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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Obituary - Gene Ray Fry

Gene Ray Fry, 65, of Clinton, Missouri died Friday, November 13, 2020 at his home. He was born September 25, 1955 in Sedalia, Mo., the son of Claude F. Fry and Patricia Maxine (Shackles) Fry. Gene was employed for many years as a sales manager. He was a caregiver at heart, always taking care of people.

He cherished his time with his family. Surviving are two sons, Phillip Ray Fry and Angel Kauffman, Clinton, Mo., and Richard James Fry and his wife Kimberly, Independence, Mo.; one daughter, Jackie Ladean Price, Marshall, Mo.; his mother, Maxine Hall, Warsaw, Mo.; four grandchildren, Randall Price, Bryon Price, Devlyn Ray Fry and Alexandria Paige Fry; three sisters, Cindy Hawkins, Windsor, Mo., Vicki Denny, Sedalia, Mo., and Ronda Nienhueser, Sweet Springs, Mo.; former wife and mother of his children, Carolyn Freeman, Deepwater, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. 

Funeral services will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 19, 2020 at the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. Pastor Tom Waller will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., just prior to the funeral service. Cremation will follow the service. Condolences may be left online at

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Update: Fuel Spill cleaned up in Butler

Shortly before 4:00pm this afternoon the Butler Fire Department along Butler Police Police Department responded to a fuel spill around the area of Orange and Ohio Streets in Butler.

The crews cleaned up around 50 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled out of a semi truck. No one was injured in this incident and all the fuel was cleaned up.

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Obituary - Aimee Breiner

Funeral services for Aimee Breiner will be 11:30 a.m. Monday, November 23, 2020 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Rosary services will be held 9:30 a.m., followed by visitation from 10-11:30 a.m. Monday at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler. Contributions in lieu of flowers to Colorectal Cancer Alliance. Online condolences,

Aimee Marcel Breiner, age 43 of Harrisonville, Missouri died Thursday, November 19, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. She was born December 23, 1976 to James Walter and Kathi Jeanne Alkire Daniel in Butler, Missouri.

Aimee is survived by her husband, Zack Breiner of Harrisonville, Missouri; one daughter, Carsyn Breiner of the home; her parents, Jim and Kathi Daniel of Butler, Missouri; parents-in-law, Mike and Kathy Breiner of Peculiar, Missouri; one brother, Jimmy Daniel and wife Jennifer of Harrisonville, Missouri; one sister, Brandi Daniel of Butler, Missouri; three uncles, Buddy Alkire and wife Lacey of Independence, Missouri and John Daniel and wife Judy and Alan Daniel, all of Butler, Missouri; three aunts, Anna Kay Weller and husband Pat of Evansville, Indiana and Fawn Alkire and Kathie Garren and husband Larry, all of Butler, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Ross and Arleta Daniel; maternal grandparents, Bud and Anna Lou Alkire; one uncle, Neal Alkire; and one aunt, Vicki Daniel.

At the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, we practice social distancing, recommend face masks and discourage hugs and hand shakes. A card or phone call to the family would go a long way in remembering their loved one. If you don't have family addresses, feel free to mail cards to us at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (1301 N. Orange St., Butler, MO 64730) and we will send to the family.

Citizens Bank COVID-19 Update

Citizens Bank has been and continues to be diligent in monitoring the COVID-19 impact in our communities. Branch operations will be based on location and not as an overall decision for all locations.

Effective Monday, November 23rd;
▪️Adrian, Hume, and Cleveland will operate as drive-thru only until further notice.
▪️Amsterdam will be closed until further notice.

As always, all locations with drive-thrus are open to help our customers take care of their banking needs, and our branch lobbies (if closed) continue to be accessible by appointment. Our ATMs and Online Banking are also available to keep you connected 24/7 to help handle your finances anytime you may need.

Taking care of our customers and team members is our top priority. We appreciate your continued trust and the privilege to serve you.

