Photo by Richard Cooper 
More than 50 people gathered in front of the bandstand on the courthouse lawn, Thursday noon, to pray for our nation. Billed as “Wake up America,” it has become clear that prayer is needed. Citizens gather to “Wake up America”
Photos by Richard Cooper Cliff Hazard of the Milford Christian Church was one of several ministers to speak. Steve Livingston of the Lamar First...

Lamar Democrat/Richard Cooper
MRTA president, Barbara Self, urged Barton County Retired Educators to remain politically active by contacting legislators urging support for legislation that benefits the teacher retirement system. MRTA president visits Barton County retired teachers
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-The May 3 meeting of the Retired Educators of Barton County was the final meeting of the...

Lamar Democrat/Melody Metzger
Rylee Cunningham, left, and Hunter Lundine, right, threw out the first pitch prior to the Wednesday, May 4 Lamar Tiger baseball game against Cassville. The game was played in recognition of Cystic Fibrosis, which both Rylee and Hunter have been diagnosed with. LHS baseball team brings recognition to Cystic Fibrosis
By MELODY METZGER Lamar Democrat When the Lamar High School baseball team took the field against Cassville on Wednesday, May 4, they were wearing...

JIM FAST
LAMAR- A graveside committal service, including military honors, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Barton City Cemetery for James Marion...

LEWIS BOWMAN
LEE'S SUMMIT-Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, at Barton City Cemetery in Liberal for Lewis Charles Bowman, 93, who died Sunday, May 1, 2016....

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...

Elongated cent created to honor national motto
MINDENMINES-A special elongated cent has been created by Paul Conner of Paul Conner Studios, Belton, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the...

Wildflower hike set for May 21 at Prairie State Park
Guests can explore Prairie State Park with a wildflower hike to be held Saturday, May 21. The hike will leave at 10 a.m., from the Regal Tallgrass Prairie Nature...

SW Missouri corn and wheat fields in need of sunshine and heat;...
LAMAR-Spring growing season is continuing to be a challenge as rainfall has been sporadic and night temperatures have not been conducive to normal growth curves. This week...