Thursday, November 30, 2023



Everyone is gearing up for the holidays including the Rustic Duck and Lakeview by Sue Event venue both at the Appleton City Lake. 

December 10th head to the Lakeview Barn Event venue for a holiday dinner theater.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids 10 and under.  Dinner starts at 5 and the play starts at 6:30. 

Then, on December 16th at the Rustic Duck beginning at 2 pm, enjoy wine tasting with their new smoked cheese, see Santa, and take a Carriage ride around the lake. 

That’s a holiday dinner theater on December 10th at 5 pm at the Lakeview Barn and wine tasting, Santa, and Carriage rides on December 16th starting at 2 pm. 

For more information and their complete address, see their Facebook page Rustic Duck Lake Art Gallery and Restaurant.

All Children Adopted Thank You

Toys for Tykes update:

The response to the Toys for Tykes Program has been overwhelming! All children have been adopted and will receive a gift to open on Christmas Day. 

Thanks to a community that takes care of those that live in Bates County. The Toys for Tykes Drive was hosted this year by the Butler Masonic Lodge. They thank you for your donations. Merry Christmas to Bates County.

Taxes Due by December 31st 2023

 A reminder for those of you who haven’t paid your Personal Property Taxes, the deadline is quickly approaching.  The deadline to pay Personal Property Taxes in person will be Friday, December 29TH  at 4:30  pm. Those paying by mail face a December 31st postmark deadline.

To guarantee a post office postmark, remember the deadline iS noon at the Post Office

Personal Property Taxes can be paid to the Administrative Office on the southwest corner of the Butler Square. There is an outside drop box on the east side of the Administrative building. The Bates County Collector’s Office will be closed on Saturday, December 30th.    The drop box will be checked for mail at midnight on December 31st.

Any mail from the outside mailbox at the post office after 12 noon will have a postmark date of January 2nd and those late payments will be subject to fines.

The deadline to avoid penalties is Sunday, December 31st at midnight. Payments must be made at the Administrative building on the Southwest Corner of the Butler Square.

( composed by the news room of 92.1 ) 



Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Felicia Fitzgerald 29 Rich Hill

 Felicia Fitzgerald, age 29 of Rich Hill passed away on Sunday, November 26th near Archie, as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Funeral services are pending and will be announced later by the Schowengerdt Funeral Home of Butler. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Butler HIgh School Band Concert


Only 20 Children left to Adopt for Toys for Tykes Program

Toys for Tykes update: As of November 29th, the response for the Toys for Tykes Program has been overwhelming! To date there are only 20 children left on the Christmas Gift List, if your family would like to adopt one of the final children, donate a toy or donate funds to the Toys for Tykes Program, call 660-464-2372 or email bctoysfortykes The drop-off location for any purchased gift or gifts may be left at Mattress Plus just off the Butler Square. 109 West Dakota Street. Only 20 children left on the adoption list. Thank you in advance from the children of Bates County.  

Freeze Dried Candy Shop to be in Rich Hill


Letters to Santa

 Santa letters will be taken from the children of Bates County from December 2nd until December 15th.

Children are asked to place their letters to Santa in the mailbox located on the Butler Square.

The box is located in the gazebo … Santa will read your letters and write back to you.

So be sure to put your home address on each letter. Remember you have until December 15th to get those letters to the gazebo. 

Amsterdam Word of Life Church presents The Nativity Story


Monday, November 27, 2023

Harrisonville Scotch and Chocolate


We need Disc Jockeys to continue to provide local sports on air.

 As you have noticed, 92.1 has not been airing football or basketball games this season.

We need an Board-Op to run the Automation Deck from the studio of 92.1. If you or if you know someone that would be interested in training to learn how to assist the sports announcers. Call for a tour. 

This is NOT PLAY-BY-PLAY OR COLOR. The job is done from the studio of 92.1.  We would like to hear from you. Call 660-679-4191.

