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Adrian VFW honors the fallen


In spite of the rain, a crowd gathered at the Lt. Charles Garrison Veterans Memorial last Saturday for a Memorial Day Service presented by the Adrian VFW Post 1935.
The service was poignant and full of honor for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom as well as those who have ever served in the U.S. military. The POW/MIA/KIA remembrance had the crowd’s full attention. Brother Bill Perkey, Double Branch Christian Church, delivered a heartfelt speech, and vocalists showed their patriotism through music.

Adrian R-III Teachers of the Year


Every year the Adrian Optimist Club presents a Teacher of the Year Award to a deserving educator in Elementary and Middle/High School that is selected by the school. Pictured right, Elementary Special Education Teacher Kelly Reichert is named as the 2013 - 2014 Elementary Teacher of the Year. Presenting the award is Adrian Optimist Member Richard Ford.

Archie man charged with felony sodomy



On May 21, 2014, Detectives at the Bates County Sheriff’s Office received a report of sexual abuse involving a juvenile. During the investigation, the suspect was identified as Richard D. Purkey.

On May 22, 2014, Richard D. Purkey was taken into custody at his home in rural Archie. He was transported to Bates County Sheriff’s Office where he was charged with 3 counts of felony statutory sodomy. His bond was set at $100,000.00 cash or surety. Further charges are being reviewed by the Bates County Prosecuting Attorney.

Five retire from Adrian R-III


As the 2013 - 2014 school year has come to an end, a special luncheon was held for Superintendent Dr. Kirk Eidson and four educators who are retiring from the Adrian R-III School District. Dr. Eidson retires after six years as the District’s Superintendent; Ellen Connor, Special Education Director, eight; Title I Teacher Peggy Heckadon and High School Math Teacher David Main, 17; Jim Hogan, High School Teacher, 20.

Adrian track teams perform well at State Track Meet

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The Adrian Blackhawks boys and girls track teams traveled to Jefferson City last week for the MSHSAA Class 2 State Track Championships.   A very successful season was wrapped up with impressive performances in individual events and relays including a state champion and three broken school records.

Adrian Optimists recognize May 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. Each student is honored with a certificate of recognition from the Adrian Optimist Club and $20.00 in Adrian Chamber of Commerce “Chamber Bucks”. The May Students of the Month are: Brooklen Cameron, Miami; Makyna Six, Adrian; Ben Oswald,Ballard.

President Education Awards presented


Nine seniors earned the President’s Education Award. To qualify, students must have a GPA of 3.5 with a score in the 85th percentile or higher on a standardized test in reading or math. Front row: Stacey LeRosen, Josie Lovejoy, Makyna Six, Ryland Howard. Back row: Alex Apple, Dustin Briggs, Nathan Chamberlain, Greg Collins, Josh Hawkins.

To see more Elementary/Middle/High School awards, see the May 22 and 29 and June 5 issues of The Adrian Journal.

Lions donate to VFW


Joey Bailey presents a $500 check, from the Adrian Lions Club, to VFW Commander Tim Hummel. VFW members were present at the Lions Club golf tournament held in April. They were at the 9th hole and replaced the hole flag with the American Flag as the golfers putted.


Jimmy Sexson Award and All Girls Sports Award

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During the Senior Awards Assembly held recently, Christian Graham was awarded the Jimmy Sexson Award and Kamiron Luptak the All Girls Sports Award. These two highly esteemed awards are presented to outstanding athletes that participate in three sports throughout the school year.

For more awards, see the May 29 issue of The Adrian Journal

2014 AHS Valedictorian and Salutatorian


As 8th graders, Makyna Six and Josie Lovejoy earned academic recognition as the top two in their class. Four years later, Makyna and Josie take the stage at graduation as the top two in the Class of 2014.

Makyna (right) is this year’s Valedictorian. She is the daughter of Cary and Lara Six. Josie (left) is the Salutatorian. She is the daughter of Tim and Rhonda Lovejoy.

Adrian National Honor Society holds Induction Ceremony


Fifteen Adrian High School students earned the honor to be inducted into the Adrian Chapter of National Honor Society. The inductees are pictured. Front row: Hayley Underwood, Sara Geringer, Catie Welliver, Kylie Robards, Taryn Gregg, Quincy Keating and Steven Jacobs. Back row: Brooke Wilson, Clayton Perrymann, Colton Kimminau, Adam Cochran, Trenton Tallman and Logan Tallman. Not pictured: Wade Cumpton and Skyler Cook.

