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School Board Recognition Week


Missourians benefit every day from the dedicated energies and countless hours devoted by a group of more than 3,600 men and women in every community across the state. These public servants are elected by local constituents and do not receive compensation for their tireless efforts. These men and women are the local school board members of Missouri.

Adrian R-III School Board accepts a resignation that saddens the students, staff and the community

Head Football Coach George Bruto steps down after 37 years with the Blackhawks

Corn planter used locally many years ago is on display at Frontier Village



Harvesting a crop being the seasonal end point of farming, seed must be properly placed as a beginning. The Western Missouri Antique Tractor and Machinery Association (WMAT&MA) has several planters as well as harvesting machinery. For the most part these planters planted the seed in hills. A standard of the day was the “check row”. By it the rows were intended to be planted straight, and the hills were also straight at a right angle to the planting direction. Thus cultivating could be done two directions.

Search warrant executed



On January 23, the Bates County Sheriff’s Office and CNET Drug Task Force executed a narcotics search warrant at 411 North Washington Street in Rockville. A total of three people were taken into custody. Several items of drug paraphernalia and narcotics were also seized from the residence or on their persons. This is the second time the Sheriff’s Office and CNET Drug Task Force has executed a search warrant on this residence.

Two men arrested in theft case


On September 13, 2013 the Bates County Sheriff’s Office took a theft report of farm equipment and scrap metal. The theft occurred on N Highway south of East 52 Highway. The victim reported that he had caught several subjects come and go on a piece of property that he had stuff stored on. The victim had installed several game cameras and caught subjects on video. Total of the thefts exceeds $2,000.00

Adrian Fire Chief Issues Burn Ban

Adrian Fire Chief Gary Disney has issued a burn ban for the City of Adrian until further notice. “There is to be no burning within the city limits,” Chief Dizney said, adding that this will be enforced by City officials. “We also encourage those in rural areas to not do any burning as well, or if you do, use extreme caution due to the drought conditions.” Be alert to changes in the weather during this drought, such as the heavy winds that swept through on Sunday, plaguing many farmers and fire departments with out-of-control grass fires.

Adrian Chamber of Commerce features Kershner Heating and Cooling as the January Business of the Month


The Adrian Chamber of Commerce has chosen Kershner Heating and Cooling as the featured business for January. The business, located at 103 North Lyons Street in Butler, is owned by Rick Kershner. Rick started the business 27 years ago. His wife, Anita and their daughter, Amber, are also involved in the business. They have one part-time and six full-time employees as well as thousands of customers.

Blackhawks have busy 3 game week


The Adrian Blackhawks traveled to Lakeland Tuesday, January 21 for non conference action. The Lady Blackhawks moved their overall record to 10-3 as they defeated the Lady Vikings 64 to 39. The boys were defeated 91 to 42.

In the boy’s contest, Lakeland was just too much for the much smaller Blackhawks. The Vikings put up 32 points to Adrian’s 8 in the first quarter and added 26 in the second as they took a 58 to 21 halftime lead. The second half proved no better for the Blackhawks as they were outscored 33 to 21.

Adrian Blackhawks wrestling action


On January 11, 2014 the Adrian Blackhawks wrestling team enjoyed a short trip for a change, traveling to Butler to take part in their annual invitational tournament. Participating teams included the Adrian Blackhawks, Butler Bears, Diamond Wildcats, ElDorado Springs Bulldogs, Hogan Prep Rams, Holden Eagles, Springfield Glendale Falcons, Knob Noster Panthers, Lathrop Mules, Principia Panthers, Rogers Mountaineers, Trenton Bulldogs and Warsaw Wildcats. The Blackhawks took home 5th place as a team.

Veteran honored at Adrian Manor


World War II veteran Don Curnutte, Adrian, served in the United States Army. In recognition of his service he was presented a certificate of appreciation from Adrian VFW Post 1935 Commander Tim Hummel at Adrian Manor Nursing Home on January 22. Following the presentation, Curnutte received a salute from the group of VFW members in attendance.

Ronda Jean Jolliffe-Grant 1969 - 2014

Ronda Jean Jolliffe-Grant passed away January 25, 2014 at the age of 44 in Butler, Missouri. Ronda was born November 29, 1969 to Ronald and Jaima Kelley Jolliffe in Butler.

