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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Obituary - Jerry William Burch

Jerry William Burch, 75, Walker, MO passed away on Friday, June 11, 2021.

Services for Jerry Burch will be held Thursday, June 17, 2021,1:30p.m. at the Nevada United Methodist Church with Dr. Bill Cox and Pastor Norman Conklin officiating. Burial will follow in Newton Burial Park. The family will receive friends on Wed., June 16, 5:00-7:00p.m. at Ferry Funeral Home. 

Memorials are suggested to the Schell City Alumni scholarship, the Vernon County 4-H GROW program, or the Vernon County Youth Fair and may be made in care of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO.

Additional family information to be announced by Ferry Funeral Home.

Arrest made in Rich Hill

On 06/12/2021 Officers with the Rich Hill Police Department were dispatched to the Rich Hill Memorial Library in reference to suspicious activity.

Upon arrival Officers were greeted by several subjects stating that a 61 year old Rich Hill man had come to the library to meet with a 13 y/o female that he was having a online sexual relationship with.

Officer's were then provided with printed online conversations between both the suspect and the victim where explicit messages were exchanged and the plan to meet was arranged.

After speaking with the suspect who stated that he was there to meet with the juvenile and admitted to having the online text conversations he was placed under arrest and transported to the Bates County Jail on a 24 hr. investigative hold.

A Statement of Probable Cause was completed and filed with the Prosecutor Hugh Jenkins office.

Please be careful regarding your children's online social medial presence . Unfortunately these individuals are out there and seek out our children.

Endangered Silver Advisory Alert in Cass County

EMPHASIS:  Endangered Silver Advisory Alert


State of Missouri Endangered SILVER Advisory

The Cass County Sheriff's Department has issued an Endangered SILVER Advisory for a missing adult incident that occurred at 10205 E 293rd, Freeman at 2:36 P.M. on 06/09/2021.

The endangered SILVER advisory missing adult is:

Otis Lee Ellis, a black, male, age 79, hgt 5' 11", 220 lbs, black hair, brown eyes, medium complexion, wearing unknown clothing. Unique characteristics:

Diagnosed Medical Condition(s): Dementia

Vehicle Information:

Teal 2006 Dodge Caravan bearing MO, EG7G2G last seen leaving the Cass County Sheriff's Department

Brief circumstances regarding the Endangered Silver Person incident

Mr. Ellis was served with an order of protection at the Cass County Sheriff’s office on 06/09/2021. Family and friends have been unable to contact him since that date. Mr. Ellis suffers from dementia and has left his cell phone at his residence.

Anyone seeing the missing person, suspect, associate, or vehicle, or anyone having any information related to the endangered missing person should immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the Cass County Sheriff's Department at 816-380-5200.

Drexel: Transformation complete

What was an old pin oak now is a beautiful piece of artwork featuring an eagle and it can be seen at 5th and Locust streets in Drexel. Artist Jason Morton completed the work over a span of a few days last week.

Updated Obituary - Christopher “Chris” Ray Ames

Christopher “Chris” Ray Ames, 43, Peculiar, MO, passed away Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, in Kansas City, MO. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon Monday, June 14, 2021 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO with visitation from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Burial will follow in Garden City Cemetery in Garden City, MO.

Chris was born August 11, 1977 in Kansas City, MO, the son of Larry and Patricia (Hermon) Ames. He was a life-long resident of Peculiar, MO and was a graduate of Raymore-Peculiar High School. Chris was a self-employed painter, and had worked as a painter for Billy Bob Painting in Lee’s Summit, Garry’s Painting in Peculiar and Larry’s Painting in Grandview, MO. Chris was a member of the Harrisonville Community Center.

Chris was preceded in death by his father, his uncle Garry, and his grandparents. He is survived by a daughter, Mandelyn Ames, Peculiar, MO and her half-brother, Jacoby Johnson; his mother, Patricia Ames, Peculiar; a brother, Tom Ames, Belton, MO and his half-sisters, Bobbie Carson and Robin Ames.

Obituary - Everett Ray Redd

Everett Ray Redd, age 88, La Cygne, Kansas passed away on Friday, June 11, 2021. He was born on April 1, 1933 in Barton County, Missouri the son of Ray William and Ernestine Francis Blasier Redd. He lived in the Pittsburg, Kansas area most of his life until moving to La Cygne, Kansas ten years ago. 

He proudly served his country in the United States Army. He worked as a truck driver beginning when he was fourteen years old. He drove his last truck at the age of eighty-seven. He was named truck driver of the year in 1992. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Everett is survived by his special friend, Dona Lawrence, brother, Dean Redd(Norma), and two sisters, Lois Hendren(Vincent) and Linda Williamson(Wayne).

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, La Cygne, Kansas. Burial service will be 2 pm Wednesday at Mt Olive Cemetery, Pittsburg, Kansas. Rosary will be prayed 5:30 pm Tuesday June 15 at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, La Cygne Chapel. 

Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 pm Tuesday at the La Cygne Chapel. Contributions are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans. Online condolences can be left at

Rural Vernon County man arrested in Bates County

On June 11th around 8:00 a.m. the Bates County Sheriff's Office arrested 35 year old Robert A. Blurton of Milo, Missouri.

Mr. Blurton was arrested for alleged probation violations which indicates Blurton pleaded guilty in July, 2015 to felony charges alleging 2nd Degree burglary, the possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest and sentencings were suspended, pending supervised probation.

Blurton is being held in the Bates County Jail on a $7,500 cash only bond.

Nevada Speedway Results June 12th

Mini Stocks:
1.) Rick Andres 9BK
2.) Kody Price 22LT
3.) Josh Barker 17
4.) Logan Alarcon 8L

1.) Matt Rose 101
2.) Caden Bolin X1
3.) Daniel Long tb56
4.) Joe Cummings 14R
5.) Ryan Hill 15
6.) Justin Pike 87

Outlaw 4-Cylinders:
1.) Scott Mohlfeld 6M
2.) Coby Burchett B17
3.) Lonnie Muhlbauer 88
4.) Jeff Kaut 8G
5.) Mike Baxter 96

Midwest Modz:
1.) Trevor Vann 44
2.) Jordan Beard 2J
3.) Ryan Smith 15R
4.) Logan Smith 11L
5.) Brady Folk 7
6.) Joe Beard 18
7.) Keith Bradley 20
8.) Kolt Knoblich 34
9.) Timmy Carter 22X
10.) Kenny Hubbard 55K
11.) Andrew Crockett 13
12.) Jack Owens 357
13.) Broc Rose 101
14.) Josh Harris 89
15.) Hunter Lagunes 27H
16.) Micah Sheldon 28B
17.) Danny Dovenspike D13

Street Stocks:
1.) Tray Douty 3
2.) Josh Haynes 41H
3.) Arley Orcutt 7A
4.) Chris Kircher 28K
5.) Mark Davis 56
6.) Chad Page 7
7.) Brandon Douty 21
8.) Clayton Brown 14X
9.) Michael Nelson J1
10 Charles Brown 4X

Factory Stock Special $500 to win:
1.) Brandon Rice 399
2.) Matthew Hendren 64M
3.) Jerry Wheeler 3
4.) Corey Cagle 99B
5.) Raymond Sworde 36
6.) Tommy Joles 3T
7.) Chris Dodson 8
8.) Tyler Lehmann T71
9.) Robbie Sullins 45
10.) Travis Farmer 12T
11.) Chris Strauss 17
12.) Jordan Blevins 48B
13.) Michael Bryson 22

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Motor vehicle accident on the outer road of I-49 near Adrian

The Adrian Fire Department along with Butler Fire Department, Bates County EMS and Bates County Sheriff's Office Deputies are on scene of a motor vehicle accident on the outer road off of I-49 near mile marker 138 around 2 miles north of Passaic at this time.

Three people are said to be injured in this accident and are being transported. 

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

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Obituary - Ralph "Jerry" Herren

Ralph "Jerry" Herren, 80, Nevada, MO, passed away Friday, June 11, 2021.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 16, at 10:00a.m. at Ferry Funeral Home with Pastors Dennis Englebrecht and Jason Daniels officiating. 

Burial will follow in Newton Burial Park. Memorials to Heartland Hospice are suggested. Friends may call until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO.

Additional family information will be announced by Ferry Funeral Home.

Warm Week Ahead

Be sure to apply sunscreen if you work or play outside this week. It is looking quite sunny and warm, but dew points in the upper 50s and low 60s means it will feel less muggy.

Obituary - David R. Jackson

David R. Jackson, age 81, rural La Cygne, Kansas passed away suddenly at his home Thursday, June 10, 2021. He had been in ill health the past few months. David was born August 11, 1939 in La Cygne to Clifford and Clara Dunavan Jackson. He graduated from La Cygne Rural High School in the Class of 1957. 

David was active in music throughout his high school years and sang at many weddings during his music career and he was a member of the National FFA Chorus his senior year of high school. He was employed by Simmons Gun in Olathe, Kansas and was a Rural Route Mail Carrier for 31 years.

David married Rosanne Walden at the Virginia Methodist Church near Butler, Missouri on June 7, 1963 and had recently celebrated 58 years of marriage. David loved life and enjoyed every minute. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed hunting pheasants in Western Kansas for many years. He loved telling stories of his past with old friends as well as new.

David served in the United States Army and Kansas National Guard. He enjoyed traveling with Rosanne and had visited almost every state in the Union including Alaska and Nova Scotia. Farming was in his blood and he loved his cows. David was preceded in death by his parents, in laws, Mervin and Evelyn (Karr) Walden Jackson(later married to Fred Jackson), a sister, Maretta Jameson and brother in law Virgil Jameson. David was a member of the La Cygne United Methodist Church, Parker Masonic Lodge, Mirza Temple, Scottish Rite Consistory, and American Legion Hewitt New Post, Mound City.

