As the final days of 2016 slip away, we take a look back at the past year.
JANUARY–
Fairfax R-3 School hosted the 84th annual Fairfax Invitational Basketball Tournament.
Community Hospital-Fairfax introduced Senior Life Solutions.
Emma Grace Ann, daughter of Keri Garst, is the New Year baby at Community Hospital-Fairfax. The baby was born January 9, 2016.
The Lady Bulldogs won the championship of the Fairfax Invitational Basketball Tournament for the second consecutive year.
Ryan Hopkins, Goldie Barnes, and Brody Cooper were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Fairfax musicians selected to perform in the 2016 Four-State Honor Music Festival were Leslie Bradley, Conner Marshall, Ryan Hopkins, Dakota Allen, Tacy Mitchell, and Emma Morris.
FEBRUARY–
Tyler Brown received first place in the Fairfax Kiwanis Club’s annual Corn Yield Contest. Alyssa Garrison received second place, and Tacy Mitchell received third place.
The sophomore class sponsored the third annual Trivia Night at Fairfax R-3 and raised $1,500. The winning team was Hurst Greenery, which answered 81 out of 100 questions correctly.
Fairfax R-3 students celebrated the 100th day of school Friday, January 29.
Brody Cooper and Halle Sutter were crowned 2016 Fairfax Courtwarming king and queen after Friday night’s game.
Rock Port High School hosted the 61st Atchison County Band Day February 3.
Area residents were among those taking a trip to the Holy Land.
More than 280 constituents gathered at Great Northwest Day at the Capitol 2016.
K.R. Pennel was honored for 70 years of continuous membership in Fairfax American Legion Post 284.
Senior basketball players honored at Senior Night were Garrett Ball, Ryan Hopkins, Emma Morris, and Halle Sutter.
Aaron Scarbrough has illustrated a children’s book, “Never Too Busy,” by Andrea Leigh Plummer.
Devin Guajardo won first place in the Atchison County Spelling Bee.
The Fairfax FFA Chapter won first place and $1,000 in the 2015 “Nationwide® Supports FFA” contest.
MARCH–
Sonya (Nemyer) Addison, M.D., was recently named to the Columbia Business Times’ “Top 20 Under 40.”
Missouri Representative Allen Andrews visited the fourth grade class and their teacher, Mrs. Libby Lotter.
Fairfax residents Barb Rocha, Morris Ray, and Emma Ohlensehlen celebrated their birthdays on February 29 this year.
The East Atchison Junior High wrestling team made its first ever appearance as a team on Tuesday, February 23.
Members of the Fairfax Academic Team are Leslie Bradley, Tacy Mitchell, Kaitlyn Gibbons, Dakota Allen, Brody Cooper, and Kolbe Cooper. Josh Mullins is the sponsor.
Karen Easley, Fairfax, retired as the Rock Port R-II School nurse after 23 years.
The East Atchison High School Cheerleaders performed at the MSHSAA State Basketball Championship Tournament in Columbia.
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Mark Ball, Fairfax, was honored as a state winner in the 2015 National Corn Yield contest. He placed first in the AA No-Till/Strip-Till Non-Irrigated Class with a yield of 286.0059 bushels per acre.
Dakota Allen, Fairfax FFA member, was selected Area 1 Parliamentarian.
The Fairfax FRB Growing Project starts its 10th growing season.
Danny Kemerling is the new treasurer for the City of Fairfax.
Community Hospital-Fairfax hosted the 18th annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner, “Experience the Magic.”
Over 60 children gathered in the old gym at Fairfax R-3 School for the annual Easter egg hunt.
APRIL–
The Fairfax R-3 School Drama Department presented “The Bachelor King.”
Chaos Powers, Skye Clark, and Destany Theas, Fairfax FCCLA members, attended the 2016 Missouri FCCLA State Leadership Conference. They received a silver for their STAR events project.
Atchison County Development Corporation hosted a business lunch in Fairfax March 30, with 50 in attendance.
Dakota Allen, Ryan Hopkins, and Conner Marshall were chosen for the 88th All-State FFA Choir.
The annual D.A.R.E. graduation was held April 4, 2016, at the Fairfax R-3 School. Olivia Morris submitted the winning essay for the Fairfax R-3 sixth grade.
The kick-off celebration of the 100th anniversary of the building of the Fairfax United Methodist Church was held April 17. The current church building was dedicated in November 1916.
Community Hospital-Fairfax announced a new program, Sterling Connection, designed for adults ages 50 and older.
