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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

From the desk of Benton County Sheriff Eric Knox

Christmas is the time we celebrate families, children and the birth of our Savior …sadly this season our office joins the community in mourning the senseless and tragic loss of a young life from Benton County and our own missing Echo Lloyd. Please know we will do everything in our power to bring them the justice they deserve.

I want to take a moment to thank all of you for your kindness, gifts, and most importantly, all the prayers after our motorcycle accident in October. My wife Joy is home now recuperating from her extensive injuries. She has a long road ahead of her but with love, prayer and medical attention she will recover, please keep those prayers coming.

I am back at the helm just in time to pound out the 2021 budget and present it to the Commission. I welcome you to stop by my Office if you would like to pick up a copy of my budget proposal or discuss the numbers. As of yet I have not been able to obtain a date for the completion of the new jail. I have been told by the construction managers that they will have the jail completed by the end of January. I will keep you posted as construction progresses and we are able to start using this much anticipated and needed facility.

This holiday season, as you are opening up those new gifts, I would like to remind you to write down all those serial numbers. Take pictures of everything of value and write the serial number on the photo with a note of any distinguishing marks. If it is an item like a nail gun or battery-powered drill, make up your own serial number and stencil or stamp it deep into the item, then remove a cover or panel and apply the number once more. If you should be an unfortunate victim of burglary or theft, the serial number will be loaded into a nation-wide database for law enforcement. Without this, the ability to recover your items are near zero.

Keep in mind that bad guys are constantly driving around looking for easy targets. Please do not set out your trash with all the unwrapped boxes from Christmas morning. This is like an advertisement for thieves who could drive by and see that high-end, big screen TV box, Playstation 5 or other desirable items and decide to shop at your house. Please remember to lock your vehicle and garage doors as well. A great Christmas gift for yourself would be a video recording system for your home and outside motion lights. A big part of reducing thefts in the area is reducing opportunity.

I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I look forward to serving you in the New Year for my second term and standing with you through all the new challenges. As always, my office door is always open to you. Please feel free to stop by the office or call.

Benton County Sheriff Eric Knox

Obituary - Samuel "Jerry" Reedy

Samuel "Jerry" Reedy passed away Friday, December 18, 2020 at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton, Missouri. Graveside services will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Roseland (Windsor, Missouri). The family suggests memorial contributions to the Benton County Health Department and can be left in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences may be left online at

Samuel “Jerry” Reedy was born September 22, 1943 near Roseland, Missouri to Samuel and Sadie (Briggs) Reedy. Samuel was the oldest of five children. Samuel attended school near Windsor, Missouri and lived at home on the farm with his parents until 1996 when his parents were unable to care for him. He then lived with Rodger and Rhonda until his death. Jerry loved his family, especially his nieces and nephews; He liked game shows and cartoons until he lost all his vision. Samuel loved country music. He was a member of Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Roseland, Missouri and baptized in Calhoun Missouri.

Samuel was preceded in death by his parents Samuel and Sadie Reedy, one Brother-In-Law James Wesley Mullins.

He is survived by two sisters Judith Armillie (Reedy) Mullins of Windsor, Missouri; Marylin Ethel (Reedy) Lesmeister and husband Anthony Lesmeister of Montrose, Missouri; two brothers Arthur Ronald (Ronnie)Reedy and wife Connie Jean (Ott) Reedy of Columbia, Missouri; Rodger Leroy Reedy and wife Rhonda Jo (Gerken) Reedy of the home . Nine nieces and nephews Jeff Mullins and Shelly of Blue Springs Missouri; Jennifer (Mullins) Cummings and Richard of Buloxie, Mississippi; Tashia Lesmeister of Texas; Samantha Lesmeister of Montrose, Missouri; Mathew Reedy and Sharilyn of Columbia, Missouri; Mark Reedy and Christy of Columbia, Missouri; Kayley Reedy of Warrensburg, Missouri; Austin Reedy of Springfield, Missouri; Wesley Reedy and Andrea Brockman of Windsor, Missouri. Nine great nieces and nephews Carson and Cameron Mullins, Jaymee Bell, Harlee Cummings, Molly and Natalie Unterseher, Audrey Reedy, Devon and Ryan Reedy.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home of Clinton, Missouri.

