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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Obituary - James Matthews Bacon

James (Jim) Matthews Bacon, 79, Harwood, MO passed away at his home on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Jim was born March 17, 1940 in Tiffin to James Robert (Bob) and Iva Delores (Matthews) Bacon. He married Joyce Garrison Page on November 25, 1981 in Osceola, MO and she survives of the home.

Jim grew up in the Schell City / Harwood area and graduated from Schell City High School Class of 1958. While his health prevailed he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also loved gardening and sharing his crops. Jim was a great cook and loved to cook for family and friends. There were many fish fries and music also. He worked at Dairy Concepts in El Dorado Springs where he had been retired from for a number of years.

In addition to his wife Joyce, he is survived by three children, Diane Merryman, Russell Bacon, and Kristi Atkins; two step-children, Sherri Page, and Tammi Smith; five grandchildren; Billie Dawn Parsley-Mitha, Brandi Parsley, Kendra Dykes, Kellen Atkins and Kierra Coleman: three step-grandchildren; Kathy Blake, Jonathon Smith and Phillip Smith: two sisters, Jeane Wiess, and Janice Hooten; Many nieces and nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

As per Jim’s wishes, no services are planned.

Obituary - Bernie Lee Dawson

Burnis “Bernie” Lee Dawson, 79, Harrisonville, MO, died Thursday, April 25, 2019 at his home. 

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 29, 2019 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with visitation from 1:00-2:00.

(A complete obituary will be posted when information is available).

Obituary - Robert Lee Kersey

Graveside services with military honors for Robert Lee Kersey of Independence, Missouri will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2019 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler, Missouri with Minister Cody Morris officiating. 

Visitation is prior to graveside services from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler. Online condolences may be left at

Robert Lee Kersey, age 86 of Independence, Missouri formerly of Adrian, Missouri died Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Rosewood Rehab at the Groves in Independence. He was born May 14, 1932 to Kendall Gustin and Pearlie Mae Jones Kersey in Butler, Missouri.

Robert is survived by one son, Steve Kersey and wife Candi of Archie, Missouri; two stepdaughters, Debbie Banks of Pompano Beach, Florida and Denise Brock and husband Dennis of Des Moines, Iowa; one brother, George Kersey and wife Karen of Raytown, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Dee Monroe and husband Cal of Independence, Missouri; and four grandchildren, Stephanie Hathaway, Jacob Shaffer, Haley Shaffer and Bailey Kersey. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Mollie Lou White.

Spike strip stops pursuit outside of Butler

On Monday April 22 at 11:50 pm a Cass County Deputy stopped a white dodge truck in the area of South and Sanders St. in Harrisonville for a traffic violation. The deputy made contact with the driver and an occupant of the truck. When the deputy asked the driver of the truck to step out of the truck the female passenger moved to the driver's seat and drove off at a high rate of speed.

Deputies pursued the vehicle south on I-49 from Commercial St. A Bates County Sheriff's Office Deputy and Trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol were able to successfully deploy tire deflation devices and the driver eventually stopped on I-49 at 52 Highway in Butler. The driver, Tasha S. Mathews, 28, Riverside MO was taken into custody without further incident.

A computer check of Mathews revealed active warrants for her arrest that include:

Failure to Appear - Assault, Platte County MO, Bond $20,000.00
Failure to Appear - Drugs, Platte County MO, Bond $2,000.00
Operate Motor Vehicle of Another, Cass County MO, Bond $100.00
Municipal Warrants, Pleasant Hill MO, Bond $200.00
Mathews is charged with Tampering with Motor Vehicle, D Felony and Resisting Arrest by Fleeing, E Felony for the incident on April 22. Her bond in that case has been set at $7,500.00 (10% Cash Only).

Mathews is currently in custody at the Cass County Jail held on a total bond of $29,800.00.

Blackhawks selected to play in All Star Football game

Congratulations to Anson Johnson and James Keating for their selection to the Lions All Star Football game. Anson will be playing in the game on July 20th on the UCM campus. James will be reporting to Army basic training in SC so will be unable to attend.

Harrisonville Police Department seeking public assistance

The Harrisonville Police Department needs your help. Last night we took a burglary call at McLaughlin Law Office located at 100 N. Independence Street. 

The pictured individual is someone we would like to talk to about this incident.

If you can identify him, please contact the Harrisonville Police Department at 816-380-8940 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474 TIPS (8477)

Chuckwagon Races in Cass County

19909 E 175th St, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080

Butler Music Swap Meet 2019

Butler FFA Plant Sale