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South 71 Football League honored for a decade of little league football


The South 71 Football League Superbowl games were played on Saturday, October 26. The flag division (grades K-2) kicked off the day with an Adrian versus Archie match-up. Captains and coaches from both teams joined the referees at mid-field for the coin toss. Before the toss, special recognition was given to the founders of the South 71 Football League. The crowd applauded with gratitude as it was announced that this is the 10th anniversary of the league. The founders stayed at mid-field for the coin toss.

Adrian R-III celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Last week, students in the Family and Consumer Science Child Development class planned and organized the Adrian R-III School Red Ribbon Week Activities.

Principles of Engineering


In the 2012 - 2013 school year, Adrian R-III expanded its high school courses to include an Introduction to Engineering class. This year, the next course level has been added. Like the introduction class, Principles of Engineering will count as both high school and college credits.

Lady Blackhawks volleyball hosts 3rd Annual “Pink Out”


In conjunction with the volleyball games against the El Dorado Bulldogs on Tuesday, October 22, the Adrian volleyball teams hosted the 3rd Annual “PINK OUT” fundraising event to raise funds (and awareness) for breast cancer. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society via “Team Hope.” Team Hope, led by Junior High Volleyball Coach and High School Teacher Jessie McWilliams, is a team of Adrian students who have an active interest in supporting breast cancer awareness. Between the JV and Varsity games, breast cancer survivors were recognized.

The Adrian Chamber of Commerce presents...ADRIAN COMMUNITY THEATER



The Adrian Chamber of Commerce has chosen to feature the Adrian Community Theater (A.C.T.) for the featured business/organization for October. A.C.T. was formed in 2011 and is the brain child of mother and daughter Liberty and Hayley Underwood and Sara Snyder.

Support your Adrian Community Library!


  The bidding has started on beautifully decorated Holiday wreaths and Christmas trees, currently displayed at Adrian Bank and Citizens Bank in Adrian.  These items are part of the silent auction planned for the Adrian Community Library’s Fall Chili/Soup Fundraiser Supper, Friday, November 8th.   The supper is to be held at the Adrian Optimist Building. Homemade chili, soups and a variety of desserts will be served from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Special music will be provided by the Adrian School Carolers beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

Lady Blackhawks lose two at home; Win first round in district play at Sherwood


The Adrian Lady Blackhawks hosted the El Dorado Springs Lady Bulldogs on Tuesday night, October 22. Adrian lost the first game 10-25. They tried to regroup for the second was El Dorado proved to be too much as Adrian was defeated 5-25.

Thursday, October 24 was the Lady Blackhawks last regular season game and it was also Senior Night. They hosted the Lady Tigers from Nevada and were defeated 8-25, 10-25.

Blackhawks slip past El Dorado 34-20


The Adrian Blackhawks hosted the El Dorado Springs Bulldogs for their last regular season game last Friday night. Although the Bulldogs came in with a 1-7 record, they gave the Blackhawks all they wanted, but Adrian held tough for the 34-20 victory.

The Blackhawks are 6-3 and they play the Drexel Bobcats who are 7-2 Thursday (tonight) at Drexel in the first round of district play.

Right: Gage Steen, 25, takes the ball and outruns the El Dorado defensive players to pick up yardage.

Softball awards


The Adrian Blackhawks softball team finished off their season with a dinner and awards Wednesday night, October 23. Every member of the team received a varsity letter. Four players received special awards, presented by Head Coach Megan Horton: (pictured, left to right) Heather Miller, Most Coachable and Hustle Award; Kaitlyn Tenholder, Silver Slugger Award; Kamiron Luptak, MVP, Golden Glove Award, 1st Team All-District Utility Player; Madison Diehl - Slump Stopper.

photo by Jenny Westbrook

Marcum Family Reunion


The 2nd Annual Marcum Reunion was held last Sunday at Frontier Village. Family traveled to Adrian, the hometown of Karen Clark, the Marcum family matriarch. It was a beautiful fall day and everyone enjoyed the camaraderie and the outdoors. Front row: Madison Peterman, Ashlee Burris, Drew Burris, Bridget Lewis. Second row: Linda Marcum, Danny Marcum, Jr., Jack Marcum, Sydney Sterns, Eddie Sterns, Karen (Marcum) Clark, Ann (Marcum) Bass. Third row: Daniel Munson, Alyssa Hale, Jordan Bass, Mike Burris, Dan Marcum, Sr., Sue Marcum, Becky (Marcum) Parker.

