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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Henry County Health Center confirms 20 new positive cases of COVID-19

The Henry County Health Center (HCHC) has received confirmation of 20 more positive cases of COVID-19. Clinton-9, Deepwater-3, Windsor-6, Urich-1 and Montrose-1. This brings the total number of confirmed positive cases in Henry County to 1297 .

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.

Santa wants to hear from you...

From the Butler Chamber of Commerce

Santa’s Mailbox is up!  It’s ready for all those letters.  Soon one of Santa’s elves will come collect the letters for Santa. They will do that everyday until December 17th.   Be sure to include your return address so Santa can write back!

The Museum Minute: Xpressions we fondly remember

Xpressions by C. A. Moore

Courtesy of Eddie Herrman Archives

C. A. Moore’s wit and humor and compassion and positive twists on life in Butler and Bates County continue to be missed even though he’s now been gone several years.  There was no one who loved Bates County stories like C.A. except perhaps Eddie Herrman.  Thankfully the two of them left a legacy that has become one of Bates County’s real treasures.  As I looked through Eddie’s archives I came upon this gem by C. A. that was dated December 5, 2003.  He begins the article telling of an encounter with a ‘relative newcomer to town’ and how he realized he ‘was probably boring this person to death and promptly signed off.’  The second part of the article is a funny re-telling of a great story…as only C. A. could tell.  Enjoy!

“Years ago…
Our police force consisted of two, maybe three officers at most.  One was the elected city marshal and the other a hired subordinate.  Nightly one or the other would go on foot patrol around the square, switching off lights in store windows being the main duty.  Except for an occasional shoving match at one of the saloons, most everyone else in town went to bed with the chickens.  So, there was little to worry about crime wave wise.

Squad cars were the officers’ own private vehicles, one of which was usually a pickup.  There was no in-vehicle communications as we know it today so for the most part the cop would have to drop by the police station for updates or trust that his colleague would run him down should an emergency arise, which seldom happened.

One evening the subordinate was cruising what is now known as the ‘strip,’ or old Highway 71 in town.  He backed his car in front of the Kahn Chevrolet dealership supposedly to observe traffic, dogs crossing the street, or whatever.

Presently a car whizzed by faster than the norm – of 15 MPH, that is.  Remember, there was no such thing as radar.  Promptly the eager cop sprung into action.

ONLY PROBLEM, in his haste he shifted into reverse instead of forward, and his squad car vaulted trunk first through Kahn Chevrolet’s showroom window.  

Obituary - Vicki Corrine Summers

Vicki Corrine Summers, 67, of Columbia, Missouri, formerly of Eldorado Springs, Mo., passed away Monday afternoon, November 30, 2020 at the Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. She was born January 29, 1953 in Culver City, California, the daughter of Carroll Allen LaJaunie and Elizabeth "Betty" (Henderson) LaJaunie.
She married Loy Merton Summers on November 25, 1988 in Lexington, Mo. He preceded her in death on August 11, 2016. Vicki attended the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Eldorado Springs, Mo. She enjoyed cooking, flower gardening, reading, her cats, and most of all hanging out with her grandkids. Surviving are two sons, David R. Watson and wife Dana, Eldorado Springs, Mo., Brian Watson, Columbia, Mo., one step-son, Scott Summers and husband Gino, Kansas City, Mo.; one daughter, Anna-Marie Bias and her husband Jason, Ashland, Mo., and one step-daughter, Kim Tafesh, Houston, Texas; her mother, Betty LaJaunie, Blue Springs, Mo.; two brothers, Brendan LaJaunie and wife Penny, Climax Springs, Mo., and John LaJaunie and wife Carol, Lexington, Mo.; two sisters, Karen LaJaunie and husband John Shaw, Grain Valley, Mo., and Mary LaJaunie, Liberty, Mo.; twelve grandchildren, David J., Joseph, Briana, Anthony, Zachary, Jaden, Seth, Makaylyn, Madisyn, Fatima, Hassan and Hosein; two great-grandsons, Payton and Wayde; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband Loy, she was preceded in death by her father, and a brother in infancy, Timothy LaJaunie. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Clinton, Mo. The family will receive friends from noon to 1:00 p.m., just prior to the funeral mass. Masks will be required inside the church and social distancing will be observed. Interment will be in the Shady Grove Cemetery, Racket, Mo.

Friends may call Monday from noon to 8:00 p.m. at the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association, and these donations may be left in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left online at

Obituary - James Russell Gregory

James Russell Gregory, age 63, of Kingsville, Missouri, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

A memorial service for James will be held on a later date.

James was born in Jacksonville, Florida on August 17, 1957 to Richard Leon Gregory and Shirley Yvonne (Conard) Gregory. In 1975 he graduated from Buhler High School in Buhler, Kansas. James then attended Longview Community College from 1989 to 1990 studying quality management. Later, he completed a ministry program through Christ Unlimited Bible Institute. For over thirty years James worked in generator sales, first for Kohler Generators, then for Comet Industrial Products, and finally for Central Power Systems.

