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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Henry County Health Center confirms 32 new positive cases of COVID-19

The Henry County Health Center (HCHC) has received confirmation of 32 more positive cases of COVID-19. Clinton-21, Chilhowee-1, Montrose-1, Urich-3, and Windsor-6. This brings the total number of confirmed positive cases in Henry County to 582.

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.

Scam Alert from the Harrisonville Police Department

SCAM ALERT! A Harrisonville resident was recently tricked by scammers using Facebook marketplace. What scammers will do is take a generic picture of a vehicle (to include tractors, ATVs/UTVs, boats, etc) and post it multiple times in multiple cities.

When contacted about purchasing the vehicle they'll claim it's in another city (often using the excuse of "I'm in the military") and send you a link purporting to be from Ebay motors or similar sites to pay for it and shipping. They then have you get gift cards and pay that way to make it harder to dispute the transactions or get your funds back.

Things to watch for:
1 - Vehicles priced suspiciously low
2 - Multiple listings from the same seller but in different locations
3 - Refusal to meet in person (As a reminder you can always use the parking lot of HPD to conduct transactions)
4 - Always check websites/links to insure they go to the legitimate company.

Attached are some screenshots showing examples of suspicious listings found by one of our officers on Facebook. We are not claiming these items are actually scams but they are examples of ones to pay particular attention to.

From the desk of Marlene Wainscott, Bates County Clerk

Bates County voted at 79.95%. I would like to thank all those that helped the Election process to run smoothly.

My Election judges, my Election team, my staff consisting of Megan, Jennifer, Carol, Jami, and Paula, Dennis and Brenda from Emergency Management, and Chad Anderson, Bates County Sheriff.

Marlene Wainscott, Bates County Clerk

Updated Obituary - Maurice "Marty" Handy

Maurice "Marty" Handy, 64, Harrisonville, MO, passed away Monday, September 28, 2020 at his home. Graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 1:00pm at Orient Cemetery in Harrisonville, MO.

Marty was born January 28, 1956 in Kansas City, MO, a son of Richard M. and Priscilla (Allen) Handy. Marty and his brother Rick, were raised in Harrisonville by his maternal grandfather, Alvard O. Allen and his step grandmother, Ruth A. Allen, after the death of his mother in 1964. He was a 1974 graduate of Harrisonville High School, and the Valedictorian of his class. Marty attended the University of Missouri, in Columbia, MO and graduated in 1978 with a degree in journalism. While at MU, he was a member of the cheer squad.

After graduation, Marty moved to New York City, where he was a writer for Women’s Wear Daily. He returned to Harrisonville and was working as a customer representative for the Internal Revenue Service in Kansas City, MO.

Marty was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Rick, and three uncles, Dallas Allen, Edwin Allen, and Roland Allen. He is survived by two uncles, Edward Allen and Arthur Allen, three aunts, Burma Allen, Dorothy Shackelford, and Ester Allen. Many cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Minor accident in Butler

Around 12:30pm today the Butler Fire Department along with the Butler Police Department responded to a one vehicle accident on the corner of Mill and Prospect Streets in Butler.

The black Mustang struck a tree in the yard of a residence. No injuries; vehicle was towed from the scene.

Obituary - Amaryllis Miley

Amaryllis Miley, 89, died peacefully on October 31, 2020, in Sanford Florida.

She was born Amaryllis Mavis Amend on July 18, 1931 in Eau Claire WI to John and Bessie Amend and attended Memorial High School in Eau Claire. She married William J. (Bill) Miley on May 13, 1950 on Governor’s Island, New York. They were married for 58 years and had nine children.

Known to her friends as Marlys, she volunteered as a teacher’s aide at St. Peter’s School in Kansas City, Missouri in 1973. Two years later, she enrolled at the University of Missouri Kansas City taking night and summer classes while working full-time. By 1980 she had earned a bachelor's degree in education and eight years later she received a master's degree in education. During her career, she held teaching and administrative positions at St. Peter's, and served as principal of two elementary schools, before retiring in 1992. In 1993 she moved to Clinton Missouri, where she joined Holy Rosary Parish, volunteered at Golden Valley Hospital, and formed many lasting relationships. In 2013, she moved to Blue Springs, Missouri, and in 2020 she moved to Sanford Florida to reside with her daughter Margaret Miley.

Marlys loved her large extended family and her circle of friends, with whom she spent countless hours playing cards. She faced the challenges of raising a large family with determination, skill and love, taking great pride in their accomplishments and savoring the time spent with them after she retired.

