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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Stolen Vehicle in Henry County

STOLEN VEHICLE -- 2015 GMC SIERRA 2500 DIESEL PICKUP TRUCK, blue in color, bearing MO registration: 03H-4XV. Truck has body damage to the front bumper and front, driver's side fender.

Vehicle was taken from the 1000 block of NW O Hwy (Norris area) around 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 10th, 2021, unknown direction of travel. It is believed that truck is still within the Henry County (Blairstown) area or possibly the Johnson County (Chilhowee) area.

If anyone has seen or has any information regarding this stolen vehicle, please contact Henry County Central Communications @ (660) 885-5587 or your local law enforcement agency.

Obituary - James Franklin Newport

James Franklin "Jim" Newport, age 86, La Cygne, Kansas passed away on Monday, May 10, 2021. He was born in Carrollton, Missouri on September 23, 1934 the son of Richard and Nellie Marie Trusty Newport. Jim worked as a farmer, dairyman and boilermaker as a member of the Boilermakers Union Local #83. He was united in marriage to Joann DeBolt on December 6, 1953. Jim lived for and loved all his family very much. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. Jim is survived by his wife, Joann, sons, Bob Newport(Belinda), Daryl Newport(Nora), Randy Newport(Christine), Marty Newport(Vicki), and Chris Newport(Shelly), three daughters, Patricia Dunn, Marcella Hampson(Dean), and Susan Ford(Mike), a sister, Twannette Nickell, twenty three grandchildren, forty six great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

Graveside service will be held 2 pm Friday, May 14, 2021 at the Star Valley Cemetery. Contributions are suggested to St Jude Children's Hospital, c/o Schneider Funeral Home, P.O. Box 304, La Cygne, KS 66040. Online condolences can be left at

Koehn's Bakery in Butler now hiring

Way to go Logan

Congrats to Nevada Tiger Senior Logan McNeley for committing to play basketball for Baptist Bible College during today’s signing ceremony.

Way to go Nick

Congrats to Nevada Tiger Senior Nick Williams for committing to the Powerlifting Team at Coffeyville in today’s signing ceremony.

Traffic Alert in Harrisonville


Harrisonville Police Department currently has Brick plant Road between 267th and Brookhart closed for a motorists assist.

A semi is off the roadway so please avoid the area.

UPDATE: Brick plant Rd is now open.

Harmony Mission Day coming next month...

The Papinville Historical Association will be hosting “Harmony Mission Day” at Papinville on June 12
th. This is the 200th year since Harmony Mission was established.  We are celebrating this year by having a tour to the location where Harmony Mission was established by the missionaries. The mission was built about one mile northwest of Papinville on the Marais des Cygnes River.

What was Harmony Mission and what was its purpose for the Osage Indians? The following information was found in the book “The First Protestant Osage Missions” by William W Graves written in 1949. “In 1820 the Missouri Osage went to Washington D.C. to plea with the president that missionaries need to be sent to their land and teach their people about civilized living.  The United Foreign Missionary Society (U.F.M. S.) was formed and immediately met with the Secretary of War to work out the arrangements. After a consultation with the chief and his advisor, a covenant was drawn up to which all parties agreed and the U.F.M.S. began to search for volunteers for a mission family.

The missionaries felt that the purpose of the mission was to teach the men how to plough and sow, reap and raise bread out of the ground and how to make iron products for farming, mechanic arts, husbandry, learn to build houses, have mills that would grind corn and saw wood.  For the women, teach them how to sew, weave material, knit and spin to make their clothing and prepare food properly. For the children, teach them how to read, write and master arithmetic. For all Osage, Christian education. The society wanted to send out their missionaries to do good not to hurt. They wanted the Osage to become their friends. They wanted the Osage to receive them with love and to protect them from all harm.”

The Harmony Mission stories will continue for several weeks. Hope you will enjoy the stories and that you will come to our celebration on June 12th.There will be a 10:00am and 1:00pm tour. If we need another tour, it will be at 3:00pm. 

The tour will meet at the Papinville museum and includes the following:

  • Information on Harmony Mission

  • Viewing the village diorama

  • A wagon ride to the location where Harmony Mission was built (with information on the layout of the mission)

  • Lunch will be provided at the mission site with time to walk around the site.

