Adrian Optimist December Students of the Month

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, and their decision is based on the expansion of these criteria.   Selection is based on the criteria, but a student stepping up to a particular task will come to play in it.  Each student is honored with a certificate of recognition from the Adrian Optimist Club and $20.00 in Adrian Chamber of Commerce “Chamber Bucks”.

The Adrian Student of the Month for December is Senior, Jenna Shipley, daughter of Shawn and Amy Shipley.  Jenna’s activities are Volleyball, Basketball, Track, NHS, and Student Council.  She states, “You may not end up where you thought you were going, but you will always end up where you were meant to be.”  Adrian MS/HS Principal Abe Lewis states, “Jenna is an amazing young lady.  She is a role model for all students in our building.  Her talents and accomplishments are very deserving because of her hard work, determination, and the high moral character that she possesses.  There is no doubt that she will be successful in her future.”  Jenna plans to attend Pittsburg State University to become a dietician and she will play basketball and run track.

Pictured:  Adrian Optimist Member Josh Nieder, Jenna Shipley, and Adrian Principal Abe Lewis

The Miami Student of the Month is Senior, Jacob Dusenberry,  son of Louis and Melissa Dusenberry. Jacob is much into Basketball but finds time for fishing and baseball.  Staff at Miami state, “Jacob has been an instrumental part of my seventh-grade class as my peer tutor.   He has made a huge impact on these younger classmen.  Jacob stresses the importance of listening to your teachers, staying organized, and just doing the work they are assigned.  Jacob does each task asked of him and sets a good example for my younger students.  I am very proud of him.”  Jacob has a favorite saying, “You can see the future.  It’s right behind your eyes.”  He plans to go the Fort Scott College.

Pictured:  Adrian Optimist Member Jimmy McCanles, Jacob Dusenberry, and Miami Principal Angie Willey

The Ballard Student of the Month is Senior, Donovan Hinrichs, son of James and Teresa Hinrichs.  Mr. Bergen states, “Donovan is sharp, respectful, and has a great sense of humor.  I thoroughly enjoy having him in class.”  Science teacher, Jennifer Chambers states, “Donovan is a very kind person.”  Mr. Bridges states, “Donovan has an amazing personality and continually strives to do his best.  He is a great role model and a true pleasure to be around.

Pictured:  Ballard Principal Dustin Bridges, Donovan Hinrichs, and Adrian Optimist Member Mike Cumpton

Nominate an Oustanding Junior Athlete and Student

Nominate an Athlete for the Semper Fidelis All-American Program

The United States Marine Corps proudly presents the Semper Fidelis All-American Program to recognize elite high school juniors who face life’s battles with the determination to succeed. These students embody a fighting spirit, much like the fighting spirit of a United States Marine, by taking on the challenges of succeeding academically while excelling in athletics and committing to a cause to better their communities.

As a reward for turning obstacles into achievements, the Marines will select 96 students nationwide to earn the title Semper Fidelis All-American and attend the exclusive Battles Won Academy in Washington, D.C., July 9-13, 2020. The Battles Won Academy includes:

  • An all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the selected All-American and a qualified mentor of their choice
  • The chance to win scholarship funding for college
  • Behind-the-scenes tours of our Nation’s Capital
  • An immersive Marine Corps experience
  • Teambuilding outings and physical challenges
  • Networking opportunities with our nation’s civic, athletic, entertainment, and military leaders.

Do you know a high school junior who has what it takes to earn the title Semper Fidelis All-American? Nominate them by going to and click on the nominate icon. Deadline is January 12th, 2020

To learn more about the Semper Fidelis All-American Program and the Battles Won Academy, go to

Adrian Optimist Bingo events December 23rd and 28th

The Adrian Optimist Club is hosting Bingo events on December 23rd and the 28th.  Monday, December 23rd is the annual Christmas Bingo dinner.  Receive a free ham dinner if you are a paying Bingo player that night.  Then on December 28th it’s Cosmic Bingo.  $25.00 buys your Bingo papers and dinner.  Doors open at 5 pm both nights at the Adrian Optimist Building in Adrian.

Butler City Council News

Butler City Council News Courtesy of Bates County Live:
On November 19th, the Butler city council voted to cease operation of the senior citizen taxi service on December 31st- mainly due to expense and liability issues, much to the dismay of many. Early in tonight’s meeting the council announced that the taxi will continue until March 1st, 2020 to allow time to formulate a new plan. This action was prior to guest Len Redding, who presented the council with a petition of 357 signatures requesting the termination of the service be rescinded outright. Note- a special citizen committee has been formed to look into options to keep the taxi service ongoing and a meeting is scheduled for January 10th, 9 am at city hall for interested parties.

A billing software snafu has left the city owing Bates County Disposal $49,409.19 and the council is reviewing options to get it paid back as soon as possible. According to acting city admin Corey Snead, who was instrumental in discovering the error, an oversight involving a setting in the software did not properly earmark money from online payments to be directed to Bates County Disposal for a period of time. 

It is unknown how the glitch happened but it appears that a simple checkbox buried deep in the software was overlooked by personnel setting it up. While it should appear to be simple accounting, Snead pointed out that late payments, credits and adjustments complicate the billing process making it difficult to reconcile completely each month; often there is carry over of adjustments into the next month which means that any errors may also get carried over as well. He also said that regular audits may not catch such errors since they are done at random months opposed to a full year at a time.

Snead was clear that the glitch that caused the latest error has been corrected and he, along with the mayor and council will be providing oversight to avoid a similar problem in the future.

Councilwoman Heather Diehl reported that the Operations Committee met with Dr. Curtis Long and Russell Epperson regarding commercial property adjacent to Max Motors. As Dr. Long plans to develop the property, he sought assurance from the city that electricity, water and sewer would be available to the property. The city gave a thumbs up and more is expected soon from Dr. Long on the project.

Councilman Mike Irick has resigned, citing a conflict of interest between his council position and his employer. On a related note, four council positions will be open in April as Hall (ward 3), Garnett (ward 1), Irick (ward 2) and Cook (ward 4) will vacate their seats. Candidates may file at city hall through January 21st.

A new city administrator has been hired. Micheal West of Girard Kansas will assume the position at the first of the year. More details in the form of a press release is expected soon along with a public meet and greet to be scheduled as well.

The police department reported their November numbers which totaled 1,884 calls that resulted in 401 calls for service which is ‘about normal’ for Butler.

Remember the Butler city council meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, 7 pm at city hall