Thank you!

Today, Henry County Sheriff Kent Oberkrom and Major Hills presented a check for $460 to the Windsor Ministerial Alliance to help with the operations of the food pantry.

The food pantry had recently put out a request for help and the Sheriff's Office came through with donating the proceeds of their annual fall casual event held during October and November.

Sheriff Office employees paid $20 to participate in this years event. THANK YOU to all of our staff that helped raise funds for this great cause!

COVID-19 Update from Adrian Manor

This is Sheila Wackerman from Adrian Manor. I have to inform you that we have had six more residents test positive for COVID today and one staff member. 

We have had do a lot of moving today in order to enlarge our positive unit again. We have notified those resident’s families that have been involved in the moving and notified the families of the positive residents. 

All residents are isolated to their rooms. We will be testing staff on Tuesday and Thursdays, the residents will be retested next Wednesday. We will be monitoring all residents closely for signs or symptoms. And if we see any resident starting to show any signs and symptoms we will test them at that time. This extends our isolation time again. 

We will have to go through at least 2 rounds of testing until we get 2 consecutive rounds with everyone being negative. We have received information on the COVID vaccine. I am sending the informational form and the consent form with my statements this month. In the letter that is with the statement it gives you several options for returning the signed consent, because we need it back as soon as possible. We have also given you a couple of vaccine websites for you to research along with the fact sheet for the Moderna vaccine that we will be given. We have also posted those links on our website for you convenience. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Supersonic traffic may be overhead

What’s Up

By LeRoy Cook 

There was a slow traffic count at Butler airport last week, but clandestine fuel sales were seen on the pump, so there were evidently planes going in and out that went unobserved. I saw a Cessna Skyhawk (probably a Central MO university craft) and an Army Guard Blackhawk UH-60 helicopter, along with a Cessna 172 that followed us in on the GPS36 approach Thursday morning.

 From the local hangars, Alvin Griffin and Dave Hopkins flew their Beech Bonanza N35 after its annual airworthiness inspection, Dayne Kedigh blew a solo cross-country from Higginsville in a Cessna 150 and I had the Cessna Skyhawk out. I also “flew” a Cessna 150 from the hangar to the fuel pumps; might as well take it up, around the patch, to warm up the oil before refueling, eh?

 When it comes to finding something harmless to do when dodging Covid 19 droplets, there’s a lot to be said for going flying. Your plane has been sitting unoccupied, so the virus bits have died away, and you’re by yourself, far from any potential source of infection. Going up to practice maneuvers and procedures helps keep you sharp as a pilot, and airplanes stay in better shape with regular use, rather than sitting and rusting.

 We may soon be hearing more than just B-2 Stealth bombers and seeing contrails other than coast-to-coast airliners going overhead.  Last week, it was announced that Kansas’ DOT and the FAA have designated a supersonic test track west of here, where companies doing flight tests for possible civilian faster-than-sound airplanes can let them run. The route is 710 nautical miles long, a long oval out west and back over the state of Kansas. Supposedly, there will be minimal to no noise heard at ground level as all test runs will be above 39,000 feet. 

 For 40 years or more, it’s been illegal to fly at supersonic speeds over the land area of the United States, expect for special circumstances like the Space Shuttle returning or military planes in designed areas. We used to hear (and feel) sonic booms regularly as military pilots busted Mach. Now some firms are wanting to build civil supersonic planes, promising to tame the shock wave’s impact so it can’t do damage or annoy us at ground level. To do that, research is needed, and the Kansas Track is supposed to give such an opportunity.

