Parade kicks off the 2014 Bates County Fair


Right: Ballard 4-H participates in the Bates County Fair parade.

Middle: Friends of the Fair awards were given to: Mike Massey, Fair Board President Jeff Taylor (presenter), Jim Henry.

Far right: Kenton and Khloe Merrifield have a blast on the slide at the fairgrounds. (submitted photo)

See the July 17 issue of The Adrian Journal for full Bates County Fair coverage.

Adrian Lions elect 2014 - 2015 officers


Front row: Penny Sullins, Secretary; Joyce Walsh, Board Member; David Vanderman, President; Derek Pierce, 2nd Vice President; Kyla Pierce, Treasurer. Back row: Joey Bailey, Tail Twister; Patti Bruto, Board Member; Estel Kiersey, Board Member; Patty Hahn, Lion Tamer; Betty Ann Bailey, Board Member; Wallace Henrickson, Immediate Past President. Not pictured: Kris Saathoff, 1st Vice President.

Adrian Optimist Club hosts 2014 4th of July Celebration


Once again the Adrian Optimist Club organized a fun-filled day and evening of activities to celebrate Independence Day. People traveled from as far away as Texas for the celebration. From the parade to kids activities and bingo to the Hillbilly Hook and Pull, the July 4 festivities were a huge hit. The evening ended with a huge fireworks display over the Adrian City Lake. This year’s Grand Marshal is Jim Yoss, a longtime, active member of the Adrian Optimist Club.

Honored for 51 years as an American Red Cross Blood Drive Coordinator


Last Tuesday, Annette Arthur, Volunteer Services Manager of the American Red Cross Blood Services of Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Region, honored Anna Lee James of Adrian for being a dedicated Blood Drive Coordinator for the past 51 years! In a card to Anna Lee from Annette and Tonya (in the same region) said, “We sincerely appreciate and thank you for all that you share - your positive attitude, efforts, commitment and care!” Anna Lee was presented with a certificate and pin.

Bates County mourns the loss of Southern Commissioner Larry Berry



A Hume, Missouri man was fatally injured and two other men injured, one seriously, in a two vehicle accident in Bates County, Thursday, July 3, 2014. The accident occurred at 10:11pm on Route A, .3 miles south of SW County Road 14267 near Hume.

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