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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Bates County Health Center confirmed 3 new cases COVID-19

July 15, 2020
Bates County Health Center has confirmed 3 new COVID-19 cases in Bates County.

Case #1—this individual, a male in his 30’s from Adrian, is a household contact of a current positive case. He has been in quarantine since the household member was determined to be positive. He will remain in isolation until released.

Case #2—this individual, a female in her 20’s from Adrian, who has been and remains asymptomatic, had been on quarantine following exposure to a positive case and was given a date that quarantine would end based on her last exposure to the positive case. 

According to CDC guidance this individual who worked critical infrastructure was able to return to work while awaiting test results as she had no symptoms. Although she was cleared by CDC guidelines and because there was a long delay in receiving test results, we felt we should advise of a very SLIGHT risk of community exposure on the following dates and locations:
Adrian Little League Football sign-ups: July 12, 2020
Adrian Bank main branch: July 13 & morning of July 14
During our investigation, we have found that many safeguards were in place at both of these locations which would decrease the possible exposure even more. Unless you feel that you were within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more with an individual that is positive for COVID-19 you are at very low risk.

Case #3—this individual is a female in her 20’s from Butler. Bates County Health Center is in the process of the initial investigation for contact tracing. This individual has contacted close family and friends and is working with us on any further possible contacts.
At this time, Bates County has had 23 positives cases, 5 of which are currently active.

With our numbers for Bates County rising, we hope everyone will 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). Wearing a mask in public is also encouraged. It is up to each and every one of us to stop the spread of this disease!

News from the Bates County Community Resource Program

Today we met with the rotary club and explained our services. I, Rachelle, look forward to serving the community and providing the needed resources to help bring recovery and healing to members of our community that are currently experiencing hard times. 

Please reach out to me thru Facebook, or come by and see me and let’s see how I can help you!! 13 W. Dakota St here in Butler. 

I would like to add who I see and what I hear in my office is confidential, I will not share anything unless I feel someone’s life is in danger!!! - Rachelle

Former Butler teacher Larry Beckham Sentenced to 15 years

Sentencing for Larry Beckham was carried out yesterday at the Bates County Courthouse after having been delayed from the original May 18 sentencing date by Covid 19. 

Sentencing was reset for June 25, 2020, but that date was delayed again after Defense Attorney David Kelly had filed a motion for a new trial, however after the January trial transcript was reviewed, that motion was denied by the Court.

Larry Beckham was convicted in January 2020 of 1st Degree Statutory Sodomy and 1st Degree Child Endangerment. Beckham was charged with these crimes in 2018 after it was revealed that he had been abusing a 13 year old girl for a period of several years.

Pre-sentence arguments were heard and a victim impact statement was read before Judge Brandon Baker imposed a 10 year sentence for Count 1, Statutory Sodomy in the 1 Degree and a 5 year sentence for Count 2, 1st Degree Child Endangerment. Judge Baker ruled these sentences to run consecutively.

Beckham will be transported to the Missouri Department of Corrections by the Bates County Sheriff’s Office in the next few days. 

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Obituary - Gladys M. Clark

Gladys M. (VanSlyke) Clark, 84, Adrian, MO, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at her home. Burial 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, 2020 in Scott Cemetery, Amsterdam, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, Amsterdam, or to Scott Cemetery.

Gladys was born July 29, 1935 near Amsterdam, MO in Bates County, MO, the oldest child of Roy Dee and Opal Mae (Daniels) VanSlyke. She graduated from Miami High School in May, 1954. She then worked at Dairy Creme in Butler, MO. On September 12, 1954 she married Paul Baumann. They had one daughter, Debra G. in California. She and Debra returned to Missouri where she worked for Mr. & Mrs. Baumann typing dog papers for registry, as all were pure bred. She later worked for Bass Buster Lures and then attended Heavlin Beauty School. She worked at Goldie’s Beauty Shop in Butler.

On November 22, 1961 she married Willis M. Clark. A year later he adopted her daughter, Debra. On August 26, 1963 they had a son, Floyd Dee, born in Columbia, MO. He received both of his grandparents’ names. In 1962 Willis was transferred with Peabody Coal to Columbia from Montrose Power Plant. She went to work for the Veterinary School of Medicine in research. Ten years later Willis was transferred to Calhoun Tebo Mine where she was hired to work. She then went to Power Mine, Will Scarlett Mine, Illinois, Colony Bay, West Virginia, then retired after 17 ½ years.

