Bates County Public Test Notice

The Bates County Clerk’s office will conduct a public test of the electronic tabulating equipment on Thursday, July 23rd at 9 am in the Bates County Administration Building.

Bates County COVID-10 Update

July 15, 2020

Bates County Health Center has confirmed 3 new COVID-19 cases in Bates County.

Case #1—this individual, a male in his 30’s from Adrian, is a household contact of a current positive case. He has been in quarantine since the household member was determined to be positive. He will remain in isolation until released.

Case #2—this individual, a female in her 20’s from Adrian, who has been and remains asymptomatic, had been on quarantine following exposure to a positive case and was given a date that quarantine would end based on her last exposure to the positive case. According to CDC guidance this individual who worked critical infrastructure was able to return to work while awaiting test results as she had no symptoms. Although she was cleared by CDC guidelines and because there was a long delay in receiving test results, the Bates County Health Department felt it should advise of a very SLIGHT risk of community exposure on the following dates and locations:

Adrian Little League Football sign-ups: July 12, 2020
Adrian Bank main branch: July 13 & morning of July 14

During the investigation, it was found that many safeguards were in place at both of these locations which would decrease the possible exposure even more. Unless you feel that you were within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more with an individual that is positive for COVID-19 you are at very low risk.

Case #3—this individual is a female in her 20’s from Butler. Bates County Health Center is in the process of the initial investigation for contact tracing. This individual has contacted close family and friends and is working with the Health Center on any further possible contacts.

At this time, Bates County has had 23 positives cases, 5 of which are currently active.

Bates County: Larry Beckham Sentenced

Larry Beckham Sentenced to 15 years

Sentencing for Larry Beckham was carried out yesterday at the Bates County Courthouse after having been delayed from the original May 18 sentencing date by Covid 19. Sentencing was reset for June 25, 2020, but that date was delayed again after Defense Attorney David Kelly had filed a motion for a new trial, however after the January trial transcript was reviewed, that motion was denied by the Court.

Larry Beckham was convicted in January 2020 of 1st Degree Statutory Sodomy and 1st Degree Child Endangerment. Beckham was charged with these crimes in 2018 after it was revealed that he had been abusing a 13 year old girl for a period of several years.

Pre-sentence arguments were heard  and a victim impact statement was read before Judge Brandon Baker imposed a 10 year sentence for Count 1, Statutory Sodomy in the 1 Degree and a 5 year sentence for Count 2, 1st Degree Child Endangerment.  Judge Baker ruled these sentences to run consecutively.

Beckham will be transported to the Missouri Department of Corrections by the Bates County Sheriff’s Office in the next few days.

Big Creek Music Theatre hold off re-opening date

Big Creek Country Music Theatre has made the decision to again holding off until late summer for the weekly shows.

Big Creek Stated that “ There are still to many older folks not wanting to chance the risk of Covid-19.

The theatre located in Pleasant Hill will make a public announcement as to the expected re-opening date in late August.

Big Creek County Music Theatre invites you to watch their website and facebook page at www.bigcreekcountry.net .

The re-open date will be announced at a later date, as for now, it may be as late as late August or September.