Friday, December 29, 2023

One Killed and One Seriously Injured in One Vehicle Accident in Vernon County


On Thursday December 28th around 6:57 p.m. the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Vernon County along with Vernon County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a fatality accident on S. 1300 Road just west of Nevada.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the northbound 2018 Chevrolet Traverse driven by 32 year old Tyler R. Claypool of Nevada, Missouri failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.

Mr. Claypool was transported to Nevada Regional Medical Center were he was later pronounced dead.

A passenger in the vehicle, a 14 year old male from Nevada, sustained serious injuries and was taken by Med Flight to Mercy Hospital in Joplin for treatment.

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Daniel Wayne Sogner, 48 of Monegaw Springs, Missouri

Daniel Wayne Sogner, 48 of Monegaw Springs, Missouri sadly passed away on December 20, 2023 at Warsaw Health and Rehabilitation Center in Warsaw, Missouri. The family is not planning a service at this time. However, his ashes will be spread at a later date according to Daniel’s wishes. Arrangements entrusted to the Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler Chapel (660-679-0009). Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

It is with a heavy heart we announce Daniel's passing. He leaves behind a loving family. His friends shared a special bond with Daniel, creating cherished memories that will be forever treasured. Daniel fought battles throughout his life. Daniel put up an amazing fight throughout the time he had cancer. As we bid farewell to Daniel, let us honor his memory by cherishing the joy, love, and laughter he brought into our lives.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather Robert M. Suster, grandparents and great-grandparents.

Survivors include his mother Sheri M. Robinson-Stogner-Suster who was by his side during his last moments. He is also survived by his brother Daryl L. Stogner, his best friend Johnny Spohn, aunts, uncles, nephews, and nieces, and close family friends.

Department of Natural Resources awards $15,600 grant to Cass County Public Water Supply District No. 1

 JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 28, 2023 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded a $15,600 Drinking Water Engineering Report Grant to Cass County Public Water Supply District No. 1 to evaluate its drinking water treatment system for needed improvements.

Through its Drinking Water Engineering Report Grant program, the department offers funding to qualified communities to help cover costs of evaluating public drinking water system improvements. The public water district will use the funding to identify any needed improvements to continue providing reliable service to its customers and to meet drinking water quality standards.

Drinking water systems are among the most essential public infrastructures for every community’s health and economic vitality. This grant helps communities to assess their system and identify improvements for more effective and longer service. The community can determine what actions are needed to address short-term drinking water needs and plan for future growth and development.

The department is committed to assisting Missouri communities with water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects. Through its Financial Assistance Center, the department provides funding opportunities for qualified communities with water quality, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure needs. This project will be funded wholly or in part with monies received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information on wastewater and drinking water funding opportunities, visit

City of Butler Now Hiring

 The City of Butler is accepting applications for a full-time Water Distribution/Sewer Collection Maintenance Worker.  Salary is dependent upon qualifications plus employer paid benefits. Candidates must have a high school diploma or GED, or combination of education and experience, a valid driver’s license and/or be able to obtain a Class A CDL within six months of employment.  Pre and post-employment drug testing is required.  Applications available at Butler City Hall, 22 West Ohio, or at 

Last Harvest Cowboy Church Singspiration

 Everyone is invited to the Last Harvest Cowboy Church New Year’s Eve Singspiration, December 31st at 7:30 pm. Enjoy refreshments, live music, and visit with others from different churches. If you are a singer or musician, no matter your church, you are invited to bring your music and instrument and join in the service and fellowship. They hope to see you at Last Harvest Cowboy Church, 219 South Main in Butler on December 31st beginning at 7:30 for Singspiration.