He was a former member of the Linn County Fair Board, Linn County Planning Commission and a Cadmus 4-H Leader. Survivors include his living wife, Rosanne, son Ryan Jackson and wife Linda, son Joe Jackson and wife Denise, sister, Ann Garrett(Tom), his favorite and only grandson Brody(Ryan and Linda), step-grandchildren, Tracy(Courtney)Caldarera, Adam Simoneaux(Ashley), step great grandchildren, Olivia, Camron, Ashley, Carson, Cohen and Kynlee. He is also survived by a niece and 3 nephews. He had many friends and neighbors including a special neighbor Charles Rhynerson. As his hunting buddies would say, "Till we meet at the end of the last draw".

Funeral service will be 10 am Monday, June14, 2021 at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, La Cygne Chapel. Burial with Masonic Service will be in the Star Valley Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm Sunday at the Schneider La Cygne Chapel.

Contributions are suggest to the La Cygne United Methodist Church or the Shriner Children's Hospital, c/o Schneider Funeral Home, P.O. Box 304, La Cygne, Kansas 66040. Online condolences can be left at

Obituary -William "Bill" Cole Jr.

William "Bill" Cole Jr. age 66 of Belton, Missouri departed this life Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at his home.

Bill is survived by his son, Billy Cole of Belton, Missouri; a companion Judith A. Cole of Belton, Missouri; his mother, Martha Cole of Belton, Missouri; two sisters Linda Cole of Belton, Missouri and RayeAnn Bonar and her husband David of Creighton, Missouri; and a grandson, William Scott Cole; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services will be held 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 17, 2021 at the Dickey Funeral Home in Harrisonville, Missouri.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 17, 2021 at the funeral home.

Graveside services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 18, 2021 at the Byler Cemetery near Creighton, Missouri.

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

Friday, June 11, 2021

Roof damaged on Harrisonville Church

ATTENTION: Please avoid the area of W Wall Street and S Butler Drive, as severe weather has damaged the roof of Harrisonville First Baptist Church.

Thankfully, no injuries have been reported.

Please do not try to enter the area, as crews are actively working to clear debris and maintain public safety.

This is an important reminder about the potential dangers of severe storms. This was not the work of a tornado, but still caused very significant damage. 

Always make sure you and your family stay #weatheraware & have a severe-weather emergency plan in place.

Power Outage in Harrisonville

POWER OUTAGE: Crews are currently working to restore power for several customers here in Harrisonville.

The outage has been caused by the strong storms that are moving into our area.

We will provide updates as we receive them. We appreciate your patience during this time.

Obituary - Francis (Frank) K. Schultz

Francis (Frank) K. Schultz, age 73, passed away March 22, 2020, in Frisco, Texas, after a recent diagnosis of Glioblastoma (GBM) brain tumor cancer. Cremation with Graveside services to be 11:00 am Saturday, June 26, 2021 in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, MO. 

Cards or other sentiments may be left in care of the Mullinax Funeral Home (10 S. High St., Butler, Mo., 64730) and will be forwarded to the family. If you would like to honor his memory, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Born on March 15, 1947 to Orlan F Schultz & Genevieve P Smith, Blue Springs, MO.

Frank attended Blue Springs High School and graduated with the class of 1965. He attended college at UMKC, Kansas City, MO, later transferring to CMSU, Warrensburg, MO, graduating in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He was active while on campus with CMSU Business Department organizations and related activities and Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. Frank married Janelle Clark, of Butler, on March 6, 1971, at First Baptist Church, Butler, MO.

After living in North Kansas City, MO, for several years, the couple moved to St. Louis, MO, where their son, Neal, was born. Frank was co-owner of a floor covering retail store there for several years before becoming involved in sales and wholesale distribution with General Felt Industries working with many clients in the Midwest States and eventually continuing sales with the company in Florida. After 20 years in MO and FL the family moved to Dallas, TX for an opportunity to work for Redi Carpet, a nationwide company with sales and distribution for floor covering products to multi-family apartment builders, heading the Dallas, TX operation for 10 years until retirement. He worked the majority of his career, 40 plus years, in the Floor Covering industry and belonged to a number of professional organizations, earning many awards and achievements as well.

Frank was a golf enthusiast and enjoyed playing with his son, Neal and grandson, Austin, teaching him the game. He cherished time attending Austin's sports events, theater productions, and the other school events, and especially trips and family vacations made each year with his wife, and son's family. He also enjoyed attending car shows with friends. Frank enjoyed a long accomplished career that was only outmatched by his love for his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Genny & Orlan Schultz, Little Elm, TX; his mother- and father-in-law, Hap (Farroll) and Helen Clark, Butler, MO; brother-in-law Jerry Cook, Butler, MO. And nephew Brent Cook of Lee’s Summitt, Mo.

