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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Congratulations Jocelyn!

Congratulations to Adrian School District Kindergarten Teacher Jocelyn Winter. She was selected for a teacher appreciation gift from Custom Dental in Harrisonville.



Obituary - Shirley Ann Pitts

Shirley Ann Pitts, 74, Bronaugh, MO passed away on Monday, October 5, 2020 at Nevada Regional Medical Center. Shirley was born April 25, 1946 in Carthage, MO to Verlin D. and Wilma (Barker) Orr. She was united in marriage to Harry “Red” Pitts on September 14, 1963 in Liberal, MO and he preceded her in death on August 22, 2018.

Shirley was raised in Carthage and Nevada and attended Nevada High School. She worked at Vernon County Mutual Insurance for a time, and then cleaned homes in the Bronaugh and Nevada area for a number of years.

Survivors include her adopted daughter, Amy Leonard (Clark), Milo, MO; nephews, Paul Pitts (Katie), Bronaugh, MO, Carl Ricketts (Kandette), Nevada, MO; niece, Lillie Ann (Pitts) Wingate (Doug), Nevada, MO; numerous extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 9, 2020 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Ed Post officiating. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home. Private interment will follow in Worsley Cemetery in Bronaugh. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested in her memory to Worsley Cemetery in Nevada.


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Obituary - Billie Guinn Erwin

Billie Guinn Erwin, 88, Nevada, MO passed away on Tuesday, October 06, 2020 at Nevada Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. Bill was born April 10, 1932 in Carthage, MO to Thomas L. and Melba P. (Harned) Erwin.

Bill grew up in Jasper County and graduated from Carthage High School Class of 1951. He served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. He retuned to Missouri and worked for Nabisco his entire career, retiring in 1988. He was a longtime member of the VFW, and Elks Lodge in Nevada, and was a proud member of the Republican National Committee. 

Bill enjoyed his time spent with the Maxwell Locker Gang, was a member of the MO-Kan Squares, and was a past member of the Nevada Men’s Bowling League. In addition, he built several houses.

Bill is survived by his wife Jo of the home; eight children, Bill Erwin (Janet), Nevada, Jim Erwin (Vickie), Richards, MO, Saundra Wehmeyer (Gary), Nevada, Rick Erwin (Ronda), Nevada, Russ Erwin (Marion), Nevada, Sue Renwick (Patrick), Nevada, Sally Phipps (John), Olathe, KS, Sherry Shaw, Nevada, MO; one step-son, Paul Hood (Vanessa), Kansas City, MO; 22 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; a brother, Bob Erwin (Barbara), Nevada; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Buddy Erwin, George Erwin, Charles Erwin, and one sister, Betty Erwin.

Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Faskens Cemetery, Carthage, MO with Larry Malcom officiating. Friends may call from now and until noon on Thursday at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

Memorials are suggested in his memory to VFW in Nevada c/o Ferry Funeral Home.


Obituary - Rhonda Lea Thornburg

Rhonda Lea Thornburg, 66, El Dorado Springs, MO passed away at her home on Sunday, October 4, 2020. Rhonda was born September 15, 1954 in North Platte, NE to Benjamin Franklin and Beverly Louise (Goodwin) Thornburg.

Rhonda graduated from Woodhaven in Columbia, MO. Following high school, she moved to Nevada where she worked in workshops at group homes. Rhonda won many medals competing in the Special Olympics. On her 65th birthday she received a card from President Trump. She was deeply loved by her family and friends.

Survivors include a sister, Kristy Kae Arnold (Carl), El Dorado Springs, MO; nephew, Jeremy Pyle (Chrissy), Nevada; great-nephew, Braxton Troxel “the Baby”, and great-niece, September Troxel, Independence, KS; loving caregivers, Karla Pike, Arille, Pike, Nancy Fetters, Tori Fetters, and Kelly Berning. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister, Raegene.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home.


Adrian Blackhawk Football Information for this Friday's game at Lone Jack

The Adrian Blackhawks Friday night Varsity Football 10/9 @ Lone Jack is limiting our spectators to 100 people. 

Tickets for the game will be distributed to players this week. Masks will also be mandatory at all times at this venue.






COVID-19 Update from Adrian Manor

This is Sheila Wackerman from Adrian Manor with a COVID update. I am glad to tell you that we completed our second round of COVID testing and all results were negative. So as of this morning all the residents are out of their rooms and social distancing throughout the facility. Everyone seems to be in good spirits and glad to be out of their rooms. 

