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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Obituary - John William Frazee

John William Frazee, age 90, La Cygne, Kansas passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021. He was born on March 1, 1930 in Hickman Mills, Missouri the son of John M. and Beulah M. Tull Frazee. He worked was a very accomplished concrete finisher. 

John was united in marriage to Marjorie Ann Gregg on June 10, 1952. She preceded him in death on August 21, 1992. He later married Eva M. Conley LaMar on January 3, 1994. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, NARFS, and KOFP. 

He was also preceded in death by his parents, a brother and six sisters. John is survived by his wife Eva, three sons, Tom Frazee(Jeri), Lonnie Frazee, and Ronnie Frazee(Cathy), two daughters and their husbands, two stepsons, Buddy LaMar(Brenda) and Jerry Lee LaMar(Elaine), fifteen grandchildren, several great and great great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral service will be 2:30 pm Saturday, January 30, 2021 at the Louisburg Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 12 noon to 2 pm January 30 at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, La Cygne Chapel. 

Contributions are suggested to the Shriner Children's Hospital or Interim Hospice. Online condolences can be left at

Obituary - Rosemary Lou Hagan

Rosemary Lou Hagan, 87, Nevada, MO passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center in Nevada following a lengthy illness. 

Rosemary was born May 15, 1933 in Richards, MO to Elton C. and Myrtle L. (Jacobs) Roland. On September 27, 1952 she was united in marriage to Charles Hagan in Nevada and he preceded her in death on August 2, 2014.

Rosemary was raised in the Richards area and graduated from Metz High School. Throughout her life she was primarily a homemaker. First living in Metz, then in 1985 they moved to Nevada when Charlie purchased the Subway Garage. In her spare time, Rosemary enjoyed going shopping.

Rosemary is survived by one niece, Carole Nation of Nevada. In addition to her husband Charlie, she was preceded in death by her parents.

A private committal will be held in Rinehart Cemetery.

Nevada Speedway under new management

Due to health issues with the owner of Nevada Speedway, the track will officially be UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT for the 2021 race season! 

The track has been leased to Jerry and Norma Davis. "We love Nevada Speedway and racing in general and plan on putting 100% effort into it. We have some exciting things planned for our drivers and fans this year."

Some general information that we are certain on so far.

* Nevada Speedway will remain racing on Saturday nights.

* The rules will stay the same in the classes.

* Times will remain the same. Gates will open at 4:30, Driver Cutoff at 6:30, Hot Laps at 7:00, Racing at 7:30.

* General Admission will remain the same prices. (Weekly shows only: Adults (13&up) $10, Kids (6-12) $5, Kids under 5 are FREE.

* Weekly classes in 2021 will be Mini Stocks, Pro 4, Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, Midwest Mods, and B-Mods.

* Mini Stocks and Pro 4 will be separate classes this year. We feel like this will provide more competitive racing for the drivers and will eventually help both classes grow.

* All six classes will race weekly unless otherwise noted.

* Payouts will remain the same as last year at this time. 

The pay will NOT go down, however, depending on sponsors, it could raise! 

Please be patient with us as we are working on a race schedule. It should be released in the next couple of days. We plan on having an added money race for each class plus other specials including the OCRS and NOW600 Series. 

Our first test & tune practice will be on Saturday March 6th. Any dirt car will be welcome to join us. Gates will open at 11:00am with Practice going from Noon until dark. 

Pit passes will be $20 for Adults, with Kids 12 & under being FREE. We are planning on having the season opener on SATURDAY APRIL 17.

Again, please be patient with us as this is an entire new ball game for us. 

Once again we are excited and blessed for this opportunity to run the show on Saturday's. We want to thank the track owner, Rob Hail, for this opportunity. 

God bless all of you and hope to see you in the spring! One of our main goals is to put on a time-efficient show for our drivers and fans. Without your support, this dream of ours to operate the track won't be possible!

Butler girls wrestlers competed on the Harrisonville Scramble

The Butler girls wrestlers competed on the Harrisonville Scramble.

Makayla Mallatt: 2-0.
Josie Johnston: 2-1.

Makayla breezed through the competition pinning the #5 and #6 state ranked girls. She pinned the returning 2020 state 6th place finisher in 24 seconds.

