May 24 In Adair County History


2012: Adair Baseball clinched a berth in the Fifth Region Tournament with an eight-inning, 2-1 win over rival Marion County.

Lefty ace Jared Denton tossed a complete game four-hitter, Tanner Pooler and Trenton Watson accounted for the Tribe’s two runs, and Derek Brockman and Jamian Bailey notched RBI in the contest.

2000: Only 670 of Adair County’s 11,581 voters turned out for the May Primary, which featured only one Republican race and zero races on the Democrat side.

“I’ve never heard of suck a low percentage turnout,” Adair County Clerk Ann Melton told The Progress of the meager, five-percent response. “I’d say that the majority of the people that did come out and vote are ones that don’t miss voting in any election.”

In the only contested race of the primary, incumbent Republican Ed Whitfield handily defeated his opponent in the race for U.S. Representative in the 1st Congressional District, David L. Williams.

1987: The Adair County Fiscal Court approved first reading of a $1.6 million budget for the 1987-1988 fiscal year, a budget that Judge-Executive Richard Lee Walker described as “skin-tight.”

“However, I think we can consider ourselves somewhat fortunate that we haven’t had to raise taxes like so many other counties around us and across the state have had to do,” Walker added.

1969: “There seems to be an unseemly profusion of bachelors running around loose in the area,” The Columbia Statesman reported. “For single women interested in meeting men – object matrimony – Adair County is the place.”

The report went on to state that there were 144 single men in the county for every 100 single women, a far greater discrepancy than either the national or state average. The report did not reference where the above-mentioned data came from.

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