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Friday, February 12, 2021

Obituary - Cynthia Ann Isaacson

Cynthia Ann Isaacson, 58, Nevada, MO passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 in Nevada. Cynthia was born October 5, 1962 in Huntsville, AL to Harold C. and Betty J. (Douglas) Cantrell. She married David B. Isaacson on October 8, 1983 in Mora, MN and he preceded her in death on October 8, 2007.

Cynthia, the daughter of an Air Force Civil Servant, was raised in California and Florida, and graduated high school in North Dakota. Following her marriage to David, they operated a Sears Store in Iowa, Dairy Queen in Mexico, and in 1984 bought Dairy Queen in Nevada which they operated until 2007. Cynthia has been in the rental business for the past 20 years.

Survivors include one brother, Craig Cantrell, Nevada; and one sister, Charlotte Rosser, Lyndale, TX; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Glen Cantrell.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Pastor Terry Mosher officiating. Interment will follow in Moore Cemetery, Nevada.

Obituary - James "Jim" Swift

Mass of Christian Burial for James "Jim" Swift will be 11 a.m. Thursday, February 18, 2021 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Butler. Visitation will be prior to services at 10 a.m. followed by Rosary at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church. 

Burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Contributions to St. Patrick Catholic Church. Services under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler. Online condolences,

James “Jim” Thomas Swift, age 68 of Adrian, Missouri died Monday, February 8, 2021 at his home in Adrian. He was born December 27, 1952 to John Bernard and Caroline Louise Emhoff Swift in Monett, Missouri.

Jim is survived by five brothers, Mike Swift and wife Sharon of McKinney, Texas, Bill Swift and wife Cathy of Stilwell, Oklahoma, Frank Swift and wife Linda of Garden City, Missouri, Tim Swift and Troy Simmons of Dallas, Texas and Rob Swift of Montrose, Missouri; two sisters, Donna Evans and husband Ron of Kansas City, Missouri and Rita McKenzie and husband Bob of Adrian, Missouri; a brother-in-law, John Marshall of Peculiar, Missouri; and nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and neighbors. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Mary Fergason and Patti Marshall.

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

Obituary - Violet L. Gregory

Funeral services for Violet Gregory of Amsterdam, Missouri will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 19, 2021 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. 

Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial in Scott Cemetery, Amsterdam. Contributions to Amsterdam Methodist Church or Scott Cemetery. Online condolences,

Violet Leona Gregory, age 90 of Amsterdam, Missouri died Thursday, February 11, 2021 at Medicalodge of Butler in Butler, Missouri. She was born February 6, 1931 to Merl and Letha Peterson Thomas in Pleasanton, Kansas.

Violet is survived by three sons, Dennis Gregory and companion Connie McGinnis of Amsterdam, Missouri, Randy Gregory and wife Donna of Butler, Missouri and Brian Gregory and wife Mary of Amsterdam, Missouri; two grandsons whom she and Jack raised, Jeff and Scott Gregory; a daughter-in-law, Mary Gregory Chulufas and husband Scott of Amsterdam, Missouri; 18 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Glenna Thomas; son, Stoney Gregory in 2008; and husband, Jack Gregory in 2015.

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

Obituary - Ruth Beverly Ayers

Ruth “Beverly” Ayers, 82, Nevada, MO passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2021.

Born June 27, 1938 in WaKenney, KS, to the late Chester Allyen and Georgia Irene (Schuman) Stephens. The family relocated from WaKenney to Walker, MO in 1948.

Beverly grew up on the family farm developing a lifelong passion for animals, especially horses and cats.

She was a lifelong worker, retiring from the State Hospital to enjoy hobbies such as golf and quilting.

Beverly is survived by one son Stephen Mabry (Nevada, MO), one granddaughter, Maddison and husband Tanner May (Galena, MO), one sister, Phyllis Doberer (Belton, MO). She is preceded in death by her husband, Keith Ayers, parents Chester and Georgia Stephens, and one brother, Arthur Stephens.

Per Beverly’s wishes, there will be no formal service or memorial. Private Committal will be held in the National Cemetery in Ft. Scott. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Ferry Funeral Home.

Obituary - Charlotte L Baxter

Our loss and Heaven’s gain, Charlotte Baxter, 84, left life on this earth Thursday, February 11, 2021, for a brand new life. She left her wheelchair and braces to run into Heaven to meet the Lord and to be reunited with her husband, Raymond Duane. Charlotte was born August 23, 1936, and married Raymond Duane Baxter on June 13, 1953.

They had three daughters, Patricia McGowan (Dale) Adrian, MO; Beverly Clisso, Harrisonville, MO; and Shirley Eiserer, Nevada, MO. They also welcomed many other children into their home that they loved and considered as their own. Among them were Dawn Dowty, Wanda Benenhaley, and Vernon Stipp. She also leaves behind a very special sister-in-law, Donna Guggisberg, Clever, MO, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren whom she adored. Her world revolved around her family.

