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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Obituary - Carole Ann Nation

Carole Ann Nation, age 71, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at her home in Nevada, Missouri.

Carole Ann was born on Oct. 28, 1949 in Austin, Texas to Franklin Edward and Joanne (Hagan) Nation.

She was a graduate of Nevada High School and Cottey College in Nevada, MO. After graduation, she worked as an accountant for several business firms and at the time of her retirement was a division Vice-President at Capco Energy. She was alaos a Grand Representative of the "Order of the Eastern Star".

Carole Ann is survived by two cousins, Jeanette (Nation) Burton of Rich Hill, MO and Marietta (Nation) Swarnes of Nevada, MO. She was preceded in death by her parents, Franklin and Joanne Nation; stepmother, Grace Nation; paternal grandparents, Thomas Robert (Bob) and Maude Amanda (Thomas) Nation; maternal grandparents, Earnest and Maxine Hagan; two uncles, Charles Hagan and Ralph Nation; and two aunts, Rosemary Hagan and Darlene Nation.

No services are planned at this time.

**Public Service Announcement**

**Public Service Announcement**
There is a burn ban for the city of Butler.

Butler Fire Department advised that no fires are permitted within city limits until it rains!

March Madness Cosmic Bingo set for this Saturday night at the Adrian Optimist Building

Obituary - James R. Burns

James R. Burns, age 64, of Belton, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 8, 2021 at St. Sabina Catholic Church, 700 Trevis Ave., Belton, Missouri 64012. A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. with interment to follow at Belton Cemetery in Belton, Missouri.

Jim was born in Salina, Kansas on February 13, 1957 to Raymond P. Burns and Viola A. (Leiker) Burns. He grew up with three siblings, Gary, Larry, and Kathy. Raised in an Air Force family, the family lived in Okinawa and Virginia before settling in Belton in 1969. Jim was a 1975 graduate of Belton High School. Jim obtained both his bachelor’s and master’s in history from Central Missouri State University. He was awarded his doctorate in Political Science from the University of Missouri. Jim pursued a career in teaching, including positions at Wichita State University, Kansas City Kansas Community College and William Jewels. He taught Political Science the last 22 years at Johnson County Community College. Jim was a caring, loving son, brother and uncle who gave selflessly to the care of his Mom in her final years. He was also an avid baseball fan, devoted Mizzou fan, voracious reader and lover of all things historic. Jim was a man of strong Catholic faith and a member of St. Sabina Parish in Belton, Missouri.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Viola Burns. He leaves behind his three siblings, Gary Burns (Janet), Larry Burns, and Kathy Burns; and two nephews, Jim and Jack Burns.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to St. Sabina Catholic Church as addressed above.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

Butler woman arrested on drug charges

On 3/4/21 around 7:21pm the Bates County Sheriffs Office arrested 31 year old Krista Myers (Itzen) of Butler, Missouri.

She was arrested for Failure to appear in court on 1.) Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance - Amphetamine/Methamphetamine 2.) Unlawful use of drug paraphernalia 3.) Forgery

Krista Myers was booked into the Bates County Jail in Butler and placed on a $2,000 cash/surety bond.

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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.

Updated Obituary - Gregory “Greg” Alan Rich

Funeral services for Greg Rich of Rich Hill will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 5, 2021 at Rich Hill Christian Church. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. at church. 

Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 5 at Ft. Scott National Cemetery in Ft. Scott, Kansas. Contributions to Show-Me Youth Home. Services under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Online condolences,

Gregory “Greg” Alan Rich, age 65 of Rich Hill, Missouri died Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler, Missouri. He was born November 7, 1955 to Marvin Warren and Ella Mae Dickinson Rich in Butler, Missouri.

Greg is survived by his wife, Nancy Rich of Rich Hill, Missouri; two sons, Tony Rich and wife Elizabeth of Kepper, Texas and Keith Rich and wife Tracy of Adrian, Missouri; his mother, Ella Mae Rich of Rich Hill, Missouri; one brother, Warren Rich of Rich Hill, Missouri; one sister, Vickie Sue Rich of Rich Hill, Missouri; and one grandson due in July 2021. He was preceded in death by his father.

Obituary - Annette Joyce Quitno

Annette Joyce Quitno, 89, Nevada, MO, passed away surrounded by family on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Forest Creek Memory Care in Overland Park, KS. Annette was born on February 18, 1932 in DeKalb, Illinois to Joseph and Frances Male. She was united in marriage to Bob Quitno on June 23, 1951.