Ernest Linwood “Tip” Tipton 1934 - 2013

Ernest Linwood “Tip” Tipton, 78, Washington, D.C., was born November 19, 1934 to Harlow Acklin and Mary Catherine (Lacy) Tipton on a farm west of Adrian, Missouri. He passed away Saturday, October 12, 2013.

Linwood was cremated with instruction to bring him back to Missouri to the farm.

Golda Mae Umstattd 1932 – 2013

Golda Mae Umstattd (nee Turner), 81, passed away October 24, 2013, at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler, Missouri. She was born February 7, 1932, to George Evan and Chloie Mae Turner.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 28, at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian, Missouri, with visitation from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial was in the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Ballard, Missouri. Memorial gifts can be made to the Walnut Grove Presbyterian Church or Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Rogers H. Saathoff 1930 – 2013

Rogers H. Saathoff, 82, Adrian, Missouri, went to be with his Lord on Monday, October 21, 2013 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler, Missouri. Graveside/burial services were held Saturday, October 26 at Sharon Cemetery in Drexel, Missouri. The family requests no flowers or memorials.

Adrian Optimists hold dedication ceremony


The Adrian Optimist Foundation constructed a memorial for members who have passed on. Bricks for those members have been placed at the base of the flag poles at the Optimist Building. On Sunday, September 20, a crowd gathered for a dedication ceremony around the flag pole.

Right: Optimist Member Elbert Scrogham led the ceremony.

Middle: Scouts from Pack 238 raised the American flag to begin the dedication.

Far right: Family and friends searched for their loved one’s brick.

West Central AGRIServices and MFA Incorporated support Bates County Fairgrounds


Bates County Fairgrounds received a grant from the MFA Incorporated Charitable Foundation in the amount of $5,000. The MFA Incorporated Charitable Foundation provides monetary support to worthy community projects for the benefit of its citizens. Special regard is given to donation requests from organizations within areas off MFA Incorporated’s business operations. The check was presented by Diana DeHart of West Central AGRIServices to Jeff Taylor of the Bates County Fair Board.

Wagner designates Adrian Optimist Foundation for a charitable gift


Adrian Bank CEO Jack Wagner attended the Missouri Independent Banking Convention at the Lodge of Four Seasons. Vendors at the convention traditionally have drawings for various prizes. This year the vendors decided to do something different. In lieu of prizes, vendors donated the winnings to a charity of choice for each name drawn. Jack’s name was drawn. Like Adrian Bank, the Adrian Optimist Club is a community leader in giving generously to local organizations, individuals and special projects. Jack’s donation will go to the Adrian Optimist Foundation of Adrian, MO, Inc.

Blackhawks hang on for victory over Sherwood


The Adrian Blackhawks traveled to Creighton to take on the Sherwood Marksmen. The Blackhawks scored 16 points in the opening quarter to take a commanding lead, only to have to hold on for dear life to secure a win on the last play of the game.   

Rain is the great equalizer when it comes to teams with speedy running backs.  The rain and colder weather kept the game from getting out of hand early. It also allowed Sherwood to remain in the game.

Lady Blackhawks place third in WEMO Conference Tournament


The Adrian Lady Blackhawks varsity volleyball hosted the Rich Hill Lady Tigers Tuesday, October 15. Adrian won the game in two by the scores of 25-7, 25-15.

Thursday night, October 17 Adrian hosted Archie and defeated the Lady Whirlwinds in two, 25-15, 25-18. Their conference record stands at 4-3 and overall record at 9-9.

On Saturday, October 19 the WEMO Conference tournament was held in Drexel. The Lady Blackhawks brought home third place. In the first game Adrian defeated the Rich Hill Lady Tigers 25-13 and 25-8.

Drumline takes first


On October 19, 2013, the Adrian Blackhawk Drumline competed in a drumline competition during the Festival of Champions at UCM. Drummers Kalene Kiesel, Dakota Gray, Casey Gregory and Rachel Mann took 1st place in their division. Pictured: Kalene Kiesel and Dakota Gray hold the first place trophy.


JV Lady Blackhawks bring home third place finish


The Adrian Lady Blackhawks junior varsity volleyball team participated in the KC Lutheran tournament on Saturday, October 12 and brought home a third place finish. In the first game Adrian defeated KC Lutheran 25-17, 25-10.

