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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Obituary - Charles Leonard Allen

Charles Leonard Allen, age 92 of Clinton, passed away Monday, August 10, 2020. Memorial services will be held Friday, August 14, 2020 at 7pm at Vansant-Mills Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior. Services will be live streamed on Vansant-Mills Funeral Home Facebook page. 

The family suggests memorial funds to Cross Roads Hospice and may be left in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences may be left at

Charles was born January 21, 1928, near Lowry City, Missouri to James Leonard and Gladys Marie (Warner) Allen. He attended school and worked mostly in the Clinton area, including working to support the family farm. He worked as a mechanic for Alva Allen Chevrolet in Clinton until being drafted to serve his country in October 1950. Upon completing Army basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Charles shipped overseas and served in battle as a Tank Commander during the Korean War. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Heroism for actions taken under fire to repair and remove a tank that had been hit and disabled, trapping two other tanks and their crews. His actions resulted in saving several lives. His service continued in Korea until he was injured by a land mine, which eventually resulted in a lower leg amputation upon his return stateside. He was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained.

Charles returned to Missouri where he met, courted, and eventually married Virginia Lou Langley of Kansas City, Missouri on September 4, 1954. They began their married life in New Castle, Indiana, where Charles worked as a print setter for the local newspaper. They also started their family there, adopting their first three children. In 1964, their family increased by one more immediately before returning to Missouri, where Charles worked for the Kansas City Star and also built cabinets for new home construction. They adopted two more children after they returned to Missouri for a total of six kids. They had just celebrated 56 years together when Virginia passed away on November 13, 2010. Throughout their marriage, Charles and Virginia loved and cared for more than 35 foster children and were strong advocates for adoption. In 1972, Charles and Virginia opened a Dairy Queen in Raytown, Missouri and successfully operated the business until moving to Clinton in 1978, when they purchased the local Dairy Queen. Throughout their years in business, Charles and Virginia received regional, national, and international awards recognizing their success and leadership in the Dairy Queen organization and greater business community. They continued to own and operate the Clinton Dairy Queen until retiring in 1999. While in Dairy Queen, Charles and Virginia also opened and operated the Royal Palms for several years, which was a very popular local restaurant and lounge in Clinton. 

Throughout their years in the business community, they were strong supporters and sponsors for multiple civic, charitable, and community organizations in, and around, the Clinton area. Charles continued actively volunteering for various local organizations for several years into his retirement. Charles and Virginia were also strong supporters of foreign exchange student programs and served as a host family to several international students.

In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his sister Helen Marie Allen (1937); sister Evelyn Irene (Allen) Corum (1999); sister Mildred L (Allen) Bradley (2004); brother Edward Leroy Allen (2013); and brother Delbert Ray Allen (2015).

Charles is survived by his six children, Martha Allen of Humansville, Missouri, Chuck Allen of Clinton, Missouri, Louann Allen of Lucasville, Ohio, Brian Allen (Shelly) of Columbia, Missouri, Sean Allen of Jefferson City, Missouri, and Mark Allen of Independence, Missouri; and seven grandchildren.

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

Anyone with Information is asked to contact the Benton County Sheriff's Office

News From The Butler Country Club

The clubhouse will be closed until further notice. While putting in the floor there were some unforeseen repairs that needed to be done. 

The swimming pool is open and you're welcome to golf but just remember that the clubhouse is closed! Sorry for the inconvenience. - Courtesy of the Butler Country Club

Butler traffic alert for Thursday

Tomorrow (Thursday) the following streets will be closed for paving:

High St – From Fawn St to Breeze Meadows Entrance
Fran Ave (Center Lane) – From Fort Scott St to Dead end
High St – From Breezy Meadows Entrance to Nursery Street

Obituary - Bruce Buhr

Bruce Wayne Buhr, 96, Adrian, MO, passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at his home.  Funeral services are pending at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian.  Service times and a complete obituary will be posted when that information is available.

