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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Henry County Health Center confirms additional cases of COVID-19


Henry County Health Center has received an additional eight positive cases of COVID-19 for Henry County.

Five of these cases were previously identified as close contacts of a current case and two are travelers that acquired the case in another state. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 36.

HCHC continues to encourage residents to practice social distancing, washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or more, and to remain home if you are sick. 

The CDC has issued the recommendation for individuals to wear a face covering when you are in public to assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are great things happening in Butler!

The biggest news has to be the news that Frozen Food Express is planning on coming to Butler! Currently FFE is under contract to purchase the Russell Stover plant and will use the refrigeration and freezer space to consolidate Less than Truck Load frozen freight. I am very familiar with this company, who has been around for years. 

The company plans an expansion to the tune of over 5 million dollars and when in full swing should generate about 59 jobs with an average wage of $46,000.00 I am super stoked about this and grateful for the hard work of EVERYONE at City Hall and this council. I have always believed that jobs are imperative for economic growth and the welfare of a community.

The city of Butler is also a recipient of a 385,000.00 grant! This particular grant is for public safety and will pay fo a new fire truck and 2 new Tahoe's for the police department. This is free money! Thank you to Corey Snead who I believe applied for this on our behalf. 

Cody Cook asked to use city facilities for a flag football tournament. This is a fund raiser for local school districts for water bottles for students. Due to the cova19 water fountains are not an option for students. This is a great cause please go out and support these folks on July 18th. Their goal is 6500 water bottles.

August 24th will be the annual tax sale.

The Police department lost one dispatcher and our animal control guy. Brenda Cecil will take over animal control. Also we have 2 spots open on the P.D. for officers.

There will be some street micro sealing done this year. City crews are currently crack sealing the streets in preparation for this. The council approved the low bid from Pavement Management for $262k. This council is trying to get our streets repaired. It will take a few years but we are making progress. 

The Fire Chief requested a new inflatable boat and motor for flash flood and rescue events. Council approved both the boat and motor. 

Take heart! Even during this difficult time in our country great things are happening in Butler. What a great place to call home!

Dale Newkirk
Butler Councilman Ward 4

Water main break in Harrisonville

The City of Harrisonville Water Department is on the scene of a water main break on South St. near King and Eastwood. 

Please give them room to work and drive carefully in the area as water is over the road.

We will update when more information is made available to us at a later time. 

In case you missed it...

There are plenty of beautiful cars, trucks and motorcycles on display in Appleton City today. In case you can't make it, click the following link to see a video walk around we did earlier today. Enjoy!

Kids Bicycle Races tonight at Nevada Speedway

THE KIDS BICYCLE RACES will be at intermission this Saturday July 11th!!
We will also be having the POWDER PUFF RACES after the features !!! Be sure to sign up in the pit shack!!! You must have a pit pass wristband to participate !!!

Mini Stocks
Pure Stocks
Street Stocks
Midwest Mods
Late Models

Gates open at 4:30 PM
Hot Laps at 7:00 PM
Racing at 7:30 PM

Gen. Admission
Adults $10
Kids 6-12 $5
Kids under 6 Free

Pit Pass
Adults $25
Drivers $35
Kids 6-12 $15
Kids under 6 Free

2:40 update

Make your own judgement from the forecast, but we're going to try to get the show in !!!

Kids Bicycle Races and Powder Puff Races are still on !!!!

Obituary - Rita Kay Sieleman

Rita Kay (Loney) Sieleman, age 70, was born in Appleton City, Missouri July 2, 1950 and departed this life at her home on July 10, 2020. 

She was the daughter of Chesley L. and Ada (Childs) Loney. Rita was the wife of Anthony J. Sieleman and they were blessed with four children: Terry, Candace. Mindy and Toni. Rita departed this life at her home on July 10, 2020. 

There is no public service planned from Rita.

Obituary - James Milford Collins

James Milford Collins, 85, Archie, MO, passed away Friday, July 10, 2020 at his home. 

Memorial graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 17, 2020 at Mt. Calvary Lansing Cemetery in Lansing, KS.

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

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 8pm

WEATHER: The US National Weather Service Kansas City Missouri has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Bates and surrounding counties until 8pm today. ‬

Please stay weather aware this afternoon and make sure your severe-weather emergency plan is up to date. ‬

Saturday Severe Storms

The KC metro and surrounding areas will likely see strong to severe storms this afternoon into the evening. We'll continue tracking this system, so we'll keep everyone updated on the developing storms.

