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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Butler pool to open May 31st

Highlights from the Butler city council meeting this evening

All members present. It was a fairly short meeting as there were no public hearings, guests, proclamations or committee reports. 

Training is scheduled for new council members this Friday in Garden City, with more coming in early June.

Considerable time was given to discussion of holding a town hall event that would give the public an open forum to discuss ideas and issues with the council. At this point, picking a place and date will be done soon- it doesn’t look like the Butler high school auditorium is going to work out due to construction, so possibly a local church will fit the bill. Most likely the town hall meeting will be held in June.

It was announced the Butler pool will be open beginning May 31st.

Councilwoman Liggins reported that she, with mayor Henry have been looking into how to establish a paved path or sidewalk to give pedestrians a safe zone to get to businesses on west 52. The biggest issue is the railroad overpass, and changes there are cost prohibitive. It looks like a crossing near Ohio street may be the answer.

This city is looking to replace a brush truck for the fire department as the 1985 unit is in pretty bad shape. Cost of the chassis for a Ford F-350 super cab will be in the 35k range.

 Remember the Butler city council meets on the first and third Tuesdays 7 pm at city hall.

Our condolences to the Fisher family

It is with a heavy heart that the Missouri State Highway Patrol acknowledges the loss of Retired Colonel Clarence E. “Mel” Fisher, who passed away this morning - May 4, 2021.

Retired Colonel Clarence E. “Mel” Fisher joined the Patrol August 3, 1958 as part of the 18th Recruit Class. He was appointed as Colonel on April 26, 1989. After 35 years of dedicated service, he retired on August 31, 1993.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol sends our condolences to the Fisher family.

Obituary - Frances LaVerne Crooks

Frances LaVerne Crooks, 79, Nevada, MO passed away on Monday, May 3, 2021.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

Memorials are suggested to the Living Faith Mennonite Church c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

*** Those in attendance will be asked to maintain social distancing and are asked to wear face masks to protect themselves and others.

Clinton School District Hires New High School Assistant Principal

The Clinton School District is proud to announce it has selected
Melissa Batusic
as Assistant Principal of Clinton High School starting with the 2021-2022 school year. Batusic was selected from an applicant pool of over 20 candidates, including two rounds of interviews with fifteen Clinton School District staff members.

Jarrod Steffens, Clinton High School Principal, said “We are excited to have Melissa Batusic join our leadership team for Clinton High School and Clinton School District. She will bring a lot of positive energy along with high expectations and experiences that she will use for students and staff. We believe she will help Clinton High School achieve many of its future goals.”

Mrs. Batusic has a Master of Science degree in School Leadership from Baker University, and is currently finishing an Educational Specialist degree from the University of Central Missouri. Batusic also started her education at UCM with a Bachelor of Science in Education.

Batusic has spent the last 19 years as a teacher in three districts in the Kansas City Metro area. She has taught Family and Consumer Science (FACS) for the Shawnee Mission, Desoto, and Gardner-Edgerton School District in Kansas. Batusic has an extensive background in Career and Technical Education including career pathways and real world learning initiatives. She hopes to work with students and Clinton Technical School to utilize her experiences and help students decide on a future career path.

Throughout the interview process the interview team noted her ability to build relationships with students, support teachers, and work with challenging students all with a calm demeanor. Mrs. Batusic will utilize this as she handles many responsibilities for the Clinton School District as High School Assistant Principal. Batusic has experiences in working with students from all backgrounds using positive behavior interventions and support. Mrs. Batusic will also oversee the A+ program and Cardinal Time advisory period.

Mrs. Batusic said, “I am incredibly excited for the opportunity that the Clinton School District has given me. I look forward to meeting the students and staff as soon as possible! I am excited to get to work and to start building relationships with the students, teachers, staff, and community members. My hope is to continue to build upon current programs and add fresh ideas to others for the betterment of our school!”

Melissa, her husband, and youngest daughter plan to relocate to the Clinton area from Kansas City this summer. She also has 2 adult children, one who is serving in the AirForce and the other is a school athletic trainer in central Missouri. Her family is very important to her and in their free time they like to spend time outdoors.

Please welcome Mrs. Melissa Batusic!

Updated Obituary - Dr. Corry Lanyon

Graveside memorial services for Dr. Corry Lanyon, DDS of Butler, Missouri will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall, Missouri. 

Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. Friday, May 14th at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler. Contributions to charity of choice. Online condolences,

Corry Robert Lanyon, age 64 of Butler, Missouri died Sunday, May 2, 2021 at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas. He was born December 7, 1956 to Phillip Delose and Robbie Lee Cantwell Lanyon in Kansas City, Missouri.

Corry is survived by two sons, Sean Lanyon and wife Mallory of Overland Park, Kansas and Colin Lanyon of Butler, Missouri; one brother, Phil Lanyon Jr. and wife Sue of Kansas City, Missouri; and two grandchildren, Madelyn and Ryker. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Nina Lanyon in 2009; two brothers, Scott and Michael; and one sister, Jill Lanyon.

Way to go!

The Harrisonville Police Department continue to honor Officers Donald Marler, Francis Wirt & Chandler Sumner, who were killed in the line of duty working for the Harrisonville Police Department.

The Department, as part of it’s “Fallen Not Forgotten” pledge, has developed and funded the Marler-Wirt-Sumner Scholarship through voluntary donations from Harrisonville Police Officers, City employees and community members.

The Marler-Wirt-Sumner Scholarship is an annual scholarship open to all graduating seniors of Harrisonville High School or the Cass Career Center CJ/CSI Program.

