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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Season Opener at Nevada Speedway set for this Saturday





KIDS 6-12 $5

KIDS 6-12 $15

3 year old girl killed after being struck by delivery truck in Miami County Kansas

Butler City Hall Lobby to reopen June 1, 2020

Cass County Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Academy commencement ceremony

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Academy held its commencement ceremony on Tuesday at the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

Fourteen recruits completed the 4 month full-time academy on May 19th. 

The graduates will be returning to several agencies in the area including the Harrisonville Police Department, Belton Police Department, Bates County Sheriff’s Office, Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, and Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office.

Two graduates will be joining the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Elizabeth Hizey and Deputy Anthony Martinez.

“I would like to welcome the newest members of our family to the Sheriff’s Office. As the only Sheriff’s Office in the state to be a licensed training center, we are proud to be training the next generation of Law Enforcement officers in our communities. In the last 4 years, we have graduated 56 cadets from our academy, who have gone on to serve their communities at more than a dozen agencies,” said Sheriff Jeff Weber.

If you are interested in a career in law enforcement visit our website at

Appleton City R-2 is seeking elementary principal for the 2020-21 school year

Appleton City R-2 is seeking to fill an anticipated opening for elementary principal for the 2020-21 school year.Appleton City is a rural district in west central Missouri with an enrollment of approximately 330 students K-12. 

We are transitioning to a four-day school week beginning next year. We are a PLC school and currently participate in the District Continuous Improvement program. 

Applications may be obtained at Please submit application materials, including resume, transcripts, valid administrative certificate, and letters of recommendation to Superintendent Joe Dunlap at

Accident in Adrian

The Adrian Police Department along with Bates County Sheriff's Deputies is on scene of a motor vehicle accident at Old 71 Highway and 18 Highway in Adrian.

Please use caution if you must travel in this area and avoid the 4-way stop just south of Yoss Thriftway.

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

Support Butler R-V Students Committee

The Butler R-V School Board is asking voters to consider two ballot issues on the June 2, 2020 Election. One is a $6,000,000 General Obligation Bond issue and the other is the continuation of a current $0.21 cent levy dedicated to Fund 4 for the purpose of funding the costs of capital projects. Here is a list of projects to be completed:

  • Demolition of 1930 portion of the Elementary School
  • Replace/Repair HVAC systems at Elementary School
  • Create additional space and programming options for Industrial Arts at the High School
  • Improvement of secured entrances at ECC & Elementary
  • Upgrade Surveillance systems district wide
  • Improve parking/expand parking at ECC & Elementary
  • Address needs for current HS gymnasium (structural/remodel)
  • Possibly construct an auxiliary gym/training area at HS
  • Address band/vocal music space requirements at HS
  • Restroom remodels at all locations
Our school facilities are a reflection of community pride. A YES vote on both issues will NOT raise taxes. Thank you for your consideration.

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Obituary - Mary Kathleen "Kathy" Powers

Mary Kathleen "Kathy" Powers, 79, Garden City, Missouri departed this life on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at her home.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Jim Powers of the home; her four sons, Jim (Vicky) Powers and Andy (Marcella) Powers all of Garden City, MO, Pat (Tammy) Powers and Sean (Andrea) Powers all of Harrisonville, Missouri; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jerry Cassidy of California and Pat Cassidy of Mexico; other relatives and many friends.

Private family burial will be held at the Clearfork Cemetery near Garden City, Missouri.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Shiloh Center of Harrisonville, Missouri.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.

Man struck and killed on lawn mower in Miami County Kansas

One arrested in Henry County

Hey all you cool cats and kittens, a little follow up to the post about Vincent Russell..... he is in custody! 

Mr. Russell was arrested by Henry County Deputies in the Calhoun area for his warrants in addition to an incident that occurred today in Clinton for 1st Degree Domestic Assault and Armed Criminal Action.

Big thanks to the citizens of Clinton. We appreciate all the information you have provided!!!!!

Courtesy of the Clinton Missouri Police Department 

Obituary - Kathryn "Katie" K. Wright

Kathryn “Katie” K. Wright, 95, Harrisonville, MO, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Crown Care Center in Harrisonville.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Pleasant Hill, MO.

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

Obituary - Kenneth Holland

Funeral services for Kenneth Holland will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. 

Visitation will be prior to services from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. 