Unfortunately I also checked our community positivity rate for Bates County this morning and we are now in the HIGH (RED) rate, which means all of our visits are still on hold. You can still do video chats, just call to schedule.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give me a call. Thank you again for your patience and co-operation. We are truly trying to do our best to keep your loved ones safe.

Osawatomie Kansas man arrested on human trafficking charges

Sheriff Brian C. Hill announces a 51-year-old male from Osawatomie, Kansas is in custody and facing two felony charges after traveling to Topeka to meet an underage child yesterday evening. 

On September 29, 2020, the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas Highway Patrol received information from a concerned citizen regarding the possible human trafficking and sexual exploitation of a child. 


During the evening hours of October 5, 2020, detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office and multiple law enforcement officers with the Kansas Highway Patrol apprehended one male subject that attempted to meet up with a 17-year-old child at a local motel. The victim was placed into police protective custody.

David D. Spears (51) of Osawatomie was arrested and booked into the Shawnee County Department of Corrections and charged with two felonies, aggravated human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of a child. A 17-year-old male from Topeka was also arrested and charged with commercial sexual exploitation for transporting the victim.

This investigation is ongoing.
The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the assistance from the Kansas Highway Patrol & Kansas Highway Patrol - Air Support Unit!


Vote Alvin Griffin Northern Commissioner


As Northern Commissioner I have proudly served for nearly four years. Having served our Country in the U.S. Air Force in my early years I learned many lessons. As a young airman in the Air Force I was taught skills in civil engineering and became a team leader in four years. I then cross trained into Air Traffic Control and served four more years. In that field I served as a team member and then a team leader, while stationed in Springfield, Ohio and a remote tour in Alaska my last year. As a veteran of any branch you learn how to work together to solve problems, find solutions and get the job done. Today I take pride in fulfilling my duties as Northern Commissioner by making decisions that best fit the needs of the County. I am my own person, no political party, no special interest groups, influence my decisions.Three Commissioners work to bring success to your County and each one of us has a duty to act in best interest of Bates County not ourselves. I  answer to the residents in my district by "listening with the intent to understand, not with the intent to just reply" a quote by Stephen Covey. I would appreciated your vote in November to continue as Northern Commissioner. Thank you. Alvin Griffin
This ad paid for by Griffin for Northern Commissioner. Lynn Bagby Treasure.

Donations accepted now for annual bike drive

The 4th Annual Jack Bearce Bike Drive is now underway. Donations of bikes and cash are being accepted at the Rich Hill City Hall to help get bikes to children in our community.

More info is available via the Rich Hill Police Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/richhillpolice/


Semi truck accident in Vernon County


On 10/6/20 around 6:30pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Vernon County along with Vernon County Sheriff's Deputies and Nevada Police Officers responded to a semi truck rollover accident in the northbound lanes of I-49 around 2 miles south of Nevada.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2020 Freightliner driven by 55 year old Samuel L. Francisco of Herber Springs, Arkansas ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned.

Mr. Francisco sustained serious injuries in this accident and he was transported by air ambulance to Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Missouri for treatment.

The semi truck was totaled and towed from the scene of this accident by Garwood's Wrecker Service of Nevada, Missouri.


From Bates County Clerk Marlene Wainscott

Requests for ballots to be MAILED to you must be received by 5:00 p.m. on October 21st. Voters wanting to vote absentee after October 21st can come to the County Clerk's Office at 103 W. Dakota in Butler. If you are unable to come in to the office please call 660-679-3371 and we will bring a ballot to the car. The office will be open 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday. We will also be open Saturday, October 24 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon and Saturday, October 31st from 8:00 a.m. to Noon. A voter can vote absentee in our office up to and including November 2nd. 


Marlene Wainscott
Bates County Clerk



4-H Week Spotlight: Case Doody

In honor of National 4-H week, we are highlighting local members


Hi! I’m Case Doody. I am starting my tenth year as a 4-H member with the Altona 4-H club. This past year has been one for the record books. I achieved my goal in the fall of 2019 of making the shotgun team to represent the state of Missouri at the National 4-H Shooting Competition in Grand Island, Nebraska. And then the Coronavirus hit. At first practices were postponed and then as the June competition drew nearer, practices were cancelled as was the National 4-H Shooting competition. On the bright side, I am lucky. I have one more year to try out. Wish me luck as try-outs begin in mid-October! If you have a hobby and you want to take it to the next level, you should join 4-H. 4-H is more than agricultural pursuits. There is literally something for everyone from shooting sports to technology to photography. You also get to meet a lot of fun people along the way.
#BatesCo4H



Two injured after striking deer in the roadway in Henry County

On 10/5/20 around 11:35pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Henry County responded to a one vehicle accident on southbound Missouri 7 Highway just south of NW CR 300 in rural Henry County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2016 Mazda 3 driven by 25 year old Alyssa M. Yslas of Kansas City, Missouri struck a deer in the roadway.

