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Accident report
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a pickup truck and ATV accident occurred at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, three miles southeast of Jasper on Baseline, when...
Golden City adopts balanced budget
GOLDEN CITY-Golden City will have a balanced city budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year. The city council voted 5-0 in approving a budget with expenditures of $619,592 at its...
A photo was taken of the three different owners of The Liberal News. In the photo at left are Darvin and Ruth Ann Weaver, present owners of The Liberal News; center, Edward and Theda Savage, owners from 1955 to 1975 and Willis and Billy Strong, owners of The Liberal News from Dec. 1, 1975 to October, 1986. Savage celebrates 100th birthday
Edward Savage of Joplin, a former Liberal resident, observed his 100th birthday on Sunday, Sept. 4, at a celebration in his honor at the Garden...


Lamar Democrat/Melody Metzger
Stone work has begun on the base of the Welcome to Lamar sign that will be situated on property south of Lamar Super 8. The sign has been a longtime project of the Lamar Community Betterment. Work begins on Welcome to Lamar sign


Easton Hall, Lamar, five year old son of Krisalyn and Nathan Enyart and Seth Hall, recently won first place in the junior looper dummy roping at the Four States Championship Team Roping at Lucky J Arena in Carthage. Hall is the grandson of Kevin Butler, Lamar, and the late Rhonda Butler, Don and Kelly Enyart, Seneca and Russ and Samantha Hall, Aurora. Hall wins first in junior looper dummy roping


Good Samaritan seeks funds for matching grant
The Good Samaritan in Lamar has received a $3,000 matching grant from Ozarks Food Harvest, that was made possible by the Walmart Foundation. The Good Samaritan has from...
What your police department does for you
The Lamar Police Department’s monthly report on activities in which it was involved was a part of the September 19 meeting of the city council. Rather than include some of...
City council discusses improvements to Memorial Hall
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-Memorial Hall contains a veterans’ museum that includes military uniforms, battlefield firearms, and large amounts of...
Lamar Democrat/Melody Metzger
The ever popular horses paraded down Main Street during the Jasper Days Grand Parade on Saturday, Sept. 17, with individual horses, as well as this sled. Jasper Days parade draws large crowd


Colorful quilts were in abundance during Jasper Days
Lamar Democrat/Melody Metzger Many colorful quilts were on display at the Jasper United Methodist Church during Jasper Days. Being a diehard St....


Lamar Democrat/Melody Metzger
Several vendors of various wares lined Main Street during Jasper Days on Saturday, Sept. 17. A treat not to be missed was a rice krispie bar on a stick, dipped in chocolate and rolled in nuts from the Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church booth. Vendors line Main Street during Jasper Days


Eagles to hold fundraiser for Dody Riley
A fundraiser for Dody Riley will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Barton County Eagles No. 4405, 468 E. Hwy. 160, in Lamar. The fundraiser is to help with cancer expenses...
Commission restoring county storm sirens to service
LAMAR-Barton County has 17 storm warning sirens in rural areas that are owned by the county. That does not include sirens inside incorporated municipalities in the county....
Trula Cain Memorial Dog Park celebrates expansion
A ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, Sept. 28, for the expansion of the Trula Cain Memorial Dog Park. An expansion was added...
Democrat photos by Richard Cooper
City Hall and Memorial Hall will be kept in operation with this generator in times of power failure. It has an output of 200 kilowatts. Two fire department acquisitions
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-Fire Chief Larry Beatty described for the city council, Monday night, two recent acquisitions by...