoyed traveling to Michigan and Colorado. Brenda invented the Drive By Blessing. She loved her sister Debbie. Brenda also enjoyed her Bible, coloring, drawing and loved her dog and cats. Brenda always said to "Put God first in their lives."

Among survivors is her husband, Tom, father Jim Hamilton, mother Vera Hamilton, son Tommy (Dawn) Waller, daughter Amy Waller, 3 brothers, Doug (Jolynne) Hamilton, James Hamilton, John (Kendra) Hamilton, a sister, Debbie (Frank) Hindes, 3 grandchildren, Leslie Waller, John Waller, Kylee Mount, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Brenda is preceded in death by her sister Diane Schwantker.

BCMH: Family Care Clinics Ease into Reopening, Starting May 18

Since March, Family Care Clinic primary care providers have been on rotation between High Street (respiratory patients only) and Nursery Street (all others) clinics in Butler. Pictured, from left: Katie Beshore, LPN, Conrad Walley, scribe, and Lori Rapp, Family Nurse Practitioner.

May 4, 2020 – Family Care Clinics of Bates County Memorial Hospital has planned a careful reopening strategy for resuming closer-to-normal clinic services starting May 18 for Adrian and Butler Clinics, and May 19 in Rich Hill.

“We’re looking forward to offering more access to health care for everyone in our community,” said Greg Weaver, Chief Operating Officer and Family Care Clinic Practice Manager at BCMH. “We also want our patients to be safe and feel comfortable coming in to our clinics for care, so we are continuing to be extremely cautious.”
Because clinics have rigorous screening procedures and strict visitor policies in place, the risk of contracting the virus in a doctor’s office or urgent care facility is low. It’s important to know that you can safely seek medical care and protect yourself.
New clinic procedures, as of May 18, include:
  • All clinics will maintain low patient volumes.
  • Telehealth visits continue to be offered.
  • Patients with respiratory symptoms will be scheduled only at High Street and Nursery Street clinics.
  • Adrian and Rich Hill clinics will only see patients without respiratory symptoms as COVID-19 testing will not be available at those locations.
  • Patients will have temperature screenings at the door and given masks to wear if they do not have their own.
  • Waiting rooms will be limited to number of patients, with chairs spaced 6 feet apart.
  • Waiting rooms at Nursery and High will be divided into areas for well patients and sick patients. Clinics in Adrian and Rich Hill will use the parking area for patient overflow and ill patients.
  • Adult patients should plan to come alone to their appointment. Please make arrangements with staff ahead of time for adult patients who may need assistance. Children should be accompanied by one parent or guardian.
  • Well child exams and physicals for children 17 and under will be scheduled for Monday mornings at Nursery Street clinic.
  • Extended hours will resume at Nursery and High Street clinics.
  • Saturday clinics at Adrian, High Street and Nursery Street will resume on June 6th. COVID testing is not available during Saturday clinics. Those patients may be seen in the emergency room.
Bates County Memorial Hospital will continually evaluate whether our region remains at a low risk of incidence and will be prepared to cease non-essential visits in the event of a surge. To schedule an appointment with a health care provider at Family Care Clinics, call 660-200-3627.

Deadly storm yesterday in Bates County

A strong wind storm struck the area yesterday packing winds of 80 and 90 mph causing houses and barns to be heavily damaged in some areas along with overturned semi trucks, downed trees and power lines.

Several power outages are reported and many are still without power at this hour.

One person was killed when a tree fell onto a residence in rural Butler west of on F Highway. The person was identified as 71 year old Joan D. Powell of Adrian, Missouri. 

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Overturned semi truck yesterday just north of Passiac. The driver wasn't injured in this accident 

I-49 exit sign at 18 Highway in Adrian blown over 
Telephone line down at North Main and Francisco Lane just North of Butler 

Shop on North Main just north of Butler destroyed 

Behind the lumber yard in North Butler 

Power pole on fire near North ball field in Butler 
Tree fell over a Chevrolet truck in rural Bates County near CC Highway 
Tree into a house in rural Butler off CR 6004
5th wheel travel trailer overturned on North Main Street in rural Butler 
Mobile home off of CC Highway destroyed 
Large barn destroyed just east of Passiac 

Obituary - Robert "Bobby" Dean Anderson

Robert “Bobby” Dean Anderson, 61, of Harrisonville, Missouri passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020 at his home in Harrisonville. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hope City, 5101 E. 24th St, Kansas City, MO 64127.

