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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Obituary - Lois B Vaughn

Lois B. Vaughn of Clinton Missouri passed away on May 25 ,2020 in the comfort of her home. Lois was born in Kaiser Missouri on February 2, 1931 to Franklin and Nora Shrivers. She was married to David Martin Vaughn Sr. 

She was head of house keeping at Best Western Motel and owned a ceramic shop. She loved family time and planting flowers. Martin and her had lived in Clinton since 1985. She was proceed in death by her husband Martin , brother Lloyd, and her parents. 

She was survived by three sons, Charles Bowling and wife, Sandy, Richmond, Robert Bowling and wife, Karen, Kansas City, Kansas, and David Vaughn, Jr. And wife Karen, Kansas City; three daughters, Jean Vaughn of Chicago IL, Vickie Vaughn of Clinton, as well as seven foster children, June Anderson, Calhoun, Patty Markhand, Independence, Jackie Hall, North Carolina, Melinda Dryer, Florida, Tammy Dobbins, kansas City.Also surviving are many grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and her sister Lora Mae rawlings of Kansas City.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 6-8pm at Vansant-Mills Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 29, 2020 at 11 AM at Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton. Interment will follow at Englewood Cemetery, Clinton. The family suggest memorial contributions to the Lois Vaughn Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the funeral home.


Obituary - Carole Burton

Carole Burton, age 78, Clinton, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 2pm with Visitation 1 hour prior at Vansant-Mills Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery, Clinton. 

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society and may be left in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences may be left at www.vansant-millsfuneralhome.com

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton, MO.


Citizens Bank Hiring Teller at Butler Branch



Citizens Bank located at Orange and Ft. Scott Streets is looking to expand our team! We are currently accepting applications for a full-time teller at our Butler branch.

Stop by and apply today!


Power line down in Butler

The Butler Police Department along with city of Butler Electric Crews are on scene of a powerline that is down at this time around 113 Longsinger in Butler.

Please avoid this area as crews will be working to fix this issue.


Barton County Police Chase Ends In Kansas






























On May 26th at approximately 12:25 pm Barton County Sheriff Mitchell Shaw attempted to stop a vehicle on 12th street in Lamar around taco palace. The operator of the vehicle had no valid drivers license and had active warrants out of the state of Kansas.The driver of the vehicle drove recklessly and at dangerously high speeds.

The pursuit went around the detour by Walmart and headed west on 160 Highway. Deputy Sheriff Matt Griffitt and Deputy Daniel Crihfield caught up to the fleeing vehicle and was able to assist in the pursuit. The vehicle traveled west on 160 Highway until it reached the stateline.

At the Missouri and Kansas State line a Kansas Officer attempted to use a tire deflation device to stop the pursuit. However the driver was able to avoid it.

The pursuit traveled through Crawford County in the area of Frontnec and then north on 69 Highway towards Bourbon County. The pursuit came to and end in Bourbon County and two subjects was taken into custody. Reports will be forwarded to the Barton County Prosecutor for consideration in to filing formal charges.

Obituary - Jerry P. Daniel

Jerry Patrick Daniel, of Creighton, Missouri was born September 29, 1942 in San Diego, California the son of Jerrold Amon and Pearl Edna (McCall) Daniel. He departed this life on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at his home near Creighton at the age of 77 years, 7 months and 25 days.

On March 20, 1967, Jerry was united in marriage to Lora Lee Tuttle in Springfield, Missouri.

Jerry was employed as a control operator for Kansas City Power and Light from November 15, 1971 until his retirement on January 31, 2004. He was a member of the Creighton Christian Church, a member of the Belton-Grandview Masonic Lodge #450 A.F. & A.M. and was a Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Kansas City, Missouri. Jerry loved to hunt, fish and do wood carvings. He enjoyed tying flies for fishing, working and being on his farm.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Lora Daniel of the home; two sons, Chad Everett Daniel and wife Renee, Lohman, Missouri, Brandon Dwain Daniel and wife Angela, Lee’s Summit, Missouri; 3 grandchildren, Colton Patrick Daniel, Jesse Dalton Daniel and Cameron James Daniel; a brother, Larry Daniel, Ash Grove, Missouri; a sister, Karen Butler, Koshkonong, Missouri; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation. A Celebration of Life Graveside will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, May 30, 2020 at the Byler Cemetery near Creighton, Missouri.

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


Butler Police Warn of Phone Scam

*Public Service Announcement* 

All residents in the area, please be advised that there is a new scam going on in the area. 

Someone calls the victim and states that a loved one has been kidnapped and gives a list of demands that need to be met in order for their loved one to be returned safely. 

Please be advised that this is a scam and the police department has received several calls in regards to it. If you receive a call like this, contact law enforcement



St. Clair County Sheriff's Office News Release May 19 through 26, 2020

St. Clair County Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made 10 arrests and took multiple reports during the week of May 19 through 26, 2020.

