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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Obituary - George Roy Jackson

George Roy Jackson, age 77, of Yates Center, Kansas passed away Thursday, March 25, 2021. He was born on May 17, 1943 in Madrid, Nebraska the son of Louis and Eileen Jackson. He graduated from Parker High School. George was united in marriage to Carolyn Sue Booth on August 20, 1961 in Republic, Missouri. George loved the Lord Jesus and went to church on a regular basis.

He had several different occupations including General Motors and retired as an operations manager for Kansas City Power and Light. While working at KCP&L he also had a farming operation which he enjoyed immensely. He and his wife spent many weekends making unforgettable memories camping, boating, and fishing with their loved ones. He also enjoyed riding and taking care of his horses. 

He was known for his love of people and sense of humor and will be missed by many. After retirement, George and wife Sue traveled many places. They particularly enjoyed going to Texas for the winter. He considered his family to be the most important part of his life. He and Sue greatly enjoyed spending time with their kids, grandkids and great grandkids.

George was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Linda Smith. George is survived by his wife, Sue, son, Greg Jackson, daughter, Julie Galemore and husband Matt, brother, Larry Jackson, sister, Jane Mayes, five grandchildren, Justin Jackson, Lacey Akridge, Luke Galemore, Madeline Galemore, and Rachel Galemore, and six great grandchildren, Kru Galemore, Kora Galemore, Malakai Nieto, Taylor Akridge, Alex Akridge, and Harrison Jackson.

Visitation is on Tuesday, March 30Th from 5 to 7p.m. at Schneider Pleasanton Chapel. The Funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Pleasanton Chapel. Graveside services will be held after the funeral at the Yates Center Cemetery at 2p.m. Wednesday. George will lie in state from 12 noon Monday to service time at Schneider Pleasanton Chapel. In memory of George contributions may be made to the American Heart or American Diabetes Association c/o Schneider Funeral Home, P.O. Box 525, Pleasanton, KS 66075.

Obituary - Diana Sue Adair

Diana Sue Adair, age 54, La Cygne, Kansas passed away Thursday, March 25, 2021 at her home in La Cygne. She was born on October 13, 1966 in Kansas City, Kansas the daughter of William John and Barbara Lee Brents Adair. She was a graduate of Bonner Springs High School. She was united in marriage to Randy Tinsley in 1984. To this union, four children were born. 

She managed TNT Farm along with Tinsley Electric and was most recently employed with the US Postal Service. However, she truly enjoyed being a homemaker. Diana enjoyed gardening and had a green thumb. She liked reading, board games, crocheting, and putting puzzles together. She was preceded in death by a sister, DeAnna Reynolds, and a niece, Jane Adair. Diana is survived by her parents, children, Lacy Tinsley(Jeremy Yeager), Clinton Tinsley, Dustin Tinsley, and Katrina Weers(Joey) a brother, William Adair(Misty), and six grandchildren, Steven, Emma, Madilyn, Isabella, Dexter and Sunni.

Funeral service will be 2 pm Wednesday March 31, 2021 at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, La Cygne Chapel. Burial in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at the La Cygne Chapel. Contributions are suggested to Grady's Kids, c/o Schneider Funeral Home, P.O. Box 304, La Cygne, Kansas 66040. Online condolences can be left at

Obituary - Ayla Jade Richardson

Ayla Jade Richardson, born February 10, 2021 to Jarrod Kirk and Natalie (Rowe) Richardson in Joplin, MO, passed from this life on March 24, 2021 surrounded by her loving family.

Following her birth at Freeman Health Systems in Joplin, Ayla was diagnosed with Trisomy 13, a very rare chromosome disorder. She fought for life as a sweet and smiling baby.

Survivors include her parents, Jarrod and Natalie; one brother, Eirik Richardson of the home; maternal grandparents, Philip and Page Rowe, Little Rock, AR; paternal great-grandparents, Bill and Dianne Richardson, Woodstock, GA; two uncles, Jesse Rowe, Nevada, and Cody Richardson, Marietta, GA; and extended family.

Services will be held at a later date.

Gov. Parson extends state of emergency

March 26, 2021

Governor Parson Signs Executive Order 21-07 Extending State of Emergency in Missouri

State of Emergency to Assist Continued COVID-19 Recovery

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Today, Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 21-07 extending the state of emergency in Missouri through August 31, 2021, to help accelerate COVID-19 recovery. 