Contributions to Heartland Hospice, Immanuel Baptist Church or Medicalodge of Butler. Online condolences,

Kenneth Leroy Holland, age 92 of Butler, Missouri died Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Medicalodge of Butler in Butler. He was born May 28, 1927 to Forrest “Bud” Leonard and Gladys Verna Drury Holland in Mildred, Kansas.

Kenneth is survived by one son, Mike Holland and wife Jackie of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; three daughters, Vickie Richmond and husband Ike of Nevada, Missouri, Terry Morris and husband Charlie of Butler, Missouri and Twila Clubb of Ferrelview, Missouri; one brother, Richard Holland and wife Lois of McMinnville, Oregon; 9 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Rosa in January of 2016; brother, Elwin Isaac; sister, Shirley Reynolds; and grandson Brad Morris.

Vernon County Health Department confirms 7th case of COVID-19

May 20, 2020
Vernon County Health Department

Confirmed COVID-19 case

Vernon County Health Department has confirmed the 7th positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Vernon County Health Dept staff has identified and contacted any individual that may have come in close contact with the case which may have put them at risk and will monitor them for any signs and symptoms of illness.

There is a risk for community exposure. The case was at 54 Feed and Seed on 5/14/2020 between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm. The exposure is low risk for transmission. If you were in this business on the date listed we recommend monitoring for any symptoms. If you develop symptoms please follow-up with your provider or urgent care. It is important that you CALL prior to going to the office.

Individuals should continue to practice social distancing, clean/disinfect any high touched surfaces, wash their hands with soap and water routinely, use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available and avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose & mouth). It is up to each and every one of us to stop the spread of this disease!

CALL before going to a clinic, urgent care, or ER if you feel you need to be evaluated

Close Contact means: 6 ft or less for 10 minutes or more with a positive case

Obituary - Roy Lynn Rogers

Roy Lynn Rogers, 59, Harrisonville, MO, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at his home. 

Memorial graveside services are pending. Service date and times will be posted when information is available.

Bates County Sheriff's Office sends sincere condolences to Mangano Family

The Bates County Sheriff's Office would like to send their sincere condolences to Paul Mangano's family. Paul or more affectionately known as "Mango" started working for the Sheriff's Office in 2010 as a Deputy. 

He was promoted and worked as a Detective until he resigned in 2013 and moved to Iowa. 

Mango had a witty sense of humor and always made you laugh.
He never knew a stranger. His fellow co-workers and the citizens of Bates County were very fond of his personality and his work ethic. Sheriff Anderson said that Mango was a true asset to Bates County and will be missed dearly.

View Paul's Obituary Here:

Obituary - Paul Vernon Mangano

Paul Vernon Mangano, all though some referred to him as “Mange”, “Mango”, “Vern”, “Po-Po Tiger Viking” and “Nine-Toed Paulie”, started his 54-year journey from Charles City, IA. After spending most of his adult life in Missouri, he passed on Monday, May 11, 2020, in his home.

The president was Lyndon B. Johnson and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction was on every radio when Paul was born Friday, September 10, 1965 to Paul John Mangano and Judy Wilken-Beutler. He spent a majority of his first three decades of life professionally chucking bowling balls and collecting baseball cards, a stockpile that had more garage time that any of his vehicles. He would later become a School Resource Officer, graduating from Blue River Police Academy, certified in the D.A.R.E program and with the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO). He would start his 15-year police career with the Harrisonville Police Department and end as a Detective with the Bates County Sheriff’s Department. One would find Vikings flag and Earnhardt memorabilia within any Mangano residence. To himself, he was Steven Seagal and Neo from The Matrix. To his family, he was usually in his underwear hugging a bowl of Velveeta shells. To his friends, a mediocre fantasy football player.

Paul was survived by his estranged wife, Stephanie Mangano, 52, Grain Valley, Missouri; his children, Jakob Tharp (Jonathon) Grandview, Missouri; Madisen Maciel (Blayne) Peculiar, Missouri; Brock Mangano, and Niko Mangano, Grain Valley, Missouri; and grandchildren, Frazier Tharp, Cooper Maciel, Zayn Maciel, and Maeve Tharp; father, Paul John Mangano, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; brothers, Tommy Mangano, Jason Eppers, and Rob Schorg (Dawn), Cedar Rapids, Iowa; mother-in-law, Terri L. Brackman, Harrisonville, Missouri; sister-in-law, Heather Turley (Craig), Grain Valley, Missouri; nephews, Cooper Turley, Trevor Schorg; nieces, Makenzi Turley, Ashley Mangano, Island Mangano, and Brittany Schorg.

