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Betty J. Fields


Betty J. Fields, 87 of Leeton, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Mineral Creek Cemetery in Leeton. Arrangements entrusted to Williams Funeral Chapel ...

Playoff roundup: Kickapoo, Branson girls advance


The game also marked the end of senior Tyra Moore's high school career, but she plans to continue playing basketball next year at Northwest Missouri State University ...
The Tigers (24-5) face Leeton (27-2) Saturday at 1 p.m. at Clinton High School.

Macks Creek makes it three straight districts


The Pirates captured their third straight district title in a 58-52 win over Hermitage in Halfway, Mo., Thursday night ...
If they win they will face Drexel or Leeton in Clinton on Saturday at 1 p.m., for another Final Four bid.

Virginia L. Peters Harmon


BRADENTON, Fla. — Virginia L. Peters Harmon, 95, of Waters Edge in Bradenton passed away Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at Tidewell Hospice House, Bradenton, She was born March 26, 1919, in Leeton, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and ...

Leeton, Missouri Vacation Rentals


Leeton, Missouri offers great vacation house rental and home rental-by-owner deals for the knowledgeable traveler. No matter what budget or level of comfort you seek in your holiday to Leeton, MO, there's surely a great local vacation home rental available ...

Connie Lou Lanning


Connie Lou Lanning, 78, Leeton, Mo. passed away Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 at her home. Connie was born March 2, 1936 in Chariton, Iowa the daughter of Melvin Louis Lathrop and Ruth Marie (Hixson) Lathrop. She was raised in Chariton. She was united in marriage ...

Airman's death prompts investigation in Leeton, Mo.


Whiteman spokeswoman Jennifer Green said in a release Monday the airman was found dead Sunday at his home in Leeton, which is about 20 miles southeast of the Whiteman base in Knob Noster. The victim's identity and cause of death haven't been released.

Former pastor charged with child sex crimes


A pastor who once led churches in Missouri is now accused in a slew of sex crimes. It's been 15 years since Richard Seaton was pastor at Leeton United Methodist Church in Leeton, MO, and 15 years since the first victim contacted police. There were numerous ...

Bringing America Back: Saving Small Towns Through Groceries


Like many small, rural towns across the country, Leeton, Mo., has been squeezed by bigger towns and shopping malls. The once booming town that now has barely 600 residents saw its last grocery store close in the late 1990s. The move forced residents to ...

Mo.-based Bank of Leeton closed by regulators


SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Leeton, Mo.-based Bank of Leeton was closed by regulators Friday, marking the sixth bank failure of 2010. Bank of Leeton had $20.1 million in assets and $20.4 million deposits as of Dec. 31, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp ...

Pride & Poetry: Jane Austen fridge magnets


“A box of pride & prejudice & sense & sensibility & more.” Fridge magnet poetry is all kinds of awesome and when you combine it with a good topic, such as Jane Austen, then you’re set for fun times…

Playoff roundup: Kickapoo, Branson girls advance


Junior guard Laura Vierkant scored 17 points and Kickapoo played lockdown defense to score a 61-21 win over Ozark in Tuesday’s Class 5 District 11 girls basketball semifinals. The corresponding semif…

New South Wales


New South Wales (abbreviated as NSW) is a state on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, South Australia to the west, the Tasman Sea to the east and s…

Freedom Foods takes a hit as profit falls


SHARES in cereal and muesli bar maker Freedom Foods have dropped 10 per cent as upgrades to a southern NSW plant ate into its half year profit. A $9 million investment in a new automated production l…

Disquiet Junto 0165 Bertoia chair


The assignment this week is to create a composition that explores the sonic resonance of Harry Bertoia’s iconic side chair. On Saturday I procrastinated away my opportunity to go to a main street c…

Talking about artists in schools


Western Riverina Arts invites you to enjoy an evening of guest speakers at the Leeton Multipurpose Community Centre on Thursday 5th March from 6pm.  The theme for the evening will be Artists in Schoo…

Nixa boys rise to No. 2 in state basketball rankings


A nationally-traveling team stands between Nixa and the No. 1 ranking in Missouri Class 5 boys basketball. The Chaminade Red Devils (18-3) rank No. 1 in the state ahead of No. 2 Nixa (22-1). The Eagl…

For Prosperitys Sake Seniors Stories project update


Louise Cooper, facilitating artist of Western Riverina Arts For Prosperitys Sake Seniors Stories project has been busy meeting with local seniors this month. Maisie Miller, Margaret Sands, Patricia Th…

Suchan Says: Prolonged Cold and More Snow Chances


Last night’s snowfall moving east into Mid Atlantic Our recent snow has moved on and offered a fairly wide range on amounts from little more than a dusting in northern Missouri to a solid 6″ snow rep…

More Utopians … New Wales in Patagonia


A FEATURE by Bob Glass New Australia was only one fleeting example of what Richard Gott in Land Without Evil describes as the polyglot collection of foreign visitors – Spanish conquistadores, Portuge…




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The Guardian and a warning to LEETON MISSOURI: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

In http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/02/jehovahs-witnesses-silencing-techniques-child-abuse [6]

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The Guardian and a warning to LEETON MISSOURI: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

In http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/02/jehovahs-witnesses-silencing-techniques-child-abuse [27]



Register now and request your ballots for the year in LEETON MISSOURI

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote, and acts as a request for your State absentee ballots for the year. It is important to complete a new FPCA annually, every time you move or at least 90 days prior to the election you want to vote in.

Completing a new FPCA is easy at FVAP.gov:

  • Select your State from the drop-down on the home page
  • Click the box at the bottom of the page to Register to Vote, Request a Ballot or Update My Voter Info
  • The FVAP online tool will walk you through the form, and provide you with a PDF packet to print, sign and send directly to your local election official (LEO); links are also provided here for States that offer online voter registration
  • You can check the status of your registration and/or ballot request by contacting your LEO at any time

Remember, the only way your LEO knows how to reach you is with the information you provide! Some States allow a longer time between registrations, but if you submit a new FPCA every year, you wont have to worry about your registration or ballot request status and can participate in all the elections* you´re eligible to.

* While there are no regularly scheduled elections for Federal offices, there may be some elections for office which are vacated by the end of the term. Being registered ensures you will be able to participate in these elections.

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