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...

Lamar’s water needs are critical and growing
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-The city of Lamar has a long history of seeking adequate drinking water for its citizens. We will go no further back than...
F M Thorpe Manufacturing's main plant location was situated by the railroad tracks, before entering the Lamar City Park. 1945-1950: five years of beginnings and endings
By JOE DAVIS Barton County Historical Society I have been spending a lot of time lately looking through microfilm doing research on a program I...

City’s Administrative Committee recommends staying with current...
By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-The Lamar City Council’s Administrative Committee has chosen to stay with Anthem, the current provider of health care...
Lamar Democrat/Melody Metzger
Legacy Farm and Lawn celebrated its 60th year in business on Wednesday, May 25. A meal of barbecued pork sandwiches, chips and drink, topped off with birthday cake, was served to a steady stream of visitors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., under a tent that was set up in the parking lot of the business at 510 W. 12th St., in Lamar. Prospective customers viewed the many pieces of machinery that were situated around the parking lot. Jack's Tractor Museum was also open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Legacy Farm and Lawn celebrates 60 years

VFW Post 3691 of Lamar in danger of losing charter
By THOMAS REED Quartermaster This is a notice to VFW Post 3691 of Lamar. We are looking for help at the post to fill the required positions to maintain our charter. We...
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...