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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Snow inbound...

Snow is on the way and we may get 1-3 inches before it’s all over late tomorrow. Expect road conditions to deteriorate especially around the morning rush. View live radar here

Obituary - Lonnie Lee Norcross

Lonnie Lee Norcross, age 72, of Calhoun, Missouri passed away Sunday, February 14th, 2021 at his home.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Vansant-Mills Chapel, Clinton with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Englewood Cemetery, Clinton.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Lonnie Norcross 4-H Scholarship Fund and can be left in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences can be left online at

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

Police still searching for man wanted in Belton homicide

The Cass County Prosecutor’s Office has now charged Charles E. Baldwin Jr. with Murder, Armed Criminal Action, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Felon In Possession of a Weapon and other charges in the murder of Christopher Bell on 2-12-2021.
Charles Baldwin is 38 years old, 6ft 0in tall, 160 lbs with distinctive tattoos on his neck and face. Of particular note is a “GUCCI” tattoo above his right eye. Mr. Baldwin is known to drive a red BMW sedan with unknown license plates.
Charles Baldwin is not yet in custody’s and should be considered armed and dangerous. If you know where Charles Baldwin can be found, contact the Belton Police Department at 816-331-1500 or the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS

Walmart in Butler now back open

Great news!!! Butler Walmart is now back up and running!!

We apologize for the inconvenience, but customer safety was priority for us.

Thanks for your understanding. See you in the store!

From the desk of Rich Hill Mayor Jason Rich

After assessing citizens' concerns about the extra week being on their bill, the city will estimate the water bill and continue reading the electric meters. The electric crew got a late start today as they attempted to read those. We hope this helps to spread out the extra costs citizens have incurred because of the extreme weather.

Our goal is to have all of the electric meters read tomorrow, Tuesday, February 17th. If this cannot be done, the secondary goal is to have all of the electric meters read by Wednesday, February 18th.

If you find yourself struggling to pay March's bill, please contact City Hall. Staff can help you assess how or if assistance can be provided. If needed, please do not hesitate to put in an agenda request for the March board meeting. – Jason Rich, Mayor

School Cancelations for tomorrow 2/17/21

The following school will be closed Tomorrow 2/17/21 due to cold and inclement weather:

Appleton City School District 
Adrian School District 
Archie School District (Virtual Learning)
Belton School District (AMI Day)
Ballard School District 
Butler School District
Clinton School District 
Drexel School District 
Hudson School District 
Hume School District (AMI Day)
Lakeland School District 
Miami School District
Ray-Pec School District (Virtual Learning)
Rich Hill School District (AMI Day)

Please bookmark this page as we will be adding to this list as more closings are made available.

Obituary - Kay Miller

Kay Miller passed away Monday, February 15th, 2021 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton, Missouri and are pending at this time.

Large water line break in the city of Adrian

The city of Adrian has a large water line break. 5th Street from Virginia to Kentucky and Virginia Street from 5th to 6th will experience no or little water.

We are currently not under a boil order but would suggest you to boil your water.

Public Service Announcement from the Butler Police Department

**Public Service Announcement ** MODOT and street department has been advised of road conditions in town.

Due to historic record low temperatures, they are not able to put salt down on the roads. Please stay home if you can.

If you do have to get out and about, please use good judgment, be extra precautious, and drive slowly. Be safe and stay warm!!

Update: Evergy Power outages:

Update: Evergy Power outages;

Evergy did resume rolling power outages this morning which affected user in the Kansas City Metro area on both sides of the state line.

As of 10:15, the SPP (Southwest Power Pool) has lifted the current order and intermittent outages have been suspended at this time by Evergy.

Outages could resume over the next 24 hours or so depending on possible energy deficiencies due to extreme cold weather.

Below are a few suggestions on how to reduce electrical use which includes:

Setting thermostats to 68 degrees or lower.

Suspending use of electrical appliances (dishwashers, washing machines, clothes dryers, vacuum cleaners, etc.)

Putting off tasks at work, if possible, that would demand electricity (power tools, maintenance equipment, etc.).

Turning off televisions and electronic equipment unless they are necessary to conduct business or to ensure your health and safety.

Turn off unnecessary lighting, leaving on only enough to move about safely indoors.

Obituary - Charles Eugene “Gene” French

Charles Eugene “Gene” French, 79, of Peculiar, Missouri passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at St. Joseph Medical Center. The family will have a private celebration of life at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home - Country Haven.

Gene was born August 31, 1941 in Burbank, California to Edwin and Doris French. Gene graduated from Raytown High School in 1959. He married his high school sweetheart, Memoree Still, in 1961. This year would have been their 60th wedding anniversary. Gene was a plumber by trade and owned his own business, Mr. Plumber and Professional Plumbing Services until he retired. He was a youth counselor for many years at Blue Ridge Baptist Temple in Kansas City, Missouri, and then a member of First Baptist Church of Peculiar.

Gene was an avid racing fan and raced a red #44 Sprint car, winning a championship. He loved building and working on his race car and making things for other racers. He loved Sprint Cars, NASCAR, football and baseball. Mostly he loved spending time with his family. He loved going to the river, fishing and boat rides.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents: Ed & Doris French; a sister, Linda Erickson; an uncle, Gene French; and a great-grandson, Kolby Fay. He is survived by his wife, Memoree French; daughter, Kelee (Curtis) Limbach; son, Kurt (Stephanie) French; five grandchildren: Frank (Cheryl) Limbach, Kacee (Justin) Fay, Clinton (Jessica) Limbach, Cyle (Raven) Limbach, Emilee (Zach) Klippert and a foster granddaughter, Sherry Goad. His legacy also includes 10 great-grandchildren: Ashlee, Clayton and Carter Limbach; Rylan, Lillee, and Sydnee Fay; Landon and Delainee Limbach; and Journee and Lincoln Limbach; a sister, Shirley (Wayne) Haub; and many nephews and nieces.

