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Friday, February 5, 2021

It's been a great run, Charlie


RETIREMENT TIME The New Trend Barber Shop closed for good January 1st locking the door for the last time at 227 N. Main in Butler. Interestingly, the previous location for the shop was the location of the building on Pine street seen in the reflection. This closed the chapter on 50 years of business in Butler for Charlie Scrogham.


When Charlie Scrogham began cutting mens hair in Butler he had about 10 competitors... a far cry from the number today. But, things were different 5 decades ago.

Charlie, a 1964 Butler High graduate, made the decision to become a barber after a stint with the US Army using the GI bill to fund the 6 months of required schooling, which led to a 1-1/2 year apprenticeship at a shop in Harrisonville with friend Hugh Rapp.

While business was good, it seems all roads eventually lead back home. In 1970, Charlie opened his barber shop in Butler that led to a lifetime of strong ties, friendships and memories. The original location for his shop was, interestingly, just around the corner, on Pine street. He moved to 227 N. Main in 1982.

How much for a haircut in 1970? A buck fifty. At the closing of his New Trend Barber Shop January 1st, it was a modest $8. For most, it was well worth more and tips would often reflect that.

As time progressed, the business kept coming. Often there were more people than places to sit in the small shop.

"Sometimes the guys would come in and just talk. I really miss a lot of those WWII guys especially. They had great stories and all were heard in my shop" he said with a grin. He went on to say there are a lot of other good people he knew well, and unfortunately they are gone now, too.

Being a lifelong resident, he remembers when there were five grocery stores around town including Kroger, A&P, Jennings Market, McGuire’s and Welcher’s. Also, Smith's Shoe Shop, which at one time occupied the space just north of his barber shop. 

And the stores around the square like Penny's and Mattingly's. He spoke of the old railroad depot being sold for scrap at a ridiculously low sum. He clearly remembers the pool hall and the many restaurants that dotted the square, too.

"Bill Hoots was a well known sign painter in town. He had a table that if you flipped the top over, there was a craps board on the other side. His shop was a really popular place" he said with a laugh.

And there was plenty more, as a kid, watching a buddy change light bulbs on the clocks at the courthouse; vivid memories of growing up on Lyons street and attending school in the old Butler high school on Pine street.

One has to think that being so rooted in a community would directly attribute to the success of a business in that community; and for Charlie Scrogham, that is obviously true. Case in point, as the number of barbers in Butler have dwindled over the years, the New Trend Barber Shop remained strong as ever.

Things certainly have changed over the years. While remembering what used to be in Butler, we quickly realized there's not a lot of 'old timers' left in Butler business. As we pondered who is left, he said "Basically, it was down to Don LeNeve and me". And as we peer around Butler today, we see the natural evolution of new business who hopefully someday, will be the ‘old timers’ as well.

All that aside, Charlie's life has become a bit simpler, and rightfully so. At 75 he would have considered retiring sooner but the time wasn't right until now. Now, Charlie's time may well be spent tinkering in the basement, enjoying grandkids, or... whatever he durn well pleases.

After all, he's earned it.

We couldn't resist asking Charlie the ultimate question- Who cuts your hair? With a laugh, he replied "I do". 

Now that's the sign of a true pro. 

Thank you Charlie Scrogham.

What's in the Window?

We're starting a fun game this week! We have placed the three clues above in our window at 17 N. Main in Butler. Guess the business, organization or event it represents and you'll win a cool prize. You can email your guess to or drop it in the mailbox on our front door by 4 pm Thursday February 11th. Please include your name, phone number or other contact info. We will announce the winner on Friday the 12th along with a new clue for the next week. Have fun! 

PLEASE do not post guesses on Facebook or other social media. Winners will be chosen at random only through email or those received in the mailbox on the door at 17 N. Main St in Butler.

Montrose Athletic Booster Club Kickin' Chicken Fundraiser Dinner

We will serve to go orders until sold out or 8:30.
Menu— $10 per plate

2 pieces Perrymann fried chicken (choice of white or dark meat), Mashed potatoes and gravy, Green Beans, Roll, and Chocolate Sheet Cake.

*Sorry NO Special Orders & NO Children’s Menu*

Help Wanted in Butler

Tax Press Release from the City of Butler

Butler to seek internet use tax on April 6th, 2021 ballot.

The City of Butler has placed a question on this April’s ballot regarding an internet use tax. This question was proposed in 2018 along with the vehicle use tax as well. Although the vehicle use tax passed, the internet use tax didn’t. So, the City is asking once again, if the City of Butler should collect this use tax as do some more than 160 cities in Missouri do?

This use tax is at the current rate as the Butler Sales Tax of 3.625%. The use tax will always be based upon the sales tax and will never be more or less.