Welcome, Heritage Tractor!


In September of 2013, the County, the City of Adrian, and Elizabeth Ogg, the Bates County Economic Developer, began work with Heritage Tractor on a possible new facility north of Adrian. Heritage Tractor is a John Deere dealer who currently has 6 locations in Kansas and 4 in Missouri. Dale Van Slyke will be the manager of this facility.

Adrian 8th graders earn top two academic honors

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Honored at the year-end awards assembly on their last day of middle school, Maly Sears and William Kussmaul were recognized as the top two 8th graders in academic achievement. Congratulations to these students for their excellence in academics.

Adrian Chamber of Commerce features Adrian United Methodist Church as the May Business of the Month


The Adrian Chamber of Commerce has chosen the Adrian United Methodist Church as the featured business/organization for the month of May. The church, located at 202 East Main Street, was founded in 1881 and although the original wooded structure has been long gone, the church has always been at the same location of Main and Kentucky Streets. Currently there are about 106 regular attendees each week although as with most churches, the regular membership roll numbers are larger.

Out with the old, in with the new



Bates County Sheriff’s Office completes issuing of 911 addresses

The Bates County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help in regards to E911. The Sheriff’s Office has completed issuing all the 911 addressing for each house in rural Bates County. Over the last several months the Sheriff’s Office mailed letters to everyone with the new addresses. Some of these addresses have been returned because the property didn’t have a mailbox or the mail is delivered to a Post Office Box. Sheriff Anderson said, “If you have NOT received your E911 address then I am asking you to contact Brian Bearce at the Sheriff’s Office 660-679-3232.”

Adrian Boy Scout Troop 238 attends Scouting 500, Speedway Spirit 2014


Sixteen scouts and three leaders from Adrian Boy Scout Troop 238, along with 12,000 other attendees, participated in the first ever “Scouting 500, Speedway Spirit 2014”, held at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, KS on May 16-18, 2014.

The “Scouting 500, Speedway Spirit 2014” program for the weekend encampment provided hands on activities for our youth members that were new and exciting for Scouts of all ages.

Leona Diana Brewster 1961 - 2014

Leona Diana Brewster, age 52 of Drexel, Missouri died Friday, May 16, 2014 at her home in Drexel. She was born July 17, 1961 to Robert Keith and Melba Pauline Hines Kinney in Kansas City, Missouri.

Diana’s wishes were to be cremated. A celebration will be held at the home of Russell Scott (15438 NW County Rd 10001, Drexel, MO) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Meal will be provided at 4 p.m. Contributions may be made to American Fibromyalgia Association or Arthritis Foundation.

Ray Warren Thomas 1929 - 2014

Ray Warren Thomas, age 85 of Butler, Missouri died Monday, May 19, 2014 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. He was born January 12, 1929 to Stephen Olen and Edna Mae Utley Thomas in Butler.

Funeral services were Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Ron Dunlap officiating. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to Happy Hill Church of God or Butler First Christian Church.

William J Purdy 1934 - 2014

William J. (Bill) Purdy, of Englewood, Florida, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on April 18th, 2014. He was 80 years old at the time he left us. Bill was born on March 26th, 1934, in Swartz Creek, Michigan to Joe and Olive Purdy. He was married 55 years to Betty, his loving wife and caregiver. Interment was held on Monday, May 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the Sarasota National Cemetery.

Marvin “Lyle” Baker 1933 – 2014

Marvin “Lyle” Baker, 80, Archie, Missouri, died Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at his home.  Funeral services were held Saturday, May 17 at the First Baptist Church in Archie with burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery in Adrian, Missouri. Contributions may be made to the church memorial fund.

Adrian alumni reunite!



The 68th Annual Adrian High School Alumni meeting was held Saturday, May 10, 2014 in the east gym at the Adrian High School. President Bailey (Umstattd) Carr, Class of 2005, called the meeting to order.

Greg Rapp, Class of 1983 opened with the invocation. The Pledge of Alliance was led by Wyatt Aurand, Class of 2014 followed by Steven Patterson, Class of 1989 leading the entire Alumni singing the National Anthem.