Douglas “Doug” Kyle Stone, 44 of Butler

Douglas “Doug” Kyle Stone, 44 of Butler, Missouri passed away on December 19, 2023. Visitation will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, December 29, 2023 at Mullinax Funeral Home in Butler, Missouri. Graveside services to follow the visitation at 3:00 PM at Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler, Missouri. Arrangements entrusted to the Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler Chapel (660-679-0009). Memorial contributions may be made to the children of Doug Stone in care of Crystal Wisdom. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Doug was born on January 3, 1979 in Olathe, Kansas, the son of Shelia Stone. He was raised and attended school in DeSoto, Kansas. He had a love for motorcycles, especially Harley Davidsons. Doug was also an avid fisher, and enjoyed camping. 

Doug was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather and grandmother, mother-in-law Mary Wisdom, and brother in laws Bradley Shobe, and Carl Wisdom Jr. 

Survivors include his mother Sheila Stone, sisters Monica Stone and Nicolette Medina, fiancé Crystal Wisdom, children Kylie Stone, Harley Stone, Alexis Griffith, Abigail Stone, Madison Wisdom, Xavier Wisdom, Haley Stone, and Destiny Stone, six grandchildren, sister in laws Anna Shobe and Camie Richter and family, many nieces and nephews, and so many friends and loved ones. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Arrest made in rural Bates County

 On 12/26/23 Bates County dispatch received a call in reference to an armed subject in route to an exgirlfriend’s residence located outside of Amsterdam Missouri. 

While deputies were in route to the address the caller stated that the male subject had arrived and appeared to be intoxicated. She then advised that the male subject was definitely armed with a pistol and had began shooting randomly while in the driveway.
Deputies arrived and observed the male standing next to his vehicle that was stuck in the ditch. The male subject then attempted to run through a muddy field away from the deputies. 

Deputies made contact with the subject approximately 30 yards from the vehicle, where he began to assault the deputies and resisted arrest. Additional deputies began to arrive and observed the initial arriving deputies in the field fighting with the male.
The subject was eventually subdued and taken into custody. The combative subject was then transported by the deputies to the emergency room to be medically cleared to be taken to the jail.

Detectives processed the scene and were able to recover approximately 9 spent shell casings and two bullet fragments. The subject’s vehicle was secured and towed from the scene and on 12/27/23 a search warrant was executed on the vehicle to recover a pistol and two magazines.
The subject was identified as, Gerald W Medcalf 1/28/56, of Merwin Missouri. Medcalf was charged with the following:

8 counts of felony assault in the 3rd degree of a special victim.
1 count of resisting arrest for a felony
1 count of assault in the 4th degree of a special victim.

His bond was set at $50,000 cash only.

Filings for Bates County Municipal Election April 2nd


The Bates County Municipal election is Tuesday, April 2nd.  The following is a list of candidates that have filed for election in the city of Butler.

Ward 1

Denny Rich


Ward 2

Doncella Liggins


Ward 3

Fawn Alkire


Ward 4

Carmen Behringer


Remember to vote on Tuesday, April 2nd.  Polls will be open from 6am to 7 pm.

FM 92 will be broadcasting the live results from FM 92.1 and from the web at

Cass County Pursuit and Arrest

 On December 27, around 5 a.m., deputies began pursuing a person of interest believed to be involved in multiple car thefts.

The pursuit began at the Eagle Glen Apartments in Raymore. The person eventually fled their vehicle after it was disabled in the roadway on 155th St. just west of Foxridge Dr.
Deputies spent several hours looking for the person who fled. He was found and arrested just east of Foxridge Dr., on the southside of 155th St around 8:15 a.m.
The suspect has been identified as 31-year-old Melvin Hobbs III of Peculiar, Missouri. Cass County Prosecutors charged Hobbs with a Class D felony for stealing. He also faces a misdemeanor charge for resisting arrest. Hobbs is currently being held on $25,000 cash only bond at the Cass County Jail.
Our detectives are also investigating Hobbs as a suspect in several other theft-related incidents. Belton, Lee’s Summit and Raymore Police all assisted in our efforts to track down Hobbs. The Missouri State Highway Patrol also helped.

