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24-Pound Tom


Landon Elmer, 16, of Adrian, MO bagged a 24-pound tom early morning on April 23, 2012. The tom has an 11-inch beard and 1-inch spurs. Landon bagged a 16-pound jake the previous Monday morning on opening day. Pictured is Landon holding his tom.

Scouts hold Pinewood Derby


Adrian Cub Scouts Pack 238 held the Pinewood Derby again this year. The scouts hand-crafted all sorts of fun cars for the big race. Pack 238 racers are pictured. Front row: Zach Formhals, Derek Miner, Kendrick Baldwin, Gunner Turner, Walker Watts. Second row: Nicholas Falcon, John Wackerman, Colton Bass, Zach Turner, Jackson Bass, Camden Hragyail, Logan Lybarger, Brantley Dennison, Trevor Newport, Hector Falcon. Third row: Mason Reid, Lukas Stone, Hunter Talley, Jayden Reitz.

Engaged to Wed...Nevins - Osborne


James and Billie Osborne of Adrian, MO are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Logan Osborne, to Ashtin Nevins, daughter of Russ and Lori Nevins of Lee’s Summit, MO. An April 27, 2012 wedding and reception will take place at Longview Mission in Lee’s Summit, MO.

Engaged to Wed...Henry - Talley


Mitch and Kelly Talley of Adrian, MO would like to announce the engagement of their son, Ryan Talley of Adrian, MO to Elizabeth Henry of Bellevue, NE. The couple is planning a wedding in the Spring of 2013.

Celebrates 100th Birthday


Friends and family from throughout the Midwest gathered to celebrate Esther (Gutshall) Summers’ 100th birthday on April 22 at the WMAT&MA’s Frontier Village. Esther, who turned 100 on April 25, currently resides in Raymore. In addition to a potluck dinner with her family and friends, several of her former students arrived later in the day for cake, picture taking and sharing their favorite memories of the guest of honor. Esther is a 1929 graduate of Adrian.  

Kidz Zone participates in Earth Day


The Kidz Zone Learning Center, under the direction of Shaunna Petty and Michaella Nisely, participated in Earth Day activities. The kids took their extra items to the recycle bins behind City Hall. The kids also picked up all the trash at the Adrian Optimist Park. They really enjoyed saving their planet!

Juanita Florence Nestlerode 1925 - 2012

Juanita Florence Nestlerode, age 87 of Butler, Missouri died Monday, April 16, 2012 at Willow Lane Nursing Center in Butler. She was born April 16, 1925 to Charles Newman and Josephine Anna Florence Short Howell in Bates County, Missouri.

Graveside services were 2:30 Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Orient Cemetery in Harrisonville, Missouri with Matthew Cunningham officiating. Contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice.

Barbara Ann Keller 1930 - 2012

Barbara Ann Keller Preston, age 81 formerly of Belton, Missouri passed away Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler, Missouri. She was born November 3, 1930 to Siegel Frederick and Lois Mae Freetly Keller in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Barbara’s wishes were to be cremated. Private family inurnment at later date. Contributions, Charity of Choice.

Adrian students participate in contests, honored for achievements


Adrian students have been given a variety of opportunities to participate in contests organized through the school or through local civic groups. That good old Blackhawk pride has shined bright with students being honored for their achievements in the following contests: Oratorical Zone Level Contest, 6th Grade Quiz Bowl, FFA and Substance Abuse Poster Contest.

James Wood and Morgan Jenkins participated in the regional competition at Clinton last weekend. They were both runners up in the contest.


Drugs seized



On April 9, members of the Bates County Sheriff’s Office, Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office and the CNET Drug Task Force concluded a month long narcotics investigation. The conclusion ended with two arrests in the parking lot of Walmart in Nevada, MO. Agents seized two pounds of pure methamphetamine with a street value of approximately $100,000.00. The methamphetamine was being delivered to a local dealer that would have put it in circulation in our area.

Bates County Memorial Hospital Board

Following the April 3 election, Rick King is the newly elected board member. The BCMH Board includes: Front row - Rusty Hamilton, Harold Caskey, Jim Shade. Back row: Jerry Jones and Rick King.

