Vernetta Mae Clark 1927-2007

Vernetta Mae Clark, 79, Raymore, MO, formerly of Adrian, MO, died Friday, March 16, 2007 at Raymore Health Care, Raymore, MO. Funeral services were held Monday, March 19 at the Atkinson Chapel, Adrian, officiated by Pastor Robert LaMar, New Life Assembly of God, Archie, MO. Casketbearers were Jerry Bailey, Frank Enos, Gary Snider, Clifford Snider and Larry Gillespie. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, MO. Contributions may be made to American Heart Association.

Absentee Voting

The Bates County Clerk's office will be open on Saturday, March 31 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon for the purpose of absentee voting.

WMAT&MA Swap Meet

The WMAT&MA auxiliary will be serving their all-you-can-eat breakfast and a lunch menu at Frontier Village Center (kitchen) in Adrian, on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 during the WMAT&MA swap meet.

Chamber presents Person of the Year

Adrian Fire Chief Gary Dizney, right, accepts the Chamber of Commerce prestigious Person of the Year award for his "Dedication and Commitment to the Betterment of the Community" from Don Arndt during the Spring Banquet held Friday night. Dizney has served on the fire department, city and rural, for over twenty-five years. He has served as the fire chief since January 9, 1995.

Watershed Management Plan signed

Representatives from the Marais des Cygnes, Marmaton and Little Osage River areas, gathered Thursday March 8, 2007, for an official Management Plan signing ceremony in which all parties will be working together on plans to manage those watershed areas for better water quality. The purpose of the Management Plans are to assure clean water for the three watershed areas whose rivers and tributaries, flow through 17 counties in eastern Kansas and western Missouri, which includes Bates, Barton, Cass and Vernon Counties. The three watersheds eventually drain into the Truman Lake.

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