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Friday, April 9, 2021

Obituary - Leonard E. Bartz

The funeral service for Mr. Bartz will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 23, 2021 Hill & Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri.

Visitation will precede the service from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The family requests that memorial donations be given to the Appleton City Cemetery Association or Heartland Hospice.

Leonard E. Bartz, 81, was born June 27, 1939 the son of Leonard E. and Anna Mae (Harvey) Bartz in Clinton, Missouri. Mr. Bartz departed this life in Butler, Missouri on April 8, 2021 surrounded by his family.

Survivors include his wife, Grace (Herrman) Bartz and his children: Len and Kenna Bartz, Tina and Clayton Rapp and Barb and Darren Wheatley.

Obituary - Charles Rodney McGee

Charles Rodney McGee, 64, of Martin City, MO, passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at his home. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Monday, April 12, 2021 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO. 

The family will receive friends 10:00-11:00am Monday at the funeral home. Burial in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville. A complete obituary will be posted when it becomes available.

Butler Medicalodge April employee spotlight of the month

Congratulations to Butler Medicalodge April employee spotlight of the month, Mary Greenwood. Mary is our HR manager, she is also our Jill Of All Trades!

She has been the Business Office Manager, staffing coordinator, CNA and transportation aide. Mary has been with the Medicalodges family for 14 ½ years.

She chose to work at the Lodge because she loves working with residents. The staff and residents are like a second family to her.

Mary loves reading, gardening, photography and scrapbooking. She is an open book, there is not much we don't know about her, but one thing we may not know is that she was the first born grandchild named after her Grandpa and Grandma “Mary Larverne”. Her Grandpa had her on a horse by herself at the age of 2 ½ .

A word of advice that she would give to her fellow coworkers is:
"when the stress gets to you ,take a breath and give it to God!’

P.S. Mary will be saying goodbye to her Lodge family at the end of this month! She will definitely be missed by all! Medicalodges of Butler appreciates all that you have done “Myrtle”, so congrats and wishing you the best of luck!

Poplar Heights Living History Farm Presents Isaac Kenneth

Order your tickets now for a great evening of wine, appetizers and the incredible music of Isaac Kenneth. Call 660-200-5620 to order. Advance Sales only - none at gate. Must be 21

Daycare assistant needed in Butler

Looking for a self motivated person responsible for supervising, nurturing, and caring for children. 

Help with meals, change diapers, and ensure children behave with other children. Must be able to work in fast pace environment and be a team player!

Magic Years Play Center in Butler located at 1017 N. Orange Street! Swing by and apply!

Way to go Devin

Congratulations is in order for Drexel R-4 School District Senior Offensive Lineman, Devin Gorsage as he signs his letter of intent to play football for Missouri Valley College next year. Way to go Devin

Nevada Golf Course Closed For Repair

The Frank E. Peters Municipal Golf Course, 17320 East Quail Road, Nevada Missouri will be closed on Tuesday, April 13th through Wednesday, April 14th to core aerate and top dress the greens and replace an irrigation pump. Play will resume on Thursday, April 15th at 9:00 a.m.

Due to the aggressive aerating and potential rough greens any golfer playing the course on Thursday, April 15 through Saturday, April 17th will receive a certificate for a FREE Cart Rental and Green Fee to be used at their convenience. Limit one certificate per person.

Yoss Thriftway now hiring


Need a job? We're currently looking for a cashier and a carry-out. You must be able to work nights and weekends.

 Are you interested? Come to our store today and fill out an application. Don't fill it out online as we don't get on Facebook that much!

Thank you and have a blessed day!

Obituary - Vivian Lucile Bright

Vivian Lucile Bright, age 93, Pleasanton, Kansas passed away on Thursday April 8, 2021. She was born in La Cygne, Kansas on April 4, 1928 the daughter of Raymond and Leona Dodge Vail. 

She was united in marriage to William Bright on January 29, 1947. Together they raised their family and worked hard raising crops and cattle. He preceded her in death on January 17, 2020.

She was also preceded in death by four infant siblings, Virgil, Roy, Harry and Carol, a grandchild and one great grandchild. Vivian is survived by four sons, Roy Bright, Gene Bright, Charles Bright and Dale Bright, four daughters, Janet O'Brien, Mary Casey, Pam Carroll and Jeannie Kerr, fourteen grandchildren, twenty-five great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held 11 am Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Pleasanton Chapel. Visitation will be from 10 am to service time. Burial will be in the Woodfin Cemetery.

Vivian will lie in state Tuesday at the Schneider Pleasanton Chapel. Contributions are suggested to Integrity Hospice or Woodfin Cemetery, c/o Schneider Funeral Home, P.O. Box 525, Pleasanton, Kansas 66075. Online condolences can be left at

Boating accident in Henry County

On April 9th around 10:13 am the Tightwad Fire responded to Medical at the Bucksaw Marina in Henry County which involved a 2 boats accident. 

4 people were involved in the accident and 2 were transported with injuries. Thank to all volunteers, and additional EMS from GVMH, as well as Henry County Sherriff's Office and Highway Patrol for assisting.