Bates County Memorial Hospital Board


Following the April 3 election, Rick King is the newly elected board member. The BCMH Board includes: Front row - Rusty Hamilton, Harold Caskey, Jim Shade. Back row: Jerry Jones and Rick King.

Adrian Chamber names Business of the Month - Bates County Industries


The Adrian Chamber of Commerce’s featured business for April is Bates County Industries. The business, a sheltered workshop, is located at Route 1, Butler, near the Butler Memorial Airport. It has been in Bates County for at least 30 years and was formerly located in a building just off the southeast corner of the Butler Square.

Students of the Month recognized


The Adrian Optimist Club is pleased to honor Students of the Month from the Miami, Ballard and Adrian schools. Each student is honored with a certificate of recognition from the Adrian Optimist Club and $20.00 in Adrian Chamber of Commerce “Chamber Bucks.” This month's recipients are: Scott Morris, Ballard; Laeci Hall, Miami; and Payton Wilson, Adrian.

Right: Adrian Optimist Member Gene Irvin, Scott Morris and Ballard Principal Jimmie Barton.

Middle: Miami Activities Director Brian Wood, Laeci Hall and Adrian Optimist Member Gene Irvin.

AHS students go “One Day Without Shoes”


Adrian FCCLA showed its support for kids in need on Friday, April 13. Spearheaded by FCCLA Member Kireston Luptak and Advisor Julie Carr, high school students joined Tom’s Shoes in an effort to help raise awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life by going without shoes for a day. This effort, “One Day Without Shoes,” changes lives, and Adrian High School students jumped on board to help out. For a donation of $5.00, students were permitted to go without shoes during the school day. Some of the “One Day Without Shoes” participants are pictured.

Blackhawks host invitational meet


The Adrian Blackhawks hosted a track meet on Thursday, April 12. The girls tied for 6th place and the boys placed 3rd with a total of 72 points. Coach Robards stated, “I am pleased with how the girls performed given the weather we had. We have been very luck so far to have great weather and they adjusted very well. We had two girls set new personal records, Jessica Still in the long jump and Morgan Jenkins in the 300m hurdles. Also, Quincy Keating placed higher in the triple jump than she has all season by taking 2nd.

Adrian Lions Club holds 20th annual golf tournament


The 20th Annual Bob Gunn Memorial Lions Club Golf Tournament was held Sunday, April 15 at the Butler Country Club. Winners of the tournament were:

Championship - 1st Ward, Ward, Hough, Pederson 58; 2nd Stephens, Reed, Enos, James 60; 3rd Warden, Warden, Warden, Hocker 61.

A Flight - 1st Sherwood, Alexander, Cope, Sherwood 64; 2nd McVey, Sargent, Miller, Steinbeck 64; 3rd Scott, Campbell, McMillan, Ritter 64.

B Flight - 1st Hill, Hill, Vogl, Griffith 69; 2nd Castrogiovanni, McBrayer, Burgess, Burgess 69; 3rd McIntire, Hough, Crites, Gibson, 69.

TOPS #814 install new officers


TOPS #814 Adrian met Thursday evening, April 12.  Members present were Vianne Briscoe, Ann Weeks, Janice McCully, Annie Zellmer, Mary Lee Oates, Beverly Fuller, and Sylvia Eldridge.  Chapter members were glad to see ‘snow bird,’ Ann Weeks!  The group had four losses, two gains, and one turtle (stayed the same). The yearly installation ceremony was held. 

For more information call Martha McDowell at 816-297-2375 or Mary Lee Oates at 816-297-2658.

Esther Summers to celebrate 100th birthday


Esther “Gutshall” Summers will be celebrating her 100th birthday on Sunday, April 22nd. Old friends and students are invited to stop by the WMAT&MA Ladies Auxiliary building in Frontier Village from 2:30-4:00 p.m. to wish her happy birthday.

Longtime friends/rivals to play collegiate basketball at Culver-Stockton University


With family and friends present, Adrian’s Eric Moles and longtime friend and rival Timmy Powell (formerly of Miami High School) inked a four-year deal to play collegiate football at Culver-Stockton University last Wednesday. The university has granted scholarships for both players after thorough review by Head Coach Jack Schrader.

