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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Update: Kansas man injured in Bates County Crash

On 9/8/20 around 6:30pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County along with Adrian Fire Department Crews and Bates County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a two vehicle accident in the southbound lanes of I-49 near mile marker 145.5 in rural Bates County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the both vehicle were traveling southbound when the 2005 Subaru Legacy driven by 51 year old Kevin L. Weaver of Kansas City, Kansas merged into the right line and struck the 2020 International Harvester Cargo Van driven by 55 year old Thomas M. Schram of Louisville, Nebraska.

Mr. Weaver sustained minor injuries in this accident and he was evaluated by EMS and will seek his own treatment.

Chiefs apparel day at Butler Elementary School

Obituary - Vicky Koehn

Vicky Koehn, 70 of Spring Hill, Kansas passed away Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Friday, September 11, 2020 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009). There will be no visitation. 

Burial will follow in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, Missouri. Friends are welcome to attend; masks are respectfully requested and social distancing should be observed. Memorial contributions may be made to the Drexel Fire Department. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

A complete obituary is pending at this time.

Accident near Adrian

Adrian Fire and first responders are in route to a two vehicle accident on southbound I-49 at mile marker 145.2 involving a passenger car and a large truck. Use caution if traveling through the area; more details to be posted as they become available.

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Obituary - Carol Richards

Funeral services for Carol Richards will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 11 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial in Ft. Scott National Cemetery, Ft. Scott, Kansas. Contributions to Friendship Full Gospel Church or Evangelistic Center Church. Online condolences,

Evelyn Carol Richards, age 74 of Independence, Missouri died Saturday, September 5, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. She was born September 27, 1945 to Heber Austin and Beatrice Bernice Schellenger Rogers in Emporia, Kansas.

Carol is survived by her husband, Merl Ray Richards of Independence, Missouri; two brothers, Paul Rogers and wife Mary of Butler, Missouri and David Rogers and wife Goldie of Nevada, Missouri; one sister, Lois Kennedy of Nevada, Missouri; and two sisters-in-law, Nancy Rogers of Nevada, Missouri and Ruth Weatherman and husband Jim of Independence, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Hubert Rogers; brother-in-law, Alfred Kennedy; sister-in-law, Kathy Rogers; and her niece, Michelle Kennedy.

At the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, we practice social distancing, recommend face masks and discourage hugs and hand shakes. A card or phone call to the family would go a long way in remembering their loved one. If you don't have family addresses, feel free to mail cards to us at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (1301 N. Orange St., Butler, MO 64730) and we will send to the family.

Yet again: Court date for Samantha McCoy rescheduled for Sept. 21st

Murder suspect Samantha McCoy will appear before a judge on September 21st at 1 pm for a criminal setting, which usually equates to setting of a trial date.

McCoy, who is being held at the Bates County jail, is accused of murdering her mother Cynthia McCoy at the Butler city lake on May 1st, 2019.

Setting of a trial date for McCoy has been rescheduled numerous times since the first of the year, Mid America Live will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Obituary - Norman H. Kesterson

Norman H. Kesterson, age 91, of Belton, Missouri, passed away on Friday, September 4, 2020.

A visitation service will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Cullen Funeral Home, 612 W. Foxwood Dr., Raymore, Missouri 64083. A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. following the visitation at Belton Cemetery in Belton, Missouri.

Norman was born on December 9, 1928 in Greenville, Tennessee to James and Ila Kesterson. After school, Norman began his career as a mechanic that lasted for many years. In life, he enjoyed watching westerns, playing games, and loved fishing.

Norman was preceded in death by his loving wife Dorothy Kesterson; parents, James and Ila Kesterson; one sister; and six brothers.

He is survived by his loving partner of over twenty-one years, Ferial Gideon.

Butler School District COVID-19 Update

A good deed, indeed

The Bates County Museum extends a big thank you to Roy Conley, a northern Bates County resident, and to Alvin Griffin, Northern Commissioner, for removing a huge brush pile from the Museum’s grounds. While many people were enjoying time off over Labor Day weekend, these two gentlemen spent time working for the Museum. The brush pile had accumulated from clean-up following storms in May of this year and help was needed to get it moved. Many thanks to Roy and Alvin!