Bobby was born August 8, 1958, in Harrisonville, MO, a son of Charles Robert and Lois Evadean (Crisp) Anderson. He was born and raised in Harrisonville, moved to Bay City, Texas from 1977 to 1982 and eventually came back to Missouri. Bobby spent his career working in construction, working for several different companies over his years.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles Anderson; and sisters: Darla Neal and Robin Anderson. He is survived by his son, Robert Brian Anderson of Rosenberg, TX; his daughter, Sara Muniz of Bay City, TX; his sister, Jan (Roger) Wainwright of Raymore, MO; and five grandchildren: Ilyssa Jo Muniz, Ryker Chase Muniz, Sophia Bell Anderson, Oliver James Dean Anderson, and Penelope Rose Anderson.

From Cass County Sheriffs Office

Kris Turnbow took the oath of office to serve as Reserve Deputy Sheriff today.

"We are excited to welcome Kris Turnbow to our team. With decades of experience as the Raytown and Raymore Police Chief and a distinguished career as a U.S. Naval Captain, Chris brings experience and a lifetime of public service that we will benefit from," said Sheriff Jeff Weber.

Obituary - Phyllis Nora (Morement) Clyman

Phyllis Nora Clyman 94, passed away on May 4, 2020 in Nevada, Missouri, after a brief illness. She was born at Warminster, England on June 20, 1925, the daughter of Charles and Lily Morement. Phyllis met her future husband, Oscar F. Clyman, while he was serving as a GI in the U.S. Army during World War II in her hometown of Warminster, England. Oscar was discharged from the service on January 6, 1946. He returned to Warminster, England, to marry Phyllis on January 6, 1947. Their first child, a son, was born a year later on January 6, 1948, followed by a daughter.

They honeymooned at Niagara Falls, and then travelled to their farm southeast of Golden City, Missouri, where they engaged in a crop and livestock operation for 45 years. This farm was later designated a Missouri Century Farm. In addition to being a farm wife, Phyllis enjoyed playing piano for the Dudenville United Methodist Church, gardening, sewing, knitting, cooking, taking care of numerous pets, always sending encouraging cards and letters to family and friends, and maintaining a loving home.

Oscar and Phyllis moved to Nevada, Missouri in 1992 and became members of the Nevada First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years who passed away in 2000, son-in-law, John Stockdale, sisters-in-law, Audrey Yates and Lorene Wheat. Also, parents, Charles and Lily Morement, sister, Joyce Denning, and brother-in-law, George Denning all of England.

She is survived by a son, David (Glenda) Clyman of Nevada, Missouri, a daughter, Marilyn Stockdale of Sheldon, Missouri, two grandsons, Jeremy (Jennifer) Clyman of Grain Valley, Missouri, and Jason (Whittney) Stockdale of Oronogo, Missouri, one granddaughter, Julie Morgan of Pella, Iowa, five great-grandchildren, Ella and Colton Clyman, and Paige and Tyler Morgan, Emma Stockdale, as well as many nephews and nieces.

Graveside Services are planned for 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at the Dudenville Cemetery, south of Golden City, Missouri with the Dr. Kevin Daugherty officiating. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church in Nevada or the American Diabetes Association.

***Beginning on May 4th there will no longer be a statewide limitation on the number of people attending funerals or visitations, however those in attendance will be asked to maintain social distancing, and that people are welcome to and, indeed, are encouraged to wear face mask to protect themselves and others.

Clinton Fire Department hires new figherfighter


The Clinton Fire Department is pleased to announce the hiring of Frank Mesh as a full-time firefighter. Frank has served as a volunteer firefighter for the CFD since February of 2019.

Frank is a life-long resident of Clinton, graduating from Clinton High School in 2006. Before starting his career with the CFD, Frank was employed by the Clinton School District as a Computer Networking teacher for the Clinton Technical School. Frank, his wife Rikki, and their son Luca reside in Clinton. Please join us in congratulating Frank as he begins his career with the CFD!

Press Release from the Department of Justice U.S. Attorney's Office District of Kansas.

Obituary - Kathleen Mildred (DeLine) Covington

Kathleen Mildred Covington, age 98, Walker, MO passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at her home in Walker. Kathleen was born September 21, 1921 in Topeka, KS to Gordon Garfield and Ethel Leona (Gayer) Deline. She married Jerial D. Covington on May 6, 1949 in Rogers, AR and he preceded her in death in 2010.

Kathleen was raised in Kansas and later in Michigan where she attended school. Following her marriage to Jerial they resided in Nevada for a time before buying a farm in Dederick, MO. In 1953 they moved to Kansas City and then later to Belton in 1956 while maintaining ties to Vernon County. They came back to Vernon

County to reside full time in the early 1980’s. Kathleen was a talented and creative person, known to be an excellent seamstress, and cook, and enjoyed painting. Kathleen loved singing, reading her Bible, playing all kinds of games, she had a competitive nature about her. She was a longtime member of the Belton Assembly of God Church and currently was a member of the Stockton Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Morris, Raymore, MO, and Brenda Copeland (David), Walker, MO; three grandchildren, Stephanie Cantrell (Brennan) of Raymore, Justin Copeland (Mikki) of Pleasant Hill, MO, and Brittany Campbell (Harrison) of Pleasant Hill, MO; great-grandchildren; Ayden Cantrell, Keagan Cantrell, Quintin Campbell, Brodie Campbell, Brecklyn Copeland, and Sawyer Copeland; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband Jerial, she was preceded in death by a son, Danny; an infant daughter, Marsha; a sister, Roberta Light; and two brothers, Bernard DeLine and Jack DeLine.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Walker, MO with Pastor Dennis Deline officiating.

