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Bates County Sheriff Office obtains specialized vehicle



On 11/5/13, the Bates County Sheriff’s Office traveled to Colorado Springs, CO to receive a new specialized vehicle. The vehicle was a donation to the Sheriff’s Office through a demilitarization program that allows government excess property to be transferred to Law Enforcement Agencies. Through this program the Sheriff’s Office has obtained several pieces of equipment that helps the Sheriff’s Office better serve the community and equipment that they would have not been able to afford to purchase on their own.

Students of the Month honored by 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”.

A 1917 building with running water is located at Frontier Village



On the Main Street at Frontier Village about mid way, you will see a strange white wooden building that looks like it is at least two times too tall for its size.

A man named John Deihl owned a farm south of Pleasant Gap, MO and decided he wanted to make life a little easier and somewhat more pleasant for his wife Rosa. John’s wife had the first indoor running water anyone knew of at the time in 1917!

Lady Blackhawks volleyball awards


The Adrian Lady Blackhawks volleyball team held their end of the season awards banquet Friday, November 22 at Wimfields On Main.

Pictured are - Front row: Malory Moles, Lacee Bagby, Bailey Reed, Brenna Adkins, Ally Jennings. Back row - Shelby Pittman, Maddie Reynolds, Kaitlyn Miller, Anna Walley, Lauren Shipley.

(photo by Lynn Bagby)

See the November 28 issue of The Adrian Journal for a list of awards.

First deer


Right: Jaeden Schleim, 12, of Ballard, MO, bagged his first deer, a 9 point buck, on opening day of rifle season while hunting with his grandpa Curt Schliem.

Far right: Makenna Merrifield, 7, of Adrian killed her first deer, a button-buck, on the opening day of youth season. She was hunting with her dad, Mason and older brother, Myles at a friend’s farm.

Jenkins to celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary


The children of Jerry and Roberta Jenkins would like to honor their parents 50th Wedding Anniversary on December 7, 2013 by inviting friends and family to shower them with cards to celebrate this special occasion. Please join us by sending cards to: Jerry and Roberta Jenkins, 3 Hillcrest Drive, Kimberling City, MO 65686.

Gary William Oliver 1948 - 2013

Gary William Oliver, age 65 of Butler, Missouri went trucking into Heaven Thursday, November 21, 2013 at his home in Butler. He was born March 1, 1948 to James Donald and Carolyn Rebecca Perkins Oliver in Belton, Missouri.

Funeral services were Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Rev. Ernie Cecil officiating. Cremation following services. Contributions, American Diabetes Association or American Kidney Foundation.

Richard Lee Bross I 1941 - 2013

Richard Lee Bross, 72, formerly of Adrian, MO, passed away Saturday, November 9, 2013 at his home in High Springs, Florida. He was born on February 26, 1941 to Stanley and Katherine Bross. After graduating high school he then joined the Army.

Services will be held at Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian, MO on November 30, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.

Arthur Erwin Sage 1924 – 2013

Arthur Erwin Sage, 89, of Adrian, Missouri, died Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the family home in rural Adrian.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Fairview Baptist Church in Ballard, Missouri with burial in Cloud Cemetery in Ballard, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to Kamp Keirsey or Heartland Hospice.

Bates County Industries recycles 15 tons of glass


On November 13th Bates County Industries sent out its first load of glass to be recycled. After collecting it for six months the glass load weighed 15 ton. Ripple glass from Kansas City picked up the glass where it will be recycled back into more bottles or insulation for Owen Corning. Bates County Industries does not receive any funds for recycling glass. 

Bates County Industries is located on North Business 49 and west  Route TT.  Please come by or call 660-679-3667 for more information on the recycling program. BCI provides dignified employment for adults with disabilities.

Don’t miss the Christmas Parade & Hot Chocolate Night!

Saturday, November 30

The Adrian Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 4th Annual Christmas parade on Main Street in Adrian. Entries at 3:30 at the VFW Building. All entries are welcome. The parade begins at 4:30pm. New this year, pictures will be taken from 2:30pm - 4:00pm in the new Elks Building on Main Street (east of Engelhardt Bookkeeping). In addition, dancers will perform on Main Street at 4:00pm.

Brick Heads participate in FIRST Lego League


Last Saturday Team Brick Heads worked the day at Olathe Northwest High School at the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Qualifier. The theme of Nature’s Fury was everywhere at the qualifier. The Brick Heads took a very practical approach to dealing with natural disaster by planning an emergency preparedness kit. Progress for everyone, even competitors, is an integral part of this program. In pairs, six team members took their robot to the Table Matches.

Football reception held


Four AHS football players received special awards at the football reception held on Friday, November 15. This year’s MVP Award is shared between two players who were selected by their teammates. Austin Corley and Christian Graham were honored as Co-MVP’s. Other honors and awards were presented. See the November 21 issue of The Adrian Journal for a complete list.

