~ Gene Irvin - Friend of Adrian Community ~

March 3, 1936 - December 20, 2014

Gene Edwin Irvin, 78, Adrian, Missouri died Saturday, December 20, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut.  Funeral services were held Sunday, December 28, 2014 at the Adrian Optimist Building in Adrian with burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Optimist Foundation of Adrian, Inc. or Happy Hill Church of God.

Drug busts in Bates County


The Bates County Sheriff's Office and other agencies arrested and charged several people with illegal drug use or possession in December. According the Sheriff's Office they are:

Dylan J. Warren, Butler, MO (pictured right) - arrested and charged with possession of more than 35 grams of marijuana.

Matthew Swarnes, Foster, MO (pictured center) - arrested and charged with Felony Resisting Arrest and 2 counts Felony Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the First Degree.

VFW Post 1935 presents certificate of appreciation


Tim Hummel, Quartermaster of Adrian VFW Post 1935 recently presented a certificate of appreciation to Perfirio “Pete” Ramirez. 91 year old Ramirez was in the Army infantry during World War II. Pete is from Grain Valley, MO and holds the respect, gratitude and admiration of every member of VFW Post 1935.


Dorothy Jewell Bitner 1928 - 2014

Dorothy Jewel Bitner, age 86 of Butler, Missouri died Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at Medicalodge of Butler. She was born July 30, 1928 to Harvey Newton and Elsie Lewellyn White West in their home near Amoret, Missouri.

Funeral services were Sunday, December 28, 2014 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Brother Charles King officiating and Brother Kevin Berry assisting. Burial in Benjamin Cemetery, Amoret, Missouri. Contributions to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Denny Eugene Smith 1963 - 2014

Denny Eugene Smith, age 51 of Lee’s Summit, Missouri died Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Rehab Center of Raymore, in Raymore, Missouri. He was born March 22, 1963 to Aaron Harper and Kathryn Smith.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Rev. Patrick Munsell officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri.

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