Santa’s House is Open

Santa will be in his Santa House on the Bates County Courthouse lawn on December 14th from 12:00 – 2:00pm and again on December 21st from 5-7 pm.

Stop by his house with your children and let them tell Santa what they want for Christmas.

Congratulations – You Did It!

Thank you…thank you…thank you. As in years past, Bates County residents stepped up to the plate to give back to our Community. This years’ Bates County Toys for Tykes has reached their goal and there is a gift for every child on the list, what a great accomplishment.

This could not have happened without everyone coming together to make sure that children were adopted and will now have a gift under their Christmas Tree. The Toys for Tykes committee would like to express their gratitude for all the generous contributions for this year’s toy drive. Without all of you there would be some empty spaces under Christmas trees this year, but now all that will be seen will be the happy faces of children opening their gifts.

Children’s Food Boxes for Christmas!


The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office will be holding their 7th annual children’s food drive for Christmas until December 23rd. Food will be delivered on Christmas Eve to families with small children who have been placed on the food-box list. People who wish to help are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items at a drop-off location before Christmas Eve. Drop Off Locations: Sheriff’s Office, Arvest Bank

They had a great turn-out last year and hope to deliver food to even more children than last year!

For more information or a list of recommended items please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 417-283-4401 or 4402 and thank you for your generous donations.

Search Warrant Executed by Bates County Sheriff’s Office

On Saturday December 7th, the Bates County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Adrian Police Department with executing a search warrant.

The target location was a building on Main Street in Adrian that has an apartment upstairs.

The Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team executed the search warrant along with Adrian Officers. The scene has been turned over to the Police Department.

*we received several calls inquiring about shots being fired. No shots were fired but a diversionary device was utilized by law enforcement.