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The Butler Police Department is investigating a donation scam. The Police Department has received several complaints of residents receiving telephone calls, where the caller says they are from the City of Butler, asking for money in the name of the Butler Police Department. Butler Police Department officials say this is a scam and that you should not to give any information to these callers. Officials also stated, that their Law Enforcement agency will never solicit money over the phone. Anyone receiving such a call, can contact the Butler Police Department at 660-679-6131.

The Ft. Scott National Historical Site invites the public to attend “Price's 1864 March through Missouri.” The event, scheduled for 2:00 P.M. Saturday is a free guided reading and discussion activity at the site's Grand Hall in Ft. Scott. Hear the compelling first person accounts of the traumatic times along the Kansas-Missouri border when the Civil War's outcome remained uncertain and the town of Ft. Scott was threatened. The program is free and the Grand Hall is a mobility-impaired accessible facility. Assistive listening devices are also available. The Ft. Scott National Historic Site, is a unit of the National Park Service, and is open daily from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

The Farm Service Agency reminds producers that upcoimg crop reporting dates will be here quickly. Vernon County USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director Travis Claypool, reminds producers that all 2015 perennial and biennial forage crops must be reported by November 15th and fall-seeded small grains by December 15th. Claypool says perennial and biennial forage acres, such as pasture acreage intended for haying or grazing, must be reported by the deadline. All fall-seeded small grain acreage, such as winter wheat and barley, must be reported by the December deadline. All acreage must be reported for a farm, including crops on non-cropland, such as hayed or grazed grassland and other cover crops. Reporting acreage ensures producers are compliant with current and future FSA farm programs, including disaster assistance. To report your crop and forage acreage, stop by the Vernon County Farm Service Agency Office at 102 W. Allison in Nevada or call 667-8137.

A Butler woman was transported to the hospital but managed to avoid serious injuries in a three vehicle accident Thursday morning in Kansas City.  The Missouri Highway Patrol says 21 year old Natasha Ann Isabell Chamberlain of Buttler was eastbound on Highway 470 in south Kansas City when she struck another vehicle operated by 57 year old Gilberta Foster of Lee's Summit.  The impact caused Chamberlain to travel onto 291 Highway where she struck another vehicle drive by 40 year old James Hughes of Lee's Summit.  All three vehicles were able to pull off the road.  The patrol says Chamberlain had minor injuries but was transported to Center Point Medical Center while Foster and Hughes were reported to have no injuries.

A Butler resident escaped serious injury after a one vehicle accident Thursday afternoon in Bates County.  According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, 31 year old Robyn Skinner of Butler, was traveling eastbound on Bates County Road Northeast 5004, seven-tenths of a mile east of County Road Northeast 1003.  Skinner was reportedly traveling in the center of the roadway over the crest of a hill and swerved to miss an oncoming vehicle.  Skinner traveled off the right side of the road, overcorrected, and went off the left side of the road.  The vehicle overturned and came to rest partially in the roadway.  Skinner was reported to have minor injuries but refused treatment at the scene.

In an effort to reduce overhead and to make the best use of donor dollars, the American Red Cross has announced it will be consolidating operations in the Greater Ozarks Chapter and that has had an effect on the local Nevada Red Cross office.  The Red Cross says their goal is to increase their services but without the addition of more paid staff.  They plan to add more volunteer leaders and involve them in more ways.  The Red Cross has announced that as a part of the consolidation, the Nevada office will be transitioning to no paid staff and rely solely on volunteers.  The Red Cross says they are developing plans to continue services in Vernon County through the volunteer base system.  The Nevada Red Cross office has one paid staff member, Peggy Tedlock, who has served in her capacity for over 30 years.  As a result of the transition, Tedlock’s last day in the local office will be Friday, October 31st.  The Nevada office, inside the Great Southern Bank building, will remain in place as a hub for volunteer response.  The Nevada location is one of four in the state of Missouri that are being transitioned to volunteer only status.  The American Red Cross says local volunteers, with support of resources from the Joplin and Springfield chapter offices, will continue to be there for disaster response as well as blood drives, health and safety courses and emergency communications for the military.

The Vernon County Commission and Region M Solid Waste Management District will be hosting a fall county wide clean up event.  The clean up even is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 25th and will be located at the Vernon County Fairgrounds in Nevada.  Vernon County residents can bring E-waste, household waste, and contruction waste materials for collection.  No tires, cement blocks, bricks and household harzardous waste will be accepted.  All collections are on a first come basis as space allows.  For more information, call 448-2509 or 448-2505.

