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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

BCMH Staff get COVID-19 Vaccine

Today was a milestone for us as we began giving the Pfizer vaccine to our staff in our battle against the CoVID-19 pandemic. 

Approximately 60 of our hospital and clinic staff received the vaccine today, and Dr. Jeffrey Bissing, cardiologist and BCMH Chief of Medical Staff, was among the first. 

Andrea Patterson, RN (Surgery Dept.), was part of a team administering vaccines beginning today. 

Thanks to Cass Regional Medical Center, we were able to share a shipment of the Pfizer vaccine with area hospitals (Nevada Regional Medical Center and Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare).



Structure Fire in rural Archie

The Adrian Fire Department along with mutual aide from the Butler Fire Department ,Central Cass Fire Department, Harrisonville Fire Department and Garden City Fire Department is on scene of a structure fire at 507 NE CR 17404 which is located in rural Archie on the Bates and Cass County line.

All animals and people are said to be out of the residence at this time. Please move over for emergency vehicles on the roadway! 

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


Updated Obituary - Eric Shane Caldwell

Eric Shane Caldwell, 46, Nevada, MO passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at Nevada Regional Medical Center in Nevada. Eric was born September 27, 1974 in El Dorado Springs, MO to Earl and Joyce (Weaver) Caldwell.

Survivors include his wife, Leray of the home; three children, Erica Caldwell (Levi), and Colton Caldwell, McKenzie Haller (Brock); grandchildren, Gunner, Maureen, Madeline, and Lillith; his parents Earl and Joyce Caldwell; one brother, Justin Caldwell and his son, Owen; two nieces, Hailey Gammon, Kinley Gammon; one nephew, Coby Gammon; several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Eric was preceded in death by his grandparents, Elton and Ellen Caldwell, grandparents, Everett and Naomi Weaver; uncles Terry Caldwell, and Kelly Caldwell; and aunt, Susie Caldwell.

Eric was booted out of high school his senior year by the principal, who told his parents that he thought it was the best thing to do at that time, to keep him away from school, so he did not graduate with his class but he went on to earn his GED which is harder to achieve than graduating from Nevada High School. 

After he got his GED, he enrolled in Missouri Welding Institute, received his welding degree, and went over the road as a Boilermaker Welder working on power plants. After being on the road so much, he came back, worked a few different places, then went to work at an apartment complex with Richard Brockman. Eric and Richard made the decision to strike out on their own and started EZ Home Improvement. EZ was Eric’s “nickname” as a welder. Eric was an ordained minister and performed several weddings. 

Eric truly enjoyed his Harley Davidson motorcycle, riding with his friends as much as possible. Eric also enjoyed working on his “40’s” rad rod. He put a big Cummins motor in it, and his next step was to put a large turbo and blower on it, hoping to have it finished in time for the Bushwhacker Parade so he could be in it if there was going to be one this year. 

Eric was an avid coon hunter, deer hunter, and fisherman. He loved the outdoors! He loved to go mushroom hunting and looking for arrowheads! Eric was a very intelligent and talented person. He could do anything he set his mind to. Eric loved his grandchildren more than anything. He will be deeply missed by all his family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Derrick Longan officiating. Interment will follow in Hazel Dell Cemetery in El Dorado Springs. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening at the funeral home.



Obituary - Joan Wiley Kirchhofer

Joan Wiley Kirchhofer, age 84 years, passed away peacefully Monday, January 4th, 2021 at her long time residence in Clinton, Missouri. 

She was surrounded by her caregiver of 16 years, Sheila Cummins Strickland, and family. Funeral services will be held 11:00AM Friday, January 8, 2020 at the Vansant-Mills Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Englewood Cemetery, Clinton, Missouri. The family suggests memorial contributions to Golden Valley Memorial Hospice, and may be left in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences can be left online at www.vansant-millsfuneralhome.com.

Born on March 4th, 1936 in Calhoun Missouri to parents Charles Cecil Wiley and Lida Askins Wiley. On February 14th, 1982 she married George Edward Kirchhofer in Hermann, MO.