Bates County detectives make arrests in connection with child endangerment



On 5/5/14, the Bates County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested Megan D. Henderson (pictured right) of Amoret, Missouri, for 1st Degree endangering the welfare of a child. On 1/15/14, Detectives received a report of a sexual assault of a child. During that investigation it was discovered that Henderson knowingly moved her two young children into the home of a registered sex offender and left them unattended with that sex offender on multiple occasions.

Adrian students promote summer reading


Ms. Cindi Henrich, an Adrian R-III 3rd Grade Teacher, developed a project for her students that would encompass a wide-range of learning.  Her class accepted the challenge to collect aluminum cans as a fundraiser to buy books for the Adrian Community Library at the end of the school year.  By adding to the books already at the Community Library, they could visit during the summer months and read their donated books, and any other kids could read them, too!

Engaged to Wed...Hastings - Thomas


Steve and Lois Hastings of Adrian, are pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Natalie, to Steven Thomas, son of Bobby Thomas of Butler and Donna and James Cavin of Clinton. The wedding will be June 7, 2014 at the Adrian Christian Church.



The Adrian Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter banquet was held Wednesday May 7, 2014. Chapter Chaplain Megan Silver gave the invocation to begin the evening. The Adrian FFA Chapter, led by Advisor Katie Griffith, worked cooperatively and efficiently together to present awards and share information during the banquet. In addition, the transition from this year’s officers to next year’s was facilitated with a description of duties from each present officer.

2014 WEMO Conference Track Champions


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The WEMO Conference track meet was held Monday, May 5 at Adrian. The Adrian Blackhawks girls took 1st place and the boys came in 4th. One highlight of the meet was the girls 4x400 relay breaking the school record with a time of 4:13.13. 4X400m team: Brenna Adkins, Lauren Shipley, Cheyenne Smith and Jessica Willerton.

Flags flying high at Veterans Memorial


Members of the Adrian VFW completed another project at the Lt. Charles Garrison Veterans Memorial. There is a flag flying for each service branch of the United States Military.

Community Service Projects


Matt Sears’ English III class just completed their community service projects.  In groups of 3 or 4 kids, they planned and carried out a variety of projects for causes local and international. They raised over $500 for causes such as the Humane Society, the Bates County Children’s Center, Wayside Waifs and more.  They also collected over 800 plastic bottles for recycling, started planning a car show for Fighting for Jackson, guided elementary students in writing letters to soldiers and more. 

Lions drawing held


The Adrian Lions Club recently held a drawing for a RZT S Steering Wheel Zero-Turn Riding Mower. The drawing was held last Thursday and the winning ticket was Dolly Robey, Adrian, MO.

Class of 1964 - 50th Reunion


The Class of 1964 gathered at the Adrian United Methodist Church for their 50th class reunion. Pictured are: Front row: Linda (Jenkins) Ritter, Esther (Shelton) Saner, Betty (Welliver) Thomas, Cheryl (Petty) Bagby, Dorothy (Purdy) Norman, Janice (Ford) Highley and Relna (Davis) Ferguson. Second row: Donald Ficklin, Tim Weddington, Ron Brewster, Rick Hooper and David Middleton. Third row  Allen Finklang, Mike Hodges, David Vanderman, Ron McCanles, Tom Bolling, Mike Silver and Sharon (Raines) Whitehead. Back row: Curtis Reynolds, Karl Jenkins, Mike Childress and Joe Serviss.

Joe “Junior” Wix 1925 - 2014

Joe “Junior” Wix, age 89, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at his home in rural Butler. He was born April 3, 1925, to Joseph Lincoln and Bertha Diehl Wix in rural Appleton City, Bates County Missouri.

Funeral services were Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler with Pastor Boone Middleton, Pastor Ron Dunlap and Dr. Terry Davis officiating. Burial in Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton City, Missouri. Contributions to Heartland Hospice, Butler First Baptist Church or Bates County Industries.

Peggy Ann Renfrow 1941 – 2014

Peggy Ann Renfrow, 72, Adrian, Missouri, died Monday, May 5, 2014 at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas.  Memorial services were held  Saturday, May 10 at the Archie United Methodist Church in Archie, Missouri, under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.  Inurnment was in Graceland Cemetery in Weston, Missouri.