4 more COVID cases in Bates County

August 12, 2020

Bates County Health Center has confirmed 4 more positive cases of COVID-19 in Bates County which include:  1 individual from Rich Hill, 2 individuals from Butler & 1 from the Bates County side of Montrose.  
All contact tracing has been done on three of the cases and any parties that have had close contact, as reported to us by the positive cases, were notified. We are still attempting to reach one of the cases. 

Any individuals advised of need for isolation and quarantine are per CDC guidelines and isolation is complete for one of these individuals related to date of symptom onset.
At this time, Bates County has had 57 positives cases, 9 of which are currently active and isolated.  

We would also like to remind individuals that if you have been tested, you should quarantine at home until test results are received—this decreases any possible exposure for others in the event your results come back positive.

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, avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose & mouth), and to stay home if you are sick.  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!

How about lunch?

Drop by the Family Center parking lot this Saturday, August 15th for some great food courtesy of the Bates County Cattlemen starting at 10 am. Here’s the menu:

Ribeye steak $7.00
Smoked beef $6.00
Hamburger $5.00

All meals come with your choice of chips and water. Tell your friends and come hungry!

Notice of tax sale

This is to serve as public notification there will be a tax sale of delinquent property on August 24th at 10 am at the East door of the Bates County Courthouse in Butler Mo. 64730

All bidders must register before 10 a.m. on August 24th at the Administration Building in the Bates County Collector's Office located 103 W. Dakota Street, Butler Mo. 

Office opens at 8:30. Please register between 8:30-10 a.m. on August 24th. All bidders must be a Missouri resident with all taxes paid current.

St. Clair County Sheriff's Office News Release August 4 through August 11, 2020

Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made 13 arrests and took multiple reports during the weeks of August 4 through August 11, 2020.

Click on link for more information.

Farm Auction in rural Butler

Make plans to attend this Farm Auction! You won't want to miss it!

Deer hunters: New rules for Cervid carcasses

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters, meat processors, taxidermists, and others of new regulations now in effect regarding transporting deer, elk, and other cervid carcasses into Missouri and within the state, and of new regulations on cervid-carcass-disposal requirements for meat processors and taxidermists.

Read more HERE

From the city of Rich Hill

As a precautionary measure, we have decided to hold tonight's Tax Levy Hearing and Board Meeting via Zoom. Both will be live on the city of Rich Hill Facebook.

The Tax Levy Hearing will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the Board Meeting following tentatively at 7:00 p.m.

Please share
with your friends! We welcome comments during both sessions.

Obituary - Greta Kay (Jones) Faith

Greta Kay (Jones) Faith, 89, passed away peacefully at home on August 9, 2020.

Greta was born August 15, 1930 in Clovis, New Mexico and she grew up on a small farm near Winchester, Oklahoma. She told fascinating stories of growing up in the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma. She rode a bus for an hour each way to attend Capron High School where she was proud to have graduated at 16 years old. She had an early love of learning and reading which she passed on to her whole family. 

She then attended Northwestern State College in Alva, Oklahoma where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. After graduation she moved to Wichita, Kansas where she worked full time while earning a Master's degree at Wichita University. Greta enjoyed traveling and she traveled extensively with her mother and friends to Mexico, Cuba and Europe. 

She worked part time at Dale Carnegie where she met her husband of 60 years, Robert V. (Bob) Faith, who preceded her in death last July. They were married in El Dorado, Kansas on June 27, 1959.

Greta and Bob and their three children lived in El Dorado, Kansas until Bob's job at Cities Service moved them to Tulsa, Oklahoma. They have lived in the same house since moving to Tulsa in the summer of 1965. Greta and Bob raised their three children but she always found time for volunteering at Gilcrease Museum, Philbrook Museum of Art and the Tulsa County Historical Society. Greta loved to read and always had a stack of library books that she would be working her way through. She loved to sew, quilt and craft. The family took vacations in their green station wagon as the kids were growing up to 45 of the 50 states and Canada. 

