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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Obituary - Cashton Leeton Shoemaker

Cashton Leeton Shoemaker, infant son of Chance Shoemaker and Savanna Allen, returned to his Heavenly Father too soon on February 25, 2021.

Private family services will be held at Cullen Funeral Home and Cashton will be laid to rest at Raymore Cemetery.

Cashton was preceded in death by his aunt, Makayla Allen; paternal grandparents, Clarence and Linda Shoemaker; and maternal great grandfather, Rick Byler. He leaves behind his loving parents, Chance Shoemaker and Savanna Allen; paternal grandparents, Lisa Byler and Jeff Allen; maternal grandparents, Lacie Wilken and Cort Shoemaker; maternal great grandparents, Susan Higgins, Kevin Higgins, Sharon Mowry, Rick Allen (Connie), and Cheryl Duncan; and great-great grandmother, Jan “Grams” Brown.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

Rich Hill Band News

Congratulations to the following students who made the 2021 WEMO Conference Band and were placed amongst all competing students in the conference!
1st Chair Trumpet: Hayden Schapeler
2nd Chair Trumpet: Miranda Dougherty
6th Chair Trumpet: Hannah White
8th Chair Trumpet: Adrien King
11th Chair Trumpet: Daylan Black
1st Chair Bari Sax: Emily Black
2nd Chair Baritone: Salym Bolser
4th Chair Baritone: Izetta Person
3rd Chair Clarinet: Sydney Bell
12th Chair Clarinet: Lydia Fox
4th Chair Flute: Destiney Burris
6th Chair Flute: Noelle Abend
4th Chair Alto Sax: Kyla Couzens
6th Chair Percussion: Bryce Yohe

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BHS/BCMH Blood Drive

See attached information for the BHS/BCMH Blood Drive on Wednesday, March 3.

Vote Matt Sears for Adrian City Council South Alderman

Power outages in Butler

We are aware of the power outage. We ask that you be patient, the crew is doing their best to restore power as quick as possible. 

We do not have a time frame as of when power will be restored. Thank you for your patience. - Courtesy of the Butler Police Department

UTV Accident in Henry County

On 2/27/21 around 7:30pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Henry County along with Henry County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a UTV accident on NE 501 Road just south of State Route YY in rural Henry County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2020 Polaris Ranger driven by 36 year old Chance W. Barnhart of Clinton, Missouri ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned, partially ejecting the driver. 

Mr. Barnhart sustained serious injuries in this accident and he was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The UTV received minor damages and it was driven from the scene of the accident.  

Obituary - Bruce Michael Mitchell

Bruce Michael Mitchell, 67, of Blue Mound, Kansas died Saturday, February 27, 2021 at St. Luke's East Hospital in Lee's Summit, Missouri. Bruce was born June 23, 1953 in Moran, Kansas to Lloyd Gene and Betty Jo (Northway) Mitchell. He attended schools in Blue Mound and graduated from Blue Mound High School with the class of 1971. 

Bruce was a farmer through and through. He enjoyed the hard work, helping his neighbors, and working on tractors. Bruce was a collector of coins and scales. When his health allowed he enjoyed traveling in his travel trailer. But his greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandkids and great-grandkids.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, and one grandson, John Carl West. Survivors include his son, Joshua Bruce Mitchell; and two daughters, Kamie Jo Mitchell and Gayla Rae West and husband Les; two sisters and their husbands, Jodi and Phil Johnson and Donna and Larry McCormick; 13 grandchildren, Morgan Willis and husband Alex, Chyanne Guffy, Tessa Mitchell, Triston Mitchell, Taylor Mitchell, and Zoey Mitchell, Richard Hodges, Dylan Hodges, Shayla West, Blaine West, Nathan West, David West, and Molly West; and 7 great-grandchildren, Renlee, Rhyatt, Jonathan, Eastan, Rylie, Elliyhanna, and Greysynn; and one uncle and his wife, Donald and Myrtle Northway.

Individual Respects and Guest Registry will be from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Schneider Funeral Home & Crematory, Mound City Chapel.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at the Mound City Chapel. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until service time. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Centerville, Kansas. 

The family suggests contributions to Wounded Warrior Project, c/o Schneider Funeral Home, PO Box J, Mound City, KS 66056. Friends and family may leave online condolences at

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Way to go Lady Jays!

