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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

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60 Years of Memories: As The Years Turn

Memories of 60 Years In Butler
By James Ring
December 27 , 2020

Now that 2021 is here (and welcome it is, for sure) I suppose we’ll have to change our brag line to “more than 60 years in Butler.” It was actually the fall of 1960 when I began to work full-time on our already venerable Square. So, I didn’t have long to wait to celebrate a New Years in Butler.
I don’t recall any wild parties or big merry-making associated with the turning of the calendar over the decades, dating from 1961. I’m sure the Country Club members feted the New Year at the clubhouse and there was probably a dance or two being held, events that were well above my station at the time.
 Nor was watching “the ball drop” in New York’s Times Square on TV a thing back then; in 1960, we Midwesterners didn’t pay much attention to events out on the East Coast. Our black-and-white televisions were just beginning to receive 24-hour programming so there may have been some live shows emanating on New Year’s Eve, before returning to the overnight “test pattern” that filled the screen in the wee hours. I hung out with friends most December 31st evenings, as teenagers are wont to do, discussing the looming Draft and the education deferments that might keep us out of the service.
 On New Year’s Day, our family usually tuned in to the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California, hoping to catch a glimpse of our relatives who would be basking in the sunshine along the parade route. We would get a letter later, asking if we had seen them. Long-distance phone calls were expensive, reserved for extra-important occasions. In our case, they had to be pre-arranged so we could go over to a wealthier relative’s house, since our humble abode didn’t have a phone.
Other traditions from my upbringing was the necessity of eating black-eyed peas  on New Year’s Day. I can’t say I particularly enjoyed the soy-bean appearing legumes, but one got used to them after a while. Drinking a proper toast to the incoming year might have been done in coffee, as a sobering counter to the revelry of New Year’s Eve.
One reason I didn’t stay up very late celebrating the annual change during my working years was because my employer expected everyone to be at work bright and early on the 1st, helping take inventory of his retail establishment’s stock of goods.  The business was closed, of course, but the full crew had to be on duty behind the locked doors, writing up quantities of every item on the shelves. This is required for tax computation; one compares the year’s ending inventory of goods to the figure tallied at the beginning of the year. If inventory has shrank, it is counted as goods sold, and if the inventory has grown, the business has increased in net worth.
The biggest New Year’s of them all was, of course, the turn of the Millennium of January 1, 2000. It was termed “Y2K” back then and was widely regarded as a date when calamities were going to ensue because all computers were going to have their programming lock up and shut down. Panic buying was widespread, as everyone knew food wasn’t going to be available and gasoline was to be in short supply. I still have my Y2K gas barrel out back, which I had filled with can and funnel in preparation for the dreaded day.
Absolutely nothing happened on the stroke of midnight and on the morning of 1/1/2000 the world went on as usual. We then had to eat stale food and burn up our stashed gasoline, feeling foolish for taking survivalist action. The Covid disruption of 2020 has been nothing compared to Y2K. But, we’re glad to see this year’s scythe-wielding Father Time giving way to 2021’s diapered kid in a top hat. Here’s to hoping he can put us back on a path to improving opportunities.

City of Rich Hill warns of possible scam


Utility customers are receiving phone calls stating their utilities are about to be shut off. They have been asked for bank account information and to go buy a prepaid card from the Dollar General to avoid disconnection.

THIS IS NOT THE CITY OF RICH HILL. Utility bills were mailed yesterday. Like every month, late fees will be assessed on the 15th and disconnects for non-pay are on the 20th.

Please, DO NOT give out your bank account information to anyone over the phone. Check on your elderly family and neighbors. They are usually the victims of these types of scams.

Teen killed in early morning Cedar County Crash

On 12/29/20 around 9:42am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cedar County along with Cedar County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on Route B around 7 miles southwest of Stockton, Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2004 Ford F-250 driven by 18 year old Callee L. Henson of Jerico Springs, Missouri traveled off the right side of the roadway, striking a tree and overturning.

Callee L. Henson was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and she was transported to Bland-Brumback Funeral Home in Stockton.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene of the accident by Mikes Wrecker Service. This is Troop A of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's 113th Fatality of the year 2020.