Powell appreciates the opportunity to play for Head Coach Schrader. “This is a good opportunity to play basketball at Culver-Stockton. Getting to play with a great friend is another opportunity,” Powell said.

Lonnie Ray Wackerman 1934 - 2012


Lonnie Ray Wackerman, son of Hazel and Bert Wackerman, was born April 13, 1934 in Adrian, Missouri. He was called home to heaven on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the age of 78. A memorial visitation service will be held at Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian, Missouri, on Sunday, April 22, 2012, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Helen Elayne McLay 1952 - 2012

Helen Elayne McLay, age 59 of De Beque, Colorado, formerly of Butler, Missouri died Thursday, April 12, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. She was born August 17, 1952 to Ora Lewis and Helen Lorene Lord West in Bates County, Missouri.

Helen’s wishes were to be cremated. Memorial services were held in Colorado. Contributions to Helen’s medical expenses, c/o Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler, Missouri.

George Edward Harkrader

George Edward Harkrader age 87 of Pappinsville, Missouri died Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at Willow Lane Nursing Home. He was born January 27, 1925 to George and Sophia Harkrader in Pleasant Gap, Missouri.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Barrett Case officiating. Burial in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Prairie City, Missouri with Rev. Michael Manz presiding. Contributions may be given to the Heartland Hospice, American Heart Association or Charity of Choice.

Eddie Lee Dodds 1921 - 2012

Eddie Lee Dodds, age 90 of Butler, Missouri died Sunday, April 8, 2012 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born May 9, 1921 to Lester Lee Dodds and Bessie Marie (Domer) in Rockville, Missouri.

Funeral services were Thursday, April 12, 2012 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with John Magoffin officiating. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to Heartland Honor Flight or Ohio Street United Methodist Church.

Mistie Dawn Sinkhorn 1971 - 2012

Mistie Dawn Sinkhorn, age 40 of Butler, Missouri died Monday, April 9, 2012 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. She was born June 18, 1971 to James Spencer and Rita Kay Craig Sinkhorn in Butler.

Funeral services were 1 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2012 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler with Pastor Ron Dunlap officiating. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to Humane Society or American Diabetes Association.

Louise Marie Urban 1931 - 2012

Louise Marie Urban, age 80 of Butler, Missouri died Friday, April 13, 2012 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. She was born July 17, 1931 to Glenn and Annie (Sanford) Pahlman in Glasgow, Montana.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Eldon Allen officiating. Graveside and committal services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 at the Sylvan Grove Cemetery in Sylvan Grove, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church or Salvation Army.

Bobby Woodrow Moles 1927 – 2012

Bobby “Bob” Woodrow Moles, 85, Adrian, MO, passed away Monday, April 16, 2012 at Adrian Manor. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Adrian. Burial will be in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Friends may call from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at the Atkinson Chapel in Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to Adrian Manor.

Richard Lawrence Wimsatt 1928 – 2012

Richard L. “Speck” Wimsatt, 83, of Adrian, MO passed away Thursday, April 12th, 2012 at Adrian Manor, surrounded by family. Graveside services were held Tuesday, April 17 at Crescent Hill Cemetery in Adrian, MO, officiated by Gary Cantrell. Music by Larry Cantrell, soloist and Bud Ford, guitar. Military honors were under the auspices of Harrisonville Honor Guard, VFW Post #4409 and U.S. Marine Corps. Memorial contributions may be made to the Adrian Fire Department or Heartland Hospice of Butler, MO.

City of Adrian elected officials take office


Adrian City Clerk Melisa Newkirk swears-in the newly elected City Aldermen and Mayor. Left to right: Melisa Newkirk, City Clerk; Danny Ferguson, North Ward Alderman; Joyce Talley, South Ward Alderman; and Larry Ritter, Mayor.

Ali Feris wins Project Prom’s t-shirt design contest...again!


Ali Feris was pronounced the winner of Adrian Project Prom’s 5th annual t-shirt design contest on March 21st. There were five submissions and six participants in all. The theme for this year’s prom is “Enchanted Forest”. This is not the first time for Ali as she placed second last year and won in 2010. Her art will have the distinguished honor of being printed on over 130 t-shirts that will be given to students and their dates who attend the after prom party at Dave & Buster’s.