The Montrose Lady 'Jays beat Drexel 53-48 to win the Class 1 District 8 Title. The girls will play in Sectionals on Wednesday. More information will be available soon about the sectionals game!

Need a job?

Extension Youth Program Associate (Part-time) Butler, MO

For more information contact the Bates County Extension office at 660.679.4167.

*We will NOT be accepting job applications through Facebook. Please follow the link to the MU website to apply.

Obituary - Betty J. (Bunger) Mitchell

Betty J. Mitchell, 91, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life, Friday, February 26, 2021, at her home surrounded with love and family.

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

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

Grass Fire in Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Fire Department along with Bates County Sheriff's Deputies are in route to a grass fire behind McBee's General Store in Amsterdam at this time.

Mid America Live News will continue to follow this and provide more information when it becomes available to us. 

** Update**
This fire is a controlled burn everything is good in this area! 

Way to go Eagles

Introducing your Class 1A District Champs the Miami Eagles!!! Thank you alumni for supporting YOUR Eagles! We will keep you posted on game next week. #EaglePride

2021 Missouri Statewide Tornado Drill

Missouri’s 2021 statewide tornado drill will be held on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 10 a.m. In case of severe weather on the day of the drill, it will be moved to Thursday, March 4 at 10 a.m. 

This is an opportunity for Missourians to practice their sheltering plans and ensure readiness in case of a severe weather emergency while at home, work or school.

Dense Fog Advisory until 10am

A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect until 10AM Saturday. Areas of dense fog is likely, reducing visibilities down to a quarter mile or less. Areas of patchy fog is also likely this morning for surrounding areas.

Someone knows something!

Missing Date: February 27, 1991

Cheryl Kenney was last seen at work at a convenience store on business 71 Highway in Nevada, Missouri, on the evening of February 27, 1991. Her time card showed she clocked out at 10:00, but she did not arrive home. Her car was left in the store parking lot. Cheryl has a unique tooth pattern.

If you have any information, please contact the Nevada Missouri Police Department 417.448.2710, or, contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 800.877.3452, or 911


Friday, February 26, 2021

Obituary - David Lee Freer

David Lee Freer, 80, of Fort Scott, Kansas left this earth to join his wife of 50 years on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at his daughter’s home in Harrisonville, Missouri

David is survived by three daughters, Stephani Beckett and husband Steve, Appleton City, Missouri, Cheryl Link, Raymore, Missouri, Leslie Burdine and husband Kerry, Harrisonville, Missouri; 5 grandchildren, Ashley Cornish (Landon), Thomas Link (Dominee), Robert Link, Ethan Link (Kia) and Taylor Thomas (Kyron); 10 great-grandchildren; a sisters, Raylene Freer, Fort Scott, Kansas; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation. A private family inurnment will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Scott, Kansas and a Celebration of Life Service will all be held at a later date.

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

Drug search warrant served in Clinton

Press Release:

On 02-25-2021, Officers from the Clinton Police Department conducted surveillance of a residence in the 700 block of East Lincoln Street, prior to the execution of a search warrant for the residence. 

During surveillance, Officers observed a suspect approach the residence and conduct a hand to hand transaction at the front door. A traffic stop was conducted for a traffic violation and the driver was identified as Terrin Blum, 21 years old of Windsor, MO. 

A consent search of Blum and his vehicle was conducted. Officers located a bag of marijuana and a Schedule IV controlled substance on Blum’s person. Blum was arrested, processed, and released for possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

The search warrant was then executed by Officers at the residence. Several large bags of marijuana, along with controlled substances and over $4,000 in cash were seized. Hayden McClure, 21 years old of Clinton, MO and Alexis Turner, 21 years old of Clinton, MO were arrested on a 24 hour investigation of Distribution of Controlled Substance within a protected area (School Zone), a Class A felony.

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.

60 Years of Memories: Wages in Butler


60 Years of Memories of Butler

by James Ring


Wages In Butler


Butler of 60 years ago was a bustling place. As with most countyseat towns of the era, it was reasonably self-sufficient, in that you could obtain all necessities without expending a day driving into the Big City. Repairs, supplies, equipment—somebody was here to sell it to you. Entrepreneurial types could start up a business without fuss or bother, hiring willing workers for miniscule wages.


The standard of living was low, as was the scale of our existence. We were glad to have a job, satisfied to be able to put food on the table and gas in the car. For young men, the future was dominated by compulsory military service; you weren’t going to settle down and seek your fortune until after getting the Draft out of the way. In the interim, one would work at whatever jobs were available.