In Her early years she attended Stephens College, a private women’s college in Columbia, MO where she acquired a Bachelor’s Degree. She was an active member of her sorority and later served in the local chamber of Commerce in Clinton, MO. Her family owned Wiley’s Fine Foods located on the Clinton Square where she spent many hours working and developing her love and talent of cooking. In 1982 Joan and her late husband George Purchased K&K enterprises otherwise known as Talley Amusement and Sign Company. When she was not working she loved to travel and take cruises or enjoy a social outing at Meadow Lake Country Club and Clinton Country Club.

She had a big heart and was always there to help anyone who asked. Her greatest joy was having so many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her Daughter Jennifer S. Clouse of Clinton, MO, step son George T. (Tammy) Kirchhofer of Kingsville step daughter Beth ( Wes) Frentrop of Olathe, KS and a daughter-in-law Natalie Entrop of Clinton, MO. 10 grandchildren Summer, Autumn, and Skyler Kirchhofer, Ashley Jones, Garrett and Emily Frentrop, Cassi ( Chris) Ferris, Cayleigh Clouse, Brian Campbell, Lacey ( Kyle) Goth, great grandchildren Alia Jones, Jaxon, Johnna and Ryan Ferris, Akillian Clouse and Jemma Goth, and one brother in law Bob ( Nancy) Kirchhofer of Hermann, MO, 3 nieces and 6 nephews.

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


Breaking News: Structure Fire In Harrisonville

Avoid the 1600 block of Edgevale Dr.  Emergency crews are in the process of working a home fire.  The listed roadways are currently blocked.  This scene is active and it is unknown how long the roads will be closed. - Courtesy of the Harrisonville Police Department 

Roads blocked:
Blueberry and king
Blueberry and edgevale
Blueberry and Halsey


Public Service Announcement from the city of Harrisonville

PSA: Over the past few months, we have received several complaints from residents about Municipal Waste Services not collecting their recycling. 

We understand that these examples are not everyone but just wanted to show you a glimpse at what MWS staff are seeing a lot of when trying to collect recycling.

MWS has let us know that if they find recycle bins that are filled with non-recyclables, they will not be picking them up.

Please make sure that when you set out your recycling bin, that it contains only recyclable materials.
 - Courtesy of the City of Harrisonville 



Thank you for the opportunity to serve you

Friends,

Today, I officially began my term in the Missouri State Senate, and I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve as your voice in the Missouri Capitol.

This year, we will be considering important legislation protecting the sanctity of life and our Constitutional rights and liberties, and I want you to know that I will fight hard for you.

I will also work to ensure our budget is balanced without any tax increases. The government has to be more responsible with how taxpayer money is spent. We have to get rid of unnecessary bureaucracy, eliminate fraud in welfare programs, and look for every opportunity to eliminate waste from our budget.

If there are any issues you think the Senate should address in the upcoming session or anything you think we can do to better serve you, I hope you will let me know.

As I begin my service in the Senate, please do not hesitate to contact me regarding official matters at 573-751-2108 or rick.brattin@senate.mo.gov.

It is an honor to serve you in the Missouri Senate.

Sincerely,

Rick Brattin




Henry County Health Center 26 new positive cases of COVID-19

The Henry County Health Center (HCHC) has received confirmation of 26 more positive cases of COVID-19. Clinton-16, Montrose-1, Windsor-5, Deepwater-2, and Urich-2. This brings the total number of confirmed positive cases in Henry County to 1650.

All contact tracing has commenced and all parties that have had close contact are being notified. HCHC continues to encourage residents to practice social distancing, washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or more, and to remain home if you are sick. 

The CDC continues to recommend that individuals to wear a face covering when you are in public, and are unable to social distance, to assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19.


Obituary - Helen M. Kenney

Helen M. Kenney age 90 of Clinton, Missouri formerly of Holden and Garden City, Missouri departed this life Tuesday, January 5, 20212 at the Clinton Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, Clinton, Missouri.

Helen is survived by her three sons; Doug Kenney and his wife Kristi of Clinton, Missouri, Mark V. Kenney and his wife Mary of Overland Park, Kansas, and Russell W. Kenney and his wife Judy of Warrensburg, Missouri; eleven grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Private family graveside services.

