May 19, 2020

Ballard graduation date set

Ballard 2020 Seniors will officially take the plunge on June 26th at 7 pm. While only immediate family members may attend, the ceremony will be live-streamed to the public on the Ballard school Facebook page.

Family care clinics to be closed for holiday

All Family Care Clinics will be closed this Saturday and Monday to observe Memorial Day Weekend. This week, all Family Care Clinics resumed normal hours. It’s important that people continue to seek care during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those with pre-existing or chronic conditions that need follow-up attention. We've taken every precaution to protect the safety of our patients and staff. Before your next visit, it's a good idea to review our guidelines:

BCMH is Prepared, Safe, and Ready to Care

Obituary - Phillip Dean Armentrout

Funeral services for Phillip Dean Armentrout of Amsterdam, Missouri will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2020 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri.  There will be no visitation.  Private burial in Scott Cemetery, Amsterdam, Missouri.  Contributions to the Amsterdam Fire Department, Amsterdam Methodist Church or Scott Cemetery.  Online condolences

Phillip D. Armentrout, age 71 of Amsterdam, Missouri died Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler.  He was born August 28, 1948 to Jack Albert and Opal Roselee Cowley Armentrout in Butler, Missouri.

Phillip is survived by his wife, Onda Armentrout of Amsterdam, Missouri; two sons, Mark Armentrout and wife Carla of Hume, Missouri and Bryan Armentrout and wife Janelle of Butler, Missouri; one daughter, Angela Armentrout of Amsterdam, Missouri; five grandchildren, Erin, Ella, John, Augey and Audrey; and uncles, aunts and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two twin infant grandsons, Nathan and Joseph Dean Armentrout.

From Bates County Clerk Marlene Wainscott

There will not be voting at the Hudson R-9 School on June 2nd. The Hudson R-9 School Board candidates shall assume the responsibilities of their offices at the same time and in the same manner as if they had been elected.

The voters that normally vote in Passaic for the Municipal Election will vote in the Butler High School Gym in Ward I.


Farmers can apply for pandemic loss assistance

University of Missouri Extension: The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will provide $16 billion to ag producers who suffered losses because of the pandemic. Signup will begin on May 26th through the Farm Service Agency; producers can start preparing now. Learn more at:
#2xAg2030 #AgBusinessMU #ExtendMU #MUWCR

Pandemic prompts changes to school meal program

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, families that qualify for free or reduced price meals at school may be eligible for a new one-time Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) of up to $302 per child (Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 12) to help cover the cost of meals students have eaten at home on days that schools have been closed. Students can receive P-EBT benefits even if they have been or continue to receive meals provided by the school district during the school closure. If your child was not previously eligible for free or reduced price meals, but you have now lost income, you may be eligible to receive P-EBT benefits (review the P-EBT Eligibility Criteria document below).

The benefit is placed on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card families use to buy food. If you received Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits in March, do not apply for these new/additional benefits. The full $302 will automatically be loaded to your existing EBT card. If you did not receive Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits in March, you must apply for this benefit by June 30, 2020 (see below).

The most efficient way to apply is to submit your application online at You will also likely experience a faster approval process. If you’re not able to apply online, you can follow the link below to the paper application. The fillable PDF document can then be emailed or mailed to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). You will find complete instructions and additional details in the letter to families below.

Please review these important documents carefully:…/de…/files/P-EBT-Letter-to-Families.pdf…/…/files/P-EBT-Eligibility-Criteria.pdf…/default/files/P-EBT-Application.pdf

P-EBT Paper Application (hard copy to fill out and email or mail to DESE if you’re not able to submit the application online)

Please do not send completed applications to your school; see the letter to families above for application submission information.

The Department of Social Services (DSS) will send families a letter indicating they are approved or denied. If you have questions on how to apply for the P-EBT benefit, contact DSS through the online chat feature at or call 855-373-4636. For more information on the EBT card, visit:

Candlelight Vigil set for June 19th

Got a few minutes?

The Adrian VFW could use some help this Thursday morning (May 21st) with putting out flags at the Crescent Hill Cemetery at 8am. 

Anyone wanting to help, please just meet at the cemetery between 8 & 8:30. Thank you!

Four wheeler accident in Hume

On 5/18/20 around 2:30pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County along with Bates County Sheriffs Deputies responded to an ATV rollover accident on Railroad Street just west of 4th Street in Hume.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2018 Polaris Ranger driven by 19-year-old Cooper M. Mullican of Ft. Scott, Kansas ran off the side of the roadway and overturned.

Mr. Mullican sustained minor injuries and was transported by private vehicle to Nevada Regional Medical Center for treatment.


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