In my early teens, I did farm labor for 50-cents an hour, and was happy to get it. After high school, I took a salaried position on the Square for $35 a week (actually semi-monthly), for a 52-hour pay period. I actually saved money enough to buy a $550 used car in the first year, thanks to a raise or two.


By networking with other boys around town, extra work could be picked up from time to time. Most of us would have a couple of side gigs going, in addition to our main job. Taxes didn’t take a lot out of our pay stubs back then, and the state sales tax was only 2%. Cities and counties were satisfied to levy only property and real estate taxes.


Over the years, wages rose with inflation. There was a federal minimum wage, probably $1.75 an hour in the early 60s, but it only applied to businesses engaged in interstate commerce. Even in our border county, there wasn’t a lot of trade across the line. So, a buck-an-hour was common unskilled pay for those early years. When I went into the Army, my buck-private pay rate was $77 per month, paid in cash.


I don’t recall ever asking for a raise from an employer. I simply threatened to quit, and that did the trick. Figuring that the boss knew what I was worth to the company, and that if I wanted more I’d have to go somewhere else to work, signaling my intent to give notice somehow always made my labor more valuable. I remember thinking that if I ever brought home $1000 a month I would surely be among the upper-class. The most I recall earning from employment in Butler was $17,000 a year.


It was entirely possible to do better elsewhere, but at the cost of uprooting one’s life and moving to another state, or traveling after work around the country, getting home every other week perhaps. Living on the road was expensive in itself, and other states had a higher standard of living than Missouri, leaving one with not a lot more real income. 


Even 50 years ago, a lot of Butlerites commuted to work in Kansas City, an arduous daily trip that tacked on an extra three hours of time away from the family. The pay scale was attractive, but car-pooling or even keeping a City crash-pad cut into the take-home. Cars wore out in a couple of years of commuting, and shift-work is always hard on the body. 


So, working on the Square for less money allowed us to be ten minutes from work, spending lunch breaks with the family, and able to attend school and church functions. In truth, Butler eventually became only a base from which to make income from other sources, requiring occasional travel and continual telephone and mail correspondence. Today’s internet work style simply makes it faster. We worked at four jobs in our peak years, finding ways to “import” money into Butler from supplemental sources.


As longtime Butler resident Birdie White used to put it, “If a man can’t make it in Butler, he can’t make it anywhere.” The wage scale has always been lower than elsewhere, but the cost of living, and the ability to make a life, is better in a small town.

Butler City Council will have a budget workshop meeting tomorrow at 7:00 a.m

The Butler City Council will have a budget workshop meeting tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. Due to COVID -19 meetings are still closed to the public.

The public can view the meeting by going to the zoom link . You can click on the following link to join by zoom.

Cass County Sheriff Jeff Weber recognized Detective Corporal Steve Catron today at a retirement ceremony in Harrisonville

Cass County Sheriff Jeff Weber recognized Detective Corporal Steve Catron today at a retirement ceremony in Harrisonville.

Steve Catron began his law enforcement career in 1992, 29 years ago. His interest in law enforcement began when he was on the Urich, MO city council as the police commissioner. He began doing ride alongs with the current chief due to questions and concerns from the citizens and decided he could serve his community best by attending the academy and becoming a law enforcement officer.
At that time, the academy was 120 hours. He attended a few nights a week as well as some Saturdays. It consisted of mostly classroom training and the range.

His first law enforcement job was a reserve deputy for the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Shortly after, he became the Chief of Police for Urich, MO where he served for four years. His very first patrol car was a 1985 Dodge Diplomat that had been retired from the Highway Patrol, and the first gun he carried as a law enforcement officer was a 1st generation Glock Model 23.

He returned to the Henry County Sheriff’s office in 1997 where he served in several positions from patrol deputy all the way to Major. During his time at Henry County, he was over investigations, patrol, narcotics and evidence. He was also a sniper for the tactical team.
In February of 2005, Steve came to work for the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. He spent his first year as a patrol deputy and then moved to the investigations unit. He is currently a CVSA operator and specializes in property crimes investigations. He has worked with multiple city, county, state and federal agencies on several multi-jurisdictional cases and has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of property and equipment.

Throughout his career, Steve has served on the Metro Squad, Rural Missouri Major Case Squad, MOKAN Heavy Equipment Task Force and the Henry County Tactical Unit.

