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Barton County Commissioners Mike Davis, Dennis Wilson and Jeff Tucker met with the Youth EXCEL students on April 11, as they entered the Barton County Courthouse to learn about how the county conducts business. Students in the Youth EXCEL program include Camren Beam, Sierra Brooks, Katelyn Collins, Ashlee Cotez, Brooklyn Davey, Wyatt Davis, Ashley Dobb, Brandon Driggs, Macie Graves, Dalton Hasson, Caleb Jeffries, Mariam Kavtaradze, Shelby Kirkpatrick, Hanna Lee, Shea Lewis, Ellie Lodenstein, Tasha Maldonado, Allison Morris, Alex Oden, Emily Ogle, Chance Rea, Sam Timmons, Delia Unhuryan and Dylan Whitehead. LHS 2016 4-H Youth EXCEL are emerging leaders
Youth EXCEL students were given the opportunity to participate in a community exploration on April 11, learning more about the history of the...


Lamar FFA to hold greenhouse sale
By MORGAN BRIBSIN Lamar Democrat Come support your local Lamar FFA Chapter on Truman Day, Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as the FFA will be selling plants to raise...
Photos by Richard Cooper
This display of Indian paintbrush is located nine miles west of Lamar at U.S. 160 and 80th Lane. It is one of the densest displays at that location in years. Indian paintbrush having a banner year
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer Indian paintbrush is a favorite spring “wildflower” of many, but actually it is not a flower at all. It...


Liberal hit by strong winds from Wednesday morning's storms
LIBERAL-Strong winds hit the Liberal area on Wednesday morning, April 27, with destruction scattered throughout the town. Two large cedar trees...


Preventative fungicide application in wheat for head scab
LAMAR- Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension, scouted wheat and corn along the Barton and Jasper County line and north of Arcola on April...
McDonald’s closed briefly by electrical fire
An electrical fire at McDonald’s restaurant shortly after 2:15, Thursday afternoon. A switch in a French frying unit failed to shut off power, resulting in considerable...
Ordinance Committee to recommend approval of trap shooting range
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-The Lamar City Council’s Ordinance Committee will recommend to the full council approval of a trap shooting range proposed...
Bergman recognizes residents of Lamar
Citizens of Lamar: On the evening of April 27, the Lamar Police Department received a call of a missing child in the southern part of our city. With the assistance of...
Economic Security Corporation has severe weather relief funding...
Economic Security Corporation (ESC) was awarded $49,500 by Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) – Disaster Funds to assist low to moderate income individuals or...
Photo courtesy Barton County Sheriff’s Department
A fire of unknown cause destroyed a residence on Southeast 10th Road at Golden City on April 18. The house was owned by Carl Cleveland and occupied by Adam Hartman. No one was home at the time of the blaze, which was reported at 3:30 p.m. According to Fire Chief Randy McGuire, a representative from the State Fire Marshall’s office investigated the ruins and determined the fire started in the attic, but could not determine the cause. Fire destroys Golden City home


304 West 9th Trees suffer from thunderstorm, several buildings damaged
Many slept through the thunderstorm that struck Lamar in the early morning hours of April 27. However, when many awakened after daylight arrived,...


Barton County Sheriff's report
* A Barton County Sheriff's deputy went to 1709 Broadway on April 15, and arrested Robert O. Rhoades, 23, Lamar, on an outstanding warrant for failure to display plates on...
Accident report
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a one vehicle accident occurred at 1:25 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, five miles west of Golden City on Hwy. 126. According...
Photo courtesy of Mary Kuhn
The yard at 1502 Lexington was primarily designed by owner, Kay Moore, with suggested plantings from Pinewood Nursery. Until recently, Kay mostly maintained the yard. The front tear drop shaped bed has a water feature that cascades over rocks taken from the basement of her house. Plantings around the water feature are Teddy Bear Magnolia, Lilacs, Japanese Irises, Pampas Grass and an Evergreen Honeysuckle vine. Yard of the Month


Photo courtesy of Jon Brisbin
An “Enchanted Evening” was enjoyed Saturday, April 23, as Lamar held its prom. Royalty candidates included, left to right, Jeremy Marti, Kaitlyn Graves, Daniel Brisbin, Kinley Roth, Zoie Mincks and Danny Embry. Marti was crowned king, with Graves being crowned queen. Lamar prom features “Enchanted Evening”