“For over a year now, we have worked nonstop to take a balanced approach, fight COVID-19, and keep Missourians as safe as possible,” Governor Parson said. “We have made incredible progress in a short amount of time, and we must continue doing all that we can to support Missouri citizens, business, and communities throughout the recovery process.”

The state of emergency extension will allow the state continued flexibility in providing resources and easing regulatory burdens to further assist Missouri’s COVID-19 recovery efforts. This also allows for continued utilization of the Missouri National Guard and federal funding for COVID-19 response efforts. 

Governor Parson initially declared a state of emergency on March 13, 2020, with the signing of Executive Order 20-02. Since that time, nearly 600 state statutes and regulations have been waived or suspended to increase efficiency and effectiveness in responding to COVID-19. 

Executive Order 21-07 keeps many of the previous measures in place, including those related to telemedicine, motor carrier limitations, the sale of unprepared foods by restaurants, and remote notary access for certain legal documents such as estate planning. 

Over 200 waivers are currently in the rescission process as the state continues to recover and the need for certain waivers diminishes. However, the Governor’s Office will continue to work with state agencies to identify regulations that can be permanently eliminated or streamlined moving forward. 

60 Years of Memories: Grass Keeping In Butler


60 Years Of Memories Of Butler

by James Ring


Mowing the lawn has evolved like everything else in our profligate, keeping-up society. Once upon a time, when I was newly in town, it was common to see a kid towing a push mower behind his bicycle, seeking lawns to mow. Sometimes he even had a can of gas attached. For fifty cents, a nice little clipping could be rendered, and movie and comic book money could be earned.


Lawns were smaller then, and perhaps expectations were less. Flower beds were tended by the non-working lady of the house, and instead of a power-driven weed-eater a pair of grass shears or glove-shielded hand yanking would suffice to clean up the corners missed in mowing. Fertilizing a lawn? Forget it! Why would anyone want to encourage more rapid growth of the grass that just needed cutting anyway?


We were happy to have a 20-inch rotary mower whirled by a Briggs & Stratton motor. It replaced, after all, grandpa’s reel-style manual grass cutter, shoved into the overgrowth to gnaw it away by sheer arm and shoulder strength. The curved blades would be sharpened by turning the apparatus over and pulling toward you, perhaps with a little valve-grinding compound to perfect the process.


Keeping the little roaring whirly-gigs tuned up and running was the job of small-engine shops like Jim Gardner’s. Every one had its specialty, a preferred make of machine made in a factories not too far away. The Lawn Boy two-cycle mowers came from Lamar, and Max Swisher’s early zero-turn rider was built in Warrensburg. A riding mower was rare in the 1960s, used only by people with lots of grass to mow.


As time went on, mowers became more sophisticated, and expensive. Electric starters replaced the old yank-and-curse lanyard, and self-propelled walk-behinds were a thing, although I never found that they matched my urgent need for speed. I wanted to get the job over with as quickly as possible.


The riding mowers encouraged more frequent and extensive mowing. A weekly clipping administered by one’s neighbor required a matching effort, and the City of Butler came up with Codes specifying how long the lawn could get before a warning was issued. We had become a Big City imitator.


Max Harwick, owner of Harwick Chemicals on North Main street, could apply pesticides and herbicides to keep your lawn immaculate. I remember one year when Max sprayed green dye on his Zoyza grass lawn so he could have a green yard all winter, even in the snow.


From the times when commercial mowing was a fertile field for youth employment, before child-abuse laws made working at such hazardous occupations a no-no, we eventually progressed to having retired men do the mowing. Ralph Jennings pushed a lawn mower for his customers until he was into his 80s. Nowadays, lawn care services use fat-tired $10,000 zero-turn mowers that zip around a yard in a few minutes, clipping 60 inches at a pass, and a corps of weed-eater wielders follow up to nip the edges. 


I have observed that personal lawn mowing takes 90 minutes to complete, no matter how big the mower. If one buys a larger machine, the area to be covered simply expands to maintain the 1.5 hour time frame. Our grandparents were content to have a house-wide yard behind their picket fence, with perhaps a shaggy back yard for play room. Today, we want a two-acre estate, with a “John Deere room” built into the McMansion.