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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Obituary - Lester Cartee

Lester Lee Wesley Cartee, 87, Harrisonville, Missouri departed this life on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at the Crown Care Center, Harrisonville.

He is survived by a son, Gary Lee Cartee and wife Viola, Lowry City, Missouri; three daughters, Ruby Karen Graves and Kelly Wray and husband Bob all of Harrisonville, Missouri, Tammy Welge and husband Ray, Emporia, Kansas; 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; other relatives and friends.

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

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Ascend Hospice.

A complete obituary will be posted when it becomes available.

From the Ballard School District

Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members,

We have received a few phone calls and fielded a few conversations regarding the difference in the decision to have fans attend a sporting event at school versus have guests at school during the day or events like the upcoming Halloween holiday.

First let me say that thought and consideration go into the decisions being made regarding COVID-19 and we are in constant communication with the Bates County Health Department regularly. Additionally, we understand the confusion surrounding decisions and we are always happy to answer any questions you may have. 

That being said, for all sporting events it is a family or individual decision to participate in sports or come to a sporting event here at school. During the day if visitors were allowed in the building the family or individual decision would be taken away leaving vulnerable students unprotected from outside visitors. This is the reason why we are not allowing visitors during Halloween.

If you have further questions, comments, or concerns, please call us at the school.

Henry County Health Center confirms 17 new positive cases of COVID-19

Henry County Health Center has received notification of an additional seventeen positive cases of COVID-19. Fourteen from the town of Clinton, one from Windsor, and two from Deepwater. 

Current as of Oct. 7, 2020, 2:00 pm

Total Positive Tests: 272
Current on Isolation: 49
Recovered: 218
Deaths: 5

The city of Harrisonville would like to introduce the new Chief of Animal Control!

We would like to introduce the new Chief of Animal Control!

Officer Bowden #17. Officer Bowden has been animal control for 5 years, a supervisor for 3 of those years. She has an Associates degree in Criminal Justice, and a Bachelors in Business Management!

Officer Bowden has come a long way to join our team. So when you see her around, please welcome her to Harrisonville!

We need your help

Marlene Wainscott, Bates County Clerk/Election Authority is looking for people to clean and sanitize polling places on Election Day, November 3rd. Supplies will be provided. Hours are 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. $100 salary will be paid. Please contact Marlene at 660-679-3371.

Three Subjects From the Vernon County Most Wanted List Taken Into Custody By Joint Agency Effort


According to Officials, the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team coordinated with the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office and executed a search warrant early Wednesday morning, which resulted in the capture of three suspects that were on the Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted List. 

During an investigation, Vernon County Detectives were able to develop a location of the suspects in Cedar County. Contact was made with Cedar County Sheriff’s Office, who was then able to obtain a search warrant for a property on S. 625 Rd. in rural Jerico Springs. 

The Cedar County Sheriff’s Office then requested the Vernon County SRT team to assist in the operation. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, two tactical teams were used during the operation. Mosher said the residence was surrounded by one team while another team, using an armored vehicle, approached the residence while using a loudspeaker to attempt to call the subjects out of the residence. 

Mosher says that one team was able to locate one subject asleep in a camper trailer on the backside of the property. The other team was able to take another subject into custody that exited the residence as instructed. 

The third subject refused to exit the residence, which resulted in a team entering the residence and taking the subject into custody without incident. Suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was also located. 

Mosher says he would like to thank Cedar County Sheriff Jim McCrary for the great teamwork during the apprehension of three Vernon County fugitives. The suspects have been identified as 29-year old Cole Ogle of Nevada, 28-year old Cody Bowles of Nevada, and 35-year old Amanda King. All three subjects are currently being held in the Vernon County Jail on multiple Felony warrants, all with no bond.

*Disclaimer: This press release has been issued by the Vernon County Sherif ’s Of ice for information only. Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual

Lions make needed donation

Today, the Butler Lions Club was able to make a monetary donation to help with the Bates County Resource program ran by Rachelle Mallatt. Some proceeds will help with the Bates County Treatment court Alumni and for the brochures to be made. -submitted

This month: think pink

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Rich Hill Fire Department is participating in the Pink Hydrant Challenge. We have painted two fire hydrants pink, one hydrant is located besides Pete’s along Walnut Street and the second one is located at 7th and Walnut along the Bank parking lot.  

We are encouraging everyone to sign or write words of encouragement on either of the hydrants.  

- courtesy Rich Hill Fire Department 

A historic day in the country

Bates County Museum.... Ready to share Missouri history with a group of students from Kansas City. We will finish the day at Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site. Picture perfect autumn day! - our thanks to Peggy Buhr

Important info from Butler high school

October 7, 2020, 

The Butler R-V School District has been notified of additional school faculty members and/or students who have tested positive for COVID-19.  These latest tests primarily impact students and staff at the High School.  We currently are aware of 3 students and 2 staff members who have tested positive.   We are working diligently with the Bates County Health Department to follow the protocols in place as we deal with this issue.  Other students who have had prolonged exposure or direct contact will be contacted by the Health Department or School and advised to quarantine.  
Please remember the district is unable to release many details due to confidentiality procedures.  While we are hopeful the number of incidents will be minimal, it is best to remember that announcements such as this will likely occur throughout this school year.  We encourage all to continue to social distance where possible, frequently sanitize your hands and monitor health symptoms to help limit the spread of COVID.
Please feel free to contact the school or the Bates County Health Department with questions.

