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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Two from Butler escape serious injury in motorcycle crash

On 6/8/20 around 9:30pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County along with Bates County Sheriff's Deputies and Bates EMS responded to a motorcycle accident on Route D around 2 miles east of BB Highway in rural Spruce.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol say the accident occurred when the 1999 Harley Davidson driven by 37 year old Robert D. Bowlin of Butler, Missouri struck a deer in the roadway, causing the occupants to be ejected from the motorcycle before coming to rest.

Robert D. Bowlin along with a passenger on his motorcycle 34 year old Allison L. Reitz of Butler, Missouri both sustained minor injuries in this accident and both were transported to Bates County Memorial Hospital.

The motorcycle was towed from the scene of the accident by a private tow.

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Obituary - Jack Seitz

On Saturday, June 6, 2020, Jack Seitz a loving father, son and brother lost his long-term battle with cancer at the age of 47.

Jack was born on December 31, 1972 in Springfield, MO to Dale and Dolly Seitz. He received an undergraduate degree from Missouri State University in 2000 and his Master of Business Administration from Webster University in 2002. Jack enjoyed a long and successful career in the insurance industry prior to his cancer diagnosis.

Jack is preceded in death by his father Dale Seitz, grandparents Welvin and Louise Dinwiddie and Jack and Irene Seitz. He is survived by his daughters Ashton and Ellie, St. Louis MO; mother Dolly Seitz, Nevada, MO, siblings Dale Seitz, Nevada, MO, Billy Seitz (Jill), Lancaster, PA, Christy Vangaasbeek (Chad), Olathe, KS; and one niece Blakely Vangaasbeek and two nephews Noel Seitz and Gabriel Seitz.

A memorial service will be held at 10 o’clock a.m. on Monday, July 27th, 2020 at Fraker Funeral Home on 1131 State Highway A in Marshfield, MO. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society in memory of Jack.

Local arrangements by Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada, MO.

St. Clair County Sheriff's Office News Release June 2 through 9, 2020

St. Clair County Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made four arrests and took multiple reports during the week of June 2 through 9, 2020.

View the full press release by using the link below:

Missouri DNR awards $50,000 grant to Rich Hill

City will evaluate wastewater system improvements

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JUNE 9, 2020 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded a $50,000 Small Community Engineering Assistance Program grant to the city of Rich Hill to evaluate the city’s wastewater treatment system. The grant offers funding to qualifying small communities to help cover engineering costs for evaluating water and wastewater system improvements.

The city will use the grant to identify system improvements needed to continue reliable service to the area and to meet permit requirements. The facility plan should be complete in June 2021.

“This grant gives Missouri communities like Rich Hill a prime opportunity to carefully assess their water and wastewater treatment systems and identify improvements that will keep them operating effectively well into the future,” said Carol Comer, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. “This not only helps communities maintain key infrastructure that are so crucial to continued growth and vitality, it provides important economic benefits as well.”

The department is committed to assisting Missouri communities with water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects. Through its Financial Assistance Center, the department provides funding opportunities for communities with water quality, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure needs.

For more information on wastewater and drinking water funding opportunities, visit

Teen injured in Vernon County Crash

On 6/9/20 around 7:00am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Vernon County along with Vernon County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on Route M around 5 miles west of Schell City, Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic driven by 17 year old Caleb D. Ijams of Walker, Missouri struck some water in the roadway and traveled off the roadway and struck a ditch.

Mr. Ijams sustained minor injuries in this accident and he was transported to Nevada Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The vehicle was towed from the scene of the accident by Garwood's Wrecker of Nevada.

Power Outage In Rich Hill

The City of Rich Hill is experiencing a power outage on the east side of town. A transformer blew. 

Crews are working on it and power will be restored as soon as possible. Thank you - Amber, Assistant City Clerk

Updated Obituary - Brandon Charles Beckham

Brandon Charles Beckham, 41, Peculiar, MO, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, KS with his loving wife by his side. He fought hard until the end and he has left us much too early. A memorial visitation will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO.