This is a part-time position and could include some
afternoon programming also. A perfect job for a person on Social Security or
a person with a disability. Sit down position, indoors, weekends and holidays off.
Monday through Friday approximately 4 hours per day or evening. Must be self-motivated, honest, reliable, alert, and have light computer skills. No obligation. Call to Shadow a shift, to see what is involved. Now hiring, 92.1 KMOE Radio Station.  

Adrian Optimist 25th Anniversary Gun and Knife Show

 Adrian Optimist 25TH Anniversary Gun and Knife Show, December 15th-17th, at the Adrian Optimist Building. Admission is $8 per day for those 12 and older. 150 tables of guns, knives, and accessories, sign up for door prizes and raffles. Open Friday 4-8, Saturday 8-5, Sunday 9-3. For information contact Josh Nieder 660-424-4119 or Jim Binkley 816-213-7247. Adrian Optimist Gun and Knife Show, December 15th-17th.

Butler, Sue Lockard

 Sue Lockard of Butler, Missouri passed away peacefully Monday, November 20, 2023 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler.  A visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Friday, December 1, 2023 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler.  Memorial services will follow at 6:00 pm Friday, also at the funeral home.  Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009).  Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Delbert Fischer, 88, Butler


     Delbert Gerald Fischer, son of Arthur Edwin and Francesca Rosine (Leimer) Fischer, was born December 19, 1934 on the family farm near Rockville, Missouri.  He departed this life November 24, 2023 in Butler, Missouri surrounded by his family at age 88.

      Delbert was baptized January 2, 1935, and later confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Prairie City.  His confirmation verse was Revelation 2:10, “Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”  Delbert attended school at Rockville through his junior year, graduating from Appleton City High School the following year.  He lived on the family farm his entire life.  Delbert was united in marriage to Shirley Elaine Seider June 9, 1957, and they were blessed with four sons.  They spent 53 wonderful years together until her passing in 2010.

      Delbert served in the Missouri National Guard for six years.  He once had to hitchhike home from training at Ft. Leonard Wood.  He loved eating, especially Shirley’s cooking and he ate everything she put in front of him.  Delbert and Shirley loved playing pitch every Tuesday night with three other couples.  They always had goodies to snack on and a wonderful time building friendships.

      Delbert was a faithful member and attender of Zion Lutheran Church in Prairie City.  He held numerous offices within the church and was a life-long member of “Men’s Club”.  He told his boys often that if he had time to do everything else, he could surely take an hour and a half to attend Sunday church, and they could too.  Two other sayings that Delbert was remembered for were, “I never had a bad drink.” (no matter what he was drinking) and “If you don’t got anything good to say, don’t say anything.”  Delbert was a kind, friendly man, with a special way of speaking that was never boastful or complaining.  In his many years of farming, he raised corn, beans, wheat, hogs, and angus cattle.  In the evenings he often would take a ride around the farm looking at the crops and enjoying looking at the fruits of his labor.  Delbert’s family was very important to him, especially his grandchildren.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

      Preceding Delbert in death were his wife Shirley, sister Velda Jagels and daughter-in-law Meghan Marie (Nachbar) Fischer.  Survivors include his sons: Greg Fischer, Lowell Fischer, Kent Fischer and Darren Fischer; his grandchildren: Jenna Fischer, Jared (Kayla) Fischer, Hagen (Brooklyn) Fischer, Kinady Fischer, Olivia Fischer and Madison Fischer; his great-grandchildren: Lainey Fischer, Aven Fischer and Banx Rohwer; and his sister Delores Jagels.

Delbert G. Fischer


December 19, 1934  -  November 24, 2023

Age:  88 Years, 11 Months, 5 Days



Zion Lutheran Church

Prairie City, Missouri

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

11:00 a.m.



Reverend Jeffrey Kyler



Zion Lutheran Church

Prairie City, Missouri

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

9:30 - 11:00 a.m.