Obituary - Megan Dawn Norris

Megan Dawn Norris, 29 of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; formerly of Holden passed away Friday, November 13, 2020, near Holden, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Megan was born October 13, 1991 in Clinton, Missouri. She was raised in Holden, having attended Holden schools. In 2007, she moved to Butler, Missouri. Later, Megan moved to Oklahoma. She eventually returned to Lee’s Summit. Her hobbies included BBQ grilling and fishing with her brothers, Kevin and Ryan. She especially enjoyed time spent with her nieces, Katlyn and Peyton and nephew, Tristan. Megan was a huge animal lover.

Survivors include her mother and stepfather: Nancy Brown (Terry West) of Lee’s Summit, MO; three daughters: Hannah, Addyson and Nevaeh; paternal grandmother: LaDonna Gett of Oklahoma; three brothers: Kevin Pettorss of Lee’s Summit, MO; Ryan Carter of Belton, MO; and Gary Norris of Oklahoma; three sisters: Jessica Norris, Amber Norris and Crystal Norris, all of Oklahoma and her fur baby, Cardi. She was preceded in death by her father: James Norris; paternal grandfather and maternal grandparents: Erma and Marvin Brown.

No services are being scheduled at this time.

Arrangements entrusted to Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden.

Memorial Contributions may be left to the Megan Dawn Norris memorial fund in care of the funeral home.

Fuel Spill in Butler

The Butler Fire Department along with Butler Police Officers are on scene of a fuel spill at the corner of Orange and Ohio Streets in Butler at this time.

We are unsure of how much fuel or what kinda has exactly spilled at this time, Please use caution if you must travel in this area.

Mid America Live News will update when more information is made available to us at a later time. 

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Save the date!

SAVE THE DATE!!!! November 30th, 2020 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm Harrisonville Emergency Services will hold a retirement reception and ceremony for Captain Johnny Coday.

Johnny has been an active member for the department for the last 26 years. We are asking that any retired and former members of the department and City to attend to wish him an Happy Retirement.

Ceremony will be held inside in the apparatus bay. Masks must be worn at all times in the building and we will be practicing social distancing.

Adrian Manor COVID-19 update

This is Sheila Wackerman from Adrian Manor with a COVID update. Unfortunately I have to report that we now have had a second staff member test positive for COVID. 

Since we just tested Tuesday our next round of testing will be done the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, but we will have to do a third round of testing on Monday November 30th because of the second staff positive. The residents will now have to be confined to their rooms through the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. We will still be serving them their traditional turkey dinner. 

We have had a few call and let us know that they would bring a special plate for their loved one. That is still encouraged. We will make sure your loved one gets the meal you bring to make them feel like that are not missing out on everything this Thanksgiving. We also are encouraging you to do window visits and or call and schedule a video chat. We are increasing the one on one visits to our residents in their rooms, our social service person will be checking on the residents also to ensure everyone is doing ok. We will be updating you at least on a weekly basis and more often if something comes up. 

Due to our community being a COVID hotspot right now and the holidays approaching, we would ask that you help us set an example for our community by wearing your mask when you go out and about and please remember to social distance. 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

Obituary - Scott A. Pugh Schlund

Scott was born in Kansas City, Missouri on September 20, 1983. After high school Scott entered into the work force; most recently working for Meritex for the past six years. On New Year’s Eve 2001, Scott and Heather met and she brought him home to meet the family that night. From then on, he was a Pugh. He could hang around and joke the night away and on October 9th, 2004 Scott and Heather were married. Together they were blessed with three children, Gage, Reid, and Lilly. In life, Scott loved his children and loved spending time with them.

Scott was always a hard worker, his main goal in life was to give his children the things in life that he never had. Scott enjoyed: hunting, “pimping his rides”, and, most of all, kicking back with friends and family. Scott always kept in good spirits during his Battle. During his time off work, Scott began creating various metal sculptures and art. One positive aspect of all of this, is that Scott was able to spend more time at home with his children and wife in his final years.