Click on link for more information.



From the city of Butler

On Wednesday May 27th, 2020 will be the final day for storm brush pick up.


Obituary - Michelle Nason

Michelle Nason, 36 of Butler, Missouri passed away Sunday, May 24, 2020 at the University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia, Missouri. 

Cremation, with memorial services to be held 11:00 am Thursday, May 28, 2020 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). 

A visitation will be held prior to the service Thursday, beginning at 10:30 am. Memorial contributions may be made to the Medicalodge of Butler Activity Fund. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com

Michelle Noel Nason was born December 23, 1983 in Arequipa, Peru. She moved to the US in 1989. Michelle was a graduate of Hume Schools in Hume, Missouri and most recently was a resident at Medicalodge of Butler in Buter, Missouri. Though Micelle was disabled, she had an outgoing personality and enjoyed people and the many activities she was a part of.

Michelle was preceded in death by her parents Dennis and Diane Fehlman Nason. She is survived by extended family members and by her many friends.


Memorial Service for Adam Lesmeister in Appleton City

Several people have asked me about the memorial service for Adam Lesmeister. I confirmed the details with the funeral home this morning. 

His service will be June 9th, what would have been his 38th birthday, with visitation from 12-2 and the service beginning at 2 Hill & Sons Funeral Home in Appleton City.

Edit: I confirmed with the funeral home there are no limitations on number of people, masks required, etc. With that being said, if it makes you feel more comfortable to wear a mask and social distance, or if you’re required to for your job or your personal health, then please do so.  - Courtesy if Angie Lesmeister

Happy Retirement Marty!

The Gang at Liberty Utilities Gas Company in Butler wish to send our best wishes to Marty Snow as he is retiring on 5/29/20!

Thanks for 40 years of Service Marty!

If you wish to send a card, please send them to :

Marty Snow
100 S. Main St.

Butler, MO 64730


Obituary - Rolla G. Houk

FUNERAL MASS will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday May 29, 2020 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Montrose, Missouri.

VISITATION/ROSARY - VISITATION will begin at 9:30 AM on Friday May 29, 2020 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Montrose, Missouri, with the ROSARY beginning at 10:30 AM. If you choose to come to the church, face masks are suggested, and social distancing will be observed. Friends may sign the online register book at www.hillandson.net or come by the Hill & Son Funeral Home in Appleton City during business hours to sign.

OFFICIANT at the Mass will be Fr. Jason Koch.

INTERMENT will be St. Mary’s Cemetery, Montrose, Missouri.

The family suggests MEMORIAL donations be given for Intercessory Masses for Rolla.

Rolla G. Houk, aged 84, passed away peacefully at his home in Independence, Missouri on May 23, 2020. He was the son of Rolla Guymond and Myrtle Mary (Johnson) Houk. Rolla spent his formative years in the Clinton, Missouri area, where he graduated from Clinton High School in 1953. During this time, he met and later married Mary Kathryn Firsick on November 22, 1956 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Montrose, Missouri, his wife of 62 years. To this union four children were born: Sonny, Rhonda, Pamela, and Jerry. During high school he worked a projectionist at the Clinton Movie Theater, a job he dearly loved. Rolla joined the United States Army in 1960, where he served his country proudly. He then began a career at the Kansas City Power and Light Company, working as a heavy equipment operator and later a supervisor in the transportation department until his retirement in 1991. He then worked at the Thrifty Nickel newspaper for 18 years as well as for the Sisters of St. Francis Convent in Independence as grounds-keeper and maintenance worker for many years.

The most important thing in Rolla’s life were times spent with his beloved family, especially his grandchildren. He was an incredibly hardworking man, who always took care of his family. Apart from this, he enjoyed woodworking and music, especially playing the guitar. Rolla had a knack for finding many “treasures” at thrift stores and garage sales that he brought to his family. Genealogy research was a favorite hobby of Rolla, and he further enjoyed riding his bicycle on local trails into his 80s. He was also a proud member of the Northern Cherokee Tribe of Missouri and Arkansas. Along with these things, his faith always proved a cornerstone of his life, remaining an active member of St. Mark’s Parish in Independence, Missouri as long as he was able.

Rolla was preceded in death by his parents, Rolla Guymond and Myrtle Mary (Johnson) Houk; his wife, Mary Kathryn (Firsick) Houk; and his sister, Phylis Henry.

Survivors include his children, Sonny Houk, Rhonda (Mark) Long, Pamela (Mark) Twenter and Jerry Houk and Stacey Beck; his grandchildren, Joshua Twenter, Christopher Twenter, Rachel (Twenter) Robertson, Nicholas Twenter, Clara Twenter and Katie Twenter; his great-grandson, Henry Twenter; along with many extended family and dear friends. Rolla will be deeply missed by his family and friends
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Driver arrested after leaving the scene of an accident in Clinton

On 05/25/2019 at 11:00 a.m., Clinton Police Officers were dispatched to a vehicle crash with the driver leaving the scene in the vicinity of Price Lane and Augusta Street. 

