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Friday, September 25, 2020

Drexel's Coffey wins State Farm Student Athlete of the week

We are so excited to announce our 2019-2020 scholarship winner for our State Farm Student Athlete of the week. The winner is Jacob Coffey from Drexel, Missouri.

All of our recipients for student athlete of the week from the 2019-2020 school year were placed in a drawing for a $500 scholarship, and Jacob was selected as the winner!

Due to Covid we had to wait to award last year’s winner until this year. But excited we can finally award our recipient. 

Jacob is a sophomore and plays for the Drexel Bobcats. We are so excited for Jacob and wish him and his teammates the best of luck tonight at Drexel’s Homecoming!!

Drexel won the homecoming game against Osceola with a final score of 89-0

Courtesy of State Farm Agent Kellie Davidson

2020 Butler Homecoming Royalty

Congratulations to the 2020 Butler Homecoming Queen and Princess who was crowned this evening at half time of the Butler Bears 61-6 win over the Lincoln Cardinals!

Pictured Beside:
2020 Homecoming Queen MaKenna Stephens and Princess Jocelyn Underwood!

Obituary - Whitney J. French

Whitney J. French, 21, of Clinton, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo.
She was born March 9, 1999, in Clinton, Mo., the oldest daughter of Gary Lester French and Pamela Ann (McKinney) French. As the family grew, Whitney was joined by two sisters, Allison and Heather. Whitney was a Senior at the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg. She was a 2017 graduate of Leeton High School. She had worked at Sunflower Bank of Leeton, Sonic in Clinton, Casey’s in Leeton, and Mini Adventures daycare. She was an Elementary Education major and was currently working at the Leeton R-X School District as a teacher and color guard and cheer coach. She was very creative and loved crafts, quilting, and knitting. She was raising two goats, Thelma and Louise and also enjoyed her cats, Missy and Moxie. She was a member of the Clinton United Methodist Church. Survivors include her parents, Gary and Pam French, Clinton, Mo.; her sisters, Allison and Heather French, both of the home; maternal grandmother, Patricia McKinney, Clinton, Mo.; paternal grandmother, Dorothy French, Clinton, Mo.; aunts and uncles, Terry Russell (Kevin), Charlotte, North Carolina, Sheree Poole, Riverside, Mo., Russ McKinney (Beth), Clinton, Mo., Susan McKinney (Paul), Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Carolyn McKinney, Festus, Mo.; several cousins, and many friends. She was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, Bruce McKinney, and paternal grandfather, Roger French. Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at the Benson Convention Center, Clinton, with Dr. Dan Lowry officiating. Burial will be in the Englewood Cemetery, Clinton. The family will receive friends from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Tuesday evening, September 22, at the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. Masks and social distancing are encouraged. A memorial fund has been established and contributions may be made to the Whitney French Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home.

Obituary - Tonia Wright

Tonia Wright, 55, of Leeton, Missouri, died early Tuesday morning, September 22, 2020, at her home in Leeton.

She was born September 27, 1964, in Hammond, Indiana, the daughter of William “Billy” Fowler and Judith Ann (Gooding) Fowler. She married Leonard Stillwell in January, 1984, and they were the parents of three children, Joshua, Jeremiah, and Jessica. She then married Timothy Lynn Wright and they were the parents of 4 children, Meaghan, Sadie, Mattie, and Duncan. Timothy preceded her in death on November 1, 2018.\

Tonia worked as a waitress for several years. She loved to color and enjoyed unicorns and fairy tales. She enjoyed old Atari video games, especially Galaga. She was an excellent cook and loved fixing her special holiday fudge and pumpkin pie for family, among many other family favorites. Caring for her children and grandchildren always came first for her. 

Survivors include 7 children, Joshua Stillwell, Warrensburg, Mo., Jeremiah Stillwell (Candace Shields Stevens), Joplin, Mo., Jessica King (Joshua), Leeton, Mo., Meaghan Wright (Blake Daugherty), Mt. Vernon, Mo., Sadie Stiers (Paul), El Dorado Spring, Mo., and Mattie Wright and Duncan Wright, both of the home; grandchildren, Emma, Lucas, Abigayle, Elleanor, Barrett, Timothy, and a granddaughter, Kimberlee to be born; a brother, Sean Tannis; 2 sisters, Mary Sue Fowler Carol Fowler; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Timothy, she was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers, Robert and Alan; a sister, Leslie; and a niece Casey Gale.

Private services are planned at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. A memorial has been established for funeral expenses and contributions may be left in care of the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home or given online using the link below.

2020 Missouri State High School Football Week 5 Scores:

Archie 62, Bishop LeBlond 6
Ash Grove 42, Miller 0
Aurora 36, Buffalo 35
Ava 22, Salem 14
Bolivar 38, Camdenton 26
Butler 61, Lincoln 6
Belton 34, Fort Osage 7
Cabool 26, Mountain Grove 12
California 21, Boonville 14
Carthage 33, Branson 10
Drexel 89, Osceola 0
Fair Grove 58, Stockton 32
Hallsville 78, Osage 50
Hannibal 34, Mexico 14
Harrisburg 42, Knox County 8

