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Lamar Democrat/Melissa Little
Lamar Community Betterment CEO Astra Ferris spoke to a large group that had gathered at the Barton County Ambulance District meeting room on Thursday morning, Aug. 17. Ferris spoke on the current role of the chamber in economic development and looking towards the future. Ferris looks to the future of economic development
By MELODY METZGER Lamar Democrat Barton County Chamber of Commerce CEO Astra Ferris was the main speaker at the chamber’s quarterly membership...


Accident report
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a one vehicle accident occurred at 12:45 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, three miles west of Halltown on Old Hwy. 266, when a...
Photo by Adam Conover, American Angus Association
HMM JC Insight 104 won Reserve Junior Champion bull at the 2017 Ozark Empire Fair Angus Show, held July 29, in Springfield. Hannah Moyer, Lamar, owns the winning bull. She is pictured with her father, Greg Moyer. Moyer owns Reserve Junior Champion bull


This is August? What's going on here?
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer There is a popular comic strip that makes a statement this time of year, “There's no time like August,” or words to that effect....
Chamber Spotlight - Thrasher’s Nutty Bavarian
By KIM O’SULLIVAN Membership Director Advised by a very wise man, who happened to be my father, “That you can learn something from everyone if...


Lamar Police Department prepares for fair
By RUSTY RIVES Chief of PoliceRusty Rives Once again we find ourselves preparing for yet another Lamar Free Fair, this one being the 74th. We at the police department...
Claudia Carter participated in the Ladies Cart class at the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield. It’s all in the genes


Jill and Carter Pugh of Iantha recently showed their miniature mules at the Missouri State Fair, winning several ribbons including Reserve Grand Champion with their 11 year old miniature mule, Frosty, pictured with Carter. Five month old April, shown with Jill, brought home the award for the 2017 Missouri State Fair Grand Champion Miniature Mule. Pughs take Grand Champion at Missouri State Fair


5K and 10K Runs set for Saturday of the fair
A 5K and 10K Run will be held in conjunction with the Lamar Free Fair on Saturday, Aug. 26, beginning at 7:30 a.m., on the east side of the Lamar square. For more...
An update on the former O'Sullivan properties
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-There has been nothing written about the complex of vacant buildings at the south end of Gulf Street for over a year. At one...
Elise Ferris and Cyan Rea are shown loading boxes of collected school supplies into the bus. Stuff the Bus proves to be huge success
By MELODY METZGER Lamar Democrat After discovering that there would not be enough funds to enable the Tools For Schools program to provide the...


Lamar Democrat/Melissa Little
The Eagle Lake Day Camp was held for its second year at the Lamar United Methodist Church. At the culmination of the camp, a Family Festival was held Friday, Aug. 11. Eagle Lake Day Camp held at LUMC
For the second year in a row, Lamar United Methodist Church hosted Eagle Lake Day Camp on August 7-11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the church. There were...


Barton County 4-H youth participating in the SW Regional Achievement Day were back row, left to right, Mikayla Madison, Cora James, Lauren Dalby, Annabelle Crabtree, Kendall Krueth; front row, Joy Krueth, Veronica James, Clarise James, Theo Crabtree, Emmsley Ball, Kileigh Ball, Ashlynn Ball. Barton County 4-H participates in SW Regional Achievement Day
Southwest Regional 4-H families had an exciting day July 31, at the Ozark Empire Fair. Barton County 4-H youth joined over 100 southwest area 4-H...


Commission sets tax rate and policy standards
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-Every year in August the Barton County Commission sets the tax rate for the current year, reaffirms some policy standards,...
Free movie offered at Plaza Theatre
The First Baptist Church of Lamar is hosting a free movie, “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone”, to be shown Friday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug....