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Be entertained this 4th of July


By STACY RICE, Managing Editor
The City of Drexel and the Drexel Lions Club have teamed up to offer another 4th of July filled with fun and excitement for the entire family.
It will be hard to top the 50th celebration of last year, but the Lions Club strives for an enthusiastic outcome, so look for a great time again this year... with a twist and a new schedule of excitement to keep you amused.

High levels of atrazine found in Drexel water; restriction lifted


Subsequent testing of drinking water samples in Drexel have found only trace amounts of atrazine well below the maximum contaminant level, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced last Friday. This following a release from DNR last Wednesday, June 23rd, for high levels of the herbicide atrazine having been found in the city of Drexel’s public water supply. Atrazine is a common herbicide used to control broadleaf and grassy weeds. Atrazine is mainly applied to corn and soybean crops, but is also used on sorghum, sugarcane and Christmas tree farms.

Vo-Ag building takes another step forward; location determined

The Drexel R-IV Board of Education met last Monday, June 21, in the ITV Conference Room. The meeting began at 6:30 p.m. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, and a moment of silence.

Happy 50th Anniversary ~ Alburty


Joe Alburty of Mission, KS, Steve Alburty, of Kansas City, MO, and Carol and Dave Alburty of Drexel, MO wish their parents, Bill and Betty Alburty of Leawood, KS, a very happy 50th wedding anniversary. The couple were married July 9, 1960. Anniversary cards may be sent to them at P.O. Box 18, Drexel, MO 64742.

Local student qualifies to compete at World’s Largest Rodeo


Jacoby Hotsenpiller, 11th grade student at Drexel R-IV High School, recently was named the Cinch Goat Tying Champion at the Kansas State High School Finals Rodeo held in Hutchinson, KS on June 10th through 12th.
In addition to receiving other awards and college scholarships given out at the state level, Hotsenpiller also received a pair of Cinch jeans and a NHSRA state event champion patch to put on er official competition shirt.

Danielle Nicole Burton Lomax 1983 - 2010

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Danielle Nicole Burton Lomax, age 26 of Louisburg, KS, was suddenly taken away from her family on June 23, 2010.
Danielle was born on September 3, 1983 in Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of Sharon Bishop and Michael Burton.
To leave a special message for the family online, please visit Arr. Penwell – Gabel Louisburg Chapel 120 S. Broadway Louisburg, KS 66053.

Maxine Rosa Ritter 1926 - 2010

Maxine Rosa Ritter, 83, of Adrian, MO died Sunday, June 20, 2010 at Adrian Manor in Adrian. Maxine was born June 30, 1926 in Pleasanton, KS, the daughter of Lee and Mary (Voyles) Layland.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at the Atkinson Chapel in Adrian, Missouri. Rev. Paul Burhart, Adrian Christian Church, officiated. Interment was in the Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian.
Honorary casketbearers were Mike Domann, Chris Domann, Mark Pannell and Calvin Pannell. Casket bearers were Jerry Domann, Steven Ritter, Kevan Heil, Norman Cruse, Chuck Cunningham, and Jason Ford.

Drexel man injured in single vehicle accident

A Drexel man was injured in a single vehicle accident in Cass County, Tuesday June 15, 2010. The accident occurred at 6:55 p.m., on Route D, south of Route W, north of Drexel.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Ward R. Billings, 54, was traveling north in a 2000 Toyota, when he failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment.
Billings, who was wearing a seatbelt, received serious injuries. He was transported by the Life Flight air ambulance to the Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Overland Park Kansas.

Board meets in regular session

The Board of Aldermen of the City of Drexel, Missouri met in Regular Session on Monday, June 14, 2010. Mayor Reece called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. The meeting was held at City Hall. Citizens present were Boyd Smith, Janice South and Jennifer Thomas. Presenters present were Joe Ziegler and Jim Welborn. City Staff present were Water Technician Russ Ream, Police Chief Jon Carpenter and City Clerk Kara Smith.
Mayor Kenneth Reece, Alderman Terry Mayfield, Alderman Doug Musick, Alderman Kevin Shannon and Alderman Bob Thomas were in attendance.