The family suggest that memorial contributions may be made to the Garden City Cemetery Association and may be sent in care of Dickey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 432, Harisonville, Missouri 64701.

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

Obituary - Hazel Williams-Mamman

Hazel I. Williams-Mammen was born September 17, 1925 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Daniel Wesley Martin and Mary Lee Acton-Martin. She was the oldest of eight children, (herself, Audrey, Harold, Thomas, June, Jenny, Lela and Rachel). 

She grew up in rural Ashland on a small plot of land in a small creek valley. Her favorite memories there were the cliff lined hills covered with wild columbine flowers and the old swimming hole. Growing up in the great depression and the dust bowl, times were obviously not always easy, however, a fond memory Hazel held onto was her mother making wild plum jelly and homemade bread.

Determined to be educated, nothing was going to stop her. She walked through fields of snow and had to cross two creeks to make it to the one room schoolhouse where she even sat on a log because there were not enough seats. Even though she was not an outgoing student she excelled well in school, even completing two grades in one year. While going to school one day, Hazel tragically fell out of the wagon and sustained a major injury and with extensive medical treatment and grit she learned how to walk again. After graduating the one room school she attended and graduated from Ashland High School.

When she graduated from high school she took her first apartment with a friend and worked in a hardware store scooping up nails where she made $11 a week (to pay for rent, food and incidentals). Whenever the opportunity arose she would fill in at the candy or cosmetic counter, which would increase the money that she made. She also worked at a commercial laundry service where she pressed pillow cases, sheets and towels. Despite working she decided she wanted to continue her formal education by attending a secretarial training school in downtown Columbia, Missouri for young women, where she learned shorthand and dictation skills. While working at the hardware store she met who would be her first husband, Edward Dennis Williams. They were married May 26, 1951.

After receiving her secretarial certificate, she obtained a position as a secretary in the Horticulture Department at the University of Missouri. She worked at the University of Missouri for 25 years. She was appointed the Secretary of Missouri State Horticultural Society of which she served for many years.

While living in Rocheport, Missouri, she was the president of the Rocheport Friends and was instrumental in bringing the replica of the old Katy Depot to Rocheport in 1995, and was a member of the Rocheport Christain Church. She also established the Green Cricket Antiques in Columbia, Missouri and Rocheport of which she owned and operated until she relocated to Lexington, Missouri. In Lexington, Missouri she opened a small consignment store until her husband passed away February 18, 1998.

She met and married her second husband, Henry Joe Mammen, September 19, 1999 and moved to Butler, Missouri were she lived on the farm with her husband. At that time she purchased one of the oldest standing homes from the Civil War and opened a B and B. She attended Saint Matthews Lutheran Church. She lived in Butler until her husband passed June 1, 2014. She relocated back to Lexington, Missouri to be close to her family. When attending church, she attended the First Baptist Church in Higginsville, Missouri.

During her life she developed many interests, such as, gardening, cooking, antique collecting, jewelry making, quilting and was an amateur writer. In her life she had four children, Carl Martin, Mary Hentges (husband Jim), David Williams (wife Cindy), and Donna Slusher (husband Lee) whom she loved dearly. She had a plethora of grandchildren and great grandchildren whom she also adored and loved. These were the stories that Hazel wanted shared with everyone.

There will be a private family service and burial at Lexington Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Knights of Coulmbus Coats for Kids or Preferred Hospice and left in the care of the funeral home. Memories and condolences may be left at www.LedfordFamilyFH.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Walker-Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home, 1720 South Street, Lexington, Missouri, 64067, 660-259-2245.


Real Estate transfers and Marriage Licences

Courtesy Danyelle Baker, Bates County Recorder of Deeds. Click image to enlarge, save or print



Marriage License 

11/23-11/27


Andrew David Jackson, 55, Assaria Ks to Dawn Marie Gardiner, 57, Eldorado Springs MO




Obituary - John Lester Wolfe

John Lester Wolfe, 65, Adrian, MO, passed away Monday, January 4, 2021 at his home.