Zion Lutheran Cemetery

Prairie City, Missouri



Zion Lutheran Church

Rich Hill woman killed in Cass County crash

On Sunday November 26th at approximately 7:35 a.m. the Missouri State Highway Patrol along with Cass County Sheriff's Office responded to a fatality accident on southbound I-49 at mile marker 148 in rural Cass County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol states that the accident occurred when a southbound 2019 Ford Expedition driven by 29 year old Sarah A. Sanchez of Carrollton, Texas was stopped on the shoulder following an earlier collision. She was then overtaken and struck by a 2001 Chevrolet Astro Van driven by 29 year old Felicia S. Fitzgerald of Rich Hill, Missouri.

After hitting the stopped Ford Expedition, the Chevrolet Astro Van traveled off the roadway and overturned striking a tree. Felicia S. Fitzgerald was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Butler License Office Changes Days They are Open


The Butler License Office on Orange Street announces changes to the days and hours that they will be open.  As of December 1st, 2023 The Butler License Office will no longer be open on any Saturdays.

Business hours will stay the same Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The Little Apple News

 November 22, 2023


Due to Thanksgiving, all Thursday Countywide Disposal trash routes will be run on Friday. Please be sure to have your trash out by 5:00 a.m.


Montrose will light up Main Street and have their Christmas parade Saturday, November 25 at 5:00 p.m. The theme this year is "Miracle on Main Street” After the parade, please bring the kids over to the community building to watch a short Christmas movie, eat and decorate a cookie.


The Montrose Knights of Columbus will hold their annual Germantown Turkey Shoot on Sunday November 26, starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Germantown ball field. Tickets are $3.00 each and advance sale tickets will enter the purchaser into a drawing for prizes. There will be a youth shoot every hour. Tickets are available in Appleton City at Dr. Payton’s office, Fennewald Plumbing or any Knights members.


AC’s 27th Annual Christmas in the Country will be Saturday, December 2, 2023. The Depot Craft Show, sponsored by AC Museum, will be 9:00-2:00 featuring: Tom Holt’s Custom Woodwork, The Candy Stop, Margie’s Hand Woven Rugs, Mary Miller’s Sunrise Bakery, The Woodcutter, Warren Rauscher, Michelle Berry’s Afghans etc., Laura’s Jewelry, Backwoods Creations, Gary Woodward, Kitty Likes, Jewelry Plus, Wayne Jones, Wood Crafts, Sandi Greufe, Home Made Aprons & Towel Scarves and AC Museum Historical Books and Souvenirs. Home tours will be 1:00-4:00 p.m. featuring the homes of David and Alex Hill and Micah and Emily Noble.  Tickets are $10 and available at the Depot from 9:00 a.m. – noon. Business open houses: 8-2 4th Street Fika, 8:00 Blue Bird Lounge- breakfast, drinks & snacks, 9-2 3 Wishes- live music, unique handcrafts, 9-5 Jina’s Junque-1 year anniversary featuring Pure Romance and Red Letter Craftworks, 9-2  Rural Roots- apparel & stocking stuffers, 9-2 Half Baked & Take- breads, candy popcorn, desserts, 10:30-9 Cork & Keg- adult cider and gift baskets and 4-7 Blue Bird Lounge- Christmas karaoke. Other events: Appleton City Library 9-2, Hudson Hustler’s 4-H Loaded Baked Potato Lunch 11-? Forest Park Building ($10 with dessert and drink pre-orders and carry-outs available), Live Nativity 12-5 First Baptist Church, 305 W. 5th St. (bring the kids, pet the animals weather permitting), Visits and photos with Santa 1:30 p.m. Forest Park Building, Candy Cane Hunt 2:00 p.m. Forest Park with special host, the Grinch, sponsored by Ellett Memorial Hospital


The AC Library will have a bake sale during Christmas in the Country December 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or until sold out.


The annual Senior Citizen’s dinner at AC Schools will be 12:00 p.m. December 7 in the AC Elementary Gym.  The doors will open at 11:30.  The menu will be a traditional turkey and ham dinner with sides and desserts.  Please RSVP by December 1 to 660-476-2118.