Fairfax R-3 School hosted the academic awards banquet April 14. Emma Morris, Rhonda Kay Baker, Amber Clark, April Clark, Kolbe Cooper, Ryan Hopkins, and Halle Sutter received plaques in recognition of their third year of academic achievement.
The 10th annual Atchison County Mark Twain Battle of the Books competition was held April 8, 2016, at the Tarkio Resource Center.
Lindsay Allan, M.D., will join the medical staff at Community Hospital-Fairfax in October.
The Fairfax High School Junior/Senior Prom, “Under the Sea,” was held April 23, 2016, at Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska. David Bungenstock and Amber Clark were crowned 2016 Prom King and Queen.
MAY–
Garrett Ball and Halle Sutter received the State FFA Degree at the 88th Annual Missouri FFA Convention.
Dakota Allen qualified for the National FBLA Contest after he finished in second place out of 20 competitors at state.
The East Atchison Wolves won the 275 Conference Boys’ Golf Meet.
Senior ball players recognized at senior night included Garrett Ball and David Bungenstock.
Fairfax musicians participating in the Missouri State High School Solo/Ensemble Music Contest were Katy Baker, Shelbey Morris, Emma Morris, Tacy Mitchell, Ryan Hopkins, Karrigan Bowling, Leslie Bradley, Conner Marshall, and Shanna Gilpin.
The 120th commencement at Fairfax R-3 School was held May 15. Ryan Hopkins was valedictorian and Halle Sutter was salutatorian.
Brody Cooper was named to the Northwest Missouri All-Conference Baseball First Team. Dylan Jeffords was named to the honorable mention team.
Chris Easley, Suzanne Fentiman, and Sheridan Mires, retirees from Fairfax R-3 School, were honored at a gathering of school staff and guests on May 16, 2016.
Ryan Hopkins signed a letter of intent to play basketball with the Doane Tigers at Doane University in Crete, Nebraska.
JUNE–
The 97th annual Fairfax Alumni Banquet was held May 13, 2016, with 235 in attendance. The 2016 theme was “Superheroes of Fairfax.” Betty Wennihan was recognized for serving as alumni secretary for 35 years.
The Fairfax Post Office collected 208 pounds of food in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
The Fairfax FFA Chapter held its annual banquet May 4.
The Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department and Fairfax Rural Fire Protection District received a fire truck, donated by the South Adams County Fire Protection District in Commerce City, Colorado.
The 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program has awarded a fellowship to Amy E. Brown, daughter of Jim and Mary Brown, Fairfax.
A large group of children participated in a Cave Quest adventure at Vacation Bible School.
The Tarkio Rodeo was held, along with a parade, 5K walk, and car show.
The Community Hospital Auxiliary, Tarkio and Rock Port Police Departments, and Atchison County Sheriff’s Department teamed up to hold a Drug Take-Back Day, which collected around 150 pounds of drugs.
Community Hospital-Fairfax has announced plans to bring family medicine to Burlington Junction, Missouri, in the fall of 2016.
Liberty Theatre’s production of “The Little Mermaid” opened last weekend to rave reviews.
East Atchison football player Garrett Ball has been selected to play on the Green All-Star Team in the eighth annual Missouri 8-Man All-Star Game.
Citizens Bank & Trust hosted the annual Gibbs Trust Scholarship Luncheon June 24. A total of 38 Atchison County students received scholarships this year.
Pastor Andrew Sanders is the new pastor of the Fairfax United Methodist Church.
The annual Fairfax Family Fun Night was held June 26 at the Fairfax Ball Park.
JULY–
The Avenue of Flags was flown July 2 – 4 in the Fairfax City Park. There are now 109 flags.
Gene and Norma Bradfield, Fairfax, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
The town of Fairfax was hit by a strong storm system that swept into Atchison County July 7. U.S. Hwy. 59 through town was closed due to downed power lines, trees and debris, and a grain bin on the highway. Volunteers from all over Atchison County helped with the clean-up. The Salvation Army, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief team, and a group from the First Christian Church in Mound City, Missouri, were also in town to help. The Mound City group also hosted a free community picnic for residents.
A total of 26 children attended Summer Reading at the Fairfax Branch Library last week.
The 41st annual Fairfax Fair will be held August 12 – 14 at the Fairfax City Park. This year’s theme is “Royal Celebration.”
Reggie Koop was bitten on the leg by what is believed to have been a rattlesnake at his home east of Fairfax.
