Accident report
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report, a 2016 Dodge Journey being driven by Trevor R Short, 42, Mindenmines, was traveling southbound when a deer attempted...
Seeking more funds to support 911
LAMAR-Barton County’s 911 service is supported by a tariff on landline telephones in the county. Although that method continues to maintain a financially stable fund, it...
Updated copy for Lamar Fair guide is needed
By MELODY METZGER Lamar Democrat As many should be aware by now, composition of the Lamar Fair guide that comes out at the end of July every year has been taken over by...
Photo courtesy of Willis Strong
Pictured holding the quilt designed by Lauryn Davis are, Lendi Davis, left, and Barbara McDaniel, right. The quilt was displayed at the 10th Street Community Farmers' Market, where both ladies are involved. Five-year-old Davis designs quilt
Lauryn Davis, granddaughter of Jerry and Lendi Davis, rural Iantha, designed and made a quilt from orphan blocks that had been made by her grandma,...

Lamar Police Department receives grants to improve services
LAMAR-Chief of Police Ken Bergman reports the receipt of three grants to his department, one to enhance police services to the community, and the other two to provide vital...
Balloons being released may endanger wildlife
A letter to the Missouri Department of Conservation was recently submitted by a Lamar resident, regarding balloons and concern over them being released at weddings,...
Photo courtesy of Willis Strong
Vincent and Carolyn Mayfield of Liberal enjoyed lunch at the 10th Street Community Farmers' Market on Saturday, May 28, during the 50th wedding anniversary celebration for Willis and Billy Strong. Mrs. Mayfield is a member of the Liberal City Council. Mayfields enjoy lunch at farmers' market

May splashes its way through over seven inches of rain
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-The month of May produced 15 days of measurable precipitation, with the last eight days containing seven of them. There were...
Lamar Democrat/Melissa Little
Those participating in the “Murph” workout ran one mile, did 100 pullups, 200 strict pushups and 300 squats, followed by another one mile run, all while wearing a weighted vest. “Murph” workout featured at Barton County Strength Club
Each year, on Memorial Day, gyms from across the country all do the same workout as a way of paying tribute to fallen soldiers. This workout is...

Lon Frieden, right, was the lucky winner of the John Deere lawnmower and cart that was given away during Legacy Farm and Lawn's 60th anniversary celebration on Wednesday, May 25. Although the day got off to a rough start weatherize, it turned out to be a great day for the celebration. Frieden is lucky winner at Legacy's 60th anniversary celebration

Lamar Democrat/Melody Metzger
A check in the amount of $1,000 was presented by Astra Ferris, right, president of the Lamar Rotary Club, to Ginnie Keatts with Truman Area Transportation Service (T.A.T.S.). Lamar Rotary Club donates $1,000 to T.A.T.S.
By MELODY METZGER Lamar Democrat Following opening rituals at the Lamar Rotary Club on Wednesday, May 31, President Astra Ferris presented Ginnie...

ESC launches emergency cooling assistance program
Starting June 1, Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area (ESC) will be able to ease the summer electric burden to low-income families in Barton, Jasper, Newton and...
Accident report
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report, a one vehicle accident occurred at 7:20 p.m. on Monday, May 30, five miles north of Joplin on Belle Center Road, when...
Memorial Day service held at Walmart

Sami Bayless, front row ninth from left and Isaiah Chandler, front row second from right, were among the 50 Missouri 4-H horse project teens who spent six days exploring the equine careers and industry in the Lexington, Ky. area May 23-29, on the 10th annual Missouri 4-H Equine Tour. 2016 Missouri 4-H Equine Tour
CARTHAGE-Sami Bayless, Lockwood, and Isaiah Chandler, Carthage, were among the 50 Missouri 4-H horse project teens who spent six days exploring the...