 Last week we asked why pilots are advised to fly along the right side of a road or rail line when following it in bad weather. It is, as you might expect, so that planes meeting each other going in opposite directions can be in a better position to avoid a collision. In addition, most planes place the pilot’s seat on the left side of the cockpit, giving a better view if flown to the right. Okay, for next week, what color of paint is commonly used on fire-fighting aircraft? You can send your answers to

Fake money passed locally

Another merchant in the Butler area was passed a fake $20 bill in the last few days, prompting an all call for business owners to carefully scrutinize cash-especially of smaller denominations.   

It might also pay for individuals to purchase a counterfeit detector pen if accepting large amounts of cash on sales just to be safe.

City of Rich Hill Public Hearing Notice


Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held at City Hall, 120 N. 7th Street, Rich Hill, Missouri, by the Rich Hill Board of Aldermen at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 21st, 2021, concerning the city’s current water, wastewater and electric rate designs in order to adjust customer monthly utility rates.

All those present will be given an opportunity to be heard.

Casey Crews
City Clerk

One in Custody Following Monday Night Pursuit In Cass County

Cass Co – Around 10:30 pm Monday deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Apprehension Unit assisted officers with the Harrisonville Police Department involved in the pursuit of a 2011 Chrysler 300 on northbound I-49 north of Harrisonville.

Officers pursued the vehicle north of Peculiar where the suspect exited on Peculiar Way and then traveled south on I-49.

An officer was able to deploy a tire deflation device north of Harrisonville on I-49. A Cass County Deputy with a Grappler equipped vehicle was able to capture the vehicle when it exited at 291 Highway in Harrisonville. 

The vehicle was brought to a stop and the driver was taken into custody without further incident.

The vehicle was confirmed stolen from Lansing, Kansas. The driver Cassandra M. Schroeder, 33, Overland Park, Kansas was arrested and transported to the Cass County Jail.

On Tuesday, Cassandra Schroeder was charged with Class D Felony Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Class D Felony Tampering with Motor Vehicle – 1st Degree, and Class A Misdemeanor Resisting/Interfering with Arrest, Detention or Stop.
Schroeder was issued a Signature (ROR) bond.

Governor Parson Grants 24 Pardons, Commutes Four Sentences

Today, Governor Mike Parson granted pardons to 24 individuals who have demonstrated a changed lifestyle and desire to move on from past behaviors. 

“If we are to be a society that believes in forgiveness and second chances, then it is the next chapter in these individuals lives that will matter most,” Governor Parson said. “We are encouraged and hopeful that these individuals will take full advantage of this opportunity.”

These are the first pardons granted by Governor Parson pursuant the authority granted him by the Missouri Constitution, Article IV, Section 7. Official pardon documents have been filed with the appropriate government agencies and are being sent to the individuals.

In addition to these pardons, Governor Parson has decided to commute three prior drug offenders to house arrest. These offenders were made parole ineligible by a statute that was subsequently repealed by the Missouri General Assembly. Missouri Supreme Court case law holds that the repeal of the statute did not legally apply retroactively to these offenders. 

“These offenders would not be subject to a legal bar for parole eligibility if sentenced today due to the repeal of the prior statute by the General Assembly. They have all been active participants in programming, completed numerous restorative justice hours, and demonstrated good behavior while incarcerated,” Governor Parson said. 

After a home plan is approved by the Parole Board, the three offenders will serve the remainder of their prison terms under supervised house arrest. The Missouri Department of Corrections has notified the offenders receiving this commutation. Governor Parson has also decided to commute the sentence of a female drug offender. 

Governor Parson has instructed his legal team to continue reviewing clemency files and intends to keep working to reduce the backlog inherited by his administration. At last report, there were 3,695 pending clemency applications. 

“This is the time of year for forgiveness. There must be serious consequences for criminal behavior, but when individuals demonstrate a changed lifestyle and a commitment to abandoning the ways of their past, they should be able to redeem themselves in the eyes of the law,” Governor Parson concluded.

In the interest of privacy, the Governor's Office will not immediately release the names of the individuals granted clemency or commutations, so that appropriate communications can be made to families, however the information will subsequently be made available. 


