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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Obituary - Penny Kay Cutler

Penny Kay Cutler, 58, Harrisonville, MO, passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at her home. No services are scheduled at this time.

Penny was born July 18, 1962 in Harrisonville, MO, a daughter of Raymond and Mary (Adkins) Parker. She was a 1980 graduate of Harrisonville High School. Penny married Bryson Cutler on January 28, 2000.

Penny had worked at National Envelope Company as a machine operator for 20 years and for ATK for approximately 15 years as a quality inspector. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Harrisonville. Her hobbies included watching movies, all sports, especially the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals, and her dogs, Snowball and Princess.

Penny was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Parker. She is survived by her husband, Bryson Cutler, of the home; her mother, Mary Parker; three brothers, Steve Parker (Sharon), Rick Parker (Marianne), Randall Parker (Debra); one sister, Linda Richards (Wayne); 8 nieces and nephews and 16 great-nieces and nephews.

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Clinton School District COVID 19 Update:

Clinton Schools has received confirmation that an individual at Clinton Early Childhood Center has tested positive for COVID-19.

This brings the total number of active cases to 8 (1 of these is an individual from a sending school that attends Clinton Technical School).

The Henry County Health Center is in the process of conducting contact tracing, most of which is complete.

The District has been in constant communication, and cooperating fully, with the Henry County Health Center as they perform the necessary contact tracing and we will continue to follow their guidance.

The Henry County Health Center is responsible for contacting students/staff who need to quarantine due to close contact with the individual who tested positive. 

If you are not contacted by the Henry County Health Center or the school district instructing your child to quarantine, your child can continue to attend school.

The Clinton School District is following cleaning and disinfecting procedures so that schools can remain open.

Clinton School District students, staff, and community members should continue to use the Daily Self-Screening Checklist found below and should stay home if displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

As we navigate situations such as this, please be assured that the health and safety of our students and staff are of utmost importance.

If you should have any questions, please contact your child’s school nurse or the Henry County Health Center (660-885-8193).
Thank you for your patience and ongoing support.

News Thursday

Obituary - Iola Pauline (Kreissler) Rapp

With the upsurge of COVID-19 we request all who attend the visitation and funeral for Iola wear a mask to the funeral home. Please respect the social distancing rules and think of others' safety as well as your own. Please sit with proper 6 foot spacing between pews. We appreciate your cooperation and courtesy at this time.

The funeral service for Iola will begin at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 24, 2020 at Hill and Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri. Visitation will precede the service from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Officiating at the service will be Pastor Jerry Smith.

Interment will be in Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton City, Missouri The family suggests any memorial donations be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Children's Mercy Hospital.
Iola Pauline (Kreissler) Rapp, age 82 passed away peacefully on September 20, 2020 at St. Luke’s Rehab Institute in Overland Park, Kansas. She was the daughter of Gustav Adolph and Dorothea Louise (Eckhoff) Kreissler, born on June 27, 1938. Iola spent her formative years in the Appleton City area, where she graduated from Appleton City High School in 1956. After completing her education, she married Duwayne Rapp, and to this union three children were born: Danny, Jina, and Jennifer. Iola was a dietician at Ellett Memorial Hospital and also worked for many happy years at Head Start in Appleton City.

Iola’s family was the most important thing to her, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who she lived for. She was incredibly kind and generous. While intently watching Wheel of Fortune and sending text messages were among her favorite things, Iola’s favorite hobby was moving her house furniture around. She also enjoyed arranging her nick-nacks, which were always placed perfectly. After she retired, Iola opened a gift store in Appleton City called Shop Etc, where she loved visiting with and helping customers pick out treasures for their homes. She spent countless volunteer hours at Hudson listening to children read, assisting at the Appleton City School Library, and serving the public at Ellett Memorial Hospital Gift Shop. Her faith remained strong throughout her life and she was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton City, where she received confirmation in 1952. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Gustav Adolph and Dorothea Louise (Eckhoff) Kreissler; one son, Danny Rapp; her three brothers: John, Edward, and Harold Kreissler.

