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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Results of sinkhole testing expected soon

A Missouri Geological Survey geologist team wrapped up their data collection today about 2 pm. at the sinkhole just south of Rich Hill.

Assorted ERT readings were recorded at various depths and resolutions.  The data collected will be reviewed, once they return to Rolla, by other staff experts to try to determine how big and how deep the cavity under the sinkhole may be, and then formulate a recommended mediation plan.That report is expected sometime next week.

Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) is an electrical testing method where current is induced in the ground using two current electrodes. 

Dear Butler Center Residents and Family Members,

Dear Butler Center Residents and Family Members,

New testing requirements were just released that will help us continue to track and control COVID-19. As a result, all employees will be tested, with the frequency based on our county’s specific COVID-19 prevalence. Residents will have the option to be tested unless they have symptoms or there is a positive case in the center.

​Our county’s prevalence currently means that we are required to test ONCE A MONTH. Tests will be provided at the community and we will continue to update you as new information becomes available.

A few things to keep in mind (this list is not all inclusive):
-Asymptomatic residents will not need to be tested.
-Residents who previously tested positive for COVID-19 will not need to be retested for 90 days. We will be tracking this on any resident’s behalf.
-Should there be a new infection of either an employee or resident in the building, all employees and residents will be tested again at that time to ensure proper precautions.

As we continue to manage this novel coronavirus, pivoting and adapting to change is essential, and we are confident that this increased testing will be beneficial in keeping our residents safe and healthy. 

We appreciate your cooperation on this. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions. We will be happy to assist you in any way.

April Feris RN, Administrator

Time change for Butler Football game against Sherwood tomorrow

Butler Bears Football game this Friday at Sherwood will start at 6 p.m. This is a time change requested by Sherwood.

You can watch this game on Prepcast! We will post a link closer to the time of the game :-)

Chili Cook-Off at the Hucksters Day Festival in Butler

Chili Cook-Off with Hucksters Day Festival!! October 3rd. NO ENRTY FEE....winner chosen by popular vote. Best Chili, Best Spicy Chili & Best Decorated Booth. CASH PRIZES. 

The Butler Chamber will sell the chili entries. Contact the Chamber office for more details...660-464-1339

Cinnamon Roll contest at Hucksters Day in Butler

Cinnamon Roll contest at Hucksters Day October 3rd. NO ENTRY FEE! Bring 13 of your best goodies! This is a judged event. Cash prize awarded. 

The Butler Chamber will auction the 12 remaining rolls after judging. Contact the office for details and entry form. 660-464-1339

Obituary - Camille Lynn Parnell

Camille Lynn Parnell, age 58, a resident of Fort Scott, died Sunday, August 23, 2020 at her home. She was born July 11, 1962 in Ida Grove, Iowa, the daughter of Ronald Zimmer and Cherrie Clark Zimmer. Camille worked for Mid-Continental Restoration Company. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, and gardening. She loved spending time with her family especially her grandkids.

Camille is survived by her two children, Jimi Huntsman and husband, Garrett, of Peculiar, MO., Zach Parnell and, Cassidy Riley, of Harrisonville, MO.; three grandchildren, Athena Parnell, Collin Huntsman, and Riley Parnell; dad, Wayne Stehr, and wife Nell, of Newcastle, Ok.,; three brothers, Chris Zimmer, of South Carolina, Andy Stehr, of Midwest City, OK., Adam Stehr, of Norman, OK., two sisters, Patti Sangster, of Norman, OK., and Karla Brinkley, of Blanchard, OK. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

There was cremation. Pastor Michael Apfel will conduct a Memorial Service at 2:30 P.M. Friday, August 28, 2020 at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Memorials are suggested to Care to Share and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Man arrested on Vernon County Warrant

Eldorado Springs, Missouri Police Officers arrested Christian M. Myers for an active Vernon County Warrant charging him with Failure to Appear on the original charge of Stealing $750 or more with a CAPIAS bond. More charges are expected to be filed on Myers.

Obituary - Walter Joe Steward

Walter Joe (W. J.) Steward, 82, of Nevada, Mo, passed away on September 2, 2020, at his home. W. J. was born in southeast Vernon County, MO, on April 23, 1938 to Walter Lavere and Mary Josephine (Bradin) Steward. W. J. and Avril Ann Levi were united in marriage on August 7, 1965 in Stockton, MO.

W. J. accepted the Lord at the age of ten years old at Montevallo Baptist Church. Throughout his life, his faith in Christ was evident and was the foundation for how he lived. He was ordained as a deacon at Montevallo Baptist Church in February of 1974. In addition to serving as a deacon, he also served as Sunday School Superintendent at Montevallo Baptist Church and as Sunday School Director with the Vernon County Baptist Association. At the time of his passing, he was a member of First Baptist Church in Nevada.

