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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Oxygen Depletion Causes Fish Kill in Ft. Scott Kansas

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Gunn Park Fern Lake – Oxygen Depletion Causes Fish Kill

On August 13, a series of events combined to cause an oxygen depletion event that ultimately caused a fish kill. These environmental factors included hot water temperatures, cloudy windless days, low water levels and an expanding green algae bloom that peaked and crashed. These factors combined created the perfect “storm” or aquatic conditions that depleted and decreased the oxygen level to a point where the aquatic system would not support fish life. 

This situation is not uncommon especially this year, where water levels have been unusually low. Cooler temperatures, a lower oxygen demand and rainfall will decrease the likely hood of this happening again this season. 

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s Fisheries Biologist, Don George has been working with the City on this project and will lead efforts to restock the fish population. 

Until then he recommends that anglers fish at the West Pond in Gunn Park. Anglers or interested individuals are advised to send questions to

Vernon County Detectives locate suspect driving stolen lawn mower

Two people have been arrested after detectives with the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office recovered stolen property on Monday from a residence on Militia road, north of Nevada, Mo. 

According to officials, detectives were following up on a lead of a stolen lawn mower when they located the suspect operating the lawn mower believed to be stolen.

Sheriff Jason Mosher said the suspects have been identified as Brenton T Handly, 28 of Nevada, and Michael C Hallam, 29 also of Nevada.

Handly has been charged with: Possession of a Controlled Substance and Tampering with a Motor Vehicle. His bond has been set at $10,000. Hallam has been charged with: Receiving Stolen Property, with a bond of $7,500

Obituary - Marjorie Stainbrook

Marjorie Stainbrook, age 86, La Cygne, Kansas passed away on Monday, August 13, 2018. 

Funeral service will be 10 am Saturday, August 18, 2018 at the La Cygne United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm Friday at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, La Cygne Chapel.

Obituary - Alice Mae Praiswater

Alice Mae Praiswater, 81, Nevada, MO passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center in Nevada. Alice was born March 2, 1937 in Murphysboro, IL to Clarence Edward and Sarah Virginia (McDaniel) Wyatt. She married Eldon E. Praiswater on October 21, 1956 in Murphysboro, IL and he preceded her in death in 1989.

Alice was raised in Murphysboro and graduated from Murphysboro High School in 1955. Following high school she worked for Western Union for a time in the Chicago area. Alice was a military wife and lived in various places before settling in Nevada in 1970. She worked for a number of years for Praiswater Brothers Automotive Service (a family business) in Nevada. Her last job was with Nevada Daily Mail where she worked until her retirement. Alice was a longtime member of Community Christian Church. She loved her family, being with her children, and grandchildren.

Survivors include one daughter, Linda Praiswater, Nevada; granddaughter, Rhawnie Praiswater, Frontenac, KS; two great-grandchildren, Kegan Rader, Alexandra Heckadon; two sisters, Sandy Grammer, Murphysboro, IL, Bea Burkey and her husband Joe, Murphysboro, IL; several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband Eldon she was preceded in death by two brothers, Bo Wyatt, and Mack Wyatt; one sister, Betty King; and one daughter Susan Praiswater.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 17, 2018 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Matt Harper officiating. Interment will follow in Moore Cemetery in Nevada. The family will receive friends from 10-11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center or Alzheimer’s Association in c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

Obituary - Shelia K. Brockman

Shelia K. Brockman, age 54, of Clinton passed away, Sunday, August 11, 2018 at her home in Clinton. Fond memories and condolences may be left online at

A memorial service for Shelia will be on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 2:00pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Clinton, Missouri. 

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Shelia Brockman memorial fund and may be left in care of the funeral home.

Shelia Brockman is survived by her mother Shelia Horton, brothers Jack Horton, Richard Horton, Michael Horton sister Elizabeth. Husband Glenn Brockman son Daniel Brockman. Moved to Clinton in 1991 lived here ever since. Loved by many. One of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Arrangments have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton.