Obituary - Laurie Lynn Stine

Laurie Lynn Stine, 64, Kansas City, Missouri departed this life on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at the St. Luke's Hospice House, Kansas City.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Stine of the home; 4 sons, Jay Jensen, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Hans Arwick and wife Danielle, Stacey, Minnesota, Jeffrey Arwick, Monte Arwick and wife Lynette all of Grandview, Missouri; 4 daughters, Callie Kelley and husband Billy, Grain Valley, Missouri, Tracy Hannon and husband Brandon, Belton, Missouri, Jubilee Arwick, Kansas City, Missouri, Rosanna Harbin and husband Aaron, Platte City, Missouri; 17 grandchildren; a great-grandson; a brother, Jeffrey Provo, Grandview, Missouri, Jessica Montgomery, Wichita, Kansas; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m., Friday, July 17, 2020 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri with private family burial in the Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville.

Family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., Friday, July 17, 2020 at the funeral home.

A complete obituary will be posted when it becomes available.

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Vernon County Health Department has confirmed another positive case of COVID-19

July 11, 2020
Vernon County Health Department
Confirmed COVID-19 cases
Vernon County Health Department has confirmed another positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing our total confirmed cases to 33. This case is symptomatic and currently hospitalized.
The case investigation and contact tracing is still ongoing at this time. The Vernon County Health Dept staff will be contacting anyone who has been listed as a close contact to the positive case. Those contacts will be quarantined at home.
If you feel like you may have been exposed please monitor for signs or symptoms for 14 days. If you develop any symptoms contact your primary care provider or urgent care for further evaluation and testing. Symptoms include:
• Cough
• Fever
• Shortness of breath
• Chills
• Muscle aches
• Sore throat
• New loss of taste or smell
Individuals should continue to practice social distancing, when social distancing cannot be maintained wear a mask or face covering to take additional precautions. Always remember to 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 15 minutes or more with a positive case

Obituary - Margie Sue (Gowin) Fisher

Margie Sue Fisher 90 died Thursday, July 9, 2020, at Medicalodges in Butler, MO. She was the 6th of 9 children born to Leslie and Myrtle Gowin on July 11, 1929, in Walker, MO. Margie married Louie Dulier in 1946. To this union, 5 children were born. After Louie passed in 1961, she married Carl Fisher in 1964. To this union, 4 children were born. Carl passed in 1978 and Margie would remain an unmarried widow for the last 42 years of her life.

Margie is survived by 7 of her 9 children; Louie Dulier (Marci) of Liberty, MO, Shirley Mayse (Jim) of Deland, Fl, Linda Freeman (Dale) of Warsaw, MO, Carles Fisher of Nevada, MO, Christie Muehlenbacher (Greg) of St Joseph, MO, Caroll Fisher (Kelly) of Independence, MO and Cindy Limpus (Barry) of Amsterdam, MO. 14 grandchildren; Jamie, Melissa, Traci, Angel, Jacque, Matthew, Joshua, Seth, Jozie, Justein, Adrean, Adones, Alyrek, and Logan. 20 Great Grandchildren; Madi, Jason, Colton, Noel, Gavin, Aiden, Mason, Marcie, Gloria, Dyson, Lucien, Anson, Jaxsen, Ashley, Javen, Lilly, Connor, Cory, River, and Jaylah. 2 Great, Great Grandchildren; Beckem and Kaius.

Margie was predeceased by her parents, and all of her siblings; Fern, Frances, Glenn, Lucille, John, Leslie, William and Robert; a stillborn infant son in 1947 and son Frank in 2014, one grandson Stacy in 1969 and a great granddaughter Mela in 2011. Margie had a total of 47 descendants at the time of her death, 43 of whom are still living.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, July 13, 2020 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. Interment will follow in Newton Burial Park in Nevada where she will be laid to rest next to her 1st husband Louie and her son Frank. The family will receive friends at 1:30-2:30 p.m. prior to the service.

Due to the risk of COVID 19 Virus, masks are recommended and will be available.

Memorials are suggested in her memory to Children’s Mercy Hospital c/o Ferry Funeral

Two separate incidents in Cedar County

In two separate incidents. Cedar County Deputies recover stolen ATV's and deploy the drone to aid in the apprehension of fugitive Austin Mooney.