The crash apparently happened when the driver, Jeremy Jones, age 35, of Clinton, lost control of his vehicle while travelling eastbound on Augusta Street and crossing the bridge west of the intersection with Price Lane. 

The vehicle left the roadway and impacted a gas meter and the side of a house. The house was occupied at the time, but no one was injured. Jones was apprehended by Clinton Police Officers a short distance away after he fled the scene on foot. 

Jones was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Charges stemming from the vehicle crash itself are being sought.

Clinton Police Department respond to a call of a man with a gunshot wound

On 05/23/2020 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Clinton Police Officers were dispatched to the Golden Valley Memorial Hospital Emergency Department in reference to a report of a gunshot wound. 36-year-old Clinton resident Christopher Herron was contacted and found to have an injury in his abdomen. 

Clinton Detectives were able to confirm that the incident occurred at Herron’s residence, 603 South Orchard Street. Herron was transported via air ambulance to Research Hospital in Kansas City. Investigation continues in the case, but currently, all indications are that the wound was accidentally self-inflicted. 

Clinton Police Officers and Detectives were assisted by Henry County Sheriff’s Department at the scene.

Obituary - Sharon Faye Kunkel

Sharon Faye Kunkel, 68, Nevada, MO passed from this life on Sunday, May 24, 2020 following a lengthy illness. Sharon was born October 4, 1951 in Nevada, MO to Troy Franklin and Nina Allene (Phillips) Norris. She was united in marriage to Allan Earnest Kunkel on April 13, 1974 in Nevada, MO and he preceded her in death on September 22, 1987.

She is survived by two children; a son, Jamie Kunkel (Rachel), Schell City, MO, and a daughter, Jacquelin Spratt (David), Harrisonville; 11 grandchildren, Hayley, Shelby, Kylee, Rylee, Trenton, Courtney, Peyton, Saxon, Megan, Dustin, and Erin; and six great-grandchildren; a brother, Jim Norris (Pat), Nevada, and a sister, Carolyn Doolin (Brad), Richards, MO; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2020 at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Schell City, MO with Pastor Dan Gayman officiating.

“In lieu of flowers” memorial are suggested to Vernon County Cancer Relief c/o Ferry Funeral Home.



***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.



Vernon County Health Department has confirmed the 8th and 9th positive case of COVID-19

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

May 26, 2020
Vernon County Health Department
417-667-7418

Confirmed COVID-19 case

Vernon County Health Department has confirmed the 8th and 9th positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). These cases are in the same household and are related to work out of state. These individuals are in isolation at home.

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 no concern for community exposure with these cases.

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


Two vehicle accident east of Passaic

Highway patrol, EMS and Adrian Fire is on the scene of a two vehicle accident about 1/2 mile east of Passaic on D highway. 

No update on injuries yet and more info will be posted as soon as it’s available.

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From the Nevada Police Department




MSHP: Memorial Day Weekend Summary

EMPHASIS: Patrol: Preliminary Reports Indicate Six Traffic Fatalities, Zero Boating Fatalities, Two Drownings Over Memorial Day Weekend

Six people died in traffic crashes over the 2020 Memorial Day weekend counting period of 6 p.m., Friday, May 22, through 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 25, 2020.

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers investigated the following over the 2020 Memorial Day holiday weekend:

Traffic Statistics

Crashes -- 341
Injuries -- 112
Fatalities -- 5
DWI -- 111
Drug Arrests -- 112

Boating Statistics

Crashes -- 10
Injuries -- 7
Fatalities -- 0
Drownings -- 2
BWI -- 11
Drug Arrests -- 3

(Note: During the 2019 counting period, the Patrol investigated 296 traffic crashes, which included 127 injuries and seven of the eight fatalities. Troopers made 96 arrests for driving while intoxicated last year. Also, over the 2019 Memorial Day holiday: Marine operations troopers investigated seven boating crashes involving three injuries and two fatalities; and arrested 10 people for boating while intoxicated on the state’s rivers and lakes. No one drowned over the 2019 Memorial Day holiday.)

One person drowned on Friday, May 22, 2020. Frankie O. Mills, 50, of Rockaway Beach, MO, drowned after he fell from a boat dock into the water. The drowning occurred in Taney County in Lake Taneycomo. Deputy Coroner Bryan Koppitz pronounced Mills dead at the scene. Mills was not wearing a life jacket when the incident occurred.

One person drowned on Saturday, May 23, 2020. Fredgrikas M. Hardiman, 34, of Fayetteville, AR, exited a boat, was swept downstream by a swift current and went under a log jam. The drowning occurred in McDonald County on the Elk River one mile north of Noel, MO. Assistant McDonald County Coroner Jonathan Fletcher pronounced Hardiman dead at the scene.