Funeral services were Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Priest Ronda Thomas officiating. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Wayside Waifs.

Inez Colene Thomas 1931 - 2014

Inez Colene Thomas, age 82 of Butler, Missouri died Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Belton Regional Medical Center in Belton, Missouri. She was born July 7, 1931 to Harold Franklin and Melba Doris Hoover Page in Butler, Missouri.

Funeral services were Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Ron Dunlap officiating. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri.

Curtis Jack Smith 1961 to 2014

Curtis Jack Smith, age 52 of Butler, Missouri died January 20, 2014 at Willow Lane Nursing Center in Butler. He was born March 2, 1961 to Jack O’Neil and Helen Louise Deerwester Smith in Butler.

Graveside services were held Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Ron Dunlap officiating. Contributions to Multiple Sclerosis Foundation or Heartland Hospice.

Robert Douglas Huff 1963 - 2013

Robert Douglas Huff passed away on January 24th 2014, at 12:30 pm at KU Medical Center. Bobby was born July 25th 1963, and graduated Adrian High School in 1981.

A memorial will be held at 2:00 pm, on February 1st, at the Victory Assembly of God Church, in Adrian Missouri. A memorial fund has been opened at to help send a memorial of him to the moon, and to pay for final expenses.

Gordon Howard Evelsizer 1919 - 2013

Gordon Howard Evelsizer was born on June 3, 1919 in Bagley, Iowa to William Evelsizer and Lillie Schafer Evelsizer. He passed from this life on Friday, December 20, 2013 in Stillwater, Oklahoma having reached the age of 94 years, 6 months, and 17 days.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 23, 2013 at the Church of Christ, Glencoe, Oklahoma with Curt Anderson officiating. Interment was at Glencoe Cemetery, Glencoe, Oklahoma. Memorials may be made to Judith Karman Hospice, P.O. Box 818, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 74076 or the Salvation Army.

Terry Dee Boyd 1950 - 2014

Terry Dee Boyd, age 63 of Harrisonville, Missouri formerly of Butler, Missouri died Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born September 27, 1950 to Charles Homer and Emmagean Belk in Butler.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Brother Bill Perkey officiating. Cremation. Contributions to Best Friends Animal Society, D.E.L.T.A. Rescue or Masonic Lodge #254.

Time to do laundry again?



Time to do laundry again??? Try using this early 1900’s washing machine. This particular washing machine was made by the Michigan Washing Machine Company. This machine consists of a large wooden tub with a rotor mechanism inside, and is operated by pumping a hand lever on top.

Archie Whirlwinds announce the 2014 Courtwarming Candidates


The 2014 Archie High School Courtwarming candidates, all seniors, are pictured. Front row, left to right: Jordan Gaddie, Leslie Iseman, Sarah Gilbreath and Ilse Bennenbroek. Back row, left to right: Levi Yarbrough, Ceasar Swigart, Boston Dickerson and Joey Wheeler.

The King and Queen will be crowned this Friday, January 24, when the Whirlwinds take on the Miami Eagles.

World War II veteran honored at Adrian Manor


World War II veteran Robert Leroy Harper served in the United States Army. In recognition of his service, Harper was presented a certificate of appreciation from Adrian VFW Post 1935 Commander Tim Hummel at Adrian Manor Nursing Home on January 15. Following the presentation, Harper received a salute from the group of VFW members in attendance.

Harper comes from Osceola, MO but will be residing with his daughter here in Adrian.


AHS band students selected to perform in the All-District Band


During the weekend of January 3 and 4, 2014, Hunter Chamberlain and Sara Geringer (pictured) attended the High School All-District Band Clinic at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) in Warrensburg. Both students went through a rigorous audition in November in order to be selected to be a part of the All-District Honorable Mention Band. They were selected out of many of the best high school band students from over 20 schools of different size enrollments within the district.

AJH band students among the best


Six Adrian Jr. High band members were selected to participate in the Jr. High All-District band clinic and concert on Saturday, January 11, 2014. These students were selected along with over 250 other of the best band students within the district.

Five of the students were in the 7th grade Honor Band under the direction of Keely Abeln from the Francis Howell School District in St. Charles, MO. Under the direction of Ann Goodwin Clark, recent Director at Park Hill High School, 8th grader Andrew Steward participated in the 8th Grade Honor Band.

