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Kelley Christmas breakfast enjoyed by many
Photos compliments of Mike Kelley The 10th annual Kelley community Christmas breakfast was held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Christmas morning, Dec....


Area facilities enjoy Christmas carolers
Photos compliments of Mike Kelley Later in the afternoon, following the 10th annual Kelley community Christmas breakfast that was held on...


Lamar Democrat/Autumn Shelton
The seniors spread the light. Senior Candle Lighting 2018
By AUTUMN SHELTON At Lamar High School the Christmas season is not complete without the annual Senior Candle Lighting celebration. On December...


Lamar Democrat/Melody Metzger
Many families took advantage to spend time together during the Christmas Day dinner held December 25. Lamar United Methodist serves community
By MELODY METZGER Lamar Democrat The Lamar United Methodist Church held its annual community Christmas dinner on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec....


2018 Year In Review
By MELODY METZGER Lamar Democrat The first working day of Cox Barton County Hospital was Tuesday, Jan. 2. A party to welcome CoxHealth to the...


Filings for city offices
As of December 21, the following individuals have filed for municipal offices in Barton County. Lamar: Mayor, Kent Harris, incumbent; Ward 2, Mike Hull, incumbent; Ward...
Former Mob boss Michael Franzese to speak in Lamar
Michael Franzese, a former Mob boss, will speak in Lamar on Sunday, Jan. 13, as he testifies how he went from “Prince of the Mafia” to a “Child of God”. Franzese, who...
Service Availability fee coming to city electric customers in February
A flat fee will appear on Lamar electric customers' bills effective February 1, 2019, that will reflect the need of the city to recover a portion...


Barton County Library receives grant
The Barton County Library has received an Author Visit Grant from the Missouri State Library. The library will use grant funding, totaling $1,227,...


Toys For Tots benefits community
Lamar Democrat/Melody Metzger The Toys For Tots distribution was held the week of December 17, at Memorial Hall in Lamar, with an abundance of new...


Lamar Democrat/Autumn Shelton
Several students shake maracas for a "Latin" twist on Christmas. Lamar second graders present “A Christmas Celebration”
By AUTUMN SHELTON On December 18, Lamar second graders presented their annual music program, “A Christmas Celebration”. Andrew Pommert, the...


Lamar R-I board signs agreement to promote students' mental health
By RICHARD COOPER The Lamar Board of Education approved an agreement with Ozark Center of Joplin to provide behavioral health services on-site...


Lamar Democrat/Richard Cooper
The Lamar City Council, represented by Mayor Kent Harris, honored two citizens at its December 17 meeting for outstanding achievements which have brought honor to themselves as well as to the city of Lamar. Lee Shaver (above, left, et al.) long range muzzle loading champion and vintage gun maker, and Autumn Shelton (above, left, et al.), successful participant on television's “Teen Jeopardy.” Solid waste ordinance amended with numerous changes
By RICHARD COOPER Lamar's solid waste ordinance was amended at the city council meeting of December 17, adding to the city code changes that had...


Lamar Democrat/Melody Metzger
The Barton County Chamber of Commerce held an open house and ribbon cutting to celebrate their 100th anniversary on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at their new office, located at 110 W. 10th St., on the north side of the Lamar square. The open house, complete with a tour of the beautiful facility and the serving of delicious refreshments, took place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a ribbon cutting held at 12 noon, in front of the building. A special guest of the day was Tammy Long, director of the Missouri Chamber Federation. Barton County Chamber celebrates 100th anniversary


ESC partners with Liberal Schools to host REALL simulation
LIBERAL- Economic Security Corporation partnered with Liberal Schools to host a REALL simulation last Monday, Dec. 17, at the Liberal School...