During regular season play on Tuesday, October 15 the junior Lady Blackhawks hosted the Rich Hill Lady Tigers and took the win in two, 25-17, 25-10.

Pictured: Front row - Ally Jennings, Bailey Reed, Brenna Adkins, Sara Geringer. Back row - Paige Wimsatt, Keylee McCanles, Taryn Gregg, Anna Walley, Jade Wackerman.

Hurricanes undefeated


The Hurricanes, a soccer team with players from Adrian, Archie and Harrisonville, was undefeated this season. The undefeated team finished the season with a first place win in the tournament. Two Adrian players, Henry Oates and Baylie Pitts, played for The Hurricanes. From Archie, Donovan Huser and Hunter Atkinson played for the tournament champs.

Student Fan of the Month


Skyler Cook, a junior, is Adrian R-3’s first ever “Student Fan of the Month”. Skyler is the son of Kenny and Sheree Cook. He received a Fan of the Month t-shirt and a spirit prize pack.

Scouts attend camporee


Boy Scouts and leaders of Adrian, MO Troop 238 attended the annual Lone Bear District Fall Camporee. The event took place at Cave Hollow Park in Warrensburg, MO October 19-21, 2013. This year’s theme was “Night Games” in which the scouts and leaders played Capture the Flag late into the night on Saturday.

AHS Color Guard holds camp


The AHS Color Guard held a camp for students in grades 4 - 7 to raise funds for Color Guard uniforms, flags and other needs. On Friday, October 11, the Color Guard and those who attended the camp performed a routine at halftime of the Adrian Blackhawks football game against the Osceola Indians. Front row, left to right:  Jocelyn Reynolds, Avery Bruto, Madeline Coffelt, Jordyn McCammon, Hope Wilson. Middle row, left to right:  Caitlyn Sass, Zoey Lemon, Jordyn Bays, Jade Parks, Natalie Cooper, Brianna Hastings, Courtney Jones, Delana Miner, Suszanna Sproat, Abbie Johnson.

Fire Department visits Head Start


The Adrian Fire Department visited with Adrian Head Start to talk to the kids about fire prevention and safety during Head Start Awareness Month.


Services for Rogers H. Saathoff

Rogers H. Saathoff, 82, Adrian, passed away Monday, October 21, 2013 at the Bates County Memorial Hospital. Graveside services will be held Saturday, October 26, 2:00 p.m. at the Sharon Cemetery in Drexel. No visitation. The family requests no flowers or memorials.

From student achievement to program success, Adrian R-III stands proud


The results are in! Test scores from the MAP testing last spring show that the Adrian R-III School District is ranked 20th out of 534 districts. Congratulations to the students and the staff! Scores for End of Course Exams indicate that Adrian High School students achieved well above State averages. Below, Adrian Elementary students celebrate their academic achievements.

Right: 2012 - 2013 School Year - 3rd Grade

Veterans Day Recognition Event

A book signing with local author and Vietnam veteran Don Arndt

As a Veterans Day Recognition Event, the Cass County Historical Society is hosting a book signing with a local author, Don Arndt, on November 4th at 6:00pm at the Harrisonville Public Library. Don’s book “Into the Dragon’s Roar” is a collection of stories about men Don served with as a Wolfhound in Vietnam. The public is welcome and admission is free.

Books will be available for purchase or bring your book for Don to sign.

Blackhawks take a beating from Osceola



The Adrian Blackhawks hosted the Osceola Indians last Friday at the sport complex and put up a decent showing for the better part of the first half. A terrible attempt at tackling led to an Osceola touchdown as time expired in the half. It was a sign of what was to come the second half of the ball game.  Adrian lost by one of the more lopsided scores in recent memory, 63-18.

Lady Blackhawks drop two in conference play


The Lady Blackhawks had a disappointing showing in conference play this past week as they lost to Osceola and Drexel. This drops their conference record to 2-3. This Saturday they will be competing in the WEMO Conference Tournament at Drexel and then they will have two home games left, El Dorado Springs on Tuesday, October 22 and Nevada, Thursday, October 24.

They were on the road again on Thursday night as they traveled to Drexel and were defeated in two, 20-23, 25-14.