Friends and volunteers of the Museum are the reason we are able to keep everything so nice. Volunteers are always welcome and there is a variety of projects and jobs, both inside and outside, to choose from. The Museum is particularly grateful for the time, labor, equipment, funding, and a host of other contributions from people working together to Preserve Our History & Sustain Our Heritage. Bates County Museum: 660-679-0134 or

Warning: Busy weekend ahead!

Here's the rundown:

Adrian Fire Department annual 9/11 Ceremony to be held during half time of the Adrian home football game, silent procession will begin at 6:30 pm, through Main street, and on to the park/football complex where they will stand by until halftime.

Football- Adrian vs Knob Noster at home

Football- Butler at Stockton 

Football- Drexel at Liberal

Football- Rich Hill at Santa Fe

2nd Saturday Sale/Festival on Main street in Amsterdam. Vendors, food, live entertainment, unveiling of a great new store and a lot more!

Rodeo at the Bates County Fairgrounds Friday and Saturday, starting at 7 pm nightly. 

Estate Auction near Appleton City, details here 

Real Estate and Personal Property Auction in Butler, more info here

Estate Auction near Freeman, more info here

Bookmark this page, we'll adding more as the week progresses!

Tractor pull at the Bates County Fairgrounds 2 pm, gates open at 11 am

Obituary - Carrie Johnson

Carrie Gaston Bradley Johnson, 73, of Olean, Missouri, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, September 4, 2020, surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with ALS.  She was born on October 9, 1946, in Amoret, Missouri, daughter of Cecil and Dorothy (McCoy) Gaston.  She was united in marriage to Keith Johnson on November 26, 1979, who survives at their home.

Carrie was a 1964 graduate of Miami High School.  Throughout her life, she enjoyed spending time with family and friends, crafting, quilting, painting, needlework, flower arranging, decorating and camping.  In 2005, she launched Carrie’s Creative Quilting, where people from all over requested her exceptional work.  Her passion was doing charity quilting work.  She was an active member of Faithbridge United Methodist Church in Osage Beach, where she organized a women’s quilting group.  She was one of the founding members of the Ozark Hills Quilt Guild, where she served many years as their President.  If she wasn’t quilting, you could find her at Marshall’s searching for clearance items to purchase with her numerous gift cards.   Until the end, she shared her wicked sense of humor with her posts on social media. 

Carrie is survived by her husband: Keith Johnson of Olean; children: Angie Tieman (Kent) of Dallas, TX, Gala Bradley (Mike) of Valley Springs, CA, Kevin Johnson (Vicky) of Lawson, MO, and Karen Thomas (Steve) of Tampa, FL; sister: Joann King (Dick); grandchildren: Darion Dru Bradley (Alannah), Jerrica Johnson, Jordan Johnson, Logan Thomas; great-grandchildren: DJ, Blayze, Havyn, Deaken; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews. Carrie was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, James “Buck” Bradley; her brother, Cecil “Sonny” Gaston, Jr.

Funeral services will be held at a 1 PM Friday, September 11, 2020 at the Bucklin United Methodist Church with burial in the Masonic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 AM until time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the ALS Foundation and these may be mailed to Delaney Funeral Home 41 Locust PO Box 82, Bucklin, Missouri 64631.

 From the family:

We care about your safety. Masks required at visitation and service. Please maintain contactless, social distancing as much as possible. Service will be broadcast on 98.3 FM radio in church parking lot as well. There will be a Celebration of Life – Sunday, September 13, 2020 Outside service at 1 PM, Visitation following at Faithbridge United Methodist Church 901 Highway 42, Osage Beach, MO 65065 Presiding minister: Andy Blacksher

Temperatures hitting the way down button!

Well, these temperatures may not be as terrifying as an elevator with a "way down" button but it's still going to feel much different out there today. Highs will be 30 degrees cooler than yesterday for some and it will definitely feel like Fall out there!