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Mark Griffith honored for 30 years dedication to the Adrian community


On December 10, 1984, a young man named Mark Griffith was employed by the City of Adrian. After three decades, Griffith is highly respected as the City’s Public Works Director. Mayor Ritter (pictured right) presented Griffith (left) with a plaque of recognition at the Adrian City Council Meeting on Monday, December 8. Griffith was very surprised by this honor of recognition.

For the complete story see the December 11 issue of The Adrian Journal.

photo by Melisa Newkirk

Blackhawks receive All Conference Choir honors


Ten Adrian High School vocalists participated in the All Conference Choir at Archie High School. They were directed by Adrian Music Teacher Lauren Moravec’s college choir professor, Dr. Brian Lanier of Northwest Missouri State University. Front row, left to right: Catie Welliver, Alexis Sass, Jordyn Koehler, Alexys Koehler, Kalene Kiesel, Hannah Wilson. Back row, left to right: Tyler Arnold, Josh Collins, John Thompson, Hunter Chamberlain.

A Christmas parade, Santa Claus and hot chocolate brings a large crowd to Main Street and Frontier Village


To kick off the Christmas holiday season, the Adrian Chamber of Commerce hosted the 4th Annual Christmas parade last Saturday. With the warmer weather, a large crowd gathered to watch the Christmas-y themed entries make their way down Main Street.

The Western Missouri Antique Tractor and Machinery Association (WMAT&MA) carried on the longtime tradition of “Hot Chocolate Night”. Hot chocolate and cookies were served as Santa and Mrs. Claus greeted innumerable good boys and girls. The Adrian Lions Club provided apples and candy bars. WMAT&MA gave hay rides and train rides as well.

Thanksgiving weekend kicks off the hustle and bustle of the holiday season


Thanksgiving is the start of the holiday season. It’s a day for family and a day to give thanks. After Thanksgiving, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is in full swing, beginning with Black Friday. In Adrian, people went shopping, decorated Christmas trees and hung outdoor lights, visited Santa at Frontier Village after the Adrian Christmas parade, took mini-vacations and more.

Gordon Brown appreciated the down time on Thanksgiving Day. Toni Wiseman said Thanksgiving for her family is a day for celebration.

Area students recognized by Adrian Optimist Club


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”. This month’s Students of the Month are Sara Geringer, Adrian; Kyle Teagarden, Ballard; Caitlin Slattery, Miami.

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