In life James was blessed with four children. As a man of faith, James’ relationship with his heavenly father was especially important to him and guided him through life. He attended the Bible Baptist Church in Lee’s Summit and participated in the Fast Track Ministries as a chaplain at I70 Speedway as he loved NASCAR and racing. James loved to be outdoors, hunting, fishing, working on cars, and was an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan. He really was a jack of all trades and known to many as “Gator”. James would do anything for anyone, even if they did not ask. As an organ donor, he continued to help others even after passing.

James was preceded in death by his father, Richard Gregory. He leaves behind his four loving children, Russell Gregory (Nicola), Carley Vock (Greg), J.R. Gregory, and Caitlin Gregory; brother, John Gregory (Patty); two sisters, Debbie Sims (Dale) and Susan Eubanks (John); and three grandchildren, Jarron Gregory, Bryton Gregory, and Grayson Vock.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Honor Flight Network by mail, Honor Flight Box L-4016, Columbus, Ohio 43260-4016 or online or to the Alzheimer’s Association by mail, 3846 W 75th St. #4126, Prairie Village, Kansas 66208 or online

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

From the desk of Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler

This week, the House of Representatives passed a series of legislation that included banning the private ownership of tigers and legalizing marijuana at the federal level, rather than working to build consensus across the aisle on much needed economic stimulus.
I voted against these bills.

At a time when so many Americans desperately need help in the face of this pandemic and when many small businesses are still struggling to keep employees on their payrolls, Congress should be doing more to address the real needs of the American people, not spending precious time on the legislative calendar on frivolous legislation.


Courtesy of State Congress woman Vicki Hartzler 

BCMH Foundation's Memory Tree Ornaments

The Bates County Community Health Foundation (BCCHF) will once again be selling "Memory Tree" ornaments. Ornaments are $15 each or two for $25. Due to space limitations, we can only put one name per ornament.

Due to the pandemic, we will not be placing a tree in the hospital front lobby. As soon as orders are processed, they will be mailed to the purchaser. For information or to place your order, call Shannon at 660-200-7072.

Henry County Health Center announces 1 new COVID-19 related death

News from the Adrian R-3 School District

Dear Blackhawks;
In response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, the Adrian R-III School District will limit attendance at home athletic competitions and extracurricular activities through the remainder of the 2020-21 school year to help reduce further spread of the virus. The new protocols will go into effect Monday, December 7.

The school district will restrict spectators at each home game (middle school through varsity) in an effort to increase social distancing in gyms across the district.

Entrance into activities will be limited to up to two people per participant. Tickets will be issued to each participant for distribution to family members. There will be only one set of doors to enter and those will be the north doors from the student parking lot.

Young siblings of participants (grade 5 and under) will be permitted without a ticket.

No outside spectators, including students will be permitted entrance without a ticket.

As we continue to monitor the COVID situation in our community and school, our goal is to continue to offer our students opportunities while trying to minimize risks and disruptions to the education of the Adrian students.

We’re putting these protocols in place right now to ensure that games and other events can take place safely and that the attendance of family members is still possible. The first events under these new rules will be, Dec. 7.

Other protocols
Masks are required to be worn by all spectators.
Protocols for away venues will be made public and followed for all away activities.
Cheerleaders will perform at home games only.

Thank You,
Don Lile
Adrian RIII School Superintendent

Have you checked out Coffman Chiropractic LLC in Butler?

Come see us to get adjusted and feeling great this holiday season! Located at 101 N Lyon St. Butler, MO. 

Call in to schedule at 660-679-0077, through the BOOK NOW button on this page, or visit the website at

Hours are listed on the Facebook page!

Obituary - James Stine

James Lea Stine, 81, of Kansas City, Missouri passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at St. Joseph Medical Center. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, December 11, 2020 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Atkinson Funeral Home, 600 W Wall St., Harrisonville, MO 64701.

A full obituary will be posted when it is available.

Light Precipitation Today, Moving out tonight

Light rain, with isolated areas of a wintry mix will continue off and on through the day. Watch out for some slick spots on elevated roads. 

Precipitation moves out by the mid to late afternoon.

Milo woman injured in accident in Butler

On 12/2/20 around 5:48pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol along with Butler Police Department along with Butler Fire Department responded to a accident on the overpass of 52 West Highway and I-49 in Butler.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2005 Kenworth driven by 56 year old Robert D. Gillespie of Butler rear ended a 2015 Ford Escape driven by 63 year old Carol A. Stroud of Milo, Missouri.

Carol A. Stroud sustained minor injuries in this accident and she was transported to Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler for treatment. 

Both vehicles were damaged and towed from the scene of the crash by Douty's Tow of Butler and J's Southland Tow of Cass County.

Mr. Gillespie was arrested at the scene of the crash on 1.) Driving While Intoxicated Charges. He was booked into the Bates County Jail in Butler and later released.

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