After retirement Bob and Greta continued traveling taking RV trips across the country including a road trip to Alaska as well as trips to Europe and Australia. She also traveled extensively with her children and grandchildren. She always loved hearing about the travels and activities of her family. She was much loved by and an active presence in the lives of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her family: children, Nancy (Matt) Doutey, Vicki Faith and Bob (Muffie) Faith; her seven grandchildren, Amanda Doutey Colby, Patricia Doutey Guinn (Sean), Eric (Ashley) Doutey, Maria Doutey, Bobby Faith, Stuart Faith and Beau Faith, 4 nieces and nephews, Janet Guthrie, Jim Faith, Jimmy Oslin and Jason Oslin, and 7 great-grandchildren, Benedict, Rosemary, Gabriel, and Eleanor Colby, Logan and Wyatt Guinn, and Oliver Doutey and her brother in law, James A. (Bus) Faith. Greta was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, her brother, Royce Jones and sister -in-law Maxine Oslin and her grandson-in-law, Kraston Colby.

The family is having a Celebration of Life in Tulsa at Moore's Southlawn Chapel, 4-6 PM, Thursday, August 13. Greta will be laid to rest alongside Bob in a graveside service Friday at Olive Branch Cemetery, Vernon County, Missouri with the Rev. Hubert Fox officiating. Memorial contribution may be made to Hospice of Green Country, 1120 S. Boston #200, Tulsa, OK 74119. Moore's Southlawn 918-663-2233 or in c/o Ferry Funeral Home, 301 S. Washington St., Nevada, MO 64772.

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MU Extension Offers Virtual Parenting Class

Harrisonville, Mo. – The University of Missouri Extension in Cass County is offering a one-time virtual parenting workshop “All About Discipline” September 19, 2020 from 8:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom. This class can count for clock hours for foster families.

This class combines research-based information from multiple curriculum and compiles it to focus on one important parenting element: discipline. As a result of this class individuals raising children of all ages and abilities, will learn strategies that teach rather than punish children. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the "why" behind children's behaviors, thus increasing our empathy, and concrete ways to manage those behaviors.

There is a $40.00 fee for the class. Organizations that would like to sponsor parents to attend can contact the facilitator, Kyleigh Sullivan, at 660-619-1355. Registration can be completed online at and searching All About Discipline. After registering participants will receive a link to the Zoom meeting. For accommodations and general inquiries please contact the facilitator at 660-619-1355.

Obituary - Raymond Brewster

Raymond Oliver Brewster, 98, Butler, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at Adrian Manor, Adrian, MO.  A visitation will be held 6:00-8:00 pm on Friday, August 14, 2020 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian.  Graveside services will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, MO.  The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Good Shepherd Hospice or Adrian Manor.  A complete obituary will be posted when it becomes available.  

News from Appleton City area- win half a beef

The public is invited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote. Join the Appleton City chapter of GFWC, Jr. Achievers, at Forest Park on Monday, August 24, at 9:00 a.m. as they offer a "Walk with the Suffragists". The members will make stops along Main Street, reading from the script, "Failure Is Impossible", which was read at the National Archives for the 75th anniversary celebration in 1995. Other stops where the public can join in are the pocket park at City Hall, Community First Bank, Food Fair, the U. S. Post Office and the Library. For more information, contact the Achievers president, Debbie Barber 660-351-5358.

There is a beef raffle to benefit the Appleton City Cemetery. There will be two chances to win ½ beef processed by Powell’s in Clinton. The drawing will be in the fall of 2020 with a definite date to be announced later. You need not be present to win. Tickets are $10 each. All proceeds go to support the Appleton City Cemetery. Tickets can be purchased at Zink Motors, St. Clair Co. Bank, Noble’s, Community First Bank, Powell’s Tru Value and Green Welding.