Wednesday, December 27, 2023


Randy Weiss from Amsterdam Café!!! Absolutely no one is more deserving of this title than this man! He is always there when asked! He does so much for the school as well as for the citizens. 

His restaurant is vital to Amsterdam! He and his wife Diane also make their home here in town. Congratulations Randy and thank you for all you do for the people and our little community.

Randy is pictured with Wesley Hubbard. Congrats Randy! 

Butler Senior Center to Host Circle of Friends

 Care Connection for Aging Services invites you to join Circle of Friends at the Butler Senior Center.

Circle of Friends is geared toward seniors (Age 60+) in need of more social support and connection in their community. The program starts January 8th at 10 a.m. and will meet every Monday for twelve weeks. During the first meeting, the participants will talk about their interests so that the sessions can be tailored to their interests. The rest of the meetings will focus on topics and activities that the group chooses. A moderator will help to guide the sessions, but members will be able to connect naturally.

“The goal is for them to become friends, really,” said Marilyn Gunter, Family Caregiver Director for Care Connection for Aging Services. “It’s a way to bring together people that would not meet otherwise to form that friendship. It’s to allow members to form closer bonds from week to week.”

Several Care Connection Care Managers have trained to moderate and administer the program through St. Louis University, which adapted it from Helsinski University in Finland to address the growing challenge of social isolation among older adults. The goal of the program is to help participants form bonds of friendship that last long after the sessions have ended.

Those interested in participating in Circle of Friends can register at the Butler Senior Center or go online to

Butler Area Chamber of Commerce 2023 Business of the Year Award


As the Butler Area Chamber of Commerce begins to prepare to crown the 2023 Business of the Year, they have decided to go with the 'People's Choice' and let everyone have a vote on who should win the award!

The winner of the 2023 Business of the Year (as voted on by YOU) will be announced at their annual Chamber Banquet.

To cast your vote, go to the Butler Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page and follow the link on the 2023 Business of the Year post.

The Little Apple


Vol 31 no 25

                                                                                             December 27, 2023

 Due to the holidays, trash pickup for the next 2 weeks for Appleton City will be Friday, December 29 and Friday, January 5, (not on Thursdays).


A reminder to Appleton City residents that taxes are due December 31.  A penalty will be assessed for any late payments. Taxes are now payable to the County Collector at the courthouse in Osceola. 


The St Clair County State Bank will have limited services on Saturdays beginning January 1, 2024. The Appleton City and Lowry City locations will be Drive Thru only on Saturdays.  Access to safety deposit boxes will be available. They encourage all St Clair County State Bank customers to call ahead (660-476-5453) and make arrangements for other services, such as new accounts. Thank you for your patience and understanding. They will continue to work hard to meet the needs of their customers.


Area residents are invited to vote for their favorites on Rural Missouri Magazine’s “Best of Rural Missouri” favorites website.  You can promote our area by voting for local businesses or attractions.  You do not need to vote for every category, just the ones you feel comfortable with. Possible local ideas are available in the December 22 issue of “The Appleton City Journal” and on the AC City Hall webpage, On the webpage, select “Home” on the white bar on top.  The drawing shows a Christmas tree being decorated with forest animals.  The second picture (click the right arrow or the second circle at the bottom of the picture) will bring up some suggestions and a link to the Rural Missouri survey.  Entering your area favorites could allow you to win $500. The deadline to vote is January 15, 2024. One regional business, Landmark Restaurant in Lowry City, has won multiple times.  The site to website to vote is: By voting, it can bring attention to our area to others who may not be aware of what this area has to offer.


