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Adrian students speak up


Six Adrian 8th and 9th graders participated in the Oratorical Contest hosted by the Adrian Optimist Club. With assistance from Adrian English Teacher Dorothy Powell, each participant wrote a speech using this year’s theme: “How My Passions Impact the World.” Last Sunday, February 2, 2014, family and friends gathered at the Adrian Optimist Club to listen to the speeches.

Bates County deputies respond to a complaint of animal neglect



On 2/5/14, deputies responded to a complaint about animal neglect to find that the cows appeared to be underweight and the ice in the pond had not been broken for quite a while. There was electric fence around the pond and the cows could not access it if the ice was broken. When encountered by the owner of the cattle, he was agitated and very aggressive insisting the deputies get off his property.

Low blood supply due to winter weather conditions - donate the precious gift of blood

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Adrian, Tuesday, March 4, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm at the Optimist Building. The blood supply is very low at this time, due to a lot of bloodmobiles being cancelled due to the extreme weather conditions. Now is the time to mark your calendar, make a note somewhere so you will remember to show up to donate that precious gift of blood. Take care of yourself by eating and drinking the right foods. You are always welcome to stop by the bloodmobile and ask questions. The staff are always ready to assist us in every way.

Drugs found during vehicle stop


On 2/6/14, Bates County K9 unit conducted a vehicle stop on Interstate 49 and State Route D. During the stop the deputy found several items of drug paraphernalia and marijuana. Three subjects were taken into custody and transported to the Bates County Sheriff’s Office.

Dedra A. Rice (pictured), 9/17/76, from Raymore was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance. Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety for each charge.

AHS tribe donates to “Teens for Jeans”


Through the “Teens for Jeans” program spearheaded by Aeropostale, Adrian High School students in Mr. Matt Sears’ tribe teamed up to help collect jeans for homeless teens. In December and January, students, staff and parents donated gently used jeans, and the Adrian Christian Church helped with the collection as well.

On Wednesday, February 5, Sears and some of his students dropped off 177 pair of jeans to Aeropostale at Independence Center.  From there they will go to local homeless teens. 

To learn more or participate in Teens for Jeans®, visit

Rural Adrian man charged with Possession of Child Pornography





Adrian’s Gage Steen was selected to the Archie All-Tournament Team.

Lady Blackhawks being named to the Archie All-Tournament Team were Kamiron Luptak and Lauren Shipley.

For more Archie tournament coverage, see the February 13 issue of The Adrian Journal.

Lady Blackhawks capture 2nd in Archie Tournament


The championship of the Archie Tournament was rescheduled for Saturday night, February 8 as the Lady Blackhawks went up against the Archie Lady Whirlwinds. It was a good game between two evenly matched teams, but unfortunately for the Lady Blackhawks, they fell short by the score of 61 to 55. “It was a good game between two good teams. We now have to learn how to stay composed down the stretch,” commented Coach Basore. With this loss, the Lady Blackhawks took 2nd in the Archie Tournament.

Blackhawks play hard but fall short of a win in the consolation game


In the consolation game of the Archie Tournament the Adrian Blackhawks were defeated by the Archie varsity Whirlwinds 32-42. Coach Basore said, “Every game we gain experience. We have to learn how to finish games.”

Tournament pictures:
Bryce Bagby goes up for two over the defense of Javyn Johnston. Adrian fell to the Bobcats 33-64.

With the loss to Drexel, Adrian moved to the consolation side of the bracket and played the Archie JV. They won 64-26. Colton Lovejoy drives to the basket through the Archie defense.

February begins with snow and ice

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As The Adrian Journal goes to press on Tuesday, February 4, large, wet flakes of snow are falling from the sky. The month of February began with sleet and freezing rain, covering the roadways, driveways and parking lots with solid sheets of ice. Travel was limited for many citizens in the Adrian area. Sporting events and special activities were canceled, and churches did not have services. On Monday, the ice kept Adrian R-III and area school districts from holding classes. By Tuesday morning, a blanket of snow is covering the ice and classes are once again canceled.

