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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Power Outages in Harrisonville

ATTENTION: The Electric Department is responding to a power outage currently affecting about 300 customers. 

The outage was caused after a tree limb fell on a power line, causing 1 circuit to go down. 

We appreciate your patience during this time. We will update you when power is restored.

From the desk of Bates County Coroner Greg Mullinax

On Sunday morning, July 26, 2020 my office was notified of the death of an individual following an accident in Bates County. The case was referred to my jurisdiction.

On the same date, Bates County EMS and first responders were dispatched to a rural road in northwestern Bates County at approximately 0251hrs on a report of accidental injuries. The subject was flown from the scene to a Kansas City area hospital for treatment, but unfortunately later succumbed to his injuries.

The decedent is identified as 68 year-old Gary Clearwater of La Cygne, Kansas. The cause of death is accidental in nature.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Clearwater's family.

Greg D. Mullinax
Bates County Coroner

Obituary - Austin Lancaster

Austin Lancaster, 29 of Peculiar, Missouri passed away July 28, 2020. Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). 

A visitation will be held just prior to services Saturday from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, Missouri. 

Memorial contributions may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the family c/o Mullinax funeral Home. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at Friends are welcome to attend; masks are respectfully requested and social distancing should be observed.

Complete obituary information is pending at this time.

Obituary - Marilyn Peery

Marilyn Jean Peery, 76, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at her home in rural Nevada, MO following a long-term illness. She was born on October 17, 1943 in Crawford, Nebraska to Joseph Edward and Betty Ann (Langdon) Alkire. She married James H. Peery, Jr. in Nevada on June 10, 1961 and he survives of the home.

Marilyn was raised in Nebraska and as a child of a serviceman also in Germany and Holland. She graduated from Peculiar High School Class of 1961. Marilyn was primarily a homemaker and farm wife. Later in life she became a Registered Nurse and worked at various hospitals in the area. Marilyn enjoyed crafts, genealogy, collecting silver dollars, being with her family, shopping, fishing and hunting.

In addition to her husband James, she is survived by her children, James Peery, III (Maria), Nevada, Joe Peery (Cindy), Nevada, John Peery, Nevada, Janel Hunt (Jon), Frisco, TX, and Jay Peery, Nevada; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Christiane Bennett (Dennis), Columbia, MO; a special cousin, Sharon Christie, Nevada; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and special friends.. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, David Alkire and infant brother Michael Joseph Alkire.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

Butler School District seeking Health Service Aide

The Butler R-V School District is seeking applications for a Health Services Aide for the Elementary School. The primary function of this position is to assist the school nurse in various capacities including: monitoring students in the isolation room, providing healthcare/first aid, taking vital signs, assisting with screenings. The Butler R-V School District is located south of the Kansas City metropolitan area on I-49 Highway.

We are a progressive school district that transitioned to a 4-day school week this school year. We offer a competitive compensation package with fully funded health insurance for the employee. Interested applicants should visit the district website and send completed application, resume,and references, to principal, Melody Siebeneck at

Henry County Health Center confirms 3 new positive cases of COVID-19

The Henry County Health Center (HCHC) has received confirmation of three more positive cases of COVID-19, one resides in the town of Windsor, one from the town of Deepwater, and one from the town of Montrose. This brings the total number of confirmed positive cases in Henry County to 65.

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 CDC continues to recommend that individuals to wear a face covering when you are in public, and are unable to social distance, to assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Dunk Tank Fundraiser on the Butler Square

FRIDAY, JULY 31 FROM 5:00 -7:00!
Location: Butler Square
Come support our kids! All money raised will go toward the PTSO School Supply Fund to purchase for all kids k-6! Bring your lawn chair and remember to social distance!
Dunk Tank - One try for $1
- Five tries for $3
Brat and Chips. $3
Hot dog and Chips $2
Drinks $1
Cookies - Free will donation
Sponsored by Butler Chamber of Commerce, Bates County Sheriffs Office and St Matthew Lutheran Church.

St. Clair County Sheriff's Office News Release July 14 through July 28, 2020

St.Clair County Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made 21 arrests and took multiple reports during the weeks of July 14 through July 28, 2020.

Click on link for more information.

Obituary - Charles Bean

Charles Bean, 76 of Appleton City, Missouri passed away Monday, July 27, 2020 at his home in Appleton City. Cremation, with private family services to be held at a later date. 

Arrangements entrusted to Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Charles Henry Bean was born October 12, 1943 in Appleton City, Missouri to Ernest and Martha Harmon Bean. He attended school in Appleton City, and graduated from Turner High School in Kansas City, Kansas. He worked for Perks Dog Food Company in Kanas City, Kansas for over 20 years. Later he worked as a janitor in various places, most recently he worked at the Health Department in Osceola, Missouri and the Electric Company in Eldorado Springs, Missouri. Charles was united in marriage to Linda Ewing in 1977. 