Annette was raised in DeKalb, Illinois and attended school there. She graduated from DeKalb High School in the class of 1949. Bob & Annette came to Nevada, MO in 1978 when they purchased the W.F. Norman Company from Franklin Norman. Annette worked at the company until last year. She was a member of Thalias for many years and played in both couples and ladies bridge groups.

Annette is survived by four children, Mark and his wife Sue, Nevada, Susan Vicory and her husband Jay, Mound City, KS, Neal and his wife Nora, Nevada, and Chris Quitno and her husband David Carden, Stilwell, KS; ten grandchildren, Tracy, Lauren, Katy, Clare, Elizabeth, Carolyn, Andrew, John, Hannah and Lily; three great grandchildren Gabby, Ethan and Miles; and one brother Louie Male. She was proceeded in death by her husband Bob; her parents Joseph and Frances; one brother, Joe Male, and one sister Marge McCabe.

A Private Graveside Service will be held for the family only on Monday, March 8, 2021 at Newton Burial Park in Nevada. Friends may call now and until 12:00 p.m. on Monday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make contributions to the Community Outreach, Moss House in Nevada, or Special Olympics in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

Police Pursuit in Bates County

On 3/4/21 at approximately 4:10pm a deputy observed a black Ford being driven by a subject who has an active No Bond warrant out of Vernon County. The driver identified as Carl A Bogart, 1/30/83 began to flee the deputy when he initiated a traffic stop.
The pursuit traveled on the gravel roads west of I49 and 52 west highway. During the pursuit Mr. Bogart showed no regard to innocent people by passing a number of innocent drivers and even a school bus. At times reaching speeds of over 100mph.
At county road 9001 and V Highway a deputy deployed the Grappler System. The truck began to skid across the road and struck the ditch, overturning and coming to rest on its side.
Mr. Bogart is well known to area law enforcement and has even made threats to kill Lector, the K9 that apprehended him the last time. Lector assisted deputies in extracting Mr. Bogart from the vehicle this time also.
Mr. Bogart has an extensive criminal history involving drug possession and fleeing/resisting arrest. On 4/7/20, Mr. Bogart was found guilty or pleaded guilty again to resisting arrest and drug possession given 4 year sentence and then 5 years of probation.
Mr. Bogart was transported to the Bates County Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries. When released he will be transferred to the custody of Vernon County Sheriff’s Office. Additional charges from today’s events will be forwarded to the Bates County Prosecutors Office.

BaCo Transport looking for volunteers for dispatching

"BaCo Transport looking for volunteers for dispatching. Very easy to do with short training period. Hours 9:00 to 12:00-1:00 to 3:30. We need some help with Thursday and Fridays right now. Half a day would help.

Please call Senior Taxi at 660-679-6322 or Alvin Griffin 660-679-7255 or Bob Jennings 660-679-7652. Thank you for your support.

Obituary - Alberta Lee Longworth

Funeral services for Lee Longworth of Butler, Missouri will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 8, 2021 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler. Visitation will be prior to services from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Schowengerdt Chapel. 

Interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions to Virginia United Methodist Church, Ladies Auxiliary of the Western Antique Tractor and Machinery Association or charity of choice. Online condolences

Alberta Lee Longworth, age 94 of Butler, Missouri died Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Butler Center in Butler, Missouri. She was born March 25, 1926 to Albert Freeman and Carrie A. Towers Stanfill in Butler.

Lee is survived by one daughter, Helen Louise “Lou” Whittier and husband Gary of Kansas City Missouri; two sons, John Longworth and wife Joan of Butler, Missouri and Rex Longworth and wife Glenda of Passaic, Missouri; and 7 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ralph Longworth; two brothers, Walton Stanfill and Walter Stanfill; and two sisters, Fay Bagby and infant sister, Fern Stanfill.

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

Obituary - Angela Dawn Splitter Yow

Angela Dawn Splitter Yow, age 42, of Oronogo, Missouri, passed away peacefully with her big brother and husband holding her hands on February 17th, 2021 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Angela was born on May 29th, 1978, in Nevada, MO., to Leslie Splitter and Linda (Parker) Hagins. Angela was married to Mike Yow for 20 years. Angela was a believer in God and was baptized by Brother Dale Keel at Liberty Baptist Church in Everton, MO. Angela worked at NHC and enjoyed interacting with the residents there. She was previously a manager at Lilly’s Floral where she made beautiful flower arrangements which was her true talent. She attended school in Lamar until her senior year when she moved to Carthage, MO. She always dreamed of being a veterinarian or a marine biologist.