Mid America Live will update when more information is made available to us a later time.

Three arrested after narcotics search warrant in Nevada

On April 8, 2021, Nevada Police executed search warrants in the 700 block of E. Lee Street and the 400 block of S. Lynn Street in response to reports of illegal drug activity at those locations.

These residences had been under investigation by police after receiving citizen complaints regarding ongoing drug activity occurring at these locations.

During the searches, detectives located and seized suspected controlled substances including methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription drugs, and drug paraphernalia. The evidence seized will be sent to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab for further analysis.

Three subjects were taken in custody by Nevada Police between both locations and transported to the Vernon County Jail for holding. Additional charges are being sought against other persons identified during the execution of these search warrants.

The subjects taken into custody have been identified as follows:
Brenda L. Johnson, age 58 of Nevada
Amanda A. Lamae, age 34 of Nevada
Derrek S. Bennett, age 35 of Nevada

On April 9, 2021, the following charges were filed against Brenda L. Johnson through the Vernon County Associate Court:
Two (2) Counts - Possession of Controlled Substance - Class D Felony. Johnson is being held in the Vernon County Jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond.

On April 9, 2021, the following charges were filed against Amanda A. Lamae through the Vernon County Associate Court:
Possession of Controlled Substance - Class D Felony
Possession of Marijuana Prior Drug Offense - Class A Misdemeanor
Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Prior Drug Offense - Class A Misdemeanor. Lamae is being held in the Vernon County Jail in lieu of a $5,000 cash-only bond.

On April 9, 2021, the following charges were filed against Derrek S. Bennett through the Vernon County Associate Court:
Possession of Controlled Substance - Class D Felony. Bennett is being held in the Vernon County Jail in lieu of a $10,000 cash-only bond.

Citizens are encouraged to contact the police if they have any information that would be helpful to combat crime.

To report criminal activities call 911, contact the Nevada Police Department at (417) 448-5100 or use the Nevada Police Department’s Tip Hotline (417) 667-8477. Any and all information can be kept confidential if requested.

Rain starts tonight into tomorrow

Expect rain to move in tonight and continue through Saturday mid-day. Highest amounts will be in the 1-2 inch range. Severe weather is not expected.

Updated Obituary - Dennis Evan Sanders

Dennis Evan Sanders, 41, of Belton, MO, met his untimely death on the morning of Tuesday, April 6th 2021 after a valiant three week long battle with COVID-19 and related complications.

A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Cullen Funeral Home, 612 W. Foxwood Dr. Raymore, Missouri 64083. A funeral services will be held for Dennis immediately following at 6:00 p.m.

Dennis was born on Monday, February 4th, 1980, in Springfield, MO. Raised by Linda and Steve Spence in Belton, MO; he was the oldest and most mischievous of three ornery boys.

Dennis graduated from Belton High in 1998, where he developed passions for football, martial arts, music, racing, and discovered his talents for electrical vocation. Also, while in high school, Dennis met former wife Tina Lehnherr. The two started their family and were married on September 18th 1999. Together they had three beautiful girls, Danielle, Candice and Linsey Sanders.

Dennis became an electrical apprentice through the Associated Builders and Contractors Electricians School, and eventually received his Master Electrician License, and formed Genesis 1 Electric, Inc.

Outside of work Dennis pursued his other passions, concentrating on building/racing cars, and martial arts - eventually earning a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and coaching classes at Ground Zero BJJ and Self Defense Gym.

Dennis was remarried to Jodi Sanders on January 13th 2020. Their time together was brief, but full of adventure.

Dennis was preceded in death by his grandparents, and cousins Jimmy Splain, and Mike Hamilton. Dennis is survived by his wife Jodi Sanders, daughters Danielle, Candice, and Linsey Sanders, stepchildren Ty Reichard, and Jayden and Emma Upton, former wife Tina Lehnherr, parents Linda and Steve Spence, brothers Kenny and Derek Spence, and half-sister Angela Allison.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Special Olympics Missouri, 305 Special Olympics Dr., Jefferson City, Missouri 65101.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

Updated Obituary - Robert “Bob” A. Ford

Robert “Bob” A. Ford, 69, Harrisonville, MO, passed away Monday, April 5, 2021 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 9, 2021 at The Worship Center in Harrisonville with visitation from 10:00-11:00. Burial in Freeman Cemetery, Freeman, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to The Worship Center.

Bob was born June 11, 1951 in Harrisonville, MO, a son of Robert Crawford and Jewel Doris (Good) Ford. Bob lived in South Kansas City and was a 1969 graduate of Ruskin High School in Kansas City, MO. He was united in marriage to Virginia “Ginny” Louise Knight on March 19, 1970 in Kansas City. They lived in Kansas City before moving to Harrisonville in 1984.

Bob was a graduate of the Kansas City Fire Academy, and worked for the Grandview, MO Fire Department for 29 years, serving as Captain for 15 years, before his retirement in 2006. He was a member of Local #42, International Association of Fire Fighters.