Funds are needed for the “Backpack Program”.  The backpacks have kid friendly food that goes home with 25 needy school kids weekly.  Trinity United Methodist Church in Appleton City houses this project, which is funded by community donations.  At this time, with the increase in cost of groceries, they are reaching out for your help. Donations are accepted at the church. For more information, call 660-492-7591


Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for January. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Jan 3– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Jan 4– OB/GYN, Dr. Kallberg, Jan 9 – Rheumatology-Dr. John,  Jan 10– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis,  Jan 12 - Ortho-Dr. Gray, Jan 17 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Jan 18– Podiatry- Dr. Pace,  Jan 23 – Rheumatology-Dr. John, Jan 24 - Ortho-Dr. Gray, Jan 24 – Ophthalmology-Dr. Soni.  


The following is a list of unacceptable items not allowed in the weekly trash: universal waste (yard waste), animal waste, asbestos containing materials, closed barrels, cans or drums, compressed gas cylinders, explosives, anything highly flammable or volatile, hazardous waste, industrial waste, incinerator residual, infectious waste, liquid waste, motor oil, pesticides, pcb’s, radioactive waste, septic tank pumping’s or sludge, no electronics (televisions, computers, microwaves, etc.)


The Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation was established in 2000 by a local couple to benefit and carry out the purposes of Ellett Memorial Hospital.  The Foundation has played a major role in the Hospital’s recent renovation/expansion project.  The Foundation is a 501c3 organization and plays an important role in ensuring the future of the Hospital by providing an avenue for individuals, groups and corporations to lend their financial support through tax-deductible contributions. The Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation would like to extend an invitation to the community to assist with this project.  They would like to welcome all current and past members of the community and service area to make a donation to the Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation. Donations can be restricted or non-restricted for use as the donor identifies.  Recognition will be given for all contributions.  For further information, contact Julee Snyder, Ellett Memorial Hospital, 660-476-211.


New Year's helpful hint: Go ahead and write 2024 on the next several checks in your checkbook.  That way, you won't write the wrong year on them during the first few days of 2024.


 “The Little Apple” was started by the A. C. Economic Development as way of informing residents of news and events sponsored by area businesses and organizations.  Items of a clearly personal nature, such as birthdays, anniversaries, awards (not group sponsored), personal sales and the like are not accepted for publication. Items may be edited for accuracy, grammar or space restrictions. Please email articles for “The Little Apple” to [email protected] by Tuesday evenings or bring them to Dr. Payton’s office to be included in that week’s edition. To receive "The Little Apple" free by e-mail, or to be removed from the email list, send your e-mail address to [email protected] If you have changed your email address, please send the current address, so the list can be updated.



Dec 29     Trash pickup in Appleton City

Dec 31     County and City taxes due

Jan 1        New Year’s Day

Jan 3        Classes resume at AC Schools

Jan 5        Trash pickup in Appleton City

Jan 8-13   ACHS Invitational Basketball Tournament

Karla Loy Merriam, age 79, of Butler

Funeral services for Karla L. Merriam of Butler, Missouri will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri.  Visitation prior to services 1 - 2  p.m. Tuesday at the Schowengerdt Chapel.  Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions to The Cure Starts Now Foundation, Fairview Baptist Church or Alzheimer’s Assocation.  Online condolences

Karla Loy Merriam, age 79, of Butler, Missouri died Sunday, December 24, 2023 at The Heritage of Overland Park, Kansas.   She was born March 28, 1944 to Clarence Myrl and Iris Irene Crozier Poore in Butler, Missouri.

Karla is survived by her husband, Chester “Chet” Merriam of the home;  two sons, Martin Thomas Merriam and wife Shelly of Lake Winnebago, Missouri and Brant Justin Merriam of Harrisonville, Missouri; four grandchildren, Austin, Kennadi, Shannon and Wyatt Merriam; a sister, Konna Shouse of  Butler, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Kristin LaDon Poore.

