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Friday, December 4, 2020

Obituary - Kevin Montgomery Goodlett

Kevin Montgomery Goodlett was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was as active, outgoing child who enjoyed skiing, playing basketball and video games. He spent time hanging out with his friends, his family and his dog, Poco. Kevin earned his GED in the Show-Me Challenge Program in the summer of 2000.

Kevin struggled with mental illness his entire adult life. Despite his handicap, he lived independently until the time of his death. Kevin's illness made it difficult to get to know him, but those who did found a steadfast, loyal friend with a quick wit, who was always ready with an off-kilter punch line and an impish grin.

Kevin's hobbies included programming, assembling computers, chatting with friends (online or in person) and listening to music. Kevin also cooked occasionally and could make a fantastic medium-rare steak.

Kevin is survived by his parents, Cliff and Vicki Norris, his brother Chris Goodlett, and his best friend Jason Barerra. Kevin will be sorely missed by all who knew him, including numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Heuser Funeral Home of Rich Hill, Missouri.

Be on the lookout

Due to suspicious activity in the area of CR NW 9001 - CR NW 13002 make sure all your vehicles are locked and keys are secured.

If you see anything out of the ordinary or that raises suspicion please contact the Bates County Sheriff's Office at 660-679-3232.

Obituary - Gary Lee Brown

Gary Lee Brown was born July 15, 1951 in Kansas City, Missouri to Dennis Roy and Rose Bernice McDermott Brown. He attended and graduated from the Ruskin High School in Kansas City. 

Gary worked for over 30 years as a custodian in the Hickman Mills School District in Kansas City before retiring and moving to Rich Hill. He then began working as a dishwasher at Southside Cafe in Butler, MO.

Gary was known as a lovable little guy with a heart of gold. He was a hard worker, but loved his time family and friends, especially his great-nieces and nephews. He also enjoyed the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, brother Louis Brown, sister Cathy Swezy, brother John Francis, and nephew Kenneth Miller, Jr. He is survived by his sister Lois Miller and her husband Kenneth, his brothers Lee & Tom Francis, and by many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.

Obituary - Jimmy Elvin Vaughn

Funeral services for Jimmy Vaughn will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at Calvary Baptist Church in Adrian, Missouri under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler. 

Visitation will be prior to services from 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 9 at Calvary Baptist Church in Adrian. Burial in Prescott Cemetery in Prescott, Kansas. Contributions to Calvary Baptist Church. Online condolences,

Jimmy Elvin Vaughn, age 80 of Urich, Missouri went to be with the Lord Thursday, December 3, 2020 at Truman Lake Manor in Lowry City, Missouri. He was born June 18, 1940 to Raymond Arlo and Zora Mildred Murr Vaughn in Vinita, Oklahoma.

Jimmy is survived by his wife, Wanda Vaughn of Urich, Missouri; three sons, Michael Vaughn and wife Diane of Grandview, Missouri, David Vaughn and wife Brenda of Urich, Missouri and Jimmy Vaughn and wife Shelly of Harrisonville, Missouri; two daughters, LaDonna Cubley of Grandview, Missouri and Janet Glover and husband Ed of Clinton, Missouri; one brother, Glenn Vaughn and wife Jean of Prescott, Kansas; one sister, Arlene Seitz and husband Bob of Chugiak, Alaska; 15 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and a large extended family and host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Eugene and Bobby; son-in-law, Glenn Cubley; and grandson Matthew Cubley.

Nevada Police Department searching for armed robbery suspect

The Nevada Police Department needs your help identifying the subject in the following photos in relation to an armed robbery that occurred earlier this evening. 

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Anyone with information on this subject or this incident is urged to contact the Nevada Police Department at 417-448-5100.

Tragedy strikes when least expected

Things like this you remember vividly

Friday June 11th, 1982
. My friend Alan Nieder was famous for being an early riser; and me, more of a night owl. At any rate, he had a knack for stopping by early on a random morning just to find a noisy way to wake me up.

But this time was different. In the early hours of this overcast, rainy day he came barging in my room yelling some mumbo jumbo about a helicopter crash and I knew he was serious.

As we are driving along a few minutes later, he excitedly recounts "The boys, (his brothers Les and Wes) saw a helicopter go down, and it's right up CC on Morris's place". As the crow flies, the location he's describing is a mile from my house and we'd be there soon...