Blackhawks participate in USA Wrestling Duals


On December 19, the Blackhawks traveled to Hale Arena in Kansas City to participate in the USA Wrestling Duals. Their opponents for the first meet were the Carrollton Trojans. The Blackhawks fell to the Trojans 45-33.

The second match of the night pitted the Blackhawks against the Lawson Cardinals. The Blackhawks also fell to the Cardinals 46-28.

Right: Tommy Weeks vs. Carrollton

Far right: Dakota Jones vs. Lawson

Blackhawks fall to Butler Bears; Lady Blackhawks take victory

The Adrian Blackhawks hosted the Butler Bears Tuesday, January 14 in non-conference action. The Lady Blackhawks moved their overall record to 9-3 with a 69 to 39 victory. Coach Basore had this to say about the game, “It was a fun atmosphere and the girls came ready to play.”

In the boys game Adrian struggled offensively and were defeated by the much larger Bears, 66 to 30. “We really struggled with their size and couldn’t get good looks at the rim” commented Coach Basore.

Youth Wrestlers show well in Carthage Youth Tournament

Six Adrian youth wrestlers participated in the Carthage Youth Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, January 18. Those wrestlers include: Cole Ritter, Trevor Thompson, Grady Debrick, Jence Griffith, Dallas Shaefer and Micheal McCoy. All of the wrestlers, in different weight classes, made their way to the bubble matches, an impressive feat considering 700 kids participated in the tournament. Cole and Grady brought home the Championship title in their weight classes. This was the first big tournament for Grady.

Adrian Cub Scouts get Down and Derby last weekend


Adrian Cub Scouts of Pack 238 burned up the track with 25 smoking fast cars at their annual Pinewood Derby on Sunday, January 19th at the Adrian Optimist Building. The overall winners of the Derby are pictured, left to right: 3rd place, Zach Thomas, son of Jim and Debi Thomas; 2nd place, Jayden Wicklin, son of Jake and Colina Wicklin and 1st place, Barak Cunningham, son of Matt and Julie Cunningham.


Francis Hugh Hoover 1931 - 2014


Francis Hugh Hoover was born February 26, 1931 and passed away January 20, 2014. Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 at Floral Hill in Kansas City, MO. Burial followed at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Contributions may be made to Eastgate Christian Church, 4010 South River Boulevard  Independence, MO 64055.

Richard “Pete” Eugene Wigger

Richard “Pete” Eugene Wigger, age 85 of Butler, Missouri, died Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Medicalodge of Butler. He was born February 18, 1928 in Storm Lake, Iowa.

Funeral services were Friday, January 17, 2014 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler with Pastor Ron Dunlap officiating. Burial in Virgil City Cemetery, Virgil City, Missouri.

Thelma Berniece Blakeman 1922 - 2014

Thelma Berniece Blakeman, age 91 of Butler, Missouri died Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. She was born November 18, 1922 to Alfred and Lillian Wells Olive in Arthur, Missouri.

Funeral services were Monday, January 20, 2014 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Rev. Bryon Callaway officiating and Pastor Mark Harvey assisting. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to Relay For Life.

Goldia Lucille Platt 1930 - 2014

Goldia Lucille Platt, age 83 of Butler, Missouri, died Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Willow Lane Nursing Center in Butler. She was born June 3, 1930 to Raymond and Juanita Jessie Lingenfelter Warren in Boicourt, Kansas.

Funeral services were Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Kenneth Plaster officiating. Burial in Benjamin Cemetery, Amoret, Missouri. Contributions to Heartland Hospice or Butler First Assembly of God Church.

Betty Richards 1927 - 2014

Betty Richards age 87 passed away January 16, 2014 at home with her loving daughters by her side. Betty was born January 8th, 1927 to Chester and Allie Green Ohlhausen in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Funeral services were Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Deacon Terry Holloway officiating and Priest Craig Baltz assisting. Burial in Garden of Memories, Pittsburg, Kansas. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Heartland Hospice, Alzhemers Association or Butler High School Special Olympics.

Blackhawks Basketball


The Adrian Blackhawks opened the second half of their season by traveling to Liberal for non conference action. They were defeated 65 to 35. Coach Basore stated, “We struggled rebounding and keeping them out of the lane.”

In another non conference game, Adrian traveled to Ballard and defeated the Bulldogs 66 to 46. “We had four guys score in double figures” stated Coach Basore. “We did a great job moving the ball and running the floor.”