Adrian VFW Post 1935 pays tribute to local World War II veterans


Right: John Petty, a longtime Adrian resident, is honored by Adrian VFW members for his World War II service in the United States Navy. Left to right: Tim Hummel, Ronnie Koehn, Don Arndt, Clarence Muiller, Bob Hess, W.K. Jenkins, Don Durbin, Dennis Petty and Larry Bunch.

Far right: Kenneth Swigart, Archie, is a World War II veteran who served in the United States Navy. He resides at Adrian Manor. Swigart is honored for his service by Adrian VFW members. Left to right: Tim Hummel, Clarence Muiller, Bob Hess, Larry Bunch, W.K. Jenkins, Ronnie Koehn and Don Arndt.

Easter Egg Hunting in Adrian


Right: The Adrian Lions Club hosted its annual Easter Egg Hunt last Saturday. A large number of kids from Adrian and area towns joined in the hunt for Easter eggs.

Far right: The residents of Houston Plaza organized an Easter Egg Hunt for the first graders at Adrian Elementary. With bright smiles and excitement, the students searched for eggs in their classrooms.

Eldridge honored as 2nd place winner in TOPS Division 9


TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) had their State Recognition Days (SRD) in St. Louis on March 30 & 31. Over 1200 TOPS members gathered for the event. Among them was Sylvia Eldridge a member and the leader of TOPS #814 Adrian. On Saturday morning, Eldridge was honored as the second place in Division 9 winner in the State of Missouri. Division 9 is the surgery weight-loss classification in TOPS.  Eldridge’s story follows:

Blackhawks participate in two meets at Midway


The Adrian varsity track teams participated in the Midway Invitational Tuesday, April 3. The girls finished in 5th place and the boys finished 3rd with 87 points. Coach Robards stated, “This wasn’t one of our best meets. We struggled in several events where we have been strong. A few season firsts to point out, Brittany Williams finished in the top 3 in the 1600m run and in the 800m run, Kamiron Luptak finished 1st in the 400m dash and also set a new personal record, and our 4x400 relay team also set a new personal record. Coach Cochran said, “The kids ran really well today.

Food Pantry feeds Bates County families


About 300 families are receiving goods and/or services from the Bates County Community Food Pantry in Butler. For 10 years now the pantry has provided meals and services for families in need. It is located at 709 W Ohio Street in Butler and is open Monday - Thursday from 8:30am - 3:00pm.

Let the games begin!


Communities united once again to help raise funds for the Bates County Children’s Center. Last Saturday a large crowd attended the 5th Annual Casino Night at the Adrian Optimist Building. Countless people donated their time, money and resources to help raise funds for the Center.  Games, mouse races, prizes and an auction made the night a great time for all while supporting a very needed youth organization.

Adrian students take first


Adrian High School freshmen Morgan Jenkins and James Wood won the local Oratorical Contest hosted by the Adrian Optimist Club for their presentations with this year’s theme: “How Optimisim Helps Me Overcome Obstacles.” Their wins in Adrian landed them an opportunity to advance to the Zone level to compete against winners from other schools. Both Morgan and James took first place at the Zone contest in Clinton, MO. They will now advance to Regionals on April 14, 2012 in Clinton using the same speech they delivered in Adrian.

Giant colon display draws attention to cancer awareness


March was colon cancer awareness month. To help bring awareness to Bates County, the staff of Bates County Memorial Hospital provided guided, walk-through tours of a giant colon display on Thursday, March 29, 2012.

Bags one


Trevor Thompson went hunting with his dad Kenny and his uncle, Mike Horner, just west of Adrian. He shot a turkey with a 10 inch beard and 1/2 inch spurs.

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Evertt McGuire 1915 - 2012

Evertt McGuire, age 96, of Butler, Missouri died Friday, April 6, 2012 at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. He was born April 7, 1915 in Morgan County, Kentucky to Ezra and Pearlie McQuinn McGuire in Morgan County, Kentucky.

Graveside services were Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler, Missouri with Rev. Lance Loughridge officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Meals On Wheels.

Ellis Ray “Short” Adams 1927 - 2012

Ellis Ray “Short” Adams, 85, Adrian, MO, died Saturday, March 31, 2012 at his home in Adrian.  Funeral services were held Thursday, April 5, 2012 at the Atkinson Chapel in Adrian. Burial was in Freeman Cemetery, Freeman, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice in Butler.