The AC/Montrose band is doing a pancake breakfast/open mic 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. December 9 in the AC elementary gym. They are trying to raise money to go to St. Louis. There is a contest at Six Flags they are going to perform at but they need money for hotel rooms, food, etc. If you would like to perform at the open mic or help with the pancake breakfast, please contact Dr. Yancey at [email protected]


Trinity United Methodist Church will have a dinner theater and Vesper Service with Communion at the manger with the animals December 10 at the Rustic Duck Restaurant.  The play, “The Christmas Story Upon Grandma’s Feather Bed”, will be offered with dinner furnished by Rustic Duck at 5:00 p.m. or the play only at 6:00 p.m. with balcony seating.  Tickets for the dinner theater are $20 for adults and $10 for children 10 years old and under can be purchased at Rustic Duck Restaurant and TUMC.  The Christmas Vespers Service will follow the performance.


The ACHS FCCLA will sponsor a blood drive 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Monday, December 18 in the Elementary Gym.  Appointments are preferred.  Book your appointment at  Enter Group Code: KCZ6.  For more details, contact Dallas Gutshall at 660-476-2161 or [email protected]


If you are looking for a novel gift for someone the Appleton City area, AC Chamber Bucks might be worth checking out.  The Bucks are issued in $10, $15 and $25 denominations and can be used like cash at most Appleton City business establishments.  Using the Bucks increases local business and “keeps the money in town”.  To purchase the Bucks, or for more information, contact Janet at St. Clair Co. Bank in Appleton City.


Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City, offers outpatient specialist services for November, 2023. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Nov 16– Podiatry- Dr. Pace, Nov 22 - Ortho-Dr. Gray, Nov 29 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni.


Nominations are being accepted for the January 14-20 public election of St. Clair County’s University of Missouri Extension Council. Candidate recommendations may be made by contacting the county extension center, (417) 646-2419. Nominees will then be contacted to secure their permission before being placed on the ballot. Nominations for the 5 open positions must be made prior to December 20, 2023. 2 Candidates are needed from the North District (Appleton, Monegaw, Chalk Level, Butler, Jackson, Center Osage and Taber Townships). 3Candidates are needed from the South District (Osceola, Polk, Dallas, Doyal, Roscoe, Speedwell, Washington and Collins Townships). St. Clair County’s council election will be held at the same time as all other counties in Missouri, the third week of January (specifically Jan. 14-20, 2024). The election is being held in accordance with state law (Chapter 262.550-262.620 R.S. Mo. 1969).



Nov 23     Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov 25     Montrose Christmas Lighting and Parade 5:00 p.m.

Nov 26     Knights of Columbus Germantown Turkey Shoot 10:00 a.m. at the Germantown Ball Field

Dec 2        Christmas in the Country activities

Dec 7        Senior Citizen’s Dinner noon in the Appleton City School Elementary Gym


Corner Hardware Holiday Hours

 Corner Hardware in Butler, announces that the store will be closed for business during the Thanksgiving holiday. Closed Thursday November 23rd, the 24th and 25th. They hope you have a blessed holiday with family and friends.

One Killed, 2 Seriously Injured in St. Clair County Head On Accident

 On Tuesday November 21st around 2:35 p.m. the Missouri State Highway Patrol in St. Clair County along with St. Clair County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a head on crash on Route H around 5 miles north of El Dorado Springs, Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when a northbound 2001 Chevrolet 2500 driven by a 16 year old male juvenile from El Dorado Springs, Missouri and a southbound 2014 Ford Flex driven by 23 year old Remi L. Johnson of Rockville, Missouri struck in the middle of the roadway.

Remi L. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene of this accident by the St. Clair County Coroners Office. The juvenile male along with another juvenile male from El Dorado Springs both sustained serious injuries.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Ruby Cornell, Overland Park, KS

 Ruby I. Cornell of Overland Park, KS, passed away peacefully November 19, 2023 at Brookdale Senior living in Overland Park. Funeral services to be held 2:00 pm Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at Mullinax Funeral Home, 10 S. High Street, Butler, MO 64730 (660-679-0009). Burial will follow services in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Ascend Hospice, 4550 W. 109th Street, Overland Park, KS. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Ruby was born near Butler, MO to Hal and Edith (Hughes) Cornell. She graduated from Butler High School and began working for Government services with the War Ordnance Department at Lake City. She resigned her position upon her marriage to Robert Cornell and moved with him to Springfield, MO.

