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Monday, April 19, 2021

Butler Elementary Kindergarten Screening

Call the Elementary office to schedule kindergarten screenings! 660-679-6591

Snow Tonight, Cold Tuesday & Wednesday

It's already snowing in southern Nebraska and Iowa this afternoon. That'll all be moving southward this evening and tonight as colder air builds in from the north. While we're calling for up to around 3", that'll mainly be confined to grassy and elevated surfaces.

Obituary - Tracy Scott McLain

Private graveside services for Tracy Scott McLain of Lone Jack, Missouri will be held at a later date under direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Contributions to Giving Fore Living. Online condolences

Tracy Scott McLain, age 59, son of Neil and Sharon McLain of Butler, Missouri passed away Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Saint Luke’s South Hospital in Overland Park, Kansas. He was surrounded by love from his family. Tracy was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Raymore, Missouri.

Tracy was born at Noll Memorial Hospital in Bethany, Missouri on October 25, 1961. He attended grade school in Chillicothe, Missouri and finished fifth and sixth grades in Raymore, Missouri followed by graduating from high school at Raymore-Peculiar. Tracy was a star athlete holding many records and awards in track and cross country. After graduation he attended CMSU in Warrensburg, Missouri on a track scholarship.

Tracy was a dedicated employee of Pepsico for over 18 years. He never meet a stranger, cared about his friends and loved animals. His hobbies were golf, music and collecting vintage stereo equipment. He loved the Kansas City Chiefs.

Tracy deeply loved his family. He will be greatly missed by his parents, Neil and Sharon McLain; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Lynne McLain; niece, Lynnsey Shade and husband Randy; nephew, Lee McLain and wife Emily; and three great-nieces, Izabella Rose Shade, Scarlett James Shade and Magnolia Ann McLain. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Paul and Pauline McLain, Doyle and Harriett Booth and a cousin, Travis Booth.

He was very proud of his family. We will miss him so much.

Papinville Historical and Cemetery Association Meet


 The Association held their regular yearly business meeting on April 13
th.  We only had ten present for this meeting and this is disappointing and concerning.  Concerning in that if an organization is to thrive and grow then it must have new and younger members.  

      Items brought up and voted on were as follows: Officers elected for two-year terms were:  President, Beverly Sullins; Vice President, John Stewart; Sect./Treas., Carey Klinksick; Correspondence Sect., Beverly Sullins; Activity director, Phyllis Stewart; Music directors, Wesley and Sharon Danner. Board members, Jerry Stangel, John Coffman, Brice Fischer and Phyllis Stewart. 

      We are wanting to build onto our museum.  Several members gave reports on costs and other items that would need to be addressed to make an addition possible.  Upon discussion from all present it was decided due to the enormous cost of everything at present we have no other alternative but to postpone any building at this time, but it still remains as something we want to do and will continue to work toward.    

     Clean up and repairs of the school, bridge and cemetery were discussed in length and committees were set up for this and then a general clean-up date will be set later. 

     Since this year is the 200th Birthday of the state of Missouri and the establishment of Harmony Mission we have decided to have two events one to celebrate each.  On Saturday, June 12th we are planning an all-day event with tours going to the site of Harmony Mission.  Details of this event will be announced as the event draws closer. Then the annual picnic will be held on September 25th.  Several new events are being planned along with our regular events.  Some minor changes will be made for the safety of all in attendance.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend as we believe these two events will be enjoyable, fun and educational. 

                                                                                         Beverly Sullins, President    

Bates County COVID-19 Updates

Bates County COVID-19 Updates
April 19, 2021
Positive Cases Reported: 1,404
Active & On Isolation: 5
Deaths (confirmed by death certificate): 36
Total Negative Tests Reported: 15,201 as of 4/18/21

Brick Street Bash Cornhole Tournament Registration

Cornhole Tournament Registration
Please note that we only have 32 teams, and they are first come first serve. Your teams spot secured once you have paid and turned in your registration form. If you need a downloadable registration form, send a message on here or to the email below.

Obituary - Vera Kay (Jennings) O'Bannon

Vera Kay (Jennings) O'Bannon passed away peacefully Thursday, April 15th, 2021 at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas with her family by her side.

Kay was born on August 13th , 1950 to William Bryan Jennings and Vera Laverne (Montgomery) Jennings in Clinton, Missouri. She enjoyed doing crafts with her daughter, making aprons, potato bags and wreaths. Kay made 1000’s of masks for the pandemic. She also enjoyed playing the slots at the boats, collecting frogs and gnomes.