Troopers investigated five of the six traffic crash fatalities. Two fatalities occurred in the Troop C, Weldon Spring area. One fatality occurred in each of the following areas: Troop A, Lee’s Summit, Troop E, Poplar Bluff, and Troop F, Jefferson City.

No fatalities occurred on Friday, May 22, 2020 during the Memorial Day holiday counting period.

Four fatalities occurred on Saturday, May 23, 2020. Richard E. Talbert, 26, of Sedalia, MO, died when the vehicle he was driving traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment. The vehicle overturned multiple times, struck a barbed wire fence, and came to rest against a tree. The crash occurred in Pettis County on Missouri Route U at Smasal Road. Talbert was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Deputy Coroner Brian Morley pronounced Talbert dead at the scene. Pettis County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the scene.

Barbara M. Shaffer, 75, of De Soto, MO, died when another driver lost control of his vehicle and it struck the vehicle Shaffer was driving. Shaffer’s vehicle then travelled off the right side of the highway and struck a fence. The other vehicle overturned and struck a fence. The crash occurred in Washington County on Missouri Highway 47 north of Carp Lake Road. Shaffer was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Dr. J. Elliot pronounced Shaffer dead at Washington County Memorial Hospital. The driver of the other vehicle was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash; he sustained minor injuries.

Nicholas L. Hampton, 25, of Kennett, MO, died when the vehicle in which he was a passenger ran off the roadway, and the driver overcorrected into the path of another vehicle resulting in the crash. The crash occurred in Dunklin County on U.S. Highway 412 at east city limits of Kennett. Hampton was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Dunklin County Coroner James Powell pronounced Hampton dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle was not wearing a seat belt and sustained serious injuries in the crash. All three passengers in the other vehicle were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. The driver sustained moderate injuries; two passengers both sustained minor injuries.

Kyle J. Minor, 28, of O’Fallon, MO, died when the ATV he was operating failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the right side of the roadway, and struck a tree. The crash occurred in Washington County on Sugar Creek Road at Cherry Hill Road. Washington County emergency medical services personnel pronounced Minor deceased at the scene.

One person died on Sunday, May 24, 2020. Florissant Police Department investigated the crash. No further details are available at this time.

One person died on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020. Ethan A. Fuemmeler, 30, of Armstrong, MO, died when the vehicle he was driving crossed the center line into the path of another vehicle. The other driver attempted to avoid a crash by exiting the right side of the roadway. Fuemmeler’s vehicle exited the left side of the roadway and struck the other vehicle headon. The crash occurred in Howard County on Missouri Highway 5 south of Missouri Highway 3. Fuemmeler was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Howard County Coroner Frank Flaspohler pronounced Fuemmeler dead at the scene of the crash. The other driver was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

Too many people die in traffic crashes each year in Missouri. The choices you make when you’re behind the wheel matter. Make good choices, so you’ll never have to say, “If I could just go back …”

Watercraft operators must consider the effect their actions have on others: Share the waterway and use common sense, good judgment, and courtesy to ensure the safety of all. Life jackets save lives. Wear It!!



Names released in double shooting in Cass County

UPDATE: On Friday, deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to 12201 E 233rd Street, rural Peculiar, in regards to a domestic disturbance with shots fired.

Investigators believe that Stuart F. Hampton, 34, Peculiar went to the residence on E. 233rd Street and fired numerous rounds into the house striking his cousin, John J. Still, 42, Peculiar.

Mr. Still was transported to an area hospital in serious condition and is currently hospitalized. Mr. Hampton was pronounced dead at the scene from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

The investigation is ongoing.

Cass County Sheriff’s Office



Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop over north central Missouri in the next hour

Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop over N central Missouri in the next hour.

Some storms could be strong to severe with damaging winds and a few tornadoes possible. Please be prepared to take shelter quickly through 3pm today in the region shown below.


Free Family Fishing Fun hosted by the Adrian Lions Club


Free Family Fishing Fun hosted by the Adrian Lions Club
Saturday June 6th 2020 10am-1pm at Harley Martens Pond,1 1/2 miles east of Adrian on 18 Highway.

No fishing license required
Bait provided
Snack of drink and chips provided


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Some spring colors...


THANK YOU to Fig Tree Greenhouse in Rich Hill for the donation of these lovely flowers to Butler Center over the weekend. Employees and residents alike will certainly enjoy them through the summer season.



Anyone missing a goat in Harrisonville?

If someone is missing a small goat please get in touch with Harrisonville Animal Control. Thank you to both Logan and J.P. for helping Officers wrangle this crazy beast in the area of Bird and Wren.

Obituary - Della Douglas

Della M. Douglas, age 83 of Rich Hill, Mo. passed away Saturday, May 23, in Kansas City, Mo. Services will be announced at a later date by Heuser Funeral Home in Rich Hill, Mo.