As we pulled up, burning helicopter wreckage become clearly visible and we knew that no one could have survived that.

Thanks to neighbor Donna White for providing these newspaper clippings dated June 17th, 1982 that jarred my memory -Doug Mager

Henry County Health Center confirms 18 new positive cases of COVID-19

Henry County Health Center has received notification of 18 new cases of COVID-19. ( Clinton 14, Deepwater 1, Windsor 2, and Urich 1) This brings the total number of positive cases in Henry County to 1,315.

Suspect Rams Deputy Vehicle in Cass County Pursuit

Cass Co – Around 12:30 am Friday deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office assisted officers with the Harrisonville Police Department involved in the pursuit of a 2005 Chevy truck on northbound I-49 north of Harrisonville.

The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Apprehension Unit Deputy responded to the area with a patrol vehicle equipped with a Grappler device. Approximately one mile south of Peculiar, the deputy was able to stop the vehicle. The driver of the truck got out of the vehicle at which time a passenger attempted to drive away.

The truck was still attached to the Grappler device preventing it from leaving. The subject then put the truck in reverse and struck the patrol car with a deputy in the vehicle, causing both vehicles to be disabled.

Deputies and Officers on the scene took two subjects into custody. A passenger was questioned and released at the scene.

The driver of the truck, Jeramy T. Box, 44, Kansas City was arrested on multiple Kansas City warrants and is being held pending charges related to this incident.

Bailey K. Allen, 23, Harrisonville was arrested on an active warrant for Second Degree Burglary in Jackson County, bond $5500.00. Allen is also being held pending charges related to ramming the Cass County patrol vehicle.

“The ability to deploy the proper staff, tools, and training to apprehend criminals is essential to our mission to keep Cass County safe. In this case the suspect acted with wanton disregard towards the public and deputies safety,” said Sheriff Jeff Weber.

Butler Bears Wrestling News 12/4/20

The Butler High School boys and girls competed and represented their town and school well last night in a triangular dual with Oak Grove and Holden. We ended up splitting the duals 1-1 but not without some drama.

We wrestled Oak Grove to a 42-42 tie and it came down to the tenth tie breaking criteria to give Oak Grove the edge. Oak Grove beat us 60-6 last year, and are typically one of the top teams in Class 2.

Considerable improvement has been made over the past year and first few weeks of the season. The wrestling team followed up with a 33-21 win over Holden with some of our wrestlers stepping up and wrestling a higher weight class to secure the win.

Incredibly proud of the effort and excitement of the boys and girls. While there is a lot of opportunities for improvement this was a great stepping off point for the season. Here are the following results:

Baylor Myers- 1-1 (Wrestled hard)
Ryan Baker- 2-0 (Bumped up to 126 to beat a returning state placer against Holden)
Josh Smith- 1-1 (Great effort)
Brendin Patrick- 2-0 (Picked up right where he left off last year)
Ostin VanVoorst- 2-0 (Business like attitude on the mat tonight)
Gavin Burgess- 1-1 (Solid performance by Gavin)
Tristan Trumbore- 2-0 (This kid doesn’t quit)
Issac Rodriguez- 2-0 (Bumped up to 220 to secure a win for the BHS wrestling team)
Zayne Nuzum - 0-2 (Wrestled hard for young wrestler)
Makayla Reanne Mallat- 1-0
Josie Johnston - 0-1 (Tough first match)

The boys and I couldn’t do this without Jeff Taylor, Andrew Dixon, and Rick White. Thanks for all of your effort in making this thing go.

We look forward to the opportunity ahead of us at the Ray Stockdale Tournament at Knob Knoster this weekend.

Obituary - Henrietta Lucille "Birdie" Bird

Henrietta Lucille “Birdie” Bird, 84, of Lee's Summit, Missouri, was born, April 16, 1936, in Iola, Kansas. She entered into eternal rest on Monday, November 30th at home surrounded by her loving family.

Birdie grew up on the family farm near Iola, Kansas and was always proud of her country roots. She was very active in 4H during her childhood and very proud of the many awards she received. Upon high school graduation from Iola High School she worked for the Bell telephone company.