Kay (a twin) was one of seven children. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Conny Sue (Jennings) Jenkins, three brothers; Lonnie Francis Jennings, Jimmy Lee Jennings, Billy Vern Jennings, a Great-grandson Trenton Raye O’Bannon, and James A. Smart, her companion of 40 years.

She is survived by her daughter Rhonda Sue O’Bannon of Centerville, Kansas and her son Rodney L. (Ann) O’Bannon of Shawnee Mound, Missouri, twin brother Bryan Ray (Linda) Jennings of Knob Noster, Missouri, one sister Beverly Maurin (Jennings) Bowers of Clinton, Missouri.

One Grandchild; Clark Shelton (Stephanie) O’Bannon, three Great-grandchildren; Tristan Cole O’Bannon, Virgil Monroem O’Bannon, Cashus Earl O’Bannon, her Aunt Maurine June (Montgomery) Dehn and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Vera's wishes were to be cremated. A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, April 22nd from 5:00 to 7:00p.m. with Margie Briggs speaking at 5:30p.m.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Grant Cemetery Fund in Creighton, Missouri 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 in Clinton, Missouri.

Bates County Republicans Meeting

Bates County Republicans will meet 6:00pm Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 at the Bates County Museum. All are welcome! Join us for another great night of programs and discussion!

Lamar man charged in 16 month old childs death

On March 31st around 8:40pm Lamar Police Officers responded to a 911 call about a child not breathing. They got to E. 17th Street in Lamar and found a 16-month-old child who was not breathing at the time. Officers started life saving measures. 

An ambulance took the child to Cox Barton County Hospital where they pronounced the child as deceased.

The Lamar Police Department investigated and sent the case to the Barton County Prosecutor. 

The prosecutor’s office filed the following formal charges against 31-year-old Jeremy R. Vanmeter: First Degree Endangerment of a child resulting in death and Abuse or Neglect of a child resulting in death.

Henry County Route F CLOSED West of Deepwater April 26-30 for Pipe Work

Henry County Route F CLOSED West of Deepwater April 26-30 for Pipe Work

Where: Henry County Route F at the intersection with Missouri Route 52 west of Deepwater

When: ‘Round the clock from 7 a.m., Monday, April 26 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 30

What: Route F CLOSED to allow MoDOT crews to replace a deteriorating drainpipe underneath the road

Traffic Impacts:
All Route F lanes CLOSED where crews are working
Drivers will have access to driveways at either end of the work zone, but will not be able to travel through the work zone

No signed detour:
Signs and message boards will alert drivers to the work zone
Drivers should find alternate route

Weather and/or scheduling conflicts could alter the work schedule.

MDC says hunters could see more young turkey's this spring season

Missouri Department of Conservation - SPRING TURKEY SEASON: Today marks the opening of spring turkey season, which runs through May 9th. 

Get more information on hunting prospects and turkey hunting regulations at 

Poplar Heights looking for volunteers

In Loving Memory

News from the Bates County Health Center

We have left messages for several individuals that are on our list wanting a COVID vaccine and we have some that we are unable to leave messages for or contact. 

We will be giving vaccines on Wednesday & Thursday this week (April 21 & 22) and need to fill all our appointment slots. 

If ANYONE 18 or over is seeking the vaccine please call us to schedule--1st to call 1st to schedule!! - Courtesy of the Bates County Health Center 

Obituary - Kim D. Osborn

Kim D. Osborn, 57, of Adrian, Missouri passed away Friday, April 16, 2021 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Funeral services will be on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian, Missouri. 

The family will receive friends from 10:00 - 11:00 am. Burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian, MO.

A full obituary will be posted when it is available.

Update: Missing boy from Barton County found safe

UPDATE: Braun has been located and turned over to family. Thankyou for all the help and sharing!

Previous Story:
The Barton County Sheriffs Office is attempting to locate Dalton Freeze and his 3-year old son. Dalton left his home in Liberal, MO with his son yesterday at around 1600 hours. 

It was later discovered that he left his phone, money, and did not take a diaper bag or anything for his son...he told a family member he was taking his son out for ice-cream but never returned.

Dalton was last seen driving a silver 2007 Dodge Caliber Hatchback, MO license NB7A7L. If you see the Dalton and/or the vehicle, please contact Barton County Sheriff's Office.

Butler Spring City Wide Garage Sale set for Saturday May 8th

Make sure to get your to get your Garage Sale Permit and Registration turned in by Monday, April 26th!

All Registered Garage Sales will be listed on the Garage Sale Map that will be printed in the Mid America Shopper!

