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Friday, January 22, 2021

And so its over! Adrian Manor set to close

And so, it is over. Our Residents have found new homes, our staff are scattering to the wind . Many taking a much needed collective breath before seeking other opportunities. The past 2 to 3 months have been have been more than challenging to say the very least. It has been more like working in a war zone with many of our loved ones being the casualties.

At this point, our last reason for working in our building rolled out around 2 pm.

If I might say so, this was the best, caring, team in the business and I can say this because one by one, as the Residents left, they told us this in many different ways. We pray collectively for each one of them and their family members that their new homes will be happy and well cared for.

It touched our hearts that so many showed us so much love these past few weeks. Thanking Lynn Hines and the Wiltermood family for treating us to Flatbread pizza's from the Wine Journal on Tuesday.

And last but not least, Thank You to our friends at St.Croix hospice for the beautiful parade (and dance)of Love, appreciation and encouragement on our last day. You had us in tears and stitches all at the same time. Sharing some photos of our incredible team in our last few days. (Wendy took most of them.)

For me, this has been a 26 year love affair with so very many Residents and Families coming thru my office. We have loved and remember each one and we Thank all for sharing your loved one's with us and allowing us to care for them and you in a very special and fragile times in their life. It has been a fantastic honor and privilege to do so.

I was told at the time I was hired all those many years ago that at Adrian Manor, it is always "Residents First". I think most of us throughout the facility adhered to that purpose.
Liz Chancellor, SSD

The Butler Girl Wrestlers traveled to Liberty North for a scramble

The Butler Girl Wrestlers traveled to Liberty North for a scramble.

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

Makayla pinned her first two opponents quickly as usual. Her last match, she wrestled one of the top girls in her weight class. She fought hard, but lost by decision 5-0. 

Josie lost one match by pin, but her second loss was a heartbreaker. A 4-2 decision in overtime. She was a split second from winning. She pinned one opponent, then pinned another avenging her loss from last night. 

I am very proud of both of them.
Tomorrow we head to Knob Noster for a tournament.

Police searching for subject who fled on foot from a traffic stop in Adrian

Bates County Sheriff's Deputies are assisting Adrian Police Department on a traffic stop where the subject fled on foot.

No known clothing description has been given but the area is on 2nd Street.

Please lock your vehicles and call if you observe anything strange in your neighborhood.

Obituary - Ervin Dale Siercks

Ervin Dale Siercks, age 85, of Grandview, Missouri, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

An inurnment will be held on a later date at Loural Oaks Cemetery in Windsor, Missouri.

Dale was born in Clinton, Missouri on April 10, 1935 to John Ervin Siercks and Sarah Rhoda (McQueen) Siercks. After graduating high school, Dale joined the work force and created a career for himself as a Tool and Die Mechanist for Bendix. As a man of faith Dale was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton. In life he enjoyed hunting, farming, taking his children camping, and would lend a hand when in need.

Dale was preceded in death by parents, John and Sarah Siercks; son, Stanley D. Siercks; brother, Tommy Siercks; and sister, Irene Brzuchalski.

He is survived by his loving wife, JoAnne Siercks; two sons, Bart Fritze (Elaine) and Steven Fritze (Lisa); daughter, Marry Ann Siercks; brother, Denver Earl Siercks; brother in law, Willard Brzuchalski; six grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to The Parkinson Foundation of the Heartland, 8900 State Line Rd. #320, Leawood, Kansas 66206 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 3846 W. 75th St. #4126, Prairie Village, Kansas 66208

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

Museum Minute: ‘Bug juice’ prompts showing of knife

Museum Minute presents ~ This Week in History

(According to Eddie Herrman Archives)

Happenings in January…

1924 – The legendary, world renowned Blind Boone & Company appears at Hume High.
1885 – Butler night watchman, John Dickerson, arrests Charles Simmons, who was full of ‘bug juice’ and waving a large pruning knife at the officer.  He is fined $59.19.
1885 – A special social hop is held at the W. J. Bard mansion, near Vinton.  A fantastic supper is served at midnight.
1883 – Bates County Post # 58 of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) is organized in Butler.  
1890 – The old reliable firm of Burris & Culbertson, in Shobe, is preparing to close their business, as Burris is going to the Yukon Territory to start a store there.  
1897 – Jacob Nafus dies.  He came to Pleasant Gap township in 1844 and was a successful farmer and stockman.
1869 – The Butler Lodge #254 AF & AM votes to change the by-laws to change the meeting night to the Saturday on or before the new moon.
1902 – Mr. Buckley, of the Seth Thomas Tower Clock Co. of Chicago, is in Butler and making an estimate to submit to the City Council for a town clock in the new Courthouse.
1883 – The Lone Oak Grange holds an oyster supper, with the Butler Brass Band entertaining.
1899 – The new Postmaster of Reavely is Ann Jobson, as the name is changed from Shobe.
1882 – Gunshots are fired into the side of a Missouri Pacific railroad car north of Adrian.
1858 – The Lexington House hotel burns in West Point.
1881 – Of the 19,385 tons of coal produced from the Rich Hill area mines, the town of Butler used 87% of it.
1882 – Dobson & Henry have purchased Boltwood’s cigar factory.  They will move it as well as their stock of groceries to the former Chicago Grocery site on Park Avenue in Rich Hill, east of the railroad tracks.
1895 – Rich Hill signs to field a baseball team in the new league with Clinton, Butler, Calhoun, Nevada, Carthage, Webb City, Joplin, Ft. Scott, & Pittsburg. 

*Recent news of the closure of Adrian Manor makes the following entry of particular interest. January 24, 1999: Adrian Manor Nursing Home rolls out the welcome mat and the public, from all over the county, explores the only city owned facility of its kind in Missouri.  Opening date was April 24, 1976.  On May 1, 1995, ownership transferred to the City of Adrian.  

Obituary - Ovida Ellen Vincent

Ovida Ellen Vincent, 85, Nevada, MO passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, KS. Ovida was born January 24, 1935 to Robert and Mary (Jamison) Jadlot, She was united in marriage to Charles Vincent on May 11, 1957 in Springfield, MO and he preceded her in death on June 25, 2009.

After graduating from El Dorado Springs High School with the Class of 1953, Ovida came to Nevada and worked at the South Western Bell phone office as an operator. She was a member of First Christian Church in Nevada, and was also a Children’s Director at Moss House, a job Ovida enjoyed very much.

Ovida is survived by her children, Ronald Vincent (Julie), Nevada, and Linda Harreld (and the late Billy Harreld), Nevada; grandchildren, Stephanie Otter (Cory), Aaron Lofquest (Elizabeth), Clayton Harreld (Melissa), Brooklynn Vincent, and Kaitlynn Vincent; and two great grandsons, Braxton and Brady Otter. In addition to her husband Charles, she was preceded in death by her parents; her son-in-law, Billy Harreld; one granddaughter, Marissa Harreld; and two brothers, Stanley Jadlot, and Robert Jadlot, Sr.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2021 at Moore Cemetery in Nevada with Pastor Bill Platt officiating. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

Memorials are suggested to Vernon County Youth Fair c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

Wet Weather Expected Sunday and Monday

A lot to unpack here over the next few days. Isolated wintry mix is expected in far northern MO starting Sat Night to Sun.

Rain moves in early Sun AM and remains through Mon. The rain/snow line slides SE during the day Mon with most areas changing to snow in the afternoon.

Clear as day, 5 decades ago...

As a child of the 70's growing up in rural Bates County, the closest 'city' was of course Butler, Mo. Country life was full of things to do, but going to town with my mother every Thursday in the Summer to get groceries brought an exciting, added dimension; as it seemed there was a lot to explore around the square.

It offered a ton of interesting options to me anyway, a nosey 9 year old. Mom would shop and I would wander off to make stops like Robertson's on the north side. This included a beeline directly to the desk of LeRoy Cook, aviation God, in my eyes. Several times I bugged him about an airplane ride and he conveniently would say that he needed to go up. Now, I realize he did it just for me and the fun of it. Thanks to this added attention, I later went on to get my pilots license which brought nearly a thousand hours off the ground.

Next stop was a few doors down at the Headliner office. C.A. Moore seemed to always be available to show me something related to taking pictures and offered free instruction on how to develop film and print photos. Thanks to his advice, I saved my money and bought a 'darkroom kit', a rather cheesy $18 investment from the local Wards store on the east side. It worked, not great, but as were my photos; but it was good fodder to impress classmates at show and tell.