Josie stepped up her game tonight! She wrestled very hard in the first match, but came up short.

The next two matches she came out like tornado and pinned both opponents very quickly in 47 and 23 seconds.

With her last match she won the conference championship for her weight class!! Wow, what an amazing night!

Next up we travel to Liberty North for a meet on Friday and the Knob Noster Tournament on Saturday

Missing Juvenile in Peculiar


Allison Wayman was last seen in Raymore with another Male, also missing, juvenile on 1/20/21 between 8-830am. Any information leading to finding them, please call the Peculiar Police Department 816-779-5102

Cruising, cars, and one night in the 80’s

It was a nice Summer evening with windows down and Styx on the radio as I rolled into Butler in a tragic excuse for a car- a barely running 1968 Cougar, complete with Dodge rims and a primer paint job. 

Good thing it was Summer, the heater didn’t work. Good thing it was a slightly cooler evening, as the old Ford had a thing for overheating. Having these two issues seemed very ironic to me. Tonight it got me here, but the ride home will be quite different. More later.

This was a typical evening in the early 1980’s; and Butler revealed signs of life as I passed by the old lens plant (now Midwest Lumber). Getting closer to the Dari Dine (now Laughlin’s) at Mill street, I spy a beautiful green Dodge Charger parked alongside. The owner’s girlfriend often drove it to work there. I’d see them later, together, cruising the strip. Not sure what engine he had, but strangely I never saw him race or hot rod it. 

Not hot rodding was a good idea for me, had I romped the ‘ol Cougar, it would have blasted pieces of connecting rods and pistons well past the railroad tracks.

The strip is getting packed early tonight. I flipped on my non working left signal to enter Sonic (I did that just so I could tell the cops I tried to signal). Anyway, as I wait, I see some of the regulars passing by- Chipper in his silver Challenger. Kenneth in his GTS. Alan in his 442. Troy in his killer blue Mustang. 

As the traffic cleared, at least 6 of the 8 cylinders the Cougar had pulled me into Sonic where I see more familiar vehicles. Bernadette in a VW Beetle (which I can attest will fit on the sidewalk on the north side of the square). Tracey in a brown Firebird. Melissa in an awesome white Pontiac. Lisa in a beautiful red Trans Am. Allan on a toasted black Honda 185 motorcycle. Tom on a Suzuki 450. And the guy that bought my 350 Honda too cheap.

There were also dune buggies and trucks. Lots of trucks. Bob in his blue and white Chevy. Bruce in a red Ford. Dale in his lifted blue ‘65 step side. Eddie in his ‘Glo Worm’ Ford. Roger in his unkillable ‘69 Chevy 1/2 ton. Wes in his green Chevy 4x4 with white spoke wheels.

I pulled out and headed south, joining a long line of others that, for hours it seemed, made a continuous loop from around the stoplight, down the strip, through Sonic, to Mill street and repeat.

It was American Graffiti in its truest form.

As the night wore on, it was time to ditch the Cougar (which was beginning to have a temperature tantrum) and get in with someone else. Perry’s Cutlass was the vehicle of choice.

The remainder of the evening was spent here and there... a few donuts at the Fairgrounds and a little fun with a bowling ball (sorry, I’m not sure if the statute of limitations has run out) then back to making the regular run up and down the strip looking for friends among the jokers, dopers and ropers that were anchored on their sovereign ground (parking lot of NAPA, for example).

Beside cruising, we found more things of entertainment. Rearranging the letters on the Hubbard’s sign to spell, well, unusual things. While driving the Cutlass we discovered turning the key off and back on quickly would emit a 12 gauge type blast from the exhaust that would send people running for cover. 

All good things must come to an end and this night would be no exception. For real. Around midnight Perry returned me to my Cougar which was sitting in front of Fuller’s Machine Shop (old Right Choice location). For some reason I parked it at an angle, kinda downhill in a pothole, so I didn’t really think much about how it didn’t want to go into gear.

Finally it did and I headed to west Butler to see a friend. Take the Long Way Home eeked out of my rotten speakers. It was foggy. Turns out my friend wasn’t home. 

And that’s when it happened.

