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The Christmas season begins with a parade, hot chocolate and Santa


A large crowd lined Main Street in Adrian last Saturday, all bundled up and ready to watch the 3rd Annual Christmas Parade sponsored by the Adrian Chamber of Commerce. To kick off the parade, spectators enjoyed a Craze-y Christmas Show performed by The Dance Craze dancers.

Adrian Optimists recognize Students of the Month


The Adrian Optimist Club is pleased to honor Students of the Month from the Adrian, Miami and Ballard schools. Criteria for this honor center on outstanding academic and civic achievement and school spirit. Staff at each of the schools make the selection, and their decision is based on expansion of these criteria. 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: Zach Lewis, Adrian; Luke Crawford, Miami; and Casey Kreitler, Ballard.

WMAT&MA is recognized as the Adrian Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month



The Adrian Chamber of Commerce has chosen the Western Missouri Antique Tractor and Machinery Association as the business/organization for the month of November. The WMAT&MA currently has approximately 240 members. In 2013, they will be holding their 35th Annual Steam and Gas Engine Tractor Show on the fourth weekend in June.

Carol Sue Thomas 1947 - 2012

Carol Sue Thomas, age 65 of Butler, Missouri, died Monday, November 19, 2012 at her home in Butler. She was born October 27, 1947 to Lester Earl and Hester Orinda Pace Gibbs in El Dorado Springs, Missouri.

Funeral services were Friday, November 23, 2012 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Ron Dunlap officiating. Burial, Sand Ridge Cemetery, El Dorado Springs, Missouri. Contributions, Family.

Russell Eugene Skaggs 1961 - 2012

Russell Eugene Skaggs, age 51 of Butler, Missouri, died Friday, November 16, 2012 at his home in Butler. He was born May 16, 1961 to Lilburn Eldon and Dixiana Dutton Skaggs in Independence, Missouri.

Russell’s wishes were to be cremated. There will be a “Celebration of Life” held at the family home.

Alfred “Ray” Leer 1946 - 2012

Alfred “Red” Ray Leer, age 66 of Butler, Missouri died Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at his home in Butler. He was born August 17, 1946 to Clyde Ray and Lucille Anna Dunn Leer in Nevada, Missouri.

Optimists donate dictionaries


On behalf of the Adrian Optimist Club, Secretary/Treasurer David Hill (second row, far right) and Board Member Josh Nieder (front row, far right) presented dictionaries to Adrian sixth graders on Tuesday, November 27. 

Cox signs with Friends University


Lesley Cox has been a pitcher for the Lady Blackhawks Softball Team for four years. As her high school career comes to an end, a new career begins. On Thursday, November 15, Lesley signed to play softball with Friends University in Wichita, KS. She will play in fall tournaments and on the spring softball team. Lesley will be attending the University on softball and academic scholarships and plans to major in Pre-Physical Therapy.

Adrian Elks Hoop Shoot


The Adrian Elks #2864 sponsored the National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest again this year. The free-throw contest is for boys and girls ages 8 to 13. Contestants from Adrian and Drexel participated in this year’s Hoop Shoot. They were divided into categories by age and gender. Adrian Elks Hoop Shoot Director Sue Miller and members of the local Elks organization presented certificates, trophies and basketballs to the participants and winners. Front row, Emma Thompson, Kaycee Thompson (1st place), Braylen Ford (1st place).

First deer


Right: Jence Griffith shot his first deer northwest of Adrian. It was an 8 point buck. Jence is the 8 year old son of Laura Griffith and the grandson of Neil & Juanita Griffith. (submitted)

Far right: Emma Wernex, 10 years old,  Adrian, killed her first ever deer when she shot this 10 point buck. (submitted)

Adrian R-III honors veterans


Veterans Day is a time for Americans to honor the men and women who have served or are serving in the United States military. In Adrian, veterans were honored with an amazing tribute full of honor, recognition and emotion. High School Government Teacher Jessie McWilliams worked with R-III staff and students along with local veterans to coordinate a Veterans Day assembly.