Steve’s advice for incoming law enforcement is “knowledge is everything. Finding connections and sharing knowledge will take you far”. He says, “Knowledge comes from building trust, respect and working together”. He says he gained his knowledge by learning from older deputies and troopers where he built relationships, opportunities and connections. Steve has made well over 500 contacts during his law enforcement career and suggest that you “seek out the Wooly Mammoth’s before they are all gone, for the Wooly Mammoth will provide the knowledge, protection, and guidance that will help take you home after every shift throughout your career.

Thank you!

Today Sheriff Anderson was honored to receive a hand made yarn blanket from Nancy and Doug Mager. 

The pair presented Sheriff Anderson the blanket in appreciation for his dedication and service to the Bates County community.

Thank you Nancy and Doug for taking the time to recognize our Sheriff and his service!

Obituary - Linda Joyce (Bittner) LaDue

Linda Joyce LaDue, 81, Nevada, MO passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at her home in Nevada. Linda was born May 28, 1939 in Alva, OK to Clarence C. and Eloise E. (Vincent) Bittner.

Linda came with her family to Vernon County at a young age and lived on a farm south of Nevada. She graduated from Nevada High School in 1957. Her family operated the “Eat Well CafĂ©” in Nevada where she worked alongside of her family. Through the years, Linda also worked at several other businesses in Nevada including Joseph L. Pohls Construction, Nevada Daily Mail, and Nevada Regional Medical Center before retiring from US Bank in March of 2013. She loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Linda was loved dearly by her family.

Survivors include one daughter, Sheri Davis, Nevada; and one son, Steve LaDue and his wife Lori, Springfield, MO; six grandchildren, Missi Cantrell and her husband John, Marshfield, MO, Amber Adams, Abilene, TX, Kayla Davis and her husband Eric, Lincoln, AR, Michael Davis and his wife Holly, Portland, ME, Matthew Davis and his wife Erika, Durant, OK, and Brandon Davis (Alyssa), Portland, ME; eight great grandchildren, Daytin, Garrett, Brennin, Gauge, Kynnidi, Tripp, Skylar, and Haisley; three sisters-in-law, Helen Armstrong, Nevada, Virginia Bittner, Oklahoma City, OK, and June Henson, Nevada; one brother-in-law, Sam LaDue, Parker, CO; two nieces, Julie Kemper, Nevada, and Janet Brown, Edmond, OK; and one nephew, Gary Bittner, Oklahoma City, OK. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Noreta Kemper; two brothers, Calvin Bittner, Melvin Bittner; and one niece, Velynda Jones.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Pastor Terry Mosher and Chaplain Kenny Batson officiating. Interment will follow in Moore Cemetery in Nevada. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested in her memory to Heartland Hospice or Calvary Baptist Church in Nevada c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

Obituary - Lois Marie Moles

Lois Marie Moles, 95, Adrian, MO, passed away Thursday, February 25, 2021 at Medicalodge of Butler, in Butler, MO. Private family services to be held at a later date.

A complete obituary will be posted when information is available.

Auction March 13th

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Old High School Thrift Shop Board Meets

The OHSTS board held its quarterly meeting on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 at the home of Ruby Stotmeister. The meeting was called to order at 10:30am and Ruby opened with prayer. Roll call was answered by 10 board members representing 10 community churches: Brenda Darr, Linda Fox, Charlotte Guss, Janice Highley,
Elaine Hellwig, Donna Kauffman, Lylah Linard, Sharon Perkins, Ramona Snyder and Ruby Stotmeister. The November 2020 minutes were read. Elaine gave the treasurer’s report. Despite the cold and covid, the shop still had $3000 to donate. A motion was made and seconded to donate to the following: The Ministerial Alliance, Children’s Center, Butler Library, Senior Center and BaCo Taxi. Motion carried. 

Discussion was held on being open more days. A motion was made and seconded beginning the 2 nd week in March; the shop will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Hours will be 1-4:30pm. Motion carried. All covid regulations will continue to be followed. Be sure to stay tuned to KMAM Radio, follow face book and the local news paper for updates. In April there will be an “End of Season ½ price sale.”

Correspondence and thank you’s were read. The next quarterly board
meeting will be May 17 th . We thank God for His continued Blessings. And sincere appreciation and thanks to all our workers who keep the thrift shop open and to our loyal customers. The meeting adjourned at 12:06pm.

