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Monday, January 18, 2021

Funeral procession tomorrow in Harrisonville

TOMORROW: Between the hours of approximately noon and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, the funeral procession for Fire Captain Johnny Coday will move throughout Harrisonville. 

This procession will follow the following route:

Start at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
West on Mechanic Street to Commercial Street
South on Commercial to South Street
East on South to Lincoln Street
North on Lincoln to Orient Cemetery Road
West on Orient Cemetery to cemetery entrance
As the procession passes, these roadways, and connecting intersections, will be closed until the procession has fully passed.

Obituary - Russell (Rick) Garnett Clapper Jr.

Russell (Rick) Garnett Clapper Jr. passed away peacefully with wife Eileen at his side at Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton, Missouri. A wonderful husband, father, granfather great granfather and friend, who was loved by all.

Rick was born June 17, 1934 at home in Shelbina, Missouri to Rick and Thelma Clapper. Rick was a navy veteran. After returning from service to Shelbina he worked with his Dad building houses. He then started working in highway construction. He ended his career with Reno Construction Company as a superintendent.

Rick married Eileen Hesse on April 4th 1959, the love of
his life, in Quincy, Illinois.

Rick is preceded in death by his brother Bill Clapper, sister Carolyn Troxel and daughter Jill Beecham and son-in-law Dan Beecham.

Rick leaves behind his loving family, wife Eileen of Garden City, daughter Kay Foreman (Joe Epperson) of Archie, Mo. four grand children Jessie Anderson, Matt Ayler, Adam and Joey Foreman. Four great grand children Natalie, Dane, Talon and Conner and many extended family members and friends.

Rick will be sorely missed. Cremation and a private family service will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, Missouri.

Obituary - Larry Wayne Stainbrook

Larry Wayne Stainbrook, age 64, Fontana, Kanas passed away Sunday January 17, 2021.

Graveside funeral service will be 11 am Thursday, January 21, 2021 at the Cadmus Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, La Cygne Chapel. 

Mask wearing and social distancing will be observed at the request of the family. Individual respects and guest registry will be available from 10:30 am to 5 pm Wednesday at the La Cygne Chapel. 
Contributions are suggested to Linn or Miami County 4-H or the Parker Elementary Library, c/o Schneider Funeral Home, P.O. Box 304, La Cygne, Kansas 66040. Online condolences can be left at 

Covid-19 Update from the Bates County Health Center

COVID-19 Updates
January 18, 2021
Positive Cases Reported: 1195
Active & On Isolation: 42
Deaths (confirmed by death certificate): 22
Total Negative Tests Reported: 10087 as of 1/17/21

Obituary - Kathlyn Edmonds

Kathlyn Edmonds, 88 of Drexel, Missouri passed away peacefully at her home in Drexel January 16, 2021. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at the Drexel Christian Church. A visitation will also be held Wednesday at church from 10:00 am to 11:00 am prior to the service. Burial will follow in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, Missouri. 

Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009). Friends are welcome to attend. Masks are recommended, and social distancing should be observed. Memorial contributions may be made in Kay’s memory to St. Croix hospice or the Drexel R-4 School Foundation. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Kathlyn “Kay” Edmonds was born September 13, 1932 in Kansas City, Missouri to John Preston and Inez Karr Fenton. She graduated from Drexel High School in 1949 and attended Pittsburg State University. She later graduated in 1960 with a degree in Business Education. She continued her education and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education in 1967. During her time at Pittsburg State Kay was an active member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. Kay taught Business and English at Drexel High School for 11 years. 

She left teaching and served as the librarian at the Drexel branch of the Cass County Public Library until her retirement in 2001.

Kay married Larry Wayne Edmonds on June 4, 1965. They were both active members of the Drexel Christian Church. Kay served in various capacities by leading Sunday School classes, bible studies, and was a long time church treasurer. She also enjoyed spending as much time as possible with her grandson Miller Fenton Calhoun.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Larry Edmonds of Drexel, son Stephen Calhoun, daughter-in-law Kathy Mueller, and grandson Miller Calhoun all Urbana, IL.

Bates County COVID-19 Vaccine Update

January 18, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Although the state of Missouri has announced that it will proceed to Phase 1B for high risk individuals as of today, the SUPPLY is still an issue. Both Bates County Health Center & Bates County Memorial Hospital have signed up to be a vaccine locations and have ordered vaccine, but we do not know when it will arrive.

Neither facility have the appropriate, ultra-cold storage for the Pfizer vaccine, and are waiting for our orders of the Moderna vaccine - like most rural areas - that only require refrigeration.

BCHC will announce via Facebook and local media when we receive vaccine and start accepting appointments, until that time we are not making a waiting list.
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Parts available if you enjoy the hunt...

What’s Up
By LeRoy Cook

The blizzard-like conditions experienced late in the week reduced chances for flying, but we saw several planes go in and out during the good times. Airport manager Chris Hall checked on runway conditions remotely but was assured that Friday’s snowstorm was a non-event, as the pavement was only wet.

Among the week’s visitors was a King Air corporate turboprop, picking up and dropping off on Monday. A Piper Warrior and a Cessna Skyhawk were in, and a Cessna Skylane landed out of an RNAV approach. Jeff Gorden refueled Dad ’s Beech Bonanza F35 on Sunday and a Des Moines-bound Cessna 172 from Rogers, Arkansas stopped through.

Locally, Jim Ferguson had his Cessna Skylane out, Brandt Hall exercised his Genesis homebuilt and Dayne Kedigh flew a Cessna 150 in both day and night conditions. Jeff Adams and I made a Columbia-Springfield trip in a 150 despite low visibility.

One of the major headaches associated with keeping our old airplanes running is finding parts for them. Now that 50-year-old airframes are not uncommon, the corporations that own most of the original aircraft companies would just as soon the legacy planes would go away. If you want a piece for a 1946 Cessna 140 you’ll probably hunt in salvage yards for a still-usable 75-year-old item.

One company supporting the fleet is McFarland Industries in nearby Rantoul, Kansas. They produce, under FAA Parts Manufacturing authority, duplicate parts for many Cessna and other brands, usually in an improved version, at a lower price than the factory could do it. McFarland started out as a sub-contractor making blueprint parts for Cessna, but then moved into selling them directly to shops and owners. Without them, many planes would be grounded for want of a hinge or bracket.

The biennial issue of the Missouri Airport Directory is off the press, printed by MODOT. The spiral-bound volume gives pictures and data for every public airport in the state, along with a listing of private airstrips. While not a legal substitute for current charts and databases, it is a useful tool, with motel phone numbers and directions to restaurants. The alternate-year “state aeronautical chart”, on the other hand, is a waste of taxpayer money, since it’s unusable for navigation, merely a wall decoration.

The weekly quiz asked about the kinds of ice that could bedevil airplanes, even though not flying in freezing clouds. Sharp-eyed Kent Gilmore knew one answer, the carburetor ice risk that can choke engines by building up in the venture. Other hazards are freezing rain showers that appear harmless but can coat planes flying through them, and ground icing by sitting out in the storm. For next week, we’re asking if it’s legal for an airplane owner to apply a fresh coat of paint, without supervision. You can send your answers to

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