  • Ride back to museum for dessert of cake and ice cream 

Once we arrive back at the museum, Beverly Sullins, dressed in an Osage maiden’s dress, will have a presentation about Sophia (Melicourt Papin’s wife) who was an Osage. 

To make reservations for the tour, please call the following telephone numbers:  417-395-2594 or 417-395-4288 

If we are unable to answer, please leave a message and your telephone number and we will return your call. 

If you have wanted to see where Bates County first was established now is your chance.

We want to thank Jerry, Angela and Catherine Stangel for letting the Papinville Historical Association have this tour to their property where Harmony Mission was established. The next article will be on the people that were picked to travel from New York to the mission.

Papinville is located East of Rich Hill, MO on B Highway. Directions to the museum will be provided in the last article prior to the tour.

Submitted by Phyllis Stewart ( Activity Director)

Schell City man seriously injured in Vernon County rollover accident

On May 10th around 4:55pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Vernon County along with Vernon County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on Route M around 6 miles north of Walker.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2005 Ford Focus driven by 33 year old John A. Coleman of Schell City ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned several times.

Mr. Coleman sustained serious injuries and was transported to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Missouri for treatment.

The car was totaled and left at the scene if the crash to be towed later. 

Ellett Memorial Hospital Community Appreciation Lunch tomorrow


Free pulled pork sandwiches, chips & water. Ellett Memorial Hospital in Appleton City Front Door Curbside Pickup. Tomorrow at 11 AM – 1 PM or until we run out -

We want to give back to all of you that support us and make our community great! The staff, board and administration thank you!

Way to go Abby

Rich Hill Tiger Abigail Gayman, senior outside hitter, signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Cottey College this fall. Congratulations and best of luck, Abby!

Adrian Manor deal sealed during disruptive meeting

The Adrian city council meeting last night began with a packed house as many were primarily awaiting confirmation of the sale of the Adrian Manor. However, there were a few other heated discussions that took place ahead of that announcement which was a bit further down the agenda.

Keeping an orderly quorum was an issue through the evening; and unfortunately out-of-town guests got an earful of exchanges about culverts, other offers to buy Crystal Manor, and smidge of personal jabs. To note, there was a guest to discuss details regarding the about $300k the city is set to receive in stimulus money which may be discussed further at a later date.

Another guest included young girl who attended with her mother to simply ask the city's permission for a project. Fortunately, she was bumped up in the list allowing her to leave and be spared some arguments that erupted later.

It is unknown why so many tempers flared or exactly what set the tone for the evening- quite possibly it was many questions and concerns coupled with a bad hair day or two?

At any rate it was finally announced the Adrian Manor has been officially sold to the Missouri Baptist Homes Ministries for the sum of $15,001.00 plus about $90,000.00 in bills due, which the buyer agreed to assume. Mid America Live is scheduling a formal interview with the buyer and will provide an update regarding future plans for the facility soon.

And here's to an orderly meeting next time; the Adrian city council meets at city hall on on the second Monday of each month.

From the Archie School District

Come celebrate the Archie R-5 School District retirees on Monday, May 17th at 10:00 a.m.

Man found guilty in Henry County on assaulting a law enforcement officer

The Henry County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announces that on May 4, 2021, Cody Jennings, 29, Clinton, was found guilty by a Henry County jury of assault in third degree of a law enforcement officer and felony possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney LaChrisha Gray prosecuted the case on behalf of the State of Missouri. Jennings was represented by his counsel.

The Prosecutor’s Office filed charges based on a June 2018 incident in which Corporal Graham with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office had contact with Jennings inside Windsor City Hall and discovered that Jennings had an outstanding warrant. Corporal Graham attempted to take Jennings into custody on that warrant, but Jennings physically resisted Corporal Graham. The physical struggle with Jennings led Corporal Graham to dispatch for assistance from other officers.

After other officers arrived to assist, approximately ten minutes after the beginning of the physical struggle, Jennings was finally placed into custody and then found to be in possession of methamphetamine.

Throughout the course of the incident, Corporal Graham sustained injuries to his head and hand. There were also damages to the inside of Windsor City Hall.