Junior High Blackhawks end season with perfect record


The Adrian Junior High football team had an incredible season with a record of 6 wins and no losses. This undefeated record indicates the high level of talent on the field, combined with a superior team of coaches. In addition, the Blackhawks opponents were shut out in every game except one. In the game against the Archie Whirlwinds, the defense held them to just 12 points. Throughout the season, the Adrian Junior High cheerleaders led the crowd in cheering on their team and the football managers fulfilled their responsibilities with enthusiasm.

JV Volleyball wins three

In JV volleyball action the Lady Blackhawks defeated Miami Tuesday, October 1. Adrian defeated the Lady Eagles in two, 25-11, 25-4.

On Tuesday, October 8 the Lady Blackhawks traveled to Osceola and defeated the Lady Indians in two, 26-24 and 25-22.

Thursday, October 10 Adrian was on the road again, traveling to Drexel. It took 3 games, but Adrian defeated Drexel, 23-25, 25-13, 26-24.

Lady Blackhawks softball season ends with loss in district play

The Adrian Lady Blackhawks softball season came to a close Wednesday, October 9 during the first round of district play. Districts were held at Sherwood. In the first round of play Adrian went up against the Archie Lady Whirlwinds and were defeated 12 to 0.

Bloodmobile to Adrian on November 5


On Tuesday, November 5, from 1-6 p.m., the American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Adrian at the Optimist Building. The need for blood is constant and ever changing. Blood is made up of three primary components for transfusion - red cells, platelets and plasma. Each component benefits a specific patient need. Today a premature baby may require type O negative red cells, while tomorrow a cancer patient may need type AB positive platelets. So, as we say, all types of blood are needed and the job is yours to see they are on hand when need arises.

Adrian Elementary 2nd graders display hand-crafted cities


Right: Mrs. Katy Bruto’s second grader Rees Glaze paid tribute to the veterans with his replica of the Lt. Charles Garrison Veterans Memorial at the Adrian City Park.

Middle: In Mrs. Stacey Evans’ class, second graders Eric Xanders (left) and Caiden Shackles (right) show their creative contributions to their classroom city.

Far right: Devon Keyton made a hospital to go in his classroom city. Devon is in Mrs. Kim Young’s class.

October is Head Start Awareness


The Adrian Head Start is observing Head Start Awareness Week.

Right: Ruth Barnes from the Bates County Health Department teaches hand washing and how to prevent getting the flu.

Far right: Chief Selle teaching traffic and seat belt safety to the Head Start children.

New Arrival - Amberly Marie Jones


Allyxandria and Kaiden Jones announce the arrival of their sister Amberly Marie Jones. She was born Tuesday, October 8 at 4:05 p.m. She weighed 7 lbs. 7 ozs. and was 19 inches long. Parents are David and Brianne Jones of Adrian.

Robert Edward Henry, Jr. 1951 - 2013

Robert Edward Henry Jr., age 61 of Butler, Missouri died Friday, October 11, 2013 at his home in Butler. He was born December 2, 1951 to Robert E. and Willene O. McElwain Henry in Kansas City, Missouri.

Funeral services were Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler with Dr. Terry Davis officiating and Mitch Oakes and Pastor Ron Dunlap assisting. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice or American Cancer Society.

Ruth Evelyn Bullon 1934 - 2013

Ruth Evelyn Bullon, 79, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, September 20, 2013, in Azle, Texas. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at New Hope Baptist Church, Boyd, Texas, under the direction of Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home, Springtown. Burial immediatelly followed at New Hope Cemetery.

Adrian students make a difference


It was a pleasant fall morning as tribes in Adrian Middle and High Schools fulfilled their commitment to help others on Community Service Day on October 4, 2013.

Middle School and High School tribes completed a wide-variety of projects around town for individuals and businesses.

The students and the staff made a difference in the community, and their hard work was appreciated by many business owners and individuals.

Right: Mrs. Julie Newsome’s middle school tribe moved rocks and replaced them with mulch at the Adrian Christian Church.

4th graders learn about the early days of rural life



Tuesday, October 1st, the Western Missouri Antique Tractor and Machinery Association held its annual Kids Day at Frontier Village in Adrian, MO. It is a day the Association sets aside to show the local fourth graders the sights and sounds of life as it was in the earlier part of the last century. Fourth graders from all the local schools were invited. We hosted children from Adrian, Archie, Ballard, Butler and Miami, plus several home school groups. In total there were 310 children plus at least 50 adults.

