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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

New meat processing plant getting closer in Passaic


The Hertzog Family is proud to announce that we will be opening a brand new, state-of-the-art USDA inspected meat processing facility in the Spring of 2021 near the railroad tracks in Passaic.

Our products will meet the highest food safety standards and regulations and we are excited to provide premium quality products for individual producers and consumers!

Custom Processing on Hogs and Cattle will be available beginning Spring and Summer 2021. If interested in a slaughter date for 2021, please send your info to

Include Name, Species to be processed, # of head, & Phone Number and a member of our staff will be in contact with you soon!

Obituary - Steven "Steve" G. Meyers

Steve Meyers, 62, Harrisonville, Missouri departed this life on Monday, October 26, 2020 at his home surrounded by love and family.

He is survived by his wife Paula Meyers of the home; two sons, Maxwell "Max" and Samuel "Sam" Meyers both of the home; a brother, John "J.T." Meyers, Kansas City, Missouri; sisters, Maxine Rodriquez, Prairie Village, Kansas, Diane Dressler, Liberty, Missouri, Julie O'Neill, Kansas City, Missouri, Kathy Kral, Overland Park, Kansas, Beth Symmonds, Kansas City, Missouri, Lori Vines, Leawood, Kansas; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation. A Celebration of Life Service will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 2, 2020 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri with inurnment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri.

Family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 2, 2020 at the funeral home.

A complete obituary will be posted when it becomes available.

Obituary - William Cantara

William Cantara, 69 of Sedalia, Missouri passed away October 25, 2020 at Truman VA Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. Cremation, with memorial services to be held at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to the Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

A complete obituary is pending at this time.

Tired of icky weather?

Rain will move into the area from the south later this afternoon and this evening and move out of the area Thursday morning. The chances for rain will be confined to mainly along and south of the Missouri River. 

Temperatures will warm heading into the weekend with clear skies expected with highs around 50 Friday and close to 60 Saturday.

Henry County Health Center confirms 19 more positive cases of COVID-19

The Henry County Health Center (HCHC) has received confirmation of 19 more positive cases of COVID-19. Clinton-12, Chilhowee-1, Deepwater-2, Montrose-3, and Callhoun-1. This brings the total number of confirmed positive cases in Henry County to 451 .

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.

Two vehicle accident in Butler

The Butler Police Department along with Butler Fire Department and Bates County Sheriff's Deputies are on scene of a 2 vehicle minor traffic accident on Ft. Scott Street near Fulton Street at this time.

No one was said to be injured in this accident. 

Burglary reported at the City of Butler Shop

On 10/28/2020 the Butler Police Department responded to the City of Butler Public Works on Mill Street in reference to a burglary.

The responding officers made contact with employee with the City of Butler that showed officers the point of entry being a doorway that had been forced open. 

The only known missing item is an HP laptop. It was also reported that several hand tools had been stolen from the utility storage compartments on a service truck.

If you have any information on this case please contact the Butler Police Department at 660-679-6131.

Copyright Mid America Live News 

Debra Bledsoe scholarship winner announced

The Family of Debra Bledsoe are happy to announce the recipient of the Debra Bledsoe Memorial Scholarship for 2020. 

Congratulations to Courtney Schmidt, daughter of Cory and Chrissy Schmidt, is a student at Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas.

Cold weather brings power outages this week

It couldn't have happened when it was warmer?!?

Just this week there have been at least two power outages that affected a rather significant number of people. Late yesterday afternoon, an outage affected the northwest portion of the city of Rich Hill for several hours. Then, just before midnight last night another outage killed the lights for about 275 residents in the Adrian area. Fortunately, work was completed in both cases quickly; reason for the outages unknown.

When temps are hovering near freezing and this happens, remember to check on neighbors who are elderly or have health issues. Good news- our local utility companies have proven time and time again they will do everything possible to get the lights back on in short order.

Obituary - Virginia May Bailey

Virginia May Bailey, 88, of Cleveland, Missouri passed away on Monday, October 26, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family. Funeral service will be held Friday, October 30, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, with visitation on Thursday October 29 from 5-8 pm. Interment will follow services at West Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to West Union Cemetery.