Iola is survived by her two daughters: Jina (Billy) Hill and Jennifer (Scott) Heiman; grandchildren: Tiffany (Toby) Burkhart, Nick (Becky) Hill, Brice Hill and Adam Liston, Abby (Andrew) Ward, Heidi (Nick) Garcia; Maggie Heiman, and Andres Heiman, Tanner Phillips-Rapp and Dalton (Kelsey) Rapp; great-grandchildren: Bryson and Hillsleigh Burkhart, Raeah, Raeleigh, and Renner Hill, Landry and Sullivan Ward, and Tyson Phillips-Rapp; two sisters: Elsie Williams and Dolores Fuelling; and one brother, John Kreissler; along with many extended family members and great friends. She will be deeply missed by her friends and family.

Obituary - Anthony “Tony” J. Sieleman

The family will be having a graveside service for Tony and Rita beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Appleton City Cemetery on October 3, 2020.

Anthony “Tony” J. Sieleman, age 70, passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020 at his home in Appleton City.

Tony was born on March 21, 1950 in Kansas City, Missouri to Bernard and Denora (Frazee) Sieleman. He attended school at St. Mary’s in Montrose and Ballard before beginning his lifelong career as a heavy-machine operator and truck driver. Tony was united in marriage to Rita K. Loney on September 21, 1968. To this union four children were born: Candace, Mindy, Terry, and Toni Nicole.

Together Tony and Rita started Sac River Trucking. He enjoyed going to car shows and gathering with friends for morning coffee.

Tony was preceded in death by his wife Rita K. Sieleman, daughter Toni Nicole Sieleman, and his parents Bernard and Denora Sieleman. He is survived by three children: Candace (Karl) Schenker, Mindy Evans (Jason), and Terry Sieleman; five siblings: Linda, Bernie, John, Kelly, and Carl; eleven grandchildren: Brett Evans, Briana Siebert, Dray and McKenna Schenker, Tyler and Makenzie Foley, Haylee, Kaden, Londyn, Bradli, and Lacy Sieleman; and five great grandchildren.

Tony will be sadly missed by his many family and friends.

Henry County Health Center confirms 6 new positive cases of COVID-19

The Henry County Health Center (HCHC) has received confirmation of six more positive cases of COVID-19. One who resides in the town of Windsor, one who resides in the town of Clinton, one who resides in the town of Calhoun and 3 who reside in Deepwater. All close contacts to confirmed cases. This brings the total number of confirmed positive cases in Henry County to 192.

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.

To alleviate any confusion...

From Bates County Clerk Marlene Wainscott 

Cass County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in identifying the subject in these photos. He is wanted for questioning in reference to a recent burglary where a safe containing several firearms was taken as well as an unrelated ATV theft. If you know the identity of this subject, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 816-380-5200.

Bates County Democrats Meeting TONIGHT

The Bates County Democrats will meet on September 24th at 6:00 p.m. at the Jaycee Park in Butler! Bring a covered dish.

2020 Amsterdam Jubilee car, truck and bike show!

Just in case you missed it...
The Amsterdam Jubilee is the home for the best car show around
Saturday September the 26th 
Is the day 
The 44th Annual Amsterdam Jubilee is coming your way

Attention City of Archie: Emergency Water Shutoff 3:30 pm today

September 24, 2020

Please be advised that effective at 3:30 pm today, we will unfortunately have to shutoff water to the whole city to replace two broken water valves. This replacement should take approximately 4 hours to complete.

We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience. We will post a more detailed explanation on why we are having to do what we are doing on our website.

The Museum Minute: Hail the Small Town

Amsterdam:  Hail the Small Town


THE BORDER BANNER newspaper dated September 29, 1933 was an issue Dedicated to the History of Amsterdam.  The town was founded September 30, 1891 and the front page article declared Hail the Small Town!  The article takes note of the Great Depression and how many folks had moved to cities in search of work.  The final sentence thought is hopeful seems to resonate even yet today.

The disillusioned folk who thought that the bright lights were what made life worthwhile will soon be drifting back to the country, eager to capture once again the peace, the sincerity, the integrity, the gladness that abides where neighborly comradeship is possible.

The Museum will have a booth at the 44th Annual Amsterdam Jubilee this Saturday, September 26th.  Get outside and enjoy the last days of September.  Stop by our Booth and say hello.  Be thankful for the blessings in your lives and ‘Hail the Small Towns’ of Bates County!

-our thanks to Peggy Buhr