Memorials are suggested in her memory to Mt. Vernon Cemetery c/o Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO.

***Beginning on May 4th there will no longer be a statewide limitation on the number of people attending funerals or visitations, however those in attendance will be asked to maintain social distancing, and that people are welcome to and, indeed, are encouraged to wear face mask to protect themselves and others.

Obituary -Jason Walker "Jake" McCullough

Jason Walker "Jake" McCullough, age 44, was born June 25, 1975 in Nevada, Missouri the son of Jimmy and Martha Miller McCullough. He departed this life May 3, 2020 at his home in Amoret, Missouri.
Jason loved his family, he had an awesome sense of humor and was always trying to "get us". He was especially fond of his ornery nephews and was known to spoil great nephew Austin and great niece April, who was known to crawl up on his lap for a quick snuggle and maybe a chance to yank the cat's tail. How he loved those kids! He was an avid Chiefs fan and was so excited when they won the Super Bowl. He loved his books, movies, current events, playing video games with nephew Connor and watching wrestling with his brother.

He collected Chiefs and wrestling memorabilia , he was computer savvy, keeping the family online. He was preceded in death by his father and step mother, Jimmy and Shirley McCullough, grandparents, Roy and Delores Miller, Jasper and Gloria Jackson and Herb McCullough. Jake is survived by his mother and step dad, Martha and Tom Long, brother, Justin(Tressie), step siblings, Becky Crossan(jay, Tom Long Jr., Heather Smith(Greg), and Dan Long, nephews, Aaron Hooker(Shelby), Eric Hooker(Megan), Sebastian Brabant(Sydney) and Connor Schultz, great nephew Austin, great niece, April, AKA, Ape to Uncle Jake, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Private family graveside will be held at the Benjamin Cemetery, Amoret, Missouri. Contributions are suggested to the Shriner Children's Hospital, c/o Schneider Funeral Home, P.O. Box 525, Pleasanton, KS 66075. Online condolences can be left at

Obituary - Ruth Campbell

Funeral services for Ruth Campbell will be 10 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2020 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 4-7 p.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel. 

Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, Rich Hill, Missouri. Contributions in lieu of flowers to Rich Hill Methodist Church or McGennis Youth Center. Online condolences,

Iva Ruth Campbell, age 87 of Rich Hill, Missouri died Monday, May 4, 2020 at Moore-Few Care Center in Nevada, Missouri. She was born March 22, 1933 to Earl Rollo and Celia Harriet Bryant Cumpton in Aaron, Missouri.

Ruth is survived by her son, Jim Campbell and wife Kitty of Butler, Missouri; four daughters, Elaine Engelhardt and husband Steve of Butler, Missouri, Linda Jagels and husband Ricky of Rockville, Missouri and Tina Buckner and husband Bruce and Eugenia Brocka and husband Greg, all of Rich Hill, Missouri; one sister, Bonnie Wilson of Vian, Oklahoma; 15 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two infant sons; and siblings.

Reopening Missouri: How's it going?

Mid America Live paid a visit to the Y Factor Salon in Butler today to see how the 'reopening' was going- and we found a quite complicated effort was involved to resume business this week under the Governor's Reopen Missouri program.

First, the door was locked due to the limitation on number of customers that can be inside at one time. We also noticed some little things, such as an empty magazine rack and a very clean floor around the barber chairs. Noticeably, there were sprays, wipes and cleaning solution was in full view and in several locations around the salon.

When the time was right, owner Yvette Boyles opened the door to answer some questions on exactly what the process required to reopen her business.

When asked, "Well, theres at least five pages of guidelines" she said as she revealed the document, "it includes everything from keeping trash cans cleaned out and throwing away old magazines, or anything else that doesn't directly pertain to business operation".

After after a short read, yes, there are a lot of rules. Which mostly include constant cleaning, wiping down, and a host of other things that have to be done when a customer leaves, and before another one enters.

And until further notice, everything is done by appointment only- sorry, no walk ins. Which certainly will be the case for most every other similar business in Missouri as we pass through Phase 1 of the reopening which will last through the end of May.

As an 'informal inspection' goes, we'd have to say this business passed. And we are sure this is the case for other Bates county businesses as we work our way through the COVID19 pandemic.

This reporter doesn't miss a lot of we'll visit and report on a local restaurant next...