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Friday, July 20, 2018

Bates County Producers Have Until Aug. 1 to Submit FSA County Committee Nominations

Butler, Missouri, July 20, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director for Bates County, Michael Finley, today reminded farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1, 2018, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.

County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level. Committee members play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA.

"The Aug. 1 deadline is quickly approaching,” said Finley. "If you know of a great candidate or want to nominate yourself to serve on your local county committee, visit your FSA office before the deadline to submit the nomination form. I especially encourage the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.”

Committees consist of three to 11 members and meet once a month or as needed to make important decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide there are over 7,700 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees.

To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program and reside in the local administrative area where the election is being held. A complete list of eligibility requirements, more information and nomination forms are available at

All nominees must sign the nomination form FSA-669A. All nomination forms for the 2018 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA county office by Aug. 1, 2018. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 5 and are due back to the local USDA Service Centers on Dec. 3. The newly elected county committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2019.

15th Annual Back-to-School Party

Free school supplies for those in need!
Students come to "shop” for their own supplies! ​ ​​ ​ ​
Saturday, August 4, 2018
9:00-11:30 a.m.

Questions, or to make a donation, contact:
Ruth May at 816-456-5611
Drexel United Methodist Church
3rd & Walnut
Drexel, MO. 64742

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office News Updates July 16-20, 2018

St. Clair County Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made six arrests during the week of July 16-20, 2018.

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

Obituary - Tommy Lee Gowing

Tommy Lee Gowing, age 85, Parker, Kansas passed away on Thursday July 19, 2018 at the Adrian Manor. 

Funeral services are pending at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, La Cygne Chapel.

Obituary - Shelia M. Harper

Shelia M. Harper, age 69, of Nevada, MO, passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, MO due to complications connected to a lengthy illness. Shelia was born on April 26, 1949 in Nevada to Gregg Marvin and Norma Beatrice (Dodge) Miller. On July 21, 1970 she married Lawrence G. Harper in Nowata, OK, and he preceded her in death on March 3, 2006.

Shelia grew up in Nevada and graduated from Nevada High School in 1967. She made Nevada her home all of her life. Shelia worked for the Nevada R-5 School District as a cook for more than 20 years at Bryan School and Nevada High School. She then went on to work at the American Legion in Nevada where she was loved by all of her patrons. Shelia knew how to serve others and neither needed, nor wanted any recognition. Due to health issues she retired in 2009 but continued to be active with the American Legion Auxiliary as long as she was able. Shelia loved her family and was very devoted to her sons and grandchildren.

She is survived by three sons , Lawrence Gregg Harper of Nevada, Matthew Allen Harper and his wife, Sammantha of Nevada, and Douglas Earl Harper and his wife Ashlee of Nevada; one step son, Dirk Scotten (Debbie) of Nevada, eleven grandchildren, Karson Harper, Lauren Harper, Tyler Harper, Carter Harper, Peyton Harper, Caisen Harper, Rylee Harper, Colton Harper, Marlene Scotten, Tommy Scotten, Derik Scotten; two brothers, James E. Miller (Carol) of Nevada, Michael G. Miller, Nevada; three sisters, Cathy A. Gilliland of Nevada, Karan Osmond (Kevin) Nevada, and Katie Scott (Kip) Yuma, AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews and friends.

In addition to her husband Lawrence, she was preceded in death by her parents, one brother-in-law, Ron Gilliland, and one sister-in-law, Margaret Miller.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Christ’s Church in Nevada with Pastor Robert Fox officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-7:00 p.m. on Friday evening at Ferry Funeral Home.

Those who wish may contribute in her memory to American Legion Women’s Auxiliary in c/o Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

Obituary - Doris Louise Colvin

Doris Louise Colvin, 84, Webb City, MO, formerly of Harrisonville, MO, died Sunday, July 15, 2018 at her home. Inurnment will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Orient Cemetery in Harrisonville.

Doris was born February 13, 1934 in Harrisonville, MO, the daughter of Newton and Bernita (Dykes) Colvin. She married Kenneth Edgar Colvin on November 27, 1993 at the First Baptist Church in Harrisonville. She had lived in Harrisonville for most of her life before moving to Webb City several years ago. She had worked at several nursing homes as a nurse aide.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Kenneth on February 17, 2013; four brothers, George, Vernon “Dutch”, Newton “Newt”, and James Allen, and four sisters, Eleanor, Hattie, Mary, and Edna Pearl. She is survived by one son, John Decou, Webb City, MO; one sister, Betty Colvin, Harrisonville, MO; several nieces, nephews, and many loving friends.

Dog-Days weekend weather

Well, we got the stormy and dangerously hot weather out of the way just in time for everyone to enjoy their weekend! Keep in mind it will still feel very summer-like with near normal highs in the mid 80s to lower 90s through the weekend. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Obituary - Kelly James Brown

Kelly James Brown, age 35, Linn Valley, Kansas died Wednesday July 18, 2018.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory.

Appleton City Post Office job opening

The Appleton City Post Office has a job opening for a Rural Carrier Associate. 

Apply online at through 7/23/18. 

For more information contact Kathy Morlok, Postmaster, at 660-476-5454.

Two arrested in Nevada search warrant

In the afternoon hours of Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Nevada Police executed a search warrant in the 800 block of East Ashland Street in response to reports of illegal drug activity at that location.

Officers had developed information regarding known individuals at that location that had reportedly been involved in illegal drug activity.

During the search officers located and seized suspected methamphetamine, pills identified as controlled substances and suspected drug paraphernalia. The evidence seized will be sent to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab for further analysis.

Two subjects were taken into custody and transported to the Vernon County Jail for holding by Nevada Police. The two subjects were identified as follows:

Jason Keith, age 34 of Nevada
Kayla Fowler, age 26 of El Dorado Springs

On July 19, 2018, the following charges were filed against Jason Keith through the Vernon County Associate Court:

Possession of a Controlled Substance - Class D Felony

Keith is being held in the Vernon County Jail in lieu of a $7,500 cash only bond.

On July 19, 2018 the following charges were filed against Kayla Fowler through the Vernon County Associate Court:

Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Class C Felony
Possession of a Controlled Substance - Class D Felony

Fowler is being held in the Vernon County Jail in lieu of a $15,000 cash only bond.
Citizens are encouraged to contact the police if they have any information that would be helpful to combat crime.

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