As I pulled away, suddenly, Drive was Neutral. In fact, any forward gear was... Neutral.

But Reverse still worked... Being a thinking man, I sized up my current situation and came to the conclusion that I would make the winding 11 mile drive home, in reverse, in the fog. This can be done.

My backup lights didn’t work. I found that if I kept my left foot slightly on the brake pedal, the warm glow of my brake lights allowed me to see 5 maybe 10 feet ahead. I mean behind.

This impromptu system worked. I backed onto West street, then to Mill, west to Eks Drive and all the way to TT highway where I took a break. The fog was a major inconvenience in an already inconvenient situation.  

I again twisted my head around and pulled on to TT highway knowing that somewhere, in the great abyss behind me, were three curves that were hard to make in the daytime, going forward. Funny thing is, as I listened to the remainder of the Breakfast in America cassette I very smoothly navigated the curves and eventually made it to my house some 50 minutes later.

When I got home, I backed the Cougar up to the garage, which is something I normally would not do. The following morning, my father inquired as to why I did that. “You get hit in the rear end? Trying to hide it?”. No. I couldn’t lie to my dad. I carefully explained what had happened, expecting kudos for being so resourceful. He wasn’t amused or impressed.

In the days to follow I replaced the transmission, sold the Cougar and upgraded to a Pinto, a car that would make anyone truly appreciate the awesome cars seen in Butler in the 1980’s. Thanks MaryBeth for the pic. Rest In Peace Bernadette. -Doug Mager

Henry County Missouri Office of Emergency Management press release

Henry County Emergency Management's (EM) vehicle was delivered to our offices today. This vehicle is due to a 50% matching grant from the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency's (SEMA) EM Performance Grant and the Henry County Commissioners. 

Also, the efforts of Henry County EM's previous director Todd Sowerby. My thanks to Machens Ford Dealership in Columbia (they have the current state vehicle contract). Their fleet manager Kelly Sells made this the easiest vehicle purchase I have seen.

Obituary - George Bedford

George Bedford, age 90, of Clinton, Missouri passed away Sunday, January 17th, 2021 at Clinton Healthcare and Rehab Center, Clinton, Missouri. Graveside service will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 at Vansant Road Cemetery, Clinton, Missouri. 

Memorial contributions to the George Bedford Memorial Fund and can be left in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences can be left online at

George Bedford was born August 4th, 1930 in Deepwater, Missouri. George was in the US Army and spent some time in Korea. George was a longtime resident of Henry County working as a tree trimmer for more than 50 years. George loved to play his guitar and would write his own songs.

George is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Bernice; three brothers Carl, James, and Raymond; four sisters Mary, Virginia, Wilma, and Barbara, and one grandson James (Bubba).

George is survived by two brothers Arthur Bedford and Clarence Bedford; one sister Lois Jennings; one son James Bedford, six grandchildren and multiple great grandchildren.

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

Raymore Police Department seeking public assistance

Please share and contact the Raymore Police Department with any information at 816-331-0530.

Dorico Hilliard is missing from Raymore as of Jan. 20, 2021.

Hilliard is 16 years old with brown eyes. He's 5'7" and 130 lbs.

He may be in the Raymore/Peculiar area. He was last seen with a missing 17 year old female from Peculiar. 

This is all of the information we have to share at this time. Please contact us with any information you may have on Hilliard at 816-331-0530.

Obituary - Leonard "Lenny" Eugene Lukenbill

Leonard “Lenny” Eugene Lukenbill, 61, Harrisonville, MO, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Golden Years Care Center in Harrisonville, MO. A private family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

A complete obituary will be posted when information is available.

Henry County Health Center confirms 2 new positive cases of COVID-19

The Henry County Health Center (HCHC) has received confirmation of 2 more positive cases of COVID-19. Clinton-1, and Windsor-1. This brings the total number of confirmed positive cases in Henry County to 1784.

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.

Warsaw man escapes injury in Henry County rollover accident

On 1/20/21 around  12:20pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Henry County responded to a one vehicle rollover accident on Route Z and SE CR 331 in rural Henry County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 1991 Ford Dump Truck driven by 58 year old William C. Martin of Warsaw, Missouri traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.