Brayden Meyer, 21 of Stilwell, Kansas

Brayden Meyer, 21 of Stilwell, Kansas passed away December 20, 2023.  A visitation will be held Saturday, December 30, 2023 from 1:00 pm to 2;00 pm at the First Christian Church, 602 North First St. Louisburg, Kansas.  Funeral services will follow at 2:00 pm Saturday, also at the church.  Burial will be in Louisburg Cemetery, Louisburg, Kansas.  Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (816-657-4400).  Memorial contributions may be made to Brayden's daughter Traci Meyer.  Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Brayden Lenn Meyer was born on April 12, 2002, in Olathe Kansas to Bruce and Denise Blakely Meyer. He grew up in Paola, Kansas and attended Paola High School Graduate of 2020. After High School Brayden began to take interest in being a mechanic. For two years he worked in a family-owned business called Finishing Accents. Brayden had worked as a carpenter alongside his brother Brycen.

Brayden enjoyed gaming with his brother and friends. he loved to help out his family with car problems and loved to figure out his way around an engine. He adored making everyone laugh and smile around him. Above all he loved spending time with his daughter Traci.

Brayden was preceded in death by his grandfather John Meyer. He is survived by his parents Denise Meyer and Bruce Meyer, siblings Kierra Meyer, Brycen Meyer and Keanna Meyer. Grandparent's Barbra Meyer, Charles and Linda Blakely, his uncle Rich Meyer and cousin Travis Meyer, along with many extended family members.

Brayden's smile and laughter will be continued by Traci Meyer (his daughter) in her smile. When she knows she has done something wrong, her sass and her laughter.

William S "Bill" Ketron Jr., age 88, formerly of Butler

William S "Bill" Ketron Jr., age 88, formerly of Butler, MO passed away Thursday, December 21, 2023. Funeral services are pending and will be announced by the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel.

Christmas Eve Pursuit Ends in Arrest UPDATE:

 On December 24, Deputies assisted the Harrisonville Police Department with a vehicle pursuit. Deputies used a Grappler Police Bumper to stop the fleeing vehicle. Edward Bailey Jr. of Drexel, Missouri was taken into custody. He is charged with four felonies, including two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Bailey Jr. is being held in the Cass County Jail on a $25,000 cash only bond

He is charged with four felonies below is a full list of state charges against Bailey:

1.) Domestic Assault - 4th Degree - 3rd Or Subsequent Offense (Class E Felony)

2.) Resisting Arrest - Creating A Substantial Risk Of Serious Injury/Death To Any Person (Class E Felony)

3.) Endangering The Welfare Of A Child Creating Substantial Risk - 1st Degree - 1st Offense - No Sexual Conduct (Class D Felony)

4.) Endangering The Welfare Of A Child Creating Substantial Risk - 1st Degree - 1st Offense - No Sexual Conduct (Class D Felony)

Mr. Bailey Jr. is being held in the Cass County Jail on a $25,000 cash only bond.

Sunday, December 24, 2023

921News Tracking Santa

We are currently tracking Santa! He is currently overseas and later tonight is bound to bring joy and happiness to many children in our area later tonight.

In an effort to ensure his travels run smooth and his journey is swift we ask that all children be in bed and asleep when their parents tell them.

Every Christmas, children—and their parents—around the world gather to receive live updates from NORAD’s Santa Tracker. This tradition has been going on for so many years that historically inclined minds might wonder how there got to be a NORAD and why they got the idea to start tailing Santa Claus in the first place.

The holiday tradition has Cold War roots. It started with a misplaced phone call to a secret U.S. military command center in Colorado.


It is one of history’s supreme ironies that the heartwarming legend of Santa and his magical airborne sleigh bringing gifts for children would cross paths with a military command hub tasked with defending America’s skies from missiles. Details about how exactly the events took place have varied over time. However the basic facts are as follows.

Personnel manning the clandestine Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center in Colorado were minding their own business in December 1955 when an unexpected call came through to the desk of their commander, Col. Harry Shoup.

Shoup had joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1940 and had seen service in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a fighter pilotand was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for saving the life of a comrade.