Henry County Health Center confirms 4 new positive cases of COVID-19

The Henry County Health Center (HCHC) has received confirmation of 4 more positive cases of COVID-19. Clinton-4. This brings the total number of confirmed positive cases in Henry County to 1924.

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.

Nevada Police Department makes arrest in robbery case

Nevada Police have concluded an investigation into a convenience store robbery that occurred on February 21st.

On Sunday February 21, 2021 at approximately 10:08 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Cash-N-Dash convenience store, located at 1502 W. Austin Boulevard, for a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

It was reported that a male suspect entered the convenience store wearing black athletic pants with a white vertical stripe down the legs, grey hoodie, light colored face covering and black gloves. The suspect was described as average height and medium build. The suspect was reported to be armed with handgun and exited the building with an undisclosed amount of currency.

The subsequent investigation by Nevada Police led to the identification and arrest of a suspect on February 26, 2021. The suspect has been identified as follows:

Jeremy T. Boyd, age 41 of Moundville

On February 26, 2021 the following charges were filed against Jeremy T. Boyd through the Vernon County Associate Court:

Robbery 1st Degree - Class A Felony

Boyd is currently being held in the Vernon County Jail in lieu of a $500,000 cash only bond.

Citizens are encouraged to contact the police if they have any information that would be helpful to combat crime.

To report criminal activity call 911, contact the Nevada Police Department at (417) 448-5100 or use the Nevada Police Department’s Tip Hotline (417) 667-8477.

Any and all information can be kept confidential if requested.

Osage Valley Electric Cooperative warns of Scam!

A member in western Bates County reported that a person was going door to door yesterday indicating he worked with Osage Valley and was offering hybrid energy solutions to reduce electric bills.

He did not provide the name of the company he was working for and would not provide a business card. He was driving a silver Hyundai with Utah tags.

While there may be legitimate door to door solar salesmen in the area, they should be able to provide appropriate identification. Osage Valley is not currently working with any company in door to door sales.

BCMH Employee of the year 2020

The staff of Bates County Memorial Hospital voted for their choice of who should represent the hospital as Employee of the Year. The votes were counted, and Carmen Matter was chosen as the 2020 Employee of the Year. 

Carmen began her employment as a Registered Nurse in April, 1997 where she worked on the Med/Surg and Critical Care Units. In 2000, Carmen transferred to Infection Control. As the hospital’s Infection Control Coordinator, Carmen has been instrumental in providing guidance and leadership throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Her leadership and support during these challenging times has been critical to the hospital’s efforts in ensuring a safe environment for our patients, staff and visitors. Carmen obtained her Certification as an Infection Preventionist by the Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology in 2016. 

The hospital is proud to honor Carmen who is very deserving of this recognition. The hospital presented Carmen with an engraved plaque and beautiful floral bouquet. Pictured with Carmen is Greg Weaver, Interim Chief Executive Officer.

Notice from the city of Archie

The City of Archie's water tower is experiencing a leak. To repair the leak, the tower will need to be drained. The City will have a system in place to continue to provide water to our citizens, with little, or no, interruption.

The pressure may be less than normal, but still be sufficient. We are hoping that the repair will not take more than a week. The tower draining and repair will begin on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

We will post any additional updates or information on this page, and on the City's website, Thank you for your patience as we strive to continue providing water service to you.

What's in the Window winner and clues for this week

Each week we place clues on a piece of paper in our window at 17 N. Main in Butler in our "What's in the Window" contest and our winner this week is Edythe Finkle of Butler, who correctly guessed the LaCygne Power Plant:

1973 - went on line
resource - power, fishing 
twins - two smoke stacks for many years

Edythe wins a cool prize courtesy of Osage Valley Electric COOP for her efforts!

Clues for this week:


If you can guess what organization, business or event (all past or present) these clues lead to, you'll win a really cool prize too!

You can email your guess to

Please don't put answers on social media, we'd like everyone to have a fair chance. If we don't get a correct answer, we will add another clue each day or so. Winner will be announced Friday, March 5th. Good luck!

Western Missouri Antique Tractor & Machinery Association Annual Swap Meet

Maintenance Worker needed in Butler

Full Time Maintenance Worker for two Apartment Complexes, one in Butler and the other in Clinton. 

Must have basic knowledge of carpentry, plumbing, electrical and able to trouble shoot. 