Memorial services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2021 at the Adrian United Methodist Church in Adrian.

A complete obituary will be posted when information is available.



Adrian R-3 School District COVID-19 Update

January 6, 2021
Dear Adrian Parents/Guardians

We are reaching out to you today to inform you of a new cases of COVID-19 at the Adrian School District. The individual was last present in the school on Tuesday, January 5, 2020. The District is working with the Bates County Health Department to identify close contacts of the confirmed case.

If a student or staff member has been determined to have been in close contact with this individual, you will be contacted with further instructions.

If you are not contacted, there is nothing further you need to do at this time. Close contact is defined as fewer than 6 feet away for more than 15 minutes, regardless of face covering use per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The District is taking all precautions, consistent with the CDC and Bates County Health Department.

Due to privacy requirements, we cannot release the name of the individual or details that may identify them.

Appropriate cleaning and disinfecting measures are being taken, so there is no need to close our building for additional cleaning.

COVID-19 is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge everyone to take the following preventive measures:

Stay home when you are sick
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between non-household members and wear a mask in places where maintaining that distance is difficult.

Be alert for symptoms including…
Fever of 100.4° or higher
Any new cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fatigue
Muscle or body aches
Headache
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
New congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea
Close contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days

We are continuing to monitor this situation and will provide additional information as needed. If you have any questions regarding COVID, you can contact the Bates County Health Department at 660-679-6108.

Sincerely,
Don Lile
Superintendent
Adrian R-III School District


Smoldering fire at COOP facility in Adrian


Statement from MFA Incorporated: Grain facility fire at West Central AGRIServices-Adrian 1-06-2021 A fire inside bins at West Central AGRIServices' Adrian, MO grain facility is being closely monitored. 

Local Emergency officials are aware of the situation and available if needed. Aside from MFA personnel, specialists with expertise in grain bin fires are on scene to provide guidance on mitigation. 

The fire and smoldering grain are related to an explosion at the facility that occurred on Dec. 31st, 2020. MFA and third-party experts continue to investigate the cause of the explosion. 

No foul play is suspected. West Central AGRIServices is a part of MFA Enterprises. 

MFA Contact Amanda Cooper 
Vice President Corporate Services

Appleton City area news



St. Clair Co. Health Department reports there have now been over 593COVID cases with 13 deaths in the county. AC had 5 new cases last week for a total of 131 cases. This count does not include the nursing homes. According to the Health Department, due to people in the community spreading this disease, it has now come into the elderly care facilities.Hospitalizations are happening more frequently. They ask people to please stop running around, having parties, get togethers and visiting family and friends. One visit is all it takesYou should wear masks, social distance, wash your hands often and stay home! Don't go to work sick. Stop the spread! More information is available at http://www.scchcmo.net/covid-2.html.

 

If you have been in close contact with a person known to have Coronavirus or if you have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread of Coronavirus, as well as experiencing fever, cough, or trouble breathing and need medical attention, please call Ellett Memorial Hospital at 660-476-5219, OR AC Rural Health Clinic at 660-476-2121 TO ALERT STAFF PRIOR TO YOUR ARRIVAL!   

 

It’s time to gather up those Food Fair receipts (September-December), Best Choice UPC labels and box tops and send them to Appleton City Elementary School by Friday, January 8.  The class with the most labelswins a party

 

At this time a date has not be set for the Sesquicentennial Celebration but event planning is still taking place. Keep making preparations to participate in any and all events when the time arrives.

 

The Sesquicentennial Poster Contest is open to anyone age from 3rd grade to beyond retirement age. The deadline is January 31, 2021. Categories will include both free hand art and computer generated art. The art must be about “Appleton City Past or Present”. Everyone may participate by encouraging artists in the AC area to create and enter a poster. You can get guidelines and entry forms from school art teachers or call 660-476-5857 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. or email acmolampkin@yahoo.com

 

Start growing and grooming those whiskers for the SQC Whisker contest.  All styles of facial hair are encouraged. Anyone with facial whiskers can enter.

