June 2020

Shirley Gene Battagler


Shirley Gene Battagler, 87 of rural Orrick, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Liberty Hospital. Shirley was born on the family farm near Orrick, on October 1, 1932, to Frank and Nettie (Hessenflow) Battagler. He had lived his entire life around Orrick and near where his life began. He was a lifelong farmer. He had attended Excelsior Springs High School and graduated with the class of 1950. He had served his country proudly in The United States Army during the Korean Conflict in the 1950's.

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Mary Lou Zegers


Mary Lou Zegers of Lawson, Missouri, died June 14, 2020 at the age of 67 years. Mary was born in West Point, Nebraska.

Mary enjoyed hiking, camping with her friends and going to the movies. Mary was a loyal honest and loving friend and devoted wife.

Ernestine H. Powell


Ernestine H.  Powell, 100, of Excelsior Springs, MO formerly of Belton, MO, died June 24, 2020 at Excelsior Springs Nursing and Rehab. Ernestine was born January 3, 1920 to Charles and Bertha (Fritz) Hockaday in Peculiar, MO.  She married William V. (Bill) Powell in 1940 and they remained married until Bill’s death in 2007.

NBA gears up for July to resume season


With much of the country starting to reopen from the coronavirus pandemic, professional sports leagues are making their plans to return.

One league that will return soon is the NBA. Recently, players and NBA owners reached an agreement to continue the 2019-20 season. Play stopped play in March with about a month left in the regular season.

Starting July 31, games will be played at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. Teams are to be quarantined and games are to be played without fans, multiple media outlets reported.