Virginia was born on June 7, 1932 to Albert and Naomi (Winchell) Peek in Peculiar, Missouri. She married Harold EK Bailey on March 17, 1950 and to this union they had 10 children. They enjoyed 56 years of marriage before his passing in 2006. Virginia stayed busy with raising her children and taking care of the house, but did enjoy the years she spent working at both Potts Ceramics and Little Shirt Factory. In the free time she managed to find, she tended to her 5-acre garden and could be found canning various foods. She also enjoyed fishing, bird watching and cameo painting. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Peculiar. She leaves behind a legacy of family, love, and strength and will be greatly missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold; one son, Albert EK Bailey; three brothers: Albert Lee Peek, Otis Dean Peek, and Billie Ray Peek; one sister, Betty Ruth Hannah; and great-granddaughter, Gini-Lee Rose Whitcraft. She is survived by her sons: Tom (Pam) Bailey of Cleveland, MO; Steve (Della) Bailey of West Line, MO; Harold (Teresa) Bailey of Peculiar, MO; James Bailey of Belton, MO; Doug (Candy) Bailey of Freeman, MO; and Mark (Alea Smith) Bailey of Belton, MO; her daughters: Linda (Robert) Cherry of Lexington, OK; Brenda (John) Sedwick of Peculiar, MO; and Teresa (Billy) Mathews of Warsaw, MO; daughter-in-law, Linda Bailey-Conrad; brothers: Sammy Peek, Everett Peek, and Richard Peek; sisters: Catherine Saville and Dorothy Burch; 28 grandchildren, 71 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren and grand dogs.

Obituary - Eryn E. Rivera

Eryn Elise Rivera, 22, Archie, Missouri departed this life on Sunday, October 25, 2020.

She is survived by her father and step-mother, Jesse Rivera Jr. and Stephanie Gutierrez, Austin, Texas; her mother and step-father, Lylah Scheil and Wilber Engelhardt, Archie, Missouri; a brother, Jesse Anthony Rivera, Austin, Texas; step-brothers, Issac and Ethan Martinez both of Austin, Texas; Cory and Colton Engelhardt and Austin Hill all of Archie, Missouri; a step-sister, Eva Perring, Spring Hill, Missouri; step-nephew, Brenden Engelhardt and step-niece, Riley Perring; other relatives and many friends.

Family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 29, 2020 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.

The family desires for everyone who attends the visitation to wear a mask and practice social distancing while at the visitation.

A complete obituary will be posted when it becomes available.

Just out of reach...

Grandma was known for putting things up high, out of reach of little hands. As is the case for this political statement near Passaic. The original try featured the flag on top of one bale; due to repeated theft, it now sits much higher. -staff photo

Happy anniversary Bob and Judy Umstattd

You know what happens if you marry your best friend?  Fifty years later, and you still get to be with your best friend everyday.  Truly a gift to grow up and see the relationship of these two, you rarely see one without the other.

If you see these youngsters around, please tell them Happy Anniversary on October 30th.  Fifty years of ups and downs and all arounds, but still together and going strong!

If you want to drop them a note, they would love to hear from you!

Bob and Judy Umstattd
14450 NE CRD 5004
Montrose, MO 64770


It’s getting there...

If you glance in the window at 17 N. Main in Butler, you’ll see a nice tribute to newsman C.A. Moore with some items on loan from the Bates County Museum. Mid America Live plans to have our new office fully open to the public very soon. Thanks for your support!

Need help with bills?

Catholic Family Charities will be at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Butler until 1pm today to assist with rent and utility bills. You must bring proper documentation of bills, lease agreement, identification and social security card. 

Online book club offered

If you have ever been interested in trying out a book club, here's your chance. From the comfort of your living room. Encourage a friend or spouse to join you. It should be fun. Register today. - courtesy Butler Senior Center

Butler students earn FFA degree

Congratulations to Butler FFA 2020 American Degree recipients Brooke Dunning and Caden Gustin. They will be recognized today through the virtual session that can seen on RFD-TV.