Harrisonville 39, Excelsior Springs 13
Helias 56, Rock Bridge 24
Hickman 26, Smith Cotton 16
Jefferson City 36, Capital City 0
Kirksville 20, Marshall 7
Lamar 40, Cassville 20
Lebanon 57, Glendale 20
Lees Summit West 34, Ray-Pec 27
Liberal 28, Jasper 14
Louisiana 35, Van Far 28
Lutheran St. Charles 70, Tolton 0
Nixa 51, Neosho 0
Macon 22, Brookfield 20
Marceline 54, Paris 24
Marionville 51, Diamond 21
Marshfield 41, East Newton 7
McDonald County 39, Frontenac KS 13
Moberly 50, Fulton 12
Montgomery County 37, Wright City 0
Nevada 20, Monett 7
North Callaway 22, Strafford 14
Odessa 56, Pleasant Hill 12
Oak Grove 68, Clinton 20
Owensville 27, Hermann 14
Ozark 35, Republic 28
Palmyra 30, Monroe City 20
Pierce City 34, Clever 31
Reeds Spring 24, Hollister 189
Rogersville 29, Mt. Vernon 23

Rich Hill 68, Appleton City 44
Sarcoxie 55, Springfield Central 20
Scotland County 58, Salisbury 6
Skyline 46, Forsyth 6
Southern Boone 54, Eldon 20
South Callaway 53, Clopton 20
Summit Christian 43, El Dorado Springs 6
Tipton 50, Lone Jack 6
Valle Catholic 35, Blair Oaks 28
Waynesville vs. Hillcrest
Webb City 28, Carl Junction 14
Wellington Napoleon 24, Cole Camp 14
Westran 28, Fayette 12
Willard 32, Joplin 20
Windsor 54, Slater 18

Vernon County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted list for this week. If anyone has any information on any of the subjects in the photo attached, please contact the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office at 417-667-6042 or leave a crime tip on our website at

BCMH special guest at Butler Lions Club meeting

Thank you, Butler Lions Club, for featuring Shanya Hedrick, BCMH Occupational Therapist as your speaker today! Shanya presented a program on our new LSVT Big and Loud program, therapies for people with Parkinson’s Disease now available at BCMH.

View more about the LSVT Big and Loud Program by using the link we have provided for you below:

Help Wanted

Help wanted helper for carpet and flooring installation must have transportation and able to work a few Saturdays a month Call Paul 816-718-8632

2020 Butler Homecoming Parade Photo Album

The city of Butler had its annual Homecoming parade today around the historic Bates County Square! Due to COVID-19 no candy was thrown in this parade! We know that isn't ideal but hopefully we can get back to a normal soon! 

We have posted some photos of the parade below if you see yourself or your friend feel free to tag them in this! 

Butler will face a tough test as defending State Champions Lincoln Cardinals come to town tonight! Mid America Live News will have updates from the game and scores later on tonight! 

Copyright Mid America Live 

State Farm Student Athlete of the week Ryenne Gepford

We want to take a minute and congratulate Ryenne Gepford as this week's State Farm Student Athlete of the week. Ryenne is a senior at Butler High School. She is on the varsity Volleyball team, and she helped lead her team to the 1st place finish at the Lamar Invitational last weekend. She finished the weekend by being selected to the All-Tournament Team. 

Ryenne was nominated by Butler's Athletic Director Jake Duvall. Ryenne and the Lady Bears also defeated Adrian this past week where Ryenne had seven kills, three aces, seven diggs and a block. She not only excels on the court, but also in the classroom. 

She serves as student council president and maintains over a 4.0. When we asked Ryenne what it takes to become an elite athlete and leader on a team she stated "it takes gaining the respect of your teammates. You have to have that.

" She stated that "the enthusiasm one has on the court, the effort put forth and their attitude are those things that make a leader stand out on a team." Ryenne is looking at a few colleges still, but has hopes of continuing to play beach volleyball at the collegiate level. We wish Ryenne and the Lady Bears the best of luck next week and as they get closer to District Play.

Courtesy of Butler State Farm Agent Kellie Davidson 

Obituary- Harold Lee Six

Harold Lee Six, 86, Adrian, MO, passed away Friday, September  25, 2020 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at the Adrian United Methodist Church. 

Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. with Masonic Services at 11:45 a.m. Burial will follow in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian.

A complete obituary will be posted when information is available.

Obituary -Julius W. Henley

Graveside memorial services for Julius W. Henley will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler, Missouri. Online condolences,

Julius W. Henley, age 102 passed away Friday, August 28, 2020 after a wonderful long life. He was born December 3, 1917 to Rolla Isaac and Mary Isabelle Henley in Bates County, Missouri.
Julius is survived by one son, Robert J. Henley and wife Coleen of Ft. Myers, Florida; two grandsons, Jay and wife Lauren and Jeremy and wife Norma; and five great-grandchildren, Olivia, Kiersten, Layla, Mia and Crosby. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; infant daughter, Marjorie Ann Hensley; two brothers, Buford and Ernest Henley; and two sisters, Pauline Cooper and Stella Newlon. 

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.

Obituary - Marilyn Ann Poole

Marilyn Ann Poole, 85, of Harrisonville, Missouri passed away on Friday, September 25, 2020 at Redwood of Raymore. 

A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 11:00 a.m., with a visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m., all at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Inurnment will follow at Orient Cemetery.

A complete obituary will be posted when available

Miami Royalty

Congratulations to Morgan Harriman, Homecoming Queen and Destiny Roundy, Homecoming Princess. The lady Eagles also celebrated a victory last night with a win over Hume.

Meet your Homecoming Royalty

Butler Bear Homecoming Royalty Queen Candidates are Ryenne Gepford, Audrey Poland,  and Makenna Stephens; Princess Candidates are Jocelyn Underwood, Reana Van Voorst, and Mallory Taylor. The homecoming parade will be at 2 pm today.