Mike Hawkins, Fairfax, was recognized by the Community Blood Center when he made his 101st donation at a blood drive held at Tarkio Rehabilitation and Health Care.
The 2016 Atchison County Fair was held July 20 – 23 in Rock Port, Missouri.
AUGUST–
The Atchison County University of Missouri Extension Council honored five Missouri Century Farms this year. The 2016 honorees are: Suzanne Southard, Fairfax, (original owners: James W. Ball and Oral Davis), Patty (Broermann) Laur (original owners: Lee and Larry Broermann and Henry Broermann); Roseann and Keith Nemyer, Fairfax (original owner: Solomon Green); Griffin Farms Partnership (original owners: James and Susan Griffin); and Daniel Shaw, Westboro (original owners: Christopher and Minnie Oswald Klump).
Candidates for this year’s Junior Miss Fairfax contest are Haley Garrison, Olivia Morris, and Gena Mitchell. Miss Fairfax candidates are Shelbey Morris, McKenzie Frohn, Jaelynn Hill, Jaycee Graves, Jesse Graves, and Katy Baker.
Young actors and actresses with the Missoula Children’s Theater performed “Rapunzel” July 30 in the Tarkio High School Auditorium.
Shelbey Morris was crowned 2016 Miss Fairfax, and Olivia Morris was crowned 2016 Junior Miss Fairfax. Knox Oswald and Avery Fast were chosen Little Mr. and Miss Fairfax. The 2016 Fairfax Fair Parade marshals were Ted and Vickie Simmons and Bud and Lyn Simmons.
John Brown, Utility Superintendent for the City of Fairfax, received the “Award of Merit” at the Missouri Water and Wastewater Conference in Columbia, Missouri.
Fairfax Xi Lambda Beta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi donated new swings for the Fairfax City Park.
Aleesha Ball and Goldie Barnes represented Atchison County in the Missouri State Fair. Aleesha’s heifer, Babs, was chosen Division Champion and went on to be named Reserve Supreme FFA Grand Champion Crossbred Breeding Heifer Overall. Goldie showed two market steers, Albright, which was chosen Grand Champion 4-H Simmental Steer, and Ralph Henry, which placed fourth in the Market Breed Show.
A group of volunteers worked to build a new crow’s nest in time for the first football game. The old crow’s nest was damaged in the storm that hit Fairfax July 7. The scoreboard has also been replaced.
SEPTEMBER–
New teachers at Fairfax R-3 School are Patty Bredensteiner, Jared Dowis, Shelby Hurst, Jaymee Koop, and Hannah Wilson.
Leslie Bradley has been selected to play clarinet in the National FFA Band.
John Gilbert is a member of the U.S. Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team that won a gold medal in the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
Farmer Publishing announced that the Fairfax Forum, Tarkio Avalanche, and Atchison County Mail will be combined into one weekly newspaper January 1, 2017.
The East Atchison Lady Wolves hosted the 21st annual Fairfax Invitational Volleyball Tournament in Fairfax.
King and queen candidates for the fall homecoming are Alex Carroll, Mason Straub, Kaitlyn Gibbons, and Alyssa Garrison. The theme is “Olympics: Go For The Gold!”
A total of $55,000 was raised at the 25th annual CommuniTEE Golf Benefit.
Atchison County Development Corporation has updated its website, www.atchisoncounty.org.
The East Atchison Cross Country Team travelled to Maryville, Missouri, to compete in the team’s first event.
Alex Carroll and Alyssa Garrison were crowned king and queen of the 2016 Fall Homecoming. The Wolves defeated DeKalb 62-14.
The seventh annual Great Northwest Winefest was held September 24, 2016, in Mound City, Missouri. The event is sponsored by Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation.
OCTOBER–
The Northwest Missouri Sportsman’s Club donated 120 practice rounds of trapshooting to the Fairfax FFA trapshooting team.
The East Atchison Girls’ Golf Team competed in the Class 1, Section 4 Golf Tournament in Smithville, Missouri. Three E.A. golfers, Lauren Quimby, Bree Barnett, and Kaely Kirwan, qualified to advance to state competition.
The Fairfax Kiwanis Club donated $550, raised by members’ “baloney and brag” basket, to the Fairfax Ministerial Alliance.
Alyssa Garrison was one of the E.A. senior volleyball players recognized October 6 at senior parents’ night.
ACDC hosted its annual meeting October 5, 2016, at Fairfax R-3 School.