 

The Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation was established in 2000 by a local couple to benefit and carry out the purposes of Ellett Memorial Hospital.  The Foundation has played a major role in the Hospital’s recent renovation/expansion project.  The Foundation is a 501c3 organization and plays an important role in ensuring the future of the Hospital by providing an avenue for individuals, groups and corporations to lend their financial support through tax-deductible contributions. The Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation would like to extend an invitation to the community to assist with this project.  They would like to welcome all current and past members of the community and service area to make a donation to the Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation. Donations can be restricted or non-restricted for use as the donor identifies.  Recognition will be given for all contributions.  For further information, contact Julee Snyder, Ellett Memorial Hospital, 660-476-211.

 

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for January 2021 2020.  Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Jan 6- Upper GI, Colonoscopy- Dr. NaminJan 7 – OB/GYN-Dr. Kallberg, Jan 8 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, Jan 13 -Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. VardakisJan 14 - Rheumatology, Dr. TayJan 20- Upper GI, Colonoscopy- Dr. Namin Jan 27 – Ortho-Dr. GrayJan 27 –Ophthalmology, Dr. SoniJan 28 -Rheumatology, Dr. Tay.

 

“The Little Apple” was started by the A. C. Economic Development as way of informing residents of news and events sponsored by area businesses and organizations.  Items of a clearly personal nature, such as birthdays, anniversaries, awards (not group sponsored), personal sales and the like are not accepted for publication.  Please email articles for “The Little Apple” to dcp81@embarqmail.com by Tuesday evenings or bring them to Dr. Payton’s office to be included in that week’s edition.  To receive "The Little Apple" free by e-mail, send your e-mail address to dcp81@embarqmail.com  If you have changed your previous email address, you are asked to send the current address, so the list can be updated.

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Jan 11-16  ACHS Invitational Varsity Basketball Tournament

Cancelled Endangered Silver Advisory: St. Clair County Sheriff's Department, Larry Amos

EMPHASIS: Cancelled Endangered Silver Advisory Alert

State of Missouri Endangered SILVER Advisory

The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department has cancelled an Endangered SILVER Advisory for a missing adult incident that occurred at 8850 SE Rt. PP, Collins, MO at 1:30 p.m. on January 5, 2021.

The endangered SILVER advisory missing adult is:

Larry Amos, a white male, age 82, height 6 feet, 180 pounds, gray hair, green eyes.

Unique characteristics: Subject wears glasses and usually wears a ball cap.

Diagnosed Medical Condition: Dementia

Vehicle Information:

white 2012 Chevrolet Silverado with a black camper shell, bearing MO, 7KCJ11 last seen travelling in an unknown direction from Rt. PP in Collins, MO. The driver’s side headlight on the vehicle does not work.

Brief circumstances regarding the Endangered Silver Person incident:

Subject has been located safe in Bolivar, MO

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 St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department at 417-646-2579.


Obituary - Janet Sue Smith



Max Motors Dealerships reports record breaking year in 2020



Thank you to our customers, community, and the entire Max Motors Dealership team for overcoming all the challenges of 2020. We are proud to announce, Max Motors Dealerships in 2020, reported a Record Breaking Year. 

The records are in all categories; New and Pre-Owned Sales, Service, Parts, Collision, Commercial and Fleet Departments. Mark and I want to thank you for your hard work, dedication, and giving it you’re all every day. 

Our Sincere Appreciation,
Bob Jacaway

Joint Press Release Adrian Fire Department and Bates County Sheriff's Office



On 12/31/2020 at Approximately 1045 am Emergency Services in Bates County were notified of an explosion at the West Central Cooperative in their grain bin area. The explosion was felt for up to 30 miles away and resulted in one person being life flighted to a Kansas City hospital. 

Multiple agencies responded to assist from Adrian Fire Department, Butler Fire Department, Central Cass Fire Department, Bates County EMS, Bates County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Investigative agencies such as the Missouri Fire Marshal's Office, OSHA along with other industry experts and MFA internal safety crews were called in to assist with assessment of the incident.
Since the initial explosion the situation has been monitored by Law Enforcement and Fire Services. 