August 30, 1957, she was united in marriage to Paul W. Bird in Iola, Kansas. After marriage she enjoyed being a homemaker and raising 3 daughters. In 1976 she graduated from LPN school. As a licensed practical nurse she worked as a school nurse and in the hospital bedside setting in Sikeston, Missouri, and Lee's Summit, Missouri, and as a case manager at Allen County Hospital. Her favorite job of all time, however, was being Grandma Henri (Gam) to her 3 beautiful grandchildren.

For those fortunate enough to know Birdie they experienced her warm and welcoming smile and hugs. She was always generous and wanted to help those in need. She will be greatly missed but we know she is with our Lord and we will see her again.

Birdie was preceded in death by her husband Paul W. Bird, her mother Minnie Grimm Cleaver, and her brother Loraine Cleaver.

She is survived by her daughters Paula Bird of Harrisonville, Missouri, Lisa (and Jim) Nichols of Harrisonville, Missouri, and Pamela ( and Jeff) White of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; three grandchildren Matthew White, Audrey White, and Jessica Nichols; sister-in-law Sherry Virtue of DeSoto, Kansas; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Per Birdie’s wishes cremation has been accorded. Inurnment will be in the Geneva Cemetery, near Iola at a later date.

Birdie’s family would like to thank all of the staff and nurses with Amedisys Hospice for the compassionate care they gave their mother during the past several weeks.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Amedisys Hospice, 9001 State Line Rd., Suite 120, Kansas City, Missouri, 64114 or Shiloh Center, 208 Oriole St., Harrisonville, Missouri 64701.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550

Obituary - Tina Ann (Cornell) Tincher

Tina Ann Tincher, 52, Nevada, MO passed away on Monday, November 30, 2020 at her home in Nevada. Tina, the oldest of eight children, was born December 17, 1967 in Poteau, OK to James L. and Artie M. (Dale) Cornell. She was united in marriage to Melvin Tincher and he preceded her in death on April 26, 1991.

Tina was raised in the Poteau, Oklahoma area. At the age of 16 she came to Nevada. Tina was a homemaker all of her life. She enjoyed fishing, camping, sewing, and going to yard sales, but most of all loved spending time with her family.

Survivors include her companion, James “Rick” Berten, of the home; four children, Melvin Tincher, Jr., Nevada, Janie Tincher, Nevada, Gary Berten (Chelsie), Nevada, Clyde Berten (Paige), Nevada; nine grandchildren, Rachel, Hanalie, Rocky, Sonny, Kirstan, Christan, Avalon, Kolbin, Legacie; mother, Artie Cornell, Nevada; seven siblings, Carolyn Mullen, Nevada, James Cornell, Webb City, MO, Della Cornell, Nevada, Howard Cornell, Nevada, Lela Cornell, Miami, OK, Brenda Berten, Nevada, Robert Cornell, Nevada; numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband Melvin, she was preceded in death by her father, James Cornell.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, December 7, 2020 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. Interment will follow in Click Cemetery, Nevada.

***At this time there is no longer a statewide limitation on the number of people attending funerals or visitations, however those in attendance will be asked to maintain social distancing, and that people are welcome to and, indeed, are encouraged to wear face mask to protect themselves and others.

From the desk of Bates County Coroner Greg Mullinax

On Thursday, December 3, 2020 just before 9am I was called to a residence in Rich Hill where a person had died in their home. 

While in progress on this call I was advised of a death at the Bates County Memorial Hospital Emergency Room. Upon clearing from Rich Hill, I continued to the ER and began that case.

Both deaths are natural in origin and are are not related; one will be Covid-related.

Thoughts and prayers to the family members and friends grieving a loss.

Greg D. Mullinax
Bates County Coroner

Ellett Memorial Employee of the Month

Ellett Memorial Hospital Employee of the Month is Nancy Snodgrass.  You will see Nancy in the Rural Health Clinic performing her duties.  She has the best skills around with accuracy and compassion.  Nancy treats everyone with respect from patients to co-workers.  She is willing to help out anywhere she can.  She is always on time, stays late and covers whenever needed. Nancy goes above and beyond and takes pride in her work.  Comments are:  she is the best!  Amazing, always upbeat and smiling, even with mask on!  She is always thinking of everyone else in her own selfless way. Nancy cares about this community and show it in many ways.  She has been with EMH since 1993 and we are blessed to have her.  Congratulations Nancy!