West Central will be collecting items for back to school supplies for the AC Elementary and Hudson Elementary Schools. This year it will be a little different from prior years, they will be collecting school supplies until August 13, 2020 and then be distributing them to each school. They would appreciate any school supplies or money donations. Please call Traci Fields at 660-476-2182 ext. 1306 or Kelly Knepp 660-476-2185 ext. 1309

After much deliberation, Immaculate Conception Parish has canceled the Annual Labor Day Picnic. However, they will still hold the quilt raffle. Anyone who would like to support that raffle, may buy tickets from a parish member, the Parish Office, or at Montrose Savings Bank. They would like to thank all who have supported the Picnic for many years. They look forward to having it again next year.

The 3rd annual Farm, Family & ME Summit for Women focuses on resilience, financial and farm stress, self-care, and mental well-being.

The free virtual event is 9:00 a.m. to noon Thursday, September. 3. Women are the caretakers of their families and often put themselves at the bottom of their priority lists. They hope this conference reminds them to take care of themselves along with providing resources and educational information. Rural mental health specialist Monica McConkey kicks off the Zoom session with “Put on Your Oxygen Mask!” She offers tips on coping with farm stress through self-care and techniques to strengthen mental well-being. Kelli Jo Buettner, vice president of scored lending and credit operations at FCS Financial, helps women in agriculture deal with money-related stress by understanding important issues in financial health. A panel of farm women wraps up the session by sharing how they find balance in their work and personal lives. For more information, contact Devlin at 660-397-2179 or Register at

Jack and Shasta Hetherington and family of Clinton are honored to be selected by the Henry County Extension Council and the local Farm Bureau as the 2020 Henry County Farm Family. In addition to Jack and Shasta Hetherington, their family includes Megan Radford, Tara Radford and Owen Hetherington of the home. This year the Hetheringtons were honored by presentation of a yard sign that commemorates their selection. The Hetheringtons operate a 20-acre cattle operation and Jack manages Hetherington Meat Processing, that has been in his family since 1952. Shasta is a Clinton High School English teacher where Megan Radford will be a Sophomore this year. Tara Radford is in the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Program at State Fair Community College. Owen Hetherington will be a 5th grader this school year and is a member of the Shawnee Indians 4-H Club. The annual Farm Family event is sponsored by five partner agencies: the Missouri Farm Bureau; the Missouri Department of Agriculture; the Missouri State Fair Commissioners; the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; and MU Extension and Engagement. This year, all 114 Missouri counties plus the City of St. Louis participated, honoring 482 people from 115 farm families. The event showcases the impact Missouri Farm Families have on the economy and heritage of the state.

The University of Missouri Extension in Cass County is offering a one-time virtual parenting workshop “Strong Parents, Stable Children: Building Protective Factors to Strengthen Families” August 22, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. - noon via Zoom. This class can count for clock hours for foster families. This class is about promoting healthy child development and protecting and nurturing young children. Every family experiences challenges and stress. However, even when different families face similar struggles, some cope better than others. There are many reasons why families handle stress differently, but one has to do with protective factors. Protective factors are strengths and resources that families draw upon during difficult times. Protective factors help promote optimal development by helping families succeed and thrive, even in the face of risks and challenges. When we focus on building strengths and promoting positive home environments for children, we may help put children on a path to a generational cycle of protect. This program was developed by University of Missouri Extension in partnership with the Missouri Department of Mental Health/Project LAUNCH and the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund. Content is based on the Strengthening Families framework, developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP). There is a $40.00 fee for the class. Organizations that would like to sponsor parents to attend can contact the facilitator, Kyleigh Sullivan, at 660-619-1355. Registration can be completed online at After registering, participants will receive a link to the Zoom meeting. For accommodations and general inquiries please contact the facilitator

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for August, 2020. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Aug 12 -Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Aug 13 – Podiatry, Dr. Dowell, Aug 13– Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Aug 19 - Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Aug 26– Ortho-Dr. Gray, Aug 27 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay


Aug 24 Jr. Achievers "Walk with the Suffragists" 9:00 a.m. at Forest Park

Aug 26 First day of classes at Appleton City School