Log Cabin Festival Canceled

The Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the Log Cabin Festival on October 2 & 3, 2020.

It was determined that the Chamber and its volunteers would not be able to adequately manage the protocols outlined by the Cass County Health Department and Center for Disease Control and Prevention required to ensure a safe and fun event.

Additionally, as a champion of our community, our schools and businesses we felt that there was too high a risk of transmitting COVID-19 and negatively impacting our citizens and those from surrounding areas.

We look forward to continuing this long-standing Harrisonville tradition in future years and to continuing to encourage sustainable economic growth, supporting our members, and partnering with local governments and promoting productive community relationships.

Dr. Bustle Resigns as Bates CountyMemorial Hospital CEO

The Bates County Memorial Hospital Board of Directors announces Dr. John Bustle’s resignation as CEO effective September 25, 2020. The Board has named BCMH Chief Operating Officer Greg Weaver as Interim Chief Executive Officer as of September 1, 2020. Dr. Bustle will remain in an advisory role at BCMH until September 25.

Dr. John Bustle
Greg Weaver

Blackhawks Football Season is Underway

This story is courtesy of Adrian News Leader

Never in the history of Adrian high school sports has football season commenced after spring break, but, thanks to COVID-19 here we are.    As the nation muddles through the pandemic and learning how to get back to activities safely the football team has stayed healthy and was able to start the season last Friday at Butler taking on the Bears in the annual kickoff to football season.

There has been so much concern as to how much of a season, if any, these boys would have.   Any outbreak on the team or at school could spell the end to their season.  So as the National Anthem played there was more than a few with a lump in their throat knowing their sons and daughters, some of them seniors, were going to have the opportunity to put on the pads or cheer uniforms for the black and gold at least one more time.  Last year’s senior baseball players weren’t as fortunate so this game meant more than just  a win or loss against a rival.  It meant that what has been cherished when life was “normal” had returned if only for a week.

As for the game, well, the outcome was not the storybook ending as the good feeling felt before kickoff for the Blackhawks.    Adrian returns several lettermen  and a large senior class but fielded new starters at many key positions.  Mistakes that come with inexperience coupled with a Butler Bears squad invigorated by a new head coach and a thirst for revenge after three straight shutouts created the perfect storm for an upset. This first game was a hard fought entertaining game that wasn’t decided until the final minute of play.  Adrian came just short of tying the ball game falling by the score of 20-14.

Coach’s Comments:
This wasn’t the way we wanted to start off the season. Give Butler credit, they are a much improved team, and they played their tails off. We just weren’t very disciplined tonight, and that’s on me. Way too many penalties at the wrong times. That will happen early in the year, though. We have to clean that up. I also think we got tired. At times I thought we played well. On our last minute drive we moved the ball well, we just came up short. Defensively, we just gave up too many big plays. We have a lot to work on this week. Lighthouse Christian comes to town, and they are a good team. We have our work cut out for us. Our first five games are against bigger schools, then we get into conference play. We have to use these first five weeks to get better. The conference could be won by anybody. Playing a harder non conference schedule will be good for us. We just have to stay healthy, be disciplined, and play as a team.

With tough losses like this young teams have to put it behind them, get better and take it out on the next opponent.  The Blackhawks will have that chance this Friday hosting the Lighthouse Christian Chargers out of Springfield.  

Originally a scheduled road game the venue was changed to Adrian just prior to the season starting.   With the guarantee of a full season in doubt senior night has been pushed up to the first home game instead of the last home game.    Senior night festivities start at 6:30 with kickoff at 7pm.

Highway Work Zones and Construction Limited Over Labor Day Weekend

Mo Dot

JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Department of Transportation will limit road construction on Labor Day weekend to accommodate expected increased holiday travel. 

Work on most maintenance and construction projects that would impact traffic will be suspended at noon Friday, Sept. 4 and resume at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Travelers should still be alert to sudden closures due to emergency situations like crashes. Favorable weather forecasts could also encourage people to travel on Missouri’s highways.

With statewide traffic fatality figures up over last year, MoDOT is urging motorists to use caution when traveling. Be alert, buckle up, obey posted speed limits and put down the phone.

“Incidents and fatalities are over 11% for 2020,” said MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna. “We don’t want to see a spike in that already alarming number as we close out the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer.”

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, troopers will be patrolling Missouri’s roadways enforcing Missouri’s speed-limit, seat-belt and impaired-driving laws, in addition to being available to assist motorists.

In 2019, there were 1,021 reported crashes over the Labor Day weekend in Missouri, nine of which were fatal.

More information can be found on MoDOT’s interactive traveler information map at www.traveler.modot.org/map or by calling 1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636). 

For more information on the Buckle Up Phone Down challenge, visit www.modot.org/BuckleUpPhoneDown/