Bob loved stock car racing and in 1985 was the Late Model, Rookie of The Year, at both the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS, and the I-70 Speedway in Odessa, MO.

He was a member of The Worship Center in Harrisonville.

Bob is survived by his wife, Ginny, of the home; one son, Jason Ford (Christi), Archie, MO; one daughter, Emily Thieverge (Richie), Lee’s Summit, MO; 3 grandchildren, Robbie, Allie and Brody and many other relatives and friends.

One injured in Cass County Crash

On April 8th around 4:30pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol along with Cass County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on Route D at 196th Street in Cass County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2006 Cadillac CT6 driven by 20 year old Jack E. Lasley of Greenwood, Missouri had a drug related medical emergency and traveled off the roadway striking a utility pole.

Mr. Lasley sustained minor injuries in this accident and he was transported by ambulance to Belton Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and towed by J's Southland Tow.

What's in the Window winner and clues for this week

Each week we place clues on a piece of paper in our window at 17 N. Main in Butler in our "What's in the Window" contest and our winner this week is Karen O'Keefe who correctly guessed the Butler Skate Rink:

Paul - Paul Stamper was an operator
Pappy - Pappy and Fran Ailshire operators
Limbo - a very popular game (that resulted in many bruised behinds)

Karen wins a cool prize courtesy of Osage Valley Electric Coop for her effort!

Clues for this week:

Around 1970
2 to 4

If you can guess what landmark, business or historical event (all past or present) these clues lead to, you'll win a really cool prize too!

You can email your guess to

Please don't put answers on social media, we'd like everyone to have a fair chance. If we don't get a correct answer, we will add another clue each day or so. Winner will be announced Friday, April 16th Good luck!

Full-Time Teller at Citizens Bank of Amsterdam Rich Hill Branch

Full-Time Teller at our Rich Hill Branch

Do you enjoy working with the public? Would you like to join a great team of community bankers? If so, we have an opportunity for you! Citizens Bank is currently accepting applications for a full-time teller at our Rich Hill branch. Stop by to fill out an application.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of an amazing team! Apply today!

Obituary - Marjorie E. (McMillan) Dillon

Marjorie Ellen Dillon, 100, of Strasburg, departed this life, Tuesday April 6, 2021, .

Cremation has been accorded.

A celebration of Marjorie’s life will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 2021, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Missouri. Reverend’s John Clark and Steve Carpenter will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Strasburg Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be held 1:00 until service time.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Strasburg Cemetery, Strasburg Union Church, Del Haven, or Village Hospice, and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550

News from Michael G's Greenhouses

Our average last frost free date is mid April, so we may have had our last one for the spring. We have had a tremendous amount of people out, but as we sell a hanging basket or flat we replaced them with new things, so all four greenhouses are still basically full.

Everything is coming into its prime now, it is always amazing to see how God makes things grow this time of year, even after 37 years I am always surprised at it. 

We have a very large assortment of succulents, many at only $1 each. Our flats still average $20. We hear over and over how good everything looks compared to elsewhere, so come see us soon.

On a separate note, due to bad experiences I had not had a farrier out to work on my horses for many years until a week ago. I found a very good one on Facebook, his name is Cisco, his phone number is 816 405 0009. He was proficient and gentle with my horses, I highly recommend him.

 - Michael G

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Come Join Our Amazing Team & Help Us Shade The World One Structure at a Time

Solar shade USA is looking for an individual to join their busy fabrication sewing room. Candidate must be able to lift & handle up to 50lbs at times.

Sewing experience is preferred but not mandatory. Will train right candidate. Must be a team player as well as being able to work independently.

Starting pay $13/hr with room to grow. Some benefits offered after 1yr of employment. (Vacation, sick days, Aflac etc)
Fulltime/40hrs Mon - Fri 8-4:30pm.

Please apply in person @ 7606 N 14th St Rich Hill (can't miss us! ) OR email for an application.
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Arrest after traffic stop in Cedar County

On April 8th after a short pursuit, Cedar County Deputy Tabitha Johnson stopped a vehicle on 125 Rd in western Cedar County. 

Sgt Clay Jeffries also responded to assist. Investigation at the scene lead to the arrest of the driver, Charles B. Gillan of Jerico Springs. 

Illegal drugs including meth, cocaine and related paraphernalia were recovered. Gillan has been charged with three felony drug possession and one misdemeanor charge. Gillan is in Cedar co. jail on $50,000 bond.

Boil Water Advisory lifted in Drexel

This notice is to inform those residence that were are the boil advisory, Maple street and North, that the advisory has been lifted.

The water test came back normal. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.

Localized Flooding Possible Tonight

It's a cool start to the day with temperatures in the low to mid 40s this morning but it will become a very pleasant afternoon with highs in the upper 60s to mid 70s. 

However, another round of showers and thunderstorms will move into the area tonight. These storms are not expected to be severe however they will be capable of producing 1 to 2 inches of rain which may lead to localized flooding.