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Candidates for area municipal offices
The time to file for the April 4 municipal election has now expired. The following are candidates in area communities. In Lamar, all candidates are incumbents and face no...
Ordinance changes for school zones
By DEPUTY CHIEF JOHN DAVIS Lamar Police Department As many of you have heard and seen, the Lamar City Council adjusted the ordinance that covers speed limits in the...
Lamar Democrat/Melody Metzger
A good size crowd was on hand to enjoy vegetable beef soup, as well as many other goodies, on Wednesday, Jan. 18, for Dining To Donate, held at Nathan's Place on the west side of the Lamar square. This is a monthly event to support AOK, and meals are available for dine-in or carry out. Dining To Donate draws good size crowd


Lamar Democrat/Richard Cooper
At the city council meeting of January 16, Deputy Police Chief John Davis presented a certificate and accompanying ribbon to Officer Johnny Bray acknowledging prior military service. A certificate was presented to Dave Eaves, who will become an Assistant Nuisance Abatement Officer. City escapes damage from ice storm
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-As ice storm warnings were posted by the National Weather Service for the second weekend of...


Lamar Democrat/Melody Metzger
Several 4-H members, along with their chaperons, departed Monday afternoon, Jan. 16, in order to attend the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump. Inauguration ceremonies will be held in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 20. The group, who was able to experience this trip of a lifetime, departed from Kansas City International Airport early Tuesday morning and was scheduled to return on Saturday. The Lamar 4-Her's were the only 4-H group from the state of Missouri that was privileged enough to attend the inauguration, thanks to 4-H Youth Specialist Elaine Davis, as well as help from the community. 4-H'ers head to Trump's inauguration


Capsule version of January 16 council meeting
Only one outage reported from ice storm. New generator at landfill to be operating by April. Two new water lines to be installed, on Cherry and Mill. Number of cases in...
Rick Hornbeck, right, retired from the City of Lamar on January 13, after 28 years of service. He had served as the water plant supervisor. Lamar City Administrator Lynn Calton, left, presented Hornbeck with a certificate in recognition for his years of service. Hornbeck retires after 28 years with the city


Accident report
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee, being driven by Samantha E Layman, 28, Jasper, was traveling eastbound on SE 15th Lane, three...
Lamar Heights and county have amicable meeting
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR HEIGHTS-Two members of the Lamar Heights Board of Aldermen and Mayor Jerry Marti met with Presiding Commissioner Mike Davis,...
Are you getting enough fiber? - the odds say no
LAMAR- Fiber provides bulk in the diet; vital to digestive health; aids in weight management; a nutrient missing in most American diets. While this may not be the...
S-4 is in implementation stage
By MELODY METZGER Lamar Democrat The Lamar Drug-Free coalition members met Monday evening, Jan. 9, at Nathan's Place, in order to hear an update on the progress of the...
Project reports given at Lamar Community Betterment
By MELODY METZGER Lamar Democrat Lamar Community Betterment met at 12 noon on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Wolf Center. The meeting was opened by President Elaine Davis...
Photo courtesy Barton County Historical Society
The Travelers Hotel in its heyday. Historical Society explores history of two Lamar hotels
Research by Joe Davis, narration by Pauletta Orahood The quarterly meeting of the Barton County Historical Society dealt with the history of two...


ACT 4 Food addresses food insecurity in Barton County
By MELODY METZGER Lamar Democrat ACT 4 Food, formerly known as the Barton County Food Council, held its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the First...
Bridget Dierks, grant program officer with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, will present a grant workshop on Thursday, Feb. 16, 12 noon to 1 p.m., at the Wolf Center in Lamar. The seminar is sponsored by the Barton County Community Foundation. Barton County Community Foundation to sponsor grant seminar
Community Foundation of the Ozarks Grant Program Officer Bridget Dierks will present a grant workshop on Thursday, Feb. 16, 12 noon to 1 p.m., at...