Alyssa M. Yslas along with a passenger in her vehicle 17 year old Lara N. Yslas of Osceola, Missouri both sustained minor injuries in this accident and both were transported by private vehicle to Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton, Missouri for treatment.


The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene of this accident by Golden Valley Wrecker Service of Clinton.






Council meeting will not be televised tonight

Due to the closure of the Butler City Hall, the city council will not be meeting in open session this evening. Likewise, Mid America Live will not be providing a Facebook live stream. 

However, the council will meet on line via Zoom. We recommend checking the City of Butler Facebook page for details.


Obituary - Tiffany R. Claibourn

Tiffany Rene` Claibourn, 39, Harrisonville, Missouri departed this life on Friday, October 2, 2020 at her home.

She is survived by her husband, Jess Claibourn; two daughters, Calista and Samantha Claibourn all of the home; a step-son, Hunter Werner, Pleasant Hill, Missouri; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation. A Celebration of Life Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 9, 2020 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, the family would accept donations to the children's fund.

A complete obituary will be posted when it becomes available.


Obituary - Rosanna Hernandez

Rosanna Hernandez age 58 of Belton, Missouri departed this life Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Belton Regional Medical Center, Belton, Missouri.

Rosanna is survived by her brother, Henrique R. Hernandez Jr. of Belton, Missouri; two sisters, Anna Johnson and Nora M. Maynard both of Belton, Missouri; two nieces; six nephews; two great nieces and one great nephew; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation. A Memorial graveside service which will be held at a later date.

The family suggest that memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association and may be sent in care of Dickey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 432, Harrisonville, Missouri 64701.


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Obituary - Rosemary June Carsten

Rosemary June Carsten, 80, Nevada, MO, passed away on Friday, October 2, 2020 at Moore-Few Care Center in Nevada. Rosemary was born on June 9, 1940 in Tonganoxie, KS to James and Celia Agnes (Kasper) Coffey. She married Alva Howard Carsten on June 20, 1959 and he preceded her in death on June 2, 2016.

Rosemary grew up near Metz, MO and attended Metz School. She played the trumpet, excelled in basketball, adored Elvis Presley, and graduated in 1958. She worked for an insurance company and Inter-Collegiate Press in Kansas City. She managed the kitchen at Skaggs Hospital in Branson, MO and worked at FRAM in Nevada until early retirement.

Rosemary enjoyed her grandchildren, the outdoors, road trips, gardening, and refinishing antiques. She served her family, her church, and her community with joy.

Survivors include her two children, David Carsten (Linda), Nevada and Phyllis Carsten, Overland Park, KS; three grandchildren, Jeremy Cullison, Butler, MO, Christopher Carsten (Heather), Springfield, MO, and Ashley Vance (Claude), Lawrence, KS; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband, Alva; her parents; six brothers; and three sisters.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at Newton Burial Park, Nevada, with Pastor Terry Mosher officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

Those who wish may contribute in Rosemary’s memory to Susan G. Komen (Breast Cancer Awareness) or Heartland Hospice in care of Ferry Funeral Home.


Texas man arrested for drinking and driving in Cass County

On 10/4/20 around 7:58pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cass County arrested 23 year old Kyle A. Riddle of Conroe,Texas.

Mr. Riddle was arrested for 1.) Felony Driving While Intoxicated. He was booked into the Cass County Jail in Harrisonville and later released.

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Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.






Thank you Pat and Brenda


We were honored to celebrate Pat and Brenda Jurgens on Friday night for their 45+ years of membership in the Archie Whirlwinds Booster Club! Archie lost the game to Drexel 43-6! 

Also, special thanks to Morgan Lyons for capturing this moment!





Public Auction in Hume

October 17, 2020! 10:00am!
A fantastic offering of machinery, livestock equipment and tools! Plan to attend and please share!




The week ahead!




State Auditor and Democrat candidate for Governor Nicole Galloway to be in Butler

Join us October 12 as we welcome State Auditor and Democrat candidate for Governor Nicole Galloway to Butler.


COVID-19 update from the Rich Hill School District



We were notified today that a Rich Hill staff member has tested positive for COVID19. This individual was last at school on October 2 . The school district has notified individuals who were close contacts. 

The staff member was also at the Book Fair from 5:45pm to 6:15pm on Thursday. We continue to disinfect all classrooms and hallways on a daily basis. Thank you.