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Adrian students help U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan


“We are proud to have the military by our side. They are our red, white and blue.”
Keaton Cook, 4th Grade TAG Student


Adrian Optimist Club honors Students of the Month


The Adrian Optimist Club is pleased to honor Students of the Month from the Adrian, Ballard and Miami schools. Criteria for this honor center on outstanding academic and civic achievement and school spirit. Staff at each of the schools make the selection. 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: Shelby Shannon, Adrian; Julie Hull, Ballard; Jessica Murrell, Miami.

Start off the new year by donating blood on January 8


The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Adrian Tuesday, January 8, from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Adrian Optimist Building. All blood donations are greatly needed following the big holiday season and winter weather. Make plans now and be ready to give a donation of life-saving blood on Tuesday, January 8. What a way to start off the new year. You will feel good about making a donation and someone in need will be grateful.

Senior Rockettes perform at Manor


The Senior Rockettes, a dance group from Harrisonville, danced to Christmas music for the residents at Adrian Manor. After their performance, the dancers mingled with the smiling residents. Front row - Linda Leeper, Bonnie Unruh, Marilyn Nasalroad, Mary Anne Elliott, Carol Prettyman. Back row - Sue Musick, Meryline Kramer, Jan Crawford, Virginia Paul.

Jr. High WEMO Champions


The junior high Lady Blackhawks took first place in the WEMO Conference Tournament last Saturday as they defeated the Drexel Lady Bobcats 47-18. Front row - Payton Ritter, Britney Arnold, Paige Wimsatt, Sheldon Tallman, Bailey Reed, Maly Sears, Kerigan Wimsatt, Alexis Sass. Back row - Coach Shaun Bruto, Krista Smith, Micah Patrick, Savannah Wolford, Skylar Ketcher, Anna Walley, Lauren Shipley, Ally Jennings, Remi Pittman, Brenna Adkins, Kaylie Chancellor, Assistant, Emily Bohannon.

JH Blackhawks take Consolation


The junior high Blackhawks took consolation in the WEMO Conference Tournament last Saturday as they defeated the Midway Vikings. Front row - Jay Freeman, Derek Greer, Hayden Stark, Parker Deal, Nicholas Preston, Wyatt Reynolds, Tanner Pitts. Back row - Coach Brian Tenholder, Peyton Reynolds, Dylan Novovesky, Connor Pruitt, Jacob Weeks, Jesse Graham.

Adrian Blackhawks basketball


The Adrian Blackhawks traveled to El Dorado Springs Monday night, December 17 for non-conference action. The Adrian Lady Blackhawks were defeated 26-59. In the boys game, Adrian came out on top 59 to 45. Coach Basore said, “The boys did a great job in the 2nd half of getting to the rim and getting to the line.”

Right: Kamiron Luptak brings the ball down the floor during play at El Dorado Springs.

Far right: Brendin White dribbles around the El Dorado Springs defender during action Monday night.

Blackhawks begin wrestling season

The Adrian Blackhawk wrestlers opened their season on12-01-2012 at the Pleasent Hill Tournament. The team took 6th overall with five individual placers.

The Blackhawks then hosted their first home dual on December 4 against the Holden Eagles and Sherwood Marksmen. The Blackhawks were victorious over both teams. Adrian defeated the Eagles 48-32 and Sherwood 55-27.

Randy Dale Cook 1953 - 2012

Funeral services for Randy Cook will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 20, 2012 at the Mullinax Funeral Home in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Dick Pierson officiating. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Heartland Hospice. 

Adrian Blackhawks Basketball


The Adrian Blackhawks hosted the Liberal Bulldogs on Monday, December 3. In the girls game the Lady Blackhawks were defeated 27 to 35. In the boys game Liberal defeated Adrian 60 to 37.

Friday night, December 7 the Blackhawks traveled to Butler to take on the Bears in non-conference action. The Lady Blackhawks came away with a victory as they defeated the Lady Bears 39 to 26. Coach Basore said, “It was a good win on the road. We kept our composure the entire game.”

Blackhawk Awards



This week, November Blackhawk Awards were presented to students in kindergarten through fifth grades for showing outstanding citizenship. Students demonstrate citizenship through being law abiding and involved in service to school, community and country.

During the month of December, students will be working on thoughtfulness and showing consideration for the needs of others.

Archie Basketball Team unifies for the greater good - Project Warmth


The Archie High School Boys Basketball Team gathered on Saturday, December 8th, for “Project Warmth” to provide firewood for families who may otherwise be unable to heat their homes this winter. Donations will also be accepted for wood, with the proceeds going to local families fighting cancer.
Thirty-five people, including players and parents, met at Jim and Mary Shipley’s and worked for five hours to cut, split and load wood. Parents donated food and equipment for this event.

Knuth graduates from Kansas State University


Cody W. Knuth graduated from Kansas State University, December 7, 2012, with a Master of Science in Architectural Engineering and December 8th with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering.  He also received his “Order of the Ring”, an induction into the Engineering Society, from the College of Engineering over the weekend ceremonies. Cody will be employed with an engineering firm in Leawood, KS. Cody graduated from AHS in 2007 and is the son of David and Sharon Knuth and grandson of Melvin and Macel Jones, all of Adrian, MO.

Linda Mae Carlson 1948 - 2012

Linda Mae Carlson was born on January 13, 1948 to Charles and Elaine Huvden. She departed this life at her home on November 26, 2012 at the age of 64.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was a bright spot in all of our lives and had a smile that warmed your heart. A memorial service was held at the St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Butler on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. Cremation.

Mary Ann Wisdom 1955 - 2012

Mary Ann Wisdom, age 57 of Butler, Missouri, died Friday, November 30, 2012 at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas. She was born August 31, 1955 to Louis Clarence and Gladys JoAnn Roberts Eads in Kansas City, Kansas.