She was a very loving and nurturing wife, mother, and grandmother and was always ready to help whoever needed it. Charlotte may not have always agreed with Duane’s crazy ideas, but she was always supportive of him. She loved to bake banana cakes for the grandchildren and German Chocolate pie for the daughters. She could also make the best sweet tea. Charlotte was a beautiful seamstress making clothing for her girls and also teaching them to sew. Later she became interested in quilting, especially wanting to use the latest sewing techniques and gadgets. She always wanted to make sure each grandchild had a quilt at birth and graduation. She had a special love for little children and could always be found serving in the church nursery.

She could not pass up a yard sale or thrift store. Her thought was “they might have something that she needed or that someone could use.”

Preceding her in death are her parents, Claude Garver and Nellie Garver West; a sister, Mary Ellen; Wanda Benenhaley; son-in-law, Mike Eiserer; and brother-in-law, Fred Guggisberg.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 19, 2021 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Pastor Harold Hicks officiating. Interment will follow in Newton Burial Park. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested in her memory to Disciples of Christ Church c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

Breaking News: Semi truck rollover on I-49

The Butler Fire Department along with Rich Hill Fire Department, Bates County Sheriff's Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Bates County EMS is on scene of a semi truck rollover accident in the northbound lanes of I-49 near mile marker 126.

The driver is out of the vehicle at this time and isn't injured.

Please use caution if you must travel in this area! Slow down and move over for emergency vehicles.

What's in the Window - winner!

Our three clues last week were:
7 N. Main

Carmin Gregory correctly guessed that those clues led to Osage Valley Electric Cooperative.

1938 was the year incorporated, Willie Wiredhand is the mascot and 7 N. Main was the location of their first office.

Clues for next week are:

If you can guess what organization, landmark or event these clues lead to, you'll win a really cool prize courtesy of Osage Valley Electric Cooperative!

You can email your guess to or drop it in our mailbox on the door at 17 N. Main street in Butler by 4 pm next Thursday.

Bates County Health Center Public Service Announcement

We are asking any Adrian Manor/Crystal Manor employees that are needing to receive their second dose of COVID vaccine to please reach out to us.

We are working with Bureau of Long Term Care to determine how many are still in need. 660-679-6108 - Bates County Health Center

Capital report from Rep. Patricia Pike

The Missouri National Guard, Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), and local health care partners have now completed 18 mass vaccination clinics across the state. More than 38,400 Missourians have received an initial vaccine dose at one of these events. 

DHSS also recently announced partnerships with selected hospitals in each region of the state to support high throughput vaccine distribution. The state is committing approximately 53 percent of weekly vaccine allocations from the federal government to the selected hospitals.

Last week alone, the St. Louis and Kansas City regions received 15,600 and 9,500 initial doses, respectively, through this partnership. This is in addition to doses other health care systems in these regions have received and is proportional to each region's population.

Additionally, two targeted vaccination teams are operational in both St. Louis and Kansas City (four teams total). These teams have been deployed to help vaccinate critical populations in areas that are considered “vaccine deserts.” These populations face limited health care access, travel capacity constraints, and other disparities that inhibit access to vaccines.

Targeted vaccination teams have identified these populations and are working with local clergies to arrange initial vaccinations for up to 500 Missourians per team each week.  

In addition to the state's efforts, the federal government announced a new Federal Retail Pharmacy Program last week. This program will allocate a limited number of vaccines to a limited number of participating pharmacies across the nation. 

Vaccine doses distributed to Missouri pharmacies will be in addition to the state's weekly vaccine allotment. In Missouri, the federal government is partnering with Walmart and Health Mart pharmacies only. This week, 81 Walmart locations and 21 Health Mart locations across the state will begin receiving vaccines from the federal government. The state did not choose the pharmacies to which vaccines will be distributed

To date, 965,800 first and second vaccine doses have been shipped to Missouri. Please note that the number of vaccines shipped does not equate to the number of vaccines received by state vaccinators. The 965,800 doses shipped includes vaccines allocated to CVS and Walgreens through the federal partnership to vaccinate residents and staff at long-term care facilities. Of these doses, 71.4 percent have been reported as administered. 

Excluding vaccines shipped to CVS and Walgreens through the federal partnership, 609,860 first and second doses have been shipped to Missouri vaccinators as of February 8. Of these doses, 80.8 percent have been reported as administered.

To date, more than 698,400 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Missourians across the state. More than 531,000, or 8.7 percent, of Missourians have received an initial dose vaccination. On Thursday, Missouri hit its highest daily record for doses administered with 47,761 doses given in a single day. 

Missourians are encouraged to visit to view the latest vaccine updates, find out when they are eligible for the vaccine, and locate available vaccinators in their area. 

State Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Navigator

Missourians now have access to a secure registry tool that will help them to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine. The newly-created Missouri Vaccine Navigator can be reached online at
Gov. Parson said, “Although vaccine supply nationwide is still quite limited, this registration process will help connect Missourians with more avenues to receive a vaccine. This will not only provide support for Missouri citizens but also help our team determine where the greatest demands for vaccines exist throughout the state.”
The new navigator site allows residents to indicate their desire to be vaccinated. They will then need to answer questions to determine their eligibility based on the state’s priority phases.
Registrants will be notified upon activation of each phase and alerted when they become eligible. Individuals will then be able to seek vaccination from their health care provider if they have vaccines available or view mass vaccination events and other providers in their area. 
In addition to helping individuals register for a vaccine, the Missouri Vaccine Navigator will remind registrants when it is time to schedule their second dose. Both vaccines currently authorized for use require two doses, and the second dose is critical to ensure individual and community protection. 
Those with online accessibility issues are encouraged to call the COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411 for registration assistance. Language translation and other services are available to callers.

House Bill 16 Signed Into Law

Governor Mike Parson has signed HB 16 into law, which provides more than $324 million in funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). 

“HB 16 will provide much needed assistance to tenants and landlords across the state. COVID-19’s economic impacts have created hard times for many Missourians, and we are happy to provide this immediate relief,” Governor Parson said. “I applaud the work of the General Assembly, House Budget Chair Cody Smith, and Senate Appropriations Chair Dan Hegeman for their work in getting this legislation across the finish line for the people of Missouri.” 

The ERAP was passed by Congress in December 2020. The program's passage made funding available to state and local governments to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The program includes up to 12 months of assistance for rental arrears, forward rental assistance, utility arrears, and utility forward assistance. Utility assistance includes electricity, gas, water and sewer, trash removal, and certain energy costs.

Both landlords and tenants are eligible to apply for assistance through the program. More information regarding the Emergency Rental Assistance Program can be found on the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s website. 

The Missouri Housing Development Commission will administer the ERAP in Missouri. Additional information and the application portal can be found at

Missouri House Approves Kratom Consumer Protection Act (HB 350)
Members of the Missouri House gave strong bipartisan support this week to legislation that will ensure the substance known as kratom can be safely purchased and used by adults in Missouri. Known as the Kratom Consumer Protection Act, the bill would create a regulatory framework to protect Missourians from kratom products that have been adulterated or contaminated with dangerous substances. The bill also would prevent the substance from being sold to those under the age of 18.
An herbal extract that comes from the leaves of an evergreen tree in Southeast Asia, kratom is often marketed as an energy booster, pain reliever, and even as an antidote for opioid withdrawal. Kratom is legal in Missouri and currently is not addressed in Missouri law.
“Unfortunately there are no rules and regulations to the safe consumption of kratom in the state of Missouri, and that means as the law stands now, it could be sold to children and, more dangerously, it could be adulterated with problematic substances,” said the bill’s sponsor.
The Kratom Consumer Protection Act would ensure kratom products are labeled accurately, and would prohibit dealers from selling kratom products that are contaminated with a dangerous non-kratom substance. The bill also states that dealers will not sell kratom products to anyone under the age of 18.
The bill’s sponsor added, “The goal is to ensure that what is being sold in the marketplaces across Missouri is what it purports to be.”
The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

House Moves to Streamline Vehicle Licensing Process for Farmers (HB 153)
Members of the Missouri House have approved legislation to cut bureaucratic red tape for farmers so they will have an easier time licensing their vehicles. The bill would allow the many farmers who own multiple vehicles to avoid numerous trips to the license bureau to license each vehicle.
The bill would create a system for Missourians who own multiple farm vehicles to have the vehicles placed on the same registration renewal schedule. All farm vehicles included in the fleet of a registered farm vehicle fleet owner would be registered during April or on a prorated basis. Farm vehicles registered under the bill would be issued a special license plate with the phrase "Farm Fleet Vehicle" and be issued multiyear license plates that do not require a renewal tab.
The sponsor said the bill will help farmers who own multiple vehicles to have a simplified process for vehicle licensing. He said, “It has been a real pain going to the license bureau every time one of those vehicles came up for licensing.” He added that the bill gives farmers the option to “go to the license bureau one time a year in April, license all your vehicles at that one time, and you will be able to get a fleet plate that will be put on your vehicle for multiple years.”
The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Legislation Approved to Protect Missouri Farms from Unauthorized Inspections (HB 574)
Legislation is now on its way to the Senate that would protect Missouri agricultural facilities from other states and outside organizations that want to gain access to the facilities without legal authority. The bill is meant to protect producers from animal rights activists who may seek access under false pretenses, and is also designed to limit the spread of disease by ensuring only qualified inspectors are allowed into the facilities.
The sponsor said, “The reason this bill is needed is that oftentimes many of our agriculture producers do not know who has the right to come into their facility.” The sponsor noted that several states have passed animal welfare or animal rights bills and that organizations from those states sometimes want to inspect the facilities of Missouri producers without the authority to do so. 
The bill specifies the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the United States Department of Agriculture, the county sheriff and any other federal or Missouri state agency with statutory or regulatory authority have exclusive authority to inspect the grounds or facilities in Missouri. Facilities include those used for the production of eggs, milk or other dairy products, raising of livestock, or the production or raising of dogs or other animals not used to produce any food product. The bill also allows a facility owner to request and allow groups outside those listed to inspect.


