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Empire to lower its fuel adjustment charge
JEFFERSON CITY-The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved a request filed by the Empire District Electric Company to lower the fuel adjustment charge on the...
MGE to increase infrastructure surcharge
JEFFERSON CITY-The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved a request filed by Missouri Gas Energy (MGE) to increase the infrastructure system replacement surcharge...
Lamar R-I board closes one school year, readies for another
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-Summers are so short for the Lamar R-I School District and much must be accomplished before the 2016-17 school year begins...
Benefit co-ed softball tournament set for June 4
A co-ed softball tournament, with proceeds to benefit Jeslynn Cofield, an 11-year-old who will be undergoing gastrocnemius surgery this summer, will be held Saturday, June...
Lamar Democrat/Melissa Little
Access Family Care in Lamar celebrated their grand opening on Friday morning, May 20, with many members of the community, as well as various area health services providers, present. A ribbon cutting was held by the Barton County Chamber of Commerce and light refreshments were served to those attending. Tours of the clinic were also provided. Access Family Care provides a wide range of health services including pediatric, medical and behavioral health care for people of all ages and income. There are plans to eventually include dental services, as well. Services are provided to all persons regardless of their insurance status. For more information contact the Lamar office at 417-681-0027 or visit them at 210 W. 10th St., in Lamar. Information can also be found at www.accessfamilycare.org or facebook.com/accessfamilycare. Access Family Care celebrates grand opening


Administrative committee continues to wrestle with health insurance
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-The Lamar City Council’s Administrative Committee has held two lengthy meetings in an effort to find a health insurance plan...
Traffic flow to change around West Elementary
By Richard Cooper Democrat staff writer LAMAR-In an effort to improve traffic flow around West Elementary school, the Lamar City Council has made some changes that will...
Gilberts travel Lower 48, No Interstate
By MELODY METZGER Lamar Democrat Eric and Diane Gilbert were guest speakers at Lamar Rotary on Tuesday, May 17, to tell of their journey of...


Lamar Democrat/Melody Metzger
A steady crowd of customers, friends and family gathered in the lobby of Lamar Bank & Trust Company in Lamar, to wish Linda Johanson a “happy retirement”, following 37 years of service. The reception was held on Tuesday, May 17, which was also Johanson's birthday. Retirement celebration held for Linda Johanson


Enjoy Summer Artwalk on the Lamar square
This summer, the National Endowment for the Arts, Missouri Association of Community Art Agencies and the Missouri Arts Council are teaming up with the youth of AOK and...
Let the kids enjoy free summer movies at the Plaza
The Plaza Theatre in Lamar is once again offering free Wednesday matinees to area children, with 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. showtimes. Sponsors that are helping with this...
Lamar Democrat/Melody Metzger
Members of the Jasper High School Class of 2016 entered Tabler Gymnasium as they prepared for ceremonies to begin. Jasper High School graduates receive diplomas
By MELODY METZGER Lamar Democrat JASPER-Tabler Gymnasium was filled to capacity on Sunday afternoon, May 15, with family and friends, as well as...


Photo for Lamar Democrat by Jon Brisbin
Daniel Brisbin, a member of the LHS Class of 2016, received his diploma during commencement exercises held Sunday, May 15, at Thomas M. O'Sullivan Stadium. LHS Class of 2016 receive diplomas
By MORGAN BRISBIN Lamar Democrat Lamar High School held its graduation ceremony at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, at Thomas M. O'Sullivan Stadium....


Lamar Democrat/Melody Metzger
Members of Marilyn Mammen's church family from Liberty Baptist, as well as members of the community gathered on Sunday, May 15, in the basement of Lamar Memorial Hall, to wish her luck as she begins a new chapter in her life. Mammen will be moving to Clyde, Ohio, in order to be near her children. In fact, daughter Melanie Weasner and grandson, Drew, showed up for the occasion, which made a nice surprise for Mammen. Besides the many cards and accolades from the community, she received a proclamation from Ed Emery, on behalf of the Missouri Senate, and one from Mike Kelley, on behalf of the Missouri House of Representatives, thanking her for her investment in Barton County. Pictured with Mammen is Senator Ed Emery. Mammen honored with farewell reception


Correction
It is reported incorrectly in the Wednesday, May 18 edition of the Lamar Democrat that Jena Jungmann was the valedictorian for the 2016 Liberal High School graduating...