The W. Scott Johnson Award is the most prestigious award presented by MPHA to an individual for distinguished service in the field of public health in Missouri. 

The award is given in commemoration of the skills, integrity, devotion to duty and constructive leadership which characterized the life of W. Scott Johnson.

The 2020 winner of this award is Gary French. Gary has worked for the Henry County Health Center for 13 years, he has filled many roles including Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Community Educator, Teen Outreach Program Coordinator, MCH as well as HCHC Epidemiologist.

When COVID hit, he took the lead for contact tracing while continuing with his contracts and community education. Gary’s nomination for this awards was endorsed by many community partners in the Henry County area

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Obituary - Richard A. FitzGerald

Richard A. FitzGerald, age 85, of Grandview, Missouri, passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, December 21, 2020.

A graveside service will be held at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Belton Cemetery in Belton, Missouri.

Richard was born on October 14, 1935 in Hume, Missouri to David A. FitzGerald and Grace L. (Webb) FitzGerald. After graduating high school Richard was joined in marriage with his wife, Barbara J. (Fletcher) on July 18, 1954. Together they were blessed with four children. Richard worked many years for Wonder Bread, providing for his family. In life, he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, David and Grace FitzGerald.

He leaves behind his loving wife of over sixty-six years, Barbara J. FitzGerald; two sons, Geary FitzGerald (Deborah) and Steve FitzGerald (Taylor); two daughters, Michelle Ann FitzGerald and Kelly D. Herman (David); two brothers, Arnold and Wayne FitzGerald; two sisters, Sharon Stone (Jim) and Carol Gleason; six grandchildren, Joshua Adam FitzGerald (Christina), Nicole Marie Jewell (Brian), Sam Malone, Connor FitzGerald, Cody Herman, and Ashlee Herman; and four great grandchildren, Nolan and Nora FitzGerald, and Maggie and Jacob Jewell.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to, Center for Developmentally Disabled, 9150 E. 41st Terrace, Kansas City, Missouri 64133 or Developing Potential Inc., 251 NW Executive Way, Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64063.

Strong Winds Expected Overnight

If you're not enjoying the wind today, we aren't the bearer of good news. Winds are expected to gust overnight into Wednesday morning, with rapidly cooling temps to follow.

Henry County Health Center confirms 5 new positive cases of COVID-19

The Henry County Health Center (HCHC) has received confirmation of 5 more positive cases of COVID-19. Clinton-1, Deepwater-2, Windsor-1, and Montrose-1. This brings the total number of confirmed positive cases in Henry County to 1543.

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.

Obituary - Janet Lorraine Castle

Janet Lorraine Castle, 66, of Kansas City, Missouri, was born, May 28, 1954, in Ft. Madison, Iowa, the daughter of Floyd and Cora (Adkins) Castle. She departed this life, Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Janet attended the William Chrisman High School in Independence, Missouri.

Janet was employed as an Assistant Health Care Provider last working for the Wilshire at Lakewood Care Center in Lee’s Summit. She enjoyed crafting, cooking and baking, attending musical concerts and listening to music. Janet was a woman of deep faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and loved reading the Bible and books related to her faith in God.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents Floyd and Cora; one son, Dustin Schupback; three brothers, infant Everett Earl Castle, Dale Castle, and Leroy Castle; and two sisters, Linda Gordon and Karen Armstrong.