Col. Harry Shoup, who saw service in three wars, got the surprise of a lifetime when a child called his desk at the CONAD command center. (U.S. Air Force) 

The CONAD phone line was confidential. When Shoup answered the call, he expected the call to be from a senior military official. He was astonished to hear a child’s voice asking if he was in fact Santa Claus. 

Shoup initially thought it was a prank. “Somebody’s playing a joke on me and this isn’t funny,” he later said he thought. “Can you repeat that please?” he asked the child.

He realized that the call was an error due to a typo printed in a Sears newspaper advertisement encouraging children to call Santa in addition to paying him a visit at the mall. Shoup dutifully pretended to be Santa Claus and instructed his staff to “report” Santa’s location to any inquisitive youngster calling the command center. 

The airmen guarding the skies from Soviet missiles were now bracing themselves for a bombardment of kids’ Christmas wishes—and loving it.

It all starts with the NORAD radar system called the North Warning System. This powerful radar system has 47 installations strung across Canada's North and Alaska. 

NORAD makes a point of checking the radar closely for indications of Santa Claus leaving the North Pole every holiday season. The moment our radar tells us that Santa has lifted off, we begin to use the same satellites that we use in providing air warning of possible missile launches aimed at North America.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is a United States and Canada bi-national organization which defends the homeland through aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning for North America. 

Aerospace warning includes the monitoring of man-made objects in space, and the detection, validation, and warning of attack against North America whether by aircraft, missiles, or space vehicles, through mutual support arrangements with other commands.

Aerospace control includes ensuring air sovereignty and air defense of the airspace of Canada and the United States. The renewal of the NORAD Agreement in May 2006 added a maritime warning mission, which entails a shared awareness and understanding of the activities conducted in U.S. and Canadian maritime approaches, maritime areas and internal waterways.

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, NORAD's mission has evolved over the years to meet the changing threat. Through outstanding bi-national cooperation, NORAD has proven itself effective in its roles of watching, warning, and responding. The events of September 11, 2001 demonstrated NORAD's continued relevance to North American security. 

Today, NORAD provides civil authorities with a potent military response capability to counter domestic airspace threats should all other methods fail.

The men and women of NORAD are constantly watching the skies and waterways of the United States and Canada to keep us safe.

Friday, December 22, 2023

What's Up by Leroy Cook


What’s Up

by LeRoy Cook


24 December 23


Suggested banner: Busy Skies


There was competition for airspace last week, as pilots took advantage of flyable weather to practice their procedures. As we were conducting an Instrument Proficiency Check with a client on Thursday, we heard an Army Guard Black Hawk announce inbound for a low approach to Runway 18, followed shortly by a Beech Baron shooting the RNAV 18. When we lined up for the VOR-A final approach course we saw a traffic alert on the ADS-B display, which was a Piper Archer right behind us, doing the same thing.. There was room for everybody, of course, but it proves you gotta keep watch.


Other transients seen were a Piper Warrior, a Cessna Skyhawk, and a Cessna 182. Scott Buerge was in from Nevada in his Beech Bonanza V35B, and as we were taking off on Tuesday afternoon we observed a huge Boeing KC-135 tanker making a turn westbound about 3000 feet above us, probably out of the AF Reserve refueling squadron at Topeka’s Forbes Field. Out and about from the local hangars were Christian Tucker in the Mooney M20C, Jeremie Platt in his Grumman Tiger and Eric Eastland in their Cessna Skyhawk.


Once again I failed to note the Anniversary of Powered Flight on December 17th. That was the day, in 1903, when Wilbur and Orville Wright made history by achieving some successful hops at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. All pilots are supposed to make a tribute flight on that date every year; bad me.


This coming Saturday, the 30th, would be the usual time for the Breakfast Flyout of the Fliars Club, so all Fliars are summoned for an 0730 assembly on the Butler flight ramp. I checked with the WeBeSmokin’ cafe over at Paola and they will be open, as well as on New Year’s Eve.