Copyright Mid America Live 

Obituary - Julia Pauline "Jewels" Grissom

Julia Pauline "Jewels" Grissom was born February 12, 1957 in Harrisonville, Missouri the daughter of Harry Richard and Grace Evelyn (Gibb) Matter. She departed this life on Monday, December 28, 2020 at her home surrounded by love and family at the age of 63 years, 10 months and 16 days.

Julia was a lifelong area resident. Jewels made an impact on any and every person she made contact with throughout her life. She is so loved and will be missed by many.

She was preceded in death by her father, Richard; her significant other, Roger Linthicum "the love of her life".

Jewels is survived by a son, Robert Paul Grissom; her daughter, Carrie Linthicum Roberts (Danny Roberts Jr.) all of Harrisonville, Missouri; 5 grandchildren, Tyler Wiecken (Hannah Canaday), Tori Wiecken (Joe Snooks), Kylan Brown all of Harrisonville, Missouri, Jamison and Grace Grissom, Grandview, Missouri; 4 step-grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; her mother, Evelyn Gibb Matter, Cleveland, Missouri; her brother, Rick Matter (Carman), Archie, Missouri; her sister, Lorraine Lackey (David), Osceola, Missouri; other relatives and a host of friends.

A Celebration of Life Visitation will be held Saturday, January 2, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.

One dead after shots fired in Harrisonville

On December 28th, 2020 at 10:20 pm, Harrisonville Police Officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Pin Oak Street for a report of shots being fired. 

While Officers were in route to the scene, further information was received that a male subject was shooting at the home, which was occupied. It was reported a female in the home and the male were husband and wife. 

When Officers arrived on scene, a male subject was found in the yard of the home, deceased suffering from what appeared to be a self-inflected gun shot. No other injuries were reported, and the investigation is ongoing.

Obituary - Mary Helen Ragland

Mary Helen Ragland , age 95, passed away Monday, December 28th, 2020 at Jefferson Gardens Assisted Living in Clinton, Missouri. 

Funeral service will be held Monday, January 4th, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church, Clinton, Missouri with visitation one hour prior to the service. 

Burial will follow at Vansant Road Cemetery, Clinton, Missouri. Fond memories and condolences may be left at

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vansant-Mills Funeral Home.

Henry County Health Center confirms 6 new positive cases of COVID-19

The Henry County Health Center (HCHC) has received confirmation of 6 more positive cases of COVID-19. Clinton-2, Urich-3, and Chilhowee-1. This brings the total number of confirmed positive cases in Henry County to 1580.

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.

Stolen Trailer In Cass County

This trailer was stolen from me. It has a bull hitch and guerrilla gate lift assist. It was in my barn west of Garden City on Famuliner Rd.

They hitched a 4 wheeler to it to get it out of the barn and than a truck according to tire marks and tracking by me and the Cass County Sheriff. 

They headed South on Famuliner dragging the tongue lift assist in the gravel until they crossed 307th Street, so I know they headed south.

If anyone has information please contact the Cass County Sheriff's Office. 

Obituary - Kenneth Dean Shepherd Sr.

Kenneth Dean Shepherd Sr., 60, Nevada, MO passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at his home in Nevada MO, following health complications. Kenneth was born September 28, 1960 to Bill and Lois (Spangler) Shepherd, Nevada, MO.

Kenneth was raised in Nevada where he learned a profession in Auto Body & Paint which he practiced for over 40 years.

Survivors include four children, Kristi (Shepherd) German, Greenwood, IN, Kenneth Dean Shepherd, Jr., Kansas City, MO, Emily Godsey, Nevada, MO, and Bryan Shepherd, Nevada, MO; along with 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; two nephews, Tim Deeter, Forsyth, MO, and Austin Shepherd, Nevada, MO; one sister, Felicia Shepherd, Nevada, MO; and an uncle, Roy Spangler, Strasberg, MO. He is preceded in death by both of his parents, a brother Billy Shepherd Sr., a sister Patty Shepherd, and a nephew, Billy Shepherd, Jr.

