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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Obituary - Jerry Lee Brendlinger

Jerry Lee Brendlinger, 75, Milo, MO passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at his home in Milo following a long battle with cancer. Jerry was born December 23, 1943 in Aurora, MO to Junior Otis and Dorotha Jean (Kenyon) Brendlinger. He was united in marriage to Debra Lynn Scott on March 18, 1977 in Miami, OK and she survives of the home.

Jerry was raised in Aurora and graduated from Aurora High School in 1961. Following high school he attended Southwest Missouri State University in 1962. Jerry was in the retail business all of his life. When he was 14 years old he began working in a grocery store carrying out groceries and stocking shelves. He eventually became the manager of Ramey’s Supermarket in West Plains, MO and then later the manager of Foodtown Supermarket in Ft. Scott, KS. Jerry was always grateful to Wayne McCune for helping him purchase Maxwell’s Supermarket in Nevada, which later became Thriftway Supermarket, it was in operation for approximately 30 years before its closing.

During the 1980’s Jerry and Debbie lived in Kansas where he worked for the Wichita Coca-Cola Bottling Company, managing the Great Bend Plant for a time and later the plant in Hutchinson, KS. Later, Jerry returned to Wichita and was promoted to Vice-President of the company. He was also the president of Cash-n-Dash Convenience Stores in Nevada until they were sold in 2016. In 2007 he and Mike Shrimplin became co-owners in Carquest Auto Parts in Nevada which is still in operation today.

Jerry was instrumental in starting the yearly Jerry and Len’s Invitational Golf Tournament that continued for approximately 20 years. He was also involved in Jerry and Raul’s Catfish Tournament for many years. Jerry enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and bowling. He was raised in the Southern Baptist Church. His memberships include BPO Elks in Nevada where he was Past Exalted Ruler in 1997, and the Osage Masonic Lodge #303 in Nevada.

In addition to his wife Debbie, he is survived by his mother, Dorotha Brendlinger, Marionville, MO; two brothers, Carl Brendlinger and his wife Pat of Moberly, MO, Terry Brendlinger and his wife Brenda, Crossville, TN; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. Interment will follow in Olive Branch Cemetery in Milo. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. on Friday evening at the funeral home.

Memorial are suggested to: Vernon County Cancer Relief in c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

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Bates County Court News 6/25/19

Here is the court action for last week….

Recent Court proceedings at the Bates County Courthouse during trial week included a guilty verdict in the trial of Alisha Rider. Judge Journey will sentence Rider on July 25, for 2 counts of felony possession of a controlled substance.

James L. Bedford pleaded guilty to Felony Possession of a controlled substance and was given 7 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Judge Journey retained jurisdiction and Bedford was ordered to serve 120 days shock at MDOC.

Judge Journey accepted a guilty plea from Tricia Werneke for one count of Felony Possession of a controlled substance. Werneke was given a 5-year suspended imposition of sentence, 200 hours of community service, and a $300.00 fine for a misdemeanor charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Christopher Foss pleaded guilty to 4 counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Judge Journey ordered Foss to 6 months of supervised probation for each count to run concurrently.

Melissa Ann Tabor pleaded guilty to 2 counts of felony passing bad checks and 3 counts of misdemeanor passing bad checks. Tabor also pleaded guilty to one county of felony stealing and was given a 5-year suspended imposition of sentence and was ordered to pay $3393.38 in restitution, and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service. Judge Journey also ordered Tabor to pay a 400.00 fine.

Also given a 5-year imposition of sentence and 200 hours of community service was Jill Colleen Callahan for endangering the welfare of a child, Possession of a controlled substance and a $250.00 fine for misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dale Shinn was given a suspended execution of sentence for felony possession of a controlled substance, 5 years supervised probation, 100 hours of community service, 6 months suspended execution of sentence for DWI, 2 years of supervised probation, a 500.00 fine and 80 hours of community service. Judge Journey also imposed a 100.00 fine for exceeding the posted speed limit and a 100.00 fine for driving while suspended.