The Ukrainian Air Force, fighting against the Russian invaders with obsolete Soviet Migs, are about to get some surplus F-16 built in the U.S., courtesy of Denmark and Romania, but their bomb-blasted runways may not be in the best shape for the hot-rod Vipers. The old Migs have big tires and fly slower. Meanwhile, Ukraine reports that trigger-happy Russian ground troops shot down one of their own Sukhoi Su-25 attack planes. Oops-ski.


Reader Rodney Rom accurately researched our weekly brain-teaser, about where the first Transatlantic flight landed, in 1919. As  said, the plucky pilots of a British Vickers Vimy biplane bomber took off from Canada and wound up ingloriously stuck in an Irish bog that they mistook for a suitable landing site. For next week, we want to know what defines the term “general aviation.” You can send your answers to [email protected].

No Swap Shop Monday, Dec. 25th and Tuesday, Dec. 26th

 Christmas falls on a Monday this year. FM 92.1 will be closed on Monday, December 25th and Tuesday December 26th. The Lobby will be closed but programming will run on automation. There will not be a Swap Shop on Christmas Day or on Tuesday, December 26th. Merry Christmas from the staff of FM 92.1

Community Cafe Meals Will Resume on Tuesday, January 9th

 The Butler Community Café and Dirks Heavy contractor of Butler, reminds the community that due to the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holiday there will not be a community meal served on December 26th or January 2nd. Happy Holidays from Dirks Heavy Contractor of Butler.

Bates County Memorial Hospital Hosting Christmas Day Dinner

 If you need a hot meal on Christmas day, you are welcome to come to Bates County Memorial Hospital. Christmas dinner will be served on Monday, December 25 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. No reservations required - Dine in or carry out from the BCMH Cafeteria.  

Employees and Volunteers: Free

Visitors: $8.00


Menu includes

Glazed Ham

Cranberry Salad

Green Bean Casserole

Candied Yams

Hot Roll

Pecan Pie

That’s a Christmas Dinner and Supper served from the Bates County Memorial Hospital. Happy Holidays… everyone welcome.

8 dollars per plate for the public


New Growth Transit Needs Drivers

 Public transportation for residents of all ages. Volunteer drivers needed, paying drivers 65 and ½ cent per mile to drive residents to and from destinations. The public in the surrounding 9 county area will soon have access to a local transportation service called “ New Growth Transit” this service will provide transportation to and from various destinations. This service is called “ New Growth Transit”. The service has actually been around for the past 3 years, but lack of drivers slowed the success of this public transportation service.  

For now the new transportation service is in need of volunteer drivers, the incentive is that you choose when you want to donate time, your choice of trips and destinations, the volunteer drivers receive reimbursement at the Federally approved rate of 65 and ½ cents per mile. Drivers provide their own vehicle and gas. Drivers must be 21 years old.

This pay will not affect your social security, disability or state assistance in any way as it is a mileage reimbursement per IRS. New Growth Transit drivers will use their own vehicle to transport the public  to and from destinations to expand to local grocery stores, hair salons, trips to the bank and post office, transportation to community events, local businesses to shop , dental appointments and the best part is that it is all free. 48 hours advance notice is required to schedule a ride.

The service will be available to the residents of Bates, Cass, Vernon, Cedar, Hickory, Morgan counties to include St. Clair, Benton and Dallas counties.

For more information or “ how to apply “ for the  volunteer driver service, call 660-478-2185 extension 2040 or email [email protected].

See more information and details on the web at

Volunteer Drivers are needed for the New Growth Transit Senior Citizen Transportation Service, coming soon to your county.


City of Butler Renovation Proposal

  Request For Proposals   City Hall Renovations, Butler Missouri   PROPOSAL NUMBER: RFP #200   |      ISSUE DATE: July 17, 2024  ...