Donald “Don” Johnson 1931 - 2014

Donald “Don” Dean Johnson, 83, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at St. Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 12, 2014 at the Adrian Christian Church in Adrian, MO, visitation from 10:00-11:00 at the church. Burial will be in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian Missouri. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to: Adrian Athletic Department, c/o Adrian High School, in honor of “Don Johnson, Class of 1949”. He was an avid Youth Sports Fan.

Richard Galen Garren, Sr. 1950 - 2014

Richard Galen Garren Sr., age 63 of Butler, Missouri died Monday, May 5, 2014 in Nevada, Missouri. He was born June 29, 1950 to Clarence Wilber and Bettie June Dade Garren in Butler, Missouri.

Funeral services were Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Chaplain Dennis Painter officiating. Cremation to follow services. Contributions to the Nevada Regional Home Health Hospice.


68th Annual Adrian Alumni Meeting

Saturday, May 10

Adrian R-III East Gym

Reception and entertainment following the meeting.

Archie seniors honored


  Four members of the class of 2014 from Archie High School have received the High Schools That Work (HSTW) Award of Educational Achievement.  The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) gives this award to high school seniors who have completed a challenging program of study and demonstrated readiness for employment and for college. 

Award recipients are pictured left to right: Allison Kusgen, Leslie Iseman, Boston Dickerson and Alexa Cameron.  The awards will be presented at the Archie High School Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 15th, 2014 at 1:00 PM.  

R-III band students receive high ratings at music contests


Congratulations to two Adrian High School and 28 Adrian Middle School band students for their accomplishments at two music contests. This past Friday, May 2, Hunter Chamberlain (trumpet) and Rachel Mann (snare drum) competed at State Music Solo Contest where they received Outstanding II ratings on their solos.

Adrian firefighters now certified to teach CPR


The Adrian Fire Department has officially started their “By the Community, for the Community” CPR training program.  The program has been funded entirely by donations from individuals, groups, and organizations within the Adrian community.  Because of the support of the community and the generous donations, the fire department now has five CPR Instructors certified through the American Heart Association, who are able to teach everything from basic CPR for anyone who wants to know CPR, all the way up to Health Care Provider CPR for doctors, nurses, paramedics, EMT’s and anyone w

Donates to Library


Citizens Bank has once again shown their support to the Adrian Community Library as they presented a check for the purchase of a new computer. Brian Robards is pictured with Roma Welch accepting the funds for the library. The library has four work stations and free WiFi available for patron usage.

Adrian Cub Scouts help the community


Cub Scout Pack 238 of Adrian worked cleaning and picking up trash around the veterans memorial and also behind Adrian City Hall at the recycling center for a community service day. Scouts participating are: Lucas Whitaker, Walker Watts, Devon Keaton, Dakota Porter, Nathan Bass, Barak Cunningham, Derek Miner, Parker Hill, Mason Reid, Derek Bearce, Joel Alvis, Toby Lindsay, Robert Atchison.

Relay team breaks school record


The Adrian Blackhawks 4x1600m relay team broke the school record while participating in the Midway Relays Monday, April 28. They broke the record by 5 seconds with a time of 20:41.5. Pictured, left to right: Collin Brewster, Adam Cochran, Austin Corley, Derek Greer.

New Arrival - Dawson Clyde Young


Cole and Jessica Young are proud to announce the birth of their son Dawson Clyde Young, born April 4, 2014 at 12:42 p.m. Dawson weighed 8 lbs. 4 oz. and measured 20 ¾ inches. Grandparents are Kim Young of Adrian, David and Mary Young of Clinton and Phil and Pam Monahan of Wayne, Nebraska. Great grandparents are Clyde “Dub” and Bonnie Gutshall of Adrian, Melvin and Vonna Young of Clinton, Melvin and Carol Brunssen of Randolph, Nebraska, and Eugene and the late Marie Monahan of Churdan, Iowa.

Estella J. Gregory 1931 - 2014

Estella Jean Gregory, age 83 of Adrian, Missouri died Saturday, April 26, 2014 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. She was born April 1, 1931 to John Joseph and Ruby Irene Schnathorst McGrath in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Funeral services were Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Victory Assembly of God Church in Adrian, Missouri with Pastor Lance Loughridge officiating. Burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery in Adrian, Missouri. Contributions to the Victory Assembly of God Church.

