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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Rich Hill Fall Sports Reception Update:

Rich Hill Fall Sports Reception Update:

Due to a rise in COVID cases locally, the fall sports reception will be a multi-night event to reduce crowd size in the auditorium. 

High school football players will be recognized on 11/18 at 6:30 pm. The volleyball date will be announced in the near future.

From the desk of Rich Hill Mayor Jason Rich

After much consideration, I have decided I will not be running for mayor in April. I would like to thank everyone for the opportunity to serve our community.

While I believe we have made a lot of progress over the four and one-half years I have been a board member and then mayor, there is a lot of work to go.

I, and the current board, will work our hardest to resolve as many as we can before April, but there will be many complex issues remaining for the next mayor and 2021 Board of Alderman.

I'm letting everyone know now so individuals can begin considering running for this position.

From the desk of Rich Hill Mayor Jason Rich

Obituary - CMSgt (Ret) Ray Don Strong

CMSgt (Ret) Ray Don Strong, age 74, of Belton, Missouri, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas.

At this time services are pending.


Ray was born in Calhoun, Missouri, on May 31, 1946, to his parents, Glenn and Emma Strong. Growing up, he was one of nine children. After graduating high school, Ray devoted his life to serving his country in the United States Air Force. He was a member of the 442d Fighter Wing his entire career at Richards-Gebaur AFB and then Whiteman AFB. In September 1967 Ray was joined in marriage with his wife Sheila. Together they had two children, Shelley and Stephen. Ray was an avid and long-term supporter of the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals. Ray was very involved in the kids’ interests growing up, to include coaching and attending their sporting events. In retirement, Ray enjoyed traveling the country with Sheila in their RV and spending time with all of his family.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Emma Strong; two brothers, Robert and Zene Strong; and mother and father-in-law, Gene and Evelyn Higgins.

He is survived by his loving wife of over fifty-three years, Sheila Strong; daughter, Lt Col (Ret) Shelley Strong (Col Todd Wold); son, Stephen Strong (Jennifer); brother, Gene Strong (Linda); and five sisters, Betty Ruth Walker, Glenna Henry (Jerry), Eileen Albin (Bill), Janey Edwards (Joe), and Joy Abney (Johnny).

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the American Heart Association, 6800 93rd Street Overland Park, Kansas 66212 or to a charity of choice.


Obituary - Amanda Rodriguez

Amanda Rodriguez, 35, of Clinton passed away at her home on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vansant-Mills Funeral Home Clinton and are pending at this time.

We will update when a full obituary is made available to us at a later time.

COVID-19 update from the Nevada R-5 School District

The Nevada High School Administration,

Nevada R5 Schools Superintendent Dr. Beshore and Nevada R5 School Board have decided to implement a Mask Mandate for grades 6-12 starting Monday, November 16th. All NHS students must wear masks before entering the buildings and will remain masked while in all classroom settings.

What does this mean at NHS?
· Students must be wearing masks that appropriately cover the mouth and nose simultaneously. (Ex. cloth masks, surgical/medical masks, gator masks, dust masks, N95 masks, etc.)

· Students will be provided a mask before entering the building if a mask has been misplaced, forgotten, or deemed inappropriate by NHS Administration.
· Students who fail to comply with the mask directive will be sent home immediately.
· Masks will be worn in all halls and classrooms at all times.
· Masks breaks will be up to teacher discretion.

Thank you for continuing to make NHS a safe learning environment for all students. #wearetigerstogether #nevadatigerpride


Adrian Optimist Club suspending Monday Night Bingo due to COVID-19 concerns

For Immediate Release:

In an abundance of caution the Adrian Optimist Club will suspend Monday Night Bingo for the near future.

While we have not had any COVID-19 cases related to our activities, we would rather be proactive concerning the safety of all our players and their families.

With the rise in cases in the area we thought it best to take a break. And let all of us take precautions and to look forward to Thanksgiving with our loved ones.

We will reassess the situation at the end of the month, in cooperation with the Bates County Health Department.

As always, the Adrian Optimist Club will always put our community first.


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

Henry County Health Center has received notification of 19 new cases of COVID-19.

