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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Lost dog in Butler

Lost Dog in Butler!

All white female boxer with one brown/black spot on her back.

Lost in the area of Ft. Scott and Mechanic. Is not wearing harness. Call 660.679.6131 if you have seen her.

Structure Fire in rural Archie

The Central Cass Fire Department along with mutual aide of the Adrian Fire Department responded to a structure fire at a address of 34200 S Cantrell Road in rural Archie Mo.

The house was unoccupied.

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

Friendly deer adopts local family

Back in July, a young male deer paid a friendly visit to the J.D. Talley residence near Amsterdam and has been coming back to hang out on a regular basis. 

The family was quite pleased to see ‘Millard’ unscathed following hunting season as he made a quick Thanksgiving stopover today.

News from Old 71 Speedway in Butler

Attention Factory Stock guys and gals.

Old 71 Speedway in Butler will have a meeting at the track on December 6th 4pm in the garage. We will discuss what rules will best suit the area here. 

If you can make it that would be great to show us you want a place to race. 

We understand it's hunting season so it's highly possible we will go live on our Facebook page! 

Two injured in crash after fleeing from police in Bates County

On 11/26/20 around 1:00am the Missouri State Highway Patrol along with Bates County Sheriff's Deputies was involved in a pursuit that ended in a crash near the area of FF Highway and CR 11002 in rural Adrian.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the accident occurred when the 2008 Chrysler driven by 49 year old Jeff Kriley of Amoret, Missouri was attempting to flee from the police when he went off the road and struck a tree at a high rate of speed.

Mr. Kriley along with a passenger in his vehicle 28 year old Tori M. Whaley of Washington State both sustained moderate injuries in this accident and both were transported to the hospital for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene of the crash by Adrian Tow. 

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Adrian Police Department, Adrian Fire Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Bates County EMS.

View another release about this incident by using the link below;

One arrested on Probation and Parole warrant

On 11/26/20 around 1:15am a Butler Police Department arrested 41 year old James D. Mattingley of Archie, Missouri.

Mr Mattingley was arrested for 1.) Felony Probation and Parole Warrant - Original Charges- Possession of a controlled substance.

He was booked into the Bates County Jail in Butler and is currently being held on no bond.

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Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Early morning Pursuit sends two to hospital in Bates County

On 11/26/2020, at approximately 115 am, a K-9 unit on routine patrol attempted to make a traffic stop in rural Adrian Missouri. The vehicle fled from the Deputy down county road 11002. 

A few minutes into the pursuit the driver of the vehicle lost control of his car causing it to leave the roadway and strike multiple trees along the fence row. This caused a tree to break off and fall across the road causing the deputy to take evasive action to avoid being struck by the tree. 

The fleeing vehicle received extensive damage and came to rest upright on the side of the road. The vehicle was occupied by a male and female with both parties being trapped in the vehicle. 

Adrian Fire Department and Bates County EMS arrived on scene and and used the jaws of life to extricate the two occupants. Both subjects were transported by Bates County EMS. After patient care was completed the Adrian Fire Department then began the quick work of cutting up the tree to clear the roadway. 

“This morning I responded to the scene to assist the deputy and what I observed every citizen in Bates County should know.” Sheriff Anderson said. “I observed a team of professional first responders working together in the early hours of a holiday to potentially save lives. It didn’t matter that this was someone who was running from law enforcement, they didn’t care who they were or what caused it. They just saw another human who needed help and came together to make that difference. Some of these professionals weren’t getting paid to be there but they were there and they made a big difference. I ask that when you think of all the things you’re thankful for today, please include those front line first responders who will always be there and do their best for people they may not even know or see again.”

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Adrian Police Department, Adrian Fire Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Bates County EMS.

View another release about this incident by using the link below;

Ever wonder?

Around 100 feet up, only pigeons and sparrows usually get the birds eye view of what’s on top of the Butler downtown water tower. Our thanks to Jason Wix for this excellent drone photo.

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Appleton City area news

City Hall will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26 - 27 for Thanksgiving.


Trash pick up the week of Thanksgiving will be on Friday morning November 27. Please have your trash carts to the curb no later than 7:00 a.m.


The Appleton City Public Library will remain closed until at least December 1. When the facility does reopen, it will likely have modified hours at first. The library recommends that you call before coming in to make sure it is open. The phone number is (660) 476-5513. Also, the library encourages all patrons to wear masks while inside the building. 


December 5, Appleton City Landmarks Restoration will celebrateChristmas in the County with a Craft Show in the M.K.T, Depot.  Your favorite crafters will be present 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 to open the Christmas season. Tammy Rapp & Julie Cooper will have an assortment of candies, Jina Hill with repurposed items, Christmas wreaths & arrangements plus other items, Tom Holt with his wood creations, Margie Siegismund's handmade rugs and Mary Miller's Sunrise Bakery pies, breads, noodles & candies. A. C. Landmarks will have the 2020 150th History book, the A.C. Journal Bits and Pieces books, plus other AC souvenir items. 


There WILL be a Christmas parade. The theme is 'A Very COVID Christmas!' It will begin at 4:00 p.m. December 5 at Forest Park.  Participants are encouraged to decorate their vehicles and wear Christmas themed masks.  There will be a small prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.  The parade will end back at Forest Park and feature the annual lighting of the Mayor's Christmas Tree, to take place at approximately 4:50 p.m.