Lady Blackhawks Basketball Action


The Lady Blackhawks opened their 2014 portion of the basketball season at Liberal on Friday, January 3. They came away with a 2 point victory, 49 to 47 to move their overall record to 6-2. Coach Basore commented, “We had some big shots made down the stretch. Good team effort to finish with a win.”
On Wednesday, January 8 Adrian traveled to Ballard and posted a 52 to 17 win. “It was good to work on things in a game setting” said Coach Basore.

2014 Adrian High School Courtwarming


Courtwarming for the Adrian Blackhawks was Friday, January 10, 2014. Fans filled the gym to watch the JV and Varsity basketball teams take on the Midway Vikings, and to see who would be this year's Courtwarming King and Queen. Pictured right, this year's King is junior Chris Comer and the Queen is senior Makyna Six.

Far right: The 2014 Courtwarming Candidates are pictured. Queen candidates, left to right: Jenna Purvis, Hollie Kloser, Makyna Six and Megan Silver. King candidates, left to right: Connor Pruitt, Brohde Bennett, Giovanni Morales and Chris Comer.

Deputies attempt to stop driver


On the 9th day of January, 2014, deputies attempted to stop a 4-door white truck traveling south on Fulton Street, Butler, Missouri at a high rate of speed. Deputies stated that the subject was going through yards, running over trash cans, and hit two trees causing extensive damage to his vehicle. The subject was finally apprehended.

Vehicle crashes into a Bates County Deputy’s car due to icy road conditions


On 1/7/14 the Bates County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a traffic accident on A Highway and V Highway in Hume, MO. The accident occurred when an on-duty Bates County Deputy was traveling eastbound out of Hume and a vehicle traveling westbound into Hume collided. The driver traveling westbound lost control on the ice as the vehicle entered in the curve. The vehicle struck the Bates County Deputy in the driver side of his patrol vehicle, causing him to leave the roadway and come to rest against a sign. Neither driver was hurt during the accident.

Adrian Chamber of Commerce hosts the 13th Annual Spring Banquet


On Saturday, January 11, 2014, the Adrian Chamber of Commerce hosted the 13th Annual Spring Banquet.

Chamber Member Don Arndt gave a review of the Chamber’s efforts and activities in 2013. In 2013, the Chamber is almost 90 members strong. President Josh Nieder presented a special award to Adrian Chamber Member Curtis Reynolds (pictured right). Reynolds was named as the 2013 Adrian Chamber of Comemrce Person of the Year.

Engaged to Wed - Wainwright - Miller


David and Barbara Wainwright are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Chris Wainwright, to Sarah Miller, daughter of Curtis and Susan Miller of Leawood, KS.

An April wedding is planned in Lee’s Summit, MO.

Daniel Alan Henderson 1977 - 2014

Daniel Alan Henderson, 36, passed away January 2, 2014 in Wichita, Kansas. He was born on July 6, 1977 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Services for Danny were held January 11 at Holiness Church of the Nazarene in Stilwell, KS and another will be held Saturday, January 18 at Cross Road Church in Wichita. The family wishes to continue in Danny‘s charitable spirit; in lieu of flowers, please give to a favorite charity.

Roy Dale Crist 1925 - 2014

Roy Dale Crist, age 88, of Butler, Missouri died Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Medicalodge of Butler. He was born March 29, 1925 to William Otis and Flora Agnes Whitehead Crist in Appleton City, Missouri.

Funeral services were Monday, January 13, 2014 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler with Brother Bill Perkey officiating and Pastors John and Ruth Winkler assisting. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Joan Kinnard Maloney 1930 – 2014

Joan Kinnard (Phillips) Maloney, 83, Archie, Missouri, died Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville, Missouri.  Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian, Missouri. Burial was in Freeman Cemetery, Freeman, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to the Adrian United Methodist Church or to any children’s charity of your choice.

Severe winter storm brings extreme cold temperatures to Adrian


A severe winter storm came barreling through Adrian and surrounding areas, beginning with snowfall late Saturday night/early Sunday morning. The temperature made a steady decline on Sunday and by early Monday morning, it reached the coldest temperatures in the last 20 years. Howling winds, combined with dangerously low temperatures, drove the wind chill to more than 20 degrees below zero. The actual temperature at sunrise on Monday morning was below zero. The extreme weather prompted school cancellations Monday and Tuesday in many area school districts, including Adrian.

