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Missouri Governor Nixon declares State of Emergency due to prolonged heat and severe drought


Missouri Governor Jay Nixon today declared a State of Emergency in Missouri because of the impact that the prolonged severe heat and drought are having on both agriculture and public health. Executive Order 12-07, signed by the Governor on July 23, 2012, activates the State Emergency Operations Plan, which authorizes state agencies to assist local jurisdictions with their emergency response.

Adrian Chamber of Commerce recognizes a Business of the Month



The Adrian Chamber of Commerce’s featured business for July is Adriana’s Italian Ristorante, located at 700 North Old 71 Highway. The business was formerly known as Blackhawk Corner. Adriana’s is owned by Patrick Culp and Pamala Meade. The husband and wife team have extensive experience in the prepared food business.

Phantoms finish season ranked 8th in the State


The 2012 South 71 Phantoms finished up the season on Saturday, July 21 with an 8-3 defeat in the USSSA 12UA World Series at Fountain Bluffs Sports Complex in Liberty, MO at the hands to the eventual champion Bolivar Liberators. The season concluded with the Phantoms as the 5th ranked team in the State of Missouri in the respective class.

Mildred Cox 1915 - 2012

Funeral services for Mildred Cox were held 2 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Mullinax Funeral Home in Drexel with Pastor Steve Bartholomew officiating. Burial was in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel. Contributions may be made to the Drexel FFA.

Don Wilson Harness 1932 - 2010

Don Wilson Harness, age 79 of Raytown, Missouri died Monday, July 16, 2012 at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri after an eight year battle with Parkinson’s Disease and severe dementia. He was born July 26, 1932 to Ralph and Phrone Callahan Harness in the White Oak Community near Urich, Missouri.

Elizabeth Katherine Koch Colson 1974 - 2012

Elizabeth Katherine Koch Colson, age 38 of Montrose, Missouri died Thursday, July 12, 2012 in Urich, Missouri. She was born May 19, 1974 to David Koch and Kathy Patrick in Butler, Missouri.

Funeral services were Monday, July 16, 2012 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Father Tom Hermes officiating. Cremation to follow services. Contributions, Crossroads Hospice of Warrensburg or Lupus Foundation.

Gary Allen Sanders, Jr. 1957 - 2012

Gary Allen Sanders Jr., age 54 of Butler, Missouri died Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at his home in Butler. He was born July 13, 1957 to Gary Allen Sr. and Donna May Francis Sanders in West Plains, Missouri.

Memorial services were Saturday, July 10, 2012 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Chaplain Steve Knoll officiating. Contributions, Special Memorial Project For Butler R-V Schools. Private family inurnment, Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri.

Georgia M. Wood 1951 - 2012

Georgia M. Wood, 60, daughter of William Henry and Dixie Mae (Chitty) Underwood, was born July 30, 1951 in Butler, Missouri. She departed this life surrounded by her family on July 13, 2012 at Citizen’s Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, Missouri after a hard fought battle with cancer.

Margaret Louise Booher 1932 - 2012

Margaret Louise Booher, age 80 of Amsterdam, Missouri died Sunday, July 8, 2012 at Willow Lane Nursing Center in Butler, Missouri. She was born February 27, 1932 to Merle and Lena Rigby Showalter Glessner in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Funeral services were Friday, July 13, 2012 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Rev. Carl Covey officiating. Burial was in Virginia Cemetery, Virginia, Missouri. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Humane Society.

Jack Sullivan Scott 1924 – 2012

Jack Sullivan Scott, 87, Adrian, Missouri, died Thursday, July 12, 2012 at his home. A memorial visitation was held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at the Atkinson Chapel in Adrian, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to the Adrian United Methodist Church building fund or the Adrian Library fund.