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.


Sesquicentennial Souvenirs would make great Christmas gifts for all ages. They can be purchased from committee members or at Community First Bank. Orders may be placed for pickup at the bank. Call or text Denice at 660-492-3180 or email


FarmHouse Kitchen and Sumo's Pub will be closed November 26 through November 30.  They will open for normal hours December 1.


The annual Knights of Columbus Germantown Turkey Shoot has been cancelled for 2020.  They are also cancelling their monthly pancake and sausage breakfasts until further notice.


ACHS FBLA would like to say that they are thankful for the opportunity to assist the VFW in their annual Turkey Dinner and their very generous donation to their organization which will be used for scholarships for thestudents in the future.  They had several students assist in serving with the VFW members and look forward to helping in the future to continue this community tradition.  They are grateful for the support that they receive every year from the community and would like to thank all the members of the community for supporting FBLA and students.  The organization could not thrive without the community support that they receive and it is their hope that they continue to receive such wonderful support as theyprovide support and education of future business leaders of tomorrow.They feel sometimes they do not have the opportunity to let members of the community know how much that they mean to the FBLA. At this time when they reflect on what they are thankful for, they want the community to know how much their support means to them.  They know that this year has presented many challenges. They appreciate everyone that came out and supported the VFW and our FBLA members. They look forward to helping to make a difference in the community in the future.


University of Missouri Extension offers a one-evening Zoom class on horse nutrition on December 3. Proper nutrition is vital to the 85,000 head of horses and ponies owned by Missouri residents.  As well as bringing enjoyment to its owners, Missouri’s horse industry contributes significantly to the economic health of the state, through activities such as trail rides, rodeos, races, show competitions, and hunting. MU Extension agronomist Pat Miller will cover establishment, grazing and management of forages. Extension livestock field specialist Elizabeth Pickering will focus on forage quality, hay needs and testing, and feeding strategies.Marci Crosby, MU Equine program coordinator will give an overview of equine nutrition and strategies for grain selection. The class begins at 6:00p.m. Thursday, December 3. Register at by December 1. Handouts will be e-mailed before the class. You may also contact Miller at 417-448-2560.


“The Little Apple” was started by the A. C. Economic Development as way of informing residents of news and events sponsored by area businesses and organizations.  Items of a clearly personal nature, such as birthdays, anniversaries, awards (not group sponsored), personal sales and the like are not accepted for publication.  Please email articles for “The Little Apple” to by Tuesday evenings or bring them to Dr. Payton’s office to be included in that week’s edition.  To receive "The Little Apple" free by e-mail, send your e-mail address to If you have changed your previous email address, you are asked to send the current address, so the list can be updated. 




Nov 27     Trash pickup in Appleton City

Dec 5        Christmas in the Country activities

Dec 9        Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner at ACHS

Continuing the tradition

Without question, there is a lot going on these days- and with that, we are proud to see our community openly celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday as always.

Please be safe as you travel and enjoy time with family and friends. Sincerely, the staff at Mid America Live and the Shopper.

Museum Minute: Tragedy in Butler and the ‘Lincoln Chair

For most adults born in the 1950s or before, the end of November is not only when Thanksgiving is celebrated but we remember the shock of President Kennedy’s assassination.  Everyone knows exactly what they were doing and where they were when the news broke. 

 Interestingly enough, one of the great tragedies in Butler’s history occurred on November 22nd in the year 1909.   The large home of Congressman David DeArmond caught fire and was quickly consumed.  Although some family members escaped the blaze, Congressman DeArmond and his young grandson perished in the fire.  Butler was stunned and the whole country grieved.

According to the 1918 History of Bates County, “The remains of grandson and grandfather were recovered in the ruins and interred in Oak Hill cemetery…. One of the most touching features of the sad occasion was the pall-bearers, who were composed of gray-headed men from among Judge DeArmond’sfriends, and by the side of each of whom walked a little boy, playmates and school-fellows of his little grandson.”

A committee from the Senate and House were appointed to attend the funeral in Butler and they arrived from Washington by special train.  Many Missouri state officials also attended the service which was held at Ohio Street Methodist Church.  The procession to Oak Hill reached from the church all the way to the cemetery.

Congressman DeArmond’s personal effects were transported to Butler following his death and one of the remarkable pieces of furniture was a chair that is on display at the Museum.  Since 1961 when the chair was donated by the family, it has always been known as ‘the Lincoln chair’.  The story is that when newly elected Congressman David DeArmond arrived in Washington he was instructed to select office furniture from warehoused pieces.  The chair he selected was said to have been in the White House during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln.  Therefore, as far as everyone in Bates County is concerned, the chair’s strong ties to President Lincoln are now and forever considered to be unbreakable.  

Apple of the Week

Ellett’s Apple of the Week is Michelle Irby. Michelle is one of the first friendly faces that you see when entering the AC Clinic and often one of the first voices you hear when calling the Clinic to ask a question or schedule an appointment. Michelle has been with the Ellett Family for 4 years. 

Michelle is always willing to go out of her way to do what she can for a patient or their family. Next time you are at the AC Clinic let Michelle know what a great job she is doing! -Courtesy Ellett Memorial Hospital