Brandon was born a Christmas baby on December 25 1978 in Columbia, MO, a son of Charles Beckham, Kathy Kostuke-Sanchez and Jaime Sanchez. He was a 1997 graduate of Harrisonville High School and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri in 2001. He loved his MU Tigers! He married the sweetheart of his life, Sarah JoLei Brown, on October 17, 2015 at Longview Chapel in Lee’s Summit, MO. Brandon worked for Bay Insulation in Kansas City, MO as an awesome project manager for five years. 

He had resided in Peculiar for the past 10 years. Brandon had quite the sweet tooth and he was known to have stashes of candy strategically placed throughout his house! He loved golfing, his fantasy football and spending time outdoors.

Brandon was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Gary Kostuke and his paternal grandmother, Norma Beckham. He is survived by his beautiful wife, Sarah, of the home; his father, Charles “Chas” Beckham, Garden City, MO; his parents, Kathy and Jaime Sanchez, Peculiar, MO; one brother, Brian Beckham and fiancĂ©e, Rachel Miller, Raymore, MO; four sisters, Amy Taylor (Adam), Lenexa, KS; Kirbie Wilde (Duston), Platte County, MO; and Kelsey Sanchez, Peculiar, MO; Maria Sanchez, Kansas City, MO; maternal grandmother, Dorothy Kostuke, Leawood, KS; maternal grandfather, Charles Beckham, Kansas City, MO; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clifford and Deborah Brown, Raymore, MO; brother-in-law, Jason Brown, Hollister, MO; four nieces and nephews, Ali Taylor, Andersen Taylor, Isabella (Bella) Beckham, and Jaxon (Jax) Wilde. Brandon is also survived by many loving, supportive and amazing aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends who have provided him strength, wisdom and hugs throughout his life

Obituary - Wilma Carolyn Walling

Wilma Carolyn Walling, 81, Harrisonville, MO, passed away Friday, March 6, 2020 at her home. 

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 12:00 noon on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with visitation from 11:00-12:00.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to: or Meals on Wheels c/o OATS Transit, West Region 2109 Plaza Drive, Harrisonville, MO 64701.

Wilma was born June 29, 1938 in Fulton, KS, the oldest daughter of eight children Elven and Ellen E. (Hudson) Provence. She was a graduate of Stanley, KS High School and received an associate degree in English and Literature from Longview Community College.

Wilma served in the U. S. Air Force for four years and worked for various government agencies as an administrative assistant. She also worked for the Raymore-Peculiar School District before retiring in 2000. She lived in the Cass County area since 2010, moving to Harrisonville in 2015. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Harrisonville. She visited 48 of the 50 states and five countries. Of all the places she had been, her favorite place to be was near her family.

Wilma is survived by her three children, Donal Jeffrey Parham (Wanda), Harrisonville, MO, Teressa Dawn Parham (Gretchen), Denver, CO, and Kathryn Creson (Shane), Branson, MO; three sisters, Kay Boyle, Belton, MO, Glenda Humphrey, Lee’s Summit, MO, and Kathryn Vechnak, Raymore, MO; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She loved her family and was proud of each one for their uniqueness. Her sense of humor and kind heart will be greatly missed.

Land For Sale Near Rich Hill

Land For Sale:

6 Acres fenced, located just North of Rich Hill, Mo. Address 2591 SW CR 6508 Rich Hill, Mo 64779. This property has electric, city, and rural water. 

This is the perfect location to put a camper for that weekend getaway. You could also build a home on this property! 

You don't want to miss this deal! Pricing $33,000. If you are interested please contact owner, cell number (660)679-7830 or (417)395-2497

Below is the legal description of the property;

Commencing at the Northeast corner of the Northeast Quarter (NE 1/4) of the Northwest Quarter (NW 1/4) of Section Thirty-six (36), Township Thirty-nine (39), Range Thirty-two (32), for the point of beginning of the land to be described, thence running South 420 feet, thence running West 625 feet, thence running North 420 feet, thence running East 625 feet to the point of beginning, except any part off the Northside thereof, taken for road purposes, in Bates County, Missouri

(Camper and Shed sold separately and are not included in the pricing of the land) If you are interested in either one of them, please call for pricing!!