Obituary - Anthony Francis "Tony" Ahnemann

Anthony Francis Ahnemann, 85 years old, was born on 5/31/34 in the Bronx, New York and died on 3/25/2020 in Olathe, Kansas. He was raised in Kansas City, MO by his grandmother Gussie and her two sisters Louise and Jewel.
He graduated from Southwest High School in 1952 where he was on the track team. He met the love of his life, Roberta Mouser, on a blind date in September of 1952 at Baker University. He was a Sig Ep and they made many life long friends during college. They married on 9/4/1955 and both graduated the following spring. During their 64 years of marriage they lived mainly in Johnson County, Kansas, but also lived in Denver, CO; Levittown, PA; Champaign, IL; Anniston, AL; Clinton, MO and Green Valley, AZ. Tony worked in Human Resources for United Telecom(Sprint) and the H.D. Lee Corporation, and then after retirement became a Million Dollar Real Estate Agent for Prudential. He served in the Army Reserves and was activated during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Tony was an avid golfer, loved the Kansas City Chiefs and KC Royals. He also enjoyed traveling with Roberta and watching his grandchildren play sports. He was a lifelong Methodist and was very active at St. Marks Methodist Church, Clinton United Methodist Church and then finally Grace United Methodist until he was no longer able. Later in life he developed Alzheimer’s Disease and in death donated his brain to the University of Kansas Medical Center for Alzheimer’s Research. He was preceded in death by his son Doug, his brother Mike Ahnemann, his nephew Scott Ahnemann, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Elvira and Dolphin Pointelin and his great nephew Ryan Pointelin. He is survived by his wife Roberta, his daughter Janet(Eric) Hankins, Clinton, MO; son Gregg(Danna) Ahnemann, Linn Valley, KS; grandchildren Doug Ahnemann, Mission, KS; Sam Ahnemann, Seattle, WA; Hailey Hankins, KC, MO; Tylor Hankins, Clinton, MO; Diana(Eric) Torgerson, St Paul, MN; John Ahnemann, St Paul, MN; Daniel Peterson, Osage City, KS; Rachel Hankins(Al), Springfield, MO; Sarah(Stephen) Price, Louisville, KY; his nieces Kay Lee(Dave) Ahnemann, Goleta, CA; Karen(Ted) Garrett, Albuquerque, NM; his nephew David Pointelin, and great-grandchildren Kellen Hankins, Cedric Smith, Becca Price, Juliette Price and Cason and LayKen Peterson. He was a wonderful father, Papa and role model; we will miss him greatly and were so blessed to have him as long as we did. Tony said he wanted to die on the 18th hole after finishing a great round of golf like Bing Crosby. He didn’t get his wish, but if there are golf courses in heaven he is playing the back nine with his son Doug right now. Joint memorial services for Tony and Sam will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 2020 at the Benson Center, 1008 East Sedalia Avenue, Clinton, MO, with social distancing being observed and wearing of masks is requested. Please provide your own mask, if not, one will be provided. To enable the community to join in the celebration for Sam and Tony’s lives, memorial services will be streamed live at the time of the service from Sam’s Tribute Page and from Tony’s Tribute page at www.bradleyhadley.com. Memorial Contributions in Tony’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Memorial contributions in Sam’s name may be made to Wind River Ranch/Sam Ahnemann Memorial Fund. These donations may be left in care of the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. During this difficult time, you may show your support from home by submitting a message to our “Hugs From Home” program where your message will be attached to a balloon to remind the family of your love and support. Condolences and “Hugs From Home” messages may be left online at www.bradleyhadley.com.

Obituary - Samuel R. "Sam" Ahnemann

Samuel Robert Ahnemann was born on 9/27/94 in Clinton, Missouri and died on 4/25/2020 at 25 years of age in Seattle, Washington. As a child he loved turtles, trucks and his bears: Mouse Bear, White Bear and Jason. 

He was on the Dolphins swim team, Park and Rec Basketball, Clinton Youth League Football, and the Eagles Little League baseball team. He attended both Henry Elementary as well as CCA. In middle school he continued with football, track and basketball as well as traveling basketball, the traveling Coconuts baseball team and Truman Lake Baseball. In high school he played baseball as well as football, lettering 3 years in football, playing running back, free safety and was quarterback his senior year. He was awarded Academic Excellence all the years he attended CHS. His favorite teachers were Susan Potter, Kathy Loyd, and Jonathan Barber. He graduated from Clinton High School in 2013. He attended the University of Central Missouri majoring in Criminal Justice. 

He was passionate about prison reform and his favorite mentor was Dr. Ashley Wellman. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2019, he moved to Seattle, Washington, taking a job with AmeriCorps tutoring science and helping coach the Bulldog’s football team and supervise the weightlifting program at Garfield High School. At the time of his death he was preparing to move to Santa Barbara, California to further his education. 