He leaves survivors of his wife, Janelle Clark Schultz, son and daughter-in-law Neal and Johanne Schultz and grandson, Austin, all of Frisco, TX; sister-in-law Gayle Cook, Butler, MO; niece Gina Cook & daughter Tess, Lee's Summit, MO; Brian & Dana Cook and daughters Bailey of Leawood, Ks & Brenna & husband Austen McGuire, Lawwrence, KS; family friend, Anthony Bennett, Frisco, TX; and a host of cousins in Missouri and Florida. Frank is also leaving very special

friends across Missouri, Texas, Kansas and Florida.

Obituary - Elizabeth D. Garrett

Elizabeth D. Garrett, age 86, of Frontenac, Kansas, formerly of Lamar, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, June 8th, 2021 at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Elizabeth was born January 12, 1935 in Cherokee, Kansas to John Henry Humble and Nettie Louise (Howell) Humble. On June 28, 1952, Elizabeth married Gayle L. Garrett in Girard, Kansas.

Elizabeth was a homemaker. She was a member of the Friendship Needle Club and a member of Oakton United Methodist Church.

Survivors include four sons; Bill (Colleen) Garrett, Golden City, Bob (Juanell) Garrett, La Harpe, Kansas, Larry (Dawn) Garrett, Jasper, MO and Gerry Garrett, Lamar, MO, two brothers; Dale (Patsy) Humble, Calvin (Jo) Humble and one sister; Patricia Humble, all of Girard, KS, 17 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 3 great great-grandchildren.

Preceding Elizabeth in death were her husband Gayle and her parents.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Friday, June 11, 2021, at Daniel Funeral Home with burial to follow in Girard City Cemetery, Girard, Kansas.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time on Friday, June 11, 2021 at the funeral home.

Contributions are suggested and made payable to TATS (Truman Area Transportation Service) in care of Daniel Funeral Home.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 7pm

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Kansas City area. It will be in effect until 7 p.m.

Officer saves life in Cass County

On June 11th, 2021 at 1:21am Pleasant Hill Police officers along with Pleasant Hill Fire were dispatched to the area of 7 Highway and Short Rd on a single car motor vehicle accident.

Responding officers were advised that an occupant was trapped in the vehicle and the vehicle was on fire. Officer Dusty Hancock was the first to arrive on the scene. In the officers dash cam you can see the engine compartment engulfed in flames and starting into the passenger area.

Officer Hancock was able to free the victim and get them to safety prior to the vehicle becoming fully involved. We would like to thank Officer Hancock for his quick action in this situation.

Rich Hill's Famous for the 4th Car Show

We are back in FULL FORCE this year with the "Famous for the 4th" Car Show on the 4th of July in Rich Hill. 

Top 20 awards with BEST OF SHOW, several special awards and grab bags with some great product in them for the first 50 entries! 

Please come out and join us for a great time, pass the word, and stick around to enjoy the rest of the festivities.

Benefit Raffle for the Robey Family

Friends, please consider purchasing a raffle ticket. All proceeds go directly to the Robey family. Tickets will be at locations by the end of the business day tomorrow. Also, share, share, share this post! 

Obituary - Ronald E. Sieker

Ronald E. Sieker, 82, Independence, MO, passed away Thursday, June 10, 2021 at Independence Manor Care Center in Independence, MO. 

Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 18, 2021 at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Creighton, MO. 

The family will receive friends Friday, June 18 from 10:30-a.m.-11:00 a.m. at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO.

A complete obituary will be posted when information is available.

Appleton City area news

Appleton City Rural Health Clinic and Ellett Memorial Hospital will sponsor a Community Health Outreach June 10 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  They are offering free blood pressure and glucose checks in the community rooms of Beech Street Apartments from 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. and 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Hickory Court Apartments.  Please call 660-476-2111 with any questions.

 Appleton City June Second Saturdays will be held on Main Street Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  There will also be a BBQ contest during this event. If you’re interested in competing, contact Katie Hearting at 660-492-3571.  For more information, or if you are interested in being a vendor, please message them at

The monthly Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God will be 7:00 a.m. on Saturday June 12.  All the men of the community are invited to join them for a time of great food and fellowship.   Brent Bland will have a short devotional. 

 The Knights of Columbus will resume their monthly pancake and sausage breakfast at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose on Sunday, June 13 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Treat your family to a hot breakfast you don’t have to cook or clean up.  A free will donation will be greatly appreciated

 Five area churches are teaming together to present a community VBS on July 12-16 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. each evening. They invite all kids ages 3 years- 6th grade to join them on this "Journey with Jesus".  Each church will host an evening: Trinity UMC - Monday, Rockville UMC - Tuesday, Church of God - Wednesday, River of Life - Thursday, Christian Church - Friday. Visit 3 different nights and you will be able to attend a pool party to end the week! Transportation will be available if needed. Contact Paige at 660-492-0985 for more info. You can register online at    

 Trinity Lutheran Church will hold their annual Vacation Bible School July 5 and 6, 2021.