3rd Annual Christmas Parade & Hot Chocolate Night

Saturday, November 24

Dance Craze Christmas Show - 4:00pm
Christmas Parade - 4:30pm
Best Overall Entry to Award
For more information:
Lori Haskins, 816-297-2194 Linda Oldfield, 816-297-2100
Parade entries should line up at the VFW Building at 3:30pm.
Sponsored by the Adrian Chamber of Commerce

Hot Chocolate Night Following the Parade
Visit Santa
Train Rides, Hay Rides
Sponsored by WMAT&MA

R-III students learn about the election process and cast their votes



To coincide with a unit about the electoral college and the United States Presidential duties, Adrian Middle School Teacher Debbie Slattery set-up a mock election so that her 6th and 7th grade students could learn hands-on about the election process. Mrs. Slattery obtained ballots from the Bates County Clerk’s Office and County Clerk Marlene Wainscott gave her “I Voted” stickers as well.

Ten first time donors give blood


At our bloodmobile on Tuesday, November 6, was a day of waiting. Several donors left and didn’t return; however 61 donors did show up and we collected 58 good units of blood. One major piece of equipment was not on the truck as we were setting up about 12:00. A hurried call and the piece of equipment was on the way. This caused us to not be able to start to draw blood until its arrival at 2:30 p.m. Sorry for the wait.

Library hosts Geneology class


The Adrian Community Library hosted a Geneology Class on Monday, November 12th. The presenter was Linda Cox from the Peculiar, Missouri. Fifteen community members attended the program and learned about how to begin genealogy research, resource sites to view, documentation, and helpful websites. Additional information is available in the Adrian Community Library.


Walk with FCCLA - Breast Cancer Walk-A-Thon

On October 20th, three Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, Josie Lovejoy, Makyna Six, and Stacy LeRosen, held a Breast Cancer Walk-a-thon at the Adrian Sports Complex. It was a beautiful day with the perfect walking weather. The event started at 9am with check-in and the walk-a-thon starting shortly after at 9:30. We had a total of 23 people walk and 17 sponsors. Around 10:30 the walk ended with plenty of comments of how great the walk turned out and how this was a great project.

Named DAR Good Citizens


The Harmony Mission Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored seniors from seven area high schools on November 12, 2012 at the Ohio Street United Methodist Church in Butler. The students were selected for this award by the faculty and senior class of their schools. Each student was presented a Certificate recognizing him/her as the Good Citizen representing their school for the year 2012. They also each received a Good Citizen lapel pin and wallet card.

Adrian Youth Cheerleading (AYC) Football Cheerleading banquet



On Friday evening, November 9th, 2012, Adrian Youth Cheerleading celebrated the end of the Football Cheerleading Season with a Pot Luck Dinner, Awards Ceremony, and FUN in the new addition to the Adrian Optimist Club building. Approximately 90 people joined the team founder, Casey Keyton, and Coaches Darlene Blum, Samantha Blum, Sarah Formals, Sarah Hughes, Jill Riley, and Amber Shaffer, in honoring the accomplishments that each cheerleader has made during the 2012 Football Cheerleading Season.

Yoss Thriftway makes donation


Kip Yoss (third from left) of Yoss Thriftway, presented a check for $665.00 to the Adrian Ministerial Alliance. The donation came from proceeds off of the sale of Yoss Thriftway t-shirts. Accepting the donation was Chris Snyder, Adrian United Methodist Church, Ray Burhart, Adrian Christian Church, and Paul Burhart, Adrian Christian Church.

Beryl Evelyn Robards 1936 - 2012

Beryl Evelyn Robards, age 76 of Adrian, Missouri died Thursday, November 15, 2012 at her home in Adrian. She was born October 8, 1936 to Albert George and Florence Fields Knott in Baldock, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.

Beryl’s wishes were to be cremated. A visitation was held Monday, November 19, 2012 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri.

Wynona “Nonie” L. Ford 1934 - 2012

Wynona “Nonie” L. (Ryder) Ford, 78, of Adrian, MO, passed away Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Adrian Manor in Adrian, Missouri. Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 21 at the Atkinson Chapel in Adrian, officiated by Rev. Paul Burhart, Adrian Christian Church. Burial was in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Crystal Manor Assisted Living, Adrian, Missouri, c/o Richard Ford, 304 West Waggoner Street, Adrian, MO 64720.