She is survived by her son, Michael Weaver of Grain Valley; her daughter, Angelia (and Bobby) Weaver-Brown of Brooksville, Florida; four grandchildren, Mikayla Schupback of Independence, Blake Brown of Brooksville, Michael Weaver, Jr. of Grain Valley, and Allison Weaver of Grain Valley; two sisters, Betty “B.J.” (and Philip) Castle-Nikkel of Loveland, Colorado, and Laurie Houston of Huachuca City, Arizona; brother-in-law, Charles Armstrong, Sr. of Pleasant Hill, brother-in-law Melvin Gordon of Angleton, Texas, sister-in-law, Beverly Castle of Fredonia, Kansas; nieces and nephews, Shelly (and Mark) Journey of Linwood, Kansas, Sherry (and Kirk) Ketcham of Newman, Georgia, Kristy (and Kent) Livingston, Kelly (and Keith) Boehmke, and Charles Armstrong, Jr., all of Pleasant Hill; Sean (and Kim) Gordon of Angleton, Todd (and Keri) Gordon of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Jonathan (and Elizabeth) Nikkel of Santa Maria, California, Christopher Nikkel of Loveland, Jackie Castle-Leftwich of Fredonia, Kansas, and Bryan Castle of Fredonia, Kansas.

Cremation has been accorded. A celebration of Janet’s life will be shared on a Zoom meeting with family and friends. Details for that will be published by the Stanley Dickey Funeral Home. In addition, a service will be held at a later date in Spring 2021. Service time will be published on the funeral home website when that information becomes available.

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

Vernon County Health Department Covid-19 Update:

As of 12/21/2020 we have had 11,068 negative PCR test reported back to us. There will be no COVID-19 update next week (12/28/20-12/31/20). Our next update will be released on Tuesday 1/5/2021. 

The holidays are here and our new cases are continuing to rise. We strongly encourage everyone that if you're not feeling well to please stay home. Please do not dismiss any signs of not feeling well before you leave the house to spend time around others that would not be in your normal household. 

We are asking that everyone please help do their part to slow the spread of this virus by: social distancing (keeping greater than 6 feet of distance) when around others, wear a mask when social distancing can't be maintained, and frequently wash your hands. 

We wish you all a safe and healthy Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Vaccine delayed in reaching BCMH

Update from Bates County Memorial Hospital: We have just learned that our hospital will not receive our first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine, intended for patient-facing healthcare workers, as early as expected.

Dr. Benjamin Crary, a hospitalist for Bates County Memorial Hospital, received his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on December 18 at St. Luke's South. When asked why he felt it was important to receive the vaccination at his earliest opportunity, Dr. Crary said, "It was important to me because this might be our best tool to get out of this pandemic. The science is sound. It's safe and effective. I want this pandemic to be over - the devastation and death it has caused has been horrible. And, it would be nice to live our lives."

As a hospitalist for both BCMH and St. Luke's Health System, Dr. Crary had the opportunity to receive the Pfizer vaccine at St. Luke's, and was the first BCMH doctor to be vaccinated. (Physicians at BCMH will receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available.) Both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines require two doses administered several weeks apart. Dr. Crary said he experienced no significant side effects after his first dose except for some tenderness at the site of the shot. 

Dr. Crary also stressed the importance of continuing to use all of the tools available to us now to prevent the spread of infection: washing hands frequently, social distancing and wearing a mask whenever you are with others who do not live in your household, and staying home when you have symptoms of illness except to seek medical care.

Angel Tree List Complete! Thank you so much!

Santa has checked his ANGEL TREE LIST and checked it twice and thanks to the parishioners of St. Patrick Catholic Church and donations from members of the community, Santa will be delivering Christmas gifts on time to deserving children in our community.

The Bates County Victim Advocate Program in cooperation with the Division of Social Services, Children’s Division provides names for the ANGLE TREE each year and despite COVID 19 the spirit of giving and good will prevailed

The Bates County Victim Advocate Program and the Bates County Children’s Division thanks everyone for their generosity. By giving these gifts to these children you have made Christmas brighter not only for the kids, but parents and foster parents as well!

Merry Christmas!

Cass County Sheriff's Office Training Academy recently completed installation of new protective mats

The Cass County Sheriff's Office Regional Training Academy recently completed installation of new protective mats. The room is used for training of academy recruits and full-time law enforcement officers.