Constituent Services
It is an honor to serve on your behalf and I appreciate the opportunity to represent you in the upcoming 2021 legislative session. Please contact my office at 573-751-5388 or e-mail at for assistance on State Issues, Resolutions, Assistance for Veterans, Capitol and District Visits.  Our District 126 Legislative Assistant is Jeff Sutterer, who can be reached at and our Capitol office hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Jefferson City, MO.

Requesting a Courtesy Resolution
The Missouri House of Representatives is proud to provide courtesy resolutions to commemorate our citizens' most important and precious life events. If you would like to request a courtesy resolution, please contact or call our office at (573) 751-5388 if you have any questions.

Service Members and Veterans
The members of the Missouri House of Representatives have great appreciation and respect for the sacrifices the men and women of our armed services make in order to defend the freedom of the United States and its citizens. It is very important to me to represent and advocate on behalf of the veterans of District 126 and Missouri. I have been proud to serve on the House Veterans Committee through my years of service in office. Please do not hesitate to contact my office at (573) 751-5388 or with any questions or concerns you have regarding service member or veterans issues.

Two injured after early Friday morning crash north of El Dorado Springs

On 2/12/21 around 1:20am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in St. Clair County along with St. Clair County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on 82 Highway around 4 miles north of El Dorado Springs, Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by 40 year old Chasity Shook of Clinton, Missouri traveled off the roadway and struck a fence.

Chasity Shook along with a passenger in her vehicle 40 year old Tammy Gibbs of El Dorado Springs, Missouri both sustained injuries in this accident and both were transported to Citizen's Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, Missouri for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene of this accident by Southeast Auto of Nevada, Missouri.

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Have you seen Adam Hale?

Missing Date: February 12, 2008.
Adam Hale was last seen in Butler, Missouri, on February 12, 2008. There are few details available with his case.
Adam has not been entered into
If you have information, please contact the Bates County Sheriff’s Office: 660.679.3232 or the Missouri State Highway Patrol Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 800.877.3452, or 911

Obituary - James Robert Wilson

James Robert Wilson, 43, passed away February 6th, 2021 in Raymore, Missouri.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 15, 2021 at Cullen Funeral Home, 612 W. Foxwood Dr. Raymore, Missouri 64083. At 6:30 p.m. James’ family will be sharing memories.

Jim Wilson was born on August 3rd, 1977 in Kansas City, MO, to Donna and Robert (Bob) Wilson.

Jim graduated from Ray-Pec High School in 1995. He wasn’t much of a straight A student; he was more into athletics, chasing girls and hanging out with friends. Jim loved baseball, wrestling, soccer, and the rodeo. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

In 1996, Jim became a Dad for the first time with the birth of his first daughter, Ryann. He met the love of his life Christy Dodd-Wilson at a sand volleyball game in June of 2001 and got married September 28, 2002. They were blessed with two more daughters Payton and Laynee.

Jim loved nothing more than his daughters and his wife. His family was everything to him. They spent many weekends hunting, fishing, and camping as a family. The last several years were spent coaching and supporting his daughters in sports. From softball, to volleyball, to soccer, he loved supporting and cheering his girls on.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents Donna and Robert (Bob) Wilson, his maternal and paternal grandparents and his uncle Donald (Donny) Wilson.

He is survived by his wife, Christy Dodd- Wilson, his 3 daughters, Ryann Cunningham, Payton Wilson, and Laynee Wilson.

Bundle up! Brutal temperatures this weekend

We know it has been cold, but the next few mornings are going to be really difficult. Morning minimum wind chills will range around -15° to -20° F. 

Monday morning will be the coldest, with minimum wind chills between -20° to -30° F. With these wind chills, frost bite can set in less than 30 minutes. Please be careful and do what you can to stay safe and warm.

One shot and killed in parking lot of Belton apartment complex

On 2-12-2021 at 12:28 AM, Belton officers were dispatched to the area of the 8200 block of Spring Valley on a report of multiple shots fired. Upon arrival, officers discovered one male party deceased in the parking lot of an apartment complex. 

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the investigations unit of the Belton Police Department at 816-331-5522 or the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS. Further information will be released as it becomes available.

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