 West Central Missouri Community Action Agency’s Senior Care found a way to encourage safe socialization during the midst of a pandemic.   COVID-19 enhanced the isolation and loneliness that many seniors experience.  Senior Care Pen Pals are matched with other seniors that have similar likes and hobbies.   Writing kits are provided and include all the necessary items to become successful writing companions.   Kits include stationery, note cards, all occasion greeting cards, ink pens, motivational quotes to share and postage stamps.   If you are 65 and older and are interested in learning how to become a Senior Care Pen Pal, please contact Senior Care staff at 660-476-2185.

 In conjunction with the Appleton City Sesquicentennial Celebration and also the congregation’s Sesquicentennial (+1), Trinity Lutheran Church will be sponsoring a quilt show at the church and inviting area quilters to participate.  The Quilt Show will be Friday and Saturday, August 13-14 during the Sesquicentennial.  Included in the show will be hand-quilted, machine-quilted, embroidered, appliquéd, and baby quilts, and wall hangings. If your quilt, either old or newer, has an interesting story with it, also plan on sharing that with the public. The show pre-registration begins now and ends June 30. At this time, 1 item can be registered per entry.  After June 30, depending on responses, the registration may be opened up again to include more available spaces at the show.  A $25 prize will be awarded in each category and a $50 “People’s Choice” Award. Call or text Kathy Rodick at 417-309-0471 with your name, address, phone number, and entry category, and a packet will be sent to be completed and brought with you to the show set-up on Thursday, August 12.

 The Appleton City Public Library is seeking assistance with teachers for their Summer Reading Program. The program will take place on Tuesdays in June (June 15, 22, and 29) as well as Tuesday, July 6, from 11:00 a.m.-noon. The teacher would need to read a couple books with the children as well as assist them in completing a corresponding activity. All materials will be provided. If interested, please call the library at (660) 476-5513 during their normal business hours or e-mail

 The Appleton City Fair/Sesquicentennial will be held Thursday-Sunday, August 12-15.  Most previous events are in the planning and a tentative schedule will be released. A new carnival was able to be secured. The original carnival was cancelled due to the death of the owner.  Start making your SQC outfits.  One major change is the parade will be late Saturday afternoon. 

 Free private tennis lessons are offered to all current or former players and anyone who want to improve their technique or strategies or first time players.   People of almost any age and skills can learn to play tennis.  Lessons are held at the tennis courts at Donnohue-Dugan Park starting the week of May 24.  Rackets and balls will be provided.  To set up appointments for your private lessons or if you have questions, call Dennis Dunham at 476-2151 or 476-5514 or Tommy Payton at 816-863-6624. Open tennis is every day 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tennis is exercise that is fun!

 Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for June, 2021.  Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: June 2-Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, June  9– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, June 10 - Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, June 11 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, June 16- Upper GI – Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin,  June 17 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, June 23 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, June 23 – Ophthalmology - Dr. Soni, June 24 - Rheumatology, Dr. Tay   


June 10      EMH Community Health Outreach from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Beech Street and Hickory Court Apartments

June 12      Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God 7:00 a.m.

June 12      Appleton City June Second Saturdays Main Street from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

June 13     The Knights of Columbus monthly pancake and sausage breakfast at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

June 14      Flag Day

The Museum Minute: Younger boys might be in town...

Museum Minute
June 10, 2021

Museum Minute Presents: This Week in History (According to Herrman’s Archives)

Early Days of June in the Year….

1874 – Neighbors are speculating as to the identities of 4 strangers at J. T. Whinney’s for supper. Some think is might be some of the James or Younger bunches.
1870 – A large group of Butler boys, some sons of prominent people, are arrested for profane and obscene talk and drunkenness on the Butler square and after a night in the Marshal’s ‘hotel’, are fined $8.43 each.
1895 – Joe Heck has moved his cigar factory to the East room of the Cook building opposite the Talmage house on Park Avenue, Rich Hill.
1916 – Burn’s & Kohl’s Indoor Circus performs in Butler’s new Photoplay Theatre, George Parrish, proprietor. Also they show five reels of moving pictures.
1870 – It happened in Levy & Co store on the Butler Square. Reverend Wm Kinney ties the knot of wedlock for a couple. The bride is 15 and the groom looked middle-aged, dignified, and very happy.
1864 – Some of Bates County’s records that had been in Jefferson City, during the War Between the States, are shipped to Johnstown, as the provisional County Seat.
1903 – O. J. Radford resigns his position at the Cash Store in Butler to go into the livery business in Hume.
1892 – Missouri Governor Francis appoints General J.O. Shelby, of Elkhart Township, as Recorder of Deeds, an office vacated by the death of S. W. Douglas. Shelby says any money, over expenses, will go to the widow Douglas.
1853 – Benjamin Richardson’s ten horse portable mill, the first at Papinville, is quite popular with area farmers.
1924 – A cache of stolen whiskey is found in a burial vault in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Butler.
1917 – Miss Agnes Gassaway, an employee of the Commercial Bank of Hume, becomes the first lady Notary Public in Bates County.
1922 – The Salem Baptist church, some 7 miles east of Passaic, celebrates the 50th anniversary with a special program and dinner on the grounds.
1879 – A drove of about 1700 sheep are herded through Butler on their way West.
1890 – After delivering a prisoner to Jefferson City, after midnight, Bates County Sheriff Glazebrook checks into the Madison Hotel, saying he wanted to sleep late. About 10 am, a porter reports he smells gas coming from the sheriff’s room. Entering, hotel officials and the police find him unconscious from gas fumes. Despite medical efforts, Glazebrook dies.
1854 – Since opening his general store (between the north & south branches of Double Branch Creek) earlier this year, W. B. Young has had brisk trade, tobacco & whiskey his best sellers.

