Obituaries - Page 6 & Legals - Page 7, Relay For Life Memoriam - Page 10 ducation Egentleman, begins the but reading, good company, and reflection must finish him. - John Locke The NEWS XPRESS MoDOT Warns: “Turn Around Don’t Drown” JEFFERSON CITY –With heavy rain forecasted across the state over the next few days, the Missouri Department of Transportation cautions motorists that some state routes are expected to close due to flooding. The recent heavy rains have also washed out culverts over smaller streams causing roads to be closed. The already saturated creeks and streams are expected to rise with flash flooding conditions across the state. Currently, more than 30 roads are closed across the state, and those numbers are expected to increase. BUTLER Bates County, Mo. 64730 Including Vol. 45 Tax No. 26 81¢ June 26, 2015 n10 PAGES [email protected] 2015 Butler Saddle Club Rodeo Current road closures are posted on the MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map, located at www. modot.org. The map is also available as a free app for your iPhone or Android phone or device. The majority of flooded roadways are expected on lettered and numbered routes with low traffic volumes. MoDOT offers the following driving tips that can help avoid delays and unsafe conditions during rainy weather: · Turn on your headlights when windshield wipers are needed. It’s the law. · Slow down, use caution, and don’t use cruise control when driving in rain to avoid skidding and hydroplaning. · Leave plenty of following distance behind the vehicle in front of yours. · Never move or drive around barricades placed on roadways due to high water. Barricades are a warning designed to protect you from an unsafe condition. You can put yourself at serious risk if you proceed into a flooded section of road. · If a road is closed, find another route. · Do NOT drive into high water. Stop and turn around. Notify local police, the sheriff or the Missouri State Highway Patrol. · “Turn Around – Don’t Drown” as highways become impassable. MoDOT crews will open roads after the water recedes and routes are cleared for safe travel. For more information, visit www.modot.org or contact the MoDOT Customer Service Center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636). Poplar Heights Summer Camp Cotton Morris defys gravity while preforming his ear-biter duties for his Wild Horse Race team, while his teammate Casey Morris anchors the horse and Ryon Hough awaits a safe moment to saddle up. Picture courtesy of Robin Williams The 2015 Butler Saddle Club Rodeo kicked off Friday June 19 with the opening ceremony. The running of the colors has been a standard for Butler Saddle Club Rodeos for as long as can be remembered. The second staple is the Wild Horse Race, which was not short on excitement this year. Even with a stoppage on Sunday, the buckles would be awarded to the team of Casey Morris (Anchor), Ryon Hough (Rider), and Cotton Morris (Ear-Biter). As per tradition, last year’s Rodeo Queen was on site Sunday night to crown the new Rodeo Queen and usher in a new Rodeo Princess. Jessica Willerton, daughter of Jesse Willerton and Renee Welliver of Adrian, Mo. became the new Rodeo Queen, while Madison Klinksick, daughter of Rhett and Kelly Klinksick of Rockville, Mo. beat out Maggie Start, daughter of Jared Stark and Karen Thomas of Adrian, Mo. to become Rodeo Princess. All in all, the 2015 Butler Saddle Club Rodeo was a great success that proved an unending amount of adrenalized entertainment. Summer is officially here and registration is now open for Summer Day Camp at Poplar Heights Living History Farm. Camp runs June 29 thru July 2 and is for kids ages 5-10 years of age. There will be 4 days of crafts, adventures, learning, exploring, games and fun. Each day has a different theme - Pioneer, Miner, Farmer and Naturalist. Advance registration is required and camp size is limited. For more information and to register call Poplar Heights Farm at 660-200-5620 or email [email protected] poplarheightsfarm.org. Regis- 2015 Butler Rodeo Queen Jessica Willerton and 2015 Butler Rodeo Princess Madison Klinksick pose after winning. tration is just $40 for all four days and a light lunch is included. Camp hours are 9:00 am to 12:30 pm Poplar Heights Living History Farm is an educational site and nature conservancy located 7 miles northeast of Butler, Missouri on 640 acres. It is operated by the Marais des Cygnes Society, a charitable foundation.
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