United States Post Office promotes Breast Cancer research


Once again the United States Post Office is promoting sales of the Breast Cancer Research First Class Semi-Postal Stamp in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The stamp sells for 55 cents each or $11.00 for 20. It can be purchased in any denomination. The first Breast Cancer Stamp was issued on July 29, 1998 and was the first semi-postal stamp in U.S. history. The difference between the price of the Breast Cancer Stamp and a regular first class stamp is given to fund Breast Cancer research. Since it first went on sale over 76.3 million dollars has been raised.

Miami Homecoming royalty announced


The Miami homecoming coronation was Thursday, October 3. The 2013 Homecoming King is senior Dylan Good, son of George and Trish Good. The queen (right) is senior Lainey Harper, daughter of Stanley and Angie Harper. Accepting the crown for princess is junior Jaclyn Crawford (left), daughter of Brian and Shannon Crawford.

Blackhawks storm past Bulldogs 57-19


Adrian traveled to Appleton City to take on the Bulldogs in WEMO conference football action.  The Blackhawks came home on the good side of a 57-19 thrashing.

The Adrian Blackhawks host a very talented Osceola Indians squad Friday night at the sports complex. Osceola lost their opening game of the year to the Midway Vikings. They have since blown out every team they faced including a 63-20 waxing of the Archie Whirlwinds last week. This game against Osceola will give a more true indication of how much Adrian has progressed this season.

Junior High Blackhawks 5-0 with one to go

Monday night, October 7 the Adrian Junior High football team won their 5th game of the season against Appleton City 35-0. The Junior High team travels to Osceola next Monday night.


Softball Senior Night


The Lady Blackhawks softball seniors were recognized at the home game against Lamar on Thursday, October 3. Left to right: Josie Lovejoy, Madison Diehl, Bailey Hill, Kamiron Luptak.

Photo by Jenny Welcher

Lady Blackhawks Softball season is coming to a close

The Lady Blackhawks softball team hosted O’Hara on Tuesday, October 1 and won 22 to 21.

The Adrian Lady Blackhawks softball team participated in the Higginsville Tournament Saturday, October 5. In the first game of the day Richmond defeated Adrian 19 to 4 in 3 innings. In game 2 the Lady Blackhawks were defeated by Knob Noster 16 to 5 in 4 innings.

Monday, October 7 the Lady Blackhawks hosted the Archie Lady Whirlwinds in a double header. In the first game Adrian was defeated 16 to 2.

Adrian began district play at Sherwood on Wednesday, October 9.

Lady Blackhawks take two conference victories


Tuesday, October 1 the Lady Blackhawks volleyball hosted the Miami Lady Eagles. Adrian posted a 25-6 and 25-12 victory.

Thursday night Adrian was on the road to Appleton City for another conference match up. The Lady Blackhawks won the match in two games, 25-21 and 25-17. Their conference record stands at 2-1.

The Lady Blackhawks will host Rich Hill and Archie next week for their final two conference games. October 19 they will travel to Drexel for the WEMO Conference Tournament.

Pictured: Malory Moles makes the pass as Shelby Pittman prepares to make the kill.

Students of the Month recognized by the Adrian Optimist Club


The Adrian Optimist Club is pleased to honor Students of the Month from the Miami, Ballard, and Adrian 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. Selection is based on the criteria, but a student stepping up to a particular task will come to play in it. Each student is honored with a certificate of recognition from the Adrian Optimist Club and $20.00 in Adrian Chamber of Commerce “Chamber Bucks”.

Landon Elmer achieves the rank of Eagle Scout


On the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, 3:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Adrian United Methodist Church, Adrian Boy Scout Troop 238 recognized its newest Eagle Scout.

Alan Landon Elmer (Tom Tom Beater; Second Son of Mockingbird, Builder of Lodge), son of Mark and Melinda Elmer, Adrian, MO, is the ninth Boy Scout in his family to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout - the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America.

George Ann Fisher 1944 - 2013

George Ann Fisher, age 69 of Butler, Missouri died Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. She was born July 30, 1944 to George William and Joan Hein Kappel in McPherson, Kansas.

Memorial services were Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Dave Owsley officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions to United Methodist Women, Butler Public Library or Charity of Choice.

Blackhawk spirit


The Adrian Blackhawks cheerleaders have done an outstanding job this season in keeping the crowd spirit alive.

2013 Adrian High School Homecoming King & Queen


The 2013 Adrian High School Homecoming King and Queen were revealed at the homecoming football game last Friday night against the Archie Whirlwinds. Juniors Cody Enlow and Quincy Keating stood on the 50-yard line to be honored as this year’s King and Queen. Cody is the son of Jeff and Jackie Enlow. Quincy is the daughter of Phil and Kari Keating.

Main Street Festival and Car Show


The Adrian Chamber of Commerce and the Adrian Elks Club sponsored the Main Street Festival and Car Show last Saturday, September 28. The morning started of with a downpour of rain, but by afternoon cars, trucks and tractors were parked on Main Street for display. A variety of vendors lined Adrian’s business district. The Midwest Performing Arts Center dancers entertained the crowd. The Adrian United Methodist Church hosted Landon Elmer, a local musician, and Stephen Rew and Decided.
Plaques were handed out to award the owners for the best cars, trucks and tractors at the Festival.

Welcome, Elizabeth Ogg!


On September 25, 2013 the Bates County Commissioners and the cities of Adrian, Butler and Rich Hill announce Elizabeth Ogg as the newly hired Bates County Economic Developer. Elizabeth has moved to the area from Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband Nicholas and their two dogs. She spent the past five years in Ohio, two years of which she was attending the University of Cincinnati where she earned a Master’s Degree in Community Planning.

Blackhawks score Homecoming win over Whirlwinds 55-12

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The Adrian Blackhawks closed out Homecoming 2013 with a commanding defeat of the Archie Whirlwinds Friday at the sports complex. The game was never in doubt as Adrian scored early and often in route to a 55-12 victory in front of students and alumni.

Adrian needs to put this easy victory behind them and focus on the battle ahead of them as they travel to Appleton City to take on the Bulldogs. Appleton City is looking for their first win of the season. Adrian will have to stay focused in order to improve on their record and move up in the district rankings.

Lady Blackhawks Volleyball Action


Monday, September 24 the Lady Blackhawks varsity volleyball squad opened conference play as they traveled to Midway to face the Lady Vikings. Adrian was defeated in two, 25-19, 25-23.

On Thursday Adrian was on the road again as they went to Lamar and were defeated by the Lady Tigers. The Lady Blackhawks came up with a win in the first game, 25-22, but were then defeated in the next two, 25-16, 25-21.

Saturday, September 28 Adrian participated in the Midway tournament. In the first game of the day the Lady Blackhawks tied the Butler Lady Bears, 26-24, 22-25.

JV Volleyball participates in Archie Tournament

The Lady Blackhawks JV volleyball squad participated in the Archie Tournament Saturday, September 21. In the first game Adrian tied Midway, 17-25, 25-19.

Game 2 the Lady Blackhawks defeated KC Lutheran 25-19, 25-18.

Pleasant Hill defeated Adrian in game 3, 25-23, 25-17.

The Lady Blackhawks were eliminated from the tournament after they were defeated in the first round of pool play by Midway, 17-25, 13-25.

Tuesday, September 24 Adrian traveled to Midway and were defeated in two, 17-25, 13-25.

Lady Blackhawks fall to Warsaw


Monday, September 24 the Lady Blackhawks softball hosted Warsaw and were defeated 28 to 17.

Pictured: Kaitlyn Tenholder, 3rd baseman for the Lady Blackhawks, prepares to throw out a Warsaw runner.

(Photo by Jenny Welcher)

Bates County Youth Celebrate National 4-H Week


More than 6 million young people across the country today will be celebrating National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October. Bates County 4-H leverages National 4-H Week to celebrate the great things that the 4-H youth development program offers young people and highlights the incredible 4-H young people who each day work to a make a positive impact on their community. In Bates County, more than 270 4-H members and 136 volunteers are involved in 4-H.

Second phase of Rock Haven Medical Mall nears completion


Construction is well underway on the second phase of the Rock Haven Medical Mall, located on the Cass Regional Medical Center campus. Completion is anticipated at the end of October. Tenants include Fresenius Medical Care, Harrisonville, a dialysis clinic, and Cass Regional Medical Center.