The Adrian Fire Chief has been constantly briefed of the progress being made and actions by the crews who are on scene mitigating the incident. We have been aware that there has been product within the storage area smoldering since the initial incident. Recently, the smoldering evolved into a fire that was observed from the road. 

This was not unexpected by anyone who has been involved in this incident. West Central Co-op has been working diligently to remove any potential hazardous material from the property that could be of any danger to the public. 

At this time, with the information from multiple agencies who are experts in this type of incident, we do not feel there is any substantial danger or risk to the general public from this incident. This situation may continue for multiple days and will continue to be monitored by local authorities who will be assessing the safety for our citizens.
A statement is expected to be released by MFA sometime today and we will release that information when its available.


Rain Moves into the area today

Rain returns today for much of the area, with a mixture of rain/snow possible by late this evening into tonight. Little to no snow accumulation is expected.


Obituary - Norma Jean Grimes

Funeral services for Norma Jean Grimes of Archie, Missouri, formerly of Ballard, Missouri will be 10 a.m. Friday, January 8, 2021 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Visitation 5 - 7 p.m. Thursday, January 7 at the Schowengerdt Chapel. Interment at Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian, Missouri. Contributions to Walnut Grove Presbyterian Church or Mike Grimes Scholarship Fund c/o Cattlemen's Association. Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Norma Jean Grimes, age 90, formerly of Ballard, Missouri died Monday, January 4, 2021 at Adrian Manor in Adrian, Missouri. She was born January 5, 1930 to Perry Allen and Roxy Golden Deardorff Hill in Altona, Missouri.

Norma Jean is survived by two sons, Randy Grimes and wife Karen of Archie, Missouri and Dale Grimes and wife Kelly of Urich, Missouri; two daughters, Joyce Elaine Combs and husband Troy of Holden, Missouri and Janice Louise VanSandt and husband Ronnie of Adrian, Missouri; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

Due to Covid, the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel respectfully asks that everyone wear a mask and practice social distancing.



Community First Bank Enters into Agreement to Purchase Branch Location from Lead Bank

BUTLER and GARDEN CITY, Missouri, December 28, 2020 – Community First Bank, Butler, Missouri, and Lead Bank, Garden City, Missouri, jointly announced today that the two banks have signed a definitive agreement for Community First Bank to purchase from Lead Bank its branch located at 200 North Third Street, Garden City, Missouri 64747, and to acquire certain assets and assume certain liabilities associated with that branch location. 

As part of the transaction, Community First Bank will acquire deposit accounts totaling approximately $41 million as of September 30, 2020, as well as $25.6 million in loan balances as of September 30, 2020. The branch location at 200 North Third Street in Garden City is the only branch location of Lead Bank to be acquired by Community First Bank in this transaction. 

Community First Bank and Lead Bank will work together to provide a seamless transition for the Garden City customers of Lead Bank. The branch transaction has been approved by the board of directors of each bank and is subject to certain closing conditions, including approval by the required regulatory authorities. The parties expect to complete the transaction in the second quarter of 2021. In connection with the transaction, Lead Bank will, subject to receipt of the required regulatory approval, designate its Kansas City branch as its new main office. “We are excited to expand our branch network into the Garden City market,” noted Seth Black, President & Chief Executive Officer of Community First Bank. 

“The Garden City branch at 200 North Third Street will provide an opportunity to serve a new customer base and enhance our ability to serve our existing customers in Bates and St. Clair counties. We intend to retain the majority of the existing employees at the branch, as they will make the transition as easy as possible for our new customers coming from Lead Bank.”