Ruby later returned to Government service with the VA Hospital at Springfield, MO. When the hospital closed, she went to work for the Little Rock District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Real Estate Table Rock Dam Project Office at Branson, MO. She and her husband also bought and operated a boat and fishing dock on Lake Taneycomo. When the Table Rock project was complete, she transferred to Heber Springs, AR at the Greers Ferry Dam project and later to the Rogers, AR Dam Project Office.

Ruby subsequently transferred to the Kansas City, MO District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was based at their Sedalia, MO office. After completing this assignment, she transferred to the Real Estate Division of the District Office in Kansas City, MO. She was promoted and reassigned to the Personnel Office where she remained until transferring to the Environmental Protection Agency Region VII Office in Kansas City. She was the Personnel Officer for the region when she retired. Ruby received many performance awards and promotions during her 31 years of Government Service.

Ruby was a longtime member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Independence, Mo. She was always ready to help anyone in need.

After retirement, Ruby became an avid golfer and a regular competitor until age 90 during which time she had two Hole-In-Ones.

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Edna Cornell Belk and Thelma Cornell Morris Wheatly, and her brothers Walter, Lloyd, Don, and Hal Jr. She is survived by her son Gary (Marilyn) Cornell, granddaughter Michelle (Danny) Bartel, grandson Ryan Cornell, great-granddaughter Abigail (Samuel) Cruz, great-grandson Aaron Bartel. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.


Windsor Man Killed in Single Vehicle Accident in Ballard

 On Tuesday November 21st around 5:18 a.m. the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County along with Bates County Sheriff's Deputies, Bates County EMS, Adrian Fire Department and Butler Fire Department responded to a one vehicle fatality accident on Missouri 18 Highway at Route BB in Ballard.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the eastbound 2006 Saturn Ion driven by 44 year old James A. Clason of Windsor, Missouri traveled off the roadway and struck a tree.

Mr. Clason was pronounced dead at the scene of this accident and he was transported by the Bates County Coroner Greg Mullinax. 

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene of the accident by Adrian Tow. This is Troop A of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's 83 fatality for the year 2023. Next of kin notified.

Adrian Optimist Monday Night Bingo for November 27th

 Get ready for an evening of fun and excitement.  It’s the Adrian Optimist Club Monday Night Bingo.   The doors open at 5 pm sharp so arrive early and grab your lucky seat.  And don’t forget to come hungry because they have some great things in the kitchen.  Bingo begins at 7 with jackpots for Hotball, Blackout, and King of Diamonds.

 Here’s this week’s jackpot for Monday, November 27th. 

Hotball: $1,850

Blackout: $1,750

King of Diamonds is at $3,980  with the winner taking $1,990.

It’s Monday Night Bingo at the Adrian Optimist Club


Please gamble responsibly. You must be 16 years old to play Bingo. Prizes and jackpot amounts are subject to change. Check with the Adrian Optimist Club for the most up-to-date information.

Charles Arthur Hardinger, 91 of Butler

Charles Arthur Hardinger, 91 of Butler, Missouri passed away peacefully on Friday, November 17, 2023 at Independence Manor in Independence, Missouri. A visitation will be held at Butler Presbyterian Church in Butler, MO from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Saturday, November 25, 2023 with funeral services to follow at 2:00 PM. Burial will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, MO following the service. Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Charles was born on February 29, 1932 in Butler, Missouri, the son of Arthur Hardinger and Donna Spears Hardinger.

Charles, or as everyone called him “Charlie” served in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954, where he was stationed in Maryland at Aberdeen Proving Grounds as a Munitions Sergeant. He then went on to have a son Charles Arthur Hardinger Jr. or “Chuck” that was born in 1956. Charlie worked in Kansas City as a delivery driver for Manor Bakery, an electronics technician for Sears-Roebuck. He was self-employed as an appliance repairman before retiring. He was a very skilled handyman and electrician.

