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Accident report
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a one vehicle accident occurred at 10:47 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24, two miles south of Lamar on I49, when Kelly K...
Law enforcement agreement for 2016 signed
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-The Law Enforcement Agreement for 2016 between the city of Lamar and the Barton County Sheriff’s Department was signed May...
Jane Moyer was awarded for her dramatic room makeover in the “Children's Room Category” at Decorating Den's 47th annual conference. The room that Moyer designed was in an attic, which presented many challenges that she overcame with a unique design. Decorating Den wins international design award
EASTON, Md.-Jane Moyer, owner of Decorating Den Interiors in Lamar, Mo., janemoyer.decoratingden.com, received a top design award in her company’s...

Only Jasper County fails to add jobs in April
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer JEFFERSON CITY-Jasper County was the only county that failed to add jobs in April among the five counties in southwest Missouri...
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...
Lamar Democrat/Melissa Little
Eric and Diane Gilbert (now known as Chet and Marj) embarked on a 72 day journey of Lower 48, No Interstate, as they travel on their three-wheeled Spyder motorcycle. The two were the guest speakers at Lamar Rotary on Tuesday, May 17. 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...