Barton County Commissioners Mike Davis, Dennis Wilson and Jeff Tucker met with the Youth EXCEL students on April 11, as they entered the Barton County Courthouse to learn about how the county conducts business. Students in the Youth EXCEL program include Camren Beam, Sierra Brooks, Katelyn Collins, Ashlee Cotez, Brooklyn Davey, Wyatt Davis, Ashley Dobb, Brandon Driggs, Macie Graves, Dalton Hasson, Caleb Jeffries, Mariam Kavtaradze, Shelby Kirkpatrick, Hanna Lee, Shea Lewis, Ellie Lodenstein, Tasha Maldonado, Allison Morris, Alex Oden, Emily Ogle, Chance Rea, Sam Timmons, Delia Unhuryan and Dylan Whitehead. LHS 2016 4-H Youth EXCEL are emerging leaders
Youth EXCEL students were given the opportunity to participate in a community exploration on April 11, learning more about the history of the...

Lamar FFA to hold greenhouse sale
By MORGAN BRIBSIN Lamar Democrat Come support your local Lamar FFA Chapter on Truman Day, Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as the FFA will be selling plants to raise...

Photos by Richard Cooper
This display of Indian paintbrush is located nine miles west of Lamar at U.S. 160 and 80th Lane. It is one of the densest displays at that location in years. Indian paintbrush having a banner year
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer Indian paintbrush is a favorite spring “wildflower” of many, but actually it is not a flower at all. It...

PAULINE WOODY
PLEASANTON, Kan.-A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at the First Christian Church in Pleasanton for Pauline...

DELETA “DEE” CAYLOR
EFFINGHAM, Kan.-Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Becker Chapel in Effingham for Deleta D. “Dee” Caylor, 76, Paradise Lake,...

ERIK RYAN MUSGROVE
LAMAR-Private services will be held at the convenience of the family for Erik Ryan Musgrove, 41, Lamar, who died Friday, April 29, 2016, at his home. Arrangements are...

Legume bloat problems killing cattle in SW Missouri
MT. VERNON-There has been an unusually high number of bloat problems among cattle in southwest Missouri over the last two or three weeks. According to Eldon Cole, livestock...

MU Extension guide lists first, last frost dates by region
COLUMBIA-Spring and fall can be anxious times for gardeners. At the beginning of the growing season, you want to start the garden as early as possible, and at the end you...

Diggins named State Star in Agriscience
COLUMBIA-The Missouri FFA Association recognized Cole Diggins of the Bronaugh FFA Chapter as the State Star in Agriscience at the 88th Missouri FFA Convention. Diggins is...