Wesley Eldon Cantwell 1921 - 2014

Wesley Eldon Cantwell, age 92 of Butler, Missouri died Saturday, May 3, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born May 24, 1921 to Edison Ham and Gertrude Keller Cantwell in Pleasanton, Kansas.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 5, 2014 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Dr. Terry Davis officiaitng. Burial in Littell Cemetery near Pleasanton, Kansas. Contributions to Butler First Baptist Church.

Lane Danley Lorimor June 7, 2013 - April 23, 2014

Lane Danley Lorimor, age 10 months of Nevada, Missouri died Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville, Missouri. He was born June 7, 2013 to Wyatt Danley Lorimor and Dennise Rochelle Breiner Whitworth in Nevada, Missouri.

Memorial services were Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery at later date.

Carolyn June Yoss 1938 – 2014

We celebrate the life of a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Carolyn June Yoss, of Butler, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park, Kansas. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 5, 2014 at the Adrian United Methodist Church in Adrian, Missouri. Burial was in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Prairie City, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carolyn Yoss Music Education Endowment, c/o Atkinson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 325, Adrian, MO 64720.

Peggy Ann Renfrow 1941 – 2014

Peggy Ann Renfrow, 72, Adrian, MO, died Monday, May 5, 2014 at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, KS. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 10 at the Archie United Methodist Church in Archie, Missouri with visitation from 10:00-11:00. Inurnment will be held in Graceland Cemetery in Weston, MO at 3:00 p.m. Saturday. (A complete obituary will be in the May 15 paper).

Tornadic, severe storms activate emergency crews for citizen safety

First came the Tornado Watch Sunday morning. Then came the storms, the first major sighting was a tornado west of Ft. Scott. As the afternoon progressed so did reports of more sightings and increasingly severe weather popping up everywhere. And, everywhere local fire and emergency management crews jumped into action.

Promenade, Prom and Project Prom


The community comes together to see Adrian students dressed for prom and to support their after-prom party

Dressed for prom, high school students and their guests were introduced in the east gym. Promenade, hosted by Adrian Project Prom, is an event that many enjoy.

After Promenade, students took a trolley and festive bus to the Adrian Optimist Building where prom was held. During prom, seniors Drew Scott and Lacee Bagby were crowned Prom King and Queen.

Butler man charged with multiple offenses



On the 22nd day of April, 2014, the Bates County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Rt. 4, Butler in regards to a subject threatening his Dad with a sawed off shotgun. Deputies arrived at the scene and the suspect came out of a shop located on the east side of the residence and was taken into custody. The suspect was identified as Brian D. Watts, 32 years of Butler, Missouri. Deputies did a search of the shop and located a sawed off shotgun, and numerous illegal narcotics.

Adrian artists receive top awards in WEMO art contest


The WEMO Conference Art Show is on exhibit at Appleton City R-II school from April 14th – 23rd. Student artists, grades 3-12, entered artwork from schools in the conference. Each work was judged receiving a I, II, III rating, or participation ribbon. Also, Best of Show awards were given in the high school – two dimensional, high school – three dimensional, junior high, and elementary categories. Adrian students in grades 5 - 12 who earned a top three overall award at the WEMO art contest are pictured.

Adrian Chamber of Commerce features Tallman and Sons as the April Business of the Month



The Adrian Chamber of Commerce is recognizing Tallman and Sons as the featured April Business of the Month.  Tallman and Sons, owned by DJ and Vanessa Tallman since 2001, is a family owned and operated business just east of Adrian.

The Tallman’s family farm is where DJ and Vanessa and their three son Trenton (16), Cameron (13) and Quade (10) raise cattle, show them and/or feed them out.  Currently they sell Purebred Angus and Commercial Cattle to MoKan.  To individuals, the Tallman’s sell locker/butcher beef. 

Engaged to Wed...Hendrick - Jackson


Jim Hendrick, Ballard, Missouri, announces the engagement and upcoming wedding of his daughter, Kaitlin Hendrick to Wyatt Jackson. Wyatt is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Jackson, Adrian, Missouri. The couple will be united in marriage in May and will reside in Adrian.