Scotty P. passed on November 17. He will be so very missed and so very celebrated by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his great grandmother, Pauline Allcott. He leaves behind his loving wife of over sixteen years, Heather Pugh; two sons, Gage and Reid Pugh; daughter, Lilly Pugh; four sisters and brother, Amber Bolling, Josh Bruner (Haley), Briona Hedges, Brianna Sidwell (Dallas), and Halie Tracey (John).

El Dorado Springs man seriously injured after colliding with tractor in rural Vernon County

On 11/18/20 around 2:45pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Vernon County along with Vernon County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a two vehicle accident on Route K around 1 mile south of Dedrick in rural Vernon County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2007 Pontiac Torrent driven by 41 year old David H. Hayes of El Dorado Springs, Missouri side swiped a John Deere Tractor driven by 58 year old Janet L. Hughes of Nevada, Missouri which was partially over the center line of traffic due to width.

David H. Hayes sustained serious injuries in this accident and he was transported by air ambulance to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Missouri for treatment.

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Henry County Health Center confirms 4 new positive cases of COVID-19

The Henry County Health Center has received notification of four more cases of COVID-19. Two are from the town of Windsor, one from Clinton, and one from Urich. This brings the total number of positive cases in Henry County to 1071.
Positive Tests 1071
On Isolation 409
Recovered 650
Deaths 12

Obituary - Jared Michael Fizer

Jared Michael Fizer, 33, of Harrisonville, Missouri departed this life on Monday, November 16, 2020.

Funeral services will be 12:00 p.m., Saturday, November 21, 2020 at the Heart of Life Church, Garden City, Missouri with burial in the Wills Cemetery, Peculiar, Missouri.

Family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., Saturday, November 21, 2020 at the church.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Jared Fizer Memorial Fund. Please make checks payable to Jennifer Fizer.

A complete obituary will be posted when it becomes available.

Obituary - Theresa Ann “Terri” Chadd

Theresa Ann “Terri” Chadd, 60, Nevada, MO passed from this life on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 with her beloved best friend and partner in crime, Debbie, by her side following a short battle with cancer. Terri was born April 26, 1960 in Lamar, MO to Wayne and Patsy A. (Wallace) Owen. She married Gary W. Chadd on June 4, 2002 and her preceded her in death on February 28, 2010.

Terri loved the beach and always hoped to be able to visit the ocean again, I’m sure she’s there right now! She hardly ever had any free time because the grandchildren always wanted to be at “Memes”. She loved every minute of it. Terri was mother to Jamie Archer (Tanya), Tacoma, WA, Trisha Hudson (Greg Housh), Nevada, and many others throughout the years.

In addition to her son and daughter, Terri is survived by her best friend, Debbie Noe, Sopchoppy, FL; her beloved sister, Rhonda Hackathorne, Sheldon; her sister, Deana Castlebury (Joe); “daughter”, Lisha Thompson, Denver, CO; stepmom, Willa Owen, Irwin, MO; and many more who loved her dearly. She was “Mema” to Austin and Lizbeth Archer,“Meme” to Michala, Tyler, and Dakota Hudson, and Serenity Housh; and “Grandma Terri” to several more. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gary Chadd, her father, Wayne Owen, mother and stepfather, Patsy and Clarence Ewing; son, Justin Archer; and her grandchildren, Kylie and Hayden Hudson.

The family will receive friends from 2-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. A private family committal will be held at a later date.

The annual City of Butler Election

The annual City Election of the City of Butler, Missouri, will be held April 6, 2021. The offices to be filled are: One Councilman for Ward 1 (2 yrs.), one Councilman for Ward 2 (2 yrs.), one Councilman for Ward 3 (2 yrs.), one Councilman for Ward 3 (1yr) and one Councilman for Ward 4 (2yrs.).

Candidates must be citizens of the United States and voters under the Constitution of this State and Ordinances of the City.

Candidates for Councilman must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age prior to taking office, an inhabitant of the City for one year next preceding his election, and a resident of the Ward from which he is elected six months next preceding his election.

Qualified residents of the City of Butler are invited to file at the office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 22 W. Ohio, between 8:00 a.m. December 15, 2020, and 5:00 p.m. January 19, 2021.