Our lives are changed forever because he is not here, but we are grateful knowing he is with our Savior and we will be together again someday.

Update from Evergy

Along with the other states in the region, we've implemented temporary emergency outages today to help avoid larger uncontrolled and extended power outages throughout the region per the request of the SPP.

If you experienced one of the outages that lasted about 30 minutes, we apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for doing your part to help the grid for the entire region.

Obituary - Michael Herbert Fritzshall

Michael Herbert Fritzshall, age 73, of Raymore, Missouri, passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2021.

A memorial service will be held on a later date.

Michael was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 11, 1947 to Sherwood Fritzshall and Shirley (Shonka) Fritzshall. After graduating high school, Michael attended one year of college in Warrensburg, Missouri before starting his service in the United States Navy from 1966 to 1970. In the summer of 1971 Michael was joined in marriage with his wife Teresita (Fontanoz) on June 1st. Together they were blessed with one child, James. Michael's way of life was in aviation. He worked for the Kansas City Police Department for nineteen years, and most recently as a flight instructor and freelance pilot before retiring. Michael was also very passionate about photography.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Sherwood and Shirley Fritzshall; and sister, Kerry Fritzshall.

He leaves behind his loving wife of over fourty-nine years, Teresita S. Fritzshall; son, James Fritzshall (Heather); and sister Susan Colgan (Mark).

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to The Parkinson Foundation of the Heartland, 8900 State Line Rd. #320, Leawood, Kansas 66206

City of Nevada Phones are not working due to the power surges

City of Nevada Phones are not working due to the power surges. We are working to restore service.

Please call Vernon County Dispatch 417.448.2710 if you have water line issues or need assistance.

Thank you Gene!

Gene Henry 2011-2021 Board Trustee

Henry County Health Center would like to thank Gene Henry for his dedication and service on the HCHC board for the past ten years.

Between 2011-2021, Gene provided exceptional guidance and leadership in regards to insuring that fiscal and programmatic accountability was maintain within the agency. 

Gene, and other board members, dedicate many hours of unpaid time to assist the Health Center in remaining viable and in tune with the needs of the patients that reside in Henry County. 

From all of us here at HCHC, we would like to extend our appreciation to Gene Henry for his ten years of dedicated board service.

Public Service Announcement from the city of Pleasanton Kansas

We are asking our water customers to please conserve water. Our raw water pumps are powered by Heartland Rural Electric.

With the current power outage, our pumps are not operating.

Although we have more than enough water at this time, we would like to conserve our water supply.

Bates County COVID-19 Updates

Bates County COVID-19 Updates
February 15, 2021
Positive Cases Reported:  1316
Active & On Isolation:  7
Deaths (confirmed by death certificate):  29
Total Negative Tests Reported:  11,449 as of 2/14/21

Urgent information from Osage Valley Electric Cooperative


Osage Valley Electric Cooperative has just been notified by our power supplier that load shedding must occur and will begin starting at 8:00-8:30 a.m.


We hope to receive notification of the locations prior to the intermittent power interruptions. Our power supplier plans to keep each interruption to no more than 30-45 minutes.

We will share information as we have it available.


We have just been notified by our power supplier that load shedding must occur. At this time NONE of Osage Valley's substations are to be included in the intermittent power interruptions. If this should change we will post more information.

Update from Evergy

We're resuming 30 to 60 minute intermittent outages due to regional power supply needs as directed by Southwest Power Pool. If your power is out for more than an hour, please report it ⬇️
MO and MO/KS Metro Customers: 888-544-4852
KS Central Customers: 800-544-4857

Two vehicle accident in Cass County

On 2/15/21 around 6:25pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cass County along with Cass County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a two vehicle accident in the southbound lanes of I-49 near mile marker 163 in rural Cass County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2016 GMC Terrain driven by 27 year old Lashaya D. Folvarcik of Belton, Missouri slid on the ice covered roadway and struck the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox driven by 41 year old Wade F. Wackerman of Adrian, Missouri.

A passenger in Mr. Wackerman's vehicle 36 year old Gerry L. Wackerman sustained injuries and was transported to a hospital for treatment. 

Nevada Regional Medical Center's Shining Star for February 2021

Congratulations to Brooke Newell, Nevada Regional Medical Center's Shining Star for February! Brooke is a receptionist in the Professional Practice Clinic and recently did a great job of setting up the COVID-19 vaccines for our employees and other healthcare workers in the area.

The hospital provided over 200 vaccines in 3 days, thanks – in no small part – to the faithful work of Brooke.

In addition to scheduling as many people as she could, Brooke also maintained a waiting list – and kept up with all her other daily tasks. Way to go, Brooke!

Need to warm up?

The Bates County Sheriff’s Office will be opening its training facility to the public as a warming location.

If you or anyone you know needs a place to go to warm up please consider this location. It is located on the square, 13 W Dakota, Butler Mo 64730.

We only have plastic chairs and tables but do have restrooms and running water. We will be open from 8am until 4pm unless the need requires it to be longer.

Additional Snow Tonight - Wednesday

It's starting to feel a little bit like Groundhog Day around here. What's today's forecast? Really cold with more snow expected. #Wash #Rinse #Repeat