Her husband Bill Miley, son Martin Miley and daughter Michele Miley preceded her in death. She is survived by her children Mary Ellen Sunseri and husband Tom of Blue Springs, MO; Kathie Williams and husband Paul of Pleasant Hill MO; Laurie Watkins and husband David of Landenberg PA; William Miley Jr of Fort Wayne, IN; Molly Goodrich and husband Charles of Independence MO; Margaret Miley and wife Amy of Sanford FL; and Jonni Nuhn and husband Tony of Kearney MO; as well as 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vansant-Mills Funeral Home Clinton, Missouri. Memorial services will be scheduled for a later date.

State Farm student athlete of the week Korry Davis

We are excited to announce our State Farm student athlete of the week Korry Davis. Korry is a senior at Butler and a member of the cross country team. Korry was nominated by Butler’s athletic director Jake Duvall. Korry has had an amazing season in cross country and placed 7th at districts on Saturday. She will compete at state in Columbia, Missouri on Friday. Coach Duvall stated “Korry is a caring and generous student who is friendly to everyone she meets”.

Korry not all excels on the course but also in the classroom. She has maintained good grades throughout high school and plans on attending college and majoring in accounting after graduation.

When we asked Korry what it takes to become an elite athlete and leader she stated “it takes always having a positive attitude and giving 100% at every practice”. When we asked her what she has learned from cross country that she can apply to life later she stated “to never give up, no matter how much pain you are in or how hard it gets.

The person next to you is experiencing the same thing, and you just have to keep going.” We wish Korry the best of luck at state on Friday. Congrats Korry!!

Whew. The election is over?

Well yes, at least at the local level. In fact, the big dogs in charge of our country could take a cue from little 'ol Bates County

Mid America Live, along with personnel from FM 92.1 set up inside the commissioner's office expecting a long night (the August primary was a painful wait) but were pleasantly surprised as things moved right along without a hitch.

Equally surprising was that Bates County Clerk Marlene Wainscott, who is recovering from a serious car accident, on was hand to make sure everything was running smoothly.

With the uncertainty of this year in particular, we asked Wainscott yesterday morning what she thought voter turnout would be- her guess was 80%, and shazam! the final tally came to 79.95%. 

However, as the night progressed, everyone was seeing red.  Republicans snagged some big numbers locally- Trump 6,595 and Biden 1,672; same for Parson 6,409 and Galloway 1,762. On down the list, it was pretty much the same theme for other state offices.

Locally, for the Southern Commissioner seat, Trent Nelson (2,386) took a wide margin over incumbent Larry Hacker (1,521). Newcomer Ken Mooney (2,936) edged incumbent Alvin Griffin (1,373) as Northern Commissioner. 

Another heated race was for the Assessor position,  Corbin Wainscott (3,083) fell to Carl Bettels (5,151). All other county races were uncontested; we would like to congratulate Brenda Doody as Public Administrator.

With that, came a clear NO on Amendment 1, and a clear YES on Amendment 3.

Congratulations, Bates County, you exercised your dutiful right to vote. 

Now, can someone call Washington and get the rest of this mess cleaned up?


Need a break? Ladies Night Out coming this month

No doubt, between the 'rona, election, and everything else- how about a little YOU time? Ladies Night Out is coming to Butler November 23rd, 5 to 8 pm and there will be a wide variety of vendors with specials, sales and mostly...FUN!

Booth space at Ladies Night Out is available: 10x10 for $10. 10x20 for $20. Contact the Butler Chamber of Commerce on Facebook for info

We'll be providing a full list of vendors and happenings in a few days.

Unseasonably warm the next few days

Daytime highs will stay in the 70's through the weekend, but change is coming around Tuesday as we are expecting a good chance of rain and a high that will struggle to hit 50. Enjoy it while you can!

Eyes to the sky: November promises stellar events

October was interesting with two full moons, one of which was on Halloween. November however, is planning to be even better with two meteor showers and a lunar eclipse that will be quite visible here in the Midwest. 

Get all the details here:

Breaking News: Human remains found south of Butler

On 11/3/2020 at approximately 1:30 pm the Bates County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an article of clothing that was found in a bean field in rural southwest Bates County. The article of clothing potentially had human remains with it.

Detectives from the Bates County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control responded to the area. Once it was confirmed that the items were in fact human remains the Detectives contacted Bates County Coroner Greg Mullinax. Coroner Mullinax began working to coordinate with the Forensic Anthropologist to respond and assist in recovery of the human remains. 

At approximately 730 pm a team of Forensic Anthropologists from Washburn University out of Topeka Kansas arrived on scene. A team consisting of the Bates County Coroner, Detectives from the Bates County Sheriff’s Office, Detectives from Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Anthropologist began the task of recovering the human remains. 

At approximately midnight the human remains were recovered and were turned over to the Coroner to conduct a forensic autopsy and to identify the remains. Identification of the remains may take a couple of weeks. 