Yoss Thriftway teams up with the community to provide books for kids


Yoss Thriftway believes in the ongoing need for early reading and early learning for Adrian’s youngsters.  A $1,000 donation from General Mills, which was won in a contest by Yoss Thriftway, was donated to the Parents as Teachers Program (PAT) last month. But Yoss Thriftway did not stop at just that donation. Book card cut-outs were sold to customers in the amount of $1.00 or $5.00 each.  With a strong show of support for the Parents as Teachers Program, the book drive brought in $1,154.00 and two boxes of books!

Adrian Bank donates to the Adrian Fire Dept. and other organizations


Gene Irvin, Adrian Bank CEO, recently presented a check for $700.00 to the Adrian Fire Department. The donation will be used to purchase of one set of CPR mannequins to be used in training classes for the community. A second set will be purchased when funds are available. The Department hopes to have a total of 15 mannequins and two AED trainers soon. Each CPR set includes five adult/child mannequins, five babies and one AED trainer.

Sheriff’s Office leases old Coca-Cola building


The Bates County Sheriff’s Office has entered into a lease agreement with the property owner located at 905 N Orange, Butler, Mo 64730. The lease is a four year lease with the County taking ownership at the end of the lease term.

The leased building, located at 905 N Orange was originally the Coca-Cola building and later Kelly’s Trucking before becoming storage for Prospect Rentals. The building will see a new life with multiple purposes to include storage facility, vehicle processing facility and storage, along with records storage and K9 training facility.

Adrian Optimists give scholarships for AHS students taking dual credit classes


With the ever-changing use of technology, the need for dictionaries for Adrian students has changed. Instead of a bound book of numerous words, they now access a student dictionary using I-pads or other computers at the school. Every year the Adrian Optimist Club earmarks funds to purchase dictionaries for Adrian students. Because they no longer need a dictionary, funds from the Floyd Buhr Memorial will now be used to help Adrian High School sophomores, juniors and seniors pay for dual credit college classes from Central Methodist  University and the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Blackhawks take on Lone Jack Mules


The Adrian Blackhawks hosted the Lone Jack Mules Friday, December 20 in non-conference action. The Lady Blackhawks defeated the Lady Mules 56 to 34. Coach Basore commented, “We came out in the second half and gained control of the game.”

In the boys contest, Adrian was defeated 48 to 37.

Right: Kamiron Luptak fights with the Lady Mules defender to keep control of the ball during non conference action December 20 against Lone Jack.

Far right: Bryce Bagby goes up to lay in 2 against the Lone Jack Mules on Friday, December 20.

(photos by Lynn Bagby)

Adrian Blackhawks Wrestling


On December 17, the Adrian Blackhawks wrestling team hosted Eldon, El Dorado Springs, and Nevada. The Blackhawks faced the El Dorado Springs Bulldogs first, defeating them 47-36.

The second match-up pitted the Blackhawks against the Nevada Tigers. The JV wrestlers started the meet off with a couple of matches. On the varsity end, the Tigers walked away with a narrow victory on this one, 42-39.

Karen Lou Shutt 1948 - 2014

Karen Lou Shutt, age 65 of Butler, Missouri died January 6, 2014 in Butler. She was born September 8, 1948 to William Walker and Jean Winnifred Lawrence Cordill in Kansas City, Kansas.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 8, 2013 at the Schowengerdt Funeral
Chapel in Butler with Pastor Ron Dunlap officiating. Burial in Reform Cemetery, Prairie City, Missouri. Contributions to Happy Hill Church of God.

Marjorie Kathryn McMurphy 1920 - 2013

Marjorie Kathryn McMurphy, age 93 of Butler, Missouri, died Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Willow Lane Nursing Home in Butler. She was born November 15, 1920 to Ernest Winford and Minnie Bell Donaldson Smith in Warrensburg, Missouri.

Graveside services were held 1 p.m. Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Memorial Gardens in Warrensburg, Missouri with Scott Mallatt officiating. Visitation was held Saturday, January 4, Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to Butler Public Library or American Heart Association.

Happy New Year!


Ringing in the new year is 1 year old Parker Jensen. Parker is the son of Derek and Chara Jensen and the brother of Braden and Brock of Marshfield, MO. He is the grandson of Steve and Linda Oldfield of Adrian, MO and Murray and Karen Jensen of Marshfield, MO.

