Saturday, December 3, 2011

Donations needed for Toys for Tykes...

Donations are needed for the Toys for Tykes Christmas gift drive… gifts are needed for 300 children in the Bates County area. Donation boxes are available at the following locations to drop off an unwrapped gift for children up to 16 years old:

Community First Bank West branch
Security Bank of Rich Hill
Food Fair in Rich Hill,
Max Motors Butler
Walmart in Butler
Adrian Bank in Butler
Dollar Store of Butler  and Rich Hill
Caseys on Orange street in Butler
Yoss Thriftway in Adrian
Adrian Manor
O'reilly's Automotive in butler
Mcbee's in Amsterdam
Pizza Hut of Butler
Butler elementary, Hume and Miami schools

The deadline is December 15th and parents will be scheduled to pick up gift before Christmas. Each donation you make will brighten a child’s christmas morning…. the gift you donate may be the only gift they receive.

-courtesy FM 92 the Bullet

Friday, December 2, 2011

Freezing rain gone from the forecast

Rain likely in the morning...then rain in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 50s. Temperatures steady in the afternoon. South winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation 90 percent.
Saturday Night
Cloudy. Rain in the evening...then a slight chance of light rain and drizzle after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph shifting to the west after midnight. Chance of precipitation 90 percent.

Circuit Court News Nov 28-Dec 2

Diana L Rich, Clerk 
Nov 28-Dec 2, 2011

Mark L Corn v Kelly L Corn, Petition for Dissolution of Marriage filed.

JoAnn Altschul, Daniel Prine v Darrel Tenholder, Petition for Injunction and Damages Arising Out of Trespass filed.

Forest Davenport v Kevin Davenport, Petition for Order of Protection is dismissed by Petitioner.

Travis C Spangler v Jackie L Spangler, Dissolution of Marriage granted.

Tamarah Denise Gaston v Steven Lee Gaston, Petition for Dissolution of Marriage filed.

St v. Todd R Harris, Felony possession of controlled substance, marijuana, set for 12-19-11.

St v. Jerry E Gillia, Felony possession of controlled substance, marijuana, set for 12-19-11.

Melody Hood v MO DOR, Petition for Trial De Novo filed.

Rhonda L Huntley v Patrick O Huntley, Dissolution of Marriage granted.

St v. Christopher J Wadel, I: Felony assault, found not guilty, II: Felony abuse of a child, found not guilty, III: Felony statutory sodomy, found guilty, IV: Felony statutory sodomy, found guilty, V: Felony statutory rape, found guilty, VI: Felony endangering welfare of a child, found guilty, VII: Felony endangering welfare of a child, found guilty, Jury Verdict.

The good and bad news about holiday weight gain

Research shows that most of the weight we gain in one year’s time occurs between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. That same research also shows that we don’t lose that weight when the holidays are over. Tammy Roberts, nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension says “With planning and a little bit of discipline, we can prevent that holiday weight gain and some of the chronic conditions that are associated with being overweight.”

Most people think the average weight gain for the holidays is 5-10 pounds. “Believe it or not, we actually only gain an average of one pound during the holiday season” says Roberts. One pound may make it seem worth it to over-indulge during the holidays but Roberts says you should really think twice about that. “The problem is that we don’t lose the one pound that we gain during the holiday season and that adds up year after year.”

Those extra pounds can lead to overweight or obesity and then it becomes a threat to our health. Overweight and obesity contribute to two of our most prevalent chronic diseases; diabetes and heart disease.

The words of Ben Franklin many years ago still ring true. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” If we can manage not to gain weight during the holidays, we never have to worry about losing it. For your health, Tammy Roberts suggests that you consider these tips for eating as you approach the holiday season:

•When you go through a buffet line, take small portions and eat slowly. Then, stay far away from the food table. It’s too tempting if you are near.

•When you go to a party, prepare and take your favorite low-calorie dish.

•If you are going to a gathering where you know there will be a lot of food, plan on filling at least half of your plate with fruits and vegetables.

•Think fun! It is fun to get outside and go for a brisk walk or go to the skating rink or bowling alley. Plan an outdoor scavenger hunt for the family. These activities will all help burn those holiday calories.

The good news is that it is only one pound; the bad is that we don’t lose it. The bottom line is if you make a plan for your holiday eating and add some activity you shouldn’t have to worry about even one pound of weight gain.

-our thanks to Tammy Roberts, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist

Wadel found guilty on child sex abuse charges

Thursday, December 1st, a Bates County Jury found 28 year old Christopher Wadel guilty of child sexual abuse and child endangerment. Prosecuting Attorney Hugh C. Jenkins presented the State's case and the Jury deliberated for just over 4 hours before finding Wadel guilty on two counts of Statutory Sodomy, one count of Statutory Rape and two counts of Child Endangerment. Wadel was found not guilty on the charge of assault and felony child abuse. Judge James Journey presided over the 3 day trial.

Expert testimony was given by professional forensic interviewers from the Children's Centers in Butler and Nevada, Missouri and the Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. These professionals are trained specifically to deal with the trauma of child sexual abuse and forensic evidence of the abuse was presented by the State. Testimony was also heard from both of the victims, the grandparents and the natural mother of the children. Christopher Wadel did not testify.

In May of 2010 a report was made to the Bates County Sheriff's Department alleging physical abuse of the children and as the investigation continued, the young victims, ages 4 and 5 when the crimes were committed disclosed that sexual abuse had occurred.

Wadel was arrested in January of 2011 and has been in the Bates County jail since that time. After the verdict was read, Wadel was immediately taken into custody and returned to the Bates County Jail to await sentencing scheduled for the February 2012 trial week.

-Bates County Prosecuting Attorney, Hugh C. Jenkins

Bates County Elks meet quota on donated bikes

First, a big thank you to our community for an overwhelming response in donating bicycles to the Bates County Elks to fix up for local kids for Christmas. According to Terry Agnew, the Elks now have plenty of bikes on hand and they are not able to accept any more at this time.

Again, the Elks would like to thank everyone for their donations. The refurbished bikes will be distributed later this month.