This is an ongoing investigation and there will be no additional information available until proper identification is obtained.

Bates County Real Estate Tranfers and Marriage Licenses

From the desk of Danyelle Baker, Bates County Recorder of Deeds

Marriage License


John Andrew Hill, 26, Butler Mo-Gina Nadine Pate, 25, Butler Mo

 Steven Patrick Bell, 19, Butler Mo-Marley Cherie Minnick, 18, Adrian Mo

 Jacob Alexander Lacy, 23, Adrian Mo-Caitlyn Madison Inglis, 22, Urich Mo

St. Clair County election results

Appleton City area news

Unofficial election results from the St. Clair Co. Clerk’s Office:

Pres/VP:  Trump/Pence 3930   Biden/Harris 988   Jorgensen/Cohen 43   Hawkins/Walker 7   Blankenship/Mohr 4

Governor: Parson 3878   Galloway 995   Combs 70   Bauer 29       Lt. Gov:  Kehoe 3921   Canady 913   Salntz 62   Dragoo 24

Sec of State: Ashcroft 3944   Faleti 852   Freese 72   Lehman 20  Venable 34   Treasurer:  Fitzpatrick 3867   Englund 941   Kasoff 75   Civettini 14

Atty Gen: Schmitt 3883  Finneran 896   Babacock 117   US Rep #4: Hartzler 3845  Simmons 965   Koonse 104   State Rep #125:  Kalberloh 4435

Co Commissioner:  North: Strope 1999  South: Smith 2377  Sheriff: Hilty 4508   Assessor: Lysinger 4412  Public Admin: Knight 4394

Coroner: Sheldon 4541  MO Supreme Ct. Judge Breckenridge: yes 3580  no 1023  MO Ct. of Appeals Judge Lynch: yes 3572  no 954

Amendment 1: yes 2532 no 2271     Amendment 3: yes 2985  no 1850

The Knights of Columbus will have their monthly pancake and sausage breakfast at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose on Sunday, November 8 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.

Everyone is invited to Revival Services November 8-11 at the Church of God (Holiness), 401 East 1st Street, AC MO. The Evangelist will be Ron Dunlap with special music provided by the Dunlap Family. Services will be Sunday 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and Monday - Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

Ohio Christian Church will sponsor a “Come & Go Drive-Through” for deer hunters  Pick up a snack pack containing a breakfast burrito, drink and some other goodies 9:00 to noon. The church is located 10 miles east of Appleton City on A Hwy.

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 to go service 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*.

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.                                     

Vendors are wanted for the 4th Annual Appleton City PTO Holiday Shopping Extravaganza Saturday, December 5 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the ACHS gym and commons area. There will be a variety of vendors setup and ready to share their holiday specials.  If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact Jennifer Hawkins at or 417-359-3846.  Also, follow the AC Elementary PTO Facebook page and you will find additional vendor and event information. There will be hourly door prizes (need not be present to win) and the event is free of charge for the community to attend, Donations will be accepted, as this event is earmarked to help continue the PTO's campaign of capital improvements to the school.

Christmas Decorations are wanted. If you have any old/unused/ready to trade out Christmas decorations, consider donating them to Appleton City PTO for their up-cycled Holiday booth at the 4th Annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza during Christmas in the Country December 5. Donate by dropping off items at the elementary office or sending with your student now through November 30.  They appreciate any and all donations.

Appleton City High School will sponsor a drive through Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner December 9, 2020. With 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 at noon. Please RSVP to 660-476-2161 by November 27.

Plan to attend the upcoming Night Of Worship 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 revival. Doors 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.

If you want to make sure your horses have adequate nutrition without breaking the bank, attend this program sponsored by MU Extension.  It will cover establishing, grazing and managing forages by Pat Miller, University of Missouri Agronomy Specialist; focus on forage quality and hay needs, testing and feeding strategies by Elizabeth Picking, University of Missouri Livestock Specialist and an overview of equine nutrition and strategies for grain selection by Marci Crosby, University of Missouri Equine Program Coordinator. The workshop will be held 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 3 via Zoom. The cost per person is $20.  Please register by going to by December 1.  Please let them know at the time of registration if you have any special needs.  Handouts will be e-mailed prior to the class. 


Nov 8     Knights of Columbus pancake and sausage breakfast at the Knight Hall in Montrose 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Nov 8-11  Revival Services at Church of God (Holiness)

Nov 11   VETERANS DAY  AC City Hall, banks and government offices may be closed

Nov 14   Come & Go Drive-Through for deer hunters at Ohio Christian Church. Pick up a snack pack and drink 9:00 to noon.

Nov 14   Montrose Athletic Booster Club's Kickin’ Chicken Fundraiser Dinner 5:00—8:30 (or until sold out) at Montrose High School