The 2013 AHS football award winners are pictured. Left to right: Austin Corley, Christian Graham, Head Coach George Bruto, Willie Jacks and John Collins.

6 Point Buck


Devon Keyton, 7, shot this 6 point buck during Youth Season.

First Deer


Jacob Stephanek, 13, son of Kandus Stephanek, Adrian, shot his first deer on Sunday, November 17.



Connor Bridges, 9, of Adrian was able to bag his first buck this year while hunting with his father, Chris. This 8 pointer crossed a creek they were watching opening morning of rifle season.

Engaged To Wed . . .Shaw - Leone


Mr. and Mrs. Dwayne Shaw are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Amber Ladine Shaw to Rob Leone. Amber is a 2009 graduate of Adrian High School and Rob is a 2008 graduate of Lee’s Summit High School. A March 1, 2014 wedding is planned.

Mary Lou (Nichol) Pollard Tyler 1941 - 2013

Mary Lou (Nichol) Pollard Tyler was born to Clarence Robert and Sarah Rachel (Meyers) Nichol on May 11, 1941 in Adrian, Missouri. She went to be with the Lord November 10, 2013.

Mary’s wishes were to be cremated. Memorial services were Monday, November 18, 2013 at the Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian, Missouri.

Betty Ruth Sheridan Betty Ruth Sheridan, age 84, died peacefully on the evening of November 8th surrounded by her family. She d

Betty Ruth Sheridan, age 84, died peacefully on the evening of November 8th surrounded by her family. She developed respiratory failure following surgery to repair a fractured hip.
Funeral services for Betty Ruth Sheridan were held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, November 15, 2013 at the Amos Family Funeral Home, 10901 Johnson Drive in Shawnee, Kansas. Burial was in Old Monticello Cemetery. Contributions may be made to The Foundation for Shawnee Mission Medical Center/Birth Center, Shawnee United Methodist Church, or St. Luke’s Hospice House.

Arthur Erwin Sage 1924 - 2013

Arthur Erwin Sage, 89, of Adrian, Missouri passed away Sunday, November 17,
2013 at the family home in rural Adrian. The family will greet visitors at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 23 at the Fairview Baptist Church on Hwy 18, 12 miles east of Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to Kamp Keirsey or Heartland Hospice.

Kelly Ann Shaw 1961 - 2013

Kelly Ann Shaw, age 52, of Albuquerque, New Mexico passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at the Albuquerque Heart Hospital in Albuquerque. She was born June 21, 1961 to John Patrick and Nancy Eileen Healey in Kansas City, Missouri.

Adrian FFA attends National Convention


On October 30th-November 2nd, eight members of the Adrian FFA chapter attended the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY. While in Louisville, members Colten Lovejoy, Wade Cumpton, Blake Doody, Lucas Moise, Bailey Collier, Sam Gregg, Jacob Lacy and Dakota Dillon attended sessions with 50,000 fellow members in blue FFA jackets that taught them valuable lessons about being leaders, finding motivation, and how to train others to become more efficient members in FFA and their communities.

2013 Adrian Youth Cheerleading Team Awards


The 2013 Adrian Youth Cheerleading (AYC) Youth Football Cheer Team received recognition for their participation in the AYC program this year. The team is pictured. Front row: Kaydince Shelton, Allyssa Schoor, Gabrielle Reitz, Alyssa Brown, Autumn Hastings, Allyxandria Jones, Sabryna Riley. Second row: Amber Nelson, Maggie Stark, Jayme Cornell, Marissa Bolin, Alli Iles, Mercedes Dougan, Bailey Reynolds, Ashlee Nelson, Samantha Corley, Brooklyn Wisdom, Aubrey Portman, Alexis Hastings, Breanna Bridges.

Adrian Chamber of Commerce recognizes Roof Power Solar as the November Business of the Month


The Adrian Chamber of Commerce has chosen Roof Power Solar as the featured business for November. The company, owned by Jeff Droz is based in Rich Hill, MO and more recently, installed the solar units on the Adrian City Hall building.

Local vets honored on Veterans Day in Adrian


Veterans Day in Adrian is one that brings people of all ages together to thank the men and women in the United States military for their selfless choice to serve our country. Early on November 11, veterans gathered at the Lt. Charles Garrison Memorial where the flag was raised then lowered to half mast.

At Adrian R-III, veterans were touched by the heartfelt musical performances, the slide show and the respect shown by everyone.

Adrian Cub Scout Pack 238 invited Captain Ron Phillps, a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force during World War II, to share his experiences.