Flag retirement ceremony this Monday

Monday June 14th, which is Flag Day, the Adrian VFW Post 1935 will hold a flag retirement ceremony at 6 PM at the Lt Charles Garrison Veteran’s Memorial. The public is invited. Each flag we retire is properly folded and we normally burn about 50 flags at each ceremony.

We have a depository for worn and tattered flags at the Post Hall at 25 West Main, Adrian. -our thanks to Don Arndt

WMATMA Great Beginnings: The Ohio Gas Station

The Ohio Gas Station 

    By Don Arndt

   On Main street of Frontier Village near the Museum sits an old metal structure gas station. About 1993 the Ohio, Missouri community donated an abandoned gas station that had been in their small village since the 1930’s. We were told these were prefab tin buildings that the Skelly Oil Company used all over the country. They could come in a set them up in a very short time and be in business. 

 A few pickup loads of members traveled to Ohio (between Lowery City and Appleton City) with two trailers and lots of tools. We took the building apart and loaded each sheet of metal and all the fasteners on our trailers and headed to Frontier Village. Along the way Don Hill was stopped by the Highway Patrol for some reason but no citation was written, then a few miles down the road Delbert Watt’s, load (We didn’t get them strapped down good enough) unloaded itself after the wind caught the tin sheets. Most of the sheets landed on the other side of the fence, so we had to re-load. Of course, some of that tin was bent badly from their windy ride out into the field. We made it the rest of the way without incident and unloaded all the pieces in a pile for construction the next week. The men then straightened out those sheets that had gotten bent. After we got it put together, many donations of memorabilia came in to “stock” the old station.

 Many thanks to the Ohio community for their desire to have this great piece of history preserved and that it be done at Frontier Village.

Illinois man arrested in Bates County

On June 10th around 10:12 p.m. the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County arrested 31 year old Cody R. Walters of Rockford, Illinois.

Mr. Walters was arrested for 1.) Felony Warrant out of the Winnebago Illinois Police Department 2.) Excessive Speed.

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

Copyright Mid America Live News
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.

Severe Storms Possible Today

Good morning and happy Friday, KC & surrounding areas! It'll be another hot one with heat indices reaching the mid 90s to near 100° this afternoon. Thunderstorms, some possibly severe, are expected to move through much of the region late morning into the afternoon hours.

One injured in Vernon County Crash

On June 10th around 9:30 p.m. the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Vernon County along with Vernon County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident in the Northbound lanes of I-49 around 4 miles south of Nevada.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2012 Nissan Sentra driven by 53 year old Luther H. Penland of Wheatland, Missouri struck a deer that was in the roadway.

Mr. Penland sustained minor injuries and he was transported to Nevada Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene of this accident by TCB Tow of Nevada.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Obituary - Terry Lee Hill

Terry Lee Hill, age 72, of Clinton, Missouri passed away Wednesday, June 9th, 2021. Funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at Vansant-Mills Chapel, Clinton with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Burial will follow at Englewood Cemetery in Clinton. Memorial contributions to the Educational Fund for Torry Hill and can be left in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences can be left online at

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

Possible water main break in Butler

The City Butler of Water Department is on scene of a water main break on Nursery Street just west of Delaware Street at this time. 

Please avoid this area! We will update when more information is made available to us. 

Obituary - Carolyn A. (Cumpton) Stephens

Carolyn Anne Stephens of Harrisonville, Missouri was born March 18, 1944 in Kansas City, Missouri the daughter of Delbert Ivan and Margaret Edna (Huff) Cumpton. She departed this life on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at the Golden Years Care Services, Harrisonville at the age of 76 years, 10 months and 13 days.

On June 11, 1974, Carolyn was united in marriage to Albert Stephens in Miami, Oklahoma.