He loved traveling with his mother and together they went to Haiti, New York City, Texas and Seattle. His favorite place on earth was Colorado, specifically Wind River Ranch in Estes Park, a Christian family ranch where he spent every vacation for 12 years. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior on June 29, 2003 and followed with a believer’s baptism. He was a member of First Baptist Church and was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 

He refereed basketball, was a dedicated weight lifter, an excellent cook, an avid golfer. He loved hunting, fishing, the Mizzou Tigers, and the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals. Most of all he loved his momma. He was preceded in death by his uncle Doug, his paternal grandmother Dorothy Parent, his uncle Mike Gregory and his “Papa” Tony Ahnemann who died one month before Sam on 3/25/2020. 

He is survived by his mother Janet (Eric) Hankins, Clinton, MO; his siblings Doug Ahnemann, Mission, KS; Hailey Hankins, KC, MO; Tylor Hankins, Clinton, MO; Rachel Hankins (Al), Springfield, MO; Sarah (Stephen) Price, Louisville, KY; grandmothers Roberta Ahnemann, Olathe, KS; and Marguerite (Bob) Hankins, Montrose, MO; aunts and uncles Gregg (Danna) Ahnemann, Linn Valley, KS; Debbie (Scott) Sodergren, Breckenridge, CO; Keith (Marilyn) Hankins, Stockton, MO; Clayton Hankins, Smithville, MO; Vicky Gregory, Deepwater, MO; Jane (David) Braverman, Overland Park, KS; Beth Parent Bishop, Maitland, FL; cousins Diana (Eric) Torgerson, St Paul, MN; John Ahnemann, St Paul, MN; Katie Sodergren, Breckenridge, CO; Kelsey, Cody and Amanda Hankins, Smithville, MO; Stacy (James) Hinkle, Clinton, MO; Lane Hankins, Greenfield, MO; Jill (Jack) Scheidt, Stockton, MO; Robert (Kim) Gregory, Deepwater, MO; Misty (Ryan)Thompson, Quincy, MO; Rebecca (Ryan) Braverman Olson, Los Angeles, CA; Erica Braverman, Overland Park, KS; Ian, Connor and Spencer Bishop, Maitland, FL; his mother’s cousins Kay Lee (Dave) Ahnemann, Goleta, CA; Karen (Ted) Garrett, Albuquerque, NM; David Pointelin, Shawnee,KS; nieces and nephews Kellen Hankins, Cedric Smith, Becca Price, and Juliette Price; lifelong friends Garrison Wells and Geoff Rhoads; and Seattle friends Mitchell Webb, Sarah Amador, and Makena Gadient. He was a wonderful son, brother, grandson, cousin, Uncle Sam and friend; we will miss him greatly and were so blessed to have him as long as we did. Two hours before he died he made a final Facebook post to his Papa: “Papa I know you just 3 putted double bogeyed a Par 3 in heaven, keep it up. Love and miss you can’t wait till we’re reunited so I can beat you up and down Heavens Country Club.” He is at peace with his Papa, and if there is a golf course in heaven they are playing the back nine now and talking about the Chiefs winning the Super Bowl. Joint memorial services for Tony and Sam will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 2020 at the Benson Center, 1008 East Sedalia Avenue, Clinton, MO, with social distancing being observed and wearing of masks is requested. Please provide your own mask, if not, one will be provided. To enable the community to join in the celebration for Sam and Tony’s lives, memorial services will be streamed live at the time of the service from Sam’s Tribute Page and from Tony’s Tribute page at www.bradleyhadley.com. 

These donations may be left in care of the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. During this difficult time, you may show your support from home by submitting a message to our “Hugs From Home” program where your message will be attached to a balloon to remind the family of your love and support. Condolences and “Hugs From Home” messages may be left online at www.bradleyhadley.com.

Updated Obituary - Gaye Baldwin

Carmen “Gaye” Baldwin, 78 of Nevada, passed away with her family by her side on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at Moore-Few Care Center in Nevada. Gaye was born on March 26, 1942 in Nevada to Robert ”Daddy Bob” and Imogene (Tough) Howell. On December 29, 1962 she was married to Mark L. Baldwin in Nevada and he preceded her in death on April 23, 2014. Gaye grew up in Nevada and graduated from Nevada High School. She attended college at Kansas State University before returning home to Nevada. She worked several years at the J.C. Penny Store in Nevada in her younger years. In 1969 Gaye and Mark purchased the Brophy Monument Company in Nevada where she worked side by side with her husband operating the business for 46 years before her son Mark W. took over in 2015. Her interests included spending time with her husband, two sons, and her grandkids. Gaye was creative and very good at arts and crafts. She loved gardening, collecting antiques, drinking a Coke every day, buying lottery tickets, spending time at home on their farm, and following Kansas City Royals Baseball. One of her favorite pastimes was going to her grandchildren’s sporting events. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and sister.