Charles “Charlie” Leonard Bledsoe 1951 - 2012

Charles “Charlie” Leonard Bledsoe, age 60 of Butler, Missouri died Sunday, November 11, 2012 at his home in Butler. He was born December 29, 1951 to Clarence Newton Bledsoe Sr. and Wilma Jean Fleischer Bledsoe in Butler.

Graveside services were Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler with Dr. Terry Davis officiating. Contributions may be made to the Butler Youth Baseball or Epilepsy Foundation.

Claudia Katherine Purviance 1943 - 2012

Claudia Katherine Purviance, age 69 of Butler, Missouri formerly of Pleasanton, Kansas died Friday, November 9, 2012 at Medicalodge Nursing Center in Butler. She was born March 4, 1943 to Claude Wisdom and Helen Ransier-Wisdom in Pleasanton.

Graveside services were Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Pleasanton Cemetery in Pleasanton, Kansas with Gary Schowengerdt officiating. Contributions to Metcalf Bank or Family.

Donna L. Tarter 1950 - 2012

Donna L. Tarter, age 62 of Butler, Missouri died Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. She was born February 16, 1950 to E.D. Sikes and Corinne Faye McConnell in Salina, Kansas.

Funeral services were Monday, November 12, 2012 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Brother Bill Perkey officiating. Burial, Salem Cemetery, Foster, Missouri. Contributions, Salem Cemetery, Leukemia Society or Salvation Army.

James Dwight Fisher 1960 - 2012

James Dwight Fisher, age 52 of Archie, Missouri died Wednesday, November 7, 2012 in Archie. He was born June 3, 1960 to Dwight Willis and Margie Louise Beasley Fisher in Harrisonville, Missouri.

Funeral services were Friday, November 9, 2012 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Larry Hess officiating. Burial in Pitts Chapel, East Lynne, Missouri. Contributions to American Cancer Society or Crossroads Hospice.

High voter turnout in Adrian for the 2012 General Election


Registered voters cast their votes in the General Election on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Voters exercised their right to choose candidates for local, state and federal offices, including the President/Vice President of the United States. The unofficial election results are in this week's issue of The Adrian Journal.

Pictured: In the new addition of the Adrian Optimist Building, registered voters cast their votes in the 2012 General Election.

Operation Scarecrow


On Monday, October 29, 2012 the Bates County Sheriff’s Office and Vernon County Sheriff’s Office concluded a multiple month long drug operation dubbed as Operation Scarecrow. Operation Scarecrow was scheduled to conclude on October 31st and has netted 27 arrests. Operation Scarecrow also included surveillance conducted on October 31st to insure that Registered Sex Offenders were in compliance with the Halloween Trick or Treating laws. Twenty-one subjects were arrested during Operation Scarecrow.

Halloween 2012


Sight and Safety Night, sponsored by the Adrian Lions Club in cooperation with the Adrian Chamber of Commerce, is a fun, safe way for children to trick or treat. Local businesses, churches and organizations generously handed out treats to the trick or treaters on Halloween. In addition, the Adrian Lions Club sponsored a pumpkin carving contest again this year and the Victory Assembly of God held its annual Fall Harvest Celebration complete with games, inflatables, music and more.

For more Halloween coverage, see this week's issue of The Adrian Journal

Blackhawks fall to Skyline in second round of districts



The Adrian Blackhawk football season came to an end last Wednesday with a 48-21 loss to the Skyline Tigers.  Adrian came out of the gates fired up and even took an early lead on a Rian Lewis interception return that set-up an eventual one yard touchdown run by Logan Tallman. Two touchdown runs for Skyline gave the host Tigers a lead they would not relinquish.

Named to WEMO All-Conference


Eleven Blackhawks earned a place on the Football All Conference Team. Front row: Dillon Tenholder, Logan Tallman, Austin Corley, Rian Lewis. Middle row: Brendin White, Austin Williams, Alex Peery. Back row: Joe Collins, Christian Graham, Kevin Bridges, Willie Jacks.

First Deer


Brendan Moore, age 9, proudly shows off his very first deer. He shot this 10 point buck during youth weekend. Brendan is the son of Nina and Ernie Moore of Ballard.