There are two main reasons for this use tax. First, according to the Missouri Municipal League, the City of Butler could be losing more than $225,000 in additional revenue. This lost revenue must be made up in other places and is getting more difficult to operate without it.

The second main reason is to level the playing field for our local retailers. At the present time, our hard-working retailers not only have to compete with big box stores, but internet sales as well. These are the same people that make our community what it is today. We ask so much from them from employment to donating to just about every cause out there.

The Use Tax will not increase the local sales tax. For the vast majority of purchases made by our residents, passing this proposal will not change anything. The use tax is applied to some out-of-state and online purchases and is only collected when sales taxes are not already collected by the seller. The state of Missouri already collects the state use tax. This proposal simply adds our local portion.

If you have any questions, please contact the City Administrator, Mike West at City Hall, (660) 679-4182 or email

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Butler Food Pantry opening

Received word today that the Butler Food Pantry is open on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Opens at 8:15 and closes at 11:30 for lunch and opens again at 12:30 and closes for the day at 4PM. It's still only drive through.

Card Shower for Violet Gregory

Violet Gregory will turn 90 years young on February 6. If you would like to wish her "Happy Birthday", please send cards to:

Violet Gregory
C/O Medicalodge
103 E Nursery
Butler, MO 64730

Thank you!

Racer's Auction coming to Nevada

Racers auction in Nevada MO at the Fairgrounds on Saturday March 6. Check it out and then head to the track for a Test & Tune.

Garden City man arrested in Bates County

On 2/4/21 around 10:31pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County arrested 31 year old Nicholas A. Efurd of Garden City, Missouri.

Mr. Efurd was arrested for 1.) Driving While Intoxicated 2.) Equipment Violation 3.) Registration Violation. 

He was booked into the Bates County Jail in Butler and later released.

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Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Obituary - Steven “Steve” Richard Bell

Steven “Steve” Richard Bell, 53, Harrisonville, MO, passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at his home.  Services will be held at a later date.

A complete obituary will be posted when information is available.

Courtwarming in Archie Tonight

Tonight the Archie Whirlwinds will celebrate Courtwarming. The game and coronation ceremony will be streamed through Whirlwind TV on YouTube. 

The Varsity Girls will play at 5:30 followed by the Varsity Boys. Congratulations to the candidates! 

Front row: Raelin Debrick, Lani Humbird, Grace Fuller and Amber Siebring. Back row: John Buchko, JW Dalton, Tucker Wolfe, and Andrew Diehl.

City of Clinton Parks Department Request for bids:


The City of Clinton Parks Department will be accepting sealed bids for the Artesian Park Roof Replacement. Contact John McClendon between 8am – 3pm, Monday thru Friday at 660-525-4114 to set up a time to view the project area. 

Contact Deborah Nelson for a bid spec sheet or to submit your bid at: City Hall, 105 E. Ohio, Clinton, MO 64735; 660-885-6121; or 

Bids are due no later than 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, February 17th, 2020. The City reserves the right to accept/reject any and all bids.

Obituary - Phyllis J. Green

Phyllis J. Green, age 77, of Belton, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at Cullen Funeral Home, 612 W. Foxwood Dr. Raymore, Missouri 64083. A funeral service will be held following visitation at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be held at Austin Cemetery in Archie, Missouri.

Phyllis was born in Oregon City, Oregon to Therlow Ray Leach and Rhoda Alice (Reed) Leach on May 17, 1943. After graduating high school, Phyllis worked at Union Safe Deposit Bank in Stockton, CA. After moving to Reno, NV she worked for Washoe County Building Dept where she retired. After retirement she moved to Grandview, MO to live by her 2 children and grandchildren. She worked for the last 20 years for the family business until her final retirement in March 2020.

In life Phyllis was a faithful member of the Jesus Christ Church of Latter-Day Saints. The most important things in her life were her family and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her life mission was to be in the service of her family and fellowman. She loved serving her friends in the community where she lived, fulfilling her church callings, feeding the missionaries, and spreading sunshine. Her smile was a gift to all she met and her spirit could lift any room. Phyllis enjoyed crafts and made sure her family had homemade gifts for Christmas every year. Her real joy in life was every moment she shared with family and especially her “grandbabies”. Anyone who knew her would recognize this sentence, “you make sure and kiss those grandbabies”.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband Edward Green; parents, Therlow and Rhoda Leach; sisters, Alta Bateman and Ruth Bird; and brothers, Jerry Leach and Clifford Leach.

She is survived by her son, Jason Crowl (JoDee); daughter, Kimberly Thelin (Steve); sister, Anne Martin; ten grandchildren; and twenty-five great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the VFW Post 8220, 144 Vivian Street, Belton, Missouri 64012.

Snow Expected Saturday

Another round of light snow is on the way for Saturday. The higher accumulations will likely remain just north of I-70, but everyone should see at least a few hours of light snow with some accumulation.