Birth Announcement ~ Fink


Michael and Jessica Fink, and Garrett, are proud to announce the birth of their son and brother. He was born May 26, 2010 at the Hutchinson Kansas Hospital. He weighed 9 lbs. 6 oz. and was 21 inches long. He has been named Grant Michael Fink. His grandparents are Vicki Kimbrough of Amsterdam, MO, Roger Fink of Drexel, MO, and Mr. and Mrs. Allen Lyrn of Bowling Green, MO. Great-grandparents are Frankie and Carol Kimbrough and Frank and Shirley Fink , all of Drexel.

All Star opportunity for area coaches and senior players


Area coaches and senior basketball players that were selected for The South Teams at The Lions District 26-M5 All-Star Basketball Games recently gathered at the Georgia Robertson Burns Complex on the Missouri Valley College Campus in Marshall, Missouri. They were, L to R: James Wheeler (Adrian Boys Basketball Coach), Kate Sanders (Archie), Miles Nieder (Miami), Austin Erickson (Adrian), Keenan Morrow (Adrian) and Adrianne Lane (Drexel Girls Basketball Coach). Unable to attend Taylor Flanery (Archie).

Man with local ties dies in plane crash


Story courtesy of El Dorado Springs Sun; El Dorado Springs, MO
El Dorado Springs Postmaster William Michael (Mike) Fritts, 39, along with his wife, Pam, and their daughter, Jenna, had flown in their 1956 model Beech G35 single engine aircraft to a valley near Marble, about 125 miles west of Denver, CO, to vacation. Mike was going to be off work for some period of time while he recovered from recent shoulder surgery.

Birth Announcement ~ Thomas


Christopher and Rhianna Thomas of Kansas City are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Melva Rose.
The young lady was born May 6, 2010 at North Kansas City Hospital. Melva Rose weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 20 inches long. She has a 2 year old brother, Walden Christopher, to welcome her home. Proud Grandparents are Pat and Trudy Thomas of Harrisonville, MO and Lynn Hatfield of Coco, FL.

Happy 50th Anniversary ~ Gilbert


Tom and Carey, Davey and Debbie, Lisa and Dwight, Darrell and Sheryl, and their families, are wishing a happy 50th wedding anniversary to their parents, David and Phyllis Gilbert of Drexel. The Gilbert’s were married on June 15, 1960.

Dean, Lewis to marry


John and Alleene Dean of Drexel, Missouri are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Philip Dean, to Kelsey Lewis, daughter of Charles and Carol Lewis of Amsterdam, Missouri.
Philip is a 2003 graduate of Drexel High School and a 2008 graduate of the University of Central Missouri with a degree in Art Education. Philip is employed as a teacher and football coach at Miami High School.

Happy 25th Anniversary ~ Koopman


Wayne and Evelyn Koopman will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in June. A reception to honor the couple will be held on Sunday, June 13th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Drexel Community Center. No gifts please.

Saying goodbye


Drexel R-IV students said goodbye to another school year last Wednesday in an early out, kicking off summer break. Elementary Principal Jeff Levy gave fond farewells and entertaining smiles to his students for the last time. After three years with the district he will be moving on to a much bigger school in Belton. Adison Barnhart gives a silly high-five, denoting the end to the school year. Photo by Stacy Rice

Reading Program to kick off at local library


Make a Splash - - Read” is the theme for the children’s Summer Reading Program that began June 1 at all Cass County Public Libraries.
On Monday, June 7th, Drexel’s branch will kick off the program with a super “Water Fest” in the back yard.
Summer fun in and out of the water is the focus of crafts, story times, and activities at the branches in Archie, Drexel, Garden City, Harrisonville, Northern Resource Center - Belton, Pleasant Hill and the CCPL Bookmobile.

Welcome to Drexel sign discussed at DCBC

Respectfully submitted by
Dave Alburty, Secretary