Mr. Martin sustained minor injuries in this accident and he refused medical treatment at the scene.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene of this accident by Precision Automotive. 

New police chief in the city of Belton

The city of Belton, Missouri, selected Scott Lyons as its new police chief following a nationally advertised search. He will start March 1, 2021.

The search considered more than 35 candidates generated by executive recruitment firm Baker Tilly and led by public sector executive recruitment consultant Art Davis out of the firm’s Kansas City offices. Lyons steps into the position as Chief James Person retires after more than 40 years of service. “Chief Lyons has exceptional people skills with strong experience in law enforcement agencies and an impressive record of serving the community,” said Alexa Barton, Belton city manager. “The Belton Police Department and the city’s leadership team are excited to see the new chief hit the ground running to address the priorities of our community.”

A native of Blue Springs, Lyons brings 30 years of local law enforcement experience, a majority with the Lee’s Summit Police Department where he served as a major overseeing both administration and operations. Most recently, Lyons served six years as police chief for the city of Papillion, Nebraska, a community of 24,000 with a Commission of Accredited Law Enforcement Agency (CALEA) accredited police department that has 53 employees and a $7.8 million annual budget.

Lyons received his master’s degree in criminal justice administration from the University of Central Missouri at Warrensburg and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Missouri Kansas City. Scott also attended and is a graduate of the FBI Academy and the Northwestern University Police Staff and Command School.

“Belton has a great quality of life and is the perfect place for our family to relocate and for me to continue a career in law enforcement,” said Lyons. “I am humbled to be selected for this position and am looking forward to assisting the men and women of the Belton Police Department in their efforts to provide exceptional services to the community

Part-time help needed at Yoss Thriftway in Adrian

Yoss's Thriftway in Adrian is currently looking for part-time help in the deli department and also a cashier position. 

You must be over the age of 18 and not in school. Please come to the store an talk to us anytime an fill out an application!

Updated Obituary - Carl E. Osborn

Carl E. Osborn, 82, of Archie, MO, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at his home in Archie. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 22, 2021 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO with visitation from 10:00-11:00. Burial will be in Crescent Hill Cemetery in Adrian, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice or Alzheimer’s Association.

Carl was born December 15, 1938, in Austin, MO, a son of Roy Eugene and Emma Mae (Kerr) Osborn. Carl was a lifelong Archie resident and a 1957 graduate of Archie High School. Carl started his excavation business while still in high school, working with his dad and following in his dad’s footsteps. He continued to run the business, Carl E. Osborn Bulldozing, until his retirement in 2017. He was united in marriage to a high school classmate, Eileen (Brown) Ray, July 9, 1994 in Cassville, MO.

Carl was instrumental in helping start the Archie Ambulance Service, had served on the Archie City Council, and on the Crescent Hill Cemetery Board. He was a lifelong member of the Archie First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Emma, a daughter, Carla Reed, and a granddaughter, Ashley Tabor. Carl is survived by his wife, Eileen Osborn, Archie, MO; two daughters, Kim Osborn, Adrian, MO and Stacy (John) Schaefer, Belton, MO; a son, Kevin (Shelli) Ray, Archie, MO; and son-in-law, Charley Reed, Archie, MO; two brothers, Allen (Kay) Osborn, Pittsburg, MO and Randy (Joyce) Osborn, Archie, MO; a sister, Connie Smith, Belton, MO; special niece, Maranda Morgan, Archie, MO; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great granddaughter.

News from Ward 4 Butler Councilman Dale Newkirk

As I reflect on my term on the City Council, I am happy to say we have accomplished a lot for our community and the citizens of Butler.

The Town Halls were a huge success and we got great input from our residents. Hopefully we can resume these this year.

We spent many hours working on a plan to attract new jobs and our efforts were reward when Dollar Tree and FFE announced they were coming to town. We should be announcing another in the near future.
A plan was implemented to repair our infrastructure and we have resurfaced or sealed several streets with more to come.

Due to the efforts of Our Mayor and current City Council, the city is in better financial shape than we have been in years.

We have taken many steps to improve our great community and I look forward to our future. 

It is with a humble heart and much appreciation of your support, that I announce that I am seeking reelection as your ward 4 Council Man.