Adrian Lions install new officers


The Adrian Lions Club installed new officers last night. Front Row: Wally Henrickson, 1st Vice President; Joey Bailey, President; Kay DePriest, Secretary. Back row: Kyla Pierce, Treasurer; Peggy Herman, Lion Tamer; Derek Pierce, Past President; Joyce Walsh, 2nd Year Director; Cecil DePriest, 2nd Year Director. Not pictured: Donna Pugh, Tail Twister; Barbara Cantrell and Don Trinkle, 1st Year Directors; Lila Gunn, Assistant Treasurer.

Happy 40th Birthday, Bates County Fair!


Right: 2012 marks 40 years that the Bates County Fair has been in existence. To kick off this year’s Fair, a parade full of 40th celebration floats made their way from the fairgrounds to the Butler Square and back.

Far right: The 2012 Mr. & Miss Bates County were crowned on Monday, July 10. Mr. Bates County is Keaton Scott, son of Sara & Jerry Ackerman. Miss Bates County is Keagan Harrison, daughter of Jessica & Anthony Harrison.

Big Bang Winner


The Adrian Lioins Club sold fireworks again this year and as a thank you a drawing was held for The Big Bang. The drawing was held at 2 p.m. on July 4th. The winner, pictured above, was Zoie Watrous of Adrian. At right: Joey Bailey of the Adrian Lions Club holds the drawing box while Fire Chief Gary Dizney, draws out the winner.

Adrian Optimist Club hosts a full day of festivities



Hall of Fame Inductees


Steve and Linda Oldfield to be inducted into the Missouri Newspaper Hall of Fame


Donating blood is safe, easy and quick


The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Adrian, Tuesday, July 10 from 1 - 6 p.m. at the Optimist Building. Following a large holiday, the need for blood is great due to accidents, etc., over the 4th.

Crescent Hill Lodge #368 installs officers


Crescent Hill Lodge #368 held an open meeting Thursday night, June 28, 2012 to install the officers for the new year.  They did this by having a homemade ice cream and cake social.  More than 60 people attended.

Right: The Installing Officers, left to right: W.B. Don Winchell, Installing Master; W.B. Charles Bridges, Worshipful Master; R.W. Bro. George Berrious, Installing Secretary; R.W. Bro. Alvin Griffith, Installing Chaplin.

Robey wins Ipad


Dolly Robey was the recipient of the Ipad from the Adrian Community Library fund raiser as her name was drawn at the Optimist 4th of July Celebration on June 30. The proceeds of this project will be used to purchase a new computer for the library for patron usage. The Library Board members appreciate all who supported this and all activities that are held to fund the library. Pictured are: Roma Welch, Board President and Dolly Robey.

Storytime at the Library


Story Time activities at the Adrian Community Library are being directed by Melinda Elmer and assisted by Sue Merritt. These young children will be listening to stories and how to check out books for summer reading. Stories for ages 2, 3, and 4 begin at 9:00 and for ages 5, 6, and 7 at 9:45 every Monday morning. This opportunity began in June and will continue through July and August. All children are invited to join the groups.

Neal Francis Alkire 1951 - 2012

Neal Francis Alkire, age 60 of Butler, Missouri, died Monday, July 2, 2012 at his home in Butler. He was born November 8, 1951 to Harold Loyd “Bud” and Anna Lou Kaiser Alkire in Butler.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 7, 2012 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Father John Bolderson officiating. Burial, in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions, Family or American Cancer Society.

Louise M. Korneman Jenkins 1922 - 2012

Louise M. (Korneman) Jenkins, daughter of Frank Lewis Korneman and Annie Ethel (Miller) Korneman was born February 1, 1922 in Bates County, MO.

Donald Alton Conner 1935 - 2012

Donald Alton Conner, 76, of Appleton City, Missouri passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Don was born December 26, 1935 to Patrick and Lota (Bright) Conner near Rich Hill, Missouri.

Services were held Saturday, June 30, 2012, 11:00 a.m. at the Hill and Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri. Pastor Michael Manz officiated. Interment in the Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton City, MO.