Arvin H. Webb 1927 - 2013

Arvin H Webb, age 86 of Butler, Missouri, died Thursday, September 26, 2013 at St. Luke’s Health Center in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born February 20, 1927 to Charley Malcom and Margaret Elton Hooper Webb in Anderson, Missouri.

Graveside services were Monday, September 30, 2013 at Tracy Cemetery in Anderson, Missouri with Gary Schowengerdt officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Butler Senior Center or Butler Saddle Club.

Myrtle Mae “Bobbi” Baxter 1928 - 2013

Myrtle Mae “Bobbi” Baxter, age 84 of Butler, Missouri died Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. She was born November 10, 1928 to Maxwell and Maudie Bell McIntire Dorrel in Weaubleau, Missouri.

Funeral services were Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler with Dr. Terry Davis officiating. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery. Contributions to the Butler First Baptist Church Children’s AWANA Program.

Adrian R-III to bid farewell to Superintendent Kirk Eidson as he will retire at the end of the school year

President Dave Knuth opened the monthly Adrian R-III Board of Education meeting on September 17, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room. Board members present: Michele Burris, Dave Knuth, Steve Lewis, Susan McMillan, Bret Still, Jim Tenholder and Tom Underwood.

A motion was made by Tenholder to approve the retirement of Superintendent Dr. Kirk Eidson at the end of his contract on June 30, 2014. Motion approved 7-0-0-0. YES-Burris, Knuth, Lewis, McMillan, Still, Tenholder and Underwood. Knuth thanked Dr. Eidson for his commitment to the District and for everything he has accomplished.

Vehicle travels down an embankment and overturns in Adrian


A woman was slightly injured in a single vehicle accident in Bates County, Friday, September 20, 2013. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a westbound 1999 Saturn Ion, driven by Sara S. Davis, 38, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, traveled across Highway 18 from the southbound I-49 exit ramp and went down an embankment before overturning and coming to rest on its wheels, facing north, on the south side of the roadway.

Wendell Harris retires as Bates County Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer


After 16 years of service to Bates County Memorial Hospital, Wendell Harris has retired as Chief Executive Officer. A farewell party was given by the hospital where he was presented with a plaque and gift by Jerry Jones, Hospital Board of Directors Chairman. Wendell has spent twenty-one years of his career in the healthcare finance and administration field, with 16 of those years at BCMH.

2013 AHS Homecoming Candidates


The 2013 Adrian High School Homecoming King and Queen candidates have been announced. This year’s King and Queen will be revealed at halftime of the Adrian vs. Archie matchup this Friday night. Good luck to the candidates!

Adrian Optimist Club - 44th Installation of Officers & Awards Banquet


The 44th Annual Adrian Optimist Awards Banquet and Installation of Officers was last Saturday. Members gathered for an FCCLA catered dinner and an evening of awards.

President Gabe Davis handed out a variety of awards, including the Co-Optimists of the Year Award. This award was presented to Darrel Tenholder and Jim Tenholder.

The last presidential duty for Davis was the presentation of the gavel to incoming Adrian Optimist President Troy Engelhardt. Engelhardt assumed the office of President.

See the September 26 issue of The Adrian Journal for full coverage of the banquet.

Absolute Health Chiropractic is the Adrian Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month


The Adrian Chamber of Commerce has chosen Absolute Health Chiropractic as the featured business for September. The clinic, owned by Dr. Martin Parks, is located at 2017 Plaza Drive in Harrisonville. Doctor Parks has been a chiropractor for 11 years. His wife, Cheryl, has been his office manager for the past four years. The clinic has five full and part-time employees.

Adrian CTA gives back


The Adrian CTA (Community Teachers Association), has a wonderful community outreach program. Each Friday, money is collected from teachers who wear jeans. At the end of the 2012 - 2013 school year, this money was donated to various community organizations. This is a great way the Adrian R-3 staff has found to give back to the community who gives so much support to the school.

50 Year Pin


On Monday, September 16, prior to the Adrian Rebekah Lodge #449 meeting, long time member Roberta Kershner received her 50 year membership pin. Granddaughter Kelsi Kershner, was present to put the pin on her grandmother.

Scholarship Award Winner


Ms. Kelly Reichert, special education teacher in the Adrian R-III School District, was awarded one of the Charles W. Cummings Scholarships at the 36th Annual Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education (Mo-CASE) held at TanTara Resort on September 21st. Kelly was awarded the scholarship to use in her graduate work towards a degree in special education administration.

