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Monday, August 31, 2020

Important Information From the Nevada School District

The Nevada R-5 School District has sent a letter to parents and guardians that they received notification Monday of a Nevada High School student who tested positive for COVID-19. 

School officials say the Vernon County Health Department is notifying all individuals who meet the definition of close contact and are instructing those individuals of their required next steps.

Nevada R-5 Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Tyson Beshore, says Nevada High School will be open for class on Tuesday.

Bates County now at 85 cases

August 31, 2020

Bates County Health Center has confirmed more positive cases of COVID-19 in Bates County. All  cases reside either Butler or Adrian.  Contact tracing is being done at this time and any parties that have had close contact, as reported to us by the positive cases, are being notified.   Please keep in mind that our contact tracing is ONLY as good as the information we get from the positive individuals--sometimes it is difficult to remember everyone you might have had close contact with when we are doing the interview. If you feel you have been a close contact and have not been contacted by the Health Department either reach out to the individual you think you were exposed to or to our office and we will contact the positive case for confirmation.

Any individuals advised of need for isolation and quarantine are per CDC guidelines.  Also, there are questions about having to remain in quarantine for 14 days even if you get a negative result.  The following is information from the CDC guidance:
When to start and end quarantine
You should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.

… even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
The reason an individual can’t “test out of quarantine” is because it may take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear and you can infect others up to 48 hours prior to showing symptoms.  This was the case of one such individual that quarantined as directed and on day 14 began to show symptoms and tested positive.  

At this time, Bates County has had 85 positives cases, 12 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!

From the Adrian School District

We are a work in progress during arrival and dismissal times! Please be patient with us (and each other) as we do our best to get students in and out of the building safely. 

We get faster as we get to know all of our parents and students! 

Thanks for your patience and understanding as we navigate the process! First Monday of the 2020-2021 school year was a SUCCESS!

In the drop off and pickup lines make sure your driver behavior matches our expectations for students in lines in the building - no cutting, no touching and no name calling!

Obituary - Donald "Don" Lee Laffoon

Donald "Don" Lee Laffoon, 79, Peculiar, Missouri departed this life on Friday, August 28, 2020 at his home.

Cremation. A Memorial Graveside service will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 12, 2020 with Military Honors at the Gunn City Cemetery, Gunn City, Missouri.

A complete obituary will be posted when it becomes available.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.

Shepherd’s celebrate Sliver Anniversay

Hume area news courtesy Karen Irwin

   Nick and Elaine Shepherd celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Saturday, August 15th with an Anniversary party with a host of family and friends at the Hume Legion Hall.  Congratulations!

  Adam Swarens and Amber Patrick were married August 22 in a beautiful outdoor wedding at their home in Hume.  Following the wedding ceremony, they boarded the fire truck driven by Ronnie Pruitt and were delivered to the Legion Hall for a reception.  Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Adam Swarens.

  Miss Aunah Jean Yarick celebrated her 1st birthday at her home on Saturday, August 29.  The “Wild One” party was hosted by her parents, Andy and Cheyenne.  Happy Birthday, Miss Aunah who will turn one on September 3rd.

 Hume United Methodist Church News:  We held our annual Teacher’s Luncheon on Thursday, August 27.  We had to do things a little different this year.  We provided the teachers with carry-out trays and goodie bags.  The teachers and staff then returned to the school to enjoy their meal.  Best of luck to a new school year!

 We are going to put Kid’s Klub on hold for now and hopefully will be able to start at the first of the year.  For now check out face book every Wednesday for a little story to year was a little different, we filled carry-outs for the teachers, who then returned to the school and enjoyed their lunch share with your children.

 Michael Wriston filled the pulpit on Sunday for Pastor Eric England. 

 Good luck to the Hume Hornets and Staff as they were able to start school on August 31st.  Here is to a great year!

Important notice from Butler High School

August 31, 2020

The Butler R-V School District is aware of a student at the High School Campus who tested positive for COVID-19.  We are working diligently with the Bates County Health Department to follow the protocols in place as we deal with this issue.  Other students who have had prolonged exposure or direct contact will be contacted by the Health Department and advised to quarantine.  

Please remember the district is unable to release many details due to confidentiality procedures.  While we are hopeful the number of incidents will be minimal, it is best to remember that announcements such as this will likely occur throughout this school year.  We encourage all to continue to social distance where possible, frequently sanitize your hands and monitor health symptoms to help limit the spread of COVID.

Please contact the school or the Bates County Health Department for questions.

Obituary - Janice Elaine Moore

Janice Elaine Moore, 78, Belton, MO, went to her Heavenly home Wednesday, August 26, 2020 in Raymore, MO. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO with visitation from 11:00-12:00. Burial in Parklawn Cemetery in Kansas City, MO.