The north side sure seemed to have a lot to offer. The Rexall store had a soda fountain right out of the 1950's. I'd drop a penny in the scales not because I cared about my poundage, but it would provide my daily horoscope that always seemed to be spot on even if it got my birthdate wrong.

Back out on the sidewalk I remember seeing a super nice fella who was not able to walk but traversed quite well in a Red Flyer wagon. A couple doors down was Mattingly's (current Custom Creations location) with a majestic curved staircase the led to heaven- the entire space was filled with toys and often included the purchase of a 99 cent Hot Wheels that now would be worth a small fortune. 

These stops were always followed by a dash to Henry Radio on north main. Shirley Umstattd would wave me through as I made my way to the repair shop in the back. There, George Ray and Mike McGrath were surrounded by a literal wall of radio chassis, test equipment and the air was hazed with smoke from George's pipe. No matter what they were doing, they would always stop and chat with a pesky kid that had an unimaginable amount of questions. George and I became good friends, he loved to fish and we had a stocked pond that made for a great relationship.

The courthouse offered a bit of mystique with all the nooks and crannys... I found there was a door in the back of the library (northeast corner) that led to a room I didn't know existed and the janitor, Perry Burke was quick to remind me that it was off limits. I later got the same reminder from Perry when he caught me coming down from the third floor after checking out the clockworks. Little did he know I had walked the plank and opened the little doors in the clock face to get a birds eye view of the square. Thinking back, he seemed to know that I wasn't going to bring any harm, just a bit annoying.

In years to come, so came more memories. I remember buying my first .22 rifle at Otasco and carrying it in the open back to mom's car on the square. In those days, no one thought any different. I also remember watching the Seelinger building burn and the tragedy of a person dying in it. Just around the corner the lumberyard burned and even days later there was immense heat coming from the ash. It seemed strange that there was a huge pile of smoldering rubble and no one was around.

There was Western Auto (Corner Hardware location) where Elmer Morton would always offer a high volume how-do-you-do that made you want to buy something even if you didn't need it. And the sweet old ladies at Jennings Market, who often didn't charge if you just wanted a couple pieces of penny candy from the Brach's display.

I could go on. But today as I gaze from my perch in the former Levy's building, squint my eyes a little, it all clearly comes back in focus. The smell of pipe smoke and all. I can only hope there are many others with equally good memories of our town. - Doug Mager

State Farm Student Athlete of the week

State Farm of Butler is excited to introduce our State Farm student athlete of the week Magal Chol-Case who is a sophomore for the Rich Hill Tigers. Magal had three games this past week and averaged 18 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 1 steal per game. 

He shot 53% from the field, 25% from behind the arc and 69% from the free throw line. Magal was nominated by the head coach at Rich Hill Eric Moles. 

He stated “Magal has stepped up as a sophomore and led the team in scoring and rebounding since coming back from Christmas break. Magal had always been asked to guard the best player from opposing teams. He is a great kid who is always working to get better.

He was also on the honor roll last semester.” When Magal was asked how he would describe an elite athlete in his own words he stated “be confident, get to know your teammates on and off the court, when things get tough try to bring them up, and try not to show your own frustration on the court.” Magal hopes to attend a small college after graduation and play basketball.

When asked what he has learned from basketball that he can take into his life after sports he said “ sometimes takes time for things to develop.” It was such a pleasure meeting Magal and we wish him and the Rich Hill Tigers the best of luck as they take on Adrian tonight.

Scam Alert in LaCygne Kansas

The LaCygne Kansas Police Department has been made aware of a new phone scam where the caller claims to be part of a law enforcement agency and requests gift cards to be purchased, and then the card numbers read over the phone.

Law enforcement does not call anyone to request them to purchase gift cards and reveal the cards' activation information.

If you receive a call like this or from any other company requesting you to purchase gift cards for them, do not purchase the gift cards.

Please share this information with friends and family so we can keep each other safe.

Small shipment of COVID-19 Vaccinations received at BCMH

On January 21st , Bates County Memorial Hospital received a SMALL shipment of Moderna CoVID-19 vaccine. We are following the state’s protocol for priority groups in administering the vaccine.

We appreciate the response to our vaccine hotline and email to sign up for a waiting list. You may continue to use this as a resource to receive the vaccine.

The hotline number is 660-200-7046. We encourage everyone to continue to search for other sources of COVID vaccine as well.