Today, we continue this tradition by awarding 2 - $1,000 scholarships. Today, Luke Griffith and Danielle Lasure each received their $1,000 scholarships.

Join me in congratulating both for all their hard work. We can’t wait to see what they do next!

News from the Rich Hill School District

Rich Hill School District Baccalaureate will be at the Rich Hill Christian Church on Sunday, May 9, at 7:00 pm.

Senior Awards night is Wednesday, May 12, at 7:00 pm.

Graduation is Friday, May 14 at 7:00 pm.

Come help the class of 2021 celebrate.

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What’s Up

By LeRoy Cook

 Before the weekend washed out in rain, flying continued unabated last week, with considerable comings and goings. Despite a hike in fuel prices, several transient planes stopped in for gas. Practice instrument approaches added to the traffic passing through.

 Among the visitors were an Air Associates Cessna Skyhawk trainer out of Olathe, a Piper Archer from ATP Academy at Downtown Kansas City airport, and a Beech Bonanza E35. A Cessna Skylane bearing skydivers was in Saturday and a Cessna 172 visited as well. Scott Phillips and Tim Hill flew over from Drexel again in the Cessna 182. While we were in Olathe on Friday we met Jim and Lisa Stevens in their Cessna Skylane, who came in from Knoxville, TN where they celebrated their 37th anniversary. Out of the local hangars, John Hurshman flew the Cessna Skyhawk, Roy Conley practiced in his Grumman Tr2 and Randy and Bettie Miller had the Cessna 172 out.

 Another new private pilot joined the ranks on Thursday when Jeffery Adams of Adrian took his flight test with Designated Examiner David Bradley. Despite the challenge of gusty winds, he successfully concluded the checkride and now can practice his skills as a fully-rated private pilot. Congratulations, Jeffery!

 We regret not being able to make the St. Joseph airshow last weekend, which featured the USAF Thunderbirds jet demonstration team. The airspace at Rosecrans Field was shut down starting on Thursday for practice runs. I hope the weekend winds and weather didn’t disrupt the show. The next big show is scheduled for July 3rdand 4th, when the Navy’s Blue Angels headline the Kansas City airshow at New Century Airport.

 The revelation last week of noted aviation columnist Martha Lunken’s troubles with the FAA’s enforcement department has brought to light what most of us already suspected. That is, FAA can watch and verify our activity through the ADS-B surveillance gear mandated last year. Martha had the poor sense to fly under a tall bridge out in Ohio, got identified and was rightly violated for her action. Then all her considerable pilot privileges were revoked, because it was presumed she turned off her ADS-B equipment, which she denies. So, you can run but you can’t hide, from the watching satellites.

 Our weekly question wanted to know the name of the first FAA Administrator in 1958. It was Elwood “Pete” Quisda, an Air Force pilot, who ran the Agency (before it was demoted to an Administration) like a military unit. For next time, tell us where the name “Garmin” for the famous GPS equipment builder in Olathe, KS came from. You can send your answer

Butler City Council will meet tonight

The Butler City Council will meet tonight at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at City Hall in the City Council Chambers.

You may also watch the meeting on the city's Facebook page.

You may view the agenda for the meeting by going to

The Bates County Sheriffs Office is currently seeking applicants for full-time Detention Officers

The Bates County Sheriffs Office is currently seeking applicants for full-time Detention Officers. The starting salary is $15.00 per hour. 

A full benefits package is included. Applicants must be able to pass a criminal and character background check. 

For more information contact Lt. Thorp at or Captain Busick at

St. Clair County Sheriff's Office News Release from April 27th to May 3rd, 2021

Sheriff Lee Hilty would like to happily announce a partnership with Text Caster! Text Caster is a free service for the community, and only sends information to your phone if you choose to sign up for it.

Upon signing up for the service, citizens will be able to get alerts on road closings, weather alerts, ongoing crime situations, and other emergency notifications. 

This will allow you to have immediate notifications in the event of a wanted person, a dangerous weather situation, and/or general event notifications! You also have the option of signing up ONLY for notifications you specifically want!

Please, help us strengthen our communications with you and sign up below, if interested!

Please Note: Information shared by you, with the Text Caster application, will be considered private and shall not be used for marketing, advertisements, or any other types of sales.

View the press release below:

Obituary - Carol Setzer

Carol Setzer 72, of Harrisonville, Missouri passed away Friday, April 30, 2021 at Crown Care Center in Harrisonville. Graveside services will be held 10:30 am Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery near Harrisonville, Missouri. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of donor’s choice. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Carol Ann Setzer was born July 20, 1948 to Jasper Dale and Betty Ruth Gilmore Hicks. She was united in marriage to Kenneth Setzer, together they raised two boys, Tim and Travis. Carol worked several jobs in her lifetime, but being a homemaker was her priority. She loved her family and her pets.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenny Setzer, son Travis Scott Setzer, and brother Steven Cox. She is survived by her son Tim Setzer and wife Julie of Archie, MO., four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, her sister Linda Highfill, and daughter-in-law Lori Brummit.

Nevada City Hall closed Thursday morning

Nevada City Hall, 110 S Ash St, will be closed to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2021. The City will be conducting employee training.
Due to the closure residents are encouraged to plan ahead if they need to conduct city business.

Customers calling the city’s main phone lines, 417-448-5115 will need to leave voice messages to allow all employees to fully participate in the training. Calls will be returned as soon as possible when City Hall re-opens for business at 11:00 a.m.
The City apologizes for the few hours of inconvenience, and asks for customers’ understanding as we work to better serve the community.

Meet and Greet at the new Community First Bank in Garden City

Come Join us for a free pancake breakfast at our new location in Garden City on May 22th!