West Central Unit honored with MRTA Unit of Excellence


Five West Central Unit members attended the annual MRTA State Meeting held on September 9-10, 2013, in Jefferson City, Missouri. Pictured, they are receiving their third Unit of Excellence award. Left to right: Roma Welch (past Unit Treasurer), Barbara Ratcliff (past Unit President), Thelma Six holding the award (past Region 6 Membership Chair), Jane Bowden (current Region 6 Legislative Chair), and Arleta Godwin (current West Central Unit President and MRTA Region 6 Vice-President).

Blackhawks rush past the Rich Hill Tigers 43-7


The Adrian Blackhawks ground out another victory last Friday by whipping the Rich Hill Tigers on their home turf. Adrian traveled to Rich Hill looking to get back on the winning track after two straight losses to very good WEMO conference opponents. On the backs of a rushing game that netted 393 yards and a defense that gave up only 43 yards on the ground, Adrian came home with the much sought after 43-7 victory.

Lady Blackhawks defeat Butler; Fall to Knob Noster

The Lady Blackhawks softball team was on the road last Wednesday, September 18 as they traveled to Butler to take on the Butler Lady Bears. Adrian defeated Butler 6 to 3. Coach Horton commented on the game: “It was the best game of the year so far for us. Played as a team and made the routine plays.”

Lady Blackhawks volleyball


The Lady Blackhawks volleyball teams hosted the Sherwood Lady Marksmen Monday, September 16.
In the JV game Adrian defeated Sherwood 25-14, 25-21.

The varsity defeated the Lady Marksmen in two, 25-16, 25-10. Coach Robards said, “The girls played really hard and earned this win. It gives us a lot of momentum going into the Butler match.”

Tuesday, September 17 the Lady Blackhawks hosted the Butler Lady Bears. Adrian was defeated in two, 20-25, 19-25.

Adrian traveled to Ballard in non-conference action Monday, September 23 and defeated the Lady Bulldogs 25-23, 25-16, 25-10.

Archie Fall Festival


The Inaugural Archie Fall Festival was held Saturday, September 21. The day started off with the crowning of the King and Queen, Prince and Princess, followed by a parade. Throughout the day those attending enjoyed visiting various booths, playing games, inflatables, Bingo, baby crawling contest, Life Flight take off, a band and other instrumental performances.

Right: King & Queen-Aidan McCoy and Hope Morris

Middle: Archie Teachers

Far right: Archie Whirlwinds Marching Band

New Arrival - Catherine Marie Newville


Kenney and Natalie Newville of Sedalia, MO announce the birth of their daughter, Catherine Marie Newville, on September 13, 2013, at Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia, MO. She weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 19 3/4 inches long. The grandparents are Jacque and Bruce Gabriel of Sedalia, MO, Joey and Betty Ann Bailey of Adrian, MO, and Kenney and Bunny Newville of St. Joseph, MO.

John Allen Stanfill 1956 - 2013

John Allen Stanfill, age 57 of Liberty, Missouri (formerly of Butler) died Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the NorthCare Hospice in North Kansas City, Missouri. He was born June 19, 1956 in Butler, Missouri to Charles Walter and Florence Rosealie Wagner Stanfill.

Funeral services were Friday, September 20, 2013 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Reverend Pat McGuire officiating. Burial in the Adam Howell Cemetery near Virginia, Missouri. In lieu of flowers contributions to the Missouri Special Olympics, American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Sherwin Clark Taylor 1920 - 2013

Sherwin Clark Taylor, age 93 of Butler, Missouri (formerly of Amoret) died Monday, September 16, 2013 at Golden Years Nursing Home in Harrisonville, Missouri. He was born July 7, 1920 to Robert Clark and Charlotte Alice Rush Taylor in Boicourt, Kansas.

Graveside services were Friday, September 20, 2013 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler, Missouri under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler with Minister Kevin Berry officiating. Contributions to Amoret Christian Church.

Louise Dunham 1920 - 2013

Louise Dunham of Adrian, MO passed away peacefully on September 22, 2013, at Adrian Manor.

The family received friends Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian, MO. Graveside services were at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 26, 2013, at Crescent Hill Cemetery with Tommy Arnold officiating. In lieu of flowers, Louise requested any donations be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or website: or phone (800) 805-5856 or to the charity of choice.