Clinton-13
Windsor-4
Deepwater-1
Calhoun-1

This brings the total number of positive cases in Henry County to 974.

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.

Congratulations to Nevada High School Senior Ben Hines

Congratulations to Nevada High School Senior Ben Hines. Ben won both the 50 Freestyle and the 100 Butterfly. With his victory in the 50 freestyle, it makes Ben a 3-time champion.

With these two wins at state, Ben is now a 6-time state champion and a 10-time state medalist. #wearetigerstogether #nevadatigerpride


From the Adrian school district

November 15, 2020
 
Dear Adrian Parents/Guardians 
We are reaching out to you today to inform you of 2 new cases of COVID-19 at the Adrian School District. These individuals were last present in the school on Monday, November 9, 2020. The District is working with the Bates County Health Department to identify close contacts of the confirmed case. If a student or staff member has been determined to have been in close contact with this individual, you will be contacted with further instructions. If you are not contacted, there is nothing further you need to do at this time. Close contact is defined as fewer than 6 feet away for more than 15 minutes, regardless of face covering use per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The District is taking all precautions, consistent with the CDC and Bates County Health Department. Due to privacy requirements, we cannot release the name of the individual or details that may identify them.
Appropriate cleaning and disinfecting measures are being taken, so there is no need to close our building for additional cleaning.

COVID-19 is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge everyone to take the following preventive measures:

Stay home when you are sick
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between non-household members and wear a mask in places where maintaining that distance is difficult.
Be alert for symptoms including…
Fever of 100.4° or higher
Any new cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fatigue
Muscle or body aches
Headache
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
New congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea
Close contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days

We are continuing to monitor this situation and will provide additional information as needed. If you have any questions regarding COVID, you can contact the Bates County Health Department at 660-679-6108.
Sincerely,
Don Lile
Superintendent
Adrian R-III School District

Obituary - Jim F. Wright

Graveside services for Jim F. Wright of Kearney, Missouri, formerly of Butler, Missouri will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler under direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler.

Visitation will be prior to services from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Schowengerdt Chapel. Contributions to the American Diabetes Association.

James “Jim” Fredrick Wright, age 84 of Kearney, Missouri died Friday, November 13, 2020 at Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Missouri. He was born February 25, 1936 to Kenneth and Mabel Berry Wright in Butler, Missouri.

Jim is survived by a son, Jim Wright and wife Sherri and a daughter, Janet Vicat and husband John all of Kearney, Missouri; brother, Tim Wright and wife Kay of Butler, Missouri; sister, Sally Ann Andren and husband Don of Phoenix, Arizona; and two grandsons, Collin and Zachary Wright. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Elsie.



Power Outage in El Dorado Springs

Due to a failure of equipment at the electrical substation behind the Police Department some electrical services in the City of El Dorado Springs have been disrupted. 

The failure caused the Police Departments backup generator to fail and we were out of power and phone service for a short period of time. The Police Department is back in full operations and the City Electric Department is working on fixing the issue.


Public Service Post from the Butler Animal Control

Public Service Post: 

These two pups are in the area 2 miles north of Hume at V hwy and state rd 6508. If you are missing them you may want to go look in that area. It is deer season and it is not safe for pets to be running loose in the timber. They can be mistaken for deer.

Reminder: City of Butler Animal Control is only authorized to deal with matters within the city limits of Butler. We will be happy to make public service posts such as this one. However, we cannot any action outside of city limits.


Fair week ahead


Winds will weaken a little bit this morning from what they were last night, but will pick back up around 9-10AM. Expect gusts of 35-45mph to last into the early afternoon before dying down.

The rest of the week looks nice with plenty of sunshine and highs in the 50s to 60s.

Creeper alert...

Over the weekend there have been numerous reports of an unknown man knocking on doors and asking if he can spend the night, saying he needs a place to stay while traveling.

Naturally this is cause for concern and he is described as possibly driving a small grey car with Oregon plates, has red hair and wearing a tie dye shirt or jacket.

While he appears to be non threatening, we recommend contacting local authorities if you have such an encounter.

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