Job Opening in Rich Hill

TC Feed:
Hiring Following Positions:
* Mechanic - Must have experience 
* Feed Salesman - Must have experience 
* Feed Truck Driver

Please give us a call 417-395-2497 or stop in and pickup an application! We are located at 97A SE State Rt B, Rich Hill Mo, the SE Corner of I-49 and B Hwy in Rich Hill. 

If you have questions please call us or stop by. Please no instant messages on here as we do not check those messages all the time. Thank you!

Two injured in Vernon County rollover accident

On 8/14/18 around 2:55am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Vernon County along with Vernon County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a one vehicle rollover accident Earhart Road around 2 miles west of Stotesbury, Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2001 Ford Explorer driven by 35 year old Jeremy D. Shelton of Hume, Missouri failed to negotiate a sharp curve, left the road and overturned.

Mr. Shelton sustained moderate injuries in this accident and he was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Ft. Scott, Kansas.

A passenger in the vehicle 24 year old Teaira N. Yackle of Erie, Kansas sustained minor injuries in this accident and she was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Ft. Scott, Kansas.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene by TCB Tow of Nevada, Missouri.

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New Sex Offender in Rockville

Charles G. Caviness (DOB 1/3/1970) registered as a sex offender today at the Bates County Sheriff's Office. 

Mr/.Caviness is residing at 301 5th Street in Rockville, MO. 

Charlie Caviness was convicted of Rape on 5/2/1994 in Henry County, MO.

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office News Release Aug. 6-13, 2018

St. Clair County Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made 11 arrests, took two stealing and two burglary reports during the week of Aug. 6-13, 2018.

View the full press release by using the link provided below:

Hume Community News 8/14/18

Another successful Hume Fair is over, lots of fun and memories were made for the 76th Annual Hume Fair and Rodeo. The following is just a little Hume Fair History provided by Marie Messer Sears.

In 1957 Miss Marie Messer, 17 and president of the West Liberty 4-H of Fulton, Kansas was crowned Hume Fair Queen by Everett Morrison on a Thursday evening; She gave an outstanding talk on “The Homemakers’ part in the better world of tomorrow Runner ups were Linda Davidson of the Foster Cloverleaf Club; and Betty Lou Thomas of the Peru 4-H Club.

One of the duties of the Fair Queen was to hand out ribbons to the Horse Show.

The Hume Fair was a good fair with displays in most departments exceeding those of the last year. The livestock department was a little short. This was no doubt due to the anthrax scare. 4-H entries and open class entries filled the legion hall.

Mrs. Joe Clark and her committee put on a variety program that was highly successful. There were band concerts each afternoon of the two day fair by the Hume High School Band under the direction of Prof. Joe Marlow.

In the dairy division, the grand champion female (a jersey), was shown by Elvin Henley of Hume. The Holstein champion female was shown by Raymond McGuire of Butler, MO. The grand champion Guernsey female was shown by Suzanne McClaughrey of Rich Hill. The Grand champion Brown Swiss female was shown by Michael Sheehy of Richards, MO.

In the sheep division the grand champion ewe was shown by Merle Swickhamer of Rich Hill, MO. The reserve champion ewe was shown by Elaine Cross of Rich Hill, MO

The grand champion ram was show by Marvin Swickhamer of Rich Hill and the reserve champion ram by Elaine Cross, of Rich Hill, MO.

There were special awards given such a lifetime pen and pencil set that was presented by Cox Motor Company of Pleasanton to the 4-H boy or girl having the most number of points in the horse show.

Things have changed a little bit over the years, but the support of the Hume Fair remains strong. Just like back in 1957 people return to renew old friendships and enjoy the fair. Back in 1957 the events started on Thursday evening with the crowning and then two full days on Friday and Saturday.

The Hume Fair was vision for Jim Hawks and Tommy Teagarden when they reorganized in 1942, than now includes five nights and two days. Thank you to Marie Messer Sears for sharing.

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