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Friday, January 1, 2021

Update from the Butler Police Department 4:55pm

We are aware some are still without power. We are also aware some had power and then lost it again. We still have no updates. 

In other news, Butler Dispatch has received an astonishing 500+ calls in one day. We believe this is may be a new record.

Obituary - Roy Paul Fleischer

Roy Paul Fleischer, 84, Butler, Missouri, passed away December 20, 2020. Roy was born January 10, 1936 to Paul and Lillie (Schenker) Fleischer.

Roy attended church at Zion Lutheran Church in Prairie City. He also attended school at Zion and later graduated from Rich Hill High School in 1954.

Roy married his sweetheart, Wanda Kline, on May 25, 1958. They celebrated their 62nd anniversary in May. Roy and Wanda settled in Butler, Missouri, where they farmed and raised their family. Family was important to Roy. He enjoyed spending time with his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda; children, Rick (Robin) Fleischer, Kelly (Fred) Hunt, and Traci (Roger) Tippie; 7 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, Todd (Mary) Hunt, Caroline and Lydia, Brooke (Kash) Dubray, Hunter, Drake, and Lila, Josh Fleischer, Presley, Keith (Amanda) Fleischer, Riley and Sawyer, Hailey (Brian) Gillis, Cooper, Sadie, and Cade, Brodi (Jose) Mendez, Maysi, Bryan, Isabell, Alex, and Tilli, and Kiley (Luke) Tourtillott, Bowen and Logan; sister-in-law, Genavie Ruehling, brother-in-law, Leo Rapp; many nieces and nephews. 

Preceding him in death were his parents; his mother and father-in-law, Merle and Lorene Kline; grandson, Bradley Hunt, great-grandson, Eli Fleischer; brother, Everard Fleischer, sister, Irene Rapp, sister-in-law, Kathy Seider, brothers-in-law, Dale Seider and Melvin Ruehling.

The family suggests memorials to Zion Lutheran Church in care of Heuser Funeral Home.

Private Family Graveside Service with Memorial Service at a later date. Arrangements by Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill, Missouri.

Creighton man injured in Cass County accident

On 12/31/20 around 10:45pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cass County along with Cass County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on Little Road just south of 315th Street in rural Cass County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2005 Dodge Ram driven by 49 year old Christopher B. Lightfoot of Creighton, Missouri traveled off the roadway and struck a culvert.

Mr. Lightfoot sustained moderate injuries in this accident and he was transported by ambulance to Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene of the accident by J's Southland Tow.

Winter Storm Winding Down

The winter storm is starting to wind down with only minor accumulations through this evening. 

Temperatures will drop overnight & any wet/slushy surfaces will refreeze guaranteeing that travel will remain hazardous tonight.

Updated Obituary - Miriam Elizabeth (Fuller) Burhart

Miriam Elizabeth (Fuller) Burhart, 87, Adrian, MO, passed on to her eternal reward Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Foxwood Springs in Raymore, MO. Visitation will be held from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian with graveside services at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. 

Please note that the family requests that all in attendance wear personal protective equipment masks at any of Miriam's services. The family requests any contributions, in honor of Miriam's life, be designated to the American Red Cross or the National Kidney Foundation.

Miriam was born December 21, 1933 to Oliver Thomas Fuller Sr. and Mary Eva (Fuller) Fuller. She accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior as a young teen and was baptized in Mill Creek. She graduated from Roxboro High School in Roxboro, NC in 1952 and worked taking tickets at the Kirby Theatre. On September 18, 1953, Miriam married Richard "Dick" Burhart. They celebrated for 66 years until he passed away in 2019.

As a faithful follower of Jesus, Miriam introduced each of her children to Him. Gifted in serving, she fed/served them and their family members each time they visited, announced or not. She was an unflappable host and felt honored to have guests. She hosted her friends in like manner. Miriam enjoyed teaming up with Dick and others in a bowling league at Nichols Lanes. She fit perfectly into country living on the farm with its animals and flowers. Hollyhocks and Irises; cats and dogs; cattle, chickens, geese, horses and pigs; coyotes, deer, turkeys and wild birds are memorable parts of the Burhart farm history. Miriam retired from Bass Buster Lures after 20 years of employment.

Miriam enjoyed trying unique recipes as well as preparing favorites such as Southern fried chicken. Vacationing at a NC beach with family after a rejuvenating visit with her siblings, gathering perfect sea shells, shopping thrift stores, proudly attending her children's and grandchildren's school and summer events, watching the wild birds feed, and attending to/walking with the dogs were her favorite pastimes.

Miriam was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, one sister, and her husband. Survivors include her son, Paul Burhart (Dawn); her daughters: Carol Goodrum (Jim), Karen Moore (Drew), and Diana Adell (Mark); 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Coy Oakley; a sister, Ann Moore; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Fatality Accident In Nevada

On 1/1/21 around 7:53am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Vernon County along with Nevada Police Department responded to a one vehicle accident in Marmaduke Park in Nevada.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2009 Pontiac G5 driven by 21 year old Jerod R. Gerster of Nevada, Missouri failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the roadway and struck a tree.

Mr. Gerster was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and he was transported to Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

A passenger in the vehicle 21 year old Cayden A. Campbell of Nevada, Missouri sustained serious injuries in this accident and he was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene of this accident by TCB Tow of Nevada. This is Troop A of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's 1st Fatality accident of the year 2021.

Dealing with the aftermath

While radar indicates that freezing precip has moved on for the moment, there will be more time involved in digging out and restoring power in several locations. Just as this photo of the Bates county resource vehicle was posted  it was also reported that a transformer has blown on south Delaware street, again leaving folks in the dark. Good news, we are to expect slightly drier weather with highs pushing 40 the next few days.

Obituary - Alice J. Voorhees

Alice J. Voorhees, 78, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri departed this life, Thursday, December 31, 2020, at her home surrounded with love and family.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

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

Obituary - Marian Jean Sunthimer

Marian Jean Sunthimer, 92, Milo, MO passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at her home in Milo.

Family information will be announced by Ferry Funeral Home with a memorial service to be held at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to Avalon Hospice or the Linking Literacy Program @ Benton Elementary School c/o Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

Osage Valley Electric Cooperative Update:

Good morning! At this time we have five outages scattered across the territory affecting approximately 170 members.

While so far there is less ice on the lines than expected, the combination of the ice and the high winds is certainly causing some issues.

The National Weather Service is forecasting more freezing rain and snow throughout the day.

Please stay inside if at all possible and remember to treat all downed lines as if they are energized.

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From the Butler Police Department

We have the Electric Dept, Fire Dept, and Street Dept out currently with lines down and tree limbs down all over Butler.

We are aware of the power being out, we do not currently have an estimated time of when it will be restored. Electric is working hard to get it back up.

From the City of Butler

The Butler Police and Fire Departments are asking all residents to please stay at home. Unless you have to be out it in this weather. 

The Electric and Street Departments are working to restore power and clear streets. 

Please we ask again to stay at home and not go out and travel at this time.

Expected Snow Totals

Icing will continue through the rest of the morning, then transition into snow. Road conditions are already pretty bad, but putting another couple inches of snow on top of the icy surfaces will make for very dangerous (and maybe impassible) road conditions later today.

Snow moves out from southwest to northeast by the late afternoon to mid evening hours. 

Road closed in Adrian

The Adrian Fire Department currently has 18 Highway just east of I-49 at Adrian closed at this time due to power lines being over the road!