4-H week Spotlight: Rachel Scrivener

Happy National 4-H Week! Once again, we are highlighting another Bates County 4-H member- Rachel Scrivener

Hi!  My name is Rachel Scrivener.  I am the daughter of Curtis and Karen Scrivener.  I have been a member of the Busy Beavers 4 H Club for over 10 years.  My favorite projects in 4 H are Photography, Home Environment, and Horticulture. This year I am a Senior at Rich Hill High School.


Appleton City area news

The AC Park Board is sponsoring a work day at Forrest Park, starting at 8:00 a.m. on October 10.  They would appreciate help from any and all individual who are willing to volunteer.


The monthly Men's Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God will be 7:00 a.m. Saturday, October 10. Bob Fenwick will have a short devotionalAll the men of the community are invited to come for a time of great food and fellowship.


Appleton City Second Saturday is scheduled for October 10.  They will have a variety of handmade goods and crafts, color street nails, Lila rose hair accessories, baked items, snow cones, and kettle korn. It will be beautiful weather to enjoy while shopping local. You can contact them and get more information at


Appleton City Masonic Lodge #412 (219 E. 3rd St.) will have a pancake breakfast Sunday, October 11 from 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  The all you can eat meal inside will be $5.00.  Curbside pickup will be available. There will be raffles for cash prizes, as well.


The Knights of Columbus will have their monthly pancake and sausage breakfast at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose on Sunday, October 11 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Treat your family to a hot breakfast you don’t have to cook or clean up.  A free will donation will be greatly appreciated


The deadline for Quasquacentennial Souvenir Stamp Cancellation is October 9. Mail items to be cancelled (with stamps on them) to USPS, 119 W. 4th St. ACMO 64724.


St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Assn. will meet at the Osceola School District 7:00 p.m. Tuesday October 13. The meal will be prepared by the Osceola FFA, and the sponsor/speaker will be The Kennon Brothers Stewart and Kiefer Real Estate.  Topics include: A brief history of theirfamily agency,

Auction servicesLand value trends and the effect of COVID-19 and state of the country on today's market.


Sesquicentennial Poster Contest guidelines are coming soon for children living in the Appleton City or Hudson School Districts and any adult who has ever resided within 15 miles of AC. Categories will include both free hand art and computer generated art. The art must be about “Appleton City Past or Present”. Everyone may participate by encouraging artists in the AC area to create and enter a poster. You can get guidelines and entry forms from school art teachers or call 660-476-5857 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.or email


Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for October. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Oct 7- Upper GI, Colonoscopy Dr. Namin, Oct 8– Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Oct 9– Ortho-Dr. Gray, Oct 14-Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Oct 21 - Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Oct 22– Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Oct 28– Ortho-Dr. Gray       


The University of Missouri Extension in Cass County is offering a virtual workshop “Surviving Parenting the Teen Years” class October 17, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. via zoom. Raising adolescents or tweens? This class is for you. Adapted from the Parenting a Second Time Around curriculum, this is a parenting program designed for anyone who is raising teens.  They will discuss adolescent behavior and when things have progressed beyond typical; and how to provide guidance and maintain safety.  Continuing education hours are available for foster families.  The cost is $25 per person. Register online at If you have any questions please call the facilitator Kyleigh Sullivan at 660-619-1355.  And find MU Extension Kyleigh HDFS Specialist on Facebook for updates.


The Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation was established in 2000 by a local couple to benefit and carry out the purposes of Ellett Memorial Hospital.  The Foundation has played a major role in the Hospital’s recent renovation/expansion project.  The Foundation is a 501c3 organization and plays an important role in ensuring the future of the Hospital by providing an avenue for individuals, groups and corporations to lend their financial support through tax-deductible contributions. The Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation would like to extend an invitation to the community to assist with this project.  They would like to welcome all current and past members of the community and service area to make a donation to the Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation. Donations can be restricted or non-restricted for use as the donor identifies.  Recognition will be given for all contributions.  For further information, contact Julee Snyder, Ellett Memorial Hospital, 660-476-211.


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Oct 10     Volunteer cleanup at Forrest Park, 8:00 a.m.

Oct 10     Men's Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God (Holiness)7:00 a.m.

Oct 10     Second Saturday event on Main Street in Appleton City

Oct 11     Appleton City Masonic Lodge #412 (219 E. 3rd St.) pancake breakfast 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Oct 11     Knights of Columbus pancake and sausage breakfast at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Oct 12     COLUMBUS DAY HOLIDAY   (Banks and other facilities closed)

Oct 13     St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Assn. meeting at the Osceola School District 7:00 p.m.

Thank you from the family of Allyne Schultze

A note of thanks

It is difficult to find the words to express our gratitude for the many kindnesses you have shown us during this sad time.

A special thank you to the thoughtful care for Allyne given by Heartland Hospice, Butler Center, and Schowengerdt Funeral Home.  We are so grateful for all you have done. 

Knowing that we were not alone helped us bear our grief and sadness. Thank you for being there for us.

Lovingly, Jane McNabb and the family of Allyne Schultze