Must have own tools and transportation. Please send resume to Community Housing Management, 730 S. 6th Street, St. Joseph, MO. 64501; or you can email to or call 816-233-4250 

Equal opportunity employer"

Scam season is upon us!

With tax season ahead and the issuance of stimulus funds, there are many unscrupulous persons out there attempting to take advantage of others. 

These people tend to call or email unsolicited and impersonate banking institutions, the IRS, local governments or police agencies in an attempt to obtain money or your personal identification information. 

Please be vigilant with your banking account information and personal information. Should someone ask you to send them money via wire transfers, prepaid debit cards or something of that nature be suspicious.

If you feel its a scam hang the phone up and call your local law enforcement. 

Nevada Fire Department gets new rescue unit

Congratulations to the City of Nevada, MO Fire Department on the delivery of their new Rescue Unit. This unit will replace the rescue unit we built for them in 2006.

We greatly enjoyed helping them modify their previous truck's design to build a customized unit that will better help them serve their communities needs. Thank you for your business!

- Precision Fire Apparatus

Weekend Forecast

We have a pretty calm weekend ahead! Light rain showers are possible with 60 degree temps on Saturday.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

City of Archie is preparing for maintenance to the water tower

The City of Archie is preparing for maintenance to the water tower. You may see evidence of preparation for that work this week. 

An update with more information will be posted here before work begins. If you have any questions, please contact the City Hall.

Former Harrisonville coach charged with sexual contact sentenced to 8 years in prison

On Thursday 2/25/21 a former Cass County teacher and coach Joseph Dahman pleaded guilty in Cass County court to two counts of sexual contact with a student. He was sentenced to a four year term in prison on each count.

A school resource officer received a report in August 2017 of inappropriate contact between a student, then 15, and Dahman, who was then a high school ISS teacher. During that investigation, Dahman was put on administrative leave. 

A few days later a second student at Harrisonville High contacted a high school counselor and reported she had had sex with Dahman during the summer. 

The victim drew a diagram for police of the bedroom in Dahman’s family home where he initially touched her sexually. A short time later, after they went outside, they returned to the residence and had sex in the room.

Mr. Dahman was criminally charged with 5 counts of sexual contact with a student.

Murder Charges Filed in 2018 Cass County Homicide

Cass Co – The Cass County Prosecutor’s Office filed charges today relating to the death of 18-year-old Vernece Brown of Kansas City, Missouri. Brown’s body was found in a wooded area on S. Mopac Road near Harrisonville in April of 2018 by mushroom hunters.

Vernece Brown went missing on February 14, 2018 in Kansas City. Detectives with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas City Missouri Police Department continued to work on the investigation over the last 3 years.

Prosecutors charged Kenneth B. Wilson, 32, Kansas City, KS with First Degree Murder. Wilson is currently in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

“I am very proud of the work our deputies and investigators did in this case. Hard work by determined investigators identified a suspect and lead to these charges,” said Sheriff Jeff Weber.

Attention Future Kindergartners in Adrian

Attention Future Kindergartners!

The Adrian School District is looking for our future class of 2034!! We can’t wait to make you official Blackhawks!
Schedule your screening appointment now!!
Screenings will occur on March 18 and 19, 2021. Contact Wanda Gordon at 816-297-2158, ext. 3001, to schedule an appointment.
All incoming kindergartners must be screened prior to enrollment!

Obituary - Grant Clinton Long

Grant Clinton Long, 21, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born, January 27, 2000, in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Clinton Gavin and Carolyn Sue (Porter) Long. He departed this life Saturday, February 20, 2021, in Olathe, Kansas.

Grant attended Pleasant Hill High School. Following high school He worked construction alongside his father. He had most recently worked at the Zarda Bar-B-Que restaurant in Blue Springs. He enjoyed running; especially Cross Country. Grant also enjoyed spending time at the lake camping, fishing, skiing and tubing. He loved music and playing his guitar, skateboarding, and dancing. He was especially fond of his dogs Daisy and Sophie and loved playing with them.

Grant was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Pete and Nancy Long; and his maternal grandfather, Charles Porter.

He is survived by his parents Clint and Susi of Pleasant Hill; maternal grandmother, Ann Green, of Pleasant Hill; one brother, Zachary P. Ford of Greenwood; two sisters, Chelsea A. (and Chip) Dangler, and Rachel (and fiancé Kameron Rees), all of Blue Springs; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; other relatives and friends.

Cremation has been accorded. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the KC Pet Project and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

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