Corey Snead
City Clerk - MRCC

Attention Butler High School Community:

Attention Butler High School Community: In regards to the few leftlover tickets for tomorrow night’s game at St. Pius, we have ultimately decided to donate the last remaining tickets to our local radio station, 92.1 KMAM-KMOE.

After dividing tickets up to our football players, cheerleaders, band members, faculty, and the student population, a majority of our tickets were claimed. 

After much consideration, due to the high volume of requests from the community for tickets, we decided this route was the fairest and most un-biased option to distribute the last remaining tickets. Please tune into 92.1 KMAM-KMOE and look for their media release on more information to qualify for the remaining tickets.

Henry County Health Center confirms 2 more COVID-19 related deaths

Today, the Department of Health and Senior Services informed Henry County Health Center of two more deaths due to complications related to COVID-19. One is an 80-year-old hospitalized female who resided in the town of Clinton.

The second death was an 84-year-old male from the town of Windsor. This brings the total number of deaths in Henry County, due to complications related to COVID-19, to twelve.

“During this difficult time, I encourage others to remember to follow the recommendations from the CDC to help limit the spread of this disease. It is heart wrenching each time another one of our residents passes due to this virus, and my heart goes out to their friends and families” said the Henry County Health Center Administrator, Peggy Bowles. “I am pleading with each of you to wear a face covering, remain six feet apart, and wash your hands. It is the simple things that will help reduce the spread of this disease, and save lives.”

Henry County Health Center continuously updates the COVID-19 information on the HCHC Facebook page, Twitter, and on For further updates and information please review these social media platforms.

Santa Claus is comin!

Regardless of pandemics, the election, or anything else you can bet your bottom dollar that Santa Claus is still coming to town! And in preparation, Butler city crews were putting some finishing touches on holiday lighting around the square earlier today.

The Museum Minute: This day in history

Bates County Museum’s Historical Happenings 
(From the Eddie Herrman Archives)

November 19th in the year…

1904 – A Frisco railroad train starts a fire, from sparks from its wheels, that damages houses and buildings in Hume.

1870 – The massive stairway for the new Courthouse arrives and will soon be in place. Butler.

1912 – Tom Grimsley & C.A. Wall bring a wagon load of pecans to Butler and receive $265.  They estimated they had a ton of the nuts.

1880 -  Rockville reports 24 new houses and buildings have been built in the past four months.

1881 – Its reported, in the Bates Co. Record newspaper, that not only is Butler going to have electric lights, but soon a line of street cars will be running from the depot to the Square.

1888 – A miner names Green is killed by falling slate at mine #6 of the Rich Hill Coal Mining Co.

November 20th in the year…

1861 – There is a skirmish between the Cass Co. Home Guard and the Rebels at Butler.

1921 – The Adrian Methodist Church burns.

1880 – Samuel Levy moves his dry goods from the North side of the Square to the Edwards building, on the East side, to be ready for opening on Monday morning.

1851 – A convocation of Master Masons is held at Balltown, Bates Co., and organize Osage Lodge #303, AF & AM.

1888 – The Butler Rifles militia boys receive their guns and equipment and will begin drills immediately.

1900 – The new rural free delivery mail wagons have arrived at the Butler Post Office.  Built by the Welk Carriage Works of Sedalia, Mo., they were thru the Williams Bros firm in Butler.

Drexel Bobcat Football send off

The community is invited to join in on Friday the 20th for a send off pep rally as the Drexel Bobcats football team leaves for the state semi final game.

The pep rally will begin at 1:00 pm in front of the school with the bus pulling out at 1:30 pm. 

There will be a banner across Main Street just west of the school. Community members are encouraged to line Main Street from the school to the stop by Food Fair and cheer the boys on to victory!

Obituary - Jean Payne

Jean Payne, 90, of Harrisonville, Missouri passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Crown Care Center. Visitation will be Monday, November 23, 2020 from 11:00 - 11:45 am at Atkinson Funeral Home. Private family graveside at Orient Cemetery.

A full obituary will be posted when available.

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