Angela will be remembered for her cute giggly laugh and her sweet personality. Angela was a loving wife and mother, caring daughter, and a wonderful grandma. Angela enjoyed taking photos and watching movies with her family. Angela had a special loving bond with her mother Linda and enjoyed spending time with her. Angela enjoyed crafts, drawings, history and just being in the presence of her kids and grandkids.

Angela is survived by her mother, Linda Hagins, father, Leslie (Jackie) Splitter, husband, Mike Yow, children; Calab Splitter Yow (22), Savannah Yow (19), Sophia Yow (14), and Seanna Yow (13), grandkids; Braelyn, Hudson and Aubree, one sister, Cynthia Bryan of Springfield, two brothers; Leland (Dena) Splitter, Nevada and Anthony (Kim) Splitter, Joplin, two step-sisters; Mary Reinholtz, Lamar, and Jodi (David) Delana, Warrensburg, and a step-brother, Mike Hagins, Lathrop, her mother-in-law, Donna Meadows, a brother-in-law, Adam Huffman and sister-in-law, Melissa (Bryon) West along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Angela was preceded in death by her stepfather Larry Hagins, who held a special place in her heart. She was also preceded in death by her grandmother, Margit Parker and grandparents, August and Evelyn Splitter, her aunt Mary Splitter and uncles, Paul Parker, Gene Parker, and Rick Bentlage.

A formal burial will be held at Greenfield Cemetery in Jerico Springs, MO., later this spring.

Boot Block for the Wayne Hunt Family

A boot block will take place on Saturday 3/6/21 at several locations throughout Bates County for the family of Wayne Hunt.

This family can use all the help the can get.

View more about Wayne's Journey below:

Obituary - Kelly Radford

Kelly Radford, 32, of Clinton, Missouri passed away Tuesday morning, March 2, 2021 at the Lee's Summit Medical Center. 

Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 14, 2021 at the Benson Convention Center, 1008 East Sedalia Avenue, Clinton, Mo. 

The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m., just prior to the service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton.

Obituary - Charles “Charlie” Bayard, Jr.

Charles “Charlie” Bayard, Jr., 72, of Clinton, Missouri passed away early Saturday morning, February 27, 2021 at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo.
He was born February 4, 1949 in Peoria, Illinois, the son of Charles Bayard, Sr., and Lacona Jane (Hatcher) Bayard. He married Alpha Irene Feldman, and together they were blessed with a son and daughter. Charlie was employed as a mechanic for many years, then worked for and managed the NAPA store, and finally worked at Tracker Marine. He honorably served his country with the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Clinton Eagles Aerie #3667 and the Veteran of Foreign Wars, Post 1894, both in Clinton. Charlie enjoyed restoring old cars. Surviving are one son, Charles F. “Chuck” Bayard and his wife Kari, Drexel, Mo.; one daughter, Sonya L. Lasater and her husband Andy, Murray, Kentucky; six grandchildren, Kyle Bayard, Alyssa Bayard, Dylan Bayard, Cason Lasater and his wife Mikaleigh, McKayla Lasater and Zachary Lasater; one great-granddaughter; one brother, Ted Bayard, Peoria, Ill.; and two sisters, Susie Force and her husband Floyd, Pekin, Ill., and Beth J. Bayard-Cisneros, Pekin, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Sandra Belden. Memorial Celebration of Life will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the Eagles Lodge 3667, 723 North 3rd Street, Clinton, Mo. Military services will be at the Lodge under the direction of the Clinton Veteran of Foreign Wars, Post 1894. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. Condolences may be left online at

Bates County Fair Steer weigh is Sunday March 7th

Per Kyleigh Trickey: Reminder that Bates County Fair Steer weigh is Sunday March 7, 2021 from 1-3 at the facilities across from MOKan Livestock in Passaic.

YOU, must weigh in to be eligible to sell your steer at the fair. 

We will also be nose printing for State Fair. We will NOT be tagging calves, please have form of ID in their ear.