Dry Weather Continues

This may look like the scene but, at least the weather isn't being mean!
Weekend forecast: Not Too Shabby!

Jen Reece is Max Motors Top Sales Performer for the month of November

Jen Reece is Max Motors Top Sales Performer for the month of November! Thank you Jen for all of your hard work and for providing excellent customer service to our new and returning customers. We appreciate you!

Vernon County Health Department notification of a public exposure related to a positive COVID-19 case

December 4, 2020

The Vernon County Health Department has received notification of a public exposure related to a positive COVID-19 case. This exposure was on Tuesday December 1, 2020 at an event located inside Belles & Beaus Boutique in Nevada, MO. 

If you were at this event between the times of 2:30pm-5:30pm we ask that you please monitor your health. If you develop any of the following signs or symptoms please contact your health care provider or local urgent care.

Symptoms of COVID-19:
Fever >/= 100.4
Feeling feverish
Body Aches
Runny nose or congestion
Sore Throat
Loss or change in your taste or smell
Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
Chest pain or abdominal pain
Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

If you need to be seen please call ahead to your provider.
Remember to practice the 3 W’s…Watch your distance, wear your mask, and wash your hands frequently.

Foster man arrested in Bates County

On 11/30/20 around 11:16pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County arrested 34 year old William E. Swarens of Foster, Missouri.

Mr. Swarens was arrested for 1.) Felony possession of a controlled substance 2.)Unlawful use of drug paraphernalia 3.) Driving while suspended 4.) Lane violation.

He was booked into the Bates County Jail in Butler and later released.

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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.

Windsor Greyhound Football playing for Class 1 State Football Championship this Saturday

The Windsor Greyhounds head to Blair Oaks high school to play the Mid-Buchanan Dragons in the Class 1 Missouri State Championship Game this Saturday at 1pm! Break out the black and gold and come cheer on the Hounds to victory!!

Have you seen this missing woman from Benton County

ECHO M. LLOYD- Edwards, MO
Missing Since- 5/10/2020

Echo Michelle Lloyd (aka Echo White Lloyd) has been missing from Benton County Missouri since Sunday, May 10th, 2020. Her vehicle and purse were still at her home, but she was nowhere to be found.

For updates and to help bring awareness, please like and share the
Bring Echo Home

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Echo Lloyd, please contact the Benton County MO Sheriff's Office at (660)-438-6135.

Mingo Township Notice April 6th Election

Mingo Township will be taking filing for the positions of two board members, a trustee, and a clerk for the April 6, 2021 election. 

Contact Nova Bergschneider at 660-499-2276 to file between December 15th through January 19th.

Obituary - Jason Fleming

Jason Fleming, 44, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life, Thursday, December 3, 2020, at the Research Medical Center.

Arrangements are pending under the care of Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

Service times and a complete obituary will be published here as soon as that information becomes available.

Updated Obituary - Frieda Jean Leer

Frieda Jean Leer, 90, Nevada, MO passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at Cox Medical Center in Springfield, MO. Frieda was born September 28, 1930 in Altoona, IA to Erwin and Kathrine (Tompkins) Homrighous.

Frieda was born in Iowa and came to Nevada with her family at a young age where she graduated from Nevada High School. She worked at Nellie Don in Nevada for a number of years, then went on to work at Nevada State Hospital for 22 ½ years retiring in 1992. Her biggest joy in life was her family and grandchildren, and her annual trips to Reno, NV.

Survivors include six children, Larry Leer (Linda), Lamar, Rick Morris, Kansas, Alfred Leer, Nevada, Diane Dighero (Terry), Nevada, Linda Reeves (Zane), Pam Kelley (Scott), Lamar; numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; three sisters, Betty Palmer, Fort Collins, CO, Dorothy Campbell, Pittsburg, KS, Peggy Owen, Central Point, OR; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Ronald Leer, and Patrick Leer; one grandson, Matthew Leer; one great-granddaughter, Sydney Mendez; a daughter-in-law, Jeanette Leer; two brothers, Harry Homrighous, and Billy Homrighous; one sister, Kathleen Pierce.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 7, 2020 at Newton Burial Park in Nevada. Memorials are suggested in her memory to Vernon County Cancer Relief c/o Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

***At this time there is no longer a statewide limitation on the number of people attending funerals or visitations, however those in attendance will be asked to maintain social distancing, and that people are welcome to and, indeed, are encouraged to wear face mask to protect themselves and others


Free COVID-19 Testing in Henry County

Free COVID-19 Testing on December 8th at the Henry County Fairgrounds located at 1010 E. Sedalia Ave, Clinton, Missouri.

