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Call to win tickets to Renaissance Festival
The Lamar Democrat will be giving away a set of tickets to the 2016 Kansas City Renaissance Festival to the first 12 callers on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Call 417-682-5529 and if...
Lamar Democrat saturation planned for September 7
By MELODY METZGER Lamar Democrat The Lamar Democrat will feature the 2016 Fall Sports Preview in its September 7 edition. In conjunction with the preview, they will offer...
Coroner rules on death of infant found in pond
The following is a press release from the office of Barton County Coroner, Dr. C. Tucker Joustra. “The Barton County Coroner’s office, after investigation utilizing two...
Two properties sold in annual delinquent tax sale
Eight properties with delinquent taxes for three or more years were offered for sale, August 22, at the Barton County Courthouse. Two properties were sold. Michael and...
Accident reports
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a southbound 2004 Aprilia motorcycle, being driven by Jeffery D Robison, 23, El Dorado Springs, was traveling on A Hwy.,...
Revised traffic flow at West Elementary begins smoothly
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-In the first meeting of the R-I Board of Education since the recent start of classes, it was reported the revised traffic...
Fair gospel sing offers great entertainment
The Lamar Free Fair Gospel Sing will feature hometown talent on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m., at Thiebaud Auditorium. Included in the evening will be Vern Young and Joe...
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Blue ribbons are on display at several locations at Lamar’s United Methodist Church. They are to signify our debt to the men and women in blue, the Lamar Police Department, for keeping us safe. That also includes the Barton County Sheriff’s Department, who wear khaki uniforms. Blue ribbons adorn Lamar United Methodist Church


Lamar Democrat Photos by Richard Cooper 
The city council meeting of August 15 was a time to recognize promotions. Chief of Police Ken Bergman promoted Officer Zach Costley to corporal as his proud wife looked on, ready to pin on his new badge. Lamar Police Department recognizes promotions


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The Lamar City Council examined the hangars at Municipal Airport prior to their regular meeting, August 15. There was general agreement that the 12 oldest hangars should be demolished and replaced with new structures. Several of them are still in use. Examining one of the occupied 12 are, left to right, Bill Talbott, Steve Gilkey (back to camera), and Mayor Kent Harris. New hangars are a part of the airport upgrading program. City council examines airport, sets tax levy
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-The Lamar City Council spent the better part of an hour examining the Municipal Airport, to see...


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Promotions in the Lamar Fire Department were also announced by new chief, Larry Beatty, at the August 15 city council meeting. Pictured, left to right, Chief Beatty; Rick Heinen, promoted to assistant chief; JR Johnson to lieutenant; Scott Potter to captain; Dayne Shoff to captain; Jason Neher to lieutenant. Not pictured, Ken Reinert promoted to captain. Promotions announced by Lamar Fire Department


“At Your Name” community event to be held at Thiebaud
The Fourth Annual “At Your Name” community event will once again be held at Thiebaud Auditorium on Sunday night after the fair, Aug. 28, from 5...


Lamar Band Booster Club dunk tank schedule
The Lamar Band Booster Club will again be offering the community the chance to dunk their favorite local “celebrity”! They are looking forward to this annual event at the...
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Police Chief Ken Bergman presented a certificate of recognition to Anna Strong at the August 15 city council meeting for her quick call to the police that resulted in the solving of seven burglaries. Why you should call the police
Early in the morning hours of June 23, dispatchers received a call from Anna Strong, reporting from her home that she could see two white males,...


Senior center honors area law enforcement
The Barton County Senior Citizens Center honored the Lamar Police force with law enforcement survival kits on August 10. The senior citizens and...