Frieden chosen to receive 2019 Golden Apple Teachers Award
Lauren Rose Frieden, a 2010 graduate of Liberal High School, was chosen by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce to receive the 2019 Golden Apple...

How are we doing, weather wise, at mid-month?
By RICHARD COOPER A two-word answer would be cool and wet. According to the National Weather Service, we are exactly one degree below the mean temperature at half way...
Lamar Democrat/Chris Morrow
Sheldon High School graduating seniors received their diplomas Sunday, May 12. From left are, Brett O'Connor, Mya Martin, Clayton Loyd and Kalysta Lewis. Sheldon High School Class of 2019

Lamar Democrat/Chris Morrow
It was an emotional and exciting day for the Golden City Class of 2019 as they received their diplomas Saturday, May 11. From left is Kadie Henderson, Julie Jenkins, Kaleb Mason and Thomas Roby. Golden City High School Class of 2019

Work likely to begin in two weeks on new bridge on NW 50th Road
It has been three months since bids were opened for construction of a new bridge at 290 Northwest 50th Road in Union Township, but work has been at a total standstill since...
Barton County Ambulance to host open house
In celebration of EMS Week and National EMS for Children Day, Barton County Ambulance District will host an open house on Wednesday, May 22, from...

Three members of the Liberal High School Class of 2019, are shown during commencement Sunday, April 5. Left is valedictorian Mary Bean. Right is Zoar Lozano. Between the two is Brooke Bearden, whose remarkable story is well documented, including making the top 10 on ESPN's SportsCenter when she returned to the diamond for a softball game this spring. Brooke suffered a stroke last fall and her recovery has been awe inspiring. Doctor's feared she would never walk again, but she continues to overcome, having walked across the stage to receive her diploma before a delighted crowd Sunday afternoon. Liberal High School Class of 2019

Lamar Democrat/Autumn Shelton
Ashley Benson holds up her Scholastic Silver Key winning piece which also won second place in Charcoal at the Conference Art Show on May 4. Ashley Benson receives Scholastic Silver Key
By AUTUMN SHELTON Lamar Democrat Ashley Benson received a Scholastic Silver Key on May 3. Each year Scholastic holds an art and writing...

Lamar Democrat/Melody Metzger
The Barton County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at Maberry’s Barber Shop, located on the west side of the Lamar square, to welcome new owner Dylan Maberry and his team the best of luck as another generation takes over the family business. The ribbon cutting was held at 12 noon on Friday, May 10, and many stayed afterwards to enjoy refreshments. Ribbon cutting held by chamber for Maberry’s Barber Shop

Barton County Library launches a galaxy of fun programming
It has been 50 years since NASA landed Apollo 11 on the moon and Neil Armstrong made his famous quote: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant...

DARE graduates awarded with dodge ball game
Prior to DARE Graduation held recently, DARE Officer Rawn Toler told the students that they needed 97 percent to graduate. Officer Toler then...

Employment/Unemployment figures mixed in March
By RICHARD COOPER Employment numbers inched downward slightly in Barton and surrounding Missouri counties in March, causing a drop of an average of 0.40 percent in the...
Photography by Sharon Wingert. Country Classic Car Cruise supports Golden Needle Comfort Club
By PAULA BRISCO Drivers from a variety of locations participated in the 2019 Country Classic Car Cruise, held at the East Park in Golden City on...

Photo courtesy of Teresa Shelton
Autumn Shelton won a tablet at the 4th annual MSSU Earth Day Competition. Shelton wins at MSSU Earth Day Contest
Missouri Southern State University in Joplin held its 4th annual Earth Day Contest on April 30. The contest, for students in grades 6-12, was...

FCS Financial awards 44 community improvement grants
JEFFERSON CITY- FCS Financial is recognizing 44 different 4-H clubs and FFA chapters with $500 grants for submitting outstanding Shaping Rural Missouri grant applications....