Respectfully yours,
Dale Newkirk
Ward 4 Councilman

Kansas City Area 5 day forecast

It'll be a warm day across the area today. But a cold front will move through and knock temperatures back to seasonal values for the weekend.

There is a chance for rain on Sunday and then a stronger system for Monday will bring a good chance for rain and snow.

The snow chances are better further north with better rain chances further south. The KC area is stuck in the middle with a chance for both throughout the day Monday.

Lets clean this place up


I will be organizing the scheduling a couple of CLEAN UP days for the Old High School Gymnasium. It is in awful shape right now and may take several days of hard work to make that facility useable again. I am reaching out to our community for your help volunteering to come give us a hand in that clean up.

After it is completely finished it will give our community a place for our children to use like a community center.

The CLEAN UP dates are:
January 30
February 27

I will be adding some more days but these will be a start. This is a good thing for our community and we would like to see as many hands helping as we can. Thank you all for your continued support of our youth. - Slade Coonce

Obituary - Wayne Dean Clay

Wayne Dean Clay, age 69, DeSoto, Kansas passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. He was born on September 20, 1951 in Blue Mound, Kansas the son of Alfred and Dorothy Makemson Clay. He retired from Meyers Turf Farm five years ago after working for them since 1970. He was married to Betty Vaughn in 1991. 

She preceded him in death in 2006. He was also preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Alfred "Ferd" and Dennis Clay. Wayne is survived by two brothers, Duane Clay and Fred Clay, two step daughters, Andrea Johnston and Beth Archer, and two grandchildren, Scott and Leah.

Graveside funeral service will be 2 pm Saturday, January 23 at the Pleasanton Cemetery. Individual respects and guest registry can be made from 9 am to 1 pm Saturday at the Mound City Chapel. Visitation will be held from 1 pm until departure for cemetery at the Schneider Funeral Home, Mound City Chapel. Contributions are suggested to the Diabetes Foundation. Online condolences for the family can be left at

Obituary - Randy James Patterson

Randy James Patterson, 62 of La Cygne, Kansas passed away peacefully at home after battling with pancreatic cancer on Monday, January 18, 2021.

Randy was born on January 18, 1959 in Chanute, Kansas to Kenneth Jr, known as Cookie and Nancy(Dwinell) Patterson. He grew up in Chanute, Kansas alongside his sister, Vickie. He lived in Texas, Tennessee and several other areas of Kansas during his lifetime.

He married Rena (Robinson) Snyder in 1977 and they had a daughter: Greta Patterson. They later divorced.

Randy earned a certificate of achievement from the Linn Valley, Kansas police department in 2019. This citizen/reserve training allowed him to be part of a Citizen patrol in Linn Valley. He was a volunteer firefighter for Linn Valley. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, working on vehicles and spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed helping others.

Randy is survived by his wife, Robin Williams, of the home, daughter, Greta (Patterson) Clements, Chanute, Kansas, brother in law, Steve Baker, Chanute, Kansas, grandson, Cyler Clements, Chanute, Kansas, ex-wife Vicky (Hyde) Patterson, step-daughters, Tabitha and Corine and step grandchildren, nephew Thomas Rodriquez Jr. of Chanute, Kansas, a great niece and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Vickie (Patterson) Baker.

Family and Friends of Randy Patterson will hold a memorial service from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm, Saturday, January 30, 2021 at the Wicked Outfitters Lodge located at 22802 Valley Road, La Cygne, Kansas. Cremation has taken place and burial will happen at a later date. Online condolences may be left at Arrangements: Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Pleasanton Chapel

Road Construction in Henry County

Henry County Route N CLOSED
Jan. 28 for Pipe Work
Where: Henry County Route N between NW 1271 and Rush Street near Blairstown
When: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, January 28
What: Route N CLOSED to allow MoDOT crews to replace a deteriorating drain pipe underneath the road
Traffic Impacts:
• Both Route N lanes CLOSED where crews are working
• Drivers will have access to driveways at either end of the work zone, but will not be able to travel through the work zone
• No signed detour
• Signs and message boards will alert drivers to the work zone
• Drivers should find alternate route
Weather and/or scheduling conflicts could alter the work schedule.