Charlie went on to marry Edna Hollar, the two were married for 50 years when she passed in 2020. He loved Edna with all of his heart. Charlie went on many adventures traveling and campng throughout the U.S. with Edna and Chuck from Pike’s Peak, Cape Canaveral, Niagara Falls, to Washington DC.

You would never hear him speak a bad word about anyone, and he always had a smile for those that he crossed paths with. Charlie was the type of man that was able to find the humor and positive in any situation. Chuck called his dad the kindest and gentlest man that he had ever know. He was just an all around great and loving man.

Charlie had many hobbies and interests such as his golden retriever Hollie, sailing, building sail boats, his 1958 Cushman motorcycle, fixing stuff, camping, and pheasant hunting.

He is preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Donna Hardinger, wife Edna Hardinger, and brother Sam Hardinger.

Survivors include his son Charles Hardinger Jr. and wife Linda Neff of Milwaukee, WI, grandaughther Hel Hardinger and husband Olyver Blakeway of St. Francis, WI, and nephew Jason Hardinger and wife Jacqueline of Clinton, MO.

Monday, November 20, 2023

Bates County Memorial Gift Shop Sale

 Auxiliary Holiday Fundraisers

Auxiliary volunteers of Bates County Memorial Hospital (BCMH) are preparing for several holiday fundraisers coming soon. The Gift Shop, open Monday through Friday, is fully stocked with holiday gifts, and volunteers are preparing for their biggest sale of the year on Tuesday, November 28. The annual Christmas Sale and Holiday Open House is a one-day event, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Volunteers will serve refreshments and sample foods, and shoppers can draw for a discount on their entire purchase (some exclusions apply).

On December 5, stop by the hospital between 9am and 3pm to purchase edible gifts during the Nutty Bavarian sale. This sale takes place in the hospital’s front lobby, just outside of the Gift Shop.

The Auxiliary makes an annual donation to the hospital from their gift shop and fundraising proceeds by purchasing needed equipment or other items that improve the patient experience. Thank you for supporting the fundraising efforts of our Auxiliary and your community hospital. 

The Carpenter's Cup Thanksgiving Dinner Hosted by Judge Highley

 This is the last few days before Thanksgiving! If you or someone you know is in need of a Thanksgiving meal, tomorrow (November 21st) is the last day to order for pickup or delivery. If you want to dine in at the Butler Senior Center, the doors will open at 12 Noon and the food line will form at around 1PM.

We are still taking donations of turkeys, hams and pumpkin or apple pies.

If you want to donate money for the meal, you can bring it into the Carpenters Cup or give it to Judge Julie Highley. Free Will donations can be taken at the Butler Senior Center on Thanksgiving day, but please remember these meals are FREE.



What's Up by Leroy Cook


What’s Up

by LeRoy Cook




Suggested banner: Horseplay In The Air


Dry weather prevailed until the effects of a Pacific storm rolled in last Sunday, allowing considerable flying to be accomplished. Naturally, there are always those of us who put off good opportunities until “tomorrow” thereby letting chances to aviate expire.


We missed a lot of interesting aircraft coming and going last week, being occupied with other tasks, but a Mooney Ranger, a Cessna Skylane, a Piper Cherokee Six and a Piper Warrior were spotted. CFI Jay McClintock and his student Sarah flew down from Harrisonville in his Piper Tomahawk, and a Grumman Yankee shot some landings. Locals out and about included Les Gorden in his Piper Twin Comanche, me doing a couple of introductory flights in 150s, and Jon Laughtlin, who winged out to Amarillo, Texas in his Piper Cherokee 180C


In the odd-news of the week department, an Icelandic Air Boeing 747 freighter had to turn around at 31,000 feet over Long Island, NY and return to Kennedy airport when a horse got loose in the cabin. I kid you not; the frightened equine bolted from his stall and couldn’t be restrained, so the Captain had no choice but to abandon the trip to Belgium with 15 head onboard. Sadly, the horse injured itself and had to be put down.