The Adrian Journal staff would like to say thank you to our readers, advertisers, family and friends. Because of you, this hometown newspaper is beginning its 126th year of circulation. We hope that 2014 brings you peace and happiness.

2013 WEMO Jr. High Champions


The Adrian Junior High basketball team took first place in the WEMO Conference Tournament held December 16-19. In their first game they played Drexel and defeated them 40-32. In the championship game Adrian took on Archie and defeated them 41-13. Front row, left to right: Alexis Sass (Manager), Cameron Tallman, Hunter Steen, Gavin Reed, Hayden Keating, Brendan Shackles, Wyatt Reynolds, Marcus Meade. Back row, left to right: Head Coach Brian Tenholder, Jordan Gray, Jonhenry Jackson, Anson Johnson, Parker Deal, Nick Preston, Jay Freeman, Dylan Bell and Assistant Coach Terry Dunham.

BCMH Employee of the Year


An awards banquet was held by Bates County Memorial Hospital on December 19, 2013. Mr. Ed Hannon, Chief Executive Officer, announced that Ms. Karen Landers was voted by her peers as the 2013 Employee of the Year. Karen received an engraved plaque and a gift from the hospital. Karen has been employed as a Registered Nurse since 1994. She has worked as an Emergency Room nurse and is currently the RN Supervisor of the Outpatient Specialty Clinic. The hospital is honored to recognize Karen as its Employee of the Year.

Adrian R-III Elementary Christmas Assembly


During the Christmas assembly the Adrian R-III elementary students did acts of kindness for others and each time they were able to complete a link in the kindness chain.  The chain almost went completely around the elementary gym.  Way to go, elementary for being kind to each other.  With Santa hats on the teachers sang, We wish you a Merry Christmas at the end of the program to all the students.

Check out the Patterson Manufacturing mowers at the Frontier Village Museum



As historical articles recording information on displays at Frontier Village are written, Pat Patterson must be remembered. The Western Missouri Antique Tractor and Machinery Association (WMAT&MA) is blessed to have more than one Patterson mower in the museum. Pat, working in his Patterson Manufacturing facility, determined the need for a better way to control grass. He was also knowledgeable of doing it correctly; therefore he applied for and was granted patent number US 2595976 on May 6, 1952.

Cecil Farris DePriest 1941 – 2013

Cecil Farris DePriest, 72, Adrian, MO, formerly of Bucyrus, Kansas, passed away peacefully, after a short illness, on Saturday, December 28, 2013, surrounded by family.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 2, 2014 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian, Missouri with graveside services at 3:00 p.m. Thursday at the Bucyrus Cemetery in Bucyrus, Kansas.  Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 1 at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Adrian Lions Club or the Adrian Community Library Building Fund.

Madge Louise Hodson 1926 - 2013

Madge Louise Hodson, age 87 of Butler, Missouri went home to be with the Lord early Christmas morning on December 25, 2013 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. She was born December 17, 1926 to Eugene and Zetta Mabel Reynolds in Pitcher, Oklahoma.

Funeral services were Monday, December 30, 2013 at Simpson Funeral Home in
Webb City, Missouri. Visitation was held Monday, December 30 at Schowen-gerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri. Burial in Weaver Cemetery, Purcell, Missouri. Contributions to Bates County Industries or Butler First Baptist Church.

Marion Marvin Hess 1923 - 2013

Marion Marvin Hess, age 90, of Hume, Missouri, died Saturday, December 21, 2013 at Prescott Country View Nursing Home in Prescott, Kansas. He was born August 15, 1923 to Joseph Dudley and Clemmie Joanna Smith Hess in Hume.

Funeral services were Friday, December 27, 2013 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri. Burial in Underwood Cemetery, Hume, Missouri. Contributions to the Mercy Hospice or Charity of Choice.

Louis Hubert Terrell 1927 - 2013

Louis Hubert Terrell was born on September 13, 1927 in Vinita, Oklahoma to Ester Cleara (Boatman) Terrell and Aaron Pryor Terrell. Louis was ushered through heaven’s gates on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the age of 86.