Visit for more information about the vaccine rollout.

Shooting Investigation in Miami County Kansas


In the thick of it, kindness prevails

The following message appeared in our inbox yesterday and we thought we'd run it verbatim to show that regardless of our current situation, good people are everywhere

I took my 81 year old Mother to the License Bureau in Butler yesterday. She has Alzheimer’s and needs help getting around. Her Driver’s License expires Saturday and we needed to replace it with a state photo ID. Since there were six people in line ahead of us, the lady who greeted me offered to call my cell phone when it was close to Mom’s place in line. This would allow her to stay in the car and not have to wait inside with a group.

Once we came inside, two different gentlemen offered their more cushioned chairs to us. One gentleman appeared to be about eighty; the other between forty and fifty. The clerk who helped us when it was Mom’s turn was very kind and patient with us. The Alzheimer’s has progressed to the point that she can no longer sign her name, but she is still able to shuffle around and communicate a little.

As I helped Mom slowly leave the office, another gentleman left his spot in line and patiently held the door open for us. I didn’t think to look at the year on the Butler High School letter jacket he was wearing, but knew he was in his late teens.

It was heartwarming to see my mother treated with the kindness and understanding from the employees in the License Bureau. What’s more, the polite behavior from three different generations of patrons demonstrated that true gentlemen with manners still exist in my hometown.

Lora Friedly Rodenberg

Obituary - Walter George Heid, Jr.

Walter G. Heid, Jr. passed away peacefully January 20, 2021 under the gracious care of Kansas City Hospice House.

Walter was born on August 2, 1932, on a Pleasant Hill, Missouri, farm. He was the son of Alice Elizabeth (Lewis) and Walter G. Heid, Sr. Walter grew up in Pleasant Hill until 1941 and then on a farm west of Harrisonville. 

He graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1950 and attended the University of Missouri at Columbia for two years. Walter then served in the U.S. Air Force for four years from near the end of the Korean War in 1952 until 1956, serving at bases in California and Japan. After being discharged, Walter returned to his parent’s farm in Harrisonville and, in 1957, met and married Barbara Ann Hess, a farm girl from Archie. They went to the University of Missouri, Columbia where Walter finished his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture in 1958 and his Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics in 1960.

Walter and Barbara then moved to Washington, D.C. where he was employed by the Economic Research Service (ERS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 1963 he was given the opportunity to move his office to College Park, Maryland, where he earned his PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Maryland. By this time, Walter and Barbara had three children: Leiann, Elizabeth and George.

After seven years in the Washington, D.C. area, Walter had the opportunity to work at a Land Grant University of his choice where the ERS had a field office. He chose Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman and moved the family to Montana in 1967. 

He worked at MSU on a cooperative agreement with the Department of Agricultural Economics and was an adjunct faculty member. Walter taught Farm and Ranch Management and co-authored a textbook, Grain Marketing Economics, with another University professor.

In 1975, ERS closed some field offices and Walter’s career moved the famiily to Kansas State University (KSU) in Manhattan where he continued to work for the ERS-USDA and, again, was an adjunct faculty member with the Agricultural Economics Department. During his career, Walter authored numerous research papers. He also authored and self-published four books of poetry.

In 1984, Walter took an early retirement from the USDA and was awarded the honorary title of Professor Emeritus at KSU. During his time at KSU, Barbara and all three of his children received various degrees at the University.

Following his retirement, Walter had the opportunity to work in Central and South America in various countries on nearly a dozen economic development projects. He later accepted a four-year assignment in Kenya, Africa, with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) where Walter managed a project that helped small-scale farmers across the country improve their storage of food crops. He said this was one of the most rewarding projects he had ever worked on.

Upon their return from Africa in 1991, Walter retired (again) and he and Barbara moved to Harrisonville, Missouri, temporarily. In 1992 they moved to Donna, Texas, near Weslaco in the Rio Grande Valley, which they called home until 2012. Walter and Barbara were avid volunteers, saying that no matter how young or old, they wanted to share their time and talents and do something productive for their community. They were often found working at the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce and the Estero Llano Grande State Park and Frontera Audubon Nature Preserve.

During the summer months, they would migrate north and volunteer as naturalists, working for the National Forest Service, National Wildlife Refuge System and local nature parks. They volunteered from the Grand Canyon to Maine, and to Alaska as naturalists doing survey work, banding and counting birds and more.