 “Lead Bank has been proud to serve the Garden City community since 2005, although the history of the bank reaches back to 1928. Throughout that time, the people of the bank have worked hard to be an asset for the community helping residents, farms, and businesses to prosper,” says Josh Rowland, Vice Chairman and CEO of Lead Bank. “We are pleased to have partnered with Community First Bank, a bank that shares a similar mission to Lead Bank’s – consistently focusing on the well-being of the community. This common foundation and alignment of core values should make the transition seamless and benefit the greater Garden City community, clients and employees.” Nate Van Emon and Greg Johnson of Stinson LLP served as legal counsel for Community First Bank. Bob Fegtly of DD&F Consulting Group provided M&A consultation for Community First Bank. Bob Wray of The Capital Corporation provided M&A consultation for Lead Bank. Beth Whitaker and Marysia Laskowski of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP served as legal counsel for Lead Bank. About Lead Bank Lead Bank is a community-minded, independent commercial bank, recognized for its innovative approach to community banking and unique banking solutions that allow real people, real businesses, and their communities to thrive. 

Serving communities with treasury management and lending services, consumer client products, digital consumer banking, and innovative financial technology services, Lead Bank is the first choice for those looking for a future banking partner. Headquartered in Missouri, yet serving clients digitally throughout the United States, Lead Bank is known for being a small business advocate, having outstanding client service and creating financial pathways for those who, in the past, have been financially unhealthy. 

Lead Bank is a 2020 member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV), an international network of banking leaders worldwide committed to advancing positive change in the banking sector. For additional information, call (816) 220.8600 or visit http://www.lead.bank/. 

About Community First Bank Community First Bank is a locally-owned, community-focused, full-service bank that has been proudly serving the local communities of West-Central Missouri since 1997. Community First Bank provides all the perks of modern financial services with the reliability of the “hometown” banking that customers have come to expect and deserve. 

Community First Bank takes banking seriously and, as fellow members of the community, know the importance of an efficient, welcoming and accessible banking experience. For additional information, call (660) 679.3135 or visit www.communityfirstbank.net


Drug Bust in Lamar

On 01/05/2021, The Ozark Drug Enforcement Team and the Lamar Police Department, along with assistance from the Barton County Sheriff’s department, served a narcotic search warrant at a residence in the 1800 block of Grand in Lamar, MO. Methamphetamine and marijuana were found along with evidence of illegal drug distribution.

Amanda Comer was charged with delivery of a controlled substance. Jacob Comer was charged with delivery of a controlled substance and possession of controlled substance



COVID-19 Update from Adrian Manor

This is Sheila Wackerman from Adrian Manor. I have to inform you that we have had six more residents test positive for COVID today and one staff member. We have had do a lot of moving today in order to enlarge our positive unit again. We have notified those resident’s families that have been involved in the moving and notified the families of the positive residents. 

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

We will have to go through at least 2 rounds of testing until we get 2 consecutive rounds with everyone being negative. We have received information on the COVID vaccine. I am sending the informational form and the consent form with my statements this month. In the letter that is with the statement it gives you several options for returning the signed consent, because we need it back as soon as possible. 

We have also given you a couple of vaccine websites for you to research along with the fact sheet for the Moderna vaccine that we will be given. We have also posted those links on our website for you convenience. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.


Obituary - Betty Ann Pratt

Betty Ann Pratt, 91, Nevada, MO passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Nevada Regional Medical Center in Nevada following a brief illness. 

Betty was born July 10, 1929 in Appleton City, MO to William A. F. and Lucy A. (Schenker) Bern. She married Harry B. Pratt on November 16, 1952 in Prairie City, MO and he preceded her in death on November 11, 1979.

Services are pending and will be announced at a later date.



Obituary - Eric Shane Caldwell

Eric Shane Caldwell, 46, Nevada, MO passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at Nevada Regional Medical Center in Nevada. Eric was born September 27, 1974 in El Dorado Springs, MO to Earl and Joyce (Weaver) Caldwell.

Survivors include his wife, Leray of the home; three children, Erica Caldwell (Levi), and Colton Caldwell, McKenzie Haller (Brock); grandchildren, Gunner, Maureen, Madeline, and Lillith; his parents Earl and Joyce Caldwell; one brother, Justin Caldwell and his son, Owen; two nieces, Hailey Gammon, Kinley Gammon; one nephew, Coby Gammon; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Eric was booted out of high school his senior year by the principal, who told his parents that he thought it was the best thing to do at that time, to keep him away from school, so he did not graduate with his class but he went on to earn his GED which is harder to achieve than graduating from Nevada High School. After he got his GED, he enrolled in Missouri Welding Institute, received his welding degree, and went over the road as a Boilermaker Welder working on power plants. After being on the road so much, he came back, worked a few different places, then went to work at an apartment complex with Richard Brockman. 

