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Lamar Democrat/Melissa Little
A proclamation has been received by the Barton County Health Department, stating that National WIC Breastfeeding Week is August 1-7. The proclamation was presented by the United States Department of Agriculture. Tina Schnelle is the certified lactation counselor at the health department, with primary breastfeeding peer counselor being Kaylee Timmons and breastfeeding secondary peer counselor, Lacey Probert. Pictured are, left to right, Angie Schlichting, Tina Schnelle, Lisa Sheats, Lacey Probert, Kristy Runion and Kaylee Timmons. National WIC Breastfeeding Week recognized


Joining the team at Vision Solutions is, left, Misty Lee and right, Brian Hartgrave. Vision Solutions welcomes Hartgrave and Lee
Vision Solutions, the offices of Drs. Swearingen, Burton and Moore, is growing again! They are honored to welcome two new individuals to their team...


A look at the weather for the Lamar Fair
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer The Lamar Free Fair is less than a month away. A lot of people are already saying, “It will be hotter than the hubs of hades,” or...
Photo courtesy of Willis Strong
Farmers Henry and Rick Morgan enjoyed the MFA Appreciation Day lunch held Tuesday, July 19. Son Brad said they had nearly all their soybeans planted. MFA serves appreciation day lunch


Lamar Police Department prepares for fair
By KEN BERGMAN Lamar Chief of Police Once again we find ourselves preparing for yet another Lamar Free Fair, this one being the 73rd. We at the police department will be...
Lamar Democrat/Richard Cooper
The Lamar Walmart presented a card of appreciation to the Lamar Police Department, July 28, thanking the department for all it does in keeping the community safe and for the many services it renders. Two stacks of beverages and bottled water accompanied the card. Kneeling, in front, left to right, are Officer Richard Finley and Animal Control Officer Sandy Alexander. Standing, left to right, Jeremy Watkins, Walmart Assistant Auto Care Manager; Jo Arnold, Walmart Assistant Manager; Police Chief Ken Bergman; Assistant Chief John Davis; Officer David Graham; Sgt. Oliver Cornell; and Walmart Personnel Manager Tom Williams. Lamar Walmart shows appreciation to the Lamar Police Department


Judge Bickel reaches mandatory retirement age, special election for...
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer The Missouri Constitution requires that circuit judges retire upon reaching the age of 70. Judge James R. Bickel of the 28th...
Lamar loves its police department
Last Wednesday, July 27, the Democrat received a memo from Chief of Police Ken Bergman. We will pass the memo on to our readers exactly as the chief wrote it. “During...
Lamar Democrat/Melody Metzger
The Barton County Library Summer Reading Program came to an end on Wednesday, July 27, with bounce houses provided by Affordable Party Rentals. Children of all ages enjoyed the fun throughout the morning. Summer reading program celebrates another successful year


Martin joins Keller Williams of SWMO Market Center
Rachel Martin, a real estate sales professional in Lamar, has joined the Keller Williams of SWMO Market Center. “We are ecstatic to have Rachel...


Missouri Electric Co-op Youth Program means education and fun
Alexys Barton, Liberal and Grant Smith, Lamar, sponsored by Barton County Electric Cooperative, Lamar, were among the 108 high school students from...


New equipment to be installed at BCMH
The meeting of the Barton County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees was opened by Chairperson Jill Purinton on Thursday, July 21. Other members present were Tom Shaw,...
Lamar Democrat/Richard Cooper
Sixty-six staunch Republicans turned out for the party’s rally and ice cream social, July 22, at Thiebard Auditorium. Republicans hold rally and ice cream social


Lamar Democrat/Melissa Little
The children that attended Lamar First Baptist Church's Vacation Bible School presented a program on Thursday evening, July 21, as they shared a VBS song that they had learned during the week. Lamar First Baptist Church presents VBS Worship Rally
First Baptist Church held its Vacation Bible School Worship Rally on Thursday night, July 21. During the week the child looked below the surface as...


Some tips on surviving the heat
Some tips on surviving the heat July is the hottest month of the year, and August is a close second. Here are some valuable tips from the Lamar Police Department on how to...