A candlelight vigil in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month was held October 5, 2016, at the Atchison County Courthouse in Rock Port, Missouri.
E.A. seniors recognized at parents’ night included Dakota Allen, Michael Baker, Alyssa Beck, Alex Carroll, Kaitlyn Gibbons, Caitlyn O’Riley, and Mason Straub.
The Fairfax R-3 School received a matching funds donation from the Masonic Home of Missouri. The local lodge raised $1,500, which resulted in a $3,000 donation.
The Community Hospital-Fairfax Rehab Services team hosted a scavenger hunt October 8.
Lindsay Allen, M.D., has joined the Community Hospital-Fairfax medical staff, and will be joining the CH-F Family Medicine Clinic team with clinics in Mound City, Oregon, and Burlington Junction.
The annual health fair was held October 12 at Fairfax R-3 School.
Diana and Andy Wallace, Fairfax, won $2,500 in Hy-Vee’s Brands for Grands contest.
The East Atchison Lady Wolves Volleyball Team placed second in the District Tournament in Rock Port.
NOVEMBER–
A new storm/warning siren for the City of Fairfax was installed Monday, October 31, 2016. The old siren was blown down during the storm that hit Fairfax in July. The cost of the new siren was covered by the city’s insurance. KCP&L donated the pole, equipment, and a crew to raise the pole.
Dr. Michael Garrett, Fairfax R-3 School superintendent, treated the teachers to a surprise ice cream social to celebrate the school’s third consecutive 100% on its Annual Performance Report.
The Fairfax Optimist Club hosted the annual Spook Parade at the Fairfax City Park.
The Fairfax United Methodist Church celebrated the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the church building.
The Fairfax Kiwanis Club celebrated its 70th anniversary of being chartered as a Kiwanis International organization.
The first community meeting of the newly-formed Fairfax Improvement Foundation was held November 18, to explain the organization and its goals and collect suggestions for community projects.
East Atchison high school athletes who competed in fall sports were honored at an awards banquet November 9 at the Tarkio High School Gym.
ACDC sponsored its first #ShopAC Night November 17, with 24 Atchison County businesses staying open late for shoppers. A total of 568 people signed up for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate, won by Debbie Johnson.
The Rock Port Tourism Board and Community Hospital-Fairfax jointly hosted the Quilt Show and Me Market.
Fourteen members of the Fairfax FFA Chapter attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Leslie Bradley played clarinet in the National FFA Band.
DECEMBER–
Fairfax’s annual Light Night celebration was held November 26. Games were played and the park lights were turned on by Miss Fairfax Shelbey Morris and Junior Miss Fairfax Olivia Morris. Winners in the park display contest were: FRB/Oswald Pumpkins, first place; Alldredge Tree, second place; United Methodist Church Nativity, third place. Winners in the business window decoration contest were: Rays’ Dairy Diner, first place; KG Buds, second place; and Fairfax Agency, third place.
ACDC hosted a Youth Professionalism Workshop for Atchison County juniors.
Fairfax R-3 School was one of four schools in Missouri that received 100% on their Annual Performance Report for the third consecutive year.
The East Atchison Wolves won the Mound City Invitational Basketball Tournament. The Lady Wolves placed fourth in the tournament.
East Atchison basketball players Gage McAdams and Kilea Cooper were named to the Mound City Invitational Basketball All-Tournament Team.
Peyton Hausman and his great-grandmother, Jean Schooler, prepared meals for 30 homeless people in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Mason Straub, a senior at Fairfax R-3 School, was named to the 8-man Missouri Academic All-State Football Team.
The Fairfax Class of 2020 has donated new signs to Fairfax R-3 School.
The East Atchison Wrestling Team is in its first season as a co-oped team.
The East Atchison Junior High Girls’ Basketball Team won the first 275 Conference Junior High Basketball Tournament. The team was undefeated this season, winning 15 games. The E.A. Junior High Boys’ Basketball Team placed second in the 275 Conference tournament.
Winners of the Fairfax home Christmas decorating contest, sponsored by Xi Lambda Beta, were: Dee and Kristy Duering, grand prize; Mike and Sandy Fisher, patriotic category; Debra Wyatt, traditional category; Reba Lasour and Jake Yackley, whimsical category; and John and Joyce Pearce, religious category.
The National FFA Foundation has awarded a $1,000 grant to Max Hopkins for his Supervised Agricultural Experience, Little Red’s Keeper of the Bees.