Walter and Barbara were world travelers and shared their love of travel with their children and grandchildren through numerous trips. Walter was proud to have visited all seven continents, completing his final continent, Antarctica, in 2009.

Walter and Barbara’s last move in March 2012 was back to Missouri to be near their eldest daughter. Six months later Walter lost his wife of 55 years. Going solo, Walter started volunteering in various capacities with the Lee’s Summit Symphony, Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street. He became well-known in Lee’s Summit as he volunteered for nearly every special event and distributed event posters to downtown businesses on a regular basis. In 2014 Walter was honored to receive the Dale Hartley Service Award for volunteer of the year. Two years later, he received the Veterans Service Award from the Governor’s office for his volunteer work.

Walter enjoyed living in John Knox Village Independent Living until moving into its Care Center in March 2020, just a week before the Corona virus pandemic lock-downs were put into place. His was a COVID-19 survivor, contracting the virus in October 2020.

During the last few years of his life his family extended to include his wonderful Simply Home Companion caregivers, most recently Casey, Christina, Charity, Kara, Stephanie and Michelle, under the guidance of Nathan. Their one-on-one care allowed him to enjoy a better quality of life and remain in independent living until his last year. The family is grateful for the wonderful care Walter received from Simply Home. Additionally, the family wants to express sincere gratitude and thanks to Kansas City Hospice House for their assistance and guidance for a peaceful and beautiful end-of-life experience. Walter died peacefully of natural causes.

Walter is survived by his three children: Leiann Nelson (Steve) of Harrisonville MO, Elizabeth Stabenow (Earl) of Maple Grove MN and George Heid (Holly) of Arlington TX; Five grandchildren: Wade Nelson of Lee’s Summit MO, Craig Nelson (Lindsay) of Blue Springs MO, Jennifer Byers (John) of Dayton MN, Kimberly Lober (Alex) of Atlanta and Timothy Heid of Arlington TX; six great grandchildren, Jack, Otto, Piper, Theo, Juniper and Finn; his brother Konrad Heid (Barbara) of Joplin MO and many other relatives.

A private family celebration of life will be held post-COVID pandemic in the mountains of Montana.

For those who wish to make a donation in Walter's memory, the family suggests donations to Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street, Inc. to continue support for community events and programs – something near and dear to Walter’s heart. Donations can be made by visiting or mailing donations to DLSMS at 13 SE 3rd St, Lee's Summit, MO 64063.

Obituary - Herluf L. Jaspersen

Herluf L. Jaspersen, age 90, of Peculiar, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

A visitation will be held on Monday, January 25, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Cullen Funeral Home, 612 W. Foxwood Dr. Raymore, Missouri 64083. Immediately following will be a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Elmwood Cemetery in Mason City, Iowa.

Herluf was born in Latimer, Iowa on October 26, 1930 to Chris Jaspersen and Ingebord (Strandskov) Jaspersen. After schooling, Herluf joined the work force and provided for his family as a laborer in various capacities not retiring until January of 2020. In life Herluf enjoyed being around others. He was an Evangelist at heart, spreading the word of God wherever he went.

Herluf was preceded in death by his loving wife Betty Jaspersen; parents, Chris and Ingebord Jaspersen; two sons, Gary and Richard Jaspersen; and eleven siblings. He leaves behind his son Craig Jaspersen and his wife, Mary; daughter in law Nancy Jaspersen; five sister in laws Marlys, Charlene, and June Jaspersen, Charlotte Rush, and Pauline Bull; nine grandchildren Michelle (Paul), Misty, Mykael, Adam, Matthew (Nikki), Randy, Jared (Sarah), Scott (Emily), and Joshua (Barisha ); twenty-four great grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to, Beacon of Hope Church Food Pantry, 1315 E. Walnut St., Raymore, Missouri 64083

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

Henry County Health Center COVID -19 Vaccination Update:

Henry County Health Center has received their first shipment of vaccines. The individuals on 1B, tier 1, will be the first to receive the vaccination.

Those individuals who this applies to have already been notified and are aware when they are scheduled.

As supplies continue to come in, HCHC will make sure that each tier is addressed in the order that they were put forth from the State Department of Health and Senior Services, Public Health. All individuals or organizations that have signed up for their tier will be vaccinated in that order. If you believe that you fall into any tier within 1B, please call or text: 660-492-6605 and leave a message.