Robert E. Beck was given a 5-year SIS for Felony Domestic Assault, 5 years of supervised probation. Judge Journey also ordered Beck to complete an intensive program for batterers, the BIP program and 200 hours of community service.

Raymond N Roland was sentenced to 5 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for Felony DWI charges and ordered to spend 2 days in the County Jail.

--Submitted to us

Obituary - Mary Clara Bruce

Mary Clara Bruce, 94, Harrisonville, Missouri departed this life on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at the Crown Care Center, Harrisonville.

Graveside services will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the Freeman Cemetery, Freeman, Missouri.

A complete obituary will be posted when it becomes available.

Miami Activity Center / Gym Ground Breaking

Finally time to announce the Miami Activity Center / Gym Ground Breaking is going to 'Officially break ground at 6:45p.m. on Friday the 28th of June! Everyone is welcomed to attend

Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial In Harrisonville

The Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans memorial wall will be in Harrisonville Mo June 27th through July 1st on display. American Legion post 42 is hosting the wall's visit paying tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in the war. 

Opening ceremonies are set for Thursday June 27th at 7pm at that time we will pay tribute to the gold star families of Cass County who lost family members in the war. 

The Moving Wall is a half size replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington DC that tours the country each year giving veterans and families a chance to honor the memory of the families and friends that were lost if they can not make it to the Wall in Washington DC.

THIS WEEK: The Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans memorial will arrive in#Harrisonville and will be on display near Mill Walk Mall!
Join us Thursday at 7 p.m. for an opening ceremony, as we welcome The Wall and honor those who have served to defend our country. 
Opening ceremony details >>…

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Obituary - Adam Wayne Bancroft

Adam Wayne Bancroft, age 48, resident of Ft. Scott, KS, died Friday, June 21, 2019, as the result of a vehicle accident East of Ft. Scott on Hwy. 54.

He was born January 10, 1971, in Lansing, MI, the son of Dennis W. Bancroft and Pamela Faye Perkins Hickman. He graduated from Jayhawk Linn High School with the class of 1989. In school he was known as “Badam”, but later in life, he became “Dadam.”

Adam received his master’s degree in administration following a bachelor’s in special education from Emporia State University. He taught in several locations earlier in his career. Most recently he taught in Wichita until teaching in Paola from 2017 to present.

He married Susan Peery on October 15, 2016, in Mound City. He enjoyed riding bikes, helping others, and collecting sports memorabilia.

Adam was loud and funny; you knew when he was in the room. He was a children’s advocate, selfless, serving, and a dedicated family man.

Survivors include his wife Susan of the home; three daughters, Kynleah Bancroft, Bailie Hughes and husband Victor, and Allie Brown; two sons, Kyle Kjar and Gunnar Brown; his father, Dennis Bancroft and wife Deborah, Drums, PA; two sisters, Shandra Hilpipre and husband Troy, Webster City, IA, and Susannah Hood and husband Jon, Mississippi; two step-brothers, Matthew Reeder and David Reeder; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son Kolbey Bancroft; and his mother, Pamela Hickman.

Rev. Joe Perkins will conduct funeral services at 10:30 AM Friday, June 28th, at the First Baptist Church, Mound City, KS.

Burial will follow in the Woodland Cemetery, Mound City.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 Thursday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the Adam Bancroft Scholarship Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Adrian Community Theater Open Auditions Coming Soon!


We will be needing lots of "behind the scenes" help.  If you are interested in helping with Stage Management, Sets, Publicity, House Management, Concessions, etc.  Please reply to this email or call 913-912-3228!

Watch for Auditions dates!  Will publish soon at

"A Streetcar Named Desire" coming September 2019-Butler Casting Call Ages 18+ Rated PG-13-For Mature Audiences Only

"A Christmas Carol" coming November 2019-Adrian Open Casting Call-All Ages
Rating PG