Currently the academy has 14 recruits from the Bates, Cass, Johnson and Lafayette County Sheriff's Office and Belton Police Department. This class will graduate in February 2021.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office is currently taking applications for Academy Recruit Deputy, P.O.S.T. Certified Deputy, and Communication Officers. For more information go to

The next CCSORTA class will start in April 2021.

Obituary - James “Jim” Martin

James Martin, 58 of Archie, Missouri passed away Saturday, December 19, 2020. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, December 26, 2020 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009).

A visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, also at the chapel Saturday. Burial will follow services in Glenwild Cemetery, Cleveland, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of donor’s choice. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.

James “Jim” Martin was born January 9, 1962 in Paola, Kansas to James Clark and Betty Jo Ford Martin. He grew up in Miami County and graduated from Louisburg High School in 1980.

For most of his life Jim worked in construction as a Heavy Equipment Operator for Willerton construction and recently for Hettinger Escavating. Jim was a proud father, he enjoyed attending their many activities and coaching their summer sports. Later in life Jim became an even more proud grandfather and was just as active in their lives. Jim loved to play golf, camp, and play cards. He was always the friend you called when you needed help or just an encouraging word.

Jim is survived by his parents Clark and Betty Martin, his son Justin Kircher (Andrea), son Eric Martin, son Brent Martin, daughter Leah Martin (David Dunn), and son Seth Eastabrook (Lauren). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Ethan, Aiden, Koen, Tory, Delilah, Corbin, Maverick, Deacon, Danika, Jaylen, Koby, Andrea, Logan, Amanda, Kyle, Kiera, Tripp, and Ryer. Jim also leaves behind his brothers Rick and Barry Martin, nephew Derrick Martin, along with many cousins, extended family members and friends.

Lost item northeast of Butler

A trailer ramp had been lost northeast of Butler. If found, please call Lonny at 660-679-8627. Thank you.

Butler Varsity Girls Wrestlers competed in the McDonald County Tournament December 18th

The Butler Varsity Girls Wrestlers competed in the McDonald County Tournament December 18th

Makayla Mallatt: 1st Place.
Josie Johnston: 3rd Place.

Makayla ripped through all her opponents. She was working moves all day before we told her to pin them.

Josie just gets better and better each week. She went 2-2, but one match she fought hard. It could have went either way. The score was 9-6, and proves that she is quickly learning the sport!

Next up we travel to Diamond for a dual tournament with the boys on December 30. Both girls should get some good matches in

Max Wind Gusts Today

Hang on to your hats! Along with the warm conditions today, we can expect gusting southerly winds to affect much of eastern KS and western MO today by late this morning into the afternoon.

Obituary - Claude E. Jewell Jr.

Claude E. Jewell Jr., age 92, of Belton, Missouri passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 17, 2020, at the Wilshire at Lakewood Care Center, Lee's Summit, Missouri. He had been visited often, personally and virtually by many who loved him dearly.

A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at St. Sabina Catholic Church, 700 Trevis Ave., Belton, Missouri 64012. A private Rosary and Funeral Mass will be held following visitation. St. Sabina will post the Funeral Mass to their Facebook page. Claude will be laid to rest with his beloved wife Terry at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Claude was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 5, 1928 to Claude E. Jewell Sr. and Geraldine M. (Smart) Jewell. He grew up in the Missouri Boot-Heel and with parental permission enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17, in early 1945. After WWII ended, he was honorably discharged after serving his yearlong enlistment in the Navy. Claude then began his proud and continued service to his country, serving another 27 and a half years in the United States Air Force before retiring on August 31, 1973, at the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. Claude was a lifetime member of the Air Force Sergeants Association. In life, Claude was a dedicated and loving husband and father to his wife and children. He was a man of Catholic faith and a member of St. Sabina's Parish for the past 47 years. Claude was a faithful and longtime member of the Knights of Columbus where he was active in the organization and made great material and financial contributions towards the Mission of the Knights. He was an avid fisher early in life and golfer throughout his life, golfing well into his eighties. After the loss of his wife in 1997, Claude began to travel south during the winter months eventually living in the middle of a golf course in Edinburg, TX. As a snowbird, he made many friends who cared and loved him 'down in the Valley'.