Graveside services were Monday, December 3, 2012 at Benjamin Cemetery in Amoret, Missouri with Vic Sheman officiating. Contributions to the family.

Daniece Renay Miller 1965 - 2012

Daniece Renay Miller, age 47 of Amoret, Missouri died Friday, December 7, 2012 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. She was born September 1, 1965 to William Harold and Verna Marie Stephens Corbin in Butler, Missouri.

Funeral services were Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Brother Kevin Black officiating. Burial was in Scott Cemetery, Amsterdam, Missouri. Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or Juvenile Diabetes Association.

Daniel H. Stadler 1941 - 2012

Daniel H. Stadler, age 71, of rural Deepwater, Missouri passed away Sunday morning, December 2, 2012 at the University of Missouri Hospitals in Columbia, Missouri. Daniel was born in Clinton, Missouri on April 4, 1941, the son of Ray C. and Opal M. Beaman Stadler.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at the Reser Funeral Home in Warsaw, Missouri with Rev. Dale Snyder officiating. Interment in Finey Cemetery.

Blackhawks named to All State and All District Football


These six Adrian Blackhawks football players received post season honors. Three of the players were named to the Football Coaches Association All State team and five were named to Class 1 All District Football. All State players were Christian Graham, 3rd team offensive tackle, Austin Corley, 3rd team defensive back and Brendin White, 2nd team kicker. Those named to All District were: Joe Collins linebacker, Austin Corley, offensive line, Brendin White, kicker; Alex Peery, offensive line, John Melton, defensive line. Pictured are, front - Brendin White, Austin Corley, Alex Peery.

Lady Blackhawks open tournament with loss to the Lady Vikings


The Adrian Lady Blackhawks opened their 2012-2013 basketball season in the WEMO Conference Tournament held at Archie on Tuesday, November 27. In the first round of play Adrian, seeded 6th, took on the Midway Lady Vikings, seeded 3rd. In a tight game, start to finish, Adrian fell by two, 29 to 31. Coach Basore stated, “We got tight down the stretch.”

With the loss, the Lady Blackhawks went up against the Appleton City Lady Bulldogs on Wednesday. Adrian came out on top 49 to 21. Coach Basore commented, “The girls did a great job defensively.”

Blackhawks defeat Midway in first round of WEMO Tournament


The Adrian Blackhawks boys basketball team opened their season with the WEMO Tournament held in Archie. They played Midway on Monday night. Adrian was seeded 5th and Midway 4th. The Blackhawks defeated the Vikings 45 to 36. Coach Basore commented on the game, “The boys played hard and worked for good shots.”

The win put the Blackhawks against the number one seed Drexel Bobcats on Thursday, November 29. It was not a good night for Adrian as they fell to Drexel 29 to 68.

Interstate 49 dedication will recognize economic impact and safety benefits for Missouri


The December 12 dedication in Joplin of the new Interstate 49 between Kansas City and Pineville will recognize the economic impact and safety benefits the interstate highway is expected to bring to Missouri, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.
The ceremony, in the gym at Joplin East Middle School, begins at 12 noon Wednesday, Dec. 12. The middle school is located at 7501 E. 26th Street in the Crossroads Industrial Park.

Yoss Thriftway reveals the grand giveaway recipient


Yoss Thriftway is celebrating 40 years in business. Thriftway has given away $10 gift cards in November. Yoss Thriftway customers entered to win the grand giveaway of a cart full of groceries.

On Friday, November 30, customers and employees gathered as Thriftway employee Tracy Highley selected the winning name of the groceries. The lucky winner is Felicia Villotti. Congratulations!

Fatal shooting near Harrisonville



Around 9:50pm Thursday night, November 29, Cass County deputies were called to the 27000 block of SE Outer Rd. south of Harrisonville in reference of a shooting. Upon their arrival deputies located one victim, now identified as 60 year old Eldon Eugene Campbell, Jr. of Harrisonville. Mr. Campbell was transported to Cass Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead as a result of an apparent gunshot wound.

Pioneer Cattleman of the Year


Pictured are the family of Harold Boehler, longtime resident of Bates County and active member of the Cattlemen, who received the Pioneer Cattleman of the Year award posthumously at the Cattlemen’s annual dinner on November 17th at the Adrian Optimist building.  
Pictured from left to right are: Jana Boehler, Mike Boehler, Travis Kern, Whitney Boehler, Mildred Boehler, Allison Boehler and presenter Lonny Duckworth.

Robert A. “Robbie” Todd, Jr. 1964 - 2012

Robert A. “Robbie” Todd Jr., age 47 of Butler, Missouri, died Thursday, November 22, 2012 at his home in Butler. He was born December 31, 1964 to Robert A. Sr. and Margaret Pauline Adams Todd in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

Memorial visitation will be held 4-5 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2012 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri. Inurnment at later date Virginia Cemetery, Virginia, Missouri.

Dennis Kerry “Pete” Adams 1950 - 2012

Dennis Kerry “Pete” Adams, age 61 of Adrian, Missouri, died Saturday, December 1, 2012 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born December 13, 1950 to John and Margaret Burnett Adams in Merwin, Missouri.

Celebration of life will be held 3 p.m. December 8, 2012 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Brother Bill Perkey officiating. Visitation, 2-3 p.m., Saturday, December 8, 2012, Schowengerdt Chapel. Private family inurnment at later date. Contributions to American Cancer Society.

Frances E. Baker 1923 - 2012

Frances E. Baker, age 89 of Butler, Missouri, died Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. She was born April 8, 1923 to Allen B and Nora Foster Mann in Appleton City, Missouri.

Graveside services were Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri with Pastor Ron Dunlap officiating Contributions, Happy Hill Church of God.