Upon retirement, October, 1990, she and Willis returned to Adrian to be near her parents. She became a CAN and CMT and worked four years before having to stay home and take care of Willis. Gladys enjoyed her computer; it had her Bible, music and games on it. She also enjoyed going to the boats once a year and traveling to Texas for Thanksgiving. She had belonged to the United Methodist Church in Amsterdam, MO.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Opal VanSlyke, her husband, Willis M. Clark, a daughter, Debra G. Nickles, two grandsons, Mitchell Lee Gallup and John (Jay) H. Gallup, III, and a brother, Jack VanSlyke and his wife, Doris. She is survived by one son, Floyd D. Clark, Adrian, MO; one grandchild; several great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren; extended family, Rhonda and Harold Rhodes; two sisters, Vesta (Leonard) Burbank and Connie Gibson (Jimmy); one brother, Dale VanSlyke (Linda); uncle Jim VanSlyke (Pauline), and a brother-in-law, Maurice Clark (Kay).

Obituary - Ala’Jha Reynolds

Funeral services are pending for Ala’Jha Reynolds age 16 of Memphis, Tennessee formerly of Butler who died Saturday, July 11 in Memphis,Tennessee.   

Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel when information is available.

Reynolds Family Love Fund now set up at Community First Bank

A love fund has been set up for the Reynolds family to help with funeral expenses for 16 year old Ala'Jha who was shot and killed and her older sister Sierra who was critically injured in the same shooting.

Both are from Butler and have many many friends around this area. Anything will help this family!

Drop donations off at ANY Community First Bank location! Many thoughts at prayers are with this family at this time!

Fund organized by Ashley Healey

Bates County Sheriff's Deputies involved in pursuit with stolen vehicle

On 7/14/2020, while on patrol a Bates County deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle out of Springfield Missouri. When Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle it refused to pull over and a short pursuit ensued. 

The vehicle left Rockville and fled toward W highway. The vehicle failed to negotiate a corner and slid down an embankment. The subject was taken into custody with out incident.

The subject has a non extraditable warrant out of Republic Missouri. The subject was transported to the jail and place on 24 hour hold for possession of stolen property and resisting arrest.

Formal charges are being reviewed by the prosecutor.

Four-Phase plan and reopening for the Rich Hill School District


The office has been receiving phone calls asking about the status of returning to school. As of now, we are planning on starting August 24 as planned. I continue to attend virtual meetings about the the start of school including budget and food service issues.

We have ordered a large supply of sanitizers and equipment to ensure making school as safe as possible for our children.

To prepare to reopen, the board approved a basic 4 phase plan that we will modify as we figure out how implementation is going to work and what county and state restrictions are going to be.

Phase 1--No Threat; Normal School with temperature checks and increased sanitization procedures

Phase 2--Precautionary Measures; Phase 1 protocol+staff wear face shields or masks, student organization limits spread, increased sanitization protocol

Phase 3--School Exposure; Phase 1&2 protocol+restricted student movement, meals served in classroom

Phase 4--Building Shut-Down; Online classes, meal delivery

We want the plan to be basic so we have flexibility to make quick updates so we can best serve students depending on what is happening at all levels. School buses are the most confined spaces we have. 

Any assistance in helping minimize bus riders by planning to drop your kids off at school or pick them up after school will reduce the amount of time kids are on buses. We will release more information and plans as they become available.

Walmart will require face coverings in all its stores, starting Monday

Walmart will require customers to wear face coverings at all of its namesake and Sam’s Club stores, making it the largest retailer to introduce such a policy that has otherwise proved difficult to enforce without state and federal requirements.

The company said the policy will go into effect on Monday to allow time to inform stores and customers. 

The Bentonville, Arkansas-based company said that currently about 65% its more than 5,000 stores and clubs are located in areas where there is already some form of government mandate on face coverings.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people cover their mouth and nose when around other people to help reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

“We know some people have differing opinions on this topic,” wrote Dacona Smith, chief operating officer at Walmart U.S. and Lance de la Rosa, chief operating officer at Sam’s Club in a blog posted Wednesday. “We also recognize the role we can play to help protect the health and well-being of the communities we serve by following the evolving guidance of health officials like the CDC.”

Butler man arrested on warrant

On 7/14/20 around 8:37pm the Butler Police Department arrested 46 year old Jeffrey S. Niehoff of Butler,Missouri.

Mr. Niehoff was arrested for 1.) Failure to appear in court warrant - Original charge- Violation of a order of protection 1st offence.

He was booked into the Bates County Jail in Butler and he is currently been placed on a $1,000 cash/surety bond.

 Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Power Outage in the city of Rich Hill

The city of Rich Hill is experiencing a power outage at our substation. We are unsure how long this outage will affect the City. Our crews are already working to resolve the issue.

If you have a water or electric emergency please call 417-395-4211, again that is only for emergency situations not information regarding accounts. Any medical or any other emergency please call 911 or 417-395-2222.