No services are planned at this time. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

You may view obituary and send condolences online at

Way to go!

Three Henry County Sheriff's Office staff members, who began their employment this past summer with the Sheriff's Office, have recently completed an extensive Field Training Officer ( FTO ) training program and are now out on their own. 

Congratulations to (l-r) Deputy Wilson, Deputy Murray, and Deputy Mitchell.

Obituary - Delbert Wayne Harth

Delbert Wayne Harth, 73, Richards, MO passed away on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at his home in Richards following a lengthy illness. Wayne was born November 15, 1947 in Eads, CO to Delbert I. and Opal B. (Livingston) Harth. He married Elaine Hogan on March 6, 1970 in Ft. Scott, KS and she survives of the home.

Wayne came with his family to Vernon County at a young age settling in Richards, MO. He attended school there and graduated from Richards High School Class of 1965. He served in the United States Army from 1967-1969 during the Vietnam War. Following his years in the service he returned to Richards where he farmed and raised cattle most of his life. In addition, he was a pecan farmer and co-owner of Missouri Northern Pecans, LLC. Wayne served on the Richards Township Board and was Trustee for many years, and also on the Soil and Water Board of Vernon County. He was a member of the Ft. Scott VFW.

In addition to his wife, Elaine, he is survived by three children, Douglas Harth, Richards, Mark Harth (Kaila) Richards, Amanda Bennett (Ben), Bronaugh, MO; seven grandchildren, Daylan Harth, Braelyn Harth, Waylon Harth, Weston Harth, Dakota Bennett, Kolton Bennett, and Kinze Bennett; one sister, Marie Wiley (Dale) Ft. Scott, KS; one brother, Troy Harth, Deerfield, MO; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Wenona Wagner; and one brother, Dean Harth.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Rev. Bill Smith officiating. Interment with Military Funeral Honors will be held at Deerfield Cemetery in Deerfield. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested in his memory to Deerfield Cemetery c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

Jeff Weber sworn in for 2nd term as Cass County Sheriff

Harrisonville, MO. – In a ceremony at the Cass County Historic Courthouse, Jeff Weber was officially sworn in Tuesday for his second term as Sheriff of Cass County.

Weber was elected to his first term in 2016. Prior to his time as sheriff, Weber served for 29 years at the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

“In the first 4 years as sheriff my office was able to significantly expand our capabilities to fight crime. In the next four years we will continue to work with our citizens to fight crime and keep Cass County safe,” said Sheriff Jeff Weber.

Help wanted at Butler license office

I am looking for part-time help at the Butler License Office! Must be a multi-tasker! And fast learner!!! No benefits as far as insurance or paid days off! Must be reliable and honest! Background check and finger printing required! May drop off resumes at the office or in my drop box outside the office labeled DOR! May turn into full-time if I get the bid! No phone calls please! For we are at our busy time of year!

Thank you Tanya! 

Icky roads today...

As 2020 draws to a close, with it comes uncertain road conditions. Freezing rain will change over to snow later this morning, with little accumulation expected. After a high around 40 this afternoon we’ll see another round of light snow starting around 6 this evening. Be careful.

Live radar here:

Motor vehicle accident south of Butler

The Butler Fire Department along with Bates County Sheriff's Deputies are in route to a motor vehicle accident in the Northbound Lanes of I-49 at mile marker 128.8 just south of the Missouri 52 East Exit south of Butler at this time.

Please use caution if you must travel in this area! Please slow down and move over for first responders! Traffic is beginning to slow down in this area at this time. 

Mid America Live will do our best to keep you updated! 

Butler Christian Ministerial Alliance Soup Sale

Obituary - Juanice A. Burton

Juanice A. Burton age 80 of Harrisonville, Missouri departed this life Sunday, December 27, 2020 at her home surrounded with love and family.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri. Burial will be in the Dayton Cemetery, Garden City, Missouri.

The family will receive friends Saturday, January 2, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

The family suggest in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Children's Mercy Hospital.

A complete obituary will be posted here as soon as that information becomes available.