On Friday July 10th, a citizen reported a suspicious person on foot in the area of B highway and 39 south of Stockton. The description matched that of a wanted person who evaded Deputies the previous day.

Sgt. Clay Jeffries deployed the drone and was able to locate the person hiding in the bushes. Lt. Lowe with assistance from Chief Deputy Johnson and Mo. Conservation Officer Farwell arrested Austin Mooney. He is currently being held in Cedar County jail on fugitive out of state warrant.

In a separate incident on the early morning of 7/11/2020 Deputy Jonathon Schwalm recovered a Honda 4 wheeler that was previously reported stolen south of Eldorado Springs.
The person who was operating the 4 wheeler took off on foot and has not been located. A Can Am UTV that was stolen out of St. Clair County was also recovered in the same area south of Eldorado Springs.

Anyone with information regarding these stolen ATV 's please call the Sheriff's Office at 417-276-5133. Thank you

Be on the lookout

Obituary - Harold "Hap" Amos Strouse Sr.

Harold "Hap" Strouse, age 89, Clinton, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2020 at Truman Lake Manor. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 10, 2020 at 2PM at Vansant-Mills Chapel including a Masonic Service with visitation one hour prior.

A private family burial will follow at Englewood Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to Clinton Masonic Lodge #548 and may be left in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences may be left at

Harold Amos “Hap” Strouse, was called home to be with the Lord on June 28th, 2020, with family by his side. Hap was born on April 12th, 1931, in Reynoldsville, PA, the son of Eugene and Mildred Anne (Fink) Strouse. He was a graduate of Reynoldsville High School

On September 3, 1949, Hap married his best friend, Belva Jean (Vandervort) They began their family in Rockton, Pennsylvania before moving to Clinton, Missouri, where they have lived in the Apple Orchard for over 50 years. He was blessed with 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren that were the highlight of his life.

Hap was a man of many talents, working in the coal mines of Pennsylvania, selling insurance, driving a truck for Clearfield and IGA grocery store and operating a successful mowing business until he officially retired. Not one to sit around, after retirement he would occasionally give out product samples in local grocery stores, where everyone that he met was a friend-winning hearts with his big smile and hearty laugh.

Hap had many hobbies throughout the years. He enjoyed whittling, sandblasting, metal detecting, bee keeping and most recently, technology.

He was a dedicated member of the Clinton Masonic Lodge #548.

Hap and Belva loved having company. In recent years Hap became very tech savvy and a visit to their home would always result in a visit to the “office” to see his latest gadgets and pictures of family from near and far. He was also known to empty the refrigerator for a “snack” so you would stay a little while longer.

Hap is survived by his loving wife of 72 year, Belva; children; Harold Amos (Lisa) Strouse Jr “Tobe,” Thomas LaMar (Sheri) Strouse,), Randy Lee Strouse and Lori Lynn (Gary) Haupt; grandchildren; Josh Strouse, Seth Strouse, Hayli Beebe, Thomas (Jen) Strouse, Dillon (Tiffany) Strouse, Cassie Lamb, Casey (Andrea) Strouse, Cody (Angelina) Strouse, Clayton (Brittany) Radford and Makala Radford; great grandchildren; Aidan, Addi, Mason, Truman, Taylar, Sidney, Karson, Kannon, Kendrick, Ava, Blayne, Isla Rose, Connor and Emma; his sister Pam Brown, and many nieces and nephews that lovingly referred to him as “Uncle Joke.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Mildred, his brother John at birth, 2 sisters, Marie Wise and Dora Barr, his beloved brother in law, and great-grandson Aidan.

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

Community update from Sonic in Harrisonville

Come eat breakfast in Appleton City this morning

Come out get a delicious breakfast and support a great cause.
Event is going on now until 10am

Parents and students of the Archie School District

If you will be In attendance at Sunday’s Archie graduation ceremony, we would like to remind you that you will need to bring your own seating, as family and friends of the graduates will be sitting on the football field facing the stands.
We would also suggest bringing an umbrella to help block the sun as you will be facing the west while the sun is setting.

Two chances for t-storms today

Two chances for t-storms today.
1st Round: Scattered storms will move through portions of eastern KS & western MO this morning.
2nd Round*: Strong to severe storms possible this afternoon & evening with hail and wind the primary threats.
* Afternoon storm chances will be somewhat dependent on lingering morning storms & resulting cloud cover.