After an extensive search, Adrian R-III Board of Education hires Don Lile as the next Superintendent


President David Knuth opened the regular monthly Adrian R-III Board of Education meeting on December 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Adrian High School Principal Don Lile was presented with a contract to replace Dr. Kirk Eidson, who is retiring as the District’s Superintendent effective July 1, 2014. Lile signed the contract. He thanked the board for being given the opportunity to serve the students and the district as superintendent. Lile and his wife are happy about moving to Adrian and becoming an integral part of the community.

Archie Elementary Student Jackson Harmon wins metro-wide contest


Nine students from across the metro area won awards for designing a book cover as part of Price Chopper’s annual “Bag Your Favorite Book” contest. Winners were surprised with their prizes at school assemblies. This year’s first grade winner is from Archie Elementary School in Archie, MO. Price Chopper received nearly 9,000 entries for the contest.

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 centers 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”.

Blackhawks open conference play with wins over Miami


The Adrian Blackhawks opened WEMO Conference action on Thursday, December 19 as they hosted the Miami Eagles.

In the girls contest Adrian defeated the Lady Eagles 52 to 19. Coach Basore said, “It was good for everybody to get playing time.”

The boys defeated Miami by the score of 69 to 48. “The boys did a great job of getting to the rim and finishing” commented Coach Basore.

Right: Bailey Reed dribbles around the Miami defender during conference action at home December 19.

VFW drawing


Wednesday, December 18 the Adrian VFW drew out the winners for their fundraiser. Gary Burns of Drexel did the honors of drawing out the names. First prize was a rifle donated by Glen Jones of Crooked Fence. It was won by Ronnie Koehn. Second prize went to Bill Perkey of Rich Hill, $100 cash, donated by David Knuth. Third prize was awarded to Jana Tate, an American Flag from VFW Post 1935.


Mary Rapp 1927 - 2013

Mary Rapp, 86, Harrisonville, Missouri, died Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Golden Years Care Center in Harrisonville. Funeral services were held December 20 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with burial in Milo Cemetery, Milo, Missouri. 

Trap team participates in Area 7 Trap Shooting League


The Adrian Trap Teams participated in the Area 7 FFA Trap Shooting League, with two top ten individuals. Adrian A received first place out of 14 teams. Conrad Walley was high individuall, 1st place individual scores, and Wade Cumpton was 5th out of over 80 FFA trap shooters. 

Pictured, left to right - Blake Doody, Colten Lovejoy, Wade Cumpton, Jacob Lacy, Steven Jacobs and Conrad Walley.


Blackhawks named All District and All State

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Five Adrian Blackhawks were named to the Missouri Football Coaches Association All-District team. Pictured, left to right: Head Coach George Bruto; John Melton, 1st Team Offensive Line; Christian Graham, 1st Team Offensive Line; Adam Cochran, 1st Team Kicker; Austin Corley, 1st Team Running Back. Not pictured: Austin Williams, 1st Team Linebacker.

Also pictured, Senior Christian Graham was also selected for the All-State Team. He was named as 1st Team Offensive Line.

Blackhawks wrestlers participate in Pleasant Hill tournament

On December 6th and 7th the Adrian Blackhawks Wrestling team traveled to Pleasant Hill High School for the annual Steve Leslie Invitational Tournament.

Adrian had four wrestlers advance to the medal rounds: Dakota Jones, 126#, second place; Michael Lopez, 132#, third place; Austin Williams, 160#, third place; Christian Graham, 285#, third place. The following Blackhawk wrestlers also placed within the top ten: Jeremy Dryden, 120#, seventh and Zachary Shannon, 138#, eighth. 

Blackhawks downed by El Dorado Springs Bulldogs

After having two games cancelled last week, the Adrian Blackhawks hosted the Liberal Bulldogs on Monday, December 16.

In the varsity girls game El Dorado defeated Adrian 73 to 52. Coach Basore said, “I thought we played well for 3 quarters. They eventually wore us down in the fourth.”

In the boy’s contest Adrian was defeated 71 to 58. “The boys played with great energy” commented Coach Basore, “and competed hard. We didn’t get shots to fall down the stretch.”