Survivors include two sons, Mark W. Baldwin,(Penny), Nevada and Kevin Baldwin(Shelly), Nevada, seven grandchildren, Bridget Merryfield (Jesse), Butler, MO, Afton Smith (Kenny), Tulsa, OK, Austin Baldwin (Alesha Laning), Sheldon, MO, Carolyne Baldwin, Hollywood, CA, Ethan Baldwin ( Lori), Nevada, Lindsay Baldwin, Lamar, MO, and Velvyt Baldwin, Nevada, eight great grandchildren, Jase, Macy, Reese, Mabry, Caiden, Sophia, McCoy, and Gatlin, and a great granddaughter due in August, one sister, Claudia Whitman, Violet Hill, AR, and one brother, Mike Howell (Shelia), Nevada, and three nephews, James Wheat, Colby Williams, and Trevor Howell.

In addition to her husband Mark, she preceded in death by her parents.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the Moore Cemetery in Nevada. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7 pm on Tuesday evening, at Ferry Funeral Home

Those who wish may contribute in her memory to the Moore Cemetery Association c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

***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.


Adrian School District names new elementary principal

The Adrian School District would like to announce the hiring of Tyler Cesonis as Elementary Principal for the 2020-2021 school year. Tyler Cesonis has been a physical education teacher at Cler-Mont Elementary in the Fort Osage School District where he has been for the past nine wonderful years. 

Tyler has served as a Junior Varsity Girls’ basketball coach for four years and then the varsity assistant coach for two years after that. Tyler is currently a co-facilitator of their building leadership team. Tyler has served on numerous professional development and curriculum teams. Tyler is currently working towards his doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction from Liberty University. Tyler holds an Educational Specialist degree in School Administration from the University of Central Missouri, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from University of Missouri, a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Central Missouri, and an Associate’s degree in Physical Education and Recreation from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.

Tyler lives in Lee’s Summit with his wife Emily of almost eight years, his son Cameron who is four, and daughter Cayleigh who is three. They enjoy playing outside, riding bikes, going to church, and family dinners on Sunday. Tyler grew up in Merwin, MO and graduated from Miami R-1. While in high school Tyler participated in baseball, basketball, football, stucco, FFA, and working for their family construction company.

Tyler is very excited to be a part of the Adrian R-3 School district! Adrian is a very special place and the staff go above and beyond to make sure students are being served. Tyler said he is very honored to be taking over for Ms. Connie Reynolds. She has had a great influence on the community and the school district, and she will be dearly missed. 

Tyler is looking forward to meeting everyone and working closely with Mr. Lile, Mrs. Baker, and the rest of the Adrian team to serve this wonderful community. Tyler cannot wait to get started and partner with our community. Go Blackhawks! Please welcome Tyler and his family to our School District.

Bates County Sheriff’s Office Activity Report May 18th, 2020 thru May 24th, 2020

May 18th, 2020
STRANDED MOTORIST - BUTLER
TRAFFIC HAZARD - RICH HILL
ALARM CALL - ROCKVILLE
TRAILER INSPECTION - BUTLER
TRAFFIC STOP - ADRIAN
MISSING PERSON - ROCKVILLE
FIRE BRUSH - ADRIAN
TRAFFIC STOP - ADRIAN
MVA - HUME
AMBULANCE REQUEST - ST CLAIR
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - ADRIAN


May 19th, 2020
PAPER SERVICE - ADRIAN
ANIMAL CALL - ADRIAN
PAPER SERVICE - DREXEL
TRAFFIC STOP - BUTLER
SPEAK TO OFFICER - AMSTERDAM
C/I DRIVER - BUTLER
C/I DRIVER - BUTLER
FOLLOW UP - AMSTERDAM
SPEAK TO OFFICER - ROCKVILLE
CHECK WELL BEING - ADRIAN
TRAFFIC STOP - RICH HILL
C/I DRIVER - BUTLER
ALARM CALL - BUTLER
PAPER SERVICE - BUTLER
PAPER SERVICE - BUTLER
DISTURBANCE - RICH HILL
ALARM CALL - ADRIAN
SPEAK TO OFFICER - ARCHIE

May 20th, 2020
TRAFFIC HAZARD - ARCHIE
MVA - ADRIAN
PAPER SERVICE - BUTLER
PAPER SERVICE - BUTLER
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - ADRIAN
PAPER SERVICE - RICH HILL
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - BUTLER
ANIMAL CALL - ADRIAN
AMBULANCE REQUEST - AMORET
ANIMAL CALL - ADRIAN
TRAFFIC STOP - BUTLER
AMBULANCE REQUEST - BUTLER
MVA - ADRIAN
TRAFFIC STOP - ADRIAN
THREATS - ADRIAN
STRANDED MOTORIST - BUTLER
CIVIL MATTER/STANDBY - ADRIAN
GUNSHOTS HEARD/OBSERVED - PASSAIC
AMBULANCE REQUEST - ADRIAN
CIVIL MATTER/STANDBY - ADRIAN
THEFT/STEALING - ADRIAN