Obituary - Charles F. Wilbur

Charles F. Wilbur (CW04), age 69, of Raymore Missouri passed away on February 28, 2021 in Overland Park, Kansas.

Charles was born in Mansfield, Ohio on April 4, 1951. He was preceded in death by his parents Leslie Wilbur and Dorothy Womendorf, and sister Nancy.

Charles proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corp for 23 years and a civilian employee in the Department of Defense as a program analyst for 29 years.

Charles was a loving father and husband and a good friend to everyone.

His hobbies includes fishing, hunting, target shooting and he loves cooking.

In life, he was blessed with 2 children; Charles D. Wilbur (Danny) and his wife Michelle Wilbur. Daughter, Melonie A. White and her husband, Brian White and a grandchild, Trinity White.

He leaves behind his wife for 19 years, Tina Villareal Wilbur and two loving dogs, Miggy and Mikee.

A visitation will be held from 10am-11am on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at St. Sabina Catholic Church, 700 Trevis Ave, Belton Missouri 64012. A funeral mass will be held immediately after at 11am at church. Charles will later be laid to rest at Johnson County Funeral Chapel and Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

Need a job in Butler

Countywide Disposal, LLC is looking to hire a highly motivated and energetic employee for a trash throwing position. Must show up to work on time and be able to pass a drug test.

We offer health insurance, 401k opportunities, competitive wages and paid vacation.

Over time opportunities are available. Pick up an application at 694 NE State RT TT in Butler (first building on TT Hwy).

Burn ban in effect

In a statement released today, Fire Chief Jason Bennett advised that a burn ban is in place for the city of Butler until further notice.

Thank You Thank You!!

"The family of Violet Gregory wish to extend our sincere thanks for your many kind expressions of sympathy and comfort, through cards, donations, flowers, and food.  We also wish to convey our gratitude and appreciation to Saint Croix Hospice, Medicalodge, Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel and Pastor Hank Roberts."
May God Bless You~The Family of Violet Gregory

The Museum Minute: Prune Peddler visits Amsterdam

Museum Minute

March 3, 2021

Museum Minute presents:  This Week in History (According to Herrman’s Archives)

Happenings in the first few days of March ~

1929 – The J. C. Penney store opens in Butler in the old American Clothing location, East end of the North side of the Butler Square.
1836 – Harmony Mission, opened by missionaries from New York in 1821, to educate Osage children, closes, with disappointing results.
1938 – 2 pounds of hamburger, 25 cents, at McGuire’s Grocery, South end of the East side of the Butler Square.
1890 – Squire Eddy, of Prairie City, is in Rich Hill, informing everyone that they have established a cheese factory in Prairie City, with Judge Fix, the president.
1922 – Deputy Sheriff Bradley found moonshine still near Maysburg in Mingo Township, which he is holding for the owner.  The still was a miniature affair, being made of a copper tea kettle which was rigged up in fine shape.  No signs of whisky or mash were found.  
1927 – The James P. Arnold American Legion Post # 46 selects a site in Oak Hill Cemetery for a burial plot for veterans, near the west side of the original cemetery.
1875 – W. H. Allen, physician and surgeon opens his practice in “Old Rich Hill”, north of present Rich Hill.  
1921 – A $60,000 fire destroys the light plant and damages the stores of O. M. Drysdale, and of Turner & Warner in Amoret.
1895 – Voters of the Crescent Hill district vote to build a new school, 2 miles north of Adrian.
1920 – The first of a two day Teacher’s examination is held in the Butler Circuit Court room and the subjects are:  Geography, Language, Algebra, Orthography, Grammar, Arithmetic, Reading, and Literature.
1919 – A large crowd attends the pie supper and program at the Foster Opera House.
1874 – The newly organized Women’s Temperance League confronts Butler saloons & drug stores to sign pledges not to sell booze.  Denny’s, Dixons, Dexter’s, and Cannon’s Saloons all refuse and Hensley & Shaw and Dr. Elliott Pyle drug stores refuse, saying they sell only for medicinal purposes. 
1911 – “The Jolly Prune Peddler” is making his regular rounds with Amsterdam merchants.
1879 – The first bridge across the Marais des Cygnes River is under construction at Marvel. 
1921 – The County Court pays bounty on 145 hawk heads at 50 cents each; 3 dollars each for 3 wolf pup scalps, and 10 dollars each for 6 wolf scalps.