Paul was predeceased by his mother, Judy Wilken-Beutler; stepmother, Betty Schorg-Mangano; father-in-law, Earl L. Brackman Jr.; grandparents, Vernon & Bonnie Wilken, and Paul & Rosetta Mangano.

The family has not yet determined a visitation; however, further details will be shared on social media. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider donating to Foundation for Alcoholism Research ( Please contact Stephanie Mangano on Facebook for inquiries.

Concerns about the June 2nd Election in Bates County

Many citizens may have concerns about going to vote at the upcoming election with the COVID-19 situation. Many safeguards are being implemented to help protect you the voter and the voting officials such as:

*No contact entrance/exit—doors will be propped open at all polling places

*Social distancing—voter stations/booths will be placed 6 ft. apart as well as markings on the floor to remind each of us to keep distance between each one

*Cleaning/sanitizing—all hard surfaces will be cleaned between voters by the voting officials; no chairs will be placed at the voter stations/booths but if you require one, an official will provide one for you

*Separation of voting officials and voters—plastic partitions will be placed between the voting officials & the voters

*Marking tools—each voter will be given a stylus/pen to use and take home rather than sharing between voters

We feel that these safeguards will help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the event someone unknowingly was infected.

Here are things, you as the voter can do:

*Stay home if you are sick

*Adhere to social distancing guidelines

*Continue to practice hand hygiene frequently

*Don’t bring anyone with you to the polls unless they too are voting, i.e. no children, etc.

*Avoid physical contact such as shaking hands with others

*Wear a mask if you wish to do so

Our goal is to keep the everyone safe, and with your help it can be done.


Marlene Wainscott, Bates County Election Authority
Jody Welston, Bates County Health Officer

Adrian Police Public Service Announcement

Everybody use caution. We had a vehicle accident at 1st and Missouri. Road is currently closed so the power company can replace a power pole. - Courtesy of Adrian Police Department 

Cancelled Endangered Silver Advisory Alert From Nevada

For further information please contact:     Nevada Police Department 417-448-5100

EMPHASIS:  CANCELLED Endangered Silver Advisory Alert

State of Missouri CANCELLED Endangered SILVER Advisory

The Nevada Police Department has CANCELLED an Endangered SILVER Advisory for a missing adult incident that occurred at the Super 8 Motel, 2301 E Austin Blvd, Nevada, MO at 9:30 am on 5/8/2020.

The endangered SILVER advisory missing adult was:

Peter Luker, a white male, age 60.

Brief circumstances regarding the Endangered Silver Person incident : 

Peter Luker was located safe in Colorado.

A little weather update

Should shape up to be a nice day. A little cloudy but some breaks of sun should develop in the afternoon. Temperatures will top out in the upper 60°s F.

Power Outage In Harrisonville

NOW: The Harrisonville Electric Department is responding to a power outage that is affecting homes and businesses on the northwest side of town.

The cause of the outage and the time it will take to restore power are both unknown, at this time.

When we know more, we will update this post.We appreciate your patience during this time.

Clinton VFW placing of American Flags on the graves

Friday May 22 at 10 am and Saturday at 3pm, the Clinton VFW has organized for the placing of American Flags on the graves of the 1,936 veterans buried there and they need your help! 

This is a great opportunity for family units, church groups, etc to help with this. Groups of 6 are suggested, but will work with whomever shows up. If you don't have a group, come on out!! Well find one for you. 

What a great opportunity to show our younger generation of kids what freedoms we take for granted and what they sometimes cost. Social distancing will be expected between the groups. Any questions can be answered by Jennifer Umland. See you all there!!

Donations for the Morris Cemetery

Donations for the Morris Cemetery are appreciated and can be mailed to: Wes Chandler at 1069 NW County Road 2 Butler MO 64730

Non Injury Accident In Adrian

The Missouri State Highway Patrol along with Adrian Fire Department and Bates County Sheriff's Deputies are on scene of a one vehicle accident at 1st and Missouri Streets in Adrian at this time.

Please use extreme caution if you must travel in this area. No one is said to be injured in this accident. 

Just letting you know...

There won’t be any video news for a few days. We’ll be back soon!