If you have any questions you can contact the Butler Chamber on Facebook or Text/Call us at (660) 464-1339

Butler Chamber Cruise Night Rescheduled for April 30th

The April Cruise Night 2021 has been rescheduled for Friday April 30th!

Come on out to Sonic Drive-In (1014 W. Fort Scott Street, Butler, MO) from 6-9PM and bring the whole family!

Enjoy an evening of all sorts of vehicles and don't forget to purchase your ticket(s) for a chance to win the 50/50 Raffle!

The more 50/50 Raffle tickets bought the larger the cash amount won by one lucky winner!

Cruise Night participants get a chance to win 1st, 2nd or 3rd Place People's Choice Awards!

We also have a Mystery Entry Prize for one random Cruise Night participant!

***Must Register a vehicle in the Cruise Night to be entered to winner the Mystery Entry Prize***

Obituary - Margie Bush Rhoades Hobbs

The funeral service for Margie will begin at 12:00 noon on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Hill & Son Funeral Home, Appleton City, Missouri.

Visitation will precede the service from 11:00 a.m. to Noon. Officiating at the service will be Pastor David Hill. Burial will be in Woodfin Cemetery, Foster, Missouri.

The family suggest memorial donations be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Appleton City, Missouri.

Margie Bush Rhoades Hobbs, age 90 departed this life on Friday, April 16, 2021 at the Appleton City Manor, with loving family present.

She was born on June 10, 1930 just outside of Worland, Missouri to Pearl (Oldham) and Willard D. Bush. Margie was the middle child of seven. Her siblings were Monty, Ardall, Vina May, Willard, Mattie and James.

In 1948, Margie was united in marriage to Everett Rhoades. This union was blessed with four sons, Donald, Harley, Tim and Perry.

In 1987 Margie was united in marriage to Jarrel Hobbs. Jarrel had two sones Kurt and Jason. Marge love Jay’s son’s very much.

Margie was a person of many talents. She was an incredibly talented writer, having written many songs, poems and prayers. At age 74, she wrote her first book titled “Mark of the Rose”. Her book is a story written from memories of Sunday Afternoon stories told by family and friends who lived during the 1890s. It is somewhat biographical in that the characters are based on real people and relatives. This book has been enjoyed by all who have read it. She paid to have the book printed herself. In 2002, she was chosen one of the best 100 poets in the United States, out of 8,000.

Another of Margie’s talents was painting. She had several hanging in her room in the nursing home. She gave many away to her most beloved friends. She taught many art classes in several places including the Golden Apple’s Senior Club in Appleton City.

Due to a fall and breaking her ankle, she moved into Countryside Estates and was never able to live on her own. When moving, she had to find a home for her beloved poodle, Honey-Bee. Honey-Bee went to live with Margie’s good friends, Don and Helen. They would take Honey-Bee for regular visits with Margie.

Margie’s best talent was sharing her love of the Lord with everyone around her. Most all her songs and poems are based on her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. When she moved into the Countryside Estates, she would conduct weekly Bible Studies both in the RFC and the Manor. She loved preparing for these studies. She always enjoyed going to the weekly church services that were brought into to the facility by various churches.

One of her favorite weekly activities was playing Bingo. She like making sure everyone got a prize. She especially enjoyed it when her Birthday Buddy would be the caller. She enjoyed plants and flowers. When she was able, she would help tend the flowers in the RCF garden.

Margie is survived by her four sons: Donald, Harley, Tim and Perry; her grandchildren: Timmy, Lissa, Amber, Kelly, Donna, Shane & Shanna Sowger, Justin and their children; her five great-grandchildren: Haley, Jesse, James, Hannah and Jackson; her brother James Bush; and her special friends: Pat & Yolanda Sowger, Norman & Judy Sapp, Don & Helen Paur and Pat Tippie.

Margie never met a stranger. She made friends wherever she went. She left her footprints in the hearts of many. “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

Newly elected Adrian R-III Board Members sworn-in

Newly elected Adrian R-III Board Members were sworn-in on April 15, 2021 by Board Treasurer Kris Saathoff. 

Congratulations to George Bruto, Chris Sams and Gerold Stephens! - Courtesy of the Adrian News Leader 

Light Accumulating Snow Tuesday

Winter is back after today, so enjoy whatever Monday gives you.

We have some light snow moving in tonight, after midnight, but moving out around or perhaps before noon on Tuesday.

Also take care of those sensitive plants for Wednesday, as temperatures will be below freezing.

IBC Ladies Retreat set for this coming Saturday

Adrian UMC Youth Group Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser