Butler Senior Center/ No RSVP/ No Masks on July 6th.

The Butler Senior Center will open in full force on Tuesday, July 6th. There will not be a need to RSVP for the daily lunch as of July 6th. Mask requirements  have been lifted and all activities are slowly resuming back to normal. Bingo will re-start at the Senior Center every Wednesday from 10:30 until 11:30.

The Senior Center serves a daily lunch between 11:30 and 12:30 Monday through Friday. The cost for anyone age 60 and over is a suggested contribution of $4.50 per person and those 59 years old and younger may eat for a suggested donation of $7.48.

The Butler Senior Center is always in need and accepting volunteers in the kitchen area and for the front desk.

If you would like more volunteer information call the Butler Senior Center at 660-679-5830.

Bates County Fair Parade and Route for July 10th

The traditional Bates County Fair Parade has a few changes you will want to remember. First it’s the date, this year the parade will on Saturday, July 10th at 5 pm.  If you are participating in the parade. Lineup will be held at 4:30 at the very latest at the Bates County Fairgrounds.
The parade will leave for the square at 5:00 pm.
The parade route will travel down Nursery to Dakota, past the Public Library to Fort Scott past Casey’s General Store to Ohio and pass by American Family Insurance and Mattress plus, go around the square backwards and the back to the Fairgrounds.  The Bates County Fair Parade will be held Saturday afternoon July 10th at 5:00 pm. Followed by the Horse and Mule Show and Halter classes, and the Demolition Derby on the Bates County Fairgrounds at 7:00 pm. We hope you enjoy the Bates County Fair.  

This Bates County Fair information is provided by the following businesses or individuals that support the fair through the platinum sponsorship level. Their contributions provide funds for the annual expenses of the Bates County Fair. Remember to thank the following local businesses or individuals that are providing this information.

Woodward Meats Archie
West Central Agri Services
Wainscott Farms
Thrivent Financial
Studio M Salon

Adrian Blackhawk Briana Yoakum Spent a Week at Space Camp and Had the Experience of a Lifetime

Briana Yoakum of Adrian, Missouri recently attended Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of Space Camp®, Space Camp® Robotics™, Aviation Challenge® and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center.

The experience is a week-long educational program that promotes science, technology, engineering and math, (STEM) while teaching students hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem-solving. It’s a great opportunity to examine real-world applications of STEM education.

Briana spent the week meeting kids from around the United States, all with the same aspirations, space exploration, astronomy and astronautics. Briana and her team participated in simulated space missions to the International Space Station (ISS). Once aboard the ISS, the crew conducted experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity, (EVA), and spacewalk.  Briana also completed the Multi-Axis Training.  The Multi- Axis Training simulates what it is like when an astronaut is in a tumble spin. It keeps your center of gravity in one place, while the rest of your body spins on multiple axises.

Students slept in quarters designed to resemble the ISS and completed classes daily to learn more about the history of Space Camp as well as previous space and current missions that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has conducted. Briana has dreams of one day being part of a team that goes up to space to make new discoveries! She’s already working on her goal to attend another session in 2022!

Pictures and Story Courtesy of the Adrian Newsleader

Missourians Top the List for Low Vaccination Rates – Delta Variant is Spreading Rapidly

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — More than 70% of Missourians over the age of 60 — the population that has experienced the highest risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 — have initiated or completed the vaccination series. However, data from the state’s ShowMeVax system indicate that 1,036,298 Missourians between ages 12 and 59 would need to initiate the vaccination process to reach 70% of the eligible population in Missouri with full or partial vaccine-induced immunity. 
“Missouri has made important progress in protecting the most vulnerable from the most deleterious effects of the virus,” said Herb B. Kuhn, Missouri Hospital Association President and CEO. “Unfortunately, the arrival of the Delta variant in Missouri is driving transmission of the virus, and is resulting in increased illness and hospitalization among a younger population and the unvaccinated — a tragic consequence considering the vaccine’s effectiveness at reducing hospitalizations and deaths.” President Biden established a goal of 70% vaccination initiation by Sunday, July 4. The nation will not meet this goal. At the same time, Missouri is behind the majority of states in vaccination rates among the eligible population. Unfortunately, recent demand for the vaccine has been low among younger Missourians. Throughout the last two weeks, an average of 3,339 Missourians between the ages of 12 and 59 have decided to initiate vaccination each day. If the vaccination rate remains stable, Missouri would not reach the 70% target for another 309 days, or May 2, 2022. “The best defense is a strong offense, and that means more Missourians must initiate the vaccination process — especially the state’s 12- to 59-year-olds,” Kuhn said. “Vaccine is widely available, making vaccination convenient. Moreover, the vaccines have proven highly effective, are available at no cost to the patient and have undergone rigorous scientific scrutiny. The July 4 holiday could be a super-spreader event among the unvaccinated, leading to further pressure on hospitals. To stop the spread of the Delta variant, we need the vaccination rate to increase significantly and quickly.” Missouri has led the nation in both new cases and cases caused by the more transmissible Delta variant throughout the past two weeks. Research on vaccine hesitancy in Missouri finds significant geographic and demographic differences in attitudes. Nonetheless, vaccination can reduce transmission and harm. Missourians can find a convenient vaccination location online at https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/find/#vaccine-finder.