From the desk of Cass County Sheriff Jeff Weber

Fraternal Order of Eagles #4146 Raymore, President Jim Millican and Past President Larry Renshaw presented Sheriff Jeff Weber with a donation of 14 tourniquets and holders for deputies.

"Deputies are likely to encounter victims with trauma such as serious bleeding when responding to emergency calls, so it makes sense that bleeding control equipment and training programs are something we have implemented at the Sheriff's Office.

I appreciate the support of our community partners and this donation," said Sheriff Jeff Weber

Reminder from D&D Fireworks


The annual firework display has been cancelled for June 27, 2020.

D&D Fireworks will be open for business starting June 20, 2020

Stand hours

  • Monday thru Thursday 10 a.m. to 9p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday noon to 8 p.m.

Shop early for best selection and beat the crowd. Stay safe and see you soon. 

D &D Fireworks is located at NW State Route 52, Amoret, Missouri 64722

A loss of a friend

St. Clair County Sheriff Scott A. Keeler announces with a heavy heart that we have lost a friend and colleague. Doug Butland passed suddenly and unexpectedly yesterday morning.

He worked with our facility for a few years in the past and since September of 2019, has been working as a part-time dispatcher here over the weekends. He also spent many years with the Johnson County Central Dispatch E-911.

We will miss the smile on your face and the dedication to your passion. Our warmest condolences go out to his wife, Claudia, and the rest of his family.

June 13th-14th, 2020: Inaugural Drag Boat Summer Thunder at Lucas Oil Speedway

The summer's getting hotter, and that means wicked thunderstorms are on the way! And the wildest storm of the summer is happening at the Inaugural Drag Boat Summer Thunder on Lake Lucas! 

Roaring, thundering, fast-as-lightning boats shred the liquid quarter-mile for a white-knuckle Motorsports battle for the entire family! It all happens on June 13th and 14th and its ONLY at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri.

For tickets and information, visit
Lucas Oil Speedway - Where Motorsports Come to Life!

Governor Parson Orders Flags to Fly Half-Staff in Honor of DeKalb County Sheriff Andy Clark

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Today, Governor Mike Parson ordered U.S. and Missouri flags be flown at half-staff at government buildings in DeKalb County on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in honor of DeKalb County Sheriff Andy Clark.

On June 3, Sheriff Clark was killed in a motor vehicle crash while carrying out his duties and responding to assist a deputy on an emergency call.

“Sheriff Clark devoted more than 23 years of his life as a law enforcement officer committed to protecting his fellow citizens and making his community stronger,” Governor Parson said. “He served Missouri with heart and grit, and his final act of public service was responding to assist one of his deputy sheriffs at an emergency scene. Sheriff Clark’s career is an example of public service of the highest order.”

The flags will be held at half-staff on the day Sheriff Clark is laid to rest

11th Annual Highways, Hogs and Hillbillies Poker Run to support Bates County Drug Court

Obituary - Arvel West

Arvel West, age 95, of Clinton, Missouri, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2020 at his daughter’s home in Hollister, Missouri after a few months of hospice care.

His body will lie in state, Friday, June 12, 2020 from 1:00 pm–8:00 pm at the Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton, Missouri. Family will be present for visitation from 6:00-7:00 pm. 

A graveside service will be held at the Clinton Englewood Cemetery, Clinton, Missouri on Saturday, June 13th at 11:00 am. Family and friends are welcome to bring lawn chairs and parasols for comfort at the service. The service will also be transmitted via radio frequency for those wishing to remain in their vehicles at the graveside.