Claude was preceded in death by his loving wife of over forty-five years, Lillian 'Terry' Jewell; and parents, Claude and Geraldine Jewell.

He leaves behind his five children, Janet Sanchez (Mike), Susan Gelatko, Jim Jewell (Nancy), Ron Jewell (Julie), and Joann Budde (Eric); fifteen grandchildren, Maria Sanchez, Kristina Sanchez, Michael Gelatko, Thomas Gelatko, Jessica Shaw (Zach), Alexandra Jewell, Ashley Jewell, Jennifer Moenster (Andrew), Sarah Kelly (Brayden), Joseph Jewell, Austin Jewell, Philip Budde (Madeleine), Jewell Budde, Mark Budde, and Eli Budde; and four great grandchildren, Elisabeth, Adrianna, Jacob and Nicholas Moenster; and one great granddaughter 'baby girl' Kelly on the way in January 2021.

Obituary - Dorothea Martha Wentzel

Dorothea Martha Wentzel, age 92, of Belton, Missouri, passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at Beautiful Savior Nursing Home.

On a later date, a burial of Dorothea’s remains will be held at Camp Butler in Springfield, Illinois.

Dorothea was born in Goodhue, Minnesota on October 23, 1928 to William Schramm and Dora (Bottcher) Schramm. After graduating high school Dorothea worked as a teacher for two years before becoming a homemaker, raising her five children. She then was a dietary manager at the Lewis Memorial Christian Village Nursing Home in Illinois. In Springfield, Illinois Dorothea was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church until moving to Crawfordsville, Indiana where she became a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church. In life she enjoyed macrame, sewing, watching birds, and crafting.

Dorothea was preceded in death by her loving husband of fifty-four years, Arnold Wentzel; parents, William and Dora Schramm; one sisters; and four brothers.

She is survived by her four sons, Paul Wentzel (Rita), John Wentzel (Cindy), David Wentzel, and Phil Wentzel (Becky); daughter, Lenice Vaught (Larry); thirteen grandchildren; and fifteen great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1414 E. Wabash Ave., Crawfordsville, Indiana 47933 or Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., Springfield, Illinois 62704 or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

Obituary - Charlie Joe Perkins

Charlie Joe Perkins was born on July 7, 1946 to Floyd and Janet Perkins at Nevada City Hospital. Charlie passed on December 21, 2020 in Nevada Missouri after a long convalescence.

Charlie was raised on the family farm near Walker, MO where he attended school and played tuba in the Marching band. The family moved to Nevada and he graduated from Nevada High School. Charlie worked for Hallmark in Kansas City for several years before returning to Nevada.

Preceded in death by parents and older brother Fred Perkins. Survived by brother Ed Perkins and wife Sharyn, sister Marja Crouse and husband Don, sister Marye Callaway and husband DA, daughter Cherie Gordon and daughter Christie Stein and husband Mike, several grandchildren, one great granddaughter and nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Is that a wallaby on the loose?

Cpl. Logan and Deputy Baker responded to an "unusual" animal complaint in the 800 block of NW Hwy O at around 9:00 pm on Monday, December 21st. Upon arrival, deputies encountered a wallaby in the roadway, that was called in by a passing motorist.

The owner of the wallaby was located after a short investigation and reunited with his missing pet, which he was attempting to locate when contacted by deputies. Deputies had an opportunity for a quick pic with the wallaby and it's owner, before their departure and heading out to their next call for service.

**UPDATE** I received a text message from a friend that said their son-in-law was one that saw the wallaby cross the road. He said when he stopped to confirm what his eyes had just seen, the wallaby jumped onto his leg. He was able to "facetime" with the dispatcher to confirm he wasn't calling in a false report. Thank you for stopping and making a difference!

All in a day's work!!
(Pic - L to R: Cpl. Logan, owner & wallaby, Deputy Baker)