Janice was born May 21, 1942 in St. Joseph, MO, a daughter of Everett and Elizabeth (Hackett) Corkins. She grew up in Dearborn, MO where she attended school. She married J. L. Moore April 11, 1959.

Janice enjoyed flowers, plants, painting and thrift stores. She was a member of the Southside Christian Center in Kansas City where she taught Sunday school for many years, as well as working in other ministries in the church. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend, and will be missed by many.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, J. L. Moore, a son, Jerry Moore, a grandson, Travis, a sister, Blanche Corkins, and two brothers, Bill and George Corkins. She is survived by four daughters, Debbie Chaney, Paula Krause, Kim Holmes, all of Kansas City, MO and Julie Etter, Belton; six sisters, Alice Jones, Steele, MO, Helen Marks and Phyllis Wright, both of Tonganoxie, KS, Linda Metcalfe and Olivia Boos, both of Atchison, KS, and Joan Marley, Portland, OR; two brothers, Gary Corkins, Tennessee and Rick Corkins, Kingwood, TX; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Foxwood Springs who have taken great care of our mother.

Bates County Sheriff's Office Now Hiring

We are currently seeking applications for 1 Control Room Operator and 2 Jailers. Both positions are full time and start out at $14.00 per hour. 

Some of the benefits include employer paid health insurance and vision insurance. Applicants will be required to pass a character and a criminal background check. 

You may be required to work nights, weekends and holiday. Please contact Captain Busick for more information at

Obituary - Albert Benjamin (Ab) Spencer

Albert Benjamin (Ab) Spencer passed away at home surrounded by family on Saturday, August 29, 2020, at the age of 92.

Born on March 5, 1928 in Clear Creek, MO, the son of Charles and Susie Mae (West) Spencer, he was a lifelong resident of Vernon County. He grew up working the farm with his father and brothers. He attended a rural one room country school through the eighth grade.

In 1946, at 18 years old, he joined the Navy. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and honorably discharged in 1948.

After serving in the Navy, Albert married Minnie Alice (Litle) on April 1, 1950 and worked in the local shoe factory and then retired from Witt’s Printing Company. After retiring he worked as a repairman on small engines, lawn mowers and chainsaws.

Ab was quiet, shy and a man of very few words, but he was industrious, hardworking, gifted in woodwork and had a unique and natural talent to repair guns and clocks. He found joy in providing for his wife Minnie and five daughters. Ab was an enthusiastic gardener. You would be hard pressed to find a weed in his garden and he grew and sold the best watermelons and strawberries around. He was an all around sportsman enjoying deer and squirrel hunting, fishing, and running his hounds for coyote. He also enjoyed the thrill of wheeling and dealing for a good trade or at an auction.

Ab is preceded in death by his loving wife Minnie and daughter Martha Jean Grider, brothers Lee, Joe, Jimmie, Bill, Charles and Dewey, and sister Viola. He is survived by daughters Rebecca, Lena, Alice, and Nancy, 12 grandchildren, 44 great- grandchildren, 20 great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.

A funeral service win Military Honors will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada, MO with Jamie Kunkel officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Dederick, MO, weather permitting.

***At this time there are no limitations on the number of people attending funerals or visitations, however, those in attendance will be asked to maintain social distancing, and that people are welcome to and, indeed, are encouraged to wear face mask to protect themselves and others.

Stolen boat from Bucksaw Marina in Henry County

Stolen boat, motor and trailer from Bucksaw Marina between 9:30 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2020 and 7:00 a.m. Monday, August 31, 2020, a Grey in color Tracker Targa 185 Sport boat bearing Boat Vessel Number (MO6339FN), black in color 2008 mercury 115 motor and 2008 Tracker boat trailer. 

If you have information about this theft, please contact the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 660-885-5587 or your local law enforcement agency.

How about a lunch date Saturday?

Drop by the Family Center parking lot this Saturday, September 5th for some great food courtesy of the Bates County Cattlemen starting at 10 am until it’s gone. 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!

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Thunderstorm Warning in effect

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Bates County to be in effect until 9:45 am.

Tractor pull rescheduled

The tractor pull that got scrubbed due to weather this weekend at the Bates County Fairgrounds has been rescheduled for Sunday, September 13th at 2 pm. 

Gates open at 11am and there will be concessions available. See you there!

Wet, noisy Monday ahead

It's going to be a noisy Monday morning across the KC Metro and areas south of KC. 

We expect storms to start up around 5 or 6 am, and push south/southeast toward Clinton and Nevada through the morning. 

Strong winds, heavy rain, and frequent lightning all possible.