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Friday, July 17, 2020

Obituary - William Leroy Brown

William Leroy Brown, age 81, passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at Westwood Living Center in Clinton. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at Englewood Cemetery at 1PM. 

The family suggest memorial contributions to American Legion Post #14. Fond memories and condolences may be left at

William Leroy Brown was born October 1, 1938 to Bill Patrick and Mary Brown in Clinton, MO. William served in the Army for 2 years from 1962 to 1964. He married Mary (Clay) Brown. William worked for Williams and Hilty Quarries. He was a member of the American Legion Post #14 and Assembly of God Church. He enjoyed reading, bowling on Friday nights, hunting and fishing. William loved his tom cat Tiger very much.

William is preceded in death by his parents.

William is survived by his wife, Mary of the home, his tom cat Tiger, and numerous nieces, nephews, and family.

Public Service Announcement from the city of Rich Hill

Structure Fire in rural Butler

The Butler Fire Department along with Amsterdam Fire Department, Bates County Sheriff's Deputies, Amoret Fire Department, Adrian Fire Department and Bates County EMS is in route to a structure fire at a address of 1202 NW CR 6001 in rural Butler.

The house is said to be a single story wood frame structure with fire that is showing through the roof. Everyone is said to be out at this time.

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

Obituary - Shirley Irene Hill-Shepley

Shirley Irene Hill-Shepley was born on November 10th, 1935 in Fort Scott, Kansas to Ora Donald Hill and Pearl Irene Day-Hill. She left this earth to be with the Lord and Savior on Friday, July 17th, 2020 with many of her beloved family at her side.

Her early years were spent on a farm Southwest of Fulton, Kansas. The family later moved to Colorado for a few years, then they moved to Idaho where she spent most of her teens. She and her family moved to rural Nevada area in 1953 where she graduated high school at Walker in 1954. On January 4th, 1955 she married Donald R. Shepley at the El Dorado Springs Church of Christ. Shirley and Don celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on January 4th, 2020. This union was blessed with two children, Kerry Ray Shepley, December 9, 1959 and Kristine Dawn Shepley, March 26, 1963.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, Ora and Pearl Hill, her mother and father in law George and Josephine Shepley, two brothers Eugene Hill and James Hill. She is survived by her husband of the home Donald Shepley; her son Kerry Shepley of Butler, MO, and daughter Kristine Shepley-Reehl (John) of rural Nevada, MO; six granddaughters, Gail Shepley or Richardson, TX, Deanna Hershberger and Dana Shepley of Nevada, MO, Amanda Reehl-Thorpe (Brandon) of Las Vegas, NV, Michelle Reehl-Stackhouse of Altoona, KS, Lynette Reehl-Ramirez (Eric) of Drexel, MO and one grandson, Wyatt Reehl of Overland Park, KS; 11 great grandkids and one due in August; two brothers, Donny Hill (Joy) of Adrienne, MO and Leroy Hill (Nancy) of Springfield, MO; and one sister, Joy Hill-Collins (Kenny) of El Dorado Springs, MO.

Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 20th at the Church of Christ, West 54 Highway, Nevada, MO (no visitation prior to service due to COVID). Burial will follow in Moore Cemetery, Nevada, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to be given to Church of Christ in Nevada, MO c/o Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

Family encourages guests to wear masks.

Obituary - George James "Jimmy" Wilson

George James “Jimmy” Wilson, 86, Richards, MO passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at his home in Richards. Jimmy was born April 25, 1934 in Livingstone, Zambia, Africa to George H. and Elizabeth A. (McGarry) Wilson. 

He was united in marriage to Mary Anne (Squires) Haigh on October 24, 1987 in Harare, Zimbabwe, Africa, and she survives of the home.

Jimmy worked as project manager in the mining business in Africa most of his life. Following his retirement, he continued to work in the Electrical Contracting Business for his stepson in Zimbabwe, Africa. Jimmy came to the United States in 2008 and made his home in Vernon County. He was especially proud of the fact that he became a United States citizen in April of 2019.

In addition to his wife Mary Anne, he is survived by a son, Roland Wilson, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe; step-children, Gareth Haigh (Lisa), Perth, Australia, Jennifer Purchase (Robert), Richards, MO, and Darrell Haigh (Laurie), Ontario, Canada; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Ashley (Wilson) Van Gent; one brother and four sisters.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 20, 2020 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. Private committal will follow.

Memorials are suggested in his memory to Hospice Compassus in Lamar, MO c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

Henry County Health Center confirms 3 more cases of COVID-19

The Henry County Health Center (HCHC) has received confirmation of three more positive cases of COVID-19. 

Two of the cases reside in Clinton and one in Windsor. This brings the total number of confirmed positive cases in Henry County to 47. Currently Henry County has 21 patients on isolation, 3 are deceased, and 23 have recovered.

All contact tracing has commenced and all parties that have had close contact are being notified. 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 Henry County Health Center and Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare strongly recommend that individuals to wear a face covering when you are in public to assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Cluster Associated with Local Gathering in Linn County Kansas

For Immediate Release
July 17, 2020

COVID-19 Cluster Associated with Local Gathering

During an investigation of multiple positive COVID-19 cases,
the Linn County Health Department discovered that several
individuals attended the same party. The party took place on
July 11th in rural Garnett, Kansas. The party did not have a
specified guest list so identifying those who were in attendance
and potentially exposed to COVID-19, has been challenging.