Arvel was born in Huntingdale, Missouri on February 27th, 1925. He served in the army during WWII, stateside, as two other brothers were deployed overseas. He resided in Henry County his entire life, living in Clinton after his first marriage to Rosella Kimball in 1957. In the early years of his marriage to Rosella, he worked at the family owned Kimball Locker Plant just off the northwest corner of the Clinton Square. He then worked briefly at the local Western Auto Store and spent the majority of his career serving the Clinton Public School System as Head Custodian of the school system.

Rosella Kimball West preceded him in death in 1984. Arvel then married Kathryn Shaffer Himes, of Clinton, in 1987. They spent 27 happy years gardening, traveling, visiting, entertaining friends and relatives. He received many blue ribbons at the Henry County Fair and was notably known for his exemplary tomato crops. His tomatoes were prized possessions to many recipients. Arvel loved to fish and hunt and was awarded national pelt prizes for furs he delivered to Kansas City, MO in 1945 and 1947. He was also the first-place winner at the local bait shop for his crappie catch in 1992. Many years, he could be found trout fishing with friends in the cold waters of Lake Taneycomo in Branson, MO.

Arvel was a member of the Clinton United Methodist Church, serving in many capacities over his 60 + years as a member. His love and devotion to the Lord sculpted his life and attitude. This good and faithful servant will be welcomed by the Saints who have gone before him and deeply missed by those left behind.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Clara Seaton West, along with his siblings, Ethmer West, Evelyn West Ramey Einspahr, Alva West, Marvie West, Eugene West, and Marie West Wilson; both wives, Rosella and Kathryn.

He is survived by his daughter, Adele West Groote and husband, Marvin; a step-son, Don Himes and wife, Kathy, and step-daughter, Barbara Himes DeBusk and husband, Richard; grandchildren - Steven Himes (Francie), Mike Himes (Karen), Janna DeBusk Harmon (Mathew), Alicia Debusk Blake (Joshua), Anthony Groote (Tina), and Timothy Groote (Diana); great-grandchildren - Imogen, Dakota, Emilia, Lilah Kate, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Ashley, Kennedi (Jonathan), Joale, Maysan, Daleton, Austyn, and Raygan; and great-great children - Nick and Jameson along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vansant-Mills Funeral Home at 314 W. Jefferson St.; Clinton, MO 64735. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to either the Clinton United Methodist Church (601 S. 4th St.; Clinton, MO 64735) or the Taneyhills Community Library in Branson, MO (200 S. 4th St.; Branson, MO 65616). Fond memories and condolences may be left at

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

Obituary - Beulah "Bea" Mae Elrod

Beulah "Bea" (Paul) Elrod, age 95, passed away Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Springfield Villa, Springfield, MO. Funeral services will be Friday, June 12, 2020 11AM at the Clinton United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Carrsville Cemetery, Chilhowee, MO. 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Norris United Methodist Church or to Carrsville Cemetery and may be left in care of the funeral home.  

Services will be live streamed on the Vansant-Mills Funeral Home Facebook page. Fond memories and condolences may be left at

Due to Covid-19 the family asks that everyone wear masks to the service and respect the social distancing requirements.

Beulah "Bea" Elrod was born January 7,1925 to Uel and Pearl (Marksberry) Paul.

Bea is preceded in death by her parents, husband Glen Elrod, infant daughter Judith Lane, sister Mary Ann Moore, and brother Norman Paul.

Bea is survived by 2 daughters, Dr. Julia Elrod, Bossier City, LA, Jane (Phil) McCarty, Springfield, MO, son Randall (Deborah) Elrod, Clinton, MO, grandchildren, Alison (Erik) Peterson, Katilyn (Barry) Pabst, Meredith Elrod, Christopher (Abby) McCarty, Cassie Elrod, Kaden and Keaton Peterson, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

Heavy rainfall and severe thunderstorms today

We'll continue to see moderate to heavy rain over central MO through 1-2PM, flooding is possible in that region.

Severe storms are looking possible over NE KS and NW MO after 4PM today. The main threat will be large hail (2+") with a couple tornadoes possible, mainly N of I-35.