He loved to hunt and fish, work outside cutting wood, but most of all Charles had a passion for helping people in need. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, wife Linda, his son Bobby Bean, along with six sisters and four brothers. 

He is survived by his children, Angela Bean of Appleton City, MO., Dennis Bean of Kansas City, MO., Paula Ewing of Lawrence, KS., Danny Bean of Texas, Zach Bean of Appleton City, MO., and James Ewing of Colorado. He also leaves behind 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, brother Phillip Bean and sister Norma Kloer.

Obituary - Rieta Joyce Anderson

Rieta Joyce Anderson, 81, East Lynne, MO, passed away Monday, July 27, 2020 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2020 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO with visitation from 11:00-12:00. 

Burial to follow in Freeman Cemetery, Freeman, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.

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

Suspect Arrested After Multiple Pursuits in Vernon County

Suspect Arrested After Multiple Pursuits

According to Vernon County Sheriff’s Office Officials, a suspect is in custody after a lengthy narcotics investigation. During the investigation, the suspect was involved in at least five vehicle pursuits over the past four weeks. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, suspected methamphetamine as well as stolen property were located during the investigation. 

On Monday morning, Deputies were notified of the suspects location, in which he fled from Deputies on a ATV into the area of 1650 Rd and Division Rd in rural Nevada, MO. Deputies set up a perimeter of the area in an attempt to contain the suspect. 

While doing so, Deputies received a call from a resident on 1650 Rd who stated that a male had unlawfully entered his residence and fled out the back door when confronted. Deputies were able to locate the suspect running through the woods and chased him on foot. The suspect then ran from the Deputies and jumped into a nearby pond, which was immediately surrounded by Deputies. 

According to Mosher, “the suspect quickly realized that he made a mistake by jumping into the muddy water and surrendered to Deputies”. Deputies were then able to locate the ATV, in which was determined to be reported stolen from Bourbon County, KS. 

Detectives continued the investigation by executing a narcotics search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of W. Allison Street in Nevada, MO. During the search warrant, suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was located.

The suspect has been identified as 28-year-old Trevor Miller of Nevada, MO. On Monday afternoon, the Courts issued warrants charging Miller with:

Delivery of a Controlled Substance
Burglary 1st Degree
Receiving Stolen Property
2 Counts of Resisting Arrest
Additional charges are expected to be filed from multiple other jurisdictions. Miller is currently being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond.

Physicals information for the Butler R-V School District

Reminder: For those who would like to participate in athletics this upcoming school year, you must have a current physical on file in order to begin practicing, no exceptions. 

Physicals are now current for two years, so for those who received one in 2019, it is now good until 2021. However, you must still complete the Annual Requirement pages of the physical form.

We will no longer take hard copies of physicals. Once you have completed a physical, you must go to the link below to upload a picture of your physical. There you will also complete the Annual Requirement pages. It will also ask for other health and insurance information.

If you have questions or issues, please contact Coach Duvall at

Wet Weather Pattern Ahead

Off and on moderate to heavy rain will move into the area from the south later this morning.

The rain will not be continuous, but showers are expected to persist through Friday.

Isolated flooding will be possible.

A dry and cool weekend is expected.

Dear Archie R-V Families,

Our district Re-Opening Task Force met again this evening and would like to provide you with a brief outline of our re-opening plan and learning options for the 2020 fall semester. We have requested that all families review the options and complete the form that was emailed to them indicating their learning choice for the semester. This information is needed to guide decision making and enable us to prepare to meet the needs of all students.

Face-to-Face/On-Site Learning Option
*As a district, we advocate for face-to-face learning
*All bus riders must wear a mask along with additional bus

*Parents will be encouraged to transport students when possible.
*Students will wear masks when not in their classroom or when
social distancing isn’t possible.

*Students not permitted in the building before 7:50 am.
*Students K-12 will be taught how to use Google Classroom within
the first few weeks of school to familiarize students. *Chromebooks and chargers will be sent home with students daily
for grades 3-12.

*Altered arrival, dismissal,and cafeteria procedures will be in place
*Altered recess and specials procedures for elementary
*Archie School will be increasing safety protocols by providing
masks for all students, masks/shields for teachers, sanitizer
stations placed throughout the building, a heightened level of
disinfecting the building, increased social distancing, increased
level of cohort groups staying together, students and staff
educated on effective personal hygiene practices.

Distance Learning/Virtual Instruction Option
*Considered an Archie R-V student
*Direct instruction of new content
*Graded assignments and assessments
*Support and guidance from local instructor
*This option is a semester commitment.

Reminder, the parents have been asked to fill out the form for each student in their household by Friday, July 31st.

If you have any questions, please contact your building level principal.
Tamara Stroud, Elementary Principal
Michelle Gaddie, Middle/High School Principal
Lee Harmon, Special Programs Director

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