Adrian Optimists recognize Students of the Month


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. Each student is honored with a certificate of recognition from the Adrian Optimist Club and $20.00 in Adrian Chamber of Commerce “Chamber Bucks”. This month's Students of the Month are: Madeline Reynolds, Adrian; James Engelhardt, Ballard; and Dallas Scholes, Miami.

Kreitler charged with possession of a controlled substance



On 1/27/14, deputies were dispatched to Adrian in reference to threats being made. The victim stated that her estranged husband had made threats toward her over the phone.

Bates County Sheriff’s Office makes arrest for burglary



On 1/31/2014, Detectives from the Bates County Sheriff’s Office arrested Melvin Ray Foley, 8/03/1969. Detectives were following leads from a burglary in rural Adrian in July of 2012. Shortly after the burglary Foley was arrested in another county on unrelated charges and sent to the Department of Corrections. Foley was released from DOC and returned to Vernon County to face burglary charges. Foley was transferred to Bates County where he was charged with two counts of burglary.

2014 Archie Courtwarming King and Queen crowned


Joey Wheeler and Leslie Iseman were crowned Archie Courtwarming King and Queen last Friday, both are seniors. 

Named Academic All-State


Two members of the Adrian Blackhawks football team, Greg Collins, left, and Adam Cochran, right, were named to the Academic All-State. To be eligible a player must be in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade and have started in at least 70% of the football games. A player must also attain two of the three criteria: Be in the top 10% of his class, have an ACT score of at least 25, or have a GPA of 3.5 or better.

Adrian Lions Club


During the January 27th meeting, Adrian Lion President Wally Henrickson presented 2011-2012 President Lion Joey Bailey a Crystal Pin and framed certificate/award for increased net growth during his term as Lion President. Lion Secretary Kay DePriest accepted the corresponding patch and will attach it to the club banner.


Adrian Youth Wrestlers show well in tournament


The Adrian Youth Wrestling Club hosted its annual tournament last weekend. A large number of wrestlers from various clubs participated in the tournament. Twenty kids wrestled from the Adrian Club.

Right: Ian Yoss participates in the tournament.

Far right: Also participating in the tournament is Dallys Shaffer.

New Arrival - Sydney Marie Dizney


Kevin and Crystal Dizney would like to announce the arrival of their daughter, Sydney Marie Dizney. She was born Tuesday, January 2, 2014 at 1:05 p.m. She weighted 7 lbs 12 ozs, and was 20 inches long. She is the granddaughter of Gary and Fay Dizney of Adrian, MO.

Reynolds signs Letter of Intent


Adrian’s Madeline Reynolds, daughter of Bryan and Connie Reynolds, has signed a letter of intent to play college volleyball for the Central Methodist Eagles in Fayette, Missouri. Pictured, left to right: CMU assistant coach Lauren Noble, Madeline Reynolds, her father Bryan Reynolds.


Virginia Mae Weaver 1930 - 2013

Virginia Mae Weaver, age 83, Flint, Michigan, died Sunday, August 11, 2013. Funeral services were held 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2013 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Miller Road Chapel, Swartz Creek. Burial was in Sunset Hills Cemetery, Flint, MI.

Norma Mae Jobe 1926 - 2014

Norma Mae Jobe, age 87, of Butler, Missouri died Saturday, January 25, 2014 in Butler. She was born November 21, 1926 to Orville Eddie and Ethel Levens Vassar in Galena, Kansas.

Funeral services were Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler with Jimmy Knight officiating. Burial in Myers Cemetery, Appleton City, Missouri. Contributions to Pleasant Gap Christian Church.

Hadd Garner Botkin 1927 - 2014

Hadd Garner Botkin, age 86 of Foster, Missouri, died Sunday, January 26, 2014 in Foster. He was born November 29, 1927 to Benjamin Vernon and Bessie Augusta Jane Garner Botkin in Foster, Missouri.

Graveside services Friday, January 31, 2014 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Dennis Painter officiating. Contributions to NRMC Hospice or Butler Masonic Lodge #254.