Adrian Community Library purchases building


It has long been a dream of Adrian to have a public library. On Wednesday, November 6, 2013, the board of the Adrian Community Library took another step forward in the continuing story of the realization of this dream. They completed the process of buying the building where the library is located, which means the library will have a permanent home on Main Street.

American Education Week


Mayor Larry Ritter signs a Proclamation for American Education Week. Sitting: Mayor Ritter and Superintendent Dr. Kirk Eidson. Standing, left to right: Wendy Cogbill, NEA Co-President; Rhonda Hamilton, MSTA President; Dorothy Powell, CTA Co-President. Not pictured: Angela Lewis, CTA Co-President; Lori Schmidt, NEA Co-President.

Enbridge offers training and presents grant funds


Enbridge Pipelines, Inc. presented a City of Adrian, MO Tabletop Exercise Tuesday, November 5. The purpose of this exercise was to provide Enbridge Cushing Region and local personnel with the cities of Adrian and Archie, MO an opportunity too valuate current response management concepts, plans, and capabilities to a worst case discharge into (and around) sensitive areas along the South Grand River near Archie, MO.

Enbridge presented four $1,000 checks. These were funds from grant money that was applied for.

Bates County Sheriff’s deputies respond to crisis in rural Adrian


On Monday, November 5th, 2013 Bates County Sheriff’s detectives were dispatched to St. Luke’s East in Lee’s Summit in reference to an assault that had taken place in rural Adrian. Detectives contacted a 62 year old female that had serious injuries. The victim stated that she moved from the State of Washington to rural Missouri with another female. She stated that she woke up and the female roommate was attacking her.

Adrian senior receives Good Citizens award


On November 11, 2013, the Harmony Mission Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met at the Ohio Street United Methodist Church in Butler to honor seniors from six area high schools as Good Citizens. The students were selected for this honor by the faculty and senior class of their school. To be chosen they must have demonstrated in their lives, Dependability, Service, Leadership, and Patriotism. Each student was presented a certificate recognizing him/her as a Good Citizen, representing their school. They also each received a Good Citizen lapel pin and wallet recognition card.

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”.

Adrian Historical Society is official


Community citizens attending a November 9th meeting at the Adrian Community Library voted to officially form a historical society. This group would include all the surrounding communities that have contributed to the history of this area.

The goals of the society will remain open for small interest groups to research and document areas such as church records, local clubs, Adrian and surrounding businesses, landmarks, cemeteries, rural one room schools, current schools, academic and athletic achievements.

Cub Scouts earn the Arrow of Light rank


Four Adrian cub scouts from Pack 238 earned the highest rank in cub scouts on Monday, November 11. Earning the Arrow of Light rank is (left to right): Camden Hragil, Thomas Amos, Tony Scaletty and Trevor Newport.

Adrian Optimist Club collaborates with the Adrian Fire Department


The Adrian Optimist Club paid for four members of the Adrian Fire Deparatment to take the CPR and Basic First Aid courses to become certified instructors. Optimist members recently took the basic first aid course.

The Adrian Fire Department will be working with the community to offer the basic first aid class. Anyone personally or any organization that is interested in taking the class may contact Adrian Fire Chief Gary Dizney.

Little League All Stars


Eleven 3rd and 4th grade football players represented Adrian in the Junior Division All-Star Game. All-Stars pictured are: Front row, left to right - Colton Nelson, Jence Griffith, Quade Tallman, Jace Reynolds. Back row, left to right - Kale Oerke, Conner Bridges, Chandler Jacquinot, Colton Bass, Christian Evans, Mason Reid, Clayton Bridges.


Special Olympics MO KC Metro Area Bowling Competition


The Bates County Blazers participated in Special Olympics MO KC Metro Area Bowling Competition Sat., Oct. 26, at Lunar Bowl in Blue Springs, MO. The teams brought home gold, silver, and bronze medals.

Pictured right: Nancy Blake, Sue Baker, Janie Smith, Bonnie Barnett, Lavonne Davison, Dawn Wix, Jean Morris.

Middle: Diane Moore, George Crim and Travis Diehl.

Far right: Ashley Walden.


Youth Deer Season


A total of 18,655 deer were taken during the 2013 Youth Deer Season. In Bates County there were 141 deer killed, 101 antlered, 13 button bucks and 27 doe. In Cass County there were 52 antlered, 11 button buck and 23 doe, for a total of 86.

Right: Hutton Pruitt was successful in taking his first deer, a 6 point buck, on the opening morning of youth season.

Far right: Caleb Douty killed his first deer, a 10 point buck.

WEMO All Conference Volleyball


Pictured: These four Lady Blackhawks received post season honors as they were named to the WEMO All Conference volleyball team. Pictured, left to right - Senior Shelby Pittman, Senior Lacee Bagby, Senior Kaitlyn Miller and Freshman Lauren Shipley.