The message should include your first and last name, contact phone number, and which tier of 1B you fall in. You WILL NOT receive a call back at the time you sign up, but will be contacted when your name comes up on the list. Please only call the phone number listed above, as it is allocated for the vaccine registration only.

“This is an exciting time when we are able to provide a vaccine to protect the residents in our community. It is also a stressful time, however, due to the slow movement in vaccine distribution. Please be patient with those who are working hard to get the vaccines to you and your family,” said the Henry County Health Center Administrator, Peggy Bowles. “This is the first step in many, but we will get there. We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Henry County Health Center continuously updates the COVID-19 information on the HCHC Facebook page, Twitter, and on Please stay tuned to upcoming updates on the vaccines for our county through all social media platforms and local papers.

City of Nevada, Missouri is seeking bids

The City of Nevada, Missouri is seeking bids for the removal of approximately 13,600 square foot commercial building at 101 E Cherry, Nevada MO 64772.

Bids are due and shall be opened at City Hall, 110 S Main, Nevada, Missouri at 2:00 pm, Friday January 29, 2021.

Adrian R-3 School District COVID-19 Update

January 22, 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 Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

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
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
New congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
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.

Don Lile
Adrian R-III School District

Obituary - Billy R. Tippie

Billy R. Tippie, Rich Hill, passed away Thursday, January 21, at the Kansas City, Mo. Hospice House. He was 83. 

Arrangements are under direction of Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill, and a private graveside service is scheduled Monday, January 25, in the Green Lawn Cemetery, Rich Hill. 

Visitation's scheduled between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Saturday, January 23, at Heuser Funeral Home and a family gathering is to be scheduled this Spring. 

Memorials to Racing for Rett are suggested and can be made in care of Heuser Funeral Home.

Attention Butler Residents...

The Butler Police Department has taken numerous theft reports this last week around town. Storage sheds and vehicles seem to be the popular places to break into for local thieves.

Please lock your vehicle and take all valuables out of them also check your storage sheds frequently.

If you see anything suspicious or looks to be out of place contact the Butler Police Department at 660-679-6131.

Obituary - Kathleen Eleanore Reed

Kathleen Eleanore (Green) Reed, 80, Nevada, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Colonial Springs Healthcare Center in Buffalo, MO. Kathleen was born June 10, 1940 at Fort Snelling Military Base in Minnesota to Roy A. and Margaret E. (Butler) Green. 

Kathleen moved with her family to Desoto, KS in 1946. She graduated from DeSoto Kansas High in 1958. When at 19 years old, Kathleen moved to Kansas City, MO and worked a couple of jobs while living in a boarding home for women. During this time Kathleen met and married James Simcoe. She later married Thomas L. Reed following his discharge from the army and to this union one son and one daughter was born.

Kathleen was a personable, helping and a kind person. Kathleen was converted by Sam Smith, was immersed at 24 years old after her husband, Thomas L. Reed. Both became members of the Church of Christ (American Restoration Movement) in Kansas City, MO. Kathleen was a home mother until the age of 34 when she went to school at Central Missouri State University. There she earned a degree in Elementary and Special Education graduating in 1978. She was a member of Kappa Delta Pi at Warrensburg. In 1980 she began working at Nevada Middle School as a Special Ed teacher, she also worked for Vernon County Developmental Center as Associate Director and as a teacher. She was a teacher and Program Director at the Webb City Cerebral Palsy Center, and Community Support Specialist with Pathways from 2005 until her retirement in 2012.

Kathleen was a vocalist (soprano) and sang in the Nevada Community Choir for five years, and in church. She was an active member of the Church of Christ in Nevada as a bible class teacher for many years and for many ages from "cradle role" to adult women. Kathleen was very creative in crafts, including sewing, pattern making and knitting. Kathleen suffered from dementia later in life and resided at Colonial Springs Elderly Adult Care in Buffalo.

Survivors include her one son, Tom Reed, II, Nevada; one daughter, Tammy Reed, Nevada; one sister, Shelia Burke; two brothers, Roland Green and Richard Green; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death her husband Thomas; her parents; by two brothers; and one sister.

Her body was donated to the University of Missouri-Columbia Medical Program, memorial services will be held at a later date.