Carolyn was a dog breeder of Yorkies and Pekingese. She was a member of the Drexel Christian Church where she was a board member and the VBS director for many years. Carolyn enjoyed leading bible studies at the church, her home and at the nursing home. She was an avid Chiefs fan. Carolyn had lived in Drexel, Missouri before moving to Golden Years in 2015.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Stephens on May 3, 2012; two sisters, Marilyn Michael and Valla Cumpton.

Carolyn is survived by two daughters, Julie Osburn and husband Mike, Neodesha, Kansas and Chrystal Jones and husband Brett, Harrisonville, Missouri; 3 grandchildren, Brandi, Jordan and Jackson; 2 great-grandchildren, Brynlea and Breckin; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 11, 2021 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.

Obituary - David Allen Greenlee

David Allen Greenlee, a beloved husband, father and grandfather, died on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at the age of 87.

David is survived by his wife, Peggy Greenlee; his son, Lyndon Greenlee and wife Pam; his grandchildren, Jennifer Greenlee and wife Marlene, Chadd Greenlee and wife Krista, Zachary Greenlee and wife Cristin, and Caty Hernandez and husband Anthony; and his 8 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lyle and Mildred Greenlee; his brother, Ralph Greenlee; and his eldest son, Robin Greenlee.

David was born February 23, 1934, in Horton, MO, where he was raised until he graduated from Rich Hill High School. He married Peggy Thompson on February 20, 1954. Together they owned the Nevada Speedway for 26 years where they made many lifelong friends. He was an entrepreneur at heart, and started many businesses, including a furniture store, a mattress store, and Greenlee Body Shop, where he worked with his son, Lyndon, for the past 40 years.

David lived a life of service. He served his country in the United States Army as a parachuter. He served the state of Missouri as a Fuel Auditor, and he served the Nevada community as a school bus driver and a member of the NRMC hospital board. He was an avid woodworker, he loved to read, and he loved spending time with his great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at Newton Burial Park on Monday, June 14, 2021, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Barone Alzheimer’s Center.

Obituary - Roger N. Brackney

Roger N. Brackney, 73, of Peculiar, Missouri, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 7, 2021, surrounded by his family.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, June 12th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Cullen Funeral Home, 612 W. Foxwood Drive Raymore, Missouri 64083. 

A memorial service will begin at 11:00. Following the memorial service, a private family burial will be held at Wills Cemetery in Peculiar, Missouri.

Roger was born in Sidney, Ohio on February 24, 1948, to Wilfred Brackney and Marjorie (Redinbo) Brackney. After graduating high school, Roger always had a job, whether it was working in a grocery store, doing mechanic work, or constructing metal buildings. Roger furthered his education as he enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1967. Roger proudly served his country as a Flight Engineer and Lead Mechanic. Roger’s focus for 37 years was on the C-130 and A-10 Warthog. 

While serving his country, Roger received many decorations, medals, and badges. Some of them included the Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Accommodation Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and Air Force Training Ribbon. Roger started serving his country at the age of 19 as an aircraft mechanic during the Vietnam War, and ended his career as a Master Sergeant after serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was also a part of the 442nd Fighter Wing which is an Air Reserve Component of the United States Air Force. He very much enjoyed the camaraderie he had with his fellow soldiers. Roger maintained his dedication after his service as he was a commander of the VFW 8220 in Belton, Missouri. He was also a life member of the VFW in Lincoln, MO. 

Roger was a member of the American Legion Post 0217 in Sidney, Ohio. One of the highlights of his life was traveling to Washington, D.C. on the Freedom Flight with his daughter, Michele. Roger traveled all over the world and in life he enjoyed fishing, yardwork, and spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and he loved his little girl, Tyke.

Roger was preceded in death by his loving grandmother, Mamie, Ivolou F. Miller and his father Wilfred Brackney.

Roger is survived by his mother, Marjorie Brackney; his wife Rosalie Brackney; children, Michele Crain (Bryce), Mike Brackney, Bill Cunningham (Shelly), Juline Norman (Robert), Jeff Cunningham (Andrea), and Christine Wilson (Chris); brother Ray Brackney (Sue); two sisters, Linda Valentine and Kay Lewis (Ray); eleven grandchildren, Bill Crain, C.J. Crain, Cory Cunningham (Becca), Cassie Shrock (Levi), Rebecca Dobson (Scott), Jake Norman, Jeffrey Cunningham (Julie), Gage Cunningham (Ashley), Megan Bloss (Justin), Josie Wilson, and Paul Wilson; and 19 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name can be gifted to the organization of your choice or the DAV Disabled American Veterans at Ernistine Schumann-Heink, Chapter 2 14605 E. US 40 Highway, Kansas City, MO 64136. Thank you for your gifts.

Obituary - Marian Arlene Wheeler

The funeral service for Marian will be held at Hill and Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Officiating at the service will be Pastor Tony Reynolds and Pastor Larry Wheeler. Visitation will precede the service between 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow the service at Shady Grove Cemetery in Racket, Missouri

The family requests memorial donations be made to Shady Grove Cemetery or Heartland Hospice and may be left at the funeral home.