May 21st, 2020
AGENCY ASSIST - BUTLER
EXTRA PATROL - ADRIAN
PEDESTRIAN CHECK - PASSAIC
PAPER SERVICE - BUTLER
PAPER SERVICE - BUTLER
PEDESTRIAN CHECK - BUTLER
STRANDED MOTORIST - ADRIAN
FRAUD/IDENTITY THEFT - BUTLER
ANIMAL CALL - AMORET
PAPER SERVICE -
SPEAK TO OFFICER - BUTLER
SPEAK TO OFFICER - PASSAIC
TRAFFIC STOP - BUTLER
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - BUTLER
STRANDED MOTORIST - BUTLER
AMBULANCE REQUEST - RICH HILL
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - BUTLER
TRAILER INSPECTION - BUTLER
911 HANG UP - AMSTERDAM
TRAFFIC STOP - BUTLER
SPEAK TO OFFICER - DREXEL
PAPER SERVICE - BUTLER
C/I DRIVER - AMSTERDAM
ANIMAL CALL - ADRIAN
SPEAK TO OFFICER - ROCKVILLE
PAPER SERVICE - ADRIAN
SPEAK TO OFFICER - JEFFERSON CO
TRAFFIC STOP - PASSAIC
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - ADRIAN
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - RICH HILL
AGENCY ASSIST - ADRIAN
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - ADRIAN

May 22nd, 2020
ABANDONED VEHICLE - ADRIAN
ABANDONED VEHICLE - PASSAIC
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - HUME
ANIMAL CALL - RICH HILL
AMBULANCE REQUEST - RICH HILL
ANIMAL CALL - ADRIAN
SPEAK TO OFFICER - BUTLER
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - RICH HILL
AGENCY ASSIST - DREXEL
ATTEMPT TO LOCATE - RICH HILL
AMBULANCE REQUEST - ADRIAN
SPEAK TO OFFICER - BUTLER
TRAFFIC STOP - RICH HILL
STRANDED MOTORIST - BUTLER
ANIMAL CALL - ADRIAN
SPEAK TO OFFICER - RICH HILL
PAPER SERVICE - RICH HILL
AGENCY ASSIST - BATES CO
PAPER SERVICE - RICH HILL
TRAFFIC STOP - RICH HILL
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - FOSTER
ANIMAL CALL - PASSAIC
PAPER SERVICE - RICH HILL
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - ADRIAN
SPEAK TO OFFICER - RICH HILL
SPEAK TO OFFICER - ADRIAN

May 23rd, 2020
AGENCY ASSIST - VERNON CO
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - MERWIN
PAPER SERVICE - ROCKVILLE
ANIMAL CALL - PASSAIC
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - FOSTER
SPEAK TO OFFICER - AMORET
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - BUTLER
TRAFFIC HAZARD - BUTLER
TRAFFIC STOP - MONTROSE
ASSAULT - ADRIAN
TRESPASSING - BUTLER
NOISE COMPLAINT - ADRIAN
TRAFFIC STOP - ADRIAN
SCAM CALL - BUTLER
NOISE COMPLAINT - ADRIAN
AMBULANCE REQUEST - ADRIAN
C/I DRIVER - ADRIAN

May 24th, 2020
PEDESTRIAN CHECK - ADRIAN
MISCELLANEOUS - MERWIN
PEDESTRIAN CHECK - BUTLER
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - ADRIAN
ROAD CLOSURE- ADRIAN
SPEAK TO OFFICER - RICH HILL
MVA - BUTLER
PAPER SERVICE RICH HILL
SPECIAL DETAIL - BUTLER
PAPER SERVICE - ROCKVILLE
TRAFFIC STOP - BUTLER
PAPER SERVICE - BUTLER
PAPER SERVICE - BUTLER
SPEAK TO OFFICER - ROCKVILLE
SPEAK TO OFFICER- ADRIAN
SPEAK TO OFFICER - ADRIAN
PAPER SERVICE - BUTLER
SPEAK TO OFFICER - ADRIAN
TRAFFIC STOP - BUTLER
WRONG WAY DRIVER - BUTLER


From the City of Nevada

REMINDER: The June 2nd General/ Municipal Election is fast approaching. There are two Nevada City Council seats and the Water Revenue Bond on the Ballot.

View Ballot Here:
https://vernoncountymo.org/wp-content/uploads/SAMPLE-BALLOTS.pdf


Harrisonville Police Department seeking public assistance

The Harrisonville Police Department is in need of your help in identifying this person. She used debit / credit cards that did not belong to her at several locations in Harrisonville in May. We understand her face is covered but look at the details of the hat. 

She may be driving a newer model white minivan or similar style SUV. If you know who this person is contact Det. Thompson at 816-380-8940 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).