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Lamar Heights adopts budget for 2019
By RICHARD COOPER LAMAR HEIGHTS- The city council of Lamar Heights took little time in adopting a budget for calendar year 2019. It is somewhat smaller than the 2018...
MU Law School Veterans Clinic to host free events
COLUMBIA, Mo.- Veterans seeking information and assistance regarding VA disability claims, benefits and military discharges are invited to attend sessions staffed by legal...
Final list of candidates filing for municipal offices
Lamar Mayor: Kent Harris (incumbent). City Council: Ward 1, Judd Chesnut (incumbent); Ward 2, Mike Hull (incumbent); Ward 3, Brian Griffith (incumbent); Ward 4, Bill...
Representative Kelley to serve on committees
JEFFERSON CITY- State Representative Ann Kelley will be putting her experience as an educator to work for Missouri’s 100th General Assembly in the...


Lamar Democrat/Autumn Shelton
Michael signing his autobiography about his days in the mob. Former mobster Michael Franzese tells story of violence, corruption...
By AUTUMN SHELTON Lamar Democrat Wearing a gray sweater and blue jeans, Michael Franzese did not look like a man who served eight years in...


WIC is open... Available at Barton County Health Department
The Barton County Health Department has announced that a contract to continue to provide WIC services for federal fiscal year 2019 has been signed...


Darrah appointed to serve on the Missouri State Board of Accountancy
Ron T. Darrah CPA CGMA, was recently appointed by the Governor of Missouri to serve on the Missouri State Board of Accountancy. The mission of...


Ferris graduates from Institute for Organization Management
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, has...


Lamar drug free coalition discussion held regarding park
By MELODY METZGER Lamar Democrat S4 (See Something, Say Something), Lamar’s drug free coalition, met for its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, at the AOK...
From the dusty files
By RICHARD COOPER The Democrat tries to maintain a fairly neat appearance in its offices, but when it comes to storage space for past years of...


Photo courtesy of Willis Strong
Trent Loos, humorist and storyteller, was the guest speaker at the Farm Family Appreciation Luncheon held in December at the First Baptist Church in Lamar. He told about his experiences as a farmer and traveling around as a storyteller. He lives in central Nebraska and has livestock on his farm. He has a radio program that can be heard on 100 stations across the country. His favorite audiences are the nation’s youth. Loos speaks at farm family appreciation luncheon
By WILLIS STRONG Trent Loos, humorist and storyteller of rural America was the guest speaker at the Farm Family Appreciation Luncheon held in...


Heritage Tractor expands in the Four State Region
Heritage Tractor, a Midwest John Deere dealership, announced the expansion in the Four State area through the acquisition of Legacy Farm and Lawn based in Lamar. The...
Barton County Retired Teachers lay plans to host Region 9 meeting;...
Lamar R-I Superintendent Dr. Zach Harris was the featured speaker at the January 8 meeting of the Barton County Area Retired Educators Association....


Harlow Shapley, Barton County's famous astronomer
By RICHARD COOPER The Barton County Historical Society looked to the heavens at its January 13 quarterly meeting as Dale Dermott related the...


Ordinance committee to recommend traffic changes to council
By RICHARD COOPER Lamar Police Chief Rusty Rives revealed numerous omissions in the city's traffic ordinances during a meeting of the City Council's Ordinance Committee,...