Appleton City plans virtual costume contest

Safe Trick or Treat has been rescheduled to Friday, October 30, 11:00 a.m. at the Park Building.


Join the Appleton City Achievers in a spooky Halloween Costume Contest ONLINE! In lieu of Halloween in the Park (and due to Covid-19), the Achievers are asking parents of li'l goblins to post a photo of their costumed children on their Facebook page - Appleton City Achievers. 'Like' the page and post the photo WITHOUT a name - only the applicable age group. One little goblin per photo! Photos must be posted sometime on Halloween. Your photo will be assigned a number so winners can be notified by 7:00 p.m. Monday, November 2 on the Achievers' Facebook page. Prizes will be awarded for 1st 2nd and 3rd place in each age group. Age groups are as follows: birth to age 2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12 and 13 up.


Church of God Holiness, 401 East 1st, Appleton City will have Trunk-or-Treat Halloween, October 31, 5:00 p.m. until treats are gone,   

First Christian Church will have hot dogs and treats starting at 5:00 p.m. at the shelter. You are invited to bring lawn chairs and watch.

First Baptist Church will have Trunk or Treat 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. or until the treats are gone.


Ellett Memorial Hospital is hosting a Collective Goods book fair on Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Outpatient hallway.  There will be great shopping for books, gifts and gadgets for birthdays, Christmas and just because you like it items. 


The St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Annual Banquet will be 6:30 p.mNovember 7, 2020 at the Assembly of God Church. The speaker will beDr. Scott Brown from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  RSVP to Lawanna at 660-492-7259 by Monday, November 2, 2020.      


Montrose Athletic Booster Club's Kickin’ Chicken Fundraiser Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, November 14 from 5:00—8:30 (or until sold out) at Montrose High School—Curbside tgservice ONLY.  The $10 cost per plate includes 2 pieces Perryman fried chicken (choice of white or dark meat), mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, roll, and chocolate sheet cake. *Sorry NO Special Orders and NO Children’s Menu*.


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 November. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Nov 5 – OB/GYN-Dr. Kallberg, Nov 6 –Ophthalmology, Dr. Soni,  Nov 11- Upper GI, Colonoscopy Dr. Vardakis    Nov 12– Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Nov 12 –Podiatry, Dr. Dowell ,  Nov 13– Ortho-Dr. Gray,  Nov 18 -Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin,  Nov 25– Ortho-Dr. Gray.       


Appleton City High School will sponsor a drive through Senior CitizenChristmas Dinner December 9, 2020With COVID precautions in place, ACHS wants to keep tradition alive for their annual Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner. Come through the circle drive to get a to-go traditional Christmas meal from the ACHS students. Meals will start being served atnoon. Please RSVP to 660-476-2161 by November 27.


Information about Appleton City Landmarks Restoration can be found on the Visit Missouri website at


Plan to attend the upcoming Night OWorship at the Osceola Assembly of God Church Sunday, November 8. Youth pastor Kenny Fergerson is inviting youth groups and individuals (parents are welcome to stay) from the surrounding area to join him and speaker Brad Keller as they bring a powerful, timely message to the youth. This will be a time of worship and revivalDoors open at 4:00 p.m. and a light meal will be served from 4:30 to 5:30, followed by the praise and worship team and speaker. Safely measures will be in place. Masks are optional. RSVP is not required but helpful in planning for meal preparation. You can email with an RSVP or questions, or call 417-309-0400.  The Osceola Assembly of God Church is located right off of 13 Highway, north of Osceola, just to the north of Osceola Cheese.


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Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 1.  Remember to set your clocks back one hour. Fire Departments also recommend that it is a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.



Oct 29    Ellett Memorial Hospital hosting a Collective Goods book fair 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Outpatient hallway

Oct 30    Safe Trick or Treat 11:00 a.m. at the Park Building

Oct 31    Halloween and activities

Nov 1     Daylight Savings Time ends.  Set clocks back 1 hour

Nov 3     Election Day

Nov 7     Montrose Athletic Booster Club's Kickin’ Chicken Fundraiser Dinner 5:00—8:30 (or until sold out) at Montrose High School