W. J. attended school at Barnes and Montevallo and graduated from El Dorado Springs High School in 1955. Following graduation, he attended Southwest Missouri State University for a brief time until his father’s death in late 1956. He was drafted into the Army in 1961 and served until 1963. He was stationed in both Hawaii and Thailand and achieved the status of sharpshooter prior to his honorable discharge. Upon returning home, he took over the family farm in southeast Vernon County and managed a diversified operation into the 1990s. W. J. was proud that his farm was declared a Missouri Century Farm in 2003. In addition to farming, W. J. was involved with Vernon County Pork Producers, as both a member and serving a term as president. He also worked briefly for MoorMan’s Feed and drove a school bus for El Dorado Springs. He finished his work career at O’Sullivan Industries in Lamar, MO, retiring in January 2004.

W. J. and Avril Ann were blessed with four children: Darin Jay, Devin Lee, David William, and Dana Lynn. W. J. enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren participate in athletic, artistic, and agricultural activities. One of W. J.’s greatest joys was his family and spending time with them. He was an avid collector of coins, pocketknives, arrowheads, belt buckles, and especially marbles. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting quail and pheasant.

W. J. was preceded in death by both his parents and one infant son, Devin Lee. Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Avril Ann, of the home; his children: Darin (Tulsa, Ok), David and his wife, Shelley, (Marshfield, Mo), and Dana (Bolivar, Mo). Along with his grandchildren: Devin and wife, Kaila, Emily, Sean, and, Anna; and, his great-grandchildren: Kamden and Kolten. W. J. is also survived by two brothers, Harold Dean and Leon and his wife Debee, and one sister, Geraldine Marcum, along with a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada, MO. Interment will follow in Olive Branch Cemetery in rural Vernon County. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. on Friday evening, September 4, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, in honor of his grandson, c/o Ferry Funeral Home or mail to MDA-Springfield, Missouri, 425 S Union Avenue, Springfield, Mo, 65802.

Breaking News: Clinton Fire Department on scene of fatal fire

Clinton Fire Department Crews are currently on scene of a fatality structure fire in Clinton. An investigation is underway into the cause of the fire. More information will be released at a later time.

Obituary - John Edward Beckerdite

John Edward Beckerdite of Raymore, Missouri was born December 2, 1930, the son of John Quincy and Naomi Beckerdite, in Main City, MO. As he was surrounded by family members on September 1, 2020, God called him home and he went to be with his Lord and Savior.

On July 5, 1952, John married his sweetheart, Mary Alice Welborn, at First Baptist Church of Harrisonville, MO. They shared a love of music and the Lord. John sang in the choir, a men’s quartet, and led the singing in many revival services while Mary Alice accompanied on the piano.

John served in the Air Force and was based at McConnell Air Force Base during their early marriage. After leaving the Air Force, he and his father farmed 500 acres of land. After farming for years, John and his wife took a step of faith and started a new business, Mary-Ed Eggs, beginning with 3,000 laying hens and expanding to 21,000 hens. They processed and delivered eggs for more than 20 years alongside their four children. After retiring, they moved to western Colorado for 11 ½ years, before returning to Missouri in 2000 to be near their children.

Besides his parents, John was preceded in death by his brother, Robert J. Beckerdite and his sister, Norma Short.

John is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary Alice Beckerdite and their four children - Ron Beckerdite and wife, Marvina; Rhonda Bennett and husband, Cliff; Brenda Ellis and husband, Michael; and Don Beckerdite and wife, Joeva, as well as 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Cremation. A Memorial Graveside with Military Honors will be held at the Freeman Cemetery, Freeman, Missouri at a later date.

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

Log Cabin Festival in Harrisonville canceled

The Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the Log Cabin Festival on October 2 & 3, 2020.

It was determined that the Chamber and its volunteers would not be able to adequately manage the protocols outlined by the Cass County Health Department and Center for Disease Control and Prevention required to ensure a safe and fun event.

Additionally, as a champion of our community, our schools and businesses we felt that there was too high a risk of transmitting COVID-19 and negatively impacting our citizens and those from surrounding areas.

We look forward to continuing this long-standing Harrisonville tradition in future years and to continuing to encourage sustainable economic growth, supporting our members, and partnering with local governments and promoting productive community relationships.

News from the city of Rich Hill

We have received several calls that bills have not been received. Bills were mailed from City Hall on Friday August 28th and should have been received by Tuesday September 1.

If you or someone you know hasn't received their bill, please have them call City Hall at 417-395-2223 to receive a copy of their bill or their balance.

Thank you,
Rich Hill Assistant City Clerk

Obituary - Angela Kristin (Madison) Handke

Angela Kristin (Madison) Handke, 49, of Leavenworth, Kansas, passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 16, 2020, as the result of an automobile accident near Lansing in Leavenworth County. Angela was born August 30, 1970, the daughter of William “Bill” Madison and Margie (Peterson) Madison in Fort Scott, Kansas.