Jennings pled not guilty and requested a jury trial, which was conducted on May 4, 2021. Eighty Henry County citizens were summoned to appear for the jury selection process.

Assistant Prosecutor LaChrisha Gray presented witnesses, video, and other evidence of the incident to the jury for consideration. The case was submitted to the jury of twelve at approximately 5:15 PM and a verdict was rendered a short time later.

The jury returned a verdict of guilty to both counts. Sentencing is not yet set as a sentencing assessment report will need to be generated by Missouri Probation and Parole and Jennings has another case pending for assault in the first degree of a law enforcement officer.

According to Assistant Prosecutor LaChrisha Gray, Jennings faces up to 10 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections on each of the two counts.

Marler-Wirt-Sumner Scholarship recipient

The Harrisonville Police Department continues 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 1 - $1,000 scholarships to Jaycee Robertson.

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

Obituary - James R. “Jim” Halbrook

James R. “Jim” Halbrook, 87, of Clinton, Missouri, gained his heavenly address early Sunday morning, May 9, 2021, at Sylvia G. Thompson Residence in Sedalia, Mo.
Jim was born September 26, 1933, in Salem, Missouri, the son of Rev. James Rudolph Halbrook Sr., and Bessie Elizabeth (Dickenson) Halbrook. On June 5, 1955, at the First Baptist Church in Houston, Missouri, he married Joyce Carrol Goldsberry and she survives of the home. After his love of Jesus, his greatest love was for his wife, Joyce, whom he adored, and for his two daughters, Sandy and Candy. After high school, Jim received an Associate Degree and a Teaching certificate from Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Missouri. He worked as a part-time agent at the local State Farm office and moved to Clinton in 1955 to open his own State Farm agency. He expanded from a one-room office to the corner of the Clinton Square in 1975. He retired in December, 1997. He was a Certified Life Underwriter and was a friend and mentor to many clients and colleagues over the years. He was an active lifetime member of the First Baptist Church, Clinton, serving as a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Board President, RA leader, Deacon, and sang in the church choir where his warm bass voice was enjoyed by all. He was a charter member of the Clinton Sunrise Optimist Club and served two terms as President. He was also a former Clinton Chamber of Commerce member and President and a member of the former Windsor Lions Club. He served many years as a Trustee on the Board of Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar. He also enjoyed several years of singing with the Sedalia Chorale. Jim was a friend to all he met. He was quick to enter a ping pong match, play backgammon with his grandchildren, make a run to the donut shop, or simply sit and talk with you for hours. He was known for his quick wit, his contagious smile, his generous ways, and his godly wisdom. He was a faithful servant of his Lord, a devoted husband, a wonderful brother, a loving and funny Papaw, and the best daddy two girls could ever ask for. In addition to his wife Joyce, survivors include 2 daughters, Sandra Halbrook and Candace Fowler (Brian), all of Windsor, Missouri; 7 grandchildren, Elizabeth Perry (fiancé Javi Rivera Farfán), Gary Glenn Villines Jr. (Katie), Morgan Fowler (fiancé Cole Renick), Carlton Fowler, Camden Fowler, Coleman Fowler, and Chapman Fowler; 5 great-grandchildren, Hunter, Silas, Ford, Jack, and Finley Luisa; 2 sisters, Mary Elizabeth Thompson (C. Lee), Surprise, Arizona, and Leta Marie Lough (Gary), Montgomery, Texas; a sister-in-law, Sue Castor (Fred), Camdenton, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles William Halbrook and his wife Christine, an infant brother Arthur Fountain Halbrook, and a sister-in-law, Lou Shelton and her husband John. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 14, 2021, at the First United Methodist Church (916 Thompson Blvd.), Sedalia, Missouri, with Rev. Jim Downing officiating. Graveside services will follow at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the Englewood Cemetery, Clinton. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. Friends may also pay their respects from 9:00 a.m. until the visitation on Thursday at the funeral home. For those unable to attend the funeral or the graveside service, a recording of Jim’s service will be available for viewing the following day on his Tribute Page at The family suggests contributions to the First United Methodist Church, Sedalia, or the Clinton Sunrise Optimist Club.