Marian Arlene Jagger was born August 21, 1930 to Dwight Leroy and Ruth Anna (Campbell) Jagger in Brookfield, Missouri. Marian passed away peacefully at home on June 7, 2021. Marian’s early education was in the Avalon, Bedford, and Hale areas; however, she graduated from Central High School in Kansas City, Missouri in 1948. After the death of Ruth Anna on November 21, 1942, Dwight married Mamie Coon bringing stepbrother Dean and stepsister Mary Coon into the Jagger family.

Marian, being an accomplished pianist when she graduated from high school, went with her stepbrother and stepsister as they entertained troops in the Kansas City area. Marian accompanied Paul on many occasions for funerals, and special singing events, as well.

In 1954 Marian began taking dance lessons at Arthur Murray’s Studio and met the love of her life, Paul Wheeler. They not only became partners on the dance floor, but liked each other so well they eloped to St. Joseph, Missouri on November 27, 1955. A longer story goes with their elopement, ask their girls about the validity of their mom and dad’s marriage. Paul and Marian continued for many years ballroom, round, and square dancing, being charter members of the Apple Dumpling Square Dance Club for some 25 years.

Paul and Marian were blessed by the birth of Arleta Anne at Conley Clinic in Kansas City, Missouri on March 1959. Eighteen months later they were blessed by the birth of Anita Jane at the old Osceola Hospital in Osceola, Missouri on September 1960.

Marian was employed by Kansas City Power and Light when Montrose’s power plant was being built. After moving to the Osceola area, she was employed by Osceola Cheese, in the old building that sat in the area of the current boat ramp. She also worked for 25 years for Moran Harris, Attorney at Law in Osceola, several years for Zink Motor company of Appleton City, Hardee’s in Clinton, Missouri, Montrose Senior Center, and Sac-Osage Publishing retiring from Sac Osage Publishing in 2017.

Marian was preceded in death by her mother, father, stepmother, and stepsiblings. Survivors include her husband Paul; daughters: Arleta and Phil Godwin of rural Montrose, Missouri and Anita and Keith Gilmore of Appleton City, granddaughters: Audrey and Matthew Williams of Springfield, Missouri and Amanda and Jason Clough of Perry, Kansas; great-grandchildren include Lillian, Caroline and Gideon Williams, Caleb and Charlotte Cough.

Scam Alert from the city of Harrisonville

SCAM ALERT: The city of Harrisonville has received some reports that individuals pretending to be Evergy are calling and demanding payments from those in the Harrisonville area. (We even received a call at City Hall from the scammers. They let us know that if we did not pay in 30 minutes, our power will be shut off.)

We want to remind you that for those living in Harrisonville, your power is provided and billed by the City, not by Evergy, and that Evergy would never call you for a payment.

If you receive a suspicious call, please hang up and contact local law enforcement.

For those not covered by the City of Harrisonville, here are some secure ways to contact Evergy:
☎️ 888-471-5275

Obituary - LaVon (Turnbull) Posey

LaVon Posey (nee Turnbull), 91 of Nevada, MO, completed her life’s journey and went to the Lord on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Lavon was born September 16, 1929 in Monroe City, MO to Allyn Gardner and Ula Dilola (Jones) Turnbull.

LaVon was the loving and dedicated mother of five still-married children, Daphne (Ron) Barks, Tom (Debbie) Posey, Buff (Ray) Salassa, Kelley (Georgia) Posey, and Chris (Teri) Posey, ten grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and countless nieces and nephews.

LaVon was a registered nurse for nearly forty-five years until she retired to Nevada, MO. She loved her family, many great friends and neighbors, and her beloved cat, Mr. Pook. LaVon will be cherished in our hearts forever.

Memorial service will follow at a later date. Those who wish may contribute to Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund or the Nevada Animal Shelter in care of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO.

Obituary - Diana Jean Merriweather

Diana Jean Merriweather, 74, Peculiar, MO, passed away Sunday, June 6, 2021 at Meadow View of Harrisonville in Harrisonville, MO. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

A complete obituary will be posted when information is available.

Everyone welcome: Parade to honor James P. Wisher June 19th

Get your scooter, rat rod, classic car or truck ready for a parade to honor James P. Wisher and other veterans in ride from Archie Mo to the Butler square June 19th. Everyone needs to assemble at the northeast corner lot at the three way stop just off I-49 by 6 pm. The motorcade will head south to the Butler square gazebo for a meet and greet at 7 pm. 

Wisher, a veteran of the U.S. Army was injured by a mortar round in 2010 in Afghanistan and received an early discharge due to his injuries in 2018. His family would like to honor him with a relaxing evening of conversation and fun. All vets and families are welcomed as well.

A special thanks goes to Jack Gebhardt and Jonathan Sutton for all their help in putting this event together.