Angela’s family lived in Adrian, Missouri, during her early childhood, prior to moving to Columbus, Kansas, before moving to Fort Scott in 1980. She then attended Fort Scott schools and was in the FSHS graduating class of 1988. In high school, Angela was active in various sports and clubs. She earned her Associate of Science degree at Fort Scott Community College in 1990. She married Robert James Handke of Atchison on June 10, 2000. She met Robert on a blind date in Wichita, which was setup through their mutual friend Denise.

While living in Atchison, Angela worked for Blish Mize, Independent Living Center of Atchison, and K&L Greenhouse, she loved working at the greenhouse. Angela went back to college in 2004 and earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management from the University of Kansas in 2006. After graduation she worked for Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center in Kansas City as their Medical Records Manager until they moved to Lawrence in 2009.

Angela worked as a Practice Consultant for the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, while Robert was attending the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. Robert and Angela purchased a home in rural Leavenworth in 2016 and began their present careers with the U.S. Army at Fort Leavenworth, he as a Staff Pharmacist and her as a Voucher Examiner. Angela loved to travel and explore and lived in India for several months prior to marriage. Her favorite place was Hawaii where she and Robert took several long vacations during their years together. She was a fantastic cook and could grow anything, just ask Robert’s classmates and co-workers. She was known to have a contagious smile, funny personality, huge heart, and kind soul. She will be missed so much!

Angela is survived by her husband of twenty years come June, Robert Handke; her mother Margie Madison; brother Tom (Tally) Madison; two nieces she adored, Kendall and Lauren Madison, and their mother Lindsay; and, several pets special to her. In addition, she is survived by in-laws Robert and Frances Handke, brother-in-law’s Gary (Kathy) Handke, Wayne (Terri) Handke, Glen (Jennifer) Handke, Phillip (Robin) Handke; sister-in-law’s Peggy (Ron) Lutz, and Karen (Nelson) Birkinsha. Also surviving are aunts and uncles of the Madison family, Nora Karleskint, Norma Kramer, Warren Madison, Cathy (Pat) Thomas, Frank (Deb) Madison, Claude Madison; aunts and uncles of the Peterson Family Harry “Sonny” (Edith) Peterson, Mary Lou Schafer, Frank Peterson, Von (Susan) Peterson, Verna May “Sissy” (Jay) Mall and many cousins and extended family. She was preceded in death by her father, Bill Madison, aunts Carol (Madison) Lefever, Joyce Peterson and Uncles Pat Peterson, Bill Peterson, Ben Karleskint and Bill Kramer.

Following cremation, memorial services will be announced for a later date by the Cheney Witt Chapel. In Lieu of Flowers, Memorials may be made to Fort Scott Paws & Claws Animal Shelter or the Bill Madison Scholarship Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Dr. Bustle Resigns as CEO of Bates County Memorial Hospital

The Bates County Memorial Hospital Board of Directors announces Dr. John Bustle’s resignation as CEO effective September 25, 2020.

The Board has named BCMH Chief Operating Officer Greg Weaver as Interim Chief Executive Officer as of September 1, 2020. Dr. Bustle will remain in an advisory role at BCMH until September 25.

Greg Weaver was hired as the Family Care Clinic Director/Chief Operating Officer for Bates County Memorial Hospital in September, 2019.

Dr. Bustle came to BCMH as a family practice physician in 2010 at the Adrian Family Care Clinic, and transitioned to his role as CEO in May of 2017.

During his service as CEO, Dr. Bustle focused on patient safety and quality. In 2019, he brought on DNV-GL, a global company that provides quality driven accreditation and clinical excellence certification to America’s hospitals. In 2020, the hospital achieved four-star HCAHPS status for overall quality, putting BCMH in the top 30% of hospitals nationwide.

The Bates County Memorial Hospital board and staff wish Dr. Bustle and his family well in their future endeavors.

Highlights from Butler City Council meeting this week

Cody Wainscott from the fair board let the council know the tractor pull has been rescheduled for Sept 13th gates will open at 11am.

Huckster day is set for Saturday October 3rd. There will be crafts, vendors and a chilli cook off. There may even be a cinnamon roll contest!

Next day, October 4th will be the annual car show sponsored by the Bates County Health Foundation. This is always a great show with lots of quality cars. I hope everyone will come out and support these events. 

Report from the personnel committee generated a lot of discussion in regards to their plan to try to start preparing now to be able to meet the minimum wage requirement that will be 15.00 per hour in 2025. No one was ready to vote on this, at this time, as we all felt it needed additional adjustments. - our thanks to Dale Newkirk

You can watch the meeting here we apologize for low volume, we are working on that for future meetings!

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Patrol vehicle vs horse on 52 highway

On Tuesday, at approximately 1 am, a deputy was traveling eastbound on west 52 highway approximately 1 mile from Butler
when he struck a horse standing in the middle of the highway. The Deputy received minor injuries and refused medical treatment at the scene. The vehicle is most likely totaled and was towed from the scene by Douty’s Tow.