The diversion required 44,000 pounds of jet fuel to be dumped off-shore of Martha’s Vineyard because the Jumbo would have been too heavy to make a landing; airliners frequently depart at a weight far in excess of the maximum landing weight, expecting to burn off tons of kerosene getting to their destination. Fuel dumping is relatively harmless, messy as it sounds, because the liquid disperses and evaporates before it reaches the ground, as long as the dump is undertaken above 5,000 feet. Petroleum, after all, is a naturally occurring substance pumped out of the ground.


The much-hyped Formula One Grand Prix in Las Vegas this weekend has drawn private aircraft in large numbers, but it’s a headache for less-affluent users of the five Clark County airports there. As a Prior Permission Required event, operators are charging $3000 for a parking spot, and getting it. Business jets from sponsors, race teams and spectators take up all the room. The airport authority did find 40 extra lightplane spots for only $750. Signature Aviation at the big airport is charging up to $10,000 for a Gulfstream space. Good grief, it’s just a car race. I think it’s time for us to host a Ballard Grand Prix.


Our last weekly quiz wanted to know if any airplanes have ever been fitted with brakes on the nosewheel. Yes, the old trimotor Boeing 727 airliner had nosegear braking, as an option, helping get it stopped on small-town runways. Our question for next week is, why did Southwest Airlines start offering packs of peanuts on their flights? You can send your answers to [email protected].

Harrisonville Live Nativity on Stage


FREE! Come experience the Christmas Story live on stage. Located behind The Vault.
Don’t forget to get your picture taken with Jeremy the Camel 

County Wide Disposal Service Holiday Hours

 The following public service message is for Countywide disposal Customers,

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, all Thursday routes will be ran on Friday and all Friday routes will be ran on Saturday this week. Our office will be closed Thursday, November 23rd in observance for Thanksgiving and will reopen the next business day. As always please be sure to have your trash out by 5am.

Please note: The Countywide Disposal  office will be open the day after Thanksgiving, however, hours will be different. The office will be closing early at 1 PM on Friday November 24th.

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Lee McLain



Adrian Optimist Student of the month

   The Adrian Optimist Club is pleased to honor Students of the Month from the Miami, Ballard, and Adrian.  Criteria for this honor is outstanding academic and civic achievement and school spirit.  Staff at each of the schools make the selection.   Their decision is based on expansion of this criteria, but a student stepping up to a particular task can come to play in it.  Each student is honored with a certificate of recognition from the Adrian Optimist Club and $20.00 in Adrian Chamber of Commerce “Chamber Bucks.”

Miami’s November Student of the Month is senior, Alanah Middleton.  Her parents are Traci Benbrook and Austin Middleton.  Her activities in school include cheerleading and FCCLA.  Earlier this fall, Alanah attended the Region 5 FCCLA meeting in Warrensburg at Hudson Hall with other officers and then attended the State Fall Leadership Conference at Tan-Tar-A in Ozark, MO. She also helps with sewing instructions for her teammates.  She enjoys work and hanging out with friends. 

She plans to attend college for a teaching degree.  One of her favorite statements from Vladimir Lenin is:  “Learning is never done without errors and defect.”  

Adrian Christmas Parade and Festivities at Frontier Village


The Adrian community is inviting everyone to join them for an "old fashioned" Christmas on Saturday, November, 25th.  

The festivities start at 4 pm with the Christmas Parade down Main Street.  If you would like to participate in the parade, line-up is at 3:30 at 1st and Clark Street.  Then head out to Frontier Village where the evening will include train rides, steam engine rides, and hay rides that will take you and your family through their little town that is decorated with thousands of Christmas lights.  

At the Frontier Village Center you will find a cup of hot chocolate, delicious cookies, homemade popcorn, and of course get a chance to meet the guest of honor Mr. Santa Clause himself.

Festivities at Frontier Village will follow the Christmas parade in downtown Adrian at 4 pm.  Frontier Village is located off the Southeast corner of I49.

This is event is free to everyone. 

Invite your family, friends, and neighbors and join in the fun Saturday, November 25th in Adrian.

Cheryl "Sherry" Renee Boyles, 59, Archie

  Funeral services for Sherry Boyles of Archie, Missouri will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2024 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-655...