Information on the Virtual Winter Concert for Adrian R-3 School District

Information on the Virtual Winter Concert for Adrian R-3 School District 

Congratulations to Mrs. Lockard for winning Missouri’s FBLA-PBL advisor of the year award for 2020

Christy Lockard of Sheldon Middle School was surprised to receive the Missouri FBLA-PBL Advisor of the year award. 

Christy says It has been the result of a lot of work to get this over 26 years of teaching, establishing three different High school FBLA’s—Bronaugh, Sheldon, and Montrose! 

Also establishing Sheldon Middle Level FBLA! It has been a great 26 years with FBLA!! Plus my 4 years of my high school (Butler) FBLA with my adviser, Patty Rayburn! - Christy makes her home in Butler with husband Alan!

Heiman Agri Service is hiring

Heiman Agri Service is hiring‼️
CDL required‼️Hazmat comes with bonus pay‼️

Hours are Monday-Friday 7:30-5:00 and Saturdays 7:30-12:00! Looking for someone reliable, honest, and respectful. Insurance and 401K offered‼️

Call our office at 660-679-3000, shoot us a message or swing by and grab an application.

Congratulation to Kennidi & Mankizi Harris of Hume High School

Congratulations to Kennidi & Mankizi Harris of Hume R-8 School! They will be playing Softball at State Fair Community College in the 2022 season!

Dry Weather This Weekend

Light rain, possibly mixed with light wintry precipitation, will move out of the area this afternoon. That will leave us with a dry start to the weekend with near normal temperatures.

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Obituary - Cornelia Ann Isaacson

Cornelia Isaacson, 81, of Urich, Missouri passed away Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 at Truman Lake Manor in Lowry City, Missouri. 

Graveside service will be 1 PM Sunday December 6, 2020 at White Oak Cemetery, Urich Missouri. Memorial contributions to the White Oak Cemetery in care of Vansant-Mills Funeral Home Clinton, Missouri.

Cornelia was born in Clinton, Missouri on June 2, 1939 and was raised near Piper Missouri on a farm. She attended several small one room school classrooms. She graduated from Clinton High school in 1957 and was a longtime member of the White Oak United Methodist Church. Cornelia married Lester Bramell and they had four sons Leroy, Ray, Larry, and Lonny.

She worked for United Telephone as Chief Operator, and for Clearfield & Schreiber Cheese Plants and retired from the Sprint Telephone in Warrensburg Missouri. Cornelia had a large ceramic business after retiring from Sprint. Cornelia and husband Ike started a beef cattle operation in the early 90’s. She also enjoyed attending auctions and garage sales. They both worked on the Urich Reunion Committee and was on the board of the White Oak Cemetery.

Cornelia was not fond of water, air travel, mountains, or cruises. She did enjoy preparing meals for the family and she could work daylight till dark with never a foul word from her mouth. She loved to get out on the farm and do any task.

In the 1990’s her and Ike joined the Lucas UMC and was on the planning committee for the church expansion. They spent 7 winters at the Mexico/Texas border and enjoyed being with many snowbird friends each winter. There were nightly activities at the recreation hall. When Hurricane Dolly came through, and lost their home and it was never the same.

Cornelia is preceded in death by her parents Vestal and Anna Caldwell, husband Lester Bramell and her son Larry Bramell. She is survived by her husband Torsten Ike Isaacson, and her three sons Leroy, Ray, and Lonny.

Osceola woman injured in Vernon County Crash

On 12/3/20 around 10:00pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Vernon County along with Vernon County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on US 54 Highway just east of the city limits of Nevada.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass driven by 30 year old Robyn M. Sanning of Osceola,Missouri ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a utility pole.

A passenger in the vehicle 23 year old Haleigh M.Smith of Osceola, Missouri sustained moderate injuries in this accident and she was transported to Nevada Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene of the crash by Phillips Towing of Nevada.

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Help find Emily - 2 days missing from Harrisonville!

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