Bates County robotics team competes for the first time



The CowTown ThrowDown Rumble this past Saturday at Lee’s Summit High School was the first opportunity for the Bates County Robotics team known as Brick Heads to participate in a First Robotics Lego League (FLL) event. The team, made up of youth from the Adrian, Butler and the Archie area, has been preparing for this year’s challenge over the summer. FLL is for nine to 14 year olds and has been active for 20 years.

To celebrate 60th Wedding Anniversary

Charles and Naomi Murray’s children invite family and friends to an anniversary celebration Saturday, November 10, 2012, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Adrian Christian Church, N. Old 71 Highway, Adrian, MO. Your presence is their gift.

Adrian R-III to host WEMO All Conference Choir

This Saturday, November 10, Adrian R-III is hosting the WEMO High School Conference Choir. Appleton City, Archie, Drexel, Midway, MIami, Osceola, Rich Hill and Adrian will be joining their high school choirs under the direction of Dr. David Sharlow from MSSU in Joplin. The free concert begins at 3:30. The whole community is invited to come support their youth in an activity that will last for their lifetime . . . singing!

The pieces all the combined choirs will be singing are: Agnus Dei, Cry Out and Shout, O Come, O Come Emmanuel and Praise His Holy Name.

Cub Scout Pack 238 to recognize Veterans, Servicemen and Women

The Cub Scouts of Adrian Pack 238 are observing and working to complete various achievements within their program addressing “citizenship”. The Cub Scouts would like to recognize YOU - our veterans, servicemen and servicewomen - to a special patriotic program dedicated to your honor. Please join them on Thursday, Nov. 15, 7:00 p.m. at the Adrian Optimist Building (new addition, south end). Special guest speaker for the evening will be Donald Hubbard, Adrian native and Scout, Kansas City, MO police officer current member of the Missouri National Guard.

Irvin Lee Beery 1934 - 2012


Irvin Lee Beery, welder, of Maize, Kansas, passed from this life on Thursday, October 25, 2012, at the age of 78 yrs, 8 mo. Irvin was born February 26, 1934,near Ringling, OK.

Irvin requested he be cremated & memorial services only were held in Wichita, KS on Monday, October 29, 1012. Services were conducted by Broadway Mortuary of Wichita.

Betty Levon Taylor 1944 - 2012

Betty Levon Taylor, age 68 of Harrisonville, Missouri died Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. She was born June 13, 1944 to Oran Wesley and Ruth Maxine March Kershner in Amoret, Missouri.

Graveside services were Sunday, November 4, 2012 at Scott Cemetery in Amsterdam, Missouri with Pastor Ron Dunlap officiating. Contributions, American Cancer Society.

Urson Charles “Chuck” Logue, Jr. 1943 – 2012


Urson Charles “Chuck” Logue, Jr., age 69, of Archie, Missouri, passed away Thursday, November 1, 2012, at his home near Archie. Funeral services were held Monday, November 5, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Archie, with burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home.

The family wishes to thank each one who has honored Chuck with their presence, their prayers and demonstrations of love. In lieu of flowers the family asks you to consider a donation be made to the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home.

Carl William Brown 1942 - 2012

Carl William Brown, age 70 of Kansas City, Missouri formerly of Butler, Missouri died Friday, October 26 at his home in Kansas City. He was born August 15, 1942 to Jack M. and Dorothy Almeta Ray Brown in Kansas City.

Funeral services were Friday, November 2, 2012 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Rev. Nedia P. Riley officiating. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to American Diabetes Association or American Cancer Society.

Adrian Fire Department is recognized as the Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month



Lovelace receives honors for professional excellence


Since 1985, the State of Nebraska has sponsored a statewide recognition program to show appreciation to State employees for their loyalty and professional excellence. In 1992, the State added the recognition of Supervisor/Manager of the Year. Adrian High School graduate Monty Lovelace received the 2012 State of Nebraska honor as one of 49 Supervisors/Managers of the Year.

Blackhawks win over Osceola in first round of district play


The Adrian Blackhawks played host to the Osceola Indians in the first round of the 2012 Missouri state football playoffs.  This was the second meeting of the two teams this year.  The first meeting came three weeks ago when Osceola thoroughly whipped Adrian 20-0 in conference action.