Blackhawks host track meet


The Adrian Blackhawks hosted a track meet on Thursday, March 29. There were 10 teams competing and the boys took 2nd place with 112 points. Drexel won the meeting with 119 points.

Blackhawks open 2012 season


The Adrian Blackhawks baseball team opened their 2012 season on Monday, March 26. They traveled to Lakeland and were defeated 10-12. Tuesday, March 27 they were on the road again as they played KC Lutheran at Belton and won 13-5. Their first home game was held on Thursday, March 29 against Archie and they were defeated 23-1. On Saturday the Blackhawks went to Cole Camp and won the contest 16-6.

Right: Travis Proell took his turn at pitching against Archie last Thursday night at Adrian.

Far right: Wyatt Cumpton waits for his pitch against Archie last Thursday at home.

Veteran honored


The fourth veteran at Adrian Manor to be recognized by the Adrian VFW was Robert Hubbell. Veterans presenting Mr. Hubbell with his certificate on Wednesday, March 28 were, left to right, Don Durbin, Bob Hess, Lance McClymond, Tim Hummel, W. K. Jenkins, Clarence Muiller, Larry Bunch, Tom Dayringer. Hubbell served in the Army.

Attends FCCLA Leadership Conference


Students from Adrian R-III School attended the annual Missouri Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference, March 25-27, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia, MO. The delegates from across the state represented more than 11,00 members of Missouri FCCLA. The members from Adrian attending were: Kireston Luptak, the Region 12 President; Josie Lovejoy, the Region 12 Vice-President; Bridgete Shelton, STAR Event Participant; Caitlin Kimminau and Maddie Reynolds, STAR Event Youth Judges. Their advisor, Mrs.

First Turkey


Evan Tolle, son of Gary and Kendra Tolle, shot his first turkey during Missouri Youth Season on Sunday, April 1st. The turkey weighed 24 lbs. and an 11 inch beard.

Project Prom is asking kids to “Engage Their Brains”

The Adrian Project Prom committee is hard at it again! Preparing for the annual after prom party always proves to be a challenge for all involved. On top of that, we are giving special attention to our scholarship process. It’s our spoken purpose and practice to provide a positive and healthy environment in the hours following the catered dinner and dance of the prom but what we really care about is the long term futures of our young people.

Adrian Elks holds installation


The Adrian Elks Lodge #2865 recently held their installation of officers. Pictured are: Front row (left to right): Larry Boyles, Leading Knight; Wayne Bunch, Trustee; Sammi Bartel, Chaplain; Patsy Page, Tiler; Jeanne Kunkelman, Lecturing Knight. Back row (left to right): Kevin Boyles, Esquire; Allen Page, Trustee; Phyllis Bunch, Secretary; Keith Kunkelman, Exalted Ruler; Lee Boyles, Trustee; David Powell, Loyal Knight. Not pictured: Larry Peterson, Treasurer; Bill Page, Trustee; Leroy Kagarice, Trustee; Kevin Leaval, Inner Guard.

William T. Divine 1928 – 2012

William T. Divine, 83, Archie, MO, died Monday, March 26, 2012 at Benchmark Health Care in Harrisonville, MO. Memorial services will be held at a later date. (Cremation).

Edna Herring 1923 - 2012

Edna Herring, age 88 of Hume, Missouri died Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at Country View Nursing Home in Prescott, Kansas. She was born November 20, 1923 to Bud Floyd Allen and Ella Letita Clark LaFarge in Bloomfield, Nebraska.

Funeral services were Monday, April 2, 2012 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Fred Bisby officiating and Rev. Gene Ramshur assisting. Burial, Salem Cemetery, Foster, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Missouri Baptist Children’s Home in Peculiar, Missouri.

Larry Eugene Ford 1950 – 2012

Larry Eugene Ford, 61, Archie, MO, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Tulsa, Oklahoma after a long 6 year lung cancer fight. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 29, 2012 at the Atkinson Chapel in Harrisonville, MO. Burial was in Freeman Cemetery, Freeman, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to Grand River Baptist Church in Freeman.