Eric and Richard made the decision to strike out on their own and started EZ Home Improvement. EZ was Eric’s “nickname” as a welder. Eric was an ordained minister and performed several weddings. Eric truly enjoyed his Harley Davidson motorcycle, riding with his friends as much as possible. Eric also enjoyed working on his “40’s” rad rod. 

He put a big Cummins motor in it, and his next step was to put a large turbo and blower on it, hoping to have it finished in time for the Bushwhacker Parade so he could be in it if there was going to be one this year. Eric was an avid coon hunter, deer hunter, and fisherman. He loved the outdoors! He loved to go mushroom hunting and looking for arrowheads! 

Eric was a very intelligent and talented person. He could do anything he set his mind to. Eric loved his grandchildren more than anything. He will be deeply missed by all his family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Derrick Longan officiating. Interment will follow in Hazel Dell Cemetery in El Dorado Springs. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening at the funeral home.



Obituary - Ernest Cecil Fink

Ernest Cecil Fink, 88 of Drexel, Missouri passed away at home Thursday December 31, 2020. Cremation, with services to be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009). Memorial contributions may be made to the Drexel School. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com

Ernie was born September 27, 1932, in Bates County, Missouri, son of Bert Edward and Cecil Delia (Stitt) Fink. Ernie grew up in Bates County, on the family farm, and attended school at Woodland, a rural one-room school.

Ernie was united in marriage to Anna Marie (Hartman) Fink on August 3rd, 1953 in Louisburg, KS at the Catholic church. Ernie and Ree moved east of Drexel and started their life farming and ranching south of the Woodland school house, near his parents.

Ernie and Ree had two children, Joseph Edward Fink and Lorrie Jane (Fink) Cook, they were raised on the farm where they learned their hard work ethic and their love for family. Even though the farm life was hard work, Ernie always made it fun and had time to coach many baseball teams. On many occasions Ernie would go from the field to the baseball diamond, he would clean up with a bucket of water and a washcloth on the way to the game.

In 1981, Ernie and Ree purchased the Skelly Station where he served the community for 15 years, not only did Ernie provide a service to the adults but he provided endless amounts of bubble gum to the children. After running the station Ernie worked for Rural Water District #4 for 20 years, while helping Joe custom hay which was always a highlight of Ernie’s summer.

Ernie and Ree left the farm in 1982 after purchasing the station, they moved into Dr. Hartwell’s home where they lived for 15 years. During this time their four grandchildren (BryAnn, Adrianne, Amy, & Shane) enjoyed their corner home a block from main street. Ernie enjoyed spending endless hours with his grandchildren, many memories involved the cabin, Sunday dinners, the moped, and as the grandchildren grew older he followed their sport careers and took great pride in all of their accomplishments.

If you knew Ernie you would know that he was an avid Boston Red Sox fan, Republican, and loved to tell the story of Joe’s 1973 football state championship game.Then later the state championship story changed to be about the undefeated 1996 girls’ basketball team, he had 3 granddaughters on that team if you didn’t know it. Ernie also liked to reminisce about Joe and his pole vaulting career, which later turned into watching Shane compete at State Track and Field.

Ernie is preceded in death by his son Joe, siblings Frank and Edna Van Vlack, and his parents. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Anna Marie Fink of their home in Drexel, daughter Lorrie and husband Bryon Cook and daughter-in-law Dixie Fink all of Drexel. Ernie is also survived by his four grandchildren and their families, BryAnn (Chris) Middleton of Harrisonville, Adrianne (Alan) Lane of Louisburg, Amy (Tyson) Basore of Butler, and Shane Fink of Drexel. Along with eight great grandchildren, Sami Lane, Kennedy Middleton, Camryn Lane, Claire Fink, Gunnar Basore, Cole Fink, Reagan Middleton, and Payton Basore, as well as many extended family members and dear friends.