News
911 meeting changed to February 22
LAMAR-Due to conflicting schedules, the meeting on the use of 911 emergency dispatching services has been moved to Monday, Feb. 22. The meeting will be held in the Circuit...
Committee formed to explore jail improvements
LAMAR-Mayor Kent Harris and Chief of Police Ken Bergman met a second time with the Barton County Commission on February 8 to take a more in depth look at ways of improving...
Give Kids a Smile held for Lamar students
Lamar Democrat/Melissa Little Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) was launched in the spring of 2002 as an event to provide underserved children with free,...


Liberal Area Civic Group holds membership drive
The Liberal Area Civic Group met January 26, in the Barton Mutual community room. Twelve members were present when President Mary Toney called the meeting to order at 7...
Commissioners attend training session
COLUMBIA-The Barton County Commissioners attended a training session, February 10-12, in Columbia, sponsored by the County Commissioners Association of Missouri (CCAM). The...
Accident report
A two vehicle accident occurred at 3:55 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, on NE 5th Rd., one mile north of Lamar, when a northbound 1998 Dodge Ram being driven by Charles T Burr, 66,...
Intervention deadline set for MGE surcharge request
JEFFERSON CITY-Missouri Gas Energy (MGE) has filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking to increase the infrastructure system surcharge on the...
Lamar Democrat/Melody Metzger
The Metropolitan Bank sign came down this past week as the name was changed to Bear State Financial. Bear State Bank comes to town


January could have been much worse
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-January is a treacherous month. When you venture into it, expect the worst. Then, if you escape the month with a better than...
Look into your 2015 income tax filing requirements
By CHRISTOPHER A. RUNION, CPA Do you need to file a federal income tax return this year? Your age, income level and filing status will usually point you to the right...
Representing Barton County Strength Club in competition recently were, left to right, Amber Jones, Tiffany “The Crusher” Harris, Ashley Augusta, Raymond Varner, Eric Jeffries and Jason Banwart. Also pictured in the background is their proud coach, Jeremy Augusta. BCSC comp team makes Lamar proud at crossfit event
Members of the Barton County Strength Club competition team made this little town proud as they traveled to Springfield to compete against 105...


Golden City raises water/sewer rates
GOLDEN CITY-Despite opposition from two members of the city council and a citizen who spoke to the council to express his concern, the Golden City city council raised water...
Fast Eddie expanding services
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-Fast Eddie Hotrod is more than a hotrod shop. It is rapidly becoming an automotive center. It is now possible to have a...
Lamar UMC to host Numana Inc. in hunger relief
Numana Inc. will sponsor an event on March 5, at the Lamar United Methodist Church, in which 23,000 meal packets will be prepared. Numana, a 501(c)(3) public charity, was...
U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loans are available
Disaster loans are currently available through the U.S. Small Business Administration, in partnership with FEMA, for damages incurred during the December 2015 and January...