Through the case investigation process, the Linn County Health
Department has received reports that several residents from
Linn, Miami and Anderson County were in attendance.
This statement is being released so that individuals who
attended the party are aware of the possible exposure. It is
imperative that any individuals who were in attendance to this
party quarantine at home through July 25, 2020 and monitor
for any symptoms. After being exposed to someone with
COVID-19, it can take up to 14 days to develop symptoms. If
symptoms appear, individuals are instructed to contact their
primary care provider. If they do not have a primary care
provider, contact the local health department for further

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
the risk of spreading COVID-19 at events and gatherings
increases as the gathering size increases, and the ability to
physically distance and utilize prevention strategies, decreases.
Please visit the Kansas Department of Health and
Environment’s COVID-19 resource center at: for more information.

New K9 Deputy in Cass County

Cass Co – A 2-year-old German Shepard Dog has joined the Cass County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit.

Deputy Adam Messmer and his K-9, Bock, recently graduated from K-9 training at Von Henger Kennels in Kingsville, Missouri.

Bock is certified in narcotics detection, handler protection, suspect apprehension and tracking, area search, building search, and articles searches.

“We are pleased to have our third K-9 team fully staffed. The investment in a K-9 program is worthwhile and benefits numerous law enforcement agencies and most importantly our citizens. The specialized work the K-9 Unit performs is vital to keep Cass County safe,” said Sheriff Jeff Weber.

K9 Bock replaces K9 Loki who retired last month.

Obituary - Edith Marie Weidner

Edith Marie Weidner, 79, Harrisonville, Missouri, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2020 at St. Luke's Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. 

The family will receive friends 10:00-11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 21 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Burial in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville. 

Contribution may be made to the American Cancer Association. A complete obituary will be posted when it becomes available.

Missing a bike in Rich Hill

The City of Rich Hill is currently in possession of several abandoned bicycles that have been recovered from around town.

 If you believe that one of the bicycles might belong to you, please contact City Hall to provide a description of your bicycle. 

Any bicycles that have not been returned to their owner within thirty days they will be donated. - Courtesy of the City of Rich Hill

Homicide Investigation in Lamar

Wasteland live at the Alley Tavern

Back by popular demand! Please join us for some great music at the newly remodeled Alley Tavern in Butler on July 25th!!! We want drinkers! We want dancers! So grab your friends and come on out to party with us!!! 9pm-1pm

Missouri State Motocross Championship Series at Midwest Extreme Park in Merwin

Missouri State Motocross Championship Series
Rounds 4 & 5: July 18th & 19th
Midwest Extreme Park, Merwin MO
Presented By: Larry’s Motorsports & Bike Graphix

Friday: July 17th
Gates Open 7am - 11:00pm ($25** - covers entire weekend)
Practice 9am-2pm ($25.00 per rider)
Early Sign Up for Saturday 1pm-3pm

Saturday: July 18th, Round 4
Contingency, KTM, Husqvarna, FLY Racing, & HOTO
Gates Open 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM ($20** - covers entire weekend)
**Drops to $15 after 6:00 PM
Sign Up 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Riders Meeting 8:00 AM
Practice 8:20 AM
Races 10:00 AM
Early Race Sign-up for Sunday: To Be Announced

Sunday: - July 19th, Round 5
Contingency from Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki, KTM, Husqvarna, HOTO, and FLY Racing
Gates Open 6:00 AM ($10 - Sunday only)
Sign Up 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Riders Meeting 8:00 AM
Practice 8:20 AM
Races 10:00 AM

Gate Fee Rebate Policy
The following rebate policy will be used for people arriving early, but not staying the entire weekend:
If wristband is returned by 11:00 PM Friday - $15 rebate
If wristband is returned by 11:00 PM Saturday - $10 rebate
Important Note: You must be wearing your wristband as you leave the facility. As you exit, the front gate personnel will remove the wristband and issue the appropriate rebate. Sorry, but there are no exceptions to this procedure.

250 & 450 Expert-
100% Plus $300.00 each class. ($100.00 per rider will be added for each of the 1st 3 entries)
Plus 25 & Plus 35
1st- $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $60, 4th $50, 5th $40
BIG Bike Open (BB0)
1st $100.00, 2nd $75.00, 3rd $50.00, 4th $25.00
(BBO will be paid out as contingency with Visa debit cards or with credits to any MO State Series dealer sponsor per request by rider.
Trophy Classes
Plaque to the top 5 Guaranteed (top 1/3 after 5 riders) 100% to 50’s

Race Entry Fees

Butler City Wide Garage Sale!

Join the Butler Chamber for the Annual City Wide Garage Sale on August 1, 2020.

News from Summers Pharmacy

Missouri MEDICAID recipients: Just a reminder, due to the pandemic, prescription copays for direct MEDICAID recipients are all waived until further notice.

We hope this will help alleviate some stress and financial challenges during these difficult times. 

Let us know how we can serve your family today and feel free to call us if you have any questions. Transferring is easy. One quick call and we will take care of the rest!

Vernon County Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted list

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted list for this week. If anyone has any information on any of the subjects in the photo attached, please contact the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office at 417-667-6042 or leave a crime tip on our website at

Peculiar Police Department is seeking assistance

The Peculiar Police Department is seeking assistance in identifying this person involved in stealing package(s) from a doorstep near 207th and School Rd. (07/15/2020) at about 1PM. The vehicle is described as a gray in color 4 door possibly VW. 

If you have any information that can lead us to identify these individuals, please contact the Peculiar Police Department at 816.779.5102 Reference #20-2080.