All Conference First Team
Miranda Dahman - Midway
Brooke Wilson - Osceola
Jacy Bolton - Drexel
Kaitlyn Miller - Adrian
Kaitlyn Schrock - Osceola
Raelynn Goddard - Midway

All Conference Second Team
Megan O’Brien - Midway
Kacie Fisher - Archie
Katherine Brockus - Osceola
Allison Jacobs - Drexel
Tabitha Jackson - Appleton City

Dream big with Adrian FCCLA



On Thursday, October 17, 2013 39 members of Adrian Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) attended the FCCLA Region 12 Fall Meeting in Sedalia, MO. The FCCLA Regional meeting is where 50 schools and over 800 members come together to make a difference. The regional meeting is held every fall so that all members can become motivated and informed on various topics.

Raymond L. Cline 1922 - 2013

Raymond L. Cline, 91, formerly of Adrian, MO; Osawatomie and Fontana, KS died on October 30, 2013 at Life Care Hospital in Dallas, TX. Raymond was the oldest of 4 children born to Ida Pickerill and Cecil Cline on March 9, 1922.

No services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that memorials be made to the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Blackhawks fall to Bobcats in first round of district play


The Adrian Blackhawks travelled to Drexel Halloween night to take on the Bobcats in the first round of the Class 1 2013 Missouri High School Football Playoff Bracket. There were no tricks or treats for the visiting team as they fell to the Bobcats 40-14, thus closing out the 2013 season.

Lady Blackhawks fall to Holden

Tuesday, October 29 was the second round of district play for the Lady Blackhawks volleyball team. They went up against the Holden Lady Eagles and were defeated in two, 19-25, 17-25. Adrian finished their season with a 12-13 record.

First Deer


Bryce Deardorff, 9, son of Allan and Kim Deardorff, Adrian, shot his first deer during Youth Weekend. He shot this 10 point buck on Sunday, November 3.

First Deer


Kalena Martinez, 8, shot this 8 point buck east of Adrian on opening day of Youth Season Saturday, November 2. This was Kalena’s first deer. She is the daughter of Kathleen and Michael Martinez, Adrian.

Main Street is filled with trick-or-treaters


The Adrian Lions Club, in cooperation with The Adrian Chamber of Commerce, sponsored Sight and Safety Night on October 31. Trick-or-treaters lined Main Street in Adrian wearing cute costumes, scary costumes, ridiculously funny costumes and clever costumes. Businesses and various groups handed out candy to more than 600 interesting characters on Halloween. The Adrian Lions Club sponsored a pumpkin drawing contest during Sight and Safety Night.

Curtis Long named Prairie Landowner of the Year

Dr. Curtis W. Long, owner of Briarwood Angus Farms, Butler, MO, recently received the prestigious Clair M. Kucera Prairie Landowner of the Year Award. The honor is bestowed annually by the Missouri Prairie Foundation upon an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the cause of prairie through ownership and stewardship.

Science Spooktacular


By Amy McVey, Adrian 4th Grade Teacher

Adrian Elementary Teachers Treva Smith (5th Grade) and Amy McVey (4th Grade) created the idea of hosting a Surprise Science Spooktacular for Halloween.  This effort was derived from their belief that it only makes sense for the kids if they can truly “experience” its wonder and real life application. Mrs. Smith and Mrs. McVey teamed up with the other teachers to design six different labs to be completed in each 4th and 5th grade classroom.

VFW presents flag pole


Glenn Jones, owner of Crooked Fence in Adrian, is a generous supporter of the Adrian VFW Post #1935. Every year Jones donates a rifle to the VWF to raffle off. To show their appreciation for Jones’ continued support, the veterans donated and erected a flag pole in his honor, thanking him for his patriotism. The flag pole stands in front of his business.

Betty Jean Collins 1944 - 2013

Betty Jean Collins, age 67 of Warsaw, Missouri died June 16, 2012 in Lincoln, Missouri. She was born August 20, 1944 to Elmer Arthur and Tressie Charlotte Ford Hoover in Butler, Missouri.

Funeral services to be held 11 a.m. Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Schowen-gerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler with Gary Schowengerdt officiating. Burial in Benjamin Cemetery, Amoret, Missouri.

Mary Evelyn “Sis” Cantwell 1920 - 2013

Mary Evelyn “Sis” Cantwell, age 92 of Butler, Missouri, died Thursday, October 31, 2013 at Willow Lane Nursing Center in Butler. She was born December 12, 1920 to Reuben Olis and Inez Ellen Brillhart Smith in Redfield, Kansas.

Funeral services were Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler with Dr. Terry Davis officiating. Burial in Littell Cemetery, Pleasanton, Kansas. Contributions to Butler First Baptist Church.