Yoss Thriftway embraces the R-III Parents as Teachers Program in an effort to give young children books to read


Yoss Thriftway participated in a display contest hosted by General Mills in which the contest winner would receive a donation to be given to an organization that participates in the Box Tops for Education Program.  Yoss Thriftway won the contest.  The Yoss family is full of educators, both past and present, who value early learning for children.  With that in mind, Yoss Thriftway is donating the contest winnings totaling $1,000 to the Parents as Teachers (PAT) Program in the Adrian R-III School District. Parents as Teachers is an educational program for families in the Adrian School Distr

WMAT&MA Museum’s Lowther Lightnin’ Scooter



The newly organized Adrian Area Historical Society has agreed to research, clean and label exhibits in the WMAT&MA museum collection under the direction of Mark McDonnell. The group will share information with readers on some of the many items they have found especially interesting.

Deputies recover drugs and paraphernalia in Amoret


On 12/10/13 the Bates County Sheriff’s Office responded to RR1 Box 252A Amoret, Missouri. The deputies were there in search of Earnest Schmidt. Schmidt was wanted for a Parole Violation for Burglary, Stealing and failing to complete a drug treatment program. In conjunction to the warrant, Bates County detectives wanted to speak with Schmidt in reference to an assault and several burglaries in the area. Schmidt was then taken into custody without incident.

Adrian FBLA donates to Blessings in a Backpack Program and Bates County Food Pantry


Adrian FBLA makes a generous donation with fundraising proceeds to the Blessing in a Backpack Program and the Bates County Food Pantry. Front row: Kaila Eberra, Sara Geringer, Tanner Pitts, Bailey McMillan, Ally Jennings. Back row: Lydia Reynolds, Colton Kimminau, Jacob Weeks, Clayton Perrymann, Maddie Reynolds, Jaylee Welcher, Kassie Stone and Makyna Six.

Adrian Chamber of Commerce features MoCrop as the December Business of the Month



The Adrian Chamber of Commerce has chosen MoCrop, LLC as the featured business for December. The business was formed in 1982 by Matt Burgher. Since 2008, Adrian resident Josh Neider has been a partner in the business.

MoCrop has six employees and serves about 1100 customers throughout Missouri. “We offer the best service for your federal crop insurance,” Matt said.

For more information, call Matt at 1-573-473-2598 or Josh at 1-660-424-4119. Or stop in and see Josh at American National Insurance/Adrian Chamber of Commerce, 46 East Main Street, Adrian.

Lions donate to Ministerial Alliance


The Adrian Lions Club donated $1500 to the Ministerial Alliance. Kyla Hubbard made the presentation to Ray Burhart, President, Adrian Christian Church, Chris Snyder, United Methodist Church and Paul Burhart, Adrian Christian Church.

Scouts present colors


The Wolf Den of Adrian Cub Scout Pack 238 presented the colors at the Adrian Lions Club Christmas party Monday night, December 9. One Den each month presents the U.S., Missouri and Christian flags for the Lions Club. Members of the Wolf Den present were Seth Ford, Jayden Wicklin, Devon Keyton, Aiden Lybarger and Isiah Lewis, along with leaders Richard Ford and Jake Wicklin.. Pack 238 leaders are Landon Miner, George Turner, and Jimmy Newport.


Larry Truman Bunch 1939 – 2013

Larry Truman Bunch, 74, of Adrian, MO passed away at his home on Sunday, December 15, 2013.  Graveside service 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian.  Visitation 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to the Adrian VFW Post #1935 or the Adrian Optimist Club.

Ronald Lee Cole 1961 - 2013

Ronald Lee Cole, age 52, of Appleton City, Missouri died Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler, Missouri. He was born February 18, 1961 to Robert Lee and Lavern Jeanette Smothers Cole in Paola, Kansas.

Ronald's wishes were to be cremated.

Marcia Eleanor Baker 1925 - 2013

Marcia Eleanor Baker, age 88 of Springfield, Missouri died Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at the Christian Health and Rehabilitation in Republic, Missouri. She was born February 17, 1925 to Jesse LeeRoy and Anna Belle McElwain Center in Butler, Missouri.

Funeral services were Monday, December 16, 2013 at the Schowengerdt Funeral
Chapel in Butler with Dr. Terry Davis officiating. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri.

Norma Jean Mullen 1934 - 2013

Norma Jean (Sullins) Mullen, 79, Adrian, MO, left her earthly home for her heavenly home Monday, December 9, 2013 at the age of 79 years 4 months 6 days. Funeral services were held Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian, Missouri with burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to John’s Care Fund, c/o Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian, MO.