The Butler Police Department is asking for the public's help, regarding a hit and run. According to a report, the incident occurred on Sunday, October 19th at approxamately 10:00 A.M. at 802 West Ft. Scott Street in Butler, MO. An early 1990's model White Ford F-150 extended cab pickup went through the residents yard, hit a state road sign, knocking the sign and pole down, and doing damage to the yard. The vehicle headed west on Ft. Scott Street after the incident. The driver was described as a white male, early to middle 20's, and wearing a gray t-shirt and blue jeans. Damange to the vehicle will be on the front driver's side. Witnesses report the suspect may live in the rural Adrian area. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the TIPS hotline at 660-200-2000 or the Butler Police Department at 660-679-6131.

Cottey College will host a special dedication for the newly renamed Serenbetz Institute for Women's Leadership, Social Responsibility, Global Awareness Saturday at 10:30 a.m.  The dedication will be held on the grounds of the Helen and George Washburn Center for Women's Leadership, 400 South College in Nevada.  The College received up to a one million dollar gift to name the institute from Thelma Serenbetz, who will be present at the dedication ceremony, along with her husband and granddaughter.  Cottey will also be unveiling a new sign outside the Center for Women's Leadership.  President of Cottey College Dr. Judy Rogers says, "The Serenbetz Institute will prepare Cottey graduates to compete with majors uniquely educated to advance as women leaders in their fields os study."  The Serenbetz Institute offers an innovative instructional and experiential leadership enviornment to meet the needs of Cottey's baccalaureate majors in the 21st Century. 

The Vernon County Ambulance District continues festivities at their 5th Annual Haunted House, aimed at raising money for the area toy drive.  Vernon County Ambulance District Director, James McKenzie, says they've got a special "No Spooks" tour scheduled for Saturday afternoon.  The Washington Manor Haunted House is located at 337 N. Washington, in Nevada.  Tours are held on Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 p.m. until the last person is through.  The Washington Manor will run through Saturday, November 1st.  All proceeds go to the Vernon County Ambulance District Toy Drive.

The Nevada FFA Chapter spent part of this week in Springfield, MO for a class assignment. The Chapter members attended the Ozarks Fall Farmfest, an annual exhibition of livestock, equipment, and products held in Springfield. Members spent the day touring the various booths, visiting with the exhibitors, and getting more information about agricultural careers. Those attending also had the opportunity to talk with some of the leading agriculture producers, learn about the agricultural industry, and see new products. Each year, members of the Nevada FFA Chapter attend the Ozark Fall Farmfest.

The Nevada City Council met in regular scheduled session Tuesday night in the City Council Chambers. The Council approved the adoption of a resolution to allow the city to issue up to $50,070,000 in Chapter 100 industrial development revenue bonds to finance upgrades at the 3M plant in Nevada. The bonds are paid off through payments, revenues, and receipts derived from the lease of the project by the city to 3M. Neither the City of Nevada or the State will be liable for paying off the bonds. In other business, the council approved the first and second readings of an emergency ordinance approving a settlement agreement with CenturyLink, for the payment of back taxes, the first reading of a special ordinance approving the prepayment of the final payment on the certificates of participation that financed the improvements to the community center to save $8,625 in interest, and the second reading of an ordinance authorizing the city to apply for a Public Transportation Operating Assistance Grant to help partially fund the City's public transportation program. You can also hear more information about Tuesday night's Nevada City Council meeting as Nevada City Manager, JD Kehrman, who was a guest on the City Beat program earlier this week and now available "on demand" through the KNEM-AM audio stream.

The Missouri State Archives, a division of Secretary of State Jason Kander's office, will be honored by the National Association of Secretaries of States as the recipient of the national Medallion Award for preservation work. The Medallion Award recognizes outstanding service and dedication to furthering the mission of NASS within the states, which includes the preservation of state heritage and historical records. Kander says the award is a well-deserved honor that recognizes their dedication to historic records preservation fror the state. The Missouri State Archives is the offical repository for state records of permanent and historical value. Kander will accept the award at NASS's 2015 Winter Conference.

Absentee ballots for the November 4th Primary Election are available at the County Clerk's office in the Vernon County Courthouse, 100 W. Cherry Street in Nevada. Qualified registered voters may request an application for an absentee mail out ballot by calling Vernon County Clerk, Tammy Beach, at 448-2500. The last date to request an application for an absentee ballot by mail is Wednesday, October 29th. The clerk's office will be open 10 A.M. until 2 P.M. on Saturday, November 1st, for absentee balloting. The last day to vote absentee is Monday, November 3rd until 5:00 P.M.



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